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July 13, 2014 [GMT]
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Indian NSA detention of Lankans set aside
[Sunday 2014-07-13 17:00]

The Madras High Court has set aside the detention orders of the Coimbatore City Police Commissioner passed in October last year, detaining two Sri Lankan refugees under the National Security Act (NSA). By an order dated October 8, 2013, T Sathishkumar alias Mandapam Sathish was detained under the NSA. By another order dated October 3, B Sivashankar alias Shankar was detained under the same. The charge against them was that they collected huge sums on the promise of transporting refugees in the camps in Coimbatore to Australia. But, they neither sent the refugees to Australia nor returned the money.



G.L says don't internationalise clash
[Sunday 2014-07-13 17:00]

The Government has urged the Muslim community in Sri Lanka not to internationalise the Aluthgama incident. External Affairs Minister, Professor G.L Peiris, had made this request on behalf of the Government at a meeting with the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL). The Minister said that the Aluthgama incident was unfortunate and insisted that vested interests are trying to blow it out of proportion.



US Embassy Rejects Claims
[Sunday 2014-07-13 17:00]

The US Embassy in Colombo rejected the claims by some government ministers who accused the US Embassy of being involved in social media training programmes for youth with political motives. A US Embassy spokesperson told The Sunday Leader that the US Embassy regularly conducts voluntary technical training sessions for social media users and these sessions are completely non-political and are focused solely on educating users about technical features of social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.



UN Rapporteur Seeks Visit
[Sunday 2014-07-13 17:00]

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Christof Heyns has sought a visit to Sri Lanka. The Special Rapporteur had even last year sought a visit to Sri Lanka but to no avail. Heyns has said that he encourages the Governments of Sri Lanka and a few other countries to accept his pending request for a visit. The Special Rapporteur had recently called on the Sri Lankan authorities to take urgent and firm measures to bring the perpetrators of the killings in Aluthgama to justice and ensure the immediate adoption of robust protective measures.



Karuna, Pilleyan and Douglas likely to be summoned
[Sunday 2014-07-13 16:00]

Former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, Ministers Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan (Karuna) and Douglas Devananda would be summoned for inquiry if there is concrete evidence against them, over missing persons in the North and East, as claimed by the complainants, the Presidential Commission on Disappearances said. This was in response to a Ceylon Today query about Tamil media claiming there were complaints, made to the commission, against these politicians.



Ramaphosa's visit successful
[Sunday 2014-07-13 16:00]

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's Spokesman, Ronnie Mamoepa, told Ceylon Today, the South African delegation's visit was successful in the sense they were able to share their experiences on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and they would continue to work on the process. He said SA did not attempt to 'force' TRC on Sri Lanka. In a phone conversation with Ceylon Today, he said, "We were invited by the President of Sri Lanka and our visit was to share our experience and Sri Lanka should decide if our visit was 'fruitful' or not."



Several International Dignitaries Join Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Top News
[Saturday 2014-07-12 22:00]

The Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, today announced the names of fifteen Senators for the TGTEs second Parliamentary Session. The Senate serves as the Upper House of TGTE's Parliament. Several international dignitaries include: a former US Attorney General, Senior Civil Rights and Human Rights Lawyers from France and Canada, a former Member of European Parliament and a representative from South Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement.



Fourth crude oil ship in Colombo, but unable to unload
[Saturday 2014-07-12 18:00]

A ship laden with 90,000 MT of crude oil had arrived at the Colombo Harbour on Thursday mounting the number of anchored crude oil ships to four and accumulating the unloaded crude oil in them to 290,000 MTs, sources said. It was revealed that three ships that arrived on May 20, June 10 and 18 were already anchored without being unable to unload the crude oil due to a broken buoy in the supply pipeline since May 23. 'Only 20,000 MT of crude oil were unloaded from the first ship on May 23 and the buoy had broken down leaving 70,000 MTs in the ship. Two more ships arrived with 90,000 MTs and 40,000 MTs and the buoy was not replaced and by Thursday another ship had arrived with 90,000 MTs,' sources said.



Lawyers slam MOD circular to NGOs
[Saturday 2014-07-12 18:00]

Sri Lanka's leading lawyers collective has slammed the circular issued to Non-Governmental Organisations by the National Secretariat for NGOs, under the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) says the said circular violates fundamental principles that govern Sri Lanka's free and democratic society, which is guaranteed by the constitution.



India, Sri Lanka Keen on Long-term Solution to Fishermen Issue
[Saturday 2014-07-12 17:00]

All 'substantive' issues related to reconciliation, including the 13th Amendment and the latest South African initiative were discussed in the first formal meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Professor G L Peiris, besides the perennial fishermen issue which was discussed at 'some length'. After the two-hour meeting held on Friday afternoon, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said 'all substantive issues' were on the table, including issues related to 'accountability and reconciliation'.



Uva PC dissolved Polls Chief in the dark
[Saturday 2014-07-12 17:00]

The Uva Provincial Council was dissolved with effect from midnight yesterday, but Elections Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya said that he had not been officially informed of the dissolution. Uva Province Governor Nanda Mathew told Ceylon Today he had directed the Government Printer to announce the dissolution, through a Gazette Notification. I received the instruction from Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa at around 8.30 a.m. and my letter to the Government Printer went at about 9.30 a.m. Now, it is left to Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to announce the date of nominations and the date of the elections as well, he said.



Chandrasiri's reappointment amuses Wigneswaran
[Saturday 2014-07-12 17:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister, C. V. Wigneswaran, yesterday said he was amused to hear that Retd. Maj. Gen. G. A. Chandrasiri had been reappointed as Governor of the North, as President Mahinda Rajapaksa had earlier assured him he would change the Governor. "I am amused! The President promised me on 2 January, that he would replace the Governor and appoint a person who had no military background as soon as Chandrasiri's term was over." He added, "Perhaps it is that the President had been searching for a civilian among his officers and was unable to find anyone who was willing to follow orders blindly!"



India's position on UN team for Sri Lanka clear: MEA
[Saturday 2014-07-12 17:00]

On his third visit to India this year and his first under the Narendra Modi government, Sri Lankan foreign minister G.L. Peiris, discussed with External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, the measures Sri Lanka was taking about accountability and reconciliation on the island.'There was a fairly detailed presentation by Prof. Peiris about the initiatives they are taking for reconciliation and accountability,' said ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.



Uva Provincial Council of Sri Lanka to be dissolved today
[Friday 2014-07-11 18:00]

The Sri Lankan government will dissolve the Uva Provincial Council by midnight Friday, government sources said. The Chief Minister of the Provincial Council Sashendra Rajapaksa is expected to request the Governor C. Nanda Mathew to dissolve the Uva Provincial Council. The term of the Uva provincial council is due to end on September 26 but the government has planned to dissolve the council before the term expires and hold the election in September.



South Africa not mediator says Lanka
[Friday 2014-07-11 18:00]

The Government today informed Parliament that South Africa will not act as mediator in Sri Lanka and the recent visit of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was only to share views on the truth and reconciliation commission process. Deputy External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera told Parliament that Ramaphosa was in Sri Lanka on an invitation extended by the Government of Sri Lanka. He said that the visit took place following discussions held between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and South African President Jacob Zuma on the sidelines of the Commonwealth summit last year.



Tiger who attempted to kill CBK to be brought to Colombo
[Friday 2014-07-11 18:00]

Malaysia has agreed to hand over to Sri Lanka four former members of the LTTE arrested during a recent operation.Four specially trained policemen would leave next week for Kuala Lumpur to bring down the hardcore terrorists to Colombo, police sources said. A senior police officer said that the Malaysian police had assured to cooperate with their Sri Lankan counterparts to apprehend other Tiger suspects who have taken refuge in the South East Asian country with the help of the information elicited from the LTTE suspects arrested by them.



GA Chandrasiri re-appointed as NP Governor Top News
[Friday 2014-07-11 18:00]

Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri has been re-appointed as the Governor of the Northern Province by President Mahinda Rajapksa. He was sworn in as the Governor of Northern Province by the President at Temple Trees today. The Governor will hold office for a period of 5 year term as per the Sri Lankan Constitution. He was initially appointed as the Governor of the Northern Province on 12th July 2009, the very same day he retired from the Sri Lanka Army. Chandrasiri served in the Jaffna Peninsula on two occasions. He was the Divisional Commander, 52 Division, from 2002-2003 and later, from December 2005 to January 2009, functioned as the Security Forces Commander, Jaffna.



ATM Theft: 4 SL Refugees Held
[Friday 2014-07-11 17:00]

Four Sri Lankan refugees were arrested on Thursday by Palluruthy police on charge of swindling crores of money through ATMs using fake ATM cards and a swiping machine.The arrested have been identified as Suresh, 31, Sendhooran, 31, Shivasuthan, 31, and Anandaraj,31, who are refugees stationed at Trichy, Tamil Nadu. The police have seized 372 fake ATM cards, a laptop, a card reader, a swiping machine used to withdraw money and a Hyundai Santro car along with `14 lakh in cash.



Australian-funded e-passport project underway after delay
[Thursday 2014-07-10 16:00]

A project will get underway shortly to introduce a new Sri Lankan passport with biometrics to strengthen the government efforts to curb malpractices by streamlining the passport issuing process. The project was meant to prevent large scale abuse of the Sri Lankan passport was in line with joint Australian-Sri Lankan efforts to tackle illegal migration, sources said. Responding to a query, they said that Australia was funding the project to the tune of Rs. 500 mn, with the Treasury here making available an additional Rs. 50 mn.



Australian Minister Scott Morrison meets Secretary Defense
[Thursday 2014-07-10 16:00]

A delegation led by the Minister for Emigration and Border Protection of Australia Scott Morrison called on Secretary Defense and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the ministry premises Thursday morning (10th July). A cordial discussion was held between the two high ranking officials on the areas of bilateral relations and mutual interests. Members of the delegation and the High Commissioner to Australia Admiral (Rtd) Thisara Samarasinghe were also present at the occasion.


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