Conspiracy to cancel Gnanasara Thero’s visa to Australia: BBS 

Published : 12:31 am  July 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  987 views  |  
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The hardline Bodu Bala Sena organisation has criticised efforts by certain groups to get its General Secretary Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero’s Australian visa cancelled, calling it a ‘third class act’. “There are extremist groups and Muslim organisations behind the moves to get his visa cancelled,” BBS CEO Dilantha Withanage told a media conference yesterday. A letter had been sent to Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, to be passed on to all Australian MPs both at federal and state level, asking him not to permit Gnanasara Thero entry into the country. The letter claims that Gnanasara Thero is suspected of being involved in criminal conduct and the Aluthgama violence against... 

Tanzania looks forward to further strengthening bilateral ties with Sri Lanka

Published : 12:29 am  July 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  371 views  |  
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Tanzania IS extremely satisfied with the bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and looks forward to further strengthening those ties, Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Bernard K. Membe has said. The Tanzanian Minister, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka from 20-22 July, made this remark when he called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on 21 July evening. Membe congratulated Sri Lanka on the success of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 and told the President of the “fond memories” the Tanzanian delegation had from that visit to Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa thanked Tanzania for its participation in CHOGM 2013 and... 

Tamil girl accuses Navy personnel of rape, says Police

Published : 12:28 am  July 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  650 views  |  

Reuters: An 11-year-old Tamil girl has accused Sri Lankan Naval personnel of rape, Police said on Monday. Spokesman Ajith Rohana said the girl told Police she had been “molested by a person at the Navy detachment” from Krai Nagar, the site of Sri Lanka’s main Naval base in the northern peninsula of Jaffna. Residents in the area told Reuters that the girl had repeatedly been taken into a building used by the Navy and raped. Seven Naval personnel on duty at the time were arrested but released on bail after the girl could not identify an attacker, Rohana said. Navy Spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said the Navy is conducting a separate inquiry while assisting the Police. The Naval base is... 

Jaya opposes installing buoys on IMBL with Sri Lanka

Published : 12:28 am  July 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  398 views  |  

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa yesterday termed as “inappropriate” the Centre’s proposal to conduct feasibility study on installing buoys on International Maritime Boundary Line as the State Government has not accepted IMBL with Sri Lanka as a settled issue. The proposal by Department of Boarder Management and Ministry of Home Affairs came up in the Inter-ministerial meeting on India-Sri Lankan Fishermen’s issues, she said, adding, her Government has filed a case in the Supreme Court “challenging the constitutionality” of ceding Katchatheevu Islet to Sri Lanka, she said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The matter is still pending in the Supreme Court and... 

Top UNESCO official claims UN has come NATO’s PR arm

Published : 12:05 am  July 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  167 views  |  

Frowns on selective treatment of countries; claims President Rajapaksa’s independence has irked West The United Nations Organisation has become an instrument of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), UNESCO Chair for the Promotion of the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence, Prof. Madhav Nalapat said yesterday. Prof. Nalapat who is also Director Geopolitics and International Relations said the United Nations is in the habit of selecting certain countries to be ignored while another group of countries are selected for attack. “To be very frank, the UN has become the public relations office of the NATO,” he said. Prof. Nalapat is among the five member delegation led by BJP Committee... 

JVP champions right to information

Published : 12:42 am  July 22, 2014  |  Category: News  |  17 Comments  |  2,911 views  |  
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Marxist Party wants to know why Weerawansa’s wife travelled to Seychelles with Presidential delegation No media freedom in SL because Govt. has too much to hide says JVP Leader The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has raised questions about the number of individuals travelling on Presidential delegations overseas, highlighting the case of Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s spouse being a member of the official delegation to Seychelles recently. JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the Opposition had raised questions in Parliament recently about how many times the President had travelled overseas, the number of people travelling on presidential delegations and the reasons for each visit. “We have... 

UNP office attacked in Monaragala

Published : 12:41 am  July 22, 2014  |  Category: News  |  2 Comments  |  676 views  |  
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First violence in the Uva Provincial Council elections observed by polls monitors before campaign officially kicks off The first violence of the Uva Provincial Council poll was recorded in the Monaragala District, with the attack on a United National Party Office in Wellawaya, polls monitors said yesterday. The office of UNP Monaragala District Organiser Tissa Kuttiararchchi in Handapanagala, Wellawaya was attacked at about 4:30 a.m.yesterday, the polls monitors Campaign for Free and Fair Elections observed. Propaganda material and furniture at the office have been destroyed, CaFFE said. Monaragala Police and Elections officials in the district have been notified of the attack and investigations... 

100 kilos of heroin seized

Published : 12:39 am  July 22, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  596 views  |  
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Narcotics Division of Customs Department yesterday seized a large heroin haul of over 100 kilograms today at the Orugodwatta container yard. Customs officials said the heroin hauls was hidden inside industrial grinding machines imported from Karachi, Pakistan. Customs arrested a suspect and the two Clearance officers responsible for clearing the shipment and seized the machinery. The suspects are to be questioned and the machinery will be dismantled to determine the amount and value of the heroin haul, officials said. This is the third such seizure in recent times. Last month the Special Task Force (STF) seized 85 kilograms of heroin during a special operation and arrested two suspects. Last... 

India refuses visa to UN team probing Sri Lanka

Published : 12:38 am  July 22, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  475 views  |  

India has refused to grant visas to the United Nations team appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to probe the alleged human rights violations during the last seven years of three-decades long conflict in Sri Lanka. India and four other South Asian countries have united in expressing objection to the UN probe mandated by a resolution adopted at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in March 2014. Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission, Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa has said that India has rejected to provide visa to the investigations committee to enter that country to conduct the probe, national news agency Lankapuvath reported. Nepal,... 

TNA Chief calls for common national front to resolve issues

Published : 12:38 am  July 22, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  334 views  |  
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Tamil National Alliance Leader and veteran Parliamentarian Rajavarothiam Sampanthan has issued a call for the formation of a common political front, with the Sinhalese and the Muslims to address the island’s ethnic question. Speaking at the convention of the EPRLF, a constituent party in the TNA on Sunday, Sampanthan said Tamil politicians were not seeking to secede from Sri Lanka, but merely seeking a reasonable power sharing arrangement for the Tamil people. “We cannot compromise on issues that cannot be compromised. But we cannot be violent. We are not seeking to secede,” he told the EPRLF convention. The Sinhalese and Tamil people must form a common cause to resolve the problems, Sampanthan... 

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