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Former Colombo Deputy Mayor Azath Salley who shot to fame as a result of his arrest, today said President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the ideal person to bring about proper peace and reconciliation.
Mr. Salley told a news conference that President Rajapaksa’s own family comprised members of different…Continue
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It would be an insult to the war heroes who sacrificed their lives for their motherland if we gave into international pressure and held Provincial Council (PC) elections in the North, Technology and Atomic Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka said.
Speaking at the 4th anniversary of the Sri Lankan War…Continue
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UNP MP Sajith Premadasa says instead of acquiring a brand new fleet of super luxury vehicles for the use of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2013), the government should obtain them from those who owned such vehicles for the duration of the summit.
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Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa yesterday said that if PV Oil Singapore came up with a fresh satisfactory proposal the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) would purchase gas oil from the same company in the future.
Minister Yapa told The Island that at the start,…Continue
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According to local reports one navy officer went missing after a Navy boat capsized during the 4th Anniversary to mark the victory over the war waged against Tiger rebels.
An extravagant military parade was staged at the Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lankan President as Commander in Chief was the Chief…Continue
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Gota checks with GL
Calls for wide-ranging consultations on 13A
Having consulted External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday afternoon, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told The Sunday Island that contrary to media…Continue
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UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said yesterday that it was only after party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe gave a public assurance to establish a law-abiding, just society devoid of violence, corruption and malpractices in 2014 that many eminent astrologers have come out with…Continue
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PUC reneges on its promises:
With the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the regulatory body giving the green to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) yesterday, to go for an electricity tariff hike with effect from April 12, the domestic users will have to pay some 68 per cent more on their monthly electricity…Continue
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The latest electricity tariff hike was a heartless move and it would hit the low income households hard with medium to long term negative development consequences, the UNP said yesterday.
While it was true that the CEB losses must be reduced to ease the pressure on the Treasury and slow down the massive…Continue
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SLFP organizer for the Batticaloa electorate Arun Tambimuttu yesterday said that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would never have backed retired Gen. Sarath Fonseka’s candidature at the last presidential poll in January 2010, had it been convinced the army massacred Tamil civilians on the Vanni east front…Continue
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The UPFA Mayor of the Gampaha, S. A. M. A. Eranga Chanaka, who allegedly tried to bully a police officer into not doing his duty, was arrested by the Gampaha police yesterday morning. He was released on bail subsequently.
The mayor had been arrested on charges of threatening and obstructing a law…Continue
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US Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a 20 per cent cut in the American aid to Colombo, a move reflecting the unease in their ties over issues related to human rights, reconstruction and political integration in Sri…Continue
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Asserting that it attaches no ‘conditionalities’ to assistance to countries including Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives and Bangladesh, India on Monday said it also does not "challenge national sovereignty" of these nations and noted such aids were demand driven and mutually…Continue
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Rameswaram fishermen, who faced the wrath of the Sri Lankan Navy while fishing have urged the central and state governments to create a conducive atmosphere for fishing after arranging a meeting between the Lankan and Indian fishermen during the 45 day ban period, which comes into effect from Monday.
Fishermen bring down fishing…Continue
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A move is underway to appoint Minister Dullas Alahapperuma as the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in place of Minister Maithripala Sirisena, UNP Monaragala Provincial Councilor Tissa Kuttiarachchi told a news conference today.
“SLFP will select Dullas Alahapperuma as their General…Continue
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Kerawalapitiya also down
A number of areas were left without power following breakdowns at the Norochcholai coal fired power plant on Sunday and the Keralapitiya Combined Cycle plant yesterday.
The first power plant of its kind, situated in Norochcholai went out…Continue
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Around 25 per cent of Sri Lanka’s Small and Medium Enterprises have collapsed over the past two to three years amid grueling financial hardships, including bank interest rates on loans, which have soared to 18 per cent. This is most unfortunate, considering that the SME sector is the ‘backbone’ of the…Continue
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Dismissing allegations of political interference in granting bail and releasing suspects in high profile cases, Attorney General Palitha Fernando said there had not been a single instance of political interference and that the AG’s department was only acting on “the evidence, not on suspicion or assumption”.
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The failure of the government to provide meaningful devolution to the North and East of the country, had resulted in India’s government in waiting, Bharatha Janatha Party (BJP), threatening to carve out Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils, the UNP said yesterday.
Senior Vice President of the…Continue
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The driver and conductor of a private bus, which was driven through a closed level crossing, at Yangalmodera in Alawwa and was hit by a moving train, causing the death of 41 passengers and injuring 35 others, were yesterday sentence to death by Puttalam High Court Judge Priyantha…Continue
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