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January 22, 2017 [GMT]
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Zeid welcomes recommendations by Task Force
[Friday 2017-01-06 17:00]

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has welcomed the recommendations by the reconciliation Task Force, especially the call for foreign judges to be included in the accountability process on the war. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said that Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has always urged the creation of a hybrid court in Sri Lanka.


‘War crimes’ probe mechanism: Task force calls for full foreign participation
[Friday 2017-01-06 17:00]

The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM), headed by attorney-at-law Manouri Muttetuwegama, has called for full participation of foreign judges and other personnel including defence lawyers, prosecutors and investigators in transitional justice mechanism to address accountability issues. The eleven-member committee stressed that foreign participation was required as those who had suffered during the conflict had no faith in local judiciary, which lacked expertise to undertake such a task.


Security beefed up in Hambantota
[Friday 2017-01-06 17:00]

Authorities are tightening security in the Hambantota area where the Government plans to hold a major ceremony tomorrow (7) to flag off a series of development projects in the Southern Province. Security was visbly being beefed up around the venue due to host tomorrow's ceremony under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. There are concerns that various groups opposed to the controversial deal regarding the Hambantota Harbour may try to disrupt tomorrow's ceremony by holding protests.


EU team on fact finding visit
[Friday 2017-01-06 17:00]

A seven-member team, made up by top trade union representatives and industry watchers, based in the European Union, is set to visit the country in early January on a fact-finding mission, that will take them inside the country's export industrial zones to ascertain the rights and the working conditions of employees. The visit comes shortly after the Sri Lankan case to regain the GSP+ trade concessions was taken up for review by the EU in Brussels earlier this month.


LSSP rejects CTF recommendations
[Friday 2017-01-06 17:00]

The Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) vehemently rejects the recommendations by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) and urges the government to reject them and refrain from implementing them, LSSP Leader Prof. Tissa Vitharana said. Addressing a press briefing in Colombo yesterday, he said it will totally destroy the existing reconciliation and also create a huge conflict in the country making it another country in the Middle East.


JHU says Wigneswaran spreading racism
[Friday 2017-01-06 17:00]

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to stop the spreading of racism by the Northern Provincial Council. Addressing the media at party headquarters, Western Provincial Council member Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said the behaviour of NPC Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran was an impediment to reconciliation.


NO Foreign Judges – Rajitha
[Thursday 2017-01-05 18:00]

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne dismissed the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) recommendation, to include foreign Judges in any future tribunals on alleged war crimes. "People can say whatever they want, but the government has been clear there will be no foreign Judges. Yes, we are open to having experts to assist us in technical matters, but there is no room for foreign Judges," he said.


Purchase of new fighter aircraft: SLAF still to finalize fleet requirements
[Thursday 2017-01-05 18:00]

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is still in the process of finalizing its fleet requirements to purchase new multi-role combat aircraft to replace MiG and Kfir fleet. Earlier, the government had announced that it intends to purchase eight to 12 new multi-role combat aircraft for the SLAF. President Maithripala Sirisena and the Cabinet have officially granted the Ministry of Defence permission to solicit offers from foreign aircraft manufacturers for the procurement of new aircraft and associated weapon systems on a government-to-government basis.


President cuts all ties with Rajapaksas
[Thursday 2017-01-05 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to totally distance himself from all members of the Rajapaksa clan now and in the future, informed sources said. The President had given this assurance to 40 UNP backbenchers in Parliament, at talks he had with them last week, the source said. The President had also informed the UNP MPs to be wary of any MP from the two main parties who was having secret deals with the Rajapaksa clan.


No move to establish Chinese military base in Sri Lanka
[Thursday 2017-01-05 18:00]

The Government today dismissed claims that China may look to establish a military base in Sri Lanka. Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that some groups are attempting to mislead the public by claiming that China will have a military base at the Hambantota port. He said that no foreign country can establish such a base in Sri Lanka without the approval of the Government. Amaraweera said that the Sri Lankan Navy will handle the security aspects of the port.


India, Sri Lanka Coast Guard chiefs discuss cooperation
[Thursday 2017-01-05 18:00]

Indian Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh met his Sri Lankan counterpart Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunga in India on Wednesday and discussed more maritime cooperation, especially in the context of fishermen from both countries, the Indo-Asian News Service reported today. A three-member delegation led by Wimalathunga is on a three day visit to India for a high-level meeting with the Indian Coast Guard.


Regime Change: Mahinda should first safeguard his parliamentary seat - Ranil
[Thursday 2017-01-05 17:00]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa was dreaming of effecting regime change, but he would have to struggle to retain his parliamentary seat due to the unprecedented development drive, the government says. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing a press conference at Temple Trees to announce the launch of Powerful Sri Lanka, described as a programme to establish an economy providing opportunities to one and all, in conjunction with the global community, said that once the development projects for Hambantota, Kurunegala and the rest of the country created jobs and prosperity, the people would ask Mahinda what had been doing for ten years.


Court orders Army to submit list of surrendered LTTE cadres
[Wednesday 2017-01-04 18:00]

The Mullaitivu court Yesterday ordered the Army to submit a list of the LTTE cadres who surrendered during the final stages of the war. The Mullaitivu District Magistrate ordered the Army to submit the list by January 30 to the court, the BBC Sinhala service reported. The Mullaitivu District Magistrate issued the order when the court heard the case filed, alleging that some LTTE cadres who had surrendered to the Army had gone missing.


AG to appeal against Raviraj verdict
[Wednesday 2017-01-04 18:00]

Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya PC said he is considering appealing against the verdict of Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj murder case before the Appeal Court. He said the very day after the verdict was announced, he had requested the Court Registrar to forward the case record to him.


Sri Lanka's Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms recommends foreign judges in judicial mechanisms
[Wednesday 2017-01-04 18:00]

The Consultations Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms appointed by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister on 26 January 2016 has handed over its complete report to the Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Tuesday. In its report the Task Force has recommended including at least one international judge in the judicial process seeking accountability for the war time abuses during the last phase of the country's decades-long civil war.


Sri Lanka says will not be dictated to by any foreign country
[Wednesday 2017-01-04 18:00]

The Government today asserted that while it maintains good diplomatic relations, it will not agree to be dictated to by any country. Minister of Petroleum and Petroleum Gas Chandima Weerakkody told reporters that the Government will ensure Sri Lanka’s sovereignty is protected.


Mahinda: I will topple govt. while Ranil is in the country
[Wednesday 2017-01-04 18:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said he was not a back stabber trying to topple the government in the absence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He was responding to PM Wickremesinghe’s remark on Monday that he was going to Switzerland later this month and the former President could make use of his absence to try to topple his government. "I do not need to wait till Wickremesinghe leaves the country to effect a regime change. It is my plan to do so while he is in Sri Lanka," former President Rajapaksa told The Island.


Military deserters barred from leaving country
[Wednesday 2017-01-04 18:00]

Army, Navy, Air Force deserters who have not obtained legal discharge during the general amnesty period have been barred from leaving the country, the Defence Ministry said today. The general amnesty granted to the tri forces' personnel considered Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) to obtain legal discharge ended at midnight on December 31, 2016. Military Spokesman Roshan Seneviratne said strict legal action would be taken against deserters who have not reported to duty during the general amnesty period.


International Involvement Paramount for Delivery of Justice and Creating Lasting Peace in Sri Lanka:
[Tuesday 2017-01-03 21:00]

On this New Year’s Day 2017, the undersigned Tamil diaspora organizations appeal to the International Community, particularly the western and regional powers with influence and involvement in Sri Lanka, to ensure justice and lasting peace in Sri Lanka following up on the consensus UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1. The genocidal war against the Tamils was brought to a violent end in May 2009. Successive UNHRC resolutions, the Secretary General’s Panel of Experts report, and the OISL investigation culminated in the adoption of the consensus Resolution on October 1, 2015.


Resign: Suresh P. tells Sampanthan, Sumanthiran
[Tuesday 2017-01-03 18:00]

Former TNA MP Suresh Premachandran has demanded that the Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan who is also the leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran should resign from the Constitution Steering Committee and begin fresh talks with the government. He said this at a media briefing held on Sunday at the Jaffna Media Society.


Bodu Bala Sena threatens legal action against Mahinda
[Tuesday 2017-01-03 18:00]

In a strange falling out, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has threatened to take legal action against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his statements to the Colombo-based foreign media last week alleging that the hardline group was created by the Opposition and Western Governments to ensure his defeat.


Passenger ship to S. India put on hold
[Tuesday 2017-01-03 18:00]

A passenger ship that was to sail yesterday from the North to Southern India for the first time in 32 years was put on hold for unexplained reasons, official confirmed. The vessel, packed with Hindu pilgrims had planned a 10-day voyage across the Palk Bay to the Southern Indian city of Thiruvitharai. According to the officials the authorities had earlier given the green light for the voyage on a request by the Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray.


SriLankan flights to Beijing, Shanghai diverted to Mattala for two and a half hours
[Tuesday 2017-01-03 18:00]

Beijing and Shanghai-bound SriLankan Airlines flights will be diverted from the Bandaranaike International Airport to the Mattala Airport starting Friday for two-and-a-half hours before continuing to China. This situation is due to scheduling problems resulting from the closure of the BIA runway from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. from this week.


India to phase out bottom trawling: Amaraweera
[Tuesday 2017-01-03 18:00]

The Indian central government has given an assurance to phase out bottom trawling within a practicable time frame, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. He also said that the Indian Central government is focused on capacity building of the fishermen who have to be directed into optional fishing methods or new industries.


Prime Minister challenges Rajapaksa to topple govt.
[Tuesday 2017-01-03 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday challenged Mahinda Rajapaksa to topple the current government, days after the former President expressed his intent to make a political comeback by bringing down the government this year. “I will be going next week to Switzerland for one week giving Mahinda time to bring the government down,” Wickremesinghe told reporters here.


Statement by Minister Joly on Tamil Heritage Month:
[Tuesday 2017-01-03 09:00]

OTTAWA, January 1, 2017

The Tamil-Canadian community is a shining example of how Canada is made stronger through its cultural diversity. The Tamil language is one of the oldest living languages in the world, and we are enriched by Tamil-Canadian contributions to every aspect of our society—arts and culture in particular.


TGTE PRIME MINISTER RUDRAKUMARAN’S NEW YEAR MESSAGE:
[Tuesday 2017-01-03 09:00]

[“Hopes and Challenges”]

It is with great pleasure that I, on behalf of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, convey my New Year Greetings to all the Tamil people. Let us welcome 2017 with the fond hope that the blossoming New Year would present the Tamil people with favorable opportunities in their fight for the right to self-determination!


Govt. has planned to make 2017, 'Year of betrayal': Gammanpila
[Monday 2017-01-02 17:00]

While claiming that 2017 would not be a prosperous year, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) today charged the government had already planned to make 2017 the ‘Year of Betrayal’. Addressing a media briefing, PHU General Secretary MP Udaya Gammanpila said the people would have to face an unfortunate circumstance during this year with several actions of the government. “As the first step of the ‘Year of Betrayal’ agenda, the government is willing to pass the new Constitution which is biased towards the Tamil separatism and Federalism.

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