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    Won’t allow TNA to implement federal system in Sri Lanka : JHU

    The JHU says it will not allow the TNA to have its way and implement a Federal system in Sri Lanka. The JHU puts TNA on notice over Federal solution. The JHU General Secretary Champika Ranawaka said that the United National Front for Good Governance, under which, the JHU is contesting the Parliament election this month, never made any proposals, which are a threat to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. He said that on the contrary, the Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government had made some proposals when it was in power, which posed a threat to the country. “The President and the Prime Minister and even Mahinda Rajapaksa have accepted the unitary state of this country. The TNA has…

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    Saudi employer offers his Sri Lankan house maid for online Sale!

    A Saudi employer has offered his Sri Lankan housemaid for SR25, 000 in an advertisement he published on a local auction website, Emirates 24|7 the newspaper reported. According to Sabq News of Saudi Arabia, the employer placed an ad saying that he wanted to end the contract with the 30-year-old maid from Sri Lanka and that she wants to work for another employer in the Gulf Kingdom for one more year before returning to her home country. He has mentioned in the advertisement that the Sri Lankan maid is good in dealing with children. He also mentioned that he is ready to give her up for SR 25, 000,” the newspaper said without naming the…

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    Hand grenade recovered in Batticaloa

    Hand grenade recovered from Korakalmadhu at Eravur police division yesterday. Land owner S.Sivarathinam found this hand grenade while cleaning his land and informed Eravur police. Police together with bomb disposal squad rushed to the site and disposed the bomb.

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    Ranil has got more support than Mahinda : Survey-General election-2015

    A survey conducted by the Centre for Policy Alternatives, has found that Ranil Wickremesinghe has more support to be Prime Minister than Mahinda Rajapaksa. Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives conducted an island wide pre election opinion poll with the objective of identifying Sri Lankan voter perceptions and attitudes on key topics being discussed in the lead up to the election and thereby contributes to the current political discourse. Only 4 % of Sri Lankans believe that the 2015 General Election will not be free and fair and 66.9% believe that it will be. When asked about, who they think is best suited to be the Prime Minister of…

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    Maithri’s & Gota’s advisers are in secret Talks !

    According to very reliable sources, Advisers of the President Maithripala Sirisena and former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are in secret talks with regard to their next course of action after the parliamentary election. An adviser to the president Maithripala Sirisena and a top figure of Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera’s ‘Pivithuru Hetak’ organization is coordinating these discussions. One outcome of the talks is the intimation by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that the ex-president and Kurunegala district UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is ready to bid an honourable farewell to the Sri Lankan politics. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has asked that Mahinda Rajapaksa to be appointed as the prime minister for a short period of time, if the UPFA gains a majority,…

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Won’t allow TNA to implement federal system in Sri Lanka : JHU

The JHU says it will not allow the TNA to have its way and implement a Federal system in Sri Lanka. The JHU puts TNA on notice over Federal solution. The JHU General Secretary Champika Ranawaka said that the United National Front for Good Governance, under which, the JHU is contesting the Parliament election this month, never made any proposals, which are a threat to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. He said that on the contrary, the Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government had made some proposals when it was in power, which posed a threat to the country. “The President and the Prime Minister and even Mahinda Rajapaksa have accepted the unitary state of this country. The TNA has…

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Saudi employer offers his Sri Lankan house maid for online Sale!

A Saudi employer has offered his Sri Lankan housemaid for SR25, 000 in an advertisement he published on a local auction website, Emirates 24|7 the newspaper reported. According to Sabq News of Saudi Arabia, the employer placed an ad saying that he wanted to end the contract with the 30-year-old maid from Sri Lanka and that she wants to work for another employer in the Gulf Kingdom for one more year before returning to her home country. He has mentioned in the advertisement that the Sri Lankan maid is good in dealing with children. He also mentioned that he is ready to give her up for SR 25, 000,” the newspaper said without naming the…

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Hand grenade recovered in Batticaloa

Hand grenade recovered from Korakalmadhu at Eravur police division yesterday. Land owner S.Sivarathinam found this hand grenade while cleaning his land and informed Eravur police. Police together with bomb disposal squad rushed to the site and disposed the bomb.

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Ranil has got more support than Mahinda : Survey-General election-2015

A survey conducted by the Centre for Policy Alternatives, has found that Ranil Wickremesinghe has more support to be Prime Minister than Mahinda Rajapaksa. Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives conducted an island wide pre election opinion poll with the objective of identifying Sri Lankan voter perceptions and attitudes on key topics being discussed in the lead up to the election and thereby contributes to the current political discourse. Only 4 % of Sri Lankans believe that the 2015 General Election will not be free and fair and 66.9% believe that it will be. When asked about, who they think is best suited to be the Prime Minister of…

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Maithri’s & Gota’s advisers are in secret Talks !

According to very reliable sources, Advisers of the President Maithripala Sirisena and former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are in secret talks with regard to their next course of action after the parliamentary election. An adviser to the president Maithripala Sirisena and a top figure of Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera’s ‘Pivithuru Hetak’ organization is coordinating these discussions. One outcome of the talks is the intimation by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that the ex-president and Kurunegala district UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is ready to bid an honourable farewell to the Sri Lankan politics. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has asked that Mahinda Rajapaksa to be appointed as the prime minister for a short period of time, if the UPFA gains a majority,…

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Supreme Court Terminates Golden Key Case Proceedings

The Supreme Court today gave approval to the government’s plan of paying back 41 percent of the deposits of the Golden Key Company, terminating the case proceedings after six years.  All parties, including the depositors and the company agreed to the settlement proposed by the government recently. Therefore, three Fundamental Rights petitions filed by depositors were terminated by the Supreme Court. A ceremony to hand over money to Golden Key depositors was held recently under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Litro Executive Chairman Sends Letter Of Demand To Bandula Gunawardena

Litro Executive Chairman Shalia Moonasinghe has sent a letter of demand through his lawyer to former minister Bandula Gunawardena regarding a statement he made on July 22. Moonasinghe demands Rs. 1 billion from Gunawardena for a statement where he said “Litro has signed a MOU with Shell to privatize Litro Gas Lanka (Pvt) Limited. Moonasinghe’s lawyer said that by the false and inaccurate statement, Gunawardena has brought Moonasinghe and the senior management of Litro into hatred, ridicule and contempt among his professional colleagues, other employees of Litro, other persons in LPG trade, members of Government and the general public. Moonesinghe estimates the loss and damage to his dignity and reputation at Rs. 1 billion and…

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Advisers to Maithri, Gota in secret talks!

Advisers of president Maithripala Sirisena and former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are at talks with regard their course of action after the parliamentary election, say very reliable sources. An adviser to the president and a top figure of Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera’s ‘Pivithuru Hetak’ organization are coordinating these discussions. One outcome of the talks is the intimation by Gotabhaya that ex-president, Kurunegala district UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is ready to bid an honourable farewell to politics. Gotabhaya has asked that Mahinda be appointed prime minister for a short period if the UPFA gains a majority, of even one seat, in the new parliament, assuring that he would resign within a few months. If UPFA fails,…

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Governments Changed, Policies Did Not: Pubudu Jayagoda

Frontline Socialist Party Propaganda Secretary Pubudu Jayagoda said that although the governments have changed, their policies remain more or less the same. Speaking at a rally in Puttalam yesterday, Jayagoda recalled how the Mahinda Rajapaksa government suppressed the protest at Rathupaswala. The people had only asked for clean water, and they were treated with bullets, he said. The present government has suppressed a similar people’s struggle in Chunnakam demanding clean water by obtaining a court order against protests he said. Furthermore, he said that despite the change in government, the system has not changed. Otherwise, former Pesident Mahinda Rajapaksa would not have been able to return to politics, he argued. Jayagoda also refuted the allegation…

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Major Sri Lankan Parties Reject TNA’s Demand For Federalism

Three of the major political parties in Sri Lanka have flatly rejected the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)’s demand for federalism.  The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)-led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), United National Party (UNP)-led United National Front for Good Governance and the Janatha Vimukthi Perumana (JVP) have, in unison, said the demand, if accepted, would lead to division of the country. “Certain terms” will be interpreted to convey “different meanings” in Sri Lanka, said Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, general secretary of the SLFP. Federalism is one of them and “if you say federalism, people would think you are for separatism”, he told The Hindu. The TNA has stated in its manifesto that power sharing arrangements…

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Sajin further remanded

UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was arrested for allegedly misusing vehicles belonging to the President Secretariat Office, has been further remanded until August 11 by the Fort Magistrate’s Court. The order was issued when the MP was produced before the Magistrate, when the case was taken up for hearing today (04). The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) summoned Gunawardena to record a statement, in this regard, on May 11, where he was subsequently arrested. Gunawardena was also on bail in a separate case filed by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption for non-declaration of his assets.

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Bishops urge countrymen to vote for worthy candidates

Sri Lanka’s Catholic Bishops are appealing to their countrymen to choose worthy candidates for ‎parliament during the nation’s August 17 general election.  The bishops are urging citizens to think of ‎present and future generations by electing representatives with great care. “Loyalty to a party should ‎not be the sole criterion for voting,” said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, president ‎of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka, CBCSL.  “The Catholic Church has always upheld ‎the importance of electing worthy candidates to the legislature as the people’s representatives,” the ‎bishops said in a July 31 statement.  “Educational background, general culture, integrity and honesty, ‎respect for law and order are qualities that should characterize those who…

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A/L exams kick off today

The Advanced Level Examinations will begin today. Exams Chief requests all candidates to be present at their centres 30 minutes prior with their admission card and National Identity Card or passport.

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I’m unaware of Prime Ministerial post : Piyasena Gamage

Minister Piyasena Gamage says that he is unaware of Prime Ministerial post. Addressing election conversing meeting at Balapitiya minister added, Once our party achieve victory in the election , senior member of the party would be appointed has Prime Minister of this country. There are separations and problems inside our party, but we will work for the victory for the United National Front.

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Bus collision at Colombo-Kandy main road ! 11 Injured

11 Passengers injured in bus collision reported at Colombo-Kandy main road early this morning, police sources said. Private and CTB buses collided head to head this morning. Police carries out further investigations on this collision.

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Election Commissioner disappointed over SLRC news telecast

Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya expressed disappointment over news telecast of SriLanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC). Election Commissioner has sent official letters towards presidential secretariat and secretary towards media ministry. In the letter commissioner noted Rupavahini cooperation telecast news on favorable manner to single political party. If the channel fails to implement changes commissioner will force to use his power to stop such activities. I have advised Rupavahini cooperation officials this regard, Election Commissioner said, Sinhala newspaper reports. According the 19th amendment Election Commissioner receives more power to control state media activities.

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SriLanka-India rail road link a reality soon!

A road and rail link between India’s Rameswaram and Sri Lanka’s Thalaimannar could be a reality soon as the government of India has asked Asian Development Bank to carry out pre-feasibility study for financing the project across Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka. The Project may be a combination of bridge and underwater tunnel which may allow unhindered movement of ships. As the project is in the conceptual stage, it is too early to comment on the time bound programme of this project. However, the government of SriLanka is yet to give its nod to the project, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

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Lankan Tamils commits suicide in Trichy

SriLankan Tamil national named Thangawelu Maheshwaran detained for past three years at the Trichy special detention center. High Court ordered to release the Lankan Tamil but however prison officials failed to do so. Wife of Thangawely , Thrishanthi visited him yesterday. Couple attempted to commit suicide and rushed to the Trichy state hospital at 5.45 pm. However yet couple is on critical condition, hospital sources said.  

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Train derails at Watagoda

Train transporting passengers from Badhulla – Colombo derailed at 5.30 pm in the 120th milepost at Watagoda last evening, Nawalapitiya Railway control room officials said. Engine and two boxes of the train were derailed and cause damages to railway tracks. Due to this situation train services limited to hill country and renovation activities will conclude around 10.00 am today.

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Government to reduce gas and electricity prices

SriLanka government currently pays attention upon reducing domestic gas and electricity prices in the island. The Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayyake went on to say , at present we have taken measures to reduce domestic gas price Rs.100/- and to grant more benefits to users use more than 90 units of electricity. Minister of Finance scheduled to meet Minister of Power and Energy Champika Ranawaka end of this week and hold special discussion on price reduction.

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