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Gotabaya appoints both brothers to interim Cabinet

Colombo/UNI: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday appointed both his brothers to interim Cabinet which is aimed to run the government until the next parliamentary election.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa takes oath as Sri Lankan President

Colombo/UNI/IBNS: A day after he scripted victory in the polls, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as the seventh Executive President of Sri Lanka on Monday.

Sri Lanka elects ex-Defence Chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its 7th President; swearing-in tomorrow

Colombo/IBNS: Almost seven months after a series of bomb-blasts shook Sri Lanka, the island nation on Sunday elected former war-time defence chief Gotabaya Rajpaksa as its President. He will be sworn in as the seventh executive President of Sri Lanka on Monday.

Sri Lanka dedicated to addressing climate change: Parliament speaker

Colombo/ Xinhua/UNI: Sri Lanka's parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said on Saturday that the country was dedicated to addressing climate change and taking all steps necessary to mitigate the crisis brought about by it.

Sri Lankan court rejects legal challenge over presidential candidate's citizenship

Colombo (Xinhua/UNI) A Sri Lankan court on Friday dismissed a legal case challenging presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa's Sri Lankan citizenship, thereby allowing him to contest the upcoming presidential polls.

Sri Lankan authorities must work ‘vigorously’ to ease simmering ethno-religious tensions, urges UN rights expert

New York, Aug 27 (IBNS): A United Nations human rights expert warned on Monday that Sri Lankan authorities must take urgent action to strengthen respect for freedom of religion or belief and address simmering ethno-religious tensions.

Appointment of alleged war criminal to head of Sri Lanka army ‘deeply troubling’, says UN human rights chief

New York, Aug 20 (IBNS):The appointment of Sri Lankan Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the country’s army is deeply troubling, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement released on Monday, adding that the military leader had been given the role despite “serious allegations of gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against him and his troops during the war”.

All leading suspects for Easter attacks nabbed, says Sri Lanka President

Colombo, Jun 26 (Xinhua): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Wednesday that he was satisfied with the security situation in the island country as all leading suspects involved in the Easter Sunday terror attacks had been apprehended or killed.

Bombing attacks in Sri Lanka hints new type of terrorism threat in south Asia: Ishwar Pokhrel

Kathmandu, June 17 (Xinhua/UNI) Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwar Pokhrel said that the bombing attacks in Sri Lanka in April had sent a clear and strong message that a new type of terrorism threat has arrived in South Asia.

Easter Bombings: Sri Lanka police bring five suspects back from Saudi Arabia

Colombo, June 14 (IBNS): Sri Lankan security forces have brought back five suspects linked to the Easter Sunday attacks who were deported from Saudi Arabia, media reports said.

Asylum seekers in Sri Lanka fear for their safety, in wake of Easter Sunday terror attacks

New York, June 1 (IBNS): Since the suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21, there have been concerns for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers living in the country: in the immediate aftermath, there were reports of refugees being targeted and forced from their homes by angry mobs threatening reprisals for the Easter Sunday attacks which targeted Christian churches, as well as upscale hotels.

At least 89 arrested in Sri Lanka over Easter bombings

Colombo, May 21 (Xinhua/UNI) At least 89 suspects have been arrested over their alleged links to the Easter Sunday terror explosions which killed over 250 people and injured over 500 in Sri Lanka on April 21, the police said here Tuesday.

Sri Lanka calls for shared intelligence to eradicate terrorism

Colombo, May 20 (Xinhua/UNI) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called on countries to join hands in sharing intelligence to deal with international terror threats, local media reported on Monday.

Sri Lanka bombings: Police arrest school principal, teacher

Colombo, May 18 (IBNS): The Sri Lankan police have arrested a school principal and a teacher for their alleged links to the local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ), media reports said on Saturday.

‘Hateful attacks’ pushing Sri Lanka backwards, UN advisers warn, urging an end to ‘discriminatory practices’ that feed intolerance

New York, May 15 (IBNS): Growing instances of religious-based violence in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka have prompted two United Nations Special Advisers to call for an end to “hateful attacks” directed towards the country’s Muslim minority.