Family ‘shocked’ as Court bails 4 men accused of Khuram Shaikh’s murder

Published : 3:29 am  April 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  217 views  |  

ITV: The family of Khuram Shaikh, who was killed while on holiday in Sri Lanka, say they are shocked by the decision to bail four men accused of his murder – halfway through their trial. The 32-year-old from Rochdale was on holiday on Christmas Day in 2011 when he was stabbed and shot at his hotel. The trial into his murder, which has taken more than two years to come to Court amid fears of a cover-up, began at the High Court in Colombo last month. But the trial has since been adjourned for several weeks, and four of the six men accused have been released on bail.  Read More →

Indian Supreme Court to hear case against role of Indian Army in Sri Lanka war

Published : 3:28 am  April 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  189 views  |  

New Delhi: India’s Supreme Court on Friday will hear a writ petition for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the alleged role of the Indian Army in the war in Sri Lanka. A petition has been filed in the apex court by Ram Sankar, an advocate and human rights activist saying that a probe was necessary since the UN Secretary General’s expert panel report implicates Indian armed forces for their involvement with the Sri Lankan army in alleged war crimes against Tamil civilians, including persons of Indian origin, according to a report in The Hindu. The petitioner has alleged that the Indian government deployed its Army in Sri Lanka without the authority and approval of the President... 

Traditional New Year Oil Anointing Ceremony

Published : 12:05 am  April 17, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  339 views  |  
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The traditional Oil Anointing Ceremony for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year was held yesterday at the Yatawatta Rajamaha Viharaya at Koshinna in Gampaha at the auspicious time of 11.16 a.m. President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the chief guest of the ceremony. The state ceremony of anointing oil was organised by the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine with the guidance of the Maha Sanga. The President was anointed with oil while facing south and attired in a greenish garment with Kohomba leaves while standing on Kolon leaves. Nanu was then applied mixed with Kohomba leaves after which it is tradition to take the first bath for the New Year.  Read More →

Sonia says Rajiv died for the Tamils

Published : 12:01 am  April 17, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  436 views  |  
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi says her husband Rajiv Gandhi, who was killed by the LTTE, had sacrificed his life while fighting for “our brothers and sisters” in Sri Lanka. Shas said that the Congress-led Government has throughout stood up for the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils and has been in the forefront to protect the needs of the Indian fishermen, the Business Standard in India reported. Speaking in Kanyakumari, in her first visit to the State after the Lok Sabha elections announced, she attacked the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and put forward promises including right to free medical care, right to shelter, right to... 

Last minute cancellation of Sri Lanka trip angers Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson

Published : 12:00 am  April 17, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  448 views  |  

Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson was left “embarrassed” and “furious” after having to call off a Parliamentary trip to Sri Lanka at the last minute. The Tewkesbury MP and his partner, Annie Adams, were due to jet off to the Indian Ocean island last Thursday. Robertson had been asked by legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan to send a delegation of MPs to his homeland on a fact-finding mission during the Easter recess. The Conservative MP was one of five MPs due to visit with their partners on the week-long trip, which was to be paid for by Muralitharan’s charity, the Foundation of Goodness. But Robertson said two Labour MPs pulled out the night before, without telling him... 

NGO Forum on Ageing Sinhala Tamil New Year celebrations

Published : 12:00 am  April 17, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  582 views  |  

The NGO Forum on Ageing (NFOA) will celebrate the Sinhala Tamil New Year on Tuesday 22 April at No. 38, Frankfurt Place, Colombo 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Read More →

UN Youth Advisory Panel launched

Published : 12:00 am  April 17, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  305 views  |  

15 young Sri Lankans to engage with the United Nations The United Nations Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP), officially launched on 7 April, is part of the wider UN-wide ‘Action Plan on Youth’ to establish direct linkages between youth and the UN Country Team (UNCT). It was followed by a three-day orientation program in Colombo. UNYAP brings together a group of fifteen Sri Lankan youth with a passion for myriad aspects of development work. The panel, chosen after a competitive process, will come together with the UN family in Sri Lanka to support and advise the UNCT in its work through the perspective and experiences of youth. Working with and for youth is a priority for the United Nations both... 

There is a renewed attempt to revive LTTE: SLA

Published : 2:45 am  April 16, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  481 views  |  
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Sri Lanka Army (SLA) authorities say there is a renewed attempt to revive the defeated Tamil Tiger terrorist organisation, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in the north to launch another phase of its struggle for a separate state. The military in a statement revealed that information on several key suspects who were leading the campaign for resurgence of the LTTE surfaced in the general area of Pallai in the Jaffna Peninsula. Investigations into the activities of former LTTE operatives have resulted in several arrests which in turn have led to recovery of arms, ammunitions, explosives and other material that were in their possession. Investigations have revealed that the local group... 

Gota in KL, holds talks with Malaysian PM

Published : 2:42 am  April 16, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  551 views  |  
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Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has had talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Malaysia, the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office said. The talks had taken place on the sidelines of the Defence Services Asia 2014 summit taking place at the World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Rajapaksa is among several foreign Defence Ministers and officials taking part in the summit, the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office added. The Sri Lankan Defence Secretary and his delegation had talks with the Malaysian Premier for some 30 minutes but details of the discussions were not immediately made available. Malaysia has been working closely with Sri Lanka to arrest LTTE operatives working on Malaysian... 

President pardons jailed PSD officers

Published : 12:01 am  April 12, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  694 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa today freed a group of Presidential Security Division (PSD) officers jailed over their involvement in the harassment of popular singers Rukantha Gunatillaka and Chandralekha Perera several years ago. The Panadura High Court had last year sentenced to jail 10 former PSD officers over the incident. The 10 former PSD officers were given 4 1/2 year jail terms and were also ordered to pay compensation to the victims. Another former PSD officer was freed from the case by the Panadura High Court. The former PSD officers were attached to the security staff of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The former PSD members were charged with unlawful assembly, organising, intimidating... 

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