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  • SLFP, UNP avert split, plan reshuffle

  •    [ Feb 15, 2018 13:41:47 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have agreed to reshuffle the Cabinet, ending days of uncertainty over their coalition government’s future after a recent local poll debacle. The two leaders met late on Wednesday night. The discussions were “positive”, according to a top source present at the meeting. The source refused to share further details. Neither of the leaders has made known his position after the meeting. [ Full Report ]

  • UN On Verge of Deploying Sri Lanka "War Criminal" Hewage to Lebanon, Lacroix Is Told

  •    [ Feb 15, 2018 13:39:21 GMT ] [ ICP ]

        Peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix has been informed of the troubling past history in 2008 in Sri Lanka of a commander that country is seeking to deploy to the UN in Lebanon as early as February 18, Rathnappuli Wasantha Kumara Hewage, Inner City Press is aware. The Sri Lankan Army says Lt. Col. Rathnappuli Wasantha Kumara Hewage is due to head the 12th Force Protection Company (FPC) for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) An online search of Lt. Col. Hewage reveals he was involved in the assault on Kilinochchi town in Northern Sri Lanka on 22 December 2008 and located in PTK in late February 2009." [ Full Report ]

  • Militarised seascapes: Sri Lankan army builds viewpoint in Point Pedro

  •    [ Feb 14, 2018 17:00:53 GMT ] [ TG ]

        Despite repeated calls for Sri Lankan military forces to stay out of the tourism industry, the Sri Lankan Army constructed and opened a tourist viewpoint in Point Pedro on Monday. The viewpoint which marks the northernmost point of the island features a new army-built structure bearing a Sri Lankan flag and the slogan “unity in diversity is the strength of Sri Lanka”. [ Full Report ]

  • ITAK picks Emmanuel Arnold as Jaffna Mayor

  •    [ Feb 14, 2018 16:53:43 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) has taken a decision to name Emmanuel Arnold as the new Mayor of Jaffna. He contested the 2013 Northern Provincial Election under ITAK and was elected as a member. He resigned from the council recently to contest last week's Local Government Election under ITAK. Before entering politics, Mr Arnold had worked as an insurance executive at a private insurance company's Jaffna branch. He holds a degree in Management. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: A family torn apart for nearly three decades is reunited

  •    [ Feb 14, 2018 16:48:37 GMT ] [ ICRC ]

        Countless people die during an armed conflict. Many are separated from their families and loved ones. There are others who go missing. The armed conflict in Sri Lanka between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam separated families. Mr Periyasamy Ramaiah never thought his family would be torn in two. Almost three decades later, when he had started to believe he would die before his family was reunited, the seemingly impossible happened. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka building collapse kills at least seven people

  •    [ Feb 14, 2018 16:44:03 GMT ] [ Toronto Star ]

        A building collapsed in a busy part of Sri Lanka’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least seven people, police said. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said firefighters and police were searching for people who might be trapped under the rubble. Police were unable to say how many people might still be trapped. Gunasekara said the building, which collapsed in Colombo’s Grandpass district, had been used as a storehouse for spices. The cause of the collapse is being investigated. [ Full Report ]

    - Sri Lanka tea warehouse collapse kills at least seven - Reuters
  • Had Mahinda Rajapaksa run for president on 10 Feb, he would have lost

  •    [ Feb 13, 2018 17:17:26 GMT ] [ FT ]

        Few would have predicted the results of Sri Lanka’s local government elections in 2018. With the benefit of hindsight, we must now try to understand what happened and why. There are three lessons to be learnt from the results – one lesson for voters, one for the coalition Government, and one for Mahinda Rajapaksa himself.The local government elections of 2018 will have implications for voters, the coalition, and Rajapaksa in the coming months. These implications – like the elections – may be difficult to predict. Yet lessons from the last three years ought to inform the thinking of each of these actors. The voter must surely be more pragmatic. The coalition must surely be more courageous. Rajapaksa must surely be more moderate. [ Full Report ]

  • Indian High Commissioner meets President and PM

  •    [ Feb 13, 2018 17:11:31 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe separately on Tuesday, ahead of his departure for New Delhi to meet the new Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. The meetings had been pre-arranged and had nothing to do with the current political situation in Sri Lanka, informed sources said. The envoy discussed with the two Sri Lankan leaders, bilateral matters and issues of mutual interest. [ Full Report ]

  • Australia issues deportation order for Tamil asylum seeker despite torture fears

  •    [ Feb 12, 2018 20:16:45 GMT ] [ The Guardian ]

        A Sri Lankan asylum seeker has been ordered for deportation next week, despite the United Nations committee against torture requesting Australia not move him while it investigates whether he will be tortured if he is returned against his will. The deportation order issued for Tamil asylum seeker Shantaruban by the Australian Border Force says he will be deported on 22 February. He will not be permitted any visitors at the airport when he is removed and he will be escorted on his flight to Colombo. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka Caught in China’s Debt Trap

  •    [ Feb 12, 2018 20:10:07 GMT ] [ theTrumpet ]

        Sri Lanka celebrated 70 years of independence on February 4, but China’s economic presence is leading some to question the extent of that independence. Between 2005 and 2017, Beijing invested $15 billion in the island nation’s infrastructure projects. Regional rivals like India see these investments as Chinese economic colonialism. [ Full Report ]

  • Gus Dalton, 87, was the famous fishing boat captain who saved 155 Tamil refugees off Newfoundland

  •    [ Feb 12, 2018 20:07:07 GMT ] [ Globe and Mail ]

        Gus Dalton, the fishing captain who saved the lives of 155 Tamil refugees who were adrift in lifeboats off southern Newfoundland in August, 1986, died on Jan. 15 at the age of 87. Mr. Dalton's rescue made international headlines, earning him a spot on the cover of Maclean's magazine and an invitation to Front Page Challenge. It was 1 a.m. on Aug. 11, 1986, and the weather was calm and foggy, when, 10 kilometres off St. Shott's on the southern tip of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, the 55-year-old captain saw "a blip on the radar," according to CBC. It was two 24-foot fibreglass lifeboats, constructed to hold 35 people each, now packed with more than 150 Sri Lankan Tamils [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka's ex-leader Rajapaksa seeks fresh elections after council vote boost

  •    [ Feb 12, 2018 20:05:17 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on Monday for parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections to be held after a party backed by him won local council polls in the strongest rebuff yet to the unity government. The national election is not due until 2020 and under the constitution President Maithripala Sirisena can bring the vote forward only after two-thirds of parliament endorses it. But Rajapaksa, who crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels in a 26-year civil war before he was ousted in 2015, said the coalition government led by Sirisena’s party and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe’s group had lost the people’s confidence. [ Full Report ]

  • No Lankan will be sent to electric chair - President

  •    [ Feb 12, 2018 17:29:51 GMT ] [ CDN ]

        No Sri Lankan will be sent to the electric chair during my tenure, assured President Maithripala Sirisena. The President was addressing UPFA supporters at a rally held in Hakmana last evening. The President gave this assurance in response to the fear allayed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa while attending a television programme the previous day ‘that he still feared of being destined to the electric chair’. “Matara is famous for its contribution to the country’s economy and its high percentage of intellectuals who have gained national and international fame. As a result in the past eight decades, Matara has been in the fore front of producing leftist as well as progressive political leadership,” President Sirisena said. [ Full Report ]

  • LG Election was a wake up call- Mangala

  •    [ Feb 12, 2018 17:02:01 GMT ] [ NR ]

        Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera says the 2018 Local Authority Election is a timely wake up call for the good governance government. Issuing a statement Minister Samaraweera said the public has communicated that the good governance government has not done enough to ensure election promises made during the 2015 Presidential and General Elections. The Minister stressed the message issued by the public has sunk deep into the United National Party and therefore the party is committed to take drastic measures to fulfil the promises made three years ago and to maintain the public trust. Meanwhile Minister Samaraweera said the country should be proud of the conduct of an election under the auspices of an independent Elections Commission and the Police. [ Full Report ]

  • Several SLFP Ministers Start Talks With UNP While Some Plan To Sit In Opposition: SLFP Heading Towards Natural Death?

  •    [ Feb 12, 2018 17:00:28 GMT ] [ Asian Mirror ]

        Several Cabinet Ministers representing the SLFP have expressed willingness to join the UNP, sources within the UNP confirmed, a short while ago. This comes in the wake of a landslide defeat suffered by the SLFP at the Local Government polls. It is learnt that these Ministers are not willing to join the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramun, mainly due to personal reasons. "They have opened up channels of communication. Some of them were previously in the UNP. So, they can come back to the UNP at any time," a senior party spokesman said. [ Full Report ]

  • SLPP sweeps wards in South; North goes to ITAK

  •    [ Feb 12, 2018 16:52:35 GMT ] [ Sunday Tims ]

        The recently formed Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa seems to have swept a majority of the local government wards in the south at yesterday’s countrywide polls, according to early results that began trickling in late last night. However, in some councils though the SLPP won most of the wards under the FPP (First Past the Post) system, when the PR (Proportional Representation) quota of votes are counted, a combined Opposition can have more seats in the council than the SLPP. [ Full Report ]

  • I take full responsibility: President

  •    [ Feb 12, 2018 16:47:07 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        President Maithripala Sirisena has told SLFP ministers who met him yesterday that he would introduce far reaching changes to the government following the LG polls results in the days to come. “I take full responsibility for the SLFP’s electoral setback. The people of the country have voted for a change and I will respond positively to their message and introduce necessary changes accordingly as soon as possible,” President Sirisena has reportedly told the ministers. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka's ex-leader Rajapaksa seeks fresh elections after council vote boost

  •    [ Feb 12, 2018 16:45:57 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on Monday for parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections to be held after a party backed by him won local council polls in the strongest rebuff yet to the unity government. The national election is not due until 2020 and under the constitution President Maithripala Sirisena can bring the vote forward only after two-thirds of parliament endorses it. But Rajapaksa, who crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels in a 26-year civil war before he was ousted in 2015, said the coalition government led by Sirisena's party and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe's group had lost the people's confidence. [ Full Report ]

    - Sri Lanka's former strongman calls for snap elections - AP
  • Election Losses Test Sri Lanka’s Leader, and the Country’s Direction

  •    [ Feb 12, 2018 16:44:08 GMT ] [ NYT ]

        Both governing parties were in soul-searching mode, struggling to figure out their next moves and make changes in time to make sure Mr. Rajapaksa’s party does not ride discontent with the government to victory in the presidential election in 2019. Coalition members were clear that both ruling parties were facing a wave that would be difficult to reverse. Members of Mr. Sirisena’s team said the president would shake up his cabinet in the coming days. [ Full Report ]

  • Clean-up 'corruption', allow new nominations, PC party members urge

  •    [ Feb 09, 2018 17:35:11 GMT ] [ CBC ]

        Some long-time Ontario Progressive Conservatives are urging the party to reopen contentious nominations across the province — including the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean — and clean up what they see as corruption before the June election. "We still have time. My goodness, we're going to run a leadership, we still have time to run a properly constituted riding nomination meeting," said retired Conservative Senator Marjory LeBreton. [ Full Report ]

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