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Tense situation outside cricket venue

Tense situation outside cricket venue

A tense situation prevailed outside the Dambulla cricket stadium today as hundreds of people attempted to enter the venue to watch the cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The police said that at least two people were injured when several people attempted to climb the fence around the stadium to enter the venue by […]

Tamil Nadu demands release of boats

Tamil Nadu demands release of boats

The Tamil Nadu government has reiterated its demand for immediate release of 62 fishing boats seized by Sri Lanka. The State has articulated this stand in a written response to Raja Sekhar Vundru, Joint Secretary (Fisheries) of the Union government and chairperson of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Committee on Fisheries, The Hindu newspaper reported. The […]

Saudi, Lanka to resolve labour issues

Saudi, Lanka to resolve labour issues

Saudi officials have announced a five-day visit to Sri Lanka in a bid to overcome “difficulties” related to the recruitment of domestic workers from the south Asian country, arabianbusiness.com reported. The Gulf kingdom’s National Committee of Recruitment of the Council of Saudi Chambers said in comments reported by Saudi Press Agency that discussions will focus […]

Lankan incidents draws UN attention

Lankan incidents draws UN attention

A UN official today noted that incidents in some countries, including Sri Lanka, clearly demonstrate that societies are grappling with identity based tensions. The UN official highlighted the important role played by the initiative known as the Alliance of Civilizations in building bridges to peace, especially amid the current instability in many parts of the world, […]

Salem police find LTTE logo on mines

Salem police find LTTE logo on mines

Hand-grenades and land mines, unearthed from Pacha Talamalai reserve forest near Puliyur in Mettur taluk in Salem, India on Tuesday night, belong to the LTTE, the Salem police said, as the hand-grenades were found to be imprinted with the LTTE logo. “We have seized more than 100 hand-grenades and landmines,” a senior official from the investigation […]

Joint fishing proposal to be looked at

Joint fishing proposal to be looked at

India and Sri Lanka will look at a joint fishing proposal in an attempt to resolve the fishing issue between both countries. The decision to discuss the proposal was taken at a meeting held between India and Sri Lanka today in New Delhi. The next meeting is to be held in Colombo. According to the […]

Philippines, Lanka boost military ties

Philippines, Lanka boost military ties

Sri Lanka has emphasized the importance of bilateral military cooperation with the Philippines as both countries have common interests and enhanced diplomatic ties between the two nations will be mutually beneficial. The External Affairs Ministry said today that a military delegation from Sri Lanka comprising eighteen officers from the Army, Navy and Air Force led […]

Lanka proud of ties with US Embassy

Lanka proud of ties with US Embassy

The Sri Lankan Government says it is proud of the close working relationship it has with the U.S. Embassy and USAID in Sri Lanka. Dr. P. Sathiyalingan, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine said this at the opening of the Poonaryn Divisional Hospital by the Northern Provincial Council Ministry of Health. The Government has on […]

Drought affected goes past 2.7 million

Drought affected goes past 2.7 million

The number of people affected by the severe drought which has hit several parts of the country has gone past 2.7 million, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today. According to the DMC, 561216 people have been affected by the drought in the North Western Province, which was among the worst affected areas. The DMC also said […]

Australia police probe Lankan’s death

Australia police probe Lankan’s death

The Australian police are investigating the death of a Sri Lankan woman who’s body was found in a Sydney creek this week. The brother who found his younger sister Amesha Rajapakse drowned in a Western Sydney creek just metres from their home said she was the “cleverest” person he knew, The Daily Telegraph reported. Still […]

India, Lanka will discuss fishing MOU

India, Lanka will discuss fishing MOU

The first meeting of a joint committee between India and Sri Lanka is scheduled to be held tomorrow to discuss about institutionalising cooperation in the fisheries sector and address concerns of fishermen. In January, both countries had agreed to set up a joint committee of senior fisheries officials to finalise the draft Memorandum of Understanding […]

Pakistan Air Chief has talks with Gota

Pakistan Air Chief has talks with Gota

Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force had discussions with the Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Defence Ministry today. Air Chief Marshal Butt arrived in the island yesterday on an official visit to Sri Lanka. During today’s meeting, a cordial discussion was […]

Spain is to seek Sri Lanka’s support

Spain is to seek Sri Lanka’s support

Spain is to seek Sri Lanka’s support for a seat on the UN Security Council, the Spanish media reported today. José Manuel García-Margallo, who arrived in Indonesia today, will also visit Sri Lanka to seek the country’s support for the non-permanent UN seat. The External Affairs Ministry confirmed to the Colombo Gazette that the Spanish […]

Government keen to work with NPC

Government keen to work with NPC

The Government says it is willing to work with the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and has sought its support for the Divi Neguma credit scheme. Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa told reporters today that he had discussed the scheme with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran during a visit to the North this week. He also […]

ICRC notes 16,000 Lankans missing

ICRC notes 16,000 Lankans missing

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says in Sri Lanka, the fate and whereabouts of more than 16,000 people remain unknown. In the run-up to the International Day of the Disappeared, 30 August, ICRC is calling on the international community to show greater awareness of the tragedy of people who have gone missing […]

Pre-polls incidents tops the 100 mark

Pre-polls incidents tops the 100 mark

Over 100 pre-polls related incidents have been reported from the Uva province as of today, election monitors said. The election monitoring group CaFFE said that most of the incidents had been reported from the Monaragala district. CaFFE says of the 105 incidents reported so far 80 were from Monaragala and 15 from the Badulla district. […]

Saudi Prince invited to see progress

Saudi Prince invited to see progress

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin has been invited to visit Sri Lanka so that he could see for himself how peace has been restored following the defeat of terrorism by the government. Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the Kingdom, Mohammed Hussein Mohamed, extended the invitation at a meeting in Jeddah, Arab News reported. Mohamed told Arab News […]

Modi can play effective role says TNA

Modi can play effective role says TNA

Senior Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader and parliamentarian R Sampanthan has sought the immediate intervention of the Indian government to end the Sri Lankan government’s strategy to make the implementation of the 13th amendment irrelevant by altering the demographic composition in the north and eastern provinces dominated by Tamils. This should not be difficult with […]

LTTE had major camp in Salem, India

LTTE had major camp in Salem, India

The village of Kolathur, 11 km from the Mettur dam in Salem district in Tamil Nadu, was one of the places in Tamil Nadu where the cadre of the LTTE were imparted armed training in the early 1980s to fight the Sri Lankan forces, a report appearing in The Hindu newspaper today said. The camps […]

Another break down at Norochcholai

Another break down at Norochcholai

The Lakvijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai has faced another break down, affecting power distribution to the national grid, officials said. A generator at the plant had stopped working owing to a technical issue this evening. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says it is taking measures to rectify the issue at the plant. “We hope to have […]