Monthly Archives: September 2016

PM assures political solution

PM assures political solution

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking in Jaffna today, assured that his Government will work towards a political solution to resolve the National issue. The Prime Minister said that following the end of the war there was an expectation that the National issue will be resolved …

Why did a boys’ school tell women what to wear?

Why did a boys’ school tell women what to wear?

A poster outside a Sri Lankan boys’ school telling women what to wear is generating heated debate on social media. The BBC’s Ayeshea Perera explains why people in the capital Colombo are so outraged. At first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking it was …

Sinhalese have their origins in Bengal, Odisha

Sinhalese have their origins in Bengal, Odisha

When three years back, a Sri Lankan envoy sought Indian support on the basis of the claim that the Sinhalese people are descendents of Bengalis and Odias, there was an upsurge of perplexity and outrage among large sections of the Indian population. However, subsequent research …

Nisha Biswal holds talks with Tamil Diaspora

Nisha Biswal holds talks with Tamil Diaspora

The United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal held discussions with the London-based Tamil diaspora group, Global Tamil Forum (GTF) delegates representing US, UK, Canada, Australia and Germany on the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka on 16 September 2106. GTF …

Ban on bottom trawling

Ban on bottom trawling

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has called for a ban on bottom trawling, a destructive fishing practice that harms marine ecosystems. Mr. Samaraweera made the appeal at the recent ‘Our Ocean 2016 conference’ in Washington DC, ahead of high-level talks between India and Sri …

Sri Lankan drug market mafia

Sri Lankan drug market mafia

A court case filed by a drug company seeking a de facto monopoly for an expensive cancer drug has exposed a corrupt nexus between medical specialists and the larger drug mafia which is throttling hapless patients. A Court of Appeal has rejected an action by …

Call for a Federal Semi-Secular Constitution

Call for a Federal Semi-Secular Constitution

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga called for a joint effort of all parties to compile a federal semi-secular constitution in order to bring about a proper reconciliation in the country. Ms Kumaratunga, who was speaking at a seminar organized by the national secretariat for national reconciliation …

BBC journalist sacked for telling truth about Sri Lanka civil war wins dismissal appeal

BBC journalist sacked for telling truth about Sri Lanka civil war wins dismissal appeal

A BBC World Service journalist who claims he was sacked for favouring coverage about the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils has won an appeal and successfully argued that he was unfairly dismissed. Chandana Bandara lost his job on 15 August 2014 after he declined to put …

Vaiko releases Prabhakaran’s letter to DMK chief

Vaiko releases Prabhakaran’s letter to DMK chief

MDMK general secretary Vaiko has released a letter written by LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran to DMK leader M. Karunanidhi in 1989 in which he had asked the latter to bring to the attention of opposition parties the “atrocities” committed by the Indian Peace Keeping Force …

India to set up LNG-fired power plant

India to set up LNG-fired power plant

India has told Sri Lanka that it can help put up a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG )-fired power plant as desired by Sri Lanka at Sampur or any other location, But at the same time, it  has conveyed to it the need to ponder over …