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Harin to make official apology in Parliament today
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 - 12:37 PM SL Time

Minister Harin Fernando is to make an official apology in Parliament today for using unparliamentary language during a heated parliamentary debate last week.

The Telecom Minister under severe criticism for his behaviour, was summoned before Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for a disciplinary inquiry on the incident last Friday as well.

I could have denied the incident as there was no video evidence and there were a lot of MPs around me. But I owned up to my mistake, and I may have to face disciplinary action as a result, Fernando said.
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Anura Senanayake taken into custody in connection to Thajudeen murder
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 5:04 AM SL Time

Former senior DIG Anura Senanayake was taken into custody by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today in connection to the murder of former Sri Lanka national rugger player Wasim Thajudeen.

He was produced in court and remanded till May 26.

Senanayake was arrested after being questioned earlier in the day and was accused of concealing evidence when he was involved in the investigations.
He was questioned previously as well in connection to the controversial case.
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FSP front-liners Jagoda and Kuruwita arrested

Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Propaganda Secretary Pubudu Jagoda and Central Committee Member Sujith Kuruwita were arrested by the Maradana Police today. The arrests were made after they were summoned to the Maradana Police to record a statement o...
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Update: Kelani river water level drops by 4ft

The Water level in the Kelani River in Nagalagam Street had decreased by three feet, the Disaster Management Centre said today. The DMC said the water level keeps falling but warned the residents alongside the river to be alert. The water level in ...
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Three women arrested with gold valued at Rs. 60 mn

Three Sri Lanka n women had been arrested with gold slabs and jewellery worth more than Rs.60 million at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning, Customs Spokesmen Dharmasena Kahandawa said. He said the women were arrested by the b...
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Damage to antique Buddha statue: JO calls for inquiry

The Joint Opposition (JO), today, called for an inquiry into how a valuable bronze Buddha statue belonging to the Anuradhapura era had been damaged after it was taken to Temple Trees to grace an exposition of relics. JO stalwart MP Wimal Weerawansa ...
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Navy wants action be taken against EP CM Nazeer

The navy today handed a report to the Defence Ministry requesting action be taken against Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed for allegedly rebuking a naval officer at an event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya on Friday. A video of the CM rebu...
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SLI expects flood damage claims to exceed Rs. 1 bn

`We are are expecting more than Rs one billion in claims from our clients, which we could recover from our re-insurers,among whom are several of the world`s leading insurance companies. Therefore, it is not a big deal for us, Managing Director, Sri ...
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Disaster rattles Megapolis
Saturday, 21 May 2016 - 7:02 PM SL Time
In light of the current disaster situation in the country, Sri Lanka s Town Planners have called for a radical overhaul of the thinking processes behind new development plans including a change in the standards and regulations for construction and the procedures adopted.

Secretary of the Institute of Town Planners Sri Lanka (ITPSL), Planner H.M.U. Chularathna speaking to Nation said the macro-level planning that goes into evolving patterns of development as projected in the proposed Megapolis would have to take into account the density of housing and land use.
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OVER 20,000 TRAPPED IN COLOMBO
Friday, 20 May 2016 - 3:37 PM SL Time
The Tri Forces jointly with Disaster Management Center personnel yesterday launched a massive operation in Kolonnawa, Wellampitiya and Kelaniya areas to rescue over 20,000 people trapped in major floods to hit the area in 25 years.

The number of deaths caused by the inclement weather conditions have risen by four.

The toll now stands at 58, Disaster Management Center (DMC) sources said. The number of missing persons now stands at 15 while 28 persons have been injured.

The number of flood and landslide affected people have now risen to 414,627 with 281 houses totally destroyed and 2,988 houses partially damaged. Around 306,773 affected persons have already been located in safe centers. The DMC said that there are 594 safe centers island wide
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Lanka laments landslides loss
Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 10:59 AM SL Time
Fatalities from the flash floods and landslides climbed steadily throughout the day, ending at 37 dead and 362,000 affected by the inclement weather conditions caused by a low pressure area moving across the island.

Two big landslides in the Kegalle District was the major focus of rescue operations since Tuesday (17) night. The mountain slip in Aranayake practically buried three remote villages and displaced over a thousand people who took shelter in four displacement camps set up in schools and temples in the area.
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FSP front-liners Jagoda and Kuruwita arrested
Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 9:30 AM SL Time
Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Propaganda Secretary Pubudu Jagoda and Central Committee Member Sujith Kuruwita were arrested by the Maradana Police today. The arrests were made after they were summoned to the Maradana Police to record a statement on the tense situation that prevailed at the Immigration and Emigration Department in Borella on April 1. A heated argument between FSP members and the Police led to a clash when the protesters attempted to enter the building after breaking open the glass doors. The main demand by the protesters was that FSP politburo member Kumar Gunaratnam be granted dual citizenship. FSP Politburo Member Duminda Nagamuwa told Daily Mirror that an unidentified group of people claiming to be from the police had attempted to arrest Sujith Kuruwita two days ago while he was at his home. However, they were unable to make the arrest as they had failed to produce an arrest warrant. The group had left after asking him to surrender to the police. Meanwhile, Mr. Nagamuwa claimed that according to the police 13 more FSP members were to be arrested soon in connection with this incident. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Update: Kelani river water level drops by 4ft
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 10:24 AM SL Time
The Water level in the Kelani River in Nagalagam Street had decreased by three feet, the Disaster Management Centre said today. The DMC said the water level keeps falling but warned the residents alongside the river to be alert. The water level in the Kelani River, Nagalagama Street had dropped to 3.6 feet as of today. It rose to seven feet resulting in heavy floods in Colombo last week. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Three women arrested with gold valued at Rs. 60 mn
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 10:07 AM SL Time
Three Sri Lankan women had been arrested with gold slabs and jewellery worth more than Rs.60 million at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning, Customs Spokesmen Dharmasena Kahandawa said. He said the women were arrested by the by the Customs Narcotics Control officers at the Customs Green Channel, while they were trying to smuggle the gold into the country. Two women came in wheel chairs to pretend that they were disabled, while the other woman came as a helper to them. The gold slabs and the bars were found in their hand bags. Those hand bags were kept on their laps to not look suspicious, Dharmasena said. The suspected women arrived at the BIA from Dubai, Dharmasena said. He said that the gold slabs were weighed 10 kilograms and further investigations to be handed over to Customs Central Investigation Directorate. Full Story     Post Reply To This


Politics Political News Forum 

Damage to antique Buddha statue: JO calls for inquiry
Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 9:26 AM SL Time
The Joint Opposition (JO), today, called for an inquiry into how a valuable bronze Buddha statue belonging to the Anuradhapura era had been damaged after it was taken to Temple Trees to grace an exposition of relics. JO stalwart MP Wimal Weerawansa said at a media briefing that the statue had been removed from the National Museum without the approval of the museum`s director. Calling it a grave crime under the laws governing archaeological affairs, he said action should be taken forthwith against those responsible. `The statue had been damaged. After that, it had been repaired with glue and returned to the museum,` he said. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardan MP, a former cultural affairs minister, said that artefacts could not be removed from the museum without Cabinet approval and that this was a grave crime. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Navy wants action be taken against EP CM Nazeer
Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 9:25 AM SL Time
The navy today handed a report to the Defence Ministry requesting action be taken against Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed for allegedly rebuking a naval officer at an event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya on Friday. A video of the CM rebuking a naval officer, who was the compere at an event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya, went viral recently. Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando and US Ambassador Atul Keshap also attended the event as Chief Guests. Mr. Ahamed lost his cool when he had mistakenly assumed that the navy personnel was requesting him to move off the stage, when he had in fact only requested the media personnel to make room for students to come up on stage. `Get out from here idiot. If you don t know what protocol is, just get out. Who the hell are you to stop me? Even you, the Governor, don t know what the protocol is. I respect the Ambassador much more. You should know Governor, you should know the protocol,` he was heard saying. Navy Commander Ravindra Wijegunaratne yesterday said that he handed over a report on the incident to the Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi. We have handed over a report recommending the measures that need to be taken to the Defence Secretary yesterday. We are quite happy that the naval personnel did not act in a manner that made the situation worse, he said. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Flood affected areas to be marked HSZs : President
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 10:27 AM SL Time
President Maithripala Sirisena today instructed the officials of the newly establish special Environmental Relief Task Force to mark the flood affected areas as High Security Zones. The President had ordered them to be on the lookout for encroachment in the Colombo area and not to reclaim lands in the Colombo District any more. Full Story     Post Reply To This


Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

SLI expects flood damage claims to exceed Rs. 1 bn
Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 9:01 AM SL Time
`We are are expecting more than Rs one billion in claims from our clients, which we could recover from our re-insurers,among whom are several of the world`s leading insurance companies. Therefore, it is not a big deal for us, Managing Director, Sri Lanka Insurance T. M. R. Bangsa Jayah said.

He told The island Financial Review that SLI is now waiting until claims are made by their customers for settlement.

Rs.7 billion in insurance payments for compensation and reconstruction, following destruction caused by the recent floods, will be borne by foreign reinsurers due to appropriate transfer of risks, some local insurance industry officials said.
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CCI urges conditional import of foreign labour
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 9:58 AM SL Time
Due to the prevailing acute labour shortage, building contractors dig into labour pools of other contractors by offering more pay to workers, luring them to switch construction sites. If permission could be granted to allow employment of foreign workers on conditions, this practice could be avoided, Dr Surath Wickramasinghe, president, Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI) said at the Build SL 2016 inauguration held at the BMICH recently.

`The BOI can increase the import of foreign labour for local contractors on conditions, he noted.
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Insurance claims likely to mount as businesses suffer in rain havoc
Monday, 23 May 2016 - 10:18 AM SL Time
The insurance sector is likely to be hit as it will be compelled to pay very high claims for damages caused to various business entities due to current bad weather conditions. Many leading business organizations are badly affected as their premises had gone under water in the recent torrential rains, business observers said.

According to information received, several major companies like Lion Brewery, Tokyo Cement, Laugfs Gas and Coco Cola have seen their business premises being inundated in the inclement weather conditions.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

CM s wrath
Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 8:47 AM SL Time
Eastern Province (EP) Chief Minister Ahamed Nazeer has behaved like a typical Sri Lankan politician. At a recent school function in Sampur, he blew a gasket and launched into a tirade against a senior navy officer in the presence of EP Governor Austin Fernando and US Ambassador Atul Keshap and a group of schoolchildren. All gubernatorial efforts to pacify the incensed CM were in vain.
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Astrology vs reality
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 9:56 AM SL Time
Old habits die hard. Astrologer turned Central Province Governor Niluka Ekanayake has made a prediction. She has told a media briefing that it will be smooth sailing for the government until 2021. One is reminded of the Rajapaksas palace seer who also went places by making such predictions.

Interestingly, Minister Lakshman Kiriella has said at the same press briefing that there is no SLFP at the grassroots level at present he has called upon the Joint Opposition to join forces with the government. If what he says is true then the UNP has beaten the JVP to it.
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Vote monkey, get monkey
Friday, 20 May 2016 - 11:14 AM SL Time
Nury, in his column today, informs us that a chimpanzee stood for election in Rio de Janeiro in 1988 with the catchy slogan: Vote monkey, get monkey . In this country you even get the monkeys you don t vote for thanks to the much-abused National List mechanism!

Chimps or even baboons would have been much better than the bunch of representatives we are burdened with.

It never rains but it pours as they say. Besides devastating floods, there have been gale-force winds and landslides which continue to wreak havoc on many parts of the country. Landslide warnings were extended in eight districts yesterday. Overflowing rivers have turned many highly populous areas into billabongs of sorts and many rain-soaked mountains are said to be on the verge of collapse.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

After being thrown into deep end, Mendis enjoys challenge
Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 8:55 AM SL Time
The 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman from Prince of Wales College has been the in form batsman this summer so far. Mendis hit half-centuries in Sri Lanka`s warm-up games against Leicestershire and Essex and came up with the only noteworthy contribution in the first Test at Leeds making a half-century.

Former great Kumar Sangakkara occupied the crucial number three slot of the national cricket team for a decade and a half. People would have expected a senior player to take up the mantle in the post Sangakkara era, but the selectors have backed a rookie with just 20 First Class games to do that job. Kusal Mendis like his namesake, the legendary Duleep hails from Moratuwa.
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Chandimal gutted with mode of dismissal
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 10:05 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka s vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal was confident that his team will bounce back after the humiliating innings defeat that they suffered in the first Test against England at Leeds last week. Sri Lanka lost the opening Test inside three days after being shot out for 91 runs in the first innings and following on managed only 119 in their second essay.

Chandimal was gutted with his own performance. While Sri Lanka s batsmen struggled against the swinging delivery with James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn all using helpful conditions to good effect, Chandimal was dismissed by part-time spinner Moeen Ali in the second innings.
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Innings defeat embarrassing
Monday, 23 May 2016 - 10:17 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews called his side s innings and 88 run defeat in the first Test against England at Leeds as embarrassing. It was Sri Lanka s second worst defeat against England. The tourists were bowled out for 91 and 119 to lose inside three days on Saturday.

`It was quite an embarrassing defeat. One or two of our guys need to raise our hands and put up a good score, particularly in the first innings. We failed to do that in the first innings, and once again in the second innings, so that s a pretty obvious reason for our defeat,` Mathews told journalists.
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