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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.


Ambassador Sirisena presents credentials to Austrian President

Saroja Sirisena presented Letters of Credence to President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen last Wednesday (10 July), accrediting her as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to Austria.


EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator to visit Sri Lanka

Counter-terrorism Coordinator of the European Union (EU) Gilles de Kerchove will be in Sri Lanka and the Maldives between today (11 July) and 16 July, the EU said.


US will support Sri Lanka in counter-terrorism, maritime and border security- Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that the United States will work with Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday and support Sri Lanka in counterterrorism, maritime and border security.


No SOFA proposed to Cabinet; MCC will need Oversight Committee review – PM’s Office

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) to be signed between Sri Lanka and the United States has yet to be proposed to the Cabinet while the equally controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact will be subject to Parliamentary Oversight Committee review, the Prime Minister's Office said yesterday.


Vaiko sentenced to year in jail for pro-LTTE comments

Veteran Tamil Nadu politician V. Gopalaswamy, popularly known as Vaiko, was sentenced to a year in jail by a special court in Chennai on Friday (5 July) on charges of sedition.


Saudi Arabia refutes charge that it is providing cheap loans to Muslims

Saudi Arabia has refuted a statement made by Western Province Governor Dr. Hemakumara Nanayakkara that Saudi Arabia was providing Sri Lankan Muslims loans at very low-interest rates.


State Defence Minister will make statement on SOFA/ACSA – Ranjith

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene will make a statement clarifying the Government's position on the controversial Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) to be entered into with the United States government, Public Administration Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said.


Ceylon Chamber seeks transparency on SOFA/MCC

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) today called for an “enhanced level of transparency” on the controversial Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement that Sri Lanka is poised to sign with the United States.


Saroja Sirisena assumes duties as Austria Ambassador

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador-designate to the Republic of Austria Saroja Sirisena assumed duties in Vienna yesterday (1 July).


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