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July 13, 2014 [GMT]
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Several International Dignitaries Join Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Top News
[Saturday 2014-07-12 22:00]

The Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, today announced the names of fifteen Senators for the TGTEs second Parliamentary Session. The Senate serves as the Upper House of TGTE's Parliament. Several international dignitaries include: a former US Attorney General, Senior Civil Rights and Human Rights Lawyers from France and Canada, a former Member of European Parliament and a representative from South Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement.



Fourth crude oil ship in Colombo, but unable to unload
[Saturday 2014-07-12 18:00]

A ship laden with 90,000 MT of crude oil had arrived at the Colombo Harbour on Thursday mounting the number of anchored crude oil ships to four and accumulating the unloaded crude oil in them to 290,000 MTs, sources said. It was revealed that three ships that arrived on May 20, June 10 and 18 were already anchored without being unable to unload the crude oil due to a broken buoy in the supply pipeline since May 23. 'Only 20,000 MT of crude oil were unloaded from the first ship on May 23 and the buoy had broken down leaving 70,000 MTs in the ship. Two more ships arrived with 90,000 MTs and 40,000 MTs and the buoy was not replaced and by Thursday another ship had arrived with 90,000 MTs,' sources said.



Lawyers slam MOD circular to NGOs
[Saturday 2014-07-12 18:00]

Sri Lanka's leading lawyers collective has slammed the circular issued to Non-Governmental Organisations by the National Secretariat for NGOs, under the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) says the said circular violates fundamental principles that govern Sri Lanka's free and democratic society, which is guaranteed by the constitution.



India, Sri Lanka Keen on Long-term Solution to Fishermen Issue
[Saturday 2014-07-12 17:00]

All 'substantive' issues related to reconciliation, including the 13th Amendment and the latest South African initiative were discussed in the first formal meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Professor G L Peiris, besides the perennial fishermen issue which was discussed at 'some length'. After the two-hour meeting held on Friday afternoon, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said 'all substantive issues' were on the table, including issues related to 'accountability and reconciliation'.



Uva PC dissolved Polls Chief in the dark
[Saturday 2014-07-12 17:00]

The Uva Provincial Council was dissolved with effect from midnight yesterday, but Elections Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya said that he had not been officially informed of the dissolution. Uva Province Governor Nanda Mathew told Ceylon Today he had directed the Government Printer to announce the dissolution, through a Gazette Notification. I received the instruction from Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa at around 8.30 a.m. and my letter to the Government Printer went at about 9.30 a.m. Now, it is left to Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to announce the date of nominations and the date of the elections as well, he said.



Chandrasiri's reappointment amuses Wigneswaran
[Saturday 2014-07-12 17:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister, C. V. Wigneswaran, yesterday said he was amused to hear that Retd. Maj. Gen. G. A. Chandrasiri had been reappointed as Governor of the North, as President Mahinda Rajapaksa had earlier assured him he would change the Governor. "I am amused! The President promised me on 2 January, that he would replace the Governor and appoint a person who had no military background as soon as Chandrasiri's term was over." He added, "Perhaps it is that the President had been searching for a civilian among his officers and was unable to find anyone who was willing to follow orders blindly!"



India's position on UN team for Sri Lanka clear: MEA
[Saturday 2014-07-12 17:00]

On his third visit to India this year and his first under the Narendra Modi government, Sri Lankan foreign minister G.L. Peiris, discussed with External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, the measures Sri Lanka was taking about accountability and reconciliation on the island.'There was a fairly detailed presentation by Prof. Peiris about the initiatives they are taking for reconciliation and accountability,' said ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.



Uva Provincial Council of Sri Lanka to be dissolved today
[Friday 2014-07-11 18:00]

The Sri Lankan government will dissolve the Uva Provincial Council by midnight Friday, government sources said. The Chief Minister of the Provincial Council Sashendra Rajapaksa is expected to request the Governor C. Nanda Mathew to dissolve the Uva Provincial Council. The term of the Uva provincial council is due to end on September 26 but the government has planned to dissolve the council before the term expires and hold the election in September.



South Africa not mediator says Lanka
[Friday 2014-07-11 18:00]

The Government today informed Parliament that South Africa will not act as mediator in Sri Lanka and the recent visit of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was only to share views on the truth and reconciliation commission process. Deputy External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera told Parliament that Ramaphosa was in Sri Lanka on an invitation extended by the Government of Sri Lanka. He said that the visit took place following discussions held between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and South African President Jacob Zuma on the sidelines of the Commonwealth summit last year.



Tiger who attempted to kill CBK to be brought to Colombo
[Friday 2014-07-11 18:00]

Malaysia has agreed to hand over to Sri Lanka four former members of the LTTE arrested during a recent operation.Four specially trained policemen would leave next week for Kuala Lumpur to bring down the hardcore terrorists to Colombo, police sources said. A senior police officer said that the Malaysian police had assured to cooperate with their Sri Lankan counterparts to apprehend other Tiger suspects who have taken refuge in the South East Asian country with the help of the information elicited from the LTTE suspects arrested by them.



GA Chandrasiri re-appointed as NP Governor Top News
[Friday 2014-07-11 18:00]

Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri has been re-appointed as the Governor of the Northern Province by President Mahinda Rajapksa. He was sworn in as the Governor of Northern Province by the President at Temple Trees today. The Governor will hold office for a period of 5 year term as per the Sri Lankan Constitution. He was initially appointed as the Governor of the Northern Province on 12th July 2009, the very same day he retired from the Sri Lanka Army. Chandrasiri served in the Jaffna Peninsula on two occasions. He was the Divisional Commander, 52 Division, from 2002-2003 and later, from December 2005 to January 2009, functioned as the Security Forces Commander, Jaffna.



ATM Theft: 4 SL Refugees Held
[Friday 2014-07-11 17:00]

Four Sri Lankan refugees were arrested on Thursday by Palluruthy police on charge of swindling crores of money through ATMs using fake ATM cards and a swiping machine.The arrested have been identified as Suresh, 31, Sendhooran, 31, Shivasuthan, 31, and Anandaraj,31, who are refugees stationed at Trichy, Tamil Nadu. The police have seized 372 fake ATM cards, a laptop, a card reader, a swiping machine used to withdraw money and a Hyundai Santro car along with `14 lakh in cash.



Australian-funded e-passport project underway after delay
[Thursday 2014-07-10 16:00]

A project will get underway shortly to introduce a new Sri Lankan passport with biometrics to strengthen the government efforts to curb malpractices by streamlining the passport issuing process. The project was meant to prevent large scale abuse of the Sri Lankan passport was in line with joint Australian-Sri Lankan efforts to tackle illegal migration, sources said. Responding to a query, they said that Australia was funding the project to the tune of Rs. 500 mn, with the Treasury here making available an additional Rs. 50 mn.



Australian Minister Scott Morrison meets Secretary Defense
[Thursday 2014-07-10 16:00]

A delegation led by the Minister for Emigration and Border Protection of Australia Scott Morrison called on Secretary Defense and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the ministry premises Thursday morning (10th July). A cordial discussion was held between the two high ranking officials on the areas of bilateral relations and mutual interests. Members of the delegation and the High Commissioner to Australia Admiral (Rtd) Thisara Samarasinghe were also present at the occasion.



Top Malaysian accused of LTTE links
[Thursday 2014-07-10 16:00]

Two police reports have been lodged against Malaysia's Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy over alleged links with the LTTE, therakyatpost.com reported. One of the groups also alleged that Ramasamy was brave as he is 'backed up by the Tiger Eelam separatist group from Sri Lanka'. The reports were lodged by two non-governmental organisations (NGOs), namely Pertubuhan Barisan 33 Malaysia and Penang Cyber Taikor, at the Central Seberang Prai police stations earlier today.



G.L. Peiris begins Indian visit
[Thursday 2014-07-10 16:00]

Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris has begun his three day visit to India starting till July 11 to hold high-level bilateral discussions, Indian media reported. A Ministry of External Affairs statement said that Peiris is scheduled to hold parleys with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during his visit. According to media reports Peiris is likely to discuss issues with his counterpart on issues such as the Palk Bay conflict between fishermen of India and Sri Lanka and the much-discussed economic partnership agreement.



Australian minister under fire for not meeting Tamil groups on Sri Lanka trip Top News
[Thursday 2014-07-10 16:00]

An Australian minister came under fire on Thursday for not meeting Tamil leaders on a visit to northern Sri Lanka, only days after Australia returned a boat of asylum seekers, including Tamils, under its hardline border security policy. Some of the 41 Sri Lankans intercepted and sent home by Australia said on Tuesday they had been mistreated by Australian Customs, accusations Immigration Minister Scott Morrison denied.



Sri Lankan Minister accuses U.S. Embassy of conniving to destabilize government through social media
[Thursday 2014-07-10 16:00]

A Sri Lankan government minister has accused the United States Embassy in Colombo of plotting a coup through the social media in collaboration with the main opposition United National Party (UNP) to force a regime change. Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa has revealed the details of the plot being hatched by U.S. Embassy officials in connivance with UNP Parliamentarians to create public opinion hostile to the government through social media, the state-run Daily News reported.



Cyril to brief Zuma on Sri Lanka visit
[Wednesday 2014-07-09 17:00]

Deputy South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who concluded a visit to Sri Lanka yesterday, is expected to brief President Jacob Zuma on his engagements in Sri Lanka, Zuma's office said. Zuma's office said that during his meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa while in Sri Lanka, Ramaphosa had delivered a message from President Jacob Zuma to President Rajapaksa.



US concerned over MOD instructions
[Wednesday 2014-07-09 17:00]

The United States says it is concerned by reports that the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense has ordered registered Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups to cease their media engagements and activities. US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said the order undermines Sri Lanka's longstanding and proud democratic traditions, including freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.


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