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February 19, 2017 [GMT]
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Dasa Sil Matha on hunger strike against new Constitution
[Monday 2017-01-23 17:00]

A Dasa Sil Matha is seen sitting in front of the historic Dalada Maligawa in Kandy where she has embarked on a non-stop hunger strike saying that the present government is trying to divide the country by amending the Constitution. She has opted to remain anonymous and will continue to protest against the high-handed actions of the government.

UFO hovers across the country Top News
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

An Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) hovering in the skies had been spotted in several areas of the country on Saturday night. Witnesses said the round-shaped object radiated a bright light. However, as captured by telescopes it was a bright, square shaped object with a moving core. The UFO was reported to have been spotted clearly in the western skies in Ratnapura, Hambantota, Galle and Matara around 7.15 pm.

Mahinda should leave politics – US tells GL
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

US ambassador in Sri Lanka Atul Keshap has told the joint opposition that it would gain nothing by recognizing ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa as its leader any further, ‘Sathhanda’ reports. Mahinda has been informed by Prof. G.L. Peiris about the US diplomat’s view, who has also said the JO would be in trouble if it did not let go of the ex-president.

Tamil Diaspora lobbies against GSP plus
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

Several Tamil Diaspora organizations have made joint representations to political and diplomatic missions, including the EU Parliament, exerting pressure on them against restoring to Sri Lanka the GSP plus export facility unless the Lankan Government implements core international conventions which are a prerequisite to qualify for the restoration. The Diaspora has through European Parliament Members called for a debate in the EU Parliament on the issue and has been lobbying in the EU Commissioner's office against restoration of the facility to Sri Lanka.

President Hopes To Strengthen Relations With US Under Trump
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena said he hopes to strengthen ties with the United States under new US President Donald Trump. Sirisena congratulated Trump on his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump was sworn in on Friday succeeding Barack Obama and taking control of a divided country in a transition of power that he has declared will lead to “America First” policies at home and abroad.

LIOC won’t release tanks, CPC spends Rs. 1b to build four tanks
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) is to set up four fuel storage tanks at a cost of more than Rs. 1 billion. These tanks to be set up in Muthurajawela off Wattala are needed in view of a delay in securing the release of three tanks leased out to the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) in Trincomalee, a senior CPC official said.

Heated exchange at Chief Ministers meeting with MR
[Sunday 2017-01-22 19:00]

A heated exchange of words had reportedly taken place at the meeting held today between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Seven Chief Ministers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The meeting held this morning ended inconclusively but the Chief Ministers have sought a follow-up meeting with him soon. The Chief Ministers called for the meeting to seek Rajapaksa’s support for the SLFP at the next Local Government elections. President Maithripala Sirisena had approved the meeting.

Trump sworn in as 45th President of USA
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

Donald John Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, taking office on a day that has featured smaller crowds and more subdued ceremony than previous inaugurations — but still ushers in a transformative shift in the country’s leadership. Trump, 70, was administered the oath by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. His wife Melania Trump stood at his side. The oath was given using two Bibles — one from President Lincoln’s inauguration, and another that Trump’s mother gave him in 1955.

India denies talks are on to take over development of Sri Lanka's Trincomalee port
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

Indian official sources on Friday denied Sri Lankan Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s contention that Sri Lanka and India are in talks for developing the Trincomalee harbor in the Eastern coast of the island nation. Fonseka had made the claim on the sidelines of a conference in New Delhi earlier this week, touching off adverse comments in Sri Lanka on the dangers of trying to balance China and India and making Sri Lanka an arena of big power politics.

Looking forward to working with Trump: MS
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

While congratulating Donald Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, President Maithripala Sirisena said in a twitter message that he was looking forward to working with the new US President to strengthen partnership between US and Sri Lanka.

Colombo Port City construction to begin next year
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has said that construction of the Colombo International Financial City would commence next year. Minister Ranawaka explained the status of the project to the media after having visited the site on Thursday. Ranawaka quoted senior officials of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) officials as having told him that 28 per cent of the required land had been reclaimed and the rest could be completed by the end of this year. According to the minister, construction could commence early next year.

SF questioned by CID
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded a statement from Field Marshal and Regional Development Minister Sarath Fonseka in connection with the murder of former Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. It was reported that he had been questioned by the CID for about five hours yesterday. However, when asked police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said the CID had not informed them officially regarding the matter and added that police could not declare such matters.

Talking with India to develop Trincomalee as main harbor in Bay of Bengal: PM
[Saturday 2017-01-21 19:00]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that India is welcome to come and invest in the facilities around the Hambantota port, for which the government is setting aside 15,000 acres of land to be made available for investors. In an exclusive interview with NDTV on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, he also clarifies that Sri Lanka has not given this land away only to the Chinese.

Plans to set up natural gas hub in Trinco
[Friday 2017-01-20 18:00]

Cabinet approval has been sought to establish a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Hub terminal and Storage at the Trincomalee Port for export by Energy World International Ltd, a leading company headquartered in Hong Kong, it is learnt. It is also seeking approval to hand over a 30 acre land on lease for 30 years to the company. This global company submitted a business proposal first way back in 2012 to seek approval.

Human rights chief notes positive steps taken in Sri Lanka
[Friday 2017-01-20 18:00]

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein noted the positive steps taken in Sri Lanka on the human rights issue. Al Hussein had talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. At the meeting Al Hussein said the UN Human Rights Council hopes Sri Lanka can take forward a process which ensures the rights of all communities are protected, the Prime Minister’s office said.

Protest staged outside US Embassy against Donald Trump Top News
[Friday 2017-01-20 18:00]

A protest was staged outside the US Embassy in Colombo today against US President elect Donald Trump. Trump will take office today after being sworn in after winning the US Presidential election last month.

China's Alibaba interested in investing in Sri Lanka
[Friday 2017-01-20 18:00]

The world famous Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has shown keen interest in investing in Sri Lanka and to build an e-commerce platform to promote online business ventures, Sri Lanka's Finance Ministry said today. According to a statement issued by the Finance Ministry, Ministry of Finance Ravi Karunanayake met with Alibaba Founder Chairman Jack Ma on January 18 on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

U.S. Navy Ship Hopper arrives at Colombo Port in Sri Lanka
[Friday 2017-01-20 18:00]

Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed the United States Navy ship USS Hopper arrived at the Port of Colombo on Thursday, 19th January 2017 on a goodwill visit. Subsequently, the Commanding Officer of the ship, Commander John D. Gainey paid a courtesy call on the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Jayantha De Silva at the Western Naval Command Headquarters. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementoes to mark the significance of the occasion, the Navy said.

Dengue strikes UK envoy
[Friday 2017-01-20 18:00]

UK's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris is down with dengue. This was revealed the Mission's Political Head, Daniel Painter, at a function in Colombo yesterday. This 'disaster' may be a bad advertisement for Sri Lanka Tourism, with tourism, since the end of Sri Lanka's terrorist war in 2009, rapidly rising from the ninth position in total foreign exchange (FX) earnings to the number three slot last year.

CA dismisses Raviraj appeal
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

The Court of Appeal today dismissed the appeal filed in court against the acquittal of five accused by the Colombo High Court recently, in the killing of former Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj and his driver. When the appeal was taken into consideration today by the Court of Appeal, the complainants were not present in court, and hence the court dismissed the appeal.

Sri Lanka to work with former peace negotiator Erik Solheim
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

Sri Lanka is to work with former peace negotiator Erik Solheim once again, this time however on environmental issues. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had talks with Solheim in Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. Solheim is the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and he has agreed to work with Sri Lanka through his new role.

India, Sri Lanka talks to develop Trincomalee port enters final stage
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

India and Sri Lanka will soon be finalising an accord to take New Delhi’s help to develop Trincomalee Port in the East of the Island nation, a move seen as Colombo’s attempt at fine balancing India and China. China has pumped in money to develop the Hambantota port in the South and is now said to be investing in Colombo port causing much discomfort in India that sees the Indian Ocean Region as its area of influence.

Sri Lanka Army Camp at Omanthai in North not removed, Army clarifies
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

The Sri Lanka Army's Omanthai camp has not been removed but 18 acres of land around the camp belonging to the civilians has been handed over to the Vavuniya Government Agent, Army Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said. Addressing the cabinet press briefing today, the Army spokesman said there was an issue handing over the lands belonging to the civilians of the area and as the Army cannot resolve it the lands were handed over to the GA.

Kiriella latches on to Rajapaksa’s 13+
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

Minister of Higher Education, Highways and Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had repeatedly stressed that a solution should be reached beyond the 13th amendment to the Constitution to address the ethnic issue when he was the President, but failed to implement it, and he was now criticising the unity government for trying to do the same.

JHU asks Ven. Rathana to give up UNP NL slot
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has requested Ven. Athureliya Rathana thera to give up his National List seat. A senior party spokesperson told The Island that the party expected Ven. Rathana to quit in the wake of his controversial decision to function as an independent MP.

Ratifying 27 int’l conventions the criteria for GSP+: EU
[Wednesday 2017-01-18 17:00]

The European Union (EU) said today the ratification and implementation of 27 international conventions signed by the Sri Lankan Government was the only criteria to be considered when assessing Sri Lanka's application to re-gain the GSP+ facility. Issuing a statement, the EU said these conventions were related to international human rights, labour rights, environmental standards and good governance.

All Media banned till 28th inst From entering China Bay Oil Tank Farm
[Wednesday 2017-01-18 17:00]

Ceylon Today reliably learns that, the government has suspended dealing with the Cabinet Paper which granted approval to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) to immediately obtain three oil tanks at the Trincomalee, China Bay Oil Tank Farm. Accordingly the Administration of the CPC has banned any media or journalist from entering the China Bay Oil Tank Farm until the 28 of this month.

Ranil and Xi talk investment in Davos
[Wednesday 2017-01-18 17:00]

Chinese President Xi Jingping yesterday met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where discussions on the Hambantota port, investment zone and the Port City projects unfolded.

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