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January 22, 2017 [GMT]
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Delimitation reported handed over
[Wednesday 2017-01-18 17:00]

The gazetting of new wards will be done by January 31, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Mustapha said as he finally accepted the report on delimitation yesterday. Elections however may not be held any time soon.


EC decision on GSP+ to Sri Lanka sets dangerous precedent and undermines EU compliance regime:
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 22:00]

The British Tamils Forum (BTF) is deeply disappointed with the European Commission's proposal to re-instate the GSP+ trade concessions to Sri Lanka in exchange for “commitments” from the Sri Lankan government on sustainable development, human rights and good governance. Sri Lanka has a long history of consecutive governments failing to deliver on its international commitments. The current government is no exception with its non-delivery of key commitments and emphatic U-turns on the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1, which it co-sponsored.


Federal Court upholds deportation of Tamil Tigers fundraiser who has fought to stay in Canada for 22 years
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

An alleged fundraiser for Tamil rebels who has been fighting deportation from Canada for more than two decades has lost a key court battle after a federal judge dismissed his appeal. The Federal Court upheld the deportation of Manickavasagam Suresh on the grounds he was a member of a terrorist organization and that he was complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity. The evidence “adequately supported” the Immigration and Refugee Board’s finding that Suresh was a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, Justice Richard Mosley wrote in his ruling.


Lieutenant Commander remanded
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday remanded a Lieutenant Commander of Sri Lanka Navy until January 26 in connection with the abduction and disappearance of two persons from Kotahena eight years ago. The suspect is Lieutenant Commander Mapa Mudiyanselage Dhammika Anila Mapa. He was attached to the Navy Intelligence Wing in 2009 when the incident occurred. He was arrested by the CID under section 296 of the penal code. He was charged with the abduction of Vaduveli Pakkilasamy Loganathan and Ratnasamy Paramanandan in 2009 and their enforced disappearance.


Coca Cola interested in setting up a production plant in Sri Lanka
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

American beverages giant Coca-Cola is interested in using Sri Lanka as a production hub and set up a plant, to cater to the Indian market, the Finance Ministry said today. Coca Cola has expressed its interest when the President and the Executive Vice President of Coca Cola Company Asia Pacific Group met Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake in Colombo at the weekend. Coca-Cola Co may set up a plant in Sri Lanka to feed demands in India, which has the highest demand of the firm's products in South Asia, the Ministry said.


JO to take H’tota violence to foreign missions
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

Both criminal and civil laws had been violated by IGP Pujith Jayasundara during the Hambantota Protest and it would be brought to the notice of foreign missions in Colombo, former external affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said. He said violation of laws were carried out by the IGP out in the open and the Police clearly safeguarded the thugs and launched the attack on innocent protesters.


Lasantha had said MiG deal exposé could harm his life
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

Slain journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga had told his family that the MiG deal exposé could harm his life. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told court today that Wickremetunga’s family had told the CID that Wickremetunga feared his life could be under threat over the MiG deal story. The CID presented facts over the case to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today.


Don't imprison soldiers for GSP: Rathana Thera
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today that security forces personnel should not be imprisoned in connection with war crimes for the sake of regaining the GSP+ facility from the EU. After remaining politically silent for some time he told a media briefing that the government had mentioned about a hybrid court as one of the conditions to regain this trade concession. “Do we have to imprison military personnel who defeated terrorism to regain the GSP. Don’t we have any self-confidence? However, today we have re-gained this facility sans a hybrid court,” the Thera said.


No GSP Yet: Decision In Or After March
[Sunday 2017-01-15 18:00]

While some government ministers had given the impression last week that Sri Lanka has obtained the GSP Plus concession, the European Union (EU) said that a final decision has not yet been made. The European Commission last week proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country’s commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance.


Boatyard in former HSZ returned to fisherfolk
[Sunday 2017-01-15 17:00]

In view of National Integration and Reconciliation Week observed from January 8-14, an anchor point for the fisheries boatyard in Urani, in the former High Security Zone (HSZ) of Kankesathurai (KKS), was returned yesterday to the fishermen community after 27 years, as they celebrated Thai Pongal festival. Earlier, the resettled fishermen in Myliddy, Urani, had requested government authorities in the past to return the yard for easy access to the sea.


MOD opposes mine-ban treaty ratification
[Sunday 2017-01-15 17:00]

Implementation of a 10-month-old Cabinet decision that Sri Lanka would ratify the UN convention banning anti-personnel mines is being blocked by the Defence Ministry (MoD) which insists that mines are essential to protect its military camps.


Ranil to hold bilateral meetings with world leaders at Davos Economic Forum
[Sunday 2017-01-15 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow morning to attend the 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which commences on Tuesday. Wickremesinghe would also hold bilateral meetings with many world leaders on the sidelines of the conference, Additional Secretary at the Prime Ministers Office Saman Athaudahetti said yesterday.


Key Announcement From SLFP
[Sunday 2017-01-15 17:00]

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is expected to make a crucial announcement related to the next election soon. SLFP Parliamentarian and Labour and Labour Relations Minister John Seneviratne told The Sunday Leader that President Maithripala Sirisena will make an announcement soon as SLFP leader.


BOI Misled President And PM On Volkswagen Deal
[Sunday 2017-01-15 17:00]

The Board of Investment (BOI) has allegedly misled the President and Prime Minister on the Volkswagen deal. Documents in the hands of The Sunday Leader reveal that Volkswagen AG had never submitted applications to invest in Sri Lanka. It has been revealed that a local businessman had submitted an application with the Volkswagen name.


Wigneswaren holds bilateral meeting with Ontario Premier in Toronto
[Saturday 2017-01-14 19:00]

Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, hosted Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, for a very productive meeting at her Queen’s Park office today. Premier Wynne conveyed Ontario’s strong interest in seeing and supporting further progress in strengthening the Ontario-Northern Province relationship, including in the areas of economic development, women’s empowerment, institutional governance and public sector capacity building., according to a news release issued by Premier’s press office.


Sampanthan wishes people a future filled with happiness
[Saturday 2017-01-14 19:00]

Opposition and TNA Leader R. Sampanthan, in his Thai Pongal message, wishes for a reasonable, lasting political solution to the unresolved national question through a new Constitution. "I extend Thai Pongal wishes to the Tamil people living in Sri Lanka and Overseas. "The Thai Pongal Day, which is known as the harvest festival of the farmers, is celebrated by the Tamils all over the world with much gratitude to the Sun God who creates seasons through which the farmers are able to do their cultivation and harvest their crops.


Captain of migrant ship a humanitarian: lawyer
[Saturday 2017-01-14 18:00]

The captain of a vessel that arrived on British Columbia’s shores carrying hundreds of Tamil migrants did not break the law because he was acting on humanitarian grounds by helping his fellow asylum seekers, a court has heard. In closing arguments at a B.C. Supreme Court jury trial on Thursday, Sandy Ross said his client had no intention of piloting the MV Sun Sea when he paid for the trip as a passenger, but “was thrown into the role of captain” after the Thai crew abandoned the vessel.


Thai Pongal renews hope - President
[Saturday 2017-01-14 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has, in a message to mark the Thai Pongal Festival which falls today said: "Since the dawn of civilization, humanity’s devotion to the sun that symbolises the wholeness of nature has remained intact. From among the many traditional festival and rituals of Hindus, in veneration of the sun, Thai Pongal is the foremost festival, that marks the supreme status the Hindus have bestowed upon the sun throughout history.


India helps harvest rainwater in Jaffna
[Saturday 2017-01-14 18:00]

Sri Lanka will receive Indian funding to the tune of Rs 300 mn to to construct 3000 rain water harvesting systems in the Jaffna administrative District. An Indian High Commission spokesperson yesterday told The Island that Arindam Bagchi, Acting High Commissioner of India and V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation on Friday (Jan 13) had finalized the agreement in the presence of. A. H. M. Fowzie, State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation.


They want Gota as PM
[Saturday 2017-01-14 18:00]

Several Ministers are hoping to persuade former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to enter the political fray on the SLFP ticket, informed sources said. These ministers have already had several discussions with the former Defence Secretary, in Colombo. It is also learnt that the former Defence Secretary should even be nominated as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate from the Colombo District. These Ministers are planning to submit a report to this effect to President Maithripala Sirisena as well.


'Sun Sea' voyage was a humanitarian service to Tamil migrants
[Friday 2017-01-13 17:00]

Defence lawyers made their final pitch to the jury at a human-smuggling trial yesterday, arguing their clients provided humanitarian assistance to Sri Lankan Tamils fleeing persecution in a country ravaged by civil war, challenging the Crown’s view that the accused illegally organized the MV Sun Sea’s arrival in Canada, the Globe and Mail reported today. Kunarobinson Christhurajah, Lesly Emmanuel, Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam Rajaratnam have each been charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act with organizing the cargo ship’s voyage across the Pacific.


Five policemen re-remanded over killing of Jaffna Uni. students
[Friday 2017-01-13 17:00]

The five policemen remanded in connection with the killing of two Jaffna University students were further remanded till January 27 by Jaffna Magistrate S. Satheeshkaran today. The five policemen were arrested by the CID on October 21 in Jaffna


Sri Lanka Ports and Shipping Minister raises suspicions of a foreign conspiracy against the development of Hambanthota port
[Friday 2017-01-13 17:00]

Sri Lanka's Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga today raised suspicions that there is a conspiracy against bringing foreign investors to develop the Hambanthota Port. Addressing media at a religious event held in Baduragoda today, Minister Ranatunga said he there is speculation that a major country in the South Asia region would lose businesses to Sri Lanka when construction of a canal with the Chinese funds in Thailand is completed and that country may be behind the opposition to the development of the southern port.


No conditions for GSP+ concessions: Finance Minister
[Friday 2017-01-13 17:00]

There would not be any conditions to comply with in order to receive GSP+ concessions, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. He also said that Sri Lanka would be entitled to the GSP+ concessions within one and a half months time. He was speaking at a media briefing at the Finance Ministry today. Minister Karunanayake also said, “There will be a 11% tax exemption for the products being exported under GSP+ concessions”.


Mahinda playing games with China, Hambantota people – Rajitha
[Friday 2017-01-13 17:00]

The government said on Wednesday that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was playing double games with the Chinese and Hambantota people. Co-Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, addressing a news conference to announce Cabinet decisions at the Information Department, said that it was the Rajapaksas who had organised protests in Hambantota against the proposed Industrial Zone to be established at Mirijjawala.


We have clear consensus on domestic mechanism: Mangala
[Friday 2017-01-13 17:00]

Even though there were divergent views within the government regarding the participation of foreign judges in the proposed judicial mechanism, there was a clear consensus across the board on the need of an independent and credible domestic mechanism as promised by the manifesto of President Maithripala Sirisena, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. Speaking on the Sri Lanka's reconciliation process at Chatham House, he said as a democratic and sovereign government, Sri Lanka would work out the architecture of such a mechanism in consultation with all the stake holders.


Human Rights Watch asks Sri Lanka to adopt Task Force justice proposals
[Wednesday 2017-01-11 18:00]

The New York-based global human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Sri Lankan government to adopt recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on including foreign judges in a domestic mechanism on accountability as stated in the consensus resolution the country sponsored with the United Nations Human Right Council. Sri Lanka's government should promptly implement recommendations on transitional justice proposed by the Consultation Task Force (CTF) in a report released on January 3, 2017, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.


Raviraj verdict: wife calls for retrial without jury
[Wednesday 2017-01-11 18:00]

Shashikala Raviraj, the widow of MP Nadarajah Raviraj yesterday filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal requesting it to set aside the Colombo High Court order by jury, which acquitted all the six accused indicated of the murder of Raviraj, on Nov. 10, 2006. The petition said that the accused were indicted under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and hence the trial could not be heard and decided by a Jury. The appellant had asked for a re-trial, without a Jury. Six accused were indicted in the Colombo High Court on June 20, 2016.

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