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Pope approves canonization for Sri Lanka`s first saint
Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 10:52 AM SL Time

The Pope Francis today approved the canonization for Sri Lanka`s first saint Blessed Joseph Vaz, a 17th-century missionary who worked in Sri Lanka amid the persecution of Catholics by the Dutch colonial rulers.

Pope Francis today approved the votes in favor of the Ordinary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops about the canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz.

The Pope has finally decided to convene soon a consistory for the canonization of the priest, the Vatican said.
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TN fishermen to meet Swaraj over SL issue
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 11:02 AM SL Time

Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Pon.Radhakrishnan has assured a 15-member fisherfolk team from Poompuhar to fix an appointment with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to represent their grievances, according to fishermen panchayatar association representatives.

Mr. Radhakrishnan assured to fix the meeting on September 18 or 19. Fisherfolk from the village were demanding the release of 21 fishermen from Poompuhar, Vanagiri and Puthukuppam areas along with their boats by the Sri Lankan Navy.
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President thanks China for N cholai, reduces electricity and fuel price
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 10:58 AM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday announced that electricity tariff would be reduced by 25 per cent with immediate effect. He also declared that prices of diesel, petrol and kerosene would be reduced by Rs. 3, Rs. 5 and Rs. 20 respectively from midnight.

The announcement was made by President Rajapaksa following the inauguration of the third phase of the Chinese-built Norochcholai Lakvijaya coal-fired power plant.
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Sri Lanka-China to negotiate FTA during historic Chinese President s visit
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 10:03 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka and China in recent years have developed increasingly closer economic and trade relations and a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries will boost Sri Lanka s future development, according to the government of Sri Lanka.
Both Sri Lanka and China anticipate that Chinese President Xi Jinping s visit to the island today, a first by a Chinese head of state in 28 years, will expand cooperation and cement the ties in trade and economy between the two countries.
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Ambalangoda IP arrested
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 10:02 AM SL Time

Ambalangoda Police Crime Investigation Division Inspector was interdicted on charges of having assaulted an Army Intelligence Unit Lieutenant at the Police station.

The lieutenant in his said he was assaulted when he when to the police station to inquire about his brother who had been arrested for allegedly robbing a golden chain. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 1 )


Sri Lanka main opposition party promises one million jobs under a future government
Monday, 15 September 2014 - 11:24 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s main opposition United National Party says that a future government under the party will take measures to provide one million jobs to the island youth.

Addressing an election rally at Lunuwatta, Uva-Paranagama in Badulla district, the leader of Opposition and the party, Ranil Wickremasinghe said that out of the one million, 100,000 jobs will be given to the youth who work for the party.

Wickremasinghe said that if the party comes to power in the Uva Province at the upcoming election the party will resolve several problems the people of the province are facing and employment for youth is one of them.
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UPFA makes a din: JVP
Monday, 15 September 2014 - 11:23 AM SL Time

A novel strategy has been put in place by the leaders of the UPFA to prevent meetings of other parties in the Moneragala District, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) charged today.

JVP accused that some higher-ups in the ruling UPFA in Monerala prevented the JVP from holding an election rally on Saturday by holding a rival meeting at the same venue.

JVP candidate R. M. Jayawardene, who heads the party s group in the Moneragala District told the Daily Mirror that his party was getting ready to hold the rally in Weheragala on Saturday when the UPFA members came with a mobile stage, started a rally almost on the same location.
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China assures no more unusual breakdowns at Norochcholai
Saturday, 13 September 2014 - 11:24 AM SL Time

China yesterday assured that there would be no more unusual breakdowns at the Norchcholai Coal-fired Power Plant (NCPP) once a technical service agreement was signed during President Xi Jinping visit to Sri Lanka next week.

The Chinese Ambassador in Colombo Wu Jianghao during an interaction with a group of journalists said that breakdowns would be a thing of the past, once the Ceylon Electricity Board and constructor of the plant China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) finalised the technical service agreement, during Jinping s visit, the first in 28 years by a President of his country.
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Do not upset SL over human rights: Aussie academic
Saturday, 13 September 2014 - 11:18 AM SL Time

A University of Sydney academic has urged delegates at a human rights conference to go soft on the Sri Lankan government, which has refused to investigate war-time atrocities that allegedly occurred at the end of its civil war five years ago.

Danielle Celermajer, an associate professor at the university, told 100 delegates they should be `mindful of the heightened sensitivity and fragility` at the conference in Bangkok after Sri Lankan authorities has told to withdraw its military and police participants.
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Sri Lanka preparing to celebrate next Independence Day in Hambantota district
Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 9:52 AM SL Time

The Sri Lankan government announced today that it has decided to hold the 67th Independence Day celebrations in Hambantota district.

The Independence Day will be held on February 04, 2015 at the premises of the Weeraketiya Central College in Tangalle, a major town in the Hambantota district, the Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs W.D.J. Seneviratne said at a function held today at the Prime Minister`s office to discuss the arrangements to be made.
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Mangala asks Sajith to work and show
Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 9:51 AM SL Time

While rejecting claims that he would join the Government, UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera today asked UNP front-liner Sajith Premadasa to show by actions than by words that he would work for the victory of National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at a presidential election.
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STORM IN A TEACUP
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 10:53 AM SL Time

Additional Elections Commissioner R.M.L. Ratnayake, asked by the Daily News if it was true that election monitors have received hundreds of complaints to the effect that there have been election related violence that had taken place in the Moneragala district, said: They may have said so, but the numbers do not reflect the actual situation in-so-far as the alleged violations are concerned.

He said Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya will meet with Secretaries of all political parties contesting the Uva Provincial Council election, together with Divisional Secretaries of Badulla and Moneragala districts, the election observer bodies and district election officers, for a discussion.
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SLFP conventions at electoral level in full swing
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 10:51 AM SL Time

The SLFP intends to have party conventions at electoral level in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in early October in accordance with an overall political strategy meant to revamp the party.

Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister and SLFP Treasurer Dallas Alahapperuma yesterday told The Island that the party would hold its annual convention in early November after completing electoral conventions at all 168 electorates.
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Sri Lanka main opposition party`s 68th anniversary celebrations tomorrow
Saturday, 6 September 2014 - 10:15 AM SL Time

The 68th anniversary of Sri Lanka`s main opposition United National Party (UNP) will be held tomorrow (September 06th) at the Passara Common Play Grounds in Badulla district.

The anniversary rally will begin at 2 p.m. under the patronage of party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe under the theme `Honorable Country - Prosperous tomorrow`.

UNP Leadership Council, the members of the Working Committee, the MPs, the Provincial Councilors and the local government members of the party are to participate in the rally Saturday.
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