SLFP insists no split, will contest with UPFA

SLFP insists no split, will contest with UPFA

🕔20:18, 27.May 2015

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today denied reports of a split in the party and insisted that it will contest under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at the next election. SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, speaking to

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Nigeria assures Government on kidnapped Lankan

Nigeria assures Government on kidnapped Lankan

🕔17:14, 27.May 2015

The Nigerian Government has assured the Sri Lankan Government it will do all it can to secure the release of a Sri Lankan national kidnapped in Nigeria. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maheshini Colonne said that the Government is in touch with

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Polls Chief proposes holding polls on a Saturday

Polls Chief proposes holding polls on a Saturday

🕔15:41, 27.May 2015

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says the Department of Elections prefers to hold the Parliament elections on a Saturday. Deshapriya said that the department is giving serious consideration to the idea and will discuss it with the relevant Government officials. He said

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Keheliya was not invited to rejoin says UNP

Keheliya was not invited to rejoin says UNP

🕔14:45, 27.May 2015

The United National Party (UNP) has denied claims made by former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella that he was invited to rejoin the party. A former UNP MP, Rambukwella had joined the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government and was the Media Minister until Rajapaksa lost the

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Parliament summoned for special session on CC

Parliament summoned for special session on CC

🕔13:32, 27.May 2015

Parliament has been summoned for a special session on the composition of the Constitutional Council (CC), Parliament sources said. Accordingly Parliament is expected to meet on June 3 where approval is to be sought on civil members nominated for the CC.

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Tiran will not be arrested till case is heard

Tiran will not be arrested till case is heard

🕔13:22, 27.May 2015

Parliamentarian and businessman Tiran Alles will not be arrested until a case he has filed is heard, the Attorney General (AG) has said. The undertaking was given by the AG to the Supreme Court today and the Financial Crimes Investigations

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Low level delegation for June session

Low level delegation for June session

🕔13:00, 27.May 2015

The Government will not be sending a high level delegation for the June session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maheshini Colonne said that Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha will be attending

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Government denies claims China sidelined

Government denies claims China sidelined

🕔12:51, 27.May 2015

The Government, which took office in January this year, today denied claims that it had decided to sideline China. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maheshini Colonne recalled that after the new Government took office, President Maithripala Sirisena and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had visited

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Court refuses to free Basil on bail

Court refuses to free Basil on bail

🕔12:43, 27.May 2015

The Kaduwela Magistrate today refused to free former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa on bail and further remanded him. Rajapaksa had submitted an application through his lawyers seeking bail. However when he was presented in court today the application was

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Fonseka says some crimes took place during war

Fonseka says some crimes took place during war

🕔07:55, 27.May 2015

Former Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, says some crimes had taken place during the war but they were not systematic. During an interview with The Guardian, Fonseka said that his conscience is clear and he would welcome a war crimes investigation

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Modi focused on addressing Lankan issue

Modi focused on addressing Lankan issue

🕔07:43, 27.May 2015

India’s ruling BJP party says Prime Minister Narendra Modi is focused on addressing the issues faced by Tamils in Sri Lanka. Muralidhar Rao, national general secretary of the BJP, said that during the past one year since coming to power,

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Lanka to cut recruiting charges for housemaids

Lanka to cut recruiting charges for housemaids

🕔07:24, 27.May 2015

Sri Lanka’s job agents have agreed to reduce the recruiting charges of housemaids from SR15000 to SR11,000 to sustain the Saudi market, Arab News reported. Speaking to Arab News during his visit to the capital, Faizer Mackeen, president of Association

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Vienna Airport security accused of smuggling Lankans

Vienna Airport security accused of smuggling Lankans

🕔22:35, 26.May 2015

Private security staff at Vienna Airport are suspected of smuggling refugees, mainly Sri Lankans, through security checks onto flights to the United States and Britain, the Reuters news agency quoted Austrian prosecutors as saying. Police are investigating 13 private security

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MR says projects suspended for political revenge

MR says projects suspended for political revenge

🕔17:42, 26.May 2015

Former President Mahinda Rajapakse today accused the government of suspending several development projects in the country as part of political revenge being taken against him. Rajapakse said that all the projects initiated by his government had been beneficial to the country

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Concerns raised over Wijeweera’s resignation

Concerns raised over Wijeweera’s resignation

🕔17:01, 26.May 2015

Concerns have been raised over the resignation of Director General of Sri Lanka Customs Jagath P Wijeweera. The Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council said it noted with “great regret” that the sudden resignation of the Director General of Sri Lanka Customs. “Jagath P Wijeweera

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Government rejects Indian proposal on fishing

Government rejects Indian proposal on fishing

🕔15:20, 26.May 2015

The Government says it had refused to agree to a proposal from India to allow Indian fishermen to catch fish in Sri Lankan waters. Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that India had requested Sri Lanka to allow Indians to catch

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President in Jaffna, assures justice for Vithya

President in Jaffna, assures justice for Vithya

🕔14:31, 26.May 2015

President Maithripala Sirisena, who visited Jaffna today, assured justice over the murder of Sivaloganathan Vithya, the teenager who was found raped and murdered recently. While speaking to students at Vembadi Girl’s High School in Jaffna, the President was asked by

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Army deployed to hospitals following strike

Army deployed to hospitals following strike

🕔14:17, 26.May 2015

The assistance of the Sri Lanka Army has been offered to conduct emergency skeletal services at island-wide government hospitals in response to a request, following trade union action staged by the minor staff working in hospitals today. At the request

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Mustapha appointed legal adviser to Maithri

Mustapha appointed legal adviser to Maithri

🕔13:27, 26.May 2015

Former State Minister and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Faizer Mustapha has been appointed as the legal adviser to President Maithripala Sirisena. Mustapha had extended support to Sirisena at the January 8 Presidential elections and was made a State Minister

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Court issues order against Chunnakam protest

Court issues order against Chunnakam protest

🕔13:16, 26.May 2015

The Mallakam Magistrate has issued an order preventing protests being staged in Chunnakam for 14 days with effect from today. Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the court order was issued after the police received information that a protest was

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