EU warns Sri Lanka over death penalty

EU ambassadors warned Sri Lanka on Monday against ending its 42-year moratorium on capital punishment and said the island risked losing trade concessions if it went ahead.



Current govt. has an election-phobia – Dullas

The current government has a fear of elections, says UPFA MP Dullas Alahapperuma.



Death penalty a red herring: JO

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said the Government would never implement the death penalty and that the topic had been introduced to divert the attention of the public from pressing issues.



WASIM THAJUDEEN MURDER PROBE: CCTV footage handed over to COURT

The Criminal Investigation Department investigating the murder of Havelocks rugby player Wasim Thajudeen handed over two more DVDs containing the CCTV footage in connection with the murder to Colombo Additional Magistrate Isuru Nettikumara.



Mahinda refutes fake media release circulated on social media

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has issued a press release to clarify a statement allegedly done by him via a forged document purporting to be a media release.



Country has deteriorated today more than of the war and tsunami – Basil

The country has severely deteriorated under the current government, says former Minister Basil Rajapaksa.



Teens inspired by South Indian movies – Jayamaha

State Minister of Law and Order Nalin Bandara Jayamaha yesterday (17) claimed in Parliament that the controversial Aava group, operating in the Northern Province, was a gang of teenagers, adding that they have not committed any murder thus far.



Satisfied with party re-organization: Range Bandara

State Minister of Disaster Management Palitha Range Bandara yesterday said that he was satisfied with the re-organization taking place within the United National Party (UNP) as it gears itself for the 2020 Presidential Election.



ANY MINISTER PROTECTING UNDERWORLD WILL BE PUNISHED – PM

Action will be taken against any minister if found to be protecting underworld leaders, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday.



UNHCR ‘alarmed’ at separation of Sri Lanka family in Australia

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said Tuesday it is alarmed by the separation of a Sri Lankan refugee family, including a young baby, in Sydney by the Australian government.



Sri Lanka police arrest father for sharing beer with toddler son

Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested a father on suspicion of feeding beer to his one-year-old son after being caught on social media, a police spokesman said.



Controversial cheque issue during 2015 Presidential election: Investigations continue – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday reiterated that the investigations into the encashing of cheques by certain individuals and handing over the money to officials of the Presidential Secretariat on the eve of the 2015 Presidential election has not been halted.



ICC Suspends Sri Lanka Captain Dinesh Chandimal, Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe For 4 ODIs, 2 Tests

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have all been suspended for the first four ODIs along with both the Tests against South Africa, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday in a media release.



Moscow seeks explanation from Colombo

Russia has sought an explanation from Sri Lanka as regards a recent claim by Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera that Russia funded a special propaganda unit backing UPFA/Joint Opposition MP Namal Rajapaksa.



EU, Norway, Canada urge Sri Lanka not to resume executions

The European Union, along with Canada and Norway, key markets for Sri Lankan exports, have said they oppose plans by the government to resume implementing the death penalty after a moratorium of more than 40 years.



Basil permitted to travel abroad

The Colombo High Court has granted former minister Basil Rajapaksa permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.