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Sri Lankan Airlines Stewardess dies in Doha

[January 31 2015]

A Sri Lankan airlines Stewardess died on the spot and three Cabin Crew members sustained injuries when the vehicle that was carrying them on a desert safari toppled in Doha, Qatar yesterday evening.

 

Father and son burnt to death

[January 30 2015]

A 43-year-old man and his 03-year-old son were burnt to death when their shoddily built house behind Ismailpura Tsunami village in Walathapitiya in Samanthurai was gutted by fire last night, the police said.

 

Police seize 75, 000 Divi Neguma certificates

[January 28 2015]

Police seized a large stock of Divi Neguma Certificates and almanacs from a storeroom in Ampara District Secretariat this morning, the police said.

 

Saman Wagaarachchi, new Director Editorial ANCL

[January 23 2015]

Veteran media personality and former Dinamina Editor Saman Wagaarachchi has been appointed as the new Editorial Director of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited, Lake House.

 

Minister John Amaratunga assumes duties

[January 23 2015]

Senior UNP Parliamentarian John Amaratunga today assumed duties as the Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs. Minister Amaratunga signed his first document of acquiring a land for the proposed building for the new Police Headquarters at the Ministry of Disaster Management at Vidya Mawatha, Colombo 07.

 

Colombo High Security Zones opened

[January 22 2015]

Several main roads surrounding the Presidents House in Fort that had been closed for public commuting for over many years due to being part of Colombos High Security Zone were reopened today, the police said.

 

Brig. K J Jayaweera new Military Spokesman

[January 22 2015]

Brigadier K.J Jayaweera has been temporarily appointed as new Military Spokesman with immediate effect, in addition to his present duties at the Army Headquarters, the Army said. Brig. Jayaweera who is currently the Director,

 

Sajin, Cabraal cant leave the country

[January 22 2015]

Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has made a directive to prevent Parliamentarian Sajin Vas Gunawardena and former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal from leaving the country due to the on going investigations.

 

Kavan Ratnayaka new Lake House Chairman

[January 21 2015]

Leading businessman Kavan Ratnayaka assumed duties as Chairman of Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited this morning in his office at Lake House. Mr. Ratnayaka met all the senior editors and did not forget to make a courtesy visit to each and every department following his posting.

 

Palitha Thewarapperuma arrested

[January 21 2015]

UNP Kautara District Parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma was arrested by the Colombo Crime Division this morning for assaulting a UPFA supporter in Agalawatta two days ago, the police said.

 

Rakna Lanka armoury opened

[January 20 2015]

The armoury of Rakna Lanka Security Service affiliated to the Ministry of Defence situated at the BMICH premises was opened for inspection by the police on a court order today, the police said.

 

Tremors in Tissa

[January 17 2015]

Minor tremors were reported near Kirinda in Tissamaharama this morning around 9.20, the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau officials said. It was detected by the Seismograph Vibration Meter located in the Regional Office in Pallekele and Hakmana and was measured at 2 on the Richter Scale.

 

Rs.100m worth illicit fags seized

[January 17 2015]

Customs Central Intelligence Bureau seized a container carrying a large stock of illicit cigarettes worth over Rs.100 million that has been falsely declared as washing detergent, Customs sources said.

 

 

The banks of the Diyawanna Oya on the Parliament Drive are becoming increasingly popular as a jogging track and a serene spot for relaxation among residents in the area. Swan boats too have become popular to enjoy the scenery. The neglected area was given a facelift on the instructions of Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Our staff photographer Vipula Amerasinghe captured the beauty of this oasis of tranquillity in the busy Rajagiriya-Ethul Kotte area.

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Increase in taxes and duties on cigarettes and liquor:

Tax revision to net Rs. 3 billion

The Government has projected an additional revenue of Rs.3 billion to the coffers through the increase of taxes and duties on cigarettes and liquor announced yesterday, the Finance Ministry said. According to the revision, the tax for a litre of imported beer has been increased by Rs. 50 and for local beer by Rs. 5. Taxes for hard liquor have been increased by Rs. 60 for a litre. All brands of cigarettes will cost one rupee more per cigarette.

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ETA targets Rs. 2,000m in visa fees

The Immigration and Emigration Department has set a targeted income of Rs. 2,000 million from visa fees under the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) scheme. The Controller General of the Department Chulananda Perera said that the Government has earned a record income of Rs. 600 million from January 1, the day the ETA was launched until the third week of March.

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More raids during festive season:

CAA gets tough with errant traders

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has been directed to increase the number of raids against errant traders during the festive season, said Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando. Traders should sell essential food items at controlled prices, he said. Adequate stocks of essential food items have been supplied to Lanka Sathosa and Coop Cities during the recent weeks.

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Opposition fishing in troubled waters all the time

Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that the problem with Sri Lanka’s Opposition is that it always attempts to fish in troubled waters. Explaining the Opposition’s duty by the country in the context of the UNHRC’s decision, the Minister said that in an issue of national importance, the Opposition should stand by the Government irrespective of political differences.

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Special traffic scheme for Sinhala and Tamil New Year

A special traffic scheme will come into effect in the main cities next week on account of the forthcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Police will enforce road safety rules strictly to minimise the number of fatal road accidents during the festive season as a result of drunk driving, Police Media Spokesman SP Ajith Rohana told the Sunday Observer.

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