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January 22, 2018 [GMT]
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Sri Lankan diplomat bans British journalist ahead of CHGOM
[Tuesday 2013-07-09 12:00]

A Sri Lankan diplomat has caused major embarrassment by telling Nobel Peace Prize nominated broadcaster that he will 'make sure you don't get a visa to come to Sri Lanka' despite British government calls for a 'guarantee' of 'full and unrestricted access for the foreign press' at major Commonwealth Meeting. A prominent Sri Lankan diplomat - who was once the chief media advisor to Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa - has launched an astonishing attack on Nobel Prize nominated film-maker and journalist, Callum Macrae, who is touring his film No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka across Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Canada. In a move that will embarrass both the British and Sri Lankan governments ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka this November, Ambassador Bandula Jayasekara, Consul General in Sydney, Australia, has issued a series of abusive tweets specifically targeted at Macrae.


TGTE SESSIONS IN CANADA : SRI LANKA’S MISSION ON ALERT
[Sunday 2018-01-21 18:00]

The Sri Lankan mission in Canada is closely monitoring a claimed session by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, a body of ‘elected’ members whose ideology upholds separatism in the country, official sources told the Sunday Observer. A release posted on the website of the TGTE stated, “Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) 8th Sitting of its 2nd Parliament will be held from January 19th to 21st in Toronto, Canada.” The sources did not confirm if the Foreign Ministry has lodged an official protest to the Canadian counterpart against the TGTE meeting.


Forcing a Principal to kneel: President directs IGP to probe
[Sunday 2018-01-21 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena had directed IGP Pujith Jayasundera to hold an inquiry into incident in which Uva Province Chief Minister was accused of forcing a lady Principal to kneel in front of him, officials said. The President had instructed the IGP to take necessary legal action into the incident based on investigations. Meanwhile, the Police said the Badulla Police had commenced an investigation into the incident after the Principal had lodged a complaint.


AMERICAN CENTER TEMPORARILY CLOSED
[Sunday 2018-01-21 18:00]

The US government officially shutdown yesterday for the first time in five years after the Senate rejected a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government running. The shutdown began at 12:01 am (local time) after a few Republicans joined Democrats in blocking the crucial measure would have provided short-term funding for the Pentagon and other federal agencies, the foreign media reported. Responding to the situation in the US, the US Embassy in Colombo said in a tweet message, “At this time, scheduled passport and visa services at the U.S. Embassy will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits. The American Center is closed until further notice.”


President vows to bring economy under his control
[Sunday 2018-01-21 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said the management of the country’s economy, which had been under the United National Party (UNP) for the last three years, would be taken over by him from this year. Addressing a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) election rally in Kegalle, the President said he appointed the National Economic Council (NEC) three months ago to provide relief to the people by managing the economy through this council. The President said he would take over the responsibility of strengthening the country’s economy while protecting all local industries, products and investments. He appealed to local industrialists and investors to join in this endeavour and not to abandon their motherland.


Uva CM steps down as Education Minister
[Sunday 2018-01-21 18:00]

Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake said he would step down from the Post of Provincial Education Minister with immediate effect. The Chief Minister said he decided to step down from the post until the investigation into the allegations levelled against him was completed. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) launched an investigation into the incident where the Chief Minister allegedly forced a school principal to kneel before him.


Kataragama protestors tear gassed
[Sunday 2018-01-21 18:00]

The Police a short while ago fired tear gas to disperse protesting people following yesterday's shooting incident in Kataragama. It was reported that more than 60 individuals had been arrested over violence.


If Ranil removed from Premiership UNPers threaten to impeach Prez
[Saturday 2018-01-20 19:00]

United National Party Parliamentarian Chaminda Wijesiri said that if any attempt is made to remove Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from office, the Party would definitely bring a motion in Parliament to impeach President Maithripala Sirisena. He made these comments in relation to rumours that subsequent to the Local Government (LG) polls, the Prime Minister would be changed and that a new Government would be formed.


EC says no power to unseat elected candidates
[Saturday 2018-01-20 19:00]

Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday he could do nothing about unseating a field officers or any other candidate if he had been found to have illegally contested the Local Government election and was elected. Mr. Deshapriya said unseating of an elected candidate could only be done through a court procedure and added that elections commissions had no provision to do so.


Sri Lanka, China to co-build dendro power plant
[Saturday 2018-01-20 19:00]

Sri Lanka and China on Friday signed a joint venture agreement to construct Sri Lanka's largest dendro power plant in Moneragala in the country's south. The power plant will produce 70,000 megawatts of renewable energy per year to the country's national power grid. The joint venture was signed between Beijing Full Dimension Power Tech Company Ltd, Nanjing Turbine and Electric Machinery Group Company Ltd, and Sri Lanka's IMS Holdings.


Flight diverted to Chennai as Sri Lanka closes airspace
[Saturday 2018-01-20 19:00]

An Ethiopian Airlines flight (ET638), operating on the Addis Ababa-Singapore-Kuala Lumpur sector, was diverted to Chennai on Thursday, after Sri Lanka closed its airspace for some time in connection with the Agni-V missile test off the coast of Odisha. The twin-engine aircraft, a Boeing 787-8 (ET-ATK), left Addis Ababa at 2.30 a.m. (India time). Five hours into its approximately nine-hour flight, while approaching Thiruvananthapuram, the crew were unable to continue flying on the allotted track across central Sri Lanka and its oceanic region, and the flight was diverted to Chennai. It landed here at 8.51 a.m. and later took off for Singapore at 12.35 p.m.


US helping SL counter human trafficking
[Saturday 2018-01-20 19:00]

The U.S. government will award more than 183 million rupees ($1.2 million) to counter trafficking in persons in Sri Lanka over the next three years. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs will award the new project "Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Trafficking in Persons (EQUIP)" to the International Labor Organization (ILO) Country Office for Sri Lanka and Maldives.


Postal voting for Local Government elections to begin on Monday
[Saturday 2018-01-20 19:00]

Postal voting for the February 10 Local Government elections will begin on Monday, January 22. Officials of the police stations, Divisional Secretariats, District Secretariats and election office could cast their postal votes on January 22, according to the Director General of Election Commission, R. L.A.M. Ratnayaka. Postal voting for employees at other government institutions will be held on the 25th and 26th of this month.


SL delays implementing pledges to UN: HRW
[Friday 2018-01-19 18:00]

The Sri Lankan Government has stalled on its key pledges to provide justice for conflict-related violations and to strengthen human rights protections, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today in its 2018 World Report. It said the government took some steps in 2017 to reduce restrictions on speech and assembly, but there was little progress on transitional justice initiatives agreed to at the UN Human Rights Council in 2015.


SLPP petition for Maharagama rejected
[Friday 2018-01-19 18:00]

The petition filed by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) over the rejection of its nominations list for the Maharagama Urban Council, was rejected by the Supreme Court today. It was rejected after being considered by a bench of Judges headed by the Chief Justice.


EU insists on key reforms in Sri Lanka
[Friday 2018-01-19 18:00]

The EU stressed yesterday its clear and unwavering expectation that urgent action would be taken by the Sri Lankan authorities to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and replace it with legislation that is in line with international standards.


Dead army officer’s claim doubtful: CID
[Friday 2018-01-19 18:00]

The Army Intelligence Officer who had committed suicide by hanging himself in 2016, having written a letter taking responsibility for the killing of senior journalist and Sunday Leader Chief Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, had in fact spent that day in the Kegalle area, the CID informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate yesterday. This revelation is based on the officer’s telephone records, unearthed by the CID.


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.

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