The United States has expressed concern over the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo last weekend. “The eventual cancellation of this training, which was focused on digital security for Jaffna-based journalists and financially supported by the U.S. government, was accompanied by a series of threats and intimidation of training participants and other journalists around the country, including threats against at least one journalist who made a statement criticizing the government over the cancellation,” the US Embassy said in a statement today.
Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Parliamentarian, Anura Kumara Dissanayake who had met with an accident in Ratnapura has been transferred to the Colombo National Hospital, JVP sources said. The accident had taken place when the vehicle in which the Parliamentarian was traveling had collided with a tipper around 12.30pm today, according to party sources.
Chief Justice Mohan Peiris today informed the Supreme Court that he would be stepping aside from the bench hearing the Golden Key case stating that he had received an anonymous letter. The Chief Justice stated that he had received a letter stating that it was unethical for him to be in the bench as he was a former Chairman of Seylan Bank.
An individual was injured due to a shooting incident in Ja-Ela this morning, Police said. The Police Media Unit said that the incident had taken place at 8.30am and the victim, a resident of Ja-Ela, was admitted to the Ragama Hospital for treatment. Police added that the victim was shot by a person who had arrived in a motorbike. Ja-Ela Police has launched investigations into the incident.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has telephoned the newly elected President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo to offer congratulations on his decisive victory at the recently concluded Presidential elections. Having secured 53.15% of the vote, Widodo emerged as the clear winner over his rival, Prabowo Subianto who secured 48.85% of the vote.
GAZA CITY — Israel extended a humanitarian cease-fire by four hours to midnight Saturday as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict rose to more than 1,000. Yuval Steinitz, an Israeli Cabinet minister, told Israeli TV station Channel 10 that a further extension would be considered at a Cabinet meeting Saturday night.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now worth $33.3 billion, making him the world’s 15th richest person on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Although Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates occupies the top spot on the world’s wealthiest people list, Facebook’s better-than-expected second quarter results pushed Zuckerberg past Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
The Alcohol and Drug Information Center (ADIC) - backed study titled ‘Parliament should have a formula for regulating cigarettes’ conducted by Verité Research finds tax and price setting system for cigarettes in Sri Lanka is ad hoc and in the clutches of political and bureaucratic discretion.
“The Sri Lanka Army has never intimidated witnesses and those involved in investigations being carried out island-wide attached to the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons” claimed Army Spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya addressing the media yesterday Brigadier Wanigasooriya expressed his dismay at various statements made to media by certain
A leading multi-national company operating in Sri Lanka with a wide range of personal care products is aggressively pursuing to gain special privileges in Lanka Sathosa, in violation of a national policies adopted by the sector, The Nation learns.
The concerned parties who noted the issue questioned as to how the officials under-value the President Mahinda Rajapaksa’a Mahinda Chinthana development
Customs officials believe smugglers have started a new trend of using women from the Eastern Province as ‘carriers’ for smuggling gold to India.The suspicion has arisen following the arrest of three women from the Eastern province within a span of 24 hours at the Bandaranaike International Airport as they were about to board flights to India, carrying concealed gold in
The Sri Lanka Army vehemently denied having arrested a group of media personnel traveling to Colombo at a check point in Omanthai on Friday (July 25) night. Denying the allegations leveled by various outlets, Sri Lanka Army spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya stressed that only the driver of the vehicle transporting the media personnel were taken into police custody on the charges
The procedure adopted by the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) to test ice cream for Dicyandiamide (DCD) has far too many ‘loose ends’ to be effective, the Public Health Inspectors’ (PHI) Union of Sri Lanka claimed.
Speaking to The Nation, the PHI Union President Upul Rohana said while there was no question the ITI had experts and equipment to test for DCD,
The Sri Lankan arm of fast food giant McDonald’s yesterday (July 26) said the expired meat scandal in China had no bearing on operations in the country as all meat used for its products were obtained locally.
When contacted, a company official at the fast food chain’s Kollupitiya branch said McDonald’s in Sri Lanka does not import ‘even a piece of
The Police today denied that a senior police constable attached to the Borella Police station was deployed to carry out labor work. “Officer Sumith Kumarawansha was in no way deployed to carry out labor work at the Police station,” said Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana when contacted by The Nation.
Moves are afoot to include human rights as part of the school curriculum following a recommendation by the Human Rights Council of Sri Lanka (HRCSL).Director General of National Institute of Education (NIE) Prof. Abeyrathna Bandara told The Nation that the HRCSL had come forward with certain proposals in order to include human rights in the school curriculum and
Dr. Ranjani Gamage denied all allegations leveled against her by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) for bringing disrepute to the association. Speaking to The Nation Dr. Gamage said, “I completely deny all the allegations made by the GMOA. I did not participate in any conference held criticizing the GMOA’s functions and its officials,” Dr.Gamage vehemently refused of issuing any
The defeat of the LTTE five years ago made us a riots-free society and whatever the incidents occurred due to some pathetic individual issues around the island was prevented making big issues of the country by the media as well as other responsible authorities including the political leadership, said by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.Minister Basil Rajapaksa made these observations