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  • Pakistan's Air Force chief visits Sri Lanka

  •    [ Aug 27, 2014 12:29:49 GMT ] [ IANS ]

        Pakistan Air Force chief Tahir Rafique Butt arrived in Sri Lanka Wednesday on a three-day visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Air Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke. Air Chief Marshal Butt will call on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and hold meetings with the country's top military leadership including Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the chiefs of security forces, Xinhua reported. He will also hold discussions on matters of professional interests with his Sri Lankan counterpart Air Marshal Gunatilleke. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka gov't to open first economic zone in post-war north

  •    [ Aug 26, 2014 14:14:51 GMT ] [ Xinhua ]

        Sri Lanka's government will this week open the first investment zone in the former war torn northern region of the country, a statement said here on Tuesday.Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa on Aug. 28 will open the Achchuveli Industrial Complex in the northern town of Jaffna, which is also the first Green Industrial Zone in the country.However, if foreign investors are keen on being part of the Achchuveli Industrial Estate, they should do so in partnership with local businesses. With 25 acres being developed under the first phase, the land is divided into 22 plots and will be offered on a 30-year lease to interested investors. [ Full Report ]

  • Bangladesh Govt. to export 50,000 MT rice to Sri Lanka

  •    [ Aug 26, 2014 14:09:36 GMT ] [ Daily Star ]

        Encouraged by a bumper yield and good stocks at home, the government has decided to export at least 50,000 tonnes of rice, first of its kind since the independence, to Sri Lanka in the current fiscal year. The decision came at the cabinet meeting yesterday, two months after the government extended the ban on non-fragrant rice export until June 2015 in order to ensure good supply and control price hikes in the local market. Notifying the cabinet about this year's rice production, Food Minister Qamrul Islam said the Sri Lankan government had sought one lakh tonnes of rice from Bangladesh. [ Full Report ]

  • Pope to visit and bless Tamils on Sri Lanka visit

  •    [ Aug 26, 2014 14:01:33 GMT ] [ UCA News ]

        In his trip to Sri Lanka, that will take place between the 13th and the 15th of January 2015, before proceeding to the Philippines, Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu and will thus be the first Pope in history to set foot in a territory where most inhabitants are Tamil. Francis chooses to touch on the sore point of the civil war between the Sinhalese and the Tamil people that devastated the island for 26 years (1983-2009) and has left deep wounds. The Shrine of Madhu, founded by the Dutch, goes back more than 400 years and has become the symbol for national reconciliation. The Shrine was preserved from armed conflicts as a “free zone”... [ Full Report ]

  • UNHRC probe: Tamil diaspora hopeful of Sri Lanka solution

  •    [ Aug 26, 2014 13:57:13 GMT ] [ Deccan Chronicle ]

        Tamil diaspora across the world is confident that the Modi-led BJP government will play a more proactive role in facilitating a political solution (for Tamils) in Sri Lanka. "I have received assurances from certain government sources from Delhi to Geneva that the government was committed to help Lankan Tamils,” British Tamil Forum (BTF) Human Rights wing leader Kana Nirmalan said adding that the sources acknowledge that it was imperative for India, in the interest of its security, to engineer a political solution in Lanka. [ Full Report ]

  • Can North Rule Sri Lanka? – Possible

  •    [ Aug 26, 2014 13:32:45 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Believe it or not, Prabhakaran unintentionally maneuvered the northern vote to stay with the southern vote and made the choice of the South to prevail without permitting the North to express their free will. He felt Ranil Wickremesinghe with his international connections would pose a greater threat to him. It was one of the many colossal mistakes that he made that led to his downfall and spiked history....The TNA has another option that is to present a candidate of their own to collect the maximum number of votes and tilt the preferential votes to the favoured candidate of their choice in the South. This is unlikely as it is cumbersome and could carry a hiccup. [ Full Report ]

  • High potential for development as recreational and eco-tourism centres

  •    [ Aug 26, 2014 13:30:08 GMT ] [ CDN ]

        New lagoons will be created by developing 18 lagoons in the country without harming the biodiversity of the lagoons, but by eliminating unauthorized structures and building the lagoons outward.The development work on the new lagoons is expected to be completed before the end of year 2015. Development work in lagoons in Negombo, Rekawa, Koggola Urani and Naraduwa is expected to be completed before years end. The lagoons in Kokilai, Maduwa, Thalan, Lanka Patuna, Batticaloa, Chulanthai, Nagaru, Chilaw, Chilai and Nandaikadal are expected to be completed by 2015. [ Full Report ]

  • Saudi-Lanka talks focus on investment, tourism

  •    [ Aug 26, 2014 13:24:44 GMT ] [ Arab News ]

        Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin and Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the Kingdom, Mohammed Hussein Mohamed, held a meeting in Jeddah on Monday to promote investment and tourism between the Kingdom and the island nation.Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into Sri Lanka totaled $817 million in the first half of this year, 51 percent more than the inflow during the same period a year ago. Sri Lanka has set a $2 billion FDI goal this year, though it has failed to meet that target for two years in a row. Colombo drew a record $1.42 billion in 2013, 6 percent more than the $1.34 billion attracted in 2012, central bank data showed. [ Full Report ]

  • TESO to protest against Mahinda Rajapaksa's UNGA address

  •    [ Aug 26, 2014 13:20:57 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) will hold demonstration in Chennai on September 3 urging the United Nations not to allow Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to address its General Assembly on September 25. “Since he denied entry to the UN team, neither Mr Rajapaksa nor any representative from Sri Lanka be allowed to address the UN General Assembly,” “Since Sri Lanka had denied permission the UN team appointed by UNHRC chief Navi Pillay, it is planning to launch its probe into other countries. Being an important nation in this part of the world, India should allow the UN team,” [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka's surging cash reliance on China

  •    [ Aug 26, 2014 13:11:01 GMT ] [ Al Jazeera ]

        Since ending its civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka has become increasingly financially dependent on China, receiving an estimated $4bn worth of loans, grants and aid. While government officials maintain the loans have brought to fruition much-needed infrastructure projects, opposition politicians warn the country is being led down a path of financial reliance on China. Nearly 70 percent of Sri Lanka's infrastructure projects, including building a deep-sea port in the southern coastal town of Hambantota and an international airport in Mattala, are being funded by Chinese banks. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: no reprisals for cooperation with the UN

  •    [ Aug 26, 2014 13:09:28 GMT ] [ ICJ ]

        The ICJ and other leading NGOs have called on the President and member states of the Human Rights Council, as well as the government of Sri Lanka, to take action to ensure no-one faces reprisals for cooperating with the United Nations. In an open letter, the organisations cite a number of recent incidents, particularly around the ongoing investigation by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights into human rights violations in Sri Lanka. [ Full Report ]

    - Sri Lanka: End reprisals against those who cooperate with the UN - ISHR
  • GTA top scholars: Meet the brainy bunch

  •    [ Aug 25, 2014 17:59:02 GMT ] [ Toronto Star ]

        Meet the brainy bunch. The top graduating students at each board across Greater Toronto share the secrets to their success, as well as some personal insights and what they do outside of school...Natisa Jeyakanthan, J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate Average: 98.83 Favourite subject: Physics. “I like how it’s challenging and rewarding at the same time. I like how it has a lot of applications to the real world.” Fun fact: Was the first student to receive top student award at her school in Grade 8. The second? Her sister. Secret to success: “I like having a part-time job (during the school year) because it makes me more focused. I have a schedule and a certain amount of time to do things.” This fall: Waterloo, biomedical engineering [ Full Report ]

  • Chinese for “conflict of interest”

  •    [ Aug 25, 2014 14:33:41 GMT ] [ GlobeAndMail ]

        The Toronto District School Board is right to be backing away from an agreement allowing the Confucius Institute to offer language and cultural programs at local high schools. The institute is subsidized and controlled by China’s Ministry of Education. Its teachers are hand-picked by Beijing to offer instruction steeped in the Chinese government’s biased, undemocratic point of view. Why former board chair Chris Bolton saw fit to invite China’s one-party state into Toronto’s classrooms is something he has failed to explain. (He resigned last June.) Trustees sensibly voted earlier this summer to delay the rollout of the culture programs. They should next vote to cancel them entirely, to preserve the academic integrity of our public schools. [ Full Report ]

  • Innovation Offers Hope in Sri Lanka’s Poverty-Stricken North

  •    [ Aug 25, 2014 2:51:54 GMT ] [ IPS ]

        In this dust bowl of a village deep inside Sri Lanka’s former conflict zone, locals will sometimes ask visitors to rub their palms on the ground and watch their skin immediately take on a dark bronze hue, proof of the fertility of the soil. Village lore in Oddusuddan, located in the Mullaitivu district, some 338 km north of the capital Colombo, has it that the land is so fertile, anything will grow here. But Mashewari Vellupillai, a 53-year-old single mother, knows that rich farmland alone is not enough to ensure a viable future. [ Full Report ]

  • US probes monitoring MP’s huge deals with PR firms

  •    [ Aug 25, 2014 2:50:42 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        Revelations in the Sunday Times in the past two weeks have prompted a review of mandatory information forwarded to the US Department of Justice by public relations (PR) and lobbying firms assigned by Sri Lanka using vast sums of public money. The FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) Unit of the US Justice Department said it would conduct a re-scrutiny. Timothy Pugh of the Unit functioning under the Attorney General’s Department said we “will review the information” forwarded by the registrants. [ Full Report ]

  • Burger King in talks to acquire Tim Hortons

  •    [ Aug 25, 2014 2:48:55 GMT ] [ Globe and Mail ]

        Burger King Worldwide Inc. is in talks with Tim Hortons Inc. to buy the coffee-and-doughnut chain. The two companies confirmed late Sunday a Wall Street Journal report that they are working on a deal to create a “new publicly-listed company” based in Canada, “the largest market of the combined company.” The company would be structured as a so-called tax inversion that would move Burger King’s base abroad, the Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. [ Full Report ]

  • Drug war: Deal with UN

  •    [ Aug 25, 2014 2:48:03 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        A shift in narcotics trafficking patterns from land-based routes across the Central Asian region to maritime channels and Colombo becoming a strategic hub have prompted the Government to sign an agreement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In terms of the agreement, the UNODC will “develop mechanisms and provide support” with the help of foreign navies to help Sri Lanka accept a limited number of vessels and crew detained in the high seas and found to be in possession of large quantities of heroin. Sri Lanka will be entitled to consider each request on a case by case basis. The UNODC will ensure that support is provided both in anticipation of “the first transfer and during the trial process.” [ Full Report ]

  • Keeping it within the family, turning the House into an heirloom

  •    [ Aug 25, 2014 2:47:31 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        What enables a politician to get elected, and how important is it that he comes from a dynastic family: that is, where an immediate family member or close relative is already in political office at the national or provincial/local level? Analysis by, a pioneering online platform that monitors and ranks all the proceedings and actors in Parliament, shows that dynastic influence maybe increasing in Sri Lanka’s Parliament. Twenty per cent of Sri Lanka’s parliamentarians are connected to a political family. [ Full Report ]

  • Fishing dispute: Minister rejects Swamy’s call for temporary permits

  •    [ Aug 25, 2014 2:46:21 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        Fisheries minister Rajitha Senaratna yesterday rejected a call to allow Indian fishermen to fish in Sri Lankan waters on a permit system for three years. He was responding to a call by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Subramanian Swamy who made the suggestion at a seminar organised by the Defence Ministry in Colombo this week. “There is no possibility of agreeing to such a request. Nobody can take an arbitrary decision on this,” Dr Senaratne said. Dr. Swamy said Indian fishermen were unable to catch good fish due to reckless fishing on the Indian side. “On the Gulf of Mannar, our quality fish and shrimps have been fished out. [ Full Report ]

  • Calgary man runs afoul of law trying to rescue sister in Sri Lanka

  •    [ Aug 25, 2014 2:39:26 GMT ] [ Calgary Herald ]

        Ryan de Hoedt’s thoughts read like a desperate broken record. From morning until the time he goes to sleep, he recites a single prayer ­— that his sister will live another day. De Hoedt is a Canadian citizen from Sri Lanka who lives in northeast Calgary. In April 2013, he was caught in Japan trying to help his sister, who remains in Sri Lanka, enter Canada using false documentation. His passport was revoked, a decision that de Hoedt, 42, is now appealing through the Federal Court of Canada because he felt he had no choice. But every day spent awaiting a ruling, he fears the worst. [ Full Report ]

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