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Govt. considers measures to discipline the media
Sunday, 27 November 2016 - 2:47 PM SL Time

It seemed ironic that it should come in the wake of the jolt the mainstream media in the United States received after Republican Donald Trump won the November presidential elections. Both the electronic and the print media, almost altogether, spoke of a victory for rival Hillary Rodham Clinton. Most were very supportive of her. They have come in for a lot of flak now and their shares have dipped in the stock markets. They are now re-thinking and re-building the journalistic enterprise.
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Govt to proceed with controversial tender
Saturday, 26 November 2016 - 2:14 AM SL Time

The Government has awarded a controversial tender to re-lay the 400m and 200m training tracks at the Sugathadasa Sports Complex to a joint venture between Access International (Pvt) Ltd and Conica-veritas despite their price being significantly higher than at least two other bids.

The Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (CAPC) awarded the project at a cost of Rs. 334,291, 610.00 plus VAT.

Access International s bid is Rs. 56 million higher than the price quoted by CML-MTD (Rs. 278 million) and Rs. 34 million more than Sierra Construction who quoted Rs. 297 million.
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Lpboa Will Not Strike

The Lanka Private Bus Owners` Association president Gemunu Wijeratne said yesterday that they would not support the countrywide bus strike, as President Maithripala Sirisena had assured them that he would take action to withdraw the Rs.25,000 fine f...
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President Seeks Explanation On Igp`..

President Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament today that he had called for an explanation from IGP Pujith Jayasundara regarding a video in which he had been reportedly speaking with reference to an arrest by the FCID while answering a phone call. P...
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Grace Period For Vehicles With Open..

The grace period of three months that had been given to vehicle owners with open papers to register their vehicles had been extended to December 31, Motor Traffic Department Commissioner General A.H.K. Jagath Chandrasiri said today. Earlier the...
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MR has the ability to rescue Sri Lanka: Basil

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has the ability to rescue Sri Lanka from the downfall which would be faced by the country in the near future, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) claimed today. Addressing the media in the recruiting of mem...
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Kumar Gunaratnam out today

Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) politburo member Kumar Gunaratnam, who was sentenced to one year`s imprisonment for violating visa regulations, is to be released from the Anuradhapura Prison today (Nov. 2) after completing his sentence, the Prisons ...
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Too many banks in Sri Lanka some consolidation needed says CBSL Governor

Some consolidation in the local banking sector is needed to have a strong banking sector in Sri Lanka , Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy said. `I think some consolidation is needed for the banking sector because my belief is that...
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Sri Lanka s unitary status will be retained
Thursday, 24 November 2016 - 10:54 PM SL Time
Rejecting all Opposition allegations, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party today asserted that the proposed new Constitution or an amendment to the existing Constitution will retain the Unitary Status of Sri Lanka.

Minister Susil Premajayanth said the first law of the country will not compromise the rights of the citizen.

Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today Minister Premajayanth said a Constitution of a country should address concerns and issues of its citizens.
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New Constitution may have 240 seats: RW.
Monday, 21 November 2016 - 2:28 PM SL Time
The Constitutional Assembly was looking at the possibility of increasing the number of MPs in the legislature to 240, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who was speaking at the Junior National Law Conference in Negombo, said the government was looking at 240-seat Parliament, where 60 percent would be elected under the First Past the Post (FPP) system and the remaining 40percent on a list. We are looking at a mixed system similar to one in New Zealand. It is similar to the German system as well. But according to the German system, 50 percent of the MPs are elected under a list and other 50 percent on the First Past the Post system. This will help Opposition parties to get more seats. We will stick to 240 MPs. We are looking at introducing an electoral system where 60 percent of the members in Parliament will be elected under the FPP First Past the Post system, while 40 percent on a list, the Premier said - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/New-Constitution-may-have-seats-RW-119422.html#sthash.vdPIFbRl.dpuf
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People will get chance to approve Constitution: Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
Saturday, 19 November 2016 - 5:35 PM SL Time
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday assured Parliament the new Constitution will be drafted in consultation with all political parties and people would get a chance to approve it. Wickremesinghe made the remarks while presenting the reports of six sub-committees to the Constitutional Assembly. The sub-committees were appointed to look into matters pertaining to the new Constitution. The sub-committees deliberated on different areas of Constitutional provisions and will report to the main Steering Committee.
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Lpboa Will Not Strike
Friday, 2 December 2016 - 9:23 AM SL Time
The Lanka Private Bus Owners` Association president Gemunu Wijeratne said yesterday that they would not support the countrywide bus strike, as President Maithripala Sirisena had assured them that he would take action to withdraw the Rs.25,000 fine for speeding and overtaking on the left. During a meeting held at the parliamentary complex, Deputy Transport Minister Ashok Abeysinghe said the decision would be made public by issuing a statement as soon as possible. We informed the president that there were several issues at bus halts because of three-wheelers. However, as the president of the Lanka Private Bus Owners` Association, I request all bus owners to call off the bus strike and give their cooperation to President Sirisena, said Wijeratne. I did not intend to call a strike, but the bus drivers had been misled by a poster campaign saying that a fine of Rs.25,000 would be imposed for traffic offences. It was an unfortunate situation. Misleading employees is a big problem for us. That is why we told the minister to issue a statement to explain the situation, he said. We bus owners are ready to operate our buses as usual, he said. I cannot say anything about the Inter Provincial bus strike because no one was present at the discussion with the president. Mr. Ashok Abeysinghe informed me that they were having a discussion with the president yesterday evening. Five persons from the Railway Trade union were also invited to attend the discussion, he said Four or five persons had been invited from the Inter Provincial Private Bus Association (IPPBA) however they had not being present at the discussion. the deputy minister had informed the president of their absence. Full Story     Post Reply To This

President Seeks Explanation On Igp`..
Friday, 2 December 2016 - 9:16 AM SL Time
President Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament today that he had called for an explanation from IGP Pujith Jayasundara regarding a video in which he had been reportedly speaking with reference to an arrest by the FCID while answering a phone call. President Sirisena was responding to Joint opposition MP Wimalaweera Dissanayake who raised a question on the issue this afternoon. IGP Jayasundara answering a call allegedly said he had informed the FCID not to arrest anyone without his permission, according to the video. What was said by the IGP was wrong and I have called for an explanation on this matter from him,` the President said. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Grace Period For Vehicles With Open..
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 - 8:36 AM SL Time
The grace period of three months that had been given to vehicle owners with open papers to register their vehicles had been extended to December 31, Motor Traffic Department Commissioner General A.H.K. Jagath Chandrasiri said today.

Earlier the Government had announced a grace period that ran from September 1 to November 30.

He said the period had been extended following a request made by the Department to Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. `We made this request to the minister as there are many who have still not been able to convert the ownership of their vehicles to their name`, he said.
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Politics Political News Forum 

MR has the ability to rescue Sri Lanka: Basil
Friday, 2 December 2016 - 9:31 AM SL Time
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has the ability to rescue Sri Lanka from the downfall which would be faced by the country in the near future, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) claimed today.

Addressing the media in the recruiting of members to the SLPP, former minister and SLPP front-liner Basil Rajapaksa said the county was heading towards a dark era unlike in the governing period of former president Rajapaksa.
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Kumar Gunaratnam out today
Friday, 2 December 2016 - 9:18 AM SL Time
Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) politburo member Kumar Gunaratnam, who was sentenced to one year`s imprisonment for violating visa regulations, is to be released from the Anuradhapura Prison today (Nov. 2) after completing his sentence, the Prisons sources said yesterday.

He was sentenced to imprisonment by the Kegalle Magistrate on March 31, 2016. He was also fined Rs.50,000.

Confirming that Mr. Gunaratnam would be released today, the FSP yesterday said it would submit a fresh application to the Immigration and Emigration Department today itself seeking Sri Lankan citizenship for Gunaratnam.
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JO opposes allowances to MPs
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 - 8:34 AM SL Time
The joint opposition said today they were completely against the monthly allowance of Rs.100,000 to be paid to MPs so that they could help their constituents.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is reported to have said in Parliament on Monday that the monthly allowance was being paid to enable MPs to give wedding gifts and make donations for funerals.

MP Bandula Gunawardane said this move was against the principles of Yahapalanaya.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Too many banks in Sri Lanka some consolidation needed says CBSL Governor
Friday, 2 December 2016 - 9:12 AM SL Time
Some consolidation in the local banking sector is needed to have a strong banking sector in Sri Lanka, Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy said.

`I think some consolidation is needed for the banking sector because my belief is that Sri Lanka has too many banks, the Governor told the media at the monthly review meeting of the CBSL held recently at the Central Bank Auditorium, Colombo.
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Just set-up Sri Lanka USA Business Council, key to promote bilateral trade
Thursday, 1 December 2016 - 2:00 PM SL Time
The Sri Lanka - USA Business Council, which has been just established, will help promote trade and investment between the two countries, whose bilateral relations are at an all time high, US ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap said.

`Sri Lanka s economy is set to grow strongly with the island ideally placed on the international sea routes across the Indian Ocean. Therefore, the US believes that these geographical advantages would help Sri Lanka to become one of the prosperous nations in the region, Keshap said at the launch of the Council, organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and held at the JAIC Hilton, Colombo.Keshap said that Sri Lanka exports more than US $ 3 billion worth of goods to USA, and these goods have seen a strong growth during the last few years.. `At percent there is a 7 percent year on year growth of Sri Lanka`s exports to the US.`
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Budget 2017 seen as bringing sad stock tidings
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 8:28 AM SL Time
The Colombo Stock Exchange will not see any upward growth over the rest of this year because of the fourth coming Christmas season coupled with the budget that has failed to give an impetus to the market, stock market analysts said.

The market has not shown any notable increase in turnover over the last two weeks and this trend will continue till the end of this year. The market`s foreign investor sentiment is at a favorable level but it did not get any encouragement or boost from the 2017 budget, analysts said..
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

MPs have all the luck!
Thursday, 1 December 2016 - 1:58 PM SL Time
Santa seems to have got his wires crossed. Else, he would not have landed near the Diyawanna Oya several weeks ahead of Christmas. Usually, he favours children, but this time around he seems to have given priority to those who have torsos of adults and brains of children. Parliamentarians have received a massive increase in their allowances and a huge pay hike is said to be in the pipeline.

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government came to power, promising economic relief to the masses. Initially, after the change of government, the prices of some commodities were slashed and public employees were given a substantial pay hike. But, what was given with one hand was taken away with the other after the self-proclaimed messiahs had been ensconced in power. It was a case of swings and roundabout for the people.
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Of those cyber hit men
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 - 8:24 AM SL Time
The Professional Web Journalists Association (PWJA) has lashed out at the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government for adopting the same repressive policies as its predecessor in handling the web-based media. It has taken exception to action against two web publications, which, it says, should have complete freedom to continue their operations.

We both agree and disagree with the PWJA. We agree with it that the government is trying to tar all web publications with the same brush and introduce draconian laws and regulations to keep them under its thumb. This move must be resisted with might and main. You don t kill all dogs to tackle rabies, do you?
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The identikit circus
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 8:27 AM SL Time
Police have released to the media another sketch of a suspect allegedly responsible for killing The Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga in January 2008. There seems to be no end in sight to the process of identikits being publicised and public assistance sought to apprehend the killers of Lasantha.

There is reason to believe that the government and the police are not so keen to go all out to solve the crime. For, they have stopped short of doing what must be done to ascertain vital information about the killers of journalists, including Lasantha.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Sri Lanka is Heaven on Earth - Wasim Akram
Friday, 2 December 2016 - 9:15 AM SL Time
Pakistan hero in their 1992 World Cup triumph, Wasim Akram, recalled fond memories of touring Sri Lanka as a Test cricketer and claimed the future is bright for country s cricket during a media briefing at SLC headquarters at Maitland Place, Colombo yesterday.

Former great Aravinda de Silva, who heads SLC s Cricket Committee, had requested Akram s services to conduct a workshop for the national cricket team, SLC coaches and fast bowlers. Akram is expected to do a couple of more stints next year as well.
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Captain Angelo is Dialog Cricketer of the Year
Thursday, 1 December 2016 - 2:00 PM SL Time
Dialog People s Player of Year Tillekeratne Dilshan receives his award from Supun Weerasinghe, Group CEO Designate, Dialog Axiata PLC. Mohan de Silva, Secretary, Sri Lanka Cricket is also in the picture.

(Right) Cricketer of the Year Angelo Mathews receives his award from Dayasiri Jayasekera, Minister of Sports. Also in picture, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata PLC and Thilanga Sumathipala, President SLC.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was named Cricketer of the Year at the Annual Dialog Cricket Awards last night at Water s Edge. It was the third time in a row that Mathews has won the prestigious award. Mathews was also named Test and ODI all-rounder of the year.
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Wrestling gets a facelift, David Peiris to sponsor Nationals
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 - 8:23 AM SL Time
Pulsor Power will be the latest introductory tagline for this year s Wrestling Nationals, which will get a much needed facelift with the sponsorship of David Peiris Company, the sole agents for Bajaj motorcycles. This year s Wrestling Nationals is to be staged at the Sports Ministry Indoor Stadium in Colombo from December 1 to 3.

`This (wrestling) is the sport of the ancient kings, the world s first fighting art and, in a way, the first sport. This is something very close to our lives. So, by sponsoring the wresting nationals, David Peiris has done a praiseworthy deed,` said Neville Pathmasiri, President of the Sri Lanka Wrestling Federation.
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