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\'There were a lot of baby farms\': Sri Lanka to act over adoption racket claims
\'There were a lot of baby farms\': Sri Lanka to act over adoption racket claims
'There were a lot of baby farms': Sri Lanka to act over adoption racket claims

Sri Lanka is to launch an investigation into adoption fraud following claims that thousands of babies were sold to foreign nationals in the 1980s. Rajitha Senaratne, Sri Lanka’s health minister, said the government would set up a DNA databank to enable children adopted abroad to search for their biological parents and other relatives, and vice versa. In an…

The Guardian - Sep 21 20:01 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, History ]

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Anxious sellers in the GTA real-estate market are reviving the ‘reverse offer’
Anxious sellers in the GTA real-estate market are reviving the ‘reverse offer’
Anxious sellers in the GTA real-estate market are reviving the ‘reverse offer’

Homeowners who steep in anxiety as their house sits on the real estate market can become intensely motivated to strike a deal. They sense interest from potential buyers: Why else would they return two or three times to gaze out the dining room window or stand in the driveway for lengthy conversations with their agent? And yet, the house hunters balk at making an…

Globe and Mail - Sep 21 19:59 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Canada ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Ranil presents interim report on new Constitution

    Ranil presents interim report on new Constitution

    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday presented an interim report on the drafting of a new Constitution, underscoring that all parties had agreed to an “indivisible state”. Addressing the Constitutional Assembly, Mr. Wickremesinghe said that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had taken the unprecedented position that they would agree with the…

    The Hindu - Sep 21 19:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History ]

  • All parties agree to accept Sri Lanka as indivisible state, says PM Ranil

    All parties agree to accept Sri Lanka as indivisible state, says PM Ranil

    All political groups in Sri Lanka, including the main Tamil party, have agreed to accept the country as an indivisible state in the new Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Thursday. Mr. Wickremesinghe’s remarks came as he presented a report of the all party steering committee on formulating the Constitution in Parliament. The new…

    PTI - Sep 21 19:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • Backtracking on accountability measures will harm all Sri Lankans: Tamil leader

    Backtracking on accountability measures will harm all Sri Lankans: Tamil leader

    “The whole purpose of the Disappearances Act will be defeated if the past is left out of its ambit,” said Mano Ganeshan, Minister for National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages and leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA). “We condemn the reported move to postpone the debate on the Disappearances Bill and the Prime Minister’s…

    News Asia - Sep 19 14:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Putting Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons in Perspective

    Putting Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons in Perspective

    Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons (OMP) became operational on September 15. The OMP is one of Colombo’s four big transitional justice mechanisms – the others being an office to handle reparations, a truth commission and a judicial mechanism to address allegations of wartime abuses. Colombo announced an impressive transitional justice agenda two years ago,…

    Diplomat - Sep 19 14:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Biggest budgetary allocation for Defence Ministry

    Biggest budgetary allocation for Defence Ministry

    The Ministry of Defence will receive the biggest budgetary allocation amounting to a massive Rs.1,583,507,600 or Rs.158.83 billion in the 2018 Budget, which would be presented in Parliament by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera on November 9. This amount is in addition to the budgetary allocations for the three armed forces. Sports Minister…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 14 10:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Economy, WarCrimes ]

  • -GOTABHAYA ENTERS POLITICS

    -GOTABHAYA ENTERS POLITICS

    Both Ranil and MR are fighting for survival and have no time to think long. Ranil begotten with affairs of state, with a few to rescue him from the mess his countrymen are facing due to the economic collapse caused by two successive regimes. A more leisurely paced MR was never a thinking man, as a esteemed columnist once stated – his comprehension was not beyond…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 13 10:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Operationalise OMP - UNHRC

    Operationalise OMP - UNHRC

    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday urged the Sri Lankan Government to swiftly operationalise the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). Hussein, making the opening statement at the 36th session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, gave an update of human rights issues in 40 countries. Referring to Sri Lanka in…

    CDN - Sep 13 10:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, UN, WarCrimes ]

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  • Committee demands justice for prisoners

    Committee demands justice for prisoners

    The committee for protecting rights of prisoners staged a demonstration yesterday in front of Welikada Prison to stress the government on protecting the rights of the prisoners and to immediately enforce the law against those involved in the Welikada prison shooting in 2012. They said that the government has failed to implement the law for five years since the…

    CDN - Sep 13 10:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka to export cannabis from first plantation

    Sri Lanka to export cannabis from first plantation

    Sri Lanka is to launch its first official cannabis plantation to supply the traditional medicine market and export to the United States, the health minister said Wednesday. Rajitha Senaratne said the 100-acre (40-hectare) cannabis farm, which could produce more than 25 tonnes a year and would be under military protection, would ensure a regular high quality supply.…

    AFP - Sep 13 10:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • DUP's Ian Paisley in Gibraltar as watchdog mulls Sri Lanka claims

    DUP\'s Ian Paisley in Gibraltar as watchdog mulls Sri Lanka claims

    Ian Paisley has spent the weekend in Gibraltar as he awaits a decision by Parliament's standards watchdog on whether she will investigate claims he didn't declare luxury holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government. The DUP MP has totally denied the allegations, which he says are "devoid of fact or logic". He visited the Rock to take part in celebrations…

    Belfast Telegraph - Sep 11 10:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Tamils seek federalism, not Sri Lanka’s division: Wigneswaran

    Tamils seek federalism, not Sri Lanka’s division: Wigneswaran

    Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has said the Tamil minority community’s demand for a federal solution to meet their political aspirations was not aimed at dividing the country. “You [the South] think we [Tamils] are all terrorists. We do not want to divide this country. When we ask for federalism we are being accused of trying to…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 11 10:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Army holding about 85,000 acres in North,Calls for probe into SF’s allegations against Gen. JJ

    Army holding about 85,000 acres in North,Calls for probe into SF’s allegations against Gen. JJ

    Alleging that the army continued to hold about 85,000 acres of land in the North, Northern Province Chief Minister and former Supreme Court judge C.W. Wigneswaran, on Saturday, sought the intervention of most Ven. Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera of Malwatte Chapter to shift troops out those lands. CM Wigneswaran claimed that only about 5,000 acres had…

    Island - Sep 11 10:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka jails Rajapakse's top aide over corruption

    Sri Lanka jails Rajapakse\'s top aide over corruption

    Sri Lankan aide to former president Mahinda Rajapakse, Lalith Weeratunga (3L), and former director-general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita (R) have been jailed for corruption +1 Sri Lankan aide to former president Mahinda Rajapakse, Lalith Weeratunga (3L), and former director-general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission…

    AFP - Sep 07 10:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Speech at 3rd Annual Tamil Fest – August 26, 2017

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Speech at 3rd Annual Tamil Fest – August 26, 2017

    Thank you, Gary, for your kind introduction and for your incredibly hard work for the Tamil community and for all communities. How about a big round of applause for Gary? And thank you, big round of applause for all our great MP’s who work so hard across the GTA. It’s great to be back in Scarborough for Tamil Fest again this year. I’m happy to report that…

    PMO - Sep 06 00:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, History ]

  • The war is history: Michael Buerk returns to Sri Lanka

    The war is history: Michael Buerk returns to Sri Lanka

    The Tigers’ lair was deep in the jungle. It was difficult to find and tough to get to; two hours jolting, semi-prone, in a trailer dragged by a tractor, watching for mines. This was a war zone for decades. The paddy fields were abandoned long ago to the peacocks and their perpetual courtship, dozens of them everywhere, each male made fabulous by desire. The…

    The Telegraph - Sep 05 23:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Fugitive couple real culprits behind mortgage fraud?

    Fugitive couple real culprits behind mortgage fraud?

    Mortgage fraud charges were withdrawn against a Markham couple who allegedly used fake identification to take out a hefty second mortgage on a home they didn’t own in 2015. Crown attorney Matthew Bloch said the prosecution withdrew the fraud charges against Sivakumar Kumaravelu, 57, and his wife Naguleswary Sivakumar, 54, after thoroughly reviewing the evidence…

    Toronto Sun - Sep 05 20:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

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      - Couple took out mortgage on home they didn't own: Cops - Toronto Sun
  • RDA heads for collision on expressways

    Road Development Authority (RDA) engineers have attacked Government plans to give management of existing and future expressways to an international company, saying this RDA division generated income and did not warrant privatisation. The proposal—aimed at raising an advance payment that could then be used to complete three other expressways—was only revealed…

    Sunday Times - Sep 04 11:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, History, China ]

  • Threat of international war crimes probe?‘Fonseka to testify against Jayasuriya’

    Threat of international war crimes probe?‘Fonseka to testify against Jayasuriya’

    The statement attributed to the Ambassador shows that he envisaged an extension of his contract (presuming it was two years) or another posting to an Asian country. Why is this preference for an Asian country? Was it because of the feeling that he would be safe there against growing allegations? Can it be because he wanted to visit his son in Hong Kong and daughter in…

    Island - Sep 04 10:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

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