Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Fall of the House of Rajapaksa is also a Test for President Sirisena

The Fall of the House of Rajapaksa is also a Test for President Sirisena

By Sarah Stodder:                                                                   On the evening of 30 January, a police bus …

Lanka at an important stage in its post war recovery

Lanka at an important stage in its post war recovery

The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon, Adama Dieng, says Sri Lanka is at an important stage in its post war recovery. He told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, during the ongoing 31st session, that Sri Lanka …

Police spokesman behind media-driven arrests

Police spokesman behind media-driven arrests

Sri Lanka’s police spokesman orchestrated the controversial arrest of an army major and his driver so that he could give a sexy sound bite to radio and television networks, a police investigation has revealed. Assistant Superintendent of police, Ruwan Gunasekera ordered the Officer in Charge …

Court dismisses appeal by Lanka Hospital

Court dismisses appeal by Lanka Hospital

The Colombo Civil Appellate High Court has dismissed an appeal filed by Lanka Hospital Corporation Limited that challenged the District Court’s order to pay compensation of Rs. 5 million to a resident in Negombo whose leg had to be amputated due to alleged negligence on …

Red Cross hails Indian housing programme

Red Cross hails Indian housing programme

The owner-driven model, adopted in a housing programme funded by the Indian government in Sri Lanka, can serve as a “source of inspiration,” and as a case study of “good practices,” Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General and CEO of the International Federation of Red Cross …

Look at China as an opportunity; not as a threat: CBK

Look at China as an opportunity; not as a threat: CBK

Underlining the importance of connectivity in South Asia, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday night said it is key to not only India’s development but the entire region and the Asian continent. Swaraj was speaking at the inaugural panel of the maiden Raisina Dialogoue, …

Torture allegations continue as war crimes inquiry remains distant prospect

Torture allegations continue as war crimes inquiry remains distant prospect

Amid a tense political situation and ongoing allegations of torture, a promised inquiry into Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war appears no closer. Sri Lanka’s new government had vowed to convene an internationally supervised probe into atrocities, allegedly committed by both government forces and Tamil Tiger …

People smuggler ‘mastermind’ sentenced

People smuggler ‘mastermind’ sentenced

A Sri Lankan people smuggler who helped organise the boat on which Australian officials allegedly paid crew more than $US30,000 ($NZ44,576.52) to turn back from New Zealand has been sentenced to five and a half years. Kugan, also known as Vishvanathan Thineshkumar, was described by …

Sri Lanka to ban landmines

Sri Lanka to ban landmines

Sri Lanka’s government on Thursday announced it would ban land mines and promised to destroy its stockpiles of the explosive devices, nearly seven years after its protracted civil war ended. Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva said the cabinet had decided to sign the 1997 …

Barriers Fall in a Land Marred by Bloodshed

Barriers Fall in a Land Marred by Bloodshed

We had just crossed the causeway leading from the Jaffna Peninsula to the Vanni, the northern Sri Lankan mainland, when the colossus came into view: a pair of bronze hands, mounted on a plinth, raising aloft a model of this teardrop-shaped island nation. A marble …