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Pope approves Vaz as Lanka’s first saint

Pope approves Vaz as Lanka’s first saint

Pope Francis has approved Blessed Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) as Sri Lanka’s first saint, reports from the Vatican said today. Reports said that the Pope had bent Vatican rules to bypass confirmation of a miracle in order to approve Blessed Joseph Vaz as a saint. Francis will now canonize Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary, during his visit to Sri […]

India will grill Sri Lankan over LTTE links

India will grill Sri Lankan over LTTE links

Days after the arrest of Arun Selvarajan by the Indian National Investigating Agency (NIA) and reports about his alleged connections with politicians, the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought permission from a court to quiz the Sri Lankan national about his possible links with the LTTE, India Today reported. The specialised wing of […]

Xi Jinping says Lanka all-weather friend

Xi Jinping says Lanka all-weather friend

China regards Sri Lanka as an all-weather friend and partner, Chinese President Xi Jinping said today at a meeting with Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, the Xinhua Chinese news agency reported. China appreciates Sri Lanka’s stance to support China on the issues of Taiwan and Tibet, said Xi, adding that China supports Sri Lanka’s efforts in safeguarding independence, […]

Dayasiri is playing it safe claims Ranjan

Dayasiri is playing it safe claims Ranjan

Opposition United National Party (UNP) MP Ranjan Ramanayake claims North Western Province Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera is keeping his options to rejoin the UNP open. Ramanayake said that Jayasekera, a former UNP MP, has lashed out at everyone in the UNP except Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa as he is seen as the future leader of […]

2.1 earth tremor recorded in Monaragala

2.1 earth tremor recorded in Monaragala

A minor earth tremor was recorded in Monaragala and Siyambalanduwa this morning, the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau said. The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau said that the tremor was felt by people in the area at around 5 am today. The tremor was recorded as 2.1 on the richter scale.

Over 11,000 cops, STF for Uva elections

Over 11,000 cops, STF for Uva elections

Over 11,000 police and Special Task Force (STF) personnel are to be deployed to the Uva province for the elections to be held on Saturday, police headquarters said today. Police security is being beefed up in Uva following concerns raised by election monitoring groups that several incidents of election law violations and election violence had taken […]

China, Lanka will oppose unilateral acts

China, Lanka will oppose unilateral acts

China and Sri Lanka today agreed to oppose the unilateral acts of any country or organization in the attempt to impinge on the independence, political and social stability of both countries and advocate the peaceful solution of disputes and differences between countries. Chinese President is Xi Jinping also expressed support for Sri Lanka’s efforts in […]

MR announces fuel and power price cut

MR announces fuel and power price cut

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today announced a reduction in the price of fuel and electricity, following bilateral talks between Chin and Sri Lanka and the commissioning of the final stage of the Lakvijaya coal power plant, adding 900 MW in total to the National grid. The President said that the price of kerosene will be reduced by […]

Gota says Wigneswaran not cooperating

Gota says Wigneswaran not cooperating

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is not cooperating on development work carried out by the Government, and this is affecting the ordinary people in the North. Speaking at a UN Habitat program today, Rajapaksa said that political differences between Municipalities and […]

Diaspora Tamils protest outside UNHRC

Diaspora Tamils protest outside UNHRC

Hundreds of Tamils staged a protest outside the UN office in Geneva yesterday (Monday) where the UN Human Rights Council is currently meeting, the Tamil Guardian website reported. The website said that Tamils came from across Europe to take part in the mass demonstration and rally demanding justice for the alleged genocide in Sri Lanka […]

Chinese leader accorded grand welcome

Chinese leader accorded grand welcome

Chinese President is Xi Jinping was accorded a grand welcome at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning. President Mahinda Rajapaksa welcomed the Chinese leader on his arrival while several traditional dancers, school children and decorated elephants were also part of the the ceremony. The motorcade with the Chinese President and his delegation were driven to Colombo […]

Passenger caught with foreign currency

Passenger caught with foreign currency

A passenger who was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning with foreign currency worth Rs. 7.2 million, a Customs Department spokesman said. The spokesman said that the passenger, a 48 year old Sri Lankan from Negombo, was arrested at the departure lounge of the airport. He had in his possession 12,900 Euros, […]

India alert for terrorists using Sri Lanka

India alert for terrorists using Sri Lanka

Following inputs that some suspicious persons, having terror links, might intrude India from Sri Lanka via the sea route, the Ramanathapuram district administration and police have strengthened coastal security by constituting ‘Coastal Security Ramnad,’ a standing committee to facilitate coordinated action by pooling intelligence. The committee was formed recently with nodal officers from various security agencies […]

Sushma to meet fishermen on Sri Lanka

Sushma to meet fishermen on Sri Lanka

India’s Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Pon Radhakrishnan has assured a 15-member fisherfolk team from Poompuhar in Tamil Nadu to fix an appointment with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to present their grievances, according to fishermen panchayatar association representatives. The Hindu newspaper reported that Radhakrishnan had assured to fix […]

India says Sri Lanka is committed to 13A

India says Sri Lanka is committed to 13A

Sri Lanka has assured India that it is committed to implementing the 13th amendment in its constitution, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said today. Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that Sri Lanka has assured and re-assured it is committed to the full implementation of the 13th amendment. “Our stand is that whatever […]

Government claims UNP is falling apart

Government claims UNP is falling apart

The Government says the main opposition UNP is falling apart just as the Uva Provincial Council election is set to take place. UPFA General Secretary Dullas Alahapperuma said that UNP members have filed petitions against the UNP leadership when the party is trying to focus on the Uva polls. He also found it amusing that […]

Three Lankans arrested over Italy clash

Three Lankans arrested over Italy clash

Police in San Giovanni la Punta, in the Province of Catania in the Italian region of Sicily, have arrested three Sri Lankans over a brawl which took place last night. The Italian media reported that a 36-year old, a 30 year old and a 24 year old, all originating from Sri Lanka, were arrested over the brawl. […]

PAFFREL files motion on drought relief

PAFFREL files motion on drought relief

The election monitoring group, Peoples Action For Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), filed a motion at the Supreme Court today over the drought relief program of the Government in the Monaragala District, ahead of the Uva elections. PAFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachi said that the motion did not disrespect the Supreme Court ruling already given over the […]

Treatment of Nigerian at BIA criticised

Treatment of Nigerian at BIA criticised

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs in Nigeria, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has criticised, what she claims, was the mistreatment of a Nigerian at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). Abike Dabiri-Erewa slammed what she said is the stigmatisation of Nigerians in the Diaspora due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), […]

Minister concerned over deal with China

Minister concerned over deal with China

A Government Minister has raised concerns over a reported deal being mooted between China and Sri Lanka, under which the Norochcholai coal power plant will be handed over to China. Minister Champika Ranawaka, a former Power and Energy Minister, said that it has been reported Ceylon Electricity Board unions are against the deal. The coal […]