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February 19, 2017 [GMT]
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Wigneswaran says Government misled Sampanthan Top News
[Friday 2017-02-10 18:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran today accused the Government of misleading Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan on a political solution for the Tamils. Speaking at the ‘Eluga Tamil’ rally in Batticaloa today, Wigneswaran said the Government promised Sampanthan a solution will be given in 2016 for the Tamil issue but that never happened. He said the Government is now attempting to mislead the international community at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by asking for more time to address allegations related to the war.

Colombage narrates how US helped destroy LTTE ships
[Friday 2017-02-10 18:00]

Former Sri Lankan navy chief Admiral Jayanath Colombage has, in his recently published book Asymmetric Warfare At Sea: The Case of Sri Lanka, described how the United States helped the Sri Lankan navy destroy the LTTE’s “floating armories” by supplying vital satellite images of the location of these ship-borne warehouses, the The destruction of the floating armories helped the Sri Lankan navy win Eelam War IV in the sea, which in turn helped the Sri Lankan army win the war on land and the Air Force take on ground targets without fear of being shot down.

Disappearance case: Court orders CID to arrest suspects
[Friday 2017-02-10 18:00]

Colombo Fort Magistrate and Additional District Judge Lanka Jayarathna, ordered the Criminal Investigation Department(CID) to arrest the persons directly connected to the disappearance of eleven Tamil people during the period August 8 to September 7, 2008. She had been given a period of one month to seek advice from the Attorney General on the matter. Lieutenant Commander Nilantha Sampath Munasinghe attached to the Naval Intelligent Unit had already named one of the suspect, while the CID had already investigated the case to arrest the other suspects.

Delimitation report to be gazetted on Feb. 28
[Friday 2017-02-10 18:00]

An official of the Local Government Ministry yesterday said that the delimitation report would be gazetted on February 28 without fail to conduct the local government elections. He said after the Committee Chairman Asoka Peiris handed over the report, the defects in it were rectified and he visited the local government ministry to examine whether the corrections had been done properly.

Office on Missing Persons powers to be reduced
[Friday 2017-02-10 18:00]

The Office on Missing Persons is to be stripped of its power of entering into agreements with an individual or an organization. The Office on Missing Persons Act was passed in Parliament on August 23, 2016. Media Minister Gayantha Karunathillake said on Wednesday that the Cabinet had on Tuesday approved a proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to repeal paragraph (A) of Article 11 of the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration and Discharge of Functions) Act No 14 of 2016, which authorised the office to enter into agreements with an individual or an organization in performing its tasks.

Enough is enough – UN Human Rights Council should now refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly: - TGTE
[Thursday 2017-02-09 17:00]

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), representing the political voice of the Tamil Diaspora, has written to all members of the Human Rights Council, and to the 37 co-sponsors of the resolution on Sri Lanka, not to cave-in to a roll-over with an extension of time. The relevancy, seriousness and credibility of the UN Council is now at stake. Will Sri Lankan be used by other rogue states and dictators as a precedence of weakness of the Council?

TNA accuses Govt. of apathy towards Tamil citizens
[Thursday 2017-02-09 17:00]

The main opposition Tamil National Alliance yesterday accused the Government of apathy towards the plight of its citizens demanding the release of their lands in Mullaitivu, as a protest by residents of Keppapilavu entered its ninth day yesterday.

Govt rules out return of civilian inhabitants to Iranativu
[Thursday 2017-02-09 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told the House that the government would not release the Iranathivu island situated eight nautical miles off Kilinochchi coast to resettle its original dwellers as the Navy has pointed out the need of the land for security purposes.

Sri Lanka ramps up fuel imports as drought hits hydropower
[Thursday 2017-02-09 17:00]

Sri Lanka's fuel imports in January jumped to double typical monthly levels, with the country rushing to plug an energy shortfall as severe drought hits its hydropower output, industry sources said. The South Asian nation is suffering its worst drought in over 40 years, dragging hydro's share of Sri Lanka's power mix to below 11 percent in 2016 from an annual average of about 35 percent, said Senthil Kumaran, senior oil analyst at energy consultancy FGE.

Soldier killed, another injured as train rams into vehicle
[Thursday 2017-02-09 17:00]

One soldier was killed and another soldier sustained injuries when the Yal Devi train crashed into an army vehicle between Jaffna and Nawatkuli today.

Sri Lanka wants stronger relations with China, says FM
[Thursday 2017-02-09 17:00]

Sri Lanka, on Wednesday said it shared very good relations with China and looked forward to working closely with them. Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, speaking at a forum organised by the Foreign Correspondents Association of Sri Lanka said that China had become one of the world's emerging economies and had invested largely in the island country. He said China was now funding an economic zone in Hambantota in the south which any country could invest in.

Defence Minister to discuss resettlement issues of Keppapiluv with PM today
[Thursday 2017-02-09 17:00]

Defence State Minister Ruwan Wijewardane yesterday, said a meeting was due today with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss issues related to the resettlement of Keppapiluv in Mullaitive area. The State Minister was replying to an adjournment motion forwarded by TNA MP Sumanthiran, regarding the protest carried out by the first owners of the lands in Keppapiluv which was now being used by the Sri Lanka Air Force.

Women in week-long sit down threaten self-immolation
[Wednesday 2017-02-08 19:00]

Tamil women in Sri Lanka's war ravaged north demanding access to their ancestral lands occupied by the military have threatened to take their lives by self-immolation in the face of government inflexibility. The sit down led by Tamil women reached its seventh day, while a similar demonstration by another group of Tamils continued for the fifth day. Both protests against the ongoing military occupation is continuing in the Mullaitivu district.

Sri Lanka to ask UN for more time to probe war crimes
[Wednesday 2017-02-08 18:00]

The Government says it needs more time to fulfil promises given to the UN human rights body to investigate war crimes allegations from a long civil war that ended seven years ago. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told foreign correspondents on Tuesday that the government will seek more time at the next U.N human rights session starting on February 27, the Associated Press reported.

Journalists accused of plotting to kill Mahind acquitted
[Wednesday 2017-02-08 18:00]

Three journalists who were accused of plotting to kill former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2009 were today acquitted in the case. Journalists Daya Nettasinghe, Ravindra Pushpakumara and Shalika Wimalasena were arrested in September 2009 but were later granted bail. The three journalists had been arrested after they visited a location to report on the construction of a road leading to a house of a relative of the former President. The three journalists were arrested on the charge of conspiring to assassinate Mahinda Rajapaksa who was President at the time.

India misread our ties with China: Namal Rajapaksa
[Wednesday 2017-02-08 18:00]

India misinterpreted the Rajapaksa administration’s relationship with China, but is silent on the current government’s engagement with the rising super power, Sri Lankan parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said. “We always made sure that Sri Lankan soil or waters was not used against any other country. And we maintained that during my father’s time on a strict basis,” he told The Hindu in a recent interview. Formerly a rugby player, he captained the national team, the 30-year-old parliamentarian has since 2010 represented the southern district of Hambantota.

Willing to consolidate political trust with SL: China
[Wednesday 2017-02-08 18:00]

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday said that he was willing to work to consolidate political trust, expand mutually beneficial cooperation and deepen people-to-people friendship with Sri Lanka. In a congratulatory message to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations, President Xi has told President Maithripala Sirisena that he appreciates Sri Lanka for its active participation in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Sea wave electricity soon: Minister
[Wednesday 2017-02-08 18:00]

The Power and Renewable Energy Ministry today said the Finnish Ambassador to Sri Lanka Rauli Suikkanen had agreed to provide the latest technology to generate electricity from sea waves to the country. He expressed this at a special discussion with Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya at the Ministry. “Our country is surrounded with sea and therefore we can generate electricity using sea waves easily. We can determine the capacity of electricity which can be generated. The projects can be launched with the latest technology with minimal cost. Therefore the electricity can be used during the dry seasons,” the minister said.

Threat to Sumanthiran: A game plan to retain army: CV
[Tuesday 2017-02-07 18:00]

The Police saying there is a threat to Sumanthiran's life is a ploy to station the army permanently, the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran said. He said so when queried about the death threat on TNA Parliamentarian, Sumanthiran, and the arrest of former combatants. H said that the Police had taken steps regarding it. But they had not informed Courts about the death threat to the parliamentarian. "The Police had told Courts that those arrested had drugs in their possession.

India interfering in SL’s affairs: Chinese experts
[Tuesday 2017-02-07 18:00]

Sri Lanka's vow not to allow Chinese military activity in the port of Hambantota is meant to pacify India, but is "unnecessary" since the port has always been meant for civilian use and India is too sensitive over China's presence in the Indian Ocean, Chinese experts have told the Global Times. Sri Lankan Ambassador to China Karunasena Kodituwakku said in Beijing on Saturday that no Chinese military activity will be allowed in the port of Hambantota.

US says Sri Lanka has potential to be next Asian Tiger
[Tuesday 2017-02-07 18:00]

The United States (US) says Sri Lanka has the potential to become the next Asian Tiger. Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the US State Department, Bruce Wharton said that from the beginning Sri Lanka’s potential has never been in doubt. “From the beginning Sri Lanka’s potential has never been in doubt. Today, Sri Lanka has the potential to become the next Asian Tiger,” he said at an event held in the US to mark Sri Lanka’s Independence Day.

UN women’s rights committee to review Sri Lanka
[Tuesday 2017-02-07 18:00]

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 13 February to 3 March 2017 to review women’s rights in the Sri Lanka as well as Ukraine, Ireland, Jordan, El Salvador, Germany, Rwanda and Micronesia. The UN Committee will review Sri Lanka on February 22, the UN Human Rights office said.

Chinese Embassy says did not contact CBK
[Tuesday 2017-02-07 18:00]

After allegations by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga that the Chinese authorities gave President Mahinda Rajapaksa Rs.15 billion, the Chinese Embassy had reportedly told the Joint Opposition, that it did not meet with her for the last one-and –half-years, the Daily Mirror learns. On behalf of the Joint Opposition led by Mr. Rajapaksa, former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris contacted the Embassy in this regard.

Wimal further remanded
[Tuesday 2017-02-07 18:00]

Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa and an ex- DGM were further remanded till February 20 by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today. They were arrested by the FCID on charges of misusing 40 state vehicles belonging to the National Engineering Corporation (NEC) and causing Rs. 90 million financial loss to the state during 2011-2014.

Zeid expresses concern at Sri Lanka's slow progress on accountability
[Monday 2017-02-06 17:00]

The UN Human Rights Chief expressed his concern at Sri Lanka’s slow progress on accountability when meeting the country’s prime minister. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, commented on his meeting with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe regarding human rights issues in Sri Lanka.

Batti women take RTI route to seek details on loved ones
[Monday 2017-02-06 17:00]

A group of women in Batticaloa are attempting to use the Right To Information (RTI) Act to locate their loves ones, The Hindu newspaper reported.After years of petitioning government offices and testifying to innumerable commissions, they decided to use the brand new Act, to seek information about their missing relatives.

06 FEB 2017 0 Comment Cheran Rudramoorthi Recipient Of ONV Foundation International Poet Award
[Monday 2017-02-06 17:00]

Canada-based Sri Lankan Tamil poet and scholar Dr. Cheran Rudramoorthi has been selected for the first International Poet Award by the ONV Foundation. Dr. Rudramoorthi was born in Jaffna and is an associate professor at Canada's Windsor University. The OMV Foundation was started in memory of the late ONV Kurup, a well-known Malayalam poet. The awards will be presented at an event titled Harithamanasam on February 17 at the Indian Consulate Auditorium.

CBK claims evidence found linking Namal to Dubai account
[Monday 2017-02-06 17:00]

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga says the police have unearthed evidence linking Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa to a Dubai bank account with millions of Dollars.Kumaratunga said that the police have approached the bank and sought details of the account but the bank has so far refused to release the information. She says without the information in hand the police are unable to file any action in court. Kumaratunga said that some people are raising voices against the delay to take action on some individuals.

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