UK provides £3 million of ‘lifesaving support’ to Sri Lanka

The United Kingdom has announced a £3 million humanitarian package of food and farming support for Sri Lanka, which it said would be “lifesaving” as the island continues to struggle with soaring food prices. British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Sarah Hulton said that the new package “will provide multipurpose cash, livelihoods and other support to those most in need across the country including: pregnant and nursing mothers, children, low-income fisherman and daily wage labourers”. “This latest announcement is part of our wider engagement to support Sri Lanka including through the World...

Sinhala Buddhist monk who led hate speech against Muslims attends Saudi National Day event

Sri Lanka’s notorious Buddhist monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) had participated in the Saudi National Day event organised by the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Colombo. He was seen seated with diplomats and holding discussions with them and others at the event. The BBS said that the the Gnanasara was invited to attend the event as a special guest. Gnanasara, a former convict, is notorious for his bigotry and violence, having been found guilty of threatening the wife of Prageeth Eknaligoda; a critic of the then government in 2010. He was released from prison following a...

'Sri Lankan president has no authority to declare High Security Zones' - Sumanthiran

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran said Sri Lankan president Ranil Wickremesinghe did not have the authority to declare parts of the Colombo as High Security Zones under the country's Official Secret Act. "A president without a people's mandate is trying to implement non-existent laws to suppress public dissent," Sumanthiran told reporters in Jaffna. High Security Zones have been deployed by the state for years to seize and occupy vast swathes of land across the North-East. Many such areas remain under military occupation.

Thileepan commemorated in Tamil Nadu 

Lt Col Thileepan was commemorated in Tamil Nadu today on the 35th anniversary of his death. Thileepan was a political wing leader of the LTTE who fasted to death in a protest appealing to the Indian government to honour pledges made to the Tamil people. The memorial was organised by Tamil Nadu political party Naam Thamilar Katchi (NTK) and led by the party's leader Senthamizhan Seeman. Commemorating the anniversary, Seeman described Thileepan as "a revolutionary who gave his life to awaken the sleeping soul of the liberation struggle". He stated on Twitter: ஈழத்தாயக விடுதலைப்...

Thileepan's sacrifice remembered in Nallur

Lt Col Thileepan, a political wing leader of the LTTE who fasted to death, in a protest appealing to the Indian government to honour pledges made to the Tamil people was commemorated in Nallur today. Thileepan began his hunger strike at Nallur Kandaswamy Temple in protest against the failure of the Indian government to honour the pledges made to the Tamil people. He began his fast on 15th September 1987, surrounded by over 100,000 supporters, and died 11 days later, on the 26th September 1987. The exact spot in Nallur where Thileepan began his strike was the site of a memorial built the year...

British Tamils remember Thileepan’s sacrifice

Marking the 35 th anniversary of Lt Col Thileepan’s hunger stike onto death, British Tamils held a memorial event in London. Thileepan began his hunger strike at Nallur Kandaswamy Temple 35 years ago, demanding that the Indian government honour its pledges to the Tamil people. Starting his hunger strike on the 15th of September 1987, surrounded by over 100,000 supporters, and died 11 days later, on the 26th of September 1987.

‘Only those who are forgotten are dead’ – German Tamils remember the sacrifice of Thileepan

In Germany’s capital, Tamils have gathered to commemorate the sacrifice of Lt. Col. Thileepan on the 35 th anniversary of his hunger strike. Starting at Murugan temple, a van carrying a memorial to Thileepan drove across the city, including past Berlin’s parliament, to remember his sacrifice. Thileepan began his hunger strike at Nallur Kandaswamy Temple 35 years ago, demanding that the Indian government honour its pledges to the Tamil people. Starting his hunger strike on the 15th of September 1987, surrounded by over 100,000 supporters, and died 11 days later, on the 26th of September 1987...

Sri Lanka's new acting ministers

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed several acting Ministers to the ministries under his purview to be handled during his absence from the country. The Acting Ministers are as follows: State Minister Premitha Bandara – Acting Defence Minister State Minister Shehan Semasinghe -Acting Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization & National Policies State Minister Dilum Amunugama – Acting Minister of Investment Promotion State Minister Kanaka Herath – Acting Minister of Technology State Minister Anupa Pasqual – Acting Minister of Women, Child Affairs, and Social...

Thileepan commemorated across the North-East

Numerous commemoration events were held across the North-East marking the 35th anniversary since the death of Lt Col Thileepan, a political wing leader of the LTTE who fasted to death, in a protest appealing to the Indian government to honour pledges made to the Tamil people. Thileepan began his fast on 15th September 1987, surrounded by over 100,000 supporters, and died 11 days later, on the 26th September 1987.

High Security Zones 'a new form of illegal repression' - Sajith Premadasa

The Sri Lankan government's newly declared high-security zones across several areas in Colombo are "a new form of illegal repression against the people", said Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Leader Sajith Premadasa, reports DailyFT . The SJB leader went on to state there had been three forms of repression "unleashed" against the people including declaring several high-security zones, the misuse of the Prevention of Terrorism Act to imprison student leaders and the repression of the media. His remarks come after Sri Lankan president Ranil Wickremesinghe issued an Extraordinary Gazette...

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