Eelam Tamil Netflix star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan riding high on third season

Tamil-Canadian actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan stars in the popular Netflix series ‘Never Have I Ever’ following a teenage Tamil girl, ‘Devi Vishwakumar’, as she navigates life through an American High school involving romances, her father passing away and family drama.

UN officials meet with Families of the Disappeared and Sri Lanka’s President and PM

UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer, and UN Regional Director, David McLachlan-Karr met with the Tamil Families of the Disappeared, civil society organisations and held a separate meeting with Sri Lanka’s President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardene. For over 2000 days families of the disappeared in the North & East have continued to voice their demands for justice & truth about the fate of their missing loved ones. They have shown courage, commitment & determination & they deserve answers. Met them today with @DMcLachlanK pic.twitter...

As the EU pushes for ‘concrete steps’ on human rights, Britain seeks to boost trade with Sri Lanka

As the EU stressed in conversations with Sri Lanka’s president the need for concrete steps on human rights, Britain’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka announced that UK’s new Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) will bolster Sri Lanka’s economy without commenting on the country’s dire human rights record. The UK's new Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) is one of the most generous sets of trading preferences of any country in the world, and will benefit Sri Lanka by boosting the economy and supporting jobs. — Sarah Hulton OBE (@SarahHultonFCDO) August 16...

Normalising military rule? Sri Lanka’s President orders the military to maintain ‘public order’

Amidst international outcry over Sri Lanka’s crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued an extraordinary gazette summoning the tri-forces to maintain public order across the island with effect from August 22. This comes despite the president not extending the state of emergency claiming that normalcy has returned to the country. The decision follows the arbitrary arrest of student demonstrators, abduction of activists, and the forceful crackdown on protesters. Earlier this month Sri Lanka’s president met with an EU delegation that stressed...

Sri Lanka’s Strategic Ambiguity Won’t Hold

Writing in The Diplomat, Viruben Nandakumar stresses the need for Indian diplomats to end a policy of appeasement and soberly reflect on the currents of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism, which prohibit further integration between India and Sri Lanka. In his inaugural speech, Sri Lanka’s current President Ranil Wickremesinghe signalled a shift in foreign policy to favour relations with India by praising their aid efforts and lamented on cancelled investment projects. Indian investment projects were abandoned for “baseless reasons”, claimed Sri Lanka’s president.

Sri Lanka looking to track down and remove British national

Sri Lanka’s immigration authorities are reportedly on the hunt for British national Kayleigh Fraser, after they seized her passport following her social media posts covering the “Go Home Gota” protests. “Her visa was cancelled on August 15, so we are looking to put her in a detention camp until she can get a ticket to leave the country,” a Sri Lankan immigration official told EconomyNext . They claimed that Fraser was not getting deported but that instead her visa was cancelled.

Thousands flock to Mannar for Madhu Church festival

After a break of three years, thousands of people travelled to Mannar to attend the annual festival to mark Feast of Our Lady of Madhu this week. The festival, which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, usually attracts large crowds of devotees every year. On Monday, thousands were in attendance for the service, with the statue of Our Lady of Madhu brought out for all to see. The Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu in Mannar has long been considered the holiest place of Roman Catholic worship on the island, with a history of over 400 years. The site, however, has previously been targeted by...

Thiruvalluvar festival celebrated in Mannar

Local Tamils in Mannar celebrated the famed Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar this week, in a festival organised by the Mannar District Art and Culture Council and District Secretariat.

More tear gas in Colombo as Sri Lanka detains 20 activists

Sri Lankan security forces fired teargas and water cannons once more in Colombo, as they arrested at least 20 activists on Thursday. Hundreds of university students were demonstrating in Colombo at a rally organised by the Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF), as police with riot shields and batons pushed back protestors. IUSF leader Wasantha Mudalige was amongst at least 20 activists taken into custody, according to Journalists for Democracy Sri Lanka. Whilst 16 of the detained have been granted bail, at least four more remain in custody. See more from JDS here .

Rajapaksa’s party seeks safe passage back to Sri Lanka for fleeing war criminal

The party of the former Sri Lankan president has sought assurances from the government to pave the way for his return to the island, officially submitting a request for “the necessary security and facilities” required. Sagara Kariyawasam, general secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), told reporters that the party had officially sought the assistance of the current Sri Lankan government. “We requested the president to facilitate and provide the necessary security and facilities for former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to return to the country,” Kariyawasam said . “The date...