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 ...

Striving to understand challenges as a nation : Prime Minister

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February 04, 2016 07:42 am

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in his Independence Day message said that the nation needs to  strive to understand the challenges that lie before it &n...

Lanka is committed to pursue a vibrant foreign policy: Mangala

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February 03, 2016 11:15 pm

Sri Lanka is committed to pursue a vibrant foreign policy guided by principles of diplomatic engagement and friendship with all, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera ...

Govt to find opportunities for security forces in international arena

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February 03, 2016 09:57 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that the government would find opportunities for Sri Lankan security forces including tri forces to perform at a high internationa...

All set for Independence Day ceremony

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February 03, 2016 09:53 pm

All arrangements have been finalised to hold the 68th Independence Day ceremony tomorrow at the Galle Face Green under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and P...

NARA says ban on illegal fishing methods have not been removed

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February 03, 2016 09:44 pm

The ban on the use of purse seine (Laila and Surukku) nets has not been removed and the grace period given to those who are using them will end on February 21, the Chairman of N...

Queen Elizabeth congratulates SL on 68th Independence Day

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February 03, 2016 09:09 pm

The Queen Elizabeth II of England has sent a congratulatory message to President Maithripala Sirisena on the occasion of the country's 68th National Independence Day.&n...

India, Lanka ties have matured over time: Indian president

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February 03, 2016 09:03 pm

The relationship between India and Sri Lanka has matured over time to include all areas of contemporary relevance, President Pranab Mukherjee said today. Mr Mukherjee has e...

Field Marshal Fonseka joins the UNF

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February 03, 2016 06:20 pm

The Democratic Party (DP) today entered into an agreement with United National Front (UNF) to work together in the government by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at P...

Jaffna court removes arrest warrant on Keheliya

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February 03, 2016 02:06 pm

The Jaffna District court today removed the arrest warrant on former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella after he appeared before the court over the disappearances of Lalith Kumar Wee...

Liquor shops closed on Independence day

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February 03, 2016 01:38 pm

All liquor shops in the island will be closed tomorrow in view of the 68th Independence Day celebrations, the Excise Department said today. The Department added t...

Former ASP of Embilipitiya remanded

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February 03, 2016 01:27 pm

Former Embilipitiya, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) D. W. C. Dharmaratna  was remanded until February 17, today by the Embilipitiya Additional Magistrat...

Navy divers recover dead bodies of five missing fishermen

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February 03, 2016 01:20 pm

Navy divers were able to recover the dead bodies of five fishermen who had been missing after their multi-day fishing trawler had collided with a merchant vessel forty naut...

Basil at FCID again

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February 03, 2016 11:53 am

Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa arrived at the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) today to record a statement over alleged misappropriation lan...

Lanka to step up Bahrain trade links

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February 03, 2016 11:46 am

Bahraini investors were yesterday urged to look into the “potentially untapped” markets of Sri Lanka that could promise high returns and boost economic and commercia...

Lankan asylum seeker tells of terror on Nauru

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February 03, 2016 11:26 am

An asylum seeker brought to Australia after she was allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted on Nauru has spoken of her terror at the prospect of being sent back to the island. ...

Justice Jayamanne sworn in as new High Court judge of Fiji

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February 03, 2016 11:19 am

Former Additional Solicitor General Sarath Jayamanne has been sworn in as Fiji's new High Court judge, Justice Jayamanne joined the Fijian judiciary after being sw...

President urges public to protect environment

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February 02, 2016 11:27 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that all parties should get together to fulfill the responsibility to protect the environment for the well-being of all beings includin...

Lankan born convicted in Germany for backing Tigers

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February 02, 2016 11:18 pm

A Sri Lankan-born man received an 18-month suspended sentence in Germany Tuesday for membership of the rebel group the Tamil Tigers which Germany considers a terrorist organisat...

UN top official’s visit not related to Geneva resolution: MFA

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February 02, 2016 11:12 pm

This week’s visit by top United Nations official for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to Sri Lanka has nothing to do with the review of the implementation of the G...

Sushma Swaraj to visit SL this week

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February 02, 2016 11:07 pm

The Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from February5-6 for the Ninth Session of the India-Sri Lanka Joi...

Two Lankans held for smuggling

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February 02, 2016 05:01 pm

The Ramanathapuram district police of Tamil Nadu have detained two Srilankans, allegedly engaged in gold smuggling and drug trafficking. The two had arrived here throu...

Special traffic plan in Colombo on Independence Day

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February 02, 2016 04:13 pm

The Traffic Police Uint said that the traffic in Colombo will be restricted on February 4 due to Independence Day ceremony in the following manner: 2016.02.03 (Wednesday...

Former Embilipitiya ASP arrested

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February 02, 2016 03:29 pm

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested former Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) D.W.C.&...

Ministetr calls disbanding of FCID

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February 02, 2016 03:26 pm

Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva today called government to disban Finanacial the Crime Investigations Divission(FCID) saying that it has not been set up legaly, ...

Rehearsals for 68th Independence day Celebration

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February 02, 2016 03:12 pm

The rehearsals of the 68th Independence day Celebration were held today (Feb 02). Captured here are scenes from the rehearsals.   ...

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