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War crimes probe: Canada won’t reveal its stand till text of new resolution is ready
[Wednesday 2015-09-02 18:00]

Canada has reiterated that Sri Lanka should cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in fulfilling its human rights obligations.Having acknowledged the decision to request a one-time extension of the OHCHR probe into human rights violations in Sri Lanka at the 28th session of the Geneva-based UNHRC, a Canadian government spokesperson yesterday told The Island that Canada would examine OHCHR report carefully.

Sampanthan faces resistance for opposition post
[Wednesday 2015-09-02 18:00]

Some members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today raised concerns over attempts to make Tamil National Alliance (TNA) the main opposition in Parliament. Fourteen UPFA members including former President Mahinda Rajapakse now sit in the opposition benches opposing the National Government while the TNA has 16 seats.

Dates for Sri Lanka PM's Delhi Visit Yet to be Finalised
[Wednesday 2015-09-02 18:00]

India and Sri Lanka are working to fix the dates for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to make New Delhi his first foreign port of call this month itself.Sources told Express that there had been exchange of dates for Wickremesinghe’s visit. “It could take place within the next two to three weeks,” said a senior diplomat.This will be the first overseas visit of Wickremesinghe since he was appointed Prime Minister after the surprise win of Maithripala Sirisena in the Presidential elections in January, defeating two-term president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Opposition Leader to be appointed tomorrow
[Wednesday 2015-09-02 18:00]

It has been decided to name the Opposition Leader and the Chief Organizer of the Eighth Parliament tomorrow.This decision was made at a meeting of party leaders held at the Speaker's Office in Parliament yesterday (1) chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.In addition, the debate asked for by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna pertaining to the number of ministers to be appointed to the National Government will be taken up for discussion on 3 September.

Chandrika to Meet Modi in Delhi This Week
[Wednesday 2015-09-02 18:00]

Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who played a key role in engineering the electoral defeat of former Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of an international Hindu-Buddhist conference to be held in New Delhi between September 3 and 5, informed sources told Express here.

Protesters Block Paddy Stocks From Entering Mattala Airport Top News
[Wednesday 2015-09-02 18:00]

Residents launched a protest near Mattala Airport this morning against the decision to store paddy at the unused warehouses in the airport. Protesters blocked lorries from entering the premises with the first stock of paddy to be stored at the airport.The storing the surplus paddy harvest of Hambantota District at unused warehouses at the Mattala Airport commenced today. The decision was taken by relevant authorities following a request made by Paddy Marketing Board.

Tamil Fest in Scarborough a smashing success, drawing about 90,000 people: - Parking issues will be looked at for next year, say organizers
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 21:00]

Scarborough Mirror

By Mike Adler

Tamil Fest turned out to be a smashing success for both the Tamil-Canadian community and Scarborough. Organizers of the first street festival in Morningside Heights thought they’d see 30,000 people over the weekend, at most. Instead, about 90,000 turned up on a section of Morningside Avenue over Saturday and Sunday. Those crowds produced long lines at the vendors and midway rides, and some traffic and parking problems on nearby streets. But they also make it very likely Tamil Fest - one of the first Tamil street festivals outside South Asia - will be back next year.

NPC passes resolution calling for International Tribunal Top News
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) today passed a resolution unanimously calling upon the international community to set up an international tribunal to investigate alleged human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed in the country citing that past domestic mechanisms failed to deliver justice. When the council convened today Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran submitted an a resolution titled “ Resolution on the need for an international mechanism” to the council and it was seconded by the councilor M.K.Shivajilingam.

TNA reiterates demand for opposition leader post
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday reiterated its stand for the opposition leader post as the new Parliament met for the first time. The TNA Parliamentary Group convened yesterday and TNA leader R. Sampanthan was elected as the TNA’s Parliamentary Group Leader at this meeting.It was also decided that Sampanthan should be appointed as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. On this basis, TNA MP Selvam Adaikalanathan accepted appointment to the post of Deputy Chairman of Committees.

MR becomes an MP Top News
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn-in as a parliamentarian of the new parliament today. He was seated in the second seat of the front row next to UPFA stalwart Nimal Siripala de Silva. Mr. Rajapaksa was welcomed by other parliamentarians and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe commended Mr. Rajapaksa’s assistance extended in parliamentary affairs.

TNA MP Selvam Adikkalanathan appointed Deputy Chairman of Committees
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

Parliament today unanimously elected Karu Jayasuriya to the post of Speaker as well as Thilanga Sumathipala as Deputy Speaker and TNA MP Selvam Adikkalanathan as Deputy Chairman of Committees. The appointments were made as the 8th parliament formally inaugurated its five year term this morning. The proceedings for the day began at 9.30 am with Serjeant-at-Arms Anil Parakrama entering the Chamber with the Mace which was laid on the lower rest till the Speaker was elected.

India sees ties with Sri Lanka growing further
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

India today said that it sees ties with Sri Lanka growing further following the January Presidential election and visits by leaders to both countries. This view was expressed by Dr. Arvind Gupta, Deputy National Security Adviser of India at the Defence Seminar which began in Colombo today.

Fonseka Refutes Karuna's Contention That Prabhakaran Shot Himself
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who commanded the Sri Lanka Army during the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV, has refuted the contention of former Tamil Tiger commander “Col” Karuna Amman, that Tiger Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran had shot himself dead and was not killed by Lankan troops as claimed. “He had a head injury in which a part of the skull had come off. If he had shot himself, the bullet would have come out from the other side of the head. But this had not happened. He might have been hit by shrapnel from a mortar bomb or a shell,” Fonseka told Express here on Monday.

Parties reach consensus that only an international investigation mechanism can deliver justice.
[Monday 2015-08-31 20:00]

Leaders representing three constituents of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Sunday rejected the stand of the U.S., which favoured a domestic investigation mechanism on alleged crimes during the final stages of the Eelam War. The leaders of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), who met for four hours in Colombo, felt that justice would be possible only through an international probe.

Sri Lanka Tamil party waits for UNHRC report before taking stand on a war crime probe
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

Leader of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), MP R. Sampanthan has said that the party can take an official stand on the latest US policy of supporting Sri Lanka to institute a domestic mechanism to investigate the alleged war crimes, only after reading the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Indicating a major shift in policy towards Sri Lanka, the U.S. last week expressed support to the new government of Sri Lanka to conduct its own domestic probe into the alleged war crimes.

Speaker will decide on Opp. Leader: UNP
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

It is the speaker who has the power to decide who would be the Leader of the Opposition in the new Parliament, a United National Party (UNP) MP said today. UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella, who is tipped to be the Leader of the House, told Daily Mirror that the Speaker has the power to decide who the Leader of the Opposition would be as per the Parliamentary procedure.Mr. Kiriella was referring to the report which said President Maithipala Sirisena had agreed to allow the opposition members of Parliament to decide on the Leader of the Opposition.

Tamil parties turn down U.S. call for internal ‘war crimes’ probe
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

Leaders representing three constituents of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Sunday rejected the stand of the U.S., which favoured a domestic investigation mechanism on alleged crimes during the final stages of the Eelam War. The leaders of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), who met for four hours in Colombo, felt that justice would be possible only through an international probe.

President will not pick opposition leader
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has said he will not interfere in the process to pick an opposition leader in Parliament.The President had given this assurance when he met the party leaders of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at his official residence today. National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa said that at the meeting he had raised some concerns over the alliance the UPFA and Sri Lanka Freedom Party was having with the United National Party.

UPFA faces split, members discuss new alliance
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

Several members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) are having discussions on forming a new political alliance, UPFA member Udaya Gammanpila said. He said that so far at least six political parties have agreed to be part of the new alliance.

Three ex-PSD officers traced
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

Three ex-PSD officers - who have been identified by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) as possible suspects of former rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s killing - will be arrested within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, a civilian, who is presently in London, has also been identified as a person who was aware of the conspiracy to kill Thajudeen, Police sources added.

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