The UN Special Rapporteur and the Government’s Duty

[ Island ][ Oct 19 13:42 GMT ]

UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff, currently on a two week visit to Sri Lanka, announced before his visit that he intends to "review the progress made thus far, to identify obstacles and bottlenecks in the implementation of the transitional justice and reform process". The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry for its part issued a media release insisting that "Governments are not bound by the advice or recommendations of Special Rapporteurs" and that it was upto the Government of Sri Lanka to decide whether it will "draw on his knowledge, expertise and advice and consult him further in any manner." [ full story | comments ]

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Loud explosions, bright lights reported in southern seas off coast

[ NF ][ Oct 19 13:36 GMT ]

Loud explosions and ‘bright lights’ have been reported in the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. Residents in certain parts of the south claimed that they heard a loud explosion around 9 p.m. today (October 18). Meanwhile, residents along the Matara coast say they witnessed an object, which was emitting a bright light, fall into the seas off the coast. What could this be? What is this bright light? What could have caused the loud explosion? [ full story | comments ]

Return to Sri Lanka: Indian soldier revisits a brutal battlefield

[ BBC ][ Oct 18 12:48 GMT ]

A 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka left at least 100,000 people dead on both sides of the conflict. In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the fighting. Thirty years on, BBC Hindi's Vineet Khare revisits the former battlefields of Sri Lanka with a retired Indian major-general who served there. The main hospital in the northern city of Jaffna is a clean, white building, bustling with activity. At first glance there is little to suggest that it was the site of a terrible human rights tragedy in October 1987. But inside it is a different story. [ full story | comments ]

Lanka mulls new laws against poaching

[ Gulf Times ][ Oct 18 12:45 GMT ]

Sri Lanka will soon introduce stringent laws against poaching in the island’s territorial waters, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has said. He said the decision was taken at the ministerial level discussions held with the Indian fisheries minister in New Delhi recently. He said that Indian fishermen’s practice of using illegal fishing methods such as bottom trawling to catch fish in Sri Lankan waters has caused severe harm to fish while damaging the marine system. [ full story | comments ]

India takes on China at another battlefront: A Sri Lankan airport

[ Economic Times ][ Oct 16 14:10 GMT ]

The Doklam conflict between India and China amply highlighted the fight between the two countries for supremacy in South Asia. India is strongly asserting against China which is trying to build strategic assets in the garb of infrastructure projects all around India. It is the continuation of the old Chinese 'String of Pearls' policy that aims at ring-fencing India. But now India seems to be determined to fight China on all fronts in South Asia. [ full story | comments ]

The Dark Side of Norochcholai

[ Groundviews ][ Oct 16 14:05 GMT ]

The term “sustainable development” has been increasingly used among the global community since the 1992 Rio Summit. To achieve this, environmental conservation, supported at a policy level, is crucial. Yet energy production is increasing to keep up with continued industrialisation, globally. Traditionally, these energy needs were fulfilled by burning hydrocarbon as fuel. Over time, this led to environmental problems such as global warming and acid rain. Researchers found that the main reason for these eco-hazards was the burning of hydrocarbons, including coal and liquid fuel. [ full story | comments ]

Minorities say they're sidelined by Sri Lanka's Parliament

[ AP ][ Oct 06 15:12 GMT ]

As lawmakers in Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country's parliamentary democracy, one of the oldest in Asia, minorities including Tamils, Christians and Muslims remain on the fringes of society. Even with some representation in Parliament, the minorities complain they have been sidelined by the majority Buddhist Sinhalese. The Sinhalese-controlled legislature has done little to heal the wounds left from a quarter-century civil war that ended in 2009, and still refuses to acknowledge or investigate allegations of wartime atrocities by the government. [ full story | comments ]

Drought-hit and Hungry, Sri Lankans Struggle for a Harvest — or Work

[ Reuters ][ Oct 06 15:08 GMT ]

At 52 years old, with two grown children, Newton Gunathileka thought he should be working less by this point. Instead he has never worked so hard — and earned so little. Gunathileka, from the Sri Lankan village of Periyakulam, in the North Western Puttalam District, is among hundreds of thousands of rural Sri Lankans who have borne the brunt of the worst drought in four decades. He has not seen any substantial rains on his farm in at least a year and has lost two harvests, resulting in a loss of more than 200,000 Sri Lankan rupees ($1,325) — and growing debts. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lankan police clash with protesters, arrest 26

[ AFP ][ Oct 06 15:05 GMT ]

Police in Sri Lanka clashed Friday (Oct 6) with hundreds of supporters of the former president who were protesting plans to privatise an airport named after him, firing tear gas and water cannon and arresting 26. The US$210 million airport in Mahinda Rajapakse's home town of Hambantota in the south of the island is one of several state-owned white elephants that were built under the former president and have never turned a profit. [ full story | comments ]

NEW CONSTITUTION NEEDED - Malwatte Prelate

[ CDN ][ Oct 05 16:49 GMT ]

The country needs a constitution which devolves power without dividing the country and does no harm to the nation and religion. The misunderstanding certain groups have that power devolution amounts to a division creates a wrong picture to the outside world, Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake thera of the Malwatte Chapter said. The Malwatte prelate made this observation when a delegation of the National Movement for a new constitution called on him at his Aramaya in Kandy on October 3. The delegation included Dr. Wickremabahu Karunaratne, Ravaya Editor K.W. Janaranjana, Saman Ratnapriya, Gamini Viyangoda and Ven Mahagalkadawara Punnasara Nayake thera. [ full story | comments ]

Private complaint filed against actor Prakash Raj over his criticism of PM Modi

[ IE ][ Oct 04 22:55 GMT ]

“When we see these people going around acting as if nothing has happened, I feel like giving them the five National Awards I have won for acting.” “Look I am a seasoned actor, can I not see through the acting? Give me some respect. Am I stupid? Are people foolish that they cannot see through all this? Are the youth of today blind? The time has come for Modi to understand this,” [ full story | comments ]

Dispute over prisoners: TNA boycotts President’s functions in the north

[ Sunday Times ][ Oct 19 13:33 GMT ]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday boycotted a state festival presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena in Jaffna in protest over the failure to resolve an going issue over Tamil prisoners in custody. The boycott came after Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan wrote to President Sirisena on Thursday seeking the release of prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. “We are often given various promises during his visits to Jaffna, but they are not implemented,” he said. However, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene has said that despite protests in the north, persons who have committed crimes will not be released. [ full story | comments ]

India-China Rivalry Spills Over in Sri Lankan Airport

[ Sputnik News ][ Oct 18 12:46 GMT ]

Sri Lanka had been scouting for alternate investors for the Chinese-built airport, which began operations in 2013.The airport can handle a million passengers but has not been able to use even 5 percent of its passenger handling capacity. The cargo service has also been extremely under-utilized, with just 69 metric tons moved in 2016 despite an annual capacity of 45,000 tons. China invested $230 million in the airport, built at a total cost of $253 million. China had reportedly bid to operate the airport, but couldn't reach an agreement over financial conditions set by the Sri Lankan government. [ full story | comments ]

The Myth of Lazy Jaffna Youth

[ Daily Mirror ][ Oct 16 17:02 GMT ]

A more meaningful approach to address both the economic problems in Jaffna and the aspirations of the youth would be investment to create local jobs that provide a regular income. That would mean investment to develop local resources and small industries. That would also require some critical reflection on the part of the economists, policy makers and other pundits who rarely consider the social and economic dynamics in rural settings. Any serious change in Jaffna as in the rest of the country is likely to come from the youth, and we may want to listen to them before writing them off with moral judgments. [ full story | comments ]

EU approval of Sri Lankan labour standards whitewashes abuse

[ openDemocracy ][ Oct 16 14:08 GMT ]

Fashion giants like H&M and Zara stand to save millions on tariff-free exports from Sri Lanka. The EU has again granted the country a ‘preferential’ trade concession earlier withdrawn in response to human rights abuses of Tamils in the final stages of the civil war. In response to an outcry from civil society and unions, a delegation from the EU is now in Sri Lanka to decide on how to adequately monitor labour standards. It sounds abstract enough. But in reality what it amounts to for workers on the ground is the difference between getting paid enough to live – or not. [ full story | comments ]

China's lucrative embrace of Sri Lanka stirs unease

[ The Straits Times ][ Oct 16 14:02 GMT ]

Some 600 years ago, the great Chinese explorer Zheng He and his vast armada frequented Sri Lanka, including landing once to kidnap an uncooperative king. It was all part of the admiral's decades-long exploration of South and South-east Asia, even to the east coast of Africa - before China would mysteriously turn inwards again. Now, China is reasserting itself across Asia with a scheme that involves massive infrastructure investment for cash-strapped nations, ranging from ports to railways, urban redevelopment projects and even cultural centres. [ full story | comments ]

Media Freedom: Perspective from Jaffna

[ Groundviews ][ Oct 06 15:10 GMT ]

We call him Prem. The editor of the largest selling Jaffna daily, Thevanayagam Premanath, is sitting at a large table with his usual smile. The wall behind him has three bullet marks. Two photographs of slain media workers, probably killed by the same machine gun, are hung on the wall above the round bullet marks. ‘Compared to the Rahapaksa era we have media freedom today. Today there is no one following us behind. Although one cannot say that we have full freedom in Jaffna, we have freedom to write’, says Prem. [ full story | comments ]

The Reality of Suicide in Sri Lanka: Need for Data-driven analysis

[ Groundviews ][ Oct 06 15:06 GMT ]

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that close to 800,000 people die by suicide each year, with the majority of deaths occurring in low-income and middle-income countries. Many more attempt suicide. Suicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 17th leading cause of death in 2015. While this makes grim news, WHO also says that effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. [ full story | comments ]

Redesigning the legislature

[ CDN ][ Oct 05 16:53 GMT ]

The government last week began grappling with its latest and most daunting challenge- the task of introducing a new Constitution to replace the Executive Presidential system of government introduced in 1978. This is while the de-facto opposition, the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which has styled itself as the Joint Opposition (JO) suffered twin political setbacks. [ full story | comments ]

Lanka to amend parliamentary laws October 05 2017 12:51 AM

[ Gulf Times ][ Oct 05 16:45 GMT ]

Sri Lanka will soon amend its parliamentary laws to fall in line with the best international practices, Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday. Addressing the eighth conference of the Association of Saarc Speakers and Parliamentarians, Jayasuriya said Sri Lanka hoped to make its parliamentary mechanism more effective and efficient, reports Xinhua news agency. He said the government would also soon introduce a new constitution to benefit all communities. [ full story | comments ]

Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people?

[ Asian Correspondent ][ Oct 04 22:13 GMT ]

At the same meeting where he advised Tamils not to hang on to words like federalism, Sampanthan said, “We (TNA) won’t sell out the Tamil people. We will not pawn our people’s rights…” If the TNA is sincere about not selling out Tamil interests it needs to renegotiate the constitutional proposals with the other parties. Otherwise, it will be a betrayal of the Tamil people’s trust. [ full story | comments ]


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