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BJP told to explain Swamy in Lanka

BJP told to explain Swamy in Lanka

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President B S Gnanadesikan on Tuesday asked the Centre to clarify in what capacity did BJP leader Subramanian Swamy visited Sri Lanka recently, the Press Trust of India reported. While welcoming dialogue with Sri Lanka to facilitate the post war rehabilitation and resettlement of Tamils there, the TNC chief wondered […]

Pakistani named to advisory council

Pakistani named to advisory council

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today named a Pakistani national to the Advisory Council to the Commission of Inquiry on Missing Persons. The President said that he had invited Pakistani human rights lawyer Ahmer Bilal Soofi to strengthen the Advisory Council which already consists of four members. President Rajapaksa had recently appointed Indian human rights activist, Avdhash Kaushal, to the Advisory […]

MR says no to devolve police powers

MR says no to devolve police powers

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today insisted that police powers will not be devolved to the provinces under any circumstances. The President said this when he met a group of foreign correspondents based in Colombo at Temple Trees this morning. Rajapaksa said that all the provincial councils are already enjoying the authority to administer their respective areas. […]

India notes Lankans are looked after

India notes Lankans are looked after

The Madras High Court Bench dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking better facilities at the Sri Lankan refugee camps in the district after recording steps taken by the government, as listed out by the Collector in his counter affidavit, to provide improved amenities to the inmates of the camps, The Hindu newspaper reported. […]

Mass grave excavation delayed again

Mass grave excavation delayed again

Sri Lankan officials on Monday sought more time to exhume a suspected mass grave in a former war zone after failing to secure the services of forensic experts, the AFP news agency reported. The site in the eastern coastal town of Kalavanchikudy has been under investigation since a resident petitioned the local court, claiming the […]

Police begin raids to curb gun culture

Police begin raids to curb gun culture

The police today launched raids in the Western Province in an attempt to seize illegal weapons and curb the growing gun culture. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the operation was launched following a decision taken at a meeting held at the Police Headquarters today. Ajith Rohana urged the public to extend support to […]

Sri Lanka establishes ties with Samoa

Sri Lanka establishes ties with Samoa

Sri Lanka and the Independent State of Samoa have established formal Diplomatic Relations, the External Affairs Ministry said today. Dr. Palitha Kohona, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, and Ali’ioaiga Feturi Elisaia, the Permanent Representative of Samoa to the United Nations, signed the Joint Communique on behalf of their respective Governments. […]

Lanka says probe travesty of justice

Lanka says probe travesty of justice

The Government says the UN-led probe on Sri Lanka is not objective and is a “travesty of justice” and so cannot be assisted by the Sri Lankan authorities. External Affairs Minister, Professor G.L Peiris, addressing the Defence seminar organised by the army in Colombo today, noted that the Government had no issues with operative para 2 […]

Government notes threat from NGOs

Government notes threat from NGOs

The Government says Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) which operate in non regulated environments has become a threat to financial management, inclusive development and law and order itself. Finance Ministry Secretary P.B. Jayasundara said this while speaking at the Defence Seminar in Colombo today. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) had recently warned NGO’s not to go beyond […]

NPC, EPC members seek wider probe

NPC, EPC members seek wider probe

A group of members of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) have written to the outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, seeking a wider probe on Sri Lanka by her office which looks at incidents even before the war. In a letter signed by 33 members of the […]

India wants Lanka to release all boats

India wants Lanka to release all boats

The Indian Government wants Sri Lanka to release the boats detained following the arrest of Indian fishermen, who were eventually freed recently. Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Pon. Radhakrishnan said the BJP government at the Centre will find a lasting solution to the fishermen issue, the Hindu newspaper reported. Talking to reporters at Kooriyur near […]

Kaushal will urge MR to compromise

Kaushal will urge MR to compromise

Indian human rights activist, Avdhash Kaushal, who has been invited by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join a panel of experts which will advise the Presidential Commission on missing persons and war crimes, will urge Rajapaksa and the minority Tamils to go for a compromise, the New Indian Express reported. “I will suggest to […]

Lanka a hot spot for organ trafficking

Lanka a hot spot for organ trafficking

Sri Lanka is seen as a hot spot for organ trafficking, according to a report published in the New York Times which uncovered attempts by people in the Middle East to purchase kidney’s in Sri Lanka. The report said that one lady, identified as Ophira Dorin from Israel was directed to Sri Lanka to purchase a […]

India seeks evidence on Lankan man

India seeks evidence on Lankan man

India has requested Malaysian authorities to hand over evidence against an arrested Sri Lankan national who was part of a conspiracy to plan and carry out terror strikes allegedly at the behest of ISI on the US and Israeli consulates in the South India, the Press Trust of India reported. Official sources in the National Investigation […]

Minister hits out at European nations

Minister hits out at European nations

A top Government Minister has accused European nations of assisting the LTTE to build its international network. Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa claimed that Europe always wanted to destroy Asian nations and have more power in the world. The Minister noted that EU countries kept on attacking President Mahinda Rajapaksa and attempted to place hurdles before the development […]

Inamaluwa accident injures 28 people

Inamaluwa accident injures 28 people

An accident involving a truck and a passenger bus at Inamaluwa injured 28 people this morning, the police media unit said. The police said that 2 soldiers were among those injured in the accident.

Rajitha says will not release the boats

Rajitha says will not release the boats

The Sri Lankan Fisheries Minister, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, said that there is no possibility of releasing the detained boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen even as 94 fishermen were repatriated to India on Saturday, the New Indian Express reported. “I don’t think it is possible to release the boats,” Senaratne told Express when asked about the […]

Lanka signs US$ 760,000 lobby deal

Lanka signs US$ 760,000 lobby deal

The Sri Lankan Government has signed a new US$ 760,000 deal with Liberty International Group LLC of the USA to promote the island in the US, including among US Government members. Signed earlier this month between Dr. P Nandalal Weerasinghe, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Connie Mack, President of Liberty […]

UN committee questions government

UN committee questions government

The UN Human Rights Committee which is scheduled to convene in October, has questioned the Sri Lankan Government on several issues including on the progress made by the Sri Lankan Army’s Court of Inquiry in investigating allegations of civilian casualties during the war. The 112th session of the Human Rights Committee will be held at […]

India still wants devolution of powers

India still wants devolution of powers

The Indian Government says it has followed a principled approach towards the situation in Sri Lanka, especially in respect of implementation of the LLRC recommendations, devolution of powers and progress towards a meaningful political settlement. Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Y. K. Sinha, in an interview with The Sunday Leader, said that India hopes that […]