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November 22, 2017 [GMT]
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CID claims Britisher provided vital info, identified phone seized by navy
[Monday 2017-07-17 18:00]

Police headquarters yesterday claimed that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), probing the alleged involvement of a group of navy officers in eleven wartime disappearances, had recorded the statement of British national Mike Horgan, who allegedly witnessed one of the abductions. Police spokesman and attorney-at-law SP Ruwan Gunasekera said Horgan had been here to arrange for a victim, identified as Soosai, from Mannar to join a football team in the UK.


‘Tamils committed crimes only for political reasons, not for personal benefit’
[Tuesday 2017-11-21 18:00]

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan yesterday requested the Justice Minister to schedule a special meeting with all the relevant officials to discuss the issue of those detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The Opposition Leader made this request in Parliament, while speaking at the Committee Stage debate of Budget 2018 when the Finance Heads of the Justice Ministry was taken up.


Next round of ETCA negotiations set for next month
[Tuesday 2017-11-21 18:00]

The next round of talks on the proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India is scheduled to take place next month. Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama told Parliament today that six rounds of talks on ETCA have been completed. He said the key objective of ETCA is to resolve the implementation issues on the existing Free Trade Agreement with India.


Sri Lankan prime minister to meet PM Modi this week
[Tuesday 2017-11-21 18:00]

In the backdrop of India's interest in leasing out an airport in China-dominated Hambantota, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghewill be in New Delhi this week for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wickremasinghe arrives here on Tuesday and will speak at a key cybersecurity conference before meeting the Indian leadership. Sri Lanka has become an important partner for India both in the neighbourhood and in the Indian Ocean region. In addition, India is reportedly using Colombo's influence over Myanmar's Buddhist leadership to help defuse the Rohingya crisis.


Only 10 detained under PTA Govt Suspects held on serious terror charges
[Tuesday 2017-11-21 18:00]

The Government yesterday (20) maintained that there are only 10 individuals currently detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) adding that all of them are suspects in serious cases of terrorism. The cases include the murder of Major General Janaka Perera, the suicide bomb attacks on former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the killing of seven persons in the Wilpattu Forest and the attack on the Anuradhapura Air Force Base, Deputy Minister of Justice Sarathi Dushmantha told Parliament.


US lawmakers raise concerns over China’s role in Hambantota
[Tuesday 2017-11-21 18:00]

US lawmakers have raised concerns over China’s role in the Hambantota port. Hambantota was discussed when the lawmakers expressed concerns over the ambitious ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative of China and sought recommendations for improving development finance efforts.


Rs. 10,000 allowance for former MPs
[Tuesday 2017-11-21 18:00]

A Rs. 10,000 allowance was added to former Parliamentarians’ pensions from October, a Senior Parliament Official told the Daily News yesterday. He said it costs the government an additional Rs. 26.2 million monthly to provide the allowance to 262 former MPs and about 220 widows of deceased MPs.


Vigneswaran takes PC Minister to task
[Monday 2017-11-20 18:00]

Northern Provincial Chief Minister C.V.Vigneswaran said the conduct of his Education Minister who refused to hoist the national flag at a public function as inappropriate. Northern Provincial Education Minister S.Sarveshwaran who recently attended a function held at Perakum Maha Vidyalaya in Irattaperiyakulam, refused to hoist the National Flag as the chief guest.


PM gives his side of the story to treasury bond commission
[Monday 2017-11-20 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he clarified matters related to the treasury bond issue to the Presidential Commission investigating the alleged treasury bond scam. The Prime Minister appeared before the commission today and was questioned for over an hour. Several United National Party members and Ministers also attended the hearing.


BBS Chief in fiery row with scribe Alleged threat to slap Chandraprema
[Monday 2017-11-20 18:00]

Secretary General of the Bodu Bala Sena, Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera yesterday (19) threatened to assault senior journalist attached to The Island C. A. Chandraprema at Medagoda, Narammala. The Thera had made this threat when Chandraprema had gone to pay his respects to the late mother of Professor Venerable Medagoda Abayatissa Thera, the Parivenadhipathi of the Sunethradevi Pirivena, Pepiliyana. "Are you Chandraprema? I will give you a thundering slap," the Thera said, Chandraprema alleged.


Previous regime took some detrimental decisions on national security- Ruwan
[Monday 2017-11-20 18:00]

Some of the decisions taken by the previous government caused a serious threat to national security, Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said in Parliament on Saturday. He said one such decision to to house the Army,Navy and Air Force head quarters at a location in Battaramulla, taken by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is not commendable. “The land belonging to the Military Headquarters was sold to Shangril-la Hotel,” Minister Wijewardene said. “We too will have to leave our current location soon.”


Ranil to visit Indian temple tomorrow to offer prayers
[Monday 2017-11-20 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be visiting Sri Mookambika temple at Kollur in Udupi district in India tomorrow (Tuesday), The Hindu newspaper reported. According to sources in the temple, Wickremesinghe would arrive in a helicopter to the Areshiroor helipad near Kollur at 11.15 a.m. on Tuesday. From the helipad, he would arrive at the RNS Guest House at 11.30 a.m. to get ready to offer prayers at the temple.


GCE O/L exam from Dec.12 to 21
[Monday 2017-11-20 18:00]

The GCE Ordinary Level Examination will be held from December 12 to 21, the Examinations Department announced today. It said 88,573 candidates will sit for this year examination which would be held at 5,116 examination centres countrywide.


Jaffna violent incidents: 41 arrested
[Sunday 2017-11-19 18:00]

At least 41 suspects had been arrested during raids carried out in Jaffna following the recent sword attack incidents in the peninsula region, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said. He said that special search operations had been conducted in the Kopay, Manipay, Jaffna and the Chunnakam Police areas during the last two days.


Gintota incident: PM says stern action against miscreants
[Sunday 2017-11-19 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who visited the Gintota in Galle today after the tense situation said that stern legal action would be taken against those who were responsible for the violence. The Prime Minister said a few people could start an unrest or violence situation. “A major disaster erupted because of people spreading rumours. We can’t station Police and military here forever. So everyone should live peacefully,” he said.


Sri Lanka to bring back asylum seekers detained in Australian offshore detention centers
[Sunday 2017-11-19 18:00]

Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana says that, arrangements will be made to bring back the Sri Lankans who are not eligible for citizenship in Australia and detained in Australia's offshore detention centers in South Pacific islands of Christmas Island, Papua New Guinea, and Nauru.


Gotabaya Rajapaksa politicized the Army during his term as defence secretary – Fonseka
[Sunday 2017-11-19 18:00]

Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka accused former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa of politicized the Army during his tenure in office. Participating in the Committee Stage debate on the Expenditure Head of the Defence Ministry, Minister Fonseka said the Army had been split into two factions due to the political influence the former Defence Secretary exerted on the Army. This was one of the key reasons which paved the way for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to lose his presidency.


PM going to India
[Sunday 2017-11-19 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will leave for a two-day official visit to India on November 22.


More inter-monsoonal rains from next week
[Sunday 2017-11-19 18:00]

The second phase of inter monsoonal rains is expected to begin from next week, according to the Meteorology Department. The duty meteorologist of the Department told the Sunday Times that evening thunder showers which were expected for a period of two months were disrupted due to the low pressure in the Bay of Bengal. “During the inter monsoon the winds should be slow or variable; if the wind speed increases it disrupts the rains,” he said explaining the prevailing weather pattern in some parts of the country. Accordingly the Met Dept. predicts a rainfall of about 100 mm during the course of next week.


‘A prisoner in Indian jail on Eelam soil’
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

Veteran Journalist, S.M. Gopalaratnam, popularly known as Gopu and known by his initials as SMG, is no more. Gopalaratnam passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday (15) at his residence in Batticaloa. Beginning his career in journalism in the early fifties in Virakesari he later joined Jaffna's regional daily Eelanadu as its News Editor under the iconic Editorship of late


Geological changes in Jaffna – Academics
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

Several persons have noted a geological difference within the Jaffna Peninsula following the recent heavy thunderstorms that were experienced in the Northern Province. A few lecturers of the Department of Geology of the University of Jaffna said, there were significant changes in the coastal areas of the Peninsula, both before and after the recent thunderstorms. They were of the view that the seawater levels had increased in certain areas while certain other areas, had been submerged in water.


More Aava group members arrested
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

Attacks from the Aava group in Jaffna has resulted in the death of eight persons in the last two days. Two deaths were reported from Jaffna, four from Kopai and two from Manipai. Twelve more have sustained injuries, Police Media Spokesperson, SP Ruwan Gunasekara said. Thus far, the Police have arrested 45 individuals in connection to the Aava group, 39 of them were arrested on previous occasions and 25 of that number have been released on bail. Fourteen still remain in custody.


Aava group will be defeated - Sagala
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka yesterday assured that the government would not allow the so-called Aava group, or any other criminal gang, to raise its head in the North. The Minister in a statement yesterday stressed the Police had unleashed its full strength to curb the activities of the criminal gang and bring its members to book.


Venomous snake in parliament
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

Parliament workers found a cat snake – (mapila in Sinhala and poonai pambu in Tamil) in a committee room of the Parliament complex yesterday morning. The snake was first detected by some cleaning workers in a corner of the Committee Room Number One located on the ground floor; it is mostly used for meetings between ministers and government officials. The workers immediately alerted the House Keeping Department employees who took action to remove the snake. Venomous snakes have previously been found in various parts of Parliament.


Key Army camps in the North will not be closed
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

The Government today insisted that key Army camps in the North will not be closed and troops will remain in the area. Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said that the joint opposition was spreading false claims that the Army will be withdrawn from the North. Speaking during the budget debate in Parliament today, the former Army Commander turned Minister said that the need to maintain a military presence in the North and East is similar to the need to maintain a military presence in the South of the country.


Jaffna HC issues notice on Army Chief Case involving disappearance of youths
[Friday 2017-11-17 18:00]

Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illancheliyan on 15 November ordered Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake to appear in Court on 18 January 2018. The Jaffna High Court Judge made this order having perused a petition filed by a group of relatives, who have alleged that 24 youths had gone missing after they were taken into custody by the Army on 19 July 1996 from the Nawakkuliya area in the Jaffna District.


No one is held in secret custody, Sri Lanka President tells family members of missing persons
[Friday 2017-11-17 18:00]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday held a discussion with the family members of the missing persons at the Presidential Secretariat. During this meeting, they presented their issues and demands to the President in detail. President Sirisena said that he has a clear understanding regarding the issues faced by each community in this country, and said that the government including himself is committed to provide solutions to those issues in a very open and fair manner.


MR should have opposed resolution when it was brought to Parliament - Sampanthan
[Friday 2017-11-17 18:00]

If Mahinda Rajapaksa was opposed to the creation of a new Constitution, he should have expressed his opposition at the time it was suggested without trying to stir communal tensions now by interpreting it as an effort to divide the country, Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan said in Parliament yesterday.


Announcement on nominations for LG polls on November 27
[Friday 2017-11-17 18:00]

The announcement on calling for nominations for the Local Government (LG) elections will be made on November 27, the Elections Commission Chairman said today. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has already signed the Local Government (LG) Elections (Amended) Draft Bill.

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