This is an attempt to keep protests from the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed constitutional changes at bay.
The new constitution geared at decentralising federal power and reducing ethic strife which central to Maithripala Sirisena’s election plank has elicited concerns from conservative buddhists.
Over 30 recorded incidents of violence and hate speech against Muslims, who constitute 9% of the country’s population, have taken place since April.
The death toll in Sri Lanka’s floods rose to 203, with 94 people still missing.
Sri Lankan President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremasinghe have ordered police to uphold the law, but the violence against Muslims has not ended.
Landslides have resulted in over 100 people going missing, with officials saying more rough weather is expected in the coming days.
A senior Sri Lankan government official said Sri Lanka was “unlikely” to agree to China’s request to dock the submarine at any time, given India’s concerns.
Sri Lanka allowed a Chinese submarine to dock in 2014, triggering a fierce reaction from India, which fears China trying to extend its sphere of influence at India’s cost.
Sonali Samarasinghe, a former journalist and widow of a Sri Lankan journalist killed in 2009, talks about what the UN can do amid the increasing attacks on journalists worldwide.
Ceylon Petroleum Corporation workers oppose role for India in development of strategic port assets.
Sri Lanka and India are expected to sign an agreement to jointly operate an oil storage facility at the strategic eastern port town of Trincomalee.
The initiative’s success ultimately depends on what regional players get from it in terms of economic, political and security benefits.
Years ago, officials planned to decommission the Meethotamulla garbage dump and convert it into a “beautiful place.” But it never happened and now locals find themselves confronting their worst fears.
Residents still say around 100 people may be missing, but the state-run Disaster Management Centre revised down its own figure for the missing to 11 from an initial 30.
The police are trying to investigate whether the fire in the 300-foot-high rubbish dump in Colombo which has killed 19 people was natural or man made.
Residents of the area have long been the demanding removal of the 300-foot rubbish dump, which finally collapsed after being engulfed in flames.
Today, it is hard to see India standing up for any values at all. The reasons, as Menon wrote so perceptively in his essay on Sri Lanka, have to do with “internal politics”.
The UN and rights groups have accused the Sri Lankan military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly Tamils, during the final weeks of the civil war.
While a large Western power wanted India to co-sponsor the resolution, New Delhi settled for support to avoid complicating its relationship with Sri Lanka.
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Sooka spoke to The Wire about Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process, the sequencing of judicial mechanisms for the same and the role other countries can play.
Wetlands management is vital but sweeping statements about their universal value may do more harm than good.
Sri Lanka is heading towards one of its worst droughts in 30 years, which in the long-term could lead to land degradation and seriously impact the country’s economy.
Reacting to the controversy back home, the Tamil diaspora held protests in Sri Lanka, the UK and Australia, with further protests being planned elsewhere.
The cabinet has refused to endorse a provision in a proposed human rights plan that would have undermined the penal code, which criminalises homosexuality.
The feminisation of environmental migration is already underway in South Asia but governments are slow to recognise the role of climate change and there’s no policy action
The new investment would give the Chinese control of Magampura port and a proposed investment zone – an attempt by Sri Lanka to revive their own economy.
Held inside a forest in Assam’s Goalpara district in mid-December, the annual festival has become an example of a unique format of contemporary theatre in India.
The fishermen from Jegathapattinam in Pudukottai district were fishing in Neduntheevu last night when the Lankan Navy arrested them and took to Kankesanthurai in northern Sri Lanka.
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Sirisena had cancelled the gazette notice issued by then governor of Sri Lanka Robert Brownrigg in 1818 naming the Sinhalese leaders as traitors.
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).
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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.
Wickremesinghe indicated that discussions on SAARC’s future featured prominently in his talks with Modi.
Human rights activists and journalists from across the sub-continent have asked both countries to “de-escalate” tensions and begin a dialogue.
Day After Surgical Strikes: Fate of Captured Indian Soldier Uncertain, Sri Lanka Pulls Out of SAARC Summit
India has said that it is making efforts to recover the soldier who apparently “inadvertently” strayed across the border on the same day as the surgical strikes were conducted.
As the world’s economic centre of gravity shifts to the east, Sri Lanka is at the crossroads of the emerging world, sitting astride trade routes that connect the east and the west, Asia and Africa, and China and India.