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Sri Lanka justice: leaked UN document casts doubts
[Wednesday 2015-07-29 19:00]

A leaked UN document raises concerns over the prospects for genuine justice for the Sri Lankan victims of alleged war crimes. Channel 4 News has been supplied with the leaked document which critics claim could pre-empt and undermine September's Human Rights Council discussion on a UN's long-awaited investigation into crimes committed at the end of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war.



Rudra’s TGTE has no faith in the local polls
[Wednesday 2015-07-29 19:00]

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by former LTTE member V. Rudrakumaran has said that it has no faith in the Parliamentary elections scheduled to be held next month. A statement by the TGTE said that the presence of Tamil members in the Sri Lankan Parliament will in no way transform the “Sinhala Buddhist racist characteristics” of the Sri Lankan State.



President foils yet another conspiracy
[Wednesday 2015-07-29 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (28) decided to suspend, with immediate effect, the SLFP membership of minister Rajitha Senaratne and four others in order to foil a conspiracy by Mahinda Rajapaksa supporters, reports say. State intelligence had reported to the president that Rajapaksa loyalists were trying to summon the party’s central committee, bring in a proposal that he had violated party discipline and remove him as its chairman.



UNP rejects a federal solution for Tamil issue
[Wednesday 2015-07-29 19:00]

The United National Party (UNP) today rejected a proposed Federal solution to address issues faced by the Tamils and reiterated that it stands for a united Sri Lanka. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera said that the UNP will not allow a situation to arise where the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims are unable to live in unity in one country.



US wants military bases in SL: Vitharana
[Wednesday 2015-07-29 19:00]

Recent statements made by an incoming ambassador of the US to the region and a high ranking military official of the US indicated that the US intended establishing military bases in Sri Lanka, leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) Prof. Tissa Vitharana said. “The senior military official in charge of South East Asia and the ambassador have publicly said that they intend on including Sri Lanka in its security ring in this part of the region. This is nothing but a clear indication that they want to establish a military base,” he said.



People might hoot at me- Samarasinghe
[Wednesday 2015-07-29 19:00]

Former SLFP Parliamentarian Mahinda Samarasinghe said he would not take part in the rally to be held in Kalutara on August 3, as he had information that several individuals were planning to hoot at him. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is also slated to take part at the rally. The State minister of Finance Samarasinghe addressing media personnel today said he had received two letters by post and information from the organisers that if he was to ever be on stage at the meeting he would be hooted at.



Bomb found near Katunayake SLAF camp
[Tuesday 2015-07-28 19:00]

An unexploded bomb, believed to have fallen off from the LTTE aircraft shot down in 2009 by Sri Lanka Air Force at Katunayake, was found in a swamp close to the SLAF Camp yesterday. Air Force Spokesman Gehan Senaviratne said Road Development Authority (RDA) employees had discovered the bomb while carrying out road construction work in the area.



SL to get 'Google' support for Wi-fi
[Tuesday 2015-07-28 19:00]

WIFI connections will be freely available throughout the country by March 2016 with the aid of Google loon, a technology under which a special kind of balloon named Raven Aerostar. The technology had become available following a discussion held by the State Minister for Defense Ruwan Wijewardene with Chamath Palihapitiya who is considered as the richest Sri Lankan in the world. During the discussion, Mr. Palihapitiya had described the latest technology that had been introduced by Google. Thereafter, Mr. Palihapitiya and several ministers had met President Maithripala Sirisena to present a report on the new technology.



New report notes systematic persecution in Lanka
[Tuesday 2015-07-28 10:00]

A new international report has found that systematic persecution of the Tamil community still takes place through torture, rape, illegal detention and killings committed by the state authorities. The report by the International Truth & Justice Project, a project administered by the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, run by transitional justice expert Yasmin Sooka who was also a member of the UN panel of experts on Sri Lanka after the war, shows how the use of torture and sexual violence is part of a wellcoordinated policy, planned at the highest level of the Sri Lankan government and its security forces.



TNA will not accept an internal investigation reiterates spokesperson
[Tuesday 2015-07-28 10:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will not accept an internal inquiry following the publishing of the upcoming UN report examining mass atrocities in Sri Lanka, said the party spokesperson, Suresh Premachandran at a press briefing on Monday. Speaking at the Jaffna Press Club (JPC), Mr Premachandran responded to the current government's statements on the issue.



Missing Persons Commission appoints Investigative Team
[Tuesday 2015-07-28 09:00]

The Presidential Commission Inquiring into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons yesterday announced the appointment of senior experienced fivemember Investigative Team to carry out investigations into complaints made by the relatives of missing persons based on oral evidence recorded during the conduct of Public Sittings by the Commission.



Federalism will lead to division of country – JVP
[Tuesday 2015-07-28 09:00]

JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said that the TNA’s demand for federalism would benefit the parties and candidates playing the communal card at the forthcoming general election.MP Herath told The Island that his party was opposed to the TNA’s request for a federal solution to the national problem. "The JVP is against federalism. We accept that there should be a solution to the national problem and that the grievances of the Tamil people should be redressed.



Wasim Thajudeen death not accidental: CID
[Tuesday 2015-07-28 09:00]

The death of former Havelock’s Rugby captain, Wasim Thajudeen was not accidental but a murder, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate. The CID informed Magistrate Nishantha Peiris that the investigations conducted so far had revealed that Mr. Thajudeen’s teeth had been broken, the bones in the pelvic region also broken and his neck pierced with a sharp instrument prior to his death. The CID added that muscles in his legs had been cut with a piece of broken glass.



Lankan refugee sentenced to 20 years' jail for murder
[Tuesday 2015-07-28 09:00]

A man found guilty of the stabbing murder of a fellow Sri Lankan refugee in Adelaide's north has been jailed for at least 20 years. Ketheshwaran Sivaperuman, 35, bled to death after being stabbed once with a large kitchen knife at his Elizabeth South home in January last year. The Supreme Court heard his killer, Satheeswaran Suppiah, 31, stabbed Sivaperuman after a falling-out, in which Suppiah was called "a lady-boy".



Yasmin Sooka releases torture, sexual violence, abduction report
[Sunday 2015-07-26 20:00]

The International Truth and Justice Project Sri Lanka (ITJP) organization functioning under global human rights expert Yasmin Sooka from South Africa, will this week release the report of its study titled 'An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka'. Also defined as "A Still Unfinished War: Sri Lanka's Survivors of Torture and Sexual Violence , 2009-2015" the study will focus on ongoing international violations, white van abductions in 2015 and reprisals.



Mahinda says no to a National Government
[Sunday 2015-07-26 20:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will not agree to form a National Government after the August 17 Parliamentary election.Speaking at an election rally in Matale today, Rajapaksa said that the United National Party (UNP) has been speaking of forming a National Government after the election. However he said the UPFA is confident of securing majority seats in Parliament and will not form a National Government.



Second Lankan Isis Militant traced
[Sunday 2015-07-26 20:00]

Another Sri Lankan named Sharfaz Nilam Muhsin, has been identified as the second known Lankan cadre fighting with the Islamic State (IS) forces in Syria. He has been also identified as being the brother-in-law of Sharfaz Nilam Muhsin (37) aka Abu Shuraih Sailani (Caliphate name) who was killed on July 12 in a US coalition airstrike in Syria. Ceylon Today learns that the brother- in-law of Nilam goes under the pseudonym of Thauqeer Ahmed Thajudeen, and is an IS militant fighting under the Caliphate's name Abu Dhujaana Seylani.



TNA's manifesto a threat to SL sovereignty: Tissa
[Sunday 2015-07-26 20:00]

United Citizens' Front (UCF) Leader Tissa Attanayake said today the Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) manifesto is a threat to the country's sovereignty because it calls for the pardoning of the LTTE. He said the TNA’s manifesto released on Saturday is a challenge to the war victory because it wants a re-merger of the North and East under federal structure and right to self determination for Sri Lankan Tamils.



Police to probe Watareka Thera’s statement if complaint received
[Sunday 2015-07-26 20:00]

Police said today that it would launch a probe if a complaint is received regarding a statement allegedly made by Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) Colombo district candidate Watareka Vijitha Thera that he would to tear the National Flag and trample it.A video footage of the statement made by the Thera at the launching of the NSSP election manifesto has gone viral in social media websites. He had also threatened to burn the National Flag because it had only provided 75 per cent of the surface area for the Sinhalese community.



China in talks with Lanka on new projects
[Sunday 2015-07-26 20:00]

China is in talks with Sri Lanka on some new projects, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed during a rally held in support of the UNP for the Parliamentary election. The Prime Minister said that a Chinese company has approached Sri Lanka and sought approval for a ship rebuilding project in Hambantota. He said that Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga is having talks with the Chinese company with regards to the project.


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