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1099 acres of state land in the Northern Province, used as Army farms to be released

In addition to the ongoing process of releasing private and state lands in the North and East, hitherto being used by the Army with...

Prageeth Eknaligoda killing: The investigations cannot move further without Army assistance – Police

CID prepares to file murder charges on soldiers in Eknaligoda case. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is to seek the advise of the Attorney General...

TNA urges all parties to work together to find a permanent resolution to the national question in 2019.

New Year Greetings. My heartiest wishes for a Prosperous and a Happy New Year to all Sri Lankan citizens. As we step into a new year...

2018 in retrospect: An ‘annus horribilis’ for Lankan economy? – Nimal Sanderatne

The year that is coming to a close was one of political uncertainty and economic instability. The economy, which was showing some signs of...

Keep the Presidential Promise – release land by 31st December 2018

27th December, 2018 To: President Maithripala Sirisena Cc. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe & Leaders of Political Parties Keep the Presidential Promise – release land by 31st...

Judicial intervention necessary to resolve dispute over opposition leader.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has made an initial announcement in parliament that the new Leader of the Opposition would be former president Mahinda Rajapaksa of...

UK to support Sri Lanka’s accountability commitments to the UN Human Rights Council

The UK Foreign Office responding to the petition “Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court, if it continues to fail to implement its commitment...

Sri Lanka heads for an uncertain future – Ranga Jayasuriya.

Image: Left groups wants Sirisena to be prosecuted for political coup he staged. (c)S.Deshapriya.. As a year of political upheaval and economic stagnation is winding...

Sri Lanka coup hastens prosecution of Rajapaksa envoy to Washington

Image: Jaliya W. and Mahinda Rajapaksa. Political Correspondent/ ECONOMYNEXT . Dec 24, 2018 , Sri Lanka’s October coup that brought former president Mahinda Rajapaksa briefly back to...

Sri Lankan lawmakers question Rajapaksa’s parliamentary seat

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Members of Sri Lanka's Parliament on Tuesday questioned whether Mahinda Rajapaksa, who recently quit as prime minister, can hold...

Skeletons of 21 children found in mass grave in Sri Lanka with ‘signs of torture’

Image: Staff dig up skeletons at a site of a former war zone in Mannar, Sri Lanka ( REUTERS ) Excavators in Sri Lanka have found the skeletal remains...

Prioritise just governance and solve national question – National Peace Council

Press release/NPC. The restoration of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to his position as Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena has brought to an end seven...

Restoration of political sanity in Sri Lanka – Jayadeva Uyangoda

Image: 24 day peaceful protest against Sirisena's constitutional coup came to an end with the news of Rajapaksa's resignation.(c)S.Deshapriya. But Sri Lanka’s biggest worry is...

Ranil Wickremesinghe reinstated as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister but power struggle continues

Image: Sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister ending 51-day political crisis.   | Photo Credit: Reuters. Meera Srinivasan . Mr. Wickremesinghe was sworn in by...

Sri Lanka Supreme Court ruling clips wings of president, demolishes AG

Image: The court took exception to the Attorney General claiming that the president had “plenary executive power -- a royal prerogative power which is subject...

Sri Lanka:Protesting for democracy, in their own way

Image: Civil society groups and activists hold placards during a protest demanding that democracy be restored in the country as they gather at the...

Media organisations silent on police investigation against activists speaking for justice

Sri Lanka media organisations so far failed to defend the freedom of expression rights of three prominent rights activists who are being investigated by...

FMM Condemns the abhorrent behavior in front of Lake House – Free Media Movement

Image: A UNP member of the Dehiowita Pradeshiya Sabha Sujith Chandana  was caught on tape assaulting. Media Release /2018 December 15. The Free Media Movement vehemently condemns...

Rajapakse ends standoff as Sri Lanka risked shutdown

Image: Sinhala language news paper headline few weeks ago: I will not stay as president even a hour if Ranil W. becomes the PM...

President Sirisena’s dissolution of Parliament illegal, rules Sri Lanka Supreme Court

Image: A protester at the on Sathyagrahaya against the dissolution preparing fire crackers just before the SC decision on 13 Dec 18. (c) S.Deshapriya. Meera...

Sri Lanka’s UNF expects Wickremesinghe re-appointment, JVP wants ‘coup’ leaders punished

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's United National Front expects appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe to be re-appointed Prime Minister while their opponents said a decision will be...

Campaign in Mannar to protect Human remains of Mannar Mass Grave

Human skeletons of 269 people have been unearthed within 115 days of excavation of Mannar Mass Grave , the countries biggest mass grave which was discovered in...

Ying and Yan of the present crisis in Sri Lanka – Sanjana Hattotuwa

Mahinda Rajapaksa issued two press releases on the 3rd of December. One in Sinhala, the other in English. The press release was in response to...

Why didn’t they tell Sirisena that? – Dr Nihal Jayawickrama

The President appears to believe that he still possesses the full executive powers he derived from the Constitution when he was elected to his...

A constitutional crisis is not a dispute between monks – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene.

Cartoon:  Courtesy of The Morning. President Maithripala Sirisena’s implied criticism of the Sri Lankan judiciary when speaking at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) convention...

Presidential bluff and brinkmanship: Who will blink? Who will collapse? – by Rajan Philips

  Image: Sculpture of a Sri Lanka parliament made of  ice , let to melt as a protest to Sirisena' s constitutional coup. ( Tweeter...

The Sri Lanka government may face both domestic and international opprobrium

Image: In the event of the President’s unwillingness to abide by the norms of democratic practice, the government will face both domestic and international...

The European & American Chambers of Commerce of Sri Lanka concerned over political uncertainty in SL

The European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL), the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in...

US urges responsible and quick end to Sri Lanka crisis

Image: US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina Teplitz . New Ambassador says global trust, confidence and reputation of SL at stake with political impasse causing serious...

Sri Lanka’s coup without the guns and the implications on rule of law, democracy and reconciliation.- Sunanda Deshapriya

Image: A civil society initiative, Rise Up has mobilized citizens against the #CoupLK. Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena was hailed as Sri Lanka’s Mandela by...
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Amnesty International urges UNHRC to establish an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka

Image:© sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය. In a paper presented the member states of the UNHTC, Geneva Amnesty International has urged the United Nations (UN) Human...

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