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  • Heena Solanki used acid to kill herself and her two children

  •    [ Oct 28, 2014 14:39:25 GMT ] [ BBC ]

        A mother poisoned herself and her two young daughters by drinking acid, an inquest has heard. Heena Solanki, 34, was found dead alongside Jasmine, nine, and Prisha, four, at their home in Ruislip, west London, in April last year. She had taken the substance from a locked cupboard at the school where she worked as a lab technician. West London Coroner's Court heard Mrs Solanki was struggling to get on with her live-in parents-in-law. Police and paramedics who went to the scene were forced back by the fumes from the substance, the court heard. [ Full Report ]

  • Migrants’ tales: ‘I feel for those who were with me. They got asylum in the sea’

  •    [ Oct 28, 2014 14:31:55 GMT ] [ The Guardian ]

        The boat sank quickly. One minute Fahad Abdul Kariem was wedged into the hold, legs apart so that another migrant could sit in front of him. The next, the Mediterranean swell was rolling the vessel, the motion aggravated by the scores of African and Indian migrants clinging to the roof canopy. And everyone was in the water. “I was under the boat when my hand caught a lifebuoy that I clung to as the last resort,” Kariem said of the shipwreck off Libya this summer. [ Full Report ]

  • Scarpitti cruises to another election win in Markham

  •    [ Oct 28, 2014 10:17:02 GMT ] [ ML ]

        Among regional councillor candidates, Nirmala Armstrong finished in a solid fourth place position with unofficial results showing she will join incumbents Jim Jones, Jack Heath and Joe Li as Markham's regional council contingent along with the mayor. Incumbent Colin Campbell has been re-elected according to unofficial results in Ward 5 with more than 55 per cent of the votes cast in the ward or 3,527 votes. His nearest rival was Raj Subramaniam with 1,313 votes or just over 20 per cent with all 12 subdivisions reporting. In Ward 7, incumbent councillor Logan Kanapathi has held off a challenge from former councillor Khalid Usman. With all 11 subdivisions finally reporting, Kanapathi had 5,473 votes or 47 per cent compared to Usman's 3,539 or just over 30 per cent. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka allays India's concerns over its ties with China

  •    [ Oct 28, 2014 10:09:08 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        Amid reports of increase in its military ties with China, Sri Lanka today sought to allay India's concerns, insisting that it will do nothing to compromise the security of this country. Sri Lanka Navy chief Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, who is on a five-day visit here, maintained that there is no military presence of China in his country. "We have very good co-operation with India. We will never compromise on national security of India. India's security is our security," [ Full Report ]

  • John Tory ends Rob Ford's reign over Toronto

  •    [ Oct 28, 2014 10:05:26 GMT ] [ CBC ]

        John Tory has what he wanted, and it would seem the people of the city got what they wanted: a new mayor and a new approach at City Hall. But, it was a lot closer than many predicted.In many private conversations leading up to election day with voters, incumbent councillors and newcomers, it was clear they believed as many of them put it to me that "the circus had to leave town" – code for an end to Ford rule at Toronto City Hall and an end to what many, frankly, called "Toronto’s embarrassment." So, it is ironic that Tory’s win is welcome news to the provincial Liberals and the federal Conservatives. But, there it is: "politics does make for strange bedfellows." [ Full Report ]

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  • Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Nalini’s plea dismissed

  •    [ Oct 27, 2014 14:28:58 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the plea of S. Nalini, undergoing life imprisonment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, challenging the law mandating the Centre’s approval for her release and that of six other convicts. “Sorry, we are not interested,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justices M.B. Lokur and A.K. Sikri said. Nalini had challenged Section 435(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code which mandates the state government to consult the Centre before premature release of a convict if the case was investigated by the CBI. [ Full Report ]

  • China-Sri Lanka FTA to be signed in June 2015

  •    [ Oct 27, 2014 13:21:55 GMT ] [ Adaderana ]

        The proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and China is to be signed in June 2015, says the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury S. R. Attygalle. The FTA, which was initially expected to be signed by the end of 2014, is expected to boost Sri Lanka’s future development and further promote trade between the two countries, which have developed increasingly closer economic and trade relations in recent years. On the planned FTA dialogue, President Rajapaksa had said, “Our cooperation covers many sectors including industry, energy, technology, infrastructure and tourism.” [ Full Report ]

  • Our eyes are blind to Tamil torture

  •    [ Oct 27, 2014 13:14:26 GMT ] [ Age ]

        It's not just the Rajapaksa government which stands accused by this book. It's us, the Australian people. We have allowed a slogan - stop the boats - to become so pre-eminent in our national life that we have been morally blinded. There is a limit to the number of refugees we can take, but let's be honest about what they're escaping from and being sent back to. The book ends with a bemused ground official approaching Grant outside the MCG in 2012 when he and a group of Tamils protested against the Sri Lankan cricket team. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka's recovery: Are new roads the way forward?

  •    [ Oct 27, 2014 7:55:15 GMT ] [ BBC ]

        Better, faster, smoother roads have been a central part of the government's efforts to rebuild Sri Lanka after a long and brutal civil war and the 2004 tsunami. The BBC's Jasmine Coleman takes a trip along some of these roads to see whether the distances between places - and people - have been bridged. The road north of Trincomalee takes you past hollowed-out homes - bare concrete stumps between here and the beach. "Sri Lanka is a peace place now," our driver Tharindu says as he drives us in air-conditioned comfort. [ Full Report ]

  • The final step in Toronto’s mayoral election is getting out the voters

  •    [ Oct 27, 2014 7:54:02 GMT ] [ Globe and Mail ]

        After 10 months of extraordinary twists and turns, noisy debates and intense campaigning, all that’s left is the voting – and, for the top three mayoral rivals, getting out the vote. The on-the-ground effectiveness of campaign organizations for front-runner John Tory, Doug Ford and Olivia Chow will be tested as thousands of volunteers fan out across Toronto Monday to get their candidate’s supporters to the polls. On the line is the mayoralty of Canada’s largest city after four sometimes bizarre years under Mayor Rob Ford. [ Full Report ]

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  • CBC fires Jian Ghomeshi over sex allegations

  •    [ Oct 27, 2014 7:52:02 GMT ] [ Toronto Star ]

        CBC star Jian Ghomeshi has been fired over “information” the public broadcaster recently received that it says “precludes” it from continuing to employ the 47-year-old host of the popular Q radio show. Shortly after CBC announced Ghomeshi was out the door on Sunday, Ghomeshi released news that he was launching a $50-million lawsuit claiming “breach of confidence and bad faith” by his employer of almost 14 years. He later followed that up with a Facebook posting saying he has been the target of “harassment, vengeance and demonization.” [ Full Report ]

    - Ghomeshi defends sex life, plans to sue CBC over firing - Globe and Mail
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  • Don't worry India, China has no military presence in Lanka: SL Army chief

  •    [ Oct 27, 2014 7:28:16 GMT ] [ ANI ]

        Sri Lanka's Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera on Monday allayed India's fears on increasing Chinese military presence in the island nation, as he categorically stated that his nation will never compromise on India's national security or for that matter of any other country. "We have very good co-operation with India. We will never compromise on national security of India. India's security is our security. Not only Chinese, even the Russians and other countries also we have very good relationship, we are non-aligned country," Sri Lanka's Navy Chief told ANI here. [ Full Report ]

    - Will never compromise on national security of India: Sri Lankan Navy Chief - ANI
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    - Sri Lankan Navy Chief to leave for India tomorrow on official visit - ANI
  • Northern travel ban provokes international warnings

  •    [ Oct 27, 2014 7:25:45 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        A number of countries have revised their travel advisories to reflect recent Defence Ministry restrictions on foreigners wishing to go north of Omanthai. Among them are the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Australia and Japan. Most European countries have advised their citizens to exercise caution when visiting Sri Lanka with some urging them to avoid all non-essential travel to “certain areas”. Britain was the first to update its advisory following the October 15 Defence Ministry announcement that all foreign travellers to the north must obtain its permission. [ Full Report ]

  • 12 Sri Lanka foods visitors have to try

  •    [ Oct 27, 2014 7:24:06 GMT ] [ CNN ]

        The Teardrop of India or Pearl of the Indian Ocean are among many nicknames for Sri Lanka. But a more accurate description of the gorgeous nation might be the Island of Rice and Curry. Making liberal use of local fruit, such as coconut and jackfruit, seafood and an arsenal of spices, Sri Lankan cooking delivers an abundance of incredible dishes. Here are some you shouldn't miss. 1. Fish ambul thiyal (sour fish curry) As you'd expect from an island in the Indian Ocean, seafood plays an important role in Sri Lankan cuisine. Fish ambul thiyal (sour fish curry) is one of the most beloved varieties of the many different fish curries available. [ Full Report ]

  • BJP govt openly aiding Colombo: Vaiko

  •    [ Oct 27, 2014 7:21:58 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        He took objection to Subramanian Swamy demanding that the Bharat Ratna be conferred on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse. Slamming the BJP Government’s policy vis—a—vis Sri Lanka, the party’s Tamil Nadu ally MDMK on Saturday said that it was acting against the minority Tamils and warned that this may have repercussions in the future. MDMK founder Vaiko took objection to senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s demand that India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, be conferred on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, saying the saffron party cannot ignore its responsibility by just distancing itself from Swamy. [ Full Report ]

  • Travel Experiences You’ll Find Only in Sri Lanka

  •    [ Oct 27, 2014 7:13:34 GMT ] [ WSJ ]

        SRI LANKA SEEMS to be at a tipping point. Five years after the end of its quarter-century-long civil war, tourists are being lured back to Sri Lanka by friendly locals and an abundance of natural and man-made beauty. This petite island nation—totaling just 25,000 square miles but including the 4.5 million-resident city of Colombo—offers everything from leopard safaris and surfing to ancient temples and complex curries. Here, four experiences that would be challenging, if not impossible, to find anywhere else. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka revisited: The whitewashing of a war crime by corporate lobbyists

  •    [ Oct 26, 2014 15:12:12 GMT ] [ Independent ]

        The Sri Lankan government is hurriedly trying to boost the country’s image by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire corporate lobbyists as it awaits a UN report into alleged war crimes. A report in the US says Sri Lanka has recently agreed a contract with its eighth lobbying firm this year to change the way the country is perceived internationally. It also wants the companies to improve contact between Sri Lankan officials and members of the US government.The development comes as Sri Lanka is being investigated by a UN team into whether both the government and Tamil rebels committed war crimes during the final stages of the conflict that stretched in total over three decades. More than 100,000 people are believed to have been killed. [ Full Report ]

  • India conveys concern at China presence in Sri Lanka

  •    [ Oct 26, 2014 15:07:59 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        India has expressed serious concern to Sri Lanka over China’s increasing military presence on the island, it is reliably learnt. Official sources in New Delhi told The Hindu that Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s India visit last week was for a meeting in this connection. “The meeting was held to raise the issue of a Chinese submarine calling at a Sri Lankan port last month. It is of serious concern to India's national security,” said a senior official, who requested anonymity. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka hires up in Washington amid war crimes probe

  •    [ Oct 24, 2014 13:09:07 GMT ] [ Hill ]

        The government of Sri Lanka has hired its eighth Washington firm this year as it awaits the results of a United Nations human rights investigation into alleged war crimes. Levick is subcontracting through Liberty International Group, a government affairs firm owned by former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), to represent the semi-autonomous central bank of Sri Lanka.“Levick’s mission is to utilize communications supported advocacy to tell Sri Lanka’s amazing story of recovery after a decades long civil war against a brutal terrorist organization, as well as to assist the Central Bank in communicating opportunities for trade and investment between our two nations,” Mark Irion, president of Levick, said in a statement to The Hill. [ Full Report ]

  • SRI LANKA’S SECRETS: New book exposes murderous Rajapaksa regime

  •    [ Oct 24, 2014 13:07:05 GMT ] [ Independent Australia ]

        It's the book that President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his corrupt and nepotistic cronies didn't want published. When you read it, you will know why. SRI LANKA’S SECRETS is a troubling dossier of the horrors and massacres perpetrated upon its own peoples by an absolute Government that masquerades as a democracy — a lie that is shamefully affirmed as truth by many expedient foreign governments, including Australia. [ Full Report ]

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