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April 24, 2017 [GMT]
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Foreign judiciary judgement could not be implemented in SL: Dissanayake
[Thursday 2017-04-06 18:00]

No judgement given by a foreign judiciary can be implemented in Sri Lanka. So far, three such judgements had been given by Foreign judiciaries, but none of them were implemented here in Sri Lanka, Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S.B. Dissanayake said. Addressing a press conference held at his Ministry Office at Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla yesterday he said, one such judgement was given to him while he was imprisoned for two years.


PM: Navy won’t leave Vanni camps
[Thursday 2017-04-06 18:00]

The government would not remove the Navy camps at Silawathura and Mullikulam as they were necessary for curbing arms and drug and human smuggling operations, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday. In answer to a question raised by SLMC MP MHM Salman, who demanded that the removal of the Navy base at Silawathura and release of land to civilians, the Prime Minister said that a Navy Base had been established in Silawathura Grama Niladhari Division of the Musali Divisional Secretariat Division of the Mannar District.


Will take it up with India if IPKF culpable: AI
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

If the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) personnel were found culpable of disappearances in Sri Lanka, the issue would be taken up with the Indian Government, Amnesty International (AI) General Secretary Salil Shetty said in Colombo today. During a news briefing, the visiting General Secretary was asked whether the AI would take up the issue with the Indian government if it was found that IPKF was guilty of cases of disappearances during its stay in Sri Lanka between 1987 and 1990.


Air Force deploys helicopter to douse vessel fire Top News
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

Sri Lanka Air Force has deployed Bell 212 Helicopter with Bambi bucket to assist in dousing the fire that erupted on board the container vessel MV Daniela in the seas off Colombo. Navy Spokesman Chandima Walakuluge said the fire erupted on board the Panama flagged ‘Daniela’ this morning. The Navy dispatched two Fast Attack Craft (FAC) P 436 and P 412 to the location to assist Sri Lankan Port Authority tugs to douse the flames. Meanwhile, Indian Navy had sent two of its ships named INS Ghariyal and INS Darshak to assist in dousing the fire.


UK tells Lanka to become signatory to Ottawa Convention
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

The British Government has urged Sri Lanka to become a signatory to the Ottawa Convention. The British High Commission in Colombo has been funding demining work in Sri Lanka since 2010. Between 2010 and 2019, we will have spent over £6.2 million (over LKR 1.2 billion) on demining all across the North and East of Sri Lanka. “Working mostly through our partners, The HALO Trust, we intend to clear more than 600km2 of land between 2016 and 2019, making it safe for people to move home and start cultivating their land again,” Deputy UK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Laura Davies said.


Debate on Geneva resolution cut by half
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

Parliament meeting would be limited to a half day on Thursday (6) as a mark of respect to the late Mahanayaka of the Amarapura Chapter, Most Ven Davuldena Gnanissara thera who passed away on Monday, parliament sources said. They said parliament sessions would end at 3pm on Thursday, the day on which the funeral of late Mahanayaka thera would be held.


Dutch Supreme Court upholds sentence on five LTTE suspects
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

The Dutch Supreme Court has upheld the sentence on five LTTE suspects, the Dutch media reported. The five convicts were tried in the Netherlands and punished for being members of a criminal organization. In April 2015 a court in The Hague imposed prison sentences ranging from six months to nineteen years and three months on the five convicts.


Government says no final agreement on Hambantota port
[Wednesday 2017-04-05 19:00]

The Government says there is no final agreement yet on the Hambantota port between a Chinese company and the Government. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament discussions on the port agreement are still ongoing. He said the final draft agreement will be submitted to Parliament before it is signed. The Prime Minister said that the Government is facing a severe financial loss as a result of the port and the losses need to be covered.


Sri Lanka government needs to show better results, constitutional reform process not successful - survey
[Tuesday 2017-04-04 17:00]

A latest opinion poll conducted by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a leading public policy research and advocacy think tank in Sri Lanka reveals that a majority believed the government needs to show better results and the government has been unsuccessful in informing people about the constitutional reform process.


BA, JSA have no business in appointing or removal of Judges: Sumanthiran
[Tuesday 2017-04-04 17:00]

TNA Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran yesterday said that neither the Bar Association (BA) nor the Judicial Services Association (JSA) has any role to play with regard to the appointment or removal of a High Court Judge. He was of the view that JSA’s resolutions are amounting to unlawful interference in the affairs of the Judicial Services Commission. “This would amount to the contempt of High Court,” he said.


Sun directly over Sri Lanka from tomorrow to 15th
[Tuesday 2017-04-04 17:00]

The sun is going to be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka from the 05th to the 15th of April, the Department of Meteorology said today. The nearest areas of Sri Lanka over which the sun is overhead tomorrow (05th), are Hambantota, Katudampe, Nakiyadeniya and Maliduwa about 12:13 noon. Meanwhile, showers or thundershowers will occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-western, Uva and Southern provinces and in the Ampara district after 2.00p.m tomorrow (Wednesday).


Agreement with China, SL’s only option: Amaraweera
[Tuesday 2017-04-04 17:00]

The government has to enter into an agreement with China for the development and completion of the next stage of the Hambantota Port because it could not raise the investment of $ 600 million needed for it on its own, said Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister and UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera. He said, however, steps would be taken to ensure that this agreement would not create any adverse impact on Sri Lanka.


After retirement: Matale Dist. Secy goes home by bus
[Tuesday 2017-04-04 17:00]

Matale District Secretary D.P.G.Kumarasiri who retired yesterday after completing an illustrious service of 33 years, handed over his official vehicle and documents to the relevant heads of department and returned home by bus. Mr. Kumarasiri was a senior officer in the Public Administration service had served in Anuradhapura and Nuwaraeliya districts before being appointed as the District Secretary for Matale.


MR will have to weep by Vesak next year: PM
[Tuesday 2017-04-04 17:00]

Responding to a statement made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that he will topple the government by the time the country celebrate Vesak, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the former President will have to weep by the time Sri Lanka celebrates Vesak in 2018. The Prime Minister made this remark at the United National Party rally in Kiribathgoda this evening.


Amnesty says victims of disappearance cannot wait
[Monday 2017-04-03 17:00]

Sri Lanka will not break with its violent past until it reckons with the cruel history of enforced disappearance and delivers justice to as many as 100,000 families who have spent years waiting for it, Amnesty International said today in a new report, revealing the enduring scars of a conflict that has been forgotten by the world. Amnesty International’s report, “Only Justice can heal our wounds”, will be launched by the organization’s Secretary General Salil Shetty at a meeting with families of the disappeared in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar.


EU official and Wigneswaran discuss issues in the North Top News
[Monday 2017-04-03 17:00]

The head of the Political, Trade and Communications section of the European Union (EU) office in Colombo, Paul Godfrey had talks with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran in Jaffna today. Godfrey said the talks focused on ensuring the work of the EU in Sri Lanka reflects the needs of the people. “Its very important for the EU to understand the views of the Chief Minister and the other political people in the Northern province,” he said. Wigneswaran said that he had urged the EU in the past to understand the concerns of the people in the North.


Criticism as Sri Lanka appoints Major General Silva as new Army AG
[Monday 2017-04-03 17:00]

Sri Lanka’s appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva to the new position of Adjutant General of the army has sparked widespread criticism, according to Tamil Guardian. Major General Silva, who commanded the army’s 58 division during the final stages of the ethnic conflict in 2009 where tens of thousands of Tamils were massacred by shelling and aerial bombardment of civilian areas, assumed his duties at a ceremony on Thursday at the army’s headquarters.


Broad agreement on power devolution
[Monday 2017-04-03 17:00]

The Steering Committee working on Constitutional proposals had broadly agreed on power devolution and the interim report based such concluded matters would be presented soon, it is learnt. The party leaders met with last Monday to discuss the way forward in this regard. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran, who is privy to the Constitution making process, said there were areas already agreed upon.


J R son, Ravi Jayewardene passes away
[Monday 2017-04-03 17:00]

Ravi Vimal Jayewardene, the son of first executive president of Sri Lanka, J. R. Jayewardene passed away at the age of 80 at his residence in Colombo today, family sources said. He was the founder of the Special Task Force (STF).


Sri Lanka’s friendship with China not at India’s expense: PM
[Monday 2017-04-03 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured that Sri Lanka’s friendship with China is not at the expense of India. Premier Wickremesinghe was responding to WION’s Senior Journalist Padma Rao Sundarji, participating in a television interview as a part of World Is One Global Leaders series.


CPC and LIOC agree to Trincomalee Tank Farm business plan
[Sunday 2017-04-02 17:00]

The Sri Lankan Government is going ahead with a business plan to develop the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm jointly by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Lanka IOC, Petroleum Resources Development Minister Chandima Weerakkody said. Despite disputes on the lease agreement of the tank farm tainted with legal issues and protests of trade unions, a new venture has been proposed between CPC and Lanka IOC under a business plan devised by Ernst &Young.


Sri Lanka Tamil party commends government for returning land back to war displaced in North
[Sunday 2017-04-02 17:00]

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance has commended the efforts of the government to return land belonging to the war displaced people of the North. TNA Media Spokesman Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran has told News Radio that the President has proposed an agreeable solution to the land conflict in the North and the discussions have been held with the Army Commander as well.


Japanese Naval Ship arrives at the Port of Colombo
[Sunday 2017-04-02 17:00]

Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed a Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on Saturday. The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ship, Teruzuki arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill and training visit on 1st April, the Navy said. Later the Commander Escort Division VI, Captain Masashi Kondou and Commanding Officer of Teruzuki Commander Seiichi Hashimoto called on the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle at the Western Naval Command Headquarters and held cordial discussions on range of matters of bilateral importance.


Navy Chief Fails To Produce Key Suspect
[Sunday 2017-04-02 17:00]

Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne has been accused of protecting a Navy officer who is alleged to have been involved in the abduction of two Tamil civilians in Kotahena during the height of the war. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had unearthed details of an abduction carried out by Navy officials which had been swept under the carpet by former Senior DIG Anura Senanayake who is now in remand custody for concealing evidence in the Wasim Thajudeen murder case.


PC polls: CMs oppose President’s proposals
[Sunday 2017-04-02 17:00]

At a meeting of Chief Ministers this week, President Maithripala Sirisena proposed that elections be conducted for all Provincial Councils.The move, which would mean the dissolution of some PCs was strongly objected to by the Chief Ministers.Hence, elections are now to be held for the Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern Provinces. Their term ends in September this year. The Uva and Southern PCs will end their term in September 2019. The Western PC is due to end its term in April 2019 and the Central PC in September 2018.


200 Lankan troops for peacekeeping in Mali
[Sunday 2017-04-02 17:00]

Some 200 Sri Lanka Army personnel will leave for the West African nation of Mali next month to join the United Nations Peace Keeping troops in that country, a senior Army official said yesterday. Military spokesperson Roshan Seneviratne told the Sunday Times that contingent was engaged in field training exercises in Kankesanthurai and Sooriyawewa.


Minister claims he offered MOD Rs. 5 mn to release land
[Saturday 2017-04-01 14:00]

Many an eyebrow has been raised by a senior UNP minister’s claim that he had offered money to the tune of Rs. 5 mn to secure the release of private land held by the military in the Mullaitivu district. Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Affairs D M Swaminathan yesterday said that he had received an assurance from the MoD that 189 acres of land would be released within one month after receiving Rs. 5 mn payment.


Cabinet reshuffle shelved Govt parties fail to agree
[Saturday 2017-04-01 14:00]

The much talked about Cabinet reshuffle has been postponed indefinitely, due to the two major parties in the government, the UNP and SLFP, failing to come to an agreement. Sources said the 'good governance' regime had been established under an agreement, where the UNP has been provided with 30 Ministerial posts while the SLFP has been given 15 such portfolios. However, the UNP has insisted that the agreement cannot be violated by handing over any of the posts that had been allocated to them, to the SLFP.

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