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China gives India assurance on Lanka
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 12:42 AM SL Time

China does not want to overstep into India s sphere of influence by bringing Sri Lanka and Maldives into the maritime New Silk Road, according to an official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the New Indian Express reported.

We don t want to get into India s sphere, said Luan Jianzhang, Deputy Director General of Policy Research Office at the CPC Central Committee s International Department. The International Department is mainly concerned with overseeing relations with foreign political parties.
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Sri Lanka president prepares budget with eye on election
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 7:04 PM SL Time

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to present on Friday a populist election budget for 2015 that manages to contain borrowing thanks to an expected pick-up in the pace of economic growth.

The 68-year-old leader, who is also finance minister, will seek early re-election in January for an unprecedented third term, his party said on Monday, seeking to pre-empt any decline in support after nearly nine years in power.

On Thursday, Rajapaksa tweeted that the budget theme will be `Unstoppable Sri Lanka`.
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78-year-old German Lady Missing In ..

A-78-year-old German lady who was visiting Meemure in Udadumbara with a group of 11 German nationals went missing since yesterday, police said. They said three men and eight women had been engaged in mountain climbing and the missing lady had retu...
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Indian Fishermen Seek Bjp Leader`s ..

India n fishermen have sought the help of BJP leader and an ally of the Sri Lanka n government Dr. Subramanian Swamy to get their boats released from Sri Lankan custody. Representatives of the Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen Trust on...
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Nine-year-old Goes Missing

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Champika says Lanka Coal has not followed tender procedure since 2012

Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday maintained that since 2012 the Lanka Coal Company (LCC) which was the sole importer of coal to Sri Lanka had been doing so without adhering to proper tender procedure...
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2015 Budget Highlights

Special allowance of university academics, doctors and judicial service employees to be increased. Pension and insurance scheme for trishaw drivers. * Proposal made to increase the minimum salary of a private sector employee to Rs. 10,000 by 20...
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Budget brings relief

The much-awaited Budget 2015 was yesterday presented by the Government as focused on national development and industries, but dismissed by the Opposition as election-targeted relief. President Mahinda Rajapaksa punctually delivered the extensive B...
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JHU wants Cabinet reduced to 25
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 4:54 PM SL Time
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) adopted eight resolutions at its 11th convention yesterday -- including one calling for the reduction of the Cabinet to 25 members and another to amend the Constitution so as to get rid of the presidential immunity before the nest presidential election is held. The eight resolutions adopted at the party s convention were read out by its assistant secretary, the Western Provincial Council Minister Udaya Gamanpilla. These resolutions call for the removal of the Executive President s power to appoint Supreme Court judges and Court of Appeal judges, to set out in the Constitution the ministries that can be held by the president, to bring in legislation to safeguard Buddhism, and to resettle the Sinhalese who were displaced from the North and the East during the conflict, in conformity with the population ratios in the 1971 census. It also proposed that the number of deputy ministers should be reduced to 35 and that the president should be made answerable to parliament, that a system of voting that is a meld of the proportional representation system and the first-past-the-post system should be introduced for all elections, that non-career diplomats in the foreign service should comprise only 35 percent of the total, and that those too be appointed in accordance with specified criteria. Regarding the legal sector, it said a uniform legal system should be applied to the entire country instead of there being different laws for different ethnicities. It also resolved that prostitution, liquor, casinos, other forms of gambling and other immoral activities be banned by law. JHU secretary, Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the Sinhalese nationalist forces would be a decisive factor at the next presidential election. Mr. Ranawaka said the country could not be said to be free of separatists until the Sinhalese who were in the North and the East in the 1970s were resettled in the areas they occupied prior to the conflict. He urged the government to reduce the powers of the provincial councils so that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would be prevented from using the PC powers to fulfil its separatist aspirations. He faulted the present regime for having held the Northern Provincial Council election without reducing the powers of the provincial councils. Elaborating on the JHU s present position, he said his party had taken a bold step to point out the shortcomings of this government without running away from them. We are not like the 25 UPFA MPs who were waiting to cross over in 2005 had Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the presidential election, and not like those who were waiting to cross over in 2007. We will not run away from the government but will fearlessly point out its shortcomings, he said. JHU chairman, the Venerable Atureliye Ratana Thera expressed the same sentiments and said it would be possible to bring about vast changes in this country if the nationalist forces acted together. He said JHU had many options at the next presidential elections including the option to field a third candidate. - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/54483/jhu-wants-cabinet-reduced-to-25#sthash.9FQAMgSw.dpuf
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Ashok Leyland Gets $17 Million Order for 630 Buses in Sri Lanka
Friday, 17 October 2014 - 3:32 AM SL Time
Hinduja group flagship company Ashok Leyland has received an order worth $17 million (around Rs. 104 crore) to supply 630 buses to Sri Lankan operators.

The company, through its joint venture in Sri Lanka, has received an order for 630 buses worth $17 million from private bus operators, Ashok Leyland said in a filing to the BSE.

Coming on the heels of the order for 2,200 buses, the company further consolidates its position as the market leader in the Sri Lankan market, it added.
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Two key meetings begin in Colombo today
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 - 12:14 PM SL Time
The second Senior Officials Meeting of the Colombo Process and the third Asia - EU dialogue, two key intra and inter-regional processes on facilitating managed and legal international labour migration, will get underway in Colombo today with the participation of representatives from over 30 countries.

The second senior officials meeting will be held under the theme International Labour Migration for Prosperity: Adding Value by Working Together and the third Asia - EU dialogoue will have Strengthening Labour Migration Corridors Between Asia - EU Through Enhanced Migration as its theme. The events will be held at Hotel Cinnamon Grand.
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78-year-old German Lady Missing In ..
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 10:53 PM SL Time
A-78-year-old German lady who was visiting Meemure in Udadumbara with a group of 11 German nationals went missing since yesterday, police said.

They said three men and eight women had been engaged in mountain climbing and the missing lady had returned to the bus halfway through saying that she was unable to continue but the others had found that she was not in the bus on their return and had complained to the Udadumbara police about her disappearance.

Police said search operations were underway to locate her.
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Indian Fishermen Seek Bjp Leader`s ..
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 10:50 PM SL Time
Indian fishermen have sought the help of BJP leader and an ally of the Sri Lankan government Dr. Subramanian Swamy to get their boats released from Sri Lankan custody.

Representatives of the Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen Trust on Friday met BJP leader and former Union Minister seeking his help for the release of 79 mechanized fishing boats now in the custody of Sri Lanka.
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Nine-year-old Goes Missing
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 9:43 AM SL Time
A nine-year-old boy had been reported missing along with a monk from Batuwita, Horana since this morning while they were in Horana, the missing boy s grandmothers_day.jsp' class=black>mother complained to the Police.

Police said that the monk was a relative of the boy and they had gone to Horana with the boy s grandmother to purchase a bicycle for the boy who was reported missing.
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Champika says Lanka Coal has not followed tender procedure since 2012
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 11:02 PM SL Time
Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday maintained that since 2012 the Lanka Coal Company (LCC) which was the sole importer of coal to Sri Lanka had been doing so without adhering to proper tender procedure.

Minister Ranawaka was responding to the Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi at a press conference held at his Ministry premises yesterday.

It was reported that the Minister Wanniarachchi as having said that the CID had commenced investigations into a recently imported consignment of coal for the Norochcholai Power Plant.
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2015 Budget Highlights
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 11:00 PM SL Time
Special allowance of university academics, doctors and judicial service employees to be increased. Pension and insurance scheme for trishaw drivers.

* Proposal made to increase the minimum salary of a private sector employee to Rs. 10,000 by 2015. Rs. 500 allowance to be added each month and the EPF payment from the employer to be increased up to 14%.

* Minimum salary of a state sector employee to be increased up to Rs. 30,000 from January 2015, inclusive of an increase of up to Rs. 2,200 in the cost of living allowance. Special allowance of state sector employees to be added to their salary.
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President to present his tenth budget today
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 9:55 AM SL Time
President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Finance will present his tenth consecutive budget today in Parliament. It would be the country s 69th budget since Independence.

The appropriation bill for the next year was presented to Parliament on Sept. 26. It was the first reading of the budget. The Second Reading stage will commence with President making the budget speech today and the debate thereon will commence tomorrow. The debate on the Second Reading stage will continue till Nov. 01. The vote on Second Reading stage would be taken at 5.00 pm on Nov 01. The Committee Stage debate on budget 2015 is scheduled to commence on Nov. 03 and will continue daily except on Sunday till Nov. 24. The final vote on Budget 2015 will be taken at 5.00 pm on Nov. 24.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Budget brings relief
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 10:58 PM SL Time
The much-awaited Budget 2015 was yesterday presented by the Government as focused on national development and industries, but dismissed by the Opposition as election-targeted relief.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa punctually delivered the extensive Budget, beginning with an exhaustive recap of economic fundamentals that prevailed before 2004 and initiatives that were put in place subsequently by his Government.
Having restored security and peace during the first five years and having got important infrastructure and economic activities in place during the last nine years to satisfy the basic needs of the people, our next phase will be to double our efforts towards strengthening education, skills and human resource development so that our economic progress will be driven by knowledge and skills, he told Parliament.
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Brothel raided in Boralesgamuwa
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 10:55 PM SL Time
Ten sex workers were arrested during a raid by the Organised Crimes Investigation Unit on an alleged brothel being run under the guise of an Ayurvedic Medical Centre in Boralesgamuwa yesterday, police said.

They said another man and woman were also arrested for managing the brothel.



The arrested women suspects were residents of Kuruvita, Wellawaya, Maharagama, Rathgama, Karandeniya, Galle, and Dodangaslanda areas.
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Government pledges progressive Budget
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 9:47 AM SL Time
As the hours dwindle down to President Mahinda Rajapaksa s 10th Budget presentation in Parliament today ahead of widely-expected presidential elections early next year, the focus was more on macroeconomic development rather than specifics by the private sector.
The apex industry body in Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) kept its expectations succinct in a short statement released yesterday.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Enforced morality
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 11:03 PM SL Time
University students in Zimbabwe have balled their hands into fists and are gnashing their teeth over a government move to impose Victorian morality on them. A new code of conduct has been slapped on undergrads with a warning that the students caught in any intimate position such as kissing or having sex in public places will be punished. Well, discipline should be maintained in universities, but have we ever seen undergrads have sex in public places anywhere in the world?

Student protests against Robert Mugabe s version of Puritanism remind us of a real hullabaloo here a few years ago over an attempt by a self-righteous vice chancellor to force some female undergraduates to undergo virginity tests he had seen them in the company of some male undergrads on the campus one evening and his imagination ran riot. Thankfully, sanity prevailed and the eccentric don changed his mind under pressure. Hadn t that move been nipped in the bud perhaps legislation would have been in place by now to make virginity one of the eligibility criteria for university admission.
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Ottawa terror
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 10:53 AM SL Time
Wednesday s attack on the Canadian parliament has proved once again the growing vulnerability of the world powers to terrorism. Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself has said Canada is not immune to terrorist attacks. Whoever would have thought a few years ago that the tranquility of Ottawa would be shattered in this manner? A gunman forced his way into the parliament complex and traded fire with the police before perishing.

The motive for the attack has not been established officially, but it happened two weeks after the Canadian parliament authorised the country`s military to join US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq.
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Banning killer chemicals
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 11:31 AM SL Time
There are different schools of thought as regards the causes of the killer kidney disease that snuffs out at least a dozen lives daily in the North Central Province and some other parts of the country. Experts stick to their hypotheses and theories like limpets, refusing to budge, and it is not likely that they will ever see eye to eye and adopt a consensual approach. However, their concern about the poor patients and dedication to their research regardless of their conclusions need to be appreciated. It requires a multi-pronged approach to tackle a multi-factorial disease. All roads lead to Rome!
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Chenutha, Tharindu shine as Thomians edge closer to victory Under-19 Cricket
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 11:05 PM SL Time
S. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia were heading for victory after Chenutha Wickramasinghe with an unbeaten century (102n.o in 121 balls 9x4s, 4x6s) and spinner Tharindu Rathnayake with good bowling figures troubled Dharmasoka College on day one of their match at Mount Lavinia on Friday.

Scores:

S. Thomas 283 for 5 decl in 52 overs (Ravindu Sasanka 30, Rashmika Opatha 41, Chenutha Wickramasinghe 102n.o, Helakamal Nanayakkara 58, Sachitha Jayathilaka 27n.o )

Dharmasoka 59 all out in 30.3 overs (Imesh Isurinda 26 Shenal de Silva 3/16, Tharindu Rathnayake 3/16, Helakamal Nanayakkara 2/13) and 10 for 5 in 8 overs (Tharindu Rathnayake 4/06)
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Lankan women win rain-affected T20
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 10:54 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka Women cricketers recorded a spirited seven-run win over South African counterparts in the rain-curtailed 13-over first match of the three match Twenty20 series, played at the Colts Cricket Club grounds, Colombo yesterday. Electing to bat, Sri Lanka Women captian Chamari Atapattu and former skipper Shashikala Siriwardene put on a game changing 53-run partnership in 39 balls for the second wicket the hosts lost Yasodha Mendis for 4. Left handed Atapattu, who has been in good touch throughout the one-day series, struck 20 runs in 15 balls with four boundaries while experienced...
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SLC ruining our chances in World Cup Arjuna
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 11:33 AM SL Time
World Cup winning former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has questioned the scheduling of the five match ODI series against India next month. Sri Lanka agreed to fill the void created by West Indies pulling out of Indian tour and Ranatunga fears the series could burn out the players.

With the India series scheduled out of the blues, Sri Lanka will now play 19 ODIs ahead of the World Cup, which is four months away.
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