Committee to probe Indian kidney racket

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Following the shocking exposure of a medical racket involving some Indians and a Sri Lankan doctor to trade live kidneys for transplantation in Sri Lanka, the Health Ministry today appointed a one woman committee to look into the highly unethical and illegal human organ deal and report back in a month
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Strategic Development Project bill passed in Parliament; Rathana Thero votes against

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The controversial gazette tabled under the Strategic Development Project Act was passed in Parliament today with a majority of 71 votes. A total of 113 members voted in favour while only 42, including UPFA MP, voted against the bill. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Controversial gazette notifications passed

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One of the three controversial gazette notifications that the opposition claims will legalize casinos was passed in Parliament a short while ago with a majority of 71 votes.
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SF seeks UN assistance for regime change

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If the government and its leadership continue to be corrupt and keep oppressing the people, the opposition will have to seek the assistance of the United Nations (UN) to change the leadership, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka said today
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SL briefs diplomats on action taken against terrorist funding

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External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris today briefed the Colombo based diplomatic community regarding the action taken by the Sri Lankan government against groups and individuals involved in terrorist funding and other activity connected with plans to revive terrorism
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Speaker expresses disappointment over Hambantota incident

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Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa today expressed regret over the incident where a group of UNP MPs were obstructed in Tissamaharama, Hambantota the electorate of which he is the SLFP chief organizer. MORE... Read the Full Article

No casino; only a hotel: Govt.

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Draft Strategic Development Project Bill doesn't allow any casinos and the project was only a hotel project, the Government Information Department said today
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Zoo staff want jumbo dance back

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Employees of Dehiwela Zoological Garden today staged a protest near the Zoological Garden urging the administration to restart elephant performances which were halted due to the bad health condition of the elephants
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230 promoted as Chief Inspectors

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Two hundred and eighteen (218) male Police Inspectors and 12 women Police Inspectors were promoted as Chief Police Inspectors by the Inspector General of Police with effect from March 17
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Mahela, Sanga make up with Nishantha

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Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have shaken hands with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga and have resolved their differences at a brief but amicable meeting last evening at SLC head office, sources said
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Father throws children into Nilwala River

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Police have commenced a search operation to nab a father who has allegedly thrown his two children into the Nilwala River. The girl aged four and boy aged two were rescued by the security forces after being thrown into the water from the Mahanama bridge in Matara. MORE... Read the Full Article

Man throws his two little children into Nilvala River

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A four-year-old girl and her two-year-old brother, who were thrown into the Nilvala River by their father this morning, were rescued by the army personnel on duty at a nearby security post, police said.
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Special unit to handle religious matters

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa said a special Police unit would be established within the Religious Affairs Ministry to inquire complains on religious matters, the government information department said
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Prepared to hold elections if opposition demands - President

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I am in no hurry to hold a Presidential election however if the opposition demands I am prepared to hold a General or a Presidential election next year, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today. President said this in a reply to a query on unconfirmed reports of a Presidential election being held next year. MORE... Read the Full Article

Special police unit to deal with complaints on religious activities - President

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A special police unit to be established under the Religious Affairs Ministry to deal with complaints related to religious activities, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today. Speaking to heads of media institutions today he added that he will not let any person or organization take the law into their own hands. MORE... Read the Full Article

Tattooed British woman to leave today

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The British tourist, who was arrested and ordered to be deported Court for sporting a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm, is expected to leave the country after being held at the Mirihana Detention camp Read the Full Article

Tsunami rehearsal today

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A national tsunami rehearsal will be conducted at 3pm today in 14 coastal districts, the Disaster Management Centre said. Read the Full Article

Tsunami warning rehearsal today

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A tsunami rehearsal will be conducted between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm today covering 14 Districts in the country, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said
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Don’t use Buddha’s image- MR

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On a petition by the Mahanayaka Theras, the President has directed media organisations to inform the people to desist from using the image of the Buddha for general purposes, the government information department said
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Prince Charles’ brother-in-law dies after fall

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The brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after suffering a serious head injury following a fall in New York, royal officials said
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Authorities step in to reunite Elina with Lankan dad

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The authorities in Dubai have stepped up their efforts to reunite little Elina with her father Chris after reading about her plight in XPRESS even as offers to help the five-year-old keeps pouring from all corners every day
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Casino Bill is against Constitution: Ven Sobitha

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People's Movement for Social Justice Chairman the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera said today S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s Government in1956 closed the racecourse by banning horse racing in Colombo and replaced it with a university but this Government was going to start casinos which are much worse.
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Object found on Australian shore examined for link to flight MH370

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Three pieces of debris washed up off the coast of Western Australia are being investigated to see if they could be wreckage from missing Malaysian flight MH370
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Cricketers sign new contract - SLC

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The National cricketers have agreed to sign the SLC contract after the two parties reached a new deal over payments, Sri Lanka Cricket said a short while ago. MORE... Read the Full Article

Cricket contracts finally resolved

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) issued a media release stating that the national players have agreed to accept a share of ten percent from the payments received by SLC from ICC events and that the players would sign the new contracts shortly
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