6th July 2017

Lankan accused of murdering wife in Quebec deported

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A Sri Lankan man accused of killing his wife in Quebec five years ago has been deported after the charge against him was stayed because of an unreasonable delay, CBC news Canada reported. Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham, a 32-year-old permanent Canadian resident, was set to appear today at a detention review hearing, but it has been cancelled, a spokesperson at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada said Thursday.  Thanabalasingham’s second-degree murder charge was stayed in April after Superior Court Justice Alexandre Boucher ruled it had taken too long to get to trial.  Thanabalasingham was the first Quebecer charged with murder to have his case stayed because of the Jordan ruling, a Supreme Court decision issued last July which imposes strict limits on the waiting time for trials. […]

TNA Dismayed at Maha Sangha ‘Veto’

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President gives chief prelates assurance following meeting President Maithripala Sirisena has given the chief prelates an assurance on the Constitution making process following a meeting held with them in Kandy today. A meeting between Maha Sangha (chief prelates) led by Maha Nayaka Theros and President Maithripala Sirisena was held today at the President’s House in Kandy.  The Maha Sangha presented their ideas and proposals on the political, social, economic and religious matters, to the President during this meeting. They presented a list of proposals related to these matters, the President’s office said. The Maha Nayaka of Malwathu Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thero, Maha Nayaka of Asgiri Sector Most Venerable Varakagoka Sri Gnanarathana Thero, and Maha Nayaka of Ramagna […]

TNA insists new Constitution process must move forward

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today insisted that the process to draft a new Constitution must move forward. TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told Parliament that the two main political parties in the country joined hands for the purpose of drafting a new Constitution.  He said that when Parliament decides something no one from outside can override that decision.  The Chief Prelates of the three main Buddhist chapters had this week decided there is no need for a new Constitution in Sri Lanka. The Chief Prelates reached the decision following a discussion between them. Sumanthiran said that the process to draft the new Constitution is of utmost importance and must continue. He also said that the public can decide through a referendum what is the best […]

New Army Commander denies war crimes charges

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The new Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has vehemently denied allegations that the tri-forces committed war crimes. Speaking to media after officially assuming duties as the Army Commander said the Army works with discipline and dedication. Lieutenant General Senanayake said certain persons are levelling various baseless allegations. The Commander said without discipline and dedication there can be no army adding that wearing a uniform alone doesn’t make one a solider. He noted groups levelling allegations have not witnessed a crime but they speak of something they have heard adding that he, as a person who has been with the army knows the army did not bow down. The Commander noted the army is prepared to face any charge. Lieutenant General […]

UPFA Tamil members of CPC decide to be independent

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By Cyril Wimalasurendre KANDY – The ruling (UPFA) Tamil members of the Central Provincial Council will hereafter function as an independent group. The independent group has been named ‘Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA). President of the alliance will be M. M. Ram. The new alliance says it will be an independent body representing the Tamil community in the plantation sector of the Central hills. The group complains that the issues of the plantation sector community remain unsolved although the Tamil members of the Provincial Council representing the community are in the ruling coalition. The problems of housing, employment and education have not been addressed by the Central Provincial Council, the newly formed alliance says. Saraswathie Sivaguru was elected the Secretary of the alliance. A team of […]

CANADIAN MAYOR REFUSES TO REMOVE PORK FROM SCHOOL CANTEEN MENU* and EXPLAINS WHY

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*CANADIAN MAYOR REFUSES TO REMOVE PORK FROM SCHOOL CANTEEN MENU* and EXPLAINS WHY Muslim parents demanded the abolition of pork in all the school canteens of a Montreal suburb. The mayor of the Montreal suburb of Dorval has refused, and the town-clerk sent a note to all parents to explain why. Here’s that note: “Muslims must understand that they have to adapt to Canada and Quebec, its customs, its traditions, its way of life, because that’s where they chose to immigrate. “They must understand that they have to integrate and learn to live in Quebec. “They must understand that it is for them to change their lifestyle, not  the Canadians who so generously welcomed them. “They must understand that Canadians are neither racist nor xenophobic, […]