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Controversy Engulfs Costly Blunder

CPC ignored TEC advice on undersea buoy By Nirmala Kannangara Controversy surrounds the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation’s (CPC) decision to bypass Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) recommendations and purchase a Rs. 4 million inferior quality undersea buoy hose, which eventually ruptured on May 23 resulting in the Corporation incurring a huge financial loss. As of today (July 20) the [...]

Experts To Seek Fair Probe

By Easwaran Rutnam The Chairman of the three-member Advisory Council appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week to the Commission of Inquiry on Missing Persons, which has now been tasked to investigate alleged war crimes, says he will look to ensure the investigation is conducted in a fair manner. President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed Sir Desmond [...]

OHCHR To Monitor Developments

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says it is monitoring the latest developments in Sri Lanka after President Mahinda Rajapaksa had expanded the mandate of the Missing Persons Commission. OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told The Sunday Leader that OHCHR has noted the Sri Lankan government’s announcement that it is expanding the mandate of [...]

Don’t Endanger Asylum Seekers: UNHCR

By Fathima Razik The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said that, though not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, Sri Lanka is bound to observe and respect the principle of non-refoulement under international customary law, which prohibits sending asylum-seekers or refugees to places where their lives and freedoms would be in danger. [...]

DCD found in ice cream

DCD or dicyandiamide has been found in ice cream sold in the market, Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, Patali Champika Ranawaka said. Addressing the media yesterday the Minister said that traces of DCD had been found through tests conducted on ice cream sold in Colombo during Poson Poya Day. “Tests conducted by the [...]

HRCSL Team Looks At Issues In The North

By Waruni Karunarathne A team of commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) are now creating a platform for discussions among government officials, police and civil societies in the North. According to Human Rights Commissioner of the HRCSL Dr Prathibha Mahanamahewa, a team of HRCSL are visiting North to build the necessary [...]

Government Seeks Release Of Fishermen

By Camelia Nathaniel The 23 Sri Lankan fishermen and four boats taken into custody by the Indian authorities in Andra Pradesh will only be released after being produced in court, media spokesman of the ministry of fisheries and aquatic resources Narendra Rajapaksa said. Speaking to The Sunday Leader he said that there were 12 Sri Lankan fishermen [...]

Nasir Shaikh Relieved After Verdict

By Faraz Shauketaly Nasir Shaikh was a relived man last week after the Colombo High Court found four persons guilty of the murder of his brother Khuram Shaikh. Khuram Shaikh, a humanitarian aid worker who was holidaying with his girlfriend in December 2011, was murdered by a group of persons said to be led by the Chairman [...]

Concerns Over New Road Across Forest Reserve

By Binoy Suriyaarachchi The construction of a road across the Viharakanda forest reserve by the Nivithigala Pradeshiya Sabha has come under severe criticism, with the Kahawatta Divisional Secretariat (KDS) claiming that both the forest and its animals are in jeopardy and charging the construction is illegal. Sources from the KDS on the basis of anonymity [...]

PCCSL Received Over 160 Complaints

The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) received 163 complaints last year and opened a branch in Jaffna to receive complaints, the Chief Executive Officer of the PCCSL said in his annual report for 2013. He said the Jaffna office was opened on May 3, which is the World Press Freedom Day, to enable [...]

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