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CB bond scams: Monetary Board probe reveals heavy EPF loss 9.5 Bn loss

Mar 27 (Island)  A special investigation, commissioned by the Monetary Board of the CB, has revealed that bond scams under the current govt have caused a staggering loss of about Rs. 10 billion to Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF). A report prepared by the investigation committee is scheduled to be submitted, within next few days, to Committee on Public Accounts and Presidential Commission on bond transactions. more..

Some custom duties removed for Sri Lankan Immigrant workers

Mar 27 (ITN) Govt has decided to completely free the duty imposed of nine goods being brought into the country by migrant Sri Lanka workers. They need to be in foreign employment for at least one year to get this benefit. Deputy Customs Director, said that the Customs has decided to give more benefits to the Sri Lankans who are returning after working in overseas. He said that they can bring a bathroom set, a bedroom suite and a motorcycle below the capacity of 350 CC, tax free. more..

Saint in front of the people: A private visit that went public

Mar 27 (DM) There is a monk who played an active role in several popular movements responsible for bringing about a series of far reaching political developments in the recent past. This monk who had been closely associated with several political parties from time to time has of late embarked on a new mission after severing his latest political ties. The excuse he often proffers for this conduct is that he has always been above petty and narrow sectarian politics. more..

MPs’ duty free vehicle permit controversy: CIABOC urged to take action

Mar 27 (Island) Public interest litigation activist Nagananda Kodituwakku has requested Sarath Jayamanne, Director General of the CIABOC to seize duty free vehicles imported by sitting members of parliament and initiate action to recover levies defrauded at the time of the importation. Additional Solicitor General Jayamanne, PC, succeeded Additional Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe as DG, CIABOC last Nov. more..

Fasting Wimal transferred to prison hospital

Mar 27 (AT) Doctors moved NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa, who has been fasting at the Welikada remand prison since March 22, has been transferred to the prison hospital on Sunday morning, officials said. Former Minister, who is currently in prison on allegations of misusing state vehicles, said to have caused a huge loss to the state by misusing vehicles, is continuing the hunger strike for the fifth day urging for his release. Prison officials said that they had decided to move more..

Flemingo to open new BIA duty free on 1 July

Mar 27 (TRB) Flemingo International CEO Atul Ahuja has confirmed that the company has won a five-year contract to operate the larger of two duty free shops at Colombo BIA. This latest award is understood to correspond to just one of two concessions that were originally tendered last June, with each business historically operated by Flemingo International and World Duty Free in competition with each other. Flemingo International CEO Atul Ahuja confirmed to more..

Rajinikanth row: Namal taunts Tamil Nadu netas, Lyca saddened

Mar 27 (TOI) A day after actor Rajinikanth cancelled his visit to SL, after some pro-Tamil outfits urged him to withdraw from a charity event organised by Lyca Group's Gnanam Foundation next month, bowing to pressure from pro-Tamil outfits MDMK, VCK and others, former SL president Mahinda's son Namal jumped into the controversy. Namal Rajapaksa alleged that TN politicians have done little for Tamils there except for politicizing more..

National Zoo in Sri Lanka and National Zoo in Singapore to exchange technology

Mar 27 (ITN) MoU to be singed between National Zoo in Singapore and National Zoo in Sri Lanka. Singapore Zoo has been known to have among the most beautiful settings in the world, where animals roam freely in open and natural habitats. It is also recognized as the world's best rainforest zoo. The proposal made by Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, to sign the above MoU for exchange of technological knowledge, information for the scheduled developments in Dehiwala Zoo more..

More than 15,000 TB patient in Sri Lanka

Mar 27 (DM) There were more than 15,000 Tuberculosis patients in the country, Consultant Chest Physician at the Polonnaruwa Hospital Dr. Nandika Harischandra said. The World Tuberculosis Day was marked this year on Friday, March 24. “More than 10,000 persons are diagnosed with TB in the country every year and in addition there are about 5,000 patients at large and not receiving treatment,” he said. The patients who refrained from obtaining treatment endangered more..

Ravi K gets The Banker’s title

Mar 27 (FT) Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said yesterday that the financial discipline of Sri Lanka had been recognised internationally with the selection of him as the Best Finance Minister of the Asia Pacific region by prestigious London-based international financial magazine The Banker. The Minister pointed out that the award was not his personal victory but an achievement for the entire country. more..

Several Police OICs transferred

Mar 27 (GDI) Several Police OICs have been transferred considering the service requirement. They have been transferred in accordance with the recommendation made by the IGP Pujith Jayasundara under the approval granted by the National Police Commission. Accordingly, the Chief Inspector of Police J.A.S.N.K. Jayasinghe has been transferred to SL Police College Kalutara from Achchuweli police station. Inspector of Police H.R.P. Senanayake has been transferred to more..

Video: Hire a lawyer & speak the law: Ajith P.

Mar 27 (DM) If all prisoners, whose bail applications were refused, go on hunger strike, we would have to implement a new law call Hunger Strike Law, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said at the opening ceremony of seven multipurpose buildings recently. The Deputy Minister made the above remark and said people should obey the law and order, if they respected the courts. “It is pointless to speak politics in courts. What we should do is hire a good lawyer and speak the law,” he said. more..

Tamil Nadu CM urges Modi for measures on war-footing as 12 more fishermen detained

Mar 27 (ENS) Urging PM Narendra Modi to take up the issue of detention of fishermen and impounding of their boats at the highest diplomatic level with Sri Lanka, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Sunday sought early action for a permanent solution to the problem and long-term diversification measures on a war footing. In the wake of 12 fishermen from Jagathapattinam and Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district more..

France wants investment stability, eyes leisure sector

Mar 27 (ST) Sri Lanka needs to have investment stability with a quiet and stable legal environment, French Ambassador Jean Marin Schuh said. “SL is on (the) right path of politics and constitutional reforms and commitments regarding human rights,” but legal stability remains to be addressed, he said. One of the main constraints by French Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) investments was that resident visas are provided only for one year and a request has been made to extend more..

Sri Lankan to maintain fleet position

Mar 27 (CT) Govt has decided to maintain national carrier SriLankan Airlines' current fleet position in the long term until the GOSL decides on its new managing partner, SriLankan Airlines CEO Suren Ratwatte said. SriLankan Airlines currently has 23 aircraft (all under operating lease) in the operating fleet, consisting of six A330-200, seven A330-300, six A320-200 and three A321-230 aircraft. Deputy Minister Eran Wickremeratne recently said that a global private equity firm TPG Capital more..

‘Luxury apartments boom not a bubble’!

Mar 27 (FT) The apparent boom in the luxury apartments market is not a bubble the industry claims, with future buildings pointing to great potential and investments despite some concerns. The success so far and the optimistic future outlook of the SL real estate market was shared among prospective investors in Hong Kong and Australia by leading promoters Indocean Developers (Altair) and the upcoming CHEC Port City Colombo more..

SAITM not a teaching hospital: Dy Minister

Mar 27 (DM) Neville Fernando-Sri Lanka Russian Friendship Hospital in Malabe is not a teaching hospital sanctioned by the Health Ministry, Parliament was informed yesterday . A teaching hospital is one which provides practical training to medical students. This was revealed by Deputy Minister Faizal Cassim in response to a question asked by JVP MP Nalinda Jayatissa in the House. Dr. Jayatissa asked why the Health Ministry had failed to take action against this hospital more..

SLC Emerging team confident of winning

Mar 27 (DN) Angelo Perera, the Sri Lanka Cricket Emerging XI skipper expressed confidence that with the players he has in his team they were confident of winning the Emerging teams Asia Cup tournament to be held in Bangladesh from today till April 4. “The past couple of weeks we practiced well and we hope to bring the cup to our country,” said Perera at a press conference held at the SSC prior to the team’s departure on Saturday. “We have talented young batting stars like more..

Why Sri Lanka not playing their best fielder is mystery

Mar 27 (Island) Fielding woes have hurt Sri Lanka deeply in the ongoing bilateral series against Bangladesh. Someone joked in twitter the other day that the Sri Lankans are so sloppy that they can’t even catch a cold. Yet, it’s a mystery why they are not playing the best fielder in the country, who has recovered from injury. Alas! This fielder is not even in the squad! Sharp in the 30 yard circle and quick and athletic protecting the boundary, more..

General who encouraged LTTE to think politically

Mar 27 (CT) It was in the mid-eighties that several interesting developments took place in Jaffna between the Army and the LTTE to the surprise of the people of Jaffna and the country at large. At the early stages of the Tamil militancy apart from its original presence in Palaly, Army gradually began to increase its strength by putting up its barracks in Jaffna's coastal area of Gurunagar. However, with the escalation of attacks carried out by the Tamil militants in Jaffna, more..

Bodies of two Sri Lankans received at BIA

Mar 27 (DM) Bodies of two pilgrims who went to India were received at BIA Airport last night. One of those identified as Samarasinghege David (62), a resident from Walasmulla while the other was of 67-year-old P D. Somawathi, a resident in Omaragolla, Malsiripura. The bodies were flown to Sri Lanka via flight (UL 1196) SriLankan airlines around 7 pm. Airport health officials said that around ten Sri Lankans die in a month in India due to harsh weather conditions and lack of medical care. more..

Tourism promotion to kick-start in May

Mar 27 (ST) Sri Lanka’s tourism sector can heave a sigh of relief. After nearly seven years, SL Tourism in May will launch a comprehensive destination campaign initially through digital platforms and thereafter through all media. The aggressive digital marketing promotion campaign will focus on boosting markets like Germany, Western Europe, Middle East, China and India, said Sutheash Balasubramaniam, more..

India, SL can do a lot together: Indian envoy

Mar 27 (FT) India, which sees itself as a net provider of security in the Indian Ocean region, and Sri Lanka can do a lot together, India’s High Commissioner to SL Taranjit Singh Sandhu says. Delivering a speech at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies on India’s Global Outlook on Saturday, the High Commissioner said there was a huge window of opportunity for India-Sri Lanka ties. “We will soon be launching a SAARC communications and meteorology satellite, more..

EU Investment Bank group in Sri Lanka today

Mar 27 (Island) An official delegation from the European Investment Bank (EIB), the world's largest international public lending institution which supports long-term investment across a range of areas globally, is due to arrive in Colombo today. Minister Malik Samarawickrama told The Island Financial Review that the government looks forward to obtaining the EIB's backing for transformational infrastructure in the country such as Megapolis. "EIB is a policy-driven bank which supports more..

H1N1 is doing the rounds: What you need to know

Mar 27 (Roar) The H1N1 influenza virus has reared its head again, with 400 patients reported from the North alone earlier this month. In January, two deaths were reported from Kandy. Moreover, authorities have been on alert since the number of patients tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus in the Maldives rose to 176; the BIA quarantine division has stepped up surveillance for passengers from the Maldives. more..

Closing in on the givers of orders to silence through killing

Mar 27 (SO) It was heartening reading the headlines in a daily on Tuesday 21 March: CID informs Magistrate’s court: special military intelligence team killed Lasantha. We, the public of free Sri Lanka, are not blood thirsty seekers of revenge; nor do we ghoulishly take delight in the smell of blood. We are in reality full of the milk of human kindness sloshing around in our veins and we possess metta. But we like it when verminous rats we abhor are caught. And there were and are plenty of these sorts more..

A review of Razeen Sally’s Sri Lanka: Three scenarios for the future

Mar 27 (CT) A scenario analysis undoubtedly can be used effectively to visualize the future under different possible conditions and make recommendations for policy decisions. In that sense, it is a planning tool. One of the main exponents of this method, Peter Schwartz, called it The Art of the Long View (1991). However, the scientific or the objective aspects of such an exercise also should not be denied. The practice shows that this method is more effective in planning business or other organizations, more..


Burger King opens 14th outlet

Mar 27 (SO) Kiribathgoda has received its own Burger King restaurant, following the opening of the 14th such outlet in Sri Lanka at a prime location in this bustling suburb, by master franchisee Softlogic Restaurants (Pvt) Ltd., a fully-owned subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings. “Kiribathgoda is a bustling community full of activity, with an affluent and cosmopolitan populace. It is therefore the perfect new addition in Burger King’s expansion strategy for SL,” said a spokesperson for the company. more..

Ajit Doval’s unfolding debacle in Sri Lanka

Mar 27 (Island) Indian press carried anxious commentaries about the recent visit of Chinese Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan to SL. India Today observed that this visit took place amidst warnings issued by the Chinese media to the effect that Beijing will fight back if New Delhi tries to interfere in China’s relations with other South Asian countries. New Indian Express speculated that the purpose of Chinese Defence Minister’s visit could be to re-establish military ties with Colombo. more..

'Foreign Judges can hear cases'

Mar 27 (CT) Co-Founder of South Asian Centre for Legal Studies Niran Anketell who has litigated human rights, constitutional law, and civil cases in Sri Lankan Courts for over seven years speaks to Ceylon Today on the govt co sponsoring the UNHRC's resolution 30/1. Anketell who also pursued a LL.M in International Legal Studies at New York University and worked at the International Co-Prosecutor's Office at more..

Editorial: Vroom! Yahapalana in top gear

Mar 27 (Island) The yahapalana government has drawn heavy flak from its detractors, who say it is inefficient. But, this, we believe, is a claim reeking of prejudice and jealousy. What some frustrated politicians, suffering from political cold turkey, say about their rivals who are enjoying power and living off the fat of the land, are to be taken with a pinch of salt—cum grano salis! The incumbent administration has proved, beyond doubt, that it is as efficient as its predecessor in some respects. more..

Entrancing entrapment and a continuingly worrying CTA

Mar 27 (ST) Despite Govt of Sri Lanka’s proud boast to the contrary during requests to renew the EU GSP Plus trade facility and at numerous United Nations briefings, revisions made to the draft Counter-Terror Act (CTA) fail to address major Rule of Law concerns in substance. Dangerously vague and overbroad definitions of what constitutes terrorism and terrorism-related offences are left intact. Indisputably this remains a law drafted for the protection of a Govt in power, more..

Age-appropriate sex education, A must in schools

Mar 27 (SO) Statistics of the National STD/AIDS Control Program Show that the cumulative HIV cases of children, reported in the country by end 2016, is 80% of which 60% of children go to school without any issues. Total number infected in SL by the end of 2016 is 2,557. In 2016, 20 youth (15-24 years) were reported with HIV (2 females & 18 males), in the previous year 91/249 (36%) were due to male to male sex. more..

The Islamic Hijab & Veil

Mar 27 (CT) A Quiet Revolution (Yale University Press, 2011) is by Leila Ahmed, an Egyptian-American; Professor of Divinity at Harvard University. Unless otherwise made explicit, what follows is from this study. The work’s focus is mainly from the 20th century onwards, with much of the reference being related to Egypt (to a lesser degree to Saudi Arabia) and the USA. The hijab and veil are emblems of Islam though, of course, there are pious Muslim women who don’t wear the hijab. more..

Trump’s grace grants reprieve for Lanka

Mar 27 (ST) Exactly four days after Prabhakaran’s body was found floating among the mangroves by the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon on May 19, 2009, the then Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon arrived in Lanka to search amongst the Tiger debris of defeat, possible clues to determine whether triumphant Lanka had played the war game according to the Queensberry Rules. After Ban Ki-moon had met the then President Rajapaksa, a joint statement by SL Govt and UN was issued more..

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