April 27, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) parliamentarians,  Arjuna Ranatunga and Tiran Alles greeting a smiling President Mahinda Rajapaksa  who was the Chief Guest at the 37th Annual Executive of the Year convention of  the Capital Maharaja Organisation last Friday. UNP National List MP Harsha de  Silva and former MP Milinda Moragoda (partly covered) were also present (Pic  by Udesh Gunarathna)

Lankan doctor’s name surfaces in alleged kidney selling racket

April 27, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Three persons arrested in Hyderabad

April 26, 2014, 7:03 pm

With the name of a Sri Lankan doctor figuring in the suspected  Colombo-based kidney selling racket, the police have offered to assist India in  ongoing investigations as the shady operation involved suspects in both  countries.

The Press Trust of India (PTI), quoting the police in Hyderabad,  reported that three persons were arrested in connection with the racket,  following death of a 26-year-old local youth in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka criticizes inclusion of country’s rights issues on UN Chief’s report on sexual violence

April 27, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Sat, Apr 26, 2014, 08:12 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka has criticized the inclusion of country’s human rights and accountability issues in a report on sexual violence in conflict submitted to the UN Security Council (UNSC) by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday.

Sri Lanka expressed its concern to the UNSC that the Secretary General had mentioned the recent UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution in the report.

Move to transform EPF, ETF into pension funds

April 27, 2014 at 7:46 pm


By Bandula Sirimanna


Amidst reports of ‘losses’ in investments made in the stock market by the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF), the Government is planning to transform the EPF and Employees’ Trust Fund (ETF) into pension funds, official sources said. The Finance Ministry is drafting legislation to amend the EPF and ETF Acts for this purpose. The sources said the proposed pension fund would allow a retiring member to take part of the money as a ‘lump-sum’ payment and retain the balance to receive a monthly pension or withdraw his or her entire contribution on retirement.

James Packer’s Sri Lanka casino bid stumbles over prostitution claim

April 27, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Sun, Apr 27, 2014, 07:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 27 (Age) James Packer’s plan to enter the Sri Lankan resort market appears to have hit a stumbling block with reports that the Sri Lankan government has refused to allow casinos at three super-luxury resorts planned in the capital because opponents said they would lead to prostitution.

It was not immediately known whether the casino ban would endanger the development of the three mega-resorts in Colombo, which have attracted investment valued at $US1.3 billion ($A1.4 billion) from tycoons including Australian gambling mogul Packer, who runs plush casinos in Melbourne, Perth, Macau and London.

Losses at Sri Lanka Urban Development Authority since 2006 exceeds Rs. 1 billion

April 27, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Sun, Apr 27, 2014, 06:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 27, Colombo: The Auditor General of Sri Lanka has said that the accumulated losses of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) since 2006 till 2011 amounted to over Rs. 1 billion.

A report submitted by the Auditor General on the authority responsible for urban development in the country to parliament has revealed the accumulated losses amounted to Rs 1.23 billion during the five year period.

Mayor Eraj leaves H’tota to evade Police questioning – By Deepal Warnakulasuriya –

April 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Hambantota Mayor Eraj Ravindra Fernando – who is at the centre of controversy over the Mattala Airport fiasco where five United National Party (UNP) MPs were attacked – said he had left Hambantota to evade police questioning. Claiming his innocence over the incident, the Mayor said he was not in Hambantota or Colombo these days. “I have even switched off my mobile phone,” he added.

Sampanthan breaks silence over deaths of rebel suspects and says – Tamils oppose return to violence –

April 27, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Breaking TNA’s silence over deaths of three LTTE suspects in Nedunkarni, TNA Leader R. Sampanthan said Saturday (April 26) that the Tamil population in the country was opposed to returning to violence. In an interview with ‘The Nation’, MP Sampanthan stated that he was unaware as to whether the LTTE was in fact regrouping in Sri Lanka, but added that the Government should take action if there was anything illegal happening.

Sri Lanka to set up special police unit to handle religious disputes

April 27, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Sun, Apr 27, 2014, 09:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 27, Colombo: A special police unit to handle religious disputes will be established tomorrow at the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs, the government announced.

The religious disputes unit would operate similar to the tourism and environmental police units that currently operate, the state run radio said.

Sri Lanka’s governing party ally to be vigilant over construction of hotel projects

April 27, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Sun, Apr 27, 2014, 06:13 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 27, Colombo:  A coalition partner of Sri Lankan government, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says it will be vigilant over the construction of hotel projects that were approved last week in parliament under the Strategic Development Act to see if casinos are secretively built or operated.

The JHU said it will continue its struggle to ensure the government stands by its ‘no casino’ hotel projects.

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