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May 22, 2015 [GMT]
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TN Chief Minister resigns- Jaya to form the new government
[Friday 2015-05-22 18:00]

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah accepts the resignation of Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and invites AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa to form the new government. Raj Bhavan statement says: The Governor of Tamil Nadu has invited Selvi (Ms) J Jayalalithaa to form the Ministry at the earliest and requested her to send the list of persons to be appointed as Ministers with portfolios.



Lawyers in Northern Sri Lanka on strike to protest attack on Jaffna court complex
[Friday 2015-05-22 18:00]

Lawyers of all the magistrate courts in the Northern Province have decided to refrain from duties today to protest Wednesday's attack by unruly crowd on the Jaffna court complex. Lawyers of all courts in Jaffna, Mallaagam, Point Pedro, Chavakachcheri, Kayts, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, and Mullaitivu have decided to strike work, national news agency, Lankapuvath reported.



Failed SL refugee claimant gets reprieve
[Friday 2015-05-22 18:00]

A Sri Lankan man who arrived in B.C. aboard the cargo ship MV Sun Sea in the summer of 2010 and claimed refugee protection for fear of political prosecution has been granted a judicial review of his case in his fight to remain in Canada. Federal Court of Canada Justice James O’Reilly granted the review to Packiyakumar Pathmanathan after a panel of the Immigration and Refugee Board previously dismissed the man’s claim, saying his life would not be at risk upon return to Sri Lanka.



Jaffna police top brass transferred
[Friday 2015-05-22 18:00]

SSP, SP and ASP of the Jaffna division and the HQIs of Kayts and Jaffna police stations have been transferred with immediate effect, police said. They have been transferred on service requirements with the approval of public order ministry secretary.



MR accuses US, EU of backing regime change
[Friday 2015-05-22 18:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) of backing regime change in Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa said that the US, EU and Britain had often accused his Government of human rights abuses but are blind to the abuses being conducted by the new Government.“They wanted regime change. Once they put us aside they are very happy,” the former President said at an event in Ampara.



India may offer credit for building houses in land released by Sri Lankan Army
[Friday 2015-05-22 18:00]

India, which is funding the construction of 50,000 houses for internally-displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka, may offer a line of credit, this time for building houses in lands released by the Army from the high security zones.Indicating this, D.M. Swaminathan, Sri Lankan Minister for Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, said the matter was discussed during his recent meeting with Sujatha Mehta, Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.



130 Jaffna protestors remanded Top News
[Thursday 2015-05-21 18:00]

The 130 suspects arrested yesterday on charges of unlawful assembly and the stoning the Jaffna Courts Complex were today remanded by the Jaffna Magistrate. Police said the suspects were produced in three separate groups on the basis of either have caused injuries, damage to the Court premises and the vehicles parked there or attacking the police personnel on guard duty.



Business community stages hartal in North Top News
[Thursday 2015-05-21 18:00]

The business community in the North staged a hartal today to protest against the alleged rape and killing of 18-year-old Pungudutivu Maha Vidyalaya student in Jaffna. Shops in Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Jaffna Districts put up shutters and the businessmen joined the hartal campaign. Three wheeler operators in the Vavuniya and Jaffna districts also joined the hartal.



Sri Lanka's Supreme Court lifts stay on land released to the displaced in Sampur
[Thursday 2015-05-21 18:00]

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has lifted the stay on the transfer of land in Sampur area to the displaced after the displaced appealed to the court to return the land. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice S Sripavan on Wednesday lifted the stay on the transfer of 818 acres of land to war displaced Tamils of Sampur in the Eastern Province.



Police should act urgently on Jaffna incidents: MR
[Thursday 2015-05-21 18:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapakss said today that police should pay urgent attention to what happened in Jaffna as the initial stages of terrorism also began in a similar fashion. “Stones were pelted at police stations and the courts in Jaffna. The LTTE too began in a similar fashion. This is a dangerous situation. Therefore the police should act immediately.



Four SLFP members resign from Government
[Thursday 2015-05-21 18:00]

Four Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members in the Government resigned from their portfolios today. Ministers Dilan Perera, C.B. Rathnayake, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Pavithra Wanniarachchi announced that they had resigned as they could not work with the Government.The former Ministers accused the United National Party (UNP) of taking control of the coalition Government. Dilan Perera meanwhile said the SLFP will contest the next General Election as an alliance with other political parties. He also said that talks were underway in an attempt to bridge the division between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapakse.



Lanka student finds green way to tackle oil spills
[Thursday 2015-05-21 18:00]

A 24-year-old Sri Lankan post-graduate student in Chemistry at the University of Maryland USA, has discovered an agent which will clear oil spills in the sea without damaging the aquatic environment. The student, Jasmin Athas, working under the supervision of Professor Srinivasa Raghavan, an alumnus of IIT Madras, found that a mixture of two food-grade molecules, Lecithin and Tween 80, is an effective emulsifier and is able to disperse crude oil in sea water. In a paper published in July 2014 in Langmuir, the journal of the American Chemical Society, Athas reports that Lecithin and Tween 80, blended in a 60:40 ratio to create smaller droplets of oil than current dispersants like Corexit 9500A.



Tense situation in Jaffna over girl’s murder Top News
[Wednesday 2015-05-20 18:00]

A tense situation developed in Jaffna today over the murder and alleged rape of a school girl, the police said. The police said that tear-gas had to be used as a violent protest was staged outside the Jaffna Court over the murder. Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that six policemen were injured during the incident and were admitted to hospital.The police said that nine suspects had been arrested over the rape and murder of the girl.



Probe the real motive of the Jaffna protest: JHU
[Wednesday 2015-05-20 18:00]

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today urged the police and security forces to implement the law against the angry mob that tried to take the law into their hands by hiding behind the murder of a student in Jaffna recently. The JHU said it was evident that another agenda was behind the violent protest campaign carried out by angry mobs by raising black flags, obstructing roads and staging a hartal by hiding behind this incident.



FCID grills Gota for six hours
[Wednesday 2015-05-20 18:00]

The Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) today interrogated former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa from 9.30 a.m. till 3.00 p.m. on the controversial MIG deal and about a share transaction by Lanka Hospitals Ltd. He didn’t talk to the media but drove away from the premises soon after the interrogation ended in the afternoon.



Police arrest 127 following violent protests Top News
[Wednesday 2015-05-20 18:00]

The police arrested 127 people following violent protests in Jaffna today and also seized 60 motorbikes, 43 bicycles and 5 three-wheelers. Those arrested had taken part in the protest outside the Jaffna court over the rape and murder of a school girl in Jaffna.



Court extends remand for former minister Basil Rajapaksa till May 27
[Wednesday 2015-05-20 18:00]

A Sri Lankan court today extended the remand of former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who is in remand custody at the Colombo National Hospital's Merchant Ward.Kaduwela Magistrate's Court denied bail and ordered to remand Rajapaksa for a third time until May 27. However, the former minister, who had suffered a minor stroke and briefly admitted to the cardiology unit of the Colombo National Hospital Monday, will continue his remand at the Merchant Ward.



Lanka's domestic war crimes probe to get underway next month
[Wednesday 2015-05-20 18:00]

Sri Lanka will begin next month its domestic probe into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of decades-long war with the LTTE to meet the UN deadline, President Maithripala Sirisena said today. "We will start the work of the local mechanism by next month," he said. The probe would be conducted in line with the local laws, Sirisena told reporters.



UN silent on appointment of Jagath Dias
[Tuesday 2015-05-19 18:00]

The United Nations (UN) refused to comment on the appointment of Major General Jagath C Dias as the new Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was asked at a press conference if the UN had any comments on the post given to Jagath Dias despite some human rights allegations against him and since he may get listed in a UN Human Rights Council report on Sri Lanka.



Refugees suffer interrogation phobia
[Tuesday 2015-05-19 18:00]

Minister of Resettlement D. M. Swaminathan said recently that some Sri Lankan refugees from North and East living in India are afraid to come back home fearing being interrogated. Only 35% of the refugees living in India had returned home. More than 100,000 are still living in India. They are married and employed in India and hence now reluctant to return.


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