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Kitchener startup headed to Google Demo Day
Kitchener startup headed to Google Demo Day

Travis Ratnam is preparing a five-minute pitch before a who's who of Silicon Valley investors early next month after his startup was selected for the prestigious Google Demo Day at the tech giant's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Ratnam is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Knowledgehook, a startup that has developed a web-based platform that helps…

Record - Apr 29 16:11 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Canada, World ]

Samantha Power Misses the Mark on Sri Lanka (Again)
Samantha Power Misses the Mark on Sri Lanka (Again)

Sri Lanka’s new government has ruled in a less authoritarian fashion than the administration of Mahinda Rajapaksa, though it’s unclear how or when Colombo became a “global champion” of human rights and accountability. The truth is that we’re still waiting for the government to move toward deeper reform. Besides, the recent spate of arrests and abductions…

Diplomat - Apr 29 15:33 GMT - more ... [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Sri Lankan protest demands new probe of Tamil journalist's killing

    Sri Lankan protest demands new probe of Tamil journalist\'s killing

    Hundreds of journalists and media rights activists protested today to demand Sri Lanka's new government start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11 years ago, during the country's civil war. Those demonstrating in front of Colombo's main railroad station said Dharmeratnam Sivaram was targeted because of…

    First Post - Apr 29 15:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Media, SriLanka ]

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      - Sri Lanka journalists demand answers to killings from PM Wickremesinghe - Standard
      - Sri Lankan protest demands new probe of journalist's killing - Daily Mail
  • 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 ]

    Related:
      - 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 ]

  • Richmond Hill woman missing 2 months

    Richmond Hill woman missing 2 months

    York Regional Police is seeking public assistance locating a 44-year-old woman missing from the Town of Richmond Hill. Kalamalini Sivakumar was last seen Feb. 19, leaving her residence in the area of Bathurst Street and King Road. Later that day, her van was located by a family member in a shopping mall parking lot in the area of Rutherford Road and Jane Street…

    York Region - Apr 22 02:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

  • Single mother, refugee, campaigner and controversialist: meet M.I.A

    Single mother, refugee, campaigner and controversialist: meet M.I.A

    A lot of M.I.A.’s frustration comes from the fact that she’s pretty much the only South Asian musician on the world stage. She has been accused of naivety in the past, but when she describes the refugee camps that she recently visited in Tamil Nadu, she is nuanced and knowledgeable. These problems are live for her. The Sri Lankan authorities no longer class her as…

    Standard - Apr 21 14:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Arts&Culture, UK ]

  • Student has sights set on Sri Lanka

    Student has sights set on Sri Lanka

    An Ilkeston student and her friend are fundraising to take part in a trip to help conserve marine environments and wildlife in Sri Lanka. Megan Westwood and Amelia Shaw, both 17, will be cleaning rivers, planting trees and working at a turtle hatchery during the two-and-a-half week stay organised by the company Travelteer. Both students need to raise around…

    Ilkeston Advertiser - Apr 21 14:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • European Commission nods to lift Sri Lanka's fish export ban to EU

    European Commission nods to lift Sri Lanka\'s fish export ban to EU

    The European Union's executive is to recommend that the bloc lifts a 15-month ban on fish exports from Sri Lanka after the island nation changed its laws to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, it said on Thursday."Sri Lanka has now a robust legal and policy framework to fight illegal fishing activities," EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella…

    Reuters - Apr 21 14:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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