IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Siri Lanka

7th March - 13th March
  • Kandy incidents created new international challenges: PM
    The recent incidents in Kandy have created new challenges to the government locally and in the international level, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. "We thought the major challenge which the country had to face was the drought which crippled the agriculture sector but incidents in Kandy have posted challenges in the international levels as well" the Prime Minister said while highlighting that country's image has been tarnished.
    (Daily Mirror, March 11, 2018)
  • President Maithripala Sirisena requested for assistance from Eric Solheim, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, to introduce alternate technologies for Sri Lanka to eliminate the negative impact of excessive soil and sand mining in the construction industry.
    (Daily Mirror, March 12, 2018)
28th February - 06th March
  • Sri Lanka imposed curfew in Kandy after anti-Muslim riots. The government imposed curfew on March 4 in a central hill station town popular with tourists after days of communal unrest that saw a man killed and Muslim businesses set alight.
    (The Express Tribune, March 05, 2018)
  • Government unequivocally condemns racial violence. The Government while condemning the recent incidents of violence and misinformation campaign targeting the Muslim community and others.
    (Daily News, March 6, 2018)
  • Social media is restricted for Army Personnel in Sri Lanka. By Barring military personnel from sharing any content on national security, military or political affairs Objective is to maintain SL Army’s good image.
    (Daily News, March 6, 2018)
  • Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the party would support a no-faith motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the basis that he had not carried out his duties properly and with allegations of fraud and corruption and on allegations of protecting thieves.
    (Daily Mirror, February 28, 2018)