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Not only are the Executive Presidency terms to be extended, the previous Presidents are also to be barred from the post
Thursday, 1 July 2010 - 6:21 PM SL Time

(Lanka-e-News 01.July.2010 1.30 PM)The amendment to the constitution is sought not only to extend the period of the Executive Presidency beyond two terms , but is also to bar the previous Presidents of SL from seeking appointment to the post again.

Under Section 31 (2) of the chapter 7 of the SL constitution, a candidate who had been elected as the President for two terms is disqualified from seeking a third term.

The Govt. is preparing to amend the constitution to rescind the limitation to two terms of the Executive Presidency and make the terms unlimited.

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when Mrs B`s socialism and JR`s capitalism get mixed up in wrong proportions, what would you get?
Friday, 2 July 2010 - 9:28 AM SL Time

Fowl Policy

Sri Lanka to import chicken after slapping twin controls on poultry farmers

June 27, 2010 (LBO) - A state agency will import chicken to Sri Lanka a media report said, after government price controls created `shortages` and production costs were pushed up by a policy to keep maize prices high.
Sri Lanka imposed price controls on chicken and also increased import duties on maize dealing a double blow to a poultry industry that suffered from a slump in demand during an economic downturn that started in late 2008.

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China Radio International Launches Radio Channel in Sri Lanka
Saturday, 3 July 2010 - 2:21 PM SL Time

China Radio International (CRI) held a ceremony here on Friday to celebrate the launch of a radio channel in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dissanayake Jayaratne told the ceremony that China and Sri Lanka have been enjoying traditional friendship. Jayaratne said in the era of `Global Village`, the launch of the radio channel will provide a new bridge for the two peoples to understand each other.

Wang Gengnian, director general of CRI, said Sri Lanka is among the countries where the CRI has the largest number of audience and receives most letters.

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Drinking tea could boost food security : UN agency
Sunday, 4 July 2010 - 12:36 PM SL Time

NEW YORK - Calling for more people in tea-producing countries to drink tea, the United Nations agriculture agency has spotlighted the potential for the industry to enhance food security by increasing farmers` incomes.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, tea exports cover the entire food import bill of Kenya, the world`s largest tea producer after China, according to a statement issued by the UN New Centee.

Meanwhile, earnings from tea exports constituted half of agricultural export revenue and 60 % of food imports in Sri Lanka, another top producer.

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It`s curry rice, but not as you know it ,
Monday, 5 July 2010 - 6:05 PM SL Time

Perhaps what most distinguishes Curry Up from the multitude of curry rice restaurants in Tokyo is the sleekness of its design. The place looks great, all concrete and gleaming steel and faux wood finish with neat, curved edges. Of course, we`d expect nothing less from Nigo, style king of the Bathing Ape empire. He enlisted Masamichi Katayama of Wonderwall (the same firm that created the fabulous BAPE Stores, as well as the BAPE Caf ) to design the interior, and the result is contemporary retro-chic, a curry rice shop for the 21st century.

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Bread promotion in parliament
Tuesday, 6 July 2010 - 8:44 PM SL Time

A point to ponder is as to why the parliament canteen is promoting bread in grand style at a time when the government especially the prime minister is on record that the rise in bread prices is due to a government move to promote rice.

It is learnt that MPs are served bread instead of rice during almost all evening sessions these days and one may well ask whether the promotion of rice is only for those who are outside the parliament.

There is indeed a litany of woes by the parliamentarians, the lobby correspondents and the parliament staff over the hardships they go through due to the evening sessions. However before sorting these issues it would be better if one can moderate the temperature at the chamber and make sure that the MPs too eat rice just like those who send them to parliament.

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Was Dr Mervin transferred to Taiwan parliament ?
Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 9:30 PM SL Time

Two members of parliament in Taiwan have been admitted to hospital after a fight broke out over a controversial trade deal China which is shaping up to be a key election battleground issue.
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Govt going to stop export of raw materials and products in their primary forms such as Tea
Saturday, 10 July 2010 - 9:52 AM SL Time

Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundera said the government was planning to put an end to the export of raw materials and products in their primary forms such as Tea, in a move that is not inconsistent with World Trade Organisation guidelines.

`We will soon put a stop to exports in their raw forms without value additions. This would not be a violation of WTO rules of trade, but an attempt at creating the economic base,` Dr. Jayasundera said last morning addressing the IT/BPO industry chamber.

He said this would be an important step in creating meaningful employment opportunities.

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Govt. keen to continue talks on GSP: EU
Sunday, 11 July 2010 - 7:44 PM SL Time

11-July 2010

The Government yesterday expressed its willingness to consider constructive proposals by the European Union in connection with the GSP Plus issue after it initially rejected the 15 conditions handed down by Brussels on June 17, a Foreign Ministry official said following extensive talks on Friday with EU officials led by Mission Chief Bernard Savage.

However, Mr. Savage told the Sunday Times the initial 15 proposals put forward by the EU remained and would not be changed. But Brussels is still open for dialogue if the Sri Lankan Government is prepared, Mr. Savage said.

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Colombo worst hit by Dengue - Where is our minister of health ?
Monday, 12 July 2010 - 8:09 PM SL Time

Colombo District is reported to be the worst affected area from the rising dengue threat in the island with 2893 reported cases and 33 deaths, the Health Ministry said yesterday.

W. M. D. Wanninayake, the Media Secretary for the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition said that dengue was also spreading in 14 other districts in alarming proportions.Jaffna hit the second in the list with 2,373 reported cases and 16 deaths while 18 deaths are reported from Gampaha district. According to Mr. Wanninayake, Kegalle, Badulla, Kurunegala, Ratnapura and Matale are some of the districts among the worst dengue hits.

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Sri Lanka Buys Emirates Stake in SriLankan Airlines
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 - 8:06 PM SL Time

By Anusha Ondaatjie and Asantha Sirimanne

July 7 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka bought Emirates Airline`s stake in SriLankan Airlines for $53 million, about a third of the price that Dubai-based Emirates valued the stake at two years ago.

The government acquired the 44 percent stake through Bank of Ceylon, the island`s biggest state-owned lender, Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera said in the capital Colombo today, without elaboration. The government previously held 51 percent of the flag carrier, with the rest owned by staff.

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Russia and India get Oil exploration off Southern coast ....
Thursday, 15 July 2010 - 8:04 AM SL Time

The Ministry of Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development has collected 2D seismic data offshore Galle and Hambantota to evaluate petroleum potentials.

The survey which was carried out in 2009 was intended to investigate the petroleum potential of two gravity anomalies indicated by satellite off the Southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka, the 2009 Performance report of the Ministry of Petroleum Industries said.

Sri Lanka has identified and demarcated 12 blocks vis- -vis three in the Cauvery Basin (off North East coasts of Sri Lanka), eight in the Mannar Basin (off Western and North Western Coasts) and one in the Southern Basin (off Hambantota).

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How could have we passed education ministry to ministers like this ??
Thursday, 15 July 2010 - 1:47 PM SL Time

Cabinet today rejected a proposal by Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena to introduce a new grading for the Ordinary Level examinations to enable students enter Advanced Level classes. The near pass system or `N` pass was to be given to students who obtain marks between 25 and 34.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had reportedly told his Cabinet which met in Killinochchi today that instead of introducing such a grading the knowledge of the student should be increased.

The Education Ministry had said yesterday that the eligibility for students to enter the GCE A/L class will increase by 11% with the introduction of a new grading `N` to the G.C.E. O/L results in addition to the prevalent grades of A, B, C, S and W.

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Mrs B. 50 years since the world its first woman prime minister.
Saturday, 17 July 2010 - 11:16 AM SL Time

This month it will be 50 years since the world beheld its first woman prime minister. I was about 14 and knew but little of Ceylon when I read the banner story `Bandaranaike shot`. `Will he live?` was the first question that crossed my teenage mind gripped by the description of the outrage and of the stricken prime minister rushing in from the verandah of his home,
calling out Sirima, Sirima! That must have been the first time the world outside of the island really heard of her. India had seen her visiting with her husband. Prime Minister Nehru, ever the one to take a watchful host`s interest in the families of visiting heads of government and State, must have warmed to this traditional Kandyan woman and her three children, beside the westernised prime minister of Ceylon.

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Is this justice or Karma ?
Sunday, 18 July 2010 - 4:39 PM SL Time

The hackneyed phrase is certainly clich d but everybody as the saying goes has a day of reckoning. Some more so and more public than others. This was never more evident than on June 29, this year when Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga`s security chief was jailed for four years by the Kandy High Court.

Deputy Inspector General Nihal Karunaratne was sentenced to four years imprisonment in connection with threatening a police officer and interfering in his duties during an election campaign in 2001 when Kumaratunga`s party lost the parliamentary election.

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Kolambata Kiri, Gamata Kekiri
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 - 6:53 PM SL Time

While urban schools enjoy a surplus of 1,196 English Teachers, rural schools face an acute shortage, with the number being as high as 3,468, a report compiled by the Presidential Task Force on English and IT revealed.

This discrepancy is further compounded by the fact that there are 866 schools without a single English Teacher.

Knowledgeable sources yesterday attributed this anomaly to the lack of a clear teacher deployment policy.

According to statistics the Government efforts at equitable distribution has met with resistance due to the interference of politicians and other influential figures who help teachers deployed to schools termed as remote and difficult to get transfers to urban schools of their choice.

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Patcha Star
Thursday, 22 July 2010 - 7:59 PM SL Time

Have fun to celebrate the match win and Murali`s 800....
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The helplessness of mothers and children
Friday, 23 July 2010 - 8:22 PM SL Time

(Colombo Lankapuvath) The Offensive Weapons Act introduced by Rehabilitation and Prisons Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara in order to put a stop to put an end to injustices happening to children was discussed in the latest cabinet meeting.

70% of those in prison have not received their basic education. They`re put in prison for various reasons, and they get three meals a day and a roof to sleep under. But it is their children who go hungry said Minister Gunasekara, reminding the cabinet that it is the prisoners` children that suffer.

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How safe in Sri Lanka for Diaspora Investors?
Saturday, 24 July 2010 - 11:10 AM SL Time

`Here is a golden opportunity for the government to win the confidence of the Tamil diaspora, facilitate the rebuilding process of the NEP and also usher in reconciliation and unity that will surely follow with growing economic prosperity.`

by Luxman-Arvind

(July 23, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Colombo English daily The Island (20/7/2010) reports Police have taken into custody a Canadian Tamil investor engaged in the building of costly Condos in the Wellawatta area in Colombo . The accusation is he is a front using illegal Tiger funds an easily marketable theory in the psyche of the majority in the country - that includes the Police and sources within the government. This single project alone involves a reported 78 units - many of which already sold at Rs.15 million each. The total value is in the region of Rs.1,170 million a very high and welcome investment by Lankan standards. Why the Police did not move in the many years that has taken to complete the project to occupation stage - is puzzling. Predictably, any investor sinking in such a large investment places himself in a vulnerable position if he is to engage trouble with the Police when his venture is about to reap the expected benefits - in a country where the law and order machinery is under censure. The same article reports the Police are investigating around 11 such projects.

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CBK Slams The Government
Sunday, 25 July 2010 - 9:19 AM SL Time

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunge has slammed the government saying they had an obsession against the Bandaranaike family.
Kumaratunge has been quoted in a news report in the BBC Sinhala service.
The BBC report published today (24) states she has also accused the government of completely forgetting the legacy of her mothers_day.jsp' class=black>mother, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world`s first woman prime minister.

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Sri Lanka Permanent Representative to UN greets Britain`s Queen
Monday, 26 July 2010 - 7:10 PM SL Time

July 26, New York: Te British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, visiting the United Nations in New York City on July 06th for the first time since 1957, took a moment to meet the Permanent Representatives to the UN from Commonwealth countries.

Seen here is Sri Lanka`s Permanent Representatives to the UN Dr. Palitha Kohona is greeting the Queen. Representatives of India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Singapore were also present.

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Hilarious butt rue...::)))
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 - 10:18 AM SL Time

The popular and Grammy award-winning band Kings of Leon were forced to end a concert in St. Louis last night after playing just three songs because a pigeon pooped into bassist Jared Followill`s mouth.

A spokesman for the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater told the crowd the show would not be able continue due to fears for the band`s safety.

Drummer Nathan Followill also apologized to fans on Twitter:

`So sorry St. Louis. We had to bail,` he wrote, explaining that the show was stopped because a pigeon had defecated in Jared Followill`s mouth. `Too unsanitary to continue,` he added.

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Sri Lanka catching Dutch disease ?
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 - 9:20 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka is catching the Dutch disease as the rupee appreciates on hot capital at the expense of the export sector and job creation.

Dealers said the rupee was under severe pressure to appreciate with remittances and hot capital inflows into government securities and the stock exchange growing. With other currencies in the region undervalued against the dollar, the rupee`s gaining strength is threatening exporters and job creation.

The rupee gained further against the dollar, trading at Rs. 112.65/70 last morning as banks braced themselves for a further appreciation of the rupee.

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Householders could sell solar-power to CEB
Thursday, 29 July 2010 - 10:35 AM SL Time

For the first time in Sri Lanka domestic solar power energy could now be sold to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) as a pilot project of the Net metering system, Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday.

If there is an excess in the domestically produced solar power they can sell it to the CEB and if they have a shortage they will be automatically provided with electricity by the CEB, said the minister.

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Saturday, 31 July 2010 - 4:29 PM SL Time

Our neighbours are strange creatures

All the furniture with

unfitting colours,

Smelling dried fish

one cannot stand

The sound of party

that is deafening

(the lines of pop songs make walls collapse)

Really crazy

Not like us

When we look around the world

Quite frankly

we are the only

human beings:

Myself and my people

Really crazy

Not like them.

This poem is part of a larger one that a young Sinhala poet Upali Ubayasekera wrote in 2008 and is quoted in an essay that Liyanage Amarakeerthi wrote earlier this year. Amarakeerthi, a University Don from Peradeniya`s Sinhala Department, was writing about the current state of Sinhala writing and urging greater cosmopolitanism and less nationalism in Sinhala writing. In that essay, he stated that there were however emerging young writers like Ubayasekera who were prepared to critique both economic globalization and cultural nationalism. In the poem (which was translated from the Sinhala by Amarakeerthi himself), the young poet refers to the mind-set of many people to artificially create a divide between `us` and `them`. By this mental division, we try to create an illusion that we are different and, by definition, superior to `them`. Such a state of mind can be quite self-destructive. We are unwilling to examine ourselves or to engage in any form of self-criticism.

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