Army Commander Jagath Jayasuirya in is new year message urged his troops to face challenges posed internationally “tirelessly” and to “stand by the country’s sovereignty at all times”
At least nine persons were hospitalized following a hand grenade attack in Halmillara, Embilipitiya, police said.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the traditional New Year becomes more meaningful through the embellishment of friendship and unity.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has described the visit of a parliamentary delegation to Sri Lanka as a public relations (PR) stunt aimed at creating an opinion in favour of the Island nation.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan was allegedly detained by US authorities for 90 minutes at White Plains airport, which serves New York.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a message greeting all SriLankans around the world for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year said thatit gives an opportunity to help build a democratic nation defined bytolerance and respect for human rights.
Former foreign minister and the Spokesman for the UNP Mangala Samaraweera said he believed the government was behind the spate of
kidnappings, which he said were now being used to suppress any opposition or dissent, the Telegraph news agency reported.
A Sri Lankan MP has demanded that an Indian MPs' delegation, scheduled to visit the island nation for a week from April 16 to assess the resettlement and political process in war-torn areas, meet and talk to Tamils without any mediators.
Sri Lanka has denied that it brought up the issue of safety of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu because it is angry with India for voting against it at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March.
The government said that there is no secret police operating in Sri Lanka as claimed by some sections. In an interview with an Australian newsagency Sri Lankan High Commission in Australia, Thisara Samarasinghe said "there's a police force and other elements of the police force which conduct criminal investigations."
Two Thai women travelling on a flight to Colombo from Doha were taken into police custody for the possession of 17 bags of cocaine which were found inside the iron bars of their baggage, Police Spokesman SP Ajith Rohana said
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara has been chosen as both one of the Five Cricketers of the Year and the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2011 in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, it was announced Wednesday
Sri Lanka lifted the tsunami alert and people could now return to their homes but are advised to not go to sea, the Met Department said
The Disaster Management Centre said that a 6.0 magnitude after-shock was recorded at Sumatra, Indonesia a short while ago. The DMC said that several aftershocks are usually felt for 30 minutes in the aftermath of a major quake
Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says it has disconnected power supply to coastal areas and Railway control room says all train services in coastal lines stopped due to the current situation
Private buses in coastal areas stopped for three hours as a precautionary measure, Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne said
Vehicles are allowed to use the Southern Highway free of charge today due to the current situation after the earthquake in Indonesia, Deputy Minister Nirmala Kothalawala said
Tsunami warning issued for Sri Lanka’s coastal areas and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) advices people in coastal areas to evacuate to safe areas, the Government Information Department said. UPDATED
Certain parts of Colombo felt slight tremors a short while ago as a result of 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Sumathra, Indonesia. The department of metrology said that evacuation warnings would be issued to all coastal areas
Propaganda secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath commenting on the recent abduction of two Frontline Socialist Party activists, said that there are contradicting stories regarding the issue. “There are contradicting views given by all relevant parties related to the incident.
Cabinet spokesman Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena elaborately explained the factionalism of the JVP and insinuated that the factionalism might be a cause for the abduction. “ I don’t know who did it, but I can tell you for sure that it wasn’t the government. VIDEO
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