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Bribery Commission prohibits CB Governor from going overseas
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 2:59 AM SL Time

The Commission to Investigate Allegations on Bribery or Corruption has reportedly prohibited Sri Lanka s Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran from travelling overseas.

Mahendran was summoned and questioned by the Commission yesterday (16 April) for over six hours from 9.00 am over allegations of irregularities in the recent Treasury Bond issue and his statement recorded, said his lawyers.
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322 New year drunk drivers arrested in Sri Lanka
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 - 2:04 AM SL Time

A total of 322 drivers had been arrested by police across the country during the 48 hours between 6 am on Saturday and 6 am today (13), for driving under the influence of liquor, Police said. The Police media unit said that of those arrested for driving while intoxicated, 125 were three-wheeler drivers while 150 were motorcycle uses. It also said that during last 24 hours ending 6 am today (13) some 142 drivers were arrested by the police for driving under the influence of liquor. The police had launched the special operation on Saturday (11) covering the entire island and it would go on until the end of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year celebrations.
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Sri Lanka`s Open-air Zoological Gar..

Apr 17, Pin nawala : Sri Lanka `s second Zoological Gardens and the first Open Air Zoo was declared open today by the Minister of Tourism and Sports Naveen Dissanayake and Minister of Higher Education, Highways and Investment Promotion Kabir Hashem....
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Navy Upgrades Snc S Ship Maintenanc..

Upgrading the ship maintenance facilities, the Sri Lanka Navy commenced the expansion of the existing slip way at SLNS Dakshina in Galle by adding a side-slip way on 13th March 2014 to cater to the long line-up of under-water maintenance of the Sri ...
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`jvp Has Turned Into A Company`: Na..

Former JVP stalwart Nandana Gunathilake stated that the JVP has now become a `company` geared towards providing livelihoods for some of its leaders, rather than a political party. Speaking to Asian Mirror on the resignation of Somawansa Amarasi...
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Sri Lanka defends interim body after ICC threat

Colombo (AFP) - Sri Lanka `s sports minister Navin Dissanayake on Friday defended his decision to appoint an interim committee to oversee cricket , saying it was his `sovereign right`. The comments came after the International Cricket Council s...
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Pingo loads of political desperation

`Negam Yaama` or the visiting of family, relatives and friends is an important tradition of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year festivity. It helps strengthen existing relations, promotes goodwill, erases enmities and draws new people into the circle of ...
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In holiday mood

Tourists wait at Colombo Fort Railway station to catch a train to the upcountry. Sri Lanka Railways said they have deployed additional trains to carry people back and forth between Colombo and other key cities in the country.
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Electoral reforms ready by Apr 22
Monday, 13 April 2015 - 10:20 PM SL Time
The Cabinet on the proposed electoral reforms will be taken up for discussion by the Ministers at the meeting scheduled for April 22, the first after the April New Year vacation, informed sources said.

The electoral reforms will be evolved for implementation along with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution as an initiative by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
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Hambantota Harbour incurred a loss Rs.678 Million in 2012
Sunday, 12 April 2015 - 4:17 AM SL Time
Minister Arjuna Ranatunge has said that the loss incurred by the Hambantota Harbour in 2012 was 678 million rupees. Addressing the progress review meeting of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping, the Minister said that he is not ready to maintain the Hambantota Harbour oout of funds of the Colombo Harbour.

The Minister pointed out that the Hambantota Harbour should be transformed to level of profits earning as in the case of the Colombo Port.

Noting that the Colombo Port had a profit and loss account, the Minister said it was not so with the Hambantota Harbour. The Hambantota Harbour has so far been maintained under the Colombo Port s profit and loss account. Accordingly, the loss of the Hambantota Harbour had been covered from the profits of the Colombo Port.
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MR Finds Indian Astrologer To Replace Sumanadasa: Interesting Changes To `Peacock Mansion`
Friday, 10 April 2015 - 2:39 AM SL Time
Significant changes are taking place at the Peacock Mansion in Rajagiriya, before its new occupant, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is to move in. These changes were said to be carried out at the recommendation of an Indian astrologer.

The swimming pool of the mansion was filled up with sand, apparently because the astrologer said that it was inauspicious to have water to the western direction of the house. The direction of the main door was also changed
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Sri Lanka`s Open-air Zoological Gar..
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 9:26 AM SL Time
Apr 17, Pinnawala: Sri Lanka`s second Zoological Gardens and the first Open Air Zoo was declared open today by the Minister of Tourism and Sports Naveen Dissanayake and Minister of Higher Education, Highways and Investment Promotion Kabir Hashem.

The open-air zoo is located in an expanse of 44 acres of land adjoining the world famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. It has been built at a cost of Rs. 862 million.
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Navy Upgrades Snc S Ship Maintenanc..
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 9:11 AM SL Time
Upgrading the ship maintenance facilities, the Sri Lanka Navy commenced the expansion of the existing slip way at SLNS Dakshina in Galle by adding a side-slip way on 13th March 2014 to cater to the long line-up of under-water maintenance of the Sri Lanka naval ships and craft. The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, ceremonially opened the project on 17th April 2015 by shifting SLNS Ranavijaya on to the new side-slip. Senior naval officers representing the Naval Headquarters and the Southern Naval Command and a large number of sailors including those who took part in the slipway construction were also present on the occasion.
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`jvp Has Turned Into A Company`: Na..
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 9:07 AM SL Time
Former JVP stalwart Nandana Gunathilake stated that the JVP has now become a `company` geared towards providing livelihoods for some of its leaders, rather than a political party.

Speaking to Asian Mirror on the resignation of Somawansa Amarasinghe from the party, Gunathilake said that it could be the result of a long running dispute which the JVP has not been able to resolve.

Explaining further, he said that the dispute first surfaced during the 2005 Presidential Election. JVP Politburo had decided that the party should conditionally support Mahinda Rajapaksa and enter the government by accepting ministerial portfolios. By working effectively and efficiently within the Cabinet, the party could have won many people over to its side and could have aimed to become a broader political party.
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Sri Lanka defends interim body after ICC threat
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 9:06 AM SL Time
Colombo (AFP) - Sri Lanka`s sports minister Navin Dissanayake on Friday defended his decision to appoint an interim committee to oversee cricket, saying it was his `sovereign right`.

The comments came after the International Cricket Council said the move may amount to government interference, and that it would withhold payments to Sri Lanka unless the matter was resolved.

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Pingo loads of political desperation
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 9:05 AM SL Time
`Negam Yaama` or the visiting of family, relatives and friends is an important tradition of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year festivity. It helps strengthen existing relations, promotes goodwill, erases enmities and draws new people into the circle of relatives and friends.

With politics, embracing almost all aspects of life in Sri Lanka, it is not surprising that in the past decades, politics did play a major part in the `Negam Yaama` tradition, with political leaders in any area, be they Ministers, Members of Parliament, Provincial Councillors or Pradeshiya Sabha members being at the centre of these events with a good market for betel leaf that is a necessary part of this special ritual of meeting and greeting for the New Year. Many, who did not bother to visit their close family relatives at Avurudu time, did make it a point to visit to their political sponsors, with sheaves of betel leaf, plenty of traditional sweetmeats, and other gifts that would ensure them more gifts and favours in the coming year.
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57 MPs visit Mahinda Rajapaksa
Friday, 17 April 2015 - 9:59 AM SL Time
Around fifty-seven Members of Parliament today visited former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at his Carlton House in Tangalle.

Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader and Western Provincial Council member Udaya Gammanpila stated that a large number of Provincial Councillors and local government members also participated in the visit.

Former Ministers Dullas Alahapperuma, Bandula Gunawardena, Kumara Welgama, Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa, TB Ekanayake, Prof GL Peiris, Salinda Dissanayake, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Gamini Lokuge and Johnston Fernando are said to be among the UPFA MPs who have joined the occasion.
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In holiday mood
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 9:18 AM SL Time
Tourists wait at Colombo Fort Railway station to catch a train to the upcountry. Sri Lanka Railways said they have deployed additional trains to carry people back and forth between Colombo and other key cities in the country. Full Story     Post Reply To This

NSB seeking to set up branches in Bangladesh and the Maldives
Friday, 17 April 2015 - 10:05 AM SL Time
The National Savings Bank (NSB) will look to take its presence to the international community by establishing branch networks in Bangladesh and Maldives, the newly appointed chairman of NSB Aswin de Silva told The Island Finacial Review at a special interview.

De Silva believes that NSB has the potential to grow even further beyond the existing standards and pave the way to achieve revolutionary success in their future endeavours. According to him, the state-run bank is in a comfortable position in the country s financial sector. He states that they have the capacity to further extend their range of banking services to the rural community of Sri Lanka, which will create a good start and a healthy momentum for their growth.
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Sri Lanka to increase its export target for 2020
Saturday, 11 April 2015 - 11:48 AM SL Time
The government of Sri Lanka is reconsidering to increase its export target of US$ 20 billion for 2020.

The Export Development Board (EDB) has stated that Industries and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, under the guidance of President Maithripala Sirisena, is reconsidering the US$ 20 billion export target for 2020.

EDB Chairman/CEO Bandula Egodage addressing the special awareness session on ISO 9001:2008 standards held for the staff of EDB has said that the Minister believes that Sri Lanka`s export sector is more capable than the US$ 20 billion.
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Brain heading for scrap heap?
Friday, 17 April 2015 - 10:04 AM SL Time
Technology like fire is a good friend, if used properly. It has stood mankind in good stead for centuries. But, scientists now tell us that the wrong use thereof is bound to cost humans one of their most valuable organs the brain.

A research team from the Copenhagen University has found that the practice of constant flicking between various electronic gadgets like smart phones, computers and television is fraught with the danger of the human brain being relegated to the scrap heap sooner or later. This is certainly bad news for those who have duped themselves into believing that the so-called multi-tasking enhances their productivity and efficiency instead it lowers their IQ and ruins their memory because it causes data to be stored in the wrong part of the brain, we are told.
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Honouring Grero
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 8:42 AM SL Time
We often hear people who whinge about the rapid deterioration of the law and order situation in this country say that the police have gone to the dogs. They should stop using such adages that disparage and affront poor canines. Some irate voters call their representatives buffaloes. But, those creatures do not commit offences such as rape, arson, murder and robbery unlike the beasts in kapati suit, do they?

Koha usually hogs the limelight during this festive season. Avurudu is not complete without the plaintive yet euphonious mating calls it makes from green canopies. But, this year there has been a change. A canine has overshadowed our feathered friend looking for partners.
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The real problem
Saturday, 11 April 2015 - 11:46 AM SL Time
The government is all out to have the 19th Amendment to the Constitution passed. The executive presidency is vested with draconian powers and they must be done away with urgently and constitutional safeguards introduced to restore democracy, we are told.

However let s not dupe ourselves into believing that the abolition of the executive presidency or the curtailment of powers vested therein will be a kind of panacea. Most of the problems that warranted amendments to the Constitution have been caused by the presidents rather than the executive presidency. The sad truth is that we have had to weaken that institution because we cannot trust our presidents with power. We didn t have any problems with the Constitution or the executive presidency during President D. B. Wijetunga s tenure, did we? He never let the unbridled power get the better of him. He acted with restraint without making a nuisance of himself.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Mumbai Indians need real Malinga to stand up
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 9:13 AM SL Time
One of the major reasons why Mumbai Indians have started their IPL campaign on a poor note is due to Lasith Malinga`s steep decline in form, India s Zee news agency said. In 2014, Mumbai lost five matches on the trot and this year is no different for them as they have lost three consecutive matches against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals respectively. Malinga, who is the highest wicket taker in the IPL, has picked just three wickets so far. In the previous match against Rajasthan Royals, he was expected to show his mettle in the death overs but was thrashed by Steven Smith all over the park. The slinger ended up conceding 41 runs from 4 overs. Malinga underwent surgery on a troubled left ankle last year in September, and missed Sri Lanka`s one-dayers in India and England after that. He wasn`t at his best in the ICC World Cup as well. Mumbai`s resurgence last season was a result of back-to-back formidable knocks played by Lendl Simmons, who helped the Rohit Sharma-led team reach the playoffs. But in order to come back on track this season, they need Malinga to be at his best in the remaining matches. Full Story     Post Reply To This

ICC hits SLC with funding blow over committee formation
Friday, 17 April 2015 - 10:02 AM SL Time
The ICC has said that it will withhold its next financial distribution due to Sri Lanka Cricket pending an investigation into possible government interference in Sri Lanka cricket. SLC`s board had been dissolved by the government last month and, on March 31, Sri Lanka`s sports minister Navin Dissanayake appointed a nine-member interim committee, headed by Sidath Wettimuny, to run Sri Lanka cricket.
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Sugath, Harin in the running for AASL reins - Despite warning from IOC and FIFA
Friday, 17 April 2015 - 10:01 AM SL Time
CT Sports: One of the glorious athletes in the country`s athletics history, Sugath Thilakaratne, will contest for the top post of the Athletics Association (AASL) this year, which is to be held on 14 May. He has been nominated by eight Associations for the AASL Presidency. Nominations for the post closed at 12.00 p.m. on 15 April (Wednesday).
Meanwhile, in a surprising move, Gampaha District Athletics Association have nominated Uva Province Chief Minister, Harin Fernando`s name for the presidency, while retired DIG Upali Kumarasiri too is in the running for the post, making it a three cornered battle for the top position.
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