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Family resettlement and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka boosted by £1 million
Family resettlement and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka boosted by £1 million

Nearly 600 families resettled on newly released land in the North and East of Sri Lanka will benefit from £1 million from the UK Government to support the provision of basic infrastructure and services. Helping families return to their villages is a crucial element of Sri Lanka addressing the legacy of civil war and is a key part of the joint strategy agreed by…

Gov.UK - Aug 14 14:20 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, UK, WarCrimes ]

Radioactive waste heading to Sri Lanka?
Radioactive waste heading to Sri Lanka?

In a backdrop where clinical waste from India is washing up on the shores of Puttalam, concerns have been raised that radioactive waste may be dumped in the country through legitimate channels. These concerns have arisen due to certain provisions in the Singapore-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement. These provisions are contained in pages 70 and 71 of the agreement. …

News1st - Aug 14 13:53 GMT - more ... [ Tags: India, SriLanka ]

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  • ‘Pioneering’ former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet officially appointed new UN human rights chief

    ‘Pioneering’ former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet officially appointed new UN human rights chief

    Ms. Bachelet said she was "deeply humbled and honored" to have been entrusted with "this important task." As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, and at a time when “hatred and inequality are on the rise,” the Secretary-General said it was vital to have a “strong advocate for all human rights” and he “could…

    UN News Centre - Aug 14 15:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: UN, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Bringing Sri Lanka’s Mangroves Back to Life

    The plush mangroves in Western Sri Lanka have provided families with critical resources for generations. Sadly, in recent years the mangroves have slowly depleted in size and nutrients. Douglas Thisera, is working hard to change this. Known as the Mangrove Master, Thisera has spent the last 16 years replanting and conserving mangroves in his district. Along with…

    MacombDaily - Aug 14 14:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

  • Thomas Abraham: India’s envoy who spoke for Sri Lanka’s Tamils

    Thomas Abraham: India’s envoy who spoke for Sri Lanka’s Tamils

    Veteran diplomat Thomas Abraham, who died at age 91 on August 12, 2018 in his ancestral home in the sea-board village of Kadapra, Kerala, was India’s High Commissioner in Sri Lanka from 1978 to 1982. “Delhi does not understand the south of India,” he often bemoaned to some us working under him in his Colombo office or (as in my case) in its outpost among the…

    Hindu - Aug 14 13:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, SriLanka ]

  • Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka gets six years' jail in contempt case

    Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka gets six years\' jail in contempt case

    A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday handed a six-year jail term to a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims, holding him guilty of contempt just months after he was convicted of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist. The monk, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, leads the hardline Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or “Buddhist Power Force”, which government…

    Reuters - Aug 10 15:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • The tragedy of M Karunanidhi

    The tragedy of M Karunanidhi

    Karunanidhi's death has been described as the end of an era in Tamil Nadu politics, and rightly so. How will future generations remember him? He is undoubtedly one of the greatest politicians Tamil Nadu has produced. I would go on to say he could have been a great leader at the national level too, but he did not. In the later years, he attempted to contribute…

    Rediff - Aug 10 15:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu ]

  • Sri Lanka secures US$1 billion Chinese loan

    Sri Lanka secures US$1 billion Chinese loan

    Sri Lanka's central bank on Friday (Aug 3) announced it had secured a US$1 billion Chinese loan as the island, a key link in Beijing's ambitious Belt and Road initiative, develops closer relations with Asia's largest economy. Central bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said that first half of the loan will be released later this month and the balance will be…

    AFP - Aug 03 15:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Economy, China ]

  • Ship that carried nearly 500 Tamil migrants to B.C. in 2010 now a floating toxic stew, documents say

    Ship that carried nearly 500 Tamil migrants to B.C. in 2010 now a floating toxic stew, documents say

    The MV Sun Sea carried nearly 500 Tamil migrants to Canada eight years ago, but now the rusting cargo ship sits forlornly on the B.C. coast — an unwanted vessel of toxins including asbestos, PCBs and mould, documents reveal. The federal government, which has been stuck with the rickety ship for years, is looking for an “environmentally sound” and…

    Toronto Star - Aug 03 15:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Refugees, Canada ]

  • Listing of endangered Sri Lanka tarantulas creates fear of regulatory web for spider enthusiasts

    Listing of endangered Sri Lanka tarantulas creates fear of regulatory web for spider enthusiasts

    The decision to list five Sri Lanka tarantulas as endangered drew cheers from wildlife advocates even as U.S. collectors worried that the regulatory web will actually reduce the number of captive-bred spiders by discouraging breeding. The Fish and Wildlife Service posted its final rule Tuesday granting Endangered Species Act protection to the five vividly colored…

    Washington Times - Aug 01 19:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

  • On Collective Humanity: Remembering Black July

    On Collective Humanity: Remembering Black July

    “If the majority thinks that a minority community is posing a threat to them or are developing in a manner that creates fear among them, then it is a problem for the majority.” In this interview, documentary film-maker T Jeyaraj comments on the formation of nationalist movements that resulted in violence in July 1983. He draws parallels to recent riots in…

    Groundviews - Aug 01 19:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, History ]

  • China’s strategic ambitions seen in the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka

    China’s strategic ambitions seen in the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka

    New Delhi’s Indian Ocean woes aren’t confined to Sri Lanka. Across the Indian Ocean’s littorals, the Chinese navy has been preparing to establish a stronger security presence. On Pakistan’s Makran coast, the PLAN has deployed regularly, including at Gwadar, also constructed by CMPorts. Earlier this year, the PLA is said to have initiated talks with the…

    ORF - Jul 27 14:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, World, China ]

  • Ford to slash Toronto council by almost half, Tory calls for referendum

    Ford to slash Toronto council by almost half, Tory calls for referendum

    Ontario Premier Doug Ford has thrown this year’s Toronto municipal elections into turmoil announcing just hours before Friday’s deadline for candidate registration that his government will dramatically cut the number of city-council positions, to 25 from 47. Mr. Ford also announced the outright cancellation of four other municipal campaigns already under way…

    Globe and Mail - Jul 27 14:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Canada ]

  • Impunity in Sri Lanka and the Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances

    Impunity in Sri Lanka and the Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances

    The violation of the language rights following the enactment of Official Languages Act No. 33 of 1956, started the process of human rights violations of the Tamils of Sri Lanka which eventually led to the pogroms against them in 1958, 1977, 1983 and the massacres of 2008 -2009. To understand the upsurge of impunity and disappearances of persons in the country,…

    Groundviews - Jul 26 17:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan reform has 'ground to a halt' with torture used freely – UN

    Sri Lankan reform has \'ground to a halt\' with torture used freely – UN

    Sri Lanka’s progress towards reform has “virtually ground to a halt” and brutal torture is used with impunity, the UN concludes in a scathing report on the country’s human rights record. The report, which comes three years after the country appeared to have turned a corner in its history by electing a new coalition government, is published on Monday…

    The Guardian - Jul 25 15:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • China's Xi offers fresh $295 million grant to Sri Lanka

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered Sri Lanka a fresh grant of 2 billion yuan ($295 million), as Beijing looks to expand its influence in the tiny island country off India’s southern tip. President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, a partner in Beijing’s multi-country Belt and Road infrastructure push, made the announcement on Saturday at a ceremony marking…

    Reuters - Jul 25 14:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, Economy, China ]

  • 3 Days in a Kovil: An Eyewitness Remembers Black July

    3 Days in a Kovil: An Eyewitness Remembers Black July

    Jegadeeswara Sharma was looking forward to the future. His brother, who worked at an employment agency, had told him about a vacancy for the position of driver in Kuwait. He would received Rs. 30,000 as a salary. Five days before his flight, Jegadeeswara was staying in a hotel in Fort. In the evenings, he would walk around Colombo. On his third day there, he was…

    Groundviews - Jul 25 14:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History ]

  • Sri Lanka Hopes India Will Buy Into Airport Without Planes. China Refused

    Sri Lanka Hopes India Will Buy Into Airport Without Planes. China Refused

    Sri Lanka has already sold China a port that gets almost no ships. The island nation now wants India to take control of an airport with no scheduled flights. The nation first tried to offer China the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in the southern district of Hambantota, but is now in talks with India, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Sri Lanka's…

    NDTV - Jul 09 15:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • Time to heal Sri Lanka's wounds

    Time to heal Sri Lanka\'s wounds

    The Sri Lankan civil war ended in May 2009. In 2010, Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected as president and his party, the United People's Freedom Alliance, won a landslide victory in the parliamentary election due to the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Even though the victors promised many policy changes for all the people, they were unable to…

    UCA News - Jul 03 19:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan Lawmakers Target Reporters in Times Investigation

    Sri Lankan Lawmakers Target Reporters in Times Investigation

    Angered by a New York Times investigation detailing how China seized ownership of a seaport in Sri Lanka, a group of Sri Lankan lawmakers denounced the newspaper on Monday, focusing their ire on two local journalists for the newspaper. On Monday night, the lawmakers, who are allies of the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, held a televised news conference in which…

    NY Times - Jul 03 19:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Army denies withdrawing its formations in North and East

    Army denies withdrawing its formations in North and East

    Sri Lanka army said some political elements are attempting to put the national security at risk by misleading the public on the grounds that the Army is in the process of withdrawing its formations in the North and East and downsizing its strength. “A canard, born out of some utterances, reportedly made by disgruntled political elements has been desperately…

    Daily Mirror - Jun 25 17:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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