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August 24, 2017 [GMT]
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Five arrested for assaulting coast guards and attacking a police checkpoint
[Monday 2017-07-31 17:00]

Five suspects were arrested by the Police yesterday for several offenses including the assault of a group of Coast Guards and damaging a police checkpoint at Point Pedro. Police said the suspects were initially arrested following a tip off for illegally clearing a mangrove forest in Manalkadu, Point Pedro. The suspects were arrested along with several knives, a cab and a motor cycle.


Army chief visits Jaffna amidst turmoil
[Monday 2017-07-31 17:00]

Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake visited Jaffna peninsula over the weekend in the wake of a spate of incidents there since the second week of July. A senior security official told The Island that Lt. Gen. Senanayake had directed certain measures after having discussed the security situation in the peninsula. The visit was Lt. Gen. Senanayake’s first formal visit to Security Forces headquarters, Jaffna, situated within Palaly cantonment.


State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran before CID today to record statement
[Monday 2017-07-31 17:00]

State Minister of Child Affairs Maheswaran is scheduled to appear before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to record a statement on her involvement allowing a suspect of the rape and murder of Jaffna school girl Sivaloganathan Vidya to escape. The state minister is alleged of helping the suspect, who was captured by the villagers and tied to a lamp post, to flee from the police. Kayts Magistrate Mohammed Mihal has ordered the CID to record a statement from the minister and commence an investigation into the allegation.


Laptops for Parliamentarians
[Monday 2017-07-31 17:00]

All 225 Parliamentarians will receive a laptop with internet facility this week to use while they are in the main Chamber of Parliament. Speaking to the Daily News yesterday Finance Director of Parliament K.G.M. Jayashantha said laptops would be fixed to the Parliamentarians’ benches in the Main Chamber of Parliament this week. He noted Internet WIFI connection would also be facilitated to them. “Parliament last Friday received 265 laptops as a grant from China. These will be fixed in the main chamber before the special parliamentary session scheduled for this Friday to felicitate the Prime Minister,” he said.


Two policemen assaulted in Jaffna
[Sunday 2017-07-30 18:00]

Two Police Constables, attached to the Kopay Police Station had been hacked and assaulted by an unidentified sword gang in the Kopay area this afternoon, the Police said. It was reported that the gang of had come on four motorcycles, while the former were attending to inquire a complaint near Nanthavil Amman Kovil in Kondavil. The assailants, armed with swords and clubs, had fled the scene after committing the crime, the Police said.


‘Geo-politics’ addressed in strategic China deal says Ports and Shipping Minister
[Sunday 2017-07-30 18:00]

Sri Lanka on Saturday sealed a billion-dollar deal to let a Chinese state firm take over a loss-making port in a move that worries many, including its giant neighbour India. The long-delayed $1.1 billion sale of a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port, which straddles the world’s busiest east-west shipping route, was confirmed by Sri Lanka’s Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.


TNA's Sampanthan on permanent solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict
[Sunday 2017-07-30 18:00]

The historic Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord that mooted a permanent solution to the decades long thnic conflict in the island nation was signed on July 29, thirty years ago. Veteran Tamil leader and Leader of Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament R. Sampanthan recalls how the then government and TULF, the main Tamil party, had marathon negotiations for 20 days during 1986 that brought about the 13th Amendment of Constitution.


Over 1.mn people hit by drought: DMC
[Sunday 2017-07-30 18:00]

The total number of people affected by the prevailing drought had increased over one million, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) census said today. The DMC said that eight provinces out of the nine, where people in 17 districts were hit by the drought. According to the DMC latest situation report 1, 093, 717 people belonging to 314, 049 families had been severely affected by the prevailing drought. The Northern Province is the most affected Province with a total of 462, 815 individuals belonging to 133, 678 families being hit by the drought.


SLFP Seeks Meeting Between MS And MR
[Sunday 2017-07-30 18:00]

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has urged President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to meet and discuss the possibility of working together. The request was made when the SLFP Executive Committee met with President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday night. SLFP member and Minister of Labour and Trade Unions John Seneviratne told The Sunday Leader it has become more and more difficult for the SLFP to remain with the government.


Deshapriya calls for urgent meeting on LG polls
[Sunday 2017-07-30 18:00]

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya is to hold an urgent meeting with the secretaries of the political parties with regards to the Local Government (LG) elections. Deshapriya said that he has called for the meeting on August 4 at the Department of Elections. The joint opposition has been pushing for the LG elections t be held soon and the government has said it is also ready for the election.


Sri Lanka's conflict-affected Tamil women still seeking justice - report
[Saturday 2017-07-29 19:00]

Eight years after the end of Sri Lanka's armed conflict, Tamil women in the war-torn north and east are still seeking justice and truth for wartime violations, a report released by a non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict says.


Kariyawasam appointed new Foreign Ministry Secretary
[Saturday 2017-07-29 19:00]

Sri Lankan Ambassador in Washington, Prasad Kariyawasam has been appointed as the new Secretary to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the President’s Office said. Foreign Affairs Ministry Secretary Esala Weerakoon has been appointed as the Secretary to the Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Ministry, it added


Vidya Murder Case: Genetech Head of Forensics to give evidence on Aug.
[Saturday 2017-07-29 19:00]

The Head of Forensics of the Genetech Institute will give evidence before the trial-at-bar hearing the murder of Sivaloganathan Vidya on August 4 The trial-at-bar chaired by High Court Judge Balendran Shashi comprises High Court Judges Annalingman Premashankar and Manickavasagar Ilancheliyan.. Nine suspects stand accused of the murder. Sivaloganathan Vidya was abducted , gang raped and murdered in Kayts in 2015.


Sri Lanka signs Concession Agreement on Hambantota Port with state-owned Chinese company
[Saturday 2017-07-29 19:00]

Sri Lanka on Saturday signed a US$ 1.12 billion deal to lease the loss-making Hambantota Port to the State-owned Chinese conglomerate, China Merchant Port Holdings (CMPort). The Concession Agreement on Hambantota Port was signed at the Ports and Shipping Ministry auditorium this morning in the presence of the Minister of Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe and the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang.


Chinese military looks to improve relations with Sri Lanka
[Saturday 2017-07-29 19:00]

The Chinese military says it hopes to improve relations with the Sri Lankan military. Senior colonel Xu Jianwei at the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said that China and Sri Lanka are traditional friendly neighbors, and this year marks the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries.


Yoshitha fails to appear in CID probe
[Saturday 2017-07-29 19:00]

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) postponed the investigation of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Yoshitha Rajapaksa as he had not appear before the CID as scheduled yesterday. He was ordered to appear before the CID to be questioned on the use of the Defender jeep for the “Siriliya Saviya” project which was implemented by the former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and for other tasks.


B.C. judge finds 4 Sri Lankan men accused of human smuggling in 2009 not guilty
[Friday 2017-07-28 18:00]

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has found four Sri Lankan men not guilty of human smuggling. Justice Arne Silverman said Thursday that while there was evidence of organized crime in the smuggling operation, he wasn’t satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the men were connected to any crime. He also said the men were asylum seekers aboard the MV Ocean Lady get to asylum on the B.C. coast in October 2009.


Hambantota port agreement signing to go ahead tomorrow
[Friday 2017-07-28 18:00]

The signing of the Hambantota port agreement is to go ahead tomorrow despite the matter not being debated in Parliament today. Under the agreement the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and China Merchant Port Holdings Company Ltd will establish the Hambantota International Port Services Co. (Pvt) Ltd – with a capital of USD 606 million and 50.7% shares to SLPA and 49.3% to CMPort.


SC declares Tamil couple’s rights violated
[Friday 2017-07-28 18:00]

The Supreme Court yesterday declared the violation of fundamental rights of a Tamil couple, whose three-storeyed house at Wellawatte was acquired by the Defence Ministry by a Special Gazette dated Dec. 17, 2009. The state is to pay Rs. 500,000 as compensation to the owner. The court ordered that the house be handed over to the owners, who are now resident in Switzerland. The handing over is to be done within eight weeks.


Sri Lanka expects more Chinese investments in the country
[Friday 2017-07-28 18:00]

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake has spoken highly of the proposed Belt and Road Initiative, saying that Colombo would like to see more Chinese investments. The newly-appointed Foreign Minister told Xinhua news agency that China and Sri Lanka had maintained strong ties since ancient times, with the relationship being at its strongest level at present.


Husband fired unintentionally, says Jaffna killing suspect’s wife
[Friday 2017-07-28 18:00]

My husband, Selavarasa Jayanthan (39) from Jaffna, was never a member of the LTTE. It is a rumour to say that he was a former combatant. My husband fired unintentionally, the wife of the main suspect said. Two people were arrested in connections with the shooting incident targeting Jaffna High Court Judge, M. Elancheliyan at the Nallur South Road on July 22. The main suspect surrendered on Tuesday morning and made his statement to the Police.


TNA endorses govt. action
[Friday 2017-07-28 18:00]

The TNA called on workers to exercise their right to trade union action in a very responsible and constructive manner. TNA MP MA Sumanthiran, participating in a debate in parliament on the government’s decision to declare petroleum sector an essential service under the provisions of the Public Security Ordinance, said that resorting to strike action at the drop of a hat devalued the most potent weapon at the disposal of the working class.


LTTE remains a terrorist organisation: EU
[Thursday 2017-07-27 18:00]

Despite the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling which annulled measures against the LTTE, the European Union today said the terror organisation remains listed as a terrorist organisation by the EU. Issuing a statement, it said the ECJ judgment was a legal ruling on the procedure used for listing the LTTE.


Police officer assaulted in Jaffna
[Thursday 2017-07-27 18:00]

A Sub Inspector attached to the Jaffna Police Station was assaulted by a group of individuals last night. Nelliadi Police said that the officer was traveling on his motorcycle when the men had given chase him on motorcycles and blocked him on the Kodikamam Peduruthuduwa road. The officer has been admitted to Jaffna Kawechcheri hospital. According to hospital sources, his condition is not critical. Nelliadi Police is conducting further investigations.


President rejects Ravi K’s proposals
[Thursday 2017-07-27 18:00]

Three Cabinet proposals put forward by Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday were rejected by President Maithripala Sirisena. One paper sought permission to acquire Visumpaya (Acland House) Union Place, Colombo as his official residence, Cabinet Co-spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said. Visumpaya has been used as an official residence for Government Ministers and a residence for visiting heads of states.


Mullaithivu land to be handed over to its rightful owners
[Thursday 2017-07-27 18:00]

Discussions were underway to handover the land where the Mullaithivu Army camp is located to its rightful owners within the next month, Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan today said. The minister said 70 acres of land where the camp is located will be given to the previous settlers while the ministry bears the camp’s relocation cost of Rs. 140 million.


Stalin welcomes EU decision to remove LTTE from terror list
[Thursday 2017-07-27 18:00]

DMK working president M K Stalin has welcomed the decision of the European Union to remove LTTE from the list of terror organisations. "The Government of Sri Lanka, which has systematically interfered and undermined investigations about the human rights abuses orchestrated by the Sri Lankan Army on Eelam Tamils, should understand the intent of EU's highest court's act of lifting the ban on LTTE and work towards ensuring meaningful share of power to Eelam Tamils, equal rights on a par with Sinhala majority and create an ecosystem for Tamils to rebuild and live their life with self-respect," Stalin said in the statement.


Sri Lanka will work closely with new Indian President’
[Thursday 2017-07-27 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena, congratulating newly elected Indian President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his willingness to work closely with his Indian counterpart to further develop and strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. Sending a congratulatory message to President Kovind, President Sirisena stated that the vision and maturity of the new President will be beneficial in achieving harmony and unity that will encompass all communities in India.

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