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News: CAFOD echoes calls for an end to violence in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 06/03/2018 (Tuesday)
As the Sri Lankan government declares a State of Emergency following outbreaks of anti-Muslim attacks, the Catholic aid agency CAFOD echoes the calls of its local Sri Lankan partners for an end to the violence. Jehan Perera, Executive Director of CAFOD’s partner, the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, said: “The sudden eruption of anti-Muslim violence in Ampara and its spread to Kandy is a big blow to reconciliation in our country. The sudden deterioration of law and order threatens to
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Videos: Hon M A Sumanthiran's Speech on 6th March 2018
Posted Date: 06/03/2018 (Tuesday)
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Events: 19th Saiva conference
Posted Date: 05/03/2018 (Monday)
Alperton Community School, Ealing Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA0 4PW
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News: Office of Missing Persons Provides ‘Audacity Of Hope’ to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 03/03/2018 (Saturday)
Let me begin on a very personal note. The first major emotional upheaval I underwent as a result of losing a very loved one, was when I lost my maternal grandfather in December 1968. I was 14 years old at that time. I was inordinately fond of him and he of me, his eldest grandchild. My grandfather had been ailing for some time and his impending demise was expected. Both his children, their spouses and all his grandchildren were around his bed when my grandfather breathed his last.
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Events: Elm Road Playground reopening event
Posted Date: 03/03/2018 (Saturday)
Elm Road Recreation Ground, Kingston Upon Thames
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Photos: Sri Lanka’s occupation of the Vanni threatens local communities – STP report
Posted Date: 01/03/2018 (Thursday)
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News: Tokyo’s Rakhine aid emphasises "humanitarian-development nexus
Posted Date: 26/02/2018 (Monday)
"As a rights-respecting member of the UN, and as a regional power, it's time for Japan to step up and urge Myanmar to respect human rights in Rakhine State,” the ICJ legal adviser said. TOKYO is funding two projects involving about US$20.6 million (2.2 billion Yen) in humanitarian assistance to address the crisis in Rakhine. Japan is urged to appeal to Myanmar to respect human rights in the restive Rakhine State.
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Events: Annual General Meeting and "Race, Identity and Belonging" Conference
Posted Date: 26/02/2018 (Monday)
Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA
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Photos: US will return to Vietnam, Sri Lanka during Pacific Partnership mission
Posted Date: 23/02/2018 (Friday)
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News: Learning to Live in the Colonies and Camps Repatriates and Refugees in Tamil Nadu
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Involuntary migration of Tamil repatriates and refugees from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu began in the late 1960s and continued for several decades. The relief and rehabilitation offered to them by the Government of India was far from adequate, and life in the camps and colonies was hard and often unbearable. The unsuitable living conditions forced the migrants to learn how to deal with adversity and to assert agency in the midst of despair and hopelessness. Although life in the camps and colonies was difficult, migrants managed to carve out a space for themselves.
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News: Dogs Bark but the Caravan Moves...
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
In response to the clarion call by the late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, the nation safeguarded Democracy, in Sri Lanka in January in 2015. Remarkably UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, pledged his support to the common presidential candidate. Thus, on January 8, 2015, Maithripala Sirisena was elected as President. He polled 62 million votes as against 58 million polled by opposing candidate Mahinda Rajapakse.The people also gave a mandate to the President to appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe, as the Prime Minister.
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News: Tamil Nadu-Sri Lanka drug nexus: Something fishy about these fishermen
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
The legendary movie Scarface opens with a scene where 1,000s of refugees from Cuba land into the United States. Antonio Montana played by the greatest actor of our times, Al Pacino is one among them. What follows is chaos and dark, dirty world of drugs. Tamil Nadu-Sri Lanka drug nexus: Something fishy about these fishermen Flashback, 2006. There were 18,600 Tamil refugees who arrived at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. All were sent to special camps on the suspicion that they had links with the LTTE. Further, the probe revealed that many were drug co, Many refugees had become couriers and in the name of medicines and aid came the drugs.
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News: Sri Lanka to tighten controls over NGOs
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is to tighten controls over charities and civil society organizations, through changes to a 1980 law requiring the registration of voluntary organizations, Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said. The changes is partly driven by the requirement of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank which is in charge of Anti-Money laundering/Combatting Terrorism Finance (AML/CFT), activities. Sri Lanka has fallen behind requirement of the global AML/CFT framework and is now in the so-called 'grey list'.
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News: Sri Lanka police cover up in Lasantha murder emerge after key arrest
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
The arrest of a retired senior Deputy Inspector-General has revealed how the police scuttled its own investigations to protect military intelligence men who carried out the assassination of editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. Senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara who is currently in remand custody has allegedly instructed his juniors to not only botch the investigation, but also destroy evidence gathered from the crime scene, according to a confession by Senior Superintendent Hemantha Adhikari. It was Adhikari who led the investigation into Wickrematunge's assassination in January 2009 under the immediate supervision of DIG Nanayakkara who at the time was in charge of Western Province (south).
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News: Kuwait amnesty period for Lankans ends today
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
The general amnesty period announced by the Kuwait government for Sri Lankans residing without a valid travel document ends today. The Kuwait government in January announced that Sri Lankans had the opportunity to leave Kuwait without having to pay a fine during the amnesty period. The Interior Ministry of Kuwait announced an amnesty period for all expatriates who do not have residence permits or whose residence permits have expired.
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News: Thera gets patent for solar-powered vehicle
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
The chief incumbent of the International Meditation Centre at Rathmalkanda Aranyaya (hermitage) in Kitthalella, Bandarawela Ven. Madawala Upali Thera has received the patent license for his invention of solar-power operated motor vehicle. A unique feature of this vehicle is that there is no emission of carbon dioxide and sulpher dioxide to the environment, thereby helping to minimise air pollution and reduce global warming, according to the thera.
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News: Govt. bound to implement UNHRC resolution: TNA
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Opposition Leader and TNA MP R. Sampanthan today said that the government was bound to implement the UNHRC resolution both in spirit and letter and called on the international community to ensure it was fully implemented. Highlighting the delays that have occurred in implementing the resolution he said that the International community must take necessary steps to ensure that the government is held accountable for the commitments made to the international community and to the people in Sri Lanka on implementing Cosponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council.
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News: In world report Sri Lanka listed among countries unsafe for Muslims
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka has been listed among countries unsafe for Muslims in a newly released world report. In the report, Amnesty International notes that Sri Lanka saw a rise in Buddhist nationalist sentiment last year, including attacks against Christians and Muslims. In September, a group of hardline Buddhist monks attacked the homes of Rohingya refugees in Boosa, southern Sri Lanka. In November, dozens of home and businesses of Muslims were attacked near the southern city of Galle.
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News: Mother tongue key symbol of our individual identity - CBK
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga speaking as Chief Guest at the 2018 International Mother Language Day celebrations at the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo yesterday. Picture by Sarath Peiris The 2018 International Mother Language Day celebrations jointly organised by the Bangladesh High Commission, Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, National Unity and Reconciliation, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Sri Lanka Scout Association and university of Visual and Performing Arts was held at the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo yesterday.
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Photos: Sri Lanka Relations in Perspective History alive in both countries
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
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