Crawling back to normalcy

The releasing of land held by the army has been given wide publicity both by the Government and the military in recent times. However,...

Sri Lanka celebrates Christmas in hope for stable 2016

by Jamila Najmuddin COLOMBO, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- Along with millions of Christians worldwide, Sri Lankan Christians on Friday celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ...

Australian family mourn death of mother and daughter in Sri Lanka accident

A family is mourning the loss of Brisbane mother Louise Collins and her four-year-old daughter Poppy who tragically died in a car accident in...

Surgeon gives Lankan girl new lease of life

A rare case of scoliosis (curved spine) was surgically corrected in a 10-hour marathon surgery by a city-based neuro surgeon, Dr Damandeep Singh Makkar,...

Melissa Day’s tea revolution is far from over

After a year of fundraising and campaigning, Melissa Day’s efforts to start a ‘tea revolution’ by raising awareness about how many mass market leaves...

Sri Lanka seeks ways to turn El Niño pain into gain

Rice farmer Weerasinghearchchilage Darmarathana is used to periodic flooding in his low-lying village of Galella in central Sri Lanka. The 60-year-old has lived all his...

Central Bank bombing: 21 years later

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya   One of the deadliest attacks carried out in Colombo during the 30 year war was the bombing of the Central Bank. On...

A visionary leader in the recycling sector

Kaushal Rajapaksa: A visionary leader in the recycling sector By Ranjit J Perera His vision is to establish a Global Recycling Village in Sri Lanka utilizing...

Post war development not for all

A mother and her two children walk along a long dusty road in the scorching sun as they make their way home. The Korakankaddu village...

A new chapter for Green Cabin: A 134-year old family business

The early beginnings of this family owned business dates back to 1884, when two Englishmen and the late Mudaliya Thomas Rodrigo owned and managed...

A port town’s story of myopic vision and fading development

By Meera Srinivasan “One job per family” is what Sri Lankan authorities promised families like that of Y.B. Henry while taking over their land in 2009...

Rebuilding lives and homes shattered by war

By GEETA ANAND and DHARISHA BASTIANS KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka — On a small wooden table at the doorway to this bright-turquoise house in Kilinochchi, the...

Wounded victims of Sri Lanka’s child marriage law

In Sri Lanka the legal marriage age is 18, but under a decades-old community law, much younger Muslim girls can get married. As calls...

Girl from Sri Lanka with Down syndrome reunited with family

A nine-year-old Sri Lankan girl denied an Australian visa because she has Down syndrome has been reunited with her family in Western Australia. Eliza Fonseka's...

‘My ambition is to be a voice for those who don’t or can’t speak...

Oslo City Hall seems a fitting place to meet Khamshajiny Gunaratnam for the first time. This grand 20th-century building hosts the Nobel Peace Prize...

Tamil MP’s family awaits justice but hopes fade

By Meera Srinivasan It was the Christmas weekend last year. Praviinaa Raviraj woke up and looked at the newspapers. ‘All accused released’, the front-page headlines...

Trying to rebuild their homes, and lives

It is nearly two months since the Sri Lankan army returned V. Yogeswaran’s land and house in Palai Veemankamam, about 15 km from Jaffna....

Families of the missing lose hope despite OMP being established

By Easwaran Rutnam   The families of the disappeared from Kilinochchi who have been protesting for over a year demanding answers have now lost faith in...

Minding the business of elders’ care

By Nirasha Piyawadani, in Yunnan, China. Franchised facilities for the aged,  and state sponsored or subsidized facilities are increasingly popular in China among the elderly,...

Guns and grouses

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka: After her release from a rehabilitation camp for former Tamil Tigers fighters in 2011, one former member of the women-only Malathi Brigade...