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Updated draft of new Constitution

Updated draft of new Constitution

An updated draft of a new Constitution has incorporated several new features but a cloud of uncertainty hangs over how soon political parties would be able to reach any consensus. Main among them are the two principal partners in the Government – the Sri Lanka …

UNHRC to discuss Rapporteur’s report on Sri Lanka

UNHRC to discuss Rapporteur’s report on Sri Lanka

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is to discuss a report on Sri Lanka on Monday. The UNHRC is to consider the report of the former Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers by the new mandate holder, Diego García-Sayán, on his mission …

Vaiko denied entry into Malaysia citing LTTE ties

Vaiko denied entry into Malaysia citing LTTE ties

MDMK general secretary Vaiko, a vociferous Tamil rights campaigner, who just got released on bail in a 2009 seditious speech case, was denied entry into Malaysia on Friday morning, charging him of being a member of LTTE and thus a ‘dangerous’ person to the country. …

Chinese investment reviving a “3,000-5,000-year-old shipping route

Chinese investment reviving a “3,000-5,000-year-old shipping route

Chinese investment in Sri Lanka is reviving a “3,000-5,000-year-old shipping route”, said visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, defending his government’s decision to join the Belt and Road Initiative. “The fact is that regional trade needs to move forward. If one country is doing …

OIC expresses solidarity with Muslims in Sri Lanka

OIC expresses solidarity with Muslims in Sri Lanka

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen stressed the OIC’s full solidarity with and support for the Muslim community of Sri Lanka against the apparent rising trend of violence instigated by extremists which is spreading fear and mistrust among …

Laws to ensure buffer zones are not violated

Laws to ensure buffer zones are not violated

Sri Lankan will introduce laws to strictly enforce “buffer zones” in disaster-prone areas so that permission cannot be given for construction activities there, a top minister said today, as the death toll in the country’s worst flooding in over a decade rose to 224. Disaster …

Tharanga suspended for two games

Tharanga suspended for two games

Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended for two matches due to his team’s slow over rate in Saturday’s Champions Trophy game against South Africa, the International Cricket Council said. Sri Lanka completed their 50 overs more than half an hour behind schedule …

Shares fall on profit-taking

Shares fall on profit-taking

Sri Lankan shares snapped two straight sessions of gains on Friday on profit-booking in telecom stocks such as Dialog Axiata Plc, while investors assessed the impact of deadly floods that hit rubber and tea plantations last week on exchange rate and inflation. Analysts said it …

Diplomats urge action against anti-Muslim attacks

Diplomats urge action against anti-Muslim attacks

Diplomats on Thursday condemned violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka and urged the government to uphold minority rights and freedom of religion. More than 20 attacks on Muslims have been recorded since April 17, including arson at Muslim-owned businesses and petrol-bomb attacks on mosques. Muslims …

Indian Navy teams deployed to assist Sri Lanka Navy operations

Indian Navy teams deployed to assist Sri Lanka Navy operations

Indian Navy diving and medical teams have been deployed to assist Sri Lanka Navy operations in the flood-hit southwestern region, as the death toll from the disaster today rose to 177 with 104 people still missing in the island nation’s worst torrential rains in 14 …