UN Committee Grills Sri Lanka

By Easwaran Rutnam The UN Human Rights Committee which is scheduled to convene in October, has questioned the Sri Lankan Government on several issues including on the progress made by the Sri Lankan Army’s Court of Inquiry in investigating allegations of civilian casualties during the war. The 112th session of the Human Rights Committee will [...]

Fishing issue Talks On August 29

By Waruni Karunarathne India and Sri Lanka are to hold official level talks on August 29 in New Delhi to seek a solution to the fishermen issue. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Dr Rajitha Senaratne told The Sunday Leader that the Joint Committee meeting between India and Sri Lanka to be held on August 29 would seek to [...]

India Still For Devolution Of Powers

The Indian government says it has followed a principled approach towards the situation in Sri Lanka, especially in respect of implementation of the LLRC recommendations, devolution of powers and progress towards a meaningful political settlement. Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Y. K. Sinha, in an exclusive interview with The Sunday Leader, said that India hoped that [...]

Police Say No Complaints From Polls Monitors

By Camelia Nathaniel If there is a threat to the lives of election monitors, then they should lodge a complaint with the police and appropriate action will be taken to provide them with security, Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said, in response to queries raised by The Sunday Leader regarding a joint statement made by the election [...]

Senathirajah To Be Appointed ITAK Leader

By Waruni Karunarathne The General Secretary of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), Mavai Senathirajah is to be appointed as the leader of ITAK at the next national convention of the party, sources told The Sunday Leader. The national convention of ITAK will be held from September 6 to 9 in Vavuniya and [...]

Lanka Signs US$ 760,000 Lobbying Deal

By Easwaran Rutnam The Sri Lankan government has signed a new US$ 760,000 deal with Liberty International Group LLC of the USA to promote the island in the US, including among US government members. Signed earlier this month between Dr P. Nandalal Weerasinghe, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Connie Mack, [...]

Sri Lanka To End Child Labour By 2016

Sri Lanka is one of many countries which has ratified ILO conventions on child labour and has also developed a Road Map to achieve zero tolerance for the worst forms of child labour across the island by 2016, the ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives said today. As part of this commitment, [...]

128 Pakistanis Deported So Far

The Government had deported128 Pakistani asylum seekers as of last Friday, ahead of the court order suspending the deportations. According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, both refugees and asylum seekers are currently living in fear and anxiety due to sporadic arrests conducted by the Department of Immigration and Emigration. The UNHCR office in Colombo [...]

Defence Seminar Begins Tomorrow

By Camelia Nathaniel The 4th Defence Seminar under the theme ‘Sri Lanka: Challenges to a rising nation’ will commence tomorrow (18th August) at the Colombo Galadari with the participation of both local and foreign participants. The three day seminar will consist of presentations and panel discussions by both local and foreign dignitaries and is aimed [...]

Over 1.7 Million Affected By The Drought

By Waruni Karunarathne Over 1.7 million people have been affected by the drought in several parts of the country, the Disaster Management Centre stated on Friday. According to the figures released by the DMC, 1,750,575 individuals had been affected by drought as of last Friday (15) in 14 identified districts. According to the data, 128,193 [...]

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