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Conservative Party looking into Kevin O\'Leary\'s claims of mass voter fraud
Conservative Party looking into Kevin O'Leary's claims of mass voter fraud

The Conservative Party is investigating allegations of what leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary is calling massive voter fraud by at least one of his leadership challengers. Mr. O’Leary says his team has uncovered a large number of cases in the Toronto area where supporters of one of the challengers are using prepaid credit cards to sign up members based on an…

Globe and Mail - Mar 17 13:35 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, Canada ]

Linguistic slights spur ethnic division in Sri Lanka
Linguistic slights spur ethnic division in Sri Lanka
Linguistic slights spur ethnic division in Sri Lanka

FROM its gleaming new headquarters, Jaffna’s police force serves around 100,000 people. The vast majority of the local population are Tamils or Tamil-speaking Muslims; fewer than 50 locals are members of Sri Lanka’s biggest ethnic group, the Sinhalese. But the vast majority of the city’s 532 police officers are Sinhalese; only 43 are Tamil, and very few of the…

The Economist - Mar 02 21:40 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Tamil-Canadians shut out of Liberal nomination vote in Toronto-area riding

    Tamil-Canadians shut out of Liberal nomination vote in Toronto-area riding

    One of the candidates competing against a senior Justin Trudeau staffer to win the Liberal nomination in a Toronto-area riding says Tamil-Canadians make up the vast majority of the 1,600 party members she’d signed up during her campaign and who have been declared ineligible to vote in this controversial contest. Juanita Nathan, a school board trustee who is…

    Globe and Mail - Mar 02 12:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Canada ]

  • Sellamma & her struggle to reclaim her house and land in Puthukudiyiruppu

    Sellamma & her struggle to reclaim her house and land in Puthukudiyiruppu

    Sellamma is 83 years old. She has a house in Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) East, Ward no. 7, in the Mullaitivu district in the Northern Province. It’s opposite the PTK Divisional Secretariat (DS). But for more than two weeks, she has been braving the hot sun and cold nights on the street, opposite her house. Because her house and land is occupied by the Army. In fading…

    Groundviews - Mar 02 12:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Mullaitivu ]

  • Are Tamil leaders losing patience?

    Are Tamil leaders losing patience?

    TNA leader says he’s ‘extremely unhappy’ with the way Tamils are treated by govt. After two years of engaging the Sri Lankan government on reconciliation and constitutional reform, the country’s Tamil polity seems to be losing patience, if Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan’s address in Parliament is any indication. On Wednesday, the veteran Tamil…

    The Hindu - Feb 23 08:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • China's 'New Silk Road' Is Derailed In Sri Lanka By Political Chaos And Violent Protests

    China\'s \'New Silk Road\' Is Derailed In Sri Lanka By Political Chaos And Violent Protests

    It was supposed to be a great new catalyst of transportation, manufacturing, and trade that would be used to stimulate growth in Sri Lanka’s remote Hambantota district. The dream was for Sri Lanka, China, and other nations to join together in the building of a new international city that would rise up from the southern jungles that could complement booming Colombo,…

    Forbes - Feb 23 08:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Economy, China ]

  • China 'Silk Road' project in Sri Lanka delayed as Beijing toughens stance

    China \'Silk Road\' project in Sri Lanka delayed as Beijing toughens stance

    China will delay a planned $1.1 billion investment in a port on its modern-day "Silk Road" until Sri Lanka clears legal and political obstacles to a related project, sources familiar with the talks said, piling more pressure on the island nation. Heavily indebted Sri Lanka needs the money, but payment for China's interests in Hambantota port could be held up by…

    Reuters - Feb 16 15:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Economy, China ]

  • CBK, War Crimes And The Rule Of Law

    CBK, War Crimes And The Rule Of Law

    It is reported that President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) has stated that there is no need for a war crimes probe and that the need is for a new constitution. It is a major flip-flop for someone who publicly cried at the Justice K. Palakidnar Memorial Oration on 24.07.2011 over her son’s and daughter’s comments after seeing the Channel Four…

    Sunday Leader - Feb 12 21:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, WarCrimes ]

  • I was forced into a deal with India, Jayewardene told U.S. envoy

    I was forced into a deal with India, Jayewardene told U.S. envoy

    Former Sri Lanka President claimed his troops refused to take Jaffna, reveal declassified papers Sri Lanka was forced into making a deal with India as its own armed forces had twice refused to “take Jaffna”, then President J.R. Jayewardene has been quoted as saying in a declassified document, nearly 30 years after the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was…

    The Hindu - Feb 07 11:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India ]

  • VK Sasikala may become Tamil Nadu CM, but her credibility among locals is non-existent

    VK Sasikala may become Tamil Nadu CM, but her credibility among locals is non-existent

    "Sahikkalai, 'ma (I just can’t bear it)," says Ilavarasan, an auto driver on Beach Road, waiting for his next rider not far from where J Jayalalithaa lies buried. Just opposite is Madras University's grand old auditorium all decked up for a new chief minister's swearing-in. Ilavarasan is referring to VK Sasikala, the woman desperate to lord over official power…

    First Post - Feb 07 11:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India, Tamil Nadu ]

  • Challenging Sri Lanka’s Sixth Amendment - Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran

    The Sixth Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution criminalizes peaceful advocacy for an independent state. In highlighting this fact, a former Judge of the High Court of Madras (India) Justice K.P. Sivasubramaniam, the former U.S. Attorney General, Mr. Ramsey Clark, and I signed a communication to be filed with the UN Human Rights Committee with respect to the Sixth…

    Huffington Post - Jan 13 16:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Northern Politicos Not Happy

    Northern Politicos Not Happy

    The Tamils in the North played a pivotal role in the change of regime and they expected their burning issues, mainly the resettlement, releasing of political prisoners and reduction of the military presence in the North to be fulfilled. Some election promises have been partially activated but according to the Northern people the majority of their expectations have not…

    Sunday Leader - Jan 09 18:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • TNA to support Sri Lanka’s constitution-making despite internal dissent

    TNA to support Sri Lanka’s constitution-making despite internal dissent

    The Tamil National alliance (TNA), which is the official Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament and the ruling party in the Northern Provincial Council, will continue to support the ongoing process to draft a new constitution for Sri Lanka despite internal dissensions. The TNA, which met twice last week, decided to accept leader R.Sampanthan’s advice that…

    NIE - Jan 09 18:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • An attempted Rajapaksa return

    An attempted Rajapaksa return

    The Tamil political leadership moved from Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman to Sampanthan and Sumanthiran in 2009 and political leadership in the Southern polity moved from Mahinda and Gotabhaya to Sirisena and Wickremesinghe. The political centre has never been as dominant in Sri Lankan politics, in the recent past, as it is at present. Political change will always have…

    CDN - Dec 28 02:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Some LLRC proposals can be implemented: PM

    Some LLRC proposals can be implemented: PM

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that some recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) that could be implemented would be put into practice in the coming years.“Late Mr De Silva chaired the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). Its recommendations were controversial; I agreed with some and disagreed…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 08 13:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • New Zealand with improvements;SL to adopt electoral system of New Zealand with improvements

    New Zealand with improvements;SL to adopt electoral system of New Zealand with improvements

    Sri Lanka, having rejected the German electoral model, is looking at improving on New Zealand’s electoral system, says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. "Having looked at the German model, we have decided that New Zealand’s electoral system coupled with our proposal to provide the provinces more devolution would be ideal. It is essential that we establish our…

    Island - Oct 04 12:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lankan Govt informs apex court It's opting out of sampur India-Sri Lanka coal-fired power project

    The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it is opting out of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Venture to set up a coal-fired 500 MW power at Sampur in the Eastern Province. The ill-fated JV between the Ceylon Electricity Board and the National Thermal Power Corporation of India (NTPC) has been on the drawing board since 2006 and has faced many…

    Indian Express - Sep 13 12:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Trincomalee ]

  • Sri Lanka's China Enclave: Set To Boom Or Bust?

    Sri Lanka\'s China Enclave: Set To Boom Or Bust?

    Hambantota isn’t just a place in Sri Lanka, it’s a symbol. What started out as a gargantuan project to transform an undeveloped swath of Sri Lankan jungle into the country’s number two city — an industrial and logistical epicenter in the heart of the Indian Ocean — turned into a metaphor for opaque government dealings, poor planning, the flippant use of…

    Forbes - Sep 07 14:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Economy, China ]

  • Sri Lankan court detains two after presidential hack over exam date

    Sri Lankan court detains two after presidential hack over exam date

    A Sri Lanka court remanded a man and a teenager in custody on Tuesday on suspicion of hacking into the president's website to demand that authorities abandon a proposal to switch university entrance exams to the new year holiday month of April. Police arrested a 17-year old school boy as the primary suspect on Monday and a 26-year old man on Tuesday, on suspicion…

    Reuters - Aug 30 13:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

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  • National security, Army’s foremost priority

    National security, Army’s foremost priority

    The incumbent Commander Security Forces - Jaffna, Major General, Mahesh Senanayake in an interview with the Daily News explained the allegations that there was a threat to national security in Jaffna, was more political than real. Certain groups or individuals keep saying that there is a threat to national security and that it would affect the South, another war may…

    CDN - Aug 24 13:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SLMilitary, Jaffna ]

  • Vasu blames US for passage of OMPB

    Vasu blames US for passage of OMPB

    The US influence over Sri Lankan parliament had made the government rush through the House the Office of the Missing Persons Bill (OMPB) on Friday, despite the widespread criticism it had faced, Leader of Democratic Left Front (DLF) MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara said yesterday. Referring to the OMPB, he said the bill had been designed to grant police powers to the officials…

    Island - Aug 16 10:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, USA, SriLanka ]

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