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Official Death Toll Rises To 192: MR Visits Koslanda
Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 9:12 PM SL Time

Official death toll of the massive landslide in Koslanda and Haldummulla has risen to 192.

Badulla District Secretary Rohana Keerthi Dissanayake has made an announcement disclosing a name-list of 192 people who died in the landslide incident which occurred early yesterday.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, accompanied by Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, has arrived at Koslanda a short while ago, President s media unit said. President Rajapaksa has visited the camps of the displaced in the area and has also monitored the progress of rescue missions that are still underway.
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Nightclub in Anuradhapura: UNP
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - 2:53 AM SL Time

A nightclub is being operated within the Sacred City of Anuradhapura desecrating its religious, Parliament was informed today.



Anuradhapura District United National Party (UNP) MP P. Harrison said it was unacceptable for anyone to operate a night club within the Sacred City where the hallowed Jayasri Maha Bodhi and Ruwanweliseya are located.



He made these remarks when asking a question from Indigenous Medicine Minister Salinda Dissanayake on the number of doctors practicing indigenous medicine.
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India to contest Sri Lanka court`s death sentences of fishermen through legal process

India said Friday that it will exhaust the legal process and challenge the death sentence passed on five Indian fishermen by a lower court in Sri Lanka . Spokesperson of India` Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin addressing a media bri...
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Malaka Silva assaulted

Malaka Silva , son of Minister Mervyn Silva has been hospitalized following an assault at a night club at Duplication road, Kollupitiya in the early hours today, Police said. Accordingly Mr. Silva was allegedly assaulted by a Scottish national fol...
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Sri Lankan court sentences 5 Indian and 3 Sri Lankan fishermen to death for heroin trafficking

A Sri Lanka n court Thursday handed out death sentences to five India n and three Sri Lankan fishermen accused of trafficking heroin into the island. The Colombo High Court on Thursday sentenced five Tamil Nadu fishermen to death along with the...
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Govt. to take over estates that expose workers to danger

The government had asked estate owners to take action to relocate their workers living in landslide prone terrain to safe areas but they had not heeded that directive, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yeterday. Unless they respon...
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SLC divided over sex scandal investigation

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) executive committee officials were pulling the national women s cricket sex scandal in different directions yesterday following an initial fact-finding probe revealed on Thursday that there was enough evidence to suggest a fu...
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Sri Lanka`s Carson group completes acquisition of Millers Brewery

Sri Lanka `s Carson Cumberbatch group which owns Lion Brewery has concluded the acquisition of Millers Brewery, from Cargills Ceylon Plc. Carson Cumberbatch on June 20 announced that Lion Brewery, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carson Cumberbatch...
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Vaiko confident of getting ban on LTTE lifted.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - 3:55 AM SL Time
MDMK general secretary Vaiko is confident that he can get the ban on the LTTE lifted.

He was talking to journalists after the opening session of a sitting of the Justice G.P. Mittal-led Special Tribunal constituted by the Delhi High Court under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act to look into the ban.

Mr. Vaiko said the NDA government was keeping the ban wrongly imposed by the UPA government. The arguments for retaining it were not convincing, especially when the Court of European Union struck down sanctions imposed on the outfit by the European Union.
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China gives India assurance on Lanka
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 12:42 AM SL Time
China does not want to overstep into India s sphere of influence by bringing Sri Lanka and Maldives into the maritime New Silk Road, according to an official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the New Indian Express reported.

We don t want to get into India s sphere, said Luan Jianzhang, Deputy Director General of Policy Research Office at the CPC Central Committee s International Department. The International Department is mainly concerned with overseeing relations with foreign political parties.
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Sri Lanka president prepares budget with eye on election
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 7:04 PM SL Time
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to present on Friday a populist election budget for 2015 that manages to contain borrowing thanks to an expected pick-up in the pace of economic growth.

The 68-year-old leader, who is also finance minister, will seek early re-election in January for an unprecedented third term, his party said on Monday, seeking to pre-empt any decline in support after nearly nine years in power.

On Thursday, Rajapaksa tweeted that the budget theme will be `Unstoppable Sri Lanka`.
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India to contest Sri Lanka court`s death sentences of fishermen through legal process
Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 12:51 PM SL Time
India said Friday that it will exhaust the legal process and challenge the death sentence passed on five Indian fishermen by a lower court in Sri Lanka.

Spokesperson of India` Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin addressing a media briefing Friday said the Government of India through a lawyer will contest the Colombo High Court`s ruling.

`It is true that a lower court in Sri Lanka has passed the death sentence to five Indian nationals. The Government of India, through a lawyer, will contest that decision. The legal process not yet complete this is the first step that has been taken,` Akbaruddin told the media here.
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Malaka Silva assaulted
Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 12:48 PM SL Time
Malaka Silva, son of Minister Mervyn Silva has been hospitalized following an assault at a night club at Duplication road, Kollupitiya in the early hours today, Police said.

Accordingly Mr. Silva was allegedly assaulted by a Scottish national following an argument at the night club at around 3 am today. A police complaint has been lodged by a friend of Mr. Silva about the incident, they said.
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Sri Lankan court sentences 5 Indian and 3 Sri Lankan fishermen to death for heroin trafficking
Friday, 31 October 2014 - 11:01 AM SL Time
A Sri Lankan court Thursday handed out death sentences to five Indian and three Sri Lankan fishermen accused of trafficking heroin into the island.

The Colombo High Court on Thursday sentenced five Tamil Nadu fishermen to death along with the three Sri Lankans on charges of drug trafficking.

The five Indian fishermen from Rameswaram - P. Emerson, P.Augustus, R.Wilson, K.Prasath, and J.Lanklet - were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in November 2011.
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Govt. to take over estates that expose workers to danger
Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 1:31 PM SL Time
The government had asked estate owners to take action to relocate their workers living in landslide prone terrain to safe areas but they had not heeded that directive, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yeterday. Unless they responded favourably, action would have to be taken to take over their properties to ensure workers safety, he warned.

A proposal to allocate state land certified by the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) as safe for people currently living in high risk landslide prone areas would be presented to the Cabinet shortly, Minister Amaraweera said.
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SLC divided over sex scandal investigation
Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 1:07 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) executive committee officials were pulling the national women s cricket sex scandal in different directions yesterday following an initial fact-finding probe revealed on Thursday that there was enough evidence to suggest a full-scale investigation.

President Jayantha Dharmadasa had called for an independent investigation on the scandal.
The President of SLC feels that a complete outsider who is not in any of the SLC Sub Committees should be carrying out this investigation SLC Chief Executive Ashley de Silva wrote to the SLC executive committee yesterday.
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United States to assist Sri Lanka in landslide rescue and relief efforts
Friday, 31 October 2014 - 11:10 AM SL Time
The United States said Thursday that has received an official request for assistance from the Government of Sri Lanka for rescue and relief efforts after a massive landslide devastated the Koslanda- Meeriya Bedda village in Badulla district.

Extending its deepest condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka and the families affected by the recent landslides the United States has offered assistance for the government and the affected people.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Sri Lanka`s Carson group completes acquisition of Millers Brewery
Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 1:17 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka`s Carson Cumberbatch group which owns Lion Brewery has concluded the acquisition of Millers Brewery, from Cargills Ceylon Plc.

Carson Cumberbatch on June 20 announced that Lion Brewery, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carson Cumberbatch and Pearl Springs, a subsidiary of Lion Brewery have entered into a sales and purchase agreement with Cargill`s PLC to purchase its subsidiary Millers Brewery for Rs. 5.15 billion.
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Monorail in Colombo transport master plan
Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 12:58 PM SL Time
The Transport Ministry has included the monorail transport system in its master plan prepared with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for developing the urban transport system linking the Colombo city with the suburbs, Parliament was informed yesterday.

The plan, which will be implemented in stages from 2015 to 2035, includes both road and rail-based transport systems.

Minister Kumara Welgama gave these details when answering a question asked by UNP MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. The plan includes four monorail lines with one of them running parallel with the High Level Road.
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Central Bank says country s Doing Business ranking has improved
Friday, 31 October 2014 - 11:02 AM SL Time
The Central Bank yesterday said Sri Lanka s ranking in the Doing Business Index has improved in both relative and absolute terms and explained how though the latest release of the global list by the World Bank-IFC showed otherwise.
In a statement, the Central Bank said according to the latest Doing Business Ranking published by the World Bank Group, Sri Lanka is ranked in the 99th position out of 189 countries in 2015 (reforms implemented up to June 2014) when compared to the previous year s rank of 105 (DB 2014 ranking shown is not last year s published ranking but a comparable ranking for DB2014 that captures the changes in methodology).
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Sex for slots
Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 1:34 PM SL Time
The Opposition has demanded, in Parliament, a thorough probe into a sex scandal that has rocked Sri Lanka Cricket and stringent action against the culprits. UNP MP Ajith P. Perera said some of the women cricketers had been compelled to have sex with certain officials to secure places in the national team. The government claimed action had already been taken and President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had ordered two separate investigations into the allegations.
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Who cares
Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 9:48 AM SL Time
The government is trying to attain its development goals the way a late riser attempts to catch an early train. The latter races against time with no heed for anything or anyone else on the way. The former is making a similar effort to develop tourism and attract investment.

A country has to keep pace with the changing world and make use of the opportunities that present themselves. The service sector has to be developed to boost the economy and this goal is unattainable without tourism being developed to earn the much-needed forex. And the promotion of tourism requires facilities to cater to the needs of foreigners who spend their hard-earned money to come all the way here to enjoy life. But, the sky is not the limit. Hotels must not be built on the catchments of rivers and reservoirs places of worship must be free from desecration and, in short, the environmental and cultural destruction and degradation must be prevented.
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Shirkers and skivers
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - 11:06 AM SL Time
President Mahinda Rajapaksa boasted, in his budget speech, the other day, that his government had increased the number of public employees to 1.3 million. He said the UNP-led UNF government had once tried to reduce the state service to a mere 300,000 workers. But, the question is whether the country has gained in any way from that huge increase in government servants or the productivity of the public sector has improved. If the state service can manage with 300,000 workers it doesn t make any sense to hire more than four times that number and place an additional burden on the taxpayers.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Indian judge expands match fixing probe into Dambulla incident
Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 1:36 PM SL Time

Justice Mukul Mudgal, the Supreme Court-appointed inquiry commissioner looking into allegations of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League`s season 7, has expanded the scope of the probe by including match fixing in one-day international games.

At the centre of this angle of inquiry, which is bound to raise the BCCI`s hackles, is a woman who was found in Suresh Raina`s room during the 2010 Asia Cup in Dambulla, Sri Lanka.
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Aussies on knees after day one disaster
Friday, 31 October 2014 - 11:13 AM SL Time
Frazzled Michael Clarke was under fire on all fronts on Thursday as his leadership was questioned by legend Allan Border and Australia faced series defeat to Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Lumbered with a side he didn`t want and power he no longer has, it was a day to forget for Clarke with Australia trailing the host 1-0 in the series.

Pakistan was 2-304 after 88 overs and in total control at stumps with century kings Younis Khan (111) and Azhar Ali (101) posting an unbeaten 208-run, third wicket stand.
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SLC donates turf wicket to North
Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 9:50 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce that the first ever Turf Wicket built in the northern province was opened yesterday at St. Patrick`s College, Jaffna by former captain Sanath Jayasuriya. SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, General Udaya Perera and the Principal of St. Partick s College were present at the occasion. The blessing of the wicket was done by Jaffna Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr.Thomas Savundaranayagam.
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