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No person other than me to abolish Executive Presidency President
Saturday, 15 November 2014 - 1:00 AM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said he has already given the green light to abolish the Executive Presidency.

He said he will never hesitate to abolish the Executive Presidency and added that the process of abolishing the Executive Presidency is in progress through the Parliamentary Select Committee.

`The people who talk much about abolishing the Executive Presidency do not really work for it,` the President said addressing an agriculture summit held under the theme Haritha Udanaya Govi Samuluwa at Gannoruwa, Kandy yesterday.
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Sri Lanka and Mauritania sign agreement to establish a Joint Commission on Cooperation
Friday, 14 November 2014 - 10:33 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka and Mauritania signed an agreement today to establish a Joint Commission on Cooperation to further strengthen relations between the two countries.

The signing took place following bilateral talks between Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz at the President`s Office this afternoon.

During the meeting between the two presidents, Mauritania requested for Sri Lanka`s expertise and assistance in developing a number of sectors, including mining, health, vocational training, fisheries and agriculture.
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Migrant workers to benefit immensely by Budget 2015
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - 9:46 PM SL Time

The Foreign Employment ministry will be able to provide a great service to migrant workers through the 2015 budget,said Foreign Employment Promotion & Welfare Minister Dilan Perera.

The minister was addressing the media at the Department of Information yesterday.

He said that on the advise of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Ministry of Foreign Employment has taken measures to initiate massive programs for the welfare of Sri Lanka s migrant workers and their families.
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Chandrika Withdraws - As the Common Opposition Candidate
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - 3:27 PM SL Time

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has rejected an invitation, from several United National Party (UNP) MPs to contest the coming presidential election, as the Common Opposition Candidate.

Several UNP MPs, including Chairman Kabeer Hashim and media head Mangala Samaraweera, met Kumaratunga last week and requested her to contest as the Common Opposition Candidate. However, she has rejected the invitation.
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CBK eclipses Karu - Quest for common candidate
Monday, 10 November 2014 - 10:38 AM SL Time

Former UNP Deputy Leader and MP Karu Jayasuriya has received the backing of many political parties and groups looking for a common candidate at the forthcoming presidential election, but some influential players are of the view that twice-president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will be a better candidate.
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Monks warn Sri Lanka president to reform or lose support
Sunday, 9 November 2014 - 11:12 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s main party of Buddhist monks warned President Mahinda Rajapakse on Sunday it would withdraw support if he refused to loosen his grip on power before a snap election.

The JHU, or National Heritage Party, said it wanted Rajapakse to honour a promise to rewrite the constitution and allow civil servants, judges, police and the elections chief to function independently.
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BUDGET CHANGED seeking the approval, of Parliament, to increase the government`s expenditure by Rs 356 billion
Wednesday, 5 November 2014 - 1:43 PM SL Time

Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne presented an amendment to Appropriation Bill 2015, seeking the approval, of Parliament, to increase the government`s expenditure by Rs 356 billion and to enhance the borrowing limit, of the government, by Rs 440 billion.

Accordingly, the Bill titled `Appropriation Bill 2015-Amendments in Committee` seeks to delete the words `rupees one thousand eight hundred twelve billion two hundred ninety two million seven hundred eighteen thousand` (Rs 1,812,292,718,000) and submit `rupees two thousand one hundred sixty eight billion two hundred ninety two million seven hundred eighteen thousand` (Rs 2,168,292,718,000).
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Chinese submarine docks in Sri Lanka despite Indian concerns
Monday, 3 November 2014 - 10:08 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka has allowed a Chinese submarine and a warship to dock at its port in the capital Colombo, officials said on Sunday, despite concerns raised by India about China`s warming relations with the Indian Ocean island nation.

Submarine Changzheng-2 and warship Chang Xing Dao arrived at the port on Friday, seven weeks after another Chinese submarine, a long-range deployment patrol, had called at the same port ahead of a visit to South Asia by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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Dhawan and Rahane fashion Sri Lanka rout
Monday, 3 November 2014 - 1:23 AM SL Time

Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan delivered a staggering mid-innings explosion that yielded 96 runs in eight overs, and for the rest of the match, Sri Lanka were left chasing a runaway engine. India continued to hurtle ahead, hitting 363 for 5 after Rahane and Dhawan had hit hundreds, before Sri Lanka`s chase began to run out of steam inside the first 20 overs. Ishant Sharma`s 4 for 34 hastened the end, as he made excellent use of the bounce on the Cuttack pitch as well as the seam on offer.
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Official Death Toll Rises To 192: MR Visits Koslanda
Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 9:12 PM SL Time

Official death toll of the massive landslide in Koslanda and Haldummulla has risen to 192.

Badulla District Secretary Rohana Keerthi Dissanayake has made an announcement disclosing a name-list of 192 people who died in the landslide incident which occurred early yesterday.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, accompanied by Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, has arrived at Koslanda a short while ago, President s media unit said. President Rajapaksa has visited the camps of the displaced in the area and has also monitored the progress of rescue missions that are still underway.
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Nightclub in Anuradhapura: UNP
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - 2:53 AM SL Time

A nightclub is being operated within the Sacred City of Anuradhapura desecrating its religious, Parliament was informed today.

Anuradhapura District United National Party (UNP) MP P. Harrison said it was unacceptable for anyone to operate a night club within the Sacred City where the hallowed Jayasri Maha Bodhi and Ruwanweliseya are located.

He made these remarks when asking a question from Indigenous Medicine Minister Salinda Dissanayake on the number of doctors practicing indigenous medicine.
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Vaiko confident of getting ban on LTTE lifted.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - 3:55 AM SL Time

MDMK general secretary Vaiko is confident that he can get the ban on the LTTE lifted.

He was talking to journalists after the opening session of a sitting of the Justice G.P. Mittal-led Special Tribunal constituted by the Delhi High Court under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act to look into the ban.

Mr. Vaiko said the NDA government was keeping the ban wrongly imposed by the UPA government. The arguments for retaining it were not convincing, especially when the Court of European Union struck down sanctions imposed on the outfit by the European Union.
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China gives India assurance on Lanka
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 12:42 AM SL Time

China does not want to overstep into India s sphere of influence by bringing Sri Lanka and Maldives into the maritime New Silk Road, according to an official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the New Indian Express reported.

We don t want to get into India s sphere, said Luan Jianzhang, Deputy Director General of Policy Research Office at the CPC Central Committee s International Department. The International Department is mainly concerned with overseeing relations with foreign political parties.
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Sri Lanka president prepares budget with eye on election
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 7:04 PM SL Time

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to present on Friday a populist election budget for 2015 that manages to contain borrowing thanks to an expected pick-up in the pace of economic growth.

The 68-year-old leader, who is also finance minister, will seek early re-election in January for an unprecedented third term, his party said on Monday, seeking to pre-empt any decline in support after nearly nine years in power.

On Thursday, Rajapaksa tweeted that the budget theme will be `Unstoppable Sri Lanka`.
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JHU wants Cabinet reduced to 25
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 4:54 PM SL Time

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) adopted eight resolutions at its 11th convention yesterday -- including one calling for the reduction of the Cabinet to 25 members and another to amend the Constitution so as to get rid of the presidential immunity before the nest presidential election is held. The eight resolutions adopted at the party s convention were read out by its assistant secretary, the Western Provincial Council Minister Udaya Gamanpilla. These resolutions call for the removal of the Executive President s power to appoint Supreme Court judges and Court of Appeal judges, to set out in the Constitution the ministries that can be held by the president, to bring in legislation to safeguard Buddhism, and to resettle the Sinhalese who were displaced from the North and the East during the conflict, in conformity with the population ratios in the 1971 census. It also proposed that the number of deputy ministers should be reduced to 35 and that the president should be made answerable to parliament, that a system of voting that is a meld of the proportional representation system and the first-past-the-post system should be introduced for all elections, that non-career diplomats in the foreign service should comprise only 35 percent of the total, and that those too be appointed in accordance with specified criteria. Regarding the legal sector, it said a uniform legal system should be applied to the entire country instead of there being different laws for different ethnicities. It also resolved that prostitution, liquor, casinos, other forms of gambling and other immoral activities be banned by law. JHU secretary, Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the Sinhalese nationalist forces would be a decisive factor at the next presidential election. Mr. Ranawaka said the country could not be said to be free of separatists until the Sinhalese who were in the North and the East in the 1970s were resettled in the areas they occupied prior to the conflict. He urged the government to reduce the powers of the provincial councils so that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would be prevented from using the PC powers to fulfil its separatist aspirations. He faulted the present regime for having held the Northern Provincial Council election without reducing the powers of the provincial councils. Elaborating on the JHU s present position, he said his party had taken a bold step to point out the shortcomings of this government without running away from them. We are not like the 25 UPFA MPs who were waiting to cross over in 2005 had Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the presidential election, and not like those who were waiting to cross over in 2007. We will not run away from the government but will fearlessly point out its shortcomings, he said. JHU chairman, the Venerable Atureliye Ratana Thera expressed the same sentiments and said it would be possible to bring about vast changes in this country if the nationalist forces acted together. He said JHU had many options at the next presidential elections including the option to field a third candidate. - See more at: Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 141 )

Ashok Leyland Gets $17 Million Order for 630 Buses in Sri Lanka
Friday, 17 October 2014 - 3:32 AM SL Time

Hinduja group flagship company Ashok Leyland has received an order worth $17 million (around Rs. 104 crore) to supply 630 buses to Sri Lankan operators.

The company, through its joint venture in Sri Lanka, has received an order for 630 buses worth $17 million from private bus operators, Ashok Leyland said in a filing to the BSE.

Coming on the heels of the order for 2,200 buses, the company further consolidates its position as the market leader in the Sri Lankan market, it added.
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Two key meetings begin in Colombo today
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 - 12:14 PM SL Time

The second Senior Officials Meeting of the Colombo Process and the third Asia - EU dialogue, two key intra and inter-regional processes on facilitating managed and legal international labour migration, will get underway in Colombo today with the participation of representatives from over 30 countries.

The second senior officials meeting will be held under the theme International Labour Migration for Prosperity: Adding Value by Working Together and the third Asia - EU dialogoue will have Strengthening Labour Migration Corridors Between Asia - EU Through Enhanced Migration as its theme. The events will be held at Hotel Cinnamon Grand.
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President going ahead with January poll, questions over Pope s visit
Sunday, 12 October 2014 - 1:08 PM SL Time

UPFA parliamentarians caught a glimpse last Friday of how opinions clashed at the highest levels over an unexpected issue that haunts the Government the alleged assault on Chris Nonis, the then Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom by Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, the Monitoring MP for the External Affairs Ministry at a dinner party in New Jersey, a suburb of New York.

Chris Nonis

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who chaired the meeting of the Government Parliamentary Group on Thursday mimicked Nonis humorously and declared Eyagollo amuthu type ekey minissu ney or they are a strange type of people. The meeting was held at the Presidential Secretariat. He said he had inquired into the incident by asking External Affairs Ministry Secretary Kshenuka Senewiratne, Sri Lanka s Ambassador to Washington DC Prasad Kariyawasam and the host Dilan Ariyawansa, Sri Lankan Airlines representative in New York. They had all said that no assault took place, he added.
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Despite Resigning, Nonis Continues To Visit The High Commission
Tuesday, 7 October 2014 - 2:19 PM SL Time

Colombo Telegraph learns that Sri Lanka s High Commissioner to the UK, Dr. Chris Nonis, despite resigning from his position last Monday (29) continues to visit the High Commission premises.

Sources claim that he had visited the High Commission last weekend and had accessed his computer and backed-up/deleted files etc. Colombo Telegraph also learns that a key to the High Commission premises is still in his possession and continues to use his official vehicle.
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World s Tallest Vertical Garden In Colombo
Monday, 6 October 2014 - 1:15 PM SL Time

Property seekers with a love of the great outdoors could call the world s tallest vertical garden home, with a unique sustainable development currently on the market in Sri Lanka, when the fifty-floorClearpoint Residencies near Colombo city, when the construction is complete in April 2016.

The exterior of the building, billed as Sri Lanka s first sustainable high-rise, is covered in planted terraces and mango trees, giving the property its unique appearance. The planted exterior also works to reduce the heat level in the building, by lowering exposure to direct sunlight and providing fresher air.
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