Battle For Doha School Continues

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The battle for the Stafford Sri Lankan School in Doha continued last week with officials of the school meeting several Ministers and officials in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Qatar ASP Liyanage was recently summoned by the Foreign Ministry to be questioned over reports of attempts to close the Stafford Sri Lankan [...]

Fonseka Misleads Media On US Visa Issue

by Indika Sri Aravinda Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka misled the media last week by claiming he had been refused a visa to the United States. However, Foreign Ministry sources said that Fonseka’s request for a visa was not even processed. Sources at the Foreign Ministry legal division said that if the visa was rejected, [...]

Several Suicides Attributed To Effects Of Drought

Several suicides have been directly attributed to the effects of the drought in Sri Lanka. The United Nations (UN) office in Sri Lanka said that since late 2016, the country has been experiencing a lack of rainfall which has developed into what is believed to be the worst drought in 40 years, with significant impacts [...]

Criminal Probe On Welikada Prison Hospital Doctor

Special treatment for VIP prisoners by Ashanthi Warunasuriya A criminal investigation has been launched into some of the activities carried out by the Chief Medical Officer of the Welikada prison hospital Dr. Nirmali Thenuwara. The investigation was launched after several allegations surfaced over the treatment given to some VIP prisoners transferred to the Welikada prison. [...]

Sri Lankan Baby Farms: Minister Admits Illegal Adoption Trade

Sri Lankan authorities have admitted in a Dutch documentary that thousands of babies born there were fraudulently sold for adoption abroad in the 1980’s’, the BBC reported. Up to 11,000 children could have been sold to Europe, with both parties being given fake documents. Some were reportedly born into ‘baby farms’ that sold children to [...]

Father Emmanuel Visits Sri Lanka

A top leader of the Tamil diaspora is in Sri Lanka for the first time since a ban on him and his organisation was lifted. Global Tamil Forum (GTF) President, Father S. J. Emmanuel had talks in Colombo and Jaffna during his visit.  Among those he met was the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul [...]

Pensions Dept. That Demeans The Pensioner

by Ranjith Gunawardena The wife and children maintenance fees which was initiated during the colonial era as a show of gratitude to foreigners who worked in this country on contract, was later passed as the Pensions Act through the Constitutional Board. The Pensions Department was established as the sole authorised institution that pays this pension, [...]

TNA’s Relationship With Government On The Rocks

by our Jaffna correspondent The relationship between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the government is on the rocks with Tamils in the North losing faith in the administration. The TNA has said enough is enough and the international community must now intervene to address the issues faced by the Tamils in the North. The [...]

CID Sees Links To Jeep And Thajudeen Murder

by Nirmala Kannangara Despite concrete evidence the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is now in possession about the Defender Jeep Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over to Shiranthi Rajapaksa for the use of Siriliya Saviya Foundation work, it is suspicious as to why the former First Lady and her son pretends not to know its [...]

NPC Hands Tied, Cannot Act On IGP

by  Indika Sri Aravinda The National Police Commission (NPC) will not act against IGP Pujith Jayasundara over a recent incident, as it is legally unable to. NPC Secretary Ariyadasa Cooray said that the NPC can investigate and take action only on the Police service but not the IGP. The NPC was responding to a question [...]

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