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June 23, 2017 [GMT]
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Join hands to boost development in Northern Province – PM tells local politicians in Jaffna
[Saturday 2017-05-20 18:00]

In an effort to boost the development drive in the North, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called upon all local politicians and civil society activists to join the efforts of the Government to bring in investment to the Northern Province.


Gunawansa thera visits military men at Welikada
[Saturday 2017-05-20 18:00]

Ven. Elle Gunawansa yesterday visited military officers and men held at Welikada prison in connection with several cases including the killing of founding editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunga, attacks on Associate Editor of The Nation Keith Noyahr and Editor of Rivira Upali Tennakoon and disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda.


BE READY FOR ANY EMERGENCY CALL – PRESIDENT
[Saturday 2017-05-20 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the 8th National War Heroes Commemoration Day ceremony at the Parliament Grounds War Memorial yesterday, stressed that the members of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces should be poised to meet any domestic or external emergency. He also asserted that the Government was totally committed to fortifying the Armed Forces, irrespective of mounting pressures..from certain quarters to scale down operations simply because the armed conflict with the LTTE is over and done with.


Mullivaikkal war dead commemorated
[Friday 2017-05-19 18:00]

The Mullivaikkal Memorial Day was marked yesterday (18) in many parts of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. A special event was organized by the Northern Provincial Council in Mullivaikkal East where a large number of war affected people, who had lost their loved ones during last phase of the separatist war, participated.


Gunman fires at Police in Kilinochchi
[Friday 2017-05-19 18:00]

Several Police officers attached to the Kilinochchi Police, escaped unhurt when their vehicle was shot at by an unidentified gunman, while driving along the road bordering a forest area in Kilinochchi early this morning, the Police said. They said the suspect had escaped after shooting at the officers. The Army and Police officers have launched a search operation in the area to track down the suspect, they said. The incident occurred at about 12.30 am in the Arasakeni Kachcharu area in Palai, Kilinochchi.


Aussie explores options to rehabilitate SL refugees in TN
[Friday 2017-05-19 18:00]

Australia is exploring options with the Tamil Nadu government and Sri Lanka to rehabilitate some Sri Lankan refugees in the State that will in turn reduce the number of refugees trying to enter Australia through illegal means, a top Australian Border Force official told The Hindu on Friday.


EU journal re-granting GSP+ to SL out
[Friday 2017-05-19 18:00]

The re-granting of the GSP plus trade facility to Sri Lanka has been printed in the official journal of the European Union (EU) on Thursday and Sri Lanka will have access to the facility from today, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said.


Germany ready to invest in emergency response service
[Friday 2017-05-19 18:00]

Health Minister with German Minister of Interior, Digitalisation and Migration for Badn-Wurttemberg Province. A German company has agreed to invest in Sri Lanka for an emergency response service, Health Ministry sources said. According to sources, 24 helicopters, 1,050 ambulances and 240 emergency vehicles would be attached to the services to be carried out free of charge from land and air. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne who is now touring Germany, has had discussions with the company officials, German officials and Bank officials to launch the service in Sri Lanka, the sources added.


President Sirisena notes IPKF failed to defeat the LTTE
[Friday 2017-05-19 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena today noted that the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) had failed in its mission to defeat the LTTE. He said Sri Lanka had to turn to India when several attempts at defeating the LTTE had failed. However he said even the IPKF failed and eventually the local military defeated the LTTE in May 2009. President Sirisena was speaking at the main ceremony held at the war memorial in Kotte to commemorate eight years since the end of the war.


Jagmeet Singh’s Statement in Recognition of Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day:
[Thursday 2017-05-18 20:00]

In marking Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day in May, Federal NDP Leadership Candidate Jagmeet Singh called for the international community and all Canadians to stand in solidarity with the Tamil community as they continue to stand for justice, peace and reconciliation. During this month, the Tamil Canadian community remembers the thousands of innocent lives lost during the Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka.


Sri Lanka blames Tamil diaspora for genocide charge against government
[Tuesday 2017-05-16 17:00]

Sri Lanka has blamed the “pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora” for backing the genocide charge against the government as the country prepares to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the end of the three-decade long civil war.


MR-Modi talks: Indian envoy consulted me-Prez
[Tuesday 2017-05-16 17:00]

hoist black flags on Vesak Poya Day in protest against Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit but met the Indian leader at night.’ The President said that the Indian High Commissioner had asked him whether the organizers of the black flag campaign should be allowed to meet PM Modi. "I told the Indian envoy they should be allowed to do so," the president said.


Sri Lanka to regain access to GSP plus from Friday
[Tuesday 2017-05-16 17:00]

Sri Lanka is expected to regain access to the European Union’s GSP plus trade concession on Friday, the EU office in Colombo announced on Tuesday. The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Tung-Laï Margue said that no EU country has objected to Sri Lanka being granted GSP plus. As a result, he says the granting of GSP plus will be printed in the official journal on Thursday and Sri Lanka will have access to the facility from Friday.


Grounded IAF heli flies off
[Tuesday 2017-05-16 17:00]

The Indian Air Force helicopter which was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s entourage on his two-day Sri Lanka visit, that was grounded in Kandy due to a technical fault for five days, had departed this morning. The Mi-17 helicopter was grounded at the Asgiriya grounds after it failed to take off last Friday (12) when Modi departed in his special flight. Sri Lankan Air Force has assisted in the repair, while another helicopter of Indian Air Force with engineers arrived in Kandy to repair the helicopter. A fleet of helicopters were used for Modi’s travel from Colombo to Dikoya, Kandy and from there back to Colombo international airport to return to India.


Rights group warns a MR return must not be ruled out
[Tuesday 2017-05-16 17:00]

A leading international human rights group today warned that leaders in both the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party should not discount a Mahinda Rajapaksa return. The International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must reach workable compromises on key issues including economic reform that shares the pain of change equitably and renewed anti-corruption, anti-impunity drives that prioritise a limited number of significant criminal cases implicating both major parties.


Galle District Secretariat website under cyber attack
[Tuesday 2017-05-16 17:00]

The official website of the Galle District Secretariat (http://www.galle.dist.gov.lk/) is reported to have been hacked by an alleged group identifying itself as the ‘Pakistani Cyber Team Experts’. The attackers had however entered the official website and posted a message hailing their success saying “Pakistan Zindabad, Islam Zindabad, Muslims Zindabad ,Pakistan Army Zindabad, Pakistan ISI Zindabad and #Free Kashmir #Free Syria #Free Palestine.”


Sampanthan calls for India’s help to keep UNP-SLFP marriage going
[Monday 2017-05-15 18:00]

Opposition and TNA Leader R Sampanthan yesterday said he had sought India’s help to ensure the continuation of the UNP-SLFP administration. He told The Island that he had requested Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself in Colombo to do so. That objective could not be achieved without the two main parties sinking their petty differences for the sake of the country, the Opposition leader said.


Modi’s speech paints SL as an Indian state: PHU
[Monday 2017-05-15 18:00]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brief visit and the speech he made in Sri Lanka confirm that India has turned Sri Lanka into one of its semi-colonies, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today. It said the speech made in Dikoya by Premier Modi flanked by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe proved that Sri Lanka had become another state of India.


MR’s talks with Indian PM ‘confidential’ – GL
[Monday 2017-05-15 18:00]

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s discussions with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi late on the night of last Thursday were "confidential," and could not be divulged, Prof G. L. Peiris said today. "The discussions our former President had with Mr Modi are confidential. I hope you can understand," Prof Peiris told this correspondent from Colombo in a telephone conversation.


Sri Lanka to share experiences on democratic governance with Myanmar
[Monday 2017-05-15 18:00]

Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Leader of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe having discussions on the sidelines of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ summit in Beijing, China yesterday. Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Leader of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi told Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday that the main challenge before her country today was to establish strong democratic governance.


Police looking after Modi’s security chopper
[Monday 2017-05-15 18:00]

A helicopter which transported the security contingent of visiting Indian Premier Narendra Modi has been grounded at the police grounds, Asgiriya due to a mechanical defect. New Delhi has said it will send a technical team to repair and take back the chopper soon. Kandy police are providing security to the helicopter.


No Cabinet sittings till reshuffle
[Monday 2017-05-15 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena had stopped all Cabinet meetings until a Cabinet reshuffle, sources said. Government sources had told our sister paper Lankadeepa, that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had agreed to reshuffle the current Cabinet of Ministers after the return of the Prime Minister from China.


UN To Review Sri Lanka’s Rights Record In November
[Sunday 2017-05-14 20:00]

Sri Lanka’s human rights record will come under review in November during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Burundi, Korea and Bolivia will forma a Troika which will review and submit a report on Sri Lanka in November. The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations.


Long-term visas to attract expat Lankans, foreign investors and students
[Sunday 2017-05-14 20:00]

Regulations are likely to be relaxed in the issue of visas to Sri Lankans currently holding foreign citizenship, investors, students and others, a Cabinet Minister said. Internal Affairs Minister S.B. Nawinna told the Sunday Times the proposals, if approved by the Cabinet, would enable the Government to provide visas ranging from two to five years, instead of short term visas as currently issued. He said the objective was to attract Sri Lankans domiciled overseas to return and stay here for longer spells, attract more foreign students and regularise the issue of visas for foreign investors.


Sri Lanka Navy nabs two people with a stock of prescription pain killer tramadol
[Sunday 2017-05-14 20:00]

Sri Lanka Navy personnel together with Police officers today nabbed two people transporting a stock of prescription pain killer tramadol, the Navy said. According to Navy media unit, acting on intelligence information received by the Navy, a group of naval personnel attached to the Western Naval Command in coordination with Peliyagoda Police apprehended two suspects with 400 tablets of prescription drug Tramadol in Mabola, Wattala, this evening (13).


Technical glitch stops one of Modi's choppers in Sri Lanka
[Sunday 2017-05-14 20:00]

A helicopter, which was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's entourage on his two-day Sri Lanka visit, remains grounded in Kandy after it developed a technical problem, officials said today. The Mi-17 helicopter is grounded at the Asgiriya grounds after it failed to take off yesterday when Modideparted in his special flight. Sri Lankan air force has helped identify the fault with the helicopter which awaits spare parts from India, officials said. A fleet of helicopters were used for Modi's travel from Colombo to Dikoya, Kandy and from there back to Colombo International airport to return home yesterday.


China emerges as Sri Lanka’s main import source replacing India
[Sunday 2017-05-14 20:00]

China has emerged as Sri Lanka’s main import source replacing India, the country’s major import origin since 2001. China became the main import origin of the island in 2016, accounting for 21.7 per cent of total expenditure on imports recording an increase by 13.6 per cent to US$ 4,215 million, Central Bank(CB) statistics showed. The main items imported to the island during this period were textiles, machinery and equipment, building material transport equipment and chemical products.


Cabinet reshuffle after PM returns from China
[Sunday 2017-05-14 20:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe decided on Friday night that the much-talked-of Cabinet reshuffle will take place upon the latter’s return from China. The meeting came just ahead of the Premier travelling to the airport to board a Singapore-bound flight en route to Beijing. President Sirisena also directed him not to deal with any matters relating to the Hambantota Port project with a Chinese firm until a number of outstanding issues are resolved. The Premier had proposed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding incorporating the different agreements with Chinese authorities. A Framework Agreement is also on the cards.

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