Pressure from the Tamil diaspora affected how each government decided to respond to events in Canada and UK.

A number of factors impact whether or not diasporas influence host country foreign policy, writes Matthew Godwin. He looks at two major decisions facing Canada and the UK toward Sri Lanka, and explains how pressure from the Tamil diaspora affected how each government decided to respond to events. Countries in the West have long welcomed immigrants from all over the world. In Canada, as many as half of the residents in the country’s largest city, Toronto were not born in Canada. In the United Kingdom, one in seven British residents were born abroad. As…

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Dissolution of Parliament unconstitutional – Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announces that the gazette notification dissolving the parliament is not in accordance with the constitution.  The seven member judge bench unanimously made this judgment stating that it was illegal to dissolve the parliament before its 4.5 year term limit. The Supreme Court delivered its judgment on the petition on the President’s decision to dissolve the parliament, a short while ago. The verdict was delivered by the Chief Justice Nalin Perera. Accordingly, the Supreme Court quashed the gazette notification published on the 9th November dissolving the parliament. Meanwhile,…

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JVP Likely To Initiate Impeachment Motion Against Sirisena: Also Pledges To Initiate Investigation Against Coup Offenders

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna indicated that it would initiate an impeachment motion against President Maithripala Sirisena for deliberately acting in violation of the Constitution, Colombo Telegraph learns. The impeachment motion will be based on the unanimous ruling delivered by the Supreme Court stating the President’s actions are unconstitutional. Speaking to the media, JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said they would initiate a no-confidence motion if the President continues to act in violation of the Constitution. He confirmed that an impeachment motion could be brought against the President. Speaking after the Supreme Court ruling…

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Mahinda plays Racist card

Purported pact with TNA, forged by Mahinda’s SLPP – Legal action threatened by UNP The two MPs said that the purported pact between the UNP and TNA was full of blatant lies and meant to create racial hatred and conflict and drag the country back to war. “The TNA under its current leader R.Sampanthan says that the problems faced by Tamils should be resolved within a unitary state and it was wrong to claim that it has demanded a separate state.The TNA also does not want the military moved out of…

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New report published on 500 Tamils missing while in Army custody

The International Truth and Justice Project and HRDAG have published a report on 500 Tamils who disappeared while in Army custody in Sri Lanka in 2009. The report is titled “How many people disappeared on 17-19 May 2009 in Sri Lanka?” and Patrick Ball, director of research at HRDAG, is the lead author. Ending the 26-year civil war, the Tamils surrendered to Sri Lanka in May 2009. According to the report, Sri Lanka has a very large number of disappeared people, and even in the context of the high frequency and great…

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Re-iterates in Parliament His Commitment Towards Achievement of a Political Solution Within an Undivided Country, Abolition of Executive Presidency and Strengthening of Provincial Councils.

Ranil Wickremesinghe Re-iterates in Parliament His Commitment Towards Achievement of a Political Solution Within an Undivided Country, Abolition of Executive Presidency and Strengthening of Provincial Councils. By Saman Indrajith Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday, told Parliament that he would strive to find a political solution to the ethnic problem within an undivided country. Addressing Parliament soon after a motion of confidence in him was passed Wickremesinghe said: “The words of former US President Abraham Lincoln that “government of the people, by the people, for the people” come to mind.…

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Concerns Rise Over Possible “Biased” Rulings by Supreme Court Judge Wanasundera and her extra ordinary friendship with Rajapaksa.

Concerns Rise Over Possible “Biased” Rulings as Three -Judge Supreme Court Bench Headed by Eva Wanasundara Along With Buvaneka Aluvihare and Vijithkumara Malalgoda Is Set To Hear Appeal by Mahinda Rajapaksa Against Appeal Court Interim Order On Friday Dec 14th Controversial Supreme Court judge Eva Wanasundera is set to hear an appeal by her law-college pal Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday raising concern among opposing petitioners who fear bias. The appeal filed against a Court of Appeal interim order restraining Rajapaksa and his purported cabinet exercising the powers of their offices…

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Sirisena Pushed Up Against The Wall As Ranil Wins Numbers Game

By Rasika Jayakody –  Rasika Jayakody President Maithripala Sirisena, who triggered the political crisis in Sri Lanka by appointing an MP without a parliamentary majority as the Prime Minister on October 26, is now slowly being pushed up against the wall. Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stamped his authority over Parliament today by demonstrating a clear majority in the House: He emerged the winner of the “numbers game” in Parliament, as his rival, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost it not once, not twice, but six times in a row. With 117 MPs from the UNP and…

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Lyca made India’s Most Expensive Movie

This Former Immigrant From Sri Lanka Just Made India’s Most Expensive Movie The man who bankrolled the science-fiction film 2.0, India’s costliest movie, is a former immigrant from Sri Lanka who is now running his family’s telecom, healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment conglomerate in the U.K. Meet Allirjah Subaskaran, 46, who fled Sri Lanka with his family at the height of the ethnic conflict there three decades ago, and moved first to France, and then later settled in the U.K. He said that he loved watching Tamil films while growing up,…

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Army builds ‘Agraharam’ residential units for Hindu Priests in Jaffna

Six (06) ‘Agraharam’ residential units intended for Hindu priests built with Army expertise were handed over to the owners during a brief ceremony in Karainagar, Jaffna on Sunday (09). According to Army media, these residences for the priests called ‘Agraharam’ were constructed in response to requests by the Kovil (Temple) priests and local government authorities. Army troops under the Security Force Headquarters-Jaffna provided technical skills and labour for the construction of these six ‘Agraharam’ residential units for the Kurukkal (priests) of the Shivan Kovil in Karainagar, Jaffna. Financial support for…

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British HC visits Mannar Mass Grave : Skeletal remains of 21 children unearthed & Three skeletal have been tied with cable.

By Tharindi Pabasara Three skeletal remains uncovered at the mass grave found in Mannar appear to have been tied with some substance, according to the Judicial Medical Officer in charge of the inspection Dr S. Rajapaksa stated yesterday (11). These skeletal remains have been submitted to the Mannar Magistrate and future inspections will be carried out to identify whether the substance that had been tied to the skeletal remains is a metal or part of jewelry item, he said. Accordingly, the skeletal remains will be initially subjected to X-ray tests. Dr Rajapaksa…

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TNA says its support was conditional to the granting of power devolution to the north and the east

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today that its support for the vote of confidence on United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was conditional to the granting of power devolution to the north and the east, the release of political prisoners and the land. TNA MP for Jaffna district Dharmalingam Sidaththan told Daily Mirror that his party extended conditional support for Mr. Wickremesinghe to get the required majority to become the Prime Minister. Mr. Sidaththan said these were usual demands of the TNA right throughout. “We asked for power devolution.…

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Sri Lanka was forced to surrender the sovereignty of its deep-water port, Hambantota to China

Asserting that Sri Lanka was forced to surrender the sovereignty of its deep-water port, Hambantota, a powerful US lawmaker on Tuesday sought an end to the Chinese debt trap. China was defrauding small countries with nonviable infrastructure projects and was charging exorbitant rates that the poor countries could not afford, alleged Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. “When countries cannot make their payments, China seizes physical control of the assets, with strategic deep-water ports being its top target,” he said. “This debt trap must stop. We…

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