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Foreign governments offer Lanka help

Foreign governments offer Lanka help

Foreign governments have offered Sri Lanka assistance to help those affected by the landslide in Koslanda in which several people are believed to have been killed. The US Embassy in Colombo said that the US extends its deepest condolences to the Government of Sri Lanka and the families affected by the recent landslides in Koslanda. […]

Indians among eight sentenced to death

Indians among eight sentenced to death

The Colombo High Court today issued the death sentence on eight people, including five Indians after they were found guilty for heroin smuggling. The three Sri Lankans and five Indians had posed as fishermen when they were arrested in 2011 by the navy near the Delft islands. During investigations, the GPS technology had been used […]

Parliament united in grief over Koslanda

Parliament united in grief over Koslanda

Parliament today condoled over the deaths following the massive landslide at Koslanda in the Badulla district yesterday. Government Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that all the relevant ministries have been instructed to take appropriate measures to assist in the rescue operations and help those affected. Opposition UNP MP John Amaratunga also expressed deep sorrow over the […]

MR visits the affected, 192 still missing

MR visits the affected, 192 still missing

President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the landslide affected area in Koslanda today and issued instructions to the relevant officials on the next step to be taken. He has also instructed the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) to look into the welfare of several children orphaned as a result of the landslide. Search and rescue operations resumed […]

UN ready to help after major landslide

UN ready to help after major landslide

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that UN humanitarian agencies are on standby to help Sri Lanka after heavy rains caused landslides killing many people, a UN spokesman said. “The National Disaster Management Center reports that at least six people have died, 300 people are missing and 150 houses are destroyed,” […]

Estate disregarded landslide warning

Estate disregarded landslide warning

A landslide warning issued to the estate where many people were buried alive today, had been disregarded by the owners of the estate and the residents, former Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe revealed today. He said that an investigation must be launched into the estate owners as to why they disregarded the warning issued in 2011, […]

Hopes fade, rescue efforts suspended

Hopes fade, rescue efforts suspended

Hopes to rescue over several people buried in the landslide at Haldammulla, Koslanda has begun to fade with rescue operations being suspended owing to bad weather. Nearly 200 people were believed to have been buried but there was confusion on the actual number as statistics on the residents of the buried houses was not immediately available. The […]

Mahinda brought stability says Dinesh

Mahinda brought stability says Dinesh

Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader and Government Minister Dinesh Gunawardena says President Mahinda Rajapaksa had brought political stability to Sri Lanka. Making a speech in Parliament today, Gunawardena said that the political stability and economic development had ensured a flow of new investments. He said that new economic growth will help ease the problems faced by […]

UNP seeks Speaker’s action on attack

UNP seeks Speaker’s action on attack

The opposition United National Party (UNP) today sough the intervention of the Parliament Speaker over the recent attack and subsequent court case on a group of UNP MPs who had visited the Colombo Port defence school. Raising a privilege issue, UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake told Parliament that a group of UNP MPs had visited the […]

Counter-Terrorism team visit the north

Counter-Terrorism team visit the north

A group of Counter-Terrorism experts from the United Nations (UN) visited Jaffna today and assessed the security situation in the north and also discussed the development work undertaken by the Government. The UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), began a three-day focused country visit to Sri Lanka yesterday in order to stress on the importance of a […]

UN is to make public Lanka assessment

UN is to make public Lanka assessment

The UN Human Rights Committee is to publish a report tomorrow on its concluding observations regarding a review on Sri Lanka and a few other countries. The UN Human Rights Committee will also be holding a news conference to discuss the outcome of its 112th session and members will respond to questions on their concluding […]

Polls chief office not fully independent

Polls chief office not fully independent

Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma says the Office of the Commissioner of Elections is not fully independent. Addressing the media in Colombo today, Sharma also said that the Commonwealth will monitor the next national elections in Sri Lanka. “Commonwealth election observers in Sri Lanka have drawn attention to the fact that the Office of the Commissioner […]

Many feared killed in massive landslide

Many feared killed in massive landslide

Many people are feared dead after being buried alive following a massive landslide in Haldammulla, reporters in the area said adding that rescue operations were now underway. The Disaster Management Center (DMC) said that over 200 people are reported missing after their homes were buried during the landslide. Security Forces Head Quarters Commander, Central, Major […]

Interim solution sought with Sri Lanka

Interim solution sought with Sri Lanka

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that a permanent solution will be reached with Sri Lanka on the fishing issue and the Indian Government will look at an interim solution till then, The Hindu newspaper reported. Indian Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Pon. Radhakrishnan said that Swaraj have the assurance […]

UNP confident of a historic win at polls

UNP confident of a historic win at polls

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today said it is confident of securing a “historic victory” at the next Presidential elections. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking at a UNP rally held at Hyde Park in Colombo this evening, said that his party has just a short way to go in its climb to the […]

President to help Muslims attend Hajj

President to help Muslims attend Hajj

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today announced that a new system will be introduced in the future where all Sri Lankan Muslims will be able to attend Hajj at least once in their lifetime, even if they cant afford it. Speaking at the Kanthale Al Tharik Muslim School, the President said he had found that mostly those who […]

Indian fishermen in Jaffna jail end fast

Indian fishermen in Jaffna jail end fast

Indian fishermen detained at the Jaffna prison suspended a protest fast which they launched yesterday after they received an assurance that their concerns will be looked into. A group of 24 Indian fishermen had launched the protest yesterday demanding their release and raising concerns over their boats in Sri Lankan custody. The fishermen had been arrested […]

Lanka wants decisive action on terror

Lanka wants decisive action on terror

The Sri Lankan Government today called for decisive and concerted action by the international community to eradicate the menace of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Sri Lanka strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Egyptian security and military personnel in North Sinai last week that claimed the lives of 31 soldiers and injured several […]

BBS to put conditions to the candidate

BBS to put conditions to the candidate

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says it will put forward some conditions in order to support a candidate contesting the next Presidential election. BBS General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara thero said that so far the BBS sees President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the most suitable candidate among those expected to contest the January polls. However he said […]

PM says MR can contest January polls

PM says MR can contest January polls

Prime Minister D M Jayaratne says President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be able to contest for a third term in office as a result of the constitutional changes brought by the Government through Parliament. Speaking at an event in Kandy, the Premier confirmed that a Presidential election will be held in January next year and the […]