Liberals, Conservatives top choices as NDP accessible vote drops: Nanos tracking

[ CTV News ][ Oct 06 12:20 GMT ]

The latest nightly tracking by Nanos Research for CTV News and The Globe and Mail shows the Liberals and the Conservatives are the top choices for Canadians, while the proportion of Canadians who would consider voting for the NDP has dropped nine points over the past month. Voters were asked: "If a federal election were held today, please rank your top two current local voting preferences?" The latest numbers released on Oct. 6 show: The Liberals are at 35.0 per cent support nationally The Conservatives are at 31.5 per cent support The NDP is at 23.1 per cent support The Green Party is at 4.6 per cent support [ full story | comments ]

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Liberals, Conservatives top choices as NDP accessible vote drops: Nanos tracking

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Japan promises visiting Sri Lanka PM infrastructure, maritime aid

[ Reuters ][ Oct 06 12:13 GMT ]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged aid to Sri Lanka on Tuesday in a meeting with his counterpart, Ranil Wickremsinghe, and reiterated a promise to help Sri Lanka bolster its maritime security and to provide patrol ships. Sri Lanka is moving away from the former government's pro-China stance and has suspended most Chinese-backed infrastructure projects. It is also trying to put more emphasis on ties with Japan, which dovetails with Abe's hope to counter a rising China. [ full story | comments ]

Imaging Sri Lanka’s colonial past

[ Reuters ][ Oct 06 12:08 GMT ]

For a journalist, it’s hard not to think of Sri Lanka as an island country recovering from a decades-long conflict. But, there is a country that far predates this bloodletting and warfare. It’s called Ceylon, Sri Lanka’s colonial “other”. What was it like living in Ceylon? How did it look? What about its people? What kind of clothes did they wear? What did they do at work? What was God to them? These questions and the complications that arise from them are part of the exhibition at India’s National Museum, “Imaging the Isle Across – Vintage Photography from Ceylon.” It is a bewildering depiction of an island that witnessed dramatic changes to its landscape under European colonists. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka: Would Domestic Judicial Mechanism Deliver Justice To Tamils? – Analysis

[ Eurasia Review ][ Oct 06 10:21 GMT ]

However, much is not lost for the Tamils in the watered down UNHRC resolution. Since the government is sincere and has undertaken various steps since the January 8 election, international oversight in the form of a panel of judges and the UNHRC mechanism would help address the apprehensions of the Tamils about a domestic investigation mechanism. Further, the domestic investigation mechanism is also likely to come under intense scrutiny from the media and international community and thus generate sufficient pressure on the government to deliver justice. [ full story | comments ]

U.S. Continues Support for Sri Lankan Cultural and Religious Heritage

[ US Embassy - Colombo ][ Oct 06 10:13 GMT ]

As part of its continuing efforts to preserve Sri Lanka’s cultural and religious heritage, the Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce new grants totaling $300,000 (42.1 million LKR) to help restore the ancient Buddhist Rajagala Monastery and improve preservation of artifacts at the Anuradhapura Archeological Museum. “The United States recognizes the importance of preserving Sri Lankan religious and cultural heritage sites and has committed 100 million Sri Lankan Rupees to this effort since 2005,” said U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap. “We hope that our cooperation with Sri Lanka to preserve cultural heritage sites will help raise international awareness and provide a boost for tourism and people-to-people understanding.” [ full story | comments ]

All three main federal parties have a chance of winning in Scarborough Southwest

[ Toronto Star ][ Oct 05 12:29 GMT ]

If the last campaign is any indication, the race in Scarborough Southwest will be tight. In 2011, only six points separated the winner, the NDP’s Dan Harris, from the third-place Conservative challenger. This year’s Conservative candidate, Roshan Nallaratnam, argues that his party’s sound management of the economy is exactly what Scarborough Southwest needs to make a comeback.Harris and Nallaratnam have stiff competition in Liberal candidate , the former police chief who boasts name recognition so strong it could be enough to trump any policies his opponents put forward. A recent Forum poll put him in a statistical tie for first place with Harris. [ full story | comments ]

-Geneva resolution no victory for Sri Lanka

[ Island ][ Oct 05 10:10 GMT ]

"The public should be made aware that the ban on fish imports to the EU this year was due to issues relating to ‘illegal, unreported and unregulated’ fishing in the Indian Ocean in contravention of the rules of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and had nothing at all to do with politics or human rights. As for GSP+, this is a special trade concession of doubtful utility which gives the EU a political handle over the recipient country. In 2010 when GSP+ came up for its review and this was being used to impose the EU’s will on Sri Lanka, my government made a conscious decision not to reapply for GSP+. [ full story | comments ]

U.S, U.N diplomatic shenanigans allow Sri Lanka Genocide cover

[ TamilNet ][ Oct 05 10:05 GMT ]

The United Nations, U.S., and India, the international players complicit in first failing to prevent, and then covering the Sri Lanka's 2009 Genocide of Tamils, have provided the proverbial succor, "more time and political space" to Sri Lanka to investigate itself, allowing the genocidal state to avoid culpability for the crimes. While the "inability and unwillingness" of Sri Lanka for conducting credible investigations for criminal conduct of the island's key politicians and the military has been historically proven, the US has been instrumental in supporting and shaping UN resolutions in buying Sri Lanka time to skirt around the critical obligations for a credible criminal investigations. Six years have passed and UNHRC resolutions are continuing to provide more "time and political space" to Sri Lanka. [ full story | comments ]

‘We have talked so much about it, and it just goes nowhere.’

[ Washington Post ][ Oct 02 22:28 GMT ]

On Thursday, the U.N. Human Rights Council passed resolution 25/1, a vote of confidence that the government of Sri Lanka can and will provide justice for abuses committed during the decades-long civil war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It’s been a long road getting to this consensus. Since the war’s end in 2009, relations between Sri Lanka and the international community have been contentious. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka promises 'no questions' if Swiss bank cash brought back

[ AFP ][ Oct 02 22:25 GMT ]

Sri Lanka Friday asked citizens holding Swiss bank accounts to redeposit the cash in their home country and promised there would be "no questions asked" if they do. Following a slump in official reserves, the Sri Lankan government is keen to get foreign cash, shoring up its reserves and stabilising the local currency. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said Sri Lankans could deposit their savings in local banks which offer rates several time more than the those offered in international money markets. [ full story | comments ]

TN parties condemn UN resolution on probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka

[ ToI ][ Oct 02 12:41 GMT ]

Political parties in the state have expressed disappointment over the UNHRC resolution seeking a credible probe involving foreign judges into the 2009 Eelam war in Sri Lanka. DMK chief M Karunanidhi said the decision of the UN was not the most appropriate medicine to heal the wounds of the Sri Lankan Tamils, affected by the war. "The Indian government did not react to the resolution of the assembly and has approved a probe within Lanka at the last minute. This shows there is no difference between the UPA and NDA governments on the Lankan Tamil issue," said PMK chief S Ramadoss in a statement. [ full story | comments ]

Great expectations in Sri Lanka

[ The Hindu ][ Oct 06 12:08 GMT ]

The unanimous adoption of a resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka last week is notable for the pragmatism that informs it. The idea of an external investigation into the conduct of the military and the political leadership has been bearing down on the island nation for some years now. The erstwhile Rajapaksa administration responded with defiance and belligerent opposition to any move towards accountability, except one that was formulated and executed by the government on its own terms. The moves tended to divide the international community on whether to bail out Sri Lanka or come down on it. [ full story | comments ]

PM calls for Intl. backing for SL’s forward march

[ Island ][ Oct 06 10:27 GMT ]

The government has called for the international community’s support for its onward journey, having taken into consideration the rapid improvement in the country’s human rights situation over the last ten months."Freedom from fear is one of our biggest achievements during the last ten months. We request your support for our onward journey," the PM said in an obvious reference to the UNHRC which had called for an independent investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka."We are confident that our people can achieve their creative potential in the next sixty months." [ full story | comments ]

‘Ready to quit NDA if it helps Sri Lankan Tamils’ - Anbumani

[ Hindu ][ Oct 06 10:19 GMT ]

PMK MP Anbumani Ramadoss on Monday said he was ready to quit the BJP-led NDA alliance if his decision could help find a permanent solution to the problems of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Reacting to TNCC president E.V.K.S. Elangovan who asked why he was continuing in the NDA when India supported the “diluted” resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for a probe into the war crimes, Mr Anbumani said the Congress leader was only diverting the issue. “If it helps the Sri Lankan Tamils, I am ready to leave the NDA. India’s stand shocked me and I have returned a disappointed man,” said Mr. Anbumani, who attended the UNHRC meeting in Geneva a few days ago. [ full story | comments ]

Tories’ rivals in Brampton North see opportunity in immigration changes

[ Toronto Star ][ Oct 05 15:19 GMT ]

“The Conservative policy to cut family reunification, they crushed our backbone,” says Brampton realtor Satinder Singh Goindi, reiterating what has become something of a political mantra for many in the city’s influential Punjabi-Canadian community in the newly formed riding of Brampton North. Frustration over the two-year moratorium on applications by parents and grandparents trying to join their family in Canada, introduced after the Conservatives swept Peel in 2011, may signal yet another dramatic reversal of fortunes for the Harper government in the region. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka’s justice system and 'the total lie'

[ Sunday Times ][ Oct 05 10:18 GMT ]

To believe that the importation of the United Nations’ favourite answer to transitional justice dilemmas will automatically provide solutions is also unforgivably simplistic. It is infinitely amusing if it is not so tragic for example, that the ‘special courts’ of Rwanda and Cambodia had as members, Sri Lankan judges who were themselves complicit in lesser or greater measure in the decline of judicial integrity during 1999-2014 in this country. The ‘total lie’ of belief in a functional system of Sri Lankan law is therefore the first fact that we must acknowledge in all its awful truth. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka Co-Sponsors Un Rights Resolution In Bid To Remove The Sting

[ Citizen ][ Oct 05 10:07 GMT ]

By co-sponsoring the resolution on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka the government has taken the initiative with regard to the implementation of its recommendations. Some of the recommendations are controversial. The main controversial recommendation is to set up a judicial accountability mechanism with international participation. But the gain for the government is that it is in charge of the implementation. In addition, for the first time since 2009 when Sri Lanka was taken before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the government succeeded in obtaining the unanimity of the members of the international community represented there regarding Sri Lanka’s future. [ full story | comments ]

Sampanthan tells Tamils not to fear investigations based on UNHRC resolution

[ Island ][ Oct 05 10:03 GMT ]

If there were any threats to the interests of Tamil people by such investigations, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would counter them without letting the aspirations of Tamils be undermined, the Opposition Leader said. Sampanthan said the shift of TNA’s stance would not mean that Tamil people were ready to take it lying down if the investigations were not to their satisfaction. However, the Jaffna based civil organisations insisted that there would be no justice unless there was an international war crimes investigation. Advisor to the Collective of Independent Organisations in the North, S. Sahadevan said Tamil people would accept only the outcome of an international probe. [ full story | comments ]

The UNHRC adopts consensus resolution on Sri Lanka

[ Channel 4 News ][ Oct 02 22:26 GMT ]

The United Nations Human Rights Council passed a historic resolution over allegations of ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. But as Callum Macrae reports, it has received mixed reactions. Six and a half years ago the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted to congratulate the government of Sri Lanka for its commitment to human rights. It was arguably the most shameful moment in the Council's short history. The government they were praising had allegedly just massacred tens of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians, after encouraging them to gather in government designated "No Fire Zones" at the end of Sri Lanka's civil war in 2009. [ full story | comments ]

Opposition Flays India's Support to Domestic Resolution in Lanka

[ Indian Express ][ Oct 02 22:23 GMT ]

Opposition leaders in the State including DMK chief M Karunanidhi, PMK founder S Ramadoss, VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan and TMC leader GK Vasan on Friday expressed shock and disappointment on India's support to the UNHRC resolution calling for domestic probe into the findings of the three-member UN panel on human rights violations against Sri Lankan Tamils. Karunanidhi blamed the Union government for ignoring the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution for an international probe and said "Tamils who are without a nation have become orphans. The US, England, China and even India are with Sri Lanka." Whether the diluted resolution would be implemented honestly was doubtful, the DMK patriarch said and added that 14 agreements signed by various Sinhalese leaders were not implemented. [ full story | comments ]

Seven Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel

[ IE ][ Oct 02 10:27 GMT ]

Seven Indian fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel off Katchathivu islet on Friday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in their waters. Joint Director of Fisheries (Nagapattinam), Subburaj said the naval personnel surrounded their boat near Paruthiturai, seized their GRPS equipment and fishing net. The fishermen from Tamil Nadu were later taken to Kankesanthurai in the island nation, he said. [ full story | comments ]

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