Month: August 2016

UN Secretary-General arrives in here today

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, will arrive in Sri Lanka today 31 August for an official visit.

Solheim gained ‘valuable lessons’ as peace negotiator in Sri Lanka

The new head of the United Nations environment agency, Erik Solheim, says that he had gained valuable lessons, including the importance of dialogue and compromise while serving as a negotiator of the peace process in Sri Lanka.

Wigneswaran sidelined in itinerary for Ban Ki-moon’s visit

The United Nations, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lankan government have combined to sideline Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran in the itinerary drawn up for the visit of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Sri Lanka from August 31 to September 2.

As disaster losses mount, Sri Lanka develops tool to track them

Sri Lanka is planning to begin testing its first web-based disaster damage and loss reporting system by the end of the year, authorities say.

Families of people missing in Sri Lanka’s civil war march in silence

Human rights activists and families of missing people rallied in Sri Lanka on Tuesday (August 30) in support of an office recently set up to independently investigate the cases of thousands of people who vanished during the government’s long conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Probe disappearance of Tamils: Vaiko

India’s MDMK general secretary Vaiko has urged the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) and the Red Cross Society to inquire into the disappearance of Tamils in the last phase of war in Sri Lanka and the alleged poisoning of 107 LTTE cadres.

MR too old at 70 to form new party: Rajitha

Taking a swipe at moves by the joint opposition to from a new party headed by ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday such attempts were not conducive for a person who was 70 years of age.

Sri Lanka police arrest teen over hacking president’s website

Sri Lanka police on Monday arrested a 17-year old school boy on suspicion of hacking into the president’s official website, demanding that his university entrance examination dates not be changed, officials said on Monday.

New draft Constitution could be presented in parliament by November

Sri Lanka’s new draft Constitution could be presented in Parliament before the next budget which would be announced by mid-November this year, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said while hoping that it will celebrate the country’s diversity.

New model to administer loss making plantation companies

The government will introduce a new model to run the plantation companies soon, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

Rs.80 million donations to Health Ministry by WHO

World Health Organization (WHO) has donated four mobile hospitals and medical equipments worth Rs.80 million to the Ministry of Health.

Pakistan says three accused of 2009 Sri Lanka cricket team attack killed

Pakistani police said on Sunday that three Islamists suspected of being behind an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in the city of Lahore in 2009 had been killed during a shootout.

‘Dilscoop’ Dilshan to hang up his boots

Tillakaratne Dilshan, a formidable Sri Lanka opening cricketer, has announced his retirement from ODIs after the third match against Australia on Sunday.

Caution urged over online ads to hire maids; Sri Lankan mission receiving lesser complaints

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Doha has advised employers to be cautious about online advertisements for recruitment of maids and urged them to verify details with the mission.

No reason why cricket cannot grow in United States of America, says MS Dhoni

India One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 skipper MS Dhoni has given the thumbs up for the growth of cricket in the United States of America (USA), saying there is no reason why the game cannot be successful there.

Tamils continue to face racial discrimination in Sri Lanka, says UN Committee post review

Tamils continue to face discrimination in Sri Lanka, a UN committee stated recently, and questioned the island-country if Indian Tamils were allowed to get back to their homeland – while reviewing a report on the anti-discrimination efforts undertaken by the country.