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India intensifies patrolling near SL waters

India intensifies patrolling near SL waters

     In a bid to prevent fishermen from this region crossing the national Maritime Boundary Line and entering Sri Lankan waters, Indian Coast Guard station in Puducherry in Tamil Nadu has intensified patrol besides launching awareness campaigns, an official said today. The coastguard station, …

UNP To Boycott PSC

UNP To Boycott PSC

      The main opposition United National Party (UNP) has decided to boycott the Parliament Select Committee which will look at making proposals on the changes to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Chief Opposition Whip, UNP MP John Amaratunga said that the UNP …

Jaya’s protest may force India to shift Lankan officers out of Military Staff College in TN

Jaya’s protest may force India to shift Lankan officers out of Military Staff College in TN

        Succumbing to pressure from Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, the defence ministry is planning to shift out the Sri Lankan officers undergoing the almost year-long course at the prestigious Defence Services Staff College at Wellington. “The issue is being discussed …

Moderate cleric wins Iran’s presidential election

Moderate cleric wins Iran’s presidential election

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–        Iranians took a giant stride toward ending their country’s isolation by voting overwhelmingly in weekend presidential elections for a moderate reformer who promised a clean break from policies that put Iran on a collision course with the West.News …

TNA delegation leaves for India tomorrow

TNA delegation leaves for India tomorrow

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      A high profile Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentary delegation led by R. Sampanthan will leave for New Delhi tomorrow on a special invitation extended by the Indian Government. The six-member TNA delegation will also meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, …

Economic development is essential in achieving national reconciliation

Economic development is essential in achieving national reconciliation

       ‘From the point of view of domestic security, perhaps the most critical aspect will be the achievement of national reconciliation and the forging of a common Sri Lankan identity. Economic development is an absolute necessity in this regard’ said the Secretary Defence …

New Army Commander appointed

New Army Commander appointed

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–   President  Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed Major General Daya Ratnayake  as the new Commander of the  Sri Lanka Army. Major General Daya Ratnayake has been being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and appointed as Commander of the Sri Lanka …

Army Commander promoted to the rank of General

Army Commander promoted to the rank of General

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–     Army Commander, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya has been promoted to the rank of General by the President, the Army’s Media Unit said. The promotion is with effect from June 01. General  Jagath Jayasuriya  is the 19th  Commander of the SL …

Sri Lanka to host Commonwealth Heads despite human rights concerns

Sri Lanka to host Commonwealth Heads despite human rights concerns

      Foreign Minister Murray McCully said Sri Lanka’s hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November will focus international scrutiny on what progress it is making on human rights and reconciliation issues. He met President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week in a …

TNPF: 13A is not a starting point, interim or final solution

TNPF: 13A is not a starting point, interim or final solution

     At press conference on Wednesday(12), the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) criticized the notion that the 13th Amendment could be used in any way as a basis towards a political solution. Speaking at the event, organised by the Jaffna Press Club, TNPF President …