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We Cannot Let The Country Be Destroyed: Sambanthan

We Cannot Let The Country Be Destroyed: Leader Of The Opposition | Colombo Telegraph: Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan addressing a star-studded line up of politicians, including Chandrika Kumartunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe noted that the country’s politicians always should give priority to “Democracy”.

Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan
The Tamil National Alliance leader, who has been in the limelight lately said the erosion of democracy will lead to the destruction of the country.

“Sri Lanka should always be a vibrant democracy. We cannot let the country be destroyed.�So we should strengthen our democratic institutions and protect democracy as a whole” Sampanthan said.

He made these observation while speaking at the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of the Department of Elections held at the BMICH yesterday
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India’s new 5-billion-dollar one-way Hanuman Bridge to Lanka | The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

India’s new 5-billion-dollar one-way Hanuman Bridge to Lanka | The Sunday Times Sri Lanka: The plan unveiled was to build a 23 km sea bridge linking India’s Dhanushkodi to Lanka’s Talaimannar. The project was presented by the Indian minister as one that was vital to “increase the trans-SAARC road and transport network,” The cost for the bridge: 5.19 billion US dollars.

Last Sunday the Press Trust of India, the country’s largest news agency, reported India’s plans to build the bridge following the ‘meeting Nitin Gadkari had with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week with plans to expand the existing motor pact with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal to other neighbouring countries.’
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Lanka oil hub talks gather momentum

Lanka oil hub talks gather momentum: During Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Shriyan Wickremesinghe's visit to New Delhi earlier this month, both sides discussed the setting up of Trincomalee oil tank facility in a joint venture along with an oil refinery by Indian companies and a thermal power plant.

State-run Indian Oil Corporation is keen on a refinery having a capacity of 6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in Lanka, its first such overseas project.

At present, Sri Lanka has a single refinery of 2.5mtpa capacity, with demand for petroleum products double the capacity.

In 2014-15, Lanka IOC's turnover increased 9 per cent to Rs 8,180 crore, and profit after tax rose 65 per cent to Rs 480 crore.

Lanka IOC is the only oil company other than state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation that operates retail petrol and diesel stations.

At present, it has 179 fuel stations in the country.
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India hopes for consensus on resolution at UNHRC on Sri Lanka - The Economic Times

India hopes for consensus on resolution at UNHRC on Sri Lanka - The Economic Times: "Our expectation at this point is that hopefully it will be a consensus resolution which everyone will be able to pass unanimously and it is something which will be acceptable to the Government of Sri Lanka also," he said.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has called for the formation of a hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators. Sri Lanka has been insisting on a domestic mechanism to probe the matter.

Rights groups claim that the Sri Lankan military killed 40,000 civilians in the final months of the three decade-long brutal ethnic conflict with the LTTE that ended in 2009.
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Stampede kills hundreds at Hajj pilgrimage near Mecca -

Stampede kills hundreds at Hajj pilgrimage near Mecca - A stampede during one of the last rituals of the Hajj season -- the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca -- has killed more than 450 people and injured 719 others in Saudi Arabia.

The stampede occurred Thursday morning during the ritual known as "stoning the devil" in the tent city of Mina, about 2 miles from Mecca, Islam's holiest city.

Hundreds have been killed in past years during the same ceremony, and it comes only 13 days after a crane collapse killed more than 100 people at another major Islamic holy site, the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
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Indian Cabinet clears $2.5-billion deal for Boeing military choppers

The Island: The I ndian Cabinet on Tuesday cleared a $2.5-billion proposal to buy 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers from US aviation giant Boeing.

The deal, pending since 2013 over cost negotiations, comes just ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit. He leaves fpr New York on Wednesday.

Ahead of Modi’s visit to the US, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Tuesday cleared a multi-billion dollar deal for 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers with American aviation giant Boeing.

"The deal for Apache and Chinook [helicopters] has been cleared," government sources said.

The CCS met after a Cabinet meeting, the sources said.
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Road accidents: from BAD to WORSE ::: ::: Breaking News

Road accidents: from BAD to WORSE ::: ::: Breaking News: During the past week many road traffic accidents were reported from different places.� The most recent one� took place on Thursday morning (10), when five Presidential Security Division officers lost their lives and several others were injured following a collision of a Defender jeep with two private buses at Miriswatte on the Minuwangoda - Colombo Road. In the same week, another case was reported where a 17- year- old youth was killed in a hit- and -run case at Rajawatte, Veyangoda. Another accident was reported from Thalgodapitiya this week when a motor cycle collided with a van claiming the life of a four- year- old child while injuring two others. It was reported that sixty people lost their lives in road traffic accidents this month.

A statistical analysis conducted by the Ministry of Transport has indicated the nature of accidents that had taken place in 2014. According to that tabulation, the number of� fatal accidents reported stood at 2261. The number of minor accidents and serious accidents reported during last year were 13051 and 6688 respectively. �
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Seya’s murder: schoolboy taken into custody ::: ::: Breaking News

Seya’s murder: schoolboy taken into custody ::: ::: Breaking News: A seventeen year old schoolboy living in the vicinity has been taken in for questioning by the CID over the abduction, rape and murder of Seya Sandevmi of Akarangaha, Kotadeniyawa.

The suspect was described as a friend of the victim's family by the CID, who added that he was an A/L Commerce stream student of a reputed school in Gampaha.

The CID said it had received information that the suspect was a drug addict.

The CID had also taken into custody two others over the murder. They are being interrogated separately. (Srinath Prasanna Jayasuriya)
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