Sri Lanka Brief


  • Sri Lanka should take immediate steps to resettle IDPs: Jaya

    Chennai, Jul 21.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today asked the Sri Lankan government to take immediate steps to resettle Internally Displaced persons, who are currently housed in temporary shelters in the island nation. She conveyed her concern over their plight to the island nation’s envoy to India, Prasad Kariyawasam, who called on her at the […]

  • TMVP mastermind of Rs. 175 mn bank robbery arrested

    By Lal Gunasekera A senior cadre of Eastern Province Chief Minister S. Chandrakanthan’s party TMVP was arrested yesterday by the CID at Wennappuwa for masterminding the robbery of Rs. 160 million cash and Rs 15 million in jewellery from the People’s Bank branch at Puttur two weeks ago. The police said a person who resembled […]

  • Sri Lanka’s white vans deliver fear and oppression

    ”Entering on tourist visas to a former Tamil Tiger administered region RNW spoke to locals, on subjects as diverse as business, sport and the UN’s development role. During one such conversation in a restaurant they were spied on and reported to the police, who later that night arrived at the hotel for a midnight interrogation. […]

  • Sri Lankan Jails ‘Hell’ for Females

    By Ranmali Bandarage Monthly ‘visiting hours’ at the female ward of Sri Lanka’s notorious Welikada Prison are as traumatic for the inmates as they are for their family and friends. A tiny room, measuring 10 feet by seven feet, is divided in half by a mesh counter. On one side, mothers, fathers, children and relatives jostle […]

  • Rs.2.3 bn. squandered on sub standard petrol, but no inquiry – Tissa

    UNP to launch “public movement against alliance curse.”by Zacki JabbarRupees 2.3 billion has been squandered on importing sub standard petrol, but nearly two months later the government was yet to commence a proper investigation into the fiasco, the UNP said yesterday.General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake, addressing a news conference in Colombo, said that […]

  • Lack of transparency in the Executive:The cause of many problems – Ex-CJ

    By Lakmal SooriyagodaLack of transparency in the Executive has led to many problems in the country, said former chief justice Sarath N. Silva yesterday. Addressing a seminar entitled, “Is the Executive, a Challenge to the People’s Sovereignty?” in Colombo, the former chief justice alleged that there was no openness or transparency in the Executive. “Though […]

  • BJP vows to take up Eezham Tamils plight in Indian Parliament

    Bharatiya Janata Party President Nitin Gadkari who met a top delegation of the British Tamils Forum (BTF) last weekend in London, has said that the BJP was very serious on taking up the ‘Sri Lanka issue’ in the Indian Lok-Sabha. BTF leaders V Ravi Kumar and S. Pathmanathan, who led the BTF delegation to the […]

  • Inspectors expect Speaker, SLFP Gen. Secy. to discipline  govt MP Muthuhettigama Read more >

    Inspectors expect Speaker, SLFP Gen. Secy. to discipline govt MP Muthuhettigama

    By Shamindra FerdinandoSri Lanka Police Inspectors’ Association is pushing for action against UPFA Galle District MP Nishantha Muthuhettigama for abusing the Officer-in-Charge of Akmeemana police recently.A spokesperson for the 8,000-member strong association told The Island that they expected Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to take the SLFP politician to task. Asked whether the association intended to launch […]

  • We don’t need advice from other countries — MR

    By  Sandun A. Jayasekera in ChavakachcheriPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that the government had no intention of taking advice from Europe or any other power to resolve the country’s problems.Addressing an election rally in Kilinochchci in support of the UPFA candidates contesting the local government elections in Jaffna, he said, “We do not intend to […]

  • Court orders arrest of journalist Radaliyagoda for corruption

    19 July 2011 / By Lakmal SooriyagodaThe Colombo Fort Magistrate today ordered the Colombo Fraud Investigations Bureau to arrest and  present in Court ITN journalist Sudharman Radaliyagoda who is alleged to have provided  forged document to two scrap iron traders  to obtain 1828 tonnes of scrap iron from Sri Lanka Telecom. The Court earlier ordered […]

  • Sri Lankan media voices concerns about Rajapakse’s pro-China orientation

    By Saman Gunadasa A lengthy editorial in the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka late last month highlighted the nervousness in the country’s political and business circles that President Mahinda Rajapakse is aligning the country too closely to China, with potentially damaging consequences.The occasion for the editorial was Rajapakse’s attendance for the first time at the […]

  • TNA: Sri Lanka performance lacking on solving key Tamil issues

    While Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has endeavored to work in the spirit of co-operation with the Sri Lanka Government, the Government has yet to address the Rehabilitation and Resettlement of all displaced Tamil families, continued to unlawfully repossess the land from Tamil people, and has failed to craft a political solution within the framework of […]

  • Sarath Fonseka and Arjna Ranathunga on corruption in Sri Lanka

    (LeN)Two opposition party leaders made two announcements. These announcements were made by two of the greatest Heroes which this country has ever produced and of whom the country is proud of. One was by no less a person than the all time war Hero , former Army commander who won the war for the country […]

  • Clinton, Jayalalithaa WILL discuss Sri Lanka’ Read more >

    Clinton, Jayalalithaa WILL discuss Sri Lanka’

    Senior Indian officials have claimed that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first ever trip to Chennai will be a strictly non-governmental visit with no discussion on Sri Lanka.But a senior official in the Barack Obama administration, who will accompany Clinton, has said that Sri Lanka would definitely figure in the discussions between the […]

  • Sri Lanka tolls without thought: Backed up traffic and black money

    ”For the eight lanes of the New Delhi-Gurgaon expressway there are 32 toll gates (and lanes). And how many toll gates and lanes are there on the eight-lane Southern Expressway? No extra lanes. No toll gates. No toll plaza, except on the State Engineering Corporation website.”  By Rohan Samarajiva There is a reason for applying […]

  • Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Harder than Ever – ICG

    Colombo/Brussels, 18 July 2011: President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s authoritarian and Sinhalese nationalist post-war policies are undermining prospects for reconciling Sri Lanka’s ethnic communities, weakening democracy for all Sri Lankans and increasing the risk of a return to violent conflict. Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Harder than Ever, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, analyses how […]

  • Interpol misused by Sri Lanka to punish opponents – ICIJ

    ‘Interpol misused to punish opponents’Interpol supposed to chase criminals across borders is being used by some countries including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, Russia and Venezuela to punish political dissenters and opponents, a new investigation done by a Washington-based journalists’ consortium finds. “What our investigation found is that Interpol’s Red Notice system is being abused by […]

  • Ranil says four times (Rs 4300 million) the estimated cost spent on Sooriyawewa stadium

    By Piyasena DissanayakeUNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe called upon the government to tell people the reasons it had spent four times more money than architect’s estimate to construct Sooriyawewa Cricket Stadium in Hambantota.Addressing a party rally at Akurana on Saturday (16), Wickremesinghe said that architects had estimated the construction cost at Rs 1200 million […]

  • Is the Ministry of Higher Education violating the University Act? Read more >

    Is the Ministry of Higher Education violating the University Act?

    There are positive signs in the direction that the trade union action of the university teachers would come to an end soon. However, the fundamental issues raised by the University Teachers’ Association remain unresolved although the government responded positively to their demands on salaries and working conditions. The fundamentals are incorporated in the demand for […]

  • TNA may withdraw from the election

    The Tamil National Alliance says it may pullout from contesting the upcoming local government elections in Jaffna if its members continue to face harassment and intimidation.TNA MP M.K Sivajilingham told News that several TNA members had urged that the party withdraw from the polls but a final decision has not been taken. He said […]

  • EC or police cannot control election violence in the North – Tilvin

    Sunday, 17 July 2011Many candidates of the ruling party are engaged in election violence and violations but the Commissioner of Elections or the Police are unable to control them says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva.While his party contests the election without asking for preference votes or without any personal goals for its […]

  • HRC Cash Strapped

    By Indika Sri AravindaThe Human Rights Commission (HRC) is unable to inquire into 2,000 complaints received due to the lack of funds to operate the Commission, a member of the HRC Prof. Ananda Mendis said.The Presidential Secretariat has already been informed about the matter in writing.The financial crisis has resulted in delays in inquiring into […]

  • Dead dog politics in Jaffna

    ” The key challenge faced by democratic forces in Sri Lanka in the context of this reality is to reaffirm the democratic rights of the Tamil people by removing military rule and installing a civilian administration in those areas, while in the south, we need to debunk triumphalism by exposing the realities of the war.” […]

  • Chinese Economic Hitmen And The Rajapaksas – 9M USD given to MR

    By Frederica Jansz In an unprecedented move China has given President Mahinda Rajapaksa 9 million USD (approx. one billion rupees) as a grant in March this year to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to use at his discretion. According to highly places sources at the External Resources Department of the Treasury these monies were part of a […]

  • Sri Lanka Killing Fields – India taks a position

    ”There are two underlying messages to Sri Lanka in the statement. One is India’s stance that in addressing Tamil grievances, the Sri Lanka government “must move towards a new system of institutional reforms, where the Tamil people will have a feeling that they are equal citizens of Sri Lanka, and they can lead and live […]

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