New Constitution drafting process nearing crucial stage

New Constitution drafting process nearing crucial stage

🕔17:11, 28.Jun 2017

The new Constitution drafting process is nearing a crucial stage where a consensus will be sought, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today. The Prime Minister said that one of the issues which needs to be addressed in the process to

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Foreign Minister warns Sri Lanka cannot remain complacent

Foreign Minister warns Sri Lanka cannot remain complacent

🕔16:38, 28.Jun 2017

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, today warned that Sri Lanka cannot remain complacent, believing that the country will automatically reap the economic rewards of a global shift from West to East. Addressing a seminar titled ‘Emerging Issues in the Indian Ocean’ at the

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Tourist arrivals not affected by dengue outbreak

Tourist arrivals not affected by dengue outbreak

🕔16:09, 28.Jun 2017

Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said on Wednesday that the ongoing dengue outbreak had no adverse impact on the tourist arrivals to the island country. Amaratunga told Xinhua that tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka had seen a decline this

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President tells envoys to strengthen bilateral cooperation

President tells envoys to strengthen bilateral cooperation

🕔15:46, 28.Jun 2017

Three Ambassadors and a High Commissioner presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House in Colombo, today. The envoys are Nejmeddine Lakhal- Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia, Jose Ramon Baranano Fernandez – Ambassador of Spain, Archil Dzuliashvill- Ambassador of

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UN Committee urges Sri Lanka to adopt a Bill of Rights

UN Committee urges Sri Lanka to adopt a Bill of Rights

🕔13:57, 28.Jun 2017

A UN Committee has urged Sri Lanka to adopt a comprehensive Bill of Rights that fully incorporates economic, social and cultural rights, bearing in mind the indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights. The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural

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Namal Rajapaksa granted bail in money laundering case

Namal Rajapaksa granted bail in money laundering case

🕔13:40, 28.Jun 2017

Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa was today granted bail by the Colombo High Court in a money laundering case.

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Protests will not be allowed along some roads in future

Protests will not be allowed along some roads in future

🕔13:16, 28.Jun 2017

Protests will not be allowed along some roads in future, cabinet spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne said today. He said that certain locations have been identified where protests can be staged. The Minister said that protests will not be allowed on

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Minister says GMOA and President had “secret” meeting

Minister says GMOA and President had “secret” meeting

🕔12:58, 28.Jun 2017

Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne says the Government Medical Officers’s Association (GMOA) had a “secret” meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena. Senaratne told reporters today that there was no official statement on the meeting held last Saturday as it was not

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Dayasiri insists he has nothing personal against Malinga

Dayasiri insists he has nothing personal against Malinga

🕔12:21, 28.Jun 2017

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera today insisted he has no personal rift with fast bowler Lasith Malinga. He told reporters that Malinga was coerced by the media to make a statement critical of him as a Minister. Jayasekera also said that

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Hartal staged in Bandarawela against Uma-Oya project

Hartal staged in Bandarawela against Uma-Oya project

🕔11:29, 28.Jun 2017

A hartal was staged in Bandarawela today against the Uma-Oya project. Most shops were closed during the hartal and a protest march was also staged on the streets against the project. Several houses have been damaged as a result of the

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US notes efforts by Sri Lanka to address human trafficking

US notes efforts by Sri Lanka to address human trafficking

🕔09:13, 28.Jun 2017

The Government of Sri Lanka does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so, the US State Department said in its latest report on human trafficking worldwide. The ‘Trafficking

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New UN Envoy on Youth calls on President Sirisena

New UN Envoy on Youth calls on President Sirisena

🕔20:37, 27.Jun 2017

Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, who has been appointed as the new UN Envoy on Youth by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (27). The President appreciated Ms Wickramanayake for bringing honor to

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Army Commander promoted to Four Star General rank

Army Commander promoted to Four Star General rank

🕔20:34, 27.Jun 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has promoted the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva RWP VSV USP ndu psc, to the rank of General to be effective from Tuesday (27 June 2017). He has been

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EU and UNICEF officials visit development projects in Ampara

EU and UNICEF officials visit development projects in Ampara

🕔15:15, 27.Jun 2017

European Union and United Nations officials visit development projects in Ampara today. A maternity ward at Ugana in Ampara was jointly declared open by the Head of Cooperation of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives,

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Deep concerns raised over recent attempts to silence dissent

Deep concerns raised over recent attempts to silence dissent

🕔14:34, 27.Jun 2017

A group of individuals and organisations committed to human rights and democratic freedoms, and the rights of freedom of expression and dissent, have expressed deep concerns over recent attempts to stifle voices of human rights activists and silence dissent. A

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Cabinet decides no more talks with GMOA on SAITM

Cabinet decides no more talks with GMOA on SAITM

🕔14:18, 27.Jun 2017

The cabinet has approved a joint cabinet paper on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) and the Dr. Neville Fernando hospital. The cabinet paper proposes that there are no more talks with the Government Medical Officers’ Association on

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Disciplinary action to be taken against Lasith Malinga

Disciplinary action to be taken against Lasith Malinga

🕔14:03, 27.Jun 2017

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board announced that a disciplinary Inquiry is to be conducted against national player Lasith Malinga for repeated breach of the terms of his contract. Malinga has on two occasions since his return from the Champions

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Sri Lanka to begin major cleanup amid dengue toll rise

Sri Lanka to begin major cleanup amid dengue toll rise

🕔13:58, 27.Jun 2017

Sri Lanka on Tuesday said it will launch a major cleanup of cities around the country as the number of people affected by dengue continues to rise, the Xinhua news agency reported. The Health Ministry said in a statement that

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Zeid notes Sarath’s petition based on May’s statement

Zeid notes Sarath’s petition based on May’s statement

🕔13:17, 27.Jun 2017

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein took note of a petition submitted to the President of the UN Human Rights Council by Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara based on a statement made by Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May. In a

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Ganeshan holds talks in Australia with officials and diaspora

Ganeshan holds talks in Australia with officials and diaspora

🕔12:14, 27.Jun 2017

Minister of National Coexistence Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganeshan has had talks in Australia with Government officials and the Sri Lankan diaspora. Ganeshan said he had a series of meetings with Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim diaspora communities and Australian

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