The Island (Sri Lanka)

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN ) - Stressing that the country needed a new Constitution in keeping with the times, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Jaffna on Friday, that the United National Party (UNP), Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wanted the Executive Presidency abolished, while only a section of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) was opposed to it.

COLOMBO (The Island /ANN ) -The United States government said yesterday, that it would not tell Sri Lanka who should be given positions in the public service, but its concern expressed with regard to the appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva as commander of the Army, was due to allegations of gross human rights violations against him.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - TNA leader R. Sampanthan informs visiting Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi of government's failure to fulfill promises made to the Tamil community.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Cabinet Minister of Lands and Parliament Affairs dodges question on the purchase of vehicles for the use of Ministers since Yahapalana regime came to power.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - SriLankan Airlines, COPE Chairman says the national carrier SriLankan had become a drain on the economy, with losses amounting to US$ 115.77 million, paid as compensation for terminating an airbus deal.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act approved by parliament despite differing opinions by Muslim women’s organisations, government and Opposition politicians and Moulavis.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Foreign Ministry deems external interference in the appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva as the Sri Lanka Army Commander unwarranted and unacceptable.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Army warrant officer killed during para jumping rehearsal when his parachute failed to open.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - National Freedom Front leader MP Wimal Weerawansa says the US owes an explanation as to why it is critical of the appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - A delegation of the European Union expressed serious concerns over appointing Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, due to allegations of human rights violations against him.