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  • Neethan Shan wins Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River municipal byelection

  •    [ Feb 14, 2017 13:00:36 GMT ] [ CBC ]

        Neethan Shan has won the Scarborough-Rouge River (Ward 42) municipal byelection held to replace former city councillor Raymond Cho. Shan is a current Toronto District School Board trustee and will replace Cho, who left his council seat vacant last fall after winning the Scarborough-Rouge River provincial byelection, replacing Liberal MPP Bas Balkissoon. Nearly 30 candidates vying for city council seat in Ward 42 byelection "People in this community feel like they're not being given the importance the community deserves," Shan told CBC Toronto ahead of the byelection. Shan took up a trustee position in January 2016. His win could mean yet another byelection for the area, this time to fill his vacant trustee spot. [ Full Report ]

    - Neethan Shan bests 28 rivals to be councillor for Scarborough's Ward 42 - Inside Toronto
    - Neethan Shan wins council seat in Scarborough-Rouge River - Toronto Star
  • China Tells India To Stay Off Its Indian Ocean 'Colony,' Sri Lanka

  •    [ Feb 12, 2017 21:03:58 GMT ] [ Forbes ]

        After claiming South China Sea to be its own sea, telling America to stay off its islands, China is reaching for the Indian Ocean, telling India to stay off its own colony, Sri Lanka. That’s something investors in Southeast Asian markets should keep a wary eye on, as it opens yet another front between the two Asian giants, raising the geopolitical risk of investing in the region. Markets, for the time being, seem to be ignoring these risks. [ Full Report ]

  • CBK, War Crimes And The Rule Of Law

  •    [ Feb 12, 2017 21:01:33 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        It is reported that President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) has stated that there is no need for a war crimes probe and that the need is for a new constitution. It is a major flip-flop for someone who publicly cried at the Justice K. Palakidnar Memorial Oration on 24.07.2011 over her son’s and daughter’s comments after seeing the Channel Four documentary. Her son sobbed on the phone saying “how ashamed he was to call himself a Sinhalese and a Lankan.” Her daughter expressed “shock and horror that our countrymen could indulge in such horrific acts.” [ Full Report ]

  • Karuna forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’

  •    [ Feb 12, 2017 21:00:19 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Former Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias ‘Karuna Amman’, yesterday launched a new political party called the “Tamil United Freedom Party” in Batticaloa. Speaking at the the inauguration of the new party at Focus Hall, Batticaloa, Karuna Amman who was the former Vice President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said the party would be based in Batticaloa and would also open branches in the North and East. He said the party would be registered soon. - See more at: [ Full Report ]

    - Karuna leaves SLFP, forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’ - Sunday Times
  • On Keppapulavu

  •    [ Feb 10, 2017 15:38:06 GMT ] [ Groundviews ]

        February 9 marks the tenth day of protests in Keppapulavu, a village in Mullaitivu, where residents are demanding the return of their land. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is meeting with representatives of the Keppapulavu protests – but the struggle for the return of their land has been ongoing for years. Groundviews compiled the reportage on the issue, in tandem with the recent hunger strike by families of the missing in Vavuniya. Click here to view the story, compiled on Storify, or see the embed below: [ Full Report ]

  • A baffling week in Tamil Nadu

  •    [ Feb 10, 2017 15:35:19 GMT ] [ Rediff ]

        I spent the last fortnight in Coimbatore at a family event. Many of the issues the Tamil makkal (citizens) are worried about are difficult to fathom because they don't affect the rest of India. It didn't matter that a wedding was taking place the next morning. The only television set in the house attracted more attention than the groom and bride to be. Elders and politically opinionated cousins watched re-runs of bulletins on multiple news channels, discussing the only thing that mattered to them -- whether jallikattu would happen at Alanganallur or not. [ Full Report ]

  • Office on Missing Persons powers to be reduced

  •    [ Feb 10, 2017 13:29:40 GMT ] [ Island ]

        The Office on Missing Persons is to be stripped of its power of entering into agreements with an individual or an organization. The Office on Missing Persons Act was passed in Parliament on August 23, 2016. Media Minister Gayantha Karunathillake said on Wednesday that the Cabinet had on Tuesday approved a proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to repeal paragraph (A) of Article 11 of the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration and Discharge of Functions) Act No 14 of 2016, which authorised the office to enter into agreements with an individual or an organization in performing its tasks. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Accountability Fairy Tale

  •    [ Feb 10, 2017 13:27:51 GMT ] [ Huffington Post ]

        The interview with Kumaratunga is worth reading in its entirely, although one part in particular has really caught people’s attention. Journalist Upal Wickramasinghe asked Kumaratunga where the country stands in terms of establishing national reconciliation. “It is successfully carried out,” Kumaratunga notes. “In the face of opposition and a handful of extremists, activities are continuing with the blessings of the majority. Reconciliation means a lengthy activity. What is urgent now is to bring in a new constitution, and then comes the establishment of the Office of the Missing Persons. With these in place, there would not be any necessity to have courts to probe war crimes.” [ Full Report ]

  • 29 candidates vie for a seat on Toronto council in Scarborough byelection

  •    [ Feb 10, 2017 13:20:37 GMT ] [ Toronto Star ]

        Shan makes no apologies for his interest in politics, admitting he’s run for office so many times he’s “lost count.” According to past Star articles, this is his 11th election campaign in 14 years. “I don’t have a last name that will take me into power right away. I don’t have the colour . . . and the wealth to get me somewhere,” he said last week during a visit to city hall. “When opportunities like this come to racialized people, we need to grasp it . . . to be able to represent the communities that are under-serviced, and so it’s not just about my opportunity; it’s about the opportunity for our community to be able to be heard.” [ Full Report ]

  • Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC rejects Tamil Nadu’s review plea

  •    [ Feb 08, 2017 19:07:38 GMT ] [ Indian Express ]

        The Supreme Court has dismissed the pleas of the Tamil Nadu government and one convict seeking review of its judgement in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in which was ruled that the Centre has “primacy” over states’ right to grant remission. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar dismissed the pleas on the ground of delay in filing the petition and also on merit. [ Full Report ]

  • Kamal Haasan backs Panneerselvam, says Sasikala should back off. An India Today exclusive

  •    [ Feb 08, 2017 16:05:23 GMT ] [ India Today ]

        Actor Kamal Haassan has been tweeting in mysterious language as to what's unravelling in Tamil Nadu, especially the battle between VK Sasikala and O Panneerselvam. In an exclusive interview to India Today, Haasan explained the mystery behind his tweets and his real message. He spoke about the anger of the people of Tamil Nadu, especially the sense of betrayal and how they must come to the streets if their politicians don't get their act together. The actor said that O Panneerselvam is competent enough to lead Tamil Nadu and Sasikala, in a sense, should back off from confrontation. "Sasikala's proximity to Jayalalithaa is no reason for her to become the chief minister," said Haasan. [ Full Report ]

  • UN women’s rights committee to review Sri Lanka

  •    [ Feb 08, 2017 15:59:28 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to be meeting in Geneva from 13 February to 3 March to review women’s rights in eight countries including Sri Lanka, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) announced. The committee will review the following countries: Ukraine (14 February); Ireland (15 February); Jordan (16 February); El Salvador (17 February); Germany (21February); Sri Lanka (22 February); Rwanda (23 February) and Micronesia (24 February) [ Full Report ]

    - UN Women Executive Board to convene First Regular Session 2017 - UN Women
  • A Ramayana told through Ravana’s eyes captures the pain of Sri Lanka’s war-affected women

  •    [ Feb 08, 2017 15:53:50 GMT ] [ Scroll ]

        As a result, the current interpretation of Ravanesan gives space to the war cries of Ravana but also to the anti-war cries of his wife – in it, Mandodari relays the grief of women who have had their agency hijacked by men and yet have paid the steepest price for the war. It depicts not only the folly of Ravana, the tragic anti-hero too proud to back out of a war which he knows will devastate his people, but also Mandodari, the tragic feminist icon who knows all too well the repercussions of war, and seeks to counsel her husband that the concept of honour can take many forms. Like many women, Mandodari knows that there is no cowardice in backpedalling or extending an olive branch. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka has potential to become next Asian Tiger: US

  •    [ Feb 08, 2017 14:54:39 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        Sri Lanka has the potential to become the next Asian Tiger, a top US official said, lauding the government's renewed commitment towards reconciliation and unprecedented level of cooperation between the two countries. "The United States will continue to stand with you as your friend and your partner. While our level of cooperation today is unprecedented, there is always more progress to be made," Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Bruce Wharton sa .. [ Full Report ]

  • China's 'Silk Road' push stirs resentment and protest in Sri Lanka

  •    [ Feb 08, 2017 14:54:30 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        China signed a deal with Sri Lanka late last year to further develop the strategic port of Hambantota and build a huge industrial zone nearby, a key part of Beijing's ambitions to create a modern-day "Silk Road" across Asia. The agreement was welcome relief for the island nation of 20 million people. As they try to reduce the country's debts, officials in Colombo see China's plans to include Sri Lanka on its "One Belt, One Road" initiative as an economic lifeline. China has spent almost $2 billion so far on Hambantota and a new airport and wants to spend much more. [ Full Report ]

    Sri Lanka to Ask UN for More Time to Probe War Crimes
       [ Feb 08, 2017 14:45:55 GMT ] [ AP ]

  • Sri Lanka to give priority to constitution drafting over accountability mechanisms

  •    [ Feb 08, 2017 14:44:31 GMT ] [ Indian Express ]

        The Sirisena-Wickremesinge government in Sri Lanka will give priority to drafting a new constitution for the country over setting up war crimes accountability mechanisms like the Judicial Mechanism and the Truth-Seeking Commission, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said here on Tuesday. Speaking to the Foreign Correspondents Association, Samaraeera said that the new constitution, which is the basic law of the land, would guarantee democracy, equality and fair play – conditions which are essential for national reconciliation. [ Full Report ]

  • Age-old hospitality: top heritage hotels in Sri Lanka

  •    [ Feb 08, 2017 14:43:08 GMT ] [ AFR ]

        Our concept of serendipity, the art of making joyous discoveries, apparently stems from the ancient Persian name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. Which makes perfect sense, really, because it's hard to think of another island where joyous discoveries are so abundant. For its size, Sri Lanka packs a lot of surprises. They're waiting to be discovered in the country's garden-to-plate gastronomy. There, too, in the intricate history of old Ceylon, its fortresses, temples and tea plantations. And there, most felicitously, in Sri Lanka's new breed of heritage hotels. From venerable family mansions to restored Dutch houses inside Galle Fort, age-old doors are opening up new experiences around the island. These are some of our favourites. [ Full Report ]

  • The government needs to be constructive rather than combative

  •    [ Feb 07, 2017 14:58:44 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        Mr Mendez acknowledges strides taken by the National Human Rights Commission but makes the pertinent point that this has left untouched the task of remedying impunity for past and present abuses through effective prosecution. He passes down graver strictures on reliance of the National Police Commission on police investigations and the ‘worrying lack of will’ on the part of the Attorney-General to investigate and prosecute torture allegations. These are serious findings no doubt. Yet in many respects, they only echo what has been said before, by Sri Lanka’s own monitoring and advocacy bodies. They come as no surprise even though state representatives may throw up their hands in horror at the very idea. [ Full Report ]

  • Threat to Sumanthiran: A game plan to retain army: CV

  •    [ Feb 07, 2017 14:55:06 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        The Police saying there is a threat to Sumanthiran's life is a ploy to station the army permanently, the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran said. He said so when queried about the death threat on TNA Parliamentarian, Sumanthiran, and the arrest of former combatants. H said that the Police had taken steps regarding it. But they had not informed Courts about the death threat to the parliamentarian. "The Police had told Courts that those arrested had drugs in their possession. However they had not notified Courts about the death threat. If there were any truth in the allegation , they should have notified so," the CM said. [ Full Report ]

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