UK extends over £ 20 m support for humanitarian work in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  August 17, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  812 views  |  

Monday, 19 August is World Humanitarian Day, the UN-designated day which recognises all humanitarian workers, and was established to mark the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, when 22 people lost their lives. The UK has given over £ 20 million (3.8 billion rupees) since the start of 2011 to help Sri Lanka’s post-war recovery.   British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, John Rankin, commented on the tenth anniversary of this significant day: “World Humanitarian Day reminds us anew that there is much work to be done around the world to help those who have lost everything in natural and manmade disasters and conflicts. More importantly,... 


Chinese arrested with Rs. 4.2 m worth of gems at BIA

Published : 12:00 am  August 17, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  768 views  |  

A Chinese woman was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday with gem stones worth over Rs. 4.2 million. Customs officers at the airport checked the 35 year old woman’s luggage on suspicion when she was preparing to board a flight to Shanghai. Inside the luggage they found gem stones worth over Rs. 4.2 million. The woman had pleaded innocent saying she did not know that gem stones could not be taken out of the country undeclared. Airport authorities had found that she had travelled between Sri Lanka and China on at least four occasions. Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)  Read More →


Court orders release of 8 Indian fishermen

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PTI: A court in Sri Lanka on Friday ordered the release of eight Indian fishermen, who were taken into custody by naval personnel of the island nation on 15 June for allegedly crossing the International Martime Boundary Line. The fishermen who were under judicial custody since 16 June were ordered to be released by magistrate Anandhi Kanakarathinam of the court in Mannar. However, the remand of 41 other fishermen, arrested on different dates, was extended upto 22 August, officials and President of Innocent Fishermen’s Association Arulanandham said.  Read More →


Clean and Colombo, a combo

Published : 12:00 am  August 17, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,068 views  |  

The Hindu’s  Sri Lankan correspondent, Meera Srinivasan says Colombo is a city where even a stray piece of trash on the road will surprise you, a place where cleanliness is only enhanced by the greenery all around   “How come?” I wondered, when I recently spotted a used, disposable plastic cup of a famous yogurt brand lying on the pavement in my Colombo neighbourhood. In the last four months that I have been here, I have seldom seen anything synthetic on the roads – no polythene bags being chauffeured around by the breeze, no food packets with rice spilling out, no disfigured mineral water bottles. Occasionally, I would spot dry leaves popping up on the pavements. And invariably,... 


Pakistani Independence Day celebrated in Colombo

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Under the patronage of High Commissioner Major General (Rtd.) Qasim Qureshi, the Pakistan High Commission and the Pakistani community in Sri Lanka on Wednesday celebrated the 67th Independence Day of Pakistan with traditional fervour and resolve to make Pakistan a strong, dynamic, progressive, tolerant and democratic Islamic welfare state    Read More →


India’s Independence Day in Colombo

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Under the aegis of High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha, the High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 67th Independence Day of India on Thursday at India House in Colombo. Here are some highlights  Read More →


UN Human Rights Chief to visit North and East

Published : 12:00 am  August 17, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  298 views  |  

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay will make field visits to the North and East during her stay in the island, her office in Geneva said in a statement yesterday. Confirming Pillay’s official visit to Sri Lanka from 25 to 31 August 2013, at the invitation of the Sri Lankan Government, the statement said the Human Rights Chief will call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Pillay is also scheduled to meet other Government ministers and officials. She will hold talks with senior judicial figures, members of the National Human Rights Commission and the committee monitoring the National Plan of Action on the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt Reconciliation Commission,... 


CHOGM 2013: Advance country teams in Lanka

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 Commonwealth Secretariat says country reps will review summit arrangements at BMICH and Nelum Pokuna Over 70 representatives from 15 Commonwealth countries are currently in Sri Lanka on an advance visit to make preparations for their respective delegations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, the Commonwealth Secretariat said yesterday. The delegations will tour the venue of the opening ceremony, the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, conduct detailed walkthroughs of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) – the site of the executive sessions and meetings – and visit Waters Edge, the location of the retreat, the Secretariat said on... 


Sri Lankan Navy Chief tours Australia

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Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage on an invitation extended by Commander of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, visited Australia recently. He was accompanied by of the Sri Lanka Navy Seva Vanitha Unit President Srima Colombage. He was accorded a Guard of Honour and warmly welcomed by the Commander of the Royal Australian Navy at the RAN Headquarters. He met National Security Advisor, Dr. Margot McCarthy and made a joint call on Chief of Defence Force, General David Hurley and Secretary of Defence, Dennis Richardson at the Australian Department of Defence. During his visit the Commander of the Navy held wide range of discussions on joint measures taken to prevent... 


Sri Lanka hands over nine Indian prisoners under exchange program

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Sri Lanka has started the process of handing over some nine Indian prisoners, undergoing life imprisonment in Colombo, to India under a SAARC exchange agreement, officials said on Thursday. G.B. Kulatunga, a local prisons official, said that four of the prisoners, including a woman, were handed back to Indian officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Tuesday. Five more were to be handed over today, he added. All of them had been serving life imprisonment over drug charges. Now they will serve rest of their sentence in Indian jails, Kulatunga added. He said Sri Lanka in the past had similarly handed over 20 Pakistani and Indian prisoners each to the respective authorities. The India-Sri... 


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