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Sri Lanka bans 15 “Tamil Tiger fronts”

(NIDAHASA News) Sri Lanka proscribed 15 Tamil diaspora groups and 4 individuals as fronts of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)” who have links and involvement in reviving the Tamil rebel movement.

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(NIDAHASA News) Sri Lanka proscribed 15 Tamil diaspora groups and 4 individuals as fronts of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)” who have links and involvement in reviving the Tamil rebel movement.

The government banned the organizations as “foreign terrorists” utilizing the UN Security Council Resolution 1373 which was brought about by the USA on September 28, 2001 after the attack on World Trade Center.

These organizations have been classified as “terrorist” under the new government proclamation, Defense Ministry spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said.

Sri Lankan nationals and political parties will be forbidden from making contact with such organizations. The individuals belonging to these organizations would face arrest under anti-terrorism laws when traveling to Sri Lanka, Wanigasooriya added.

The announcement came as the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week adopted a resolution calling for an international investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the final battle with the LTTE that ended in 2009.

Sri Lanka had accused so-called LTTE fronts of moving the resolution in Geneva as means to take revenge from government for militarily crushing the LTTE.

Sri Lankan authorities also claimed that there is a attempts to re-start the LTTE in the north, but critics expressed doubts about the veracity of the claim.

Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C. Wigneswaran said that the government is resurrecting the specter of the terror group in order to distract international attention away from their own human rights record, and allow continued militarization of the region, and the control and monitoring of its citizens.

He said that government has no desire to solve the issues between north and south, and accused government of encouraging the “extra quick forcible colonization” of Tamil areas.

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President orders investigations into Daham’s nightclub scandal

(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

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(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

A group allegedly led by Sirisena’s son Daham attacked Clique nightclub at Town Hall, Colombo last Friday (07), allegedly after they were denied entry to the nightclub around 2.00 am. A security guard was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following the attack with head injuries.
However, speaking to Sri Lanka Mirror web site, police denied any connection of President’s son to the incident.
“He had arrived there around 7.00 pm, and it was a long time later that the clash took place,” Sri Lanka Mirror quoted the police.
In 2013, during the time his father was a minister, Daham Sirisena was accused of attacking a youth at Passikudah beach.

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Severe weather: over 200 families missing

(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

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(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

“16 bodies have already been recovered and about 180 people have been rescued,” said military spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera.

“The task is to figure out what happened to them,” the Red Cross said in a statement, noting that some people may have left after local officials warned earlier this week of possible landslides.

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported over 350,000 people were affected by floods and landslides caused by massive rains.

Meanwhile warning has been issued to several suburbs areas of capital Colombo due to the increasing water level or Kelani river. People living in Wellampitiya, Megoda Kolonnawa, Sedawatte, Kohilawatte and surrounding areas have been asked to move to a safe place.

The depression, named BOB 01 is currently moving towards South India; however rain will continue for several areas in Sri Lanka until the end of this week, weather specialists say.

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Sri Lanka's firebrand Buddhist monk arrested

(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

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(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

The General Secretary of extreme Buddhist movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrendered to the court this morning (26) after magistrate ordered police to arrest the for alleged contempt of court. He was accused of making an argument with the judge during the court hearing of disappeared journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda's habeas corpus.

Gnanasara has alleged that arresting the Army officers over Ekneligoda's disappearance was illegal and the prosecution should be arrested for “illegal arrests” of military officers. The counsel representing the missing journalist's family informed the court that the monk has also threatened the journalist's wife Sandhya.

Protesters, including a group of monks attempted to enter the court premises challenging the court's order to arrest their General Secretary and tried to block the prison vehicle. Police however managed to take Gnanasara to the remand prison with the support of extra police team.

Gnanasara and his BBS had been accused of inflaming religious tension between Majority Buddhists and Muslims. They were also accused of being a cat's paw of previous Rajapaksa regime. However BBS denied any secret relationship with Rajapaksa brothers.

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