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EP CM condemns boycott by tri- forces
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

In a letter, Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed condemned the decision taken by the tri- forces to boycott events he attended. The CM went on to say the decision made by the forces was political, whose leaders appeared to have joined hands to look at the issue from the limited perspective of protecting the offenders within their ranks and not from the broader prospect of establishing truth and justice. “In any event, the issue has broader implications. It would be in the best interest of the country for the responsible officers to apologise,” the letter read.



New directives issued when arresting under the PTA
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has issued directives to be followed by designated officials arresting persons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The directives are being issued to ensure the fundamental rights of persons arrested or detained are respected and protected, and such persons are treated humanely. The directives are based on the directives on arrest and detention issued by previous heads of state and binding international human rights law standards.



President, PM to review Defence Secretary’s directive
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will have a one-on-one meeting next week, when both are in the country, to discuss a Ministry of Defence directive that has caused embarrassment to the UNF Government. The directive for the first time since independence, issued by the Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiaratchchi, had debarred military personnel from taking part in any event where Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahmed would be present. It had also declared that military camps would be out of bounds for the Chief Minister.



Single joint media unit for tri-forces and CDF soon
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

The government is planning to set up a single media unit for tri-forces and the Civil Defence Force, according to government sources. The new outfit would be called the National Security Media Centre and the term of its individual spokesman would be limited to six months, sources said. They said a report on the setting up of a joint media centre for tri-forces and the CDF, compiled by the heads of security forces, senior communication experts and defence experts would be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe next Thursday.



Japanese envoy says ties with Sri Lanka have strengthened
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

The Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma says Japan’s relationship with Sri Lanka has become stronger.Suganuma was speaking at a floral fashion show organized by the Shi-en Ikebana Floral Art Society of Sri Lanka, held at the Galadari hotel in Colombo today. The Ambassador said President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Japan this week has helped further strengthen the relationship between both countries.



State Secretary of Norway to visit SL
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Tore Hattrem, is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from 31 May - 2 June 2016, Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry said. The State Secretary will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, where discussions are expected to take place on follow-up to the visit in January this year of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.



Probe if Sampur incident was premeditated
[Saturday 2016-05-28 16:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday requested Tri Forces’ chiefs to investigate whether the incident at Sampur Maha Vidyalaya, Trincomalee was premeditated and targeted at the G7 Summit. He requested them to look into whether there was a ploy to embarrass the President and the country in the face of world leaders who invited the latter to the Summit. The Prime Minister also asked that they use all reports involving the incident, including those which appeared on the internet and social media, for their report. He said various people had misinterpreted the incident to suit their own agendas.



Canadian envoy holds discussions with Defence Secretary
[Saturday 2016-05-28 16:00]

The High Commissioner of Canada in Sri Lanka Shelley Whiting had talks with the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarchchi at the Ministry today. The Ministry of Defence said that during the meeting cordial discussions were held on matters of bilateral importance and mutual relevance.



Transfer of top Navy officer in East not related to CM incident
[Saturday 2016-05-28 16:00]

The transfer of a top Navy officer from the Eastern province to Colombo is not related to the incident involving the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed. Navy Spokesman captain Akram Alavi told the Colombo Gazette the decision to transfer the Commanding officer – East of the Sri Lanka Navy was taken three weeks ago. He said the transfer was announced today and was not linked to the incident involving the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province and the Navy. The Commanding officer – East of the Sri Lanka Navy Neil Rosayro has been transferred to Colombo.



Sri Lanka panel gives approval for pre-fabricated steel houses
[Saturday 2016-05-28 16:00]

The option of building 65,000 pre-fabricated steel houses for conflict-affected people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces has been termed by a panel of experts as a “fair solution”. The panel, drawn from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, studied two model houses in Jaffna before arriving at its conclusion.



MR to visit Japan
[Saturday 2016-05-28 16:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will undertake a tour of Japan on June 9 along with a few other members of the Joint Opposition, it is learnt. He will travel in Japan on an invitation extended to him by a group of Sri Lankans living in that country. Sources close to him said MPs Wimal Weerawansa and Prasanna Ranatunga will join him. This is his third overseas visit undertaken after his defeat at the Presidential Election last year. Earlier, he visited Uganda and Thailand.



Tirade against naval officer in Sampur Ex-security forces top brass urges CM to tender apology
[Saturday 2016-05-28 16:00]

Rear Admiral (Rtd) H.R. Amaraweera yesterday said President Maithripala Sirisena should order Eastern Province Chief Minister Ahamed Nazeer to tender an apology to the Naval officer Captain Ranjith Premaratne for scolding the latter in public.



PM discusses truth commission with Army chiefs Top News
[Friday 2016-05-27 18:00]

A truth and reconciliation commission will soon be set up to inquire into allegations of human rights violations during the war, said prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The PM announced this at a meeting at Temple Trees yesterday (26) with defence secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi and senior Army officers.The matters that cannot be resolved through this commission will be referred to the Supreme Court, he said, adding that foreign lawyers would give advice, but would not attend the hearings.



China to provide USD 1.5 million for Sri Lankan flood relief
[Friday 2016-05-27 18:00]

China will provide USD 1.5 million in cash for flood relief in Sri Lanka where heaviest rains in more than 25 years has claimed over 100 lives, authorities said on Friday.Ministry of Commerce said China will deliver more assistance to the Colombo according to the development of the situation and at the request of the Sri Lankan government, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Continuous rain and gales have caused floods and mud-rock flows in Sri Lanka, leaving nearly 100 people dead.



‘Decision taken for the good of all’
[Friday 2016-05-27 18:00]

The armed forces’ decision not to attend functions of the eastern province chief minister has been taken for the good of all, says defence secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi. If some other incident happens based on this matter that will not be good for the country, he has told BBC Sandeshaya.The defence ministry has consulted all relevant parties in this matter, he said.The Navy’s report into the CM having placed a Navy officer into inconvenience has been handed over to the president, and his advice is awaited, Hettiarachchi said. Meanwhile, the prime minister has told both the Navy and the CM not to make any comment to the media until the president took a decision.



Eknaligoda case: Second suspect granted bail
[Friday 2016-05-27 18:00]

Lieut.Colonel Praboda Siriwardana, the second suspect in the Eknaligoda case, was today released on a cash bail of Rs.2 million with two sureties of Rs.6 million each by Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanyake.



Sri Lankan President calls on G7 countries to support economic development of Asian countries like Sri Lanka Top News
[Friday 2016-05-27 18:00]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the Group of Seven richest countries meeting in Japan at the G7 summit to steer economic growth to sustain well-being of Asia and countries like Sri Lanka. Addressing the G 7 Outreach Summit today (May 27) in Ise-Shima in Japan, President Sirisena said that Japan's formal announcement that G7 will explore what is needed to sustain the well-being of Asia to steer economic growth, highlights the relevance of Sri Lanka being here. "It endorses Prime Minister Abe's reasoning for selecting us."



WA asylum seeker ordered home to Sri Lanka despite fears for safety
[Friday 2016-05-27 18:00]

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker who has lived in WA since arriving illegally by boat in 2012 has been ordered to return back to his home country, despite telling authorities he feared he would be persecuted for his religion.The Federal Court of Australia on Friday dismissed the Tamil man's application to have a previous decision not to grant him a protection visa re-heard. The man, whose name has been suppressed in court documents, claimed he fled Sri Lanka after his father was shot and killed by the Sri Lankan army and he and his family were captured and beaten by separatist group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in 2008.



EP CM Nazeer not allowed in military camps
[Thursday 2016-05-26 18:00]

Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed would not be allowed to enter military camps and the three forces would not participate in functions attended by the Chief Minister, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said. Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said the decision was taken after considering a request by the security forces to do so. He said the security forces have been perturbed following the recent incident where the Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed rebuked a naval officer at an event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya.



Is Wigneswaran Planning To Break Away From TNA To Form Radical Tamil Party?
[Thursday 2016-05-26 18:00]

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, appears to be planning to break away from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and form his own radical Tamil party with the support of an influential section of the Tamil Diaspora.And the leadership of the TNA may allow this to happen as he has become an embarrassment and a thorn on their side.Wigneswaran’s politics of confrontation with the provincial Governor Reginold Cooray and the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in Colombo, clashes with the TNA leadership’s policy of cooperation with them.


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