Questions raised in search for the missing

Questions raised in search for the missing

🕔08:27, 9.May 2016

Questions have been raised on the efforts taken to address the issue of missing persons, particularly on the transparency of the process and the timeframe during which results will be seen. While the Presidential commission on missing persons continues to

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Increasing productivity key to revive growth

Increasing productivity key to revive growth

🕔07:06, 28.Apr 2016

By Shamshad Akhtar The Asia-Pacific region’s successful achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development needs to be driven by broad-based productivity gains and rebalancing of economies towards domestic and regional demand. This is the main message of the Economic

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Transparency key as rights commission deadline looms

Transparency key as rights commission deadline looms

🕔11:32, 23.Apr 2016

By Brad Adams January 2015 saw a momentous change in Sri Lanka. After nearly 10 years of increasingly authoritarian rule, a new government promising change was voted into office. The new government immediately set about righting many of the wrongs

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Post war trauma leads to increase in drug use

Post war trauma leads to increase in drug use

🕔08:42, 10.Apr 2016

Post war trauma has led to an increase in the use of drugs and alcohol consumption in the North, officials said. Northern Province Health Minister Dr. P. Sathiyalingam said that statistics have shown that there is a drastic increase in

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Time for Asia and Pacific to lead on SD

Time for Asia and Pacific to lead on SD

🕔08:42, 4.Apr 2016

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Asia and the Pacific is recognized for its leadership in global output, trade and development. The region has a new opportunity to lead on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SD) – a multidimensional, multisectoral and

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Outrage as President insists no foreign judges

Outrage as President insists no foreign judges

🕔06:40, 27.Mar 2016

A public statement made last weekend by President Maithripala Sirisena that he will not agree to inviting foreign judges to get involved in the accountability process related to the war, has drawn sharp criticism. The criticism stems from the fact

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Tackling Asia-Pacific’s inequality trap

Tackling Asia-Pacific’s inequality trap

🕔08:08, 21.Mar 2016

by Shamshad Akhtar Rising inequality threatens to derail,from the start, successful implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region. Stronger, more equitable social protection will be critical in overcoming these challenges. New research by the United

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Disappearances and role of civil society

Disappearances and role of civil society

🕔08:41, 20.Mar 2016

This is an expanded text version of a talk at a forum organized by the Law & Society Trust (LST) on “Recognizing the Struggle: State’s responsibilities towards families of the disappeared”, on Friday 18 March 2016. By Ruki Fernando It is significant

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Replacing a toothless Constitution

Replacing a toothless Constitution

🕔08:30, 16.Mar 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam The process to form a new Constitution took a big step forward last week with Parliament unanimously adopting a Resolution to convert Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly. Simultaneous to that move, the Committee on Constitutional Reforms had

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White flag killings raised again

White flag killings raised again

🕔09:26, 6.Mar 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam The much talked about and possibly most controversial incident related to the war known as the “white flag” incident has been brought to the notice of the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons by people who witnessed the

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Sri Lanka after the Tigers

Sri Lanka after the Tigers

🕔00:04, 21.Feb 2016

By Meenakshi Ganguly The causeway that links northern Sri Lanka’s mainland to Mannar Island is lined with vast military barracks. They have a nicely settled air about them, with painted flowerpots out front and T-shirts drying on clotheslines. Between the

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No political solution for political prisoners

No political solution for political prisoners

🕔08:22, 14.Feb 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam The Government has ruled out a general amnesty to address the political prisoner issue which looks like erupting once again anytime soon. Minister of National Dialogue Mano Ganesan told The Sunday Leader that the Government is seriously

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Mixed expectations on Zeid’s visit

Mixed expectations on Zeid’s visit

🕔08:09, 7.Feb 2016

The ongoing visit to Sri Lanka by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has brought mixed expectations, particularly from international human rights groups and the Tamil Diaspora. Leading international human rights groups told The

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A festering fisheries crisis amid cosy Indo-Lanka ties

A festering fisheries crisis amid cosy Indo-Lanka ties

🕔08:01, 28.Jan 2016

Indo-Lanka relations have not looked this strong in decades, but renewed ties hold little hope for Sri Lanka’s northern fishermen, whose livelihoods are in serious question because of their Indian counterparts. The new dynamic between the countries followed the dramatic

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Time to consign death penalty to history books

Time to consign death penalty to history books

🕔08:19, 24.Jan 2016

By Paul Godfrey The sentencing of a Sri Lankan maid in Saudi Arabia to be killed for sleeping with the wrong man was a reminder to all Sri Lankans of the terrible risks involved in having the death penalty on

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Saying goodbye to Sri Lanka and her resilient people

Saying goodbye to Sri Lanka and her resilient people

🕔23:27, 17.Jan 2016

By Subinay Nandy In my 25 years at the United Nations I have had the privilege of serving in a number of countries. In May of 2011, I arrived in Sri Lanka. Two years had passed since the end of

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Economic and financial stability in Asia is critical

Economic and financial stability in Asia is critical

🕔07:44, 14.Jan 2016

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Economic and financial stability in Asia is critical as we embark on the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a universal and ambitious blueprint that expands the horizons of policy making to implement the 17

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Sinhale campaign raises fresh fears

Sinhale campaign raises fresh fears

🕔10:25, 10.Jan 2016

It started with vehicles having stickers saying ‘Sinhale’ but that soon spread to walls of Muslim-owned houses in Nugegoda being spray painted with the same words. The police said they are investigating the spray painting incident and will take appropriate

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Wigneswaran faces diplomatic pressure

Wigneswaran faces diplomatic pressure

🕔10:16, 10.Jan 2016

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is facing diplomatic pressure as he pushes ahead with the newly formed Tamil People’s Council (TPC) which consists of Tamil politicians taking a more hardline position on the Tamil issue than the Tamil National

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Need for a time-bound process

Need for a time-bound process

🕔09:03, 3.Jan 2016

The government is set to make some headway in the reconciliation process this month but the failure to set deadlines to complete the process has raised some eyebrows. The government, like the former regime, has been saying as of late

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