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Geneva-sanctioned Office for Missing Persons to succeed Paranagama Commission
[Tuesday 2016-05-31 18:00]

The government has directed the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons to hand over all its files to proposed Office for Missing Persons, thereby terminating the Commission. Chairman of the Commission retired High Court Judge Maxwell Paranagama yesterday told The Island that he had been to told to hand them over before July 15, 2016. Paranagama said that he had requested time till August 30 to finalise the process.



Weeratunga reports to FCID
[Tuesday 2016-05-31 18:00]

Former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga reported to the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) this morning to give a statement on the Presidential Secretariat vehicles which had gone missing.



Will Delhi’s nod be necessary for Jaya-Wigneswaran meeting?
[Tuesday 2016-05-31 18:00]

Will prior permission of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) be necessary for any meeting between the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa and C.V.Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province? Officials sources told Express here on Monday, that if it is going to be an official meeting, the MEA gets involved because foreign relations come under the Central List in the division of power between the Center and the States.



Norway to support SL policies for reform, reconciliation
[Tuesday 2016-05-31 18:00]

Norway wants to support the Sri Lankan government’s policies for reform and reconciliation, State Secretary at the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry Tore Hattrem said today. Mr. Hattrem, who arrived in Sri Lanka today on a two-day official visit, said the purpose of his visit is to have bilateral meetings and to enhance the business cooperation between Sri Lanka and Norway. “We want to strengthen the political dialogue, support the government’s policies for reform and reconciliation, promote business cooperation and support technical cooperation.



Anura Senanayake faces another murder accusation
[Tuesday 2016-05-31 18:00]

Retired senior DIG Anura Senanayake, presently in remand custody in connection with the ruggerite Mohamed Wasim Thajudeen killing, had been involved in another murder when he was the senior DIG in charge of Colombo, it is alleged. A senior SP has revealed to the CID details of how two brothers of a Tamil family living in Bambalapitiya had got involved in a dispute and one had given a contract to kill the other, for which Senanayake had given protection of the police. The senior SP, who investigated the incident, has told the CID that Senanayake had influenced him during the investigation. The CID is investigating the matter.



Road accident: Herath arrested; granted bail
[Tuesday 2016-05-31 18:00]

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath was arrested by the Welikada Police after his vehicle crashed into a telephone post at Rajagiriya last night, Police said. They said he was released on police bail today. According to reports the traffic police is expected to file a case against him on charges of damaging public property.



Security forces lift boycott on EPCM; MOD
[Monday 2016-05-30 18:00]

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) said today it had revoked the decision taken by the three armed forces to boycott any public events attended by Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed.Military Spokesman Jayanath Jayaweera said the Chief Minister would also be permitted to enter military camps.Based on a request by the security forces in the wake of an incident where the Chief Minister had publicly rebuked a naval officer during a function held at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya -- the MOD said the security forces would not permit the Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed to enter military camps and that they would not participate at public functions attended by him.



Canada provides CAD $310,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts in Sri Lanka
[Monday 2016-05-30 18:00]

The Government of Canada has provided CAD $310,000 (approximately 35 million LKR) in support to humanitarian relief efforts in Sri Lanka in response to the May 2016 flooding and landslides, the Canadian High Commission in Colombo said today. This funding was disbursed through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) and the Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund (EDAF) of Global Affairs Canada and will support those most affected by the unprecedented rainfall and devastating floods in May 2016 which has resulted in tragic loss of life, injuries, missing, displaced and damages. Canadian funding will support up to 62,000 people.



Chief Minister should apologize unconditionally - SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem
[Monday 2016-05-30 18:00]

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed, who humiliated a Sri Lanka Navy officer at a function in Sampur Maha Vidyalaya should apologize unconditionally, Minster Rauf Haleem, the leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, which represents the Chief Minister, said. The Chief Minister in a letter to the President and the Prime Minister expressed his view that both the Navy officer and he should apologize to each other. Minister Hakeem, addressing an event in Kinniya, Trincomalee, said he the reasons that led to the altercation can be reviewed after the Chief Minister apologizes to the Navy officer, according to BBC Sinhala Service.



Army recovers lethal cache from a well at Kilinochchi
[Monday 2016-05-30 18:00]

Ten claymore mines, 65 hand grenades, and live ammunition had been recovered from a well in Kilinochchi, the Army said yesterday. Army Spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said the recovery was made following a tip off from residents in the area.The Army has launched investigations into the incident, he said. It is believed that the bulk of the items recovered were unusable.



Court orders army chief to submit reports on Lasantha murder
[Monday 2016-05-30 18:00]

Army Commander Lieutenant General Crishantha de Silva was today ordered by court to submit army intelligence reports related to the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga, to the CID.



Writ petition against KP on July 05
[Monday 2016-05-30 18:00]

The Court of Appeal today fixed to be mentioned on July 25 the Writ petition filed by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) seeking an order from the Court to arrest and institute legal proceedings against Shanmugam Kumaran Tharmalingam alias Kumaran Pathmanathan. The matter was taken up before Justices Vijith K. Malalgoda and P. Padman Surasena. The Court has directed the Petitioner to decide as to whether he has to continue the proceedings or terminate it. The Attorney General on February 3 furnished to the Court the progress report on the investigation on the alleged involvement of Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) in the LTTE activities.



EP CM condemns boycott by tri- forces
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

In a letter, Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed condemned the decision taken by the tri- forces to boycott events he attended. The CM went on to say the decision made by the forces was political, whose leaders appeared to have joined hands to look at the issue from the limited perspective of protecting the offenders within their ranks and not from the broader prospect of establishing truth and justice. “In any event, the issue has broader implications. It would be in the best interest of the country for the responsible officers to apologise,” the letter read.



New directives issued when arresting under the PTA
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has issued directives to be followed by designated officials arresting persons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The directives are being issued to ensure the fundamental rights of persons arrested or detained are respected and protected, and such persons are treated humanely. The directives are based on the directives on arrest and detention issued by previous heads of state and binding international human rights law standards.



President, PM to review Defence Secretary’s directive
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will have a one-on-one meeting next week, when both are in the country, to discuss a Ministry of Defence directive that has caused embarrassment to the UNF Government. The directive for the first time since independence, issued by the Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiaratchchi, had debarred military personnel from taking part in any event where Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahmed would be present. It had also declared that military camps would be out of bounds for the Chief Minister.



Single joint media unit for tri-forces and CDF soon
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

The government is planning to set up a single media unit for tri-forces and the Civil Defence Force, according to government sources. The new outfit would be called the National Security Media Centre and the term of its individual spokesman would be limited to six months, sources said. They said a report on the setting up of a joint media centre for tri-forces and the CDF, compiled by the heads of security forces, senior communication experts and defence experts would be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe next Thursday.



Japanese envoy says ties with Sri Lanka have strengthened
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

The Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma says Japan’s relationship with Sri Lanka has become stronger.Suganuma was speaking at a floral fashion show organized by the Shi-en Ikebana Floral Art Society of Sri Lanka, held at the Galadari hotel in Colombo today. The Ambassador said President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Japan this week has helped further strengthen the relationship between both countries.



State Secretary of Norway to visit SL
[Sunday 2016-05-29 15:00]

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Tore Hattrem, is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from 31 May - 2 June 2016, Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry said. The State Secretary will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, where discussions are expected to take place on follow-up to the visit in January this year of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.



Probe if Sampur incident was premeditated
[Saturday 2016-05-28 16:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday requested Tri Forces’ chiefs to investigate whether the incident at Sampur Maha Vidyalaya, Trincomalee was premeditated and targeted at the G7 Summit. He requested them to look into whether there was a ploy to embarrass the President and the country in the face of world leaders who invited the latter to the Summit. The Prime Minister also asked that they use all reports involving the incident, including those which appeared on the internet and social media, for their report. He said various people had misinterpreted the incident to suit their own agendas.



Canadian envoy holds discussions with Defence Secretary
[Saturday 2016-05-28 16:00]

The High Commissioner of Canada in Sri Lanka Shelley Whiting had talks with the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarchchi at the Ministry today. The Ministry of Defence said that during the meeting cordial discussions were held on matters of bilateral importance and mutual relevance.


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