ITAK affirms self-rule within a united Sri Lanka

[ Daily Mirror ][ Sep 22 13:26 GMT ]

Filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) today affirmed that neither the ITAK nor the TNA had as its objective the setting up of a separate state within the territory of Sri Lanka.In its Northern Provincial Council election manifesto, the TNA stated that, “We as a people would thus be concerned about our historic habitats, our option to determine what is best for us to ensure self-government in the Tamil-speaking North-East of the country within a united Sri Lanka.” [ full story | comments ]

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ITAK affirms self-rule within a united Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka accused of trying to gag NGOs

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Sri Lanka accused of trying to gag NGOs

[ Al Jazeera ][ Sep 22 13:23 GMT ]

Since the end of the country's civil war the Sri Lankan government has maintained a frosty relationship with civil society groups and NGOs that have sided with the UN in its calls for credible war crime investigations. The government has continued to oppose any interference by the UN, while accusing civil society groups of unpatriotic acts, and members of the ruling coalition have openly attacked activists for "campaigning against the government". [ full story | comments ]

HRC director dies in Balangoda accident

[ Daily Mirror ][ Sep 21 11:53 GMT ]

A Director of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka had been killed and three others were critically injured when their vehicle met with an accident at Beligala, Balangoda this afternoon, the Police said. The deceased, Tusitha Ruwankumari was a resident of Homagama. The injured were admitted to Balangoda Hospital. The HRCSL members were returning after election duty in Uva when their vehicle was hit by a C.T.B. bus plying from Badulla, the Police said. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka President's Party Narrowly Clears Vote Test

[ AFP ][ Sep 21 11:43 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's ruling party saw its popularity significantly eroded in a narrow local election win seen as a bellwether for a snap presidential election, official results showed on Sunday. President Mahinda Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) secured 19 out of the 34 seats in the Uva provincial council that went to the polls on Saturday, but saw its popularity plummet by an unprecedented 22.98 percentage points. [ full story | comments ]

A walk with Ward 18 candidate Parthi Kandavel

[ Toronto Star ][ Sep 19 19:08 GMT ]

The trustee races run parallel to the council and mayoral election, though trustee wards consist of two city council wards put together, in this case Wards 35 and 36, a massive territory to cover. Scarborough Southwest is triangular in shape, bounded by Victoria Park, Eglinton Ave., and the lake to the south, with an erratic eastern point near Scarborough Golf Club Rd. These big wards are a lot of ground to cover for trustee candidates."There's so much you can do in the role of trustee," says Kandavel. "You can help create a sense of community, neighbourhood, and connect with parents". He's also optimistic about the downtown-suburban divide too. "This is just Toronto coming of age. We'll reconcile our seemingly deep differences, but it'll take some time. It'll take some work." [ full story | comments ]

IMF says Sri Lanka's poor tax administration could cut economic growth

[ Reuters ][ Sep 19 13:51 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's continuing failure to strengthen its tax administration could force the its government to spend less, which would hit economic growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday.In its annual report on Sri Lanka, the IMF said achieving Colombo's 2014 budget deficit target of 5.2 percent of GDP will be "challenging". The global lender said a failure to increase tax revenue will cause pressure to cut capital spending "with possible adverse impact on growth." [ full story | comments ]

Loss of life in Sri Lanka conflict could have been averted: US

[ Economic Times ][ Sep 19 13:39 GMT ]

The US has said that several lives could have been saved had the global community acted earlier and more appropriately to situations in some troubled nations like Sri Lanka, which is accused of human rights abuses during its military campaign against the LTTE. The US delegation noted the failure of the international community to act in Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur, Sri Lanka and Syria. Noting that the UN system on the ground in Sri Lanka had failed to respond adequately to a worsening human disaster, the UN in 2010 set up its own internal inquiry into the conduct of its operations in the island. [ full story | comments ]

INFOGRAPHIC: Religious Violence in Post-War Sri Lanka

[ CPAL ][ Sep 19 13:25 GMT ]

Religious tensions have been exacerbated in post-war Sri Lanka, contrary to claims by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) that attacks against places of religious worship are isolated incidents. In Mach 2013, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) published a report highlighting concerns about violence and intolerance against all religious communities in the country. The trends highlighted by CPA have continued unabated, most recently evident in the June 2014 violence in Aluthgama and surrounding areas. Other incidents of violence have not received the same attention as Authgama, thereby skewing the understanding of the scale and level of violence targeting minority religions in particular, in Sri Lanka. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka auctions Indian fishermen's boats; Ramadoss condemns

[ PTI ][ Sep 19 13:00 GMT ]

PMK leader Ramdoss Friday strongly condemned the reports that Sri Lankan Government was auctioning the boats seized from the Indian Fishermen, and said "the act of the Island government has shocked Indian fishermen." He said that as per a fishing arrangement entered into between Sri Lanka and India On October 26, 2008, except in the areas of security concern and importance or sensitiveness off Sri Lankan coast, Indian fishermen could enter and fish in the traditional areas. [ full story | comments ]

Scottish referendum: Scotland votes 'No' to independence

[ BBC ][ Sep 19 12:55 GMT ]

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With the results in from all 32 council areas, the "No" side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for "Yes". Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers. Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and said the commitments on extra powers would be honoured. [ full story | comments ]

‘Too many things had gone wrong on Sri Lanka’

[ The Hindu ][ Sep 19 00:57 GMT ]

Some events in history remain in the realms of the unknown and hence a matter of much speculation. At an event organised by Rupa Publications and Madras Book Club here on Thursday, veteran politician K. Natwar Singh, author of One Life is Not Enough, talked of how Prime Ministers took some tough decisions. He was in conversation with N. Ram, Chairman, Kasturi and Sons Ltd. Asked if the mess in Sri Lanka could have been avoided, Mr. Singh said: “Too many things had gone wrong from the very beginning,” he said. While New Delhi had a policy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran pursued a policy that Northern Sri Lanka was an extension of Tamil Nadu. [ full story | comments ]

Islamic State urges attacks on Canadians and other Western citizens

[ Globe And Mail ][ Sep 22 13:19 GMT ]

Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France, Canada and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the militant group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western “crusaders” in a statement carried by the SITE monitoring website, saying their forces faced inevitable defeat at the militants’ hands. [ full story | comments ]

Port City project: Sweeping tax concessions to China

[ Sunday Times ][ Sep 21 11:49 GMT ]

A gazette notification containing tax concessions to Chinese firms building the Colombo Port City artificial island has been cancelled and a new one granting even broader terms has been issued. This includes a complete, eight-year waiver of corporate income tax for China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC), which is the contractor for engineering, procurement and construction of the project. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lankan journalist aboard the Ocean Lady jailed before given refugee status

[ Toronto Star ][ Sep 21 11:28 GMT ]

Granted refugee status on May 6, 2013, the day after his 37th birthday, he is now trying to rebuild his life and has applied to have his wife, Pavithira, and his daughter resettled in Canada with him. They live in exile in India, and while the family talks every day via Skype, they haven’t been together for five years. “After I get my citizenship, I am going to work for everyone,” Nagarasa says. “I am going to make a rich life here. But I’m going to do much volunteering. I’m going to work for other refugees who are struggling in the world.” [ full story | comments ]

Separatists around the world

[ Reuters ][ Sep 19 18:58 GMT ]

Scottish voters rejected independence yesterday by a surprisingly decisive margin of 55-45. But while the United Kingdom remains united, secession movements elsewhere are still going strong. The number of UN member states has increased almost fourfold, from 51 to 193, since the organization’s founding in 1945, though growth in the number of countries overall has been much slower in the post-Soviet era. A peaceful, fairly decided election in Scotland may give breakaway regions a new precedent to point to. [ full story | comments ]

Relative of British MP to become Sri Lanka’s first saint

[ Catholic Herald ][ Sep 19 13:44 GMT ]

The distant relative of a British MP will become Sri Lanka’s first saint, the Vatican announced yesterday. Pope Francis is expected to canonise Blessed Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary, during his visit to Sri Lanka in January. Pope Francis has authorised the canonisation without a second miracle. Blessed Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) is known as the Apostle of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). An Oratorian priest from Goa in the west of India, he was a missionary in Ceylon. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1995. [ full story | comments ]

Scotland’s No victory sets stage for devolution dilemma in U.K.

[ Globe And Mail ][ Sep 19 13:34 GMT ]

The United Kingdom is launching into its biggest constitutional change in three centuries after Scotland narrowly spurned independence while demanding that the Westminster parties make good on their pledge to bless the Scottish parliament with more powers.While Prime Minister David Cameron was equally quick to promise that the government would move fast to rewrite the union pact and give Scotland considerably more power over taxation, spending and welfare. The new deal, he promised, would be revealed, though not necessarily confirmed, before the British general election in May. A cabinet committee on the issue to be set up immediately. [ full story | comments ]

Quest for influence

[ Indian Express ][ Sep 19 13:10 GMT ]

Delhi must now prepare to deal with China’s emergence as the most powerful extra-regional actor in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. As Malé and Colombo come close to crossing India’s implicit red lines on security cooperation with third countries, Delhi will need to do much more than lodge protests. Nor is it enough to merely proclaim, as the NDA government has done, that neighbourhood diplomacy is a top priority. If it wants to meet China’s challenge, Delhi needs to reform, root and branch, the manner in which it does political and economic business in the subcontinent and the Indian Ocean. [ full story | comments ]

FIPA agreement with China: What's really in it for Canada?

[ CBC ][ Sep 19 12:58 GMT ]

The secrecy shrouding the much-delayed Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with China makes it hard for experts, let alone average Canadians, to figure out what benefits this country will see from the deal.If the agreement is indeed an important step forward for Canada’s relationship with China, it is hard to understand why it has been shrouded in secrecy, why it was not ratified for almost two years, and why there has been no attempt to answer questions with anything much beyond breezy assurances that it is a good thing. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka, the new recruitment hub for ISI

[ Rediff ][ Sep 19 00:58 GMT ]

The birth of the Bodu Bala Sena, an extremist Singhalese Buddhist nationalist organisation in Colombo in 2012 was a significant event. The organisation was formed to enforce Buddhist supremacy in Sri Lanka, mainly targeting Christians and Muslims in the country. The formation of this organisation was a turning point for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, which had for years been trying to get a foothold in that country, but to no avail. This was partly because of the strength of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam which never allowed outsiders to set foot in Sri Lanka. The other reason could be that there was never any connect between Lankan Muslims and the spy agency. [ full story | comments ]

ISI effect: Police start enumeration of Lankans

[ Times of India ][ Sep 19 00:56 GMT ]

Following the arrest of Arun Selvarajan, who is suspected to be an ISI agent, Tamil Nadu 'Q' branch sleuths have started enumerating Sri Lankans staying in Tamil Nadu. Police sources said there are about 65,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in the 114 camps in the state. There are more than 12,000 Sri Lankan Tamils with passports settled outside the camps. Selvarajan had got an Indian passport influencing some government officials, police said. After trailing him for more than a month, NIA officials nabbed him at a hideout in Saligramam near Vadapalani on September 10. Police seized several incriminating documents, photographs of installations of NSG Academy, Officers' Training Academy, Naval bases and Army installations in Chennai, Vishakapatinam and 20 other places in south India. [ full story | comments ]

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