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Sri Lanka an IS transit hub?
Monday, 18 July 2016 - 1:26 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka is very close to becoming the unofficial transit hub for IS members, and Ceylon Today speculates at least 12 persons from Kerala have travelled through Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) within the last one month to join the Islamic State. Despite this the Police say they have no information on people routing through BIA to reach Syria or any other Middle Eastern countries to join IS. But, sources in Kerala confirmed that at least 12 persons have left transiting through BIA to the Arab countries.
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Sri Lanka back in business, Ravi K tells Credit Suisse investment forum
Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 2:06 PM SL Time

With 6% GDP growth forecast for this year, up from 4.8% in 2015, Sri Lanka is on the move, the country s Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake, said in a keynote address at the Credit Suisse 2016 Asian Investment Conference (AIC).

Since a new President and Prime Minister took office at the beginning of 2015, the Government has worked to get the country back onto a path of strong economic growth, Karunanayake said. It was necessary for fiscal consolidation to take place.
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Donald Trump accepts Republican presidential nomination

Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination for president on Thursday night, giving the biggest speech of his short political career seeking to end a troubled, fractious GOP convention on a high note. The nominee entered to stirring st...
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MPs disappointed by Murali s Aussie consultancy: Thilanga

Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala said yesterday that MPs had expressed disappointment over the country s cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan joining the Australia n team as a spin bowling Consultant. Sumathipala, who is also the Depu...
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Parents of 800 students not willing to send children to Jaffna uni.

A Parents collective of the injured Jaffna University students said today they would not send their children to the university until the security of the students were guaranteed. The parents of over 800 Sinhala students wrote to the Vice Chancellor...
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Kiriella offers five posts for JVP

While denying media reports that a Buddhist monk named Ven. Wattappola Rahula Thera was appointed as a consultant to the road development project, Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament yesterday he was even ready t...
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SLFP threatens defeat of VAT

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party ( SLFP ) would defeat the VAT Amendment if SLFP proposals were not incorporated or if the tax was increased to fifteen percent, SLFP Spokesman Dilan Perera said today. We will definitely defeat the VAT Amendment if the am...
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New World Bank-initiated Country Partnership Frameworks for Sri Lanka

Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough, the new World Bank Country Director* for Sri Lanka and Maldives is visiting Colombo this week to meet with the Sri Lankan government, and other development partners, to discuss the status of the World Bank Group operations ...
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Namal arrest: MR asks if govt. happy now?
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 - 9:23 AM SL Time
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said he had to ask the government whether it was now happy after arresting his son Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, Mr. Rajapaksa who was arrested by the FCID today over an inquiry of allegedly misappropriating Rs. 70 million worth of funds belonging to `Krish Company , was later remanded by Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne till July 18. After visiting Namal Rajapaksa at the Welikada prison this evening, the former president and Kurunegala District Parliamentarian said, `What I have to ask from the government is Obata Satutuida Dan (Are You happy now?)`, he said. Talking to the media he alleged that it was very much clear that this was a political revenge and nothing else. Mohamed Muzamil is still in prison and there will be more to be put into prison in the future. It is not a problem for us now. We are considering this as a normal incident, he said. Now we see the, justice is now operational. It works on only to a selected group and that is the fault of it, he said. - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/112357/Namal-arrest-MR-asks-if-govt-happy-now-#sthash.mcY7WoeL.dpuf
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Interim order by SC suspends VAT increase
Monday, 11 July 2016 - 9:33 PM SL Time
The Supreme Court on Monday (11) issued an interim order to suspend the Value Added Tax (VAT) increase.

The Supreme Court issued the order after considering a petition filed seeking an order to revoke the decision to increase VAT.

The petition was filed by an attorney representing three persons including National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa.
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Hostile Tamil Diaspora activists invited again
Thursday, 7 July 2016 - 1:14 PM SL Time
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has invited Tamil Diaspora activists, including those still promoting a separatist agenda to visit Sri Lanka.

Minister Samaraweera has extended the invitation on behalf of the government of Sri Lanka during a meeting with expatriate Tamils on the sidelines of 32 session of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Addressing the media at the Foreign Ministry auditorium, Minister Samaraweera explained the dialogue he had with Diaspora representatives.
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Donald Trump accepts Republican presidential nomination
Saturday, 23 July 2016 - 10:08 AM SL Time
Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination for president on Thursday night, giving the biggest speech of his short political career seeking to end a troubled, fractious GOP convention on a high note. The nominee entered to stirring string music, with the jumbotron displaying only his name TRUMP in gold letters above his head. Friends, delegates, and fellow Americans, I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States, Trump said. Then he joined the crowd in their chants, USA! USA! Trump s speech cast the U.S. as a chaotic nation, where disorder and crime threaten our very way of life. He portrayed himself as a man who could end it, almost immediately, without explaining exactly how. I have a message for all of you. The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon and I mean very soon come to an end, Trump said. After he is inaugurated as president next January, Trump said, Safety will be restored. Trump s speech laid out stark differences between his agenda and that of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He asserted that the likely Democratic nominee was a puppet of corporations and elites, and that she would keep our rigged system in place. At one point, the crowd chanted Lock her up! Trump shook his head no, and responded, Let s defeat her in November. The convention crowd cheered Trump s applause lines, and booed when he mentioned upticks in homicides, and crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. As Trump described a surge in illegal immigration, the crowd broke out into Build that wall! Build that wall! Trump was introduced by his daughter Ivanka, who told the crowd that as a proud millennial, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat. Sometimes, it s a tough choice, Ivanka Trump said. That is not the case this time. Ivanka Trump also endorsed an idea that Democratic candidates have focused on this year using the government to make it easier for mothers_day.jsp' class=black>mothers to return to the workforce. As president, my father will change the labor laws that will put in place at a time, Ivanka Trump said, referring to her own experience as a mother of three. He will focus on making quality child care affordable and accessible for all.
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MPs disappointed by Murali s Aussie consultancy: Thilanga
Saturday, 23 July 2016 - 10:05 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala said yesterday that MPs had expressed disappointment over the country s cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan joining the Australian team as a spin bowling Consultant. Sumathipala, who is also the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, said the MPs had said that someone like Muralitharan who is loved dearly by the country joining a country like Australia comes as a surprise. However, there is nothing unethical in this move by Murali. As a professional, he has the freedom to make such decisions. And as the Board, we can t question his move. That s what we think, he told a news conference held at the SLC today. He expressed these as a response to a journalist who asked whether the MPs had objected to Muralitharan joining Australian camp ahead of the Warne Muralidaran Trophy. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Parents of 800 students not willing to send children to Jaffna uni.
Friday, 22 July 2016 - 10:12 AM SL Time
A Parents collective of the injured Jaffna University students said today they would not send their children to the university until the security of the students were guaranteed. The parents of over 800 Sinhala students wrote to the Vice Chancellor of the University saying that the students faced constant security threats. Addressing a media conference in Colombo, the parents also asserted the need to reinforce mechanisms to enhance mutual understanding between communities in the university. The letter sent and copied to the President, Prime Minister and the Minister of Higher Education further urged the administration to provide in house hostel facilities to students. We as parents are faced with a big dilemma following the recent clash, and are unwilling to send our children back to university until concrete steps are taken to ensure their security the letter said. Full Story     Post Reply To This


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Kiriella offers five posts for JVP
Saturday, 23 July 2016 - 10:13 AM SL Time
While denying media reports that a Buddhist monk named Ven. Wattappola Rahula Thera was appointed as a consultant to the road development project, Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament yesterday he was even ready to offer five such posts to the JVP which raised the matter. JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa made this allegation during question time of the House the other day. In response, the Minister said wide media publicity had been given to it, but it was a total falsehood. `We have not made any such appointment. If you want, we will offer you five slots,` he said. He also denied the allegation that two persons from the same family had been given such appointments on political grounds. Full Story     Post Reply To This

SLFP threatens defeat of VAT
Friday, 22 July 2016 - 10:16 AM SL Time
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) would defeat the VAT Amendment if SLFP proposals were not incorporated or if the tax was increased to fifteen percent, SLFP Spokesman Dilan Perera said today. We will definitely defeat the VAT Amendment if the amendments do not include our proposals and with the ideas taken from the affected communities in the country, he said. The issue regarding the recent VAT increase, was discussed by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake with the people who connected in the country recently, Perera said. All members of the SLFP participated at a discussion and we showed our proposals on how to obtain tax without hurting the people. The President assured that the VAT should be amended. So do not even dream of bringing back VAT again. Finally the VAT should be amended. Any Government cannot rely only on indirect taxes. The Government should focus on increasing the ways of gaining direct taxes and reducing indirect taxes and it should consider providing relief to the people who are below the income tax threshold. If the Government mainly relied on taxes, it should obtain it from the taxes that are levied on cigarettes and alcohol, he said. Full Story     Post Reply To This

President assures Customs Laws won`t be diluted
Friday, 22 July 2016 - 10:07 AM SL Time
President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday that he would not allow the Customs Law to be diluted by the proposed Customs Ordinance.

The President gave this assurance at a meeting with a group of Customs trade union representatives.

The trade unionists met the President to discuss the controversial customs ordinance.

The Customs trade unionists stressed that the proposed customs ordinance would only serve the interests of racketeers.

The President said he needed about three weeks to study the draft customs ordinance with a view to acting on allegations made by the trade unionists.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

New World Bank-initiated Country Partnership Frameworks for Sri Lanka
Saturday, 23 July 2016 - 10:01 AM SL Time
Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough, the new World Bank Country Director* for Sri Lanka and Maldives is visiting Colombo this week to meet with the Sri Lankan government, and other development partners, to discuss the status of the World Bank Group operations and how the Bank can continue to support the country s development priorities in the most impactful manner.

During the four-day visit, Pswarayi-Riddihough accompanied outgoing Country Director, Francoise Clottes to the introductory meetings with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake and the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Indrajith Coomaraswamy. She also spent a day in Maldives meeting key government officials there.
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Ease of doing business to be ensured
Friday, 22 July 2016 - 10:04 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka would ensure ease of doing business to encourage more foreign investments says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Delivering the keynote address at 3rd South Asian Diaspora Convention at the Raffles City Conference Center, on Monday,Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka which had been ranked the highest in economic freedom among South Asian countries would reform its tax laws by simplifying procedures , introduce incentives for investments including a new Foreign Exchange Act to remove restrictions on remittances abroad.
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Bank of Ceylon among the top 1000 banks in the world and ranked No. 1 in Sri Lanka
Thursday, 21 July 2016 - 10:14 AM SL Time
`The Banker` U.K Magazine revealed The Bank of Ceylon as the No. 1 Bank in Sri Lanka among the World s Top 1000 Banks in its July 2016 issue. BOC has won many accolades and recognition in the recent past including the title as the `Strongest Bank` in the country given by the `Asian Banker` for the strength of its 2015 balance sheet, the Gold Award as the winner of the National Business Excellence Awards Ceremony and being named the No.1 Brand in the country for the 8th consecutive time.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Moragahakanda a dream come true
Saturday, 23 July 2016 - 10:16 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka is primarily an agricultural nation and nearly 70 percent of the population is directly or indirectly connected to agriculture. Our civilization is built on a foundation of irrigation and agriculture, as evidenced by massive tanks and canals built by ancient kings. Most of these are still functioning, which is a testimony to the skills of those ancient engineers who did not have any precision measuring equipment or heavy machinery at their disposal. Not surprisingly, Sri Lanka was once known as the Granary of the East. The tank, (called wewa in Sinhala and kulam in Tamil) was considered the focal point of any village, along with the temple.
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SLFP s dilemma
Thursday, 21 July 2016 - 10:13 AM SL Time
The SLFP finds itself in a peculiar position. Politically speaking, it is neither fish nor fowl. It is part of the incumbent government and at the same time it tries to act as an Opposition party. One may call this political cross-dressing, which, however, is not of recent origin. Individual politicians have practised it since Independence and the last government was full of them. But, it was only after the 2015 general election that a mainstream party adopted it as a policy. This can lead to serious problems like the one the SLFP is experiencing at present. It is unable to make its stand on the highly unpopular tax increases known to the public because it wants to oppose the government while being part thereof.
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Boost for Lanka-Singapore ties
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 - 3:09 PM SL Time
Singapore and Sri Lanka have enjoyed very close links for decades. The late Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew once said that he would like Singapore to emulate Ceylon, which was second only to Japan at the time of gaining independence in 1948. Since then, Singaporeans watched in dismay as Sri Lanka, once the most promising nation in Asia, hurtled towards the abyss of ethnic conflict which stifled its social and economic progress.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Kohli puts India in charge with 12th Test century
Saturday, 23 July 2016 - 10:00 AM SL Time
Virat Kohli stroked a commanding 12th Test century to put India in control at 302 for four when stumps were drawn on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies on Thursday.

Having chosen to bat first on winning the toss, the Indian captain led the way with a thoroughly authoritative innings of 143 not out, decorated with 16 fours that has so far occupied just over four hours off 197 deliveries.

He put on 105 for the third wicket with Shikhar Dhawan, the opening batsman missing out on a three-figure innings of his own when he fell lbw for 84 sweeping at Devendra Bishoo on the stroke of the tea interval.
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Saints Quadrangular into 49th year
Friday, 22 July 2016 - 10:04 AM SL Time
The four premier catholic schools in Sri Lanka St. Joseph s College, St. Peter s College, St. Benedict s College and St. Anthony s College will resume their rivalry once again in the 49th Saints Quadrangular. The old boys of these prestigious education institutes will compete in cricket, basketball and rugby. This year St. Joseph s are organising the event.

In 1963, St. Benedict s extended an open invitation to all the schools for a cricket tournament to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee in 1963. But coincidentally only the above mentioned three catholic schools responded to their invitation. Thus the Saints Cricket Tournament was born. Former Antonian Ranjith Samarasekara, a pioneer member of the inaugural Organising Committee, convinced the OBU of the four schools subsequent to the inaugural event to make this an annual event.
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India heavy favourites against Windies
Thursday, 21 July 2016 - 10:13 AM SL Time
West Indies and India commence a four-Test series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday with the visitors heavily favoured to extend a 14-year unbeaten run against the hosts.

Such is the gap in performance between the two teams that anything less than a 3-0 triumph by the Indians will see them lose rating points in their quest to close the gap on Australia at the top of the official international Test rankings.
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