Month: January 2016

Ven. Gnanasara Thera arrested

Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera has been arrested after he surrendered to the Homagama police, a short while ago on Tuesday (26) morning.

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I am fully committed to safeguard national security “We all have same blood” – President

“Whatever abuses, insults and allegations directed to me, I am dedicated to make a similar commitment like the valiant war heroes who made sacrifices to bring about an ever lasting peace in the country”, says President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Kidney racket: Sri Lankan health officials involved – report claims

Lacunae in the law related to kidney transplantation in Sri Lanka helped the kidney racket kingpin Suresh Prajapathi to make fast bucks.

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Sri Lanka keeps key rates steady; expects credit growth to slow

Sri Lanka’s central bank kept its key policy interest rates unchanged on Monday, saying the effects of previous adjustments are still trickling down into the economy while private sector credit growth will decelerate slowly.

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Arrest warrant on Gnanasara Thera

The Homagama Magistrate today issued an arrest warrant on Bodu Bala Sena Secretary General, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara on charges of contempt of court and the disruption of court proceedings.

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Shiranthi asks for another day to appear before CoI

Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa has asked for another day to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI), its Secretary Lasil de Silva said.

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No agreement with India in February – Malik

Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama yesterday refuted the charges made by the Opposition that a framework agreement on the proposed India and Lanka Technological and Economic Participation Agreement is to be signed in February this year.

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Sri Lanka launches investigation into alleged human kidney racket

Sri Lanka has launched an investigation into allegations that a group of surgeons ran a racket trading human kidneys, the health ministry said on Saturday, two days after the authorities banned all kidney transplant surgery for foreigners.

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Swiss President expresses support to strengthen Sri Lankan economy

President of the Swiss Confederation Johann Schneider-Ammann pledged his support to Sri Lanka, during bilateral discussions held with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Govt. to step up investment talks with China

International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama will be flying to China next month to kick off discussions to increase investments in Sri Lanka ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Sri Lanka bans foreigner kidney transplants after organ racket tip

Sri Lanka banned kidney transplants for foreign nationals on Thursday following reports of an organised organ harvesting racket involving patients and donors from neighbouring India.

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School curriculum should be prepared to suit minds of children – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Ministry of Education should pay their attention to prepare the school curriculum in a way suitable for the minds of children.

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Sri Lanka president wants ‘internal’ war crimes court

The president of Sri Lanka has said foreign judges and prosecutors should not be involved in an investigation into allegations of war crimes.

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Sri Lanka to restart petroleum imports from Iran

Sri Lanka on Wednesday said it will begin discussions on trade and petroleum sales with Iran next month as economic sanctions against Tehran have been lifted.

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PM at World Economic Forum 2016

The World Economic Forum 2016 inaugurated at Davos in Switzerland yesterday with the participation of over 2,000 world leaders and economic specialists, including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Sri Lanka PM says cricket corruption claims must be probed

Davos (Switzerland) – Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Wednesday cricket match-fixing claims must be investigated out of fairness to the players and his country.

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