UK to work with Sri Lanka for peace, prosperity

UK to work with Sri Lanka for peace, prosperity

🕔08:31, 26.Aug 2015

The British Government says it looks forward to continue working with Sri Lanka, following the appointment of the new Foreign Minister. While congratulating Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on his reappointment to the post, the Minister of State at the UK Foreign

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Ramaphosa did not have talks in Lanka

Ramaphosa did not have talks in Lanka

🕔08:02, 26.Aug 2015

The South African President’s office has denied reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had talks in Sri Lanka while on his way to Japan over the weekend. A statement by the President’s office said that Deputy President Ramaphosa did not visit

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Sri Lanka offers to work with the Fiji military

Sri Lanka offers to work with the Fiji military

🕔20:50, 25.Aug 2015

Sri Lanka has offered to work with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), the Fiji Sun Online reported. Highly decorated Sri Lankan officer, Major-General Aruna Perera, met with Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Suva. Major General Perera mentioned

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US$1 million to assist Sampur resettlement

US$1 million to assist Sampur resettlement

🕔20:20, 25.Aug 2015

The United States has decided to provide $1 million to support resettlement efforts in Sampur as part of its continuing commitment to strengthen Sri Lanka’s peace and development. The US Embassy in Colombo said that as President Maithripala Sirisena said

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Karzai to attend Defence Seminar in Colombo

Karzai to attend Defence Seminar in Colombo

🕔18:45, 25.Aug 2015

Former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai will attend the annual defence seminar which will be held next month. The Ministry of Defence said that final touches are now underway in preparation for ‘Defence Seminar – 2015′ which will be held

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Resolution at NPC by Sivaji blocked by chair

Resolution at NPC by Sivaji blocked by chair

🕔18:29, 25.Aug 2015

A resolution which was submitted at the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) today by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member M K Shivajilingam was blocked by the chairman of the council CVK Sivagnanam. Shivajilingam said that the resolution calls for an independent international investigation into

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Voters failed at election says top SLFP member

Voters failed at election says top SLFP member

🕔16:11, 25.Aug 2015

A leading member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and former Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the public had failed to elect suitable candidates to Parliament at the last election. Amaraweera said that several attempts had been made to change

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Court summons Mervyn Silva over abductions

Court summons Mervyn Silva over abductions

🕔14:13, 25.Aug 2015

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s court today issued summons on former Parliamentarian Mervyn Silva to give evidence on alleged abductions and disappearances. The Chief Magistrate has ordered the former Minister to appear in court on November 11. Silva had in January claimed

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Susil resigns from UPFA General Secretary post

Susil resigns from UPFA General Secretary post

🕔13:02, 25.Aug 2015

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member Susil Premajayantha has resigned as the General Secretary of the alliance. Premajayantha has sent a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena informing him of his decision to resign, the President’s office said. Professor Vishwa Warnapala is

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Government briefs US on domestic war crimes probe

Government briefs US on domestic war crimes probe

🕔11:43, 25.Aug 2015

The Government today briefed the United States on the domestic process to investigate alleged war crimes, ahead of a critical report set to be released in Geneva. Sri Lanka and the United States also reaffirmed a commitment to work towards reconciliation

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Over 700 arrested in polls related police raids

Over 700 arrested in polls related police raids

🕔09:43, 25.Aug 2015

The police said that over 700 people were arrested in election related raids conducted by the police from the time nominations were called for till yesterday. According to the police media unit, 334 raids were conducted by the police and

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Passenger nabbed at BIA with foreign currency

Passenger nabbed at BIA with foreign currency

🕔09:13, 25.Aug 2015

A passenger was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning with foreign currency worth over Rs. 4 million. The customs department said that the Sri Lankan male, aged 40, was arrested with UK Pounds 16,930.00, Qatar Riyal 8,050.00 and

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Vietnam and Sri Lanka look to expand cooperation

Vietnam and Sri Lanka look to expand cooperation

🕔09:06, 25.Aug 2015

Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang has emphasized that there was potential for cooperation to be explored in new areas with Sri Lanka. He had said this at a meeting with Ms. Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake when she presented her Credentials as the

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Protest in India against camps for Sri Lankan Tamils

Protest in India against camps for Sri Lankan Tamils

🕔08:34, 25.Aug 2015

Nearly 800 workers of the Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi were arrested after they staged a protest in Tiruchi demanding the closure of special camps functioning across the State accommodating Sri Lankan Tamils, The Hindu newspaper reported. Holding party flags, the functionaries headed

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US official in charge of human rights in Lanka

US official in charge of human rights in Lanka

🕔08:30, 25.Aug 2015

A top US Government official in charge of human rights is in Sri Lanka ahead of the release of a war crimes report on Sri Lanka in Geneva. US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom

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UPFA members slam President on unity Government

UPFA members slam President on unity Government

🕔18:54, 24.Aug 2015

A group of United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members today slammed UPFA Chairman and President Maithripala Sirisena over the loss the UPFA suffered at the Parliamentary election. UPFA member and National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa said that while

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Blair hails peaceful conduct of Parliamentary polls

Blair hails peaceful conduct of Parliamentary polls

🕔18:07, 24.Aug 2015

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair today hailed the conduct of a peaceful Parliamentary election in Sri Lanka, when he met President Maithripala Sirisena. Blair, who is in Sri Lanka on a private visit, met the President at the President’s

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Sarana Gunawardena and 3 others remanded

Sarana Gunawardena and 3 others remanded

🕔16:55, 24.Aug 2015

Former United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian and Minister Sarana Gunawardena and three others were arrested today and remanded. They were arrested over an assault incident which had taken place during the Parliamentary election. Gunawardena had been summoned by the

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CID grills four soldiers over Prageeth’s disappearance

CID grills four soldiers over Prageeth’s disappearance

🕔15:59, 24.Aug 2015

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today questioned four soldiers over the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and later arrested them. The CID had recently requested the army to hand over the four soldiers to be questioned over the incident. The

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Biswal and FM will hold talks tomorrow

Biswal and FM will hold talks tomorrow

🕔15:15, 24.Aug 2015

US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal will hold talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera tomorrow, the Foreign Ministry said today. Biswal is due in the country on a short visit and she is expected to discuss the war crimes report

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