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Not averse to Rajinikanth visiting Sri Lanka when situation improves: VCK
Not averse to Rajinikanth visiting Sri Lanka when situation improves: VCK

Rajinikanth, however, can meet the Tamils any day in Sri Lanka but only after the situation of its various regions affected by the 2009 war improves there, he said. "People there too are ready to welcome him. We too are not going to oppose it," he told reporters here, adding, however, that the present situation was not conducive for the actor's visit. "When the…

PTI - Mar 29 17:15 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Tamil Nadu, History, Arts&Culture ]

Kevin O’Leary, a Trump-lite bully, could be Trudeau’s worst nightmare
Kevin O’Leary, a Trump-lite bully, could be Trudeau’s worst nightmare

Of all the disputes roiling Canada these days, there’s one thing on which the mainstream media unanimously agree: Kevin O’Leary is appalling. He’s a Trump-lite bully with no political experience and no qualifications to lead a major political party. A reality-TV star who’s long on swagger and short on substance. A braggart with an iffy business record.…

GM - Mar 28 14:01 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Canada ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • How Kathleen Wynne's Liberals can save their own skin: Cohn

    How Kathleen Wynne\'s Liberals can save their own skin: Cohn

    How does Kathleen Wynne overcome her dismal popularity ratings? There’s no good answer, but here’s a better question: With or without Wynne, how do Liberals compete in the next election? Recurring speculation about the premier’s fate misses the mark. There is no saviour waiting in the wings, or walking on wings, capable of jettisoning all the excess…

    Toronto Star - Mar 28 13:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

  • The Real Reasons Behind China's Big Investments In Sri Lanka

    The Real Reasons Behind China\'s Big Investments In Sri Lanka

    What’s China doing in Sri Lanka? Officially, it’s building the country’s infrastructure. Like the ports of Colombo and Hambantota, which have left the country heavily indebted. Unofficially, China is setting up outposts in the Indian Ocean as part of Beijing’s broader strategy to secure the passage of Middle East oil through the Strait of Malacca and…

    Forbes - Mar 25 17:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, China ]

  • UK wants resolution calling for foreign judges fully implemented

    UK wants resolution calling for foreign judges fully implemented

    The UK has urged Sri Lanka to take tangible measures to ensure meaningful devolution through constitutional reforms, establish credible transitional justice mechanisms, return all remaining military-held private land and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act with human rights compliant legislation during ongoing Geneva sessions. "We welcome the co-sponsorship of…

    Island - Mar 25 00:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UK, WarCrimes ]

  • TNA welcomes UNHRC resolution

    TNA welcomes UNHRC resolution

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today welcomed the adoption of UNHRC resolution 34/L 1 which reaffirms the full implementation of resolution 30/1 of 2015, promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.“We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to honour its commitment with regard to these resolutions and implement the same in letter and spirit…

    DM - Mar 25 00:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, TNA, WarCrimes ]

  • MICROIMAGE OPENS A NEW R&D CENTRE IN JAFFNA

    The opening ceremony was graced by senior faculty members of Department of Computer Science at the University of Jaffna and Vavuniya Campus. In a speech, Dr. Thabotharan Kathiravelu, representing Faculty of Computer Science, University of Jaffna praised Microimage for their timing in opening an R&D center in Jaffna as it is the ideal opportunity for the students at…

    RM - Mar 24 23:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Education, History ]

  • Teen collects orthopedic aids for Sri Lanka's poor

    Teen collects orthopedic aids for Sri Lanka\'s poor

    An Easton High School sophomore who has set her sights high and her embrace of humanity wide is asking the Talbot County community to do the same. With a 4.0 GPA, a busy schedule, a big heart, and a quick smile, 16-year-old Natasha Panduwawala is determined to make a difference in the lives of Sri Lankans with mobility challenges. She wants them to benefit from…

    Star - Mar 24 23:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Rajinikanth's Sri Lanka visit next month triggers opposition from Tamil outfits

    Rajinikanth\'s Sri Lanka visit next month triggers opposition from Tamil outfits

    Superstar Rajinikanth's visit to Sri Lanka next month to inaugurate a housing scheme has met with opposition from pro-Tamil outfits here, who cautioned him from getting "involved" in the emotive ethnic issue. Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) urged the top actor not go ahead with his two-day visit starting April 9 during…

    PTI - Mar 24 23:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tamil Nadu, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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      - Rajinikanth’s Sri Lanka visit sparks uproar; calls made for superstar to cancel trip - FE
  • China, Sri Lanka to deepen defence cooperation

    China, Sri Lanka to deepen defence cooperation

    China and Sri Lanka will deepen cooperation in all sectors including defence, official media said on Tuesday as defence minister and state councillor Chang Wanquan wrapped up a visit to the island nation before heading to Nepal. The official news agency, Xinhua, quoted Chang telling President Maithripala Sirisena that the two countries agreed to promote the…

    Hindustan Times - Mar 21 20:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, History, China ]

  • Still riven: Measures to placate Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority are stalling

    Still riven: Measures to placate Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority are stalling

    “WE ARE like dogs in the street, while your men occupy our homes,” read one of the banners strung up by Tamil protesters, mostly women in saris and ragged children. They had been camping for more than a month in a jumble of makeshift tents on a baking, dusty roadside near a Sri Lankan air-force base in the country’s remote north-east. They said that the armed…

    The Economist - Mar 17 13:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Films on Lankan war in stormy seas

    Films on Lankan war in stormy seas

    The civil war in Sri Lanka was a bitterly fought one between the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalas. The Tamil-speaking population – which has its sympathisers in the people of Tamil Nadu, bound as the two are by a common language – was demanding a separate homeland in the northern parts of Sri Lanka. For 30 years, the two communities battled, ruining the…

    Gulf Times - Mar 17 13:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture, WarCrimes ]

  • Where Has All the Water Gone?

    Where Has All the Water Gone?

    We live on a parched planet. Farmers till arid pastureland, and policymakers fret over empty reservoirs, dry rivers, and thirsty cities. And that only scratches the surface – literally – of the world’s water problem. Subterranean aquifers, which amount to the world’s reserve water tank, are also running dry. If this continues, the consequences could be dire,…

    Groundviews - Mar 17 13:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • On her own two feet, after Sri Lanka’s crippling war

    On her own two feet, after Sri Lanka’s crippling war

    Few students in Vadamarachchi, part of Sri Lanka’s northern peninsula, had heard of Visual Basic until Sebastian Selvanayagi started offering a course in it at her modest computer centre. “Even basic programming languages haven’t come to our village in a big way,” she said, entering a small room in her home, in Vetrilaikeni in Vadamarachchi East, where five…

    Hindu - Mar 11 20:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Jaffna, History ]

  • Snowden shelterers in Hong Kong seek Canada asylum: lawyer

    Snowden shelterers in Hong Kong seek Canada asylum: lawyer

    Three families who helped shelter former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in Hong Kong in 2013 after his mass leak of information about surveillance programs have asked Canada for asylum, their lawyer said on Friday. The families - three Sri Lankan adults, a Filipina, and three stateless children - have had long-pending asylum claims in Hong…

    Reuters - Mar 11 20:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Canada ]

  • Preet Bharara Is Fired After Refusing to Step Down as U.S. Attorney

    Preet Bharara Is Fired After Refusing to Step Down as U.S. Attorney

    Preet Bharara, the Manhattan federal prosecutor who was asked by President Trump to remain in his post shortly after the election, was fired on Saturday after he refused an order to submit his resignation. Mr. Bharara’s dismissal capped an extraordinary showdown in which a political appointee who was named by Mr. Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama,…

    NYT - Mar 11 20:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World ]

  • Charge Denied, But Lanka Will Probe Tamil Nadu Fisherman Killing: 10 Points

    Charge Denied, But Lanka Will Probe Tamil Nadu Fisherman Killing: 10 Points

    The killing of a 22-year-old Indian fisherman shot dead near Palk Strait allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy personnel has put the focus back on a tiny island of Kachchatheevu that the Tamil Nadu government alleges was wrongly ceded to Sri Lanka through two pacts signed between New Delhi and Colombo in the 1970s. Sri Lanka has denied its Navy was involved but tried to cap…

    NDTV - Mar 07 22:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Tamil Nadu, History ]

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      - Sri Lankan Navy denies killing Indian fisherman - Hindu
  • Sri Lanka's legal process, lack of approvals delay FDI - investment chief

    Long delays in Sri Lanka's legal process and a lack of speedy approvals from government institutions have delayed foreign direct investment (FDI), the head of state-run investment body chief said on Friday. The government said last month FDI slumped 54 percent to $450 million last year compared with $970 million in 2015. Upul Jayasuriya, head of the Board of…

    Reuters - Mar 06 03:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy ]

  • UN urges Sri Lanka not to miss chance to advance justice, reconciliation

    UN urges Sri Lanka not to miss chance to advance justice, reconciliation

    The slow pace of transitional justice in Sri Lanka and the lack of a comprehensive strategy to address accountability for past crimes risk derailing the momentum towards lasting peace, reconciliation and stability, a United Nations report said today. “Seventeen months ago, when we published a detailed report on the grave human rights violations committed during…

    UN - Mar 03 15:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

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      - U.N. says Sri Lankan security, police reportedly still committing rape, torture - Reuters
  • Sri Lanka to co-sponsor UN resolution

    Sri Lanka to co-sponsor UN resolution

    Even as Sri Lanka prepares to co-sponsor a UN resolution at the ongoing Human Rights Council session, seeking more time to fulfil its obligations, the country’s Tamil leadership has called for a time-table and strict monitoring of government initiatives. Currently working on a draft with the U.S., the U.K. and Montenegro, Sri Lanka will soon submit a resolution…

    The Hindu - Mar 03 15:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Linguistic slights spur ethnic division in Sri Lanka

    Linguistic slights spur ethnic division in Sri Lanka

    FROM its gleaming new headquarters, Jaffna’s police force serves around 100,000 people. The vast majority of the local population are Tamils or Tamil-speaking Muslims; fewer than 50 locals are members of Sri Lanka’s biggest ethnic group, the Sinhalese. But the vast majority of the city’s 532 police officers are Sinhalese; only 43 are Tamil, and very few of the…

    The Economist - Mar 02 21:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

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