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 [...]

Fear grips Muslims in Gintota after attack

Muhammad Abrar is still in shock, nearly a week after his house in Ampitiya village in the southern Sri Lankan town of Ginthota came under attack from a Sinhalese-Buddhist mob. On November 17, he had returned from the mosque after evening prayers and was about to retire for the night, when he heard his neighbours’ [...]

Return To Sri Lanka: Indian Soldier Revisits A Brutal Battlefield

A 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka left at least 100,000 people dead on both sides of the conflict. In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the fighting. Thirty years on, BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare revisits the former battlefields of Sri Lanka with a retired Indian major-general who [...]

Duminda Told To Wear Spectacles

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Eye specialists have determined that Duminda Silva should be wearing eye glasses to enable him to see well mainly due to his age, being over 40. This was determined after he was taken to the Colombo Eye Hospital last week. Duminda Silva, a former MP, was taken to the Colombo Eye Hospital [...]

The Unfair Serving Dished Out To Pensioners

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Pensioners in Sri Lanka, despite having served the country their whole life, are forced to take to the streets in protest against the unfair treatment they are dished out and their meagre pension payments. Adding insult to injury by receiving meagre pensions, some pensioners lament that they do not even receive their [...]

Housing For The Displaced

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The housing problems of the displaced are yet to be resolved and some of these displaced persons are still either in temporary shelters or live as IDPs. Hence the government is currently in the process of once again addressing their housing concerns are planning on constructing another 50,000 houses for them. This [...]

Suicide On The Rise

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya In the recent past, suicides seem to have increased in Sri Lanka with many reports of youngsters having committed suicide in the news.  In fact there are around 3,500 suicides being reported every year in Sri Lanka. In 1995 however, Sri Lanka had the highest number of suicides in the world but [...]

Sri Lanka Is A Land Of Unprecedented Hope And Optimism – Mohamed Hussain Shareef

Among my most vivid childhood memories is a scene of horror involving an apartment inferno followed by a frantic dash from our Dehiwala home, escorted by family members, to Katunayake Airport. The year was 1983 and the timing was the flaring up of ethnic violence in and around Colombo, which then escalated into a prolonged [...]

Drought Takes Its Toll In Several Areas

by  Ashanthi Warunasuriya The drought was having a serious impact on several parts of the country, with the North the most affected. Politicians and civil society said that drinking water was a major concern in the North with little or no supply. Northern Province Parliamentarian Douglas Devananda told The Sunday Leader that proposals have been made to [...]

Death Traps Emerge As Rail Gatekeepers Vacate Posts

by  Indika Sri Aravinda Death traps have emerged at several railway crossings as rail gate keepers have vacated their posts. Over 800 rail gatekeepers have vacated their posts at bamboo rail gates owing to poor salaries. General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways, B.A.P. Ariyarathne told The Sunday Leader that the bamboo rail gatekeepers get Rs. [...]

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