The Sunday Leader

Sri Lankan community in Toronto in shock as van attack claims life of single mother

Renuka Amarasingha was among the victims of the Toronto van attack last week. On Wednesday morning, the Toronto District School Board identified Amarasingha as being among the dead. On the day of the attack she had just completed her first day of work at Earl Haig Secondary School, located near the crime scene, the board said. John [...]

Girl finds missing father

By Easwaran Rutnam   A girl in Singapore has found her father in Sri Lanka after a story appeared on The Sunday Leader and another website saying she was looking for him. Durga Keshav said that she has received various messages from her paternal relatives and cousins with regards to her father. “After so much of questioning [...]

Once a hostage, Sri Lankan sailor now helps battle Somali pirates

BOSSASO, SOMALIA (VOA News) - In a classroom overlooking the harbor in the Somali city of Bossaso, Sarath Surasena teaches the basics of boat mechanics. The students are recruits for a new coast guard being established in Somalia’s Galmudug state, once the epicenter of piracy that paralyzed Indian Ocean shipping lanes a decade ago, and a [...]

Chinese project manager in Sri Lanka follows father’s TV-tower-building footsteps

by Zhu Ruiqing, Tang Lu COLOMBO, (Xinhua) — In Cai Xiaofeng’s mobile phone, there is one picture that he treasures the most. It is a crayon sketch of the Colombo Lotus Tower. The tower stands erect, boasting a glass curtain wall, its apex is in the shape of a blossoming red lotus. Cai is the project [...]

A never ending search

By Easwaran Rutnam   She was just a one-year-old when he left but today Durga Keshav is still continuing a campaign to locate her father who she believes is either in Sri Lanka or Australia. Durga Keshav told this journalist that Kanagasundaram Somasundaram left her family in Singapore and came to Sri Lanka in 1991 [...]

HIV fear: Probe sought on harassment of Girl in Ganemulla

A girl in Ganemulla has been harassed by her school over HIV fears, a BBC Sinhala report said on Friday. The girl’s mother is believed to be HIV positive and as a result the head master of the school she attends has reportedly been harassing her. Former Sri Lanka cricket captain tweeted saying that if [...]

‘Search operation’ launched for owners of unutilised land in Jaffna

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The Government has launched an unofficial ‘search operation’ to locate the owners of unutilised land in Jaffna. Most of the owners are known to be overseas and are either untraceable or uncontactable. Additional District Secretary (Land) at the Jaffna District Secretariat, D. D. Muralitharan told The Sunday Leader that the unutilised lands can be [...]

Catholic women’s group calls to legalize abortion in Sri Lanka

Some Catholic laywomen and doctors in Sri Lanka are demanding changes to the country’s legal framework as they push to decriminalise abortion in the face of heavy opposition from local bishops. The Feminist Catholic Network (FCN) recently signed a petition in support of proposed legal amendments that want to expand on current provisions in cases [...]

Drought leaves trail of destruction and despair

By our Vavuniya Correspondent   A severe drought, which has affected parts of the country, has left destruction and despair in its path. The drought has affected Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Kandy. According to the Disaster Management Centre, hundreds have been affected in these areas since late last year. Lack of sufficient [...]

How a mother from Sri Lanka is helping Tamil-Canadians cope with disabilities

When Vijitha Tharmalingam brought her family to Canada from Sri Lanka in 1992, she found herself in the same predicament as many immigrants — encountering problems with accessing resources and services in her mother tongue. But because her daughter Meera had disabilities, she found settling in this country even harder. Inspired by her own difficulties, and the experience of other people in the Tamil community, she co-founded ATI [...]

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