Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared today before the Presidential Commission Investigating Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) to record a stat... Features & AnalysisMalaysia 'to show uncut version' of Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast will be released in Malaysia without any cuts, Disney says, days after it rejected censors' ...Australian musician Keith Potger performs at 'A Night On The Green'Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson recently hosted "A Night on the Green" at the Au...Jacqueline Fernandez to play tour guide to Justin BieberBollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is to take Grammy Award winner and global pop sensation Justin Bieber on...Day two of the HSBC Colombo Fashion WeekDay two of the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week saw the opening of the Main Designer Showcase. Held at the Hilton Colombo Ba...
NewsThree suspects, including two females were taken into custody by police in Negombo over the theft of dozens of mobile phones. Police Headquarters said officers made the arrests while investigating a complaint regarding the theft of 14 mobile phones from a telecommunication service provider company in Negombo on January 14. The total value of the phones stolen amounted to Rs.700,000. Police said 9 mobile phones were found from the suspects' possession. The suspects are due to be produced before the Negombo Magistrate's Court today.
NewsMajor General Mahesh Senanayake, currently serving as the Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SFHQ-J), has been appointed as 50th Chief of Staff (CoS) of the Sri Lanka Army, a statement said. Major General Senanayake who has been the Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna since 28 January 2016 is also the Colonel of the Regiment, Special Forces. Major General Mahesh Senanayake was enlisted to the Sri Lanka Army on 16 October 1981 and followed the Officer Cadet Intake 16 (Long Course). He also served as the Regimental Center Commandant of the Special Forces Regiment, Commander 211 Infantry Brigade - Vavuniya, Commander Special Forces Brigade and the General Officer Commanding 52 Division - Varani, Jaffna. He has also served the staff appointment of Colonel General Staff, 52 Division and Brigadier General Staff at the Security Force Headquarters, Jaffna during the most critical phases of the humanitarian operations before May 2009.
NewsPopular South Indian Actor Rajinikanth will hand over the keys of 150 homes built by Gnanam Foundation to landless families on April 9 in Jaffna,The Hindu reported. When asked about the project, Raju Mahalingam, creative head, Lyca Productions, said that the entire project has been completed in a period of one-and-a-half years. These homes have been built in Chinna Tampan and Puliyankulam regions in northern Sri Lanka. On April 10, Rajinikanth will be in Vavuniya to unveil the new homes and he will also plant tree saplings. The actor is starring in Lyca Productions’ film 2.0, expected to be released during Deepavali.
Three suspects, including two females were taken into custody by police in Negombo over the theft of dozens of mobile phones. Police Headquarters s... Features & AnalysisMalaysia 'to show uncut version' of Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast will be released in Malaysia without any cuts, Disney says, days after it rejected censors' ...Australian musician Keith Potger performs at 'A Night On The Green'Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson recently hosted "A Night on the Green" at the Au...Jacqueline Fernandez to play tour guide to Justin BieberBollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is to take Grammy Award winner and global pop sensation Justin Bieber on...Day two of the HSBC Colombo Fashion WeekDay two of the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week saw the opening of the Main Designer Showcase. Held at the Hilton Colombo Ba...
NewsSixteen Indian poachers who engaged in illegal fishing practices in the Sri Lankan waters were arrested at two separate locations yesterday, Navy said. Accordingly, fast attack craft attached to the Northern Naval Command with the assistance of Sri Lanka Coast Guard apprehended 8 Indian fishermen along with a steel hull fishing trawler for poaching in the seas Northwest of Analathivu Island. Having brought the fishermen and items to the Naval Base SLNS Elara, they will be handed over to the Jaffna Fisheries Director for onward investigations. Further, 8 more Indian poachers and a wooden hull fishing trawler were arrested while engaging in illegal fishing activities in the sea area North of Mannar by the Naval personnel onboard two Fast Attack Craft attached to the North Central Naval Command. The arrested fishermen and their belongings are due to be produced before the Mannar Fisheries Director, upon bringing them to the Naval Base SLNS Thammanna.
SportAfter the impressive performance to win their 100th Test match, Bangladesh lost their one-off warm-up One Day match against Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President's XI by 2 runs in a high-scoring game at CCC ground on Wednesday (22). Put into bat first SLC President's XI piled up 354 for 7 wickets while Bangladesh were restricted to 352 for 8 wickets in their run-chase. Bangladesh too looked well on track for a possible win with four of their batsmen scoring half centuries. The first ODI of the three-match series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be played on Saturday (25) at Dambulla. Bangladesh 352 for 8 wickets (50) (Soumya Sarkar 47, Sabbir Rahman 72, Mushfiqur Rahim 20, Mosaddek Hossain 53, Mahmudullah 71n.o., Mashrafe Mortaza 58, Akila Dananjaya 3/61, Chaturanga de Silva 2/53)
SportManel Samaraweera, the former President of the Netball Federation of Sri Lanka (NFSL) passed away at the age of 73. Samaraweera, a past pupil of Ferguson Girls' High School in Ratnapura headed the NFSL in 1989 and 1990 and was a live wire in promoting the game to the outstation regions. She was wife of former Minister of Parliament and Chief Minister of Uva Province, Percy Samaraweera. Her remains lie at the Raymond Florists in Borella and the cremation will take place today (23) at 3.30pm at the Borella Cemetery.
“It is important for the country's future to send the signal that impunity is no longer tolerated,” Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the UN Human Rights Council today. Also in his remarks, the UN rights chief hailed the work of the civil society and human rights defenders in the country and underlined that they must be protected from harassment and intimidation. He also called on the Sri Lankan Government to consult the independent commissions in the country, the Human Rights Commission, which he said play an invaluable role in strengthening good governance. “I encourage respect for their mandate and autonomy, adequate financing, and implementation of their recommendations,” he added. In conclusion, the UN rights chief said that victims should be kept at the centre of the efforts in the island nation and noted that justice for them was vital to ensure sustainable peace.
NewsA policeman was stabbed, an assailant shot and several people injured on Wednesday close to Britain's Houses of Parliament in what police said they were treating as a terrorist incident, REUTERS reported. Reuters reporters inside the building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards a Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament. "Officers - including firearms officers - remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise," London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement. The leader of the House, David Lidington, said in the chamber that an assailant who stabbed a policeman had been shot by police. The BBC said police believed there was a suspect vehicle outside parliament but police did not immediately confirm that report.
NewsDeputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Harsha De Silva has reiterated that Sri Lanka is committed to the reconciliation process. As this Council is aware, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Hon. Most importantly, he stressed that Sri Lanka’s resolve to the reconciliation process has not diminished. I take this opportunity today, to reiterate our resolve and reaffirm our commitment to the reconciliation process and commitments articulated in Resolution 30/1. We are pleased to announce that Sri Lanka will be co-sponsoring this Resolution, and we thank the Council, the UN, and our bilateral partners for their support to strengthen reconciliation in Sri Lanka, and for this extension of the timeline.
WorldForces commanded by a Libyan military strongman fighting to oust jihadists from second city Benghazi may have committed war crimes, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The self-styled Libyan National Army, commanded by strongman Khalifa Haftar, controls much of eastern Libya and is battling an array of jihadist groups who seized Benghazi in 2014. The LNA announced on Saturday that “terrorist groups” had fled their last stronghold in Benghazi and that its forces were in full control of the city. Human Rights Watch said the LNA “may have committed war crimes, including killing and beating civilians and summarily executing and desecrating bodies of opposition fighters,” in the eastern city over the weekend. The New York-based group urged Haftar to order a “full and transparent investigation” into the alleged crimes.
opinionAlphabet Inc's Google announced on Wednesday that it will revamp its popular maps app to allow users to share their locations, in order to boost engagement on a product of increasing strategic importance to the search giant. Within the next week, users worldwide will be able to share where they are in real time on devices running both Googles Android operating system and Apple Incs iOS software, Google said. To address those concerns, Google will remind users both in the app and via email of whom they are sharing their location with. In the coming weeks, Google will also roll out mapping features aimed at helping users find parking and remember where they parked their cars, Fitzpatrick said. Ride-hailing services have also become an important aspect of the app, and Google Maps will have partnerships with 14 companies in 70 countries by the end of the week, she said.
WorldTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Wednesday that Europeans risk being unsafe on the world's streets, as a crisis between Ankara and the EU showed no signs of abating. In Berlin, Germany's new President Frank-Walter Steinmeier again urged Turkey to free Yucel, speaking in his inauguration address to parliament. Steinmeier, the former foreign minister, warned Erdogan he was threatening the progress his country had achieved in recent years and decades. “President Erdogan, do not endanger what you and others have created,” Steinmeier said, adding that “credible signals of rapprochement are welcome”. But Erdogan denied there was a single bona fide reporter in jail in the country.
Years of diplomatic efforts have failed to end Syria's raging six-year conflict, which began with protests against President Bashar al-Assad. The war has killed more than 320,000 people, sparked a major refugee crisis, and dragged in world powers including the US-led air coalition bombing Syria's jihadists since 2014. A reported coalition strike in the northern province of Raqa early Tuesday has killed 33 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. - Damascus air raids - ====================== “Raqa is Being Slaughtered Silently,” an activist group that publishes news from IS-held territory in Syria, blamed the coalition for the strike. “They are continuing to advance despite heavy Russian and Syrian air strikes” on Wednesday.