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 ]

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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... TamilCanadian.com, 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 ]

Occupying SL military demolishes mosque in Trincomalee

[ TamilNet ][ Aug 18 13:01 GMT ]

The occupying Sri Lankan military has demolished a mosque situated at Karumalai-oottu in Trincomalee Town and Gravets division within the past 2 days, Muslim fishermen from Trincomalee said. The mosque, established in 1926 and registered as a Jumma Mosque in 1947, has been seized by the SL military, which demarcated the area as ‘High Security Zone’ in 2009. The land where the mosque is situated comes under the 1200 acres of lands from Prima flourmill to Karumalai-oottu, including Ve’l’lai-ma’nal and Clappenburg Bay, which are being given to China under a ‘defence related development’ project by Colombo. [ full story | comments ]

Private buses run riot on the road

[ Sunday Times ][ Aug 17 14:19 GMT ]

Private buses pay little heed to road rules, leading to many accidents, charge state officials, while private bus operators blame state-run transport bodies for the lack of discipline in the service. Twenty two year-old Sadini’s dream of a happy wedded life was cut short last week when just three months into her marriage, a speeding private bus claimed the life of her 23 year-old husband. Shihan Gunetillake, was travelling from his hometown Bentota to his wife’s family home in Panadura when a speeding bus hit his bike in Wadduwa around 5.30 a.m. [ 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 ]

Prince Saud, Lanka envoy discuss ways to bolster ties

[ Arab News ][ Aug 18 13:02 GMT ]

Strengthening relations between the Kingdom and Sri Lanka was the focus of the meeting held between Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohamed in Jeddah on Sunday. The meeting took place after the Sri Lankan envoy presented copies of his credentials to the minister, who also received the credentials of Niger’s Ambassador Amadou Songhai, Iran’s Ambassador Hussein Sidky and Mauritania’s Ambassador Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Al-Ameen. [ full story | comments ]

Rapes surge in Sri Lanka amid weak laws

[ Al Jazeera ][ Aug 17 14:23 GMT ]

Recent allegations that a naval officer in the northern city of Jaffna raped an 11-year-old girl have cast a spotlight on the growing problem of sexual violence in Sri Lanka. According to police statistics, incidents of rape have increased by nearly 20 percent in the last two years, with 4,393 cases registered during 2012-2014 as compared to 3,624 in 2010-2012. In the Jaffna case, police confirmed they had apprehended and brought before the courts a suspect attached to the navy, but refused to comment further. [ full story | comments ]

Heaven’s scorching eye ignores prayers for rain

[ Sunday Times ][ Aug 17 14:17 GMT ]

Thousands of villagers pray for rain as the ancient giant tanks and irrigation systems continue to dry up in 14 districts mostly in the North, East and North-Central provinces, with experts forecasting a continued need for trucked-in drinking water. The famous 12th-century Parakrama Samudraya now has only one-fifteenth of the water it was built to hold. Although the Yala crop season has reached its end and the Maha season is to begin in October, water for domestic use as well as water for wildlife will be in short supply, with heavy rains not expected until late September. [ full story | comments ]


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