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US strengthens Sri Lanka nuclear counter-proliferation screening
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 - 4:48 AM SL Time

The United States has concluded a training program for Sri Lankan port and military personnel under its International Counterproliferation Program (ICP) aimed at preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

The US embassy said in a statement a five-day workshop was done in Colombo for members of the Sri Lankan Ports Authority and Customs, Police, Navy, and Coast Guard to provide training on eliminating the proliferation of WMD.
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Ranjan under fire for target practice
Friday, 24 June 2016 - 5:01 AM SL Time

Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake came under fire in Parliament today for using the premises of the MPs` housing complex in Madiwela to do target practicing for a film shoot. JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, angered by the move, asked Mr. Ramanayake not to consider every place in the country as theatres for film shooting. Mr. Ramanayake, the actor cum MP, was not present at the time in the House. Then, Joint Opposition MP for the Moneragala district Padma Udayasantha Gunasekara raised a question of privilege in this regard, and said the spouses and children of MPs had been terrorised by this act of the Deputy Minister. `This is a place where the MPs live with their families. I too live there. I am asking that member to stop this. Our children have been frightened now,` he said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe replied that he asked the member concerned to stop target practicing at this site. `It was brought to my notice by MPs Dinesh Gunawardane and Bandula Gunawardane. So, it was stopped. We can provide him the police shooting ground if needed,` he said. ( - See more at:
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Won t change decision to replace Gota s military security

Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said the decision taken by the Government, to replace the military security provided to former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa with the Police and the STF, would not be changed under any circumstance. ...
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Suicide Bombs Kill 31, Wound Close ..

An injured woman covers her face as she is carried by paramedics into ambulance at Istanbul Ataturk airport, Turkey, following a blast yesterday.
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Call for foreign judges renewed

The Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has renewed its call for international participation in the proposed war crimes probe in Sri Lanka following representations made by the government of Sri Lanka and the four-party Tamil Na...
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Gammanpila using politics to cover up his crime: JHU

The Jathika Hela Urumaya said today that close associates of UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila were attempting to spread rumours that his arrest was a result of his criticism of the Yahapalana Governement, and that they are trying to dress him up in differen...
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Still there are threats to our lives - Gota

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday that he had not been officially informed about replacing his military security with police personnel. However, he said he had requested the current Defence Secretary to inform relevant autho...
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GSP Plus concessions by UK to SL seen as being hit with EU exit

`Some of the GSP-Plus concessions will no longer be on offer by the UK to Sri Lanka when the UK is out of EU, Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies Dr. Saman Kelegama said. `It is said that 35 percent of Sri Lankan exports to th...
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Sri Lanka`s Dialog launches Voice over LTE
Friday, 24 June 2016 - 4:59 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka`s Dialog Axiata Plc said that its fourth generation fixed and mobile networks have been enabled with Voice over LTE (VoLTE) allowing customers to experience near stereo quality.

`VoLTE capability has been activated across the Dialog LTE Networks,` Dialog said. `Subscribers would however require a LTE handset or LTE CPE (Customer Premise Equipment), which is VoLTE capable in order to experience VoLTE,`
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Other taxes likely to be removed except for VAT: Eran
Saturday, 18 June 2016 - 4:00 AM SL Time
State Enterprise Development Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne said today the Government was gradually removing the various taxes imposed on goods and services so that in future the taxation would be restricted to the Value Added Tax (VAT). He said most of the countries were imposing VAT, which has been termed as a progressive form of taxation. The deputy minister said the previous Government had imposed various taxes under different names but those taxes were being removed and only the VAT would remain. The deputy minister said the Government was considering changing the implementation of VAT and that certain healthcare services including outpatient s services in private hospitals would be exempted from the VAT. Medical tests such as dialysis would be exempted from the VAT and services in the outpatients departments in private hospitals would also be exempted from VAT. But if someone was taking in-house treatment at a private hospital, they would be subjected to the VAT, he said adding that the Government was studying imposition of the capital gains tax as a form of reducing the income gap which had increased enormously during the past decade. When asked about reappointment of Central Bank Governor, the deputy minister said it was up to the President to decide after considering several factors including his performance
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FCID questions Keheliya over Rs.20Mn accident compensation
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 - 7:02 PM SL Time
Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella arrived at the FCID this morning after he was summoned in connection with a probe of claiming Rs.20 million from the President s Fund as compensation for his accident in Australia. The FCID commenced a probe recently following a statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake in Parliament regarding certain allegations involving MP Rambukwella obtaining Rs. 20 million from the President s Fund following an accident he met with in Australia. The FCID detectives said they have learnt through the statement recorded from Deputy Minister Ramanayake that the former Minister had claimed and received the compensation from the President s Fund in 2013 in addition to receiving accident compensation from both the hotel in Melbourne as well as from his personal insurance in Sri Lanka. Rambukwella met with the accident in early February, 2012 during a private visit to Australia to receive treatment to his son, and sustained injuries to his legs after falling off the third storey balcony of his Melbourne hotel. The FCID recorded a four hour statement from Deputy Minister Ramanayake on May 31, regarding his statement on MP Rambukwella - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/110923/FCID-questions-Keheliya-over-Rs-Mn-accident-compensation#sthash.580HKEuB.dpuf
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Won t change decision to replace Gota s military security
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 10:21 AM SL Time
Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said the decision taken by the Government, to replace the military security provided to former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa with the Police and the STF, would not be changed under any circumstance. On an earlier occasion, he had said that military personnel deployed for the security of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and former defence secretary would be gradually removed and replaced with Police and STF personnel, because deploying military personnel for VIP security was illegal. However, Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday that he had requested Mr. Hettiarachchi not to remove the military security provided to him because there were still threats to his life. He said that he had not been officially informed so far about his military security being replaced with police personnel. Commenting on former defence secretary Rajapaksa s security, Mr. Hettiarachchi said there would be no change of plans to remove the military security provided to VIPs and replace it with police personnel. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Suicide Bombs Kill 31, Wound Close ..
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 10:06 AM SL Time
An injured woman covers her face as she is carried by paramedics into ambulance at Istanbul Ataturk airport, Turkey, following a blast yesterday. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Call for foreign judges renewed
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 10:04 AM SL Time
The Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has renewed its call for international participation in the proposed war crimes probe in Sri Lanka following representations made by the government of Sri Lanka and the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

The Island yesterday revealed that TNA Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran had disclosed a tripartite understanding among the GoSL, the US and the TNA in respect of foreign judges as well as other personnel to be accommodated in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism.
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Politics Political News Forum 

Gammanpila using politics to cover up his crime: JHU
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 10:22 AM SL Time
The Jathika Hela Urumaya said today that close associates of UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila were attempting to spread rumours that his arrest was a result of his criticism of the Yahapalana Governement, and that they are trying to dress him up in different political clothes to cover up his crimes. JHU National Organiser Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said people were trying to pretend that Gammanpila was arrested because he was a patriot, for being a Sinhala Buddhist leader, for talking against federalism and for being against this government. To create that image, he had even used monks to issue character certificates for him, he said this while addressing a press conference at JHU head office in Battaramulla. MP Udaya Gammanpila was arrested by the Police Special Investigation Unit over a charge where he had allegedly used his power of attorney to sell shares of an Australian company, he said. We should clearly say that Gammanpila is trying to use patriotism and Buddhism as a shield to try to protect himself from the law and mislead the country, Warnasinghe said. Everyone is trying to point the finger at JHU General Secretary MP Champika Ranawaka saying that he is influencing the judiciary and the police with regards to the arrest of Gammanpila, the JHU National Organiser claimed. They are saying that if people remain loyal to the government they will not face charges by any law enforcement authority, Warnasinghe said. The focus of this investigation should be on a fraudulent act that took place 19 years ago and nothing else,` he said. Australian Businessman Bryan Shadik, MP Udaya Gammanpila, the complainant Lasith Perera and Sydney Jayasinghe (who was remanded along with Mr. Gammanpila in connection with this case) are the people who will know the truth behind the fraud, he said. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Still there are threats to our lives - Gota
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 10:16 AM SL Time
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday that he had not been officially informed about replacing his military security with police personnel. However, he said he had requested the current Defence Secretary to inform relevant authorities not to replace his military security. `There are still threats to our lives because of the measures we took to eradicate Terrorism from the island. Therefore, I request not to replace the security provided to me,` he told the journalists outside, Colombo Special High court. Full Story     Post Reply To This

SF to join UNP on Thursday
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 - 9:27 AM SL Time
Democratic Party (DP) Leader and Minister Sarath Fonseka is expected to obtain United National Party (UNP) membership on Thursday. UNP sources said party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would hand over the membership to Field Marshal Fonseka. Democratic Party sources who confirmed the report said the Field Marshal would explain the situation to his party members on the same day. He was appointed a MP through the UNP national list to fill the vacancy created by the death of former minister M.K.D.S. Gunawardene earlier this year. Full Story     Post Reply To This


Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

GSP Plus concessions by UK to SL seen as being hit with EU exit
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 10:03 AM SL Time
`Some of the GSP-Plus concessions will no longer be on offer by the UK to Sri Lanka when the UK is out of EU, Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies Dr. Saman Kelegama said.

`It is said that 35 percent of Sri Lankan exports to the EU goes to the UK market and 40 percent of Sri Lankan textile and apparel exports to the EU goes to the UK market. They will not qualify for GSP-Plus preferences if and when we get such preferences, Dr Kelegama told The Island Financial Review in an exclusive interview.
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Negative economic fallout predicted for Sri Lanka from Brexit vot
Monday, 27 June 2016 - 10:03 AM SL Time
UK has voted to exit from the the world s largest trading bloc, the European Union, which accounts for 15 per cent of the world s trade in goods and services. Therefore, it is the export market for more than 80 countries, including Sri Lanka, a top exporter said.

`So, the economic consequences of the disruption that could be caused by the UK pulling out of the EU would be felt even in our part of the world. The reason being, under the GSP plus trade agreement, UK imports from Sri Lanka are the largest when compared to other countries in the region, Executive Director, TOS Lanka Company, Merrick Gooneratne said.
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TVS Lanka records over Rs. 12 billion in revenue in FY2015/16
Saturday, 25 June 2016 - 10:36 AM SL Time
TVS Lanka recorded an impressive financial performance for the year ended 31st March 2016 by posting Rs.5.67 billion in revenues which reflects 79% growth over the previous year. Profit before tax grew by 91% over the corresponding year, reflecting a major turnaround for the company. TVS Lanka specializes in the Motor cycles, scooters, three-wheelers, spare parts and the lubricant business.

Commenting on the company s outstanding financial performance, Ravi Liyanage Chief Executive Officer of TVS Lanka, said, `We are proud to achieve this strong financial growth as a result of focused strategic initiatives deployed during the year. The strategies undertaken included repositioning and rationalization of product portfolio, identifying and targeting high potential market segments, re-launching three new models with customer-engaging, new value propositions, and above all, expansion of customer touch points to reach over 1,000, which includes 401 Sales Dealerships and 789 Service and Spares
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

More equal before law
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 10:01 AM SL Time
George Orwell sought to ridicule the Bolshevik revolution and vilify the Soviet Union through his dystopian novel, Animal Farm, where crafty pigs decree that all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. The socialist bloc is a thing of the past, but Sri Lanka has apparently adopted that porcine commandment as it were. In fact, what is happening in this land as regards law enforcement and justice dispensation is stranger than fiction.

Special investigation units have been working overtime since last year s regime change to arrest Opposition big guns accused of corruption and misappropriation of public funds. Prominent among these outfits is the ad hoc Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), which is described by its critics as the Sri Lankan version of Gestapo. Some courts are kept open till midnight to remand Opposition politicians and their backers! They work even on Poya Days! Never have we seen this kind of high octane performance on the part of the police and the judiciary!
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Drugs and politics
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 - 9:25 AM SL Time
Jaffna chugalugs the highest amount of firewater, followed by Nuwara Eliya and Batticaloa, President Maithripala Sirisena has recently revealed at an event related to national drug prevention programme, in Nuwara Eliya.

Why are the people of Jaffna bending their elbows so much? The health authorities should commission a scientific study and find out the reasons and adopt remedial measures. Usually, in post-conflict situations people, struggling to rebuild their lives and put trauma behind them, tend to seek solace in alcohol and narcotics. Efforts have, no doubt, been made to develop infrastructural facilities in the former war zone, but it is doubtful whether enough has been done to mitigate the psychological impact of the war on the people in those areas.
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Acid test for COPE
Monday, 27 June 2016 - 10:01 AM SL Time
Last year s ouster of Mahendra (Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa) as President paved the way for the formation of the present government. Its unity is now threatened by moves being made to oust Mahendran (Arjuna) as the Central Bank Governor.

The UNP, which catapulted Mahendran to that high post, has defended him to the hilt in spite of allegations of two mega bond scams against him. Having dug its heels in on the question of granting him another term, the UNP has opted for a tactical retreat. It has decided to appoint an acting Governor pending a Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) investigation against Mahendran. If the parliamentary watchdog committee clears him of wrongdoing he will be re-appointed, the UNP says.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Ledecky blazes path to Rio with 400m free win
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 10:03 AM SL Time
Freestyle phenomenon Katie Ledecky is on her way to the Rio Olympics after blazing to victory in the 400m freestyle at the US swimming trials in 3min 58.98sec.

Seizing the race by the throat, Ledecky was more than two seconds under the pace of the world record of 3:58.37 she set at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia in 2014.

She remained under world record pace through 350 meters before settling for the third-fastest time in history.

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Coach urges another opportunity for impressive Suranjaya
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 - 9:37 AM SL Time
Sprint coach Chaminda Perera urged that his trainee Suranjaya de Silva be given another opportunity to compete in Kazakhstan in a bid to qualify for the Rio Olympics after the South Asian Games gold medalist produced an impressive personal best on Saturday.

Suranjaya de Silva who won gold in the South Asian Games 200 metres, produced a personal best of 20.93 seconds at the G. Kazanov Memorial Meet in Kazakhstan on Saturday.
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Rain has final say as Hales goes from hero to zero
Monday, 27 June 2016 - 10:05 AM SL Time
England were left 1-0 up with two to play after rain meant the third one-day international in their five-match series against Sri Lanka ended in a no result at Bristol on Sunday.

Chasing a target of 249 for victory, England were 16 for one off four overs when rain stopped play.

A minimum of 20 overs needed to be bowled in the second innings for a result to be declared under the Duckworth/Lewis method for rain-affected matches.

But the players were still off the field when the umpires abandoned the match at 5:30pm local time (1630 GMT).
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