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Facebook to set up an office in Colombo?

Facebook to set up an office in Colombo?

Sri Lanka is to ask Facebook to set up an office in Colombo to help monitor content posted in the Sinhalese language so that the medium is not used for …

Is this what we really want?

Is this what we really want?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Though Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has convincingly defeated the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) brought against him in parliament by the Joint Opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the challenges he faces are far from over. But Wickremesinghe is an old hand at …

Enough reasons to worry about social media

Enough reasons to worry about social media

Cambridge Analytica has dominated headlines following revelations of how it exploited Facebook data of millions of users to potentially help swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favour of Donald Trump. However, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed to the company’s Sri Lanka connection when he …

EU relists LTTE as terror outfit

EU relists LTTE as terror outfit

The Council of the European Union has relisted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organisation. The decision came into effect on March 21, 2018, continuing the …

‘overzealous approach’ in Tamil refugee case

‘overzealous approach’ in Tamil refugee case

A federal judge has chided an immigration officer for imposing a virtually “impossible standard” in assessing the risk and danger faced by a failed Tamil refugee if he was to be deported to Sri Lanka. In concluding Suresh Nagarasa would be safe to return to …

A way to revive SAARC

A way to revive SAARC

Foreign policy experts have said China should be granted full membership of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to give new life to the almost defunct regional body owing to the rivalry between India and Pakistan, Myrepublica news reported on Sunday. Addressing a …

Cannot ignore India’s influence

Cannot ignore India’s influence

A lawyer, a member of Parliament and the son of one of Sri Lanka’s most powerful politicians. These are amongst the titles that 31-year-old Namal Rajapaksa, son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa balances. Namal belongs to a political family accused of carrying out …

Stress in ruling coalition will remain?

Stress in ruling coalition will remain?

The No Confidence Motion (NCM) submitted by the Joint Opposition (JO) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to be doomed to failure because Wickremesinghe’s party and alliance, namely, the United National Party (UNP) and the United National Front (UNF), are almost fully with him. And …

India had reservations

India had reservations

Three years after he was swept out of office, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former President, thinks he is in with a chance to return to power. Last month, the Sri …

If handled well, Sri Lanka has the potential to constitute an example for the region how sustainable peace ought to be achieved

If handled well, Sri Lanka has the potential to constitute an example for the region how sustainable peace ought to be achieved

Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Kate Gilmore, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told the UN Human Rights Council today that OHCHR welcomes …