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Development programme with new orientation
[Tuesday 2013-06-04 20:00]

The Eighth Deyata Kirula project is planned to implement development programmes with a new orientation by utilising the service and expertize of public officials and the maximum participation of the people. Under this project quick solutions will be found for the problems of people by conducting mobile service programmes, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said. He was addressing an awareness programme on the Eighth Deyata Kirula Exhibition attended by area and staff officers of the public service at the Maligapitiya Stadium, Kurunegala. Minister Rajapaksa said the country was facing a security threat at the time the President first launched the Deyata Kirula programme.

GSL Continued To Detain Civilians - 'GSL Might View Doing So As Electorally Favorable' - JVP To US
[Tuesday 2013-06-04 19:00]

"Herath said that the IDPs were a major issue in Sri Lanka and that the GSL's claim that it was waiting to release IDPs because of the need to demine was false. He said that the government could and should release more IDPs and that the government's continued detention of civilians was likely to lead to problems in the future." the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington. The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The 'confidential' cable recounts the details of a meeting the US Embassy had with the JVP MP Vijitha Herath. The cable was written on November 06, 2009 by the US Ambassador to Colombo, Patricia A. Butenis.

Dehiwala bomb blast: 3 suspects sentenced
[Tuesday 2013-06-04 18:00]

The three accused who pleaded guilty to the charge of having conspired to explode a bomb on the South-bound train at the Dehiwala Railway Station on July 27, 1996 killing 64 people were today sentenced by the Colombo High Court. Two of the accused were sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment while the third was sentenced to five years RI. When the case was taken up for trial before Colombo High Court Judge Kumudini Wickramasinghe Counsel G. Jeyakumar and Lakshman Perera appearing for the three accused informed court that the accused Robert Maxillan, Saveri Muttu Loganathan and Thirumagal alias Ramani would plead guilty to the charges of conspiring, aiding and abetting to cause the loss of life and irreparable damage to the Sri Lanka Railway by blasting a bomb.

SL at risk of becoming Chinese colony
[Tuesday 2013-06-04 18:00]

Sri Lankan citizens becoming servants of Chinese colony is inevitable under the Rajapaksa regime and the country is already transforming into a Chinese colony, says United National Party (UNP). The General Secretary of the party Tissa Attanayake addressing made these comments at a press conference today (04) at Estate Workers Union auditorium in Rajagiriya. "Returning from his tour to China President stated that the country received another loan for its development. Thereby the government is attempting imply that obtaining loans is an astounding development. However, we will soon be able to experience the hazardous consequences of this", he stated.

Parliament adjourned after heated argument
[Tuesday 2013-06-04 18:00]

Parliament which was scheduled to hold session until 6pm today was adjourned a short while ago due to a heated debate over a bill that was brought up outside the agenda. The private member's bill brought up by UPFA Parliamentarian J.R.P. Sooriyapperuma which was not on the agenda caused a heated argument between the opposition and government MPs. The speaker who stepped in, adjourned the Parliament until tomorrow after discussion between both parties, the Ada Derana reporter confirms.

100 War veterans of Sri Lanka receive houses from President
[Tuesday 2013-06-04 17:00]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today handed over 100 houses built under the "Api Wenuwen Api" Housing Program to war veterans in Matale district. President Rajapaksa symbolically handed over the keys of the houses built under the 12th phase of the 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project to the Ranaviru families at a ceremony held at the Nugagolla Maha Vidyalaya at Wilgamuwa in Matale Monday. The houses were handed over to 69 Army soldiers, 20 sailors of the Navy and 11 Air Force personnel. The President also handed over kitchen utensils needed for the houses and school gear for the children of Ranaviru families. The President also joined in distributing school gear among 50 children of the Dharma Pradeepa Primary School at Nugagolla and the Nugagolla Maha Vidyalaya symbolizing the handing over of school gear to 800 children.

Solheim has an eye on Sri Lanka
[Tuesday 2013-06-04 17:00]

Former Norwegian peace envoy to Sri Lanka Erik Solheim says he is still having a close eye on Sri Lanka despite the end of his mediator role several years ago. Speaking to the Colombo Gazette, Solheim said that he had also met the Tamil Diaspora during his recent trip to Australia. "I am following events in Sri Lanka closely. Reading news. Meeting people," Solheim said. A former Minister of Environment and International Development in Norway, Solheim is now the Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Solheim, who had been often labeled in Sri Lanka as being pro-LTTE, had once said that Wikileaks reports on him proved that he was not biased towards one party. Solheim had also rejected the idea of a separate State in Sri Lanka and urged the Tamil Diaspora to seek dialogue and work through democratic means to achieve their goals.

Canadian Tamil Congress Profoundly Disappointed at Rogers Decision to Cancel South Asian News from OMNI Television
[Tuesday 2013-06-04 11:00]

TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) is profoundly disappointed at the decision made by Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI-B.TO) to cancel the daily evening South Asian News edition from Omni television. South Asian News Edition from Omni has been part of our daily lives for years, and it has been a nexus of news and information for all South Asians. South Asians are the fastest growing community in Canada.

Rawana Balaya opposes Seetha Devola
[Monday 2013-06-03 21:00]

Ravana Balaya stated that the organization is against the proposal to build a Sita Devi Temple at Divurumpola in Haggala. Ravana Balaya Convener Iththekande Saddhatissa Thera said that a statue of King Ravana should be erected before the construction of a temple for Sita Devi. Chief Minister of Madya Pradesh in India Shivraj Singh Chouhan first announced his plans to build a Sita Devi Temple in Sri Lanka during a party convention on Saturday (01). He said the Sita Devi Temple will be built definitely if the Bharatiya Janata Party comes to power in next general elections. He said the approvals from the Sri Lankan government have already been obtained, and the temple will be constructed through Swami Dayanand Trust.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister to visit Sri Lanka today
[Monday 2013-06-03 19:00]

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will depart Monday on a trip to India and Sri Lanka. A New Zealand Foreign Affairs Ministry statement said in Sri Lanka, the Minister is expected to discuss the country's hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November, as well as prospects for New Zealand's dairy trade. "This is a good opportunity to discuss Sri Lanka's hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November, as well as prospects for our quarter-billion dollar dairy trade," Mr. McCully has said. Mr. McCully will also meet the ministers of External Affairs and Economic Development to discuss Sri Lanka's progress in reconciliation and human right issues. "I also intend to discuss progress towards reconciliation following the end of the civil war and human rights issues," the Minister has said.

The Story Of The 'White House Champion Of Change' Dr. SivalingamTop News
[Monday 2013-06-03 19:00]

Dr.Sivalingam Sivananthan, a distinquished old boy of Jaffna Hindu College (1968 -75) and currently professor of physics at the University of Illinois Chicago and founder of Sivananthan Laboratories in Bolingbrook, USA, has been named a White House Champion of Change, an honour that recognizes immigrant entrepreneurs. He was given this honor at a ceremony at the White House on May 29th 2013. Sivananthan's work with a semiconductor material, mercury cadmium telluride or MCT, is at the heart of night vision technology and made the raid that took down Osama Bin Laden on a moonless night possible. Developing "technology that protects our protectors" has given him the opportunity to give back to his adopted country, said Sivananthan. The honor recognizes immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs-"the best and brightest from around the world who are helping create American jobs, grow the economy and make our nation competitive in the world," the White House said in a press release.

Four Hindu temples ransacked in one night by unruly persons in Batticaloa.Top News
[Monday 2013-06-03 19:00]

Four Hindu temples in one night was ransacked and damaged by unidentified persons in the Batticaloa district. The source sculpture and other idols were damaged and the jewelry and money had been looted was said. Tension prevailed in the Batticaloa town two days back due to this incident. Speculations emerged in the midst of people that the court refused to grant permission to erect a Buddhist statue at the Batticaloa Pillaiyaaradi corner and these attacks against temple may be the consequences of it. The Kurukkal center of Sri Sellakathirgamar temple, Batticaloa, Maangadu Pillaiyar Temple, Kirankulam Iyanaar temple, Pandiruppu Thirowpathiyamman temple authorities claimed that unidentified persons had executed this barbaric action.

Sri Lanka port says fire caused by chemicals, damage Rs600mn
[Monday 2013-06-03 19:00]

A fire at a general cargo warehouse at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port which resulted in about 600 million rupees of damage appeared to have been caused by falsely declared dangerous chemicals, officials said. Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman Priyath Wickrama said 461 customers had given information about the cargo imported and about their cargo which was valued at 556 million rupees and about 131 had so far said they had some form of insurance cover. The damaged warehouse was over 20 years old and was scheduled to be modernized, and had a residual value of about 40 million rupees, he said. Its replacement cost may be about a 100 million rupees, Wickrama said. Though the port expects all customers to have insurance and the port law does not provide for damages to be paid some relief will be provided for those who did not have insurance, he said.

Air Force officer killed in explosion at his residence
[Monday 2013-06-03 16:00]

An officer of the Air Force camp in Anuradhapura was killed following an explosion in his quarters early this morning (June 3). The incident took place at around 12.40am today, police stated. The Anuradhapura police stated that the victim was a 31 year old resident of the Radawana area. Further investigations are being carried out by the Anuradhapura police.

Northern polls won't solve minority grievances, Eastern PC useless - Sajith
[Monday 2013-06-03 16:00]

UNP MP Sajith Premadasa yesterday said that the Provincial Councils, introduced in accordance with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, wouldn't help solve the grievances of Tamil speaking people. Premadasa said that whoever won the first Northern Provincial Council election, scheduled for September 2013, the northerners' lot would not improve. Asked whether he, too, supported the ongoing campaign undertaken by the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the National Freedom Front (NFF) calling for the cancellation of the Northern PC polls citing security concerns, Premadasa said that the people of the Northern Province couldn't be deprived of the right to exercise their franchise at PC polls, while PCs functioned in other provinces.

'Remember past, so as not to repeat its terror'
[Monday 2013-06-03 16:00]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that recalling atrocities perpetrated by LTTE terrorists in the past was not intended to sow seeds of hatred in society, but to ensure that the such a gruesome period will not be repeated in the future. "We should tell the younger generation that the country faced such a gruesome period in the past in order to avert such situations in the future through forging closer and amicable ties between communities," he said. President Rajapaksa said that terrorist atrocities are recalled to impart a clear understanding of the terrible period that the country went through in the past to the younger generation, so as to ensure that such a period would never dawn again in the country.

Political parties to study media ethics bill
[Monday 2013-06-03 15:00]

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today that although the government all political parties have been provided a draft of the 'media ethics' bill in order to study it, prior to it being presented to parliament. Speaking to Daily Mirror Online Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the bill was stagnated at the consultative committee stage for a long period of time. "This is nothing new; we had discussed this with civil servants, senior journalists and other respected individuals and formulated a draft which was at the consultative committee stage without taking off. It was hurried due to various factors, and now we are awaiting responses from all the political parties" he said.

Tamil alliance of Sri Lanka accuses government of attempting to reduce Tamil votes
[Monday 2013-06-03 15:00]

The major Tamil party of Sri Lanka Tamil National Alliance (TNA) accuses the government of attempting to reduce the number of Tamil votes in the Province before the elections to Northern provincial Council scheduled for September this year. TNA parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah has said that the government is establishing new villages in the province and settling Sinhala and Muslim people while eliminating the voting rights of 180,000 Tamil people who are still not being resettled and living in other areas with relatives or in camps. At a central committee meeting of the TNA's main party Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) held in Kilinochchi recently the MP told BBC that about 100,000 displaced Tamils are living with the relatives and another 80,000 are living in India and those Tamils will not have the opportunity to vote at the elections.

India to build 'Sita' temple in Sri Lanka
[Sunday 2013-06-02 21:00]

India's Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Saturday that necessary approvals are secured from the Sri Lankan government and Indian government for the construction of goddess Sita's temple at Divurumpola, in Sri Lanka, a place believed to be associated with Ramayana, the PTI reported. "We have received the permission from the Sri Lankan government in this regard and the Centre has also given its approval," Chouhan said. Addressing an event in Madhya Pradesh, the Chief Minister also said, "The temple will be constructed through Swami Dayanand Trust." The chief minister had mooted the project in September 2012 when Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Sanchi to inaugurate the University of Buddhist-Indic Studies. Chouhan had offered to fund the project, sanctioning Rs 1 crore.

I'm under house arrest - CJ43
[Sunday 2013-06-02 21:00]

CJ43 Dr.Shirani Bandaranayaka says that she now feels like living under a house arrest. She says that the Bribery commission is summoning her frequently and documents are collected all the time. She also says that death threats are also circling around her and her son. Dr.Bandaranayaka made these remarks in a special interview with "Mawbima" Sunday newspaper senior journalist Mr. Upul Joseph Fernando. The complete interview can be seen in the "Mawbima" Sunday Newspaper.

Maavai questions credentials of Natchiappan meetTop News
[Sunday 2013-06-02 21:00]

TNA parliamentarian and ITAK General Secretary Mr. Maavai Senathirajah, on Thursday, questioned the credentials of the New Delhi meet of 'Sri Lankan Tamil Leaders' organised by Congress parliamentarian Dr E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan. We don't know whether it was organised by the government, a political party or by individuals, Maavai said. While we are already engaged in direct talks with the Indian Central Government over our political demands, in between what is the validity of such meets taking the 13th Amendment position and to what extent this is going to be beneficial, he raised his doubts. The dates fixed by Mr Natchiappan (June 5-6) may not be convenient to us but we anticipate that there will be a meeting with the Indian government by the middle of June, the TNA parliamentarian further said.

A key meeting in SLMC
[Sunday 2013-06-02 20:00]

A special executive committee meeting in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress is to be called in today in the evening to discuss about the JHU proposition of abolishing the 13th Amendment and the views of Govt members regarding the bill. Executive committee member and the National organizer of the SLMC Mr. Shafeek Rajabdeen said that his party is not agreeing to any decision which abolishes the 13th Amendment. He said that if the 13th amendment is abolished, then the whole constitution should be abolished with it as the 13th amendment has helped to preserve peace and the integrity of the country. He also reminded that if the 13 Amendment is to be abolished, then the decision of the North and Eastern PCs should be counted as key factors.

TNA ready to discuss UNP proposal
[Sunday 2013-06-02 20:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it is ready to discuss the proposals put forward by the UNP for a new constitution. TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that the proposal put forward by the UNP is only a structure and not a final document. He said that as the proposal is open for discussion in order to have a final document the TNA is willing to have discussions with the UNP. The main opposition UNP had last week made public its proposed constitution which includes a British style Westminster system for the Cabinet. The UNP constitution also proposes as a novel system the executive powers of the President to be exercised on apolitical basis and to be subject to checks and balances. Under the Westminster system the Cabinet of Ministers will be restricted to 25 including the Prime Minister.

Australian Naval Ship in Colombo
[Sunday 2013-06-02 14:00]

Australian Naval Ship 'HMAS Toowoomba' arrived at the Port of Colombo on Friday on a goodwill visit, Navy Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya told Daily Mirror online. Ship's Commanding Officer, Commander Brendon Zilko accompanied by Australian Defence Adviser to Sri Lanka, Colonel Michael Collie paid a courtesy call on Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Colombo. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill.

BJP to construct Sita temple in Sri Lanka
[Sunday 2013-06-02 14:00]

If India's Bharatiya Janata Party comes back for a third term in Madhya Pradesh, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government will construct a temple for goddess Sita in Sri Lanka. The state BJP gathered for a three-day conclave here in Gwalior to plan and strategize its election campaign and management in the next five months. Speaking to a large gathering of the party's grassroots level conveners and polling booth managers on Saturday, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan unveiled his developmental blueprint for the next five years. While Chouhan spoke elaborately on his plans for a green Madhya Pradesh'' and training 25 lakh youth as skilled professionals, he also mentioned the construction of a temple for goddess Sita through the Dayanand trust and in collaboration with the Sri Lankan government.

No outsiders onboard SLN vessels-Navy
[Sunday 2013-06-02 14:00]

The Sri Lanka Navy today denied reports that Chinese navy personnel had been spotted in Sri Lankan navy vessels near the Katchatheevu Island in the northern sea of Sri Lanka. "There is no such thing. We are not carrying any outsiders except our sailors and officers on board Navy Vessels," Navy Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya told Daily Mirror online. He also denied reports that it has deployed more than half a dozen naval vessels near Katchatheevu islet. "We are conducting normal patrolling in the Katchathivu sea, other than that there is no such increase of vessels in the area, as claimed," he said. On Saturday India's MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Saturday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure the immediate removal of Sri Lankan naval vessels from Katchatheevu Island.

US MOU Suspended
[Sunday 2013-06-02 14:00]

The Trincomalee Urban Council has decided to suspend the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the US Embassy in Colombo to open a US corner in Trincomalee. Secretary of the Urban Council Abdul Latif Mohammad Nafeel said that the External Affairs Ministry had informed the Council that the deal was unacceptable. He said that the Eastern Provincial Council had been informed in order to obtain clearance to continue with the MOU. The US Embassy had signed the deal with the Trincomalee Urban Council recently and the Embassy said that it had also signed similar deals to open information centers in Kandy and Jaffna. Meanwhile the External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama said that a special investigation has been launched into the MOU.

Sri Lanka is not a stage for India-China rivalry - envoy to India
[Sunday 2013-06-02 08:00]

Addressing India's concerns over Sri Lanka's growing relationship with China, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam said his country's relationship with the two Asian superpowers is not a "zero sum game". Delivering a speech at the Foreign Correspondent's Club in India Friday, the Sri Lankan envoy said India is Sri Lanka's "relative and closest friend" and Sri Lanka's close relationship with China is not diminishing the ties with India. "We are not in the habit of looking at our relations with India and China as a zero-sum game We consider India a relative and closest friend with whom we should have a very robust relationship," the envoy told Indian media. Sri Lankan envoy's assertion comes as Sri Lankan President's concluded his successful visit to China where he received Chinese government's continuous and multifaceted support for Sri Lanka's development and its sovereignty in international arena.

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