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2015 General Elections : Saving Sri Lanka’s sovereignty
Sri Lanka is at a crucial juncture. The situation is far more dangerous than the 3 decades of terror that prevailed.

It is such an intense situation that calls for all politicians to set aside their self-centred political ideologies and cunning to realize the thin line we are treading on and the abysmal outcome likely to result unless we all rise to the occasion as one nation protecting the nation from division or separation. This election is about voting to divide or secure the sovereignty of the country. (Lankaweb)

Direct assistance to the northern province: UN is violating Sri Lanka’s sovereignty
UN Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric, said the United Nations was exploring the provision of a broad package of technical and financial assistance to the Northern province at the request of the Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran.

He said “we're exploring provision of a broad package of technical and financial assistance at the request of the Chief Minister, also including the support of the Northern Province to bolster citizen confidence in the peace process" (Asian Tribune)

Promoting petroleum – Sri Lanka mulls national oil & gas company
Sri Lanka’s Power and Energy Ministry is to set up a national oil and gas company to exploit offshore natural gas deposits found in the Mannar Basin.

Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka in an interview with The Sunday Leader said that the government was of the view that harnessing natural gas from the two oil drilling wells – Dorado and Barracuda drilled by Cairn, was commercially viable. (Sunday Leqader)

Prabhakaran’s bodyguard in lankan election fray
Sivanathan Navindra alias Venthan, a former bodyguard of the slain Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is among nine ex-Tiger militants contesting the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections from the Jaffna-Kilinochchi electoral district as members of a new outfit, Crusaders for Democracy (CFD).

Venthan and fellow candidate, Rasaiah Tharmakulasingham alias Gamini, had both lost their legs in the war. And like others in the CFD list, had undergone “rehabilitation” conducted by the Lankan armed forces after Eelam War IV. The “Puli Muga Silanthi”, a poisonous spider, is their election symbol. (Daily Mirror)

I am not scared of Hambantota- MR
UPFA Kurunegala District candidate and Prime Minister hopeful Mahinda Rajapaksa said he is contesting from Kurunegala as a gratitude to people outside his stronghold Hambantota who are battling for him and that he does not fear people of Hambantota

“I came especially to Sooriyawewa to give an important message to the people here. I am contesting from Kurunegala and not from Hambantota. (Ada Derana)

Ravi has unleashed terror in Colombo - Thilanga
Deputy Minister Thilanga Sumathipala says that although the Elections Commissioner had promised to conduct a free and fare election, Finance Minister Raci Karunanayake has been able to unleash terror in the city of Colombo.

Addressing a media briefing in Colombo today, the Deputy Minister of Skills Development stated that the UPFA government had managed to eradicate the underworld during its reign. (Ada Derana)

Balapitiya UNP Organiser Joins UPFA
Balapitiya organizer of United National Party (UNP) Kamal Jayantha de Soysa offered his support to United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA) a short while ago.

He announced his decision during an UPFA election meeting held at Elpitiya bus stand. Former president and UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa also attended the meeting. (Asian Mirror)

Disappearances: UN visit on hold due to parliamentary polls
A 10-day visit by the United Nations Working Group of Enforced or Involu-ntary Disappe-arances (WGEID) scheduled to begin on Monday (Aug.3) has been cancelled due to August 17 parliamentary polls.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Kolonne yesterday told The Island that new dates would be decided after the election. Ms Kolonne said: (Sunday Island)

Sujeewa Senasinghe noticed to appear in Court
Deputy Justice Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe and another person were today noticed to appear in the Homagama Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, August 5 for allegedly violating election laws and obstructing a police officer from carrying out his duties and threatening him.

The Police said illegal procession and using loud speakers without obtaining a licence from the police were also among the charges against the deputy minister. (Daily Mirrror)

Smoking and drinking scenes back on screen due to lax enforcement of regulations
The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) yesterday alleged that some teledramas and films promoted the use of alcohol.

Chairman NATA, Dr Palitha Abeykoon said that in accordance with NATA Act No. 27 of 2006, the Media Ministry had issued guidelines which should be followed when producing dramas and films. (Sunday Island)

One killed as van runs over supporters of Duminda
At least one person died and four others were injured when a van driven by a police officer ran over supporters of UPFA candidate and Minister Duminda Dissanayake in Rambawa, Anuradhapura, this afternoon. (Daily Mirrror)

UPFA calls for immediate probe into Bloemendhal shooting
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UFPA) today expressed shock and disbelief over the tragic shooting incident at Bloemendhal Road in Colombo, which claimed the life of a UNP supporter and wounded at least another dozen.

The UPFA government which prepared the environment for the conducting of a peaceful election expresses its deep regret, as the opposition, regarding this situation which is arising, UPFA Spokesman Dilan Perera said. (Ada Derana)

CCTV footage Of suspect with dead body in luggage released
The Police today (31) released CCTV footage of the person who is believed to be responsible for murdering the woman whose body found inside a travelling bag on Wednesday(29) morning. the body was found at Anuradhapura queue of the Bastian Mawatha Private Bus Terminal, Pettah.

The victim was identified as Rangan Karthika who was from Vaddukkoddai, Jaffna. She was 34 years old, the police said. (Asian Mirror)

Six masked men spray bullets at UNP canvassers Political or Underworld clash?
An armed gang opened fire at a group of United National Party supporters who were canvassing for the election at Bloemendhal Road, Kotahena in Colombo killing one and injuring 13 others yesterday (31) afternoon.

Unconfirmed reports say that an underworld gang had attacked members of a rival underworld gang who were also attending the election canvassing. (CEYLON TODAY)

Elections Chief to probe Expressway ceremony
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said he would probe whether a request issued by the Prime Minister’s office requesting media coverage for the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Central Expressway was a violation of election laws.

The Prime Minister’s office on July 30 (Thursday) sent a letter to media institutions requesting media coverage for the event, which is due to be held on August 3 (Monday). However, the move could be tantamount to election propaganda as Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is contesting the upcoming General Election from the Colombo District under the United National Party (UNP) ticket. Wickremesinghe is also the leader of the UNP. (The Nation)

UNP condemns ‘cowardly attack’ on supporters
The United National Party (UNP) today condemned the attack on a group of people engaged in Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s election campaign at Bloemendhal Road, Colombo.

Armed men opened fire at the group of UNP supporters this morning killing one woman and injuring more than 10 others in the Kotahena area. (Ada Derana)

Woman dies after gunmen open fire at election campaign rally in Sri Lanka; 12 people wounded
Unidentified gunmen have opened fire at an election campaign rally in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, killing a woman and wounding at least 12 people, police said.

The attackers sprayed bullets into a crowd of 600 people just after finance minister Ravi Karunanayake left the venue, marking the first major violence ahead of the August 17 parliamentary elections. (ABC news)

UPFA candidate’s cards distributed with ‘Pirith’ books at temple
Nawagattegama Police have arrested four persons who were allegedly distributing cards of UPFA candidate Neomal Perera along with Pirith Poth or sacred books of protective chants at a temple today (July 31) - Adhi Esala Full Moon Poya Day.

The former MP’s Coordinating Secretary was among the suspects who were arrested near the Abhinawarama Buddhist Temple in Rambakanayagama, Nawagattegama. (Ada Derana)

Fabricated case against Tiran – Romesh de Silva
President's Counsel Romesh de Silva yesterday told the Supreme Court that the case against former Parliamentarian Tiran Alles was fabricated and a citizen can only be arrested if the allegations were proved beyond reasonable doubt. He made these submissions when the Fundamental Rights petition filed by former Parliamentarian Tiran Alles was taken up for hearing.

Alles filed this petition to prevent his unlawful arrest over the RADA case where the CID sought to arrest Alles through a Lower Court. (CEYLON TODAY)

DEW challenges Govt., Opp. to explain how promises will be fulfilled with meagre income
One-time Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) D. E. W. Gunasekera yesterday challenged the caretaker government and the SLFP-led UPFA to reveal how they were planning to increase state revenue needed for implementing a range of promises made by them in the run-up to the Aug. 17 parliamentary polls.

The General Secretary of the Communist Party urged the electorate not to be deceived by pledges made by both coalitions. (The Island)

Interim order sought to prevent Premakeerthi De Alwis's name being given to road
Nirmala de Alwis, widow of popular artiste Preemakeerthi de Alwis filed a writ petition with the Court of Appeals today, seeking an interim order preventing Homagama PS from naming a road after her late husband.

The petitioner said that the Homagama PS was planning to rename a road under the PS jurisdiction after her late husband’s name. (Asian Mirror)

AG clears MR in RADA case
Even though the original complaint in connection with an alleged fraud at the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) was lodged against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in the course of investigations, the former President had not been found to be among the perpetrators of the crime, the Attorney General informed the Supreme Court today.

Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda, appearing on behalf of the Attorney General made this submission, when a fundamental rights petition filed by former MP Tiran Alles came up before the three-judge-bench of the Supreme Court. (Daily Mirror)

Avant Garde case Sujeewa wages war on AG
Deputy Minister of Justice Sujeewa Senasinghe said that he would take legal action against the decision made by the Attorney General (AG) regarding the Avant Garde case.

Although the Deputy Solicitor General had recommended that the suspects in the Avant Garde case be taken into custody, the Attorney General is of the opinion that there is no wrong committed over the incident and that he could therefore standby his decision. (CEYLON TODAY)

Bribery Commission did not probe any serious allegations – Rajitha
New commissioners will be appointed to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption after August 18, says Cabinet Spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne.

The Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine charged that so far the bribery commission has not conducted a proper investigation into any serious allegations. (Ada Derana)

Sri Lanka consumer prices fall for first time in July
Sri Lanka's consumer prices in July fell 0.2 percent from a year earlier, the first time prices turned negative, the Department of Census and Statistics said on Thursday.

Annual consumer inflation in June was 0.1 percent, a record low at the time. (REUTERS)

Rupavahini chairman resigns
Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Chairman Somaratne Dissanayake said he would resign from office from August 3 due to personal reasons (Daily Mirror)

China to give kidney hospital, US250mn in grants to Sri Lanka
China will build a 100 million dollar specialized hospital to treat a mysterious kidney disease that is striking mainly rice farmers in Sri Lanka and also give another 250 million dollars in grant aid, Ambassador Yi Xianliang said.

"China will contribute assistance to Sri Lanka to construct a special hospital," Ambassador Yi told members of the Sri Lanka China Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. (economynext)

Samarasinghe wants domestic inquiry without outside pressure
Sri Lanka should be allowed to hold a domestic investigation into alleged human rights violations during the final stages of the country’s war against the LTTE without international pressure, State Minister of Finance and UPFA Kalutara District candidate Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday.

Addressing a press conference at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI), to announce the launch of his new book Samarasinghe said Sri Lanka must implement some more recommendations of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), before September, to face the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) report on the international probe against Sri Lanka successfully. (The Island)

UPFA will undo UNP damages: Susil
In the first six months of a UPFA government that was to be formed in the event of winning the August 17 poll, the Parliament would be turned into a Constitutional Assembly to introduce a new Constitution and electoral reforms, General Secretary of the UPFA Susil Premajayantha said.

Premajayantha, who is contesting from the Colombo District, told the media at the SLFP head office that all unfair acts, layoffs, transfers and other punishments, evictions and ill treatment on UPFA and SLFP supporters allegedly committed since January 8 would be reversed and justice would be done within two weeks of office by a UPFA regime. (Daily Mirror)

Leading businessman arrested on charges of rape
Greenlanka Shipping Ltd. Managing Director Prashan Nanayakkara was arrested and produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today on charges of rape and was released on a surety of one million rupees.

He was arrested earlier today following investigations on a complaint filed by a young woman, who said that she was sexually exploited by the said individual for a period of 10 years and that she was also brutally raped and assaulted. (Asian Mirror)

Nalaka Thero reveals Champika’s alleged plan
In a bid to fulfill the demands of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a pact has been signed between the United National Party (UNP) and Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, Convener of the National Joint Committee, Gunadasa Amarasekara said.

The observation was made at a press conference held in Colombo on Wednesday (29). (Ada Derana)

Ranil-Sobhitha thera sign MoU
Sri Lanka's standards in democracy and good governance have appreciably increased over the past six months, observed Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera on the occasion of the signing of the 14-point Memorandum of Understanding with Ranil Wickremesinghe, Leader of the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) yesterday.

The signing of the MOU was a symbolic gesture to formalize the partnership of 106 civil society organizations comprising the UNFGG. (CEYLON TODAY)

Mastermind of 2009 Sri Lankan cricket team attack killed
The head of the banned Pakistani Sunni extremist outifit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Malik Ishaq, was killed in an attempted breakout from police late on Tuesday, along with his sons and 11 others, Pakistani media have reported.

Ishaq and his two sons had been arrested last week and taken to Punjab’s Muzaffargarh district for recovery of weapons, and while they were returning on Tuesday, militants attempted to free them by opening fire on security forces. (Ada Derana)

Sri Lanka ties with Google for Internet beamed from balloons
Sri Lanka teamed up on Tuesday with Google to bring high-speed Internet access to the island using balloons, aiming to become the first country in the region with complete coverage.

Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera said officials signed an agreement with Google in the capital Colombo to launch the helium-filled, high-tech balloons above the Indian Ocean island in coming months. (Bangkok Post)

Arjuna's winning team paid tribute by 96-floor cricket bat tower in Sri Lanka
India's Shreepati Edifice (Pvt) Ltd, will build a 96-floor tower in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, styled after a cricket bat, which will be the tallest building in the country, the state investment promotion office said..

The tubular structured tower, is a tribute to Sri Lanka's World Cup winning cricket team of 1996, the Board of Investments of Sri Lanka which signed an investment agreement said Wednesday. The BOI gives tax breaks to large investment projects. (economynext)

US wants military bases in SL: Vitharana
Recent statements made by an incoming ambassador of the US to the region and a high ranking military official of the US indicated that the US intended establishing military bases in Sri Lanka, leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) Prof. Tissa Vitharana said.

“The senior military official in charge of South East Asia and the ambassador have publicly said that they intend on including Sri Lanka in its security ring in this part of the region. This is nothing but a clear indication that they want to establish a military base,” he said. (Daily Mirror)

Poster removal costs taxpayer an arm and a leg
Acknowledging that the Parliamentary Elections Act of 1981 lacked provision to deal with those candidates pasting posters at public places, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday said that he would consult the Attorney General in that regard.

EC Deshapriya said that the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) had assured of its support to Elections Secretariat’s in its efforts to rein in political parties. The polls chief was responding to a query by The Island regarding him releasing Rs. 75 mn to the police to hire workers to remove propaganda material instead of prosecuting those who had been violating election law with impunity. (The Island)

Three wheeler owners to get duty free cars, 20-yr housing loan, credit card: UPFA manifesto
Sri Lanka's opposition United National Freedom Party has promised a series election promise to three wheeler owners that is likely to send the demand for the Indian made vehicle rocketing to new heights.

Three wheeler owners will give a chance to buy one car at concessionary taxes, if returned to power, a 20-year housing loan and 100,000 rupee credit card. (economynext)

Sri Lanka party promises fairy tale weddings
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's lavish policy document was launched at a red-carpet ceremony in Colombo, but the event merited Hollywood glitz given the block-buster potential of the manifesto.

An interest-free loan of LKR 200,000 is offered to each couple getting married after the UPFA forms a government, if elected at the August 17 vote. (economynext)

Why Rajapaksa as Sri Lankan PM is bad for India
There is unprecedented political flux in Sri Lanka with just about three weeks to go for parliamentary elections. By throwing his hat in the ring, former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa has contributed hugely to the churning

Nobody is quite sure what the August 17 play of dice throws up. Moreover, the timing of the elections is significant as the UN report on human rights abuse by the Sinhala army in the last phase of the military campaign against the LTTE will be tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by September-end, when the new Parliament will meet and a new prime minister take charge. He may just be Mahinda Rajapaksa.(daily O)

Sri Lanka opposition says no autonomy for Tamils
Sri Lanka's main opposition party Tuesday scrapped a longstanding promise to give greater autonomy to minority Tamils, as it tries to win over hardline sections of the Sinhalese majority before a general election.

In its manifesto launched in Colombo, former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said it would refuse to grant more powers to a local council in the Tamils' northern heartland if it won the August 17 election.(Emirates 24/7)

Sri Lanka stocks close up 0.2-pct
Sri Lanka’s stocks closed up 0.19 percent on Tuesday, with index heavy stocks making gains, brokers said.

The Colombo benchmark All Share Price Index closed 13.84 points higher at 7,261.07 up 0.19 percent.(Lanka Business Online)

Sri Lanka opts for desalination
Sri Lanka has opted to construct a seawater desalination plant to supply drinking water to people in the northern Jaffna peninsula after a plan to divert water from a reservoir failed.

The Asian Development Bank has agreed to consider a loan of US$ 90 million to Sri Lanka to fund the desalination project, the government said.(D&WR)

Rajapaksa promises new constitution within 6 months
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today reiterated that that the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has not divided into two factions. Only one faction exists and that is the anti-UNP faction, he said.

The UPFA is not “a cauldron of porridge” like the UNP, he said, delivering a speech at the launch of the UPFA election manifesto at Henry Pedris Ground in Colombo. The UPFA election manifesto is titled “A Guarantee for the Future.” (Ada Derana)

UPFA election manifesto presented to Maithripala
The election manifesto of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), for the 2015 General Election, was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena this morning by a group of party leaders.

Leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Dinesh Gunawardena, UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa were present on the occasion. teall of them. (Ada Derana)

ITN rejects live telecast of UPFA manifesto-UPFA
The state owned Independent Television Network (ITN) has refused a request to telecast live the UPFA election manifesto,which is to be launched today, asserting that it has to accommodate the already scheduled programmes of the channel -- in a letter sent by ITN to the general secretary of the UPFA.

The letter, signed by ITN chairman Dhammika Ganganath Dissanayake and sent to UPFA general secretary Susil Premajayantha said that, although there were a large number of requests to telecast paid election related advertisements on the channel, due to the earlier scheduled programmes and election advertisements, the channel was not able to accommodate due to the earlier scheduled programmes and election advertisements, the channel was not able to accommodateall of them. (Daily Mirror)

Three global oil giants express interest in exploring oil in Sri Lanka
Following the exit of Cairn India from offshore oil exploration in Sri Lanka's Mannar basin, three major oil companies have expressed interest in continuing the Cairn's work.

Power and Energy Ministry Secretary B.M.S. Batagoda said bids have been received from three global oil companies - Total, Shell and ExxonMobil - for exploration in the Mannar Basin.on. (Colombo Page)

New Constitution needed - TNA
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka, has demanded that the country frame a new Constitution to address a host of issues it’s grappling with, including the Tamil question.

Taking time off from his election campaign, R. Sampanthan, the 82-year-old leader of the TNA, told The Hindu in Jaffna on Sunday afternoon that “everybody wants a new Constitution. Even the Sinhalese leadership wants a new Constitution. There are many matters that, to me, [call for] a new Constitution.” (Ada Derana)

Action needed to meet LTTE threat, says GL
Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday alleged that for want of a cohesive national security strategy post-war peace and stability was at stake.

Arguing that the government was wholly incapable of addressing national security issues, Prof. Peiris said the recent arrest of an LTTE cadre Krishna Kumar along with 300 grams of cyanide, Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment and seven hand phones at Ramanathapuram, South India pointed to the urgent need to take remedial action. (The Island )

Sri Lankan attorney mulls legal action against the UNHRC Sri Lanka investigation
Attorney Dharshan Weerasekera has written to the President of the United Nations General Assembly enumerating certain concerns he has with the UNHRC’s Sri Lanka investigation, and indicating that if these concerns are not addressed he will explore ways of gaining redress through domestic law. (Lankaweb )

Sri Lanka to revive state sugar firm with foreign investment as prices collapse
Sri Lanka is planning to revive a state sugar factory with a foreign investor expected to pump in 100 million US dollars, which will create thousands of jobs in a remote rural area, officials said as global prices collapsed to a new low.

A joint venture firm MG Sugars Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, in which the private investors will have a 49 percent stake and the state 51 percent is planning to build a new factory. (economynext )

Sri Lanka looks at naval base for Hambantota as second development phase gets underway
A naval base may be built at Sri Lanka's Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (Hambantota Port), which is said to have been underused since it was built with a Chinese loan in 2010, local media reports.

Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka's Minister of Ports, received approval on July 22 from the Sri Lankan cabinet to undertake a feasibility study and prepare a plan to build a naval dockyard at the site. (Shipand Bunker )

Vote for UPFA to safeguard national sovereignty: Sri Lanka Diaspora in the US (SLADUS)
Press Release
Sri Lanka Diaspora in the US (SLADUS), representing a cross section of the expatriate community in the US, urges voters to safeguard Sri Lanka’s national, economic, and social interests by casting their ballots for the UPFA team led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the August 17 General Election.

The UPFA (Symbol: Betel Leaf) represents the only viable solution in the current climate of chaos, instability, and rapid economic decline. (Facebook)

Sri Lanka sells US$165 million in floating rate bonds
Sri Lanka has sold 165.25 million dollars of floating rate bonds which includes 110 million US dollars of 1 year and 3 month bonds at 342.99 basis points above the 6-month London Interbank Offered Rate.

The debt office also sold 55.25 million US dollars of 2 year bonds which will pay 365.36 basis points above the 6-month Libor. (economynext )

Expo 2015 secures a 53 million Sapphire order for Sri Lanka
The Commissioner General for Sri Lanka, for Expo 2015 Dr. Rohantha Athukorala announced that Sri Lanka has secured a Rs. 53 million order for Sapphire gems from the Milano exposition.

The Exporter hailing from Matale was excited given that most visitors to a typical Expo Exhibition are end consumers. The buyer hailing from the Zhejiang Province of the Peoples Republic of China has legally signed the agreement for delivery within a year that has been witnessed by the Pavilion Director of Sri Lanka said Dr Athukorala." ( Govet. News Portal of Sri Lanka )

MR: No factions in SLFP, UNP will be defeated
Former President and UPFA Prime Ministerial Candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that there were no factions in the SLFP and the party would go ahead as one entity to defeat the common enemy, the UNP.

Addressing the UPFA Matale District rally at the Naula Public Grounds, he said: "Now, we are working as one group to defeat the UNP at the August 17 general election." (The Island)

TNA's manifesto a threat to SL sovereignty: Tissa
United Citizens' Front (UCF) Leader Tissa Attanayake said today the Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) manifesto is a threat to the country's sovereignty because it calls for the pardoning of the LTTE.

He said the TNA’s manifesto released on Saturday is a challenge to the war victory because it wants a re-merger of the North and East under federal structure and right to self determination for Sri Lankan Tamils. (Daily Mirror)

China Harbour proposes dockyard at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port
China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has proposed building a dockyard at Hambantota Port on Sri Lanka’s south coast for ship building and repair.

Ports and Shipping Minster Arjuna Ranatunga last week got Cabinet approval from the Cabinet of Ministers to negotiate with CHEC on the dockyard proposal. (economynext)

Pallikudawe Ukkuwa killed, two others injured
Notorious underworld kingpin Jayaweera Patabendige Indika Nilusha alias Ukkuwa has been killed by an unidentified group of people in Tangalle, this morning (26), the police said.

Two other persons, who were injured during the clash, have also been admitted to the Tangalle hospital, the police added. (Ada Derana)

Sri Lanka naval personnel alleged of attacking Indian fishermen
A group of Indian fishermen have complained to Indian fisheries department officials that Sri Lanka Naval personnel attacked them while they were fishing off Katchatheevu islet Saturday night.

The Sri Lankan Navy personnel opened fire in the air, forcing them to return to shore, the fishermen from Tamil Nadu have claimed. The naval personnel have also pelted stones and bottles at them. (Colombo Page)

Another LTTE militant arrested in Tamil Nadu
Close on the heels of the arrest of an LTTE militant in Ramanathapuram district, one more alleged member of the banned outfit has been held near the airport in Tiruchirappalli today (26).

The LTTE militant Kumaraguru was arrested along with two locals who were allegedly assisting him in getting a fake passport. He was arrested when he was planning to go back to Sri Lanka, Tiruchirappali Police told. (Asian Mirror)

Sri Lankan Prime Minister calls to build a new country without petty politics
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has called on everyone in the country to join a program to build a new country without the customary politics in the next five years

He says five years is sufficient for his government to build a new country, as his government with the President Maithripala Sirisena was able to implement Good Governance within 100 days. (Colombo Page)

Second Lankan Isis Militant traced
Another Sri Lankan named Sharfaz Nilam Muhsin, has been identified as the second known Lankan cadre fighting with the Islamic State (IS) forces in Syria. He has been also identified as being the brother-in-law of Sharfaz Nilam Muhsin (37) aka Abu Shuraih Sailani (Caliphate name) who was killed on July 12 in a US coalition airstrike in Syria.

Ceylon Today learns that the brother- in-law of Nilam goes under the pseudonym of Thauqeer Ahmed Thajudeen, and is an IS militant fighting under the Caliphate's name Abu Dhujaana Seylani . (CEYLON TODAY)

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