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December 18, 2017 [GMT]
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NO SOLUTION POSSIBLE WITHOUT N-E MERGER SAYS WIGGIE
[Sunday 2017-12-03 15:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran says that any solution sans the North-East merger would be destructive to the Tamil-speaking people. The Chief Minister’s comments come at a time when the interim report of the Constitutional Steering Committee on the proposed new constitution has temporarily stalemated following opposition from the Joint Opposition (JO) and the Muslim parties opposing the TNA demand for the North-East merger.


2 Lankan refugees held for going to Dubai on forged passports
[Sunday 2017-12-03 15:00]

Two Sri Lankan refugees were deported from Dubai for travelling on forged passports and arrested on their arrival here, police said. Sasidharan of Tiruchirapalli and Bhageerathan were staying in a private room in Chennai. The two had gone to Dubai through a private agent on November 19.


Britain calls for clarity on differing war missing persons figures
[Sunday 2017-12-03 15:00]

Britain has called for clarity on differing figures mentioned with regard to persons who had gone missing in Sri Lanka during the war between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) and in the aftermath of the end of the conflict on May 19 , 2009.


LG Polls Date after nominations
[Sunday 2017-12-03 15:00]

The date of the much awaited and hyped Local Government polls will be announced by the Elections Commission only after the nominations are finalized. Despite there being two sets of nomination lists, one for the 93 Local Bodies, which had no issues and the other bodies in the rest of the country, polls to all the LG bodies would be held on the same day, Additional Elections Commissioner M.M.


Hundreds of sea snakes caught in fishing nets
[Sunday 2017-12-03 15:00]

Hundreds of sea snakes were found trapped in fishing nets at Nawaladi in Batticaloa this morning, fishermen in the area said. They said they were finding it difficult to continue with their livelihood because of the rough seas and the incident with the sea snakes.According to reports a large number of sea snakes had been caught in the wake of the 2004 tsunami as well. However, some residents said the sea snakes were really a species of eels and that the adverse weather conditions might have triggered their exodus towards the fishing nets. The frightened fishermen asked the authorities to look into this matter.


ELECTIONS COMMISSION RULES : RELIGIOUS PLACES OUT OF BOUNDS FOR POLLS WORK
[Sunday 2017-12-03 15:00]

The Elections Commission has prohibited political parties from using religious places for any election propaganda, Chairman of the Elections Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya told the Sunday Observer. He said that the Elections Commission has already informed political parties in this regard and no direct or indirect propaganda activity will be allowed at religious places, under any circumstances.


Six Aava men in Police net Arrested in Colombo and Vavuniya
[Saturday 2017-12-02 18:00]

Six youths, including the suspected mastermind of the Aava Group, wanted in connection with a spate of crimes in the North, were taken into custody, Police said on 30 November. The Police Media told Ceylon Today that three suspects were arrested in Colombo on Wednesday while the remaining was apprehended in Vavuniya. They were arrested on alleged charges of assault, destruction of public property and vandalism that had taken place in Kopai, Jaffna and Manipay over the past one month, he said.


Contesting Eastern LG Polls ACMC joins UPA
[Saturday 2017-12-02 18:00]

The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), headed by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, has decided to contest a few districts, during the 2018 Local Government polls, with the United Peace Alliance (UPA). Secretary of the UPA, Hasan Ali said that the ACMC under Bathiudeen will be contesting all Districts in the Eastern Province. Ali added that the UPA was currently holding talks with a few more parties as well and that nominations will be handed over during the coming days.


Mahinda to lead alliance at LG polls JPP made up of 20 political parties
[Saturday 2017-12-02 18:00]

The Joint Opposition (JO) along with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to form a broad political alliance, known as the Joint Podujana Peramuna (JPP), along with 20 other political parties aimed at contesting the 2018 Local Government polls, sources said. They said, that the JPP will contest the forthcoming polls throughout the country including in the North and the East under the flower bud symbol.


If ill-gotten gains allegations proven Wimal to quit politics
[Saturday 2017-12-02 18:00]

National Freedom Front MP Wimal Weerawansa said that he would promptly quit party politics if it could be proved that he had earned a sum of over Rs 490,000 through illegal means. Weerawansa alleged that the modus operandi of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena was to sling mud at key figures of the Joint Opposition whenever an election nears, in a futile bid to derail the Opposition. He claimed that the public was fully aware of such tactics adopted by the regime led by the duo and that the public would not be deceived by the gimmicks of the current regime.


New low-pressure area spotted
[Saturday 2017-12-02 18:00]

The Meteorology Department said today it was tracking a low-pressure area developing over Andaman Island, situated in the east of Sri Lanka which was likely to turn into a tropical depression affecting the Eastern and Northern regions of the country next week. The Duty Meteorologist told Daily Mirror strong winds of up to 60 kmph may be experienced though there was the possibility of less rains over Sri Lanka.


Twenty Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested off Neduntheevu
[Saturday 2017-12-02 18:00]

Twenty fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy today for allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu, close to the island nation’s coast. The fishermen from Nagapattinam district were fishing in Sri Lankan waters when they were arrested, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department, Nagapattinam, Gangadhar, said.


Election Commission decides to hold elections for all LG bodies on one day
[Friday 2017-12-01 18:00]

The Elections Commission today has decided to hold elections for all local government bodies on one day after the petition against the gazette notification on delimitation was withdrawn. The announcement of the call for nominations for other local government bodies that were affected by the legal limitation is due to be issued on Monday (4), official sources said.


SF, Gamini showdown in Parliament
[Friday 2017-12-01 18:00]

A heated argument between Regional Development Minister Sarath Fonseka and joint opposition MP Gamini Lokuge rocked Parliament today. The argument ensured when Mr Lokuge criticized Field Marshal Fonseka and the latter replied. The argument heated up within moments and the duo ended up using unparliamentarily language.


Sri Lanka military releases 29 acres of land to the public in the North
[Friday 2017-12-01 18:00]

Sri Lanka Army accommodating the concerns of the public and local politicians in the area has released another 29 acres of land to the public in the North. Commander Security Forces (Jaffna) Major General Dharshana Hettiarachchi handed over the land to the Jaffna District Secretary, Mr. N. Vethanayahan at a ceremony at Ottampalam, Vasuvillan in Jaffna, yesterday.


Sri Lanka police arrest 31 asylum seekers trying to migrate to Australia
[Friday 2017-12-01 18:00]

Sri Lanka Police have arrested 31 persons who were attempting to illegally sail to Australia and New Zealand in fishing boats. Arachchikattuwa Police acting on information received have arrested the 31 would be asylum seekers in the Nagula Eliya area in Arachchikattuwa. The police say the group was waiting to board the boats to migrate to Australia and New Zealand through the sea routes.


Killer of Sri Lankan President's brother sentenced to 18 years of rigorous imprisonment
[Friday 2017-12-01 18:00]

A Sri Lankan court has sentenced the accused in the murder of Sri Lankan President's brother in 2015 to 18 years of rigorous imprisonment. Polonnaruwa High Court Judge Nimal Ranaweera yesterday sentenced the accused for killing President Maithripala Sirisena's brother, Pallewatte Gamaralalage Priyantha Sirisena for 18 years rigorous imprisonment.


Effects of cyclone OCKHI to decrease gradually
[Friday 2017-12-01 18:00]

The effects of cyclone OCKHI which emerged from the Arabian Sea is expected to decrease gradually with the movement of the cyclone away from the island, the Meteorology Department said today. However, showers or thundershowers will occur over most parts of the island. Heavy falls of 100mm are expected at some places in the Northern, North-central, Uva, Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces.


Five killed in adverse weather; depression moving away Top News
[Thursday 2017-11-30 17:00]

At least five persons were killed and one person has gone missing due to the adverse weather conditions prevailing in the country as the deep depression was moving away from Sri Lanka, authorities said today. The Police said three fishermen from Ambalangoda and Dodanduwa were among the deceased and another fishermen from Dodanduwa was reportedly went missing. The other two deceased were identified as residents of Kiribathgoda and Madolsima. Police said five more persons were injured due to the adverse weather condition.


Enclosures at the Dehiwela Zoo affected by heavy rains
[Thursday 2017-11-30 17:00]

Owing to the heavy rains and equally harsh windy conditions, enclosures at the Dehiwela Zoo have also been affected. According to our correspndent trees and foliage surrounding the spider monkey and the giraffe enclsures had collapsed. However, none of the animals were harmed.


Petitions against LG Gazette withdrawn
[Thursday 2017-11-30 17:00]

The petitioners who filed petitions against the Delimitation Gazette had withdrawn their petitions today. Following the withdrawal, the Court of Appeal had dissolved the stay order issued preventing the implementation of the Gazette notification. Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Mustapha earlier informed Parliament that the petitioners had agreed to withdraw the petition.


SLFP declines to quit Govt., talks on hold
[Thursday 2017-11-30 17:00]

Despite insistence by the Joint Opposition, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has declined to leave the government at this hour, it is learnt. The Joint Opposition insisted on this Tuesday as a condition for it to patch up with the SLFP section in the government. However, the SLFP delegation assigned for talks with the Joint Opposition cited inability to quit the government right now. However, they said it could be done at a later stage. This has now led to a stalemate in talks between the two factions to unite for the election.


UK tells Sri Lanka to fully implement UNHRC resolution
[Thursday 2017-11-30 17:00]

The British Government has told Sri Lanka to fully implement the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution which was passed in March. British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field said that he had raised the issue during his visit to Sri Lanka in October.


UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in Sri Lanka next Monday
[Thursday 2017-11-30 17:00]

A three-member delegation from the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 4 to 15 December 2017 to assess the country’s situation regarding the deprivation of liberty. José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, Leigh Toomey and Elina Steinerte will visit a variety of places where people are held, including prisons, police stations and institutions for juveniles, migrants and people with psychosocial disabilities, to gather first-hand information which will form part of their overall assessment.


Legal action against those commemorating LTTE - Minister
[Wednesday 2017-11-29 18:00]

Legal action will be taken against anyone commemorating a proscribed organisation, Defence State Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said. If any person or persons have held ceremonies in the North to commemorate the LTTE organisation or any of its past leaders they will be prosecuted, Wijewardene said. Wijewardene said that Prabhakaran was the leader of the LTTE which was a proscribed organisation. His assistants were also terrorists who had died after being members of the proscribed LTTE.


Vavuniya Campus closed indefinitely due to possible clash
[Wednesday 2017-11-29 18:00]

Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna has been indefinitely closed due to a possible clash between Sinahla and Tamil students in the university, the university Administration said. It was reported that a group of Sinhalese students had complained to the Administration about the Tamil students celebration of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s death anniversary on the 26th November and the administration has decided to close down the university to prevent any possible clash between the two student groups. Around 600 students who are occupying the hostel had been advised to evacuate the university premises by this evening.


Sridharan denies funding Maaveerar statues
[Wednesday 2017-11-29 18:00]

Tamil National Alliance Jaffna District MP S. Sridharan on 27 November denied releasing State or any of his personal funds towards the construction of Maaveerar statues in the Northern Province. He was reacting to media reports which alleged that the MP had released a sum of Rs 4 million from the decentralized budget towards the construction of a statue to commemorate fallen Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres in Kilinochchi.


Interim order preventing action against Gota
[Wednesday 2017-11-29 18:00]

The Court of Appeal today issued an interim order till December 6, preventing the FCID from taking action against former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa based on the Public Property Act. Mr. Rajapaksa last Friday filed a Writ petition seeking the Court to quash a report filed under Offences against the Public Property Act. In his application, he cited IGP Pujith Jayasundara, CID Director Shani Abeysekera, FCID DIG Ravi Waidyalankara, ASP Kamal Paliakara and the Attorney General as respondents. He also sought Court to prevent the respondents from proceeding with the report filed against him

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