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President Sirisena Suspends SLFP Membership Of Five Who Joined UNFGG
[Tuesday 2015-07-28 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as Sri Lanka Freedom Party Chairman, suspended the membership of five SLFP members who joined the UNP-led United National Front for Good Governance to contest the upcoming general election. The suspended members are Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, M.K.D.S. Gunawardena, S.B. Nawinne, Arjuna Ranatunga and Provincial Councilor Hirunika Premachandra.



Ex-Tiger’s Application For Poll Ticket Puts ITAK In Fix Top News
[Sunday 2015-06-28 19:00]

An application by a former top LTTE leader, Athmalingam Ravindra alias Rupan, for an Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) ticket to contest the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, may have put the ITAK in a fix. Since the end of Eelam War IV in May 2009, the ITAK has been avoiding ex-LTTE cadres on the grounds that it has eschewed violence and is now a “Gandhian” party, unlike other parties in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which have a militant and “bloody” past. The ITAK, founded by Eelaththu Gandhi SJ.V.Chelvanayakam, is the dominant constituent of the four-party TNA.



New committee to study port city project
[Thursday 2015-05-28 18:00]

The Government today said that it had appointed a fresh committee to study the possibility of continuing the port city project. Cabinet Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said thata proposal had been made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the cabinet this week to appoint a committee of high ranking officials to consider the ability of permitting the continuation of the project which has remained suspended since March.



Motion against CP Chief Minister
[Friday 2015-04-17 18:00]

A no-confidence motion has been submitted against the Chief Minister of the Central Province Sarath Ekanayake. The no-confidence motion was handed over to the provincial secretary of the Central Province by the opposition leader of the Central Province today.



Lot of work to be done for SL-Biswal
[Wednesday 2015-02-04 17:00]

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, who just concluded her two-day visit to Sri Lanka, said there was a lot of work to be done for Sri Lanka to pursue a future that is peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous. In a statement she expressed her government willingness to work with Sri Lankan government continuously.



1.70 lakh Lankan refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs : UNHCR
[Tuesday 2015-01-13 18:00]

Even five years after end of the civil war between Sri Lankan government and LTTE, over 1.70 lakh people remain either as refugees or asylum-seekers in other countries or Internally Displaced Persons within the Island, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ‘UNHCR Mid-year Trends 2014′ published by the UN agency said 1,23,028 persons of Lankan origin were refugees, another 16,190 were asylum-seekers (pending cases) and 30,847 were declared IDPs, either protected or assisted by UNHCR as of June 2014. The total population of concern to the UN agency was 1,81,645 persons.



Presidential polls: JHU on the war path Top News
[Wednesday 2014-10-15 18:00]

Ven. Athureliya Rathana Thera, of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), yesterday warned if President Rajapaksa did not abolish the Executive Presidency and implement the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, they would take every step to ensure his defeat at the upcoming presidential election. He was addressing a gathering, at the BMICH, where the former Chief Justice, Sarath N. Silva presented the 19th Amendment which consisted of eight points.



Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, India’s Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize.
[Friday 2014-10-10 20:00]

Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for risking their lives to fight for children’s rights. The decision made Malala, a 17-year-old student and education activist, the youngest-ever Nobel winner. The news set off celebrations on the streets of Mingora, the main town in Pakistan’s volatile Swat valley, with residents greeting each other and distributing sweets. At the town’s Khushal Public School, which is owned by Malala’s father, students danced in celebration Friday, jumping up and down.



Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Meets Sushma Swaraj, Fishermen Issue on Top of Agenda Top News
[Friday 2014-07-11 17:00]

Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister, G L Peiris, is in India on a three-day visit. Today, he met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over lunch where Mr Peiris reiterated president Rajapakse's invitation to PM Modi to visit India. This was the second high-level engagement between the two neighbours after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony in Delhi on May 26.



Sri Lanka: Violence against Muslims reveals yet another ugly face of Sinhala Buddhist hegemony: - TGTE
[Thursday 2014-06-26 16:00]

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) condemns in the strongest terms attacks on Muslims.

• "Historically what started as the movement against Indian business people led by Anagarika Tharmapala in the 1880s, then followed in the form of riots against Christian Sinhalese at Kotahena in 1883, the Sinhala- Muslim riots of 1915, the disenfranchisement of Plantation Tamils in 1950, continued on as the anti-Tamil riots at Kelaniya in July 1956 and the pogroms against Tamils in 1958 and 1977, then the genocidal violence unleashed against the Tamils on a larger scale in 1983."



GTF ready to assist OHCHR probe
[Sunday 2014-06-15 18:00]

With the outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay confirming that her office has put together a team to investigate allegations over the war in Sri Lanka, the role of the Tamil Diaspora will be also in the spotlight. Suren Surendiran, the spokesman for the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential Tamil lobby group based in London expressed his views on the investigation.



New Zealand green party urge not to engage business with SriLanka:
[Monday 2014-05-19 19:00]

New Zealand green party spokesman for humanitarian affairs , Jan Logiec called upon New Zealand government not to engage business with SriLanka. She further noted such attempts would encourage war crime allegations. Recently New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray Mccully and the Minister of External Affairs G.L.Peiris at Auckland and signed secret business agreement, she said. Lankan government has committed various war crimes. In such situation New Zealand should not support allegations committed by SriLanka.

-AP-



Student banned from carrying 'LTTE flag' at Canadian school
[Sunday 2014-05-04 20:00]

A student in Ontario, Canada has been barred from carrying a controversial 'Tamil flag' at a multicultural assembly at his high school, a foreign media report said. Kumar Makandu, a Grade 12 student at Central secondary school, had carried a Tamil Tiger flag at the annual assembly for the past two years but was told by administration leading up to the event on Friday that he couldn’t showcase the flag.



Charges listed against KP amended
[Monday 2014-04-21 17:00]

The charged under which an INTERPOL warrant was issued for the arrest of Kumaran Pathmanathan, better known as KP, have been amended. As of late last year the INTERPOL website said that KP was wanted by India over crimes, terrorism and the use of weapons and explosives.However most recently the charges listed have been amended and it now says he is wanted over criminal conspiracy, violation of the terrorist Act and violation of the Indian explosives Act.KP, who is currently living in Kilinochchi, is wanted in India over the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.Pathmanathan was one of the top LTTE officials and ran a global network of LTTE offices which were engaged in its weapons procurement, logistics and money laundering operations.



JVP mobilises trade unions to protest against replacing Pension Dept gratuity payment:
[Thursday 2014-04-10 13:00]

More than 400 trade unions in the public sector will meet today in Colombo to plan their future course of action against the government introducing a loan scheme in place of the gratuity payment hitherto paid to retiring public servants by the Pensions Department. President of the National Trade Union Centre (NTUC) K. D. Lalkantha said that so far a government employee going on retirement was paid a gratuity equivalent to two years’ salary and the amount was recovered in ten years without any interest, and it was handled by the Pensions Department.



Govt. responsible for Geneva debacle; JVP
[Friday 2014-03-28 13:00]

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today the Government was solely responsible for the adoption of the UNHRC resolution because the Government was unable to win the confidence of the 12 countries that abstained due to continuous human right violations and the inability to uphold democracy in the country after the war. “The Government did nothing to secure the support of the member countries. Even countries like Indonesia and Kuwait which voted in favour of Sri Lanka last time abstained from voting this time.



Sri Lanka's domestic mechanism for reconciliation and accountability does not meet international standards - UK
[Wednesday 2014-01-29 18:00]

The UK government says that Sri Lanka's domestic Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed to address the reconciliation and accountability issues does not meet international standards. Responding to the question raised on Sri Lanka in the UK parliament, the British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Hugo Swire said that any process Sri Lanka established to this date to investigate the accountability and allegations of human rights violations does not meet the criteria set by the UK. "We have also highlighted that any domestic process should be credible, independent and transparent to be accepted by the international community. We do not believe that any of the processes established to date by the Sri Lankan Government- such as the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission - meet these standards," Swire said.



Sri Lanka military refutes allegations made by catholic bishops..
[Friday 2014-01-10 23:00]

Sri Lanka military today strongly refuted the allegations made by the Catholic bishops in the North that the military used cluster munitions and chemical weapons during the final stages of the war. During a meeting with Stephen J. Rapp, for War Crimes Issues, in the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the Department of States on Wednesday Bishop of Mannar Rev. Rayappu Joseph, and Bishop of Jaffna Rev. Thomas Savundranayagam have requested the US official to initiate a probe on whether the government forces used cluster munitions and chemical weapons in densely populated areas.



C.V briefs NPC on meet with MR..
[Thursday 2014-01-09 22:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran briefed the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) today on the recent meeting he had with President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Wigneswaran briefed the Council when it convened today for the first time in the new year. The Northern Province Chief Minister met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on January 2nd and discussed issues in the North. Wigneswaran raised several urgent issues which are impediments to the effective functioning of the Northern Provincial Council, namely, the appointment of key officials, the provision of required finances and enabling the Provincial Council to exercise the powers currently devolved under the Constitution and moving beyond to make devolution meaningful.



Christmas sends the message of simplicity in life, kindness to all - Sri Lankan President
[Wednesday 2013-12-25 20:00]

Christmas, the Birth of Jesus, sends the important messages of simplicity in life, kindness to all, and care for nature and all beings that share this world with us, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in his Christmas message today. "This is the beginning of the Christian teaching of universal love and peace among all people that has touched the hearts and minds of millions through history, and remains of great value in the world today," he said.


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