Month: February 2014

Air Vice Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake assumes duties as SLAF Commander

Air Vice Marshal Kolitha Gunathilaka will officially assume duties as the 14th Air Force Commander of Sri Lanka today (February 28)….

We will do it in Sri Lanka – John Kerry

While claiming that the Sri Lanka government has not made sufficient progress on post-war reconciliation and ensuring justice and accountability for alleged war crimes, the United States said that it would support another UN Human Rights Council resolution at the March session….

Two persons killed in collision on Galle-Matara main road

Two persons were killed when an SUV collided with a motorbike on the Galle-Matara main road in the Kumbulgama area….

Manmohan Singh to meet President next week

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa next week in Myanmar, three months after skipping a visit to the island nation to attend Commonwealth heads of government meet due to pressure from Tamil parties and within government….

Sri Lanka rupee ends steady near 3-month low

The Sri Lankan rupee ended steady on Wednesday, hovering near three-month lows for a third straight session, as mild dollar demand from importers and equity outflows were offset by greenback sales by a state bank, dealers said. The market, however, expects downward pressure to continue ahead of festival import demand in April, dealers said….

World Peace rests on UN Members demanding action against ‘foreign-imposed’ regime change.

A Global Call is needed. It is time the world and its people woke up to some ground realities, known but ignored for far too long. In pursuit of wealth, profit and power over nations and people, a handful of nations have seen fit to use force and aggression deploying fictitious and varied manipulative systems…

Sri Lankan Airlines flight forced to land by Indian Customs

A high-octane drama unfolded at the international airport in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday when Indian Customs and Central Excise enforcers forced a SriLankan Airlines plane, bound for Colombo, to land 20 minutes after it became airborne and arrested three passengers on board on the charge of attempting to smuggle red sanders, a fragrant wood, concealed in…

President assures Facebook will not be banned

Following several suicides which were indirectly linked to Facebook, and controversial rumours demanding the ban of the website, President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (25) assured the public that Facebook will not be banned under any circumstances….

Malinga five-for cuts Pakistan short

Sri Lanka 296 for 6 (Thirimanne 102, Sangakkara 67, Mathews 55*) beat Pakistan 284 (Umar Akmal 74, Misbah 73, Malinga 5-52) by 12 runs Lasith Malinga reasserted his skill for rattling chases in a tight finish, after Lahiru Thirimanne had proclaimed his relevance to the ODI format, as Sri Lanka sputtered to a thrilling win…

Scholarships for Ranaviru Children at Deyata Kirula

Over 50 scholarships each worth of Rs 12000 were distributed among children of veteran War Heroes by the Chairperson of Ranaviru Seva authority Mrs. Padma Weththewa at a function held at the Defence Ministry premises in Deyata Kirula Exhibition yesterday evening (24th Feb)….

British inmate died of heart attack – Prisons Dept.

The cause of death of a British national at the Magazine Prison in Colombo has been confirmed as a heart attack, the Department of Prisons said today….

JHU slams Hakeem’s racist policies

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has lambasted Minister of Justice, Rauff Hakeem’s interventions in the legal education system as an attempt to bring about the ‘Muslimization’ of the legal sphere, adding that this insidious plan was a conspiracy on the part of the Minister….

Sri Lanka rejects Pillay’s call “to establish an international inquiry mechanism”

The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has rejected the call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navnanethem Pillay’s  “to establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of IHRL and IHL and monitor any domestic accountability process in Sri Lanka”, saying “it gives scant or no regard to the domestic processes…

UN rights boss seeks international probe into Sri Lanka war crimes

GENEVA – The United Nations’ human rights chief called on Monday for an international inquiry into war crimes committed by both sides during Sri Lanka’s civil war, saying the government had failed to do its own credible investigation. In a much anticipated report ahead of a U.N. Human Rights Council debate next month that could…

Two rob private bank in Kohuwela

A private bank in Kohuwala has been robbed this morning.  Two persons who came in a motorbike had allegedly robbed the money at the front cash counter in a private bank in Balapokuna Junction at Kohuwela, a short while ago, police said….

Disabled voters asked to register

The Elections Secretariat has called for applications from disabled persons, who are entitled to cast their votes at the forthcoming Western and Southern Provincial Council elections….