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Wimal’s NFF to contest Uva poll alone

Wimal’s NFF to contest Uva poll alone

The National Freedom Front (NFF) led by Government Minister Wimal Weerawansa, has decided to contest the Uva Provincial Council elections independently. Weerawansa said that differences of opinion on some issues with the ruling UPFA led to the NFF deciding to contest the polls independently. Weerawansa said that the Governemnt has taken some decisions unilaterally without […]

Biometric cards for Lankan refugees

Biometric cards for Lankan refugees

The Tamil Nadu State government in India has decided to issue biometric cards to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in camps to eliminate any scope for irregularities in disbursal of cash dole, the Hindu newspaper reported. Revenue inspectors at present visit the camps to make the payment and there is some scope for impersonation, say […]

MR hails the contributions of Muslims

MR hails the contributions of Muslims

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the Muslim community have made valued contributions for the progress of Sri Lanka in a culture of unity and understanding and he looks forward to the continuance of such good relations for the future progress of Sri Lanka. In a message of greetings to the devotees of Islam as they celebrate the festival […]

Lankan immigrants arrested in Texas

Lankan immigrants arrested in Texas

Sri Lankans were among a group of illegal immigrants arrested while entering Texas from Mexico over the weekend, Breitbart News reported today. A single group of illegal aliens entering Texas from Mexico over the weekend included foreign nationals from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). The group crossed into […]

US report notes BBS and State nexus

US report notes BBS and State nexus

A US Government report released today said that local media in Sri Lanka and NGOs have noted strong linkages between the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the government. The International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 noted in its Executive Summary that the BBS continued to promote its anti-Muslim campaign, which was linked to violent activities […]

TNA undecided on Presidential polls

TNA undecided on Presidential polls

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has said it is yet to decide on who it will back at the next Presidential elections and if that candidate will be a common candidate. TNA MP and spokesman Suresh Premachandran was quoted in the Uthayan website this evening as saying discussions have taken place among members of the […]

Japan says ties with Sri Lanka strong

Japan says ties with Sri Lanka strong

Japan says President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Japan in March of last year and discussions between the President and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made it possible for the two countries to renew their relations with each other and work towards further strengthening those bilateral ties. The views were expressed when Japan’s State Minister of Economy, Trade and […]

US raises concerns over intimidation

US raises concerns over intimidation

The United States says it is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend. The eventual cancellation of this training, which was focused on digital security for Jaffna-based journalists and financially supported by the U.S. government, was accompanied by a series of threats and intimidation […]

Anura injured in Ratnapura accident

Anura injured in Ratnapura accident

The leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Anura Kumara Dissanayake, was injured in an accident in Ratnapura today. The vehicle in which the JVP leader was travelling in had crashed into a tipper truck injuring the politician and his driver. Dissanayake was to be transferred to Colombo for further treatment. (Colombo Gazette)

UK hopes Lankans respect all faiths

UK hopes Lankans respect all faiths

Britain today urged Sri Lanka to respect differences of faith or opinion as Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. The British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin, in a message to mark Eid-ul-Fitr, said that it is a time of celebration, marking the end of a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and charity – all of which embodies […]

Lankans on boat economic migrants

Lankans on boat economic migrants

Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says most of the 157 asylum seekers brought to the Australian mainland are economic migrants, and Indian officials are preparing to establish their identities, the AAP news agency reported. The asylum seekers, who were detained at sea on a Customs ship for weeks, are now at the Curtin detention centre […]

Congress wants visa given for probe

Congress wants visa given for probe

Senior Indian Congress leader G K Vasan said that the news of the Government of India denying visas to a UN-appointed team probing Sri Lanka’s human rights violations during the final stages of the civil war in 2009 shocked the people of Tamil Nadu, The Hindu newspaper reported. In a statement, the former Union Shipping […]

First batch from boat enter Australia

First batch from boat enter Australia

After weeks at sea, a group of 18 asylum seekers have arrived at Curtin Immigration Detention Centre in Australia late this evening, SKY News reported. The group were part of the 157 suspected Sri Lankan asylum seekers detained at sea for weeks on a Customs ship. More asylum seekers are expected to arrive at Curtin […]

Lanka to draw fire in 2013 US report

Lanka to draw fire in 2013 US report

Sri Lanka is expected to draw fire over its failure to ensure full religious freedom last year, in the annual Religious Freedom report by the US to be made public tomorrow (Monday). US Secretary of State John Kerry will release the 2013 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State tomorrow, the […]

Government sees a local conspiracy

Government sees a local conspiracy

The Government says there is a conspiracy underway locally against President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his administration. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the opposition, well aware that they cannot defeat the Government at an election, are not involved in a conspiracy to remove the Government through other means. He said that as part of […]

India to share Pakistani official’s info

India to share Pakistani official’s info

India will be informing Sri Lanka about an official working with the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo who was allegedly playing a key role in planning terror strikes at the behest of ISI on the US and Israeli consulates in the southern part India, the Press Trust of India reported. The information will be shared […]

Wasp attack injures 4 Aussie tourists

Wasp attack injures 4 Aussie tourists

Four Australian tourists were injured following a wasp attack in Sigiriya today, the police media unit said. The four Australians, two men and two women, were admitted to hospital for treatment but the injuries were not of serious nature. On Friday ten Chinese nationals were injured following a wasp attack also at the Sigiriya rock. […]

BIA among the most inefficient in Asia

BIA among the most inefficient in Asia

The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has been rated as one of the most inefficient international airports in Asia. The rating has been done by the Airport Transport Research Society (ATRS) and is included in the Annual Global Airport Benchmarking Report. The Air Transport Research Society released the results of its annual benchmarking study of commercial […]

Al-Qaeda is not operating in Sri Lanka

Al-Qaeda is not operating in Sri Lanka

The Ministry of Defence says Al Qaeda does not have a base in Sri Lanka nor does any other terrorist organization. Defence Ministry spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that on several occasions there had been allegations that foreign terrorist groups were using Sri Lanka as a base for training. He said that the Sri Lankan […]

Solheim is ready to testify before COI

Solheim is ready to testify before COI

Former Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim says he is ready to testify before the Government Commission of Inquiry (COI) tasked to investigate the war. Solheim told this reporter he has nothing to hide and is willing to share whatever he knows with the Government Commission. Earlier Solhiem had offered to testify before the UN led […]