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Shares hit 5-1/2-week closing low

Shares hit 5-1/2-week closing low

Sri Lankan shares on Tuesday hit their lowest close in more than five weeks due to profit-booking in blue chips, although foreign investors actively bought into the island nation’s risky assets. Foreign investors were net buyers of 389.9 million rupees worth of shares, extending the …

Language has a dramatic impact on access to justice

Language has a dramatic impact on access to justice

The report by former UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto based on her mission to Sri Lanka from 29 April   to 7 May 2017, was tabled to the UN Human Rights Council on 12 June 2017. Ms. Pinto …

Disappeared Issue to National Security Council

Disappeared Issue to National Security Council

The Sri Lankan government will soon release a list of persons who surrendered to the Armed forces in final phase of the country’s civil war, President Maithripala Sirisena assured families of disappeared persons in Jaffna on Monday. His promise comes 112 days after hundreds of …

External hand behind attacks

External hand behind attacks

Sri Lanka’s main Muslim party today alleged role of an “external hand” behind a series of attacks on Islamic religious centres in the country in recent weeks. “With all our political experience we can seen an external hand to disturb the peace in the country,” …

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 …