Sri Lanka Brief
2015January
  • Legislation to Curb Hate Speech will be Re-introduced with Amendments – Deputy Minister Read more >

    Legislation to Curb Hate Speech will be Re-introduced with Amendments – Deputy Minister

    The proposed anti-hate speech Bill currently on hold would be reintroduced with amendments, Deputy Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Karunarathna Paranawithana said. “The government has observed a surge of communally harmful sentiments in the recent past. The proposed law was put on hold after considering views expressed by the media and other civil […]

  • President Assures to Resettle IDPs in North Urgently Read more >

    President Assures to Resettle IDPs in North Urgently

    ( President meeting IDPs in Jaffna) President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday (20) assured the displaced people in the North languishing in the welfare camps that they would be resettled soon in their original homes. Addressing the state Christmas Celebrations in Jaffna, President Sirisena said a Presidential Task Force will be appointed immediately within the next 6 […]

  • Sri Lanka MP’s Pampered With Free Body Massage Read more >

    Sri Lanka MP’s Pampered With Free Body Massage

    ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s law makers are entitled to duty free cars and heavily subsidised five-star meals in addition to a retinue of personal staff all paid by the state, but they are now being offered free spa treatment too. The members of parliament elected at the August elections were told that they have access […]

  • Thajudeen Killing: Two Navy Officers Identified Read more >

    Thajudeen Killing: Two Navy Officers Identified

    Three persons involved in the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen have been identified after analyzing CCTV footage. Among these are two persons attached to the Navy. The Computer Department of the University of Colombo is further analyzing the footage and CID has called Senior DIG S.K.D.S. Gunawardane, who was in charge of Colombo during the […]

  • Sri Lanka: The Next Frontier in Constitutional Voyage Read more >

    Sri Lanka: The Next Frontier in Constitutional Voyage

    ( J.R. Jayawardena, Colvin R.De Silva and Ranil Wickremesinghe) by Rajan Philips. Time will tell if Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Lecture, on December 11, 2015, will become a historical companion to JR Jayewardene’s December 1966 address to the Ceylon Association for the Advancement of Science (CAAS, now SLAAS), and Dr. Colvin R […]

  • Sri Lanka Year in Economic Review 2015

    In the wake of general elections earlier this year, Sri Lanka has emerged with a renewed emphasis on economic reforms and fiscal consolidation, which has allayed concerns for many local and foreign investors. Until August, election delays had effectively created a wait-and-see approach in the private sector, with investors pressing pause on several high-profile projects. […]

  • Body to Coordinate Reconciliation in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Body to Coordinate Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

    T. Ramakrishnan. The Sri Lankan government has decided to establish a secretariat to coordinate activities of various players engaged in reconciliation. The proposed secretariat will develop a plan on institutions such as the Office on Missing Persons and the Truth, Reconciliation and Prevention of Conflicts Commission. It will follow up the progress of implementation of […]

  • Sri Lanka Hate Speech law: Weliamuna Vs. Civil Society Read more >

    Sri Lanka Hate Speech law: Weliamuna Vs. Civil Society

    In a rather disturbing development well-known human rights lawyer J.C. Weliamuna has come forward to defend the government’s proposed hate speech law in the face of growing opposition to the draft law as a suppressive act. Issuing a joint statement group of concerned civil activists and organisations called on the government to withdraw the bill, […]

  • India to Build Sea Bridge, Tunnel to Connect Sri Lanka Read more >

    India to Build Sea Bridge, Tunnel to Connect Sri Lanka

    India is set to build a sea bridge and tunnel connecting Sri Lanka while a pact has been inked with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal for seamless flow of traffic and passenger vehicles, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday. “The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is ready to fully finance a bridge-building project […]

  • Pillayan Re-remanded in Pararajasingham Murder Case Read more >

    Pillayan Re-remanded in Pararajasingham Murder Case

    ( Joseph Pararajasingham funeral procession ) Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathirai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was today re-remanded after being produced in Court in connection to the murder of former Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham. Pararajasingham was shot dead in December 2005 at St. Mary’s co-cathedral church in the Batticaloa town while attending Christmas […]

  • Bank Employees’ Protest Overwhelms Pettah Read more >

    Bank Employees’ Protest Overwhelms Pettah

    Colombo Pettah was virtually inundated with a sea of people when bank employees who staged a one day strike against the budget held a protest opposite Fort Railway Station yesterday (15th). Employees of 8 state banks and 13 private banks joined strike action against the budget for removing pawning and leasing from state banks, slashing […]

  • Colombo Seeking to Centralise Powers, Says Wigneswaran Read more >

    Colombo Seeking to Centralise Powers, Says Wigneswaran

    by   T. Ramakrishnan. Even as the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government at the Centre is about to launch the process of drafting a fresh Constitution with devolution of powers to Provincial Councils being one of the key issues, Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, on Tuesday criticised it for “seeking to centralise” powers. Referring to […]

  • Lanka Will Be An Example To The World Says US Read more >

    Lanka Will Be An Example To The World Says US

    ( Fishermen in Sri Lanka; Image Quest Tours) The United States says the success in rebuilding Sri Lanka and reconciling the people will be an example to the rest of the world. Visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Designate) Thomas Shannon, speaking in Trincomalee today, said that during his visit it was […]

  • Sri Lanka Computer Literacy: Colombo 47.1 %; Mullaitivu 8.9 %.

    The  computer  literacy  related  statistics  of  persons  who  are  in  age  group  of  5 –69  years  and  characteristics of households have been released by the Department of Census and Statistics for the first  half  of  the  year  2015,  based  on  Computer  Literacy  Survey  2015;  conducted by  the  Department. Computer Literacy Survey is a yearlong sample […]

  • PM Announces Budget Changes; Planned Island-wide Strike Called Off Read more >

    PM Announces Budget Changes; Planned Island-wide Strike Called Off

     A planned island-wide strike by a collective of government, semi-government and private sector trade unions scheduled for tomorrow have been called off after talks with the government. Representatives of the trade unions earlier held a discussion with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and government officials regarding theirs objection to certain proposals made in the 2016 budget. […]

  • Hate Speech Bill: Ruki Fernando Complaints to HRCSL Read more >

    Hate Speech Bill: Ruki Fernando Complaints to HRCSL

    Ruki Fernando, A prominent human rights defender has written to Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka on imminent violation of his  rights guaranteed under article 14 (1) (a) of the constitution, through some provisions in the alleged two bills tabled by the Minister of Justice on 11 December 2015, to bring hate speech law. One […]

  • Misconception About Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

    Dr L M K Tillekeratne, Retired Professor in Chemistry, USJP. Before 1970, coconut oil was freely used in USA and in Europe for baking and frying food without any health complaints. However, starting in the 1970s, some very powerful groups in the U.S., including the American Soybean Association (ASA), the Corn Products Company (CPC International), […]

  • Proposed Hate Speech Law  Comes Under Fire Read more >

    Proposed Hate Speech Law Comes Under Fire

    Two Bills to introduce anti-hate speech laws and criminalizing the instigation of communal violence and disharmony that were presented in Parliament  on 11th December has come under serious criticism by informed circles. The Ceylon Today reported that two bills in relation to hate speech were presented by the Media Minister Gayantha Karunatilake on 11th December. The […]

  • What of Attacks on Journalists in the North? -TNA MP Read more >

    What of Attacks on Journalists in the North? -TNA MP

    The owner of the Uthayan newspaper, Tamil National Alliance member and parliamentarian E Saravanbavan queried as to why the Government was only investigating the murder of editor Lasantha Wickrematunga and disappearance of cartoonist Pargeeth Eknaligoda and not the attacks on scribes in the North. While addressing Parliament yesterday, he commended the Government’s move to make […]

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