International Youth Day 2017

Youth Building Peace: Sri Lanka’s best hope  by Una McCauley – UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative  In September of last year, I had the privilege of attending an event in Galle with the then UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to meet over 100 young Sri Lankans actively engaged in peacebuilding work. Skilled young men [...]

Kattankudy Mosque Killings In 1990: Reliving Bloodshed And Trauma 27 Years On

by Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen For the last 27 years, the month of August had descended upon me, bringing with it dark memories of the gruesome images of the Kattankudy Mosque killings that has had a lasting imprint of sorrow and agony on me. This year is no different. On August 3, 1990, 141 worshippers were [...]

Reforms Without Referendum, Or Referendum Without Reforms?

by N. Sathiya Moorthy  Thus, no national newspaper (read: English) got to highlight a recent statement of Upcountry Tamil leader and Minister, Mano Ganesan Mano Ganesan indicated that the ‘Big Two’, namely the UNP and the SLFP, were happy to confine the constitutional reforms processes near-exclusively to electoral reforms SLFP representative at the meeting made [...]

Non Chemical Weed Management Increases Crop By 20%

by Ifham Nizam  In Sri Lanka, the project collaborates with the Tea Smallholder Development Authority (TSHDA) on training smallholder farmers. The Sunday Leader visited the demo plot at Hapugastenne estate on non-chemical weed management continued to serve as training site for smallholders At least 30,000 smallholders in the project area will make improvements in tea [...]

New Twist In Wilpattu Issue

By Nirmala Kannangara The former Government has been accused of distributing forest lands in Wilpattu to settle Muslims in order to show the Human Rights Council in Geneva that the Sri Lankan government was implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). Accusing the former regime of the present situation in Wilpattu, [...]

Koslanda Still Weeps

By Camelia Nathaniel Six months since the Meeryabedde Koslanda disaster where a monstrous landslide claimed the lives of over one hundred people when they were buried alive and thousands of estate workers were left homeless, some of them are still living in temporary shelters. For many of them who lost everything they ever possessed and were [...]

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