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March 29, 2017 [GMT]
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Maritime terrorism an emerging threat in Indian Ocean, says Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
[Wednesday 2017-03-15 17:00]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today pitched for closer cooperation among countries of the region to combat threat of terrorism, warning that maritime infrastructure in the Indian Ocean region could be a potential target of terror groups. He said non-state actors operating in the region were “powerful” and there was a need to work unitedly to shield the Indian Ocean Region from maritime terrorism, observing that it has the potential to disrupt economic growth.


Divineguma case: AG indicts Basil
[Wednesday 2017-03-15 17:00]

Colombo High Court today indicted former minister Basil Rajapaksa in the case in which he is accused of misappropriating Rs.29 million belonging to the Divineguma Department by using the funds to print five million almanacs during the 2015 presidential election. Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga later released the suspect on a cash bail of Rs.100, 000 with two sureties of Rs.500, 000 each and ordered that theaccused be fingerprinted.


Welcomes positive engagement between Govt. and HC’s office
[Tuesday 2017-03-14 18:00]

A follow up draft resolution on Sri Lanka sponsored by Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America was submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) yesterday. This follow up resolution under the title of “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka welcomes the positive engagement between the Government and the High Commissioner and the Office of the High Commissioner since October 2015.


Sri Lankans among crew in ship hijacked by Somali pirates
[Tuesday 2017-03-14 18:00]

It has been confirmed that eight Sri Lankans were on board the tanker that is believed to have been hijacked by Somali pirates off the seas of Djibouti on Monday, the Sri Lanka Navy said. Navy Spokesman Lt. Commander Chaminda Walakuluge said the French Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Center (MRCC) had informed the Rescue Coordinating Center (RCC) in Sri Lanka of the incident. Disputing the prior belief that the ship sailed under a Sri Lankan flag, the Navy spokesman said the ship was infact owned by a company based in the United Arab Emirates and sailed under the flag of the Comoros Island.


Ex LTTE woman three other nabbed at Wellawaya
[Tuesday 2017-03-14 18:00]

A rehabilitated woman cadre and three others in her company were arrested by the Wellawaya Police on suspicion yesterday, when President Maithripala Sirisena attended a ceremony in Kotaweheragala in Wellawaya to issue title deeds for State land to beneficiaries. The main suspect was from the Mullaithivu area and others were residents of the Kotaweheragala area.


Bid to assassinate TNA MP
[Tuesday 2017-03-14 18:00]

Four former LTTE cadres, allegedly involved in the conspiracy to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M. A. Sumanthiran, were further remanded until 22 March by Kilinochchi Magistrate A. Anandaraja, yesterday (13). According to the investigations conducted by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID), one suspect, Kannan Anojan Vetri is residing in Australia, and an international arrest warrant was issued for his arrest.


PM defends Navy in Palk Bay shooting
[Tuesday 2017-03-14 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, that Indian fishermen found poaching in the country's territorial waters are only arrested and never fired upon by the Navy. Wickremasinghe also informed High Commissioner Sandhu that besides an investigation into the incident by the Sri Lanka Navy, a separate probe is also being carried out by the Defence Ministry on the advice of President Mathiripala Sirisena. During the discussion, Sandhu had informed the PM that India was closely following the incident at which point PM Wickremesinghe had reacted with the remarks.


President seeks JSC recommendation to dismiss Kannan
[Tuesday 2017-03-14 18:00]

The Island exclusively reported last week that the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) had, in a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena dated 23 February 2017, disowned the recommendation it made earlier that Ramanathan Kannan be appointed a High Court Judge. In that letter, the JSC stated that if the BASL had made ‘no proper recommendation’ that Kannan be appointed a High Court judge, the recommendation that the JSC had sent earlier to the President had ‘no force or avail in law’.


International Truth and Justice Project alleges Sri Lanka security forces of continuing to 'operate with impunity'
[Monday 2017-03-13 18:00]

The International Truth and Justice Project has alleged that Sri Lanka's security forces are still continuing to 'operate with impunity', two years after the change in political leadership in the country. The executive director of the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP), Yasmin Sooka says in the former conflict areas, Tamil civilians live under a militarized and securitized system in which surveillance and intimidation constitute everyday life.


SOC on National Security to address TNA concerns on Counter Terrorism Act
[Monday 2017-03-13 18:00]

The Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security has assured that certain concerns the TNA has with the Counter Terrorism Act will be fully addressed, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said. “There were few concerns regarding the new Counter Terrorism Act, but we were assured that they have been corrected. Our concerns were to do with terms of detention, confessions used as evidence and on access to legal assistance from the time of arrest,” MP Sumanthiran explained. However, there is still another important matter that remains which is to do with the definition of terrorism.


Separate lane for buses open from today in Colombo suburb
[Monday 2017-03-13 18:00]

The Priority Lane pilot project, which functions dual lanes as priority lanes for passenger buses was initiated at Rajagiriya today with the participation of the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka. The project which was introduced as a long term solution for the heavy traffic congestion in Colombo will be conduct as a trial version for a period of one week and will be concluded on March 19.


Indian Coast Guard yet to give GPS info to Sri Lanka Navy on alleged shooting
[Monday 2017-03-13 18:00]

The Indian Coast Guard has not given Sri Lanka Navy the GPS information on the fishing boats which were allegedly shot at by the Sri Lanka Navy in the waters near the Katchatheevu islet last week resulting in the death of a fisherman, Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne said yesterday.


Counter Terrorism draft almost ready
[Monday 2017-03-13 18:00]

The revised draft of the Counter Terrorism Act which has been sent to the Legal Draftsman is currently in the process of being converted into a Bill, a government source said. A top level government official, speaking to the Daily News, said the legal framework and the framework of the proposed Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) underwent certain revisions based on four experts’ reports, provided by the consultancy appointed, on a request from the Sri Lankan government, by the United Nations to express its view on the said Bill. “Then the revised version went before the Cabinet once again early this year and the Cabinet once again approved it. The revised text was sent to the Legal Draftsman in mid January to convert it into a draft Bill.”


Renuka Herath dies at 72
[Monday 2017-03-13 18:00]

Former UNP Minister and opposition leader of the Central Provincial Council Renuka Herath has passed away this morning at the Kandy General Hospital at the age of 72.


No Indian devotees at Kachchathivu Feat Top News
[Sunday 2017-03-12 18:00]

Though more than 5,000 pilgrims from India had been scheduled to attend St. Anthony’s Feast of Kachchathivu islet this year, none attended it, the Navy said today. Navy Spokesman Chandima Walakuluge said around 9,000 devotees from both India and Sri Lanka were expected to take part in this year’s Kachchathivu Feast. However, only local pilgrims attended the festival that was held on March 11 and 12. The Indian media reported that as fallout of a tragedy, where an Indian fisherman was killed and another injured in a shooting, the Rameshwaram fishermen had decided to boycott the annual feast in Kachchathivu.


IMPLEMENTATION OF UN RESOLUTION : TNA EXTENDS CONDITIONAL SUPPORT
[Sunday 2017-03-12 17:00]

Parliamentarians and Provincial Councillors of TNA’s constituent parties met in Vavunia yesterday presided over by TNA leader R. Sampanthan and decided to demand for full implementation of the Geneva Resolution 30/1 which meant giving more time for the Government to fulfill its promises.


Gota’s war heroes off to Geneva
[Sunday 2017-03-12 17:00]

Rtd. Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara will leave for Geneva tomorrow leading a three-man delegation to meet UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein to mount an offensive against the case, now argued before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), that Sri Lankan forces committed war crimes, especially during the closing stages of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This allegation is the centrepiece of the UNHRC resolution that is widely accepted by the international community including the Tamil Diaspora.


Hambantota Port deal prohibits military activity
[Sunday 2017-03-12 17:00]

An agreement to be signed between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and China Merchant Port Holdings Company (CMPort) for the privatisation of Hambantota Port expressly forbids military activity and envisages the setting up of an oversight committee to oversee national security of port property. Port property shall be strictly dedicated for port-related commercial activities, says the final working draft of the 75-page concession agreement which gives CMPort the right to operate business within the Government’s jurisdiction, subject to certain conditions.


President to Russia on 22nd
[Sunday 2017-03-12 17:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena will travel to Russia on 22 March, on a three-day tour on an official invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Senior Spokesman for the Presidential Secretariat said. The source said economic and security issues will feature high in talks between Putin and President Sirisena. The two leaders will also explore opportunities for Sri Lankan export products in the Russian market.


Govt. decides to freeze foreign loans for at least 3 years
[Sunday 2017-03-12 17:00]

Saddled with a debt repayment of US $ 5.6 billion by 2018, the Government has decided to stop taking any new loans for at least the next three years, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told the Sunday Times. Institutions like the Road Ddevelopment Authority (RDA), Urban Development Authority (UDA) have been asked to put mega projects on hold if they entail taking fresh loans, he said.


Sri Lanka faces UN censure for no action against war crimes
[Saturday 2017-03-11 17:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in Sri Lanka promising justice for war crimes, breaking from his predecessor and presenting the island with its first real shot at lasting peace. But that optimism has been sorely tested as Mr Sirisena - having missed a two-year deadline to investigate wartime abuses - declared he would never prosecute his soldiers, rejecting outright fresh United Nations calls for an international trial.


India conveys concerns over H’tota port handover
[Saturday 2017-03-11 17:00]

India has conveyed its concerns to Sri Lanka through diplomatic channels over the serious threats to its national security due to the agreement to handover Hambantota port to China, a senior minister in the government told Sri Lanka Mirror. Meanwhile, ports minister Arjuna Ranatunga has sent a letter to the head of the ministerial committee on privatization Sarath Amunugama expressing his opposition to the draft agreement.


Sri Lanka's defence secy to be replaced
[Saturday 2017-03-11 17:00]

Sri Lanka's defence secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi is tipped to be replaced by an officer from the attorney general's office shortly, official sources said Friday. Hettiarachchi, who turns 67 on March 20, has just returned from Singapore where he had undergone heart surgery, official sources said adding that he was being eased out. Senior Additional Solicitor General Kapila Waidyaratne, President's Counsel, is tipped to be the new Defence Secretary.


Evaluation before reshuffle
[Saturday 2017-03-11 17:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena is currently evaluating the work of all the ministries before carrying out a reshuffle of the Cabinet, sources said. General Secretaryof the UPFA and Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said, the President was currently inspecting the ministers who have worked diligently in the tasks assigned to them as well as those who have failed to perform up to expectations during the past two years. He said a discussion in this regard had also been held during a meeting held with a group of SLFP ministers.


Pak warships on four-day goodwill visit
[Saturday 2017-03-11 17:00]

Pakistan Naval Ships NASR and SAIF will arrive at the Colombo Port for a four-day goodwill visit tomorrow (March 12). The port call is part of the strong traditional, professional and brotherly relationship between the Navies of the two countries. Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) SAIF is a SWORD class F22P Frigate of Chinese origin. It is equipped with state of the art weapons, sensors and machinery, making it capable of undertaking a variety of maritime operations while PNS NASR is a leading unit of Pakistani Navy Fleet’s 9th Auxiliary and Mine Warfare Squadron.


Air Chief Marshal Bulathsinghala assumes duties as Ambassador to Afghanistan
[Saturday 2017-03-11 17:00]

Air Chief Marshal (Rtd) Bulathsinghala, Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to Afghanistan presented his Credentials to Afghan President Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, on 7th March 2017 at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. The Ceremony commenced with a red Carpet Guard of Honour by the Presidential Guard at the sprawling lawn overlooking the Palace and he was accorded a Military Presentation of Arms.


GTF wants UN rights body to closely monitor Sri Lanka
[Friday 2017-03-10 18:00]

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) today welcomed the report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights backed the observation that ‘stronger, tangible results needed to be forthcoming without further delay to prevent any further dissipation of hard-earned trust.’


EU calls for full implementation of resolution on Sri Lanka
[Friday 2017-03-10 18:00]

The European Union (EU) today called for the full implementation of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on Sri Lanka. Speaking at the Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights during the 34th session of the UNHRC today, the EU said it welcomes the High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka. “The EU remains committed to the full and timely implementation of UNHRC resolution 30/1 to promote human rights, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka,” the EU said. The High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka is scheduled to be discussed in full on March 22.

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