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Over 400 Banned
Sunday, 6 April 2014 - 2:47 PM SL Time

The Gazette notification printed on Friday by the Government Printer, containing the order issued by the Government to proscribe groups operating overseas with alleged LTTE links, has listed 424 individuals and Diaspora organisations.

The Government had last week announced that 16 groups had been listed under a UN Security Council resolution but the Gazette notification seen by The Sunday Leader shows a list of over 400 people including individuals living in countries like Denmark, Germany, Finland, etc.
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U.S. committed to working with the people of Sri Lanka - envoy
Saturday, 5 April 2014 - 12:30 PM SL Time

Colombo- The United States remains firmly committed to working with the people of Sri Lanka to build a future in which all of Sri Lanka`s citizens can achieve their aspirations, its envoy to Colombo said. `We have been a longtime friend of the Sri Lankan people, in good times and in bad,` the U.S, Ambassador to Colombo Michele Sison said Thursday addressing the Foreign Correspondents Association. She said the United States upholds its commitment to the people of Sri Lanka through a broad relationship that extends to economic development, education, access to justice, and other activities island-wide.
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Sri Lanka book another final spot holders out
Friday, 4 April 2014 - 2:13 AM SL Time

West Indies banked on a frenetic finish, but Sri Lanka`s bowlers had choked the chase to suffocation-point before heavy rain, then marble-sized hail, cut the innings short and sent Sri Lanka to yet another major final. When the heavens opened, West Indies had needed 81 from 37 balls, with six wickets remaining. The Duckworth-Lewis calculation had them 27 runs adrift.

It was always a dangerous ploy to begin the chase slowly, but doubly so with rain in the air, and against an attack that features better death bowlers than most in the competition. West Indies had actually scored 17 from the first, wayward over from Nuwan Kulasekara, but as an unambitious Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels hunkered down, they mustered only 17 from the next six.
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GTF says ban by Lanka shameful
Wednesday, 2 April 2014 - 5:43 PM SL Time

The Global Tamil Tamil Forum (GTF) says the Sri Lankan Government s decision to proscribe 16 Tamil diaspora organisations and four prominent Tamil diaspora activists, including the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and its President Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel, as foreign terrorist entities and fronts for the defeated LTTE is shameful.

GTF Policy Advisor and former Member of Parliament for Enfield Nort, Joan Ryan said that the move is the latest attempt by a Government hell-bent on intimidating and silencing those who demand truth, justice and accountability both for the alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka s armed conflict and for the on-going perpetration of human rights abuses.
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Govt. slow in resuming dual citizenship
Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 8:38 PM SL Time

Sri Lankan authorities continue to receive a spate of inquiries about the status of dual citizenship, the granting of which was suspended by the Government more than two years ago. A notice on the official website of the Department of Immigration and Emigration has remained unchanged for many months: Acceptance of Dual Citizenship applications are temporary [sic] discontinued until further notice .

The Government has already said it will reintroduce the facility after changes to the relevant laws. The Cabinet has granted its approval but amendments have been a long time coming. Yesterday, Immigration and Emigration Controller General W.A.C. Perera said he had the same answer he did three months ago that the Legal Draftsman s Department had directed the proposed amendments to the Attorney General s Department for observations.
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Hales ton keeps England alive
Friday, 28 March 2014 - 2:27 AM SL Time

A breathtaking display from Alex Hales, who hammered England`s first T20 hundred, inspired a beleaguered team to their highest-ever T20 run chase as they hunted down 190 to overcome Sri Lanka and keep alive a realistic chance of progressing in the tournament.

It was an astonishing turnaround after a shambolic fielding display which included four dropped catches and a missed run-out to allow Sri Lanka to reach an imposing 189 including a stand of 145 between Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan. England found themselves 0 for 2 after the first over of their chase before a brilliantly calculated assault by Hales and Eoin Morgan who added 152 in 15.2 overs for the third wicket.
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Credible evidence of LTTE revival
Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 10:34 AM SL Time

The Government says there is credible evidence of the resurgence and revival of LTTE activity in Sri Lanka and masquerading these activities in the garb of human rights impeded the legitimate exercise of protecting the citizens of the country from terrorism and protecting their right to life.

Detailing the circumstances which led to the arrest of Mrs. Balendran Jeyakumari, the Government said the performance of the investigative action should not be portrayed as selective or singling out of these individuals.
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First Sri Lankan 3D Digital Film launched in Colombo
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 11:13 PM SL Time

The trend in the global scenario has shifted towards concentrating on space and unconventional type of films. Although the Indian cinema is attempting to break new ground in this regard, the local industry though improved on several aspects, has not yet attempted this novel and challenging change.

The launch of a film which will change all this was held at Colombo yesterday, March 24, under the patronage of Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development. This film, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, is a production which spanned nearly a decade on research and development, which evolved with the ever changing leaps in technology.
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Sri Lanka consign Netherlands to record low
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 1:49 AM SL Time

Perhaps no team in world cricket puts weaker sides away so emphatically as Sri Lanka. Since becoming full-fledged graduates from the easy-beats category in the mid-90s, they have spared no thought to their former peers, and on Monday they added two more world records to the small pile they have accumulated against easy-beats over the past 20 years. Netherlands` 39 all out is the lowest ever Twenty20 score. Sri Lanka chased the target in a record five overs.
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Geneva: What went wrong is damage control possible?
Sunday, 23 March 2014 - 1:32 PM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday cautioned External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris over the release of media statements on important foreign policy issues without proper scrutiny. He said they should be examined carefully before being made public.

The move was prompted by an External Affairs Ministry statement personally initiated by Peiris. It was over the crisis in Ukraine where Russia later ended up annexing the Crimean peninsula. Moscow claimed that 98 per cent of the population who cast their votes in a referendum had chosen to join the Russian Federation. After the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine remained a sovereign state with the Crimean peninsula within its national boundary.
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Govt. refuses to release Indian fishermen -Despite Jayalalithaa s threat to abort talks
Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 2:13 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka yesterday said it has no plans to release 74 Indian fishermen and the 18 boats seized on Wednesday, before the proposed Colombo Talks next Tuesday (25), despite Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jeyaram categorically stating that there will be no talks if the fishermen are not released.

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US Senate chair backs Lanka probe
Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 11:26 PM SL Time

The Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menendez, has written to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, backing the resolution at the current session of the UN Human Rights Council that calls for an international investigation into Sri Lankan war crimes committed during that country s civil war.

In the letter, Senator Menendez notes that the Committee is concerned with the deteriorating environment for the democratic process and human rights in Sri Lanka. He also writes: Until the Sri Lankan government engages in genuine reconciliation that serves to strengthen the long term stability of the country, I will support international efforts to promote accountability, political reconciliation and reform.
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Geneva resolution won`t harm country - Fonseka
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 12:39 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka nor its citizens would come to harm even if the resolution tabled before the UNHRC in Geneva is passed, former Army commander Sarath Fonseka says.

He said thus while speaking to journalists outside the Colombo High Courts yesterday (17) after arriving there for a court case.

Fonseka said that the intention of the resolution backed by the US and other Western nations was to penalise the rulers who violated human rights. It has no intention of harming the public, he added.
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Sri Lanka yet to show signs of high-performing economy, top economist says
Monday, 17 March 2014 - 3:56 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka, in spite of rhetoric, has not yet shown any signs of a high-performing economy in the post-war era, a top economist said this week.

It is therefore not surprising that Sri Lanka cannot sustain 8-10 per cent rate of average growth unless it expands its capacity level, and not the capacity utilization level, noted Sirimal Abeyratne, Professor of Economics at Colombo University.
He was commenting, at the request of the Business Times, on a March 2014 International Monetary Fund (IMF) Working Paper titled Estimating Sri Lanka s Potential Output which said that Sri Lanka s potential output growth appears to be around 6 (6.7) per cent per year ,
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China hails Sri Lanka s progress
Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 2:13 AM SL Time

The Chinese Government today hailed what it noted was considerable progress following the end of the war in Sri Lanka.

The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Wu Jianghao, speaking at the opening of the second phase of the Southern Expressway this evening, said that notable development can be seen in the entire country.

He said that over the past two years since he has been Ambassador to Sri Lanka he was able to personally witness the development of the country, which was not confined to Colombo.
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US to lobby support against SL
Thursday, 13 March 2014 - 5:29 PM SL Time

The United States (US), the prime mover of the resolution on Sri Lanka while calling for an international inquiry into human rights violations, has called for another side event in Geneva on March 18 to lobby for support, a spokesman said yesterday.

Previously, the US called for a similar informal session on March 7, on the sidelines of the UNHRC session, and around 30 countries interested in Sri Lanka s issue attended the event.
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TNA meets British and US diplomats
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 4:46 PM SL Time

A Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation led by R. Sampanthan met US and British envoys in Colombo on Monday and discussed the US-led resolution to be submitted at the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, informed sources said.

The resolution calls for an international inquiry into alleged war crime allegations against Sri Lanka.

The TNA delegation comprising parliamentarians Mavai Senathiraja and M.A Sumanthiran on two separate occasions met British High Commissioner John Rankin and then the US Embassy Charg d Affaires William Weinsteinin in Colombo.
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4,000 Tamils protest in Geneva for Sri Lanka war crimes probe
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 1:41 PM SL Time

Thousands of Tamils demonstrated in Geneva on Monday to protest Sri Lanka s rejection of calls for an international probe into alleged war crimes at the end of its civil war.

Some 4,000 people, who had come from across Europe by bus and train, marched through Geneva and crowded into the square outside the United Nations European headquarters, according to Geneva police.

The demonstrators blocked traffic through the center of town and around the central Place des Nations, and police were forced to use pepper spray to contain the situation when protestors began pressing against the security barriers around the United Nations, police spokesman Silvain Guillaume-Gentil told AFP.
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Pakistani heroin smuggler disappears: Customs, Police trade charges
Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 6:15 PM SL Time

The Customs and the Police yesterday traded charges over the failure to arrest the Pakistani mastermind involved in the smuggling of 36 kilograms of heroin to Sri Lanka on Friday as he made his escape from a shipping line office in Kollupitiya.The Customs claimed that they informed the Police to arrest the suspect from the shipping office, but the Police Narcotics Bureau claimed it did not receive any communication about the whereabouts of the Pakistani suspect. The Pakistani who came to Sri Lanka on February 20 via the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport under the name of Muhammed Ajaz called over at ECU Line Lanka Private Ltd at Mel Mawatha in Colombo to obtain a delivery order to clear the container.
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Mathews keeps Bangladesh winless
Friday, 7 March 2014 - 2:07 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s spinners effected a mid-innings trauma and Bangadesh returned the favour, before Angelo Mathews` collected 74 not out overcame a collapse and sealed victory. The hosts` bowlers made a game of the dead rubber, carving through Sri Lanka`s in-form top order early in the chase, but a target of 205 had always seemed insufficient, even on a worn pitch. Bangladesh`s lack of ambition both with the bat and in the field perhaps ceded crucial moments to the opposition, who strode home by three wickets, and one over remaining to extended their unbeaten run in the country.
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