UK slams alleged attack on church in North West Sri Lanka

UK slams alleged attack on church in North West Sri Lanka

🕔08:49, 22.Feb 2017

The British Government has condemned an alleged attack on a church in North West Sri Lanka in January. Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alok Sharma, said that Britain condemns all forms of violence against religious minorities. “The

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Report finds impunity persisted in Sri Lanka for war crimes

Report finds impunity persisted in Sri Lanka for war crimes

🕔08:37, 22.Feb 2017

A world report released by Amnesty International has noted that impunity persisted in Sri Lanka for alleged crimes under international law committed during the armed conflict. The Amnesty International Report 2016/17 documents the state of human rights in 159 countries and

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Japan tightens entry requirements for Sri Lankan students

Japan tightens entry requirements for Sri Lankan students

🕔08:19, 22.Feb 2017

Japan has decided to tighten its entrance requirements for overseas students from five countries including Sri Lanka, as part of its efforts to prevent illegal immigration, the Global Times reported. According to Japanese newspaper Nishinippon Shimbun, Japan’s Immigration Bureau notified

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US Congress delegation and President Sirisena hold talks

US Congress delegation and President Sirisena hold talks

🕔23:18, 21.Feb 2017

A bi-partisan group of representatives of the United States Congress visiting Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena today at the Presidential Secretariat. Accordingly, Congressman Peter Roskam (Chair – Republican), Congressman David Price (Democrat), Congressman Gerald E. Connolly

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TN fishermen claim Lankan Navy chased them away

TN fishermen claim Lankan Navy chased them away

🕔19:06, 21.Feb 2017

Sri Lankan Naval personnel allegedly chased away nearly 3,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen off Katchatheevu islet and snapped fishing nets of 40 mechanised boats, the Press Trust of India reported. The Lankan Naval personnel cut the nets and chased away the

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Sri Lanka seeks support to improve export market

Sri Lanka seeks support to improve export market

🕔16:25, 21.Feb 2017

The Government today said that it needs to improve Sri Lanka’s exports by tapping new markets. Minister of International Trade Malik Samarawickrama told Parliament that Sri Lanka needs to look at new markets as the traditional markets have not helped Sri

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Malaysian activist guilty of airing documentary on Sri Lanka

Malaysian activist guilty of airing documentary on Sri Lanka

🕔16:01, 21.Feb 2017

Malaysian activist Lena Hendry was today found guilty of airing a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war – No Fire Zone – which had not been approved by the Malaysian Censorship Board, malaysiakini.com reported. Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris said

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Compensation to be paid to families of Katukurunda victims

Compensation to be paid to families of Katukurunda victims

🕔14:22, 21.Feb 2017

The Government has decided to pay compensation to the families of the victims of the Katukurunda tragedy. Several people were killed after a boat with pilgrims overturned at sea off Katukurunda on Sunday. The police said that 12 people were

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CB chief appears before SPC on bond scam

CB chief appears before SPC on bond scam

🕔13:33, 21.Feb 2017

Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy appeared before a Special Presidential Commission (SPC) today investigating the alleged treasury bond scam. President Maithripala Sirisena had appointed the three member commission to investigate the Central Bank treasury bond issue. The three member commission comprises

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Three Chinese Nationals arrested at BIA with cigarettes, liquor

Three Chinese Nationals arrested at BIA with cigarettes, liquor

🕔12:53, 21.Feb 2017

Three Chinese Nationals were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today with cigarettes and liquor being smuggled into the country. The customs department said that a Chinese woman was arrested when she arrived in the country from Beijing with

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Sri Lanka accused of failing to implement security sector reforms

Sri Lanka accused of failing to implement security sector reforms

🕔11:06, 21.Feb 2017

The Government has been accused of not meeting its pledge to curtail police abuses prior to the March 2017 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Human Rights Watch said security sector reform was one of 25 undertakings by

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UN members urged to provide Lankan war victims safety

UN members urged to provide Lankan war victims safety

🕔08:29, 21.Feb 2017

UN member states have been urged to enter into agreements with Sri Lanka to relocate to their countries victims and witnesses who face serious risk due to their engagement with the justice, truth or reparation mechanisms. The request was made by

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Chinese official has discussions on projects in Sri Lanka

Chinese official has discussions on projects in Sri Lanka

🕔23:37, 20.Feb 2017

A top Chinese official has had discussions on projects supported by China in Sri Lanka. Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou had talks in Colombo with several Government officials. Among those he met was Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva

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Soldiers arrested over Noyahr’s abduction interdicted

Soldiers arrested over Noyahr’s abduction interdicted

🕔22:43, 20.Feb 2017

The five soldiers who were arrested over the abduction and assault on journalist Keith Noyahr, have been interdicted by the Army. Two soldiers were arrested yesterday and three, including an Army Major, on Saturday. Noyahr was abducted in May 2008

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BASL postpones elections over dispute on judge

BASL postpones elections over dispute on judge

🕔18:59, 20.Feb 2017

The BAR Association has postponed the elections scheduled to be held tomorrow owing to a dispute on the appointment of a High Court judge. The dispute arose over the appointment of Ramanathan Kannan of a private bar as a High Court

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Monks want ban on ‘Big Match’ beacuse of “old beasts”

Monks want ban on ‘Big Match’ beacuse of “old beasts”

🕔18:51, 20.Feb 2017

A group of monks today called for a ‘Big Match’ ban because of the actions of “old beasts”. The Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thera said that the current trend gives a different meaning to the “OB” in Old Boys. He said that

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Indian Foreign Secretary holds wide ranging talks in Colombo

Indian Foreign Secretary holds wide ranging talks in Colombo

🕔15:42, 20.Feb 2017

Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar had wide ranging talks in Colombo today. Jaishankar met President Maithripala Sirisena and discussed developments in the country over the past two years. He also had talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and obtained their views

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US House of Representatives to strengthen US-Lanka ties

US House of Representatives to strengthen US-Lanka ties

🕔13:53, 20.Feb 2017

A bipartisan delegation from the US House of Representatives arrives in Colombo today for three days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP). The US Embassy in Colombo said the HDP delegation is pleased to continue the

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Namal appears before Bribery commission to make statement

Namal appears before Bribery commission to make statement

🕔13:32, 20.Feb 2017

Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa appeared before the Commission to investigate allegations of bribery or corruption today to make a statement.  

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Wimal further remanded over misuse of state vehicles

Wimal further remanded over misuse of state vehicles

🕔13:15, 20.Feb 2017

Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa was further remanded today till March 6 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court in connection to the misuse of Government vehicles. Weerawansa was arrested last month over claims he misused Government vehicles when he was the Minister

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