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January 29, 2015 [GMT]
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Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake resumes duties as CJ Top News
[Wednesday 2015-01-28 18:00]

Chief Justice-43 Shirani Bandaranayake has resumed duties in the office of Chief Justice as there had been no legal removal of her from the post, Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) President Upul Jayasuriya said. Dr. Bandaranayake arrived at the Superior Court complex at Hulftsdorp this afternoon and took office at the chambers of the Chief Justice, after she was welcomed by Mr. Jayasuriya.



TN CM feels Tamils are not safe
[Wednesday 2015-01-28 18:00]

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday termed the Centre’s decision to hold an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss the repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees as ‘premature’ and asked it to defer it, saying conditions in Sri Lanka’s northeast were not conducive for them to return, the Press Trust of India reported. Referring to the recent letter from the External Affairs Ministry to the state government asking it to depute a senior officer to attend the meeting to the Island Nation, he said, “The conditions in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka are still not conducive for the refugees to return to their native land”.



SF’s ranks, civic rights restored
[Wednesday 2015-01-28 17:00]

The Defence Ministry today announced that former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is entitled to his rank of Four Star General, medals, pension and other privileges which were stripped of in 2010, by two Army tribunals before he was cashiered and imprisoned.



India, Lanka begin refugee talks
[Wednesday 2015-01-28 17:00]

India and Sri Lanka will begin talks on Friday relating to the repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees in India, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said today.India and Sri Lanka had proposed resuming talks on the issue when Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited India recently. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the European Union (EU) have undertaken to help the Sri Lankan government repatriate the Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu.



157 SL asylum seekers legally detained at sea
[Wednesday 2015-01-28 17:00]

A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers were legally detained at sea by Australian authorities last year, the High Court finds.The asylum seekers were picked up and held on a Customs boat for nearly a month last June after leaving a port at Pondicherry in southern India. They were eventually taken to Nauru after efforts to return them to India failed.



Probe on Gota’s alleged attempt
[Tuesday 2015-01-27 18:00]

The government has called for an investigation into an alleged attempt by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to create instability in the country over the next three months.Cabinet Spokesperson and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that documents related to the alleged attempt were handed over to the National Executive Council. “Gotabaya Rajapaksa still has hopes to topple this government. Therefore I informed the National Executive Council to look into this matter as soon as possible,” the Minister said.



MR denies coup attempt claims
[Tuesday 2015-01-27 18:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has denied allegations that he had attempted to stage a coup to remain in power even after the January 8 elections.In a media statement issued today, the former President also expressed disappointment over some comments made by President Maithripala Sirisena in Pollonaruwa with regards to the alleged coup attempt. Rajapaksa says a media campaign has now been launched to tarnish his image and that of his family by alleging that they were living a super luxury life at Temple Trees.



Modi is Very Interested in Lanka, Says Ranil
[Tuesday 2015-01-27 18:00]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said here on Monday, that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ‘very interested’ in Sri Lanka and the region, and that this augurs well for Sri Lanka which is in the threshold of a new era. Wickremesinghe was speaking at the Indian High Commission reception to mark the 66 th Indian Republic Day.The Lankan PM said Sri Lanka is wanting to go beyond strengthening traditional ties to strengthening economic ties to enter the modern age.



Attack me or my father but not other family members
[Tuesday 2015-01-27 16:00]

While denying allegation that his mother was involved in a gold racket, MP Namal Rajapaksa said yesterday that if anyone wanted to take revenge politically they should only attack his father or himself and not the other members of his family.“If political revenge is the main objective, attack my father and myself, and stop making false allegations against my mother and brothers,” the former president’s son tweeted.



KP: AG noticed to appear in Court
[Tuesday 2015-01-27 16:00]

The Attorney General was today noticed to appear before the Court of Appeal on February 5 in connection with the writ application filed by JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath calling for the arrest of former LTTE arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP. Mr. Herath said the Court of Appeal had decided to check the earlier investigations carried out by the Army and the Police on the charges levelled against KP.



Rajapaksas Made Plans To Kill Me And Imprison My Children: President
[Monday 2015-01-26 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena says the former regime had formulated detailed plans to torture him and his family when Mahinda Rajapaksa emerged victorious at the Presidential elections.Addressing a rally held in Polonnaruwa yesterday afternoon, the President had said,” Today, Mahinda Rajapaksa is saying he doesn’t even have a house to live in. I would like to ask him, if I was defeated, would you have given me a house?”



Navy ordered to probe Yoshitha
[Monday 2015-01-26 18:00]

Defence Secretary B M U D Basnayakee has ordered the Navy Commander to launch a full scale inquiry as to how a member of the former first family joined the Navy and received scholarships to study at a prestigious Naval College overseas.The order was given after the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) raised the issue with the Defence Secretary today and questioned as to how Yoshitha Rajapakse, second son of former President Mahinda Rajapakse joined the Sri Lanka Navy and received a scholarship to study at the Britannia Royal Naval College in the United Kingdom.



Ex Minister can’t leave Sri Lanka
[Monday 2015-01-26 18:00]

The passport of former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has been impounded following an order issued by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption. The Commission had instructed the immigration and emigration department to impound the passport of the former Minister for three months in order to conduct investigations over allegations raised against him.



PM to submit report on how to counter UNHRC allegations
[Monday 2015-01-26 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was planning to submit a comprehensive Cabinet paper on how the government should counter allegations against Sri Lanka in the report of an investigation conducted by Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights to be presented for the consideration of UN Human Rights Council when it next meets for its 28th session in Geneva on March 2015, a spokesman for the PM’s office said yesterday.



Prez poll defeat taught us ‘huge political lesson’ – new Opp. Leader
[Monday 2015-01-26 18:00]

Senior Vice President of the SLFP and newly-appointed Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva assured that his party could not repeat the mistakes that had caused the defeat at the recently concluded presidential election. Alleging that some SLFPers had switched allegiance to the new government to save their skin, MP de Silva said that the presidential poll defeat had taught the SLFP a huge political lesson.



MR to return for general election?
[Sunday 2015-01-25 18:00]

Constituent parties in the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have apparently decided to start afresh and are planning to contest the next general election under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. According to informed sources, they will contest under the betel leaf symbol sans its main ally, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).A split in the UPFA was imminent during past few days, with speculations about the SLFP planning to contest the next general election under its original symbol, the hand. The arbitrary decision to appoint former Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva as the Opposition Leader was also strongly opposed and criticized by the majority of the constituent parties in the UPFA.



Dhanapala to hold talks with UN Human Rights Chief
[Sunday 2015-01-25 18:00]

Jayantha Dhanapala, President Maithripala Sirisena’s Senior Adviser on Foreign Relations, will go to Geneva, tomorrow for talks with UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Mr. Dhanapala is going as a special emissary of the Government to discuss the ongoing probe into war crimes allegations by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Last year, the investigators requested permission to enter Sri Lanka for the purpose of their work. The previous government rejected their proposal.



Mangala leaves for Brussels, seeks postponement of fish export ban
[Sunday 2015-01-25 18:00]

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will leave for Brussels on Monday to negotiate a postponement of the European Commission’s ban on fish exports from Sri Lanka.“We will try to see if we can get a postponement of this ban for at least for six months till we rectify whatever was not correct at ground level,” the minister told the Sunday Times. Along with the minister’s visit, the new Government has moved quickly to amend the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act to comply with measures to get the ban lifted. The Bill was presented to Parliament on Tuesday and is likely to be taken up for debate early next month.



Religious minorities feared BBS rampage, if Mahinda was re-elected President
[Sunday 2015-01-25 18:00]

Sinhala Buddhist extremism had led to the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Presidential Election, one of his former Ministers said yesterday.discipline, would have created further havoc in the country leading to another ethnic conflict.  President Rajapaksa was re-elected for a third term the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and other extremists in the UPFA government, whom he had failed to  Former Deputy Foreign Minister Neomal Perera told The Sunday Island that the religious minorities feared that if did nothing to prevent a section of Sri Lankans from being violently targeted," he noted.



Girl child falls to her death at Havelock City
[Sunday 2015-01-25 18:00]

A 4-year-old girl child had fallen to her death from an apartment of the Havelock City Apartment Complex at Wellawatta last night, the Police said.They said the child succumbed to her injuries on being admitted to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital.Police said the child was resident of Mabola and she had come to the Wellawatta complex, where the sister of the child's mother was residing on the 11th floor apartment two days before the incident.


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