Jan 25, 2015

Sri Lanka scraps military training for teachers, students

Sri Lanka’s new government said Saturday it is scrapping compulsory military training for school teachers and undergraduates. The three-week army training, which was mandatory under ousted President Mahinda Rajapakse’s administration, had resulted in at least three deaths in recent years and was deeply unpopular ...

Sri Lanka restores rights of disgraced ex-army chief

Jan 22, 2015

Sri Lanka restores rights of disgraced ex-army chief

Sri Lanka’s new government has exonerated former army chief Sarath Fonseka of all charges, including treason, that were filed by former President Mahinda Rajapakse, and restored his rank and medals. New President Maithripala Sirisena used his executive powers Wednesday to clear Fonseka of all ...

Jan 19, 2015

Sri Lanka's kidney ills mystify: the scoop

A mystery kidney disease is killing Sri Lankan farmers. The first cases surfaced some two decades ago in North Central province, the main rice-producing area. Since then, the disease has killed up to an estimated 20,000 people on the Indian Ocean island nation. As ...

Pope backs search for wartime truth in Sri Lanka

Jan 14, 2015

Pope backs search for wartime truth in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation and justice to Sri Lanka on Tuesday as he began a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can’t fully heal from a quarter-century of brutal civil war without pursuing the truth about abuses that were committed. In ...

Sri Lankan president secures majority to push reforms

Jan 11, 2015

Sri Lankan president secures majority to push reforms

Sri Lanka’s newly elected president has engineered enough defections from his predecessor’s party to secure a parliamentary majority essential for radical constitutional reforms, officials said Sunday. Maithripala Sirisena has already received the backing of more than 40 lawmakers who were previously loyal to Mahinda ...