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The Australian border protection vessel carrying 157 Tamil asylum seekers is on its way to the Australian territory of the Cocos Islands, from where the department of immigration plans to transfer the asylum seekers to immigration detention on the Australian mainland, Guardian Australia understands.
Full Article Friday, 25 July 2014 09:27
The National Shoora Council (NSC) urges the authorities to conduct an impartial and transparent investigation into the complaint made to the Inspector General of Police by the Muslim theologian, Moulavi Mohamed Ameen Mohamed Ashkar Ali.
Full Article Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:35
The Military today denied allegations that it was establishing new camps or expanding existing ones in the Jaffna peninsula. Speaking at the weekly press briefing in Colombo, Military Spokesperson, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya referred to an incident where the military was obstructed while measuring a privately owned land, which was part of the existing camp in Achchuveli.
Full Article Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:24
Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) in a statement urges all government servants eligible for postal voting to complete their applications and hand it over to regional election officer, after obtaining the authentication from their superiors. The election department will accept postal voting applications for Uva provincial council elections until August 6, 2014. 
Full Article Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:19
Visiting Senior BJP leader and Former Union Minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy said in an exclusive telephone interview with ‘The Nation’ that foreign policy of India will be based with national interest and not the interest of Tamil Nadu in mind. He stressed that the Indian government was not ready to compromise on cordial relations with a neighboring country on the…
Full Article Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:46
The targeting of Sri Lanka over human rights issues has gone too far and has to stop, Chairman of the BJP Committee on Strategic Action and Former Union Minister of the Government of India Dr. Subramanian Swamy said a short while ago. Furthermore, he said that India will give Sri Lanka much more support than before at the
Full Article Monday, 21 July 2014 21:18
Visiting Tanzanian Minister if Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe backed Sri Lanka’s efforts solve the country’s issues through a homegrown process and said the country had made great strides post war. Addressing a media briefing held at the Ministry of External Affairs in Sri Lanka, Membe said Sri Lanka stood tall among other countries that face severe issues…
Full Article Monday, 21 July 2014 17:27
The Government needs to take further steps to bridge the gap between the Sinhalese politicians and the Muslim people created following unrest in Aluthgama, Dharga Town recently, Minister of National Languages and Social Integration, Vasudeva Nanayakkara said. Speaking to The Nation, the Minister pointed out the actual misunderstanding was not between the people of the Sinhala and Muslim communities, but…
Full Article Monday, 21 July 2014 13:10
To create “balance of power” in the global finance sector, BRICS countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are to set up a new development bank - mainly as an alternative to the World Bank. The new bank is expected to aid development work across the world under friendlier terms and conditions vis-a-vis the “financial super power” of…
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 02:30
Former Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Vidanapathirana and three others were sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment today by the Colombo High Court after they were found guilty of murdering British national Khuram Shaikh.
Full Article Friday, 18 July 2014 10:26
A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down on Thursday over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysian Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude…
Full Article Thursday, 17 July 2014 21:40
UNP MPs had to change their minds and turn back with empty hands as their entry to the premises was refused at the Sapugaskanda oil refinery. Accordingly, MPs Dr Harsha De Silva, Eran Wickramarathne, Ruwan Wijewardene, Ajith Perera and Ajith Mannapperuma had to leave the place. However, at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), Dematagoda they have been given a warm…
Full Article Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:43
United National Party (UNP) MP Dr Harsha De Silva says that the UNP’s fifth fact finding mission at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinary premises is being blocked “by the goons.” Ten minutes ago, in a twitter message, MP De Silva said “We're being stopped at the CPC refinery gate by goons and police is watching doing nothing #lka UNP MPs visit to refinery.”
Full Article Thursday, 17 July 2014 12:59
Israel and Hamas on Thursday agreed to a five-hour ceasefire on humanitarian grounds at UN’s request after nine days of intense fighting in Gaza that has claimed 226 Palestinian lives, as hectic parleys were on in the region to broker a permanent truce.  
Full Article Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:01
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States, Prasad Kariyawasam, presented his credentials to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, at the Oval Office of the White House on Monday, July 14, the Ministry of External Affairs announced. Signing the White House Guest Book before the commencement of the Credentials Ceremony, Ambassador Kariyawasam had written...
Full Article Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:33
Police today said they were still on the hunt for the major drug kingpins Mohamed Siddiq and Gampola Vidanage Samantha Kumara Alias Wele Sudha who are believed to be residing in Dubai or Pakistan. While red notices have been out on them, the Police believe that the individuals were dodging major transit points to avoid detection while controlling drug trafficking…
Full Article Tuesday, 15 July 2014 17:17
A suspect has been arrested from Madiwela last night with 9 kilograms of heroin in his possession. The arrest was made by the Police Narcotics Bureau. The estimated value of the seized heroin is around Rs.63 million.
Full Article Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:40
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) stated that it did not wish to comment on India’s position to not to support international inquiry on Sri Lanka. TNA Parliamentary Group Leader, R. Sampanthan told The Nation that India had clearly stated its position on the issue at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva this year by abstaining from…
Full Article Monday, 14 July 2014 11:18
Just four days after banning media interactions of NGOs, the government now says it will amend the Act governing NGOs to streamline the operations of NGOs registered in Sri Lanka.Speaking to ‘The Nation’, Director National Secretariat for Non Governmental Organizations D.M.S. Dissanayake said, “In the future non-profit guarantee limited groups registered under Companies Act will have
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 02:22
External Affairs Minister Prof G.L. Peiris made a fairly detailed presentation to his India’s counterpart Sushma Swaraj over the initiatives which the Sri Lankan government is taking for reconciliation and accountability, India’s external affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin had told The Hindu.
Full Article Friday, 11 July 2014 20:50

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