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Former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapakse's brother Gotabaya directed a top-secret death squad which targeted journalists and dissidents, a... Features & AnalysisJacqueline 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...Keith Potger of the Seekers at 'Country Roads' this weekendKeith Potger, one of the founding members of the four piece hit folk group “The Seekers” now returns to S...Colombo Fashion Week kicks off with Emerging Designers’ ShowcaseDay one of Colombo Fashion Week kicked off with the Emerging Designers’ Showcase yesterday at the Hilton ...

March 20, 2017 07:41 UTC

MDMK general secretary Vaiko and followers arrested attempting to besiege Lankan deputy high commission

NewsMDMK general secretary Vaiko and his followers along with union leader T.Vellaiyan were arrested on Saturday when they attempted to besiege the deputy high commission of Sri Lanka opposing a resolution in the UN Human Rights Council seeking more time for the island nation to probe the war crimes during the military offensive in 2009, Deccan Chronicle reported. Addressing the protesters, Vaiko said the United States would bring a resolution giving two more years for Sri Lanka to hold an inquiry into the war crimes and the resolution also says that no international jurists could enter the island nation without the latter’s consent, the report said. The new resolution will bury justice for Tamils at the United Nations since a resolution asking Lanka to carry out an international, independent investigation was passed in the UNHRC in 2015, MDMK general secretary Vaiko said in the report.

March 20, 2017 07:18 UTC

Hardline militant involved in Lankan cricket team attack, killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan

NewsA hardline terrorist involved in several attacks across Pakistan was killed in a US drone strike in Barmal District of Paktika Province in Afghanistan, Pakistan Today reported. US forces carried out a drone strike in Barmal area of Afghanistan – killing a militant named Qari Yaseen and three of his accomplices. The slain terrorist was involved in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, terror attack at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex at Kamra. He was also involved in the attack on General Headquarters in Rawalpindi and the bomb blast at Data Darbar. Yaseen’s name was included in the list of most wanted terrorists which was provided by Pakistan to the United States.

March 20, 2017 06:56 UTC

Briefing on hijacked oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew

(REUTERS) BOSASSO Somali officials whose forces freed a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew said on Sunday that NATO ships must ... Features & AnalysisJacqueline 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...Keith Potger of the Seekers at 'Country Roads' this weekendKeith Potger, one of the founding members of the four piece hit folk group “The Seekers” now returns to S...Colombo Fashion Week kicks off with Emerging Designers’ ShowcaseDay one of Colombo Fashion Week kicked off with the Emerging Designers’ Showcase yesterday at the Hilton ...

March 20, 2017 05:48 UTC

Chinese Defence Minister on official visit

NewsChinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan and a delegation of twenty-one members in Sri Lanka today for an official visit, with the intension of visiting Nepal next, local media reported. The ministry, in a short statement, said Deputy Naval Chief Su Zhiqian would accompany Minister Chang. China's Defense Ministry said in December that China would hold its first military drills with Nepal in 2017.

March 20, 2017 04:52 UTC



Jacqueline Fernandez to play tour guide to Justin Bieber

FeaturesBollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is to take Grammy Award winner and global pop sensation Justin Bieber on a tour around Mumbai during his scheduled trip to India in May, Indian media reported. The actress with Sri Lankan roots plans to “give him a taste of all things desi” as his tour guide. Bieber will be performing at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on May 10 as part of his "Purpose World Tour." Jacqueline intends to take Bieber to the Gateway of India, Iskon Temple, Colaba Causeway and also on auto ride through the streets of Bandra apart from a tour of Film City. While he’s in India I’d love to take him around and give him a taste of all things desi and be his tour guide,” Jacqueline said in a statement.

March 20, 2017 04:41 UTC

Somali security forces that freed pirated ship say NATO must do more

Monday's hijacking was the first time that Somali pirates had successfully hijacked a commercial ship since 2012. Unlike previous hijackings, the ship was freed swiftly and with no ransom paid after the Puntland Maritime Police Force intervened. Officials from the semi-autonomous region of Puntland blamed local anger over illegal fishing by foreign vessels for the attack. The Somali pirates often claim they attacked ships in revenge for illegal fishing by foreigners, then broadened that out to include any foreign-owned vessel. They have previously said illegal fishing along Somalia's coast is not in their mission.

March 20, 2017 04:41 UTC

Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO and U.S. 'vast sums' for defense

WorldGerman Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Germany owes NATO and the United States "vast sums" of money for defense. "There is no debt account at NATO," von der Leyen said in a statement, adding that it was wrong to link the alliance's target for members to spend 2 percent of their economic output on defense by 2024 solely to NATO. "Defense spending also goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against IS terrorism," von der Leyen said. Trump said on Twitter on Saturday - a day after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington - that Germany "owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!" Trump has urged Germany and other NATO members to accelerate efforts to meet NATO's defense spending target.

March 20, 2017 04:41 UTC

Bangladesh court upholds death sentences over 2004 attack on British envoy

Three militants, including Mufti Abdul Hannan, the head of the Harkat-ul Jihad Islami group, were convicted and sentenced to death in 2008. Three people were killed in the May 21, 2004, attack and about 50 wounded, including then British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury, who was hit in the leg. A panel of three judges headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha rejected the petition that sought a review of the death sentences, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said. The Supreme court upheld their death sentences last year. That attack killed 23 people and wounded more than 150.

March 20, 2017 04:41 UTC

North Korea rocket-engine test shows 'meaningful' progress: South Korea

World(REUTERS) North Korea's latest rocket-engine test showed "meaningful" progress, South Korea said on Monday, while an analyst said it was a dangerous step towards the North's goal of developing a rocket that could hit the United States. The North's KCNA news agency said on Sunday the engine would help North Korea achieve world-class satellite-launch capability, indicating a new type of rocket engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile. U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters he held meetings on North Korea at the weekend at his Florida resort. A South Korean analyst said the test was an ominous development. "It appears that North Korea has worked out much of its development of the first-stage rocket booster."

March 20, 2017 04:41 UTC

British woman arrested in case of human trafficking ; helped two Lankans fly to UK on fake passports

NewsA British woman, arrested with three other UK nationals in a case of alleged human trafficking, had helped two Sri Lankans fly to the UK with fake passports in January, the Times of India reported. Warner and three other Britishers were arrested at Sahar airport on March 15 for allegedly helping four Lankans migrate to the UK, using forged passports. Senior inspector of Sahar police station, BT Mukhedkar, said that the UK nationals were "not cooperating" in the probe. The police said that agents wanted in the case had demanded Rs17 lakh each from the Lankans to help them reach the UK with fake passports which identified them as the four arrested UK nationals. Public prosecutor Neeta Masarkar said that the fake Indian passports had fake immigration stamps.

March 20, 2017 04:41 UTC

Bail application for NFF leader rejected

Recently an ambulance belonging to the ‘1990’ free pre-hospital care emergency ambulance service met with an unfortunate acc... Features & AnalysisJacqueline 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...Keith Potger of the Seekers at 'Country Roads' this weekendKeith Potger, one of the founding members of the four piece hit folk group “The Seekers” now returns to S...Colombo Fashion Week kicks off with Emerging Designers’ ShowcaseDay one of Colombo Fashion Week kicked off with the Emerging Designers’ Showcase yesterday at the Hilton ...

March 20, 2017 04:41 UTC

Volleyball: Two Sri Lanka Youth teams for World Beach Championships

SportFor the first time in the history of Beach Volleyball (BVB) in Sri Lanka (SL), 2 youth teams [Under (U)-21] have qualified for the World Youth Beach Volleyball Championships from July 11 to 16 in Nanjing, China. BVB was introduced to SL in 1992 at the first National BVB Championships held at Bentota Beach. The Men’s team was Mahesh Perera and Wasantha Ratnapala, and the Women’s team was Geethika Gunewardena and Thakshila Niranjali. In the Women’s tournament of 19 teams, SL came within the top 6 and also qualified for the World Youth BVB Championships. The Men’s team coach was former International BVB player Mahesh Perera, while the Women’s team coach was Sajith Nandasiri.

March 20, 2017 01:58 UTC

Football: FFSL in the red looks for relief from Sports Ministry

The FFSL has raised Rs. They raised Rs. 19 Million had been spent to develop the national football pool and other expenses. There is another nine months for the competition but to date the SAFF pool has not been established. On March 22, a decision will be taken over the National Pool after detailed discussions.

March 19, 2017 15:56 UTC

PMK Cadres stage protest over kiiling of Indian fisherman

NewsPMK cadres today staged a protest to condemn the killing of an Indian fisherman allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy, Indian media reported. After the protest, PMK leader and Lok Sabha member Anbumani Ramadoss told reporters that Centre should take steps to protect the fishermen. Later, the PMK leader visited the family of 22-year-old Bridgo and consoled them. Meanwhile, District Collector L Natarajan presented a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased fisherman. Earlier, Chief Minister E K Palaniswami had announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the victim's family.

March 19, 2017 06:11 UTC




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