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Karu Jayasuriya emerging as the UNF Presidential candidate
Karu Jayasuriya emerging as the UNF Presidential candidate

Speaker of Parliament, and one of Sri Lanka’s most distinguished statesman, Karu Jayasuriya has emerged as the frontrunner to be nominated as the UNF candidate for the Presidency. The largest party in the UNF alliance, the UNP, is likely to soon endorse Jayasuriya’s candidacy through its apex decision making body, the Working Committee. Jayasuriya’s…

LBO - Sep 19 16:22 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

Restoring ties with China becomes Gota’s task: Keheliya
Restoring ties with China becomes Gota’s task: Keheliya

One of the main tasks of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa would be restoring the relationship with China, spokesman for the SLPP presidential candidate, Keheliya Rambukwella said today. Addressing a media briefing, he said the relationship with China had been tarnished on numerous occasions during this government. “For…

Daily Mirror - Sep 19 16:17 GMT - more ... [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Saudi Arabia gives $50m to Sri Lanka for medical faculty

    Saudi Arabia gives $50m to Sri Lanka for medical faculty

    Saudi Arabia provided a concessional loa3eeeillion) to Sri Lanka on Wednesday to establish a fully equipped faculty of medicine at the Sabaragamuwa University at Ratnapura. The agreement was signed between vice chairman and managing director of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), Dr. Khaled Sulaiman Al-Khudairy, and secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Dr.…

    Arab News - Sep 19 16:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • U.N. Special Rapporteur Warns About Ethno-Religious Tensions In Sri Lanka

    U.N. Special Rapporteur Warns About Ethno-Religious Tensions In Sri Lanka

    Five months after the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed, visited Sri Lanka to assess the state of religious freedom in the country. During his visit, the U.N. Special Rapporteur met Government officials, local authorities and representatives of ethnic and…

    Forbes - Sep 19 15:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • General accused of war crimes to head Lanka Army

    General accused of war crimes to head Lanka Army

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights terms Shavendra Silva’s appointment ‘deeply troubling’ President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday named a general accused of war crimes as commander of the Sri Lankan Army, sparking concern over the appointment that the UN later termed “deeply troubling”. In his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,…

    Hindu - Aug 19 18:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

    Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

    This coming December, most mainstream parties are very likely to play to the Sinhala heartland, fuelling and fermenting further the disappointment, frustration, resentment and anger in Tamil and Muslim communities, however their voting percentage could still be decisive either way, as clearly demonstrated in 2005 and 2015. Candidates should therefore be sensitive to…

    FT - Aug 16 16:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to visit

    The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka, from 15 to 26 August 2019. “I will look at how Sri Lanka promotes and protects the rights to freedom of religion or belief. The visit will be an opportunity for me to have an open exchange with the Government to try to gain a better…

    OHCHR - Aug 13 16:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Pepper growers concerned over Sri Lanka's move to ease exports

    Pepper growers concerned over Sri Lanka\'s move to ease exports

    India had imposed an MIP of Rs 500 per kg on black pepper to control rising imports The domestic pepper growers have taken strong exception to the reported move by the Sri Lankan government to hold talks with India for relaxing the minimum import price (MIP) fixed for black pepper which has led to the decline in exports from the island nation. Currently, Sri…

    HBL - Aug 13 13:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, Economy ]

  • Sri Lanka's Muslims 'demonised' after Easter bombings

    Sri Lanka\'s Muslims \'demonised\' after Easter bombings

    Until a few months ago, Mohammed Iliyas, was doing a thriving business in his hardware shop in western Sri Lanka. Now trade has plummeted and his losses are mounting. His shop stocks everything from paint tins to electric bulbs and is one of the better known in and around Kottaramulla village, about 90 kilometres (56 miles) from the capital Colombo. "Since the…

    BBC - Aug 13 13:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • I have the people behind me: Sajith

    I have the people behind me: Sajith

    “We have to think differently. We all want a revolutionary change. But to achieve change at that level we have to think out of the box to bring development to the common man. We need development that is based on exports and investment. I want to bring industries to the villages with a timeline and targets. I shall do this as part of our new vision. We will do the…

    FT - Aug 13 13:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • The Trinco students killings – is this justice?

    The Trinco students killings – is this justice?

    There are lessons to learn from this case for us in the current environment as well. It is because of the fact that the members of one minority was treated with such mindless terror that distrust of the State increased to the point that there was very little confidence left. If the political winds that favour a Rajapaksa-return in one form or another increase in…

    Sunday Times - Jul 22 20:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka launches new official map featuring Chinese investments

    Sri Lanka launches new official map featuring Chinese investments

    Sri Lanka has launched an updated map of the island incorporating the development projects, including the USD 1.4 billion Colombo port city being developed with massive loans from China, the state media reported on Sunday. The “50,000” series of the Sri Lankan map, completed in 1995, has been updated and the new version was launched recently, Surveyor General P…

    AdaDerana - Jul 22 18:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, China ]

  • Sri Lanka extends emergency for fourth month after Easter bombings

    Sri Lanka extends emergency for fourth month after Easter bombings

    Sri Lanka on Monday (Jun 22) extended a law granting security forces emergency powers for a fourth month following the Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people. Under the law, security forces can interrogate suspects without court orders. More than 100 people have been arrested in the crackdown launched after the bombings,…

    Reuters - Jul 22 18:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, World, SriLanka ]

  • Investigations on Dr. Shafi: NPC seeks possibility of handing over probe to SIU

    Investigations on Dr. Shafi: NPC seeks possibility of handing over probe to SIU

    Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said an attorney had lodged a complaint with the NPC stating that investigations carried out by the CID against Dr. Shafi should be withdrawn. “The lawyer had requested in the complaint that the investigations should be handed over to a Special Investigation Unit which should comprise police teams from the CID, the Kurunegala…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 19 15:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • Church calls for Sri Lanka attacks probe

    Church calls for Sri Lanka attacks probe

    "This investigation should be thorough and should be transparent," Bishop J.D. Anthony Jayakody, the auxiliary bishop of Colombo, said in the capital on July 18. The report of its findings should be made pubic, he added. "If an independent body investigates on the Easter Sunday blasts, then the truth will come out," the bishop said. A local jihadist group called…

    UCA News - Jul 19 15:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • Another Dengue Outbreak

    After a particularly hot and humid May this year, many Sri Lankans would have eagerly anticipated the south-western monsoon to ease their discomfort. Each year, what Sri Lankans don’t expect however, seems to be the ensuing outbreak of the deadly dengue virus. 2019 doesn’t seem to be any different for a country grappling with yet another outbreak of the disease,…

    ReliefWeb - Jul 12 17:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Outcome of the 'Trinco 5' Case is Emblematic of Sri Lanka Not Delivering Justice for Serious Crimes Committed Against Tamil Civilians

    The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), the British Tamils Forum (BTF), the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) and the US Tamil Action Group (USTAG) are dismayed at the reports that the thirteen Sri Lankan Special Task Force and Police personnel charged with the killing of five Tamil youths in Trincomalee on January 2, 2006 were acquitted of all charges and released on July…

    ATC - Jul 12 17:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings

    Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings

    Sri Lanka is moving to curtail Saudi Arabian influence, after some politicians and Buddhist monks blamed the spread of the kingdom’s ultra-conservative Wahhabi school of Islam for planting the seeds of militancy that culminated in deadly Easter bomb attacks.The outcry in Sri Lanka is the latest sign that Wahhabism, which critics deem a root cause of the jihadist…

    Reuters - Jul 05 16:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • OIC Expresses Concern over rising Hate Speech in Sri Lanka

    OIC Expresses Concern over rising Hate Speech in Sri Lanka

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been monitoring closely the situation of Muslims in Sri Lanka and remains concerned about the rise in incidents of intimidation, anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate speech promulgated by certain groups in the country. In line with the Final Communique of the 14th Islamic Summit Conference of OIC Heads of State, which took…

    OIC - Jul 05 15:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka’s New War

    But in the past decade, religious minorities – including Christians and Muslims – have been subjected to riots and discrimination. Security analysts say a rise in more conservative teachings, values and behaviour by some Muslims has made parts of the community susceptible to radicalisation. “There have been several signs that radicalisation and extremism…

    AlJazeera - Jul 02 19:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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