Sri Lanka Brief
2015January
  • Prageeth Eknaligoda Murder Probe Intensifies Read more >

    Prageeth Eknaligoda Murder Probe Intensifies

    by Nirmala Kannangara. The Habeas Corpus and ‘B’ report cases filed in Court of Appeal and Homagama Magistrate’s Court respectively in the disappearance of Lanka e-news journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda are to be taken up for hearing this week, Sandya Eknaligoda, the wife of the journalist said. The Habeas Corpus case will be taken up Friday […]

  • Exploiting The Dead To Build Image by Rajapaksa

    by Nirmala Kannangara. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s exposé during the second reading of the budget in parliament early this month as to how Kurunegala District MP, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had allegedly exploited even the dead to misuse public monies during his tenure as the country’s executive president has further revealed […]

  • PM: Media Commission Crucial for Media Standards Read more >

    PM: Media Commission Crucial for Media Standards

    Establishing an effective media commission and an Independent Broadcasting Commission is crucial to uphold media principles particularly in the private media sector, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. He emphasised the need for the state-owned media to practice unbiased reporting. “Today, the State media and large media houses pose a threat to media freedom,” the Premier […]

  • India Urges Wigneswaran to Work for Party Unity Read more >

    India Urges Wigneswaran to Work for Party Unity

    India has urged the Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran to resolve the intra-party conflicts to facilitate the Government’s constitutional changes for the devolution of power as a political solution to the ethnic conflict. Mr. Wigneswaran admitted that an Indian envoy took up the issue with him during a one-on-one meeting at his office […]

  • Compensation Soon for 44 Slain Media Persons: PM Read more >

    Compensation Soon for 44 Slain Media Persons: PM

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday suggested a compensation scheme for families of journalists and other media persons killed while on duty. Mr. Wickremesinghe speaking during the committee stage budget debate on the allocation for the Ministry of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs said a compensation plan would be implemented for 44 media persons, who were […]

  • Sri Lanka: Rights Activists Oppose Compulsory Testing for AIDS Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Rights Activists Oppose Compulsory Testing for AIDS

    While activists are adamant that not only such compulsory testing but also picking out categories such as university students and schoolchildren is unacceptable, claiming that usually such hype comes around December 1 which is World AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Day.   It is a rational voice among venereologists, however, which cleared the air and […]

  • Lawsuit Against UN Representative in Sri Lanka Dismissed Read more >

    Lawsuit Against UN Representative in Sri Lanka Dismissed

    (Subinary Nandy ) A lawsuit filed by well-known novelist Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara seeking an order requiring UNO or UN Resident Coordinator Subinary Nandy to admit in writing that the investigations against Sri Lanka authorized under a resolution in March-2014 is illegal was today dismissed by the Colombo District Court. While ordering to set aside the […]

  • Women to Represent 25% of Elected Representatives – PM Read more >

    Women to Represent 25% of Elected Representatives – PM

    Twenty five percent of all the elected representatives of the local government institutions would be comprised of women, under whatever system the polls is held, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured in Parliament today. He said that the motion related to this move would be presented in Parliament in January next year. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe made […]

  • Tamils Protest in Mannar on Human Rights Day

    Tamil Guardian. Families of the disappeared demonstrated in Mannar on Thursday, marking Human Rights Day. Calling for their loved ones who are missing or forcibly disappeared to be returned to them, protesters wept as they marched through the town, holding photographs of those who they were searching for.

  • Sri Lanka’s High Profile Editor Murder Probe Takes New Turn Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s High Profile Editor Murder Probe Takes New Turn

    Investigations into the assassination of high profile editor Lasantha Wickrematunga has taken a new turn with the authorities focusing on top police officers who may have been involved in a huge cover up. The then Inspector-General Jayantha Wickremaratne and the then Deputy Inspector General Prasanna Nanayakkara have been questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department about […]

  • “I Paid A Bribe” Anti-corruption Website Launched in Sri Lanka Read more >

    “I Paid A Bribe” Anti-corruption Website Launched in Sri Lanka

    (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government and I Paid A Bribe Sri Lanka has launched a “first of its kind” anti-corruption website www.ipaidabribe.lk to crowd source reports on corruption. President Maithripala Sirisena and Chairman of the Commission to Investiate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe, were present at the launch at the UN […]

  • Basil Rajapaksa Indicted on Multiple Criminal Charges Read more >

    Basil Rajapaksa Indicted on Multiple Criminal Charges

    Basil Rajapaksa, the former Minister of Economic Development and powerful brother of ex President Mahinda Rajapaksa was indicted  on 9th multiple criminal charges ranging from bribery and corruption to misappropriation of public funds. Mr Rajapaksa who left the country immediately after the defeat of his brother at the January 8 Presidential election was arrested on […]

  • Court Orders Probe Into Thajudeen’s Autopsy Team; IUSF Points  Finger at Prof. Samarasekara Read more >

    Court Orders Probe Into Thajudeen’s Autopsy Team; IUSF Points Finger at Prof. Samarasekara

    The Colombo Magistrate’s Court today instructed the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to launch an inquiry regarding the medical team, including former Chief Judicial Medical Officer of Colombo Dr. Ananda Samarasekara, which had carried out the first postmortem examination after the death of former Sri Lankan rugby player Wasim Thajudeen. The instructions were issued after […]

  • No to CEPA but Nod for Economic and Technology Collaboration with India: Ranil Read more >

    No to CEPA but Nod for Economic and Technology Collaboration with India: Ranil

    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday reiterated his government’s position that it would not sign the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India but it would enter into a pact on economic and technology collaboration with the neighbour. Expressing his government’s reservations about allowing Indian professionals into Sri Lanka under any new agreement […]

  • The Future of US-Sri Lanka Relations Read more >

    The Future of US-Sri Lanka Relations

    ( Samantha Power speaking to press in Colombo) As Washington continues to embrace Sri Lanka’s new government, it’s important to remember that America’s next president is unlikely to shake up ties. By Taylor Dibbert Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, will soon complete his first year in office and many promises remain unfulfilled. More recently, we’re […]

  • Thajudeen Investigation  Reaches Point Of No Return Read more >

    Thajudeen Investigation Reaches Point Of No Return

    When former Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s body was exhumed in August this year, just seven days before a crucial Parliamentary election, some sections of the society thought it would be another ‘election gimmick.’ They believed the Police would not be able to probe into the incident in a free and fair manner, as the investigation […]

  • EU Announces Housing Project for War Victims in North-East Read more >

    EU Announces Housing Project for War Victims in North-East

    (Thousands of houses were destroyed in the war) The European Union will invest 14 million Euros to build houses and improve infrastructure in 9 divisions of the North and East. The EU programme will seek to benefit over 300,000 people in Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya and Batticaloa. The Habitat for Humanity project aims to construct […]

  • Lanka Police Violated International Law: HRCSL Read more >

    Lanka Police Violated International Law: HRCSL

    (PTI) COLOMBO: In a landmark decision, Sri Lankan police have been ordered to pay compensation for assaulting a group of students at a demonstration here, the first time they have been censured for violating international humanitarian law. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has ordered the police to pay USD 1,035 to nine […]

  • Sri Lanka Police Score Own-goal in Rights Case Read more >

    Sri Lanka Police Score Own-goal in Rights Case

    (HELP: File photo of another police attack.) ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s police may have scored an own goal by trying to invoke the United Nation’s Universal Declaration on Human Rights as a defence against allegations they used excessive force in breaking up a student demonstration in October. SSP Ajith Rohana, a former police spokesman, argued […]

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