U.S. charges three Sri Lankans over role in 2019 Easter Sunday attacks

The Justice Department of the United States announced Friday (January 08) that three Sri Lankan citizens were charged with terrorism offenses, including conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (ISIS).  The department said three men in question were part of a group of ISIS supporters which called itself ‘ISIS in Sri …

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Sri Lanka’s Disgrace, Trump’s Worst Hurrah, And Biden’s Finest Hour

By Rajan Philips – Rajan Philips For today’s column I was planning on writing on the ‘use and abuse of science in politics,’ both generally about the tortuous relationship the two have been having throughout the world in this pandemic year, and more specifically about what seems to be becoming the political abuse of science in Sri …

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Govt Destroys Mullivaikal Student Monument Under Cover Of Darkness

Students staged a sit in outside the campus gates overnight on Friday after authorities demolished a monument dedicated to the victims of Mullivaikal, the final theatre of battle in the civil war, where thousands of civilians perished in May 2019. STF troops were brought in to guard the campus gates after the demonstration began. STF …

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Lankan-born Dr. Kanagasundrem awarded MBE

Dr. Shikandhini Kanagasundrem (known by her maiden/professional name Dr. ‘Shico’ Visuvanathan), has been recognised in the Queen’s 2021 New Year Honours list with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), for outstanding services in Microbiology and Infection Prevention and Control, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic in the U.K.  http://static.ft.lk/assets/uploads/image_99a0ef9237.jpg Dr. Kanagasundrem has …

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Tamil Rights Group Condemns the Government of Sri Lanka’s Latest Attempt to Erase Tamil Heritage on the Island

Markham, Canada – Tamil Rights Group (TRG) condemns the Government of Sri Lanka’s latest attempt to erase Tamil heritage and calls upon the Government of Canada to do more to hold Sri Lanka accountable for its ongoing genocide against ethnic Tamils on the island. On January 8, 2021, Sri Lankan security forces comprising of police, military …

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Now, SJB lawmaker accused of being a UK citizen

EC Chairman denies allegations By Shamindra Ferdinando Election Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has denied accusations that controversial SJB National List lawmaker Diana Gamage is a dual citizen, and therefore not eligible to be a member of parliament. Responding to a spate of allegations, the EC Chairman has said that both the Registrar of Persons and …

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Don’t build a wall around Sri Lanka; build bridges to connect us with the world

SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva says in adjournment debate in Parliament on ‘International Agreements’ that mixed messaging has left people confused with the economic development model Govt. envisages Says country should have clear and unified vision to achieve in terms of socio-economic development Says international agreements today is not cast in terms of comparative …

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US wants SL to be successful, sustained, but China has a different vision – Pompeo

The United States wants the people of Sri Lanka to be successful and sustained in development, but China has a very different vision, says US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. He mentioned this speaking at the joint press conference held with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena, today (28). Pompeo says that the …

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The Decline Of ‘Arabu-Tamil’ Language: A Great Loss To The Sri Lankan Muslim Heritage!

“I have four Arabu-Tamil books — Noor Nama (an account of Prophet Muhammad’s life), Simt-us-Sibyan,Mubarak Maalai (poems of the life of our Prophet) and Penn Puththi Maalai (advice for Muslim women). Though nobody wants to learn Arabu-Tamil anymore, I still read these books as they are part of our heritage. We need to preserve our traditions” (View of a Muslim lady) As Meelad un …

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CID Officer tells Easter Attacks PCoI: NTJ maintained eight safe houses in East

By Buddhika Samaraweera The National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) had maintained eight safe houses in the Eastern Province, in which a large quantity of explosives was stored, to carry out a second wave of attacks in August 2019. This was revealed on 27 October when an Officer attached to the CID testified before the Presidential Commission …

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UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka’s bonds hammered as U.S. dubs China “predator”

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s government bonds fell heavily on Wednesday as the United States ratcheted up pressure on the country’s government over its ties with China. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was visiting Sri Lanka as part of a four-nation Asian tour, said the Chinese Communist Party was operating as …

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Sri Lanka to appeal against move to lift UK’s ban on LTTE

The Government of Sri Lanka says that it has been made aware of the Open Judgement by the Proscribed Organizations Appeals Commission (POAC) of the United Kingdom on delisting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a proscribed terrorist organization. The government also said that it will appeal against the judgement of the independent …

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Sumanthiran urges MPs not to go in ‘reverse gear’ in direction of autocracy

When the 17th Amendment and the 19th Amendment was passed, why was it that almost the whole House approved it, he questioned. “Why did it happen? It didn’t happen for any other amendment, but those two.”  Because those had the total approval of our people that this country must remain a democratic country, he said. …

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