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News: Sinharaja could lose World Heritage status if elephants are relocated?
Posted Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
UNESCO has notified Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation that the Sinharaja Forest Reserve will be at risk of losing its status as a World Heritage Site if the two wild elephants roaming the reserve are translocated, according to the ‘Protect Sri Lanka’ national movement. Chairman of the movement, Pahiyangala Ananda Sagara Thero, speaking at a press conference held in Colombo on Wednesday (13), claimed that the UN’s cultural agency has informed the Director General of Wildlife Conservation Department of this via email. The Thero said that Sinharaja is the only place remaining for the government, where the attention of the international community is being focused on, but the authorities are showing no interest towards safeguarding it.
News: Gnanasara thera given 6 months rigorous sentence
Posted Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena organisation Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera has been sentenced to six months rigorous imprisonment for threatening the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda, Sandhya. The sentencing was issued by Homagama Chief Magistrate Udesh Ranatunga. The thera was found guilty on two counts of harassing and intimidating Sandhya Eknaligoda. Gnanasara thera was issued six month rigorous prison sentences for each charge to be served concurrently.
News: AG consents not to arrest Gotabhaya under Public Property Act
Posted Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
The Court of Appeal ordered to continue an order preventing Gotabhaya Rajapaksa being arrested under the Public Property Act over a complaint that the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana were built using public funds amounting to Rs.90 million. The order was made in view of submissions and consent of both lawyers of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Attorney General. Court of Appeal (President) Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice Arjuna Obeysekara made this order pursuant to a writ petition filed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
News: Sri Lanka developing seafront infrastructure, rules for boat building, nautical tourism
Posted Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is developing seafront infrastructure and regulations to promote boat building and nautical tourism, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama said. “The boat building industry is a billion-dollar industry and Sri Lanka should take full advantage of this emerging trend,” he told a news conference to announce the launch of the island’s annual boat show. Boat Show Sri Lanka 2018, which this year will also include a boating festival, will be held during 26-28 October, 2018 at the yacht marina in Galle port, for long a popular stop over for yachts and recreational sailors on the south coast.
News: No jail for Swiss Tamil Tiger financiers
Posted Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
The Swiss Federal Criminal Court has given no prison terms to alleged financiers of the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). The 13 accused were either given suspended custodial sentences or acquitted. The court on Thursday said accusations of participation in and support of a criminal organisation did not stand and released all of the accused. It noted that the hierarchical link between the LTTE and WTCC was not sufficiently established. The judges also felt there was not enough concrete proof to consider the LTTE as a criminal organisation.
News: Sri Lanka to obtain US$ 48.67 million to purchase railway engines for upcountry line
Posted Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
The Sri Lankan government is planning to obtain US$ 48.67 million from Standard Chartered Band upon the aid of Canada Exports Development Institute to purchase 12 railway engines to service the upcountry railway line. The Cabinet has granted approval earlier to purchase 12 locomotives for the Sri Lanka Railway Department in order to improve the operational capacity of the upcountry railway line. The train engines will be procured from the General Electric Company in the United States at
Videos: காணாமல் போனோர் அலுவலக சந்திப்பு!!!
Posted Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
News: Sovereignty: Sold Out !
Posted Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
If anybody still needed proof that the representatives who claimed to be holding the legislative, executive and judicial powers of the people have turned their backs on them and have pursued a path of individual well-being, the developments during the past two weeks would have furnished enough evidence. All three wings of governance are packed with people who are corrupt, incapable and self-centred. The legislature has been sold to multi billion scammers while the executive remains so engrossed in a battle for survival and future preservation. The Judiciary, well, they need a lot of mettle to win the confidence that has been lost with regard to public perspective.
News: SL- Finland sign 5 MoUs
Posted Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
Five Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on education, digitisation, health and energy were signed yesterday between the Sri Lankan Government and its Finnish counterpart as well as the private sectors of the two countries. Economic Affairs and Development Finnish Deputy Minister Petri Peltonen is in Sri Lanka this week with a Finnish business delegation made up of 17 prominent companies seeking collaboration and investment opportunities in Sri Lanka. The visit sees the second delegation from Finland to Sri Lanka in the last six months and was prompted by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to Finland last year.
News: MR-Keshap meeting: US Embassy non-committal
Posted Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
In response to the news report published on a Tamil daily newspaper in Jaffna regarding a content of a meeting held between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap, the US Embassy today remained non-committal. When the Daily Mirror inquired about the meeting, the Embassy said that the Ambassador met political leaders as a routine. “The Ambassador meets routinely with political leaders, civil society and community leaders. The Ambassador honours the confidence of private meetings and does not discuss the contents of such meetings publicly.”
News: SLPP rules out rapprochement
Posted Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna/Joint Opposition yesterday ruled out the possibility of reunification of SLFP factions under any circumstances. SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris emphasized that the SLFP proposal to field President Maithripala Sirisena as its candidate was not acceptable to the dissident group and therefore that party shouldn’t expect their backing. The SLPP announced its position on the presidential poll, at Nelum Mawatha Office, Battaramulla. Former External Affairs Minister Prof. Peiris quoted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as
News: Federation of Saiva (Hindu) Temples – UK calls on President Maithiripala Sirisena to review appointment of a Muslim as a Minister for Hindu Affairs
Posted Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
In an open letter to the Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Srisena, the Federation of Saiva (Hindu) Temples – UK writes, We, the representative body of 23 Saiva/Hindu temples in the UK, write with deep sorrow, concern and anguish on the subject of much­ publicised appointment of National List MP Kader Masthan as Deputy Minister of Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Development and Hindu Religious Affairs. Both Hinduism and Buddhism have shared parallel beliefs that have existed side by side for centuries. Both our religions differ with Islam on apostasy, blasphemy, circumcision, consanguineous marriages, idol making, henotheism, social stratification, vegetarianism, and Ahimsa as a virtue
News: USA and western nations wont allow Gotabhaya Rajapaksa become President of Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
USA and western nations wont allow Gotabhaya Rajapaksa become President of Sri USA and Western Nations Wont Allow Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Become President of Sri Lanka;Outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap Bluntly Tells Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa. United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap has reportedly shattered the political ambition of former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to become the next President of Sri Lanka.
News: Rehabilitated LTTE cadres give tearful farewell to departing officer
Posted Date: 12/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Civil Security Department's (CSD) Commanding Officer in Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Jaffna, Colonel Rathnapriya Bandu was given an emotional send-off yesterday (11) by area residents and rehabilitated former LTTE cadres after he was transferred to Vishwamadu. Colonel Bandu had been the CSD's Commanding Officer in these areas for the past five and a half years and had initiated a programme which recruited rehabilitated former LTTE cadres into the CSD and integrated them back to society.
News: Mahinda Rajapaksa always a friend of Muslims - Gotabaya
Posted Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
“Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to attend another Ifthar ceremony in Beruwala, while Basil Rajapaksa attended one in Galle, and Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa hosted one at his official residence in Colombo,” he said adding that Mahinda Rajapaksa was a long-standing friend of the Muslim community, locally as well as internationally. “In 1970s, as a young MP, he was the first chairman of the Sri Lanka- Palestine Friendship Association.” “When he was elected President, he inherited a country that was devastated by a 30-year-long war on terror. All of you are aware of the immense hardships that the entire country suffered due to terrorism.
News: MR says public calls for Gota to be candidate being considered
Posted Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says public calls for his brother to be considered as the Presidential candidate of the joint opposition at the next Presidential elections, is being considered. Responding to a question posed by this journalist over the growing public support for former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to be Presidential candidate, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he was aware of the support Gotabaya Rajapaksa has, to be President. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seen as the Presidential candidate of the joint opposition at the 2020 Presidential elections, said that the public opinion on Gotabaya Rajapaksa is being considered.
News: Sri Lanka has lost economic sovereignty, target of neoliberal economic hitmen: Tamara Kunanayakam
Posted Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
Tamara Kunanayakam, formerly a UN official and Diplomat and presently, civil and human rights activist cum public voice maker, presented last week a well-researched paper on the theme ‘Dynamic Inter-relationships among Economic Policy, International Relations And National Sovereignty’ before a fully-packed audience in Colombo. The event had jointly been organised by the newly formed Sri Lanka Association for Political Economy, abbreviated as SLAPE, Colombo University’s Economics Department and its Economics Students Association. A summary of her presentation has been published in Sunday Times (available at: http://www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1044003/lankan-think-tanks-controlled-by-us-alleges-former-lankan-ambassador).
News: SLFP should leave the UNP govt. – Former President
Posted Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) cannot be build by just changing the positions, says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It is not practical run an anti-government campaign while staying in a UNP government and firstly, they should leave the UNP government, stated the former President. Today, the President blames the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister blames the President in public, he said. The leaders of the country acting like this have become a pest to the country, he added.
News: More than 700,000 court cases transferred to 2018 from 2017
Posted Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
The annual performance report of the Justice Ministry for the year 2017 which was presented to Parliament last week said 705,075 cases have been pending in the year 2017. The report said 4,033 cases were pending in the Supreme Court, 4,932 in the Court of Appeal, 6,097 in Commercial High Courts, 5,833 in Civil Appellate Courts, 17,552 in the High Court, 190,803 in District Courts, 474,552 in Magistrate’s Courts and 1,282 in the Children’s Magistrate’s Courts were pending as of December 31, 2017
News: Threatened Sri Lankan priest wins rights prize
Posted Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
Father Nandana Manatunga champions families of political prisoners as well as victims of torture, rape and other abuses. He visits police stations and army camps seeking justice, including for the loved ones of ethnic Tamils who disappeared after being taken into military custody during the nation's 1983-2009 civil war. Women come to Father Manatunga's office, some in tears, telling of male relatives — mostly sons, husbands or brothers — abducted by military or paramilitary groups. "His office, work and programs are constantly observed by police and the Terrorism Investigation Division," said Lucille Abeykoon, from the Human Rights Office (HRO).

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