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Stories about Sri Lanka

13 November 2016

Two Slain Youth Become Tragic Symbols of Ongoing Police Brutality in Sri Lanka

This post by Raisa Wickrematunge originally appeared on Groundviews, an award-winning citizen journalism website in Sri Lanka. An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement with...

25 October 2016

Sri Lankan Tourism: Booming Again, But Mostly for the Military

The Sri Lankan military is investing heavily in the tourism business. The armed forces have several hotels and resorts, many restaurants and cafes, and other tourist facilities.

21 October 2016

Sri Lanka Pays the Price for Past Government's Extravagance

The huge sum of money spent canceling an order for new Airbuses could have funded a whole lot more.

22 September 2016

The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?

Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.

17 September 2016

It's September, and That Means It's Time for Software Freedom Day

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24 August 2016

The ‘Different Yet Equal’ Protest Politics of Sri Lanka

The vigil highlighted that the insecurity felt by some Sinhala Buddhists continues to persist, despite the fact that they remain the country's majority community.

16 June 2016

Ramadan in Sri Lanka Is More Than You Think

Although Sri Lanka has grappled with divisions along ethnic and religious lines, in challenging times citizens do come together to help each other, casting aside their differences.

20 May 2016

Global Voices Partners With Groundviews From Sri Lanka

Global Voices and Groundviews have launched a partnership that will combine our focus on citizen media and Groundviews's analysis/expertise to bring our readers original and in-depth coverage from Sri Lanka.

19 May 2016

Incessant Rain Triggers Deadly Landslides and Massive Flooding in Sri Lanka

"What a difference a day makes, from a flood selfie to mass burial of 100's in a landslide #SriLanka"

12 March 2016

#OccupyTheSquare Protest Wins a Victory Against Moral Policing in Sri Lanka

"It is crazy on how the power of social media, can influence a dozen people to silently protest for human rights."

11 March 2016

Women Fight Skin Color Prejudice With ‪#‎UnfairAndLovely‬‬ Campaign

"I was always told it was better to be lighter, but no this is my skin and I love it #unfairandlovely"

22 February 2016

Who Needs Elephants When You Can Play Polo Driving Around in Rickshaws? (Feel Free to Sing, Too.)

An innovative and intense game introduced by an expat luxury hotelier has become an annual event in Sri Lanka, where Tuk-Tuk Polo is increasingly all the rage.

5 February 2016

‘Lion's Blood’ Stickers Pop Up All Over Sri Lanka, Stoking Fears of Renewed Ethnic Hatred

"Today, politically motivated groups alleged to be close to the former regime have unleashed a new wave of hate and racism under the “Sinha Le” label."

28 December 2015

Sri Lanka's President Says Enrique Iglesias Concert Organisers Should Be ‘Whipped With Toxic Stingray Tails’

President Sirisena didn't like that female fans hugged and kissed the pop star, nor that someone threw her bra onstage. Sri Lankans didn't take to his "moral policing" kindly.

5 October 2015

Portrait of Nobel Literary Prize Winner Pablo Neruda Sparks Debate About Rape Culture in Chile

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda included an account of a rape in his memoir. Now, an artist reimagines the author's memoir with a new title, "I Confess That I Have Raped."

12 June 2015

The Newly Updated Indic Keyboard App Now Supports 22 Asian Languages

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A mobile input app called Indic Keyboard's newest release now supports language input in 22 Asian languages including 18 Indian languages apart from English, with 54 input layouts.

15 February 2015

Australia and New Zealand Score Big Wins in ‘St Valentine’s Day Massacre’ at Cricket World Cup

Host countries for the Cricket World Cup 2015 New Zealand and Australia have had easy victories over Sri Lanka and England. Twitter hashtag #AUSvENG was hot during the game.

9 February 2015

Gardeners Are Repurposing Coconut Waste as Eco-Friendly Plant Pots

Using coir pots that can be planted can save an estimated 100 million plastic pots from ending up in garbage cans.

9 January 2015

A New Era Begins for Sri Lanka After President Mahinda Rajapaksa Concedes Defeat

The two-time president lost to former Health Minister Mithripala Sirisena, the candidate for the main opposition United National Party, who earned 51.28 percent of the votes.

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