17th May 2016

Jaffna university students to commemorate “massacre” of TamilS

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Jaffna university students are to commemorate the “massacre” of Tamils in 2009 at a ceremony to be staged outside the university tomorrow. The Jaffna university student’s union has invited the public to attend the ceremony tomorrow morning. In a public notice, the Jaffna university student’s union says the death of hundreds of Tamils during the final stages of the war in 2009 was the biggest massacre of a single community.  Events to mark the remembrance of victims of the final war began in the North and East last week. Northern provincial council members and families of those killed during the final stages of the war attended the events. Northern Provincial Council member M.K Sivajilingham said earlier that the main event will be staged in Mullivaikal tomorrow. In the […]

Australia ‘talking rubbish’ about breaking people smugglers’ business model, lawyer says

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RELATED STORY: ‘We just wanted to wave, say hello’: Cocos Islanders say boat arrivals flown away RELATED STORY: Sri Lankan would-be migrants returned by Australia ‘may be’ in detention MAP: Sri Lanka A human rights and refugee lawyer in Sri Lanka has accused Australia of breaching international obligations over the recent return of a group of asylum seekers who reached the Cocos Islands. Key points: Lawyer says Australian Government “talking rubbish” about breaking people smugglers’ business model Says most Sri Lankan asylum seekers buy their own boats Accuses Australia of breaching Refugee Convention Lakshan Dias is representing some of the 12 men, women and children who reached the Cocos-Keeling Islands in early May and were subsequently flown back to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Two […]

Lankan born girl in UK gets IQ higher than Einstein

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A Sri Lankan born child prodigy with an IQ higher than Albert Einstein is celebrating becoming a unique member of Mensa in the UK. Nishi Uggalle, ten, is one of the youngest people in the country to score the highest possible mark of 162 in the IQ society’s supervised testing. The Mensa Supervised IQ Test can only be taken by children aged over ten-and-a-half and consists of two separate industry-standard assessments.  One measures mainly verbal reasoning skills and the other, which includes diagrams and images, assesses visual and spatial logic. And Nishi, from Audenshaw in Tameside, scored the highest possible mark of 162 in the first test – known as the Cattell III B score. She scored 142 in the second element, the Culture Fare […]

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar holds talks with Maithripala and Mahinda

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Humanitarian, spiritual leader, ambassador of peace and the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, had talks with President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is on a visit to Sri Lanka, also met several other politicians in Colombo. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday on an invitation extended by Deputy Minister Anoma Gamage. The spiritual guru was in Sri Lanka to declare open the Seetha Eliya Amman Temple Nuwara Eliya. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had in the past called for peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka and during the war he had urged the LTTE to give up violence.(Colombo Gazette)

Healing the wounds of war in Sri Lanka

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Does political stability have an effect on the plight of refugees? If a country has been plagued by decades of infighting, can political stability increase the prospects for reconciliation and a lasting peace? Sri Lanka is witnessing a complex, transformative era in politics — President Maithripala Sirisena’s victory in January last year, coupled with the election of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in August that year — underscore the momentum for political reform in the country. There are three key lessons to note of the political developments in Sri Lanka since, and its impact on the minority Tamils. FIRST, the Sirisena administration is determined to foster lasting peace. As a result of the amendments to the Constitution, much presidential power has been decentralised to Parliament. The […]

Sri Lanka moving ahead with Panama Papers probe, says minister

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May 17, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government is following up on the Panama Papers leaks and has requested for an official list from authorities in Panama, State Minister for National Policies and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera said. “Central Bank Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has contacted authorities in Panama to obtain an official list,” Perera told Lanka Business Online. “Based on the list we will request a police investigations unit to commence investigations,” he said. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists last week released a searchable database of more than 200,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers investigation. The data comes from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the top players in the offshore world, and includes information about companies, […]