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  • Tamil & Chinese-speaking pupils ahead of British children in reading and writing English

  •    [ Apr 27, 2016 18:51:41 GMT ] [ Express ]

        Children whose mother tongue is Tamil are also doing better than those whose first language is English. Figures from the Department for Education reveal children recorded as speaking the Asian languages outperform English-speaking children in all year six tests. A higher proportion of Chinese or Tamil speakers get grade five or above in end of primary school SATs. In reading tests for children aged 10 and 11 around 50 per cent of children who have English as their first language get a grade five or above. [ Full Report ]

  • Transparency Key as Rights Commission Deadline Looms

  •    [ Apr 26, 2016 17:09:21 GMT ] [ HRW ]

        The government has tried hard to build a new well of trust and goodwill after years of intransigence from the Rajapaksa government. As the next UN discussion in June approaches, it is critical for the government to confirm publicly the steps it has taken toward delivering on its promises. Failure to do so has already eroded the trust of some segments of society, particularly Tamil and Muslim groups in the north and east. The government would do well to wipe away the fog of rumor and make clear public statements about what it is doing – and how – to implement its obligations. [ Full Report ]

  • A TV Interview with Basil Fernando regarding the appointment of public officials and in Sri Lanka

  •    [ Apr 26, 2016 17:03:37 GMT ] [ AHRC ]

        In the interview Mr. Fernando speaks on the modalities of appointments to the public services including the police service, the Attorney General’s Department, in the light of the recent appointment of the Inspector General of Police, and elaborates on the constitutional framework in making these appointments, and a critical analysis of the role the present Constitutional Council, and other instituions such as the Police Commission in this process. In the interview, Mr. Fernando explains the features of the basic structure of a constitution in making appointments to the public services in a country including espeacially the main law enforcement agencies. [ Full Report ]

  • The Inconvenient Truth about Sri Lanka’s North and East

  •    [ Apr 26, 2016 16:59:10 GMT ] [ Huffington Post ]

        Frankly, the scope and scale of the problems in the country’s Tamil-dominated areas are staggering. According to the report, Sri Lanka’s military is still heavily involved in civilian affairs. Unsurprisingly, sustained militarization continues have extensive negative effects on the Tamil community; this includes ongoing reports of sexual violence and fewer livelihood options for Tamils, among other problems. More fundamentally, the military’s strong presence in the north and east undermines even the most modest of reconciliation agendas. Some of the report’s findings jive broadly with my own recent visit to the north and east. For additional context, PEARL has included numerous case studies. [ Full Report ]

  • Pakistan National Defence University delegation visits Sri Lanka

  •    [ Apr 26, 2016 16:57:09 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        A 19-member delegation from the National Defense University (NDU) Pakistan led by Lt. Gen. Nazir Ahmed Butt, HI (M) is currently visiting Sri Lanka, Pakistan embassy in Sri Lanka said. The Delegation comprises of senior officers from Pakistan’s Armed Forces and Civil Services as well as Officers from Turkey, Iran, Nigeria and Sudan who are undergoing National Security and War Course at NDU. The Defense Advisor of Pakistan to Sri Lanka Colonel Rajil Irshad Khan is conducting the visit for the delegation. [ Full Report ]

  • China, India tussle for influence as Sri Lanka seeks investment

  •    [ Apr 26, 2016 16:55:34 GMT ] [ CNBC ]

        Now, with Asia's economic rise, experts say Sri Lanka's location has become even more alluring. Not only are three Asian powers - China, Japan and India - playing dominant roles in the global economy at the same time for the first time, there are also increasingly attractive markets and trade opportunities in Asia. "Sri Lanka is the pivotal point for a global grand strategy," R. Hariharan, a retired Indian army colonel and specialist in South Asian geopolitics, told CNBC. "Sri Lanka's geography gives it an advantage disproportionate to its size." [ Full Report ]

  • Former NDP MP Sitsabaiesan leaves party to seek provincial Liberal nomination in Scarborough-Rouge River

  •    [ Apr 26, 2016 16:52:16 GMT ] [ Inside Toronto ]

        New Democrats in Scarborough are expressing disappointment and anger after ex-MP Rathikia Sitsabaiesan announced she’s leaving the party to seek a byelection nomination as a Liberal. Sitsabaiesan, who said she “did not make this decision lightly or without careful consideration,” praised in her message the Liberal government’s free-tuition policy for low-income post-secondary students, calling it “one of the most progressive policies we have ever seen in Canada.” “I’m certainly seriously considering it, and I’m being urged by many in the community to put my name forward, but I haven’t made a final decision yet,” said Shan, who has also run for council in Ward 42 against longtime incumbent Raymond Cho. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka, Lost in Transition

  •    [ Apr 26, 2016 2:51:54 GMT ] [ Foreign Affairs ]

        In January 2015, Maithripala Sirisena surprised the world when he defeated his old boss Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s presidential election. His victory was followed by parliamentary elections in August, which reiterated the demand for democratic reform and improved governance. Soon after, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP), the country’s two big Sinhala–Buddhist parties, agreed to form a coalition government. The nation was now set to turn its attention to a wide-ranging reform agenda to address some of the problems that plagued it during Rajapaksa’s decade in power, including corruption, nepotism, and the excessive centralization of power. [ Full Report ]

  • Cineplex pulls Tamil movie in GTA after pepper spray-like attacks

  •    [ Apr 26, 2016 2:49:40 GMT ] [ Toronto Sun ]

        A Tamil film has been pulled by big-wig movie theatre corporation Cineplex following three GTA attacks involving a pepper spray-like substance. Theatres in Brampton, Scarborough and Mississauga were evacuated Friday night around 7:20 p.m. because of similar attacks during screening of the action movie Theri. A few people were treated by paramedics at the scene but no one was seriously injured. “I can confirm that we did cancel the remaining run of the film, Theri, at our theatres across the GTA,” Cineplex spokesman Sarah Van Lange said Monday. [ Full Report ]

  • The Saviour

  •    [ Apr 26, 2016 2:45:41 GMT ] [ Groundviews ]

        Tamils in Sri Lanka are having important conversations every day, in person and through social media and the blogosphere. In some instances, the impact is swift. For example, on 25th January, the Arts Faculty of the University of Jaffna issued a circular indicating that, commencing the 26th, the Senate of the University would be enforcing a dress code for all its students and staff. Men were to be banned from wearing jeans or t-shirts into lecture halls and had to present themselves without beards, and women had to wear sarees every Friday. The pushback was immediate as outrage ensued on Tamil Facebook and the Tamil blogosphere. The circular was rescinded within 24 hours. [ Full Report ]

  • Toronto Mayor John Tory, Scarborough MP Gary Anandasangaree meet with residents in transit town hall to discuss subways, light rail, SmartTrack

  •    [ Apr 25, 2016 18:31:13 GMT ] [ Inside Toronto ]

        Tory was there to sell residents on potential Scarborough rapid transit improvements, including building a subway station at Scarborough Town Centre, completing an eastern extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to the University of Toronto's Scarborough‎ campus, potential SmartTrack stations and local improvement of GO Transit service – part of a network-wide regional expansion plan.Anandasangaree excused the no-shows, pointing out his provincial counterpart Brad Duguid is still recovering from surgery. "We work very closely with the province, but this was organized as a way for residents to give their feedback directly to the mayor and other officials," he said. [ Full Report ]

  • Sirisena faces May Day test of strength, growing challenge from pro-Rajapaksa ‘JO’

  •    [ Apr 24, 2016 15:11:25 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        He neither put a halt to new taxes nor sent home the Government’s economic advisors who reportedly recommended them. Yet, President Maithripala Sirisena was able to ensure a few concessions were offered when the Value Added Tax (VAT), the biggest burden for low and middle income groups, becomes effective. There is still an element of uncertainty when a VAT increase to 15% comes into effect though it is currently scheduled for May 2. Other tax measures have already been made effective from April 1. [ Full Report ]

  • Much To Be Done For Victims Of Conflict Still Seeking Justice

  •    [ Apr 24, 2016 15:10:38 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        Although the government under President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised a domestic investigation into allegations of atrocities, until 2015 no credible mechanism of justice was carried out. For over five years since the end of the war, those affected were still seeking justice as they were unable to put a closure to their suffering. However, the present government has made relatively greater strides in terms of accountability. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka's police chief vows to maintain independence in probe of ex-leader

  •    [ Apr 24, 2016 15:09:35 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        Sri Lanka's new police chief, reacting to public charges of bias, said on Friday he would ensure that a police investigation into alleged financial crimes by the family and friends of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa would be impartial. The comments from Pujith Jayasundera, who took up his post on Friday, come amid a public outcry that some top police officials are politically-motivated in the probes against Rajapaksa's allies, while refusing to look into complaints against influential politicians in the new government. "Everything will be inquired and inquiries will continue step by step ... There will be no interference," Jayasundera told reporters in Colombo. [ Full Report ]

  • DMK betrayed Lankan Tamils: Jayalalithaa

  •    [ Apr 24, 2016 15:08:57 GMT ] [ The Hindu ]

        Accusing DMK president M. Karunanidhi of betraying the interests of Tamils not only in the State but also in Sri Lanka, AIADMK leader and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday said she would continue to work for ushering in a separate Tamil Eelam and enable Tamils live with full freedom and self-respect in the island nation. Her party would press the Centre to provide dual citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamils in Tamil Nadu so that they could get employment opportunities easily. [ Full Report ]

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  • Sri Lanka Ministry defends housing project cost

  •    [ Apr 24, 2016 15:03:21 GMT ] [ The Hindu ]

        This is how the Sri Lankan government’s Resettlement Ministry has reacted to criticism over the unit cost of houses to be built under the latest project in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief R. Sampanthan and Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran have both argued that at least two houses could be constructed under the given unit cost of over Rs.2 million. In its detailed response, the Ministry stated that the unit cost of the latest project — Rs.2.18 million — had been arrived at after taking into account the cost of various components and without including taxes. [ Full Report ]

    - Sri Lankan Resettlement Ministry rebuts criticism on new housing project - The Hindu
  • Organ-ised Crime In Colombo Hospitals?

  •    [ Apr 24, 2016 15:02:06 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        The Colombo Hulftsdorp Court has issued an arrest warrant on one of the seven Indian nationals arrested in connection with kidney transplants being carried out in some private hospitals. The suspect had escaped from the Mirihana detention camp. Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris issued a warrant for the suspect’s arrest and also imposed a travel ban on him. The Magistrate also issued an order to the Controller, Department of Immigration and Emigration, to capture the suspect if he attempts to leave the country. The Defence Counsel informed court that the escapee has no links to the other six suspects. [ Full Report ]

  • Lanka unveils South Asia's tallest Buddha statue

  •    [ Apr 24, 2016 14:58:32 GMT ] [ ANI ]

        Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unveiled South Asia's tallest standing Buddha statue in Matugama of Kalutara district. The 135-feet tall Buddha Statue, which is similar to the Avukana standing Buddha Statue, has been built on a hill top at Batamulla Kanda Buddhist Centre at Matugama with the personal funds of Provincial Councilor Jagath Withana, reports Lanka Page. Addressing the gathering at the opening, the President said the Buddhist philosophy has been instrumental in moulding a righteous society in the country and a moral society could be built based on the Buddhist philosophy. [ Full Report ]

  • Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Former NDP MP, Now Wants To Run For Ontario Liberals

  •    [ Apr 22, 2016 3:05:18 GMT ] [ Huffington Post ]

        One of the federal NDP’s former rising stars has decided she wants to run for the provincial Liberals in Ontario. Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the former NDP MP for the Toronto-area riding of Scarborough–Rouge River submitted her nomination papers to the Ontario Liberal Party this week, The Huffington Post has learned. She is seeking a seat in an upcoming byelection in Scarborough–Rouge River, vacant since longtime MPP Bas Balkissoon’s surprising resignation last month. The riding has been Liberal since its creation in 1999. [ Full Report ]

  • Richmond Hill woman missing 2 months

  •    [ Apr 22, 2016 2:57:16 GMT ] [ York Region ]

        York Regional Police is seeking public assistance locating a 44-year-old woman missing from the Town of Richmond Hill. Kalamalini Sivakumar was last seen Feb. 19, leaving her residence in the area of Bathurst Street and King Road. Later that day, her van was located by a family member in a shopping mall parking lot in the area of Rutherford Road and Jane Street in Vaughan with a note inside from the missing person indicating she would be home in 15 days. [ Full Report ]

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