The External Affairs Ministry has temporarily suspended visa on-arrival facility for citizens of four Western African countries due to Ebola fears. According to Ministry officials Sri Lanka has suspended the facility to nationals of Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States, Prasad Kariyawasam says that the country does not have anti-Sri Lankan sentiments but only has concerns pertaining to issues regarding human rights. “I wouldn’t say that the US has anti-Sri Lankan sentiments. They only have concerns on issues pertaining to human rights. We continue to have cordial relationship with the US,” he said.
Sri Lanka does not have an ethnic struggle but a linguistic one, Chairman of the BJP Committee on Strategic Action and Former Union Minister of the Government of India Dr. Subramanian Swamy said today. Dr. Swamy made this comment during his speech at the Defence Seminar held in Colombo
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has requested UN Human Rights High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay to look beyond war crimes and probe into violations carried out against Tamils since 1974. The request has been made by 33 TNA members of the Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils.
The Police have launched a special operation in the Western Province to nab persons possessing weapons illegally, without valid license, following several shooting incidents in several parts of the province. Police Media Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana addressing a media briefing said that the operation was targeted at eradicating the ‘gun culture’ which had been disrupting normalcy in the recent past.
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has expressed concern at the continued delay in implementing the National Drug Policy, despite assurances given by authorities. GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya said they had conveyed the trade union’s concerns regarding the delay when they met Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena last week to discuss several pressing issues related to the country’s health sector.
A special team has been appointed by the Health Ministry to probe into the cosmetic surgery clinic which was operated in Bambalapitiya where a doctor had died after being given injection. Additional Secretary to the Ministry, and Director, Drug regulatory Authority, Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva who heads the team told The Nation that they had collected information regarding several…
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has released a sum of Rs.5 million to the police. The money has been allocated to remove banners, cutouts and posters put up illegally by candidates contesting the upcoming Uva Provincial Council election due to be held on September 20.
Over a week after the successful rescue of 4-year-old Dinidu Yashen from Meegalewa, Police are still hunting for errant salespersons that allegedly issued mobile SIM cards to the alleged abductors using identification details of previous customers.
Despite officials describing it as a routine ‘reshuffle’, Deputy Auditor General, AHML Ambanwela, responsible for compiling the audit query on ‘illegal’ licenses for elephants has been transferred one day prior to the stipulated time of two weeks given to the Department of Wildlife Conservation to respond. Spokespersons for the Auditor General’s Department have described it as a ‘routine reshuffle’.
Badulla District United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Thenuka Vidanagamage and his brother, former Uva Provincial Council Member Anura Vidanagamage, who had been wanted by police on charges of threatening a Deputy Elections Commissioner, were arrested after surrendering to Mahiyangana police today.
The World Health Organization on Friday (Aug 8) declared the Ebola epidemic sweeping across western Africa, where it has already killed nearly 1,000 people, an international health emergency.
The Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) will be split into two new bodies; namely the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board and the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council, as part of the new Atomic Energy Bill that has been presented to Cabinet. Once the Bill is approved, the AEA's functions will be conducted by these two bodies; one responsible for…
The Defence Ministry has launched investigations into the controversial content published by the Ministry’s website last week which had triggered protests in Tamil Nadu. Military Spokesperson, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya addressing the weekly media briefing today said a report would be handed over to Defence Ministry officials and President Mahinda Rajapaksa after investigations.
The Colombo Chief Magistrate today ordered the Police to provide security to President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), Upul Jayasuriya. Jayasuriya a few days ago filed a complaint at the Cinnamon gardens Police stating that he was followed by unidentified persons on two motorbikes while on his way back home from Hulftsdorp on July 15.
Operations of the SriLankan Airlines booking office in Tiruchi commenced as usual following an attack last Saturday, SriLankan Airlines Media and Public Relations Manager, Deepal Perera said. Perera said that necessary measures had been taken by the authorities in the country to ensure safety of its employees.
Despite concerns raised by the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), 19 Pakistani nationals who sought asylum in Sri Lanka have been repatriated by local officials without informing the UNHCR. In addition, Sri Lanka had also sent back five Afghan nationals who had also sought asylum in Sri Lanka.According to Immigration Controller, Chulananda Perera,
The body of a witness in the case where North Western Provincial Councillor, Ananda Sarathkumara had forced a teacher to kneel down in Nawagattegama, was found from a well close to his house, Police said. The incident where the teacher was forced to kneel occurred on June 14, 2013 at Navodya Maha Vidyalaya in Nawagattegama in Puttalam District of the…
A development program has been initiated by the Government to assist people affected by severe drought in several parts of the country. The program, initiated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa is aimed at providing aid to families affectd by the prevalent drought conditions.
The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement says that the media statement issued by the US Embassy on July 28, expressing concerns on media freedom in Sri Lanka, could create mistrust among communities and the way they have responded was not satisfactory.The Ministry statement highlights the country is going through a sensitive process of national