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Lanka motor dept against launch of Bajaj`s quadricycle
Tuesday, 3 March 2015 - 12:32 AM SL Time

India`s first quadricycle, made by Pune-based Bajaj Auto, faces opposition on the proposed launch of its RE60 in Sri Lanka, with the local traffic head raising safety concerns.

Sri Lanka is the biggest passenger three-wheeler market for Bajaj Auto outside India. The RE60 is their proposed replacement for such three-wheelers, promising the comfort and safety of a fourth wheel, in addition to seat belts and a hard top.
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President Sirisena s credibility faces tough test .
Sunday, 1 March 2015 - 10:18 AM SL Time

Crucial talks tomorrow between two major parties, crisis may erupt if talks fail
The Government this week crossed the half way mark of its hundred-day programme to fulfil promises made to the people during the campaign for the January 8 presidential election. Ironically that milestone has arrived with some election assurances remaining unfulfilled and was to take a turn for the worse on Thursday. The two major partners in the rainbow coalition the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) failed to reach accord on the impending constitutional changes when the subcommittee on the subject, appointed by the National Executive Council (NEC), met at Temple Trees , the one-time official residence of the former President and now used more as an office. The NEC is an apex body of the Government s partner political parties, those who support it and civil society groups. They have named subcommittees for different subjects like constitutional changes and anti-corruption.
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Roti should be roasted when iron plate is hot - Sobhitha Thera

In his insistence upon the implementation of constitutional reforms, the convener of the National Movement for Social Justice, the Ven. Maduluwave Sobhitha Thera said that roti had to be made when the griddle was heated to the right temperature. ...
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Foliage wall in Temple Trees removed

The outer perimeter wall of Temple Trees that was embedded with potted tropical bushes as part of the beautification operations conducted by the previous regime during the CHOGM 2013 was removed due to high maintenance cost. Prime Minister`s Me...
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CID records statements from Wasantha on Sajin and Aluthgamage

The CID has recorded statements from JVP North Central Provincial Councillor Wasantha Samarasinghe over the complaints he had made against UPFA MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardane and former Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage. Samarasinghe had lodged comp...
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Dr. Wickramaratne frowns on SLFP condition for backing reforms ...warns of dire consequences unless SLFP, UNP reach understanding

The government efforts to bring in constitutional reforms during President Maithripala Sirisena s 100-day project could suffer a severe setback due to SLFP s stand on proposed constitutional and electoral reforms, top constitutional expert Dr. Jayam...
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Fraudulent dual citizenship to be cancelled

The Dual Citizenship granted without fulfilling qualifications will be cancelled, Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga told the Daily News yesterday. He said even though the award of dual citizenship ...
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SLASSCOM enables innovation through Robotics

On 6th February, The SLASSCOM Technology Forum together with TRACE, JS Meet-up, CodeGen and 99X Technology organized a full day workshop on entry level robotics targeting tech associates in the IT industry at the TRACE Expert City in Colombo....
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Sri Lanka concerned by China loans, rules out submarine visits
Sunday, 1 March 2015 - 12:32 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka is concerned with the roughly US$5 billion in Chinese loans it has and will send its finance minister to Beijing to discuss the issue, the foreign minister said on Saturday, as he also ruled out future Chinese submarine visits to the country.

BEIJING: Sri Lanka is concerned with the roughly US$5 billion in Chinese loans it has and will send its finance minister to Beijing to discuss the issue, the foreign minister said on Saturday, as he also ruled out future Chinese submarine visits to the country.
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Karuna Says 1990 Massacre Of Policemen Was War Crime
Friday, 27 February 2015 - 11:29 PM SL Time
Member of Parliament Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman stated that the massacre of more than 600 unarmed policemen after they had surrendered to the LTTE can be considered as a war crime.

Taking part in the live political talk show `Sathyagaraya` on ITN, he said that while massacres that took place under Pol Pot in Cambodia and using chemical weapons against the Kurdish people in Iraq could be considered war crimes, the last stages of the war in Sri Lanka did not see war crimes committed by Sri Lankan Forces.
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Govt. denies printing money for state workers allowances
Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 12:39 PM SL Time
Amidst queries raised by the Opposition, the government yesterday denied printing money to meet the increased expenditure resulting from the recent allowances for the public sector.

Deputy minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development, Harsha de Silva told a news conference in Colombo that the Maithripala Sirisena administration did not intend going down the disastrous road taken by the previous regime which had left the country mired in debt for generations to come.
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Roti should be roasted when iron plate is hot - Sobhitha Thera
Monday, 2 March 2015 - 9:23 AM SL Time
In his insistence upon the implementation of constitutional reforms, the convener of the National Movement for Social Justice, the Ven. Maduluwave Sobhitha Thera said that roti had to be made when the griddle was heated to the right temperature.

He said the griddle had been heated for President Maitripala Sirisena to make roti and not for him to bask in its warmth.

The Thera said that, at the time of the presidential election, he had proposed that Mr. Sirisena implement the constitutional and electoral reforms within six months of his election to office.
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Foliage wall in Temple Trees removed
Monday, 2 March 2015 - 8:59 AM SL Time
The outer perimeter wall of Temple Trees that was embedded with potted tropical bushes as part of the beautification operations conducted by the previous regime during the CHOGM 2013 was removed due to high maintenance cost.

Prime Minister`s Media Secretary Saman Athaudahetti said the foliage will be sent to the Gampaha Botanical Garden.

He said millions of rupees is required monthly for its maintenance and since it is neither beneficial to the people nor the country, a decision was made to remove it.
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CID records statements from Wasantha on Sajin and Aluthgamage
Saturday, 28 February 2015 - 9:42 AM SL Time
The CID has recorded statements from JVP North Central Provincial Councillor Wasantha Samarasinghe over the complaints he had made against UPFA MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardane and former Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

Samarasinghe had lodged complaints with the CID against the two UPFA MPs alleging large scale corruption, Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said today.

Mr. Samarasinghe told the Daily Mirror that CID officials called him up on three days to gather more evidence regarding the complaints lodged by him against the two MPs and said he hoped that the real culprits would be revealed and punished soon.
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Dr. Wickramaratne frowns on SLFP condition for backing reforms ...warns of dire consequences unless SLFP, UNP reach understanding
Monday, 2 March 2015 - 9:38 AM SL Time
The government efforts to bring in constitutional reforms during President Maithripala Sirisena s 100-day project could suffer a severe setback due to SLFP s stand on proposed constitutional and electoral reforms, top constitutional expert Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, PC, warned yesterday.

Dr. Wickramaratne said that he was concerned about the SLFP s move.

Addressing a group of civil society activists at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Dr. Wickramaratne said that the SLFP s call for the simultaneous implementation of both constitutional as well as electoral reforms was very good but it was not practical.
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Fraudulent dual citizenship to be cancelled
Monday, 2 March 2015 - 9:35 AM SL Time
The Dual Citizenship granted without fulfilling qualifications will be cancelled, Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga told the Daily News yesterday.

He said even though the award of dual citizenship was suspended by the Immigration and Emigration Department in 2011, over 2,000 dual citizenships had been given behind the screen by the previous regime.

`We have now commenced investigations on these dual citizenships. We will inquire whether these were given under any political favourism or fraudulent manner. We will not hesitate to revoke any such dual citizenship if found to have not fulfilled the required criteria,` he said.
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SF`s parliamentary seat: Respondents noticed
Saturday, 28 February 2015 - 9:46 AM SL Time
The Court of Appeal today issued notice on the Respondents to the writ petition filed by General Sarath Fonseka on the restoration of his parliamentary seat with the case fixed for March 9.

The General said his rights were unfairly removed under a corrupt regime and that he was confident that the new regime will restore justice.
The petition we filed was against the removal of my rights by the corrupt former head of state and unfair judgments that were made against me and also for the restitution of the parliamentary seat that was taken as a result of that.
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SLASSCOM enables innovation through Robotics
Monday, 2 March 2015 - 9:29 AM SL Time
On 6th February, The SLASSCOM Technology Forum together with TRACE, JS Meet-up, CodeGen and 99X Technology organized a full day workshop on entry level robotics targeting tech associates in the IT industry at the TRACE Expert City in Colombo.... Full Story     Post Reply To This

Chap running the policy shop wants villagers to trade in John Keells stocks
Saturday, 28 February 2015 - 9:56 AM SL Time
By Indika Sakalasooriya alling himself the chap who is running the policy shop, Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said his government s objective was to create a capital market where people from rural areas could trade in John Keells shares.

CSE Chairman Vajira Kulatilaka points at the ticker at the trading floor, after Malaysian Prime Ministers Special Envoy Dato Seri Utama S. Samy Vellu opened the day s trading, ringing the bell. Also in the picture are Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr.Harsha de Silva and SEC Chairman Thilak Karunaratne Pic by Pradeep Pathirana
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Chandra Schafter to retire
Friday, 27 February 2015 - 8:57 AM SL Time
Insurance industry veteran Chandra Schafter is to retire from his position as the Director/Deputy Chairman of Janashakthi Insurance PLC at the company s forthcoming Annual General Meeting scheduled for March 31.

Schafter, who is widely considered the father of insurance in Sri Lanka, counts over 60 years of experience in the industry.

He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the Asia Insurance Industry Awards in 2012, Asia s most prestigious awards spanning many countries.
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US firms awaiting Govt. approval to upgrade Sapugaskanda oil refinery
Monday, 2 March 2015 - 9:25 AM SL Time
The US embassy in Colombo is awaiting approval from the government of Sri Lanka for US companies to upgrade the much discussed Sapugaskanda oil refinery with all facilities available in modern refineries in the world, a top US embassy official said.

American embassy Colombo, Economic and Commercial Affairs, Counsellor Allison Areias-Vogel told The Island Financial Review that they had indicated to the top officials of the government the availability of world class US companies that could provide technical support.
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Corruption and NATO
Saturday, 28 February 2015 - 9:54 AM SL Time
Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says he is bitterly disappointed by the snail s pace at which drug dealers, rapists, murderers and the plunderers of public wealth are being probed. He minced no words when he said so at Thursday s post-Cabinet press briefing. He has struck a responsive chord with the public who wanted all anti-social elements dealt with appropriately after last month s presidential election.

Old habits die hard. Former Fisheries Minister Senaratne has used a piscine idiom to describe the ongoing anti-corruption operations. Admitting that the big fish have escaped while the fingerlings are being pursued, he has, true to form, made a subtle attempt to shift the onus for battling corruption to others. He has asked the newspapers to devote a separate column daily to highlight the tardy progress in investigations into various rackets which took place under the previous regime.
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Pursuing the hare
Friday, 27 February 2015 - 9:03 AM SL Time
National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa s wife Sashi has been further remanded over an allegedly forged birth certificate. Wimal has also been summoned to the CID and questioned over an alleged incident of unlawful assembly.

If the Weerawansas have been on the wrong side of the law, let them face the consequences of their action. But, the law must apply equally to everyone if the government is not to be accused of having it enforced selectively to achieve its political objectives the way its predecessor did.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

ECB chairman opens door to Pietersen return
Monday, 2 March 2015 - 9:32 AM SL Time
Pietersen, 34, has not played for England since the ECB effectively called time on his international career following the disastrous Ashes tour of 2013-14.

But with England toiling at the World Cup and Pietersen having spoken of his eagerness to return to the team, Graves has suggested that a return to English county cricket could open the door for a dramatic comeback.

The first thing he has to do if he wants to get back is start playing county cricket, Graves told BBC Radio 5 on Sunday.
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Woeful West Indies must banish De Villiers-led nightmare
Saturday, 28 February 2015 - 10:00 AM SL Time
When a team has been destroyed by a special knock like the one AB de Villiers conjured up against West Indies on Friday, it can make it easy to explain a defeat away.

But the manner of West Indies 257-run loss to South Africa on Friday the joint worst in World Cup history would worry West Indies skipper Jason Holder.

Five weeks after blazing a world record 31-ball century against West Indies, De Villiers smashed 162 not out off 66 balls as if he was on a mission to redefine one-day batsmanship.
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Dilshan s best and Sanga s fastest crush Bangladesh
Friday, 27 February 2015 - 9:00 AM SL Time
Tillakaratne Dilshan plundered a career-best 161 not out while Kumar Sangakkara celebrated his 400thODI with his fastest ever century as Sri Lanka demolished Bangladesh by 92 runs in a World Cup Pool A match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here today.

The two seniors put on an unbroken 210 runs for the second wicket in just 25.3 overs as Sri Lanka mercilessly took advantage of Bangladesh s sloppy fielding performance to pile up a mammoth 332 for the loss of just one wicket.
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