Couple commit suicide

Couple commit suicide

🕔07:23, 8.Aug 2012

A couple committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Galle last night, the police media unit said today. The police said that the couple had jumped in front of the train travelling to Matara from Galle. Both

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Two arrested for smoking in the plane

Two arrested for smoking in the plane

🕔15:58, 7.Aug 2012

Two passengers, who were flying onboard a Sri Lankan airlines flight, were arrested today for smoking in the plane. Both passengers had been smoking in the toilet of the plane while returning from Kuwait late last night, the police media

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Family mourns Sri Lankan immigrants killed in QEW crash

Family mourns Sri Lankan immigrants killed in QEW crash

🕔15:47, 7.Aug 2012

A family is mourning a Sri Lankan immigrant and his daughter, who were killed in a head-on crash on the QEW last weekend. Early Sunday morning, a teen was driving the wrong way on the ramp from the QEW to

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Probe on oil leak impact

Probe on oil leak impact

🕔15:34, 7.Aug 2012

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board is investigating the harm the oil leak near Diyagala could have caused to the water supply after the oil got mixed with the Mahaweli River. A board official said that so far there

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Diaspora against stability in Lanka

Diaspora against stability in Lanka

🕔08:20, 7.Aug 2012

External Affairs Minister G L Peiris said that Tamil diasporas are still ‘rigid’ against stability in Sri Lanka even after the end of 26 years of military conflict in the South Asian nation. “During the conflict, there was also fear

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Lanka releases 37 Chinese fishermen

Lanka releases 37 Chinese fishermen

🕔21:31, 6.Aug 2012

Sri Lanka released 37 Chinese fishermen detained by its navy, China’s Xinhua state news agency reported on Monday, putting a quick end to what could have been a test of the increasingly close ties between Beijing and Colombo. Sri Lanka’s

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Pak Defence Secretary to visit Sri Lanka

Pak Defence Secretary to visit Sri Lanka

🕔17:56, 6.Aug 2012

Defence Secretary Lt Gen (Retd) Asif Yasin Malik will be visiting Sri Lanka from 7-11 August 2012. During his stay in Colombo, Malik will hold discussions with Sri Lankan Defence hierarchy to further strengthen the relations between two time-tested friendly

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Restraining order on suspension

Restraining order on suspension

🕔15:29, 6.Aug 2012

The court of appeal has issued a restraining order on the UNP leadership against the suspension or taking disciplinary action on six UNP members. Following a petition filed by the UNP members the appeal court issued the restraining order on UNP

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Families seek release of sailors

Families seek release of sailors

🕔14:55, 6.Aug 2012

Family members of six Sri Lankan sailors who are still being held hostage aboard the MV Albedo will launch a nationwide appeal today in a bid to raise enough money to free their men. The sailors are among 15 crew

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Navy arrests 37 Chinese fishermen

Navy arrests 37 Chinese fishermen

🕔10:40, 6.Aug 2012

The navy said it 37 Chinese fishermen who were poaching in Sri Lankan waters lat night. Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the Chinese were on board two fishing trawlers when they were spotted off Batticaloa. He said that

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Brothel raided in Mount Lavinia

Brothel raided in Mount Lavinia

🕔07:13, 6.Aug 2012

A brothel operating in Mount Lavinia in the guise of an Ayurvedic spa was raided by the police, the police media unit said today. The police said that a person who was believed to have been operating the brothel and

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Gota tells troops to remain vigilant

Gota tells troops to remain vigilant

🕔13:32, 5.Aug 2012

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has urged the security forces to remain vigilant of groups both within and outside the country who may attempt to destabilize the peace. He said that even though the 30 year long war has ended, it

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Lanka approves visit by UN team

Lanka approves visit by UN team

🕔08:35, 5.Aug 2012

The government has approved a visit to Sri Lanka by a delegation from the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, reports said today. Accordingly the delegation is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka next month to offer technical advice

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Lanka wants India to relax visa rules

Lanka wants India to relax visa rules

🕔20:57, 4.Aug 2012

Sri Lanka has sought some relaxation on employment visa from India and both countries are engaged in negotiations to simplify the visa regime, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said on Saturday. Sharma, who is here on an official visit, met Sri

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UN praises resettlement in Sri Lanka

UN praises resettlement in Sri Lanka

🕔08:02, 4.Aug 2012

A senior United Nations relief official has praised the progress made by the Sri Lankan Government in resettling over 440,000 people since the end of the civil war three years ago, and called for continued donor support for the country,

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Journalists injured in accident

Journalists injured in accident

🕔12:49, 3.Aug 2012

A group of journalists attached to the Maharajah organization were injured when a container truck collided with the van they were travelling in late last night. The accident had occurred opposite the Sugadathasa Stadium, an official of the media organization

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HRW slams government on ACF probe

HRW slams government on ACF probe

🕔07:50, 3.Aug 2012

The Sri Lankan government’s failure to hold accountable those responsible for the execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers six years ago is indicative of its deeper unwillingness to prosecute soldiers and police for atrocities, Human Rights Watch said today. HRW

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Duminda Silva in Sri Lanka?

Duminda Silva in Sri Lanka?

🕔20:02, 2.Aug 2012

UPFA parliamentarian Duminda Silva has reportedly returned to Sri Lanka, police intelligence sources told the Colombo Gazette today. However these reports could not be independently verified from the government or any member of Silva’s family. Silva was receiving treatment in

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Sri Lanka against nuclear weapons

Sri Lanka against nuclear weapons

🕔16:48, 2.Aug 2012

The Sri Lankan government has called for the elimination of nuclear weapons from national arsenals saying the continued existence of nuclear weapons and of their possible use or threat of use poses an overarching threat to humanity. Speaking at the

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U.S urges full implementation of action plan

U.S urges full implementation of action plan

🕔12:19, 2.Aug 2012

The United States (U.S) has called for the full implementation of the National Action Plan on the implementation of recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). A statement by the U.S Embassy in Colombo said that the

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