Parliament sittings suspended as MPs clash

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Parliament sittings were suspended for 10 minutes by Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala as opposition and government members clashed over establishing a hybrid court allegedly proposed by the UNHRC report on Sri Lanka.

UPFA MP Wimal Weerawansa rising to a point of order asked as to why the government is not giving time for a debate on alleged hybrid court this week even though it was promised earlier.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella responded that there is no such recommendation by the UNHRC and several other government rankers screamed in support of Kiriella saying that it was an imagination of Weerawansa.

As both parties were engaged in a verbal battle few other members started displaying a banner inside the chamber.

They walked towards the Well of the Parliament and displayed the banner. With MPs becoming aggressive deputy speaker suspended sittings for ten minutes.

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Japan promises PM infrastructure, maritime aid

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged aid to Sri Lanka on Tuesday in a meeting with his counterpart, Ranil Wickremsinghe, and reiterated a promise to help Sri Lanka bolster its maritime security and to provide patrol ships. MORE... Read the Full Article

Man killed in wild elephant attack

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An individual has been killed after being attacked by a wild elephant in the Maldeniya area in Aralaganwila, the Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

The deceased has been identified as a 67 year old resident of the area.

The incident has occurred when the wild elephant had attacked the individual while he was standing in home yard.

The individual who had sustained succumbed to injuries after being admitted to the Polonnaruwa Hospital.
Aralaganwila Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Drunken man pushes individual to death

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An individual has been critically injured after being shoved following an argument in Gampaha police division last night. He was pronounced dead upon admission to Gampaha hospital.

The deceased is a 65-year-old resident of Gampaha.

His remains are placed at the mortuary of Gampaha hospital. The post mortem examination will be conducted today (6).

Police have arrested the individual who had shoved the deceased. The suspect has been intoxicated with alcohol at the time of the incident, Police said.

Gampaha Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Russian soldiers to join fight in Syria

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Ratcheting up the confrontation over the Syria war, Russia said Monday that its "volunteer" ground forces would join the fight, and NATO warned the Kremlin after at least one Russian warplane trespassed into Turkey's airspace.

The saber-rattling on both sides reflected a dangerous new big-power entanglement in the war, as longstanding differences between Russiaand the United States over President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and his opponents increasingly play out not only in the halls of the United Nations but on the battlefield in Syria.

Russia squared off with Turkey and its NATOallies, calling the air incursion on Saturday an innocent mistake because of foul weather — a claim American officials rejected.

News services said late Monday that a second airspace violation might have been committed on Sunday, but that report could not be immediately confirmed.

The Russian air and ground deployments in Syria challenge the regional policies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, President Obamaand NATO.

A Russian ground force could fundamentally alter the conflict, which has left 250,000 people dead and displaced half the country's population since it started in 2011.

Although President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said he would not put troops in Syria, the plan for so-called volunteers was disclosed Monday by his top military liaison to the Parliament, Adm. Vladimir Komoyedov. It seemed similar to Russia's stealth tactic in using soldiers to seize Crimea from Ukraine in March of 2014 and to aid pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Moreover, American military officials said they believed that more than 600 Russian military personnel were already on the ground in Syria, not counting aircrews, and that tents for nearly 2,000 people had been seen at Russia's air base near Latakia, in northwest Syria near the Turkish border.

Russia intensified the airstrikes it began in Syria last week, with new attacks on territory near Palmyra that is indisputably held by the Islamic State. But Russian targets remain a matter of deep contention.

Russian officials say they are targeting the Islamic State, though their bombs have mainly hit territories held by other insurgents who oppose Mr. Assad, Russia's ally. The strikes have hit the Army of Conquest, an Islamist faction that includes the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, as well as more-secular groups that often fight alongside it, including some that have received covert American aid.

The Obama administration, by contrast, says its own airstrikes against theIslamic State in Iraq and Syria can succeed only with a political transition that ends with Mr. Assad's removal.

The administration's position was ridiculed Monday by Sergey V. Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, who said the American airstrikes, which began more than a year ago, had done little militarily. In comments carried by Russia's official Tass news agency, Mr. Lavrov said that even the Americans had acknowledged their faltering efforts to create a force of so-called moderate insurgents in Syria.

"Nobody knows about these people," he said. "Nobody's really heard about the moderate opposition."
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, Mr. Assad's regional ally, was also dismissive of the American efforts in Syria, both to unseat Mr. Assad and to combat the Islamic State. Sounding emboldened by the Russian airstrikes, Mr. Zarif said at a talk in New York that there was a difference between Russia — which was invited by Mr. Assad to help — and the American-led coalition that has been bombing Syria. "Why are you there?" he said. "Who gave you the right to be there?"

The Russian disclosure that so-called volunteer forces might soon be in Syria fueled speculation of an impending ground offensive against insurgents, one that would involve unprecedented coordination among Mr. Assad's allies.

It could include Syria's army fortified by forces from Russia, Iran and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which has deployed fighters in Syria for years to help Mr. Assad. Likely targets are Army of Conquest insurgents who threaten Mr. Assad's coastal strongholds from territory they have seized in Idlib Province, in the north.

After the Turkish airspace incident — which, at least in theory, could have escalated into a confrontation between Russia and NATO — an Obama administration official called Russia's behavior "deliberately provocative," while Admiral Komoyedov said his country's "volunteers" on the way to Syria "cannot be stopped."

As the global powers postured, gaps deepened between local and regional participants in the war, and predictions that the Russian action would strengthen radicals in the Syrian insurgency appeared to be accurate.

Insurgent groups opposing both Mr. Assad and the Islamic State, including some supported by the Americans, declared that they would no longer participate in any peace process sponsored by Russia, which they accused of occupying their country. Some vowed to work more closely with the Nusra Front.

(The New York Times)

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Illegal weapons found in Moragahahena

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Police have arrested an individual who had a foreign manufactured firearm and a locally manufactured bomb, in Moragahahena police division yesterday (6) at 5.40p.m.

The suspect is a 71-year-old resident of Amupitiya area. He is expected to e produced in Horana Magistrate's Courts today (6).

Moragahahena Police is carrying out further investigations into the incident.

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Man arrested with counterfeit note at Embilipitiya Courts

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An individual was taken into police custody, upon his attempt to pay a fine with a counterfeit Rs 1000 note, at Embilipitiya Magistrate's Courts yesterday (5).

The suspect is a 45-year-old resident of Embilipitiya. He is to be produced before Embilipitiya Magistrate today (6).

Embilipitiya Police is conducting further inquiries into the incident.

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19 killed in French Riviera floods

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The area is estimated to have received more than 10% of its average yearly rainfall in two days alone. Rivers burst their banks, sending water coursing into nearby towns and cities.

Divers found one body in the worst-hit town of Mandelieu-la-Napoule on Monday.

Eight are now confirmed killed there after being trapped in garages when they tried to remove their cars, officials say.

In other developments on Monday:

• Another body was found in an underground parking lot in Cannes, leaving one person still missing in the city

• A 90-year-old man reported missing was found alive in Antibes, according to local media

• Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told Europe 1 (in French) that two people had been sent before a judge while seven others remained in custody after being arrest on suspicion of looting

Three elderly people drowned when their retirement home in Biot, near the city of Antibes, was flooded.

Visiting the home on Sunday, President Hollande offered his condolences and urged residents to remain cautious, saying: "It's not over."

Hundreds of volunteers have been helping clear debris and clean homes affected.

Three elderly people drowned when their retirement home in Biot, near the city of Antibes, was flooded.

Visiting the home on Sunday, President Hollande offered his condolences and urged residents to remain cautious, saying: "It's not over."

Hundreds of volunteers have been helping clear debris and clean homes affected.

Mr Ciotti also questioned the use of an orange alert to warn residents, rather than the more serious red alert.

Christian Estrosi, the deputy mayor of Nice, added his criticism in an interview with BFMTV on Monday, saying the area received so many orange alerts that people had stopped taking all the necessary precautions.

But he denied any fallout with weather forecasters, who insisted they did not have the technical ability to predict the intensity of the storms in time.

Thousands of homes remained without electricity on Monday morning following the floods.

Meanwhile Bernard Giampaolo, director of the Marineland amusement park in Antibes, said three loggerhead turtles were still missing after the enclosures were hit.

He told Nice Matin newspaper (in French) that polar bears, orcas and dolphins had survived, although the park was still without power.

Chickens, goats and sheep had been washed away, the newspaper reported.


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Derailment near Mahawa, Northern line trains delayed

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Trains on Northern line from Colombo Fort terminated at the Mahawa railway station due to a derailment between Galgamuwa and Ambanpola railway stations, the Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) says. MORE... Read the Full Article

Janaka Bandara Tennakoon arrested

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Central Provincial Minister Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon says that his father former Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). MORE... Read the Full Article

CaFFE and CHR welcome release of commission reports

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The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and the Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) today welcomed the decision to release the reports of the Udalagama and Paranagama Commissions on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Traffic jam due to protest opposite UGC

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Severe traffic congestion has been reported at Ward Place and Town Hall areas in Colombo due to a protest being staged by university students. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Parliament adjourned for ten minutes

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A tense situation arose at the Parliament today (06) when the Opposition Parliamentarians questioned the Government about the UN proposal to set up a hybrid court on alleged war crimes. MORE... Read the Full Article

Man arrested after paying court fine with fake note

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A person has been arrested at the Embilipitiya Magistrate's Court premises after he attempted to pay a fine using a counterfeit currency note. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Indian traffickers attempt to take Lankans to Europe

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Sanjay Kumar, key operative of the racket that attempted to traffic Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from Munambam, had earlier attempted to take people to Europe on board a fishing vessel from Thiruvananthapuram, The Hindu newspaper reported. MORE... Read the Full Article

26 school students injured following wasp attack

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At least 26 school students were injured and hospitalized after being stung by a swarm of wasps in Ilukpelassa, this morning (06). MORE... Read the Full Article

Kondaya’s brother submitted for a DNA test

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The elder brother of Kondaya, who was arrested in connection with the murder and sexual assault on the five-year-old child in Karandeniya, has been brought to the Genetech Molecular Diagnostics Research Institute (GMDRI) in Colombo for a DNA test, the police said Tuesday (06). MORE... Read the Full Article

President graces ‘National Food Production Programme’

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Indian govt. urged to move resolution against Lanka

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India's Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader and former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has urged the Union government to move a private member resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) seeking an international inquiry into the alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan Army in the last phase of the civil war. MORE... Read the Full Article

Ready to quit NDA if it helps Sri Lankan Tamils - Indian MP

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PMK MP Anbumani Ramadoss on Monday said he was ready to quit the BJP-led NDA alliance if his decision could help find a permanent solution to the problems of the Sri Lankan Tamils. MORE.. Read the Full Article

PM addresses Japanese Parliament

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is currently addressing the Japanese Parliament. He is the third world leader to address the Japanese Parliament after US President Barack Obama and Indian PM Narendra Modi. Read the Full Article

Man claims he was arrested because didn t bribe jailors

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A man, whose brother is a suspect in remand custody, charged today that prison officers were solicit.. Read the Full Article

Another crocodile captured

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One of the crocodiles spotted in the sea areas off Dehiwala, Bambalapitiya and Galle Face Grounds du.. Read the Full Article

MR: Geneva resolution no victory for Sri Lanka

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Tapping emerging markets key to boosting exports: Hayleys Chairman/CEO

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Identifying the reason why Sri Lanka`s exports are contributing less to GDP and what can be done to .. Read the Full Article