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UN to review SL human rights record, Sirisena pledges to protect...

Days prior to Sri Lanka’s human rights record being scheduled to be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working...

Lankan Govt presents budget and pre-budget relief ahead of Jan polls

Amidst a fuel crisis that has taken public opinion on the Lankan government to a new low and with the local government elections to...

Sri Lanka Bar Council questions govt about proposed new constitution

The Bar Council of Sri Lanka has resolved to express its grave concern about the proposed amendments to Articles 1 and 2 of the...

Lanka’s hopes of new constitution sinks to new low

The much-anticipated new Sri Lankan constitution, aimed at bringing about post war reconciliation and equality to all minority communities, especially the Tamils, is likely...

Monk who incited crowds against Rohingyas remanded

A monk accused to be one of the key inciters of the mob that attacked Rohingya refugees last week was remanded by a local...

Lanka’s North says willing to accommodate Rohingyas

Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province is ready to accommodate Rohingya refugees stranded in the island and facing threats from radical Buddhist monks. This was affirmed...

Lankan think tank asks government to lift ban on Rohingya refugees

Days after Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe categorically stated that his government will not admit Rohingya refugees into the country, a pro peace...

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$...