The day terror struck Kattankudy

By Easwaran Rutnam The day was 3 August 1990. The time was approximately 8.15 p.m. The place was Kattankudy. LTTE cadres entered the Meera Jumma...

Sri Lankan woman proposes to girlfriend on radio

A Sri Lankan radio presenter proposed to her girlfriend on the radio, after Ireland legalised same-sex marriage in a landslide vote on May 23,...

Language issue crops up in case involving Prof. Hoole

N. Lohahayalan, Jaffna Correspondent On Thursday 14.12.2017, Mullaitivu Magistrate Mohammed S.M. Samsuddin declared Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole of the Election Commission not guilty of...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

After 22 years, Sri Lankan worker in Saudi receives benefits

A domestic aide who left Saudi Arabia 22 years ago will soon receive his end-of-service awards in Colombo. His Saudi sponsor, who died six...

Battle for land reaches boiling point

By Easwaran Rutnam in the North Sitting under a makeshift tent in the scorching sun in Keppapilavu is Chelliah Vivekanandan. A drain separates the tent...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Schneiderman called me ‘brown slave,’ slapped me until I called him ‘Master’

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called his Sri Lankan girlfriend his “brown slave” and wanted her to refer to him as “Master,” the woman...