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UNP convoy comes under mob attack

UNP convoy comes under mob attack

A convoy taking a group of UNP MPs to inspect the Colombo Port defence school was attacked this morning, UNP MP Ajith P. Perera said The convoy had been attacked by a mob near the entrance and several vehicles were reportedly damaged.

EU insists ruling on LTTE not political

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 […]

Swamy wants the ‘Bharat Ratna’ for MR

Swamy wants the ‘Bharat Ratna’ for MR

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to confer the Bharat Ratna on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for eliminating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, The Hindu newspaper reported. In his letter, Dr. Swamy said that the LTTE was eliminated because of the resolute leadership of Rajapaksa, and that the outfit’s […]

Gotabaya, Jaitley discuss defence ties

Gotabaya, Jaitley discuss defence ties

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today called on Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley during which a number of issues came under discussion, the Press Trust of India reported. Gotabaya, who is the Secretary of Lankan Ministry of Defence and Urban Development met Jaitley in the afternoon at his North Block Office. Defence Secretary R K Mathur […]

Travel restrictions to the north justified

Travel restrictions to the north justified

The Government today attempted to justify the travel restrictions imposed on foreigners visiting the north by raising concerns over the impact the recent EU court ruling on the LTTE will have on Sri Lanka. Government Minister and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayanth said that if the LTTE ban is lifted in the EU as a result […]

Sajin slams UNP on Geneva allegations

Sajin slams UNP on Geneva allegations

External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena today slammed the opposition UNP in Parliament when the UNP raised questions over the controversy surrounding the renovation of the official residence of the Permanent Representative in Geneva, which was reportedly awarded to an LTTE affiliated company. The Government MP said that while the UNP is raising allegations […]

Five suspects surrender over attack

Five suspects surrender over attack

Five suspects allegedly involved in the attack on a group of Sabaragamuwa university students recently, surrendered to the police today, the police media unit said. They were later produced before a magistrate and remanded till next week. The students who were staging a protest came under attack by men with poles and sharp objects late […]

Media group demands an investigation

Media group demands an investigation

A local media rights group has challenged the government to enforce the law against those involved in threatening journalists and civil society organisations who conduct journalism training programs, and demonstrate that these unlawful gangs have no support from the government. The Free Media Movement (FMM) condemned the death threats made to journalists and civil society […]

Government confirms polls in January

Government confirms polls in January

The Government today confirmed that Presidential elections will take place in January next year but the date is yet to be decided on. Media Minister and Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, speaking in Kandy today, urged the public to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the election. “The Presidential election will be held in January. The date […]

Former IGP new Law, Order Secretary

Former IGP new Law, Order Secretary

Former IGP Mahinda Balasuriya has been appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order, replacing Major General (Retd) Nanda Mallawaarachchi for the post. Appointed as IGP in November 2009, Balasuriya had resigned from his post in June, 2011 and was later posted overseas as an Ambassador. Balasuriya had retired as IGP saying the […]

Vaiko slams BJP on ties with Sri Lanka

Vaiko slams BJP on ties with Sri Lanka

India’s MDMK chief Vaiko, who had backed the BJP to take a tough stand on Sri Lanka before winning the Indian elections, has now raised concerns over the position taken on Sri Lanka. The New Indian Express reported that Vaiko had termed the recent comment that ‘India has to learn a lot from the Sri […]

Look at the holes not stars says JHU

Look at the holes not stars says JHU

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today told the Government and President Mahinda Rajapaksa to look at the holes on the ground before looking at the stars in the sky. The JHU also warned that while it will not support UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Elections, it will not hesitate to back another common […]

UNP rubbishes allegations over Ranil

UNP rubbishes allegations over Ranil

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today rubbished claims that party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had met the pro-LTTE diaspora in London and discussed moves against the country. UNP MP Kabir Hashim said that the UNP leader had gone to London recently for work and meetings related to the party and nothing else. He said […]

MR sets condition to abolish executive

MR sets condition to abolish executive

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has reiterated a condition in order to abolish the Executive Presidency and he says if that condition is met then he will act within 24 hours. The main demand set by President Mahinda Rajapaksa is for the pro-LTTE diaspora and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to give up separatism. Rajapaksa noted that the main demand of […]

Indian court backs Sri Lankan refugee

Indian court backs Sri Lankan refugee

The Madras High Court Bench has imposed a cost of Indian Rs 10,000 on the Director of Social Welfare for not disbursing the emoluments due to a Sri Lankan refugee who retired last year after 32 years of government service, The Hindu newspaper reported today. Allowing a writ petition filed by the refugee, Justice T. […]

UK concerned over travel restrictions

UK concerned over travel restrictions

The British Government has raised concerns over the travel restrictions imposed by the Ministry of Defence on foreigners visiting the North. The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin said the UK had welcomed the lifting of restrictions on travel to the North in 2011, which sent a positive signal for post-conflict reconciliation. He […]

Appeal can be filed against EU ruling

Appeal can be filed against EU ruling

An appeal, limited to points of law only, can be made with the EU Court of Justice against the decision of the General Court on the ruling given last week over the sanctions imposed on the LTTE, within two months of notification of the decision, the Press and Information unit of the General Court of […]

Government looks for three witnesses

Government looks for three witnesses

The Government is still looking for three key witnesses in relation to the case involving the murder of five youth in Trincomalee in 2006, in what is now knows as the ‘Trinco 5’ murder. In a written submission to the UN Human Rights Committee, which is currently meeting in Geneva, the Sri Lankan Government recalled […]

EU threatens more sanctions on Lanka

EU threatens more sanctions on Lanka

The European Union, which had just last week proposed a ban on importing fish caught by Sri Lankan flagged vessels, is considering more sanctions on Sri Lanka if the Government fails to address concern related to illegal fishing. Among the trade measures proposed to accompany the trade ban include a ban on fishing in the […]

Harsha comments on remaining silent

Harsha comments on remaining silent

UNP MP Dr Harsha de Silva has raised the question if he needs a title to take on the Government, after he was asked by the media to comment on the reasons he has not been included in a list of UNP members who will prepare the party for the Presidential election. The UNP MP refused to […]