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Making amends: On India’s appeal to Sri Lanka to address Tamil aspirations – Editorial, The Hindu

Given Sri Lanka’s majoritarian turn, appeals to address Tamil aspirations may be ineffectual. India’s appeal to Sri Lanka to address the aspirations of its Tamil...

How far can India go on the Tamil question? – The Hindu

Image: The 13th amendment was brought up as part of Indo-Sri Lanka accord in 1987 and provincial councils were set up as part of...

Whither 13 Amendment and power devolution in Sri Lanka after 20th Amendment?

File photo courtesy of the Toronto Star. Armed with a two-third majority in Parliament, the Rajapaksas may not be content only with bringing in 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...

Sri Lanka will carry forward the process of reconciliation, including implementation of 13 A – Marendra Modi

Speaking at the press conference today held in New Delhi on the visit of Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime minster of...

” Sri Lankan Tamils will be entitled to external self-determination on account of your default.” – R. Sampanthan

Image: "So, please remember this and the earlier  you do it, the better. If you do not do it and abstain from doing the...

Sri Lanka: Refugees Threatened, Attacked – HRW

Image: A Sri Lankan Muslim walks past patrolling army soldiers in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Friday, April 26, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Manish Swarup. Ensure Safety of...

Sri Lanka senior journalist Iqbal Athas on Gotabaya era Mig deal and threats he faced

I am proud to be associated with today’s inauguration of the Sri Lanka Centre for Investigative Journalism. I thank your Board of Governors for...

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...

Before the PC Elections are held, to make provincial autonomy meaningful- R. Sampanthan

(10 July 2018) Thank you, Mr. Deputy Chairman of Committees. I am happy to second the Motion that has been moved by the Hon. M.A....

The rise of the Sinhala fundamentalist

A young bhikkhu among demonstrators outside an UN office in Colombo, where some Sinhalese led by  extremist Ravana Balaya protests against Navy Pillai,   August 2013  – Pic by Ishara Kodikara for...

Full text of the SC determination of the draft 20th Amendment to the constitution of Sri Lanka

"In view of this proposed amendment in respect pf certain provincial Council the terms will be extended beyond 5 years and in respect of...

Sri Lanka’s lesbian-hating justice minister under fire

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The saga of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution

Image: President Sirisena assured the chief Buddhist prelates that the government would keep them posted on the draft. Meera Srinivasan . Speaking at a book launch last...

Women’s and Minority Rights in Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process

The team: Speakers and few others posed for a phtograph after the side event. (c) s.deshapriya. On Friday 17th March at the 34th session of...

Sri Lanka Govt Minster says Northern CM C. V. Wigneswaran is a ghost

Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara says that Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran had become nothing but a ghost and he has has joined hands...

Sri Lanka: TNA threatens to quit constitution process if terms not met

By: PTI sri lanka, sri lanka constitution, sri lanka TNA, sri lanka news, world news The protest in Sri Lanka were led by Northern Province...

Understanding the current regime – Sunil Bastian

Image:Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena at a religious ceremony, courtesy of Economy Next. Very soon it will be two years since the...

Report: All Provincial Councils Want the Powers of the Governor to be Reduced Substantially

Image: Reginald Cooray takes oaths as new governor of Northern Province. Concluding text of agreed outcomes of the Conference of Provincial Councils of SriLanka held...

Sri Lanka: Chief Minsters Want 13 A Implemented In Full

(CMs at 32nd Provincial Chief Minister's Conference, May 2016) Editorial, Ceylon Today: 13th Amendment Not Meant only for N&E. The Chief Ministers of all nine provinces...

Sri Lanka: The Next Frontier in Constitutional Voyage

( J.R. Jayawardena, Colvin R.De Silva and Ranil Wickremesinghe) by Rajan Philips. Time will tell if Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Lecture, on December...

Colombo Seeking to Centralise Powers, Says Wigneswaran

by   T. Ramakrishnan. Even as the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government at the Centre is about to launch the process of drafting a fresh Constitution with devolution...

Christof Heyns, the UN Expert on Extra Judicial Killings Wants to Visit Sri Lanka

(Christof Heyns) Encouraged by the government’s progress on human rights in Sri Lanka, a top UN rights official has said he wants to visit the...

Full Statement of Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera at HRC 30

( Minister Samaraweera speaking at the HRC today) Statement by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka General Debate of the 30th...

Sampanthan Should Thank Mahinda for His New Post – M.S.M. Ayub

A Tamil becomes the Opposition leader after a 32-year minority vacuum. Recognising R. Sampanthan as the Opposition Leader of Parliament by Speaker Karu Jayasuriuya on...

Island Re-convicted Criminal also Aboard Rebel Hijacked UPFA Train

‘Innocent till proven guilty’ sham rogue defence blastedThe United People’s Freedom Alliance’s shocking decision to nominate an island reconvicted criminal as a fit and...

Sri Lanka: Two Nations One Country – Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam

All Ceylon Tamil Congress Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said, a federal arrangement that recognizes Tamils as a distinct nation would solve the ethnic problem within...

Are Sri Lankan Tamils Prone to Collective Political Suicide? – Dr. Devanesan Nesiah.

We have entered the ninth decade since the Donoughmore Reforms leading to the first State Council elections of 1931. Through the early part of...

Political Settlement With Tamils Key For Stability: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said a "political settlement" with the minority Tamil community is a prerequisite for a "stable and secure" country. "If you want...

Keep 1000 Acres, Give Us Back Remaining 5500 – Vigneshwaran

Hon’ Governor, Hon’ Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Hon’ Minister D.M.Swaminathan, Hon’ Deputy Minister Mrs.Vijekala Maheswaran, Hon’ Ministers of the Provincial Council, officers of the...
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