Sri Lanka Brief
2015January
  • Right to Return id Inalienable and Needs to Be Implemented With Urgency

    (Press Release/National Peace Council) One of the unresolved and tragic problems of Sri Lanka’s war is the return and resettlement of the Muslim people who were expelled from the North by the LTTE in 1990. An estimated 80 percent of them continue to live outside their original places of residence. Recently the issue of resettlement […]

  • Sri Lanka: 18,000 Acres for Resettlement in North Read more >

    Sri Lanka: 18,000 Acres for Resettlement in North

    (IDPs in Jaffna – File photo) The Ministry of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs is holding talks for the release of 18,000 acres of land in the North from security forces’ occupation to resettle displaced Northern Tamils on their own lands, Minister D.M. Swaminathan told the Sunday Observer. An extent of 44,548 acres is […]

  • Sirisena-Ranil And The Art Of The Possible – Kumar David

    “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall” “Excellent joke!” Whether this is a Ranil-Sirisena (R&S) government or an S&R one, is significant. It certainly started off with all the trumps and partnership seniority in Ranil’s hands, but time and completion of the 100-Day tasks has moved the equation into an S&R domain; so […]

  • FMM Elects New Office-Bearers Read more >

    FMM Elects New Office-Bearers

    The Free Media Movement (FMM) elected its new office-bearers at its 24th Annual General Meeting held on May 26, at the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI). The following were elected office-bearers and executive committee members for the year 2015/2016. Convenor: Seetha Ranjanee General Secretary: C. Dodawatta Treasurer: Viranjana Herath Asst. Secretary: Ananda Jayasekara Executive Committee […]

  • President Assures Justice for Victimized Journalists Read more >

    President Assures Justice for Victimized Journalists

    President Maithripala Sirisena said that he has already instructed the relevant authorities to reopen files relating to the abductions and assassinations of journalists during the past few years. “Impartial, methodical and justifiable investigations will be carried out in to the abductions of journalists, since the government strongly believes that the rule of law should be […]

  • Electoral Reforms in Sri Lanka: 20A Deadlocked? Read more >

    Electoral Reforms in Sri Lanka: 20A Deadlocked?

     President – PM entrusted to decide way forward; Committee report accepted, subject to alterations; The Cabinet last night decided to entrust President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with the task of deciding the manner in which the government should proceed with the 20th Amendment. The Cabinet sub committee report, dealing with electoral reforms, […]

  • No Room for Separatism and Violence, says Lankan Cannes Star Read more >

    No Room for Separatism and Violence, says Lankan Cannes Star

    (Anthonythasan with Kaleiswari Srinivasan in Deepan) Jesuthasan Anthonythasan, the Tamil Tiger child soldier who attained international stardom when his film Dheepan bagged the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, has well and truly abjured violence and separatism, which had marked his life in Sri Lanka. “Though the Tamil diaspora may want it, the Tamils in […]

  • Jaffna Unrest Had Political Dimension Too – Jehan Perera

    The mob violence that suddenly burst forth in Jaffna has given rise to multiple interpretations, both in Jaffna and elsewhere. Opposition politicians have claimed that the displaced Sinhalese who have been resettled in parts of Jaffna were being targeted. Others claimed that national security had been jeopardized by the demilitarization taking place in the North […]

  • Film On Slain Lankan TV Journalist Banned in India Read more >

    Film On Slain Lankan TV Journalist Banned in India

    The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has refused to certify ‘Porkalathil Oru Poo,’ a film based on real life story of television journalist, Isaipriya, who was allegedly killed in captivity by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the final stages of the civil war in 2009, on the grounds that the film could strain […]

  • Sri Lanka Welcomes Cannes Award for Refugee Movie Read more >

    Sri Lanka Welcomes Cannes Award for Refugee Movie

    (French director Jacques Audiard (centre) poses on stage with Sri Lankan actress Kalieaswari Srinivasan (left) and Sri Lankan actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan after he was awarded with the Palme d’Or for his film “Dheepan” during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France. – AFP) COLOMBO, May 25, 2015 (AFP) – […]

  • Govt. & Opposition Agree on 10-member Constitutional Council Read more >

    Govt. & Opposition Agree on 10-member Constitutional Council

    ( President Sirisena has appointed Champika Ranawaka as his representative to the CC) In spite of heavy ‘confrontations’ both in and outside parliament over allegedly fraudulent Treasury bond issues, the UNP-led government and the Opposition have reached agreement on the formation of a 10-member Constitutional Council paving the way to the setting up of 11 […]

  • Sri Lanka:  Court Bans Protests in Jaffna Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Court Bans Protests in Jaffna

    ( Protest in Jaffna against the gang rape and murder of Vidya) The Jaffna Magistrate has issued a stay order banning all types of protests in the Jaffna town, the police media unit said. The stay order was issued as a result of the violence which erupted in Jaffna this week during a protest against […]

  • Sri Lanka: Cabinet  Approves 30% Quota for Women Candidates at Provincial Elections Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Cabinet Approves 30% Quota for Women Candidates at Provincial Elections

    Amendment of the Provincial Councils Elections Act no 02 of 1988. The present government has proposed to increase the women’s contribution in political decision making in the “MaithriPalanayak” policy statement. The proposal made by Hon. JanakaBandaraTennakoon, the Minister of Provincial Councils and Regional Development, to draft amendments to the Provincial Councils Elections Act no 02 […]

  • Sri Lanka: Vasu Calls Ranil a “Pakaya” in Parliament Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Vasu Calls Ranil a “Pakaya” in Parliament

    Parliamentarian and former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara called Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe a “pakaya” in Parliament today. This was after the Prime Minister attempted to prevent Nanayakkara from raising a point of order during Parliament proceedings today. “Do you think you can make me sit down? Pakaya,”  Nanayakkara said. Nanayakkara accused the Prime Minister of not […]

  • Prof. V.T. Tamilmaran Rescued From Angry Mob in Jaffna Read more >

    Prof. V.T. Tamilmaran Rescued From Angry Mob in Jaffna

    Dean of the Colombo Law Faculty V.T. Tamilmaran was surrounded by residents in Punkudutivu accusing him of helping one of the ten suspects involved in the brutal murder of Sivaloganathan Vithya. He was rescued from angry residents by Army and Navy personnel on Tuesday. Tamilmaran who hails from Punkudutivu had gone there to assess the […]

  • A tale of Two Presidents: Six Years After The War

    By Harim Peris. May 19 marked six years since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which at that time had been the world’s second longest running civil conflict, after Lebanon. The end of the war was commemorated in two very different ways from two very different leaders, one present and forward looking, the other […]

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