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UN experts demand action over suspected secret Sri Lankan prisons
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 10:06 PM SL Time

UN experts Wednesday urged Sri Lanka to speed up probes into suspected secret detention centres after they inspected a former illegal prison complex in the island`s northeast during their visit.

Wrapping up a 10-day trip to the country, the UN delegation said it toured the little-known 12-cell prison hidden inside a sprawling naval base in the port city of Trincomalee.

The prison had markings on the walls that indicated people were still being held there until 2010 -- one year after the island`s long-running separatist war ended, the group said.
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President to present Cabinet Paper to abolish Executive Presidency
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 3:34 PM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena will present a Cabinet Paper to abolish the Executive Presidency and to introduce a new electoral system at the Cabinet meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow (18).

The Cabinet Paper will be presented tomorrow to abolish the Executive Presidency and to transfer its powers to the Parliament, President Sirisena said a short while ago on Tuesday (17) during an event held at the Temple Trees in Colombo.

He added the Cabinet Paper will also suggest the establishment of a new electoral system.
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Council conclusions on Sri Lanka
Monday, 16 November 2015 - 10:15 PM SL Time

1. The Council welcomes the significant advances made by the Government of Sri Lanka since the presidential elections held in January 2015 to restore democratic governance, initiate a process of national reconciliation and re-engage with the international community and the United Nations (UN) system.

2. Following the invitation by the Government of Sri Lanka, the European Union deployed an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to observe the parliamentary elections in August, which were assessed positively by the EU EOM. The elections saw a strong endorsement of the change in policies initiated since January. In line with the Government`s commitment for electoral reform, it will be key to implement the recommendations provided by the EU EOM.
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2016 Budget: Tax reforms, Govt. in search of revenue
Sunday, 15 November 2015 - 9:01 PM SL Time

The Government s 2016 budget to be unveiled on Friday will see a radical shift in tax policy targeting the rich, set the tone for more business and investment, though against the backdrop of a worsening economic environment.

Macro-economic fundamentals are at dangerously low levels, 2015 budget targets have gone haywire and foreign exchange reserves are dwindling. Economist and retired Central Bank Deputy Governor W.A. Wijewardena, quoting Central Bank data, said that in the next 12 months the Government s loan repayments would amount to US$ 4.4 billion. We have only $5.5 billion as free (ready) cash thus if we pay out $4.4 billion, we won t have much money (left), he told a meeting of the Sunday Times Business Club this week. (See detailed story in Business Times.)
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Harin joins Avant Garde BAND
Saturday, 14 November 2015 - 7:01 PM SL Time

It is apparent how Minister of Communication and Digital Infrastructure Facilities Harin Fernando is taking the initiative to protect ministers who have been accused of dealing with the Avant Garde Company which has become an extremely controversial issue within the country.

This intervention of Minister Harin Fernando was well displayed during the political debates held on `Derana` and `Swarnavahini` TV channels recently.
At the same time, with the Minister stating that the present government is not prepared to do anything according to requirements of civil organizations much controversy has come to the fore regarding Minister Harin Fernando. Many civil organizations which provided immense service to bring the present government into power said that the minister is standing up on behalf of protecting Avant Garde and that he is attacking the very same organizations. This was declared by an active group of Civil Society Activists to `Ceylon Today.`
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President invites Sri Lankan expat intellectuals to work for the Motherland
Friday, 13 November 2015 - 10:12 PM SL Time

It is time to utilize the knowledge and technical knowhow of Sri Lankan intellectuals who work abroad, to develop knowledge of the people of the country and enhance the research activities in the country, says President Maithripala Sirisena.

The President was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of two days workshop for university students on the theme New Tendencies of Higher Education today (Nov. 13) at Blue Water Hotel in Wadduwa.

President Sirisena pointed out that university students have an important role to play in political and social reforms for good governance. They can perform a large role for the betterment of the people in the country with the knowledge they gain within the buildings in universities , the President said.
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Sri Lanka to prosecute Avant Garde, revokes `agreement`
Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 3:31 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s government Wednesday decided to revoke a purported agreement Avant Garde had entered into with the defence minister under former secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and asked the navy to take over the private firm s operations.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said President Sirisena ordered the immediate cancellation of the so called joint venture deal between the private security company and the defence ministry`s private arm known as RALL.
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Sri Lankan President pays last respects to Late Ven. Sobitha Thera
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 9:56 PM SL Time

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Monday visited the Kotte Naga Viharaya to pay his last respects to the Late Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, who passed away early Sunday after a brief illness.

Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera was the Chief incumbent of the Kotte Naga Viharaya and his mortal remains lie at the Temple for public to pay respects.

All arrangements have been finalized to conduct the Late Thera`s funeral with full state honors at the Parliamentary grounds on Thursday, November 12. The Government has announced Thursday as a National Day of Mourning. The Government has also decided to keep all schools in the Western Province closed on the funeral day. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 132 )

BBS calls for setting up of Sanghadikaranaya
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 2:53 AM SL Time

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera today called for a Sanghadikaranaya - a special court to hear cases of Buddhist monks. He expressed these views outside the Colombo Fort Magistrate s Court where a case was filed against him on defaming the Quran. We haven t committed any crime. It s not like we have killed someone, raped anyone or robbed anyone. These charges had been levelled for defending the Sangha and the dates of the cases keep extending. We have so many invasive forces in the country today which are against Buddhism. But it seems even the Mahanayakas are silent on these matters. That s why we need a Sanghadikaranaya. It s high time that we do away with worn out British laws, the Prelate said. Meanwhile, Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera, whose news conference was obstructed by Gnanasara Thera, said no charges had been filed so far by the police against the prelate though it has been two years since the incident. However, we are happy that at least we have a country free of criminals today. I hope justice will be served immediately, the Thera said. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 105 )

Govt. under heavy fire on corruption probes, crucial introspect tomorrow
Sunday, 8 November 2015 - 11:03 AM SL Time

A fresh team now assigned by the Government to take over the task to freeze and later recover the assets of the son of a former VVIP in a Dubai bank has just returned to Colombo after extensive talks in that emirate.

The team comprised senior DIG Ravi Waidyalankara, head of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe, Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) and Yasantha Kodagoda, Additional Solicitor General. A fourth member Kalyani Dahanayake, Commissioner General of Inland Revenue, was unable to join.
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Cross talk over highway expenditure
Sunday, 8 November 2015 - 12:00 AM SL Time

A gamut of accusations were witnessed between members of the present government and an Opposition MP who happened to be a minister in the previous regime, over high costs incurred over a development project in Parliament yesterday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella were on one side while opposition MP Dallas Alahapperuma who was a former Minister was on the other side blaming each other over the high cost incurred in the Colombo-Kandy highway. Mr. Alahapperuma questioned as to why the government was spending Rs 4.48 billion a kilometer for this highway after criticizing the previous regime for trying to spend Rs 4.8 billion a kilometer. You people questioned as to we construct highways with gold but I would like to ask you whether you are constructing the highway with both gold and platinum as your government too is spending an exorbitant amount, he said. Also he questioned as to why the government is continuing the unsolicited contract procedure after criticizing the same procedure carried out by the previous regime. Mr. Kiriella said the interest rate which the government hove to pay for the loan generated for the project from a Chinese Bank was much less than the rate for which the previous regime promised. You people went for high interest loans but we don t follow that policy, he said. Mr. Wickremesinghe who joined in the cross talk said these were contracts signed by the previous regime. This regime has to bear the sins of the last regime, he therefore said. - See more at.
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Wijeyadasa to sue SF
Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 1:05 AM SL Time

In a response to Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka s allegation that Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe had obtained bribes from Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd., the minister said today he would sue Field Marshal Fonseka demanding Rs.500 million in damages for making a derogatory statement against him. The minister told a news conference that he had asked his lawyers to take necessary steps to sue Field Marshal Fonseka. I have not taken a cent from Avant Garde. When JVP leader Anura Kumara made this allegation in parliament, I challenged him to a debate on this matter and said I would resign from my portfolio if it was proved correct. But he did not take up my challenge, the minister said. He said Field Marshal Fonseka was criticizing him during the past few months over several matters including that of my not taking action to arrest former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as demanded by the Field Marshal. He kept forcing me to arrest Mr. Rajapaksa even without any evidence but I refused to do so. He was keen on taking revenge from Mr. Rajapaksa, the minister said. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 161 )

Mervyn says Karate Wasantha was his very close friend
Thursday, 5 November 2015 - 5:24 PM SL Time

Anuradhapura Panorama Night Club owner Wasantha de Zoysa was a very close friend of mine and one of several who had supported my election campaigns, former Minister Mervyn Silva said.

`He was a gentleman and I even have in my office a photograph of his, which was presented to me by him,` he said.

`Karate Wasantha was a sportsman and people like him do not get involved in illegal activities. I commend the Police for having apprehended the suspects involved in killing a decent man.`
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Australia reiterates warning to Lankan boat people
Thursday, 5 November 2015 - 2:26 AM SL Time

The Australian Government today reiterated a warning to Sri Lankan boat people saying anyone going to Australia illegally will never be settled there.

Australian High Commissioner Robyn Mudie said that Since the introduction of Australia s Operation Sovereign Borders in 2013, every Sri Lankan people smuggling boat that has attempted to come to Australia has failed.

The Australian Government s policy on maritime people smuggling remains unchanged if you travel illegally to Australia by boat, you will never be settled there Mudie said.
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Sri Lankan President commences state visit to Thailand
Sunday, 1 November 2015 - 11:07 PM SL Time

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday commenced a four-day state visit to Thailand on an invitation extended by the Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha to participate in the ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Sri Lanka and Thailand. Vice Prime Minister of Thailand Somkid Jatusripitak warmly welcomed the President Sirisena, who arrived at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok today. The Sri Lankan President was accorded a Guard of Honor at the airport.
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I was only repeatedly beaten
Friday, 30 October 2015 - 11:14 PM SL Time

When asked by Daily Mirror about Senior DIG Champika Siriwardene s claim that the HNDA student was not beaten by the Police but was only being removed from the location, the student Sasini Sandeepani said she was not assisted by the policemen to remove but was only repeatedly beaten on the head. A first-year HNDA student the 21-year-old Sasini Sandeepani was clearly seen in the photographs being beaten by a policeman during the HNDA protest at Ward Place. She said this was the first time that she had participated in a protest. Colombo National Hospital doctors had recommended her to undergo a CT scan, also called an X-ray computed tomography (X-ray CT) due to her constant head pains, she said. After the photographs were published, the attack on the students came in for severe criticism by the people.
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Sri Lanka extends deal with Singapore s Surbana to design megapolis
Friday, 30 October 2015 - 8:50 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka has hired Singapore urban planning consultants Surbana for 35 million rupees to help design a plan to turn the capital Colombo s metropolitan region into a modern megapolis and extended the project period by five months.

The Cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal to obtain the services of local and foreign consultant experts for a further period to proceed with the project, Cabinet Spokesperson and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka said.
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Business environment improves in Sri Lanka in 2016 despite drop in ranking
Thursday, 29 October 2015 - 2:42 AM SL Time

Despite a decline of eight places in the World Bank`s `Doing Business 2016` index, which measures the ease of doing business in 189 different countries, the overall business environment improved in Sri Lanka, the Doing Business report released by the bank on Tuesday revealed. Sri Lanka ranked 107th out of 189 countries in terms of ease of doing business for 2016. It was in the 99th place in 2015.
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Channa and Upuli deny charging Rs. 15m
Monday, 26 October 2015 - 12:50 AM SL Time

Popular artistes Channa and Upuli Wijewardena, the owners of Channa-Upuli Dance Academy today rejected reports that they had been given over 15 million rupees for their dancing performances at the opening ceremony of phase one of the Hambantota Harbour.

Issuing a media statement, they said they had been given Rs. 6. 8 million for their contribution at the opening ceremony.

`We have provided all the relevant documents in this regard before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC), to prove we had been given only Rs. 6.8 million,` the statement said.
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Uber ride-sharing comes to Sri Lanka
Friday, 23 October 2015 - 2:54 AM SL Time

Uber, a ride-sharing company that allows car owners and drivers to take passengers for a fee has been launched in Sri Lanka.

`At Uber, every city that we launch outperforms its predecessor and we expect nothing less from Colombo,` the company said in a statement.

`In fact, for months now, we know that demand for Uber has been rapidly growing as more and more people and visitors are opening up the Uber app and trying to request rides in cities across Sri Lanka.`
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