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May 30, 2015 [GMT]
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U.S. think tank urges continued human rights pressure on Sri Lanka
[Friday 2015-05-29 18:00]

There is little hope of post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka unless the new government acts to end the oppression of minority Tamils and ensure reconciliation, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday, urging continued pressure on the country.President Mathripala Sirisena's government was elected earlier this year with promises of reconciliation, and secured the delay of a United Nations report due in March after the U.N. human rights chief praised its willingness to open the country up to scrutiny.

MS rules out nomination for MR
[Friday 2015-05-29 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday told the representatives of the UPFA that he could not agree to offer nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the next election under under its betel symbol as the prime ministerial candidate, informed sources said yesterday. The President, in his capacity as the UPFA Chairman, met the leaders of the parties aligned with it politically on Wednesday evening.

Sri Lanka raises $1 bn abroad after parliament snub
[Friday 2015-05-29 18:00]

Sri Lanka's new government raised nearly a billion dollars through its first overseas bond issue after parliament shot down plans to increase local borrowings, the country's central bank said Friday. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka said $650 million was raised Thursday through a 10-year bond at an annual interest rate of 6.125 percent while the rest was through shorter tenure.

Sri Lankan refugee found guilty of stabbing murder of Adelaide neighbour after victim called him 'lady boy'
[Friday 2015-05-29 18:00]

A man who fatally stabbed a fellow Sri Lankan refugee has been found guilty of murder by an Adelaide jury, which earlier heard the crime was committed after the victim called his killer a "lady boy". Ketheshwaran Sivaperuman, 35, bled to death at his Elizabeth South home in January last year. The Supreme Court previously heard he was stabbed with a large kitchen knife with such force the blade damaged his spine and exposed his intestine.

Five UPFA Ministers appointed Top News
[Friday 2015-05-29 18:00]

Five United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarians including Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena were this morning appointed as ministers by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. Mr. Abeywardena was appointed Parliamentary Affairs Minister, MPs Pandu Bandaranayake as State Minister of Democratic Governance, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya as State Minister of Environment, Hemal Gunasekara as State Minister of Samurdhi and Housing and Chandrasiri Sooriyaarachchi as the Deputy Minister of Lands.

Mahinda will loose privileges if he contests General Election - Rajitha
[Friday 2015-05-29 18:00]

With former President Mahinda Rajapaksa demanding that he be nominated as the SLFP’s Prime Ministerial candidate at the next General Election, the government said yesterday that if his wish was granted, he would lose the privileges that the Executive Presidency had conferred on him.

TGTE Welcomes former Sri Lankan Army Chief’s willingness to face War Crime Trials: - Urges Him to Avail to UN’s OISL
[Thursday 2015-05-28 22:00]

“If he really believes in his innocence, we challenge him to open himself to international investigation” “We also urge the current President of Sri Lanka Mr. Sirisena, who was the acting defense minister during the final weeks of these killings and rapes, to clarify his position whether he himself is ready to face International war crimes trials to clear his name” Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is pleased to hear of former Army Commander Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka’s interview to the Guardian newspaper that he would welcome war crimes investigation to prove his innocence for the mass killing of Tamils and rape of Tamil women by the Sri Lankan Security Forces.

South Africa to continue talks on Sri Lanka
[Thursday 2015-05-28 18:00]

The South African Government is to continue its initiative on Sri Lanka by having more consultations with stakeholders within and outside Sri Lanka aimed at promoting a lasting political solution, peace initiatives, truth-telling and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

Protests to be launched to remove Government
[Thursday 2015-05-28 18:00]

The main opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today said that it will be launching protests after June 9 to gather support to remove the Government. UPFA MP and former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that the Government has failed to achieve its goals within the 100 days since it took office.

7-yr-old sexually abused in Kilinochchi On her way home from school
[Thursday 2015-05-28 18:00]

It was reported yesterday (27) that a seven year old school girl was gang raped in Paranthan-Kilinochchi recently while returning home from school. However, denying the gang rape, Jaffna Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) U. Mayoorathan said it is proven that she was sexually abused, but not gang raped. He added that on the day of the incident, 25 May, the child returned home late from school. According to her mother, school was over by 12:30 p.m. but the child returned home at 1:30 p.m.

Govt . won’t send ‘Special Delegation’ for UNHRC 29th Session
[Thursday 2015-05-28 18:00]

Deviating from practices adopted by the Rajapaksa administration, the government said yesterday that it would not be sending a ‘Special Delegation’ for the 29th United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Sessions, to be held in Geneva next month.

India not happy with comments by Amaraweera
[Thursday 2015-05-28 18:00]

India today said that it is committed to working together with the Government of Sri Lanka to find a mutually acceptable solution to the fishing issue and in this context remarks made by Minister Mahinda Amaraweera this week will not be helpful. Amaraweera had said that he had refused to agree to a proposal from India to allow Indian fishermen to catch fish in Sri Lankan waters.

UN group here in August to help in war-time disappearances
[Wednesday 2015-05-27 18:00]

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) will arrive in Sri Lanka on August 3 on an invitation extended by the previous government which had requested assistance on war-time abductions and disappearances, Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said today.

Shashi summoned to FCID
[Wednesday 2015-05-27 18:00]

Former minister Wimal Weerwansa’s wife Shashi has been summoned to the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) tomorrow morning to record a statement over some questionable land deals.

SF says would welcome war crime investigation
[Wednesday 2015-05-27 18:00]

Former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says his conscience is clear and he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence. “The allegations are there,” Field Marshal Fonseka said in an interview with the Guardian. “We have to clear our name.” In May 2009 the then General Fonseka was the head of the Sri Lankan army that defeated the Tamil Tigers, or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, ending Sri Lanka’s brutal 26-year civil war.

Vienna Airport security accused of smuggling Lankans
[Wednesday 2015-05-27 18:00]

Private security staff at Vienna Airport are suspected of smuggling refugees, mainly Sri Lankans, through security checks onto flights to the United States and Britain, the Reuters news agency quoted Austrian prosecutors as saying. Police are investigating 13 private security staff operating at Vienna Airport over suspicions they abused their access to security systems. One man from Poland and another from Sri Lanka have been placed in custody pending an investigation.

This is a Sinhala, Buddhist country’ – JHU
[Wednesday 2015-05-27 18:00]

Government affiliate JHU stresses to justice minister Wijedasa Rajapakse that Sri Lanka is a country of Sinhala Buddhists.The party, in a statement, is disputing a claim to the contrary by him at a media briefing.The JHU says that the basis for his remark was unclear, but that it has hurt the feelings of Sinhala Buddhists. We should never hesitate, even non-Buddhists and non-Sinhalese, to say Sri Lanka is a country of Sinhala Buddhists, it says.

Basil’s bail application rejected; re-remanded
[Wednesday 2015-05-27 18:00]

Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala today rejected the bail applications submitted by UPFA MP Basil Rajapaksa and three others and re-remanded them till June 10. The three others re-remanded with Mr. Rajapaksa were former economic development ministry secretary Nihal Jayatilake, former divineguma fund director general R.R.K. Ranawaka and former regional director Bandula Thilakasiri.

Maximum punishment for perpetrators - President in Jaffna Top News
[Tuesday 2015-05-26 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena, who visited Jaffna today said a special court (Trial-at-Bar) will be set up to ensure speedy justice in the case of the gang rape and brutal slaying of the schoolgirl at Pungudutivu in Jaffna. “We cannot let such incidents to happen again in any part of the country,” he emphasised when he met students from 17 schools in the Northern Province at a meeting held at the Wembady Girls School in Jaffna.

Former Sri Lankan president to contest in parliamentary polls
[Tuesday 2015-05-26 19:00]

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse had informed his close aides that he will contest in the parliamentary elections which are expected to be held in the country in July, a senior opposition member said on Monday.Speaking on the grounds of anonymity, the senior parliamentarian said that Rajapakse had already begun to conduct meetings on a weekly basis with the opposition parliamentarians who were publicly supporting him and Rajapakse's future in politics was being discussed.

<b> ஜேர்மனியில் நடைபெற்ற நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கத்தின் 2015 ஆண்டிற்கான  அரசவை அமர்வு நிகழ்வுகளின் படத்தொகுப்பு </b>
<b> 18-05-15 அன்று   ரொறன்ரோவில் நடைபெற்ற தமிழின அழிப்பு நினைவுநாள் நிகழ்வின் படத்தொகுப்பு. </b>
<b> 18-05-15 அன்று   ரொறன்ரோவில் நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம் நடாத்திய தமிழீழ தேசிய துக்கநாள்  நிகழ்வின் படத்தொகுப்பு. </b>