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Seven cops hurt in Kollupitiya protest (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Seven police officers including an inspector admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following an attack by the university students this afternoon (31), police Spokesperson said. MORE...
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I have a clean record, says Mevyn Silva (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
I'm not concerned that I wasn't offered a ministerial portfolio from the coalition government, despite campaigning for the victory of the present President in the January polls, former Minister Mevyn Silva said. MORE...
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Gnanasara Thero summoned to religious police unit (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, was summoned today by the special police unit to investigate religious disputes, established under the Buddha Sasana Ministry. MORE..
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Mattala is like a 'chicken-and-egg' problem- ex-CEO (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Eran Wickramaratne, the deputy minister of investment promotion, says the current government now has to figure out how sunken investments like the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) can be salvaged, or if they can be at all. MORE..
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Police tear gas protesting university students (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
(UPDATE) The Galle Road has been closed from Kollupitiya Junction to Galle Face Roundabout due to the protest launched by university students, polcie spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..
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Rathgama PS chairman's murder- Main suspect surrenders, remanded till April 6 (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The main suspect in the murder of the Rathgama Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman has been remanded till April 06 after he surrendered to the Kalutara Magistrate's Court today. MORE..
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SC dismisses petition against former President (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday (31) dismissed a fundamental rights petition filed by Duminda Nagamuwa against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. MORE...
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Sri Lankan fishermen welcome Ranil's 'shooting' remarks (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Fishermen of the Jaffna peninsula in Sri Lanka's Northern Province say they welcome Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe's remarks that Indian fishermen may be shot if they intruded into Sri Lankan waters. MORE..
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Sri Lankan jailed over abusing woman at knifepoint (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
A Sri Lankan cook has been jailed for five years and two months for getting drunk and then forcing himself on his female colleague and raping her at knifepoint at her friend's flat in Dubai. MORE..
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Three navy personnel arrested over Nadarajah Raviraj killing (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Three navy personnel have been detained and are being questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the killing of TNA MP Nadarajah Raviraj in 2006, the police spokesman said. MORE..
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P.B. Jayasundera questioned over hedging deal (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) is currently recording a statement from former Treasury Secretary and Economic Development Ministry Secretary P.B. Jayasundera in connection with the controversial hedging deal, police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE...
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Sajin granted bail (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The Colombo Fort Magistrate on Tuesday (31) granted bail to MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena on a case filed by the Bribery Commission over failure to declare his assets. MORE..
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Manilal Fernando's life ban upheld by CAS (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Former FIFA Executive Committee member Vernon Manilal Fernando has lost his appeal to have a lifetime ban overturned. MORE...
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One thousand acres for Jaffna resettlement (Mon, 30 Mar 2015)
An extent of 1,000 acres is to be released for the resettlement of the people in the Jaffna District by April and the Security Forces are exploring possibilities of releasing more land for resettlement in the district, the President Media Unit said on Monday (30). MORE...
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Sidath Wettimuny appointed IC Chairman (Mon, 30 Mar 2015)
Former cricketer Sidat Wettimuny has been appointed as the Chairman for the interim committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). MORE...
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Showers, Thundershowers at several places (Mon, 30 Mar 2015)
The Met Department in its weather forecast for Tuesday (31) says that light showers will occur at several places in the Eastern and Uva provinces and in the Hambantota district. Showers or thundershowers will develop at several places elsewhere during the afternoon or evening.
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Rigorous imprisonment for Mahinda Abeykoon (Mon, 30 Mar 2015)
Chairman of the Central Provincial Council Mahinda Abeykoon has been sentenced to two and a half years rigorous imprisonment by the Kandy High Court on Monday (30). MORE...
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Government warns Tamil Tiger rebels could regroup (Mon, 30 Mar 2015)
New government warned on Monday that defeated Tamil Tiger rebels could regroup and orchestrate another conflict, six years after their defeat in the island's separatist war.
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Sarana Gunawardena released on bail (Mon, 30 Mar 2015)
The Attanagalla Magistrate on Monday (30) granted bail to ex-Minister Sarana Gunawardena who was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on charges of criminal breach of trust. MORE...
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Two Sri Lankans arrested at Cochin airport (Mon, 30 Mar 2015)
Officials of the Indian Customs Air Intelligence Unit at the Cochin International airport on Sunday seized about 400 grams of gold, 11 cell phones and SD cards valued at Rs.3 million from two passengers who landed here from Colombo. The metal, in the form of eight gold bars, were concealed in their rectum. MORE...
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Other English News

It s a great political betrayal Wimal (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa, yesterday alleged President Maithripala Sirise..
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Release Lasantha Killing tapes to Cid (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
Mt. Lavinia Magistrate Mohomed Shahabdeen yesterday ordered several media institutions to hand over ..
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Cabinet Sub-committee to review Uma Oya multipurpose project (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
President Maithripala Sirisena said Cabinet subcommittee will be appointed to review the plans of Um..
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Maithri consolidates moderate image (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
President Maithripala Sirisena, in his first interaction last week with newspaper editors and publis..
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Ranatunga says likely to return as Cricket Board Chairman (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
Sri Lanka Cricket may get a boost with veteran cricketer and Ports and Aviation Minister Arjuna Rana..
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Colombo VC asked to step down, or will be removed (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama, has been asked to step d..
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The inside story: How Maithripala Sirisena spent election night on a Dodangaslanda estate (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
With President Maithripala Sirisena s revelation to Sandeshaya, BBC s Sinhala Service in London, tha..
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New National Government soon, 9 portfolios likely for SLFP (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
Next week will see the birth of a National Government with at least nine ministerial portfolios go..
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Sri Lanka launches national nutrition program for pregnant mothers (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday launched a national nutrition program fo..
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Large Pakistani Sex Worker Ring in Sri Lanka Exposed (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
The special investigation unit of the Department of Immigration and Emigration says an extensive inv..
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Lanka fourth in suicides (Thu, 04 Sep 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 04.Aug.2014, 6.00PM) Sri Lanka was ranked fourth among 172 countries in suicides, a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday revealed...
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MaRa’s power greed ! frantically seeks SC ruling for a third term - Hearing on 10 th in camera (Thu, 04 Sep 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 04.Aug.2014, 7.45AM) Medamulana Mahinda Rajapakse driven by his inordinate power mania had made frantic efforts to secure the opinion of the supreme court on whether he could go for a third term as the Executive resident of Sri Lanka (SL), according to reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division based on sources within the supreme court....
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SLFP vs Rajapakses: SLFP team of leaders warn its Ministers, MPs to safeguard their lives from Rajapakse regime (Thu, 04 Sep 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 03.Sep.2014, 11.55PM) A team of leaders of the SLFP party have sent out secret warnings to their colleagues including Ministers , MPs and politicos of the party to safeguard themselves and their lives from the dire and dangerous threats faced by them posed by the Rajapakse regime.
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Bala Tampoe, Our Comrade No More..! -Dr. Bahu (Mon, 01 Sep 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 01.Sep.2014, 10.30PM) Bala Tampoe, our comrade Bala is no more. He joined the left movement when he was a student and continued to work for the LSSP while he was a lecturer in Botany and Horticulture in the Department of Agriculture. He came into the limelight as a strike leader...
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Moneragala 'ninja' attackers move to Wellawaya - 4UNP offices and 5 JVP offices destroyed (Sun, 31 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 31.Aug.2014, 2.00PM) Nine election offices of opposition political parties have been attacked in Wellawaya and Moneragala between August 29 and 30. Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) observes that five Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) offices and four United National Party (UNP) offices have been burnt and three of them have been completely destroyed....
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Students of Law College thanks to Lanka E news..! (Sat, 30 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 30.Aug.2014, 5.30PM) We are a group of students from the Law College Sri Lanka who sat the 2nd year exam in July. We faced much difficulty when we sat the Property 1 and Property 2 papers...
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Gota convenes special security meeting: government to solve its election violence with answers more criminal (Sat, 30 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 30.Aug.2014, 11.30PM) At the brainstorming special meeting summoned by Sri Lanka (SL) criminal defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse last 27th, the reports pertaining to the election results furnished by the defense Ministry intelligence division and that by the State intelligence service (SIS) were absolutely contradictory...
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As Gota’s kudu (heroin) image reveals itself so he makes new diabolic plans to conceal –creates new unit under Wakishta (Sat, 30 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-news- 29.Aug.2014. 1130PM) Following Lanka e news exposing kudu (heroin) Gota’s kudu business with photographs testifying to it , Gota had given orders to the police to arrest ‘kudu Nuwan’ who everyone know is a second row heroin...
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Behind Uva escalating elections violence is none other than the President –Glaring evidence (Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 28.Aug.2014, 11.55PM) During the last two days since the Uva elections campaign began , the elections violence had risen meteorically as confirmed by the elections monitoring report released today- it has increased by 76 more cases of violence! All of these incidents of violence involve shooting, threatening using firearms, attacks, arson and...
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Medamulana MR refuses to undergo surgery and returns: Prior to his illness has revealed his self sought disaster (Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 28.Aug.2014, 11.30PM) Medamulana Percy Mahendra Rajapakse who flew to America most secretly to obtain medical treatment for his blood in urine disease (hematuria) has refused the conventional medical treatment , and is returning to Sri Lanka (SL) tomorrow(29) after being treated via injections....
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Vigneswaran discharged from hospital (Fri, 01 Nov 2013)
 Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Vigneswaran was yesterday discharged from hospital, a day after he was admitted to hospital with a chest pain, officials said.   Mr Vigneswaran was invited along with other chief ministers today to attend the Cabinet meeting.   TNA sources said that some of the party members were of the opinion that he should not attend the cabinet meeting. 
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Doctors’ strike postponed (Fri, 01 Nov 2013)
The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) announced that the one day, island wide strike planned for the next Monday has been postponed by four weeks following discussions.   The GMOA was scheduled to go on strike to push the government to meet their demands on implementation of a promotion scheme for the government medical officers.    The scheme which has been agreed to by the Ministry of Health, Finance and Public Administration has been delayed for over two years. 
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Jilted lover dies in bizarre attack (Fri, 01 Nov 2013)
A jilted teenage lover attacked his girlfriend with a knife before driving the same weapon into himself in a bizarre incident at a location in Rakwana yesterday night, police said a short while ago. The said the male lover-identified as Nishantha Kumara aged 18 died while under treatment at the Rakwana Hospital while the girl victim is being treated for serious knife injuries. According to police the suspect is alleged to have stormed the girl’s home and attacked her with the knife following a heated argument. Thereafter he turned the weapon on to himself, police added. The Rakwana Police are conducting further investigations.  
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Bridge on a key access road to Colombo collapses (Fri, 01 Nov 2013)
 A part of bridge on a key access road to Colombo collapsed yesterday, Police said.   The left end of a bridge located 100 meters from the Angoda junction along the Colombo-Avissawella had collapsed.   Police said the Colombo- Avissawella road will be temporally closed today due to construction work being carried out on the bridge.   Police said that those wanting to use the road should use alternative routes to reach their destinations. Those approaching Colombo from Avissawella should switch to the Old Avissawella road from the Ambathale junction and switch on to the Avissawella- Colombo through Seda wattha. Drivers going towards Avissawella from Colombo could use the same route, Police said.
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Sri Lanka's joint trade union alliance submits 21 proposals for 2014 budget (Tue, 24 Sep 2013)
Sept 24, Colombo: The joint trade union alliance in Sri Lanka has submitted a set of 21 proposals to the Finance Ministry to be included in the 2014 budget proposals.
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UK says polls alone won't bring reconciliation in Sri Lanka (Tue, 24 Sep 2013)
Sept 24, London: The British government Monday while welcoming the "largely peaceful" provincial elections in Sri Lanka held on September 21, expressed concern over the election violence and asked the government to investigate the serious allegations.
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Legal action proposed against political candidates who have not declared assets (Tue, 24 Sep 2013)
Sept 24, Colombo: A group of lawyers in Sri Lanka plans to propose to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) to look at initiating legal action against political candidates who have failed to declare their assets and liabilities.
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U.S. tells Sri Lankan government to work with the Tamil party (Tue, 24 Sep 2013)
Sept 24, Washington, DC: The United States, while congratulating the Sri Lankan people on a successful provincial council election, has asked the government to take the opportunity and work with the Tamil party.
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Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry instructs heads of country's missions to avoid unnecessary travel (Tue, 24 Sep 2013)
Sept 24, Colombo: The External Affairs Ministry of Sri Lanka has instructed the country's overseas missions to avoid unnecessary travel expenses and to restrict travel requirements within the allocated budget.
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Sri Lanka welcomes agreement reached between Russia and US on Syria (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka today welcomed the agreement reached between Russia and the United States on securing and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.
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Four cement factories to be set up near Sri Lanka's main ports (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has put forward plans to set up four cement factories adjacent to the main ports in the country under the programme to establish new industrial parks and enterprises within new and existing port premises.
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Sri Lanka Army high profile team to Haiti to investigate alleged rape by a peacekeeping soldier (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army said a high profile three-member investigative team will shortly be sent to Haiti to investigate the allegations of a rape committed by a Sri Lankan peacekeeping soldier.
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Senior DIG of Sri Lanka Police suspected of forcing police officers to kneel down transferred (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: The Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Pujith Jayasundara, who was in charge of the Eastern Province has been transferred to the police headquarters with immediate effect.
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Sri Lanka's former Army Commander says his party will not be satisfied by being the third force (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: The leader of Sri Lanka's Democratic Party (DP), former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka said that the aim of the DP was not to remain in the place of the third force but to be the second force and move further forward.
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Sri Lanka's NDB Bank unit to create a Private Equity Fund with US firm (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: NDB Capital Holdings PLC, a unit of Sri Lanka's NDB Bank group said it is planning to enter into an agreement with the New York-based Zephyr Management LP to create a Private Equity Fund.
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Sri Lanka Cricket has not received any reports on match fixing (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: Commenting on the reports of a Sri Lankan cricket player's involvement in match fixing, the island's cricket authority, Sri Lanka Cricket said today that it has not received any report from the authorities pertaining to the charge.
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Commonwealth observers impressed with Sri Lanka's election process, concerned over military involvement (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: The Commonwealth Observer Mission which has been present in Sri Lanka since 14 September to observe the provincial council election in the North commended the government for largely peaceful well administered election but expressed concern over the heavy military presence and involvement in the elections.
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U.S. Ambassador views rare Sri Lankan artifacts preserved with Rs. 4 million grant (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison visited the Yatala Museum today to view rare antiquities found during the excavations of Yatala Dagaba, which were preserved with a $30,000 (approximately Rs. 4 million) grant from the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation.
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Sri Lankan court releases 35 Tamil Nadu fishermen (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Monday ordered to release the 35 Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy last month.
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Former opposition MP gets a record number of ruling party preferential votes in Sri Lanka provincial polls (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: Crossed over former opposition parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera contesting the provincial council election from ruling United people's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has received the highest number of preferential votes recorded in the provincial council election history.
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Sri Lankan President Arrives in New York to attend the UN General Assembly (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, New York: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa accompanied by the First Lady Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa arrived in New York City Sunday to attend the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN headquarters in New York.
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Delay in issue of preferential vote results heats up Sri Lanka's central city (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
Sept 22, Kandy: A warm situation was reported from Kandy, the capital of Sri Lanka's Central Province this evening due to the delay in releasing the results of preferential votes of the Central Provincial Council election.
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Sri Lanka Muslim Congress decided to remain independent in the three Provincial Councils (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Muslim political party and government coalition partner, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) said today that the councilors elected from the party to the Northern, Northwestern and Central Provincial Councils would remain independent.
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Sri Lanka Marxist party says election results are not a victory for the people (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that the outcome of the provincial council elections is not a victory for the people.
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Former Sri Lanka Army Commander's party second among opposition parties in PC polls (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
Sept 22, Colombo: The Democratic Party led by Sri Lanka's former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has been placed in the second position among the opposition political parties at the recently concluded provincial council elections.
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Sri Lanka main opposition admits setback at the elections (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National party (UNP) today admitted that the party had faced a setback at the provincial council elections held yesterday for three of the nine provinces.
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Holding elections in Sri Lanka's North is a victory for the government - President (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
Sept 22, Colombo: Holding an election to provide the people in the North, who were under terrorist control for three decades, the right to elect their own administration is a victory for the government, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said following the elections held for three provincial councils yesterday.
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Sri Lanka's victorious Tamil party ready to work with government in power devolution (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
Sept 22, Colombo: After emerging victorious in a landslide at the polls for the Northern Province yesterday, Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said it is ready to work with the government to solve the ethnic problem.
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister proposes talks with Sri Lankan fishermen (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
Sept 22, Chennai: Following the arrest of another 20 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa has asked the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to facilitate fishermen level talks between the two sides.
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U.S. urges Sri Lankan government to investigate election violence (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
Sept 22, Colombo: While congratulating the people of Sri Lanka for the historic Provincial Council elections held Saturday (September 21), the United States Embassy in Colombo has urged the government to investigate the election violence, particularly the involvement of uniformed individuals in the attacks.
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Hiru News

ICC president rails at World Cup trophy snub (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
ICC president AHM Mustafa Kamal has said that the games governing body denied him of his right to give the trophy at the post-match presentation ceremony of the World Cup final on Sunday. The trophy was handed over by ICC chairman N Srinivasan, despite... Read More
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Buhari ahead in tight Nigeria Poll (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Partial results from Nigerias election give ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari a substantial lead over the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan. However, some populous states in the south are yet to declare. With just over half of Nigerias states declared,... Read More
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An Inconvenient Truth - Malala Yousafzai Documentary Heading To The Big Screen (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Childrens Rights Activist And Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzais Life Story Is To Be Told On The Big Screen In A New Documentary By Oscar-winning Director Davis Guggenheim. Producers at Fox Searchlight Pictures promise the project, titled He Named... Read More
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JVP and JHU staging a mega drama - complains NFF (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The National Freedom Front complains that JVP and JHU are staging a mega drama regarding the 19th constitutional amendment. The party’s media spokesman Mohammed Musammil stated this while attending a media briefing convened in Colombo today. He... Read More
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Supreme Court rejects petition against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a group of others (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The Supreme Court rejected today a petition filed against a group including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The petition has challenged a gazette notification which had transferred police power on security forces during the presidential election.... Read More
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The defeated should go home - statement from Former President Chandrika (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga states that there are still hindrances preventing the people from receiving benefits of winning the war. She stated this while attending a ceremony held in conjunction with the International Women’s... Read More
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20 year stable policy is necessary to move the country forward - proposals from the Prime Minister (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that a stable policy should be implemented at least for 20 years in order to move the country forward. He said that it is essential for all parties to initially agree to a national policy. The Premier stated this... Read More
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Vettori retires from International Cricket (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
New Zealand all-rounder Daniel Vettori has confirmed his retirement from international cricket, declaring that the World Cup final against Australia was his last game for New Zealand. The New Zealand players landed in Auckland today after Sunday’s... Read More
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King Khan threatens to pull out of tournament over Sunil Narine (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Off spinner Sunil Narine, who was banned by the ICC for chucking, and later was cleared to play, has become a bone of contention between the BCCI and Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR, who Narine is a member of, have allegedly threatened to pull out of the IPL... Read More
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Police fired tear gas to Uni. Students (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Police fired tear gas and water cannons at a protest march organized by Inter University Students’ Federation at Colpetty this afternoon. The University Students Federation organized this protest based on certain elements against free education... Read More
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Anti-MR petition rejected (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Supreme Court rejects Fundamental Rights (FR) petition against former President Mahinda Rajapakse and others, for deploying Armed Forces to all 25 districts during recently concluded Presidential Election, reportedly. Read More
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NASA man talks to an alien (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Former NASA man says he saw alien. A former NASA engineer has pleaded with people to take him seriously after claiming he saw a 2.7m-tall alien while monitoring a space mission. Clark McClelland has taken to YouTube with a series of videos to explain:... Read More
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Couple stoned to death for having Pre-marital sex (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Sickening images show blindfolded and bound couple being brutally stoned to death for having sex before marriage by ISIS militants in Iraq ISIS jihadis accused the couple of having sex without being married They were blindfolded and tied up and taken... Read More
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ISIS fighters cutting off the heads (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Blindfolded, bound - and led to their deaths by children: Latest sick ISIS video shows young boys taking eight Syrian captives to be beheaded Islamic States children have taken center stage in the latest propaganda video from the terror group purporting... Read More
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Podi Lassie surrenders to Kalutara Court (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The main suspect of the Rathgama PS Chairman Manoj Pushpakumara murder case, Janith Madusanka de Silva alias Podi Lassiya surrendered to Kalutara Magistrate court today. Later the suspect was remanded till the 6th of April. Rathgama PS Chairman Manoj... Read More
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Heavy traffic due to protest (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Heavy traffic from Wijerama junction towards Nugegoda along the High Level road due to a protest march by University students. Read More
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Discussion on new Electoral system (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Democratic People’s Front Leader Mano Ganeshan says that the government has received two opinions about the method of holding the next general election. One opinion proposed to hold the forthcoming general election according to the current electoral... Read More
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India Welcomed by new Government (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
National Freedom Front requests the current regime not to kneel before India. The media spokesman of the party, Mohammed Musammil stated this while addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today. He added that by offering a legal right for the Indian... Read More
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Sangakkara, only Asian in WC XI (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Kumar Sangakkara, who quit one-day international with a record breaking four centuries, has been selected as the only Asian cricketer in the World Cup team, announced by the International Cricket Council yesterday. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum... Read More
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SL sells Rs25.4bn worth bonds (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
According to the state debt office, Sri Lanka has sold 25.4 billion rupees of five and ten year bonds after calling bids for 25 billion rupees of bonds. The debt office yesterday, sold 5.26 billion rupees of five year bonds maturing on 01st of June 2020... Read More
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Dozens killed by air strike in Yemen (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
An air strike has killed at least 40 people at a refugee camp in northwest Yemen. State media said Saudi planes were responsible, but the Yemeni foreign minister said artillery strikes by Houthi rebels were to blame. A Saudi Arabian-led coalition has... Read More
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Three arrested for Ravirajs Murder (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Police media spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara stated that 3 Navy officers have been arrested under the allegations of several abductions and murders. He stated that among the three, 2 Navy officers have left their service while the third person is currently... Read More
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Sajin de Vass gets bail (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Former Deputy Minister and Parliamentarian Sajin de Vaas Gunawardene who appeared before Colombo Magistrate for not revealing assets, released on bail, and his passport also impounded, Police stated.  Read More
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P.B. Jayasundara Questioned (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Dr. P.B Jayasundara, former Treasury Secretary, currently being questioned by the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) over hedging deal, Police stated.  Read More
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Alps crash: Lubitz had treatment for suicidal tendencies (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The co-pilot of the crashed German-wings plane, Andreas Lubitz, had received treatment for suicidal tendencies before getting his pilot licence, investigators say, but not recently. Lubitz, 27, is suspected of deliberately crashing the plane in the Alps,... Read More
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Newsfirst Sirasa

Wasantha Samarasinghe alleges – govt involved ‘in a total lie’ over pawned jewellery (Watch Video) (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Several complications have arisen over a promise given through the government’s Interim Budget presented in January to waive off the interest on gold jewellery pawned to banks  – through a circular issued by the Ministry of Finance. However,  a circular issued by the Finance Ministry on March 10 points out that only pawned gold that has […] The post Wasantha Samarasinghe alleges – govt involved ‘in a total lie’ over pawned jewellery (Watch Video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Appointment of Interim Committee for SLC meets with disapproval? (Watch video) (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
A press conference was organised by the National Sports Foundation and Save the Sports Sri Lanka Org.  over the appointment of an interim committee for Sri Lanka Cricket. Sunil Jayaweera, Vice President Sri Lanka Athletics Association noted that it is not good to appoint an interim committee. The view that “Sri Lanka has been warned […] The post Appointment of Interim Committee for SLC meets with disapproval? (Watch video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Tense situation erupts at Moneragala opening (Watch video) (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
A tense situation erupted at an event which was held at Moneragala, which saw the participation of the Chief Minister of the Uva Province Harin Fernando. The event was held to commemorate the opening of a new Mahindodaya Technology Lab constructed at the Pallewala Maha Vidyalaya. Chief Minister of the Uva Province Harin Fernando was […] The post Tense situation erupts at Moneragala opening (Watch video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Min. Ranawaka speaks of a ‘powerful nation’ at launch of ten-year road map (Watch video) (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
A ten-year road map indicating the development in the field of power and energy was launched on Tuesday. The aim of this programme is to create a country that is able to cater to its own energy needs. The launch was held under the auspices of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo. Subject minister Patali […] The post Min. Ranawaka speaks of a ‘powerful nation’ at launch of ten-year road map (Watch video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Patients demonstrate against deficiencies at Kahawatta Base Hospital (Watch Video) (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
A group of patients carried out a demonstration at the Kahawatta Base Hospital. They stated that the hospital has failed to provide basic facilities to patients and that they have been severely inconvenienced. The  demonstration was held opposite the Kahawatta Base Hospital, blocking the Embilitiya- Ratnapura main road. Protesters stated that the hospital is currently […] The post Patients demonstrate against deficiencies at Kahawatta Base Hospital (Watch Video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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JHU files Supreme Court petition against 19th Amendment to Constitution (Watch video) (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) filed a petition with the Supreme Court on Tuesday against the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. JHU Western Provincial Councillor Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe says that they do not need a president with arbitrary executive powers or the executive powers. He went onto note that they even do not need a […] The post JHU files Supreme Court petition against 19th Amendment to Constitution (Watch video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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FCID records statement from Dr P.B. Jayasundera (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
A statement was recorded on Tuesday from Former Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, over the Hedging Deal. Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that Dr. Jayasundera was summoned to the Financial Crimes Investigation Division of the police to record a statement. Meanwhile,  Former Minister Johnston Fernando was summoned to the […] The post FCID records statement from Dr P.B. Jayasundera appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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President Sirisena will not be dis-empowered: Min. Sajith Premadasa (Watch video) (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
At an event held in Tissamaharama, Minister of Housing and Samurdhi, Sajith Premadasa stated that the President who was elected through the people’s vote will not be dis-empowered. Sajith Premadasa noted that President Maithripala Sirirsena became the President with the help of the people therefore they will never try to dis-empower him “into mere scarecrow.” […] The post President Sirisena will not be dis-empowered: Min. Sajith Premadasa (Watch video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Supreme Court rejects FR petition filed by Duminda Nagamuwa (Watch video) (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, rejected a Fundamental Rights Petition which cited Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as a respondent. The petition was filed by Duminda Nagamuwa of the Frontline Socialist Party. In his petition, Duminda Nawagamuwa, who contested the 2015 Presidential Election under the Frontline Socialist Party, stated that the deploying of army personnel to […] The post Supreme Court rejects FR petition filed by Duminda Nagamuwa (Watch video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Families of lost naval personnel protest – demands answers from the Navy (Watch Video) (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The families of four Navy personnel who have been missing since March 29, 2011 staged a protest opposite the Fort Railway station, demanding that their loved ones be found. Three of the sailors were reported missing while serving at the Naval Base in Chundikulam, Mullaitivu. Relatives added that although requests were made for over four […] The post Families of lost naval personnel protest – demands answers from the Navy (Watch Video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Sri Lanka confronts ex-leader's extravagant projects in 'middle of nowhere' - Los Angeles Times (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Los Angeles Times Sri Lanka confronts ex-leader's extravagant projects in 'middle of nowhere' Los Angeles Times “It's a crying shame how much money was spent,” said Harsha de Silva, deputy minister for policy planning and economic affairs in Sri Lanka's new government. “Why is an airport in the middle of nowhere? Why are you building a road to the middle of ... India's Key to Sri Lanka: Maritime Infrastructure DevelopmentThe Diplomat British woman in Sri Lanka 'killed after falling from train after sitting on ...mirror.co.uk War of words between Chinese firm and Sri Lanka escalates over Colombo Port ...South China Morning Post (subscription) Jagran Josh -eTurboNews -Zee News all 97 news articles »
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Review: Lack of team effort hurt Sri Lanka - Cricbuzz (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Cricbuzz Review: Lack of team effort hurt Sri Lanka Cricbuzz Sri Lanka were one of the favourites heading into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but for the first time since 2003, Sri Lanka failed to make it to the finals of the grand event. Finalists in 2007 and 2011, this year's World Cup presented the two ... and more »
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Mahela Jayawardene to Build Grassroot Cricket in Sri Lanka - NDTVSports.com (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
NDTVSports.com Mahela Jayawardene to Build Grassroot Cricket in Sri Lanka NDTVSports.com Dissanayake, after Sri Lanka's exit from the quarterfinals of the 50-over showpiece event, has set out to revamp the local governing body administration by setting up an interim committee headed by the former Test opening batsman Sidath Wettimuny. Mahela Jayawardene focusses on developing grassroots in Sri LankaIndia.com Mahela Jayawardene to work for grassroot development of cricket in Sri LankaCricket Country Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee appointedThe Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka Colombo Page all 44 news articles »
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Sri Lanka's pivot to India breaks China's dreams - Boston Globe (subscription) (Fri, 27 Mar 2015)
Boston Globe (subscription) Sri Lanka's pivot to India breaks China's dreams Boston Globe (subscription) COLOMBO — Sri Lanka. Following elections earlier this year, a major shift in the geopolitical and perhaps military balance of power is taking place on this island that hangs like a jewel from the ear of India. Many Americans may have trouble finding ... Sri Lanka for India's inclusion in regional cooperation with ChinaEconomic Times Sri Lankan President's Brother Dies From Ax WoundsNew York Times Sri Lanka president's brother dies in axe attackBBC News Yahoo News -MFA China -Toronto Star all 260 news articles »
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US Seeks to Eventually Partition Sri Lanka. Humanitarian R2P Intervention ... - Center for Research on Globalization (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Center for Research on Globalization US Seeks to Eventually Partition Sri Lanka. Humanitarian R2P Intervention ... Center for Research on Globalization The United States has no genuine interest in accountability or reconciliation in Sri Lanka, but is seeking a strategic military base in Asia, says Tamara Manimekhalai Kunanayakam, onetime Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations ...
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Sri Lanka Naval officers detained over Tamil politician murder - The Hindu (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The Hindu Sri Lanka Naval officers detained over Tamil politician murder The Hindu Three Sri Lankan Navy personnel, including two officers, have been detained by the police here under the anti-terrorism Act for the alleged murder of a popular Tamil lawmaker in 2006 that snowballed into a major human rights issue for the then government. 3 Sri Lanka navy personnel arrested over lawmaker's killingNew Zealand Herald 3 Sri Lanka navy personnel arrested over 2006 assassination of Tamil lawmakerThe Rakyat Post Sri Lanka navy personnel arrested over lawmaker's killingDunyaNews Pakistan all 21 news articles »
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Sri Lanka road trip finds north and south still divided after civil war - Los Angeles Times (Sat, 28 Mar 2015)
Los Angeles Times Sri Lanka road trip finds north and south still divided after civil war Los Angeles Times The road from Colombo, Sri Lanka's graceful seaside capital in the south, to the northern town of Jaffna has rarely been a straight shot. Most of the 250-mile journey follows the A9 highway, which slices through palm groves and green carpets of ... India & Sri Lanka agree on proposals for finding interim solution on fishermen ...Economic Times Sri Lanka returns military-held lands in former war zoneVatican Radio Ex-Lankan President to head task force for reconciliation of TamilsThe Hindu all 60 news articles »
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Lanka IOC seeks 30000 Tonnes oil products - Economic Times (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
Colombo Gazette Lanka IOC seeks 30000 Tonnes oil products Economic Times Lanka IOC last bought 36,500 tonnes of 0.25 per cent sulphur gasoil from ENOC at a premium of about $1.60 a barrel above Singapore quotes and 3,500 tonnes of 10 ppm sulphur gasoil from ENOC at a premium of about $4 a barrel. The cargoes were for ... CORRECTED-Lanka IOC seeks 30000 T oil productsReuters Africa LIOC seeks 30000 tonnes of oilColombo Gazette all 3 news articles »
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In the Hills of Sri Lanka's Tea Country - New York Times (Fri, 27 Mar 2015)
New York Times In the Hills of Sri Lanka's Tea Country New York Times And as Andrew Taylor, the vest-clad Norwood resident planter and native Sri Lankan, had made emphatically clear, everything about this beverage required martial exactitude, from the small-handed women who carefully picked the leaves to the 170 minutes ...
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Sri Lanka minister warns Tamil Tiger rebels could regroup - EUbusiness (press release) (Tue, 31 Mar 2015)
The Hindu Sri Lanka minister warns Tamil Tiger rebels could regroup EUbusiness (press release) (COLOMBO) - Sri Lanka's new government warned Monday that defeated Tamil Tiger rebels could regroup and orchestrate another conflict, six years after their defeat in the island's separatist war. Deputy foreign minister Ajith Perera made the comments ... Sri Lanka warns Tamil Tiger rebels could regroupShanghai Daily (subscription) all 52 news articles »
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