Lahore Politician Involved In Lankan Racket

By Indika Sri Aravinda The Special Investigation Unit of the Immigration and Emigration Department recently succeeded in revealing a full-scale human smuggling racket in which attractive female teenagers were being smuggled into Sri Lanka from Pakistan to be employed in the sex trade. Following the raid carried out recently, in which five Pakistani female teenagers [...]

Fishermen Struggle To Survive

By Camelia Nathaniel Despite much development taking place throughout the country, one field that has seen the least development is the country’s fisheries sector. In many areas fishermen still employ conventional fishing methods, while their counterparts in many countries employ state of the art methods in this regard. Meanwhile, the local fishermen face many issues [...]

Asylum Seekers: No Place To Call Home

By Waruni Karunarathne People belonging to religious minorities in Pakistan who had been subjected to violence, inhuman treatments and prosecution based on their religious faith had been increasingly seeking help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) in Sri Lanka. They were hoping that the UNHCR would assist them to settle elsewhere in [...]

New Cabinet And 19-A Create Ripples

By Waruni Karunarathne A rift has emerged from the political parties who have been supporting the government’s 100 day programme over the formation of the National government and the draft of the 19th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution. While some question the criteria in which the National government was formed, others point out that [...]

Elephants And Humans Struggle To Coexist

Elephants in Sri Lanka can have the demeanor of cranky wedding guests in a slow buffet line. They munch away at grass and leaves, kicking their heels back in annoyance at the pure white egrets standing behind them. Cross their path in a safari vehicle and you might get a raised trunk and a trumpeted [...]

Lanka A Model For Others, Says UN

The United Nations (UN) says Sri Lanka has served as an important model for other countries in terms of demonstrating the importance of policies such as free-education and free-health for promoting human development. Subinay Nandy, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka said that Sri Lanka’s recent renewed emphasis on upholding [...]

Memorial To Honor Victims Of Slavery

People take pictures of a newly unveiled permanent memorial named “Ark of Return” at the UN headquarters in New York, on March 25, 2015. The UN unveiled a permanent memorial at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday to honor the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. (Xinhua/Niu Xiaolei)   —————————————  Afghan [...]

Meeting Sri Lanka’s Housing Needs

By Camelia Nathaniel During the former President Ranasinghe Premadasa’s term, attempts were made to uplift rural areas, notably via the Gam Udawa (Village Awakening) programme. The housing development programme of that government was enhanced and pursued vigorously. Unfortunately, after his demise, some of the village development projects he initiated, especially housing schemes, were neglected. During [...]

High Tension Over Transmission Line

By Camelia Nathaniel The case filed by the group voice of the Puttalam people (Puttalam Janatha Handa) against the construction of high voltage transmission lines across the Puttalam Lagoon from the Norochcholai Coal Power Station to Anuradhapura was taken up by the Appeal court last Tuesday (17). The Court of Appeal granted time till May [...]

Kshenuka’s Appointment Raises Concerns

By Camelia Nathaniel The government has come under severe criticism from numerous quarters for the appointment of former external Affairs Ministry’s Secretary, Kshenuka Seneviratne as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Thailand. According to sources within the foreign ministry, the appointment was made as Seneviratne is a senior foreign ministry official and she cannot be left at [...]

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