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...

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...

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...

‘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...

Sooka reignites ‘White Van’ abductions debate

By Easwaran Rutnam The change of government last year gave a sigh of relief to most people in the North and East and even in...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Trinco-5 massacre: A father’s cry for justice

A father seeking justice for his son, who was murdered in Trincomalee, is a heartbreaking story we’ve heard over and over again over 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...

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...

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...

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...

Sri Lankan asylum seeker tells of terror on Nauru

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker brought to Australia after she was allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted on Nauru has spoken of her terror at...

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...

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...

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...