Rajiv Gandhi killer, in jail for 27 years, says he has lost purpose in life, wants euthanasia

[ India Today ][ Jun 21 13:28 GMT ]

Robert Pious, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has written to the Tamil Nadu government seeking mercy killing. He said he has been in prison for over 27 years and has lost any purpose in life. "I've been in prison for more than 27 years now...I can understand the intention of the government and as none of my family member have come to see me, I don't find anymore purpose in life," Pious said in his letter. He said even one of the judges who pronounced him guilty in 1999 had said he is innocent but yet in the prison. [ full story | comments ]

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Regional affairs: Pakistan, Sri Lanka face similar challenges: Nisar

[ The Tribune ][ Jun 23 13:21 GMT ]

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that stronger Pak-Sri Lankan partnership is the key to promoting greater cooperation in the region and strengthening regional platforms. “This partnership is a bulwark” against the challenges facing the region – including the issues of terrorism and poverty – serving to ward off any self-assumed notion of hegemony in the region, said the minister while talking to a delegation led by former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa at Punjab House here on Thursday. [ full story | comments ]

Tamil People Seek New Political Leadership - Suresh Premachandran

[ Daily Mirror ][ Jun 21 11:09 GMT ]

As far as EPRLF is concerned, we are definitely having differences with Mr. Sampanthan and the ITAK. There is a difference between what we promised to people and what we are doing now. That is more so in working out constitutional reforms and living up to the aspirations of Tamil people. There are differences between the ITAK and the EPRLF. Tamil people are against the ITAK as they could not deliver anything. For example, they could not complete the resettlement of the displaced. They could not address the issues related to missing persons. They could not do anything about political prisoners. They could not deliver on anything. People are disillusioned as a result. [ full story | comments ]

Govt accuses UN of producing false report on Sri Lanka

[ Island ][ Jun 21 11:00 GMT ]

The government yesterday said UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of the justice system, Monica Pinto, had produced a false report on Sri Lanka, distorting facts to undermine the country’s sovereignty. Making a ministerial statement in Parliament, Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said Pinto’s report had made false statements with a view to substantiating the claims made by some NGOs. "I am sure that Pinto hasn’t compiled this report. That has been done by some local NGOs finding fault with government to get dollars. She has just put her name to the report," the Minister said. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka’s firebrand monk invokes Muslim menace

[ Japan Times ][ Jun 21 03:11 GMT ]

‘Trump is a good man and I pray for him every day,” Galagoda Atte Gnanasara told me in late April, later bragging that he himself is even better than U.S. President Donald Trump. Gnanasara is Sri Lanka’s notorious rabble-rousing monk and leader of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or Buddhist Power Force, a radical nationalist religious organization. He draws crowds of tens of thousands and is known for inciting violence targeting Muslims. Gnanasara’s praise for Trump came when I asked him about the Muslim travel ban. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka: Minister Threatens Defender of Minority Rights

[ HRW ][ Jun 21 03:07 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government should immediately repudiate statements by the country’s justice minister threatening to disbar a prominent lawyer for speaking out against attacks on religious minorities, Human Rights Watch said today. The incident highlights the government’s failure to fully investigate and prosecute recent attacks on Muslims and Christians in the Buddhist-majority country. [ full story | comments ]

Special features in updated draft of new Constitution

[ Sunday Times ][ Jun 12 15:03 GMT ]

It has stated that “The Constitution should specifically state that the Sri Lankan State is “undivided and indivisible.” It should specify that “No Provincial Council or other authority may declare any part of the territory of Sri Lanka to be a separate State or advocate or take steps towards the secession of Province or part thereof, from Sri Lanka.” Noting that the TNA has “suggested that the Constitution recognize the Northern and Eastern Province as a single Province,” the draft has said that “the existing provisions of the Constitution relating to the possibility of two or more Provinces forming a single unit, should be retained, with the additional requirement that a referendum of the people of each of the provinces concerned should also be required.” [ full story | comments ]

Desertification of Jaffna and Jojoba

[ Island ][ Jun 12 14:50 GMT ]

Fears have been expressed that, resulting from climate change, the Jaffna peninsula may become semi-desert in the not-too-distant future. It would be timely in this context for a team of agricultural scientists, industrialists and entrepreneurs to study this possibility and determine whether semi-desertification may, in fact, prove to be of great benefit to the people of Jaffna. They could study, for instance, the jojoba plantations in semi-deserts in the US and elsewhere. In the US, when the Native Americans (Red Indians) were finally put down, they were often given ‘reservations’ (‘traditional homelands’) in portions of the lands taken over by the government. These were often in inhospitable desert or semi-desert (‘unproductive’) regions. [ full story | comments ]

‘Sri Lanka behind mydetention in Malaysia’

[ Hindu ][ Jun 12 14:00 GMT ]

MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Saturday alleged that the Sri Lankan government was behind the decision of the Malaysian government denying him entry into the country. “I participated in the International Tamil Conference in Penang in 2014-15 and we adopted a resolution that Sri Lanka should be tried in the International Court of Justice for its atrocities against Tamils. So, the Lankan government is keen on preventing me from visiting other countries. They want to suppress the killing of Tamils,” Mr. Vaiko told reporters about his detention in the Kuala Lumpur Airport on Friday. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka snaking between Chinese dragon and Indian elephant

[ Daily O ][ Jun 12 13:47 GMT ]

However, the fact remains that Hambantota is part of the Chinese Maritime Silk Route project, which is part of the Chinese Belt and Road initiative. It’s relevance to Chinese designs of increasing its influence by creating logistics bases globally, can’t be wished away. Sri Lanka has now offered the Trincomalee Port for joint development to India. The Sri Lankan port minister wants some of the Hambantota projects to be moved to Trincomalee. The projects now planned at Trincomalee include an India-partnered sugar factory and a Pakistan-partnered cement plant. Funds allocated for Hyatt Hotel in Hambantota are also being diverted to Hyatt Colombo. [ full story | comments ]

USS Lake Erie aids disaster-relief efforts after floods in Sri Lanka

[ Stars & Stripes ][ Jun 12 13:41 GMT ]

The USS Lake Erie has arrived in Sri Lanka to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of last month’s deadly floods and mudslides. The Sri Lankan government estimates more than 200 have died and tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes by the floods and mudslides after heavy monsoon rain hit the island nation located just south of India. The Lake Erie arrived in the nation’s capital of Colombo on Sunday, a Navy statement said. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka's fugitive monk surrenders

[ AFP ][ Jun 21 13:04 GMT ]

A radical Buddhist monk wanted in connection with a string of hate attacks in Sri Lanka surrendered Wednesday after four weeks on the run, police said. Galagodaatte Gnanasara gave himself up before a magistrate and was then arrested in connection with arson attacks targeting the island's minority Muslim community in recent months. Police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said he had been released on bail of $8,000 and ordered to refrain from hate speech and inciting violence. [ full story | comments ]

Two NPC ministers found guilty resign

[ CDN ][ Jun 21 11:03 GMT ]

The two ministers of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), found guilty by a three-member committee which investigated corruption allegations made against them had tendered their resignation. Education Minister Thambyrajah Gurukularajah tendered his resignation yesterday, while Agriculture Minister Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan had reportedly handed over his resignation to the Chief Ministers office earlier. On Monday,Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R.Sampanthan had told the group of Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members to withdraw the No-Confidence Motion submitted against Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. [ full story | comments ]

Woman demanding white doctor 'not an isolated incident,' says head of Ontario Medical Association

[ CBC ][ Jun 21 10:57 GMT ]

A woman who demanded that a "white doctor" treat her son at a walk-in clinic in Mississauga, Ont., was not just an isolated case, but part of a bigger problem, according to the president-elect of the Ontario Medical Association. The incident at Rapid Access to Medical Specialists clinic was recorded on video and sent to CBC Toronto by a viewer. In the video, a woman asks clinic staff several times for a "white doctor" who "doesn't have brown teeth" and "speaks English" to treat her son who she says has chest pains. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka warns of dengue epidemic; 200 dead, over 63,000 affected in 2017

[ IANS ][ Jun 21 03:08 GMT ]

Sri Lankan health authorities on Tuesday warned that the country was facing a dengue epidemic with over 63,000 people affected by the virus and at least 200 patients dead. Health workers at the Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit said there was a tremendous rise in the Type 2 virus and urgent preventive and curative measures were ongoing to prevent it from spreading further, reports Xinhua news agency. [ full story | comments ]

Dengue fever outbreak: Sri Lanka update

[ NT ][ Jun 16 19:02 GMT ]

The outbreak of dengue fever in Sri Lanka is spreading at epidemic levels with the latest case count at 63,987, including 177 deaths as of today. This compares with the approximately 23,000 cases reported during the same period in 2016.This has prompted the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Dengue and the Ministry of Health to declare an hour every week for cleaning of houses, public institutions, and private company premises. This program will begin today. The Colombo Page reports: The program will be implemented from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. every Friday, the Government Information Department said. [ full story | comments ]

Patali is helping Gnanasara Thero remain in hiding - Tissa

[ Adaderena ][ Jun 12 14:53 GMT ]

The secretary of the Lanka Sama Samaja Pakshaya (LSSP), Prof. Tissa Vitharana stated that Patali Champika, who according to Vitharana has been identified as the leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), is helping Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero remain in hiding. Vitharana made these statements during a press conference held in Colombo, earlier today (12). He added that although the media have stated that Gnanasara Thero, the general secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is being kept in hiding by a influential politician, the exact details have not been revealed, hence Vitharana has taken the matter into in his own hands and is revealing the identity of the said politician. [ full story | comments ]

More political henchmen to get on diplomatic gravy trainAnother yahapalana promise broken

[ Island ][ Jun 12 14:06 GMT ]

Having lambasted the Rajapaksa administration for giving plum diplomatic posts to political appointees at the expense of career diplomats, the present government is catapulting its backers to the top notches of the foreign service, according to sources. Close on the heels of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake succeeding Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Parliament has announced a move to offer coveted diplomatic appointments to incumbent Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi and Buddhi K. Athauda, the son former minister Athauda Seneviratne. The parliamentary Committee on High Posts has called for public representations on or before June 14, 2017, in respect of Hettiarachchi and Athauda being appointed as heads of missions in Germany and France, respectively. [ full story | comments ]

Sarath Weerasekara to submit petition against Zeid

[ Daily Mirror ][ Jun 12 13:51 GMT ]

A delegation led by former Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara is to leave for Geneva on Wednesday to attend the 35th session of the UN Human Rights (UNHR) Council. He said they intend lobbying in favour of Sri Lanka and to handover a petition against UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein for interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign country. The petition is to be handed over to the President of the UNHRC, Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli. [ full story | comments ]

Quebec murder suspect set free due to trial delays to be deported within weeks

[ CBC ][ Jun 12 13:43 GMT ]

Canada's Immigration Department says a murder suspect who was set free after his trial exceeded the legal time limit is expected to be sent back to Sri Lanka in the next two weeks. Ewa Staszewicz, a lawyer for the department, confirmed that steps are being taken to obtain the necessary travel documents for Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham. Thanabalasingham, 31, told an Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada hearing Friday he doesn't believe he will be in danger in his home country and no longer needs to be protected as a refugee. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka police arrest five over religious violence

[ LBO ][ Jun 12 13:39 GMT ]

Sri Lanka police have arrested five people including a member of a hardline Buddhist organization for instigating religious violence against Muslims and a Muslim for defaming Buddhism, police said on Sunday. More than 20 attacks on Muslims have been recorded since April 17, including arson at Muslim-owned businesses and petrol-bomb attacks on mosques, while the police said at least 16 such cases had been reported since April, Reuters reported. [ full story | comments ]


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