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All political party leaders to be consulted on national question
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday denied that he ever told India he would go beyond the 13th Amendment to the Constitution as a solution to the ethnic problem.
Responding to a question at a breakfast meeting with heads of print and…Continue
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Reveals US attempt to bribe serving officer
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that none of the Majors General directly involved in eelam war IV had made a testimony to any US lawyer, in New York in 2010, alleging extrajudicial killings of civilians, surrendering LTTE cadres and…Continue
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Counsel for Baratha Lakshma Premachandra, Upali Kumarapperuma told court today that the CID is "fabricating evidence" when the case was taken up today. The Counsel further went on to point out that initially the CID had only said that they found two shots were released from R. Gamini the bodyguard of Premachandra but now they…Continue
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The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court today that they had identified 47 suspects involved in causing damage to the Magazine Prison and its property during riots that took place in the prison on January 27.
The report filed by the CCD said following the appointment…Continue
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Feelers to American officials for exemption from embargo; Iran says will continue to sell
The government is facing a diplomatic dilemma over fuel imports after Iran said it could meet the country’s requirements despite a US embargo and the External Affairs Ministry veering to seek an…Continue
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The Central Bank and a visiting International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation are discussing whether Sri Lanka should or not draw US$ 800 million, the final balance of the IMF’s US$ 2.6 billion Standby Arrangement (SBA).
If the balance is drawn, the entire loan will be converted into a higher interest rate facility. Central…Continue
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While CEB, CPC and NWSDB are coddled….
While workers of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) demand a further 20 per cent salary increase in addition to recently granted 25 per cent hike, those attached to loss-making SLTB…Continue
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The government alleges that bankrupt political parties and a section of the NGO community are working overtime to discredit the country ahead of the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva.
It says some Sri Lankan journalists, too, are involved in the conspiracy targeting President…Continue
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GoSL under pressure to allow poaching
Fifty six TN fishermen, eight boats freed in Jan.
The government is under heavy Indian pressure to turn a blind eye to poaching by the Tamil Nadu fishing fleet not only in the Palk Bay but in Sri Lanka’s eastern territorial waters as well. India…Continue
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Former Minister A. R. Mansoor told The Island that the people of the Eastern Province were saddened by the failure of the Indian HC to arrange a visit to the EP by former President Dr. A. P. J. Kalam.
Munsoor said that University students and academics in the East had expected the Indian leader to visit…Continue
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Major development projects funded by China are to become Chinese entities in the near future with the government’s decision to handover stakes of major development projects to China instead of paying the debt in owes to that country, the main opposition UNP charged yesterday.
UNP National List MP Dr. Harsha…Continue
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A fire claimed the lives of four persons, including two brothers aged six and 11, when the van in which they were travelling caught fire near the Elamodhara Bridge on the Kalutara-Horana road in the early hours of yesterday.
The vehicle was driven by father of the dead children. He survived with burn…Continue
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Major General Shavendra Silva - Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations has been selected to the Special Advisory Group on Peace Keeping Operations established by the UN Secretary General to advise on rates of reimbursement to troop-contributing countries and related…Continue
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Legendary Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Thursday slammed his country's sacking of Australian coach Geoff Marsh as "disgraceful" and "unprofessional".
Marsh was this week replaced by South African Graham Ford. The move followed Tillakaratne Dilshan quitting the captaincy on Monday. Former skipper Mahela…Continue
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The Movement for People’s Struggle (MPS), a breakaway faction of the JVP, said today that the devolution of land and police powers or the implementation of the 13th Amendment plus would not resolve the national question.
PMS member Pubudu Jayagoda, who was in the politburo of the JVP at that time, said that his political…Continue
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Former Exam Chief strikes discordant note
Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake yesterday claimed that he had wanted Prof. R. O. Thattil on the panel of experts which introduced a new Z score formula combining the results of old and new syllabuses at the last GCE (A/L), but…Continue
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UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday said that the party never discussed, at any level, action against Sirasa Media Network or any other media outfit.The parliamentarian stressed that the UNP wouldn’t interfere with the media, while reiterating their commitment to a vibrant media. The MP was responding…Continue
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National Transport Commission (NTC) Chairman Shashi Welgama yesterday said he was resigning from the NTC to focus on other interests in the midst of charges by private bus operators who claimed that Welgama had chosen to resign as he was unfit for the position.
Welgama told the Daily Mirror he was leaving the NTC to focus on…Continue
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A tense situation was reported from the Magazine Prison in Welikada. The sound of gun fire was heard from the prison premises, a reporter said
The fire brigade has been called in, while initial reports from the prison say that inmates of the Magazine Prison had set a building on fire following a…
Added by Editor on January 25, 2012 at 2:34am — No Comments
26 inmates, 5 jail guards injured
Thirty one including five jail guards and 26 inmates were injured yesterday at the Welikada New Magazine prison in a bloody clash.
The injured had been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital, prison sources said.
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