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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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CID arrests Buddhist monk for defrauding Rs. 7.5 million
Sunday, 5 October 2014 - 10:13 AM SL Time

A Buddhist monk, who had allegedly defrauded Rs.7.5 million from a person after selling a plot of land belonging to a temple, has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Police said the suspect was the chief incumbent of the temple. He had sold the plot of land for Rs.7.5 million. Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said the monk could not sell the plot of land as it belongs to the temple and as such, its sale is prohibited under the Buddhist Temporalities Ordinance. He said the fraud had been detected after the person who bought the plot of land had sent the deed to the Lands Registrar. The Registrar had noted that the land does not come under the name of the suspect and actually belongs to the temple he resides in. Thereafter, he had referred the matter to the Commissioner of Buddhist Affairs . Accordingly, the Commissioner had informed the Registrar that the plot of land cannot be legally sold as such a sale would contravene the Buddhist Temporalities Ordinance. Upon being informed of this, the buyer lodged a complaint with the CID. Accordingly, the CID arrested the suspect on Friday (October 3) after conducting investigations, SSP Rohana said.The monk was released on two Rs.200,000 surety bails each after being produced before the Nugegoda Magistrate s Court yesterday (October 4), he further revealed. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 63 )

Chris Nonis sends his resignation letter
Saturday, 4 October 2014 - 4:47 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka s High Commissioner to Britain Dr Chris Nonis has resigned from his post over the alleged assault incident involving a top Government politician.

The MTV/MBC broadcasting corporation announced through News First that Dr. Nonis had told the channel he resigned as a result of the incident.

Nonis had reportedly been assaulted at a function in the US by MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena.

MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena had yesterday called for a press briefing to brief the media on the allegations raised against him over the alleged incident but cancelled the press briefing at the last minute as he needed to leave for the Vatican with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his delegation.
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Myanmar website hacked for BBS story
Friday, 3 October 2014 - 3:46 PM SL Time

A popular Myanmar news website was blocked Thursday by hackers angry at its description of hardline Buddhist monks as radical , as the publication said it had received threats of violence over its coverage, the AFP news agency reported.

The Irrawaddy saw its main English-language website briefly replaced with a black screen and notice accusing it of being pro-Muslim and slamming a blog it ran in Burmese about Myanmar nationalist cleric Wirathu s weekend meeting with controversial Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka.
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US stance on SL softens
Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 2:40 AM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have told the Cabinet meeting that his discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry had made him realize that the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka.

According to Government sources the President had said the meetings he had with Mr. Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York were fruitful.
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Sri Lanka Government plays down views of BBS
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 1:46 AM SL Time

The Government today played down the views expressed by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and insisted that it stands for coexistence among all communities.

Cabinet spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Government did not endorse the views of the BBS expressed at a conference in Colombo recently.

He also said that if anyone felt threatened by the views expressed by any group or individual then there is a legal system in place where the concerns on such issues can be addressed.
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Major parties prepare for presidential poll, January date likely
Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 7:28 PM SL Time

Despite a turbo charged campaign with lethal weapons from its political armoury, the United People s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) faced a humiliating outcome at the Uva Provincial Council elections. It won with a lower majority and faces higher concerns.Lawlessness reigned in the run-up to the September 20 polls. Intimidation and thuggery were rampant. The Police were blind to new Defender Jeeps sans number plates clogging the outback of Badulla and Moneragala Districts. Unidentified but well-built men were canvassing in different ways for the ruling party candidates. Various forms of inducements were offered.
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Govt. to spend Rs.1,812 billion
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 4:14 AM SL Time

The Government today presented the Appropriation Bill projecting its total expenditure for next year to be Rs.1812 billion.

Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne presented the Bill on behalf of the Government. The annual Budget debate, based on the allocations outlined for each ministry and institution is likely to take place in November. The Bill, will authorise the Government to raise loans of up to Rs.1,340 billion to cover its annual expenses. As usual, the highest allocation has been made to the Defence and Urban Development Ministry this time as well. It is as high as Rs.285 billion.
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Military takeover : Defence Ministry responds to CBK
Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 10:41 AM SL Time

The Defence Ministry yesterday alleged that an attempt was being made to discredit the military in accordance with an overall political strategy meant to undermine the government.

A senior Defence Ministry spokesperson told The Island that some politicians had been discussing the post-war role of the military in a disparaging manner.

The official was responding to recent statements attributed to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. Mrs. Kumaratunga was quoted as having said the country was facing the threat of being taken over by the military. The former President expressed concern whether the military would intervene when the people tried to bring about a change.
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Ranil to be UNP Presidential Candidate
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 8:47 AM SL Time

United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told a news conference at party headquarters Sirikotha today that UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would be the party s presidential candidate.

The UNP will not field any other candidate but will have its present leader as the presidential because what people want is a leader who is not corrupt, who can develop the economy and who is not interested in earning commissions, he said.
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Harin to get high post in UNP
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 1:27 AM SL Time

Plans are afoot to appoint provincial council member elect Harin Fernando to a national level post in the UNP, party General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said yesterday.

Mr. Attanayake said at a media briefing that the party s National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was planning to hand over some important jobs to Mr. Fernando.

He said the only post in the party that was vacantat present was that of deputy leader which the leader had already promised to Mr. Sajith Premadasa. However, he said, other posts would fall vacant by December 31 and Mr. Fernando would be appointed to one of those positions.
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Chinese doctors restore sight of 500 Sri Lankans
Friday, 19 September 2014 - 2:13 PM SL Time

Three years ago, a cornea from Sri Lanka restored Xu Pengfei`s sight in his right eye, and on Wednesday the 10-year-old was able to express his thanks by helping someone in Sri Lanka see again. On Wednesday, Xu and a Chinese doctor together removed the bandages on the eyes of Sudarma Karunaratna, a 74-year-old English teacher, after she had cataract surgery on her right eye at a hospital in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka.

Karunaratna is one of 500 patients who have received free surgeries from Chinese doctors in the past four days and recovered their eyesight.
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Colombo Port City Development Project launched
Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 1:50 AM SL Time

The first stage of the proposed offshore city in Colombo, the Colombo Port City Development Project was launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a grand ceremony this morning (17 September). The memorial plaque set up in connection with the inauguration of the first stage of the project was unveiled by the two leaders.
This will be the largest foreign direct investment of 1.5 billion US$ for the land development that has potential to attract more than 5 billion US$ businesses from all over the world. The two leaders also declared open the Colombo International Container Centre constructed under this project. They have also observed the operating chamber, the city plan and the urban model. President Rajapaksa briefed the Chinese President about the graphical illustrations of the Colombo Port City Project at the official commissioning ceremony.
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Sri Lanka thai prostitutes raided
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 12:09 PM SL Time

Nine persons including seven Thai women were arrested during a raid on a brothel at Kollupitiya last evening by the Walana Organised Crimes Investigation Unit.

Police said the brothel was operated under the guise of a massage parlour in a hotel.

Two local suspects were arrested for managing the brothel and another two foreigners were arrested for not being able to show their visa documents.

The suspects were handed over to the Kollupitiya police for further investigation and they are to be produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate`s court tomorrow. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 197 )

SL denies ill-treating Nigerian family
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 12:32 AM SL Time

Officials at the Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka denied claims that a Nigerian family had been ill treated at the Bandaranaike International Airport recently. It was reported in a local media that a Nigerian family was ill treated at the airport while being quarantined for the Ebola Virus Disease. Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs of Nigeria Abike Dabiri-Erewa was quoted as saying that family members were quarantined in the airport lobby for approximately 18 hours with no access to food or water. Not even toilet facilities were granted causing the children present to answer the call of nature in that state and the family ultimately deported after the prolonged wait, she had reportedly said. However, when contacted by The Nation, officials at the Airport and Aviation Services denied of any knowledge of such instances. However, they stated they would look into the matter if it was brought to their notice. - See more at: Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 75 )

President didn t seek SC opinion
Sunday, 14 September 2014 - 9:57 PM SL Time

Presidential Spokesman Mohan Samaranayake yesterday refuted reports claiming that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has referred the matter of his eligibility to contest the forthcoming Presidential Election to the Supreme Court.Former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva had earlier brought forth a legal argument questioning the eligibility of the President to contest the next presidential election. President Rajapaksa was elected to the second term on January 27, 2010. On that day, he became ineligible for a third term , Sarath N Silva had said in a recent interview with BBC Sandeshaya. However, President Mahinda Rajapaksa s second term began on November 19, 2010. The 18th Amendment removed the restriction on the number of presidential terms. It was passed in September 2010, before the beginning of President Rajapaksa s second term in office. President s Counsel Dr. Jayampathi Wickramaratne says that under article No. 129 of the Constitution, the President can refer a matter to the Supreme Court to obtain its opinion. However, since it is not an issue between two or several parties the Supreme Court will give its opinion and not a judgment. He also states that Article No. 129 (4) gives the Supreme Court the power to hold the proceedings in such a referral in private. However, due to the sensitivities of the issue, the Bar and the public would prefer if the proceedings in a matter like this to be held in public. Meanwhile, Human Rights lawyer JC Weliamuna queries if such a referral can be made to the Supreme Court, arguing that Article No. 129 provides the President to refer matters of public importance. However, this is a matter of personal interest, Weliamuna argues. He is also of the opinion that if such a referral is made, it should be heard in public, due to the political sensitivity of the issue. If not, it will be bad for the integrity of the court and also lead the public to make adverse and bad inferences.He also stressed that the Supreme Court will be giving its opinion and not a judgment in an event a referral is made. - See more at: Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 68 )

We will not allow an external probe
Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 1:52 PM SL Time

Interview with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka s President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces the twin challenges of external pressure for an international probe into allegations of war crimes and internal pressure over the dialogue process with the Tamil National Alliance. In his first interview since meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May, he spoke to Suhasini Haidar about the UNHRC resolution and the possibility of restarting dialogue.
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MP Pathirana takes up Amu Miris Challenge
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 5:39 PM SL Time

Opposition United National Party (UNP) Matara District MP Buddika Pathirana has undertaken to eat green chillies tomorrow (11) to raise funds for the people affected by Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

Accepting the challenge of the campaign launched locally called SL Amu Miris Challenge or Green Chillies Challenge to collect funds for kidney patients as against the infamous Ice Bucket Challenge, he will eat three green chillies within two minutes.
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Prince al-Hussein to present oral report on Sept 24
Saturday, 6 September 2014 - 5:14 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka has decided against cooperating with the ongoing UN investigation into alleged atrocities committed during the war against the LTTE, but it will get an opportunity at the 27th Geneva human rights session later this month to counter allegations against political leadership as well as the military.

An authoritative government official told The Island yesterday that Sri Lanka would receive an advance copy of an oral statement scheduled to be made by United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Prince Zeid Raad al-Hussein to enable the government to comment on it. Responding to a query, the official said that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights would probably make available the document to Sri Lanka about 24 hours before the scheduled delivery of the statement.
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