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Probe the real motive of the Jaffna protest: JHU
Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 9:21 AM SL Time

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today urged the police and security forces to implement the law against the angry mob that tried to take the law into their hands by hiding behind the murder of a student in Jaffna recently. The JHU said it was evident that another agenda was behind the violent protest campaign carried out by angry mobs by raising black flags, obstructing roads and staging a hartal by hiding behind this incident. JHU media secretary Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe alleged those angry mobs were threatening the Sinhalese in Jaffna and forcing them to leave that area. He said racist, separatist and terrorist groups were trying to raise their heads again by hiding behind this incident and added they were resorting to violent acts as well. Mr. Warnasinghe said the law should be implemented against the culprits who committed the crime. He said the government and security forces should take steps without any hesitation to implement the law against those who were behind the hartals and resorting to violent acts without allowing separatist and racist groups to disrupt the civilian lives in the North. Full Story     Post Reply To This

FCID grills Gota for six hours
Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 9:19 AM SL Time

The Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) today interrogated former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa from 9.30 a.m. till 3.00 p.m. on the controversial MIG deal and about a share transaction by Lanka Hospitals Ltd. He didn t talk to the media but drove away from the premises soon after the interrogation ended in the afternoon. A complaint was recently lodged at the FCID about a questionable share transaction at Lanka Hospitals under the chairmanship of Mr. Rajapaksa between 2009 and 2014. Mr. Rajapaksa had a few days ago filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) application seeking an interim order staying his arrest by the FCID. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Construction to go ahead without delay Ravi K
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 11:10 AM SL Time

The construction work of the Defence Headquarters Complex in Battaramulla would be completed without a delay, and there was no shortage of funds to allocate for the construction, FINANCE Minister Ravi Karunanayake said today.

Minister Karunanayake earlier said that the construction of the complex was halted because the entire project needed to be evaluated and the exact estimated cost needed to be clarified.

When contacted by Daily Mirror yesterday, he said that there was no update on the evaluation of the project as yet. Still nothing, he said.
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Gota to be questioned by FCID today
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 11:09 AM SL Time

The former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been asked to come to the FCID office this morning.

Police sources said that Mr Rajapaksa had been requested to come in connection with the alleged financial irregularities in the purchase of four MIG 27 fighter jets for the Sri Lankan Air Force in 2006, the sale of shares of the Lanka Hospitals Company belonging to Harry Jayewardene and other matters.

Earlier he had been asked to come to the FCID on April 11, but as he had to be present at the Bribery Commission on that date he had asked the FCID to postpone the questioning for another day he had then been notified to be present at the FCID today.
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Special traffic plan around Parliament tomorrow afternoon
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 11:08 AM SL Time

A special traffic plan would be in place from 1.00pm to 7.00 pm on the Parliament Road from Polduwa junction, the Japan Friendship Road from Kimbulawala junction, the road towards parliament from Palamthuna junction and the road towards parliament from Pelwatte junction because of the commemoration of war heroes in the parliament grounds tomorrow.

Motorists are advised to use the following alternative routs
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Two judges can rule on FR matters- Nimal
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 - 10:41 AM SL Time

Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said that it was on the directions of the Chief Justice that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa`s case was heard by a two judge Bench.

Addressing the media at the Opposition Leader`s Office yesterday, De Silva stated that the Fundamental rights application in terms of articles 126 (2) and Article 126 (4) of the constitution of Sri Lanka permits two judges of the Supreme court to hear and determine an application filed on the alleged infringement of a fundamental right.
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Forex case: Ravi K. acquitted
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 - 10:10 AM SL Time

Colombo High Court Judge Iranganie Perera today acquitted FINANCE Minister Ravi Karunanayake and two others on charges of money laundering in violation of the Exchange Control Act.

She said the charges framed against the accused did not comply with the Exchange Control Act.

Judge Perera acquitted the three suspects after hearing the submissions made by the prosecuting counsel Deleepa Pieris and Counsel Kolitha Dharmawardana PC who defended Mr. Karunanayake. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Ranil s statement bad by law
Monday, 18 May 2015 - 10:36 AM SL Time

The Leader of the Opposition has said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe`s statement regarding the Supreme Court judgment in the Fundamental Rights petition filed by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was a severe blow on the independence of the judiciary, rule of law and good governance. In a press release issued today he pointed out the Prime Minister s statement was baseless and bad by law. The United National Party and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have demonstrated their attempt to uphold their principles and policies influenced by foreign elements. His statement regarding the Supreme Court judgment was a violation of the county s sovereignty. In the past the Privy Council in England had the power to revise or quash the judgments of the Sri Lanka s Supreme Court, but it was abolished by the Republican Constitution. Today the Supreme Court is the highest body of the judiciary and its judgments are final. I would like to point out to the people that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe s statement that Sri Lanka will have to depend to the decisions of the Commonwealth Judges is an attempt to undermine the Sri Lankan Courts and an undue challenge against the Supreme Court. I stress that Prime Minister as a responsible personality should withdraw his statement and refrain from making such ridiculous statements. He should set an example to the people and respect the judiciary. The Prime Minister and the Government should uphold good governance and the Rule of Law and also revoke the gazette notification relating to the Financial Crime Investigation Unit, which was aimed at victimising political opponents, the press release said. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Victory Day celebrations today at Vihara Maha Devi under former President s patronage
Monday, 18 May 2015 - 10:23 AM SL Time

The annual Victory Day celebrations will be held at the Vihara Maha Devi Open Air Theatre Colombo today.

The ceremony Viruvan Dina Dun Mavubima Rekagamu (Protect the Motherland Liberated by Heroes) would be held under the patronage of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, organisers said.

It is expected to be attended by a large number of political and civil society leaders, maha sangha and artistes.

The even has been organised by the Dinudehshya Surakeeme Jathika Vyaparaya (National Movement to Safeguard Motherland).
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I am eager to meet MR in Court: Mangala
Monday, 18 May 2015 - 10:22 AM SL Time

Claiming that he has received the letter of demand sent by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa over his statement about the former first family s asset, foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said he was ready to meet former President Rajapaksa at the Court. The letter of demand with three pages sent by my former friend Mahinda Rajapakse requesting one billion rupees was received. I am eagerly waiting to meet him in Court and I have so many things to tell him, he said addressing a meeting in Matara on Saturday. He also said that the assistance was sought from four countries to find out the robbed money by Rajapakse family members. These were no money deposited in Sri Lanka. They have swindled billions of money with the name of development, he added. Full Story     Post Reply To This

NAVIGATE:Home PM s reaction to GR s FR petition: SC ruling can t be subject to foreign judges opinion - Prof. Peiris PM s reaction to GR s FR petition: SC ruling can t be subject to foreign judges opinion - Prof. Peiris
Sunday, 17 May 2015 - 7:41 AM SL Time

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, MP, yesterday strongly disputed Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe s move to consult the Commonwealth as regards a recent Supreme Court ruling in respect of the fundamental rights petition filed by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
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S.B says Mahinda failed on Geneva issue
Sunday, 17 May 2015 - 7:38 AM SL Time

Minister S.B. Dissanayake says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had failed on the Geneva issue when he was in power.

Dissanayake, who was a Minister in the Rajapaksa Government, said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United People s Freedom Alliance did not agree on the stand taken by the former President on the human rights issue.
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May 19 is Remembrance Day: Rajitha
Sunday, 17 May 2015 - 7:35 AM SL Time

The new government has decided to declare May 19 as Remembrance Day instead of Victory Day as it named by the previous regime, Government Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne He said May 19, which was for the past five years was celebrated as `Victory Day` by the Rajapaksa regime, would be observed as `Remembrance Day` to mark the sacrifices made by all those, who irrespective of their ethnicity, safeguarded the unity and territorial integrity of the country and it will also be a day to remember those who died during the 30-year armed conflict. The main Remembrance Day ceremony event will be held at Samudra Mawatha in Matara and will be a special gesture to move further towards reconciliation among all communities in Sri Lanka. Since the end of the armed conflict which ended with the defeat of the LTTE on May 19, 2009, the previous regime celebrated this day as a day of triumph by the armed forces against terrorism, the minister. There will be a military parade under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena as Commander-In-Chief. It will be a War Heroes Commemoration Day as well as a civilian Remembrance Day. He said the government had laid the ground work for true reconciliation and communal harmony by releasing the original lands of residence to their rightful owners and restoring civil administration and good governance in the North. This is why the so-called Tamil diaspora is silent now there being nothing to crow about. Neither do you hear about their activities against Sri Lanka. Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and TNA members welcome and attend any function attended by President Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe or any other minister when they visit the North. The TNA not like in the past, it cooperates with the government in parliament and participates in debates and vote with enthusiasm. They respect the national flag and the national anthem. Parliament has turned out to be a lovely place by these positive developments. The reconciliation and the peace initiative of the government have paid dividends, the minister said. He said despite all these confidence-building measures by the government, a few TNA members of the Northern Provincial Council have announced they would mark the week May 13 to 19 as the `genocidal week` to commemorate the Tamils including the LTTE cadres, who died during the armed conflict. Public Administration, Local Government, Democratic Governance and Budahsasana Minister Karu Jayasuriya warned the people to desist from holding such events for the LTTE cadres. `The Government will in no way permit anyone to commemorate the LTTE which was a terrorist group,` he said and added that terrorism would not be allowed to raise its head again. He said there were some mischievious elements who wanted to misuse the democratic freedom now prevailing in the country. Meanwhile, North DIG G.K. Perera told Daily Mirror the police have been placed on high alert in the North to prevent any glorification of dead terrorists. We have information that there will be religious ceremonies in Hindu Kovils on Tuesday to remember the dead. We don t want to disrupt religious activities but if they attempt to commemorate terrorists who died in the separatist war, we would have to take appropriate action to prevent it because commemorating the members of a prohibited terrorist organisation is against the law of the land, the DIG said. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Bribery Commissioner Wimalachandra resigns
Saturday, 16 May 2015 - 10:36 AM SL Time

Former Court of Appeal Justice Keerthi Wimalachandra has resigned from his post as a Commissioner of the Bribery Commissioner. His resignation letter was handed over to the Commission Secretary W.A.D.P.Lakshman on Friday morning to be sent to the President, sources said. Full Story     Post Reply To This

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