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Sri Lanka: Protest Staged Against Proposed Constitutional Amendments

(July 8, 2010) On July 6, 2010, members of the largest opposition party in Sri Lanka's legislature, the United National Party (UNP), held a demonstration against the constitutional amendments proposed by the current administration. The protest was staged on the steps leading to the entrance to the Parliament. The main criticism of the government plan […]

Sri Lanka: Constitutional Reform to Be Proposed

(May 13, 2010) According to Sri Lankan Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena, that country's government is preparing draft constitutional reforms. The proposal is now being considered by the Attorney General and will be presented to the Cabinet before being sent to the legislature in June 2010. (Sri Lanka Constitutional Reforms Next Month, COLOMBO PAGE, May […]

Sri Lanka: Emergency Laws Extended

(Mar. 12, 2010) On March 9, 2010, Sri Lanka's Parliament, which had been dissolved, met for a short session to approve a one-month extension for the nation's emergency laws. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had signed a proclamation to that effect on March 1. With three opposition parties voting against the extension, it passed on a 93-24 […]

Sri Lanka: Anti-Corruption Law Planned

(Jan. 25, 2010) According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other irregularities in the government. Perera said the planned bill would be the first one introduced in […]

Sri Lanka: Tax Reforms Considered

(Nov. 9, 2009) According to recent remarks made by the Treasury Secretary of Sri Lanka, the government is considering reforming the country's tax structure. The purpose of the new policy is said to be to provide relief to those heavily burdened by taxes during the long, recently concluded civil conflict and to create a good […]

Sri Lanka: Media Barred from Covering Elections

(Aug. 5, 2009) On August 3, 2009, Sri Lanka's government announced it would not permit reporters to cover the local elections in two cities. The elections are being held in the northern cities of Vayuniya and Jaffna, just outside the area formerly held by the Tamil Tiger rebels, and are the first to be held […]

Nepal; Sri Lanka: Agreement to Increase Bilateral Cooperation in Several Areas

(July 30, 2009) Nepal and Sri Lanka agreed on July 25, 2009, to undertake increased cooperation in several key areas, after their respective foreign secretaries engaged in a wide-ranging discussion of the two countries' relations. The talks covered 15 major areas of bilateral cooperation identified by the new Nepal-Sri Lanka Permanent Joint Commission, inaugurated earlier […]

Sri Lanka: Courts to Be Restored in the North

(June 25, 2009) The Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice is working to reestablish a system of courts in the country's Northern Province, according to the Secretary of that Ministry, Suhada Gamlath. Kilinochchi, which formerly served as the headquarters of the recently defeated rebel Tamil Tigers, will be the location for a high court, a magistrate […]

Sri Lanka: Steps to Stop Underage Employment

(Apr. 14, 2009) Sri Lanka's National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) is taking steps to combat the practice of employing underage children as domestic helpers. According to Jagath Wellawatta, NCPA's chair, the existing laws will be strengthened to protect children. One change favored by NCPA is increasing the age of eligibility for work from 14 to […]

Nepal; Sri Lanka: Agreements Signed

(Mar. 11, 2009) On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed in Nepal, during a visit by Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's President. The new commission is designed […]