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January 24, 2017 [GMT]
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Ten JO MPs to be arrested
[Monday 2017-01-09 18:00]

At least ten MPs of the Joint Opposition (JO) would be taken into custody during the next couple of days for staging protests in Hambantota in violation of a court order banning demonstrations, a senior police officer said yesterday.

At least ten MPs of the Joint Opposition (JO) would be taken into custody during the next couple of days for staging protests in Hambantota in violation of a court order banning demonstrations, a senior police officer said yesterday.


Police said those MPs had led protests and participated in a march violating the court order. The MPs had been identified by a special team of policemen who scrutinised the video footage of the protest march. Some of the MPs had been identified for instigating violence and leading the protestors to attack policemen on duty, the officer said.

Police had obtained video clips from private media organisations to identify the leaders of the protests. In addition to the MPs a large number of other persons too had been identified for arrest and they too would be taken into custody in the coming days, the senior police officer said.

Several persons had already been taken into custody by the Hambantota police and they were being questioned and their statements were being recorded for the further investigations, the officer said, adding that among those in the custody were former local government members and ex-chairmen of Pradeshiya Sabhas.

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UN Special Rapporteur wants PTA repealed, new anti-terror law reviewed
[Monday 2017-01-23 17:00]

A UN Special Rapporteur, in a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), has recommended that Sri Lanka immediately repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), review the draft legislation to replace the PTA and immediately withdraw the proposed amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure Act that would deprive a suspect of access to a lawyer until his or her statement has been recorded.

[Monday 2017-01-23 17:00]

Minister of Regional Development, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka will be brought in for further questioning by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Tuesday in connection with the murder of slain editor Lasantha Wickrematunga. According to highly placed sources, Fonseka arrived at the CID at about 10 in the morning on Friday and questioning continued till about 4 in the evening. He was questioned for over 5 hours.

JVP: Will topple the Govt. if there is an opportunity
[Monday 2017-01-23 17:00]

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was ready to topple the incumbent Government even before 2020 if there was an opportunity, party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today. Speaking at the forming of Diriya Samithi in Maharagama yesterday, Mr. Dissanayake said people would have to punish them now if the FCID, Judiciary or the Attorney General was not going to do so.

CID to question Gota after last Friday’s grilling of Fonseka
[Monday 2017-01-23 17:00]

CID would soon interrogate former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on the murder of former Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga, Police headquarters sources said yesterday. The former defence secretary would be questioned on the matters transpired during the interrogation of former Army Commander and Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who had been questioned by the CID last Friday for more than six hours, the sources said.

Talks between Mahinda and President’s proxies fail
[Monday 2017-01-23 17:00]

Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa has indicated that there couldn’t be a consensus between his grouping and the SLFP under the present circumstances. Former President Rajapaksa has declared that his grouping wouldn’t accept any arrangement at the expense of the party against the backdrop of the SLFPers in government pursuing an agenda inimical to the party.

Dasa Sil Matha on hunger strike against new Constitution
[Monday 2017-01-23 17:00]

A Dasa Sil Matha is seen sitting in front of the historic Dalada Maligawa in Kandy where she has embarked on a non-stop hunger strike saying that the present government is trying to divide the country by amending the Constitution. She has opted to remain anonymous and will continue to protest against the high-handed actions of the government.

UFO hovers across the country Top News
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

An Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) hovering in the skies had been spotted in several areas of the country on Saturday night. Witnesses said the round-shaped object radiated a bright light. However, as captured by telescopes it was a bright, square shaped object with a moving core. The UFO was reported to have been spotted clearly in the western skies in Ratnapura, Hambantota, Galle and Matara around 7.15 pm.

Mahinda should leave politics – US tells GL
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

US ambassador in Sri Lanka Atul Keshap has told the joint opposition that it would gain nothing by recognizing ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa as its leader any further, ‘Sathhanda’ reports. Mahinda has been informed by Prof. G.L. Peiris about the US diplomat’s view, who has also said the JO would be in trouble if it did not let go of the ex-president.

Tamil Diaspora lobbies against GSP plus
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

Several Tamil Diaspora organizations have made joint representations to political and diplomatic missions, including the EU Parliament, exerting pressure on them against restoring to Sri Lanka the GSP plus export facility unless the Lankan Government implements core international conventions which are a prerequisite to qualify for the restoration. The Diaspora has through European Parliament Members called for a debate in the EU Parliament on the issue and has been lobbying in the EU Commissioner's office against restoration of the facility to Sri Lanka.

President Hopes To Strengthen Relations With US Under Trump
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena said he hopes to strengthen ties with the United States under new US President Donald Trump. Sirisena congratulated Trump on his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump was sworn in on Friday succeeding Barack Obama and taking control of a divided country in a transition of power that he has declared will lead to “America First” policies at home and abroad.

LIOC won’t release tanks, CPC spends Rs. 1b to build four tanks
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) is to set up four fuel storage tanks at a cost of more than Rs. 1 billion. These tanks to be set up in Muthurajawela off Wattala are needed in view of a delay in securing the release of three tanks leased out to the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) in Trincomalee, a senior CPC official said.

Heated exchange at Chief Ministers meeting with MR
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

A heated exchange of words had reportedly taken place at the meeting held today between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Seven Chief Ministers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The meeting held this morning ended inconclusively but the Chief Ministers have sought a follow-up meeting with him soon. The Chief Ministers called for the meeting to seek Rajapaksa’s support for the SLFP at the next Local Government elections. President Maithripala Sirisena had approved the meeting.

Trump sworn in as 45th President of USA
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

Donald John Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, taking office on a day that has featured smaller crowds and more subdued ceremony than previous inaugurations — but still ushers in a transformative shift in the country’s leadership. Trump, 70, was administered the oath by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. His wife Melania Trump stood at his side. The oath was given using two Bibles — one from President Lincoln’s inauguration, and another that Trump’s mother gave him in 1955.

India denies talks are on to take over development of Sri Lanka's Trincomalee port
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

Indian official sources on Friday denied Sri Lankan Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s contention that Sri Lanka and India are in talks for developing the Trincomalee harbor in the Eastern coast of the island nation. Fonseka had made the claim on the sidelines of a conference in New Delhi earlier this week, touching off adverse comments in Sri Lanka on the dangers of trying to balance China and India and making Sri Lanka an arena of big power politics.

Looking forward to working with Trump: MS
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

While congratulating Donald Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, President Maithripala Sirisena said in a twitter message that he was looking forward to working with the new US President to strengthen partnership between US and Sri Lanka.

Colombo Port City construction to begin next year
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has said that construction of the Colombo International Financial City would commence next year. Minister Ranawaka explained the status of the project to the media after having visited the site on Thursday. Ranawaka quoted senior officials of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) officials as having told him that 28 per cent of the required land had been reclaimed and the rest could be completed by the end of this year. According to the minister, construction could commence early next year.

SF questioned by CID
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded a statement from Field Marshal and Regional Development Minister Sarath Fonseka in connection with the murder of former Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. It was reported that he had been questioned by the CID for about five hours yesterday. However, when asked police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said the CID had not informed them officially regarding the matter and added that police could not declare such matters.

Talking with India to develop Trincomalee as main harbor in Bay of Bengal: PM
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that India is welcome to come and invest in the facilities around the Hambantota port, for which the government is setting aside 15,000 acres of land to be made available for investors. In an exclusive interview with NDTV on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, he also clarifies that Sri Lanka has not given this land away only to the Chinese.

Plans to set up natural gas hub in Trinco
[Friday 2017-01-20 18:00]

Cabinet approval has been sought to establish a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Hub terminal and Storage at the Trincomalee Port for export by Energy World International Ltd, a leading company headquartered in Hong Kong, it is learnt. It is also seeking approval to hand over a 30 acre land on lease for 30 years to the company. This global company submitted a business proposal first way back in 2012 to seek approval.

Human rights chief notes positive steps taken in Sri Lanka
[Friday 2017-01-20 18:00]

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein noted the positive steps taken in Sri Lanka on the human rights issue. Al Hussein had talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. At the meeting Al Hussein said the UN Human Rights Council hopes Sri Lanka can take forward a process which ensures the rights of all communities are protected, the Prime Minister’s office said.

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