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Sri Lanka attacks: The beach paradise that wants its tourists back
Sri Lanka attacks: The beach paradise that wants its tourists back
Sri Lanka attacks: The beach paradise that wants its tourists back

Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday suicide bombings killed more than 250 people - and threatened to wreck the country's tourism industry. But, five months on, there is hope on the horizon, reports the BBC's Anbarasan Ethirajan in Colombo. Mary Fernando has been selling clothes to tourists for more than 30 years on Negombo beach near the Sri Lankan capital. Carrying small…

BBC - Oct 03 13:48 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, Tourism ]

ICG: \'Dangerous\' actions against Muslims risk Sri Lanka peace
ICG: \'Dangerous\' actions against Muslims risk Sri Lanka peace
ICG: 'Dangerous' actions against Muslims risk Sri Lanka peace

A "harsh and dangerous" crackdown on Sri Lankan Muslims following deadly bombings on Easter Sunday poses a major threat to the Indian Ocean nation's peace and security, a think-tank has warned. The assailants behind the church and hotel bombings in April were fringe actors, but politicians and Sinhalese nationalists have used the attacks to "justify actions that…

Al Jazeera - Oct 03 13:46 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

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  • Sri Lankan presidential nominee Rajapaksa faces court test over nationality

    Sri Lankan presidential nominee Rajapaksa faces court test over nationality

    A court in Sri Lanka set up a three-judge panel on Monday to hear a petition challenging the citizenship of presidential nominee Gotabaya Rajapaksa, which could disqualify the hardline former defense chief from the Nov. 16 vote if it succeeds. Rajapaksa is widely seen as the election frontrunner because of his popularity among majority Sinhala Buddhists over his role…

    Reuters - Oct 03 13:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Karu Jayasuriya emerging as the UNF Presidential candidate

    Karu Jayasuriya emerging as the UNF Presidential candidate

    Speaker of Parliament, and one of Sri Lanka’s most distinguished statesman, Karu Jayasuriya has emerged as the frontrunner to be nominated as the UNF candidate for the Presidency. The largest party in the UNF alliance, the UNP, is likely to soon endorse Jayasuriya’s candidacy through its apex decision making body, the Working Committee. Jayasuriya’s…

    LBO - Sep 19 16:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Restoring ties with China becomes Gota’s task: Keheliya

    Restoring ties with China becomes Gota’s task: Keheliya

    One of the main tasks of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa would be restoring the relationship with China, spokesman for the SLPP presidential candidate, Keheliya Rambukwella said today. Addressing a media briefing, he said the relationship with China had been tarnished on numerous occasions during this government. “For…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 19 16:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • Special cabinet meeting ends in a stalemate

    Special cabinet meeting ends in a stalemate

    The special cabinet meeting believed to have been centered on the abolition of the Executive President has ended in a stalemate. During today's meeting, it is reported that a majority of the ministers had cited that discussing the matter while the Presidential polls was announced is inappopriate. The special Cabinet meeting had been called for by President…

    Sunday Times - Sep 19 16:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • How Chinese existence in Sri Lanka affects India’s interest

    The growing presence of Chinese footprints in Sri Lanka has made India a bit of nervous and forced it to further strengthen its ties with Colombo. The Chinese involvement in Sri Lanka ranges from infrastructure development, economic aid, investments, trade, and strong diplomatic support to the island state, especially in the wake of human rights accountability issue…

    TOI - Sep 19 16:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • U.N. Special Rapporteur Warns About Ethno-Religious Tensions In Sri Lanka

    U.N. Special Rapporteur Warns About Ethno-Religious Tensions In Sri Lanka

    Five months after the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed, visited Sri Lanka to assess the state of religious freedom in the country. During his visit, the U.N. Special Rapporteur met Government officials, local authorities and representatives of ethnic and…

    Forbes - Sep 19 15:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan Tamils are disappointed as the government gave hope and then failed to deliver: Jaffna MP Sumanthiran

    Sri Lankan Tamils are disappointed as the government gave hope and then failed to deliver: Jaffna MP Sumanthiran

    In Sri Lanka’s presidential poll in 2015, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), representing Tamils of the north and east, led its constituency in a crucial protest vote against then President Mahinda Rajapaksa. As the country gears up for the next presidential election, scheduled before the end of this year, Jaffna district MP M.A. Sumanthiran, who is also TNA’s…

    The Hindu - Sep 04 10:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • The Lion Fortress Of Sri Lanka Was Swallowed By The Jungle

    The Lion Fortress Of Sri Lanka Was Swallowed By The Jungle

    Perched on a slab of rock that juts dramatically over the forests of central Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is as imposing a sight now as it must have been when it was first built by a fierce king in the fifth century A.D. Meaning “lion’s rock,” Sigiriya (designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982) is accessed by way of passageways cut into the rock face between a…

    National Geographic - Sep 04 10:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

  • India has no moral right to comment on power devolution: Sri Lanka

    India has no moral right to comment on power devolution: Sri Lanka

    Following the withdrawal of Kashmir’s special status, India does not have a “moral right” to comment on power devolution to provinces in Sri Lanka, Cabinet Minister Champika Ranawaka has said, citing “analysts”. Following a nearly 11-minute-long video message on his official Facebook page last week, the office of the Minister of Megapolis and Western…

    The Hindu - Sep 04 10:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, HumanRights ]

  • General accused of war crimes to head Lanka Army

    General accused of war crimes to head Lanka Army

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights terms Shavendra Silva’s appointment ‘deeply troubling’ President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday named a general accused of war crimes as commander of the Sri Lankan Army, sparking concern over the appointment that the UN later termed “deeply troubling”. In his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,…

    Hindu - Aug 19 18:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Rajapaksas want power to protect themselves, not country’s security

    Rajapaksas want power to protect themselves, not country’s security

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, in Jaffna, yesterday, that the Podujana Peramuna Presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa had asked for another mandate from the people, saying that they wanted to strengthen the country’s security, but when they were in power they protected only themselves and those close to them.Speaking…

    Jaffna - Aug 16 17:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Private sector should be involved in deciding price controls: Harsha

    Private sector should be involved in deciding price controls: Harsha

    In an effort to improve data-based policy making,Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday said an Analytics Unit has been established to act as the “brain of the Government”,to find solutions to deal with cost-of-living issues, beyond slapping arbitrary price controls. Dr. de Silva, speaking to media, pointed…

    FT - Aug 16 16:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Gota is the weakest candidate: JVP

    Gota is the weakest candidate: JVP

    The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday said the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) had selected the weakest option as a presidential candidate when it announced former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as their presidential hopeful. Speaking to media at JVP head office in Battaramulla, Pelawatte, Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said Gotabaya Rajapaksa lacked…

    FT - Aug 13 13:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan Health Ministry warns of possible dengue outbreak

    Sri Lanka's Health Ministry has warned of a possible dengue outbreak as the number of deaths from the disease has reached 56 and the number of those affected has risen to over 36,000 so far this year, local media reports said here Tuesday. The government epidemiology unit said the worst affected districts were capital Colombo, Gampaha in the outskirts of Colombo,…

    Xinhua Net - Aug 13 13:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Ranks bestowed an insult to security forces: SF

    Ranks bestowed an insult to security forces: SF

    Filed Marshal Sarath Foneka said yesterday the ranks bestowed on two senior military officers such as the rank of Admiral of the Fleet awarded to former navy commander Wasantha Karannagoda was an insult to the security forces. “Citing an example, he said foreign countries bestowed such a rank on an officer only if he commands large number of ships, at least nine…

    Daily Mirror - Aug 13 13:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • PM: will Gotabaya seek pardon for sins of Rajapaksa regime?

    PM: will Gotabaya seek pardon for sins of Rajapaksa regime?

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday asked whether SLPP Presidential nominee Gotabaya Rajapaksa would seek pardon for all the sins committed by the previous Rajapaksa regime. He noted that Rajapaksa, in his nomination acceptance speech on Sunday, had pledged to ensure an environment free of fear and suspicion for each and every citizen born in this country. …

    CDN - Aug 13 13:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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  • Time for Canada to deal with its garbage at home

    Time for Canada to deal with its garbage at home

    Many Canadians think that all garbage, particularly the stuff in those shipping containers, is worthless. That’s wrong. There’s energy and money in what we think of as garbage. Case in point, those 1,500 tonnes of mixed plastics returned from the Philippines will be mostly incinerated in Burnaby, B.C., to produce electricity for 16,000 homes. And maybe someone…

    Toronto Star - Jul 22 18:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World, SriLanka ]

  • Tamim Iqbal allays security fears ahead of Sri Lanka tour

    Tamim Iqbal allays security fears ahead of Sri Lanka tour

    Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal said on Monday that his team is happy to come forward in helping out Sri Lanka after being cleared by security, as the players are aware of how tough it can be when teams are starved off cricket at home. BCB opted not to tour Sri Lanka initially after security concern were raised following the terrorist attack in April, and only…

    CricBuzz - Jul 22 18:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, Muslims ]

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