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Elections to local govt. bodies: Govt. to consider Delimitation Committee reports

February 7, 2015 at 10:19 pm


February 7, 2015, 6:42 pm

by Saman Indrajith

The government has not finalized yet whether elections for the  local government bodies would be held under the first-past-the-post system or  the proportional representation system as it has to consider the reports of  delimitation committees, Parliament was told yesterday.

Supermarket liquor sales expected to dip as customers asked to pay VAT

February 7, 2015 at 9:48 pm


February 7, 2015, 6:40 pm

by Suresh Perera

Supermarkets are anticipating a dent in their liquor business  following last week’s collective decision to pass on to customers the Value  Added Tax (VAT) on alcohol sales imposed by the 2015 budget.

It came as a shock to tipplers to discover that prices of local  liquor products had been pushed up by as much as Rs. 65 to Rs. 100 per 750ml  bottle, depending on the brand.


February 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm

 Public Administration and Buddha Sasana Minister, Karu  Jayasuriya, who paid floral tribute to the statue of the late D. S. Senanayake  in Colombo on Independence Day, consults his watch as he was billed to attend  the main ceremony at Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte, where the President was the  chief guest. Former Minister, Rukman Senanayake, Tourism and Sports State  Minister, Wasantha Senanayake and Eastern PC Opposition Leader, Daya Gamage also  paid obeisance to the “Father of the Nation” on the occasion.

(Pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja)


Pakistan trains Afghan army cadets

February 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Newly-graduated Afghan National Army cadets march as they attend their graduation ceremony at the Afghan Kabul Military training centre in December 2014 Until recently, cooperation between the Afghan and Pakistani militaries had been limited

Six Afghan army cadets have arrived for training in Pakistan, another sign of increased cooperation after years of distrust between the neighbouring countries.

TransAsia GE235 crash: Flights cancelled to train Taiwan pilots

February 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm

A ground mechanic works on the engine area of a TransAsia Airways ATR airplane at Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, 7 February 2015 Checks have been ordered on all ATR planes in active service in Taiwan

Taiwanese airline TransAsia Airways says it is cancelling 90 flights so that its pilots can attend training, after one of its planes crashed on Wednesday.

China seizes toilet rolls depicting HK leader CY Leung

February 7, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Rolls of toilet paper and packages of tissue paper printed with images of Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung are shown by Hong Kong Democratic Party Vice Chairman Lo Kin-hei at his office in Hong Kong, 7 February 2015 Products mocking CY Leung have been popular in recent years

China’s authorities have seized 7,600 toilet rolls and 20,000 packets of tissue printed with the image of Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung.

Ubuntu smartphone offers alternative to apps

February 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor

Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition The handset’s operating system connects different services to create theme-based cards

An Ubuntu-powered smartphone is coming to the market a year and a half after a previous attempt to launch a model via crowdfunding failed.

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

February 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Two women look at the painting "Nafea faa ipoipo" (When will you marry?, 1892) by French painter Paul Gauguin on display in the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland, 06 February 2015 The Gauguin painting has been on public display for decades

A painting of two Tahitian girls by the French artist Paul Gauguin has been sold for $300m (£197m), making it the most expensive work of art ever sold.

Prince Charles in Jordan at start of Middle East tour

February 7, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Prince Charles in Jordan Prince Charles met Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad as he arrived in Jordan

The Prince of Wales has arrived in Jordan’s capital Amman at the start of a six-day tour of the Middle East.

Baghdad celebrates lifting of curfew after 12 years

February 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Vehicles are seen on a street in Baghdad February 8, 2015 Vehicles on the streets of Baghdad on Saturday

People in Baghdad have been celebrating the lifting of a 12-year-old curfew in the Iraqi capital.

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