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Sri Lanka plays down Indian concerns on Hambantota port

Sri Lanka played down Indian concerns on the Hambantota port with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe saying it will not be used for military purposes. The Hambantota port is to be operated by China and this had led to concerns by India that the port will be used by the Chinese for military purposes. However Ranil [...]

US says Sri Lanka key partner in Trump’s strategy for South Asia

The United States considers Sri Lanka as an important partner in South Asia and would continue to extend whatever possible assistance. United States Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Alice Wells said that US President Donald Trump finalized the new strategy programme for South Asia and the Pacific Region and Sri Lanka is prominent among the [...]

Sri Lanka in talks with China to establish LNG power plant

Sri Lanka is in talks with China to establish a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant in the south of the country. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told participants at an event that discussions are underway with China to have an LNG plant in Hambantota, the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) news reported. China has already heavily [...]

Stray cattle to be detained and removed from the streets

The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development says all stray cattle will be removed from the streets of Colombo and surrounding areas. Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the cattle will be removed in order to save the lives of the animals and public and keep the city clean. He said [...]

Brigadier arrested over Rathupaswala shooting granted bail

An Army Brigadier who had given orders to open fire on a group of protesters in Rathupaswala and another officer were granted bail by the Gampaha Chief Magistrate. Brigadier Anura Deshapriya Gunawardena and Sergeant Lalith Gray were granted bail when the case was heard. Brigadier Anura Gunawardena was arrested in May following investigations conducted by [...]

Sri Lanka rejects war crimes allegations against ex-Army chief

Sri Lanka rejected war crimes allegations raised against former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya. Army spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said the allegations are baseless and shows that the ideology of the LTTE still remains. The International Truth and Justice Project, a human rights group has filed war crimes charges in Brazil and Colombia against Jagath Jayasuriya, who just concluded his [...]

President confident unity Government will continue

President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday said he is confident the unity Government will continue until 2020. Sirisena told local newspaper editors that despite attempts by the opposition to topple his Government he will ensure it remains till his term in office ends. Sirisena, who heads the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is under pressure to withdraw [...]

Six students drown in seas off Mandaitivu island

Six students drowned in the North today after the boat they were traveling in capsised.The Police said that seven people had taken a boat and gone out to sea off Mandaitivu island off the coast of Jaffna. The boat capsised and six people were killed while one person managed to swim to safety. The police [...]

Sri Lanka calls for collective defence strategies among nations

Sri Lanka on Monday called for collective defence strategies among nations to address global security concerns, the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) reported. Sri Lanka’s Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne said that all nations must work together and formulate consolidated national security strategies in order to face modern adversaries whose actions are brutal, [...]

Herath removed, Sampath appointed as SLFP organiser

Former Minister Jayarathna Herath was removed as Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) chief organiser for Polgahawela and he was replaced by Anurada Sampath Herath.

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