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Tamil fishermen in Vanni warn of confronting intruding Sinhala fishermen


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Eezham Tamil fishermen’s societies in Mullaith-theevu and in Vadamaraadchi East complain that more than 400 trawlers from the South have been deployed along their coast from Chaalai to Naakar-koayil in Jaffna district, exploiting their livelihood and marine resources almost on daily basis in the recent weeks.

The occupying Sinhala fishermen were telling the local fishermen in the beginning that they would not be disturbing the livelihood of the local fishermen and that there were only 40 trawlers engaging in the fishing from a distance of 4 nautical miles beyond the coastline.

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SRILANKA hands over petition to UNHRC Chief


 petition to UNHRC Chief

Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara yesterday handed over a petition to UNHRC President Joaquin Alexander Maza Martelli requesting that action be taken against Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein and Special Rapporteur Monica Pinto for forcing Sri Lanka towards Constitutional Reform, basing their reports on false information and bias. 

SRILANKA hands over petitionto UNHRC ChiefRetired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekarahanded over a petitionUNHRC President Joaquin Alexander Maza Martelliagainst Human Rights High CommissionerZeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein

Petition filed by Ven. Gnanasara Thero retracted


Petition filed by Ven. Gnanasara Thero

The Fundamental Rights petition submitted by Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero presented to the Supreme Court has been retracted by Ven. Gnanasara Thero. 

The petition was filed by Ven. Gnanasara Thero requesting the Police Organized Crimes Division to not arrest him, as they had been planning on doing do previously. 

The presidential lawyer representing Ven. Gnanasara Thero, Tirantha Walaliyadda stated that the outcome expected from the petition had already been achieved, and that the petition was no longer required, and hence was retracted today (22). 

Petition filed by Ven. Gnanasara Therofundamental rights petitionsubmitted by Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Theropresented to the Supreme CourtPolice Organized Crimes Division

Terrorism is against the spirit of humanity - Mahinda


Terrorism is against the spirit of humanity - Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that Sri Lankan armed forces were provided unrelenting support, backed by actual and concrete actions on part of the government and it was a difficult task, one that could not be possible without public buy-in.

In his comments, Rajapaksa said there was no distinction between terrorists, mirroring the good vs. bad Taliban debate in Pakistan. He said that terrorism is against the spirit of humanity and no country can prosper if people are compelled to live their lives under fear. 

Terrorism is against the spirit of humanityFormer President Mahinda RajapaksaSri Lankan armed forcesprovided unrelenting supportactual and concrete actions on part of the governmentdifficult task

Pakistan Court acquits two in Sri Lanka team attack case


Pakistan Court acquits two in Sri Lanka team attack

Obaidullah and Ibrahim Khalil had been accused of providing arms and training to the terrorists involved in the attack on a visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore on March 3, 2009.

Seven people had been killed and 20, including seven Sri Lankan players, injured in the attacks. The Lankan team had escaped owing to the heroics of the team’s bus driver. The doors of international cricket in Pakistan had been, till recently, closed as a result of the incident.

Pakistan Court acquitstwo in Sri Lanka team attack caseaccused of providing arms and trainingterrorists involved in the attackvisiting Sri Lankan cricket teamLahore on March 32009.

Sri Lanka will be free of land mines by 2020 - D. M. Swaminathan


Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D. M. Swaminathan

Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D. M. Swaminathan stated that he aimed to make Sri Lanka a nation completely free of land mines by the year 2020.

The Minister affirmed that 26 square km more of the North-Central Province were still pending mine clearance.

He stated this upon attending the occasion where Batticaloa was officially declared free of mine risks.

Out of the total number of land mines buried during the civil war, 1,276,898 have already been removed.

Sri Lanka will be free of land minesyear 2020.Minister of Prison ReformsRehabilitationResettlement and Hindu Religious AffairsD. M. SwaminathanMinister affirmed that 26 square kmNorth-Central Province were still pending mine clearance

Environmental destruction has become a major problem worldwide - President


Environmental destruction has become a major problem worldwide

President Maithripala Sirisena stated that the destruction of the environment had become a major problem worldwide.

President Sirisena said that the problem was being intensified as a result of impacts brought about my conflicts and disputes in society.

Accordingly, a need for the implementation of a new, methodical scheme has arisen in order to build a favourable and safe country, he said.

The President thus expressed his sentiments upon attending a function which was held in Giritale, Polonnaruwa.

Environmental destructionbecome a major problem worldwidePresident Maithripala Sirisenaproblem was being intensifiedconflicts and disputes in society.

GMOA on Island Wide Strike Today


GMOA on Island Wide Strike

GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said, that the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) last night decided to resort to a trade union action that will lead to a countrywide token strike to begin at 8.00am today (22).

GMOA on Island Wide StrikeGMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Haritha AluthgeGovernment Medical Officers Associationlast night decidedstrike to begin at 8.00am today (22).

At least 15 university students injured after anti-SAITAM protest


police used water canons to disperse protesting students

At  least 15 university students were injured and hospitalised after police used water canons to disperse protesting students who had gathered opposite the Health Ministry today.

The police also baton charged to disperse the crowd as they forcefully entered into the Health Ministry premises on Wednesday afternoon.

A group of about 1000 students had engaged in the protest which was organized against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine.

least 15 university students injuredanti-SAITAM protestdisperse protesting studentsopposite the Health Ministry todaygroup of about 1000 studentsSouth Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine

CV to Take Oaths As Minister of Agriculture & Education.


CV to Take Oaths As Minister of Agriculture & Education.

The two Ministry portfolios were vacated following the resignation of Minister of Agriculture P. Iyngaraneshan and the Minister of Education T. Kurukularaja, over corruption allegations.

Followed by this, Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran is scheduled to take oaths as Minister of Agriculture and Education.

TNA provincial councilor M.K. Sivajilingam said, that the Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneshwaran  will be sworn in before Northern governor Reginald Corey  this afternoon.

 

two Ministry portfoliosvacated following the resignationMinister of Agriculture P. Iyngaraneshan and the Minister of Education T. Kurukularajacorruption allegationsNorthern Provincial Council Chief Ministerscheduled to take oaths as Minister of Agriculture and Education.

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