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September 13, 2018 3:12 am gmt |
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President Maithripala Sirisena has summoned a special Cabinet meeting today at 12.00 noon at the Presidential Secretariat, sources said. Accordingly, the Presidential Secretariat had telephoned all ministers and asked them to mark their presence at the meeting. However, the reason for the meeting is ...
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September 12, 2018 3:50 am gmt |
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The Cabinet endorsed yesterday (Tuesday) the Counter-Terrorism Bill to be enacted by Parliament repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act applied during the wartime in dealing with the activities of the LTTE. However, Higher Education Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe proposed amendments to be incorpora...
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September 12, 2018 3:43 am gmt |
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The decision on whether to release those convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by the LTTE is an “internal matter” for India to decide, said former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. However, he indicated that he might have taken a “different line” from the Tamil ...
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September 11, 2018 11:39 am gmt |
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At least a dozen Sri Lankan asylum seekers have been forcibly deported back to Sri Lanka, having been put on a specially chartered jet that left Perth at 2am today (Tuesday). Some of the men deported had been in detention for more than six years in Australia, while others still had challenges before ...
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September 11, 2018 3:51 am gmt |
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Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) also revised petrol and diesel prices with effect from yesterday (Monday) midnight, LIOC Shed Owners Association said. According to the current revision of the fuel prices, Lanka Petrol 92 per litre will be increased by Rs.4 and the revised price is Rs.150, XtraPremium...
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September 11, 2018 3:46 am gmt |
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Sri Lanka’s announced plans to resume the use of death penalty are disturbing, as are recurrent incidents of racist and inter-communal violence, the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said yesterday (Monday). In her opening statement to the Human Rights Council’s (HRC) 39th s...
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September 10, 2018 3:27 am gmt |
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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will leave for Vietnam today (Monday) to participate in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) world economic forum to be held in Hanoi. The Prime Minister is also expected to have one to one meetings with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Si...
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September 10, 2018 3:23 am gmt |
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Former Navy Commander and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne had been summoned by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to give a statement today (Monday), CID sources said. He was summoned to give a statement with regard to the abduction of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009. ...
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September 9, 2018 3:22 am gmt |
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Despite efforts taken by Sri Lanka, the country still faces emerging challenges such as violent extremism, migration, refugees, inequality and climate change, Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said. He expressed these views at the High Level Forum on the Follow up t...
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September 9, 2018 3:13 am gmt |
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A Sri Lankan man wanted for drug trafficking in his home country has been arrested in Bangkok, four years after he first fled to Thailand, Bangkok Post reported. Saliya Perera Wiwala Arachchige was apprehended in front of the Narathiwas Residence Hotel on Sathu Pradit Soi 19 in the Chong Nonsi area, ...
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September 8, 2018 3:14 am gmt |
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President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday (Friday) he had instructed the Universities and law enforcement authorities to file charges against university students implicated in ragging because the government would not allow extremist elements to destroy the future of these students. He said though...
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September 8, 2018 3:07 am gmt |
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A number of Sri Lankan Muslim groups have called on the government to medicalise female circumcision. In representations made to the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Gender, members of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama, All Ceylon YMMA Conference, Centre for Islamic Studies and United Religions Ini...
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September 6, 2018 3:02 am gmt |
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The 72nd anniversary of the UNP will be celebrated at the UNP headquarters, Sirikotha at 9.30 am today. Party leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will preside, UNP General Secretary Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said. He said the theme of the celebrations of this year is 72 years of work an...
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September 6, 2018 2:58 am gmt |
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The ‘Jana Balaya Kolambata’ protest, which was an attempt made by the joint opposition to certifying its next political leader, was a total failure State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said yesterday (Wednesday). Addressing a news briefing held at the Government Information Department last eve...
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September 3, 2018 3:07 am gmt |
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President Maithripala Sirisena celebrates his 67th birthday today. President Sirisena was born on September 3, 1951 in the Western Province and grew up in Polonnaruwa in the North Central Province. He was born several hours after the launch of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. President Sirisena studied a...