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LTTE anti-Gota protests Glasgow flop as many Tamils boycott them

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Sujeeva Nivunhella reporting from London

The Pro-LTTE demonstration held against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was attending the COP26 summit in Glasgow was an utter failure, according to independent political observers.

Since the conference centre and the surrounding areas have been considered as high-security areas, demonstrators could not go anywhere near the President. A few people protested in front of the hotel where the President was staying. Unlike in 2010 and 2012 where they managed to bring people in thousands and attracted British media attention, this time around they have failed miserably.

Talking to the Sunday Island with anonymity, a member of the Tamil diaspora community in the UK said that educated Tamil people in the UK are now staying away from the pro-LTTE activities and only a few people who have got asylum cases with the Home Office attend these to support their cases.

President of the SLFP UK Branch, Lasantha Perera said that those LTTE sypmathisers expected disgruntled Sinhalese and Muslim people to join hands with them against the President but they could not muster their support.

In the meantime, Global Sri Lankan Forum published a full page paid advertisement in “The Herald”, a highly circulated newspaper in Scotland supporting President Rajapaksa. It highlighted Sri Lanka’s track record of environmental sustainability. It also mentioned Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process after the war. It said that the government has already resettled over 300,000 internally displaced people and over 12,000 LTTE Cadres including 600 child soldiers forcibly conscripted into its ranks by the LTTE have been rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.

It also used some positive quotes about Sri Lanka from Lord Naseby, ICRC head Paul Castella, Major General John Holmes, Col. Anton Gash former Defence Attache, British High Commission in Colombo and Sir Desmond de Silva QC.

It quoted from President Rajapaksa’s address at the UN General Assembly in September, “It is my Government’s firm intention to build a prosperous, stable and secure future for all Sri Lankans regardless of ethnicity, religion or gender. We are ready to engage with all domestic stakeholders and to obtain the support of our international partners and the United Nations in this process.”



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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