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Parliament adjourned for 10 mins
Wednesday, 7 October 2015 - 10:42 AM SL Time

Parliament was adjourned for 10 minutes following a tense situation when a group of United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs protested inside the chamber with a banner which stated No hybrid courts. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Juicy returns expected from Nelna Agri Development s mango exports
Wednesday, 7 October 2015 - 9:57 AM SL Time

For the first time in Sri Lanka, a local company, Nelna Agri Development, a subsidiary of the Nelna Group, is planning to export fresh mango to Japan.

This is considered one of the difficult markets to enter due its strict quarantine procedures and quality consciousness on fresh fruits.
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MR: Geneva resolution no victory for Sri Lanka
Tuesday, 6 October 2015 - 9:45 AM SL Time

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday he was unable to share the government s view that the recently adopted UNHRC resolution was a victory for Sri Lanka.

Rajapaksa said in a statement issued to the media:

`Operative paragraph 6 of the resolution affirms the importance of the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators in the Sri Lankan judicial mechanism to be set up to investigate alleged human rights abuses during the war. Operative paragraph 8 encourages the Sri Lankan government to remove individuals in the armed forces suspected of human rights violations through an administrative vetting process even if there is insufficient evidence to charge them in a court of law. Operative paragraph 4 welcomes the government s willingness to allow the various judicial and other mechanisms it intends to establish to deal with the past, to obtain financial assistance from overseas, which means that these supposedly Sri Lankan mechanisms will be paid for and maintained by foreign powers.
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Resolution has unacceptable clauses: JVP
Monday, 5 October 2015 - 9:31 AM SL Time

Several proposals of the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka cannot be accepted as it poses some dangers to the country, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today.

JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told a news briefing that several proposals of the resolutions including the one which says an international probe would have to be conducted if Sri Lanka fails to carryout an acceptable domestic probe on the alleged violations of human rights and the clause that assistance of Commonwealth and other international bodies should be sought in the proposed domestic probe cannot be accepted.
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Implementing UNHRC recommendations problematic: Nimal Siripala
Friday, 2 October 2015 - 10:34 AM SL Time

The implementation of the UNHRC, recommendations including the establishment of a war crimes tribunal, would create many legal issues in the country s judicial system, as a new Constitution and a referendum would be required to implement the recommendations, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said today.

The SLFP`s senior vice president, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the highest court in Sri Lanka was the Supreme Court and there was no hybrid court in Sri Lanka s judicial system.
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Courts to be moved against JVP member s appointment to CC
Friday, 2 October 2015 - 10:20 AM SL Time

The Opposition intends to move court against the appointment of Gampaha District JVP MP Vijitha Herath to the Constitutional Council without consulting members of parliament except those representing the UNP and the TNA.

The UNP parliamentary group comprises 106 members, including 13 National List nominees. In addition to them, one member elected on the SLMC ticket sits with the ruling party group. The TNA parliamentary group consists of 16 members.
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Opposition wants referendum on UNHRC recommendations
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 - 10:18 AM SL Time

Several Opposition MPs today urged the government to hold a referendum to implement the UNHRC recommendations including a Hybrid Court to investigate war crimes allegations in Sri Lanka.

United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Wimal Weerawansa said if the UNHRC approves the resolution, Sri Lankans should have the liberty to decide if they want any foreign involvement in solving internal issues.
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Geetha noticed to appear in court over dual citizenship
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 10:24 AM SL Time

UPFA Galle District MP Geetha Kumarasinghe and three other respondents were noticed to appear in the Appeal Court on October 19 over a petition filed by five voters in the Galle electorate against Ms. Kumarasinghe s election to parliament.

The petitioners said she was not qualified to be a member of parliament because she was a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and Switzerland.

Controller of Immigration and Emigration, UPFA general secretary and parliament chief secretary are among the other respondents. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Pipeline burst: Traffic flow diverted on Colombo-Avissawella Road
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 10:20 AM SL Time

Traffic congestion emerged on the Colombo-Avissawella low level road this evening due to a burst in the main water pipeline running from Labugama to Colombo.

Police have advised motorists and people to use alternative routes due to the situation on the Colombo-Avissawella low level road.

Vehicles travelling towards Hanwella were advised to turn right from Wele Handiya and then use the Kaduwela- Homagama Road till the Vanduramulla Junction to enter the Colombo Hanwella main road.

Vehicles travelling from Avissawella towards Colombo were also advised to take the above route. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Several areas of concern in resolution- MR
Monday, 28 September 2015 - 9:58 AM SL Time

Stating that the sponsors of the draft resolution on Sri Lanka had failed to heed the request of the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Geneva not to place primary emphasis on the alleged war crimes issue and to change their approach, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that there were several areas of concern in the resolution

Mr. Rajapaksa in a statement said, the first operational paragraph encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the recently released OHCHR report on Sri Lanka. The most contentious recommendations in that report have been included as operational paragraphs in the UNHRC draft resolution as the following indicates:
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CID records Buddhika Pathirana`s statement
Friday, 25 September 2015 - 10:22 AM SL Time

UNP Matara District MP Buddika Pathirana yesterday gave a statement to the CID with regard to a statement made by him about an army contract involving several billions of rupees.

Mr. Pathirana told the media that the CID informed him that they needed to record a statement from him after he revealed a fraudulent act involving a contract to supply food to the army.

I complained that the army food contract was given out for Rs.50 billion in 2010 though it could have been carried out for Rs.16 billion. The contract for 2015 has been signed for Rs.20 billion but that I suspected it would be given out for more in 2016,` he said.
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Non-payment of ITN bill: MR faces public hearing PB, Lalith, Keheliya, Dallas and Anura, too, face inquiry
Friday, 25 September 2015 - 10:05 AM SL Time

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa now faces a public hearing over the alleged non-payment of Rs. 115 mn owed to the state-run Independent Television Network (ITN) for carrying advertisements during the last presidential campaign.

Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate and inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges on Wednesday recorded former President s statement at his Mirihana residence.

Secretary to the Commission, Lacille de Silva yesterday told The Island that a special police team headed by ASP Lalith Abeysekera had recorded the former president s statement. The team included Chief Inspector Geethika Bodhipaksha.
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PRECIFAC records statement from MR
Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 11:12 AM SL Time

A statement was taken from former president Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday evening by a special police team attached to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC), over a petition alleging that losses were sustained by the State-owned ITN TV network.

A highly placed official of the Commission said that a police team had visited Mr. Rajapaksa s Mirihana residence and questioned him for about an hour regarding the matter.
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Buddika asked to appear before CID
Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 11:10 AM SL Time

UNP Matara District MP Buddika Pathirana has been asked to appear before the CID to give a statement with regard to a statement made by him regarding an army contract involving several millions of rupees.

He has been asked to appear before the CID at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Full Story     Post Reply To This

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