Cricketers To Be Taxed

By Indika Sri Aravinda A 10 percent tax is to be imposed on national cricketers from the money they earn through personal sponsorship endorsements. Former Sports Ministry Secretary Udaya Ranjith Seneviratne had proposed that the tax be imposed on national cricketers. He had said that the Cricket Board spends a lot of money to bring [...]

SLMC Seeks TNA Support

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has sought the support of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to assist Muslims in the North. SLMC General Secretary Hassen Ali said that if the TNA dominated Northern Provincial Council (NPC) helps the Muslims in the North then the Muslims in the East will be willing to support the [...]

Lanka In Touch With Sheffield Police

By Waruni Karunaratne The Sri Lankan High Commission in London is in touch with the Sheffield police on the murder of a Sri Lankan youth last Sunday. Director of Public Communications and the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, E. Rodney M. Perera said that the High Commission will make arrangements to bring [...]

UN Slams Lankan Prisons

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo says in some Sri Lanka’s prisons, cells are infested with rats; they often lack beds, mats and pillows; and there are no fans even when temperatures climb to dangerous levels. Manjoo has said this in a report on the ‘Causes, Conditions and Consequences of [...]

Canadian Aid To Lanka Unaffected

By Easwaran Rutnam Canada says its financial assistance to Sri Lanka remains unaffected despite human rights concerns as Canada does not directly fund the Sri Lankan government. Media relations officer at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charleen Bortot said that Canada’s development programmes in Sri Lanka were delivered through trusted international, multilateral [...]

Sea Food Exporters Raise Concern

By Camelia Nathaniel The Sri Lanka Sea Food Exporters’ Association President Roshan Fenando, in a message handed over to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, has said that the actions of Indian trawlers directly deprive northern Sri Lankan fishermen of their right to livelihood and results in a loss of income [...]

Buddhika Says No To PC Polls

UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana says he will not contest the Southern Provincial Council elections because that would be taking a step backwards in his political career. Pathirana says there have been reports that he will contest the next provincial polls in the South under the ruling UPFA ticket and look to be appointed as the [...]

Anandi Seeks Justice From Court

By Easwaran Rutnam Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Northern Provincial Council member Anandi Sasitharan says she hopes the court will give her justice in the case over her missing husband. Sasitharan had filed a case saying there is evidence her husband, former Trincomalee District LTTE political head S. Elilan, had surrendered to the military during the [...]

Police Warn Drunk Drivers

The police said that special operations will be launched to arrest drunk drivers and file legal action against them. A statement by police headquarters said that this morning a bus driver was arrested after it was found that he was driving under the influence of liquor. The bus driver was initially questioned after he violated [...]

All Tamils Not At Risk, Says UK

The British Home Office says while there are new “at risk” categories for Sri Lankan nationals being sent back after their asylum requests are rejected, Tamils per se are not at risk. Minister of State for Immigration Mark Harper said that each application for protection is considered on its individual merits against country information obtained [...]

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