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    Mahinda Rajapaksa Slams Government’s ‘Great Betrayal

    The Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the government is misleading the people on the Geneva Resolution, saying that the President and the Prime Minister have given assurances to the UNHRC Chief that the resolution will be carried out. In a statement released today, Mahinda said that there was an attempt to portray this UNHRC resolution as a great diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka. “But in reality, it was a great betrayal, comparable to the Kandyan Convention of 1815″, he said. The President and Prime Minister have given the UN Human Rights Commissioner an assurance that last year’s UN Human Rights Council resolution against Sri Lanka will be implemented. This UNHRC resolution was accepted and…

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    Govt. attempts to cover up the reality of Geneva resolution- Mahinda

    The President and Prime Minister have given the UN Human Rights Commissioner an assurance that last year’s UN Human Rights Council resolution against Sri Lanka will be implemented, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today (11). Issuing a statement, he said that having accepted the Geneva resolution, the government is now adopting various strategies to convince the public that it will not be harmful to the country. “There is now an attempt to portray this UNHRC resolution as a great diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka. But in reality, it was a great betrayal comparable to the Kandyan Convention of 1815,” it said. The statement added, ‘The President and Prime Minister have given the UN Human Rights…

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    Politicians’ responsibility is to use power for betterment of people– President

    “It is the responsibility of the politicians not to be destructed from power but to use that power for the betterment of the people,” says President Maithripala Sirisena. He made these remarks after unveiling a portrait of late President D. B. Wijeythunga today (11) at the Parliament premises. “In an era, in which the values of the politicians were destroyed due to power, the late President D. B. Wijeythunga was an exemplary leader”, the President’s Media Unit quoted the President as saying. “A leader who uses the power not for improving his own power but for the betterment of the people is an ideal leader. When we make judgments about all political characters, there are…

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    Govt worse than black market; mum on oil price – Tilvin

    The Janathi Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that the government is acting like a “black market” trader and keeping the benefit of the low global oil prices away from the people. “When we look at the policies of the government, we can see that though the government talks about giving relief to the masses, it’s acting like a government which is curtailing relief,” JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told reporters in Colombo. He stated that before coming to power they talked about the high tax on oil but after coming to power the government did not even give the public the benefit of the low global oil prices, let alone reduce the tax. Silva charged that…

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    President to visit Bangladesh in March

    President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to pay an official visit to Bangladesh in March at the invitation of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Daily Star newspaper reported. Diplomatic sources said foreign ministry officials of Dhaka and Colombo had already started preparations for the visit. They are working to find suitable dates for the visit when Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will sign several deals to further promote bilateral ties, added the sources. This is going to be the first visit of Sirisena to Dhaka since he was elected the president. He visited Bangladesh in 2013 and 2014 as a minister. Meanwhile, the foreign ministry of Bangladesh has deferred the joining of present Bangladesh High Commissioner…

Former-President-Mahinda-Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa Slams Government’s ‘Great Betrayal

The Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the government is misleading the people on the Geneva Resolution, saying that the President and the Prime Minister have given assurances to the UNHRC Chief that the resolution will be carried out. In a statement released today, Mahinda said that there was an attempt to portray this UNHRC resolution as a great diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka. “But in reality, it was a great betrayal, comparable to the Kandyan Convention of 1815″, he said. The President and Prime Minister have given the UN Human Rights Commissioner an assurance that last year’s UN Human Rights Council resolution against Sri Lanka will be implemented. This UNHRC resolution was accepted and…

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Govt. attempts to cover up the reality of Geneva resolution- Mahinda

The President and Prime Minister have given the UN Human Rights Commissioner an assurance that last year’s UN Human Rights Council resolution against Sri Lanka will be implemented, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today (11). Issuing a statement, he said that having accepted the Geneva resolution, the government is now adopting various strategies to convince the public that it will not be harmful to the country. “There is now an attempt to portray this UNHRC resolution as a great diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka. But in reality, it was a great betrayal comparable to the Kandyan Convention of 1815,” it said. The statement added, ‘The President and Prime Minister have given the UN Human Rights…

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Politicians’ responsibility is to use power for betterment of people– President

“It is the responsibility of the politicians not to be destructed from power but to use that power for the betterment of the people,” says President Maithripala Sirisena. He made these remarks after unveiling a portrait of late President D. B. Wijeythunga today (11) at the Parliament premises. “In an era, in which the values of the politicians were destroyed due to power, the late President D. B. Wijeythunga was an exemplary leader”, the President’s Media Unit quoted the President as saying. “A leader who uses the power not for improving his own power but for the betterment of the people is an ideal leader. When we make judgments about all political characters, there are…

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Govt worse than black market; mum on oil price – Tilvin

The Janathi Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that the government is acting like a “black market” trader and keeping the benefit of the low global oil prices away from the people. “When we look at the policies of the government, we can see that though the government talks about giving relief to the masses, it’s acting like a government which is curtailing relief,” JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told reporters in Colombo. He stated that before coming to power they talked about the high tax on oil but after coming to power the government did not even give the public the benefit of the low global oil prices, let alone reduce the tax. Silva charged that…

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President to visit Bangladesh in March

President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to pay an official visit to Bangladesh in March at the invitation of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Daily Star newspaper reported. Diplomatic sources said foreign ministry officials of Dhaka and Colombo had already started preparations for the visit. They are working to find suitable dates for the visit when Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will sign several deals to further promote bilateral ties, added the sources. This is going to be the first visit of Sirisena to Dhaka since he was elected the president. He visited Bangladesh in 2013 and 2014 as a minister. Meanwhile, the foreign ministry of Bangladesh has deferred the joining of present Bangladesh High Commissioner…

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CCD Seeks AG’s Advise On Radical Muslim Group Over Derogatory Comments On Buddha

The Colombo Crimes Division today informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya that they will be seeking the Attorney General’s advise on the steps to be taken against six defendants on a case of making derogatory statements on the Buddha and Buddhism. The six defendants, who are on bail, are from the radical Muslim organization Thawheed Jamaath, based in Maligawatte, Colombo 10. In 2013, a video showing its General Secretary speaking of Buddhism was released by the organization. It alleged that the Buddha consumed human flesh and that the ‘Triple Gems’ were nothing more than three stones. Buddhism worshiped stones, the organization alleged. Soranathota Chandrarathana Thera filed a case against the organization, requesting action against it….

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Navy Arrests Twelve Indian Fishermen

Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested near Thalaimannar by Sri Lanka Navy last night, for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters. 12 fishermen and two trawlers were seized. They had been fishing near Katchatheevu, northwest of Thalaimannar. Arrested were handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for further action, the Navy reported.

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Protest Against Indo-Sri Lanka ECTA Create Traffic In Town Hall

Heavy traffic was reported in the Town Hall area due to a protest launched by several professional organizations against the ECTA to be signed between India and Sri Lanka. Several professional organizations and some university students were engaged in the protest. The protesters started a march around the Viharamahadevi Park. A rally will also be held at the Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre.

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Sri Lanka Condemns North Korean Rocket Launch

Sri Lanka condemned the launch of a long range missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on February 7, 2016. In a statement, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called upon the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to abide by its international obligations and desist from any action that would adversely impact on the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula. The rocket launch on February 7 was condemned by many regional powers and the US, and added sanctions were introduced against North Korea by Japan and South Korea among others.

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Rajapaksa To Open New Political Office: Move To Announce New Party?

Amidst speculations of the founding of a new party, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s new political and public relations office will be opened tomorrow at Nelum Mawatha, Battaramulla. A number of ‘Joint Opposition’ MPs who back Rajapaksa are expected to be present at the event. Rajapaksa and the ‘Joint Opposition’ was using Abhayaramaya in Narahenpita as the venue for media conferences. However, there is an ongoing court case against the use of Abhayaramaya for political work. Several key stalwarts of the ‘Joint Opposition’ recently met at Rajapaksa’s residence to discuss the details of forming a new party, political sources said.

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Sicille Kotelawala Remanded Till February 25 Over Ceylinco F & G Case

Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya ordered to remand Sicille Kotelawala, the eighth suspect in the case regarding the Ceylinco F & G Company, till 25th February. Kotelawala is currently receiving treatments at Colombo National Hospital under the guard of prison officers. She was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while returning to Sri Lanka on 4th February.

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JVP Demands Explanation On Failure To Lower Fuel Prices

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna General Secretary Tilvin Silva today demanded the government to explain as to why it has failed to lower the fuel prices, despite the dramatic reduction of crude oil prices in the international market. The crude oil prices have dropped to about one fourths of its value within a short period of time, he pointed out, adding that the government has yet not done anything to reduce the prices or introduce a price formula as promised. President Maithripala Sirisena, during his Presidential Election campaign, promised to introduce a formula to adjust fuel prices according to word market prices. However, the government is yet to introduce such a formula more than one year into his…

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14 LTTE carders refused to undergo rehabilitation programme

14 Former LTTE carders arrested under the criminal act refused to undergo for rehabilitation programme senior lawyer K.V.Thawarasa said to Lankasri news service. This case was taken up before the Colombo additional magistrate Aruni Aattigala yesterday. Senior lawyer K.Ratnawel appeared on behalf of suspects and revealed his clients were not interested to undergo for rehabilitation programme and release them with immediate effect. Magistrate ordered to seek AG’s advice this regard.

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Short of options, Sri Lanka turns back to Beijing’s embrace – report

Just over a year after a new leader was elected and Sri Lanka’s business ties with China came under close scrutiny, Colombo is reversing course by resuming a stalled port project and naming Beijing as the front runner for a new special economic zone. India is nervous about losing influence over the island nation off its southern tip, while China’s push into the Indian Ocean, and the possibility of dual purpose civilian-military facilities in Sri Lanka, are raising alarm further afield. The ouster of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who steered Sri Lanka toward China until 2015, was a setback for ties, as his successor reviewed projects to check if they were fair and legal. Now Maithripala…

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Investigate, not promote, ex-Army Chief- HRW

The Sri Lankan government’s appointment to parliament of the former army chief whose forces were implicated in widespread abuses contradicts pledges to investigate alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. “Fonseka’s appointment signals that the government may protect senior military leaders suspected of widespread abuses,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The government should meaningfully demonstrate to the Sri Lankan people and the UN that it’s serious about accountability and not on the road to a whitewash. Fonseka’s appointment is a breach of trust for victims and families who believed in this government’s commitment to deliver justice for war crimes,” Adams said. “President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickramasinghe are sending worrying signals on accountability at…

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Twelve TN fishermen arrested by Navy

Twelve Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan Navy personnel today for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line, the PTI reported. They were fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Gopinath said, adding, their two boats were also seized by the Navy personnel. All of them were taken to Talaimannar, a senior Fisheries Department official said said.

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Ishara Sandaruwan Grabs SAG Pole Vault Record

Ishara Sandaruwan established a new South Asian Games Record in Men’s Pole Vault after clearing 4.90 metres yesterday. Muhammed Ayub of Pakistan held the previous record since 2006 with a performance of 4.81 metres. andaruwan grabbed the Sri Lankan Pole Vault record as well, breaking Ruwan Pradeep Perera’s record of 4.85 metres which was held for 17 years.

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Sri Lankan Sprinters Sweep 100m Relay Events At SAG

The Sri Lankan sprinters swept the 100*4 relays yesterday evening at the South Asian Games, winning both the men’s and women’s events. The events were held in Guwahati, Assam, India. Sri Lankan athletes won the individual events in 100m earlier, with Himesha Heshan establishing a new SAG record in the men’s events.

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Leave SLFP To Stay Independent In Parliament, Dissanayake Warns Dissidents

If any MP needs to stay independent in Parliament, he or she should leave the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the party General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake stated. Speaking to a vernacular newspaper, Dissanayake said that that any member who was elected to the parliament under the United People’s Freedom Alliance, has no legal right to work independently as a separate group, while being a member of the UPFA. Speaking further, the Minister said that SLFP Central Committee makes decisions on party members, and that every member is bound by party constitution to accept any decision taken by the Central Committee. Dissanayake said that although a group of SLFP members who did not join the ‘National government’…

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MR At Kaduwela To See Yoshitha

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court to attend the Magisterial Inquiry into alleged money laundering at CSN, for which his second son Yoshitha is a suspect.

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