Australian family mourn death of mother and daughter in Sri Lanka

A family is mourning the loss of Brisbane mother Louise Collins and her four-year-old daughter Poppy who tragically died in a car accident in Sri Lanka. “Poppy was everything to (Louise),” Ms Collins’ brother James Curtain told the Courier-Mail. “Family meant everything to you and our hearts are breaking, as we ponder a life without you [...]

The charge of the saffron brigade in Sri Lanka

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara is a well-fed man. His jowly features and rounded fleshy shoulders belong to someone who has succumbed to at least one of life’s pleasures without too much resistance. Tall and sturdy, Gnanasara is far removed from the time-honoured image of a sinewy Buddhist monk who sustains himself on a bowl of rice [...]

STF in the spotlight: New report makes startling accusations

A new report by a human rights organisation led by a former UN panel membe, has made startling accusations against the Police Special Task Force (STF). The report by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP ) led by former UN panel member YasminSooka, reveals why members of the Special Task Force should not be [...]

David and Goliath: Battle against Iranativu Naval land robbery

By Athula Vithanage Iranathivu, a combination of two small islands located 22 kilometers from the Nachchikuda beach, had been populated for about four decades. The Northern Island – Iranathivu and its Southern Island – Hoom were known as Enkhuizen by the Dutch rulers, who invaded the island in 1658. The Northern part is over about [...]

UN security report sends damaging message

By Easwaran Rutnam A UN security assessment report issued on last month’s violence in Kandy has raised concerns after it spoke of clashes between Sinhalese and Muslims. Sri Lanka Project Director of the International Crisis Group Alan Keenan said that the report was dangerously inaccurate. “Let’s hope this isn’t really how the @UNSriLanka sees last [...]

SAITM students stranded; Transfer to KDU yet to be implemented

By  Ashanthi Warunasuriya The issue over the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) continues to drag resulting in the academic activities of the students being stalled. Convener of the SAITM Student Action Committee Shanaka De Saram said that after its establishment in 2009, SAITM functioned as a UGC approved degree awarding institute until [...]

Recruiters order Sri Lankan women to take birth control before working in Gulf

Sri Lankan women who take up domestic work in the Middle East to support families devastated by conflict are being targeted by recruitment agents who order them to take contraceptives before leaving. Six recruiters licensed by the Sri Lankan government said they could provide an employer with a “three-month guarantee” that a maid would not [...]

OMP to make use of Paranagama witness statements

By Easwaran Rutnam The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) will make use of witness statements presented to the Maxwell Paranagamacommission.OMP Chairman SaliyaPeiris told The Sunday Leader that the newly established office intends to make use of the statements when making inquiries into those reported missing. On 15 August 2013, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, established the [...]

Port City motors on despite concerns

Work on the Colombo Port City is moving ahead at an accelerated pace despite concerns raised by some environmentalists. According to the Port City, over 72 percent of the reclamation work for the project has been completed. The Port City is now looking for a new name and advertisements have been published where a name [...]

Sri Lanka fails in Geneva bid

By Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka last week failed in its attempt to seek wide support at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resulting in the country being placed back on the human rights agenda. As UNHRC members raised concerns on Sri Lanka in Geneva, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, together with the Global Tamil Forum [...]

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