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EP CM Nazeer not allowed in military camps
[Thursday 2016-05-26 18:00]

Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed would not be allowed to enter military camps and the three forces would not participate in functions attended by the Chief Minister, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said. Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said the decision was taken after considering a request by the security forces to do so. He said the security forces have been perturbed following the recent incident where the Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed rebuked a naval officer at an event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya.



Is Wigneswaran Planning To Break Away From TNA To Form Radical Tamil Party?
[Thursday 2016-05-26 18:00]

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, appears to be planning to break away from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and form his own radical Tamil party with the support of an influential section of the Tamil Diaspora.And the leadership of the TNA may allow this to happen as he has become an embarrassment and a thorn on their side.Wigneswaran’s politics of confrontation with the provincial Governor Reginold Cooray and the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in Colombo, clashes with the TNA leadership’s policy of cooperation with them.



Sri Lanka sets up office to trace 20,000 war missing
[Thursday 2016-05-26 18:00]

Sri Lanka Wednesday announced it was setting up an office to trace thousands of people still missing seven years after the end of its ethnic war, to try to bring closure for families.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the cabinet had approved the creation of an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) with wide powers to investigate the disappearance of more than 20,000 people.“The need to set up such an office is particularly acute as Sri Lanka has one of the largest caseloads of missing persons in the entire world,” the minister said in a statement.



MR’s ex-coordinating secy. arrested with 1.1kg of gold
[Thursday 2016-05-26 18:00]

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s coordinating secretary Champika Karunaratne was yesterday arrested by the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) on charges of being in possession of 1.1 kilograms of gold. The arrest was made at a house in Boralesgamuwa. Sources said he would be produced in the Fort Magistrate’s Court today.Mr. Karunaratne was released on bail after being arrested by the FCID in November last year on charges of defrauding state funds by holding posts in state institutions such as the Ports Ministry and the National Lotteries Board -- while serving as a presidential coordinating secretary. According to reports he had also worked as MP Namal Rajapaksa’s coordinating secretary.



Ex-Senior DIG, Ex-Crimes OIC re-remanded till June 09
[Thursday 2016-05-26 18:00]

Former Western Province Senior DIG Anura Senanayake and Former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Perera were ordered to be further remanded till June 09 over the Magisterial Inquiry relating to the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen by the Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris today.



Adavan Master arrested
[Thursday 2016-05-26 18:00]

A man said to be a former intelligence leader of the LTTE has been arrested by the TID at the Katunayake airport, where he had been awaiting a flight to India. Aiyathurai Mohandas alias Adavan Master is believed to be the main suspect in the finding of a suicide jacket and arms and explosives cache from a house at Chavakachcheeri, said the TID. The TID has raided his Jaffna house, but he had fled by that time.



Navy wants action be taken against EP CM Nazeer
[Wednesday 2016-05-25 18:00]

The navy today handed a report to the Defence Ministry requesting action be taken against Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed for allegedly rebuking a naval officer at an event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya on Friday. A video of the CM rebuking a naval officer, who was the compere at an event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya, went viral recently. Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando and US Ambassador Atul Keshap also attended the event as Chief Guests. Mr. Ahamed lost his cool when he had mistakenly assumed that the navy personnel was requesting him to move off the stage, when he had in fact only requested the media personnel to make room for students to come up on stage.



It was Austin Fernando's fault: Nazeer
[Wednesday 2016-05-25 18:00]

Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed yesterday gave the background to the incident that occurred at the function held at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya. He said he had lost his temper because of the actions of Governor Austin Fernando.Speaking to Daily Mirror, he said the governor had shown a lack of the respect for him, frequently undermining his authority in the province and interfering in his work.



EP Chief Minister berates Naval officer at lab opening
[Wednesday 2016-05-25 18:00]

A video showing Eastern Province Chief Minister Naseer Ahamed scolding the Commanding Officer of Vidura Naval Camp in Sampur at a function at Sampur Maha Vidyalaya has gone viral on social media. The video shows the Chief Minister berating the Naval officer in the presence of Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando and US Ambassador Atul Keshap at the opening of a science lab of the school which was a donation of the Sri Lanka Navy and a private company. Students had queued up to receive certificates and prizes from the Chief Guest when the Chief Minister arrived at the function. The Naval officer has signaled the Chief Minister to wait until the students queued up.



Top US official holds key talks in Colombo on US foreign assistance
[Wednesday 2016-05-25 18:00]

A top US official has had key talks in Colombo on US foreign assistance, the US Embassy in Colombo said. The Director of the Office of US Foreign Assistance Resources Hari Sastry concluded a visit to Sri Lanka. Sastry is one of the senior US Government officials who manages US overseas foreign assistance budgets, working closely with the Congress, the White House, and the US Agency for International Development and other parts of the State Department.



Lankan Tamils want Jaya to help secure federal constitution, not Eelam
[Wednesday 2016-05-25 18:00]

Sri Lankan Tamils are taking AIADMK chief J.Jayalalithaa’s electoral promise to help them secure a “separate Tamil Eelam” with a pinch of salt. They see the lofty declaration about Eelam in her manifesto as a grand political ploy to silence her Tamil nationalist rivals. However, the Lankan Tamils appreciate her bold steps to highlight their plight and presently want her to take “constructive” steps to get New Delhi to help secure for them a federal constitution with power devolved to the Tamil-majority areas.



Ekneligoda disappearance: Suspects further remanded
[Wednesday 2016-05-25 18:00]

Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday further remanded seven suspects taken into custody in connection with the alleged abduction and disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. The suspects were Lt. Col Shammi Arjuna Karunaratne. Lt. Col. Proboda Siriwaredena. Lt. Chaminda Kumara Abeyratne Staff Sgt. Priyantha Kumara Rajapaksa, Sgt. Subramanium, Sgt. Kanishka Gunaratne and Sgt. Tharanga Prasad Gamage. Sergeant Major Neranjan Upasena, Corporal and Ravindra Rupasinghe.



Wigneswaran takes over three portfolios
[Tuesday 2016-05-24 19:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has taken over three portfolios earlier held by Northern Provincial Council Minister P. Sathyalingam. The provincial ministries of Social Welfare, Rehabilitation and Women Affairs will now come under the purview of the Chief Minister who was sworn in as the subject minister by Governor Reginald Cooray at his office.



Petition against Sarath Fonseka’s appointment as MP dismissed
[Tuesday 2016-05-24 19:00]

A three-member Supreme Court bench today dismissed the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition against the appointment of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as a Parliamentarian, which was filed by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) on the 18 of February.



Wild elephant attacks foreign couple, man killed
[Tuesday 2016-05-24 19:00]

A foreigner was killed and his female companion injured when a wild elephant attacked them while they were riding on a motorbike at Habarana this afternoon, police said.



Presidency -- Ranil may contest if MS steps down: Dilan
[Tuesday 2016-05-24 19:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will contest at the next presidential election if President Maithripala Sirisena does not contest for a second term, SLFP Spokesman Dilan Perera said today. “While taking oaths as the sixth executive president of Sri Lanka, President Sirisena had vowed not to contest for a second term. If he does not contest the presidency for a second term we will have to find another candidate to contest in his place," he said.



Sri Lanka floods expected to cost at least $1.5 billion
[Tuesday 2016-05-24 19:00]

The cost of Sri Lanka's landslides and floods will be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion at the minimum, the government said on Monday, as the Indian Ocean island struggles to recover from its worst natural disaster since the 2004 Asia tsunami.The official death toll has risen to 92 but 109 people are feared to have been buried in landslides.Days of torrential rain forced more than 350,000 people from their homes, though many were returning on Monday.



Lalith Weeratunga at FCID
[Tuesday 2016-05-24 19:00]

Former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga arrived at the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) this morning to give a statement over the allocation of Rs. 200 million to former media minister Keheliya Rambukwella for a surgery.



Jayalalithaa sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
[Monday 2016-05-23 18:00]

AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her 28 Cabinet colleagues were sworn in by Governor K. Rosaiah at the Madras University’s Centenary Hall today. For the first time in 32 years, Tamil Nadu has chosen to give a consecutive term to one party - Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will remain exactly where she is, according to clear trends from counting. Most exit polls had predicted that the 67-year-old's arch rival, M Karunanidhi, and his DMK would return to power in a continuum of the "yo-yo trend" of which Tamil Nadu has been a long-time subscriber.



Fmr. Senior DIG Anura Senanayake arrested
[Monday 2016-05-23 18:00]

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today arrested former Western Province Senior DIG Anura Senanayake in connection with the death of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen, the CID said. The CID recorded a statement from Senanayake this morning. He is to be produced in Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today.


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