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Foul coal deal costs CEB Rs. 1.5 billion
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 9:50 AM SL Time

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) had suffered a loss of Rs. 1,507,044,116.25 due to substandard coal imported for the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant in 2012, Power Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi told Parliament yesterday.

Minister Wanniarachchi said: `This loss was due to a massive fraud which took place before I assumed duties as the Minister of Power and Energy. It happened during the tenure of my predecessor. Investigations are underway and I am ready to take action against anyone irrespective of their positions.`
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Bangladesh Army Assured Support to Raise Its Women s Corps Unit
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 11:26 AM SL Time

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, currently in Bangladesh at the invitation of Bangladesh s Chief of Army Staff, General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan began his itinerary on Sunday (19) by placing a floral wreath at the Shikha Anirban (Eternal Flame) memorial at Dhaka Cantonment in Bangladesh.

Next, was his visit to the Senakunja, Station Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment where a smart contingent of the Bangladesh Army performed a Guard Turnout and a Guard of Honour and greeted the Sri Lanka s Army Chief on arrival after the Adjutant General welcomed him warmly.
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GUNG-HO G20 GOING DOWN- Minister Amunugama
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 11:24 AM SL Time

The opposition UNP appointed committee called the `Group 20 or G 20` to lead the party`s polls campaign at a future national election will drive the beleaguered party towards further ruin instead of delivering a win, Senior Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said.

Minister Amunugama charged that the so-called `G 20` was dancing to the tune of some influential elites of society and certain foreign elements instead of thinking about the needs and aspirations of the common man.
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CHINA, JAPAN SAY GIVE US THE FISH
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 11:15 AM SL Time

Fisheries and Acquatic Resources Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said Japan and China, and two major foreign companies, have already expressed interest in sourcing fisheries products from Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka will be cut off from a slice of the seafood market, the European Union, starting next January as part of the EU s apparent sanctions on Lankan fish produce on ostensible grounds of conservation.
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Sri Lanka`s Sinhala Buddhist extremist group to contest for the upcoming elections
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 11:04 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s Sinhala Buddhist extremist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) announced that the organization would field candidates to the next general election.

The secretary of BBS Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero said the party would not however field Buddhist monks as candidates at the elections for the parliament, Provincial Councils or local governments. He said the candidates would be laymen.

Gnanasara Thero further said that the organization had already selected a leader and would be announced the candidacy at due time. The Thero vowed that their leader would be made the king of the Sinhala state. Full Story     Post Reply To This


President launches Divi Neguma Phase 6 today
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 10:53 AM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will preside over the commencement of the Divi Neguma National Program Phase Six at the auspicious time of 10.07 a.m. today. A program to plant vegetable seeds. fruit, coconut, herbal and other plants will also take place in 14,022 Grama Seva Divisions parallel to this event.

The First Phase of Divi Neguma program will be held under the theme `A prosperous mothers_day.jsp' class=black>motherland ` was launched in March 2011 with the objective of reviving and strengthening the economy, by raising family incomes.
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RANIL IS RANIL - Udaya Gammanpila
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 10:50 AM SL Time

UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has not given up his old habit of conniving with those campaigning for a separate state in Sri Lanka, Western Provincial Minister Udaya Prabath Gammanpila said yesterday. He stressed that his party is not even prepared to discuss their proposals with the Opposition Leader since he has shown himself to be anti-Sri Lankan.
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Sri Lanka to contest the European Court decision lifting sanctions on LTTE
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 10:19 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka has decided to contest the decision by the General Court of the European Union (EU)to annul the sanctions placed on the Tamil Tiger terrorist group and will send an envoy to seek support in the union against the ruling.

Sri Lanka`s EU Ambassador Rodney Perera is to travel to Strasbourg on Monday to attend the EU parliament`s plenary session and to mobilize two key committees, foreign affairs and security and defense, a report by Press Trust of India said.
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LTTE TERROR CAN RE-SURFACE
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 10:17 AM SL Time

Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) President V. Anandasangaree has warned the Sri Lankan government that the European Union Court s annulment of the EU s ban on the LTTE will be a push to revive the separatist, terrorist outfit in the Northern Province.

The veteran Tamil politician told The New Indian Express on Friday: Pro-LTTE groups both within the island and overseas have received a shot in the arm, and will now openly propagate the LTTE s cause of separatism and terrorism. The TNA will now up its ante reflecting the LTTE s demands.
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Top FAO official, hundreds of others turned away at Omanthai
Sunday, 19 October 2014 - 12:45 PM SL Time

A top United Nations official was turned away at the Omanthai checkpoint this week as the Defence Ministry started strictly enforcing a requirement that prior approval is needed for foreign passport holders to travel to the north. The UN s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Country Representative, Beth Crawford, was on her way to Kilinochchi on Wednesday when she was turned back.

Northern Province Agriculture Minister P. Iyngaranesan said he was also invited for the event for which the FAO Country Representative was invited to mark World Food Day, but he was told that Ms. Crawford had not been given permission to proceed beyond Omanthai.
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President to launch Divi Neguma Phase 6 on Monday
Sunday, 19 October 2014 - 12:42 PM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will preside over the commencement of the Divi Neguma National Program Phase Six on October 20 at the auspicious time of 10.07 a.m.

A program to plant vegetable seeds, fruit, coconut, herbal and other plants in 14,022 Grama Seva Divisions will be held parallel to this event. The First Phase of the Divi Neguma program, the theme of which is a prosperous mothers_day.jsp' class=black>motherland, was launched in March 2011 with the objective of reviving and strengthening the economy by raising family income.
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Sri Lanka`s National Freedom Front to support President for a third term
Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 9:56 AM SL Time

The National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition party of the Sri Lankan government has extended its support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election.

The leader of the NFF, Minister Wimal Weerawansa has assured the President that his party will be fully committed to his victory at the upcoming presidential election when he met with the President today at the Temple Trees.
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Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association endeavors to bridge digital divide for Sri Lankan Students
Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 9:54 AM SL Time

The Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association organized a special ceremony at the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka to present state of the art Computer Tablets to several bright Sri Lankan University Students. The selected students hailed from Medical, Law, Business and Finance faculties of different universities of Sri Lanka.

The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Qasim Qureshi graced the event as the Chief Guest. The event was also attended by the Deputy Head of Mission Pakistan Sarfaraz Sipra, officers of the High Commission as well as the Executive Committee of the Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association.
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British Deputy High Commissioner in Sri Lanka visits Jaffna
Friday, 17 October 2014 - 11:16 AM SL Time

British Deputy High Commissioner Laura Davies visited Jaffna town in Northern Province of Sri Lanka on 15 October, 2014, the High Commission in Colombo said.

During her visit, Ms. Davies has called on Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, Jaffna District Secretary Suntharam Arumainayagam and Bishop Thomas Savundranayagam.

She has also visited the Sabapathipillai Welfare Centre, the British Council and the Jaffna Public Library.
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