Sri Lanka Brief
2015January
  • Army Responsible for Deaths at Rathupaswela: SLHRC Read more >

    Army Responsible for Deaths at Rathupaswela: SLHRC

    ( Army on the rampage in Rathupaswela) Investigations conducted by the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission had revealed that the Sri Lanka Army was responsible for the shooting and assaults that took place while dispersing the crowd at Rathupaswela. The incidents occurred on August 1, 2013. Three persons including two students were shot and killed […]

  • Drug Baron & Gota…. Read more >

    Drug Baron & Gota….

    Sri Lanka is preparing to issue a red notice through Interpol to arrest Mohamed Mubarak Mohamed Mujahid, A Sri Lankan living in Malaysia states police media spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera. It has gone viral that this drug baron has had very close relations with former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Police Narcotics Bureau has revealed that […]

  • UN Moves to ‘Ignore’ Sri Lanka’s War-Crimes Victims Condemned

    A network of Tamil Civil Society activists from Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged North-East on Tuesday vehemently condemned the alleged moves by the UN to help Colombo to set up a domestic accountability mechanism, completely ignoring the survivors of the brutal war. “We condemn and reject these moves hatched in secrecy to establish a domestic mechanism solely […]

  • MR Likely to Be Questioned Over RADA Allegations! Read more >

    MR Likely to Be Questioned Over RADA Allegations!

    “Former President will be questioned after election”; RADA has spent Rs. 2,431 m when it was operational. Former President and UPFA Kurunegala District candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to be questioned in connection with alleged financial misappropriations involving Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), highly placed police sources told the Daily News yesterday. The agency, headed […]

  • Rohitha Rajapaksa & His Caucasian Shepherd

    The 112th All Breeds Championship dog show was held at Excel World last week by the Ceylon Kennel Club. Among its participants was the former President’s third son, Rohitha Rajapaksa. He was proudly exhibiting a Caucasian Shepherd, an expensive breed of dogs that is popular in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and North Caucasus area. If […]

  • Balloon-Based Internet, Thanks to Google Read more >

    Balloon-Based Internet, Thanks to Google

    by Rafi Schwartz . The island nation of Sri Lanka has just signed a major contract to become the first country on earth to enjoy complete, nationwide 3G internet coverage, and they’re doing it all with balloons. Yes, balloons. Specifically, 13 of them, floating high above the Indian Ocean, bobbing in the stratosphere, to ensure the entire country of over […]

  • The Death and Rebirth of the Sri Lanka Model

    In the early part of this decade the phrase “the Sri Lanka model” gained popularity among both Sri Lanka watchers and influential figures in the security forces of nefarious regimes. It doesn’t get thrown around as much these days, but nor has it entirely disappeared. Meanwhile the ideas that inspired the term have certainly not gone away. […]

  • UPFA’s Negative Election Will Not Win Votes – Jehan Perera

     The nascent rejuvenation of institutions since the change of government was demonstrated in an unexpected manner with the apprehension of a white van. These vehicles have obtained a notoriety that peaked during the last years of the war with the LTTE. The circumstances under which this particular white van came to light had all the […]

  • We Must Promote Peace – Rishad Bathiudeen

      ishak The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, which is now a part of the UNP led alliance, has decided to contest six districts under the UNP’s elephant symbol and one district separately under their own party symbol. Bathiudeen said that his party joined the UNP led good governance front […]

  • Activists Commemorate ‘Black July’ in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Activists Commemorate ‘Black July’ in Sri Lanka

    ( Jayathilaka Bandara singing at the Commemoration) No true reconciliation without justice for victims, priest says. As Sri Lankan Tamils mark the anniversary of the “Black July” riots, which triggered a quarter-century of civil war, activists say the lines of division still run deep through the island nation. On July 23, 1983, fighters with the […]

  • The Tamil National Alliance; 2015 Parliamentary Election Manifesto

    The Tamil National Alliance – Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi . Parliamentary Election – 2015 Manifesto. At the time of independence from colonial rule in 1948, Ceylon was foisted with a unitary type constitution with simple majoritarian rule. In 1949 a sizeable number of Tamils of recent Indian origin were disenfranchised. State aided colonization of the […]

  • Tamils & Citizens of Sri Lanka Need to Consolidate the Recent Progressive Changes in the Country – GTF Read more >

    Tamils & Citizens of Sri Lanka Need to Consolidate the Recent Progressive Changes in the Country – GTF

    PRESS STATEMENT/25 July 2015 Global Tamil Forum (GTF) strongly urges the Tamil people and all citizens of Sri Lanka to do their historic duty at the upcoming Parliamentary elections by carefully voting for the parties and candidates with the main objective of consolidating the progressive changes and gains made during the recent past. The presidential […]

  • Sri Lanka Muslims condemn ISIS Read more >

    Sri Lanka Muslims condemn ISIS

    All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) together with other Muslim organisations yesterday strongly condemned those backing the ISIS or any other extremist organisation. “We do not condone any person or organisation that engages in extremism in any form,” ACJU President Mufthi M. I. M. Rizwie said. He said an awareness campaign would be launched today and […]

  • Rajapaksa Comeback Bid Checked by Sri Lanka Bribery Probe Read more >

    Rajapaksa Comeback Bid Checked by Sri Lanka Bribery Probe

    Sri Lanka is investigating a Chinese firm on suspicion of offering a bribe to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s failed presidential re-election campaign, a source close to the investigation said, weeks before he seeks to pull off a comeback in a general election. Ousted by erstwhile ally Maithripala Sirisena in January, Rajapaksa is now seeking to turn the […]

  • UNP: Soldiers in White Van got firearm from Gota Read more >

    UNP: Soldiers in White Van got firearm from Gota

    Home Affairs Minister Joseph Michael Perera says that three soldiers arrested by the Mirihana police  on Monday evening with a firearm in their possession have confessed to police that the weapon had been given to them by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The Minister said so while addressing a press conference in Colombo yesterday. He […]

  • Sri Lanka: EU Fish Ban Causes $75 Million Loss Read more >

    Sri Lanka: EU Fish Ban Causes $75 Million Loss

    Sri Lanka says it suffers $75 million revenue loss due to EU fish exports ban. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has suffered a revenue loss of $75 million (68 million euros) because of a European Union ban on fish caught by Sri Lanka-flagged vessels since January, a government spokesman said Wednesday. Sri Lanka […]

  • Detained Lankan Close Aide of Prabhakaran: Police Read more >

    Detained Lankan Close Aide of Prabhakaran: Police

    One of the two Sri Lankan Tamils arrested last night along with communication gadgets and cyanide in the district has been identified as Krishnakumar, a close associate of slain LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran, police said today. Sleuths from Intelligence Bureau, Tamil Nadu ‘Q Branch’ Police, and Special Intelligence Unit were now interrogating the LTTE militant, […]

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