The South Asia Channel Why Sri Lanka is Severing Ties Between Tamils at Home and Abroad

[ Foreign Policy ][ Apr 22 20:23 GMT ]

Days after the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution calling for an international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka, the Colombo government began moving to cut links between the country's Tamil minority and its powerful diaspora. The Tamil diaspora, many of whom were driven out of Sri Lanka due to atrocities committed by government troops and rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters, is expected to play a prominent role in presenting evidence at the inquiry, expected to begin later this year. [ full story | comments ]

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South Korean special envoy in Sri Lanka meets Mahinda Rajapaksa

[ PTI ][ Apr 22 12:43 GMT ]

A special envoy from South Korea today met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa here on a visit aimed at improving the bilateral relationship between Seoul and Colombo, officials said. South Korean envoy Yu Myung-hwan met Rajapaksa following on from his meeting with External Affairs Minister G L Peiris. The envoy had commended Sri Lanka's post-war development process including the resettlement of the war displaced and holding elections for the northern provincial council. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka turns away British tourist for Buddha tattoo

[ Telegraph ][ Apr 22 12:35 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has detained a female British tourist for having a Buddha tattoo on her right arm and ordered her deportation. The unidentified woman was arrested at the country's main international airport on Monday and appeared before a magistrate who ordered her deportation, police said in a statement. The statement said she had an image of the Buddha seated on a lotus flower tattooed on her right arm. [ full story | comments ]

Housing market ‘extremely discouraging’ for first-time buyers

[ CBC ][ Apr 22 12:30 GMT ]

Many experts believed that the real estate market was cooling. But as the spring buying season begins, it’s clear that’s not true. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the national average price for a home in March was $401,419, an increase of six per cent in year-over-year comparisons.While the market defies predictions, one thing’s for sure: The continued rise of Canadian home prices is putting a damper on the hopes and dreams of first-time buyers. [ full story | comments ]

Herb Gray, former MP and deputy prime minister, dies at 82

[ CBC ][ Apr 22 12:19 GMT ]

Herb Gray, a former deputy prime minister and Canada's first Jewish federal cabinet minister, has died at the age of 82, the federal Liberal Party announced late Monday night. Former Deputy Prime Minister Herb Gray, shown in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 2002.Gray, former deputy prime minister and one of Canada's longest-serving parliamentarians, has died at the age of 82. 1 of 9 Gray was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1962. He served the district of Windsor West for almost four decades, making him one of the longest-serving MPs in Canadian history. [ full story | comments ]

It's Rajiv Case Convict's Turn to Bat for Jaya

[ Indian Express ][ Apr 22 08:17 GMT ]

Arguing that a truly Federal Front securing power at the Centre alone could guarantee the rights of Tamil Nadu and protect the welfare of Tamils, Rajiv case convict P Ravichandran has appealed to the electorate to rally behind Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa. In an open letter, released to the media on Monday, the life convict lodged at the Madurai Central Prison, has said the 2014 Lok Sabha poll presented a golden opportunity to establish a Federal Front as envisioned by the Chief Minister. “Unless Tamil Nadu stamped its political authority in New Delhi, the Tamil race could never retrieve itself and resolve the problems confronting it. [ full story | comments ]

Sonia ‘shedding crocodile tears’ for TN fishermen: Jayalalithaa

[ PTI ][ Apr 22 08:09 GMT ]

Launching a blistering attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the first time during the current electioneering, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday charged her with shedding crocodile tears for Tamil Nadu fishermen on poll eve. “Sonia Gandhi is shedding crocodile tears for fishermen during elections after doing everything against Tamil fishermen and in favour of the Sri Lankan government,” Ms. Jayalalithaa said at an election rally here. Stating that the Congress chief had accused her regime of not showing concern over the fishermen issue and that Centre was behind the bilateral talks between Sri Lanka and India on the matter, she said there was not an iota of truth in it. [ full story | comments ]

Enter South Africa?

[ Tamil Guardian ][ Apr 22 08:07 GMT ]

An effort by South Africa to facilitate negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) received renewed public interest this month following the visit there by the TNA leadership to meet with Special Envoy, Cyril Ramaphosa, who was appointed earlier this year by President Zuma to facilitate, what is described as the first of the five pillar programme – 'talks about talks'. The TNA delegation was led by TNA leader R. Sampanthan and including parliamentarians MA Sumanthiran, Selvam Adaikalanathan and Suresh Premachandran. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees: caught in the straits of sorrow

[ Hindustan Times ][ Apr 20 12:19 GMT ]

No one takes a pause in Chennai. The sentences spoken are long, the exchanges, hurried, and there is drama everywhere. By the time we reached another house in a lane, where we had hurriedly gathered after a failed attempt to interview refugees at a camp, we had had enough. But the evening had more in store. Veda, another refuge, protests our attempts to prove that she is real. No pictures, she says in Tamil to our translator, who is doing double duty reassuring both of us that the interaction would land her in no bigger trouble than what she found herself in when she came by boat to Rameshwaram from Kilinochchi in 2009, the year the 25-year-old civil war in Sri Lanka came to a brutal end. [ full story | comments ]

Bridging the narratives in Sri Lanka

[ The Hindu ][ Apr 20 12:17 GMT ]

Instead of victory memorials, Sri Lanka needs a monument to commemorate all casualties of the war. In the hot plains of the Vanni, a larger-than-life stone soldier emerges out of a block of concrete, an AK-47 in one hand and the Sri Lankan flag in the other. Hardly visible from the ground, a dove sits on the machine gun. This is a “victory memorial” created by the Army after the end of the hostilities between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan Army in May 2009. [ full story | comments ]

BBC’s Haviland has to go, says Govt.

[ Sunday Times ][ Apr 20 12:04 GMT ]

A request by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to grant a one-year extension of visa for its Colombo correspondent Charles Haviland has been turned down by the Sri Lankan Government. Instead he has been given clearance to stay three more months with no further extensions of his visa. Mr. Haviland was informed by Immigration officials that the request to extend the visa for one year has been turned down. No reason was given. Mr. Haviland has been BBC’s correspondent in Sri Lanka since March 2009. [ full story | comments ]

UN inquiry holds few terrors for a Sri Lanka used to impunity

[ Conversation ][ Apr 22 12:41 GMT ]

Yet as long as the threat of intervention hangs over Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa can tug at his countrymen’s nationalist heart strings, rally ultra-nationalists and galvanise support for a government seemingly under attack from foreign interests. His government can deploy an “us-and-them” framework and brand broader anti-government views as anti-nationalist. [ full story | comments ]

Linguists struggling to preserve endangered immigrant languages

[ Globe And Mail ][ Apr 22 12:31 GMT ]

Since she arrived in Canada more than two decades ago, Zouriya Jayman has found few people to converse with in her native tongue, Sri Lankan Malay. But on a frigid day earlier this year, two linguists turned the living room of her high-rise apartment in north Toronto into a sort of television studio in order to document Ms. Jayman’s endangered language. “Zouriya felt that we were truly the last generation of full native speakers,” Mr. Jaffar, 78, said, interpreting Ms. Jayman’s answers into English. “Later generations, she felt, showed a regrettable lack of interest and no enthusiasm for speaking in Sri Lankan Malay.” [ full story | comments ]

TCHC faces lawsuit amid heavy employee turnover

[ Globe And Mail ][ Apr 22 12:26 GMT ]

The Toronto Community Housing Corporation is facing a wrongful-dismissal lawsuit from a former “smart-energy” official amid a spate of firings and hirings since Eugene Jones became chief executive. Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean’s report will land at a time when the housing agency has been trying to secure $2.6-billion from all levels of government to eliminate a repair backlog and fix up aging residential properties over the next decade. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka detains British tourist over Buddha tattoo

[ AFP ][ Apr 22 08:19 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has detained a female British tourist for having a Buddha tattoo on her right arm and ordered her deportation, police said Tuesday. The unidentified woman was arrested at the country's main international airport on Monday and appeared before a magistrate who ordered her deportation, police said in a statement. The statement said she had an image of the Buddha seated on a lotus flower tattooed on her right arm. [ full story | comments ]

Lanka bridge for govt, party

[ Calcutta Telegraph ][ Apr 22 08:09 GMT ]

The Congress and India’s foreign office, long at loggerheads over the Sri Lankan policy, have been independently coaxing a common visitor to fly across the Palk Straits. The foreign ministry is trying to convince C.V. Wigneswaran, the Tamil chief minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, to visit India as soon as possible for a trip crucial for New Delhi’s tightrope balance between its concerns for that nation’s Tamils and its strategic interests. The ministry’s efforts have gained urgency after India abstained from a UN vote against Sri Lanka last month. [ full story | comments ]

Alagiri asks supporters to vote for Vaiko

[ PTI ][ Apr 22 08:07 GMT ]

Expelled DMK leader M K Alagiri asked his supporters to vote for MDMK leader and NDA candidate Vaiko in the Virudhunagar Lok Sabha constituency, saying both of them faced same type of "injustice" being thrown out of the party. Alagiri, son of party President M Karunanidhi, was referring to expulsion of Vaiko from DMK over two decades ago on the charge of anti-party activites and his own dismissal. Addressing his supporters at Villor in Virudhunagar constituency, he said Vaiko met him and sought his support. [ full story | comments ]

Explore Investment Opportunities In Sri Lanka, Urges Envoy

[ Bernama ][ Apr 21 14:29 GMT ]

Sri Lanka offers immense opportunities for Malaysian investors, especially in infrastructure development, Malaysia's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Azmi Zainuddin said."Malaysian companies have always been here, even during the war, especially in the telecommunications and infrastructure segment. Now there are more opportunities available and we should take advantage of it," he told Bernama."In Colombo, there is a lot of construction for new hotels, and they are big players in the industry," he said, adding Jaffna and the Eastern Province, which are yet to be fully developed, offer immense opportunities. [ full story | comments ]

South Africa mediation offers way out for Govt

[ Sunday Times ][ Apr 20 12:18 GMT ]

Whilst Sri Lankans were observing the National New Year last week, the Government of South African President Jacob Zuma set in motion a broad initiative towards reconciliation in Sri Lanka. It came when Pretoria’s special envoy Cyril Ramaphosa, widely regarded as a future President, took the first step of holding talks with a delegation from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). He will arrive in Sri Lanka to continue the dialogue with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other UPFA leaders late next month or in early June. [ full story | comments ]

From Conspiracy To Counter Conspiracy Theories

[ Sunday Leader ][ Apr 20 12:07 GMT ]

The theory of an international conspiracy is gaining ground within the government. The state media is giving considerable attention to the Canadian decision to stop funding the Commonwealth during the tenure of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as its Chairman. Canada was also one of two countries that officially boycotted the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November 2013 because it was being held in Sri Lanka. The Canadian position is that “As host of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and current Chair in Office, Sri Lanka has a duty to take meaningful action on human rights, political reconciliation and accountability. However, Sri Lanka has failed to realize progress on any of these issues.” [ full story | comments ]

Road terror: 94 killed in nine days

[ Sunday Times ][ Apr 20 11:56 GMT ]

At least 94 people were killed and 150 seriously hurt in road traffic accidents during the past nine days and police attributed most of the tragedies to reckless and drunken driving. In addition, another 243 people suffered minor injuries and were discharged from hospitals after treatment, a senior police officer said yesterday. He said 1,631 motorists were also booked for drunken driving during this same period and the bulk of them were motorcyclists numbering 900 followed by three-wheeler operators numbering 563. In the latest road tragedy, five people, including three women, were drowned after their van plunged into the Datagamuwa Lake in Kataragama early yesterday, police said. [ full story | comments ]


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