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US assures continued support to Sri Lanka after quitting UNHRC

Following the announcement that the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council, the US Ambassador in Colombo Atul Keshap has met with Sri Lankan officials to assure them continued support to fulfill commitments in the UNHRC resolution. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the …

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Ven. Gnanasara Thera’s appeal postponed

Homagama Magistrate’s Court today postponed the hearing of the appeal made by Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera till 2 p.m June 22 for not appearing of officials of the Attorney General’s Department.

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Army releases more civilian lands in North

Army yesterday (18) released 120.89 more acres of land at Thelippalai, Jaffna (62.95 acres), Karachchi, Kilinochchi (5.94 acres) and Maritimepattu, Mullaittivu (52.0 acres), hitherto used by the troops, to their owners.   Major General Niyshshanka Ranawana, Commander, Security Forces – Kilinochchi on behalf of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant …

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Outgoing UN human rights chief commends Sri Lanka

Outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has commended Sri Lanka for cooperating with the UN system, following a period of fraught ties with the UNHRC over the country’s rights record. Hussein was speaking at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council in …

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8,500 disabled families in Galle to be assisted

The Galle district is having around 8,500 disabled families, said executive director of Sahanoda Foundation Kumara Deshapriya at a meeting at the Ministry of Social Welfare and Primary Industries at the ministry auditorium which he attended at the invitation of minister Daya Gamage. Previously, at a plant distribution organized by …

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PM returns

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has returned to the country at 1.45 am today (18), following his 8-day visit to Doha. He has landed on the country via the QR-668 aircraft belonging to Qatar Airways. The PM and his team of delegates had left for Doha on the 10th of June.

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Muslims set an example for humanity during Ramadan – PM

During the month of Ramadan the Muslims strive to lead a life of a cooperation and set an example for humanity, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. In his message to mark the Eid-ul-Fitr Ramadan Festival, the Prime Minister said the period of fasting functions as a means of reassessment for …

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Gnanasara Thero’s lawyers file appeal

Attorneys representing Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero have submitted an appeal to the Homagama Magistrate’s Court, to be forwarded to the High Court, requesting that the Thero be acquitted and released. The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation was sentenced to 6 months of rigorous imprisonment for …

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