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ADB to assist in transport

ADB to assist in transport

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help Sri Lanka prepare studies and designs for new road, railway, and port projects so the country’s transport system is well-placed to support economic growth in the medium term. “In Sri Lanka, the role of the transport sector has …

High costs slowing push toward solar energy

High costs slowing push toward solar energy

An ambitious plan by the Sri Lankan government to outfit 100,000 homes with solar panels, to turn them into power producers for the national grid, may be too expensive for many families to afford, experts warn. Sri Lanka’s government this month launched a “battle for …

USTPAC disturbed by Justice Minister’s statement

USTPAC disturbed by Justice Minister’s statement

In an interview with BBC Sandeshaya, Sri Lankan Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe categorically rejected all allegations of war crimes committed by Sri Lanka’s armed forces and stated the government would take legal action against anyone who alleges the armed forces committed war crimes.  Furthermore, he …

Fault-lines in the Transitional Justice Process

Fault-lines in the Transitional Justice Process

Aaranya Rajasingam.                                                             Sri Lanka is ranked 43rd (out of 178 countries) in the 2016 annual …

Schools banned from imposing dress codes on parents

Schools banned from imposing dress codes on parents

Schools in Sri Lanka have been banned from imposing dress codes on parents visiting the premises. It comes after a poster outside one elite private school, which dictated what women should wear when picking up their children, sparked an outcry. The notice said that saris …

Important that government expedites legislative process of implementing VAT

Important that government expedites legislative process of implementing VAT

A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Jaewoo Lee visited Colombo during September 13-23, 2016 to hold discussions on the first review of the Sri Lankan authorities’ economic program that is being supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The …

Wigneswaran urges Tamil people to join mass protest

Wigneswaran urges Tamil people to join mass protest

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has urged Tamil people to participate in a demonstration scheduled in Jaffna tomorrow, to oppose the systematic settlement of Sinhalese people in the Tamil dominated region and the erection of Buddhist statues in an area devoid of Buddhist devotees. …

Move to resolve Indian fishermen issue

Move to resolve Indian fishermen issue

The National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) has welcomed the statement of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the need for an early solution for resolving the Palk Bay conflict involving India and Sri Lanka. In a statement, M. Ilango, former MLA and Chairperson of NFF, said …

Travails of a war-torn people

Travails of a war-torn people

On September 21, 2013, tens of thousands of Tamils living in Sri Lanka’s heavily-militarised North decisively voted in the long-delayed provincial elections. They had waited for two and a half decades to make their voices heard and elect their own government. Despite the promise of …

The fractured North

The fractured North

By Dharisha Bastians.                                                              As a quiet crisis within the TNA deepens, the need for a …