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January 22, 2017 [GMT]
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Army troops told to strictly follow guidelines, instructions
[Monday 2017-01-02 17:00]

Army troops were today told to strictly follow guidelines and instructions issued by the Army Headquarters. Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva said that protection of the territorial integrity of the country, commitment to support the ‘Year of Poverty Alleviation’ programme of the President, allegiance to the continued commitment and dedication for the country’s prosperity, determination to maintain the highest degree of discipline at all levels and to reach the best of professional standards should be among the prioritized concerns in the Army for the year 2017.


Govt. finds it impossible to acquire 15,000 acres from H'tota at once for Chinese investment
[Monday 2017-01-02 17:00]

The government has found it impossible to acquire 15,000 acres of land at once in Hambantota or in the adjoining Districts for Chinese investments, it is learnt. Initially, the Government planned to acquire 9000 acres from the Hambantota District for the port –integrated industrial zones, and another 6,000 acres from the Moneragala and other districts. However, the government now found it practically difficult to acquire such a large extent of land for the projects, officials said.


SLMC opposed to new electoral system
[Monday 2017-01-02 16:00]

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), backed by some other minority parties, is opposed to the proposed new electoral system, officials said yesterday. A new electoral system called the "Mixed Member Proportional System" has been proposed and discussed by the Steering Committee working on constitutional proposals. However, SLMC leader, Urban Development Minister Rauff Hakeem told Daily Mirror yesterday that his party was against it because, if enacted, it would be disadvantageous for the parties.


370 foreigners deported in 2016: India, China and Pakistan top the list
[Monday 2017-01-02 16:00]

A total of 370 foreign nationals from more than 40 countries, who were living in Sri Lanka defying visa regulations had been deported by the Department of Immigration and Emigration during last year, Immigration officials said. The department’s chief raiding body Monitoring, Intelligence, and Investigation Unit undertook over seven hundred cases involving 728 foreigners that had been living in the country for various reasons.


Minister refuses to accept Delimitation Report
[Monday 2017-01-02 16:00]

Minister of Local Governments and Provincial Councils Faiszer Mustapha has refused to accept the Delimitation Report as it was not signed by two Committee members.


UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL’S MARCH SESSIONS: US EXPECTED TO MOVE FRESH RESOLUTION
[Sunday 2017-01-01 16:00]

The US is expected to move a fresh resolution, on Sri Lanka at the upcoming UN Human Rights Council’s March sessions, an authoritative diplomatic source told the Sunday Observer. It is believed that this resolution may not be a harsh one pressing for a hybrid court or international judges, but instead will seek to provide technical cooperation, and also directing the Human Rights High Commissioner Prince Zeid al-Hussein to provide time bound updates on the progress of Sri Lanka’s Human Rights situation within the year.


UN remains committed to support people of Sri Lanka
[Sunday 2017-01-01 16:00]

The incoming United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres officially begins his 5 year term today after being sworn in on the 12th of December. Guterres, a former Prime Minister of Portugal (1995 to 2002) and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015) took the oath of office on the 12th December following the Assembly’s tribute to outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who steps down after leading the global Organization for the past 10 years.


NPC to stop toddy from outside NP
[Sunday 2017-01-01 16:00]

The Northern Provincial Council has adopted a motion prohibiting bottled toddy produced in the south from being transported and sold within the Northern Province. The motion presented by Agriculture Minister of the Province P. Ainkaranesan has been unanimously passed at the last council meeting of the year held last week. While presenting the motion Ainkaranesan said that the toddy brought from the southern parts of the country has been a threat to the toddy industry in his province.


SL committed to work closely with the UN: Mangala
[Sunday 2017-01-01 15:00]

Welcoming the new Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres and committing to continue to work closely with the UN, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera emphasized the relevance of the Secretary-General’s message for a shared New Year’s resolution “to put peace first”, for the entire world community, and for Sri Lanka.


PM TO LAUNCH SOUTHERN DEVELOPMENT PLAN
[Sunday 2017-01-01 15:00]

The government will launch the Southern Development Plan aimed at developing the Southern Province, along with the development of Hambantota assisted by China, on January 7 in Hambantota. The launch will take place in the presence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang and several key ministers, Chairman of Ruhunu Development Corporation, Ajita de Costa told Business Observer.


Talk to India about buying Trinco oil tanks, says IOC
[Sunday 2017-01-01 15:00]

The Government will go ahead with acquiring three of the oil tanks at the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm in China Bay in keeping with a recent Cabinet decision, Minister of Petroleum Resources Chandima Weerakkody said. He said the decision to acquire the tanks was taken to obtain additional diesel and fuel oil stocks which will be needed with the impending drought.


Permanent solution to the national question: Opposition Leader’s New Year wish
[Saturday 2016-12-31 16:00]

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, in a message issued for the New Year, said his expectation for the New Year was that Sri Lanka would find a permanent and lasting solution to the national question. He called on political parties, religious leaders, civil society to work together to build a prosperous and peaceful country, forewarning that Sri Lanka should not miss, ‘this golden opportunity.’ The full text of the message is reproduced below: ‘I extend my greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all the citizens of Sri Lanka.


President assures UNP MPs govt. will serve full term
[Saturday 2016-12-31 16:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly assured a group of UNP back bench MPs yesterday that he would see to it that the present government will continue to serve its full term despite differences between the two allies. A UNP MP who did not wish to be named said the President made this assurance when the back benchers of his party met him at the Presidential Secretariat last evening.


OVER 6,000 DESERTERS OFFICIALLY RESIGN
[Saturday 2016-12-31 16:00]

Over 6000 Tri Force deserters, considered as Absent without Official Leave, have reported to their respective services to receive legal discharge during the General Amnesty period announced by the Ministry of Defence. The Ministry announced a one month amnesty period for deserters from the 1st of December.


Third round of Sri Lanka, India talks on ETCA on Jan 4 and 5
[Saturday 2016-12-31 16:00]

The third round of talks between India and Sri Lanka on the proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) will be held on the 4th and 5th of January in Colombo. The negotiations on ETCA have become tougher and tougher over the past year as both sides are now keen on clinching a good deal without unrealistic compromises.


Toppling Govt. only a pipe dream: UPFA Gen.Sec.
[Saturday 2016-12-31 16:00]

The predictions and comments of toppling the Government in 2017 are only a pipe dream, UPFA General Secretary and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. He was participating at a ceremony in Kalpitiya on Thursday to distribute life saving kits and fishing nets to fishermen in the area. The minister, reiterating his party’s commitment to carry forward the National Unity Government, said it would continue till 2020.


WILPATTU,ADJACENT AREAS DECLARED ‘WILDLIFE ZONE’
[Saturday 2016-12-31 16:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday ordered authorities to extend the borders of the Wilpattu National Park and declare it a ‘Wildlife Zone’ by a Gazette Notification. He told officials to include all the adjacent forest areas of the Wilpattu National Park presently not coming under the Wildlife Department into this wildlife zone.


Former president vows to topple the Sri Lankan government in 2017
[Friday 2016-12-30 18:00]

Former president of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has vowed to topple the unity government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the next year. Participating in a discussion with the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo, Kurunegala District Parliamentarian said his goal is to topple the current government in 2017, BBC Sandeshaya reported.


State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne resigns?
[Friday 2016-12-30 18:00]

State Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Piyankara Jayaratne is reported to have tendered his resignation to President Maithripala Sirisena today. The report of the delimitation Review Committee headed by Asoka Peiris was to be handed over to him as the Acting Minister.


Killing of two Jaffna students: 5 policemen re-remanded
[Friday 2016-12-30 18:00]

The five policemen remanded in connection with the killing of two Jaffna University students were further remanded today till January 13 by Jaffna Magistrate S. Satheeshkaran. The five policemen were arrested by the CID on October 21, in the aftermath of the two student’s deaths.


Rajapaksa’s theory on India’s silence over successor regime’s tilt towards China
[Friday 2016-12-30 18:00]

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said here on Thursday, that India is silent over the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s unmistakable tilt towards China probably because it has been promised control over Trincomalee and Kankesanthurai harbors and the Palaly airport in the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces to balance China’s control over Hambantota harbor.


UNP dismisses former president's threats to topple Sri Lankan government
[Friday 2016-12-30 17:00]

The United National Party today dismissed the former president and Kurunegala district UPFA parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa's claim that the current unity government would be toppled next year. The General Secretary of the United National Party Minister Kabir Hashim dismissing the former president's claim as an 'idle threat' said under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the democratically elected government cannot be toppled until the next election. The former President in a media conference with Foreign Correspondents Association said his goal is to topple the consensus government in 2017.


Indian oil company detains CPC workers
[Friday 2016-12-30 17:00]

Three officials including an engineer of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) sent to inspect 16 oil tanks in the Trincomalee oil tank farm were detained by IOC (India Oil Company) personnel yesterday, according to CPC sources. A CPC official that the inspection had been ordered in the wake of the Cabinet deciding to take back 16 oil tanks.


UNP snubs Wijayakala's statement
[Thursday 2016-12-29 17:00]

The UNP cannot agree with the statement made by its MP Wijayakala Maheswarwan on the late LTTE leader Prabahakaran, one of its MPs said today. Ms Maheshwaran recently said LTTE leader Prabahakaran could have been the Prime Minister of this country had he been alive today. UNP MP Hector Appuharmy told a media briefing that his party could not agree with the statement made by Ms Maheshwaran. “We condemn this statement,” he said while recalling that the LTTE was accused of causing destruction to the country. “Ms Maheswaran may have come out with her own opinion but it is not the opinion of the rest of us in the party,” he added.


Man dies during running event
[Thursday 2016-12-29 16:00]

A 50-year-old employee of the Nagoda Pradeshiya sabha died this morning while participating in a running event at a carnival organised by the Nagoda district secretariat, Police said. They said the victim was identified as Udugama Gamage Premaratne, a resident of Nagoda.He had collapsed during the marathon and died on admission to the Nagoda Hospital.


Sasikala: 'New Mother' of Tamil Nadu politics
[Thursday 2016-12-29 16:00]

Sasikala Natarajan has been elected as the general secretary of India's regional AIADMK party, replacing Jayalalitha Jayaram, who died this month after a prolonged illness. BBC Tamil's Thirumalai Manivannan profiles Sasikala's political journey in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the BBC News reported today. From a homemaker to becoming a trusted friend of the most powerful woman in Tamil Nadu politics, it has been a long and dramatic journey for Sasikala. For close to three decades, Sasikala, known as "Chinnamma" (younger mother) to her supporters, has been an almost permanent fixture in Jayalalitha's life, often seen with the former chief minister on public platforms.


Dev. Bill should have been discussed with CMs
[Thursday 2016-12-29 16:00]

State Minister of Finance, Laklshman Yapa Abeywarda today blamed the UNP for not discussing the Development (Special Provisions) Bill with the nine chief ministers and said the Bill would be redrafted and presented to the Provincial Councils before tabling it in Parliament. He told journalists that the government should have updated the chief ministers and obtained their views before presenting the Bill to the PCs.


Lankan delegation leaves for India
[Thursday 2016-12-29 16:00]

An official delegation from the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is heading to India today to meet their counterparts for a two-day discussion on the issue of Indian fishers poaching in Sri Lankan waters. The four-member delegation includes the Secretary to...... the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Mangalika Adhikari, Director General of the Ministry, Christi Lal Fernando and an officer from the Sri Lanka Navy. The talks are scheduled for 29 and 30 December.

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