More power for China in Norochcholai

[ Sunday Times ][ Sep 02 13:55 GMT ]

China is to play a bigger role in Sri Lanka’s power generation sector by helping to maintain the US$ 1.35 billion Norochcholai coal fired power plant that has been plagued by repeated breakdowns. President Xi Jingping who arrives in Colombo on a two-day visit on September 16 will watch, together with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the signing of first of two Memorandums of Understanding for this purpose. It will be between the Ministry of Power and Energy and China’s Ministry of Commerce. Power and Energy Minister Pavitra Wanniarachchi, who obtained the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers has declared that the Chinese role will ensure there will be not be “any future technical failures. [ full story | comments ]

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Unwanted asylum seekers: Sri Lanka court gives green light to deport Pakistanis

[ Reuters ][ Sep 02 13:52 GMT ]

A Sri Lankan court on Monday gave permission to authorities to send back scores of Pakistani asylum seekers, after the government said they were a threat to the island’s security and public health.The United Nations refugee agency says 88 Pakistanis have been deported since Aug. 1 in what it has called a breach of international law. The agency has called for an end to the deportations and demanded access to another 75 detained people who are awaiting deportation. The Sri Lankan government says the Pakistanis are part of an influx of economic immigrants in the past year who have become a burden on the country’s resources and potentially compromised state and regional security. [ full story | comments ]

Lanka hopes for better relations with new UN human rights boss

[ PTI ][ Sep 02 13:41 GMT ]

Sri Lanka on Monday today said it hoped the new UNHRC chief will carry out his duties in a "more balanced" manner after the country had an uneasy relationship with his predecessor Navi Pillay. Welcoming the Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, who assumed charge as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today, government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said they hoped the new head will carry out his duties in an unbiased manner. [ full story | comments ]

Fishermen Decide to Withdraw Stir After India, Sri Lanka Talks

[ NDTV ][ Sep 01 11:46 GMT ]

A meeting of all fishermen associations today decided to withdraw their 36 day indefinite strike from Monday and put out to sea in the backdrop of the first joint committee meeting between India and Sri Lanka held in Delhi. N D Bose and B Sesuraja, secretaries of Tamil Nadu Fishermen's Association, said the decision had been taken in the light of the yesterday's meeting between the two nations. [ full story | comments ]

Shenanigans In Sri Lanka?

[ OutLook India ][ Aug 29 12:43 GMT ]

Whatever Swami’s delegation did in Lanka was the opposite of what Tamil Nadu stands for and what Prime Minister and foreign minister told Rajapaksa when he came to Delhi to attend Modi government’s swearing-in ceremony: Abandoning the 13th Amendment could reactivate the bloody Tami Eelam struggle.Notwithstanding, BJP’s ‘strategy chief’ is running amuck with his self-appointed role as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Sri Lanka very seriously. Claiming Prime Minister Modi’s mandate to deal with Lankan affairs, Swamy has been touting himself as “Member of Parliament and President of the Janatha Party of India”. He also made many false and absurd statements on India’s policy vis-à-vis Lanka: [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka opens two new detention centres for foreigners

[ PTI ][ Aug 29 10:16 GMT ]

Facing international flak for forcibly deporting Pakistani and Afghan nationals seeking refugee status in Sri Lanka, the government has established two more centres to detain foreigners who are overstaying. Two new facilities have been established after the present detention centre in Mirihana, Colombo was found inadequate of accommodating growing number of foreigners seeking refugee status in this island country, officials said. One of the new detention centres is established in Boosa, Galle 116 km south of Colombo. The other has been established in Negambo, north of Colombo International Airport. [ full story | comments ]

Glavin: What's so wrong with involving diasporas in foreign policy?

[ Ottawa Citizen ][ Aug 29 01:39 GMT ]

Let’s say too that the reason Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth conference in Sri Lanka last November was mostly because 300,000 Tamil-Canadians have had to watch helplessly as their families back home were being subjected to ethnic cleansing. Let’s suppose Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI) fellow David Carment got it right when he said Harper’s Sri Lanka boycott was merely “pandering to a domestic audience“, and that the Liberal-era ambassador to Ukraine and Russia, Christopher Westdal, is just as right when he says Canada has now adopted a full-on “diaspora-driven foreign policy.” [ full story | comments ]

Ontario Providing New Supports for Students, Parents and Teachers

[ GO ][ Aug 28 17:20 GMT ]

Ontario students continue to make progress, with 72 per cent of Grade 3 and 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math, according to the latest test scores from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). “Ontario is committed to having 75 per cent of Ontario’s Grade 3 and 6 students meet the high provincial standards in EQAO assessments. We are grateful for the hard work of educators and staff in our schools. While there is certainly room for improvement in math, we will strive to ensure both teachers and students have what they need to achieve success.” [ full story | comments ]

The largest LTTE training camp was located at Kolathur

[ The Hindu ][ Aug 28 14:39 GMT ]

The village of Kolathur, 11 km from the Mettur dam in Salem district, was one of the places in Tamil Nadu where the cadre of the LTTE were imparted armed training in the early 1980s to fight the Sri Lankan forces. The 1983 riots in Sri Lanka brought the ethnic issue into a sharp focus, and the island nation was unable to deal with the anti-Tamil violence effectively. This was a cause for grave concern to the Indian government. The public sentiments in Tamil Nadu turned strong, resulting in a forceful demand for India’s military intervention. At that juncture, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi decided to offer military training to the cadre of different Tamil militant groups. [ full story | comments ]

ACHC condemns ACHF allegations

[ Daily Mirror ][ Aug 28 12:23 GMT ]

The All Ceylon Hindu Congress has sent the following letter with reference to news item that appeared in the newspapers and websites: We have been receiving enquiries in respect of news reports and website news of what have been said by “All Ceylon Hindu Federation”. We are unaware of existence or commencement of any organization by the name “All Ceylon Hindu Federation”. We have no connection whatsoever with them. It is improper for them to seek to act as the voice of the Hindus. [ full story | comments ]

Land seizure in Vavuniya, says BBS

[ Daily Mirror ][ Aug 27 16:32 GMT ]

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today said that politicians were attempting to alter the diversity of population in Sri Lanka by backing the resettlement of one ethnic group in a specific area ignoring others. “Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen was also involved in forest annihilation in Willpattu National Park. It seems he is not giving up. We can prove that the Minister is influencing Government officers to evict Tamils from lands in Mullative, Mannar, Vavuniya and Kantale to settle Muslims,” he told a news conference. BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Vithanage charged that their allegation against the Minister was true and they already have the evidence to prove that the Minister was seizing lands by force. [ full story | comments ]

Army launches Operation Kandy city development

[ Sunday Times ][ Sep 02 13:47 GMT ]

Sri Lanka Army will soon kick start the historic Kandy city development project and city beautification by refurbishing dilapidated structures and improving infrastructure facilities, officials said.The World Bank has approved a credit of US $147 million to help rehabilitate basic urban services and improve livability in the city and implement a road network improvement plan aimed at easing traffic congestion in and around Kandy. This project includes urban services improvements and public urban spaces enhancements; and institutional strengthening and capacity building, a senior official of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) said. [ full story | comments ]

Nine Fishermen Arrested by Sri Lanka Naval Personnel

[ PTI ][ Sep 02 13:38 GMT ]

Nine fishermen from this coastal town were arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel when they were returning from the Palk Straits early this morning, a top official of Mechanised boat fishermen Association said. Association President T Jesuraja said two boats of the fishermen had sunk and four of them were being ferried back to this town. Five others were also being brought here in another boat when the Lankan naval personnel intercepted both vessels and arrested all of them. The fishermen were later taken to Neduntheevu in the island nation, he said. [ full story | comments ]

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: Remove all obstacles to aid search for the disappeared, UN experts urge governments

[ OHCHR ][ Aug 30 11:37 GMT ]

Two United Nations expert groups on enforced disappearances call on States “to remove all obstacles” to aid investigations into the fate of disappeared persons. On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances urge Governments to support relatives of the disappeared by removing all obstacles hindering their search for loved ones, including through the opening of all archives, especially military files. [ full story | comments ]

PAF chief meets Sri Lankan military leadership

[ Dawn ][ Aug 29 10:18 GMT ]

PAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt called on Sri Lankan Secretary of Defe­n­ce and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Ministry of Defence in Colombo on Thursday. They agreed to cement fri­endly ties through exchange postings and course programmes. The two air chiefs also shared and discussed their experience in dealing with the menace of terrorism. Air Chief Marshal Butt is on a three-day official visit to Myanmar and Sri Lanka on the invitation of air forces of both the countries. [ full story | comments ]

Work with existing powers before devolution: Basil

[ Hindu ][ Aug 29 10:04 GMT ]

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) should work with existing powers before demanding further devolution, Sri Lanka’s Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said on Thursday. “They have not done anything yet,” he said, speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a press conference to announce a new bank loan scheme launched by his ministry. Speaking on the Northern Provincial Council’s role in development projects in the island’s former war zone, Mr. Basil Rajapaksa said the government’s development work in the north had slowed down because of little cooperation from provincial government, pointing to the delay in completion of the railway line to Jaffna. [ full story | comments ]

'There's no word like Chennai in Tamil'

[ Rediff ][ Aug 28 19:02 GMT ]

As Chennai turned 375 last week, Rediff.com’s Shobha Warrier discusses the city of tradition and contrasts with JBP More, a professor at INSEEC whose recent book Origin and Foundation of Madras traces the history of the city. More, who got his PhD in History from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, has written 15 books on various aspects of south Indian history. In this email interview from Paris, he says the notion that Madras was a European name or it had colonial connotations is completely wrong. It was always a Tamil word, popularly used by the people of Madras and Tamil Nadu, since the foundation of Madras in 1639. [ full story | comments ]

Temple aims to heal Sri Lanka’s violent past

[ Al Jazeera ][ Aug 28 14:41 GMT ]

Worshipers hope rebuilding ancient Hindu temple can help in reconciliation between Tamil and Sinhala community. A Hindu temple in southern Sri Lanka is trying a new approach at reconciliation. Reconstruction of the ancient temple destroyed during anti-Tamil riots 30 years ago is helping to heal the wounds of Sri Lanka's violent past. [ full story | comments ]

The Dying Tradition of Sri Lankan Stilt Fishing, Captured in Powerful Photos

[ Wired.com ][ Aug 28 14:38 GMT ]

In Steve McCurry’s famous photo of Sri Lankan stilt fisherman, men sit perched far from shore atop crude crucifixes of sticks and twine, dangling fishing rods into schools of fish. The approach looks prehistoric, a common misconception. “It’s some 70 years old…so it’s not really ancient,” says photographer Florian Müller, who photographed the stilt fisherman himself in 2010. “Still, it’s a beautiful way that the people adapted to their situation.” [ full story | comments ]

‘Sinhala colonisation a great worry for Tamils’

[ Hindu ][ Aug 28 12:23 GMT ]

The most urgent step necessary in Sri Lanka is to halt the Sinhala colonisation programme being implemented by the government to change the very identity of the traditional Tamil areas, Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sambanthan said on Wednesday.He said Mr. Modi underscored the need for finding a lasting political solution within a united Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister said that he was committed to ensuring the implementation of provisions under the 13 Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, facilitated by the India-Sri Lankan accord of 1987. Further, Mr. Modi wanted the TNA to unite all Tamil-speaking people, including the Muslims. “He advised us not to take extreme positions. By remaining firm on non-violence, the Prime Minister said, we will win international support,” Mr. Sambanthan said. [ full story | comments ]

Rights groups demand protection for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses

[ AFP ][ Aug 27 16:15 GMT ]

International rights groups in a joint letter expressed alarm over alleged intimidation, threats and reprisals against those likely to engage investigators probing the bloody finale to Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatists war. “Human rights defenders in Sri Lanka face widespread intimidation,” the letter said adding that it could intensify ahead of the presentation of an update on the investigation at the council’s September and March session.Sri Lanka has made it clear that it will not grant visas to UN investigators. [ full story | comments ]


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