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  • Building a New Life in Rural Sri Lanka

  •    [ Nov 27, 2015 1:30:10 GMT ] [ New York Times ]

        It was a vacation for his 40th birthday that sold Paddy Dalton and his partner, Rob Ioannou, on Sri Lanka. Their stay at the Aman resort in the southern town of Galle was intoxicating enough that the couple returned three weeks later in search of a permanent home. They found it on the first day, acquiring a working tea and cinnamon estate a half-hour drive into the hills behind the surf town of Weligama on the island nation’s south coast. Five years later, they have completed their first home on the estate, which comes in at 50 acres and employs about 30 people. [ Full Report ]

  • U.S. lauds Sri Lanka government on post-war Tamil reconciliation

  •    [ Nov 27, 2015 1:28:59 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        The United States has praised Sri Lanka's new government for speeding up efforts towards reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils after a separatist civil war which lasted nearly three decades and killed tens of thousands of people. Steps such as the return of land, efforts to find the missing and the lifting of bans on Tamil groups will help heal wounds that linger six years after conflict ended, said Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. [ Full Report ]

  • Madras High Court directs police to allow meetings of pro-Tamil outfits

  •    [ Nov 27, 2015 1:28:20 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        The Madras High Court on Thursday permitted two pro-Tamil outfits to hold meetings to commemorate those, who laid down their lives during the 'Eelam war' between 1989 and 2009 in Sri Lanka, at Kolathur in Salem district and at Palanisamy grounds in Alamoor on November 27. Justice M.M. Sundresh allowed two different pleas filed by C Ramamurthy, town secretary of the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam and by P Bharathi of Sethiathope in Cuddalore district, a functionary of Naam Thamizhar Katchi, praying for direction to police to permit the meetings. The judge directed the respective police authorities to allow the petitioners to conduct the meetings. [ Full Report ]

  • Maaveerar Naal 2015

  •    [ Nov 27, 2015 1:26:46 GMT ] [ Tamil Guardian ]

        Eelam Tamils across the world mark today, November 27th, as Tamil National Remembrance Day in memory of all those who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom from oppression. We remember. Preparations for events in all major diaspora centres have been in full swing over recent days, while Tamils in the North-East are clandestinely prepared for today with small-scale commemorations, despite the Sri Lanka's police warning of legal action against anyone remembering the dead of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka’s coalition govt in deep water over arms ship scandal

  •    [ Nov 27, 2015 1:19:31 GMT ] [ Asia Times ]

        A controversial deal between the brother of Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a maritime services company in 2012 is creating deep rifts within the new coalition government with several ministers facing corruption allegations and a minister even forced to resign over conflict of interest. The controversy began in October this year when authorities seized a floating armory belonging to Avant Garde Maritime Services, a private security company which struck a deal in 2012 to provide maritime security with the defense secretary of the time Gotabaya Rajapaksa, brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka ex-president's brother faces arms probe

  •    [ Nov 27, 2015 1:19:19 GMT ] [ AFP ]

        A brother of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse has been formally named in a corruption case involving the transfer of state weapons, as the new government pushes ahead with its crackdown against the old regime. A judicial commission said Thursday that Gotabhaya Rajapakse faced a hearing next week into allegations he received kickbacks while serving as defence secretary during his brother's decade in power. "He, along with four others, were named responsible for the transfer of weapons and other matters and a hearing will begin from next week," secretary of the commission of four judges, Lacille de Silva, told AFP. [ Full Report ]

  • 176 dead in Tamil Nadu, rains continue to pour

  •    [ Nov 27, 2015 1:15:23 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        Showers continued to lash parts of Tamil Nadu, including the state capital, as death toll in the rain-related incidents mounted to 176 on Wednesday, even as the weatherman has forecast more rains in the next 24 to 48 hours. Seven more deaths were reported from across the state since on Tuesday, while there was a let up in rainfall in most areas of the state since last evening, including Chennai. Five persons died on Tuesday while two deaths were reported from the state on Wednesday. [ Full Report ]

  • Vaiko celebrates 61st birthday of Prabhakaran

  •    [ Nov 27, 2015 1:11:37 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        The 61st birth anniversary of slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was celebrated by Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief Vaiko and pro-Tamil outfits in some parts of Tamil Nadu on Thursday. Pro-Tamil outfits like Periyar Dravida Iyakkam and 'May 17 movement' celebrated the birth anniversary in various parts of the city by cutting cakes and distributing sweets. [ Full Report ]

  • India’s Marine Police file case against Sri Lanka Navy

  •    [ Nov 24, 2015 14:31:44 GMT ] [ Ada Derana ]

        The Marine Police of the Coastal Security Group (CSG) of India have registered a case against the Sri Lankan navy for allegedly attacking fishermen from Rameswaram on November 21, when they were fishing on the high seas, north off Rameswaram fishing jetty. A complaint was filed by Rameswaram fisherman A. Varghis, who suffered head injury in the incident. The Sri Lankan navy allegedly attacked the fishermen with iron balls, stones and bottles. Mandapam Marine police registered a case against the Sri Lankan navy under Sections 427 (causing damage) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons) on Monday. [ Full Report ]

  • Samantha Power rehabilitates genocidal Sri Lanka: Boyle

  •    [ Nov 24, 2015 14:21:17 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        "Power’s visit is just a public relations exercise designed to rehabilitate the genocidal GOSL government. In other words, Power has become an Accessory After The Fact to the GOSL genocide against the Eelam Tamils. Power has now become part of the GOSL’s “Problem from Hell,” said Professor Boyle, an expert in International Law and who teaches at the College of Law, University of Illinois, after following the events of Ms Samantha Power's visit to Sri Lanka this weekend. Criticizing Ms Power for avoiding questions on genocide, Boyle said, Power was guilty of unwittingly exhibiting racial bias in asking Tamil journalists whether they trusted Colombo, while she never would have asked the white-skinned Bosnian Muslims if they trusted the genocidal maniacs running the Government of Republika Srpska. [ Full Report ]

  • Zhejiang signs Lankan companies for trade

  •    [ Nov 24, 2015 14:19:09 GMT ] [ CDN ]

        The largest business delegation from Zhejiang, China’s richest province is now in Sri Lanka and is looking to increase trade with Sri Lanka. “Zhejiang is a fast developing province with direct access to shipping and trade similar to Sri Lanka. But what is most important is that Zhejiang province brings us its widely famous entrepreneurship and business outlook,” Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said yesterday. “Bilateral trade between China and Sri Lanka increased by 16% to $3.5 billion. Even in January to June this year trade with China totalled $1.9 billion. 90% of this was imports from China. What is more important is that China also has a big role in our exports”. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka says Indian Ocean power plays threaten trade route

  •    [ Nov 24, 2015 14:15:20 GMT ] [ AFP ]

        Sri Lanka said on Monday (Nov 23) that power plays in the Indian Ocean by competing countries could threaten the free movement along the crucial maritime trading route. "The Indian Ocean is in need of a mutually benefiting security architecture established on a multilateral basis," the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the two-day conference hosted by Sri Lanka's defence authorities. "There is also space for an effective multilateral governing structure." Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka would be willing to take the lead in establishing such an agreement, which would see the island nation act as broker between key players China, India and the US. [ Full Report ]

    - No foreign naval bases will be allowed in SL: PM - Daily Mirror
    - Sri Lanka calls for new maritime security arrangements for IOR - Business Standard
  • Sri Lanka slashes list of 'terrorists' in reconciliation bid

  •    [ Nov 23, 2015 15:14:28 GMT ] [ AFP ]

        Sri Lanka on Saturday (Nov 21) announced it had significantly scaled back a list of foreign-based "terrorists" as part of reconciliation efforts with its largest ethnic minority, the Tamils. Eight Tamil advocacy groups were de-listed according to a government order published in an official gazette, but the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) whose military leadership was crushed in 2009 remained on the banned list. On a list of proscribed organisations and people created by the the previous administration in March last year, the number of "terrorist" groups was reduced to eight from 16 and the number of individuals cut back to 155 from 424. [ Full Report ]

    - Sri Lanka Reduces List of Overseas Terrorist Groups - Wall Street Journal
    - Sri Lanka Lifts Ban on Pro-LTTE Groups, Wants Them to Shun Violence - PTI
  • US envoy to UN Samantha Power visits Jaffna Peninsula, to meet Lankan leadership today

  •    [ Nov 23, 2015 15:12:36 GMT ] [ ANI ]

        Samantha Power, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, visited Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna Peninsula on Sunday. Power is currently on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka and during her stay in Jaffna, met local officials and stopped over at organisations and communities that were once affected by the over two-decade-long civil war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE). She also interacted with college students and urged them to use the medium of education to create peace from conflict. [ Full Report ]

    - Samantha Power Must Recalibrate Washington’s Sri Lanka Rhetoric - The Diplomat
  • Toronto temple popular with politicians is a ‘cash cow’ for terrorists: ‘secret’ CBSA report

  •    [ Nov 23, 2015 15:10:44 GMT ] [ National Post ]

        The beautifully intricate paintings of Hindu gods inside the Canada Kandasamy Temple are a sacred backdrop for worshippers who come to pray, as well as for the politicians who pass through to have their pictures taken. A garlanded Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was photographed at the temple last year, and then-defence minister Jason Kenney stopped by during the federal election campaign with local Conservative candidate Roshan Nallaratnam. [ Full Report ]

  • Samantha Power evades questions in Jaffna on Tamil genocide

  •    [ Nov 23, 2015 14:09:40 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Placing high hopes on Colombo regime that it will act positively to accountability demands of the US, and that there would be a vibrant civil society, lasting democracy and increased prosperity in the island, the visiting US Ambassador to United Nations, Ms Samantha Power, in Jaffna, dodged questions on the need for investigations on Tamil genocide, when journalists in Jaffna met her at the Jaffna Public Library on Sunday. During the tightly scheduled visit to Jaffna, Ms Power met with SL Governor to North, NPC Chief Minister and his ministers, toured the offices of the Uthayan newspaper and ceremonially opened a new science building at Jaffna Osmania College, constructed with 450,000 USD aid from the US Pacific Command. [ Full Report ]

  • Power visits with Uthayan journalists, says media has a role to play in govt. accountability

  •    [ Nov 23, 2015 11:31:04 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        "And if there is to be change – more change – in this country, it will be because you keep holding government accountable. And I can tell you as one who used to be in your job – criticizing government and describing things I didn't like – now that I'm on the other side getting criticized, it's so important. You learn so much from people outside who are connected with their communities. You all know things that government officials who work in offices that are removed from the people can’t know sometimes," Ms Power was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the US Mission to the United Nations. [ Full Report ]

    - US Ambassador to UN Samantha Power in the North meets Wigneswaran, Palihakkara, talks development , demilitarization - Sunday Times
    - Samantha Power to meet with Prime Minister - Sunday Times
  • Samantha Power trying to introduce federalism: Gammanpila

  •    [ Nov 23, 2015 11:28:15 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        The objective of the visit of US permanent representative to the UN, Samantha Power to Sri Lanka is to promote federalism, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary MP Udaya Gammanpila claimed today.“This programme was launched in 2012 on a proposal by Ms. Power. Sri Lanka is the programme’s next target and she is here to make sure it happens. The US was successful in introducing federalism to Iraq and Nepal,” Mr. Gammanpila told a news conference. He said at a news conference on her arrival, Ms. Power had commended the measures being taken to abolish the executive presidency. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka Reduces List of Overseas Terrorist Groups

  •    [ Nov 23, 2015 11:26:26 GMT ] [ WSJ ]

        Sri Lanka’s government Sunday halved the number of overseas organizations it classifies as terrorists as part of efforts to aid reconciliation efforts with the Tamil community and reassign security resources after the island nation’s 27-year civil war. All eight organizations removed from the list are advocacy groups for Tamils, and are based in the U.S., Canada, the U.K and Australia. Separatist group the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam, which was defeated by Sri Lankan government forces in 2009, bringing an end to the conflict, remains banned. [ Full Report ]

    - Global Tamil Forum (GTF) calls for deproscription of all - Island
  • KIMFF:News from Jaffna

  •    [ Nov 20, 2015 14:08:29 GMT ] [ Nepal Times ]

        It is fitting therefore that FSA this year is showing News from Jaffna - a 28-minute long documentary that follows the path of a young female journalist, Thadsa, who works for Uthayan - a widely known daily paper run by Tamils out of Jaffna. The paper refuses to blink in the face of widespread media censorship - which exists, as Thadsa points out in one of her investigative pieces, whether you are Sinhalese or Tamil.Sri Lanka’s freedom of press and freedom of speech is still staggering to recover, even after the unexpected ousting this year of the formidably corrupt (morally and otherwise) Mahinda Rajapaksa who actively disappeared dissenters during his regime. [ Full Report ]

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