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Yearly Archives: 2019

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Sri Lanka 2020: The only glimmer of hope is in people power – Shreen Abdul Saroor

A tumultuous year has ended, and an uncertain future lies ahead.  Democratic space is already closing around us, and it is critical for civil...

Taking a long and hard look at ‘yahapalanaya’ failures – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: Once allies became enimies -- President Maithripala Sirisena, right, with Ranil Wickremesinghe, whom he has sought to oust as prime minister   ©...

Finis – Sanjana Hattotuwa

Almost exactly five years after starting this column. I will end it before it is ended. The non-publication of the column a week into...

Sri Lanka government is marring the national reconciliation process – Sumanthiran

Parliamentarian of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), M.A. Sumanthiran says the incumbent government is marring the national reconciliation process. Speaking to the media of the government’s...

NPC lists 3 policy decisions that can potentially impact upon inter-community relations with the state.

Issuing  a statement the National Peace Council has listed three issues that can have  impact upon inter-community relations with the state. The statement says that...

UNP teams up with TNA for common front against oppression

The United National Party (UNP) today teamed up with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to launch a joint struggle against what they called ‘witch-hunt...

Missing from India’s citizenship law: 100,000 Sri Lankan refugees

Image: A Sri Lankan Tamil refugee cleans utensils outside her house in a refugee camp in Perambalur district, about 250km (155 miles) from Chennai...

Switzerland and Sri Lanka to calm matters down

By Arjuna Ranawana | RepublicNext. They have been eyeball to eyeball, staring each other down over the past month, but as of this week, Sri...

Sri Lanka: Extraordinary gazette issued on maintaining public order

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued a Gazette Extraordinary calling upon the armed forces to maintain public order across the country with effect from today...

Act carefully or drown: 3 lessons from New Orleans for Sri Lanka

(World Bank Blogs ) Our hearts sank as we looked at the Hurricane Katrina-affected house, now the Flooded House Museum in the City of New...

Sri Lanka: FMM condemns two assaults on journalists

Free Media Movement condemns the obstruction of journalists' from carrying out their professional activities  The Free Media Movement strongly condemns the attack on journalist Prasad...

Cannot entertain 2015 UNHRC resolution on war crime in its current form: Lanka Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Colombo, Dec 20 (PTI) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said he cannot entertain the 2015 UN Human Rights Council resolution co-sponsored by the...

Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage appointed Additional Secy. to President for Foreign Relations

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed International Relations expert Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage to the post of Additional Secretary to the President for Foreign Relations. Admiral...

International Migrants Day and recommendations for Sri Lanka

Once again we celebrate international migrants day on the 18th of December as declared by the United Nations. The migration movement has seen many...

Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules in favour of woman whose husband died in Police custody; Orders Rs 2 M. in compensation

SC orders State to pay Rs. 1 m in compensation, Rs. 250,000 each from four Police officers Read full judgment here: Embilipitiya SC order...

Sri Lanka: UNP cries foul over alleged abduction of Minister’s driver’s family

Professing to stand up for party ally MP Patali Champika Ranawaka in the event of any injustice, the United National Party (UNP) today charged...

Colombo-based Swiss Embassy staffer arrested

Image: Swiss embassy staffer, in pink shawl, being escorted to a court in Colombo.   | Photo Credit: AP . Meera Srinivasan. Sri Lanka’s reputation as a...

Swiss FDFA criticises lack of due process in the case against a local employee of the Swiss Embassy in Sri Lanka

Press release, 16.12.2019. An employee of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo has today been detained on the grounds that she allegedly made false statements. The...

Sri Lanka Govt unveils National Policy Framework with 10 priority areas; Democracy, Reconciliation and HR is missing

This National Policy Framework (NPF) of the government constitutes of 10 key policies aimed at achieving the fourfold outcome of a productive citizenry, a...

SLB Post Presidential Election Update No 03: Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry, Cases against Human Rights Violations, Surveillance of NGOs, Alleged abduction of a...

Sri Lanka Brief. - Post Presidential Election Update No 03/16 December 2019. Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa presented a cabinet paper in the...

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksha tripple brothers snatch 168 important state institutions!

Gotabhaya Rajapaksha administration, having appeared as an interim government, has shared almost all the important institutions among the three Rajapaksha Brothers. There are 168 important...

The Return – Tisaranee Gunasekara

“The tragic paradox of the electoral route to authoritarianism is that democracy’s assassins use the very institutions of democracy – gradually, subtly, and even...

Sri Lanka: Uphold country’s reputation, President tells media houses

Image: A journalist attached to the Lankadeepa newspaper and his family were attacked by a group of men. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday...

Sri Lankan president appoints former military officers to head state institutions – Pradeep Ramanayake

Image: Sri Lanka's recently elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) Newly-elected Sri Lankan president, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, has made several significant appointments of former military...

Sri Lanka: No evidence of an abduction of Swiss embassy employee : CID

The CID yesterday informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that there was no evidence to show any connection to an alleged abduction of the...

Sri Lanka: TID inspections cripple NGO consortium in Ampara, Eastern province

The normal operations of the office of the Consortium of Non-Governmental Organisations in Ampaa'rai district has been thoroughly disrupted by the frequent-inspections and questionings...

Sri Lanka: Magistrate wants threats against lawyer appearing for Swiss embassy employee probed

Image; Counsel Upul Kumarapperuma. Colombo Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne has asked the Senior Counsel appearing on behalf of the victim of the Swiss Embassy case, to...

Sri Lanka: Bar Association condemns anti-Judge remarks

Image: Ajith Prasanna, a retired Army officer now practising as a lawyer, has specifically named Colombo Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake, Udesh...

Coordinated Global Action Is the Best Way to Control the Fall Armyworm Pest

Fall Armyworm larva feeding and damaging maize plant. Credit: FAO. By Rémi Nono.  A new USD 500 million initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organization of...

Sri Lanka: Presidency and Sangha- virtuous or villainous duo? – Dr. Ameer Ali

The task of Buddhist monks is to uplift the minds of their followers and not to change governments (Ven. Galkande Dhammananda Thera)   President GR should...
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Sri Lanka Govt takes over chairmanships of 3 parliamentary committees, previously held by the opposition

The Government moved yesterday to take control of the Chair of the crucial Parliamentary Committee on Public Finance, passing a motion in the House...
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Constitution-making – here we go again! – Sakuntala Kadiragamer

The Ministry of Justice issued an invitation to the public to submit proposals for consideration by an expert committee established to draft a new...

Sri Lanka president tightens grip with constitutional changes

Amendments give Gotabaya Rajapaksa powers to sack ministers and limit oversight. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivers a policy speech in the Colombo parliament on 20 August...

Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka

Image courtesy of Peoplesworld.org/Earanga Jayawardena/AP Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, that is still evolving....