Tag: Sri Lanka

Facebook apologises for role in 2018 Sri Lanka unrest

Facebook has apologised for its role in the deadly communal unrest that shook Sri Lanka two years ago after an investigation found that hate speech and rumours spread on the platform may have led to violence against Muslims. The riots in early 2018 erupted as...

Lim Tean highlights countries which have delayed elections amid pandemic

People's Voice Activist Lim Tean has urged the PAP Government to follow the example of countries like Serbia and Sri Lanka, which have delayed their General Elections due to the Covid-19 pandemic. People's Voice founder Lim Tean on Friday (March 20) shared an article by Bloomberg regarding...

Wuhan virus continues to spread: fifth case in Singapore confirmed

Singapore—Concerns over the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, a city in Hubei, central China, continue to mount as more cases of the infection are confirmed around the world. To date, over 2,740 people have been infected by the virus, with a death toll of...

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa brothers back in business

Sri Lanka's divisive Rajapaksa clan consolidated their grip on power on Thursday as newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa swore in his brother Mahinda as prime minister. The siblings are credited with destroying in brutal fashion ethnic Tamil separatists to end Sri Lanka's civil war a...

Symbolic swearing-in for Sri Lanka’s new president

by Maude BRULARD Sri Lanka's new president and scourge of the Tamil Tigers Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday urged minorities unnerved by his election victory to work with him, as he was sworn in at a ceremony steeped in symbolism for his core supporters. Having spearheaded the...

Sri Lanka steps up security for final vote rallies

by Amal JAYASINGHE Police stepped up security across Sri Lanka on Wednesday over fears of violence on the final day of campaigning for the fiercely contested presidential election, officials said. Elite police commandos reinforced police as the two frontrunners in Saturday's vote Sajith Premadasa and Gotabhaya...

Malaysian Minister says Pakatan party not linked to LTTE

There is no link between DAP and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), says Malaysian Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said the arrest of several assemblymen from the Democratic Action Party is based purely on their individual actions. "As a party, DAP is not involved; action is taken against individuals...

Malaysian police arrest seven, including DAP members for LTTE links

The Malaysian police detained two Democratic Action Party assembly persons in Malacca over alleged links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) today. In total, police picked up seven men, including the two assemblymen, who are detained for their alleged links to the LTTE which local authorities consider a terror...

Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse clan steps up new bid for power

Sri Lanka's election commission on Monday agreed to let the brother of former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse stand in the country's presidential election, despite a string of corruption cases against him. Gotabhaya Rajapakse is frontrunner in the campaign for the November 16 election, even though his...

Probe shows Sri Lanka attacks ‘retaliation for Christchurch’: dep. defence minister

An initial probe into deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people shows it was "retaliation for Christchurch," the country's deputy defence minister said Tuesday. "The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka (on Sunday) was in...