Ukrainian arrested for violating visa rules
A Ukrainian national, believed to have been living in Sri Lanka illegally and violating visa laws, has been detained at the detention camp in Mirihana. MORE..
Anura hospitalised following a brief illness
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has been admitted to the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital following a brief illness, the hospital Director said. MORE...
Mahinda arrives at Special Prez Commission
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating serious acts of fraud a short while ago. MORE..
Sampath Athukorala released on bail
Southern Provincial Councilor Sampath Athukorala, who was in custody for allegedly uploading obscene posts on President Maithripala Sirisena on the internet, was released on bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate today. MORE...
Sampath Athukorala remanded over obscene FB post
The Colombo Chief Magistrate today ordered Southern Provincial Council member Sampath Athukorala to be remanded till October 05, for allegedly uploading defamatory posts on President Maithripala Sirisena on the internet. MORE..
Ex-Vavuniya DIG further remanded
Former Vavuniya DIG U.K. Dissanayake, who was arrested in connection with an incident of illegal excavations carried out in the Kudakachchakodiya area, has been further remanded until October 07 by the Vavuniya Magistrate’s Court. MORE..
UN resolution could advance justice in Sri Lanka - HRW
The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a resolution ensuring a robust international role in Sri Lanka’s justice mechanism for abuses during the country’s brutal civil war, Human Rights Watch said today. MORE..
Keheliya, PB and Lalith grilled at Presidential CoI
Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, former Finance Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera and former Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunga have been questioned today regarding Rs 200 million in losses incurred by a state media institution during the Presidential Election. MORE..
PM Wickremasinghe meets Indian President
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan a short while ago. MORE...
EU ready to partner with Sri Lanka to face challenges
The European Union (EU) today stressed that it truly remains committed to supporting a healthy democracy and looks forward to partnering with the Sri Lankan government to address some of the “challenges” it faces. MORE..
Petitions against Rajapaksa, Mahendran and Cabraal withdrawn
The petitions filed with the Colombo Magistrate’s Court against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran and former CB Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal have been withdrawn.
Hirunika, Nishantha among 6 sacked from UPFA
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has terminated the membership of 6 Provincial Council members representing the party. MORE..
Police identify suspects in Ukkuwa’s murder case
The police have identified the suspects who were behind the murder of notorious underworld kingpin Jayaweera Patabendige Indika Nilusha alias Pallikudawe Ukkuwa, a police source said today (28). MORE...
Pallikudawe Ukkuwa killed, two others injured
Notorious underworld kingpin Jayaweera Patabendige Indika Nilusha alias Ukkuwa has been killed by an unidentified group of people in Tangalle, this morning (26), the police said. MORE...
Sri Lanka human rights improved under Sirisena: UK
The human rights situation in Sri Lanka has “improved” since Maithripala Sirisena took over presidency from Mahinda Rajapaksa, a UK government report has said. MORE..
The Mahiyanganaya Magistrate’s Court on Monday (07) remanded Parliamentarian Thenuka Vidanagamage till 14 July in connection with his alleged involvement in an assaulting incident during the last Uva Provincial Council election. MORE...
Two Sri Lankans recognized for 2015 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards
Queen Elizabeth is to present the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Awards to two young people from Sri Lanka at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace June 22, the Government Information Department announced today. MORE...
Namal Rajapaksa questioned by CID
UPFA Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa arrived at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) this morning to give a statement, Ada Derana Reporter said. MORE..
UK arrests Lankan asylum seeker; will deport him
UK immigration officials have detained Janahan Sivanathan, a 22-year-old Tamil asylum seeker and political activist from Sri Lanka. MORE...
South African delegation meets Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in UK
A South African delegation has met with Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora organisations with a view to bringing a sense of normalcy to the North-East part of the island and exchange views on how they could contribute towards the peace and reconciliation process. MORE..
Vienna airport security staff smuggled Lankan migrants to US, UK
Austrian police have arrested several security employees at Vienna airport over their alleged role in smuggling illegal immigrants to Britain and the US, officials confirmed on Tuesday. MORE..
Bribery Commissioner resigns; new probes on hold
Justice L.K. Wimalachandra, a Commissioner of the Bribery Commission, has resigned with effect from Friday (15), the Director General of the commission Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe said. MORE..
Arrested corporal had gun, not water bottle – Police
Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara today denied claims that the army corporal, who was arrested following a security breach at an event attended by the President, was only holding a bottle of water in his hand and not a gun. MORE..
Mutual understanding the key to pass 20A: JVP
The President has vowed to dissolve Parliament, if fails to reach a final agreement on the 20th Amendment at the tomorrow’s All Party Leaders (APL) meeting, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. MORE...
Cameron claims absolute majority in UK Parliament
Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party swept Friday to an unexpectedly strong election victory, making big gains at the expense of rivals in a vote that reshapes the political landscape. MORE..
Sri Lankan-origin candidate elected to UK Parliament
Ranil Jayawardena, Conservative Party candidate of Sri Lankan origin who was running for election in North East Hampshire, has been elected to the UK Parliament.
Cameron on course for victory in UK election
David Cameron, UK prime minister, was on course to return to Downing Street on Friday with early election results pointing to a dramatic Conservative victory, but the country he leads is under unprecedented strain after a night of triumph for Scottish nationalists. MORE...
Armed soldier at President’s event arrested
An Army Corporal who was allegedly armed with a weapon at a recent event attended by President Maithripala Sirisena in Agunukolapelessa has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..
Wigneswaran defends raising convicts’ issue with Modi
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Friday strongly defended his action of forwarding to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a representation, seeking the release of four convicts of a case of rape and murder, popularly called the Premananda case. MORE..
Opposition demands anti-graft chief’s sacking
Main opposition demanded on Tuesday the country’s anti-graft chief be sacked for summoning former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to answer bribery allegations amid renewed uproar in parliament. MORE...
Sri Lanka must offer full support to UN probe - Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron says he has offered support to the steps being taken by the government to address past issues while stressing that Sri Lanka should “go further” and continue to offer full support to the ongoing UN investigation. MORE..
We will continue to push for independent probe - Ed Miliband
British Prime Ministerial hopeful Ed Miliband says that the Labour Party will continue to push for a full and independent, international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. MORE..
Vimukthi Kumaratunga helps to rescue five-foot boa constrictor
The amusing story is reported today of how a five-foot boa constrictor became trapped behind a steering wheel after it slithered behind the dashboard and was rescued by Vimukthi Kumaratunga son of former President Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga in Bristol, UK. MORE...
Lalith-Kugan case: Rambukwella and Handunnetti summoned
A Jaffna court on Wednesday (25) issued summons to former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti to appear before court on 30 July. MORE...
Sri Lanka’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tamara Kunanayakam, today accused Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of playing on racist and chauvinist anti-Tamil sentiment and termed him as “unsuitable” to represent the country internationally. MORE..
Sri Lankan asylum seeker gets deportation reprieve
A Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seeker who claims to have suffered extensive torture before escaping to the UK has won a last minute reprieve just hours before he was due forcibly deported to Sri Lanka. MORE..
President Sirisena pledges war crimes inquiry
Sri Lanka hopes to set up a domestic inquiry within a month into atrocities from the civil war, President Maithripala Sirisena has told the BBC. MORE...
Protest against Maithripala in London
A large number of British Tamils staged a rally in London on Monday (09) against the visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Srisena. MORE..
President to attend Commonwealth Day Observances today
President Maithripala Sirisena, as the Chair in Office of the Commonwealth, will attend the Commonwealth Day Observances, themed ‘A Young Commonwealth’, today (09). MORE...
Weerawansa questioned about his assets and liabilities
Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa is being questioned by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption in relation to his assets and liabilities, an official said. MORE...
29% of Sri Lanka female journos sexually harassed at work place: report
Almost 29 percent of Sri Lankan female journalists have experienced sexual harassment in the work place according to the latest survey conducted by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the New Indian Express reported. MORE...
President leaves for London on a three-day visit
President Maithripala Sirisena accompanied by First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena today left for the United Kingdom on a three-day official visit. MORE..
Dr Chris Nonis appointed Presidential Adviser
Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to UK Dr Chris Nonis has been appointed as Adviser to the President on International Affairs, the President’s Media Division said. MORE..
Malaysia eyes infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka
Malaysia has proposed to implement several infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka under a government-to-government understanding which, among others, include the Colombo City Monorail by Scomi International, oil pipeline, highways, and housing development. MORE..
SC issues stay order on Pudukuduirippu, Maritimepattu polls
The Supreme Court today issued a stay order preventing the holding of elections for Maritimepattu and Pudukuduirippu Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Mullaittivu District until March 27. MORE..
Delay of UN war report right thing to do - UK Dy HC
The decision by the UN Human Rights Council to delay the investigation into the end of the Sri Lankan conflict despite being difficult for those who gave information was the right thing to do, Laura Davis, British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka says. MORE...
Prices for EU fresh tuna imports soaring since Sri Lanka ban
Prices for tuna imported into the UK are rocketing, as the European Union’s ban on Sri Lankan fisheries produce nears a month of enforcement. MORE..
UPDATE: 15 Major Generals and 3 Brigadiers transferred
Fifteen Major Generals and three Brigadiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) have been transferred with immediate effect, army spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera told Ada Derana. MORE...
UK Parliament delegates visit Mullaittivu
An all party Parliamentary team on Sri Lanka from the UK Parliament, chaired by British Conservative Party politician Baron Naseby, has visited the Security Force Headquarters in Mullaittivu. MORE...
Police Constable injured following shooting in Vavuniya
A Police Constable (PC) attached to the Periyaulukkulama Police Station has been hospitalized after being injured in a shooting in the Vavuniya area. MORE..
Gazette notice on Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu polls today
The Government will issue a gazette notification with respect to the polls for Maritimepattu and Pudukuduirippu Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Mullaittivu District, today. MORE...
UK encouraged by progress of new govt
The United Kingdom has expressed hope that the new Sri Lankan Government will work together with the international community at the UN Human Rights Council, and co-operate with the investigation into alleged war crimes during the final stage of the conflict. MORE..