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May 1, 2016 [GMT]
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Resolution not to divide country: CV
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wignewaran said yesterday the recent resolution that was adopted to propose a federal system was not aimed at dividing the country but to unite it. Mr. Wigneswaran said the country was not divided by the federal system and that federal system was a system in which everyone could get together and work. “The country is not divided by a Federal system as claimed by some people. Politicians have reiterated for years that a federal system leads to division of the country and the people have been forced to believe that.



Three people shot dead in Thirappane
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

Three people were shot dead inside a car at Thirappane in Anuradhapura this afternoon, police said. They said the bodies were inside a car by the roadside. Thirappane police are investigating.



MR to get non-military security
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

Military security contingents allocated to man UPFA and SLFP Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa's security are to be recalled effective 2 May when other security details will be accorded to the former President. Political sources said the UPFA and SLFP Colombo District MP Bandula Gunawardena who recently met Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Sect Most Ven. Dawuldena Ghannissara Thera had told the latter that the decision to deprive the former President of military protection could place his life at risk.



I backed MR as Presidential candidate at 2005 polls: President
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said when Mahinda Rajapaksa was nominated as the Presidential candidate in 2005 many party leaders did not support him. “However, I did,” President Sirisena said in Galle. “I was behind him since the beginning until his success. Even former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga did not support him. She preferred the victory of Ranil Wickremesinghe to Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005. When she asked me not to support Mahinda I was shocked and hurt and I came out of the room sobbing,” he said.



Colombo Magistrate bars JO from entering Shalika grounds
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

The Colombo Magistrate had yesterday issued an order barring the leaders and supporters of the Joint Opposition, Chairman and members of the All Ceylon Motor Workers’ Union from entering the Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita for May Day procession, Police Headquarters announced yesterday. The Police Headquarters said in a media statement that the court order prevented UPFA MPs Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerwansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Dullas Alahapperuma and their supporters from entering the Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita. The order has also prevented Chairman of the All Ceylon Motor Workers’ Union D. M. Jayasinghe and his supporters entering the same premises.



Focus on boosting Naval ties between SL-France Top News
[Saturday 2016-04-30 18:00]

The French Navy today said that it is time to start a ‘solid’ partnership between France and Sri Lanka. “This is a good time to start the partnership between our two nations,” Captain Laurent Machard De Gramont, the Commanding Officer of the French Naval Ship ‘Aconit’ that arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill visit stated. Speaking to the media French Ambassador in Colombo Jean-Marin Schuh said that France was very much present in the Indian ocean. “After six years, this is the first visit by a French ship to Sri Lanka and more visits are to follow,” he said.



Government tells ex LTTE cadres, time to move forward
[Friday 2016-04-29 17:00]

The Government today told a group of former LTTE cadres that the time has come to move forward following the end of the war. A group of rehabilitated former LTTE members visited Colombo today concluding their annual educational tour. The tour was organised by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs. An event was held at the ‘Ape Gama’ premises in Battaramulla under the patronage of Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan, to welcome the rehabilitated ex LTTE members.



Schools in NCP to close at 12 noon
[Friday 2016-04-29 17:00]

All schools in the North Central Province have been advised to be closed by 12 noon, due to the prevailing hot weather condition. This closure will be in effect until further notice.



Power says Obama places importance on ties with Sri Lanka
[Friday 2016-04-29 17:00]

The US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power says US President Barack Obama places importance on the relationship the US has with Sri Lanka. Speaking at a United States-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council Meeting, Power said that the US is committed to Sri Lanka’s continued progress and is determined to support President Maithripala Sirisena in his efforts to ensure that this progress delivers socio-economic benefits for the people of Sri Lanka.



IMF announces US$1.5b loan for Sri Lanka
[Friday 2016-04-29 17:00]

The IMF has agreed a US$1.5 billion loan for Sri Lanka in support of economic reforms aimed at reversing a two-decade decline in tax revenue and reviving growth, it said Friday (Apr 29). The International Monetary Fund's chief for Sri Lanka, Todd Schneider, said a staff-level agreement was reached to release US$1.5 billion over a three-year period in support of the island's reform agenda.



Huge demand for ArcelorMittal Project -92,000 apply for 65,000 houses
[Friday 2016-04-29 17:00]

Up to 92,000 applications have now been received by prospective tenant/owners of the 65,000 houses to be constructed by French construction giant ArcelorMittal.Minister of Prisons Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan said 32,000 applications had been received from Jaffna, 5,500 from Kilinochchi, 7,420 from Mullaitivu, 15,000 from Mannar, 13,066 from Vavuniya, 9,000 from Trincomalee, 2,486 from Ampara and 7,563 from Batticaloa.



Sri Lanka, India navies hold 26th IMBL meeting aboard Sri Lankan naval ship
[Friday 2016-04-29 17:00]

Sri Lanka and India navies have held the annual International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting aboard a Sri Lankan naval ship in the mid seas on Thursday. The Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) in a statement said the 26th International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting between the representatives of Navies and Coast Guards of Sri Lanka and India was held onboard SLNS Sagara at the Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai on 28th April 2016.



Sri Lanka Army says Opposition Leader's visit to army camp followed proper protocol
[Thursday 2016-04-28 19:00]

Sri Lanka Army said today the Opposition Leader R Sampanthan's visit to an army camp in Kilinochchi was in accordance with proper protocol and the Army has not lodged a complaint regarding the visit. Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera confirming that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader visited an army camp in Kilinochchi, said the Army has not lodged complaints at any police station over the incident.



TNA: Sampanthan went to a private land; Not a camp
[Thursday 2016-04-28 19:00]

The Opposition Leader did not try to forcibly enter the army camp, but entered a private land the Army was illegally occupying in Kilinochchi, TNA Spokesman M. A Sumanthiran said today. Addressing a press briefing held at the Opposition leader’s office to clarify allegation that the Opposition Leader had entered an Army camp forcibly, Mr. Sumanthiran said it was the Army that was illegally occupying the private properties in the area. “An inquiry should not be held into, why the Opposition Leader entered the land. Instead an inquiry should be held as to why the Army was occupying that land,” he said.



Govt. cannot be toppled: President
[Thursday 2016-04-28 19:00]

President Maitripala Sirisena, while noting today that the Government was stable, said there was no crisis in the SLFP but only a clash between a group of ‘rogues’ and those who were committed to taking forward Bandaranaike’s policies and principles forward. Speaking to Newspaper Editors and Media institution heads at the President’s House, he said that if anyone thought of toppling the Government it would only be an ‘unfulfilled dream.” He said that there was no way that the present Parliament’s composition can be changed in a conspiratorial manner to form a different government.



Government says no talks with India on sea bridge
[Thursday 2016-04-28 19:00]

The Government says it has not held any discussions with India over constructing a sea bridge and tunnel connecting the two countries. Government spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said there had been no talks held between the two countries over the connectivity bridge, Xinhua news agency reported. “Formally and informally, no talks have been held. We have not entered into any talks with India on this subject,” he said.India’s Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari earlier this month said Sri Lanka was interested in building a bridge connecting the two countries and discussions have been held on the issue.



Man arrested at BIA for threatening President
[Thursday 2016-04-28 19:00]

A man, who was alleged to have threatened President Maithripala Sirisena in the social media, was arrested by the CID at the Bandaranaike International Airport today, Police said. They said the suspect, a resident of Yakkala, had been deported from Malaysia as he had been staying there without a valid visa. He is to be produced in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.



Bell 206 makes “hard landing” in Hinguraggoda
[Thursday 2016-04-28 19:00]

Bell 206 training helicopter has made a ‘hard landing’ during a training session in Hinguraggoda this morning, Air Force said. Air Force Media Spokesman Chandima Alwis said trainee cadet officer and an instructor pilot had been in the helicopter at the time of the incident but no injuries were reported.



TNA Demands Probe Over Occupation of Civilian Lands by Army
[Wednesday 2016-04-27 18:00]

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the TNA today called for a probe on the alleged illegal occupation of civilian lands by the military in the northern province. The Tamil National Alliance was responding to accusations that on April 16, a group of party legislators led by the main opposition leader R Sampanthan had forcibly entered a military installation at Paravipanjan area in the northern Kilinochchi district. "There is no camp there so there was no illegal entry. The military was occupying civilian lands so we went for an inspection," MA Sumanthiran, a senior TNA legislator told reporters today.



Kilinochchi controversy: TNA denies forcible entry, demands troops vacate public property
[Wednesday 2016-04-27 18:00]

Strongly denying accusations regarding Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan, MP and a group, forcibly entering an army camp at Kilinochchi on April 16, TNA spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran yesterday called for an urgent review of public property still occupied by the military. Jaffna District MP Sumanthiran insisted that Trincomalee District leader Sampanthan had gone there to inspect a cluster of houses occupied by the military for over six years after the conclusion of the conflict.


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