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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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Sri Lanka main opposition appoints G20 to lead party`s election campaign
Friday, 17 October 2014 - 11:15 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s main opposition United National Party (UNP) has appointed a committee called the `Group 20 or G 20` to lead the party`s election campaign for much anticipated presidential election.

The appointments to the G20 had been made at the last working committee meeting.

The G20 reportedly is led by the UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and includes Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, and all members of the Leadership Council which is chaired by parliamentarian Karu Jayasuriya. Jayasuriya has been appointed as the vice president of the group.
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EU court lifts LTTE sanctions
Friday, 17 October 2014 - 11:11 AM SL Time

European Union (EU) judges struck down anti-terrorism sanctions imposed on the Tamil Tigers by the European Union, citing a technicality, but said on Thursday that the assets of the Sri Lankan group should remain frozen for the time being.

The bloc`s lower court said a decision by EU leaders in 2006 to place the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on a list of terrorist organisations had been based on `imputations derived from the press and the Internet` rather than on direct investigation of the group`s actions, as required by law.
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Opposition Leader asks Sri Lankan government to increase income of people for sustainable relief
Thursday, 16 October 2014 - 10:58 AM SL Time

Leader of Opposition and the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe today called on the government to increase the income of the people and provide lasting concessions if the government is serious about providing relief to the public.

He said what the government has done so far is to reduce the prices of selected items and services targeting the elections.

Pointing out that government fearing a defeat at the Uva Provincial Council election reduced the electricity rates and fuel prices just before the election, Mr. Wickremasinghe asked the government to provide lasting concessions to the working people through the next budget and not just election time reliefs.
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Sri Lanka business chamber, Central Bank jointly hold seminar on monetary policy
Thursday, 16 October 2014 - 10:45 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s main business chamber, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) together with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka will conduct a seminar on `Sri Lanka`s Monetary Policy Program`.

Dr Nandalal Weerasinghe, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank will address the seminar that will be held on October 20, at 3.00 p.m. at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce auditorium at Navam Mawatha.
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