11 Updates

Tamil protestors halt British PM's car in Jaffna

Nov 15 2013, 8:26am CST | by IANS

Colombo/London, Nov 15 (IANS) Thousands of Tamil protesters surrounded British Prime Minister David Cameron's convoy and tried to hand over pictures of their missing loved ones while he was on a visit to Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northern region, eyewitnesses said.

Colombo/London, Nov 15 — Thousands of Tamil protesters surrounded British Prime Minister David Cameron's convoy and tried to hand over pictures of their missing loved ones while he was on a visit to...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

35 weeks ago

Tamil protestors halt British PM's car in Jaffna

Nov 15 2013, 8:26am CST | by IANS

Colombo/London, Nov 15 (IANS) Thousands of Tamil protesters surrounded British Prime Minister David Cameron's convoy and tried to hand over pictures of their missing loved ones while he was on a visit to Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northern region, eyewitnesses said.

Colombo/London, Nov 15 — Thousands of Tamil protesters surrounded British Prime Minister David Cameron's convoy and tried to hand over pictures of their missing loved ones while he was on a visit to Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northern region, eyewitnesses said.

Cameron, who came to Colombo to attend Commonwealth summit being held Nov 15-17, flew to the northern city of Jaffna to meet the region's first Tamil chief minister, former judge C.V. Vigneswaran of the Tamil National Alliance, and people affected by the 25-year civil war that ended in 2009, the Guardian reported.

Shortly after arriving, his convoy was mobbed by relatives of people who had disappeared during the civil war in the country.

Cameron also travelled to meet journalists at the Uthayan newspaper office.

The journalists of the newspaper blamed masked paramilitary gangs sent by the government for the deaths of six of their colleagues, the report stated.

The British prime minister also travelled to a burned-out printing press in the region.

He then visited a refugee camp, described by the Sri Lankan government as a "welfare village", where around 150 families live in makeshift accommodation, it added.

Enormous police presence was also reported in the village.

Earlier Friday, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered a strong message to Commonwealth members here insisting that common problems of the 53-country bloc should outshine the island's human rights record.

Rajapaksa inaugurated the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) with Britain's Prince Charles who is representing Queen Elizabeth II as the head of the Commonwealth.

Cameron was scheduled to hold a meeting later Friday with Rajapaksa in Colombo.

Prior to leaving for Jaffna, Cameron said that in his meeting with Rajapaksa he would quote Winston Churchill who had said there should be magnanimity in victory, a reference to the defeat of Tamil Tigers in the hands of the Sri Lankan army 2009.

"I am sure there will be difficulties," he said when asked if anyone he would speak to would be in fear of reprisals.

"But that, in a way, will tell its own story. If that's the case that will be a demonstration of the difficulties in terms of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, freedom of movement and the key freedoms that we value," he was quoted as saying.

After the end of the three-decade civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009, the Sri Lankan government continued to face severe criticism from the international community over its failure to have credible investigations into human rights abuses that include allegations of killing thousands of civilians during the last phase of the conflict.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
11

1 day ago

France Defies U.S., Says It Will Deliver Warship To Russia

Jul 23 2014 9:04am CDT | Source: Big Government

French President Francois Hollande Receives Herman Van Rumpuy, EU Council President  At Palais de l' Elysee
On July 22 French President Francois Hollande defied Britain and the U.S., saying his country will "deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia" in October. His announcement came on the eve of discussions of "sanctions on Moscow over the downing of...[the Malaysian] civilian airliner over Ukraine." According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Hollande made the announcement "only hours" after Prime Minister David Ca ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
10

1 day ago

Drug and Human Traffickers Prospering Under EU Free Movement Laws

Jul 23 2014 7:37am CDT | Source: Big Government

David Cameron Visits The Shetland Islands
The free movement of people within the European Union is "extensively exploited by organised criminals to bring illicit commodities including drugs, human trafficking victims, illegal immigrants and counterfeit goods to Britain," according to a government report. Spain, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands are key entry and distribution hubs for drugs and other illicit goods before they reach the UK. Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency, admits that "the ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
9

1 day ago

Tories Refuse To Hand Back £160k Russian Donation

Jul 23 2014 5:44am CDT | Source: Big Government

David Cameron Visits The Shetland Islands
Conservatives are refusing to give back a £160k donation from a Russian oligarch with links to the Kremlin, according to the Sun. The money was paid by the wife of Vladimir Putin’s former deputy finance minister for a special tennis match with David Cameron and Boris Johnson. Lubov Chernukhin, who is married to billionaire oligarch Vladimir Chernukhin, won the prize during an auction at the Conservatives Summer party two weeks ago. Party goers were charged up to £12k p ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
8

2 days ago

137,000 Victims of Female Genital Mutilation in Britain

Jul 22 2014 11:42am CDT | Source: Big Government

David Cameron Visits The Shetland Islands
Nearly 140,000 women in Britain are believed to be living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice that involves cutting, or in some cases total removal of, a woman’s genitalia. According to a report by City University London and Equality Now, up to 137,000 women in England and Wales could be living with the after-effects of the practice, despite it being illegal in Britain. Of those, about 10,0 ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
7

2 days ago

Jail Gays And Adulterers Says Islamic Trojan Horse Plotter

Jul 22 2014 8:22am CDT | Source: Big Government

A school chief accused of being behind the 'Trojan Horse' plot to push radical Islam in the British education system has been exposed as a racist and sexist bigot. Secret recordings of Shalid Akmal made by an undercover Daily Mirror journalist show him expressing a wide range of unsavoury views about British life, and white people. He told the undercover journalist that "white women have the least amount of morals", whit ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
5

2 days ago

Minister Ordered Rewrite Of Critical Report On EU Benefits Tourism

Jul 22 2014 6:44am CDT | Source: Big Government

David Cameron Visits The Shetland Islands
Britain's Pro-EU Business Secretary, Vince Cable, is under fire for ordering the rewriting of a Whitehall report that is critical of benefits tourism and European migration, according to the Daily Mail. The report, which was published today, was due to come out earlier this year but publication was delayed by senior Liberal Democrats who feared it was too anti-EU. Despite the major rewrite it still makes clear that EU migration has put strains to services like the NHS and schools. The ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
4

2 days ago

Student Escapes MH17 Death After Last Minute Flight Change

Jul 22 2014 5:18am CDT | Source: Big Government

A 20-year-old Australian student narrowly escaped dying on the doomed Malaysian Airways flight MH17, after she changed her travel plans at the last minute. Bec McDonald from Geelong in Victoria was due to fly home on the plane, but just days before take-off her brother found her a cheaper alternative. She initially flew home via London to save money, but ultimately it saved her life as well. Miss McDonald only found out how close she had come to being killed when she was on a stopover in Kual ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
3

3 days ago

Commons Speaker John Bercow Strengthens His Position Despite Disastrous 12 Months

Jul 22 2014 2:45am CDT | Source: Big Government

David Cameron Visits The Shetland Islands
John Bercow has had a rather difficult year. Twelve months ago, the Speaker of the House of Commons suffered public humiliation at the hands of Conservative MPs, who passed to the press physical evidence of so-called "Bollocked By Bercow" badges they were secretly wearing to subvert him. The badges were designed by backbencher Simon Burns, who famously muttered that Bercow was a "stupid, sanctimonious dwarf", only to apologise to dwarves ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
2

3 days ago

EU Weighs Deeper Sanctions If Russia Fails To Resolve Crisis In Ukraine

Jul 21 2014 9:57pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

David Cameron Visits The Shetland Islands
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access. "What exactly are they trying to hide?" Obama said Monday from the South Lawn of the White House. Obama also warned Putin that he could face additional economic costs if he fails to take steps to resolve the crisis in Ukra ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
1

3 days ago

PM Demands Putin Ends Support For Separatists And Leaves Ukraine Alone

Jul 21 2014 11:16am CDT | Source: Big Government

David Cameron Visits The Shetland Islands
British Prime Minister David Cameron has demanded that Vladimir Putin ends his support for Russian separatists in Ukraine and stops his attempts to destabilise the country. The comments came in his statement to the House of Commons on the shooting down of Malaysian Airways flight MH17. The Prime Minister claimed to have evidence that Russia was training separatists at a facility in the South West of R ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Background TV can impact kids' future
Washington, July 25 (IANS) Do you watch your favourite television show after assigning homework to your kids? This may have a bearing on theirn learning and their success in future.
 
 
Two Pakistan policemen killed in militant attack
Islamabad, July 25 (IANS) At least two policemen were shot dead by militants Friday in Pakistan's Balochistan province.
 
 
Australia moves asylum seekers to mainland
Canberra, July 25 (IANS) A group of 157 asylum seekers who were detained on an Australian customs ship for more than a month is being transferred to the mainland, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Friday.
 
 
Humans hastening sixth mass biological extinction
Washington, July 25 (IANS) The danger is lurking near us. Scientists now warn that the persistent loss and decline of our biodiversity is leading the humanity to early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Bacteria linked to obesity and diabetes found
New York, July 25 (IANS) Biologists have discovered an extremely widespread virus that could be as old as humans and could play a major role in obesity and diabetes. More than half the world's population is host to...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Background TV can impact kids' future
Washington, July 25 (IANS) Do you watch your favourite television show after assigning homework to your kids? This may have a bearing on theirn learning and their success in future. Researchers have found that...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Wiggins says he is done with cycle road racing
Glasgow, July 25 (IANS) England's cycling star Bradley Wiggins said he was done with road racing and would never participate in the Tour de France. Wiggins, who won a Commonwealth Games silver medal Thursday as...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Night lights can wake up breast cancer cells
New York, July 25 (IANS) Sleeping at night with the lights on can not only add to your energy consumption, but also wake up breast cancer cells, a study suggests. Exposure to light at night, which shuts off night-time...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Men in shift work at higher type 2 diabetes risk: Study
New York, July 25 (IANS) Men who works in shift are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a study warns. The reasons for this finding are not clear, say the authors, but suggest that men working shift...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Baldwin refuses to apologise for misconduct
New York, July 25 (IANS) Actor Alec Baldwin would "rather pay a fine" than apologise for allegedly bad-mouthing police officers in May. The 56-year-old actor appeared in a Manhattan court Thursday in relation to a...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Two Pakistan policemen killed in militant attack
Islamabad, July 25 (IANS) At least two policemen were shot dead by militants Friday in Pakistan's Balochistan province. According to a police official, the militants attacked the policemen in the New Sariab area of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Aniston, Theroux want wedding by the ocean
Los Angeles, July 25 (IANS) Actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux reportedly are planning to have their wedding "by the ocean". The couple, who began dating in 2011 and got engaged a year later, are keen to tie...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Australia moves asylum seekers to mainland
Canberra, July 25 (IANS) A group of 157 asylum seekers who were detained on an Australian customs ship for more than a month is being transferred to the mainland, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Friday. The...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Queen 'photobombs' Australian hockey players' selfie
Glasgow, July 25 (IANS) A selfie of two Australian women hockey players, Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris, has gone viral after Queen Elizabeth appeared smiling in the background of their snap. The Queen Thursday...
Read more on Sport Balla