Navy arrests seven Indian fishermen

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September 29, 2015 11:39 am

Seven Indian fishermen who engaged in illegal poaching were arrested in Kalpitiya sea today, the Navy said. The arrested fishermen will be handed over to Fisheries Department offic...

Maithri meets Obama

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September 29, 2015 10:29 am

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday met with President of the United States Barack Obama during a luncheon at the United Nations headquarters in New York. It was organized by...

UN resolution on Lanka could advance justice: HRW

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September 29, 2015 10:25 am

The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a resolution ensuring a robust international role in Sri Lanka’s justice mechanism for abuses during the country’s brutal c...

Lanka reiterates continued commitment to UN peacekeeping

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September 29, 2015 10:22 am

President Maithripala Sirisena at the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping in UN said that the Sri Lanka is pleased to reiterate its continued commitment to UN peacekeeping and hono...

President to address the UN General Assembly tomorrow

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September 29, 2015 10:10 am

President Maithripala Sirisena will address the United Nations (UN) assemply  at the UN Headquarters in New York tomorrow. Currently President Sirisena is attending the 70th th...

Govt. to make a special statement on country's financial situation

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September 29, 2015 10:02 am

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that the government is prepared to make a special statement about the financial situation of the country within the next two days.He said th...

Lanka establishes Diplomatic ties with Togo

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September 29, 2015 09:58 am

Sri Lanka established diplomatic relations with the Togolese Republic last Sunday, Foreign Affairs ministry said. These ties would strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperati...

John Kerry calls on President Sirisena

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September 29, 2015 09:55 am

The US Secretary of State John Kerrycalled on President Maithripala Sirisena at United Nations Headquarters yesterday. The President and the Secretary of Statediscussed bilateral i...

Lanka welcomes Nepal's adoption of new Constitution

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September 29, 2015 09:53 am

  The government welcomed the promulgation of the new Constitution of Nepal and said it would be a key step in its journey towards national reconciliation, political stabil...

Technical fault behind countrywide power cut

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September 28, 2015 09:32 pm

The Ceylon Electricity Board is attributing  four hour long countrywide power-failure at dawn on Monday to a technical flaw, local media reported. This is the first countrywid...

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen unhurt in blast

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September 28, 2015 12:44 pm

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen was unhurt in a blast on his speedboat on Monday as it approached Male, the capital of the Indian Ocean archipelago, a senior aide told Reuters. ...

Arrested schoolboy remanded again till October 2

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September 28, 2015 12:41 pm

The 17-year-old schoolboy and the other individual who were in custody for the death of the 5-year-old Seya Sadewmi in Kotadeniyawa, were remanded again till October 2 by the Minuw...

PM says Govt. to appoint Compassionate Council as way forward to national reconciliation

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September 27, 2015 04:08 pm

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced today that his government would appoint a Compassionate Council comprising the country's religious dignitaries as a way forward towar...

India supports Sri Lankans’ quest for justice

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September 26, 2015 11:21 am

Respecting Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, India has said it supports quest for justice by the people of the country who were victims of the alleged war crimes during civil war against ...

UK welcomes Lankan stand on UNHRC draft resolution

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September 26, 2015 11:19 am

The UK government has welcomed the stand taken by Sri Lanka on the draft resolution submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. UK Minister of State at the Foreign...

70th Session of UNGA begins, President to meet Indian premier today

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September 25, 2015 08:59 pm

The 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commenced today  at the UN Headquarters in New York. Inaugurating the session for 2015, the summit on Sustainable D...

Lanka likely to dodge international probe into war crimes

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September 25, 2015 04:48 pm

(AFP) Sri Lanka appears set to avoid an international inquiry into atrocities committed during its lengthy civil war if a new UN resolution is adopted next week. Colombo has lob...

Navy rescues missing Indian fishing trawler with 6 member crew

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September 25, 2015 04:40 pm

The Navy rescued the missing Indian fishing trawler with the six-member crew drifting as a result of a mechanical problem and anchored at a distance of five nautical miles west of ...

Mangala chairs commonwealth foreign ministers meeting in New York‏

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September 25, 2015 03:54 pm

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera chaired the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers Meeting held in New York yesterday, Foreign ministry said in a statement.  Foreign Ministers from a...

Child hacked to death in Athurugiriya

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September 25, 2015 03:09 pm

A ten years old child has been found hacked to death in a house in Athurugiriya, police media unit said. According to the police the investigations are underway over the incident....

CIFL’s former chief Deepthi Perera allowed bail by Colombo court

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September 25, 2015 02:43 pm

  Chulaka Gunawardena alias Deepthi Perera, former chairman of the failed Central Investment and Finance (CIFL) and two other suspects in the CIFL fraud case, were allowed ...

Jayalalitha urged to hold all party meeting on Lankan war crimes

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September 25, 2015 02:30 pm

Former Union Health Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss on Thursday urged Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to call for an all-party meeting for stressing on the Centre to place a ...

LSSP rejects UNHRC report

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September 25, 2015 02:28 pm

The Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) Secretary Prof. Tissa Vitharana today rejected the UN report on Sri Lanka over the alleged human rights violations prepared by the Office of the ...

Lanka trying to water down UNHRC resolution: HRW

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September 25, 2015 02:06 pm

Sri Lanka should not be allowed to water down a UNHRC resolution on its alleged rights violations during its civil war with the LTTE, according to a prominent rights group which sa...

Human trafficking racket busted in Kerala; 9 Lankans arrested

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September 25, 2015 01:38 pm

Kerala police on Thursday busted a racket of trafficking Sri Lankan refugees from Tamil Nadu to Australia.  Nine Sri Lankan refugees from various camps in Tamil Nadu and four loca...

Ceypetco Chairman Asantha de Mel allowed to travel

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September 25, 2015 01:13 pm

Colombo Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage  ordered the temporary release of the passport of former Ceypetco Chairman Asantha de Mel for six weeks. De Mel's passport had been i...

TNA welcomes draft resolution on SL

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September 25, 2015 09:57 am

The Tamil National Alliances   had  welcomed the draft text of a resolution on Sri Lanka tabled by the co-sponsors of the resolution today. In particular, the TNA has welcome...

Resolution reflection of US support for Sri Lanka: Secretary of State Kerry

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September 25, 2015 08:26 am

Commenting on the tabled resolution in Geneva at the UN Human Rights Council, the United States says the resolution is a reflection of the United State's stand to support  Sri La...

Sri Lanka escapes hybrid court

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September 25, 2015 08:20 am

Sri Lanka yesterday escaped a "hybrid" court to investigate war crimes  involving foreign judges and prosecutors as the United States tabled a watered down resolution in line wit...

CID questions Buddhika Pathirana

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September 24, 2015 02:36 pm

United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana was questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today over a statement he had recently.  ...



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