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January 24, 2018 [GMT]
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I WILL LEAVE OFFICE WHEN CORRUPT ARE PUNISHED -PRESIDENT
[Friday 2018-01-19 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said during his term he expects to duly punish those politicians responsible for fraud and corruption. “Some people are asking, when I will leave office. I would like to tell them that I will leave office when corrupt politicians are duly punished for their fraudulent acts”.


Judge orders to halt excavation of alleged LTTE ‘treasures’
[Friday 2018-01-19 18:00]

Mullaitivu District Judge Lenin Kumar on January 18 ordered an immediate halt to excavations done in a selected area in Mullivaikkal, Mullaitivu in search of alleged LTTE hidden treasures. The District Judge made this order after considering two submissions made to court by Mullaitivu Police. The police in its submissions said water had filled the excavated large pit causing great inconvenience to residents and there were no signs of any gold being buried despite digging operations done to a depth of nearly 21 feet.


Wiggy wants Intl legal framework
[Thursday 2018-01-18 18:00]

Northern Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran stressed on the need to find a political solution for the Tamils through an International legal framework. Wigneswaran was addressing a special meeting, convened by the Tamil People's Council (TPC) under the theme ''informing people'. Prof. S. Swarnaraj (Former professor, Law Faculty, University of Colombo) who participated in the peace talks during the Norwegian peace facilitation period was also present at this special meeting which was held at the Jaffna Veerasingam hall on Tuesday (16).


Trudeau celebrates Thai Pongal
[Thursday 2018-01-18 18:00]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, attired in traditional Tamil dress (silk 'veshti' and shawl), celebrated 'thai pongal' the Tamil harvest festival along with the expatriate Tamil Canadians. Trudeau said, "he had a great time" at the festivities. It also happens to be the 'Tamil Heritage Month' in Canada. He wished everyone in Tamil: "Iniya Thai Pongal Nalvazhthukkal!", which means, "Sweet Pongal Greetings." Canadian Parliamentarian of Lankan origin Gary Anandasangaree, the son of the TULF leader V.Anandasangaree is also seen in the picture.


Operation two begins on Bond report: MS
[Thursday 2018-01-18 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena said in Elpitiya that operation number two has begun on the bond commission report as he instructed the Attorney General and other stakeholders to proceed with legal action based on the report.


President Sirisena should resign- Mahinda Yapa
[Thursday 2018-01-18 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena did not have had good leadership qualities and therefore should resign from the office, MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said yesterday. Addressing a news conference, he said that the President had shown his incapability on numerous occasions and had failed in taking crucial decisions. “The President seems to be desperate and heartbroken following the negative remarks that have been made by some UNP members recently,” he said.


Over 40,000 postal vote applications rejected
[Thursday 2018-01-18 18:00]

560,000 applications for postal votes have been received from public servants for the LG polls on February 10 but 41,000 of them have been rejected as they were erroneously filed and some were received after the due date. About 560,120 applications have been accepted. The highest number of applications for postal votes have been received from the Kurunegala District and that number is 67,411.


MS will contest next presidential poll: SLFP
[Thursday 2018-01-18 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena will definitely contest at the next presidential election in the event the executive presidency is not abolished and the constitution is not changed, State Minister of Finance, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said today.


Two remanded for posting greetings with LTTE symbols on social media
[Wednesday 2018-01-17 17:00]

Two persons have been remanded by the Colombo Additional Magistrate till January 24 for posting new year greetings with LTTE symbols and a picture of deceased LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran on social media. The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) arrested the suspects, Dinesh Kumar and Wijekumar Wigilishan following a complaint made by Ratnapura Division SSP Buddhika Siriwardena. Additional Magistrate Danuja Lakmali Jayatunga ordered the suspects be remanded after the TID informed the court that the investigations against are not complete


PM tells UNPers not to drag President into problems
[Wednesday 2018-01-17 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had instructed UNP Ministers and MPs not to make controversial statements dragging President Maithripala Sirisena anymore. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had given the instruction at the UNP Working Committee meeting at the party headquarters Sirikotha this morning. Party sources said the Prime Minister had also informed the UNP MPs and Ministers to take on the SLFP Ministers directly and settle whatever issues which they may have with the other main ally of the Government.


LG polls Rival candidate disrupts TNA meeting
[Wednesday 2018-01-17 17:00]

A Local Government (LG) election meeting of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was disturbed by a rival party candidate at Eevinai, Punnalaikattuvan in Valikamam South on Monday (15). Informed sources said the meeting had been held at the community centre of Punnalaikattuvan Village Development Society hall in support of TNA candidates Gangatharan and Rathi. While the meeting was in progress, a rival party candidate had entered the hall and shouted in abusive language at the people gathered at the meeting. He also behaved in a rude manner and tried to chase the candidates and those present inside the hall.


Jallicut’ in Kilinochchi
[Wednesday 2018-01-17 17:00]

'Jallicut', a traditional Tamil sport, which is played during the Thai Pongal period, was revived after several years in Kilinochchi on Monday (15). Bulls are chased and caught by young men in this sport. Most of the time bulls are the winners and the men who try to overpower them fail as a result of the aggressive nature of the bulls. However there were instances when the men overpowered bulls and won attractive prizes. The sport was abandoned when Kilinochchi was in a chaotic state during the turbulent days in the North. It was after several years the sport has been revived this year as part of the Thai Pongal celebration.


Postal voting: ballot papers delivered
[Wednesday 2018-01-17 17:00]

The delivery of postal vote ballot papers to voters in the provinces began yesterday. The ballot papers were handed over to the relevant government institutions under strict Police surveillance. This year 560,536 government workers are eligible to cast postal votes. Postal voting will take place on January 24 and 25.


Bond Commission report debate to be decided next week
[Wednesday 2018-01-17 17:00]

The date for Parliament to debate the Bond commission report as well as the reports of the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption, and Abuse of Power (PRECIFAC) will be decided next week, Speaker Karu Jayasuirya said today. He said the decision will be taken at the party leaders meeting to be held on January 22. The Speaker received the copies of the bond commissions as well the other commission’s reports today.


2004 Kollupitiya suicide-bomb: suspect gets 2yr imprisonment
[Tuesday 2018-01-16 18:00]

One of the suspects of the Kollupitiya police station suicide bomb case in 2004, was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for 15 years, by High Court Judge Vikum Kaluarachchi today. The suspect, Selvakumari Sathyaleela, was in remand custody for 14 years prior to the sentence which was delivered today. On July 07, 2004, five policemen were killed when a suspected LTTE woman suicide bomber blew herself up inside the Kollupitiya police station.


TNA office attacked in Mannar
[Tuesday 2018-01-16 18:00]

Manthai police in Mannar have received a complaint that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) office and the house of a candidate in the adjacent area were attacked last Sunday. The candidate has complained that banners, posters and buntings kept in the party office were all destroyed and stones and bottles were thrown at his house. When the inmates of the house came out the attackers lit firecrackers before fleeing in a vehicle. The TNA has claimed the attackers are EPRLF supporters. The EPRLF has denied the allegation. The TNA has also complained to the Elections Commission about the incident.


Missing women & PTA detainees Sasitharan urges families to register
[Tuesday 2018-01-16 18:00]

Northern Province Minister of Women's Affairs Ananthy Sasitharan urged all families of missing women and females detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to register with her Ministry to take further action to hasten the legal process. "Two years ago, when I visited Welikada Prison to meet the detainees, I was able to meet nine women who had been arrested under the Act. But later, I was unable to maintain contact with them or their families to assist them.


‘Unity Government essential for constitution-making process’
[Tuesday 2018-01-16 18:00]

The unity government should continue if the constitution-making process is to carry on, MP M. A. Sumanthiran said. Addressing the media after a Thai Pongal ceremony which was held at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo, yesterday, Sumanthiran said his party views that the government should move forward, despite the many issues that have risen recently.


Impressed with Kite Festival Minister promises new fishing harbour for VVT
[Tuesday 2018-01-16 18:00]

Minister of Fisheries Mahinda Amaraweera, who was impressed with the Kite Festival in Velvettiturai (VVT) – which took place on Thai Pongal Day – has pledged to build a new fishing harbour for VVT. He has also promised to extend the beachfront of VVT for residents in the area to engage in beach sports.


What happened to me happened to Maithri as well: MR
[Tuesday 2018-01-16 18:00]

Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said same fate had befallen on both him and President Maithripala Sirisena, because both of their tenures of presidency had been reduced by at least one year. Addressing a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) rally held in Kaduwela, he said he made a mistake by calling for presidential election two years prior to his tenure was expired.


Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules President's term is five years
[Monday 2018-01-15 19:00]

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has delivered its ruling on the President's term in office to the President, the President's Media Division said. Having considered the President Maithripala Sirisena's request for the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding his tenure, the Supreme Court has announced that the term of office is five years, the PMD said in a statement.


Government claims money from MiG deal stored in Hong Kong
[Monday 2018-01-15 19:00]

The Government claims money allegedly obtained fraudulently by the former regime through the MiG aircraft deal is stored at a bank in Hong Kong. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the former Government purchased a MiG aircraft from Ukraine for USD 7.2 million yet the official documents show the aircraft had been purchased for USD 14.7 million.


Wigneswaran calls for bigger role in India-assisted NP projects
[Monday 2018-01-15 19:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has sought greater collaboration between the Government of India and his administration in development projects in the province. “We would like to be brought in as an active stakeholder, through the Government of Sri Lanka, in projects being carried out in the Northern Province. At present, they are mostly done unilaterally by the Colombo government,” he told The Hindu on Saturday.


Gazette notices by Finance Ministry on liquor to be reversed
[Monday 2018-01-15 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he has decided to reverse two gazette notices issued by the Finance Ministry on liquor. Speaking at an election rally in Agalawatte today, the President said that the gazette notice on business hours of liquor outlets and the one on allowing women to be employed at liquor outlets will be reversed. It was announced last week that the business hours of liquor licensed establishments have been revised.


Wrong to revoke Jaliya's diplomatic immunity: Gammanpila
[Monday 2018-01-15 19:00]

MP Udaya Gammanpila said today the diplomatic immunity of former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US, Jaliya Wickramasuriya has been revoked for duties he had performed during his term of office and that this was the first such instance in diplomatic history. He said the Foreign Affairs Ministry had, on October 27 last year, informed the Sri Lankan Embassy in the US that Mr. Wickramasuriya’s diplomatic immunity has been revoked despite a prior assurance given to him.


UN Committee on Rights of the Child meets on Jan 15
[Monday 2018-01-15 19:00]

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is meeting in Geneva from January 15 to February 2 to review children’s rights in eight countries including Sri Lanka, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said. The Committee, which is composed of 18 independent experts, monitors how States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are complying with their obligations.


THAI PONGAL GREETINGS FROM US AMBASSADOR
[Sunday 2018-01-14 19:00]

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap conveyed his warmest Thai Pongal greetings to the Chief Minister of Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran. In a tweet message the Ambassadors said that the two ‘had a good discussion on Northern Province issues as well as the need for Sri Lanka to fulfil its Geneva commitments to ensure lasting national reconciliation and a brighter future for all its citizens.


President’s Thai Pongal message
[Sunday 2018-01-14 19:00]

I am extremely happy to convey my greetings to Hindus across the world celebrating Thai Pongal, the festival that expresses gratitude to nature. Since the dawn of civilization, the importance of agriculture was widely known to human beings. In a background of rural community migrating to urban areas abandoning agricultural farming to obtain material benefits from industrial and technological growth, the celebration of Thai Pongal depicts the ardent desire to protect and cherish ancient traditions to refill humanity with culture, kindness, peace and reconciliation with utmost devotion towards fellow human kind.

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