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COPA looks askance at huge rent on building for Agriculture Ministry
Friday, 23 September 2016 - 2:32 PM SL Time

The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) has, in its latest report, faulted the Agriculture Ministry for renting a private building for Rs. 958,000,000 without following proper procedures.

The watchdog committee has pointed out that the Agriculture Ministry had not taken action to construct a new building complex in spite of having a block of land of its own. Instead, it had rented building at taxpayers expense.

The committee has emphasized that it wouldn`t approve of the transaction.

However, the report has acknowledged that the transaction had been carried out in keeping with a Cabinet paper submitted by the Prime Minister and endorsed by the Attorney General.
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No immediate power cuts
Sunday, 18 September 2016 - 10:03 PM SL Time

Refuting speculations, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said, no decision has been taken to impose power cuts on account of the current dry spell in the country.

There is no necessity to impose power cuts at this juncture as the Ministry is in a position to manage with current water levels in reservoirs. At present, water levels in reservoirs have dropped to some extent, but we maintain a near 50 percent level, the Minister told the Sunday Observer, yesterday.

Nevertheless, we are ahead when we compare the September figures with those of the past few years, as we have over 50 percent water resources in our reservoirs, the Minister said. Meanwhile, sources at the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant told the Sunday Observer, that currently the coal power plant continues to provide electricity to the national grid even after peak hours.
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Prices of 47 essential drugs reduced

Prices of 47 essential drugs, including those prescribed for diabetes and heart ailments were reduced with the immediate effect under the first phase of the National Medicinal Drugs Policy, Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha ...
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Mother s attire no longer an issue: Minister

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Shows Mother Severely Beating 6-yea..

A video showing a 38-year-old a href='http://www.lanka.info/Sri_Lanka/landing_ mothers mother severely beating her 6-year-old daughter at Kopai in Jaffna had been uploaded to a social media website by one of their neighbors. She is reported to have ...
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Gota visits Gatambe Viharaya

Former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa visited the Raachopawanaramaya in Gatambe this evening and sought blessings from Chief Incumbent of the temple, Ven. Kappetiyawe Siri Wimala Nayake Thera.
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Aluthgamage re-remanded

Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was arrested by the CID over money laundering charges for allegedly purchasing a property worth Rs. 27 million in Colombo 7, was today ordered to be re-remanded till September 27 by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapi...
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Growth prospects bleak for Sri Lanka s tea industry

Adverse weather conditions, combined with rising costs and greater competition, threaten to weaken Sri Lanka s position in the global tea industry, though efforts to develop new markets could help offset downturns in exports and revenue. Floodi...
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Anandasangare urges President to release political prisoners
Saturday, 17 September 2016 - 4:03 AM SL Time
Anandasangaree said he doe not see any justifiable reason for their prolonged detention when it is clear that if charged for any specific offence hey could have by this time served the full period of sentence and gone free.

Once again I reiterate that immediate action should be taken in respect of the release of the Political Prisoners detained in our prisons, for lengthy periods without any trial, very many for untold reasons and hardly any for specific reasons. Many of them had been taken to courts a good number of times regularly and taken back to their prisons without facing any trial, for unjustifiable reasons such as absence of witnesses, failure to receive any reports, case not filed etc. It is wrong for anyone to say that they are not political prisoners. In my view they are very much political prisoners. There is no doubt about it. If not, why should they be detained without trial for many years, Anandasangaree said in the letter.
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Sri Lanka appoints new Airforce chief
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - 5:00 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathi as the new Air Force Commander and has promoted him to the rank of Air Marshal, Defence Ministry said. Jayampathi will replace the former Commander Gagana Bulathsinhala who retired at the age of 55.
Jayampathy joined Sri Lanka Air Force on March 5, 1982 as an officer cadet and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in General Duties branch of No 4 Squadron Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF).
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Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra s Murder and Hirunika s Quest for Justice
Saturday, 10 September 2016 - 8:50 PM SL Time
Former parliamentarian and presidential adviser Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra known as Lucky Aiya was gunned down along with three of his bodyguards in Mulleriyawa on October 8th 2011. The past few years have been a taxing period of struggle for Bharatha s daughter Hirunika Premachandra now a Colombo district MP as she sought justice for her father s killing. Finally Hirunika s quest for justice triumphed on September 8th 2016 exactly four years and eleven months after Bharatha s death.

According to newspaper reports a tearful Hirunika Premachandra, who had regularly attended the trial proceedings of her father s killing told reporters outside the court room that the verdict in the case may have been very different if the Government had not changed last year. If the government didn t change we would not have got this verdict. This verdict was only possible because we have a new president who has restored the independence of the judiciary, . There was no place my mothers_day.jsp' class=black>mother and I didn t go crying for justice. Today, justice has been served for my father s murder, she added. Speaking further Hirunika Premachandra said Justice was achieved because the supremacy of law is protected under the new President.I cannot be happy that they were sentenced to death. I am not that inhumane. But injustice was served to us. We still suffer at home. I still hear my father s voice when I go home.Now, justice has been served.
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Prices of 47 essential drugs reduced
Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 10:03 AM SL Time
Prices of 47 essential drugs, including those prescribed for diabetes and heart ailments were reduced with the immediate effect under the first phase of the National Medicinal Drugs Policy, Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senaratne announced a short while ago. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Mother s attire no longer an issue: Minister
Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 10:00 AM SL Time
Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today said that as long as the mothers_day.jsp' class=black>mother s attire is appropriate, she can enter into the school when dropping off or picking up her children. He said the Ministry had already issued a circular informing Zonal Education Directors and Principals in this regard. He said the decision was made after considering the requests received by mothers who are bringing in their children on their way to work. Most of the parents visit schools for parent-teacher meetings from their places of work, he said. There were reports that many mothers had to leave their children at the school gates because of their attire. Parents usually drop off their children on their way to work and most of the women no longer wear sarees to work. Parents can t leave their children at gates. Therefore, any mother who brings in her children wearing appropriate attire can enter the school, the minister told addressing an event held in Vijayaba National School in Mahawa. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Shows Mother Severely Beating 6-yea..
Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 9:58 AM SL Time
A video showing a 38-year-old mothers_day.jsp' class=black>mother severely beating her 6-year-old daughter at Kopai in Jaffna had been uploaded to a social media website by one of their neighbors. She is reported to have punished the child for refusing to take a bath. The Kopai Police arrested the mother and produced her before Acting Jaffna Magistrate K. Ariyanayagam today. He directed the police to have the child examined by the Judicial Medical Officer and obtain a medical report on her health condition. The child is being kept under police protection. Full Story     Post Reply To This


Politics Political News Forum 

Gota visits Gatambe Viharaya
Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 10:05 AM SL Time
Former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa visited the Raachopawanaramaya in Gatambe this evening and sought blessings from Chief Incumbent of the temple, Ven. Kappetiyawe Siri Wimala Nayake Thera. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Aluthgamage re-remanded
Friday, 23 September 2016 - 10:14 AM SL Time
Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was arrested by the CID over money laundering charges for allegedly purchasing a property worth Rs. 27 million in Colombo 7, was today ordered to be re-remanded till September 27 by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Duminda appeals against his death sentence
Friday, 23 September 2016 - 10:13 AM SL Time
Duminda Silva, convicted on charges of murdering Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and sentenced to death, today filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the sentence imposed by the High Court, President`s Counsel Anil Silva, who filed the application on behalf of the convict, told Daily Mirror. Full Story     Post Reply To This


Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Growth prospects bleak for Sri Lanka s tea industry
Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 9:52 AM SL Time
Adverse weather conditions, combined with rising costs and greater competition, threaten to weaken Sri Lanka s position in the global tea industry, though efforts to develop new markets could help offset downturns in exports and revenue.

Flooding in mid-May struck a number of tea-producing regions and led to the inundation of several tea export facilities around Colombo, causing widespread disruption and compounding losses from El Ni o-related drought conditions in the first half of this year.
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CIMA accountants essential for public sector jobs in SL
Thursday, 22 September 2016 - 10:38 AM SL Time
CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) global president Andrew Miskin said that since the world`s problems are growing more and more complex it is the need of the hour to recruit CIMA accountants for public sector jobs.

`Our members keep up with global trends and the world is changing at a more complex pace. Therefore, decision making should be done more carefully and effectively to face global challenges. Our members are placed in an ideal position for such decision making, Miskin told The Island Financial Review in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. Miskin was in Sri Lanka on a short visit and held meetings with the CIMA and accountancy fraternity in Sri Lanka.
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Foreign investors with eye on future buying local undervalued stocks
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 - 10:24 AM SL Time
Many foreign investors are currently buying undervalued, good local stocks that have a future market potential in emerging and frontier markets. Therefore, the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) is becoming a popular investment destination for such investors, Colombo Stock Brokers Association (CSBA) president Ravi Abyesuriya said.

`At this juncture the CSE is not moving to the expected level and most local retail investors are not active in the market. However, foreign investors who are mainly investing in emerging and frontier markets, like Sri Lanka, are now a main visible factor, Abeysuriya told The Island Financial Review yesterday.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Poachers and gamekeepers
Friday, 23 September 2016 - 10:02 AM SL Time
Politicians, in our book, are of two kinds poachers and gamekeepers. When they are ensconced in power, enjoying legal immunity, they are poachers. They become gamekeepers upon being kicked out of office. The hapless game (read the general public) is left with no alternative but to repose their trust in the poachers turned gamekeepers, hoping against hope.

Those who pretended to be knights in shining armour on an anti-corruption crusade before the last presidential election have got badly exposed. They have not only failed to make good on their promises to clean the Augean Stables aka Sri Lankan politics and eliminate corruption but also drawn heavy flak for a host of corrupt deals on their watch. Promises are said to be like babies they are easy to make but hard to deliver. Another unfulfilled pledge dogging the self-proclaimed messiahs is the restoration of the rule of law.
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Polls Phobia
Thursday, 22 September 2016 - 10:36 AM SL Time
A group of SLFP local government (LG) politicians loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a protest in Colombo on Tuesday, demanding that the much-delayed mini polls be held forthwith. They raked the government over the coals for postponing the elections on some flimsy pretext for political reasons.

President Maithripala Sirisena is in a quandary. He succeeded in forming a joint administration with the UNP after being elected last year. Following the general election a few months later, he made the SLFP join the UNP to form what is described as a national unity government. A president without his party solidly behind him is like a banana without the skin as they say in this country.
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Sooriyabandara returns to Sevens team
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 - 10:22 AM SL Time
Srinath Sooriyabandara has fully recovered from the injury he suffered during the Sri Lanka Super 7s as the former Isipatana scrum half has been named in the 12-member Sri Lanka Sevens side which will take part in the second leg of Asia Seven Series, which is due to be held in South Korea this weekend.

Richard Dharmapala, who led Cargill s Gladiators to a second leg win in the Sri Lanka Super 7s has also recovered from an injury and is to be included in the Sevens team which is coached by former England Seven s rugby player, Matt Turner.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

BCCI declares open tender for IPL broadcast rights
Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 9:49 AM SL Time
NEW DELHI, September 23: Promising a `historic` new beginning, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today announced an open tender process for allocating the cash-rich Indian Premier League s (IPL) global broadcasting rights for 10 years, a move that conforms to the Lodha Committee recommendations on transparency in business deals.

`We are happy to announce the tender process for IPL Global Media Rights (TV and Digital) for next 10 years,` BCCI President Anurag Thakur announced in a press conference here.
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Dialog felicitates national para team
Friday, 23 September 2016 - 10:03 AM SL Time
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe handing over the Rs.1 million cash award to Dinesh Priyantha Herath. Also in picture are Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Amali Nanayakkara, Group Chief Marketing Officer - Dialog Axiata PLC, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports, H.M.M. Harees, Deputy Minister of Sports, and Dr. D.M.R.B. Dissanayake, Secretary, Ministry of Sports.

The proud sponsor of the national paralympic contingent, Dialog Axiata PLC, felicitated the team after their spirited performance at the Rio Games.
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Harin s All Blacks jersey sold for over five million
Thursday, 22 September 2016 - 10:40 AM SL Time
A New Zealand All Blacks jersey, personally signed by players from the 2015 Rugby World Cup champion team was auctioned by Hon. Harin Fernando MP, during the Sri Lanka Super 7s, and was snapped up for Rs. 5.1 million by an undisclosed buyer.

The proceeds from the auction will be forwarded for the development of rugby at Isipathana College, Colombo. Isipathana won the Rugby League and Knockout this year.

The All Blacks jersey was presented by the New Zealand Prime Minister as a token of appreciation to Minister Harin Fernando during an official visit. The All Blacks jersey has signatures of the New Zealand world cup winning squad.
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