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May 23, 2017 [GMT]
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Garbage disposal declared an essential service
[Friday 2017-04-21 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the issuance of a special gazette notification to declare garbage disposal as an essential service, the President’s office said. Accordingly a gazette will be issued with effect from midnight today under the Public Security Act Clause NO 16 declaring garbage disposal by any authority of the Public Administration is an essential service. This covers garbage disposal, garbage separation, transportation and storage. Any person contravening the order and disturb any of the above activities will be liable for arrest, prosecution and punishable under the law.


Changes before Vesak: President
[Friday 2017-04-21 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena today said there will be changes in the government activities within the next two weeks, including changes in heads of state institutions. He said this would entail in how things would be done by the government as well especially with regard to development activities. Asked what the changes were and whether there would be a cabinet reshuffle, the President replied that everybody would be able to see the changes before Vesak (May 13-14).


SRI LANKAN PM TO VISIT INDIA NEXT WEEK
[Friday 2017-04-21 18:00]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will arrive here on April 25 on a five-day visit during which he will hold talks with PM Narendra Modi to further expand ties in a range of areas and find a solution to the vexed fishermen issue. It will be Wickremesinghe’s working visit and both he and Modi will hold talks on April 26. “The prime minister will have a luncheon meeting with Ranil Wickremesinghe on April 26,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.


Rs.50,000 per month to displaced families in Meethotamulla
[Friday 2017-04-21 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena today ordered the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) to provide a payment of Rs.50,000 for three months to families displaced by the Meethotamulla tragedy. DMC Spokesman Pradeep Kodippili said the decision was made at a meeting held this morning at the ministry. Rs.50,000 will be paid to each family for rent payments until they are provided with a new house. Kodippili also said that 60 housing units will be provided to some of the victims today.


Interviews called for new political parties
[Friday 2017-04-21 18:00]

The Elections Commission says interviews have been called for approved applications submitted by political parties for registration at the Elections Commission. Speaking to NewsRadio Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said 95 new political parties have submitted applications for registration. Deshapriya said the commission has decided to call interviews for the relevant political parties separately.


Punish perpetrators of war crimes, atrocities - NGO pack
[Thursday 2017-04-20 16:00]

The Collective of Civil Society Organizations has urged the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration to inquire into war crimes allegations in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the government. Addressing the media at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), Maradana on Tuesday (April 18), Akalanka Hettiarachchi (Aluth Parapura) emphasized that all those who had perpetrated crimes during the war and post-conflict should be dealt forthwith.


Racist customer spits in Lankan shopkeeper's face in UK
[Thursday 2017-04-20 16:00]

This is the shocking moment a vile racist spat in the face of a Sri Lankan shopkeeper in an off-licence - because she did not have the right brand of cigarettes. CCTV footage shows thug Christopher James Callaghan abusing shop staff and then spitting over the counter in a woman's face. Callaghan, 30, became angry when staff at Stanley Foods in Bootle, Merseyside, told him they did not have the brand of cigarettes he wanted.


Modi to discuss Trinco oil tank farm
[Thursday 2017-04-20 16:00]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to have bilateral discussions with the Lankan leaders on the sidelines of UN Vesak Day celebrations here, on matters of mutual interests and concern, including the proposal for joint development of the oil tank farm in Trincomalee, it is learnt.


Government to ban cigarette sales near schools
[Thursday 2017-04-20 16:00]

The Sri Lankan government will enact laws banning sale of cigarettes within a 500-metre radius of a school. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said the proposals banning the sale of cigarettes within a 500m radius near schools have been sent to the Cabinet of Ministers. The Minister said the present government aims to endow a healthy future generation to the country. One of the initiatives is to prevent the school children from getting addicted to smoking and accordingly the government has taken all necessary steps to discourage the sale and use of cigarettes.


To sign strategic oil, econ MoUs Ranil to visit India
[Thursday 2017-04-20 16:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be back in Delhi in the last week of April, with an agenda to wrap up strategic deals ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit in May to Sri Lanka, and to take forward economic cooperation. Wickremesinghe's trip – his third since the general elections in 2015 – will take place just a couple of weeks before Modi goes to Colombo on his second official visit.


Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process
[Thursday 2017-04-20 16:00]

Australia will make it more difficult to gain citizenship in a major overhaul of its migration process. Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate "Australian values", PM Malcolm Turnbull said. Applicants must also have completed four years as a permanent resident - three years longer than at present. The move comes two days after Australia unveiled stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas.


Retired top officers contradict each other in CID cross-examination
[Wednesday 2017-04-19 16:00]

Wartime Director Operations, Joint Operations Headquarters (JOH), the then Brigadier Kumara Herath has told the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) that Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera had told him that The Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga had been killed with a sharp object soon after the incident which occurred on the morning of January 8, 2009 at Attidiya, Dehiwela.


British Minister Alok Sharma cancels Sri Lanka visit
[Wednesday 2017-04-19 16:00]

British Minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alok Sharma has cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka this week. The British High Commission in Colombo said the visit was cancelled after the British Prime Minister announced a snap election to be held in June. Apart from holding meetings with the Government, Sharma was to speak at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute on April 21 on challenges in a post Brexit world.


Modi confirms participation for UN Vesak festival
[Wednesday 2017-04-19 16:00]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has confirmed his participation for the UN Vesak Day opening ceremony which will be held in Colombo, Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said today. The UN Vesak Day celebrations will be held from May 12 to 14. Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has confirmed her participation for the closing ceremony.


Lieutenant Commander alleged to have abducted Kotahena resident further remanded
[Wednesday 2017-04-19 16:00]

Lieutenant Commander Dhammika Anil Mapa, a Navy Intelligence officer attached to the Welisara Navy camp, arrested for allegedly abducting a resident of Kotahena in 2009, was ordered to be further remanded till May 2 by Colombo Additional Magistrate J. Trotsky, today. The CID informed Court that the van of Vadivelu Pakkili Sami Loganathan was found at the Welisara Navy Camp while being discarded and cut into 72 pieces.


Sri Lanka plans to introduce facilities to obtain passports online
[Wednesday 2017-04-19 16:00]

The Sri Lankan government plans to introduce facilities for people to apply for a passport online in the near future, Controller General of Immigration Emigration Nihal Ranasinghe has said. Speaking to the state-TV Independent Television Network, the Controller General of Immigration Emigration said that they are preparing a strategy for the applicants to fill their applications and submit online directing them to the department's database. This will enable the Department to carry out their work efficiently, he added


Logbook pages of army officers assigned to protect MR’s family members gone missing
[Wednesday 2017-04-19 16:00]

Fourteen pages of a logbook maintained by Army officials who were assigned for the security detail of former President’s family members during the time of Thajudeen’s murder took place, had gone missing and this matter is being investigated by the CID, the Attorney General informed Court yesterday. Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake appearing on behalf of the CID informed Colombo Additional Magistrate J. Trotsky said that the CID detectives have initiated a comprehensive investigation regarding the removal of fourteen pages from the logbook during the days of Thajudeen’s murder took place on May 17, 2012.


Military ready to release lands if govt. gives orders: Army Commander
[Tuesday 2017-04-18 18:00]

Military does not have the authority to forcefully acquire lands and permission of the government authorities is required to release these lands, the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Chrishanthe De Silva informed the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday. He said if the government authorities give the orders, lands can be released immediately. He was speaking at a meeting held between Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, TNA MP’s and military officers yesterday.


Death toll 30, 30 missing
[Tuesday 2017-04-18 18:00]

The death toll in the Meethotamulla tragedy rose to 30 as at yesterday morning while 30 are still reported missing, the Disaster Management Centre sources said. It was also reported that 11 individuals were injured. Completely damaged houses following the collapse of the garbage mountain are 79 while there were 17 partially damaged houses as well. A total of 980 persons from 228 families were affected by the garbage site collapse. The sources also revealed that 129 individuals and 26 families are residing at safe locations


Lasantha’s killing: Three ex-senior military officers report to CID
[Tuesday 2017-04-18 18:00]

Former Air Force Commander Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera, Major General Mano Perera (Rtd) and Major General Kumar Herath (Rtd) reported to the CID this morning to record their statements in connection with the investigation into the killing of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunge.


PM returns today
[Tuesday 2017-04-18 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who cut short his official visit to Vietnam in view of the Meethotamulla garbage dump disaster will return today. Wickremesinghe and wife Maithree arrived in Vietnam on Sunday afternoon on a four-day official visit on the invitation of Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Prior to arriving in Hanoi, he had successfully completed an official visit to Japan.The Prime Minister was earlier scheduled to get back to Sri Lanka on April 20.


Tense situ at Kotikawatta over dumping of garbage
[Tuesday 2017-04-18 18:00]

A tense situation prevailed in Kotikawatta this evening during a protest by residents against the dumping of garbage in the area. Protesters burnt tyres and blocked the Old Avissawella Road. It was later called off after assurances given by the Police that a meeting would be held at Nagarukkaramaya tomorrow to discuss the dumping of garbage. According to reports, the Police had stopped the dumping of garbage for the time being.


British PM announces snap general election
[Tuesday 2017-04-18 18:00]

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called an early general election for June 8 in an announcement that has stunned Westminster, The Telegraph reported a short while ago. The Prime Minister had earlier repeatedly denied that she would call an election before the next scheduled poll in 2020. However, speaking outside the Prime Minister's Office, she said the Cabinet had agreed to call an early election.


Meethotamulla tragedy: 30 missing, death toll rises to 28
[Monday 2017-04-17 18:00]

The number of deaths reported due to the collapse of a part of the Meethotamulla garbage dump, had increased to 28 today, the Police said. They said 12 victims were undergoing treatment at the National Hospital, Colombo. Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said at least 30 people were missing in the incident.It said at least 980 people from 228 families had been displaced due to the tragedy while 80 houses have been completely destroyed and 17 houses have been partly damaged.


15kg bomb found buried in Vavuniya
[Monday 2017-04-17 18:00]

A high powered explosive device had been recovered from a house compound in Ukkulan Kulam Vavuniya, today, the Vavuniya Police said. “The bomb weighing 15 kg and 150 g has a mark ‘Captain Bavan (Aiya) 99,” an officer said. The bomb had been recovered when the resident tried to excavate his garden. Finding the mystery device the resident had alerted the area Police, who in turn brought in the Bomb Squad to de-fuse it and take it into their custody, sources said.


Opposition Leader urges government to ensure no future catastrophes of landfill collapse
[Monday 2017-04-17 18:00]

Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader and leader of the main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance MP R. Sampanthan today urged the government to restore the lives of the people affected by the New Year Day collapse of the garbage dump in Meethotamulla and ensure that such catastrophes will not happen in the future. "This incident has shattered the lives of hundreds of families in the area. I urge the government, to continue to take all steps necessary to restore the lives of the affected people and ensure that such a catastrophe does not recur in the future," MP Sampanthan said in a statement.


Ravi meets Arun
[Monday 2017-04-17 18:00]

A meeting between Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley was held recently. The two ministers drew attention to several economically important issues for both countries. Having prolonged friendship between the two neighbours, both ministers pledged to further strengthen the friendship. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the South Asian Sub Regional Economic Cooperation Summit held recently in New Delhi.


No foreign investigators – Swaminathan
[Monday 2017-04-17 18:00]

Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Prison Reforms D.M. Swaminathan has said that the investigation into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka could be carried out within the jurisdiction of the island and no foreign investigators would be admitted to look into the issue in the island.

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