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Tamil families of disappeared rally across North-East of Sri Lanka

Tamil families of the disappeared rallied across the North-East today to mark International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Families demonstrated in districts...

Preconditions for Sri Lanka’s sustained economic development – Nimal Sanderatne

(Image courtesy of blogs.worldbank.org) Although the immediate task of the Government is to resolve the present economic crisis and stabilise the economy, people’s expectations are...

The speaker, rights of parliamentarians and the clash of power – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

Scarcely having sufficient time to properly settle into his Chair as Sri Lanka’s Parliament opened for business this week, the Speaker faced down two...

Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of coronavirus

(Reuters) - Global COVID-19 cases topped 24 million, as per a Reuters tally, with India reporting a record daily jump of more than 75,000...

Six UN Special Rapporteurs write to Sri Lanka Govt on “arbitrary and unlawful” arrest of Hejaaz Hizbullah

In a joint letter to President Rajapaksa, six UN SPs says that "We also express our serious concern over the reported conduct of the...

Child sexual abuse crisis in Sri Lanka – Piyumi Fonseka

As reports of child sexual abuse feature in our newsfeeds from across the country with regular and horrifying frequency, it is evident that Sri...

Sri Lanka: President’s address: Reading between the lines – Dr. Ameer Ali

Once the 19th Amendment is abolished or seriously revised, and GR acquires dictatorial powers under a new constitution, will he push through draconian measures...

Sri Lanka govt to abolish independent commissions and reconstitute the Constitutional Council

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has expressed an urgent need to reconstitute the Constitutional Council (CC) and has dismissed impendent institutions under the...

Sri Lanka should not undo democratic gains or roll back devolution in the Constitution – The Hindu

A two-thirds majority in the legislature is indeed a mandate for constitutional change, but the winner ought to decide whether the proposed change would...

A Gap Unbridgeable, Part I: The Necon and Neoliberal in Sri Lankan Politics – Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana‍

The ideas on a progressive and pluralist populism raised by Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, have been critiqued by Mark Salter. This is an exchange of ideas that anyone with...

Our first task will be to remove 19th Amendment – President Rajapaksa

Full text of President’s inaugural address of the 9th Parliament. The election held on August 5th marked a turning point in the history of Parliamentary...

Whither Sri Lanka’s opposition? Interview with Jayadeva Uyangoda.

Himal Kotelawala. ECONOMYNEXT – Political scientist Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda likens Sri Lanka’s powerful ruling party to a house with a very wide roof and no...

Sri Lanka: Economy, human rights key challenges facing Rajapaksas

Image: Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka; Several members of Rajapaksa family are now part of the government, including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, right, and...

Wasim Thajudeen: A murder with no murderer – Piyumi Fonseka

Days were few and rare when the investigation into the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen did not become the topic in many media conferences...

Sri Lanka: Landslide win for the Rajapaksa puts democracy and pluralism at risk – Alan Keenan

Image courtesy of https://theprint.in. Wednesday, 5 August saw the landslide general election victory of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa...

Sri Lanka is becoming a one-family state

Image: The Rajapaksas’ landslide election win may see them hold power for a long time. Usually, when people speak of an electoral landslide, they exaggerate....

‘As far as strategic security considerations go, Sri Lanka has an “India first” approach’ – Secretary, Foreign Ministry, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) just secured a landslide victory in parliamentary polls, bringing back Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister....

Dominated by elderly Sinhala Buddhist upper cast men, new Sri Lanka cabinet does not have proper social representation.

Praja Research Team has analyzed the representation of the new cabinet of Sri Lanka and identified the following facts. It has four members from Rajapakse...

Sri Lanka: 35 Departments and Institutions under purview of Defense Minister Rajapaksa

Imag: Presidne r Rajapaksa apponting his elder brother Rajapaksa as Minister of Finance, Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Urban Development and Housing. (PMD...

Sri Lanka Brief Update: General Election 2020- Stats and Trends

12 August 2020 ( PDF document is attached at the end) 1. Elections for Sri Lanka’s 9th Parliament were held on 5 August 2020 and the...

General Election, Sri Lanka: So close, yet so far What if they got a few more votes…

Nuwan I. Senaratna. Many expected Sunil Handunnetti of the JJB to win a seat in Matara. In fact, he did come tantalizingly close. If the JJB won...

TNA Suffers Electoral Setback In North and East Polls- D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The long awaited 2020 Parliamentary Elections has concluded with a 71% Voter turnout despite the difficulties imposed by the COVID -19 Pandemic threat. Appropriate...

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa restoration is complete. What comes next? – Razeen Sally

Image: Xi Jinping waves next to Mahinda Rajapaksa, pictured in September 2014: there is a real possibility that Sri Lanka will rely on Chinese loans to avert...

One of the most important priorities is development of the Tamil-dominated Northern Province – Mahinda Rajapaksa

One of the most important priorities of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was sworn in on Sunday morning will be...

Sri Lanka: Electoral landslide cannot stop economic backslide

Image: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa walk out of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya following the swearing in ceremony of the latter...

Sri Lanka: Apparel industry fears 100,000 job losses post-COVID-19

The apparel industry fears job losses owing to the COVID-19 pandemic-led downturn in business will be far worse than expected, as order books beyond...

Peace council believes Sri Lanka will be on the fast track to economic development & to sustainable peace

Issuing a statement Dr. Jehan Perera led National peace Council says that "Now the power of the people have been vested through the democratic...

Sri Lanka election results show a seismic shift in the country’s electoral map as well as the balance of political power – Jayadeva Uyangoda

The SLPP struck a chord projecting political stability and capitalising on failures of the previous coalition government. The results of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election held...

GTF backs Sumanthiran’s call for all Tamil parties to work together in the larger interests of Tamil people

Image: Tamils voting in Jaffna, 2013. Issuing a statement the Global Tamil Forum has congratulated newly elected MPs Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and Mr C.V. Vigneswaran...

Sri Lanka Election Hands Rajapaksa Family a Bigger Slice of Control

Image: Ishara S. Kodikara/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images/NYT. By Maria Abi-Habib. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s governing party won a majority of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary seats, the Election...
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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...
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Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka

Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, that is still evolving. Despite early efforts that...

Killing of M. Madush in police custody: Police version is a pure fabrication, the lawyer writes to BASL

Calling of the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka to condemn the police action in the strongest possible terms, the attorney representing...

Sri Lanka and Covid 19: MP M. Sumanthiran presents a “Public Health Emergency Act” as a Private Member’s Bill

Member of Parliament, TNA MP M. Sumanthran has presented a Private Member's Bill for the enactment of the "Public Health Emergency Act". One week earlier...