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TNA questions arrest of rehabilitated former LTTE cadres
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today asked the Government to explain the reasons behind the arrest of some rehabilitated former LTTE cadres. TNA Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan said that the arrest was spreading fear among the Tamils in the North and East. Four former LTTE operatives were arrested recently on separate occasions on suspicion of trying to revive terrorism.



Anandasangaree To Form New Political Party Challenging TNA
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

Tamil United Liberation Front leader V. Anandasangaree said that he has held discussions with several other party leaders to form a new political party.The new party is to be named Democratic Tamil National Front, Anandasangaree said in a media release. Accordingly, he has held talks with EPDP leader Douglas Devananda, former Deputy Minister Prabha Ganesan and others on forming the new party.



Major General Manawadu hospitalized
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

Major General Sumith Manawadu was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital a short while ago with severe head injuries, hospital sources said. Military Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said he was injured when a pole collapsed on him at his private residence in Kesbewa. Major General Manawadu is the Colonel Commandant of the artillery regiment and the Director General of the army sport division.



Committee recommends disciplinary action against two MPs
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

The committee report on the yesterday’s clash in Parliament had recommended strict disciplinary action against UNP MP Palitha Thewarapperuma and UPFA MP Prasanna Ranaweera for initiating the unrest in the House. It also recommended appropriate disciplinary action against two MPs at the next sitting of Parliament. Following yesterday’s incident, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya appointed a committee led by deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala and Deputy Chairman of Committees Selvam Adaikkalanathan to inquiry into the incident and submit a report. The report was submitted earlier today.



WPC unanimously rejects NPC’s call for federal set-up in merged NE
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

The Western Provincial Council yesterday unanimously accepted UPFA member Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe’s proposal to reject a Northern Provincial Council resolution calling for the re-merger of the Eastern Province with the Northern Province. WPC member Warnasinghe warned of dire consequences in case the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) proposal for re-merger of the two provinces and establishment of two federal units were accepted.



Disciplinary inquiry against former police media spokesperson
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

The Ministry of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Rathnayake had informed the IGP yesterday to conduct a disciplinary inquiry at Department level against the former police spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekera relating to his conduct. The report of the disciplinary inquiry is to be forwarded to the Minister Rathnayake within three days.



MP Sandith hospitalised after clash in parliment
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

UNP MP Sandith Samarasinghe was admitted to the General hospital earlier this afternoon (03) after he suffered face and head injuries during a clash in Parliament, hospital sources said. A tense situation prevailed in Parliament resulting in a clash after an issue was raised on the withdrawal of army security provided to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Parliament was adjourned until 1pm tomorrow.



Sri Lanka Opposition Leader calls on government to investigate past killings of journalists
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan in a message to mark the World Press Freedom Day, today called on the government to take all steps necessary to investigate the killings of journalists and bring the perpetrators of those crimes to justice. In his message, the Opposition Leader noted that the previous regimes have overlooked serious incidents of intimidation and violence against journalists including the killing of media personnel in Sri Lanka.



Supreme Court observes RTI bill needs some amendments
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

The Supreme Court has observed that the Right To information (RTI) bill needs some amendments. The Supreme Court has informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that the bill is not consistent with the constitution in its current form. The RTI bill was tabled in Parliament and had the backing of all Provincial Councils (PCs) while some had sought a few amendments.



President Sirisena to visit India, meet Modi in Ujjain at Kumbh Mela
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will visit India later this fortnight to attend the "Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv," a popular Hindu festival taking place in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh state."He has accepted the invitation from Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, and will visit Ujjain on May 14 for a day," Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Esala Weerakoon told The Island here today.



Army should not be providing VIP security: Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

Former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Media Unit has announced that 50 soldiers have been removed from his security detail. However, according to the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), sufficient Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel have been assigned to the former president’s security as replacements.



Providing VIP security by Army is illegal - Defence Secretary
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi stated that the Army security detail of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was withdrawn and replaced with the Police Special Task Force since providing VIP security by the Army is illegal.The Defence Secretary said that the decision to remove the Army personnel was taken on the principle that the Army should not be providing VIP security.He also said that this decision was reached in October last year. He also added that soldiers assigned to the security details of the incumbent President and Prime Minister have also been withdrawn.



Police Media Unit suspended
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

Police Media Unit had been suspended with effect from today, the Ministry of Law and Order said. A Spokesman for the Ministry told the Daily Mirror that the decision to suspend the Media Unit was made by IGP Pujith Jayasundara following an action by the officers of the Media Unit, which had given a verbal statement to media on the recent haul of arms in Chavakachcheri. According to Ministry sources the Media Unit had defied the orders given by the IGP to issue only written statements on the Chavakachcheri incident.



TNA against VAT on food and education
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in a May Day resolution, requested the government not to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) on food items consumed by the general public and education services. The government, in its proposed tax reforms, has decided to rescind the VAT exemptions on private health services, education and the telecommunications. TNA Jaffna District MP, M. A. Sumanthiran told Daily Mirror that his party would adopt a resolution calling on the government not to impose taxes on the education sector and essential food items.



What is happening now is what I said earlier: Attanayake
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

Former General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake said what is now happening in the North is what he had said earlier and which were not accepted by some. Speaking to media personnel on last Saturday morning after visiting the newly appointed chief prelate of the Asgiriya chapter the Most Venerable Sastrapathi Warakagoda Gnanarathana Thera, and obtaining his blessings, he said that the Northern Provincial Council had made certain proposals and after adopting them had sought international assistance, which had been flatly declined by the foreign delegates.



Another LTTE leader arrested
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

Former LTTE leader Krishnapillai Kalainesan alias Praba had been arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at Eravur in Batticaloa, Police sources said.



Chava explosives: Key suspects flee to India
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

Investigations reveal that some of those wanted in connection with the chance detection of an explosive haul including a suicide vest at Chavakachcheri during the last week of March have fled to India. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera yesterday told The Island that a person identified as S. Sivakaran arrested in Mannar on April 27 was believed to have helped the wanted persons escape. The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) produced Sivakaran in Chavakachcheri Magistrate’s Court. He was later bailed out. The Magistrate barred him from leaving the country for one year.



MR’s military security replaced with police personnel
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s military security will be replaced with police personnel by this afternoon, the Joint Opposition media unit said.They said that 50 of 102 security detail, which included five Army Majors and 45 Commandos, would be replaced with four Sub Inspectors and 46 Police Constables. “Though there are 102 personnel in the security detail, only 50 of them provide security while others carry out clerical and other tasks,” the media unit said.



Chief Minister of Northern Province issued notice to appear before SC
[Sunday 2016-05-01 18:00]

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C. V Wigneswaran and three others have been informed to appear before the Supreme Court on 12,13,17 in connection with the petition filed against the passing of a resolution at the Northern Provincial Council calling for a federal state for the North and East. The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, Provincial Council Secretary S. Pathmanathan and ITAK Mavai Senathirajah, NPC Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam have been named as respondents in the petition.



Lanka seeks credit line now from Russia
[Sunday 2016-05-01 18:00]

Sri Lanka is seeking a credit line of US$ 300 to 400 million from Russia to buy military equipment for the armed forces and the Sri Lanka Police. The deal is to be finalised following ongoing discussions between Russian authorities and Sri Lankan embassy officials in Moscow, government sources said. Also included in the deal is sharing of combat experience, they said. Finance Ministry officials have confirmed the deal adding that this was brought to the notice of the ministry by R. Paskaralingam, Advisor to the Ministry of National Policy Planning and Economic Affairs.


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