More boats from Sri Lanka reach Australia

Another boat with illegal asylum seekers from Sri Lanka reached Australia's Christmas island last night, the Australian media reported today. The boat carrying 44 asylum-seekers,...

Menon arrives in Colombo

Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon arrived here late on Thursday night to discuss issues arising out of Sri Lanka’s reluctance to fulfill...

Pune blast co-accused trained in Colombo

Suspected LeT operative Faiyaz Kagzi had trained Mirza Himayat Baig, who was arrested for his alleged role in 2010 Pune German bakery blast, at...

Lanka firm against outside intervention

Sri Lanka informed the UN Human Rights Council that it is firmly against outside intervention in any country to address human rights concerns without...

Coke and Pepsi contain alcohol

Tests have revealed that more than half of leading soft drinks, like Coke and Pepsi, contain traces of alcohol. The revelation will cause concern among...

CAA busts cement racket

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) raided a cement racket at the storage facility operated by the government owned Sri Lanka Cement Corporation. Officials of the...

Petition to repeal Sri Lanka’s anti-gay laws

A petition to repeal Sri Lanka’s colonial laws that are used to criminalize homosexual sex has been started by Equal Ground rights group. Sections 365...

Jayalalithaa writes to Manmohan on Lanka

Observing that Indian fishermen hailing from Tamil Nadu have been “traditionally fishing” in contentious Katchatheevu, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday urged Prime Minister Manmohan...

Three local councils dissolved

The government today dissolved the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provincial councils through a gazette notification, the government information department said. The gazette was issued...

HR action plan being implemented

The government says the National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, which has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers...

Over 2000 physically disabled in Jaffna

An estimated 2000-3000 people are physically disabled in Jaffna out of a registered population of 600,000 people, official statistics revealed. The International Committee of the...

Ceylon Today Editor hits out

The Editor of the Ceylon Today newspaper Hana Ibrahim has hot out at the allegations raised over the termination of the service of  Director...

Over 20 capsules with heroin in tummy

Over 20 capsules with heroin were recovered from the stomoche of a Pakistani national at the Negombo hospital, the police media unit said. The Pakistani...

CDF to recruit ex rebels

Sri Lanka will enroll over 1,000 former members of the LTTE, who have successfully completed rehabilitation to the country's civil defence force (CDF), officials...

HRC discusses UPR with state officials

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has had discussions with government officials on implementing the recommendations mentioned during the last Universal Periodic Review...

Explosion at demining site in Muhamalai

An explosion occurred at a demining site in Muhamalai, officials told the Colombo Gazette this afternoon. The explosion had occurred at a site where HALO Trust...

Mobile brothel in Mount raided

A mobile brothel which was operating from Mount Lavinia was raided by the police, the police media unit said today. The police said that the...

MR and Iran seek ‘new world order’

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed the need for establishment of a new world order in their meeting. Ahmadinejad and...

Hemakumara Nanayakkara resigns

Former Minister Hemakumara Nanayakkara has resigned from his post of Presidential Adviser on Agricultural Development, his office said in a statement. Nanayakkara said he resigned following a...

Navy insists asylum boats cannot breach border

The Sri Lankan navy on Friday insisted that security along the maritime boundary of the island nation remains tight and there is no possibility...