Sri Lankan Tamil Pop Star Matangi (MIA/Maya) Arulpragasam Speaks Candidly About Her Life Journey in New Documentary Film “Matangi/Maya/MIA” Made By Stephen Loveridge

Sri Lankan Tamil Pop Star Matangi (MIA/Maya) Arulpragasam Speaks Candidly About Her Life Journey in New Documentary Film “Matangi/Maya/MIA” Made By Stephen Loveridge By Sean Brocklehurst “Are you sure Steve shouldn’t be in this interview?,” M.I.A. said when I asked her how her new documentary came together. It was a fair question because, technically, the 43-year-old pop star had nothing to do with the making of Stephen Loveridge’s film, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. But she was very much a driving force throughout the creation process thanks to more than 700 hours of personal video…

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Sri Lanka inciting police against UK citizens an ‘outrage’ – British Tamil Conservatives

The arrest of a British Tamil activist on the apparent bidding of Sri Lankan officials, was an ‘outrage’ and an attack on British values, the British Tamil Conservatives (BTC) said. The remarks come in response to the arrest of Sockalingam Yogalingam, a prominent Tamil political activist, during a protest against the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s visit in Oxford on Monday. “It is the equivalent of someone from the Iranian or Burmese mission inciting a UK police force to arrest a peacefully protesting British citizen when a member of their government…

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ARREST AND DETENTION OF YOGI: BRITISH ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP FOR TAMILS EXPRESSES SERIOUS CONCERN

The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPGT) for Tamils has expressed serious concern at the arrest and detention of Mr S.Yogalingam. In an urgent letter sent to the British Home Secretary today, the APPGT said: ‘Dear Secretary of State, We write to express our serious concerns at the recent arrest of Mr Sockalingam Yogalingam, outside the Oxford Union on Monday 8 October, as he peacefully protested the speech being delivered by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. We understand Mr Yogalingam is still in police custody. According to information…

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BRITISH POLICE ARREST AND DETAIN TAMIL POLITICAL ACTIVIST UNDER TERRORISM ACT 2000

A Tamil political activist has been arrested and detained by British police under Terrorism Act 2000, the statute used to ban the LTTE in February 2001. Mr Sockalingam Yogalingam alias Yogi who is a TGTE MP was arrested last night by Thames Valley Police, whilst spearheading a demonstration outside Oxford Union condemning the presence of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as guest speaker at the student body’s event last night. Sources close to Mr Yogalingam said he was arrested on suspicion of being a member of the LTTE;…

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PM rules out foreign role

War crimes: Zacki Jabbar Reporting from Oxford University, England Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the Oxford University, on Monday, that there was no need for foreign intervention in Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of war crimes against the security forces and the LTTE. Responding to questions after addressing students of Oxford University at the Oxford Union Chamber, the Prime Minister said that the current Sri Lankan government had, since assuming office on January 15, 2009, restored democracy, the independence of public institutions  including the judiciary and police, addressed  to a large extent…

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Cases against 3 from Mahinda’s family heard yesterday

By K.S. Udaya Kumar Three members of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s family were involved in three separate cases  that were heard at the Colombo High Court Complex yesterday (9). They were namely, former Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. A case was called at the Court Hall Number One, pertaining to the alleged misappropriation of Divi Neguma funds, amounting to Rs 36 million, towards the purchase of GI pipes during the previous Presidential Polls campaign by Basil Rajapaksa. A case filed…

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Says His Choice For Presidential Election Candidate is Basil Rajapaksa But Mahinda Rajapaksa Is Yet To Take Decision.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Says His Choice For Presidential Election Candidate is Basil Rajapaksa But Mahinda Rajapaksa Is Yet To Take Decision. Sri Lanka’s former secretary to the defence ministry, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Tuesday suggested his former Economic Development minister Basil as the presidential candidate at next year’s elections. Emerging from the new Permanent High Court at Bar in Colombo where his trail was put off for December 4, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa accused the government of trying to create a rift among his politically ambitious siblings. Asked what he thought of reports that former…

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