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October 24, 2017 [GMT]
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SL has preserved democracy- Sampanthan
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan yesterday said in Parliament that Sri Lanka had in the 70 years preserved democratic governance through electoral processes though not completely without blemish. "The truth must be acknowledged that electoral process alone cannot ensure democratic governance," he said. Full text of the Opposition Leader’s speech:


British Minister here tomorrow to discuss reconciliation and other issues
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow and day after to discuss reconciliation, demining and the illegal wildlife trade. The visit to Colombo and Jaffna on the 5th and 6th October is Mr Field’s first official visit to Sri Lanka since becoming Foreign Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific. During his two-day visit he will meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana, Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera, Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya and Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray.


Sri Lanka opposition party to protest airport deal to Indian company
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

Sri Lanka's main opposition party, mostly comprising loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, said today it will stage a protest against the proposed lease of an airport to an Indian company. The Joint Opposition, a political alliance formed by a right-wing faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and several left-wing parties, said they will protest on Friday against the proposed 40-year lease to an Indian company of the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA), located in the Mattala town, 18 km from Hambantota.


We will ensure return of Northern lands to rightful owners: Basil
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

Responding to a question on land and missing persons, former Minister Basil Rajapaksa said a government run by his party would ensure that all private lands in the North would be returned to their rightful owners. “Those who don’t have land have to be given land by the government,” he added addressing reporters in Jaffna to launch the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the new party formed by Rajapaksa loyalists. He further explained that during the previous regime, after his brother former President Mahinda Rajapaksa took over office on November 17,2005, the government did not take over any private land in the North.


No show by many MPs
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

Attendance of Members of Parliament at the special sittings yesterday to mark the 70th anniversary of parliamentary democracy was very poor. The special sittings commenced around 2.30 pm with President Maithripala Sirisena attending. Speakers and Deputy Speakers from the parliaments of SAARC nations and the members of Colombo based diplomatic corps were present in the Speaker’s gallery. It could be seen from the galleries that MPs of both sides including the front row members and a majority of backbenchers were absent.


SL's ‘Unitary’ character must remain unchanged: JHU
[Wednesday 2017-10-04 18:00]

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today Sri Lanka's ‘Unitary’ character should remain unchanged. General Secretary and Minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka said their party was against the interpretation given on the ‘State of Sri Lanka' in the Constitutional Reforms Steering Committee Report. "The provincial council system has damaged the unitary character to some extent. However, we firmly believe that the article pertaining to the Unitary character and the Clauses 4 (1) and 76 (1) of the current Constitution should not be changed,” he told a news briefing.


Manus Island claims another young life
[Tuesday 2017-10-03 18:00]

The death of a Tamil asylum seeker on Manus Island is further evidence that the Australian government’s refugee policy is killing people, a spokesman for the Tamil Refugee Council said on Monday. “Rajeev Rajendran was just 32 and had everything to live for. But the suffering he has endured at the hands of the Australian government made him feel that he had nothing to live for”, Kumar Narayanasamy said.


Lankan troops did not commit war crimes - Basil
[Tuesday 2017-10-03 18:00]

Sri Lankan troops did not commit war crimes but individuals within the forces may have committed atrocities during the three-decade-long war against the LTTE, former Minister Basil Rajapaksa said. He made these remarks while addressing reporters in Jaffna at the launch of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the new party formed by Rajapaksa loyalists and a breakaway faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.


Lanka, US in Naval Exercise
[Tuesday 2017-10-03 18:00]

Sri Lanka Navy and the US Pacific Fleet commenced the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise - 2017 yesterday at Trincomalee. This is the first time the exercise is held in Sri Lanka. The Exercise which started yesterday will continue until 06 October. Inaugurated in 1995, CARAT is an annual bilateral military exercises that the United States Pacific Fleet conducts with the navies of several Asian countries.


Fire breaks out at Crescat Mall
[Tuesday 2017-10-03 18:00]

A major fire broke out at the ground floor of the Crescat Shopping Mall a short while ago. The Fire Brigade officials said they have dispatched a number of fire trucks to douse the fire.


Chief Prelate expresses confidence that proposed new constitution will not harm the country or Buddhism
[Tuesday 2017-10-03 18:00]

The Chief Prelate of Malwatta Chapter, Most Venerable Thibbatuwave Siddartha Sri Sumangala Thera says the proposed new constitution will never cause any harm to the country. The Chief Prelate pointed out that the President and the Prime Minister had given assurance to that end, when Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardena called on the Nayaka Thera in Kandy yesterday to submit the JO proposals for new constitution.


Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera arrested for protest against Rohingya Muslims
[Tuesday 2017-10-03 18:00]

Court has remanded a Buddhist monk in custody on Monday after charging him with leading hardline nationalists in a protest against 31 Rohingya Muslim asylum seekers last week, forcing the refugees to flee a UN safe house, police said. The police have so far remanded seven people on several charges including creating communal disharmony, attacking police and damaging property, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara told Reuters.


At least 50 dead, 200 injured in Las Vegas shooting
[Monday 2017-10-02 18:00]

More than 50 people have been killed and at least 200 injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert, the BBC reported. A gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel toward an open-air music festival being held close by. Police said a suspect identified as a local resident, who was not named, had been shot and killed by officers.


Unitary status stays
[Monday 2017-10-02 18:00]

Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee member MP Dr. Jayampathi Wickremeratne yesterday, assured that there are no Federalism features in the interim report of the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reforms which was submitted recently to the Constitutional Assembly.


Navy orders probe after fisherman dies in collision
[Monday 2017-10-02 18:00]

The Navy has launched a probe after a Fast Attack Craft Dvora collided with a fishing vessel killing one person at a location in the high seas off Karainagar on Saturday (1) night, a senior official said yesterday. Navy Spokesman Commander Lankanatha Dissanayake told Ceylon Today that the collision occurred when the Naval vessel was escorting a fleet of Indian fishing boats that had been released from the Karainagar Naval Base.


Basil drops bombshell on security forces in Jaffna
[Monday 2017-10-02 18:00]

Former minister Basil Rajapaksa stunned journalists in Jaffna Sunday by admitting that security forces commanded by his president brother Mahinda committed “crimes” during and after the Tamil separatist war. Basil told the Jaffna Press Club that troops continued to break the law even after the end of the war in May 2009. It is the first time that one of the kingpins of the Rajapaksa administration admitted, in the former war zone, that armed forces had committed crimes. His remarks strengthened charges made by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka that there may have been individuals who stepped out of line and who should be investigated and punished to clear the good name of the Sri Lankan forces.


Sixth asylum seeker on Manus Island dies
[Monday 2017-10-02 18:00]

Papua New Guinea police have confirmed a male asylum seeker died on the Manus Island detention centre on Monday. PNG Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas confirmed to The Australian over the phone that an asylum seeker had died earlier today. Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition said the man was 32 years old and committed suicide at the Lorengau hospital very early on Monday morning.


Sirisena possible contender for Nobel Peace Prize: Reuters
[Monday 2017-10-02 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena is a possible contender for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Sirisena was sworn in on 9 January 2015 at Independence Square in Colombo after winning over incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was seeking a third term. After his election, Sirisena announced an interim cabinet he said would carry out reforms to fight corruption in the first 100 days after his election.


One fisherman killed, another injured in boat crash
[Sunday 2017-10-01 18:00]

A fisherman had been killed and another was injured when a fishing boat bumped into a Dora vessel of Sri Lanka Navy in the seas off Karainagar in Jaffna last night, the Navy said. Navy Spokesman Commander Lankanatha Dissanayake said the Dora vessel of the Naval Northern Command, which was deployed to transfer Indian fishing boats, which was in Sri Lankan custody back to the Indian fishermen, had bumped with the local fishing boat at around 8.30 p.m. Saturday night off Karainagar.


UNHRC Officials on high profile visits here in next 3 months
[Sunday 2017-10-01 18:00]

There will be two high profile visits to the country by United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) officials within the next three months. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-recurrence will visit from Oct.10-23, while the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions will visit from Dec.4-15.


Rajapaksa going to Japan for minor surgery
[Sunday 2017-10-01 18:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for Japan yesterday on a ten-day-long visit for personal reasons. Sources close to him said he would undergo minor surgery there. This is his second visit in one year. On the previous visit he is learnt to have consulted medical opinion with regard to a throat ailment. These sources described the ailment as minor and said Rajapaksa wants to be in a strong physical condition for his party’s campaign during the upcoming local government elections.


OPPOSITION LEADER COMMENDS LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS
[Sunday 2017-10-01 18:00]

Opposition Leader and the leader of TNA, R. Sampanthan welcomed the judgement given in the Sivaloganathan Vidya’s rape and murder case. He told to the Sunday Observer that the manner in which the investigations were conducted as well as swift legal procedures sets a good precedent, for criminals who think that they can evade the law. “This is one of the worst crimes in the history of Sri Lanka, committed on an innocent young girl on her way to school. She was gruesomely gang-raped and killed.


Ranil going to Germany, Finland
[Sunday 2017-10-01 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit Germany and Finland next week on a nine-day tour. He will be accompanied by Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam among others.


Basil on three-day tour of Jaffna
[Sunday 2017-10-01 18:00]

Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, a key player in the newly formed Sri Lanka Podujana Pakshaya (SLPP), begins a three-day visit to Jaffna today. Some 13 meetings have been scheduled in different parts of the peninsula for Rajapaksa but an event that is not scheduled is causing concerns. That is a hartal planned by a Tamil group. The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) is partnering in arranging the events.


Posters in Jaffna call for Hartal: Condemn those who protected Vidya's murderers
[Saturday 2017-09-30 18:00]

Posters appeared in the Jaffna town yesterday calling for a Hartal today demanding legal action against all those who attempted to protect the murderers of schoolgirl Sivaloganathan Vidya. The posters carried pictures of State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran and Attorney Thamil Maran who appeared for Swiss Kumar. The posters claimed that when the first accused Swiss Kumar was in custody, it was the state minister and the attorney who assisted in getting him released.


Eastern PC term ends
[Saturday 2017-09-30 18:00]

The Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) ends its term by midnight today (30) and its power will come under Provincial Governor Rohitha Bogollagama from Monday (1). The EPC term started in 2012 and it is significant that the council is handled by two Chief Ministers. Accordingly, the council was handled from 2012 to April 2015 by Abdul Majeed while the present Chief Minister is handling the council from April 2015.


Fish exports face US ban,warns Minister
[Saturday 2017-09-30 18:00]

The US authorities will impose a ban on Sri Lanka’s fish exports if the fishing community using the Longline fishing method does not take measures to prevent Dolphins from getting trapped in their nets, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.


Assist Sri Lanka’s ordinary public more: Chinese Ambassador
[Saturday 2017-09-30 18:00]

Other foreign countries could focus on providing assistance more for the Sri Lankan ordinary public instead of using the opportunity as a tool to interfere in Sri Lanka's internal affairs, Chinese Ambassador Xi Xianliang said. He was speaking to the gathering after donating Rs. 13 million to Sri Lanka Cancer Care Trust Chairman Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa to assist the Trust to help cancer patients throughout the Island.

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