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    When Parliament became a House of Comedy

    The august assembly on more occasions than not gets heated up with verbal exchanges between opposition and government ranks was turned into a house of comedy with UPFA members occupying the Well of Parliament to protest against summoning of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) last week. Over 50 opposition legislators on Monday (20) launched a continuous fast in the Well of Parliament demanding an ‘acceptable’ written assurance from the President and the Prime Minister through the Speaker against summoning former President Rajapaksa to the Bribery Commission. The protesting members also demanded that government must immediately put an end to witch-hunting opposition politicians, including former President…

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    Resist Any Attempts To Dilute The Composition Of Constitutional Council: BASL Tells Maithripala

    There is a move to dilute the provisions of the 19th Amendment by seeking to have the majority of the membership of the Constitutional Council comprise of Members of Parliament, say the Bar Association of Sri Lanka. Sending a letter to the President a short while ago the BASL said; “Such a move will dilute the independence of the Constitutional Council and will in effect take the nation back to the period of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, and will lead to a serious erosion of democracy.” “We wish to bring to the notice of Your Excellency the vehement opposition of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, to any move to dilute the composition…

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    Conspiracies To Bring Back ‘The Family’ Into Power: Arjuna Warns

    The Ports and Shipping Minister, Arjuna Ranatunga has urged the President and the Prime Minister to ensure that the nominations are not granted to opportunistic and corrupt persons for the upcoming elections. “Honorable President, Honorable Prime Minister, remarkably for the first time in the Sri Lankan political history, today both of you are able to move all parties and people in the North and the South towards one destined objective. Even though both of you belong to two different political parties and ideologies, today you are able to make decisions collectively; important issues have been resolved as a result of this key alliance, understanding and leadership.” the Ports and Shipping Minister, Arjuna Ranatunga said in a…

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    Sri Lanka probes biggest VVIP security breach in 16 years

    Sri Lankan authorities have begun probing what top sleuths are calling the biggest VVIP security breach since the assassination bid against former president Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1999. The police top brass were shocked to learn that an armed soldier in civilian clothing made it to what was thought to be a “sterile area” at a meeting addressed by President Maithripala Sirisena at Angunakolapelessa on Saturday. An army corporal who is said to be the personal bodyguard of MP Namal Rajapaksa was nabbed inside the sterile area after the pair had been waved into the sterile area without the mandatory body search. What was more stunning was that the army officer was quietly asked to leave…

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    I am unaware about such an incident – Namal

    MP Namal Rajapaksa said that he was unaware about an incident where a man said to be a security officer of his was caught bearing a gun in the vicinity of President Maithripala Sirisena in Angunukolapelassa on Saturday (25). “I have seen some reports in social media about such an incident, but what  I have to say is, I am unaware about such a  thing at all and no one informed me about it as yet,” Mr Rajapaksa said when the Daily Mirror inquired about the Police claim. “Anyway, I briefed the President about these claims,” he said adding that “I know the protocol and doesn’t want to breach the security of the President.”

parliment protest for mr

When Parliament became a House of Comedy

The august assembly on more occasions than not gets heated up with verbal exchanges between opposition and government ranks was turned into a house of comedy with UPFA members occupying the Well of Parliament to protest against summoning of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) last week. Over 50 opposition legislators on Monday (20) launched a continuous fast in the Well of Parliament demanding an ‘acceptable’ written assurance from the President and the Prime Minister through the Speaker against summoning former President Rajapaksa to the Bribery Commission. The protesting members also demanded that government must immediately put an end to witch-hunting opposition politicians, including former President…

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Resist Any Attempts To Dilute The Composition Of Constitutional Council: BASL Tells Maithripala

There is a move to dilute the provisions of the 19th Amendment by seeking to have the majority of the membership of the Constitutional Council comprise of Members of Parliament, say the Bar Association of Sri Lanka. Sending a letter to the President a short while ago the BASL said; “Such a move will dilute the independence of the Constitutional Council and will in effect take the nation back to the period of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, and will lead to a serious erosion of democracy.” “We wish to bring to the notice of Your Excellency the vehement opposition of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, to any move to dilute the composition…

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Conspiracies To Bring Back ‘The Family’ Into Power: Arjuna Warns

The Ports and Shipping Minister, Arjuna Ranatunga has urged the President and the Prime Minister to ensure that the nominations are not granted to opportunistic and corrupt persons for the upcoming elections. “Honorable President, Honorable Prime Minister, remarkably for the first time in the Sri Lankan political history, today both of you are able to move all parties and people in the North and the South towards one destined objective. Even though both of you belong to two different political parties and ideologies, today you are able to make decisions collectively; important issues have been resolved as a result of this key alliance, understanding and leadership.” the Ports and Shipping Minister, Arjuna Ranatunga said in a…

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Sri Lanka probes biggest VVIP security breach in 16 years

Sri Lankan authorities have begun probing what top sleuths are calling the biggest VVIP security breach since the assassination bid against former president Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1999. The police top brass were shocked to learn that an armed soldier in civilian clothing made it to what was thought to be a “sterile area” at a meeting addressed by President Maithripala Sirisena at Angunakolapelessa on Saturday. An army corporal who is said to be the personal bodyguard of MP Namal Rajapaksa was nabbed inside the sterile area after the pair had been waved into the sterile area without the mandatory body search. What was more stunning was that the army officer was quietly asked to leave…

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I am unaware about such an incident – Namal

MP Namal Rajapaksa said that he was unaware about an incident where a man said to be a security officer of his was caught bearing a gun in the vicinity of President Maithripala Sirisena in Angunukolapelassa on Saturday (25). “I have seen some reports in social media about such an incident, but what  I have to say is, I am unaware about such a  thing at all and no one informed me about it as yet,” Mr Rajapaksa said when the Daily Mirror inquired about the Police claim. “Anyway, I briefed the President about these claims,” he said adding that “I know the protocol and doesn’t want to breach the security of the President.”

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Turkish Frigate Arrives On Goodwill Visit

Turkish Navy frigate TCG Gediz will arrive at Colombo Port on Sunday, 26thApril 2015. The goodwill visit of the ship (from April 26 to 28) to Sri Lanka is part of the commemoration activities of the 125thanniversary of the voyage of Frigate Ertuğrul to Japan. During its 122-day mission started on April 1 from the Port of Aksaz, TCG Gediz will visit 18 ports in 14 countries and cover 20.300 nautical miles. 125 years ago, in response to a visit of friendship paid by Japanese royal family members to İstanbul in 1887, Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II ordered a reciprocal visit. The Ertuğrul frigate, which departed from İstanbul on July 14, 1889, continued its travel by…

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16 Out Of 52 Boats Taken Back To TN

Tamil Nadu fishermen could bring back only 16 boats from Sri Lanka on Friday (24), Indian media reported. It was alleged that because of wrong information that all 52 boats would be released, many fishermen sailed to Sri Lanka where authorities refused permission to take back all the remaining boats. Last June, Sri Lankan Navy intercepted fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were fishing in deep sea and seized 86 boats. The fishermen who lost the boats were from Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, and Karaikal. The Sri Lankan government had agreed to release all the boats as a goodwill gesture ahead of its President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to India last February. In the first step, fishermen…

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Nepal earthquake: Rescue effort intensifies

Rescue efforts in Nepal are intensifying after more than 1,800 people were killed in the country’s worst earthquake in more than 80 years. Many countries and international charities have offered aid to Nepal to deal with the disaster. Seventeen people have been killed on Mount Everest by avalanches – the mountain’s worst-ever disaster. Officials fear that the death toll could rise as the desperate search for survivors continues. Scores of bodies have been ferried to hospitals in Kathmandu, many of which are struggling to cope with the number of injured. More than 700 have died in the capital alone. Medics are expecting a fresh influx of patients on Sunday as supplies run low. Rescuers in…

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Vital week for Sirisena: Will he make or break the SLFP?

19A to be debated tomorrow, but suspicions remain whether SLFP dissidents would delay or derail it — SLMC and JVP strongly criticise SLFP’s electoral reforms proposals; Rajitha erred in saying Cabinet approved it — Concern over moves to present 20A as an urgent Bill sans public debate; 255-member House proposed Weeks of political uncertainty that thrust Sri Lanka on the road to instability are to end for good or for the worse next week. The good is if the 19A is passed in Parliament after a two-day debate due to begin tomorrow. It is to be followed by electoral reforms through a 20A within weeks. The bad, firstly, is if measures to prune down powers of the…

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Wimal’s multi-million rupee house transfers

Former Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa had allegedly transferred houses worth millions built by a government-owned company under the Housing Ministry, for his close relatives and aides. The Financial Crimes Investigation Division of the police, following complaints received have initiated a probe into the case that involves public funds exceeding Rs.60 million, authoritative sources told the Sunday Observer yesterday. The illegal transfer of houses has been reported by the new chairman and the board of directors of the state-owned Ocean View Development Company (Pvt) Ltd, of which the shareholders were the Housing Development Authority and the Urban Development Authority. It is alleged that the massive corruption and fraudulent transactions had been carried out by the former…

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Kerry here Saturday; will open Vesak pandal

United States Secretary of State John Kerry is to arrive in Sri Lanka on Saturday for a 24-hour visit, Foreign Ministry officials said.  It is the first official visit to Sri Lanka by a US Secretary of State since the visit of William Pierce Rogers in July 1972. Secretary Kerry will arrive in Sri Lanka on Saturday and depart the following day. He will meet President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and hold a media conference after talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. He is also expected to speak at a venue that is still being finalised.  Mr. Kerry’s visit will be confined to Colombo. He is scheduled to visit a Buddhist temple…

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President assures JVP ’19A will be approved’

President Maithripala Sirisena assured the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday that the Draft 19th Amendment to the Constitution will definitely be approved by Parliament irrespective of any protest demonstration that will be staged on the two days, 27 and 28 April, which have been set apart for the debate on the draft legislation. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told Ceylon Today that the President had given them this assurance at a decisive discussion held at the official residence of the President shortly after 5.30 pm yesterday, “We have placed our trust in his assurance” Silva said adding that “The President explained that it was essential that 19A should be adopted without postponing it once more….

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Eight Ex Ministers To Be Arrested

Eight former Ministers will be arrested over the next two weeks over alleged involvement in bribery and corruption. Sources said that the former Ministers are among 25 people, including members of parliament, expected to be arrested during this period. Preliminary investigations into some members of the former government have now been completed and they will be arrested over the next two weeks. Asked for a comment in this regard, police media spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekera said the Police Financial Crime Investigation Unit has received 52 complaints and that the final reports on the 26 complaints have been produced in court. Accordingly those in connection with these crimes and frauds will be arrested and produced in court….

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​No foreign interference-President

President Maithripala Sirisena said that no western power has interfered with the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, state owned SLBC said yesterday. With referring to some media reports, that claimed some western countries are forcing President Sirisena regarding the candidacy for Premiership, the President said, “this is an utter abuse of existing media freedom in Sri Lanka.” The President made these comment addressing the SLFP Hambantota district meeting held in Angunukolapelassa today.

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Nepal earthquake: More than 1000 dead

More than 1000 people are known to have died in a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal, wrecking many historic buildings, officials have said. The quake measured 7.9 and struck an area between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said. Tremors were felt across the region, as far afield as Pakistan, Bangladesh and neighbouring India. A Nepali minister said there had been “massive damage” at the epicentre. “We need support from the various international agencies which are more knowledgeable and equipped to handle the kind of emergency we face now,” said Information Minister Minendra Rijal. Bodies have been pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kathmandu.Media caption Minister Minendra…

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Gnanasara Thera Challenges MR To Produce ‘Files’ Against BBS

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera slammed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa for claiming that BBS is a Western-backed conspiracy to alienate the Muslim community against him. Speaking to Asian Mirror, Gnanasara Thera said that the former president must produce evidence to prove his statement. “He said he has many files with details of everyone. He can use those files to prove the allegations against us, if he has any,” Gnanasara Thera said. The BBS General Secretary also claimed that Rajapaksa’s is not entirely his voice but that of the people he deals with these days. Many of them have no true love towards the country or Sinhala Buddhists, he stressed. Furthermore, they…

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7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal

A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal less than 50 miles from the capital of Kathmandu, the U.S. Geological Survey said today. It occurred at a shallow depth of about six miles. The shaking was perceived by people who contacted the USGS as “severe” to “violent,” nearly the highest rating on the intensity scale. Tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, more than 200 miles away in neighboring India. Physical shaking was rated as “strong” to “severe” on the USGS ShakeMap. CNN sister network CNN-IBN is reporting that buildings are down and roads are out. IBN reporter K. Dhiksit looked out his Kathmandu window to see many walls of buildings down. As he…

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Wigneswaran defends raising convicts’ issue with Modi

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Friday strongly defended his action of forwarding to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a representation, seeking the release of four convicts of a case of rape and murder, popularly called the Premananda case. Addressed to Mr. Modi, the petition was signed by five persons, including K. Sivathy and Chandradevi, daughter and wife of Premananda’s secretary Kamalananda, who was given double life term that had to run consecutively. The signatories contended that their relatives had been in prison in Tamil Nadu for over 20 years. In an interview with The Hindu over phone from Jaffna, Mr. Wigneswaran, who passed on the representation to Mr. Modi during the latter’s visit…

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Defence and Justice Ministries fail to support Disappearances Commission

The Ministries of Justice and Defence failed to comply with requests by the Presidential Commission on Disappearances to release a list of detainees in State custody, in displacement camps or rehabilitation centres, the three-man body complained in an interim report of its findings compiled this month. In a press statement regarding its Interim Report, handed over to the President on 10 April, the Commission said it had made written requests to the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Justice to release to the Commission names of persons who were in custody of prisons, detention camps, refugee camps, and rehabilitation centres. “While noting with regret that such requests had not been complied with, the Commission decided…

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Asylum seekers get hard sell on Cambodia as alternative destination to Australia

Still haunted by the Vietnam war next door and the 1970s genocide that followed, Cambodia is not exactly the place that the world’s refugees dream of reaching. Plagued by poverty, corruption and human rights abuses, it has been run by a prime minister who has held power for 30 years. It’s a nation where medical care outside main cities is nonexistent, where decent jobs are so scarce that more than 800,000 of its own people have left. Yet when it comes to 700 asylum seekers detained on the remote Pacific Island nation of Nauru, Australia is hard-selling Cambodia as something unexpected: their new promised land of opportunity. In a video message to asylum seekers on…

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