Yoshitha questioned by CCD over light aircraft

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Yoshitha Rajapaksa son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been summoned by the Colombo Crimes Division(CCD) to record a statement regarding the light aircraft found at the Economic Centre at Narahenpita in January, the CCD said. Read the Full Article

Yoshitha questioned by CCD over light aircraft

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Yoshitha Rajapaksa son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been summoned by the Colombo Crimes Division(CCD) to record a statement regarding the light aircraft found at the Economic Centre at Narahenpita in January, the CCD said. Read the Full Article

India, Sri Lanka to revive fishermen talks

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Sri Lanka today accepted India's request to revive talks between the fishing communities of the two countries, days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit to the country. MORE... Read the Full Article

Duminda Silva indicted

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Attorney General today filed a case at Colombo High Court against UPFA Duminda Silva and 12 others for murdering three persons.

Accordingly, MP Silva and 12 others were indicted on 17 charges in the killing of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra .

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Botswana, Japan, and UK hopes for genuine change in Sri Lanka

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Botswana's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi expressed her country's hope that the new Sri Lankan Government would seize the opportunity to make progress and address alleged human rights issues. Read the Full Article

Pakistan Naval Ship arrives in Trincomalee

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Making a good will visit the Pakistan Naval Frigate "Zulfiquar" arrived at the Port of Trincomalee today (03rd Tuesday,March 2015). The ship will be there for three days. Read the Full Article

CBK-MR-Maithri ‘bonding’ receives Ranil’s blessings

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that he is aware about an effort by certain UPFA MPs to unite former Presidents Chandrika Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa and incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena.

He said he was extremely happy to hear about the efforts and is extending his heartiest wishes to the ‘friendship’ of the trio.

The Premier said this during a verbal exchange between him and MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara.

“I have heard of efforts to create a friendship between former presidents Chandrika Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa and the incumbent one Maithripala Sirisena. I extend my whole hearted best wishes for that effort to build a friendship among those three,” he added. 

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No need to rush - Dinesh

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UPFA constituents today demanded the government not to rush proposed Constitutional amendments as it has ample time left in the 100 day programme.

Leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna MP Dinesh Gunawardena said that the opposition had decided to request from the government not to rush proposed amendments to the Constitution and the bill containing reforms should not be presented to Parliament as an urgent one.

Addressing a press conference held at the Committee Room 8 of the Parliament complex, the MEP Leader said that they would request the government present reforms as a regular bill so that it would have at least seven days for public to study the proposed reforms or to go before courts opposing them.

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Vasu- Ranil battle over MR

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Visibly irritated UPFA Parliamentarian Vasudewa Nanayakkara got into a verbal battle with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today when the latter gave a sarcastic answer to a question raised in Parliament regarding a vocational training centre in Gaza Strip named after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

DNA MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake asked how much money has been spent to establish Mahinda Rajapaksa Vocational Training Centre in the Gaza Strip in Palestine.

Wickremesinghe said previous government had spent Rs 130 million to establish the vocational training institute at Gaza Strip in Palestine.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that the institute had been named Mahinda Rajapaksa Vocational Training Institute and it was a fruitless spending of public funds.

Prime Minister: “Construction work of this institute has not been commenced yet fully, but former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name is now very popular in the Gaza Strip.”

As he said so government rankers including Chief Government Whip and Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake laughed loudly expressing amusement.

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Speaker should be informed when arresting MPs

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Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa reiterating rulings by his predecessors said that the Speaker should be informed about MPs being arrested before the arrest was made.

Informing his stance on arresting MPs, Speaker Rajapaksa said it has been more of a tradition than a law to inform the speaker prior to an arrest or soon after an arrest was made.

He said this in response to members who sought his opinion on the matter raised on 30 January 2015. Deputy Minister of Justice Sujiwa Senasighe requested the Speaker to give his opinion on the matter of arresting MP Tissa Attanayaka without a prior notice to Speaker Rajapaksa or the House.  

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LTTE women sea tiger leader arrested

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LTTE’s former leader of Women’s Sea Tiger wing Burugesu Pahiradi has been arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) when attempting to flee the country.

She was arrested at the BIA in Katunayake on Monday (2) while trying to leave the country for France.

She is the wife of LTTE stalwart Subramaniyam Jayaganesan alias Samiraj.

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16000 litres of ethanol seized

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A consignment of16 000 litres of ethanol valued at Rs. 1.6 million found in a container imported from Thailand.

Customs Spokesperson said the container imported by a company in Ratmalana had been declared as Calcium Hypochlorite Granules by producing false information to the Customs.

The suspicious container which had 80 barrels of ethanol was opened at the Orugodawatta container yard today and the estimated  

 

 

 

 

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Committed to resolve issues of every community equably - President says in Jaffna

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When resolving issues, there is no differentiation as South or North and the government is fully committed resolve issues faced by people, President Maithripala Sirisena said. Read the Full Article

Nemtsov funeral to be held in Moscow

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The service at Moscow's Troyekurovskoye Cemetery will follow a public ceremony at the Andrei Sakharov rights centre. Read the Full Article

Kachchativu Feast concludes strengthening Indo-Lanka friendship

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Under the direction of the Ministry of Defence and the supervision of the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, the Sri Lanka Navy facilitated the conduct of the annual feast of the St. Anthony's church in Kachchativu on a grand scale. Read the Full Article

President to visit Northern and Eastern Provinces

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President Maithripala Sirisena will commence his first visit to Northern and Eastern Provinces today after assuming the office and this visit signifies President Sirisena's dedication to fulfill his responsibility for the reconciliation among all communities. Read the Full Article

Indian Foreign Minister to visit Sri Lanka

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The External Minister of India Smt. Sushma Swaraj will make a visit to Sri Lanka from 06th to 07th March 2015. Read the Full Article

State Minister unveils Pinnacle of Sri Subadrarama Viharaya

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State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene unveiled the pinnacle of the Stupa of the Sri Subadrarama Viharaya in Delgoda during a ceremony held at the temple last evening (02nd Monday, March 2015). Read the Full Article

AG files indictments on Duminda Silva

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Attorney General indicts MP Duminda Silva & 12 others in connection with the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder. Read the Full Article

UN supports a credible domestic probe in Sri Lanka

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The United Nations supports a credible domestic process that meets international standards to investigate allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffery Feltman said. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Protest against Colombo Port City causes traffic jam

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Severe traffic congestion has been reported around York Street Fort in Colombo due to a protest against the Colombo Port City Project by environmental groups, police said. Read the Full Article

Ex-LTTE Women’s Sea Tiger Wing leader arrested

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The former leader of the LTTE Women's Sea Tiger Wing, Jeyaganesh Murugesu Pakeerathy, has been arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake while attempting to leave the country for France. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Sanga rejects politics rumours

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Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara today rejected rumours that he is planning on entering politics. Posting on his official Facebook page Sangakkara stated that the completely baseless and are just irresponsible rumours. MORE... Read the Full Article

Robbers wearing ‘full-face helmets’ make off with Rs1 million

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A private bank in Attidiya has been robbed by two armed men wearing full-face helmets this afternoon, police said. MORE.. Read the Full Article

16,000 litres of illegal ethanol nabbed

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16,000 litres of ethanol valued at Rs. 1.6 million found in a container imported from Thailand, Customs officials told Ada Derana. The container imported by a company in Ratmalana had been declared as Calcium Hyphoclorite Granules by producing false information to the Customs, Bank and Shipping agents. MORE... Read the Full Article