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Duminda, four others sentenced to death
Thursday, 8 September 2016 - 3:44 PM SL Time

Former MP Duminda Silva and four others were,a short while ago, sentenced to death after being found guilty of the charge of murdering former MP and presidential adviser Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and three others. The case was heard for more than one-and-half years. The judgement was delivered by a High Court Bench comprising Justices Shiran Gunaratne (Chairman), Padmini Ranawaka and M. C. B. S. Moraias. The Attorney General had indicted the accused on charges of killing Mr. Premachandra and three of his bodyguards on October 8, 2011 at Angoda on the day of the Local Government Elections. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 252 )

Secretary of the Ministry calls in High Commissioner of Malaysia
Tuesday, 6 September 2016 - 5:06 AM SL Time

The Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called in the High Commissioner of Malaysia to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning, 5 September to express the condemnation of the Government of Sri Lanka, on the assault carried out by a group of persons yesterday Sunday 4 September 2016, on Sri Lanka s High Commissioner to Malaysia, in a restricted area of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, while he was in the process of carrying out his official duties.
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UNSG Ban Ki-moon holds talks with the President
Friday, 2 September 2016 - 2:44 AM SL Time

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon held talks with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President s House in Colombo today (September 1). The two leaders discussed about the ongoing development programmes, the progress of the programmes being implemented to strengthen reconciliation and the process of constitutional reforms.

President briefed the visiting UN Secretary General about the steps taken by the government with regard to constitutional reforms, devolution and structural reforms. He explained the steps taken by the government for resettlement and rehabilitation, release of land to the original owners and livelihood development.
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Bank loans at concessionary rates for ex-LTTErs
Saturday, 27 August 2016 - 12:57 PM SL Time

The Government has decided to grant bank loans at concessionary rates to ex-LTTE combatants for self-employment purposes, officials said today. The parliamentary oversight committee of the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Ministry has discussed this matter and decided to proceed with the granting of loans at low interest rates to the ex-combatants reintegrated into society after rehabilitation. We have to work out the modalities, an official said. About 12,000 LTTE combatants surrendered to the military during the final stages of the war and underwent rehabilitation which included the provision of vocational training skills.
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Govt. to list 4 hotels soon
Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 2:23 PM SL Time

The Government will shortly offer investment opportunities in the tourism sector, with plans underway to resurrect non-strategic enterprises by listing them on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), a top Minister said.

The Hilton Colombo, Grand Hyatt, Waters Edge and Grand Oriental Hotel will soon be listed to be divested in the private sector, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Affairs John Amaratunga said.
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Muzammil nominated for high commissioner post
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 - 1:36 AM SL Time

Former Mayor of Colombo, A J M Muzammil has been nominated for the post of Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia, informed sources said yesterday. Mr Muzammil, when contacted by Daily Mirror, confirmed that he had been nominated for the post. He said his name had been sent to the High Posts Committee in Parliament for approval. However, he said he would claim his due place at the next local government elections and would contest for a seat in the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC). I am hoping to claim a slot on the UNP list for the CMC, but I will leave it to the party to make the final decision, he said.( - See more at: Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 176 )

Sri Lanka keen to build a team for the future
Sunday, 21 August 2016 - 1:39 AM SL Time

In high spirits after the unexpected 3-0 whitewash in Tests, Sri Lanka wish to find similar joy in the one-day format, but are also looking well beyond the series at hand. Coach Graham Ford has repeatedly said Sri Lanka are on the hunt for long-term players. Ahead of the first ODI, Angelo Mathews echoed those sentiments, as he prepares to lead another relatively youthful XI.

`Our long-term goal is the 2019 World Cup, but we`ll try and take it series by series,` he said. `Winning is important, but trying to build up a team is also important - so we`ll try and strike a balance in that. We`ve got a very good mixture of experience and youth in the team. Most of them are newcomers - the likes of Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis. Except for a few players who have played 50-60 games, it is a very exciting time for us.`
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Funds allocated for Hambantota to be used for Hyatt Colombo
Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 3:31 AM SL Time

The Government has decided to utilise the funds allocated for the proposed Hyatt Regency in Hambantota to complete the construction of the Grand Hyatt Colombo Hotel.

A sum of Rs. 18.5 billion was invested by the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, the Employees Provident Fund and Litro Gas Lanka Ltd in the equity of Canwill Holdings (Pvt) Ltd for the purpose of construction of Grand Hyatt Colombo Hotel through its fully owned subsidiary Sinolanka Hotels and Spa Pvt Ltd and the constructions commenced in 2012.
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Indian envoy rebuts Sri Lankan contention that India is a creation of the British
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 - 4:30 AM SL Time

The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka ,Y.K.Sinha, has rebutted the contention of some Sri Lankan opinion makers that India has never been a single nation and that the India of today is nothing but a creation of British colonialists.

Addressing a gathering of Indians and Sri Lankans at India House here on Monday on the occasion of India s 69 th.Independence Day, Sinha said that while India may be a new modern nation state , it is by no means a new country .
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Tea earnings plummet in Sri Lanka
Saturday, 13 August 2016 - 4:39 PM SL Time

Earnings from tea exportation are expected to see a sharp drop of nearly Rs 40 billion this year owing to adverse weather patterns, the ban on certain widely used weedicides and the lack of quality fertilizer.

Sri Lanka had earned a revenue of USD 1.34 billion through tea exportation last year. However, experts pointed out that productivity had dropped by 15% already this year and would drop further by December this year.

Chairman, Planters Association of Ceylon (PAC), Roshan Rajadurai told Nation that the heavy drought during the initial part of the year and the heavy showers and landslides which followed in quick succession had severely affected Sri Lanka s tea productivity this year.
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US report says BBS continued to promote supremacy of Buddhists
Friday, 12 August 2016 - 5:04 AM SL Time

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) continued to promote the supremacy of the country s Sinhalese Buddhist population and propagated views hostile toward members of religious and ethnic minorities last year, the US State Department said in a new report.

The US State Department s International Religious Freedom Report for 2015 noted that BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero regularly made inflammatory statements about Islamic invasion and aggression and forced conversions by Christian groups as posing an existential threat to the country s Buddhism.
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Chinese port city delayed to gain advantage:PM
Thursday, 11 August 2016 - 3:58 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka has renegotiated the USD 1.4 billion Chinese-funded Colombo port city project and the new agreement has no provision for outright grant/hold of the reclaimed sea land by China, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the parliament today.

Answering an opposition question in the assembly, Wickremesinghe said, `In March 2015 the project was halted as the government was having concerns over the project`s environmental impact.`
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Harin unhappy with SLT, warns of competition
Tuesday, 9 August 2016 - 1:02 PM SL Time

Expressing discontent with the country s largest fixed line operator Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando yesterday insisted the company should formulate a plan to share its network with other players in the sector.

SLT, which is headed by President Maithripala Sirisena s brother Kumarasinghe Sirisena, has one of the largest fibre backbone systems in Sri Lanka. In its 2015 Annual Report the company said it was prepared to share capacity with other telecom operators.
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Political prisoners to go ahead with fast tomorrow
Sunday, 7 August 2016 - 11:50 PM SL Time

Tamil political prisoners have decided to go ahead with a protest fast tomorrow despite a meeting held with the Tamil National Alliance yesterday.

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan met the prisoners at the Anuradhapura prison yesterday.

The inmates had handed over a letter to the Parliamentarian to be handed over to Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan.

In the letter the prisoners had noted that the Government has failed to keep to its word on the political prisoner issue.
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Sri Lanka 100m star bitter after state neglect ahead of Olympics
Wednesday, 3 August 2016 - 1:07 AM SL Time

Colombo (AFP) - Sixteen years ago sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe was a national heroine, having become Sri Lanka`s first woman to win an Olympic medal. Today she is a struggling single mothers_day.jsp' class=black>mother with only bitterness towards a country she says has given her nothing in return.

Jayasinghe won bronze in her 100m event in Sydney when she was 24 and was upgraded to silver in 2007 when winner Marion Jones admitted taking performance enhancing drugs.
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Herath bowls Sri Lanka to historic victory
Sunday, 31 July 2016 - 4:01 AM SL Time

Tonight, Sri Lanka are gonna party like it`s 1999. Specifically, like it`s September 11, 1999, the only other date on which they beat Australia in a Test. That victory came in Kandy with an XI full of Sri Lankan greats - Aravinda de Silva, Arjuna Ranatunga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas. This win, up the road in Pallekele, is all the more remarkable for the dearth of such legends. Then again, it could be the making of some new ones.
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FCID names Namal, five others over Hello Corp transaction
Thursday, 28 July 2016 - 7:16 PM SL Time

The FCID-on a directive of Attorney General had today named Namal Rajapaksa and five others as suspects over purchasing shares of Hello Corp. using ill-gotten funds of Gowers Corporation, which is headed by Mr. Rajapaksa. The FCID filing a B report informed court that the suspect Namal Rajapaksa had dealt with a company named Boston and had given Rs. 15 million and another Rs.30 million through one Indika Karunajeewa to the Chairman of that company, Mr. Rohan Abey Iriyagolla. Then according to the statements got from the chairman of the Boston Co., the given money was paid to Gowers and NR Consultants again, which are headed by Namal Rajapaksa, as payments for the services obtained by Boston. The two transactions were found by the prosecution as offences that fell under the Money Laundering Act. The other suspects, Indika Prabath Karunajeewa, Pavithra Sujani Bogollagama, Nithya Senani Samaranayake, Sudarsha Bandara Ganegoda and Iresha Silva were named as suspects over conspiring to commit the offences that fell under the Money Laundering and the Penal Code, by the FCID. Acceding the prosecution request, Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris issued an arrest warrant on second suspect Indika Karunajeewa, since the suspect currently resides abroad, absconding the prosecution. The FCID also said court that the prosecution would file two cases separately over the alleged two transactions against the suspects. Further inquiry was postponed to September 1
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Wasim s Family Threatens To Protest
Sunday, 24 July 2016 - 11:59 AM SL Time

The family of the murdered rugby player Wasim Thajudeen has threatened to take to the streets if investigations into the murder are placed under the carpet.

A family member of Wasim Thajudeen told The Sunday Leader on condition of anonymity that they had faith in the ongoing investigations into the murder. However the family member said there is fear that like some other investigations, even this investigation too could take a back seat later owing to political influence.
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Sri Lanka an IS transit hub?
Monday, 18 July 2016 - 1:26 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka is very close to becoming the unofficial transit hub for IS members, and Ceylon Today speculates at least 12 persons from Kerala have travelled through Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) within the last one month to join the Islamic State. Despite this the Police say they have no information on people routing through BIA to reach Syria or any other Middle Eastern countries to join IS. But, sources in Kerala confirmed that at least 12 persons have left transiting through BIA to the Arab countries.
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Sri Lanka back in business, Ravi K tells Credit Suisse investment forum
Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 2:06 PM SL Time

With 6% GDP growth forecast for this year, up from 4.8% in 2015, Sri Lanka is on the move, the country s Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake, said in a keynote address at the Credit Suisse 2016 Asian Investment Conference (AIC).

Since a new President and Prime Minister took office at the beginning of 2015, the Government has worked to get the country back onto a path of strong economic growth, Karunanayake said. It was necessary for fiscal consolidation to take place.
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