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Female gambling den busted: Five women arrested
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 10:57 AM SL Time

The Western Province anti-crime division busted a gambling den near a public well at the T20 watte in Borella and nabbed five women engaged in throwing the dice for money on Saturday (26).

A large number of women were gambling when the policemen raided the spot, but most of them managed to escape, while the policemen who chased after them could capture only five of them, police said.

The police took into custody Rs 1,700 from the scene.
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Supreme Court Directs All Public Institutions To Allow Traditional Muslim Dress
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 1:29 AM SL Time

The Supreme Court today ordered the Attorney General to issue directives to all public institutions to permit to wear the traditional Muslim cultural attire when entering public places.

When the case was taken up for hearing before the Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, he said that the traditional Muslim attire is well within the identity of the Sri Lankan culture and that Muslim women have a right to wear such attire a it causes harm to none.
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Fire At Beruwala Star Class Hotel

A fire that broke out in a star class hotel in Beruwala was doused by hotel employees using emergency fire equipment installed in the building. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had been in another building of the hotel to sign as the attesting witne...
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India to inform terror cloud on Colombo

India will be informing Sri Lanka about an official working with the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo who was allegedly playing a key role in planning terror strikes at the behest of ISI on the US and Israeli consulates in the southern part of th...
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Algeria Plane Disappears From Radar..

Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers. A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a DC-9 and that some 110 people of various...
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Noritake opens new flagship store in Colombo

July 28, 2014 (LBT) - The first ever of its kind, Noritake s state-of -the -art mega flagship store, was opened recently in one of Colombo`s most exclusive shopping precincts at Dharmapala Mawatha Systematically brought together to create the u...
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India to name ISI mole in Pakistani mission in Colombo Plotting terror strikes on US and Israeli consulates in Chennai and Bangalore

NEW DELHI, July 27: India will soon inform Sri Lanka about an official working in the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, who was playing a key role in planning terror strikes on the US consulate in Chennai and the Israeli consulates Bangalore at t...
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Minister Champika Ranawaka blasts Sri Lanka s Lamborghini economy

Sri Lanka currently implements an economic system showing Lamborghinis to people surrounded by poverty, said the Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka at the Sri Lanka Science Foundation in Colombo this week. ...
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`Limited Abortion` To Be Legalized In Sri Lanka
Sunday, 20 July 2014 - 1:43 AM SL Time
After debating over the matter for years if not decades, the Sri Lankan government has finally taken measures to legalize `limited abortion`, sources of the Child Development and Women`s Affairs Ministry said.

A consultative committee is now working on the mechanism to legalize `limited abortion` in Sri Lanka as a way of addressing issues faced by women who have been victimized by rape and other similar problems. The recommendations of the committee will be presented to Parliament to formulate new laws on this matter.
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Over 160 complaints against media in Sri Lanka
Friday, 18 July 2014 - 11:45 PM SL Time
The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) received one hundred and sixty three complaints last year, the Chief Executive Officer of the PCCSL Sukumar Rockwood said in his annual report for 2013.

Sukumar Rockwood further stated that the Sinhala press which comprises 39 per cent of the country s newspapers attracted the majority of the complaints in 2013. He said that the Commission received the fullest co-operation from editors to resolve these complaints amicably and swiftly.
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Canada tells Lanka to respect NGOs
Friday, 18 July 2014 - 11:26 AM SL Time
Canada today urged the Sri Lankan authorities to respect the right to freedoms of expression, assembly and association, and the right to take part in public affairs.

Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights Deepak Obhrai said Canada is deeply concerned by reports of efforts to restrict legitimate activities of civil society and non-governmental organizations in Sri Lanka.
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Fire At Beruwala Star Class Hotel
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 11:56 AM SL Time
A fire that broke out in a star class hotel in Beruwala was doused by hotel employees using emergency fire equipment installed in the building.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had been in another building of the hotel to sign as the attesting witness of a marriage. However, the President had left after the registration of the marriage when the fire broke out. Police said they believed an electrical short circuit might had triggered the fire but the exact reason was yet to be established after the Government Analyst carries out investigations.
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India to inform terror cloud on Colombo
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 11:46 AM SL Time
India will be informing Sri Lanka about an official working with the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo who was allegedly playing a key role in planning terror strikes at the behest of ISI on the US and Israeli consulates in the southern part of this country.

The information will be shared with Sri Lankan authorities by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) signed between the two countries in 2010, official sources said.
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Algeria Plane Disappears From Radar..
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 9:49 AM SL Time
Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers.

A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a DC-9 and that some 110 people of various nationalities are listed as being on board the flight.

The source said contact with the flight was lost while it was still in Malian airspace approaching the border with Algeria.
The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route, the source said.
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Noritake opens new flagship store in Colombo
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 12:12 PM SL Time
July 28, 2014 (LBT) - The first ever of its kind, Noritake s state-of -the -art mega flagship store, was opened recently in one of Colombo`s most exclusive shopping precincts at Dharmapala Mawatha

Systematically brought together to create the ultimate expression of Noritake, the flagship store presents the brand`s entire product range on three stories of this iconic structure. All Noritake products here have one thing in common: they all reflect the company`s philosophy based on exceptional quality, solid functionality, iconic design and wonderful innovation.
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India to name ISI mole in Pakistani mission in Colombo Plotting terror strikes on US and Israeli consulates in Chennai and Bangalore
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 12:09 PM SL Time
NEW DELHI, July 27: India will soon inform Sri Lanka about an official working in the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, who was playing a key role in planning terror strikes on the US consulate in Chennai and the Israeli consulates Bangalore at the behest of the Inter Services Intelligence, Pakistan s external spying outfit.

The information will be shared with Sri Lankan authorities by India s National Investigation Agency (NIA) under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) the two countries had signed in 2010, official sources here said.
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Tamil Nadu CM urges Indian PM to give visa to UN team probing Sri Lanka
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 10:46 AM SL Time
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu State in India, J. Jayalalithaa today urged the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant visa to the United Nations team conducting the probe into Sri Lanka`s alleged war crimes.

In a letter to Modi, Jayalalithaa said she was surprised by the reports media reports which indicated that India has refused visas to the UN committee appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to investigate the alleged human right violations by the both sides of Sri Lanka`s armed conflict.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Minister Champika Ranawaka blasts Sri Lanka s Lamborghini economy
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 12:07 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka currently implements an economic system showing Lamborghinis to people surrounded by poverty, said the Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka at the Sri Lanka Science Foundation in Colombo this week.
The country cannot escape from the middle income status trap by promoting the service economy based on entertainment, he told a gathering of scholars, scientists and business leaders.

In a hard hitting speech against the government s economic policy , he noted that the gap between the rich and poor is widening and people are living in a country where they have to watch Lamborghinis while travelling in jam-packed Tata private buses.
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Chairman of Commercial Bank to step down
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 12:02 PM SL Time
The Chairman of Commercial Bank of Ceylon Dinesh Stephen Weerakkody will relinquish his office as a director/chairman on 28 July 2014, the Commercial Bank said in a disclosure to the Colombo Stock Exchange.

The Bank announced that Mr. Weerakkody will step down after completing nine years as a Director of the Bank according to the Corporate Governance Rules of the Central Bank.
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Tenaga unveils Euro 1.2 m solar parking meters
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 10:40 AM SL Time
Tenaga Car Parks(Pvt) Ltd, a BOI certified company plans to invest over 1.2 million Euros in the unique solar powered street parking machine venture with CALE Access the Swedish giant specializing in parking, public and entry solutions. Tenaga Managing Director Duminda Jayathilake said this project is a first not only in Sri Lanka but for South Asia as well.

Tenaga Car Parks has been in the parking forefront for the last 12 years and provide services in over 20 car parks in Sri Lanka, he said addressing a press briefing held yesterday after launching the first ever solar powered CALE Parking meter in Fort. Tenaga hopes to introduce third generation parking in the very near future.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Troubled by saviours
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 12:19 PM SL Time
Libya continues to hurtle down a spiral of violence apparently with no prospect of recovery. Earlier the Libyans were troubled by one eccentric dictator called Gaddafi and now they have scores of violent militias to contend with. Under Gaddafi, they at least had a robust welfare system though he and his family stashed away billions of petrodollars in offshore accounts. They backed the rebellion against him as they were craving for freedom and democracy, but today they are in a far worse predicament.

Marauding rebels once fondly dubbed pro-democracy fighters by a section of the international media having wrested control of vast swathes of Libya including many oil fields, the world leaders instrumental in getting rid of Gaddafi are leaving that country. In what looked a desperate evacuation operation, the US, on Saturday, deployed F-16 and MV-22 Osprey aircraft to relocate its Tripoli-based embassy staff to Tunisia in view of the deteriorating security situation. Washington s concerns about the safety of its diplomatic staff are understandable. It doesn t want to leave anything to chance after the murder of its ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, in 2012 in Benghazi, considered the cradle of the anti-Gaddafi uprising.
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Arresting the rot in politics
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 10:48 AM SL Time
The Opposition and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has stressed the need for Sri Lankan politics to undergo a radical shake-up while calling for electoral reforms and reducing the term of Parliament to four years, among other things. He has, we believe, struck a responsive chord with the discerning public.

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Flogging a brain-dead cob
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 11:00 AM SL Time
The government and the UNP locked horns in Parliament on Tuesday over a Chinese aircraft maintenance base to be set up in Trincomalee. Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe demanded that External Affair Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris explain the government position. The UNP s contention has been that Sri Lanka should not undertake anything that India may consider detrimental to its interests. Discounting the UNP s claim, Prof. Peiris stressed that the project would in no way pose a threat to India.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Weather threatens to spoil SL s excellent record
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 12:20 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka s efforts of winning the SSC Test and squaring the two match series against South Africa could be spoilt by bad weather, as 21 overs were not bowled yesterday, the penultimate day of the game due to bad light and rain. Sri Lanka had set South Africa a stiff target of 369 in 128 overs and the tourists were 38 for one, when play was stopped 45 minutes before schedule on Sunday.

A draw here is sufficient for South Africa to win their first series on Sri Lankan soil in 21 years. South Africa won the first Test in Galle by 153 runs.
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Silky Jayawardene puts Sri Lanka on top
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 10:49 AM SL Time
Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene (R) jokes with South African cricketer Dale Steyn (L) during the opening day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground yesterday. Pic by Lakurwan Wanniarachchi.

Sri Lanka can still hope to maintain their unbeaten run against South Africa at home in the last two decades thanks to former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who posted an error free unbeaten century on day one of the second Test at Sinhalese Sports Club ground yesterday. After the Proteas wrapped up the opening Test in Galle by 153 runs, they require only a draw to win their first series in Sri Lanka since 1993.
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Thirimanne, Chandimal dropped Cheating South Africans under a cloud after ball tampering fiasco
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 11:01 AM SL Time
Sri Lankan cricketer Niroshan Dickwella walks to the field during a practice session at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on July 23, 2014.
(Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

Sri Lanka have dropped Dinesh Chandimal and vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne for the deciding second and final Test Match against South Africa that gets underway at the SSC today. While former Trinity wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been called up from England, where Sri Lanka A are on tour, to take Chandimal s position, Thirimanne will be replaced by Kithruwan Vithanage. The third change from the side that lost the first Test in Galle is injured seamer Shaminda Eranga, whose place will be taken by either Dhammika Prasad or Ajantha Mendis.
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