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23 AUGUST 2019

Four months after Easter attacks, Sri Lanka ends emergency

Sri Lanka has ended a four-month state of emergency declared after Easter suicide bombings by Islamist extremists that killed 258 people, officials said Friday
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/23/asia-pacific/four-months-easter-attacks-sri-lanka-ends-emergency/#.XWAO8-gzY2w
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/sri-lanka-ends-emergency-four-months-after-easter-attacks

19 AUGUST 2019

General accused of war crimes appointed Sri Lanka army chief

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and the United Nations over the appointment of an officer who has been accused of serious human rights violations
https://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN1V918K-OCATP?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=401
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1542181/world
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/general-accused-of-war-crimes-appointed-sri-lanka-army-chief-11822814

11 AUGUST 2019

Sri Lanka election: former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa is running for president

Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was a live wire in Sri Lanka’s  military campaign to end a long civil war but faces allegations of human rights violations, was nominated on Sunday as the opposition’s candidate for the presidential election scheduled for later this year
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/south-asia/article/3022341/sri-lanka-election-former-strongman-mahinda-rajapaksas-brother
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/many-sri-lankans-want-a-strongman-leader-and-that-favours-gotabaya-rajapaksa

29 JULY 2019

Muslims rejoin Sri Lanka Cabinet after Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s Muslim ministers who resigned en masse in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings have rejoined the government, officials said Tuesday (July 30), after police cleared them of any involvement with Islamists
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/muslims-rejoin-sri-lanka-cabinet-after-easter-bombings
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19B/Jul29_1564416446CH.php

11 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka PM says still in talks with US on military cooperation pact

Sri Lanka is still in talks with the United States on a status-of-forces agreement (SOFA) for visiting US military personnel, the Prime Minister said, disregarding a warning by the President that it would undermine sovereignty
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-pm-says-still-in-talks-with-us-on-military-cooperation-pact

6 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka president vetoes military deal with the US

Sri Lanka’s President Saturday (Jul 6) announced he will not allow his government to conclude a proposed military deal that would allow US troops free access to the island’s ports
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-vetoes-military-deal-with-the-us-11697480
http://asiantribune.com/node/92858
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19A/Jul05_1562346936CH.php

2 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka police chief arrested over failure to prevent bombings

Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested their own chief and the former defence secretary for failing to prevent attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed more than 250 people in April, a police spokesman said
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-police-chief-arrested-over-failure-to-prevent-bombings-27944
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-police-chief-arrested-over-easter-attacks-failures-11684200

22 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka extends state of emergency in surprise move

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday extended the state of emergency in the country for another month, allowing security agencies to continue to exercise extra powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-extends-state-of-emergency-after-easter-bombings/a-49306687
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/sri-lanka-extends-state-of-emergency-in-surprise-move

20 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka seeks US$1 billion loan from China as it struggles to recover from Easter Sunday attacks

Talks are underway with China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to raise the new loan in addition to the US$1.2 billion obtained from international agencies this year, the ministry said
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3015428/sri-lanka-seeks-us1-billion-loan-china-it-struggles-recover

3 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka’s Muslim government leaders resign over allegations

Nine Cabinet and junior ministers and two provincial governors resigned after Buddhist monks accused three Muslim leaders of supporting the militants responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 250 people
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-muslim-government-leaders-resign-over-allegations-27232
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-muslim-ministers-resign-en-masse-over-easter-bombings

18 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka Marks 10 Years Since Civil War’s End

On May 18, 2009, government forces brought their no-holds-barred military offensive to an end at a lagoon in the northern coastal district of Mullaittivu with the killing of Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the rebel Tamil Tigers
https://www.voanews.com/a/sri-lanka-marks-10-years-since-civil-wars-end/4922731.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/sri-lanka-anniversary-10-years-civil-war-ended-190518160221811.html
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19A/May18_1558200172CH.php

13 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka blocks social media after worst anti-Muslim violence since Easter Sunday attacks

Sri Lanka blocked social media and enforced a police curfew on Sunday after some of the worst anti-Muslim violence since terror attacks on April 21 on Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 people
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-blocks-social-media-after-worst-anti-muslim-violence-since-easter-sunday-attacks-1.860859

6 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka deploys troops after communal violence breaks out in wake of Easter Sunday bombings

The Sri Lankan government has deployed troops and imposed a curfew after clashes broke out between religious communities in Negambo, one of the sites of the Easter Sunday bombings
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/06/sri-lanka-deploys-troops-communal-violence-breaks-wake-easter/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/christian-muslim-clashes-rock-sri-lanka-town-hit-by-easter-11507756

5 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka expels 200 clerics after attacks as Catholics celebrate Mass in private

Sri Lanka has banned around 200 Islamic clerics as a security operation and investigation following the Easter Sunday massacre that killed more than 250 people continues
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-expels-200-clerics-after-attacks-as-catholics-celebrate-mass-in-private-1.857395
http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Sri-Lanka-expels-200-Islamic-clerics-after-Easter-attacks/108-166475

23 APRIL 2019

Sri Lanka bombings retaliation for Christchurch mosque shootings, minister says

Security forces arrested 40 people over a series of terror strikes in Sri Lanka, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers, officials said on Tuesday. An owner of the house where some suspected attackers lived was also detained
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-bombings-retaliation-for-christchurch-mosque-shootings-minister-says/a-48439995
https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/23/families-of-sri-lanka-blast-victims-gather-for-memorial-in-negombo
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/sri-lanka-attacks-retaliation-christchurch-deputy-minister-190423082847025.html

21 APRIL 2019

Sri Lanka explosions: At least 207 killed, hundreds injured in Easter Sunday carnage

Eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday (April 21), killing at least 207 people and injuring 450, including dozens of foreigners
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/blasts-hit-two-sri-lanka-churches-during-easter-mass-police
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/apr/21/sri-lanka-explosions-dozens-killed-and-hundreds-injured-in-church-and-hotel-blasts
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/21/asia/sri-lanka-explosions/index.html

13 APRIL 2019

Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara imprisoned at instigation of Buddhist extremists

Award-winning Sri Lankan author Shakthika Sathkumara was arrested by the police on April 1 and has been imprisoned on remand until April 23, following a magistrate’s ruling at Polgahawela. The magistrate extended the writer’s incarceration when he was brought before the courts on April 9
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/13/writ-a13.html

9 APRIL 2019

Brother of Sri Lanka ex-president sued in US over alleged torture and killings

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was Sri Lanka’s defence secretary during the final years of the country’s civil war against the Tamil Tigers until his brother lost the presidency in 2015, and has been mooted as the family’s presidential candidate in this year’s election
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/09/brother-of-sri-lanka-ex-president-sued-over-alleged-torture-and-killings
http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Two-lawsuits-against-Gota-in-US/108-165213
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=202406

12 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka parliament finally approves 2019 budget

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday (May 12) approved the cash-strapped country’s 2019 budget, which had been delayed by four months due to a power struggle triggered by President Maithripala Sirisena dismissing the premier
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-finally-approves-2019-budget-11337348
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/24492-parliament-to-passed-the-budget-by-43-votes

6 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka backtracks on UN war crimes probe

Sri Lanka’s president went back Wednesday on pledges to investigate war-time atrocities, saying he did not want to « re-open old wounds. » The move has sparked a rift with the country’s government
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-backtracks-on-un-war-crimes-probe-24704

2 FEBRUARY 2019

Sri Lanka seeks to borrow US$1 billion from China amid debt woes

Sri Lanka is negotiating a US$1 billion loan from China to construct a highway linking the capital Colombo to the hilly resort city of Kandy, even as the heavily-indebted nation makes arrangements to pay down US$5.9 billion in foreign loans this year
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2184805/sri-lanka-seeks-borrow-us1-billion-china-amid-debt-woes

10 JANUARY 2019

Accused Sri Lanka war criminal Major General Shavendra Silva named army’s second-in-command

Major General Shavendra Silva, who commanded an army division accused of gross abuses against civilians during Sri Lanka’s civil war, formally assumed duties as Chief of Staff of the army on Thursday
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/accused-sri-lanka-war-criminal-named-armys-second-in-command-1.1547127709080
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-new-chief-of-army-staff-shavendra-silva-should-be-prosecuted-for-alleged-war-crimes-if-he-travels-itjp/

8 JANUARY 2019

Sri Lanka marks decade since journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge killing amid justice calls

Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed just days before he was due to give evidence against the Rajapaksa family
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-marks-decade-since-journalist-assassination-amid-justice-calls-1.810722
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/after-a-decade-of-lies-one-truth-still-shines-lasantha-spoke-truth-to-power/

20 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President unveils new Cabinet

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena unveiled a new Cabinet on Thursday, days after Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated as Prime Minister in a move that ended a nearly two-month-long political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lankan-president-unveils-new-cabinet-1.61040849
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec20_1545282086CH.php

17 DECEMBER 2018

India offers $1.9 billion financial aid to Maldives to counter China’s influence

India has offered US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) in financial aid to the Maldives for infrastructure development, including its water and sewerage systems, in a move to counter China’s presence in the island nation and ease the pressure on it of its growing Chinese debt
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-offers-19-billion-financial-aid-to-maldives-to-counter-chinas-influence
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/indian-prime-minister-announces-us1-4-billion-assistance-to-maldives-143188
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181217_33/

Four Chinese activists shave heads to protest ‘persecution’ of husbands

The wives of four of China’s most prominent rights lawyers and activists shaved their heads on Monday (Dec 17) in protest over what they called the « persecution » of their husbands by the government
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/four-chinese-activists-shave-heads-to-protest-persecution-of-husbands
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2178381/wife-supporters-detained-chinese-lawyer-shave-heads-protest

Former Indian MP Sajjian Kumarjailed for life over 1984 Sikh massacre

Congress party’s Sajjan Kumar is most prominent figure to be convicted over mass murder
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/17/sajjan-kumar-jailed-life-deadly-anti-sikh-riots-1984-india
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/1984-anti-sikh-riots-case-court-sends-sajjan-kumar-to-jail-for-life-1.1545031702278

16 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka: ousted prime minister Wickremesinghe reinstalled

Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn-in Sunday for a fifth time as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka ending a nearly two-months long political crisis

https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-president-reinstates-the-prime-minister-he-sacked
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-will-ranil-wickremesinghes-reappointment-end-the-political-crisis/a-46762417

15 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has stepped down from his post, signalling an end to a weeks-long political crisis that has kept the Indian Ocean nation without a functional government
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-disputed-prime-minister-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns-181215073615336.html
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/23344-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns

13 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules President’s decision to dissolve parliament illegal

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional and illegal
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec13_1544704469CH.php
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/13/sri-lanka-presidents-dissolution-of-parliament-illegal-top-court-rules
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-supreme-court-overturns-sacking-parliament-181213113720319.html

12 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament passes confidence vote backing ousted PM

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence in its ousted prime minister, as it sought his reinstatement by the president to defuse a political crisis and avoid a government shutdown
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lanka-parliament-passes-confidence-vote-backing-ousted-pm-idINKBN1OB1NY?rpc=401&
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92374
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-parliament-demands-sacked-pm-is-restored

3 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka court denies former strongman Rajapaksa authority to act as PM

A Sri Lanka court on Monday ruled that former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa could not act as prime minister or hold cabinet meetings while the political crisis that has engulfed the South Asian island continues
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-court-denies-former-strongman-authority-to-act-as-pm-1.798706
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51830/interim-order-issued-preventing-pm-and-cabinet-from-functioning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y49T0a1BwPA

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan lawmakers bar disputed PM from using state funds

Sri Lankan lawmakers on Thursday approved a motion barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from using state funds after he lost two no-confidence votes, in an escalation of the country’s political crisis
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-lawmakers-bar-disputed-pm-from-using-state-funds
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51739/parliament-passes-motion-to-suspend-expenditures-of-pms-office

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defense Staff Ravindra Wijeguneratne detained over cover-up in disappearance of Tamil youths

After evading arrest for two months, Sri Lanka’s most senior military official appeared in court on Wednesday, charged with helping another suspect in the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in the final phase of the country’s 26-year civil war
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov28_1543417438CH.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46374111

25 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted PM

Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday reignited the power struggle that has crippled Sri Lanka’s government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lankas-president-says-will-not-reinstate-ousted-pm-idINKCN1NU0P5?rpc=401&
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lanka-president-vows-never-to-reappoint-ousted-pm-1.1543147546780

14 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament rejects new prime minister in latest twist of crisis

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a no-confidence motion against the newly-installed but disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the latest twist in the South Asian island’s political crisis
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/14/667733001/sri-lankas-newly-appointed-prime-minister-ousted-in-no-confidence-motion?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-rejects-new-prime-minister-in-latest-twist-of-crisis-1.791712

13 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of Parliament, halts snap elections

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena and ordered to halt preparations for snap elections scheduled for January next year
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/13/667333085/sri-lankan-supreme-court-blocks-presidents-bid-to-dissolve-parliament
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov13_1542116797CH.php

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka power struggle: President Sirisena dissolves Parliament

Evading the resolution of Sri Lanka’s political crisis through Parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena late on Friday dissolved the House, hours after his political front admitted to lacking a majority needed for its controversially-installed prime minister to be declared legitimate
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-power-struggle-president-sirisena-dissolves-parliament/article25457395.ece?homepage=true
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/lanka-govt-admits-it-lacks-majority/article25457041.ece
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sirisena-dissolves-parliament-in-stark-violation-of-constitution/

5 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President Summons Parliament on November 14 as Pressure Over PM’s Sacking Grows

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the suspended parliament to reconvene on November 14, clearing the way for a vote on his decision to sack the elected prime minister and replace him with wartime nationalist Mahinda Rajapaksa
https://thewire.in/south-asia/sri-lankan-president-summons-parliament-on-november-14-as-pressure-over-pms-sacking-grows
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/sri-lankan-parliament-to-reconvene-on-nov-14-sirisena201811051144360001/

Sri Lanka parliament speaker refuses to accept Rajapaksa as PM

Sri Lanka’s speaker of parliament said on Monday he would not accept a former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister until he proves he commands a majority in parliament
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-speaker-refuses-to-accept-rajapaksa-as-pm-21377

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s president to reconvene parliament on November 5 – new PM

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena will reconvene parliament on November 5, newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday, as international pressure builds to resolve a political crisis
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-president-to-reconvene-parliament-on-november-5-new-pm-21286
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811011069410321-sri-lanka-parliament/

27 OCTOBER 2018

Tensions Escalate as Sri Lankan President Sirisena Suspends Parliament After Sacking PM

The parliament suspension means Wickremesinghe will not immediately have an opportunity to prove his majority, amid speculation that some of his party members would cross over to back Rajapaksa for perks and ministerial portfolios
https://thewire.in/south-asia/tensions-escalate-as-sri-lankan-president-sirisena-suspends-parliament-after-sacking-pm
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct27_1540650707CH.php
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankas-president-suspends-parliament-deepening-crisis

26 OCTOBER 2018

Ex-Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa Becomes New PM Amid Political Drama

Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a dramatic political comeback, becoming Sri Lanka’s new prime minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, triggering angry reactions
https://thewire.in/south-asia/ex-sri-lankan-president-rajapaksa-becomes-new-pm-amid-political-drama
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-s-party-quits-ruling-coalition-1.2294133
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/constitutional-crisis-with-mr-becoming-pm-appointment-illegal-and-unconstitutional-im-still-the-pm-says-ranil/

21 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request

Sri Lanka’s military said that it would recall its commander leading a UN peacekeeping contingent in Mali after the world body asked him to be repatriated over his human rights background
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-to-recall-peacekeeping-commander-on-un-request-1.782636
http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Army-rejects-UN-charges-against-Lt-Col-Amunupure-but-says-comply-written-request-157178.html

8 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia Region, says a World Bank report

If trade barriers are overcome, trade within South Asia can increase three-fold, from $23 billion to $67 billion, suggests a new World Bank report. Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct08_1539001169CH.php

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka President tells diplomats: Pick up phone or pack up

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday (Sep 17) justified his decision to sack six diplomats – including an ambassador – for not answering his phone calls, saying more would follow if the foreign service did not shape up
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-tells-diplomats-pick-up-phone-or-pack-up-10729798

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan opposition protesters demand government step down

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Sri Lanka’s capital on Wednesday to demand the government step down, accusing it of corruption and selling national assets to foreign nations
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/05/sri-lankan-opposition-protesters-demand-government-step-down.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/live-jana-balaya-kolombata-protest-march-today/

29 AUGUST 2018

Court orders arrest of Sri Lanka’s top military commander

The Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Wednesday ordered the arrest of Sri Lanka’s chief of defence staff  Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne over hs alleged role in helping the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest
https://economynext.com/Court_orders_arrest_of_Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_top_military_commander-3-11703-10.html
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/top-sri-lanka-military-officer-to-be-arrested-for-abduction-murder-during-tamil-civil-war-1.2272489

28 AUGUST 2018

More than 100 human skeletons found in mass grave in Sri Lanka

Investigators say they have unearthed more than 100 skeletons from a mass grave in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar, where Tamil guerrillas and state security forces clashed during the country’s 26-year civil war
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/more-than-100-human-skeletons-found-mass-grave-sri-lanka
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ninety-bodies-found-in-a-mass-grave-in-Mannar-dating-from-the-civil-war-44774.html

21 AUGUST 2018

Japan, Sri Lanka Agree to Boost Maritime Security Cooperation

Japan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further enhance maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The understanding was reached during a meeting between the visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808211067363757-japan-srilanka-maritime-cooperation/
https://www.news.lk/news/politics/item/21948-japan-s-assistance-to-develop-sri-lanka-s-maritime-security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-offers-to-boost-sri-lanka-security-as-china-makes-inroads-10638786

13 AUGUST 2018

US gives Sri Lankan military US$39 million to combat China’s investments in strategic island

The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2159546/us-gives-sri-lankan-military-us39-million-combat-chinas
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/sri-lanka-gets-us-military-funding-as-china-vies-for-influence-10614212

21 JULY 2018

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/sri-lanka-indias-special-trusted-partner-modi-1502663823.html

14 JUNE 2018

Sri Lanka jails extremist Buddhist monk for six months over threats to woman

A Sri Lankan court on Thursday jailed for six months a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims after finding him guilty of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist, in a case seen as a test of the independence of the judiciary
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-monk-sentence/sri-lanka-jails-extremist-buddhist-monk-for-six-months-over-threats-to-woman-idINKBN1JA1BW?rpc=401&
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44479610
https://www.newsradio.lk/local/gnanasara-thera-sentenced-to-6-months-rigorous-imprisonment

25 MAY 2018

China, India and the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Occupying a strategic position in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka must balance its foreign policy between India and China
https://asianews.network/2018/05/24/china-india-and-the-indian-ocean-sri-lankas-foreign-policy-challenges/

20 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis

Sri Lanka is headed for a debt crisis, the finance ministry warned on Sunday (May 20), blaming a series of costly projects commissioned by the previous government for record-high repayments
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-warns-of-looming-foreign-debt-crisis

5 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka gives green light for Chinese LNG plant near Hambantota port

Sri Lanka’s state-run investment body has approved a US$500 million liquefied natural gas plant by China Machinery Engineering near a Chinese-controlled port and industrial zone, the development strategies minister said on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144808/sri-lanka-gives-green-light-chinese-lng-plant-near
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-china-lng/sri-lanka-approves-500-million-lng-plant-near-chinese-controlled-port-idINKBN1I60GH?rpc=401&

1 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

12 APRIL 2018

Sri Lanka president moves to suspend parliament

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until May in a shock move amid a deepening power struggle between him and his unity government’s prime minister
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-moves-to-suspend-parliament-1.2204677

5 APRIL 2018

Sri Lankan PM survives no confidence vote

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who leads Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP), won the support of 122 members of the 225-member parliament, with 76 voting against him
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lankan-pm-survives-no-confidence-vote-16496
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/sri-lanka-pm-ranil-wickremesinghe-survives-confidence-motion-180404173714092.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/148/131/212/1522911816263.html

25 MARCH 2018

Police and politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim riots

Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/police-and-politicians-accused-of-joining-sri-lanka-s-anti-muslim-riots-16207

18 MARCH 2018

Sri Lankan president lifts nationwide state of emergency

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday signed a notification to lift a nationwide state of emergency which was imposed on March 6 following communal riots in the central regions of the island country
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/104/170/30/1521359852276.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2137698/sri-lanka-ends-state-emergency-tensions-between-buddhists-and

16 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka’s communal violence explained

A recent wave of violence has sent the tropical nation into a tailspin as Sri Lanka continues to struggle with post-war reconciliation
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-communal-violence-explained-15970

6 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after confrontations erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-after-buddhist-muslim-clashes-15723
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/06/554576/Sri-Lanka-President-Maithripala-Sirisena-Buddhist-Sinhalese-Muslims
http://asiantribune.com/node/91657
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/06/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-as-mobs-attack-muslim-communities

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

The party of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is on track for a shock landslide victory amid disarray in the ranks of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ruling alliance
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-coalition-suffers-humiliation-at-local-vote-15071
http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_ruling_coalition_in_deep_crisis_after_shock_defeat-3-9839-10.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/sri-lanka-opposition-calls-government-resignation-180211182754969.html

30 JANUARY 2018

Sri Lanka journalists remember killed, abducted colleagues

 Sri Lankan journalists and media rights activists have lit candles and held placards to remember dozens of journalists who were killed, abducted or disappeared under a previous government
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/30/sri-lanka-journalists-remember-killed-abducted-colleagues.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-‘black-January’-of-information:-no-justice-for-journalists-killed-42980.html

23 JANUARY 2018

Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

9 DECEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka approves 2018 budget, aims for more investment

Sri Lanka’s coalition government on Saturday won the final vote on its 2018 budget which aims to boost investments and small businesses and cut the fiscal deficit to 4.8 percent of GDP from this year’s 5.2 percent
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-budget/sri-lanka-approves-2018-budget-aims-for-more-investment-idINKBN1E30IU?rpc=401&
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/third-reading-of-budget-2018-full-text-of-the-finance-ministers-speech/

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Mgr Emmanuel Fernando, the new bishop of Mannar, in the service of Tamils

Mgr Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando is the new bishop of Mannar, a diocese in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, scene of major fighting during the country’s civil war. Pope Francis appointed him two days ago
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Emmanuel-Fernando,-the-new-bishop-of-Mannar,-in-the-service-of-Tamils-42413.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/91290

19 NOVEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka curfew after Buddhist-Muslim violence in Galle

The Sri Lankan army enforced a curfew for a second successive night after dozens of Muslim homes and businesses were attacked near the southern city of Galle
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-curfew-after-buddhist-muslim-violence-in-galle-1.677108
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-muslim-assaults-in-gintota/
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=175292

23 OCTOBER 2017

UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes

Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of justice and reparation, said Sri Lanka had been slow to deliver on its promise of justice for atrocities during the island’s bloody 37-year civil war
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/23/539627/Sri-Lanka-UN-war-crimes-investigation-justice-Maithripala-Sirisena-Tamil

17 OCTOBER 2017

India-China rivalry spills over in Sri Lankan airport

India and Sri Lanka are close to finalizing a joint venture to manage and expand facilities at the Mattala Airport, which is situated near the Hambantota Seaport, a key port in China’s multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201710171058322914-india-china-rivalry-airport/

3 OCTOBER 2017

Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise with US navy

Sri Lanka is hosting its first-ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise, which began with the arrival of US Navy elements at the country’s naval base in Trincomalee on 1 October
http://www.janes.com/article/74580/sri-lanka-hosts-its-first-carat-exercise

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2109712/sri-lanka-president-defends-ex-general-accused-war-crimes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/sri-lanka-leader-shield-general-war-crimes-case-170903193335527.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/90929

15 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister

Sri Lanka named a veteran government lawyer as foreign minister on Tuesday (Aug 15) after the island’s top diplomat stood down amid a corruption scandal
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-names-senior-lawyer-tilak-marapana-as-new-foreign-minister

10 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

Ravi Karunanayake has been accused of owning a luxury apartment paid for by a bond dealer under investigation – a charge he denies. President Sirisena has pledged to end the corruption which marked the previous regime
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-resigns-over-corruption-charges/a-40038447
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2106281/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-quits-amid-insider-trading-scandal

26 JULY 2017

Silenced stones mark hard path to Sri Lankan reconciliation

Security forces have erected numerous monuments celebrating their 2009 victory over Tamil Tiger rebels. No such privilege has been accorded to the Tamil insurgents or civilians who died in the fight
http://www.atimes.com/article/silenced-stones-mark-hard-path-sri-lankan-reconciliation/

25 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka approved to 70 percent lease of Hambantota Port to China

The cabinet gave final approval to lease a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port for $1.12 billion to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-25-08-42-11
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90757

22 JULY 2017

Major General Amal Karunasekara – New Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army

Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ is the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90742

14 JULY 2017

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

The use of torture by Sri Lankan security services has become routine, a UN special rapporteur has concluded following a visit to the country
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/torture-by-sri-lankan-police-routine-says-human-rights-lawyer

12 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter

Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Wednesday Buddhism will remain paramount in the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-politics-idUSKBN19X1TR?rpc=401&

11 JUNE 2017

Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organisation blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lan

11 MAY 2017

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/modi-heads-sri-lanka-chinese-influence-rises
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2093985/indias-modi-attempts-woo-back-sri-lanka-china-pushes-belt-and

27 MARCH 2017

Sri Lanka wants to reduce China’s stake in strategic port deal

Sri Lanka‘s government wants aChinese company to agree to cut its stake in a strategic portproject by up to a quarter, as part of a renegotiation aimed atblunting public and political opposition to the deal
https://article.wn.com/view/2017/03/27/Sri_Lanka_wants_to_reduce_China_s_stake_in_strategic_port_de_w/

5 MARCH 2017

Sri-Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations (UN) to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe/a-37814346
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe-1.1988758
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=161403

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lanka’s former president Kumaratunga complains of war widows abused by the military

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga spoke of widespread exploitation, touching more than 80,000 women with children in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. The lack of livelihood makes them even more vulnerable. Although the military has denied any wrongdoing, in the past it has cracked down on troop misconduct
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka’s-former-president-complains-of-war-widows-abused-by-the-military-40049.html

19 FEBRUARY 2017

Two more Sri Lankan Army officers remanded over Keith Noyahr Attack

The CID today arrested two more army personnel believed to be involved in the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr, the former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper. They were subsequently remanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate till March 3
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-more-army-officers-remanded-over-keith-noyahr-attack/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/sri-lanka-long-overdue-arrest-soldiers-journalists-2008-abduction/

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has blocked a move to require a two-thirds parliamentary vote, rather than the current simple majority, to approve a presidential declaration of emergency. He ordered the removal of a clause to that effect in the proposed National Action Plan for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/14/sril-f14.html

7 JANUARY 2017

At Least 25 Injured in Protest Over Chinese Special Industrial Zone in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049362016-25-hurt-sri-lanka-protest-china/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/clashes-erupt-as-protesters-march-against-china-port-deal-1.1957780
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-07/sri-lankans-protest-china-port-deal/8168110?section=world

22 DECEMBER 2016

Sri Lanka’s economy marches slowly into 2017

Sri Lanka’s meandering economic progress received a boost in November 2016 with the announcement of the proposed 2017 budget
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/22/sri-lankas-economy-marches-slowly-into-2017/

17 NOVEMBER 2016

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition, his brother announced on Thursday (Nov 17), a move that could threaten constitutional reforms seen as crucial to postwar reconciliation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-ex-leader-to-lead-breakaway-from-coalition/3296954.html

26 OCTOBER 2016

General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students

Tamil people in northern Sri Lanka observed a general shutdown or “hartal” yesterday over the police killing of two Jaffna University students—Puwanraj Sulakshan from Chunnagam and Nadarajah Gajan from Kilinochchi—last Thursday night
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/10/26/jaff-o26.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-the-killing-of-jaffna-university-students-in-search-of-the-right-path/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

The office on missing persons in Sri lanka : a new chapter or another empty promise ?

The OMP is an independent office with seven members appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council. The members of the OMP are meant to be independent individuals with expertise on human rights, international humanitarian law, humanitarian issues, fact-finding among other areas. There is also a fixed term of three years and limitation of two terms per member
https://globalvoices.org/2016/09/22/the-office-on-missing-persons-in-sri-lanka-a-new-chapter-or-another-empty-promise/

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

15 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lankan ex-president’s son accused of money-laundering

The eldest son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering, his lawyer has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37089546

11 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka parliament endorses office to trace wartime missing

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Thursday passed a law to establish an office to trace people who disappeared during a 26-year war and another insurrection amid protests by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters in the chamber
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-parliament-endo/3035126.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/office-of-missing-persons-bill-passed-in-parliament-without-a-vote/

6 JULY 2016

Sri Lanka aims to demilitarise island by 2018

Sri Lanka intends to become completely demilitarised by 2018, the government said Wednesday, a significant announcement that will end the army’s involvement in civilian life after decades of ethnic
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-aims-demilitarise-island-2018#sthash.c0HvyA9l.dpuf
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/2018-deadline-for-sri-lankan-military-to-quit-businesses

2 MAY 2016

Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act

Sri Lanka’s former pro-Chinese ‘strongman’ President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in January 2015. The new administration, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, is committed to more ‘balanced’ major power relations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/05/02/sri-lankas-delicate-balancing-act/

15 MARCH 2016

Breaking Sri Lanka’s economic gridlock

The Sri Lankan economy appears to exist in a system that can evolve only through crisis. Optimistic policymakers, predicting that the country’s economic trajectory would self-correct, received a collective wake-up call in February with a sovereign rating downgrade by Fitch, even as the country made a formal approach to the IMF for a bailout package.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/15/breaking-sri-lankas-economic-gridlock/

11 MARCH 2016

Colombo gives China green light to build port city

Despite months of protests by activists, fishermen and Catholics, and more environmental impact studies, China in the end got a green light to build the Colombo Port City, a planned offshore city next to the Sri Lankan capital
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Colombo-gives-China-green-light-to-build-port-city-36926.html

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lankan nationalists protest UN rights chief’s visit on war crimes

Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations’ office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka’s progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes.http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lankan-nationalists-p/2494738.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/un-human-rights-chief-arrive

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Fonseka joins government

Sri Lanka’s former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday joined the coalition government which has vowed to probe allegations of atrocities committed during the bloody finale of the island’s separatist war
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankas-ex-army-chief-joins-government

30 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka arrests Yoshitha Rajapaksa, ex-president’s son over money laundering

Yoshitha Rajapaksa, a navy officer, was detained on Saturday following months of investigations into alleged financial irregularities linked to his private television channel Carlton Sports Network (CSN), police said. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-arrests-ex/2474022.html
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=139529
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/sri-lanka-arrests-president-son-graft-charges-160130132046364.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s balancing act between India and Pakistan

After coming to power, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been busy mending fences with countries in the West and South Asia that got snubbed during the rule of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/sri-lankas-balancing-act-between-india-and-pakistan/

13 JANUARY 2016

Report card: Sri Lanka president falls short after one year at helm

The initial excitement among his supporters seems to have dampened after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena completed his first year in office on Jan. 9. He’s being called to account for delivering a large number of pre-election promises which continue to be mostly rhetoric since his electoral triumph of 12 months ago.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/report-card-sri-lanka-president-falls-short-after-one-year-at-the-helm/

9 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power

Sri Lanka’s new government on Saturday presented its plan for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and bitter civil war that ended in 2009
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-government-prop/2412840.html
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-begins-process-of-writing-new-constitution-to-prevent-war/a-18968845

5 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign eight memoranda of understanding (MoU)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday inked eight memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230917/pakistan-sri-lanka-sign-eight-mous-for-bilateral-cooperation

3 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal ethnic war will be given land to build homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1897823/sri-lanka-president-pledges-land-100000-war-victims

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

UN calls for special court to investigate Sri Lanka wartime atrocities

The U.N.’s top human rights official is urging the creation of a special court including foreign magistrates and investigators to look into atrocities committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135619/un-calls-for-special-court-to-investigate-sri-lanka-wartime-atrocities/
http://atimes.com/2015/09/un-asks-sri-lanka-to-set-up-court-to-probe-civil-war-atrocities/

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Tamil Lawmaker to Lead Opposition in Sri Lanka

An ethnic Tamil lawmaker was officially selected to lead the opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Thursday, becoming the first member of the island nation’s largest minority to hold the post in more than three décades
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/asia/sri-lanka-tamils-opposition.html?ref=asia&_r=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/sri-lanka-names-tamil-opposition-chief-decades-150903133205837.html