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In Pakistan, President Sirisena says Sri Lanka supports CPEC

President Maithripala Sirisena said that Sri Lanka was pleased over Pakistan’s economic progress and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. He said this on Thursday during a meeting with Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair upon his arrival at VVIP lounge of the Jinnah International Airport Karachi, said an official statement issued by the Governor House. Earlier, [...]

Canada calls for time-bound plan to implement Sri Lanka’s resolution

Canada on Thursday called  on the Sri Lankan Government to ensure a time-bound action plan to implement UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1. “While noting positive initial first steps, Canada urged the Government with the technical support from the OHCHR to set a time-bound strategy for full implementation of Resolution 30/1,” Canada said in a [...]

Transparency International Sri Lanka red flags diluted National Audit Bill

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is extremely concerned over amended provisions in the gazetted National Audit Bill. There are three major areas of concern – 1. the surcharge powers, being the power to recover monies related to any fraud, negligence, misappropriation or corruption, have been vested in the Chief Accounting Officers (e.g. Secretary to a [...]

Debate on no-confidence motion against PM set for April 4

The debate in Parliament on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been set for April 4. The date was set following a party leaders meeting held on Thursday. The no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was handed over to Parliament yesterday. The no-confidence motion with 55 signatures was handed over to Speaker Karu [...]

President orders crackdown on damage to environment in Muthurajawela

President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered a crackdown on damage caused to the environment in the Muthurajawela wetland sanctuary. The President’s media division said that the President had ordered that all constructions, land filling and other activities which damage the environment in the Muthurajawela wetland sanctuary be suspended. Environmentalists had recently raised concerns over moves by a [...]

Rosy assumes duties as first female mayor of Colombo

Rosy Senanayake assumed duties on Thursday as the first female mayor of Colombo at the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC). Senanayake was nominated as the mayor by the United National Part (UNP) which won the recent Local Government (LG) elections in Colombo. Senanayake and 60 other councilors elected from the UNP took oaths before the party [...]

Namal blocked from boarding flight to the US from Russia

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa says he was blocked from flying to the US from Russia. Rajapaksa, who was in Russia to observe the just concluded Russian Presidential elections, tweeted saying that he had been informed by Emirates Airlines in Moscow that he will not be able to travel to the US. He says [...]

Serenia Residences, beachfront mixed development to be completed by December 2019

  Serenia Residences, the Rs. 2 billion investment, aptly dubbed an architectural gem, offering a premium collection of 47 perfectly handcrafted, beachfront, luxury residences located in Talpe, Galle along the ‘Million Dollar Golden Mile’, hosted potential high-net-worth buyers to an exclusive presentation of the development and its features. This iconic, beachfront, residential development, of which [...]

UNHRC members call on Sri Lanka to set time-bound plan

UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) members on Wednesday raised concerns on the slow progress seen in Sri Lanka on the post war accountability issue. Some countries, including Germany and Switzerland, called on Sri Lanka to set a time-bound action plan to carry out its pledges. Delegations from the United Kingdom and the EU were among those [...]

Sri Lanka tells UNHRC local judiciary capable of advancing justice

Sri Lanka told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the local judiciary and law enforcement mechanisms are fully capable and committed to the processes of advancing justice to all concerned. Addressing the UNHRC on Wednesday after a written update was made on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), [...]


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