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Lankans Keen to Host Modi: Mahinda Rajapaksa
Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 10:20 AM SL Time

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* Lankans Keen to Host Modi: Mahinda Rajapaksa
Wed, Aug 20, 2014, 12:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 20 (NIE) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should visit Lanka because Lankans are eager to host him. `People want him to come here. If the Japanese Prime Minister and the Chinese President can come here,`
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Ranil flays MR s panel
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 11:52 AM SL Time

UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday demanded to know from the government the complex issues that had arisen with regard to the proceedings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances and Missing Persons, causing the need to obtain services of a panel of experts.

Making a special statement in Parliament, the Opposition Leader said: `In answer to a question asked by me under Standing Order 23(2), G L Peiris, Minister of External Affairs stated that the Chairman of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances and Missing Persons had informed the President that in view of the large numbers of representations that
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Sri Lanka`s coasts, agriculture under threat from climate change -ADB report
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 11:43 AM SL Time

Widespread degradation of Sri Lanka`s coastal and agricultural resources due to climate change could cost the country`s economy more than 6% of its gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of this century, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) climate and economics report for South Asia.

The report, titled Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia, says the South Asian economies are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the many climate risks. Coastal areas and megacities are exposed to rising sea level and intensifying storm surges.
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JVP leader`s case against Dinamina dismissed with costs - See more at:
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 9:27 AM SL Time

The case filed by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake claiming Rs. 50 million from the Dinamina newspaper was dismissed by the Colombo District Court with costs.

Dismissing the case against Dinamina Consultant Editor Mahinda Abeysundera, the Court held that the general public has the right to be informed about the true facts pertaining to Parliamentarians and that the news item published relating to MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake had been carried without malice in the public interest.
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Sri Lanka main opposition to appoint Sajith Premadasa as deputy leader - report
Monday, 18 August 2014 - 9:53 AM SL Time

Senior members of Sri Lanka`s main opposition United National Party (UNP) have reportedly held discussions regarding a proposal to appoint the rebel party senior Sajith Premadasa as the deputy leader in an attempt to unite the party that is estranged over its leadership.

Sources close to the UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has revealed that the UNP leader is considering to appoint Premadasa as the deputy leader to unite and strengthen the party before the Uva Provincial Council elections, a report in local newspaper Ceylon Today said.
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Over 10,000 quack doctors in Sri Lanka, the doctor`s union finds
Monday, 18 August 2014 - 9:46 AM SL Time

There are over 10,000 quack doctors in Sri Lanka practicing western medicine without qualifications, the trade union of government doctors Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has found.

An investigation conducted by a team of doctors of GMOA led by Dr. Haritha Aluthgama has identified 10,400 fake doctors who are currently operating in the country without proper qualifications or licenses swindling the unwary public.

The investigation has found that 26.4 percent of private dispensary doctors are quacks. In the Gampaha town alone 35 percent of the doctors are unqualified to treat public, the national news agency Lankapuvath reported.
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JVP to blow the lid
Saturday, 16 August 2014 - 9:56 AM SL Time

The JVP is planning to expose the academic and professional qualifications of those who have been enrolled to the foreign service, on the basis of cronyism and overlooking merit.

These appointments have been made based on cronyism and political affiliation, claimed JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.
He noted that appointments made in the foreign service devoid of merit, deprived a fundamental right of the people of this country. Dissanayake said he was discussing the matter with his lawyers to see whether it could be brought before Court.
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End of war paved way for village development
Saturday, 16 August 2014 - 9:54 AM SL Time

president Mahinda Rajapaksa proposed the name New Village instead of Remote Village. Village development would have been a dream if the war had not ended, said Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

The minister was addressing a seminar in the Uva Paranagama electorate recently. In keeping with the concept, `Rata Rakina Nil Pawura- Surekimu Maw Bima`, a series of seminars have been organized by the Women`s Wing of the SLFP. About 2,000 women attended the seminar.
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India appreciates Sri Lankan President`s goodwill gesture to release Indian fishermen
Friday, 15 August 2014 - 10:15 AM SL Time

India appreciated Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa`s order yesterday to release all Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody on the occasion of India`s Independence Day that is celebrated tomorrow.

The High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha expressed his appreciation for the President`s gesture when he called on the President this morning at Temple Trees.

President Rajapaksa, expressing concern about the impact this situation is having on both the lives of fishermen and the environment, expressed the need for a permanent solution.
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Mangala to go before UNHRC and local Panels
Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 10:48 AM SL Time

United National Party (UNP) MP Mangala Samaraweera today said he would likely testify before the panel appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner (UNHRC) to look into the happenings in the final stages of war in Sri Lanka and the Missing Persons Commission appointed by the Sri Lankan government.

Mr. Samaraweera told media that he would possibly tell the two panels on the activities of LTTE and inform the two panels on the assets that were held by the LTTE and what became of them.
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UPFA to conduct robust Uva campaign
Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 10:33 AM SL Time

The United People`s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has scheduled a powerful election campaign for the up coming Uva Provincial Council Election, said Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma.

He was addressing the media yesterday at the SLFP`s weekly media conference held at the SLFP Headquarters.

Minister Alahapperuma said that the election campaign of the ruling coalition for the forthcoming Uva Provincial Council polls has been officially launched with the strong expectation of a landslide victory in the election.
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Tsunami aid to Lanka overbilled Canadian Court
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 10:01 AM SL Time

A company based on the Prince Edward Island (PEI) province of Canada over-billed and misled the Canadian government while working on a multi-million dollar contract overseas to provide aid to Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, the P.E.I. Supreme Court has ruled, according to a news item published by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation yesterday.
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BBS warns Muslim group over anti-Israeli protests in Colombo
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 9:59 AM SL Time

Recollecting significant Israeli support to Sri Lanka s successful war against terrorism, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has warned that it would mount a counter protest campaign if Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ) launched demonstrations in Colombo against the ongoing Israeli operations against Hamas.

A senior BBS spokesperson told The Island yesterday that the BBS was aware of SLTJ s efforts to launch protests in Colombo most probably today (Aug 13) condemning the government of Israel.
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Postal voting on September 4, 5
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - 10:20 AM SL Time

Postal voting for the Uva Provincial Council election will be held on September 4 and 5, the Elections Department officials stated in a release yesterday. All postal voters should produce the National Identity Card or a valid identity document approved by the Elections Department, the release added.

The Uva PC elections will be held on September 20.

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