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UK envoy summoned

The External Affairs Ministry summoned British High Commissioner John Rankin today and expressed displeasure over comments he had made in a video...

Rankin’s outrageous rant

John Rankinby  The Nation British High Commissioner, John Rankin, has openly challenged a statement made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding scaling down of military...

Cabinet-level mechanism to monitor progress

The government’s action plan on implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s (LLRC) recommendations, that was presented to the United States includes a Cabinet-level...

Why military matters in the North?

 by Col. R. Hariharan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Victory Day speech this year on May 19 was largely a defensive discourse justifying the continued presence...

No More Diplomatic Appointments – Tamara Kunanayakam

Ambassador Tamara Manimehalai Kunanayakam, presently the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka Mission in Geneva had categorically stated that she is no more interested in...

Sri Lankan Tamil party retains ‘separate state’ constitution

The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), the main constituent of the Tamil National Alliance — the lone credible representative of Tamil people in the...

AG query exposes bad governance in Tourism Promotion MD appointment

 ■Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau MD post is a permanent position and comes under scheme of recruitment approved by Treasury ■Rumy Jauffer hired on one-year...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa -Three Years Later

FJ: Three years after the end of the war, the country is still facing international criticism. Do you personally believe that the LLRC recommendations...

LLRC implementation: Now the Government tells NGOs, COME WITH US!

By Namini WijedasaThe government will involve NGO critics in the drafting of its action plan on implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and...

Participants of the impending protests fiercely threatened and intimidated by Govt.

The police and the army had been used to avert the protests that were scheduled to be staged at Vavuniya . The villagers who...

Jaffna girl abducted in white van

A 23-year-old girl was abducted by a group in a white van in Jaffna today (May 27).  According to eyewitnesses, there had been five...

Lanka dismisses US human rights report

Sri Lanka on Sunday dismissed a US report that questioned the human rights record of its police and security forces, saying that the situation...

Public trustee paid Rs. 144,000 for PM’s suit

The Public Trustee’s Department has paid Rs. 144,000 to ‘Sitha Stores’ for a suit for prime minister D.M. Jayaratne to be worn during a...

Venue set on fire – Sampanthan re-elected leader of ITAK

The Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan was re-elected leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi at its 14th National Convention in the Eastern...

No Action Plan was taken to Clinton

Weerathunga and Peiris Neither an Action Plan nor a formal document was handed over to US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton when a Sri...

Reconciliation talks process at a dead end

The move to kick start a "reconciliation process" is headed for failure after the government ignored pre-conditions set by the United National Party (UNP)....

Main Tamil party wants NE merger

The Illankai Thamil Arasu Kachchi, the major partner in the Tamil National Alliance yesterday resolved to call for the remerger of the Northern and...

Govt. slams door on UNHRC team

The Government is to reject a move by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to send a team to Colombo to discuss...

New B’calo office of SLMC gutted in arson attack

A new office of the SLMC in Batticaloa has been destroyed in an arson attack.  The premises at Kathankudy were due to be opened...

Three Years on, Reconciliation is getting too late

by Dr Laksiri FernandoWhen the government moved the army decisively against the LTTE in July 2006, it did the right thing, and there was...

Stopping The Rot

''This bigotry and intolerance is untenable. It is wholly detrimental to the free thought, free speech and the advancement of society. Why in...

Guided democracy

''These far reaching reforms were not the result of any home-grown proposal. In fact, no group or political association in the country ...

Cabinet rejects women’s rights commission

The cabinet has rejected a proposal for the appointment of a fully-fledged commission for safeguarding women’s rights.  Minister Tissa Karaliyadde had proposed the setting...

GMOA to sue fake heart patient over strike ban

The Additional District Judge of Colombo yesterday (25) vacated the Enjoining Order issued on Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) preventing their strike demanding transport...

“The university academics do not want a militarized society

Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) has expressed opposition to the leadership training for the post graduates.  FUTA spokesperson Dr. Mahim Mendis told Ceylon...

Protest against a Madarasa in Dehiwala

Buddhist monks took to the streets yesterday again demanding the demolition of yet another Muslim community building in Colombo, claiming it was illegal. Over...

North: British HC disputes President’s claims

Many an eyebrow has been raised over contradiction by British High Commissioner John Rankin of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s claim of scaling down of the...

What’s next for General Fonseka?

Mohamed Hisham''Yet, he will have to manage the charisma, admiration and respect he commands across the country and importantly from every part of...

SL military coerces Jaffna University students to closed-door talks

The commander of the occupying Sinhala military in Jaffna, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe, intimidated leaders of the boycotting students of the Jaffna University to come...

No police involvement in murder of the Tamil Canadian

By Gandhya Senanayake Police yesterday releasing a statement regarding the murder of the Canadian national which occurred on 23 May at 9:30 p.m. in Paranthan,...
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Eastern Musling were “beaten and humiliated” by Sri Lanka Military

Image: Out of the blue: Muslim residents kneeling on the streets as a ‘punishment’ for flouting lockdown rules. Sri Lanka to probe ‘army attack and...

Aung San Suu Kyi turns 76: How did ‘Burma’s Gandhi’ fall from grace in the eyes of the world?

(File) In this file photo taken on June 16, 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi delivers her Nobel speech during the Nobel ceremony at Oslo's...

Kandaketiya judgement and continuing custodial deaths in Sri Lanka

Image: Protest against killing of Sandun Malinga. On the May 7, 2014 Sandun Malinga, a 17 year old boy and four others with him were...