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    To halt floating armoury probe Minister offered Rs 300M Bribe

    A private maritime security firm has offered Rs. 300 million, to a prominent minister, to halt the investigation into the floating armoury, Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. He said the minster has refused the bribe and if the investigations into the floating armoury fail to make satisfactory progress, he would reveal all the details to the public in two weeks. The minister, to whom the bribe was offered, holds a prominent role in the government and was in the first batch of MPs who left the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to support Maithripala Sirisena. Senaratne said that he is disappointed that the government has not punished the corrupt, as promised, but he added…

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    Docs will launch continuous strike on March 06 – GMOA

    The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) General Committee yesterday decided unanimously to launch a countrywide strike commencing March 6. It would be an indefinite one with around 20,000 doctors attached to Sri Lanka’s government hospitals keeping away from work from 8.00 am next Friday until further notice. GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath told The Island that the GMOA General Committee which held an emergency meeting yesterday had decided to go ahead with the strike next Friday as the response from the governmentto doctors’ demand for their due salary increases and allowances had been negative. The GMOA had held a number of discussions with Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. A. Samaratunge and Pay Commission Chief Bandu Wijeratne over…

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    I do not believe in astrology now – Ex -President Mahinda Rajapaksa

    Responding to a question raised by a journalist from the “Dawn” newspaper, a Pakitani Publication,” whether he still believes in astrology”, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, “Now, I don’t” and laughed out loud. “I have to ask you this, do you still believe in astrology?” “Now, I don’t,” he says and laughs out loud. The former President went on to say that Pakistan helped Sri Lanka in quelling the Tamil insurgency. “See, the US, Europe, the West, they are not our friends,”. “Pakistan helped us, especially Musharraf. What happened in my country and the insurgency happening in your country, RAW [India's Research and Analysis Wing] is behind it.” Speaking about his defeat in the elections,…

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    Fraudulent dual citizenship to be cancelled

    The Dual Citizenship granted without fulfilling qualifications will be cancelled, Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga told the Daily News yesterday. He said even though the award of dual citizenship was suspended by the Immigration and Emigration Department in 2011, over 2,000 dual citizenships had been given behind the screen by the previous regime. “We have now commenced investigations on these dual citizenships. We will inquire whether these were given under any political favourism or fraudulent manner. We will not hesitate to revoke any such dual citizenship if found to have not fulfilled the required criteria,” he said. Amaratunga said the new government is engaged in designing fresh rules and regulations…

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    EO1 strike against 99 route permits issued by UPFA

    The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) yesterday warned that the ongoing bus strike between Colombo-Tangalle and Colombo-Kataragama would continue unless the government took immediate action to stop the route permits given to 99 private buses illegally on the Southern Expressway. LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne told a media briefing that the former officials attached to the National Transport Commission (NTC) and the Private Transport Services Ministry had issued illegal route permits to 99 new buses without following any tender procedure. The former Minister C. B. Ratnayaka was entirely responsible for creating unnecessary problems in the private bus industry in Sri Lanka, he alleged. Wijeratne said the LPBOA would ask the government to allow the operation…

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To halt floating armoury probe Minister offered Rs 300M Bribe

A private maritime security firm has offered Rs. 300 million, to a prominent minister, to halt the investigation into the floating armoury, Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. He said the minster has refused the bribe and if the investigations into the floating armoury fail to make satisfactory progress, he would reveal all the details to the public in two weeks. The minister, to whom the bribe was offered, holds a prominent role in the government and was in the first batch of MPs who left the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to support Maithripala Sirisena. Senaratne said that he is disappointed that the government has not punished the corrupt, as promised, but he added…

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Docs will launch continuous strike on March 06 – GMOA

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) General Committee yesterday decided unanimously to launch a countrywide strike commencing March 6. It would be an indefinite one with around 20,000 doctors attached to Sri Lanka’s government hospitals keeping away from work from 8.00 am next Friday until further notice. GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath told The Island that the GMOA General Committee which held an emergency meeting yesterday had decided to go ahead with the strike next Friday as the response from the governmentto doctors’ demand for their due salary increases and allowances had been negative. The GMOA had held a number of discussions with Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. A. Samaratunge and Pay Commission Chief Bandu Wijeratne over…

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I do not believe in astrology now – Ex -President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Responding to a question raised by a journalist from the “Dawn” newspaper, a Pakitani Publication,” whether he still believes in astrology”, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, “Now, I don’t” and laughed out loud. “I have to ask you this, do you still believe in astrology?” “Now, I don’t,” he says and laughs out loud. The former President went on to say that Pakistan helped Sri Lanka in quelling the Tamil insurgency. “See, the US, Europe, the West, they are not our friends,”. “Pakistan helped us, especially Musharraf. What happened in my country and the insurgency happening in your country, RAW [India's Research and Analysis Wing] is behind it.” Speaking about his defeat in the elections,…

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Fraudulent dual citizenship to be cancelled

The Dual Citizenship granted without fulfilling qualifications will be cancelled, Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga told the Daily News yesterday. He said even though the award of dual citizenship was suspended by the Immigration and Emigration Department in 2011, over 2,000 dual citizenships had been given behind the screen by the previous regime. “We have now commenced investigations on these dual citizenships. We will inquire whether these were given under any political favourism or fraudulent manner. We will not hesitate to revoke any such dual citizenship if found to have not fulfilled the required criteria,” he said. Amaratunga said the new government is engaged in designing fresh rules and regulations…

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EO1 strike against 99 route permits issued by UPFA

The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) yesterday warned that the ongoing bus strike between Colombo-Tangalle and Colombo-Kataragama would continue unless the government took immediate action to stop the route permits given to 99 private buses illegally on the Southern Expressway. LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne told a media briefing that the former officials attached to the National Transport Commission (NTC) and the Private Transport Services Ministry had issued illegal route permits to 99 new buses without following any tender procedure. The former Minister C. B. Ratnayaka was entirely responsible for creating unnecessary problems in the private bus industry in Sri Lanka, he alleged. Wijeratne said the LPBOA would ask the government to allow the operation…

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Feltman pledges fullest support for govt’s 100 day programme

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, who met with President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday, pledged his fullest support for the completion of the government’s 100 day programme. President Maithripala Sirisena said that the new government is committed to their new standing in national and international affairs. The President’s Media Unit told the ‘Daily News’ on Sunday that the meeting was congenial and developed a good understanding between the two parties. The UN office said that Feltman looked forward to discuss with Sri Lankan leaders various issues including reconciliation, accountability and Sri Lanka-UN relations. Meanwhile, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman also held discussions with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P. Perera on Saturday….

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Kachchatheevu feast ends peacefully

The annual feast of St Anthony, celebrated over two days in the isolated island of Kachchatheevu and attended by devotees from Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu, concluded yesterday. Kachchatheevu lies in the Palk Strait dividing the two nations. The feast was organised and managed by the Sri Lanka Army. This year 7,600 pilgrims participated. The religious services were conducted by nearly 100 priests from South India with several Sri Lankan priests also participating. The chief priest of Jaffna, Rev Fr Justin Gnanapragasam participated on behalf of the Bishop of Jaffna Rev Fr Dr Thomas Saundaranayagam. As part of the sermons preached, General Secretary of the South Asian Fishermen’s Fraternity Rev Fr Churchill Baas said that…

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Rakna Lanka Removed From Hambantota Port

  Sri Lanka Ports Authority has decided to remove Rakna Araksha Lanka Limited (RALL) from security duties at Hambantota port. Hambantota port had 107 personnel from RALL on duty. SLPA had paid Rs 3.3 million monthly to RALL, BBC Sandeshaya said. RALL personnel say that this decision to terminate their service was a politically motivated one. Meanwhile a top official of SLPA told BBC Sandesyaka that the services of RALL were terminated due to several shortcomings in recent months. Established in October 2006 Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL) is a Sri Lanka Government owned business undertaking in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence to provide security services.

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Tilvin Says National Government Concept Is Against People’s Mandate

  Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the national government concept is against the mandate given by the people on January 8th. Speaking at a press briefing on Sunday he said that discussion about a national government acts as a hindrance to the achievement of goals in 100 Days Program. Silva added that JVP would not oppose the formation of a national government. However he asked the government to implement the promised constitutional changes and to call for elections in Aril as planned. Siva said that once the election is held, a parliament in accordance with the mandate given on January 8 will be elected. The current parliament was elected in April…

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Couple shot dead in Meetiyagoda

A cinnamon trader (42) and his wife (40) has been shot dead this evening in the cinnamon oil shed owned by them, Meetiyagoda Police said. According to the information uncovered so far, a group of individuals who arrived in a three-wheeler had shot them both and fled the scene.  

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Parties representing ‘Yahapalaya’ fulfilled US needs: NFF

The National Freedom Front (NFF) today accused all the parties including JVP and JHU representing ‘Yahapalanaya’ to have fulfilled the American needs. With reference to the comment made by US Secretary of State John Kerry, the NFF Media Spokesperson Mohammed Muzammil said that Kerry has said that the US was involvement on regime change in Sri Lanka. “It clearly shows the influence on the ‘Yahapalanaya government’, Muzammil charged. According to Muzammil, TNA Leader R.Sambandan had also said that it was impossible for anybody to escape from war crimes charges and had said that the only method is to commit suicide for those who were involved in war crimes. By taking these two statements into consideration,…

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Suranga Lakmal fined for bowling beamers

Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was fined Sunday for firing two successive beamers at England’s Jos Buttler, an action for which he showed “no remorse”, the International Cricket Council said. The incident happened in the 50th and final over of England’s innings in their World Cup clash when Lakmal bowled a second consecutive high, full pitched ball to Buttler, after being given a first and final warning by on-field umpire Rod Tucker earlier during the same over Lakmal was stopped from bowling at Wellington’s Westpace Stadium and reported to the match referee David Boon for dangerous and unfair bowling. He was also fined 30 percent of his match fee after pleading guilty to breaching…

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Lankan arrested with Qat drugs in Saudi

Saudi police have seized a large quantity of drug-like herb known as Qat, stuffed inside rice and date packs by a Sri Lankan smuggler. ‘Sabq’ newspaper said police stopped the driver on a motorway in the southern province of Jazan near the border with Yemen after suspecting its cargo. “They found nearly 450 packs of Qat stuffed inside rice and date boxes. The Sri Lankan was arrested and the drugs were confiscated,” it said.  

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Two killed, seven injured in Bus-lorry collision

At least two persons were killed and another seven passengers were injured after a bus and a lorry collided head-on at Akurala in Ambalangoda on the Colombo-Galle main road early this morning, the Police said. They said the bus, traveling from Matara to Colombo, had collided with the lorry. The driver and his assistant of the lorry had succumbed to their injuries after being admitted to the hospital. Police said the injured passengers of the bus had been admitted to the Balapitiya Hospital.  

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85 Lankan immigrants detained in Indonesia

As many as 85 Sri Lankan nationals are being detained in an Immigrant Detention House of Medan, Belawan, North Sumatra, for trespassing Indonesian territory without any legal documents and passports. “The detained foreign nationals are considered to violate the Immigration Law and some of them are asylum seekers to some countries such as Australia,” Head of Medans Immigrant Detention House Purbanus Sinaga said Saturday. The Sri Lankans are detained along with other 310 illegal immigrants at Medans Detention House. The immigrants entered the North Sumatra Province through Tanjung Balai/Asahan and Belawan port, Sinaga said. “They entered Indonesia using wooden boats and have paid a lot of money. However, most of them became the victims of…

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SLFP Wants “Delayed” General Election: No PM Candidate From Blue Camp

  The seniors of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have decided to push for a ‘delayed’ Parliamentary election, allowing the government to retain its power beyond the 100 day programme. Highly placed party sources told Asian Mirror on Saturday that the decision to call for electoral system before the dissolution of Parliament comes as part of the strategy to delay the General Election, at least by a few months. The SLFP clearly stated that the electoral system should be amended along with the abolition of the Executive Presidency.Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said the party was not in a hurry to go for an election. Party seniors, Asian Mirror…

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Government Launches Public Opinion Survey On 100 Days Program

  Government has launched a special survey to find out the opinion of the general public and to analyze the progress of the 100 Days Program, a release from the Prime Minister’s Office said. The public can obtain the details of the program from the website www.pmm.gov.lk The government said that its intention is to carry out the program in an effective and transparent manner with maximum public participation. The release further stated that the public is able to submit their ideas, proposals, allegations or criticisms on the 100 Days Program by post to Director General, Project Management and Observations Department, Central Bank Building, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01. Furthermore, any communication can also be directed through…

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Anura Kumara – Wijedasa Duel Intensifies : Justice Minister Calls For Open Debate

  The duel between JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapakshe over the release of the passport of Avant Garde head ex-serviceman Nissanka Senadhipathy intensified yesterday with Dissanayake reaffirming his stance. Meanwhile, Rajapakshe called for an open debate on the matter. On January 24, Dissanayake said that Senadhipathy’s passport was released with the interference of Rajapakshe and former Minister of Defense of the 2001-04 Ranil Wickremesinghe government Tilak Marapana. However, Rajapaksa said that Dissanayake was misleading the people and should apologize in public. “The JVP Leader sounded as if we gave an order to the Magistrate to release the passport. We don’t interfere with the decisions of the judiciary and therefore,…

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‘People Voted For System Change’ – Ranil

  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that people gave a message on January 8 that they need not a change of an individual or a party but of the system. He further asked the people to give the support to turn the parliament in to one government, without party differences. Speaking at a meeting of UNP members in Badulla yesterday, he added that people will not forgive anyone who works towards bringing back the ‘Rajapaksa regime.’ Wickremesinge also said that the new government has reduced the prices of essential goods and increased salaries, which were tasks that many thought impossible. The government was making them possible with the support of many parties, he added. SLFP…

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Wigneswaran Says Government Statements On Army Camps Triggered Genocide Resolution

  Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wignewaran attributed the Northern Provincial Council’s resolution on an “on-going genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka” to the government’s announcement that not a single army camp will be removed from the province. Addressing a meeting on the cooperative movement attended by Central Ministers Gamini Jayawickrema Perera and D.M. Swaminathan in Jaffna on Saturday, Wigneswaran said that recent public pronouncements that not even a single army camp will be withdrawn from the province could have been avoided. These statements had resulted in the NPC passing a resolution on genocide, he said. “Please remember we feel very strongly against the continued stay of the armed forces in our areas. Until they…

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