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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

‘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...

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...

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,...