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Court Petitions challenge pardoning of Gnanasara

Two petitions asking for a review of the Presidential Pardon of Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero are before the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.


Alleged sterilisation of women: Dr. Shafi filing FR application

Lawyers for the Kurunegala doctor at the centre of the controversy regarding the alleged sterilisation of women patients will file a Fundamental Rights application on his behalf today.

Showers expected in several places

Showers will occur at times in Sabaragamuwa province, Galle and Kalutara districts, the Department of Meteorology said today (24).

Government instability due to 19th Amendment – Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena is blaming the ineffectiveness of the current government on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution

Samurdhi not given with intention of getting votes-Thalatha

Minister of Justice and Prisons Reforms Thalatha Athukorala said that samurdhi is not given with the intention of getting votes in the upcoming elections.

7.3 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck the coast of Indonesia this morning (24).

A Sermon on Stoning

In Sri Lanka, we are trapped in a new Stone-age. An age of stoning. Or to be precise, we are now in an age fascinated with the idea of stoning people to death.

Family of four caught in a strong current, father and daughters die

A family of four from Hatton was swept away by a current at Yala Beach in Kirinda yesterday (23).

Sad and angry youth leaders call for justice

They mourned the dead, and they called for justice for the victims.

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Muslim Community suffered due to Easter attacks-Mahinda

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa says it is the Muslim community that suffered the most due to the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday.

Ranil to testify before PSC

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will testify before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attacks and his appearance will be open to Media

UNP to shift gears on 1 July, make Champika, others UNF organisers

With the upcoming presidential elections just months away, the United National Party (UNP) is set to lay the groundwork for its election campaign starting 1 July and, as a first step, organisers will be appointed to both the UNP and the United National Front (UNF), Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.

Cardinal Ranjith calls on Pope

Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith met with Pope Francis in the Vatican yesterday (20), where he briefed the Pontiff on the situation in the country in the wake of the Easter attacks.

Funds for Batticaloa Campus illegal

A Parliamentary Committee has found that all the funds received for the construction of the controversial Batticoloa Campus are illegal.

Prez concerned over UN peacekeeping missions

President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed concern over issues that have arisen due to delays in clearances carried out by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) when dispatching police and security forces personnel to United Nations Peace Keeping Missions.

Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero at the launch of Vidathrava - RepublicNext ©

Gnanasara Thero to lead 10,000-strong Buddhist monk rally in Kandy

A rally inviting all Sinhalese to unite ("Sinhalayini, samagi veyan") will be held in Kandy on 7 July with the participation of 10,000 Buddhist monks, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero said yesterday

Land policy must favor the poor – Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes that smugglers cannot be allowed to destroy the lands of the country.

Additional buses due to train strike – LPBOA

The President of the Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) Gemunu Wijeratne says that the private buses are available islandwide, therefore, the commuters will not face inconvenience due to the railway strike.

India and SL on IS crosshairs – Indian intelligence

Communications between Indian state intelligence and Kerala police indicate that the Islamic State (IS) is turning its attention to the Indian Ocean region, reported NDTV today (20), leading to speculation that India and Sri Lanka could be on the Islamist outfit’s crosshairs.

Constitutional crisis blessing in disguise for UNP – Wijepala

The constitutional crisis between October and December last year was a blessing in disguise for the United National Party (UNP) as it gave the party an opportunity to work as a single government for a period of at least a year, Galle district UNP parliamentarian Wijepala Hettiarachchi said.

Emergency to be extended for the last time

President Maithripala Sirisena will extend the State of Emergency for a further 30 days on Saturday, for the last time since the Easter attacks.

15 – Hour water cut in Colombo

The water supply to several areas in the Colombo suburbs will be disrupted for 15 hours commencing from 9 a.m. tomorrow (21) till midnight on Saturday (22), the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) said today (20).