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Mahindananda Aluthgamage Nominated As COPE Member Despite Corruption Charges
Sunday, 12 June 2016 - 2:29 AM SL Time

The Joint Opposition has nominated MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage as a member of the Parliamentary Committee of Public Enterprises.

Aluthgamage was nominated for the COPE committee after the Joint Opposition was asked to nominate a member for the COPE committee.

Interestingly, Aluthgamage`s name has been linked to some of the allegations investigated by the COPE committee.

Aluthgamage was the Sports Minister under the Rajapaksa administration.

However, none of the members of the committee has so far raised objections over Aluthgamage`s nomination as a member of the COPE, Parliamentary sources said.
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Sri Lankan President under pressure to sack top banker
Saturday, 11 June 2016 - 1:25 AM SL Time

The government should sack Sri Lanka`s Central Bank chief Arjuna Mahendran if his conduct has been found `undesirable`, the country`s Petroleum Minister today demanded amid allegations that the top banker`s son-in- law benefited unduly from a USD 76 million bond auction.

The demand has piled pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena, who won elections in January last year on a promise to end cronyism and corruption, from his own Freedom Party.
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Gota calls for army chief s resignation
Tuesday, 7 June 2016 - 6:00 PM SL Time

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said yesterday the Commander of the Army should accept the full responsibility for the mishap that took place at the Salawa Army Camp in Kosgama where an ammunition dump exploded on Sunday resulting in the evacuation of thousands of people. `The Commander should accept the responsibility and resign immediately,` Rajapaksa said.

The Army Commander should admit that the Sunday s incident was the result of his failure to take necessary security measures to ensure the safety of such an important armoury, Rajapaksa said, adding that had he been the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence still, the commander would have been sacked.
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India to be Stakeholder in Port City
Sunday, 5 June 2016 - 8:18 PM SL Time

Five leading Indian companies, based in Mumbai, have expressed willingness to invest in the Chinese-funded Colombo Port City project.

Three of the five companies already have a strong presence in Sri Lanka, top government sources told the Sunday Observer. With this development, India, which earlier raised concerns over the Colombo Port City project, is likely to become an important stakeholder of the development plan.
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The Story Behind The World`s Emptiest International Airport
Sunday, 29 May 2016 - 8:30 PM SL Time

Hardly anybody goes to Sri Lanka s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) because they have a flight. No, the air transport hub is currently a daily flight or two away from being completely defunct, and the people who do go there tend to be tourists making a side trip from the nearby wildlife parks to see the stunning, fully modern airport in the middle of the jungle for themselves.

I arrived at HRI, which is located in Sri Lanka s southern Hambantota district, in the mid-morning to find a group of tourists huddle together in front of its passenger terminal. I asked them why they wanted to visit an empty airport.
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Another Vehicle bonanza for MPs
Saturday, 28 May 2016 - 5:52 PM SL Time

The government has decided to grant an additional vehicle lease option to all MPs entitling them to an additional vehicle besides the duty free vehicles to which they are now entitled to, Parliament sources said.
A Cabinet Paper in this connection had been submitted by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake on 10 March and based on that paper the names of MPs who will be entitled to this vehicle bonanza are to be obtained from Party leaders.

All vehicles purchased on this lease provision will be provided through the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Media and once the tenures of such MPs who obtain such vehicles end, the full cost of the said vehicles will be recovered from the MPs at that time. The values of annual insurance covers for, as well as the annual income taxes due on these vehicles are to be borne by the Ministry of Finance while the maintenance costs and repair costs will have to be borne by the MPs.
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Clinton E-Mail Scandal: Never wanted Sri Lanka LTTE defeated
Friday, 27 May 2016 - 12:40 PM SL Time

The U.S. Department of State`s - highly impartial and non-partisan watchdog - Office of Inspector General found fault on May 25 with Hillary Clinton for the use of a private e-mail server which contained sensitive and classified material during the time she was secretary of state.

The OIG found that Clinton did not comply with the agency`s policies on records in her use of private email while US secretary of state.

Thousands of emails that Clinton sent from the private account during her tenure as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2012 have been made public last year as a result of Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by an investigative journalist.
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Army Field Engineers Begin Post-Recovery Work with Other Agencies
Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 5:12 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka Army troops, including 1 Field Engineer Regiment this morning (25) hand in hand with the Ministry of Land Reclamation, began to clear the Attanagalu Oya outfall at Ja-Ela which remained disrupted due to heaps of garbage washed away in recent floods.

Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army, responding positively to a request of respective state agencies, instructed 1 Field Engineers of the Army to liaise with the post-flood recovery management project of the government and assist it by way of providing necessary machinery and manpower with professional knowledge.
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Harin to make official apology in Parliament today
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 - 12:37 PM SL Time

Minister Harin Fernando is to make an official apology in Parliament today for using unparliamentary language during a heated parliamentary debate last week.

The Telecom Minister under severe criticism for his behaviour, was summoned before Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for a disciplinary inquiry on the incident last Friday as well.

I could have denied the incident as there was no video evidence and there were a lot of MPs around me. But I owned up to my mistake, and I may have to face disciplinary action as a result, Fernando said.
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Anura Senanayake taken into custody in connection to Thajudeen murder
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 5:04 AM SL Time

Former senior DIG Anura Senanayake was taken into custody by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today in connection to the murder of former Sri Lanka national rugger player Wasim Thajudeen.

He was produced in court and remanded till May 26.

Senanayake was arrested after being questioned earlier in the day and was accused of concealing evidence when he was involved in the investigations.
He was questioned previously as well in connection to the controversial case.
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Disaster rattles Megapolis
Saturday, 21 May 2016 - 7:02 PM SL Time

In light of the current disaster situation in the country, Sri Lanka s Town Planners have called for a radical overhaul of the thinking processes behind new development plans including a change in the standards and regulations for construction and the procedures adopted.

Secretary of the Institute of Town Planners Sri Lanka (ITPSL), Planner H.M.U. Chularathna speaking to Nation said the macro-level planning that goes into evolving patterns of development as projected in the proposed Megapolis would have to take into account the density of housing and land use.
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Friday, 20 May 2016 - 3:37 PM SL Time

The Tri Forces jointly with Disaster Management Center personnel yesterday launched a massive operation in Kolonnawa, Wellampitiya and Kelaniya areas to rescue over 20,000 people trapped in major floods to hit the area in 25 years.

The number of deaths caused by the inclement weather conditions have risen by four.

The toll now stands at 58, Disaster Management Center (DMC) sources said. The number of missing persons now stands at 15 while 28 persons have been injured.

The number of flood and landslide affected people have now risen to 414,627 with 281 houses totally destroyed and 2,988 houses partially damaged. Around 306,773 affected persons have already been located in safe centers. The DMC said that there are 594 safe centers island wide
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Lanka laments landslides loss
Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 10:59 AM SL Time

Fatalities from the flash floods and landslides climbed steadily throughout the day, ending at 37 dead and 362,000 affected by the inclement weather conditions caused by a low pressure area moving across the island.

Two big landslides in the Kegalle District was the major focus of rescue operations since Tuesday (17) night. The mountain slip in Aranayake practically buried three remote villages and displaced over a thousand people who took shelter in four displacement camps set up in schools and temples in the area.
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U.S. supports Sri Lanka to restore its rightful place as a leader in international community - envoy
Monday, 16 May 2016 - 10:04 PM SL Time

The United States will support Sri Lanka`s efforts to restore its rightful place as a leader in the international community with more support, resources and expertise, the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap told a group of legislators today. `The United States looks forward to opportunities to provide more support, bring more resources, and share more expertise in your efforts to restore Sri Lanka`s rightful place as a leader in the international community, one that contributes to the global economy promotes human rights, accountability, transitional justice, and democracy and that helps to uphold international law,` the Ambassador said.
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Grandma raped and killed
Monday, 16 May 2016 - 9:24 AM SL Time

Sri Lankans lived in a civilized, disciplined society before Victorian morals were rooted in the island. Folklore says that a beautiful woman wearing all 64 traditional jewellery could walk safely from Point Pedro to Dondra (Devundara) even at night.
How did such a society transform itself into a one in which fathers raping their own daughters, grandfathers raping their granddaughters and even grandmothers_day.jsp' class=black>mothers being raped? Is it the impact of Western culture or is it the bad times we are going through?
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Indian PM, Sri Lankan President hold bilateral discussion on trade, fishermen issue
Saturday, 14 May 2016 - 7:19 AM SL Time

New Delhi- India`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held bilateral discussions with the visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on a range of issues including ways to boost trade and a permanent solution for the nagging fishermen issue. Hosting a working dinner for the Sri Lankan President, who is on a two-day visit to India, at the Hyderabad House Friday, the Indian PM discussed all major bilateral issues. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 164 )

Basil arrested by FCID
Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 1:27 PM SL Time

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has been arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) a short while ago, sources said. Mr. Rajapaksa arrived at the FCID this morning to give a statement over an irregularity in purchasing a land in Matara.
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Holidaying at public expense!
Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 1:51 AM SL Time

This white collar high-up heading a key State establishment has a daughter domiciled abroad. She and her family members were here on a holiday recently and the indulgent father generously used the resources of the State-owned body he helms to provide all facilities necessary for them to enjoy their holiday here, they say.

The white collar bigwig placed a Merc and a van belonging to the establishment at the disposal of the holiday makers to go places in comfort. He also had made it a point to fix new tires to the Merc at a cost of Rs.195, 000 before releasing it for the use of the privileged holiday-makers.
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Full List: Sri Lankans Named In Offshore Leaks
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 - 1:25 PM SL Time

Here are legitimate uses for offshore companies and trusts. As the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists suggests, we do not intend to suggest or imply that any persons, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly.

We publish below the list of Sri Lankans published by ICIJ in 2013.

Ahmed Ismail Hossain
Akhter Mahmud
Aliakber Saifudeen Jeevunjee
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Torture continues in Lanka due to weaknesses in law: UN
Sunday, 8 May 2016 - 5:00 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka continues to use torture mechanisms even after the end of the civil war due to weaknesses in law, a top UN official said here today and described the condition of detention camps and prisons in the country as `deplorable`.

`Torture continues in the system due to weaknesses in law,` said Juan E Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.

Mendez was on an 8-day visit to Sri Lanka with the UN Rapporteur on Independence of Judiciary Monica Pinto. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 233 )

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