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All notices should be in all three languages
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 - 11:43 PM SL Time

Laws would be strictly implemented against the public institutions, which do not display public notices in all three languages, the Department of Official Languages today said. Commissioner of the Department W. A. Jayawickrama said they had already informed all public institutes of the need to have notices in all three languages. They generally have notices in Sinhala and English and in some places just in one language. The law clearly states that public notices should be in all three languages, he said. The Department informed the National Transport Board, drivers at three wheeler parks, local government bodies, the Road Development Authority and a number of hospitals to have name boards, signs and notices in all three languages, in accordance with the law. He said a unit to provide notices in all three languages to government institutions and private entities would be set up soon. Earlier, the Department had provided the stencils and translations of notices in all three languages free of charge for those who needed the service. But we will charge the government approved fee for translation at the new unit, he said. A fee of Rs. 150 per word would be charged for both public and private institutions, he said. Jayawickrama commended private institutions, who were now requesting their services to ensure customers and employees have the option of all three languages. Even though some have made the effort to ensure notices appear in all three languages, there were mistakes detected in some. We have requested these notices be removed and re-done, Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 198 )

Sri lanka`s Bread prices back to Rs. 54
Saturday, 16 January 2016 - 2:59 AM SL Time

In the wake of the government s decision not to implement the amendments proposed to the Value-Added Tax (VAT) and Nation Building Tax (NBT) in the 2016 Budget, All Island Bakery Owners Association has decided to reduce the price of bread, which was earlier increased by one rupee. Few days ago, the Association s Chairman N.K. Jayawardana said the price of a 450 gm loaf of bread was increased from Rs.54 to Rs.55. We are glad to hear that Finance Ministry has decided not to implement some of the budgetary proposals. Earlier, we decided to increase the price of bread because of the 2016 budgetary proposals on VAT and NBT which would increase prices of wheat flour, Margarine, Sugar and Yeast which are raw materials for bread production. But, the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake assured he would reduce the taxes at a discussion held with us, Mr. Jayawardana said. Accordingly, a 450 gm loaf of bread will remain at the earlier price of Rs. 54.00 with effect from today midnight. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 337 )

Galagodaththe Gnanasara steps down from politics
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 - 2:55 AM SL Time

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary and candidate at the last Parliamentary elections, Galagodaththe Gnanasara thero has stepped down from politics.

Gnanasara thero contested the August 17 Parliamentary elections but lost. He contested under the Bodu Jana Peramuna (BJP).

The BJP is to be renamed to contest the next local government elections and the party has made a request to the Elections Commissioner in this regard.

Gnanasara thero said that earlier there was a move to register the BBS as a political party but then there was an attempt to ban the BBS.
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Basil Rajapaksa Hints At Political Comeback Through New Movement
Saturday, 9 January 2016 - 4:14 AM SL Time

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa hinted at a return to politics, albeit at a low-key level, if a new political movement emerges.

Speaking to BBC, Rajapaksa said that a large number of people were disappointed with the government of Maithripala Sirisena, adding that there was a need for a new political movement, which could unite all those who are disillusioned.

However, he added that he was not willing to play a key role in the founding of such a movement. However, he expressed his willingness to support such a movement if it emerges.
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Pakistan to sell JF-17 Thunder aircraft to Sri Lanka
Wednesday, 6 January 2016 - 1:07 PM SL Time

Pakistan to sell eight combat JF-17 Thunder aircraft to Sri Lanka under an agreement signed during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif s visit on Tuesday.

The multi-roll fighter aircraft is the joint production of Pakistan and China.

Defence officials accompanying the prime minister said that both countries signed eight agreements related to defence, security, anti-terrorism, trade and science and technology and Pakistan would provide eight JF-17 fighter jets to Sri Lanka at the first phase.
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Thajudeen`s killing: UCSC recommends video footage be sent to FBI
Wednesday, 6 January 2016 - 2:32 AM SL Time

Although the CCTV footage showed a vehicle in the vicinity of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen`s killing, its license number could not be matched with the licence No: WP KU6543 supplied by the CID, the Colombo University`s School Of Computing (UCSC) said today. It informed Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris that the poor quality of the video footage and the UCSC`s limited technical facilities were the reasons for being unable to do so and recommended that the video footage be examined at a well equipped forensic laboratory abroad such as the FBI, MPS or the new Scotland Yard. The UCSC said the CID had forwarded four DVD s and a CD of the CCTV footage recorded in Narahenpita and Kirulapana. It said the footage had been recorded during night and as such the strong lights from oncoming vehicles have distorted the image. The UCSC also informed the Magistrate that it was unable to identify any human figures inside the vehicle. Earlier, the Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris directed the USCS to examine the CCTV footage, relating to the killing of Mr.Thajudeen, and submit a report within 14 days. The case will be taken up for inquiry on Thursday. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 68 )

Network of elevated highways in Colombo and suburbs
Sunday, 3 January 2016 - 11:31 AM SL Time

Elevated highways are to link Colombo with key suburban towns, according to a three-year project being formulated now.
It is being worked out jointly by the Ministry of Megapolis and the Ministry of Highways and will be sent for Cabinet approval.
Megapolis Ministry Secretary Nihal Rupasinghe told the Sunday Times that a 21.6 kilometre-long elevated highway would be built from Athurugriya to Colombo Fort via Malabe, Battaramulla, Rajagriya, Dematagoda and Orugodawatta. Another elevated highway from the Kelaniya bridge would be linked to the project.
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Hirunika s bodyguard s daughter gives damning statement
Saturday, 2 January 2016 - 2:04 AM SL Time

The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate`s Court yesterday (31) that they have received concrete evidence attesting to the fact that private bodyguards of United National Party MP Hirunika Premachandra had abducted a youth in Dematagoda and brought him to Premachandra`s party office and presented him before her.

A statement given by the daughter of the fifth suspect in the abduction case has provided ample evidence, Additional Director of Police of the CCD, W. Chandrathilake informed Court.
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Port City final decision on Jan.6
Thursday, 31 December 2015 - 8:39 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka and China are set to take a final decision on the proposed Colombo Port City as well as several other development projects at a top-level meeting to be held on January 6 between a high powered Chinese delegation and the Sri Lankan government. A spokesman from the Ministry of Policy Planning, which comes under the purview of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, said a top level delegation led by Advisor to the Department of Asian Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce in China, Yang Weiqun, is due to visit Sri Lanka in January and will hold talks with their Sri Lankan counterparts, including Deputy Minister of Policy Planning Niroshan Perera on January 6. The ministry said a final decisions on the Colombo Port City Project, the proposed investment zone in the vicinity of the Hambantota Port and the proposed Colombo-Kandy Highway would be reached at the meeting with the Chinese delegation on January 6. The Chinese delegation would visit these project sites according to the ministry. - See more at: Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 72 )

Sanga, Mahela decide to compensate Enrique fans
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 - 8:51 AM SL Time

Former Cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena who are the board members of Live Events Sri Lanka, have called for an internal inquiry into the shortcomings at the Enrique Iglesias concert staged in Colombo and have also decided to compensate the fans.

Sangakkara and Jayawardena said in a joint statement that the organizers are in agreement, with their direction, that such shortcomings must not be tolerated.

As such, we have informed them that an apology in itself is not sufficient, but further appropriate compensation has to be made in the form of a suitable refund, irrespective of the financial loss to us, the statement said.
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President slams Enrique s Colombo concert
Monday, 28 December 2015 - 8:06 AM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena today slammed the organizers of the Enrique Iglesias concert staged in Colombo saying it had a negative impact on local culture and tradition.

Speaking at an event in Ampara, the President noted that the December 20th (2015) concert saw some girls removing their undergarments and throwing it towards the singer while one girl got on stage and kissed him.

The President noted his displeasure at liqueur being served free to those who purchased the most expensive tickets.
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Rise of the Yaha Yugaya
Saturday, 26 December 2015 - 9:57 AM SL Time

MPs to have a new goal in politics - Rs. 20,000 for each day in Parliament News item.

`Looks like the New Year will bring buckshees of cheer for MPs`, said Yahavadana.

`Did you ever think of Sri Lanka being a breeding ground for millionaires or even billionaires, by the pack?` asked Yahakeliya. `Hope you are not trying to get back to recent history haven t we heard enough of those people with so much political bounty, whose files are too thick to move at the various commissions of inquiry?` said Yaharatne.
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Saudis `commute Sri Lanka maid`s stoning death sentence`
Thursday, 24 December 2015 - 9:26 AM SL Time

A Saudi Arabian court has commuted the death-by-stoning sentence passed on a Sri Lankan maid convicted of adultery, the government in Colombo said on Wednesday.

`We have succeeded in getting the death sentence overturned. Our concern was to make sure that the original sentence was not carried out,` Harsha de Silva, the deputy foreign minister, told reporters in Sri Lanka`s capital.

`The government of Sri Lanka wishes to acknowledge and appreciate the good offices of the Saudi authorities,` De Silva said.
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Colombo port income used for H tota loan settlement: Minister
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 - 12:18 AM SL Time

Though the Colombo Port has earned an income of Rs.26 billion this year, a significant portion of it will go to settle a loan obtained from the Chinese government for the construction of the Hambantota Port, Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga today said.

Addressing the media in Colombo Port, after ceremonially marking the handling of the five millionth container at the port, the minister said the means to improve the welfare of port employees had also been hindered because of the issue.
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Third and final reading of 2016 budget passed
Sunday, 20 December 2015 - 12:07 AM SL Time

The third and final reading of the 2016 budget was passed by Parliament today with 160 members voting for and 51 against it while 13 members were absent.

Several opposition members of Parliament, including the Tamil National Alliance and Parliamentarians Douglas Devananda, Arumugam Thindaman and Lakshman Seniviratne.

Among those absent were opposition Parliamentarians Mahinda Rajapaksa, Wimal Weerawansa, Manusha Nanayakara, Geetha Kumarasinghe and Selvam Adaikalanathan.
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Amude protest: Heavy traffic near Town Hall
Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 10:27 PM SL Time

Traffic was reported in the Town Hall area and along Dharmapala Mawatha because of a protest against some of the budget proposals by a large number of farmers wearing span cloth.

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Sri Lanka computer dealers raided and pirated software seized
Monday, 14 December 2015 - 10:35 AM SL Time

Computers dealers at Unity Plaza, Bambalapitiya were caught by Law Enforcement Officers from the Colombo Crimes Division ( CCD ) for selling notebook computers (or PCs) installed with suspected pirated software to innocent and unsuspecting consumers.

The raids were carried out under the direction of DIG Colombo Gamini Mathurata Director CCD ASP Nuwan Vedasingha and Chief Inspector of CCD Mewan Silva with IP Ranasinghe, IP Deepal and IP S. I. Pieris and team executing the raids.

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Young people to find hard liquor attractive after Sri Lanka beer tax hike
Wednesday, 9 December 2015 - 7:27 PM SL Time

A switch to beer that was taking place especially among younger people, with proportionate levies would slow after a tax hikes by the new administration pushes more people towards hard alcohol, Fitch a rating agency said.

`The speed at which drinkers are switching to beer from hard liquor should slow down somewhat in 2016, as taxes on a 100 percent alcohol by volume basis on strong beer have surpassed that of hard liquor after back-to-back tax increases in October and November 2015,` Fitch Ratings said in an analysis of alcohol firms.
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After the Budget, alarm bells for President, PM
Sunday, 6 December 2015 - 3:21 PM SL Time

Wednesday s two thirds majority vote for the second reading of the budget in Parliament portended good signs.
It is a salutary forerunner to abolish the executive presidency and introduce a new Constitution. Numbers in Parliament for its passage is not at issue at least not now. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to move a resolution in Parliament next month for the House to sit as a Constitutional Council for this purpose. That is the good side. There is also a not so good aspect, with alarm bells ringing for President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
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US training for Sri Lankan forces - President
Saturday, 5 December 2015 - 10:02 AM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, stated that USA had expressed willingness to offer military training to members of the Sri Lanka`s Security Forces.

He added that this opportunity could be gained following discussions with American President Barack Obama, US Secretary General and the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena made these observations yesterday, joining the committee stage debate of the budget under Defence Ministry financial head.
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