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Time to seize the moment in Sri Lanka
Time to seize the moment in Sri Lanka
Time to seize the moment in Sri Lanka

Despite the welcome change in tone and moves to improve relations between the majority Sinhalese community and Tamils, who represent 15 per cent of the country’s population, the “national unity” government needs to redouble its efforts to promote reconciliation. Measures to address the war’s legacy need to be pursued and presented as an essential aspect of the…

ICG - May 26 16:17 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

Sri Lanka’s Painful Past and Uncertain Future on Display in Tamil North
Sri Lanka’s Painful Past and Uncertain Future on Display in Tamil North

Sri Lanka—The scars of Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long civil war remain plainly visible in the country’s north, where ethnic Tamils make up the vast majority of the population. Abandoned colonial mansions riddled with bullets stand as testament to the long war and the devastation it wrought on the region. More than half a decade after the fighting ended, despite a…

WPR - May 26 16:03 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Community Mediated Justice in Post-War Sri Lanka

    Community Mediated Justice in Post-War Sri Lanka

    The Asia Foundation played a critical role in providing much-needed assistance, both logistical and financial, to enable members of the Mediation Boards Commission to travel to the North to interview and select mediators. As in other parts of the country, mediators for the Northern Province were selected from within the community, appointed through an established…

    Asia Foundation - May 26 16:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, Jaffna, History ]

  • Sri Lanka seeking to borrow $3.5 bln through foreign debt

    The borrowing plan comes as the South Asian nation seeks to fix its precarious balance of payments position after a sharp depletion of its foreign exchange reserves - a legacy of massive debt piled up under the previous government. "A $500 million syndicated loan is almost done with Credit Suisse. Once that is done, we will be going for another $500 million…

    Reuters - May 26 16:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - ‘$1.5 billion could be needed for Sri Lanka housing’ - Hindu
  • Ambassador Kevin Vickers, former House sergeant-at-arms, tackles protester in Dublin

    Ambassador Kevin Vickers, former House sergeant-at-arms, tackles protester in Dublin

    Canada's ambassador to Ireland, and the man who was hailed as a hero for shooting Ottawa gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau after he stormed Parliament Hill in 2014, tackled a protester at a ceremony in Dublin this morning. The former House of Commons sergeant-at-arms was at the event commemorating the British soldiers who died during the Easter Rising, also called the…

    CBC - May 26 15:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World, UK ]

  • Harper will step down as MP before Parliament’s fall session

    Harper will step down as MP before Parliament’s fall session

    Stephen Harper will resign as the MP for Calgary Heritage before Parliament resumes in the fall, as he pursues new interests on corporate boards and the establishment of a foreign policy institute, according to close confidants of the former Conservative prime minister. Mr. Harper has not decided whether to resign as an MP when Parliament adjourns at the end of…

    Globe and Mail - May 25 10:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

  • Korea to join Sri Lanka’s $63b smart city project

    Korea to join Sri Lanka’s $63b smart city project

    The Korean government is set to participate in Sri Lanka’s $63.2 billion smart city development project, Seoul’s Ministry of Land announced Tuesday. The project is part of Sri Lanka’s plan to develop nine new towns in Colombo and its adjacent areas by 2030. The Land Ministry said Minister Kang Ho-in and Sri Lanka’s Megapolis Minister Champika…

    Korea Herald - May 24 16:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • China's Investments in Sri Lanka

    China\'s Investments in Sri Lanka

    China’s friendly relationship with Sri Lanka began in earnest after the election of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005. With its own politically influential Tamil minority to contend with, India declined Rajapaksa’s appeals for large-scale military support, while the United States suspended military aid in 2007, citing government human rights…

    Foreign Affairs - May 24 15:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, China, WarCrimes ]

  • Wigneswaran takes over three portfolios

    Wigneswaran takes over three portfolios

    Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has taken over three portfolios earlier held by Northern Provincial Council Minister P. Sathyalingam. The provincial ministries of Social Welfare, Rehabilitation and Women Affairs will now come under the purview of the Chief Minister who was sworn in as the subject minister by Governor Reginald Cooray at his office.

    Daily Mirror - May 24 10:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, SriLanka ]

  • Federal Foreign Office to provide one million euros for humanitarian aid in Sri Lanka

    Federal Foreign Office to provide one million euros for humanitarian aid in Sri Lanka

    Foreign Minister Steinmeier pledged financial support of one million euros to the Sri Lankan Government today (23 May) to help it deal with the aftermath of the severe storms of recent days. The Federal Foreign Office will provide one million euros in humanitarian aid for the victims of flooding and landslides. The funding will form part of international support…

    German Federal Foreign Office - May 24 10:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Appraising Sri Lanka’s Reform Agenda

    With the 32nd session of the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) less than a month away, this detailed appraisal (which includes a range of policy-oriented recommendations) is quite timely. (During the HRC’s 32nd session, Sri Lanka’s compliance with an October 2015 HRC resolution will be discussed in some detail.) The challenges facing the coalition government, a…

    Huffington Post - May 23 20:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

  • Sri Lanka mudslides: Death toll reaches 92 with many still missing

    Sri Lanka mudslides: Death toll reaches 92 with many still missing

    The death toll from floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in Sri Lanka has risen to 92, officials said. Soldiers looking for victims recovered at least seven more bodies on Sunday from Aranayake - one of the worst-hit villages in the district of Kegalle. Starting last weekend Sri Lanka has seen the heaviest rains in 25 years. The rain has now stopped in…

    BBC - May 23 15:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo ]

    Related:
      - Boats deliver aid, pick up sick in flooded Sri Lanka capital - AP
  • Sri Lanka: Jumpstarting the Reform Process

    Sri Lanka: Jumpstarting the Reform Process

    The unexpected chance for lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka that followed President Maithripala Sirisena’s January 2015 election faces increasing turbulence. Initial moves by Sirisena’s government halted and began to reverse the slide into authoritarianism and family rule under Mahinda Rajapaksa. Its reform agenda is ambitious: restoring the…

    ICG - May 23 14:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka floods expected to cost at least $1.5 billion

    Sri Lanka floods expected to cost at least $1.5 billion

    The cost of Sri Lanka's landslides and floods will be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion at the minimum, the government said on Monday, as the Indian Ocean island struggles to recover from its worst natural disaster since the 2004 Asia tsunami. The official death toll has risen to 92 but 109 people are feared to have been buried in landslides. Days of…

    Reuters - May 23 14:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Economy ]

  • Exposition of Buddhist relics from Pakistan in Sri Lanka

    Exposition of Buddhist relics from Pakistan in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan Presi­dent Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickra­masinghe, along with members of the Buddhist clergy and other dignitaries, inaugurated the exposition of the Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha brought from Pakistan, at a ceremony on Saturday which marked the Buddhist festival of Vesak. Vesak celebrates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and…

    Dawn - May 23 13:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture, Pakistan ]

  • Raymond Cho and Doug Ford team up in Scarborough to take on provincial Liberals

    Raymond Cho and Doug Ford team up in Scarborough to take on provincial Liberals

    Raymond Cho and Doug Ford are teaming up to take a part of Scarborough away from Ontario’s Liberals. Cho, a local councillor in the Scarborough-Rouge River area since 1991, says he’ll seek the riding’s Progressive Conservative nomination on June 4. Neethan Sha, who ran against both Cho and Balkissoon in 2014, and also ran against Cho in two municipal…

    Inside Toronto - May 20 17:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

  • Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war finally ended seven years ago. But moving on from the past is not easy.

    Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war finally ended seven years ago. But moving on from the past is not easy.

    It’s Remembrance Day in Sri Lanka on May 18, the seventh anniversary of the end of a long civil war. But the island’s two biggest ethnic communities will be remembering very different things.In deeply divided societies like Sri Lanka, the question of how to deal with a history of violence has no easy answer. Under international law, the victims of atrocities have…

    Washington Post - May 20 09:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka mudslide: Army fears 134 missing are dead

    Sri Lanka mudslide: Army fears 134 missing are dead

    Sri Lanka's monsoon rains often bring floods but officials say these are the worst for several years. Many displaced people have moved to shelters, and officials have appealed for water, dry food rations and sanitary items. Low-lying coastal areas have also been hit. In southern India the authorities are on alert as the rains move up the country's east coast. At…

    BBC - May 19 10:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, History, SriLanka ]

  • Cancellation of Victory Day Parade will help national reconciliation - TNA, Canada commends govt move

    Cancellation of Victory Day Parade will help national reconciliation - TNA, Canada commends govt move

    Canada strongly pushed for the cancellation of Victory Day Parade since May 2014. Although, many countries privately requested the previous government, only Canada publicly called for an immediate end to military celebrations. Canadian High Commissioner Shelley Whiting announced that her country wouldn’t be represented at the Victory Day parade in Matara. The…

    Island - May 18 14:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Unusual heat bakes Sri Lanka's chicken industry

    Unusual heat bakes Sri Lanka\'s chicken industry

    As noon-time temperatures began soaring in late March, Mohamed Nizam, a small-scale chicken seller, knew he was headed for trouble. Soon the mid-day heat was touching 40 degrees Celsius, and Nizam told his workers to pour water on to the pavement in front of his shop in the Colombo suburb of Wattala in an effort to ward off the heat. "But nothing can keep that…

    Reuters - May 18 13:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka ]

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