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Militarised seascapes: Sri Lankan army builds viewpoint in Point Pedro
Militarised seascapes: Sri Lankan army builds viewpoint in Point Pedro

Despite repeated calls for Sri Lankan military forces to stay out of the tourism industry, the Sri Lankan Army constructed and opened a tourist viewpoint in Point Pedro on Monday. The viewpoint which marks the northernmost point of the island features a new army-built structure bearing a Sri Lankan flag and the slogan “unity in diversity is the strength of Sri…

TG - Feb 14 17:00 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SLMilitary, History, SriLanka ]

ITAK picks Emmanuel Arnold as Jaffna Mayor
ITAK picks Emmanuel Arnold as Jaffna Mayor

The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) has taken a decision to name Emmanuel Arnold as the new Mayor of Jaffna. He contested the 2013 Northern Provincial Election under ITAK and was elected as a member. He resigned from the council recently to contest last week's Local Government Election under ITAK. Before entering politics, Mr Arnold had worked as an…

Sunday Times - Feb 14 16:53 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Jaffna, History, TNA ]

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  • Sri Lanka local elections: the return of Rajapaksa

    Sri Lanka local elections: the return of Rajapaksa

    2020, when the next presidential election will be held, is the year to look out for. Due to tenure regulations, Mahinda Rajapaksa will be unable to contest the current presidency. But in this year’s election Rajapaksa has showed that he is still popular. Perhaps one of his brothers will become a presidential candidate. The UNP might drop their support for President…

    OpenDemocracy - Feb 15 14:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • Sri Lanka: A family torn apart for nearly three decades is reunited

    Countless people die during an armed conflict. Many are separated from their families and loved ones. There are others who go missing. The armed conflict in Sri Lanka between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam separated families. Mr Periyasamy Ramaiah never thought his family would be torn in two. Almost three decades later, when he had started to…

    ICRC - Feb 14 16:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, WarCrimes ]

  • Indian High Commissioner meets President and PM

    Indian High Commissioner meets President and PM

    The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe separately on Tuesday, ahead of his departure for New Delhi to meet the new Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. The meetings had been pre-arranged and had nothing to do with the current political situation in…

    Daily Mirror - Feb 13 17:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, SriLanka ]

  • LG Election was a wake up call- Mangala

    LG Election was a wake up call- Mangala

    Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera says the 2018 Local Authority Election is a timely wake up call for the good governance government. Issuing a statement Minister Samaraweera said the public has communicated that the good governance government has not done enough to ensure election promises made during the 2015 Presidential and General…

    NR - Feb 12 17:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • SLPP sweeps wards in South; North goes to ITAK

    SLPP sweeps wards in South; North goes to ITAK

    The recently formed Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa seems to have swept a majority of the local government wards in the south at yesterday’s countrywide polls, according to early results that began trickling in late last night. However, in some councils though the SLPP won most of the wards under the FPP (First Past…

    Sunday Tims - Feb 12 16:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • Sri Lanka's ex-leader Rajapaksa seeks fresh elections after council vote boost

    Sri Lanka\'s ex-leader Rajapaksa seeks fresh elections after council vote boost

    Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on Monday for parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections to be held after a party backed by him won local council polls in the strongest rebuff yet to the unity government. The national election is not due until 2020 and under the constitution President Maithripala Sirisena can bring the vote forward only…

    Reuters - Feb 12 16:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Elections, WarCrimes ]

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      - Sri Lanka's former strongman calls for snap elections - AP
  • 70 Too Many

    70 Too Many

    Punishment maybe, for the original sin that was the copulation of woman and lion, the first gross indecency. A union that bred a mutant that was neither human nor animal. You are yet to realise that the supposedly majestic creature that you staked your pride and identity on is a beast so unnatural that it is unfit to roam the earth. Its blood closer to poison than…

    Amalini Wordpress - Feb 09 17:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Sangakkara says no connection to any political party

    Sangakkara says no connection to any political party

    Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara insisted that he has no connection to any political party in the country.“Remember at the Local Government Elections on the 10th of February no matter where you live in Sri Lanka bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. Stop, Think, Vote,” he tweeted.“Disappointing to learn that my comment on…

    Sunday Leader - Feb 09 16:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • MEPs cross political lines over Tunisia’s inclusion on anti-money laundering blacklist

    MEPs cross political lines over Tunisia’s inclusion on anti-money laundering blacklist

    MEPs on the Economics and Home Affairs committees have been deeply divided by the recent addition of Tunisia on the Commission’s blacklist of “high-risk third countries.” But in a close vote they failed to support -- by 28 votes for, 32 votes against, with 0 abstentions -- a move to reject the inclusion of Tunisia, Sri Lanka and Trinidad…

    EuroParl - Feb 08 14:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka added to EU's blacklist for money laundering - Hiru
  • The fear inside us: Confronting Sri Lanka's past

    The fear inside us: Confronting Sri Lanka\'s past

    At first, the tall, brooding silhouette at her doorstep was unrecognisable. After more than three decades, Sellaiah Manoranjan, an ex-Tamil fighter, returned to a house in Jaffna where he and his family once sought refuge from the Sri Lankan military. It reminded his Sinhalese host of the time she risked her own safety by offering shelter to this Tamil family in…

    Al Jazeera - Feb 07 15:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Is Sri Lanka on course for a lost decade?

    Is Sri Lanka on course for a lost decade?

    19 May 2019 will mark 10 years since the civil war in Sri Lanka ended with the complete annihilation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Post-civil war Sri Lanka has been a story of missed opportunities. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa utilised his post-civil war popularity among the Sinhalese majority to amend the Constitution to strengthen the presidency and…

    East Asia Forum - Feb 02 19:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Building Resilience: Responding to Cyber Violence in Sri Lanka

    Building Resilience: Responding to Cyber Violence in Sri Lanka

    At the 2017 Lanka Comic Con event, young female cosplayers found themselves ridiculed and body-shamed, with photos from the event even used to make mocking memes that went viral. For the women and girls who participated in cosplay, the pushback came as a complete shock. Amaya Suriyapperuma initially didn’t know about the memes – her friends tried to hide it…

    GlobalVoices - Feb 02 19:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • Tales Of Lankan Tamil Diaspora Narrated With Poignancy And Hilarity

    Tales Of Lankan Tamil Diaspora Narrated With Poignancy And Hilarity

    January 28. It was on this date nine years ago that immigrant Sri Lankan Tamils in Canada intensified protest against a “genocide” of their community in the Northern Province of the island-nation. Appadurai Muttulingam’s stories take a kaleidoscopic view on their everyday lives—and beyond that. For someone who has carried a gun for 20 years, it feels…

    Outlook - Jan 31 23:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, History, Arts&Culture ]

  • THE ACCENT EFFECT:Foreign credentials pose a challenge in the job hunt, but so can an accent

    THE ACCENT EFFECT:Foreign credentials pose a challenge in the job hunt, but so can an accent

    There is no figure to indicate how prevalent discrimination based on accent is in Ontario, but there are a couple of documented cases, including a 2014 decision, in which the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ruled that a Chinese-Canadian worker was discriminated against in part, based on place of origin — and by extension — his accent, when he was terminated. He…

    CBC - Jan 23 16:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, History, World ]

  • Coping with the Primacy of Power Politics - Jehan Perera

    The forthcoming election will give an indication of the level of support for the ruling parties on the one hand and for the opposition on the other hand. It will be important for the parties in the government coalition to obtain majority popular support in order to have the confidence to forge ahead with the plans they have already laid out for national level problem…

    PiSL - Jan 22 11:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Fishing captain who helped save Tamil refugees passes away

    Fishing captain who helped save Tamil refugees passes away

    Gus Dalton, a fishing captain who was by most accounts — including his own — an accidental hero for saving the lives of more than 150 Tamil refugees off southern Newfoundland, has died. He was 87. Dalton made international headlines in August 1986 when a routine fishing trip on a foggy evening took a fateful turn. Scores of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees may…

    CBC News - Jan 18 22:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, Canada, History ]

  • Sri Lanka election authorities obstruct Tamil meeting “discussing politics”

    Sri Lanka election authorities obstruct Tamil meeting “discussing politics”

    In an apparent effort to suppress public criticism of Sri Lanka dragging its feet on constitutional reforms, election authorities have unsuccessfully tried to ban a public meeting with international participation in the Tamil speaking northern town of Jaffna. Sri Lanka election commission has requested university authorities not to allow a political meeting to be…

    JDS - Jan 18 17:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, Elections ]

  • Sri Lanka's flip-flop on women alcohol ban slammed

    Sri Lanka\'s flip-flop on women alcohol ban slammed

    In what many see as a discriminatory move towards women, President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka has reversed a decision by his finance minister, Mangala Samaraweera, to allow women to buy alcohol for the first time since 1955. The president's office also ordered the cancellation of the gazette notifications from the ministry of finance that would have allowed…

    AlJazeera - Jan 17 14:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

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