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December 18, 2014 [GMT]
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Opposition for domestic probe
[Wednesday 2014-12-17 20:00]

The joint opposition led by Maithripala Sirisena does not support an international investigation in Sri Lanka but instead says it would strengthen domestic mechanisms. Former Minister Rajitha Senaratne also claimed that the Indian government has virtually given up on the promises of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In a report on The Hindu newspaper today, Senaratne said that Sri Lanka’s Northern Tamils cannot expect powers to be devolved as long as President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in power.



Rishad pounces on Ranga
[Wednesday 2014-12-17 19:00]

Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen pounced on Nuwara Eliya District MP J. Sri Ranga at a meeting in Colombo on Monday over public criticism of him and his party in the run-up to January 8, 2015 presidential election. Vanni District MP Bathiudeen lambasted the General Secretary of the Citizen’s Front for having clandestine links with the government while publicly denouncing All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), a constituent of the SLFP-led coalition.



Extortion: Ten Tigers jailed in Germany
[Wednesday 2014-12-17 19:00]

The Criminal Court in Berlin convicted two women and eight men of Sri Lankan origin, living in Berlin last Friday (12) of illegally collecting funds for the LTTE. The duration of imprisonment ranged between six to eighteen months. The names of the accused and their prison terms are as follows:



CBK: ‘My govt. liberated 65% of LTTE controlled territory’
[Wednesday 2014-12-17 19:00]

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday lashed out at President Mahinda Rajapaksa saying that he was talking as if she had contributed nothing to the war against the LTTE. Kumaratunga told a news conference at her residence in Colombo that when she left office in 2005 around sixty five percent of the territory under the control of the Tamil Tigers including Jaffna, which at that time was its nerve center had been captured.



Maithri and Co. put under surveillance
[Wednesday 2014-12-17 19:00]

The government yesterday said the common Opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena and his close confidantes, were under surveillance. Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, addressing the media at SLFP headquarters, in Colombo, said special focus of this surveillance was on recent foreign visits undertaken by Sirisena and other opposition stalwarts.



MR says Maithri, TNA have deal
[Wednesday 2014-12-17 19:00]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today alleged that the opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena has signed a secret deal with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Speaking at an election rally in Chilaw, the President claimed that the secret deal was formulated by a team which includes TNA Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran.



Clash erupts at Jaffna meeting Top News
[Tuesday 2014-12-16 17:00]

A clash broke out at the Jaffna District Coordinating Committee (DCC) meeting this morning resulting in some officials and Northern Provincial Council members sustaining injuries. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and EPDP leader Douglas Devananda were among those who were at the meeting at the time.



Lankan schoolboy dies in UK
[Tuesday 2014-12-16 17:00]

A father today paid tribute to his "amazing" son who died from an injury in a freak incident when he was hit in the stomach by a football cleared by a goalkeeper during a PE lesson at his north London school. Sugenth Jeyakumar, 14, was admitted to hospital and died in front of his dad Arumugam a day later.



CBK seeks international push
[Tuesday 2014-12-16 17:00]

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunga today urged the international community to put pressure on the government to ensure a free and fair election. Speaking to reporters at her official residence today, Kumarathunga said that she does not expect a free and fair election on January 8 next year.



Colombo Port City will be scrapped: Ranil
[Tuesday 2014-12-16 17:00]

Opposition United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremsinghe said today the new government, which would be formed by the joint opposition after the current regime was defeated at the January 8 elections, would scrap the Colombo Port City Project. Mr. Wickremesinghe told tourist industry leaders who met him today that the project would be scrapped because it would end up destroying the coastal belt from Negombo to Beruwala.



Will not allow offenders to flee: Maithri
[Tuesday 2014-12-16 17:00]

Common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena said he would not allow those who faced allegations of corruption to leave the country, if he were elected to office in January. "There are many who are waiting to flee if we win the Presidential Election. I will not allow anyone to flee the country if they were alleged to have been involved in corruption," he said speaking at the launch of the book titled ‘Alapalu Arthikaya’ (Doom and Boom Economy) written by former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka.



President warns of LTTE threat
[Tuesday 2014-12-16 17:00]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today warned that despite the defeat of the LTTE in Sri Lanka, the country still faces a threat from the LTTE network overseas.Speaking at an election rally in Panadura, the President noted that LTTE supporters living in foreign countries have formed a parliament of their own and are working against Sri Lankan interests.



Presidential Poll won't solve Tamil problem – TNA
[Monday 2014-12-15 20:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has told the Tamils, in the North and East, that the forthcoming Presidential Election is not one through which the Tamil national question can be solved. Speaking to Ceylon Today, TNA Parliamentarian, M. A. Sumanthiran said, "We would like to advise our people that this election is perhaps not an election through which the Tamil national question can be resolved. It is perhaps not an election in which all our issues can be resolved."



Sinister move to get Tamils boycott poll: Champika
[Monday 2014-12-15 20:00]

There was a sinister move by some local and international forces to change the mindset of the Tamil community in order to get them boycott the January Presidential election, Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka charged today. Mr. Ranawaka charged that this was to be done by a campaign aimed at making the Tamil community understand that this election was not relevant to them as it would not bring solutions to the issues faced by them.



ITAK members are keen to vote
[Monday 2014-12-15 20:00]

Members of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) are keen to exercise their franchise and vote at the January 8 Presidential election, ITAK leader Mavai Senathirajah said.Speaking to reporters after ITAK held a meeting in Vavuniya today, Senathirajah said that ITAK is yet to decide who it will support at the elections.He said that at today’s meeting the party members had discussed several political issues as well as the upcoming Presidential elections.



International investigation on Sri Lanka will not deliver justice - Minister Peiris
[Monday 2014-12-15 20:00]

The United Nations led international investigation on Sri Lanka will not deliver justice as it is biased and not a proper investigation, Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister, Prof. G.L Peiris said. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, Minister Peiris, reiterated that the country will not be subjected to an international investigation.



Gotabhaya defends ex-military men engaging in politics
[Monday 2014-12-15 20:00]

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that those who had accused him of using retired military personnel in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign had conveniently forgotten Sarath Fonseka entering politics while still holding office as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Fonseka held the rank of General at that time. Defence Secretary said that President Rajapaksa had promptly accepted the former army commander’s letter of resignation when the latter declared his intention to contest the 2010 presidential election.



Sri Lankan President expresses concern over the hostage situation in Sydney
[Monday 2014-12-15 20:00]

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed concern over the developing hostage situation in Sydney, Australia.In a Twitter message to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the President said he is "deeply disturbed about the hostage situation in Sydney."Several people have been taken hostage by at least one armed man at a Lindt cafe in the center of Sydney as people arrive to work Monday morning.



TNA on the fence
[Sunday 2014-12-14 18:00]

It has been revealed that the Tamil National Alliance will not directly support any of the presidential candidates and hopes to continue to work independent of them. Reliable sources said TNA Leader R. Sampanthan is currently on a tour of India and is scheduled to meet several high profile personnel in the Indian Government. However, the TNA has also publicized that the minister has gone to India for medical treatment.



Britain to maintain ban on LTTE
[Sunday 2014-12-14 18:00]

Britain’s ban on the LTTE as a foreign terrorist organisation will remain and is not affected by the decision of the European Union’s General Court annulling some of the sanctions imposed on the LTTE by the European Union. A Foreign and Commonwealth Office source said, “Britain’s domestic proscription of the LTTE is unaffected by this judgment.” He said Britain had denounced the LTTE as a brutal terrorist organisation and it would remain a proscribed group under British law.


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