World leaders begin high-level climate talks

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A critical UN conference aimed at agreeing a new global approach to climate change has begun in Paris.

Negotiators from 195 countries will try to reach a deal within two weeks aimed at reducing global carbon emissions.

Leaders from 147 nations will address the meeting, known as COP21, on Monday. Initiatives aimed at boosting clean technologies are due to be launched.

But the world's poorest countries say they fear being "left behind" in the push for a new treaty.
The French government will officially take over the running of the talks during Monday's opening ceremony.

Police have locked down the conference centre in Le Bourget, closing roads amid strict security for the leaders' visit.
Presidents and prime ministers will address the gathering with organisers hoping high-level appearances will boost the chances of reaching a deal to cut emissions.

"It will be the turning point, which is what the world requires," said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at the weekend.


Picture : The Eiffel Tower was lit up on Sunday evening in support of the climate conference



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Inaugural Air Symposium of SLAF

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The inaugural Air Symposium 2015, organized by Sri Lanka Air Force was held today (30), at the Eagle’s Lakeside Convention and Banquet Hall, Aththidiya.  The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi was the chief guest and Key Note Speaker at the Symposium which was attended by a broad cross section of military and civilian academics, public service officials, members of the diplomatic community and academics.

The theme of the symposium was “Nation Building through Maritime Air Security.”

Delivering the opening remarks, the Commander of Air Force, Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala spoke of the importance of recognizing the importance of the maritime domain and the mastery of the air above it.  He pointed out that the increasing importance of the Indian Ocean region has ensured that ay turmoil in the region can lead to a cascading effect on the regional and global geo political environment.

Delivering the key note speech, Eng. Hettiarachchi added that maritime concerns were always important for Sri Lanka even in history and that a new perspective has to be infused in to the visions of our defence as well as other public sector organization so as to ensure that we make the optimum use of our maritime resources.

The full day symposium was also attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, the Commander of the Navy, former Commanders of the Air Force, Senior officers of the three services, Senior Public officials from the ministries, representatives of neighbouring and allied nations, members of the media as well as many other distinguished invitees.  

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Premiers of Australia and Canada appreciates remarkable changes brought in the governance

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President Maithripala Sirisena in a meeting with Prime Ministers of Canada Justin Trudeau and Australia Malcolm Turnbull congratulated them for their electoral victories recently in the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Malta (28th Nov). Read the Full Article

Heavy traffic in and around Colombo due to heavy rain

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Heavy traffic in and around Colombo due to heavy rain causing flooding in some roads, the police said. Read the Full Article

10 more likely to join Yahapalana Government

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Ten members of the Joint Opposition are tipped to crossover to the government. The crossover is expected to take place in January, political sources said.

Of the 10, three held Cabinet ministerial positions in the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government while two others were non-Cabinet Ministers.

They are expected to support the government when the vote on the Third Reading of the 2016 Budget will be taken up in Parliament on 19 December.

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One killed, another injured in Habaraduwa

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Police have launched investigations into an incident in which two individuals were critically injured after being stabbed in Thalpe area in Habaraduwa police division yesterday (29) at around 5.20p.m.

One of the victims was pronounced dead upon admission to Karapitiya Hospital, Police Media Unit said. The other victim is being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Karapitiya Hospital, Police added.

It has been revealed that a personal dispute has led to the incident.

Habaraduwa Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Father and Son drown in Nittambuwa

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Two of the same family – a father and a son- drowned in Thunlokinda Oya in Nittambuwa police division yesterday (29) at around 12.30p.m. Police said that the father died while attempting to rescue his drowning son.

The deceased were identified as residents of Ganemulla area; aged 55 and 15 years.

Their bodies were handed over to the relatives following the post mortem examination that was held in Wathupitiwala Hospital.

Nittambuwa Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Man stabbed to death in Elpitiya

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An individual has been critically injured after being stabbed with a knife in Elpitiya police division yesterday (29) at around 2.10p.m., Police Media Unit said. The victim was pronounced dead upon admission to Elpitiya Hospital.

The deceased was identified as a 42-year-old resident of Elpitiya.

It was revealed in police investigations that a personal dispute has led to the murder.

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder. He is receiving treatments at Elpitiya Hospital under police protection.

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Sri Lanka banks hit by tax hikes, leasing ban, possible deposit drain

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ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka`s commercial banks could be hit by a triple whammy of higher corporate and d.. Read the Full Article

DMC warns naval and fishing communities

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Fishing and Naval communities have been advised to be vigilant as wind speed to increase 70-80 kmph from Mannar - Hambantota, Batti and Trinco.- Disaster Management Centre says. MORE... Read the Full Article

CTSU vows to stage a protest once again

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The Ceylon Teachers Service Union (CTSU) today vowed to stage a protest once again opposite the Education Ministry in Isurupaya over an alleged move to limit the number of successful candidates passed at Grade five scholarship exam. MORE... Read the Full Article

O’L tuition classes, seminars banned from December 02

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The conducting of tuition classes, seminars, workshops and printing model papers targeting students sitting for the 2015 G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination has been prohibited with effect from midnight December 02 until the exams end. MORE... Read the Full Article

Rs.2.5 million bribe case- cop further remanded

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The officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Crimes Unit of the Narahenpita Police Station who was arrested for soliciting a bribe of Rs 2.5 million has been further remanded till December 07 after being produced before court today. MORE... Read the Full Article

Ravi misleads people, says Gammanpila

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The government has allocated the lowest-ever share of GDP to education sector through the Budget 2016, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Secretary Udaya Gammanpila said. MORE... Read the Full Article

SL 85th in Global Innovation Index, 3rd in regional ranking

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The Global Innovation Index (GII) which ranks the innovation performance of countries and economies around the world, based on 79 indicators, has ranked Sri Lanka at 85th place out of 141 countries. MORE... Read the Full Article

Indian Army Chief meets his Sri Lankan counterpart

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Military salutes, including a Guard of Honour and a Guard Turnout formally saluted General Dalbir Singh, the 26th Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army visited the Army Headquarters Monday (30) morning at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva. MORE... Read the Full Article

Lankan asylum seeker on Nauru jailed after attempting suicide

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Refugee advocates are concerned for a Sri Lankan asylum seeker on Nauru who has been jailed after he attempted to commit suicide at the detention centre there. MORE... Read the Full Article

UK to appoint non-resident defence attach

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The British Government has decided to appoint a non-resident defence attach and access provided to UK military training courses to help support Sri Lankan military reform. MORE... Read the Full Article

UN conference on climate change commences today

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The United Nations Conference on Climate Change will commence today (30) in Paris under the patronage of French President Francois Holande. MORE... Read the Full Article

Jaya urges Modi to get TN fishermen released from Lanka

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Hours after the Sri Lankan Navy arrested eight Tamil Nadu fishermen and seized their two boats, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure the release of a total of 37 fishermen and 55 boats, including those held today. MORE... Read the Full Article

Pak naval ship to arrive here on good will visit

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In a manifestation of the strong political, diplomatic, economic, cultural, and defense ties between the two friendly countries, Pakistan Naval Ship PNS Shamsheer will be arriving at Colombo Port for a 4-day goodwill visit from 30 November to 3 December 2015. MORE... Read the Full Article

UPFA eyes COPE and PAC positions

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UPFA Matara District Parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma said that the MPs in the 'Joint Opposition' would not support Budget 2016 if they were not given fair representation in the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The MP made these remarks while speaking during the debate on the second reading of the Budget proposals adding that members of the 'Joint Opposition' were treated unfairly when MPs were nominated to the two Parliamentary oversight committees.
Alahapperuma pointed out that the 'Joint Opposition', who he claims has 50 members, was only allotted two slots in the two committees, while the TNA were given five slots and the JVP were given four.

"Out of the 24 members in each of the two committees, the TNA who have 16 MPs in Parliament were allocated five spots and the JVP who have six MPs were given four positions. However, the 'Joint Opposition' which consists of 50 members have only been allotted two slots in the committees," Alahapperuma said.

He went on to say that he brought the matter to the attention of both President Maithripala Sirisena and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, but to no avail.

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Police security for NP councillors withdrawn

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The police security for several Councillors in the Northern Provincial Council has been withdrawn, it was reported. MORE... Read the Full Article

Ex-DIG’s wife to file appeal against High Court verdict

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Shyamali P. Perera, wife of former DIG Vass Gunawardena says that she will file an appeal in the murder case of businessman Mohamed Siyam since she cannot accept the High Court verdict. MORE... Read the Full Article

No special security check for Maldivians in Sri Lanka, embassy says

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Despite reports of an extensive security search of Maldivians who travelled to Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday afternoon, the search had not been extraordinary, the top representative of Maldives in its closest neighbour said Sunday, the Haveeru news agency reported. MORE... Read the Full Article