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Probe To Continue

By Easwaran Rutnam and Waruni Karunarathne The investigations into the war on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will continue despite a split seen at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last Thursday when Sri Lanka was discussed once again, OHCHR officials said. The investigations team of OHCHR [...]

‘Disunity Among Ministers Led To Defeat’

By Nirmala Kannangara While questions abound as to why two senior cabinet minister in the UPFA government – one overseeing Natural Resources and the other, Welfare, could not win their respective constituencies – Badulla and Hali Ela, at the elections held last week to elect members to the Uva Provincial Council even though they had [...]

We Are Not Worried At All – Minister Anura Priyadharsana Yapa

While the results of the recently concluded Uva provincial council election show lack of popularity of the government among people in the area, some argued that ‘Harin factor’ may have altered the government’s voter-base. Former UNP parliamentarian Harin Fernando topped the preferential votes at the elections, securing 173,993 votes whereas Shashindra Rajapaksa from the ruling [...]

Honda Recalls ‘Fit’ And ‘Vezel’ Hybrid Models

By Faraz Shauketaly Japanese car manufacturer Honda has recalled up to 175,000 of their Fit and Vezel hybrid models. The latest recall is in connection with a software flaw which could cause unintended acceleration. The recalls are the fourth for the latest versions of the best-selling Fit and the second for the Vezel model. The [...]

SC Rejects FR Against Central Bank

The Supreme Court has dismissed a Fundamental Rights application filed by Sujeewa Arjune Senasinghe of Colombo 3 against the Monetary Board complaining that the Central Bank, in purchasing Greece Government Bonds, had acted in an unlawful, irresponsible and an arbitrary manner. In its judgment, the Supreme Court stated that the investment in Greece Bonds and [...]

BBS Mum On Invitees For Event

By Waruni Karunarathne The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) refused to reveal the names of the participants in their ‘Great Sangha Council’ meeting scheduled to be held today, following reports that the Venerable Ashin Wirathu, who was once branded by Time magazine as the face of Buddhist terror in Burma, is expected to be among the [...]

We Will Be A Formidable Opposition – Harin Fernando

UNP’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the Uva Province, Harin Fernando, said he had met the challenge of mustering support for his party successfully, by obtaining 173,993 preferential votes in the Badulla District translating to 88%, which was the highest number of votes polled, overall in the province. He said the time is opportune for everyone [...]

Ajai: Taking CWF To The Top

By Sadhana Senanayake The HSBC Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) will be launching its four-day Resort Wear edition from October 1 to 4. CFW first introduced its Resort edition as a single day event in 2012, but in just two years, it has grown to an event that will unveil some of the best resort wear [...]

TNA To Meet Parties To Discuss Coalition

By Camelia Nathaniel The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is scheduled to meet with Tamil political parties with the intention of forming the coalition consisting of Tamil political parties. The decision was made to form this alliance during a meeting held between TNA members last Thursday chaired by TNA leader R. Sampanthan with the aim of [...]

PBJ Assures Support For Tea And Rubber

The need to scale up value addition was emphasised by Dr B. B. Jayasundera, Treasury Secretary at the 160th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Planters’ Association (PA) of Ceylon held recently in Colombo. Addressing the AGM as the chief guest, Dr Jayasundera pledged the government’s commitment to the wellbeing of the country’s plantation industry, [...]

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