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Lanka in a time warp concerning ethnic reconciliation

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, in his address to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday,  asked the international community to support...

Sri Lanka backtracks from ratifying disappearances convention

The parliamentary debate on the Bill to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (CPAPED) will not held...

Lankan parliament to debate ratification of controversial int’l convention

Amidst raging controversy on the issue, the Sri Lankan parliament will this Thursday (21 September) debate the ratification of the International Convention for the...

No military operations in Mattala airport India deal

Sri Lanka is insisting on the inclusion of a specific clause in the proposed deal with India on the privatization of the Mattala Rajapaksaairport that will prevent it from being used for...

Eliya movement of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa – the route to Presidency?

The theatre is being constructed to make the powerful former Defence Secretary and brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa the savior of...

Lanka passes 25% reservation for women in politics

The Sri Lankan parliament has passed a new local bodies election law under which women will get 25% reservation in seats where 60% of...

Lankan President sacks Justice Minister on request of PM

After weeks of being netted in controversy for his damning critique of diverse government policies, Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe was Wednesday...

Lankan govt. on financial policy see saw

In the backdrop of announcing a much dreaded re-making of the country’s tax system through a new Inland Revenue Bill, the Lankan Government has...

New Foreign Minister appointed in Lanka, Karunanayake awaits comeback

Tilak Janaka Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday in place of Ravi Karunanayake who had resigned...

Lankan political saga continues post Karunanayake resignation

Three days after the voluntary exit of Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake for his link with the Central Bank bond scam, when he was Finance...

Lankan Foreign Minister resigns

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake who had been under pressure by both the UNP and the SLFP to quit following corruption allegations, resigned...

Karunanayake still defiant, name of possible replacement speculated  

The UNP and SLFP, in embarrassed huddles over the central bank linked corruption fiasco involving senior UNPer and Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, have decided...

Surrounded in controversy Lanka’s FM tipped to resign

When Ravi Karunanayake was given the portfolio of finance by the current regime which heralded the promise of good governance following the victory of...

China and Sri Lanka break stalemate, agree on Hambantota port

After months of protracted negotiations and stagnation on the controversial China-Lanka Hambantota port deal, the two countries have reached an agreement on the US$...

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh release joint statement on MOUs, FTA

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will sign a Free Trade Agreement before the end of the year, the two countries jointly announced at the end...

UN special rapporteur lambasts Lanka, says island among world’s worst for...

Speaking to  the media after a four-day tour of Sri Lanka, Emmerson maintained that as recently as October 2016, 80 cases of torture of...

Tamil MP moves Lankan Supreme Court to prevent steel houses for...

A Fundamental Rights petition was filed Thursday in the Lankan Supreme Court against a government project to construct 65,000 pre-fabricated steel houses for people...

Unrest in Tamil polity may jeopardize demands of Tamils

The divide in Tamil nationalist politics that was apparent in the last weeks following a no confidence motion that was going to be moved...

Lankan Buddhist High Priests oppose constitutional changes

Sri Lanka’s Buddhist High Priests called “Mahanayakes” have jointly asked the government to drop its plan to write a new constitution for the country...

Int’l Convention on disappearance threatens Lanka says Rajapaksa

Foreign countries, the West in particular, could arrest Sri Lankans for crimes allegedly committed in Sri Lanka, if Sri Lanka incorporates into its local...

A saga of an arrest, a bail and a fundamental rights...

Arrested and released on bail in quick succession, following his surrender to the Courts after weeks of evading the law on several charges including...