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Lords of British parliament discuss EU court`s delisting of LTTE and Sri Lanka`s presidential elections
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 3:45 PM SL Time

The European Union court`s decision to delist Sri Lanka`s Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the upcoming presidential election were among the issues discussed at Britain`s upper parliament, House of Lords on Monday. The discussion initiated when Lord Naseby, who is the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka, asked the House of Lords what action they are taking in response to the European Court of Justice verdict on 16 October and its conclusions in respect of restrictive measures currently in place since the LTTE was proscribed by the European Union in 2006 and by the United Kingdom in 2000.
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Transfer of 10,000 cops postponed
Monday, 24 November 2014 - 2:23 AM SL Time

The police headquarters today announced that transfer of some 10,000 police officers scheduled to come into effect on 1 January, 2015 have been postponed due to the forthcoming Presidential election.

Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana told Ada Derana that therefore respective transfers will be effected from 1 February next year.

The implementations of the transfers have been postponed 1 February, 2015. Over 5,000 transfers will involve police officers including Police Constable, Sergeants, Sub-Inspector, Inspector and Senior Inspectors who have been serving in the Northern and Eastern Provinces for over five years, he added.
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Russian Naval Ship Arrives At Sri L..

Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Russia n naval ship ` Yaroslav Mudriy ` arrived at the Port of Colombo Monday. The Russian naval ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on 24 November 2014 on a goodwil...
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Embassy seeks info of SL expats in Iraq

The Sri Lanka n Embassy in Iraq today requested information on Sri Lankan expatriates living in various parts of Iraq, due to the prevailing security situation in Iraq. Issuing a statement, the embassy said it has been reported that there...
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Sri Lanka police temporarily halt 10,000 transfers due to presidential election

Sri Lanka police had put on hold transfers of some 10,000 police officers due to the forthcoming presidential election . Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana told media that the transfers scheduled to come into effect on 1 January, 2015 have be...
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2015 Budget passed

The third reading of the 2015 Budget was passed in Parliament with a majority of 95 votes. 152 members voted in favour while 57 voted against. The United National Party, Tamil National Alliance and Democratic National Alliance voted against the budg...
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President due to leave for SAARC Summit today

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is due to leave for Kathmandu, Nepal today to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation ( SAARC ) Summit scheduled for November 26 and 27. The two day SAARC Summit will be attended by the Heads...
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JKCS delivers Evinta booking engine to Kenya Airways

Nairobi-based Kenya Airways recently implemented the renowned Evinta Aviation Suite offered by John Keells Computer Services (JKCS). Evinta, a revolutionary `cloud based` software for airlines, ground handlers and airports has processed nearly 20 mi...
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Maithripala promises to scrap presidency within 100 days
Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 11:16 AM SL Time
Health Minister and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena yesterday declared that he would be the common candidate of the Opposition at the next presidential election to be held on January 8 next year.

Addressing the media at the New Town Hall, Colombo Minister Sirisena said that he had sacrificed all positions and privileges for the sake of the country and its people. He was flanked by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Education Services Minister Duminda Dissanayake, Deputy Minister of Buddasasana M. K. A. D. S. Gunawardena, UPFA National List MP Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe. UPFA MP who joined the UNP on Thursday Wasantha Senanayake also joined with Minister Sirisena and Democratic National Alliance MP Arjuna Ranatunga.
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Ranil now has two Maithris says MR
Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 3:31 AM SL Time
President Mahinda Rajapaksa says opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe now has a Maithri at home and Maithri outside his home.

The President was referring to Wickremesinghe s wife Maithri Wickremesinghe and common opposition candidate Maithripala Srisena.

He noted that the UNP has now had no choice but to put forward a candidate from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) as the opposition candidate.
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Maithripala Is Offered Prime Minister Post Amidst Crossover Rumours! EXCLUSIVE
Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 1:15 AM SL Time
As a surprise move just hours ahead of the possible announcement of the presidential election, Health Minister and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena has been offered the position of Prime Minister, a highly placed government source told Asian Mirror, under the strict conditions of anonymity.

However, the minister, who is one of the most senior-most members of the cabinet, has still not responded to the offer positively. The offer has been made by one of the top-most echelons of the government, this evening.
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Security Security Forum 

Russian Naval Ship Arrives At Sri L..
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 11:20 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Russian naval ship ` Yaroslav Mudriy ` arrived at the Port of Colombo Monday.

The Russian naval ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on 24 November 2014 on a goodwill visit, Sri Lanka Navy said.

RFNS Yaroslav Mudriy is a destroyer commanded by Captain 3rd Rank Vladmir A Cherokov. The 126.6 meters long ship has a displacement of 4,480 tons and a crew of 210 naval personnel.
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Embassy seeks info of SL expats in Iraq
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 11:18 AM SL Time
The Sri Lankan Embassy in Iraq today requested information on Sri Lankan expatriates living in various parts of Iraq, due to the prevailing security situation in Iraq.



Issuing a statement, the embassy said it has been reported that there are around 2000-3000 Sri Lankan expatriates living in various parts of Iraq, mainly in Kurdistan Region in the Northern part of Iraq.



The Embassy learns that the number is increasing as the Iraqi Embassy in Colombo has informed that around 20 visas are being issued weekly for Sri Lankan workers to visit Iraq, it said.
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Sri Lanka police temporarily halt 10,000 transfers due to presidential election
Monday, 24 November 2014 - 12:56 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka police had put on hold transfers of some 10,000 police officers due to the forthcoming presidential election.

Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana told media that the transfers scheduled to come into effect on 1 January, 2015 have been postponed for a month. The transfers will come into effect from 1 February instead.

According to the Police Spokesman, over 5,000 transfers are of police officers including Police Constable, Sergeants, Sub-Inspector, Inspector and Senior Inspectors who have been serving in the Northern and Eastern Provinces for over five years.
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Politics Political News Forum 

2015 Budget passed
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 11:53 AM SL Time
The third reading of the 2015 Budget was passed in Parliament with a majority of 95 votes. 152 members voted in favour while 57 voted against. The United National Party, Tamil National Alliance and Democratic National Alliance voted against the budget.



Six parliamentarians who crossed over to the opposition including MP Maithripala Sirisena and the MPs of Jathika Hela Urumaya were absent during the vote.
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President due to leave for SAARC Summit today
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 11:37 AM SL Time
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is due to leave for Kathmandu, Nepal today to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit scheduled for November 26 and 27.

The two day SAARC Summit will be attended by the Heads of States of the South Asian Region.
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I HAVE YOUR FILES
Monday, 24 November 2014 - 1:06 PM SL Time
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday warned party-men who betray and cross to the opposition not to throw stones while living in glass houses.

I have their files and documents which will be very detrimental to their well being. I will not use them against those who had left betraying the party, but I warn them not to throw stones from inside glass houses, he said.

The President said from the time of Aluvihare, SLFP party secretaries had betrayed, left and crossed to the Opposition.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

JKCS delivers Evinta booking engine to Kenya Airways
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 11:35 AM SL Time
Nairobi-based Kenya Airways recently implemented the renowned Evinta Aviation Suite offered by John Keells Computer Services (JKCS). Evinta, a revolutionary `cloud based` software for airlines, ground handlers and airports has processed nearly 20 million passengers to date.

The software solution Evinta Corp will allow this flag carrier of Kenya, with a fleet of over 45 aircrafts flying to seven regions worldwide, to increase ticket sales through non-IATA travel agents and corporates and ensure convenience for their travel agents and corporate clients. Evinta Corp is one module of the Evinta multi-channel distribution platform others include an Internet Booking Engine, Frequent Flyer mile redemption, Ancillary service module, Promotions module and complete administration and reporting features.
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EDB hits China gold with first mainland MoU
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 11:31 AM SL Time
Deeper commitments with new FTA: Vice President Hua

Fresh ties: EDB s Egodage

Exports to China grew in last 5 years: EDB s Dr. Maraikkar

Bilateral trade at $ 3 b

Sri Lankan exports broke fresh ground on 20 November, as a pioneering MoU between the country s apex exports facilitator EDB and China was entered into in Colombo. With the commencement of FTA talks, bilateral relations have also further deepened.
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Hambantota Port received 41 ships in October alone
Monday, 24 November 2014 - 12:59 PM SL Time
Forty one ships arrived at the Hambantota Mahinda Rajapaksa International Sea Port during October, sources said.

They said out of these,17 ships arrived for refuelling. Meanwhile, 22,342 vehicles were unloaded at the sea port for transhipment, the sources said.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

SHREW IN LAST GRASP
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 11:54 AM SL Time
Shrew is not a good point at which to begin an election campaign but that is exactly where the so called common candidate of the opposition begins his. There he was with that woman scorned -- and if hell hath any greater fury!

The people are angrier often with those who try to fool them without quite being able to carry off the act of deception. There is nothing more galling than the feeling that someone thought you were fool enough to play you for a sucker -- and that grievance of being taken for an idiot, is worse than the sting of being grievously fooled.
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MR. SIRISENA AND THE TRAITOR MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY
Monday, 24 November 2014 - 1:08 PM SL Time
Some antiseptic commentator types say they take objection to the characterization of the so called opposition common candidate Maithripala Sirisena as a traitor.

How else is an individual who has betrayed his party in such peremptory fashion, and stabbed his leader in the back, to be called? A gentleman who wields a machete?

Or is he in sanitized terms to be referred to, for instance, an opportunist?

There are traitors to causes, traitors to friends, traitors to family, and traitors to political parties, comrades or leaders.
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Battle of the Blues
Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 9:12 AM SL Time
The announcement of Maithripala Sirisena as the common Opposition candidate yesterday came as no surprise. That he wanted to challenge his political boss had been on the political grapevine for quite some time and the differences he had with the Rajapaksas were only too well known. He was also one of the several prime ministerial aspirants in the SLFP.

In a strange turn of events replete with irony, the next presidential election will be a contest between the SLFP and the SLFP, so to speak.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Sanga shouldn`t quit says Aravinda Former great urges star batsman to chase Sachin`s record
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 11:57 AM SL Time

(File) Aravinda de Silva and Kumar Sangakkara formed a successful combination as Chairman of Selectors and Sri Lanka captain lead up to the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup where Sri Lanka finished runners-up.

by Rex Clementine

Former great Aravinda de Silva believes that star batsman Kumar Sangakkara should continue to play Test cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup next year. Sangakkara has said he will not play any ODI cricket after the World Cup, but could be persuaded to continue playing Test cricket.
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Havelocks in easy win over CH and FC
Monday, 24 November 2014 - 1:37 PM SL Time
Havelock Sports Club notched up their second win for the season with a convincing 34 points ( three goals, two tries and a penalty) to 5 (one try) win over CH and FC in their Dialog A division league rugby match played at Havelock Park yesterday under floodlights after leading 22 -5 at the breather. Havelocks opened scoring in the fifth minute when fly half Dulaj Perera sliced through the CH defence and slung out a pass to scrum half Kavindu de Costa who scored under the posts. Dulaj Perera added the extra points to make it 7- 0.
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Ali cements his place with all round effort
Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 9:18 AM SL Time
English skipper Alastair Cook`s new opening partner Moeen Ali turned in an impressive all-round effort in tourists` 56-run win on the Duckworth Levis method in the first warm-up game against Sri Lanka `A` at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds, Colombo yesterday.

After taking 3-29 to restrict Sri Lanka `A` for 198 runs in rain-curtailed 43-over innings, Ali played an entertaining innings giving England a terrific start at the top of the order. The left hander reached his fifty in just 21 balls, smashing 10 fours and a six.
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