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President disturbed over Canada attack

President disturbed over Canada attack

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he was disturbed over the increasing number of terrorist attacks in taking place in many countries, the latest being in Canada. In a twitter message, the President called for countries to unite as equal partners to fight the menace of terrorism. Canada has been very critical of the Sri Lankan human […]

Rudra seeks EU backing for Tamil issue

Rudra seeks EU backing for Tamil issue

The head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, has urged the European Union to support to Eelam Tamils in their continuing struggle for justice. In a statement to the media, Rudrakumaran said that the TGTE and Tamils around the world welcome the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union annulling the […]

Zeid refers to Lanka probe in UN report

Zeid refers to Lanka probe in UN report

UN High Commissioners for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has made a reference to Sri Lanka in his report submitted to the UN General Assembly’s main body dealing with social, humanitarian, and cultural issues (Third Committee). The High Commissioner presented a report and made a statement yesterday on the work of his Office (OHCHR) between August […]

Shots fired inside Canadian parliament

Shots fired inside Canadian parliament

Several shots were fired inside and outside the Canadian parliament in Ottawa, leaving at least one soldier wounded, the BBC reported. A gunman fired at the National War Memorial and then ran into parliament nearby, continuing the attack. Canadian broadcaster CBC and several MPs report that one gunman has been killed but that is unconfirmed. The […]

Uni students warn of several protests

Uni students warn of several protests

University students today warned that they will stage more protests following one staged yesterday which was eventually dispersed by riot police. The Inter University Students’ Federation said that they are not ready to stop protesting despite the police crackdown yesterday which resulted in 12 students being injured. The police used tear-gas and water cannons to […]

Pakistan nationals injured in Negombo

Pakistan nationals injured in Negombo

A group of Pakistan nationals were injured following an attack by a gang in Negombo, the police media unit said adding that the injured have been admitted to hospital. The police said that the attack took place following a dispute between one Pakistani national and a Sri Lankan. The dispute resulted in a gang attacking the […]

TNA says genocide acts did take place

TNA says genocide acts did take place

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in a special statement today, has noted that acts specified in article 2 of the Genocide Convention of 1948 have undeniably been perpetrated on the Tamil people by functionaries of the Sri Lankan state over several decades. The TNA however said it would be improper and inappropriate for the Northern Provincial […]

LGBTI group hails comments by Lanka

LGBTI group hails comments by Lanka

A local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transexual and Intersexed (LGBTI) group has welcomed a statement made by Sri Lanka acknowledging the non-discrimination provisions in its constitution protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, gaynz.com reported. The statement came in responses from the Sri Lankan Government to recommendations for reform during […]

UNP feels G.L is protecting Kshenuka

UNP feels G.L is protecting Kshenuka

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today accused  External Affairs Minister, Professor G L Peiris, of protecting the Secretary to the Ministry, Kshenuka Senewiratne, over allegations raised against her. UNP Assistant leader Ravi Karunanayake said that the Minister should resign from his post instead of attempting to mislead the public and protect Senewiratne. Peiris had yesterday […]

Tamil Nadu slams Admiral Perera’s visit

Tamil Nadu slams Admiral Perera’s visit

Regional leaders in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state slammed the visit of Sri Lankan navy chief, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, to the country, a Reuters news report said. India is eyeing to build its defense ties with Sri Lanka to counter China’s inroads in Indian Ocean. Perera, who will commence his Indian visit October 23, […]

Government has provided info to EU

Government has provided info to EU

The Sri Lankan Government today said it has already commenced the process of providing information to the relevant parties in relation to the EU court order on the LTTE sanctions. The Ministry of External Affairs said it was surprised at some of the recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE in 2011 […]

Hindu backing for reconciliation urged

Hindu backing for reconciliation urged

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today urged the Hindu community in Sri Lanka to actively participate in the reconciliation process as they celebrate the festival of Deepavali, or Festival of Lights, which celebrates the victory of Goodness over Evil and Light over darkness. “The Hindus of Sri Lanka, join their fellow believers the world over today in […]

Bishops to meet on polls, Pope’s visit

Bishops to meet on polls, Pope’s visit

The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has asked the government to clarify its plans for a snap presidential election, amid fears the polls will scupper a planned visit by the Pope, the AFP news agency reported today. Sri Lanka has not yet announced an election date, but the information minister said yesterday that the polls would […]

UNP and EU discuss LTTE ban and fish

UNP and EU discuss LTTE ban and fish

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) had talks with the EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Head of Delegation David Daly on the EU court order over the sanctions imposed on the LTTE as well as EU moves to ban fish imports from Sri Lanka from next year. UNP Leadership Council chairman Karu Jayasuriya said […]

JHU and MR discuss demands of JHU

JHU and MR discuss demands of JHU

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met the Jathika Hela Urumaya today and discussed the demands put forward to the Government by the JHU. At the talks it was decided to appoint a committee to evaluate a set of proposals submitted to the Government by the JHU. The President’s office said that more talks will be held in future […]

G.L rejects allegations over Kshenuka

G.L rejects allegations over Kshenuka

The Minister of External Affairs, Professor G L Peiris has strongly rejected “malicious news reports” appearing in certain sections of the media recently, imputing impropriety on the part of the Secretary to the Ministry, Kshenuka Senewiratne in the award of a contract for the renovation of the official residence of Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in […]

Police disperse protesting students

Police disperse protesting students

The police used tear-gas and water cannons to disperse university students who staged a protest march from Colombo to Parliament. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the police were compelled to disperse the protesters after they had attempted to get close to Parliament. He said that with Parliament meeting at the time of the […]

BBS says will contest Parliament polls

BBS says will contest Parliament polls

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today said it will contest the next General elections by entering active politics. BBS General Secretary, the venerable Galaboda aththe Gnanasara thero said that the BBS will put forward candidates from the group to contest and enter Parliament. “We will definitely contest the General election. We must say that now so […]

UNP convoy comes under mob attack

UNP convoy comes under mob attack

A convoy taking a group of UNP MPs to inspect the Colombo Port defence school was attacked this morning, UNP MP Ajith P. Perera said The convoy had been attacked by a mob near the entrance and several vehicles were reportedly damaged.

EU insists ruling on LTTE not political

EU insists ruling on LTTE not political

The European Union (EU) today insisted that the court ruling on LTTE sanctions in the EU is not a political decision taken by the EU governments but a legal ruling of a court. On 16 October 2014 the General Court of the European Union annulled measures taken by the Council of the European Union against […]