NewsOne of the seven convicts, a Sri Lankan national serving a jail time pertaining to the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has appealed Tamil Nadu government for a mercy killing. According to Newsx Robert Payas has lost any hope of ever getting out of jail. According to the Sri Lankan national, none of his family members have paid him a visit in years and since the government is not very keen in carrying out an execution or releasing him, it’s time that he should be allowed to give his life. Payas, who has been in jail from past 26 years, accused the previous and current governments of maintaining a nonchalant stance towards his case and said that none of them wants him out of the prison. In a letter to state government, Payas wrote, “Despite the Tamil Nadu government supporting me, no efforts are being taken.
June 22, 2017 06:11 UTC
NewsFour suspects who were part of a gang who carried out armed robberies throughout the Western Province have been arrested. Police Media Unit said the suspects were taken into custody yesterday by the Mirihana Special Investigation Division. Several firearms were taken into custody from the suspects' possession. They included one T56 weapon along with three T56 magazines. Police had also managed to recover two motorbikes and a car used during the armed robberies along with numerous items stolen during these robberies.
June 22, 2017 06:11 UTC
NewsA Sri Lankan-born doctor who was jailed after being found guilty of killing her abusive husband has failed in her bid to have her conviction and sentence overturned, ABC news of Australia reported. Liyanage appealed against her conviction and sentence, but today in a unanimous decision, three Appeal Court judges dismissed her arguments. Chamari Liyanage told her trial she remembered nothing about her husband Dinendra Athukorala's death. In its decision to dismiss Liyanage's appeal against her sentence, the court said the term she received was appropriate. "The sentence imposed was a significantly lesser term than the sentences usually imposed for the offence of manslaughter, even in the presence of significant mitigating factors," the judgment read.
June 22, 2017 05:48 UTC
NewsFour Indian fishermen who engaged in poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters Northwest of Delft Island were arrested yesterday, Navy said. A fishing trawler used for illegal fishing practices also seized. The arrested fishermen along with fishing trawler and fishing gears handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries for onward legal action.
June 22, 2017 05:37 UTC
NewsThe Government Medical Officers' Asssociation (GMOA) launched an island-wide strike from 8.00am this morning (22) to protest against the actions of the police in dispersing yesterday's protest organized by university students. While the strike is ongoing, the GMOA has stressed that work in wards housing dengue patients as well as those at children's hospitals and at hospitals for pregnant women will not be affected. Yesterday's protest, organized by the Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF) and the Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee was against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) Malabe. Police and Special Task Force (STF) personnel later resorted to a baton charge to evict the students, as well as using water cannons. Almost 90 students and several police and STF personnel were injured during the clashes.
June 22, 2017 05:15 UTC
SportSri Lankan players Shamal Dissanayake and Yasitha de Silva were eliminated from the ongoing ITF F1 Futures Men's Singles Tournament after suffering defeats in their second round games played on Wednesday (21). Dissanayake who recorded a stunning win against France's Francois Arthur Vibert on Tuesday (20) was defeated by Russian Mikhail Korovin on Wednesday (21) 7-6, 6-0. De Silva, who was impressive in the first round, had to suffer a 6-1, 6-2 defeat against Italian Davide Galoppini. The seven-day tournament which began on Monday (19) will end on Sunday (25) at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association clay courts at Greenpath in Colombo. Results of Men's Singles 2nd round matches played on Wednesday:Sumit Nagal (IND) beat Manish Sureshkumar (IND) 6/0, 6/1Davide Galoppin (ITA) beat Yasitha de Silva (SRI) 6/1, 6/2Fabrizio Ornago (ITA) beat Yuri Dzhavakian (UKR) 6/3, 6/1Mikhail Korovin (RUS) beat Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 7/6(6), 6/0Alexander Zhurbin (RUS) beat Nino Portales (FRA) 6/4, 6/4Pierre Faivre (FRA) beat Nicholas Bybel (USA) 6/1, 6/3Prjwal Dev (IND) beat Peter Goldsteiner (ITA) 3/6, 7/5, 6/3Carlos Boluda (ESP) beat Philip Bachmaier (AUT) 6/2, 6/0
June 22, 2017 04:52 UTC
NewsA cash donation by the Bangladesh Government to assist the victims of recent flood and landslides in Sri Lanka was officially handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday, Presidential Secretariat said. Following a directive issued by Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Riaz Hamidullah handed over the cheque to the President. He also appreciated the assistance given by the Bangladesh for their friendly neighbour, even their own people are facing flood havocs and said that it signifies the strength of the bilateral relations between the two countries. The High Commissioner said that recently the bilateral relations between the Sri Lanka and Bangladesh further strengthened and the aim of the Bangladesh is to nourish those existing relations in all sectors. President also expressed interest in the new agricultural seeds with drought resistance qualities developed by Bangladesh.
June 21, 2017 16:07 UTC
NewsAt least 84 students injured today when police launched a baton charge using tear guns to evict university students who were forcibly occupying a building within the Health Ministry. All of them are currently admitted to Colombo National hospital. Entering ministry building despite an order issued by magistrate, the students also damaged office resources while casuing nuisance. Earlier student protesters had earlier forcibly entered the building during a protest march against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM). The protest was organized by the Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF) and the Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee (MFSAC).
June 21, 2017 14:15 UTC
Then, over the music, something more sinister: "All of a sudden I heard a bang, looked over and saw this thing burning. "But when I heard the second explosion I started to get in instinct mode." "I think we had some luck tonight," Bonnaffe told Reuters by telephone after he finally made it home. Fire is seen at Brussels central station in Brussels, Belgium June 20, 2017. Courtesy Twitter/@remybonnaffe/via REUTERSStartled by the first blast, which he photographed, he then heard but could not see a second, similar explosion.
June 21, 2017 12:22 UTC
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June 21, 2017 12:00 UTC
NewsPolice have launched a baton charge to evict university students who are forcibly occupying a building within the Health Ministry. Student protesters had earlier forcibly entered the building during a protest march against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM). The protest was organized by the Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF) and the Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee (MFSAC). Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel have also been called into control the situation.
June 21, 2017 11:15 UTC
NewsGeneral Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, who was earlier released on bail after surrendering to court, was arrested again by the Police Organized Crimes Division based on an earlier incident. He was then produced before the Colombo Additional Magistrate, who released him on bail.
June 21, 2017 10:18 UTC
SportMandira Chathurangi was named the captain of the Sri Lanka team for the 8th World Youth Netball Championship which will be held in Botswana from July 8 to 16. Kavitha Gunathilake, a player from Hillwood College Kandy has been named as the vice captain of the tour. The Sri Lanka team will include Melani Wijesinghe, Tamara Aluwihare, Sethmi Dinushi, H.D. Sri Lanka had been drawn in Group 'A' that also includes New Zealand, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Samoa. Sri Lanka will compete against Group 'A' rivals Scotland, Northern Ireland, Samoa and New Zealand on July 8, 9, 11 and 12 respectively.
June 21, 2017 09:56 UTC
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June 21, 2017 09:33 UTC
NewsA group of university students have forcibly entered the premises of the Health Ministry and are engaged in a protest. The students had been engaged in a protest against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM). The protest march was organized by the Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF). The march commenced from near the Town Hall area and the marchers then proceeded towards the Health Ministry. Heavy traffic currently prevails in the Town Hall area.
June 21, 2017 09:22 UTC