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Sri Lanka's TRC draft has nothing to solve Tamils' concerns - Sumanthiran

"There is nothing about accountability or amnesty"

June 2, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka standup comedian arrest stifles free speech: CPA

In August 2022, the Human Rights Watch called for amendments to the ICCPR Act.

June 1, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka opposition slams purported licence-cancelling broadcast authority

“What we can see is that this violates several fundamental rights, so we strongly oppose this bill," he said.

May 31, 2023 3 min read

China's Vice Foreign Minister promises support to Sri Lanka President

Sri Lanka is in talks with bilateral creditors including China to re-structure debt

May 31, 2023 1 min read
Sri Lanka President cleared to discuss cancelled LRT after soured Japan relations

Gotabaya Rajapaksa unilaterally cancelled Japanese financed $1.5 billion LRT, Japan, India involved ECT

Sri Lanka president invites more Japanese investments as economy stabilises

He also called for cooperation between Sri Lanka and Japan in the two countries’ respective digital transformations.

Sri Lanka president apologises to Japan for cancellation of light rail project

Wickremesinghe met Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on Thursday May 25.

Himal Kotelawala
May 25, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka President bets for China-inclusive Asia-led economy

“We want an Asia that can accommodate the Indo-Pacific, the BRI, as well as the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo- Pacific”

May 25, 2023 4 min read

Sri Lanka's Sabry summons Canadian HC on Trudeau's "genocide" comment 

Canadian Parliament has adopted the motion to make May 18 Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day

May 20, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka hits back Canadian PM Trudeau for "Tamil Genocide" comment

Sri Lankan Army is accused of war crimes in the final phase of 26-year war

May 20, 2023 3 min read

Gandhi: The social logic of Ahimsa

From his axiom of ahimsa (non-violence), Gandhi derives two promising themes...

Mark Hager
May 18, 2023 28 min read

Sri Lanka brain drain: IMF hopes Sri Lankans who left during crisis will return

“We hope that, with the proper macroeconomic policies, many who left the country will see again the potential," she sa...

Himal Kotelawala
May 17, 2023 2 min read

Stakeholders in Sri Lanka's IMF programme recognise need for reform: top IMF official

“You’ll have various stakeholders and they’ll have different views. That’s to be expected,” he said.

Himal Kotelawala
May 17, 2023 5 min read

Sri Lanka President appoints three provincial governors

To the Western, Northern and Eastern provinces

May 17, 2023 1 min read

Sri Lanka campus canteen triggers Colombo security alert

Intelligence units had picked up information that the canteen had received an order for 1,500 lunch packets

May 14, 2023 2 min read

Australia gifts Beech KA350 King Air to Sri Lanka for border patrols

Australia is a key destination for Sri Lanka boat people

May 14, 2023 1 min read
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Sri Lanka parliament approves 'Aswesuma' welfare plan

The proposal was approved by the parliament without a vote.

May 12, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka President raps Archeological Dept for obtaining funds from monks

The president says the Archeological Department has to work on national policy and it cannot obtain money from anybody

May 12, 2023 2 min read

AFP’s Sri Lanka photo chief wins international award

AFP’s Kabul bureau won the first prize in the breaking news category

May 12, 2023 2 min read

Bill to decriminalise homosexuality in Sri Lanka not inconsistent with constitution: SC

The apex court’s determination was issued following a petition filed challenging the bill.

May 9, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka govt looking to distribute responsibility for IMF deal: G L Peiris

The MP added that the government was keen to pin the responsibility on parliament.

Himal Kotelawala
May 8, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka hikes import taxes on wheat flour to boost rice farmer profits

As a close substitute for rice, the price of wheat has to be 'managed' Minister Siyambalapitiya said.

May 8, 2023 1 min read

Sri Lanka President meets King Charles III amid a spike in republicanism

A few protestors called for the monarchy to be 'privatized'

May 7, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka President calls for unity as Vesak marked in economic crisis

At this juncture of the unprecedented economic crisis, the timeless philosophy of the Buddha becomes a source of solace

May 5, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka can prosper if it achieves debt sustainability: IMF official

The official also noted that inflation has come down in Sri Lanka, albeit from having gone “through the roof”.

Himal Kotelawala
May 4, 2023 5 min read

Sri Lanka economic governance violated over headless CoPF: Harsha

Commttee on Public Finance without chair since Jan 2023

May 3, 2023 1 min read
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