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Stories about Sri Lanka

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

Rising Voices

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.

25 June 2014

What Would Buddha Do? Not Attack Sri Lankan Muslims, Buddhists Say

Hardline Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena's anti-Muslim rhetoric has fueled deadly riots in Sri Lanka. The group is vocal, but Buddhists are speaking out against them on and offline.

21 March 2014

An Attempt to Intimidate? Sri Lanka Releases Human Rights Activists

Ruki Fernando and Praveen Mahesa were detained March 16, 2014 and accused of selling information abroad, attempting to damage harmony between communities, and aiding militant separatists the Tamil Tigers.

9 February 2014

Veteran Sri Lankan Journalist Murdered in Her Home

Mel Gunasekera was the founding editor of the Lanka Business Online, an online financial news service website, and a former reporter for French news agency Agence France-Presse.

29 December 2013

Contemplating Nelson Mandela's Legacy in South Asia

"Nepali leaders have a lot to learn from Mandela's statesmanship, integrity, and lack of political ambition."

18 November 2013

Australian Prime Minister Downplays Sri Lankan Torture Allegations

Many Australians were flabbergasted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conciliatory remarks about torture and other human rights abuses allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan government

5 September 2013

South Asia Shining in Some Ways, Suffering in Others

The South Asia Economic Summit , an annual meeting of civil society think-tanks has recently been concluded in Sri Lanka. Participants discussed regional issues and sought for more regional cooperation.

16 July 2013

Taking ‘Long Walk of Hope’ Across Sri Lanka for Cancer Patients

A retired army major trekked more than 750 km to raise funds for cancer patients.

28 May 2013

Human Rights Activists Hone Digital Skills in 2013 Empowerment Lab

Eleven international human rights activists participated in this year's Empowerment Lab, a week-long training program that aims to empower digital activists who face growing threats of freedom of expression.

27 April 2013

Anti-Hate Rally Attempts to Tackle Emerging Racism in Sri Lanka

Anti hate activists in Sri Lanka plan to gather in the capital city of Colombo on the 28th of April. The country has recently seen a spate of isolated violent...

13 April 2013

Sri Lanka's Buddhists Question Extremist Sinhala-Buddhists

A number of Sinhala Buddhists are standing up against the recent violence against Muslim and hateful speech initiated by the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force), an extremist Sinhala-Buddhist organisation...

22 March 2013

Hardline Buddhists Drive Sri Lanka to Drop Muslim Halal Labeling

Religious tensions in Sri Lanka are on the rise after Islamic clerics facing massive protests from militant Buddhists put an end to the island's widespread halal food labeling system.

19 January 2013

Sri Lanka: Reactions To The Impeachment Of The Chief Justice

Sri Lanka's 43rd and first female Chief Justice Dr. Shirani A Bandaranayake was impeached after she was found guilty of some of the charges the government brought against her by...

29 December 2012

Looking Back at 2012 in South Asia – Part II

Pakistan's dismal human rights record just gets worse, India's rising rape rates have sent the society into a flux, Bangladesh rejected Myanmar's Rohingya refugees, the regions relatively stable country -...

28 December 2012

Looking Back at 2012 in South Asia – Part I

Armed with more smartphones than ever before, we see an increasing number of South Asians stepping across borders through social media. This year we saw the first India - Pakistan...

3 December 2012

Social Media Unites To Stand Up For Saving Colombo's Trees

In the last week of November a number of century old trees across Reid Avenue in Colombo were cut by the authorities. Caring citizens created a Facebook page titled “Stand...

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