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October 26, 2014 [GMT]
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BJP Government Openly Aiding Colombo, Alleges MDMK Chief Vaiko
[Saturday 2014-10-25 20:00]

Slamming BJP government's policy vis-a-vis Sri Lanka, party's Tamil Nadu ally MDMK today said that it was acting against the minority Tamils and warned that this may have its repercussions in the future. Party founder Mr Vaiko took objection to senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's demand that India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, be conferred on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, saying the saffron party cannot ignore its responsibility by just distancing itself away from Mr Swamy.



Lanka to purchase Naval ships from India
[Saturday 2014-10-25 20:00]

Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera will leave for India on the invitation of Indian Navy Commander, Navy Media Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said.Commander Warnakulasuriya said that the Navy Commander will leave for India tomorrow on a five day visit. Officials of the Sri Lanka Navy and Indian Navy will participate in discussions to further strengthen bilateral ties between both Navies. Commander Warnakulasuriya said following the visit of the Navy Commander to India, the Sri Lanka Navy will purchase two Naval ships from India.



Kamalesh Sharma arrives in Sri Lanka
[Saturday 2014-10-25 20:00]

Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon on a five day official visit, External Affairs Ministry said.It said he would remain in the country till Wednesday (29). He is to brief President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013.



No Final Word yet on Wigneswaran Visit to New Delhi
[Saturday 2014-10-25 19:00]

Officials in Delhi are trying to work out a schedule for Sri Lanka’s northern province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month. The provincial Chief Minister was invited by an NGO, People’s Union for Civil Liberties to give a public lecture on November 9. While, PUCL claims that Wigneswaran has accepted the invitation, there is still uncertainty about the visit as the Prime Minister’s office was still trying to find time for Wigneswaran in Modi’s schedule.



SL priests likely to dissuade Pope from visiting in January
[Saturday 2014-10-25 19:00]

Catholic Priests in the Colombo Diocese would take a decision on whether they would encourage Pope Francis to visit Sri Lanka between 13th and 15th January next year or not as the snap presidential election would be held in the same month disregarding the much respected tradition of the Vatican, Catholic priests told The Island yesterday. The Pontiff by tradition does not make state visits to any country one month before or one month after a national election.



UNP is ready to back 19th Amendment
[Saturday 2014-10-25 19:00]

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today informed parliament it backs the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution and wants it passed in Parliament without a debate if other political parties also support it. Opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that there are reports on some websites indicating there is a move by the Government to submit the proposed 19th Amendment as an urgent Bill in Parliament next month.



Tamil Canadians condemn the terrorist attack on Parliament Hill.
[Saturday 2014-10-25 13:00]

Toronto – Tamil Canadians strongly condemn the despicable attack on the parliament hill yesterday morning by a lone gunman as well as the attack in Quebec. The heartbreaking loss of Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo while giving a ceremonial honour guard to the National War Memorial is shared by all Canadians. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed earlier this week by an ISIS-inspired terrorist. We extend our heartfelt condolences to their families and friends. Our security forces lay down their precious lives in defending this country so that we can be safe.



Countries update travel advice on Lanka
[Friday 2014-10-24 20:00]

Several countries have updated their travel advisories on Sri Lanka after the Government announced recently that foreigners will require special clearance from the Ministry of Defence to travel to the North. Britain, Canada and Australia are among the countries to have issued updated travel advisories on Sri Lanka with Australia and Canada also urging extreme caution. On October 15, 2014, strict entry restrictions were imposed for all foreigners wishing to travel to Northern Province. Restrictions may be expanded or changed without notice. Permission must be obtained from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence before travelling to this province.



Sumanthiran says TNA won't obstruct UN war-crime probe
[Friday 2014-10-24 20:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has decided not to present any resolution that may obstruct the United Nations when conducting an independent probe into the alleged war-crimes and human rights violations that may have taken place in the North and East, TNA Spokesperson, M.A. Sumanthiran, said. He also said addressing the media at the Jaffna Press Club on Tuesday (21), the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and all other bodies under TNA control have been ordered not to present any resolutions that may complicate the UN probe into war crimes, which allegedly took place during the final phase of the war between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Security Forces in 2009.



Sharma to review situation in the north
[Friday 2014-10-24 20:00]

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will visit Sri Lanka from 25-29 October 2014 to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013. The Secretary-General will also meet other members of the Government of Sri Lanka, including the Minister of External Affairs, Professor G L Peiris. The Secretary-General is expected to meet the Speaker of Parliament, ChamalRajapaksa, and other political leaders.



President maintains his firm opposition Top News
[Friday 2014-10-24 20:00]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today maintained that the Government will oppose outside intervention and pressure on the Sri Lankan issue.In his opening remarks while presenting the budget for 2015, President Rajapaksa insisted that the war was against terrorism and not against any particular community. He said that all those displaced by the war have been resettled and several former LTTE cadres who were in Government custody rehabilitated.In his opening remarks, President Rajapaksa also invited the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the Government to develop the country.



Canada terror attack: Situation similar to post-1983 crisis in northern SL – Gotabhaya
[Friday 2014-10-24 19:00]

Regretting the loss of lives due to unprecedented terrorist attacks in Canada during the week, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said the situation there was very much similar to that of Sri Lanka in the early 80s. The Defence Secretary likened the threat faced by Canada to the situation that prevailed in the northern region before the LTTE ambushed an army patrol on the night of July 23, 1983 and claimed the lives of 13 servicemen.



Rudra seeks EU backing for Tamil issue !
[Friday 2014-10-24 19:00]

The head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, has urged the European Union to support to Eelam Tamils in their continuing struggle for justice. In a statement to the media, Rudrakumaran said that the TGTE and Tamils around the world welcome the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union annulling the ban on the LTTE and salutes the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for ensuring rule of law and the role of judiciary in good governance.“The European ban against the LTTE was brought on the basis of the ban imposed by India and built on news media as source of evidence.



Tamil Canadians Saddened by the Ottawa Attack.
[Thursday 2014-10-23 20:00]

It was with shock and great sadness we learnt of the senseless attack in our country's capital and the unfortunate death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends as they deal with this tragic death, and all others who were affected in Ottawa. We are also grateful for the brave men and women who protected and defended our citizens throughout the day.



Let’s join together to wipe out the terrorism from the Canadian soil.
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

The Tamil Canadian Elders for Human Rights strongly condemn the fatal shooting of one of our young soldier in our sacred ground in Ottawa today. He shed his blood to safe guard our fallen Heroes' Memorial in the Parliament Hill. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were affected by today’s shootings in Ottawa as well as to the family of the soldier who was killed earlier this week in Quebec.



Zeid refers to Lanka probe in UN report
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

UN High Commissioners for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has made a reference to Sri Lanka in his report submitted to the UN General Assembly’s main body dealing with social, humanitarian, and cultural issues (Third Committee). The High Commissioner presented a report and made a statement yesterday on the work of his Office (OHCHR) between August 2013 and July 2014, under his predecessor, Navi Pillay.



Pope's visit: No response to Cardinal's letter CARDINAL CONFUSED
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

Confusion reigns heavy over next January's planned visit of Pope Francis, with the Catholic Church at crossroads, following the delay by the government to confirm, whether the presidential election is likely to coincide with the Pope's visit. Catholic Church spokesman Rev, Cyril Gamini told our sister paper Mawbima that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has written to President Rajapaksa asking the latter to inform the church about the date of election, which the Cardinal claims is an urgent necessity. The Catholic Church earlier pointed out to the government that it was not appropriate for the Pope to visit any country at times of national elections.



Delisting Tigers: UK still studying EU court ruling
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

Following the General Court of the European Union decision to delist the LTTE, key EU member, UK is now closely studying the judgment.The court also directed the defendant, the Council of European Union to pay the costs. The Council of the European Union was the defendant, supported by the Netherlands, the UK and the European Commission.



Russian Naval Ship Moskva arrives in Colombo Top News
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

The Russian Naval Ship ‘Moskva’ arrived at the Colombo Port today on a replenishment and goodwill visit. The ship was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on her arrival. To coincide with the ship’s visit, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Alexander A. Karchava and the ship’s Commanding Officer Captain Sergey I. Tronev paid a courtesy call on the Navy Commander Jayantha Perera at the Naval Headquarters.



President disturbed over Canada attack
[Thursday 2014-10-23 18:00]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he was disturbed over the increasing number of terrorist attacks in taking place in many countries, the latest being in Canada. In a twitter message, the President called for countries to unite as equal partners to fight the menace of terrorism. Canada has been very critical of the Sri Lankan human rights issue and is backing an international investigation on the war between the army and the LTTE.


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