Trudeau visits Golden Temple, meets Punjabi chief minister

[ CBC ][ Feb 21 17:29 GMT ]

Some Punjabis said the community sees the four cabinet ministers as evidence of the success of the Sikh diaspora in Canada and as a source of pride for the community. Two of the four, Sohi and Sajjan, were born not far from this shrine, while Baines and Chagger were born to immigrant parents in Ontario. That may also explain why Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who publicly snubbed Harjit Sajjan when he visited Punjab last year, appeared keen to mend fences today. Amarinder Singh, a former captain in the Indian Army, has cultivated an image as a fierce opponent of Sikh separatists who want to create a nation they call Khalistan. He had accused Sajjan last April of being a Khalistan sympathizer. [ full story | comments ]

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Canadian PM Meets Punjab Chief Minister At Amritsar

[ NDTV ][ Feb 21 14:52 GMT ]

Following his Mumbai visit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has landed in Amritsar. He was received by Hardeep Singh Puri and Navjot Singh Sidhu at the airport. Preparations by the Punjab government were on in full swing for this visit. Mr Trudeau is scheduled to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple along with his family. A thick security blanket has been put in place in and around the Golden Temple. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met Justin Trudeau in Amritsar for a one-on-one meeting. Former deputy chief minister of Punjab and president of the Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal will also meet the Canadian PM at Golden Temple. [ full story | comments ]

Grenade on Sri Lanka bus injures 19; military rules out attack

[ Reuters ][ Feb 21 14:44 GMT ]

A grenade exploded on a bus in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, injuring 19 people, including 12 military personnel, the prime minister said, but the military ruled out the possibility that the incident was an attack. Since the end of Sri Lanka’s nearly three-decade civil war in 2009 there have been no targeted attacks on the military. “It has been revealed from the initial investigations that it was a grenade in a bag of a passenger which exploded,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament “Further investigations are going on.” [ full story | comments ]

In Sri Lanka, this tribe speaks Telugu

[ The Hindu ][ Feb 20 19:56 GMT ]

The Telugu diaspora is a large and vibrant community found in almost every country where there are Indian-origin populations. But they are migrants. So when an indigenous, Telugu-speaking tribe believed to have been around for centuries outside India — in Sri Lanka, to be precise — was identified, it attracted the attention of researchers. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka government in crisis after comeback of ex-leader

[ CNN ][ Feb 20 16:24 GMT ]

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 2015, amid allegations of corruption, nepotism and war crimes. Considered a military hero among supporters, 72-year-old Rajapaksa was first elected president in 2005 and returned to office in 2010, a year after government forces routed Tamil rebel groups to end the country's brutal 25-year civil war. [ full story | comments ]

Reconfiguring Sri Lanka’s Tamil politics

[ The Hindu ][ Feb 20 16:21 GMT ]

With a banner sporting a picture of Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) founder S.J.V. Chelvanayakam in the background, senior Tamil leader R. Sampanthan made a fervent appeal in an election rally in Jaffna. “Unity”, he said, “is the only weapon we have now.” Days ahead of Sri Lanka’s February 10 local government polls, the 85-year-old politician urged the northern Tamils to speak in one voice and support the ITAK. Whether it was the Northern Provincial Council elections in 2013, or the parliamentary elections of August 2015, the voters had done just that, giving the party and the Tamil National Alliance it helms an overwhelming mandate. [ full story | comments ]

Sampanthan slams Rajapaksa for Tamil Eelam remarks

[ Hindu ][ Feb 20 15:44 GMT ]

Emphasises that contrary to what the former President claims, his party seeks solution within the framework of ‘a single, undivided country’ Leader of Opposition and senior Tamil politician R. Sampanthan on Monday said he was “alarmed” at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent pre-poll campaign in which he told the Sinhalese electorate that “a Tamil Eelam would bloom following the local authority elections”. [ full story | comments ]

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

[ Guardian ][ Feb 20 14:54 GMT ]

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 from preventable causes. A million babies draw their last breath the same day they took their first. A further 2.6 million are stillborn worldwide, said the report, entitled Every Child Alive. [ full story | comments ]

Former DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara arrested over probe of Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga

[ Sunday Times ][ Feb 15 15:08 GMT ]

Former DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara was arrested this morning over the probe into the assassination of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga by Criminal Investigations Department (CID), police said. Mr Nanayakkara, who was then Police DIG of Mount Lavinya region suspected to have concealed critical evidence over the murder, according to police. He will be produced before Mount Lavinya magistrate today. The slain Editor of Sunday Leader Newspaper was killed on January 9, 2009 by unknown armed personnel near Mount Lviniya area. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka local elections: the return of Rajapaksa

[ OpenDemocracy ][ Feb 15 14:51 GMT ]

2020, when the next presidential election will be held, is the year to look out for. Due to tenure regulations, Mahinda Rajapaksa will be unable to contest the current presidency. But in this year’s election Rajapaksa has showed that he is still popular. Perhaps one of his brothers will become a presidential candidate. The UNP might drop their support for President Sirisena and present their own candidate. So President Sirisena is likely to face problems no matter who he faces in 2020. While the major Sinhalese parties are competing for power, the two minorities will be struggling with their own concerns. [ full story | comments ]

'I Would Rather Trust Ranil's One Word Over Seven Papers Signed By Sirisena:' MR Turns Down SLFP Offers

[ Asian Mirror ][ Feb 15 13:43 GMT ]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa last night had ridiculed a group of SLFP seniors who visited his residence to offer a 'truce' to work together in Local Government bodies. "I would rather trust Ranil's one word over seven papers signed by Sirisena. I won't trust his promises," ( Ranilge kata wachane mata wishwasayi, eth Sirisena kola hathaka liwwath mata wishwasa nehe) Rajapaksa had said, turning down the offer by the SLFP seniors who are now in a desperate situation following the defeat at the Local Government election. The SLFP seniors, Asian Mirror learns, had not talked about the truce further, after the former President expressed his opinion on President Sirisena, his former General Secretary. [ full story | comments ]

Tamil Tiger due to be deported says he will face torture in Sri Lanka

[ ABC OnLine ][ Feb 21 14:46 GMT ]

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker who claims he once built warships for the Tamil Tigers says he will be tortured and possibly killed in his home country if he is deported by the Australian Government on Thursday. Santharupan Thangalingam, 46, said he was a senior leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a militant terrorist organisation, which waged a bloody insurgency against the Sri Lankan Government for more than a quarter of a century. [ full story | comments ]

Mothers of the disappeared mark one year on the streets

[ TamilCanadian ][ Feb 20 20:50 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has a long and painful history of “disappearing persons” who are critical of the government. Sri Lanka has the second highest number of disappeared in the world. Towards the end of the war around May 2009, and onwards, a new cohort of disappeared persons emerged, namely, those who surrendered to the Sri Lankan military on the days and hours leading up to, and after, the end of active combat. Some served as members of the LTTE, some in very senior positions, and some who were compelled to join in the last months of the war. Many of those who surrendered themselves to the Sri Lankan army worked within civilian roles in the defacto LTTE controlled areas, and were not active combatants. [ full story | comments ]

UN stops Sri Lanka commander from peacekeeping operations

[ JDS ][ Feb 20 16:30 GMT ]

In a rare acknowledgement of failure in its screening process, the United Nations has stopped a Sri Lankan military commander from going for a peacekeeping mission in the middle east. Up until several rights watchdogs and Tamil organisations wrote to the head of UN peacekeeping urging to stop Lieutenant Colonel Rathnappuli Wasantha Kumara Hewage, he was scheduled for deployment to Lebanon on 18 February 2018. Detailing the commander’s wartime record in a period when extensive violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law perpetrated by the Sri Lankan security forces, the letter condemned the UN for failing to screen Lieutenant Colonel Hewage. [ full story | comments ]

New rule for hiring Sri Lankan domestic workers in UAE

[ Khaleej Times ][ Feb 20 16:21 GMT ]

The UAE and Sri Lanka have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to foster cooperation in the labour and manpower fields. The MoU was attached by a protocol agreement that aims at facilitating the process for approving and recruiting domestic workers. The MoU were signed by Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and Sir Lanka's Minister of Foreign Employment, Thalatha Athukorala, in the presence of a number of officials from both parties. Al Hamli lauded the close relations binding the two countries in labour-related fields. He also emphasised that the MoU paves the way for a new stage of cooperation between both countries to ensure a balanced and effective management of the contractual work cycle in line with the laws and regulations applicable in the UAE. [ full story | comments ]

Queen's Park resumes Tuesday with final sprint toward Ontario election day

[ CBC ][ Feb 20 15:52 GMT ]

The final sitting of the Ontario Legislature before the June election was bound to be interesting, with the Liberals desperately trying to stave off defeat and extend their nearly 15-year hold on power. But when you add in the soap opera that is the Progressive Conservative Party right now, you've got the ingredients for a drama that Netflix might consider worthy of a series. Barely two months ago, when the legislature last sat, Patrick Brown sat at the front of the PC benches — the presumptive premier-in-waiting — directly across from Wynne. How things have changed. If he comes to work on Tuesday as MPP for Simcoe North, he'll be alone in a corner, banished from the PC caucus. [ full story | comments ]

Is growing Chinese presence in Sri Lanka a cause of worry for India?

[ IANS ][ Feb 20 14:57 GMT ]

The Chinese presence in Sri Lanka is not covert. Far from it. You see them everywhere and the pace of the activity is hectic. Chinese dredging ships can be openly seen working at a furious pace. Work on the Hanbantota port has started. Chinese workers are everywhere, from shopping malls to pubs. Many are learning to speak Sinhalese. Hotels, roads and infrastructure, performing arts theatres, a swanky cricket stadium are not simply projects on the drawing board. People can see them. T [ full story | comments ]

China debt worries grow in Sri Lanka as ex-president regains clout

[ Nikkei ][ Feb 16 15:18 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is poised to become even more indebted to Beijing with the return of pro-China ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after his newly formed Sri Lanka People's Front won a landslide victory at Saturday's local government elections. The victory for the party could see Sri Lanka flip back into the arms of China, Rajapaksa's favorite lender and builder. The current government had leant toward India and Western powers but this dynamic could now be tested. Already, as a legacy of Rajapaksa's government, Sri Lanka owes China $8 billion of its total $65 billion of debt, equivalent to over 70% of its gross domestic product. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka: The New Regime And The Revolution

[ Sunday Times ][ Feb 15 15:05 GMT ]

Since independence, successive governments have failed to make Sri Lanka a developed nation. A toxic mix of high-level corruption and bad governance remain at the heart of the problem. According to senior journalist, Malinda Senevirathne, “a system of government run by the worst, least qualified or most unscrupulous citizens” and an absence of technocrats with the right skill set to deliver could be the cause of this situation. President Sirisena’s findings from the Central Bank Bond Commission and the revelation of malpractice to the public should be appreciated. His actions reflected transparency at the highest level. [ full story | comments ]

Back to the chessboard?

[ Hindu ][ Feb 15 13:50 GMT ]

Whatever happens, the undeclared power struggle between the two main coalition partners will have to come to an end in a new configuration of coalition forces. As things stand now, the two leaders do not seem to be giving way in the battle for supremacy within the coalition government. Meanwhile, if the President and the Prime Minister do not find a framework of constructive reconciliation between them, governance in Sri Lanka will crawl along for two years. Worse still, the much-valued programme of constitutional and political reform, peace building, inter-ethnic reconciliation and democratic consolidation will enter an extended state of stalemate. Its resurgence, sadly and ironically, might require another phase of democratic setback. [ full story | comments ]

SLFP, UNP avert split, plan reshuffle

[ Hindu ][ Feb 15 13:41 GMT ]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have agreed to reshuffle the Cabinet, ending days of uncertainty over their coalition government’s future after a recent local poll debacle. The two leaders met late on Wednesday night. The discussions were “positive”, according to a top source present at the meeting. The source refused to share further details. Neither of the leaders has made known his position after the meeting. [ full story | comments ]


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