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February 1, 2015 [GMT]
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Canada welcomes reinstatement of Shirani as CJ
[Saturday 2015-01-31 18:00]

Canadian Government said it welcomed the reinstatement of Shirani Bandaranayake as Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. “Canada welcomes the reinstatement of Shirani Bandaranayake as Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. In January 2013, at the time of the Chief Justice’s impeachment, I expressed deep concern about the opaque and politicized nature of her impeachment, an action that severely undermined the legitimacy of the rule of law in Sri Lanka,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said.



My brothers asked not to attend rugger practice-Namal
[Saturday 2015-01-31 18:00]

Hambantota UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa said that his two younger brothers-Yoshitha and Rohitha-who were members of the Sri Lanka Army and Navy rugger teams, were asked not to attend rugby practice without citing any reasons. “Just a few days ago, my brothers – Rohitha and Yoshitha – were both informed, by telephone, not to attend rugby practice. No reasons were given.



Biswal due here on Monday
[Saturday 2015-01-31 18:00]

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel to Sri Lanka on February 2–3, the US Embassy in Colombo announced. Joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Atul Keshap, she will review bilateral and regional issues with the new Sri Lankan government, civil society and religious leaders, and other officials, it said. This will be the first visit to Sri Lanka by a senior State Department official since national elections were held earlier this month.



Pudukuduiruppu and Maritimepattu PS polls on Feb. 28
[Saturday 2015-01-31 18:00]

Elections to the Pudukuduiruppu and Maritimepattu Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Mullaithivu district will be held on February 28, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said.



Sharma in SL
[Saturday 2015-01-31 18:00]

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma who arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon is due to meet the External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera. A spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry told Daily Mirror that Mr. Sharma will be briefing the Minister on several key issues as well as on the Commonwealth Chairmanship. He is also due to meet with several other top government officials during his brief visit.



Mohan Peiris demanded a diplomatic post- PM
[Friday 2015-01-30 17:00]

While confirming Chief Justice Mohan Peiris was present at Temple Trees in the night of the Presidential Election day, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed the Parliament that he (Peiris) demanded a diplomatic post.Wickremesinghe said he was asked to come to the Temple Trees by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at around 4.00am on 9 January and when he visited Peiris was among many others.



Ban hopes Lanka works with UN
[Friday 2015-01-30 17:00]

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hopes Sri Lanka works with the UN on the investigations over the war despite launching a new domestic investigation.Ban’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that the UN is trying to verify how Sri Lanka will cooperate with the UN on the investigation.The Government had yesterday announced it will launch a domestic investigation into the war and obtain the assistance of foreign experts if required.



Government to seek GSP again
[Friday 2015-01-30 17:00]

The government today said it will seek to obtain the GSP plus trade concession from the European Union which was withdrawn under the previous government. GSP plus was withdrawn as the previous government headed by Mahinda Rajapakse failed to comply with certain human rights related regulations. “We will send a high level delegation for discussions with the EU members but right now we are looking at the various alternatives,” Deputy Economic Development Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva told Xinhua.



Law expert says U.S. can try Sri Lanka's ex-Defense Secretary if no domestic probe on him
[Friday 2015-01-30 17:00]

An expert on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the United States says U.S. can try Sri Lanka's former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa unless there is a credible probe on him by the Sri Lankan government. Ryan Goodman, a Professor of Law at NYU School of Law in New York and the co-editor-in-chief of Just Security, says that although under the law, President Maithripala Sirisena's administration could legally secure Mr. Rajapaksa's safety from a U.S. war crime prosecution if he stays in Sri Lanka only if the Sri Lankan government prosecutes him since Sri Lanka and the U.S. have signed an extradition treaty.



Mohan Peiris pleaded with President not to remove him as CJ - Rajitha
[Friday 2015-01-30 17:00]

Mohan Peris who functioned as the ‘44th Chief Justice’ from January 13, 2013 until last Tuesday, had pleaded with President Maithripala Sirisena to allow him to continue in that office, the government said yesterday. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne addressing the weekly Cabinet press briefing in Colombo said that President Sirisena had told Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting that Mohan Peiris had telephoned him in the morning that day and promised to give any judgement that he (Sirisena) wanted, if Peiris was allowed to continue in office, but the President had rejected that offer outright.



Sri Lanka's Tamil party rejects domestic probe
[Thursday 2015-01-29 19:00]

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party Thursday said it would oppose any domestic inquiry into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of the country's civil war and reiterated its call for an international probe. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson Suresh Premachandran told reporters that the Tamil minorities in the island nation had no faith or trust in a domestic inquiry, noting that numerous domestic commissions were futile in the past.



Wigi, Swire discuss situ in Jaffna
[Thursday 2015-01-29 19:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran and British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire met in Jaffna today and discussed the situation in the north. Wigneswaran said that at the meeting, the issue over the military presence in the north including on private land being occupied by the army, was discussed.



Sripavan Second Tamil to Become Lankan Chief Justice
[Thursday 2015-01-29 19:00]

Justice Kanakasabapathi Sripavan will be the second Tamil to be Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court when he takes over on Friday following the retirement of Shirani Bandaranayake.The first Tamil to hold the highest judicial post in Sri Lanka was Suppiah Sharvananda, who served between 1984 and 1988.



Sri Lanka's new government plans fresh war crimes probe
[Thursday 2015-01-29 19:00]

Sri Lanka is planning an investigation into accusations of human rights abuses in the final stages of a 26-year civil war amid international frustration at the failure to look into numerous civilian deaths, a government spokesman said on Thursday.Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was ousted in a surprise election defeat this month, had refused to cooperate with any U.N. investigation into claims the army committed atrocities in the war that ended in 2009.



MR’s sons no longer rugby team captains
[Thursday 2015-01-29 19:00]

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sons Yoshitha and Rohitha are to be removed from the captaincy of the Rugby teams of the Navy and Army respectively, on the instructions of a highly placed official, informed sources said yesterday.Instructions had been issued to the relevant officials in this regard.Yoshitha Rajapaksa was the captain of the Navy team and his younger brother Rohitha Rajapaksa was the captain of the Army team. However they have not yet been informed of their removal.



Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake resumes duties as CJ Top News
[Wednesday 2015-01-28 18:00]

Chief Justice-43 Shirani Bandaranayake has resumed duties in the office of Chief Justice as there had been no legal removal of her from the post, Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) President Upul Jayasuriya said. Dr. Bandaranayake arrived at the Superior Court complex at Hulftsdorp this afternoon and took office at the chambers of the Chief Justice, after she was welcomed by Mr. Jayasuriya.



TN CM feels Tamils are not safe
[Wednesday 2015-01-28 18:00]

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday termed the Centre’s decision to hold an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss the repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees as ‘premature’ and asked it to defer it, saying conditions in Sri Lanka’s northeast were not conducive for them to return, the Press Trust of India reported. Referring to the recent letter from the External Affairs Ministry to the state government asking it to depute a senior officer to attend the meeting to the Island Nation, he said, “The conditions in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka are still not conducive for the refugees to return to their native land”.



SF’s ranks, civic rights restored
[Wednesday 2015-01-28 17:00]

The Defence Ministry today announced that former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is entitled to his rank of Four Star General, medals, pension and other privileges which were stripped of in 2010, by two Army tribunals before he was cashiered and imprisoned.



India, Lanka begin refugee talks
[Wednesday 2015-01-28 17:00]

India and Sri Lanka will begin talks on Friday relating to the repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees in India, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said today.India and Sri Lanka had proposed resuming talks on the issue when Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited India recently. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the European Union (EU) have undertaken to help the Sri Lankan government repatriate the Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu.



157 SL asylum seekers legally detained at sea
[Wednesday 2015-01-28 17:00]

A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers were legally detained at sea by Australian authorities last year, the High Court finds.The asylum seekers were picked up and held on a Customs boat for nearly a month last June after leaving a port at Pondicherry in southern India. They were eventually taken to Nauru after efforts to return them to India failed.


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