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August 24, 2017 [GMT]
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TID takes Aava leader, two of his accomplices back to Jaffna
[Wednesday 2017-08-09 20:00]

The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) had taken ‘Aava’ group leader Victor Nisha and two of his accomplices arrested in Colombo back to Jaffna, highly placed security sources told The Island yesterday. Sources said Sathyavel Nathan Nishanthan alias Victor Nisha had initially tried to remain silent but had subsequently owned up to the attacks carried out by his group in the Jaffna peninsula over the past several weeks.


Canada looks forward to constructive engagement with Sri Lanka
[Wednesday 2017-08-09 20:00]

Canada has said it looks forward to constructive engagement with Sri Lanka, according to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Manila. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, had a bilateral meeting with Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada on the sidelines of the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Manila and exchanged views on measures to strengthen relations and enhance cooperation between the two countries.


Priest questioned by Sri Lanka police over Tamil war memorial leaves country on a short-term fellowship
[Wednesday 2017-08-09 20:00]

Father Elil Rajendram, a Tamil Catholic Priest belonging to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), based in Mullaitivu, Northern Sri Lanka has received an overseas short-term fellowship, Amnesty International said. Father Elil Rajendram was summoned by Sri Lanka police several times in May 2017 to question him for hosting a memorial for war dead in the North. The police obtained a court order preventing the priest from presiding over a ceremony to add some stones bearing the names of Tamils who had died during the war.


Dissolve ineffective NPC
[Wednesday 2017-08-09 20:00]

Opposition Leader of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) S. Thavarasa has said that since the council was not concerned at all about developing the Northern Province, it should be dissolved, in the best interest of the Northerners, instead of being allowed to function for namesake, spending colossal sums of money.


Police to crack foreign links in ‘Ava’ gang
[Wednesday 2017-08-09 20:00]

Police are now carrying out investigations to uncover possible foreign links to the criminal gang ‘Ava group,’ Police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said yesterday. Gunasekara said investigations are being conducted to ascertain information regarding individuals as well as groups funding or operating the Ava gang locally and internationally. “Intelligence agencies will also be consulted to cross check if the suspects had past links to the LTTE,” SP Gunasekara said.


Everyone enjoys freedom but not me: MR
[Wednesday 2017-08-09 20:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said all citizens tasted the freedom as a result of ending the three decade old war except for him as he cannot travel to any foreign country because the international forces are waiting to press charges against him. During an event held in Colombo last evening MP Rajapaksa said when he was abroad on several occasions, he and his delegation underwent inconvenience in certain countries.


TNA to meet President, PM
[Tuesday 2017-08-08 18:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) hierarchy will meet President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tomorrow (9) to discuss the security situation in the North. Jaffna District Parliamentarian and Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Leader Mavai Senathirajah said the Leader of the TNA R. Sampanthan had written to both the President and PM requesting for a discussion regarding the prevailing security situation in the North.


RAVI RESIGNS:MARAPANA, FOREIGN MINISTER
[Tuesday 2017-08-08 18:00]

President's Counsel and Former Attorney General and Minister of Developments Assignments Tilak Janaka Marapana will be shortly sworn in as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka. "This is a sequel to the incumbent Foreign Minister Sandresh Ravindra Karunanayake being scheduled to resign soon shortly with the wake of the current political impasse , authoritative political sources told Ceylon Today in the wee hours of today. Foreign Minister - designate Tilak Marapana was also Minister of Law and Order and Prison Reforms in the current Unity Government from September 2015 and November 2015.


More dissent in NPC ITAK to shun new portfolios
[Tuesday 2017-08-08 18:00]

The Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) which is the flagship in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has announced that it would not accept any new ministerial portfolios which the Northern Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran intends to appoint shortly. ITAK Leader Mavai. S. Senathirajah, supported by other Party Provincial Councillors, arrived at this decision following a meeting held on Sunday. The ITAK hierarchy held the meeting soon after the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) met at Chief Minister C. V. Wigmeswaran's residence in Nallur on Saturday (5).


Jaffna terror network moves to Colombo
[Tuesday 2017-08-08 18:00]

Police have, with the help of information elicited from former LTTE cadres nabbed in the aftermath of recent attacks on police and security forces in the North, uncovered clues of a well-established terror network operating in Colombo.Police had busted two cells of the network at Mattakkuliya and Pettah and nabbed three cadres including a top leader of the Aava Group known as Sathyavel Nathan Nishanthan alias Nisha Victor, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said.


Northern Province Health Minister resigns from his post
[Tuesday 2017-08-08 18:00]

Northern Province Health Minister P Sathyalingam has resigned from his post. The provincial Minister handed over his resignation letter Monday.


Forty-nine Indian fishermen arrested in SL waters
[Tuesday 2017-08-08 18:00]

Forty-nine Indian fishermen who engaged in illegal fishing activities in Sri Lankan waters were arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy and the Coast Guard on Monday (7) night in the seas off Delft Island and Kovilan Point. Navy Spokesman Chandima Walakuluge said they had impounded 12 fishing trawlers belonging to the arrested Indian fishermen.


‘Awa’ gang leader, 5 others arrested in Colombo, Jaffna
[Monday 2017-08-07 18:00]

The North-based ‘Awa’ group leader and five other members were arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) in Colombo and Jaffna. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said gang leader Sathayavel Nathan alias Nisha Victor, Raj Kumar Jey Kumar alias Vinod, Kulendran Manojith alias Manoj and Shiwa Suddhaniam Pool were arrested in Fort and Mattakuliya on Sunday night while two other members, Sri Kanthan Kukadas and Arjunam Prasanna were arrested in Jaffna He said Nathan was the main suspect in the assault on the two police constables in Kopay.


13 Lankans illegally arrived in Australia returned
[Monday 2017-08-07 18:00]

Thirteen Sri Lankan immigrants who arrived in Australia illegally were returned on Friday, the Australian High Commission today said. Issuing a statement, the High Commission said the individuals returned were not intercepted on a recent illegal maritime venture. “These non-citizens have been found not to engage Australia’s protection obligations, and have no lawful basis to remain in Australia. People who have no lawful basis to remain in Australia are expected to return home. Settlement in Australia will never be an option for anyone who attempts to travel to Australia illegally by boat,” it said.


STF op underway in Jaffna: 38 arrested, unlicensed vehicles seized
[Monday 2017-08-07 18:00]

Thirty eight persons wanted in connection with a spate of recent incidents in the Jaffna peninsula have been arrested. The Special Task Force (STF) spearheads the operation with the help of the police. A senior security official told The Island yesterday afternoon that police commandos and the police had cordoned off targeted areas in the peninsula and the operation got underway at midnight on Friday (Aug 4).


More arrests imminent in Navy youth abductions case
[Monday 2017-08-07 18:00]

Evidence developed following the arrest of Navy Commodore D.K.P.Dassanayake has lead investigators to identify at least three more navy personnel suspected of involvement in the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths between 2008–2009, informed Police sources said. Dassanayake and five seamen were arrested in July and produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne on July 10 in connection with the abduction and later disappearance of the eleven youths.


China not to use Lanka’s strategic location for its security needs: envoy
[Monday 2017-08-07 18:00]

The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, on Saturday assured Sri Lankans that China will never use Sri Lanka’s strategic location in the Indian Ocean for its strategic and security needs Newsin.asia reported today. Speaking at the reception to the Chinese naval hospital ship Ark Peace at the Colombo harbor, Yi said: “From over 1000 years ago, Sri Lanka has enjoyed its strategic location because the island is in the middle of the silk route.


PM HOLDS SPECIAL MEETING WITH RAVI
[Monday 2017-08-07 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held a special meeting with Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, on Saturday evening. Informed government sources said the Prime Minister would soon have a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena on Minister Karunanayake’s issue. The Prime Minister met the Foreign Minister in the light of recent developments at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate into the Treasury Bonds issue.


Security tightened in Vadamarachchi
[Sunday 2017-08-06 18:00]

Government beefed up security and conducted a search operation for several hours in Thunnalai, Vadamarachchi, in Point Pedro yesterday to arrest criminals involved in the upsurge in crime in the area. Three suspects in their 20s were arrested in a sweep by the Special Task Force (STF) and Police personnel who also confiscated 11 motorbikes, and also 6 Canter lorries that were used in illicit sand mining.


Another suspect in custody for assault on police officers in Kopai
[Sunday 2017-08-06 18:00]

Another suspect has been arrested in connection with last month's attack on two police officers attached to the Kopai Police station in Jaffna in Kondavil, police said. The suspect was arrested during a raid carried out by a team of Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) officers. A motorcycle belonging to the suspect was also taken into custody during the raid. The suspect, Pushparasa Dakshan, is a resident of Kokuvil West, Kokuvil and Kopai in Jaffna.


Chinese PLA Navy's most advanced hospital ship to arrive in Sri Lanka today
[Sunday 2017-08-06 18:00]

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's most advanced hospital ship, Daishan Dao or "Ark Peace" is scheduled to call port in Sri Lanka today. Performing Mission Harmony 2017, Ark Peace will pay a friendly visit to Sri Lanka from 6-9 August and will provide medical services to the Sri Lankan people free of charge on 8 August. The welcome ceremony for Ark Peace will start at 10.00 a.m. today and the ship will be open to the public in the afternoon.


PC powers to vest in House during dissolution
[Sunday 2017-08-06 18:00]

A twentieth amendment to the Constitution which the Government wants to introduce seeks to vest in Parliament the powers of a Provincial Council when it stands dissolved. The 20th Amendment will also enable all Provincial Council elections to be held on the same date and for Parliament to determine the date of dissolution of all PCs.


I will vote against Ravi: MR
[Sunday 2017-08-06 18:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he would vote in favour of the No-Confidence Motion against Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake submitted by the Joint Opposition to the office of the Secretary General of the Parliament.Attending a function held at the Galle on Saturday evening he stated that for the first time after the Unity Government came to office he was using his vote in Parliament against Minister Karunanayake.


Kariyawasam to assume office as Foreign Secretary next week
[Sunday 2017-08-06 18:00]

Prasad Kariyawasam, appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena as Foreign Secretary last week, will assume office next week. Kariyawasam, currently Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, told the Sunday Island from Washington: "I will take charge on August 15."


Northern Province Chief Minister and Sampanthan meet for talks
[Saturday 2017-08-05 18:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan met for talks in Jaffna today. The meeting is reported to have taken place at the residence of the Northern Province Chief Minister. Wigneswaran has not been in good terms with the Tamil National Alliance as of late.


Resign, President tells Ravi
[Saturday 2017-08-05 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has asked Foreign Affairs Minister and former finance minister Ravi Karunanayake to resign from his portfolio in the face of the allegations levelled against him in connection with the Central Bank bond sale, government sources said yesterday. They said the President had told the minister that if he continued to function as a Cabinet minister, it would create serious issues not only to the government but also to the minister himself and as such the President had pointed out that the best solution available to the minister is to resign from his ministerial portfolio.


Ravi K denies
[Saturday 2017-08-05 18:00]

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday denied reports which said President Maithripala Sirisena had asked him to resign from his post. "The reports and the remours that I have been asked to resign from my post is utter nonsense," he told Daily Mirror on Friday night.


Army chief not ready to blame every incident on LTTE
[Saturday 2017-08-05 18:00]

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said in Kandy that he could neither deny there were no LTTE activities in the North nor blame the LTTE for all the incidents. Lt. Gen. Senanayake said so responding to media after calling on the prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya on Friday (04). A soldier was bound by the criminal law and also by the laws governing the army. If a soldier committed a crime he would be punished by the criminal law and the law of the army, Lt. Gen. Senanayake said.

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