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US stance on SL softens
Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 2:40 AM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have told the Cabinet meeting that his discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry had made him realize that the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka.

According to Government sources the President had said the meetings he had with Mr. Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York were fruitful.
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Sri Lanka Government plays down views of BBS
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 1:46 AM SL Time

The Government today played down the views expressed by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and insisted that it stands for coexistence among all communities.

Cabinet spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Government did not endorse the views of the BBS expressed at a conference in Colombo recently.

He also said that if anyone felt threatened by the views expressed by any group or individual then there is a legal system in place where the concerns on such issues can be addressed.
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I want my son and not his death certificate

A a href='http://www.lanka.info/Sri_Lanka/landing_ mothers mother of a missing person demanded the Presidential Commission, Investigating complaints on missing persons, to find her son and hand him back to her, instead of issuing a death certificate...
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Girl molested in school van

A seventeen year old school girl studying in a girl s school in Kandy had been molested on Wednesday by a school van driver inside the van in Ampitiya Kandy, the police said. According to the Kandy police Women and Children s Bureau the girl w...
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Lanka Panel Moots Missing Person Certificates for Kin

Sri Lanka `s Missing Persons` Commission will suggest issuance of `missing person` certificates to families of those who could not be traced even after the best efforts, Suranjana Vidyaratne, one of the members of the panel, told newspersons here on...
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Indian Coast Guard arrests 12 Sri Lankan fishermen

The India n Coast Guard has arrested 12 Sri Lanka n fishermen along with their boat on Tuesday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the Chennai coast. Indian...
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New Tamil Nadu CM writes to Indian PM to get fishermen`s boats back from Sri Lanka

The new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O. Panneerselvam today asked the India n Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take `positive and concrete steps` to secure the immediate release of 20 fishermen and 75 boats still detained by the Sri Lanka n authoriti...
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Acquisition of Prime Grameen Microfinance Limited by HNB

HNB yesterday entered into a shareholder agreement with regard to the acquisition of a stake of 51% of voting rights in Prime Grameen Micro Finance Ltd. The agreement was signed subsequent to the successful completion of a detailed due diligence and...
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Major parties prepare for presidential poll, January date likely
Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 7:28 PM SL Time
Despite a turbo charged campaign with lethal weapons from its political armoury, the United People s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) faced a humiliating outcome at the Uva Provincial Council elections. It won with a lower majority and faces higher concerns.Lawlessness reigned in the run-up to the September 20 polls. Intimidation and thuggery were rampant. The Police were blind to new Defender Jeeps sans number plates clogging the outback of Badulla and Moneragala Districts. Unidentified but well-built men were canvassing in different ways for the ruling party candidates. Various forms of inducements were offered.
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Govt. to spend Rs.1,812 billion
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 4:14 AM SL Time
The Government today presented the Appropriation Bill projecting its total expenditure for next year to be Rs.1812 billion.

Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne presented the Bill on behalf of the Government. The annual Budget debate, based on the allocations outlined for each ministry and institution is likely to take place in November. The Bill, will authorise the Government to raise loans of up to Rs.1,340 billion to cover its annual expenses. As usual, the highest allocation has been made to the Defence and Urban Development Ministry this time as well. It is as high as Rs.285 billion.
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Military takeover : Defence Ministry responds to CBK
Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 10:41 AM SL Time
The Defence Ministry yesterday alleged that an attempt was being made to discredit the military in accordance with an overall political strategy meant to undermine the government.

A senior Defence Ministry spokesperson told The Island that some politicians had been discussing the post-war role of the military in a disparaging manner.

The official was responding to recent statements attributed to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. Mrs. Kumaratunga was quoted as having said the country was facing the threat of being taken over by the military. The former President expressed concern whether the military would intervene when the people tried to bring about a change.
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I want my son and not his death certificate
Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 12:16 PM SL Time
A mothers_day.jsp' class=black>mother of a missing person demanded the Presidential Commission, Investigating complaints on missing persons, to find her son and hand him back to her, instead of issuing a death certificate on the disappearance of her son, who disappeared during the last lap of the war against the LTTE in 2009.
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Girl molested in school van
Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 12:08 PM SL Time
A seventeen year old school girl studying in a girl s school in Kandy had been molested on Wednesday by a school van driver inside the van in Ampitiya Kandy, the police said.

According to the Kandy police Women and Children s Bureau the girl who is studying in the GCE Advanced Level class had been molested inside the school van while she was returning home from school.

The driver of the school van a father of two had been arrested in connection with the incident.
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Lanka Panel Moots Missing Person Certificates for Kin
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 11:30 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka`s Missing Persons` Commission will suggest issuance of `missing person` certificates to families of those who could not be traced even after the best efforts, Suranjana Vidyaratne, one of the members of the panel, told newspersons here on the sidelines of the public hearing here on Monday.

`The commission will go the whole hog to trace missing persons, but if the efforts are fruitless, it will recommend the issuance of a `missing person` certificates to bring the cases to a close,` Vidyaratne said.
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Indian Coast Guard arrests 12 Sri Lankan fishermen
Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 12:29 PM SL Time
The Indian Coast Guard has arrested 12 Sri Lankan fishermen along with their boat on Tuesday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the Chennai coast.

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) offshore Patrol Vessel Vaibhav detained two Sri Lankan fishing vessels off the coast of Chennai yesterday (30) and arrested 12 fishermen on charges of poaching in Indian waters, The Hindu reported.
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New Tamil Nadu CM writes to Indian PM to get fishermen`s boats back from Sri Lanka
Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 12:23 PM SL Time
The new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O. Panneerselvam today asked the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take `positive and concrete steps` to secure the immediate release of 20 fishermen and 75 boats still detained by the Sri Lankan authorities.

Appreciating the efforts of the Indian Government under the leadership of Modi to secure the release of 76 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for poaching inside the island`s territorial waters, the Chief Minister said unfortunately the 71 boats of the fishermen have not been released.
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Hardline Buddhists in Myanmar, Sri Lanka strike anti-Islamist pact
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 11:38 AM SL Time
A Myanmar monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims and a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists.

Ashin Wirathu, who once called himself `the Burmese bin Laden` said the agreement with Sri Lanka`s Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or `Buddhist Power Force`, was the first step in a broad alliance against conversions by Islamists in the region.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Acquisition of Prime Grameen Microfinance Limited by HNB
Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 12:18 PM SL Time
HNB yesterday entered into a shareholder agreement with regard to the acquisition of a stake of 51% of voting rights in Prime Grameen Micro Finance Ltd. The agreement was signed subsequent to the successful completion of a detailed due diligence and the transaction is expected to be concluded once regulatory clearance is obtained, an HNB press release said.

It adds: This strategic acquisition will complement HNB s investments in Insurance and Capital Markets to benefit as a Group from the growth prospects of the Country. Mr Jonathan Alles, Managing Director CEO of HNB commenting on the proposed investment said `Micro finance will play a key role in the development of rural Sri Lanka and in distributing the dividend of economic growth more evenly among society as a premier local bank we take pride in participating in this development process`
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$ 75 m French and Dutch funding for NDB
Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 12:17 PM SL Time
PROPARCO, a French development finance institution, has allocated a $ 60 m credit line to National Development Bank PLC (NDB), with an additional $ 15 m from its Dutch counterpart, FMO, under a joint facility to support the financing of projects in the renewable energies, agro-industry and water supply sectors.
This financing has been syndicated by PROPARCO and will support the activity of one of Sri Lanka s largest banks.
This credit line provided by PROPARCO and FMO will finance projects in the renewable energies, agro-industry (particularly tea and rubber plantations) and water supply sectors that require long-term financing, which is in short supply on the local market, and are among the key sectors for the national economic strategy ( Unstoppable Sri Lanka 2020 ).
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US$ 70 million French aid to Sri Lanka for water supply system improvement and energy saving project
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 11:34 AM SL Time
The French Development Agency (AFD) has agreed to provide a US$ 70 million to the Government of Sri Lanka for a water supply system improvement and energy saving project.

Ms. Aude Flogny- Catrisse, Regional Director of AFD for South East Asia and Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning signed the loan agreement yesterday at the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

The French aid will finance the implementation of Ambatale Water Supply System Improvement and Energy Saving Project.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Leaders as scribes
Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 12:31 PM SL Time
US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have, in a joint op-ed piece in The Washington Post on Tuesday, stressed the need for a new agenda to expand Indo-US ties and expressed confidence that the two nations can, through their natural and unique partnership, help shape international security and peace for years to come . They have also said, `With a reinvigorated level of ambition and greater confidence we can go beyond modest and conventional goals.`
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Dying for Jaya
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 11:51 AM SL Time
Supporters of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jeyaram Jayalalithaa are all out to make a political issue out of an otherwise strictly judicial matter. A group of artistes and political activists is reported to have launched a hunger strike in protest against Jayalalithaa s imprisonment. Their action is tantamount to an affront to the dignity of the judiciary.

India has its share of corrupt elements in all three branches of government. But, overall, it can be proud of its judiciary which has proved, through the conviction of a sitting chief minister, that it is no respecter of persons. A few years ago, a Delhi court earned public plaudits by asking a minister to stay at home if he thought his life was in danger, without moving about with armed security much to the harassment of the public.
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Paper weapons
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 11:40 AM SL Time
Time was when powerful countries depended on warfare, sanctions and blockades to make the economies of their enemies scream. But, today, there is apparently no need for such coercive measures. Some nations are said to have adopted a seemingly simple method to achieve that objective. They are reportedly using forged currency to wreak economic havoc on their rivals.

The problem of dud money is not of recent origin. It is as old as the hills though there is no evidence that it was used as a weapon in ancient times. A few moons ago an expatriate Sri Lankan archaeologist stirred up a real hornets nest by declaring, in the course of a public lecture, here, that he had unearthed evidence to prove that about 2,000 years ago foreign coins were forged in this country. Whenever there occurred a shortage of foreign currency, our ancestors, being the very creative folk that they were, took the liberty of minting various coins, according to him. That practice, we pointed out in these columns, had got into our genes over the centuries.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Sri Lanka-Bangladesh match, a virtual final
Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 12:32 PM SL Time
The second semi-final of the 17th Asian Games T20 men`s cricket tournament between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to be played at Yeonhui cricket grounds on Thursday will virtually turn out to be a final. The side which emerges victorious in this crucial game is almost assured of the gold medal as they will be playing one of the weakest teams in Friday`s final.
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Gayanthika with personal best, Chandrika qualifies for Asian Games finals
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 11:52 AM SL Time
Gayanthika Thushari Abeyratne and Chandrika Subashini qualified for the finals of the women s 800m and 400m respectively as they did well in the heats of the Athletics Competition of the Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday.

Abeyratne clocked her personal best (slashed 0.05 seconds off her previous best) when she clocked 2:04.41 seconds to finish second behind Indian Tintu Lukka in the first heat of the 800m. Sri Lanka did not sent her leading athlete of this discipline (Nimali Liyanarachchi) for the Asian Games and now Abeyratne will run in the finals where she will see two athletes from neighbouring India vie for honours.
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HSC Blues retain Carlton Cup
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 11:48 AM SL Time
Hambantota Sports Club retained Carlton Cup 2014 with a comprehensive 24 point win over Colombo Basketball Club in the grand final worked off at the Henry Pediris Stadium on Saturday. This year s final was a rematch of last year s final where HSC won in extra time after scores were leveled at regular time. Another thrilling contest was expected given the keen tussles between these two teams in the group stages, but HSC Blues proved that they were a well balanced side executing their skills to perfection.

HSC Blues took a ten point lead in the first quarter and had extended the lead to 20 points by the end of the half-time. The score was 46-26 at the end of half-time and HSC Blues were sensing victory having extended the lead to 25 points (66-41) at the end of the third quarter. The final score was 79-55.
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