U.S. quits U.N. human rights body, citing bias vs. Israel, alarming critics

The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.



Divers search Indonesian lake for 192 missing after sinking

Distraught relatives slammed Indonesia’s government for not enforcing basic safety measures on passenger boats and pleaded Wednesday for a bigger search effort for more than 190 people presumed drowned after a ferry sank on a picturesque Sumatran lake early this week.



Two Australians killed, two more injured in expressway accident

Two Australian nationals, a woman and her daughter were killed and another three including two Australians were injured when a van crashed into a lorry near the 65 km post at Kurundugahahetekma on the Southern Expressway this morning.



Satellite technology to reduce the impact of climate change for rice production

The Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that they are ready to provide required technical assistance in utilizing satellite technology to reduce the impact of climate change on the country’s rice production.



SAITM students disappointed with President

Students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) are unhappy over the delay by the President to respond to their request for a meeting.



Chandimal suspended for one Test; could miss four more

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended for the third and final Test of the series against West Indies after he was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball during the second Test.



Hearing of Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera’s appeal postponed

Homagama Magistrate’s Court today postponed the hearing of the appeal made by Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera till 2 p.m June 22.



Trump raises stakes in trade war with China with tariffs on another $200 billion goods

The White House said Monday evening that if China goes through with its promise to retaliate against the US tariffs announced last week, the United States will impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.



Outgoing UNHR Chief commends Sri Lanka

Outgoing UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein yesterday commended Sri Lanka and several other countries for hosting at least five visits by thematic mandates in the last five years.



We remain afraid of Rajapaksas – Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

Excerpts from an interview with Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam:



Home should be secure place for child – President

The home should be transformed into the safest and most secure place for the child generation which formed the life blood of the nation, President Maithripala Sirisena said.



Sri Lankan Rupee hits record low at 161

Sri Lankan Rupee drops to a record low against US Dollar as the selling price reaches 161.0082.



Chandimal pleads not guilty to ball-tampering

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has pleaded not guilty to breaching Article 2.2.9 of the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct and a hearing will be held following the conclusion of the ongoing second Test against the West Indies.



Kiri Vehera Chief Incumbent’s shooting: Five suspects arrested

The Police have arrested five suspects in connection with the recent shooting of the Chief Incumbent of the Kataragama Kiri Vehera Raja Maha Viharaya, Ven. Kobawaka Dhamminda Thera and another monk.



High-power explosives found inside a well in Kilinochchi

Kilinochchi Security Forces have discovered a large haul of high-power explosives inside a well in Paravipanchan, Kilinochchi.



Laying the groundwork to betray Sri Lankan armed forces personnel to foreign powers – Mahinda Rajapaksa

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa says government has introduced a Bill to amend Act No: 25 of 2002 which represents Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters.