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Demo during probe over missing Top News
[Saturday 2015-02-28 18:00]

A demonstration was staged in Kuchchaveli, Trincomalee when the Presidential Commission on Missing Person began public sittings in the area today. The people who staged the demonstration raised doubts over the commitment of the Commission to find those missing. The Commission said that 37 of the 53 people invited to make oral statements during the sittings in Kuchchaveli today, had appeared before the Commission to make the statements.



SL won't allow repeat of Chinese submarine visits: Mangala
[Saturday 2015-02-28 18:00]

Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said today in Beijing that the new government will not allow a repeat of last year's visits by a Chinese submarine that had raised concerns in India.



Don’t resettle in North SL refugees from TN: JHU
[Saturday 2015-02-28 18:00]

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today it would oppose any move to resettle the Tamils who fled to India during the 1983 insurrection, on the basis that this matter was settled through an agreement signed with J.N. Dixit.



Lankan refugee detained; pilgrims leave for Katchatheevu
[Saturday 2015-02-28 18:00]

A Sri Lankan Tamil refugee was arrested here today when he allegedly attempted to proceed to Katchatheevu along with hundreds of pilgrims headed to the islet for the annual festival at the St Anthony's Church. Q Branch Police detained 27-year old Prashanth, hailing from Kilinochchi in the northern province of Sri Lanka and an inmate of a refugee camp in Tiruchirappalli, as he had no valid papers for travelling to Katchatheevu, located about 13 nautical miles from here.



SL mother killed in hit and run in London Top News
[Saturday 2015-02-28 18:00]

A mother-of-two who died in a hit and run crash fled Sri Lanka’s civil war eight years ago and had only recently been reunited with her husband and daughter in London. Subahari Sothilingam, 44, was struck by a silver C-class Mercedes outside her home in Hendon on her way to work at 6am yesterday. She suffered multiple head injuries and died in hospital shortly afterwards.Mrs Sothilingam, a caterer, moved to London in 2006 at the height of the Government clampdown against Tamils in her island homeland.



Sri Lanka: Press Ahead on Rights Reforms -Arbitrary Detention, Torture, Accountability Should Top Agenda
[Friday 2015-02-27 19:00]

Sri Lanka’s new government should advance a reform agenda to address past and ongoing human rights problems in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena. The government has already undertaken important new initiatives, such as reviewing cases of detainees under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, lifting restrictions on media reporting, ending Internet censorship, and removing nongovernmental organizations from Defense Ministry oversight.



Sam and Suma get CTC backing
[Friday 2015-02-27 19:00]

The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) has strongly condemned the burning of effigies and images of TNA leaders, R Sampanthan and M A Sumanthiran. CTC says it believe these acts are aimed at weakening the democratically elected leadership of Tamil people in Sri Lanka and thereby silencing the democratic wishes of Tamil people.



Sri Lankan court grants bail to former minister's wife accused of passport fraud Top News
[Friday 2015-02-27 18:00]

A court in Sri Lanka today granted bail to former Minister Wimal Weerawansa's wife Shashi Weerawansa who was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Sunday. The Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya released Mrs., Weerawansa on a cash bail of Rs.15,000 and two personal bails worth Rs 500,000 each. The court has also ordered Shashi Weerawansa to report to the Court Registrar every Friday and to desist from interfering with any of the witnesses.



SC stays P’ruppu, Maritime Pattu elections
[Friday 2015-02-27 18:00]

The Supreme Court today upheld a stay order which prevents the Puththukudiruppu and Maritime Pattu elections from being held till March 27. The elections were to be held tomorrow, February 28 after being postponed from March 24, 2012 which was the date originally fixed for the elections.Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya confirmed that the elections would not take place tomorrow in keeping with the SC order.



Cannot Confirm Claim on LTTE Camp: S Africa
[Friday 2015-02-27 18:00]

Almost a year after Prabhakaran’s death and the decimation of the LTTE, Sri Lankan intelligence agency had requested its South African counterpart to probe whether LTTE cadres, had held a military training camp in their country in May 2010 which was suspected to have been attended by individuals from Australia, Canada and UK. Interestingly, South African intelligence had rejected it saying the information could not be confirmed while maintaining that such allegations have been made since 1998.



I left SL because of threats from Gota: Ex-SSP Jayakody
[Thursday 2015-02-26 17:00]

Former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and Police Media Spokesman Prishantha Jayakody,who arrived from Australia a short while ago, claimed that he fled the country because of threats byformer Defence Secretary GotabayaRajapaksa and some of his henchmen. He said he was compelled to leave under political pressure and fears for his life.



Court rejects plea to transfer Shashi to NH
[Thursday 2015-02-26 17:00]

Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today rejected a request made by Counsel Jayantha Weerasinghe to transfer Ms. Shashi Weerawansa to the National Hospital in Colombo for treatment from the prison hospital. Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya while rejecting the request made by the counsel said that the Registrar of Persons Department had been ordered to inform court tomorrow the criteria followed by them in issuing the National Identity card to Ms. Weerawansa.



Free access to WiFi hotspots for rail passengers
[Thursday 2015-02-26 17:00]

Railway passengers would be able to enjoy free WiFi at selected 100 railway stations in the country by April, the Railway Department said.Under this programme WiFi hotspots will be established at over 100 stations around the country with the support of Sri Lanka.



AG asks 6 months to report on KP
[Thursday 2015-02-26 17:00]

The Attorney General today told the Court of Appeal that he would submit a comprehensive report on LTTE arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) within six months of time. He said that the 193 incidents mentioned in the petition against KP have to be examined properly. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in early January filed a writ application urging the Appeal Court to issue an arrest order on KP. Later, the Court ordered the Attorney General to submit a report on the actions taken against KP.



UN defends its decision to defer report on Sri Lanka war crime investigation
[Thursday 2015-02-26 17:00]

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Wednesday defended its move to defer the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war saying that it was a "very rational" decision taken in a "relatively unique" case.The new President of the UNHRC Joachim Rücker said that the decision to defer the release of the report on the human rights violations in Sri Lanka by six months to September was "very rational", PTI reported.



Wigi sad over comment by Ranil
[Wednesday 2015-02-25 18:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran said he was saddened over the comments made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the concerns raised by Tamils over the probe on the war. Wickremesinghe had said that Wigneswaran was instigating communal disharmony through the Northern Provincial Council resolution adopted recently.



UN top official due in Sri Lanka
[Wednesday 2015-02-25 18:00]

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on Saturday, the UN said. Addressing the daily news briefing, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric said that”…Feltman plans to meet with senior officials of the Government of Sri Lanka, political parties and civil society groups.” This will be his first visit to Sri Lanka, and he looks forward to discussing with Sri Lankan leaders various issues of mutual concern, he added.



Report notes abuses in Sri Lanka
[Wednesday 2015-02-25 18:00]

The annual report by the London based Amnesty International noted that several human rights violations had taken place last year and the new Sri Lankan Government must take measures to address those violations.Amnesty International’s Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of human rights in 160 countries during 2014, including 29 countries in Asia Pacific where there has been a harsh crackdown on freedom of expression across the region.



Shashi Weerawansa further remanded Top News
[Wednesday 2015-02-25 17:00]

Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi Weerawansa was remanded till March 4 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate today.The Magistrate had yesterday ordered the prison authorities to transfer Ms. Weerawansa from a private hospital in Malabe to the Prison Hospital.



Sri Lankan provincial councilor threatens to take to the streets against attempt to postpone general elections
[Wednesday 2015-02-25 17:00]

Councilor of Sri Lanka's Western Province Udaya Gammanpila has threatened to take to the streets with the people if the current government attempts to postpone the holding of general elections. Gammanpila said during a discussion on a private radio channel that there are attempts to postpone the next general election by another year.The Provincial Councilor said the struggle that commenced from Nugegoda has now spread throughout the country in various forms.


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