Monthly Archives: May 2016

India sends ships with relief material

India sends ships with relief material

India on Friday rushed two naval ships with relief material to Sri Lanka which has been severely-hit by tropical cyclone Roanu. Navy said two Naval ships, one Naval Off Shore Patrol INS Sunayna and one survey vessel INS Sutlej, are being sent to Colombo coast …

Issues of reconciliation and accountability remain unaddressed

Issues of reconciliation and accountability remain unaddressed

The unexpected chance for lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka that followed President Maithripala Sirisena’s January 2015 election faces increasing turbulence. Initial moves by Sirisena’s government halted and began to reverse the slide into authoritarianism and family rule under Mahinda Rajapaksa. Its reform agenda …

Post-Conflict Reconciliation a Priority

Post-Conflict Reconciliation a Priority

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today said post-conflict reconciliation with minority Tamils was his government’s priority while being committed to uphold human rights and democracy. Addressing the state function commemorating the seventh anniversary of the end of the three-decade long brutal conflict between the LTTE …

Death toll from Sri Lanka’s floods, landslides rises

Death toll from Sri Lanka’s floods, landslides rises

Around 150 people are feared dead after more than three days of heavy rain triggered two landslides in central Sri Lanka, disaster officials said yesterday as rescuers stopped work after recovering more than a dozen bodies. Rescue efforts have focused on the town of Aranayaka, …

Accountability must engage international judges – Canadian PM

Accountability must engage international judges – Canadian PM

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the Seventh Anniversary of the End of the War in Sri Lanka: “Today, we mark the anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009. It is a time to honour, remember, …

Upper limit for Bank leasing to be imposed

Upper limit for Bank leasing to be imposed

Several changes to Sri Lanka’s financial services will be enacted soon such as leasing services offered by banks, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said, speaking at a forum in Colombo. A proposal in the budget that banks should stop leasing from June 1 will be modified, …

Fishermen plan stir against church on Katchatheevu

Fishermen plan stir against church on Katchatheevu

Fishermen associations in the State have planned a series of protests if the Central government does not stop Sri Lanka’s move to construct a new church on Katchatheevu islet in the Palk Bay. Though the islet was handed over to Sri Lanka after an agreement, …

34 fishermen to be released

34 fishermen to be released

The Sri Lankan authorities have decided to set free 34 fishermen of Tamil Nadu who have been kept in Jaffna and Vavuniya jails. While 13 fishermen were produced a magistrate in Jaffna on Monday evening, the remaining 21 would be presented before a court in Mannar on Tuesday. …

Beyonce brand Ivy Park denies ‘slavery’ in Sri Lanka

Beyonce brand Ivy Park denies ‘slavery’ in Sri Lanka

Beyonce’s workout clothing line, Ivy Park, has denied claims by The Sun newspaper of running a sweatshop in its Sri Lanka factory. It has been alleged that Beyonce’s sportswear brand is made by workers who earn 44p an hour in squalid conditions. The range was …

Healing the wounds of war in Sri Lanka

Healing the wounds of war in Sri Lanka

Does political stability have an effect on the plight of refugees? If a country has been plagued by decades of infighting, can political stability increase the prospects for reconciliation and a lasting peace? Sri Lanka is witnessing a complex, transformative era in politics. President Maithripala …