Is Sri Lanka Ready Yet For Postwar Reconciliation?

[ Cicero Magazine ][ Jan 26 14:18 GMT ]

A shift to a “wait and see” approach by the international community will not be welcome news to Sri Lankan Tamils or their allies in the diaspora. Under Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka had begun consultations with the South African government on the possibility of a truth commission. Most observers saw this as a disingenuous, last ditch effort to pre-empt the Human Rights Council resolution last March. But the new government could commit to it, and undertake a genuine truth-seeking process. Given the political realities that produced regime change in Sri Lanka, however, anything more than that is unlikely. [ full story | comments ]

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Is Sri Lanka Ready Yet For Postwar Reconciliation?

A shift to a “wait and see” approach by the international communit...


A Game Changer for China and India in Sri Lanka?

On January 18, a Reuters reported claimed that Sri Lanka’s now forme...


New Sri Lanka govt looks to improve rights record

Following new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's assertion that his...



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TDSB chair Shaun Chen nominated Liberal party candidate in Scarborough North

[ Toronto Star ][ Jan 26 16:51 GMT ]

Toronto District School Board Chair Shaun Chen has been nominated to be the Liberal party’s candidate for the upcoming federal election in the riding of Scarborough North. Robert Yap, riding president for the Liberal Party of Canada’s Scarborough North Electoral District Association, confirmed in an interview with the Star Sunday evening that Chen beat three other candidates to win the nomination. Chen was elected chair of the TDSB in December. He was first elected in 2006, and re-elected in 2010 and 2014 as the trustee for Ward 21. [ full story | comments ]

Restructuring the presidency

[ FT ][ Jan 26 14:33 GMT ]

There are at least two fundamental challenges facing the new Sri Lankan Government and both are of long standing. One is the North-South question, which is my shorthand for what is variously called the Tamil National Question or the ethnic problem. The other is the South-South Question. While this latter naturally embraces the party political competition, which is now intra-party as well as an inter-party issue, that is not the hub of the problem. The crux of the South-South problem today is that of forms of government: Presidential or parliamentary. [ full story | comments ]

Modi here on 14-15 March

[ FT ][ Jan 26 11:24 GMT ]

The Indian Prime Minister will be in the island for high level meetings on 14-15 March, Daily FT learns. The Indian Premier’s visit will take place exactly one month after President Maithripala Sirisena travels to New Delhi on 16-19 February, for his first foreign visit since assuming office. The new Sri Lankan administration has pledged to “reset” relations with New Delhi that had soured somewhat under President Mahinda Rajapaksa who repeatedly attempted to use China’s growing influence in the island as leverage with India. President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe have indicated they seek to restore the equilibrium. [ full story | comments ]

A Game Changer for China and India in Sri Lanka?

[ The Diplomat ][ Jan 25 14:48 GMT ]

On January 18, a Reuters reported claimed that Sri Lanka’s now former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, had expelled the station chief of India’s intelligence agency in Colombo after accusing him of working against his government and supporting the opposition. India denied the claim, but the report serves as an example of Rajapaksa’s thorny attitude towards New Delhi, irrespective of the face presented by public diplomacy. The docking last September of a Chinese naval submarine in Colombo turned heads in New Delhi, just as the new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was still getting up to speed. [ full story | comments ]

Lankan economy will stay flat for now:The Mafia-State must be rooted prior to economic consolidation

[ The Island ][ Jan 25 02:16 GMT ]

For both domestic and international reasons the economic prospects for Lanka remain flat for the short and medium term periods ahead; short-term is the 100-Day duration of President Sirisena’s Action Plan and I use medium-term to denote the two-year transitional national government envisaged for the subsequent phase. It needs no great political acumen to make these two forecasts, the first is self-evident but some light may be shed by probing why this will be the case in the medium-term. [ full story | comments ]

CJ 44 won’t go; Govt and BASL losing patience

[ Sunday Times ][ Jan 25 01:47 GMT ]

Chief Justice 44 Mohan Peiris is refusing to relinquish office and now demanding a plum diplomatic posting in return for vacating his post despite a demand by the country’s lawyers that he step down. His choice is either as Ambassador to the UN in New York or as High Commissioner in London, but Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has offered him Brazil, a National Unity Government source said yesterday. “We are losing our patience. By deliberately delaying he is precipitating a serious situation that could hurt him the most”, the source added. [ full story | comments ]

Lanka reaches consensus to implement 13A: Wickremesinghe

[ PTI ][ Jan 24 15:19 GMT ]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday said political parties have agreed to implement the thirteenth amendment as a solution to end the country's over three-decade-old ethnic conflict involving the Tamil minority. "All parties have agreed to solve the ethnic problem within the framework of the thirteenth amendment. We are continuing our talks," Wickremesinghe said while addressing a gathering at Deniyaya in the south. He further said that all provincial councils will have equal powers now that the Tamil National Alliance has said that they are for a solution within an undivided Sri Lanka. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka seizes car fleet 'not returned by Rajapaksa'

[ BBC ][ Jan 24 15:17 GMT ]

Sri Lankan police say they have seized more than 50 state-owned vehicles not returned after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was toppled in elections. The 53 vehicles, said to include bullet-proof limousines, are thought to be among 128 missing vehicles. Mr Rajapaksa's decade in power came to an abrupt end in polls on 8 January. On Thursday, the new government pledged to trace billions of dollars allegedly siphoned off by Mr Rajapaksa and his powerful family. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka scraps military training for teachers, students

[ AFP ][ Jan 24 15:06 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s new government said Saturday it is scrapping compulsory military training for school teachers and undergraduates. The three-week army training, mandatory under ousted leader Mahinda Rajapakse’s administration, had resulted in at least three deaths in recent years and was deeply unpopular among student and teacher unions. The new government that came to power following the January 8 presidential election, won by Maithripala Sirisena, has vowed to reduce the role of the military in Sri Lankan society. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka Taps Former HSBC Wealth Manager to Head Central Bank

[ Bloomberg ][ Jan 24 14:40 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government appointed an ally of the new prime minister who previously worked as a wealth manager with HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) and Emirates NBD to run its central bank. Arjuna Mahendran was today appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the president’s media office said Friday, Jan. 23 in an e-mailed statement. Mahendran succeeds Ajith Nivard Cabraal, who resigned a day after Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 10-year rule ended in Jan. 8 presidential elections. [ full story | comments ]

EU to ban fish imports from Sri Lanka for illegal fishing

[ EJF ][ Jan 26 14:47 GMT ]

Today, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and WWF welcome a decision by the European Union fisheries ministers to sanction Sri Lanka for its failure to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. “This decision reiterates that EU fisheries ministers are serious about confronting illegal fishing globally. We encourage Sri Lanka to put the measures in place to dissuade IUU fishing by their vessels, or by vessels landing in their ports,” said Tony Long of The Pew Charitable Trusts. “Our Coalition is ready to support the government of Sri Lanka in combating IUU fishing, especially towards implementing stronger measures in their ports and tracking its fleet,” he continued. [ full story | comments ]

PM to submit report on how to counter UNHRC allegations

[ Island ][ Jan 26 14:31 GMT ]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was planning to submit a comprehensive Cabinet paper on how the government should counter allegations against Sri Lanka in the report of an investigation conducted by Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights to be presented for the consideration of UN Human Rights Council when it next meets for its 28th session in Geneva on March 2015, a spokesman for the PM’s office said yesterday. The premier was planning to compile his report on the basis of three types of inputs, the spokesman said. He would hold a series of meetings with government officials and seek their recommendations and observations to be considered in compiling his report in coming days. [ full story | comments ]

CRTC bans 30-day notice for cancelling TV, phone, internet

[ CBC ][ Jan 26 10:49 GMT ]

Canadians no longer have to give a 30-day notice to cancel or change their television, internet or landline telephone service, the CRTC says. In a release, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said it is "prohibiting television service providers from requiring that Canadians give 30 days' notice prior to cancelling these services."The CRTC says it will require cable companies to adhere to the new rule by Jan. 23. The regulator also says the same rule will apply to switching internet providers or phone services. The CRTC previously implemented a similar rule for cellphone contracts when it rolled out Canada's wireless code last December. [ full story | comments ]

New Sri Lanka govt looks to improve rights record

[ PTI ][ Jan 25 12:26 GMT ]

Following new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's assertion that his government would get the country's human rights house in order, separate missions are to make crucial visits abroad to engage with global agencies. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera said, President Maithripala Sirisena's international affairs advisor, Jayantha Dhanapala is to travel to Geneva. "We are taking the international commitments very seriously. Mr Dhanapala will go to Geneva to meet with the .. [ full story | comments ]

‘This is Sri Lanka’s Burma moment, everyone should help us’

[ Sunday Times ][ Jan 25 01:53 GMT ]

When he returned to the Foreign Ministry last week, Mangala Samaraweera first rearranged the furniture so his office would look as it used to. Then he flew to New Delhi—to do the same for India-Sri Lanka relations. Mr. Samaraweera has taken charge of diplomatic affairs after an eight-year hiatus. He was foreign minister in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government from 2005-2007. [ full story | comments ]

JVP application seeking arrest of ‘KP’ to be taken up on Tuesday

[ Sunday Times ][ Jan 25 01:41 GMT ]

A Writ Application filed by the JVP seeking an order to arrest and prosecute former LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan alias ‘KP’ will be taken up for hearing on Tuesday. The petition filed in the Court of Appeal on Monday demanding the arrest and trial of ex-LTTE leader who is believed to be the head of the international wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eleam (LTTE). Currently Mr Pathmanathan is running a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) under military protection. [ full story | comments ]

China stung by Sri Lanka’s election

[ Washington Times ][ Jan 24 15:19 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s presidential election earlier this month dealt China a major blow as opposition leader Maithripala Sirisena, who had made curtailing excessive Chinese influence the main focus of his campaign, won a surprise victory over the Beijing-friendly incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Global Times, China’s leading international politics and security newspaper, published a somber editorial on Jan. 20 bemoaning the Sri Lankan result. The editorial draws a parallel to China’s overly eager investment in Myanmar in the past, only to see those projects rejected, curtailed or canceled by a newly elected anti-China leader. [ full story | comments ]

Welcome to Winnipeg: Where Canada’s racism problem is at its worst

[ Macleans ][ Jan 24 15:08 GMT ]

“Oh Goddd how long are aboriginal people going to use what happened as a crutch to suck more money out of Canadians?” Winnipeg teacher Brad Badiuk wrote on Facebook last month. “They have contributed NOTHING to the development of Canada. Just standing with their hand out. Get to work, tear the treaties and shut the FK up already. Why am I on the hook for their cultural support?” Another day in Winnipeg, another hateful screed against the city’s growing indigenous population. [ full story | comments ]

Time for Sri Lanka and India to reset ties

[ Rediff ][ Jan 24 14:48 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera -- an old hand in the country's diplomatic outreach -- sent out all the right signals that would have pleased all his interlocutors in New Delhi when he came visiting India on January 18, 2015. "My meetings were warm and friendly and all interactions left us feeling optimistic about the future of Indo-Sri Lanka relations," the minister told a select group of media persons. Samaraweera met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval among others. [ full story | comments ]

Winds of Change: Potential Areas of Foreign Policy Reform in Sri Lanka

[ Blogs ][ Jan 24 10:39 GMT ]

Post-conflict Sri Lanka and its Ministry of External Affairs, during the past five years, was notoriously foreign to a policy and depended on haphazard and reactive arrangements, to say the least. The Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora has gained considerable strength through local politics in the United Kingdom and Canada and consequently have significant clout in international politics as well. Over the past few years, Sri Lanka’s de facto policy has been to blame all international pressures on the Tamil diaspora and paint them as LTTE sympathisers. While a segment of the diaspora continue to actively support the LTTE, its affiliated ventures, and a separate Tamil state, a considerable proportion seek a peaceful, political settlement to ethnic tensions in the island, sans the LTTE. [ full story | comments ]

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[Cicero Magazine - Jan 26, 2015 14:18:14 GMT]

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[PTI - Jan 25, 2015 12:26:04 GMT]

New Sri Lanka govt looks to improve rights record

[The Island - Jan 25, 2015 2:16:59 GMT]

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[Sunday Times - Jan 25, 2015 1:53:30 GMT]

‘This is Sri Lanka’s Burma moment, everyone should help us’

[PTI - Jan 24, 2015 15:19:45 GMT]

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[Washington Times - Jan 24, 2015 15:19:06 GMT]

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Consolidating post-election gains in Sri Lanka - General Ashok Mehta

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