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Navy arrests four Indian fishermen near Katchatheevu

Four Indian fishermen from Rameswaram have been taken into custody of Sri Lankan Navy near Katchatheevu islands Saturday night, India Today reported. The fishermen ventured into the sea after a day long strike held in Rameswaram. They have been taken into custody under the charges of crossing into Sri Lankan territory and practising illegal fishing. The [...]

BBS’s Gnanasara Thera plays peacemaker in Gintota

By Indika Sri Aravinda The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the Venerable Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera on Saturday attempted to play the role of peacemaker by calling for calm in Gintota, Galle. Gnanasara Thera said he visited Gintota following the violence between two communities and sought to mediate and bring the situation to a peaceful [...]

UAE and Sri Lanka agree to resolve domestic worker issues

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), arrived in Sri Lanka, Saturday, as a part of his Asian Tour. Minister Nahyan was received by State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake at the Bandaranaike International Airport. During his visit, Minister Al Nahyan paid [...]

Parliament told over 40 MPs spoke to Arjun Aloysius

Parliament was told today that over 40 MPs spoke to Arjun Aloysius, the owner of Perpetual Treasuries, who is being investigated over the alleged treasury bond scam. United National Party MP and Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera told Parliament that information has come to light that over 40 MPs spoke to Arjun Aloysius yet the names of [...]

Sinniah’s removal disappointing says Douglas Devananda

Leader of Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), Parliamentarian Douglas Devananda told Parliament, Saturday, that Travis Sinniah’s removal as Navy Commander was disappointing. Devananda said that the appointment of Travis Sinniah, a Tamil, as the Navy Commander was a boost to the reconciliation process in the country. However he said the sudden removal of Sinniah from his post [...]

Key Army camps in the North will not be closed

The Government insisted that key Army camps in the North will not be closed and troops will remain in the area. Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said that the joint opposition was spreading false claims that the Army will be withdrawn from the North. Speaking during the budget debate in Parliament, Saturday, the former Army Commander [...]

Tamil Nadu politicians urged to visit Sri Lanka before commenting

Tamil Nadu politicians are welcome to visit Sri Lanka and see the plight of hill country Tamils before hastily commenting on matters pertaining to them, Sri Lankan Minister Palany Thigambaram said, The Hindu newspaper reported. “While they [State politicians] have always spoken up for ‘Eelam Tamils’ in the north and east, they seldom acknowledged the [...]

Gintota situation under control after overnight curfew

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The situation in Gintota in Galle was under control following an overnight curfew on Friday night, the Police said. The Government meanwhile called for calm and urged the public not to fall prey to attempts to create communal tensions in the area. Over 100 Police Special Task Force commandos and over 200 policemen [...]

Wartime camp site converted to an apparel village

Sri Lanka has converted its wartime welfare camp site in the northern part of the country to an apparel village by setting up factories, a statement from the Industry and Commerce Ministry said. The site served a village during the war time to house thousands of displaced people fleeing the conflict before 2009. According to [...]

Ajith and Dayasiri clash in Parliament

United National Party (UNP) member Ajith Perera and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Dayasiri Jayasekera engaged in a verbal clash in Parliament, Friday. The clash occurred after Jayasekera accused Perera of giving the joint opposition time in Parliament on Thursday to attack the SLFP. Jayasekera said that when Perera was speaking in Parliament he allowed [...]

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