Month: March 2016

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi on fishermen issue

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet again in connection with the detention of Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka and said there was a need for a decisive shift from the Centre in dealing with this issue.

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Police to record statement from Uduwe Thera

The statement purported to have been made by the Ven.Uduwe Dammaloka Thera, on the demise of the former convener of the People’s Movement for a Just Society, the Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera (the former Viharadhipathi of Kotte Sri Naga Viharaya) is now being investigated.

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‘Schools should take lead in creating a disciplinary future generation’ -President emphasized

President Maithripala Sirisena says the schools should take the lead in creating a disciplined future generation in an environment where the lives of mothers and children value in financial terms and people who do cruel things to animals exists in the society.

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Right to Information bill tabled in Parliament

The much-awaited Right to Information draft bill was presented in Parliament by Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake this morning.

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No bridge to connect India and Sri Lanka – Prime Minister

Building a bridge between India and Sri Lanka was shot down yesterday at Parliament.

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Sri Lanka shares retreat amid foreign fund outflows

Sri Lankan shares ended weaker on Wednesday, slipping from a near three-week high hit in the previous session, as foreign investors exited risk assets amid concerns over the country’s economic growth and rising bond yields.

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Sri Lanka beefs up security at airport

Security was tightened at Sri Lanka’s main Bandaranaike International Airport on Wednesday following the terrorist attack at the Brussels airport a day earlier, media reports said.

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6 Sri Lankans banned from leaving after Bangladesh bank hack

A Sri Lankan court banned foreign travel by six directors of a foundation that police say was remitted some of the $101 million stolen in the hacking of Bangladesh Central Bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

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Long wait for villagers of Akmeemana as impure water trickles for a few hours

Reports have surfaced about a number of villages in the Akmeemana area which receive water for only three hours daily.

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Sri Lankan Tamil refugee’s family released

In a late-evening development on Tuesday, the State government ordered the release of Sri Lankan Tamil refugee K. Dhayabararaj’s family from the special quarantine detention camp at Mandapam in Ramanathapuram district.

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Explosions hit Brussels airport, metro station; at least 13 killed: Belgian media

BRUSSELS – Two explosions tore through Brussels airport on Tuesday morning killing 13 people in what Belgian public broadcaster VRT called a suicide attack, and a further blast struck a metro station in the capital shortly afterwards.

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Prelates call for probe on Ven. Sobitha Thera’s death

Alleging that the death of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera who headed the Movement for a Just Society Head had not occurred due to natural causes, several well-known Buddhist monks yesterday requested for the appointment of a high powered commission to look into the matter.

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Bangladeshi investigators to visit Sri Lanka to probe $ 81mn theft

Bangladeshi investigators will travel to Sri Lanka, Philippines and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to investigate the theft of $ 81 million from its accounts, a news report on AFP said.

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Windies beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in World T20

West Indies brushed aside Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their World Twenty20 Super 10 match on Sunday, with opener Andre Fletcher, brought into the side after the injured Chris Gayle was pushed down the order, smashing an unbeaten 84.

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Stealing was main policy and philosophy of former govt – Chandrika

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says that stealing was the main policy and philosophy of the previous government under Mahinda Rajapaksa and conceded that corrupt individuals still occupy certain sections of the incumbent administration.

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CID Instructed Not To Seize Temple Jumbos

The CID has been instructed by a high ranking official of the government, not to take into custody the elephant calves that are being kept illegally at the Colombo Gangaramaya Temple and the Kataragama Temple.

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