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Fists fly as Sri Lankan MPs protest changing of the guard for ex-president
Fists fly as Sri Lankan MPs protest changing of the guard for ex-president
Fists fly as Sri Lankan MPs protest changing of the guard for ex-president

Fists flew in Sri Lanka's parliament on Tuesday, leaving several members injured, the speaker said, as lawmakers supporting former president Mahinda Rajapaksa protested against a move to replace his military security guards with police. Aides of Rajapaksa, who led the country to victory in the 26-year war against separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009,…

Reuters - May 03 12:52 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics ]

No LTTE to support – President CTC

President of the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) Raj Thavaratnasingham in an interview with Ceylon Today said he was pleased that the government has delisted CTC and a few other Tamil diaspora organizations. "As a result of the delisting of CTC, for the very first time we were able to raise funds to build houses for war widows in Sampur. We have built 18 houses and…

Ceylon Today - May 03 12:50 GMT - more ... [ Tags: LTTE, Canada ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • 'Asylum seeker boat' arrives in the Australian territory of the Cocos Islands

    \'Asylum seeker boat\' arrives in the Australian territory of the Cocos Islands

    A wooden boat, which observers said was clearly an asylum seeker vessel, made it to the Cocos Islands under its own steam and without interception on Monday. The boat, reported by the ABC’s Hack program to be carrying asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, motored into the lagoon between the two largest islands in the archipelago on Monday morning. Guardian Australia has…

    The Guardian - May 03 12:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Refugees, Australia ]

  • Woman killed in car shooting was 'a brilliant, beautiful mind ... taken too soon'

    Woman killed in car shooting was \'a brilliant, beautiful mind ... taken too soon\'

    “A brilliant, beautiful mind was taken from the world too soon,” Alex Ferro, best friend of the woman killed in a fatal double shooting in Scarborough Friday night, told the Star. It was just days ago the three were talking about going to the Justin Bieber concert together in May. “I remember her saying, ‘You better not go without me!’ — and now, I…

    Toronto Star - May 03 12:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

  • Debt-ridden Sri Lanka snuggles up to China again at India’s expense

    Debt-ridden Sri Lanka snuggles up to China again at India’s expense

    India is hoping to host Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena this month for a multi-religious event at Ujjain which will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi. The visit by Sirisena, if it happens, will come at a time when India's strategic gains in the island nation over the past 15 months, or since the ouster of Sirisena's predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa, seem to be…

    ET - May 01 11:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, China, WarCrimes ]

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      - Lanka seeks credit line now from Russia - Sunday Times
  • A Divided House: DMK Is Struggling To Contain Rebellion In The Ranks

    A Divided House: DMK Is Struggling To Contain Rebellion In The Ranks

    It is not just in Coonoor though, where the DMK is a divided house. Sholinganallur, in south Chennai area, too has witnessed factional feuds within the DMK. The candidate for Sholinganallur, Arvind Ramesh, is said to have been pushed through by Duraimurugan, veteran DMK leader and its Deputy General Secretary. South Chennai district deputy secretary of the DMK,…

    Huffington Post - Apr 29 16:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tamil Nadu ]

  • Sri Lanka Secures $1.5 Billion IMF Loan to Help Bolster Finances

    Sri Lanka reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund for $1.5 billion in loans to help lower its borrowing costs and fix its finances. The South Asian nation has pledged to narrow its fiscal deficit to 3.5 percent of gross domestic product by 2020 through “a comprehensive set of reforms to Sri Lanka’s tax system,” the Washington-based lender said…

    Bloomberg - Apr 29 15:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lankan struggle to recover from the economic and emotional wounds of civil war

    Sri Lankan struggle to recover from the economic and emotional wounds of civil war

    It looks peaceful and serene in the late afternoon but Elephant Pass – a strategically important gateway controlling access to and from Jaffna, the captial of Sri Lanka's northern province - was the focus of bitter fighting between the separatist Tamil Tigers and the security forces. This is where war memorials honor the soldiers that fell in the government's…

    CNBC - Apr 29 02:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Seeman Is The Rising Star Of Tamil Politics, Making The Campaign Colourful

    Seeman Is The Rising Star Of Tamil Politics, Making The Campaign Colourful

    It will be interesting to see how Seeman sustains the political momentum. While his party candidates are likely to lose their deposits in most of the seats Namm Tamilar Katchi is contesting, ground reports indicate that Seeman is in with a fighting chance in Cuddalore constituency. His entry into the Tamil Nadu Assembly could be a game changing event for both his…

    Swarajya - Apr 28 16:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, World ]

  • UN Special Rapporteurs to visit to Sri Lanka

    UN Special Rapporteurs to visit to Sri Lanka

    UN Special Rapporteurs to visit to Sri Lanka The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, and the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, will undertake a joint visit to Sri Lanka from April 29 to May 7,2016, at the invitation of the government.During their…

    News First - Apr 27 19:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Human rights groups ask Trudeau to end ‘immoral’ arms deal with Saudi Arabia

    Human rights groups ask Trudeau to end ‘immoral’ arms deal with Saudi Arabia

    A huge coalition of human-rights, development and arms-control groups are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to rescind the “immoral and unethical” decision to approve export permits for the bulk of a $15-billion sale of combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The coalition wrote an open letter to Mr. Trudeau on Wednesday, saying there is a reasonable risk that the…

    GM - Apr 27 18:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

  • Transparency Key as Rights Commission Deadline Looms

    Transparency Key as Rights Commission Deadline Looms

    The government has tried hard to build a new well of trust and goodwill after years of intransigence from the Rajapaksa government. As the next UN discussion in June approaches, it is critical for the government to confirm publicly the steps it has taken toward delivering on its promises. Failure to do so has already eroded the trust of some segments of society,…

    HRW - Apr 26 17:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • The Inconvenient Truth about Sri Lanka’s North and East

    The Inconvenient Truth about Sri Lanka’s North and East

    Frankly, the scope and scale of the problems in the country’s Tamil-dominated areas are staggering. According to the report, Sri Lanka’s military is still heavily involved in civilian affairs. Unsurprisingly, sustained militarization continues have extensive negative effects on the Tamil community; this includes ongoing reports of sexual violence and fewer…

    Huffington Post - Apr 26 16:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • China, India tussle for influence as Sri Lanka seeks investment

    China, India tussle for influence as Sri Lanka seeks investment

    Now, with Asia's economic rise, experts say Sri Lanka's location has become even more alluring. Not only are three Asian powers - China, Japan and India - playing dominant roles in the global economy at the same time for the first time, there are also increasingly attractive markets and trade opportunities in Asia. "Sri Lanka is the pivotal point for a global grand…

    CNBC - Apr 26 16:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • Sri Lanka, Lost in Transition

    Sri Lanka, Lost in Transition

    In January 2015, Maithripala Sirisena surprised the world when he defeated his old boss Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s presidential election. His victory was followed by parliamentary elections in August, which reiterated the demand for democratic reform and improved governance. Soon after, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP),…

    Foreign Affairs - Apr 26 02:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, WarCrimes ]

  • The Saviour

    The Saviour

    Tamils in Sri Lanka are having important conversations every day, in person and through social media and the blogosphere. In some instances, the impact is swift. For example, on 25th January, the Arts Faculty of the University of Jaffna issued a circular indicating that, commencing the 26th, the Senate of the University would be enforcing a dress code for all its…

    Groundviews - Apr 26 02:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

  • Sirisena faces May Day test of strength, growing challenge from pro-Rajapaksa ‘JO’

    Sirisena faces May Day test of strength, growing challenge from pro-Rajapaksa ‘JO’

    He neither put a halt to new taxes nor sent home the Government’s economic advisors who reportedly recommended them. Yet, President Maithripala Sirisena was able to ensure a few concessions were offered when the Value Added Tax (VAT), the biggest burden for low and middle income groups, becomes effective. There is still an element of uncertainty when a VAT increase…

    Sunday Times - Apr 24 15:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics ]

  • Sri Lanka's police chief vows to maintain independence in probe of ex-leader

    Sri Lanka's new police chief, reacting to public charges of bias, said on Friday he would ensure that a police investigation into alleged financial crimes by the family and friends of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa would be impartial. The comments from Pujith Jayasundera, who took up his post on Friday, come amid a public outcry that some top police officials…

    Reuters - Apr 24 15:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Sri Lanka Ministry defends housing project cost

    This is how the Sri Lankan government’s Resettlement Ministry has reacted to criticism over the unit cost of houses to be built under the latest project in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief R. Sampanthan and Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran have both argued that at least two houses could be constructed under…

    The Hindu - Apr 24 15:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India ]

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      - Sri Lankan Resettlement Ministry rebuts criticism on new housing project - The Hindu
  • Lanka unveils South Asia's tallest Buddha statue

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unveiled South Asia's tallest standing Buddha statue in Matugama of Kalutara district. The 135-feet tall Buddha Statue, which is similar to the Avukana standing Buddha Statue, has been built on a hill top at Batamulla Kanda Buddhist Centre at Matugama with the personal funds of Provincial Councilor Jagath Withana, reports…

    ANI - Apr 24 14:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Arts&Culture ]

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