20 Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lankan seas

20 Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lankan seas

Colombo, Dec 2 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lanka Navy, on Saturday arrested 20 Indian fishermen for poaching illegally in the island’s territorial waters in the north, the navy media unit said in a statement. The fishermen, along with their two fishing trawlers were taken into custody from north of Kovilan Point and Point Pedro. The apprehended […]

Sri Lanka warned to expect another possible storm

Sri Lanka warned to expect another possible storm

Colombo, Dec 1 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s Disaster Management centre has been tracking another possible storm that could impact the Eastern & Northern Sri Lanka in the coming week. Weather modules predict that the system could impact Southern India and would brush aside the eastern and northern Sri Lanka bring in heavy […]

Concerns raised over increasing communal violence in Sri Lanka

Concerns raised over increasing communal violence in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Dec 1 – Across Asia, religious fundamentalism is posing a growing threat to liberal society. Even Sri Lanka, a country that has only recently emerged from a bloody civil war involving religious as well as ethnic differences, may once more be at risk. Islamist militancy is generating the most headlines. In Bangladesh, for example, […]

Impotent leadership in an uneasy coalition

Impotent leadership in an uneasy coalition

By Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham/Daily Express Two years and three months after the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) formed the National Unity Government, doubts are being raised as to whether the two parties can continue to co-habitat for the duration of the present parliament. Despite the President and the Prime Minister […]

Sri Lanka arrests five over murder of majestic tusker

Sri Lanka arrests five over murder of majestic tusker

Colombo, Dec 1 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lankan Police, on Friday arrested five people over the murder of a majestic tusker named ‘Dala Pattuwa’ whose carcass was found in the Pallekele reserve in the Central Hills of Kandy on Nov 29. The majestic tusker, was reported missing for nearly two months and several search teams had […]

Tamil Chief Minister sees no threat of arrest for observing LTTE’s Heroes’ Day

Tamil Chief Minister sees no threat of arrest for observing LTTE’s Heroes’ Day

Colombo November 30 (newsin.asia): The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has allayed a fear among the Tamils that the government in Colombo is planning to arrest and prosecute those who had organized or participated in observances relating to the Great Heroes‘ Day of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) […]

Female circumcision is an ancient and harmless Islamic practice, Lankan Bohras say

Female circumcision is an ancient and harmless Islamic practice, Lankan Bohras say

Colombo, November 30 (newsin.asia): In the wake of the growing controversy surrounding the practice of female genital cutting among certain Muslim communities in Sri Lanka, a spokesperson for the Dawoodi Bohra community in Sri Lanka, Jamila Husain, told Ceylon Today that media reports in this regard are  “exaggerated beyond imagination.” She said that the ritual […]

UN experts on arbitrary detention to launch official visit to Sri Lanka

UN experts on arbitrary detention to launch official visit to Sri Lanka

Geneva, Nov 30 (newsin.asia) – A three-member delegation from the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from December 4 to 15 to assess the country’s situation regarding the deprivation of liberty, the office of the UN Human Rights High Commissioner said. In a statement, it said […]

Sri Lanka warned to expect more rains from cyclonic storm

Sri Lanka warned to expect more rains from cyclonic storm

Colombo, Nov 30 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Meteorology Department, on Thursday warned that the island could face more heavy rains due to a cyclonic storm which was gradually moving away from the island. In its latest weather update, the Department said that the deep depression in the Arabian Sea, to the west of Sri Lanka […]

4 killed as strong winds, heavy rains lash out across Sri Lanka

4 killed as strong winds, heavy rains lash out across Sri Lanka

Colombo, Nov 30 (newsin.asia) – At least four people were killed when strong winds and heavy rains lashed out across Sri Lanka since Wednesday night prompting authorities to issue a severe weather alert. The Police said that fatalities had been reported from Galle, Gampaha and Badulla Districts while severe destruction had been caused in several areas […]