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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 12:17 PM SL Time

The NGO National Peace Council`s game of supporting Tamil separatism and the pro LTTE diaspora under the banner of human rights is turning out to be a craftily mapped out plan to revive LTTE terrorism, said Western Provincial Minister and lawyer Udaya Gammanpila.

`They are on a mission to activate separatist networks while leading the international community astray with their human rights rhetoric,` Gammanpila said.

Reacting to a statement issued by National Peace Council (NPC) that has urged the government and other political parties to urgently set up institutions to enable giving a measure of autonomy to the Tamil people, Gammanpila said that the NPC is clearly functioning as a pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora front, that is trying to cause communal unrest in the country.
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 10:36 AM SL Time

A massive racket involving the large scale marketing of contaminated bottled water was bared when a raiding team from the Consumer Affairs Authority swooped on a bottled water manufacturing plant in Dalugama, Kelaniya yesterday and seized 37,000 units of bottled water found to be unfit for drinking.

The raid followed a tip-off received by Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando. CAA officers seized 37,000 contaminated water bottles including 12,000 bottles of 1.5 litres and 25,000 bottles of 500 mls, all worth over Rs. 3 million. CAA officials also seized half a million empty bottles to be used for refilling of contaminated water.z_p01-BOTTLING2.jpg
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Huge tax on sale of duty-free permits
Monday, 21 April 2014 - 9:47 AM SL Time

A ten per cent tax will have to be paid when vehicles bought on duty-free permits are transferred, the Government has decided.The move would mean persons transferring a vehicle bought from a duty free permit holder would have to pay about Rs. 500,000 in addition to other taxes.
According to a new circular issued by the Ministry of Finance, if the vehicle transfer is done within five years of its import using the duty free permit, the buyer will need to pay the tax which will be calculated on the CIF (Cost-Insurance-Freight) value of the vehicle.
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No room for any injustice to any community in Sri Lanka, President assures
Monday, 21 April 2014 - 9:45 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that there is no room for any community to suppress another community on the grounds of religion or ethnicity and assured that no injustice will be done to any ethnicity.

Speaking at the opening of the new bridge across Batticaloa lagoon connecting Batticaloa and Ampara, the President said certain foreign elements were trying to create problems between communities and religions and destroy national harmony by spreading false rumors.
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Sajith says H tota incident would further tarnish Lanka
Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 11:20 PM SL Time

Hambantota is fast becoming a place notorious for thuggery and crimes providing grist to the anti Lankan forces that question on the good governance and break down of law and order in the country, UNP Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa said in a media release yesterday.

Thursday s incident of government goons attacking five UNP MPs who tried to visit Mattala Air Port and Hambantota Harbour would further tarnish the image of Hambantota which had already been named as a dangerous place for visitors, the MP said in a release.
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Mervyn is better than them - Gnanasara Thero
Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 12:26 AM SL Time

Mervyn Silva is better than Hakeem, Wimal, Dilan and Wasu because he is a good Sinhalese Buddhist leader with a proper Buddhist background, General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero said today.

He added that the latter were the kind of people who were giving wrongful information about the BBS to the international community. The Thero challenged these individuals to an open debate.
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Round II of Fishermen Talks to Begin in Lanka on May 12
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 1:53 AM SL Time

Taking the dialogue process forward, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced that the second round of talks between the representatives of fishermen communities in the State and Sri Lanka will be held on May 12 and 13 in Colombo.

The announcement follows the release of 98 fishermen of Tamil Nadu and their 23 boats by Lankan authorities. The island nation s government took steps to release the fishermen and their vessels due to the firm stand taken by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on the issue.
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Supreme Court orders immediate removal of CIESOT s Board of Directors GK Chairman and 4 nominees to be appointed
Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 11:56 PM SL Time

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the immediate removal of the Board of Directors of CIESOT Pvt. Ltd., the biggest single shareholder of Ceylinco Insurance PLC, and directed the stakeholders, H. D. K. P. Alwis and E. T. L. Ranasinghe to appoint Golden Key (GK) Chairman, Priyantha Fernando and up to four others as nominated by him as members of the newly constituted board.

Fernando, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), heads GK as its Chairman in terms of a SC directive.
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New engineering faculties to be opened in Colombo, Jaffna, Kelaniya, J pura universities
Friday, 11 April 2014 - 11:36 AM SL Time

New engineering faculties would be opened in the Colombo, Jaffna, Kelaniya and Sri Jayewardenepura universities in the coming years to cope with the engineers shortage in the country, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairperson, Prof. S. S. M. K. Kshanika Hirimburegama said yesterday.

Addressing an MoU signing ceremony to introduce a local engineering degree under the newly founded Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC) at the UGC auditorium in Colombo, Prof. Hirimburegama said that Sri Lanka was facing a severe shortage of engineers in view of the country s rapid development since the end of the war.
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Pakistan Announces Jinnah Educational Scholarships 2014 for Sri Lankan youth
Friday, 11 April 2014 - 11:34 AM SL Time

Pakistan has invited applications for Jinnah Scholarship from Sri Lankan high school students pursuing studies at GCE O Levels and A Levels.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of a strict criteria involving merit and need for financial assistance, Pakistan High Commission said in a statement. The Scholarships will be awarded according to the final list of merits among all the application.

The Government of Pakistan is awarding Jinnah Educational Scholarships, named for the founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah, for past 9 years through Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka.
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UK says Sri Lanka`s human rights situation negative in many respects
Friday, 11 April 2014 - 11:22 AM SL Time

The United Kingdom said today that the human rights situation in Sri Lanka was of serious concern in 2013 and the overall trend is negative in many aspects despite the progress continued on post-conflict issues.

A Country of Concern report on Sri Lanka released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said although progress continued on post-conflict issues, such as re-building of infrastructure, and elections took place for the first time in the north of the country, the overall trend was negative in many respects.
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UK intervenes on behalf of Canadian held for heroin smuggling 36 kg heroin haul Man from Delhi in Colombo for rescue bid
Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 11:33 AM SL Time

Ongoing investigation into an abortive bid to smuggle in 36 kgs of heroin with a street value of Rs: 360 mn has taken an unexpected turn with British authorities claiming one of those who had been taken into custody following the detection was an undercover agent, working for them.

Police identified the suspect as one of the major heroin distributors in the country.

The Sri Lanka Customs made the detection during the first week of March this year.
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Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 10:17 AM SL Time

Speaking at the launch of 2013 Central Bank Annual Report at the Central Bank premises yesterday, President Rajapaksa stressed that the present economic stability will remain until 2050 and plans should be formulated accordingly.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said plans should not be formulated targeting 2020. He said he was presented a plan aiming at increasing tourist arrivals by one million by 2016 which he did not accept.
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Prof. Peiris declines to speculate on speculation
Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 10:05 AM SL Time

External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris has said that India s abstention at the vote on US-led resolution targeting Sri Lanka at the recently concluded UNHRC session in Geneva had strengthened avenues for dialogue.

`If you go on supporting resolutions against Sri Lanka then a dialogue becomes more difficult because of the coercive nature of the means that are required it [India s abstention] is certainly helpful and we appreciate it,` The Hindu quoted Prof. Peiris as having told the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo on Monday.
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