India backs consensus resolution at UN on Sri Lanka

India backs consensus resolution at UN on Sri Lanka

🕔08:19, 24.Mar 2017

India defended the consensus at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the US-sponsored resolution which proposes to give two more years beyond 2017 to Sri Lanka to fulfill its promises on protecting the interests of Tamils. Indian External Affairs

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UK calls for meaningful devolution in Sri Lanka

UK calls for meaningful devolution in Sri Lanka

🕔23:09, 23.Mar 2017

The British Government today encouraged Sri Lanka to deliver meaningful devolution through constitutional reform, establish credible transitional justice mechanisms, return all remaining military-held private land and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act with human rights compliant legislation. A statement by

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Resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC passed without a vote

Resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC passed without a vote

🕔19:32, 23.Mar 2017

The resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was passed without a vote in Geneva today. The resolution ‘A/HRC/34/L.1’ was passed with 36 additional co-sponsors. The resolution was submitted by the United States with Montenegro, the

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Putin pledges to enhance cooperation with Sri Lanka

Putin pledges to enhance cooperation with Sri Lanka

🕔19:18, 23.Mar 2017

Sri Lanka and Russia pledged to enhance long term economic cooperation and affirmed to build a strong foundation to take bilateral relations to a new high. These sentiments were expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Maithripala Sirisena during

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OHCHR needs $362,000 to implement Sri Lanka resolution

OHCHR needs $362,000 to implement Sri Lanka resolution

🕔17:16, 23.Mar 2017

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) would require $362,000 to implement the new resolution on Sri Lanka. The Secretary of the Human Rights Council said that in order to implement the requests contained in draft resolution A/HRC/34/L.1, one-time

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Education Minister orders full report on students misbehaving

Education Minister orders full report on students misbehaving

🕔16:50, 23.Mar 2017

Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam today ordered a full report on students who misbehaved during the school ‘big match’ season. A statement by the Education Ministry said that Kariyawasam has called for disciplinary action to be taken on the students. Students

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Sri Lanka strongly condemns terrorist attack on UK Parliament

Sri Lanka strongly condemns terrorist attack on UK Parliament

🕔16:31, 23.Mar 2017

Sri Lanka is shocked by the terrorist attack at the British Parliament yesterday, 22 March 2017, resulting in death and injury. This attack at the heart of London, at Westminster, which is home to the oldest Parliament in the world

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Wigneswaran tells Malik to withdraw Army from North

Wigneswaran tells Malik to withdraw Army from North

🕔16:25, 23.Mar 2017

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran today told International Trade Minister Malik Samarwickrama the Army must be withdrawn from the North and replaced by an enhanced efficient Police force. Wigneswaran said that during the past eight years there has

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President to take key decisions over next few weeks

President to take key decisions over next few weeks

🕔15:28, 23.Mar 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena is to take some key decisions over next few weeks, State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said today. He said that the Government needs to address several crucial issues over the next two years, including issues related to

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Government insists will not violate Constitution in war probe

Government insists will not violate Constitution in war probe

🕔15:05, 23.Mar 2017

The Government today insisted that it will not violate the Constitution in the truth seeking or transitional justice process. Justice Minister Wijeydasa Rajapaksha told Parliament today that calls for foreign judges to be included in the transitional justice process cannot be accepted.

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Pakistan says relations with Sri Lanka based on mutual trust

Pakistan says relations with Sri Lanka based on mutual trust

🕔13:18, 23.Mar 2017

Pakistan says its relationship with Sri Lanka is based on mutual trust, respect and the desire to promote friendship. The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are located

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Russia, Sri Lanka in talks over Gepard 3.9-class frigates

Russia, Sri Lanka in talks over Gepard 3.9-class frigates

🕔12:12, 23.Mar 2017

Russia and Sri Lanka are in discussions over a contract on the delivery of Gepard 3.9-class frigates to Colombo, the deputy director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) told Sputnik. An export version of Gepard-class Project 1166.1 frigates,

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Rajinikanth to visit Jaffna to hand over keys for new homes

Rajinikanth to visit Jaffna to hand over keys for new homes

🕔12:01, 23.Mar 2017

Actor Rajinikanth will hand over to Tamils, the keys to 150 homes built for them by Gnanam Foundation on April 9 in Jaffna, The Hindu newspaper reported. While the rehabilitation of displaced Tamils is still a contentious issue, Rajinikanth’s visit

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Probe launched into intimidation of Lankan activists in Geneva

Probe launched into intimidation of Lankan activists in Geneva

🕔23:31, 22.Mar 2017

An investigation has been launched into alleged intimidation of members of Sri Lankan civil society in the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that he was disturbed to hear reports

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Westminster in lockdown after London ‘terror attack’

Westminster in lockdown after London ‘terror attack’

🕔23:16, 22.Mar 2017

A woman has died on Westminster Bridge in London as a knifeman brought terror to the heart of Westminster, stabbing a policeman before being shot dead by armed officers. Around three shots rang out outside the Palace of Westminster after

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US, UK tell UNHRC much remains to be done in Sri Lanka

US, UK tell UNHRC much remains to be done in Sri Lanka

🕔23:09, 22.Mar 2017

The United States and the UK told the UN Human Rights Council today much remains to be done in Sri Lanka despite the progress seen so far. William J. Mozdzierz, speaking on behalf of the US Government, told the UNHRC

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Sri Lanka asserts commitment to reconciliation process

Sri Lanka asserts commitment to reconciliation process

🕔22:02, 22.Mar 2017

Sri Lanka today asserted its commitment to the reconciliation process after the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein presented a report on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council. Speaking on the debate on Sri

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Zeid calls for time-line for transitional justice in Sri Lanka

Zeid calls for time-line for transitional justice in Sri Lanka

🕔20:59, 22.Mar 2017

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today called for an agreement on a comprehensive strategy, with a time-line and detailed benchmarks, to address all the transitional justice pillars identified in Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka.

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Opposition tells Government to amend clause on foreign judges

Opposition tells Government to amend clause on foreign judges

🕔17:22, 22.Mar 2017

The joint opposition today called on the Government to amend the clause on foreign judges in the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council. Former Foreign Minister G.L Peiris said that if the Government maintains it does not

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Cabinet approves increasing fine on owners who dump dogs

Cabinet approves increasing fine on owners who dump dogs

🕔16:43, 22.Mar 2017

Cabinet has approved a proposal to increase the fine on owners of dogs dumped on the street, the Government information department said today. The Government said that the Registration of Dogs Ordinance No 25 of 1901 will be amended to

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