Sri Lankan Tamils return home

Another batch of Sri Lankan Tamils return home

A fresh batch of 45 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees headed back to their homeland from the international airport yesterday.

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’s ex-leader blames others for anti-Muslim attacks

Sri Lanka’s former strongman leader on Tuesday blamed unnamed conspirators for carrying out anti-Muslim attacks during his tenure as he tries to woo estranged minority communities in his comeback bid in next month’s parliamentary elections.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena

President cancels SLFP memberships of four including Rajitha, Hirunika

The President has ordered to cancel the SLFP memberships of Rajitha Senaratne, S.B. Navinna, M.K.D.S. Gunawardene, Arjuna Ranatunga and Hirunika Premachandra, the President Media Unit said in a statement today (28).

R. Sampanthan - TNA

New Constitution needed – TNA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka, has demanded that the country frame a new Constitution to address a host of issues it’s grappling with, including the Tamil question.

Ranil Wickremasinghe

FCID investigations continuing – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that investigations into financial crimes by the special police unit, Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) is continuing and the FCID was currently carrying out extensive probes on about 20 high profile cases.

Lakshman Kiriella

Youth will defeat MR’s PM aspirations – UNP

A large number of youth had voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last presidential Election and more would do so at the August 17 general election, the UNP said on Sunday.

Abdul Kalam

Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam Dies at 83

Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam died on Monday at a hospital in Meghalaya, where he had gone to deliver a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong, reports Press Trust of India. He was 83.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers

Australia may return Sri Lankan asylum seekers

Sri Lankan asylum-seekers intercepted at sea could be handed back to their home countries if a Labor government assessed they were not owed refugee protection, Leader of the Australian Labor Party Bill Shorten has said.

Ranil Wickremasinghe

Sri Lanka to manufacture ships and cars – Ranil

Sri Lanka will manufacture ships and cars in some years time with the help of foreign investors, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday.

Mahinda Rajapaksa

MR: No factions in SLFP, UNP will be defeated

Former President and UPFA Prime Ministerial Candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that there were no factions in the SLFP and the party would go ahead as one entity to defeat the common enemy, the UNP.

White van abduction

Mirihana white van came for President – M.K.D.S

The white van, in which three army personnel were travelling with a pistol, came for President Maithripala Sirisena, United National Front National List candidate M.K.D.S. Gunawardena said.

Kusal Janith Perera

Kusal ton sets up consolation SL victory

Kusal Perera sent Pakistan on the run with his most substantial innings to date, then Sri Lanka’s middle order ran the opposition down and mauled them in a frenzied finish, to found a 165-run victory in the final ODI. Sri Lanka plundered 368 for 4

Gun in hand

‘Ukkuwa’ shot dead

A 38-year-old underworld kingpin Jayaweera Patabendige Indika Nilusha alias Ukkuwa has been killed by an unidentified group of people in Tangalle, this morning (26), the police said.

Vijitha Herath

We want to defeat the Rajapaksa political culture – Vijitha Herath

JVP which launched its manifesto last week has committed itseld to an ideological struggle to bring about political changes in the country. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, former MP and JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said the party aims at taking ‘controlling power’ of the next Parliament to work for the people.

Sri Lanka Army in Jaffna

Army says it has only ‘limited’ role in north

The Sri Lankan Army has maintained that its involvement in the Northern Province is limited “only to demining, construction works and infrastructure development in connection with the resettlement of people.”

Ravi Karunanayake

Litro Gas will not be privatised: Minister

In an emphatic response to UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said there was no attempt at all to privatize Litro Gas Lanka Ltd.