Sri Lankan Army commended for its “dedicated service to Buddhism”

In a recent feature by the state owned Daily News, the Sri Lankan Army was commended for being at the forefront of nurturing Buddhism across the country. The article titled, “SL Army’s dedicated service to Buddhism,” praises the army’s “unstinted commitment [to Buddhism] since 1949” by recounting recent projects. “Kilinochchi troops attached to all formations under the Security Force Headquarters -Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) contributed their share to the Vesak commemoration by way of assisting repairs, repainting and cleaning work, preparation of Vesak decorations and meals to sightseers in...

Sri Lankan military refurbishes ‘corporals club’ at Kilinochchi base

As calls for the Sri Lankan military to demilitarise the Vanni continue, the army announced that it had refurbished the ‘Corporal’s Club’ building at its headquarters in Kilinochchi last month.

US embassy team meets Sri Lankan military in Kilinochchi

The Pacific Command Augmentation Team of the Embassy of the United States visited the Sri Lankan security forces headquarters in Kilinochchi last month, reports an official military website.

Sri Lankan president assures monks he will fulfil ‘duties towards Buddhism’

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena told a group of Buddhist monks this week that “duties and responsibilities towards Buddhism and the Sangha will be fulfilled”.

Brigadier that threatened Tamils no longer Sri Lanka’s Defence Attaché  confirms UK minister

The Sri Lankan government formally ended the posting of its former Defence Attaché Brigadier Priyanka Fernando last month, confirmed a British minister, after he was caught on video threatening Tamil protestors in London . Mark Field, the current British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific confirmed that “the former Defence Attaché's posting to London was formally ended by the Government of Sri Lanka on 15 April”. “No successor has yet been appointed,” he added. Mr Field said he had also raised the issue of Brigadier Fernando with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister when they met in London...

Tamils demonstrate in Jaffna in solidarity with Tuticorin protesters

Tamils in Jaffna held a demonstration on Friday in solidarity with protesters in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu who were shot by police officers. Nine people were killed and 65 injured on Tuesday in Tamil Nadu after police opened fire at protesters in Tuticorin, who had been seeking a ban on Sterlite Industries' copper plant. The protesters, who launched their protest many months ago, accuse Sterlite Industries of releasing pollutants from its plants and have been demanding the plant be closed.

Militarisation: army looks to recruit Tamil women into farming

Despite concerns raised about its role in civilian life in the North-East, the Sri Lankan military announced this week it was looking to recruit Tamil women into farming work. The military advertised the role stating that women under the age of 33 can apply.

Militarisation: Sri Lankan army provides cement to Jaffna temples

Increasing its presence in cilivian life the Sri Lankan army distributed cement packets to temples in Jaffna this week. Over 600 cement packets were given to 30 temples at an event on May 23 at Vasavilaan Central School.

Hackers hit Sri Lankan government websites to mark Mullivaikkal genocide

Several Sri Lankan government websites were hacked on May 18, with messages left commemorating the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils by Sri Lankan security forces 9 years ago in Mullivaikkal.

Trump nominates new US ambassador for Sri Lanka

US president Donald Trump has nominated Alaina Teplitz to be the next US ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Ms Teplitz, the current US ambassador to Nepal, is reported to be a career diplomat and has been with the US State Department since 1991. Previously she held the position of Assistant Secretary-ranked position of Director of the Under Secretary for Management’s Office of Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation (M/PRI), Minister Counselor for Management at US Embassy in Kabul from 2011-2012 and Deputy Executive Director of the Near East and South and Central Asia Bureau’s joint...