Bomb found at Aluthkade

Bomb found at Aluthkade

🕔11:43, 7.Feb 2012

A Bomb has been found near the Aluthkade Courts complex, police spokesman Ajith Rohana told The Hub a short while ago. He said that the bomb disposal squad has been sent to the location. UPDATE: The police spokesman later said

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Americans injured in Puttalam accident

Americans injured in Puttalam accident

🕔09:18, 7.Feb 2012

Three American nationals were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in fell off a bridge in Puttalam today. According to the police, the Americans were heading to Mannar after visiting the Norocholai coal power plant when the accident occurred.

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US confirms Blakes visit

US confirms Blakes visit

🕔08:25, 7.Feb 2012

The US State department has confirmed that US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake, Jr. will travel to Sri Lanka next week. Earlier the US Embassy in Colombo and the External Affairs remained

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Sri Lanka seeks release of abducted fishermen

Sri Lanka seeks release of abducted fishermen

🕔16:41, 6.Feb 2012

Sri Lanka has sought assistance to secure the release of six fishermen held captive by Somali pirates. The government information department said that the Sri Lankan authorities are negotiating with the pirates through an intermediary. The pirates have demanded US$

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Blake sees promise in LLRC

Blake sees promise in LLRC

🕔11:56, 6.Feb 2012

US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake says Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission had laid the groundwork for continued reconciliation following Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long conflict with the LTTE. “The LLRC offers a very promising way forward to help

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Gota says north not militarized

Gota says north not militarized

🕔09:42, 6.Feb 2012

Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stoutly denied he was militarising the northern region and insisted troops “are maintaining absolutely essential presence” and were spread across all 22 districts on the island. He was responding to the charge by

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South Africa responds to LLRC report

South Africa responds to LLRC report

🕔09:00, 6.Feb 2012

The South African Government has noted the release of the final report of the Sri Lankan Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (the Commission of Enquiry) and the positive recommendations contained in the report relating to human rights,

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UK finds gaps in LLRC report

UK finds gaps in LLRC report

🕔11:10, 5.Feb 2012

The British government has noted that there are some gaps in the final report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which was presented to parliament in December. The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka John Rankin, in a

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Fears in UK over missing Lankan woman

Fears in UK over missing Lankan woman

🕔01:53, 5.Feb 2012

A man detained by British police on suspicion of murder has been released without charge as fears grew for the welfare of a missing woman. Kokulavathani Mayuran, 31, was last seen in Gloucester at around 11pm on Tuesday and was

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Parents blame hospital over kids death

Parents blame hospital over kids death

🕔01:45, 5.Feb 2012

The parents of an eight year old girl who died in Maskeliya last weekend after being admitted to hospital, have blamed the nurses and doctors at the hospital over the child’s death. Sunthari’s parents have filed a complaint with the

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No outside solutions says President

No outside solutions says President

🕔09:47, 4.Feb 2012

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says his government is taking the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) seriously and will formulate a solution to the national issue through parliament. Speaking at the 64th Independence Day  celebrations in Anuradhapura this

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Channel 4 video nominated for Nobel Prize

Channel 4 video nominated for Nobel Prize

🕔09:00, 4.Feb 2012

A group of British and Australian Parliamentarians have nominated the controversial Channel 4 video on Sri Lanka for the Nobel Peace Prize, a press statement said on Saturday. British MP Siobhain McDonagh said that she and Australian Greens Senator Lee

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Jaya won’t give up Katchchatheevu

Jaya won’t give up Katchchatheevu

🕔23:01, 3.Feb 2012

Maintaining that she was working towards protecting the livelihood of fishermen, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday said she would not “stop” till Katchchatheevu, an islet in the Palk straits now under the control of Sri Lanka is retrieved.

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Queen greets Sri Lanka

Queen greets Sri Lanka

🕔17:51, 3.Feb 2012

Queen Elizabeth II has sent a message to Sri Lanka to mark the 64th Independence Day celebrations. “It gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency my congratulations on the celebration of your National Day, together with my best wishes

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Cocaine hidden inside chocolate

Cocaine hidden inside chocolate

🕔15:42, 3.Feb 2012

A Thai national was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning with cocaine hidden inside chocolate, the police media unit said. The woman had arrived in Sri Lanka on board an Emirates flight from Dubai. When the woman was

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CPC borrows more money

CPC borrows more money

🕔12:14, 3.Feb 2012

A higher petroleum import bill and the inadequate adjustment to domestic petroleum prices led to increased borrowings by the state owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation last month, the Central Bank said today. The Bank also said that Sri Lanka recorded a

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UNHRC told to act on Lanka

UNHRC told to act on Lanka

🕔23:33, 2.Feb 2012

The United Nations Human Rights Council should address the lack of accountability for wartime abuses in Sri Lanka during its March 2012 session, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Human Rights Council (HRC) member countries and observers today.

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Court registrar found drunk

Court registrar found drunk

🕔20:08, 2.Feb 2012

The Registrar of the Puttalam Magistrate’s court was found drunk today in his office and was arrested. According to police sources, the registrar was drunk in the office located within the court premises. Sources told The Hub that the registrar

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Yellow rain reported in Hatton

Yellow rain reported in Hatton

🕔16:46, 2.Feb 2012

Yellow rain has been reported from parts of Hatton this morning, a reporter in the area told The Hub. The rain was first seen by employees of the Mayfield tea estate on tea crops and on the ground. However the

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Cabinet agrees on spot fines

Cabinet agrees on spot fines

🕔14:15, 2.Feb 2012

The cabinet has agreed to amend the Motor Traffic Act to impose spot fines against drivers contravening the seat belt regulations. At present the drivers and the passengers in the front seats of certain categories of vehicles that have registration

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