SL briefs UNHRC President on decision to withdraw from Resolution

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has briefed UN Human Rights Council (HRC) President Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger on the decision of the Sri Lankan Government to withdraw its co-sponsorship of UN Resolution on the country, the Foreign Relations Ministry said.

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Malaysia’s Home Minister says LTTE remains a terror group

Malaysia’s Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Saturday (Feb 22) said the defunct organisation Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will remain listed as a terrorist organisation, setting aside a suggestion by Malaysia’s Attorney-General Tommy Thomas for a review.

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SL Navy, Air force –Indian Navy conduct air observer training exercise

A Dornier Aircraft of the Indian Navy conducted an Air Observer Training Exercise, with the participation of officers of the Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force.

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Coronavirus; SL ensures welfare of Sri Lankans in South Korea

The Ministry of Foreign Relations in coordination with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Seoul has been closely monitoring and coordinating efforts to ensure the safety of Sri Lankans residing in South Korea, following the recent rise of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases, particularly, in the city of Daegu, where an estimated 915 Sri Lankans reside, the ministry said.

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Southern Expressway up to H’tota: Opening tomorrow

The Godagama-Barawakumbuka stretch of the Southern Expressway (E-01) will be opened for public use tomorrow by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Godagama interchange at 3.00 p.m, E-01 Deputy Director R.A.D. Kahatapitiya said.

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General elections - SJB likely to contest under Swan symbol

Talks between the hierarchy of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and the Democratic National Front (DNF) has ended in a positive note with the DNF agreeing to lend the swan symbol provided it is allowed to retain some posts, some senior UNPers said yesterday.

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UNHRC Resolution - Govt. must reveal how it plans to withdraw 30/1: JVP

Even though the government has decided to withdraw from the co-sponsorship of the UNHRC resolution 30/1, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said yesterday the resolution was still intact and urged the government to reveal how it plans to withdraw the resolution.

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Wolbachia to be injected to dengue mosquitoes

The pilot project to release Wolbachia to Dematagoda and Nugegoda areas will take place on March 2, National Dengue Control Unit (NDCU) Director Dr. Anura Jayasekera said.

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Kadolkal fire must be investigated: UNP

The fire at the Ambalanamulla garbage dump should be investigated to determine whether it was an act of sabotage as the location was close to the Kadolkale mangroves which was at the centre of a controversy recently, the United National Party (UNP) said yesterday.

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Special Task Force appointed to monitor probe on Easter Sunday attacks

A special Task Force has been appointed on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to monitor the progress and to ensure the speedy execution of investigations into the Easter Sunday attacks, informed sources said.

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Lab to test medicinal drugs to be set up: PM

The government is making arrangements to set up a laboratory to test the quality of medicinal drugs, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

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Defence Ministry denies HRW allegations

The Defence Ministry vehemently denied the accusations by the Human Rights Watch (HRW), which claimed that families of enforced disappearance and activists supporting them are under the microscope of the Sri Lankan Security Forces and intelligence agencies, the ministry said.

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Rs.9 mn owed to SLAF by 10 public institutions

It was revealed in parliament that Rs.9 million was owed to the Sri Lanka Air Force from ten public institutions including the presidential secretariat and the prime minister’s office for providing aviation services from 2003 to 2018.

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Tourism ministry & Police to enhance safety and security of tourists

The necessity to strengthen the safety and security of tourists and increase the Tourist Police presence in the country, has been discussed in detail during a meeting held between Tourism Promotions State Minister Arundika Fernando, Sri Lanka Tourism officials and the Acting IGP Chandana Wickramaratne last week.

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Airbus Scam - Namal denies allegations

UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa today denied any involvement in the allegations mentioned during this week’s court proceedings on the 2013 Airbus deal.

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Last-minute evidence in court fight to stop SL family being deported from Australia

The fight to keep a Tamil family in Australia has started in Melbourne with government lawyers filing last-minute evidence.

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Prevailing drought

Water supply to be restricted: NWSDB

National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) said today the supply of drinking water would have to be restricted because the prevailing drought had dried up the water sources in most parts of the country.

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Malaysian AG drops charges against 12 accused of supporting LTTE

The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) in Malaysia has decided to drop all charges against 12 people who were accused of supporting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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Body of the missing police constable found from Pannala

The body suspected to be of a police constable who was reported to be missing from Kadawatha area has been found from a block of wood in Bulugahawatte area in Werahera, Pannala this morning, police said.

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In keeping with domestic priorities and policies

Govt. to work with UN and its agencies

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, who officially informed the Parliament of Government’s decision to withdraw from co-sponsored UN resolution 30/1, said that the government would continue to work with the UN and its agencies, including the regular human rights mandates/bodies and mechanisms as required in keeping with domestic priorities and policies.

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development at cost


Colombo’s skyline is rapidly changing with apartment constructions that cost millions of dollars. But, are they complying with planning and construc...

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Forest destruction due to fires has become a serious problem in some regions in Sri Lanka, especially in areas like Beragala, Haputale of the Badulla ...

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development at cost


Colombo’s skyline is rapidly changing with apartment constructions that cost millions of dollars. But, are they complying with planning and construc...

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Forest destruction due to fires has become a serious problem in some regions in Sri Lanka, especially in areas like Beragala, Haputale of the Badulla ...

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‘We suspect the bribes paid on airbus purchases were approximately USD 16.8 million’

UNP parliamentarian and former State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne, who has repeatedly voiced against the colossal losses the state-run SriLa...

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We’ve taken apt measures to contain coronavirus: Chinese Ambassador

Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan reiterated that the Chinese Government and its embassy in Sri Lanka had taken all possible measures to ...

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Same culture that frowns upon sex-ed, also allows Children to get abused secretively -Dr. Ginige

Sex. As much as it is a taboo word in the conservative, conventional context, this very taboo has also made it a topic of discussion. Recently, societ...

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We in the COPE Got Misled as CB didn’t Provide Full Information

United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian and Economist Dr. Harsha de Silva in a candid interview analysed what unravelled in the recently released ...

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Man gives birth to baby boy at Matara Hospital

A large crowd thronged Matara Hospital recently after hearing the shocking news of a man who had given birth to a baby boy. The man sporting a beard had been from a village bordering Matara....

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Beggar woman with Rs.100,000 detained by Railway Security

Railway Security Guards had arrested a beggar woman with the possession of Rs.200,000 who had been begging in the train....

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Child poisoned by mother's paramour

A young man who had allegedly given poison to his paramour’s ten-year-old son in an attempt to kill him, was produced before the Nawalapitiya magistrate Chandani Meegoda and remanded till December 6...

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He switched on the light - friend ran away from his wife

When a husband and wife were sleeping in bed, suddenly the wife screamed as she felt that someone else was sleeping near her....

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