Month: November 2013

Dilshan joins Sydney Thunder

The ambitious rebuild of Sydney Thunder after two years of Big Bash League woe has continued with the signing of swashbuckling Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan….

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Earliest ‘shrine’ uncovered at Buddha’s birthplace

Archaeologists digging at Buddha’s birthplace have uncovered remains of the earliest ever “Buddhist shrine”. They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal….

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E-ticket reservation by Sri Lanka Railways runs into flak

With the recently introduced E-ticket reservation system by Sri Lanka Railways (SLR), all seats in the upcountry railway line (from Colombo Fort to Badulla) have been reserved till the end of December 2013….

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NO PEARL STRINGS ATTACHED TO CHINA’S H’THOTA VENTURE

China’s support for the Hambantota Port is commercial in nature and it should not be misconstrued as fitting the ‘String of Pearls’ paradigm, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa stressed yesterday….

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Punishment transfer for the 23 police officers: PM

The 23 police officers, who raided the Casino at the Salaka building, were transferred on the basis that they were not carrying out their duties in a satisfactory manner and not on the basis of any influence, Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne informed Parliament today….

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56 Lankans held for smuggling gold

The long-suspected international gold smuggling racket centred on the Colombo-Kochi-Chennai axis was dramatically confirmed on Sunday, when the air intelligence unit of Cochin International Airport apprehended two groups of Sri Lankan nationals who arrived in the city with around 11 kg of gold ornaments worth more than Rs 3 crore….

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The Rowdiness of David Cameron lets Britain down despite the heartwarming charm of Prince Charles in Sri Lanka

– by Shenali D Waduge – The best of British we were told would arrive in Colombo to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting hosted by Sri Lanka. We didn’t have to say ‘Bob’s your uncle’ for Cameron made quite clear all the way from London he was not going to be fagged…

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Coke sales suspended

The Kebetigollawa Magistrate issued an order suspending the production and sale of the fizzy drink, Coca Cola in Sri Lanka, for a period of three-months, to Pure Beverages (Pvt) Ltd., Biyagama, after the company was found guilty of distributing for sale, a bottle of Coca Cola, which does not mention the date of production or…

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UK must ban LTTE fronts – rights of British citizens comes first

– by Shenali D Waduge – Are organizations banned to give them opportunity for more publicity? It seems this is the case with the LTTE. Banned by 32 nations it is bewildering how its fronts are able to hob-nob with foreign parliamentarians who seem to care very little that their citizens are being duped by…

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Northerners should express solidarity to govt – Vinayagamoorthy

Resettlement Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan said the people of the North should come forward to develop their rural areas by expressing their solidarity to the government….

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Four inmates escape from Mahara Prison

Four inmates have escaped from the Mahara Prison, officials said today. The Department of Prisons said that four prisoners serving time in connection with robberies had escaped from the prison last evening….

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Half of Lanka’s money is black

Half of the money in circulation in Sri Lanka is black money, a Senior Government Minister charged yesterday. “It is a known and confirmed fact that half the money available and in circulation in the country is black and informal money,” Communist Party General Secretary and Senior Minister of Human Resources, Don Edwin Weerasinghe (D.E.W.)…

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S.M. Chandrasena sworn in as Minister of Special Projects

S.M. Chandrasena took oaths as Cabinet Minister of Special Projects before President Rajapaksa in Anuradhapura today (23), the President’s Media Division said….

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Renewed interest in pre-paid card system for private buses

The Ministry of Private Transport Services is hoping to introduce a pre-paid card system for private buses in order to avoid inconveniences face by the passengers….

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Rs.1 bn supplementary estimate to cover CHOGM expenses

The government yesterday submitted a supplementary estimate to the tune of Rs. 1,089,819,500 for Parliamentary approval to cover expenses incurred by several departments and ministries for the CHOGM 2013….

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India questions Cameron’s stand

India on Thursday questioned British Prime Minister David Cameron’s style of addressing war crime allegations in Sri Lanka and averred that such style is counterproductive….

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