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...

#BoycottHNB campaign takes off after bank sacks Tamils for commemorating Mullivaikkal

A boycott campaign has taken off in the North-East with customers of Sri Lanka's Hatton National Bank (HNB) closing their accounts, after the bank suspended two employees at its Kilinochchi branch for holding a remembrance event on May 18.

Body of missing man found with throat slit in Mullaitivu

The body of a 28 year old man was found in Selvapuram, Mullaitivu on Wednesday with his throat slit and multiple knife wounds over his body. The victim, Varatharajah Sathanisan, had been reported missing by his family the day before after he failed to return home.

Vigil in Vadamarachchi remembers Tamil Nadu protesters

Tamils in Vadamarachchi held a vigil at Point Pedro beach on Wednesday evening in memory of protesters in Thoothukudi shot dead by Tamil Nadu police. Nine people were killed and 65 injured on Tuesday in Tamil Nadu after police opened fire at protesters in Thoothukudi, who had been seeking a ban on Sterlite Industries' copper plant.

Former LTTE cadre called for TID inquiry after chairing Mullivaikkal event

A former LTTE cadre has been ordered by Sri Lanka's Terrorism Investigation Division to the 3rd floor at its headquarters in Colombo for questioning after he chaired a remembrance event for the Mullivaikkal genocide in Kilinochchi on May 18. The father of three children who has one leg amputated, K Jayakumar was released in 2010 from government custody after undering the notorious 'rehabilitation programme'. Mr Jayakumar, who lives in Kilinochchi with his family, runs a vegetable stall at the local market and heads a trade union in the district, as well as being a local ITAK member.

Sri Lankan bank suspends Kilinochchi employees for commemorating Mullivaikkal massacre

Two employees of the Kilinochchi branch of Sri Lanka's Hatton National Bank (HNB) were suspended today after the bank's Colombo headquarters accused them of commemorating the LTTE. Staff at the Kilinochchi branch held a remembrance event on May 18 to remember the tens of thousands massacred by Sri Lankan state forces during the end of the armed conflict. Photographs of their remembrance event were circulated among Sinhala nationalist social media pages who accused the employees of commemorating LTTE cadres. Following an investigation, the General Manager and another employee were sacked,...

Navy to remain on Iranaitivu, families promised resettlement

Families from Iranaitivu who led a daring protest to reclaimed their lands were promised resettlement last week by officials but told that the Sri Lankan navy would continue its presence. Stating that the navy was needed to ensure the security of the residents and prevent drugs smuggling, a committee comprising the Secretary of the Ministry of Resettlement, B Suresh, the Additional Secretary from the Ministry of Defence R Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's Navy Commander, Admiral SS Ranasinge and other local government officials, said the navy would retain 9 acres of land.

Thousands in Chennai commemorate Mullivaikkal genocide

As many as 10,000 people attended a rally in Chennai last week, to mark 9 years since tens of thousands of Eelam Tamils were massacred by Sri Lankan security forces at Mullivaikkal.

Britain destroys security files on Sri Lanka

File photograph: STF troops in Jaffna. Oct 2017.​

Tamil Nadu government halts data services in reaction to Thoothukudi protests

With ongoing protests in Thoothukudi, telecommunication companies have received orders from the Chief Secretary to halt data services in the Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts in Tamil Nadu. The protests started months ago in an attempt to have Sterlite Industries’ copper plant shut down due to pollution and health concerns. Most recently, tensions have escalated as 13 people were killed and many others injured after Tamil Nadu police opened fire at protestors. In the directive from the Director General of Police of Tamil Nadu to stop data services, the use of social media to...