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June 23, 2017 [GMT]
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US donates Rs. 350 million in flood aid
[Sunday 2017-06-04 17:00]

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap joined President Maithripala Sirisena to announce donations of approximately rupees 350 million (US$2.3 million) in humanitarian assistance from the United States government and people to help victims of flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka.

Finally, an Ambassador to Germany
[Sunday 2017-06-04 17:00]

Germany’s Foreign Ministry has accepted the agreemot (personal details) for the appointment of Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiaratchchi as Ambassador from Sri Lanka. His appointment is the third nominee to Berlin, after two previous names were shot down, first by the Minister himself, and the second by the President. He will now go before the Parliamentary High Post Committee, before leaving at the end of June to take up appointment. Kapila Waidyaratne, Additional Solicitor General in the Attorney General’s Dept, who retires from his post in July, will take over as the new Defence Secretary.

Ranawaka warns Jaffna will be a desert within 50 years
[Saturday 2017-06-03 17:00]

Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says Jaffna will be a semi-desert within the next 50 years owing to global warming. Addressing the media at his ministry yesterday, Minister Ranawaka said: "The Northern and Eastern provinces will face a severe drought situation in the coming years. At this rate due to global warming Jaffna could become a semi-desert within the next 50 years. We call upon those who clamour for a traditional homeland to divert those energies to save their lands first by protecting the environment.

Jaffna university students killing:Deceased student’s fatherfiles proxy to intervene
[Saturday 2017-06-03 17:00]

The Court of Appeal this week granted time till 30 June for the intervenient petitioner as well as the respondents in the Jaffna university student murder case to file objections. SinnathuraiVijayakumar, the father of one of the deceased students, was granted a little over a month to file objections with regard to the appeal filed by the five police officers that were arrested in connection with theshooting incident were two Jaffna University students were allegedly gunned down.The matter came up before Justice S.Thurairaja.

Sirisena-Rajapaksa talks mooted to end SLFP crisis
[Saturday 2017-06-03 17:00]

Two rival factions of SLFP are attempting to organise powvow between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to bring an end to the crisis brewing in the party. The two factions have had several rounds of talks and also met party seniors to discuss the proposed meeting between Rajapaksa and Sirisena. A foreign power has urged former President Rajapaksa to join the talks aimed at uniting the SLFP.

Japan gifts weather radars to Lanka
[Saturday 2017-06-03 17:00]

Secretary to the Disaster Management Ministry S. S. Meeyanwala yesterday said that the Ministry planned to install two Doplar Radar Systems covering the coastal areas which could forecast inclement weather. He said the radars were to be installed in Pottuvil and Kalpitiya. Meeyanwala said they were a gift from Japan and Tokyo would provide the technical expertise as well. An agreement between the two countries will be signed in the next few days, in this regard. The Ministry Secretary said that as the Doplar Radar System gifted by the US had been out of order, it had been sent back to America for repairs.

[Saturday 2017-06-03 17:00]

Thousands of dead fish washed ashore at Wattuwakal in the Nandikadal lagoon yesterday. Fishermen say the high temperature in the lagoon is believed to have caused the deaths of the fish.

CID questions Gota : Over Keith Noyahr abduction
[Saturday 2017-06-03 17:00]

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) questioned former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for over three hours over the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr yesterday. The former Defence Secretary was questioned whether he was aware of the abduction of the senior journalist as he was in charge of the security apparatus at the time of the incident. The CID also questioned Rajapaksa over claims that he intervened in ensuring the release of Noyahr in the wee hours of May 23,2008.

Malaysia Airlines flight turns back after bomb scare passenger tries to enter cockpit
[Thursday 2017-06-01 17:00]

A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to turn back after a passenger claimed he was carrying a bomb and tried to enter the cockpit. The flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur was turned back after the captain was alerted to the "disruptive" passenger by cabin crew. It landed at Melbourne Airport at 11.40pm local time and was kept in a remote bay while security services were called. The passenger was apprehended by airport security, Malaysia Airlines said.

Sri Lanka sees mass pilot whale stranding after cyclone
[Thursday 2017-06-01 17:00]

Sri Lanka's Eastern Sampur coast has seen pod of around 20 whales stranding themselves a day after a cyclonic storm lashed the island. Pictures published by the Sri Lanka Navy and local media show what appears to be pilot whales beaching themselves repeatedly with sailors and other men trying to push them back to the sea.Large pods of pilot whales have been sighted in the seas around Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is also one of the easiest places in the world to see blue whales.

Mullaitivu police arrest 2 persons with explosives
[Thursday 2017-06-01 17:00]

Mullaitivu Police arrested two passengers with explosives on a tip-off while they were travelling in a Trincomalee-bound bus. The Police had taken into custody 20 detonators, 5 dynamite sticks and two service cords which were in their possession. The arrested suspects with the explosives were identified as Abdul Azeez Abul Hassan and Rahamuthulla from Pulmudai. They were arrested by a police team under the supervision of Mullaitivu Police HQ OIC, Chief inspector Lal Chandrasiri.

Three Chinese ships arrive in Colombo
[Thursday 2017-06-01 17:00]

Three ships from the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) of China arrived at the Colombo Port yesterday to assist ongoing relief operations, following the adverse weather that wreaked havoc in the country, the Navy said. The three PLA Navy ships, “Chang Chun”, “Jing Zhou” and “Chao Hu” which were on a goodwill visit, subsequently focused their intentions on relief efforts to help the general public affected by inclement weather.

Australia donates rescue boats
[Thursday 2017-06-01 17:00]

Australia today donated 10 fully fledged rescue boats to be used in rescue operations in flood affected areas of the country. The fleet of boats was officially handed over to Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake by Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson at the Rangala Navy Camp premises of the Colombo Port. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne was also present.

Extradition treaty with China approved
[Thursday 2017-06-01 17:00]

The extradition treaty between Sri Lanka and the Peoples’ Republic of China received Cabinet approval this week. The treaty regarding the extradition process was signed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during his official visit to China last year. Thereafter, President Sirisena in his capacity as Defence Minister put forward the treaty on Tuesday for Cabinet approval. Sri Lanka also shares extradition treaties with Russia, Hong Kong, Italy, Maldives, Russia, UAE, USA, Vietnam, Turkey and Ukraine.

Canadian Tamil Congress Urges Urgent Support to Sri Lankan Flood Victims:
[Wednesday 2017-05-31 18:00]

Sri Lanka is experiencing its heaviest rain fall in 40 years. Nearly 200 people are dead and over 500,000 are homeless as rain and landslide decimate vast areas. There are many more missing and unaccounted for. Tamil Canadians' hearts go out to the people affected by this terrible event and they are in our prayers. CTC appeals for our Canadian government to support the Sri Lankan flood relief effort, as we have done in various parts of the world when they are affected by natural disasters.

North still gripped by drought
[Wednesday 2017-05-31 17:00]

The District Disaster Management Centre says excessive rain has caused disasters in south-west of the country, in Northern Sri Lanka with 440,531 persons belonging to 130,243 families becoming drought victims. In the Mullaitivu District 115,020 have been distressed and the number is 121,057 for Jaffna. The areas of Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Mannar have also been severely affected. Around 14,748 persons have been affected by the drought in Musali Divisional Secretariat area in Mannar District.

Pro-LTTE group urges diaspora to support flood victims
[Wednesday 2017-05-31 17:00]

A leading Pro-LTTE group has urged the Tamil diaspora to support the flood victims in the South. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by former LTTE negotiator Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, called upon the international community to contribute generously towards the rescue and rehabilitation of populations affected by the floods.

4 state ministers, 3 dy. ministers sworn in Top News
[Wednesday 2017-05-31 17:00]

A Cabinet reshuffle of a number of deputy ministers took place at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago. Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva tweeted Palitha Range Bandara, Eran Wickramaratne, Ranajan Ramanayake, Anoma Gamage and Karunaratne Paranavithane were at the Secretariat. Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena said four state ministers and three deputy ministers were sworn in today.

Ready to scale up support in SL: UN Chief
[Wednesday 2017-05-31 17:00]

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the UN stands ready to scale up its support to government-led relief efforts to those affected by the adverse weather condition in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Issuing a statement, UN Secretary-General’s Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said Guterres is deeply concerned by the devastating impact caused by Cyclone Mora in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Crucial negotiation with Chinese on 1 June
[Wednesday 2017-05-31 17:00]

The Hambantota Port Lease Agreement between the Ministry of Ports and the China Merchants' Holdings Company Ltd (CMHC) will be further discussed on 1 June, Minister of Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday. He said at a media briefing in Colombo that he considers finalizing the lease agreement with the Chinese investor as his top priority assignment in his new portfolio.

MR off to Japan
[Wednesday 2017-05-31 17:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajaoaksa will leave for Japan today on a private visit. Sources said that the former President was scheduled to visit several temples during his nearly ten day visit.

Sri Lanka deploys more troops as flood toll climbs to 180
[Tuesday 2017-05-30 18:00]

Thousands of Sri Lankan troops battled Monday to get relief supplies to over half a million people displaced by the island's worst flooding for 14 years, which has killed at least 180 people. The military said a lull in torrential monsoon rains allowed it to deploy aircraft, boats and ground troops to evacuate people from flooded areas, deliver essentials and recover bodies. Just over 550,000 people have had to abandon their homes due to the heavy rains, which have brought flooding and landslides to large parts of the island's southwest.

Radhika in UN Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar
[Tuesday 2017-05-30 18:00]

The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli (El Salvador), announced today the appointment of Ms. Indira Jaising (India), Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka) and Christopher Dominic Sidoti (Australia) to serve as the three members of the Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar. Ms. Jaising will serve as Chair of the three-person mission.

Third Indian ship arrives at Colombo Port with aid
[Tuesday 2017-05-30 18:00]

The third Indian ship arrived in Sri Lanka to join relief efforts today. The second ship sent by the Indian Government with additional relief materials, arrived at the Colombo Port yesterday. The supplies were handed over to the Foreign Minister, Ravi Karunanayake.

Three Chinese ships due with relief goods
[Tuesday 2017-05-30 18:00]

Three Chinese ships carrying relief goods for victims of the floods and landslides will arrive in Sri Lanka on Thursday, the Government Information Department said today. It also said a Pakistani ship with emergency assistance was scheduled to arrive today. Meanwhile, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced that the Australian Government will provide urgent humanitarian assistance in addition to the high grade inflatable boats that are to be sent to the country as soon as possible.

Dayasiri co-Cabinet Spokesman?
[Tuesday 2017-05-30 18:00]

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is likely to appoint Kurunegala District SLFP parliamentarian and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara as the co-cabinet spokesman of the SLFP shortly. A Senior Secretary of the SLFP in Kurunegala district told Daily News yesterday that the senior members of the SLFP were in agreement to appoint Jayasekera as the co-cabinet spokesman. However, President Maithripala Sirisena, as the leader of the SLFP has to ratify such an appointment to be official, he added. He said that at the last SLFP Central Committee meeting , Ministers of the SLFP made a request to President Maithripala Sirissena over this matter.

Corruption case against Gotabhaya et al on July 12
[Tuesday 2017-05-30 18:00]

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara yesterday fixed the next date of inquiry of the corruption charges against former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Nissanka Senadhipathi and a few others for July 12. They are suspected of running an illegal floating armoury off the shores of Galle.

Mi 17 helicopter crashes in Baddegama Top News
[Monday 2017-05-29 17:00]

A Mi-17 helicopter of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) which was carrying out rescue and search operations had crashed in Baddegama in Galle this morning. SLAF Spokesman Group Captain Gihan Senaviratne said no casualties were reported in the accident. He said all crew members on board the helicopter were safe. The MI 17 had lost control when descending to distribute goods to a flood village in Baddegama.

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