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World Bank gives US$45mn to protect Sri Lanka s natural habitats
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 - 10:57 PM SL Time

The World Bank has approved a 45 million US dollar loan to help protect Sri Lanka s natural habitats and resources from degradation and exploitation.

The money will also help improve the lives and livelihoods of neighboring communities, who suffer the most from natural resource loss and degradation, a statement said.

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No honesty in Jayalalithaa`s claim on Sri Lankan Tamils issue: DMK MP Kanimozhi
Monday, 25 April 2016 - 8:51 AM SL Time

DMK MP Kanimozhi on Sunday slammed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, saying the latter has no right to talk on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue as she highlights the same just before the elections.

`She is the one who actually was against the entire Sri Lankan problem. In the 2014 general election, she spoke about this (Sri Lankan issue) and after that during her entire tenure she didn`t talk about it. There is no honesty and integrity about her stand when it comes on the Sri Lankan issue,` Kanimozhi told ANI.
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Phone charges to rise due to VAT

Phone call charges will increase because of the removal of the exemption of Value Added Tax (VAT) from the telecommunication services, Minister of Digital Technology Harin Fernando said yesterday. Minister Fernando told a media briefing that call ch...
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Police fire tear gas to disperse protesting students

The Police had used water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse the medical students who were protesting near the Lotus Road in Colombo against the Private Medical University Malabe.
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Man arrested at BIA for threatening President

A man, who was alleged to have threatened President Maithripala Sirisena in the social media, was arrested by the CID at the Bandaranaike International Airport today, Police said. They said the suspect, a resident of Yakkala, had been deported from ...
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I will continue my political career with Joint Opp: Geetha

Former Benthara Elpitiya SLFP Organiser Geetha Kumarasinghe yesterday said she would continue her political career with the Joint Opposition and would take part in the May Day rally of the Joint Opposition at Kirulapone. Addressing a media briefing...
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Statement shows Govt. helpless

The statement made by Media Ministry Secretary on the Joint Opposition indicated the bankrupt status of the Government and how helpless the Government had become before the Joint Opposition, National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader and MP Wimal Weerawans...
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Overseas Realty records Rs 723 million profit for 1st quarter 2016

Overseas Realty ( Ceylon ) PLC recorded a Group Profit after tax of Rs. 723Mn, for the 1st Quarter ended 31st March 2016. Rs. 476Mn revenue was recorded from Property Leasing at the World Trade Center (WTC) and the company expects to maintain g...
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EU lifts ban on fisheries products imported from Sri Lanka
Friday, 22 April 2016 - 1:21 AM SL Time
The European Union (EU) today lifted the ban on fisheries products imported from Sri Lanka.

The European Commission said that after a lengthy dialogue process Sri Lanka has now successfully reformed its fisheries governance system.

Sri Lanka was issued with a yellow card in 2012 and listed by the Council in February 2015. This was the result of a long standing failure to address serious shortcomings in the implementation of control measures, a lack of deterrent sanctions, as well as the failure to comply with international and regional fisheries rules.
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Economic focus on IMF, political focus on May Day rally
Sunday, 17 April 2016 - 3:31 PM SL Time
Govt. negotiators in Washington to press for enhanced bailout of US$ 3 billion, but even then more taxes and price hikes
Wide criticism of Cabinet obesity with number nearing 100: Rs. 5 million a month to maintain each minister
Show of strength on May Day: Maithri s SLFP meeting in Galle, Joint Opposition formally invites Rajapaksa for Kirulapone meeting

Concerns over Sri Lanka s deteriorating balance of payments crisis have heightened after an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission concluded its staff level talks with the Government last Monday.
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B`desh bank heist: Sri Lanka in the clear
Friday, 15 April 2016 - 3:25 AM SL Time
The Bangladeshi Police team in the island investigating the Bangladesh bank heist said they did not think that there was a direct link between those in Sri Lanka and the hackers who stole the money.

`We suspect that they were only using Sri Lanka as a place to transfer money easily. They just may have had associates here,` an officer said.

She said the hackers were trying to find the easiest routes to transfer the money out.
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Phone charges to rise due to VAT
Saturday, 30 April 2016 - 10:53 AM SL Time
Phone call charges will increase because of the removal of the exemption of Value Added Tax (VAT) from the telecommunication services, Minister of Digital Technology Harin Fernando said yesterday. Minister Fernando told a media briefing that call charges could go high as a result of the recent decision to remove the exemption VAT but concessionary packages including data packages and new technology will be introduced in the future so that the burden the people will have to bear will be reduced. We will introduce concessionary data packages through which call charges could be reduced. One could browse internet using data service such as WhatsApp but the Government will see to it that more such modern technology will be available so that even call charges can be reduced as well, he said. He said the Google loon will help reduce the cost of telecommunication services as well, the Minister added. Also, the Minister said plans are afoot to provide Smart phones to the recipients of EPF at a concessionary rate of Rs 500 and for the Samurdhi recipients at Rs 100. Smart phones will be provided at a concessionary rate as lost cost new technology could be made use of only through such phones, he said. The Government does not want to increase telecommunication charges but it is compelled to do so because of the current economic situation, Mr. Fernando added. Meanwhile, the Minister threw a challenge at the joint opposition asking the organisers of that party to show a large crowd at its May Day rally in Kirulapone. Joint Opposition will not be able to draw crowds despite the emergence of supermen such as former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who is expected to participate in the rally, he said. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Police fire tear gas to disperse protesting students
Friday, 29 April 2016 - 9:49 AM SL Time
The Police had used water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse the medical students who were protesting near the Lotus Road in Colombo against the Private Medical University Malabe. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Man arrested at BIA for threatening President
Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 10:32 AM SL Time
A man, who was alleged to have threatened President Maithripala Sirisena in the social media, was arrested by the CID at the Bandaranaike International Airport today, Police said. They said the suspect, a resident of Yakkala, had been deported from Malaysia as he had been staying there without a valid visa. He is to be produced in the Colombo Chief Magistrate s Court. Full Story     Post Reply To This


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I will continue my political career with Joint Opp: Geetha
Saturday, 30 April 2016 - 11:13 AM SL Time
Former Benthara Elpitiya SLFP Organiser Geetha Kumarasinghe yesterday said she would continue her political career with the Joint Opposition and would take part in the May Day rally of the Joint Opposition at Kirulapone. Addressing a media briefing, Mrs. Kumarasinghe said she had decided to attend the rally, where the people of Benthara-Elpitiya Electorate would prefer to participate. I was the only woman, who represented Parliament from the Galle District at national level politics. There was no single Parliamentarian for 15 years in that electorate. This hit was not for me, but for all the women, she added. Mrs. Kumarasinghe said the Government had sent her home despite the Government s guarantee for increase the female representative percentage at Parliament. She said she did not need to work with the United National Party (UNP). I am not interested with the Organiser post. I would never leave the people of Benthara-Elpitiya Electorate for any reason, she added. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Statement shows Govt. helpless
Friday, 29 April 2016 - 9:52 AM SL Time
The statement made by Media Ministry Secretary on the Joint Opposition indicated the bankrupt status of the Government and how helpless the Government had become before the Joint Opposition, National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader and MP Wimal Weerawansa said today. While condemning the statement, the MP said there was no need to ask for permission from the Secretary of the Media Ministry on using a name and asked what his issue was over using the name Joint Opposition . Even the United National Party (UNP), when in the Opposition formed a Joint Opposition with several other parties. Then Government said nothing and no statement was issued by Ministry Secretaries, he said. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Cabinet nod for media guidlines
Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 10:27 AM SL Time
The Cabinet has given green light to legalise criteria or guidelines issued by the Elections Commissioner during elections to be complied by the print and electronic media, Cabinet Spokesman Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said today.

The proposal had been made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Accordingly, the criteria or the guidelines would be Gazetted and passed in Parliament as a resolution for compliance by electronic or print media and activists, to ensure free and fair referendum or an election.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Overseas Realty records Rs 723 million profit for 1st quarter 2016
Saturday, 30 April 2016 - 10:43 AM SL Time
Overseas Realty (Ceylon) PLC recorded a Group Profit after tax of Rs. 723Mn, for the 1st Quarter ended 31st March 2016.

Rs. 476Mn revenue was recorded from Property Leasing at the World Trade Center (WTC) and the company expects to maintain good occupancy levels during 2016. Revenue from Other Services was Rs. 63Mn. However, as apartment sales revenue from Havelock City was not recognized during the period, the Group Revenue decreased resulting in a marginal decline in profits over the corresponding period of 2015.
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A silver lining to a threatened industry Offshore Fish Farming in Trincomalee
Friday, 29 April 2016 - 9:42 AM SL Time
If a dark cloud at present hangs over the dwindling local fisheries resources, Oceanpick (Pvt) Ltd has created a silver lining amid that general gloom, by developing Sri Lanka s and South Asia s first ever responsible, commercial scale oceanic farm for Finfish.

The Company unveiled its Round Island , oceanic fish farming brand on Monday at Eagles Golf Links, China Bay, Trincomalee marking Sri Lanka`s bold entry into aquaculture farming in the open seas.
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Vehicle price hike predicted from May 2
Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 10:24 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka`s vehicle prices are expected to increase substantially from May 2 due to the increase in VAT. This VAT hike would have a major impact on vehicle sales, chairman, Vehicle Importers Association Indika Sampath Merinchige said.

`Although it is still not clear as to how much the increase will be, prices will be definitely increased many fold, Merinchige said.

He also said that there was uncertainty in the local automobile market. `This is due to the weakening of the rupee compared to the US dollar and the situation in Japan, he added.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Blues crossing Rubicon
Saturday, 30 April 2016 - 10:42 AM SL Time
UNP and SLFP big guns in the government are all out to scuttle the Joint Opposition s May Day rally. Their desperation is understandable. The SLFP leaders and dissidents are playing a game of chicken. The latter will cross the Rubicon tomorrow.

The Sirisena faction of the SLFP will find itself in deeper trouble if its efforts to consolidate its power in the party with the help of tomorrow s rally in Galle fail it will have to contend with stiffer resistance from within. In such an eventuality, President Maithripala Sirisena s position will be greatly undermined in the party.
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Ranil next President: Sujeewa
Friday, 29 April 2016 - 9:51 AM SL Time
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would be the next President of Sri Lanka in the forthcoming Presidential Election, Chairman of the State Services National Trade Union Federation (SSNTUF) MP Sujeewa Senasinghe said today. Addressing the media at the duty assuming ceremony as the new chairman of SSNTUF, MP Senasinghe said the United National Party (UNP) would carry out the Government for the next twenty years. The dawn of the UNP s golden era is now about to start. We only need an opportunity for it. I can proudly announce that there were UNP rulers such as J.R Jayewardene and Ranasinghe Premadasa. Sri Lanka will be a developed country within the next five years under the UNP Governance, he added. Meanwhile, he guaranteed the people to take the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Rajapaksa s generation before the law regarding the murder of Ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen. With the appointment of the new IGP and the Attorney General (AG), the things have turned to new direction. We have got responsible IGP and AG, he added. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Need for learning from history
Friday, 29 April 2016 - 9:42 AM SL Time
The so-called cadaver politics or using dead bodies for political purposes is nothing new in this country. In the run-up to the 1977 general election UNP effectively flogged the issue of Kataragama beauty queen Premawathie Manamperi s tragic death at the hands of the military during the first JVP uprising under the SLFP-led United Front government six years back. In 1994, SLFP opened up a mass grave at Suriyakanda containing the skeletal remains of a group of students killed by the army in Embilipitiya under a UNP government during the JVP s second uprising. The SLFP s efforts yielded the desired results. Suriyakanda became a main campaign slogan. The UNP was voted out of power. The present government has had the Thajudeen killing reinvestigated.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

DSI launches 16th Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship
Saturday, 30 April 2016 - 10:44 AM SL Time
On the 27th of April 2016, DSI announced the launch of the 16th DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship at a press conference at the Olympic House Auditorium.

DSI has come forward, gaining the support of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation and the School Volleyball Association of the Ministry of Education, to organize this tournament, which has a significant spot in the history book of Sri Lankan volleyball.

Initiated in 1999 by DSI along with the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation and the Ministry of Education, the purpose of the championship is to provide an opportunity as well as necessary support in order to give rural and urban volleyball players a platform of national standard to show off their skills and further build their careers in both the national and international arena. The initiation of the schools volleyball championship has contributed in the development of nearly 40 sports personalities.
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Sebs oust Thomians in the semi-final Under-19 Cricket
Friday, 29 April 2016 - 9:44 AM SL Time
Limited Overs Tournament champions St. Sebastian s, Moratuwa earned first innings points against S. Thomas , Mount Lavinia in the Inter School Under-19 three-day semi-final as Asher Warnakulasuriya, Vinuja Ranasinghe, Nimesh Bandara and Praveen Jayawickrama shared bowling honours at the P. Sara Oval on Thursday.

The Sebs restricted Thomians to 250 runs as the last two wickets fell for the addition of just four runs in the morning.

In their second essay St. Sebastian s reached 227 for eight wickets at close with Mishen Silva followed up his first innings century with an unbeaten 22 runs.
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Singer Inter-Schools rugby Isipatana, Science and STC in the forefront
Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 10:22 AM SL Time
Although the 2016 Singer inter-schools rugby league is only four weeks old, it is likely that the contention for the top notch has come to be limited to three schools, namely Isipathana, Science and S. Thomas . This is not only because these three are the only unbeaten teams left in the league after four weeks, but also for the brand of rugby they have been playing. They have been able to send out signals loud and clear to other schools that they are the forces to reckon with this season.

For the statistics, Isipathana in four outings have scored a staggering 193 points against 58 by their opponents. Science, while accumulating 160 points for themselves have conceded 50. S. Thomas , on the other hand, with a less impressive statistical outlook have 116 points for and 44 against them on the slate. However, it has to be mentioned that most of the oppositions both Isipathana and Science had faced so far had been weak sides. The only formidable resistance both these teams received was from St. Peter s. In a thriller Science beat the Peterites 13-10, while Patana outplayed them more convincingly 36-21, last Friday.
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