The government’s plan to send for rehabilitation and eventual release 217 Tamils detained for alleged links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), has run into legal difficulties.
President Maithripala Sirisena said on Tuesday that the government had not interfered with the independence of the judiciary service and pledged that as long as he was in office he would not allow any interference.
A protest held by the railway Stationmasters union over a dispute with engine drivers was called off short while ago after the discussions with the authorities,a official said.
The government is expecting to get the European Union's tariff concession facility known as GSP+ in June next year, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema said.
'Katina pinkama' religious ceremonies were observed this morning at the dehiwela Bellanvila Temple.
Persons who have applied for concessionary vehicle permits before the budget will be permitted to purchase vehicles before the end of the year, the Finance Ministry said today.
Ambassador Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the USA to the United Nations left the country today after a three day visit, Foreign Affairs ministry said.
The United States has praised Sri Lanka's new government for speeding up efforts towards reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils after a separatist civil war which lasted nearly three decades and killed tens of thousands of people.
The European Union on Tuesday expressed concern over the recent attacks on undergraduates and other incidents as issues towards regaining trade concessions.