Category: Local News

UN rights chief urges UNHRC to give renewed attention to Sri Lanka

The United Nations human rights chief said on Monday that she is troubled that the new Government of Sri Lanka is “swiftly reneging on its commitments” to the Human Rights Council since it withdrew its support for resolution 30/1.

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Committee recommendations on proposed 20A to be submitted today

The committee appointed to study the proposed 20th Amendment will present their conclusions and recommendations to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today, as well as at the Cabinet meeting tomorrow.

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Ruwan Wijewardene elected UNP Deputy Leader

Former MP Ruwan Wijewardene has been elected as the Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) defeating Ravi Karunanayake in the secret ballot.

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13th COVID-19 death reported in Sri Lanka

Another patient who tested positive for the Coronavirus has died today, marking the 13th death reported in Sri Lanka due to COVID-19.

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Former SIS Director’s phone to be taken into custody

The Presidential Commission probing Easter Sunday attacks today ordered the police to obtain the personal phone used by former SIS Director SDIG Nilantha Jayawardena.

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UNP wants Speaker to reconsider decision on convicted MP

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday called on the Speaker to reconsider his decision to allow Premalal Jayasekara, who was convicted of murder, to take oaths as a Member of Parliament.

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‘Viyathmaga’ requested to support the government

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested the Viyathmaga organisation to provide its inputs and support the programmes and the progression of the present administration.

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Lane law from tomorrow in four main roads in Colombo

A special program to enforce the lane law would be held from tomorrow 6 a.m until 10 a.m on Wednesday (16) in selected roads in the Western Province.

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Veggie prices bounce to new highs on lack of fertiliser

Fertiliser shortages and extreme weather have once again triggered a sharp rise in vegetable prices at a time the government is aiming for a ‘waga sangramaya’, or a cultivation revolution.

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Two new factories to produce pharmaceuticals and tyres to be set up in Hambantota district – Minister

Irrigation, Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management Minister, Chamal Rajapaksa unveiled plans to start a new pharmaceuticals factory in the Hambantota district to produce medicines locally.

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Two arrested with 1kg of heroin

Two persons have been arrested while in possession of 1kg of heroin, the police said.

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Sri Lanka navy plugs fuel leak on fire-stricken tanker

Sri Lankan military divers fixed a fuel leak from the engine of a fire-damaged oil tanker off the island’s east coast, the navy said Saturday, in a salvage operation after the huge week-long blaze.

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Three including sister of “Wele Suda” arrested

Three persons have been arrested in the area of Hakmana while in possession of Kerala Cannabis.

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Ten Opposition MPs to Support 20th Amendment

Ten Opposition Parliamentarians have expressed willingness to support the proposed draft of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, a top Cabinet Minister said.

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World Bank supports Sri Lanka With $56 million to mitigate COVID-19 impacts

The World Bank has reallocated $56 million from ongoing projects in Sri Lanka to protect the most vulnerable in the agriculture sector, improve COVID-19 protection measures on public transport, facilitate tele-education for school children, and provide digital solutions to improve delivery of public services.

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Accomplice of ‘Ratgama Vidura’ arrested with T-56 rifles

An accomplice of underworld figure ‘Ratgama Vidura’ has been arrested along with two T-56 assault rifles at Hikkaduwa.

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