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February 19, 2017 [GMT]
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Astrologer Wijemuni released on bail
[Wednesday 2017-02-01 17:00]

Astrologer Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni was released on bail by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara a short while ago. He was released on a cash bail of Rs.10,000 and two sureties of Rs. 1 Million including a travel ban. Astrologer Wijemuni was arrested yesterday by the CID on charges of circulating a video forecasting the death of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Mangala to address UNHRC members during 34th session
[Wednesday 2017-02-01 17:00]

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is to address the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) during 34th session. Samaraweera is to brief the council on the latest developments in Sri Lanka during the high level segment of the session on Tuesday February 28. The 34th session of the UNHRC takes place in Geneva from 27th February to 24th March. The government is expected to gather support for another pro-Sri Lanka resolution at the UN Human Rights Council. The resolution is to back giving the Government more time to implement the systems needed to be in place to take the reconciliation process forward.

No cause for panic
[Wednesday 2017-02-01 17:00]

There is no cause for people to panic about the discovery of a new type of malaria mosquito larvae from Pesalai in Talaimannar unless the simlar type of mosquito/larvae is found from any other parts of the country,Anti Malaria Campaign Director,Dr.Hemantha Herath said. “Nevertheless, it is recommended that people living in Mannar Island and the sourrounding areas of Jaffna be vigilant on clean water mosquito breeding sites such as water tanks,”Dr.Herath said.

India urged to sponsor resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC
[Tuesday 2017-01-31 17:00]

As a regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council is set to meet in Geneva in March, the leader of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi in India Thol. Thirumavalavan urged the Indian Government to sponsor a resolution at the council that would ensure that there is an international investigation led by international judges into the alleged war crimes in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009.

Biswal, Power, Malinowski replaced, a slap in Govt's face: JO
[Tuesday 2017-01-31 17:00]

The replacement of key US State Department officials such as Samantha Power, Nisha Biswal, Tom Malinowski and Susan Rice who were ‘interested’ in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, is a slap aimed at the Sri Lankan Government, the joint opposition said today. National organiser and MP Dullas Alahapperuma said this move shows that new US President Donald Trump had no intention of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.

TID arrests another suspect in plot to assassinate Sumanthiran
[Tuesday 2017-01-31 17:00]

Another suspect has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) told a court in Kilinochchi yesterday.

Govt.committed to safeguarding national, regional security: President
[Tuesday 2017-01-31 17:00]

The Government is totally committed to safeguarding national security as well as regional security, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday. The President was speaking as the Chief Guest at the ceremony to award the first-ever President’s Truncheon and the Regimental Truncheon to the Sinha Regiment at the SLSR headquarters at Ambepussa.

New species of mosquito in Lanka
[Tuesday 2017-01-31 17:00]

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has named Sri Lanka as a country that has completely eradicated Malaria, a new species of mosquito which is much harder to eradicate has been detected, Anti Malaria Campaign Director, Dr. Hemantha Herath said. This specie has been detected in wells in the Pesalai Talaimannar Islet, and the scientific term for this mosquito is Anopheles Stephens. This mosquito is the main carrier of malaria in India, and initially it was detected in North India. But this specie spread to South India within a short period of time and therefore, there is a

No links with Ranil says Karuna
[Tuesday 2017-01-31 17:00]

Former Minister and LTTE Eastern Province leader Karuna Amman says that if he decides to engage in politics in the future it will only be under former President and SLFP Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa and no one else. He stressed that under no circumstances will he ever link up with either the UNP or its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Amman stated that there was no use in doing politics with a person who linked to one of the country's biggest ever frauds in its entire history - the CB Bond scam.

6 killed in Canada mosque shooting; PM says terror attack
[Monday 2017-01-30 17:00]

Six people have been killed and another eight wounded in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, BBC reported today. It said shots were fired at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday night, where dozens had gathered for evening prayers. Police confirmed the death toll and are treating the incident as a terror attack. Two people are in custody, and officers do not believe there are others suspects at large. Police said the area was secure and the situation was "under control".

Gota to study politics for 3 yrs. in China
[Monday 2017-01-30 17:00]

Former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has decided to enter a Chinese university to study politics, say political sources. The Chinese government has extended him an invitation for the three-year course, with the coordinator being the NGO ‘Path Finder’ of ex-minister Milinda Moragoda. Path Finder has entered into an agreement with the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations for political management in Sri Lanka.

Three killed, 19 injured in accident
[Monday 2017-01-30 17:00]

Three children were killed and another nineteen passengers were hospitalized after a bus and van collided head-on at Saindamaduru area in Kalmunai, Ampara this morning. Police said the injured were admitted to the Kalmunai Hospital. The driver of the bus has been arrested.

Sumanthiran assassination plot a sign of LTTE re-grouping: JHU
[Monday 2017-01-30 17:00]

The alleged plot to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran that was uncovered recently signals the regrouping of the LTTE and the possibility of terrorism raising its ugly head once again in Sri Lanka, Jathika Hela Urumaya national organiser, Media Spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe today said. He said that the Terrorism investigation Department (TID) and the other intelligence authorities were keeping a watchful eye the situation and stressed the need for vigilance.

Ranil reiterates China-led projects in H’tota
[Monday 2017-01-30 17:00]

Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the government was negotiating with Japan and India to develop the Trincomalee harbour. Addressing a public rally at Saliyapura, Anuradhapura on Saturday, Premier Wickremesinghe explained that the yahapalana government’s efforts to develop the eastern Trincomalee district as well as Chinese funded projects in the Hambantota district and the Colombo Financial City.

MIG deal will expose Gota: Rajitha
[Monday 2017-01-30 17:00]

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the investigation into the controversial MIG aircraft deal will expose the former Defence Secretary. Dr. Senaratne said the former Defence Secretary was always depicted as a patriotic person and added that the country will come to know about his patriotism when the MIG probe comes to a conclusion. According to the minister, unlike during the previous regime, the present government investigates corruption and malpractices according to the law and action against culprits will be taken according to the law.

SL to issue formal response to UN report on torture
[Sunday 2017-01-29 18:00]

The Government will issue a formal response to a damning UN report that found that a “culture of torture” was still used by various security agencies, when the report is submitted at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) sessions in March, a Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman said. The report was compiled by Juan Mendez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment following his fact finding mission to Sri Lanka last year on the invitation of the government.

'War crimes should be punished'
[Sunday 2017-01-29 18:00]

Minister Sarath Fonseka says anyone responsible for war crimes should be punished irrespective of position. He told a function at Hadabima Authority that it would not be realistic if there were not at least seven or eight among the 200,000-strong armed forces responsible for war crimes.

Two Lankans detained with US dollars at Mumbai airport
[Sunday 2017-01-29 18:00]

Two Sri Lankans were detained by the customs department at the Mumbai airport while they were trying to smuggle out US dollars to Colombo, India Today reported. On examination by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) officers, two Sri Lankan nationals Aathil Abdul Jabbar and Mohammed Ramzan were found carrying foreign currency notes of 31,000 USD equivalent to Rs 21.23 lakh while departing to Colombo by Jet Airways flight.

MR would’ve retired gracefully if he didn’t amend the constitution: PM
[Sunday 2017-01-29 18:00]

Responding to a statement made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that President Maithripala Sirisena brought him back to politics, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinge on Saturday said that Mr Rajapaksa would have gracefully retired after two terms if he did not amend the constitution enabling him to go for another term. Prime minister made this remark at rally organized by the UNP in Anurhapura on Saturday. "Former President had said that President Siriaena brought him back to politics after retirement.

Govt. to ‘buy time’ at UNHRC in March: FM
[Sunday 2017-01-29 18:00]

The Government will go for a “technical rollover resolution” or, a procedural extension that will allow it more time to implement its undertakings– when Sri Lanka is taken up at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next month. This was revealed by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera while taking questions at Chatham House earlier this month. “Yes, March is soon approaching,” he said.

Sri Lanka given option to sign ETCA at its own pace
[Sunday 2017-01-29 18:00]

Sri Lanka was free to enter into trade and other pacts with India at a pace it was comfortable with , says its High Commissioner in Colombo Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Addressing a reception to mark the 68th Republic Day of India at " India House " on Thursday night, the High Commissioner said that his country did not intend pushing Sri Lanka on the proposed Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement or anything else.

Plot to assassinate Sumanthiran: 4 ex-LTTE cadres remanded
[Saturday 2017-01-28 18:00]

A plot to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran by exploding a claymore mine while he was travelling along the Soranpatru-Thaalayadi Road in the Jaffna peninsula was uncovered by the Police Terrorism Investigation Department (TID). The four former LTTE cadres arrested in this connection and produced before the Kilinochchi District Judge A.A. Anandarajan on January 20 were remanded at the Anuradhapura prisons.

JITF 2017 opens
[Saturday 2017-01-28 18:00]

he 8th Jaffna International Trade Fair – 2017 (JITF 2017), the largest ever trade fair and international exhibition in Northern Sri Lanka termed as ‘Gateway to the North’ was inaugurated Friday (27). The fair, which was declared opened by Minister of Industry and Commerce - Rishad Bathiudeen will be held until Jan. 29 at Municipality Grounds in Jaffna.

Thajudeen murder : CID to summon Shiranthi?
[Saturday 2017-01-28 17:00]

Former first lady - Shiranthi Rajapaksa's behaviour during the night of the Wasim Thajudeen murder has been deemed as 'deeply suspicions' by the CID team investigating the murder case, says cabinet spokesman - minister Rajitha Senaratne.

Sajin Vass to be tried on May 3
[Saturday 2017-01-28 17:00]

The trial against Sajin Vass Gunawardena, who was charged with entering into an illegal contract worth Rs.883 million with a Singaporean company to purchase ground handling equipment for Mihin Lanka while functioning as its CEO was fixed for May 3. Colombo Additional Magistrate Aruni Attigalle also extended Mr. Gunawardena's travel till that date. Investigations had revealed that he had entered into a three-year contract with the Singaporean Company -- PPL Inter Private Limited in September 2015 for the supply of ground handling equipment to the airline.

Mahinda warns foreign investors at joint opposition rally
[Saturday 2017-01-28 17:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today warned foreign investors at a rally staged by the joint opposition in Nugegoda. Rajapaksa said that foreign investors should think deeply before signing any agreements with the current government. Rajapaksa also warned that funds of those accused in the Central Bank bond scam will be seized if he comes to power. He said that the funds acquired illegally are being used to launch a media network.

According to Interpol reports: Udayanga now living in UAE: FCID
[Saturday 2017-01-28 17:00]

The FCID conducting investigations into the controversial MiG aircraft transaction informed Court that according to Interpol investigation reports former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga is currently living in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne had earlier issued a warrant through Interpol for the arrest of Weeratunga, a first cousin of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa over alleged financial fraud that is alleged to have taken place in procuring seven MiG-27 ground attack craft for the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLFA).

UN torture report a wakeup call to SL Govt.: Sooka
[Friday 2017-01-27 18:00]

A UN report which was published yesterday describing a ‘culture of torture’ in Sri Lanka is a wakeup call to President Maithripala Sirisena’s Government to comply with its obligations under international law and to the international community to put torture prevention at the core of its engagement with the new Government, the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) yesterday said. The UN report by Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez was published yesterday following his mission to Sri Lanka last year as UN Special Rapporteur on torture.

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