Lankan Refugee Found Guilty Of Stabbing

A man who fatally stabbed a fellow Sri Lankan refugee has been found guilty of murder by an Adelaide jury, which earlier heard the crime was committed after the victim called his killer a lady boy. Ketheshwaran Sivaperuman, 35, bled to death at his Elizabeth South home in January last year, reported. The Supreme [...]

Southern Highway Extension To Go Ahead

The government has decided to go ahead with the initial plan to extend the Southern Highway to Hambantota. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the government is having talks with China to fund the project. The Southern Highway, which connects Colombo to Galle and Colombo to Matara, was to be extended to Hambantota as part [...]

Rudra’s TGTE Wants Fonseka Investigated

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by V Rudrakumaran says it is pleased to hear of former Army Commander, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka’s interview to The Guardian newspaper that he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence for the mass alleged killing of Tamils and rape of Tamil women by [...]

GTF Ready For Direct Talks

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential diaspora group based in London, says it is ready for direct talks with anyone to resolve the national question. The GTF was responding to a question posed by The Sunday Leader when asked if it is willing to have direct talks with the government on the Tamil issue. [...]

UK Visa Applicant From Jaffna Nabbed

A 30-year old man from the Jaffna area was arrested for using deception in his UK visit visa application, the British High Commission in Colombo said. The visa applicant was found to have previously applied under a different identity. The visa applicant was referred by UK Visas and Immigration to the Fraud Investigations Bureau police [...]

Anura Slams Ranil

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake slammed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe saying he has no right to be Prime Minister anymore. Dissanayake said that since the Government was given only 100 days to be in power Wickremesinghe is no more the Prime Minister. He also noted that with a dispute over the opposition [...]

UK Envoy Notes Optimism In The North

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris made his first official visit to the Northern Province last week. During his visit, he called on the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V Wigneswaran, the Security Forces Commander in Jaffna, Major General Nandana Udawatta, the Acting Security Forces Commander in Mullaitivu, Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, [...]

Amaraweera Stands By His Statement

By Waruni Karunarathne Standing by his previous statement, Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera refused to allow Indian fishermen to catch fish in Sri Lankan waters in the interest of local fishermen’s organisations. Speaking to The Sunday Leader Amaraweera said that he made a statement earlier saying access to Indian fishermen to Sri Lankan waters will not [...]

Committees: No Action, Noise Only!

More than 150 days have passed since the new regime came into power on January 9 this year, but the pledges given during the election campaign, especially by the United National Party, seem to be wavering. The assurances to bring culprits to book and ensure good governance appear to be elusive, but the appointment of [...]

The 20th Amendment, Right To Information, And Audit Act

By Lionel Guruge As suggested by the 19th Amendment, on the 3rd of this month, the speaker of Parliament convened Parliament to finalise the members of the Constitutional Council. During this meeting, a few names were nominated for membership into this Council, including 3 representatives from civil society namely Radhika Coomaraswamy, A.W. A. Salam and [...]

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