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Australian Naval Ship in the island (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
Australian Naval Ship HMAS 'Melbourne' arrived in Colombo on a goodwill visit, the Ministry of Defence announced today. Sri Lanka Navy accorded the visiting ship and its crew a traditional naval welcome. MORE...
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Lankan Tamil refugees urged to return home (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
Given the prevailing political situation in Sri Lanka, the time has come for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu to return home, said S. C. Chandrahasan, founder of the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) in India. MORE...
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20 injured in Dambulla bus accident (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
At least 20 persons were injured and hospitalized after a bus collided with a lorry on the Dambulla-Kekirawa road, this morning (30), the police said. MORE...
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Lokaya Saha Lokayo kites festival today (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
A kites festival organised by Derana Lokaya Saha Lokayo programme will be held at the Galle Face Green in Colombo this afternoon (30) from 2.00 p.m. onwards. MORE...
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Sun shines directly above Sri Lanka today (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
On the apparent southward relative motion of the sun, it is going to be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka during August 28 and September 7 in this year, Met. dept. says. MORE...
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UPFA coalition partners to form new alliance? (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's allies are planning to form a new opposition alliance, breaking away from President Maithripala Sirisena's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition, senior leftist leaders said on Saturday. MORE..
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Strict laws to stop use of polythene and asbestos - President (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
President Maithripala Sirisena says he would enforce strict laws from January 1, 2016 to prevent use of polythene which is a major threat to the environment and the health of the people. MORE..
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ITAK wants Opposition Leader post (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
The Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) today said that the party's Parliamentary Group Leader must thus be recognized as the Leader of the Opposition in accordance with Parliamentary practice and convention as they have now emerged as the largest political party in Opposition in Sri Lanka's Parliament. MORE..
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Former govt spent $6.5m to influence US (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
The former Sri Lankan government allegedly paid around US$6.5 million to a private equity fund manager over a five-month period in 2014 for consulting services which included influencing the U.S. government, according to documents obtained by Foreign Policy Magazine. MORE..
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Three sentenced to death for murdering 4 (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Three individuals found guilty of murdering four persons including two women in the Badulla area in 1990, have been sentenced to death by a court. MORE..
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Sri Lankan dies in NZ car crash (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
A Sri Lankan national has died in a two-car crash near Riversdale in Southland, New Zealand. MORE..
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10 injured after bus brakes fail (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Ten people have been injured after the brakes of the bus they were travelling in allegedly failed causing the vehicle to veer off the road and topple in the Ambawaka area on the Hali Ela-Welimada road in Badulla. MORE..
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Sri Lanka needs national plan for construction sector - President (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
President Maithripala Sirisena says that even though today's construction industry has been completely enriched with modern technology, when we utilize that knowledge in the local field of construction, we should combine it the expertise we developed in ancient times. MORE..
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Karunanidhi condemns US support to Sri Lankan domestic probe (Fri, 28 Aug 2015)
DMK chief Karunanidhi today condemned the US government's reported proposal for support to a domestic probe by Sri Lanka into alleged war crimes rather than going in for an international investigation. MORE..
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SLFP empowers President to decide on Ministers, posts (Fri, 28 Aug 2015)
The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today decided to authorize President Maithripala Sirisena, as the Chairman of the party, to appoint SLFP Ministers to the National Government as well as the Opposition Leader, Chief Opposition Whip and Deputy Speaker. MORE..
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Police launch probe into fake postage stamps (Fri, 28 Aug 2015)
Police today said that a special investigation has been launched regarding the counterfeit postage stamps found in more than 500 envelops at the Nittambuwa post office. MORE..
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Heavy rainfall and strong winds expected (Fri, 28 Aug 2015)
The Department of Meteorology says that due to the convergence of wind flows the possibility for rain over the southern parts of the country and over the sea areas off the southern coast is still very high. MORE..
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Water supply suspended due to oil contamination (Fri, 28 Aug 2015)
Water supply has been suspended to the Colombo Municipal Council, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Municipal Council, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council areas due to an oil contamination affecting the Kelani River. MORE..
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Yala National Park to be closed during September (Fri, 28 Aug 2015)
Sri Lanka's best known nature reserve, Yala National Park will be closed for the visitors during the month of September due to dry weather condition, the Department of Wildlife Resources Conservation said. MORE..
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PB Jayasundara questioned at SIU (Fri, 28 Aug 2015)
Sri Lanka's former Finance Ministry and Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara is currently being questioned by the Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU), the police spokesman said. 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

Suspect arrested for hunting deer in Wilpattu remanded (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
Puttalam Acting Magistrate Abdul Kader ordered the suspect who was arrested  in connection with hunting animals in Wilpattu National Park to be remanded until 1st of September. The remanded person is a resident of Eluwankulama area. Wildlife officers... Read More
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2 suspects arrested in connection with Nittambuwa bogus stamps incident (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
Police arrested 2 suspects yesterday in connection with the incident of finding fake stamps pasted on envelopes at Nittambuwa Post office. Police media spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara stated that the arrested suspects aged 31 and 34 are residents of Minuwangoda... Read More
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Foreign Affairs Ministry expects UN Human Rights Council to approve Sri Lanka’s domestic mechanism (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
The Foreign Ministry stated that they are confident that the domestic mechanism over the war in Sri Lanka will be accepted at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva next month. A spokesperson stated that the UNHRC is likely to adopt... Read More
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Invitation from President to UPFA party leaders (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
Leader of National Freedom Front MP Wimal Weerawansa stated that President Maithripala Sirisena has invited the coalition party leaders of UPFA for a meeting. Expressing his views with regard to the matter during a media briefing held at party headquarters... Read More
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Day Procession of Kandy Esala Perahera to parade streets this afternoon (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
The Day procession of the historical Kandy Esala Perahera will parade the streets at 2.14 this afternoon, marking the conclusion of the spectacular Esala Pageant. Accordingly, after conducting rituals to the deity at the Pillaiyar Kovil, the Day procession... Read More
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Turkey joins air strikes against Islamic State for the first time (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
Turkish warplanes have for the first time joined raids by the US-led coalition against Islamic State positions in Syria, after Washington urged Ankara to play a full role in the battle against the jihadists. Turkey, which had been accused of complacency... Read More
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3 killed as lorry topples in Bulathsinhala (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
2 females and the driver were killed as the lorry they were travelling in toppled near the Naaragala bridge in the Bulathsinhala area in Horana. Police stated that the deceased females were sisters aged 38 and 44 who were residents of Bulathsinhala.... Read More
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Documents regarding misappropriation of Rs. 13.2 million of state funds at former President’s Negombo meeting, to AG (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
The Presidential Commission to Investigate Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption stated that documents pertaining to the misuse of Rs. 13.2 Million of state funds will be forwarded to the Attorney General. Former Administrative Director of Parliament Lasil... Read More
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TNA says they deserve Opposition Leaders post as per Parliamentary traditions (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
The TNA says that as per Parliamentary traditions, they should be awarded the Opposition Leader post. Issuing a communiqué the TNA says that they have sufficient representation to hold the post of Opposition Leader as the UNP and UPFA are entering... Read More
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An alternative front from the Alliance apart from the SLFP (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
It is reported that certain factions of the SLFP and the UPFA will act as a separate front within parliament. Sources from the MEP under the leadership of Dinesh Gunawardana states that a decision will be taken as to how the party will function after... Read More
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Checking at Omanthai check point stopped (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Checking at the Vavuniya – Omanthai military checkpoint which was carried for a long period of time was completely stopped today. The Army stated that the decision was taken after considering the peaceful situation in the country. The Omanthai check... Read More
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The final Randoli Perahera of the historic Esala festival tonight (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
The final Randoli Perahera of the historic Esala festival, will parade the streets of Kandy tonight at the auspicious time of 7.58. The final Perahera will showcase many cultural dances and more than one hundred beautifully decorated elephants. The Esala... Read More
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Importation and local production of Asbestos will be completely banned from first of January 2018. (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
President Maithripala Sirisena states that importation and local production of Asbestos will be completely banned from 1st of January 2018. Asbestos is identified as one of the main causes of Cancer. The President made this comment addressing a ceremony... Read More
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Pujaras fighting ton holds India together (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Cheteshwar Pujara, previously out of the side to presumably accommodate a more forceful batsman and an extra bowler, scored his first Test century since the last month of 2013 to deny Sri Lanka clear advantage in the rain-hit SSC Test. He was helped... Read More
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Prime Minister commences gathering views from various groups on a new Constitution (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has commenced obtaining views from various groups with regard to the formulation of a new constitution. The Prime Minister had stated that the new constitution will be finalized within 6 months from the appointment... Read More
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11,000 Metric Tonnes of Paddy destroyed in Polonnaruwa (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Nearly 11,000 Metric Tonnes of paddy stored at 9 centres and 120 sub centres in Polonnaruwa have been destroyed due to pests. Societies in the area stated that the government’s failure to look in to the matter had resulted in this lost. Farmers... Read More
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Sun shines directly above Sri Lanka till the 7th of September (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
On the apparent southward relative motion of the sun, it is going to be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka during till the 07th of September. The nearest towns of Sri Lanka over which the sun is overhead today are Kandavalal, Nallur and Palaitivu.... Read More
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Tamilnadu opposes US for supporting a domestic mechanism in Sri Lanka (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Leader of DMK in India, M Karunanidhi condemned the US government’s reported proposal for support to a domestic probe by Sri Lanka into alleged war crimes rather than going in for an international investigation. Assistant US Secretary of State Nisha... Read More
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Thai police say suspect in Bangkok bombing arrested (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Police hunting for the perpetrators of Thailands deadliest bombing arrested a suspect today they said fit the description of a man identified on security cameras as leaving a rucksack at the site of the Aug 17th blast in Bangkok. Police raided an apartment... Read More
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UN warns of crisis of solidarity over migrant deaths (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
The UN has said much more is required to prevent the deaths of migrants fleeing to Europe after hundreds were reported dead in recent days. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a collective political response to avert a crisis of solidarity. He called... Read More
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Cannot be satisfied with a domestic investigation: International inquiry a must: says TNA (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
TNA Northern Provincial Councillor M. K. Shivajilingam stated that they cannot be satisfied with a domestic inquiry in to the alleged war crimes. He expressed these views addressing a media briefing held in Jaffna yesterday. However, Former Minister Mahinda... Read More
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Final Randoli Perahera in Kandy today: 3000 Police Officers on duty (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
The Final Randoli Perahera of the Sri Dalada Maligawa will parade the streets today. The Perahera rituals will conclude tomorrow morning with the Diya Kapeeme Mangalyaya. Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara stated that a 3000 strong Police... Read More
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Another issue for farmers who couldnt sell their paddy (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
The Paddy Marketing Board is now taking steps to provide bags to farmers for the purpose of collecting paddy for purchasing. Farmers alleged that the price of a bag had also increased from 40 to 60 Rupees. Read More
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President emphasizes on national policy for construction sector (Fri, 28 Aug 2015)
President Maithripala Sirisena said that a national policy is essential for the construction sector of the country. He stated this during the inaugural ceremony of the Construct 2015 exhibition held at the BMICH in Colombo today, and invited everyone... Read More
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The truth of Geetha Kumarasingha’s dual citizenship revealed (Fri, 28 Aug 2015)
Popular actress and MP elect from the Galle District Geetha Kumarasinghe says that she withdrew her Swiss citizenship before she handed over her nominations for the last General Election. She said that allegations made with regard to her dual citizenship... Read More
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Newsfirst Sirasa

Youth drowns in Panadura (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
A youth has drowned and disappeared after allegedly going to have a sea-bath in Panadura.The Police Media Unit said that the incident had occurred when four individuals had gone for  a sea-bath. The missing person is said to be a nineteen-year-old resident of the Devanandapara area in Panadura. The Navy has launched a search operation to […] The post Youth drowns in Panadura appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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New Goosebumps Trailer is Packed with Monsters! (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
A new Goosebumps international trailer has been released, thanks to Sony Pictures India (via /Film)! This one features even more Goosebumps monster mayhem from the October release. Directed by Rob Letterman, the big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine‘s classic YA books stars Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Jillian Bell and Ryan Lee. Upset […] The post New Goosebumps Trailer is Packed with Monsters! appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Committee appointed to formulate new constitution under National Govt (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
A committee has been appointed in order to formulate a new constitution under the National Government. Preliminary talks have been held to gather the opinions of specialists, political scientists, experts on draft laws and university academics of a number of parties with regard to the constitutional affairs of the country. When News1st contacted President’s Counsel Dr. […] The post Committee appointed to formulate new constitution under National Govt appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Lorry topples over Bulathsinhala hill (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
Three individuals have died after a lorry toppled over a hill near the Naragala bridge in Bulathsinhala. According to the police,  two women and the lorry driver have died following the accident. The accident had occurred on Saturday night as the lorry had purportedly attempted to make way for a three-wheeler that was travelling on the same road. The […] The post Lorry topples over Bulathsinhala hill appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Kelani River polluters to be identified (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
The Central Environmental Authority has decided to launch a survey into the waste and waste water that flows in the Kelani River. Chairman to the Authority, Professor Lal Dharmasiri stated that the survey will be carried ou with the assistance of a number of state institutions. He added that once those responsible for the pollution of […] The post Kelani River polluters to be identified appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Twenty hospitalised in Budugala after Sunday morning accident (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
Twenty individuals have been injured following an accident that occurred on the Dambulla -Kekirawa Main Road in the Budugala area. Police say that the accident had occurred on Sunday morning when a bus, that was travelling from Vavuniya to Colombo, had collided with a parked lorry. Police say that as a result, seven women and thirteen men have […] The post Twenty hospitalised in Budugala after Sunday morning accident appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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‘Sirasa Namami’ booklet handed over to Kandy devotees (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
A special booklet titled Sirasa Namami, that was prepared by News 1st for the Esala Festival of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy was presented to the devotees on Saturday August 29. Prior to being distributed among the devotees, copies of the booklet were presented to the Karaka Sabha member of the […] The post ‘Sirasa Namami’ booklet handed over to Kandy devotees appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Public concerned as authorities battle to flush out contaminants from Kelani River (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Although statements were made that the oil layer that contaminated the water in the Kelani River was removed, the general public are skeptical over these claims. Resident living in Kolonnawa, Kotte, Maligakanda, Dehiwala , Mutuwal and Mattakuliya areas that receive water from the Ambatale Water Treatment Plant were severely inconvenienced after the water from the […] The post Public concerned as authorities battle to flush out contaminants from Kelani River appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Weligama police officers assaulted (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Two police officers from Weligama have been attacked while they were attempting arrest a group of persons who were under the influence of alcohol and had allegedly caused damages to houses. Three persons under the influence of alcohol had allegedly caused damages to a house in Weligama on Saturday night. Two persons who were in the house at […] The post Weligama police officers assaulted appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Shops destroyed in Ampara blaze – state apathy playing with fire? (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
This video shows the destruction caused to 23 shops that were located along a 20-metre stretch of road on the Main Street in Ampara, by an inferno at around three on Saturday morning. This incident sends a very strong message as well. The fire that spread from shop to shop engulfed goods worth over Rupees 10M and turned them […] The post Shops destroyed in Ampara blaze – state apathy playing with fire? appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Sri Lanka vs India 3rd Test, day 3 Live: Herath frustrates India after Kaushal ... - Firstpost (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
Firstpost Sri Lanka vs India 3rd Test, day 3 Live: Herath frustrates India after Kaushal ... Firstpost Day 2 report: Opener Cheteshwar Pujara's sublime unbeaten 135-run knock helped India reach 292/8 at stumps on the second day of the third Test against hosts Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) here on Saturday. Rain forced early conclusion of ... India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test, Live Cricket Score: Ishant Takes Four, India ...NDTVSports.com Sri Lanka 47-5 at lunch day 3 of 3rd test vs. IndiaYahoo News Watch Day 3 India Vs. Sri Lanka Cricket Live Online: India Can Seal Victory In ...The Inquisitr International Business Times, India Edition -India Today -ABP Live all 501 news articles »
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India in control, reduce Lanka to 47/5 at lunch - The Hindu (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
The Hindu India in control, reduce Lanka to 47/5 at lunch The Hindu India were firmly in the driver's seat as they reduced Sri Lanka to 47/5 at lunch after the visiting batsmen put on 312 in their first innings on the third day of the third and final cricket Test on Sunday. Sri Lanka's slide, after facing a mere 18 ...
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Kiwi holiday for Italians ends in death of Sri Lankan father and dairy worker - Stuff.co.nz (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
Stuff.co.nz Kiwi holiday for Italians ends in death of Sri Lankan father and dairy worker Stuff.co.nz "Good bugger" Pradeep Edirisinghe,44, had lived in New Zealand for a decade working on dairy farms to support his wife and children at home in Sri Lanka. On Friday, their worlds collided – with horrific and fatal results that will be felt around the world. and more »
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Colombo rain hampers Sri Lanka charge - cricket.com.au (Fri, 28 Aug 2015)
cricket.com.au Colombo rain hampers Sri Lanka charge cricket.com.au Sri Lanka gave India a scare before bad weather washed out a major part of the opening day's play in the series-deciding third and final Test in Colombo on Friday. Just 15 overs were bowled in the 75 minutes of play possible before lunch, during which ... Sri Lanka take two on rain-hit dayESPNcricinfo.com 3rd Test, Day 1: Rain Prevents Further Play After Sri Lanka Rattle India Early onNDTVSports.com Watch 3rd Test, Day 2 Live: India vs Sri Lanka TV and Live Streaming InformationInternational Business Times, India Edition Cricbuzz -The Indian Express -Firstpost all 618 news articles »
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First informal meeting on Lanka on September 17 - Colombo Gazette (Sun, 30 Aug 2015)
Colombo Gazette First informal meeting on Lanka on September 17 Colombo Gazette An informal meeting will take place to gather support for Sri Lanka on the sidelines of the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council on September 17 at the UN building in Geneva. The United States last week set in motion an operation to seek support ... US Begins Operation To Defend Sri LankaSunday Leader UNHRC: US, Lanka adopt 'collaborative approach'The Sunday Times Sri Lanka Sri Lanka seeks shift from focus on human rightsBusiness Standard The New Indian Express -Colombo Page -The Indian Express all 47 news articles »
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Cheteshwar Pujara holds firm for India against Sri Lanka - Stuff.co.nz (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Cheteshwar Pujara holds firm for India against Sri Lanka Stuff.co.nz Cheteshwar Pujara recorded his seventh hundred and held India's innings together against an inspired spell of fast bowling by Dhammika Prasad on the second day of the third and final test against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Pujara, playing his first test ...
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US to Support Sri Lanka Plan to Investigate War Crimes - New York Times (Thu, 27 Aug 2015)
The Wire US to Support Sri Lanka Plan to Investigate War Crimes New York Times COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The United States will sponsor a resolution on Sri Lanka next month at the United Nations Human Rights Council backing Colombo's plans for reconciliation and to conduct an investigation into possible war crimes during the final ... Putinization Has Been Stopped but Sri Lanka Needs a New Ideological ProjectThe Wire Cricket star Kumar Sangakkara retires a hero in Sri Lanka, but his dad thinks ...Washington Post US Backs Sri Lanka Human Rights ProbeVoice of America Minneapolis Star Tribune -NDTVSports.com all 716 news articles »
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Fallout Of US-Sri Lanka Rapprochement - Sunday Leader (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Fallout Of US-Sri Lanka Rapprochement Sunday Leader Stand not too close to the rich man lest he grabs thee and not too far away lest he forgets thee' is the pragmatic maxim practiced by nations living in the shadows of big powers although the policy is not articulated in such terms. Sri Lanka is far ... and more »
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Cricket-Test Series Sri Lanka v India scoreboard - Reuters (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Cricket-Test Series Sri Lanka v India scoreboard Reuters Aug 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Scoreboard at stumps on the second day in the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and India on Saturday in Colombo, Sri Lanka India 1st innings (Overnight: 50-2) L. Rahul b Prasad 2 C. Pujara not out 135 A. Rahane lbw b ...
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Mahinda Rajapaksa's allies to form new Lanka opposition alliance - Economic Times (Sat, 29 Aug 2015)
Mahinda Rajapaksa's allies to form new Lanka opposition alliance Economic Times COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's allies are planning to form a new opposition alliance, breaking away from President Maithripala Sirisena's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition, senior leftist leaders said today. and more »
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