President asserts he will not back a dictatorial regime

President Maithripala Sirisena today asserted that he will never support the formation of a dictatorial regime. The President noted that the public voted for change in 2015 when the administration at the time was heading towards dictatorship. A leading Buddhist monk had recently said that Sri Lanka needs to have former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa leading [...]

Postal workers on strike to lose part of their June salary

Postal workers on strike will lose part of their June salary, Post Master General D.L.P. Rohana Abhayaratne said today. The Post Master General said that Postal Department employees who report for duties will be paid the full salary for June while those who continue to strike will only receive a salary for the period from Jun 01 [...]

Villagers in Kilinochchi kill leopard after it attacks 10 people

  Villagers in Kilinochchi captured and killed a leopard after it attacked 10 people in the area. The villagers hunted down the animal after accusing wildlife officers of failing to do their duty. Wildlife officers had arrived at Ambalkulam in Kilinochchi to capture the animal but they had failed to locate it resulting in agitated [...]

Arjun Aloysius’s father issued notice to appear in court

Geoffrey Aloysius, father of Perpetual Treasuries owner Arjun Aloysius, was issued notice today by the Fort Magistrate to appear in court on July 5th. Meanwhile Perpetual Treasuries owner Arjun Aloysius and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kasun Palisena were further remanded until July 5th. Aloysius and Palisena are in remand after being arrested over the Central [...]

Body of Saudi Arabian student recovered from Mahaweli River

The body of a Saudi Arabian student was recovered from the Mahaweli River, the Police said. The Saudi Arabian university student was reported missing yesterday after an inflatable boat toppled in the Mahaweli River. One Saudi Arabian went missing and six others were rescued after the inflatable boat with Saudi Arabian nationals toppled in the Mahaweli [...]

Sri Lanka assures will address issue of bottom trawling

Sri Lanka today assured it will address the issue of bottom trawling and other fishing methods which have a negative impact on marine resources. Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that it is important to control Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported (IUU) fishing. He said that fishing methods such as mechanised and bottom trawling have a multitude of [...]

Australia rejects Sri Lankan asylum seeker family’s deportation appeal

A Tamil asylum seeker family living in the small Queensland town of Biloela have had their appeal to stay in Australia rejected by the Federal Circuit Court, SBS news in Australia reported. Earlier in the year Nadesalingam, Priya and their two Australian-born daughters were pulled from a plane overnight, just minutes before they were due to be deported. [...]

US Congress holds discussion on Sri Lanka’s human rights situation

The Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the US Committee on Foreign Affairs heard evidence on “Human Rights Concerns in Sri Lanka.” The session was chaired by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, on [...]

Pakistan reaches out to uplift Sri Lankan youth through scholarships

In order to enhance younger generation’s capacity building for better educational opportunities, the Government of Pakistan through its High Commission awarded scholarships to 308 Sri Lankan students under the prestigious Jinnah Scholarships Scheme at a local hotel in Kandy, the Pakistan High Commission said in a statement today. Vice Chancellor, University of Paradenyia, Prof. Upul [...]

Keshap assures Sri Lanka after US withdraws from UNHRC

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap met with senior Sri Lankan officials to convey the assurance of the United States Government that the US will remain fully engaged with the Sri Lankan Government to help it meet its continuing and standing commitments to the international community to advance the cause of reconciliation and [...]

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