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May 26, 2017 [GMT]
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Changes before Vesak: President
[Friday 2017-04-21 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena today said there will be changes in the government activities within the next two weeks, including changes in heads of state institutions. He said this would entail in how things would be done by the government as well especially with regard to development activities.
Asked what the changes were and whether there would be a cabinet reshuffle, the President replied that everybody would be able to see the changes before Vesak (May 13-14).

President Maithripala Sirisena today said there will be changes in the government activities within the next two weeks, including changes in heads of state institutions. He said this would entail in how things would be done by the government as well especially with regard to development activities. Asked what the changes were and whether there would be a cabinet reshuffle, the President replied that everybody would be able to see the changes before Vesak (May 13-14).


The President who was addressing the editors and media heads at the President’s House today also emphasized that the country was not facing an economic crisis. He noted that there were positive steps being taken in the economic front with the advice of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He said the Finance Minister and other officials were in Washington discussing matters with the IMF and the outcome looked very positive.

The President assured that the country is heading positively towards economic stability. He added that the country’s foreign reserves have already exceeded US Dollars 5 billion and expected to improve further in the coming months. He said that the international market prices of tea, rubber and coconut have increased, thus there is a positive trend in foreign exchange earnings from these traditional exports. “The economy is very sound and there is no possibility at all about an economic collapse,” he said.

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Rathupaswala shooting: Army Brigadier arrested
[Thursday 2017-05-25 18:00]

Police said the CID today arrested Brigadier Anura Deshapriya Gunawardena who was alleged to have led an army contingent to Rathupaswala to quell a protest by residents pleading for safe drinking. Three people were shot dead and 33 protesters injured on August 1, 2013. Police said a 14-year-old student was among those killed in the shooting. Earlier, the CID had arrested three army personnel, a staff sergeant and two corporals in connection wit the shooting.They were later remanded. Police said the Brigadier was to produced in the Gampaha Magistrate's Court today.

Several teams out to arrest Ven. Gnanasara: Police
[Thursday 2017-05-25 18:00]

Several police teams were deployed to arrest Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary the Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera on charges of disturbing, obstructing and threatening police officers and committing acts bound to cause racial and religious disharmony among various communities. DIG Priyantha Jayakody in a statement said that following a request made by the Police, the Hulftsdorp No: 4 Magistrate issued a court order preventing the Thera from leaving the country. He said there were several com-plaints lodged against him and the Thera had not reported to the Police Organized Crime Division when summoned to do so.

Sri Lankan President and Australian PM agree to enhance bilateral cooperation Top News
[Thursday 2017-05-25 18:00]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a three-day state visit to Australia, met Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the National Parliament building in Canberra on Thursday and held bilateral discussions. The two leaders, after concluding a one-on-one round of talks, held bilateral discussions, in which ministers and officials from both sides participated.

Govt. to fill approximately 1,000 vacancies in North: Sagala Ratnayake
[Thursday 2017-05-25 18:00]

The Government will take immediate measures to fill approximately 1,000 vacancies in the North to address the unemployment issue in the area, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake informed Parliament yesterday. The minister was replying to an Adjournment Motion moved by Opposition Leader R Sampanthan on the unemployment of youth in the North and East. The minister told Parliament that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited Jaffna over the weekend and had lengthy discussions on the matter of unemployment of youth.

New security measures at Colombo International Airport
[Thursday 2017-05-25 18:00]

New regulations have been introduced according to the regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization to enhance the security at Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. That new regulations will be effective from the first of June, the Airport Security Services announced. According to new regulations, volume of liquid that passengers can carry in their hand luggage on board the plane will be limited. The liquids will also include volatile liquids and gels.

FCID seeks AG’s advice on Karuna Amman case
[Thursday 2017-05-25 18:00]

The FCID informed Courts today that they have sought Attorney General’s advice regarding future legal steps to be taken regarding former Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan alias Karuna Amman’s case on the allegation against misusing a Presidential Secretariat bullet proof armed vehicle worth Rs.90 million.

Three bench Trial-at-bar to hear Vidya murder
[Wednesday 2017-05-24 18:00]

Chief Justice Priyasath Dep has appointed a three member bench to hear the schoolgirl Sivaloganathan Vidya murder case. The three member bench headed by High Court Judge Balendran Sashi Mahendran comprises Judges Annalingam Premashankar and Manickavasagar Chelian as its other members. The Chief Justice has also decided that the case should be heard in the Jaffna High Court. The Chief Justice has appointed the three Judge bench after the Attorney General published information in the Jaffna High Court and took steps under the Criminal Procedure Code and informed him in writing about it.

Plans to develop Jaffna into Strategic City: Ranawaka
[Wednesday 2017-05-24 18:00]

Jaffna will be developed into a strategic city under the government’s Cities of the Future Programme, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said on Monday. He said the government is setting the agenda for the management of future cities, and Jaffna will be developed into a strategic city conforming to the plans of envisioned future city management strategy. "The envisioned development will take place starting this year, "Minister Ranawaka said. He said plans are being finalised to take Jaffna forward as a strategic economic, technical, cultural, social and democratic centre.

Findings of Police Patrol Vehicle shooting incident to be presented before House
[Wednesday 2017-05-24 18:00]

The findings of the shooting incident at the Police Patrol Vehicle at Palai in Kilinochchi on May 18 would be presented before Parliament after investigations, Southern Development and Law and Order Minister Sagala Rathnayake said in Parliament yesterday.

Army denies report attributed to Major General
[Wednesday 2017-05-24 18:00]

Director Media of the Sri Lanka Army Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said yesterday that the army would not buy military hardware from Belarus.He said so in response to a Belarusian news agency report that the Security Force Headquarters Commander of Sri Lanka, Major General Ruwan Kulatunga had expressed the army’s intent to buy hardware from Belarus, at the MILEX 2017 exhibition.

Strict action against inciting communal tension: Govt.
[Wednesday 2017-05-24 18:00]

The Cabinet today decided to take strict action according to the law against elements that attempt to create communal tension and disharmony in the country, the Government said today. The Government accordingly will instruct all Police stations to be vigilant on those who attempt to create tension among communities and apply law strictly on them.

Budget Dept. to provide details of vehicles used by Ministers
[Wednesday 2017-05-24 18:00]

The Parliamentary Committee on Public Finance had requested the Budget Department to provide details on the vehicles provided to Ministers since January 2015, the Committee Chairman, MP M. A. Sumanthiran told Parliament today. Mr. Sumanthiran said the Public Finance Committee has also informed the Budget Dept. to provide details on the present conditions of the vehicles used by the Ministers prior to January 15, 2017.

Army should be withdrawn within 6 months: Sivajilingam
[Tuesday 2017-05-23 17:00]

All military personnel, who had been deployed for security in the Northern Province, should be withdrawn within the next six months, Northern Provincial Council member M.K. Sivajilingam said yesterday. He said that soldiers who can be accommodated in 600-700 acres of land were enough for security in the region, he said. While addressing media at Jaffna he claimed that about 4,000 acres of land in Valikamam in the Northern Province was still under Sri Lanka Army. “They keep this land area forcibly,” he said. “About 600 to 700 acres of land area is more than enough for Army and no need of that much of army personnel in the North. Therefore, the Army should be withdrawn with in the next six months," Sivajilingam said.

President leaves for Australia
[Tuesday 2017-05-23 17:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has left for Australia today on a three-day official visit on the invitation of Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. The President is scheduled to meet the Australian Prime Minister in Canberra on May 25.

Lankan refugee given ‘inadequate care’ before death
[Tuesday 2017-05-23 17:00]

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker who died from a severe asthma attack just hours after arriving at the Christmas Island immigration detention centre had received inadequate medical care, a West Australian coroner has found. Arulselvam Velmurugu fled communal riots in Sri Lanka in November 2012 and arrived in Australia almost six months later after two boat journeys and nearly three months in a refugee camp in Sumatra, where deadly fights broke out, The West Australian reported on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka condemns Manchester terrorist attack
[Tuesday 2017-05-23 17:00]

The Sri Lankan Government today condemned the terrorist attack in Manchester in which at least 19 people were killed and scores injured.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said that Sri Lanka was saddened by the attack in Manchester. “Saddened by the attack in #Manchester. #SriLanka condemns this heinous act. Our thoughts n prayers are wt all those affected,” she tweeted.

UN urges Sri Lanka to take action against those inciting hatred and violence
[Tuesday 2017-05-23 17:00]

The United Nations (UN) has urged the Government of Sri Lanka to take action against those inciting hatred and violence. UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Una McCauley said it is time for Sri Lanka to "stand strong and be bold" to hold those inciting hatred and violence responsible for their actions. "Last week Sri Lanka celebrated Vesak and this week the teaching of the Lord Buddha - his message of peace, tolerance and respect for all are being drowned out," she said in a statement.

Families of disappeared in Sri Lanka write to UN Chief, British PM on their plight
[Tuesday 2017-05-23 17:00]

The families of disappeared and missing in Sri Lanka's North have written to the United Nations Secretary General António Gutteres and British Prime Minister Theresa May about their struggle to find answers as to the whereabouts of their loved ones. Mothers belong to the Association for the Relatives of the Enforced Disappeared in the District of Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka said they have been, for three long months, continuously staging protests by the roadside to draw the world's attention to their "agonizing plight". They said they just want to know what happened to their loved ones who have disappeared and the government of Sri Lanka has not taken any effort to find the answers.

New Foreign, Finance and Ports Ministers in cabinet reshuffle Top News
[Monday 2017-05-22 19:00]

A new Foreign Minister, Finance Minister and Ports Minister took oaths today in the cabinet reshuffle before President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Nine cabinet Ministers and a State Minister took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera took oaths as the new Finance Minister and Media Minister while former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake took oaths as the new Foreign Minister.

KP exposes how MGR and Indira Gandhi supported LTTE
[Monday 2017-05-22 19:00]

Former prominent Liberation Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) leader Kumaran Pathmanathan, who was the chief international financier and helped smuggle weapons for the terror outfit, spoke to WION in an exclusive interview. KP, as he was known, took over leadership of the LTTE following the death of Velupillai Prabhakaran and was wanted in India in connection with Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. Ironically, as KP revealed, it was Rajiv Gandhi’s mother Indira Gandhi who asked RAW to aid LTTE. In his heydays, KP was a reclusive, overseas financier for the LTTE based in Thailand and avoided capture by constantly changing addresses and aliases.

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