“Sri Lanka rejects Subramanian Swamy’s call for temporary fishing permits” by

26 août 2014
Par
Sri Lanka has rejected a call to allow Indian fishermen to fish in Lankan waters on a permit system for three years, days ahead of a meeting in Delhi to find an amicable solution to the contentious fishing issue. via: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/sri-lanka-rejects-subramanian-swamys-call-for-temporary-fishing-permits/articleshow/40858156.cms?intenttarget=no DMMore Posts
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“Colombo’s Urban Regeneration Could Rewrite the ‘Socio-economic DNA’ of Entire Communities” by The Curionomist

26 août 2014
Par
These are all critical issues that need to have been thought out because urban regeneration is not just about resettlement and freeing up land for development. There is a rewriting of the socio-economic DNA of these communities and there needs to be help to negate the shock to the body that comes from it...
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“Sri Lanka: Pope Francis will go among the Tamils” by Paolo Affatato

26 août 2014
Par
In his trip to Sri Lanka, that will take place between the 13th and the 15th of January 2015, before proceeding to the Philippines, Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu and will thus be the first Pope in history to set foot in a territory where most inhabitants are...
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“The Spectre of Evictions and Land Grabs in Colombo” by Bhavani Fonseka

26 août 2014
Par
The speed with which evictions are underway in a post war setting with scant regard for rights and obligations should come as no surprise. Nor should we be surprised by the lack of regard shown towards affected communities, by the State, its agents, developers and the larger public. National security and development continue to...
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“Sri Lanka’s surging cash reliance on China” by Dinouk Colombage

26 août 2014
Par
Since ending its civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka has become increasingly financially dependent on China, receiving an estimated $4bn worth of loans, grants and aid. via: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/08/sri-lanka-economy-reliance-china-infrastructure-20148256345589851.html?fb_action_ids=1471234319799278&fb_action_types=og.recommends DMMore Posts
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“Drought hounds war-ravaged Kilinochchi” by Meera Srinivasan

21 août 2014
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The drought has emerged a serious challenge in Sri Lanka, hitting as many as 1,11,459 families living in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Hambantota, Puttalam, Mannar, Vavuniya, Moneragala and Ampara districts across the country, according to official estimates. The crisis prompted President Mahinda Rajapaksa to announce an LKR 1,300 million (USD 10 million) development programme recently, seeking...
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“Rapes surge in Sri Lanka amid weak laws” by Dinouk Colombage

21 août 2014
Par
In Features: Recent allegations that a naval officer in the northern city of Jaffna raped an 11-year-old girl have cast a spotlight on the growing problem of sexual violence in Sri Lanka. According to police figures, incidents of rape have increased by nearly 20 percent in the last two years, with 4,393 cases registered during...
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“US slams Sri Lanka over intimidation of war victims” by Global Post

21 août 2014
Par
The United States led Western criticism of Sri Lanka on Tuesday after pro-government activists broke up a meeting of US diplomats and ethnic Tamils who lost loved ones in the island’s separatist war. via: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140805/us-slams-sri-lanka-over-intimidation-war-victims DMMore Posts
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“On Illegal Possession Of Land By The Military And Demographic Change In North & East” by Colombo Telegraph

21 août 2014
Par
“I would invite the members of the international community to come to Kanniya in Trincomalee and see for themselves what is happening; see for themselves the situation. We do not want these types of things to happen. But, you are compellingus to make such an appeal to the international community. I wrote to the...
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“Satellite images show that the High Security Zone is not being used as intended” by Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice

21 août 2014
Par
Last year we ran a campaign around the Government of Sri Lanka’s seizure of land belonging to Tamil families forced from their homes by the civil war. Over 7,000 acres of land – potentially up to $2 billion worth at current prices – was seized in the Northern and Eastern provinces using land acquisition notices which...
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“Muslims Pose A Threat In Sri Lanka”, Ranay Sharma Interviews Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara

19 août 2014
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Just like in Burma, the recent years have seen the unrest between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority on the upswing in Sri Lanka. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, general secr­etary of the Sri Lankan ultra-nationalist Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)—Sinhalese for Buddhist Power Force—actually claims to perceive an international Islamic conspiracy that aims...
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“I said pray for us to be saved” by Mr. Doole (Moving Images)

19 août 2014
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“There’s no place quite like Slave Island,” Nizar Doole announced to us within minutes of meeting us for the first time. As an example, he urged us to look to his own community, the Malays, who speak most if not all of the country’s languages: English, Sinhala, Tamil along with their own dialect, Ja....
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“Sri Lanka president adamant on barring U.N. war crimes investigators” by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal

19 août 2014
Par
Sri Lanka will deny visas to United Nations’ investigators probing accusations of war crimes as it strengthens a domestic panel looking into allegations related to its 26-year war, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Tuesday. via: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/19/us-sri-lanka-rights-idUSKBN0GJ0NT20140819 DMMore Posts
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“Fundamentally Freund: Defeating terrorists: From Sri Lanka to Gaza” by Michael Freund

19 août 2014
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Michael Freund, a former official in Bibi’s government, argues for the application of the “Sri Lankan model” of counter-insurgency in Palestine. Whether to laugh or cry? via: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Fundamentally-Freund-Defeating-terrorists-From-Sri-Lanka-to-Gaza-371428 DMMore Posts
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“Surge of radical Buddhism in South Asia” by Roma Rajpal Weiss

19 août 2014
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Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the UN Dayan Jayatilake insists that the government is not taking concrete measures to curb the activities of extremist Sinhalese Buddhists in the country. “Everybody talks about the role of the Buddhist clergy in mobilising the mobs. And yet I don’t see sufficient robust efforts being made by the...
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