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Lessons for Joe Root, Dauris and the British: Minefields, Terrorist Hits and the Miliband Intervention in 2009

Shamindra Ferdinando, Island, 27 November 2018:

Having visited one-time LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) dominated Periyamadu on Nov 19, morning, Englishman Olly Stone tweeted: “GREAT DAY UP IN NORTH SRI LANKA VISITING THE MINEFIELDS WITH MAG (Mine Advisory Group), AN AMAZING JOB THEY ARE DOING WITH THE LOCAL PEOPLE TO HELP MAKE THE PLACE SAFE AGAIN AND GROW THE COMMUNITY!”

Periyamadu, Nov 19, 2018: Some members of the England cricket team accompany Mine Advisory Group (MAG) personnel to an area cleared of explosive devices. From Left : Joe Root, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Olly Stone and British High Commissioner Dauris (partly covered) at the back (pic courtesy BHC, Colombo)

 

Twenty five-year-old Stone is a right-arm fast bowler and right-handed batsman of the visiting English team. Stone was one of the four members of the English team to experience the life in former battlefield east of the Kandy-Jaffna A9 road. Captain of the team Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Keaton Jennings, too, visited an area declared cleared of mines.

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Tamils pay Homage to Dead Tigers on 27th November: Channel 4 You Tube on Deep Scars of the Wars

Jonathan Miller of Channel 4 reporting from Sri Lanka, 27 November 20 — with title  Tamils hold provocative remembrance services for fallen Tiger fighters”

https://www.channel4.com/news/tamils-hold-provocative-remembrance-services-for-fallen-tiger-fighters

Amid continuing political turmoil in Sri Lanka, the Tamils in the north of the country have tonight held ceremonies commemorating fallen fighters of the Tamil Tiger insurgent army which was summarily defeated nine years ago. The remembrance events are highly controversial, particularly among ethnic Sinhalese nationalists.

Despite international outrage over alleged atrocities committed by Sri Lankan armed forces, there has been little progress towards accountability. We report from the former Tamil Tiger capital, Killinochi. A warning: the report contains images that some viewers might find distressing.

 This snap is from 27 November 2015

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BRISLA AWARDS: …. with Lord Michael Naseby in the Frame

“British Sri Lankan community promote social integration at Lord’s Cricket Ground” … 30 October 2018,….. http://www.ft.lk/sports/British-Sri-Lankan-community-promote–social-integration-at-Lord-s-Cricket-Ground/23-665675

A local optician who is passionate about supporting the Sri Lankan community in the UK united with Altair, a real estate company based in Sri Lanka, to host the BRISLA (British Sri Lanka Association) Awards on 13 October at the Long Room, Lord’s Cricket Ground.  Host of the evening, BRISLA Chair and Specsavers New Malden Director Dr Zimar Sivardeen rubbed shoulders with special guests and dignitaries, who made an appearance at the awards to show their support to BRISLA and the award nominees’ contributions to society. With the support of Indocean Developers Ltd. and Altair as Platinum sponsors, the BRISLA Awards celebrated local champions who embody BRISLA’s mission to achieve a cohesive, fair and prosperous society. Those shortlisted ahead of the evening were able to demonstrate to BRISLA how they had excelled in this quest, and rightly earned their right to attend the prestigious awards, thanks to their fantastic work within their own sphere.  

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From left: BRISLA Secretary & Meta Defence Labs UK & Sri Lanka MD Chani Simms, BRISLA Treasurer Michael McKay, Leicestershire Cricket Club CEO Wasim Khan MBE, Lord Naseby, President of The College of Ophthalmologists Michael Burdon, BRISLA Publicity Officer Vigneswara Kumar, BRISLA Chairman Dr. Zimar Sivardeen

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East Asian Leaders challenge Trump and demand Open Markets

News Item by Agence France-Press in THE NATION of Singapore,12 November 2018,  entitled “Call for open markets as world leaders gather in Singapore”

Singapore’s prime minister made an impassioned plea Monday for open markets and warned “political pressures” were driving countries apart, in a swipe at rising protectionism at the start of a gathering of world leaders.


Leaders including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and US Vice President Mike Pence are meeting this week in the city-state against the backdrop of a months-long trade dispute between Beijing and Washington. Some of those attending are expected to announce major progress on a massive China-backed trade deal that excludes the US, in a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s increasingly unilateralist approach to international commerce.

Trump is skipping the annual summit — which was regularly attended by his predecessor Barack Obama — in a sign of how far he has withdrawn from attempts to shape the global rules of trade and raising new questions about Washington’s commitment to Asia.

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Sri Lanka: Lord Naseby canes Lord Swire for Overstepping Limits

Item in DAILY MIRROR…http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/SL-s-Political-crisis-Lord-Naseby-unhappy-over-Sir-Hugo-Swire-s-statement-157970.html

Commenting on the political situation in Sri Lanka, British Parliamentarian Lord Naseby has said he was unhappy that former British junior minister put down a question suggesting what happened in Sri Lanka was unconstitutional. “That is not the law, I believe, of the UK Parliamentarian. You have your own Constitution. I have been very careful in my fifty years of service. I have never been supporting any one party nor doing any business. I would suggest my colleague that they should do exactly the same,” he said.

Former Foreign Secretary Sir Hugo Swire in the House of Commons earlier drawing attention to the political crisis in Sri Lanka asked the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to point out to the Sri Lankan President that the international community recognizes Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and only a vote in parliament can change his status.

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Ashraff: Single most popular mass figure in Eastern Muslim politics

October 23 is the 70th Birth anniversary of legendary Muslim Congress leader M.H.M. Ashraf…



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Tamara Kunanayakam slams Western Intervention in Lanka’s Political Order…. and evokes Egyptian Comparisons

Tamara Kunanayakam: her Eliya Briefing: entitled On the current political crisis in Sri Lanka” Colombo,  30 October 2018

I will express myself on the international aspects of the political crisis in which the country finds itself today and their far-reaching consequences for the country’s sovereignty and independence, which must be taken into account in all its dimensions if an appropriate response is to be formulated.  We are facing blatant external interference in a domestic political process, an act inadmissible to any sovereign state. A climate of insecurity is being created artificially by the defeated allies of the West whose objective may be to provoke a violent situation that will provide justification for external intervention to restore them to power, if necessary, by force.

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