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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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Sri Lanka cricket board hits back at Mahela
Monday, 14 April 2014 - 3:10 PM SL Time

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board today hit back at the comments made by national cricketer Mahela Jayawardena and accused him of damaging the image of the Cricket Board.

Senior cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena had yesterday expressed disappointment with comments made to the media by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board Secretary Nishantha Ranathunga about their retirement from Twenty 20 cricket.
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International body names extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka as a terrorist organization

An extremist Sinhala Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka , the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) has been named as a terrorist organization by an international body called Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC). TRAC is an organization of Beacham...
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149 arrested for drunk driving

A total of 149 people had been arrested across the country for driving under the influence of liquor (DUI) during the past 24 hours, the Police said. The arrests were made between 6 a.m. yesterday (14) to 6 a.m. today. The Police said among t...
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Sri Lanka police take extra measures to nab drunk drivers during holidays

Sri Lanka Police had launched a round-the-clock operation to nab drunk drivers during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays. The Police Department had arrested and taken legal action against 211 motorists who were driving under the influenc...
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Mervyn is better than them - Gnanasara Thero

Mervyn Silva is better than Hakeem, Wimal, Dilan and Wasu because he is a good Sinhalese Buddhist leader with a proper Buddhist background, General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero said today. ...
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Round II of Fishermen Talks to Begin in Lanka on May 12

Taking the dialogue process forward, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced that the second round of talks between the representatives of fishermen communities in the State and Sri Lanka will be held on May 12 and 13 in Colombo. The a...
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SLT, Just In Time settle Rs. 673 m case out of court

National telecom giant to pay Rs. 502 m immediately as part of settlement to JIT and balance Rs. 171 m interests in six equal instalments JIT won arbitration award in 2012 over the supply of IPTV system for broadband services in 2007/8 before ...
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Sri Lanka has no faith in international probe: government
Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 9:55 PM SL Time
The Sri Lankan Government on Saturday said it has no faith in an international investigation into the alleged human rights abuses said to have occurred during the war in the country.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa`s special envoy on human rights and Government Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that Sri Lanka feels an international investigation will lack credibility and will not be independent.

Samarasinghe was speaking to reporters after meeting some of the island`s leading Buddhist monks and briefing them on the latest developments in the country.
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Mahela, Sanga disappointed with SLC
Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 12:16 AM SL Time
Senior cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena today expressed disappointment with comments made to the media by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board Secretary Nishantha Ranathunga about their retirement from Twenty 20 cricket.

Speaking to the media at the Katunayake airport upon their return to Sri Lanka after winning the world Twenty 20 title, Jayawardena said that he and Sangakkara were not consulted before comments were made to the media by the Cricket board official.
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Sri Lanka brace for biggest party after war
Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 5:10 AM SL Time


Sri Lanka was preparing to throw its biggest party since the end of the country`s ethnic war Monday after beating India in the final of cricket`s World T20 tournament.

Government officials said that arrangements were being made to fly the team home early from Bangladesh to attend a ticker-tape parade in central Colombo after an outpouring of jubilation in a country that has been at war for much of its post-independence history.
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International body names extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka as a terrorist organization
Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 12:20 AM SL Time
An extremist Sinhala Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) has been named as a terrorist organization by an international body called Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC).

TRAC is an organization of Beacham Group LLC, USA and is identified as `resource for the study of political violence of all kinds.`

TRAC has listed about 3,800 groups known to aid and abet political violence or terrorist organizations including Al-Qaeda and the LTTE.
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149 arrested for drunk driving
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 2:23 PM SL Time
A total of 149 people had been arrested across the country for driving under the influence of liquor (DUI) during the past 24 hours, the Police said.
The arrests were made between 6 a.m. yesterday (14) to 6 a.m. today.

The Police said among the arrested, 76 were drunken motorcyclists and 61 were three-wheeler drivers.

Eight hundred and seventy seven (877) road accidents including eight bus accidents, 473 motorcycle accidents, 308 three-wheeler accidents and 88 other road accidents had been reported from Thursday (10) to 6.00 a.m. this morning, a Police spokesman said
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Sri Lanka police take extra measures to nab drunk drivers during holidays
Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 11:47 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka Police had launched a round-the-clock operation to nab drunk drivers during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays.

The Police Department had arrested and taken legal action against 211 motorists who were driving under the influence of alcohol, following operations carried out across the island within the last 24 hours.
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Mervyn is better than them - Gnanasara Thero
Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 12:26 AM SL Time


Mervyn Silva is better than Hakeem, Wimal, Dilan and Wasu because he is a good Sinhalese Buddhist leader with a proper Buddhist background, General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero said today.



He added that the latter were the kind of people who were giving wrongful information about the BBS to the international community. The Thero challenged these individuals to an open debate.
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Round II of Fishermen Talks to Begin in Lanka on May 12
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 1:53 AM SL Time


Taking the dialogue process forward, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced that the second round of talks between the representatives of fishermen communities in the State and Sri Lanka will be held on May 12 and 13 in Colombo.

The announcement follows the release of 98 fishermen of Tamil Nadu and their 23 boats by Lankan authorities. The island nation s government took steps to release the fishermen and their vessels due to the firm stand taken by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on the issue.
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Supreme Court orders immediate removal of CIESOT s Board of Directors GK Chairman and 4 nominees to be appointed
Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 11:56 PM SL Time
The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the immediate removal of the Board of Directors of CIESOT Pvt. Ltd., the biggest single shareholder of Ceylinco Insurance PLC, and directed the stakeholders, H. D. K. P. Alwis and E. T. L. Ranasinghe to appoint Golden Key (GK) Chairman, Priyantha Fernando and up to four others as nominated by him as members of the newly constituted board.

Fernando, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), heads GK as its Chairman in terms of a SC directive.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

SLT, Just In Time settle Rs. 673 m case out of court
Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 12:25 AM SL Time

National telecom giant to pay Rs. 502 m immediately as part of settlement to JIT and balance Rs. 171 m interests in six equal instalments
JIT won arbitration award in 2012 over the supply of IPTV system for broadband services in 2007/8 before SLT appealed in Commercial High Court

Sri Lanka Telecom Plc (SLT) and Just In Time Holdings Ltd. have come to an understanding to settle a long-drawn dispute out of court, with the former agreeing to pay the latter Rs. 673.3 million.
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Coke s accumulated losses top a billion, but company confident of future
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 1:49 AM SL Time

With net assets of Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Limited less than half its stated capital, the company has summoned an extraordinary general meeting on April 28 to discuss this situation with shareholders as required by Section 220 of the Companies Act No.7 of 2007.

A summary of income statements and balance sheet that has been sent to shareholders indicates that the company had lost Rs.275.2 million during the year under review, up from a loss of Rs.41.3 million the previous year.
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Brits warned about drink-spiking in SL
Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 11:53 PM SL Time
Britain has advised its citizens travelling to Sri Lanka mainly in the southern beach resorts to be vigilant as there have been reports of drinks being spiked with drugs.

Issuing an updated travel advisory, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said, There have been reports of drinks being spiked with drugs in bars and restaurants in southern beach resorts. Be careful about taking drinks from strangers at bars and restaurants, and don t leave drinks unattended.
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THE NEWS CYCLE
Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 12:29 AM SL Time
About the only items of news this week that are neither bizarre or almost surreal are the news developments here at home at the end of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

For example we have Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe making the quite plausible assertion that the recent events in Vavuniya involving a shootout that soldiers figured in along with some terrorists, is indicative of the fact that there should be continued troop presence in the North of the country.
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On rumble strip
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 2:01 AM SL Time
The government had apparently been cherishing many delusions until the last PC polls, one being that the people would keep giving it thumping majorities in spite of their economic difficulties simply because it defeated terrorism. The outcome of those electoral contests shook it awake, jolting it to go into damage control mode though there is no imminent danger of its collapse. The Opposition is still struggling to get out of a political mire of its own making and whether it will be able to regain lost ground and make a comeback in the foreseeable future remains to be seen.
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A new beginning
Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 11:58 PM SL Time
Whenever the Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned as the war was raging, national leaders and editorialists never tired of exhorting that this annual occurrence, according to age old custom and tradition hallowed by time, gave us an opportunity of a new beginning. Such sermonizing became an annual ritual, perhaps unheeded by many bored by the fact that it had been said so often, although the validity of what was said remained intact both during and after the war. Nobody can truthfully say that there is hatred between the different communities living on this island despite the flaring of unfortunate extremism now and then which has not been satisfactorily stamped out. It is a statistical fact that more Tamils than those living in predominantly Tamil areas of the country live in amity among the Sinhalese in Sinhala majority areas. Yet there is an impression, particularly abroad, that this country is beset by a so-called ``communal problem. There is no escaping the reality that we must squarely blame ourselves for permitting what is essentially a domestic problem to be internationalized. No doubt sections of the Tamil diaspora, unhappy about the vanquishing of Prabhakaran and his LTTE, played a major role in this. But various acts of omission and commission by Sri Lanka enabled such a situation.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Asafa Powell banned for 18 months for doping
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 2:02 AM SL Time
Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has received an 18-month ban for failing a drugs test. The Jamaican sprinter, 31, took the banned stimulant oxilofrine at last year`s national championships but the suspension has been backdated and will end on 20 December, 2014. Powell called the ruling `unfair and unjust`, and said a legal supplement he took, Epiphany D1, was contaminated. He plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. On Tuesday, fellow sprinter Sherone Simpson was also banned by the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel Simpson, an Olympic 4x100m relay gold and...
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Thurstan win rain-affected final
Friday, 11 April 2014 - 12:46 PM SL Time
Thurstan College Colombo emerged as Sri Lanka Schools under-19 limited over cricket champions when they beat S. Thomas` College, Mt. Lavinia by 49 runs on Duckworth and Lewis system at Tyrone Fernando Stadium in Moratuwa and played for the Singer Cup yesterday. The fifty over match was restricted to 47 overs due to bad weather.

Thomian skipper Madushanka Ravichandra Kumar decided to take the first lease and they were all out 46.2 overs. Chenuka Wickramasinghe top scored for Thomians with an elegant knock of 72 runs While Sri Lanka schools under 19 cricketer Thilksha Sumanasiri made 63 runs. Suresh de Mel contributed with 25 runs and Chenuka Wickramasinghe and Sanesh de Mel put on 65 runs for the fourth wicket.
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SL s unsung hero on World T-20 triumph
Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 11:48 AM SL Time
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath in conversation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa when the champion team was felicitated at Temple Trees on Tuesday.

Following Sri Lanka s splendid triumph in the World T-20 over bitter rivals India, players with flamboyance have earned all the accolades. Kumar Sangakkara was outstanding during the run chase, Lasith Malinga was brilliant during the death overs while Thisara Perera s monstrous hitting helped Sri Lanka to win with ease, but the contributions of left-arm spinner Rangana Herath have gone unnoticed.
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