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UNP demands Parliamentary Committee to assess viability of integrated resort projects

May 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm

 

… prior to gazettes being tabled in the House

Way cleared for gambling cum sex tourism

April 30, 2014, 11:04 pm

by Zacki Jabbar

The UNP has called for the establishment of a Parliamentary Committee to  assess the cost benefit of projects such as the proposed integrated resorts to  be established under the Strategic Development Act (SDA), prior to the relevant  gazettes being tabled in the legislature.

High level probe ordered into alleged negligence

May 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm

 

* Rail tragedy puts 75 in hospital; five critical

April 30, 2014, 10:44 pm

By Franklin R. Satyapalan, Dilanthi Jayamanna and Norman Palihawadana

Seventy five passengers were injured, five critically when Rajarata Rajina  plying from Vavuniya to Matara and the Colombo to Palai Deyata Kirula  Intercity power set collided head-on  outside the Pothuhera Railway Station  yesterday morning.

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May 1, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Sri Lankan leopard snarls in his cage at a zoo in Dehiwala yesterday (April 29). The Sri Lankan leopard is a leopard subspecies native to Sri Lanka. AFP PHOTO/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

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May 1, 2014 at 8:21 pm

The Island photographer, Dharmasena Welipitiya  captured trade union great, 92-year-old Bala Tampoe arriving at the headquarters  of his Ceylon Mercantile Employees’ Union (CMU) on May Day to address members.  Tampoe has steadfastly remained committed to the workers’ cause, while most  trade union leaders ended up with political parties or NGOs.

Terror suspect took photos of consulates

May 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Thu, May 1, 2014, 09:36 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 01 (Hindu) Mohammed Zakir Hussain, a Sri Lankan Tamil arrested by the Tamil Nadu Police here on Tuesday, had allegedly conducted a reconnaissance mission as part of a conspiracy to attack foreign missions in southern India.

Hussain had taken photographs of the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, the Israeli Consulate in Bangalore and other vital installations, and studied their topography at the behest of Pakistani diplomat Amir Zubair Siddiqui, police sources said on Wednesday.

Use valid criteria in making appointments to Apex Courts — BASL

May 1, 2014 at 7:45 pm

 

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The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) the premier body that represents the country’s legal fraternity yesterday said proper and valid criteria should be used when appointments are made to the apex courts and that this should be transparently evident for all to see.
Writing to the branch associations, the BASL Secretary Ajith Pathirana yesterday stated that the appointment of judges to the apex courts is a matter of vital concern to the judiciary, members of the bar and, indeed, to all citizens of the country.  “It is unnecessary to emphasize that, it is the Judges of the Apex Courts who mould and determine the Law that affects all citizens and who finally decide on the rights of citizens,” the BASL secretary wrote, requesting the views of its entire membership with regard to an impending appointment to the Supreme Court.   

Sri Lanka’s main opposition to send a larger group of legislators to Mattala airport and Hambantota port

May 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 09:47 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party, undeterred by the earlier mob attack on a group of party legislators, plans to send a larger group of parliamentarians to the Mattala airport and Hambantota port on an inspection tour.

UNP MP Joseph Michael Perera has told the media that a larger group of legislators will visit the two mega infrastructure developments in the south next Saturday (May 03).

Sri Lanka remains vulnerable to LTTE terrorist financing- US

May 1, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Thu, May 1, 2014, 12:01 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 30, Washington, DC: The Bureau of Counterterrorism of the United States Department of State says while South Asia remained a front line in the battle against terrorism last year, Sri Lanka is vulnerable to money laundering and terrorist finance.

Five railway personnel suspended over train accident in Sri Lanka

May 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Thu, May 1, 2014, 10:31 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) has said that a special team has been deployed to investigate the train collision that took place Tuesday at the Pothuhera station.

General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways B.A.P. Ariyaratne said that a five-member committee has been appointed to investigate the collision and necessary steps would be taken after a thorough investigation into the accident where two trains, one moving and one stationary, collided head on and injured over 70 passengers.

Asylum-seekers in Sri Lanka

May 1, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Thu, May 1, 2014, 11:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 01 (Economist) KNOWN more for generating asylum-seekers than receiving them, Sri Lanka is providing shelter to growing numbers of would-be refugees from Pakistan. Twice a week the pews of the Holy Rosary church in Negombo, just north of Colombo on Sri Lanka�s west coast, are filled with Pakistanis attending the country�s only Urdu mass, conducted by a Sri Lankan priest.

More than 1,000 Christians flock there on festive occasions, says Father Eric Lakman, who worked in Pakistan for 15 years.


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