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January 22, 2017 [GMT]
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New St. Anthony’s Church in Kachchativu vested in Jaffna Roman Catholic diocese
[Saturday 2016-12-24 16:00]

Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne vested the newly constructed St. Anthony’s Church in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaffna today. This occasion was attended by Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray, Jaffna Bishop Rt. Revd. Dr. Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam, Vicar General of the Diocese of Jaffna Very Revd. Fr. Pathinathar Josephthas Jebaratnam, Parish Priest of Delft, Revd. Fr. A. J. Antony Jeyaranjan, Consul General of India in Jaffna Shri A. Natarajan, Jaffna District Secretary N. Vethanayahan, Commander Northern Naval Area Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, senior officers and a large number of distinguished guests. 82 devotees from India and about 100 devotees from Sri Lanka also attended.


Mattala airport shunned due to lack of infrastructure in its surroundings
[Saturday 2016-12-24 16:00]

Airlines did not like to use Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) due to lack of infrastructure facilities around it, Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said on Thursday (Dec 22). Minister de Silva told the media that the MRIA was maintained by the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Rs. 3.6 billion had to be spent on its maintenance per month. The total income of the MRIA was only about Rs. 10 million per month but Rs. 74 million had to be paid as salaries of about 574 workers employed there, Minister de Silva added.


Ranil meets Maha Nayaka Theros
[Saturday 2016-12-24 16:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today met the Maha Nayaka of the Malwathu Chapter Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sidhdhartha Sumangala Thera and the Maha Nayaka of the Asgiri Chapter most Ven. Galagama Sri Aththadassi Thera where he discussed about the proposed constitutional reforms. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe visited the Dalada Maligawa and engaged in religious observances prior to the visit of the Maha Nayaka Theros. Registrar of the Asgiriya Chapter Ven. Medagama Dhammananda Thera said Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had discussions with the Maha Nayaka Theros on several matters including the constitutional reforms and unitary state of the country.


NPC rejects Development (Special Prov.) Bill
[Friday 2016-12-23 18:00]

The controversial Development (Special Provisions) Bill was unanimously rejected by members in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) today. NPC member V. Jayathilake said they were informed by the NPC Chairperson V. K. Sivagnanam that the bill was submitted by the Governor of the Northern Province. He said they have rejected the bill as it would scrap the powers of the provincial councils and added that it was unanimously rejected by all 25 members of the NPC without a vote. Meanwhile, the bill was also rejected by a majority of members in the Uva Provincial Council on yesterday.


Probe on after suspected aircraft debris washes up in Kalawanchikudi Top News
[Friday 2016-12-23 18:00]

A large metal object, suspected to be part of an aircraft has washed ashore at the Kaludawali Beach in Kalawanchikudi. Further investigations regarding the object are currently ongoing. The object was discovered this morning.


JVP led protest over lease of land to China
[Friday 2016-12-23 18:00]

A protest led by the Janatha Vimunkthi Peramuna (JVP) is being carried out at the moment in front of the administrative building of the Hambantota port.The crowd is protesting the lease of land to China.


State witness in Ravi Raj Murder case released from case inquiry
[Friday 2016-12-23 18:00]

The state witness in the trial in connection with the murder of former TNA Jaffna district MP Nadaraja Raviraj, was yesterday released from case inquiry by the Colombo High Court. Counsel Darshana Ranmuthuge appearing for the State Witness moved Court that his client be released from the case since he has spent over 21 months in remand custody. High Court Judge Manilal Waidyatilleke ordered to release the state witness from the case inquiry taking into consideration the fact that both prosecution and defence witnesses have concluded giving their evidence.


BIA to maintain 90 per cent of flights during resurfacing of runway
[Friday 2016-12-23 18:00]

The BIA yesterday assured that it would continue with almost 90 per cent of its flight operations during the period BIA runway undergoes resurfacing scheduled from Jan. 6 to April 5 next year. Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told the media at a special briefing held at the BIA in Katunayake that the resurfacing of the 3,350m long only runway at the airport would be completed within three months by a Chinese Company at a total cost of Rs. 7.2 billion which would be financed by Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd.


Ban Ki-moon calls President
[Friday 2016-12-23 18:00]

Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon telephoned President Maithripala Sirisena and had expressed his best wishes to Sri Lanka. “I had a brief telephone conversation with Ban Ki-moon and I had welcomed his wishes for Sri Lanka,” the President tweeted.


Raviraj Murder: Prosecution concludes giving evidence
[Thursday 2016-12-22 18:00]

The Colombo High Court special jury hearing the Raviraj murder case today concluded hearing the prosecutions evidence. The defence will have the opportunity to call its witnesses when the case resumes tomorrow (22). When the case pertaining to the murder of the former TNA Jaffna district MP Nadaraja Raviraj came up before High Court Judge Manilal Waidyatilleke, senior Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysooriya, on behalf of the Attorney General informed court that the prosecution had concluded giving the evidence of its witnesses.


Two RTI officers receive appointment letters Top News
[Thursday 2016-12-22 18:00]

Two officers appointed to the Right to Information (RTI) Commission received their appointment letters from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. Former President of the Court of Appeal, justice A.W.A. Salaam and Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran were appointed to the RTI commission.


Ex-military commander 'threatened to pulverise' schoolboy
[Thursday 2016-12-22 18:00]

Police in Sri Lanka have recieved a complaint of a serious threat to a schoolboy by an ex military commander who allegedly 'supervised the killing' of the Tamil Tiger leader's 12 year old son in May 2009, while in custody. Major General Kamal Gunaratne has threatened to 'pulverise' a 16 year old student from a leading boys school in the capital according to the boy's statement recorded by Cinnamon Garden police.


Proposed constitution won't endanger security - Prez
[Thursday 2016-12-22 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces has assured a delegation of ex-servicemen led by retired Rear Admiral and former UPFA Deputy Minister Sarath Weerasekera that the proposed Constitution wouldn't be inimical to national security.


Seven Chief Ministers oppose proposed super ministry
[Thursday 2016-12-22 18:00]

Seven Chief Ministers had already expressed their vehement opposition to the proposed Development (Special Provisions) Bill, which would confer extraordinary powers on a super ministry to curtail the powers vested in the provincial councils, Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya said yesterday.


PM prays at Tirumala temple Top News
[Thursday 2016-12-22 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today prayed at the Lord Venkateshwara temple in Tirumala, the Indian Express reported. Accompanied by his wife Maithree Wickremesinghe, he paid obeisance to the revered Lord at the hill shrine in the morning. The couple was accorded a warm reception on arrival by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Trust Board Chairman Ch. Krishnamurthy, Executive Officer D. Sambasiva Rao and other officials.


Sri Lanka probes plot by Rajiv Gandhi's attacker to kill President - report
[Wednesday 2016-12-21 17:00]

Sri Lanka said Tuesday it was investigating a former navy sailor convicted of attempting to assassinate late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi 25 years ago on suspicion of involvement in an alleged plot to kill Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, according to an AFP report. The former navy sailor Vijithamuni Rohana de Silva served two and a half years in prison for attacking the former Indian leader as he inspected a naval guard of honor in Colombo in 1987.


Over 3000 Sri Lankan military deserters take opportunity of latest general amnesty
[Wednesday 2016-12-21 17:00]

Over 3,000 Sri Lankan military deserters have taken the opportunity to get legally discharged from the service within the first twenty days of the month-long amnesty, which came into effect from the 01st of December, according to the Ministry of Defense. Up to now, 3 officers and 2,983 soldiers of the army, 1 officer and 256 sailors of the navy and 7 officers and 113 airmen of the air force had reported to their respective stations to obtain legal discharge states, Military Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Senevirathna said. Out of those, two officers and 2,494 soldiers of the army had already obtained their legal discharge.


Japan to provide naval craft to SL
[Wednesday 2016-12-21 17:00]

The Japanese government has decided to provide a naval craft and training to Sri Lanka in the future to strengthen its maritime security, Japanese vice Minister of Defence Hiroyuki Miyazawa said. The defence ministry said in a statement that the visiting Japanese minister revealed this during the Japan-Sri Lanka Defence Cooperation Dialogue 2016 held at the defence ministry in Colombo. The Sri Lankan delegation was led by State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene. Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Chief of Defence Staff and three forces commanders attended at the discussion.


India in quandary over new govt’s relationship with China - Gotabhaya
[Wednesday 2016-12-21 17:00]

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday told The Island that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was certainly in a quandary over the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration’s partnership with China. India had strongly opposed to the previous government’s relationship with China and thrown its weight behind the Opposition at the last presidential polls in January 2015, Rajapaksa said.


BIA closed during day from January 6 to April 6
[Wednesday 2016-12-21 17:00]

The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) will be closed for all operations during the day for three months due to work relating to overlaying of the runway. The BIA will be closed from January 6, 2017 until April 6 for three months from 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. daily.The BIA has only one runway. Over 950,000 aircraft operations have been carried out since its commissioning three decades ago. The runway was designed and constructed in the mid-80’s to meet the then requirements.


PM leaves for Chennai
[Wednesday 2016-12-21 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for Chennai accompanied by his wife professor Maithree Wickremesinghe. It was reported Mr. Wickremesinghe is to visit Tirupati during his visit to Chennai.


War Crimes in Allepo: Sri Lanka Yesterday, Syria Today: - TGTE
[Tuesday 2016-12-20 17:00]

The brutal war crimes committed in recent days against residents of Allepo, Syria by Russian and Syrian government forces are painfully reminscent of the genocide of Eelam Tamils carried out by the Sri Lankan regime in 2009. And this time too the international community has abjectly failed to protect the lives of innocent civilians and uphold global conventions and rule of law in any manner.


State witness in Raviraj murder refused bail
[Tuesday 2016-12-20 17:00]

The Colombo High Court today refused to grant bail to the state witness in the trial in connection with the murder of former TNA Jaffna district MP Nadaraja Raviraj, saying that such a remanded person should be detained in custody until the termination of the trial. Counsel Darshana Ranmuthuge appearing for the State Witness moved Court that his client be released on bail since he has spent several months in remand custody.


We did not talk to China about regime change: JO
[Tuesday 2016-12-20 17:00]

The joint opposition today denied rumours that it had held talks with China on a regime change in Sri Lanka, but reiterated that it was opposed to the sale of the country’s national resources. JO member G.L. Peiris said they welcomed investments coming into the country but that however there was a difference between the sale of national assets and investments.


Courts to be moved against ‘sale of H’tota Port’ to Chinese firm
[Tuesday 2016-12-20 17:00]

Head of the Democratic Socialist Front and veteran leftist Vasudeva Nanayakkara yesterday said that his party would file a private lawsuit against the government’s attempt to sell 80 percent of the shares of the Hambantota Port to a Chinese company for a song. The price agreed between the two parties was only USD 1.1 billion, Nanayakkara said.


LSSP Leader: US eyeing Trinco harbour to expand naval bases
[Tuesday 2016-12-20 17:00]

Leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) Prof. Tissa Vitharane yesterday warned that the US was eyeing the Trincomalee harbour as part of its naval base expansion project. He called upon Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to resign over the rapid deterioration of the country’s economy.


Sri Lanka condemns killing of Russian envoy to Ankara
[Tuesday 2016-12-20 17:00]

The Sri Lankan Government has condemned in the strongest terms, the attack on the Russian Ambassador to Ankara who was shot in the back and killed while giving a speech at an art gallery’ The Reuters news agency said the Russian foreign ministry confirmed the death of envoy Andrei Karlov, which marked one of the most serious spillovers of the Syria conflict. Turkey has struggled with a string of attacks by Islamist and Kurdish militants but the killing of a Russian envoy could have resonance throughout the region.


Alleged audio tape of MR-Lasantha telephone conversation leaked
[Tuesday 2016-12-20 17:00]

A leaked audio tape has emerged, apparently between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sunday Leader founder Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was brutally murdered in Colombo in January 2009. The audio, presumed to be a leak from a phone tap ordered on Lasantha’s mobile number by the Rajapaksa administration itself, was exclusively uploaded on the news website www.srilankamirror.com.

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