24th June 2016

EU Court Of Justice To Take Up Former LTTE Rebel’s Asylum Application

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The Court of Justice of the European Union will take up the asylum application of a former member of theLTTE, who sought asylum in 2009 citing that he would face torture if he returned to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Tamil torture victim | File photo At the time the former rebel arrived in UK in January 2005 he was 28, and was allowed to enter UK as a student, after which it was further extended till September 2008. However, when he requested for another extension, his request was denied and then he sought asylum in January 2009 claiming that he was a former member of the LTTE, and if he returned back to his home country, Sri Lanka he will be tortured by security forces. […]

Have top officials protected drug lords?

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BY Kavindya Chris Thomas National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) Chairman Prof. Ravindra Fernando yesterday accused his predecessor Dr. Chamira Nilanga Sumathipala of not leaving behind documentary or other evidence of a controversial list of narco-traffickers, which he has claimed to have compiled during his tenure in office. The lack of this information is seriously impeding our investigations, Professor Fernando said. He said at a media briefing yesterday that even without the controversial list of names and other identification details, the NDDCB and the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) are doing their best to crack down on underworld narcotics dealers. During his tenure, Dr. Sumathipala has gone on record as having said that he was prepared to provide information about drug dealers to any political party […]

Sri Lanka business chamber says Britain’s EU exit could hit trade, loans

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s exports to Britain and the European Union could be affected by Britain’s exit from the EU and the island’s borrowing costs could rise, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said. But the full impact on international trade would take time to be felt with negotiations around the terms of Britain’s new engagement with Europe likely to take a couple of years, it said in a statement. “The effect of Britain’s EU referendum results on international financial markets would be a key channel of impact for Sri Lanka, as the external commercial borrowing environment becomes more volatile,” it said. The full statement follows: Impact from the financial markets channel ▪    The effect of Britain’s EU referendum results on international financial markets would be […]

Government defends stand it took on backing UK in EU

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The Government today backed the decision it took to support the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union (EU). Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsh de Silva said that the decision was taken in the best interest of Sri Lanka’s economy. He said that Sri Lanka’s future has a dependence on the world economy especially since Sri Lanka is looking to export apparel to the EU under the GSP trade concession scheme to which Britain is also a member. The British public today voted for the UK to leave the EU and as a result Sri Lanka will now need to look at having a separate trade deal with Britain. The opposition, in Parliament today, questioned the decision taken by the Government to send a team to […]

Sirisena in fresh bid to checkmate Mahinda

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By Shamindra Ferdinando In a desperate bid to thwart the formation of a new party led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa- in the run-up to forthcoming local government polls, the SLFP yesterday assured Rajapaksa loyalists nominations. Vast majority of members of dissolved local government bodies have called for the formation of a new alliance under former President Rajapaksa’s leadership. Urging Rajapaksa loyalists to reach an understanding with President Maithripala Sirisena, Irrigation and Water Management Minister Gamini Vijith Vijithamuni Zoysa yesterday said that those who had challenged the new leadership wouldn’t be deprived of nominations. Minister Zoysa said that even an understanding was possible with those facing disciplinary action over various matters.The Moneragala district MP was responding to a query at the weekly media briefing held […]