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Gota To Be Arrested?
[Sunday 2016-07-24 17:00]

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is expected to be arrested within the next two months, sources at the Criminal investigations Department (CID) said. He is to be arrested over investigations being conducted on some high profile criminal incidents, sources told The Sunday Leader. If arrested Gotabhaya will be the fourth in the Rajapaksa family to be arrested after Basil Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa and Yoshitha Rajapaksa.



58 More Fraud Probes On Rajapaksas
[Sunday 2016-07-24 17:00]

The Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) and the Special Police Investigations Unit (SPIU) are investigating 58 allegations against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members. This was revealed during a meeting held among the respective investigations units and President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.



Emirates Airlines apologises to Speaker, hospital says it’s a bug not a heart ailment
[Sunday 2016-07-24 17:00]

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has lodged a formal complaint with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador in Colombo, expressing his displeasure at being offloaded from an Emirates Airlines flight from Colombo to Singapore minutes before the flight took off. A close family member said that soon after the complaint, the UAE Ambassador had called senior Emirates Airlines officials and asked them to apologise to Mr. Jayasuirya. Meanwhile the Airline in response to a query by the Sunday Times said: “Emirates is aware of the concerns expressed by Mr. Jayasuriya and his family.



Three hacked to death in Batticaloa
[Sunday 2016-07-24 17:00]

The bodies of three family members hacked to death were found in Vellawali, Batticaloa early this morning, Police said. The victims were identified by the as a 25-year-old woman, her farther and her 18-month old daughter.



India To Protest Against Pakistanis’ Colombo Demo
[Sunday 2016-07-24 17:00]

India is to lodge a protest against the staging of a demonstration by Pakistanis in Sri Lanka outside the UN office in Colombo last week against the Indian government. The protest was organized by the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo and drew wide international media coverage. Well informed sources told The Sunday Leader that the Indian High Commission in Colombo was expected to take up the matter with the Foreign Ministry in Sri Lanka.



Sri Lanka PM slams media for backing Mahinda Rajapaksa
[Sunday 2016-07-24 17:00]

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday accused the country's print media of backing the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa with a view to see him back in power. Addressing his United National Party (UNP) members in the central district of Kandy, Wickremesinghe said he would name the media personnel who had benefited during the Rajapaksa presidency and who are now bidding for his return.



Human rights situation in Sri Lanka continued to improve this year but challenges remain - UK report
[Saturday 2016-07-23 18:00]

The human rights situation in Sri Lanka continued to improve between January and June 2016 but much remains to be done for the island nation to fulfil the commitments made in the October 2015 UN Resolution, the United Kingdom said in its human rights report. The UK welcomed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's assessment of Sri Lanka's progress against Resolution 30/1 and the Sri Lankan government's continuing determination to address the legacy of conflict.



Sri Lanka condemns shooting in Munich
[Saturday 2016-07-23 18:00]

The Sri Lankan government condemning the Friday's shooting at a Munich shopping Centre which left nine people dead and 16 more injured, extended the condolence to the families of the victims. "Sri Lanka condemns the shooting in Munich. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and wish a quick recovery to those injured," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a Twitter message. An 18-year-old German-Iranian man from Munich, armed with a handgun opened fire Friday evening at and near a shopping mall in the German city of Munich, killing nine people. The man was found after killing himself.



Man dressed in burka arrested at BIA
[Saturday 2016-07-23 18:00]

A Sri Lankan man dressed in a burka was arrested at the arrival lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning. The suspect, a Muslim from Colombo, had told the police that he dressed in a burka to surprise his girlfriend who was returning from Qatar. However, he was arrested by the police for questioning.



Military to take legal action against 18,847 deserters
[Saturday 2016-07-23 18:00]

The armed forces are to take legal action against 18,847 deserters who did not reported for duty during the one-month general amnesty period given to them to report to their posts in the Army, Navy and Air Force. The Defence Ministry declared a general amnesty from 13 June to 13 July to grant legal clearance to those who had reported back to the military.



Mahinda Rajapaksa accused of making Sri Lanka a mini China
[Saturday 2016-07-23 18:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was today accused of making Sri Lanka a mini China when his Government was in office. Speaking in Parliament today Minister Kabir Hashim said that Rajapaksa brought down workers and several other items from China without having any formal agreement between both countries.



Find Elara’s tomb; do as Dutugemunu said: Douglas
[Saturday 2016-07-23 18:00]

Opposition MP Douglas Devananda yesterday urged the Government to trace the real tombstone of King Elara and preserve it. Raising a question under Standing Orders 23 (2) in Parliament yesterday the MP said the incorrect public opinion on the Dutugemunu -Elara war should be corrected as some misinterpret it as a communal conflict. “Some put it as a communal conflict, whereas it was a battle to take control of the Anuradhapura Kingdom only,” he said.



US ship New Orleans to arrive in SL
[Friday 2016-07-22 18:00]

The US ship USS New Orleans will arrive in Sri Lanka on Sunday to increase bilateral ties with the Sri Lankan Navy and provide US support and training for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. “The 21st century is in many ways the Indo-Pacific century and Sri Lanka is well-positioned to take advantage of its strategic location. The United States looks forward to working with the Sri Lanka Navy as a key force for maritime security and stability,” US Ambassador Atul Keshap said in a statement issued ahead of the arrival of the ship. Approximately 200 sailors from the Sri Lanka Navy will participate in the two-day humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training, led by members of 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and experts from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).



Sampanthan hints at political motive to derail reconciliation process
[Friday 2016-07-22 17:00]

Whether there had been political motives behind the clash at the Jaffna University and certain other incidents in other universities is a matter the Government must address, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan said in Parliament yesterday. He made this observation following a question raised by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Dissanayake on the clash of students in the Jaffna University last Saturday.



Ranil refuses to remove ‘Mahinda Rajapaksa’
[Friday 2016-07-22 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had turned down a request from a group of UNP and SLFP regional politicians to remove the words, ‘Mahinda Rajapaksa’ from the name boards of the Mattala International Airport and the Hambantota harbour, parliament sources said. Some of the regional politicians were from Hambantota. The Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port in Hambantota was ceremonially opened on 18 November 2010. China's Shan Dong Dongming Petrochemical Group is planning a refinery near Sri Lanka's Hambantota port. Dongming Petrochemical has subsidiaries in Singapore and Hong Kong.



Kiriella waits for committee report to act
[Friday 2016-07-22 17:00]

Future action on last week’s violence at the Jaffna University would be taken on the basis of the recommendations of the three-member committee appointed to look into the incident, Leader of the House and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament yesterday. In answer to a question raised by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake the minister said: "The committee comprises senior academics of the Jaffna University. They are Engineering Faculty Board Member and CEB Deputy Director D K P U Gunathilake, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department Head Dr K Muhunthan and Pharmacology Department Head Dr Mrs T. S. Navaratnaraja.



Victims’ parents want security restored
[Friday 2016-07-22 17:00]

Parents of the Sinhala students of the Jaffna University yesterday said their children wouldn't return to Jaffna until the government guaranteed their security. Addressing the media at the National Library Auditorium the parents said they weren't at all satisfied with action taken by the University administration in the wake of the unprovoked attack.



SriLankan may lease four planes to Pakistan
[Friday 2016-07-22 17:00]

Sri Lanka's cash-strapped national airline is in talks to lease four of its Airbus A330 planes to Pakistan International Airlines Corp, months after cancelling an order for four Airbus A350 aircraft, a minister said on Thursday.State-owned SriLankan is aiming to reduce its debt and also looking for an international partner to help reverse years of losses."A team from the airline is in Pakistan for negotiations. We will lease one A330, latest next month, on wet lease," Public Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim said. A wet lease refers to when one airline provides an aircraft, crew and maintenance to another.



Appoint Commission To Probe Jaffna Varsity Fracas: Wigneswaran and Thavarajah
[Thursday 2016-07-21 17:00]

C.V.Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, and S.Thavarajah, Leader of Opposition in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), have together asked the Lankan government to set up a “full-fledged” Commission of Inquiry to conduct an in-depth probe into last Saturday’s clash between Tamil and Sinhalese students in Jaffna University saying that the fracas was a manifestation of deeper problems faced by the Tamils of North Lanka.



SLFP threatens defeat of VAT
[Thursday 2016-07-21 17:00]

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) would defeat the VAT Amendment if SLFP proposals were not incorporated or if the tax was increased to fifteen percent, SLFP Spokesman Dilan Perera said today. “We will definitely defeat the VAT Amendment if the amendments do not include our proposals and with the ideas taken from the affected communities in the country,” he said. The issue regarding the recent VAT increase, was discussed by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake with the people who connected in the country recently, Perera said.


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