Tamil Diaspora lobbies against GSP plus

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Several Tamil Diaspora organizations have made joint representations to political and diplomatic missions, including the EU Parliament, exerting pressure on them against restoring to Sri Lanka the GSP plus export facility unless the Lankan Government implements core international conventions which are a prerequisite to qualify for the restoration. The Diaspora has through European Parliament Members called for a debate in the EU Parliament on the issue and has been lobbying in the EU Commissioner’s office against restoration of the facility to Sri Lanka. The British Tamil…

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Wiggy returns from Canada with ‘cough’

By Manekshaw The Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran returned to Colombo on Monday (16) after a hectic one week’s tour in Canada. Before heading to the airport, Wigneswaran addressed a public meeting attended by nearly 600 Lankan Tamil expatriates at the Scarborough University Pan Am stadium. Wigneswaran, in the last lap of his tour in Canada, which is under freezing conditions these days, was coughing while addressing the gathering and said that his restless hectic tour was the reason for his cough. At the end of his address he said…

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Why Lanka Can’t Be Another Singapore?

Members of the so called Joint Opposition and some of the ‘Laptop Journalists’ of the former regime take much delight in riling government MPs about the slow progress made towards the declared intention of their leaders in making Sri Lanka another Singapore. True, there has been little progress beyond the blue-print stage but government MPs should not be hesitant in giving the reason loudly and clearly: Because of you – the Opposition. Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore was not built with Opposition activists disrupting the country with long 125 Km long…

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SRI LANKA AND DONALD TRUMP

Every four years, like clockwork, our readers’ thoughts turn to an event in the United States of America that could affect our own lives and the well-being of our nation. That is, the US presidential election and the prospects for our country and our neighbourhood, depending on who gets elected (or, re-elected) as the President of that country. Why are we so concerned about a political process in a country that is located on the far side of the Earth? Because, the US of A is, still, the world’s single…

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The English vet saving Sri Lanka’s street dogs

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22 January 2017 Last updated at 00:17 GMT A vet has left behind her home in England to care for Sri Lanka’s street dogs. Janey Lowes from Barnard Castle, County Durham, has spent the past two years caring for the neglected animals. There are about three million street dogs on the island – about 60% of puppies born on the street do not survive to adulthood. The 28-year-old set up charity WECare Worldwide to raise money to buy the equipment needed to treat the animals and to set up her…

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Lankans also lock horns over T’ Nadu Jallikattu row

By Chris Kamalendran Sri Lankan animal rights activists have come out strongly against local groups which are calling on the Tamil Nadu Government to lift a ban on the bull-taming sport popularly known as ‘Jallikattu’. The move came as local groups, mostly in the northern and eastern provinces staged protests to show solidarity with Tamil Nadu people who want the ban lifted. The ban was imposed by the Supreme Court in 2014 and upheld again in 2016. But the Indian Government, by an executive order, lifted the ban yesterday, allowing…

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UNP, SLFP poles apart on Constitutional reforms

President authorises party ministers to discuss their position with different sections of society, ACBC endorses position Cabinet approves revised draft of National Human Rights Action Plan By Our Political Editor President Maithripala Sirisena has given the green light to Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ministers to convey their January 3 decisions on constitutional reforms to different sections of society. This is notwithstanding an earlier move to convene an SLFP Central Committee (CC) meeting where these decisions were to be endorsed. The fact that the ministers are going ahead first making…

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Massive Action Plan by Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)

JAFFNA , SRI LANKA, January 17, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Thai Pongal (January 14) the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) released a booklet outlining the TGTE’s Massive Action plan. The projects described in the Massive Action Plan have been formulated following the work of a group of experts. They are imaginative, ambitious and have nation building as a long term goal. For Participation, Ideas, and Advice: massiveaction@tgte.org For Online Financial Contribution: www.tgte-us.org For Correspondence: TGTE, 875 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 906, New York, NY 10001, USA Details of…

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