Monthly Archives: November 2014

Gold Jewellery to be returned

Gold Jewellery to be returned

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake told media on  26 November, that a further stock of gold jewellery is to be handed over to 1960 identified  owners in the North by President Mahinda Rajapaksa  04, December. The media was told that  419 owners, …

Tamil war dead monument erected in Germany

Tamil war dead monument erected in Germany

A sculpture to commemorate Tamil war deaths is to be erected in the German town of Essen later this week, reported the German paper Der Westen. German sculptor Georg Schaab created the 12-ton granite monument at the request of German Tamils, who funded it using donations …

UN rapporteur on minority issues accuses BBS in report

UN rapporteur on minority issues accuses BBS in report

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues Rita Izsak criticised the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) in a report released ahead of the seventh session of the Forum on Minority Issues,  currently underway in Geneva. The UN special rapporteur on minority issues, Ms Rita Izsák, …

The vast majority of Sri Lankans now coming to the UK and who seek asylum are not refugees

The vast majority of Sri Lankans now coming to the UK and who seek asylum are not refugees

Speaking at the House of Lords on 20 November Lord Naseby said that it is time for a review of the cases from Sri Lanka and recognition that the vast majority of those now coming here who seek asylum are certainly not refugees. The Sri …

Will not allow war crimes charges against Sri Lankan leaders

Will not allow war crimes charges against Sri Lankan leaders

UNP MP Dr. Harsha De Silva told Parliament that his party is fully committed to protect the security forces who freed the country from terrorism and the political leaders. Sri Lanka`s main opposition United National Party (UNP) asserted today that it will not allow anyone …

House of Lords says Tamil Tigers a brutal terror organisation

House of Lords says Tamil Tigers a brutal terror organisation

Sri Lanka was discussed in the British House of Lords on 24 November 2014 with questions being asked on matters pertaining to the EU court judgement, UNHRC inquiry, LTTE Mahaviru celebrations and the forthcoming Presidential elections. Cabinet spokesman at the House of Lords Lord Wallace …

Avdesh Kaushal wants release of the three convicted Lankan fishermen

Avdesh Kaushal wants release of the three convicted Lankan fishermen

A member of the international advisory panel of experts, appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to probe alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lanka Forces and the LTTE and the missing persons, says the President should not be ‘selective’ in releasing the five convicted fishermen …

Parties urged to refrain from using pope in political campaign

Parties urged to refrain from using pope in political campaign

The director for the media and information center for the Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka in 2015, urged political groups to refrain from using cut outs of the Pope in their campaigns for the presidential elections. “It has been brought to our notice that the …

Opposition candidate says no foreign conspiracy

Opposition candidate says no foreign conspiracy

Sri Lanka’s common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena Saturday dismissed the government’s charge that a foreign conspiracy is behind his decision to come forward to challenge the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election. Refuting the allegations levelled against him in a TV program aired …

Foreign conspiracy behind Sri Lanka’s common opposition candidate

Foreign conspiracy behind Sri Lanka’s common opposition candidate

There is a foreign hand behind the decision to nominate former government minister and the general secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala as the common opposition candidate, the new general secretary of the party Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says. Addressing a …