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Lightning kills three

Three people were killed when lightning struck their home in Awissawella this evening, the police said. Police spokesman SP Ajith Rohana said that two women and a 12 year old child were killed when they were inside their house. All three were pronounced dead on admission to hospital. Meanwhile the department of meteorology said that [...]

Injunction on Kotte mayor

  The District Court in Colombo today issued an injunction order on Kotte Mayor Janaka Ranawake preventing him from making any defamatory statements against the Deputy Mayor of the Kotte Municipal Council Madura Vithana. Madura Vithana had last month lodged a complaint with the Mirihana police claiming that his private videos were being circulated by [...]

Malaysia defends decision on Lanka

  Malaysia has defended the decision to abstain from voting in a United Nations resolution urging Sri Lanka to “credibly investigate” allegations of war crimes during the final months of its civil war there. Amongst the reasons, according to Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Richard Riot, was that Sri Lanka’s problems were too complex to solve [...]

Don’t tell us what to do – MR

  President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the government is committed to achieve reconciliation and no one needs to tell his country what to do. Speaking at the launch of an export exhibition today the President stressed that Sri Lanka is in the midst of peace won at great sacrifice and the country is now progressing on [...]

More kids being abandoned

The police say more and more children are being abandoned by their parents over various reasons around the country. According to the police media unit 206 children below the age of 18 were abandoned by their mothers last year while this year the figure was at 26 for January alone. The police warned that under [...]

Jaffna MC votes on LLRC

  The Jaffna Municipal Council (MC) has adopted a resolution calling for the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), a Jaffna based newspaper reported today. According to the Uthayan newspaper, the Jaffna Municipal Council adopted the resolution by a majority of two votes with 10 members voting for and [...]

ICC World Twenty20 tickets in great demand

  Thousands of Sri Lanka cricket fans snapped up sought-after tickets for the ICC World Twenty20 2012 when box offices, MoneyGram outlets and online booking sites opened at 9am Colombo time today. Following a spectacular launch on Saturday attended by tens of thousands of cricket fans, the message to buy early was heeded this morning. [...]

Avoid another resolution, urge Elders

A group of world leaders formed by Nelson Mandela has urged Sri Lanka to try and avoid another showdown in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by adhering to the recent resolution adopted by the body. Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson told BBC Sandeshaya that The Elders are very pleased that [...]

UNP backs LLRC report

  The United National Party (UNP) has backed the implementation of the recommendations in the final report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told reporters today that the UNP will give its fullest support to the government when implementing the recommendations. He said that the UNP position on [...]

Russia slams UNHRC vote

  Without criticizing India directly for backing the US-initiated resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, Russia has described the resolution as “politically motivated” and one that has ended up discrediting the Council itself. The remark by Russian ambassador to New Delhi Alexander M Kadakin, ahead of the BRICS summit in New [...]

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