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Reinstating of former police officers who left the service commences

2020-07-10 11:51:00

The Ministry of Defense has commenced the process of reinstating officers who have been ordered to leave the Sri Lanka Police Department. The process is being carried out as per a Cabinet decision taken by the government and appeals have already been initiated...

Singapore election held against backdrop of pandemic and recession

2020-07-10 10:55:00

Voting is under way in Singapore’s general election, under the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout...

The risk is too high. At least 5,000 random PCR tests should be done per day - GMOA

2020-07-10 10:48:00

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) says that at least 5,000 PCR tests per day should be conducted at random in the community as there is a high risk of a second wave of corona with a large number of covid patients being reported from the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center...

Another 196 COVID19 cases found in the Kandakadu cluster

2020-07-10 09:59:00

Another 196 infected people have been found in the Kandakadu cluster..

I’m not wearing masks - There is no fear as the president controlled corona - Dylan

2020-07-10 09:14:00

Former Member of Parliament Dilan Perera says that President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has managed to control the corona virus, which is a headache that even the most powerful leaders in the world could not control...

Free lunch for school children from PM Sajith - Concessions on hydro bills - Marikkar

2020-07-10 08:29:00

The government had to provide a 25% concession for electricity bills in March-April due to pressure exerted by the Samagi Jana Balawega. Says Mr. Marikkar. However, Mr. Marikkar said at a media briefing yesterday that the government that gives relief to the electricity bill has forgotten the people’s bills...

Maithri and Ranil should take responsibility for Easter attack - An Intelligence official testifies to commission

2020-07-10 08:25:00

A senior staff officer of the Army Intelligence Directorate who served in the Office of the Chief of National Intelligence during 2017-2019 has testified to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter attack that the former President and Prime Minister should take responsibility...

Private Bus Owners request an allowance of Rs. 10 per kilometer

2020-07-10 08:16:00

President of Lanka Private Bus Owners Association Gemunu Wijeratne says that the bus industry has collapsed under the influence of the COVID 19 virus...

Covid-19: European Union provides EUR 22 million grant to Sri Lanka

2020-04-09 14:23:00

The European Union (EU) and its Member States are working with partners around the world to tackle the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and mitigate the effects of the crisis...

Shani Abesekara including few other former CID officials to meet with President’s Commission

2020-02-29 16:38:00

Former Director of the CID, Senior Superintendent of Police Shani Abeysekara has been asked to appear before the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate political revenge on 3rd March...

Foreign Relations Minister meets UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

2020-02-29 12:51:00

Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka Geneva has released a media release regarding the meeting. And it is as follows...

Ranil, Sajith meet before UNP Working Committee Meeting

2020-02-28 17:40:00

It is reported that a meeting is being held between UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and opposition leader Sajith Premadasa and UNP seniors before the UNP Working Committee meeting...

Sri Lanka Promoted as an Exotic Travel Destination in Sweden

2020-02-28 17:10:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden in partnership with Lotus Travel organized an informative session on Sri Lanka tourism on 19 February at the Embassy. This is the first of a series of customer events being organized during 2020 in association with leading travel agencies in Sweden. Lotus Travel is a reputed Swedish travel agency which arranges guided group trips, theme trips and tailor made trips to selected countries, mainly in Asia including..

Statement made by Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Foreign Relations at the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council

2020-02-28 17:00:00

We hope the Council would appreciate this approach of focusing on deliverable measures of reconciliation that are in line with the interest of Sri Lanka and its people, instead of the practice of taking on a host of undeliverable commitments with the intention of never implementing them...

CEB Submits Power Outage Report

2020-02-26 09:15:00

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has recieved an investigation on the electricity outage in Sri Lanka and has released a press released on it. And it is as follows...

Birth defects and disabilities must be addressed from the lens of human rights and inclusion.

2020-02-26 08:33:00

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka hosts a panel discussion with national experts at the 9th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World...

UNFPA: Reflecting on five decades of advancements in sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka

2019-07-17 15:55:00

Marking the Global 50th anniversary of UNFPA on World Population Day..

UN expert to assess rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

2019-07-17 11:48:00

UN Special Rapporteur Clément Nyaletsossi Voule will visit Sri Lanka from 18 to 26 July 2019 to assess rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the country...

Sri Lanka clears ACMC Leader Rishad on allegations

2019-07-15 15:19:00

Contrary to the accusations, the Police Intelligence Report on Easter Sunday bombings do not show ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen being linked to the attacks, said Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe...

FMM urges everyone who respects human rights to come forward to defeat actions against freedom of expression

2019-06-17 12:37:00

The Free Media Movement (FMM) issuing a statement says it condemns the attempts to pursue legal action under the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act No 56. of 2007...

Joint statement issued by Ambassadors, High Commissioners of OIC Countries in SL

2019-06-04 05:55:49

Ambassadors and High Commissioners of countries representing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in a joint statement says the developing situation over the past few days has been extremely worrying with regards to the safety and protection..

Condemn taking Journalist Mohammed Rizvi Maharoof into custody on baseless charges: FMM

2019-05-31 11:31:19

The Free Media Movement (FMM) issuing a statement says it is deeply saddened with the injustice Journalist Mohammed Rizvi Maharoof is facing due to being arrested and taken into custody on baseless charges. ..

SL's response to statement issued by UN Special Advisors on Prevention of Genocide, Responsibility to Protect

2019-05-26 00:33:12

Responding to the joint statement issued by the United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng and the United Nations Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect Karen Smith on 13 May 2019, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Repre..

Extinct legal system caused security crisis resulting in Easter Sunday carnage: AHRC

2019-05-25 03:48:57

According to Sri Lankan Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake, the present security crisis facing the country was a result of the failures of many government institutions. In a television interview available on YouTube, he cited foreign exchange control f..

Pardon of Gnanasara Thero raises very serious concerns: CPA

2019-05-25 03:44:09

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) issuing a statement expresses its concern over granting presidential pardon to Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero. ..

UK Labour Party leaders commit to justice, accountability and Tamil self-determination

2019-05-19 06:33:27

A future Labour government would be committed to the causes of achieving justice and accountability for the Tamil people, as well as recognising their right to self-determination, the party’s leading figures said at an event in the UK Parliament, o..

The state must not fail in its duty to protect: NPC

2019-05-17 04:56:49

National Peace Council (NPC), issuing a statement, demands that the culprits and masterminds behind the recent riots be apprehended, exposed and held to account swiftly by applying the Rule of Law without any political or other influence. ..

Reuters reporters freed, in victory for investigative journalism

2019-05-07 17:26:42

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply relieved to learn that, in a victory for press freedom and investigative reporting in Myanmar and throughout the world, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were released from a prison in the Yangon su..

Finding of swords – unnecessary publicity should not be given: CEMSL

2019-04-30 04:15:34

Council of Ex-Muslims of Sri Lanka (CEMSL) issuing a statement says that finding of swords, hatchets and knives in mosques should not be given unnecessary publicity. ..

Urgent tasks after Easter Sunday bombings: National Peace Council (NPC)

2019-04-24 07:13:04

The carnage on Easter Sunday against three Christian churches, three leading hotels and two other locations have killed more than 300 and injured over 500. The scale and coordinated nature of the bomb attacks have been shocking. This brings an end to..