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January 24, 2018 [GMT]
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300 MW wind energy park planned in Mannar Island
[Sunday 2017-12-24 18:00]

Sri Lanka on its drive to meet its current and future electricity demand by use of renewable energy has planned to set up several solar and wind power plants in the North. According to the Sri Lanka Central Bank's latest report on economic development, two 10MW solar energy parks in Valaichchenai in the Batticaloa district and Welikanda in the Polonnaruwa district are expected to be commissioned in 2019.


UK, Sri Lanka relationship flourishes - James Dauris
[Sunday 2017-12-24 18:00]

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris in his Christmas and New Year Message said: "With the year drawing to a close, it’s a good time to take a look back at some of the things we’ve done over the past 12 months, a year in which the UK’s relationship with Sri Lanka has continued to flourish. "It’s also worth taking a moment to reflect on the opportunities and challenges 2018 will bring for our two countries, and on what will be important to us and what we would like to achieve in the months ahead.


Speculation that Keheliya may join UNP
[Sunday 2017-12-24 18:00]

Speculation is rife in United National Party (UNP) circles that Kandy District UPFA parliamentarian Keheliya Rambukwella will join their ranks. They say he is expected to make his debut at the party’s first local polls rally which will be held in Kandy on January 12. Mr Rambukwella was a Minister in former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Cabinet and was also official Government spokesperson. He was also earlier science and technology minister in the UNP government from 2001 to 2004.


SLPP to form a new alliance
[Sunday 2017-12-24 18:00]

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) would form a new alliance with twenty political and civil organisations, including all the parties of the Joint Opposition (JO), SLPP Spokesman Sanjeewa Edirimanna said. He said that the new alliance would be named as ‘Joint Podujana Peramuna’ and would contest under the Lotus Bud symbol. Accordingly the new alliance would be formed by the end of this month following the agreement to be signed with the other parties on Thursday (28).


GTF chief in reconciliation talks with Foreign Ministry officials
[Sunday 2017-12-24 18:00]

The British based Global Tamil Forum’s (GTF) leader Father S.J. Emmanuel, who has made Sri Lanka his home in the past many months, met Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam on Friday to discuss peace and reconciliation. Taking part in the meeting were Ministry Spokesperson Maheshini Colonne and Communications head Satya Rodrigo, two senior officials in the Foreign Ministry. Fr. Emmanuel and the ministry officials had also discussed inter-religious cooperation.


Russia ties: Anniversary stamp issue deferred
[Sunday 2017-12-24 18:00]

Sri Lanka has put on hold the issue of a first day cover commemorative stamp to mark the 60 anniversary of the establishments of diplomatic relations with Russia. Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne told the Sunday Times the plans issue the stamp in Colombo were suspended on the advice of the Foreign Ministry, but declined to give details.


Sri Lanka Opposition Leader is recovering after hospitalized due to stress
[Saturday 2017-12-23 18:00]

Sri Lanka's Opposition leader and Leader of the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan, who was hospitalized due to a sudden illness, is recovering and in good condition, reports say. He is receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo due to a stress-related illness. It has been reported that the octogenarian opposition leader, who was preparing nominations for the Trincomalee local government election during the past few days, has ignored the medical advice given to him by his doctors to rest.


Jaffna Naga Viharaya Prelate's funeral site: Jaffna MC rejects petition
[Saturday 2017-12-23 18:00]

A petition filed in the Jaffna Magistrate Court seeking an order to prevent the holding of the funeral ceremony of Jaffna Naga Viharaya Chief Incumbent and Northern Province Chief Sanghanayaka the late Most Ven, Meegahajandure Gnanarathana Thera at the Jaffna Mutraveli Ground, was today rejected by Jaffna Magistrate S.Sadeeskaran.


Duminda to sack Mahinda if ...
[Saturday 2017-12-23 18:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is still an SLFP member and, therefore, his services should be rendered to the SLFP to win the forthcoming local government elections, SLFP General Secretary Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake said."If former President Rajapaksa campaigns for the SLPP against SLFP, he would be sacked," the Minister said. If any SLFP member supports the SLPP, their SLFP membership would be suspended and disciplinary action would be taken against them for violating the party’s constitution, Dissanayake said.


Minister Kiriella: Govt. will continue even if SLFP leaves
[Saturday 2017-12-23 18:00]

Higher Education and Highways Minister and Chief Government Whip Lakshman Kiriella yesterday warned that if the SLFP decided to leave the unity coalition after 31st of December, there were sufficient opposition members ready to help the government continue. Kiriella said that with the backing of those Opposition MPs under close coordination of the President and Prime Minister, the government could continue to function.


Open-heart surgery a success
[Saturday 2017-12-23 18:00]

Two cardiologists at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital carried out a successful open-heart surgery on 20 December, the first ever in Jaffna. The cardiologists are Dr. M.S. Mugunthan and Dr. S. Premkrishna. The surgery was performed on S. Rajasekaran, a 27-year-old resident of Vavuniya. The Director of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Dr. M. Sathyamurthi said that the patient was recovering well.


Over 1500 nominations accepted in the second stage for elections of 248 local government bodies, 29 rejected
[Saturday 2017-12-23 18:00]

The second stage of accepting nominations for 248 Local Government bodies concluded on Thursday accepting 1553 nomination lists and rejecting 29. In the second round, 1399 nomination lists of political parties and 183 lists of independent groups had been filed for 248 Local Councils in 25 Electoral Districts.


Sampanthan hospitalized
[Friday 2017-12-22 19:00]

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan was admitted to a private hospital last evening after a sudden illness, a family member said today. “Mr Sampanthan arrived from Trincomalle after a lengthy discussions with the TNA members on nominations for the local government election and then fell ill on Thursday evening. The main symptom was said to be tiredness. He has had long discussions with the party machinery in Trincomalle and this may have led to being tired,” he said. The family member said he had undergone some medical tests and was recovering.


UN condemns Australia's forced return of SL refugee
[Friday 2017-12-22 19:00]

The United Nations’ refugee agency has condemned Australia’s forced return of an asylum seeker to Sri Lanka without any assessment of his claim for protection, the Guardian reported on Friday. The UN refugee agency has said the man, who was forced to return, is at serious risk of persecution in his homeland. The UNHCR had sought assurances from the Australian government that the man would not be removed from the country and would be allowed to apply for protection.


LG polls Major parties hand over nominations in Jaffna
[Friday 2017-12-22 19:00]

All major political parties including the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have filed their nominations in Jaffna for the Local Government (LG) polls yesterday. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) leader and Jaffna district TNA Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathiraja accompanied by Parliamentarians M. A. Sumanthiran, D Sitharthan and E. Saravanapavan filed nominations for all sixteen LG bodies in the Jaffna district at the Election Secretariat in Jaffna.


Two SL projects win UN funds to promote peace-building
[Friday 2017-12-22 19:00]

Two Sri Lankan projects made with the intention to increase gender-responsive and youth-inclusive peace-building, had won UN funds worth $ 2,454,148 on Thursday, the UN Peace-building Fund said. Accordingly, $ 2,000,000 was released by the UN Peace building Fund’s (PBF) Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative (GYPI) to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to implement the project title “EMPOWER: Building peace through the economic empowerment of women in Northern Sri Lanka.”


Don't relax ban on Asbestos, says Ven. Rathana Thera
[Friday 2017-12-22 19:00]

Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today he was opposed to the government’s decision to relax the ban imposed on the use of Asbestos. Addressing a media briefing on the launch of the national programme ‘Seven days of rest in Sri Lanka’, he said the country faced a huge challenge due to the collapse of the local tea industry.


Army Chief eyes bigger deployment in Mali
[Friday 2017-12-22 19:00]

Army Chief Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake has said that he looked forward to deploying a Brigade in Mali, where Sri Lankan combat troops are currently stationed. Units from several countries have been assigned to the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali, known by its French acronym, MINUSMA.


NPC to change school times from next year
[Thursday 2017-12-21 18:00]

The Northern Provincial Council has directed that all state-run schools in the North commence at 8.00 am instead of 7.30 am from next year. They will close at 2.00 pm. Several councillors have pointed out to the province’s Education Minister Kandiah Saraweswaran that opening of schools at 7.30 am had inconvenienced both students and teachers. They said those students who came from remote areas, using public transport were not in a position to have their breakfast so early and as a result they found it difficult to concentrate on their studies.


‘Restriction of SL tea could be linked to asbestos ban’
[Thursday 2017-12-21 18:00]

The government said yesterday that Russia’s decision to ban the import of all Sri Lankan agricultural imports including Ceylon Tea, over the Khapra Beetle issue could be linked to Sri Lanka announcing a halt to the import of asbestos, which had since been deferred. The ban on white asbestos was to come into effect from January next year in keeping with recent international stipulations. Russia is Sri Lanka’s largest supplier of asbestos.


Thirappane PS: SLPP nomination list rejected
[Thursday 2017-12-21 18:00]

Nomination list submitted by the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP) for the Thirappane Pradeshiya Sabha in Anuradhapura has been rejected today.


Several political parties to hold protest against US
[Thursday 2017-12-21 18:00]

Several political parties are planning protest meeting at New Town hall on Friday (Dec 22) 3.30 pm against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Representatives of political parties have decided to hold the protest meeting against the backdrop of growing protests in other parts of the world against the US move.


Army to increase deployment for UN peacekeeping operations
[Thursday 2017-12-21 18:00]

The Army is to increase troop deployment for UN peacekeeping operations, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said. He said that Sri Lanka wants to increase the numbers in Mali to be equal to a Brigade in future and show the world that the Sri Lanka Army, like any other Army in the world, has the full potential of undertaking any responsibility at international level.


LG polls: SLFP plays MR card
[Thursday 2017-12-21 18:00]

Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya yesterday called on all SLFP candidates, contesting the forthcoming local polls to include pictures of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in their campaign posters and other such propaganda materials. The Chief Minister made that request while addressing a press conference held at the Chief Minister’s office in Colombo.


Wiggy meets Malaysian PM in Colombo
[Wednesday 2017-12-20 18:00]

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak met Northern Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran in Colombo yesterday, informed sources said. Abdul Razak was in Sri Lanka on a two-day official visit to mark the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries. Several agreements were also signed in Colombo to enhance the cooperation between the two nations. Wigneswaran had sent an invitation to the visiting Malaysian PM to visit Jaffna during his stay in the island.


Russia to discuss restricted tea imports with Sri Lanka
[Wednesday 2017-12-20 18:00]

Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor plans to discuss restricted tea imports with Sri Lanka at the end of December, it said in a statement on Tuesday. Russia placed temporary restrictions on imports of tea and all other agricultural products from Sri Lanka from Dec. 18 after a beetle was found in a tea consignment.


First ship to Hambantota harbour since its handover
[Wednesday 2017-12-20 18:00]

The first ship which laid anchor at the Hambantota Magampura International Port since it was handed over to the China Merchant Port Holdings Company under a 99 year lease agreement recently, was the Positivi Pioneer which arrived from Panama carrying a consignment of 400 vehicles. The off loading operation of the consignment is handled by the Colombo Logistics Company. Since there were no workers to handle the port operations, a batch of new recruits who had been given a training were deployed for port operations since December 18.


Spl SLFP CC meeting on 31st
[Wednesday 2017-12-20 18:00]

A special Central Committee meeting of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be held on or before 31 December in order to decide on remaining in the Unity Government or not. State Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, T.B. Ekanayake said that the discussions will determine the future of the Unity Government and whether or not the SLFP will remain in it.

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