Harin to be Uva Chief Minister?

Published : 12:42 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  564 views  |  
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The promised upheaval at the Uva Provincial Council finally happened yesterday, with 17 members of the provincial assembly appealing to the Governor to name Harin Fernando chief minister. Shashendra Rajapaksa, the son of Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, presently holds the post of Chief Minister, while the UPFA held a majority in the Uva Council. However by yesterday, the UPFA had lost its majority and can now command only 15 seats in the 34 seat council. The UNP previously had 12 members after one provincial legislator crossed over to the UPFA before the presidential poll. However, yesterday five UPFA members pledged support to Fernando and President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday. The JVP also has... 

Thousands of people give warm welcome for Pope Francis

Published : 12:41 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  690 views  |  
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By ChamithaKuruppu Thousands of people flocked along the Colombo-Negombo road last morning to get a glimpse of Pope Francis. People from all walks of life including the disabled and sick, Catholics and non-Catholics, waited eagerly for hours waving flags and watching the Holy Father’s arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport on giant screens. Pope Francis receives a saffron-coloured robe from Hindu Ndu-Kurukkal Siva Sri T. Mahadeva (R) during the Interreligious Encounter at the BMICH in Colombo 13 January. Pope Francis called on Sri Lanka to uncover the truth of what happened during its bloody civil war as part of a healing process between religious communities, as he arrived in Colombo... 

New Media Secretary assumes duties

Published : 12:40 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  606 views  |  
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Diplomat, journalist and political activist Karunarathna Paranavithana yesterday assumed duties as the Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information. He held the posts of Assistant Secretary to the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Director General – Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Editorial Director – Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd., Chief Executive Officer – Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and Consul General – Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto, Canada.  Read More →

Aircraft parts, CSN trucks found at Narahenpita Economic Centre 

Published : 12:37 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  774 views  |  

Mysterious broadcasting equipment, parts of a two-seater light aircraft and several trucks and containers branded with Carlton Sports Network logos were found at a warehouse at the Narahenpita Economic Centre yesterday. The Narahenpita Police, who were acting on a tip-off, raided the Economic Centre last evening to make the discovery. Invoices for broadcasting and camera equipment amounting to millions were also found inside the trucks.  Police are continuing investigations and may get a warrant to search at least one sealed container.  Read More →

‘Exhausted’ pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

Published : 12:37 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  557 views  |  

Colombo (AFP): Pope Francis on Tuesday cancelled a planned meeting with Sri Lankan bishops, with one security official saying he was “exhausted” after a long journey from the airport exposed to the hot sun. The 78-year-old, who arrived in Colombo Tuesday on an Asia tour that will also take him to the Philippines, took over an hour to travel into the city from the airport on roads thronged with well-wishers. The pope travelled in an open-top car with no protection from the strong sun and after a long overnight flight from Rome. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said only that the meeting with the bishops had been cancelled due to the pope’s late arrival from the airport. But a source working... 

Testa Bake House sponsors food for support staff involved in Pope visit

Published : 12:36 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  152 views  |  

The Testa Bake House Group of Companies is sponsoring food for the entire logistical support and security staff involved with the three-day tour of Pope Francis. A spokesman for Testa said the contingent amounted to over 20,000 people. Established in 1995, Testa operates over 20 factory and office canteens around the country serving a large number of people. Testa owns and operates cafes in Avissawella, Boralugoda, Settikulam and a newer branch in Diyatha Uyana. Furthermore, it also owns hotels and reception halls in Avissawella and Kilinochchi. In addition, it supplies food to cafes operated by ‘Api Venuven Api’ in Colombo. It provides catering services at various functions whether they... 

Modi tells Ranil: Rich experience will be crucial to guiding Lanka’s destiny at crucial juncture

Published : 12:36 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  250 views  |  

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered his “heartiest congratulations” to Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, recalling efforts during his previous tenures in the same office to strengthen bilateral ties. In a letter to Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on Monday, Prime Minister Modi said the people of Sri Lanka had reposed their faith in a new government. “The rich experience you will bring to bear in discharging the responsibilities of this august office will be invaluable in guiding the destiny of Sri Lanka at this crucial juncture,” the letter from the Indian Leader said. “We warmly recall the efforts made by you during your tenures as Prime Minister of Sri... 

‘Even Nostradamus got things wrong,’ says astrologer who advised Rajapaksa to call election

Published : 12:01 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  144 views  |  

Defeated President was told by his personal astrologer, Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena, to hold an early poll     AFP: As a defeated Mahinda Rajapaksa slunk out of Sri Lanka’s presidential palace, the astrologer who counselled him to call a disastrous early election was gloomily packing his bags on the other side of town. “Not all of Nostradamus’ predictions have come true either,” said Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena, as he reflected both on the fate of his vanquished boss and his own reputation as a seer. “There was only so much I could do to help him win, maybe 5%. But you must have luck to be the president.” The 63-year-old Abeygunawardena has been avoiding the media since last... 

Sri Lanka begins a new chapter

Published : 12:00 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  89 views  |  

www.theage.com: Mithripala Sirisena’s success in Sri Lanka’s presidential election hopefully heralds a new era for a nation wracked by years of civil war, political, religious and racial persecution, as well as corruption and unchecked nepotism under the decade-long rule of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It is past time for dramatic change in Sri Lanka, and Sirisena has promised as much, starting with constitutional reforms to reduce the power of the office of the President and restore to Sri Lanka’s Parliament and Judiciary the crucial responsibilities of oversight that should fall to them in a democracy. Whether the new President can deliver all that he promises – or, importantly,... 

Russia congratulates Maithri

Published : 12:00 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  63 views  |  

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has congratulated newly-elected President Maithripala Sirisena. In his congratulatory message, Putin said he highly appreciates friendly and constructive relations between Russia and Sri Lanka and he would like to reaffirm the readiness for further strengthening fruitful bilateral cooperation in various areas. Following is the message: Please accept my sincere congratulations on your election to the post of the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. I highly appreciate friendly and constructive relations between Russia and Sri Lanka and I would like to reaffirm the readiness for further strengthening fruitful bilateral cooperation... 

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