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Sri Lanka s UsS $85mn airport runway contract awarded to Access Engineering annulled: Minister
Thursday, 19 March 2015 - 10:50 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka s Bandaranayake International Airport runway overlay and related work tender that was awarded to Access Engineering, a local construction company has been annulled by cabinet due to lack of transparency, cabinet spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today.

No proper procurement procedure has been followed when awarding this contract, Senarathne said.
The Minister (Arjuna) says they (Access Engineering) have no experience.

Senaratne also said it has been confirmed that the award of this contract was made without following a competitive tender procedure and without transparency.
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Ranil fires on all cylinders in P ment
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 - 12:49 PM SL Time

-Sets record straight on recent Treasury Bond issue
-Says he didn t act deaf, dumb and blind but remained silent until proper information was obtained
-Justifies 3 lawyers in probe committee
-Exposes series of private placements of Treasury Bond issues under previous Central Bank regime
-Names and shames people favoured by Rajapaksa regime Seeks a Parliamentary Select Committee
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Colombo Port City project runs into fresh snag
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 10:09 PM SL Time

The Colombo Port City project has run into a fresh snag with Sri Lanka`s Civil Aviation Authority pointing out to the government that the air space over the Chinese held area will exclusively be held by China.

According to Article 01 and 02 of the Convention on the Civil Aviation which was signed in Chicago in 1944 - to which Sri Lanka is signatory - China will have exclusive rights over the air space above the plot of land of the Colombo Port City, which was given to China on an outright basis. According to the Colombo Port City proposed deal, 108 hectares would be given to the Chinese firm, including 20 hectares on an outright basis and the rest on a 99-year lease.
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`Sri Lankan Navy Has the Right to Shoot Anyone Entering Its Waters`: PM Ranil Wickremasinghe to NDTV
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 12:06 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka and India are working to resolve the fishermen`s issue, but the country`s navy has the right to shoot anyone who intrudes into their territorial waters, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has told NDTV.

The reiteration of the controversial comment comes on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s trip to the island nation which he said was a `successful visit`.

Speaking to NDTV, Mr Wickremasinghe said, `The Lankan navy has the right to shoot in any part of the country if anyone enters territorial waters, this is nothing new`.
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On Arrival Visa for Sri Lankans at India
Saturday, 14 March 2015 - 5:25 PM SL Time

India will give Sri Lankans the visa on arrival facility in a bid to strengthen ties between the two neighbours and improve contact between the peoples, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

`People are at the heart of our relations,` Modi declared in a speech soon after talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during a two-visit to the island that began Friday.

`We have taken a number of decisions to encourage people to people contacts, improve connectivity, and increase tourism,` he said.
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Lanka wants to be good with all
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 - 3:09 AM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena says it is the foreign policy of the present government to win the backing of all countries by sticking to the nonaligned policy.

He says Sri Lanka needs the cooperation of all nations in its development drive and that the government is in the process of promoting goodwill with the United Nations.

President Maithripala Sirisena stated this when he met UK Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon, in London, the President s office said.
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India flays Sri Lanka PM for justifying firing on fishermen
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 4:17 AM SL Time

India on Monday criticised Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for justifying the firing on fishermen from India and sought a `permanent solution` to the dragging row.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament that she was in Colombo when Wickremesinghe made the controversial remarks, days ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s visit to Sri Lanka.
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Sanga becomes 2nd batsman to reach 14,000 ODI runs
Sunday, 8 March 2015 - 7:49 PM SL Time

Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to register 14,000 runs in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Sangakkara needed 39 more runs to achieve the milestone when he came out to bat against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground. The left-hander reached the landmark 14,000 runs in 14th over of Sri Lankan innings. Sangakkara has been in prolific touch and in his last two outings scored back to back centuries. He scored 73-ball century against Bangladesh and then against England notched another impressive hundred off 70 balls. Both his hundreds proved to be match winning ones and gave Sri Lanka a much needed direction in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after their poor start against New Zealand in the tournament opener. The twin centuries took Sangakkara s tally to 23 hundreds and he now has the most centuries for Sri Lanka after Sanath jayasuriya s 28 tons. The classy left-handed batsman features fourth on list of all-time most hundreds in ODIs. The list is topped by Tendulkar (49), followed by former Australian captain Ricky Pointing (30) and Jayasuriya on third. Sangakkara also became the first Sri Lankan batsman to notch up 14,000 runs in ODIs. It took him 402 matches to reach the milestone. Next on most runs for Sri Lanka list is Jayasuriya, who has 13364 runs from 441 matches. Sangakkara s long-time friend Mahela Jayawardene is the third highest run-getter for Sri Lanka with over 12, 000 runs. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 251 )

Nilame pockets Rs 01 B from road project
Saturday, 7 March 2015 - 2:49 PM SL Time

Minister Kabir Hashim told Parliament yesterday that a Nilame had garnered one billion rupees by subcontracting a road constructions project.

Minister Kabir Hashim told Parliament yesterday that a Nilame had garnered one billion rupees by subcontracting a road constructions project.
The Minister of Road Development, Higher Education and Investment Promotion said this Nilame had been given the contract for a road construction project worth Rs 2.6 billion.

`This Nilame had handed over the construction of this road on a sub contract for Rs 1.6 billion and had earned a profit of one billion rupees,` The minister said during an adjournment debate.
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Port City project may not proceed: Kabir Hashim
Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 10:52 PM SL Time

Highways and Investment Promotion Minister Kabir Hashim today said the final report of the committee headed by Prime Minister on Colombo Port City Project will be released in a few weeks and said that the project was unlikely to proceed.

He said the construction of the port city had been stopped for the time being and added the project would be scrapped if the committee report suggests the project was harmful to the country.

We are receiving information that the legal approval had not been granted for the commencement of the project. This had been approved violating laws. The project would unlikely to proceed, he told a news conference today.
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Lanka motor dept against launch of Bajaj`s quadricycle
Tuesday, 3 March 2015 - 12:32 AM SL Time

India`s first quadricycle, made by Pune-based Bajaj Auto, faces opposition on the proposed launch of its RE60 in Sri Lanka, with the local traffic head raising safety concerns.

Sri Lanka is the biggest passenger three-wheeler market for Bajaj Auto outside India. The RE60 is their proposed replacement for such three-wheelers, promising the comfort and safety of a fourth wheel, in addition to seat belts and a hard top.
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President Sirisena s credibility faces tough test .
Sunday, 1 March 2015 - 10:18 AM SL Time

Crucial talks tomorrow between two major parties, crisis may erupt if talks fail
The Government this week crossed the half way mark of its hundred-day programme to fulfil promises made to the people during the campaign for the January 8 presidential election. Ironically that milestone has arrived with some election assurances remaining unfulfilled and was to take a turn for the worse on Thursday. The two major partners in the rainbow coalition the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) failed to reach accord on the impending constitutional changes when the subcommittee on the subject, appointed by the National Executive Council (NEC), met at Temple Trees , the one-time official residence of the former President and now used more as an office. The NEC is an apex body of the Government s partner political parties, those who support it and civil society groups. They have named subcommittees for different subjects like constitutional changes and anti-corruption.
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Sri Lanka concerned by China loans, rules out submarine visits
Sunday, 1 March 2015 - 12:32 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka is concerned with the roughly US$5 billion in Chinese loans it has and will send its finance minister to Beijing to discuss the issue, the foreign minister said on Saturday, as he also ruled out future Chinese submarine visits to the country.

BEIJING: Sri Lanka is concerned with the roughly US$5 billion in Chinese loans it has and will send its finance minister to Beijing to discuss the issue, the foreign minister said on Saturday, as he also ruled out future Chinese submarine visits to the country.
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Karuna Says 1990 Massacre Of Policemen Was War Crime
Friday, 27 February 2015 - 11:29 PM SL Time

Member of Parliament Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman stated that the massacre of more than 600 unarmed policemen after they had surrendered to the LTTE can be considered as a war crime.

Taking part in the live political talk show `Sathyagaraya` on ITN, he said that while massacres that took place under Pol Pot in Cambodia and using chemical weapons against the Kurdish people in Iraq could be considered war crimes, the last stages of the war in Sri Lanka did not see war crimes committed by Sri Lankan Forces.
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Govt. denies printing money for state workers allowances
Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 12:39 PM SL Time

Amidst queries raised by the Opposition, the government yesterday denied printing money to meet the increased expenditure resulting from the recent allowances for the public sector.

Deputy minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development, Harsha de Silva told a news conference in Colombo that the Maithripala Sirisena administration did not intend going down the disastrous road taken by the previous regime which had left the country mired in debt for generations to come.
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Sri Lanka tax increase on hybrid cars a `mistake`: energy minister
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 8:55 PM SL Time

The hiking of taxes on hybrids was a mistake, Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka who was a former environmental minister said.

Sri Lanka`s new United National Party-led administration where the Minister Ranawaka`s Jathika Hela Urumaya is a coalition partner sharply raised taxes on hybrid cars, which were previously lower than conventionally powered cars.

`It is a mistake actually,` Ranawaka told Sri Lanka`s Foreign Correspondents Association.
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Shahsi transferred to Prisons hospital
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 10:04 PM SL Time

Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today ordered the prison authorities to transfer former Minister Wimal Weerawansa s wife Shashi, from the private hospital in Malabe to the Prison Hospital.

On a motion filed by the Prisons Department, the Magistrate also directed the prison authorities to obtain a medical report from the Prison s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and seek his advice on whether Ms. Weerawansa needs to be admitted to the Colombo National Hospital.
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Sri Lanka mulls future of Rajapakse`s white elephants.
Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 4:39 PM SL Time

From a multi-million dollar airport ignored by airlines to a lavish cricket stadium rejected by players, Sri Lanka`s new government is mulling the future of a string of white elephants.

Former president Mahinda Rajapakse ordered the state-of-the-art facilities built in his southern home town of Hambantota in extensive efforts to turn his rural constituency into a regional business hub.
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World Bank pledges support to Sri Lanka`s development drive
Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 3:00 AM SL Time

A top official of the World Bank has promised to provide the financial support Sri Lanka`s new administration needs to continue the development projects. World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region Ms. Anette Dixon has expressed the global lender`s readiness to provide financial assistance required by Sri Lanka when she met with the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.
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Lanka will not follow South Africa
Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 11:19 PM SL Time

The Sri Lankan Government says it will not follow the South African Truth and Reconciliation system but use it as an example to create a home grown system.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said that a high level South African delegation will arrive in Sri Lanka next week to discuss Sri Lanka s reconciliation efforts.

We will not do what they are doing. We will learn from them and use our experts to create a system to co-exist in our country, he said.
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