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April 28, 2017 [GMT]
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Stones pelted at bus carrying military personnel
[Friday 2017-04-28 18:00]

A bus belonging to the Army that was carrying military personnel had been pelted with stones in the Mullaitivu area on Thursday (27) evening during a hartal that was conducted there, Army Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne today said. The incident occurred when the Vavuniya bound military bus was passing Mullaitivu. A glass of the bus had been broken but no one had been injured in the incident. On learning about the incident, the Mullaitivu Police had initiated an investigation to identify.


Canadian maple syrup to delight Sri Lankan taste buds
[Friday 2017-04-28 18:00]

Canadian maple syrup can be tasted in all its glory in a grand spread of the most irresistible high tea delicacies May 3-7, 2017 at the Kingsbury Hotel and on May 14 at the Mother's Day promotions of the hotel. A wide-range of dishes have been prepared to be savored - all of which showcase maple syrup and range from Cr&3233;me Brule, Strawberry Comport, and Pecan Nut sticky pudding to Chocolate Dough nuts, Orange Almond cake and Pumpkin Cake - to name but a few.


Garbage disposal: Gazette notice tabled in House
[Friday 2017-04-28 18:00]

The Gazette notice declaring that garbage collection and disposal are Essential Services was presented in Parliament today. All services, work of any description whatsoever necessary or required to be done in connection with any undertaking performed or maintained by any local authority or for and on behalf of any such local authority for the clearance, collection, transportation, temporary storage, processing, separating, treating, disposing and the sale of street refuse, house refuse or other similar matters are declared as essential services by the gazette notification. Meanwhile, the MPs expressed various views during the adjournment debate on the Meethotumulla disaster.


Joint Indo-Lanka working group to be formed to explore infrastructure development in Sri Lanka
[Friday 2017-04-28 18:00]

A joint working group will be set up between Sri Lanka and India to explore the development of roads, petroleum development, port and other industries in the eastern port town of Trincomalee in the island nation, India said today. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the joint working group will deal with the further discussions on port and refinery and other infrastructure related matters in Trincomalee.


No proposal to make SF army commander: Amaraweera
[Friday 2017-04-28 18:00]

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said today President Maithripala Sirisena had neither proposed Field Marshal Minister Sarath Fonseka to take up the post of army commander or overall commander as reported in the media nor had Mr. Fonseka requested for such a post. The Minister told a news conference that the President only asked whether Mr. Fonseka could help implement a mechanism to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential services for which Mr. Fonseka agreed.


Expect to fulfil President’s request: SF
[Friday 2017-04-28 18:00]

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who had been offered a position with the responsibility to execute essential services in case they were disrupted, said today that he expected to fulfil the request made by the President. Speaking to journalists at a New Year Festival held in Kelaniya, the minister said President Maithripala Sirisena instructed him to take responsibility in carrying out essential services when they were disrupted.


Hartal shuts down North and East Top News
[Thursday 2017-04-27 17:00]

A hartal has shut down transport and other services in the Northern and the Eastern Provinces today. Organizers of the protest demanded the government resolves issued raised by relatives of those missing during the armed conflict as well as long standing land issues faced by residents. Many shops have said to be shut down and public transport services have come to a standstill. The protestors said they were supported by several political parties including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).


GSP+: EU Parliament defeats anti-SL resolution
[Thursday 2017-04-27 17:00]

Sri Lanka today successfully defeated the resolution submitted by a group of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) saying that the GSP+ should not be granted to Sri Lanka, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Harsha De Silva said a short while ago. The voting which was held in the European Parliament in Belgium ended a short while ago with a victory for Sri Lanka. “Nearly 436 voted against the resolution while 119 voted in favour. Twenty two MEPs abstained from voting on the resolution,” Dr. De Silva tweeted.


India to develop road infrastructure in Sri Lanka’s Jaffna
[Thursday 2017-04-27 17:00]

The Indian government has agreed to cooperate with Sri Lanka in developing world-class road infrastructure in the Jaffna region of the island nation. The decision was taken during a telephone conversation between Indian minister for road transport and highways and Nitin Gadkari and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. A senior road ministry official said on condition of anonymity that the Sri Lankan PM had invited the Indian government to take up development of three major stretches of the road. These are Jaffna-to-Mannar, Mannar-to-Vavuniya and Dambulla-to-Tricomalee streches, which are very important for connectivity in Sri Lanka.


Communist Party to leave JO
[Thursday 2017-04-27 17:00]

The main left front of the Joint Opposition (JO), the Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL), indicated a break with the JO and that they will conduct a separate May Day rally and meeting at the Viharamahadevi Open Air theater on May Day instead of participating in the May Day rally of the JO, which will be held at Galle Face Green on the same day. CPSL sources said that the leaders of the CPSL, including its Chairperson Raja Kollure and General Secretary D.E.W. Gunasekara, had conducted special discussions to decide whether they would split from the JO.


GL, Ranil in India
[Thursday 2017-04-27 17:00]

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris was staying at the Taj Palace, the same hotel where Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe was staying during his official visit to India. When this reporter yesterday (26) asked Peiris, Chairman, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, which party's shadow leader is former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whether he's crossing over, his reply was 'never'. "I'm here to attend a wedding," he said. Wickremesinghe, too, once he wraps up his official engagements, due to be completed yesterday itself, would be attending this wedding, which will be held in Rajasthan. It's the wedding of Nepali multi-billionaire Binod Chaudhary's daughter. Wickremesinghe is due to return to Colombo on Saturday.


Modi raises concerns in talks with Ranil
[Thursday 2017-04-27 17:00]

China ranked high in Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe's meeting with Indian Premier Narendra Modi, at Hyderabad House, New Delhi yesterday, official sources who didn't want to be named told this reporter. Reporters were not allowed to cover these meetings, with opportunities provided only for the taking of photographs and to be present when pleasantries were exchanged between Wickremesinghe and Indian officials, including Modi, before the beginning of talks, during the former's various engagements in Delhi.


New position for Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka
[Wednesday 2017-04-26 17:00]

Cabinet approval has been granted for a proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena to create a new position which will work alongside the Sri Lankan Tri-forces. The position which has a tenure of two years, will be headed by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to head this position, said Cabinet Media Spokesperson Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.


Sri Lanka’s return to GSP+ hangs on EU vote tomorrow
[Wednesday 2017-04-26 17:00]

The fate of Sri Lanka’s application for the Generalised System of Preferences plus (GSP+) tariff concession for European markets will be decided in Brussels on Thursday, when a resolution submitted by 52 EU Parliamentarians is taken up for a vote. A bloc of Parliamentarians from the European United Left/Nordic Green Left mounted an eleventh hour bid last week to prevent Sri Lanka being granted the import duty concessions on the basis of the Government’s slow progress on democratic and legislative reform.


Modi, Ranil hold talks in New Delhi Top News
[Wednesday 2017-04-26 17:00]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held talks on bilateral issues with his visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi. "Held comprehensive talks with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on ways to strengthen India-Sri Lanka ties for the benefit of our citizens," Modi tweeted after the meeting held at Hyderabad House.


President summons Parliament on April 28
[Wednesday 2017-04-26 17:00]

An extraordinary gazette has been issued by order of President Maithripala Sirisena, to summon the Parliament on April 28. Presidential Secretariat P.B. Abeykoon issued the gazette to keep the Parliament informed of the order of declaring garbage disposal an essential service.


Cabinet approves signing of several MoUs with India
[Wednesday 2017-04-26 17:00]

Cabinet has approved the signing of several Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with India, the Government said today. The agreements will look to strengthen the economic cooperation between both countries.


Referendum after Parliament passes new Constitution
[Wednesday 2017-04-26 17:00]

The first-ever election faced by the Good Governance Government this year will be the referendum to be held for the new Constitution, Health Minister and Co-Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne stated. Addressing a meeting at the Health Ministry recently, he said the referendum for the new Constitution will be held after the new Constitution is passed in Parliament.


Lankan murder suspect in Canada testifies in own defence
[Tuesday 2017-04-25 17:00]

A man on trial for murder took the stand Monday to testify in his own defence, ctvnews reported. Amalan Thandapanithesigar said he had a long-simmering dispute with his neighbour, Jeyarasan Manikarajah, whom he felt was continually disrespecting his wife. The pair knew each other in their native Sri Lanka, and that familiarity seems to have bred contempt. Thandapanithesigar said that Manikarajah frequently whistled at his wife, and he testified Monday that in his culture it was very disrespectful.


Meeting held at Defense Ministry to discuss progress on land release in North and East
[Tuesday 2017-04-25 17:00]

A meeting regarding the ongoing release of land in the North and East occupied by the armed forces was held at the Ministry Monday under the patronage of Minister of Prisons Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs DM Swaminathan.


PM leaves for India
[Tuesday 2017-04-25 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for India this afternoon from the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake. The Hindu earlier said Mr. Wickremsinghe will visit India for a private visit from April 25 to 29 but will spend April 26 in New Delhi for official meetings.


Trinco oil tank farm a joint venture with India
[Tuesday 2017-04-25 17:00]

The government will sign an agreement with India to form a joint venture company to operate and manage oil storage tanks in Trincomalee , Public Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim said yesterday. The minister said that does not mean that we are giving away of any of country’s ports to India or any other country. Addressing a press Conference he also said “we are not going to assign full control of the totality of our oil tanks in Trincomalee to IOC (India Oil ompany),”


Sri Lankan Navy sailor dies during training in India
[Tuesday 2017-04-25 17:00]

A Sri Lankan Navy sailor has died while undergoing diving training at a naval base in Kochi, India today, PTI reported. According to Southern Naval Command (SNC) Spokesperson, the deceased, identified as 39-year-old Petty Officer (Diving) YPNR Weerasinghe, while carrying out a practice dive in the Ernakulam Channel as part of routine training procedure, failed to surface.


India Has Been Our Enemy Since Ancient Times Gammanpila
[Tuesday 2017-04-25 17:00]

The agreement between India and Sri Lanka would not be allowed to go through without the consent of the public, leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya, MP Udaya Gammanpila says. The MP stated this at a press conference held in Colombo today (24). He also said that the true intention of the Indian Prime Minister’s forthcoming visit was to take advantage of Sri Lanka, rather than to celebrate Vesak.


Indian oil operations continue despite CPC strike
[Monday 2017-04-24 17:00]

Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) said its operations were continuing despite the strike launched by Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC). LIOC said that if the CPC is unable to provide fuel to the LIOC petrol sheds it will look to obtain the oil from the Trincomalee storage facility. Workers of Sri Lanka’s state-run petroleum firm launched an indefinite strike today against the Government’s proposed deal with India to jointly operate an oil storage facility at the strategic eastern port town of Trincomalee.


SL-Indo-Japanese Pact soon, says PM
[Monday 2017-04-24 17:00]

A tripartite agreement between Sri Lanka, India and Japan was on the cards to start up development projects in the island, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Saturday. Premier Wickremesinghe came up with this remark at a New Year festival in Suduwella, Maradana during the weekend.


Meethotamulla: Japanese experts present report to President
[Monday 2017-04-24 17:00]

The Japanese Experts Group presented their report on Meetotamulla Garbage Dump to President Maithripala Sirisena today at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo. Head of the Experts Group, Mitsutake Numahata handed over the report and made a power-point presentation explaining the recommendations of the group.


Sri Lanka’s ambition to be economic, political hub, discussed with Germany
[Monday 2017-04-24 17:00]

Sri Lanka has discussed its ambition to be an economic and political hub in the Indian Ocean region with Germany. The German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jorn Rohde told The Island yesterday that the deliberations had taken place on the sidelines of the first ever Regional German Ambassadors Conference on the Indian Ocean Region, in Colombo recently, with the participation of 40 Ambassadors and an equal number of business leaders.

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