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Kerry Urges Tamil, Sinhalese Leaders to Be More Inclusive Top News
[Monday 2015-05-04 18:00]

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who left Sri Lanka on Sunday after a day’s visit, urged Tamil and Sinhalese leaders not to exacerbate the ethnic problem in the island nation by taking extreme and inflexible positions but to work towards a mutually acceptable settlement.



2nd round of voting Thursday for new Ontario PC leader
[Monday 2015-05-04 18:00]

A second day of voting is set for Thursday in the campaign to be the new leader of the Ontario PC Party.Voting started on Sunday, with more than 76,000 PC members able to cast ballots.The winner will be announced at a event in Toronto on Saturday.The two front-runners are Whitby MPP Christine Elliott and Barrie MP Patrick Brown.



BISHOP RAYAPPU ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL
[Monday 2015-05-04 18:00]

Catholic Bishop ofMannar, Rt.Rev.Rayappu Joseph, who had fainted in his vehicle on his way to meet the visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry was rushed to the Colombo National Hospital yesterday. Informed sources said the Mannar Bishop was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Colombo National Hospital. The Bishop is out of danger and he is being treated at the neurology unit for an internal bleeding in the head.



MS-MR meeting on Wednesday at Speaker’s house
[Monday 2015-05-04 18:00]

The planned meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to be taken place at the Speaker’s residence on Wednesday or Thursday, informed sources said yesterday. Accordingly, SLFP MPs Dilan Perera, Mahinda Amaraweera and Lasantha Alagiyawanna had met President Sirisena on Saturday to discuss about the meeting. The MPs had reportedly told the President that the meeting between the two is essential in order to sort out the differences.



War crimes charges against 40 Lankans
[Monday 2015-05-04 18:00]

War crimes charges have been levelled against 40 Sri Lankans, including a former top defence official and a senior military officer who had led the armed forces, according to the final report of the committee appointed by former UNHRC chief Navi Pillai. This report is to be submitted to the UNHRC session in Geneva in September.Norwegian diplomatic, former peace envoy and minister Erik Solheim says in a twitter message that he has communicated with new chief Zaid Al Hussen in this regard. The identity of those who have given evidence against the military officers will not be revealed until 2031.



IOT aiming to double representation in reformed Parliament
[Monday 2015-05-04 18:00]

The Indian Origin Tamils (IOT), who are 4.16 per cent of the Sri Lankan population of 20.3 million, are aiming to double their representation in a reformed Sri Lankan parliament, Indian Express said today. As on date, there are seven IOT MPs in the House of 225 members. The community is aiming to have up to 14 MPs in a parliament of 255 members to be elected under a new electoral system which is currently under discussion.



Kerry vows to deepen ties with Sri Lanka as it makes reforms Top News
[Saturday 2015-05-02 19:00]

John Kerry made the first visit to Sri Lanka by a U.S. secretary of state in a decade on Saturday, championing the new government's fresh effort at democratic reform and promising to deepen ties with a country that sits at a strategic crossroads in the vast Indian Ocean. The top American diplomat arrived early Saturday local time in Colombo and met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. He then met President Maithripala Sirisena, and was to speak later with the prime minister and leading officials from the nation's Tamil minority.



Lanka assures US on accountability Top News
[Saturday 2015-05-02 19:00]

The Sri Lankan Government has assured the United States that it will address issues related to accountability on the war.The assurance was given to visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry who met President Maithripala Sirisena and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera this morning. “Ensuring accountability in the New Sri Lanka, will feature as a key component of the reconciliation process, and the architecture of a domestic accountability mechanism with international technical assistance as promised by our manifesto are now being planned.



Eavesdropping PSD chief gets earful from President
[Saturday 2015-05-02 19:00]

A senior high ranking police officer has been scolded by President Maithripala Sirisena after the former attempted to eavesdrop on a special discussion held with regard to the 19th constitutional amendment which was passed recently.The police officer in question is non other than the chief of the Presidential Security Division - Senior DIG S.M. Wickramasinghe.



Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to daughter
[Saturday 2015-05-02 19:00]

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a girl, Kensington Palace has announced.The baby - who is fourth in line to the throne - was "safely delivered" at 08:34 BST, the palace said in a statement. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth of the baby, who weighs 8lbs 3oz. Both Catherine and her daughter are "doing well", the statement added.



Rathana Thera, Basil in 5 hour pow-wow
[Saturday 2015-05-02 19:00]

JHU Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera had met former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa for a special discussion last week, Justice Ministry sources told the Daily News yesterday. The meeting had taken place at the Merchant Ward of the Colombo National Hospital where the former Minister is undergoing treatment.The Minister was admitted to the hospital after the Kaduwela Magistrate's Court ordered him to be remanded for 14 days. The Minister was produced before court by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division for alleged misappropriation of Divineguma funds.



GTF congratulates President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution:
[Friday 2015-05-01 20:00]

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) congratulates the leadership shown by all Sri Lankan political parties and their Parliamentarians, and in particular the leadership shown by President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on successfully adopting the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Passing of the 19th amendment along with other steps taken to democratise the state and its institutions have significantly altered the unfortunate political culture and practices adopted in Sri Lanka in the recent past. These newly adopted progressive changes annul the trend set by the previous regime, and effectively place the country back in the right course to work towards more meaningful and democratic constitutional changes in the future.



Five jailed in The Hague for supporting Tamil Tigers
[Friday 2015-05-01 18:00]

Five Dutch nationals of Sri Lankan origin have been jailed for between 19 months and six years three months for raising money for the Tamil Tigers. The Tamil Tigers have been on the EU’s official list of terrorist organisations since 2006. The group has been fighting for what it calls Tamil Eelam, an independent state for Tamils on the island of Sri Lanka, since the 1970s.



Kerry to back Lanka's reconciliation efforts
[Friday 2015-05-01 18:00]

US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive here tomorrow on a 2-day visit to express support for the efforts by the new Sri Lankan government to boost democracy, human rights and ensure reconciliation with Tamils. Kerry will become the first US Secretary of State to visit Sri Lanka in 10 years.Commenting on the visit, a US State Department official in Washington yesterday said Kerry will express support for the efforts taken by the new Maithripala Sirisena government to expand the space for democracy and human rights.



MS gives date to meet MR: Reginald
[Friday 2015-05-01 18:00]

SLFP MP Reginald Cooray said President Maithripala Sirisena had given a date to meet former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to resolve differences between them. Speaking at the SLFP May Day rally at Hyde Park, Mr. Cooray said the marriage between Maithri and Mahinda will be a success. “We are not slaves of the UNP. The Next May Day will be celebrated under a SLFP government,” he said.



Somawansa launches fast Top News
[Friday 2015-05-01 18:00]

Former JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe who left the party recently launched a fast at the Independence Square in Colombo this morning urging the President to probe into the alleged coup on the presidential election night. Mr. Amarasinghe said legal action should be taken against conspirators in order to protect President Maithripala Sirisena and the people of the country.



Northern Spring Programme... 86 villages still powerless
[Friday 2015-05-01 17:00]

Nearly 86 villages are yet to obtain electricity under the Northern Spring programme according to the residents from those villages. The Northern Spring Programme was launched following the end of war in July 2009 to provide free electricity for those who were resettled by the former government.



The Lion flag needs to be changed – BBS
[Friday 2015-05-01 17:00]

General Secretary of the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero says the country’s national flag, the Lion flag needs to be changed.He observed that the Lion flag is extremist as it has differentiated the communities in the country. The Thero explained in an interview with Lanka Herald that the national flag should not have two columns for mi9nority communities as it is an extremist stand point.



Tamil people expect a permanent political solution for the ethnic issue: – Jaffna Bishop
[Thursday 2015-04-30 21:00]

Jaffna Catholic Bishop Thomas Soundranayakam insisted president Maithripala Srisena “You won the presidential election by getting more votes of Tamils in North and East. Tamil people expect a permanent political solution. In order that we expect you proper actions towards a permanent political solution for Tamils” The first Bishop council meeting for 2015 was held in Kandy, Srilanka last week. After that Catholic Bishops met Srilankan president in Colombo last Monday. Jaffna Bishop indicated president the essential for a permanent political solution for the ethnic issue. Bishop Sountharanayakam explained to Mr.Maithripala that the longest expectation of Tamils is only a permanent political solution.



President given copy of No Fire Zone
[Thursday 2015-04-30 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has been supplied with a personalized copy of the Sinhala language version of the controversial film No Fire Zone. The film’s director, Callum Macrae, told the President in a message: “The truth is coming out. I appeal to you not to obstruct that process, but to encourage it. To be on the side of truth.” The film’s director handed the copy of the film – which contains his personal message to the President – to government officials at a specially arranged meeting in the Sri Lankan High Commission in London.


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