Trump urged to intervene and ensure justice for Tamils

US President Donald Trump has been urged to intervene and ensure justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka. The ‘Tamils for Trump’ organisation, in a letter to President Trump, wished him for the new year and urged him to work for international justice for the Tamil victims either through the ICC or International Tribunal for the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan officials during the ethnic war that killed over 145,000 Tamils.  “No Singhalese has ever been held accountable for any outrage against Tamils since the independence from the British. Justice…

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Justice sought for five youth killed in Trinco 12 years ago

Justice has been sought for five Tamil youth killed in Trincomalee 12 years ago. Amnesty International said in a twitter post that it was pushing for justice for the victims.  The human rights group said that the security forces had been accused of being involved in the killing and the killers have not yet been prosecuted. The five Tamil students were allegedly summarily executed by the Special Task Force, whilst they spent an afternoon on the beach in Trincomalee on 2nd January 2006.  The case – known as the ‘Trinco…

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British tourist found dead with wound to his face in ‘suspicious circumstances’ in Sri Lanka

The 37-year-old man was due to leave the country on New Year’s Day but had extended his visa for three more weeks A British man has been found dead under “suspicious circumstances” in a suburb of Sri Lanka’s capital. The 37-year-old, whose name has not been released, was discovered with a wound to his face this morning. His body was found at a ground in the Araliya Uyana area of Colombo. Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara told local media that the British national arrived in Sri Lanka on November 25…

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Controversy Over D. A. RAJAPAKSA MEMORIAL MUSEUM

With the Appeal Court issuing an interim order not to file charges under the Public Property Act for his role in the alleged misappropriation of Government funds worth over Rs. 60 million rupees to build a monument for his parents, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has contested the authenticity of his signature on official documents and claimed that a ‘verbal contract’ existed in connection with his family foundation and the Government, the Dailymirror  learns. According to submissions made to the Colombo Fort Magistrate Court (B/30485/ 4/ 15) by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID),…

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Nine Politicians Named For Role in Treasury Bond Scam

Nine Politicians Named For Role in Treasury Bond Scam in Presidential Inquiry Commission Report Say Unconfirmed reports;Strong Indictments against Arjuna Mahendran and Arjun Aloysius;Further Probe Recommended Into Ravi Karunanayake’s “Monarch” Apartment Affair By The “Sunday Times” Political Editor (Following are excerpts from the political column appearing in the “Sunday Times” of December 31st 2017) The three-member Commission of Inquiry to probe the Central Bank bond scam handed over its report to President Sirisena last afternoon at his Paget Road residence in Colombo. During a nine month period, the Commission held 117…

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Tamil Film Superstar Rajinikanth Entering Politics Will Help the BJP Led “Hindutva” Forces To Flourish In Tamil Nadu

By P.K.Balachandran As 2017 ended on Sunday, Tamil filmdom’s superstar Rajinikanth made the much expected announcement of his entry into Tamil Nadu politics. The star of over 160 films, many of them hits, had been toying with the idea of entering politics as per a tradition in Tamil filmdom in which successful actors end up trying their luck in politics. But unlike other matinee idols M. G. Ramachandran (MGR) and Jayalalithaa, “Rajini” did not have the required self-confidence to actually take the risk. However, when two decades of dilly dallying ended…

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