Harrow Sri Lankan Tamils want Harrow Mayor to resign

Campaigners have called on the Mayor of Harrow to resign after she was pictured with senior military figures during a visit to Sri Lanka, This is local London reported. Cllr Kareema Marikar visited the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, Mahesh Senanayake, and Brigadier Priyanka Fernando during a trip last year.  She posted pictures of her meetings – in which she is wearing the mayoral chain – on social media alongside messages praising the soldiers for their service.  But members of the Tamil community in Harrow are upset at this…

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The Politics of Demonizing Federalism and Depicting It as Separatism

In spite of the Aug 4 ruling by the Supreme court the anti-federalism camp continues to tar brush federalism as separatism.  By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The year was 1985. Junius Richard Jayawardene was the Sri Lankan President while Rajiv Gandhi was Prime minister of India. The New Delhi facilitated talks between an official Sri Lankan Govt delegation and six entities representing the Sri Lankan Tamils were going on in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu during the months of July and August. The Sri Lankan delegation was led by President Jayewardene’s brother H.W.Jayawardene. The…

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Mahinda or Ranil can never win Prez polls – Wimal

Abolishing the Executive Presidency – Mahinda Vs Gotha internal political heat-up. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been severely criticized by the leaders of the Joint Opposition consisted of the Sri Lanka Podujana Pemamuna (SLPP), as well as his family, for allegedly involving in abolishing the Executive Presidency by favouring the forthcoming of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution by developing a coalition with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to secure his own political career, sources say. Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) Wimal Weerawansa has reportedly warned at an internal…

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A Tale of Two Diplomats

Migrants are great goodwill ambassadors of their country of birth rather than diplomats  Tale of Two Cities is a Charles Dickens fictional novel published in 1859 involving two cities, London and Paris during the period of the French Revolution. There is nothing fictional about the story involving two Sri Lankan Diplomats, one about to retire as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner (SLHC) to Australia, and concurrently accredited to Fiji, New Zealand, and Solomon Islands. Somasundaram Skandakumar was appointed in August 2015 and is getting ready to relinquish his post after serving…

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Wiggy calls for setting up UN office in North

A UN office must be established in the North in order to probe wartime disappearances and human rights abuses, former Chief Minister of the Northern Province, CV Wigneswaran said, yesterday, after taking part in an event in Kilinochchi. The Sri Lankan government was challenging the Geneva Resolution and would thwart any war crimes probe, the former CM said, urging the UN not to grant Sri Lanka any more time to fulfil its Geneva commitments. “I fully support the protests carried out by the families of those who went missing during…

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Abolishing the Executive Presidency – Mahinda Vs Gotha internal political heat-up.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been severely criticized by the leaders of the Joint Opposition consisted of the Sri Lanka Podujana Pemamuna (SLPP), as well as his family, for allegedly involving in abolishing the Executive Presidency by favouring the forthcoming of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution by developing a coalition with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to secure his own political career, sources say. Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) Wimal Weerawansa has reportedly warned at an internal party meeting held last Friday (22) that the people will be…

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Army soldier and that the murders were led by the drug kingpin ‘Makandure Madush’.

80 politicians linked to Madush Crimes prevention unit of Matara police division has today (25) raided the house of a suspect, who is in connection with the murder of an SLPP Pradeshiya Sabha member in Hakmana and a gem businessman in Kamburupitiya area. The police officers have recovered several army uniforms, 21 live ammunitions for T-56 rifles, a pair of handcuffs used by the army, several books containing illustrative tutorials on using firearms have been seized from the house in Meepavita area, Kamburupitiya. The suspect has engaged in the two…

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Two army officers who attempted to extort money from businessman arrested

Officers of the Special Task Force of the Hambantota camp in a raid have arrested two army officers for attempting to extort money from a businessman. The two suspects have asked for money from a businessman to obtain the assistance of the high-ranking police officers including the STF commandant for the businessman to continue his sand business without interference. They had asked for extortion money from a sand businessman in the Ethiliwewa area in Thanamalwila. The two suspects have asked for Rs. 500,000 from the businessman and they were arrested…

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