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UN Human Rights Chief meets Defence Secretary

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February 09, 2016 05:11 am

The visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi yesterday at the Mi...


Sumith Lal Mendis sworn in as a WPC minister

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February 09, 2016 04:08 am

Sumith Lal Mendis, a Provincial Council member, has been appointed as the Minister of Health, Indigenous Medicine, Social Welfare, Probationary, Child Protection and Women Affai...


Joint Opposition express disappointment at not being able to meet UN Chief

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February 08, 2016 05:24 pm

Members of the Joint Opposition today expressed disappointment at not being allowed to meet UN Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein. UPFA MPs Bandula Gunawardena an...


Former President Rajapaksa signs petition against war crimes court

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February 08, 2016 05:11 pm

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa launched the collection of signatures for a petition, urging the President to protect war hero...


Maldives police arrest judge, ex-prosecutor general

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February 08, 2016 04:24 pm

A presidential official in the Maldives says police have arrested a judge and a former prosecutor general for issuing an arrest warrant for the country's president without t...


43 Lankan reguees from Tamil Nadu to return to the island

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February 08, 2016 03:28 pm

Forty three Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme, the Prison Reforms, Re...


Pictorial : UN Chief visits the North

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February 08, 2016 02:49 pm

Visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein  visited Jaffna, Trincomalee and Kandy in addition to Colombo. Captured here are scene fr...


UN High Commissioner for human rights visits the Dalada Maligawa

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February 08, 2016 12:38 pm

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, paid a visit to the Sri Dalada Maligawa this morning (Feb 08). He met the Malwathu Maha Thera. ...


Lankan nationalists protest U.N. rights chief's visit on war crimes

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February 06, 2016 09:18 pm

Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations' office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human righ...


UN rights chief in SL for talks over war crimes

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February 06, 2016 03:26 pm

The United Nations' human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein began his first visit to Sri Lanka Saturday to gauge the island's progress in investigating allegations ...


India will give its fullest support to Lanka’s policies; Indian Foreign Minister assures

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February 06, 2016 03:07 pm

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that the government of India will back Sri Lanka for its policies behind the reconciliation and the development, ...


UN Human Rights Chief arrives

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February 06, 2016 01:06 pm

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein arrived in Sri Lanka this morning on a four day official visit today is scheduled to visit Jaffna...


India, Lanka to find 'innovative' solution to fishermen Issue

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February 06, 2016 01:00 pm

India and Sri Lanka today agreed to find an "innovative and lasting solution" to the fishermen issue, a major irritant in the bilateral ties, as the foreign ministers ...


Tamil Nadu parties express concern over President's recent remarks

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February 05, 2016 07:00 pm

The DMK and MDMK on Friday expressed concern over Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Sirisena’s reported statement that his country’s new constitution will not have t...


Ranil hopes to strengthen relations with China in Chinese New Year

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February 05, 2016 06:53 pm

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday said that he hoped to renew and strengthen the relations between China and Sri Lanka this year. In a message sent to Xinhua...


Sushma Swaraj calls on PM

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February 05, 2016 06:49 pm

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the first day of her two-day visit to the country. “A warm...


Indian fisherman injured as Lankan fishermen attack boat

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February 05, 2016 02:38 pm

A fisherman from a coastal hamlet in Pudukotai district, Tamil Nadhu suffered an eye injury when his Sri Lankan counterparts, also Tamils, allegedly pelted stones at his me...


Kumar Gunaratnam further remanded again

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February 05, 2016 01:54 pm

Senior member of  Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Kumar Gunaratnam was further remanded until February 15 by Kegalle Magistrate today. He was arrested by the Police in...


Sushma Swaraj arrives

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February 05, 2016 01:42 pm

Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj arrived in the island a shortwhile ago on a two-day official visit, to participate in the ninth session of the India...


UN Human Rights Chief to visit North

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February 05, 2016 01:38 pm

During his four-day official visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday, at the invitation of the Government, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will be v...


NP Governor Palihakkara on the way out

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February 05, 2016 10:10 am

The Northern Province, where Tamils constitute a predominant section of the population, may soon get a new Governor, the Hindu reported. The incumbent, H.M.G.S. Palihakkara...


Pakistan, Lanka, Maldives hold anti-terror exercises

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February 05, 2016 10:02 am

Sri Lankan and Maldives troops have joined Pakistan in anti-terror military exercises in the country's northwest, Pakistan military said on Thursday. The two-week long ...


Germany speeds up repatriation of Lankan refugees in TN to Lanka

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February 04, 2016 07:14 pm

Madhivanan fled war-torn Sri Lanka in 1990 as a 12-year-old and arrived in Rameswaram. In 2006, he returned to Sri Lanka, but was forced to come back to India when civil war bro...


Chinese leaders congratulate SL on Independence Day

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February 04, 2016 07:09 pm

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday congratulated Sri Lanka on the 68th anniversary of the founding of country. In a message addressed to Sri...


Full Speech : President Sirisena's address at 68th Independence parade

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February 04, 2016 05:47 pm

Speech delivered by President Maithripala Sirisena at the 68th Independence Day celebrations on February 4, 2016.   Today we all join together to celeb...


68th Independence Day Parade in pictures

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February 04, 2016 05:07 pm

The celebrations of the 68th Independence day took place at the Galle Face premises this morning under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena. The Prime Minister an...


UN High Commissioner For Human Rights to arrive on Saturday

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February 04, 2016 04:10 pm

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will undertake a four-day official visit to Sri Lanka.The High Commissioner will arrive in Sri Lanka on Sa...


Lanka will protect soldiers in rights probe: Maithri

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February 04, 2016 03:34 pm

The Sri Lankan government will "protect" its soldiers in the investigations into the alleged human rights violations during the civil war with the Tamil Tigers, Presid...


Govt lifts unofficial ban on Tamil national anthem

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February 04, 2016 03:24 pm

  A Tamil-language version of Sri Lanka’s national anthem has been sung at the country’s independence ceremony, lifting an unofficial ban in another step toward...


Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case: Convict Murugan's Mother Seeks His Release

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February 04, 2016 08:01 am

  The mother of a man convicted for his role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi has started a public petition campaign in Sri Lanka seeking ...




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