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GTF holds talks with South Africa on Lanka
[Monday 2015-05-25 18:00]

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential diaspora groups based in London, had talks today with the South African Government on Sri Lanka. The GTF said that on an invitation from the Deputy Minister of Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of South Africa, Ms. Nomaindiya C Mfeketo MP, a GTF delegation lead by Father S J Emmanuel met at the South African High Commission, South Africa House at Trafalgar Square in London today.



UK visa applicant from Jaffna nabbed
[Monday 2015-05-25 18:00]

A 30-year old man from the Jaffna area was arrested for using deception in his UK visit visa application, the British High Commission in Colombo said today.The visa applicant was found to have previously applied under a different identity.The visa applicant was referred by UK Visas and Immigration to the Fraud Investigations Bureau police in Colombo. He had previously been refused a UK visa when using the same name, but with a different date of birth and family details.



Sri Lanka police probe death of U.S. pilot
[Monday 2015-05-25 18:00]

Sri Lankan police have launched a probe into the death of a U.S. Air Force pilot whose body was discovered from a hotel room in the capital Colombo last week, an official said. Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunesekare told Xinhua that the victim's body was discovered on Thursday night from a room of a five star hotel where he had checked in a day earlier.



Sri Lanka's former President appoints shadow Cabinet - report
[Monday 2015-05-25 18:00]

Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has reportedly appointed a shadow Cabinet that meets on a weekly basis.Local media reports Sunday stated that the shadow Cabinet meets in order to discuss the current political situation, the policies to be adopted and alternative policies. Reports state that Rajapaksa's shadow Cabinet consists of about 15 former ministers. The former President is expected to enter active politics through the next general election.



France's Tamil refugee film Dheepan wins top prize in Cannes, leaves critics dumbfounded
[Monday 2015-05-25 18:00]

The French film Dheepan won the top Palme d'Or prize for director Jacques Audiard at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival on Sunday, crowning a good night for France but a bad one for Italy and actress Cate Blanchett.The choice of a film that revolves around the lives of Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka's civil war moving to France was seen as sending a political message, but the awards overall left some critics and festivalgoers dumbfounded.



Candlelit vigil held for Sri Lanka rape victim Top News
[Monday 2015-05-25 18:00]

Sri Lanka government ministers joined by religious leaders and hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil in Colombo on Sunday in memory of a school girl who was brutally raped and killed in Punguduthivu, Jaffna.State ministers Students Rosy Senanayake, Ruwan Wijewardene and Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, took part in the remembrance ceremony held at Independence Square Sunday evening in memory of the 18-year-old Sivayoganathan Vidhiya.



UN Rapporteur to help in war crimes probe
[Sunday 2015-05-24 19:00]

Chair-Rapporteur of the UN's Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), Ariel Dulitzky and his team will arrive in Sri Lanka on 4 August at the invitation of the government to assist in the local probe mechanism intended to deal with alleged human rights violations during the war.The team will be in Colombo until 12 August.



Sri Lanka police slammed over ex-war zone gang rape
[Sunday 2015-05-24 19:00]

Sri Lankan police came under fire Saturday for their failure to act after the gang rape and murder of a teenage girl in the district of Jaffna, as tensions heightened in the former war zone following angry protests over the incident. Children’s Affairs Minister Rosy Senanayake slammed police for their response to a complaint after the 17-year-old student — identified as Vidya — went missing in Jaffna last week. Her bruised body was found a day later near her home.



President notes sensitive nature of national security
[Sunday 2015-05-24 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena today highlighted the sensitive nature of the notion of national security and also the importance of it for the country’s forward-march. The President made the observations when he undertook his first formal visit to meet Security Force personnel serving in the East today. Addressing the troops, the President summed up the few projects that have been implemented for the greater benefit of the security forces at all levels. He also briefed them on the national security plan which is to be implemented to cover all areas.



CID in Jaffna for full probe on protests
[Sunday 2015-05-24 18:00]

A 15-strong group of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) detectives arrived in Jaffna last night to conduct an urgent probe into a string of incidents that culminated in Wednesday’s attack on the Magistrate’s Court. The probe will centre on the causes that led to the incidents and whether any ‘anti national’ groups were attempting to destabilise the peninsula. One of the first tasks of the detectives yesterday was to obtain from Police the identities of persons who took part in the attacks.



CC takes shape: Members to be named this week
[Sunday 2015-05-24 18:00]

Appointments to the proposed Constitutional Council are to be finalised this week. President Maithripala Sirisena’s nominee to the Council is Power and Energy Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya General Secretary Champika Ranawaka. Tamil National Alliance Parliamentary Group leader R. Sampanthan has been nominated to represent political parties or independent groups in Parliament other than the ones to which the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition belong.



Polls Likely In August
[Sunday 2015-05-24 18:00]

There is strong speculation that Parliament elections will be held on August 27 and not before that. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) sources said that President Maithripala Sirisena will dissolve Parliament in time to hold the election in August. Last week President Sirisena had said that a new Parliament will be in place by September this year. Speaking to media heads, the President had said that Parliament will be dissolved after an agreement is reached on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution and the Constitutional Council.



Protests banned in Jaffna
[Saturday 2015-05-23 20:00]

The Jaffna court yesterday issued an order banning any demonstrations in Jaffna after a group of people resorted to violence during a protest outside the Jaffna court premises recently, police said. The order was issued to Janatha Balaya Organisation, Jaffna Women’s organization and Northern Provincial Councillor Anandi Shashidharan. Around 130 suspects were remanded on charges of unlawful assembly and stoning the Jaffna Courts Complex on Thursday.



Upul donates USD 5,000 to Sandya
[Saturday 2015-05-23 19:00]

Upul Jayasuriya the immediate past President of the BASL was presented the Rule of Law Award 2015 in Glasgow by the Common-wealth Lawyers Assoc-iation. Along with the trophy, Jaya-suriya was also presented with a cash donation of USD 5000 sponsored by Lexis Nexis. Jayasuriya has in turn decided to award the same to the wife of the disappeared journalist, Sandya Ekneligoda, in recognition of the sacrifice made by her husband with irreparable loss to his family with two young children.



Van driver jailed for killing jogger after working 12-hour night shift
[Saturday 2015-05-23 19:00]

A van driver has today been jailed for four years after admitting knocking down and killing a jogger. Shamugarasa Vinayagasivampillai had worked a 12-hour night shift when his Nissan Primastar van left the road and struck 39-year-old Louisa Gammie, who died in hospital the following day.Vinayagasivampillai appeared at Guildford Crown Court today (Friday) having earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving. He was sentenced to four years in prison, disqualified for six years and ordered to pay a victim surcharge.



Jayalalithaa sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM
[Saturday 2015-05-23 19:00]

AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa today sworn in for the fifth time as Tamil Nadu chief minister, nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges. Governor K Rosaiah gave oath to Jayalalitha at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium. Actor Rajinikanth, ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan attended the ceremony.



Sri Lanka's Chief Justice assures security for Jaffna Judges, lawyers
[Saturday 2015-05-23 19:00]

Sri Lanka's Chief Justice K. Sripavan accompanied by Inspector General of Police (IGP) N. K. Ilangakoon visited the troubled Tamil dominated Northern Province capital city of Jaffna Friday to observe the situation there following violent protests erupted on Wednesday. The Chief Justice has met the judges, lawyers and staff attached to the Jaffna Court complex which was damaged by unruly protesters seething over the gang rape and murder of an 18-year-old student, and has assured them security would be provided to work at ease.



Sri Lanka's former army commander to contest parliamentary elections
[Saturday 2015-05-23 19:00]

Sri Lanka's former army commander and Democratic Party leader, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has said that he will contest the next parliamentary elections. Fonseka has told local media that he will contest together with other members of his Democratic Party political and will decide who to support once the elections are over.



TN Chief Minister resigns- Jaya to form the new government
[Friday 2015-05-22 18:00]

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah accepts the resignation of Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and invites AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa to form the new government. Raj Bhavan statement says: The Governor of Tamil Nadu has invited Selvi (Ms) J Jayalalithaa to form the Ministry at the earliest and requested her to send the list of persons to be appointed as Ministers with portfolios.



Lawyers in Northern Sri Lanka on strike to protest attack on Jaffna court complex
[Friday 2015-05-22 18:00]

Lawyers of all the magistrate courts in the Northern Province have decided to refrain from duties today to protest Wednesday's attack by unruly crowd on the Jaffna court complex. Lawyers of all courts in Jaffna, Mallaagam, Point Pedro, Chavakachcheri, Kayts, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, and Mullaitivu have decided to strike work, national news agency, Lankapuvath reported.


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