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October 22, 2017 [GMT]
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Swiss police shoot dead knife-attack asylum seeker
[Sunday 2017-10-08 19:00]

Swiss police have shot and killed an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka near a refugee center in the Swiss canton of Ticino after he threatened fellow refugees with two knives. Police was alerted to a brawl involving several asylum seekers in the town of Brissago on Saturday afternoon. Upon intervening, officers escorted two asylum seekers into the building where they were rushed at by a 38-year-old man brandishing two knives.

Wiggy wants SL status changed in new Constitution United Country not Unitary State
[Sunday 2017-10-08 19:00]

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran is weighing in on the debate over the new Constitution and says Sri Lanka should be called a 'United (Eksath)' Country rather than a 'Unitary (Ekiya)' State. Wigneswaran, a former Supreme Court Judge, says the Sinhala word 'Ekiya Rajya' (Unitary State) should be changed to 'Eksath Rajya' in the new Constitution.

Air Force To Purchase 18 New Aircraft
[Sunday 2017-10-08 19:00]

The Sri Lanka Air Force is planning to purchase 18 new aircraft, including fighter jets, passenger planes and transport planes. Air Force spokesperson, Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne said the new aircraft will meet the requirements which existed over the past five years.

Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission asks President to ensure Enforced Disappearances Bill enacted
[Saturday 2017-10-07 18:00]

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) presenting its observations on the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill has requested the President Maithripala Sirisena to endure the bill is enacted. The Commission presenting its observations on the bill in writing to the President said the proposed legislation is a positive step towards addressing the long history of disappearances in Sri Lanka and stemming impunity for gross violations of human rights.

EPDP in talks with anti-TNA forces Move aimed at polls
[Saturday 2017-10-07 18:00]

The Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) headed by MP Douglas Devananda has decided to hold talks with parties and groups opposed to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the North, targetting future elections, sources said. They said that they have already begun talks with parties led by V. Anandasangaree, the Padmanabhan Group, Eelam People's Revolutionary Front (EPRLF), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) led by Vardaraja Perumal and with other smaller political parties in the North.

Sri Lanka, U.S. Navy CARAT Exercise 2017 concludes
[Saturday 2017-10-07 18:00]

The first ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise - 2017 conducted in collaboration with United States maritime forcers and Sri Lanka Navy Marines concluded in Trincomalee Friday (06 October 2017). CARAT was held for the twenty-third year and Sri Lanka turned out to be the latest CARAT partner nation, demonstrating a shared commitment to maritime security in the Indian Ocean. Training exercises were conducted on the Sri Lankan Navy base in Trincomalee from Oct. 2-6, 2017.

Hambantota protesters arrested for unruly behavior remanded till 16th
[Saturday 2017-10-07 18:00]

A Sri Lankan court ordered to remand the 28 suspects arrested in connection with the protest in Hambantota yesterday. The Hambantota Police arrested the 28 protesters including 6 women for a number of charges including damaging public property and violating court orders among others, during a protest held at the Indian Consulate in Hambantota defying the court orders. They were remanded until the 16th of this month when they were produced before the Hambantota Magistrate Court.

Gammanpila challenges Provincial Council Act
[Saturday 2017-10-07 18:00]

Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila today filed a Fundamental Rights petition in Supreme Court seeking a declaration that the certification by the Speaker endorsing the passage of the “Provincial Council (Amendment)” Bill is in violation of Article 79 of the Constitution and constitutes an infringement of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed to the Petitioner by Articles 10 and 12(1) 12(2) of the Constitution.

SLPP calling for nominations
[Saturday 2017-10-07 18:00]

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has started accepting nominations ahead of fielding candidates for the upcoming Local Government polls. SLPP Media Spokesman Sanjeewa Edirimanne said nominations were currently being received at the party's Nelum Mawatha Head Office in Battaramulla. He added that parties such as NFF, MEP and DLF are expected to contest LG polls through a broad alliance with the campaign to be spearheaded by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Referendums on the march - TGTE Condemns Violence to Suppress The Right To Decide in Catalonia
[Friday 2017-10-06 18:00]

Catalan people responded to violence employed by Spanish Government with their most powerful weapon, their fundamental right to vote.

BARCELONA, CATALONIA, October 6, 2017 / EINPresswire.com/

This week the International Community witnessed another referendum conducted by a non-state entity in the face of opposition from the national state and the international powers. Below, please find a video.

TNA takes up NE re-merger with UK promises ‘constitutional protection’ to prevent separation
[Friday 2017-10-06 17:00]

TNA leader R. Sampanthan has called for re-merger of the Eastern and Northern Provinces during talks with visiting UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field at Westminster House in Colombo. Supreme Court de-merged the Eastern Province from the North in Oct 2006. The two provinces were linked in accordance with the Indo-Lanka Accord of July 1987 pending a referendum that was never held.

JO protest tear-gassed Top News
[Friday 2017-10-06 17:00]

Police fired tear gas and water canon to disperse Joint Opposition protestors who staged a protest at the Indian Consulate office in Hambantota a short while ago. Joint Opposition MPs Namal Rajapaksa, D.V. Upul, Arundika Fernando, Kumar Welgama, Mahindananda Aluthgamage and Chamal Rajapaksa participated in the protest. The Hambantota Magistrate Court yesterday issued a restraining order preventing protests by MP Namal Rajapaksa and D.V. Upul in the vicinity of the Hambantota Port, Indian Consulate and the roads leading to the Hambantota Port today.

UN expert on transitional justice to review progress in Sri Lanka
[Friday 2017-10-06 17:00]

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 23 October 2017, to examine the progress made in redressing the legacies of massive past violations and abuses, including those that resulted from a conflict that spanned more than 25 years, the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights said today.

NPC Member Bathiudeen resigns
[Friday 2017-10-06 17:00]

All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Northern Provincial Councilor Rifkhan Bathiudeen has resigned from his post as a PC Member, in his letter to the Council's Chairman, he has stated he is resigning on the instructions of his party. He had stated that the party can now appoint the person who has polled the next highest preferencial votes in the last Provincial Council Election. Rifkhan Bathiudeen is the brother of Industry and Commerce Minister Rishard Bathiudeen. He served 3 1/2 years as an NPC Member

Ex-Tiger arms manufacturer captured
[Friday 2017-10-06 17:00]

Pudukuddirippu Police said that an individual who had been secretly manufacturing firearms and explosives in a house in Devipuram, Pudukuddirippu in Mullaitivu was taken into custoady together with firearms and explosives, on Tuesday (03). Based on information received by the police that firearms were being manufactured on a large scale inside a house in Devipuram, a sudden raid was carried out and the suspect apprehended. During questioning, Police had discovered that the suspect had been serving in the firearms manufacturing division of the LTTE for a long time.

Trinco oil tanks: Indo-SL groups talks focus on joint venture
[Friday 2017-10-06 17:00]

The Joint Working Group (JWG) between India and Sri Lanka is currently having negotiations on the establishment of a joint venture to develop the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm, an official said yesterday. The JWG has been set up to explore developments of roads, the petroleum sector and the Trincomalee port and power projects. Managing Director Lanka Indian Oil Company Shyam Bohra told the Daily Mirror the government to government talks were taking place through the JWG to work out modalities for the development of the Oil Tank Farm in Trincomalee.

NP Chief Minister rejects steering committee report
[Thursday 2017-10-05 18:00]

The Tamil People’s Council chaired by NP Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran had issued a press notice informing that they are rejecting the report of the subcommittee of the steering committee appointed for drafting the New Constitution. The press notice states that the proposed New Constitution has been prepared with much alignment towards Sinhala Buddhist opinion, and the government should clearly indicate its position in solving the problems faced by the Tamil People and include such decisions in the proposed Constitution.

Rajitha hails Basil’s Jaffna speech: Roadblock to returning occupied land removed
[Thursday 2017-10-05 18:00]

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne yesterday announced that a major obstacle to reconciliation had been removed with a nationalist party making a U-turn to support the government’s return of occupied land in Jaffna. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said he welcomed former strongman Minister Basil Rajapaksa who leads the new nationalist Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) declaring his full support to end military occupation of privately-owned land.

Australia rejects claims related to Lankan found dead on Manus Island
[Thursday 2017-10-05 18:00]

The Australian High Commission in Colombo has rejected as false, recent media reports suggesting the Australian Government has requested funds from the family of Rajeev Rajendran – the Sri Lankan Tamil man who died recently on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea – to repatriate his body to Sri Lanka. The Australian Government – including the High Commission – has not been approached by Rajendran’s family and has not requested funds to repatriate his body.

PM leaves for Germany, Finland
[Thursday 2017-10-05 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to leave for Germany today, October 5 on a private visit. After a tour of Berlin he will proceed to Finland on an official tour from October 9. The Finland tour is intended to strengthen bilateral relations between Finland and Sri Lanka and establish new mutual ties in the trade, economic and industrial fields.

Extension of Navy Chief’s term It should be more than a month – Rajitha
[Thursday 2017-10-05 18:00]

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said, that he was of the view that Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah, should have his term extended by more than a month. The Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine made these remarks, during the Cabinet press briefing yesterday, when a journalist inquired as to whether the Navy Commander was being forced to retire due to his opposition to Sri Lanka purchasing new warship at Rs 24 billion.

Five member PC Elections Delimitation Committee
[Thursday 2017-10-05 18:00]

The Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry yesterday announced a five member Provincial Council Elections Delimitation Committee headed by K. Thavalingam. The committee also includes Prof. S.H. Hisbullah, Dr. Anila Dias Bandaranaike, former Elections Commissioner P.M. Siriwardene and Prof.Sangara Wijeya Sandiran. The five-member committee is tasked with creating new electorates.

SL has preserved democracy- Sampanthan
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan yesterday said in Parliament that Sri Lanka had in the 70 years preserved democratic governance through electoral processes though not completely without blemish. "The truth must be acknowledged that electoral process alone cannot ensure democratic governance," he said. Full text of the Opposition Leader’s speech:

British Minister here tomorrow to discuss reconciliation and other issues
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow and day after to discuss reconciliation, demining and the illegal wildlife trade. The visit to Colombo and Jaffna on the 5th and 6th October is Mr Field’s first official visit to Sri Lanka since becoming Foreign Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific. During his two-day visit he will meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana, Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera, Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya and Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray.

Sri Lanka opposition party to protest airport deal to Indian company
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

Sri Lanka's main opposition party, mostly comprising loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, said today it will stage a protest against the proposed lease of an airport to an Indian company. The Joint Opposition, a political alliance formed by a right-wing faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and several left-wing parties, said they will protest on Friday against the proposed 40-year lease to an Indian company of the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA), located in the Mattala town, 18 km from Hambantota.

We will ensure return of Northern lands to rightful owners: Basil
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

Responding to a question on land and missing persons, former Minister Basil Rajapaksa said a government run by his party would ensure that all private lands in the North would be returned to their rightful owners. “Those who don’t have land have to be given land by the government,” he added addressing reporters in Jaffna to launch the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the new party formed by Rajapaksa loyalists. He further explained that during the previous regime, after his brother former President Mahinda Rajapaksa took over office on November 17,2005, the government did not take over any private land in the North.

No show by many MPs
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

Attendance of Members of Parliament at the special sittings yesterday to mark the 70th anniversary of parliamentary democracy was very poor. The special sittings commenced around 2.30 pm with President Maithripala Sirisena attending. Speakers and Deputy Speakers from the parliaments of SAARC nations and the members of Colombo based diplomatic corps were present in the Speaker’s gallery. It could be seen from the galleries that MPs of both sides including the front row members and a majority of backbenchers were absent.

SL's ‘Unitary’ character must remain unchanged: JHU
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today Sri Lanka's ‘Unitary’ character should remain unchanged. General Secretary and Minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka said their party was against the interpretation given on the ‘State of Sri Lanka' in the Constitutional Reforms Steering Committee Report. "The provincial council system has damaged the unitary character to some extent. However, we firmly believe that the article pertaining to the Unitary character and the Clauses 4 (1) and 76 (1) of the current Constitution should not be changed,” he told a news briefing.

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