Sri Lanka compensates families of deceased migrant workers employed in Arab nations

Sri Lanka compensates families of deceased migrant workers employed in Arab nations

Colombo, Oct 18 (NIA) - The Sri Lankan government, on Tuesday handed over financial compensation to families of migrant workers who had died or become disabled while being employed in Arab countries. Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera and Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala handed over cheques amounting to 51 million local rupees to the families in a ceremony held in the...

Clash of inter-party political agendas led to resignation of Sri Lanka’s Bribery Commission chief

Clash of inter-party political agendas led to resignation of Sri Lanka’s Bribery Commission chief

Colombo, October 17 (NIA): The resignation of the Director General of the Sri Lankan Commission on Bribery and Corruption, Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe, following President Maithripala Sirisena’s public outburst last Wednesday against the “politicization” of the commission’s working, is the result of the on-going clash of the political agendas of the coalition partners, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the...

Tamil National Alliance confident of modifying unacceptable new anti-terror draft law in parliament

Tamil National Alliance confident of modifying unacceptable new anti-terror draft law in parliament

Colombo, October 16 (The New Indian Express): The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which is highly dissatisfied with the Sri Lankan government’s new draft law to replace the existing draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), is confident about getting it modified when it comes before the relevant oversight committees of parliament. TNA MP M.A.Sumanthiran said on Sunday, that he would take...

Formation of Siva Senai decried as reactionary and dangerous

Formation of Siva Senai decried as reactionary and dangerous

Colombo, October 14 (NIA): The formation of a Hindu political group “Siva Senai” (Siva’s Army) is seen by moderates and liberals as being a reactionary and dangerous development which will end up exacerbating communalism in Tamil politics and the politics of Sri Lanka as a whole. It is feared that sooner rather than later, the Siva Senai will have to...

European countries amazed at Sri Lanka’s rapid progress, says EU

European countries amazed at Sri Lanka’s rapid progress, says EU

Colombo, Oct 14 (NIA) - European countries are amazed at the rapid progress made by Sri Lanka under the new government during a very short period, a EU envoy said here Friday. EU's new Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Tung-Laï Margue while presenting his credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena said that the EU extended its fullest support towards the government's plans for...

Sri Lankan President vows to work closely with new UN Chief

Sri Lankan President vows to work closely with new UN Chief

Colombo, Oct 14 (NIA)- Sri Lanka's President, Maithripala Sirisena, on Friday congratulated the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and assured that Sri Lanka would continue its close engagements with the UN. In a letter sent to Guterres, Sirisena said that Sri Lanka had been an active member of the United Nations for more than six decades and since the January...

Sri Lankan President’s outburst against questioning of ex-defense officials exposes cracks in coalition government

Sri Lankan President’s outburst against questioning of ex-defense officials exposes cracks in coalition government

Colombo, October 13 (The New Indian Express): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s public outburst against the arrest or questioning of top level defense officials associated with the Rajapaksa regime without his knowledge, has brought out a major fault line in the coalition government which is running the island nation. Ever since the traditional arch rivals, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)...

Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister files complaint against fake fb, twitter accounts

Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister files complaint against fake fb, twitter accounts

Colombo, Oct 13 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake, on Thursday lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) against a fake facebook and twitter account being operated as the 'Minister's official account.' In a statement, the Minister said that he had no connections whatsoever with these two pages - 'Ravi Karunanayake Lanka Intelligence and Ravi Karunanayake @RavikOfficial' - which...

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