Tangalle suspects handed over to Matara police

Tangalle suspects handed over to Matara police

🕔22:22, 27.Oct 2012

The suspects involved in the Tangalle boat incident who were arrested and deported from Cocos islands in Australia today, have been handed over to the Matara police for further investigations. According to the police media unit the 14 suspects were

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Gota says no ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka

Gota says no ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka

🕔22:12, 27.Oct 2012

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says there was never an ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka although historically the Tamil community did face some issues. Speaking at a function in Colombo today Rajapaksa also said that the LTTE had no interest in

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Tangalle boat hijackers deported from Australia

Tangalle boat hijackers deported from Australia

🕔10:13, 27.Oct 2012

The 14 asylum seekers who allegedly hijacked a ship off the Sri Lankan coast in a bid to reach Australia have been found and sent home, the Australian Department of Immigration said. The group of Sri Lankan nationals was detected

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Lightning strikes three people

Lightning strikes three people

🕔08:58, 27.Oct 2012

Lightning struck three people in Niwithigala last evening killing one person, the police media unit said today. The police said that lightning had struck when the three people were working in a paddy field. The victim was identified as 34

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Police ready to vacate civilian property

Police ready to vacate civilian property

🕔02:44, 27.Oct 2012

The police say they are ready to vacate civilian homes in Jaffna if alternate land is given to them to shift the police stations. Jaffna district Police DIG Erik Perera said that police stations in Jaffna have been asked to

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Norway suspends work permits

Norway suspends work permits

🕔01:38, 27.Oct 2012

The Norwegian Ministry of Labour has decided that no more work permits will be granted for the time being, the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said. This is due to the high number of applications and a need for more information

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India, Lanka to further defence cooperation

India, Lanka to further defence cooperation

🕔21:29, 25.Oct 2012

Against the backdrop of protests in Tamil Nadu against training to Lankan defence personnel, India and Sri Lanka today held discussions on furthering their defence cooperation. Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who is in India on the invitation of

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CPC shuts refinery for two weeks

CPC shuts refinery for two weeks

🕔17:50, 25.Oct 2012

Ceylon Petroleum Corp (Ceypetco) will shut Sri Lanka’s sole 50,000 barrels-per-day oil (bpd) refinery for two weeks on Friday after exhausting its supply of mainly Iranian crude oil, a company official said. The company has enough crude to last until

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UN Rapporteur notes uncertainty in Sri Lanka

UN Rapporteur notes uncertainty in Sri Lanka

🕔07:28, 25.Oct 2012

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, says significant progress had been made since the end of the war in Sri Lanka but there was some uncertainty about the durability of

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Lankan maid drowns trying to save child

Lankan maid drowns trying to save child

🕔07:11, 25.Oct 2012

Two maids, including a Sri Lankan woman, died while trying to rescue an Emirati child from drowning in a hotel swimming pool in Dibba, Fujairah, in the UAE, Gulf News. The women leapt into the water after three-year-old Salmeen Hadef

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US envoy meets SLMC

US envoy meets SLMC

🕔21:33, 24.Oct 2012

The U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison has had talks with the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress (SLMC) during her ongoing visit to the Eastern province, US Embassy officials tweeted. She also met other Muslim politicians as well as the

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Police question 28 Lankans deported from UK

Police question 28 Lankans deported from UK

🕔11:37, 24.Oct 2012

The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today recorded statements from 28 failed Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were deported from Britain. According to our reporter at the airport the 28 Sri Lankans arrived onboard a chartered flight from Britain and

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Basil now speaks of 19 A

Basil now speaks of 19 A

🕔07:16, 24.Oct 2012

Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa says the government will not hesitate to introduce a 19th Amendment to the constitution (19 A) if it feels the 13th Amendment has some shortcomings. Speaking to heads from the Tamil media, the Minister said

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Police arrest 16 asylum seekers in Hambantota

Police arrest 16 asylum seekers in Hambantota

🕔06:48, 24.Oct 2012

The police arrested 16 people last nigh from Hambantota as they were preparing to head to Australia to seek asylum. According to police spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody, the would-be asylum seekers were arrested at the Elephant resort holiday home. Those

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Lankan asylum seekers’ deportation halted at last minute

Lankan asylum seekers’ deportation halted at last minute

🕔22:10, 23.Oct 2012

The London high court has ordered that the imminent deportation to Sri Lanka of a number of Tamils be halted amid claims they may be tortured on their return. Three solicitors’ firms have confirmed to the Guardian that a number

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Karunanidhi decries war memorial in Sri Lanka

Karunanidhi decries war memorial in Sri Lanka

🕔22:07, 23.Oct 2012

Slamming the building of a victory memorial in northern Sri Lanka as an “uncivilised act” by the island government to “deliberately hurt” sentiments of Tamils, DMK chief M Karunanidhi today said such memorials would not help the peace efforts claimed

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Royal, Thurstan senior classes close following clash

Royal, Thurstan senior classes close following clash

🕔19:18, 23.Oct 2012

The Education Ministry has decided to close Grade 10, 11, 12 and 13 tomorrow following the clash between senior students of both schools today. A clash had erupted along Reid Avenue this afternoon between the students and a policeman had

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Lightning strikes Sigiriya lion’s paw

Lightning strikes Sigiriya lion’s paw

🕔17:34, 23.Oct 2012

Lightning struck the historic Sigiriya rock this evening damaging part of it, officials said. A lightning bolt had struck the lion’s paw of the rock  and a part of it was damaged. There were no reports of injuries to anyone

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Samaranayake new Presidential spokesman ?

Samaranayake new Presidential spokesman ?

🕔17:02, 23.Oct 2012

Sri Lanka Rupavahini Chairman Mohan Samaranayake has been tipped to be appointed as the new Presidential spokesman, unconfirmed reports said. When contacted Samaranayake said that he had also heard of the move but has not been officially informed. The current

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Tamil asylum seekers try for 11th hour block on deportation

Tamil asylum seekers try for 11th hour block on deportation

🕔14:50, 23.Oct 2012

Dozens of Tamil asylum seekers have lodged emergency appeals in the high court to stop their deportation to Sri Lanka for fear they will be tortured on their return. Solicitors acting for clients due to be removed on Tuesday on

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