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Tea pluckers hospitalised after wasp attack (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
A group of over 20 tea pluckers have been attacked by a swarm of wasps in the Dikoya-Menikwatta area in Hatton today while 8 women have been admitted to the Dikoya Base Hospital with injuries following the incident. MORE..
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VIDEO: Hambantota incident orchestrated by father-son duo - Fonseka (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Former Army Commander and Leader of the Democratic Party (DP), Sarath Fonseka, today said that they were not surprised by the recent attack on UNP Parliamentarians in Hambantota as his party had faced similar situations while campaigning for provincial polls in the “uncleared area”. MORE..
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Committed to finding solution to fishermen issue - Rahul Gandhi (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the Congress-led UPA Government is aware of the problems faced by Indian fishermen with Sri Lanka and that it is committed to finding a solution “as soon as possible.” MORE..
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Malaysia should capitalise on good relations with Sri Lanka - envoy (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka offers immense opportunities for Malaysian investors, especially in infrastructure development, and Malaysia should capitalise on its good bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka to have a bigger presence in the country, Malaysia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Azmi Zainuddin said. MORE..
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Saudi Arabia mulls helpline for domestic workers (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
The Saudi Arabian government has proposed the launching of a hotline on which domestic workers, more often expatriates, can lodge complaints. The helpline facility will be available in eight languages, an official said. MORE..
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VIDEO: Students injured after bus collides with car (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Four persons including three students were wounded after a bus transporting school children collided with a car near the Bandarawela Central College this morning. MORE..
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Suspect arrested with revolver and ammo (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
A suspect has been arrested for the possession of a foreign-manufactured revolver and ammunition in the Polathumodara area in Weligama, police said. MORE..
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Ceding Katchathivu root cause of TN fishermen woes - Jayalalithaa (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Launching a blistering attack on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, AIADMK supreme and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said the root cause of the problems and hardships faced by Tamil Nadu fishermen was the ceding of Katchathivu to Sri Lanka by former prime minister Indira Gandhi through the accords signed in 1974 and 1976. MORE..
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Over 1,700 drunk drivers nabbed within 20 days (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka Police have arrested and charged more than 1,700 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol during a special island-wide operation carried out within the past 20 days, with the aim of curbing road accidents during the festive season. MORE..
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VIDEO: Three more gazettes to build tax-free casinos - JVP (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
The JVP today accused the government of attempting to legalise gambling in the country by once again tabling 3 gazettes in the Parliament related to the establishing of casinos and pushing for tax exemptions on them. MORE..
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8-hour water cut in parts of Colombo (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
The National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) says that the water supply to several parts of Colombo will be temporarily suspended from 3.00pm to 11.00pm tomorrow (April 21) due to pipeline repairs. MORE..
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Pakistani military delegation to visit Sri Lanka (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
A 21-member delegation of the National Defence University (NDU) Pakistan, headed by Major General Noel Israel Khokhar, is scheduled to be arriving in Sri Lanka tomorrow (21, April, 2014) on a weeklong visit. MORE..
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Indians held with Walla Patta worth over Rs 38m (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
Two Indian national have been arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake for attempting to smuggle a large haul of ‘Walla Patta’ herb out of the country this morning, an official said. MORE..
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Fire breaks out at polythene factory in Homagama (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
A major fire has broken out at a polythene manufacturing factory in the Katuwana Industrial Park, Homagama this morning. The Police Spokesman’s Office stated that the fire had erupted at around 10.15am today and that it has cause damages to the machinery inside the factory. MORE..
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Police reject kidney racket behind Indian’s death (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
Sri Lankan Police today rejected reports of a suspected kidney racket behind the death of a 26-year-old Indian, saying he died of heart failure. MORE..
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Two dead, 5 injured after three-wheeler and jeep collide (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
Two persons including an elderly woman were killed and another 5 persons were wounded after a three-wheeler collided with a jeep near the Ohalpala junction on the Narammala-Kuliyapitiya road. MORE..
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Another 143 drunk drivers nabbed (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
The Police Department says that 143 motorists have been arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol in inspection carried out within 24 hours as of 6.00am this morning, while a majority of them are motorcyclists. MORE..
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Welikada Prison guards foil inmate’s escape attempt (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
An inmate who attempted to escape from the Welikada Prison in the early hours of Saturday morning has been caught by prison officers, an official said. MORE..
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Paul Farbrace to quit Sri Lanka coach job? (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
Paul Farbrace, the recently appointed Sri Lanka cricket coach, is tipped to be appointed as assistant to Peter Moores, who has been appointed as new head coach of England team for five years by England and Wales Cricket Board, foreign media reported today. MORE..
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Buddhist monk assaulted in Elpitiya dies of injuries (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
The Chief Incumbent of the Saranankara Temple in Elpitiya, Wettewe Pagnnakeerthi Thero, who was being treated for stab wounds for over a month at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, has succumbed to injuries today. MORE..
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Other English News

British tourist with Buddha tattoo deported (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
A British female tourist who had the image of the Buddha tattooed in her hand was arrested by the Katunayaka Airport Police and produced before Negombo Additional Magistrate T.M.T.Bandara today
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British tourist with Buddha tattoo ordered to be deported (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
A British female tourist who had the image of the Buddha tattooed in her hand was arrested by the Katunayaka Airport Police and produced before Negombo Additional Magistrate T.M.T.Bandara today
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British tourist with Buddha tattoo expelled (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
A British female tourist who had the image of the Buddha tattooed in her hand was arrested by the Katunayaka Airport Police and produced before Negombo Additional Magistrate T.M.T. Bandara today
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Farbrace undecided (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Sri Lankan Cricket coach Paul Farbrace had indicated to the Sri Lanka Cricket officials this morning that he had not made a decision regarding his career despite receiving a more lucrative offer from the England and Wales Cricket Board
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Will find a solution for the fishermen issue: Rahul (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Raising the issues faced by the Tamil Nadu fishermen, the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the Congress led UPA government would find a solution for the fishermen’s issue immediately
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Geneva resolution justified by H’tota attack: SF (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
The attack on United National Party (UNP) MPs at the Mahagampura Port is a blatant violation of human rights by this Government and is a clear justification of the Geneva resolution on Sri Lanka, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka said today.
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Video: Geneva resolution justified by H’tota attack: SF (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
The attack on United National Party (UNP) MPs at the Mahagampura Port is a blatant violation of human rights by this Government and is a clear justification of the Geneva resolution on Sri Lanka, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka said today.
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GMOA postpone TU action (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said today said the Public Services Commission had approved one of the demands in the Medical Service Minute and therefore it had postponed the trade union action which was to be held tomorrow
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GMOA postpones TU action (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said today said the Public Services Commission had approved one of the demands in the Medical Service Minute and therefore it had postponed the trade union action which was to be held tomorrow
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60 tea workers attacked by wasps (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
At least sixty women in a group of tea pluckers were attacked by a swarm of wasps in an estate in Dikoya, Hatton this afternoon, the Police said
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Tea workers attacked by wasps (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
At least eight women in a group of tea pluckers were attacked by a swarm of wasps in an estate in Dikoya, Hatton this afternoon, the Police said
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No room for extremism in Sri Lanka (Mon, 21 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 (Mon, 21 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 (Mon, 21 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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No room for any injustice to any community in Sri Lanka, President assures (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka`s President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that there is no room for any community to suppress ano..
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Pakistan working closely with SL to thwart heroin smuggling HC official (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
The government of Pakistan was working closely with Sri Lanka to thwart attempts to smuggle in heroi..
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Japanese investors infuse Rs 400 m into Asia Capital (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Asia Capital PLC announced the infusion of Rs. 400 million into the group by two Japanese investors,..
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94 killed in nine days (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
At least 94 people were killed and 150 seriously hurt in road traffic accidents during the past nine..
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Two killed, five injured in accident (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Two people were killed and five injured when a three wheeler collided with a jeep at the Ohalpola Ju..
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An attack on democracy (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
It was with shock and dismay that we watched a video footage of some UNP MPs being attacked in Hamba..
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Sajith says H tota incident would further tarnish Lanka (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Hambantota is fast becoming a place notorious for thuggery and crimes providing grist to the ant..
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37,000 bottles of water seized (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) today seized 37,000 bottles of water from a bottling plant of a popular brand of drinking water in Dalugama after it was found that the the water contained some kind of a chemical.
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Man assaults army officer in civvies (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
A man had assaulted an army officer who was in civvies in Maharagama when the officer asked him to move his motorcycle as he was wearing a full face helmet today
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Dengue forces closure of three schools (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
The Homagama Zonal Education Office today announced the closure of three schools in the Seethaawaka Divisional Secretariat Division for three days as a result of a Dengue outbreak in the area
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Bus hits three students on pedestrian crossing (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Three students between the ages of six and seven and a woman were injured when a school bus hit them on a pedestrian crossing near the Bandarawela Central College this morning
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LTTE suspect escapes (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
A LTTE suspect who was undergoing treatment at Vavuniya Hospital under prison custody had escaped last night
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Sri Lanka appoints new envoys to US and India (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka has made new diplomatic appointments to India, Unite States and Germany, External Affairs ..
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BOC performs Avurudu Ganu-Denu with President at Tangalle branch (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Bank of Ceylon performed Avurudu Ganu-Denu with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on April 15 at its Tanga..
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International media watch dog condemns an attack on Tamil journalist in Northern Sri Lanka (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
The international media watch dog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in a statement has condemned an al..
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Sonia shedding crocodile tears for TN fishermen: Jaya (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
Launching a blistering attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the first time during the current electioneering, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today charged her with shedding crocodile tears for Tamil Nadu fishermen on poll eve.
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Road accidents claim 81 in ten days (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
Eighty one people were killed in 65 fatal accidents reported during the ten days time of 10th and 19th of April, Police said today.
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Namal ordered the attack on the opposition MPs: Carlton house PSD sergeant Silva orchestrated the operation (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
(Lanka-e-News-20.April.2014, 3.30PM) The attack launched on the opposition MPs at the Mattala airport and in the vicinity of the Hambantota Port had been on the direct orders of Namal Rajapakse the President’s son , yet again underscoring the egregious lawlessness raging in the country fed and fattened by the Rajapakse rulers....
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FCA unaware of visa time limits to foreign journalists (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
 The Foreign Correspondents Association (FCA) today said that it was unaware of any time limits on visas issued to foreign journalists posted to Sri Lanka.
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UNP MPs dismiss claims made by MR (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
UNP MP Ajith Perera today denied claims made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the group of visiting UNP parliamentarians had ridiculed the development taking place in Hambantota as they left Port. Pictures
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Video: UNP MPs dismiss claims made by MR (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
UNP MP Ajith Perera today denied claims made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the group of visiting UNP parliamentarians had ridiculed the development taking place in Hambantota as they left Port. Pictures
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Largest stock of Walla-Patta seized by Customs (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
A Sri Lankan and two Indians possessing a stock of 48 kgs of "Walla-Patta"  worth Rs. 38.4 million were arrested by Custom officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning
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Video: Largest stock of Walla-Patta seized by Customs (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
A Sri Lankan and two Indians possessing a stock of 48 kgs of "Walla-Patta"  worth Rs. 38.4 million were arrested by Custom officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning
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SL police reject kidney racket behind Indian's death (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
Sri Lankan police rejected reports of a suspected kidney racket behind the death of a 26-year-old Indian, saying he died of heart failure
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SLTB grosses highest ever income during festive season (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) said today it had earned an income of about Rs. 450 million within a week starting from April 7 when the special bus service was launched to facilitate commuter travel during the New Year season.
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FACEBOOK INTERFACE FOR KIDNEY RACKET (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
The masterminds behind the alleged international kidney racket, which came under Indian police radar..
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Hambantota mob attack : UNP MPs to raise privilege issues against Police (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
The five UNP MPs who were attacked by UPFA mobs when they visited the Mattala Airport and Hambantota..
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THE NEWS CYCLE (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
About the only items of news this week that are neither bizarre or almost surreal are the news devel..
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Mervyn is better than them - Gnanasara Thero (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
Mervyn Silva is better than Hakeem, Wimal, Dilan and Wasu because he is a good Sinhalese B..
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SLT, Just In Time settle Rs. 673 m case out of court (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
National telecom giant to pay Rs. 502 m immediately as part of settlement to JIT and balance..
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International body names extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka as a terrorist organization (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
An extremist Sinhala Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) has been named as..
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SLC surprised by Farbrace’s move (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has expressed surprise and disappointment over the surprise move by national coach Paul Farbrace to consider taking up a coaching position with England cricket team.SLC said in a media release that they have been unable to contact Farbrace who is in England while ECB had communicated to SLC expressing their desire to have Farbrace released from Sri Lanka duties.
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Fmr. WNBA players due in SL (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
Former Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) players Tamika Williams and Edna Campbell will visit Sri Lanka as State Department Sports Envoys from April 21 to 25, Office of the Spokesperson of State Department announced today.
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Another Tamil journalist attacked in tightly-guarded Jaffna -Reporters Without Borders (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
(Lanka-e-News-19.April.2014, 1.00PM) A 29-year old freelance Tamil journalist has been attacked by unknown men wearing helmets in the tightly guarded Northern Jaffna...
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More Chinese caught violating visas in Sri Lanka (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
More Chinese nationals were arrested for violating local immigration and emigration laws, the police..
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On rumble strip (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
The government had apparently been cherishing many delusions until the last PC polls, one being that..
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Newsfirst Sirasa

Manufacturers in troubled waters as CAA raids Dalugama factory (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
The Consumer Affairs Authority raided a factory that manufactured bottles of water unfit for consumption in Dalugama, Kelaniya on Monday. The Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade stated that the raid was conducted based on a complaint made to the subject Minister Johnston Fernando. CAA officers nabbed 12,000  of 1.5 litre-bottles of water unfit for […] The post Manufacturers in troubled waters as CAA raids Dalugama factory appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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David Moyes set to be sacked ?: reports (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
David Moyes is facing the sack as Manchester United manager, according to unconfirmed reports. The outgoing Premier League champions have refused to comment on the widespread reports, with several national newspapers reporting that his departure is imminent. Moyes has endured a difficult reign since taking charge of United last summer, but the club were expected […] The post David Moyes set to be sacked ?: reports appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Prisons Dept. facing arms shortage (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
The Prisons Department says that the number of arms available for protection at prisons is inadequate. Media Spokespersons and Officer of the Prisons Headquarters, Thushara Upuldeniya says that a large amount of arms currently available in prisons are not operational. He added that even though a stock E-56 guns were given by Defence Ministry some […] The post Prisons Dept. facing arms shortage appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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‘Cleaning the Web 2014′: China shuts down 110 porn sites (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
  China has shut down more than 100 websites carrying pornography and closed thousands of accounts on social media sites in an renewed effort to clean up the Internet, state media reported. The campaign, named “Cleaning the Web 2014″, was launched in response to the spread of online pornography despite repeated bans, according to a […] The post ‘Cleaning the Web 2014′: China shuts down 110 porn sites appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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No legal action against illegal construction at Wilpattu – Environmentalists (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Environmentalists charge that no action has yet being taken against those involved in illegal construction activities at the Wilpattu National Park. Environmentalist Ravindra Kariyawasam said that over 300 illegal dwellings have been constructed in the Northern region of the park. He noted that the bio diversity at the sanctuary has been largely affected by the […] The post No legal action against illegal construction at Wilpattu – Environmentalists appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Jacqueline Fernandez likely to team up with Akshay and Abhishek (Photos) (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Sri Lankan-born actress Jacqueline Fernandez is likely to team up with Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh and Abhishek Bachchan for the third installment of hit comedy film Housefull. The makers of the Housefull franchise are planning to come up with Housefull 3. The first installment in the series, which was directed by Sajid Khan, had Akshay […] The post Jacqueline Fernandez likely to team up with Akshay and Abhishek (Photos) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Teen gang-raped on moving bus in India (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
In a shocking reminiscence of Delhi’s Nirbhaya tragedy, a fourteen-year-old dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped by five people inside a moving bus and then thrown out of the vehicle at Singrauli district in Madhya Pradesh, India on Sunday. The bus driver was also involved in the monstrous act. The rear wheels of the bus missed […] The post Teen gang-raped on moving bus in India appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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World Youth Conference: 103 countries to participate (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
One hundred and three countries have confirmed their participation in the World Youth Conference slated to be held in Sri Lanka next month. The Government Information Department stated that forty ministers representing the respective countries along with 350 high-ranking government officers, representatives of the World Youth Council and Civil Society Leaders from the participating countries […] The post World Youth Conference: 103 countries to participate appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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The world’s biggest rabbit (Photos) (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Darius weighs three-and-a-half stone and measures 4 feet 4 inches, making him the world’s biggest rabbit, according to Guinness World Records. His owner, Annette Edwards, 62, from Worcester, is considering putting him on a diet after revealing that he eats twelve carrots a day – more than 4,000 a year. He also gets through piles […] The post The world’s biggest rabbit (Photos) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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South African cricketer David Miller tagged ‘Killer’ (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
South African cricketer, aggressive batsman David Miller has got a new nickname. The cricket star got his new nickname after his superb perfomance at the IPL match against the Rajasthan Royals where he scored 51 runs in 19 balls without being bowled out. Miller who led Kings 11 Punjab to a victory of 191 runs […] The post South African cricketer David Miller tagged ‘Killer’ 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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Chaos threatens to engulf SL again - ESPNcricinfo.com (Sun, 20 Apr 2014)
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Sri Lankan shares close at over 10-wk high ahead of policy review - Reuters (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
Sri Lankan shares close at over 10-wk high ahead of policy review Reuters Analysts said foreign investors could shift from the island nation's risky assets if Sri Lanka does not cooperate in an international probe by the Office of the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights into the country's alleged war crimes ... Sri Lanka stocks close up 0.1-pctLanka Business Online Sri Lanka central bank seen keeping key rates at multi-year lows on TuesdayBusiness Recorder Falling interest rates, dilemma of senior citizensThe Sunday Times Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Guardian -The Island.lk (subscription) all 18 news articles »
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Modi Warns Sri Lanka - Sunday Leader (Sat, 19 Apr 2014)
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Sri Lanka rupee steady in dull trade; stocks up - Reuters (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
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First ladies of Sri Lanka, Kyrgyz Republic, daughter of Bangladesh PM call on ... - New Straits Times (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
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Sri Lanka to tax transfers of duty-slashed cars: report - Lanka Business Online (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
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SLC surprised by Farbrace's possible move - ESPNcricinfo.com (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
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Sri Lanka port profit, revenues down despite higher volumes - Lanka Business Online (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
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How strategic is Sri Lanka? - CNN (Wed, 09 Apr 2014)
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* Sri Lanka woos Malaysian investors for infrastructure development - Colombo Page (Mon, 21 Apr 2014)
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