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The vehicle was only loaned to me
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 - 1:46 AM SL Time

Popular Artiste Jackson Anthony today denied allegations that a luxury vehicle without number plates belonging to a government ministry was recovered from his home. He told a media conference that the vehicle found parked at his residence was not gifted to him by any company but it had been given to him on a temporary basis to be used for his Travel TV show productions for the purpose of promoting the vehicle company. I have requested a vehicle from the Micro Cars (Pvt) Ltd to make it easy for me to travel for the TV show productions. The Company acceded to my request and gave me two brand new vehicles for each of the programmes. Otherwise, I will have to hire a vehicle and that would have cost me a huge amount of money, he said. Mr. Anthony said several print media publications had reported that I had received three luxury vehicles from a certain government ministry. I have no any connections with any ministry, he said. However, two Police officers from the Kadawatha police station had come to my house and conducted an inquiry based on information given to the 119 police unit and obtained a statement from my wife as well. I told the Kadawatha police that the vehicle belongs to the Micro Car Company, Mr. Anthony said adding that the Police had also checked this matter from the Micro Car Company which confirmed what I said and these details could be obtained from the Kadwatha Police. - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/62245/as-only-loaned-to-me#sthash.Ku2zwRE0.dpuf
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Attack me or my father but not other family members
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 11:25 AM SL Time

While denying allegation that his mothers_day.jsp' class=black>mother was involved in a gold racket, MP Namal Rajapaksa said yesterday that if anyone wanted to take revenge politically they should only attack his father or himself and not the other members of his family. If political revenge is the main objective, attack my father and myself, and stop making false allegations against my mother and brothers, the former president s son tweeted. Meanwhile, Speaking to Adha newspaper, Mr. Rajapaksa said that a woman who claimed to be the wife of former DIG Vass Gunawardane had lodged a complaint with the Bribery Commission accusing his mother of being involved in a gold racket that also involved the treasury. This allegation is completely false and the whole purpose is to sling mud at my family, he said. He said that only he and his father had been involved in politics and the other three members of the family had not. He added that the truth would come out in due course.
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President Sirisena: I would have been tortured if

President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday strongly denied his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa s claim that his residence had been searched by the police since the conclusion of the presidential poll. Addressing a public rally at Polonnaruwa, Presi...
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Modi, Obama walk the talk on nuke deal

INDIA: India and the US on Sunday broke the seven-year-old logjam in operationalising their landmark civil nuclear agreement with an announcement that the deal is done after talks between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In w...
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Sri Lankan President assures completion of country`s largest irrigation project on schedule

After an inspection tour of the multi-purpose Moragahakanda Irrigation Project Monday, Sri Lanka n President Maithripala Sirisena expressed satisfaction at the progress in the construction of country`s largest irrigation system and assured that it w...
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Fuel prices reduced from midnight

Keeping its election promise the new government under President Maithripala Sirisena has reduced fuel prices with effect from midnight today. Accordingly price of a litre of 92-octane petrol has been reduced from Rs. 150 to Rs. 117 while the price...
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Ranil takes Central Bank, SEC from Finance Ministry purview

In a major development, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe , who is also Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, has taken the Central Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission under him. Traditionally these two institutions ha...
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Maithripala Sirisena`s Brother assumes duties as SLT Chairman

P.G. Kumarasinghe, a brother of President Maithripala Sirisena has been appointed as Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom. He assumed duties amidst a simple ceremony this morning (22 January). Sirisena is also the CEO/General Manager of the State...
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Expansion of Sri Lanka`s international airport with Japanese funds to continue
Monday, 26 January 2015 - 2:26 PM SL Time
The State Minister of Civil Aviation Faizer Mustapha said the Japanese government has expressed willingness to continue to support the second stage of the expansion of the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake.

Following a meeting with the Minister Friday the Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka Mr. Nobuhito Hobo has assured to continue supporting the infrastructure project uninterrupted.
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JVP give info on MR family today
Monday, 26 January 2015 - 10:13 AM SL Time
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) would meet the new Defence Secretary B. M. U. D, Basnayake today to provide him with information against former President Mahinda Rajapaka s family members, a party official said. JVP Member of the Western Provincial Council Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa told a media briefing yesterday that they would call the Defence Secretary to conduct an inquiry on how former President s son Yositha Rajapaksa joined the Navy and obtained scholarships to study abroad. The college was originally known as the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and as a Royal Naval shore establishment was later additionally known by the ship name HMS Britannia. The college received its present name in 1953. Until 1941, Dartmouth was in effect a specialized boarding school, with parents paying fees for tuition and board. Today, officer cadets, as they are known until passing out from the college, can join between the ages of 18 and 26. This is the sole naval college in the United Kingdom.
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Sri Lanka PM to decide whether to continue port city project with China
Sunday, 25 January 2015 - 10:12 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka`s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that a final decision will be taken within the next two weeks on whether to continue the Colombo Port City Project launched by the previous government in partnership with China.

Mr. Wickremesinghe earlier said the government is reviewing the Colombo Port City project launched during Chinese President Xi Jinping`s visit to Sri Lanka last year.
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President Sirisena: I would have been tortured if
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 10:57 AM SL Time
President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday strongly denied his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa s claim that his residence had been searched by the police since the conclusion of the presidential poll.

Addressing a public rally at Polonnaruwa, President Maithripala Sirisena said that the police hadn t searched Mr. Rajapaksa s houses at Medamulana, Tangalle or Colombo though some premises belonging to the Rajapaksas had been searched at Weeraketiya.

However, if he had lost the presidential election, the Rajapaksas would have tortured him, the President claimed. The President also said those who had been in power had been planning to pounce on his children soon after the election.
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Modi, Obama walk the talk on nuke deal
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 9:30 AM SL Time
INDIA: India and the US on Sunday broke the seven-year-old logjam in operationalising their landmark civil nuclear agreement with an announcement that the deal is done after talks between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In what Obama called a breakthrough , the two sides have resolved key hurdles pertaining to the liability of suppliers of nuclear reactors in the event of an accident and the tracking of fuel supplied by the US and other countries for its proposed nuclear plants. We have broken the logjam of the past few years. We have reached an agreement. The deal is done, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh announced after extended discussions between Mr. Obama and Mr. Modi lasting more than three hours at the delegation level as well as one-on-one chat besides a tete-a-tete on the lawns of the Hyderabad House reflecting the warm personal chemistry between the two leaders.
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Sri Lankan President assures completion of country`s largest irrigation project on schedule
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 9:26 AM SL Time
After an inspection tour of the multi-purpose Moragahakanda Irrigation Project Monday, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena expressed satisfaction at the progress in the construction of country`s largest irrigation system and assured that it will be completed as scheduled.

Moragahakanda Irrigation project, one of the largest irrigation projects in the country was inaugurated in January 2007, when President Sirisena was the Irrigation and Mahaweli Development MinistAddressing the gathering after the observation tour, the President said it is a fulfillment of an expectation of the people in North-Central Province. He assured that when the project is successfully completed the water required for the farmers in North-Central Provinc
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Fuel prices reduced from midnight
Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 10:05 AM SL Time
Keeping its election promise the new government under President Maithripala Sirisena has reduced fuel prices with effect from midnight today.

Accordingly price of a litre of 92-octane petrol has been reduced from Rs. 150 to Rs. 117 while the price of 95-octane petrol has been come down from Rs. 158 to Rs. 128.

A litre of Lanka auto diesel and super diesel which were Rs. 111 and Rs.138 respectively have been reduced to Rs. 95 and Rs.110, while kerosene has come down from Rs. 81 to Rs. 65 per litre.
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Ranil takes Central Bank, SEC from Finance Ministry purview
Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 9:54 AM SL Time
In a major development, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is also Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, has taken the Central Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission under him.

Traditionally these two institutions have come under the Ministry of Finance, a portfolio currently held by Ravi Karunanayake, who on Tuesday said regulatory bodies were being brought under the Prime Minister.
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Sri Lankan Prime Minister seeks support of all MPs for government programs
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 1:40 PM SL Time
Jan 20, Colombo: Addressing the parliament as Sri Lanka`s Prime Minister today, the former opposition leader and leader of United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremasinghe requested the support of all members of the parliament to make the new government`s programs to rebuild the country within 100 days a success.

The Sri Lankan parliament convened today for the first time after the new national government is formed under the newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena.
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Maithripala Sirisena`s Brother assumes duties as SLT Chairman
Friday, 23 January 2015 - 6:46 AM SL Time
P.G. Kumarasinghe, a brother of President Maithripala Sirisena has been appointed as Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom.

He assumed duties amidst a simple ceremony this morning (22 January).

Sirisena is also the CEO/General Manager of the State Timber Corporation (2006- To date) and also he is working as post of Board Director at Land Reclamation & Development Company Ltd.

He was the Coordinating Secretary to the Leader of the House -Sri Lanka Parliament (From March 2005 to August 2005). Sirisena has also served at various times as Board director of various organizations such as Mahaweli Engineering Services Ltd, State Development & Construction Corporation as well.
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Apparel exports top US$ 4.3 b upto Nov 2014
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 9:15 AM SL Time
The value of Sri Lanka s total apparel exports for the first 11 months last year reached US$ 4302.4 million, registering 11% per cent growth. In 2013, Apparel exports had generated US$ 3876 million during the period January to November.

Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) Secretary General M.P.T. Cooray, speaking to Daily News Business said the industry had set a target of reaching US$ 4.8 billion by the end of 2014. If we can have an export figure of US$ 400 million in December, we can presume we are well within the target for 2014. The industry is also expecting to achieve US$ 8.5 billion apparel exports by 2020 , nevertheless ,the industry needs to record 12% per cent growth rate Year on Year to achieve this target.
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CB caps senior citizen deposits to Rs.1mn at 12%
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 9:11 AM SL Time
The Central Bank last week informed all commercial banks in the country to cap the single senior citizen s deposit value to Rs.1 million from the previously announced maximum of Rs.2.5 million, a Central Bank source told Mirror Business.


The measure was taken as per New Democratic Front s election manifesto which promised to offer a higher interest rate up to Rs.1 million of the deposit value of senior citizens in the country.Central Bank s Bank Supervision Department took instant measures to inform all banks last week of the new development and has advised the banks not proceed with the previous guidelines issued in line with the 2015 budget proposals.In an earlier instance, the apex body of the banking fraternity, the Sri Lanka Banks Association said, there were at least close to Rs.700 billion senior citizen deposits in the banking system.
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Attacks on the media
Monday, 12 January 2015 - 11:56 AM SL Time
Former Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, one of the SLFP defectors who backed newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena to the hilt, has pledged to defend media freedom under the new dispensation. Promising to probe the killing of Editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper Lasantha Wickrematunga in January 2009, he told the media on Friday that the Sirisena government would ensure that journalists and media institutions would not be harmed in any manner.
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A paradigm shift
Saturday, 10 January 2015 - 9:49 AM SL Time
Maithripala Sirisena has been sworn in as the Executive President. It is heartening that the transfer of power was smooth and the post-election period has been peaceful. The Elections Commissioner, the IGP and the security forces commanders deserve thanks for a job well done.

A political leader is best judged by the way he leaves office. For, they usually stick to power like limpets. In the late 1950s, an outgoing Prime Minister just walked out of Temple Trees carrying a suitcase, into which he had packed all his belongings, boarded a Galle-bound bus and went back home. W. Dahanayake was his name. Following the UNP s defeat at the 1994 general election the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emulated Daha and left Temple Trees immediately so that his successor could move in without any delay. Yesterday morning another leader did so. President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not wait till the Elections Commissioner announced the winner in the presidential contest he conceded defeat and left Temple Trees as early as 5.30 am. Subsequently, he handed over the President s House and went to his Tangalle residence.
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Thankfully, it s over
Friday, 9 January 2015 - 3:56 PM SL Time
The outcome of yesterday s presidential election will be announced officially over the course of next few hours, but the trend is clear and who the winner is not difficult to guess.

One man s victory is another man s defeat. That is the way with all contests, electoral or otherwise. We have seen politicians voted in and voted out on numerous occasions. The people have spoken and it is now up to every contestant to accept their verdict without making issues out of non-issues.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Magic Makarova routs Halep to reach semi-finals
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 9:23 AM SL Time
Reuters) Ekaterina Makarova continued her impressive rise as a grand slam contender by dismantling listless third seed Simona Halep 6-4 6-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The 10th-seeded Russian, who made her maiden grand slam semi-final at the U.S. Open last year, leaped on Romanian Halep s serve, breaking her twice in the first set and three times in the second to roar to a 5-0 lead.
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RECORDS TUMBLE AS RONCHI GOES BERSERK
Saturday, 24 January 2015 - 10:15 AM SL Time
Former Australia wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi belted 170 off just 99 balls as part of a world record sixth-wicket partnership for New Zealand in a convincing ODI win over Sri Lanka at Dunedin`s University Oval.

Ronchi came to the crease with the Black Caps in all sorts of trouble at 5-90, after Sri Lanka`s pacemen cleaned up the Kiwi top order.

But Ronchi combined with batsman Grant Elliott to pull New Zealand out of the mire and then take their side into the stratosphere with an incredible 267-run stand, as the Kiwis finished on 5-360.
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Sports Minister sends strong message to Cricket Board
Friday, 23 January 2015 - 9:48 AM SL Time
While maintaining that he didn t intend to interfere with the work of elected officials of Sri Lanka Cricket, new Sports Minister Naveen Dissanayake sent a strong message yesterday when he said that cricket officials should not interfere with others duties.

Speaking to journalists at the Sports Ministry auditorium in Colombo -7, Minister Dissanayake said that individuals should only carry out duties designated to them and should stop interfering with others work.
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