NewsThe Human Rights Council adopted the Universal Periodic Review outcomes yesterday of Sri Lanka, Japan and Ukraine. According to a release on the OHCHR website, Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Office at Geneva, said that of the 230 recommendations received, Sri Lanka had accepted 177 recommendations along with 12 voluntary pledges. Sri Lanka had acceded to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, the Ottawa Convention prohibiting mines as well as to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The Office on Missing Persons had been made operational, the Human Rights Commission had been designated, and work on the establishment of the Office for Reparations was underway. In the discussion, speakers commended Sri Lanka’s progress in the field of human rights, namely the adoption of the National Plan of Action for Human Rights 2017-2021, the ratification of numerous international human rights instruments, and efforts to combat torture, reduce poverty and foster socio-economic development.
March 20, 2018 05:26 UTC
NewsPolice investigations have been launched into two separate shootings which left two people dead and another injured yesterday (19). In the first incident, two gunmen on a motorbike fired on the occupants of a car at Messenger Street in Armour Street last morning. Armour Street Police are investigating. In the second incident, an individual traveling on a motorbike was gunned down at Galwarusawa Road, in Athurugiriya last evening. The gunmen had fled the scene after the incident and Athurugiriya Police are conducting further investigations.
March 20, 2018 05:10 UTC
SportThe DSI Supersports Inter-School Volleyball Tournament, previously conducted in 4 age groups namely, Under (U)-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19, will be conducted this year in 5 age groups, with the inclusion of the U-11 category. The tournament is being conducted by the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation (SLVF), the Schools Volleyball Association and the Ministry of Education. The District Stage and the National Level Stage. This tournament is known as the foundation to produce National Level Volleyball players. Entries could be handed over at DSI Showrooms islandwide or, at the DSI Marketing Department, 257, High Level Road, Navinna, Maharagama.
March 19, 2018 23:03 UTC
SportMattegoda Malay Association together with the Sri Lanka Malay Confederation, the holding body for Malay Associations in Sri Lanka, will organise an All-Island Malay Badminton Tournament on March 24. This is the first time an All-Island Malay Badminton Tournament will be held in Sri Lanka. About 100 Shuttlers from Malay Associations islandwide, are expected to participate in this inaugural tournament. This will be an Annual event and will be conducted in 3 categories namely, Under-15 Boys and Girls (Singles & Doubles), Men and Women Open (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles), Men and Women Veterans [Over 40 years (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles). The objective of this tournament is to promote Badminton among the Malay youth of Sri Lanka.
March 19, 2018 16:30 UTC
BusinessSri Lanka’s travel industry spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism came together on Monday to assure international operators that normalcy has been restored, two weeks after mob violence in Kandy. Tourism Minister John Amaratunga told a hurriedly, summoned media conference that the country has returned to normalcy. Tourism Advisory Committee chairman and chairman Aitken Spence Group Harry Jayawardena said that his hotels had sprung into action to assist their guests; and that no tourist was hurt or attacked. He noted that the main cause of concern was the insurance cover that could increase travel costs when adverse travel advisories are posted. Emirates Airlines Country Manager Chandana De Silva said that the airline industry operating into Colombo had experienced a 8-10 per cent cancellations in bookings during the week of the tensions from the West Asian market.
March 19, 2018 13:41 UTC
FeaturesThe Bangladeshi community in Sri Lanka has organized Bangladesh Film Festival in Sri Lanka from March 23-25, a release from the organisers said. The festival will showcase popular films from recent years at the National Film Corporation Hall in Colombo everyday from 3:30pm. Mostafa Sarwar Farooki’s “Doob” will open Bangladesh Film Festival. The festival will close with another one of Farooki’s films – “Television” and Rubaiyat Hossain’s film “Under Construction.”Other films at the festival include Morshedul Islam’s “Anil Bagchir Ekdin,” Fakhrul Arefin’s “Bhuban Majhi,” and Amitabh Reza Chowdhury’s “Aynabaji.”
March 19, 2018 11:03 UTC
NewsAn arrest warrant was issued against National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa and NFF General Secretary Jayantha Samaraweera by the Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate today. The warrant was issued after they failed to appear in courts. The two Parliamentarians were alleged to have initiated a protest against the arrival of Prince Al-Hussein to Sri Lanka in 2016, violating traffic laws at Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7. Cinnamon Garden Police filed a case against 7 individuals including the two MPs for obstructing traffic and causing inconvenience to the public during a protest campaign in 2016 against the visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, outside the UN Office. The court ordered to arrest and produce them at the court while the case was postponed to June 12.
March 19, 2018 09:11 UTC
WorldMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin basked in a landslide re-election victory on Monday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory. Putin’s victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century until 2024, the longest rule since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, by which time Putin will be 71. He has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia’s defenses against the West and to raise living standards. Putin loyalists said the result was a vindication of his tough stance towards the West. Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the upper house, hailed the victory as a moral one over the West.
March 19, 2018 08:15 UTC
Harvard-educated Liu, 66, was the most prominent envoy to visit Washington recently to prevent the outbreak of a trade war. While most of the personnel changes on the government’s economic team were widely anticipated, the choice of Yi Gang as the new head of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) was unexpected. Yi is a vice governor of PBOC and a protege of outgoing chief Zhou Xiaochuan. The head of a newly merged banking and insurance regulator is also expected to be announced on Monday. Reform-minded Guo Shuqing, 61, the current chair of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, is viewed as the leading candidate.
March 19, 2018 06:56 UTC
However already the athletic contingent and the swimming team are in Brisbane – engaged in training and acclimatising at the Commonwealth Games Village. It will take some time before they can pass urine,” smiled Team Sri Lanka weightlifting coach Bandaran Wickramasinghe. 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Chinthana Vidanage was the first athlete to answer the call of nature. We have tested them and I can say that they have nothing to worry about,” revealed Dr. Shiromi Pilapitiya, director testing and education, Sri Lanka Anti-Doping Agency. The two Hungarian anti-doping officials flew into Sri Lanka on Thursday night.
March 19, 2018 06:33 UTC
Seoul-based MBC TV station reported Sunday that Pyongyang and Washington had "practically reached" a final agreement on the release of Kim Hak-song, Kim Sang-duk and Kim Dong-chul. "They are hammering out details over the timing of the release," it quoted an unnamed South Korean diplomatic source as saying. - Diplomatic flurry -Reports on the detainees' possible release come amid a flurry of diplomatic activities involving Pyongyang, Seoul, Washington and its allies. The Stockholm talks overlapped with another meeting among the top national security advisors of the US, South Korea and Japan. Also on Sunday, a senior North Korean diplomat arrived in Finland for talks on peninsula issues with former officials and academics from the US and South Korea.
March 19, 2018 03:56 UTC
NewsThe Law and Order Ministry in a media release announced that several platforms available for the public to lodge complaints of illegal surveillance and harassment have been set up. The Ministry said, from time to time, it has been made aware of alleged incidents of harassment and illegal surveillance of the public, including human rights defenders and victims of human rights violations including members of the families of missing persons. “The Government of Sri Lanka is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all its citizens, at all times, and will ensure that any incident brought to the notice of the Sri Lanka Police is treated with utmost seriousness and investigated in keeping with the applicable laws,” the media statement said. Accordingly, if any member of the public is subjected to, or is made aware of instances of intimidation, illegal surveillance of civilians, or harassment by any individual or group of persons, kindly use the following mechanisms to lodge a complaint with any or all of the following. National Police Commission -1960 (hotline), 0115 107 722Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka - 1996(hotline) 0112 505 575Special Investigations Unit of the Sri Lanka Police - 119 (hotline)TELL lGP - online complaints portal - http://www.telIigp.police.lk
March 19, 2018 02:03 UTC
SportThe Sri Lanka men’s hockey team staged a creditable performance at the Asian Games qualifying round in Muscat Oman. In the third quarter Sri Lanka scored the first goal. In the first round Sri Lanka triumphed in two encounters. According to the prevailing rules in Oman all semi-finalists – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman and Thailand have qualified for the Jakarta Asian Games to be heldSri Lanka won the first match against Kazakhstan 6-0. This is the first time that Sri Lanka has qualified for an Asian Games qualifying round.
March 19, 2018 00:45 UTC
Sri Lanka’s travel industry spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism came together on Monday to assure international operators t... Features & AnalysisBangladeshi Film Festival this monthThe Bangladeshi community in Sri Lanka has organized Bangladesh Film Festival in Sri Lanka from March 23-25, a releas...Grassrooted presents V Day 2018 : PatriANarchyThis April 1, Grassrooted will take a look at how patriarchal values continue to inflict violence in...“Around the Pearl” annual cycling challenge is back“Around the Pearl” is an annual cycling challenge happening over 10 days covering 1400km around the ...HSBC Colombo Fashion Week, building the next generation of Sri Lankan designersHSBC Colombo Fashion Week has witnessed an increasing number of designers who approach it annually with the intent of...
March 18, 2018 18:00 UTC
SportEight prominent players have been picked to represent Sri Lanka at the 19th Asian Senior Squash Team Championships scheduled to be held at South Korea from March 21 to 25 at the Cheongju International Squash Stadium in South Korea. The Sri Lankan Men’s and Women’s National teams are represented by teams of four players each with the captaincies are on the shoulders of Ravindu Laksiri and Mihiliya Methsarani. The Men's team, led by Laksiri, includes Shamil Wakeel, Gihan Suwaris and schoolboy Druvinka Perera. The Women's team, led by the versatile Methsarani, includes well experienced Fathoum Izzadeen and schoolgirls Kasuni Gunawardane and Zameera Deen. Sri Lanka will be among 11 teams in the Women's competitions where top contenders Hong Kong, Pakistan, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea are in.
March 18, 2018 17:15 UTC