Month: April 2013

Sri Lanka utility to show $355 mln loss although tariffs up – govt

(Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s state-run electricity board will show a roughly 45 billion rupee ($355 million) loss in 2013, a government spokesman said, although it has raised tariffs in response to International Monetary Fund (IMF) requests. Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) last week increased the power tariff significantly with effect from this month under reforms to…

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Parliament turns a mini battlefield

The candlelight protest conducted by the main Opposition, United National Party (UNP), against the revised electricity tariffs turned Parliament into a mini battlefield yesterday….

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Lawyers back Sri Lanka suspension

– Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana – THE Law Society of South Africa on Tuesday came out in support of a resolution by Commonwealth lawyers calling for the suspension of Sri Lanka, which is due to host the 54-nation body’s next summit meeting, in November….

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Duminda Silva released on bail

Duminda Silva who is the 11th respondent of the case pertaining to the killing of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and four others, was granted bail by the Colombo high court Wednesday….

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UNP seeks full day debate on electricity tariff hike

The UNP yesterday proposed in Parliament that a full day be allocated for a debate on the unprecedented electricity tariff increase….

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1,300 year old Buddhist temple stone used by family as a doorstep sells for £500,000 at auction after BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and Sotheby’s turned it away

An ancient Buddhist artefact discovered being used as a doorstep and valued at £30,000 has been sold for more than £500,000. The granite relic was given to Bronwen Hickmott’s parents by a tea planter who returned to Britain from Sri Lanka in the 1950s….

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Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary reassures their support to Sri Lanka at International Forums

– by Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) The Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque reassured the support of Bangladeshi Government to Sri Lanka at international fora during his current tour in Sri Lanka. The visiting Foreign Secretary made this pledge when he called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning (23 April)…

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Suspect in Sri Lankan woman’s death dies in Italy

Rome, April 23 – A 45-year-old Sri Lankan migrant who police suspected of murdering his wife has died in a hospital in Italy from severe burns after a fire at their apartment….

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Three injured in van-train collision

Three persons were injured and hospitalized after a van collided with a train this morning at a railway crossing near Siddhartha Maha Vidyalaya in Weligama….

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Manmohan to discuss resettlement of Sri Lanka Tamils in UAE

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written to Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko informing him that the Centre would be in touch with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in order to facilitate the resettlement of a group of Sri Lankan Tamils in UAE….

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UN silent on US/NATO crimes but goes after Third World nations and leaders

– by Shenali Waduge – The West has a history of invading nations, forcibly occupying them, plundering nations of their resources and saying thank you by designing systems that would keep people divided and dependent on them because they make the laws and they are the judges for the very crimes they have committed. For…

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China concerned over India’s naval prowess, says expert

Lora Saalman, a Beijing-based associate in the Nuclear Policy Programme at the Carnegie Endowment. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf – Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana – China, concerned over India’s policy on Indian Ocean, wants to establish posts in countries like Sri Lanka and Seychelles, said Dr. Lora Saalman, an American expert on arms control….

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Say NO to carbide in bananas which induces cancer

– by Shenali Waduge – We all love to eat bananas and Sri Lanka is famous for a unique variety of them and their taste has stood above the most nations of the world. We eat a lot of bananas in Sri Lanka. However, profiteers have found inventive ways to use hazardous chemicals that artificially…

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Sri Lankan President expresses condolence over China quake

Beijing, Apr. 21 (Xinhua-ANI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Sunday said he was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of lives and devastation as a result of the earthquake in southwest China….

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Suspect hangs himself in Ja-Ela police cell

A suspect who was arrested by the Ja-Ela police hanged himself in his cell last evening (April 21), police stated….

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Sri Lanka : The logic of electricity tariffs and spiraling cost of living

– by Shenali Waduge – Every Government has adopted the policy that having voted them into power it is the public who must foot the bill for their corrupt and luxurious living. The 60% hike in electricity comes with the certainty that everything running on electricity will also see a steep rise – do politicians…

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