Government urged not to rush through Truth Commission bill
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Government urged not to rush through Truth Commission bill

The National Peace Council (NPC) has called on the government not to rush through the Commission for Truth, Unity and Reconciliation (CTUR) bill in the manner of the Online Safety bill or the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) bill. The NPC expressed concern that the draft law with respect to the CTUR has…

Sri Lanka’s Debt Restructuring Nears Finish Line: Official Creditors Onboard, Private Talks Advance
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Sri Lanka’s Debt Restructuring Nears Finish Line: Official Creditors Onboard, Private Talks Advance

While hurdles remain, Sri Lanka’s debt restructuring efforts are gaining traction, with official creditors on board and private talks advancing. The next few months will be crucial in determining whether the island nation can finally reach a comprehensive agreement and pave the way for economic stability and growth. Sri Lanka’s debt restructuring efforts are gathering…

India and Sri Lanka: ETCA Paves Way for Deeper Economic Ties and Island Export Boom
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India and Sri Lanka: ETCA Paves Way for Deeper Economic Ties and Island Export Boom

Celebrating India’s 75th Republic Day, Indian High Commissioner Santosh Jha unveiled exciting news for Sri Lanka – the imminent finalization of the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA). This agreement, he declared, “promises to be a game-changer,” paving the way for a significant boost to the island nation’s export potential. Mr. Jha’s optimism echoes past…

Elections cast a shadow of uncertainty over Sri Lanka’s economic recovery
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Elections cast a shadow of uncertainty over Sri Lanka’s economic recovery

By Dushni Weerakoon (East Asia Forum) Nearly two years after announcing a debt default in the middle of a severe social and political crisis, the Sri Lankan economy is showing the first signs of recovery. Year-on-year inflation dropped sharply to a low of 1.5 per cent in October 2023 from its peak of 70 per…

Renowned Playback Singer Bhavatharini, Ilayaraja’s daughter Passes Away in Sri Lanka
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Renowned Playback Singer Bhavatharini, Ilayaraja’s daughter Passes Away in Sri Lanka

Chennai, January 26, 2024 In a sorrowful turn of events, renowned playback singer Bhavatharini Raja, daughter of the legendary music maestro Ilayaraja, breathed her last in a hospital in Sri Lanka after battling a prolonged illness. The 47-year-old singer, who had been receiving treatment in Sri Lanka, passed away ahead of the scheduled concert by…

Sri Lanka’s Online Safety Bill and Other Legislation – A Threat to Democracy
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Sri Lanka’s Online Safety Bill and Other Legislation – A Threat to Democracy

Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe In recent days, Sri Lanka has witnessed a concerning trend in government actions, particularly with the introduction and debate surrounding the Online Safety Bill. While the government claims these measures are aimed at addressing online fraud, abuse, and false statements, it is evident that these legislative moves have wider implications, especially for…

Tragedy Unfolds in Thelijjawila: Shooting Incident Raises Questions About Police Conduct
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Tragedy Unfolds in Thelijjawila: Shooting Incident Raises Questions About Police Conduct

Dilshan’s Tale of Police Brutality Raises Concerns Over Unchecked Power In a shocking turn of events, the recent shooting incident in Thelijjawila has brought to light the troubling narrative of police misconduct and abuse of power. The victim, Dilshan Madhusankha, who had previously lodged complaints against the police, now faces further trauma with a shooting…

Activists seek UN intervention to protect Sri Lanka’s elephants

Colombo, Jan 22 (EFE).- Animal rights activists protested in the Sri Lankan capital on Monday, urging the United Nations to help protect elephants in the island nation, where over 475 pachyderms died last year amid a human-wildlife conflict. A dozen animal activists protested on Monday in front of the UN head office in Colombo. “Last…

Man Killed in Police Pursuit in Narammala, Sparking Controversy

Man Killed in Police Pursuit in Narammala, Sparking Controversy

Tragedy struck the Alavwa area of Narammala yesterday evening when a man, identified as a 40-year-old father of three, was shot and killed during a police pursuit. Two plainclothes officers from the Narammala Police reportedly chased a lorry and, upon stopping it, fired a shot that fatally struck the driver. While police maintain that the…

Sri Lanka Benefits from Red Sea Tensions Despite Risks in Joining US Operations
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Sri Lanka Benefits from Red Sea Tensions Despite Risks in Joining US Operations

Colombo Port Experiences Surge in Traffic Amid Red Sea Crisis Sri Lanka’s Colombo port has witnessed a significant increase in container volumes in recent weeks as vessels seek alternative routes to avoid the tensions in the southern Red Sea. Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels’ attacks on ships in this vital shipping route prompted some shipping companies…