Gotabaya prepared to contest the next Presidential elections

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he is prepared to contest the next Presidential elections. Rajapaksa has said this in an interview with the Veerakesari newspaper which was published today. In the interview, Rajapaksa also said that it was clear slain LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran was never committed to peace talks. He said that Prabakaran had [...]

If things not going the right way Sri Lanka can advise Maldives – Dunya Maumoon

By Easwaran Rutnam   Former Maldives Foreign Minister and eldest daughter of the former President of the Maldives, Dunya Maumoon, speaks exclusively to the Colombo Gazette on the current state of affairs in the Maldives, the relationship between the Maldives and Sri Lanka and China’s role in the Maldives and calls for unity to address [...]

SIM cards, mobile phones found in prison ward of Arjun Aloysius

Mobile SIM cards and mobile phones have been found in the prison ward of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius. The Attorney General’s Department informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court that five SIM cards and three mobile phones were found in the ward. According to the Attorney General’s Department, one mobile phone was found under the mattress used [...]

Canada calls on Sri Lanka to fully implement human rights commitments

Canada called on Sri Lanka to fully implement its human rights commitments. David McKinnon, the High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka, in a statement to mark Canada Day today, said that Canada believes that strengthening inclusion, reconciliation and the rule of law is in the interests of all Sri Lankans. “We are encouraged by the [...]

Shock and grief over murder of six year old girl in Jaffna

Jaffna was in a state of shock over the murder of a six year old girl, whose body was found in a well last evening (Monday). Sivaneswaran Regina from Solipuram in Jaffna was found dead last evening and medical reports today revealed she had been strangled to death. The Police said that four people were [...]

Main suspect in Matara shooting shot dead in Police custody

The main suspect in the Matara shooting incident was shot dead while in Police custody, the Police said today. The Police claimed that Chamara Indrajith was shot dead when he attempted to throw a grenade at the Police while in Police custody. The suspect, who was arrested in connection to the shooting incident in Matara yesterday where [...]

UN Committee lists missing Lankan among cases for urgent action

A UN Committee has listed a missing Sri Lankan among cases which require urgent action. The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances has listed Gopalakrishan Kugachelvam in a list of 500 missing persons which requires urgent action. The Committee published the list of names of the disappeared persons with regard to whom the Committee has requested [...]

MR says public calls for Gota to be candidate being considered

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says public calls for his brother to be considered as the Presidential candidate of the joint opposition at the next Presidential elections, is being considered. Responding to a question posed by this journalist over the growing public support for former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to be Presidential candidate, former [...]

Only international airline operating to Mattala suspends flights

The only international airline operating to Mattala has suspended its flights to the airport. UAE-based Fly Dubai has suspended its operations to the Mattala international airport owing to commercial reasons. A spokesperson for the airline told the Colombo Gazette that Flydubai flights to Mattala will not operate after 0‎8 June due to commercial reasons. “Passengers who have purchased [...]

Ranil plays down rift in Government, says will address issues

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe played down a rift in the unity Government and asserted that efforts are underway to resolve the issues. Wickremesinghe noted that in politics there will always be rifts and that is normal. The Prime Minister was speaking at an event held at Temple Trees today. Wickremesinghe said that the focus of [...]

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