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I have no faith in astrologers- Maithri
Friday, 19 December 2014 - 3:40 AM SL Time

Opposition Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena while addressing an election rally expressed that he has no faith or belief in astrologers or personal horoscopes.

He also accused the astrologers of scaring the general public by spreading false rumors. Now some astrologers attempt to tell omens on me. They would tell you nothing, but lies, he added.

Maithripala also challenged President Mahinda Rajapaksa for an open debate on the topic Good good governance principles and democracy. I invite the President to have the debate with me on 1 January, 2015 he said.
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Maithri will make CBK the PM: Tissa
Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 3:55 AM SL Time

The newly appointed Health Minister Tissa Attanayake said that common opposition s presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena had a secret agenda to appoint former President Chandrika Kumaratunga as the Prime Minister in a government formed by Mr. Sirisena.


Mr. Sirisena has a hidden agenda to give the premiership to Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, President Mahinda Rajapaksa tweeted quoting Minister Attanayake as saying at the United Peoples Freedom Alliance presidential election rally at Kuliyapitiya today.
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Hamas Should Be Removed From Terror..

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union`s terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis. In its ruling, however,...
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Drug addict arrested for breaking into Aravinda s home

A man, having Rs.1 million in his possession, was arrested in connection with the robbery of former cricket er Aravinda de Silva s home in Kollupitiya. Foreign and local currency worth Rs. 4 million was reported to have been robbed from t...
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Madras high court suggests government free Lanka doctor held in camp

The Madras high court has asked the Tamil Nadu government to consider releasing a Sri Lanka n Tamil doctor, now lodged in a special camp for refugees at Poonamallee, so that he could return to his country with his family and reclaim the property the...
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Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka advises local government authorities to obey election laws

In response to the complaints lodged by some political party candidates, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRSCL) has advised all local government authorities to obey the election laws saying that the Commission will be compelled to take leg...
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17 OF 29 JHU PS Members JOIN UDAYA

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) plunged yesterday into a deeper crisis when 17 of its 29 local government members defected to the UPFA to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming Presidential Election, former Senior Vice President of the p...
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SriLankan Airlines` second A330-300 arrives

SriLankan Airlines, will take delivery of its second brand new A330-300 arriving at the Colombo International Airport today, flying from Toulouse, France. It joins the airlines` existing fleet of A320, A321, A330-200 and A340-300 aircraft. SriLankan...
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Gota blasts those ashamed of being Sinhalese
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 - 9:48 PM SL Time
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said today said it was extremely unfortunate to note that there were some influential figures within Sri Lanka who have said openly that the country should submit itself to an international investigation.


One such figure has even admitted to being proud of her children for saying they were ashamed to be Sinhalese and Sri Lankans after having watched what is little more than an LTTE propaganda film aired on Channel 4, Mr. Rajapaksa said addressing businessmen and professionals at the Momentum forum.
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UPFA using prisoners to build election stages - CaFFE
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - 4:17 AM SL Time
A Sri Lankan election watchdog today accused the United People s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) of using prisons inmates to build stages, carry out decorations and engage in other election campaign activities.

The Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) claims that the ruling party has provided the inmates with blue clothing similar to prison uniform and is using them to carry out various construction work.

CaFFE states that the individuals in the pictures (above) are inmates of the Galle Prison and that 44 of them were used to construct the UPFA election stage in Kumburupitiya, Matara on Sunday (December 14).
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UPFA showpieces Tissa Maithri offers Rs. 10,000 pay hike and petrol at Rs. 50
Sunday, 14 December 2014 - 10:54 AM SL Time
The star of the week , the United National Party s former General Secretary Tissa Attanayake was on board the SriLankan Airlines airbus A 330 with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, wife Shiranthi and son Yoshita when it rolled out from the runway of the Bandaranaike International Airport last Tuesday afternoon.
For Attanayake, who had been an Opposition politician until much less than 24 hours earlier, it was a signal honour. There are more than a 100 ministers and deputies in the Rajapaksa Cabinet and even MPs who are yet to be included in his official entourages for travel abroad. By simply switching loyalty, he propelled himself to the top rungs of the UPFA and found a place in the presidential entourage and the cabinet of ministers later.
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Hamas Should Be Removed From Terror..
Friday, 19 December 2014 - 9:38 AM SL Time
The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union`s terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.



In its ruling, however, the bloc`s second highest tribunal said member states could keep Hamas`s assets frozen for three months to give time for further review or for an appeal.



The EU`s foreign policy arm said the bloc continued to view Hamas as a terrorist group. `This was a legal ruling of the court based on procedural grounds. We will look into this and decide on appropriate remedial action,` spokeswoman Maja Kocijanic said.
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Drug addict arrested for breaking into Aravinda s home
Friday, 19 December 2014 - 9:21 AM SL Time
A man, having Rs.1 million in his possession, was arrested in connection with the robbery of former cricketer Aravinda de Silva s home in Kollupitiya.



Foreign and local currency worth Rs. 4 million was reported to have been robbed from the safe of Mr. de Silva on October 21.



Police said the man was a known drug addict who is said to have spent up to Rs.100,000 to satisfy his craving for drugs.
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Madras high court suggests government free Lanka doctor held in camp
Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 11:12 AM SL Time
The Madras high court has asked the Tamil Nadu government to consider releasing a Sri Lankan Tamil doctor, now lodged in a special camp for refugees at Poonamallee, so that he could return to his country with his family and reclaim the property they had left behind during the civil war.

Justice V Ramasubramanian, passing orders on the petition filed by T Maheswaran`s wife Prasanthi, asked the authorities to `reconsider the matter as to whether the continued retention of her husband in the special camp is necessary at all, especially when she wants to go back
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Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka advises local government authorities to obey election laws
Friday, 19 December 2014 - 9:49 AM SL Time
In response to the complaints lodged by some political party candidates, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRSCL) has advised all local government authorities to obey the election laws saying that the Commission will be compelled to take legal action against violators.

In a communiqu to all the Local Government officials, the Chairman of the HRCSL, Justice Priyantha Perera said all Commissioners and Secretaries of Local Government authorities in their capacity as public officials have the responsibility to act according to the election laws.
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17 OF 29 JHU PS Members JOIN UDAYA
Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 11:49 AM SL Time
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) plunged yesterday into a deeper crisis when 17 of its 29 local government members defected to the UPFA to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming Presidential Election, former Senior Vice President of the party told a news conference in Colombo.
Western Provincial Councillor Udaya Gammanpila said that they would be unveiling the name of the new party and its leader soon. `Our party is founded on policies that are our foundation. We have suddenly strayed towards an alliance with the United National Party and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. There is a void in society for a Buddhist political party,` he added.
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Two new judges sworn in to Sri Lanka high courts
Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 11:48 AM SL Time
Two new justices to Sri Lanka high courts were sworn in today before President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Judge of the Court of Appeal Justice Upali Abeyratne was sworn to the Supreme Court and High Court Judge Sherine Madawala was sworn in to the Court of Appeal before the President today at Temple Trees.
Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga was also present at the occasion.
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Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

SriLankan Airlines` second A330-300 arrives
Friday, 19 December 2014 - 9:46 AM SL Time
SriLankan Airlines, will take delivery of its second brand new A330-300 arriving at the Colombo International Airport today, flying from Toulouse, France. It joins the airlines` existing fleet of A320, A321, A330-200 and A340-300 aircraft. SriLankan will take delivery of a further five A330-300s.z_pi-SriLankan-Airlines2.jpg

`We have a reputation as a global leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability and punctuality all of which are qualities reflected in selecting the A330,` said Kapila Chandrasena, CEO of SriLankan Airlines. `This addition of the A330-300 to our family will enable us to drive our offering to new heights.`
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Bourse rebounds from 3-week lows
Friday, 19 December 2014 - 9:45 AM SL Time
Stocks rose on Thursday for the first time in six sessions, with telecoms leading the recovery, but stockbrokers said gains may not be sustainable due to political worries ahead of the 8 January presidential poll.
The main stock index ended 0.43% firmer at 7,230.52, recovering from its lowest close since 28 November in the previous session.
Stockbrokers said the market rose due to some optimism after President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a few top Government officials met leaders from the private sector at a forum on Wednesday to explain the Government s economic progress.
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Seductive Sri Lanka lures with rich cultural heritage
Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 11:40 AM SL Time
Women sashay past, saris fluttering and hips swaying rhythmically to the thumping drums. The high-pitched whining of a wind instrument draws me like the call of the Pied Piper. I`m swept along by the crowd of spiritual devotees circling a massive white stupa at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka`s Cultural Triangle.

The region, in the centre of the island, was the seat of two powerful kingdoms, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. It`s the place to visit for statues, relics, ruins and to soak up Sri Lanka`s days of glory.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

It is no bogey
Friday, 19 December 2014 - 10:00 AM SL Time
Bad news has come from India and the politicians who argue that issues such as threats to Sri Lanka s national security and territorial integrity are only bogeys because Prabhakaran is long dead have had to eat their words.

Officials representing the Indian Centre and the government of Tamil Nadu have recently told the Delhi High Court tribunal, set up earlier this year to review whether the ban on LTTE in India should be renewed for another five years, that the proscription should continue. For, they said, the LTTE remained committed to its ambitious project of creating greater Tamil Nadu including the state of Tamil Nadu, part of Kerala, part of Karnataka, part of Andhra Pradesh and Sri Lanka s northern and eastern provinces.
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Fathers and mothers of victory
Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 11:52 AM SL Time
It was with shock and dismay that the world received the news of Tuesday s cowardly terror attack on a school in Pakistan. The Taliban have once again demonstrated their ability to take targets in spite of the on-going military operations against them.

Tuesday s tragic incident reminds us of barbaric acts of terror we witnessed here for decades and the unstinted support extended by Pakistan and a few other countries to rid this country of terrorism. It is, no doubt, the fervent hope of every grateful Sri Lankan that Pakistan will emerge stronger and succeed in neutralising terrorism. However, defeating a well established terror outfit like Taliban is not a task Pakistan and/or Afghanistan can accomplish on their own. The need for a global effort to eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations cannot be overemphasised.
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Gotabhaya s defence
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 - 9:27 AM SL Time
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, taking part in an interview on Derana TV on Monday, defended the government much better than most ruling party politicians who make a lot of noise in dramedies that are political debates but leave the viewers unconvinced and disappointed in the end. He, as usual, tore into the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which, he said, remained committed to a separate state and had a visceral antipathy towards President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

National team flies to New Zealand
Friday, 19 December 2014 - 10:04 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka cricketers in meditation as Buddhist monks chant prayers for their success prior to the team s departure for a tour in New Zealand. Sri Lanka will play two Tests and seven one-day internationals in New Zealand before the World Cup. AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

The national cricket team took wings to New Zealand yesterday. They will play two Tests and seven ODIs against the Kiwis and will remain in New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup after the bilateral series which ends on January 29.
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Cook is `uncertain` on World Cup role
Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 11:54 AM SL Time
Alastair Cook says he has to `wait and see` if he is to remain as England`s one-day captain, and that he can have `no complaints` if he is stood down.

Sri Lanka completed a 5-2 series win over England on Tuesday, the fourth one-day series loss in a row under Cook`s leadership.

`I haven`t scored the runs I`d like to have - and we haven`t won the number of games I`d like to have,` said Cook, 29.

`Whether the selectors still think I`m the right man, we`ll wait and see.`
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Sri Lanka wins the ODI series against England 5-2
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 - 9:32 AM SL Time
Sri Lanka won the final One-Day International (ODI) of the seven-match series against England by 87 runs today at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Sri Lanka, which has clinched the series 4-2, going into the dead rubber posted an imposing total of 302 for six in 50 overs and bowled out the visitors for 215 in the 46th over.

Today`s match was the swansong at home for the legendary pair of batsmen, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, who announced that they will retire from one-day format after the 2015 World Cup which will begin on February 14 in New Zealand.
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