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Shavendra appointment “sovereign decision” – MFA

Facing widespread international and domestic opprobrium at the appointment of Lt General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander the Sri Lankan government is hitting back saying the move is a “sovereign decision by a Head of State.”


Thousands of ‘Varsity students quit because of ragging – Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena says that between 10 and 12 per cent of new University students quit and return home because of unbearable ragging.


Ruhuna campus students remanded for alleged ragging, sexual assault

Matara Police has charged 19 students of the Ruhuna Campus with ragging and sexual assault after a concerted campaign supported by the university and spearheaded by freshman student-victim Darsha Udayanga.


Monks attack Methodist evangelist in Mahiyanganaya

The Methodist Church has accused three Buddhist monks of attacking an evangelist student in Mahiyanganaya on Sunday (4).


Top court orders Medical Council to register SAITM Grads

Delivering a comprehensive Judgment, the Supreme Court yesterday July 30 ordered the Sri Lanka Medical Council to provisionally register SAITM medical graduates as Medical Practitioners in terms of 29(2) of the Medical Ordinance.


Amnesty declares Writer Shakthika a Prisoner of Conscience

Amnesty International has declared Sri Lankan short story writer Shakthika Sathkumara a Prisoner of Conscience and urged the government to release him.


Shafi case: More drama as Shani complains against Lawyer

The Police Department is complaining against a lawyer who they say has threatened the Director CID SSP Shani Abeysekara over his investigative work in the Dr. Shafi case


Supreme court orders SLMC to register students with recognised foreign degrees

The Supreme Court had ordered the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to register students with medical degrees from recognised foreign universities and who have passed the SLMC examination, for the medical profession in Sri Lanka.


Private Bill against death penalty proposes retroactive life imprisonment

The Private Member's Bill to be presented in Parliament by Galle District MP Bandula Lal Bandarigoda proposing the abolition of the death penalty seeks to amend any imposition of the death penalty by any other Act to mean imprisonment for life.


Bill to abolish Death Penalty “as early as possible”- Kiriella

The government will bring a Private Members’ Bill to abolish the death penalty before Parliament “as early as possible,” Leader of the House, Minister Lakshman Kiriella told RepublicNext yesterday July 17.


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