Three Tamil Tigers suspects arrested in Malaysia extradited to Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  May 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  397 views  |  

Three suspected Tamil Tigers arrested in Malaysia have been extradited to Sri Lanka where they are currently undergoing questioning, an official said here yesterday. Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana was quoted by the Government Information Department (GID) as saying the three suspects were brought to Sri Lanka on Monday night by officials of the Terrorist Investigation Department. Police arrested three foreign men suspected to be members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group in Selangor, Malaysia. The suspects were nabbed at different locations in Klang and Petaling Jaya in a special operation conducted by the Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Division (CTD) on 15 May. Malaysian... 


Pope confirms visit to Sri Lanka 

Published : 12:00 am  May 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  284 views  |  

Pontiff will be in Colombo in January 2015 Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church, has confirmed his visit to Sri Lanka in January 2015, the Catholic News Service reported yesterday. During an inflight news conference on his return to Rome from Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Pope confirmed the visit that has been the subject of unconfirmed reports so far. No other details of his visit were immediately available. The visit by the Catholic Leader is likely to highlight outstanding reconciliation issues in the island, as it recovers from a 26-year-war, with the Pontiff likely to focus on healing and reparation in keeping with his people-oriented leadership of the Catholic Church. Earlier... 


Mahinda pledges to visit Maldives

Published : 12:00 am  May 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  343 views  |  

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom held bilateral discussions in New Delhi last evening. The two leaders discussed a number of matters of mutual interest, including the joint economic commission, the President’s Media Unit said in a statement. The progress of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on youth and skills development, sports and training in various sectors was discussed. The MoUs were signed when the Maldivian President was in Sri Lanka on a State visit in January of this year. President Rajapaksa thanked Maldives for its support to Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), noting that Maldivian officials in Geneva worked actively... 


TISL’s ‘The Sri Lanka Governance Report 2012/13’ to be launched tomorrow

Published : 12:00 am  May 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  369 views  |  

The only publication that exclusively focuses on the status of governance in Sri Lanka ‘The Sri Lanka Governance Report 2012/13’ will be launched at BMICH tomorrow (29 May). The Governance Report is a regular publication of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) which brings into focus key governance issues and discusses the main incidents, trends and best practices pertaining to governance within a given year. This report covers 2012/2013 period and focuses on issues related to seven thematic areas of governance with balanced and unbiased content based on accurate and credible evidence. The report begins with an overview of the governance status of the period under review. It critically... 


New Korean Ambassador meets Basil

Published : 1:36 am  May 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  299 views  |  
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The newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Sri Lanka Chang Won-sam paid a courtesy call on Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, on Friday (23) at the Ministry of Economic Development. Reviewing the present status of bilateral relations, Ambassador stated that he wish to further improve bilateral relations between the two nations. Korean Ambassador Chang Won-sam agreed to boost trade and investment opportunities in Sri Lanka. He expressed that Korean Government wish to provide further assistance to develop areas such as health, tourism, agriculture and education in Sri Lanka. Minister Basil Rajapaksa thanked the Korean Government for provide necessary assistance for... 


President, Gayoom hold talks in New Delhi

Published : 1:34 am  May 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  199 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom held bilateral discussions in New Delhi yesterday evening. The two leaders discussed a number of matters of mutual interest, including the joint economic commission. The progress of the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on youth and skills development, sports and training in various sectors was discussed. The MoUs were signed when the Maldivian President was in Sri Lanka on a state visit in January of this year. President Rajapaksa thanked Maldives for its support to Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), noting that Maldivian officials in Geneva worked actively on behalf of Sri Lanka. President Gayoom... 


Pillay’s office to keep searchlight on Lanka

Published : 1:24 am  May 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  542 views  |  
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Pillay’s office to focus on transitional justice, laws against hate speech, protection of minorities from 2014-2017 Sri Lanka failed to meet High Commissioner’s benchmarks for progress by March 2014: report Nine Special Rapporteur visits outstanding By Dharisha Bastians The United Nations office tasked with probing the last seven years of Sri Lanka’s war will continue to engage with the international community and the UN Human Rights Council on issues of impunity, accountability and reconciliation for past and present human rights violations in the island, a new report revealed yesterday. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), currently headed by UN High Commissioner... 


MR hails Modi’s inspirational leadership; says Sri Lanka, India together against terrorism

Published : 1:22 am  May 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  211 views  |  
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IANS: Praising new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “inspirational qualities of leadership” Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Monday that Colombo was one with New Delhi against terrorism. In a message to Modi after he took oath as India’s 14th Prime Minister, Rajapaksa said: “Your victory rewards your tireless commitment to serving the people of India. It recognises your inspirational qualities of leadership and represents the hopes and aspirations of the Indian polity. “In electing (you) as their Prime Minister, the people of India have unambiguously chosen the path of change, development and effective leadership,” he added. He said Indians had reposed “their steadfast... 


Vaiko arrested for protesting against MR

Published : 1:22 am  May 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  182 views  |  
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Delhi Police on Monday arrested MDMK chief and BJP ally Vaiko as he was leading a protest against President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s arrival in New Delhi for the swearing-in ceremony of India’s 15th Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Vaiko was detained for defying prohibitory orders after he held a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in Delhi against the visit of Rajapaksa. Addressing his supporters at Jantar Mantar, Vaiko said the presence of Rajapaksa would “pollute the sanctity” of Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. The MDMK chief had  earlier opposed the invitation extended to the Sri Lankan President and had asked the Prime Minister-designate as well as BJP President Rajnath Singh to reconsider the... 


UNP MPs meet IGP over Hambantota harassment probe

Published : 1:21 am  May 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  122 views  |  
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The United National Party parliamentary team that faced harassment while inspecting the Mattala International Airport and Hambantota Port yesterday met the Inspector General of Police to follow up on the probe on the incident. Citing it has been 14 days since the incident, the parliamentarian said despite clear evidence incriminating the perpetrators including visuals of the Hambantota Governor holding a pistol during the incident; arrests are yet to be made – Pic by Lasantha Kumara  Read More →


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