Sri Lanka co-hosts air force exercise with United States

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is co-hosting the Pacific Airlift Rally 2017, a military exercise currently underway on the island, alongside the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), a Major Command of the United States Air Force.

Third day of Thileepan’s fast marked in Jaffna

Tamils gathered at the Lt. Col. Thileepan memorial in Nallur on Sunday to mark the third day of his hunger strike that took place 30 years ago.

Sri Lanka aims to block Rohingya from entering island

The Sri Lankan government has announced it will block all visas for tourists from Myanmar, in an effort to stop Rohingya Muslim refugees from entering the island. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Sri Lankan Minister of Internal Affairs S. B. Navinna, said his government took the decision to stop Rohingya Muslims from seeking refuge in Sri Lanka. He warned that Rohingya may attempt to enter the island by posing as tourists. His comments come after Sinhala Buddhist monks staged a rally in Colombo in support of Myanmar’s military offensive in the Rakhine state, which has displaced hundreds of...

Tyres burnt in front of Thileepan memorial, organisers condemn intimidation tactic

Organisers of the ongoing commemorations to Thileepan have condemned as an intimidation tactic the burning of tyres in front of the Nallur monument.

Fonseka should ‘shut up’ says former Sri Lankan president

Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said the former commander of the army should “shut up”, after stating he would testify against a military colleague accused of war crimes. In an interview to Ceylon Today, Mr Rajapaksa rebuked former army commander Sarath Fonseka’s comments. “Everybody was shocked by Fonseka’s statement,” he said. “An Army Commander should not behave like this.” When asked what the former army commander should do next, Mr Rajapaksa responded, “ he should shut up .” The former president also denied reports of human rights violations taking place during the armed...

Sri Lanka accused of breaking North Korean sanctions

The Sri Lankan government illegally imported commodities from North Korea in violation of sanctions placed on the country, according to United Nations experts last week. UN experts monitoring sanctions named Sri Lanka, alongside other countries including India, Pakistan and China as having flouted restrictions on North Korea. The report found that between October 2016 and April 2017, Sri Lanka imported approximately US$ 1,860,516 in iron and steel from North Korea. Tens of thousands of dollars of copper were also imported during that period. “The panel’s investigations reveal that the DPRK is...

Ranil says 'govt has no desire to send soldiers to any court'

The Sri Lankan prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe has reiterated his stance that the government "has no desire to send soldiers to any court", Adaderana reported. "The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, ratified by Sri Lanka, will be effective only for the future and not for the past", he added, echoing the words of this former foreign minister, Mangala Samaraweera. "The convention will be effective only after October this year." See more here .

Sirisena leaves for New York to attend UNGA

The Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena leaves for New York today to attend the 72nd UN General Assembly which commences on September 19. Mr Sirisena is scheduled to address the Assembly on September 19. According to the Colombo Page , Mr Sirisena will "brief the world leaders regarding the consensual politics in Sri Lanka as well as regarding the reconciliation and peace, and the initiatives taken by the government after declaring the year 2017 as the Year for Poverty Alleviation and also regarding the program for the concept of Green Development."

Buddhist monks lead Sinhalese protest against Sarath Fonseka and Rajan Ramanayake in Trinco

Sinhalese residents and Buddhist monks in Trincomalee staged a protest against Sarath Fonseka and Ranjan Ramanayake on Saturday. The protestors chanted slogans condemning the ministers’ recent behaviour and accusing them of supporting war crimes investigations. The crowd also burnt effigies of both politicians.

Sri Lankan peacekeepers in CAR receive medals

Sri Lankan troops serving as United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic received medals in a ceremony to mark their contribution this week.