UN chief notes changes in Sri Lanka this year

As 2015 draws to a close, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that among the highlights of this year was the changes which took...

Government blames LTTE for damage to property

The Government today blamed the LTTE for the extensive damage caused to property in the north during the war. Minister of Housing Sajith Premadasa, speaking...

One killed, 40 injured as bus goes down precipice

On person was killed and 40 others were injured as a staff bus went down a precipice in Lindula, Thalawakele, today, the police media unit said. The police said that...

Civil society concerned over Bill on hate speech

Local civil society, have in a joint statement, expressed deep concerns about two Bills tabled in Parliament on Friday ostensibly to criminalize hate speech...

DNA of suspect matches with 6 Kotakethana victims

The DNA samples taken from a 37 year old man arrested over the murder of a woman in Kotakethana matches that of the DNA...

Ravi to announce accepted amendments

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake will announce in Parliament on Saturday the amendments to the 2016 budget accepted by the Government. Leader of the House Lakshman...

Sri Lanka resolves to positively engage with UN

Sri Lanka has resolved to positively engage with the United Nations with a renewed vigour to further the existing relations and to resume its...

First US-Lanka Partnership Dialogue in Feb

The first meeting of the US-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue will take place in February 2016 in Washington, a top US official visiting Sri Lanka...

US rejects visa application from Fonseka

The US Embassy in Colombo has reportedly rejects a visa application from former army commander, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka. Fonseka was the army commander during the...

Government open to deal with allegations

The Government says it is open to deal with allegations raised against the armed forces over various incidents related to the conflict, ranging from allegations about secret...

TNA makes push to release land in North

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today reiterated a demand to the Government to release civilian land occupied by the military in the North. Speaking in...

Indian fishermen concerned over arrests in Lanka

Expressing deep concern over the continued arrest and harassment of fishermen at the hands of Sri Lankan navy, the Federation of Fishermen Rights in...

Heavy rain expected today in several areas

Thundershowers will be fairly widespread over the island after 2.00pm today, the Department of Meteorology said today. In a weather update issued at 5.30 this...

UN Rapporteur wants Lanka to invite him

A top UN official said that there were encouraging signs that Sri Lanka will deal with human rights concerns related to the war but the...

Foreign Ministry funds wasted on adult films

Foreign Ministry funds were used on extravagances – including adult films, $200 shots of cognac and $288 steaks by the former Government, Parliament was...

Government to shut some missions abroad

The Government is to close down missions abroad for which no clear rationale exists, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera informed Parliament today. He said that Sri...

EU and Lanka hold talks in Brussels on GSP+

The European Union (EU) and Sri Lankan authorities were to meet in Brussels today to discuss the GSP plus trade concession. Deputy Foreign Minister Dr....

Government clears EIA for Port City project

The Sri Lankan government has cleared the decks for the controversial Colombo Port City project to resume, the country’s finance minister told the South...

Canadian SC rules in support of Lankan teen

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Tamil teenager who fled the violent aftermath of Sri Lanka's 27-year civil war should have...

Court finds Wasim Thajudeen death suspicious

The Colombo Additional Magistrates' Court today found that there was suspicion over the death of National rugby player Wasim Thajudeen. Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris...