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Drafting of the new legislation for granting dual citizenship to expatriate Sri Lankans completed

Aug 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Daily News

Authorities in Sri Lanka have completed the drafting of new legislation to grant dual citizenship to Sri Lankans residing overseas. The spokesperson said the draft legislation has already been submitted to the Attorney General’s Department for review. Meanwhile, Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the amendment would be tabled […]

Yala National Park closed in September for maintenance

Aug 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Daily News

According to the wildlife department, the Yala National Park will be closed for visitors in September. The spokesperson said bookings of bungalows would not be allowed for local or foreign visitors from September 1 to 30 and during this period maintenance work of bungalows and the park would be carried out. Spokesperson also said as […]

Indian Govt says ‘terror’ attack after blasts at Mahabodhi Temple

Jul 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Daily News

REUTERS – A series of explosions in and around Buddhism’s holiest shrine in Bihar injured two persons early on Sunday, in what the government described as a “terror” attack. The Mahabodhi Temple complex is located in Bodh Gaya, the place where the Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. “It is a terror attack.. no […]

Tamil Nadu fishermen enter Sri Lankan waters

May 10th, 2013 | By | Category: Daily News

Jaffna forum – The claim of Tamil Nadu fishermen that they do not go beyond Kachchativu to fish and that they are attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy in Indian waters is completely fictitious, say Jaffna fishermen. “It is a blatant lie,” said an angry K Rajachandran, president of the Ambal Fishermen’s Cooperative Society, Karainagar, […]

No official record of Indian fishermen killed in Sri Lankan waters!

Mar 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Daily News

Indian Minister of Defence, Shri A.K. Antony in a statement to the Indian Parliament has said that there is no official record of Indian fishermen killed in Sri Lankan territorial waters. A total of 23 boats and 131 Indian fishermen were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy during the last year. The apprehended fishermen have […]

Air asia service to be discontinued to Sri Lanka

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Daily News

Malaysia’s budget carrier AirAsia is withdrawing daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo from 26 February saying the decision is “due to commercial reasons”. The unexpected development also surprised the local airline industry who were unaware of any marketing/viability problems, if any, that the airline had on its route to Colombo. It was a popular […]

Forty-eight hour detention bill gets passed in Parliament

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Daily News

Parliament approved the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Bill, a short while ago with 110 voting for and 33 against it. This bill will enable Police to hold suspects in detention for up to 48 hours. The UNP, JVP and the TNA opposed the Bill. The Bill also enables the Attorney General to file […]

Galle Road closed from Colpetty Junction due to a protest

Sep 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Daily News

Galle Road has been closed for traffic from Colpetty Junction to Galle Face Roundabout due to a protest against the anti-Islam film produced in the US. Heavy traffic congestion has been reported along the Galle Road from Bambalapitiya due to the protestors marching towards the US Embassy in Colombo. Meanwhile US Embassy has decided to […]

News websites to pay registration fee and Rs.50,000 annually

Jul 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Daily News

Sri Lankan government is planning to introduce new laws to make compulsory the registration of new news websites in Sri Lanka while a registration fee and an annual renewal fee will be charged as well, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella stated. Speaking at the Cabinet Briefing today (July 12), the Minister stated that a sum of […]

US clears Sri Lanka, 6 others from Iran oil sanctions

Jun 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Daily News

The Obama administration on Monday exempted Sri Lanka and six other nations from U.S. economic sanctions after they significantly reduced their imports of Iranian oil. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also granted waivers to India, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan, Malaysia and South Africa meaning that banks and other financial institutions based there won’t be […]