President confronts protesters in Jaffna

President Maithripala Sirisena confronted protesters in Jaffna who were demanding that Tamil political prisoners be released. The protesters staged a black flag protest along the street used by the President’s convoy during his visit to Jaffna. Tamil National Alliance members M. K. Sivajilingam and Suresh Premachandran were among those who took part in the protest. [...]

Pope notes Sri Lanka striving for reconciliation and healing

Pope Francis met on Friday with members of an organizing committee for the journey that he made to Sri Lanka back in January 2015, Radio Vatican reported. Welcoming the group, the pope said his own visit to Sri Lanka was a moment of “special grace” at  a time when the nation was “striving for reconciliation [...]

PM warns officials over delay to provide relief to flood victims

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned officials over the delay to provide relief to flood and landslide victims in Galle, Matara and Ratnapura. The Prime Minister said that he wants a deadline set for the relief items to be provided. He said that if the relevant authorities are unable to meet the deadline then he will speak [...]

Tamil Diaspora Must Seriously Contribute To Rebuild The Country

 - Father S. J. Emmanuel The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was lifted. The President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Father S. J. Emmanuel told The Sunday Leader there are [...]

Sri Lanka To Be A Base For Human Rights Monitoring

by  Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka has over the years been at the centre of the human rights debate, often being accused of violating human rights. However now the country is set to be a base for human rights monitoring with one of the world’s leading human rights groups establishing its regional office in Colombo. The Sunday Leader [...]

Elephants At Pageants: Activists Push For Change

Colombo school withdraws elephants from street parade by our Environmental Correspondent Animal rights activists are making a push to stop the practice of elephants being used at pageants, including school parades. A case related to the illegal capture of elephants is also to be heard at the Hulftsdorf court on Tuesday. Recently, a request from several [...]

Double Blow For Radical Monks

by Easwaran Rutnam A group of radical monks faced a double blow last week just hours after the venerable Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera was arrested for threatening Rohingya refugees in Mount Lavinia. Following several complaints filed with Facebook over a video posted on the Facebook page of the Sinhale Jathika Balamuluwa, the social media website decided [...]

Water Runs Dry In Thabbowa

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Due to the drought affecting many areas of the country, many people are suffering without waterfor drinking and their daily requirements. Among the districts most affected by the drought is the Puttalam district and the people of the Karuwalagaswewa village are facing untold hardships. Currently there are around 100 families living in [...]

Farmers Facing A Dilemma

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The farmers of this country have once again had to face difficulties. The pepper farmers are facing numerous difficulties while the poultry farmers and even the milk farmers are all in the same boat and both the farmers and farmer associations charge that nothing is being done to relieve them of this [...]

Housing For The Displaced

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The housing problems of the displaced are yet to be resolved and some of these displaced persons are still either in temporary shelters or live as IDPs. Hence the government is currently in the process of once again addressing their housing concerns are planning on constructing another 50,000 houses for them. This [...]

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