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December 9, 2016 [GMT]
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U.N. urges Sri Lanka to probe ongoing torture, war crimes
[Thursday 2016-12-08 17:00]

A U.N. rights watchdog called on Sri Lanka on Wednesday to investigate "routine torture" of detainees by security forces and rebuked its government for failing to prosecute war crimes committed during the country's 26-year civil war. The Sri Lankan military finally vanquished the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelan guerrillas in 2009. The United Nations and rights activists have accused the military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly Tamils, during the final weeks of the war and have demanded reforms and redress.



Double murder at TNA polls rally Three sentenced to death
[Thursday 2016-12-08 17:00]

Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illanchelian yesterday handed down death sentences to three persons who had been convicted for the murder of two persons and causing injury to 40 others, at Tamil National Alliance election rally held in Kayts in 2001. Two of the accused, Mathanaraja and Napoleon, who are presently living in London, were tried in absentia and convicted. Jeevaraj was the only accused living in Sri Lanka and the Judge directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General's Department to expedite the process of having the two convicts in London extradited.



NPC resolution prohibiting Buddhist temples has no legal value: Wijeyadasa
[Thursday 2016-12-08 17:00]

The resolution approved by the Northern Provincial Council prohibiting the construction of Buddhist temples in the North will have no legal value, Buddha Sasana and Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe told Parliament today while taking part in the committee stage debate on the Budget. He told Parliament that there were no constitutional provisions for provincial councils to introduce such resolutions and that the government would in no way accept such a resolution. The minister said an amended Buddhist Temporalities Act and the Theravada Kathikawath Bill will be presented to Parliament soon after discussions with the relevant stakeholders.



Cabinet green lights Hambantota Port PPP
[Thursday 2016-12-08 17:00]

The Cabinet yesterday approved the move for the revival of the strategic Hambantota port with $ 1.4 billion Chinese equity investment with the deal to be signed today and kicked off on 7 January. Based on a joint proposal made by ministers Malik Samarawickrama and Sarath Amungama the Cabinet agreed to enter into a Framework Agreement (FA) with China Merchants Port Holdings Company Ltd. (CMPort) to manage the Hambantota Port.



Allegations against Intelligence officials: ‘Gota should take the responsibility’
[Thursday 2016-12-08 17:00]

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was largely responsible for the various allegations levelled against Military Intelligence officials as of today, Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said. He made this comment while joining in the Third Reading Debate of ‘Budget 2017,’ when the Financial Head of the Defence Ministry was taken up.



Inauguration of Kachchativu chapel indefinitely postponed
[Thursday 2016-12-08 17:00]

The inauguration of the newly constructed St.Anthony’s chapel on Kachchativu island on Wednesday has been postponed until further notice due to the demise of J.Jayalalithaa, who died in harness as Tamil Nadu Chief minister in Chennai on Monday. The parish priest of Delft Island, Fr.Jayaranjan, who is in-charge of the chapel on Kachchativu island said that a new date for the inauguration will be announced later in consultation with the Diocese of Jaffna, and the Governments of Sri Lanka and India.



President tells Parliament no compromise on National security
[Wednesday 2016-12-07 17:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament today that there will not be any compromise on National security. He said that good international relations is important when dealing with National security. He asserted that he will not leave any room to weaken the military. The President also said that Sri Lanka needs to be prepared to face any international threat, including cyber threats.



AG re-indicts Basil
[Wednesday 2016-12-07 17:00]

The Attorney General, in the Colombo High Court, today re-indicted former minister Basil Rajapaksa and Divineguma Department’s former director general Kithsiri Ranawaka on charges of misappropriating Rs.29 million belonging to the Divineguma. The indictments originally filed in Court on Mr. Rajapaksa and Mr. Ranawaka were yesterday withdrawn by the AG on the basis that it had contained some technical errors which needed to be rectified.



Jayampathi receives death threats
[Wednesday 2016-12-07 17:00]

Member of Parliament Jayampathi Wickramarathne today charged that he has been threatened with death by an anonymous caller if he fails to resign from the steering committee on Constitutional reforms. “The caller threatened to kill me and my family members if I fail to give up the membership of the steering committee" the MP told Deputy Speaker. “Threats cannot scare us as we are people who had been associated with the parties such as Lanka Samasamaja Party which had acted fearlessly on behalf of the country" he added. Deputy Speaker Tilanga Sumathipala who responded said IGP will be called upon to conduct an investigation on the matter.



Christmas tree at Galle face, a waste of money: Cardinal
[Wednesday 2016-12-07 17:00]

The construction of a Christmas tree on Galle face is a sheer waste of money, and those responsible for this work should be asked to use the funds to construct houses for poor people or provide scholarships to poor children, said the president of the Bishops' Conference -- Colombo Archbishop, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, yesterday. He said that though the money was said to have been given by a ministry, the ministry concerned had not been identified.



PM apologizes for burning of Jaffna library during UNP rule
[Wednesday 2016-12-07 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday apologised for the destruction of the Jaffna library when the UNP was in power in 1981. Participating in the third reading stage debate on budget 2017 under the expenditure heads of the ministry of prisons, rehabilitation and resettlement, Prime Minister extended the apology. Joint Opposition MPs interrupted the prime minister’s speech by shouting.



Karuna released on bail
[Wednesday 2016-12-07 17:00]

Former Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman, who was arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), was released on bail by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today. He was released on a cash bail of Rs. 1 million with four sureties of Rs. 5 million each. The FCID arrested the former Deputy Minister on November 29 for allegedly misusing a bullet proof vehicle valued at approximately Rs. 800 million. A travel ban was imposed on the former minister who was also ordered to report to the FCID every Sunday.



Jayalalitha funeral held with full state honours
[Tuesday 2016-12-06 18:00]

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo Jayalalitha Jayaram’s funeral was held at Marina Beach with full state honours. Her body was buried in sandalwood casket next to her mentor and political guru MG Ramachandran. Her close aide Sasikala performed the last rites. Earlier, the last journey of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha started on Tuesday evening from the Rajaji Bhavan for the Marina.



Parliament erupts over prefabricated houses for IDPs
[Tuesday 2016-12-06 18:00]

Parliament erupted over prefabricated houses being constructed for the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the North. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran demanded the resignation of the Minister of Prison Reforms, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan for going ahead with the prefabricated houses despite several concerns raised.



Sri Lanka tourist arrivals increase 16 percent in November 2016
[Tuesday 2016-12-06 18:00]

Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals increased by 16.0 percent in November this year compared to the same period last year exceeding 1.8 million tourists arrivals so far this year. The data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed the month recording 167,217 tourist arrivals to the country compared to the 144,147 arrived in November 2015.



Ravana Balaya General Secretary before FCID
[Tuesday 2016-12-06 18:00]

General Secretary of the Ravana Balaya, Ven Ittekande Saddhatissa Thera today appeared before the Financial Crimes investigation Division (FCID) to record a statement over alleged misuse of three vehicles taken on rent by the State Engineering Corporation.



AG withdraws case against Basil
[Tuesday 2016-12-06 18:00]

The Attorney General today withdrew an indictment against former minister Basil Rajapaksa for the misappropriation of Divi Neguma funds, amounting Rs. 29 million, to print 5 million almanacs. Rajapaksa was acquitted by the Colombo High Court and the travel ban imposed on him was also lifted.



President condoles Jayalalithaa's demise
[Tuesday 2016-12-06 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena today expressed condolences on the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and said she was a leader "dearly loved" by her people. "Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was a leader dearly loved by her people. I express my condolences to her loved ones and the people of Tamil Nadu," President Sirisena said..



Jaya Still Alive – Media Declares Dead?
[Monday 2016-12-05 18:00]

Tamil Nadu CM J.Jayalalitha was admitted at Apollo Hospitals and has been undergoing treatment for a while now. A statement released by the hospital said that she went into cardiac arrest last evening. While the best cardiologists and pulmonologists were treating her, sadly, the latest we hear from Tamil media channels is that she is no more. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was put on a heart pump (ECMO) as tweeted by the hospital. It means the situation was very grave which is why the hospital later asked for prayers and good wishes from followers for her.



Gammanpila urges Govt. to ban TNA
[Monday 2016-12-05 18:00]

The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) today urged the government to ban the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in order to ensure democracy in Sri Lanka. Addressing a media briefing, PHU General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila said the TNA was the main opposition of Parliament, and that was the gravest misfortune of the nation. “The TNA has direct links with the LTTE. Earlier, the TNA virtually functioned as the political wing of the LTTE.


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