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Monk-led mob attacks Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka
Monk-led mob attacks Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka

Radical Buddhist monks stormed a United Nations safe house for Rohingya refugees near Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday (Sep 26) and forced authorities to relocate the group, officials said. Saffron-robed Buddhist monks led a mob that broke down gates and entered the walled multi-storied compound at the Mount Lavinia suburb of Colombo as frightened refugees huddled…

AFP - Sep 26 18:06 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Colombo, History, SriLanka ]

Hopes and fears — On Sri Lanka\'s Constitutional reform
Hopes and fears — On Sri Lanka's Constitutional reform

The report marks a milestone, but it is still at a preliminary stage in a long-drawn process of enacting a new constitution. The government has promised that the pre-eminent status given to Buddhism will remain, an assurance that may help overcome opposition from the majority. The willingness of the Tamil National Alliance to accept a founding document arrived at on…

Hindu - Sep 25 13:59 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

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  • Making sense of Belt and Road – The white elephant: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Sri Lanka

    Making sense of Belt and Road – The white elephant: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Sri Lanka

    With infrastructure ambitions on this scale, it is inevitable that some of the capital will be misspent. As McKinsey Asia-Pacific chairman Kevin Sneader observed in a recent podcast: “There is a real risk that this becomes a source of funding that gets mis-deployed and doesn’t end up contributing to greater trade or greater economic collaboration, but just gets…

    Euro Money - Sep 26 18:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Economy, China ]

  • Batticaloa GA Ms P.S.M. Charles appointed as DG Sri Lanka Customs

    Batticaloa Government Agent Ms. P.S.M. Charles has been appointed as the new Director General of Sri Lanka Customs Department with immediate effect. The Cabinet of Ministers has approved this appointment on the recommendations of Minister Mangala Samaraweera, the Finance Ministry announced. Ms. Charles, a Special Grade Officer of the Sri Lanka…

    Sunday Times - Sep 26 18:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Genocide ]

  • Rain water harvesting project for Jaffna Peninsula

    A new project for rain water harvesting has been initiated in the Jaffna Peninsula as a solution to the severe shortage of water. Accordingly, it has been planned to save 20 percent of the rain water in an area of 78 square kilometers around the Vadamarachchi lagoon. The project has got the approval of the Chief Minister of Northern province as well as the…

    Relief Web - Sep 25 14:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, World ]

  • Sumanthiran congratulates Govt. for introducing bill

    Sumanthiran congratulates Govt. for introducing bill

    The Bill before Parliament is a very important bill that introduces the proportion of 30% of women candidates who have to be nominated in the nomination paper submitted by any political party or an independent group when they contest a Provincial Council Election. said TNA – MP M. A. Sumanthiran in Parliament yesterday. “This is a very important issue that we…

    CDN - Sep 25 13:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • GTF’s Fr. Emmanuel on low profile visit for reconciliation

    GTF’s Fr. Emmanuel on low profile visit for reconciliation

    Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, leader of the UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), arrived in Sri Lanka last week on what his organisation officials describe as a “low profile” visit. It coincided with the Constitutional Assembly releasing its Steering Committee’s Interim Report on constitutional amendments.He met leaders of Tamil political parties while in Colombo and…

    Sunday Times - Sep 25 13:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, USA, History ]

  • Anxious sellers in the GTA real-estate market are reviving the ‘reverse offer’

    Anxious sellers in the GTA real-estate market are reviving the ‘reverse offer’

    Homeowners who steep in anxiety as their house sits on the real estate market can become intensely motivated to strike a deal. They sense interest from potential buyers: Why else would they return two or three times to gaze out the dining room window or stand in the driveway for lengthy conversations with their agent? And yet, the house hunters balk at making an…

    Globe and Mail - Sep 21 19:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

  • Ranil presents interim report on new Constitution

    Ranil presents interim report on new Constitution

    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday presented an interim report on the drafting of a new Constitution, underscoring that all parties had agreed to an “indivisible state”. Addressing the Constitutional Assembly, Mr. Wickremesinghe said that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had taken the unprecedented position that they would agree with the…

    The Hindu - Sep 21 19:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History ]

  • All parties agree to accept Sri Lanka as indivisible state, says PM Ranil

    All parties agree to accept Sri Lanka as indivisible state, says PM Ranil

    All political groups in Sri Lanka, including the main Tamil party, have agreed to accept the country as an indivisible state in the new Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Thursday. Mr. Wickremesinghe’s remarks came as he presented a report of the all party steering committee on formulating the Constitution in Parliament. The new…

    PTI - Sep 21 19:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • Backtracking on accountability measures will harm all Sri Lankans: Tamil leader

    Backtracking on accountability measures will harm all Sri Lankans: Tamil leader

    “The whole purpose of the Disappearances Act will be defeated if the past is left out of its ambit,” said Mano Ganeshan, Minister for National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages and leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA). “We condemn the reported move to postpone the debate on the Disappearances Bill and the Prime Minister’s…

    News Asia - Sep 19 14:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Putting Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons in Perspective

    Putting Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons in Perspective

    Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons (OMP) became operational on September 15. The OMP is one of Colombo’s four big transitional justice mechanisms – the others being an office to handle reparations, a truth commission and a judicial mechanism to address allegations of wartime abuses. Colombo announced an impressive transitional justice agenda two years ago,…

    Diplomat - Sep 19 14:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Biggest budgetary allocation for Defence Ministry

    Biggest budgetary allocation for Defence Ministry

    The Ministry of Defence will receive the biggest budgetary allocation amounting to a massive Rs.1,583,507,600 or Rs.158.83 billion in the 2018 Budget, which would be presented in Parliament by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera on November 9. This amount is in addition to the budgetary allocations for the three armed forces. Sports Minister…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 14 10:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Economy, WarCrimes ]

  • -GOTABHAYA ENTERS POLITICS

    -GOTABHAYA ENTERS POLITICS

    Both Ranil and MR are fighting for survival and have no time to think long. Ranil begotten with affairs of state, with a few to rescue him from the mess his countrymen are facing due to the economic collapse caused by two successive regimes. A more leisurely paced MR was never a thinking man, as a esteemed columnist once stated – his comprehension was not beyond…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 13 10:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Operationalise OMP - UNHRC

    Operationalise OMP - UNHRC

    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday urged the Sri Lankan Government to swiftly operationalise the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). Hussein, making the opening statement at the 36th session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, gave an update of human rights issues in 40 countries. Referring to Sri Lanka in…

    CDN - Sep 13 10:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, UN, WarCrimes ]

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  • Committee demands justice for prisoners

    Committee demands justice for prisoners

    The committee for protecting rights of prisoners staged a demonstration yesterday in front of Welikada Prison to stress the government on protecting the rights of the prisoners and to immediately enforce the law against those involved in the Welikada prison shooting in 2012. They said that the government has failed to implement the law for five years since the…

    CDN - Sep 13 10:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka to export cannabis from first plantation

    Sri Lanka to export cannabis from first plantation

    Sri Lanka is to launch its first official cannabis plantation to supply the traditional medicine market and export to the United States, the health minister said Wednesday. Rajitha Senaratne said the 100-acre (40-hectare) cannabis farm, which could produce more than 25 tonnes a year and would be under military protection, would ensure a regular high quality supply.…

    AFP - Sep 13 10:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • DUP's Ian Paisley in Gibraltar as watchdog mulls Sri Lanka claims

    DUP\'s Ian Paisley in Gibraltar as watchdog mulls Sri Lanka claims

    Ian Paisley has spent the weekend in Gibraltar as he awaits a decision by Parliament's standards watchdog on whether she will investigate claims he didn't declare luxury holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government. The DUP MP has totally denied the allegations, which he says are "devoid of fact or logic". He visited the Rock to take part in celebrations…

    Belfast Telegraph - Sep 11 10:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Tamils seek federalism, not Sri Lanka’s division: Wigneswaran

    Tamils seek federalism, not Sri Lanka’s division: Wigneswaran

    Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has said the Tamil minority community’s demand for a federal solution to meet their political aspirations was not aimed at dividing the country. “You [the South] think we [Tamils] are all terrorists. We do not want to divide this country. When we ask for federalism we are being accused of trying to…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 11 10:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Army holding about 85,000 acres in North,Calls for probe into SF’s allegations against Gen. JJ

    Army holding about 85,000 acres in North,Calls for probe into SF’s allegations against Gen. JJ

    Alleging that the army continued to hold about 85,000 acres of land in the North, Northern Province Chief Minister and former Supreme Court judge C.W. Wigneswaran, on Saturday, sought the intervention of most Ven. Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera of Malwatte Chapter to shift troops out those lands. CM Wigneswaran claimed that only about 5,000 acres had…

    Island - Sep 11 10:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka jails Rajapakse's top aide over corruption

    Sri Lanka jails Rajapakse\'s top aide over corruption

    Sri Lankan aide to former president Mahinda Rajapakse, Lalith Weeratunga (3L), and former director-general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita (R) have been jailed for corruption +1 Sri Lankan aide to former president Mahinda Rajapakse, Lalith Weeratunga (3L), and former director-general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission…

    AFP - Sep 07 10:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

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