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Sri Lanka hit by worst drought in decades
Sri Lanka hit by worst drought in decades

Sri Lanka is suffering its worst drought in four decades, according to officials, with more than a million people experiencing acute water shortages. The lack of rain last year has lowered water levels in rivers in parts of the country. With less water available to drain the sea salt, supplies have been contaminated, especially in the town of Kalutara, south of the…

Al Jazeera - Jan 22 14:57 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights ]

A movement to reclaim Tamil pride
A movement to reclaim Tamil pride
A movement to reclaim Tamil pride

In fighting the ban on the traditional sport, the people found a channel to express their latent anger against several issues affecting them. As the protesters had a sniff of victory on Saturday night, with the State passing an ordinance to allow the recommencement of jallikattu, the movement to reclaim the sport as the symbol of Tamil pride never looked bigger.…

The Hindu - Jan 22 14:56 GMT - more ... [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, History ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again

    Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again

    Politics is shaped by leaders’ ability to deliver. It is all about doing and achieving, “doing what you say what you say you are going to do,” to paraphrase Dr. Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka’s current deputy minister of foreign affairs. It is not about good intentions; it is about getting results. It is not about pleasing outsiders; ultimately it is about keeping…

    Diplomat - Jan 19 18:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • India, Sri Lanka in talks on port

    India, Sri Lanka in talks on port

    Sri Lanka is in talks to offer the port of Trincomalee to India. Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue here, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Colombo’s Minister of Regional Development, said that the decision on offering the port to India will be taken soon. “Talks are at present going on between India and Sri Lanka and we hope to offer…

    Hindu - Jan 19 18:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Trincomalee, SriLanka ]

  • Thousands protest at India bullfighting ban

    Thousands protest at India bullfighting ban

    Thousands of people in India's southern Tamil Nadu state are protesting against a ban on bullfighting. At least 4,000 people have been camping at Marina beach in the state's capital, Chennai (Madras), since Tuesday night. Traditional bull-taming contests, known as Jallikattu, have been popular for centuries in the state. Protesters say they represent its identity. …

    BBC - Jan 18 22:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, Arts&Culture ]

  • Toronto housing boom to continue as Vancouver slumps

    Toronto housing boom to continue as Vancouver slumps

    Canada’s two largest housing markets are going in different directions, with the Greater Toronto Area poised for another rally in 2017 while the Vancouver region girds for a decline. Royal LePage forecasts the median residential price in the GTA will jump 10 per cent this year while Greater Vancouver will experience an 8.5-per-cent price decrease for various…

    Globe and Mail - Jan 18 15:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

  • With drought looming, Sri Lanka tries something new: preparing

    With rainfall in many areas just a third of that last year and many water reservoirs far below normal levels, Sri Lankans have begun holding traditional ceremonies to invoke rain – some with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. But this time, national officials are also doing something new to prepare for what many fear could be the worst drought…

    Reuters - Jan 18 14:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • Federal Court upholds deportation of Tamil Tigers fundraiser who has fought to stay in Canada for 22 years

    Federal Court upholds deportation of Tamil Tigers fundraiser who has fought to stay in Canada for 22 years

    An alleged fundraiser for Tamil rebels who has been fighting deportation from Canada for more than two decades has lost a key court battle after a federal judge dismissed his appeal. The Federal Court upheld the deportation of Manickavasagam Suresh on the grounds he was a member of a terrorist organization and that he was complicit in war crimes and crimes against…

    National Post - Jan 17 17:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Refugees, Canada ]

  • 2016 was a record-setting year for Canada’s housing market

    2016 was a record-setting year for Canada’s housing market

    Canada’s real estate market will have a hard act to follow after a record-setting 2016 for prices and sales. The average price for various housing types sold nationally for all of 2016 reached a new yearly high of $490,495, up 10.7 per cent from 2015, though there were stark differences within the country, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) said Monday. …

    Globe and Mail - Jan 17 16:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

  • India must rethink opposition to Chinese investment in Sri Lanka: Chinese media

    India must rethink opposition to Chinese investment in Sri Lanka: Chinese media

    India should rethink its opposition to Chinese investments in Sri Lanka and join the port development in the island nation instead of feeling "jealous", China's state media said today. "It is understandable that the cooperation has left some Asian countries vigilant as media reports suggest that an 80 per cent share of the port, which sits on an important trade…

    Economic Times - Jan 17 00:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, China ]

  • 'There is reason to hope' says Sri Lanka's foreign minister on reconciliation hopes after civil war

    \'There is reason to hope\' says Sri Lanka\'s foreign minister on reconciliation hopes after civil war

    Addressing the London-based think tank, Chatham House, Mangala Samaraweera, said the Indian Ocean island, once riven by a 26-year conflict ending in 2009 between separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces, was now a "new Sri Lanka, united by its diversity"."We are confronting these problems on a daily basis and we know the reconciliation process has not…

    IBTimes - Jan 13 16:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: UK, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Troubling Quest for Justice

    Sri Lanka’s Troubling Quest for Justice

    Though largely unreported internationally, Sri Lanka experienced a major political shake-up two years ago. In January 2015, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s hardline president, was defeated in his quest for an unprecedented third term. There were hopes the country was on the road to democratic and political reform. However, that journey has been, at best, a…

    Diplomat - Jan 13 16:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • European Commission proposes GSP+ to SL

    European Commission proposes GSP+ to SL

    The European Commission today proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country's commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. Removal of…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 11 21:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Economy, WarCrimes ]

  • UK exported 500 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia in 1980s, admits MoD

    UK exported 500 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia in 1980s, admits MoD

    Cluster bombs are designed to release dozens of smaller bombs over a wide area, but the smaller munitions do not always explode, posing a future risk to civilians. Amnesty International has previously accused the UK prime minister, Theresa May, of burying her head in the sand over the issue, given the “clear risk that UK weapons could be used to commit breaches…

    Guardian - Jan 11 21:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka should rethink immigration, diaspora policies: Hausmann

    Sri Lanka should rethink immigration, diaspora policies: Hausmann

    Sri Lanka should rethink its immigration, diaspora and product development policies so as to encourage more complexity in exports, economist Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard University said in Colombo on Monday. Immigrants and diaspora bring with them significant know-how and skills necessary for the setting up of new industries, a process which Sri Lanka could benefit…

    LBO - Jan 11 00:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • In Sri Lanka, the Wounds of War Are Healing

    In Sri Lanka, the Wounds of War Are Healing

    A central tenet of geopolitical analysis is that place matters, and perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in Sri Lanka. The island nation lies just off the coast of southeastern India at the midpoint of the Indian Ocean, occupying a vital sea-lane and trade corridor between the Middle East and East Asia. For centuries, its location — plus its deep natural harbors and…

    Stratfor - Jan 09 18:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

  • Sri Lanka strips suit and tie from official dress code

    Sri Lanka strips suit and tie from official dress code

    Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday overturned a 26-year-old decree that required top bureaucrats to wear a suit and tie, saying they could now opt for "more comfortable" clothing instead. "We must adopt clothing that suits our weather and climate," Sirisena said. "That is why I say that officials no longer need to wear suits. From now on, it is not…

    AFP - Jan 09 18:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

  • Sri Lanka: believers face trial by fire

    Sri Lanka: believers face trial by fire

    Sri Lanka is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. The moniker describes a beautiful picture, but the struggles reveal something darker.It’s considered the third most religious country in the world. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom while favoring Buddhism, minority Protestants have experienced violent persecution as well as…

    MNN - Jan 09 18:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka ]

  • Lanka keen to partner with Andhra Pradesh in Amaravati project

    Lanka keen to partner with Andhra Pradesh in Amaravati project

    Showing keen interest in partnering with Andhra Pradesh government in building the capital city of Amaravati, the Sri Lankan government has suggested to chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to replicate some of the development plans initiated in the Western province of that country to attract tourists from across the world. Naidu was in Sri Lanka to deliver the keynote…

    TNN - Jan 09 18:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India, Tamil Nadu ]

  • Violent Protests Against Chinese 'Colony' In Sri Lanka Rage On

    Violent Protests Against Chinese \'Colony\' In Sri Lanka Rage On

    The main reasons for the protests against the impending Chinese handover was the perceived loss of autonomy to a foreign power as well as the potential land grab that could be necessary to build the 15,000-acre industrial zone. "We are against leasing the lands where people live and do their farming, while there are identified lands for an industrial zone. When you…

    Forbes - Jan 09 18:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka protest over Chinese investment turns ugly - BBC
      - Are concerns over Chinese presence in Sri Lanka valid? - aljazeera
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