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    ‘No Formal Proposal Received from India’

    The Indo-Sri Lankan conflict over fishing in the Palk Bay and Palk Strait will be settled through talks between the fishermen of the two countries because it is a “humanitarian and livelihood issue”, a ranking Lankan official said here on Wednesday. Mahishini Colonne, Spokesperson of the Lankan Ministry of External Affairs, told the media, that discussions on this question are on between the two countries. As on date, there are no Indian fishermen in detention in Lanka, nor are there any Lankan fishermen in India’s custody. But there are 46 Indian boats in Lankan custody, and four Lankan boats are in Indian custody, she said. Colonne had been asked to comment on Lankan Fisheries Minister…

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    Sampur dispute: CJ asks SLGI to file for contempt of court

    Chief Justice K. Sri Pavan yesterday directed Sri Lanka Gateway Industries Ltd. (SLGI) to file for contempt of court if the facts submitted by the latter in the Supreme Court were true. When the case filed by SLGI, over the presidential suspension of the lease of land to the company for its industrial zone project in Sampur, was heard in the Supreme Court yesterday, the parties were directed to strictly maintain the status quo as at 20 May 2015. The SLGI, in its motion filed yesterday, stated that when the matter was taken up on 20 May 2015, consequent to a motion filed on the behalf of the BOI, the court refused the request to…

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    NEC Has No Validity After April 23: Ajith P Perera

    Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera agreed with JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, stating that the National Executive Council does not have validity after April 23. At a recent meeting, Dissanayake pointed out that the NEC did not meet after April 19 and added that he will boycott future meetings even if they are held. Taking part in the ‘Rajya Sevaya Pinisayi’ TV talk show on Swarnawahini last night, Ajith P. Perera said that the NEC does not have a mandate after the completion of the 100 Days Program. Ideally, even the parliament should have been dissolved after April 23, he said. However, Perera pointed out that President Maithripala Sirisena wanted a few weeks to…

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    20A Deadlocked?

    The Cabinet last night decided to entrust President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with the task of deciding the manner in which the government should proceed with the 20th Amendment. The Cabinet sub committee report, dealing with electoral reforms, was presented to the Cabinet and the ministers decided to accept it while leaving space for further alterations. S. B. Dissanayake, Sarath Amunugama, Lakshman Kiriella, Kabir Hashim, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Rauff Hakeem, Gayantha Karunathilake, P. Digambaram and Rishard Bathuideen served as members of the Cabinet sub committee which prepared the report. The sub committee report encapsulated the core views expressed by different political parties with regard to electoral reforms and the 20th Amendment. However,…

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    Basil’s FR fixed for June 4,5

    The hearing of the Fundamental Rights Petition filed by UPFA MP Basil Rajapaksa seeking an interim order to release him from remand custody was fixed for June 4 and 5 by a three judge bench of the Supreme Court yesterday. When the petition came before the three judge bench comprising Chief Justice K. Sripavan, Presidents Counsel Romesh de Silva appearing for the petitioner made his oral submissions seeking an interim order to grant leave to proceed with the petition

Mahishini Colonne

‘No Formal Proposal Received from India’

The Indo-Sri Lankan conflict over fishing in the Palk Bay and Palk Strait will be settled through talks between the fishermen of the two countries because it is a “humanitarian and livelihood issue”, a ranking Lankan official said here on Wednesday. Mahishini Colonne, Spokesperson of the Lankan Ministry of External Affairs, told the media, that discussions on this question are on between the two countries. As on date, there are no Indian fishermen in detention in Lanka, nor are there any Lankan fishermen in India’s custody. But there are 46 Indian boats in Lankan custody, and four Lankan boats are in Indian custody, she said. Colonne had been asked to comment on Lankan Fisheries Minister…

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Sampur dispute: CJ asks SLGI to file for contempt of court

Chief Justice K. Sri Pavan yesterday directed Sri Lanka Gateway Industries Ltd. (SLGI) to file for contempt of court if the facts submitted by the latter in the Supreme Court were true. When the case filed by SLGI, over the presidential suspension of the lease of land to the company for its industrial zone project in Sampur, was heard in the Supreme Court yesterday, the parties were directed to strictly maintain the status quo as at 20 May 2015. The SLGI, in its motion filed yesterday, stated that when the matter was taken up on 20 May 2015, consequent to a motion filed on the behalf of the BOI, the court refused the request to…

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NEC Has No Validity After April 23: Ajith P Perera

Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera agreed with JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, stating that the National Executive Council does not have validity after April 23. At a recent meeting, Dissanayake pointed out that the NEC did not meet after April 19 and added that he will boycott future meetings even if they are held. Taking part in the ‘Rajya Sevaya Pinisayi’ TV talk show on Swarnawahini last night, Ajith P. Perera said that the NEC does not have a mandate after the completion of the 100 Days Program. Ideally, even the parliament should have been dissolved after April 23, he said. However, Perera pointed out that President Maithripala Sirisena wanted a few weeks to…

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20A Deadlocked?

The Cabinet last night decided to entrust President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with the task of deciding the manner in which the government should proceed with the 20th Amendment. The Cabinet sub committee report, dealing with electoral reforms, was presented to the Cabinet and the ministers decided to accept it while leaving space for further alterations. S. B. Dissanayake, Sarath Amunugama, Lakshman Kiriella, Kabir Hashim, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Rauff Hakeem, Gayantha Karunathilake, P. Digambaram and Rishard Bathuideen served as members of the Cabinet sub committee which prepared the report. The sub committee report encapsulated the core views expressed by different political parties with regard to electoral reforms and the 20th Amendment. However,…

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Basil’s FR fixed for June 4,5

The hearing of the Fundamental Rights Petition filed by UPFA MP Basil Rajapaksa seeking an interim order to release him from remand custody was fixed for June 4 and 5 by a three judge bench of the Supreme Court yesterday. When the petition came before the three judge bench comprising Chief Justice K. Sripavan, Presidents Counsel Romesh de Silva appearing for the petitioner made his oral submissions seeking an interim order to grant leave to proceed with the petition

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Blood ‘stolen’ from 49-year-old woman

A 49-year-old woman today complained to the Wattala police that unknown person or persons had drawn her blood when she had lost consciousness while travelling in a three-wheeler. In her police complaint, she said that on regaining consciousness she found herself opposite St. Anthony’s Church in Wattala. The woman who lives at Weliamuna in Wattala had admitted herself to a nearby hospital before feeling well enough to lodge a complaint. She said she had taken a three-wheeler to work on Monday morning and had lost consciousness near Ekala only to wake up several hours later opposite the church. Police said the woman was unable to recall any details of the three-wheeler or describe its driver….

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Regulate population growth -BBS

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Organisation today explained the policies of their proposed political party and said they had a vision to regulate the country’s population growth to avoid ethnocentric issues. BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera said they had a vision of making rules and regulations to manage the population of the country because there were several areas with less Sinhala population. The Thera said the regions in the country should not be created based on ethnic groups or religions and the marriage laws should be equal for all the citizens regardless of their religion. “We had several discussions with some political parties about our proposed laws but we would never form political…

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SLFP insists no split, will contest with UPFA

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today denied reports of a split in the party and insisted that it will contest under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at the next election. SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, speaking to reporters, said that some are attempting to give the impression that there is a split in the SLFP. However he insisted that the SLFP is united and that all the SLFP members who are now in Parliament will receive nominations to contest the next Parliament elections. Meanwhile, UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said that the UPFA has not discussed forming a National Government if it wins the Parliament elections. Premajayantha said that while the UNP has…

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Former Sri Lanka army chief says he would welcome war crime investigation

New president Maithripala Sirisena awards highest rank to the man who was thorn in the side of the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa Sri Lanka’s new government has conferred the highest military rank of field marshal on retired army chief Sarath Fonseka, who had been jailed for alleged treason by the previous regime. President Maithripala Sirisena awarded Fonseka the title at a state ceremony in the capital and said he was unjustly treated by the previous government. Fonseka was thrown in jail after he unsuccessfully tried to challenge a re-election bid by the then-strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2010. Soon after he toppled Rajapaksa in a January election, Sirisena used his executive powers to clear Fonseka…

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No bail for Basil Rajapaksa

Former Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa, was further remanded till June 10 by the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (27). Former Economic Development Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilaka, former Director General of the Divineguma Department, R.R.K. Ranawaka and Divi Neguma Regional Director Bandula Thilakasiri were also remanded till June 10. Rajapaksa and three other senior ministry officials were arrested by the police on April 22. They were arrested on charges of misappropriation of funds in the Divi Neguma Department, which came under the purview of the Economic Development Minister. Rajapaksa, who left the country for the US on 11 January following the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the January Presidential Election, arrived…

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AG Gives Undertaking Not To Arrest Tiran Alles

Attorney General gave an undertaking to the Supreme Court that police will not arrest MP Tiran Alles and will carry out further investigations into irregularities at the RADA institute. This undertaking was given when the Fundamental Rights petition filed by Alles was considered today at the Supreme Court. In his petition, the opposition Parliamentarian urged the Supreme Court to issue an interim order to prevent his arrest as he was an owner of a newspaper company and a close associate of the former President. He alleged that the police had taken action against him under political pressure due to the influence of a certain minister. He also claimed that the government was taking revenge from…

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Nigeria assures Government on kidnapped Lankan

The Nigerian Government has assured the Sri Lankan Government it will do all it can to secure the release of a Sri Lankan national kidnapped in Nigeria. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maheshini Colonne said that the Government is in touch with the Nigerian High Commission in Colombo as well as the family of the Sri Lankan man abducted in Nigeria and also his Nigerian employer. Nigerian kidnappers are demanding a huge ransom to free the Sri Lankan man abducted last week but Colonne said that since the issue is of sensitive nature the Government will not comment too much on the incident. The Sri Lankan national was abducted during a brazen kidnapping operation at the boundary of Ondo and…

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Lankan remarks on our proposal on fishermen not helpful: India

A day after Sri Lanka rejected India’s proposal to allow Indian fishermen to catch fish in Sri Lankan waters, government today said such remarks were “not helpful” given that it was working together with Colombo to find a mutually acceptable solution. “We also have concerns about Sri Lankan fishermen fishing in Indian waters. Frequently Sri Lankan fishermen are apprehended in our waters. However, we recognise that this is a complex livelihood issue which has a humanitarian dimension. “Government attaches utmost importance to the safety and welfare of Indian fishermen. We are committed to working together with the Government of Sri Lanka to find a mutually acceptable solution. In this context, such remarks are not helpful,”…

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Vienna Airport security accused of smuggling Lankans

Private security staff at Vienna Airport are suspected of smuggling refugees, mainly Sri Lankans, through security checks onto flights to the United States and Britain, the Reuters news agency quoted Austrian prosecutors as saying. Police are investigating 13 private security staff operating at Vienna Airport over suspicions they abused their access to security systems. One man from Poland and another from Sri Lanka have been placed in custody pending an investigation. British security firm G4S said one of its staff was under suspicion in the case and had been sacked. The company was working closely with authorities, it said in a statement. “We know of 10 trafficking trips, meaning 10 flights between last autumn and…

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Enact 20 A without delay: Nimal Siripala

Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva today urged all the political parties to support and show their commitment to enact the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which was to be approved by the Cabinet. Mr. de Silva said all the political parties including UNP, JVP and TNA should support to enact the 20th Amendment to the Constitution after being approved by the Cabinet and included in the Parliament agenda and added that it should be sent to the Supreme Court for its opinion and make necessary amendments if needed without any delay. He said that he requested President Maithripala Sirisena and the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to provide an opportunity to approve…

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Sarath Silva does another U-turn

Former Chief Justice Sarath Silva launching a scathing attack on the present government, saying that it ‘was illegal from its inception.’ He said that he ‘regrets having lit the fire’ by opposing President Rajapaksa’s candidacy. Silva, in a speech at the Organisation of Professional Associations lashed out at the government listing three aspects in which he believed the government had failed. “I didn’t expect Maithripala Sirisena to contest the last election. The moment he announced his candidacy I knew this wasn’t moving in the right direction. They sent me a list of meetings at which I was to speak. I put the list into the dustbin,” he said. This is in sharp contrast to statements…

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Shiranthi to appear before FCID

Former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa has been asked to appear before the police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) on June 1, over alleged corruption in connection with a bank account of the ‘Siriliya Saviya’ Foundation,MP Namal Rajapaksa told Daily Mirror. An investigation was underway into the bank account of the ‘Siriliya Saviya’, whose patron is the former First Lady.

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Sri Lanka Says No To India’s Fishing Proposal

Sri Lanka on Tuesday rejected India’s proposal to allow its fishermen to catch fish in Lankan waters for 65 days a year, in what can further escalate tensions between the two neighbours over the issue. “Not 65 days, we will not agree for even 65 hours,” Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. Speaking in the southern port town of Galle, the minister said that the Lankan government had refused to agree to India’s proposal of allowing Indian fishermen to catch fish for 65 days a year in Lankan waters in its bid to resolve the fishing issue, a major irritant in bilateral ties. Sri Lankan and Indian fishing organisations have held several rounds of discussions to…

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Man shot dead in Vellaweli

A 42-year-old man shot dead by two unidentified men at Mandur in Vellaweli, Batticaloa this evening, the Police said. Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said two men arrived in motorbike had fired shot at the man who was in his home at the time. The victim was identified as an employee at Navithanveli Pradeshiya Sabha in Ampara. Police had launched an operation to arrest the suspects.

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Maximum punishment for perpetrators – President in Jaffna

President Maithripala Sirisena, who visited Jaffna today said a special court (Trial-at-Bar) will be set up to ensure speedy justice in the case of the gang rape and brutal slaying of the schoolgirl at Pungudutivu in Jaffna. “We cannot let such incidents to happen again in any part of the country,” he emphasised when he met students from 17 schools in the Northern Province at a meeting held at the Wembady Girls School in Jaffna. Later, at the Jaffna Governor’s residence, the President met the parents of 18-year-old Sivaloganathan Vithya, who was allegedly gang-raped and killed last week. He expressed his deepest regret over this senseless tragedy which shocked and shook the country. The President…

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