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President’s Brother Dies

A brother of President Maithripala Sirisena died yesterday, two days after he was attacked by a man using an axe. Priyantha Sirisena was attacked over a private dispute and was in critical condition at a local hospital. The incident took place while President Sirisena was in China on an official visit. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera [...]

Mattala To Be Leased Out

By Indika Sri Aravinda The Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited says plans are in progress to lease out the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport to several local and foreign companies. The corporate communication official of the company, Derik Karunaratna said that the decision was taken since the company is losing Rs. 250 million [...]

I Am Ready For Any Inquiry – Fonseka

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says he is ready to face any inquiry into alleged human rights abuses during the war and is prepared to face the inquiry in any country. In an interview with this journalist, Fonseka also spoke on the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremethunga.   By Faraz Shauketaly Q:  How did you feel [...]

Greater Threat To Democracy Emerging – Tissa Attanayake

During presidential election campaign many promises were made to the people. Among these was the promise to abolish the executive presidency. The people expected them to keep their promise and did not expect them to just dilute the powers of the executive presidency nor did they want an executive prime minister instead. But by now [...]

LTTE Ban In EU Remains

The Government says it has managed to convince the European Union (EU) to maintain a ban on the LTTE despite an earlier EU court decision to lift some sanctions on the group. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said that efforts of the new Government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had [...]

All Those Accused Are Now In The Govt – Mohamed Muzammil

While allegations and concerns had been raised against several members of the former Government, those very people are now in the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena. The National Freedom Front (NFF) accused the government of being not interested in bringing any of the culprits to book, but charged that they just used all these issues [...]

President To Visit Pakistan

President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to visit Pakistan early next month. Foreign Ministry sources said that the dates for the visit are now being finalized. Meanwhile, the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan at Colombo, Dr. Sarfraz Sipra expressed deep shock, heartfelt condolences and sympathies on behalf of the people and the Government of Pakistan on [...]

President Notes Importance Of China

President Maithripala Sirisena paid a State visit to China from March 25 to 27 on the invitation of Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China.  During the visit, President Sirisena also met with Li Keqiang, Premier, and Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China. This was [...]

No Extra Funding For Probe Team

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was told that extra funding will not be required for the investigation team on Sri Lanka appointed by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as a result of the decision to postpone the consideration of the report on Sri Lanka. The Programme Support and Management Services [...]

Time To Understand Financial Power Blocks – Navin Dissanayake

It is time that we understand the financial and power blocs and learn to work with everyone across the world, said Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Tourism and Sports on Thursday, March 26. “In this respect the EU is key and it is paramount that we build strong relationships that Expo 2015, which will be an [...]

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