NGO questions Sirisena Government’s resettlement record

NGO questions Sirisena Government’s resettlement record

🕔23:21, 31.May 2016

One and a half years after Maithripala Sirisena became Sri Lankan President, thousands continue to live in camps of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) or with relatives, waiting to return home, says a California-based policy think tank, according to The Hindu newspaper.

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Sri Lanka backs bilateral talks to resolve South China Sea disputes

Sri Lanka backs bilateral talks to resolve South China Sea disputes

🕔23:16, 31.May 2016

The South China Sea disputes should be resolved through bilateral talks between China and the countries concerned, General Secretary of Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party Kabir Hashim said Tuesday. Hashim made the remarks during his meeting with Song Tao,

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Anusha Palpita removed from post following pressure

Anusha Palpita removed from post following pressure

🕔23:11, 31.May 2016

Former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General Anusha Palpita has been removed from the post of additional secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs following pressure against his appointment. The Government was slammed for appointing Palpita as a Ministry Additional Secretary. The Campaign for Free

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China to fund friendship village for Sri Lankan families affected by disaster

China to fund friendship village for Sri Lankan families affected by disaster

🕔15:31, 31.May 2016

China today announced it will fund the construction of a Sri Lanka – China friendship village to house families affected by the recent natural disaster. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang made the announcement after handing over a

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Top Singaporean Minister here to boost bilateral relations with Sri Lanka

Top Singaporean Minister here to boost bilateral relations with Sri Lanka

🕔14:32, 31.May 2016

Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran is to visit Sri Lanka to strengthen bilateral relations and open up business opportunities for Singapore companies in the fast-growing market, Channel News Asia reported today. Iswaran will visit Colombo and Trincomalee

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Norwegian State Secretary Tore Hattrem holds meetings in Colombo

Norwegian State Secretary Tore Hattrem holds meetings in Colombo

🕔13:41, 31.May 2016

Norwegian State Secretary Tore Hattrem arrived in Sri Lanka today on a two day visit and began meetings in Colombo. Hattrem is meeting with the Government including Foreign Minister Managala Samaraweera, opposition and others in Colombo today before heading to

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Seven Indian fishermen arrested, fishing trawler seized

Seven Indian fishermen arrested, fishing trawler seized

🕔12:36, 31.May 2016

Seven fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested today by Naval personnel for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters. The seven, part of groups of fishermen who put out to sea from Ramweswaram, have been taken to Talaimannar, Rameswaram Fishermen Association

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JVP MP Vijitha Herath arrested and released on bail

JVP MP Vijitha Herath arrested and released on bail

🕔12:18, 31.May 2016

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath was arrested and later released on police bail over an accident. The police said that Herath was arrested last night in Rajagiriya over an accident involving his vehicle. (Colombo Gazette)

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Government doctors stage token strike, patients stranded

Government doctors stage token strike, patients stranded

🕔11:26, 31.May 2016

Government doctors staged a token strike at several hospitals around the country today resulting in patients being stranded. The strike by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) was launched against alleged irregularities in some appointments. GMOA spokesperson Dr. Samantha Ananda said

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Shaminda Eranga reported for suspect bowling action

Shaminda Eranga reported for suspect bowling action

🕔11:12, 31.May 2016

Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the second Test against England, which the host won at Chester-le-Street on Monday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka

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Swire says Lanka yet to fulfil commitments to international community

Swire says Lanka yet to fulfil commitments to international community

🕔10:54, 31.May 2016

British Minister of State in Charge of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire, says Sri Lanka is yet to fulfil the commitments made to the international community. Swire also supported the international approach to the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. The

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England clinches series 2-0, as Cook joins the pantheon

England clinches series 2-0, as Cook joins the pantheon

🕔10:31, 31.May 2016

England beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets on the fourth day of the second test at the Riverside Ground in Durham on Monday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Alastair Cook became the first Englishman to

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Heavy air strikes kill, injure dozens in Syria

Heavy air strikes kill, injure dozens in Syria

🕔10:26, 31.May 2016

Heavy air strikes in Syria’s rebel-held city of Idlib on Monday evening killed and injured more than 150 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The war monitor said it believed the planes were Russian. At least seven strikes

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Netanyahu willing to discuss Arab initiative

Netanyahu willing to discuss Arab initiative

🕔10:19, 31.May 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held out the prospect on Monday of reviving a 2002 Arab peace initiative that offers Israel diplomatic recognition from Arab countries in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians. Netanyahu’s comments were a formal

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Attempted North Korea missile launch fails

Attempted North Korea missile launch fails

🕔10:16, 31.May 2016

North Korea attempted to fire a missile from its east coast early on Tuesday but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean officials said, in what would be the latest in a string of unsuccessful ballistic missile tests by

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Hundreds pay homage to late son of LTTE chief in Chennai

Hundreds pay homage to late son of LTTE chief in Chennai

🕔22:16, 30.May 2016

Hundreds of people had gathered in Chennai to pay homage to late Balachandran, son of the late founder of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who died during the final phase of the Sri Lankan civil war in May 2009,

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EU to revise its development strategy for Sri Lanka

EU to revise its development strategy for Sri Lanka

🕔18:27, 30.May 2016

The European Union (EU), in close consultation with the Government, is currently in the process of revising its development strategy for Sri Lanka, a Sri Lanka – EU joint statement said today. The joint statement said that the Working Group on Cooperation

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Ban imposed on Nazeer Ahamed from entering military camps lifted

Ban imposed on Nazeer Ahamed from entering military camps lifted

🕔15:42, 30.May 2016

The ban imposed on Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed from entering military camps has been lifted, the military said today. The ban was imposed following an altercation the Chief Minister had with a Navy officer in Sampur recently. The Eastern Province Chief

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Canada provides CAD $310,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts in Sri Lanka

Canada provides CAD $310,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts in Sri Lanka

🕔14:44, 30.May 2016

The Government of Canada has provided CAD $310,000 (approximately 35 million LKR) in support to humanitarian relief efforts in Sri Lanka in response to the May 2016 flooding and landslides, the Canadian High Commission in Colombo said today. This funding

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Opposition questions failure by AG to look into over 8000 files

Opposition questions failure by AG to look into over 8000 files

🕔14:33, 30.May 2016

The opposition today questioned the failure by the Attorney General ‘s (AG) department to look into over 8000 files piled up at the department. Former Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera said the failure to look into over 8000 files means the complaints of

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