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May 3, 2016 [GMT]
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Police Media Unit suspended
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

Police Media Unit had been suspended with effect from today, the Ministry of Law and Order said. A Spokesman for the Ministry told the Daily Mirror that the decision to suspend the Media Unit was made by IGP Pujith Jayasundara following an action by the officers of the Media Unit, which had given a verbal statement to media on the recent haul of arms in Chavakachcheri. According to Ministry sources the Media Unit had defied the orders given by the IGP to issue only written statements on the Chavakachcheri incident.



TNA against VAT on food and education
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in a May Day resolution, requested the government not to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) on food items consumed by the general public and education services. The government, in its proposed tax reforms, has decided to rescind the VAT exemptions on private health services, education and the telecommunications. TNA Jaffna District MP, M. A. Sumanthiran told Daily Mirror that his party would adopt a resolution calling on the government not to impose taxes on the education sector and essential food items.



What is happening now is what I said earlier: Attanayake
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

Former General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake said what is now happening in the North is what he had said earlier and which were not accepted by some. Speaking to media personnel on last Saturday morning after visiting the newly appointed chief prelate of the Asgiriya chapter the Most Venerable Sastrapathi Warakagoda Gnanarathana Thera, and obtaining his blessings, he said that the Northern Provincial Council had made certain proposals and after adopting them had sought international assistance, which had been flatly declined by the foreign delegates.



Another LTTE leader arrested
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

Former LTTE leader Krishnapillai Kalainesan alias Praba had been arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at Eravur in Batticaloa, Police sources said.



Chava explosives: Key suspects flee to India
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

Investigations reveal that some of those wanted in connection with the chance detection of an explosive haul including a suicide vest at Chavakachcheri during the last week of March have fled to India. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera yesterday told The Island that a person identified as S. Sivakaran arrested in Mannar on April 27 was believed to have helped the wanted persons escape. The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) produced Sivakaran in Chavakachcheri Magistrate’s Court. He was later bailed out. The Magistrate barred him from leaving the country for one year.



MR’s military security replaced with police personnel
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s military security will be replaced with police personnel by this afternoon, the Joint Opposition media unit said.They said that 50 of 102 security detail, which included five Army Majors and 45 Commandos, would be replaced with four Sub Inspectors and 46 Police Constables. “Though there are 102 personnel in the security detail, only 50 of them provide security while others carry out clerical and other tasks,” the media unit said.



Chief Minister of Northern Province issued notice to appear before SC
[Sunday 2016-05-01 18:00]

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C. V Wigneswaran and three others have been informed to appear before the Supreme Court on 12,13,17 in connection with the petition filed against the passing of a resolution at the Northern Provincial Council calling for a federal state for the North and East. The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, Provincial Council Secretary S. Pathmanathan and ITAK Mavai Senathirajah, NPC Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam have been named as respondents in the petition.



Lanka seeks credit line now from Russia
[Sunday 2016-05-01 18:00]

Sri Lanka is seeking a credit line of US$ 300 to 400 million from Russia to buy military equipment for the armed forces and the Sri Lanka Police. The deal is to be finalised following ongoing discussions between Russian authorities and Sri Lankan embassy officials in Moscow, government sources said. Also included in the deal is sharing of combat experience, they said. Finance Ministry officials have confirmed the deal adding that this was brought to the notice of the ministry by R. Paskaralingam, Advisor to the Ministry of National Policy Planning and Economic Affairs.



Sri Lanka celebrates World Labor Day today
[Sunday 2016-05-01 18:00]

Sri Lanka today celebrates the World Labor Day to salute to those who made sacrifices to protect the laborers' rights and overcame their challenges. Political parties and other organizations including a number of trade unions have made arrangements to hold 18 rallies and 17 parades island-wide to mark the 130th Labor Day, the state media said.



Some media groups pose threat to media freedom: Ranil
[Sunday 2016-05-01 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said threats to media freedom in the country are coming from media organisations themselves and there should be no room for extremism in the country. “None of us condone extremism, be it Sinhala Buddhist, Tamil, Muslim or Christian extremism. We have seen the harm extremism has done to other countries. As Sri Lankans we want to live together and take the country forward. We have to consolidate the freedom that has been won and the media has a great responsibility towards this end. Today the greatest threat to media freedom is incoming from within the media. Not from anyone else,” the Prime Minister said.



Economics special graduate gets NPC job as peon
[Sunday 2016-05-01 18:00]

The Northern Provincial Council has received 9,460 applications for 40 vacancies for the post of Office Assistants in the council, officials said.Among the applicants were 250 graduates and of them one with an Economics Special degree has been selected as an Office Assistant. Sri Lanka’s unemployment rate increased to 4.6 percent last year from 4.3 percent, according to the latest Central Bank report.



Education compulsory for children between 5 and 16 years
[Sunday 2016-05-01 18:00]

The age of compulsory school attendance has been raised from 14 to 16 years and parents who fail to send their children to school will be guilty of an offence. These regulations will come into force within the next two months and are being made under the Education Ordinance — with a vision to create a friendly, pleasant and wholesome learning environment in the school. Earlier regulations gazetted in 1997 made school education mandatory for children between 5 and 14 years.



Resolution not to divide country: CV
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wignewaran said yesterday the recent resolution that was adopted to propose a federal system was not aimed at dividing the country but to unite it. Mr. Wigneswaran said the country was not divided by the federal system and that federal system was a system in which everyone could get together and work. “The country is not divided by a Federal system as claimed by some people. Politicians have reiterated for years that a federal system leads to division of the country and the people have been forced to believe that.



Three people shot dead in Thirappane
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

Three people were shot dead inside a car at Thirappane in Anuradhapura this afternoon, police said. They said the bodies were inside a car by the roadside. Thirappane police are investigating.



MR to get non-military security
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

Military security contingents allocated to man UPFA and SLFP Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa's security are to be recalled effective 2 May when other security details will be accorded to the former President. Political sources said the UPFA and SLFP Colombo District MP Bandula Gunawardena who recently met Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Sect Most Ven. Dawuldena Ghannissara Thera had told the latter that the decision to deprive the former President of military protection could place his life at risk.



I backed MR as Presidential candidate at 2005 polls: President
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said when Mahinda Rajapaksa was nominated as the Presidential candidate in 2005 many party leaders did not support him. “However, I did,” President Sirisena said in Galle. “I was behind him since the beginning until his success. Even former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga did not support him. She preferred the victory of Ranil Wickremesinghe to Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005. When she asked me not to support Mahinda I was shocked and hurt and I came out of the room sobbing,” he said.



Colombo Magistrate bars JO from entering Shalika grounds
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

The Colombo Magistrate had yesterday issued an order barring the leaders and supporters of the Joint Opposition, Chairman and members of the All Ceylon Motor Workers’ Union from entering the Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita for May Day procession, Police Headquarters announced yesterday. The Police Headquarters said in a media statement that the court order prevented UPFA MPs Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerwansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Dullas Alahapperuma and their supporters from entering the Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita. The order has also prevented Chairman of the All Ceylon Motor Workers’ Union D. M. Jayasinghe and his supporters entering the same premises.



Focus on boosting Naval ties between SL-France Top News
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

The French Navy today said that it is time to start a ‘solid’ partnership between France and Sri Lanka. “This is a good time to start the partnership between our two nations,” Captain Laurent Machard De Gramont, the Commanding Officer of the French Naval Ship ‘Aconit’ that arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill visit stated. Speaking to the media French Ambassador in Colombo Jean-Marin Schuh said that France was very much present in the Indian ocean. “After six years, this is the first visit by a French ship to Sri Lanka and more visits are to follow,” he said.



Government tells ex LTTE cadres, time to move forward
[Friday 2016-04-29 17:00]

The Government today told a group of former LTTE cadres that the time has come to move forward following the end of the war. A group of rehabilitated former LTTE members visited Colombo today concluding their annual educational tour. The tour was organised by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs. An event was held at the ‘Ape Gama’ premises in Battaramulla under the patronage of Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan, to welcome the rehabilitated ex LTTE members.



Schools in NCP to close at 12 noon
[Friday 2016-04-29 17:00]

All schools in the North Central Province have been advised to be closed by 12 noon, due to the prevailing hot weather condition. This closure will be in effect until further notice.


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