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Sri Lanka\'s supreme court shoots down tax reforms
Sri Lanka's supreme court shoots down tax reforms

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has effectively shot down a sweeping overhaul of the island's tax system, calling the proposed legislation unconstitutional, the country's parliament speaker told lawmakers on Friday. Last month Sri Lanka tabled the Inland Revenue bill to widen the tax net and give wide-ranging powers to authorities to crack down on evaders. But speaker…

AFP - Aug 04 15:01 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, World, Economy ]

Cabin crew prevents mid-air disaster on Sri Lanka-bound plane
Cabin crew prevents mid-air disaster on Sri Lanka-bound plane

The cabin crew of a Sri Lankan-bound flight averted a possible mid-air disaster after the ignition of a mobile phone battery pack, airline officials said on Monday. The incident occurred on Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL 166 from Kochi in India to Colombo with 202 passengers onboard midway through the trip on Sunday, an official from the airline said. "The cabin…

DPA - Jul 31 14:41 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

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  • B.C. judge finds 4 Sri Lankan men accused of human smuggling in 2009 not guilty

    B.C. judge finds 4 Sri Lankan men accused of human smuggling in 2009 not guilty

    A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has found four Sri Lankan men not guilty of human smuggling. Justice Arne Silverman said Thursday that while there was evidence of organized crime in the smuggling operation, he wasn’t satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the men were connected to any crime. He also said the men were asylum seekers aboard the MV Ocean…

    Toronto Star - Jul 28 15:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, Canada, World ]

  • Canada's Kylie Masse breaks world record in historic swim feat

    Canada\'s Kylie Masse breaks world record in historic swim feat

    Kylie Masse made history on Tuesday. The Canadian broke the world record in 100-metre backstroke Tuesday at the world aquatics championships in Budapest, Hungary, becoming the first female Canadian swimmer to ever win a world title. Masse's time of 58.10 seconds snaps the longest-standing record in women's swimming, held since 2009. The previous best time was 58.12…

    CBC - Jul 25 18:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World ]

  • 'Unprecedented' outbreak of dengue fever plagues Sri Lanka

    \'Unprecedented\' outbreak of dengue fever plagues Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is facing an "unprecedented" outbreak of deadly dengue fever, with 296 deaths recorded and over 100,000 cases reported in 2017 alone, according to the Red Cross. The international aid organization, formally known as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is increasing its emergency assistance across Sri Lanka to help…

    CNN - Jul 25 11:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Indian girl detained in Sri Lanka for Buddha image on dress

    Indian girl detained in Sri Lanka for Buddha image on dress

    Sri Lanka police on Monday detained and questioned an Indian tourist who was wearing a dress with a print of the Buddha on it, The Hindu reported. Wearing the image of the Buddha remains a sensitive matter in the island where a majority practise Buddhism. In 2014, a British tourist was deported for sporting a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm. The 26-year-old…

    DM - Jul 19 17:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, World, SriLanka ]

    Related:
      - Indian girl held in Sri Lanka for Buddha image on dress - ST
  • GTF conducts medical relief camps in flood-affected south

    GTF conducts medical relief camps in flood-affected south

    The UK headquartered Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has for the first time organized a medical relief operation in the south with the participation of Sarvodaya. GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran yesterday told The Island that they had been really encouraged by the southerners response to their initiative. Surendiran said that under their auspices, 17 doctors from eight…

    Island - Jul 17 10:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Aadhayam 2017: National Trade Fair from July 14-16

    Aadhayam 2017: National Trade Fair from July 14-16

    Aadhayam 2017, a national trade fair organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sri Lanka will be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (Colombo) on the 14, 15 and 16 of July, 2017 from 10am – 7pm, a statement from UN agency said. These entrepreneurs and producers have been supported by UNDP in collaboration with the…

    ST - Jul 12 16:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World, Economy ]

  • Sri Lanka Struggles With Worst Dengue Fever Outbreak, Thousands Infected

    Sri Lanka Struggles With Worst Dengue Fever Outbreak, Thousands Infected

    The worst outbreak of dengue fever is happening in Sri Lanka as thousands of people have been infected since the beginning of the year. Health officials say 80,000 people contracted the disease, and nearly 230 have died. This number is 40 percent higher than all of 2016. Officials say it’s all due to stagnant flood waters, and monsoon season downpours…

    OANN - Jul 07 11:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Women warned: When in Sri Lanka don't use tuk-tuks

    Women warned: When in Sri Lanka don\'t use tuk-tuks

    The US embassy in Colombo warned Thursday its citizens visiting Sri Lanka to avoid travelling alone in tuk-tuks after a spate of sexual harassment complaints. The embassy, in a message posted on its website, advised women against hailing the brightly-coloured autorickshaws used widely to get around in Sri Lanka. ”The US embassy Colombo has been made aware of…

    AFP - Jun 30 10:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World, SriLanka ]

  • Dengue fever outbreak: Sri Lanka update

    Dengue fever outbreak: Sri Lanka update

    The outbreak of dengue fever in Sri Lanka is spreading at epidemic levels with the latest case count at 63,987, including 177 deaths as of today. This compares with the approximately 23,000 cases reported during the same period in 2016.This has prompted the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Dengue and the Ministry of Health to declare an hour every week for…

    NT - Jun 16 19:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, Economy ]

  • Rising from the ashes, Jaffna library writes new chapters

    Rising from the ashes, Jaffna library writes new chapters

    In June 1981, an organised mob, reportedly of Sinhalese persons, set fire to the building, destroying all that was thoughtfully collected for generations of Tamil youth. The incident delivered a major blow not just to the library, but to the dreams and aspirations it had nurtured. Some consider it a major provocation in the lead up to Sri Lanka’s civil war.After…

    Hindu - Jun 02 15:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, World ]

  • Diplomats in Sri Lanka urge government action against anti-Muslim attacks

    Diplomats in Sri Lanka urge government action against anti-Muslim attacks

    Diplomats on Thursday condemned violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka and urged the government to uphold minority rights and freedom of religion. More than 20 attacks on Muslims have been recorded since April 17, including arson at Muslim-owned businesses and petrol-bomb attacks on mosques. Muslims have blamed the attacks on Body Bala Sena (BBS) or the "Buddhist…

    Reuters - Jun 02 15:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, World, WarCrimes ]

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      - International pressure on Sri Lanka to stop hate crime against Muslims - Hindustan Times
  • The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

    The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

    In Ramagondanahalli village, Muniraju Hanumanthappa bends over his clay-coloured soil surrounded by bright green spinach leaves. He quickly prunes the plants, dwarfed by the apartment complex next to his small plot. Ramagondanahalli is an urban village being swallowed by the city. It lies on Varthur Lake, one of the biggest in Bangalore, which is known as the…

    BBC - May 28 13:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, World ]

  • Buddhist Body ‘Bans’ Ultra-Nationalist Monks

    Buddhist Body ‘Bans’ Ultra-Nationalist Monks

    A government-appointed body that regulates Myanmar’s Buddhist clergy has banned an ultra-nationalist monk organization known for its anti-Islamic rhetoric, according to media reports, ordering the group to disband or face punishment under both Buddhist and secular law. The Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (Ma Ha Na), a group of high-ranking monks that serves as…

    UCAN - May 26 15:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lankan sex ring in Haiti reveals cracks in UN system

    Sri Lankan sex ring in Haiti reveals cracks in UN system

    When a Haitian teenager alleged that she had been raped and sodomized by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper, the government here dispatched a high-ranking general suspected of war crimes to lead the investigation. He didn’t interview the accuser or medical staff who examined her, but he cleared the peacekeeper — who remained in the Sri Lankan military. “A suspected…

    Washington Post - May 26 07:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, World, UN ]

  • Understanding Tamil diaspora and their involvement in developing the north

    Understanding Tamil diaspora and their involvement in developing the north

    Tamil diaspora shaped the Sri Lankan political landscape through its financial and ideological support during the military struggle. Subsequently the term “Tamil diaspora” was associated with a negative connotation amongst majority of Sri Lankans. It was also perceived that the Tamils residing abroad had immense financial capacity and cared more about the Tamils…

    FT - May 24 16:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, WarCrimes ]

  • Former foreign minister Axworthy to lead new international refugee council

    Former foreign minister Axworthy to lead new international refugee council

    Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy has been tapped to lead a new international group in search of practical solutions to the world’s massive refugee crisis. Axworthy will head the World Refugee Council, which will be run out of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont. The council is branding itself as a fresh perspective…

    Globe and Mail - May 16 17:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, Canada, World ]

  • CrisisWatchTracking Conflict Worldwide:SriLanka

    Public discontent with national unity govt rising amid serious drought and administrative inefficiencies.Hopes for constitutional reform remained dim: reports emerged 11 April saying Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) informed Constitutional Assembly steering committee that it opposed any changes to constitution requiring referendum, suggesting President Sirisena has made…

    CrisisGroup - May 03 00:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • International Pressure should be maintained on Government

    International Pressure should be maintained on Government

    Leading Civil Society Activists Dr. Jehan Perera, stresses the need to ensure transitional justice for war victims. Dr. Perera, who is also the Executive Director of the National Peace Council, calls for continued pressure by the international community and civil society on the government to deliver in this regard.The outcry from the Tamil Diaspora is understandable.…

    Daily Mirror - Apr 26 15:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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