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Daily News
MR should accept post of Opposition Leader - FNOThe Convener of the Federation of National Organizations, Dr. Gunadasa Amarasek
MR should accept post of Opposition Leader - FNO
Daily News / Posted 9 hours ago
The Convener of the Federation of National Organizations, Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara requested former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to accept the position of the Opposition Leader in the name of the 4.7 million people who voted for him. Addressing the... Read more
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Daily News
SLFP at 64Sixty four is a watershed year in a person’s or organisation’s lifespan. It sig
SLFP at 64
Daily News / Posted 10 hours ago
Sixty four is a watershed year in a person’s or organisation’s lifespan. It signifies an even more enlightened phase in someone’s life and for an organisation, the completion of 64 years is an ideal opportunity to look back and also to look... Read more
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Daily News
Party leaders féte new SpeakerThe first sitting of the eighth Parliament took place yesterday at 9.30 am. Aft
Party leaders féte new Speaker
Daily News / Posted 10 hours ago
The first sitting of the eighth Parliament took place yesterday at 9.30 am. After the mace was placed at the brackets of the Speaker’s table by the Serjent-at-Arms, Parliamentary Secretary General Dhammika Dasanayake welcomed the newly elected... Read more
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Daily News
Former ITN chairman questionedFormer ITN Chairman Anura Siriwardena was yesterday summoned before the Preside
Former ITN chairman questioned
Daily News / Posted 10 hours ago
Former ITN Chairman Anura Siriwardena was yesterday summoned before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the allegations of broadcasting advertisements worth Rs. 115 million for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for which payments have not been... Read more
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Daily News
Rise up, and hear the bells!The seventies – yes, they say that was the best decade of this country’s cinema
Rise up, and hear the bells!
Daily News / Posted 10 hours ago
The seventies – yes, they say that was the best decade of this country’s cinema industry. Apparently the then audience had no access to modern privileges such as internet, smartphones and video on demand. And the television just made entry. So they... Read more
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Channel NewsAsia
Sri Lanka's Sirisena promises new era of clean governmentCOLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday promised a new er
Sri Lanka's Sirisena promises new era of clean government
Channel NewsAsia / Posted 15 hours ago
COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday promised a new era of clean government, capitalising on a strong voter mandate for a government of national unity to pursue economic and political reforms. Speaking at the first session... Read more
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The Star
Sri Lanka's Sirisena promises new era of clean governmentCOLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday promis
Sri Lanka's Sirisena promises new era of clean government
The Star / Posted 15 hours ago
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday promised a new era of clean government, capitalising on a strong voter mandate for a government of national unity to pursue economic and political reforms. Speaking at the... Read more
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ABC News
Sri Lanka Leader Calls for Reforms to Promote Ethnic HarmonySri Lanka's president asked the country's newly elected lawmakers on Tuesday to
Sri Lanka Leader Calls for Reforms to Promote Ethnic Harmony
ABC News / Posted 15 hours ago
Sri Lanka's president asked the country's newly elected lawmakers on Tuesday to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation and economic development in the post-war era. President Maithripala Sirisena said the new parliament's... Read more
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The New Age
Sri Lanka's Sirisena promises new era of clean governmentSri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday promised a new era of clea
Sri Lanka's Sirisena promises new era of clean government
The New Age / Posted 16 hours ago
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday promised a new era of clean government, capitalising on a strong voter mandate for a government of national unity to pursue economic and political reforms. Speaking at the first session of the new... Read more
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Salon.com
Sri Lanka leader calls for reforms to promote ethnic harmonyCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president asked the country’s newly elect
Sri Lanka leader calls for reforms to promote ethnic harmony
Salon.com / Posted 17 hours ago
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president asked the country’s newly elected lawmakers on Tuesday to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation and economic development in the post-war era. President Maithripala Sirisena said the... Read more
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The Standard
Sri Lanka’s eighth parliament begins workWickremesinghe's United National Party emerged as the single largest party afte
Sri Lanka’s eighth parliament begins work
The Standard / Posted 21 hours ago
Wickremesinghe's United National Party emerged as the single largest party after the August 17 election. The party failed to win an absolute majority in the 225-member parliament. It formed a coalition with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party of former... Read more
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Daily News
Dawn of a new eraParliament will convene today for the first time after the General Election hel
Dawn of a new era
Daily News / Posted yesterday
Parliament will convene today for the first time after the General Election held on August 17 and President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to outline the vision and programmes of the Government for the next five years in his speech to the August... Read more
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Daily News
TNA to wait for UN report before taking stand on war crimes probeR.Sampanthan, the top most leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has sai
TNA to wait for UN report before taking stand on war crimes probe
Daily News / Posted 2 days ago
R.Sampanthan, the top most leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has said that the party can take an official stand on the latest US policy on the mechanism to investigate charges of war crimes in Sri Lanka, only after reading the report of... Read more
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asianage
Sri Lanka House to decide strength of new CabinetSri Lanka’s newly-elected Parliament will decide the strength of the new Cabine
Sri Lanka House to decide strength of new Cabinet
asianage / Posted 2 days ago
Sri Lanka’s newly-elected Parliament will decide the strength of the new Cabinet in the unity government on Septem-ber 3, Prime Minister Rnail Wickremesinghe said on Sunday. “On September 3, Parliament will decide on the extended number of Cabinet... Read more
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Daily News
Karuna reportedly tells Indian TV channel:Former LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran committed suicide by shooting himself
Karuna reportedly tells Indian TV channel:
Daily News / Posted 2 days ago
Former LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran committed suicide by shooting himself with a pistol, former LTTE military leader and former Deputy Minuster Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman reportedly told an Indian TV channel. Karuna Amman... Read more
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Sunday Observer
Rakna Lanka public hearing on Sept 3The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) set up to Investigate and Inquire
Rakna Lanka public hearing on Sept 3
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) set up to Investigate and Inquire in to Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption, Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges has scheduled its first public hearing on allegations on Rakna Araksha Lanka... Read more
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Sunday Observer
The Cabinet ConundrumSpeculation rife as to who will get what and the political tug-o-war: Forming
The Cabinet Conundrum
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
Speculation rife as to who will get what and the political tug-o-war: Forming a Cabinet in the good old days was never controversial, as parties emerged with a clear majority after a General Election. Today, the diversity of political opinion has... Read more
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Sunday Observer
Karuna wants TNA recognized as main oppositionRenegade LTTE leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Kuruna Amman who entere
Karuna wants TNA recognized as main opposition
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
Renegade LTTE leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Kuruna Amman who entered Parliament as a nominated member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is currently holding discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena about forming a political... Read more
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Sunday Observer
Sudarshani among the 10 women electedThe In-depth cover page article titled �Her story in Politics� in the August 23
Sudarshani among the 10 women elected
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
The In-depth cover page article titled �Her story in Politics� in the August 23 issue of the Sunday Observer, which looked at the women elected to Parliament in the August 17 polls, had inadvertently left out former Deputy Minister Sudarshani... Read more
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Sunday Observer
Probe report faults former Minister Sarath GunaratneEmbezzlement of State funds: Several key politicians are likely to be charged
Probe report faults former Minister Sarath Gunaratne
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
Embezzlement of State funds: Several key politicians are likely to be charged for misappropriation of public funds when the first investigations report by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry... Read more
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Sunday Observer
MR mulls retirement while PB does a Bolt!Behind Closed Doors The grapevine is abuzz with the news that former President
MR mulls retirement while PB does a Bolt!
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
Behind Closed Doors The grapevine is abuzz with the news that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is planning to bid adieu to his political career in three months. The former President had made this revelation... Read more
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Sunday Observer
SLFP 64 on WednesdayCelebrations in PolonnaruwaThe 64th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be celebrated i
SLFP 64 on WednesdayCelebrations in Polonnaruwa
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
The 64th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be celebrated in Polonnaruwa on September 02, under the patronage President Maithripala Sirisena, the leader of the SLFP. Former SLFP leaders, including former Presidents Chandrika... Read more
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Sunday Observer
Hard bargaining over Cabinet portfoliosNational Govt: UNP resists backbench pressure to go it alone : �Aim for the m
Hard bargaining over Cabinet portfolios
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
National Govt: UNP resists backbench pressure to go it alone : �Aim for the moon and hit the stars� was the Sri Lanka Freedom Party�s rule when it negotiated for ministerial portfolios with the UNP to form a... Read more
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Sunday Observer
ITN probed for non-recovery of Rs 115m from MRFormer ITN chief to record statement tomorrow: Former chairman of Independent
ITN probed for non-recovery of Rs 115m from MR
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
Former ITN chief to record statement tomorrow: Former chairman of Independent Television Network (ITN), Anura Siriwardane, will appear before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources... Read more
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Sunday Observer
Defence Secy earns plaudits for health initiative"War crimes" is the buzz phrase that has been bandied about ever since the Tami
Defence Secy earns plaudits for health initiative
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
"War crimes" is the buzz phrase that has been bandied about ever since the Tamil secessionist insurgency was militarily crushed in 2009 amid accusations of widespread abuse of human rights, especially the possible killing of thousands of civilians... Read more
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Sunday Observer
FeaturesNational Govt: UNP resists backbench pressure to go it alone : Hard bargaining
Features
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
National Govt: UNP resists backbench pressure to go it alone : Hard bargaining over Cabinet portfolios �Aim for the moon and hit the stars� was the Sri Lanka Freedom Party�s rule when it negotiated for ministerial portfolios with the UNP to form a... Read more
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Sunday Observer
PoliticalThe 64th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be celebrated i
Political
Sunday Observer / Posted 3 days ago
The 64th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be celebrated in Polonnaruwa on September 02, under the patronage President Maithripala Sirisena, the leader of the SLFP. Former SLFP leaders, including former Presidents Chandrika... Read more
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The Hindu
TNA now stakes claim for Leader of OppositionIn early April this year, the TNA, after a section of the UPFA joined the Minis
TNA now stakes claim for Leader of Opposition
The Hindu / Posted 3 days ago
In early April this year, the TNA, after a section of the UPFA joined the Ministry, had even then claimed the post, which was given to Nimal Siripala de Silva, a leader of the UPFA, in January COLOMBO: The Tamil National Alliance on Saturday openly... Read more
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asianage
Deadlock over formation of Sri Lanka CabinetSri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (Photo: AP) Sri Lanka’s new governme
Deadlock over formation of Sri Lanka Cabinet
asianage / Posted 4 days ago
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (Photo: AP) Sri Lanka’s new government has further delayed formation of the Cabinet beyond the already agreed deadline of September 1. The election was held nearly two weeks ago in which the United National... Read more
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Daily News
A positive stepThe UN War Crimes inquiry hung over Sri Lanka like the proverbial Sword of Damo
A positive step
Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
The UN War Crimes inquiry hung over Sri Lanka like the proverbial Sword of Damocles ever since the war ended in May 2009. The previous Government led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa repeatedly ignored calls by the International community to... Read more
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Daily News
UPFA defeatThe responsibility for the at the General Election should be borne by the part
UPFA defeat
Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
The responsibility for the at the General Election should be borne by the party's chairman and others, said Gampaha district UPFA Parliamentarian Prasanna Ranatunga. He said he dismisses attempts made by certain defeated candidates to... Read more
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Daily News
SLFP 64th Anniversary in PolonnaruwaThe 64th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be held at Raja
SLFP 64th Anniversary in Polonnaruwa
Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
The 64th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be held at Rajarata Navodaya ground in Polonnaruwa on September 2, SLFP Acting General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said. This year’s anniversary celebrations will be held in a grand... Read more
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Daily News
Chamal to join National Unity GovernmentFormer Speaker and UPFA MP-elect Chamal Rajapaksa is to join the National Unity
Chamal to join National Unity Government
Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
Former Speaker and UPFA MP-elect Chamal Rajapaksa is to join the National Unity Government. Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, Rajapaksa said he would stand along with the position of the SLFP Party Chairman and President Maithripala Sirisena on... Read more
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Daily News
UPFA's vain efforts to oppose civilized societyThat the search for at a consensual government of political relevance to the co
UPFA's vain efforts to oppose civilized society
Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
That the search for at a consensual government of political relevance to the country is not easy in the current context is seen by the delay in the swearing-in of the Cabinet of Ministers. The UNP has announced it is ready with its ministers; the... Read more
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The Hindu
Sri Lanka Cabinet formation delayed againThe UNP and the Opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party decided to form a national u
Sri Lanka Cabinet formation delayed again
The Hindu / Posted 4 days ago
The UNP and the Opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party decided to form a national unity government following which there were serious negotiations and disagreements over the sharing of key portfolios. Sri Lanka’s new government has further delayed... Read more
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The Hindu
Sri Lankan Tamil parties to back UNP-SLFP ministryThe Eelam People’s Democratic Party and the Ceylon Workers’ Congress together a
Sri Lankan Tamil parties to back UNP-SLFP ministry
The Hindu / Posted 5 days ago
The Eelam People’s Democratic Party and the Ceylon Workers’ Congress together account for three Members of Parliament. Two Tamil parties have pledged support to the proposed national government to be formed by the United National Party (UNP) and the... Read more
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Daily News
A new beginningSri Lanka is well on the road to mending strained relations with its once frien
A new beginning
Daily News / Posted 5 days ago
Sri Lanka is well on the road to mending strained relations with its once friendly countries. The messages of goodwill received by the new Prime Minister and high profile visits made to the country after January 8 is a clear indication of this... Read more
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Daily News
SLFP’s 64th anniversary at PolonnaruwaThe 64th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be celebrated i
SLFP’s 64th anniversary at Polonnaruwa
Daily News / Posted 5 days ago
The 64th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be celebrated in Polonnaruwa on September 2 under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said. An Ashirvada Pooja will be held at... Read more
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Daily News
Cases filed against CB Governor, son-in-law dismissedColombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya yesterday dismissed cases filed again
Cases filed against CB Governor, son-in-law dismissed
Daily News / Posted 5 days ago
Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya yesterday dismissed cases filed against Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius when the petitioner informed court that he had decided to withdraw the cases filed by him... Read more
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Daily News
Main political parties hail new US stanceA cross section of politicians from the South yesterday welcomed the decision a
Main political parties hail new US stance
Daily News / Posted 5 days ago
A cross section of politicians from the South yesterday welcomed the decision announced by visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal to support a domestic mechanism to probe alleged war crimes and human... Read more
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Daily News
‘Formation of a National Government’The question of forming a National Government, after the Presidential Election
‘Formation of a National Government’
Daily News / Posted 5 days ago
The question of forming a National Government, after the Presidential Election of January 8, 2015 and the election of Maithripala Sirisena as the successor of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been the subject of much discussion and debate both... Read more
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Daily News
Concept of unity govt. first mooted by President - SLFP General SecretarySri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said a new
Concept of unity govt. first mooted by President - SLFP General Secretary
Daily News / Posted 5 days ago
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said a new unity national government will be formed jointly with the UNP in accordance with the MOU signed between the two parties. The concept of a unity government was first... Read more
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Daily News
Unstable politics and stable governmentAs we mentioned last week the elections ended with no party receiving an absolu
Unstable politics and stable government
Daily News / Posted 5 days ago
As we mentioned last week the elections ended with no party receiving an absolute majority. Thus a coalition government became an objective necessity for political stability. Immediately after Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe assuming office a... Read more
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Daily News
Sanga - thank you for the cricketing musicIf the cricketing music that Kumar Sangakkara played was entertaining and sooth
Sanga - thank you for the cricketing music
Daily News / Posted 6 days ago
If the cricketing music that Kumar Sangakkara played was entertaining and soothing to Sri Lankan ears, then the Baton that the Country's Conductor President Maithripala Sirisena waved to make the brilliant cricketer the High Commissioner to the... Read more
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asianage
US backs Sri Lankan probe of wartime atrocitiesThe United States on Wednesday said it backed the new Sri Lankan government’s p
US backs Sri Lankan probe of wartime atrocities
asianage / Posted 6 days ago
The United States on Wednesday said it backed the new Sri Lankan government’s plans for a local inquiry into alleged wartime atrocities, reversing its demand for an international probe. Assistant secretary of state Nisha Biswal said the US wants to... Read more
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Daily News
Sri Lanka's new foreign policy presents opportunities for IndiaOne of the election platforms of the recently sworn-in Prime Minister, Ranil Wi
Sri Lanka's new foreign policy presents opportunities for India
Daily News / Posted 6 days ago
One of the election platforms of the recently sworn-in Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has been to revise Sri Lankan foreign policy, which has been excessively oriented toward China in recent years, instead favouring a more balanced... Read more
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Daily News
Karuna on why MR lost the Northern voteFormer Deputy Minister and SLFP Vice President Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan sai
Karuna on why MR lost the Northern vote
Daily News / Posted 6 days ago
Former Deputy Minister and SLFP Vice President Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan said although Mahinda Rajapaksa completed massive infrastructure programmes in the North the people were not impressed since they wanted much more by way of dignity and their... Read more
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Daily News
National Government: the big question for the SLFPThe exact shape and form of the government that will rule Sri Lanka for the nex
National Government: the big question for the SLFP
Daily News / Posted 6 days ago
The exact shape and form of the government that will rule Sri Lanka for the next five years will be revealed soon when the Cabinet of Ministers take their oaths but the changes sweeping over the Opposition in the aftermath of the general election are... Read more
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The Hindu
U.S. backs Sri Lanka's own war crimes probeThe U.S was in the forefront in adopting three resolutions at the U.N. human ri
U.S. backs Sri Lanka's own war crimes probe
The Hindu / Posted 6 days ago
The U.S was in the forefront in adopting three resolutions at the U.N. human rights session on Sri Lanka. The United States said on Wednesday that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next month’s U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri... Read more
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Channel NewsAsia
US to work with Sri Lanka on UN resolution addressing alleged war crimesCOLOMBO: The United States said on Wednesday it would work together with Sri La
US to work with Sri Lanka on UN resolution addressing alleged war crimes
Channel NewsAsia / Posted 6 days ago
COLOMBO: The United States said on Wednesday it would work together with Sri Lanka's new government to propose a resolution to a U.N. human rights forum that seeks to come to terms with the painful legacy of a 26-year civil war. Washington will move... Read more
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