UNP to boycott committee on new CJ

The United National Party (UNP) will boycott the parliament council meeting headed by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa which will select the new Chief Justice tomorrow. UNP MP...

Weather death toll nearing 50

The death toll from the extreme weather conditions experienced in the country for nearly a month is nearing 50. As of yesterday the death toll had risen...

More than 300 former Tigers freed

The army yesterday released more than 300 former LTTE cadres who had undergone rehabilitation. The former rebels were freed and handed over to their relatives...

Saudi Arabia defends executing Rizana

Saudi Arabia on Sunday defended its execution of a Sri Lankan maid for the death of an infant in her care and hit back...

UNP says road now open for censure at UNHRC

The opposition United National Party (UNP) says the government has virtually set the path for Sri Lanka to be censured at the UN Human...

Cold weather over Sri Lanka

The weather over Si Lanka today has been mainly fair and cold, the Department of Meteorology said. A cold breeze was felt in Colombo and the surrounding...

President sacks Shirani Bandaranayake

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has removed Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake by signing the relevant papers this morning. Presidential spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said that the documents signed by the...

Former peace monitors admit CFA was flawed

In their first interview since moving out of Sri Lanka in 2008, the former Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has admitted the 2002 ceasefire...

Explosives, porn in TNA office

The Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) and the army have recovered explosives and pornographic material from the office of TNA MP S. Sridharan in Killinochchi,...

BASL seeks compromise with the President

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), which convened today, has decided to seek a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss the situation...

UNP to take action

The opposition United National Party (UNP) says it will take disciplinary action against its members who supported the impeachment motion in parliament against Chief...

MR to sack Shirani

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake within the next few days, a presidential spokesman said. Presidential spokesman Mohan Samaranayake told the Colombo...

Commonwealth tells Lanka to consider consequences

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has urged the Sri Lankan Government to pause for further careful consideration following the passage by the country’s Parliament of...

Indian tribunal upholds ban on LTTE

The Justice V K Jain-headed Unlawful Activities Prevention Tribunal constituted by the Centre (in India) has confirmed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)...

UN chief slams Rizana’s execution

UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon is dismayed by the execution in Saudi Arabia of Rizana Nafeek, his spokesman said in a statement. The spokesman said that...

US says impeachment questions separation of powers

The United States Embassy in Colombo, in a statement late this evening, said it remains deeply concerned by the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice...

Mervyn resigns, MR accepts

Minister Mervyn Silva has tendered his resignation from the Kelaniya SLFP electoral organizers post, the Presidential media unit said this evening. The Presidential media unit said that...

Parliament impeaches Chief Justice

Parliament today voted by a majority to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, with 155 in favour and 49 against it. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said that...

Somali pirates free Lankan seaman

A Sri Lankan seaman who was on the vessel “MV Orana” owned by an Ajman based shipping company, Kassab Inter Shipping LLC, which was hijacked...

Pillay condemns Rizana’s execution

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today condemned the execution of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia. Rizana Nafeek, who...