Since I had been introduced to the British peer Lord Michael Naseby in the surrounds of the House of Lords in March 2018, I assumed that he had been born into the aristocratic upper layer of British society. Wrong. It required his book Sri Lanka for me to learn that he was from the upper middle class and had contested parliamentary seats from the late-960s on behalf of the Conservative Party in what were Labour strongholds – with his peerage being of 1990s vintage. As vitally, his early career as a marketing executive had seen him working in Pakistan and Bengal in the early 1960s before he was stationed in Sri Lanka as a marketing manager for Reckitt and Colman in the period 1963-64.
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ITEM ONE = Glen Jenvey of London – An exclusive to Asian Tribune, entitled “LTTE to take British Government to Courts”
The LTTE – acronym stands for the Tamil Tigers of Tamil Eelam, is set to challenge the British Government in the appeal courts, over their banning as the terrorist organization, who were credited with the claim of inventing the modern suicide bombers, and also that they are not a terrorist organization (?) but only ‘Freedom Fighters’ and they have given notice of appeal to the Proscribed Organization’s Appeal Commission, under the Terrorism Act of 2000.
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News Item in Colombo Gazette, 4 February 2020
Concerns were raised today over the failure by the Government to sing the National Anthem in Tamil at the main Independence Day event at Independence Square. The National Anthem was sung only in Sinhalese, which was a shift from the policy of the former Government which decided to sing the anthem in Sinhalese and Tamil in order to promote reconciliation among the communities.
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DBS Jeyaraj, in his website column 15 December 2019, with this title “The Switzerland Connection in LTTE Fund Raising Activity”
Recent events have focused the media spotlight on the Federal Republic of Switzerland known officially as the Swiss Confederation. The landlocked European nation is respected highly on a global scale due to its policy of armed neutrality. Despite the impeccable credentials of Switzerland, the country is being viewed negatively by influential sections of the Sri Lankan people. There is suspicion that an orchestrated campaign is being pursued by certain elements to depict the country as an “enemy” of Sri Lanka. Three recent happenings concerning Switzerland–Sri Lanka relations have contributed to this unfortunate state of affairs.
Tamil rally in Geneva, summer 2003
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Conservative peer Lord Naseby has issued a media release about the UK general election, addressing the confusion in the Conservative Party’s Manifesto where Sri Lanka is mentioned. This release also comments on the Labour Party’s position on Sri Lanka.
Background: A significant controversy has arisen during the British general election campaign over the Conservative Party’s manifesto and its mentioning of a ‘two-state solution’ in association with Sri Lanka. In this regard, Conservative peer, the Rt Hon Lord Naseby PC has issued a statement. This trusted and long-standing friend of Sri Lanka is critical of the Conservatives for creating such confusion and fully understands the concerns that this error has caused amongst Sri Lankans everywhere.
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