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.

Funding secured for Central Expressway

The funding for a stretch of Sri Lanka’s Central Expressway project now looks to have been secured, according to foreign media reports.

Sri Lanka Postpones New T20 Cricket League

Sri Lanka’s cricket authorities Sunday announced the indefinite postponement of the country’s Twenty20 league scheduled for next month and said revised dates will be decided by a new board.


A list of names comprising 18 prisoners convicted for drug trafficking and sentenced to death was handed over to the Justice Ministry yesterday, Commissioner of Prisons (Administration/Intelligence and Security) H.M.T.N. Upuldeniya told the Daily News yesterday. He said the majority of those inmates were being detained at the Welikada Prison while several have been detained in outstation prisons.

Sri Lanka’s special high courts to hear corruption cases to begin sittings

Sri Lanka will on Monday begin sittings of a special high court which has been set up to try high-profile bribery and corruption cases including those against members of the former government, local media reported Sunday.

France lifts second World Cup after classic final

France won the World Cup for the second time in spectacular style on Sunday as a 4-2 victory over Croatia in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades ended the battling outsiders’ dreams of a first title.

Sri Lanka war general opposes deploying troops to tackle drugs

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka Friday denounced President Maithripala Sirisena’s plan to deploy security forces to deal with drug-related crime and said it was a job for the police and not the military.

US$ 300m world class beach park from Kollupitiya to Dehiwela

The Government is to invest more than US$300 million (Rs.47.8 billion) to reclaim land for a new beachfront from Kollupitiya to Dehiwela.

Carrying out death sentence won’t stop crimes: Ajith P Perera

Carrying out the death sentence will not stop crimes, State Minister Ajith P. Perera told a media briefing yesterday and added that this is a reality he learned through his experience as a lawyer and a lecturer at the police training school.

Some members of civil society heroin dealers – Finance Minister

Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samarawweera yesterday alleged the major heroin dealers were key members of the civil society.

133 killed, over 125 injured in twin election-related blasts in Pakistan

At least 133 people, including a top nationalist leader, were killed and more than 125 others injured today in a powerful suicide blast and a targeted attack on separate election rallies in Pakistan, the deadliest in a series of assaults on candidates ahead of the July 25 polls.

Sri Lanka rupee ends weaker on importer dollar demand

The Sri Lankan rupee closed weaker on Friday as importer dollar demand surpassed mild selling of the U.S. currency by exporters, traders said.

India wants Sri Lanka to expedite joint projects

India has sought Sri Lanka’s cooperation in swift completion of joint ventures, amidst anxiety in South Block over apparent delays in taking India-assisted projects in the island forward.

Sri Lanka & Thailand to boost trade and technical cooperation

Sri Lanka and Thailand paid their attention to further develop and strengthen the trade and technical cooperation between the two countries.

List of drug traffickers on death row forwarded to President

The list of names of prisoners sentenced to death for drug trafficking were to be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, Justice Ministry sources said.