British PM Offers £6.6 Million to President Sirisena Towards Reconciliation


( President Sirisena at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta) Britain has offered Sri Lanka £6.6 million over three years to help the war-torn country continue its recovery from the long civil war. The British Prime Minister David

Great Heroes’ Day Passes Off Peacefully in Jaffna


( Several Tamil youths gathered in Maanippaay today to commemorate Maaveerar Naal – Tamil Guardian photo) COLOMBO: Great Heroes’ Day (Maaveerar Naal), which commemorates dead  Tamil Tiger cadres, passed off peacefully in the Tamil speaking parts of Sri Lanka’s Northern

SL Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Approves Stoning to Death of SL House Maid


Newly appointed Sri Lankan ambassador to Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim  has criticized  the local media for their comments on Saudi law of stoning to death. Recently a Sri Lankan house maid was sentenced to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia

Local Tamils, Not the Diaspora that Matter Most – M.S.M. Ayub

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It is doubtful whether the government has got its priorities right in respect of reconciliation, given the emphasis it has placed on matters pertaining to the Tamil diaspora. Soon after the January 8 regime change, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera

Sri Lanka’s Ex-defence Chief Faces Fresh Probe


ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s presidential commission investigating serious abuse of power and financial fraud Thursday cleared the way for prosecutions of former defence chief Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and four others. Rajapakse cohorts include two former navy commanders — retired admirals Jayantha

Sri Lanka’s Police Commission Recommends Disciplinary Action Against Officers Assaulted HNDA Students


Nov 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s National Police Commission (NPC) has recommended disciplinary action against the police officers who were involved in the assault on Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (HNDA) students last month. The NPC has instructed the Inspector General

Suicide of Rajeshwaran Senthuran: Shocked TNA Calls for Calm

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( Students at the University of Jaffna demonstrate following the suicide of a Tamil school student, over the ongoing Tamil political prisoners crisis. Protesters held placards and chanted slogans calling on the Sri Lankan government to account for the death.-

Convener of the TUMSJ Saman Ratnapriya on Good and Bad of the Govt.

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Convener of the Trade Union Movement for Social Justice (TUMSJ) Saman Ratnapriya. What do you think on the progress the Government has made so far? A: The country’s civil society was instrumental in changing the Executive on 8, January and

U.S. Lauds Sri Lanka Government on Post-war Tamil Reconciliation

By Shihar Aneez.  COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United States has praised Sri Lanka’s new government for speeding up efforts towards reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils after a separatist civil war which lasted nearly three decades and killed tens

Sri Lanka: Will Presidency Actually Revert to Its Ceremonial Role?

Lakdev Liyanagama. Last week’s announcement by President Maithripala Sirisena that he would commence the process of abolishing the Executive Presidency, though not wholly unexpected given the pledges he made during his election campaign, adds an entirely new dimension to the

Presidential Project Directors Appointed over the Cabinet Minsters


President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed directors for three  Presidential Projects in the Uva, North-Western and Central Provinces while another Special Presidential Project Officer has been appointed for the Polonnaruwa District, the Presidential Media Unit reports. These directors have been appointed

Remarks by Samantha Power at a Town Hall with Sri Lankan Youth

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(Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Town Hall with Sri Lankan Youth.) AMBASSADOR POWER: Thank you so much, all of you, for being here. Thank you, Dharisha. And let me say the

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Bill: Rights Assured and Rights Distorted


Concern grows as to what kind of RTI Bill Sri Lanka will enact : by Rukshana Rizwie. Nalaka Gunawardene Pic: Courtesy The actual worth of Sri Lanka’s RTI (Right to Information) law will be in its implementation, mechanism and

Legal Recognition for Sex Workers in Sri Lanka?

By Hasini Weerasinghe. The demand for sex workers is overlooked; laws would protect sex workers from violence and harassment  Despite the reluctance to openly discuss this subject, is evident that sex workers are abundant in contemporary Sri Lanka. Although they

US Wants ‘Swift and Credible Fulfilment’ of UNHRC Resolution

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( Ambassador Samantha Power with TNA leader R. Sampanthan) Ambassador Samantha Power told Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena that the US looks forward to closer relations with Sri Lanka, as reforms progress and urged Sri Lanka to

Sri Lanka: ‘No Vice Deals! Punish All Fraudsters!!


A protest march and agitation organized by ‘Voice Against Corruption’ demanding the government to stop its vice deals and take immediate legal action against fraudsters was held in Colombo yesterday (23rd). A large number of organizations including that of university

De-listing of Tamil Diaspora Groups is a Security Threat – Pro Rajapaksa Groups


(GTF is among the de-listed organisations) Pro – Rajaapaksa political alliance of smaller parties and section of the SLFP  has expressed its total and vehement opposition to the government’s decision to deproscribe eight Diaspora Groups and 269 individuals, after being

Government Regains Forward Momentum – Jehan Perera

It was the post-presidential election period this year that saw dramatic changes in the polity. The fear of government backed death squads and mob violence was totally eradicated to the relief of political dissidents and ethnic minorities who had been

Geneva Resolution: How Sri Lanka Political Parties React

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(Sri Lanka Brief) Read the full report as a PDF here:Political Party positions re UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka Sri Lanka resolution A/HRC/30/L.29 adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council at its 30th session, held in September 2015, is

I Am an Atheist, Says Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga


In an interview with the Hindu former president of Sri Lanka Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga  has said that “I am an atheist; but I believe in my principles, I have never violated basic principles. That has given me a lot of

Rajitha, Champika and Arjuna ask IGP to probe bribery claims


Ministers Champika Ranawaka, Dr Rajitha Seenaratne and Arjuna Ranatunga today requested the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate the allegations made against them by the Chairman of Avant Garde Private Limited, Nissanka Senadhipathi. In a joint letter to the

Time is Running out! Are We Progressing Towards Good Governance? – Devanesan Nesiah


I wish I could answer this question with an unqualified yes, but I cannot. There has been significant progress on several issues, but also stagnation and even regression on several others. The gap between our hopeful expectations and the emerging

Samantha Power Tweets from Jaffna on Reconciliation and Demilitarisation


( Jaffna Library’s ancient manuscripts give next gen a window into past. Proud to announce US grant to help preserve ) Tweeting form Jaffna the United States Ambassador to the United Nations said that Sri Lanka’s Governor of Northern Province. H.

US Ambassador Praises Resilience of Tamil Journalists

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(Samantha Power at Uthayan offcie- Photograph: Uthayan.) US Ambassador Samantha Power praised the resilience of Tamil journalists for playing a “critically important role as a check and balance of state power” and urged them to continue their work, during her

Evolution of the Justice System in Sri Lanka Since Olcott’s Arrival

Reproduced below is the first part of Colonel Henry Steel Olcott Memorial Speech delivered by Attorney General Y J W Wijayatilake, PC at Ananda College on November 21. The second part will be published on November 25. Returning to Ananda

Govt. Vows to Unearth Rajapaksas’ Hidden $ Billions


*Will take time, not as easy as nabbing common pickpockets – Mangala. The government says it would find the billions of dollars that the Rajapaksas had allegedly hidden in  many foreign countries, no matter how long it took. Foreign Minister

Highlights of the Draft Resolution for Setting Up a Constitutional Assembly


Here are significant highlights of a draft resolution that is to be moved in Parliament by Premier Wickremesinghe for the setting up of the ‘Constitutional Assembly.’ “THIS HOUSE RESOLVES THAT: There shall be a Committee of Parliament hereinafter referred to

Lanka Lifts Ban On Several Tamil Dispora Groups And Individuals


( Tamil Diaspora is spread around the world) By P.K.Balachandran | Express News Service. COLOMBO: By a gazette extraordinary issued on Friday, the Sri Lankan government lifted the ban on several outfits and individuals previously thought to have been working

Samantha Power Must Recalibrate Washington’s Sri Lanka Rhetoric


By Taylor Dibbert. Samantha Power, America’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), is in India and Sri Lanka from November 18 – 23. In India, she’s set to meet human rights activists, members of civil society and senior government officials.

Sri Lanka to End Feudal Serfdom in Vehicle Taxation: Budget 2016


ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has proposed the end tax free cars given to the elected ruling cars and state workers, which freedom advocates say will help create tax equity and justice. “I propose to abolish all