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May 23, 2017 [GMT]
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China assures Sri Lanka assistance safeguarding independence and sovereignty
[Saturday 2017-04-08 17:00]

China is committed to strengthen the 60-year long relationship with Sri Lanka and to assist the island nation's development while safeguarding its independence and sovereignty, a visiting Chinese top political official has assured. Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengzheng has affirmed that China is ready to continue the strengthened genuine relationship with Sri Lanka further when he along with ta Chinese delegation met with President Maithripala Sirisena today at the President's House in Colombo.


Sri Lankan naval ships in Kochi
[Saturday 2017-04-08 17:00]

Two Sri Lankan Navy Ships ­­ SLNS Samudura and SLNS Suranimila – are in Kochi on a four­day visit. SLNS Samudura, an Off­shore Patrol Vessel, is commanded by Captain Jagath Priyashantha Premaratne while SLNS Suranimila, a Missile Fast Attack Craft, is commanded by Captain Rohitha Abeysinghe. According to Southern Naval Command (SNC), the Commanding Officers of the ships accompanied by Captain WHUP Hewage, the Foreign Service Attaché at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi called on Vice Admiral A R Karve, Flag Officer Commanding­in­Chief, SNC.


International warrant issued to arrest Sri Lanka's fugitive ex-diplomat
[Saturday 2017-04-08 17:00]

Sri Lanka's former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga is now living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and an international warrant has been issued for his arrest, the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka police has informed the court. The FCID informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate yesterday that they were yet to ascertain the ex-diplomat's exact address in the UAE and steps have been taken to execute the warrant against him. Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne had earlier issued a warrant through Interpol for the arrest of Weeratunga.


President hopes LG polls will be held under new system
[Saturday 2017-04-08 17:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena said that he hopes it will be possible to hold Local Governance elections under the new electoral system this year. The President made these comments at the closing ceremony of the March 12 Movement, which looked at creating a better political culture in the country, held at the BMICH today.


Australian assistance to increase women employment in SL
[Saturday 2017-04-08 17:00]

The Australian government, in partnership with the International Finance Corporation, will provide $15 million over the next four years to help local private companies hire female employees as part of its Women in Work Programme. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, said yesterday at Australia House that the programme will promote inclusive economic growth in Sri Lanka by aiding private sector companies in adopting business practices that empower women.


Trinco oil tanks to be leased out to India
[Friday 2017-04-07 17:00]

After deliberations involving President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian High Commissioner Taranjith Singh Sandhu, the government has decided to lease out the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm for development jointly with India, a Minister said yesterday. In the lower farm, there are 14 tanks currently being used by Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC). However, there are 84 tanks in the Upper Tank Farm that are not being used at the moment.


Weerawansa granted bail in misuse of vehicles case
[Friday 2017-04-07 17:00]

Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa was granted bail today in the case over the alleged misuse of vehicles when he was the Minister of Housing. Weerawansa was granted bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrate and was ordered to surrender his passport to court.


Airport reopening expected to revive growth in arrivals
[Friday 2017-04-07 17:00]

The reopening of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on the scheduled date of 6 April has been praised by the country’s tourism authorities. Minister of Tourism Development, Lands and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga said that the airport reopening would help reverse the negative trend in arrivals witnessed in the last two months.


MPs’ attendance register goes public from May 01
[Friday 2017-04-07 17:00]

Parliament yesterday resolved to make public the MPs’ attendance register with effect from May 01. Most of the MPs including ministers were not present in the House yesterday when sitting commenced at 10.30 am. Some opposition MPs protested against the absence of ministers who were expected to answer their questions. After listening to the MPs, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya asked whether the House would agree to make public the list of names of MPs who attended the sessions.The House unanimously agreed to do so.


Firefighting Efforts Continue on MSC Daniela
[Friday 2017-04-07 17:00]

In an update issued April 6, the Sri Lankan Navy said that a fire aboard the container ship MSC Daniela continues to smolder, and that firefighting assets are still dousing the vessel's topsides with water. The Indian Coast Guard ship Shoor is on scene to assist, along with the Sri Lankan Navy vessel Sagara. The Indian Navy has also diverted the vessels INS Darshak and INS Garriel at the request of the Sri Lankan authorities. A Sri Lankan Air Force Bell 212 helicopter is providing aerial firefighting assistance.


PM to visit India to finalise ECTA
[Friday 2017-04-07 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to visit India in order to negotiate the proposed Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ECTA) shortly. Premier Wickremesinghe was expected to proceed to India after visiting Japan, according to informed sources. He is expected to meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and other high ranking Indian officials during this visit.


Government now running out of time: Amnesty International
[Thursday 2017-04-06 18:00]

Amnesty International called on the Government to deliver on the commitments made on accountability while appreciating the positive improvements made with the human rights situation over the last two years. Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty, who visited the country to meet with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and a number of senior political leaders including Ministers Mano Ganesan, Mangala Samaraweera and Jaffna Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, was appreciative of the “improvement in the overall human rights situation during the last two years”.


Australia reaffirms commitment to reconciliation process
[Thursday 2017-04-06 18:00]

Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka. The commitment was given when Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells visited the Northern Province, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said today. During her visit Minister Fierravanti-Wells met the Chief Minister, Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran, to reaffirm Australia’s ongoing commitment to the development of the province and support for Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process.


Sri Lankan refugee assaulted by three men in Germany
[Thursday 2017-04-06 18:00]

A Sri Lankan refugee was assaulted by three men in Germany, the German media reported today. The 22 year old refugee was assaulted while he was on his way to his accommodation. The German media reported that the Sri Lankan man suffered serious injuries in the assault. The attack took place near a bus stop and he had to be taken to hospital.


Shashi Tharoor flags India's concerns over Chinese presence in Sri Lanka
[Thursday 2017-04-06 18:00]

Indian Congress MP Dr. Shashi Tharoor, a former UN Under-Secretary-General and former Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs has flagged India's concerns over China's presence in Sri Lanka, pointing to "military intervention in the guise of trade" even in the earlier avatar of China's Silk Road initiative., according to a report in The Hindu.


Foreign judiciary judgement could not be implemented in SL: Dissanayake
[Thursday 2017-04-06 18:00]

No judgement given by a foreign judiciary can be implemented in Sri Lanka. So far, three such judgements had been given by Foreign judiciaries, but none of them were implemented here in Sri Lanka, Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S.B. Dissanayake said. Addressing a press conference held at his Ministry Office at Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla yesterday he said, one such judgement was given to him while he was imprisoned for two years.


PM: Navy won’t leave Vanni camps
[Thursday 2017-04-06 18:00]

The government would not remove the Navy camps at Silawathura and Mullikulam as they were necessary for curbing arms and drug and human smuggling operations, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday. In answer to a question raised by SLMC MP MHM Salman, who demanded that the removal of the Navy base at Silawathura and release of land to civilians, the Prime Minister said that a Navy Base had been established in Silawathura Grama Niladhari Division of the Musali Divisional Secretariat Division of the Mannar District.


Will take it up with India if IPKF culpable: AI
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

If the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) personnel were found culpable of disappearances in Sri Lanka, the issue would be taken up with the Indian Government, Amnesty International (AI) General Secretary Salil Shetty said in Colombo today. During a news briefing, the visiting General Secretary was asked whether the AI would take up the issue with the Indian government if it was found that IPKF was guilty of cases of disappearances during its stay in Sri Lanka between 1987 and 1990.


Air Force deploys helicopter to douse vessel fire Top News
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

Sri Lanka Air Force has deployed Bell 212 Helicopter with Bambi bucket to assist in dousing the fire that erupted on board the container vessel MV Daniela in the seas off Colombo. Navy Spokesman Chandima Walakuluge said the fire erupted on board the Panama flagged ‘Daniela’ this morning. The Navy dispatched two Fast Attack Craft (FAC) P 436 and P 412 to the location to assist Sri Lankan Port Authority tugs to douse the flames. Meanwhile, Indian Navy had sent two of its ships named INS Ghariyal and INS Darshak to assist in dousing the fire.


UK tells Lanka to become signatory to Ottawa Convention
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

The British Government has urged Sri Lanka to become a signatory to the Ottawa Convention. The British High Commission in Colombo has been funding demining work in Sri Lanka since 2010. Between 2010 and 2019, we will have spent over £6.2 million (over LKR 1.2 billion) on demining all across the North and East of Sri Lanka. “Working mostly through our partners, The HALO Trust, we intend to clear more than 600km2 of land between 2016 and 2019, making it safe for people to move home and start cultivating their land again,” Deputy UK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Laura Davies said.


Debate on Geneva resolution cut by half
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

Parliament meeting would be limited to a half day on Thursday (6) as a mark of respect to the late Mahanayaka of the Amarapura Chapter, Most Ven Davuldena Gnanissara thera who passed away on Monday, parliament sources said. They said parliament sessions would end at 3pm on Thursday, the day on which the funeral of late Mahanayaka thera would be held.


Dutch Supreme Court upholds sentence on five LTTE suspects
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

The Dutch Supreme Court has upheld the sentence on five LTTE suspects, the Dutch media reported. The five convicts were tried in the Netherlands and punished for being members of a criminal organization. In April 2015 a court in The Hague imposed prison sentences ranging from six months to nineteen years and three months on the five convicts.


Government says no final agreement on Hambantota port
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

The Government says there is no final agreement yet on the Hambantota port between a Chinese company and the Government. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament discussions on the port agreement are still ongoing. He said the final draft agreement will be submitted to Parliament before it is signed. The Prime Minister said that the Government is facing a severe financial loss as a result of the port and the losses need to be covered.


Sri Lanka government needs to show better results, constitutional reform process not successful - survey
[Tuesday 2017-04-04 17:00]

A latest opinion poll conducted by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a leading public policy research and advocacy think tank in Sri Lanka reveals that a majority believed the government needs to show better results and the government has been unsuccessful in informing people about the constitutional reform process.


BA, JSA have no business in appointing or removal of Judges: Sumanthiran
[Tuesday 2017-04-04 17:00]

TNA Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran yesterday said that neither the Bar Association (BA) nor the Judicial Services Association (JSA) has any role to play with regard to the appointment or removal of a High Court Judge. He was of the view that JSA’s resolutions are amounting to unlawful interference in the affairs of the Judicial Services Commission. “This would amount to the contempt of High Court,” he said.


Sun directly over Sri Lanka from tomorrow to 15th
[Tuesday 2017-04-04 17:00]

The sun is going to be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka from the 05th to the 15th of April, the Department of Meteorology said today. The nearest areas of Sri Lanka over which the sun is overhead tomorrow (05th), are Hambantota, Katudampe, Nakiyadeniya and Maliduwa about 12:13 noon. Meanwhile, showers or thundershowers will occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-western, Uva and Southern provinces and in the Ampara district after 2.00p.m tomorrow (Wednesday).


Agreement with China, SL’s only option: Amaraweera
[Tuesday 2017-04-04 17:00]

The government has to enter into an agreement with China for the development and completion of the next stage of the Hambantota Port because it could not raise the investment of $ 600 million needed for it on its own, said Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister and UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera. He said, however, steps would be taken to ensure that this agreement would not create any adverse impact on Sri Lanka.


After retirement: Matale Dist. Secy goes home by bus
[Tuesday 2017-04-04 17:00]

Matale District Secretary D.P.G.Kumarasiri who retired yesterday after completing an illustrious service of 33 years, handed over his official vehicle and documents to the relevant heads of department and returned home by bus. Mr. Kumarasiri was a senior officer in the Public Administration service had served in Anuradhapura and Nuwaraeliya districts before being appointed as the District Secretary for Matale.

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