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President confronts protesters in Jaffna

President Maithripala Sirisena confronted protesters in Jaffna who were demanding that Tamil political prisoners be released. The protesters staged a black flag protest along the street used by the President’s convoy during his visit to Jaffna. Tamil National Alliance members M. K. Sivajilingam and Suresh Premachandran were among those who took part in the protest. [...]

Finance minister tells WB, Sri Lanka poised to leapfrog economy

Sri Lanka, under the unity Government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, is poised to leapfrog the economy after long years of conflict and political instability. Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangla Samaraweera told the Vice President of the World Bank Ms. Annette Dixon that the Sri Lankan Unity Government has been [...]

Pope notes Sri Lanka striving for reconciliation and healing

Pope Francis met on Friday with members of an organizing committee for the journey that he made to Sri Lanka back in January 2015, Radio Vatican reported. Welcoming the group, the pope said his own visit to Sri Lanka was a moment of “special grace” at  a time when the nation was “striving for reconciliation [...]

PM warns officials over delay to provide relief to flood victims

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned officials over the delay to provide relief to flood and landslide victims in Galle, Matara and Ratnapura. The Prime Minister said that he wants a deadline set for the relief items to be provided. He said that if the relevant authorities are unable to meet the deadline then he will speak [...]

Mahinda holds talks with former Japanese Prime Minister

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had talks with former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in Tokyo. Rajapaksa’s office said that the talks were based on the current developments in Sri Lanka as well relations between both countries. Both sides also discussed regional and international issues. Rajapaksa was in Japan with a delegation from the joint opposition.

Maithri Gunaratne’s new political party to contest next polls

Former United National Party (UNP) member Maithri Gunaratne announced that his new political party, the United National Freedom Front, will contest the next elections. Gunaratne said that the party will begin recruiting members and prepare to face the election. He told reporters today that his new political party will look to be the third force [...]

Air Force To Purchase 18 New Aircraft

by Indika Sri Aravinda The Sri Lanka Air Force is planning to purchase 18 new aircraft, including fighter jets, passenger planes and transport planes. Air Force spokesperson, Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne said the new aircraft will meet the requirements which existed over the past five years. He said that some of the existing aging aircraft [...]

Four Bangladeshi Nationals Seeking Asylum Deported

Four Bangladeshi nationals who had arrived in Sri Lanka and sought political asylum were deported on arrival at the Katunayake airport on Thursday. Immigration officials said that the Bangladeshi nationals had sought to enter Sri Lanka and seek refuge with the UN refugee agency. However the Bangladeshi nationals were refused entry into Sri Lanka and [...]

Land Filling For Port City Suspended

Land filling for the Colombo Port City has been temporarily suspended owing to rough seas, officials said. Engineers at the Port City told The Sunday Leader on the condition of anonymity that land filling near the breakwater had to be temporarily suspended. The official said that ships used for land filling had to be sent [...]

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