Panneerselvam seeks Modi's help to secure release of fishermen from Sri Lanka

[ ToI ][ Oct 01 12:40 GMT ]

Chief minister O Panneerselvam has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take "positive and concrete" steps to secure the immediate release of 20 Tamil Nadu fishermen and their 75 boats from the custody of the Sri Lankan authorities. "Due to untiring and relentless efforts of our beloved leader Puratchi Thalaivai Amma, 76 Indian fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan jails were released by the Sri Lankan court on Tuesday," the chief minister said in the letter, a copy of which was released to the media on Wednesday. [ full story | comments ]

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Valvai based 23 years old Yazhini becomes a Court of Advocate in London today

[ Valvettithurai.Org ][ Sep 30 19:07 GMT ]

Valvettithurai based twenty three years old Miss Yazhini Murugathas becomes a Court of Advocate in London today, 30th September 2014.Yazhini has obtained her postgraduate degree in law (LLM - Master in Law)at UCL (University College of London) in this year 2014, and previously She has completed her undergraduate degree in law with honours(LLB: Bachelor of laws) at BPP Law School, London in 2013. [ full story | comments ]

SRI LANKA: An Open Letter to the President for Media Publication

[ AHRC ][ Sep 30 16:13 GMT ]

If you change yourself you will change your world. If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you will change. Not only because you are now viewing your environment through new lenses of thoughts and emotions but also because the change within can allow you to take action in ways you wouldn't have – or maybe even have thought about – while stuck in your old thought patterns.And the problem with changing your outer world without changing yourself is that you will still be you when you reach that change you have strived for. You will still have your flaws, anger, negativity, self-sabotaging tendencies etc. intact. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka police stop online media workshop: rights groups

[ Reuters ][ Sep 30 16:08 GMT ]

Sri Lanka media rights groups said on Tuesday police had stopped an online journalists' association from holding a workshop on ethics and digital security at the weekend, the fourth disruption of media gatherings since May. The Action Committee for Media Freedom, an umbrella organization of media rights groups, said police officers threatened the owner of the resort where the workshop was to be held in Negombo, a popular coastal town 38 km (24 miles) north of Colombo. [ full story | comments ]

They stopped the boats, but at what cost?

[ SBS Dateline ][ Sep 30 15:28 GMT ]

The investigation was carried out by asylum seeker expert and Go Back To Where You Came From presenter Dr David Corlett, and here he gives his opinion on what he found and Australia’s asylum seeker policy in general… The government has all but claimed victory in stopping asylum seeker boats. [ full story | comments ]

'Unthinkable sexual abuse and torture': Sri Lankan asylum seekers say they have been victims of harrowing brutality after being sent home by Australia

[ Daily Mail ][ Sep 30 15:00 GMT ]

Despite enduring unthinkable daily brutality and sexual abuse over accusations of links to the Tamil Tigers, these Sri Lankans will not give up on fleeing the persecution they are experiencing in their country - regardless of the cost. Dr David Corlett went undercover in Sri Lanka under the guise of a tourist for a week last month to find out what became of some of the failed asylum seekers who were sent back to their country by Australia. Those accused of being associated with the defeated Tamil Tigers spoke of the living hell they have suffered since returning to their homeland as they retold the horror of being abducted and continuously tortured by Sri Lankan security forces until their family paid a bribe for their freedom [ full story | comments ]

OIC chief to visit Sri Lanka

[ Arab News ][ Sep 30 10:27 GMT ]

The head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will visit Sri Lanka on an invitation from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, according to a senior official from the Sri Lankan Embassy. Iyad Madani, OIC secretary-general, is due to visit the country shortly. “This is the first time such a visit is being made to Sri Lanka and we are really proud of it,” the official said, pointing out that an advance team will go to Colombo shortly to make preparatory arrangements for Madani’s visit. [ full story | comments ]

‘Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act should be repealed’

[ Hindu ][ Sep 30 10:18 GMT ]

Civil society members and politicians came together at a campaign in Colombo, seeking the release of Balendran Jeyakumari, who was arrested by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) in March this year. They demanded that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) — under which Ms. Jeyakumari was detained — be repealed immediately.A presidential commission — set up by President Mahinda Rajapaksa — tasked with inquiring into complaints regarding missing persons has so far received nearly 20,000 petitions from families of missing persons. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka outlines 12% defence budget increase

[ Janes ][ Sep 29 18:21 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government proposed on 26 September a 2015 defence budget of LKR285 billion (USD2.18 billion), a 12% increase over military spending in 2014. The allocation - contained in the government's 2015 appropriation bill - amounts to about 16% of the total expenditure for the year and about 2% of national GDP. The government provided no comment or supporting information about the defence budget, although unidentified official sources cited in local media said the increase was the first step of a drive to boost the defence budget to LKR370 billion by 2017. [ full story | comments ]

Radical Myanmar monk joins hands with Sri Lankan Buddhists

[ Reuters ][ Sep 29 18:13 GMT ]

"Today, Buddhism is in danger. We need hands to be firmly held together if we hear alarm bells ringing," he told a convention that was held at an indoor stadium in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on Sunday. "I'd like to announce that 969 and I will join hands with Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena to protect Buddhists all round the world," he said, referring to a group that has been accused of tyrannizing the minority Muslim community in Sri Lanka. [ full story | comments ]

SLAF returns land, but wings of owners clipped

[ Sunday Times ][ Sep 28 11:27 GMT ]

The Air force last Thursday returned more than 240 acres of paddy lands to 37 families In Keppapilavu, a village in Mullaitivu District. There were conditions attached. Before the lands were given back, the owners were met by senior Air Force officers individually and asked to sign a document agreeing to the conditions. One of the conditions was that if there would be any civil war in future, those lands would be willingly given back to the Air Force.The conditions further said if the lands were not given back willingly, legal procedures would be instituted to take the land back to the Air Force. Another condition was that the owners cannot put up permanent fences or plant big trees such as coconut in those lands. [ full story | comments ]

A renewed U.S.-India partnership for the 21st century

[ Washington Post ][ Sep 30 18:11 GMT ]

While India benefits from the growth generated by U.S. investment and technical partnerships, the United States benefits from a stronger, more prosperous India. In turn, the region and the world benefit from the greater stability and security that our friendship creates. We remain committed to the larger effort to integrate South Asia and connect it with markets and people in Central and Southeast Asia.As global partners, we are committed to enhancing our homeland security by sharing intelligence, through counterterrorism and law-enforcement cooperation, while we jointly work to maintain freedom of navigation and lawful commerce across the seas. [ full story | comments ]

Foreign investment to Sri Lanka exceeds 1 bln USD in first nine months

[ Xinhua ][ Sep 30 16:11 GMT ]

Foreign investments to Sri Lanka have surpassed one billion U.S. dollar mark in the first nine months of 2014 amidst inflows to the country's booming tourism industry, an official said on Tuesday. Sri Lanka's government has targeted 2 billion U.S. dollars in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the past two years but failed to achieve the goal. Despite the end of a three-decade war in 2009, the South Asian island has lagged behind in attracting FDI. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka, police block a course for journalists: "They want to silence us"

[ Asia News ][ Sep 30 16:05 GMT ]

For the fourth time in three months, the government of Sri Lanka has "sabotaged" a training course for journalists. The complaint comes from Professional Web Journalist Association (Pwja), organizer of the seminar. According to the leaders of the Pwja, what happened is yet another act of intimidation ​​by the island's authorities to silence independent media. [ full story | comments ]

Asylum seekers say they were raped and tortured after Australia sent them back to Sri Lanka

[ The Age ][ Sep 30 15:25 GMT ]

Asylum seekers returned from Australia to Sri Lanka say they have since been raped and tortured in their homeland. A number of asylum seekers spoke to SBS reporter Dr David Corlett about their experiences since the Australian government rejected their refugee claims and sent them back to Sri Lanka. They said they were asked whether they were members of the Tamil Tigers, which lost a civil war with the Sri Lankan government that ended in 2009. [ full story | comments ]

Hardline Myanmar Buddhist monk Wirathu to battle 'jihad threat' with Sri Lanka monks

[ AFP ][ Sep 30 14:50 GMT ]

A controversial Buddhist cleric from Myanmar announced Sunday he is linking up with hardline monks in Sri Lanka, alleging that their religion is under threat from Islamic jihadists. The Mandalay-based monk Wirathu, addressing a convention in Colombo of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or Buddhist Force, said they would work together to protect their common religion. The BBS has been accused of instigating hate attacks against minority Muslims and Christians in mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka’s propaganda finds a home in Washington

[ Asian Correspondent ][ Sep 30 10:21 GMT ]

Irrespective of how this article came to be published, it’s important to understand that this is a dangerous piece of state-sponsored propaganda. It’s also important to note that this is not the first time that PRISM has been used as a propaganda platform for the Sri Lankan government. The regime in Colombo may now be using more sophisticated tactics to try to influence Western policymakers and the broader international community. Let’s hope that Colombo’s target audience knows how to read between the lines. [ full story | comments ]

'Burmese bin Laden' monk announces partnership with hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka to defend their religion

[ Independent ][ Sep 29 18:26 GMT ]

"It's the responsibility of the monks as Buddha's sons to teach bad and uncivilised people to become good and civilised," he said. "If there is danger in one place, other countries need to help and protect them." He did not spell out how he would work with BBS. The BBS convention was held amid mounting speculation that there will be an early presidential election in Sri Lanka, possibly as soon as January, in which Rajapaksa is expected to run for a third term. [ full story | comments ]

The nightmare of returning to Sri Lanka

[ SMH ][ Sep 29 18:18 GMT ]

The Abbott government has all but claimed victory in stopping asylum seeker boats. Offshore processing and turning around boats at sea have been important elements in achieving this goal. Also important has been its efforts at returning asylum seekers, especially Sri Lankans. In October 2012, the Labor government introduced a new "enhanced screening" process in order to return Sri Lankans arriving by boat within days. [ full story | comments ]

Five schools of thought about where the world may be headed next

[ Globe and Mail ][ Sep 28 13:25 GMT ]

It has been 26 years since Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stood before the United Nations General Assembly and used Woodrow Wilson’s phrase “new world order” to describe the “profound social change” that was about to take place in the relations between the world’s nations and their people. The world, he said, was about to experience a major change driven by “new nations and states, new public movements and ideologies.” Over the next quarter-century, Mr. Gorbachev’s new world order became, simply, the world order: a world built on a broad agreement among most major countries that democracy and liberal economy were desirable goals; ... [ full story | comments ]

Rajapaksa meets Modi in NY, says13 A not discussed

[ Sunday Times ][ Sep 28 11:24 GMT ]

This was the second meeting between the two leaders after Mr. Modi was sworn-in as India’ Prime Minister in May this year. “The meeting was cordial and good. We talked about various issues,” Mr. Rajapaksa told PTI after emerging from the 30 minute-long meeting. Asked about India pushing for expeditious implementation of the 13th Amendment, the President said, “The issue was not discussed in the meeting”. [ full story | comments ]


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