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Elusive reconciliation

Elusive reconciliation

United Nations report released last week on the progress of reconciliation efforts by the Sri Lankan government should be a wake-up call for President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Raising serious concerns about the delay in addressing allegations of war crimes and in …

Resolution will not force Sri Lanka to accept adjudication by foreigners?

Resolution will not force Sri Lanka to accept adjudication by foreigners?

Sri Lanka believes that the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on it, to be passed at the end of this month, will not force it to accept adjudication by foreigners in war crimes cases. It is true that in its latest report to the UNHRC, …

PIA to return Airbus

PIA to return Airbus

The management of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is returning premier service aircraft to Sri Lanka. The Airbus-330 was acquired on lease for premier service of PIA. The PIA has paid over $19 million to Sri Lankan authorities in terms of wet lease for this …

Ex-LTTE cadres form political party

Ex-LTTE cadres form political party

A group of former LTTE members in Sri Lanka has announced formation of a new party, saying people are getting frustrated by mainstream political parties as they have “failed” to address issues faced by the minority Tamils. ‘Rehabilitated United Liberation Tigers Front’ was formed in …

Banks Charge You for Checking Balance and Mini Statement at the ATM

Banks Charge You for Checking Balance and Mini Statement at the ATM

Apart from the levies on withdrawals beyond the free limit, banks charge you for checking the balance and accessing mini-statements at the ATM as well. Apart from the levies on withdrawals beyond the free limit, banks charge their customers for non-financial transactions like checking the …

TNA backs call for special court

TNA backs call for special court

Issuing a statement the TNA welcomed the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the implementation of the 2015 Human Rights Council resolution. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) welcomes the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the implementation of …

Legal process, lack of approvals delay FDI

Legal process, lack of approvals delay FDI

Long delays in Sri Lanka’s legal process and a lack of speedy approvals from government institutions have delayed foreign direct investment (FDI), the head of state-run investment body chief said on Friday. The government said last month FDI slumped 54 percent to $450 million last …

PTA no longer operational: SCRM Chief

PTA no longer operational: SCRM Chief

The Government will not enact new laws to incorporate foreign judges and lawyers into a local judicial mechanism to address allegations of war crimes, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told a UN Human Rights Council side event in Geneva on Wednesday (1). “But with or without …

Linguistic slights spur ethnic division

Linguistic slights spur ethnic division

From its gleaming new headquarters, Jaffna’s police force serves around 100,000 people. The vast majority of the local population are Tamils or Tamil-speaking Muslims; fewer than 50 locals are members of Sri Lanka’s biggest ethnic group, the Sinhalese. But the vast majority of the city’s …

Back in the Spotlight

Back in the Spotlight

By Taylor Dibbert.                                                                    The 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council …