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Sri Lanka’s squandered opportunities

Sri Lanka’s squandered opportunities

        ALMOST FOUR years ago, the Sri Lankan government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a decisive victory in a  26 year long civil war with rebels from the island’s minority Tamil community. The cost was horrific: A United Nations investigation subsequently found that up …

Christian clergy from Sri Lanka’s Tamil north want int’l inquiry into abuses in civil war

Christian clergy from Sri Lanka’s Tamil north want int’l inquiry into abuses in civil war

       Christian clergy from Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil-majority north are asking the United Nations Human Rights Council to push for an independent international inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka’s civil war. A letter dated Monday and signed by 133 Roman Catholic, …

Channel 4 releases documentary against Sri lanka

Channel 4 releases documentary against Sri lanka

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       New photographs have emerged raising controversy regarding the final stages of the operation against Tamil rebels and have led to claims the 12-year-old son of …

Matale skeletal remains not likely from a routine burial site

Matale skeletal remains not likely from a routine burial site

        The remains of more than 150 people have been excavated to date in  Matale. The skeletal remains were discovered late last year by workers carrying out excavations for a building at the Matale hospital. Various theories abound as to what these remains are with some propounding that they …

Rajiv Gandhi assassins have opposed the execution of the death sentence

Rajiv Gandhi assassins have opposed the execution of the death sentence

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–        Three Rajiv Gandhi assassins have opposed the execution of the death sentence awarded to them by pointing to the 12 year-lag between the …

Britain’s hypocrisy over Sri Lanka

Britain’s hypocrisy over Sri Lanka

             Few Western countries were louder than Britain in condemning the Sri Lankan army’s shocking violations of human rights as it moved to suppress a bloody rebellion by ethnic Tamils demanding a separate state. Clearly, those words of reproach were …

Bodu Bala Group calls for a boycott

Bodu Bala Group calls for a boycott

         The Bodu Bala Sena group called for the abolition of the Muslim halal system of certifying foods and other goods at a rally in Maharagama yesterday (17). Thousands of supporters of the group attended a rally in Maharagama to hear the …

Sri Lankan, Indian fishermen clash at sea

Sri Lankan, Indian fishermen clash at sea

       A group of fishermen from Sri Lanka and India clashed in Sri Lankan waters on Sunday, a navy spokesman said. Sri Lankan Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said the clash occurred along the international maritime boundary which divides both countries in the northwestern …

Ranil led groups trying to arouse communal feelings

Ranil led groups trying to arouse communal feelings

           Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that a recently set up political grouping led by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was trying to arouse communal feelings among Tamil speaking people living in the Jaffna peninsula. Rajapaksa charged that an attempt was …

British Foreign Office has expressed shock and serious concern

British Foreign Office has expressed shock and serious concern

          The British Foreign Office issuing a press release voiced its shock and serious concern Saturday over the shooting of a British-Sri Lankan journalist in a Colombo suburb. Britain’s South Asia minister Alistair Burt urged the Sri Lankan authorities to identify …