18th April 2016

Lankans Don’t Need Offshore Banking Facilities

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Lankans Don’t Need Offshore Banking Facilities by Gamini Weerakoon Well known tax adviser Double Entry Silva was addressing an ‘urgent’ meeting of the Sri Lanka Tax Avoidance Union. “Some of you in the audience, prior to this meeting, told me that it was a crying shame that so few Sri Lankan names and organisations have appeared in the Panama Papers. We are now supposed to be a middle income country. How come we don’t have enough wheeler-dealers to have secret offshore bank accounts? Don’t we have Camerons, Putins, Porshenkos of Ukraine, or even one like the King of Saudi Arabia,” they asked me. “No International ‘Thathvaya’ no? All these talks of 7 per cent GDP for so many years is hogwash,” one member claimed. “My […]

Tamils look for federal solution – Sampanthan

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Sri Lankas main Tamil party TNA is seeking a federal solution to resolve the long-pending issue of political independence for the country’s minority Tamil community, the PTI reported. This was conveyed by the main opposition leader and Tamil National Alliance leader (TNA) R Sampanthan in Jaffna to TNA representatives. Commenting on the talks, the TNA northern provincial councilor M K Shvajilingam said Sampanthan had briefed them on the partys approach to the constitutional reform coming up at national level. The government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has already launched a process to formulate a new Constitution for the country replacing the 1978 statute. Shivajilingam said Sampanthan said the current government could be more responsive to a federal arrangement and therefore, […]

Scottish woman stabs abuser with a pen

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A trishaw driver who had abducted two young Scottish women from Kandy town and attempted to sexually abuse one of them at an abandoned house in Hantane had to flee the place as the second woman had stabbed him with a pen. However, the man had managed to grab the valuables of the women before he fled in his trishaw. He had taken away a mobile phone worth Rs. 90,000 and a bag containing Rs. 30,000 belonging to the women, police said. The women, staying in a lodge at Sangaraja Mawatha in Kandy had come to the town in the night of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year Day and hired the trishaw to return to the lodge. The trishaw driver had deceived the women […]

146 Sri Lankans applied for asylum in Switzerland last month

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Swiss authorities received 146 applications from asylum seekers from Sri Lanka within the month of March, according to figures from Switzerland’s federal migration office (SEM). In March the SEM dealt with the applications of 2,702 asylum seekers, of whom 875 were rejected in accordance with the Dublin regulation, 609 were granted asylum and 559 were given provisional admission to Switzerland. A further 363 applications remain on hold. The same month, 847 migrants left Switzerland or were repatriated, said SEM. The number of asylum applications filed with the Swiss government in the first quarter of 2016 dropped by 45 percent comparing to the last quarter of 2015, the SME said in a statement Thursday. The Swiss authorities received 8,315 asylum seekers’ requests in the first three […]

New Year auspicious times are wrong?

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BY KAMAL SURAWEERA – KANDY Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, the auspicious times for the…… Sinhala and Hindu New Year had been prepared not according to how the general public wanted them but according to the requirements of the administrator’s of the country. Therefore, the former President said that he would not participate in the Anointing of Oil Ceremony which had to be done facing the West which was held at an Auspicious Time day before yesterday. Mahinda Rajapaksa stated this on the 16th morning at the Asgiri Maha Vihara in Kandy. He had visited Kandy to worship the Sacred Tooth Relic and was welcomed by the Diyawadana Nilame Pradeepa Dela Bandara. Former President visited the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter and addressed the media […]

New Year auspicious time 10:41 a.m Or 13:30 p.m?

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President Maithripala Sirisena. – auspicious time 10:41 a.m The state ceremony for the anointing of oil, a tradition followed with the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, took place on Saturday morning at the Sri Pushparama Temple in Malegoda, Payagala under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena. President Maithripala Sirisena, who arrived at the temple engaged in religious observances. At the auspicious time of 10:41 a.m., the president took part in the tradition of anointing oil. Following this tradition, the President planted a Red Sandalwood sapling at the temple premises.  An Ayurvedic Handbook penned by the Commissioner for Ayurveda ,L.H.Thilakeratne was presented to the President at this occasion. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa – auspicious time 13:30 p.m Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa didn’t participate in the oil anointing […]

Bid To Clean Up Mess Of Rajapaksa Regime – Dr. Kavinda Jayawardena

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by Camelia Nathaniel Member of Parliament from the Gampaha District, Dr. Kavinda Jayawardena says that the good governance regime has no issues with China and they only criticised the Chinese projects, purely because the previous regime had not gone about those projects in a structured manner.In an interview with The Sunday Leader he says that the good governance regime is now trying to clean up the mess created by the Rajapaksa regime, and this is not a task that can be achieved overnight. However, he says that within the next year people of this country will be able to reap the benefits of the efforts of the current regime and they will begin to understand the strategy of the good governance. Following are excerpts of […]