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Why I have little sympathy for the Buddha tattoo tourist
Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 11:12 PM SL Time

There`s no excuse for tourists getting in trouble in Sri Lanka for cultural insensitivity just do a little research before travelling.

The arrest and pending deportation of a 37-year-old British nurse, Naomi Coleman, from Sri Lanka for sporting a tattoo of a meditating Buddha on her right arm has once again raised the issue of tourists being woefully unaware of religious and cultural sensitivities in places they visit.

Coleman was still being held a day after her arrest and deportation order. She told the media that she had visited the country twice before and had had no problems regarding the tattoo. This time it was spotted before she could leave the airport just north of the capital, Colombo. A practising Buddhist, she said that she had visited other Buddhist countries such as Thailand and Cambodia without any trouble. She said her tattoo was a mark of respect.
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Seylan bank robberies by face-covered motocyclists
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 5:53 PM SL Time

Seylan in Moratuwa was reported to have been robbed of Rs.700,000 by two people who arrived on a motorcycle wearing face-covered helmets, police said.

Meanwhile another bank robbery at Kirulapone was foiled when an alert security guard fired at the robbers who are also alleged to have fired back. Police said the security guard was injured from shattered glass pieces falling on him.

Police said the two robberies had occurred about the same time.
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Latest News Headlines

Police To Probe Police Over Assault..

A police investigation has been launched into the assault on an innocent passenger by the police during a protest at the Fort railway station yesterday. The police said that the investigation is being led by a senior police officer and action w...
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Intrepid guard foils bank robbery But another bank robbed of Rs. 770,000

Prompt action of a brave and quick thinking security guard of a branch of Seylan Bank at Kirulapone thwarted a daylight bank robbery, when he fired at two robbers wearing full-face helmets who tried to enter the bank forcibly by breaking open its gl...
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UK tourist recounts `hellish` time in Sri Lanka over Buddha tattoo

A 37-year-old British nurse has recounted her `hellish` experience in Sri Lanka after she was arrested and sent to a deportation centre for sporting a Buddha tattoo deemed offensive by authorities. Naomi Coleman was arrested at the country`s ma...
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SriLankan Airlines to add OnAir GSM and WiFi to inflight experience

SriLankan Airlines has signed up for OnAir s inflight mobile phone and Wi-Fi services. By autumn, people flying from Colombo to destinations all over the world will be able to email, tweet, send text messages, make calls, and surf the internet dur...
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Extremist Sri Lankan Buddhist organization has no plans to topple the government

Sri Lanka `s extremist Buddhist movement Bodu Baa Sena (BBS) said today that it had no plans to topple the government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Addressing a press conference held in Colombo, the leader of the BBS secretary Galagodaath...
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Sri Lanka`s private sector retirement fund earned over Rs. 550 billion in last five years - Central Bank

Sri Lanka `s Central Bank , responding to the Opposition`s charge that the Rs 1.3 trillion private sector retirement fund, Employees` Provident Fund (EPF) has lost billions due to the stock market manipulation, said today in a statement that the fun...
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No room for extremism in Sri Lanka
Monday, 21 April 2014 - 5:04 PM SL Time
The Government says there is no room for extremism in the country and any attempt to promote extremism will be thwarted.

Government spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that a small group of people were attempting to promote extremism in the country.

While refusing to name any group, the Minister said that the public will decide who are extremists and who are genuine.

Whoever the extremists are they are a threat to national reconciliation. We see one group shouting from one end and another shouting from the other end. They don t want to reach a middle ground, the Minister noted.
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Hambantota mob attack : UNP MPs to raise privilege issues against Police
Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 3:19 PM SL Time
The five UNP MPs who were attacked by UPFA mobs when they visited the Mattala Airport and Hambantota Port, on the invitation of the government on Thursday are to raise privilege issues against the police for failing to provide them with security.

R. Yogarajan, one of the legislators who came under attack,told The Island yesterday that when parliament resumes sittings on April 24, he along with MP s Ajith P. Perera, Eran Wickremaratne, Nalin Bandara and Ajith Manapperuma,would individually table privilege motions against the Hambantota police HQI and ASP for doing nothing while they were pushed, abused, threatened and pelted with stones, rotten eggs and tomatoes,by two UPFA mobs,each numbering over a 100 persons.
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More Chinese caught violating visas in Sri Lanka
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 10:56 AM SL Time
More Chinese nationals were arrested for violating local immigration and emigration laws, the police media unit said today.

Less than 24 hours after the police had arrested two Chinese men in Pooneryn for engaging in business activities while in Sri Lanka on tourist visas, the police had yesterday arrested another two Chinese nationals in Embilipitiya.

The police said that the two foreigners had been selling silver items near a bank in the area when they were arrested for violating their visa regulations.
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Police To Probe Police Over Assault..
Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 10:24 AM SL Time
A police investigation has been launched into the assault on an innocent passenger by the police during a protest at the Fort railway station yesterday.

The police said that the investigation is being led by a senior police officer and action will be taken if any policeman is found guilty.

A passenger, who was caught in the middle when the police attempted to disperse railway workers during a protest at the Fort railway station yesterday, was assaulted by riot police.

The man from Gampaha had said he was not a railway worker and that he was among hundreds of stranded passengers when the protesters blocked trains along the track.
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Intrepid guard foils bank robbery But another bank robbed of Rs. 770,000
Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 10:12 AM SL Time
Prompt action of a brave and quick thinking security guard of a branch of Seylan Bank at Kirulapone thwarted a daylight bank robbery, when he fired at two robbers wearing full-face helmets who tried to enter the bank forcibly by breaking open its glass entrance door yesterday afternoon.

Police media unit told The Island that the security guard, who closed the door when he saw the robbers armed with weapons trying to enter the bank around 1.50 p.m., had immediately locked it but the robbers had smashed it immediately afterwards.
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UK tourist recounts `hellish` time in Sri Lanka over Buddha tattoo
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 11:58 AM SL Time
A 37-year-old British nurse has recounted her `hellish` experience in Sri Lanka after she was arrested and sent to a deportation centre for sporting a Buddha tattoo deemed offensive by authorities.

Naomi Coleman was arrested at the country`s main international airport on Monday shortly after her arrival on a flight from neighbouring India and appeared before a magistrate who ordered her deportation, police said in a statement.
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Politics Political News Forum 

SriLankan Airlines to add OnAir GSM and WiFi to inflight experience
Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 10:37 AM SL Time
SriLankan Airlines has signed up for OnAir s inflight mobile phone and Wi-Fi services.
By autumn, people flying from Colombo to destinations all over the world will be able to email, tweet, send text messages, make calls, and surf the internet during the flight.
Sri Lanka s national carrier, due to join the oneworld alliance on 1 May, is renewing its long-haul fleet.
Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir will be installed as linefit on the airline s six new A330-200 aircraft which are part of the renewal process.
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Extremist Sri Lankan Buddhist organization has no plans to topple the government
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 12:20 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka`s extremist Buddhist movement Bodu Baa Sena (BBS) said today that it had no plans to topple the government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Addressing a press conference held in Colombo, the leader of the BBS secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero said that when compared to those who are vying to be the common candidate at an upcoming presidential election to lead the country, this government still could be directed in the right path with the current leader.
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CAREFUL NPC PLAN TO REVIVE TERRORISM - Udaya Gammanpila
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 12:17 PM SL Time
The NGO National Peace Council`s game of supporting Tamil separatism and the pro LTTE diaspora under the banner of human rights is turning out to be a craftily mapped out plan to revive LTTE terrorism, said Western Provincial Minister and lawyer Udaya Gammanpila.

`They are on a mission to activate separatist networks while leading the international community astray with their human rights rhetoric,` Gammanpila said.

Reacting to a statement issued by National Peace Council (NPC) that has urged the government and other political parties to urgently set up institutions to enable giving a measure of autonomy to the Tamil people, Gammanpila said that the NPC is clearly functioning as a pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora front, that is trying to cause communal unrest in the country.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Sri Lanka`s private sector retirement fund earned over Rs. 550 billion in last five years - Central Bank
Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 10:29 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka`s Central Bank, responding to the Opposition`s charge that the Rs 1.3 trillion private sector retirement fund, Employees` Provident Fund (EPF) has lost billions due to the stock market manipulation, said today in a statement that the fund had gained over Rs. 550 billion over the last five years.

The Central Bank, which manages the retirement fund, said some media reports which highlighted that the fund has lost billions in investing in the stock market are misleading and erroneous.
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Hambantota FTZ to be ready by June
Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 10:27 AM SL Time
The Ruhunu Magampura Port is now turning out to be a major transshipment hub fulfilling one of its prime objectives. A $550 million tax-free port zone is being set up outside the port, with local and international companies expressing interest in setting up shipbuilding, ship-repair and warehousing facilities in the zone. Two ships carrying loads of vehicles at the harbour are seen. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Prospect of increased Korean investments in Sri Lanka
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 12:15 PM SL Time
There is every possibility of increased Korean investments in Sri Lanka, said Korea s former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Yu Myang-hwan on Monday.
The Republic of Korea greatly values its close ties with Sri Lanka, and will work with utmost enthusiasm to further strengthen its contribution to Sri Lanka s economic development in such fields as investment, trade and tourism, he added. The Korean dignitary also noted that 116 Korean companies operate in Sri Lanka Yu Myang-hwan said when he called on External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Palaly teachers college
Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 10:48 AM SL Time
It is heartening that the UPFA and TNA politicians have recently sunk their differences to take up the cudgels for the people of the North struggling to rebuild their lives after three decades of war. They have, at a Jaffna District Coordinating Committee (DCC) meeting, where they discussed ways and means of raising the educational standards in the North, unanimously resolved to ask the government to hand over the Palaly Teachers Training College currently occupied by the security forces to the Education Ministry, as we reported yesterday.
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Modi s rhetoric
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 1:27 PM SL Time
Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) prime ministerial aspirant, Narendra Modi, has vowed to rid the Indian political system and Parliament of corrupt and criminal elements if he comes to power. He says he will ensure that they will be tried expeditiously and, if found guilty, thrown behind bars.

Modi s rhetoric smacks of an attempt to outshine Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, who has been campaigning on an anti-corruption platform and made considerable headway. The AAP s meteoric rise in Indian politics would not have been possible but for the ordinary people s aversion to the corrupt within the ranks of the mainstream political parties, especially the Congress. Everybody in the fray seems to be trying to win over public support by undertaking to eliminate corruption.
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A paper sin
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 10:39 AM SL Time
Asgiriya Maha Nayake, Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera, is reported to have sought President Mahinda Rajapaksa s intervention to prevent the print media from publishing the pictures of the Buddha. The prelate has reportedly argued that papers with such pictures are used for wrapping meat and fish. His concern is to be appreciated. But, the practicability of his exhortation is open to question.

The prelate, we are afraid, has, instead of grasping the nettle himself, sought to shift the onus to the Head of State. The President must be in a dilemma. There are no legal provisions for such a ban and he may not want to make new laws for that purpose. He, too, may try to pass the buck by convening a meeting of the print media publishers, editors and the Nayake Theras.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Thirimanne new vice-captain for all three formats Angelo appointed captain till 2015 World Cup
Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 10:50 AM SL Time
A new Partnership. Angelo Mathews, on right, and Lahiru Thirimanne have been appointed as captain and vice-captain respectively in Test and ODI cricket till March 2015.

The cricket national selection panel yesterday recognized Lahiru Thirimanne as a possible long term Sri Lanka captain when they announced him as the vice-captain of Test, ODI and T-20 teams. Thirimanne has done well in ODI and T-20 cricket in recent months.
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Arjuna disappointed with Farbrace
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 1:28 PM SL Time
Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga says he is disappointed with Paul Farbrace s decision to end his tenure with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after a mere five months into the contract. Farbrace yesterday told SLC that he wished to move back to England to take up a coaching position with England and Wales Cricket Board, where he is expected to be deputy to Head Coach Peter Moores.
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Farbrace set to leave
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 10:40 AM SL Time


Barely a fortnight after the highs of World T-20, country s cricket officials were holding board room meetings trying to convince Head Coach Paul Farbrace to remain in the job. After winning the World T-20, Farbrace was in England on holiday and he had been approached by the England and Wales Cricket Board to take over the coaching role as deputy to newly appointed Head Coach Peter Moores.

SLC tried to convince Farbrace to stay, but negotiations were proving to be futile as the 46-year-old is set to vacate his position and join the ECB.
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