US warns SL on investment, military ties after army chief promotion
A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Tuesday that Sri Lanka’s appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army could affect U.S. military cooperation and investment in the island nation.
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Shavendra Silva assumes duties
Newly appointed Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva assumed duties at the Army Headquarters this morning amidst military honours.
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Shavendra is as important to us as Gen. Grant to Americans
In the same way, General Ulysses S. Grant who led the government forces against the separatist civil war in the USA became important to Americans, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva is also important to the Sri Lankan Government, said the Minister of Megalopolis and Western Development Patalie Champika Ranawaka at a press briefing held yesterday at his ministry.
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SIS should be made an independent body, governed by legislation
The special three-member committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to investigate the April 21 bombing yesterday said state intelligence services should be made an independent body while it should be governed by legislation.
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Prez seeks time till Jan. ’20 to approve
At yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have sought time till January next year to approve the agreement with the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) but Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had insisted it should be signed as soon as possible.
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Duminda says building rented out with AG’s approval
Former agriculture minister Duminda Dissanayanke denied the statement made earlier at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) that the lease agreement was signed with D.P.A. Jayasinghe & Company without the Attorney General’s approval said he had signed the lease agreement in 2016 with the AG’s approval.
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Local and international schools will come under the ministry: Minister
According to the new Education Act, the power of regulating all schools including International schools would come under the Education Ministry, the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.
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What right has US to criticise new Army Chief: Wimal
The US has no right to criticise the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander based on the OISL report at the UN Human Rights Council, from which it withdrew describing it as a cesspit, MP Wimal Weerawansa said.
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Shavendra’s promotion sends a worrying message to victims of war: EU
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) today said the promotion of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva to the post of Army Commander undermined Sri Lanka’s efforts towards national reconciliation and sent a worrying message to victims and survivors of the war.
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Two Moulavis trained by Zahran arrested
Two Moulavis who had undergone weapons training under National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ) leader Zahran Hashim at a camp in Nuwara Eliya, was arrested today, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.
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Criticisms on Army Chief’s appointment
Unwarranted and unacceptable: SL tells critics
The appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander is a sovereign decision by the Head of State and the comments made by foreign entities over the appointment were ‘unwarranted and unacceptable’, the Sri Lankan Government said today.
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Govt. withdraws State Lands (SP) Bill
The government today withdrew the State Lands (Special Provisions) Bill, against which several petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court.
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Gota assures solutions to northern people’s concerns
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa today assured he would resolve the plight faced by the northern people.
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Former Sathosa Acting General Manager released on bail
Former Acting General Manager of Lanka Sathosa, Wimal Perera, who was sentenced to one-year imprisonment, was released on bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court later today.
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Shavendra’s appointment undermines accountability efforts: Canada
The appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as the Army Commander undermines reconciliation and accountability efforts in Sri Lanka, the Canadian High Commission said today.
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SC rejects three petitions submitted against death penalty
The Supreme Court has rejected three petitions submitted against the implementation of the death penalty, Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri informed parliament today.
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Former Lanka Sathosa acting General Manager sentenced to prison
Former Acting General Manager of Lanka Sathosa, Wimal Perera, was sentenced to one-year imprisonment after he was found guilty of selling 1,000 metric tonnes of white rice at a price lower than the control price and incurring a loss of Rs.4 million to the government.
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