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  • CM C.V. Vigneswaran’s speech at Brampton City Council- Jan 10, 2017

  •    [ Jan 11, 2017 22:40:05 GMT ] [ Tamil Mirror ]

        Northern Province Chief minister Hon. C.V. Vigneswaran is in Canada to participate at the introduction of twin city Programs between City of Markham and City Of Mullaitiheevu in Sri Lanka and a similar program between City Of Brampton and City Of Vavunia in Sri Lanka. On Jan 10, 2017 Mr. Martin Medeiros welcomed the Chief Minister of Northern Province Hon. C.V. Vigneswaran to the Brampton City Council where the C.M. addressed the government representatives and the Tamil Community. As a first step of goodwill towards this agreement Brampton Tamils proudly announced the funding of $45,000 for the Administrative and Training Centre for the use of Spinal Code Injury in the North & East, in Mankulam, Vavunia District. [ Full Report ]

    - Hon C.V Vigneswaran’s speech in Toronto- Jan 8, 2017 - Tamil Mirror
  • European Commission proposes GSP+ to SL

  •    [ Jan 11, 2017 21:37:38 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        The European Commission today proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country's commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. Removal of customs duties would be accompanied by rigorous monitoring and conditional on continued commitment to sustainable development, human rights and good governance, European Commission said in a statement. [ Full Report ]

  • Believers Undeterred After Militants Set Fire to Sri Lanka Church

  •    [ Jan 11, 2017 21:33:50 GMT ] [ Mission Network News ]

        Sri Lanka is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean.” The moniker describes a beautiful picture, but the struggles reveal something darker. It’s considered the third most religious country in the world. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom while favoring Buddhism, minority Protestants have experienced violent persecution as well as discrimination. Although it is legal to convert to Christianity in Sri Lanka, Christians often face opposition from politically active Buddhist monks. The Voice of the Martyrs notes the persecution of Christians has escalated in recent years with the rise of militant Buddhist nationalist groups in Sri Lanka. In fact, more than 250 churches have been destroyed or damaged in sectarian violence. [ Full Report ]

  • UK exported 500 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia in 1980s, admits MoD

  •    [ Jan 11, 2017 21:30:35 GMT ] [ Guardian ]

        Cluster bombs are designed to release dozens of smaller bombs over a wide area, but the smaller munitions do not always explode, posing a future risk to civilians. Amnesty International has previously accused the UK prime minister, Theresa May, of burying her head in the sand over the issue, given the “clear risk that UK weapons could be used to commit breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen”. [ Full Report ]

  • Foreign participation in war crimes probe reiterated

  •    [ Jan 11, 2017 21:25:37 GMT ] [ Island ]

        Having repeatedly assured the country that the change of government, in January, 2015, had ended the likelihood of foreign participation in proposed war crimes inquiry, the yahapalana government struggled to cope up with a report released by its own outfit, headed by attorney-at-law, Mrs Manouri Muttetuwegama. The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM) called for full participation of foreign judges, and other personnel, including defence lawyers, prosecutors and investigators, in transitional justice mechanism to address accountability issues. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka should rethink immigration, diaspora policies: Hausmann

  •    [ Jan 11, 2017 0:09:40 GMT ] [ LBO ]

        Sri Lanka should rethink its immigration, diaspora and product development policies so as to encourage more complexity in exports, economist Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard University said in Colombo on Monday. Immigrants and diaspora bring with them significant know-how and skills necessary for the setting up of new industries, a process which Sri Lanka could benefit from, he said. Hausmann, the director for the Center for International Development at Harvard University, is advising Sri Lanka on how to develop the economy, on the request of the government. Silicon Valley is driven by immigrants who account for half of top management positions, Hausmann said, giving an example of how certain industries achieve exceptional growth. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka is creating a new Constitution and the people have spoken – more than 7,000 of them

  •    [ Jan 09, 2017 18:19:19 GMT ] [ Scroll ]

        The families of the disappeared formed a large proportion of the people who became a part of these consultations. “I don’t want compensation,” a woman whose husband was abducted in 1990 told the commission in Trincomalee. “Who did this? Why? Only then will I talk about compensation.” Many had not given up hope that their loved ones were still alive. One family in the south said they wanted a certain detention centre investigated to see if their children still lived. “Doesn’t matter if they’re disabled or without limbs,” they said. “If they’re alive, that’s enough.” [ Full Report ]

  • In Sri Lanka, the Wounds of War Are Healing

  •    [ Jan 09, 2017 18:16:47 GMT ] [ Stratfor ]

        A central tenet of geopolitical analysis is that place matters, and perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in Sri Lanka. The island nation lies just off the coast of southeastern India at the midpoint of the Indian Ocean, occupying a vital sea-lane and trade corridor between the Middle East and East Asia. For centuries, its location — plus its deep natural harbors and its wealth of resources such as tea, rubber and cinnamon — has attracted the interest of powers both near and far. The country's history of invasion and occupation sowed the seeds of a disastrous civil war from which it is only now emerging. [ Full Report ]

  • TNA positive about subcommittee reports on new Constitution

  •    [ Jan 09, 2017 18:14:43 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it was ‘fairly positive’ in the overall context about the reports submitted by the six subcommittees with proposals for making the new Constitution.Party’s Jaffna district MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that his party would await the interim report by the Steering Committee so that all the matters could be discussed. “We discussed the contents of the subcommittee reports and also other fixed ideas about the Steering Committee. Generally, there was enthusiasm regarding the work that has been done so far. There were various concerns raised. In the overall context, what has been produced for discussion is fairly positive.” [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka strips suit and tie from official dress code

  •    [ Jan 09, 2017 18:12:21 GMT ] [ AFP ]

        Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday overturned a 26-year-old decree that required top bureaucrats to wear a suit and tie, saying they could now opt for "more comfortable" clothing instead. "We must adopt clothing that suits our weather and climate," Sirisena said. "That is why I say that officials no longer need to wear suits. From now on, it is not a mandatory requirement." He made the announcement while speaking at a conference in Colombo and said that the 1991 decree had forced officials in the tropical country to suffer in uncomfortable clothing. [ Full Report ]

  • Chennai Lawyers To Challenge Sri Lanka At UN

  •    [ Jan 09, 2017 18:11:10 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        Several high-profile lawyers and leaders of Law Societies are meeting in Chennai tomorrow to join a motion challenging the Sri Lankan government at the United Nations. This motion will be filed with the UN Human Rights Committee stating that the 6th amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution is a violation of freedom of speech and conscience guaranteed in Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: believers face trial by fire

  •    [ Jan 09, 2017 18:09:58 GMT ] [ MNN ]

        Sri Lanka is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. The moniker describes a beautiful picture, but the struggles reveal something darker.It’s considered the third most religious country in the world. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom while favoring Buddhism, minority Protestants have experienced violent persecution as well as discrimination. Although it is legal to convert to Christianity in Sri Lanka, Christians often face opposition from politically active Buddhist monks. The Voice of the Martyrs notes the persecution of Christians has escalated in recent years with the rise of militant Buddhist nationalist groups in Sri Lanka. In fact, more than 250 churches have been destroyed or damaged in sectarian violence. [ Full Report ]

  • Northern Politicos Not Happy

  •    [ Jan 09, 2017 18:08:29 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        The Tamils in the North played a pivotal role in the change of regime and they expected their burning issues, mainly the resettlement, releasing of political prisoners and reduction of the military presence in the North to be fulfilled. Some election promises have been partially activated but according to the Northern people the majority of their expectations have not been fulfilled.The Tamils in the North are also rather disgruntled with their elected leaders and feel that their issues have been neglected for political gain. According to TNA member Suresh Premachandran the government process is very slow and still the armed forces are holding onto the private lands and still the people cannot return to their own area. [ Full Report ]

  • Lanka keen to partner with Andhra Pradesh in Amaravati project

  •    [ Jan 09, 2017 18:06:56 GMT ] [ TNN ]

        Showing keen interest in partnering with Andhra Pradesh government in building the capital city of Amaravati, the Sri Lankan government has suggested to chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to replicate some of the development plans initiated in the Western province of that country to attract tourists from across the world. Naidu was in Sri Lanka to deliver the keynote address on poverty elimination at the grand celebrations organised to mark the birthday of Sri Lanka President Maitripala Sirisena. [ Full Report ]

  • TNA to support Sri Lanka’s constitution-making despite internal dissent

  •    [ Jan 09, 2017 18:02:28 GMT ] [ NIE ]

        The Tamil National alliance (TNA), which is the official Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament and the ruling party in the Northern Provincial Council, will continue to support the ongoing process to draft a new constitution for Sri Lanka despite internal dissensions. The TNA, which met twice last week, decided to accept leader R.Sampanthan’s advice that despite doubts about a getting a favorable outcome from the constitution-making process, the process should be supported because there is no alternative to it. [ Full Report ]

  • Violent Protests Against Chinese 'Colony' In Sri Lanka Rage On

  •    [ Jan 09, 2017 18:00:52 GMT ] [ Forbes ]

        The main reasons for the protests against the impending Chinese handover was the perceived loss of autonomy to a foreign power as well as the potential land grab that could be necessary to build the 15,000-acre industrial zone. "We are against leasing the lands where people live and do their farming, while there are identified lands for an industrial zone. When you give away such a vast area of land, you can't stop the area becoming a Chinese colony," local politician DV Chanaka was quoted as saying by Al Jazeera. [ Full Report ]

    - Sri Lanka protest over Chinese investment turns ugly - BBC
    - Are concerns over Chinese presence in Sri Lanka valid? - aljazeera
  • Sri Lanka divided as panel backs foreign judges to probe war crimes

  •    [ Jan 06, 2017 17:50:48 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        Sri Lanka should bring in international prosecutors and judges to help investigate alleged atrocities in the civil war that ended in 2009, a task force said on Thursday in recommendations that were welcomed by the United Nations. The Consultation Task Force (CTF), appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, said foreign involvement was needed because of a lack of confidence in the local judiciary, which it said did not have the expertise and capacity to prosecute war crimes. However, President Maithripala Sirisena opposes the involvement of foreign judges, and cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senarathne said on Wednesday the government had clearly told the U.N. that it would not allow them. [ Full Report ]

  • A palindrome song in Tamil

  •    [ Jan 06, 2017 17:48:35 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        For lovers of Tamil film music and lyrics, this Saturday will be a big day. When the date reads: 7.1.17, Tamil cinema’s first palindrome song will be released. Written by lyricist Madhan Karky for the film Vinodhan , every line in this romantic number — which starts with the word ‘Megharagame’ — is a palindrome.The film, directed by Victor Jayaraj and produced by Prabhu Deva’s production house, features a character with obsessive compulsive disorder in the lead role. “We first figured out about 35 palindromes from the Tamil dictionary — common ones like ‘paapa’ and ‘thaatha’. But we had a romantic song to work on, and so decided that every line in the song should be a palindrome.” [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lankan president to lead high-ranking trade delegation to Tehran

  •    [ Jan 06, 2017 17:33:28 GMT ] [ Tehran Times ]

        Sri Lanka plans to dispatch a high-ranking trade delegation led by the country’s president, Maithripala Sirisena, to Iran in late January. “President Maithripala Sirisena’s forthcoming tour of Iran could open many new opportunities for Sri Lankan businesses”, said Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen on January 3 in Colombo. Addressing a team of officials from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Foreign Ministry, who will accompany the president in his trip to Iran, the minister said the objective of the visit is to explore bilateral trade, investment and tourism potential as well as take part in a business forum with Iranian counterparts. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka task force seeks ‘hybrid’ war crimes court

  •    [ Jan 06, 2017 17:31:52 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        The state must release private land occupied by its armed forces, address lingering concerns of militarisation, enforced disappearances and livelihood opportunities in order to move ahead on its promise of reconciliation, a Sri Lankan task force has observed. The government-appointed Consultation Task Force (CTF), comprising civil society members such as activists and academicians, held island-wide consultations on the Sri Lankan government’s proposed reconciliation mechanisms following the UNHRC resolution in 2015. [ Full Report ]

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