Sri Lanka remains a ‘Human Rights Priority Country’ for the UK

Sri Lanka remains a priority country in the United Kingdom’s Annual Human Rights Report 2017. Sri Lanka is one of 30 ‘Human Rights Priority Countries’ (HRPCs); countries where the UK has serious human rights concerns and hopes to engage positively to develop human rights performance. The report acknowledges that there has been limited progress in [...]

Government to consider early childhood-centric budget proposals

The Government is to include a set of proposals from a UNICEF-led meeting on early childhood development in the 2019 budget, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today. Speaking at the ‘Building Brains – Building Futures’ high-level meeting held today on early childhood development in Sri Lanka, Samaraweera said that he had received a set of proposals related to [...]

Two key suspects in Lasantha murder case granted bail

Two key suspects arrested in connection to the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga, have been granted bail. The Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court today granted bail to former Senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara and former Mount Lavinia Police Crimes Officer in Charge (OIC) Tissa Sugathapala. Prasanna Nanayakkara was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in February this [...]

EU, Canada and Norway write to President on death penalty

The Delegation of the European Union, the missions of the EU Member States in Sri Lanka as well as the diplomatic missions of the Governments of Canada and Norway in Sri Lanka have written to President Maithripala Sirisena to verify the worrying information in the public domain about the intention of the Sri Lankan Government [...]

Basil granted permission by court to travel overseas for treatment

Former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa has been granted approval by the Colombo High Court to travel overseas to obtain medical treatment. Rajapaksa was granted approval to travel overseas when the case related to the alleged misappropriation of Government funds of the Divi Neguma Development Department, was heard today. Basil Rajapaksa has been accused of misappropriating Rs. 36.5 million [...]

Two flights diverted to Mattala owing to bad weather at BIA

Two flights were diverted to the Mattala International Airport today owing to bad weather at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning. Officials said that a passenger plane from Dubai was diverted to Mattala before it returned to the BIA while a SriLankan Airlines flight arriving from Mumbai was also diverted to Mattala [...]

France win World Cup 2018

The 2018 World Cup is over, and 20 years after capturing France’s first World Cup in home soil in 1998, Les Bleus brought the trophy back home on Sunday with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Croatia. It was the usual suspects scoring on Sunday, with Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and, of course, the own [...]

Police find heroin packed in parcels hidden in Serunuwara

Police has recovered parcels of heroin buried on the Seenanweli beach, stated the Police Media Spokesperson. Serunuwara Police have found 5 parcels weighing 1.416 kgs of heroin buried on the beach. The value of the haul is estimated to be worth Rs 17 million, according to the Police.

List of 18 inmates on death row submitted to Justice Ministry

A list of 18 inmates on death row has been submitted to the Justice Ministry as the Government looks to implement the death sentence on them. The inmates had been sentenced to death over drug related offences and have been serving life in prison as the death sentence was not implemented in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, [...]

Army insists no let-up in security in the North and East

The Army says there is no let-up in the security arrangements in the North and East. In a statement issued today, the Army said that it is prepared round the clock to respond to all security requirements in the country. The statement noted that during the war, the Army adopted its own structural reforms and succeed [...]

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