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Sri Lanka ex-leader`s brother Basil Rajapaksa arrested
Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 11:03 AM SL Time

The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) yesterday evening arrested former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa over alleged misappropriation of Divineguma funds.

The police took him into custody after having recorded his statement at FCID, Kollupitiya. The former minister returned to the country on Tuesday afternoon from the US after FCID sought a statement from him. Rajapaksa reported to FCID yesterday morning.
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Parliament: Opposition MPs stage fast in defence of Mahinda
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - 10:30 AM SL Time

Opposition MPs and some ministers of the UPFA commenced a continuous fast in the Well of Parliament yesterday demanding that the government immediately put an end to what they called a political witch hunt against Opposition politicians including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and ex-defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The hunger strike commenced in protest against summoning former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption for appointing former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, MP the Minister of Health prior to the last presidential election.
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19 A: Debate deferred
Monday, 20 April 2015 - 12:53 PM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition political parties led by the SLFP yesterday agreed to defer the debate on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution by a day to enable them to reach an agreement on both constitutional and electoral reforms, political sources told The Island.

The decision was taken at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat in the morning.
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Bribery Commission prohibits CB Governor from going overseas
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 2:59 AM SL Time

The Commission to Investigate Allegations on Bribery or Corruption has reportedly prohibited Sri Lanka s Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran from travelling overseas.

Mahendran was summoned and questioned by the Commission yesterday (16 April) for over six hours from 9.00 am over allegations of irregularities in the recent Treasury Bond issue and his statement recorded, said his lawyers.
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322 New year drunk drivers arrested in Sri Lanka
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 - 2:04 AM SL Time

A total of 322 drivers had been arrested by police across the country during the 48 hours between 6 am on Saturday and 6 am today (13), for driving under the influence of liquor, Police said. The Police media unit said that of those arrested for driving while intoxicated, 125 were three-wheeler drivers while 150 were motorcycle uses. It also said that during last 24 hours ending 6 am today (13) some 142 drivers were arrested by the police for driving under the influence of liquor. The police had launched the special operation on Saturday (11) covering the entire island and it would go on until the end of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year celebrations.
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Electoral reforms ready by Apr 22
Monday, 13 April 2015 - 10:20 PM SL Time

The Cabinet on the proposed electoral reforms will be taken up for discussion by the Ministers at the meeting scheduled for April 22, the first after the April New Year vacation, informed sources said.

The electoral reforms will be evolved for implementation along with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution as an initiative by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
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Hambantota Harbour incurred a loss Rs.678 Million in 2012
Sunday, 12 April 2015 - 4:17 AM SL Time

Minister Arjuna Ranatunge has said that the loss incurred by the Hambantota Harbour in 2012 was 678 million rupees. Addressing the progress review meeting of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping, the Minister said that he is not ready to maintain the Hambantota Harbour oout of funds of the Colombo Harbour.

The Minister pointed out that the Hambantota Harbour should be transformed to level of profits earning as in the case of the Colombo Port.

Noting that the Colombo Port had a profit and loss account, the Minister said it was not so with the Hambantota Harbour. The Hambantota Harbour has so far been maintained under the Colombo Port s profit and loss account. Accordingly, the loss of the Hambantota Harbour had been covered from the profits of the Colombo Port.
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MR Finds Indian Astrologer To Replace Sumanadasa: Interesting Changes To `Peacock Mansion`
Friday, 10 April 2015 - 2:39 AM SL Time

Significant changes are taking place at the Peacock Mansion in Rajagiriya, before its new occupant, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is to move in. These changes were said to be carried out at the recommendation of an Indian astrologer.

The swimming pool of the mansion was filled up with sand, apparently because the astrologer said that it was inauspicious to have water to the western direction of the house. The direction of the main door was also changed
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Ranil hatching a `Constitutional Conspiracy` - Ranawaka.
Tuesday, 7 April 2015 - 12:20 PM SL Time

JHU General Secretary and Minister for Power and Energy, Champika Ranawaka said the 19th Amendment will only come into effect under a new Parliament and Prime Minster.
Ranwake addressing a media briefing held at JHU Headquarters yesterday (6) said the JHU would only support the 19th Amendment if electoral reforms are passed along the other constitutional changes. The JHU also asked that the constitutional changes be passed through a referendum, thus bringing it legitimacy from the people. Ranawaka also criticized Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for what he called a `constitutional conspiracy` aimed at transferring powers from the Executive President to an `Executive Prime Minister`.
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Rajitha: I repeated what Ranil said
Saturday, 4 April 2015 - 10:31 AM SL Time

Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday that it was Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who had told him that the Chinese contractor building a section of the Colombo Outer Circular Road connecting the Highways had agreed to reduce the cost of the project by Rs. 30 billion.

He made the claim during the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing in Colombo.

Senaratne was responding to a denial by the Chinese Embassy in Colombo of a statement made by him on Wednesday that the contractor from China was willing to reduce a sum of Rs. 30 billion from the cost of the section of the COCR as it was the component that was due to be paid as kickbacks to some powerful figures in the previous Rajapaksa government.
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Parliament To Vote On 19th Amendment On April 10
Friday, 3 April 2015 - 2:51 AM SL Time

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake stated that the Parliament will vote on the 19th Amendment on April 10.

Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday (2), Dissanayake said that the National Executive Council took the decision when it met earlier in the day. The Bill will be further changed after considering the recommendations of the Supreme Court, he added.
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Country moving backwards after MR defeat
Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 10:10 AM SL Time

With the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa the country is moving backwards, Sri Jayawardenapura University senior lecturer Ven. Medagoda Abhayatissa thera said.

Under the so called good governance the gap between communities are widening day by day instead of strengthening the ethnic bonds and harmony, Ven Abhayatissa thera added.

The thera was addressing the media at a seminar at the Sunethra Mahadevi Pirivena, Pepiliyana yesterday. The seminar was organised under the theme `Peradune Mahindada Ratada` (Is Mahinda or the Country that was defeated ?) aiming to make people aware of the post election consequences that has resulted with the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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Police fire tear gas
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - 11:08 PM SL Time

Police fired tear gas to protesting students of Sri Jayawardenapura University a short while ago in Kollupitiya, the police said. The students had attempted to march towards the Temple Trees when the Police fired tear gas and baton charged the students. Two students have been arrested, the Police said. The march convened by the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) commenced at the Sri Jayawardenapura University and was to end at the Temple Trees but came to an abrupt halt at the Colpetty junction where the mob of protestors stationed themselves till their demands were met. Four students were arrested following a clash with the police and were subsequently released after giving statements to the Colpetty Police, in accordance with the demands of the students. There are no discussing of matters with this government. We have tried to communicate these issues several times but they did not respond, so this is the only way to get their attention. This government is no different to the last, the only difference being that the Rajapaksa government took some time to start hitting students, but this government has no reservations as they assaulted students in the first major protest they faced Convener of the Students Union Najith Indika said. The students further claimed that their protest was not aimed at demanding luxuries, but rather to negotiate conditions such as unfair fee increments and stated that the indifference of the government was the reason for such a large scale protest. Meanwhile one police inspector and six other police constables have been hospitalised during the protest. Police said the students behaved violently though five student representatives were given the opportunity to hold discussions with the authorised persons.
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Basil is to return, make statement
Monday, 30 March 2015 - 11:59 PM SL Time

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa will return next month and make a statement over alleged fraud allegations.

Lawyers appearing for Rajapaksa told the Kaduwela Magistrate today that Rajapaksa will return on April 20.

A group of 20 lawyers had appeared on behalf of the former Minister before the Magistrate today.
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Free Wifi access from tomorrow in Sri Lanka
Monday, 30 March 2015 - 8:30 AM SL Time

Sri Lankans will be able to enjoy free Wifi internet access with up to 100 MB of usage at selected 26 public locations across the island from tomorrow (30), Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. It said that the service would expanded up to 1000 public spaces across the island by the end of August. The ministry said that it had not established any restrictions on the free Wifi service. At the beginning there will be no barriers for the Wifi users, but after analysing the service with the time, our technicians will take necessary technological methods to control the service, the ministry sources said. The inauguration will be simultaneously telecast on giant LED screens at the Jaffna, Polonaruwa and Matara Railway Stations and bus stands. The 26 public locations are: Fort Railway Station, Pettah Public and Private Bus Stands, the Temple of the Tooth Kandy, Floating Market in Pettah, Colombo Law College, Colombo Public Library, Dehiwela Zoo, Colombo Racecourse, Colombo Police Head Quarters, Galle Railway Station, Jaffna Railway Station, Fort Dutch Hospital, Galle Face Colombo, Battaramulla Foreign Employment Bureau, Colombo Museum, Karapitiya Hospital, Rathnapura Museum, Polonnaruwa Base Hospital, Matara Bus Stand, Polonnaruwa Railway Station, Matara Railway Station, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden, Jaffna Public Library, Kandy Railway Station and Peradeniya Railway Station. See more at: Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 123 )

Major political shock after Vesak.
Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 4:56 PM SL Time

Parliament will not be dissolved at midnight of April 23 as pledged in government`s 100-day Programme and the public instead is very likely to be dealt a huge political shock immediately after Vesak that falls in the first week of May, reliable political sources said yesterday.

Asked to explain the type of `political shock` in the offing after Vesak the source said `It is too early to disclose it... all I can say right now is that the President and the Prime Minister have agreed to take that decision`.
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President`s brother killed.
Saturday, 28 March 2015 - 9:08 AM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena s brother, Priyantha Sirisena (40) who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Colombo following an axe attack, has succumbed to his injuries this morning, hospital sources said. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 303 )

Cricket: Sri Lanka blames fitness for World Cup flop
Saturday, 28 March 2015 - 5:04 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan cricketing authorities blamed a lack of fitness and the poor form of the side`s top order batsmen for failing to progress beyond the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Chief Selector Sanath Jayasuriya -- a member of Sri Lanka`s 1996 World Cup-winning team -- said officials will draw up new standards to ensure better fitness and take `hard decisions` about players who were below par.
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Malaka says he will definitely enter politics
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 11:41 PM SL Time

Former Minister Mervyn Silva s son Malaka who is known to have been in the midst of several controversies said he would be entering politics from any political party willing to nominate him.

Yes I am definitely coming into politics, he said when asked by journalists outside the Colombo Magistrate s Court.

On Tuesday Malaka Silva sought a removal of the bail conditions imposed on him, after he was alleged to have assaulted a foreigner at a night club in Colombo.
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Large Pakistani Sex Worker Ring in Sri Lanka Exposed
Sunday, 22 March 2015 - 11:11 AM SL Time

The special investigation unit of the Department of Immigration and Emigration says an extensive investigation had been launched into a racket where young Pakistani girls are forced to work as sex workers in Sri Lanka. It has been revealed that Pakistani girls aged between 16 and 15 have been sent to Sri Lanka to work as sex workers.

Last week a group of investigators attached to the Department of Immigration and Emigration arrested five Pakistani girls in the age group between 16 and 25 during a raid in Colombo.
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