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Supreme Court Directs All Public Institutions To Allow Traditional Muslim Dress
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 1:29 AM SL Time

The Supreme Court today ordered the Attorney General to issue directives to all public institutions to permit to wear the traditional Muslim cultural attire when entering public places.

When the case was taken up for hearing before the Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, he said that the traditional Muslim attire is well within the identity of the Sri Lankan culture and that Muslim women have a right to wear such attire a it causes harm to none.
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`Limited Abortion` To Be Legalized In Sri Lanka
Sunday, 20 July 2014 - 1:43 AM SL Time

After debating over the matter for years if not decades, the Sri Lankan government has finally taken measures to legalize `limited abortion`, sources of the Child Development and Women`s Affairs Ministry said.

A consultative committee is now working on the mechanism to legalize `limited abortion` in Sri Lanka as a way of addressing issues faced by women who have been victimized by rape and other similar problems. The recommendations of the committee will be presented to Parliament to formulate new laws on this matter.
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Algeria Plane Disappears From Radar..

Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers. A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a DC-9 and that some 110 people of various...
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No Short Supply Of Heroin In Sri La..

Sri Lanka police say that although large hauls of heroin are seized on a regular basis, the supply has not been weakened in the local market. Police said the investigations have shown that heroin is available in the retail market at normal pric...
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Lankan thief falls to his death in Dubai

An unidentified Sri Lanka n fell to his death from the fourth floor of a residential building in Riqqa, reports Al-Rai daily. When the Operations Room of the Interior Ministry received a call that an unidentified person was lying in the compou...
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Tamil Nadu CM urges Indian PM to give visa to UN team probing Sri Lanka

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu State in India , J. Jayalalitha a today urged the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant visa to the United Nations team conducting the probe into Sri Lanka `s alleged war crimes. In a letter to Modi, Jaya...
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Coalition for change of Constitution!

The civil society movement leading the charge on axing the presidency yesterday unveiled a six month post-electoral roadmap for constitutional change by a common candidate, creating momentum for broad opposition consensus on the issue. Marking a m...
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Tenaga unveils Euro 1.2 m solar parking meters

Tenaga Car Parks(Pvt) Ltd, a BOI certified company plans to invest over 1.2 million Euros in the unique solar powered street parking machine venture with CALE Access the Swedish giant specializing in parking, public and entry solutions. Tenaga Manag...
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Over 160 complaints against media in Sri Lanka
Friday, 18 July 2014 - 11:45 PM SL Time
The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) received one hundred and sixty three complaints last year, the Chief Executive Officer of the PCCSL Sukumar Rockwood said in his annual report for 2013.

Sukumar Rockwood further stated that the Sinhala press which comprises 39 per cent of the country s newspapers attracted the majority of the complaints in 2013. He said that the Commission received the fullest co-operation from editors to resolve these complaints amicably and swiftly.
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Canada tells Lanka to respect NGOs
Friday, 18 July 2014 - 11:26 AM SL Time
Canada today urged the Sri Lankan authorities to respect the right to freedoms of expression, assembly and association, and the right to take part in public affairs.

Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights Deepak Obhrai said Canada is deeply concerned by reports of efforts to restrict legitimate activities of civil society and non-governmental organizations in Sri Lanka.
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Malaysia Airlines flight crashes in Ukraine
Thursday, 17 July 2014 - 11:22 PM SL Time
A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agency Interfax reported Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines confirmed that it lost contact with MH17, and the flight`s last known position was over Ukrainian airspace, the airline said on Twitter.

The plane reportedly went down near the border between Russia and Ukraine

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Algeria Plane Disappears From Radar..
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 9:49 AM SL Time
Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers.

A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a DC-9 and that some 110 people of various nationalities are listed as being on board the flight.

The source said contact with the flight was lost while it was still in Malian airspace approaching the border with Algeria.
The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route, the source said.
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No Short Supply Of Heroin In Sri La..
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 9:42 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka police say that although large hauls of heroin are seized on a regular basis, the supply has not been weakened in the local market.

Police said the investigations have shown that heroin is available in the retail market at normal prices.

Shortages of the narcotic and the exorbitant prices that were seen in the past immediately after a seizure of a large haul of heroin are not seen in the country now, according to police.

The drug addicts who were seen on roadsides in the past are also not seen nowadays, the police say.
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Lankan thief falls to his death in Dubai
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 10:45 AM SL Time
An unidentified Sri Lankan fell to his death from the fourth floor of a residential building in Riqqa, reports Al-Rai daily.

When the Operations Room of the Interior Ministry received a call that an unidentified person was lying in the compound of a building, police and paramedics rushed to the spot and found the man in a pool of blood.

Five people including 2 Iranians, 2 Bangladeshis and an Egyptian - working for a restaurant said the man was a thief and when he sensed he was being watched he attempted to jump, lost his balance and fell. The five people have been detained for interrogation
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Tamil Nadu CM urges Indian PM to give visa to UN team probing Sri Lanka
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 10:46 AM SL Time
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu State in India, J. Jayalalithaa today urged the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant visa to the United Nations team conducting the probe into Sri Lanka`s alleged war crimes.

In a letter to Modi, Jayalalithaa said she was surprised by the reports media reports which indicated that India has refused visas to the UN committee appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to investigate the alleged human right violations by the both sides of Sri Lanka`s armed conflict.
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Coalition for change of Constitution!
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 10:42 AM SL Time
The civil society movement leading the charge on axing the presidency yesterday unveiled a six month post-electoral roadmap for constitutional change by a common candidate, creating momentum for broad opposition consensus on the issue.
Marking a major milestone in the movement to field a single-issue, common opposition candidate at presidential polls likely early next year, the Movement for Social Justice led by Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero proposed a return to the Parliamentary system of government within six months of the election.
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Sri Lankan minister not pleased with government`s decision to broaden investigations of alleged war crimes
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 10:59 AM SL Time
The Leader of National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition party of the Sri Lankan government, Minister Wimal Weerawansa has expressed his opposition to President Mahinda Rajapaksa`s recent decision to broaden the scope of the Missing Persons Commission and allow investigations into alleged human rights abuses by the security forces during the war.

Minister Wimal Weerawansa in a letter to the President has asked him to immediately amend the gazette notification under which an advisory committee was appointed to consult the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Tenaga unveils Euro 1.2 m solar parking meters
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 10:40 AM SL Time
Tenaga Car Parks(Pvt) Ltd, a BOI certified company plans to invest over 1.2 million Euros in the unique solar powered street parking machine venture with CALE Access the Swedish giant specializing in parking, public and entry solutions. Tenaga Managing Director Duminda Jayathilake said this project is a first not only in Sri Lanka but for South Asia as well.

Tenaga Car Parks has been in the parking forefront for the last 12 years and provide services in over 20 car parks in Sri Lanka, he said addressing a press briefing held yesterday after launching the first ever solar powered CALE Parking meter in Fort. Tenaga hopes to introduce third generation parking in the very near future.
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Sri Lanka debt, interest costs, among highest in the world: Moody s
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 9:51 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka has a strong record in debt repayment, but interest costs and debt levels are high compared to revenues and private external commercial borrowings are adding to state borrowings, a report by Moody s a rating agency said.

`The Sri Lankan government has maintained a default-free debt repayment record on both official and private creditor debt, even throughout the long civil war,` Moody s said in a report on Sri Lanka s debt profile.

`Sri Lanka s debt profile has some strong points, such as still-high low-interest concessional borrowing, relatively long tenors and a captive investor base that reduces rollover risk , but overall debt affordability is weak.`
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Sri Lanka to conduct survey on mental patients
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 10:55 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka`s Ministry of Health will conduct a census on mental patients in the island to identify the extent of the mental disorders prevailing among the population.

The Ministry has felt the need to conduct a survey as currently not enough data is available from general population other than the information from the patients who seek treatment for mental disorders at the hospitals.

After a study on the mentally ill conducted by the World Health Organization, no survey has been conducted in Sri Lanka in an island-wide scale, the Ministry said.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Arresting the rot in politics
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 10:48 AM SL Time
The Opposition and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has stressed the need for Sri Lankan politics to undergo a radical shake-up while calling for electoral reforms and reducing the term of Parliament to four years, among other things. He has, we believe, struck a responsive chord with the discerning public.

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Flogging a brain-dead cob
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 11:00 AM SL Time
The government and the UNP locked horns in Parliament on Tuesday over a Chinese aircraft maintenance base to be set up in Trincomalee. Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe demanded that External Affair Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris explain the government position. The UNP s contention has been that Sri Lanka should not undertake anything that India may consider detrimental to its interests. Discounting the UNP s claim, Prof. Peiris stressed that the project would in no way pose a threat to India.
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THE CARPING SAYS SOMETHING
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 10:53 AM SL Time
There are several reasons people who are skeptical about the UNHRC initiated so called OHCHR probe on Sri Lankan are delighted that the government appointed advisory panel headed by Desmond de Silva QC has now a chance to look at the issues under OHCHR scrutiny, from a fresh perspective.

As Mr. Niranjan Deva Additiya of the European Parliament speaking from Dublin said in a radio interview on SLBC last morning, if there are obvious and serious flaws in the way the OHCHR inquiry has been approached, it is time that an inquiry is held on the inquiry!
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Silky Jayawardene puts Sri Lanka on top
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 10:49 AM SL Time
Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene (R) jokes with South African cricketer Dale Steyn (L) during the opening day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground yesterday. Pic by Lakurwan Wanniarachchi.

Sri Lanka can still hope to maintain their unbeaten run against South Africa at home in the last two decades thanks to former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who posted an error free unbeaten century on day one of the second Test at Sinhalese Sports Club ground yesterday. After the Proteas wrapped up the opening Test in Galle by 153 runs, they require only a draw to win their first series in Sri Lanka since 1993.
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Thirimanne, Chandimal dropped Cheating South Africans under a cloud after ball tampering fiasco
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 11:01 AM SL Time
Sri Lankan cricketer Niroshan Dickwella walks to the field during a practice session at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on July 23, 2014.
(Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

Sri Lanka have dropped Dinesh Chandimal and vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne for the deciding second and final Test Match against South Africa that gets underway at the SSC today. While former Trinity wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been called up from England, where Sri Lanka A are on tour, to take Chandimal s position, Thirimanne will be replaced by Kithruwan Vithanage. The third change from the side that lost the first Test in Galle is injured seamer Shaminda Eranga, whose place will be taken by either Dhammika Prasad or Ajantha Mendis.
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Magnificent opening ceremony on the cards
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 10:54 AM SL Time
The 2014 Commonwealth Games will commence today at the beautiful Celtic Park in the heart of Glasgow with more than 4,000 sports men and women lining up for the opening ceremony.

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage will also be among the guests from around the world, including members of the British Royal Family. The opening ceremony will feature cultural performances which will underline the Commonwealth Games values which are humanity, equality and destiny. Also there will be events which which reflect the value of preserving nature and unity while world renowned artists will add glamour to the ceremony which starts at 8.00 p.m. Glasgow time (12.30am next day Sri Lanka time).
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