Monthly Archives: March 2016

UN wants credible investigation

UN wants credible investigation

Responding to a question from Inner City Press, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the for the Secretary-General told journalists on 21 March 2016 that it wants “to make sure there is a credible investigation” into Sri Lanka’s violations of international humanitarian law in response to the Sri …

Upgrade to Jaffna Airport without acquiring land

Upgrade to Jaffna Airport without acquiring land

India and Sri Lanka have agreed that the Jaffna airport in North Sri Lanka should be upgraded to be an international airport without extending the runway because fresh land acquisition is being opposed by the local people. A five-member technical team of the Airports Authority …

Google launches Street View imagery of Sri Lanka

Google launches Street View imagery of Sri Lanka

Google announced that Street View imagery of Sri Lanka is now available on Google Maps. This means people in Sri Lanka and around the world can now view and experience the rich history and natural beauty of Sri Lanka in 360-degree panoramic imagery from their …

Tamil rebellion: lessons for Pakistan

Tamil rebellion: lessons for Pakistan

By Imtiaz Gul:                                                                                     …

Face to face consultations with stakeholders

Face to face consultations with stakeholders

Face to face consultations with stakeholders throughout Sri Lanka are expected to commence early next month to design reconciliation mechanisms. Town-hall meetings, focus group discussions and structured interviews will be part of the consultation process. Manouri Muttetuwegama, chairperson of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation …

Govt lacks expertise

Govt lacks expertise

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa connecting via Skype video conferencing yesterday told a meeting held between Sri Lankans living in Japan and the members of the Joint Opposition that the government in Sri Lanka is unable to take the country forward as it lacks required …

Sri Lanka mulls devolving powers to provinces

Sri Lanka mulls devolving powers to provinces

Sri Lanka on Monday said it is considering devolving powers to provinces through a new constitution which is now under discussion. President Maithripala Sirisena said he supports devolving powers to provinces within a united Sri Lanka. The president said the government is keen to give …

Ex LTTE women’s wing chief ignites row

Ex LTTE women’s wing chief ignites row

The book ‘In The Shadow Of A Sharp Edged Sword’ by S Thamilini, former head of the Women’s Political Wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), has become controversial. While one section of Tamils says that its criticism of the militant outfit will …

Muslim Congress’ Senior-Most Leader Rebels Against Party

Muslim Congress’ Senior-Most Leader Rebels Against Party

The senior-most leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Hasen Ali, has rebelled against the party complaining of a consistent bid by the party Establishment to engineer his exit by stripping him of powers due to him as party General Secretary. Ali (70) was …

Sri Lanka’s lost generation

Sri Lanka’s lost generation

Sri Lanka’s civil war ended seven years ago, but social fault-lines dividing the country have not yet closed. Ethnic Tamils worldwide still resent the Sinhalese-dominated state for alleged war crimes committed during the insurgency and for its piecemeal efforts at resettling internally displaced Tamils. What …