Monthly Archives: December 2015

Saudi Arabia reduces maid’s death sentence to jail term

Saudi Arabia reduces maid’s death sentence to jail term

Saudi authorities have reduced a Sri Lankan maid’s sentence for adultery from death by stoning to a three-year jail term after an appeal, Colombo’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The maid, 45, who is married and had worked as a domestic helper in Riyadh since …

Sri Lanka’s Catholic leader tells priests to cast out Christmas trees from churches

Sri Lanka’s Catholic leader tells priests to cast out Christmas trees from churches

Sri Lanka’s top Catholic told priests on Wednesday not to put up Christmas trees in their churches, saying they had no religious significance and had instead become the festive symbol of parties and shopping centres. Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, issued a statement telling …

Constitutional Reform to start  on January 09

Constitutional Reform to start on January 09

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, will kick-start on January 9 next year the constitutional reform process, which was promised in the run-up to the January 8, 2015 Presidential election, which had been touted as a struggle to restore democracy in the island nation. …

Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Need for Domestic Actions

Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Need for Domestic Actions

By Vositha Wijenayake.                                                          The Paris Agreement focusing on climate change and ways to address its adverse impacts …

Why aren’t Sri Lankan women translating their educational gains into workforce advantages?

Why aren’t Sri Lankan women translating their educational gains into workforce advantages?

Dileni Gunewardena.                                                               The last two decades have seen a phenomenal rise in girls’ education and …

Reconsidering Colombo and Sri Lanka’s Political Rollercoaster

Reconsidering Colombo and Sri Lanka’s Political Rollercoaster

By Taylor Dibbert.                                                                                     …

Sri Lanka’s year of democracy, reconciliation and rebalancing

Sri Lanka’s year of democracy, reconciliation and rebalancing

It is no exaggeration to say that 2015 will be remembered as a major turning point for Sri Lanka as a nation. The Sri Lankan people made a decisive choice towards democracy and good governance, towards communal reconciliation and for moving the country back towards …

President to resettle displaced Tamils within six months

President to resettle displaced Tamils within six months

Moved by the plight of Tamils displaced during the three-decade-long civil war, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has promised to set up a special task force to resettle them within six months. “I will set up a special Presidential Task Force to resettle these people …

UN Discovery revives nightmares

UN Discovery revives nightmares

Details of a secret detention center, where serious human rights abuses took place, deep inside the sprawling Tricomalee Naval base in the east of Sri Lanka are slowly emerging. The site is nothing new to those who were held there. In June this year the …

Sri Lanka’s military to be modernised

Sri Lanka’s military to be modernised

Addressing an event to mark the the   passing out parade of the  military in Diyatalawa, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the army needs to modernize to be on par with the developing world, and is to be modernised with assistance from militarily advanced nations.  “It is …