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Necklaces Snatched During Jaffna Festival

The necklaces worn by some Hindu devotees attending the Jaffna Nallur Temple festival were snatched by an organized gang last week. According to the police a seven-member gang was arrested and the stolen chains recovered. The suspects had snatched the chains of four women during the festival last week and had escaped in a van. [...]

Lanka Tells UN To Be More Objective

Sri Lanka has urged the United Nations (UN) including the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to follow due process and be guided by objective criteria in assessing developments in the country. The External Affairs Ministry quoted Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha as saying that the UN and member states [...]

Owners In Trouble If Child Abuse Takes Place In Guest Houses

The police have warned they will take stern action on guest house owners who directly or indirectly facilitate child abuse. According to the police most underage girls have been abused or raped in guest houses or lodges around the country. The police media unit said legal action will be taken against guest house owners, the [...]

Gambhir, Raina Guide India To Thrilling Win

Gautam Gambhir struck a brilliant century and Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan maintained the momentum to guide India to a thrilling five-wicket win in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday. Set a daunting 287 for victory, the tourists lost Virender Sehwag cheaply but Gambhir made a magnificent 102 and although [...]

Raid On Monkeys In Pita Kotte

A raid was carried out to capture wild monkeys in Pita Kotte last week in an attempt to end a menace faced by area residents after a child in the area was bitten. Wildlife Department officers with air rifles chased the monkeys and captured some of them. A monkey had bitten a child in the [...]

SLMC Hits Back At Abdul Cader

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has hit back at government parliamentarian Abdul Cader for saying that the SLMC will lose the Provincial Council elections in the east. In response to the news item published in The Sunday Leader last week under the title ‘UPFA MP says Hakeem will lose” the SLMC said that UPFA [...]

GTF Says Mistrust Among Communities Growing

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an organization representing the Tamil Diaspora, says the mistrust between the communities in Sri Lanka is growing as a result of a few incidents reported in the country recently. GTF has over the past few years had meetings on Sri Lanka with key figures of international governments including US Assistant [...]

Australia Denies First Deportation Is A New Direction

By Dinouk Colombage The Australian Immigration Department has denied that the deportation of Sri Lankan asylum seeker Dayan Anthony is a shift in their policy towards the boat people. Daniel Sanders, immigration officer at the Department of Immigration, said that while Anthony’s deportation was the first such incident it did not mean that they would [...]

Concerns Over Quality Of Imported Drugs

By Chrishanthi Christopher Last week the State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) and the private pharmaceutical drug importers were at logger heads over the low quality pharmaceutical drugs flooding the local market. This comes in the wake of the Sri Lanka Medical Practitioners Association calling for a quality assurance lab to test all imported drugs claiming that [...]

Dispute Over Jaffna Census Figure

By Chrishanthi Christopher The dispute over the latest population figure arrived at in the Jaffna region by the Census and Statistics Department in 2011 is a storm in a tea cup, claims an economist. “The figures cannot be fudged and without definite proof we cannot say that the figure is wrong” says the Principal Researcher [...]

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