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Parliament to meet tomorrow upon PM's request (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
Speaker Chamal Rajapakse has announced that the parliament will meet at 2.00 p.m. on Monday (2) on a request made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, the official government news portal said in a statement. MORE...
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India wants solution with Lanka on fishermen issue (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
A Parliamentary Standing Committee in Indian today said it would submit a report to the Centre on the problems faced by fishermen, including attacks allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy, to enable the External Affairs Ministry find a diplomatic solution to the vexed issue. MORE...
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Maithri Pilisandara at 8.30pm today (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Maithri Pilisandara, a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena, will be telecast live from 8.30pm today via simultaneous transmission on Rupavahini, ITN, Lakhanda and SLBC. MORE..
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13 injured in bus-lorry collision (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Thirteen persons were wounded and hospitalised following a collision involving a bus and a lorry in the Kohalana area on the Colombo-Kurunegala road this morning. MORE..
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India, Sri Lanka discuss voluntary repatriation of Lankan refugees (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
India-Sri Lanka today held talks on voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees in the country, within days of deciding to re-engage on the issue during a meeting between their foreign ministers. MORE..
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Kamalesh Sharma arrives in Sri Lanka (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma arrived in Sri Lanka today (Saturday 31 January) for a three day official visit during which he will meet the President Maithripala Sirisena, the Commonwealth's new Chair-in-Office. MORE..
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Ensure improved climate to protect press freedom in Sri Lanka - CPJ (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
A US-based journalist advocacy group has asked the new Sri Lankan government to ensure improved climate for press freedom and to take concrete and meaningful steps in this regard. MORE..
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Mohan Peiris says his removal as CJ was 'unlawful' (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Mohan Peiris says that he has not retired, resigned or vacated the office of Chief Justice and that, however, due to exertions by external forces he has been displaced from office through an unconstitutional process. MORE..
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SriLankan Airlines cabin crew member dies, 3 injured in Doha (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
A SriLankan Airlines female cabin crew member succumbed to injuries while 3 others were wounded when a vehicle on desert safari met with an accident in Doha, Qatar. MORE..
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Canada welcomes reinstatement of Sri Lankan Chief Justice (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
The Canadian Government today welcomed the reinstatement of Shirani Bandaranayake as Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court while also expressing hope that President Maithripala Sirisena fulfills the mandate given to him by the people to foster a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government. MORE..
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UK encouraged by progress of new govt (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
The United Kingdom has expressed hope that the new Sri Lankan Government will work together with the international community at the UN Human Rights Council, and co-operate with the investigation into alleged war crimes during the final stage of the conflict. MORE..
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Polls for Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu PS on Feb. 28 (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
Elections for Maritimepattu and Pudukuduirippu Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Mullaittivu District will be held on the 28th of February, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said. MORE..
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K. Sripavan sworn in as Chief Justice (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
Justice K. Sripavan today took oaths as the 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE..
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James Packer's Crown pulls plug on $400m Sri Lanka casino plan (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
James Packer's Crown Group says it will not go ahead with a proposed plan to develop a $400 million luxury hotel and resort in Sri Lanka, following a decision by the government in Colombo to scrap tax concessions for the project. MORE..
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2014 Scholarship Exam cut-off marks released (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
The Department of Examinations today released the cut-off marks of the 2014 Grade 5 Scholarship Examination. Click for Full List...
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Transfer of 10,000 police officers postponed to May (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
The transfer of nearly 10,000 police officers scheduled for February 01 has been postponed to May 01. Police Headquarters, in a communiqu, said that the transfer orders will come into effect from May 01, 2015. MORE..
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Parliament adjourned amid uproar over PM's statement (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
The parliament adjourned its session for 20 minutes following uproar over a statement made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe pertaining to the impeachment of former Chief justice Shirani Bandaranaike. MORE..
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Three-wheeler, school van fares slashed (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
Minister of Internal Transport, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, says that three-wheeler fares will be reduced by 10 percent while school van charges will be reduced by 5 percent with effect from February 01. MORE..
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Wattala PS Chairman assaulted, evicted from chamber (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
The Chairman of the Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha, R.A. Thyagaratna Alwis, was reportedly assaulted and forcefully removed from the chamber during the monthly session of the local government institution this morning. MORE..
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EU to consider lifting fish import ban on Sri Lanka (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
The European Commission has offered Sri Lanka assistance to meet the regulatory requirements that would enable an early lifting of ban on fish exports from Sri Lanka to the EU, the Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry said. MORE..
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Other English News

Indian fishermen problem goes to central government (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
An Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee said it would submit a report to the Centre on the proble..
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Super luxury buses.. (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
The foreign ministry has launched an investigation into the two super luxury buses, which were re-ap..
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SriLankan Airlines air hostess dies in Qatar (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
A female cabin crew member of the SriLankan Airlines was killed and three others- two flight attenda..
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Parliament to be dissolved by April 23-Ranil (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramsinghe has announced today that the Parliament will be dissolved by Apri..
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Gotabhaya hands over two baby elephants: Dy Minister (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has handed over two baby elephants that were kept in hi..
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IMPEACHMENT PROCEDURALLY FATAL - PM (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday stated that as there was a serious defect in the proce..
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Dual citizenship potentially available to all Lankans - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/62519/dual-citizenship-potentially-available-to-all-lankans#sthash.ud78Z76b.dpuf (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake presenting the interim budget 2015 today said that the option of ..
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Packer`s Crown pulls plug on SL casino plan (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
James Packer`s Crown Group says it will not go ahead with a proposed plan to develop a $400 million ..
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Mattala airport duty free shop licences cancelled (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
The Civil Aviation Services Ministry has cancelled licences issued to owners of duty free shops at t..
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Mini Budget Announced (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
15: 39 - Prohibition imposed on Ministies and state institutions from publishing promotional newspap..
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Sri Lanka budget to focus on populist steps ahead of polls (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Sri Lanka`s new government will spell out populist measures to cut the cost of living when it un..
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Legislation approved to cover 80% of cigarette packs with warnings (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
The Cabinet of Ministers yesterday approved legislation to make it compulsory for cigarette manufact..
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Former CDS reinstated to General rank (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
The Defence Ministry says all rights and privileges that former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is e..
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Amendment to Budget 2015 today (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
The government will enact an Urgent Bill in the form of an amendment to the 2015 Appropriation Act..
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Sri Lanka`s impeached Chief Justice returns to Supreme Court to resume duties (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Sri Lanka`s former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake returned to the Supreme Court complex tod..
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Bus fares to be reduced from Feb 1 - by 8 to 10pct (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Bus fares will be reduced by 8-10% from February 1, the Minister of Internal Transport Ranjith Maddu..
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Vehicle was only lent to me - Jackson Anthony (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
Popular artiste Jackson Anthony today denied allegations that a luxury vehicle without number plates..
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No change in Sri Lanka`s liberal market policies with India, Minister assures (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
There is no change whatsoever in Sri Lanka`s international or domestic trade positioning due to the ..
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Stray dogs kill 13 chevrotains in the Zoo (Thu, 29 Jan 2015)
13 mouse deer (Chevrotains), considered endemic species, died on Monday night due to an attack by a ..
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Thumbs-up for economy! (Thu, 29 Jan 2015)
* Monetary Board and new CB Chief under Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Govt. says economy expected to r..
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The vehicle was only loaned to me (Thu, 29 Jan 2015)
Popular Artiste Jackson Anthony today denied allegations that a luxury vehicle without number plates..
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Newsfirst Sirasa

ISIS: Japanese hostage beheaded (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
A newly distributed ISIS release appears to show the decapitated body of captive Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, after an English-language lecture is given by masked ISIS member “Jihadi John” to the people of Japan. The video, 67 seconds long, was released Saturday as others before it, by ISIS media wing Al Furqan Media, and cannot […] The post ISIS: Japanese hostage beheaded appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Queensland poll setback for Australian PM Tony Abbott (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s coalition appears to be heading for an embarrassing electoral defeat in the northeastern state of Queensland. The Liberal National Party’s (LNP) huge majority in Queensland’s state assembly was wiped out, with Premier Campbell Newman losing his own seat. With most of the votes counted, the opposition Labor party seems set to […] The post Queensland poll setback for Australian PM Tony Abbott appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Skeleton sacks baffle India police (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
Dozens of skeletons and decayed body parts have been discovered in a disused room of an Indian police building. Sacks containing the human remains were reportedly uncovered by workers at the building, in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. Police said they could not explain where the bodies came from, but said they believed the room had been […] The post Skeleton sacks baffle India police appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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FSP demonstrators urge that “rights of Premakumar Gunaratnam” be granted (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
The Frontline Socialists Party or the FSP staged a demonstration opposite the Fort Railway Station on Saturday. The demonstration was staged urging that the political rights of Politburo Member of the Frontline Socialist Party Premakumar Gunaratnam, be granted. The post FSP demonstrators urge that “rights of Premakumar Gunaratnam” be granted appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Mansion tax – FM Ravi Karunanayake explains (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
With the announcement of the new government’s Interim Budget 2015, the newly-imposed Mansion Tax has become the most talked about feature of the budget. Speaking at a forum on the Interim Budget Live on MTV Sports on Friday evening, Ravi Karunanayake the Minister of Finance elaborated on this much-talked about mansion tax. Please watch video. […] The post Mansion tax – FM Ravi Karunanayake explains appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win Australian Open (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova to win her sixth Australian Open and 19th Grand Slam title. The American world number one served superbly to win a pulsating final 6-3 7-6 (7-5) after Sharapova fought back in the second set. Williams, 33, moves past Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert with a 19th major singles title. She […] The post Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win Australian Open appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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News1st-Sirasa FM three-wheeler carnival gathers pace in Galle (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
The fifth edition of the News 1st Sirasa FM three-wheeler carnival was held in a grand manner in Galle on Friday. This event was organised by Sri Lanka’s Number 10 radio station, Sirasa FM, for the benefit of three-wheeler drivers in the Southern Province and their children. News 1st Sirasa – FM three-wheeler carnival was […] The post News1st-Sirasa FM three-wheeler carnival gathers pace in Galle appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Suspects in Wattala PS assault case released on bail (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Three suspects who were arrested for allegedly assaulting three members of the Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha, including its Chairman, have been released on a surety bail of Rs.300,000. Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said that investigations are underway to arrest five other suspects. The incident took place when Minister of Public Security, Christian Religious Affairs […] The post Suspects in Wattala PS assault case released on bail appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Key observations made at JHU special convention (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
A Special representative convention of the Jathika Hela Urumaya or the JHU took place on Friday under the theme The dawn of a new era for an emerging nation. The convention took place at the auditorium of the National Youth Services Council in Maharagama. Leader of JHU, Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thero speaking on the occasion […] The post Key observations made at JHU special convention appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Would be a tragedy if legislation is never utilised by the citizenry: Dr. Saravanamuttu (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu says that it would be an absolute tragedy if legislation is never utilised by the citizenry at large. He made this observation at a forum in Colombo on Friday evening. A number of intellectuals organised this forum as a ‘public forum for the strengthening of […] The post Would be a tragedy if legislation is never utilised by the citizenry: Dr. Saravanamuttu appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Into The Jungle With Sri Lanka?s Last Hunter-Gatherers - Daily Beast (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Daily Beast Into The Jungle With Sri Lanka?s Last Hunter-Gatherers Daily Beast Sinhabahu in turn had a son called Vijaya, who became the first, legendary king of Sri Lanka (the people call themselves Sinhalase—meaning 'lion people') after he and 700 followers arrived on the tropical island, off India's South East coast, some ... and more »
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Sri Lanka to Free Tamils and Return Their Land - New York Times (Fri, 30 Jan 2015)
ABC Online Sri Lanka to Free Tamils and Return Their Land New York Times COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The Sri Lankan government pledged Thursday to free hundreds of minority Tamil detainees and return much of the Tamil land in the north and east that the military seized and continues to hold years after the end of the country's ... James Packer's Crown pulls plug on $400m Sri Lanka casino plan after ...ABC Online Sri Lanka blocks James Packer's casino plansThe Australian Shock and Joy in Sri LankaHuffington Post Reuters -Channel News Asia -Sydney Morning Herald all 208 news articles »
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Tamil Sripavan appointed Sri Lanka's top judge - BBC News (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
BBC News Tamil Sripavan appointed Sri Lanka's top judge BBC News Sri Lanka's president has appointed a Tamil judge as the new chief justice - the first member of the minority community to hold the post in decades. Judge Kanagasabapathy Sripavan, 62, was sworn in in the capital Colombo. President Maithripala Sirisena ... Sri Lanka 'on right track' to achieving sustainable democracyDeutsche Welle Sri Lanka president appoints top judge as chief justiceReuters Sri Lankan President appoints Tamil as Chief JusticeThe Hindu Vatican Radio -NDTV all 71 news articles »
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Sri Lanka Plans Probe Into Alleged Atrocities During Civil War - NPR (blog) (Thu, 29 Jan 2015)
NPR (blog) Sri Lanka Plans Probe Into Alleged Atrocities During Civil War NPR (blog) In a further sign that Sri Lanka's newly elected president wants to deal with the country's troubled past, a government spokesman said today that a new probe is planned to investigate allegations of human rights abuses during the island's 26-year civil ... Sri Lanka's new government plans fresh war crimes probeReuters Sri Lanka plans fresh inquiry into human rights abuses during civil warThe Guardian Sri Lanka Says It Will Return Private Land in Civil War AreaABC News Livemint all 336 news articles »
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Sri Lanka's south coast a traveler's delight - Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Sun, 01 Feb 2015)
Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sri Lanka's south coast a traveler's delight Pittsburgh Post Gazette ELLA, Sri Lanka — There are few things that can soothe the headache that comes after six hours of driving on dirt roads in a tropical country. Or so I thought, until I arrived in the mountain town of Ella to a cool breeze and a fresh pot of tea. By ...
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Sri Lanka Is Ready to Take Center Stage - Wall Street Journal (Wed, 28 Jan 2015)
Wall Street Journal Sri Lanka Is Ready to Take Center Stage Wall Street Journal In his place, Sri Lankans voted in a diverse coalition of parties led by Maithripala Sirisena, the former general secretary of Mr. Rajapaksa's own Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Mr. Sirisena ran on a platform of constitutional reforms to limit executive ... Sri Lanka chooses changesEast Asia Forum Sri Lanka reinstates Chief Justice Shirani BandaranayakeBBC News Sri Lanka's new president reverses 'revenge politics' of Rajapaksa regimeThe Guardian Just Security -ABC Online -IRINnews.org all 296 news articles »
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Australia's Crown Resorts drops Sri Lanka $400 million casino plan - Reuters (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
Reuters Australia's Crown Resorts drops Sri Lanka $400 million casino plan Reuters PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Australian gaming mogul James Packer's Crown Resorts Ltd. (CWN.AX) has scrapped a proposed $400 million luxury hotel and resort development in Sri Lanka after Colombo's new government withdrew approvals for casinos.
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The Most Important Phrase for Expats in Colombo, Sri Lanka: 'I Know a Guy' - Wall Street Journal (blog) (Thu, 29 Jan 2015)
Wall Street Journal (blog) The Most Important Phrase for Expats in Colombo, Sri Lanka: 'I Know a Guy' Wall Street Journal (blog) COLOMBO, Sri Lanka–”I know a guy” is the single most important and commonly used phrase in casual business conversations in Colombo. This South Asian city has a surprisingly sophisticated corporate scene, excellent internet connections, an array of ...
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What's Next for Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa? - Huffington Post (Thu, 29 Jan 2015)
What's Next for Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa? Huffington Post Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in early January. This came as a surprise to many. First elected in 2005, Rajapaksa was widely credited with winning Sri Lanka's civil war against the separatist Tamil Tigers in 2009 ...
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Brilliant Sangakkara sets up Sri Lankan win - International Cricket Council (Sat, 31 Jan 2015)
International Cricket Council Brilliant Sangakkara sets up Sri Lankan win International Cricket Council Sri Lanka reached its highest score of the series, scoring 287 for 6 in 50 overs and then shot down New Zealand for 253 in 45.2 overs. And when Sangakkara took a superb diving one-handed catch to remove Corey Anderson, he became the most successful ... Cricket: Sri Lanka salvage some pride as Black Caps fail to fireNew Zealand Herald Kumar Sangakkara sets new ODI dismissals record as Sri Lanka defeat New ...Sydney Morning Herald Sri Lanka beats New Zealand by 34 runs in last one day gameYahoo News Stuff.co.nz -TVNZ -Chandigarh Tribune all 287 news articles »
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