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My pardon not arbitrary; met Rathana Thero five years ago – Royal Park convict

In an open letter circulating on social media, the Royal Park murder covict claims his presidential pardon was not arbitrary.


Sirisena explains Royal Park pardon amid protest

President Maithripala Sirisena's explanation for pardoning Shramantha Jude Jayamaha left more qeustions than answers as criticism mounted over the move.


Is Kurunegala losing its multicultural heritage?

Kurunegala once the capital of Lanka, is a city at the crossroads which boasts a rich multi-cultural heritage. However in recent months it has been torn by racism.


Gota’s UNHRC comments: Mangala fires back

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera attempted to set the record straight today on presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa's remarks on Sri Lank'as human rights commitments.


Appointment of Shavendra is not a concern of UN-Lord Naseby

Lord Michael Morris Naseby of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom said that the criticisms of the United Nations (UN) and other countries on the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as the Army Commander of Sri Lanka is rubbish and it is not a concern of the UN


Sri Lanka to help Australia curtail “human-smuggling” operations

Sri Lanka has expressed its fullest support to Australia in curtailing what a Foreign Ministry press release is calling "human-smuggling operations" by boat.


Police detaining women wearing clothes with “Buddha” imagery

Women’s activists are angry and exasperated by police detaining women wearing sarees or dresses with the images of Hindu Deities on them.


Cabinet nod for reforms in Muslim marriage and divorce act

The cabinet of ministers had approved the joint proposal presented by Minister of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Abdul Haleem and Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale to make amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.


Shakthika granted bail; indictment awaits

After over four months in remand custody, fiction writer Shakthika Sathkumara was granted bail by the Kurunegala High Court today (5).


PM speaks out against death penalty

Breaking his silence on President Maithripala Sirisena's controversial decision to resume the death penalty, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday (30 June) said he could not support ending the moratorium on capital punishment.


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