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Ranil states criteria for portfolio
Tuesday, 1 September 2015 - 1:18 PM SL Time

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is reported to have told his party seniors that in assigning Cabinet portfolios he would consider those who had either won their respective electoral districts or improved their performance when compared with previous elections. Even prior to elections, he had mentioned this as a criteria when selecting members for Cabinet portfolios. The Cabinet will be sworn in tomorrow at 10.00 a.m. It is learnt that 33 Cabinet portfolios have been reserved for those who contested on the UNP ticket with 23 to the UNP and 10 to those from its alliance partners. - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/85567/ranil-states-criteria-for-portfolio#sthash.1XN9VO02.dpuf
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Ranil stops demolition of old buildings in City
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 1:13 PM SL Time

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered the Urban Development Authority (UDA) to stop demolishing old buildings in Colombo City.

Mr Wickremesinghe speaking to the media after touring Colombo City today said he had done so as the policy of the new government was to preserve the old buildings in Colombo and repair them while keeping them as they were.

However, he said, opportunities would be given to investors to open new hotels in the city -- in keeping with the policy of President Maithripala Sirisena.
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Inaugural sitting of 8th parliament today

The inaugural sitting of the eighth parliament will commence at 9.30 a.m. today and Members of Parliament have been asked to be present by 9.00 am. President Maithripala Sirisena is due to present the Statement of Government Policy at the Cere...
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CIA: Indira considered attack on Pakistan s nuclear sites in 1981

Our Special Correspondent NEW DELHI, August 31: Soon after Indira Gandhi returned to power in 1980, she had considered a military strike on Pakistan s nuclear installations to prevent it from acquiring weapons capabilities, a declassified docum...
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Man hacked to death in Opanayake

A 46-year-old man was hacked to death at Akarella in Opanayake early this morning, Police said. Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said the man s body with severe cut injuries was found inside his trishaw. The victim was identifed as Va...
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Wimal apologises to President

Wimal Weerawansa In what is called a dramatic turn of events in the local political arena NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa had tendered an apology to President Maithripala Sirisena when a UPFA delegation met the President yesterday. Weerawansa...
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SLFP to hepl rectify anomalies

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party ( SLFP ) led by President Maitripala Sirisena has decided to look into the shortcomings that may arise in the demarcation of electoral wards for conducting elections to the local authorities, party officials said yesterda...
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Sri Lanka Tourism focus on Indian IAS officers

India n Administrative Service the premier administrative civil service of the Government of India which has the option of selecting a global awareness programme during one tenure has been targeted by Sri Lanka Tourism as potential tourist and brand...
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SLFP CC empowers Maithri to appoint ministers
Sunday, 30 August 2015 - 11:44 AM SL Time
President Maithripala Sirisena further consolidated his position in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) when the party s Central Committee entrusted him the power to decide on the nomination of members to the posts of Opposition Leader, Deputy Speaker and Chief Opposition Whip. The SLFP Central Committee met at his residence yesterday to discuss the way forward for the party and to endorse the party s decision to take up positions in the proposed National Unity Government. According to party sources, the President was also given the authority to decide on the nomination of MPs elect for ministerial posts in the government. The party discussed in detail its decision to be part of the national government for two years. Already, the SLFP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United National Party (UNP) to form the National Unity Government, primarily to boost the economic growth, to introduce a new Constitution and to evolve a new electoral system. The UNP will take up 33 Cabinet posts and the SLFP 12 posts in the government. SLFP members will hold portfolios such as agriculture, transportation, higher education , irrigation and Samurdhi Development. Alongside, the party appointed a committee to assess the situation and to make recommendations for reforming it politically. It comprises SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake, MPs Mahinda Amaraweera, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and former MP Jagath Pushpakumara. Meanwhile, the SLFP will hold its 64th Anniversary in Polonnaruwa on September 2 coinciding with the President s birthday
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Sri Lanka expedites Volkswagen assembly plant in Kuliyapitiya
Saturday, 29 August 2015 - 3:43 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka will expedite the setting up of a Volkswagen automobile assembly plant in Kuliyapitya considering it as high priority under the new government, officials said. Although it has been planned to commence operations within a time span of two years following the signing of the agreement recently between the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and M/s Senok Automobile (Pvt) Ltd and Volkswagen AG, the local company plans to launch the project as early as possible with the assistance of the authorities, Gerard Fernando, Senok Managing Director told the Business Times.
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30 ministers from UNP, 15 from SLFP
Thursday, 27 August 2015 - 12:38 PM SL Time
Breaking what seemed to be a `deadlock` in the national government formation, UNP Chairman and MP elect Malik Samarawickrema said yesterday that an agreement was reached with the SLFP over its mechanism after extensive discussions.

According to the agreement, the new Cabinet of the national government will be sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena on September 02 after Parliament approves the exact number of members to be in the Cabinet.
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Inaugural sitting of 8th parliament today
Tuesday, 1 September 2015 - 9:55 AM SL Time
The inaugural sitting of the eighth parliament will commence at 9.30 a.m. today and Members of Parliament have been asked to be present by 9.00 am.

President Maithripala Sirisena is due to present the Statement of Government Policy at the Ceremonial sitting of the First Session at 3.00 pm. It will be his first presentation of Statement of Government Policy. He will deliver the statement from the Chair of the Speaker.

Proceedings of Parliament will commence with the Quorum Bells rung for five minutes from 9.25 a.m. when Members will assemble in the Chamber. At 9.30 a.m., ringing of the Bells will be stopped and the Sergeant-at-Arms will enter the Chamber bearing the Mace. Members will rise in their places until the Sergeant-at-Arms proceeds to the Table and places the Mace on the lower rest of the Table. After the Sergeant-at-Arms takes his seat, the Secretary-General of Parliament will read the Proclamations made by the President summoning the Meeting and proceed immediately to the election of the Speaker.
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CIA: Indira considered attack on Pakistan s nuclear sites in 1981
Tuesday, 1 September 2015 - 9:41 AM SL Time
Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, August 31: Soon after Indira Gandhi returned to power in 1980, she had considered a military strike on Pakistan s nuclear installations to prevent it from acquiring weapons capabilities, a declassified document of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States has claimed.

Such a consideration by the then Indian Prime Minister was being made when the US was in an advanced stage of providing its fighter jets F-16 to Pakistan, says the September 8, 1981, document, titled India s Reaction to Nuclear Developments in Pakistan. It was prepared by the CIA.
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Man hacked to death in Opanayake
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 9:35 AM SL Time
A 46-year-old man was hacked to death at Akarella in Opanayake early this morning, Police said.

Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said the man s body with severe cut injuries was found inside his trishaw.

The victim was identifed as Vajira Premakumara who was a resident of Opanayaka.
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Wimal apologises to President
Tuesday, 1 September 2015 - 9:56 AM SL Time
Wimal Weerawansa

In what is called a dramatic turn of events in the local political arena NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa had tendered an apology to President Maithripala Sirisena when a UPFA delegation met the President yesterday.

Weerawansa had tendered the apology to the President for using abusive language during the Presidential election campaign against him (the President).

According to UPFA sources Weerawansa had tendered an apology to the President, during a discussion at the paget road residence.
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SLFP to hepl rectify anomalies
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 9:29 AM SL Time
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maitripala Sirisena has decided to look into the shortcomings that may arise in the demarcation of electoral wards for conducting elections to the local authorities, party officials said yesterday.

The election to the local authorities will be conducted on a mix of the First Past the Post System and the Proportional Representation System according to a law enacted by the previous government. O the number of members two-thirds will be elected under the First Past the Post System while the rest will be elected under the Proportional Representation System.
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Oppon. must select opposition leader: Wimal
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 9:24 AM SL Time
President Maithripala Sirisena should not appoint the Opposition Leader but it should be based on the consent of the majority of opposition MPs so that the opposition could function in a proper manner, National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa said today.

He told the media that if the President appointed a parliamentarian of his choice to the post of Opposition Leader, it would be the beginning of President Sirisena acting as a dictator.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Sri Lanka Tourism focus on Indian IAS officers
Tuesday, 1 September 2015 - 9:58 AM SL Time
Indian Administrative Service the premier administrative civil service of the Government of India which has the option of selecting a global awareness programme during one tenure has been targeted by Sri Lanka Tourism as potential tourist and brand Ambassador for Sri Lanka, Chairman Dr. Rohantha Athukorala said.
We first profile the country and there after city tour or country tour in partnership with SLIDA he said.
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Harry J cries foul over state inaction related to illegal alcohol trade
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 9:36 AM SL Time
Illegal alcohol manufacture is continuing to thrive with the aid of public officials as the state refuses to take action against provided information, said Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC (DCSL) Chairman Harry Jayawardene.
We are sorry to witness the continuation of unfair and illegal practices in the industry, taking place under the very nose of the enforcement authorities, the business magnate said in his annual review this week.
Illegally manufactured alcohol is sold up to 30 to 40 percent cheaper in than legal alcohol in certain areas due to having no tax or quality standard requirements.
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Ceylon Chamber and GIZ push Unity Through Business initiative
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 9:31 AM SL Time
GIZ SME Development Programme together with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will launch `SME-ProLink: Unity Through Business`, an initiative to link the Northern and Southern SMEs to strengthen business and social relationships and promote unity and harmony among communities. The programme will be held in Matara on 29 and 30th September, 2015.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft f r Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)GmbH and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce firmly believe that this initiative will create opportunities for SMEs in two provinces to build new market linkages, facilitate expansion of their businesses to other parts of the country and thereby support addressing some of the regional economic disparities faced by SMEs.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Bold move to tackle insidious killer
Tuesday, 1 September 2015 - 9:49 AM SL Time
President Maithripala Sirisena has taken some bold steps to protect the environment and public health during the past several months. He has introduced tough anti-tobacco laws and a national drug policy the benefits of which, however, have not yet accrued to the people. His decision to ban asbestos roofing sheets with effect from Jan. 01, 2018 and impose restrictions on the use of polythene is to be highly commended. Such measures are long overdue. (What were his predecessors doing?)

Public awareness of the dangers of asbestos remains woefully low here. In fact, most people, especially the low and middle income earners who cannot afford other roofing materials are left with no alternative but to use asbestos.
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Democracy on bumpy ride
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 9:37 AM SL Time
The TNA has thrown its hat into the ring for the Opposition Leader s post. The UPFA will cease to be an Opposition party if it joins forces with the UNP to form a national government. Therefore, the TNA, with 16 MPs elected on the ITAK ticket, demands the aforesaid post.

The JVP has also staked its claim for the position of the Opposition Leader. Those who are opposed to the TNA politically maintain that it lacks a national reach and, therefore, is not qualified to lead the Opposition. But, there is no constitutional provision to that effect and what really matters is the number of seats in Parliament.
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US backing SL
Friday, 28 August 2015 - 9:53 AM SL Time
The US has decided to back Sri Lanka s domestic war crimes probe . It has also undertaken to move a resolution in Geneva next month, calling upon the UNHRC member states to support that mechanism, we are told. Uncle Sam s change of heart has come as a surprise!

What has really caused the US to soften its stand on Sri Lanka as regards alleged accountability issues? Visiting US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal has, addressing the media, attributed the US decision to the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government s willingness to engage the international community constructively.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Tempers run high as India eye historic series win
Tuesday, 1 September 2015 - 9:50 AM SL Time
India are seven wickets away from winning their first series in Sri Lanka in 22 years as they regained firm control of the third Test at Sinhalese Sports Club ground yesterday. Day four was marred by heated exchanges between fast bowler Dhammika Prasad and India s number 11 Ishant Sharma towards the end of India s innings yesterday.

Prasad peppered Ishant with short balls including a third bouncer in over number 76. Both players were staring at each other and as Ishant took a single in the fourth ball of the over, he ran down banging his bat on the helmet looking at Prasad.
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Bowlers day out opens up India-Sri Lanka Test
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 9:32 AM SL Time
The decisive third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka hung on a knife edge after 15 wickets fell during a dramatic third day s play in Colombo on Sunday.

Play ended with India on 21-3 in their second innings, an overall lead of 132 with seven wickets in hand on a seaming pitch at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

With the series locked at 1-1 and bowlers from both sides trying to press home the advantage, a fine rearguard action by Sri Lanka s lower order stood out.
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Sri Lanka end Mubarak experiment Kusal Janith to make debut
Friday, 28 August 2015 - 9:51 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka have finally decided to move on with youth in the post Kumar Sangakkara era as exciting young wicketkeeper batsman Kusal Janith will make his debut in the deciding third Test against India at Sinhalese Sports Club grounds today.

At 34, the recall of Mubarak for the national side attracted much criticism, but the selectors and team management persisted with him at the expense of the in-form Kusal Janith. It was argued that Mubarak s experience with the team rebuilding was vital and his brilliance on the field was said to be giving the side an added advantage.
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