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ten things you need to know today: tuesday 28 feb 2017




a student who fled sri lanka's civil war and has lived in the uk with her mother since she was 12 has been granted an eleventh-hour reprieve on being deported by the home office after a campaign by her local mp. shiromini satkunarajah, 20, is studying electrical engineering at bangor, north wales, a...



initial probe rules out navy's role in indian fisherman's killing: lanka




the sri lankan government today said that an initial probe report has ruled out its navy's involvement in the killing of an indian fisherman, an issue raised by india with sri lanka's prime minister.the 22-year-old indian fisherman was shot dead yesterday while he was fishing in a mechanised boat at...



exclusive: drought leaves 80,000 sri lankans in need of “life-saving” food aid -




an emergency assessment obtained by irin outlines failed crops, debt and hungerclose to one million people in drought-hit sri lanka are in “urgent need of food assistance” with tens of thousands needing “life-saving support”, according to an assessment by the government and the un that has y...



suspicious fund transfer from prabha's account




the mystery surrounding the murder of prabha arun kumar, a software engineer from bengaluru stabbed to death in sydney in march 2015, has deepened, with australian investigators revealing a suspicious transfer of funds to a woman’s account in sri lanka from prabha’s compensation amount.the murde...



presstv-sri lanka rejects un call for war probe




sri lankan president maithripala sirisena has rejected a united nations call for allowing international judges to investigate alleged crimes during the country’s civil war era.“a charge sheet is now brought against our forces with a demand to include foreign judges to try them,” sirisena said ...



fisherman shot dead by lankan navy




an indian fisherman was shot dead allegedly by sri lankan navy on monday night, triggering outrage in tamil nadu. new delhi has conveyed to sri lanka its “deep concern” over the killing.britjo (22) from thangachimadam in rameswaram was killed on the spot and another fisherman saron (31) was ad...



presstv-deadly ambush on sri lanka prison bus




suspected gangsters have opened fire on a prison bus in the southwestern sri lankan town of kalutara, killing five prisoners and two guards.“all five prisoners and two prison officers died. nine other officers were admitted to hospital with injuries,” media quoted thushara upuldeniya, a spokesm...



lankan navy arrests 13 tn fishermen; cm writes to modi




thirteen indian fishermen were today arrested by the sri lankan navy, prompting the tamil nadu government to dash off a letter to the centre seeking its intervention.taking up the matter with prime minister narendra modi, chief minister e k palaniswami, in a letter, said the state government was "ex...



asia and the pacific: weekly regional humanitarian snapshot (28 feb - 6 mar 2017




sri lankaas of 3 march, an estimated 1.2 million people are affected by prolonged drought in 16 districts across sri lanka’s nine provinces. kalutara district (western province) has the most people affected due to salinisation of the water supply. harvests due in the coming months are expected to ...



sridharan sriram, the spin guru behind steve o'keefe's stunning spell in pune




pune: game breaker steve o'keefe has paid tribute to cricket australia's spin guru for sparking the change that enabled the left-armer to produce a potentially match-winning spell in the first test.the name sridharan sriram may not mean much to australian cricket fans, but he played a key role be...



sridharan sriram, the spin guru behind steve o'keefe's stunning spell in pune




pune: game breaker steve o'keefe has paid tribute to cricket australia's spin guru for sparking the change that enabled the left-armer to produce a potentially match-winning spell in the first test. star turn: steve o'keefe celebrates his fifth wicket after dismissing ravindra jadeja. photo: apth...



two-thirds indians have to pay bribe, highest in a-pac: survey




india has got the dubious distinction of having the highest bribery rate in the asia pacific, with a survey showing today that more than two-thirds of indians had to pay 'tea money' or fork out other forms of bribe to get public services.the survey, conducted by international anti-graft rights group...



ansari takes up fisherman killing issue with lankan president




the issue of killing of an indian fisherman allegedly by the sri lankan navy was taken up by vice president hamid ansari with its president maithripala sirisena who told him that he has ordered a thorough probe into the incident.ansari raised the issue during a bilateral meeting with srisena in jaka...



fishermen protest over killing of colleague, cm writes to pm




hundreds of fishermen today staged a demonstration in rameswaram island to protest the killing of an indian fisherman allegedly by the sri lankan navy, as chief minister edappadi k palaniswami dashed off a letter seeking the centre's intervention.tamil nadu opposition parties also condemned the kill...



manuka oval construction won't affect southern stars ashes in canberra




parts of manuka oval will be construction zones when the southern stars host england in the last two matches of the women's ashes series in canberra in november.the act government has confirmed upgrades to canberra's premier oval will start later this year and will likely continue until midway throu...



australia's bid for un human rights council seat comes with 'stop the boats' bag




geneva: australia's violation of refugee human rights and its weak opposition to horrific abuses in sri lanka and myanmar could hurt its chances of winning a coveted seat on the un's human rights council, an expert on the council's politics says.the warning came as australia launched a charm offens...



le pakistan retient son souffle avant un match de cricket




bus blindés et déploiement militaire sont prévus pour la finale de la pakistan super league (psl) de cricket, un sport immensément populaire dans le pays, mais cela n'a pas empêché la défection d'une série de joueurs vedettes étrangers. cette finale se joue pour la première fois à lahore...



pakistan: une finale de cricket nourrit l'espoir d'un retour du sport internatio




tous les matches pakistanais d'envergure se jouent à l'étranger, habituellement aux emirats arabes unis, depuis une attaque sanglante d'islamistes armés il y a presque exactement huit ans contre l'équipe du sri lanka devant le stade kadhafi de lahore. c'est dans ce même stade que les zalmi de ...



australia's bid for un human rights council seat comes with 'stop the boats' bag




geneva: australia's violation of refugee human rights and its weak opposition to horrific abuses in sri lanka and myanmar could hurt its chances of winning a coveted seat on the un's human rights council, an expert on the council's politics says.the warning came as australia launched a charm offens...



le pakistan retient son souffle avant un match de cricket lourd en symboles




bus blindés et déploiement militaire sont prévus pour la finale de la pakistan super league (psl) de cricket, un sport immensément populaire dans le pays, mais cela n'a pas empêché la défection d'une série de joueurs vedettes étrangers. cette finale se joue pour la première fois à lahore...