The 13 on trial face charges of fraud, false documentation, money laundering and extortion.
The relatives of those who have been forcibly disappeared live surrounded by treasured possessions, each a reminder of their loved one’s absence.
“The novel is impressive for its intensity and rich detail, and for exploring the tragic heart of war with such quiet eloquence.”
The caliphate may be collapsing, but ISIS still poses a threat, not least because of its spread to South and Southeast Asia and foreign fighters returning to their home countries.
The release came as a positive response from the military to the long-standing demands of the Tamil people as 187 families will return to their homes.
Growing animosity against the Centre in Tamil Nadu has taken the form of anger against the prime minister, which many allege has not received its due share of media coverage.
In the fourth of a five part interview centred around his book, Choices, India’s former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon discusses India’s Sri Lanka policy.
The former NSA believes rightly that India’s foreign policy is best served by engaging with all major powers, while limiting their role and influence in South Asia. This task is difficult, even paradoxical, since it is unrealistic to expect that the US and China will come for the food (bilateral engagement), but won’t stay for the party (regional clout).
Although demonetisation will deal a severe blow to the black economy, corruption, inflated pricing and tax evasion, terrorism – which is cheap and can be funded by kosher resources – will remain largely unaffected.
Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe resigned on Monday after President Maithripala Sirisena implied her agency was favouring the rival party of his prime minister.
Anuk Arudpragasam’s book asks if life is worth the misery of living.
The Sri Lankan government has acknowledged that there could be as many as 65,000 people missing following three decades of civil war.
The crisis arising from the Sinhala-Tamil student conflict at Jaffna University is a part of the Sinhalese establishment’s absence of conviction on the cardinal importance of secularism and the drift of the Tamil elite towards religious obscurantism.
The art of war has transformed from causing physical damage to assets to the manipulation of minds and the battlefield is now open to anyone with access to the internet.
The framing of A Long Watch, the memoir of the LTTE’s highest-ranking prisoner, Commodore Ajith Boyagoda, as told to Sunila Galappatti.
There is still a possibility to make it an institution that can provide some degree of truth, justice and reparations to families of disappeared.
The Office of Missing Persons (OMP) will have investigative powers and will probe people who went missing in the conflict and political unrest, including “enforced” disappearances.
Whether the families of the victims – or the survivors – will ever find justice when the state refuses to acknowledge that enormous crimes were committed, is moot. That is a battle which must be fought.
The possibility of the Rajapaksa-led opposition using Sinhalese communalism to unsettle and undermine the new government of moderates is actually very real
The final tally of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections is expected to emerge Tuesday evening, but neither of the main parties has secured a simple majority in the 225-member parliament.