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Phase two priority bus lane begins on August 22

Aug 17 (DM) Second phase of the priority bus lane project is scheduled to begin on August 22, the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry said. Updating the media on the project yesterday, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the first day the new regulation had been implemented had yielded positive  results. “We hope to see the project progress to greater heights by the end of the week,” he said.    more..

'Mahinda is exacting a grand scheme of revenge'

Aug 17 (AD) Minister Mangala Samaraweera stated that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently scheming to exact revenge on the general public who voted to oust him from power in 2015 through his attempts misrepresent acts of the current govt. In response to a declaration made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who stated that the people of Sri Lanka are being grossly cheated on through the privatization of the Hambantota port, more..

India running Mattala airport far worse than H’tota port deal with China: Wimal

Aug 17 (Island) NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa, alleged that direct Indian involvement in operating SL’s second int'l airport situated at Mattala would be 100 times more dangerous than leasing Hambantota port to China. Sri Lanka entered into 99-year lease agreement with China Merchants Holdings Company Limited on July 29, 2017. Weerawansa said the proposed Mattala deal would place Sri Lanka in an extremely vulnerable situation. more..

Eateries threaten closure as polythene ban nears

Aug 17 (SL) Govt has banned polythene lunch sheets from September 1 and certain demands have been made by the restaurateurs. But in the event these demands are not met, all eateries around the country will be closed from Sept 1, said the President of SL Canteen Owners Association Asela Sampath. According to Minister Rajitha Senaratne, this environmentally friendly decision taken by the government will definitely come into effect from September and more..

Echoing Ravi's resignation UNP backbenchers urge corruption cases expedited

Aug 17 (DM) Days after former Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s resignation, UNP, which he represents, is at pain to control the damage to its credibility. It comes out with the argument that even a Minister is now prevailed upon to relinquish office in case corruption charges are framed against him, due to the principles of good governance cherished by it. In parallel to this argument, UNP MPs, mostly newcomers or backbenchers, mounted yet another campaign to push  more..

'Mahinda Rajapaksa should take a step back and make way for unity in SLFP'

Aug 17 (DM) Minister S.B. Dissanayake spoke about the political situation in the country following the resignation of MP Ravi Karunanayake from his post as Foreign Affairs Minister. Q: In the context of MP Ravi Karunanayake relinquishing his office as the Foreign Affairs Minister, how do you look at the current political situation? A:We have to be thankful to him for resigning from his office without compromising the credibility of the Govt. more..

First-ever transplant for acute liver failure in Sri Lanka

Aug 17 (ST) It was meant to be – with even the tiniest detail falling into place promptly, paving the way for the first-ever liver transplant for acute liver failure in SL. A humble family from Bandiruppuwa in Lunuwila, close to Wennappuwa, believes that for a brief moment in time all the members of the Colombo North (Ragama) Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Unit crossed the line between human and divine, to snatch from the grip of death their more..

Monks in Politics: Asgiriya Chapter opposes no faith motion against Wijeyadasa

Aug 17 (CT) The Secretary of the Asgiriya Chapter, of the Siam Maha Nikaya, stressed that if Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe is interfering with the Attorney General's Department (AG), then it's wrong and they oppose it. "The AG's Department is an independent body. If the Minister of Justice is personally trying to influence the working of the Attorney General's Department, we do not approve of it. more..

Colombo among biggest improvers during five years: Global Liveability Report

Aug 17 (LBO) Colombo is among the five biggest improvers during the last five years in terms of liveability, recently released Global Liveability Report 2017 showed. According to the report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, Colombo has showed relative improvement during this period, especially after the end of a separatist war. Nevertheless, out of 140 cities, Colombo is ranked at 124th with an overall rating of 51 out of 100 points. more..

UNP to mull no-faith motion against Wijeyadasa today

Aug 17 (CT) The Working Committee of the UNP will meet this morning at Sirikotha and one of the items up for discussion is a Motion of No-Confidence against one of the party's Cabinet Ministers, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. The motion is being sponsored by a group of UNP back-benchers who say Rajapakshe as Justice Minister is delaying the prosecution of members of the previous regime who are accused of wrong-doing, more..

Is Constitutional crisis in the making?

Aug 17 (DM) President’s statement that no party or group can form a Govt without his blessings, even if it is shown that the opposition has 113 members - which is an uphill task - may lead to a constitutional crisis and confrontation in the current political turmoil. Nothing could be ruled out based on the current uncertain trends when bribery, corruption, inefficiency in small and large scales, growing as breath for the disappointed of the citizen living with expectations more..

Let us take the high road

Aug 17 (DM) During the past few years, in most cities and suburbs, unprecedented traffic congestion has driven SL into a multitude of crises. Of these the worst is air pollution. Most people are inhaling instead of exhaling carbon dioxide. That is perhaps one of the major reasons why more people are falling sick more often and private hospitals have become big business ventures while public hospitals are crowded like market places.  Another factor is the waste of hundreds of millions of dollars for the import of fuel. more..

Phone recording system does not record time and incoming numbers: PTL CEO

Aug 17 (DM) Perpetual Treasuries CEO Kasun Palisena said the phone recording system placed in the company dealers' room did not record the time or incoming call numbers and as such he was unable to provide the required PTL dealers’ phone conversations regarding specific bond transactions. PCoI also asked him why he did not submit answers in an affidavit as required by the it earlier. However, in the absence of his legal more..

SAITM controversy: Lalkantha wants PCoI to probe Rajitha

Aug 17 (DM) Provincial councillor K.D. Lalkantha urged govt to appoint a commission similar to that of PCoI on the CB bond issue to investigate Minister Rajitha Senaratne in connection with the SAITM controversy. He said that he had valid suspicions that several politicians had been paid by SAITM owner. “It is necessary to set up such a commission to probe these matters. Instead of establishing a special court to probe corruption, a special court should be set up against these ministers,” more..

CID asks Yoshitha: Why was the Defender’s colour changed?

Aug 17 (DN) The CID yesterday interrogated former President Rajapaksa’s second son Yoshitha Rajapaksa on the reason to change the colour of the defender jeep of the Siriliya Saviya Foundation. Information had been received that Yoshitha Rajapaksa had taken the vehicle for his use. The CID investigations into the alleged murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen revealed that the colour of the jeep had been changed after the Red Cross donated it to the Siriliya Saviya Foundation. more..

Boru shows to fool people: More courts to expedite mega corruption cases

Aug 17 (DN) Govt seeks the establishment of more High Courts to clear the unacceptably long delays in bringing to justice those responsible for huge corruption, Minister Rajitha Senaratne announced. He said the Cabinet discussed the inordinate delays in prosecuting members of the former regime for plundering national wealth and decided there should more high courts as well as trials-at-bar. Minister said there was no bar more..

Shangri-La Colombo to open doors in Nov

Aug 17 (DM) Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced that Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is set to open on 16 Nov 2017. The hotel will begin taking bookings from 1 Sept 2017 for stays from 1 Dec 2017. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will be the second property in Sri Lanka for the luxury Asian hospitality group – joining Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa, which opened in June 2016 – and is anticipated to be one of the most prominent hotel launches in Sri Lanka in nearly 30 years.  more..

SC dismisses FR petition against 2 ministers

Aug 17 (FT) Supreme Court dismissed a Fundamental Rights petition filed against ministers Rishad Bathiudeen and Gamini Jayawickrama Perera under Articles 17 and 126 of the Constitution for infringing on the fundamental rights of the petitioners by resettling civilians in the Wilpattu Forest Reserve. The three-bench panel dismissed the petition of Rukshan Jayawardena of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society and Shehara De Silva of Environmental Foundation Ltd. more..

Bond scam probe: Perpetual CEO ordered to reveal what happened to dividends

Aug 17 (Island) Presidential commission ordered CEO of Perpetual Treasuries Kasun Palisena to declare to the Commission what had become of more than Rs. 712 million paid as dividends by it to its owning company over a period of two years. Commission member SC Justice Prasanna Jayawardena told Palisena that as the latter was also a director of Perpetual Asset Management owning company of Perpetual more..

Dayasiri says No to  Arjuna’s call for sacking Cricket Chief Thilanga

Aug 17 (Island) Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera responding to calls by Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga to sack Cricket Board Chief Thilanga Sumathipala, said that changes could take place only at the board’s next election. Addressing the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing, Dayasiri pointed out that the Cricket Board had been run by an interim administration for eight years. Polls had been held only after the current govt had come to power. more..

Atapattu to mentor Panthers

Aug 17 (TOI) The sixth season of the Karnataka Premier League will not only see Belagavi Panthers with new owners, it will also see the team make a fresh start with former SL skipper Marvan Atapattu roped in as the team mentor. The team will also head to Dubai for a weeklong training stint under the supervision of former New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram. The Panthers squad will be based out of Dubai from Aug 20-26 and train at the ICC Academy. Atapattu will join the squad on more..

Talks with India for Mattala JV to take off

Aug 17 (FT) Negotiations on an Indian proposal for a Joint Venture to turn around the Mattala Airport will take off tomorrow with plans by Transport Ministry to renegotiate the terms offered in the initial proposal. Ministry will commence negotiations on a ratio for the sharing of equity, starting at 49:51, for India and SL respectively to counter Indian proposal of 70:30. Ministry will also request a more detailed proposal for JV. more..

WPC to become landlord

Aug 17 (Island) Western Provincial Council (WPC) would shift into investments by acquiring expensive lands in Colombo and constructing mega scale apartments for low and middle income families as well as for the rich, Western Provincial Chief Minister Isura Devapriya has said yesterday. Addressing the media, CM Devapriya said the Council would also acquire luxury hotels in Colombo or in any part of the country and it would actively participate in tourism in the future. more..

Manufacturing activities expand in July

Aug 17 (DN) Manufacturing Sector PMI recorded 54.3 in July which is a decrease of 1.8 points compared to June 2017. This indicates that manufacturing activities expanded, albeit at a slower rate in July 2017, mainly driven by the decrease in the stock of purchases sub-index resulting from the usage of excess stock that was built up in the previous month and decrease in the Employment sub-index due to the difficulties in replacing unskilled employees to account for high labour more..

Emirates says wouldn’t turn down a partnership proposal from SriLankan Airlines

Aug 17 (Island) If a positive proposal is put to us to partner with SriLankan Airlines we will never turn it down,  Ahmed Khoori, senior vice president- West Asia and Indian Ocean Commercial Operations of the Emirates Group said. Asked whether the government of Sri Lanka has approached the Emirates Airline with a proposal for partnership with SriLankan Airlines, Ahmed said, "I don't know whether my bosses at higher level more..

Production of mobile phones, computers necessary for conducting investigations

Aug 17 (Island) These statutory provisions reflect the desirability of permitting a person against whom digital data or digital evidence or electronic evidence obtained from a device is to be used, to examine the process of obtaining that digital data or digital evidence or electronic evidence. Those provisions also show the desirability of ensuring the confidentiality of the information contained in the devices and to ensure that the process of obtaining that digital data or digital evidence or more..

Colombo Investor Forum draws strong interest by local investors

Aug 17 (Island) Following a successful Investor Forum in Negombo, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) conducted the second Investor Forum in Colombo. This forum, held on August 15, 2017 at Hilton Colombo Residences drew the participation of over 250 existing and potential investors. The Chairman of the CSE, Ray Abeywardena, made the opening remarks, followed by a presentation on the Macro- Economic more..

Video: IGP contemplates legal action against website

Aug 17 (DM) Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said Police Chief Pujith Jayasundare was mulling legal action against a website that published defamatory remarks about him and a video clip depicting him threatening a minor employee of the Police department. The video clip that went viral on social media websites took centre stage at the weekly Cabinet news briefing. Police spokesman tried his best to defend more..

Ten UNDP talents join 1000 global talents in Denmark to solve global challenges

Aug 17 (AT) UNDP staff members from across the globe have joined 1,000 bright global talents at the UNLEASH 2017 Innovation Lab event that is held from the 13th to 21st of Aug in Denmark. Select UNDP talents from country offices, regional offices and headquarters, together with other talents will be competing in seven themes: Water, Food, Energy, Sustainable production &consumption, Education & ICT, Urban Sustainability and Health. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 more..

'I was on standby all the time, and not on holiday'

Aug 17 (ST) In the said article, there is a reference to me stating, “Even prior to this, SLC has replaced employees while their full contracts were on. For instance, former Manager Charith Senanayake was replaced by Ranjith Fernando after SL’s tour of Zimbabwe, and Senanayake earned a holiday with full pay till his contract was over.” Since the contents do not describe the actual position with regard to myself, I would be grateful if you can kindly rectify it accordingly. more..

Sanath sees the folly in injuries

Aug 17 (ST) Brushing aside allegations that they changed players to the whims and fancies, Chairman of cricket selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya said a higher rate of injuries to the players during the last 14 months was a major stumbling block to stick to a plan. Following last Sunday’s 2nd Test defeat, batting maestro Aravinda de Silva joined scores of others in calling for a consistent selection policy. Sangakkara & Sidath Wettimuny, more..

Angelo expects to bowl in ODIs

Aug 17 (CT) Former SL skipper Angelo Mathews, who did not bowl due to injury, will bowl during the upcoming ODI series, believes skipper Upul Tharanga, who will lead the SL team for the first time after SLC appointed him skipper after several temporary appointments. Mathews, who suffered from an injury in England, did not bowl even though he was part of the team after that. Tharanga also said he is confident the team will forget about the Test results and will focus on winning ODIs. more..

Over 10,000 expected for Colombo Marathon

Aug 17 (DN) Lanka Sportreizen, Sri Lanka's best known tour operator and organizer of Colombo Marathon expects over 10,000 runners from various countries for the 17th LSR Colombo Marathon which will be worked off on October 8. This event is included in the Sports Ministry's calendar and also supported by Tourism Ministry, Law & Order and Southern Development Ministry, Education Ministry, Western Provincial Council, SriLankan Airlines, Athletic Association of SL, relevant PSs, more..

Thilanga promises Provincial Tournament

Aug 17 (Island) Under fire SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala has promised to implement the Inter-Provincial Tournament, however, he was firm on being not ready to do anything that will harm the interest of the member clubs. Before Sumathipala’s election, SL’s top domestic cricket tournament comprised two tiers, but only the 14 teams in Tier ‘A’ had First Class status. However, since Sumathipala came into power, he granted First Class more..

SLT operating profits up 2% to Rs.37.4b

Aug 17 (CT) During the six months ending 30 June 2017, Sri Lanka Telecom reported Rs 37.4 billion in revenue with a 2% year on year growth, while maintaining a nominal growth of 1% in operating costs. Group EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization) was reported at Rs 11 billion with a 4% increase compared to the same period last year. EBITDA margin remained at 29%. As a result of the continuous expansions, the group depreciation and amortization more..

Editorial: Dramas and Boru Shows

Aug 17 (Island) Ordinary people may be without wherewithal to dull the pangs of hunger, but they have enough and more free entertainment––circus without paan or bread. Unfolding dramatic events on the political front have created a theatre festival atmosphere of sorts in the country. The main political drama which ended in Jan. 2015 had the trappings of a Shakespearean play. Replete with palace intrigue, conspiracies and betrayal, it was like Julius Caesar albeit with a different ending. more..

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