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Uva PC polls: JHU won t contest on UPFA ticket Rift widens
Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 10:15 AM SL Time

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) yesterday said that it wouldn t contest the forthcoming Uva Provincial Council polls on the UPFA ticket.

The JHU is the second UPFA constituent to decide against contesting the Uva PC polls. National Freedom Front (NFF) leader, Wimal Weerawansa on Tuesday (29) announced that his party wouldn t field candidates on the UPFA ticket over a simmering dispute over policy matters, including handling of accountability issues/war crimes.
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Uva Wellassa driven with new vigor under CM`s development thrust -
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 11:51 AM SL Time

The Uva Wellassa region which stood up against western imperialism in 1818, was completely devastated by the British rulers. The youth who were above the age of 16 years, were ordered to be killed by British Governor Robert Brownrigg, while irrigation schemes, paddy fields and houses were destroyed by the British rulers.

The region received step mothers_day.jsp' class=black>motherly treatment from successive governments even after the country gained independence from the British in 1948.
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Sri Lanka Election Commissioner to meet party secretaries tomorrow on Uva PC elections
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 11:48 AM SL Time

The Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya has summoned all the secretaries of the political parties expected to contest for the Uva Provincial Council election.

The meeting will be held at the Election Secretariat in Colombo tomorrow at 10 a.m.

The Election Commissioner is expected to enlighten the party secretaries about measures taken by the Election Department to guarantee a free and fair election, a spokesman of the Election Secretariat said.
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Muslims have contributed much for Lanka s progress
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 11:28 AM SL Time

I am pleased to send this message of greetings to the devotees of Islam as they celebrate the festival Eid ul-Fitr today, President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated in a message to mark the Ramazan festival.

The message: The Muslim community of Sri Lanka join their brothers in faith the world over today, to mark the completion of the important period of fasting and religious fervour, in keeping with the traditions of Islam.
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Govt s decisions not election oriented
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 11:24 AM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that whatever decision taken by the government has never been election oriented.

All decisions of the government were taken for the well being of the country and we did not gain any kind of advantage by these decisions, he said.

President Rajapaksa said the government is striving to mould students suitable to present themselves to the modern world.

The President was speaking at the national ceremony to distribute pairs of shoes and additional sets of uniform material to 642,292 students of 3,900 schools in the country.
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Noritake opens new flagship store in Colombo
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 12:12 PM SL Time

July 28, 2014 (LBT) - The first ever of its kind, Noritake s state-of -the -art mega flagship store, was opened recently in one of Colombo`s most exclusive shopping precincts at Dharmapala Mawatha

Systematically brought together to create the ultimate expression of Noritake, the flagship store presents the brand`s entire product range on three stories of this iconic structure. All Noritake products here have one thing in common: they all reflect the company`s philosophy based on exceptional quality, solid functionality, iconic design and wonderful innovation.
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India to name ISI mole in Pakistani mission in Colombo Plotting terror strikes on US and Israeli consulates in Chennai and Bangalore
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 12:09 PM SL Time

NEW DELHI, July 27: India will soon inform Sri Lanka about an official working in the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, who was playing a key role in planning terror strikes on the US consulate in Chennai and the Israeli consulates Bangalore at the behest of the Inter Services Intelligence, Pakistan s external spying outfit.

The information will be shared with Sri Lankan authorities by India s National Investigation Agency (NIA) under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) the two countries had signed in 2010, official sources here said.
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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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Sri Lankan university students protest in Colombo
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 10:57 AM SL Time

Thousands of university students in Sri Lanka today marched in the streets of Sri Lankan capital Colombo demanding the authorities to revoke a suspension imposed on 28 of their fellow students at the Rajarata University.

Sri Lanka university students` union, Inter University Students` Federation (IUSF) launched the protest march with the participation of students from all universities in the island.

The students carrying placards and shouting slogans staged a protest near the Fort Railway Station and marched to the University Grant Commission (UGC) in Ward Place, Colombo 07.
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The then Supreme Court and Sirisena Cooray
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 10:41 AM SL Time

The importance of an independent judiciary will dawn only when you are in the Opposition. Mr. Sirisena Corray became free and was able to walk free as there was an independent judiciary. People sometimes gets affected, when, with the enormous powers it has, the Supreme Court tries to arrest the sand mining activities in Deduru Oya, usurp the original jurisdiction of a Magistrate, conduct inquiries and sentence people to jail. The people get frustrated when the Supreme Court reduces the price of petrol, which is the mandate of the executive and pokes its hands into school admissions. People also lose faith when the husband of the Chief Justice is employed by the Government as head of a Corporation. The question of conflict of interest would creep in. No amount of sermonising that it is his fundamental right to be employed at a place he has chosen. The Chief Justice interfering with the working of the place where her husband has obtained employment, does not go down well with the people. In order to be independent of executive pressure Judges need tremendous courage and conviction. Judges must not only act as judges but must manifestly seem to act as judges.
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Sue cigarette companies: Minister
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 10:36 AM SL Time

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appealed to family members of those who had died of smoking-related ailments to sue the Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) taking a cue from a US Court ruling that the tobacco company should pay US$23.6 billion (nearly Rs.3000 billion) to the victim s wife.

I am disappointed with the recent court ruling that only 60% of the surface area of cigarette packets be covered with pictorial warnings despite all 225 members of Parliament that 80% of the surface area be covered with such warnings, the minister said adding that the Health Ministry would continue its fight to increase the surface area to be covered to 80%.
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JVP champions right to information
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 - 10:49 AM SL Time

Marxist Party wants to know why Weerawansa s wife travelled to Seychelles with Presidential delegation
No media freedom in SL because Govt. has too much to hide says JVP Leader

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has raised questions about the number of individuals travelling on Presidential delegations overseas, highlighting the case of Minister Wimal Weerawansa s spouse being a member of the official delegation to Seychelles recently.
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