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Police Chief under fire over phone-gate scandal
Sunday, 4 December 2016 - 1:20 AM SL Time

Police Chief IGP Pujith Jayasundera is under fire from the Opposition and corruption watchdogs after he was caught on camera attempting to interfere in an investigation by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) earlier this week.

The IGP told an unidentified caller in the presence of media personnel in a video that was aired on Wednesday (30) that he had instructed the FCID to seek his permission before arresting an individual in a case that appeared to be of concern to the caller. During the recorded phone call, Jayasundera referred to the matter as the Nilame s case.
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Govt. considers measures to discipline the media
Sunday, 27 November 2016 - 2:47 PM SL Time

It seemed ironic that it should come in the wake of the jolt the mainstream media in the United States received after Republican Donald Trump won the November presidential elections. Both the electronic and the print media, almost altogether, spoke of a victory for rival Hillary Rodham Clinton. Most were very supportive of her. They have come in for a lot of flak now and their shares have dipped in the stock markets. They are now re-thinking and re-building the journalistic enterprise.
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If I were rich enough I would have built a hospital by myself: Mahela

Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardena, who trail blazed the entire 670km from Point Pedro in Jaffna down to Matara along with hundreds of other people to support establish a cancer treatment facility in Karapitiya, said in an interview with Da...
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Mafia inside Prison, influential inmates given facilities: Hirunika

Government MP Hirunika Premachandra dropped a bombshell in Parliament today by claiming that there was a Mafia in the Prison and influential inmates were given all facilities. Speaking during the Committee Stage debate on the Budget, the MP said inf...
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Three killed in Balapitiya shooting

At least three members of the same family including a four-year-old child were shot dead following a shooting incident in Balapitiya this evening, police said. The victims were identified as 31-year-old man, his 28 year-old wife and five year-old ch...
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SLFP is not divided: MR

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party ( SLFP ) was not divided and asked how the policies of the party could be protected when they were betrayed by ministerial portfolios being given to the UNP . The SLFP is...
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Ranil apologizes for burning of Jaffna library

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today apologised for the burning of Jaffna Library in 1981 and urged the Joint Opposition to apologize for what happened during that time as well. The public library in Jaffna was burnt during a United Nation...
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Waters Edge, UDA and Sports Ministry to establish a Leisure Sports Island

Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla, the Urban Development Authority (UDA) and the Sports Ministry yesterday entered into an agreement to establish a Leisure Sports Island across the lake beside the Hotel as part of its envisaged mix development plan....
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Govt to proceed with controversial tender
Saturday, 26 November 2016 - 2:14 AM SL Time
The Government has awarded a controversial tender to re-lay the 400m and 200m training tracks at the Sugathadasa Sports Complex to a joint venture between Access International (Pvt) Ltd and Conica-veritas despite their price being significantly higher than at least two other bids.

The Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (CAPC) awarded the project at a cost of Rs. 334,291, 610.00 plus VAT.

Access International s bid is Rs. 56 million higher than the price quoted by CML-MTD (Rs. 278 million) and Rs. 34 million more than Sierra Construction who quoted Rs. 297 million.
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Sri Lanka s unitary status will be retained
Thursday, 24 November 2016 - 10:54 PM SL Time
Rejecting all Opposition allegations, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party today asserted that the proposed new Constitution or an amendment to the existing Constitution will retain the Unitary Status of Sri Lanka.

Minister Susil Premajayanth said the first law of the country will not compromise the rights of the citizen.

Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today Minister Premajayanth said a Constitution of a country should address concerns and issues of its citizens.
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New Constitution may have 240 seats: RW.
Monday, 21 November 2016 - 2:28 PM SL Time
The Constitutional Assembly was looking at the possibility of increasing the number of MPs in the legislature to 240, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who was speaking at the Junior National Law Conference in Negombo, said the government was looking at 240-seat Parliament, where 60 percent would be elected under the First Past the Post (FPP) system and the remaining 40percent on a list. We are looking at a mixed system similar to one in New Zealand. It is similar to the German system as well. But according to the German system, 50 percent of the MPs are elected under a list and other 50 percent on the First Past the Post system. This will help Opposition parties to get more seats. We will stick to 240 MPs. We are looking at introducing an electoral system where 60 percent of the members in Parliament will be elected under the FPP First Past the Post system, while 40 percent on a list, the Premier said - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/New-Constitution-may-have-seats-RW-119422.html#sthash.vdPIFbRl.dpuf
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If I were rich enough I would have built a hospital by myself: Mahela
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 - 8:47 AM SL Time
Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardena, who trail blazed the entire 670km from Point Pedro in Jaffna down to Matara along with hundreds of other people to support establish a cancer treatment facility in Karapitiya, said in an interview with Daily Mirror that if he were rich enough to build a hospital by himself he would have definitely done that. On October 2, a 28-day odyssey from Point Pedro in Jaffna down to Matara, covering the entire length of the country began to collect funds to establish a cancer treatment facility in Karapitiya. Among the celebrities, who joined this venture was Mahela Jayawardena, the former Sri Lanka skipper who trail blazed the entire 670km along with hundreds of other people to support the venture. In a candid interview Jayawardena speaks of the journey and what motivated him to embark on a painful journey. Q Mahela the 28-day journey from Point Pedro in Jaffna down to Southern Dondra Head near Matara was a remarkable effort by the organizers to fund a cancer treatment facility in Karapitiya. Walking 670 km in 28 days is no mean task and it certainly needs a big heart to do that. How did you motivate yourself to do this? A Well, I have always engaged in charity for the last 15 years and I felt that for me the best way to help society is by doing such things. For me politics is something that does not interest and I feel I can contribute a lot in this manner and in my own little way. Sure, I have control of what I am doing and at the same time I can be part of events through which I feel I can help people. And to be involved with good people like Nathan, Sarinda and every volunteer who was part of this and were fantastic people. I have learned a lot from them. Q Was it what happened to your brother that led you to take up this mission of walking nearly 670 km? A What happened to my brother 20 years ago did make a huge impact on my life and opened my eyes knowing what life is all about and what people go through, and for me to be involved in things that could help people. The satisfaction I get from that is immense and it is tough when you lose your loved ones. It is never the same. For me I lost a friend who I wished I had all these years. But that is life and for me it has given me a path to be a better person and a way to help others. Yes, he definitely helped me to find that space. Q How tough was the walk and how did your body take up the challenge? A Well, it was tougher than what I initially thought. I thought it was just walking and I could get through, but every day was a grind. There were pain barriers I had to go through not just me but everyone. Some did get injured and could not complete. There were blisters, sore legs and swollen ankles. Mentally you get fatigued to go through the same routine everyday but it was a great experience and I would not exchange anything else in the world. It was something special which we all enjoyed, whoever who walked and everyone who came and walked with us on a daily basis. Yes, the body took its toll but it was for a good cause. Q How many kilos did you shed at the end of the journey? A I probably lost about three kilogrammes not more than that. But it was very healthy 28 days. I managed to stay on a strict diet and try and be very disciplined with what I did. It was very good for me to do that. Yes, the body took a huge beat but it was for a good course. Q Your wife was part of this journey right through and leaving your daughter at home and joining you in the journey was appreciated by everyone? How do you look at her contribution? A Yes. Christina was absolutely brilliant. She walked the entire distance and she was amazing with others as well, encouraging them, helping them and especially for me to have her alongside me really helped me to get through the 28 days. It was tough for us to leave our little daughter but we made sure when we could we had her around. And I think for her as well it was a great experience to be part of a group who was doing this walk. One day she will grow up knowing that we walked and were all part of something special. I think that s what life is all about, the memories of things that you ve done and that you could be satisfied with. Big thank you to my wife. Q I read a Facebook post saying rich cricketers walk to collect money from poor people to build a hospital . Even though there were hundreds of thousand people behind the project, some may have felt that way. How do you respond to such comments? A Well I can t help everyone. If I were rich enough to build a hospital by myself I would have definitely done that. Unfortunately I am not that rich. But at the same time I did contribute not just by walking but by money and we gave an opportunity to each and every Sri Lankan to be a part of this project. I think there were a lot of Sri Lankans who have lost their loved ones and were affected by cancer and we gave them an opportunity to be part of something that would help them in their healing process. We tried to try and get people to see light at the end of the tunnel and to walk with them in that end. But unfortunately there were some, who did not want to come out of those caves and would like to stay in the dark. We cannot help each and everyone but we tried our best to help people see the light. Q Some celebrities use their fame and wealth to enter politics. But you seem to use your wealth and fame for charity. How do you describe this? How successful was the trail and when will the project be completed? A It was a very successful walk but it turned out to be something more than just walk. It became a symbol of unity. People came out of all ethnicities, castes, religions and backgrounds to help us. This shows how generous the Sri Lankan people are and how united they are. Yes, we are planning to start construction in March hopefully and within two to three years we hope to complete the hospital and have those first patients coming. It is a challenge. We also hope to stick to our time lines and get it through. It was great a great event something that I really enjoyed. Thank you for every Sri Lankan, who participated in it. Q Do you hope to take up more such missions in future? A Yes, I would. If I can help Sri Lankans I would definitely do it. This was a walk that helped me heal as well. I want to thank Nathan and Sarinda for giving me that opportunity as well. When you lose a loved one, it is tough to get through that. This walk did help me to get through that little bit, knowing what I did and also knowing that it did help lot of other Sri Lankans, who was part of the walk and who needed that healing. I would definitely do it knowing that it would help someone else. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Mafia inside Prison, influential inmates given facilities: Hirunika
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 - 8:36 AM SL Time
Government MP Hirunika Premachandra dropped a bombshell in Parliament today by claiming that there was a Mafia in the Prison and influential inmates were given all facilities. Speaking during the Committee Stage debate on the Budget, the MP said influential prisoners were given all facilities, while the poor prisoners were neglected. She said former Minister Duminda Silva was given all facilities following a medical report. `Mr. Silva`s medical report says he is suffering from a chronic headache, loss of consciousness, loss of memory and dizziness but all his relatives visited him at the Prisons hospital for his birthday on December 3 and threw a party,` the MP said. `Duminda Silva killed my father but I am not angry with him but I have to say what is going on inside prison,` she added. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Three killed in Balapitiya shooting
Tuesday, 6 December 2016 - 9:44 AM SL Time
At least three members of the same family including a four-year-old child were shot dead following a shooting incident in Balapitiya this evening, police said. The victims were identified as 31-year-old man, his 28 year-old wife and five year-old child. They were in front of a garment factory in the area, when a gunman opened fire at them. Soon after the incident, the critically injured victims were admitted to the Balapitiya hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries. Full Story     Post Reply To This


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SLFP is not divided: MR
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 - 8:39 AM SL Time
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was not divided and asked how the policies of the party could be protected when they were betrayed by ministerial portfolios being given to the UNP. The SLFP is not divided. It is not just a name board. How can the party policies be protected when they were betrayed to the UNP? Some SLFP ministers are accusing us of dividing the party while enjoying the perks attached to the ministerial portfolios of the UNP government, he said. Mr. Rajapaksa, in response to a question by journalists with regard to the withdrawal of the case against former minister Basil Rajapaksa, said that when fake cases were filed, those who filed them had to withdraw them. When false cases were filed, they have to withdraw them as they cannot proceed with the cases. This is utter revenge. Nothing done to take revenge is successful, he said. Mr. Rajapaksa, responding to a question on whether there were any divisions within the Joint Opposition as reported in the media, said no one could divide it as it was truly a Joint Opposition. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Ranil apologizes for burning of Jaffna library
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 - 8:39 AM SL Time
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today apologised for the burning of Jaffna Library in 1981 and urged the Joint Opposition to apologize for what happened during that time as well.

The public library in Jaffna was burnt during a United National Party (UNP) Government in 1981. We know it was wrong and tender an apology for it, he said.
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Bestow national hero title on 19 Kandyan leaders: Wijeyadasa to MS
Tuesday, 6 December 2016 - 9:46 AM SL Time
Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has recommended to President Maithripala Sirisena to cancel Gazette No: 851 issued by the then English Governor Robert Brownrigg in January 10, 1818 naming Keppetipola Disawe and 18 other Sinhala leaders as traitors.

The 19 Kandyan leaders were considered as traitors by the British Government for the mission they launched to free the nation in 1818, three years after the Kandyan Convention was signed making Sri Lanka a British colony.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Waters Edge, UDA and Sports Ministry to establish a Leisure Sports Island
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 - 8:28 AM SL Time
Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla, the Urban Development Authority (UDA) and the Sports Ministry yesterday entered into an agreement to establish a Leisure Sports Island across the lake beside the Hotel as part of its envisaged mix development plan.

The signing ceremony was held with the patronage of Patali Champika Ranawaka - Minister of Megapoils and Western Development and Dayasri Jayasekara Minister of Sports.

Chamath de Silva, chairman-Waters Edge and the board of directors participated in the event with their project assistant-teams.
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Stable bank interest boosts CSE
Tuesday, 6 December 2016 - 9:06 AM SL Time
The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) registered an improved performance yesterday due to the fact that bank interest rates have not gone up as expected in the market, a top financial analyst said.

`The CSE which was in a very low performing market for the past couple of weeks has now picked up considerably due to bank interest rates having not been increased as anticipated, thus enabling small players to enter the market in a considerable manner, Condor Equities Manager Sales, Buddike Payoe told The Island Financial Review.
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US Federal Reserve s interest rate hike in 2017 to affect SL
Monday, 5 December 2016 - 11:42 AM SL Time
The US Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco will increase bank interest rates in 2017 under the new Donald Trump administration, which will have a negative impact on countries like Sri Lanka, Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said.

Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams said he supports an interest-rate increase in 2017 and will likely aim at Fed s 2 percent goal, reports said earlier.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

The Taming of the Shrew
Monday, 5 December 2016 - 11:41 AM SL Time
The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition made its anti-China programme a main plank of its 2015 presidential election campaign. This, it did obviously to curry favour with India and the US-led western powers it also raised a bogey at home to make the voting public believe that unless the Rajapaksa administration was dislodged Sri Lanka would end up as a Chinese colony. It undertook to drum China out as a development partner immediately after capturing power it also made a solemn pledge to stop the showpiece Chinese project, the Colombo Port City, posthaste. And, it did as promised.
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MPs have all the luck!
Thursday, 1 December 2016 - 1:58 PM SL Time
Santa seems to have got his wires crossed. Else, he would not have landed near the Diyawanna Oya several weeks ahead of Christmas. Usually, he favours children, but this time around he seems to have given priority to those who have torsos of adults and brains of children. Parliamentarians have received a massive increase in their allowances and a huge pay hike is said to be in the pipeline.

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government came to power, promising economic relief to the masses. Initially, after the change of government, the prices of some commodities were slashed and public employees were given a substantial pay hike. But, what was given with one hand was taken away with the other after the self-proclaimed messiahs had been ensconced in power. It was a case of swings and roundabout for the people.
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Of those cyber hit men
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 - 8:24 AM SL Time
The Professional Web Journalists Association (PWJA) has lashed out at the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government for adopting the same repressive policies as its predecessor in handling the web-based media. It has taken exception to action against two web publications, which, it says, should have complete freedom to continue their operations.

We both agree and disagree with the PWJA. We agree with it that the government is trying to tar all web publications with the same brush and introduce draconian laws and regulations to keep them under its thumb. This move must be resisted with might and main. You don t kill all dogs to tackle rabies, do you?
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Sineth scores second consecutive century Under-13 Division I Cricket
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 - 8:30 AM SL Time
Sineth Jayawardana scored his second consecutive century as Royal College, Colombo edged out De Mazenod College, Kandana on bonus points to advance to the semi-final of the Inter School Under-13 Division I tournament at Reid Avenue on Tuesday.

Jayawardena scored an unbeaten century (104 runs in 195 balls) inclusive of 15 fours and a six to propel the home team to 243 for three wickets in 64 overs. The left-hander scored a century in the pre-quarter final as well. Nethin Panapitiya scored a valuable half century (76 in 161 balls,10x4s).
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Look at the character of batsmen Aravinda tells coaches
Tuesday, 6 December 2016 - 9:07 AM SL Time
Batting legend Aravinda de Silva insisted the importance of looking at the character of a player when identifying talent. He said this at a press conference at the end of a seminar for Sri Lanka Cricket coaches at the Sports Ministry Auditorium on Monday.

Sri Lanka s star batsman during the 1996 World Cup campagin and Man of the Match in the final, Aravinda said that what was more important was how a batsman reacts to different situations of the game rather than the number of runs he scores.
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Kandy suffer another shock defeat
Monday, 5 December 2016 - 11:48 AM SL Time
Navy Sports Club defeated Kandy Sports Club 37 (4-goals, 3-penalties) 32 (3-goals, 1-try, 2-penalties) in arguably the match of the ongoing inter-club league rugby season at Navy grounds at Welisara yesterday. Navy led 24-22 at half-time.

First-half tries from wing three quarter Buddhima Piyarathne, scrum-half Richie Dharmapala and second row Supun Peiris and conversions from Thilina Weerasinghe saw Navy taking a slim lead at the end of the first half. Kandy had hooker Damith Dissanayake, captain Roshan Weeratane and centre Danushka Ranjan crossing the white line in first-half.
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