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Emir of Qatar to visit Sri Lanka next month
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 11:37 AM SL Time

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, will arrive in Sri Lanka next month on an invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Investment Promotion Faizer Mustafa has said.

It has been reported that the Emir is visiting Sri Lanka to explore investment opportunities in the island.

The Emir and President Rajapaksa discussed Sri Lanka`s investment opportunities when they met on September 25 on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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A day of frugal meals and visits by party faithful
Monday, 29 September 2014 - 9:56 AM SL Time

For AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa, who is known to be an early riser, Sunday at the Parappana Agrahara prison was no different.

Her first full day in jail began as early as 5.30 am. Prison officials told The Hindu that the three-time Chief Minister asked the authorities for five newspapers three Tamil and two English.

This was followed by her request to take a walk on the premises, which was allowed.
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Panneerselvam to be TN chief minister
Monday, 29 September 2014 - 9:54 AM SL Time

A day after a special court in Bangalore unseated AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa as Tamil Nadu chief minister by sentencing her to four years imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case, party MLAs on Sunday elected O Panneerselvam as her successor, as she wished.

Jayalalithaa`s erstwhile cabinet colleagues - Panneerselvam, Natham R Vishwanathan, R Vaithilingam and Edappadi K Palaniswami - tried to meet her at the Parappana Agrahara jail in Bangalore in the morning to apprise her of the developments that followed her imprisonment. However, prison authorities refused to permit them to meet her. They did not permit a team of officials also from Chennai, led by former chief secretary and advisor to government Sheela Balakrishnan, to meet her. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Two opposition politicians to join Sri Lanka`s major opposition party
Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 1:08 PM SL Time

Two politicians of minor opposition political parties in Sri Lana are expected to join the main opposition United National Party.

According to sources, discussions have been held with the UNP leadership for Democratic National Alliance (DNA) MP Tiran Alles to join the UNP. Alles is the owner of a newspaper publishing company in Sri Lanka. He acts independent of the DNA for some time.
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Sri Lanka Muslim Council expresses concern over the visit of the controversial Buddhist monk from Myanmar
Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 12:59 PM SL Time

It has been reported that the radical Buddhist monk from Myanmar Ashin Wirathu has arrived in Sri Lanka to attend the Maha Sangha Council meeting of Sri Lankan Buddhist Organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) on Sunday September 28.

The visit of the monk, labeled as the `Buddhist Bin Laden of Burma`, for his violent anti-Muslim sentiments, to Sri Lanka has alarmed the Muslim community in the island nation.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Council has written to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa urging him deny visa to the controversial monk to visit the country.
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U.S. court issues summons against Modi
Friday, 26 September 2014 - 11:28 AM SL Time

Even before he touched down on U.S. soil after a nine-year visa ban, a federal court in New York has issued summons against the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his role in presiding over the anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat during 2002 when he was Chief Minister of the state.

The lawsuit, filed by the American Justice Center (AJC), a non-profit human rights organisation identified among the plaintiffs `two survivors of the horrific and organised violence of Gujarat 2002`, and called for a response from Mr. Modi based on the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA).
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JVP vehemently opposes President seeking a third term
Friday, 26 September 2014 - 11:23 AM SL Time

The JVP said yesterday it would think of the presidential election only after the government made an official announcement to that effect, but the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa was not eligible to contest a third term as he was appointed for the second term under the relevant provisions in the 1978 Constitution.

`We will announce our presidential candidate and prepare for the election once it is announced, but at present we are only fighting against Rajapaksa s endeavour to seek a third term,` JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said.
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Sri Lanka implements loan schemes to benefit women entrepreneurs in North and East
Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 12:48 PM SL Time

Both the Sri Lankan government and private sector organizations had implemented various loan schemes to promote entrepreneurial opportunities for the women in the North and the East, Deputy Minister of Finance and International Monetary Co-operation Dr. Sarath Amunugama said today.

Describing the loan schemes implemented for the women in the war-affected provinces, the Minister Amunugama said Entrepreneur loan scheme and the `Liya Isura` interest free loan scheme for women were the two main loan schemes for women entrepreneurs.
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Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 12:46 PM SL Time

Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Dr. P.B. Jayasundera said the government s target is to develop education and health sectors in the forthcoming budget.

He said the budget has envisaged a three year plan aimed at building people s lives.

The President will announce a three year national development plan through the 2015 budget which will help build the people s lives, he said.

The people s welfare will be the ultimate aim of all development targets, he said.

The 2015 budget will be unique in the history of the country. It is the 10th budget to be presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Finance Minister, the Finance Ministry Secretary said at a meeting with Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Provincial Ministers, councillors and officials to obtain their views prior to preparing the 2015 budgetary proposals.
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Karu condemns ugly post-election violence in Uva
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 10:10 AM SL Time

The main opposition UNP yesterday condemned the scale of post-election violence allegedly unleashed by the ruling UPFA in the Uva Province, targeting party members and supporters. Following is the full statement issued by UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya:
As usual, the UPFA and its maniacal supporters have resorted to celebrating their narrow win, which they achieved with greatest of difficulties and the help of some most cruel and violent means after violating every possible election law, by launching merciless attacks against unarmed peaceful UNPers.
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MR arrives in New York for UNGA, Climate Summit
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 10:01 AM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in New York City yesterday on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that is taking place this week.

President Rajapaksa is scheduled to deliver the national statement at the Climate Summit today, and deliver his speech at the UNGA on Wednesday. It will be the President s seventh address to the General Assembly.

In addition to the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly, the President is also expected to participate in several other major international events that are taking place this week including the Climate Summit 2014, the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative and a meeting with the Commonwealth Heads of Governments.
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Sri Lanka`s main opposition party to appoint Sajith Premadasa to Deputy Leader post tomorrow
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 10:30 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) tomorrow will appoint the Hambantota district parliamentarian and former deputy leader Sajith Premadasa to the deputy leader post once again, according to sources close to the party.

The Party will also appoint Moneragala District MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara as a Senior Deputy Chairman, sources said.
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Sri Lanka expresses concern about the increasing use of armed drones in counterterrorism
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 10:25 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka Monday expressed concern at the 27th session of the United Nations Human Right Council in Geneva about the increasing use of remotely controlled armed drones for countering terrorism violating other States` air space and causing civilian casualties.

Addressing the panel discussion on the use of remotely piloted aircraft or armed drones in counterterrorism and military operations, Sri Lanka said it is greatly concerned by the increasing use of remotely piloted aircraft or armed drones in counterterrorism operations, violating the international human rights and humanitarian laws, in particular the principles of precaution, distinction and proportionality.
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UNP chief ministerial candidate Harin Fernando tops preferential votes at Uva PC election
Monday, 22 September 2014 - 10:10 AM SL Time

The chief minister candidate of Sri Lanka`s main opposition United National Party, Harin Fernando has received the highest number of preferential votes at the Uva Provincial Council elections held Saturday.

Fernando topped the preferential votes securing 173,993 votes while his opponent, Sashendra Rajapaksa from the ruling United People`s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) came in second with 96,619 votes.

At the yesterday`s election, which was viewed as a test for the popularity of the UPFA, the party won the election with 19 seats (with the 2 bonus seats) in the Uva Provincial Council while the main opposition UNP won 13 seats and JVP 2 seats.
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