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Dompe police station attacked

Angry villagers attacked the Dompe police station this morning after a suspect had died while in police custody. Police media spokesman SSP Maxi Proctor said that the villagers had blocked the road and damaged property during the protest. A suspect who was arrested last night had died after falling off the police vehicle while he [...]

Police seize ‘Lanka’ copies

The police conducted a raid on the printing press last night where the ‘Lanka’ newspaper was being printed and seized over 20,000 copies. Police spokesman SSP Maxi Proctor told The Sunday Leader that the raid was carried out following a court order. A police complaint was received last night saying that the ‘Lanka’ newspaper was [...]

Canada reiterates concerns

Canada has once again publicly criticized Sri Lankaover its human rights record, setting the scene for a confrontation at the Commonwealth summit next month. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird told the Canadian House of Commons yesterday that he had told his Sri Lankan counterpart of Ottawa’s “concerns on the lack of accountability for the serious [...]

Deported Lankans arrive

A group of 50 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were deported from Britain arrived in the country a short while ago, airport officials told The Sunday Leader. The flight of the Sri Lankans had earlier been delayed as a result of a court order issued in Britain yesterday. However the Sri Lankans subsequently arrived this [...]

Prison to be relocated

The Borella prison complex is to be relocated to Mahara, Watareka and Kalutara Cabinet spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today. Speaking at the weekly cabinet press briefing today, the Minister said that the decision was taken following a proposal made by the Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadeera. While the Borella Prison Complex [...]

Deportation of Lankans delayed

The deportation of around 50 Sri Lankans from Britain was delayed yesterday after a British Court decided to review the asylum seekers cases. Official documents obtained by Channel 4 News indicate that Flight PV030 was scheduled to depart for Sri Lanka with “up to 50 returnees” at 1500hrs on Wednesday 28th September. The documents reveal [...]

Lankan embassy in Oslo angry

The Sri Lankan Ambassador in Oslo, Norway Rodney M. Perera, has protested the decision by a leading Norwegian television station to air the British Channel 4 documentary titled “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” yesterday. In a letter sent to TV NRK, the Ambassador said that the program content is completely biased and contains unsubstantiated allegations against [...]

Govt. to export rice to Africa

The government is considering exporting rice to Africa despite facing a rice shortage in the country earlier this year. The President’s office said that African leaders had requested Sri Lanka to export rice to their countries. “Excess rice in Sri Lanka can be exported to African countries. The President directed the relevant authorities to take [...]

UK urged to stop deportation

Britain is being urged to halt plans to deport a planeload of Tamils to Sri Lanka on Wednesday amid fears they will be at risk of being detained and tortured on arrival. Up to 50 failed asylum seekers are due to be forcibly removed from the country aboard an aircraft chartered by the UK Border [...]

More Tamils seek work in Jordan

A large number of Tamils have sought work in Jordan as domestics over the past year, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. The rights group also said that domestic work in Jordan had gotten “rougher” recently, with an increase in escapes, and some domestics turning to, or being forced into, sex work. A [...]

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