Opposition from SJB; Civil Society Split But Not Against the Appointment of Inspector General of Police
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Opposition from SJB; Civil Society Split But Not Against the Appointment of Inspector General of Police

In a decisive move yesterday, the Constituent Assembly gave its nod to confirm Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Deshbandu Thennakoon, as the Inspector General of Police. Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, MP Sagara Kariyawasam, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, and Dr. Anula Wijesundara (civil society representative) cast their votes in favour of Mr. Tennakoon’s appointment….

A legal battle over 90 perches land ended after 52 years
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A legal battle over 90 perches land ended after 52 years

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka recently ended a lengthy lawsuit delivering the final decree after 52 years. The case was resolved in favour of the plaintiff. The plaintiff filed the case in the Kurunegala District Court against ousting him from his property, a 90-perch land called ‘Damunugahamulawatta’ in 1972. On 29th March, 1976, the…

Reducing Road Accidents in Sri Lanka: Awareness, Enforcement, and Infrastructure
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Reducing Road Accidents in Sri Lanka: Awareness, Enforcement, and Infrastructure

Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe Year Total Deaths Fatal Accidents Pedestrian Fatalities Motorcyclist Fatalities Bus Accidents Container Truck Accidents 2021 2,513 2,414 – – – – 2022 2,515 2,395 – – – – 2023 2,557 2,200 740 707 75 14   The silence of island air is often broken by the honking of impatient drivers. 2023 had…

Sri Lanka Lags Behind in Blacklisting Corrupt Contractors: Report
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Sri Lanka Lags Behind in Blacklisting Corrupt Contractors: Report

Sri Lanka holds the dubious distinction of being the worst performer in South Asia when it comes to blacklisting corrupt contractors in public procurement, a new report reveals. Unlike its neighbors, the island nation neither recognizes fraudulent practices as a reason for disbarment nor actively enforces existing rules against defaulting contractors. Verité Research, the organization…

Plan to shut down civic space continues apace
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Plan to shut down civic space continues apace

Dr. Jehan Perera President Ranil Wickremesinghe has been indicating the government’s intention to conduct both presidential and parliamentary elections this year. He is reported to have made this same declaration during his visit to Australia last week. This would be viewed positively by those who are waiting for elections that would ensure a government with…

Clashes over NGO Law: Sri Lankan Civil Society Group Demands Transparency and Wider Consultations
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Clashes over NGO Law: Sri Lankan Civil Society Group Demands Transparency and Wider Consultations

A key Sri Lankan civil society group, the CSO-NGO Collective, has clashed with the government over a proposed law regulating non-governmental organizations (NGOs). While the government claims the legislation, aimed at “Registration and Supervision,” has been under development since 2005, the Collective argues it was blindsided by the draft and demands wider consultations before it…

Assassination of SPC Chairman Dr. Gladys Jayawardena by JVP for importing drugs from India
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Assassination of SPC Chairman Dr. Gladys Jayawardena by JVP for importing drugs from India

Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe Gladys Jayawardena, a Sri Lankan medical doctor, graduated from Sri Lanka Medical College and earned a PhD in Parasitology from the University of London. She was married to Dr. Roland Jayawardena, who was former President J.R. Jayawardena’s brother. In 1980, she became the first woman to direct the Medical Research Institute (MRI)….

Sri Lanka Speeds Up FTAs, Eyes Deals with China and Others by Year-End
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Sri Lanka Speeds Up FTAs, Eyes Deals with China and Others by Year-End

Sri Lanka is accelerating its push for free trade agreements (FTAs) with key regional and global partners, aiming to finalize deals with India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and China by the end of 2024. This ambitious plan, announced by Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Sabry, seeks to boost the nation’s economic growth and competitiveness by opening up…

Empowering Farmers: Historic Land Ownership Program Launched in Sri Lanka
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Empowering Farmers: Historic Land Ownership Program Launched in Sri Lanka

Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe Sri Lanka ushered in a new era for its agricultural sector yesterday with the launch of a groundbreaking program granting freehold deeds to farmers. This initiative, championed by the President Ranil Wickramasinghe, represents a transformative step towards empowering generations of families and revitalizing rural communities. While some political groups have expressed concerns…