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November 19, 2017 [GMT]
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No tsunami threat to Sri Lanka
[Wednesday 2017-11-15 18:00]

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has said there is no tsunami threat to Sri Lanka, specifically, the Batticaloa – Kalmunai coast. A false tsunami threat was spread among the residents of the Batticaloa – Kalmunai coastline due to the rise of the sea water levels. The DMC urged the public to refrain from panicking due to this false threat.


SC awards compensation to British tourist with Buddha tattoo
[Wednesday 2017-11-15 18:00]

The Supreme Court today awarded Rs. 600,000 as compensation to British tourist Naomi Michelle Coleman, who had a Buddha tattoo on her arm and was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport in 2014. Justice Anil Gooneratne with Justices Eva Wanasundera and Nalin Perera agreed with the judgement to award the petitioner Rs.500,000 as compensation payable by the State and Rs.50,000 each by the two respondent Police officers. The Court also awarded Rs. 200,000 as costs payable by the State.


Tamil People's Council will not be a political party - Wigneswaran
[Tuesday 2017-11-14 18:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran said that the Tamil People's Council which was formed for the benefit of the Tamil people will never be transformed into a political party while it would intervene as a forum for all political activities. The Chief Minister made this remark in response to a question raised by journalists as to whether the Tamil People's Council (TPC) will be registered as a party in future elections. Chief Minister Wigneswaran formed the Tamil People's Council in December 2015 to find solutions for the problems of the Tamil people in the country are facing.


Sumanthiran responds to Rajapakshe accusation that Constitutional Assembly is illegal
[Tuesday 2017-11-14 18:00]

TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has responded to former Justice and Buddasasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s accusations that the Constitutional Assembly process is illegal, saying Rajapakshe was one of the original proponents of the resolution to form a Constitutional Assembly.


Ethnic issue should be resolved fast
[Tuesday 2017-11-14 18:00]

The ethnic issue has to be resolved fast, Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said. He was participating in the Committee Stage Debate on the budget 2018 proposals. The Minister said an Indian newspaper has stated that the Sri Lankan three decade conflict cost the country USD 400 and the government incurred half of the sum. The Minister said the actual damage on the Sri Lankan Economy was not yet estimated. “I have directed the matter to the Parliamentary Research Unit, and they will prepare the estimate in future,” Minister Kirella said.


Details of Voice of America (VOA) operations in Sri Lanka tabled in Parliament
[Tuesday 2017-11-14 18:00]

The government today made an undertaking to provide Parliament with details of all foreigners who worked at the Voice of America’s (VOA) transmission center at Iranawila. Deputy Minister of Mass Media and Megapolis Lasantha Alagiyawanna gave the undertaking in response to a question raised by JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake.


SL to face UPR on 15th Harsha heads team to Geneva
[Tuesday 2017-11-14 18:00]

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will subject Sri Lanka to a Universal Periodical Review (UPR) on 15 November, sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. A Sri Lankan delegation led by Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva headed to Geneva yesterday (13), to take part in the country assessment. According to State Minister for Foreign Affairs Wasantha Senanayake, neither he nor Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana is part of the delegation.


Sri Lanka civil society groups irked over news website blocking
[Tuesday 2017-11-14 18:00]

Civil society groups in Sri Lanka have expressed concern over the government's decision to block a website and called for its immediate unblocking, saying the move mirrors the tactics adopted by the previous Rajapaksa regime to quell "dissent". The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and Transparency International of Sri Lanka (TISL) noted with concern the inaccessibility of online news website Lanka E News from within Sri Lanka since November 8.


Wigneswaran urges aging Tamil leaders to step aside
[Monday 2017-11-13 18:00]

With the EPRLF led by former MP Suresh Premachandran deciding to contest future elections on its own, NPC Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran today urged Tamil leaders, who were over 60 years, to move aside and allow the younger generation to take up politics. Incidentally, the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) is one of the original constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)


committed warcrimes at behest of politicians would be punished, says President Sirisena
[Monday 2017-11-13 18:00]

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has acknowledged that few troops were responsible for committing warcrimes at the behest of politicians during the three-decade-long civil war with the Tamil tigers. According to the UN figures, up to 40,000 civilians were killed by the security forces during former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime that brought an end to the brutal conflict with the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelamin 2009. The LTTE ran a nearly three-decade separatist campaign leading to a bloody war with the Sri Lankan security forces.


More worries for the TNA
[Monday 2017-11-13 18:00]

A new political front is likely to be mooted against the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Northern Province ahead of the elections to the local authorities, EPRLF leader Suresh Premachandran said yesterday. The TNA, made up of four political parties is facing an internal struggle after the Eelam People’s Evolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) led by Mr. Premachandran decided to quit the alliance. Since its inception in 2001, the EPRLF has contested elections under the 'House Symbol' of the Ilankai Tamil Arachu Katchchi (ITAK), which is the TNA's main constituent party.


Jaffna Peninsula sluice gates opened
[Monday 2017-11-13 18:00]

The sluice gates in key flood water catchment areas in the Jaffna Peninsula have been opened and the Irrigation Department has ensured that the excessive flood waters would head towards sea, informed sources said. According to Government Agent Jaffna N. Vethanayagan's latest report, nearly 9,150 families in the Peninsula have been affected by the floods.


Jaffna University to recommence academic activities
[Monday 2017-11-13 18:00]

Three faculties of the Jaffna University will recommence their academic activities from today. The Dean of the University said that academic activities of the university will recommence for the faculties of arts, medical and management.


LG polls between Jan. 25 and 31
[Monday 2017-11-13 18:00]

Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Dehshapriya yesterday said the long-awaited local government polls would be held between January 25 and 31. Dehshapriya said that he would receive the gazette notification pertaining to the local government election today and the election would be held within 80-days. "Now the ball is in my court and now I h ave to proceed from here to commence the game at the appropriate time." Deshapriya quipped. The Elections Commission would meet on November 17 to decide on the required future procedures, he said.


ITAK, TPC hold separate meetings to take key decisions
[Sunday 2017-11-12 18:00]

The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) met in Vavuniya today and discussed the political situation in the country and also the upcoming Local Government elections. Opposition leader R. Sampanthan and ITAK leader ‎Mavai Senathirajah were among those who attended the meeting. Several key decisions were expected to be taken at the meeting. Meanwhile, the Tamil People’s Council (TPC) headed by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran met in Jaffna today. The TPC decided it will continue as a group and meet the expectations of the Tamil community.


Canadian Tamil Congress Congratulates Tamil Nadu Government
[Sunday 2017-11-12 18:00]

Canadian Tamil Congress congratulates Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamiand the Tamil Nadu government for sanctioning Indian Rupees 10 cores towards the establishment of Tamil Chair at the Harvard University in USA.


More than 2,000 women to be elected to local councils
[Sunday 2017-11-12 18:00]

More than 2,000 women representatives will be elected to local government bodies under the newly introduced mixed electoral system that calls for at least 25 percent women representation in local councils. Elections conducted under the previous Proportional Representative system returned only 82 women members to all the local councils which now stand dissolved. The Gazette notification giving the number of members to each council was issued yesterday.


PM, Malik in Singapore
[Sunday 2017-11-12 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left Thursday night for Singapore on a private visit. He was accompanied by Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema.


Oil fiasco Arjuna to call in the CID
[Sunday 2017-11-12 18:00]

Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga will call in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to conduct a full investigation into the fuel crisis that gripped the country last week, alleging that a suspected oil mafia was behind the issue. Ceylon Today learns that Minister Ranatunga had mentioned his intention for such an investigation during a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena last week. Accordingly, the President had told Ranatunga to inform the CID in writing requesting such an investigation.


Harsha leads team for UPR in Geneva
[Sunday 2017-11-12 18:00]

Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development, will lead a delegation that leaves tomorrow for Geneva to take part in the Universal Periodic Review. The UPR, as it is called, is a review of human rights records of member countries. It is a state driven process under the UN Human Rights Council and provides an opportunity for each state to declare the actions it has taken to improve the human rights situation in the country.


Wigneswaran claims some Tamils in the North were abused
[Saturday 2017-11-11 18:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran claims some Tamils in the North had been abused by the military. In a letter to the Associated Press (AP) Wigneswaran said he had previously urged the UN rights chief to demand an independent investigation into the incidents. “Unfortunately, this was overlooked,” he told the AP “… if the international mechanism was in place it would have acted as a deterrent to these military sadists.”


President urged to release Mullaitivu land
[Saturday 2017-11-11 18:00]

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, MP, has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to release 132 acres of Army held land at Keppapulavu in the Mullaitivu district before 23rd of Nov as promised. Sampanthan released the following letter dated Nov. 9, addressed to President Sirisena:


Champika warns of Colombo, parliament going under water...
[Saturday 2017-11-11 18:00]

Megapolis and Western Province Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday said in Parliament that there was the danger of the dam at the Ambatale reservoir collapsing during a heavy shower and the entire Colombo city and Parliament getting inundated. Action should be taken immediately to reinforce the dam, which was likely to give way come the next rain, Minister Ranawaka said, adding the danger of the Nagalagam Street Dam also collapsing.


UN to review Sri Lanka’s human rights record
[Saturday 2017-11-11 18:00]

Sri Lanka’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in a meeting that will be webcast live. The delegation of Sri Lanka will be headed by National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr.Harsha de Silva. Sri Lanka is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 6 to 17 November. Sri Lanka’s first and second UPR reviews took place in May 2008 and November 2012, respectively.


LG members and new authorities gazetted
[Saturday 2017-11-11 18:00]

Head of the Department of Government Printing, Gangani Kalpani Liyanage said that the Gazette notification establishing the number of Local Government members and five new Local Government authorities was issued yesterday (10).


Prez reiterates he won’t accept foreign judges
[Saturday 2017-11-11 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has reiterated accountability mechanisms recommended by the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) wouldn’t be accepted under any circumstances. The President vowed that war heroes wouldn’t be allowed to be produced before foreign judges as alleged by disgruntled politicians and some retired military personnel. The latest assurances were given when he addressed a gathering of senior officers at the Colombo Army Hospital auditorium on Thursday evening.


Demanding accountability for international crimes committed by Sri Lankan Armed Forces attending 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial Conference in Vancouver Top News
[Friday 2017-11-10 18:00]

A coalition of organizations will be in Ottawa today at 1:30 p.m. to highlight Sri Lanka’s litany of violations of international law and to demand swift action from the Government of Canada during the upcoming UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference to be held in Vancouver on November 14-15, 2017.


Piyasena Gamage sworn in to replace Geetha in Parliament
[Friday 2017-11-10 18:00]

Piyasena Gamage was sworn in as a United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP from the Galle District in Parliament a short while ago. He replaces the seat left vacant by the removal of Geetha Kumarasinghe. Ms Kumarasinghe's seat was left vacant after the Supreme Court on November 1, ruled that she was disqualified from holding her post as a Galle District MP as she held duel citizenship

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