Lankan among 45 wanted individuals arrested in the US

A Sri Lankan is among 45 foreign fugitives – all subjects of active Interpol notices for individuals wanted in connection with criminal activity – who were arrested across the United States this week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and the U.S. Marshals Service. Arrests occurred nationwide during the three-day enforcement operation June 21 to 23, the US Department of Homeland Security said today. Pothuvilage Ushan Bernard Karunaratne, 38, of Sri Lanka was arrested on June 21 in Fort Worth, Texas. An Interpol red…

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Lankan Tamil Press Loses Faith In UNHRC’s Commitment to Rendering Justice

Samantha Power, US envoy to UN, visits office of Uthayan daily in Jaffna. (EPS) COLOMBO: The Tamil press in Sri Lanka, which was very hopeful that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would render justice to Tamil victims of Eelam War IV, has now lost faith in the international body’s commitment to the goals it had set for itself in the resolution it passed in  September-October 2015. Despite strong and continued interest in securing international support for the Lankan Tamil cause,  the Tamil press showed “little optimism” that the on-going…

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Testing time for govt and TNA relations

BY Manekshaw Prior to 2015 the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who was then in the Opposition had joined hands and met several Tamil diaspora organizations abroad to seek their support to overthrow the Mahinda Rajapakse regime. They even succeeded significantly in gaining the support of some of the prominent Tamil diapsora organizations such as the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and British Tamil Forum (BTF) in ‘torpedoing’ the Rajapaksa regime. So with the coalition of the TNA, the new government with the commitment…

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British Council runs ‘Rivers of the world’ programme in Sri Lanka

Director Thames Festival Trust and Tevinda Thempana Programmes Officer British Council Adrian Evans with students of Asoka College Colombo ‘Rivers of the world’, which is part of the Connecting Classrooms programme and the flagship arts and education project of the Thames Festival Trust delivered in partnership with the British Council. Sri Lanka has been involved in this project for two years and six schools taking part. The project enables young people to explore, celebrate and share their local environment, learn about other cultures and engage with global issues. It also…

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Brexit to hit Lanka hard

The country’s economists and exporters predicted that in the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union {EU}, Sri Lanka would face negative consequences across the board in many areas. On June 24, the British public in an epoch-making referendum voted in favour of moving out of the EU, prompting speculation fuelled by incumbent Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron himself that he would step down, paving the way for a change of the guard as early as October this year. Head of the Department of Economics of the Faculty of…

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Trust Takes Years To Build, Seconds To Break, Forever To Repair

“Don’t judge us by the broken promises, experiences and U-turns of the past…. My plea to you Ladies and Gentlemen, is trust us and join us to work together and create the momentum required to move forward and take progressive, meaningful and transformative steps to create a new Sri Lanka.” – Yet another remarkable speech by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in September 2015 and speech that all it was, it seems. Barely four months since that speech and Government of Sri Lanka internationally…

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Bringing internationally mandated prosecutions against SriLanka

Click this link to sign the petition “Take the lead in bringing internationally mandated prosecutions against SriLanka” https://petition.parliament.uk/signatures/18992095/verify/EwHPZ3LSD3FnfndQUGyv Thanks, The Petitions team UK Government and Parliament PetitionTake the lead in bringing internationally mandated prosecutions against SriLanka We the undersigned urge the British government to take the lead in bringing internationally mandated prosecutions against former and serving officials of the Sri Lankan state for the crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the Tamils.         More details         Sign this petition…

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