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02 Mar 2015 description

Sri Lanka -- Lieutenant Dave Chesson from the U.S. Embassy delivered donated equipment today to assist with demining efforts in the former war-affected areas of Sri Lanka. This particular shipment is valued at nearly 300 million Sri Lankan rupees and just a part of continuing U.S. assistance with demining efforts across the country since 2009. Major General Lasantha Wickramasuriya, Chief Field Engineer, and Brigadier Jagath Gunawardane, Commander Engineer Brigade, received the donated equipment from the U.S. Embassy.

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2015 main season “Maha” rice crop forecast to recover from last year’s drought-reduced level

  • Considerably higher rice imports estimates for 2014

  • Rice prices remain at near-record levels, while those of wheat are stable

  • Recent floods affected food availability in localized areas

27 Feb 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

President Maithripala Sirisena
Presidential Secretariat
Galle Road
Colombo 3
Sri Lanka

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations on your recent election success. Your coalition government now has an historic opportunity and responsibility to address major human rights issues that have been ignored or exacerbated by previous administrations. We look forward to your leading efforts to address past and ongoing human rights violations in the country and re-establish Sri Lanka as a rights-respecting democracy.

26 Feb 2015 description

Sri Lanka received several kinds of support from GAVI since 2002 (new vaccines support for introduction of Hepatitis B and Pentavalent vaccines, introduction of AD syringes to ensure injection safety, and HSS support). Currently the only remaining financial support from GAVI is for Pentavalent vaccine under a co-financing mechanism which will also end by end of 2015 as the country graduates from GAVI support. The graduation criterion is decided by the level of GNI per capita.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Feb 25 2015 (IPS) - Weerasinghearachilage Ruwan Rangana had it all planed out last year in September: the big break that would change his life and those of his extended family had finally arrived.

26 Feb 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

24 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 February 2015

Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.

22 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2015 main season “Maha” rice crop forecast to recover from last year’s drought-reduced level

  • Considerably higher rice imports estimates for 2014

  • Rice prices remain at near-record levels, while those of wheat are stable

Recent floods affected food availability in localized areas

21 Feb 2015 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Saturday 2/21/2015 - 12:26 GMT | 372 words

Sri Lanka's newly-elected government will next month look to win United Nations backing for a domestic probe into alleged war crimes under former leader Mahinda Rajapakse, an official said Saturday.

The investigation, which the new administration had promised after winning January elections, comes after the previous regime resisted a UN inquiry into claims that up to 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed under Rajapakse's command in the final months of a war that ended in May 2009.

20 Feb 2015 description

Table of content

  • Editorial
  • Remembering the Indian Ocean tsunami
  • Colombo hosts first regional legislative drafting workshop on International Humanitarian Law
  • Health care in Detention: An interview with the Colombo delegation's detention doctor
  • Discussing acts of terror and International Humanitarian Law
  • 25 years later - A personal journey through the ICRC in Sri Lanka
  • ICRC activities: Ocotober-December 2014
20 Feb 2015 description

By Louise Yaxley

The Federal Government has defended sending four men back to Sri Lanka this month after intercepting their boat off the Cocos Islands, describing it as a people smuggling venture.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said interviewers determined the men were not refugees, and their return to Sri Lanka sent a "very strong message to the people smugglers".

19 Feb 2015 description

Colombo 19 February 2015 - The Government of India in June 2010 announced that it would construct 50,000 houses as part of its post-conflict rehabilitation efforts. The Project is being implemented as full grant assistance amounting to USD 250 million from the Government of India, making it one of the largest grant assistance projects ever undertaken by the Government of India, overseas.