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    Bangladesh Army Assured Support to Raise Its Women’s Corps Unit

    Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, currently in Bangladesh at the invitation of Bangladesh’s Chief of Army Staff, General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan began his itinerary on Sunday (19) by placing a floral wreath at the Shikha Anirban (Eternal Flame) memorial at Dhaka Cantonment in Bangladesh. Next, was his visit to the Senakunja, Station Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment where a smart contingent of the Bangladesh Army performed a Guard Turnout and a Guard of Honour and greeted the Sri Lanka’s Army Chief on arrival after the Adjutant General welcomed him warmly. Afterwards the visiting Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake was invited to add memories to his visit to the Senakunja by planting a tree sapling in…

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    ISIS expansion in South Asia poses danger – PROF. Robert B. Lloyd

    Q: What is the ISIS strategy at the moment in fighting the US and its Allies? A: The Islamic State seeks to seize territory, consolidate its control over this territory and its people, and then extend its control to new areas. Local and international opposition has affected the tactics of the Islamic State on this, but has not changed its objectives. Q: US President Barack Obama’s envoys to Syria have said repeatedly, the collapse of government control over the north and east of the country, combined with Obama’s refusal to provide weapons to moderate rebel forces, created an opening for the Al-Qaeda remnants that eventually launched the Islamic State. How will the US defend this…

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    Shots fired inside Canada parliament

    A gunman shot a soldier at a war memorial in Ottawa, then ran into the nearby parliament building where he exchanged gunfire with police. According to a government minister, the wounded soldier later died. One gunman is also believed dead. More shots were fired outside a nearby shopping centre and several buildings around the city are on lockdown. The incident came hours after Canada raised its terror threat level, after another soldier was killed on Monday. The latest incident began when soldiers guarding the memorial came under fire on Wednesday morning. “Shots fired at War Memorial at 9:52am today; one person injured,” Ottawa Police tweeted. Police have told those in the vicinity to stay away…

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    JHU Will Not Compromise On Constitutional Amendment: Rathana Thera

    JHU Parliamentarian Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today that his party’s position on a constitutional amendment before the next presidential election will not be compromised at any cost. Speaking to reporters in Colombo, Rathana Thera, who recently launched a set of proposals pertaining to a constitutional amendment, said his party made its position clear to the President yesterday at the meeting held between the two parties. When asked whether he was positive about the outcome of the meeting, Rathana Thera said he was open minded about the whole process. “We are not positive or negative about anything. The President appointed a committee to look into our proposals and they are scheduled to present their recommendations in…

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    Pakistan nationals injured in Negombo

    A group of Pakistan nationals were injured following an attack by a gang in Negombo, the police media unit said adding that the injured have been admitted to hospital. The police said that the attack took place following a dispute between one Pakistani national and a Sri Lankan man. The dispute led to a gang led by the Sri Lankan man attacking the Pakistanis at a temple injuring nine of them. The Pakistani nationals are staying in Negombo while seeking political asylum in Sri Lanka

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Army Assured Support to Raise Its Women’s Corps Unit

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, currently in Bangladesh at the invitation of Bangladesh’s Chief of Army Staff, General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan began his itinerary on Sunday (19) by placing a floral wreath at the Shikha Anirban (Eternal Flame) memorial at Dhaka Cantonment in Bangladesh. Next, was his visit to the Senakunja, Station Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment where a smart contingent of the Bangladesh Army performed a Guard Turnout and a Guard of Honour and greeted the Sri Lanka’s Army Chief on arrival after the Adjutant General welcomed him warmly. Afterwards the visiting Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake was invited to add memories to his visit to the Senakunja by planting a tree sapling in…

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ISIS expansion in South Asia poses danger – PROF. Robert B. Lloyd

Q: What is the ISIS strategy at the moment in fighting the US and its Allies? A: The Islamic State seeks to seize territory, consolidate its control over this territory and its people, and then extend its control to new areas. Local and international opposition has affected the tactics of the Islamic State on this, but has not changed its objectives. Q: US President Barack Obama’s envoys to Syria have said repeatedly, the collapse of government control over the north and east of the country, combined with Obama’s refusal to provide weapons to moderate rebel forces, created an opening for the Al-Qaeda remnants that eventually launched the Islamic State. How will the US defend this…

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canada

Shots fired inside Canada parliament

A gunman shot a soldier at a war memorial in Ottawa, then ran into the nearby parliament building where he exchanged gunfire with police. According to a government minister, the wounded soldier later died. One gunman is also believed dead. More shots were fired outside a nearby shopping centre and several buildings around the city are on lockdown. The incident came hours after Canada raised its terror threat level, after another soldier was killed on Monday. The latest incident began when soldiers guarding the memorial came under fire on Wednesday morning. “Shots fired at War Memorial at 9:52am today; one person injured,” Ottawa Police tweeted. Police have told those in the vicinity to stay away…

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Athuraliye_CI

JHU Will Not Compromise On Constitutional Amendment: Rathana Thera

JHU Parliamentarian Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today that his party’s position on a constitutional amendment before the next presidential election will not be compromised at any cost. Speaking to reporters in Colombo, Rathana Thera, who recently launched a set of proposals pertaining to a constitutional amendment, said his party made its position clear to the President yesterday at the meeting held between the two parties. When asked whether he was positive about the outcome of the meeting, Rathana Thera said he was open minded about the whole process. “We are not positive or negative about anything. The President appointed a committee to look into our proposals and they are scheduled to present their recommendations in…

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Pakistan nationals injured in Negombo

A group of Pakistan nationals were injured following an attack by a gang in Negombo, the police media unit said adding that the injured have been admitted to hospital. The police said that the attack took place following a dispute between one Pakistani national and a Sri Lankan man. The dispute led to a gang led by the Sri Lankan man attacking the Pakistanis at a temple injuring nine of them. The Pakistani nationals are staying in Negombo while seeking political asylum in Sri Lanka

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TNA says genocide acts did take place

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in a special statement today, has noted that acts specified in article 2 of the Genocide Convention of 1948 have undeniably been perpetrated on the Tamil people by functionaries of the Sri Lankan state over several decades. The TNA however said it would be improper and inappropriate for the Northern Provincial Council or any other political body to make pronouncements in the form of resolutions or otherwise on matters of evidence and law currently being considered by the UN led investigation team and that any such pronouncement would undermine the due regard, respect and right to independent functioning properly due to the investigations team. The TNA said it reached the…

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UNP feels G.L is protecting Kshenuka

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today accused External Affairs Minister, Professor G L Peiris, of protecting the Secretary to the Ministry, Kshenuka Senewiratne, over allegations raised against her. UNP Assistant leader Ravi Karunanayake said that the Minister should resign from his post instead of attempting to mislead the public and protect Senewiratne. Peiris had yesterday strongly rejected “malicious news reports” appearing in certain sections of the media recently, imputing impropriety on the part of the Secretary to the Ministry, Kshenuka Senewiratne in the award of a contract for the renovation of the official residence of Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva. Issuing a Statement, Minister Peiris has stated that while wrongdoing should not…

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Belarus’ MPs To Pay Official Visit To Sri Lanka In November

Senior officials of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka and Czechia in November, BelTA learned from the Belarusian parliament. The Belarusian parliamentary delegation led by Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko will be on the official visit to Sri Lanka on 17-21 November. The official visit to Czechia is scheduled for 23-26 November. The Belarusian delegation in Czechia is to be led by Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Viktor Guminsky. On 27-28 a Belarusian delegation is expected to take part in the events of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly and the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly in Saint Petersburg.

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CaFFE And CHR Condemn The Attack On University Students

Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) and Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) strongly condemn the attack on university students near the Parliamentary Complex yesterday. “The right to protest is a universally accepted right and CaFFE and CHR do not believe that the voice of dissenting students could be suppressed with tear gas and water cannons. With elections drawing near the government is attempting to silence opposition activists are increasingly being attacked”, the organizations said. The attack on students occurred a few hours after several United National Party (UNP) MPs were assaulted inside the port complex, Colombo. The two organizations said that they are also concerned about the recent development in universities and…

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MEA

LTTE ban: SL to assist parties to the case

While claiming that it was surprised at some of the recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE in 2011 at the General Court of the European Union, Sri Lanka today said it would continue to assist the parties to the case in their future course of action over the court decision. “The Ministry of External Affairs is surprised at some of the recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE in 2011 at the General Court of the European Union in which the Council of the European Union was the defendant supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Commission as…

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TN leaders slam SL Navy Chief’s Indian visit

Regional leaders in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state slammed the visit of Sri Lankan navy chief, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, to the country. India is eyeing to build its defense ties with Sri Lanka to counter China’s inroads in Indian Ocean. Perera, who will commence his Indian visit October 23, will also boost military ties and India will seek assistance in training and equipment supply. However, a regional party, Naam Tamilar Katchi, slammed his visit, saying the federal government was ignoring sentiments of Tamil community. “You are not taking note of Tamil sentiments. You have not taken care of Tamil rights. You are only interested in securing your security that is to be shared with…

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Govt. abusing Ports authority funds, staff, premises for presidential election – Yogarajan

The Security Training Centre of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) at Slave Island was being used by the government to prepare propaganda material for the presidential election, the UNP charged yesterday. R. Yogarajan, one of the four UNP MPs who visited the SLPA training facility yesterday morning on being tipped off that state resources were being used to prepare propaganda material for Rajapaksa’s re-election bid, told The Island that they had found port workers in uniform constructing 24 stages, some of which were about 50 feet wide, stands used to erect large television screens and cutouts of the President with a small image of the Deputy Ports Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena on it. “The stages, television…

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SriLanka

Government has provided info to EU

The Sri Lankan Government today said it has already commenced the process of providing information to the relevant parties in relation to the EU court order on the LTTE sanctions. The Ministry of External Affairs said it was surprised at some of the recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE in 2011 at the General Court of the European Union in which the Council of the European Union was the defendant supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Commission as interveners. These statements by interested parties are based on an inaccurate premise. The Ministry of External Affairs said that from the outset of the…

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Mangala Says Government Henchmen Benefit From EU Lifting Ban On LTTE

UNP Leadership Council member and former SLFP stalwart Mangala Samaraweera has accused that the lifting of the EU ban on LTTE benefits those in the government. He made these comments at a press briefing to discuss the issue in Colombo. Samaraweera argued that after the death of LTTE Supremo Velupillay Prabhakaran, the only legitimate claim to its funds can be put forward by his successor Kumaran Pathmanathan, or KP. However, KP is now “sitting on the lap of the Rajapaksa regime” Samaraweera argued. He also argues that after the LTTE was banned in USA and UK due to the campaign led by former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgarmar, its fundraising campaign was shifted to Europe. Samaraweera…

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Ranil’s tour in London did not impinge on EU Court ruling : UNP

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday rejected the allegation that there was an invisible connection between the European Union General Court’s ruling to lift sanctions on the LTTE and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s trip to London. The EU General Court lifted the sanctions on the LTTE on October 16. The LTTE had been named a terrorist organisation by the EU in 2006. UNP MP Eran Wickremaratne said the party had nothing to hide regarding Mr. Wickremesinghe’s tour of London and that the rumours were baseless. “All the reports and rumours were being centred on photographs circulated through the media which show our leader with several other Sri Lankans in London. They are the representatives of…

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Re-proscription of LTTE: EU willing to engage with Govt.

The European Union has expressed its willingness to engage with the Sri Lankan Government regarding the re-proscription of the LTTE, it was reported yesterday. This had been conveyed by the officials of European Union Office in Sri Lanka, including the European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. David Daly, when a group of UNP MPs met him last evening. UNP Leadership Council member Lakshman Kiriella, one of the four MPs who met the EU officials, told Daily Mirror that the Sri Lankan Government should engage with the European Court which de-proscribed the LTTE. Mr. Daly had also told the MPs that the EU would lift the ban on the Sri Lankan fish exports if the…

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Bishops to meet on polls, Pope’s visit

pope_francisThe Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has asked the government to clarify its plans for a snap presidential election, amid fears the polls will scupper a planned visit by the Pope, the AFP news agency reported today. Sri Lanka has not yet announced an election date, but the information minister said yesterday that the polls would be held in January, when Pope Francis is due to visit. The Church had earlier said it would be “inappropriate” for the Pope to visit any country at the time of a national election. “We are yet to decide anything,” church spokesman Cyril Gamini Fernando told AFP. “There will be a meeting of the bishops to discuss this.” Official…

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UNP MPs Attacked At Ports Authority Training School

A group of UNP parliamentarians who visited the training school of Sri Lanka Ports Authority in Slave Island have come under attack. Speaking to Asian Mirror UNP parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne said that they went on a fact finding mission to the Ports Authority Training School to see whether state resources were being used for the presidential election campaign. Wickramarathne said they had received information that resources of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority were being used for propaganda activities targeting the forthcoming presidential election. He added that several people pelleted stones at the UNP MP delegation and attacked their vehicles. None of the UNP parliamentarians received injuries due to the attack. However, he added that several…

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Theiveegan’s mother prevented from leaving SL

The late Suntharalingam Gajatheeban, alias Theiveegan’s mother Sundaralingam Rajithamalar, was prevented from leaving the country today, sources said. She had arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport to take a flight to Canada on a valid visa to enter that country. Sources said she might have been prevented from leaving the country because of the ongoing inquiry on Theiveegan. He and Gobi were shot dead during a clash with the Army at Padaviya early this year. They were alleged to have attempted to revive the LTTE. Earlier, the 57-year-old Rajithamalar, who was arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Department soon after her son’s death and later released after questioning, had a six-year visa to Canada stamped on…

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EU insists ruling on LTTE not political

The European Union (EU) today insisted that the court ruling on LTTE sanctions in the EU is not a political decision taken by the EU governments but a legal ruling of a court. On 16 October 2014 the General Court of the European Union annulled measures taken by the Council of the European Union against the LTTE, namely the designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation and the freezing of LTTE funds. Nonetheless the Court allows the annulled decision on the freezing of LTTE funds to be maintained for another three months. The EU Press and Information office in Colombo said that in understanding the implications of this Ruling it is important to remember…

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