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French probe finds 'with certainty' that plane debris is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - LA Times

French probe finds 'with certainty' that plane debris is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - LA Times: ench investigators examining a piece of aircraft debris found on an Indian Ocean island in late July have concluded "with certainty" that the wing part came from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing 18 months ago on a flight to Beijing.


The part was found by beachcombers on Reunion Island on July 29 and was immediately suspected to be the first proof that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed after it veered far off course on March 8, 2014.
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Atapattu resigns as Sri Lanka cricket coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe sought

Atapattu resigns as Sri Lanka cricket coach: Marvan Atapattu has resigned as head coach of the Sri Lanka cricket team while his resignation has been accepted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

The former Sri Lanka captain’s resignation comes after the island nation lost back to back Test series against continental neighbours Pakistan and India in last three months.

It has been learnt that Atapattu’s resignation has been accepted by the Sri Lanka Cricket’s interim chief Sidath Wettimuny.

Atapattu, one of Sri Lanka’s batting mainstay during his playing days, had held the position of chief coach from September 2014 after Paul Farbrace took over as England’s assistant coach.
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Atapattu resigns as Sri Lanka cricket coach

Atapattu resigns as Sri Lanka cricket coach: Marvan Atapattu has resigned as head coach of the Sri Lanka cricket team while his resignation has been accepted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

The former Sri Lanka captain’s resignation comes after the island nation lost back to back Test series against continental neighbours Pakistan and India in last three months.

It has been learnt that Atapattu’s resignation has been accepted by the Sri Lanka Cricket’s interim chief Sidath Wettimuny.

Atapattu, one of Sri Lanka’s batting mainstay during his playing days, had held the position of chief coach from September 2014 after Paul Farbrace took over as England’s assistant coach.
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Culture of excessive number of ministers must end - Sampanthan

Culture of excessive number of ministers must end - Sampanthan: Sri Lanka’s new Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan today said that while a national government in the present context in the country may be a national need, it would have been better if the two parties would have been able to come together without an increase in the number of ministries.�

The Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today recognized the TNA Parliamentary Group Leader as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.�

Accepting the position with humility, Sampanthan said that they will support the government on issues where it is justified and that they will oppose the government when it is in national interest to do so.

“We will extend our fullest support to all parties and members in the opposition and we will work closely with them to ensure that we are an effective and efficient opposition,” he said, delivering a statement in Parliament.�
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Sampanthan new opposition leader ::: Dailymirror.lk ::: Breaking News

Sampanthan new opposition leader ::: Dailymirror.lk ::: Breaking News: Speaker Karu Jayasuriya informed parliament that TNA leader R. Sampanthan was recognized as opposition leader in parliament.

He said no request had been made by the UPFA with regard to the post of opposition leader.
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Don’t fool people with hand-outs then increasing taxes

Don’t fool people with hand-outs, Sri Lanka’s new govt told | Economynext: Sri Lanka’s new government should drop past policies of deceiving people through hand-outs and adopt a more professional approach, moving away from short-term political expediency to deliver real improvements to living standards, a think-tank has recommended.

“Sri Lankans are now aspirational and impatient. Governments will be judged by their capacity to deliver improving living standards,” the Pathfinder Foundation said in a policy paper that called for urgent action.

“The old stop-go policies of deceiving people with hand-outs and then imposing burdens on them are unlikely to be politically and socially tenable in the future
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Sri Lanka finance ministry split again, key cabinet posts to opposition, Defence retained by President

Sri Lanka finance ministry split again, key cabinet posts to opposition: report | Economynext: Sri Lanka United National Party is likely to concede key ministries to the opposition in a national unity cabinet, with the finance ministry split further and national list appointees getting key cabinet ministries, a media report said.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue to hold the subjects of Policy Planning and External Resource with the finance ministry with key revenue agencies going Ravi Karunanayake, The Sunday Times newspaper said.

The foreign, justice and resettlement ministers have already been appointed.

Other likely posts include Kabir Hashim as the minister for National Enterprise Development who may have state banks which was earlier part of the finance ministry, state airlines, gas and sugar companies.
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Time has come to focus on economic development, also means of durable peace

Sri Lanka : Time has come to focus on economic development, Sri Lanka tells international community: Having taken solid measures to address human rights issues that had been at the center for years, Sri Lanka says the time has come to focus on strengthening the economy now.

Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera addressing the Diplomatic Corps based in Colombo on Friday (August 28) said for far too long Sri Lanka's relationship with the international community has been dictated by 'human rights' and now the country needs to focus its attention on the economy.

Pointing out that strong economy is the key in ensuring long-term peace and stability and preventing the recurrence of conflict, the Foreign Minister asked the international community to support Sri Lanka in its efforts to develop the economy and the country.
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Mubarak Out, Kusal Janith In while Tharanga also back

The Island: Sri Lanka have finally decided to move on with youth in the post Kumar Sangakkara era as exciting young wicketkeeper batsman Kusal Janith will make his debut in the deciding third Test against India at Sinhalese Sports Club grounds today.

At 34, the recall of Mubarak for the national side attracted much criticism, but the selectors and team management persisted with him at the expense of the in-form Kusal Janith. It was argued that Mubarak’s experience with the team rebuilding was vital and his brilliance on the field was said to be giving the side an added advantage.
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Tony Blair’s 7 principles of successful reconciliation

Tony Blair’s 7 principles of successful reconciliation :::DailyFT - Be Empowered: Thank you very much Mangala, it is a great pleasure and honour to be giving this Lakshman Kadirgamar lecture at the Institute which bears his name. Before I say anything else I should say one thing at the conclusion of two weeks’ vacation here: I love Sri Lanka. This is truly an amazing country and we have had the best time.�
I have to say the last two weeks have been bliss because they have been free from speeches but when I was asked to do this, I wanted to, not only as a mark of respect to the country but also as a mark of respect to Lakshman for all that he achieved and accomplished. He was a brilliant lawyer, and I know a thing about brilliant lawyers as I am married to one. He was a distinguished statesman and he was also renowned internationally.�
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