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Rajapaksa Govt should have banned Tamil National Alliance after the war says Sri Lankan Minister for Public Security

Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral (retired) Sarath Weerasekara says that Mahinda Rajapaksa Government should have banned the largest Tamil political party, the Tamil...

Sri Lanka: Mahara prison killings must be properly investigated and urgent measures taken to protect detainees from COVID-19 – ICJ

The ICJ today ( 2 Dec 2020) called upon the Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the events...

Sri Lanka: Tamil journalist arrested for social media posts

A Tamil journalist locally known as Gokulan, affiliated with Battinews.com was arrested by the Sri Lankan Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on November 29 for posting pictures on his...

HRC-SL Recommendations: Mahara Prison deaths could have been completely avoided

"The protests were sparked by the transfer of prisoners infected with the COVID-19 virus from Welikada prison to Mahara. If the authorities had...

CDC, USA: Avoid all travel to Sri Lanka as the COVID-19 situation is at high risk level 4.

Travelers should avoid all travel to Sri Lanka. Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you must travel: Before you travel, get tested with a viral...

Sri Lanka: President urges judiciary to use its powers to fight the menace of “defaming and malign”

Image: President speaking at the swearing in of Judges ( Photo @GotabayaR) Addressing the gathering of newly appointed higher court judges president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has...

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Features

Bleak economy, market mafia and militarised rule – Dr. Ameer Ali

There is no gainsaying that the economy is in dire straits. Although the Budget submitted to the Parliament glossed over the gravity of confronting...

“Write a letter to India and leave Indo-Lanka agreement, if you dare” – Sumanthiran challenges Sri Lanka FM

The Minister of Foreign Affairs is an experienced parliamentarian and able person and I’m glad to discuss a few matters with regard to Sri...

HRCSL recommendations : Permit burials as well as cremations of bodies of the Covid-19 victims while adhering to health guidelines

Image courtesy of Voice of America. Issuing observations and recommendations on the disposal of dead bodies in the context of COVID-19 Human Rights Commission of Sri...

The Bitter Truth About the President’s Address to the Nation – Sunanda Deshapriya

Image: Presdnets tweet announcing his speech will be on air via all TV & Radio channels as well as an official social media pages. You...

Justice for Hejaaz: The bell tolls, but the Bar is silent – Gehan Gunatilleke

Seven months have passed since the arrest and detention of human rights lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah. When he was taken into custody on 14 April, his...

Connecting the dots: The death of a drug trafficker and the state of democracy – Ambika Sathkumamathan

Image: There is widespread concern about the militarisation of the COVID response and broader militarisation under the cover of COVID. Yet, militarisation too is...

Gotabaya’s assurance to the Sinhala Buddhists – Dr. Kumaravadivel Guruparan

The President delivered his one year in office statement yesterday. He urged the Sinhalese that their existential fears should not be a matter of concern...

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s address to the nation and missing words

On 18th November Sri Lanka president, Gotabaya addressed the nation. His speech was telecasted by all TV channels of the country and broadcast over...

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International Affairs

Scotland becomes first country to make tampons and pads available for free

Image: MSP Monica Lennon (second left) with campaigners against period poverty outside Scotland's Parliament in February. By Rob Picheta and Ivana Kottasová, CNN. London (CNN). Scotland has become...

Infographic: Gender equality – Where are we today?

Image courtesy of www.unops.org. This infographic highlights progress and remaining challenges for women in a range of areas, from politics, to literacy, to wages and...

Trump’s Cult of Personality Will be Badly Damaged by Defeat, But His Toxic Politics Marches On

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair BY PATRICK COCKBURN. President Trump may be losing the election, but he is not the aberration in the history of America...

Pfizer, BioNTech say their COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective

FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured outside Pfizer Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo...

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