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February 27, 2015 [GMT]
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I left SL because of threats from Gota: Ex-SSP Jayakody
[Thursday 2015-02-26 17:00]

Former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and Police Media Spokesman Prishantha Jayakody,who arrived from Australia a short while ago, claimed that he fled the country because of threats byformer Defence Secretary GotabayaRajapaksa and some of his henchmen. He said he was compelled to leave under political pressure and fears for his life.



Court rejects plea to transfer Shashi to NH
[Thursday 2015-02-26 17:00]

Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today rejected a request made by Counsel Jayantha Weerasinghe to transfer Ms. Shashi Weerawansa to the National Hospital in Colombo for treatment from the prison hospital. Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya while rejecting the request made by the counsel said that the Registrar of Persons Department had been ordered to inform court tomorrow the criteria followed by them in issuing the National Identity card to Ms. Weerawansa.



Free access to WiFi hotspots for rail passengers
[Thursday 2015-02-26 17:00]

Railway passengers would be able to enjoy free WiFi at selected 100 railway stations in the country by April, the Railway Department said.Under this programme WiFi hotspots will be established at over 100 stations around the country with the support of Sri Lanka.



AG asks 6 months to report on KP
[Thursday 2015-02-26 17:00]

The Attorney General today told the Court of Appeal that he would submit a comprehensive report on LTTE arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) within six months of time. He said that the 193 incidents mentioned in the petition against KP have to be examined properly. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in early January filed a writ application urging the Appeal Court to issue an arrest order on KP. Later, the Court ordered the Attorney General to submit a report on the actions taken against KP.



UN defends its decision to defer report on Sri Lanka war crime investigation
[Thursday 2015-02-26 17:00]

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Wednesday defended its move to defer the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war saying that it was a "very rational" decision taken in a "relatively unique" case.The new President of the UNHRC Joachim Rücker said that the decision to defer the release of the report on the human rights violations in Sri Lanka by six months to September was "very rational", PTI reported.



Wigi sad over comment by Ranil
[Wednesday 2015-02-25 18:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran said he was saddened over the comments made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the concerns raised by Tamils over the probe on the war. Wickremesinghe had said that Wigneswaran was instigating communal disharmony through the Northern Provincial Council resolution adopted recently.



UN top official due in Sri Lanka
[Wednesday 2015-02-25 18:00]

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on Saturday, the UN said. Addressing the daily news briefing, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric said that”…Feltman plans to meet with senior officials of the Government of Sri Lanka, political parties and civil society groups.” This will be his first visit to Sri Lanka, and he looks forward to discussing with Sri Lankan leaders various issues of mutual concern, he added.



Report notes abuses in Sri Lanka
[Wednesday 2015-02-25 18:00]

The annual report by the London based Amnesty International noted that several human rights violations had taken place last year and the new Sri Lankan Government must take measures to address those violations.Amnesty International’s Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of human rights in 160 countries during 2014, including 29 countries in Asia Pacific where there has been a harsh crackdown on freedom of expression across the region.



Shashi Weerawansa further remanded Top News
[Wednesday 2015-02-25 17:00]

Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi Weerawansa was remanded till March 4 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate today.The Magistrate had yesterday ordered the prison authorities to transfer Ms. Weerawansa from a private hospital in Malabe to the Prison Hospital.



Sri Lankan provincial councilor threatens to take to the streets against attempt to postpone general elections
[Wednesday 2015-02-25 17:00]

Councilor of Sri Lanka's Western Province Udaya Gammanpila has threatened to take to the streets with the people if the current government attempts to postpone the holding of general elections. Gammanpila said during a discussion on a private radio channel that there are attempts to postpone the next general election by another year.The Provincial Councilor said the struggle that commenced from Nugegoda has now spread throughout the country in various forms.



Protesters demand international prosecutions, decry supervision of domestic mechanisms Top News
[Tuesday 2015-02-24 18:00]

“While it is true that the Tamil people voted in large numbers for President Sirisena, we wish to emphasise that this was merely an anti-Rajapksa vote. We did not vote with the hope of any substantive change resulting from regime change,” said the appeal by the organisers of the massive protest in Jaffna on Tuesday. More than 5,000 students and people from all walks of life in Jaffna took part in the first largest demonstration after the end of genocidal war in Vanni on Tuesday.



Poor interest in the PS elections
[Tuesday 2015-02-24 18:00]

Local election monitors say there is very little interest in the elections to be held in the Puthukudiyiruppu and Maritimepattu Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Mullaitivu District on February 28th. The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said that so far no violence or violations have been reported before election day. However it noted that there is very poor interest among voters and very few pocket meetings and poster campaigns have been held.



Jeyakumari remanded further
[Tuesday 2015-02-24 18:00]

A woman, who had been arrested by the TID 348 days ago in Kilinochchi under the PTA, has been remanded further until March 10. Balendran Jeyakumari was presented before the Colombo magistrate’s court today (24). Arrested on 13 March 2014, Jeyakumari was taken to Boossa detention camp, while her daughter, 13-year-old Vibhushika, was handed to the custody of Mahadevan children’s home in Kilinochchi. Her husband and two sons had died in the war, while another son disappeared after surrendering to the military.



Shahsi transferred to Prisons hospital
[Tuesday 2015-02-24 18:00]

Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today ordered the prison authorities to transfer former Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi, from the private hospital in Malabe to the Prison Hospital. On a motion filed by the Prisons Department, the Magistrate also directed the prison authorities to obtain a medical report from the Prison’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and seek his advice on whether Ms. Weerawansa needs to be admitted to the Colombo National Hospital.The Kaduwela Magistrate yesterday remanded her till today (25) on charges of having obtained a diplomatic passport by submitting fraudulent documents.



BBS monk is considering politics
[Tuesday 2015-02-24 18:00]

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara thero says he is considering entering politics and may contest the General elections expected to be held after April.The BBS monk, speaking to the Colombo Gazette following a media briefing today, said that he has been asked several times to enter politics.



Sri Lanka's Northern Provincial Councilor writes to UN Rights Chief on delaying report
[Monday 2015-02-23 18:00]

Member of Sri Lanka's Northern Provincial Council M. K. Sivajilingam has reportedly written to UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein saying the Tamils see the delay to release the report based on the probe on the war in Sri Lanka as a failure of the UN system to protect and listen to the victims of mass atrocities.



Abbott’s close link with Rajapaksas was ‘a mystery’-Ranil
[Monday 2015-02-23 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s close relationship with the Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas was ‘a mystery’ to Sri ¬Lankans, and that Australia’s ¬new Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, would be unlikely to get the warm welcome received under the previous ¬government.



Lanka has international support
[Monday 2015-02-23 18:00]

The Government says Sri Lanka now has the support of those who matter in the international community. Minister of Plantation Industries Lakshman Kiriella says when the former Government was in power there were leaders from insignificant countries in Africa visiting Sri Lanka. However he says now top world leaders want to visit Sri Lanka and are also offering financial assistance.



South Africa, Lanka to boost ties
[Monday 2015-02-23 18:00]

Sri Lanka and South Africa will sign partnership agreements in order to strengthen the bilateral ties between both countries. The agreements will be signed during a three day forum to be held between the two countries beginning tomorrow, which is a continuation of similar forums held in the past. Among the agreements to be signed is a draft declaration of intent between the national department of tourism of South Africa and the Tourism Ministry of Sri Lanka.



Former Sri Lankan minister's wife remains in hospital following arrest
[Monday 2015-02-23 18:00]

Former Sri Lankan Minister Wimal Weerawansa's wife, Shashi Weerawansa is continuing to receive medical treatment at a private hospital in Malabe under the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). The CID last night arrested Shashi Weerawansa for allegedly possessing two passports obtained on forged documents. The CID arrested her at the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital in Malabe where she was being treated.


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