360° Coverage : Shooting incidents reported as polling ends in Sri Lanka (...

11 Updates
Shooting incidents reported as polling ends in Sri Lanka (Roundup)
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

Shooting incidents reported as polling ends in Sri Lanka (Roundup)

Sep 21 2013, 10:40am CDT | by IANS

Colombo, Sep 21 (IANS) Several incidents of violence were reported as Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority Northern Province and two other regions Saturday voted to elect three provincial councils, four years after the Tamil Tiger rebels were vanquished. The government put the turnout at 68 percent, but international monitors pegged it at around 55 percent.

Colombo, Sep 21 — Several incidents of violence were reported as Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority Northern Province and two other regions Saturday voted to elect three provincial councils, four years...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Shooting incidents reported as polling ends in Sri Lanka (Roundup)

Sep 21 2013, 10:40am CDT | by IANS

Colombo, Sep 21 (IANS) Several incidents of violence were reported as Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority Northern Province and two other regions Saturday voted to elect three provincial councils, four years after the Tamil Tiger rebels were vanquished. The government put the turnout at 68 percent, but international monitors pegged it at around 55 percent.

Colombo, Sep 21 — Several incidents of violence were reported as Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority Northern Province and two other regions Saturday voted to elect three provincial councils, four years after the Tamil Tiger rebels were vanquished. The government put the turnout at 68 percent, but international monitors pegged it at around 55 percent.

The largest share of election violence was reported from the northern province where elections were being held for the first time in 25 years after a brutal three-decade war ended in 2009, Xinhua reported.

At least seven people were also injured when an unidentified group fired into the air causing a stampede at a polling booth in the island's central province.

The north-western province was the third region selecting a new council.

The elections were being intensely fought in the northern province with the main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), pushing for a chance to move ahead with power devolution since the end of the war.

Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) have highlighted serious concerns regarding the credibility of the elections, pointing out that one of their observers was attacked while engaging in his work in the northern town of Kilinochchi.

"There are also concerns that the vote counting will not be trustworthy and we have already received five complaints regarding this. Given the high level of violence, this election cannot be considered as free and fair," CaFFE executive director Keerthi Tennakoon told Xinhua.

However, the Government Information Department (GID) in a public notice insisted that the elections were conducted smoothly with 68 percent voter turnout recorded in the north.

Election monitors believe the number is far less, with initial numbers indicating only 55 percent of eligible voters actually used their franchise.

International attention on the northern provincial council election was intense with Commonwealth and South Asian observers flocking to the region.

India, Canada, the US and Britain were among countries that have sent contingents of diplomats to observe the polls.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
11

2 days ago

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained

Oct 20 2014 7:04pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

By Nita Bhalla and Shihar Aneez JAFFNA Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the fishing village of Oori, t ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
10

2 weeks ago

Human Rights Commission and Missing Persons commission to meet today

Oct 9 2014 4:33am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) and the members of the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complains Regarding Missing Persons will meet today to collaborate on the inquiries into the cases of missing and disapp ...
Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense   Full article at: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense
 

 
Update
9

2 weeks ago

There's only 1 hope

Oct 8 2014 6:14pm CDT | Source: WND

It’s amazing how the decent, ordinary citizens allowed an alien like Obama to bamboozle them out of their country! We live in Sri Lanka, and way back in 2005 (or whenever he hit the road), we realized that he was a total misfit. Not ONCE but twice you Americans voted without thinking. Not only the Americans, but the whole world will pay. But IF you still do what we are told to do in 2 Chronicles 7:14 at a ...
Source: WND  Full article at: WND
 

 
Update
8

3 weeks ago

Gold Hidden Boat Caught in Northern Seas

Oct 2 2014 4:55am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

Sri Lanka Navy Ship Ranadheera of Northern Naval Command intercepted a fibre glass dinghy smuggling approx 45 kilograms of gold during its routine patrol in the seas ...
Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense   Full article at: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense
 

 
Update
7

3 weeks ago

Navy recovers a stash of gold

Sep 29 2014 7:14am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

Sri Lanka Navy today (29th September) confiscated a haul of gold during a raid in Madagalthurai. Acting on information received naval troops under SLNS Uttara in Jaffna launched a raid during the early hours today to seize the gold car ...
Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense   Full article at: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense
 

 
Update
5

3 weeks ago

Like Minded Group Joint Statement

Sep 27 2014 3:56am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

Twenty-two developing countries of the Like Minded Group (LMG) in Geneva, in a joint statement made through its Chair - Egypt, have said the Group "believes that the intrusive mandate given to the OHCHR by Res. 25/1 to carry out investigations on Sri Lanka is unwarranted, especially in the context where the country is implementing its own do ...
Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense   Full article at: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense
 

 
Update
4

5 weeks ago

Navy provides drinking water to drought-affected civilians

Sep 17 2014 11:31pm CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

As a community relief measure, Sri Lanka Navy is providing drinking water to drought-affected civilians in Kayts and Mannar. Over 24,000 liters of drinking water are provided by SLNS Kanchadewa of the Northern Nav ...
Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense   Full article at: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense
 

 
Update
3

5 weeks ago

First Jaffna Batch Soldiers to Pass Out

Sep 17 2014 6:37am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

Five hundred recruits from Jaffna who recently joined the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Forces (SLAVF) will pass out in an elegant parade on successful completion of three month training on September 20th at the Sri Lanka Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (SLEME) gro ...
Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense   Full article at: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense
 

 
Update
2

5 weeks ago

Yal Devi Jaffna bound again from mid October

Sep 11 2014 11:21pm CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

The Yal Devi will resume services to Jaffna after a lapse of 30 years in mid October. ...
Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense   Full article at: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense
 

 
Update
1

5 weeks ago

UNHCR urges Sri Lanka to stop deportations and provide protection to refugees and asylum-seekers

Sep 11 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: UN High Commission on Refugees

UNHCR is gravely concerned about the resumption of arrests, detention and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka started its spec ...
Source: UN High Commission on Refugees   Full article at: UN High Commission on Refugees
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Over 550 killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria
Damascus, Oct 23 (IANS/EFE) At least 553 people have died over the past month in airstikes launched by the US-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, a rights group reported Thursday.
 
 
Canada not immune to terror attacks: PM Harper
Toronto, Oct 23 (IANS) No Canadian would believe that their country is under attack and that the attack comes from within, from homegrown extremists.
 
 
Sri Lanka expresses concern over Canada shooting
Colombo, Oct 23 (IANS) In the wake of a terror attack inside Canada's parliament, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday expressed concern over the escalating terrorism in the world.
 
 
Two people die in Pakistan bomb blast
Islamabad, Oct 23 (IANS) At least two people were killed and 12 others injured in an explosion that took place in Pakistan's Balochistan province Thursday, media reported.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Second MERS case reported in Qatar
Doha, Oct 23 (IANS) A 43-year-old man in Qatar has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the second confirmed case of the deadly virus in 10 days, media reported Thursday. The patient had...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Two people die in Pakistan bomb blast
Islamabad, Oct 23 (IANS) At least two people were killed and 12 others injured in an explosion that took place in Pakistan's Balochistan province Thursday, media reported. The bomb was planted on a motorcycle, Dawn...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Trott extends contract with Warwickshire till 2017
London, Oct 23 (IANS) England batsman Jonathan Trott, whose mental issues led to his abrupt departure from last winter's Ashes tour, has confirmed his successful comeback to competitive cricket by signing a new three-...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Srikanth, Kashyap big movers in BWF rankings
Kuala Lumpur, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap jumped seven places each in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday while Olympic bronze medallist...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Alvin Stardust dead
London, Oct 23 (IANS) English singer Alvin Stardust died after a short illness. He was 72. Stardust's manager confirmed the news about his demise Thursday, reports mirror.co.uk. He was recently diagnosed with...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Indian man reunited with family after 40 years
Dubai, Oct 23 (IANS) An Indian man, who had disappeared from his hometown in Kerala nearly 40 years ago, has been found by his family at a hospital in Dubai in the UAE, a newspaper report said. Now in his 60s, Abdulla...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Srikanth, Kashyap, Saina rise in world rankings
Kala Lumpur, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap jumped seven places each in the latest released Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings Thursday while Olympic bronze medallist...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Flintoff signs for Big Bash side Brisbane Heat
Brisbane, Oct 23 (IANS) Former England captain and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who retired from international cricket in 2009, Wednesday confirmed that he will play for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League (BBL) this...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
OPEC daily basket price falls again
Vienna, Oct 23 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $81.94 a barrel Wednesday compared to $82.09 Tuesday, the OPEC Secretariat said. The new OPEC...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Lopez to sign multi-million dollar deal?
Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez is reportedly in the final stages of securing a multi-million dollar deal to perform in Las Vegas. The 45-year-old is being offered $350,000 per show at The...
Read more on Celebrity Balla