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President must contest next presidential election in 2020 - SLFP
[Monday 2017-01-09 18:00]

The Central Committee of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) at a meeting held recently has decided that the party leader, President Maithripala Sirisena should contest the next presidential election in 2020, Minister of Special Assignments Dr. Sarath Amunugama said.
The Minister in response to a media inquiry by BBC Sandeshaya said there is 27 percent minority votes in Sri Lanka and the his as well as the party's belief is that President Sirisena is the only candidate who can win a majority of those votes.

The Central Committee of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) at a meeting held recently has decided that the party leader, President Maithripala Sirisena should contest the next presidential election in 2020, Minister of Special Assignments Dr. Sarath Amunugama said. The Minister in response to a media inquiry by BBC Sandeshaya said there is 27 percent minority votes in Sri Lanka and the his as well as the party's belief is that President Sirisena is the only candidate who can win a majority of those votes.

  

However, the President who chaired the SLFP Central Committee meeting has not expressed any views on the party's decision, the Minister said. President Sirisena, when he was sworn in as President on 9 January 2015, pledged that he would not run for office for a second term. However, the political environment now has changed, Minister Amunugama says. The SLFP Central Committee has also decided to fully implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution transferring land and police powers to provincial councils. According to Minister Amunugama, party's stance is that instead of drafting a new constitution, the government should revise the current constitution and there is no need to call for a referendum.

  
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Ex-LTTErs start hunger strike at A’pura Prison
[Sunday 2017-08-20 17:00]

Three ex-LTTE carders held in remand at the Anuradhapura Prison had commenced a hunger strike since this morning urging authorities to expedite their court case, officials said. “The three detainees had refused to take breakfast and urge the authorities expedite their court cases filed in the Vavuniya Court to be taken for hearing,” an official said. He said at least 20 LTTE members were held in remand at the Anuradhapura Prison. It was reported that the remaining LTTErs would also to join the hunger strike.



CBK secretly invited Norway Only two people in Colombo knew when I first met Prabhakaran – Solheim
[Sunday 2017-08-20 17:00]

Controversial Norwegian Peace Broker, Erik Solheim, in what appeared to be a 'long awaited explanation' on Norway's involvement in the Sri Lankan conflict, has said that they were invited to Sri Lanka in absolute secrecy by the then President Chandrika Kumaratunga. "At that time, only two people in Colombo knew – she and Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. It stayed like that for one-and-a-half years. Only later, it became public," Solheim said, while adding that even the then Prime Minister was unaware of his first meeting with the LTTE Leader.



Govt. has failed says Sampanthan Complains in letter to UNSG
[Sunday 2017-08-20 17:00]

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan in a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has stated that the Good Governance Government has failed to deliver on its pledges towards the Tamil community. In the letter, Sampanthan has stressed the need of the UN's intervention in urging the Sri Lankan Government to resolve the problems faced by the Tamil community. He has further said the government has not yet initiated programmes to resettle the war affected people and to implement a mechanism to probe into the disappearances.



Indian military team where IPKF men fell
[Sunday 2017-08-20 17:00]

A senior Indian military delegation, now on an official visit, yesterday paid homage at an abandoned memorial site built for fallen Jawans of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) which operated here from 1987 to 1990. The memorial located in a private farming land off Kalviyankaadu in Kopay was revived by the Sri Lanka Army following a request by the Indian Consular General’s office in Jaffna, Military Spokesman Roshan Seneviratne said.



Wijeyadasa To Resign Tomorrow
[Sunday 2017-08-20 17:00]

Minister of Justice and Buddhasasana Affairs Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe is expected to announce his resignation tomorrow. Sources said that Rajapakshe is expected to announce his resignation at a media conference at the Buddhasasana Affairs Ministry. “The Minister is to make a special statement tomorrow morning and he is likely to resign after that,” a source close to Rajapakshe said. The government has lost confidence in Rajapakshe after he made comments critical of the Hambantota port agreement with China.



Army Commander says some elements attempting to disrupt the trust between North and South
[Sunday 2017-08-20 17:00]

The Commander of Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake says that there are some elements are again attempting to disrupt the trust being built-up between the people in the north and the south. The Army commander says the people in the north has rejected terrorism and the army has taken maximum measures to further strengthen the trust that is being built up between the people in the North and the South.



war crimes probe: Constitution won’t permit foreign judges, says FM Marapana
[Saturday 2017-08-19 18:00]

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, PC, yesterday said foreign judges couldn’t be accommodated in domestic judicial mechanisms in accordance with the Constitution. He said so when The Island asked him whether he, would as a former Attorney General, in addition to his newest responsibilities look into the Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the ruling UNP-SLFP coalition at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Oct. 2015 meant to establish judicial mechanism to address accountability issues.



Prez, PM or Justice Minister can’t intervene in judicial matters
[Saturday 2017-08-19 18:00]

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, responding to remarks made by Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera, said today that neither the President, Prime Minister nor the Justice Minister had powers to intervene in judicial matters. He said the possibility of appointing a special court had been discussed in the Cabinet and added that the Attorney General had also given written advice to the government on the matter. “We are acting on the advice of the Attorney General,” the minister said.



Sri Lanka names first Tamil navy chief since 1970
[Saturday 2017-08-19 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday appointed an officer from the Tamil minority to head the navy for the first time since a separatist war erupted 45 years ago. Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah is the first Tamil to head a wing of the military since 1970, even though Tamils make up around 15 percent of Sri Lanka’s population.



Govt. won't sign FTAs harmful to local industrialists
[Saturday 2017-08-19 18:00]

President Sirisena yesterday assured that the government would not sign any free trade agreement that would harm local industries and entrepreneurs and that he had decided to set up the National Economic Council (NEC) to strengthen the economy by streamlining its management processes. He said its objectives were to increase export income and develop the local industry and that there was a need for a stronger development programme for agriculture.



Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne appointed new Chief of Defence Staff
[Saturday 2017-08-19 18:00]

Former Naval Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne was appointed as the new Chief of Defence Staff today. President Maithripala Sirisena granted him a six-month service extension in his former appointment on Feb 22, 2016.



Police have power to arrest Namal: Court
[Saturday 2017-08-19 18:00]

Colombo Additional Magistrate Chandana Kalansuriya yesterday observed that Police have the power to arrest Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa over a cognisable offence, for allegedly threatening and reprimanding an official attached to the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) on August 15. Filing a facts report in Court, the FCID sought an order to issue notice on Namal Rajapaksa to appear in Court for allegedly threatening and reprimanding FCID Sub Inspector Shantha Lalith who was an investigative officer concerning a misappropriation of Rs.70 million belonging to Krrish Company by Namal Rajapaksa.



Wiggy blasts Thavarajah
[Friday 2017-08-18 18:00]

C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday (17) claimed that in order to safeguard his position in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), Opposition Leader S. Thavarajah was attempting to show that the Council was incapable of functioning. Speaking at yesterday's Council sittings, Wigneswaran said, "The leader of the Opposition, to safeguard his position in the council, had always tried to show that we are incapable."



Eighteen year prison sentence sought for Sri Lankan man convicted of human smuggling
[Friday 2017-08-18 18:00]

Lawyers in Canada are seeking an 18-year prison sentence for a man convicted of human smuggling for his role in the voyage of the MV Sun Sea, the dilapidated cargo ship that made the voyage from Thailand to B.C.'s coast with 492 Sri Lankan Tamils aboard seeking asylum, Canadian media reported. According to CBC News, Kunarobinson Christhurajah was found guilty in May 2017 during a retrial. His first trial ended in a mistrial after a jury couldn't reach a verdict.



Foreign Minister asserts no chance of having foreign judges
[Friday 2017-08-18 18:00]

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana today asserted there is no chance of Sri Lanka having foreign judges in the post war accountability process. Speaking to reporters after assuming duties at the Foreign Ministry, Marapana said that the Constitution is clear there cannot be a foreign judge in a local judicial process. “We have made this clear to the international community and they have accepted that,” he said.



Vice-Admiral Travis Sinniah new Navy Commander Top News
[Friday 2017-08-18 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed the Eastern Naval Commander Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, as new Navy Commander at the President's Official Residence, the Government Information Department said. “Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, who has served Sri Lanka Navy with immense loyalty for many decades, took office as the Navy Commander today,” President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted. The Secretary to the President Austin Fernando and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne also participated at the occasion.



Wijeyadasa to make a special statement on Monday
[Friday 2017-08-18 18:00]

Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, who was at the centre of controversy after being accused of violating the collective responsibility of the Cabinet by some of his colleagues, is to make a special statement on Monday, UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim told journalists today.



FM condemns the Barcelona terrorist attack
[Friday 2017-08-18 18:00]

The Ministry of Foreign affairs today condemned suspected terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain which left at least 13 people dead and nearly 100 injured. While posting a Twitter message Ministry Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne extended condolences to those affected on behalf of Sri Lanka. Her Twitter message said, the Government of #SriLanka condemns the terrorist attack in #Barcelona #Spain and extends condolences to those affected. A van ploughed into the people in Barcelona yesterday which left 13 people dead and injured nearly 100.



TNA has had enough, calls for foreign intervention
[Thursday 2017-08-17 17:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says enough is enough and the international community must now intervene to address the issues faced by the Tamils in the North. TNA leader R. Sampanthan says the Government has begun to divert from its political goals and so it is time the international community stepped in.



Mega corruption cases to be heard by trials-at-Bar
[Thursday 2017-08-17 17:00]

The government has decided to increase the number of High Courts with some of them functioning as trials-at-bar since more than 43 criminal cases against some members of former President Mahinda Rajapaksas family and his regime were stuck at the Attorney General’s Department for nearly two years.


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