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Yoshitha in a small cell
Sunday, 7 February 2016 - 4:32 PM SL Time

It has been quite a week for the Rajapaksas. Within a span of one week three members of the Rajapaksa family were summoned for questioning either by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) or by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division(FCID).

It has been quite a week for the Rajapaksas. Within a span of one week three members of the Rajapaksa family were summoned for questioning either by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) or by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division(FCID).
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Yoshitha Rajapakse Expected To Be Declared Seasick And Sent To Prison Hospital Tonight
Sunday, 31 January 2016 - 11:38 AM SL Time

Seaman and Ruggerite Yoshitha Rajapakse was this evening expected to be diagnosed as suffering from seasickness in a bid to avoid being remanded behind bars and be sent directly to the Prison Hospital, otherwise known as the VIP section of the legal system.

The middle son of the former first family was taken into questioning this morning by the FCID who grilled him for several hours with some intense questioning. After failing to correctly identify which side of the ship was starboard and which was port and unable to answer why so much stationery was missing from the offices of the TV channel that he was associated with, the investigator s suspicions grew when they noticed that his shirt was stapled together instead of being buttoned.
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Shiranthi Brings Yoshitha S Meals

Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa today visited her son Yoshitha at the Welikada Prison with his meals after he declined the meals provided by the Prison. The five suspects including Yoshitha Rajapaksa, remanded on charges of financial irregular...
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Spain Reports First Known European ..

Spain reported Thursday that a pregnant woman who had returned from Colombia had been diagnosed with the Zika virus, in the first such known European case. `One of the patients diagnosed in (the northeastern region of) Catalonia is a pregnant woma...
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Only If Monks Approve It: Pm

The government will not proceed with the Theravada Kathikawath Bill if the monks oppose it, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a group of monks, who met him at Temple Trees today. He said the Kathikawath Bill was prepared by the Buddhist Clerg...
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Xi Jinping willing to work with Sirisena

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said he is willing to work with Sri Lanka s President Maithripala Sirisena to further promote the strategic partnership between the two countries, Xinhua news agency reported. In a message addressed to President Siri...
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CID probes FB threats against President

Spain reported Thursday that a pregnant woman who had returned from Colombia had been diagnosed with the Zika virus, in the first such known European case. `One of the patients diagnosed in (the northeastern region of) Catalonia is a pregnant woma...
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SLT Mobitel mCash records over Rs. 5bn transactions

With 11,000 channel partners serving 750,000 mCash customers, we have been able to carry out over Rs. 5 billion worth of transactions out of which Rs. 3.5 billion accounts for utility bill payments, but still we have a long way to go because there s...
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Govt presents Bill to regulate temples, devales, kovils
Saturday, 30 January 2016 - 8:53 PM SL Time
The government yesterday presented a Bill in Parliament to introduce new laws and to amend laws pertaining to Buddhist temples, Devales, Kovils, their posts, bhikkhus and laymen.

The Bill titled Buddhist Temporalities (Amendment) Act presented to Parliament by Leader of the House University Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella has defined the term bhikkhu as `a venerable bhikkhu whether ordained Upasampada or Samanera in accordance with the accepted Theravadha traditions.`

According to the provisions of the draft bill every temple, devale and kovil situated within every administrative district in the country should be registered with the Department of Buddhist Affairs.
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Branson keen to invest in SL meets PM in Davos
Monday, 25 January 2016 - 11:19 PM SL Time
Billionaire Richard Branson is expecting to travel to Sri Lanka to explore new investment opportunities presented under the new Government, according to discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

The duo, meeting in Davos on Friday, had discussed the new political environment of Sri Lanka, which began with the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in January of 2015 and the fresh economic and political changes that have been rolled out since then.
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Sex education from Grade One soon in Sri Lanka
Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 6:02 PM SL Time
The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) yesterday said that it had, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, discussed possibilities of introducing sex and relationship education into school curriculum from Grade One.

NCPA Chairperson, Dr. Natasha Balendra, addressing the media at the Information Department said that training of teachers and developing the school curriculum would be an onerous task.

Dr. Balendra said the NCPA had planned out several programmes to help parents, teachers and service providers create a more child friendly environment. The media, public and government organisations had focused mainly on the criminal aspects of child abuse. `It is important that there are strong criminal laws against child abuse which are effectively and expediently implemented so that such acts aren t perpetrated` she said. It was only then that the public, too, would have faith in the justice dispensation system, she said.
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Shiranthi Brings Yoshitha S Meals
Friday, 5 February 2016 - 10:33 AM SL Time
Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa today visited her son Yoshitha at the Welikada Prison with his meals after he declined the meals provided by the Prison. The five suspects including Yoshitha Rajapaksa, remanded on charges of financial irregularities at the CSN, had declined to consume the meals since Monday. A prison official said they had been granted permission to obtain all three meals from home. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Spain Reports First Known European ..
Friday, 5 February 2016 - 10:28 AM SL Time
Spain reported Thursday that a pregnant woman who had returned from Colombia had been diagnosed with the Zika virus, in the first such known European case.
`One of the patients diagnosed in (the northeastern region of) Catalonia is a pregnant woman, who showed symptoms after having traveled to Colombia,` the health ministry said, adding she is one of seven cases in Spain and all are in good condition.
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Only If Monks Approve It: Pm
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 10:40 AM SL Time
The government will not proceed with the Theravada Kathikawath Bill if the monks oppose it, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a group of monks, who met him at Temple Trees today. He said the Kathikawath Bill was prepared by the Buddhist Clergy and not by the government and that the matter had to be handled by the monks. Decisions on issues pertaining to any religion should be taken by the relevant religious leaders and not by the government, the Prime Minister said. He also requested the Maha Nayake Theras to introduce some mechanism to ensure the effective administration of Viharas and other Buddhist religious institutions abroad because of the issues which had cropped up from time to time. The Prime Minister also assured that it was the intention of the Government to make Sri Lanka the centre of Theravada Buddhism and added that it was essential to have an inventory of artifacts and treasures in ancient Temples so as to safeguard them. Further, he said a Sangha Adikaranaya (a special court) to hear cases pertaining to monks could be set up if the Buddhist clergy were interested in doing so. The Prime Minister said a committee under the Youth Centre would be set up to address the concerns faced by student Bikkhus and assured that the government would provide laptop computers to student monks. He suggested that and the Buddhist Clergy should have a dialogue on Buddhism with President Maithripala Sirisena and himself. Full Story     Post Reply To This


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Xi Jinping willing to work with Sirisena
Friday, 5 February 2016 - 10:31 AM SL Time
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said he is willing to work with Sri Lanka s President Maithripala Sirisena to further promote the strategic partnership between the two countries, Xinhua news agency reported. In a message addressed to President Sirisena, Xi said that China-Sri Lanka relations, with a long history, have grown ever stronger and that both peoples have benefited from friendly cooperation between the two countries. He recalled that during President Sirisena`s visit to China in March last year, the two sides reached many agreements on the further development of bilateral relations in the new situation. Xi said that he attaches great importance to China-Sri Lanka ties and that he is willing to work with President Sirisena to further promote the strategic partnership between the two countries. Meanwhile, Chinese Premier Li Keqiangin a message to his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, also called for deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries and expanding practical cooperation so as to benefit the two peoples. China-Sri Lanka relations, which have witnessed healthy development, serve as a good example of good neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation between countries, said Li. Full Story     Post Reply To This

CID probes FB threats against President
Friday, 5 February 2016 - 10:29 AM SL Time
Spain reported Thursday that a pregnant woman who had returned from Colombia had been diagnosed with the Zika virus, in the first such known European case.
`One of the patients diagnosed in (the northeastern region of) Catalonia is a pregnant woman, who showed symptoms after having traveled to Colombia,` the health ministry said, adding she is one of seven cases in Spain and all are in good condition.
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SLFP Dy. Ministers ready resign from Govt: Muttuhettigama
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 10:37 AM SL Time
Deputy Minister Nishantha Muttuhettigama, who visited remanded Yositha Rajapaksa at the Welikada prison, said yesterday that the FCID had no legal powers and they as Deputy Ministers appointed by the SLFP were ready to resign from their portfolios if political witch hunt by the FCID was not stopped.
Deputy Minister Muttuhettigama said they were going to discuss with President Maithiripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the matter.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

SLT Mobitel mCash records over Rs. 5bn transactions
Friday, 5 February 2016 - 10:26 AM SL Time
With 11,000 channel partners serving 750,000 mCash customers, we have been able to carry out over Rs. 5 billion worth of transactions out of which Rs. 3.5 billion accounts for utility bill payments, but still we have a long way to go because there s a mobile-money market of Rs. 75 billion out there, Kalana Gamage, Head-Mobitel mCash said Wednesday at The Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel in Colombo.
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Traffic congestions burn Rs. 1 billion every day
Monday, 1 February 2016 - 10:04 AM SL Time
Minister of Megapolis and Western Province Development Patali Champika Ranawaka, keynote speaker at the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka`s ( NCCSL) Meet the Minister` discussion last week said, Traffic jams burn approximately one billion rupees worth gasoline and other fuel products every day.

Vehicle imports in 1950 were merely 5000 units each month. However, last year, 2015, recorded facts were that 60,000 vehicles were imported every month, and the likelihood of this figure increasing is now more probable than improbable.
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Chinese, Indian suppliers engage Sri Lanka s packaging industry
Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 8:58 AM SL Time
Many members of the Asian Packaging Federation which includes China and India are scheduled to participate in the 16th edition of `Lankapak 2016`, to be held in Colombo from May 6 to 8, this year.

President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging (SLIP) J.D.C Perera told `The Island Financial Review` yesterday that he looked forward to the active participation of the Asian Packaging Federation (APF), especially members such as China and India who were the biggest suppliers of packaging material to Sri Lanka.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Living with Zika
Friday, 5 February 2016 - 10:18 AM SL Time
The whole world is now talking about the Zika virus which is fast spreading. This germ is said to have been named after an African forest where monkeys afflicted with it were first found. Etymologists have described the English word stock as a chain of borrowings. And, this country has, in her small way, made some contribution to it. Prominent among the loan words of Sri Lankan origin are beriberi , tic polonga and kitul . These, one may argue, are associated with some of our national traits lethargy, aggressiveness and dipsomania respectively.
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President says digital leverage will change whole complexion of elections
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 10:31 AM SL Time
Digital ventures such as the newest ones launched by Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) hold out much hope of peaceful campaigning at future elections, deviating from the traditional model of campaigning fraught with violence, President Maithripala Sirisena said at the President`s House on Monday.

The President made this comment when SLT Introduced SEA-ME-WE 5 Submarine Cable System and First Tier 4 ready Data Center to Sri Lanka which would cost $ 750 million. The SEA-ME-WE 5 plays a valuable role in developing the country`s ICT industry as well as helping Sri Lanka join the ranks of advanced and developed nations around the world.
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Alice in Wonderland
Monday, 1 February 2016 - 10:00 AM SL Time
Alice Akka, bedecked with jewellery she had bought by sending vetakolu and pothala to Tokyo about fifteen years back, was on her way to a vegetable plot, to harvest some green chillies with a view to purchasing a Lamborghini when she fell into a rabbit hole. She hurtled down through a dark void for some time before having a pratfall like a cocky political leader who opts for a snap election only to suffer an ignominious defeat. Nursing her derriere and almost dazzled by a bright light, she looked around to get her bearings. Soon, she realised she was in Wonderland!
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Super 20 Provincial Tournament final today Colombo has edge over Galle
Friday, 5 February 2016 - 10:23 AM SL Time
Taking the past games and the form of players into account, Colombo Commandos, led by Milinda Siriwardane, has slight upper hand over Galle Guardians, skippered by Dinesh Chandimal, when the two teams clash today in the final of the Super 20 Provincial Tournament which is scheduled for 7 p.m. under lights at the R. Premadasa Stadium.

In a tournament where a stiff competition was evident, Colombo lost only one game which was at the hands of Hambantota Troopers while Galle lost two games in the initial stage, one being against Colombo.
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Ford insists on excellence in fielding Sangakkara played key role in negotiations between Surrey and SLC
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 10:32 AM SL Time
South African Graham Ford (55) took charge as the national cricket team s Head Coach yesterday with his immediate focus on Sri Lanka s World T-20 title defence in March. Ford has six weeks and a minimum of seven games to get the national cricket team to peak prior to cricket s showpiece event in India.

Sri Lanka will play a bilateral series in India (three T-20s) and then the Asia Cup, a T-20 format this time around, prior to the World T-20. The defending champions title defence starts on March 17th at Eden Gardens in Calcutta. March 17th marks 21 years since the nation won the ICC Cricket World Cup beating Australia in the finals in Lahore.
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S. Thomas stun Isipathana with last minute try
Monday, 1 February 2016 - 10:02 AM SL Time
Boomindra Dissanayake came up with a magnificent performance scoring a last minute try to lead S. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia to the Under-20 Inter-School Sevens Championship beating last year s runners-up Isipathana College 19 (2 goals, 1 try) points to 14 (2 goals) in the final played at Royal Sports Complex in Colombo on Sunday.

A minute away from the long whistle, Isipathana were leading 14 points to 12 and appeared settled to end the jinx of losing finals. However, Dissanayake had other ideas as he ran some 20 meters to touch under the post. The Thomian smartly brushed aside two tackles on his way to the line.
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