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CID probes FB threats against President
Friday, 5 February 2016 - 10:29 AM SL Time

Spain reported Thursday that a pregnant woman who had returned from Colombia had been diagnosed with the Zika virus, in the first such known European case.
`One of the patients diagnosed in (the northeastern region of) Catalonia is a pregnant woman, who showed symptoms after having traveled to Colombia,` the health ministry said, adding she is one of seven cases in Spain and all are in good condition. Full Story     Post Reply To This

SLFP Dy. Ministers ready resign from Govt: Muttuhettigama
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 10:37 AM SL Time

Deputy Minister Nishantha Muttuhettigama, who visited remanded Yositha Rajapaksa at the Welikada prison, said yesterday that the FCID had no legal powers and they as Deputy Ministers appointed by the SLFP were ready to resign from their portfolios if political witch hunt by the FCID was not stopped.
Deputy Minister Muttuhettigama said they were going to discuss with President Maithiripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the matter.
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I have not been invited- MR
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 10:36 AM SL Time

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that, though the government had finalised arrangements to hold the 68th Independence Day celebrations at the Galle Face Green, he had not yet been invited to the event. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that, though the government had finalised arrangements to hold the 68th Independence Day celebrations at the Galle Face Green, he had not yet been invited to the event. Speaking to the media at the Abhayaramaya temple in Narahenpita, he also said that the joint opposition had decided to boycott the event. Even if we are formally invited we will not participate in it, he said. Does the opposition have enough freedom to celebrate Independence Day? he asked. The revenge taken on me has now gone beyond the limit. The government is trying to get revenge from all the Rajapaksas, he said. We will have to consider this matter in future, he said. Today I visited Yoshitha Rajapaksa and the five others at the Welikada Prison and I am awaiting the decision of the court, he said. As we earlier said, the FCID is an institution which cannot be accepted. Orders are given to it by a committee appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and it reports back to him. Several complaints have been made to the Supreme Court and to the Court of Appeal regarding this, said Mr. Rajapaksa. Full Story     Post Reply To This

UNP to nominate SF to Parliament: Kabir
Monday, 1 February 2016 - 10:20 AM SL Time

United National party (UNP) is to nominate Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to Parliament to fill the vacancy created by Late Minister M.K.A.D.S Gunawardane, UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said yesterday. Minister Hashim told Daily Mirror that Field Marshal Fonseka has been nominated though final decision has not been named yet. He said the final decision will be made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the party leader. Mr. Hasim however said it is almost certain that the party will give its approval. Asked whether the Democratic Party led by Field Marshal Fonseka will ally with the UNP, Mr Hasim said his party has had talks with several parties including the Democratic Party and had requested those parties to ally with the UNP and such an alliance may take place in the future. Field Marshal Fonseka is expected to be sworn in as an MP on February 9. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Yoshitha Rajapaksa remanded
Monday, 1 February 2016 - 10:17 AM SL Time

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa s son Yoshitha and four others including Nishantha Ranatunga, Rohan Weliwita were remanded until February 11 by Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala over the alleged financial irregularities at the CSN. Former President Rajapaksa, Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa, former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa were also at the Kaduwela Magistrate Court. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Cabinet not decide on Anthem language
Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 9:16 AM SL Time

The Cabinet is reportedly divided over the opinion on the proposal to sing the National Anthem both in Sinhala and Tamil languages at the National Independence Day event this time, it is learnt.

A committee working on national reconciliation has proposed this to the Cabinet yesterday. However, a section of the Ministers was opposed to the idea. Therefore, a final decision was not taken.

The committee has made such a proposal in the hope that it would be a step forward in the direction of bringing about reconciliation among the ethnic groups. Currently, the National Anthem is sung in Tamil, mainly at events in the Tamil speaking areas.
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PM to make statement on overseas accounts
Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 9:14 AM SL Time

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a statement in Parliament with regard to the revelations made by Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne on bank accounts in Dubai belonging to a former VVIP family, an MP and a head of a government institution, which exceeded USD 3 billion.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said the Prime Minister would make a statement on the issue, when a question was raised by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Dissanayake on the matter in Parliament yesterday.
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War crimes probe will have foreign component PM reaffirms commitment to Geneva Resolution
Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 8:59 AM SL Time

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that the government hadn`t ruled out foreign involvement in the proposed war crimes investigation.

The PM said so in answer to a Channel 4 News query. Asked whether there wouldn`t be any foreign involvement as declared by President Maithripala Sirisena last week, Wickremesinghe said the President had not ruled it out.

President Sirisena has said that as the local judiciary was capable of handling the inquiry there was no need for a hybrid mechanism.
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Hirunika s Defender released on bond
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 9:39 AM SL Time

UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra s Defender vehicle, which was used by several staff members of the MP to allegedly abduct a man from Dematagoda was released on Rs. 4.5 million bond by Additional Magistrate Mohamed Mihar today. The Police informed the Magistrate that the investigations relating to the vehicle had been concluded and that they had sent the extracts of the investigations to the Attorney General s Department for further consultation. The case was fixed for April 18. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Inquiry will be held on Homagama protest: PM
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 9:36 AM SL Time

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today he had ordered a full investigation into the incident which occurred at the Homagama Courts where a certain group had held a protest against the remanding of Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera. He said he would submit a report to the most Venerable Mahanayaka Theras. The Prime Minister told Parliament that the law would be enforced on anyone no matter who they were. Everyone is equal before the law and we will not allow Somaramas and Buddarakithas to emerge again,` he said. He who referred to the global situation said the practice today in the world is cooperation among all countries. Therefore he said Sri Lanka should also work with all the countries of the world. He said ten thousand acres in Andhra Pradesh has been given to China. The Prime Minister said Sri Lanka should follow countries such as Singapore which had a considerable say in global affairs. Sri Lanka too is becoming an important country in the World and that`s why the Foreign Ministry played a role in bringing about stability in the Maldives,` he said adding that the recent overseas visits of President Maithripala Sirisena were ample proof of this situation. Full Story     Post Reply To This

No agreement with India in February- Malik
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 - 9:49 AM SL Time

Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama yesterday refuted the charges made by the Opposition that a framework agreement on the proposed India and Lanka Technological and Economic Participation Agreement is to be signed in February this year. The charges were made by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna (JNP) led by former Minister Wimal Weerawansa who said the proposed Indo Lanka agreement is to be signed shortly. Minister Samarawickrama told Daily Mirror that the government had not discussed anything about signing an agreement by February. We have not discussed a framework agreement yet, he said but indicated that s framework signing is on the cards as he said the process would be an initial framework agreement and then the final agreement which will come in five to six months time at least. We have not even discussed a framework agreement yet. After the framework agreement is signed, it will take five to six months to conclude the final agreement, he said while assuring that any agreement would be signed only after consulting all stakeholders including the trade chambers, unions, professionals and the Opposition political parties. The Minister said Only Maritime Services ( ship building) and IT related services will be included in the agreement. The Minister said he had already informed this stand of the government to the JVP and Jathika Nidahas Peramuna (JNP). This irresponsible misinformation is being spread only for petty political reasons, he added. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Court orders arrest of Gnanasara Thera
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 - 9:46 AM SL Time

Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday issued an arrest warrant on General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Organisation Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara thera for disrupting court proceedings.

When Ven. Gnanasara Thera was witnessing the open court hearing of the Prageeth Ekneligoda case, the Magistrate ordered the further remanding of the six army intelligence officers arrested in connection with the disappearance. Whereupon Ven. Gnanasara Thera shouted: Cruel officials of the present government are remanding the war heroes who saved the country by crushing the Tigers.
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Traffic Dept. contemplating centre lane for buses
Monday, 25 January 2016 - 9:07 AM SL Time

The Police Traffic Department is looking at plans to allocate the centre lane only for buses in Battaramulla, in a bid to reduce the extreme traffic congestion in the area.

Traffic DIG Amrasiri Senarathne, speaking to the Daily Mirror said at least 475,000 motor bikes, cars and vans travel to Colombo each day. However, the number of individuals entering Colombo by 21,000 buses outweighed the number of individuals coming into the city using other modes of transport.

`Three wheelers and bikes use the left lane and adding buses to the equation causes congestion` the DIG said.
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Arjuna faults FCID for summoning Mathews
Monday, 25 January 2016 - 8:59 AM SL Time

Former world cup winning Sri Lanka cricket captain and Minister of Ports and Shipping, Arjuna Ranatunga said the summoning of Sri Lanka Cricket captain Angelo Mathews to the FCID was regrettable.

Since FCID officers visit the homes of politicians to record their statements and make enquires, summoning the captain of the National Cricket Team was questionable, he said.
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