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Former Sri Lankan parliamentarian and 4 others sentenced to death for murder of rival leader

Former Sri Lankan parliamentarian and 4 others sentenced to death for murder of rival leader

Sept 8 (NIA) - The Colombo High Court on Thursday sentenced a former Sri Lankan parliamentarian Duminda Silva and four others to death for the murder of a rival politician Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra in October 2011. The high profile Duminda Silva had had close relations with ex president Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Silva was also the "Monitoring...

Sri Lankan court orders remains of popular editor to be exhumed

Sri Lankan court orders remains of popular editor to be exhumed

Colombo, September 8 (NIA) - A Sri Lankan court on Thursday ordered investigators to exhume the remains of the fearless editor of Sunday Leader and human rights activist Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was assassinated in January 2009. The Mount Lavinia Magistrate Court issued the order considering a request made by the Criminal Investigations Department. The request was granted on the grounds...

Sri Lanka a magnet for Chinese tourists

Sri Lanka continues to soar in tourist arrivals

Sept 7 (NIA) - Over 185,000 tourists arrived in Sri Lanka in August, with the total number of tourist arrivals now reaching 1,359,906 from January to August, statistics from the Tourism Ministry showed here on Wednesday. Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals last month rose 11.8 percent from a year earlier with total visitors up 16 percent. China once again became the...

Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Nur Azlan says attack on Sri Lankan envoy was a “political” and not a “terrorist” act

Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Nur Azlan says attack on Sri Lankan envoy was a “political” and not a “terrorist” act

Kuala Lumpur, September 6 (NIA): The Malaysian Deputy Home Minister, Datuk Nur Azlan Mohomed, said on Tuesday that the assault on Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ibrahim Sahib Ansar, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Sunday, was a “political act” and not a “terrorist act.” “It was an isolated incident triggered by political conflicts,” Nur Jazlan said....

Sri Lanka asks Malaysia to take sternest legal action against perpetrators of violence against envoy and monk

Sri Lanka asks Malaysia to take sternest legal action against perpetrators of violence against envoy and monk

Colombo, September 5 (NIA): The Secretary to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Esala Weerakoon, on Monday called in the High Commissioner of Malaysia to express disappointment that the Malaysian authorities had failed to provide necessary protection to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia, Ibrahim Sahib Ansar, despite the High Commission bringing to the notice of relevant Malaysian authorities,...

Malaysia sternly warns pro-LTTE groups after attacks on Sri Lankan envoy and Buddhist monk

Malaysia sternly warns pro-LTTE groups after attacks on Sri Lankan envoy and Buddhist monk

Kuala Lumpur September 5 (NIA): The Malaysian police have warned that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) is an illegal organization and action can be taken against Malaysians who support the group, The Star reports. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police would investigate local groups who protested against former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, hit...

Five arrested for assaulting Sri Lankan envoy in Malaysia during anti-Rajapaksa stir

Five arrested for assaulting Sri Lankan envoy in Malaysia during anti-Rajapaksa stir

Kuala Lumpur, September 5 (NIA): Five people have been arrested over the assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia, Ibrahim Sahib Ansar, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Sunday, The Star Online reported on Monday. Selangor CID chief Deputy Commissioner, Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah, conformed the arrests but he declined to give the names and other details...

Sri Lanka summons Malaysian diplomat over envoy’s assault

Sri Lanka summons Malaysian diplomat over envoy’s assault

Sept 5 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry, on Monday, summoned Malaysia's High Commissioner in Sri Lanka to express its deepest concerns over the assault of a Sri Lankan envoy in Kuala Lampur. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, I. Ansar was assaulted by a group of people at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sunday. Ansar is receiving...

Bangladeshi war criminal and Jammat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali hanged

Dhaka, September 3 (NIA): Mir Quasem Ali, Jamaat-e-Islami’s key financier and a notorious Al-Badr leader of Chittagong during the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war, was hanged Saturday night at the Kashimpur Central jail for crimes committed against humanity during the war. The 63-year-old Quasem Ali was hanged at 10:30pm, Proshanto Kumar Banik, Senior Jail Superintendent told journalists. Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman...

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