Ex-Envoys Under Probe

By Indika Sri Aravinda The Ministry of External Affairs has appointed two special committees to investigate allegations of corruption and fraud by Sri Lankan Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the former regime. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P. Perera said that the two committees will conduct separate investigations into large and small scale corruption. [...]

President’s Brother Dies

A brother of President Maithripala Sirisena died yesterday, two days after he was attacked by a man using an axe. Priyantha Sirisena was attacked over a private dispute and was in critical condition at a local hospital. The incident took place while President Sirisena was in China on an official visit. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera [...]

Mattala To Be Leased Out

By Indika Sri Aravinda The Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited says plans are in progress to lease out the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport to several local and foreign companies. The corporate communication official of the company, Derik Karunaratna said that the decision was taken since the company is losing Rs. 250 million [...]

LTTE Ban In EU Remains

The Government says it has managed to convince the European Union (EU) to maintain a ban on the LTTE despite an earlier EU court decision to lift some sanctions on the group. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said that efforts of the new Government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had [...]

President To Visit Pakistan

President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to visit Pakistan early next month. Foreign Ministry sources said that the dates for the visit are now being finalized. Meanwhile, the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan at Colombo, Dr. Sarfraz Sipra expressed deep shock, heartfelt condolences and sympathies on behalf of the people and the Government of Pakistan on [...]

No Extra Funding For Probe Team

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was told that extra funding will not be required for the investigation team on Sri Lanka appointed by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as a result of the decision to postpone the consideration of the report on Sri Lanka. The Programme Support and Management Services [...]

UNHRC Urged To Monitor Progress

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been urged to monitor the progress in Sri Lanka on the human rights issue and remain vigilant for reprisals against human rights defenders. Amnesty International, in a submission to the Council last week, said that the Government of Sri Lanka’s post Presidential election commitments and its willingness to [...]

Chinese Companies To Be Paid

The Highways Ministry has decided to recommence all the main and provincial road development projects which had been suspended by the relevant Chinese companies due to the non-payment of dues. Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion Ministry Secretary Udaya Ranjith Seneviratne said that the ministry had paid Rs. 1,000 million on March 26 to the [...]

ICRC To Conduct Survey On Missing

By Camelia Nathaniel The ICRC will carry out an island-wide survey using a representative sample of families of the missing from the organization’s caseload of 375 families throughout the country. The ICRC has received requests from the families of missing persons from 1990 to date. The ICRC has received more than 16,000 tracing requests from [...]

Obama Nominates Atul For Lanka

US President Barack Obama has nominated Atul Keshap as the Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives. Keshap, a career member of the Foreign Service, class counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the Department of State, a position he has [...]

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