Tourist Police unit to be set up in Ella to protect tourists

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) says a Tourist Police unit will be set up in Ella to protect tourists. Facilities will also be upgraded at the Ella railway station, one of the main tourist entry points to the area, the SLTDA said. SLTDA held an Awareness and Training programme for Tuk Tuk Drivers [...]

Guns and grouses

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka: After her release from a rehabilitation camp for former Tamil Tigers fighters in 2011, one former member of the women-only Malathi Brigade was presented by Sri Lankan government officials with a sewing machine. More accustomed to the rigours of warfare, the woman, who spent seven years fighting with the militant Liberation Tigers of [...]

Schneiderman called me ‘brown slave,’ slapped me until I called him ‘Master’

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called his Sri Lankan girlfriend his “brown slave” and wanted her to refer to him as “Master,” the woman says. Harvard-educated activist writer Tanya Selvaratnam told the New Yorker magazine that her yearlong affair with Schneiderman “was a fairytale that became a nightmare” — and quickly escalated into violence in [...]

Mobilizing humanity to save lives

On World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, which falls on the 8th of May, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society(SLRCS) will be joining a global celebration of the work and bravery of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers, and the diverse humanitarian services they offer in communities everywhere. “Our volunteers live in the communities [...]

Girl finds missing father

By Easwaran Rutnam   A girl in Singapore has found her father in Sri Lanka after a story appeared on The Sunday Leader and another website saying she was looking for him. Durga Keshav said that she has received various messages from her paternal relatives and cousins with regards to her father. “After so much of questioning [...]

‘Search operation’ launched for owners of unutilised land in Jaffna

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The Government has launched an unofficial ‘search operation’ to locate the owners of unutilised land in Jaffna. Most of the owners are known to be overseas and are either untraceable or uncontactable. Additional District Secretary (Land) at the Jaffna District Secretariat, D. D. Muralitharan told The Sunday Leader that the unutilised lands can be [...]

High prevalence of child marriages in some communities in Sri Lanka

The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, says UNICEF. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as children decreased by 15 per cent in the last decade, from 1 in 4 to approximately 1 in 5. South Asia has witnessed the largest decline in [...]

Families of the missing lose hope despite OMP being established

By Easwaran Rutnam   The families of the disappeared from Kilinochchi who have been protesting for over a year demanding answers have now lost faith in the Government and are turning to the international community for intervention. The protest is being staged to find out the truth about their loved ones and hold accountable those [...]

Blessed times two

By Michelle Tissera   What are the odds? They are child prodigies, mathematical geniuses that can manipulate, slice and dice numbers, possess astounding multiplication abilities, are unofficial holders of the Guinness World Record in mental calculation (unofficial only because there was no one else to contest them and hence no title to beat), and they [...]

How a mother from Sri Lanka is helping Tamil-Canadians cope with disabilities

When Vijitha Tharmalingam brought her family to Canada from Sri Lanka in 1992, she found herself in the same predicament as many immigrants — encountering problems with accessing resources and services in her mother tongue. But because her daughter Meera had disabilities, she found settling in this country even harder. Inspired by her own difficulties, and the experience of other people in the Tamil community, she co-founded ATI [...]

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