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May 5, 2016 [GMT]
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Sri Lankan president to visit India, Britain
[Thursday 2016-05-05 17:00]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to visit to India and Britain next week, foreign ministry officials said here on Thursday. The officials said that Sirisena is expected to leave for Britain on May 11 to attend the Anti-Corruption Summit organised by the British government, Xinhua news agency reported. The Anti Corruption Summit will bring together world, business and civil society leaders to agree on a package of practical steps to expose corruption, punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption, as also drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists.



Govt. must react to NPC resolution:JHU
[Thursday 2016-05-05 17:00]

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today the Government and the other provincial councils should also respond to the resolution adopted by the Northern Provincial Council just as was done by the Western Provincial Council which passed a resolution opposing the NPC resolution. JHU leader Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera asked why other provincial councils could not oppose the resolution adopted in the Northern Provincial Council and asked whether they were acting to please western forces and Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran.



Thewarapperuma, Ranaweera suspended for one week
[Thursday 2016-05-05 17:00]

The Parliament today approved a proposal to suspend Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma and UPFA MP Prasanna Ranaweera for a week from Parliament. A committee appointed by the Speaker recommended that action should be taken against the two MP’s for the clash in Parliament on Tuesday. Accordingly, the Deputy Minister and the MP were suspended from Parliament for a week starting tomorrow.



Removal of army commandos, decision of National Security Council – UPFA Gen. Secy.
[Thursday 2016-05-05 17:00]

UPFA General Secretary Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera (SLFP) yesterday endorsed the National Security Council’s (NSC) decision to assign police personnel to the security detail of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in place of army commandos withdrawn on May 02. He said it was the NSC’s prerogative to decide on what type of security was required by VIPs. Minister Amaraweera told The Island that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had also been given police security and, therefore, it was not an issue for ex-President Rajapaksa to receive the same level of security.



Chinese boy born with 31 fingers and toes; parents hope for surgery
[Thursday 2016-05-05 17:00]

Meet Hong Hong. He's almost 4 months old, lives in China and has 31 fingers and toes. That's not a typo. The boy was born in January with 15 fingers and 16 toes in Pingjiang County in Hunan province. He also has two palms on each hand and no thumbs. Doctors diagnosed Hong Hong with polydactylism, a congenital condition that happens in humans, dogs and cats, giving them extra fingers and toes. Polydactyly is a pretty common condition, affecting about one in every 1,000 live births, according to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Often, the extra digits are removed surgically. Hong Hong's parents are trying to raise enough money so their son can undergo the life-changing operation.



Envoy in Chennai authorized to issue birth certificates to children of Sri Lankan refugees in India
[Thursday 2016-05-05 17:00]

Sri Lanka's Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai is authorized to issue birth certificates to children of Sri Lankan refugee families that had gone to India after 1983, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said. Responding to Parliamentarian Douglas Devananda in parliament today, the Prime Minister said that necessary facilities have been provided through the Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai to grant birth certificates to the children of the refugee families and the envoy has been appointed as an Assistant Registrar General to authorize the issuance.



TNA questions arrest of rehabilitated former LTTE cadres
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today asked the Government to explain the reasons behind the arrest of some rehabilitated former LTTE cadres. TNA Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan said that the arrest was spreading fear among the Tamils in the North and East. Four former LTTE operatives were arrested recently on separate occasions on suspicion of trying to revive terrorism.



Anandasangaree To Form New Political Party Challenging TNA
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

Tamil United Liberation Front leader V. Anandasangaree said that he has held discussions with several other party leaders to form a new political party.The new party is to be named Democratic Tamil National Front, Anandasangaree said in a media release. Accordingly, he has held talks with EPDP leader Douglas Devananda, former Deputy Minister Prabha Ganesan and others on forming the new party.



Major General Manawadu hospitalized
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

Major General Sumith Manawadu was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital a short while ago with severe head injuries, hospital sources said. Military Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said he was injured when a pole collapsed on him at his private residence in Kesbewa. Major General Manawadu is the Colonel Commandant of the artillery regiment and the Director General of the army sport division.



Committee recommends disciplinary action against two MPs
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

The committee report on the yesterday’s clash in Parliament had recommended strict disciplinary action against UNP MP Palitha Thewarapperuma and UPFA MP Prasanna Ranaweera for initiating the unrest in the House. It also recommended appropriate disciplinary action against two MPs at the next sitting of Parliament. Following yesterday’s incident, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya appointed a committee led by deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala and Deputy Chairman of Committees Selvam Adaikkalanathan to inquiry into the incident and submit a report. The report was submitted earlier today.



WPC unanimously rejects NPC’s call for federal set-up in merged NE
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

The Western Provincial Council yesterday unanimously accepted UPFA member Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe’s proposal to reject a Northern Provincial Council resolution calling for the re-merger of the Eastern Province with the Northern Province. WPC member Warnasinghe warned of dire consequences in case the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) proposal for re-merger of the two provinces and establishment of two federal units were accepted.



Disciplinary inquiry against former police media spokesperson
[Wednesday 2016-05-04 18:00]

The Ministry of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Rathnayake had informed the IGP yesterday to conduct a disciplinary inquiry at Department level against the former police spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekera relating to his conduct. The report of the disciplinary inquiry is to be forwarded to the Minister Rathnayake within three days.



MP Sandith hospitalised after clash in parliment
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

UNP MP Sandith Samarasinghe was admitted to the General hospital earlier this afternoon (03) after he suffered face and head injuries during a clash in Parliament, hospital sources said. A tense situation prevailed in Parliament resulting in a clash after an issue was raised on the withdrawal of army security provided to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Parliament was adjourned until 1pm tomorrow.



Sri Lanka Opposition Leader calls on government to investigate past killings of journalists
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan in a message to mark the World Press Freedom Day, today called on the government to take all steps necessary to investigate the killings of journalists and bring the perpetrators of those crimes to justice. In his message, the Opposition Leader noted that the previous regimes have overlooked serious incidents of intimidation and violence against journalists including the killing of media personnel in Sri Lanka.



Supreme Court observes RTI bill needs some amendments
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

The Supreme Court has observed that the Right To information (RTI) bill needs some amendments. The Supreme Court has informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that the bill is not consistent with the constitution in its current form. The RTI bill was tabled in Parliament and had the backing of all Provincial Councils (PCs) while some had sought a few amendments.



President Sirisena to visit India, meet Modi in Ujjain at Kumbh Mela
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will visit India later this fortnight to attend the "Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv," a popular Hindu festival taking place in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh state."He has accepted the invitation from Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, and will visit Ujjain on May 14 for a day," Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Esala Weerakoon told The Island here today.



Army should not be providing VIP security: Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

Former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Media Unit has announced that 50 soldiers have been removed from his security detail. However, according to the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), sufficient Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel have been assigned to the former president’s security as replacements.



Providing VIP security by Army is illegal - Defence Secretary
[Tuesday 2016-05-03 17:00]

Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi stated that the Army security detail of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was withdrawn and replaced with the Police Special Task Force since providing VIP security by the Army is illegal.The Defence Secretary said that the decision to remove the Army personnel was taken on the principle that the Army should not be providing VIP security.He also said that this decision was reached in October last year. He also added that soldiers assigned to the security details of the incumbent President and Prime Minister have also been withdrawn.



Police Media Unit suspended
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

Police Media Unit had been suspended with effect from today, the Ministry of Law and Order said. A Spokesman for the Ministry told the Daily Mirror that the decision to suspend the Media Unit was made by IGP Pujith Jayasundara following an action by the officers of the Media Unit, which had given a verbal statement to media on the recent haul of arms in Chavakachcheri. According to Ministry sources the Media Unit had defied the orders given by the IGP to issue only written statements on the Chavakachcheri incident.



TNA against VAT on food and education
[Monday 2016-05-02 17:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in a May Day resolution, requested the government not to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) on food items consumed by the general public and education services. The government, in its proposed tax reforms, has decided to rescind the VAT exemptions on private health services, education and the telecommunications. TNA Jaffna District MP, M. A. Sumanthiran told Daily Mirror that his party would adopt a resolution calling on the government not to impose taxes on the education sector and essential food items.


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