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January 24, 2018 [GMT]
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PM to make special statement today
[Wednesday 2018-01-03 18:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a special statement today (3). He is expected to make this statement during a special meeting held for candidates and electoral organisers appearing for the upcoming Local Government polls. The meeting will be held at the Sirikotha UNP headquarters. The UNP is the single biggest party to contest all Local Government bodies and thus will have the highest number of candidates appearing from one party at the elections.


New laws regarding Port City in Parliament soon
[Wednesday 2018-01-03 18:00]

New laws to give effect to the Colombo International Financial City (CIFC) will be presented to Parliament early this year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. He was speaking to the media following an inspection tour of the Colombo Port City Development Project yesterday along with Western Development and Megapolis Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Finance State Minister Eran Wickremaratne and Policy Planning and Economic Development Deputy Minister Dr Harsha de Silva.


New Mannar Bishop meets TNA delegation Stresses on unity for political achievements
[Tuesday 2018-01-02 18:00]

The new Bishop of Mannar, Rev. Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando, has stressed that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) needs to maintain its integrity to achieve its political goals. The TNA delegation, led by Jaffna District Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, met Bishop Fernando on Sunday. According to sources, the TNA delegation had given the Bishop a summary on the latest developments in the local Tamil political scene. Bishop Fernando touched on the split in the TNA and pointed out that unity was essential in the alliance since it is the voice to address the grievances of the Tamil people.


SLTB strike in the North Protest over closing of depot
[Tuesday 2018-01-02 18:00]

Employees of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) in the North launched a strike yesterday in protest over the closing down of a bus depot, Police said. The depot was close down on a directive by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran. The strike was also supported by traders who put up shutters and hoisted black flags in a sign of protest, they said. The strike inconvenienced a large number of commuters who depend on public transport. The Police were later deployed to guard the closed depot.


Jaffna ushers in the New Year
[Tuesday 2018-01-02 18:00]

For the time in several years, New Year celebrations were held in Jaffna, on Sunday (31), in the vicinity of the Dutch Fort. Several local artistes participated in the event. The Jaffna clock tower and the surrounding area were illuminated. A colorful fireworks display lit up the skies of Jaffna entertaining a big gathering welcoming the dawn of 2018.


Police remove MR cutouts at A'pura
[Tuesday 2018-01-02 18:00]

The police have removed the cutouts and posters bearing the image of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa from a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) office in Medawachchiya on the basis that it was unlawful to keep such items with the image of someone not belonging to the party. SLPP Medawachchiya organizer K.H. Nandasena has lodged a complaint to the Elections Commissioner about this incident.


Universities to enrol 30,500 A/L passed students this year
[Tuesday 2018-01-02 18:00]

Around 30,500 students will be enrolled to state universities this year, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said. The UGC will send admission papers and students' handbooks to universities next week. The admissions will be based on the 2017 A/L results. This year 163,104 students are eligible to apply for university admissions. Two new medical faculties will be established at the Sabaragamuwa and Wayamba Universities. Around 150 students will be admitted to the two institutions this year.


SLPP candidates to take oath today
[Tuesday 2018-01-02 18:00]

All Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) members contesting the forthcoming local government elections under the Lotus bud symbol are scheduled to meet at the Sugathadasa Stadium today at 2.00 pm and take an oath before former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Former President Rajapaksa will address the candidates. All Joint Opposition MPs have been invited to the event and the maiden SLPP rally will be held on January 6 at Kadawatha. Two rallies will be held in each district, a party spokesman said.


PM to sign gazetted Media guideline agreement
[Monday 2018-01-01 18:00]

The agreement to place before Parliament the media guidelines gazetted by the Elections Commission on December 4, 2017 to ensure a fair and independent election will be signed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees on January 2, 2018. These guidelines approved by the Cabinet would become law once they are approved by Parliament and it would be the duty and responsibility of all sectors of the media to abide by these media guidelines, the Prime Minister’s office said in a press release.


Jaffna, Mullaitivu deaths from natural cause: Epidemiology unit
[Monday 2018-01-01 18:00]

Recently reported suspecious deaths in Jaffna and Mullaitivu districts have occurred due to natural cause, and there is no mystery surrounding them, according to an inquiry conducted by the Epidemiology Unit said yesterday. Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senartne earlier ordered the Health Ministry's Epidemiology unit Director Anil Dissanayake to investigate into the suspicious deaths occured in Jaffna and Mullaitivu districts for around last three months.


Bond report: President to make special statement
[Monday 2018-01-01 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena will make a special statement to the media on Wednesday in connection with the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) report on the Central Bank bond issue, the Presidential Media Division (PMD) said today.


Heartiest wishes for the new year: Sampanthan
[Monday 2018-01-01 18:00]

My heartiest wishes to all the people in this country for a prosperous and a happy new year. As we welcome this new year with hope and expectations, my prayer is that as people of a united country, we would work towards creating a better future. May we take the positives and work on the lessons learnt during the past year as we march towards in this new year.


Sri Lanka Army releases another building in the North to its legitimate owners
[Monday 2018-01-01 18:00]

Sri Lanka Army has handed over another building that was being used by the security forces to the civilian authority in the Northern Province. A property, named 'Anthony Pillay' building in the center of Kilinochchi town, earlier leased to the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) by the government after humanitarian operations, was released on Thursday (28) symbolically to Governor of Northern Province, Reginald Cooray to be handed back to its legitimate owners.


LG Polls - Govt. officials asked not to promote candidates
[Monday 2018-01-01 18:00]

The Elections Commission has decided to take stern action against government officials involved in the distribution of various items during this festive season as a means of promoting the candidates contesting the local government polls. The EC has already banned such activities by politicians during the campaign period because it will give undue political mileage at the elections.


Trump urged to intervene and ensure justice for Tamils
[Sunday 2017-12-31 19:00]

US President Donald Trump has been urged to intervene and ensure justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka. The ‘Tamils for Trump’ organisation, in a letter to President Trump, wished him for the new year and urged him to work for international justice for the Tamil victims either through the ICC or International Tribunal for the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan officials during the ethnic war that killed over 145,000 Tamils.


Army Chief wants data on candidates contesting polls
[Sunday 2017-12-31 19:00]

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake says the Army must have information on the candidates contesting the Local Government (LG) elections. Speaking to the BBC Sinhala service, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said that gathering information on candidates and other key members of society does not mean they are being monitored. However he says if a situation arises where those candidates or others need military protection then the Army needs to have background information on them.


Paving the way for more and more open heart surgeries in Jaffna
[Sunday 2017-12-31 19:00]

With open heart surgery being initiated at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital this month, bypass operations are to be launched in about two months. All arrangements are being made to begin coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) at the Jaffna Hospital, the Director-General (DG) of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe who paid a visit to the hospital soon after the first two surgeries on December 20 and 21, told the Sunday Times.


President expresses support for Palestine
[Sunday 2017-12-31 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has reassured the Palestinian people that Sri Lanka would stand by their struggle for independence. The President’s assurance came in a reply to a letter sent by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The Palestinian leader, in his letter, has thanked the Sri Lankan President for gifting a plot of land in Colombo for a new embassy. The embassy now operates from an old building in Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7.


Deadline to return mutilated or defaced currency notes extended
[Sunday 2017-12-31 19:00]

The deadline to return mutilated or defaced currency notes has been extended till March 31, 2018. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) had earlier announced it will not make payments to mutilated, altered or defaced currency notes after 31.12.2017. However on the instructions of the President the deadline has now been extended till March 31, 2018.


President asserts authority after warning Ranil
[Sunday 2017-12-31 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed newly sworn-in legislator Piyasena Gamage as state minister for law and order in a move that sought to reduce the authority of a very close ally of the prime minister. Sirisena, who is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) gave the influential portfolio to Gamage, a member of the Sirisena-faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).


Wigneswaran accused of fighting for ITAK leadership post
[Saturday 2017-12-30 19:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran has been accused of fighting for the leadership post of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK). ITAK Secretary K. Thurairajasingam said that the main rift between Wigneswaran and ITAK is that Wigneswaran has been demanding the post of party leader. Mavai Senathirajah was in 2014 appointed leader of ITAK after R. Sampanthan stepped down from the post.


Bond report handed over to President
[Saturday 2017-12-30 19:00]

The final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Bond Issuance of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has been handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena today. The Commission’s Chairman Justice K.T. Chitrasiri handed over the report when the Commission members met the President at the President’s Office this afternoon, the President’s Media division said.


Varadaraja Perumal seeks support for his party in the East
[Saturday 2017-12-30 19:00]

Former Chief Minister of the North-East, Varadaraja Perumal is seeking support for his political party at the Local Government Elections (LG) in the East. Perumal said that most political parties which ruled local councils in the North and East in the past had been corrupt. He said that some political parties diverted the funds they received to the Government instead of using it to improve the lives of the people in the area.


US GSP: Govt. says no significant impact
[Saturday 2017-12-30 19:00]

The discontinuing of the GSP programme by the US from next year to 120 countries including Sri Lanka would not make a significant impact on the exports to the US, the Government said today. National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva said people seemed to be confused with the US GSP and Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus given by the European Union (EU). “The US GSP applies to 120 countries and there is nothing special or significant to Sri Lanka. Once it was removed, the cost of exports will rise only by about 3% in tariff.


Police to allow usage of images of only members of the party during campaign work
[Saturday 2017-12-30 19:00]

Using images of politicians outside of their own party during campaigning, political meetings and in party offices will not be permitted in the lead up to the local government elections. Following a discussion between Party Leaders and the Election Commission on Monday, it was determined that using photographs of politicians who do not belong to the party will not be allowed during campaigning, Additional Elections Commissioner of the National Elections Commission, Saman S. Ratnayake confirmed.


Archaeology Dept. to take over Sampur Chetiya area for preservation
[Saturday 2017-12-30 19:00]

The entire land area, where the Sudaikuda Chetiya at Sampur in Trincomalee was located would be taken over by the Archaeology Department shortly for preservation, Director General of Archeology Prof. P.B. Mandawela said yesterday. Prof. Mandawela said it was a lapse on the part of the Government as there was no plan to conserve, historical, religious and archaeology sites in the North East until 2015, though the civil war ended in 2015.


Northern Chief Minister replies to Dilan Perera
[Friday 2017-12-29 19:00]

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has sent the following letter to Deputy Minister Dilan Perera in response to recent public statements made by him. The following is the text of the letter headlined ‘Irresponsible Statement made on the Expenditure of Northern Provincial Council’: This refers to statement which queried what I was going to do with Malaysian Aid when I was unable to spend moneys given by our Central Government.


US Congress decides not to re-authorize GSP
[Friday 2017-12-29 19:00]

The Unites States Congress decided not to re-authorize the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme, which is set to expire on 31 December 2017. Close to 27.5 percent of Sri Lanka’s exports go to the US market. The last time Sri Lanka had the US GSP renewed was on 29 June 2015, by former US President Barack Obama, almost two years after it had expired. According to the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), “There have been many renewals (six so far since year 2000)” but this would be the ninth time in a period of 32 years that the scheme expired without being renewed.

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