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October 22, 2014 [GMT]
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Soldier shot at Ottawa's War Memorial has died.. Top News Top News
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 23:00]

Authorities confirmed shots had been fired inside Parliament, at the National War Memorial and near the Rideau Centre shopping mall. The Ottawa Hospital confirmed in a statement that it received three patients, two of which were in stable condition. Sources confirmed to CTV News early Wednesday that a gunman had been killed. Ottawa police Const. Marc Soucy said officers believe there may be more than one assailant. He said that police will be assuming that any other assailants are armed. Two sources told The Canadian Press that Kevin Vickers, the seargeant-at-arms for the House of Commons, shot a gunman in the main entrance of the Centre Block. The first reports of violence came just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, when gunfire erupted at the National War Memorial, wounding a soldier who has since died.



Tamil Nadu slams Admiral Perera’s visit
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 18:00]

Regional leaders in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state slammed the visit of Sri Lankan navy chief, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, to the country, a Reuters news report said. India is eyeing to build its defense ties with Sri Lanka to counter China’s inroads in Indian Ocean. Perera, who will commence his Indian visit October 23, will also boost military ties and India will seek assistance in training and equipment supply. However, a regional party, Naam Tamilar Katchi, slammed his visit, saying the federal government was ignoring sentiments of Tamil community.



Re-proscription of LTTE: EU willing to engage with Govt.
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 18:00]

The European Union has expressed its willingness to engage with the Sri Lankan Government regarding the re-proscription of the LTTE, it was reported yesterday. This had been conveyed by the officials of European Union Office in Sri Lanka, including the European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. David Daly, when a group of UNP MPs met him last evening.



Government has provided info to EU
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 18:00]

The Sri Lankan Government today said it has already commenced the process of providing information to the relevant parties in relation to the EU court order on the LTTE sanctions. The Ministry of External Affairs said it was surprised at some of the recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE in 2011 at the General Court of the European Union in which the Council of the European Union was the defendant supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Commission as interveners. These statements by interested parties are based on an inaccurate premise.



Sajith suggests bi-partisan motion to urge EU to re-list LTTE as terrorist organisation
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 17:00]

UNP Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa said in Parliament yesterday that his party was ready to extend support to the government to pass a resolution to demand the European Union to re-list the LTTE as a terrorist organisation. MP Premadasa raising a point of order at the commencement of public duties in Parliament said that his party was ready to support such a resolution and demanded to know whether the government was ready to bring about one.



Northern travel crisis
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 17:00]

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) yesterday said its approval, to travel to the Northern Province, which was re-introduced from October 15, for all foreign passport holders (regardless of whether they are of Sri Lankan origin) is 'indefinite' and it's a step towards scanning the situation 'periodically' and never a decision taken 'haphazardly'. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya told Ceylon Today,that the MoD clearance was re-introduced and they do not have a specific reason but it was 'based on careful study' of the present situation in the North and was not a decision taken haphazardly.



N’cholai breakdowns cost Rs. 18 bn
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 17:00]

Rs. 9.8 million had been spent on repairs to the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant which had broken down 24 times since its inception, Parliament was told yesterday. Minister Power and Energy, Pavithra Wanniarachchi revealed this in answer to a question posed by the Opposition. Out of the 24 breakdowns, 16 had been covered by the two-year warranty. The other breakdowns had cost the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Rs. 9,751,717, she said.



BBS says will contest Parliament polls
[Tuesday 2014-10-21 18:00]

he Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today said it will contest the next General elections by entering active politics. BBS General Secretary, the venerable Galaboda aththe Gnanasara thero said that the BBS will put forward candidates from the group to contest and enter Parliament.



Indo-Lanka MoU sought to bring back Tamil refugees
[Tuesday 2014-10-21 18:00]

A Sri Lankan Tamil refugee rehabilitation organisation which has been working in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka for the past 30 years, has sought a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Sri Lanka and India to facilitate and expedite the return of the refugees to the island nation. In a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, S C Chandrahasan, Treasurer of the Organization for Elangai Refugees’ Rehabilitation (Ceylon), pointed out that around 65,000 Lankan Tamil refugees living in 110 camps in Tamil Nadu were to return to Lanka by 2012, but so far, only about 8,000 have returned.



India to provide two naval ships to SL
[Tuesday 2014-10-21 18:00]

India has decided to supply two naval offshore patrol vessels and other military equipment to the Sri Lanka, the Times of India reported. India has earlier provided 24 L-70 guns, 24 battle-field surveillance radars, 11 USFM radars, four Indra-II radars and 10 mine-protected vehicles, among other things, to the Sri Lankan forces. Moreover, around 800 to 900 Sri Lankan military personnel are trained in Indian military establishments every year.



Theiveegan’s mother prevented from leaving SL
[Tuesday 2014-10-21 18:00]

The late Suntharalingam Gajatheeban, alias Theiveegan’s mother Sundaralingam Rajithamalar, was prevented from leaving the country today, sources said. She had arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport to take a flight to Canada on a valid visa to enter that country. Sources said she might have been prevented from leaving the country because of the ongoing inquiry on Theiveegan. He and Gobi were shot dead during a clash with the Army at Padaviya early this year. They were alleged to have attempted to revive the LTTE.



Court ruling not politicised: EUGC
[Tuesday 2014-10-21 18:00]

The European Union General Court (EUGC) today said its ruling to lift sanctions on the LTTE was a legal ruling and not a political decision. “This is a legal ruling of a court and it is not a political decision taken by the EU governments. The separation of the judicial system from the legislature is a key distinction in a healthy democracy,” it said in a statement.



Gota meets Arun Jaitley
[Tuesday 2014-10-21 18:00]

Defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday called on Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and discussed a number of issues.A news report published by the PTI said: Defence secretary Rajapaksa met Jaitley last afternoon at the latter’s North Block Office. Defence secretary R K Mathur was also present. Jaitley later handed over a memento to the visiting dignitary. Though officials remained tight lipped about what transpired during the meeting, the visit takes place less than 10 days after Mathur visited Sri Lanka.



We have given up Eelam – Sampanthan - TNA vs. MR
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader, R. Sampanthan yesterday threw down a challenge to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, demanding for the latter to abolish the executive presidential system, claiming the TNA had given up the demand for Eelam. Speaking to our sister paper Mawbima, the TNA leader said his Party and all Tamil political leaders and the majority of the Tamil Diaspora had given up the concept of Eelam. Sampanthan was responding to the demand made by the President in Kilinochchi last week, where the Head of State said, if the TNA and the Tamil Diaspora gave up the demand for Eelam he would abolish the executive presidential system.



Government confirms polls in January
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

The Government today confirmed that Presidential elections will take place in January next year but the date is yet to be decided on. Media Minister and Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, speaking in Kandy today, urged the public to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the election. “The Presidential election will be held in January. The date cannot be said right now. I know the date but since it is yet to be confirmed I cannot say that right now,” he said. Rambukwella said that the public must put aside differences over race and religion during the election and ensure national interests are given priority.



Travel restrictions to the north justified
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

The Government today attempted to justify the travel restrictions imposed on foreigners visiting the north by raising concerns over the impact the EU court ruling on the LTTE will have on Sri Lanka. Government Minister and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayanth said that if the LTTE ban is lifted in the EU as a result of the EU court ruling it could allow LTTE elements to fund another war in the north. The Government had recently announced that foreigners visiting the north will need to obtain prior approval from the Ministry of Defence. Premajayanth said that the Government has a responsibility to prevent another war from taking place and so such security measures have to be taken.



Sri Lanka to contest European Union's delisting of LTTE as terrorist organisation
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

Sri Lanka's EU Ambassador Rodney Perera is to travel to Strasbourg on Monday to attend the EU parliament's plenary session and to mobilise two key committees, foreign affairs and security and defence. Sri Lanka will contest the decision by a European Union Court to delist the LTTE as a terrorist organisation and will send an envoy to Strasbourg to lobby the EU against the order. Sri Lanka's EU Ambassador Rodney Perera is to travel to Strasbourg on Monday to attend the EU parliament's plenary session and to mobilise two key committees, foreign affairs and security and defence.



UN deeply politicized - GL
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

The entire United Nations mechanism was deeply politicized and needed reforms, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris said yesterday. He was addressing the National Observance of the 69th United Nations Day at the Bishop's College auditorium. He said: "There is a high degree of politicization of the system. Rules have been bent and distorted to be applied in a highly discriminatory manner."



Top Tiger arrested at BIA
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

A prominent member of the LTTE's armed and intelligence wings, who had evaded arrest and rehabilitation after the war, was arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Saturday night (18), while attempting to leave for Qatar. Meanwhile, an LTTE leader, who had planned the attack on a navy bus, was also arrested last week in Vavuniya, a senior military official said. Both men had not been arrested previously.



Has Canada seen the last of the boat people?
[Sunday 2014-10-19 20:00]

He came aboard in Bangkok with no idea where the ship was headed (the rumour was Australia) and was seasick for most of the journey. Only when he saw the red helicopters hovering overhead off Vancouver Island was MV Ocean Lady’s final destination clear. “All I knew about Canada,” he now says, laughing, “was that it was a country, and that my uncle lived there.”

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