SRI LANKA’S SECRETS: New book exposes murderous Rajapaksa regime

[ Independent Australia ][ Oct 24 13:07 GMT ]

It's the book that President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his corrupt and nepotistic cronies didn't want published. When you read it, you will know why. SRI LANKA’S SECRETS is a troubling dossier of the horrors and massacres perpetrated upon its own peoples by an absolute Government that masquerades as a democracy — a lie that is shamefully affirmed as truth by many expedient foreign governments, including Australia. [ full story | comments ]

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Sri Lanka hires up in Washington amid war crimes probe

[ Hill ][ Oct 24 13:09 GMT ]

The government of Sri Lanka has hired its eighth Washington firm this year as it awaits the results of a United Nations human rights investigation into alleged war crimes. Levick is subcontracting through Liberty International Group, a government affairs firm owned by former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), to represent the semi-autonomous central bank of Sri Lanka.“Levick’s mission is to utilize communications supported advocacy to tell Sri Lanka’s amazing story of recovery after a decades long civil war against a brutal terrorist organization, as well as to assist the Central Bank in communicating opportunities for trade and investment between our two nations,” Mark Irion, president of Levick, said in a statement to The Hill. [ full story | comments ]

Mississauga real estate agent wins $20M lottery prize

[ Our Windsor ][ Oct 24 10:17 GMT ]

The father of three, who has been playing the lottery for 20 years, won the $20-million jackpot from the Oct. 18 Lotto 6/49 draw. “I never expected it, I never thought I would win,” said the 62-year-old real estate agent. Velauthan said he purchased his ticket just hours before the draw on Saturday. “It was my son’s birthday and I decided to give it a shot. I was at the gas station filling up, so I purchased one Quick Pick.” [ full story | comments ]

Recipients of 2014 Scarborough Urban Hero Awards honoured & recognized 18 community heroes

[ Inside Toronto ][ Oct 23 15:44 GMT ]

One of the youngest urban heroes of the evening was Thilaksion Kumariah, 17, from the Malvern neighbourhood. He was excited about being recognized for his volunteer work. “Over the summer we started a skate park. Many little kids came out and got another extracurricular activity that they can do within the community,” Kumariah said. He has been working tirelessly to help build a skate park and has engaged youth through skating, including young girls and newcomers to Canada by holding skateboard clinics. “Next year we are planning to incorporate BMX riding to get even more kids involved in new things they have never tried before,” Kumariah said. [ full story | comments ]

MRL Corporation starts key test work on Sri Lanka graphite

[ Proactive Investors ][ Oct 23 13:02 GMT ]

MRL Corporation is on the fast-track to production and cash flow, delivering bulk samples from its Aluketiya and Pandeniya high-grade graphite projects in Sri Lanka to Wuhan University of Technology in China. Wuhan University of Technology possesses 27 research centres, including two State Key Laboratories, a State Engineering Laboratory and provincial or ministerial level laboratories in the areas of new materials, new energy, transportation and logistics, mechatronics and automobile, information technology as well as resources and environmental technology. Sri Lanka is the only region in the world which produces commercial quantities of vein graphite with greater than 90% total graphitic carbon (TGC). [ full story | comments ]

With eye on China, India to step up military ties with Sri Lanka and Maldives

[ ToI ][ Oct 23 12:48 GMT ]

India will further step-up defence cooperation with Sri Lanka and Maldives, including assistance in " capacity-building" of their armed forces through both training and supply of equipment, in tune with the overall policy to steadily boost military ties with countries in Indian Ocean to counter China's strategic inroads in the region.As for Sri Lanka, India is going to supply two naval offshore patrol vessels and other military equipment to the island nation. [ full story | comments ]

ISIS and attacks on Muslims in Burma and Sri Lanka

[ Middle East Monitor ][ Oct 22 19:40 GMT ]

There is no doubt that the extremism and terrorism which is shedding the blood of Muslims have given a golden opportunity for attacking Muslims everywhere. Galagodaththe Gnanasara, the leader of the radical Sri Lankan Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force), announced in a conference in Sri Lanka in September that an international Buddhist alliance against Muslims must be setup.Attacks on Islam and Muslims for the past decades, its recent escalation, have given Takfiris the political cover to attack and Muslims. This has also lead to Muslim minorities in various African communities being disregarded, where some African governments abolished Islam as a religion as long as its followers act in this way. [ full story | comments ]

India's Imperatives In Sri Lanka - Analysis

[ Eurasia Review ][ Oct 22 19:26 GMT ]

India has tried to address the concerns of Sri Lankan Tamils through projects such as the recently-inaugurated railway between Jaffna and Colombo. But their aspirations for autonomy in the North and East remain unfulfilled, and New Delhi faces a dilemma—pushing Colombo on political issues can drive it closer to Beijing. Measures such as these can help India counter China’s growing affinity with Colombo. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Kathmandu for the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in November, he will have to find ways to check China’s expanding influence in all SAARC countries. [ full story | comments ]

Parliament Hill attacked, soldier shot at National War Memorial in Ottawa

[ CBC ][ Oct 22 14:43 GMT ]

A man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, and witnesses said there were further shots fired on Parliament Hill nearby. It was not immediately known if there were further injuries. Alain Merisier. who works at the cafeteria in the Parliament building, told CBC News that said he saw a man in a car at the Centre Block with a long gun. Witnesses said they then heard shots fired, and there was an unconfirmed report of a person injured outside the Library of Parliament. [ full story | comments ]

18 th Amendment: can Mahinda contest for the third term?

[ Daily Mirror ][ Oct 22 10:25 GMT ]

Controversy has arisen in the political arena regarding the upcoming presidential election. According to the existing law, a person can hold the office of president twice. But with the 18th Amendment this position was changed. It enables a person to contest for the third time as well. Some of the legal luminaries are of the view that President Mahinda Rajapaksa can contest for the third time while some say he cannot as this has become an issue in retrospection. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka enacts ban on foreigners buying land

[ Reuters ][ Oct 22 10:19 GMT ]

Sri Lanka passed legislation banning land purchases by foreigners, a move the government said would curb tax evasion but critics said could hinder its offshore investment ambitions. The Land Bill adopted by parliament late on Monday prohibits foreign individuals, companies and locally incorporated firms with over 50 percent foreign ownership from buying land in the South Asian island nation. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also finance minister, had flagged the ban plan in his November 2012 budget speech. [ full story | comments ]

Rajapaksa Seen Boosting Handouts Before Sri Lanka Vote

[ Bloomberg ][ Oct 24 13:05 GMT ]

The additional spending is designed to improve Rajapaksa’s bid for a third term in office as the island nation prepares for elections two years before schedule. The deficit has shrunk each year since the end of a three-decade civil war in 2009 giving Rajapaksa the room to offer handouts and rebuff the International Monetary Fund’s call to quicken removal of tax holidays to boost revenue and reduce reliance on debt financing. [ full story | comments ]

Ottawa shootings: Canada parliament returns

[ BBC ][ Oct 23 16:36 GMT ]

Canada's parliament has returned to work, a day after a gunman rampaged through its corridors before being shot dead by the sergeant-at-arms. It opened with applause for the sergeant and a moment's silence.Standing to address the MPs to warm applause, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's first words were: "I know we will always stand together." The objective of the attacks was to instil fear and panic in Canada, he said. But he vowed to expedite security measures to strengthen powers of surveillance and detention. [ full story | comments ]

Tamil Canadians Saddened by the Ottawa Attack

[ CTC ][ Oct 23 14:46 GMT ]

We are also grateful for the brave men and women who protected and defended our citizens throughout the day. Tamil Canadians stand in solidarity with all other Canadians as we deal with this despicable act, and echo our Prime Minister's words that Canada, and Canadian values, "will never be intimidated." Canadians are a resilient and courageous people, and we know that the Leader of the Opposition was correct when he said, "We woke up this morning in a country blessed by love, diversity and peace and tomorrow we will do the same." [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka president prepares budget with eye on election

[ Reuters ][ Oct 23 12:53 GMT ]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to present on Friday a populist election budget for 2015 that manages to contain borrowing thanks to an expected pick-up in the pace of economic growth. The budget "will consist of many proposals that will upgrade the standard of both the people and country," Rajapaksa was quoted in state media as saying on Sunday. "The budget is not prepared targeting elections." "To aid the campaign, the government is likely to use the budget to launch populist initiatives," Sasha Riser-Kositsky, an analyst at the Eurasia Group said in a research note. [ full story | comments ]

Ottawa shooting: MPs to meet at National War Memorial before Parliament resumes

[ CBC ][ Oct 23 12:40 GMT ]

Members of Parliament plan to meet at the National War Memorial this morning to honour fallen soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo before parliamentary business resumes, a day after the Ottawa shootings.Cirillo was shot and killed while standing guard at the war memorial and the tomb of the unknown soldier on Wednesday morning, just before 10 a.m. ET. [ full story | comments ]

Rajapaksa 'politically vulnerable' ahead of early Sri Lanka polls

[ DW ][ Oct 22 19:35 GMT ]

Rajapaksa's campaign is likely to rely heavily on Sinhala nationalist themes, with the president claiming that only he can preserve the nation's hard-won victory over terrorism and prevent the revival of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which, he claims, is backed by local and western conspirators. To avoid the politicization of his foreign travel, the Pope generally declines to visit countries within a month of an election. With indications that the presidential election will be held around January 10 – on a date and at a time reportedly determined by the president's astrologer – it would appear the papal visit will need to be rescheduled. [ full story | comments ]

Tamil Leaders Slam Sri Lankan Navy Chief's Indian Visit

[ VoA ][ Oct 22 19:23 GMT ]

Regional leaders in India's southern Tamil Nadu state slammed the visit of Sri Lankan navy chief, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, to the country.However, a regional party, Naam Tamilar Katchi, slammed his visit, saying the federal government was ignoring sentiments of Tamil community.“You are not taking note of Tamil sentiments. You have not taken care of Tamil rights. You are only interested in securing your security that is to be shared with China,” said NTK national committee head, Ayyanathan, in Chennai. [ full story | comments ]

Police say man believed to be soldier shot at National War Memorial

[ Toronto Star ][ Oct 22 14:22 GMT ]

A Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been shot by an unknown gunman and there are reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Ottawa police confirmed they had a call at 9:52 a.m. with a report of shots fired. The gunman reportedly ran towards Parliament Hill, which is currently under lockdown.The incident comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over — and one of them killed — in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies. However, a witness said he believed the victim was dressed in civilian clothes. The witness said he he heard one shot. [ full story | comments ]

Are We Counting The Preferential Votes? A Possible Scenario On Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election

[ Eurasia Review ][ Oct 22 10:23 GMT ]

Another new issue that could also dilute the government vote is the controversy over the president’s eligibility to contest for the third term. Some constitutional and legal scholars are of the view that the president is ineligible to contest again, which will not have a practical impact because the president’s candidacy in the forthcoming election is already decided regardless of the legal implications of the argument. The government will not consider this a major issue because regime supporters have already rejected the notion. [ full story | comments ]

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained

[ Reuters ][ Oct 22 10:14 GMT ]

Tamil politicians and religious leaders accuse authorities of giving jobs to the majority Sinhalese population, saying there is a policy of "Sinhalisation" - aimed at changing the predominately Tamil demographic in the north. Tamil names of places such as Mathngal and Kantharodai in Jaffna, have been changed to the Sinhala names of Jambukolapatuna and Kathurugoda, add residents. What dampens much of Tamil confidence in a genuine reconciliation is the looming security presence in the north with countless high-walled military camps, packed security trucks and patrols, and soldiers running small shops and hotels. [ full story | comments ]


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[Independent Australia - Oct 24, 2014 13:07:05 GMT]

SRI LANKA’S SECRETS: New book exposes murderous Rajapaksa regime


[CTC - Oct 23, 2014 14:46:17 GMT]

Tamil Canadians Saddened by the Ottawa Attack


[Proactive Investors - Oct 23, 2014 13:02:18 GMT]

MRL Corporation starts key test work on Sri Lanka graphite


[DW - Oct 22, 2014 19:35:53 GMT]

Rajapaksa 'politically vulnerable' ahead of early Sri Lanka polls


[Eurasia Review - Oct 22, 2014 19:26:29 GMT]

India's Imperatives In Sri Lanka - Analysis


[CBC - Oct 22, 2014 14:43:08 GMT]

Parliament Hill attacked, soldier shot at National War Memorial in Ottawa


[Daily Mirror - Oct 22, 2014 10:25:48 GMT]

18 th Amendment: can Mahinda contest for the third term?


[Eurasia Review - Oct 22, 2014 10:23:25 GMT]

Are We Counting The Preferential Votes? A Possible Scenario On Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election


[Reuters - Oct 22, 2014 10:14:29 GMT]

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained


[Under Current News - Oct 18, 2014 11:00:20 GMT]

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