Month: September 2015

US President, world leaders commend Lanka’s commitment

US President Barak Obama commended the commitment and efforts taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to strengthen good governance and democracy in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka war crimes resolution softened before U.N. debate

A U.S.-backed resolution at the United Nations that seeks justice for victims of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war has been softened to keep its government on board and allay the concerns of powerful neighbour India, sources say.

Rajitha calls for increased taxes on food containing excessive sugar, salt and oil

The Finance Ministry should increase the taxes on imported food containing excessive sugar, salt and oil to control rapid spread of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD’s) in Sri Lanka, Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

India to support Sri Lanka in UN

NEW DELHI: India is likely to back Sri Lanka on the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution over alleged war crimes if it is put to vote in Geneva on Thursday, officials said, attributing the decision to measures taken by the new government in Colombo to empower Tamil minorities.

UN resolution could advance justice in Sri Lanka – HRW

The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a resolution ensuring a robust international role in Sri Lanka’s justice mechanism for abuses during the country’s brutal civil war, Human Rights Watch said today.

India-Lanka joint military exercise to start today

PUNE: A 14-day joint training exercise ‘Mitra Shakti 2015’, involving military contingents from India and Sri Lanka, will begin at the Aundh military camp in the city on Tuesday.

Ravi to make special statement on country’s financial situation

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said he will make a special statement about the financial situation of the country within the next two days. It will also reveal the manner in which world economic trends influenced Sri Lanka.

India’s NFF seeks lasting solution to fishing row with Lanka

Thanking the India’s Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for helping arrive at a decision to not shoot fishermen at sea, during talks with Sri Lanka, the National Fish workers’ Forum has requested him to consult Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and find a permanent solution to all the issues faced by the fisher-folk.

No International probe: Ranil

Sri Lanka has the opportunity to investigate alleged instances of human rights violations during the war through a domestic mechanism with the new resolution placed at the UNHRC, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

Sri Lanka, as a pioneer of eco-sensitive civilization will strive to achieve SDG goals – President

President Maithripala Sirisena said Sri Lanka will act with determination as a pioneer of eco-sensitive civilization that is emerging in the 21st century to achieve the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals and targets that have been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

‘Backing US resolution on Lanka would mean denial of justice’

DMK chief M Karunanidhi today cautioned India against supporting a “watered down” resolution by the US on Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council over alleged rights violations during the last phase of civil war against LTTE in 2009 in the island nation.

President Sirisena meets UN chief in New York

President Maithripala Sirisena today met with the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

President holds bilateral discussions with several leaders during UN Summit

President Maithripala Sirisena currently in New York to attend the 70th UN Summit met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday (25) on the sidelines of the Summit.

Six dead, two missing in Ramboda landslide

Six persons died and two were reported missing following a landslide at Lily Estate, Ramboda yesterday evening. Several houses of estate workers were covered with earth following the landslide.

Sri Lankan rupee ends weaker near record low ahead of policy rate decision

The Sri Lankan rupee ended weaker near its all-time low on Friday as importer demand for the greenback outpaced some exporter dollar sales and inward remittances ahead of the central bank’s policy rate decision.

Justice process ‘owned by’ Sri Lankans, support of International community – US

This resolution marks an important step toward a credible transitional justice process, owned by Sri Lankans and with the support and involvement of the international community, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.