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Sri Lanka: The Editorial That was Not Published

LankaNewsWeb has published the editorial written by Mr. Dinesh Weerawansa, editor of the state controlled weekend The Observer to be published in case former...

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Resolution: Indian Officials Wary

Any attempt to challenge the new government in Colombo with an international genocide probe could “complicate matters”, sources in New Delhi say. The Indian...

Sri Lanka: Any Delay in the Release of the United Nations Report Must be Brief – NYT

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD- It was just one month ago that Sri Lanka surprised the world by electing opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena as president, rejecting...

Openness in the 100-day Reform Process is Required – CPA

10 February 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) welcomes the general direction of the government’s 100-day reforms programme that is...

Rebuilding Institutions in the Transition from Soft Authoritarianism – Jayadeva Uyangoda

A political goal that warrants sustained attention of the new Sri Lankan government as well as the democratic reform constituencies is the rebuilding of...

TNA Lobbying in Geneva for Release of UN Report on SL War Crimes

By P.K.Balachandran - COLOMBO: M.A.Sumanthiran, a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, is currently in Geneva lobbying at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for ...

South Africa Vice President Ramaphosa Due in Colombo for Reconciliation talks

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to visit Colombo next month, the country’s High Commissioner Geoff Diodge. Key on the discussions with the...

Withdraw Call for Armed Forces to Maintain Public Order – BASL

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has urged President Maithripala Sirisena to withdraw the renewal order calling the members of the armed forces...

Mahinda’s Defeat and Consolidation of Power

by Kalana Senavirathana - In the early weeks of November 2014, it seemed somewhat clear that Mahinda Rajapaksa was set to rule the...

Will China Help Mahinda to Topple the Government?

by Upul Joseph Fernando - The first official statement issued by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after his defeat, appeared in the print media last week....

Don’t Use ‘His Excellency’ When Reference Is Made To Me – President Sirisena

The President stressed that the epithet ‘His Excellency’ should not proceed his name, when any reference is made to him. Likewise, when referring to...

More Disclosures On Previous Govt’s Private Army & Its Role In The Election

By Sunday Times Political Editor- PM directs Minister of State for Defence to conduct full probe, CID detectives question retired senior military officers More details of...

Sri Lanka: Government To Express Sympathy to War Victims On Independence Day

Following the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), Sri Lanka's new government at the Independence Day celebrations this year prepares to...

Sri Lanka Says Military ‘Sabotaging’ Post-War Reconciliation

The government says it is investigating allegations that two senior military officers are training 400 troops to provoke unrest in Jaffna COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –...

Govt. To Return Private Lands In Civil War Areas

(AP) COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan minister says the country’s new government plans to give back military-held private land in the country’s war-ravaged north and...

Sri Lanka: TNA Rejects Domestic Probe

Colombo, Jan 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka's main Tamil party Thursday said it would oppose any domestic inquiry into the alleged human rights violations during...

Sri Lanka Navy To Probe Former President’s Son’s Appointment To Navy

The Sri Lanka Navy is to commence a probe in to the appointment of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's second son, Navy Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa. The...

Sri Lanka: Shirani Is Back As CJ, Mohan Peiris Out (Photos)

Dr Shirani Bandaranayake resumed duties as the country’s Chief Justice today, following marching orders issued on Mohan Peiris by President Maithripala Sirisena. Mohan Peiris was...

Sri Lanka: Changing Heads Of Media Not Enough – FMM

Free Media Movement (FMM) said that a substantial change in state media institutions will not take place merely by changing the Head of Media The...

Seizing The New Opportunity For Peacebuilding In Sri Lanka – International Alert

by Phil Vernon Now that we’ve had a little time to digest the democratic ouster of Mahinda Rajapaksa by Maithripala Sirisena as president of...

Sri Lanka: Special Unit To Investigate Attacks On Media

The National Executive Council today approved the formation of a special unit to investigate the attacks on the media over the past couple of...

Rajapaksas Attempted A Coup But Failed – Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

 You said Chief Justice was present at Temple Trees and that his name was brought up in connection with the alleged coup. Could you...

Army Commander Was Responsible For The Secret Deployment Of Troops – General Fonseka

According to the information we have, even before Election Day the Army Commander, under the instructions of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary...

Jaffna Catholic Church Writes To President Sirisena on 3 Major Concerns

The Commission for Justice & Peace of the Catholic Diocese of Jaffna has written to the President Maithipala Sirisena on  three of our major...

Sri Lanka: CJC-type Tribunal To Probe Massive Corruption

Parallel probe by all-party committees . By Chathuri Dissanayake. The tribunal set up to probe corruption will be an improved version of the Criminal Justice Commission...

Sri Lanka: How Do You Solve A Problem Like The Chief Justice?

by Dharisha Bastians - Two years ago on 15 January, the Rajapaksa Government had to deploy elite police guards, water cannons and barricades to install...

Sri Lanka Probes Deals By Ex-president, Brothers Amid Graft Concerns

By Shihar Aneez - (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government will investigate all financial deals sealed by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers during...

The Putins Of The World Should Be Terrified By What Just Happened In Sri Lanka

 Updated by Amanda Taub - In retrospect, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa probably regrets his decision to campaign for reelection on the slogan that...

Sri Lanka’s New Presidency : Political Parties Express Their Positions

Ranil Wickremesinghe:Radical Changes to the Constitution "I specially mention that the solution would not be detrimental to the unitary status of the country. We...

Sri Lanka:The Rs. 4 Billion Computer Scam!

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Mahindodaya Technological Lab concept to provide technological labs for 1,000 secondary schools in the country has become yet another money...
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