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Stories about Sri Lanka

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...

13 October 2012

Sri Lanka: The Future In The Hand Of Young Leaders

Sri Lanka Unites (SLU) is a youth reconciliation movement led by a team of young professionals drawn from different ethnicities and religions in Sri Lanka who are working towards reconciliation,...

13 August 2012

Sri Lanka: Noose Tightens Around Online Freedom of Expression

"This new regulation could potentially and very quickly embrace personal blogs, micro-blogs (Twitter), Facebook (pages and groups) .. anyone, anywhere in Sri Lanka is now liable for prosecution at the...

17 July 2012

Sri Lanka: News Websites Targeted And Journalists Threatened

Recently the Sri Lankan authorities raided offices of two news websites on allegation of criminal defamation and arrested nine journalists. In another incident the defense secretary threatened an editor of...

30 April 2012

Sri Lanka: Tackling Agricultural Surpluses

The Sri Lankan Government is facing a new kind of challenge, tackling surplus production of rice. However a Sri Lankan farmer sheds a light into the plights of the rice...

24 April 2012

Sri Lanka: Monks Demand Demolition of a Mosque

Last Friday around 2,000 Buddhist monks and local residents staged a violent protest in Dambulla town in Sri Lanka demanding that a mosque along with a Hindu temple situated in...

25 March 2012

Sri Lanka: Reactions to US Resolution at UNHRC

A US resolution was recently passed at a UN Human Rights Council meeting on Sri Lanka seeking to encourage the government to investigate allegations of human rights violations during the...

20 February 2012

Sri Lanka: Promoting Reconciliation and Hope to Young People

Reconciliation is a much discussed buzzword across Sri Lanka. While there has been much talk about how to do it, a group called Sri Lanka Unites is actually doing something....

18 February 2012

Sri Lanka: Price Hike and Police Brutality in Enforcing Public Order

Sri Lanka is currently facing a turbulent economy with price hike and imposition of surcharges, which are provoking widespread protests. The police and the military are taking brutal measures on...

7 January 2012

South Asia in 2011: A Year Full of Controversies and Protests

2011 was an eventful year. We have seen extensive use of social media in South Asia to discuss many controversies and protests. In this post we highlight Global Voices South...

1 November 2011

South Asia: Celebrating the 7 Billionth Child

7 Billion Actions

On the 31 October, the earth welcomed Oishi, a newborn in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. She carried a special message - she is the 7 billionth child of the world....

28 October 2011

Sri Lanka: Working Towards Uniting the Nation

The 26 year long civil war in Sri Lanka has left many scars and it is an uphill task to bridge all divides and start the reconciliation to unite people....

21 October 2011

South Asia: Reactions on the New Beginning of Libya

After the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, people from all over the world are expressing their views on his reign, the way he died and the new beginning it...

19 August 2011

Sri Lanka: The Return Of The Grease Devils

In many rural areas of Sri Lanka the mythical figure of the Grease Yaka (Grease Devil) is being blamed for nighttime assaults on women and thefts/robberies. A number of suspects...

10 June 2011

Sri Lanka: Protests In Katunayake Free Trade Zone

Earlier this month clashes at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Sri Lanka between protesting workers and police claimed the life of an young worker and injured many workers...

22 May 2011

Technology for Transparency: Final Report

Technology for Transparency Network

The Technology for Transparency Network is proud to announce the release of its final report, "Global mapping of technology for transparency and accountability". The report is being published by the...

19 April 2011

Sri Lanka: UN Panel Report Causes An Uproar

An United Nations (UN) advisory panel, led by former Indonesian Atty. Gen. Marzuki Darusman, has submitted a report to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in which they find credible evidence...

2 February 2011

South Asia: Impact Of The Egypt Protests

The news of the recent protests in Egypt is being discussed in the South Asian blogosphere in different perspectives. Many bloggers are watching the developments closely and are updating their...

21 January 2011

Video: Shoemakers of the World

Today's videos focus on the artisans around the world still making shoes by hand. From Mexico to Japan: we'll take a look at how different shoes, slippers and sandals are...

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