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Travel bans on six directors of Western Hospital over kidney racket

Dec 7 (TM) Colombo Additional Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya yesterday imposed a foreign travel ban on six members of the Board of Directors of the Western Hospital/Infirmary on Cotta Road, Borella, who have allegedly been involved in a racket with regard to the sale of kidneys to local and foreign individuals by deceiving donors from poor families and giving them money. A request made by the CCD more..

Govt says selling state assets only way to build reserves & prevent crippling shortages

Dec 7 (Island) Minister Bandula Gunawardena said SL wouldn’t be in a position to be part of the international trading system unless it boosted its foreign reserves by selling some of its assets. Gunawardena, who also holds media and transport portfolios said so at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing. Responding to a query about the govt’s decision to divest vital national assets, the Minister said that if Sri Lanka did not shore up its reserves to the tune of over three billion dollars, more..

Over 12,000 kids abandoned in orphanages as parents are drug addicts

Dec 7 (DM) More than 12,000 children are currently being abandoned in orphanage homes because their parents are drug addicts, and most of them received hospital treatment without their parents due to abuse incidents, LRH consultant paediatrician Dr. Deepal Perera said. He said that most of the children come to hospitals with their grandmother or grandfather because their parents are drug addicts. He also said the trend of all drug related addiction among schoolchildren is more dangerous more..

SL waits on compensation, answers from X-Press Pearl disaster 18 mo. after vessel sank

Dec 7 (SCMP) Eighteen months after the X-Press Pearl environmental disaster, SL has filed charges against the ship’s crew, but the govt stands accused of being opaque on the true extent of the unprecedented tragedy, being too slow in suing for compensation, and not demanding enough of it. Singapore-registered vessel, carrying hazardous chemicals and plastic pellets, caught fire off SL’s west coast in May last year, more..

Priyamali alleges she was strip-searched

Dec 7 (CT) Thico Group owner Thilini Priyamali, who is remanded over financial fraud, filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of SL (HRCSL) through a lawyer, alleging she was strip-searched inside prison, violating protocol for prisoners. The complaint also said she sustained injuries to her private parts in the process. Speaking to the media after filing the complaint, the lawyer said the search had been conducted by prison officials violating the set procedure for such matters. more..

Stocks record highest close in over 5 weeks

Dec 7 (FT) Colombo stock market remained bullish yesterday, including continuous net foreign inflow. The active S&P SL20 index gained by 0.93% and the benchmark ASPI by 0.43% yesterday. Turnover was Rs. 3.1 billion involving 149.76 million shares. Foreigners recorded a net inflow of Rs. 928.3 million with Expolanka Holdings seeing most net buying worth Rs. 446.8 million whilst selling topped in BIL at Rs. 7.8 million. With yesterday’s net buying the amount so far in December is Rs. 3.7 billion more..

හිරු ටීවී පත්තරේ විස්තරේ

Three die in separate incidents in Maligawatta, Gokarella

Dec 7 (DM) Three people had lost their lives in separate incidents yesterday in Maligawatta and Gokarella police areas, the police said. They said a 44-year-old man was beaten to death by a group of people using an iron rod at the Jayantha Weerasekera Mawatha in the Maligawatte police area last evening. The victim died on admission to the Colombo National Hospital (CNH). Police investigations were initiated following an alert to 118 emergency centre. more..

'President is good but on the wrong side'

Dec 7 (CT) Leader of the Up-Country People’s Front, member of the TPA, and MP for Nuwara Eliya District, V. Radhakrishan, compared Karnan to Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe, saying Karnan was a good man and a great giver, but because he was with Duriyodhanan, he was harassed by Lord Krishna. Similarly, President Wickramasinghe is a fine scholar. But he is on the wrong side, which is why many people, have rejected him for following the Dharma path. more..

World Bank extends lifeline for crisis-hit SL

Dec 7 (FT) The World Bank on Monday approved Sri Lanka’s request to access concessional financing from the International Development Association (IDA). This type of financing, which is offered at low interest rates, will enable the country to implement its Govt-led reform program to stabilise the economy and protect the livelihood of millions of people facing poverty and hunger. The request is the result of SL’s sustained deterioration more..

Dullas compares Ranil’s rise to Hitler’s

Dec 7 (TM) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe used the political instability and economic depression in the country to become Prez similar to how Adolf Hitler came into power with the aid of the Nazi Party in Germany back in the 1930s, MP Dullas Alahapperuma said. “Wickremesinghe is a Prez born out of political anarchy and economic depression at the time. Back in the 1930s in Germany, Hitler came into power with the aid of the Nazis while Prez today came to power with similar help. more..

Lankan paddlers for South Asian TT Tourney

Dec 7 (DN) A Seven member Sri Lanka team left for Kathmandu Nepal yesterday to take part in the South Asian Table Tennis championship which will be held from 8 to 11 December. According to the President of the Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka (TTASL), two men's paddlers Prasad de Silva and Nirmala Jayasinghe are in the team while five women paddlers Bimandi Bandara, Kasuni Pitigala, Maneesha Shalindi, Oneli Lehansa, and Tamadi Kawindya will also take part at this event. more..

ඩයනාව හුරතල් කරන ලොලිපොප් රනිල්...

Expert calls for combined Indo-Lanka effort for better mutual gain

Dec 7 (FT) With Sri Lanka envisaging to become a developed nation by 2048 and India looking to become a global economic powerhouse by 2047, the visions of both countries are complementary and could be directed towards their mutual benefit. Addressing the Inaugural Sessions of the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2022, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) CEO Parameswaran Iyer said Sri Lanka should take a fresh look at three main dimensions in its economic recovery. more..

Govt instructs Legal Draftsman to prepare Bill to establish Parliamentary Budget Office

Dec 7 (FT) Govt has instructed the Legal Draftsman to prepare a Bill to establish the proposed Parliamentary Budget Office. The proposal to this effect submitted by Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Finance, Economic Stabilisation and National Policies Minister was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting on Monday. “The bad fiscal management of successive govts is the reason for the economic crisis today,” Minister Bandula Gunawardena said more..

Govt-Opposition split on Speaker’s power to remove Diana

Dec 7 (TM) In response to the claim by SJB MP Mujibur Rahman stating that Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana possesses the power to remove an MP from Parliament, Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe clarified that the Speaker does not hold any such power as per the Constitution. “Speaker has no power to remove an MP from Parliament according to the Constitution. “Speaker has no power to remove an MP more..

UPR: Justice Marasinghe deals with post-war issues, economic ruination

Dec 7 (Island) Justice Rohini Marasinghe, in her capacity as Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission, has told the fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of SL in Geneva recently how short-sighted policies of the previous govt plunged the country into unprecedented political-economic-social turmoil and the circumstances leading to the then Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ouster. Justice Marasinghe has dealt with social and economic rights and establishment of a national more..

Sri Pada season begins today: CEA urges devotees not to pollute environment

Dec 7 (Island) CEA has requested devotees visiting Sri Pada (Adams Peak) to avoid disposing of garbage, especially polythene and plastic, in the vicinity. CEA Chairman, Supun Pathirage, said that the Sri Pada Vandana (Pilgrimage) season will start on Unduwap Full Moon Poya Day, today and will end on Vesak Full Moon Poya in 2023. “The main rivers of Sri Lanka originate from the Sri Pada Site Sanctuary. It is our duty and responsibility to protect this sensitive environment. more..

SJB’s Kavirathna raises Navy youth abduction case in Parliament

Dec 7 (TM) SJB MP Rohini Kumari Wijeratne Kavirathna brought the concerns of the parents of 11 youths who were forcibly disappeared to the notice of Parliament on Monday. Addressing Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, she said: “You are well aware that a case has been filed against certain parties in the alleged abduction of 11 youths during the period of 2008 and 2009. A total of 667 charges, 126 witnesses, and 64 documents were filed more..

Mahela set to leave Southern Brave after global role with Mumbai Indians franchises

Dec 7 (CI) Mahela Jayawardene is set to leave Southern Brave in 2023 after his promotion to an overarching role as global head of performance at Mumbai Indians and their associated franchises. Reliance, company which owns Mumbai's teams, have acquired new franchises in the inaugural seasons of the ILT20 (MI Emirates) and SA20 (MI Cape Town). Jayawardene, who has won three IPL titles with Mumbai since his appointment as coach in 2017, moved roles in September. more..

LPL: Fletcher, Nissanka and Hasaranga star in Kandy Falcons 109 run win

Dec 7 (Island) An unbeaten 102 off 67 balls (4×11 and 6×3) by Andre Fletcher, 71 off 41 balls (4×8 and 6×2) by Pathum Nissanka and a four wicket haul including a hat-trick by Wanidu Hasaranga saw Kandy Falcons crush Colombo Stars by 109 runs in the 2nd game of LPL 2022 played in Hambanthota on Tuesday (06). Kandy Falcons 199/1 in 20 overs (Pathum Nissanka 71, Andre Fletcher 102 not out, Carlos Braithwaite 20 not out; Seekuge Prasanna 1/23). Colombo Stars 90 in 14.3 overs more..

කැසිනෝ පනත දැඩි කෝන්දේසි යටතේ අනුමැතිය

LPL: Jaffna win low scoring thriller

Dec 7 (Island) Defending champions Jaffna Kings got off to a superb start as they defended 137 runs to win the curtain-raiser of the third edition of Lanka Premier League tournament against Galle Gladiators at Suriywawewa yesterday. Jaffna Kings managed only 137 runs batting first but their bowling was too good as they bowled out Galle Gladiators for 113. Seamer Binura Fernando who returned home from Australia halfway through the ICC Men’s T-20 World Cup with a hamstring injury more..

Migration and retaining talent

Dec 7 (ST) Stop-start, stop-start policies: That is the best description of the country’s policies on migration for work, particularly to West Asia. But before I could settle into this week’s topic on the above issue or calling Kalabala Silva, the often agitated academic, for his thoughts on this matter, I was drawn to the conversation under the margosa tree. “Ahunada ara aluth sinduwa – ‘Gaalu Paare’. Eka kiyanne naeseegiya Sunil saha eyage sahodaraya Piyal. Harima lassanai. more..

Digital infrastructure: Sri Lanka’s submarine cable legislation delayed again?

Dec 7 (TM) Sri Lanka’s digital communications umbilical to the world remains vulnerable as the Govt continues to drag its feet on enacting legislation on the protection of undersea data cables. Today, Sri Lanka’s connectivity, trade, and digital economy as an island nation are largely dependent on seven undersea fibre-optic data cables which remain under-protected by local legislation. more..

Lanka Change Makers presents ‘Cyber Discipline’ program to prevent cyberbullying

Dec 7 (FT) Lanka Change Makers, an activist group has proposed a program titled Cyber Discipline to combat all forms of cyber harassment, cyberbullying and online stalking in SL. According to the organisation the program has been created by the organisation to address socially sensitive issues relating to the topic. The organisation said it is attempting to introduce cyber discipline to the national education curriculum in order to educate children about cyberspace & relevant topics more..

An ode to Kindness: Celebrating Edwin Ariyadasa in four memories

Dec 7 (GV) Edwin Ariyadasa, born on Dec 3, 1922, would have turned 100 this past weekend. While he was a giant and a pioneer in journalism in SL, this reflection is not about his achievements. It is about the ethos of compassion that drove him to be who he is, that guided his commitment to communication and to help others even when it was disadvantageous for him. First, as a disclosure, I am writing this both as a Sri Lankan and as his grand-nephew since Edwin Ariyadasa is my grand more..

2023 මුල ලොකු හිරවීමක්? රනිල් කීවේ බොරු?

Editorial: Law and duplicity

Dec 7 (Island) The govt has gained the upper hand over its political rivals by ruthlessly invoking some draconian laws such as the Offences against Public Property Act and the Prevention of Terrorism Act. It is ready to do everything in its power to consolidate its hold on power. A few months ago, the ruling party politicians were running as fast as their legs could carry them to escape from the Aragalaya activists, but today the boot is on the other foot. The govt has succeeded in turning more..

RW’s political rating & Fitch’s credit rating

Dec 7 (CT) With shortened and even total disappearance of human queues standing in hot sun or getting drenched in pouring rain, just to procure some cooking fuel or petrol and medicine or victuals, and with news of occasional price reduction on selected consumer items retailed through Sathosa, there is no doubt that the popularity of the man at the helm, Prez Wickremesinghe is on the rise for the time being and among ordinary folks. That much must be admitted even by his worst critics. more..

Defence expenditure: Need for a paradigm shift in security thinking

Dec 7 (TM) Govt of SL last week pushed back against strong criticism calling for the national defence and security establishment to be urgently reformed and the continued colossal expenditure on defence to be curtailed, as the bankrupt island nation struggles to regain its feet following an unprecedented economic crisis. According to the Budget estimates for 2023, Govt plans to spend Rs. 410 billion on defence, more..

Will the Tamil parties’ talks with the Lankan President bear fruit?

Dec 7 (DM) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe will be meeting the Tamil parties of the Northern and Eastern Provinces on December 11 to find a solution to the longstanding Tamil issue. But the chances of a solution emerging look extremely dim given the fact that the gulf between the govt and the Tamils has widened in the past few months thanks to Wickremesinghe’s statements. The abject failure of past engagements between SL govts and Tamils is also casting a shadow on forthcoming talks. more..

Electricity costs, wages and elephant in the room

Dec 7 (DM) Sri Lanka’s state-run CEB has run up losses of billions of rupees in the first quarter of 2022. Our sister publication the Daily FT reports Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera saying recently, the CEB is likely to make a loss of Rs.152 billion in the next four months. Since April, power cuts have been imposed on a daily basis. Minister Wijesekera on December 4 this year revealed that according to CEB estimates, a single unit of electricity costs Rs.56.90. more..

Sapugaskanda Refinery: Forex crunch, capacity issues delay restarting operations

Dec 7 (TM) The resumption of operations at SL's only oil refinery in Sapugaskanda faces further delays due to foreign exchange shortages for crude oil purchases and storage volume issues at the refinery premises. It is learnt that a final decision is yet to be reached on unloading the Murban crude oil shipment that has reached the country, as discussions have not yet been concluded on the implementation of a new more..

Caught in a loop of poverty

Dec 7 (CT) Poverty pushes people to the brink, forcing them into doing the unimaginable just to get through each day. The dilemma presently faced by the country has clearly resulted in an extreme loop of poverty, with many battling through socio-economic issues. It is in such a backdrop and in an unexpected turn of events that Ceylon Today exposed a kidney racket targeting the poor. People from poverty-stricken families, who live around estates in Ukuwela, have become victims more..

Cleaning up drug law enforcement

Dec 7 (TM) Pointing out a menace that many knew exists, Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that there is an increasing trend of illegal drugs such as heroin that had been seized by the authorities, returning to the streets from Police/court custody. Speaking in Parliament, he expressed concerns that there were instances where officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau were sending seized illegal drugs back to the market, and that necessary legal action was since sought against those officers. more..

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