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December 21, 2014 [GMT]
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Maithri offers nothing to Tamils –TNA
[Sunday 2014-12-21 20:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says that the common Opposition presidential candidate, Maithripala Sirisena's election manifesto, released on Friday, was disappointing as it has not touched on any of the core issues of the Tamils in the North and East.TNA spokesman, Suresh K. Premachandran, commenting on Sirisena's manifesto, told Ceylon Today that since the UPFA Government had failed to settle several important problems faced by the Tamils in the North and East they expected the manifesto to be more constructive. But, it has not provided any solution to the burning issues faced by the Tamils.



Defence Ministry clearance required for foreign observers visiting North: Spokesman
[Sunday 2014-12-21 20:00]

International Observers (IO) visiting the country to monitor the presidential election will require a ‘special clearance’ along with a recommendation from the Elections Commissioner, to visit the Northern Province for monitoring purposes, Military spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasuriya said yesterday. “We have not lifted the restrictions on travel to the North. Foreign nationals will not be allowed to visit the North under ‘blanket approval’ without obtaining necessary clearance from the Defence ministry,” he said.



Lanka probe report on March 25
[Sunday 2014-12-21 20:00]

The report on Sri Lanka by the investigations team of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will be taken up for discussion at the UN Human Rights Council on March 25, the draft agenda for the March session noted.The 28th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council will be held from March 2 to March 27 in Geneva and the report on Sri Lanka is part of the agenda.



Maithri and Ranil hail China ties
[Sunday 2014-12-21 20:00]

The United National Party (UNP) has regarded China as a true friend and major development partner of Sri Lanka, its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has told Xinhua. He recalled when the People’s Republic of China was established,the UNP government of D. S. Senanayake recognized the new state. It also signed with China the Rubber-Rice Pact in 1952 in defiance of sanctions against the People’s Republic by U.S.-led western countries.



SLMC To Leave The Govt Within Next 48 Hours: Party Decides To Support Maithripala
[Sunday 2014-12-21 20:00]

Asian Mirror is now in a position to reveal that the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will leave the government within the next 48 hours.Speaking to Asian Mirror a short while ago, a senior spokesman of the party said it has already decided to pledge support to Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena. “However,” he said, “there are two or three people who believe that the party should remain with the government. They can make their own decision and leave the party. But, the SLMC has arrived at a collective decision to support Maithripala Sirisena.”



Activists attacked in Hambantota
[Sunday 2014-12-21 20:00]

A group of activists who, together with some opposition members, were to stage a street drama in Hambantota, were attacked this morning, the opposition media unit said.The opposition said that a ruling party member and his supporters were involved in the attack. Several activists were assaulted during the incident and at least one person sustained serious injuries.



Canadian Tamil Congress Congratulates Cuba and USA, Applauds Canada:
[Saturday 2014-12-20 20:00]

The historic plan announced on Wednesday by United States President Barack Obama to take steps to normalize relations with Cuba, including opening an embassy in Havana, should be welcomed by all. President Raul Castro should also be congratulated for taking reciprocal steps towards this action.



Five injured as goons attack UNP meeting
[Saturday 2014-12-20 19:00]

At least five persons were injured including the Chief Organiser for the opposition United National Party (UNP) in Haputale Senarath Jayasinghe when suspect pro-government goons stormed an election propaganda meeting a short while ago, police said. The incident took place inside the Hindu Cultural Centre Hall in Haputale shortly before the UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and UNP Uva provincial councilor Harin Fernando were to attend the meeting.



After Mauritius, India to export warships to Sri Lanka
[Saturday 2014-12-20 19:00]

India will now export two warships to Sri Lanka after delivering a warship to Mauritius for the first time, Minister of State for Defence Production Rao Inderjit Singh said here Saturday. "From Sri Lanka, we have received an order to build two off-shore patrol vehicles (OPV) and they are under construction in Goa Shipyard," the minister said on the sidelines of the ceremonial delivery of warship CGS Barracuda to the Mauritian Coast Guard.



Ranawaka promises the most stable govt. after Jan. 08
[Saturday 2014-12-20 19:00]

The most stable government in the country would be constituted soon after Maithripala Sirisena was elected, said Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday. He was addressing a rally in support of presidential candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, in Avissawella. Ranawaka said that the people who were currently with President Mahinda Rajapaksa would definitely join Sirisena in the future. Only Namal and Chamal would remain with the incumbent President.



52 TUs pledge support to MS
[Saturday 2014-12-20 19:00]

Trade union coalition for a just society comprising 52 trade unions, the biggest gathering of trade unions pledged its support to common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the forthcoming Presidential Election, at a media conference held yesterday. The trade union coalition beseeched 6.4 million workers in the country to use their vote to defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Election.



Sri Lanka does not need a Singapore style management - President
[Saturday 2014-12-20 19:00]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today charging that certain groups are attempting to sell the state resources to the private sector, said the country does not need a management of the Singaporean strategy. Addressing a public rally at the Serunuwara Pradeshiya Sabha grounds in Trincomalee, the President said the some were preparing blue prints to sell to the private sector state resources including the harbor, the airport, power and highways that the Government built.



ACMC skips UPFA rallies in Vanni, Batticaloa
[Saturday 2014-12-20 19:00]

UPFA constituent, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) has skipped public meetings held in support of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Vanni electoral District and Batticaloa on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Political sources told The Island that the absence of ACMC leader Industries and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen at UPFA rallies raised many an eyebrow in the wake of the prolonged delay in finalising electoral pact.



Maithri will dissolve Parliament Top News
[Friday 2014-12-19 20:00]

Common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena has proposed in his manifesto which was released today, to dissolve Parliament on or after April 23rd and appoint a transitional government under which a Parliament election will be held. Sirisena’s manifesto, which was released at the Viharamaha Devi Park today, details in point form his 100 day plan if he wins the January 8 Presidential election. In the plan, he notes that a Prime Minister will be appointed from the political party which wins the most seats in Parliament while a Vice Prime Minister will also be appointed from the political party which gets the second most number of seats.



Church cannot withdraw invitation to Pope: Cardinal Ranjith
[Friday 2014-12-19 20:00]

The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is not in a position to ask Pope Francis to cancel his visit to Sri Lanka next month, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said yesterday.“The church cannot just ask the Pope not to come visit Sri Lanka after inviting him in the first place,” the Cardinal told a media briefing yesterday.



Sri Lankan Opposition Pledges War Crime Inquiry
[Friday 2014-12-19 20:00]

Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate said Friday that the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election. Maithripala Sirisena said in a policy statement that Sri Lanka has not ratified the statute establishing the international court and therefore is not subject to it. He said he would instead institute an investigation by a local independent court. He also pledged to protect everyone who contributed to the defeat of Tamil Tiger separatists in the country's civil war from international action.



Army has increased its strength
[Friday 2014-12-19 20:00]

Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake says the army strength has increased in a significant manner in the past three decades. Speaking to troops at the Colombo Army Headquarters today, the Commander said that the prime responsibility of the Army is national security and several attempts to destabilize the country had been successfully thwarted by the Army. “The Army and its strength has increased in a significant manner in the past three decades and the organization has proved itself to be an integral and indispensable force to be reckoned with. It has performed arduous tasks which is impossible for others and won commendation from all quarters,” he said.



Sri Lankan President will not participate in a debate with no facts and figures - Minister
[Friday 2014-12-19 20:00]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will not participate in a debate where there are no facts and figures, the Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella referring to the challenge extended by the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena for a debate. Sirisena openly challenged President Rajapaksa for a debate on 'Democracy and Good Governance' on 1st January. Speaking to Lankapuvath National News Agency, Minister Rambukwella said that it is "truly a joke" to extend an invitation to the President for a debate, since Sirisena is "not in President Rajapaksa's standard."



More than 11,500 soldiers killed during CBK’s tenure – Prelate
[Friday 2014-12-19 20:00]

More than 23,000 soldiers had perished in war and more than half of them had been killed during President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s tenure, besides attacks on key economic targets, including the Central Bank, Kolonnawa oil installation and the Katunayake International Airport, said Chief Incumbent of the Sri Sambuddhaloka Vihara Ven. Prof. Iththademaliye Indrasara Thera yesterday.



TNA insists no deal with Maithri
[Thursday 2014-12-18 20:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) insists it has no “secret deal” with the common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena as alleged by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that the President is attempting to mislead by the public ahead of the Presidential election by claiming the TNA has signed a secret deal with Sirisena. Sumanthiran said that if the TNA decides to sign an agreement any Presidential candidate the agreement will be made public and not kept under wraps.


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