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Rishad and Army Chief to appear before PSC tomorrow

Jun 25 (AD) Former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen is scheduled to appear tomorrow before the Parliamentary Select Committee investigating the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. Meanwhile the Commander of the SL Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake is also expected to appear before the select committee tomorrow. Secretary to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the General Manager of more..

176 children lost their parents in dastardly Easter Sunday attacks

Jun 25 (DM) 176 children have lost either both or one of their parents in the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told the foreign media during his recent visit to Rome. Cardinal Ranjith said his Archdiocese would focus on helping the children who had been traumatised by the bombings. “176 children have lost either both or one of their parents and more than 300 people have been injured more..

Rathana Thero urges President not to proceed with SOFA

Jun 25 (CT) MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera yesterday, requested President Sirisena to prevent PM from signing the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and the Acquisition and Cross Services Agreement (ACSA) with the United States (US). He said, “these agreements go against the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. Under the ACSA, the US will have the ability to set up a military base in Sri Lanka. more..

US investors buy 30% of Sri Lanka US2bn bonds, Europe 60%

Jun 25 (EN) A US$ 2 billion international sovereign bond received US$ 6.2 billion in orders, with fund managers from the US buying 60% of the issued. Sri Lanka sold US$ 500 million in 5-year bonds and US$ 1.5 billion in 10-year bonds on June 24, in the second such issuance this year. The central bank, which issued bonds for the Treasury said that the 5-year bonds received US$ 1.8 billion of orders while more..

Constitution-making comes to a grinding halt

Jun 25 (DM) The Constitution-making process of the govt has come to a standstill as the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reforms has not met since January this year, Daily Mirror learns. MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickremeratne, chief architect drafting the new Constitution, confirmed that the Constitutional Assembly (CA) had not met after January 11 this year. He did not mention a date on which the CA would meet again. more..

US travel advisory to Sri Lanka relaxed

Jun 25 (EN) The US has lifted travel advisory imposed after Easter Sunday suicide attacks which asked citizens to reconsider visits to SL to exercising increased caution when traveling to the island. "Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism," the US State Department continues to warn. "Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, govt facilities, more..

Kiriella gets earful from prelate

Jun 25 (Island) Eradication of terrorism was more important than providing CCTV cameras, said Mahanayake of Malwatte Most Venerable Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera addressing Minister Lakshman Kiriella as he gifted the new CCTV equipment to the temple. The authorities had not taken prompt action when they received intelligence information about the impending attacks, said the prelate adding that terrorism had more..

'$ 5 billion annual tea export target optimistic but not impossible'

Jun 25 (FT) Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC Chairman and industry veteran Chrisantha Perera strongly believes a $ 5 billion export earnings target per annum for tea in the medium term is possible though optimistic. This view was shared by Perera in the Chairman's Review of the Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC 2018/19 Annual Report. He notes that barring the Russian Federation and other CIS countries, Sri Lanka does not have more..

Opposition has its say, Govt. has its way

Jun 25 (ST) The Govt passed the Revival of Underperforming Enterprises or Underutilised Assets (Repeal) Bill on Thursday (20), despite vehement protests from the Opposition. Some Opposition parties saw the Bill as a sinister move to hand over the Pelwatte and Sevanagala sugar factories to Minister Daya Gamage. UPFA MP Gamini Lokuge told the House that, when Sevanagala was under Daya Gamage, more..

Satanin Satana: Putting the record straight

Jun 25 (DM) Satanin Satana, the second part of Dharman Wickremaratne’s history of the JVP’s second rebellion has followed the first with commendable speed. The first volume had so much detail that one would have believed it to be conclusive. But, as the second volume shows, there were many more related stories waiting to be unearthed. Much of it is blood and gore. After the voluminous first part, one could ask if more..

Islamophobia is pushing Muslims to the wall

Jun 25 (DM) The Easter Sunday attacks compelled local Muslims to engage in self - introspection of the unfolding wave of radicalization and Arabization of their community. That is a welcome development in an otherwise heinous carnage. Especially so since, until the serial monstrosity on the Easter Sunday, a vocal group of Muslims were defending the on-going transformation in the pretext of true Islam, and even the well- meaning ones were turning a blind eye. But, the Easter Sunday carnage more..

Brexit is tearing Britain apart

Jun 25 (DM) Back in the late 1950s, Britain deliberately rejected European Union membership. Subsequently in the 1960s, Britain sought to join its ranks. However President de Gaulle of France rebuffed Britain’s application and finally Britain formally joined the European Union (EU) only on Jan 1, 1973. At that time many argued, the British joined the EU as a means to halt the decline of its economy. The UK’s per capita GDP relative to the EU’s founding members’ declined steadily more..

BASL fights hard to thwart invasion of SL legal system by American Bar Association

Jun 25 (Island) Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has strongly objected to repeated attempts by the American Bar Association (ABA) to establish a branch here since Jan 2018 ostensibly to be monitored by the Justice Ministry and the AG’s Department. The clout of the ABA even without a foothold here has been such that in Oct 2018 the Attorney General in a communique titled, Official Letter of Authorization for the Establishment more..

Current political leaders must retire to make way for new leadership: Cardinal

Jun 25 (AD) Current political leaders should retire to make way for new leadership, says Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. The Cardinal stated this delivering a special sermon at Sant’Antonio Abate Church in Milan, Italy on Sunday (23). Many political leaders who have governed the country have proven themselves to be failures, Cardinal Ranjith said addressing the devotees. “What have our political leaders done throughout history? more..

British Council supports Sri Lanka reconciliation process

Jun 25 (FT) The British Council, in partnership with the National Institute for Language Education and Training (NILET), is pleased to initiate a Tamil language course for public officials with the aim of reducing language barriers in bilingual divisions. The course is part of Strengthening the Reconciliation Processes in Sri Lanka (SRP), a four-year program launched in March 2018, which contributes to strengthening the country’s reconciliation processes by supporting govt, more..

Concerns over tensions after Easter Sunday attacks: UNHR Chief

Jun 25 (DM) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that she was concerned that the terrorist attacks two months ago in Sri Lanka have fuelled increasing tensions. “The lack of a unified approach between the President and the Govt regarding key human rights concerns risks adverse impact on the effectiveness of the security forces in ensuring safety and protection for all,” she said making her opening statement more..

UNP yet to decide on prez candidate: Ravi

Jun 25 (DM) Minister Ravi Karunanayake said the UNP had not yet decided on its presidential candidate though several party members had made comments about a person perceived to be fielded. The minister who is also the UNP deputy leader made this comment to the media after attending a function held at a mosque in Maradana. “Several UNPers have mentioned the name of an individual for candidacy without any basis. The UNP will nominate someone who is mature and more..

Kalmunai hunger strikers charged

Jun 25 (CT) On a directive of Kalmunai Magistrate I.N. Rizvan, the Kalmunai Subadra Ramaya Vihara Chief Incumbent Ven. Vana Ranmutugala Sangaratana Thera and Kalmunai Murugan Temple Chief Priest K.K. Satchithananda Kurukkal, were summoned before the Kalmunai Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Two priests and three others have been charged under Public Nuisance Ordinance, when the Emergency Laws were in place. From 17 June, the Buddhist monk along with Hindu priest more..

Power mafia after senior engineer

Jun 25 (Island) A CEB senior engineer who refused to endorse an agreement to purchase emergency power last year is facing an inquiry due to pressure from former senior CEB Board member. CEB Deputy General Manager (Generation) Sujeewa Abeywickrama, contacted for comment, said: "The disciplinary inquiry against me is a conspiracy and all are trying to get rid of me. I have to fight against the diesel mafia and more..

CEB workers threaten legal action

Jun 25 (Island) Lanka Electricity Workers’ Union President Malaka Wickramasinghe said that if the govt decided to pay the electrical engineers salary increases after obtaining Cabinet approval, despite the Appeal Court decision to suspend the pay hikes, it would resort to legal action. Wickramasinghe said he had come to know that there was a move to pay the increased salaries after obtaining Cabinet approval. A protest would be organised after informing all unions and political party leaders more..

BASL President requests copy of ACSA

Jun 25 (Island) President of Bar Association (BASL) Kalinga Indatissa, PC has written to Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana, PC under the provisions of the Right to Information Act No. 12 of 2016 and Article 14A of the Constitution, requesting a copy of the proposed Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA). The text of the letter: The undersigned is a citizen of SL and the present President of the BASL which is the sole representative body of more than 19,000 more..

PM pledges to lead charge for investment

Jun 25 (FT) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday assured he would lead the charge for stronger investment in the future to fast track economic growth and create new jobs outlining ambitious plans for a host of new investment projects including a renewable power cable to India. The PM made these statements while attending the opening of the Hyrax Oil SDN BHD Lubricant Blending Plant in Muthurajawela, more..

High Commissioner-designate to Singapore assumes duties

Jun 25 (FT) The newly appointed High Commissioner-designate of Sri Lanka to Singapore, Sashikala Premawardhane assumed duties at the Mission on 24 June. Her assumption of duties was marked by a simple ceremony that began with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp, followed by religious observances and chanting of pirith by the Maha Sangha. Speaking on the occasion, HC-designate set out her plans for strengthening bilateral relations between SL & Singapore, more..

NPC to entertain online complaints against Police

Jun 25 (DN) The National Police Commission (NPC) has decided to entertain public complaints against the Police through the internet too. “The programme will be launched at a ceremony held in Colombo under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jaysuriya,” a Police Commission official said. He said the Police Commission Website had now been upgraded and modernised to enable it to entertain written, oral or video complaints through the internet. This would enable the pubic to video instances of more..

Sri Lanka launches National Card Scheme

Jun 25 (FT) Central Bank together with LankaClear Ltd., (LCPL) achieved a significant milestone in the country’s payment landscape by launching the National Card Scheme (NCS). NCS, will be operated by LCPL in partnership with the int'l payment card operator JCB Int'l of Japan. Initially, a debit card will be issued under this card scheme. Additionally, NCS cards will be accepted across over 4,800 ATMs Island wide connected to more..

India Int’l Textiles Expo from July 29

Jun 25 (DN) Powerloom Development and Export Promotions Council (PDEXCIL), set up by Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India is organizing an exhibition cum buyers meet, India International Textiles Expo (IIT Expo Colombo 2019), from July 29 to 31 at Hotel Galadari, Colombo. Trade visitors from garment industry, major importers, wholesalers, bulk buyers and institutional buyers will participate. PDEXCIL works on the objective of overall development of power loom industry of India more..

Sri Lanka Tourism rolls out Indian promotion in Mumbai and Delhi

Jun 25 (FT) Sri Lanka Tourism yesterday kicked off the post-Easter Sunday attacks special promotion to woo Indian tourists. SL Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) along with the SL Inbound Tour Operators Association (SLAITO) and SriLankan Airlines unveiled a total of 15 special promotional packages to Indian travel trade in Mumbai with a guest appearance by SL-born Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez. Today the promotion will move to New Delhi. more..

CB Governor focuses on growth rate

Jun 25 (DN) If Sri Lanka continues on this favourable path, the country can reach 6% growth in the next 5-6 years which would clearly improve the outlook of the banking sector asserted CB Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy in a conversation with the KPMG team recently. SL has an output gap and the Central Bank is focusing on improving the growth rate as macro-economic stabilization has become crucial, while more..

Govt to compensate 31,000 political victims in next two months

Jun 25 (ST) The govt will pay compensation to some 31,000 public servants in the next two months who have been subjected to political victimisation between 2005 and 2015, a spokesman to the PM’s office said. The Cabinet memo presented by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe in this regard had been granted approval last Tuesday along with the observations of Prez Sirisena. There has been a long delay in providing relief to public servants who had been subjected to political victimisation more..

Micro Cars chief anticipates automobile industry bounce back

Jun 25 (ST) Sri Lanka’s automobile industry is now undergoing changes with vehicle sales growth expected to slow down this year due to import controls and heavy taxes slapped by the Finance Ministry. Mobility remains dominated by personal vehicles but the drop in the local vehicle market will be corrected by 2020, Dr. Lawrence Perera – CEO of Micro Holdings and Micro Cars Ltd said. Automakers will need to find innovative ways to retain consumers’ loyalty as more..

Sri Lanka cricket through the eyes of Paul Farbrace

Jun 25 (ST) During the World Cup in England and Wales, the Sunday Times caught up with Paul Farbrace who worked two stints with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). He was first understudy to Trevor Bayliss, then Sri Lanka’s head coach, for two years from 2007 to 2009. He then took over the position in 2014. Soon after Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup, Farbarce ended his association with SLC and left for England. more..

Sri Lanka to lure transit passengers to boost post-terror tourism

Jun 25 (EN) Sri Lanka is attempting to lure transit passengers at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport to make short visits into the country to boost tourism earnings, which are falling after the Easter Sunday terror attack, a SriLankan Airlines official said. "We are going to have a strategy to attract transit passengers which we are going to discuss with the tourism ministry and other organizations' members," Holidays Manager Buddhika Hewawasam said. more..

SL targets Top 3 finish at Asian Youth Netball

Jun 25 (ST) SL would be targeting a Top 3 finish at the 11th Asian Youth Netball Championships which will be worked off from June 29 to July 7 in Kashima, Japan. Tournament will be conducted by the Asian Netball Federation where 11 top Asian countries are expected to participate. SL have been placed in Group ‘A’ along with the defending champions Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and Nepal. The Group ‘B’ consists of Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, Chinese Taipei, Brunei & host nation Japan. more..

Binura hopes for national call up

Jun 25 (CT) Paceman Binura Fernando was an up-and-coming sensation back in 2015 and he was selected to play Lasith Malinga’s T20 team against Pakistan straight after playing for Sri Lanka under 19. An injury prevented him from playing and he hasn’t been featured in SL’s team since then despite being 6 foot 5 inches in height and a tall left armer, the tallest paceman SL has. Fernando, who is now playing Division 2 cricket in England, was seen at Sri Lanka’s practice session in Leeds. more..

WC 2019: Bangladesh beat Afghanistan

Jun 25 (CI) Shakib Al Hasan came, spun, and conquered, carrying Bangladesh to a comfortable 62-run win over Afghanistan that kept their semi-final aspirations alive at the 2019 World Cup. Shakib made it to the record books on the way, most significantly becoming only the third player - after Kapil Dev and Yuvraj Singh - to have a century and a five-wicket haul in the same edition of the World Cup, and the second, after Yuvraj, to score a 50-plus score and return a five-for more..

'I was scared when I dropped Stokes'

Jun 25 (DN) Kusal Mendis admitted that his heart was in his mouth when he spilled a catch given by England’s Ben Stokes during the crucial World Cup match played at Headingley here on Friday that SL managed to win by 20 runs to keep their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive. The dangerous Stokes was on 57 and batting with last man Mark Wood when he pulled a delivery from Lasith Malinga bowling his last over more..

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