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  • Sri Lanka: U’grads Protest Attacked; JVP Condemns the Attack Read more >

    Sri Lanka: U’grads Protest Attacked; JVP Condemns the Attack

    Protesting undergraduates charged that it was President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who had ordered the brutal teargas and water cannon attack on them yesterday (31), which left many hospitalized with injuries and several taken into police custody. Journalists from Mawbima, Rivira and TNL along with undergraduates including bhikkhus were viciously assaulted by […]

  • UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff to visit Sri Lanka Read more >

    UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff to visit Sri Lanka

    UN Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Guarantees of Non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, will arrive in Sri Lanka for a six-day visit, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Sunday (29). “Greiff will arrive in Sri Lanka today. He plans to meet with senior officials of the Government and political parties. He looks forward to […]

  • Chief Minister Wigneshwaran snubs PM Ranil Read more >

    Chief Minister Wigneshwaran snubs PM Ranil

    Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran and the Northern Provincial Councillors boycotted a visit by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Jaffna yesterday, following an exchange of views over the military presence in the North and the views expressed by the PM in an interview with an Indian TV station. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, State […]

  • Two Deaths in Custody This Month: Three Cops on the Mat Read more >

    Two Deaths in Custody This Month: Three Cops on the Mat

    At least three policemen including two sergeants have been interdicted in connection with two separate cell deaths that took place at the start of this month, pending further investigations but a rights group while condemning the incidents has called for tougher action and transparency in the probe. During the initial investigations the police claimed that […]

  • Sri Lanka: Vibushika Released From Probation Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Vibushika Released From Probation

    Kilinochchi Magistrate Court on Thursday (26) ordered the release Balendran Vibushika from probation with immediate effect. Vibushika, the daughter of Balendran Jeyakumari, was transferred to probationary custody in a children’s home in Kilinochchi after her mother’s arrest in March 2014. Jeyakumari was detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with no chargers filed. Sri […]

  • Sri Lanka Begins Process to Get GSP Read more >

    Sri Lanka Begins Process to Get GSP

    [Apparel workers in Sri Lanka] The EU and Sri Lanka have begun the formal process that may lead to the re-admission of Sri Lanka to the status of GSP+ under the European Union’s new GSP regulation. A joint statement by Sri Lanka and the EU said that the EU-Sri Lanka Working Group on Trade and […]

  • National Anthem Sung in Tamil – President and PM in Jaffna Read more >

    National Anthem Sung in Tamil – President and PM in Jaffna

    The national anthem was sung in Tamil in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at an event, where the lands taken over by the military to establish a High Security Zone were handed back to the legitimate owners at Valalaai, Valikamam East on Monday (23). […]

  • Let Us Get Together! – Call From Artists in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Let Us Get Together! – Call From Artists in Sri Lanka

    Let’s solve our longstanding problems in the field of theatre art. Let us enter to an order which guarantees the freedom of theatre artists, freedom and right for creative works, and safeguard the rights of theatre artists and sustenance and promotion of the theatre without aligning to any political party or power. Let us nurture […]

  • Follow UN Conventions on Restitution of Refugee Properties: Wigneswran to Sirisena Read more >

    Follow UN Conventions on Restitution of Refugee Properties: Wigneswran to Sirisena

    [Chief Minister, C.V.Wigneswaran. (File)] COLOMBO: The Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V.Wigneswaran, has asked the Sri Lankan government to follow the Pinheiro Principles and other UN conventions on the restitution of properties of displaced Tamils. He was speaking at a function in Jaffna in which President Maithripala Sirisena gave back to civilians, 425 acres in Jaffna […]

  • One Year Since Ruki Fernando Gagged Without Any Charges Read more >

    One Year Since Ruki Fernando Gagged Without Any Charges

    21st March 2015. Statement to mark one year since the issuing of the gag order, travel restrictions and TID investigation against Sri Lankan human rights defender Ruki Fernando. The 21st March 2015 will mark one year since a court order restricting the freedom of expression on leading Sri Lankan human rights defender and writer, Ruki […]

  • PM Appoints Exploratory Committee – Jaffna HSZ Land Release Read more >

    PM Appoints Exploratory Committee – Jaffna HSZ Land Release

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a three-member committee to examine the fullest extent of land, currently under the custody of Security Forces in the High Security Zone (HSZ) in the Northern Province, that could be released to the legitimate owners, Resettlement Minister D.M. Swaminathan revealed. Swaminathan said the committee comprises Resettlement Ministry Secretary, Ranjini […]

  • Constitutional Reform Must Take Interests of Small Parties into Account

    (Media Release/NPC) One of the main promises in the government’s election manifesto was to effect far reaching constitutional change to ensure good governance. The government pledged to bring in constitutional amendments within 100 days to make the presidency more accountable to parliament and to the judiciary, and also to change the electoral system. The major […]

  • Delimitation and Its Effects on Minorities Read more >

    Delimitation and Its Effects on Minorities

    BY Shaahidah Riza. With talks of electoral reforms taking centre stage in the political arena and civil society platforms, Ceylon Today spoke to an expert on demarcating electoral boundaries, delimitation and its effect on minority communities. A professional Land and Building Surveyor and the former Joint Secretary of the All Ceylon Muslim League, M.I.M Mohideen, […]

  • Sri Lanka Tracking US$2bn Hidden During Last Regime in Dubai: Minister

    COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka has found three bank accounts in a Dubai bank belonging to a ‘leading family’ connected to the former regime which had two billion US dollars in hidden assets, cabinet spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. “We have learned that some of the money has been withdrawn after the election was lost,” […]

  • Govt Probes Disappearance  of Ekneligoda Read more >

    Govt Probes Disappearance of Ekneligoda

    The government announced in Parliament yesterday that it had commenced an investigation into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. Responding to a question raised by Kurunegala District UPFA MP Shantha Bandara, Chief Government Whip and Minister of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs, Gayantha Karunatilake said that the government had taken steps to provide aid and […]

  • Beyond Genocide – Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy Read more >

    Beyond Genocide – Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy

    When I heard that the Northern Provincial Council had passed a resolution on Genocide, I put my “head in my hands” again- something I did often during the previous regime. I asked myself, have we gone back to the beginning after all this violence and heartbreak? Tamil politics led by lawyers ( I am a […]

  • Why is Ranil attacking India?

    The ruling Bharathiya Janatha Party ( BJP) and the Congress Party in India were shocked by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s statement to the Indian media that Sri Lanka would shoot Indian fishermen who poached into Sri Lankan waters. Ranil portrayed himself as a close friend of India in recent times and campaigned in favour of […]

  • Jeyakumary Balendaran and Six Others Released Read more >

    Jeyakumary Balendaran and Six Others Released

    After 362 days in detention without charge Jeyakumary Balendaran was today released on 200,000 LKR bail (just over £2,200 or $3,300)/. She will still be subjected to some restrictions, including monthly police reporting and having her passport confiscated. Details on other restrictions may follow. Six other detainees, including Geethasudha: a pregnant woman arrested last year, […]

  • India Flays Sri Lanka PM for Justifying Firing on Fishermen Read more >

    India Flays Sri Lanka PM for Justifying Firing on Fishermen

    By Indo Asian News Service – New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) India on Monday criticised Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for justifying the firing on fishermen from India and sought a “permanent solution” to the dragging row. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament that she was in Colombo when Wickremesinghe made the controversial […]

  • Wimal Weerawansa’s White Van Freedom – Ranga Kalansuriya

    Wimal Weerawansa has warned that we are now ‘losing our hard-earned freedom’. In a public rally held in Kandy on Friday to campaign for the prime-ministerial candidacy of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Rajapaksa confidante asked people to get behind the ex-president to win their freedom back. I have been wondering as to what ‘freedom’ Mr. Weerawansa […]

  • Sri Lanka: Proposed Electoral Reforms Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Proposed Electoral Reforms

    At talks last Monday, Sirisena took part in his capacity as leader of the SLFP. The UNP team was headed by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and included Chairman Malik Samarawickrema, General Secretary Kabir Hashim, and Working Committee member Karu Jayasuriya. Sirisena told the UNP delegation that he had met Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya and the Surveyor […]

  • Sri Lanka: Huge Foreign Bank Accounts Exposed Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Huge Foreign Bank Accounts Exposed

    Ravi says moves underway to recover plundered billions, names to be revealed. Billions of rupes enough to bridge 75 per cent of the Budget deficit have been illegally deposited in three countries – Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland — by leaders of the former government and top officials, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told […]

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