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Cricketers sign new contract - SLC (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The National cricketers have agreed to sign the SLC contract after the two parties reached a new deal over payments, Sri Lanka Cricket said a short while ago. MORE...
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VIDEO: Packer completely exempt from taxes - UNP (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The UNP today accused the government of granting complete tax exemptions for James Packer and Ravi Wjeratne. Speaking at a press conference UNP MP Harsha De Silva charged that the government has planned to completely exempted them from the 12% VAT and 2% M.B.T and in place only imposed a new 5% casino tax. MORE...
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Private bank in Moratuwa robbed; attempted robbery in Kirulapone foiled (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Two armed gunmen have robbed Rs. 777,000 million from a private bank in Rawathawatte a short while ago. The gunmen had arrived on a motorcycle and had committed the robbery after threatening the staff, Police added. MORE...
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Mathews to captain ODIs and Tests, Malinga for T20s (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Angelo Mathews has been appointed the Captain of the ODI and Test team while Lasith Malinga appointed the Captain of the T20 team. Lahiru Thirimanne has been named as the Vice Captain of the ODI, T20 and Test teams, SLC said a short while ago.
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Sending Lankans to Libya suspended - SLBFE (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Sending Lankan workers to Libya has been temporarily suspended due to the volatile situation in the country, the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) said today.
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Sri Lanka rupee steady in dull trade; stocks slip (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The Sri Lankan rupee traded steady on Wednesday as thin importer dollar demand was offset by exporter sales of the greenback. Dealers expect the local currency to remain stable until imports pick up sharply. MORE...
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UK tourist recounts ‘hellish’ time in Sri Lanka over tattoo (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
A 37-year-old British nurse recounted her “hellish” experience in Sri Lanka after she was arrested and sent to a deportation centre for sporting a Buddha tattoo deemed offensive by authorities. MORE...
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HC rejects Lankan refugee’s plea (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Madurai Bench of Madras High Court today rejected the plea of a Sri Lankan refugee, who claimed himself to be an Indian citizen, to quash the detention of his son under Foreigners Act 1946 and set him free. MORE...
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Kidney racketeers sent 21 victims to Sri Lanka, doctor sold kidneys to hospitals - report (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Indian police have found that the kidney racketeers, who had sent deceased victim Dinesh Maroo to Sri Lanka, had sent as many as 21 people from different parts of Andra Pradesh to Colombo for kidney surgeries in the last few months, Indian media reports. MORE...
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Boat trade ends and Sri Lanka now legal source of migrants to Aussie (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
Cooperation between Sri Lanka and Australia on fighting people-smuggling has reversed migration patterns, with thousands more Sri Lankans arriving as skilled workers while the flow of illegal boats from the South Asian nation, which peaked at tens of thousands, has now stopped. MORE...
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VIDEO: 10 coastal line trains to get delayed due to protest (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
Ten trains plying along the coastal railway line will be delayed due to the tense situation currently prevailing at the Colombo Fort Railway Station as a group of railway employees are blocking the railway track, the Railway Department said. MORE..
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VIDEO: We can topple or create govts - BBS (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Organisation can topple governments or create governments in Sri Lanka if it wants, BBS General Secretary Galaboda Atte Gnanasara Thero said today. However, he assured that the organization has no intention of toppling the ruling Rajapaksa government. MORE..
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VIDEO: Coastal line train services disrupted as workers block ‘Ruhunu Kumari’ (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
Railway substitute workers are currently obstructing the Ruhunu Kumari train, preventing it from leaving the Colombo Fort Railway Station, until their demands are met, the Railways Control Room said. MORE..
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Sri Lanka has achieved a lot after war ended - Korean envoy (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
South Korea says that the integration of former LTTE soldiers and the very swift return of internally displaced persons are two examples of the post-war progress that can be seen in Sri Lanka. MORE..
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UPDATE: Paul Farbrace resigns as Sri Lanka’s head coach (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka’s national coach Paul Farbrace has tendered his resignation in order to take up an appointment as the assistant coach of the England cricket team, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed today. MORE..
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VIDEO: Disciplinary action against Sanga, Mahela: Sumathipala slams ‘brainless’ move (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
(VIDEO) Launching a scathing attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket officials over a possible move to conduct a disciplinary inquiry on the country’s most senior cricketers, a former Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief today said it is a “foolish” decision taken by “brainless” officials. MORE..
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Sunil Wijeratne elected WPC Chairman (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
Sunil Wijeratne has been elected the Western Provincial Council chairman with a majority of 23 votes. Wijeratne managed to garner 60 votes while the opposition’s nominee George Perera managed to get 37 while 6 votes were rejected.
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Vaiko says DMK opponent dined with Rajapaksa (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
The NDA’s Virudhunagar candidate and MDMK chief Vaiko on Monday claimed that the DMK candidate for the same seat, S Rethinavelu, had links with the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for around a year. MORE..
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CB keeps rates steady at multiyear lows as expected (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka’s central bank kept policy rates steady at multiyear lows on Tuesday, as expected, and said it hopes for a rebound in private-sector credit growth from the second quarter after it slowed to 4.4 percent year-on-year in February from 5.2 percent a month earlier. MORE...
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Mahela, Sanga could face disciplinary action - report (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka’s senior players Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara could face disciplinary action over remarks they made on arriving in Colombo after winning the ICC World T20 title, according to SLC sources. MORE..
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Other English News

Casino Bill is against Constitution: Ven Sobitha (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
People's Movement for Social Justice Chairman the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera said today S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s Government in1956 closed the racecourse by banning horse racing in Colombo and replaced it with a university but this Government was going to start casinos which are much worse.
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Object found on Australian shore examined for link to flight MH370 (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Three pieces of debris washed up off the coast of Western Australia are being investigated to see if they could be wreckage from missing Malaysian flight MH370
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Fanatical Buddhism rides deriding true Buddhism : Another foreign tourist deported for Buddha tattoo on body (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 23.April.2014, 4.00PM) A British tourist who arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday (21) and who had on her right forearm tattooed the picture of Lord Buddha seated on a Lotus flower was deported yesterday...
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I am ready to give evidence before any international inquiry even in Geneva against the government -General Fonseka (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 23.April.2014, 4.00PM) Former Army Commander and present Democratic party leader Sarath Fonseka had stated that he is ready to give evidence before the international investigation that is to be conducted against....
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BBS leader Gnanassara gets automatic pistol from police field HQ: Officially not recorded (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 23.April.2014, 4.00PM) The SL criminal defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse had 21st Monday issued an automatic firearm and matching bullets in compliance with the request made in writing by Bebedhu Galagoda Aththe Gnanassara Thero, the leader of the Bodhu Bala...
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Cricket contracts finally resolved (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) issued a media release stating that the national players have agreed to accept a share of ten percent from the payments received by SLC from ICC events and that the players would sign the new contracts shortly
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Seylan bank robberies by face-covered motocyclists (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Seylan in Moratuwa was reported to have been robbed of Rs.700,000 by two people who arrived on a mot..
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Modi s rhetoric (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) prime ministerial aspirant, Narendra Modi, has vowed to rid the India..
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Extremist Sri Lankan Buddhist organization has no plans to topple the government (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka`s extremist Buddhist movement Bodu Baa Sena (BBS) said today that it had no plans to toppl..
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CAREFUL NPC PLAN TO REVIVE TERRORISM - Udaya Gammanpila (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The NGO National Peace Council`s game of supporting Tamil separatism and the pro LTTE diaspora under..
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Prospect of increased Korean investments in Sri Lanka (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
There is every possibility of increased Korean investments in Sri Lanka, said Korea s former Ministe..
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* Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka`s Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as its Monetary Board..
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UK tourist recounts `hellish` time in Sri Lanka over Buddha tattoo (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
A 37-year-old British nurse has recounted her `hellish` experience in Sri Lanka after she was arrest..
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* Coastal line train services disrupted in Sri Lanka as protesting workers block trains (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Protesting substitute workers of Sri Lanka Railways have blocked the southern coastal line trains le..
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A paper sin (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Asgiriya Maha Nayake, Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera, is reported to have sought Preside..
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BOTTLING PLANT: NOT A DROP TO DRINK (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
A massive racket involving the large scale marketing of contaminated bottled water was bared when a ..
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Philips resigns from SLC disciplinary committee (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Eminent lawyer Dinal Philips has resigned from the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) disciplinary committee with immediate effect, in response to an email sent by SLC asking the committee to probe the statements allegedly made by Mahela Jayawardene at a press conference at the Colombo Airport upon his arrival from Bangladesh after the ICC World T20 triumph.
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Gifted Australian ship due here tomorrow (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
An Australian Bay Class patrol boat that was gifted by the Australian government to the Sri Lankan government is scheduled to arrive at the Colombo Port tomorrow (24) morning, the navy said
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BBS, Ravana Balaya, NSC meet Mahanayake (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Members of the Bodu Bala Sena, Ravana Balaya and National Sangha Council today briefed Malwatta Chapter Mahanayake Ven Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera about the government remaining silent in the face of acts against Buddhism
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More bank robberies by face-covered motocyclists (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
A private bank in Moratuwa was reported to have been robbed of Rs.700,000 by two people who arrived on a motorcycle wearing face-covered helmets, police said.
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Angelo and Lasith to Captain ODI and T20 (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga have been appointed the Captains of the National ODI Cricket team and T20 team respectively until March 2015, the SLC announced
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UNP protest tomorrow over casino legislation (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
United National Party (UNP) MPs will hold a protest rally at the proposed site of the Crown Multi-Purpose Development Project at D. R. Wijewardene Mawatha in Colombo to show their opposition to the legislation, under which tax concessions are being granted to three major development projects
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Video: UNP protest tomorrow over casino legislation (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
United National Party (UNP) MPs will hold a protest rally at the proposed site of the Crown Multi-Purpose Development Project at D. R. Wijewardene Mawatha in Colombo to show their opposition to the legislation, under which tax concessions are being granted to three major development projects
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BBS surrounds Ministry building (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
A tense situation was prevailed when members of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrounded Minister Rishad Bathiudeen’s Ministry building in Kollupitiya claiming that Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera was hiding there
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SL suspend sending workers to Libya (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The government has decided to temporally suspend sending Sri Lankan workers to Libya due to poor working conditions there, the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau announced today
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Sri Lanka vehicle registrations up 4-pct in March, commercial vehicles weak (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka`s vehicle registrations rose 4 percent to 26,921 in March 2014 from a year earlier picking..
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MH370 could have landed elsewhere: reports (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The investigation team of missing MH370 may have been "looking in the wrong place" and the plane could have landed elsewhere, according to a report by the Malaysian New Straits Times, quoting investigation sources
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Madras HC rejects Lankan refugee's plea (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Madurai Bench of Madras High Court yesterday rejected the plea of a Sri Lankan refugee, who claimed himself to be an Indian citizen, to quash the detention of his son under Foreigners Act 1946 and set him free
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Sri Lankan government clarifies visa issue of BBC correspondent (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The Sri Lankan government dismissed `misleading `reports that the government did not extend BBC Sri ..
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Woman arrested for providing land in Northern Sri Lanka to LTTE operatives (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities have arrested a Tamil woman for providing land in the North t..
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British tourist with Buddha tattoo expelled (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
A British female tourist who had the image of the Buddha tattooed in her hand was arrested by the Ka..
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No room for extremism in Sri Lanka (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The Government says there is no room for extremism in the country and any attempt to promote extremi..
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NOT EGREGIOUS, BY EXAMPLE (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Pie throwing at British MPs is a fairly common pastime and so are the routines that have to do with ..
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Huge tax on sale of duty-free permits (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
A ten per cent tax will have to be paid when vehicles bought on duty-free permits are transferred, t..
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Kidney racketeers sent 21 victims to SL (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The city police has found that the kidney racketeers, who had sent deceased victim Dinesh Maroo to Sri Lanka, had sent as many as 21 people from different parts of AP to Colombo for kidney surgeries in the last few months
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Players fire another salvo at SLC (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The chaotic situation at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) reached crisis proportions yesterday, just a fortnight ahead of a near-two-month full tour of England as the country’s national players who are rebelling against the establishment delivered another decisive blow
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Boat trade ends and SL now legal source of migrants (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Co-operation between Sri Lanka and Australia on fighting people-smuggling has reversed migration patterns, with thousands more Sri Lankans arriving as skilled workers while the flow of illegal boats from the South Asian nation, which peaked at tens of thousands, has now stopped
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Dear President...! An open letter to President Rajapaksa (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
(Lanka-e-News-22.April.2014, 11.30PM -By Sunanda Deshapriya) I am writing this letter to you, form the same flat, same room, with a computer placed on the same table you were sitting at, discussing a pending visit...
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Several SL aircrafts banned from entry into air space of European countries –economic sanction in disguise ? (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
(Lanka-e-News -22.April.2014, 10.PM) A number of planes belonging to the Sri Lankan (SL) aviation service have been declared as not airworthy and a number of European countries have therefore banned their use of the air space of those countries, according reports reaching Lanka e news. The reason...
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Mahela and SLC spat leads to heated email exchange (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
The Mahela Jayawardene-Kumar Sangakkara T20 International retirement issue which has been reverberating since last month, entered another phase as the media reported yesterday that the SLC Ex-co has decided to refer the matter to its independent disciplinary committee...
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Don’t make Colombo a Chicago or a Bangkok: NSC (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
National Sangha Council (NSC) while protesting against the new casino bill which was to be presented in Parliament this week today urged the Government not to make Colombo a Chicago or a Bangkok city.
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Trains on coastal line back on track (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
The trains on the coastal line were now operating as usual after the protesting Railway workers were dispersed by the Police, the Railways Department said this evening
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Bangladeshis using SL as transit hub to Europe (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
Forty one Bangladeshis were arrested from Fort and Maradana areas by the Immigration and Emigration Department on allegations that they were part of a large scale human smuggling racket.
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15 southern trains delayed due to strike (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
At least 15 trains along the coastal line were delayed due to the ongoing picket by the casual workers of Sri Lanka Railways at the Fort Railway Station, the Railway Control Room said
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Trains waiting for TU signal (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
Trains originating from the Colombo Fort Railway station including the Ruhunu Kumari have been delayed due to a protest by the casual workers of Sri Lanka Railways
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Mangala urges removal of MR as C’wealth Chair (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said today the Hambantota incident was further evidence of the violation of the Commonwealth Charter and urged Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma to remove President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the post of Commonwealth Chairman
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Video: Mangala urges removal of MR as C’wealth Chair (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said today the Hambantota incident was further evidence of the violation of the Commonwealth Charter and urged Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma to remove President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the post of Commonwealth Chairman
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Paul Farbrace resigns (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
The Sri Lanka National Cricket Coach Paul Farbrace has tendered his resignation and has indicated to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) of his unavailability to continue with SLC with immediate effect in order to take up an appointment with the England Cricket Board (ECB), the SLC confirmed on Tuesday
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Khuram murder: Police distorted statement, says Manageress (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
In a startling revelation the main witness in the murder of British aid worker Khuram Shaikh, the Hotel Manageress, said that the Tangalle Police had completely distorted what she had said in her First Information Report to the Police on December 21, 2011.
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Tense situation at Mahiyangana PS meeting (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
A tense situation prevailed outside the Mahiyangana Pradeshiya Sabha this morning, when Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera visited the Sabha where he was to address the gathering.
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Newsfirst Sirasa

Preity Zinta least wealthy among IPL team owners (Photos) (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Bollywood actor Preity Zinta, who is the most prominent and significant shareholder in the Kings XI Punjab cricket team, is the least wealthy among the eight team owners in the Indian Premier League (IPL) according to Wealth-X, which tracks ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Ms Zinta’s estimated net worth of $30 million, or Rs. 183 crore (at 61 […] The post Preity Zinta least wealthy among IPL team owners (Photos) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Rising interest in robbing banks – two attempts in one day (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Several reports of banks and finance companies being robbed were received on several prior occasions. Similarly, a private bank in Moratuwa was robbed while an attempted robbery on a private bank in Kirulopane was foiled on Wednesday evening.Two persons on a motorcycle with full-faced helmets had arrived at the private bank in the Moratuwa area. […] The post Rising interest in robbing banks – two attempts in one day appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Khuram Shaikh murder: Witness appears before court (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The case pertaining to the murder of British National Khuram Shaikh and the gang-rape of his girl friend, Victoria Alexandrovna was taken up in court on Wednesday. The Manager of the Hotel where the incident occurred, R. B Ranga Peiris appeared as a witness before Colombo High Court Justice Rohini Walgama. Responding to the cross […] The post Khuram Shaikh murder: Witness appears before court appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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National cricketers have accepted conditons of annual contracts – SLC (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Issuing a communique on Wednesday, Sri Lanka Cricket announced that the national cricketers have accepted the conditions of the annual contract and have agreed to sign their contracts in due course. Attempts made by Sports1st to contact Skipper Angelo Mathews for a reaction, proved futile. Issuing a communique, SLC said the Executive Committee of Sri […] The post National cricketers have accepted conditons of annual contracts – SLC appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Around the World team members attend new year celebrations in Italy (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
The Around the World team that is in Italy got the opportunity to attend the new year celebrations organised by the Sri Lankan embassy in Italy. The team which consists of members from news1st and Sri Lanka Youth is due to return to the country on May 5, after travelling around the world, spreading the message […] The post Around the World team members attend new year celebrations in Italy appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Kidney racket update: Team of Indian detectives to arrive (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Commissioner of Police in Hyderabad in India’s Andhra Pradesh, says that a team of detectives from the Hyderabad Central Crimes Station Police will visit Sri Lanka in the near future to investigate a suspected organ-trafficking racket. Speaking to News1st, Anurag Sharma said this step was being taken in line with information that came to light […] The post Kidney racket update: Team of Indian detectives to arrive appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Govt. thinks that brainless fools live in this country: Harsha de Silva (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Views were expressed on the so-called ‘Casino Bill’ at separate media briefings convened on Wednesday. Leader of National Unity Front, Azad Sally speaking on the subject said: “In the gazette notice presented prior to this they removed the word “casino” and granted a ten-year tax holiday. The government that is supposed to put a full-stop […] The post Govt. thinks that brainless fools live in this country: Harsha de Silva appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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SLC says Sangakkara, Mahela not included in SL tour of Ireland (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene , Lasith Malinga and T.M. Dilshan have not been included in the Sri Lankan tour of Ireland beginning on May 6, says Sri Lanka Cricket.   Players for Sri Lanka’s Tour of Ireland 2014 according to SLC. Angelo Mathews (Captain) Kusal Janith Upul Tharanga Lahiru Thirimanne (V.Captain) Dinesh Chandimal Ashan Priyanjana Kithruwan […] The post SLC says Sangakkara, Mahela not included in SL tour of Ireland appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Twitter releases new Facebook-like redesigned profile (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Twitter on Tuesday announced the global roll-out of its Facebook-like profile redesign, which first began gradually rolling out earlier this month. The announcement came via Twitter’s official blog post, as well as through personalised emails sent to users. The blog post said, “Introducing new Twitter web profiles. Now you can add a larger profile photo. […] The post Twitter releases new Facebook-like redesigned profile appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Armed men enter Moratuwa bank (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Armed men robbed a private bank in the Moratuwa area. The Police Media Unit said that the thieves made off with more than Rs.700,000 in cash. Operations are currently underway to apprehend the suspects. The post Armed men enter Moratuwa bank appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Gossip Lanka News

South Korean ferry sinking (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)

  About  290 passengers missing ....  after South Korean  vessel sinks News of the death of 2 passengers and about 250 gone missing was reported early this morning as a result of a South Korean vessel sunk in the ocean. The passenger ferry Seoul which was travelling to Jeju Islands from Ansan in South Korea had sunk in the extremely cold region in Yellow Sea. There were 325 male and female school-children travelling on an educational trip and it is learnt that the entire number of passengers including teachers and parents were estimated to be 459. The ferry had commenced journey yesterday (15) Tuesday around 9.30 in the night and the accident had happened at approximately 9 in the morning today (16). The reason for the tragedy is still not clear. What a student who escaped death said was that a sudden blast was heard and on inquiry it was found that the ferry was sinking. Seeing it sinking, the school-children had promptly got into their life-saving attire and jumped out from the vessel and later boarded rescue boats and rescue aircrafts arriving at this emergency situation. However, it is understood that so far, they had been able to save the lives of only 164 passengers. It is reported that during the lapse of time occuring in the process of the arrival of rescue-workers, a large crowd of passengers had gone missing and rescue operations are still underway. South Korean authorities have already confirmed that by now 2 passengers on board the vessel have died. It was reported that one of them is a female aged 27 years while the other is a male whose details are not much known. What South Korean authorities say is that another crowd of passengers close upon 290 are not to be found. By now, in order to save the other passengers, the Navy, coastal security, civil vessels and 18 helicopters have been utilised in rescue-work. What can be seen of the sunk passenger vessel which weighs 6800 tons by now is only a part on the surface of the ocean. At this time the temperature of the waters in this sea region is 12 degrees Centigrade and as the water is extremely cold, suspicions have been aroused as to whether the passengers had fallen into the sea from the ferry have died because of the cold.
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I am an unlucky guy -- Malinga (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)

I didn't have the luck   If I had .... I would have been captain before this     -- Lasith Malinga Sri Lankan cricket player Lasith Malinga who gave an interview to a weekend newspaper in the recent past had mentioned that he is a player who doesn't believe in luck. Though he was the vice captain under Matthews, he says that later when that captaincy was changed, he was not given the captainship and instead it was bestowed on Chandimal .... and under such circumstances it was an unlucky occasion for him. *Some people say that you are a lucky person ... some say that you are a capable person. What do you say .... do you say that you got all this due to your luck or skill?  I don't believe in this thing called luck. When Mahela Jayawardena stepped down from T20 captaincy in 2012, Matthews was captain and I was the vice captain. It was an appointment given by the Cricket Board for 1 year. Under Matthew' leadership we were able to win 2 matches in Australia. Even at tat time we were we were the No. 1 T20 team. After coming to Sri Lanka, Angelo Matthews was removed from T20 captainship and had been appointed captain of Tests and One-day matches. Then Chandimal was brought in as the captain of T20 matches.I don't know the reason why Chandimal was appointed as captain when I was the vice captain then. I think that I was made the captain too late when considering the experience I gained at T20 matches and abilities displayed by me. That's why I always think that I am a player who came to the team more than the luck ... because of my skill. If I had the luck, I would have got many more things. I have not got any of those things before this. It was because of my skills that I went for the IPL too. *if you are given the captainship in the future also, will you take it up?  yes. When I went for the Tournament, I was the vice captain. Dinesh Chandimal was the captain of T20 for one-half years.Unfortunately, he was forbidden from the England tour. Because of this, I was appointed as captain. After that it was decided that Dinesh Chandimal be removed and keep me on a continuous basis. So ... what I think is that in the future I will be the captain for T20s. If they tell me that a younger player would be considered for captainship ... I'll hand over the captainship and go way. I am not a player who went running behind captainship. I play and I played for my country.Friends spoke to me about me. Nobody focused on my skills and abilities. People judged me on my tinting my hair ... my wearing ear studs. In the past, allegations were aimed at me saying that I was not playing for my country. I am not sad about all that. Narration -- Vichitra Weerasongha
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Pajero beef delivery service at Hambantota (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)

  New racket of transporting cattle by ....  Pajero A gang transporting cattle for illicit purposes who knew that transporting such cattle without a permit would end up in police had used the strategy of averting it by by using a Pajero for this purpose. This incident was reported from Hambantota. The racket where cattle slaughtered illegally at the abattoir belonging to the Hambantota municipal council were transported to Colombo to sell them and this racket had been going on for sometime. As a result of a telephone call received by Hambantota Mayor early this morning around 5, and after checking on the information, the said abattoir was raided with 2 suspects being nabbed together with a luxury-type Pajero jeep. The sight of a large heap of cattle flesh on the rear seat of the said vehicle was indeed a horrible scene. police said that flesh of 4 cattle meant for transportation were observed there. When the raid was being conducted, 2 other suspects had fled the scene and it was found that the suspects who were taken into custody were residents of Bandaragama area and it was revealed that an attempt had been taken to transport this cattle flesh in an illegal manner to be cooked for a wedding function. Hambantota police are making investigations to arrest the suspects who had fled and the other suspects are to be produced in courts.          
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J'Pura female Medical student commits suicide at Wellawatta (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)

  Jayawardenepura Medical student commits suicide ...  by jumping in front of train not being able to bear lost love Last afternoon at about 1 o'clock, a young girl who was staying near the railway station near Ramakrishna Road, Wellawatta had committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train. On inquiries made, it was found that the deceased was Kavindi Yashoda Jayawardena, a 22 year old undergraduate of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura and a Medical student in her 2nd Year. Her parents too happen to be doctors serving at Colombo Lady Ridgeway Hospital. Nobody ever thought that this girl who was living down Epitamulla Road, Pita Kotte would come to this spot and commit a tragedy of this nature. She had jumped in front of a train which was travelling from Matara to Anuradhapura around Wellawatta area at about 1.10 in the afternoon. Her body was totally crushed and death was spontaneous. Police suspect that the reason for suicide was her sorrow over her broken love affair. Police also said that investigations are being conducted to check the last telephone calls she had received on her mobile phone. The post-mortem is to be held on Saturday at Kalubowila Hospital.
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Home-based treasure-mining at Anuradhapura (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)

  A pit dug in middle of hall in house.. because exorcist instructed so A person who had tried to dig a pit 12 feet deep in search of a treasure in the middle of a hall in the house in Thavarakkulama area in Anuradhapura was caught by the police. This person had been engaged in business for some time. However, later he had gone bankrupt and being destitute had thought of becoming rich through supernatural means when an exorcist had told him that there is a treasure beneath the earth in the house. Since the exorcist told him that there is a treasure beneath the earth in the house in the hall after checking from an oracle; after which the house-owner had decided to take positive action. The exorcist had suggested that when a casket containing gold, jewels and gems in the earth below in the house is available, there is nothing more to think of developing the business and that the treasure has come close to him ... so, it could be taken.As such, the said house-owner had gone about digging a pit 12 feet deep in the centre of the hall in the house ... most surreptiously. However, at the beginning, nothing had been found. The exorcist had then suggested that another 15 feet tunnel be dug in the same pit, thus leading the house-owner astray.Accordingly, he had taken steps to dig another 15 feet across,within the pit. In the meantime, the exorcist had slowly kept a small Buddha statue and a fake gemstone inside the tunnel, thus cheating the house-owner.The latter had not given up, thinking to himself that the treasure was close at hand. Neighbours began to sniff that some weird activity was taking place within this house and it was then that the Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of the area received the message regarding this activity. When police arrived on the scene, a plank had been placed on top of the pit and already dug in order to cover it while a mat was placed on top and the wife of the businessman was sleeping on the mat to give the impression that she was sick. When the police questioned her about a pit being dug, she pretended not to know anything about it and when they removed the mat, the pit was to be seen. Even at that moment, both the house-owner and the exorcist had been inside the pit. It was reported that every time the pit was being dug, the earth and soil removed was put into a cover and heaped up in a room ad later it was taken in a lorry to another spot. After the police raid, the exorcist, the house-owner and the owner of the lorry concerned were taken into police custody. Court action is to be taken in future. Video related to the incident, from BELOW
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Unfortunate death of mother in Badulla (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)

  Pregnant woman dies .... because hospital staff was watching cricket match The husband of a 32 year old woman who died after being admitted to Badulla General Hospital for delivering her baby had complained to the Director of the hospital and Badulla police saying that her death was due to negligence on the part of the staff at the ward concerned. While the Sri Lanka - England cricket match played last 27th was a great moment for Sri Lanka, members of the staff who were engrossed on the match had failed to attend to this patient who was in a serious condition and as a result she had died unfortunately ; husband of the deceased complained. The deceased in this instance is Mrs. Pradeepika Nilanthi, a resident of Rubberwaththa division in Landewela, Udakohowila. Though her baby has been born as a normal child, it is revealed from initial evidence that nobody had cared to attend to the mother at the time the child was born. While the mother died as a result of the incident, the Infant Unit in the hospital, the child is in a serious condition. This is what husband Senaka of the deceased had to say: "I am employed as a baas. I went to hospital after work. She was simply lying on a bed. Though she was in a serious condition, nobody cared to attend to her. When I asked from the nurse, she said, "That's the way ... patients get serious ... w'll look after her". I then went near my wife and had a look ... she was bleeding like water from a tap. I then removed the sheet. The nurse once again said, "Such situations are like that .... we'll look after .." and she asked me to leave. When I went in the morning, my wife was not to be seen. I wasn't even told where the patient was. They were not aware. Only later I came to know that my wife was dead. The body was at the mortuary. When I met the doctor, what he said was hat she had had a heart attack and died because of pressure. But she had nothing of that sort .... she was quite alright. I came to know from two people who were near the mortuary that they had not paid attention to my wife. They had been watching the match that night. Her life could have been saved if attention had been paid at the time I told them. But they  haven't done so. I told the police that I have a suspicion about the death. The baby is still in a serious state. It was informed that the baby was born under normal conditions.Nobody had paid attention .... she had bled profusely that time and finally died". Further investigations are being conducted in this relation. Information -- Palitha Ariyawansha of Badulla
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Good-hearted foreigner dies after suffering from shocking scene (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)

  Good-hearted foreigner dies of heart attack.... shocked from vehicle accident caused by him A foreigner, who having seen an accident committed by him and was subjected t a heart attack, passed away today in Puttalam. When this foreigner was driving his cab in Puttalam a person had got knocked down by his vehicle, and on seeing the accident had got down from his vehicle and had proceeded to investigate the incident when he had suffered a heart attack. It was Nicholas Alan Tone (65), an Englishman who had been serving as a Veterinary Surgeon affiliated to an NGO. He had received his citizenship in Sri Lanka. This accident has taken place near the Puttalam depot belonging to the CTB on the Puttalam-Kurunegala route during morning hours of 29th. Nicholas who has passed away is supposed to be a member of an NGO. A person who was waiting at the bus-halt opposite the Puttalam depot had got knocked down by the cab of this foreigner. Though the victim received some injuries, no harm was done to his life.The foreigner had alighted from his cab having gone to check to the spot to inquire about the accident; as soon as he set his eyes on the person who had got knocked down on the ground; he had suffered from a heart attack. People who were at the site there had promptly taken the person who sustained injuries in the accident and the foreigner who suffered the heart attack admitted to Puttalam Base Hospital. Doctors who attended on both casualties had said that the foreigner had passed away. The casualty who suffered injuries from the accident is prsent undergoing treatment at Puttalam Base Hospital. Report -- Jude Samantha
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Woman harassment attempt fail in Puttalam (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)

  Rapist who tried to rape girl after removing her clothes ... falls into pit ...  and in hospital A notorious sex rapist who had abducted a young girl in Palaviya area in Puttalam and was about to rape her, had fallen into a deep pit and subsequently admitted to Puttalam Base Hospital having received injuries. The incident has taken place in Ruwanpura area in Palaviya, Puttalam last 27th at approximately 7.oo in the night. The victim is a 21 year old girl living in Palaviya and had been serving at a private communication institute in the town of Puttalam. She had finished her work and as usual going home when 3 persons who had come in a three-wheeler had abducted her at Palaviya, Nagavilluwa area. The suspect who had taken her to a lonely plot of land had then removed her clothing. Later, when forcibly trying to take her to a land closeby, the main suspect had fallen into a deep pit in the land. At that point, one of his legs had been fractured. The girl who then made use of this opportunity had feed herself and had taken steps to inform neighbours in the surrounding area, after which the suspect was cornered.As the suspect's leg was incapacitated, he was admitted to Puttalam Base Hospital. When under treatment under police protection, relevant information about the suspect was submitted to courts by the police. Mr. Ranga Dissanayaka, District Judge, Puttalam ordered that the suspect be remanded until 9th of next month. Police said that 2 more suspects connected to the crime are to be taken into custody. At present, the aforementioned suspect is undergoing treatment at Puttalam Base Hospital under security of prison guards. Police also said that 5 other rape cases are pending against this suspect at Puttalam courts. Inspector of Police, Mr. Kumarasingha of Puttalam Police Criminal Offences Unit and other offcers are conducting further inquiries. Puttalam --Jude Samantha
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Paba reveals her second marriage (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)

    Someone burned from a firebrand ...    is scared of the light of a firefly !   But I am once more in a romance                                                 -- Upeksha Upeksha Swarnamali got involved in a love story sometime back. He is a businessman. She is going to marry him soon.   Upeksha is hoping to appear as a candidate at the next election too. If she loses in that election, she has an idea of leaving politics.These details she exposed to a weekend newspaper. The dialogue is as follows: *How are your political activities?    Carrying on well. I think ... than in the past year ... this year it'll be possible to see a progress in political activities. I have been able to serve the people in the area from the money I have got as a member of parliament as well as from resources of my own Foundation. I give prominence to women and children. I am also hoping to bring in an amendment to the Act related to domestic harassment and to strengthen the Act. In programmes that will be carried out by my Foundation, I'll be launching several programmes targeting the youth. I am working in that respect hand in hand with the Tharuna Seva Sabhava. *Is it difficult to engage in political affairs and the Field of Arts, both?   No ... I don't feel any difficulty that way. There are so many among us who do politics while engaged in occupations such as Medicine, Law. It's in that manner that I engage in acting as well as politics. Somehow or other I find time to engage in both these occupations. Because of the Arts, I have got the opportunity of getting close to the public; speak to them across that medium. That's a big opportunity I got in my life ... it's like a bonus. Because of that I get the cordiality of the audience, everyday.  *Do you hope to engage in politics in the future ... continuously?  I'll definitely be contesting for the next General Elections. It's only after that that I'll be deciding whether to remain right along in politics or not. In the future .... whether I'll remain in politics or not will be decided according to the manner in which my private life goes on. *What do you think about the place or position you are now in?  Actually ... I am now in a position which I never thought of being in today. I never dreamt that I'd have to experience this much when I am 29 years old. According to my fate ... I got the opportunity of becoming a member of parliament. I myself am surprised about the position I am in now. *There's news that you are once again involved in a romance.  Yes .... it's true. *Who is he?  He's a businessman. We came to know each other recently. He's a good person. So far we have had no problems over our relationship.     *Don't you feel a bit of a fear of once again getting involved in a romance?  Not a bit of a fear .... a big fear. It's said no, that a person who was burned from a firebrand is even scared of the light of a firefly. As such, when I started this affair, I felt a fear. Even today I have a sort of doubt. When we met each other and when he asked whether I can get close to his life .... I took quite a number of days to answer that. I inquired about him. I liked him because I found out that he was a good person.     *Are you going to get married soon?     No .... a date for marriage has still not been decided. Discussion -- Gamini Susantha
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UFO attack in Colombo (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)

     Alien attack on....            Bhathiya-Santhush News of popular Sri Lankan singing duo, Bhathiya-Santhush with Umariya being subjected to a UFO attack in Moratuwa has been reported. This creation is about a prediction of an attack by aliens in the year 2575 on Colombo which has been embedded in a music video. This latest music video by Bhathiya-Santhush which comes to light after a long period of time as 'Lassana Desa' has been created for a promotion purpose of the film Pravegaya. Technical methodology in western film production has been made use of in the production of this video while visual effects, background creations, computer creative finish, 4K recording technology, red camera, realistic lighting system and various other techniques have been employed. Recordings of the video has been done at various locations in Piliyandala and Moratuwa areas and also in a studio. The music video and a collection of photos taken during the process of creation of this video, from BELOW
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Sri Lanka to deport British woman over tattoo - CBS News (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
CBS News Sri Lanka to deport British woman over tattoo CBS News British tourist Naomi Coleman poses for a photograph to display a tattoo of the Buddha on her upper arm, after she was arrested at Sri Lanka's main international airport and later ordered with deportation for having a tattoo of the Buddha, in Colombo ... Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri LankaNPR (blog) Sri Lanka to deport British tourist over Buddha tattooThe Guardian Sri Lanka to deport Buddha tattoo British womanBBC News Sydney Morning Herald -TIME -ABC News all 246 news articles »
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Farbrace quits as Sri Lanka coach - ESPNcricinfo.com (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
ESPNcricinfo.com Farbrace quits as Sri Lanka coach ESPNcricinfo.com I believe with Vassy + Ruwan, it's a very well rounded coaching unit and all three played their cricket with Santh (+ the other selectors)...so it should be easy to work as a team and do what's best for Sri Lankan cricket. Not sure why the ... England lure Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace homeIndian Express Paul Farbrace named England assistant coachBBC Sport Paul Farbrace quits Sri Lanka and set for England coaching appointmentThe Guardian Sydney Morning Herald -Telegraph.co.uk -Aljazeera.com all 337 news articles »
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A tattoo of the Buddha gets you thrown out of Sri Lanka - Washington Post (blog) (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Washington Post (blog) A tattoo of the Buddha gets you thrown out of Sri Lanka Washington Post (blog) A British woman, identified in media reports as Naomi Coleman, a 37-year-old nurse, was arrested Monday and sent to a deportation center soon after arriving in Sri Lanka. The reason? A taxi driver and plain clothes police officer spotted the tattoo on ...
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Sri Lanka First in South Asia to Access Innovative World Bank Disaster Risk ... - World Bank Group (Thu, 24 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka First in South Asia to Access Innovative World Bank Disaster Risk ... World Bank Group WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 - Sri Lanka today became the first South Asian country to access an innovative form of World Bank financing that provides immediate payouts after a major catastrophe such as a tsunami, cyclone or flood. Approved by the World ...
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Buddha tattoo gets British tourist deported from Sri Lanka - New York Daily News (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
New York Daily News Buddha tattoo gets British tourist deported from Sri Lanka New York Daily News Buddha tattoo gets British tourist deported from Sri Lanka. A taxi driver spotted Naomi Coleman's Buddha tattoo soon after she arrived at the Colombo airport. The 37-year-old was thrown into an immigration detention camp and is slated for deportation.
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Chaos threatens to engulf SL again - ESPNcricinfo.com (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
ESPNcricinfo.com Chaos threatens to engulf SL again ESPNcricinfo.com For almost 18 years, there was hardly a better time to be a Sri Lanka cricket fan than the past two weeks. The WT20 party hurtled seamlessly into the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in one uninterrupted sequence of exploding firecrackers, and the nation ...
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British woman deported from Sri Lanka because of 'insulting' Buddha tattoo - Daily Mail (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
British woman deported from Sri Lanka because of 'insulting' Buddha tattoo Daily Mail In February 2013 a tourist from Netherlands was arrested by police in Kandy, central Sri Lanka, for having a large tattoo of Buddha prominently on her back, Gossip Lanka News reported. She was fined and released after saying that she had not intended ...
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Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute - SBS (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Indian Express Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute SBS COLOMBO (Reuters) - The pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and its 13 contracted players ended on Wednesday when the latter agreed to accept 10 percent of the participation fees from ICC and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) events. Source. Reuters. Lasith Malinga named Sri Lanka T20 captainIndian Express Malinga named Sri Lanka T20 captainReuters UK News, 13 hours ago Malinga made Sri Lanka T20 captainInternational Cricket Council The West Australian all 92 news articles »
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British tourist deported from Sri Lanka for having a Buddha tattoo - The Independent (Tue, 22 Apr 2014)
British tourist deported from Sri Lanka for having a Buddha tattoo The Independent Her arrest follows a ban imposed in 2011 by Thailand's Culture Ministry which ruled that foreign tourists in Sri Lanka should be barred from getting tattoos of Buddha. A Sri Lankan sweeper cleans in front of a Buddha statue in Colombo, the city where ...
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Sri Lanka to expel tourist with Buddha tattoo - Aljazeera.com (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
Aljazeera.com Sri Lanka to expel tourist with Buddha tattoo Aljazeera.com Sri Lanka, a majority Buddhist nation, is highly sensitive to perceived insults to the religion. The country barred another British tourist from entering the island in March last year for showing "disrespect" to Buddhism by having a Buddha tattooed on ...
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