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October 23, 2014 [GMT]
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Tamil Canadians Saddened by the Ottawa Attack.
[Thursday 2014-10-23 20:00]

It was with shock and great sadness we learnt of the senseless attack in our country's capital and the unfortunate death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends as they deal with this tragic death, and all others who were affected in Ottawa. We are also grateful for the brave men and women who protected and defended our citizens throughout the day.



Let’s join together to wipe out the terrorism from the Canadian soil.
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

The Tamil Canadian Elders for Human Rights strongly condemn the fatal shooting of one of our young soldier in our sacred ground in Ottawa today. He shed his blood to safe guard our fallen Heroes' Memorial in the Parliament Hill. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were affected by today’s shootings in Ottawa as well as to the family of the soldier who was killed earlier this week in Quebec.



Zeid refers to Lanka probe in UN report
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

UN High Commissioners for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has made a reference to Sri Lanka in his report submitted to the UN General Assembly’s main body dealing with social, humanitarian, and cultural issues (Third Committee). The High Commissioner presented a report and made a statement yesterday on the work of his Office (OHCHR) between August 2013 and July 2014, under his predecessor, Navi Pillay.



Pope's visit: No response to Cardinal's letter CARDINAL CONFUSED
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

Confusion reigns heavy over next January's planned visit of Pope Francis, with the Catholic Church at crossroads, following the delay by the government to confirm, whether the presidential election is likely to coincide with the Pope's visit. Catholic Church spokesman Rev, Cyril Gamini told our sister paper Mawbima that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has written to President Rajapaksa asking the latter to inform the church about the date of election, which the Cardinal claims is an urgent necessity. The Catholic Church earlier pointed out to the government that it was not appropriate for the Pope to visit any country at times of national elections.



Delisting Tigers: UK still studying EU court ruling
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

Following the General Court of the European Union decision to delist the LTTE, key EU member, UK is now closely studying the judgment.The court also directed the defendant, the Council of European Union to pay the costs. The Council of the European Union was the defendant, supported by the Netherlands, the UK and the European Commission.



Russian Naval Ship Moskva arrives in Colombo Top News
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

The Russian Naval Ship ‘Moskva’ arrived at the Colombo Port today on a replenishment and goodwill visit. The ship was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on her arrival. To coincide with the ship’s visit, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Alexander A. Karchava and the ship’s Commanding Officer Captain Sergey I. Tronev paid a courtesy call on the Navy Commander Jayantha Perera at the Naval Headquarters.



President disturbed over Canada attack
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he was disturbed over the increasing number of terrorist attacks in taking place in many countries, the latest being in Canada. In a twitter message, the President called for countries to unite as equal partners to fight the menace of terrorism. Canada has been very critical of the Sri Lankan human rights issue and is backing an international investigation on the war between the army and the LTTE.



Commission obtaining advice of experts
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

The Missing Persons Commission has begun obtaining advice from the foreign experts appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the mandate of the Commission had been expanded, a Commission spokesman said. Commission spokesman H.W. Gunadasa said that an investigations unit has also been appointed to investigate some of the complaints mad by those giving evidence before the Commission. Gunadasa said that of the complaints and submissions made to the Commission during the sittings held so far, there are some which need to be investigated deeply.



Soldier shot at Ottawa's War Memorial has died.. Top News Top News
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 23:00]

Authorities confirmed shots had been fired inside Parliament, at the National War Memorial and near the Rideau Centre shopping mall. The Ottawa Hospital confirmed in a statement that it received three patients, two of which were in stable condition. Sources confirmed to CTV News early Wednesday that a gunman had been killed. Ottawa police Const. Marc Soucy said officers believe there may be more than one assailant. He said that police will be assuming that any other assailants are armed. Two sources told The Canadian Press that Kevin Vickers, the seargeant-at-arms for the House of Commons, shot a gunman in the main entrance of the Centre Block. The first reports of violence came just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, when gunfire erupted at the National War Memorial, wounding a soldier who has since died.



Tamil Nadu slams Admiral Perera’s visit
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 18:00]

Regional leaders in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state slammed the visit of Sri Lankan navy chief, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, to the country, a Reuters news report said. India is eyeing to build its defense ties with Sri Lanka to counter China’s inroads in Indian Ocean. Perera, who will commence his Indian visit October 23, will also boost military ties and India will seek assistance in training and equipment supply. However, a regional party, Naam Tamilar Katchi, slammed his visit, saying the federal government was ignoring sentiments of Tamil community.



Re-proscription of LTTE: EU willing to engage with Govt.
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 18:00]

The European Union has expressed its willingness to engage with the Sri Lankan Government regarding the re-proscription of the LTTE, it was reported yesterday. This had been conveyed by the officials of European Union Office in Sri Lanka, including the European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. David Daly, when a group of UNP MPs met him last evening.



Government has provided info to EU
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 18:00]

The Sri Lankan Government today said it has already commenced the process of providing information to the relevant parties in relation to the EU court order on the LTTE sanctions. The Ministry of External Affairs said it was surprised at some of the recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE in 2011 at the General Court of the European Union in which the Council of the European Union was the defendant supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Commission as interveners. These statements by interested parties are based on an inaccurate premise.



Sajith suggests bi-partisan motion to urge EU to re-list LTTE as terrorist organisation
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 17:00]

UNP Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa said in Parliament yesterday that his party was ready to extend support to the government to pass a resolution to demand the European Union to re-list the LTTE as a terrorist organisation. MP Premadasa raising a point of order at the commencement of public duties in Parliament said that his party was ready to support such a resolution and demanded to know whether the government was ready to bring about one.



Northern travel crisis
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 17:00]

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) yesterday said its approval, to travel to the Northern Province, which was re-introduced from October 15, for all foreign passport holders (regardless of whether they are of Sri Lankan origin) is 'indefinite' and it's a step towards scanning the situation 'periodically' and never a decision taken 'haphazardly'. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya told Ceylon Today,that the MoD clearance was re-introduced and they do not have a specific reason but it was 'based on careful study' of the present situation in the North and was not a decision taken haphazardly.



N’cholai breakdowns cost Rs. 18 bn
[Wednesday 2014-10-22 17:00]

Rs. 9.8 million had been spent on repairs to the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant which had broken down 24 times since its inception, Parliament was told yesterday. Minister Power and Energy, Pavithra Wanniarachchi revealed this in answer to a question posed by the Opposition. Out of the 24 breakdowns, 16 had been covered by the two-year warranty. The other breakdowns had cost the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Rs. 9,751,717, she said.



BBS says will contest Parliament polls
[Tuesday 2014-10-21 18:00]

he Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today said it will contest the next General elections by entering active politics. BBS General Secretary, the venerable Galaboda aththe Gnanasara thero said that the BBS will put forward candidates from the group to contest and enter Parliament.



Indo-Lanka MoU sought to bring back Tamil refugees
[Tuesday 2014-10-21 18:00]

A Sri Lankan Tamil refugee rehabilitation organisation which has been working in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka for the past 30 years, has sought a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Sri Lanka and India to facilitate and expedite the return of the refugees to the island nation. In a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, S C Chandrahasan, Treasurer of the Organization for Elangai Refugees’ Rehabilitation (Ceylon), pointed out that around 65,000 Lankan Tamil refugees living in 110 camps in Tamil Nadu were to return to Lanka by 2012, but so far, only about 8,000 have returned.



India to provide two naval ships to SL
[Tuesday 2014-10-21 18:00]

India has decided to supply two naval offshore patrol vessels and other military equipment to the Sri Lanka, the Times of India reported. India has earlier provided 24 L-70 guns, 24 battle-field surveillance radars, 11 USFM radars, four Indra-II radars and 10 mine-protected vehicles, among other things, to the Sri Lankan forces. Moreover, around 800 to 900 Sri Lankan military personnel are trained in Indian military establishments every year.



Theiveegan’s mother prevented from leaving SL
[Tuesday 2014-10-21 18:00]

The late Suntharalingam Gajatheeban, alias Theiveegan’s mother Sundaralingam Rajithamalar, was prevented from leaving the country today, sources said. She had arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport to take a flight to Canada on a valid visa to enter that country. Sources said she might have been prevented from leaving the country because of the ongoing inquiry on Theiveegan. He and Gobi were shot dead during a clash with the Army at Padaviya early this year. They were alleged to have attempted to revive the LTTE.



Court ruling not politicised: EUGC
[Tuesday 2014-10-21 18:00]

The European Union General Court (EUGC) today said its ruling to lift sanctions on the LTTE was a legal ruling and not a political decision. “This is a legal ruling of a court and it is not a political decision taken by the EU governments. The separation of the judicial system from the legislature is a key distinction in a healthy democracy,” it said in a statement.


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