Sri Lanka Brief
2015January
  • More Land Released for Resettlement in Jaffna Read more >

    More Land Released for Resettlement in Jaffna

    ( A film poster) President Maithripala Sirisena has directed the Sri Lanka Army to release 701.5 acres of land in two DS Divisions in the Jaffna district on a request made by Prisons Reforms, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Minister D.M. Swaminathan. According to Prisons Reforms, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Secretary V. Sivagnanasothy, 468.5 acres of land in […]

  • Factional Infighting in Both North and South Should not Undermine Opportunity For Political Solution Read more >

    Factional Infighting in Both North and South Should not Undermine Opportunity For Political Solution

    (Media release by National Peace Council) The government has declared its intention of prioritizing constitutional reform in the New Year.  Parliament is to be converted into a Constituent Assembly (parliamentary committee) that will deliberate on issues pertaining to a new constitution.  The government has also appointed a 24 member committee drawn from political and civil […]

  • Kolonnawa UC Chairman Remanded Over Assaulting Protesters Read more >

    Kolonnawa UC Chairman Remanded Over Assaulting Protesters

    ( The Garbage mountain in a highly residential area in Meethotamulla) Colombo Additional Magistrate Augusta Atapattu today criticised the Wellampitiya Police and remanded the Kolonnawa UC Chairman till January 4 on charges of assaulting the participants of a peaceful picket against the garbage dumping in Kolonnawa by the Colombo Municipality. Counsel Gunaratna Wanninayake appearing with […]

  • Why Mahinda Worried about Prageeth, Lasantha Murder Investigations

    Today this column records the true story of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent photograph released to the Facebook by his son Namal in which Mahinda was seen standing on his head. Namal uploaded this photograph to show that his 70-year-old father was still fit as a fiddle. On the contrary, the common man in society viewed it […]

  • Eknaligoda Abduction:  Another Army Officer Arrested Read more >

    Eknaligoda Abduction: Another Army Officer Arrested

    The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) recently arrested another Army Officer attached to the State Intelligence Service in connection with the abduction and murder of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. CID sources said he is a member of the gang who abducted Eknaligoda in 2010. According to sources Abeyratne was a Sergeant during the period when Eknaligoda was […]

  • BASL Condemns Meethotamulla Attack Read more >

    BASL Condemns Meethotamulla Attack

    The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) tothe head of a Local Government authority, on a group of protesters, who were protesting against the garbage dump at Kolonnawa on Sunday (27) night and demanded that the assailants be immediately apprehended and dealt with according to law, irrespective of their status A statement issued by the […]

  • Sri Lanka: PTA To Be Repealed Read more >

    Sri Lanka: PTA To Be Repealed

    by Easwaran Rutnam. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has urged the government to review all cases of detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) Moves to repeal draconian anti-terrorism laws are gathering pace as Sri Lanka prepares to provide an update to the UN Human Rights Council on the […]

  • What’s the Deal with Sri Lanka’s War Crimes Court? Read more >

    What’s the Deal with Sri Lanka’s War Crimes Court?

    The Diplomat/By Taylor Dibbert. Several weeks ago, Chandrika Kumaratunga announced that Sri Lanka would set up a special court to deal with alleged wartime abuses. Kumaratunga is the chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR); she served as President of Sri Lanka from 1994-2005. The news about a special court came as […]

  • PM Appoints 24-Member Committee on Constitutional Reforms; Tamil Parties to Join Read more >

    PM Appoints 24-Member Committee on Constitutional Reforms; Tamil Parties to Join

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with approval of the Cabinet, has appointed a 24-member committee comprising representatives from political and civil society to obtain views on constitutional reforms from the public.RanilWikremesinghe2-IN The Committee is headed by Attorney-at-Law Lal  Wijenaike and comprises Faizer Musthapha PC, Prof. Gamini Samaranayake, Dr. Navaratna Bandara, Prof. M.L.A. Cader, N. Selvakumaran, S. […]

  • Need for a National Consumer Network

     We have been railroaded into living in a consumer society. This is not a good place for the citizens of a nation but it is where we are. Time was when most of what we wanted we produced ourselves or bartered for. We were piecewise content and group-wise satisfied. Then came this folderol about growth […]

  • Acute Shortage of Medicos in Jaffna Read more >

    Acute Shortage of Medicos in Jaffna

    Recent statistics issued by the Jaffna District Secretariat shows that there is a shortage of specialists and doctors in hospitals in the entire Jaffna Peninsula. Apparently the hospitals need 104 specialists and 890 doctors. However, there are only 76 specialists and 388 doctors to serve at the hospitals in the Jaffna District. Proposals and the […]

  • The Tale of Two Cities by the Lagoon – Batticaloa & Venice

    By B. Nimal Veerasingham. Growing up barley a few hundred yards away from the meandering and mesmerizing Batticaloa lagoon had its magical moments. The swilling frothy waves dancing in the sun rays, and gently touching the sandy shores were a sight that never fades from memory. The mangroves, prawns, jelly fish, green algae, and the […]

  • Sri Lanka Warned of ISIS Activity Read more >

    Sri Lanka Warned of ISIS Activity

    A state intelligence arm has warned the Government over what it fears is the radicalisation of Muslim groups turning out to be supporters of the ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The concerns are reflected in a top secret report sent to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The report […]

  • IDPs Trapped in ‘Model Village’ Fear Permanent Exile

    By S. Rubatheesan. Meant to be a temporary stop, Keppapilavu feels like the end of the line. Three years after Thiruchelvan Ketheeswaran arrived in Keppapilavu village in Mullaitivu to start a new life for his family, his hopes are crumbling. image1-(4) Ketheeswaran was among the thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) resettled in a brand-new […]

  • President Halts Ravi’s Rs 300 M Bonanza to Nihal Sri Amarasekara Read more >

    President Halts Ravi’s Rs 300 M Bonanza to Nihal Sri Amarasekara

    By Gagani Weerakoon. A Cabinet Paper forwarded by Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake, seeking Cabinet approval to compensate an individual, paying Rs 300 million from government coffers was put on hold by President Maithripala Sirisena during the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (23). This Cabinet Paper which sought paying Rs 300 million to Professional Consultant Nihal […]

  • Sri Lanka: WARNING 2016 Read more >

    Sri Lanka: WARNING 2016

    Al  Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers and State Ministers will be strictly warned by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe not to violate collective cabinet responsibility and responsibility to the Government of Unity in 2016 which action would face serious consequences, authoritative sources told Nation. They said the three categories of ministers are to […]

  • Don’t Interfere With Ekneligoda Investigation – Lawyers Collective Read more >

    Don’t Interfere With Ekneligoda Investigation – Lawyers Collective

    ( a campaign against investigate military killings, led by Namal Rajapaksa) ‘Lawyers Collective’ views with deep concern the attempt being made to intimidate, by public pronouncements, the police officers conducting investigations into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. Previous government did not allow any investigation into the abduction of any journalists and this investigation commenced […]

  • TNA Gets Joint Chair Posts at DCCs Read more >

    TNA Gets Joint Chair Posts at DCCs

    Main Opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan had been appointed as the Co-Chairman of the Trincomalee District Coordination Committee (DCC), TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran today said. He said TNA members had been appointed to the Coordination Committees at eight districts in total. MP Kavindran Kodeeswaran had been appointed as the Co-Chair to the […]

  • ISLANDED: A review by Radhika Coomaraswamy

    ISLANDED By Sujit Sivasundaram (A review by Radhika Coomaraswamy) 17th December 2015 Let me say that ISLANDED by Sujit Sivasunderam is a seminal work. It is an original interpretation of historical fact, backed by detailed evidence and perceptive insights. It also questions received wisdom, entrenched narratives and the way we think about our country and […]

  • Female Soldier to be Quizzed over Ekneligoda Abduction Read more >

    Female Soldier to be Quizzed over Ekneligoda Abduction

    Four more Army intelligence personnel, including a female, are to be summoned to the CID for questioning in connection with the enforced disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. They have been informed through the Army headquarters, a top CID official told Sri Lanka Mirror. Along with the female soldier, her husband, also a member of the […]

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