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MS avoids Chandrika - PM after political shock
Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 10:55 PM SL Time

Six months ago they were political arch enemies. Like the saying goes, politics makes strange bedfellows. So it was.
Last Friday, President Maithripala Sirisena agreed to allow his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 parliamentary elections.

Now, they appear to be not only chummy, but concerned of each other. After the official announcement of Rajapaksa s candidature, UPFA leaders, with the exception of Sirisena, met on Friday night at the official residence of Western Provincial Council Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga. It will be recalled that on an earlier occasion, it was he who floated the idea if the leadership of the SLFP itself should be called into question.
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Sri Lankan President gives nod for Rajapaksa to contest upcoming elections under UPFA ticket
Saturday, 4 July 2015 - 5:42 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United Peoples` Freedom Alliance (UPFA), on Friday, gave the nod to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the forthcoming general elections under the UPFA. Issuing a special communiqu , UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said as discussed in the UPFA party leaders` meeting held under the patronage of President Sirisena on Thursday (July 02) , the party has decided to allow Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 parliamentary elections under the UPFA ticket.
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E01: Matara-Hambantota segment work begins

Construction of the Matara -Hambantota segment on the Southern Expressway (E01) was launched by President Maithripala Sirisena today at Godagama, Matara. The China funded project is to be completed within three and a half years providing 15,000 job ...
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Ex-ltte Cadre Gets 10 Years Ri

Polonnaruwa High Court Judge Amendra Seneviratne today sentenced a former LTTE cadre to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment after he was found guilty of having been involved in an assassination attempt in 2005 on President MaithripalaSirisena who was ...
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Ceypetco Suspends Millions Worth Oi..

State-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) has suspended oil contracts worth millions of dollars signed last year for fuel deliveries, the CPC Chairman told Reuters today. We have suspended some previous contracts ... due to (Ceypetco)...
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MR contesting from Kurunegala: T.B. Ekanayake

Former Minister T.B. Eknanayake says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be contesting in the upcoming General Elections from the Kurunegala District. Speaking to the Daily Mirror Online, the former Minister confirmed a decision has been made f...
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Won t allow Jan. 8 silent revolution to be reversed: Maithri

President Maithripala Sirisena today said he will not allow the silent revolution carried out on January 8, to be revoked. He had made these remarks at the event held to lay the foundation stone for the Matara- Hambantota stretch of the Southern exp...
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Did presidential election spending release cash & goods into economy?

Regnis (Lanka) PLC., the Singer subsidiary manufacturing white goods, producing a range of refrigerators and washing machines, and catering to over 100,000 customers annually has seen consumer demand opening up after a considerable slack period in t...
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Sri Lanka`s UPFA slams door on Mahinda
Thursday, 2 July 2015 - 11:35 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena`s party today firmly rejected a bid by smaller allies to make his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa the coalition`s prime ministerial candidate.

Former MP, Vasudeva Nanayakkara said talks among leaders of the United People`s Freedom Alliance ended in failure a short while ago as Sirisena did not favour a comeback by Rajapaksa.

`Our talks this evening were a complete waste of our efforts,` Nanayakkara said. `We wanted to the UPFA to face the general election with Mahinda Rajapaksa as our leader, but we failed to get that proposal approved.`
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Mahinda breaks his silence, says he will contest
Wednesday, 1 July 2015 - 10:33 PM SL Time
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today broke his silence with regards to the August 17 Parliament elections and formally announced that he will be contesting the polls.

Speaking in front of a large crowd at his home town in Madamulana, the former President said that he is not in a position to reject the request of his supporters for him to contest.

We cannot reject the request you have put before us. We will contest and look to form the next Government, Rajapaksa said.

Rajapaksa however did not say under which political party he will look to contest and if he is still seeking the post of Prime Minister.
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Sri Lanka President dashes Rajapaksa PM hopes Mahinda to go it alone
Wednesday, 1 July 2015 - 12:48 AM SL Time
President Maithripala Sirisena today ruled out granting nominations to former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest as a prime ministerial candidate at up coming general elections.

President Sirisena in a special announcement broadcast over state television, rejected opposition-initiated reports that the former president will make a come back as a prime ministerial candidate from the United People`s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

State Rupavahni interrupted its regular programing to announce that President Sirisena had not recognised his arch rival as a UPFA prime ministerial candidate. Nor has the President agreed to make him prime minister at any stage.
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E01: Matara-Hambantota segment work begins
Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 10:46 AM SL Time
Construction of the Matara -Hambantota segment on the Southern Expressway (E01) was launched by President Maithripala Sirisena today at Godagama, Matara. The China funded project is to be completed within three and a half years providing 15,000 job opportunities to Sri Lankans. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Ex-ltte Cadre Gets 10 Years Ri
Saturday, 4 July 2015 - 10:18 AM SL Time
Polonnaruwa High Court Judge Amendra Seneviratne today sentenced a former LTTE cadre to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment after he was found guilty of having been involved in an assassination attempt in 2005 on President MaithripalaSirisena who was at the time the Mahaweli Development Minister.

The accused was also imposed a fine of Rs.10, 000.
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Ceypetco Suspends Millions Worth Oi..
Friday, 3 July 2015 - 10:10 AM SL Time
State-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) has suspended oil contracts worth millions of dollars signed last year for fuel deliveries, the CPC Chairman told Reuters today.

We have suspended some previous contracts ... due to (Ceypetco) not following standard competitive guidelines and standards, said Ranjith Wickremesingha, Chairman of Ceypetco.

Under some of the contracts, companies have been able to supply more than the maximum volumes allowed, up to as much as twice the amount originally stipulated, Wickremesingha said.
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MR contesting from Kurunegala: T.B. Ekanayake
Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 10:45 AM SL Time
Former Minister T.B. Eknanayake says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be contesting in the upcoming General Elections from the Kurunegala District. Speaking to the Daily Mirror Online, the former Minister confirmed a decision has been made for MR to contest from Kurunegala from the UPFA. Following weeks of various speculations over the probability of the former President contesting at the upcoming elections, last evening the UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha issued a media statement confirming that Mr. Rajapaksa would be given nomination from the UPFA, which was further clarified at the media briefing held last evening by the UPFA allies that called for his PM candidacy at the forthcoming polls. However, doubts are still being expressed by some political groups particularly the UNP over the situation, who claim they are certain the President would not work together with MR and therefore, would not receive a nomination from the SLFP. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa initiated his political career from the Beliatte constituency and thereafter contested from the Hambanthota district. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Won t allow Jan. 8 silent revolution to be reversed: Maithri
Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 10:44 AM SL Time
President Maithripala Sirisena today said he will not allow the silent revolution carried out on January 8, to be revoked. He had made these remarks at the event held to lay the foundation stone for the Matara- Hambantota stretch of the Southern expressway. `I did not enter politics randomly or abruptly my experiences in politics spans close to 49 years. . . I will not let any party decision tarnish or harm the transformations that occurred in this country after January 8 I will protect it, he has said. Speaking further the President had noted that he would ensure that justice prevails in the country and that family rule and corruption is cast out and that good governance is preserved. Full Story     Post Reply To This

UNP to consult Dangerous Drugs Control Board before nominations
Saturday, 4 July 2015 - 10:32 AM SL Time
The United National party (UNP) said today it would request for a detail report from the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) about those who involved in drugs, ethanol or any other illegal business before finalizing nominations. Buddha Sasana, Public Administration, Democratic Governance Minister Karu Jayasuriya said steps would be taken to cancel nominations of candidates if their allegations were proved even after giving nominations to them. Minister Jayasuriya was appointed to lead the election campaign of the UNP. Full Story     Post Reply To This


Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Did presidential election spending release cash & goods into economy?
Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 10:39 AM SL Time
Regnis (Lanka) PLC., the Singer subsidiary manufacturing white goods, producing a range of refrigerators and washing machines, and catering to over 100,000 customers annually has seen consumer demand opening up after a considerable slack period in the second half of 2014.

`Perhaps the presidential elections of early January 2015 stimulated demand, as elections spending of an unprecedented scale released cash and goods into the economy for both rural and suburban markets to an extent not seen hitherto,` Mr. Hemaka Amarasuriya, Chairman of the company has said in the Regnis annual report.
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BOC s Change Concept heralding more customer-friendly services
Saturday, 4 July 2015 - 9:45 AM SL Time
The Bank of Ceylon launched its renovated Kadawatha branch yesterday hard on the heels of inaugurating a transformative drive to make its branches increasingly customer-friendly.

The transformation was part of a change concept that was initiated by BOC wherein various digital channels of the bank received a timely makeover. The project also brought into effect a range of services that were aimed at making the Bank s operations user-friendly.
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Imminent MR faction exit a blessing for SLFP: Amunugama
Friday, 3 July 2015 - 9:48 AM SL Time
Alluding to a certain split within the SLFP led UPFA, Minister Sarath Amunugama said the SLFP felt the situation came as a miserable pleasure because the gap created by the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction`s exit, could be filled with educated youth in the nomination lists at the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

He said when Parliament was dissolved last Friday, the SLFP had 127 members in Parliament. The SLFP had initially decided to give nominations to all sitting SLFP MPs. Therefore, it would have been problematic for the party s nomination board to accommodate all of them if the SLFP faction led by former President Rajapaksa remained with the SLFP led by President Sirisena.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Orgies and ogres
Friday, 3 July 2015 - 9:39 AM SL Time
Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council Opposition Leader Sunethra Ranasinghe has recently made a shocking revelation which is sure to send a chill down every parent s spine. Schoolchildren attend beach parties and child abuse is rampant in the Mt. Lavinia area, she has told a council meeting.

What is even more worrisome is Ranasinghe s claim that she met the defence authorities and apprised them of the situation, under the Rajapaksa government, but to no avail. According to what has been reported of her speech, she stopped short of revealing whether she had taken up the issue with the defence bigwigs after the change of government last January and what their response had been.
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An egregious blunder
Thursday, 2 July 2015 - 10:30 AM SL Time
An irate parent has, in a letter to the editor, lashed out at the politicians responsible for scheduling a general election for August, when the GCE A/L examination and Grade Five Scholarship examinations are held. A respected senior engineer, he has spoken for hundreds of thousands of parents perturbed by the timing of the election. He has demanded that the polls be postponed. One cannot but agree with him. Priority should be given to children s education and not electoral contests.

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has decided against using schools as counting centres this year in view of the aforesaid examinations despite difficulties and extra expenditure. While being thankful for small mercies one may add that such measures won t help solve the problem. Perhaps, the Polls Chief had no say in the matter because it is a case of Hobson s choice for him when Parliament is dissolved according to the whims and fancies of the powers that be and their astrologers. It is ironical that schools are used for counting votes to enable politicians most of whom are school dropouts to go places!
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Sangha and Sanga
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 8:19 AM SL Time
Cricketer par excellence, Kumar Sangakkara, has recently scotched off rumours that he is mulling over a career in politics. His fans must have heaved a huge sigh of relief. (Who wants his or her favourite player to plunge into a cesspit?) Even the ranks of Tuscany could scarce forbid to cheer when he announced that he would not take to politics.

Sanga is said to have graduated from racquet sports to cricket. The despicable racket sport aka politics is certainly not for him. Someone who has always played a straight bat is too good to be a politician. Sanga should be remembered by generations to come as one of the finest cricketers in the world and not as a local politician.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Dimuth s hundred helps Sri Lanka to 272 for eight
Saturday, 4 July 2015 - 10:12 AM SL Time
Leading up to the third Test against Pakistan here in Pallekele, Sri Lanka vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne had spoken of his team-mates having set plans against their main tormentor Yasir Shah. But the leg-spinner continued to dominate as Sri Lanka finished the first day of the deciding Test on 272 for eight after being put into bat.

The only man who played the 29-year-old confidently was opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who posted his second Test hundred yesterday. It was the maiden Test century by a Sri Lankan at Pallekele.
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ri Lanka unlikely to risk Chameera
Friday, 3 July 2015 - 9:41 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka are unlikely to risk fast bowler Dushmantha Chameeera for the must-win third and final Test against Pakistan that gets underway today at the Pallekele International Stadium. Chameera, who made his debut in the second Test, impressed everyone with his raw pace, but was troubled by a side strain. He was due to undergo a fitness test yesterday afternoon but with a long season ahead and the Indians scheduled to arrive later next month, he is unlikely to be risked.
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Sri Lanka enter new era in Pakistan decider
Thursday, 2 July 2015 - 10:34 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka will get a glimpse of a future without their batting greats when the decisive third and final Test against Pakistan begins in Pallekele on Friday.

For the first time in 15 years since Kumar Sangakkara s debut in July 2000, Sri Lanka will take the field in a Test without either him or Mahela Jayawardene in the ranks.

Sangakkara, Test cricket s leading current run-getter, committed himself to playing just two Tests against Pakistan and two more against India in August before retiring.
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