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Fuel prices reduced from midnight.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 10:38 AM SL Time

Keeping its election promise the new government under President Maithripala Sirisena has reduced fuel prices with effect from midnight today.

Accordingly price of a litre of 92-octane petrol has been reduced from Rs. 150 to Rs. 117 while the price of 95-octane petrol has been come down from Rs. 158 to Rs. 128.

A litre of Lanka auto diesel and super diesel which were Rs. 111 and Rs.138 respectively have been reduced to Rs. 95 and Rs.110, while kerosene has come down from Rs. 81 to Rs. 65 per litre.
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Sri Lankan Prime Minister seeks support of all MPs for government programs
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 1:40 PM SL Time

Jan 20, Colombo: Addressing the parliament as Sri Lanka`s Prime Minister today, the former opposition leader and leader of United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremasinghe requested the support of all members of the parliament to make the new government`s programs to rebuild the country within 100 days a success.

The Sri Lankan parliament convened today for the first time after the new national government is formed under the newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena.
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Fonseka to be reinstated as General
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 8:38 PM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena had instructed the authorities to drop all the charges levelled against former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka and to reinstate him as a General, Captain Senaka Haripriya de Silva, the personal assistant to Fonseka said. All the decorations of the former Army Commander would be restored accordingly, he said.
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Thewarapperuma arrested by the CCD
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 1:51 PM SL Time

Ruling party Parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma has been arrested by the Colombo Crime Division (CCD), a short while ago, Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said.

He added that the CCD will obtain a statement from Thewarapperuma and further legal measures will be taken accordingly .

MP Thewarapperuma has been accused of making a UPFA Pradeshiya Sabha member Murugan Pushpakumara kneel down on the road and assaulting him, during the recent opening of a SLFP office in Agalawatta, Kalutara.
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Licenses of all Duty Free shops at BIA cancelled
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 1:36 AM SL Time

State Minister of Aviation Faizer Mustapha has ordered the cancellation of licenses of all Duty Free shops at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) premises in Katunayake, the Government Info Department said.

The Minister has reportedly directed the relevant authorities to call for open tenders for Duty Free outlets
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Sri Lanka parliament convenes today for first time after presidential election
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 11:22 AM SL Time

Today is the first sitting day of Sri Lankan parliament after Presidential Election 2015 and the new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will address the House for the first time.

Leader of the House, Chief Government Whip and new Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva will also address the House.
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Sri Lanka bans top judge from conference over coup claim
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 2:46 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s attorney general barred the country`s chief justice from attending a regional conference on Monday after allegations he tried to help the former president retain power illegally.

Chief Justice Mohan Peiris is under growing pressure to stand down after he was implicated in an alleged coup attempt by former president Mahinda Rajapakse, who lost power in an election earlier this month.
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Mahinda Rajapaksa Slams Media Silence On Attacks Against His Supporters
Saturday, 17 January 2015 - 5:44 PM SL Time

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that his supporters are still being attacked and threatened.

Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya from his house in Tangalle, Rajapaksa has said that media keeps silent on these incidents. He has added that media pretends to be unaware of such incidents.

Rajapaksa said that in one instance, buses belonging to a supporter had been stopped and robbed, after assaulting the workers. He has added that it is just one incident.

However, Rajapaksa has not entertained a request for an extensive interview on the matter, BBC Sandeshaya said.
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Sri Lanka expresses sovereignty concerns over Chinese port city project
Friday, 16 January 2015 - 6:25 PM SL Time

EconomyNext - Sri Lanka`s new government will review a 1.3 billion US dollar Chinese-funded and built reclamation project next to its main port on security and sovereignty concerns, Investment Promotion and Highways Minister Kabir Hashim said Friday.

`The port city project has to be reviewed completely because we`ve always spoken about security concerns,` he told reporters soon after assuming office following the opposition`s win in last week`s presidential polls.
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Pope leaves post-war Sri Lanka after preaching reconciliation
Friday, 16 January 2015 - 11:39 AM SL Time

POPE Francis left Sri Lanka on Thursday (15) after a visit where he preached a message of reconciliation between the country s different religious groups to huge crowds.

Senior officials of the country s new Government as well as church officials gathered on the airport tarmac to bid him farewell. On his way to the airport, Francis visited a Church-founded, post-war reconstruction institute and prayed at its chapel.
The main purpose of Francis visit was to canonise the country s first saint.But during the three-day trip he stressed the need for interfaith dialogue and reconciliation a message which resonates in a country still trying to recover from a bitter 26-year civil war between the majority Sinhalese Buddhists and the Tamil minority who are mostly Hindu.
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Basil resigns as SLFP national organiser
Thursday, 15 January 2015 - 7:48 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa today resigned from his post and notified his decision to party General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, sources close to him said.

Mr. Rajapaksa, who headed the presidential election campaign of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said he accepted full responsibility for his brother s defeat at the January 8 election.
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Mahinda Concedes: Agrees To Appoint Maithri As SLFP Chairman .
Thursday, 15 January 2015 - 2:18 PM SL Time

SLFP sources said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to hand over the Chairmanship of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena, SLFP sources said.

Former President Rajapaksa had told party seniors that he would hand over the position to President Sirisena to avoid a split in the party.

UPFA Parliamentarians were strongly divided following the presidential election with one group supporting President Sirisena and the other group backing former President Rajapaksa. With this move, Maithripala Sirisena, who was previously the General Secretary of the party, is now in full control of the SLFP.
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`Yoshitha Asked For It`: Ownership Of Single Engine Plane Revealed
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 - 8:45 PM SL Time

The single engine plane, which was found inside a container at Narahenpita Economic Centre last evening, originally belonged to film producer Chandran Rathnam and he had later handed it over to Yoshitha Rajapaksa, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa s secnd son, Police sources said.

Giving a statement to Narahenpita Police in this regard, the film producer said Yoshitha Rajapaksa asked for the plane and that was why he gave it to the former President s son.
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All members of society must work together to bring reconciliation and rebuild Sri Lanka - Pope
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 - 9:51 AM SL Time

Pope Francis said his wish is to see Sri Lanka becomes a country that honors the human rights and brings about the religious and political reconciliation among its communities.

Pope Francis speaking at the Colombo International Airport after his arrival this morning said he hopes for the days of `friendship, dialogue and solidarity` in the island nation.

The Pope arrived Tuesday in the island for a three-day visit. He was received by the newly elected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcom Ranjith at the airport.
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Corruption Complaints Filed Against All Rajapaksas And Johnston Type Fraudsters
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 - 12:51 AM SL Time

A complaint was filed today with the Bribery Comission against financial frauds committed by the Rajapaksa brothers, sons and several other top officials of the Rajapaksa regime .

JVP MPs today lodged a complaint at the Bribery and Corruption commission against some members of the Rajapaksa regime, while calling upon the Commission to suspend the respondents foreign trips until probes against them are concluded.

JVP MPs Vijitha Herath and Sunil Hadunnetti today named Mahinda Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and several other top officials/institutions of the Rajapaksa regime including former Central Bank governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Carlton Super Sports Club, Former Consumer Affairs Minister Johnston Fernando, Former Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Tourism Board Chairman Senanka Gunawardena, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Rumy Fouzer, National Lotteries Board and the former Director General of the Economic Development Ministry.as the respondents of their complaint.
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Former Sri Lanka Leader Denies Early-Morning Coup Attempt
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 - 5:04 PM SL Time

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa denied allegations that he sought to stage an early-morning coup to retain power after assessing that he would lose a Jan. 8 election.

President Maithripala Sirisena s camp said yesterday it plans to investigate an attempted coup by Rajapaksa that was foiled when security forces refused his orders. The allegation is baseless and unsubstantiated, Mohan Samaranayake, a spokesman for Rajapaksa, said by phone today.
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Sri Lanka`s New cabinet ministers take oath
Monday, 12 January 2015 - 10:33 PM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed 27 Cabinet Ministers, ten State ministers and eight Deputy Ministers at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, where the parliamentarians took oath.

Some ministers and deputy ministers who served under former president Mahinda Rajapaksa were defected and pledged to support President Sirisena, yesterday. Former President Rajapaka s cabinet had more than 110 Ministers,Deputy Ministers and State Ministers.

Cabinet Ministers

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SLFP split again 11 more pledge support to MS
Monday, 12 January 2015 - 3:46 PM SL Time

The SLFP leadership yesterday assured that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was firmly in control of the party after 11 Central Committee members of the party had switched their allegiance to President Maithripala Sirisena.

The defecting group comprised members of parliament, Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Reginald Cooray, Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa, Jagath Pushpakumara, S.B. Navinna, Nilwala Wijesinghe, Piyasena Gamage, Athavuda Seneviratne and Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and Chief Minister of the North Western province Dayasiri Jayasekera.
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I am in Kilinochchi-KP
Monday, 12 January 2015 - 8:52 AM SL Time

Rejecting reports that he had fled the country, former arms chief procurer of the LTTE Selvaraja Pathmanathan alias KP said that he did not intend to leave the country. Speaking to the Tamil Mirror from Kilinochchi he said that he was with the children at the Sencholai children s home in Kilinochchi and he would continue to be with the children. However, some media outlets yesterday reported that he had fled the country. Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne told media on Saturday that KP, who is wanted by India for the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, had reportedly fled the country through Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake. India`s Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) had sought to question KP over the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister. KP is alleged to have procured massive consignments of weapons worth billions of dollars for the LTTE that waged a deadly war for over 30 years in the country. He was also alleged to have involved in arms smuggling operations across Asia, Canada, US and the Europe. KP was arrested in Malaysia in August 2009 and was handed over to Sri Lanka. He currently runs an a social service organisation North East Rehabilitation and Development Organisation (NERDO) and the Sencholai Children s Home while being under protective custody of the government - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/60971/i-am-in-kilinochchi-kp#sthash.umEVlylU.dpuf Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 135 )


Rajapaksa Defeated Wimalaya, SB And The Inside Story
Monday, 12 January 2015 - 8:48 AM SL Time

As we had repeatedly alerted, even at the very last moment, in the face of imminent defeat, incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa tried to make a grab to hold on to power. Civil defense forces loyal to the Regime were to be dressed up in regular army uniforms to storm the bastions of state power. Media institutions were to be brought under siege. The National Security Council was to be convened. Emergency and martial law was to be promulgated. Emergency session of Parliament was to be convened to legitimize the coup. The two most notorious, low-life thugs of the Rajapaksa cabal, Ministers S.B. Dissanayake and Wimalaya were desperately pushing the agenda. Chief of Staff of the armed forces Jagath Jayasuriya was ready to sing the song. Army commander, Daya Ratnayake was in jitters. Could the coup face the wrath of the masses was their collective dilemma. The Elections Commissioner and the Inspector General of Police took strength from the raging tide of opposition. They stood firm. So, the murdering crony mafia cabal capitulated. Mahinda hastened to retreat in the face of mass mobilization. He handed over power before even before the results were announced in the hope that he would be shown some mercy. In the desperate hope that he would not be brought to face the Tribunal of the People! He knew that if he would have dared to go against the masses and reject their verdict he, his triumvirate and dynasty, together with his corrupt, murdering, raping narco-cabal would perhaps have faced the same fate as Colonel Gaddafi. Some of the most notorious criminals, drug barons, rapists and racketeers fled the country with their kith and kin well before the fall. Wimalaya tried to flee, but was refused entry at the airport.
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