Moves to re-export vehicles from H’tota

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Vehicles exporters of Japan and Thailand were mulling the idea to send vehicles to Hambantota harbour to re-export them to other countries, Harbour Project Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena said.
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Gotabhaya to meet NSA in New Delhi

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Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will visit New Delhi early next week for high-level talks with India’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, according to reliable sources.
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Presidential polls in January

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have told the leaders of the political parties comprising his coalition that a snap presidential election would be held next January.
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Sarath Fonseka disfranchised

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The name of Sarath Fonseka the former army commander and the leader of the Democratic Party is to be removed from the voters list by the Election Commissioner on the instructions of the Attorney General.
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Animal rights activists accuse Wildlife chief

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Animal rights activists today accused the Wildlife Ministry Secretary and Wildlife Conservation Department Director General (WCD) of being directly involved in providing a legal standing to the baby elephants that are smuggled out of national parks and sold off for domestication.
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All hospitals on alert for Ebola: Health Min.

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While the authorities were now maintaining a 24/7 special medical unit at the Bandaranaike International Airport to track Ebola patients, the Health Ministry said all hospitals in the country had been issued with detailed instructions on how to deal with a patient suspected of contracting Ebola.
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SL express concerns

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The Sri Lankan Government today said it was concerned about the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to cancel the EU regulations proscribing the LTTE. Read the Full Article

EU court lifts LTTE sanctions

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European Union (EU) judges struck down anti-terrorism sanctions imposed on the Tamil Tigers by the European Union, citing a technicality, but said on Thursday that the assets of the Sri Lankan group should remain frozen for the time being.
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Video: Govt. trying to hide borrowings: Harsha

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The main opposition UNP today charged that the government had adopted a fraudulent approach of hiding the borrowings made by various state institutions from the 2015 budget.
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Moves to patch up with Nonis

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Moves are a foot with the use of certain channels to re-instate Dr. Chris Nonis as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Britain after the last month’s incident that led to Dr. Nonis to submitting his resignation, Daily Mirror learns. Read the Full Article

Ravana Balaya confronts FEB officials

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The Ravana Balaya Organisation today went to the Foreign Employment Bureau in an attempt to urge its Chairman to look into the issues faced by the Sri Lankan employees in the Middle East countries. Read the Full Article

Land issue in North still a problem for civilians: UK

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British Deputy High Commissioner Laura Davies said yesterday land issues in the Northern Province continued to prevent some communities from rebuilding their lives.
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Two brothers sentenced to death in Kegalle

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Two brothers aged 50 and 52 were sentenced to death by the Kegalle High Court for killing their sister’s husband in 2009.
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Ashok Leyland gets order worth $17mn from SL

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Hinduja group flagship company Ashok Leyland has received an order worth $17 million to supply 630 buses to Sri Lankan operators
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Panneerselvam seeks Modi’s help to release boats

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Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam on Thursday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to secure 75 fishing boats from the custody Sri Lankan authorities. Read the Full Article

Uva PC Ministers swear in

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Uva Provincial Council members including the Chief Minister were sworn in as ministers by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Presidential Secretariat this morning. Read the Full Article

G20 to run UNP campaign

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The United National Party (UNP) has appointed a committee known as the ‘Group 20 or G 20’ to steer the party’s campaign at an upcoming presidential election, party officials said yesterday.
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Yala National Park to be kept open for six hours

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The Yala National Park, which was closed due to the dry climatic conditions, would be opened from today (16) six hours a day, the Wild Life Conservation Department said.
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Lankan Al-Quaeda suspect deported to SL

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Malaysian authorities yesterday deported the Lankan who is suspected of having indirect links with Al-Qaeda and planned terror attacks in India.
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Work on Northern Expressway to start next month

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Construction work on the Northern Expressway would start in November, Highways Project Minister, Nirmala Kotalawala said. The Northern Expressway, from Enderamulla in Gampaha to Dambulla would be constructed in four phases and consist of four lanes initially.
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One dead, 61 houses damaged in Kegalle due to strong winds

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At least 61 houses were partly damaged in Yatiyanthota and Ruwanwella areas while one house was completely destroyed due to strong winds experienced this evening, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.
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Heavy traffic on Colombo exit roads

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Traffic congestion was reported in most of the exit roads from Colombo due to heavy rains, the Police said.
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MR should abolish Presidency: Sumanthiran

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Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran today said that they were not plotting to divide the country and therefore President Mahinda Rajapaksa should abolish the Executive Presidency right away as he pledged in Kilinochchi on Sunday. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka sets Guinness record

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Sri Lanka today set a Guinness world record for the most number of participants in a hand-washing relay to mark Global Hand-washing Day which falls today.
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Claim your jewellery -Army tells Northern civilians

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The Security Forces who had already launched the process of returning identified gold jewellery, recovered earlier from the LTTE, to their rightful owners, today appealed remaining civilians who have still failed to claim their valuables after the war to reach Civil Coordinating Offices in the north, the military said.
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