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Ranil feels UNP is best for the people

Ranil feels UNP is best for the people

Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today called for a change at the next Presidential elections saying only a UNP Government can meet the needs of the people. Speaking in Gampola today the UNP leader said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is not showing the urgency in addressing the pressing issues faced by the people. “At an election all […]

US hopes probe meets expectations

US hopes probe meets expectations

The United States (US) says it hopes the experts chosen to advise the Commission on Missing Persons can provide the assistance needed to help it meet international standards for credibility and independence. A spokesperson at the US Embassy in Colombo said that the US has long said it strongly supports a credible domestic Sri Lankan […]

Malaysia sends 3 LTTE men to Lanka

Malaysia sends 3 LTTE men to Lanka

Three of the four suspected senior leaders of the LTTE who were detained in multiple raids in Malaysia this month, have been brought to Sri Lanka, the police media unit said. The police said that Edmond Sinharajah alias Sasi, Indika Sanjeewa and Abdul Saleem were brought to Sri Lanka last night and are being questioned by the […]

DCD found in ice cream says Minister

DCD found in ice cream says Minister

DCD or dicyandiamide has been found in ice cream sold in the market, Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, Patali Champika Ranawaka said. Addressing the media today the Minister said that traces of DCD had been found through tests conducted on ice cream sold in Colombo during Poson Poya Day. “Tests conducted by the […]

Sadistic principal summoned by HRC

Sadistic principal summoned by HRC

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has summoned the principal of Bakamuna Diyabeduma Vidyalaya Pollonnaruwa after she was accused of instructing students to administer knocks on the head of a 10 year old student in the school. According to the HRCSL, based on a complaint lodged by the victim, wide publicity was given to the incident by […]

Lanka warns against foreign attempts

Lanka warns against foreign attempts

The Government today sought public support against attempts by some foreign countries to interfere in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs. External Affairs Minister, Professor G.L Peiris said that some countries are looking at taking away the rights of the local public to decide on the future of Sri Lanka. Speaking in Kandy today the Minister noted […]

TNA has no faith on Mahinda’s probe

TNA has no faith on Mahinda’s probe

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it has no faith in the Presidential Commission on missing persons even after the government broadened its mandate to investigate civilian deaths during the war. TNA MP Suresh Premachandran noted that the mandate of Presidential Commission had been expanded only after the UN Human Rights office launched an investigation on […]

Lanka sad over Malaysian flight crash

Lanka sad over Malaysian flight crash

The Sri Lankan Government today expressed profound shock and deep sadness that Sri Lanka received the news of the crash of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17 in Eastern Ukraine, which resulted in the tragic loss of many innocent lives, including those of infants. The Government together with the people of Sri Lanka convey heartfelt […]

India and Lanka discuss defence ties

India and Lanka discuss defence ties

India’s Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this evening and discussed ties between both countries, the President’s office said. During the discussion with President Rajapaksa, Air Chief Marshal Raha told President Rajapaksa that he had very fruitful meetings with defence officials in Sri […]

Over 160 complaints on newspapers

Over 160 complaints on newspapers

The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) received one hundred and sixty three complaints last year, the Chief Executive Officer of the PCCSL Sukumar Rockwood said in his annual report for 2013. Sukumar Rockwood further stated that the Sinhala press which comprises 39 per cent of the country’s newspapers attracted the majority of the […]

Sailors arrested on child abuse claim

Sailors arrested on child abuse claim

The police have arrested seven Navy sailors over an alleged sexual abuse incident involving a school girl in Jaffna, the police media unit said today. A protest was also staged in Jaffna today with the participation of Tamil National Alliance politicians and the public calling for justice over the abuse of the young girl. The […]

Khuram’s brother, UK hail judgment

Khuram’s brother, UK hail judgment

The British Government and the brother of British tourist Khuram Shaikh, hailed the verdict by the Colombo High Court issued today on the trial over the murder of Khuram Shaikh and the rape of his Russian girlfriend in Tangalle in 2011. Khuram’s brother Nasser Shaikh said the country has done what many people hoped and prayed for while […]

Government says BBS not protected

Government says BBS not protected

The Government says the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is not being protected or given special treatment by President Mahinda Rajapaksa or Government authorities. Mohan Samaranayake, spokesman for President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was quoted by CNN as saying there was “no protection or special treatment” for the BBS from the government, including Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Anyone who broke the […]

Suspects in Khuram’s murder guilty

Suspects in Khuram’s murder guilty

The main suspects arrested over the murder of British tourist Khuram Shaikh, including former Chairman of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Sampath Vidanapathirana, were found guilty today and were sentenced to 20 years Rigorous Imprisonment by the Colombo High Court. The verdict was delivered in front of a packed courtroom which included the brother of Khuram Shaikh. […]

Australia will not send back Lankans

Australia will not send back Lankans

The Australian government told the Australian High Court today it has no plans to send 153 asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka, the Australian Associated Press reported. The asylum seekers have been detained on the high seas, outside of Australia’s migration zone, since their boat was intercepted on its way from India on July 7. […]

Canada tells Lanka to respect NGOs

Canada tells Lanka to respect NGOs

Canada today urged the Sri Lankan authorities to respect the right to freedoms of expression, assembly and association, and the right to take part in public affairs. Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights Deepak Obhrai said Canada is deeply concerned by reports of efforts to restrict legitimate activities of […]

Malaysian plane shot down 295 dead

Malaysian plane shot down 295 dead

A Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, the Reuters news agency reported quoting the Interfax-Ukraine news agency. The aircraft, which other sources said was a Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, came down near the city of Donetsk, stronghold of pro-Russian rebels, […]

Keheliya plays down appointments

Keheliya plays down appointments

The Government has played down the appointment of three experts to advice the Presidential Commission on missing persons, with Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella saying it will be upto the Government to decide if to accept or reject any advice. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expanded the mandate of the Presidential Commission on mission persons and appointed three […]

Uva elections likely in mid September

Uva elections likely in mid September

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says the Uva Provincial Council elections are likely to take place in mid September and not next month. Deshapriya told reporters at a media briefing today that from the time of closing the accepting of nominations the Department of Elections needs five weeks to hold the election. Accepting of nominations will […]

UNP refused entry to Sapugaskanda

UNP refused entry to Sapugaskanda

A group of UNP MPs had to return to Colombo after they were refused entry to the Sapugaskanda oil refinery this afternoon. The UNP MPs, including Dr. Harsha de Silva, had attempted to visit the oil refinery as part of an inspection tour but were advised against it by officials and the police on security […]