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August 17, 2017 [GMT]
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UN expresses concern over judiciary’s hands being tied by Attorney General
[Sunday 2017-07-16 18:00]

The visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism Ben Emmerson has expressed concern at the hands of the Sri Lankan judiciary being tied by the Attorney General in a manner that is wholly incompatible with the rule of law or basic precepts of democratic justice.


President battles to keep coalition, ultimatum backfires
[Sunday 2017-07-16 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena returned from a state visit to Bangladesh yesterday to grapple with a new threat of defections that could lead to a break-up of his shaky coalition government. A week after issuing an ultimatum to two ministers to deliver or depart, the President himself has been put on notice by his own Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which wants him to dissolve the coalition or face a mass exodus.


U.N. raps Sri Lanka's slow progress on tackling war crimes
[Saturday 2017-07-15 17:00]

The United Nations criticized Sri Lanka on Friday for slow progress in addressing war crimes and past human rights abuses and said the international community was running out of patience. The U.N. and rights activists have accused the Sri Lankan military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly Tamils, in the last weeks of the civil war with Tamil separatists that ended in 2009 and have demanded reforms and redress.


Vidyaa's killing: SDIG arrested
[Saturday 2017-07-15 17:00]

Jaffna Senior DIG Lalith Jayasinghe was arrested by the CID today on charges of allowing one of the suspects, who was arrested over the killing of school girl Vidyaa, to escape police custody.


Abduction, torture of Tamils remain systematic: ITJP
[Saturday 2017-07-15 17:00]

Abduction and torture of Tamils by the Sri Lankan security forces remain systematic because in 30 months the new Government has failed to dismantle the networks of the ‘deep state’, a Johannesburg-based, the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) said in its latest report. This includes torture chambers in one of the country’s largest army camps, immigration fraud, human smuggling and extortion by government allies, the report stated.


TNA received the LTTE’s support – Sampanthan
[Saturday 2017-07-15 17:00]

Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Opposition in Parliament, Rajavarothiam Sampanthan stated that the TNA had received the LTTE's fullest support. Speaking in Kilinochchi, after a meeting with the members of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) on Wednesday (12), Sampanthan stated that it was not important to talk about those who formed the TNA, but it was important to study how the alliance moved forward.


UN Special Rapporteur lacks calibre, diplomacy: Minister
[Saturday 2017-07-15 17:00]

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday alleged that several UN Special Rapporteurs who visited Sri Lanka including Rapporteur Ben Emmerson lacked calibre and diplomacy and that he would inform the President and the Premier about these Rapporteurs. When contacted by the Daily Mirror to get a comment about the Rapporteur Emmerson’s visit, the Minister complained that Mr. Emmerson didn’t have any diplomatic qualities, basic courtesy and that he displayed an-army-commander-like approach.


Over 90,000 affected by drought in North
[Saturday 2017-07-15 17:00]

Over 90,000 civilians are affected by the current drought conditions in the northern region of the country, Disaster Management Center(DMC)-Sri Lanka sources said yesterday. DMC Deputy Director K.A.D.P.K. Kodippili responding to Daily News, said the year prolonged drought condition has affected areas including Puttalam, Monaragala, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Northern Province and some parts of Kurunegala and Kandy. After conducting preliminary assessments regarding the condition, the DMC has spent Rs. 40 million to provide clean drinking water for the people in affected areas.


Sampanthan reiterates stand on missing and detained persons
[Thursday 2017-07-13 18:00]

Tamil National Alliance and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan reiterated his stand on firmly taking up, with the Government, the issues of involuntary disappearances and the indefinite detention of Tamil political prisoners. Sampanthan met the family members of the involuntarily disappeared persons yesterday, the 143rd day of their demonstration, at the Kilinochchi Kanthaswamy Kovil premises.


Vidya murder case: Senior DIG charge sheeted
[Thursday 2017-07-13 18:00]

Senior DIG Lalith Jayasinghe has been charge sheeted for releasing first accused in the Vidya rape and murder case. The charge sheet has been issued yesterday (12), National Police Commission Secretary Ariyadasa Coorey said. Coorey further said, DIG Jayasinghe has been given one month to respond to the charge sheet. It is alleged that Senior DIG Lalith Jayasinghe had aided and abetted with the prime suspect Mahalingam Sivakumar alias Kumar wanted in connection with the Vidya rape and murder case.


Unitary status, Buddhism’s place will never be compromised: PM
[Thursday 2017-07-13 18:00]

The unitary status of the country and the pre-eminent position of Buddhism will never be compromised in a new Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. The Prime Minister was addressing a group of youth Buddhist monks at Temple Trees yesterday. “Buddhism will never lose its pre-eminent position in the Constitution, while the unitary status of the country will not be changed,” the Prime Minister said.


Poaching vessels to face heavy fines under new Act
[Thursday 2017-07-13 18:00]

The Government plans to impose fines upto Rs.100 million for vessels poaching in Sri Lankan waters and proposals have also been received to increase it up to Rs 175 million. The Foreign Fisheries Vessels Act to be presented in Parliament this year will solve the issue of poaching by Indian trawlers in Sri Lankan waters, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.


Sri Lanka to renew acquisition, cross-servicing agreement with US defence
[Thursday 2017-07-13 18:00]

The Sri Lankan government is to renew the acquisition and cross-servicing agreement with the United States Department of Defence. The agreement which was initially signed on March 5 this year was to stand for 10 years. It allowed the exchange of supply and services, training of staff and humanitarian aid in disaster situations between the two countries. President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Defence pointed out that the agreement would help improve global ties and given the global security situation would be an apt decision to make.


Govt. lying about convention on enforced disappearances: JO
[Thursday 2017-07-13 18:00]

The government is lying when it says that the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances would not have a retrospective effect, the joint opposition said today. Former MP G.L. Peiris told the weekly news conference that the convention would not only permit action to be taken against personnel accused of future incidents of enforced disappearances but also on past incidents.


Navy saves ‘Jumbo’ in dramatic rescue at sea
[Wednesday 2017-07-12 17:00]

A group of naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command saved an elephant caught in a current in the seas about 8 Nm off Kokkuthuduwai, Kokilai yesterday morning (July, 11).


Court orders arrest of Naval Officer
[Wednesday 2017-07-12 17:00]

Fort Magistrate and Additional District Judge Lanka Jayaratne yesterday ordered to arrest a Lieutenant Commander of the Navy who was allegedly involved in the abduction 11 Tamil civilians in 2008. The Magistrate made this order following a request made by the Criminal Investigation Department. The Magistrate queried the CID as to why the department took a longer time to arrest the suspect. She also sought a report of the suspects to be arrested in connection with this incident.


Bill to increase female representation in Provincial Councils gazetted
[Wednesday 2017-07-12 17:00]

The Government gazetted the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill to increase the number of female representatives in Provincial Councils, yesterday. The Bill seeks to amend the Provincial Councils Elections Act, No. 2 of 1988 to make it binding on all political parties and independent groups to field at least 30 per cent female candidates in Provincial Council elections.


Unitary state, Buddhism will be upheld in new Constitution: President
[Wednesday 2017-07-12 17:00]

The responsibilities vested with the government regarding the unitary status of the country as per the Constitution, and the place given to Buddhism should never shirk under any circumstance, President Maithripala Sirisena said.


Glad to have met the TNA: Asgiriya Registrar
[Wednesday 2017-07-12 17:00]

The Asgiriya Chapter Registrar and the Asgiriya Sangha Sabha senior committee member, the Ven. Medagma Dhammananda Thera said he appreciated the decision taken by the TNA parliamentarians including the Opposition leader to meet the Mahanayake Theras. “We are happy to have met the TNA parliamentarians including the Opposition leader and clear up misunderstandings if any,” he said. “We have expressed our views on amending the Constitution. It is our responsibility as Sri Lankans to create a conducive environment so that we all can live in peace and harmony. We regret that the Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister's extremist stance on certain matters."


Polythene use banned from September
[Wednesday 2017-07-12 17:00]

Cabinet approved the proposal to prohibit the use of polythene lunch sheets, Styrofoam and shopping bags with effect from September. The measure was taken as an initiative towards providing a solution to the problem of accumulation of non-degradable waste.


UN Special Rapporteur on human rights begins mission to Sri Lanka
[Tuesday 2017-07-11 17:00]

United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson has arrived in Sri Lanka for a five-day official visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government. During his visit from 10 to 14 July the Special Rapporteur will gather first-hand information on initiatives in the area of counter-terrorism and assess how they affect the promotion and protection of human rights.


Sri Lanka monks vow to resist deal with Tamil minority
[Tuesday 2017-07-11 17:00]

Sri Lanka's hardline monks on Monday broadened a growing campaign by the Buddhist clergy against the government, threatening street protests if the island's Tamil minority is granted greater autonomy. Radical monk Maagalkande Sudaththa said hardline Buddhists were mobilising Sri Lankans from the majority Sinhalese ethnic group to resist a new power-sharing arrangement being drafted by the government. "Monks are going from district to district to educate their followers about the dangers of the proposed constitution," Sudaththa told reporters in Colombo.


SI and constable remanded over Pt. Pedro shooting
[Tuesday 2017-07-11 17:00]

A Sub Inspector and a Police Constable, attached to the Point Pedro Police Station, who were arrested in connection with the shooting which an individual was killed when an illegal sand transporting vehicle was shot at by the Police, were remanded till July 24 by the Pont Pedro Magistrate Court Monday.


Government says no demand for merged North and East
[Tuesday 2017-07-11 17:00]

The Government says there is no demand for a merged North and East through the new Constitution. Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella said the process to draft a new Constitution has obtained the support of Parliament, including that of the minority political parties. Some groups have raised concerns the new Constitution will result in the North and East being merged and divided from the South. Kiriella however said the Tamil political parties have asserted they will not push for the division of the county or the merger of the North and East.


Gota signs affidavit to testify against two ex-Army officers before PRECIFAC
[Tuesday 2017-07-11 17:00]

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa signed an affidavit before the Presidential Commission investigating alleged acts of Fraud Corruption, Abuse of Power, State Resources and Priviledges (PRECIFAC) yesterday to give evidence against two former senior Army officers, including an Army Commander another Army officer and a former high ranking state official.


Dinesh questioned for three hours
[Tuesday 2017-07-11 17:00]

Presidential Commission inquiring into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) yesterday questioned Joint Opposition Parliamentary Group and MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena for nearly three hours. The PRECIFAC questioned Gunawardena on an alleged fraud running to Rs 3,000 million in implementing a drinking water project during the previous government.


SI and constable arrested over Pt. Pedro shooting
[Monday 2017-07-10 17:00]

A Sub Inspector and a Police Constable, attached to the Point Pedro Police Station, have been arrested in connection with the shooting which an individual was killed when an illegal sand transporting vehicle was shot at by the Police yesterday. The lorry carrying sand was shot at in the Manalkaduwa area in Point Pedro after it drove through a police checkpoint disregarding police orders to stop.


Shooting incident in Pt. Pedro: IGP sends SIU unit to investigate
[Monday 2017-07-10 17:00]

IGP Pujith Jayasundara had ordered a Special Investigation Unit (SIU) led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) to be sent to Jaffna from Police Headquarters, Colombo to investigate the shooting incident that took place in the Point Pedro area, where a person was shot dead and two others escaped, Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

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