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Sonia says Rajiv died for the Tamils

Sonia says Rajiv died for the Tamils

Congress President Sonia Gandhi says her husband Rajiv Gandhi, who was killed by the LTTE, had sacrificed his life while fighting for “our brothers and sisters” in Sri Lanka. Shas said that the Congress-led government has throughout stood up for the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils and has been in the forefront to protect the needs […]

India probes kidney racket in Lanka

India probes kidney racket in Lanka

The police in Hyderabad are investigating into allegations of a Colombo-based kidney racket in which a youngster from Hyderabad lost a life, The Hindu newspaper reported A criminal case under Information Technology Act was registered after Ganesh, brother of Dileep Maaru, approached the Hyderabad Central Crime Station alleging that his brother died in Colombo because […]

Fonseka denies Indian role in 2009

Fonseka denies Indian role in 2009

Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has denied claims that the Indian army played a direct role in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the war against the LTTE. Fonseka, who was the Army Commander at the time, told BBC Sandeshiya that the final battle which eventually led to the defeat of the LTTE, was […]

Australians told to exercise caution

Australians told to exercise caution

Australians visiting Sri Lanka have been told to exercise a high degree of caution because of an unpredictable security environment. In an updated travel advice, the Australian Foreign Ministry says because of the prevailing security situation, Australians are strongly recommend to register their travel and contact details with the Australian authorities to contact in an […]

TNA to back South African process

TNA to back South African process

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will back the South African facilitated process to achieve reconciliation in Sri Lanka but at the same time will also closely monitor the actions of the Government. A TNA delegation which visited South Africa last week on an invitation extended by the South African Government, said the visit […]

More Chinese caught violating visas

More Chinese caught violating visas

More Chinese nationals were arrested for violating local immigration and emigration laws, the police media unit said today. Less than 24 hours after the police had arrested two Chinese men in Pooneryn for engaging in business activities while in Sri Lanka on tourist visas, the police had yesterday arrested another two Chinese nationals in Embilipitiya. […]

Two youth killed in Horana accident

Two youth killed in Horana accident

Two youth were killed following an accident along the Panadura – Ratnapura road in Horana last night, the police media unit said today. The police said that a van had crashed into the motorbike on which the two youth were travelling on and both of them sustained serious injuries. The two youth were admitted to […]

Sharma disappointed with Canada

Sharma disappointed with Canada

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma expressed disappointment with Canada’s decision to suspend funding to the Commonwealth Secretariat in protest over Sri Lanka’s human rights record. The Commonwealth Secretariat said that the Government of Canada has informed Sharma of its decision to suspend contributions to the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation over the next two years. This mutual and voluntary […]

Gota holds talks with Malaysian PM

Gota holds talks with Malaysian PM

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has had talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Malaysia, the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office said. The talks had taken place on the sidelines of the Defence Services Asia 2014 summit taking place at the World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Rajapaksa is among several foreign Defence Ministers and officials taking part […]

No evidence on some of the missing

No evidence on some of the missing

The Commission investigating persons reported missing during the war says there is no evidence on some of the people reported missing. Secretary to the Presidential Commission H.W Gunadasa says when investigating some complaints there is no information on where and how they went missing. “This is a big problem but we are still investigating those complaints […]

Canada using funds as political tool

Canada using funds as political tool

The Sri Lankan Government has accused Canada of using its voluntary funds to the Commonwealth Secretariat as a political tool based on the dictates of electoral compulsions, thereby holding the membership of the wider Commonwealth to ransom, through competing claims for power.          Canada had yesterday decided to suspend its voluntary contribution […]

Police probe Gobi’s telephone calls

Police probe Gobi’s telephone calls

The police say they are investigating the telephone calls made by Gobi, a former LTTE cadre who was killed during a confrontation with the army last week. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the telephone calls of two other former rebels including Appan, who were also killed during the clash in Vavuniya are also […]

Biswal and Solheim discuss Lanka

Biswal and Solheim discuss Lanka

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs, Nisha Biswal, had had discussions with former Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim on Sri Lanka. Solheim was a former peace envoy and mediator during the conflict in Sri Lanka and continues to follow the Sri Lankan issue while Biswal had in February visited Sri Lanka […]

Chinese men arrested in Poonaryn

Chinese men arrested in Poonaryn

The police arrested two Chinese nationals in Pooneryn for engaging in business activities while in Sri Lanka in a tourist visa, the police media unit said today. The police said that the two men had been arrested yesterday while they were selling imitation items in the  Pooneryn town claiming it was gold. The two men were […]

Tamil journalist attacked in Jaffna

Tamil journalist attacked in Jaffna

A Tamil freelance journalist was attacked in Jaffna last night while he was on his way home, the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper reported. The journalist, identified as Sivagnanam Selvatheepan, was attacked by unidentified men on a motorbike in Vadamarachi, Jaffna. According to reports, the 29 year old was attacked with iron rods by the men […]