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Sri Lankan official dodges UN questions over alleged torture
[Thursday 2016-11-17 17:00]

A United Nations committee that monitors acts of torture in member countries grilled an intelligence chief Wednesday over the alleged abuse of detainees during Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, only to have the nation’s attorney general step in to deflect the questions. The mere presence of Chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis at the Committee Against Torture’s two-day hearing on Sri Lanka was already a surprise to both panel members and many non-governmental groups that have raised concerns about his war-time activities.



UPFA seeks alliance with Tamil parties
[Friday 2016-09-16 19:00]

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, United People's Freedom Alliance General Secretary, yesterday confirmed that the UPFA has had several discussions with political parties from the North, aimed at forging alliances with the UPFA. Minister Amaraweera, who is also the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, announced this at a media briefing at his ministry yesterday.Declining to name any of the political parties from the North with which he claims the UPFA had initiated talks, he said the discussions had been fruitful.



Three Chinese naval ships arrive at Port of Colombo
[Monday 2016-01-18 18:00]

Three People's Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) ships, "Liuzhohu", "Sanya" and "Qinghaihu", arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill visit yesterday. They were welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy. The Commander of the Task Force and Deputy Chief of Staff of the South Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, Rear Admiral Yu Manjiang and the ships' Commanding Officers are due to pay a courtesy call on Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo today. As a gesture of goodwill and friendship, the ships' crews' will participate in a friendly soccer and basketball match with the SLN teams at the Welisara Navy base.



Eight ex-LTTE detainees released
[Monday 2015-11-16 18:00]

Another eight ex-LTTE detainees were released under strict bail conditions by Colombo Additional Magistrate Aruni Artigala today. They were released on two surety bails of Rs.1 million each and were ordered to report to the TID every other Sunday.



Former Eastern Province Chief Minister arrested
[Wednesday 2015-08-05 19:00]

Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Najeeb Majeed was arrested today during the postal voting for the Parliamentary election.The police said that Majeed was arrested in Kinniya for obstructing the duties of election officers at a postal voting centre. He was later released on bail.



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.


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