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Chinese contractor strongly denies Outer Circular Highway cost is inflated
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - 4:38 AM SL Time

A spokesman for the Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd. (MCC), which is the main contractor which has undertaken to construct the Outer Circular Highway Phase III, firmly rejected certain media reports over the weekend alleging that the project s costs have been inflated.

The spokesman said that MCC which is the contractor for the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway is one of the top ten global contractors and hence highly treasures its reputation. It has also completed all its contracts world-wide to high quality standards with its professional knowhow. The company has always honored its contract with those who have hired it.
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Fonseka to contest Parliament polls
Sunday, 24 May 2015 - 4:56 AM SL Time

Democratic Party leader, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says he will contest the next Parliament elections.

Fonseka said that he will contest together with other members of his political party and will later decide who to support once the elections are over.

He also said that his wife Anoma Fonseka will also contest the next Parliament elections.

Fonseka lost his Parliament seat after his civic rights were removed by the former Government.
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Latest News Headlines

Sf Says Would Welcome War Crime Inv..

Former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says his conscience is clear and he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence. The allegations are there, Field Marshal Fonseka said in an interview with the Guardian. We ...
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Vienna Airport Employees Caught Smu..

Austrian police have arrested several security employees at the Vienna Airport including a Sri Lanka n for allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka to the UK and the US, The Telegraph reported yesterday. Two members of airport security ...
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Excise Busted Liquor Racket By Emba..

A major racket involving the selling of selling foreign liquor at Rosmead Place by the embassy of an Asian country was busted when the Excise Department seized 100 bottles of foreign liquor worth over Rs.400, 000 yesterday. The Excise Bureau of Spec...
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I am sick of politics: Geetha

The opening of the technological science centre of Ananda Madhya Maha Vidyalaya, Elpitiya, which was built at a cost of Rs nine million, was held yesterday under the patronage of Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke. Southern Provincial Counci...
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Sarath Silva does another U-turn

Former Chief Justice Sarath Silva launching a scathing attack on the present government, saying that it was illegal from its inception. He said that he regrets having lit the fire by opposing President Rajapaksa s candidacy. Silva, in a speech at th...
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Govt. will make `upfront` cargo clearance easier: Finance Minister

The government is committed to bringing all authorities engaged in import and export clearance on to a single platform to facilitate faster and seamless clearance of cargo without allowing miscreants to abuse the system, FINANCE Minister Ravi Karuna...
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Recent Headline News

Colombo Welcomes Malaysia`s Proposal On Three Mega Projects - Samy Vellu
Friday, 22 May 2015 - 9:06 PM SL Time
Colombo has welcomed Malaysia`s proposal for government to government cooperation in the implementation of at least three infrastructure projects worth billions of dollars in Sri Lanka.

Special Envoy (Ministerial Rank) to India & South Asia for Infrastructure Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who is on a three-day working visit to Sri Lanka since May 19, said Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena would direct his officials to pursue the government to government cooperation.
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Vasu calls Ranil a `p-akaya` in Parliament
Friday, 22 May 2015 - 4:15 AM SL Time
`Do you think you can make me sit down? P-akaya,` Nanayakkara said.

Nanayakkara accused the Prime Minister of not knowing what a point of order is or what standing orders in Parliament are.

A heated exchange of words then took place between Nanayakkara and the Prime Minister even as the Speaker kept insisting that Nanayakkara should be allowed to speak.

Nanayakkara told the Prime Minister to respect Parliament and he also questioned the Speaker if the Prime Minister can be allowed to behave in such manner.
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Ruwan rejects Mahinda s claims on LTTE flag
Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 1:07 AM SL Time
Ruwan State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena today rejected allegation made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a group of opposition Members of Parliament who had stated that the LTTE flag was hoisted in parts of the North at a time when the nation commemorated the sixth year of defeating separatist LTTE terrorism.

The Ministry of Defence quoted Wijewardena as saying that reports received from intelligence agencies stated that no such incident were staged in the Northern or Eastern Provinces. Wijewardena said the rumours are being spread by certain persons with vested interests.
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Security Security Forum 

Sf Says Would Welcome War Crime Inv..
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 1:34 PM SL Time
Former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says his conscience is clear and he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence.

The allegations are there, Field Marshal Fonseka said in an interview with the Guardian. We have to clear our name.

In May 2009 the then General Fonseka was the head of the Sri Lankan army that defeated the Tamil Tigers, or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, ending Sri Lanka s brutal 26-year civil war.
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Vienna Airport Employees Caught Smu..
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 1:29 PM SL Time
Austrian police have arrested several security employees at the Vienna Airport including a Sri Lankan for allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka to the UK and the US, The Telegraph reported yesterday. Two members of airport security staff are being held in custody on suspicion of allowing passengers without visas or proper travel documents onto flights to the UK and US. A further 11 security staff members are being questioned by police in connection with what appears to have been a sophisticated trafficking operation. The suspects are believed to be employees of more than one private security company responsible for different areas of airport security. The British company G4S confirmed that one of those being held in custody is a former employee who was fired over the case. Friedrich K hl, a spokesman for the local prosecutor s office, said that the two men being held in custody are a Sri Lankan and a Polish citizen. The suspicion is that they allowed an unknown number of foreigners to travel abroad from Austria illegally, he said. Most of those under suspicion are Sri Lankan, as were most of the illegal immigrants involved. Police are investigating around ten separate instances of security staff allowing passengers on board flights without the proper documentation, he said. The smuggling was conducted entirely by the employees, and none of the companies involved are suspected of any wrongdoing, Mr. K hl stressed. According to unconfirmed Austrian press reports, the smugglers charged 7,000 ( 5,000) to 9,000 ( 6,400) per head to get illegal migrants through airport security. The suspects are believed to have worked for different companies allowing them to pass illegal migrants through several different layers of airport security. G4S, for instance, was only involved as a contractor for Austrian airlines carrying out hand baggage and passport checks at the departure gate. An illegal migrant would have to pass through checks conducted by another company before he reached them. I can confirm that in compliance with Austrian labour law, an employee responsible for checking visa documentation at Vienna Airport on a contract with Austrian Airlines was dismissed in March following his arrest, Graham Levinsohn, G4S regional chief executive for Europe said. He added that he could not comment further as the case was in the hands of prosecutors. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Excise Busted Liquor Racket By Emba..
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - 11:34 AM SL Time
A major racket involving the selling of selling foreign liquor at Rosmead Place by the embassy of an Asian country was busted when the Excise Department seized 100 bottles of foreign liquor worth over Rs.400, 000 yesterday. The Excise Bureau of Special Operations had been informed that a driver attached to the particular diplomatic mission had been engaged in selling foreign liquor taking advantage of the privileges enjoyed by the embassy. Excise Superintendent Excise Rohan Wijeratne of the BSO said that they sent a decoy to order and purchase a stock of liquor at an arranged price and he had been asked by the staff driver to come and collect it from the embassy premises. The Excise sleuths however had arranged to make the deal outside the embassy premises and the driver had brought the liquor out of the embassy premises in a van. The driver was taken into custody as he was transacting the deal with the decoy. The Excise officers had found 100 one litre bottles of King Edward whisky worth Rs.4,000 each. Further interrogation revealed that the driver had been engaged in this racket for a long time buying large quantities of liquor at the duty free rates granted to diplomatic missions using fake invoices He had then sold the liquor at high prices from the embassy premises taking advantage of the fact that the Excise officers could not make arrests within the embassy premises. OIC T. B. Sarap of the Excise BSO, Excise Inspector Buddika, Excise Guards Anura,, Dhanajaya, Premaratne, Aravinda, Rodrigo and Jayantha made the arrest on the instructions of Excise Commissioner General L K G Gunawardena, Deputy Excise Commissioner Pushpakumara Silva and Assistant Excise Commissioner Nimal Silva. The driver was produced before Maligakanda Magistrate yesterday and fined Rs.50, 000 and the vehicle used to transport the liquor was taken into custody. The Excise Department is to inform the embassy officials about the incident. Full Story     Post Reply To This


Politics Political News Forum 

I am sick of politics: Geetha
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 1:33 PM SL Time
The opening of the technological science centre of Ananda Madhya Maha Vidyalaya, Elpitiya, which was built at a cost of Rs nine million, was held yesterday under the patronage of Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke. Southern Provincial Council member Geetha Kumarasinghe had attended the function and made a speech, though she had not been invited to do so.

The speech made by her had aroused much curiosity among those present..

She referred to the principal`s attitude in not inviting her to speak. She said that with fleas infesting those who come to power she was now fed up with being in politics. `Today it was made clear to me what politics is. It is like the fleas who cling to animals. Whoever comes to power they go and cling to their bodies. This has made me sick of politics,` she said.
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Sarath Silva does another U-turn
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 1:31 PM SL Time
Former Chief Justice Sarath Silva launching a scathing attack on the present government, saying that it was illegal from its inception. He said that he regrets having lit the fire by opposing President Rajapaksa s candidacy. Silva, in a speech at the Organisation of Professional Associations lashed out at the government listing three aspects in which he believed the government had failed. I didn t expect Maithripala Sirisena to contest the last election. The moment he announced his candidacy I knew this wasn t moving in the right direction. They sent me a list of meetings at which I was to speak. I put the list into the dustbin, he said. This is in sharp contrast to statements given to the media, including Daily Mirror, in which he unreservedly supported the candidacy of Sirisena. The only issue I had with President Mahinda Rajapaksa was my opposition to the 18th amendment. I don t think it is good for a person to contest thrice. That s why I opposed it. I lit this fire by saying that he couldn t contest a third time, and I regret it, he said. He likened the presnt government to a pickle which is hard to digest. I must be honest, I reluctantly voted for Maithripala because I didn t believe that Rajapaksa should have contested thrice. Thereafter I watched the swearing in. The Chief Justice wasn t present, a tradition that was upheld for a long time. That s the first thing. And then suddenly Ranil Wickremesinghe takes oaths as Prime Minister. This is whilst a Prime Minister was still in his seat. Is that good governance? This government was illegal since its inception, he said. Silva, detailing his second criticism, said that the manner in which Mohan Peiris, the then sitting Chief Justice was removed reduced the judiciary to a comedy.
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Basil s bail plea rejected remanded till June 10
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 1:30 PM SL Time
Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala today rejected the bail applications of MP Basil Rajapaksa and two others and further remanded them till June 10. Former Secretary of the Economic Development Ministry Nihal Jayatilake and former Divineguma Fund Director General R.R.K. Ranawaka were further remanded with MP Rajapaksa for violating the Public Property Act. Full Story     Post Reply To This


Business / Economy News Business News Forum 

Govt. will make `upfront` cargo clearance easier: Finance Minister
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 1:23 PM SL Time
The government is committed to bringing all authorities engaged in import and export clearance on to a single platform to facilitate faster and seamless clearance of cargo without allowing miscreants to abuse the system, FINANCE Minister Ravi Karunanayake said recently addressing the audience at a workshop organized by SLFFA Cargo Services Ltd (SLFFACSL) which was facilitated by Supply Chain Consultant Gayani de Alwis.

The minister further said,` Although I`m supportive of regulatory reforms to enable more efficiency in import/export clearance, any possible miscreants will not be allowed to violate the system`.
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Shangri-La s One Galle Face to be completed by end 2017 It will turn to be a City within the City upon completion
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - 11:04 AM SL Time
In mergence with the Shangri-La Hotel project which is currently under construction, Shangri-La HOTELS AND Resorts launched One Galle Face , adding a luxury apartment complex which will be going up as The Residences at an INVESTMENT of US$ 608 million. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Shangri-La Asia Limited Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Madhu Rao disclosed that an investment of US$ 720 million has been committed in total for the Shangri-La properties in Sri Lanka, inclusive of One Galle Face and the Shangri-La Hotel project in Hambantota.
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Commercial Credit Rs.1bn debenture issue snapped up
Monday, 25 May 2015 - 10:51 AM SL Time
Commercial Credit and Finance PLC s issue of 10 million rated, subordinated, guaranteed, redeemable five-year debenture issue at a par value of Rs.100 was oversubscribed yesterday.
Interest on the debentures will be paid at a fixed rate of 10.50 percent per annum on the principal sum quarterly each year.
We re indeed very happy with the performance of this debenture issue and thank the public of Sri Lanka for the overwhelming trust placed in Commercial Credit.
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Editorial News Editorial News Forum 

Can Maithri do a Hercules?
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 1:19 PM SL Time
President Maithripala Sirisena has made us rub our hands in glee. At a time reprehensible moves are being made to increase the number of parliamentarians to 250 (from 225) on the pretext of introducing electoral reforms he has promised a smaller parliament to all intents and purposes as we reported yesterday.

Okay, okay, the President has not said exactly that. But, the downsizing of the legislature will be the inevitable outcome of his ambitious plan to rid Parliament of anti-social elements including drug dealers and ruffians, if it reaches fruition. (We hope and pray it will!) Parliament is full of rogues and if they are to be ousted and replaced with good men and women at the next election, the number of MPs will have to be drastically reduced. For, it will be well-nigh impossible to find 225 decent persons among the present set of incorrigible politicians we are burdened with. It is no use reshuffling the same pack of cards if politics is to be cleansed.
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Pumpkins and bumpkins
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - 10:59 AM SL Time
Old habits die hard. Leftist firebrand Vasudeva Nanayakkara has incurred the wrath of many for hurling obscenities at Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament the other day. Time was when Vasu was young and strong enough to play with the mace. He used to run away with that decorative stick at the drop of a hat, disrupting as he did, parliamentary proceedings. Last week s drama starring him came after a lapse of many years.

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Terrorist as bibliophile
Monday, 25 May 2015 - 10:27 AM SL Time
The US has recently released some books and documents seized from al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden s hideout, where he was killed in 2011. They provide a fascinating window into the last few years of the much dreaded terror mastermind. Those who thought he had devoted his entire life to planning attacks and spilling blood and had no time for anything else stand corrected he had time for other pursuits. He was a bibliophile!

Thanks to bin Laden s Bookshelf we now know that the al-Qaeda leader wielded both the gun and the pen with equal dexterity and was quite adept at editing, of all things.
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Sports News Sports News Forum 

Rumeshika keeps on shattering Dharsha s Junior National records, Sandeepa turns tables on Asiri
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 1:22 PM SL Time
St. Joseph s Balika, Kegalle sprinter Rumeshika Ratnayake lived up to expectations as she smashed Damayanthi Dharsha s 100 metres Junior National record, just a day after improving the legendary athlete s 200 metres meet record, on the final day of the Junior National Athletic Championship at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium here at Diyagama on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old, trained by A. D. Nandawathie (Nanda), clocked 11.85 seconds in the 100 metres heats before winning the Under-20 girls 100 metres final in a time of 11.88 seconds. Dharsha s record, established way back in 1993, stood at 12.0 seconds.
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Rumeshika set to break Dharsha s 100 metres record Sprinter improves Dharsha s 200 metres record for a second time
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - 11:03 AM SL Time
Just two days after being included in the Sri Lanka team for the Asian Athletic Championship, St. Joseph s Balika sprinter Rumeshika Ratnayake proved beyond doubt that she is a future prospect as she improved on Damayanthi Dharsha s Junior National 200 metres record for the second time in the meet on the third day of the Junior National Athletic Championship at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium on Monday.

The athlete coached by A.D. Nandawathie (Nanda) produced a blistering 24.12 seconds performance to win the Under-20 girls 200 metres title.
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Why authorities don t see Lakshani s beyond-her-age feats, queries coach
Monday, 25 May 2015 - 10:30 AM SL Time
Vidusha Lakshani won an Asian Junior Athletics Championship medal in 2014. She took under her belt the Junior National record (Under-20) in the same year. She was Sri Lanka s sole girls competitor at the IAAF World Junior Championships last year. She was selected for the Sri Lanka national team for the upcoming Asian Athletics Championship when she smashed the national record a fortnight ago at Diyagama. The 18-year-old improved her own meet record with a feat of 13.12 metres on the second day of the Junior National Championships yesterday.
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