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Basil to return soon
Friday, 27 March 2015 - 10:15 AM SL Time

Former economic development minister and UPFA MP Basil Rajapaksa has said that he would return to Sri Lanka soon and would assist in the ongoing police investigation into allegations made against him.

A spokesman of Mr. Rajapaksa said today that a court order sent to Mr. Rajapaksa s residence in Korathota, Gampaha had been accepted.

Earlier, a tense situation had prevailed when the court order was sent to Mr. Rajapaksa s Medamulana residence, which was unoccupied, as some protesters had objected to the pasting of the court order on the door.
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Sri Lankan president seeks to mend ties with China after port suspension
Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 9:08 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s President Maithripala Sirisena headed to Beijing on Wednesday seeking to end a stalemate over China`s biggest investment project in the island which his administration has suspended over allegations of wrongdoing.

The review of the $1.4 billion Colombo port city project ordered by Sirisena after he took office in January has become a sore point, with neither side showing signs of backing down.

China, which has invested millions of dollars in Sri Lanka`s infrastructure since the end of the civil war in 2009, has defended the port project, saying it was in line with local laws and any cancellation would deter foreign investors.
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Govt decides to go ahead with presidential palace at KKS it earlier criticised
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 11:13 AM SL Time

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided on Monday night to continue with the construction of the controversial Presidential Palace at Kankesanthurai in Jaffna.

President Maithripala Sirisena visited the building site few weeks ago and called it a Presidential Palace. However, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa denied that claim he said it was an international conference hall constructed with Cabinet approval.

Government spokesman and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday at the weekly cabinet press briefing held at the Information Department Auditorium that a Cabinet proposal presented by President Sirisena to continue the construction of Northern Province International Relationship Centre Building Complex had been approved.
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I will contest only under an SLFP-led alliance: MR
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 9:46 AM SL Time

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that if he was going to contest an election in the future it would only under an alliance led by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

He said he didn t want to contest from any other political party, despite several other political parties inviting him to do so. Those parties have the right to make such a request from me, the former President told the media after a meeting with a group of UPFA provincial councillors at the Abhayaramaya in Narahenpita yesterday.
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dual citizenships from Yesterday
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 9:40 AM SL Time

Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs, John Amaratunga said the issuing of dual citizenships which was suspended by the previous regime from 26 January 2011 is now made public that anyone can now...apply from yesterday (23) onwards. The new procedures have been laid down and the said amount to be paid has also has been laid down. The condition from which the citizenship retention and dual citizenship would be granted.

`The conditions are now available to all who were deprived of obtaining their dual citizenships for the last so many years. We regret about what had taken place in the past, however, this was a promise given by the President and the Prime Minister in the 100 day programme where they have specifically stated that dual citizenships would be revived no sooner the new government is formed.`
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National nutrition program for pregnant mothers launched
Monday, 23 March 2015 - 10:10 AM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday launched a national nutrition program for pregnant mothers_day.jsp' class=black>mothers aimed at eradicating low-weight births in the country.

The President launched the island wide program `Uththama Pooja` organized under the theme `Eradicating low-weight births from Sri Lanka` from Polonnaruwa yesterday.
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It s a great political betrayal Wimal
Monday, 23 March 2015 - 10:08 AM SL Time

National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa, yesterday alleged President Maithripala Sirisena was bending backwards to facilitate Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe s political agenda.

Parliamentarian Weerawansa said President Sirisena in his capacity as the leader of the SLFP had paved the way for a group of SLFPers to join Wickremesinghe s government early this week, most probably today. The former Housing and Construction Minister was addressing the media at party headquarters at Battaramulla.
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Ranatunga says likely to return as Cricket Board Chairman
Sunday, 22 March 2015 - 4:42 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka Cricket may get a boost with veteran cricketer and Ports and Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga set to announce in two weeks about taking up chairmanship at the board.

The minister addressing the media on Wednesday said, If I have time I will definitely come back as Sri Lanka Cricket Chairman, adding that his decision would be made in two weeks time. His comments came on Wednesday morning just before Sri Lanka were eased out of the 2015 ICC World Cup, being hammered by South Africa in the quarter finals.
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Colombo VC asked to step down, or will be removed
Sunday, 22 March 2015 - 4:40 PM SL Time

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama, has been asked to step down from office, well informed sources said yesterday. He would be removed if he does not do so. They said.

The suggestion that he should go had been previously made but has now been formally conveyed, these sources said.

Dr. Lalith de Silva is tipped to be appointed Competent Authority for the University until a permanent appointment is made.

There has been widespread agitation calling for the removal of the vice chancellor by the academic community, including protests at College House where his office is located, that were later suspended/abandoned.
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Foreign spies helped oust Mahinda Gota
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 - 4:35 PM SL Time

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that some countries had the wherewithal to overthrow democratically elected governments, though Sri Lanka lacked such capacity.

War veteran Rajapaksa points out that there had been many such interventions over the years in various parts of the world. Sri Lanka was a case in point, Rajapaksa said.

The ex- Defence Secretary was responding to a query on Derana 360 on Monday night whether he subscribed to his brother and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa s allegation that the American, British and Indian intelligence services had got him ousted. Alleging that he had been a victim of a conspiracy involving intelligence services the former President said, in an interview with The Hindu, that India s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was operating without the sanction of the central government. The comment was made ahead of former Sri Lankan leader s one-on-one meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi.
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President tells MR: Allow me to conduct affairs of SLFP
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 - 4:27 PM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday told his predecessor, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to let him conduct the affairs of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), as its Chairman, without any interference.

`I have to say very clearly, if he (Former President Rajapaksa) handed me the leadership of the party, he should allow me to conduct its affairs,` the President said, addressing electoral and district organizers of the SLFP, during a workshop for them at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute auditorium in Colombo yesterday.
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Rajitha refutes abduction charges
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 10:10 AM SL Time

Refuting allegations that his son had abducted an underage girl, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne today said that the girl had come willingly.

The parents of a girl on Sunday claimed that their daughter had been forcibly taken away by Eksath Senaratne, the second son of Minister Senaratne.

The girl had come willingly because of some of the issues with her parents. He didn t take her forcibly. She had also given a statement to the National Child Protection Authority that she had come willingly because of the issues at home, Minister Senaratne said.
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JVP and JHU at loggerheads over electoral reforms
Monday, 16 March 2015 - 10:35 AM SL Time

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), members in the National Executive Council (NEC) had reached an impasse with divergent opinions being expressed on electoral reforms.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), members in the National Executive Council (NEC) had reached an impasse with divergent opinions being expressed on electoral reforms.
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MiG airplane purchases to be probed
Saturday, 14 March 2015 - 10:17 AM SL Time

Financial misappropriations that had allegedly been committed during the purchase of four MiG airplanes from Ukraine in 2006, is being probed by the newly established Police Financial Fraud Investigation Division, Police said.

In a statement today, the Police said a complaint had been lodged, which alleged that a financial misappropriation worth over 14.5 million USD had been committed through this deal. Therefore, those involved in this deal will be probed, Police said.

Meanwhile, an investigation is also due to be launched into a financial irregularity that had been committed during the construction of the Kerawalapitiya power plant. According to information received by the Police so far, although the Ceylon Electricity Board was well capable of completing the constructions for a sum of 210 million USD, a total of 332 million USD had been spent on the constructions and Police said investigations were being conducted to ascertain who was responsible for the decision and the execution of the project that cost an additional of 122 million USD. Full Story     Post Reply To This

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