Weliweriya protest ends

Weliweriya protest ends

🕔15:34, 31.Aug 2013

The protest which was launched in Weliweriya yesterday has come to an end with the authorities agreeing to discuss the concerns of the villagers. This morning employees of the gloves factory at Weliweriya were prevented from leaving the premises, one

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Pillay slams offensive remarks

Pillay slams offensive remarks

🕔13:20, 31.Aug 2013

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today slammed what she termed was “deeply offensive” comments made about her just before and during her visit Sri Lanka. Addressing the media at the end of her weeklong visit to

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Factory workers trapped inside

Factory workers trapped inside

🕔10:32, 31.Aug 2013

Employees of the gloves factory at Weliweriya were prevented from leaving the premises since last evening, one employee said. Villagers who had protested outside the factory yesterday refused to allow some 250 employees to leave. The employee said that glass

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Fire destroys 37 houses

Fire destroys 37 houses

🕔07:16, 31.Aug 2013

A fire which raged across some wooden houses in Mattakuliya last night destroyed 37 houses, the police media unit said today. The police said that 164 people who were living in the wooden houses have been displaced as a result

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India briefs court on island

India briefs court on island

🕔07:01, 31.Aug 2013

The Indian Union government has informed India’s Supreme Court that the question of retrieval of Kachchatheevu from Sri Lanka did not arise as no territory belonging to India was ceded to Sri Lanka, the Hindu newspaper reported. Taking on record

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Prabarkaran was a psychopath

Prabarkaran was a psychopath

🕔06:09, 31.Aug 2013

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran was a psychopath who killed his own people. In an interview with The Australian newspaper, the President said that most of the LTTE’s targeted victims were other Tamils as they set about

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DEW has faith in TNA (Audio)

DEW has faith in TNA (Audio)

🕔06:00, 31.Aug 2013

Government Minister DEW Gunasekera feels the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will set a good example if it wins the Northern Provincial Council elections. Gunasekera said that the TNA  has a strong list of candidates contesting the polls headed by former

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Tight security outside UN

Tight security outside UN

🕔23:13, 30.Aug 2013

Tight security has been placed outside the UN office in Colombo ahead of a scheduled press conference by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Pillay is to address the media at the UN compound tomorrow morning but

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Japan backs reconciliation

Japan backs reconciliation

🕔20:36, 30.Aug 2013

Japan says it encourages Sri Lanka’s efforts for national reconciliation as a means of sustaining long-term development in the country. As a key partner in the peace process in Sri Lanka Japan has provided its unstinted support to reconstruct and

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MR tells Pillay incidents isolated

MR tells Pillay incidents isolated

🕔19:52, 30.Aug 2013

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay that some incidents raised by her are “isolated incidents” and that the majority of Sri Lankans continue to coexist peacefully in all parts of the island.

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Fresh tensions in Weliweriya (Audio)

Fresh tensions in Weliweriya (Audio)

🕔18:01, 30.Aug 2013

Fresh tensions have been reported from Rathupaswala, Weliweriya after a group of villagers led by the venerable Theripaha Siridhamma Thero launched a protest against the gloves factory which was at the center of controversy early this month. The venerable Theripaha Siridhamma

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EU for credible probe on missing

EU for credible probe on missing

🕔15:42, 30.Aug 2013

The European Union (EU) Delegation in Sri Lanka today called for credible and transparent investigations into disappearances consistent with international standards. The EU said that in Sri Lanka, thousands of people disappeared during the war and while many cases date back to

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Massive heroin haul seized (Update) (Audio)

Massive heroin haul seized (Update) (Audio)

🕔14:57, 30.Aug 2013

A massive heroin haul worth over Rs. 1000 million, was seized from a container truck at Orugodawatte today. The customs department said that the container had arrived from Pakistan at the time it was checked. According to customs officers the

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New Zealand to assist Sri Lanka

New Zealand to assist Sri Lanka

🕔14:37, 30.Aug 2013

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully has told President Mahinda Rajapaksa that New Zealand stands ready to assist Sri Lanka further develop the country’s dairy sector. Minister McCully said that during his previous visit to Sri Lanka, officials of both

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Police will not be militarized (Audio)

Police will not be militarized (Audio)

🕔13:52, 30.Aug 2013

Law and Order Ministry Secretary Major General (Retired) Nanda Mallawarachchi says the police service will not be militarized. He said that he will not get his past career involved with his new role as the Secretary as he is a

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Pillay told people threatened

Pillay told people threatened

🕔11:22, 30.Aug 2013

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has told the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay that several people who spoke to her during her visit to the North have been threatened. TNA Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northern elections

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Top army officers removed (Audio)

Top army officers removed (Audio)

🕔09:50, 30.Aug 2013

Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake has ordered a Brigadier and three Lieutenant Colonels to be relieved of their duties over the Weliweriya incident. The army said that the three top officers have been removed in order to facilitate the

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Cap on vehicle imports

Cap on vehicle imports

🕔08:48, 30.Aug 2013

With the intention of discouraging accelerated imports of specific vehicles over the next few months, the Central Bank has decided to impose a 100 per cent margin deposit on such imports. The Central Bank has noted that, during the year

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Finch scores record T20 international score

Finch scores record T20 international score

🕔07:59, 30.Aug 2013

Australia may have fallen short in the Ashes but they found a star in the shortest form of the game on Thursday night as an extraordinary display of hitting by Aaron Finch gave them a record-filled victory in a run-packed

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Over 150 complaints on the media

Over 150 complaints on the media

🕔07:50, 30.Aug 2013

The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL), the media industry’s self-regulatory body received 176 complaints against the country’s print media last year (2012), the Commission’s Annual Report stated. This includes 87 complaints against Sinhala language newspapers, 42 against the

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