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Budget Highlights
Friday, 30 January 2015 10:04

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*Loss incurred by hedging deals is 60 million USD

*Listed out details of financial losses incurred due to borrowings/developmental projects of the previous regime that has resulted in an added financial burden to the people

*True figure of debt per person is Rs. 427,220

*True figure of state debts currently is Rs. 8.81trillion

*Expenses of presidential secretariat - 2014 Rs. 10,4970 million / estimated cost for 2015 was Rs 95,930 million but it has been brought down to Rs. 2,560 million

*Salaries of state sector servants increased by Rs.10,000; Rs. 5,000 will be given in February/ remaining Rs. 5000 in June- Thereby state sector employees’ salaries increased by 47%

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Media men who fled country invited to return
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 12:28

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 Media Minister and Government Chief Whip Gayantha Karunatilake said he would request journalists who fled the country in the past to save their lives from the oppression of the previous regime, to return home and engage in media activities by using their pen freely as before. He would guarantee that the media would not be harassed or oppressed under the tenure of the present government as before.
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Saman Wagaarachchi on ANCL Board
Friday, 23 January 2015 09:52

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Former Dinamina Editor Saman Wagaarachchi, a veteran media personality has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL). He was one of the founder journalists of the Lakbima newspaper, and also a Deputy Editor and subsequently as Chief Editor of the same newspaper. He had also served as the Chief Editor of the Irida Peramuna weekely.
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ANCL new chairman
Thursday, 22 January 2015 12:40

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Kavan Ratnayake assumed office as Chairman \ Managing Director of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited this morning. 

He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of California Riverside and was Country General Manager for IBM

He later moved to Dialog Axiata  PLC as Chief Executive Officer and became the Chief Corporate Officer of Dialog in January 2010.

 

 
‘OPERATION ANTI-CORRUPTION’ BEGINS - Media Minister and Government Chief Whip Gayantha Karunathilaka
Monday, 19 January 2015 13:36

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Active preparations are underway to launch the national anti-corruption programme, Media Minister and Government Chief Whip Gayantha Karunathilaka told the Daily News yesterday.

“Work is underway by the National Executive Council to ensure the implementation of government’s anti-corruption programme in keeping with President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100-day plan,” he said.

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PEOPLE’S POPE VISITS SRI LANKA
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

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His Holiness Pope Francis was welcomed on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, First Lady Jayanthi Pushpakumari and other delegates with the Presidential entourage. Pictures by President’s Media Unit and Sudath Nishantha.

 
New Cabinet Ministers take oaths
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 00:00

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President Maithripala Sirisena appointed 27 Cabinet Ministers, 10 State Ministers and eight Deputy Ministers at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo yesterday, where the parliamentarians took oaths.

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Karunaratne Paranavithana new Media Secretary
Monday, 12 January 2015 05:58

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Well known journalist, author and state official Karunaratne Paranavithana has been appointed Mass Media and Information Ministry Secretary, by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Paranavithana served as the Director General of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Director Editorial of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. and the Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. He also served as Consular General of Sri Lanka in Canada.

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India, US, Japan congratulate President Sirisena
Saturday, 10 January 2015 00:00

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a congratulatory message to President Maithripala Sirisena reaffirmed India's continued solidarity and support for Sri Lanka.

In a twitter message he said; "As a close friend and neighbour, reaffirmed India's continued solidarity and support for Sri Lanka's peace, development and prosperity."

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Presidential election conducted in a peaceful manner _ Police Spokesman
Friday, 09 January 2015 00:00

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Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana yesterday said the 2015 Presidential election was conducted in a peaceful manner with no incident that deprived any person of his right to vote reported from any part of the island.

"No person was injured, or their property damaged in election related incident. That is an unprecedented achievement," he said.

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First Lady of Malaysia Datin Rosmah Mansor arrived in Sri Lanka
Friday, 05 December 2014 09:22

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First Lady of Malaysia Datin Rosmah Mansor arrived in Sri Lanka for a two day visit on Thursday (04).

First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapakse welcomed her at the Bandaranaike International airport.

The Malaysias First Lady Datin Rosmah Mansor arrived in Sri Lanka on an invitation extended by the Sri Lankan First lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa.

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John Amaratunga told by Catholic Church Don’t utter falsehoods; Pope’s visit on schedule
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:11
 
altDirector Media and Information Bureau for His Holiness Pope Francis’s Sri Lankan visit Rev. Fr Cyril Gamini Fernando refuting a news item attributed to Gampaha district UNP Parliamentarian John Amaratunga telecast on a private television channel on November 30 categorically stated that Pope Francis I’s visit will take place as scheduled from January 13 to 15, 2015.
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Presidential poll on January 8
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:43

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The Presidential election will be held on January 8, 2015 (Thursday), Election Department sources stated yesterday.

Nominations for the Presidential election will be received until December 8, 2014, the sources added. 

 

 
BRICS countries should raise their voice in global economic governance - Chinese President
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:12

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AUSTRALIA: The BRICS countries should actively participate in international multilateral cooperation and raise their voice in global economic governance, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Saturday.

Xi made the remarks while meeting with other leaders of the BRICS countries on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty (G20) summit.

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LANKA FOR BRICS TYPE SAARC BANK
Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:23

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Sri Lanka will support a SAARC bank on the lines of the USD 100-billion New Development Bank (NDB), announced by the BRICS grouping -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- in July.

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Padmakumara removal: A Swarnavahini affair
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:52

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Media and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunaratne Paranavithana in a press release issued yesterday stated the ministry has drawn its attention to various news items published through various media institutions on the removal of Bandula Padmakumara from the Mulpituwa morning news review programme he presented over the Swarnavahini television channel.

Some of the news items published through these media programmes indirectly gave the impression that this has been done on an order from the top and engineered by the government.

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Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake assumes duties.
Friday, 16 January 2015 00:00

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Mass Media & Information Minister Gayantha Karunathilake assumed duties.

 
Karunarathna Paranavithana assumed duties
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

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Karunarathna Paranavithana assumed duties as the Mass Media and Information Ministry Secretary yesterday. Additional Secretary K.W.T.N. Amarathunga is also in the pictur

 

 
PEOPLE’S POPE, PEOPLE’S COUNTRY
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 00:00

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The Pope is here, and the new Cabinet is sworn in and there couldn’t be better tidings this New Year, 2015. Both events are of momentous import, in different but also parallel ways. Pope Francis 1 is known as the People’s Pope, a humble servant of God who chose as his papal moniker Francis, to honour St. Francis of Assisi whose followers are said to have ‘celebrated and venerated poverty’ in their day.

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Swearing in ceremony of President Maithripala Sirisena at Independence Square
Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

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President Maithripala Sirisena took oaths before senior most Supreme Court Judge K. Siripavan while UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn-in as Prime Minister on Friday at Independence Square. 

 
Maithripala Sirisena is the new President
Friday, 09 January 2015 00:00

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  Elections Commissioner declares Maithripala Sirisena as President elect polling in 6,217,162 (51.28%) votes.

 

 
Electorate to decide today
Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

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Fifteen million, forty four thousand and four hundred and ninety (15,044,490) voters will go to the polls to elect the country's seventh Executive President today.

 
Prof. Tissa Kariyawasam dies
Friday, 05 December 2014 09:20

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Prof. Tissa Kariyawasam, 72, passed away yesterday after a brief illness. His body is lying at his residence 4A, First Lane, Nawala Road, Nugegoda.

He was a Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, a writer and a veteran media personality.

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President due to leave for SAARC Summit today
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:32

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa is due to leave for Kathmandu, Nepal today to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit scheduled for November 26 and 27.

The two day SAARC Summit will be attended by the Heads of States of the South Asian Region. 

 

 
President to issue letters of appointment to 5,000 nursing students
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:16

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hand over appointment letters to 5,000 nursing students at 10 a.m. today at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, the ceremony will be held with the participation of Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena and many others.
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Death of former Silumina Chief Editor Karunadasa Sooriaarachchi
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:07

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Former Chief Editor of Silumina newspaper and veteran journalist Karunadasa Sooriaarachchi better known as Kasuri passed away at the Colombo National Hospital yesterday. Kasuri was serving as a Consultant Editor of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (Lake House). He started his career as a teacher and joined the Divaina newspaper of the Upali Newspapers Company and subsequently was appointed Deputy Editor of the Divaina. He also served as Chief Editor of Navaliya newspaper before joining Lake House as the Chief Editor of the Silumina newspaper.

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Mr. Gayantha Karunathilaka
Honourable Minister of Mass Media & Information

 

   
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