Major switch in order, one key SLPP figure and two SLFP figures to join UNP this week!

A powerful SLPP figure and two SLFP MPs are preparing to join the UNP this week in support of presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa, political sources said. It was further reported that this key SLPP figure was acquitted and freed by the courts on a number of charges recently leveled against him. The talks with the two SLFP members have ended successfully and that maybe three SLFP MPs could join Sajith Premadasa this week, according to sources.  more

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UAE Embassy issues fresh travel warning for Sri Lanka

The UAE Embassy in Colombo has issued a fresh alert to travellers, warning them not to visit the South Asian country of Sri Lanka, Gulf News reported. On its official Twitter account, the UAE mission said: “UAE nationals should not travel to Sri Lanka except in extreme cases. In the event of an emergency, citizens should call the embassy on +94 112-301-601, or contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s call center on +971 800-444-44.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has imposed a travel advisory on Sri Lanka…

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Sri Lanka implemented only three recommendations by EU observers

Sri Lanka implemented only three out of 26 recommendations made by EU election observers after the 2015 Presidential election. The European Union Election Observer Mission (EU EOM) to Sri Lanka officially launched its observation work in Colombo today related to the 16 November Presidential election. Observers were deployed to all nine provinces from Colombo today to monitor the pre-polls environment and also observe election day. Deputy Chief Observer Dimitra Ioannou told reporters in Colombo today that the EU EOM will be meeting a wide range of election stakeholders in their…

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Ceremonial Opening of Jaffna International Airport at Palaly Event was Botched by Sinhala Officials from Colombo who Organized the Event.

By Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H.Hoole Last Thursday (16 October) was a great day for Sri Lanka; the Jaffna International Airport was opened. It offered a great opportunity for integrating Jaffna with the rest of Sri Lanka; for tourists from Tamil Nadu (the largest number of tourists coming in from India) to hop over to Jaffna and visit – besides Jaffna – Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, etc.; and for industrial collaboration with India and industrial powerhouse Tamil Nadu. It was an event I could not miss. Being from Jaffna, I felt…

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Court of Appeal Issues Notices on Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, SSP Anuruddha Bandara Hakmana and HQI Senadhipathi K.D. de Silva Regarding Contempt of Court Application Filed by TNA National List MP Shanthi Srikandarasa

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Court of Appeal (CA) today issued notices on Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera and SSP Anuruddha Bandara Hakmana and HQI Senadhipathi K.D. de Silva of Mullaitivu returnable for November 8. The bench comprising Justices Yasantha Kodagoda (President/CA) and Arjuna Obeysekara after having satisfied on the material placed and submission made ordered to issue notices. MP Shanthi Sriskandarasa filed the contempt of court application seeking court that they be directed to plead and show cause as to why the court should not take steps to deal with him…

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U.S. says Sri Lankan army chief appointment will curtail cooperation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army will significantly curtail U.S. security cooperation with the country, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Sri Lanka’s president appointed Shavendra Silva as its army chief in August, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and the United Nations. A U.N. panel has accused the division Silva commanded of extrajudicial executions of unarmed rebels in the final week of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009 and systematic torture of people in…

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EU won’t intervene, sidesteps query on foreign interference Alleged attempts to discourage voters at 2019 prez poll:

By Shamindra Ferdinando Dimitra Ioannou, Deputy Chief Observer, EU Election Observation Mission, yesterday, said that the EU mission couldn’t intervene in case an attempt was made to discourage the voters in the Northern and Eastern provinces from exercising their franchise. Ioannou said so in response to The Island query what action the EU could take to ensure the people received an opportunity to exercise their franchise in support of a candidate of their choice in the wake of a five-party Tamil political grouping led by the Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) declaring…

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Council for Business with Britain to honour Kumar Sangakkara at ELT program fundraiser

Kumar Sangakkara  Kumar Sangakkara will be felicitated for role as first non-British MCC President  The Council for Business with Britain (CBB) of the Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will be hosting a fundraising event at the Shangri-La Hotel on Thursday, 24 October.  The event hopes to raise money for its English Language Training (ELT) program, which is run in conjunction with the British Council in Sri Lanka, and will be graced by the presence of the newly-appointed British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Sarah Hulton. Tickets are now…

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Sri Lanka’s Makers and Innovators with Maker Fair

October 22, 2019:   Maker Fair 2019 drew more than 7,000 people to Colombo’s Trace Expert City and showcased aspiring inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs from across Sri Lanka,.  The event, hosted by the U.S. Embassy and the American Center, featured more than 60 exhibitors and presenters, 50 corporate and 11 university partners, and more than 150 youth volunteers.  It also featured over 130 robotics teams who competed in Sri Lanka’s largest-ever robot battle. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’affaires (CDA) Martin Kelly described his visit to the Maker Fair as inspiring.  Delivering a…

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If SLPP comes to power, SLFP will be destroyed: Welgama

Victory for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) at next month’s presidential election would result to the dissolution of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party founded by late Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, SLFP Kalutara District MP Kumara Welgama said. He said it was the utmost duty of the SLFP members to protect the party without it being destroyed, adding that he would neither support Gotabaya Rajapaksa nor Sajith Premadasa.  “The decision to support the SLPP itself is a betrayal of the SLFP,” MP Welgama said.  However, he said…

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Terrorism & Arrests With Elections At Hand

By C.V. Wigneswaran – C.V. Wigneswaran Someone asked “There are sudden arrests taking place in Malaysia and Sri Lanka of those sympathetic to the Tiger cause. How do you see them?”  My response was: A dangerous question to answer. Anything said sympathetic towards those arrested or suspected could be used against me too since I am a politician now. So let me tell something that happened in my judicial life. When I was the High Court Judge of Colombo a person was brought before me as a dangerous suspect. The man was…

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