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Bond Scam: Handunnetti walks out of COPE meeting
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - 11:43 AM SL Time

Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Chairman MP Sunil Handunnetti walked out of today s COPE meeting in protest over several UNP MPs allegedly influencing Auditor General to withdraw his statement from the COPE report on Central Bank (CB) Bond Sale Scam.

Source said the UNP MPs made strong influence on the Auditor General to withdraw his observations. Full Story     Post Reply To This

President to visit Iran in Dec.
Monday, 24 October 2016 - 10:27 AM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena is to visit Iran in December to strengthen relations with the Islamic Republic, Iranian media reported.

According to the Iran Islamic Republic News Agency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Southeast Asia last month where he met with his Sri Lankan counterpart on the sidelines of the Asia Corporation Dialogue summit in Bangkok.

They exchanged views about many international and regional issues. President Sirisena visited Iran in December 2006, it was reported. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Mervyn says authorities too quick to act against cops in Jaffna shooting
Monday, 24 October 2016 - 10:16 AM SL Time

Former Minister Mervyn Silva commenting on the deaths of the youths who died recently in Jaffna, after they were shot at by the police allegedly for disobeying orders to stop their motorcycle when ordered to do so, today said the authorities had acted too hastily to take action against the police personnel who were involved in the shooting.
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PM returns from Belgium
Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 11:04 AM SL Time

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe returned to the country a short while ago after a five-day official visit to Belgium.

He left for Brussels on Sunday where he met his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel, Prince Laurent and top officials of the European Commission and the European Union. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Mihin Lanka should not be disbanded: Arundika
Friday, 21 October 2016 - 10:41 AM SL Time

Tourism Development Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando said today that he would request President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe not to shut down Mihin Lanka.

Addressing a media briefing at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headquarters yesterday Deputy Minister Fernando said shutting down Mihin Lanka was not a good idea. It is hard to create a brand name like Mihin Lanka in the airline industry and the airline had been operated as a profitable service while serving domestically, he said.
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I will donate money from alleged offshore account, if found: MR
Friday, 21 October 2016 - 10:39 AM SL Time

Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that if anyone found the US$18 billion that the government alleges he has stored in secret offshore accounts, he would use it to remove the tax imposed on medicine and use the money to give relief to patients.

Addressing the media at a ceremony held at Nelum Mawatha, the former President said that it was not fair to impose taxes on medicines and hospital charges. Those facilities should be given to people without charging a tax, he said. Accruing tax from patients is an inhuman act, he said.
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Don`t change provisions on NF, NA, Buddhism: JO
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 12:21 PM SL Time

In its proposals to the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reforms, the joint opposition (JO) has said the constitutional provisions on matters such as the National Flag (NF) and National Anthem (NA)and the status accorded to Buddhism should in no way be compromised.

The JO states that sovereignty rested in the people and was inalienable according to the current constitution and should be retained unchanged. It said the Territory of the Republic as in Article 5 of the 1978 Constitution should be preserved.
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MR says surprised over President`s FCID remark
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 12:17 PM SL Time

Former President and Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said he was surprised to note that President Maithripala Sirisena was unaware of the action of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID).

Addressing a religious ceremony at a temple in Lunugamvehera on Sunday, he said the Executive President should be strong enough to run the country properly. But during the past two years the government focused only on taking revenge, he said.

He said the government took revenge not only from him and his family members but also from Buddhist monks.
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PM in Belgium
Monday, 17 October 2016 - 10:51 AM SL Time

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for Brussels, Belgium this morning for high level discussions with EU to obtain the GSP Plus relief back to Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister is expected to meet his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel and Prince Laurent as well as top officials of European Commission and European Union during his tour. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Gammanpila granted bail
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 10:03 AM SL Time

Colombo High Court today granted bail MP Udaya Gammanpila bail in connection with two indictments filed by the Attorney General over charges of illegally representing Australian citizen, Brain Shaddik, in 1995.

The MP was released on bail for the first indictment on a cash bail of Rs. 500,000 and two sureties bail of Rs. two million each by High Court Judge Pathmini N. Ranawaka.

High Court Judge Heiyanthuduwa also granted the MP a cash bail of Rs. 100,000 and two sureties of Rs. 500,000 each for the second indictment related to the same matter.
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Massive profits earned by Bond Trader: Monetary Board to decide on Friday
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 10:01 AM SL Time

Acting Finance Minister Lakshmana Yapa Abeywardane said today the SLFP members in the Government were awaiting the decision of the Monetary Board (MB) on the phenomenal profits earned by bond trader Perpetual Treasuries for the year ending March 2016.

He told the media briefing held at his office that they would take their next step based on this decision but he did not elaborate what that step would be.

He said this controversy had tarnished the image of the unity government and therefore a quick response from the Monetary Board was vital to clear the air.
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Basil and former IGP at PRECIFAC
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 - 9:37 AM SL Time

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former IGP Mahinda Balasuriya arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) to give statements over two separate allegations.

The PRECIFAC summoned Mr. Rajapaksa to record a statement in connections with the alleged misappropriation of funds which occurred at the Upcountry Development Authority during the previous government.
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Namal files two defamatory cases
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 - 9:37 AM SL Time

MP Namal Rajapaksa today filed two defamatory cases in the Colombo District Court against two investigative officers of the FCID on the manner in which it had investigated allegations of misappropriating Rs.70 million paid to him by the Krrish Company for a rugby tournament in 2013.

Counsel Athula Silva appearing for Mr. Rajapaksa filed two separate cases claiming Rs.100 million each as compensation from the respondents -- FCID OIC R.A.K.Premaratne and SI Shantha Lal.

In his petition, Mr. Rajapaksa stated that the manner in which the investigation was carried by the FCID was improper and illegal and that the prosecution had deliberately violated the procedural aspects of conducting an inquiry with the intention of tarnishing his political image.
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Duminda hospitalised
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 - 9:35 AM SL Time

Former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva, who is currently serving a death sentence at the Welikada Prison, has been sent to the Prisons Hospital to be treated for yellow fever, according to hospital sources.

After being sentenced to death on September 8 this year, for the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra killing, he has filed an appeal while in a special section of the Chapel ward in the Prison.

When asked Prisons Commissioner Thushara Upuldeniya about this concern, he said the former Parliamentarian was admitted to the Welikada Hospital as he suffered from yellow fever. Full Story     Post Reply To This

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