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UNHRC To Discuss Lanka Report On Sept. 30
[Sunday 2015-08-02 20:00]

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will discuss the much anticipated report on the war in Sri Lanka on September 30, during the 30th session of the UNHRC. The draft agenda of the 30th session of the UNHRC notes that the report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights will be submitted by him on September 30, followed by a discussion.



TNA fueling hardliners with demand for federalism - JVP
[Sunday 2015-08-02 20:00]

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today hit hard at the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which had demanded for federalism and said this demand was revived at every election thus fueling Sinhala hardliners and resulting in unwanted ethnic tension. “TNA talks of federalism because they don’t have anything to offer the people in the North and East for whom it had done little or nothing through the Northern Provincial Council,” General Secretary Tilvin Silva General Secretary Tilvin Silva told a news briefing.



Concerns raised over Sooka’s new report on Lanka
[Sunday 2015-08-02 20:00]

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will discuss the much anticipated report on the war in Sri Lanka on September 30, during the 30th session of the UNHRC. The draft agenda of the 30th session of the UNHRC notes that the report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights will be submitted by him on September 30, followed by a discussion.



13+ no longer valid says Susil
[Sunday 2015-08-02 20:00]

General Secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Susil Premajayanth told Ceylon Today that they will not accept 13+ as a solution to the ethnic issue through the UPFA Election Manifesto because 13+ was no longer a valid option. He said the Alliance will only accept as solutions for the ethnic issue the proposals included in the 13th Amendment.



Latest Intel report : stiff competition at Gen. election
[Sunday 2015-08-02 20:00]

According to a research report handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena by the State Intelligence Service, the UNP and UPFA will face stiff competition on a district level at the upcoming General election. According to the 'Sath Handa' newspaper, the report has shown that the UNP is in the lead on the electorate level.



SIS officer nabbed at Mahinda’s office
[Sunday 2015-08-02 20:00]

An armed man was arrested yesterday (01) at the Kurunegala main election office of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.He is revealed to be a member of the state intelligence service.A senior official at the police headquarters said the man, a close friend of Salinda Dissanayake, had gone there at the invitation of the ex-minister’s wife Manjula Dissanayake. However, Rajapaksa loyalists allege the government, in a plot to kill the former president, had sent him to murder him.



UN supporting North on Wigneswaran’s request
[Saturday 2015-08-01 18:00]

The United Nations says it is exploring provision of a broad package of technical and financial assistance to the Northern Province on a request made by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran. UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said the UN supports the Government and the people of Sri Lanka and their efforts to advance reconciliation and accountability.



Disappearances: UN visit on hold due to parliamentary polls
[Saturday 2015-08-01 18:00]

A 10-day visit by the United Nations Working Group of Enforced or Involu-ntary Disappe-arances (WGEID) scheduled to begin on Monday (Aug.3) has been cancelled due to August 17 parliamentary polls. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Kolonne yesterday told The Island that new dates would be decided after the election. Ms Kolonne said:



Maithri loyalists to skip UPFA rallies due to hooting
[Saturday 2015-08-01 18:00]

A group of SLFPers who are supporting President Maithripala Sirisena have decided to skip the UPFA election campaign led by its Prime Ministerial candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa for fear of being booed. They made the decision as they had observed a tendency of party supporters Maithripala loyalists during the last couple of weeks and not allowing them to speak.



Thajudeen death : Yoshitha to be quizzed
[Saturday 2015-08-01 18:00]

The remains of prominent Sri Lankan rugby player - Wasim Thajudeen, who was mysteriously murdered, are to be exhumed next week, reports say. Police state Wasim Thajudeen was murdered and attempts were taken to stage that the death was due to a car accident.Initially, it had appeared that Thajudeen had died after his car had crashed into a wall near Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita and gone up in flames. On July 27, the CID informed courts that Thajudeen's death was not an accident.



MR denies receiving funds from China for polls
[Saturday 2015-08-01 18:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has denied receiving money from China to help him in his election campaign.He also accused the United National Party (UNP) of receiving money from Western countries through various organisations. “Please tell them to give me money,” he said laughing when asked by Shree FM Radio to respond to allegations he received funds from China for the August 17 Parliamentary election.



Kalam Enters Election Fray in Sri Lanka
[Saturday 2015-08-01 18:00]

The late lamented Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, former President of India and a much admired figure in Sri Lanka, has been drafted into the parliamentary election campaign now in full swing in the island nation. A group of professionals backing Patali Champika Ranawaka, the energetic Lankan Minister of Power and Energy who is standing for election from Colombo district, has put in a full-page advertisement in the Colombo dailies describing him as a “trusted companion” of the “great visionary” Dr.Abdul Kalam. The ad said that Ranawaka will bring clean and affordable energy to Sri Lanka and ensure its energy independence, just as Kalam did in India.



Gunmen open fire at Sri Lanka election rally, one killed Top News
[Friday 2015-07-31 18:00]

Unidentified gunmen opened fire at an United National Front election rally in Colombo today killing a woman and injuring 12 others, the police said. The rally was held in support of the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake in Kotahena area of Colombo and the people killed and injured were believed to be supporters of the Minister.The gunmen have reportedly come in two vehicles and sprayed bullets into the crowd just after the Minister left the venue, the police told media.



Sri Lanka now like a police State says Gota
[Friday 2015-07-31 17:00]

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says Sri Lanka is now like a police State as a result of the actions of the United National Party led Government. Speaking at meeting held in support on the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Rajapaksa said that members of the former Government are facing severe harassment at the hands of the authorities. He said that the actions of the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID), the CID and the Bribery Commission are like actions taken in a police State.



Army responsible for deaths at Rathupaswela: SLHRC
[Friday 2015-07-31 17:00]

Investigations conducted by the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission had revealed that the Sri Lanka Army was responsible for the shooting and assaults that took place while dispersing the crowd at Rathupaswela. The incidents occurred on August 1, 2013. Three persons including two students were shot and killed by the army, and more than 37 were injured in the melee. There had been contradictory evidence regarding the person responsible for summoning the army, the commission said.



Special Lankan envoy conveys condolences to India
[Friday 2015-07-31 17:00]

The Special Envoy of the President, Minister D M Swaminathan paid his last respects to the late former Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the State Funeral in Rameshwaran, India on 30th July 2015, the Foreign Ministry said today. At the State Funeral, the Special Envoy conveyed the condolences of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Government and people of Sri Lanka through Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to the late Indian President’s brother Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker as well as to the members of the family. The Minister also carried with him the messages of condolence.



Good Relations With India To Be Cornerstone of UPFA's Foreign Policy
[Friday 2015-07-31 17:00]

Good relations with India will be a cornerstone of the foreign policy of the Sri Lankan government if the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) forms one after winning the August 17 parliamentary elections. This was stated by Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka, the foreign policy adviser to the UPFA at a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents' Association here on Wednesday.



Champika challenges MR to debate on bribing Tigers
[Friday 2015-07-31 17:00]

Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of bribing the LTTE at that time, challenged him to prove his innocence if possible. Addressing an election meeting, Mr. Ranawaka, who is contesting the upcoming election on the UNP ticket, said he would challenge Mr. Rajapaksa to make an announcement on the allegation regarding the bribing of the LTTE with money. He alleged the Rajapaksas used the ‘white van culture’ to achieve their personal gains and all would be be exposed before the people.



Wigneswaran Says He Will Remain Neutral At Sri Lanka Election
[Thursday 2015-07-30 18:00]

The chief minister of the northern province, C V Wigneswaran said he would remain neutral and non-partisan during the next month's general election, despite being elected to his seat by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).



Deputy Minister of Media Shantha Bandara resigns
[Thursday 2015-07-30 18:00]

Deputy Minister of Media Shantha Bandara has announced his resignation from his post ahead of the August 17 Parliament election. Shantha Bandara is contesting the Parliamentary election from the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).


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