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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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International drug racket busted in Delhi

With the arrest of three persons, including two Sri Lanka ns, the Delhi Police Special Cell claimed to have busted an international drug syndicate operating from Chennai which supplied heroin to Sri Lanka by concealing it in processed food tin cans....
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Gota meets Indian Defence Minister

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday called on India n Defence Minister Arun Jaitley during which a number of issues came under discussion, Indian media reported. Gotabaya, who is the secretary of Lankan ministry of defence and urban dev...
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Lifting of sanctions will help LTTE to revive in Sri Lanka - Tamil leader

The decision by the General Court of European Union to lift the sanctions the EU imposed in 2006 against the LTTE , the Tamil Tiger terrorist group, will help to revive the vanquished outfit in Sri Lanka `s Tamil-dominated Northern Province, a senio...
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President launches Divi Neguma Phase 6 today

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will preside over the commencement of the Divi Neguma National Program Phase Six at the auspicious time of 10.07 a.m. today. A program to plant vegetable seeds. fruit, coconut, herbal and other plants will also take place...
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RANIL IS RANIL - Udaya Gammanpila

UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has not given up his old habit of conniving with those campaigning for a separate state in Sri Lanka , Western Provincial Minister Udaya Prabath Gammanpila said yesterday. He stressed that his party is ...
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The Kodikamam Railway Station inaugurated

The Kodikamam Railway Station on the Northern Yaal Devi Line restored with the funding of People s Bank and People s Leasing and Finance was opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. People s Bank and People s Leasing and Finance has spent over Rs.45 m...
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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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President going ahead with January poll, questions over Pope s visit
Sunday, 12 October 2014 - 1:08 PM SL Time
UPFA parliamentarians caught a glimpse last Friday of how opinions clashed at the highest levels over an unexpected issue that haunts the Government the alleged assault on Chris Nonis, the then Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom by Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, the Monitoring MP for the External Affairs Ministry at a dinner party in New Jersey, a suburb of New York.

Chris Nonis

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who chaired the meeting of the Government Parliamentary Group on Thursday mimicked Nonis humorously and declared Eyagollo amuthu type ekey minissu ney or they are a strange type of people. The meeting was held at the Presidential Secretariat. He said he had inquired into the incident by asking External Affairs Ministry Secretary Kshenuka Senewiratne, Sri Lanka s Ambassador to Washington DC Prasad Kariyawasam and the host Dilan Ariyawansa, Sri Lankan Airlines representative in New York. They had all said that no assault took place, he added.
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Despite Resigning, Nonis Continues To Visit The High Commission
Tuesday, 7 October 2014 - 2:19 PM SL Time
Colombo Telegraph learns that Sri Lanka s High Commissioner to the UK, Dr. Chris Nonis, despite resigning from his position last Monday (29) continues to visit the High Commission premises.

Sources claim that he had visited the High Commission last weekend and had accessed his computer and backed-up/deleted files etc. Colombo Telegraph also learns that a key to the High Commission premises is still in his possession and continues to use his official vehicle.
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International drug racket busted in Delhi
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 10:46 AM SL Time
With the arrest of three persons, including two Sri Lankans, the Delhi Police Special Cell claimed to have busted an international drug syndicate operating from Chennai which supplied heroin to Sri Lanka by concealing it in processed food tin cans.



In a joint operation with the Chennai Police, the Delhi Police Special Cell also seized heroin worth Rs.50 crore in the international market.



According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Rajeev Ranjan, during interrogation of those arrested in a similar operation this July, the police came to know about one Mailu Perumal, a Chennai resident who was the main link for the foreign-based drug mafia.
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Gota meets Indian Defence Minister
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 10:42 AM SL Time
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday called on Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley during which a number of issues came under discussion, Indian media reported.

Gotabaya, who is the secretary of Lankan ministry of defence and urban development met Jaitley in the afternoon at his North Block Office.

Defence secretary R K Mathur was also present. Jaitley later handed over a memento to the visiting dignitary.



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Lifting of sanctions will help LTTE to revive in Sri Lanka - Tamil leader
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 9:49 AM SL Time
The decision by the General Court of European Union to lift the sanctions the EU imposed in 2006 against the LTTE, the Tamil Tiger terrorist group, will help to revive the vanquished outfit in Sri Lanka`s Tamil-dominated Northern Province, a senior Tamil political leader has said.

V Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has warned that the group will now openly campaign for a separate state.
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President launches Divi Neguma Phase 6 today
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 10:53 AM SL Time
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will preside over the commencement of the Divi Neguma National Program Phase Six at the auspicious time of 10.07 a.m. today. A program to plant vegetable seeds. fruit, coconut, herbal and other plants will also take place in 14,022 Grama Seva Divisions parallel to this event.

The First Phase of Divi Neguma program will be held under the theme `A prosperous mothers_day.jsp' class=black>motherland ` was launched in March 2011 with the objective of reviving and strengthening the economy, by raising family incomes.
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RANIL IS RANIL - Udaya Gammanpila
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 10:50 AM SL Time
UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has not given up his old habit of conniving with those campaigning for a separate state in Sri Lanka, Western Provincial Minister Udaya Prabath Gammanpila said yesterday. He stressed that his party is not even prepared to discuss their proposals with the Opposition Leader since he has shown himself to be anti-Sri Lankan.
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Sri Lanka to contest the European Court decision lifting sanctions on LTTE
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 10:19 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka has decided to contest the decision by the General Court of the European Union (EU)to annul the sanctions placed on the Tamil Tiger terrorist group and will send an envoy to seek support in the union against the ruling.

Sri Lanka`s EU Ambassador Rodney Perera is to travel to Strasbourg on Monday to attend the EU parliament`s plenary session and to mobilize two key committees, foreign affairs and security and defense, a report by Press Trust of India said.
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The Kodikamam Railway Station inaugurated
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 10:50 AM SL Time
The Kodikamam Railway Station on the Northern Yaal Devi Line restored with the funding of People s Bank and People s Leasing and Finance was opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. People s Bank and People s Leasing and Finance has spent over Rs.45 million for the restoration project.President Rajapaksa unveiling the commemorative plaque at the renovated Kodikamam Railway station while Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda, Acting CEO and General Manager of People s Bank Sabri Ibrahim and CEO and General Manager of People s Leasing D.P Kumarage look on.
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Minister waxing green, tea factory owners seeing red
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 10:48 AM SL Time
At the Sri Lanka Tea Factory Owners Association (SLTFOA) Annual General Meeting recently Chief Guest, Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe said his interventions in the industry had brought unparalleled improvement. 2013 had recorded the highest crop on record.

The minister further said comparative crop returns from September 2013 to September 2014 had already indicated an increase of 19 percent. Currently, all pointers were that 2014 would record better results than 2013.
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INFOTEL ICT exhibition in Sri Lanka to focus on creating a `Knowledge Hub`
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 10:16 AM SL Time
INFOTEL, the popular Sri Lankan ICT exposition organized by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) will be held this year from 24 to 26 October at the BMICH.

The 2014 edition will be held under the theme `A Smarter Tomorrow`.

Originated in 1992, INFOTEL has evolved to be the largest technology exhibition held in Sri Lanka and is patronized by the key decision makers of leading organizations.

The exhibition will be featuring the widest range of ICT solutions and services and provides a lucrative platform for new business opportunities, according to the organizers.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Hungry Ghosts
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 10:54 AM SL Time
The Opposition is doing everything in its power to prevent President Mahinda Rajapaksa from contesting the next presidential election expected to be held in a few months. They are trying to do to him what the government has already done to former war winning Army Commander Gen. Sarath Fonseka, who has been disqualified from contesting elections in time for the presidential contest. Some politicians are even threatening to move the Supreme Court against President Rajapaksa s bid to secure a third term while others are trying to achieve the same end politically. Interestingly, an attempt is also being made to persuade him to retire after the second term on moral grounds!
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What s in a ban?
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 10:20 AM SL Time
The European Union (EU) General Court has recently held that no thorough examination had preceded the imposition of sanctions on the LTTE and the contested measures [proscription etc.,] are based not on acts examined and confirmed in decisions of competent authorities, as required by Common Position 2001/931 and case-law but on factual imputations derived from the press and the internet . (Emphasis added) Far be it from us to question the learned judges wisdom. But, one sees that the very same modus operandi has been adopted unflinchingly by the EU, the US and international human rights groups in making war crimes charges against Sri Lanka. The much-touted claim that 40,000 civilians were killed during the concluding stages of the Vanni war against the LTTE in 2009 is a case in point. This figure simply plucked out of the air is now being liberally used the world over!
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The return of the Yal Devi
Sunday, 19 October 2014 - 12:55 PM SL Time
The Yal Devi s return to Jaffna last week predictably evoked a lot of sentiment reflected in three articles we publish today. Regular columnist Rajan Philips writing in this page says he had for long taken for granted that the Yal Devi was inaugurated somewhere in the 1960s but has now found that it made its maiden run a few days after the SWRD Bandaranaike electoral landslide of 1956. But unlike during the return of the Yal Devi there was no president, prime minister or retinue on board then. That was during a time new public servants received their letters of appointment by mail with instructions of when, where and to whom they should report for duty. There were no tamashas as now with politicians doing the honours implying to all intents and purposes that the jobs were being conferred by their grace and favour! Most events involving public expenditure were less politicized in an earlier era although politicians even then sought what mileage they could personally extract from publicly funded projects. Be that as it may, the three trains, the iconic Ruhunu Kumari, Yal Devi and Udarata Menike connecting different regions of the island through the Ceylon Government Railway (CGR) of yesteryear certainly caught the national imagination. Older readers will remember that in the days the CGR was headed by General Managers of the caliber of the legendary B.D. Rampala, it provided services far superior to what is now on offer. A colourful personality, he steered the railway with an iron hand.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Sports Sri Lanka A lead by 78
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 10:55 AM SL Time
Right arm off spinner Tharindu Kaushal captured five wickets while Nuwan Pradeep 3/28 and Kasun Madhusanka 2/30 ended the West Indies A team s dream of taking a first innings lead in the second unofficial test being played at the Uyanwatta Stadium Matara. The West Indies A team were all out for 151 runs 15 runs short of the Sri Lanka A teams first innings score of 166.

Sri Lanka A resuming from their overnight score of 137/6 were unable to consolidate their innings and were dismissed for the addition of twenty nine runs.Shanon Gabriel captured three wickets in the morning session to end up with a five wicket haul. Left hand batsman Kithruwan Vithanage topped the score card with 54 runs scored off sixty balls including eight boundaries and a six.z_p12-sri.jpg
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Kapil Dev tips Sri Lanka to win World Cup
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 10:26 AM SL Time
World Cup winning former captains Clive Lloyd (1975 & 1979), Kapil Dev (1983), Allan Border (1987), Arjuna Ranatunga (1996), Steve Waugh (1999) and Ricky Ponting (2003 & 2007) came together for a discussion titled `Seven Wonders: All WC Winning Captains on One Platform`.

World Cup winning former Indian captain Kapil Dev has tipped Sri Lanka to win next year s ICC Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. The former great was part of a discussion that India Today hosted titled `Seven Wonders: All World Cup Winning Captains on One Platform`.
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Chamari Atapattu (106) propels Sri Lanka to 209/8
Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 10:11 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka women`s captain Chamari Atapattu scored a fluent hundred to propel her side to 209-8 before rain stopped the second One Day International against the South African counterparts in an ICC Women`s Championship match played at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds, Colombo on Friday.

Atapattu, the only century maker in the Lankan Women`s ODI history, struck 106 runs in 151 balls including 11 boundaries to reach her second hundred after the left hander made 111 runs against Ireland at P Sara Oval in 2011.
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