Mahinda to resign tomorrow: Lakshman Yapa

[ Daily Mirror ][ Dec 14 14:53 GMT ]

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed as prime minister by President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26, has decided to resign from the premiership tomorrow after making a special statement, UPFA MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said today. Speaking to Daily Mirror, he said Mr. Rajapaksa had informed the President that he would not want to drag the country into further chaos. [ full story | comments ]

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Rebel cadre turned politician rules out re-emergence of war

[ Daily Mirror ][ Dec 14 15:07 GMT ]

In future, whatever the election that is held, there is a ray of hope that Tamil people would support the Tamil National Alliance because Tamil people do not like division in their votes. It is a sheer waste of time to talk about Vigneswaran or Anandasangari or Ananda Shashidaran or other minority parties. They do not do anything good for Tamil people or the country. Our party has teamed up with the Tamil National Alliance. We hope to do the best we can on behalf of the Tamil people. [ full story | comments ]

Why Sri Lanka Risks Return to Violence

[ Bloomberg ][ Dec 14 14:50 GMT ]

Sri Lanka is in the throes of a political crisis that’s threatening to bring violence back to the South Asian island nation. A bitter standoff was sparked in October when the president fired the prime minister, suspended parliament and attempted to install a controversial ex-president as premier. It marks a return of political upheaval to the country of 21 million people that’s still in rehabilitation following a brutal 26-year civil war that ended in 2009. [ full story | comments ]

Canada caught between a rock and a hard place in the case of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou

[ Toronto Star ][ Dec 14 14:43 GMT ]

Canada’s Liberal government is jammed in the midst of two belligerent superpowers — China and the United States — as it ponders the extraordinary extradition case of Meng Wanzhou. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might be wishing he was in the same position a Liberal predecessor of his, Paul Martin, once was. Martin’s Justice Minister Irwin Cotler swiftly extradited a group of Basque separatists to Spain after getting assurances the wanted men would not be mistreated, and announced their abrupt departure to the surprise of the Commons. [ full story | comments ]

2018 PUBLIC REPORT: Terrorist Threat to Canada

[ GoC Public safety ][ Dec 14 14:38 GMT ]

Canada’s terrorist threat environment remains stable. The principal terrorist threat to Canada continues to stem from individuals or groups who are inspired by violent Sunni Islamist ideology and terrorist groups, such as Daesh or al-Qaida (AQ). Furthermore, Shia and Sikh (Khalistani) extremism also remain of concern because while their attacks in Canada have been extremely limited, some Canadians continue to support these extremist groups, including through financing. At the time of publication, Canada’s National Terrorism Threat Level remains at medium, as set in early October 2014 – meaning a violent act of terrorism could occur. [ full story | comments ]

Environmental damage and land acquisition: Anger grows in Sri Lanka against Belt and Road Initiative

[ Scroll ][ Dec 13 14:20 GMT ]

The leafy village of Beragama in Hambantota district is a throwback to a time when Sri Lanka was trying to get on to the Chinese development highway. Far from the cranes, concrete high rises, widening highways and Chinese workers that are now a mainstay in many parts of the island, Beragama, 250 kilometres south of the capital Colombo, is still covered by verdant paddy fields. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka’s crisis clouds fate of 20,000 missing people

[ Asia Times ][ Dec 13 14:07 GMT ]

After seven months of digging around the old Sathosa Building in Mannar, a city some 250 kilometers north of Colombo in Sri Lanka, the remains of some 266 people have been pulled from the clinging earth. While these bodies remain unidentified – and, in some cases, likely unidentifiable – few doubt that they are witnessing the exhumation of the first of 16,000 to 20,000 people who disappeared here during more than four decades of civil war. [ full story | comments ]

This Former Immigrant From Sri Lanka Just Made India's Most Expensive Movie

[ Forbes ][ Dec 13 14:01 GMT ]

The man who bankrolled the science-fiction film 2.0, India’s costliest movie, is a former immigrant from Sri Lanka who is now running his family's telecom, healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment conglomerate in the U.K. Meet Allirjah Subaskaran, 46, who fled Sri Lanka with his family at the height of the ethnic conflict there three decades ago, and moved first to France, and then later settled in the U.K. He said that he loved watching Tamil films while growing up, and that’s why he started Lyca Productions, a production and distribution company based in Chennai, in 2014. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka: president's dissolution of parliament illegal, top court rules

[ Guardian ][ Dec 13 13:38 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s supreme court has rejected an attempt by the president to dismiss parliament and hold snap elections, extending a political crisis that has paralysed the island nation for more than six weeks. The court in Colombo ruled that Maithripala Sirisena’s order to dismiss parliament, issued on 9 November, was unconstitutional. The unanimous decision by the country’s top judges leaves Sri Lanka without a prime minister or cabinet, nor a 2019 budget in place. Lawmakers have warned that public sector employees could cease being paid from the beginning of next month. [ full story | comments ]

The Deep Roots of Sri Lanka's Political Crisis

[ The Diplomat ][ Dec 12 03:30 GMT ]

In the first week of December, Sri Lanka’s political crisis deepened after the country’s Court of Appeal issued an interim injunction order restraining former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from functioning as the prime minister. The interim injunction order, issued on December 4, also restrained 49 others from functioning as ministers. Technically, Sri Lanka is left with no functioning prime minister or a cabinet. The political uncertainty seems set to continue until the Supreme Court delivers the final verdict regarding the validity of the action taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve the Parliament. [ full story | comments ]

This Former Immigrant From Sri Lanka Just Made India's Most Expensive Movie

[ Forbes ][ Dec 12 03:21 GMT ]

The man who bankrolled the science-fiction film 2.0, India’s costliest movie, is a former immigrant from Sri Lanka who is now running his family's telecom, healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment conglomerate in the U.K. Meet Allirjah Subaskaran, 46, who fled Sri Lanka with his family at the height of the ethnic conflict there three decades ago, and moved first to France, and then later settled in the U.K. He said that he loved watching Tamil films while growing up, and that’s why he started Lyca Productions, a production and distribution company based in Chennai, in 2014. [ full story | comments ]

From JR to MS: Executive presidency and abuse of power They ought to be held accountable even after retirement

[ Daily Mirror ][ Dec 14 14:56 GMT ]

In 1978, when the all-powerful executive presidency was introduced, LSSP stalwart N.M. Perera asked what would happen “if the presidency goes to a mad man”? The manifest limits of due process and absence of checks and balances against the behaviour of the incumbent has raised that pertinent question once again. Sri Lanka has never addressed this constitutional lacuna in full. Tinkering of the Constitution has not helped either. [ full story | comments ]

The politics of a plot to kill Sri Lanka's president

[ Reuters ][ Dec 14 14:47 GMT ]

A plot to kill the president, links to foreign intelligence, a rogue police officer and a missing sniper: the snippets of news emerging from Sri Lanka in recent weeks seem plucked from the pages of paperback fiction. But the allegations have had real enough consequences for the island nation, contributing to upending its politics, undermining its currency and credit rating, and affecting relations with giant neighbour India. President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in October, just weeks after a little-known social activist alleged he had heard of a plot to assassinate the president from a police officer. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka's top court says president violated constitution

[ CBC ][ Dec 14 14:40 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruled unanimously that President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections was unconstitutional — a much-anticipated verdict that further embroils the island country in political crisis. A seven-judge bench of the highest court said Thursday the president lacks the power to dissolve Parliament before it has sat for at least 4½ years, citing a constitutional amendment that was passed in 2015, according to opposition counsel Jayampathy Wickramaratne. [ full story | comments ]

Skeletons of 21 children found in mass grave in Sri Lanka with 'signs of torture'

[ Independent ][ Dec 13 15:35 GMT ]

Excavators in Sri Lanka have found the skeletal remains of 21 children as well as signs of possible torture of the dead in the biggest mass grave in the country’s former civil war zone, Mannar, putting a spotlight on the island’s recent record of human rights violations. So far 276 skeletons have been exhumed, with forensic archaeologist Professor Raj Somadeva saying the number already makes it the “largest mass grave ever explored on the island”. “We have excavated only 70 per cent of the grave site, so the body count is bound to be much higher,” Professor Somadeva told The Independent. [ full story | comments ]

Rohrabacher: China Must Stop Ensnaring Countries In Debt

[ US ][ Dec 13 14:14 GMT ]

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, issued the following statement Monday on China’s “debt trap” strategy that draws small, surrounding countries into Beijing’s political orbit and effective control: This debt trap must stop. We're seeing it across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Sri Lanka is now in a terrible constitutional crisis, in part because the country is drowning in unsustainable debt to the Chinese Communists. Sri Lanka has been forced to surrender its sovereignty of their deep-water port, Hambantota. The Sri Lankan people are being robbed of their sovereignty and steps -- including a national plebiscite -- to reverse to this debt-trap diplomacy must be considered. Rohrabacher chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. [ full story | comments ]

Sampling Sri Lanka at Montréal's Nama Restaurant

[ SevenDaysVT ][ Dec 13 14:03 GMT ]

When Jeya Sivans described her journey to owning Nama, a cozy new restaurant in Montréal's Plateau, she was humble. "I am not a chef," she demurred. Indeed, she grew up in India and London with a foodie father and a mother who enthusiastically prepared Sri Lankan food for their family of seven; there wasn't any need for her to cook. Sivans recalled her sister's wedding reception, at which her family cooked a sit-down meal for 300 people. Peeling onions was "the max I would have done" at the time, she said. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka parliament sacking 'illegal'

[ BBC ][ Dec 13 13:59 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's top court has ruled that the president's dissolution of parliament last month was unconstitutional, as a political crisis continues to grip the nation. President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed his prime minister and replaced him with former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in late October. When that decision was contested, he dissolved parliament. The ruling could see sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe return to office. The legislature - which has been sitting after a temporary ruling from the Supreme Court - has already passed two no-confidence motions against Mr Rajapaksa. The controversial but popular leader was president at the end of Sri Lanka's nearly three decade-old civil war in 2009 and is accused of presiding over vast human rights abuses, which he denies. [ full story | comments ]

A Hotline for the Broken-Hearted and the Poison-in-Hand

[ New York Times ][ Dec 12 03:35 GMT ]

The phones start ringing early in the morning, with soft light seeping through straw curtains. Some voices are rushed, others struggle for words to talk about what is hurting them: Relationship troubles and war trauma, loneliness and financial stress. “We have people who start their day with us — they get up in the morning, call us and then go to work,” said Ranil Prasad Thilakaratne, manager of the CCC Line phone bank, a free counseling service in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. “They get the motivation, the encouragement, to face the day by calling us.” [ full story | comments ]

Deposed PM's opponents seek to bar him from parliament

[ Al Jazeera ][ Dec 12 03:27 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is facing a lawsuit challenging his right to hold a seat in parliament amid a bitter power struggle that has driven the South Asian country progressively deeper into crisis. A petition filed at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday accused Wickremesinghe of doing business with Sri Lanka's government, a claim if true, would disqualify him from parliament and dash his hopes of returning to the prime minister's post. [ full story | comments ]

Toronto doctor’s licence revoked after years-long sex abuse saga

[ Toronto Star ][ Dec 12 03:19 GMT ]

Toronto doctor Suganthan Kayilasanathan has been stripped of his licence to practise medicine for sexually abusing a patient, marking the end of one of the most contentious cases at Ontario’s medical regulator. Kayilasanathan was a no-show Tuesday at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, though his three-person legal team was present to hear a discipline panel order that his licence be immediately revoked following a brief penalty hearing. The doctor must also appear before the panel to be reprimanded and pay the college costs in the amount of $46,220 within 30 days. [ full story | comments ]


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