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Sri Lanka is different from South Africa

July 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm


July 8, 2014, 7:43 pm

A delegation led by South African Deputy President Cyril  Ramaposa arrived here yesterday. The visitors were warmly welcomed by Leader of  the House and Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala  De Silva, and MP Sachin Vas Gunawardane at the Bandaranaike International  Airport, Katunayake.

By Nalin de Silva

Whether the Deputy President of South Africa is touring Sri  Lanka as a visitor, diplomat trying to solve the ‘ethnic’ problem in Sri Lanka a  la South Africa or enjoying a few matches between the South African and Sri  Lankan cricket teams, the average Sinhala person is not bothered by his  presence. The average Sinhala person would not write to the press even in  Sinhala and is not influenced by what the so called educated, meaning of course  western educated, whatever the medium of instruction may be, people in various  fora have to say.

The Ramaphosa visit and prospects of normalisation

July 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm


July 8, 2014, 7:41 pm

FRANCE, Longueval : South African Deputy President Cyril  Ramaphosa (L) pays tribute to black South-African soldier Private Myengwa Beleza,  enrolled in an indigenous battalion by the British Army during World War I,  whose coffin is put to rest in a new tomb at the South-African Delville Wood  memorial, in Longueval, northern France, on July 6, 2014. The soldier’s body has  been exhumed from a cemetery near Le Havre in order to be buried at the  South-African Delville Wood memorial, among white South-African soldiers. The  epitaph reads : “His presence represents all members of the SANLC whose deeds  were not acknowledged in the past. He is buried here among his comrades as a  symbol of reconciliation and nation building.” During WWI, black South African  soldiers were buried in various civilian cemeteries across France, while their  white counterparts were buried at the Delville Wood Memorial. AFP PHOTO / DENIS  CHARLET

India welcomes UN tribunal’s verdict on sea border in Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh’s favour

July 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm


July 8, 2014, 10:21 pm


Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, July 8: India today welcomed a UN tribunal’s  verdict which has awarded Bangladesh nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling  over 25,000 sq km (9,700 sq miles) in the Bay of Bengal.

The verdict ends a dispute over a sea border between India and  Bangladesh that has ruffled ties between the neighbours for more than three  decades.

Now, BBS calls for banning of Shoora council

July 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

July 8, 2014, 10:20 pm article_image By Dasun Edirisinghe

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation yesterday demanded that the  government ban the National Shoora Council (NSC), which also went as the  National Consultative Council. Addressing a media conference at the BBS Operations Office in  Kirulapone, its General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said that  NSC was a part of an administrative structure of Muslim countries, but it was  not so here.

Oil pipeline breakdown : CPC has to incur demurrage charges – UNP

July 8, 2014 at 8:20 pm

July 8, 2014, 10:19 pm article_image by Zacki Jabbar Demurrage charges amounting to as much as USD 20,000 that the  Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) would have to pay each of the three ships  berthed at the Colombo Port and unable to supply oil due to the breakdown of a  pipeline, were not covered by insurance,the UNP said .

JVP: Govt has got caught in diplomatic trap

July 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm


July 8, 2014, 10:14 pm

By Dasun Edirisinghe

The government had got caught in a diplomatic trap by inviting  South Africa Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa to Sri Lanka, the JVP said  yesterday.

President asks Eran to give detailed report

July 8, 2014 at 8:12 pm


Ministry secretaries holding director posts in pvt. ventures

July 8, 2014, 10:13 pm

By Saman Indrajith

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday in Parliament requested  UNP National List MP Eran Wickremearatne to provide him with a detailed report  on ministerial secretaries holding director posts in private companies.

Aluthgama mayhem: Ranil alleges cover-up

July 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm


July 8, 2014, 10:11 pm

By Saman Indrajith

Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem told Parliament yesterday that all  police officers present in Alutgama during the recent ethnic violence had  surrendered their weapons to the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) investigating the  incidents to prove that shots had not been fired from their weapons.


July 8, 2014 at 8:02 pm

UPFA constituent, the National Freedom Front (NFF) yesterday  entered into an agreement with Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera on an action plan  to pressure the government to introduce political reforms. Ven. Sobitha tipped  to be the Opposition common presidential candidate and Minister Weerawansa  declared their resolve to work together. (picture by Sujatha Jayaratne

Illegal Deposit Takers: Time For A Crackdown?-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

July 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm

By Charitha Ratwatte –

Charitha Ratwatte

Charitha Ratwatte

Recent newspaper reports carried a story on one more financial pyramid scheme, allegedly called ‘Pandora Advertising’ in Tangalle, allegedly modelled on another in Tissamaharama, ‘Luminous Advertising,’ both in the Hambantota District.

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