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Last Updated = Sun, Feb 14, 2016, 05:37 am SL Time

* Colombo’s trunk call: the amazing elephant orphanage of Sri Lanka

Feb 14 (express) IT’S BAD enough at children’s bathtime, telling the little darlings to desist from displacing the water all over the walls and floor. Imagine trying to bring order to 20 baby elephants as they gambol towards a river for their daily session of splash ’n’ squirt at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka.
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* The confusing drama behind AG’s appointment

Feb 14 (ST) President Maithripala Sirisena recommended and the Constitutional Council approved on Wednesday the appointment of Jayantha Jayasuriya as the Attorney General (AG). He succeeds Yuvanjan Wijeyatilake who retired in December last year. Suhada Gamlath, Solicitor General who also served a stint as Secretary to the Ministry of Justice, was acting thereafter.
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* 'Joint opposition' is not for women's rights in Sri Lanka - PM

Feb 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says this government has taken the first step to provide the opportunity for women to their right place in politics. Delivering a statement to media in Badulla, the Prime Minister said the government has taken measures to ensure the rights of everyone in the country and to respect their dignity and as a result, the country has been recognized in the international community once again.
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* ICRC to work with Sri Lankan government on missing persons

Feb 13 (CP) Colombo- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), currently undertaking an assessment in Sri Lanka to understand all the humanitarian needs of the families of missing persons, has offered to work with the Sri Lankan government in assisting the families of the missing, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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* SLFP to take disciplinary action against members criticizing the party leadership

Feb 13 (CP) Colombo- The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to take disciplinary action against members who criticize the party and its leadership regardless of their status in the party.
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* Workshop on Sectoral Oversight Committees for Members of Sri Lanka Parliament

Feb 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka parliament will hold a workshop on Sectoral Oversight Committees for Members of Parliament with the participation of a delegation of UK parliamentarians led by Labour Party MP Fiona McTaggart.
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* Growing Rift Between Wigneswaran and The Establishment in Colombo

Feb 13 (NIE) COLOMBO- The ideological and political rift between the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran and the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in Colombo appears to be widening, with Wigneswaran's efforts to maintain cordiality being half-hearted and perfunctory.
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* Sri Lankan PM Visits Guruvayur

Feb 13 (NIE) THRISSUR- The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that foreign observers were welcome to participate in the discussions related to Sri Lankan war crimes, but a final decision on the cases would rest with the supreme court of Sri Lanka in which none can intervene.
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* Parliament amends fisheries laws on EU guidelines

Feb 13 (Daily FT) In an effort to fall in line with European Union regulations, Parliament yesterday adopted new laws amending the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act No.2 of 1996 to take action against offences committed beyond the maritime borders of the island.
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* ‘Joint Opposition’ Tragi comedy in the House

Feb 13 (DN) ‘Pandemonium’ is a commonly used word in reporting contemporary Sri Lankan Parliament, but occasions where Parliament continued its business despite such unruly behaviour and chaos are rare. Parliament last Tuesday not only proceeded amidst heavy disturbances from the UPFA dissidents in the Opposition, but also managed to pass the bill scheduled in the day’s agenda.
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* Ranil condemns Derana TV for calling a woman a ‘bitch’

Feb 14 (Island) Condemning a television station for using the term ‘belli’ (meaning bitch) to describe the way a woman sang ‘Danno budunge’ at the Independence Day ceremony, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he will be summoning the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and the management of Derana TV to look into the matter as such irresponsible behavior cannot be treated lightly.
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* DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST MR?

Feb 14 (SO) The Disciplinary Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will initiate action against 30 MPs for violating party discipline. The SLFP Central Committee, when it met on Friday, decided to delegate full authority to the Disciplinary Committee of the party to take action against MPs breaching party discipline, irrespective of their positions in the party.
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* Sri Lankan President to visit Germany to strengthen economic and trade cooperation

Feb 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena will undertake an official visit to Germany seeking greater economic and trade cooperation with the economically powerful member State of the European Union. During his visit to Germany the President is expected to grab many economic and developments benefits to Sri Lanka, the President's Media Division said in a statement.
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* Sri Lankan government not averse to international participation in the accountability mechanisms, PM says

Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday has clarified that that the government was not averse to international participation in the accountability mechanisms set up to deal with international crimes and human rights violations committed by individuals on both sides. Speaking to reporters after his visit to the Lord Krishna Temple at Guruvayur in Kerala state of India, the Prime Minister said that foreign observers were welcome to participate in the discussions related to Sri Lankan war crimes, but a final judgment on the cases will be made by Sri Lanka's judicial system.
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* Program to enlighten media personnel on proposed constitution

Feb 13 (CP) Colombo- A program will be held at Visumpaya on the 16th of this month to educate media people about the proposed Constitution and to seek their views, the national radio said. Parliamentarian and President's Counsel Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne and Senior Lawyer J C Weliamuna will deliver special lectures on constitutional reforms.
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* Former President CBK commends government for efforts to increase women's participation in politics

Feb 13 (CP) Colombo- Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says that as a woman she is pleased with this government's efforts to increase women's participation in politics and end the assessment requirements for women in politics.
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* Fighting for Recognition: The Role of Women on Sri Lankan Tea Plantations

Feb 13 (Food Tank) Sri Lanka is facing a turning point in its history after years of conflict. While demilitarization and the release of prisoners across the island continues, one group remains largely absent from the current political agenda: women.
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* SLFP members in UNP-led coalition urged to join Jt. Opp

Feb 13 (Island) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday urged those members who had switched their allegiance to the UNP-led coalition to join the Joint Opposition. The former SLFP leader said that he expected them to take a decisive step soon.
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* Claims by MR on UNHRC baseless: Ruwan

Feb 13 (DM) State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene refuted claims made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the UNHRC resolution would make provision to arrest Sri Lankan military forces personnel and that the government was also assisting the UNHRC to achieve this.
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