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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.

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.

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UN Notes Process Too Slow
[Sunday 2017-10-22 19:00]

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff noted that the truth seeking process in Sri Lanka was going too slow. Pablo de Greiff had told the Minister of National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan that the process was also behind schedule. Pablo de Greiff met Ganesan last week and discussed several issues. The UN Special Rapporteur met the President and several others as well and will be holding a press conference tomorrow to brief the media on his findings.

Sampanthan and Pablo meet Prisoners, land issues raised
[Sunday 2017-10-22 19:00]

Leader of the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan told United Nations Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff yesterday that the Tamil prisoners in custody are not in jail because they robbed or stole for personal gain and therefore their cases have a political dimension and it is needed to be looked at in that context and resolved. The Government has failed to understand this fact, Sampanthan said. He also highlighted the important issues faced by the Tamil people with regard to the release of lands belonging to civilians and the case of missing persons.

[Sunday 2017-10-22 19:00]

Northern Provincial Council member M.K. Sivajilingam who met President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday on the release of people in detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), told the Sunday Observer that the discussions that lasted one hour were smooth and constructive. The President’s response and the assurances he gave were encouraging and he considered it an important turning point in their long struggle seeking the release of the political prisoners, Sivajilingam said.

Arrest Of Gotabaya Imminent
[Sunday 2017-10-22 19:00]

The arrest of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is imminent, well informed sources told The Sunday Leader. Sources said that a discussion had been held last week between government officials from the legal and security establishments on taking Rajapaksa into custody to face charges against him. Rajapaksa returned from the United States last week following a private visit and according to sources he was to be arrested at the airport. However, on the advice of some officials, the move was dropped, sources added.

MR Likely To Be Removed
[Sunday 2017-10-22 18:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to be removed from his posts in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). General Secretary of the SLFP, Duminda Dissanayake told The Sunday Leader that any party member who does not attend SLFP meetings to discuss the elections will lose their posts in the party.

Karuna In ‘Unofficial’ Talks With Amaraweera
[Sunday 2017-10-22 18:00]

Former LTTE Eastern Commander Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman had ‘unofficial’ talks with United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera. Amaraweera told The Sunday Leader that no final decision had been taken with regard to the matters discussed at the meeting. The UPFA General Secretary however refused to divulge details related to the meeting saying the meeting was unofficial.

Poverty down to 4.1% But highest in the North
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

Sri Lanka's poverty headcount declined to 4.1 per cent last year, from 6.7% in 2012/13, when the last of such censuses were taken, the Census and Statistics Department (CSD), in a report released on Thursday (19), said. The Official Poverty Line (OPL) for last year was Rs 4,166 per soul per mensem, as opposed to real per capita expenditure per month for a person fixed at Rs 3,624 in 2012/13 to be poverty neutral then.

One person stabbed to death in Vavuniya
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

A 56- year-old was stabbed to death in Vavuniya following a heated argument. The victim was pronounced dead upon admission to Vavuniya Hosptal, according to police. He was identified as a resident of the same area. The suspect had been arrested by the Vavuniya Police and further investigations into the incident are being carried out.

Court orders prison authorities to submit a report on absence of former Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake in court
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

The court today ordered a report from the prison authorities on the absence of former Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake in court. Dassanayake, who is in remand custody, was not produced in court today when the case against him was taken up for hearing. Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the Superintendent of Prisons to report on reasons for his absence.

MR to preside at SLPP rallies
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to conduct a series of rallies, throughout the country, targeting the 2018 Provincial Council polls, party sources said. They said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will preside at these rallies, while among those expected to speak will be MPs from the Joint Opposition and parties who have consented to contest the polls on the SLPP ticket. The sources added that the series of rallies will be kicked off in Anuradhapura on 12 November.

PC polls campaigns Nimal, John lead SLFP team
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a committee, headed by Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and John Seneviratne, tasked with conducting the forthcoming campaigns, for the Provincial Council polls, on behalf of the SLFP. UPFA General Secretary, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated that this committee will also include several other SLFP stalwarts and the SLFP will contest the polls on the UPFA ticket He said that under no circumstance would the SLFP align itself with the UNP or any other party or contest the upcoming polls under the swan symbol.

Navy brings Indian crew of sinking vessel to Galle
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

The Navy says it brought a seven member Indian crew of a sinking vessel to Galle and they will be repatriated.The Navy rescued the seven member India crew from a Maldives-bound Indian Merchant Vessel, which had sunk in the seas south of Sri Lanka due to a mechanical fault. Upon being informed by the Maldivian Government about the ill-fated ‘Maria Iurudaya’, a medium-scale merchant vessel sinking in the seas 68 nautical miles south of the Galle lighthouse, the Navy Headquarters alerted all merchant ships plying in that area as well as SLN ships/craft patrolling in the southern seas to render assistance.

Jaffna Uni. students boycott lectures
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

Students of the University of Jaffna have started a boycott for five days over the solution suggested by President Maithripala Sirisena during a discussion held regarding the political prisoners. The students had decided to boycott lectures till October 25. The fourth year examinations, which were scheduled to be held today, were also cancelled by the University administration due to the boycott.

Northern protesters meet President for discussions on Tamil prisoners
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

A group of protesters including the Northern Provincial councilor K. Shivajilingam held a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday at the Presidential Secretariat regarding the Tamil prisoners. The group including councilor K. Shivajilingam staged a protest demonstration carrying black flags when President Sirisena was visiting Jaffna on October 14.

Human Rights Watch makes submission concerning Sri Lanka's military occupation of schools to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has made a submission to the 77th Working Group of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) focusing on Sri Lanka's military use of educational facilities during armed conflict. The submission relates to Articles 28 and 38 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and focuses on the protection of students, teachers, and schools during armed conflict.

Not satisfied with UNP’s present conduct - JR’s grandson
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

While pledging to defeat the new proposed Constitution, the grandson of the first Executive President of Sri Lanka Pradip Jayawardena said he has decided to contest the upcoming local government polls from the SLFP because he is not satisfied with the United National Party (UNP) conduct. Mr. Jayawardena said yesterday at a press briefing that his grandfather introduced the present Constitution because there was a credible reason to introduce it but said there was no such need to bring in a new constitution today.

Sri Lanka military offers another amnesty period for Army deserters
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense has declared another general amnesty period for deserters of the Army. The Ministry at a media briefing held in Colombo Thursday said the amnesty period will be offered to Army absentees enabling them to receive legal discharge from the Army. The General Amnesty will be effective from October 23 to November 15, 2017.

Sri Lankan President calls on journalists to present truth
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the country's mainstream journalists to be truthful in what they are reporting to the people. He said the journalists have a responsibility to give correct, qualitative and valued information and news to the society for the betterment of the future generation. He made these remarks speaking at a ceremony held today (Oct. 19) at the National Library and Documentation Services Board in Colombo to issue a souvenir stamp in memory of the late senior journalist D. B. Dhanapala.

No need of a new Constitution or Amendments - Malwatu & Asgiriya Chapters
[Thursday 2017-10-19 18:00]

The Karaka Maha Sangha Sabha, of the Malwatu & Asgiriya Chapters today decided that there was no necessity of a new Constitution or amendments to the present Constitution of the country and urged to stop the Constitution drafting process.

Joint search operations for missing youths
[Thursday 2017-10-19 18:00]

Joint Operations were carried out by the Navy and Police in search of two youths, who went missing yesterday while bathing in the sea off Mullaithivu. The two missing youths are 18-years-old and residents of Mullathivu. Four youths had gone for a sea bath and two of them were rescued by the Navy. “Area residents also helped out with the search operations,” the Police said.

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