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January 22, 2017 [GMT]
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Will soon make move to regain power: MR
[Wednesday 2017-01-11 17:00]

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa today tweeted that he would make his move to regain power when the people were ready and he believed that it would be very soon. However, he said it was time for Sri Lanka’s future leaders to emerge and take the country forward. He said this in a tweet when asked whether he would contest against President Maithripala Sirisena in the wake of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) proposing President Sirisena as party’s presidential candidate in 2020.


Sovereign right to decide on foreign judges with Sri Lanka: Health Minister
[Wednesday 2017-01-11 17:00]

Deciding on the participation of foreign judges with the investigations on Sri Lanka’s war crime allegations and human right violations is a sovereign right of the Sri Lankan government and will be decided by the Sri Lankan government, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. He said that no foreign judges would join the investigations on war crime allegations and human right violations.


Amendments to Counter Terrorism Act
[Wednesday 2017-01-11 17:00]

The government has come up with several Amendments to the proposed ‘Counter Terrorism Act’ (CTA) that will replace the ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act’ (PTA). These revisions come in the wake of serious concerns expressed at the original draft of CTA that it has retained the repressive powers of the PTA. The proposed Amendments have been discussed at length at the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security which met at the Parliamentary Complex on Monday.


Maithri not named as presidential candidate - Chandrika
[Wednesday 2017-01-11 17:00]

The SLFP has taken no decision to name incumbent Maithripala Sirisena as the party’s presidential candidate in 2020, says ex-president Chandrika Kumaratunga. At a media briefing in Colombo today (10), she answered a question raised and said that only ministers of the party had expressed their ideas about the next presidential polls. Kumaratunga said as a senior leader of the party that president Sirisena has promised to abolish executive presidency after his term ended.


Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa arrested by FCID Top News
[Tuesday 2017-01-10 17:00]

Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa, who appeared before the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today to a give statement, was arrested after being questioned.Weerawansa was asked to appear before the FCID to record a statement over the alleged misuse of government vehicles when he was a Minister.He was produced in court and remanded till January 24.


TNA MP suffers heart attack in House
[Tuesday 2017-01-10 17:00]

TNA Jaffna District MP Mavai Senathiraja was yesterday admitted to the Sri Jayawardenepura Hospital after he had suffered a sudden heart attack, while in the House. Sources said the TNA MP had suffered the heart ailment......when he was at the Opposition Leader's Office situated on the third floor of the Parliament complex. They said the MP was removed to the hospital in an ambulance after initially being brought to the ground floor in a wheel chair since it was difficult to place a trolley inside the elevator.


China seeks clarity from ex-President on opposition to deal Top News
[Tuesday 2017-01-10 17:00]

China has sought clarity from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on his opposition to the new Hambantota port deal. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, met Rajapaksa today and discuss matters related to the Hambantota port. The meeting took place at Rajapaksa’s official residence and Rajapaksa’s office said that he informed the Chinese envoy the opposition cannot agree to the proposal to allocate 15,000 acres of land in Hambantota to a foreign country.


Govt making Lanka a colony once again
[Tuesday 2017-01-10 17:00]

The government was turning the country into being a colony of foreign powers by offering vast areas of land to China, India and the USA, the Socialist Alliance charged yesterday. Addressing the media at Dr N.M. Perera Centre in Borella, Lanka Sama Samaja Party leader Prof. Tissa Vitharana said the government was planning to lease 15,000 acres of lands in Hambantota area to China, falsely claiming that it was being done in accordance with a plan prepared by the previous administration.


Italian anti-submarine warship to visit SL
[Tuesday 2017-01-10 17:00]

The Italian Navy FREMM (European Multi-Mission Frigate) Carabiniere is scheduled to arrive in Colombo for a four-day visit from January 11 to 14. Colombo is the second port visit of a four-months deployment, started in La Spezia on December 20, which will bring the ship to call in several ports in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan and Singapore.


LG polls under proposed system; party leaders agree
[Tuesday 2017-01-10 17:00]

eaders of political parties representing Parliament, have decided to hold the forthcoming local government election under the proposed mixed system, a party leader said. The decision had been taken during a special party leaders meeting, that was held to discuss the delimitation committee report. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the party leader said after attending the meeting yesterday at the Parliamentary complex.


TNA positive about subcommittee reports on new Constitution
[Monday 2017-01-09 18:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it was ‘fairly positive’ in the overall context about the reports submitted by the six subcommittees with proposals for making the new Constitution. The TNA, which is the main Opposition of Parliament, had its Parliamentary group meeting yesterday. Party’s Jaffna district MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that his party would await the interim report by the Steering Committee so that all the matters could be discussed.


Mahinda asked to reveal purpose of recent China visit
[Monday 2017-01-09 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today challenged former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to reveal the purpose of his recent visit to China. Wickremesinghe said that while Rajapaksa is being critical of China’s latest investments in Hambantota, he had visited China recently and welcomed investments to the country. Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka is thankful to Chinese President Xi Jinping for agreeing to invest in Hambantota.


Runway repair: Checking in to close 1 hour ahead of schedule
[Monday 2017-01-09 18:00]

Explaining as to why, outbound air passengers are required to arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) five hours prior to the departure as a result of the repairs to the runway, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said passenger screening and checking in counters would be closed one hour in advance to departure schedules. “Secondly, any unexpected vehicle congestion is possible on the roads leading to the BIA as traffic has been diverted through different routes and parking will be available only in the vehicle parks of the airport,” he added.


President must contest next presidential election in 2020 - SLFP
[Monday 2017-01-09 18:00]

The Central Committee of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) at a meeting held recently has decided that the party leader, President Maithripala Sirisena should contest the next presidential election in 2020, Minister of Special Assignments Dr. Sarath Amunugama said. The Minister in response to a media inquiry by BBC Sandeshaya said there is 27 percent minority votes in Sri Lanka and the his as well as the party's belief is that President Sirisena is the only candidate who can win a majority of those votes.


Ten JO MPs to be arrested
[Monday 2017-01-09 18:00]

At least ten MPs of the Joint Opposition (JO) would be taken into custody during the next couple of days for staging protests in Hambantota in violation of a court order banning demonstrations, a senior police officer said yesterday.


Unity Govt. will serve full term -- President
[Monday 2017-01-09 18:00]

President Maitripala Sirisena, in his second year anniversary speech, asserted that the current national unity government would serve its full term, and said anyone interested in nation building should join hands with it. He said some politicians who had been rejected by the people were talking about elections, but the elections would only be conducted in another four years' time. Therefore, he said there should not be any doubts about the government.


Raviraj Killing: No Approval To Arrest Two Suspects
[Sunday 2017-01-08 17:00]

The Attorney General (AG) has not given approval to arrest two key suspects who have fled to Switzerland, who are wanted in connection to the murder of Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) said it had requested approval from the AG to initiate proceedings to have the two suspects arrested and deported to Sri Lanka nearly two years ago. However the AG at the time had refused to agree to the request. Meanwhile the current AG is reported to have said that an appeal will be filed against the verdict issued on the suspects arrested in connection to the murder.


Hambantota clash: Arrested gone up to 41
[Sunday 2017-01-08 17:00]

The number of people arrested over last day’s clashes in Hambantota had gone up to 41, the Police said. They have been arrested for damaging public properties during the protest held against the Ruhunu Development Project in Hambantota. Thirteen suspects were arrested by the Hambantota Police, 21 by the Ambalantota Police, four by the Sooriyawewa Police and three from the Hungama Police.


Ten Indian fishermen arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters
[Sunday 2017-01-08 17:00]

The Sri Lanka Navy arrested 10 Indian fishermen who were poaching in Sri Lankan waters at two separate locations yesterday (7), the Navy media unit said today. Accordingly, 4 Indian fishermen along with a fishing trawler, engaged in illegal fishing activities, were apprehended by the Naval personnel attached to SLNS Thammanna located in Talaimannar belonging to the North Central Naval Command, in the sea area North of Talaimannar. The apprehended persons and trawler were handed over to the Directorate of Fisheries, Mannar for onward action.


India and Lanka disagree on some changes in ETCA
[Sunday 2017-01-08 17:00]

Negotiations between India and Sri Lanka on an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) hit the hard road at an officials-level meeting held in Colombo on January 4 and 5, the New Indian Express reported. Informed sources told Express that the Sri Lankan side was pressing the Indians to make certain concessions explicitly to enable it sell the pact to the Sri Lankan masses who tend to imagine that ETCA would be a rank give away to the Big Brother across the Palk Strait.


HYBRID COURTS WITH INTERNATIONAL JUDGES : PRESIDENT TO STATE HIS POSITION TODAY
[Sunday 2017-01-08 17:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to make his position known on the recommendation of a hybrid court by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms, at an event commemorating his second year in office at the BMICH today, an official at the Presidential Secretariat said.


DELIMITATION COMMITTEE REPORT NOT VALID – MINISTER MUSTHAPA
[Sunday 2017-01-08 17:00]

The Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapa yesterday said that on legal advice, he will not accept the Asoka Peiris Appeals committee report on delimitation without the signatures of all five members. In a press statement issued yesterday, he said he had received legal advice that the report is not valid without all five signatures. A.S.M. Misbah, the member representing the United National Party is yet to place his signature while four other members Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s K. Saliya, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna’s Upul Kumaraperuma and Tamil National Alliance’s Prof. B. Balasundarampillai had already endorsed the report.


Several injured as protesters defy court order in Hambantota Top News
[Saturday 2017-01-07 19:00]

Several people were injured during a tense situation in Hambantota when protesters defied a court order and staged a protest near the venue of the launch of the Sri Lanka-China Industrial Zone Development Project today. At least 21 people sought treatment at the Hambantota hospital after stones were pelted towards the police and the venue of the project and the police retaliated with water cannons and tear-gas.


Trinco port to India followed by Hambantota to China: JVP
[Saturday 2017-01-07 19:00]

Sri Lanka’s marxist JVP says the island nation will have to let India control the Trincomalee harbour as a result of giving Hambantota Port to China. Party leader Anura Dissanayake told a public gathering that the Hambantota port deal is a part of the Chinese maritime silk road which ultimately deals with geopolitics. “The issue of Hambantota port is not merely its profit or loss,” Dissanayake said, addressing a protest against Hambantota land acquisition.


MR invited to party event
[Saturday 2017-01-07 19:00]

SLFP General Secretary and Minister Duminda Dissanayake said that JO and SLFP Kurunegala District MP and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been officially invited by the party to attend an event marking the second anniversary of the election of Maithripala Sirisena as President. The event is to be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) on Sunday. He said all SLFP Members of Parliament including those in the JO have also been officially invited by the Party to the upcoming event.


I have no confidence in the CTF: Wijeyadasa
[Saturday 2017-01-07 19:00]

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said today said he had no confidence in the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) appointed by the Prime Minister. He said the CTF, which recommended the inclusion of at least one international judge on every bench set up to hear allegations of war crimes and the violation of human rights that had taken place during the final stages of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka.


Foreign judges won’t be accepted
[Saturday 2017-01-07 19:00]

State Finance Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena yesterday rejected a comprehensive set of proposals, including foreign judges and other personnel in accountability mechanisms to address the grievances of the war affected. An eleven-member Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM) on January 3, handed over a dossier containing far reaching proposals.


ETCA talks in final stages’
[Saturday 2017-01-07 19:00]

A negotiating team from India was in Colombo this week to discuss the terms of the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA). The Indian delegation left Sri Lanka yesterday. “The Indian team was here to negotiate the final stages of ETCA. The talks went well, and the two sides are in the process of finalising the agreement,”the Indian High Commission’s Secretary of Press, Information and Culture Niteen Yeola said. “These negotiations bring ETCA closer, but Yeola did not say when the agreement would be finalised, as both sides are still working to resolve some issues,” Yeola added.

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