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  • Delhiberations - India & Lanka: Is bonhomie fading?

  •    [ May 18, 2016 13:46:19 GMT ] [ Deccan Chronicle ]

        At his weekly media briefing on May 12, the external affairs ministry’s erudite spokesman read out details of foreign secretary S. Jaishankar’s visit to Bangladesh and immediately threw the floor open to questions. There were many. But not a single reporter asked him why President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, another neighbour of equally huge strategic importance and ancient ties to India, would be dropping in for dinner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi within barely 24 hours of that briefing. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: Mudslides bury hundreds of villagers

  •    [ May 18, 2016 13:43:57 GMT ] [ Al Jazeera ]

        Massive landslides triggered by torrential rains crashed down onto three villages in the central hills of Sri Lanka, and more than 200 families were missing on Wednesday and feared buried under the mud and debris. A Sri Lankan Red Cross official who attended a disaster meeting at the Aranayaka landslide site in Kegalle district said it was feared the death toll could be much higher than the official figure of 35 listed so far. Villagers recalled hearing and seeing the torrents of muddy water, tree branches, and debris crashing down around their homes late on Tuesday. [ Full Report ]

  • Rebuilding Lives, and Homes, Shattered by Sri Lanka’s Civil War

  •    [ May 17, 2016 17:05:15 GMT ] [ NYT ]

        Despite the family’s losses and deprivations, if it is possible to speak of lucky ones here, the Ramasamys might qualify. When they first returned, they lived under a roof made of coconut leaves, but now they have a new house and a comfortable life. In 2012, two years after they returned, Mohanatharsini secured a job at one of the first companies to move into Kilinochchi after the war, MAS Holdings, the largest clothing manufacturer in the country. Starting in an entry-level job on the production floor, she earned $80 a month making activewear for Nike. In this area, where virtually the only employment at the time was in the rice paddies, her salary was a small fortune. [ Full Report ]

  • Government of Canada partners with UNDP and FAO to take Northern Sri Lanka’s Dairy and Agriculture Sectors to New Heights

  •    [ May 17, 2016 16:51:23 GMT ] [ UNDP ]

        Under the Canada-funded Agro Economic Development Project (ADP), the Government of Canada together with UNDP and FAO, is working to strengthen agro economic cooperatives in the Northern Sri Lanka, with a specific focus on the districts of Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu, as the region continues a gradual transition from recovery to development phase.The Government of Canada under a financial envelope of 6 Million Canadian Dollars is funding the UNDP-FAO jointly implemented ADP with a reach of over 11,000 households across the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts. The Government of Canada continues to enhance the strong and longstanding partnership with the United Nations and is the third largest donor of UNDP Sri Lanka. [ Full Report ]

  • Healing the wounds of war in Sri Lanka

  •    [ May 17, 2016 12:45:14 GMT ] [ NST ]

        Locals could be affected by the continued presence of military personnel in terms of their prospects for family tracing and reunification, and their livelihood opportunities, as some lands occupied by the military were previously used for agriculture and fishing grounds. This may indicate that there is a limit on the extent to which the Sri Lankan government is willing to compromise for reconciliation. On the one hand, it has made significant political improvements to cater for the political aspirations of Tamils. On the other hand, it is hesitant to address issues that remain politically sensitive to the Sinhalese. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka's torrential rains drive more than 130,000 from homes

  •    [ May 17, 2016 12:09:56 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        Flash floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, triggered by more than three days of heavy rain, have forced more than 130,000 people from their homes and killed at least 11, disaster officials said on Tuesday. Troops have launched rescue operations in inundated areas of the Indian Ocean island, with boats and helicopters pulling more than 200 people trapped in the northwestern coastal district of Puttalam to safety, officials said. "This is the worst torrential rain we have seen since 2010," said Pradeep Kodippili, a spokesman for the disaster management center. Nineteen of Sri Lanka's 25 districts have been hit. [ Full Report ]

  • Exit polls indicate DMK comeback, Jayalalithaa’s defeat in Tamil Nadu

  •    [ May 17, 2016 12:06:40 GMT ] [ Hindustan Times ]

        The DMK is set to make a comeback in Tamil Nadu by dislodging chief minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, exit polls have said. The mood of voters in Tamil Nadu as captured by a host of pollsters indicates a penchant for change, much in line with recent electoral history in the state. However, opinion and exit polls in India have a chequered history with forecasts going hopelessly wrong in the past. [ Full Report ]

    - Tamil Nadu polls: Did Jayalalithaa’s ill health curb her campaign? - Hindustan Times
  • Sri Lanka To Buy China-Made JF-17 Fighter Aircraft

  •    [ May 17, 2016 12:01:06 GMT ] [ Eurasia Review ]

        Of late, Sri Lankan President Sirisena has announced, apart from the reconciliation efforts with Tamils and other minorities in the island country, also a few other important decisions of his government. One of those decisions is to make the country a bigger military power — which may be possible in the immediate future. Another is, to fight corruption in the government and nation at large which is also not easy ambition considering that he really meant what he said. [ Full Report ]

  • Tamil Nadu elections 2016: Is Amma on her way out? Exit polls predict so

  •    [ May 17, 2016 11:59:47 GMT ] [ DNA ]

        After a month-long hectic campaign, Tamil Nadu voted today, barring Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies which will go to polls on May 23. All the exit polls for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2016 project a win for the DMK-Congress alliance, barring CVoter. Today's Chanakya, Axis My India show that Jayalalithaa has failed to re-create her magic this time. However, AIADMK and DMK were in close contention during the campaigning days. Both made similar poll promises. [ Full Report ]

  • Silenced Shadows

  •    [ May 17, 2016 11:53:16 GMT ] [ Groundviews ]

        When I first travelled to Sri Lanka in the nineties, the country was still recovering from the shocking violence of mass disappearances in the late eighties.[1] It was difficult for people to talk about this period and sometimes friends would close down, the memories were simply too raw. It was only years later that I learnt a close friend had lost half his school friends in 1989 – an event so shocking and so far from my own teenage experiences. As I started to develop an awareness of the complexities of Sri Lankan history it was Sri Lankan artists that prompted me to explore what was hidden from plain view. [ Full Report ]

  • Revisiting Sri Lanka in a Post-Civil War Era

  •    [ May 17, 2016 11:52:24 GMT ] [ Travel Pulse ]

        A decades-long civil war effectively wiped out tourism in Sri Lanka but, now, nine years after the war ended, the country is shining brightly as a destination hot spot and is catching the eyes the attention of travelers around the world, but particularly Chinese and Middle Eastern visitors. In 2015, Sri Lanka welcomed nearly 1.8 million visitors, which is up a whopping 17.8 percent from the previous year. The bump in visitation is largely due to a growth in the number of Chinese visitors to the country. [ Full Report ]

  • Reviewing Sri Lanka’s Progress at the Human Rights Council

  •    [ May 17, 2016 10:28:03 GMT ] [ Huffington Post ]

        The Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) will hold its 32nd session from June 13 to July 1. This is an important moment for Sri Lanka’s coalition government, which is led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Indeed, the regrettable reality is that the Sri Lankan government has failed to enthusiastically engage with the latest HRC resolution on Sri Lanka, which was passed on October 1 of last year. “They [the Sri Lankan government] have only been shuffling around with no serious attempt in doing anything worthy,” says Colombo-based journalist Kusal Perera. “Even the consultative taskforce for designing a reconciliation process appointed by Foreign Minister [Mangala] Samaraweera lacks credibility and competence, showing the government is not serious.” [ Full Report ]

  • My dear Mahinda: An open letter from Mangala Samaraweera to ex-President

  •    [ May 17, 2016 10:04:35 GMT ] [ ST ]

        We cannot and should not let go of this unprecedented window of opportunity, when the two main parties, for the first time since Independence, are working together and when the minorities are led by reasonable, moderate and far-sighted individuals. I urge you to put your political interests and those of your family aside for a moment and join President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the unity government, the opposition political parties, civil society and the people in obtaining this key breakthrough in our post-Independence history. Or at least do not try to destroy this historic opportunity. If you do, you will betray the country. And the people will be certain that your continued role in politics is nothing but a misguided and selfish attempt to protect yourself and your family. [ Full Report ]

  • Compromise for the sake of Sri Lanka, Tamil diaspora told

  •    [ May 16, 2016 10:27:44 GMT ] [ IANS ]

        Sri Lanka's vibrant Tamil community in Britain has been gently advised to be ready for political compromises if it is serious about constitutional reforms in the island nation. The time has come for the Tamils to stop being rigid on political issues, a meeting of Tamil expatriates was told by Jayampathy Wickramaratne, head of a committee providing technical support to the Constitutional Assembly to draft the country's new constitution. "It is impossible and is unrealistic to expect all aspirations and demands of everyone are met," said Wickramaratne, a member of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly. "There have to be compromises." [ Full Report ]

  • Kerala polls: Sri Lanka as Attapady, BJP flips a new controversy with magazine cover

  •    [ May 16, 2016 10:26:22 GMT ] [ IE ]

        On Saturday, when party boss Amit Shah held a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram to defend the PM’s remarks, he flashed a copy of an Outlook magazine dated July, 2013 that did a cover story on the death of tribal children of malnutrition in Kerala’s Attapady.But a news website, called Narada, has reported that the photograph on the Outlook cover that shows a woman holding a malnourished child is in fact, not from Kerala but from Sri Lanka. The photograph reportedly finds a place in a 2009 US State Department report to Congress on ‘Incidents during the Recent Conflicts in Sri Lanka’. [ Full Report ]

    - Amit Shah waves magazine on Kerala deaths, but photo is from Sri Lanka - IE
  • Lankan refugees cause doesn't excite Tamil voters anymore

  •    [ May 13, 2016 14:04:55 GMT ] [ DNA ]

        While AIADMK and DMK have promised measures yet again for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, voters in Tamil Nadu and the refugees themselves seem to be losing interest in the politician's 'hollow' promises. Right outside India's largest refugee camp at Mandapam in the south eastern tip of Tamil Nadu, is a shop selling coconuts and packaged water belonging to a Sri Lankan refugee, Ayub Khan (28). Called 'Lanka Store', Ayub says he deliberately removed the word 'Sri' from Sri Lanka. [ Full Report ]

  • They Killed My Husband, Saying, 'How Dare You Love, You Pallar Son-of-a-Bitch?'

  •    [ May 13, 2016 14:03:45 GMT ] [ Huffington Post ]

        On 14 March 2016, Tamil Nadu woke up to CCTV footage of the gruesome hacking of a young couple in Udumalaipettai in the district of Tirupur. The CCTV recording was splashed all over social media, without any disclaimer on the graphic nature of the video. Though most people expressed their outrage and anguish over this brutal crime, there were also posts from dominant caste groups warning Dalit young men of similar consequences if they dared fall in love with upper caste women. [ Full Report ]

  • Why India’s Big Push for Economic Cooperation in Lanka May Backfire

  •    [ May 13, 2016 14:00:24 GMT ] [ The Wire ]

        New Delhi’s relations with Colombo may appear to be at a high point but ironically, anti-India sentiments are on the rise in Sri Lanka. This divergence in sentiments between the Sri Lankan government and its population is largely a consequence of moves to liberalise trade in services and investment between the two countries. It is no secret that there was a major sigh of relief in India and the United States following the regime change in Colombo in January 2015. China’s inroads into the country with the Rajapaksa regime had polarised the region and raised the geopolitical stakes. [ Full Report ]

  • Meet the richest candidate in Tamil Nadu

  •    [ May 13, 2016 13:57:35 GMT ] [ Rediff ]

        The Congress has been out of power in Tamil Nadu for almost half a century, but nevertheless, the richest candidate in the state in this election belongs to the party. Harishankar Vasanthakumar needs no introduction to most people in the state, who know him as the owner of Vasanth & Co, a multi-branch retailer of FMCG products on easy terms. He also is a media baron of sorts, owning his television channel named, aptly perhaps, Vasanth TV. The Congress candidate from Nanguneri in Thirunelveli district has declared assets worth a whopping Rs 337 crore (Rs 3.337 billion). [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka Police Arrest Former Leader's Brother Over Land Deal

  •    [ May 13, 2016 10:22:26 GMT ] [ VoA ]

        A brother of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was arrested on Thursday by the police Financial Crimes Investigation Division over a land deal allegedly involving money laundering, his lawyer and police said. Several members of the Rajapaksa family are facing police investigations for alleged financial crimes. They include Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was president for a decade until January 2015, his brothers Basil and Gotabaya, his wife Shiranthi and sons Namal and Yoshitha. [ Full Report ]

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