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Task Force for Reconciliation and Transitional Justice at Foreign Ministry
Friday, 27 February 2015 - 9:06 AM SL Time

A special Task Force on Reconciliation and Transitional Justice has been established within the Foreign Ministry, Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.

The Task Force will liaise with other ministries and line agencies working on reconciliation and transitional justice issues, Minister Samaraweera told the Daily FT.

We didn t ask for a deferral of the UN investigation report as a delaying tactic. We will take a two-pronged approach with a Truth Commission to advance reconciliation and a domestic mechanism to investigate the allegations of rights abuses, the Foreign Minister said.
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SLFP to decide its future today
Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 10:00 AM SL Time

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, told Ceylon Today, a decision will be taken at the Central Committee meeting today, in connection with the future political stand point of the party.

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, told Ceylon Today, a decision will be taken at the Central Committee meeting today, in connection with the future political stand point of the party.
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SL shows concern over Maldives situ
Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 9:55 AM SL Time

The government today expressed its concern over the development in the neighbouring Maldives.

Issuing a statement it said, Sri Lanka, as a friendly neighbouring country is concerned about the recent developments in the Maldives. It is hoped that all stakeholders in the Maldives will resolve their differences in a peaceful manner, within the legal framework in that country. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Rajapaksa Invokes God of War Before Comeback Bid
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 9:58 AM SL Time

COLOMBO: Defeated Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is harnessing supernatural as well as temporal forces in a determined bid to come back to power through the June parliamentary elections.

On Monday, he made a ceremonial offering of a gold plated trisulam (a trident associated with Lord Siva) at the ancient Murugan temple in Kataragama (Kadirgamam) in South Lanka. Murugan or Skanda is the Lankan God of War.
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CJ 43 objects terminating case
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 9:54 AM SL Time

Defense Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty PC appearing for former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike in the bribery case against her objected to the termination of the case without a hearing stressing the need to punish the culprits who created these accounts.

He asked Court to implement the earlier Court order given to the national Development Bank (NDB) to permit the defence to access the computer logins of Dr. Bandaranaike s bank accounts.
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JVP opposes national government move
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 10:05 AM SL Time

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday said that his party would not support moves being made to form a national government. He insisted that Parliament be dissolved on April 23 and a fresh general election be held.

He told The Island that the JVP would not approve of surreptitious moves being made to bypass a general election.

Dissanayake said: `If there is a real need for a national government that may be formed after the next general election. We won t be party to any such move. We also oppose any move to deprive the people of their right to elect a new government at a general election.`
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Ven. Palitha Thera as Lanka Hospitals Ltd director
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 9:45 AM SL Time

The Chennai Mahabodhi Society Deputy Secretary and Eksath Jathika Bikkhu Sangamaya Chief Secretary the Ven. Thinyawala Palitha Thera and Dilani Lokuhetti have been appointed as a Directors of Lanka Hospitals Ltd., which is currently owned by the Ministry of Finance.

Finance Ministry sources said they were appointed to the 13-member Board of Directors headed by Dr. Sarath Paranavithana.

Sources said the Thera is expected to play an advisory role while being in the board of directors.

He later confirmed to Daily mirror that he had been appointed to the post from February 12, 2015.
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Wimal - Dinesh- Vasu - Gammanpila Can`t Decide SLFP`s PM Candidate - Navinna
Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 11:09 AM SL Time

Treasurer of Sri lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) SB Navinna said Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Vasudewa Nanayakkara and Dinesh Gunawardena have no right to take decisions on the Prime Ministerial Candidate of the SLFP.

Commenting on the rally held at Nugegoda, Navinna had further said that SLFP could make its own decision on the Prime Ministerial Candidate of the party.
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Shashi on the run?
Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 11:05 AM SL Time

Former minister Wimal Weerawansa s wife Sashi Weerawansa who is alleged to have obtained diplomatic and general passports by submitting birth certificate with forged names and dates of birth, has reportedly fled her home according to the CID team assigned to arrest her said.

The special CID team which arrived at her residence in Kaduwela said they could not find her there. The team had also searched several other houses believed to be possible hideouts according to the police.
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Sajith says he has ended culture of daylight robbery in his Ministry
Friday, 20 February 2015 - 11:31 AM SL Time

Housing and Samurdhi Minister Sajith Premadasa told Parliament on Wednesday that he had changed the culture of daylight robbery of public funds in the Housing and Construction Ministry.

Responding to a question raised by Kurunegala District UNP MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, the minister said that Rs. 66 mn allocated for constructing houses to the homeless had been spent on hoardings and other advertisements by the ministry during the six-year period from 2009 to 2014.
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There is no other leader to match Mahinda
Friday, 20 February 2015 - 11:29 AM SL Time

MEP parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardene was one of four party leaders who organised the meeting in Nugegoda last Wednesday with a view to bringing Mahinda Rajapaksa back into politics. That meeting drew a crowd never before seen at a political meeting held in Nugegoda despite the fact that Mahinda Rajapaksa was not scheduled to appear on the stage. In this interview, Gunawardene speaks to C.A.Chandraprema on why Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only viable prime ministerial candidate for the UPFA at the next parliamentary election.*
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Cannot ignore hands of affection-MR
Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 9:48 AM SL Time

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message to those who attended the massive rally in Nugegoda on Wednesday urging him to return to active politics said he could not ignore the hands of honour and affection extended to him by the people and the leadership forces of the UPFA led by the SLFP.

The message read out to the applause of a large crowd by former ambassador and academic Dr. Dayan Jayathilaka said: I would like to emphasise that I cannot ignore the aspirations of the people who think about the country and had dedicated themselves for the country. I would like to state again that I would embrace with honour and comradely the hands of comradeship extended by the people and the leadership forces of the UPFA led by the SLFP.
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Fishermen associations to join Modi, Sirisena
Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 9:43 AM SL Time

Fishermen associations of India and Sri Lanka will meet on March 6 in Colombo to thrash out a formula to end the dispute over fishing boats from Tamil Nadu encroaching into Lankan waters. The meeting follows discussions between heads of governments of the two nations.

President Maithripala Sirisena discussed with PM Narendra Modi the long-standing issue and its adverse impact when they met in New Delhi on Monday. Modi and Sirisena discussed the reconciliation efforts undertaken by the new Lankan government for the Tamils, official sources said.
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21 grilled for organising Duminda s donations
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 9:40 AM SL Time

Twenty one people, who had facilitated the chanelling of donations to various charity projects by UPFA parliamentarian Duminda Silva, were yesterday summoned by the CID for the purpose of record ing their statements, Police said. These people were summoned on the basis that Mr. Silva had mentioned these names during his statement made to the CID during the three days of grilling in connection with regard to how he acquired such a large sum of money which he had donated to several charitable institutions and places of religious worship.
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