Month: November 2015

Asylum seeker on Nauru jailed after attempting suicide

Refugee advocates are concerned for a Sri Lankan asylum seeker on Nauru who has been jailed after he attempted to commit suicide at the detention centre there.

Jayalalithaa urges PM Modi to take action on release of arrested fishermen

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action on the release of eight Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.

President arrives in Paris to attend COP 21

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Paris last morning, to attend a critical global climate meeting commonly known as COP 21.

Praising President’s initiatives, UK PM Cameron offers more assistance to Sri Lanka

British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed deep appreciation for the steps taken by President Maithripala Sirisena in the last 10 months to strengthen democratic values, human rights and reconciliation.

LTTE Did Not Represent Tamils, Says Mangala

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the LTTE terror did not represent the hopes and aspirations of the majority of the Tamil community.

CBK to get same pension as Rajapaksa

A resolution has been tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to place the pension entitlement of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on par with the entitlement enjoyed by her successor Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Govt. has to pay Rs. 400 billion for previous regime’s construction projects – PM

The government is faced with the task of paying Rs. 400 billion for construction projects undertaken by the previous government, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday.

Sri Lanka urges Saudi not to stone to death maid for adultery

Sri Lanka said on Friday it was calling on Saudi Arabia to pardon a domestic worker sentenced to death by stoning after she admitted committing adultery while working in the Arab nation.

Siyam murder: Vass Gunawardena, son and 4 others found guilty

Six suspects including former DIG Vass Gunawardena and his son Ravindu have been sentenced to death after being found guilty for the abduction and murder of businessman Mohamed Siyam by the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

Sri Lankans should understand and respect Saudi laws – envoy

The new Sri Lankan ambassador to Saudi Arabia has stressed the importance of improving the island nation’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.

President Sirisena arrives in Malta

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Malta Thursday morning (Nov. 26) to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – 2015, to be held at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu from November 27-29.

Sri Lanka ex-president’s brother faces arms probe

A brother of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse has been formally named in a corruption case involving the transfer of state weapons, as the new government pushes ahead with its crackdown against the old regime.

Sunil Handunnetti named new COPE Chairman

JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) in Parliament, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said.

Queen skipped Colombo but graces Malta

British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, who did not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in 2014, will grace this year’s summit in Malta.

KP’s bank details to be checked for Rajiv Gandhi’s killing

The Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) is keen to know about the bank details of Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias ‘KP’ and some of his associates over the investigation on Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case.

Sri Lanka permanent residence for investors bringing US$ 5 million

Sri Lanka is planning to give permanent residence for investors who bring over 5 million US dollars to the country and three year residence visa for those brining over 250,000 dollars, the Finance Ministry said.