The Island (Sri Lanka)

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Criminal Investigation Department records statement from allegedly abducted local female employed by the Swiss embassy. Declines to undergo medical examination in the absence of a female doctor.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - The Embassy refuses to divulge the identity of the ‘victim.’ It pre-empts the police from getting a statement from her saying that "Due to a deteriorating health condition" she is "currently not in a state to testify."

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - The month of December in Sri Lanka is designated as that of women because women gained equal status, in the newly introduced Buddhist religion. 

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Speaking in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo Foreign minister Abdulla Shahid said the direct loans as well as government guarantees to state-owned enterprises on their loans from China amount to a debt of some US$1.4 billion. 

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe proposes Sajith Premadasa as the Opposition Leader, puts off decision on the party leadership. Premadasa supporters previously demanded both Opposition and party leadership for Premadasa.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Global Sri Lankan Forum requests Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs not to be complacent and to take measures to neutralise threat posed by accountability resolution adopted at the Geneva Human Rights Council in 2015.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Human Rights Commission official in Vavuniya receives letter accusing him of failing to take action regarding a Buddhist monk residing in a compound that also houses a kovil, despite a large number of complaints having been lodged with the Commission.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Foreign Ministry unaware of 13 million USD investment in Sri Lanka made available through high profile Conflict, Security and Stability Fund, aimed at neutralising threats to British interests and preventing conflicts.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - TNA leader Sampanthan reiterates significance of a constitutionally instituted political solution for the national problem, in his talks with US Ambassador Teplitz.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - JVP-led National People’s Power Movement warns it would lead a mass mobilisation campaign if the government does not put an end to suppressive measures and dictatorship.