‘She is terrified for the safety of her two beautiful babies’: Friend of Sri Lankan couple in Australia facing deportation

A couple are fearing for the safety of their children after they were ordered to depart Australia. Sri Lankan couple Priya and Nadesalingam received the notice to depart the country on Friday after losing their appeal against being sent out of the country in the Federal Court. Friend Angela Fredericks claims the family is ‘utterly distraught’ [...]

Is the State grossly underestimating the losses from the mob violence in Kandy?

By L. Zubair, C. Malge, F.Shakira, T. Hadgie, S. Rameezand A.Nijamdeen Background In March 2018, mob violence visited pockets in an East to West arc5-20 km North of Kandy. The state is obligated to ensure the safety of its citizens andit failed to do so.In spite of urgent warnings of impending violence and reassurances by [...]

US withdrawal from UNHRC may weaken the institution but must not weaken Sri Lanka’s commitment

By The National Peace Council   The departure of the United States from the UN Human Rights Council is a regrettable blow to a global institution which has been mandated to protect and uphold human rights throughout the world including Sri Lanka. In 2015, Sri Lanka together with the US and several other member countries of [...]

International Day of Yoga celebrated in Sri Lanka

President Maithripala Sirisena and thousands of yoga enthusiasts celebrated International Day of Yoga at Independence Square in Colombo today. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, the High Commissioner of India, welcomed President at the event. The President later practiced a number of yoga asanas. The event was attended by a number of Sri Lankan Ministers and officials, apart from the public at large, including professionals, doctors, academicians [...]

India’s continuing Kashmir conundrum

By Vidyadharan MP Kashmir was often referred to be the paradise on earth. In the 17th century, Mughal emperor Jehangir, after visiting Kashmir, is reported to have said “if there is a heaven on earth, it is here. It is here.” Persian poet Amir Khusru too described Kashmir as a paradise on earth. The name [...]

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 [...]

Group of 16 feels Mahinda must be made PM – Dayasiri

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The split from the Government by 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members, including some Ministers, created ripples in the political arena. Now known as the ‘Group of 16′, the former Government members are determined to see the exit of Ranil Wickremesinghe from the Prime Minister’s seat. Group of 16 member and former [...]

‘Perpetually’ yours or what?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Chennai, 15 June 2018 Now that two constitutional authorities, first Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and then President’s Secretary Austin Fernando have declared that there was no ‘Perpetual List of 118 MPs’ who had allegedly taken election funds from the jailed PTL boss Arjun Aloysius, the nation has to decide whether it [...]

Why Trump ‘bent’ before Kim?

By Vidyadharan MP This Tuesday, people from across the world were hooked to news from a tiny nation – Singapore. Hundreds of journalists had gathered there to relay, tell and retell a historic event happening in this politically insignificant nation. All were waiting for the ‘bout’ between US President Donald Trump and North Korean supreme [...]

Newly appointed NOC wants time to show results

By Samantha Hewabandula The newly appointed National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Sri Lanka is confident of taking Sri Lanka to the next level. However the NOC says it needs to be given time to show results as it has just taken over the administration. NOC Vice President Asanga Seneviratne told The Sunday Leader online that [...]

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