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Sri Lanka government in crisis after comeback of ex-leader
Sri Lanka government in crisis after comeback of ex-leader
Sri Lanka government in crisis after comeback of ex-leader

What was meant to be a simple uneventful local election has sparked uncertainty over the future of Sri Lanka's political landscape, after a newly formed party led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa swept to victory. The return of Rajapaksa to public life marks an unlikely turnaround for the two-time former president, who was unceremoniously voted out of office in…

CNN - Feb 20 16:24 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, World ]

Newborn survival rates in US only slightly better than in Sri Lanka
Newborn survival rates in US only slightly better than in Sri Lanka

The risk of dying as a newborn in the US is only slightly lower than the risk for babies in Sri Lanka and Ukraine, according to Unicef. A report by the UN children’s agency found that five newborn babies die around the world every minute, or about 2.6 million every year. The figure is described as “alarmingly high”, particularly as 80% of these deaths are…

Guardian - Feb 20 14:54 GMT - more ... [ Tags: USA, World, SriLanka ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Sri Lanka: A family torn apart for nearly three decades is reunited

    Countless people die during an armed conflict. Many are separated from their families and loved ones. There are others who go missing. The armed conflict in Sri Lanka between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam separated families. Mr Periyasamy Ramaiah never thought his family would be torn in two. Almost three decades later, when he had started to…

    ICRC - Feb 14 16:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, WarCrimes ]

  • Door Opens for Women to Run for Office. But Will They Be Allowed In?

    Door Opens for Women to Run for Office. But Will They Be Allowed In?

    “I think also important is after they come to office, after they are elected, how will they perform? Because the structures will remain, the culture will remain within the local council, within local municipalities and political parties,” Ms. Satkunanathan said. “So how are they going to challenge that? We may have elected women, yes that is great. But if they…

    NYT - Feb 09 17:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, World ]

  • Brigadier Priyanka Fernando reinstated

    Brigadier Priyanka Fernando reinstated

    The Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, who was suspended from his responsibilities was reinstated under the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena, today. However, an inquiry into the incident has been initiated. Speaking to the Daily News, the Military Spokesman Brigadier…

    CDN - Feb 07 16:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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  • Local council polls’ outcome would decide Govt’s future

    Local council polls’ outcome would decide Govt’s future

    President highlights corruption issue in bid to prevent Rajapaksa’s breakaway party from gaining ground Bond Commission makes serious charges against Ravi, but he refuses to step down as UNP’s Assistant Leader Magistrate’s court issues orders relating to Mahendran and PTL’s Aloysius and Palisena; sub-judice issue on Tuesday’s debate possible With just…

    Sunday Times - Feb 04 22:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • Toronto baker competing with world's best

    Toronto baker competing with world\'s best

    All North American eyes may be on Super Bowl this weekend, but for ACE Bakery’s senior director of product development, Marcus Mariathas, all the action will be in France. Mariathas will be competing from Feb. 3 to 6 for the title of World Master Baker against the world’s best bakers in the Masters de la Boulangerie in Paris. He will bring his expertise in…

    Toronto Sun - Feb 02 21:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World ]

  • Does Sri Lanka’s 'Look East’ Strategy to Court ASEAN Make Sense?

    Does Sri Lanka’s \'Look East’ Strategy to Court ASEAN Make Sense?

    Two Southeast Asian leaders, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsieng Loong and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, visited Sri Lanka during the week ending January 26. During Lee’s visit (from January 22 to 24) Sri Lanka signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore, described as being the first ever Colombo has inked with a Southeast Asian country. The Sri…

    The Diplomat - Jan 31 23:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, Economy ]

  • 30 under 30: Influential young Tamils from Europe & North America on Forbes 2018 list

    30 under 30: Influential young Tamils from Europe & North America on Forbes 2018 list

    Today Forbes published their “30 under 30” lists for Europe & North America, celebrating under 30 years old who have significantly transformed their industry. From art & culture to science & entrepreneurship, the annual list is decided by experts and overwhelmingly successful individuals. Here are the influential Tamils from North America & Europe.Logeswaran is…

    Thamarai - Jan 26 19:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Education, World, Arts&Culture ]

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  • How do you say 'over 80' in Tamil?

    How do you say \'over 80\' in Tamil?

    Another drunk driver gets to walk – this time because the Tamil-speaking man wasn’t given an interpreter after he told police that he didn’t understand duty counsel. Ontario Superior Court Justice David E. Harris has thrown out the “over 80” conviction for driver Dennis John, saying his Charter right to counsel was violated because he couldn’t…

    Toronto Sun - Jan 26 15:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World ]

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  • THE ACCENT EFFECT:Foreign credentials pose a challenge in the job hunt, but so can an accent

    THE ACCENT EFFECT:Foreign credentials pose a challenge in the job hunt, but so can an accent

    There is no figure to indicate how prevalent discrimination based on accent is in Ontario, but there are a couple of documented cases, including a 2014 decision, in which the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ruled that a Chinese-Canadian worker was discriminated against in part, based on place of origin — and by extension — his accent, when he was terminated. He…

    CBC - Jan 23 16:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, History, World ]

  • Discrimination in 2018: It’s the little things that matter the most

    Discrimination in 2018: It’s the little things that matter the most

    Social media is largely silent about the discrimination against the Tamil language and Tamil peoples by Google and Microsoft. The Southern electorate, to whom all of Sri Lanka is, in the main, a geographic and imagined projection of what the South is for them, don’t even recognise the violence of a Sinhala-only website. Post-war ethnic and language discrimination is…

    Island - Jan 21 13:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Technology-related Violence Against Women and Girls in Sri Lanka

    There is little research done on technology-based violence against women in Sri Lanka. In addition, there are no trilingual, easily accessible, open-source resources for digital security, key because many leaks occur due to lack of understanding about security measures to ensure privacy online. Research shows the varied impact of online harassment can be felt offline.…

    GV - Jan 15 16:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA

    Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA

    Canada is increasingly convinced that President Donald Trump will soon announce the United States intends to pull out of NAFTA, two government sources said on Wednesday, sending the Canadian and Mexican currencies lower and hurting stocks. The comments cast further doubt on prospects for talks to modernize the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),…

    Reuters - Jan 15 14:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Canada, World ]

  • Sri Lanka removes ban on sale of alcohol to women

    Sri Lanka removes ban on sale of alcohol to women

    Sri Lanka is to allow women over the age of 18 to buy alcohol legally for the first time in more than 60 years. The government said that it was amending a 1955 law that it agreed was discriminatory against women. The amendment to the law, announced on Wednesday, also means that women will be permitted without prior approval to work in places that sell alcohol. …

    BBC - Jan 12 20:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Canadians celebrate Tamil Heritage Month In January

    Canadians celebrate Tamil Heritage Month In January

    Canada is home to one of the largest Tamil diasporas in the world. Adopted unanimously by Parliament in 2016, Tamil Heritage Month provides Canadians with a great opportunity to celebrate the invaluable contributions of Tamil Canadians to the enrichment of Canada's social, cultural, economic and political fabric. During this month of celebrations, let us all draw…

    CNW - Jan 05 18:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World, Arts&Culture ]

  • Tamil Tiger financiers to stand trial in Switzerland

    Tamil Tiger financiers to stand trial in Switzerland

    Thirteen financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) will stand trial before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Monday. The accused are from Switzerland, Germany and Sri Lanka. “I don’t think [the 13 suspects] should face trial as the LTTE struggled…

    SwissInfo - Jan 04 20:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, History, World ]

  • Colombo could be like Delhi soon

    Colombo could be like Delhi soon

    Colombo could face air pollution issue like New Delhi soon, Central Environment Trust Director Sajeewa Chamikara said yesterday. He said that the city of Colombo could face an air pollution issue like New Delhi as a result of increased emissions. “These emissions remain in the lower atmosphere with the increase of humidity and reduction of temperature as it is…

    Daily Mirror - Dec 27 15:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Colombo, World ]

  • How a mother from Sri Lanka is helping Tamil-Canadians cope with disabilities

    How a mother from Sri Lanka is helping Tamil-Canadians cope with disabilities

    The organization started with three to four clients. Now, more than 30 people take part in the programming. Jegatha Suseelan is one of them. Her son, Arjunan, has autism and Suseelan and her husband have had a hard time caring for him. Since joining one of ATI's summer camps, she says the impact on her life has been significant, and she feels that, thanks to the…

    CBC - Dec 18 18:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World ]

  • Why does India want to buy the world’s emptiest airport?

    Why does India want to buy the world’s emptiest airport?

    Geopolitical rivalry between big powers sometimes yields odd results. The latest development in growing strategic competition across the Indian Ocean region is India’s purchase of what has become known as the “world’s emptiest international airport” in Sri Lanka, maybe just to keep it empty. The small fishing town of Hambantota, near the southern tip of…

    Quartz - Dec 05 16:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, World, China ]

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