Month: November 2014

Sri Lanka opposition parties launch bid to topple Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’s opposition parties formally launched their bid Sunday to topple long-serving President Mahinda Rajapakse at January elections, with prayers and public meetings in the island’s old capital of Polonnaruwa….

Navin supports Maithripala

Minister of Public Management Reforms Navin Dissanayake has resigned from his ministerial portfolio and said he had decided to support Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena in the forthcoming Presidential Election….

Navin Dissanayake resign from Ministerial post

Minister Navin Dissanayake says he has resigned from his Ministerial portfolio from all positions held under the Government….

Sri Lanka v England: Hosts win to take 2-0 lead in one-day series

Second one-day international, Colombo (RPS): Sri Lanka 186-2 (34.2 overs) beat England 185 (43 overs) by eight wickets Sri Lanka beat England by eight wickets in a rain-reduced one-day international to take a 2-0 lead in the series….

Scott Morrison confirms 37 Sri Lankan asylum seekers were handed back

The Australian government has intercepted another asylum seeker vessel at sea and directly returned 37 asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities using a controversial fast-track screening process….

Sirisena pledges to protect the Rajapaksas after becoming president

Opposition Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that he would protect the Rajapaksa family after winning the presidential poll on January 08….

A.H.M. Azwer resigns from Parliament

United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) national list parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer has resigned from Parliament today. His resignation was confirmed by Parliament Secretary General Dhammika Dasanayake….

Malaka released on bail, banned from nightclubs

Malaka Silva, the son of Minister Mervyn Silva, and six other suspects who were arrested on charges of assaulting a foreign couple at a nightclub, has been released on bail by the Colombo Magistrate Court….

JHU still undecided; No more talks with MR – Ranawaka

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday said that his party would take its final decision within next few days as they were still having discussions with Opposition common candidate Maithripala Sirisena….

Cricket: Sri Lanka to pay silent tribute to Hughes

Sri Lanka’s cricket players will observe a two minute silence at the start of their next one-day international against England in Colombo on Saturday as a mark of respect for Australia’s Phillip Hughes….

SAARC Leaders Offer Best Wishes for President Rajapaksa’s Re-election and Express Confidence on His Victory

Many of the leaders President Mahinda Rajapaksa met for bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the 18th SAARC Summit offered their best wishes for his re-election bid at the forthcoming presidential election and expressed confidence on his victory….

ICC sanctions Dilshan, Perera for disciplinary breaches

Sri Lanka cricketers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thisara Perera have been fined and reprimanded for disciplinary breaches during the first one-day international against England, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday….

Tamils would vote for any candidate who would be sensitive about them – TNA

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) PM Suresh Premachandran stated that TNA would support any candidate in forthcoming Presidential Election who would listen and be sensitive to the problems of Tamil people….

Sri Lanka War Crimes allegations can hold water only if the accusers can name the dead

The efforts to bring down the curtain to the investigation on Sri Lanka will be to pin the argument of command responsibility thus enabling key heads already named to be indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and so forth. Nevertheless, for any war crime allegations to hold water there must first be bodies of…

Mihintale PS budget defeated

The 2015 Budget of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) administered Mihintale Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) was defeated by a majority of one vote….

Cricketer Phillip Hughes has died

The cricket world has been left shattered by the death of Australian batsman, Phillip Hughes. The 25-year-old suffered devastating head injuries when he was struck while batting at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday….