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    Land seizure in Vavuniya, says BBS

    The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today said that politicians were attempting to alter the diversity of population in Sri Lanka by backing the resettlement of one ethnic group in a specific area ignoring others. It also accused that Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen was influencing Government officers in Vavuniya to evict Tamils from their lands to settle Muslims ignoring President’s orders. BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Vithanage charged that their allegation against the Minister was true and they already have the evidence to prove that the Minister was seizing lands by force. “Minister Bathiudeen was also involved in forest annihilation in Willpattu National Park. It seems he is not giving up. We can prove…

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    Envoys, G.L discuss counter moves

    External Affairs Minister Professor G L Peiris met Sri Lankan Ambassadors based in Europe and discussed initiatives to counter campaigns against the country, using human rights and other issues as political tools. At the Sri Lankan Embassy in Rome, Minister Peiris met with several of the country’s Ambassadors in the region for a comprehensive review of their work, the External Affairs Ministry said. The envoys attending the discussion were Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte, Ambassador in France, Karunatilake Amunugama, Ambassador in Germany, Ravinatha P. Aryasinha, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and Nawalage Bennet Cooray, Ambassador in Italy. Pradip Jayewardene, Sri Lanka’s Consul in Frankfurt, also participated in the meeting. Sri Lanka’s economic relations with…

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    Another break down at Norochcholai

    The Lakvijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai has faced another break down, affecting power distribution to the national grid, officials said. A generator at the plant had stopped working owing to a technical issue this evening. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says it is taking measures to rectify the issue at the plant. “We hope to have the fault repaired by 10 or 11 pm tonight,” a CEB spokesman said. The power plant constructed China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) has been facing several breakdowns since it was commissioned under a Chinese grant. The first 300 MW block of the power plant was commissioned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in March 2011 and handed over to the…

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    Two Indians arrested in Lanka for possessing sensitive pics

    Two Indian nationals have been arrested here for allegedly possessing photographs of Sri Lanka’s Parliament and Prime Minister’s residence, police said today. Acting on a tipoff, they were arrested by the police yesterday while travelling in a three wheeler taxi in Colombo, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said. Police claimed they have found images of the Parliament and the residence of the prime minister in a laptop and a camera the duo had. However, the suspects, who have not been identified, have claimed that they kept the images for collection. Police have detained them for further investigations.

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    Minister Basil inaugurates Achchuvely Industrial Estate in Jaffna

    The Achchuvely Industrial Estate in Jaffna district was inaugurated by Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development of Sri Lanka and Y.K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India, at a function held at Atchchuvely on Wednesday (27). In his address, Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development noted that the Government of India has been providing assistance for a variety of projects covering different sectors to help the people of Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner, in his remarks, emphasized that India and Sri Lanka share a dynamic and multi-faceted relationship, rooted in history, language, culture, religion and trade These relations have matured and diversified with the passage of time, encompassing all areas of contemporary…

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Land seizure in Vavuniya, says BBS

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today said that politicians were attempting to alter the diversity of population in Sri Lanka by backing the resettlement of one ethnic group in a specific area ignoring others. It also accused that Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen was influencing Government officers in Vavuniya to evict Tamils from their lands to settle Muslims ignoring President’s orders. BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Vithanage charged that their allegation against the Minister was true and they already have the evidence to prove that the Minister was seizing lands by force. “Minister Bathiudeen was also involved in forest annihilation in Willpattu National Park. It seems he is not giving up. We can prove…

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Envoys, G.L discuss counter moves

External Affairs Minister Professor G L Peiris met Sri Lankan Ambassadors based in Europe and discussed initiatives to counter campaigns against the country, using human rights and other issues as political tools. At the Sri Lankan Embassy in Rome, Minister Peiris met with several of the country’s Ambassadors in the region for a comprehensive review of their work, the External Affairs Ministry said. The envoys attending the discussion were Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte, Ambassador in France, Karunatilake Amunugama, Ambassador in Germany, Ravinatha P. Aryasinha, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and Nawalage Bennet Cooray, Ambassador in Italy. Pradip Jayewardene, Sri Lanka’s Consul in Frankfurt, also participated in the meeting. Sri Lanka’s economic relations with…

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Another break down at Norochcholai

The Lakvijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai has faced another break down, affecting power distribution to the national grid, officials said. A generator at the plant had stopped working owing to a technical issue this evening. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says it is taking measures to rectify the issue at the plant. “We hope to have the fault repaired by 10 or 11 pm tonight,” a CEB spokesman said. The power plant constructed China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) has been facing several breakdowns since it was commissioned under a Chinese grant. The first 300 MW block of the power plant was commissioned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in March 2011 and handed over to the…

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Two Indians arrested in Lanka for possessing sensitive pics

Two Indian nationals have been arrested here for allegedly possessing photographs of Sri Lanka’s Parliament and Prime Minister’s residence, police said today. Acting on a tipoff, they were arrested by the police yesterday while travelling in a three wheeler taxi in Colombo, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said. Police claimed they have found images of the Parliament and the residence of the prime minister in a laptop and a camera the duo had. However, the suspects, who have not been identified, have claimed that they kept the images for collection. Police have detained them for further investigations.

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Minister Basil inaugurates Achchuvely Industrial Estate in Jaffna

The Achchuvely Industrial Estate in Jaffna district was inaugurated by Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development of Sri Lanka and Y.K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India, at a function held at Atchchuvely on Wednesday (27). In his address, Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development noted that the Government of India has been providing assistance for a variety of projects covering different sectors to help the people of Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner, in his remarks, emphasized that India and Sri Lanka share a dynamic and multi-faceted relationship, rooted in history, language, culture, religion and trade These relations have matured and diversified with the passage of time, encompassing all areas of contemporary…

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Packer plan for Sri Lanka Crown casino faces fresh delay on legal hitch – minister

Australian gambling tycoon James Packer’s Crown Ltd is facing months of new delays in building a planned $400 million Sri Lanka hotel and casino resort due to unspecified legal issues, a government minister said on Wednesday. Packer, one of Australia’s richest men, first obtained Sri Lanka cabinet approval for the project nearly a year ago. But terms of the approval were altered in the face of strong opposition from some Buddhist leaders and political parties, and construction on the project has yet to start. “We have something to be sorted out from our legal side,” Investment Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told Reuters in a telephone interview. He declined to say exactly what the legal…

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Sri Lanka election monitors alarm at escalating violence in run-up to voting

Sri Lankan election monitors on Wednesday voiced alarm at escalating violence in the run up to provincial elections next month with over 20 opposition party offices attacked this week. Election monitors, including the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) and Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), have released statements calling on the Elections Commissioner and police chief to take action to stop the violence in the Uva province of the country. “Opposition offices were set fire and gangs are reported to be moving about, armed with guns,” the CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennekoon told reporters. Several bullet casings have also been recovered from some of the attacked offices. “For about six hours…

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BBS Challenges Muslim Bodies In SL to Disclose Their Stance On ISIS And Boko Haram

The Bodu Bala Sena today challenged two Muslim organizations – All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and Shura Council – to disclose their stance on terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS group. Speaking at a press conference in Colombo, Dilantha Withanage, Chief Executive Officer of the BBS said the two organizations should also make their position clear on the terrorist organization ‘Boko Haram’ – which is based in Africa. “If they remain tight-lipped on heinous crimes carried out by Islamic terrorist organizations, we will have to consider them as supporters and sympathizers of terrorism,” Withanage said. He also dubbed the ACJU and the Shura Council as “extremist” Muslim organizations in Sri Lanka. “Some top echelons in the…

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Karunanidhi’s Teso lauds Modi for efforts to find Lanka solution

CHENNAI: The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization (Teso), headed by DMK chief M Karunanidhi, on Tuesday lauded the NDA government’s efforts to find a political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and asked the Centre to expedite steps in this regard. “It is a matter of solace that Narendra Modi -led government has taken an interest in the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. We urge the Centre to find a political solution in accordance with the wishes of the Tamils in Sri Lanka,” a resolution passed at a meeting of Teso in the city said, referring to Modi’s recent interaction with a delegation of Sri Lankan Tamil MPs. The meeting chaired by Karunanidhi at the DMK…

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Indian fishermen missing near Lanka

Four Indian fishermen who ventured into sea for fishing on Monday morning have gone missing near Sri Lankan waters, The Hindu newspaper reported. Pamban panchayat president M. Patrick said the fishermen, who had set out for fishing from Mandapam north sea were fishing between Katchatheevu and Delft Island on Monday evening when they were in trouble after water seeped into their mechanised boat. Fishermen in three boats who were fishing in the area went to their rescue and suggested that the four fishermen could abandon the boat and come in their boats, but they said they would drain out the water and return. They should have returned around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, but did not…

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Rights groups write to UN, Ravinatha

A group of six international rights organisations have, in a joint letter, called on the President and member states of the Human Rights Council, as well as the government of Sri Lanka, to take action to ensure no-one faces reprisals for cooperating with the United Nations. In an open letter, the organisations cite a number of recent incidents, particularly around the ongoing investigation by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights into human rights violations in Sri Lanka. The letter makes specific calls for action to the Government of Sri Lanka, to the President of the Human Rights Council, and to the member states of the Council. The letter was sent…

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Ravi K’s clarion call for a common candidate

Asserting that appointing a common candidate is the path to victory, UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake said that as a UNPer, he would be delighted to see a UNP nominee accepted by all Opposition parties; however, if that is not acceptable, there must be a sharing of opinion on how to pick that common candidate. “Anybody who can’t share that common candidate together is only an agent of the Government,” he emphasised, in an interview with the Daily FT, pointing out that to defeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is a potent political leader, the need of the hour is to think of a collective figure. “The collective Opposition can certainly defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa. The executive presidency…

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TNA seeks India’s help in return of refugees

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sought India’s help in the return of Sri Lankan refugees from India. “There are over one lakh refugees in Tamil Nadu living in 115 camps. We have requested the Indian government to pressure the Sri Lankan government to release their [refugees’] land in the north which has been taken over by the Army,” said senior TNA parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah, who was part of the TNA delegation that met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi recently. The population of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province declined considerably after the war and the return of refugees was crucial, he said. “They have to come back and be resettled in their own lands…

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Maid steals from future employer’s house

A Sri Lankan maid claimed that she stole gold jewellery of her employer as the latter had failed to pay for her work, the Dubai Criminal Court heard. ZB, 28, Kazakhstani housewife, placed an ad with her mobile number on dubizzle for a housemaid. “Two days after placing the advertisement, I received a call from AJ who told me that she needed a month before joining work in my house. However, since she had come to see me, I asked her to do some work in the house so I could see how good she was. She excused herself, saying she won’t be able to do that at this time. She came four days later…

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‘Resolve TN fishermen issue politically’

The issue relating to frequent arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy should be resolved politically and diplomatically, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday. A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha and Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman made this observation while disposing of writ petitions filed by former DMK Member of Parliament A.K.S. Vijayan and Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai seeking the court’s intervention to resolve the issue. The petitioners had sought a direction to the Indian authorities to take steps to secure the release of Tamil Nadu fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan jails and also to prevent fishermen from being attacked on high seas. The CJI…

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PAF chief arrives in Sri Lanka for three-day visit

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on a three-day visit on Wednesday on the invitation of Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal KA Gunatilleke. During his stay, the air chief will call on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and meet top military leadership including Defence Secretary Hon Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the services chiefs, according to a message received from the Pakistan Mission in Sri Lanka. The air chief will also hold discussions on matters of professional interests with his Sri Lankan counterpart Air Marshal KA Gunatilleke. The visit of the air chief underscores the historic ties and friendly cooperation between the two…

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Pope will visit Madhu while in Lanka

In his trip to Sri Lanka, that will take place between the 13th and the 15th of January 2015, before proceeding to the Philippines, Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu and will thus be the first Pope in history to set foot in a territory where most inhabitants are Tamil. Francis chooses to touch on the sore point of the civil war between the Sinhalese and the Tamil people that devastated the island for 26 years (1983-2009) and has left deep wounds, the Vatican Insider reported today. While we await the publication of the official programme of the trip, the confirmation of Francis’ pilgrimage to Madhu – that appears to…

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Red alert from Sobitha to MR on post

The leader of the People’s Movement for a Just Society the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha thero today said if President Mahinda Rajapaksa fails to abolish the post of Executive Presidency then he will gather the support of the public to field a Common Candidate at the next Presidential elections. Speaking to reporters after meeting the Chief Prelates in Kandy today, Sobhitha thero said that the main target of his movement is to ensure the Executive Presidency is abolished. The monk said that even the current President had spoken against the Executive Presidency and so if he fails to abolish it then a Common Candidate will be supported to do that. He noted that even the Chief…

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TESO to protest against Mahinda Rajapaksa’s UNGA address

The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) will hold demonstration in Chennai on September 3 urging the United Nations not to allow Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to address its General Assembly on September 25. A resolution adopted in the meeting of the TESO chaired by DMK president M. Karunanidhi said Mr. Rajapaksa had refused to allow the UN team seeking to investigate Sri Lanka’s human rights record. “Since he denied entry to the UN team, neither Mr Rajapaksa nor any representative from Sri Lanka be allowed to address the UN General Assembly,” the resolution said. Recalling India’s vote against allowing UN team to conduct probe in Sri Lanka and its subsequent decision to deny visa…

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BBS ties up with Hindu Federation for reconciliation

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today charged that the Government and the National Languages and Social Integration Ministry had failed in the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka and as such would work with the All Ceylon Hindu Federation (ACHF) to complete this task. BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera expressed these views at a joint news conference with the All Ceylon Hindu Federation (ACHF) in Colombo. “Flying kites in the Galle Face Green won’t bring reconciliation.A strong mechanism is needed to touch people’s hearts, to deliver a strong message and to change their thinking. We, with our strong and active network, together with other organisations including ACHF will take over this task,” he said….

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