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Daily Archives: October 23, 2017

One killed, 7 arrested following shootout

One person was killed while seven others have been arrested following a shootout between Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel and a gang of suspected criminals in the Henpitagedara area in Divulapitiya. Acting on information received that a gang of criminals were loitering near the school in Henpitagedara on the …

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Lanka to import rice soon

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has decided to immediately import 200,000 metric tons of rice. Sri Lanka has launched an open international tender to import a fresh tranche of rice on 19 October – a first call in recent times to be issued to suppliers worldwide. “We are making …

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Abe cruises to ‘super-majority’ win in Japan vote

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to a resounding victory in a snap election Sunday and immediately vowed to “deal firmly” with threats from North Korea that dominated the campaign. Abe’s ruling conservative coalition was on track to win more than 310 seats in the 465-seat parliament, according to a …

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19 gold bars retrieved from Sri Lankan passenger

Indian customs department officials have retrieved 19 gold bars weighing about 300g from a Sri Lankan national on Friday and Saturday. Sathiyaseelan, 37, of Colombo, arrived in the Coimbatore International Airport by Sri Lankan airlines on Friday. He was intercepted by a team of customs department officials after they got …

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Ryan Jayalath granted bail

The Convener of the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee, Ryan Jayalath, has been granted bail by the Colombo High Court. He was charged with forcefully entering the Health Ministry and destroying public property during an anti-SAITM protest march on June 22. Jayalath surrendered to the court by means of an …

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MS to announce govt stand on SAITM today

President Maithripala Sirisena will reveal the government’s position on the SAITM (South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine) issue today (Oct 23), Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament last Friday.   Answering a question raised by MEP and Joint Opposition Parliament Group leader Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister Kirielle said …

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140 m USD income from prawn exports

The present 17.5 million US dollar income from prawn export has the potential to be raised to 140 m USD, says primary industries minister Daya Gamage. Prawn farmers should pay close attention to follow the proper methods to increase their harvest and achieve that income target, he says. The minister …

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Tight security for Anika’s family

The CID yesterday said tight security had been provided to family members of Anika Wijesuriya, who had fled the country following death threats, after she gave evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that her Monarch Residencies penthouse in Colombo 3 had been leased to former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake …

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CSE to add dollar denominated board

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) is finalising plans to launch a dollar trading board, part of a broader strategy to develop Sri Lanka’s bourse into a regional capital markets centre and boost the inflow of foreign funds. In July, Ray Abeywardena, chairman of the CSE, announced that the exchange had …

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