lslamic Terrorism Threat to SL : Gotabaya

[ NIE ][ Aug 22 14:37 GMT ]

In a paper published in the latest issue of the US Defence Department’s journal “Prism”, Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has reiterated his belief that Islamic terrorism poses a threat to the island nation.“There is information that some of these groups have even tried to link up with global Islamic terrorist organisations. This is a situation that requires careful monitoring,” Gotabaya said. “Some Islamic groups in Lanka have started to establish ties with LTTE-linked agents to create further problems,” he further said. [ full story | comments ]

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TNA delegation meets Swaraj, discusses Lanka situation

[ PTI ][ Aug 22 14:30 GMT ]

Talking to reporters after their meeting with the minister, Sampanthan said,"India's involvement in the resolution of the Sri Lankan Tamil issue is vital...They (people who live in Sri Lanka) have their roots in India. Their culture is Indian and everything is Indian. So, I think India is one country that can play a major role." Accusing the Sri Lankan Government of not being interested in any political solution, Sampanthan said steps have "not been taken to implement the 13th amendment for devolving powers to the Tamil minority". [ full story | comments ]

Tamil asylum-seeker court case may see UN intervene

[ The Guardian ][ Aug 21 20:24 GMT ]

The United Nations may become involved in the case of the Tamil asylum seekers who were detained on an Australian customs boat, with a court hearing to take place in Canberra in October. A brief high court directions hearing in Melbourne on Thursday resulted in Justice Kenneth Hayne setting a date of 14 October and 15 October for the full court case. Refugee advocates are challenging the legality of the month-long detention of 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers on the vessel in June. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lankan Tamil leaders to raise 13A amendment during India visit

[ PTI ][ Aug 21 13:10 GMT ]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation leaves for India today for their first meeting with the new Indian government. The delegation is expected to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday and hopes to meet Modi on Saturday. Senior TNA parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran said the party will urge India to ensure Sri Lanka fully implements the 13A?amendment as the Sri Lankan government had earlier given that assurance to India. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka has addressed India's security concerns: Swamy

[ PTI ][ Aug 20 12:18 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has addressed India's security concerns over its soil being used by extremists to infiltrate into Tamil Nadu, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said today, a day after Colombo assured New Delhi that it will not allow any anti-India activities. "India had concerns over one particular country and some extremists from that country using Sri Lanka to infiltrate into Tamil Nadu. The issue had been raised with Sri Lankan government and they addressed it," Swamy, Chairman of BJP Committee for Strategic Action, said, responding to a question posed by a Chinese delegation attending a defence seminar here. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka to focus on increasing trade and investment with China

[ Xinhua ][ Aug 19 17:09 GMT ]

Sri Lanka will focus on increasing trade and investment with China as well as broadening the scope of a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a top official said on Tuesday. Sri Lankan Investment Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene made the remarks during an interview with reporters. He said relations between Sri Lanka and China have leapfrogged since 2008 with around 5 billion U.S. dollars in infrastructure loans being given to the Sri Lanka government by China for various massive projects including ports, airport, highways and railroads. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka visa ban won't stop UN inquiry - Navi Pillay

[ BBC ][ Aug 19 17:01 GMT ]

Sri Lanka will deny visas to UN investigators looking into allegations of war crimes during the civil war, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.Mr Rajapaksa insisted that only Sri Lankan authorities could investigate the war crimes allegations. "No one will take the UN inquiry seriously other than the people who want it," Mr Rajapaksa told journalists on Tuesday, reports BBC Sinhala's Azzam Ameen. The government has repeatedly denied that it committed war crimes and asserts that the inquiry is prejudiced. [ full story | comments ]

TNCC wants to know on what capacity Swamy went to Lanka

[ PTI ][ Aug 19 12:34 GMT ]

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President B S Gnanadesikan today asked the Centre to clarify in what capacity did BJP leader Subramanian Swamy visited Sri Lanka recently. While welcoming dialogue with Sri Lanka to facilitate the post war rehabilitation and resettlement of Tamils there, the TNC chief wondered on what capacity the BJP leader had called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha recently. "The Central government must clarify. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka again delays dig at suspected mass grave

[ AFP ][ Aug 18 17:02 GMT ]

Sri Lankan officials on Monday sought more time to exhume a suspected mass grave in a former war zone after failing to secure the services of forensic experts. The site in the eastern coastal town of Kalavanchikudy has been under investigation since a resident petitioned the local court, claiming the remains of around 100 Muslims killed 24 years ago at the height of Sri Lanka's ethnic war were buried there. The claims of a mass grave in the east of the island follow the discovery of several similar sites elsewhere in the island's war zone as well as in the central part of the country. [ full story | comments ]

Tamil Canadian youth address youth unemployment issue with mayoral candidate John Tory

[ TamilCanadian ][ Aug 18 13:41 GMT ]

Tamil Canadian youth stressed the importance of addressing youth unemployment rate with Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory. Youth shared their views at a round table discussion with over 30 youth leaders hosted by John Tory. "We are happy to hear Mr. Tory is taking the lead on addressing this important issue and we wanted to ensure that challenges faced by Tamil youth in Toronto are heard” said Pranavan Ganesh, a community activist and participant at the round table. [ full story | comments ]

Refugee claimants struggling to find health care after cuts

[ GlobeAndMail ][ Aug 18 13:38 GMT ]

Kulasingham: Is a Tamil who owned a shipping company in Sri Lanka but fled persecution from the Sri Lanka Armed Forces after the civil war ended in 2009, has needed to see a heart specialist for two years. He had surgery to replace a valve in his heart in 2012; because of the federal cuts, he gets his blood work done at a walk-in clinic and has not received post-operation monitoring from a specialist.This month, the application for permanent residency for the couple was denied, and Kulasingham had to scramble to assemble the paperwork to request a stay order. The stress of waiting to hear if they will be sent back to Sri Lanka is getting to him. [ full story | comments ]

Fence of trees to stem human-elephant conflict

[ BBC ][ Aug 22 14:27 GMT ]

An unprecedented drought in Sri Lanka is exacerbating the longstanding potential for conflict between humans an elephants, reports suggest. But a "fence" of palmyra trees is starting to yield success. With forest vegetation and water holes vanishing, hundreds of elephants are reported to have approached settlements in search of food and water. Sri Lanka has been dealing with the issue for years, and it has led to the deaths of people and elephants. An average of 50 humans and 160 elephant deaths has occurred annually, statistics reveal. [ full story | comments ]

Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka

[ IRIN ][ Aug 21 20:22 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's government is scrambling to ease the impact of record harvest losses on millions of farmers as the country enters its tenth month of an acute dry spell. “It’s severe. In some areas in the North, North Central and Eastern Provinces, the water levels in the irrigation reservoirs will be sufficient only for drinking purposes and that, too, will be barely enough. No harvesting will be possible [until the next rains],” Lalith Weeratunga, secretary to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the country’s top-ranked public official, told IRIN. [ full story | comments ]

Legal issues led to appointment of international experts: Lanka

[ PTI ][ Aug 20 12:21 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has said that complex legal issues concerning the work of the presidential commission probing disappearances of individuals led to the appointment of international experts including an Indian into the panel.President Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to appoint international experts has come under criticism of his nationalist allies, who suspect that members of government troops who fought the war with the LTTE would face war crimes charges as a result. After maintaining that troops did not violate any humanitarian law while crushing the LTTE, Colombo has dubbed the move by the UN human rights council to set up an international investigation as an action which breached Sri Lanka's sovereignty. [ full story | comments ]

Gary Anandasangaree as the Federal Liberal Candidate in Scarborough Rouge-Park

[ TamilCanadian ][ Aug 19 22:36 GMT ]

This Wednesday August 20, 2014 the nomination meeting to select the next Federal Liberal candidate for the newly formed riding of Scarborough Rouge-Park is scheduled to take place from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Scarborough Convention Centre. Gary Anandasangaree, a human rights activist and a lawyer, who has dedicated the better part of his adult life to fighting all forms of inequality and injustice is seeking the nomination..., without reservation, supports Gary Anandasangaree’s nomination bid to represent the riding of Scarborough Rouge-Park as the Liberal candidate in the 2015 general election. [ full story | comments ]

PMO calls meeting on Wednesday on India-Sri Lanka fishermen issue

[ PTI ][ Aug 19 17:07 GMT ]

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has convened a meeting tomorrow to explore a long-term solution to the contentious fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka."The PMO has called a meeting tomorrow to deliberate on India-Sri Lanka fishermen's issues like illegal poaching and welfare of Indian fishermen among others," a senior government official told PTI. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had announced release of all Indian fishermen ahead of his visit to New Delhi to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on May 26. [ full story | comments ]

Ebola in Sri Lanka? Individual with several symptoms dies in Rikillagaskada

[ News First ][ Aug 19 12:42 GMT ]

The Health Ministry has begun investigations into a possible case of the Ebola virus entering Sri Lanka. A casualty at the Rikillagaskada Base Hospital was reported to have several symptoms of the disease including a high fever, diarrhea and vomiting. However, a communique issued by the State Media Department said that the symptoms could also mean that the man had Rat Fever and that further blood samples had been sent for testing to verify the cause of death. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka refuses entry to UN war crimes investigators

[ AFP ][ Aug 19 12:27 GMT ]

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island's decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday. "We will not allow them into the country," said Rajapakse, who is under international pressure to cooperate with the UN-mandated investigation. "We are saying that we do not accept it (the probe). We are against it," he told Colombo-based foreign correspondents at his official residence."But when it comes to other UN agencies, we are always ready to fully cooperate and fully engage with them." [ full story | comments ]

Suicide Rate Up in Jaffna Post-war: Univ Professor

[ Indian Express ][ Aug 18 13:45 GMT ]

Peace returned to Jaffna after a 30-year brutal war in May 2009. But paradoxically, the suicide rate has gone up there since the end of the war. Statistics collected by Dr Daya Somasundaram, Professor of Psychiatry at Jaffna University, show that in 2005, at the beginning of Eelam War IV (August 2005 to May 2009), the suicide rate in Jaffna district was about 23 per 100,000 population. But in 2006, when the war began to intensify, it came down to less than 20. [ full story | comments ]

Ottawa urged to remove citizenship by birth on Canadian soil

[ Toronto Star ][ Aug 18 13:40 GMT ]

Immigration officials have recommended that Ottawa remove citizenship rights to babies born in Canada to non-citizens and non-residents even though the small number of cases doesn’t justify the costs. The proposal, marked “secret” and with inputs from various federal departments, found fewer than 500 cases of children being born to foreign nationals in Canada each year, amounting to just 0.14 per cent of the 360,000 total births per year in the country. [ full story | comments ]

Kaushal Set to Urge Rajapaksa to Play Compromise Card

[ NIE ][ Aug 18 13:05 GMT ]

“I will suggest to Rajapaksa that he should go for a compromise with the Tamils, because peace is very important not only for Sri Lanka but for the whole of South Asia. And the Tamils should give up the bullet for the ballot, and negotiate with the government. The experts’ panel should render justice. We have to solve the problem,” Kaushal told. “Manmohan Singh made a big blunder by not attending the Commonwealth summit in Colombo, listening to Tamil Nadu politicians. It was not a bilateral meeting. I wrote to the PM expressing my displeasure,” Kaushal recalled. [ full story | comments ]

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