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Sri Lanka – Canada Business Council, the pen and Upali!

Posted on 24 May 2016

It was Upali Obeyesekere, a man with a passion for Sri Lanka and understanding, who reached out to me on behalf of the Sri Lanka-Canada Business Council in Toronto, as the Secretary of the Council. He and I struck a wonderful friendship which lasts even today. Upali had his contacts and he knew how to […] Continue Reading

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Sri Lanka NEWS

Ex-Senior DIG Anura Senanayake remanded

Posted on 23 May 2016

  By Norman Palihawadana – The Island.   Former Senior DIG Anura Senanayake was remanded till May 26 by Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris when the CID produced him in court yesterday over alleged suppression of facts about the Wasim Thajudeen killing, trying to mislead the judiciary and also ordering junior officers to obey his […] Continue Reading

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Sri Lanka NEWS

Basil’s former secretary and another official arrested

Posted on 23 May 2016

  Willie Gamage and Ariyatilleke Dassanayaka who appeared before the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) this morning (23) were arrested this afternoon after being questioned. Gamage functioned as the Chariman, while Dassanayaka functions as the Secretary to the ‘Rajapaksa Education and Cultural Centre'. The two were arrested for their involvement in a property dealing.  Willie […] Continue Reading

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Daily News

Mackwood’s shareholders get Interim Order against Dr. Chris Nonis

Posted on 22 May 2016

Sri Lanka’s Commercial High Court of Colombo recently issued an interim order against former high Commissioner to the United Kingdom – Dr. Chris Nonis et al, in a case filed by majority shareholders of Mackwoods Securities for oppression, mismanagement and misappropriation of assets belonging to Mackwoods Group of Companies. In a case recently filed the […] Continue Reading

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Cricket

Anderson banishes Headingley demons as England enforce follow-on

Posted on 20 May 2016

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, Close of Play – 2nd day. Sri Lanka 91 (Anderson 4-16, Broad 4-21) and 1 for 0 trail England 298 (Bairstow 140, Hales 86) by 206 runs.   Like Sachin Tendulkar's Test record at Lord's, there has always been something incongruous about James Anderson's bowling statistics at Headingley. The Lancastrian-in-Yorkshire factor aside, it has […] Continue Reading

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World NEWS

Vesak Day messages from the United States 

Posted on 20 May 2016

    The government of the United States has issued messages at the highest level marking the celebration of Vesak.    President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have conveyed the following Vesak greetings:   Statement by the President Barack Obama   Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Buddhists in the […] Continue Reading

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Cricket

Day-1: Hales and Bairstow steady England after Shanaka strikes on debut

Posted on 19 May 2016

  THE REPORT BY ANDREW MILLER. England 171 for 5 (Hales 71*, Bairstow 54*) v Sri Lanka. Play01:11 Shanaka debut triple stings England     If Dasun Shanaka was an English seamer, he might well be on the endangered species list. His unassuming line and length, delivered with a high action and at a pace in the mid-to-high 70mphs, […] Continue Reading

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Sri Lanka NEWS

Relief for flood and landslide victims in Sri Lanka

Posted on 19 May 2016

Canada-Sri Lank Business Council (CSLBC) based in Toronto has requested all its members and well wishers to channel its relief through the Canadian Red Cross. In an internal memo to the Sri Lankan expatriate community, CSLBC President Upali Obeyesekere appealed to all its members to generously assist the relief efforts affecting victims of the recent […] Continue Reading

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Travel

SriLankan Cargo smashes record for cargo handling at BIA Cargo Centre!

Posted on 18 May 2016

Colombo, May 18 2016: SriLankan Cargo (www.srilankancargo.com), the freight handling arm of SriLankan Airlines, set a new record for the amount of tonnage handled during a single month at the Cargo Centre of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), with 21,743 metric tonnes in the month of March 2016. SriLankan Cargo is the sole cargo handler at […] Continue Reading

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Sri Lanka NEWS

Rajagiriya Flyover construction to begin in July

Posted on 17 May 2016

The construction of the Rajagiriya flyover is scheduled to begin in July this year as an interim traffic solution in the Megapolis plan, Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva announced today. The flyover is expected to reduce the current travel duration to half from Nelum Pokuna to Battaramulla. In a Facebook post Dr. Silva said […] Continue Reading

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Sri Lanka NEWS

Nominations called for 7-week Eisenhower US Fellowships 2017

Posted on 15 May 2016

  Sri Lanka is among 20-25 countries chosen to select nominees for next year’s prestigious Eisenhower Fellowships where successful candidates under the Multi-Nation Program (MNP) are provided an intensive seven-week fellowship experience.  The Eisenhower Fellowships Association of Sri Lanka said in a media notice that it has been requested to shortlist two nominees from Sri […] Continue Reading

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Headline, World NEWS

Jayanthi Kuru-utumpala becomes first Sri Lankan woman to summit Everest

Posted on 22 May 2016

 21 May 2016.  Summit Success At just before 5:00am on the 21 May 2016, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala became the first Sri Lankan ever to climb to the top of Mt Everest (29,029ft).   She departed from Camp 4 at around 9pm the previous evening  with  her  fellow  Sri  Lankan  and  climbing  partner  Johann  Peries.  Johann  made […] Continue Reading

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Canada NEWS, Headline

Sri Lanka High Commission appeal for flood assistance to Sri Lanka

Posted on 19 May 2016

FLOOD RELIEF ASSISTANCE TO SRI LANKA This is to inform that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo has informed this High Commission that a comprehensive programme of action has been put into place to provide urgent relief assistance to those affected by the floods inSri Lanka. The High Commission has been authorised to accept […] Continue Reading

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Canada NEWS, Headline

Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on the anniversary of the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War

Posted on 19 May 2016

  May 15, 2015. TORONTO – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the sixth anniversary of the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War: “Today, we solemnly reflect on the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. We remember the lives shattered and lost […] Continue Reading

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Headline, Travel

SriLankan Airlines unveils oneworld priority signage at Colombo and Male Airports

Posted on 19 May 2016

  SriLankan Airlines has unveiled oneworld priority signage at its Colombo hub, Bandaranaike International Airport and Male, its extended home market. The new signage aims to provide the alliance’s top tier, frequent flyers a comprehensive and clear idea on the alliance’s benefits throughout the travel process – check-in, airport fast tracks, lounges and boarding. The […] Continue Reading

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Canada NEWS, Headline

Canada – Sri Lanka friendship group formed in Canadian Parliament

Posted on 15 May 2016

A Canada – Sri Lanka friendship group has been formed in the Canadian Parliament to boost ties between both countries. The election of office bearers was presided over by Deputy Speaker Anthony Rota. Pascale Massot while the Policy Advisor to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stephane Dion, was also present, the Sri Lankan High […] Continue Reading

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Sports

Sunday Observer account of the Bradby Shield – Trinity wins second leg

Posted on 15 May 2016

Sixteen-year-old’s last minute penalty helps Royal retain Bradby Shield : Trinity players try to grab the Bradby Shield from Royal captain Nikila Gunadheera as he holds it aloft after the second leg of the contest at the Trinity Sports Complex Pallekele yesterday. Pic: Rukmal Gamage Royal College staged a spectacular fight back where their 16-year-old […] Continue Reading

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Daily News

Abduction at Wariyapola: Gang demands Rs.20 m in ransom

Posted on 14 May 2016

 An organized extortion gang that abducted the 20-year-old son of a leading businessman in Wariyapola on Thursday night by a white van has demanded Rs. 20 million in ransom. “They have threatened the parents that their son’s life would be in danger, if they fail to comply with their demand,” Police said. According to Police […] Continue Reading

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Sri Lanka NEWS

The Bradby shared as Trinity triumph in the Lion’s den

Posted on 14 May 2016

The Bradby shared as Trinity triumph in the Lion’s den! The second leg of the all important Bradby was always going to be a tense affair with Royal only having a 5 point cushion after winning the first leg 22-17. Trinity played hosts to Royal this evening and a humdinger of a game ensued. Trinity […] Continue Reading

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Sri Lanka NEWS

Basil Rajapaksa arrested by FCID

Posted on 12 May 2016

Former Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa has been arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), a short while ago. He was arrested after arriving at the FCID to give a statement in connection with a land issue in Matara. The former Minister is to be produced before the Matara court today (12). Basil […] Continue Reading

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Cricket

Kusal Perera cleared of doping charges

Posted on 11 May 2016

Kusal Perera, the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman, is free to resume playing cricket with immediate effect after the ICC lifted the provisional suspension imposed on him for doping. The ICC said there was no decisive evidence that Perera, who was suspended in December 2015, had used performance-enhancing substances after a detailed examination of the Qatar-based testing […] Continue Reading

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