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Free Wifi access from tomorrow in Sri Lanka
Monday, 30 March 2015 - 8:30 AM SL Time

Sri Lankans will be able to enjoy free Wifi internet access with up to 100 MB of usage at selected 26 public locations across the island from tomorrow (30), Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. It said that the service would expanded up to 1000 public spaces across the island by the end of August. The ministry said that it had not established any restrictions on the free Wifi service. At the beginning there will be no barriers for the Wifi users, but after analysing the service with the time, our technicians will take necessary technological methods to control the service, the ministry sources said. The inauguration will be simultaneously telecast on giant LED screens at the Jaffna, Polonaruwa and Matara Railway Stations and bus stands. The 26 public locations are: Fort Railway Station, Pettah Public and Private Bus Stands, the Temple of the Tooth Kandy, Floating Market in Pettah, Colombo Law College, Colombo Public Library, Dehiwela Zoo, Colombo Racecourse, Colombo Police Head Quarters, Galle Railway Station, Jaffna Railway Station, Fort Dutch Hospital, Galle Face Colombo, Battaramulla Foreign Employment Bureau, Colombo Museum, Karapitiya Hospital, Rathnapura Museum, Polonnaruwa Base Hospital, Matara Bus Stand, Polonnaruwa Railway Station, Matara Railway Station, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden, Jaffna Public Library, Kandy Railway Station and Peradeniya Railway Station. See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/67599/free-wifi-access-islandwide#sthash.xuiYPUyv.dpuf
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Major political shock after Vesak.
Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 4:56 PM SL Time

Parliament will not be dissolved at midnight of April 23 as pledged in government`s 100-day Programme and the public instead is very likely to be dealt a huge political shock immediately after Vesak that falls in the first week of May, reliable political sources said yesterday.

Asked to explain the type of `political shock` in the offing after Vesak the source said `It is too early to disclose it... all I can say right now is that the President and the Prime Minister have agreed to take that decision`.
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Sirisena Is A Conspirer: Anura K

VP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake charges President Maithripala Sirisena is a conspirer who is plotting to prevent the smooth passage of the 19th amendment despite the promises made. Speaking at an event organized by the People s Movement for ...
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Mihin Lanka flight returns

A Mihin Lanka flight landed safely at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) upon being forced to return when pilots detected a technical problem en route to Dhaka, Bangladesh today. The Mihin Lanka flight MRL501 along with 159 passengers a...
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Sri Lanka to participate in Expo Milano 2015 in Italy

Sri Lanka government will participate in the universal exposition `World Expo 2015`. `Expo Milano 2015` World Trade Fair that will be held from 1st May to 31 October 2015, at World Avenue and Biodiversity Park in Milan, Italy with the objective...
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The man and the hour

I had tried several times to meet him. He too, in all fairness, made a valiant effort to make time for me. It had been almost a month since we set out to meet. Finally the day had come. I arrived 15 minutes early at his office on a public holiday. S...
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Free Wifi access from tomorrow

Lankan citizens will be able to enjoy free Wifi internet access at selected 26 public locations across the island from tomorrow (30), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Telecommunications and IT said. The Information Communication and Technology Agen...
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Lanka promises port city project will resume after problems sorted : China

BEIJING (Reuters): China said on Thursday that visiting President Maithripala Sirisena had promised work would resume on a controversial Chinese-backed port development in Colombo that his administration had earlier suspended. Citing a lack of ...
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President`s brother killed.
Saturday, 28 March 2015 - 9:08 AM SL Time
President Maithripala Sirisena s brother, Priyantha Sirisena (40) who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Colombo following an axe attack, has succumbed to his injuries this morning, hospital sources said.
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Cricket: Sri Lanka blames fitness for World Cup flop
Saturday, 28 March 2015 - 5:04 AM SL Time
Sri Lankan cricketing authorities blamed a lack of fitness and the poor form of the side`s top order batsmen for failing to progress beyond the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Chief Selector Sanath Jayasuriya -- a member of Sri Lanka`s 1996 World Cup-winning team -- said officials will draw up new standards to ensure better fitness and take `hard decisions` about players who were below par.
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Malaka says he will definitely enter politics
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 11:41 PM SL Time
Former Minister Mervyn Silva s son Malaka who is known to have been in the midst of several controversies said he would be entering politics from any political party willing to nominate him.

Yes I am definitely coming into politics, he said when asked by journalists outside the Colombo Magistrate s Court.

On Tuesday Malaka Silva sought a removal of the bail conditions imposed on him, after he was alleged to have assaulted a foreigner at a night club in Colombo.
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Sirisena Is A Conspirer: Anura K
Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 10:09 PM SL Time
VP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake charges President Maithripala Sirisena is a conspirer who is plotting to prevent the smooth passage of the 19th amendment despite the promises made.

Speaking at an event organized by the People s Movement for Democracy, Dissanayake recalls the main slogans that were deployed during the past elections that have resulted in major regime changes. Elections that resulted in major regime changes were held in 1970, 1977, 1994 and 2015. The main slogans deployed during the first three elections were to do with hunger but this year the election took a completely different turn. It was about democracy, freedom and bringing those accused of corruption to book.
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Mihin Lanka flight returns
Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 10:06 PM SL Time
A Mihin Lanka flight landed safely at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) upon being forced to return when pilots detected a technical problem en route to Dhaka, Bangladesh today.

The Mihin Lanka flight MRL501 along with 159 passengers and 7 flight crew had departed BIA at 9.30 am though it was scheduled to take off at 7.25 am.
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Sri Lanka to participate in Expo Milano 2015 in Italy
Friday, 27 March 2015 - 10:06 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka government will participate in the universal exposition `World Expo 2015`.

`Expo Milano 2015` World Trade Fair that will be held from 1st May to 31 October 2015, at World Avenue and Biodiversity Park in Milan, Italy with the objective of promoting Trade and Tourism.

The participation consist of Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Sri Lanka Tea Board, National Gem & Jewellery Authority, National Crafts Council, Department of Commerce together with Sri Lanka Tourism under the auspicious of Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
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The man and the hour
Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 10:15 PM SL Time
I had tried several times to meet him. He too, in all fairness, made a valiant effort to make time for me. It had been almost a month since we set out to meet. Finally the day had come. I arrived 15 minutes early at his office on a public holiday. Shown into his room, my attention was drawn to the huge map mounted on a wall below the pictures of his predecessors. Seated at his desk, the man most called Maco short for Methiwarana Commasaris (Elections Commissioner in Sinhala) Mahinda Deshapriya sat at his desk, fountain pen in hand, running through a file. He was busy. Genuinely busy. Every so often his staff would interrupt him for this and that. None were kept out. His door appeared to be open to all. Despite the continuous interruptions, he continued to work and talk with me unfazed. His ability to switch from an interruption back to our discussion maintaining the discussion thread fascinated me. Here is his story.
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Free Wifi access from tomorrow
Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 10:14 PM SL Time
Lankan citizens will be able to enjoy free Wifi internet access at selected 26 public locations across the island from tomorrow (30), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Telecommunications and IT said.

The Information Communication and Technology Agency said it would expand the services to 1000 public spaces across the island by the end of August.

Foreign Affairs Media Secretary, Daniel Alphonsus said they have not established any restrictions on the free Wifi service.
At the beginning there were no barriers for the Wifi users, but after analysing the service with the time, our technicians will take necessary technological methods to control the service, Mr. Alphonsus said.
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Focus on Northern Province as Premier meets TNA, Forces top brass
Friday, 27 March 2015 - 10:18 AM SL Time
In the wake of the government giving up a section of the Jaffna High Security Zone (HSZ) last Monday (March 23), Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe will undertake a three-day visit to examine the situation in the Northern Province.

The Premier will commence his visit today (March 27) with religious observances at Naga Viharaya.

The Premier will briefly meet Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians representing the Northern Province, security forces top brass in the North, civil society organizations as well as senior officials handling resettlement and rehabilitated ex-cadres of the LTTE. Representatives of northern fisheries societies, too, will meet the Premier.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Lanka promises port city project will resume after problems sorted : China
Friday, 27 March 2015 - 10:30 AM SL Time
BEIJING (Reuters): China said on Thursday that visiting President Maithripala Sirisena had promised work would resume on a controversial Chinese-backed port development in Colombo that his administration had earlier suspended.

Citing a lack of Government approvals, Sri Lanka halted the $1.4 billion Port City project, straining ties with its biggest investor. China defends the project, saying it is in line with local laws and any cancellation would deter foreign investors.
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China for win-win deal with Lanka
Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 8:58 AM SL Time
The Chinese Government says it is engaged in cooperation with Sri Lanka on an equal footing for mutually beneficial and win-win outcomes.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said that China believes that the government of Sri Lanka will act in its long-term interests.

President Maithripala Sirisena is currently on a state visit to China and will also attend the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015 at the invitation of President Xi Jinping.
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Two new appointments to CSE board
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 10:16 AM SL Time
Lal Nanayakkara and Anton Godfrey have been appointed to the board of directors of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) with effect from March 20, 2015.

Nanayakkara served as a board member of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) from 1998 to 1999.
He was elected the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Sri Lanka in 1997 and is the only member of the institute to serve in the council for 17 years, which is the longest period ever served by any member of the institute, and served in many committees of the institute. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka in 2014.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Public interest to the fore
Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 10:10 PM SL Time
The good news yesterday was that three good governance activists, all of them experienced and respected members of society with many educational and career attainments to their credit, have invoked the fundamental rights jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to have the controversial Central Bank bond issue which has been very much in the news recently examined by a competent panel of experts. Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran is on leave until the investigation commissioned by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe completes its assignment. There is no clear word yet when the inquiry panel of three lawyers, reportedly aligned to the UNP, will finish their work and submit a report to government. While not impugning the integrity and ability of members of this body, we would agree with critics that it is unreal to expect three not very well known lawyers to have the technical expertise necessary to get to the bottom of a matter such as this fraught with many complications.
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Whither 19A?
Friday, 27 March 2015 - 10:26 AM SL Time
The 19th Amendment Bill currently before Parliament is likely to suffer the same fate as President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga s draft Constitution (2000) which was literally burnt in the House. It was alleged that Kumaratunga had incorporated some provisions into it without the concurrence of other stakeholders. JHU MP Ven. Ratana Thera said something similar about the 19th Amendment the other day in Parliament.
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Confusion worse confounded
Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 9:05 AM SL Time
The national legislature has come to such a pass that it is unable to separate the Opposition from the government! This situation may be described as confusion wrapped in chaos inside entropy with apologies to Churchill.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament on Tuesday, drew a parallel between the current situation here and that in Britain during the First World War under Prime Minister Lloyd George (Liberal), who had the support of the Conservatives.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Australia beat New Zealand in final to win World Cup
Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 10:08 PM SL Time
Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today to win the World Cup for the fifth time and send their retiring captain Michael Clarke out as a winner.

Australian bowlers Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner captured three wickets each as the home side skittled New Zealand for 183 in 45 overs.

Grant Elliott top scored for the Black Caps with 83 but New Zealand`s hopes of winning the World Cup for the first time were dealt a savage blow when their captain Brendon McCullum was bowled for a duck in the first over of the day.
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No need for big motivation speech for semi-final De Villiers
Monday, 23 March 2015 - 10:38 AM SL Time
South Africa enter Tuesday s clash at Eden Park slight favourites after demolishing Sri Lanka by nine wickets, their first World Cup knockout win since their re-integration after apartheid.

I know the guys are up for it I feel the team is in a really good space at a really good time, De Villiers told reporters at Eden Park on Monday.

I will have a look at how the feelings are when we get to the ground. You normally get an indication during the warmup.
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Herath likely to miss Quarter final
Monday, 16 March 2015 - 10:58 AM SL Time
Key player Rangana Herath is most unlikely to be fit for the World Cup quarter final against South Africa on Wednesday, Sri Lanka team sources told Daily Mirror yesterday. Full Story     Post Reply To This



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