The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) is to cancel the memorandum of understanding signed with the Indian Oil Company (IOC) on fuel distribution in the country and is to enter into an agreement with Saudi Arabia’s ARAMCO, sources from the government said.
The attack in Woolwich yesterday was horrific. There can be no justification for a murderous attack on an individual soldier in the streets of London. It must have been awful too for the local people who witnessed it.
Russians’ love for vodka has a long history. Legend holds that vodka arrived in Moscow in the 14th century, brought by Genovese merchants to Prince Dmitry Ivanovich. Legend also says that monk Isidore, who lived in the Chudov Monastery, inside the Kremlin, made a recipe for Russian vodka around 1430. He probably didn’t anticipate the devastating effect that alcohol addiction, mainly to vodka, would have on Russians’ health and quality of life and on the country’s economy and social fabric.
A group of monks were in a fisticuff outside the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) head office in Thunmulla, Colombo resulting in one monk being admitted to the Colombo National Hospital while several others were taken into custody by the Bambalapitiya police.
NFF Leader and Minister Wimal Weerawansa was admitted to the Nawaloka Hospital a few days back. It was initially believed that Weerawansa suffered from a heart ailment.
Vesak Day is a celebration for Buddhists worldwide and an opportunity for all members of the international community to benefit from their rich traditions.
On the Vesak Celebration for this year, the Asian Human Rights Commission offers the following greetings.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. Krishnaswami Ramachandran was arrested on suspicion of his involvement in the bomb blast at Daladha Maligawa in 1998. He was tortured and the charges were based on the confession he was forced to give under duress.
Apple has called for US corporate tax rates to be slashed after it admitted sheltering at least $30bn (£20bn) of international profits in Irish subsidiaries that pay no tax at all.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has called for an explanation from Navy Commander Admiral Jayanath Colombage over the death of a sailor after a Navy fast attack craft toppled during Victory Day celebrations.
The Prime Minister’s Office had sent a letter with the signature of Prime Minster’s Secretary, S. Amarasekera to all secretaries, chief secretaries and district secretaries to prepare and hand over a report on the state employees who report to work at 9 a.m. and after 10 a.m. on the 21st. The Prime Minister’s Secretary’s letter had been numbered 01/110/01/2013.
Omar Qatifaan, a 14-year-old media activist, was killed 21 May, 2013 while covering clashes between the Syrian Army and the rebel Free Army in the southern Daraa al-Ballad area of Syria near the border with Jordan.
Forbes Magazine names UN Development Chief Helen Clark one of the world’s 100 most powerful women for a ninth year, citing her focus on gender equality to promote sustainable growth and reduce poverty.
Ethnic Rohingya trapped in squalid camps in western Myanmar are living in conditions that are "a cross between apartheid South Africa and the West Bank", a British MP said following a trip to the region.
Two men hacked a man believed to be a soldier to death in a London street - then posed for pictures.