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January 20, 2017 [GMT]
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CA dismisses Raviraj appeal
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

The Court of Appeal today dismissed the appeal filed in court against the acquittal of five accused by the Colombo High Court recently, in the killing of former Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj and his driver. When the appeal was taken into consideration today by the Court of Appeal, the complainants were not present in court, and hence the court dismissed the appeal.

Sri Lanka to work with former peace negotiator Erik Solheim
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

Sri Lanka is to work with former peace negotiator Erik Solheim once again, this time however on environmental issues. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had talks with Solheim in Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. Solheim is the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and he has agreed to work with Sri Lanka through his new role.

India, Sri Lanka talks to develop Trincomalee port enters final stage
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

India and Sri Lanka will soon be finalising an accord to take New Delhi’s help to develop Trincomalee Port in the East of the Island nation, a move seen as Colombo’s attempt at fine balancing India and China. China has pumped in money to develop the Hambantota port in the South and is now said to be investing in Colombo port causing much discomfort in India that sees the Indian Ocean Region as its area of influence.

Sri Lanka Army Camp at Omanthai in North not removed, Army clarifies
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

The Sri Lanka Army's Omanthai camp has not been removed but 18 acres of land around the camp belonging to the civilians has been handed over to the Vavuniya Government Agent, Army Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said. Addressing the cabinet press briefing today, the Army spokesman said there was an issue handing over the lands belonging to the civilians of the area and as the Army cannot resolve it the lands were handed over to the GA.

Kiriella latches on to Rajapaksa’s 13+
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

Minister of Higher Education, Highways and Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had repeatedly stressed that a solution should be reached beyond the 13th amendment to the Constitution to address the ethnic issue when he was the President, but failed to implement it, and he was now criticising the unity government for trying to do the same.

JHU asks Ven. Rathana to give up UNP NL slot
[Thursday 2017-01-19 18:00]

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has requested Ven. Athureliya Rathana thera to give up his National List seat. A senior party spokesperson told The Island that the party expected Ven. Rathana to quit in the wake of his controversial decision to function as an independent MP.

Ratifying 27 int’l conventions the criteria for GSP+: EU
[Wednesday 2017-01-18 17:00]

The European Union (EU) said today the ratification and implementation of 27 international conventions signed by the Sri Lankan Government was the only criteria to be considered when assessing Sri Lanka's application to re-gain the GSP+ facility. Issuing a statement, the EU said these conventions were related to international human rights, labour rights, environmental standards and good governance.

All Media banned till 28th inst From entering China Bay Oil Tank Farm
[Wednesday 2017-01-18 17:00]

Ceylon Today reliably learns that, the government has suspended dealing with the Cabinet Paper which granted approval to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) to immediately obtain three oil tanks at the Trincomalee, China Bay Oil Tank Farm. Accordingly the Administration of the CPC has banned any media or journalist from entering the China Bay Oil Tank Farm until the 28 of this month.

Ranil and Xi talk investment in Davos
[Wednesday 2017-01-18 17:00]

Chinese President Xi Jingping yesterday met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where discussions on the Hambantota port, investment zone and the Port City projects unfolded.

Omanthai army camp, checkpoint removed: Vavuniya GA
[Wednesday 2017-01-18 17:00]

Vavuniya Government Agent M.B.R. Pushpakumara said today the Omanthai Army Camp and Checkpoint on the A-9 Road had been dismatled after 25 years and the land occupied by the Army was officially handed over him to be given to its original owners. He told a news conference in Vavuniya that the camp was set up in 1992 for security reasons and the checkpoint began operations on March 22, 2002 and became well known as one of the important nerve centres with vehicles and people passing through having to undergo a stringent check at this point.

Fonseka says Indian security concerns cannot be jeopardised
[Wednesday 2017-01-18 17:00]

Allying all fears regarding Indian security concerns in Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean, Sri Lankan military leader-turned-politician Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday sent a strong message that Indian security and geopolitics cannot be jeopardized, endorsing India as a regional power and potential super power, the ANI news service reported.

Delimitation reported handed over
[Wednesday 2017-01-18 17:00]

The gazetting of new wards will be done by January 31, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Mustapha said as he finally accepted the report on delimitation yesterday. Elections however may not be held any time soon.

EC decision on GSP+ to Sri Lanka sets dangerous precedent and undermines EU compliance regime:
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 22:00]

The British Tamils Forum (BTF) is deeply disappointed with the European Commission's proposal to re-instate the GSP+ trade concessions to Sri Lanka in exchange for “commitments” from the Sri Lankan government on sustainable development, human rights and good governance. Sri Lanka has a long history of consecutive governments failing to deliver on its international commitments. The current government is no exception with its non-delivery of key commitments and emphatic U-turns on the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1, which it co-sponsored.

Federal Court upholds deportation of Tamil Tigers fundraiser who has fought to stay in Canada for 22 years
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

An alleged fundraiser for Tamil rebels who has been fighting deportation from Canada for more than two decades has lost a key court battle after a federal judge dismissed his appeal. The Federal Court upheld the deportation of Manickavasagam Suresh on the grounds he was a member of a terrorist organization and that he was complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity. The evidence “adequately supported” the Immigration and Refugee Board’s finding that Suresh was a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, Justice Richard Mosley wrote in his ruling.

Lieutenant Commander remanded
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday remanded a Lieutenant Commander of Sri Lanka Navy until January 26 in connection with the abduction and disappearance of two persons from Kotahena eight years ago. The suspect is Lieutenant Commander Mapa Mudiyanselage Dhammika Anila Mapa. He was attached to the Navy Intelligence Wing in 2009 when the incident occurred. He was arrested by the CID under section 296 of the penal code. He was charged with the abduction of Vaduveli Pakkilasamy Loganathan and Ratnasamy Paramanandan in 2009 and their enforced disappearance.

Coca Cola interested in setting up a production plant in Sri Lanka
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

American beverages giant Coca-Cola is interested in using Sri Lanka as a production hub and set up a plant, to cater to the Indian market, the Finance Ministry said today. Coca Cola has expressed its interest when the President and the Executive Vice President of Coca Cola Company Asia Pacific Group met Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake in Colombo at the weekend. Coca-Cola Co may set up a plant in Sri Lanka to feed demands in India, which has the highest demand of the firm's products in South Asia, the Ministry said.

JO to take H’tota violence to foreign missions
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

Both criminal and civil laws had been violated by IGP Pujith Jayasundara during the Hambantota Protest and it would be brought to the notice of foreign missions in Colombo, former external affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said. He said violation of laws were carried out by the IGP out in the open and the Police clearly safeguarded the thugs and launched the attack on innocent protesters.

Lasantha had said MiG deal exposé could harm his life
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

Slain journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga had told his family that the MiG deal exposé could harm his life. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told court today that Wickremetunga’s family had told the CID that Wickremetunga feared his life could be under threat over the MiG deal story. The CID presented facts over the case to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today.

Don't imprison soldiers for GSP: Rathana Thera
[Tuesday 2017-01-17 17:00]

Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today that security forces personnel should not be imprisoned in connection with war crimes for the sake of regaining the GSP+ facility from the EU. After remaining politically silent for some time he told a media briefing that the government had mentioned about a hybrid court as one of the conditions to regain this trade concession. “Do we have to imprison military personnel who defeated terrorism to regain the GSP. Don’t we have any self-confidence? However, today we have re-gained this facility sans a hybrid court,” the Thera said.

No GSP Yet: Decision In Or After March
[Sunday 2017-01-15 18:00]

While some government ministers had given the impression last week that Sri Lanka has obtained the GSP Plus concession, the European Union (EU) said that a final decision has not yet been made. The European Commission last week proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country’s commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance.

Boatyard in former HSZ returned to fisherfolk
[Sunday 2017-01-15 17:00]

In view of National Integration and Reconciliation Week observed from January 8-14, an anchor point for the fisheries boatyard in Urani, in the former High Security Zone (HSZ) of Kankesathurai (KKS), was returned yesterday to the fishermen community after 27 years, as they celebrated Thai Pongal festival. Earlier, the resettled fishermen in Myliddy, Urani, had requested government authorities in the past to return the yard for easy access to the sea.

MOD opposes mine-ban treaty ratification
[Sunday 2017-01-15 17:00]

Implementation of a 10-month-old Cabinet decision that Sri Lanka would ratify the UN convention banning anti-personnel mines is being blocked by the Defence Ministry (MoD) which insists that mines are essential to protect its military camps.

Ranil to hold bilateral meetings with world leaders at Davos Economic Forum
[Sunday 2017-01-15 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow morning to attend the 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which commences on Tuesday. Wickremesinghe would also hold bilateral meetings with many world leaders on the sidelines of the conference, Additional Secretary at the Prime Ministers Office Saman Athaudahetti said yesterday.

Key Announcement From SLFP
[Sunday 2017-01-15 17:00]

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is expected to make a crucial announcement related to the next election soon. SLFP Parliamentarian and Labour and Labour Relations Minister John Seneviratne told The Sunday Leader that President Maithripala Sirisena will make an announcement soon as SLFP leader.

BOI Misled President And PM On Volkswagen Deal
[Sunday 2017-01-15 17:00]

The Board of Investment (BOI) has allegedly misled the President and Prime Minister on the Volkswagen deal. Documents in the hands of The Sunday Leader reveal that Volkswagen AG had never submitted applications to invest in Sri Lanka. It has been revealed that a local businessman had submitted an application with the Volkswagen name.

Wigneswaren holds bilateral meeting with Ontario Premier in Toronto
[Saturday 2017-01-14 19:00]

Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, hosted Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, for a very productive meeting at her Queen’s Park office today. Premier Wynne conveyed Ontario’s strong interest in seeing and supporting further progress in strengthening the Ontario-Northern Province relationship, including in the areas of economic development, women’s empowerment, institutional governance and public sector capacity building., according to a news release issued by Premier’s press office.

Sampanthan wishes people a future filled with happiness
[Saturday 2017-01-14 19:00]

Opposition and TNA Leader R. Sampanthan, in his Thai Pongal message, wishes for a reasonable, lasting political solution to the unresolved national question through a new Constitution. "I extend Thai Pongal wishes to the Tamil people living in Sri Lanka and Overseas. "The Thai Pongal Day, which is known as the harvest festival of the farmers, is celebrated by the Tamils all over the world with much gratitude to the Sun God who creates seasons through which the farmers are able to do their cultivation and harvest their crops.

Captain of migrant ship a humanitarian: lawyer
[Saturday 2017-01-14 18:00]

The captain of a vessel that arrived on British Columbia’s shores carrying hundreds of Tamil migrants did not break the law because he was acting on humanitarian grounds by helping his fellow asylum seekers, a court has heard. In closing arguments at a B.C. Supreme Court jury trial on Thursday, Sandy Ross said his client had no intention of piloting the MV Sun Sea when he paid for the trip as a passenger, but “was thrown into the role of captain” after the Thai crew abandoned the vessel.

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<b> 15-01-2017 அன்று மார்க்கம் நகரசபை மண்டபத்தில் நடைபெற்ற பொங்கல் திருவிழா நிகழ்வின் படத்தொகுப்பு.</b> படங்கள்-குணா(Puthinamphotos.com)
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