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Regaining EU GSP Plus maybe far from govt’s claim: envoy

Nov 27 (DM) Regaining the General System of Preferences Plus (GSP Plus) facility from the European Union (EU) maybe farther away than the govt has recently claimed, according to the disposition of EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka David Daly, who called the private sector to pressure the govt over human rights issues. He noted that the recent developments in the local front are raising questions in Brussels. more..

Geneva resolution: Wimal to brief Sri Lankans in Europe

Nov 27 (CT) NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa is to leave for Europe today to conduct a series of lectures for Sri Lankans living in several western European countries. Weerawansa was to leave for Europe last month. However, he was arrested at the BIA for using an invalid passport. Later, he was produced in the Negombo Magistrate's Court. Magistrate released the MP on a Rs 10,000 cash bail and two sureties of Rs 1 million each. His passport was granted conditional release by more..

Sajith shocks House with Tissamaharama water

Nov 27 (CT) Minister Sajith Premadasa, brought two bottles containing water from Thissamaharama to Parliament to emphasize in the House the extent of contamination in water in impoverished areas in Sri Lanka. He said that the murky water in those bottles was exactly what the people were consuming in Tissamaharama. "This is the water that is drunk by the helpless people of Tissamaharama. The previous regime did nothing to address this serious issue but instead squandered millions on more..

'Release of LTTE suspects, no threat to National Security'

Nov 27 (DN) Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe assured that the release of LTTE suspects who were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act would not be a threat to National Security. The general public should not panic over the release of LTTE suspects, as govt has taken the entire responsibility of releasing these suspects. Currently there are 204 detainees, suspected to have been involved in terrorist activities and more..

JVP alleges govt of helping Rujino Queen

Nov 27 (Island) The JVP demanded to know from the govt why only rujino game had been exempted from taxes in its Budget 2016. JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath asked in Parliament yesterday whether the govt had any intention of promoting the betting game known as rujino. "Rujino is played by many Lankans in several places. Of them the most popular place was Salaka and police has raided that gambling place several times during the previous govt. more..

Lankan delegates overcome lapses in Malta

Nov 27 (DN) Sri Lankan govt’s official delegation for Commonwealth sessions in Malta dealt with a number of issues on Tuesday due to unintentional lapses on the part of the Maltese authorities. Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, a member of the SL delegation to Malta, had to spend nearly one hour at the airport to claim his baggage. Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who took the same flight to Malta, underwent the same experience before leaving the airport premises on Tuesday afternoon. more..

Attack on students: NPC tells IGP to take action

Nov 27 (DM) National Police Commission (NPC) said it had informed IGP N.K. Illangakoon to take disciplinary action against the low-ranking police personnel who were found to have been involved in the attack on HNDA students. NPC Secretary Ariyadasa Cooray said the report of the 3-member committee, appointed by the NPC to inquire into the October 29 attack, was taken up for discussion today prior to more..

Madras High Court directs police to allow meetings of pro-Tamil outfits

Nov 27 (PTI) Madras High Court permitted two pro-Tamil outfits to hold meetings to commemorate those, who laid down their lives during the Eelam war between 1989 and 2009 in Sri Lanka, at Kolathur in Salem district and at Palanisamy grounds in Alamoor on Nov 27. Justice M.M. Sundresh allowed two different pleas filed by C Ramamurthy, town secretary of the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam and by P Bharathi of Sethiathope in Cuddalore district, more..

Tax revisions in Budget mostly negative for apparels: Industry body

Nov 27 (DM) The tax revisions in the 2016 Budget are likely to have negative impacts on the apparel exports of Sri Lanka, while locals may not be able to afford locally-made garments, an apex industry body said. “The revision of Ports and Airports levy from 5% to 7% and Nation Building Tax (NBT) from 2% to 4% will have serious impacts on our capital investment programme,” Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters’ Association Chairman Saif Jafferjee said at the organisation’s AGM. more..

SAITM students file contempt of court action against Health Minister

Nov 27 (DN) Five students attached to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), filed a contempt of court action against Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne and Ministry Secretary for failing to comply with an undertaking given to facilitate the required clinical training at designated state hospitals. The five petitioners cited Minister Rajitha Senaratne and Secretary Anura Jayawickrema as respondents. more..

TNA saddened by student's death

Nov 27 (DN) TNA said yesterday it was deeply shocked and saddened by the suicide of 18-year-old student Rajeshwaran Senthuran. "We understand that this act is an expression of what he felt. His suicide is something that should be carefully reflected on by all parties concerned. We would like to express our deep sorrow and sympathy to his family," Opposition leader R. Sampanthan and MP Mavai Senathirajah stated in a release. "We must all keep calm at a time like this. This is crucial. more..

'Price formula for petroleum products soon'

Nov 27 (DN) A price formula for petroleum products will be introduced soon aiming to provide relief to customers with the drastic price drop of crude oil in the world market, Minister Chandima Weerakkody said. Price formula will probably be introduced in the first quarter of next year. "Petroleum and Petroleum Gas Ministry is engaging in discussions with the CAA to formulate the price formula. It is necessary to look into various sectors such as transportation prior to formulating the formula," he said. more..

Former Navy Commander slams media

Nov 27 (FT) Former Navy Commander Admiral (Retd) Jayantha Colombage slammed the media for terming commanders who had saved the country from the clutches of terrorism as those engaged in large-scale corruption and fraud. He said that the commanders were only asked to give statements by PRECIFAC, which is inquiring into some matters. “It is our bounden duty to come before the President-appointed more..

BCCI chief Manohar wants end to bullying

Nov 27 (CI) BCCI president Shashank Manohar, who is also the ICC chairman, has criticised the imbalance of power within cricket's governing body because of the constitutional revamp last year, which gave the boards of India, England and Australia greater authority and a larger share of the revenue. Manohar called the revamp bullying, and said there were several faults in the ICC that he hoped to rectify during his term as chairman, which ends in June 2016. more..

New Sri Lankan envoy vows to strengthen ties with KSA

Nov 27 (AN) New SL ambassador to Saudi Arabia has stressed the importance of improving the island nation’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. Ambassador Azmi Thassim was speaking during his recent visit to SL International School in Jeddah. “Our country is looking forward to a positive change and it is our duty as citizens to work together to put the country first,” he said. “It is as important to start educating our community back in SL that they should understand & respect laws of Saudi Arabia.” more..

Tainted Lanka Sathosa Chief Engineer back in the saddle

Nov 27 (DN) A top official attached to a leading state commercial establishment, who had been asked to stay out by the PRECIFAC due to his Involvement in alleged fraudulent practices has found his way back to a top slot in a ministry. The officer in question K. Ariyawansa, former chief engineer of Lanka Sathosa, whose services were terminated over an alleged multi-million rupee scam, has been appointed to a top position in more..

Sampath Bank wins Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2015

Nov 27 (FT) Sampath Bank emerged as the winner of the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2015, an annual event organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the country’s premier business chamber to recognise the sustainable champions of the local corporate world. Singer Sri Lanka and National Development Bank were awarded as the 1st and 2nd Runners Up of the competition respectively. The awards were given last night at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. more..

Permission refused for Aksha to travel abroad

Nov 27 (DM) Teledrama actress Aksha Sudhari who is presently enlarged on bail over charges of criminal breach of trust for allegedly having defrauded an Indian national of Rs 140 million (after having an affair with him) was refused permission to travel abroad by Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris today. A motion submitted by her attorney, Sarath Soysa, requesting permission for her to travel abroad was refused by the magistrate. He ordered CID to file objections, if any, more..

Tender to import coal challenged

Nov 27 (Island) Supreme Court granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights petition filed by SUEK AC of Switzerland, challenging the award of the tender, to import coal from Swiss Singapore Co. Petitioner has alleged that the parameters of the tender were altered after the opening of the bids. Among the respondents cited in the petition are Cabinet Appointment Procurement Committee, Cabinet of Ministers, more..

Norway mulls more investments in Lanka

Nov 27 (DN) A panel discussion on Norway, Sri Lanka Business Cooperation- Harnessing Emerging Opportunities was held recently at the Galle Face Hotel. Norway and Sri Lanka have strong diplomatic relations and business cooperation for several decades and also supporting economic development in Sri Lanka. To strengthen business ties, Norway hopes to expand its participation in several sectors of interests, which will benefit both countries. Sectors of interest for investment is based on more..

Banks can overcome lease ban

Nov 27 (CT) Bankers may find alternative ways to overcome their leasing restrictions, which was proposed in the 2016 budget, analysts said. "Instead of giving direct leases they can utilize similar services as Vehicle or personal loans," they said. Fitch Rating Country Head Maninda Wickramasinghe said that those proposals may dampen banks' profits, but it is good for the leasing industry. "We are now studying the real outcome of these banks' leasing restrictions, more..

CSE to to set up counter-party unit

Nov 27 (DN) Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has intensified its thrust towards the establishment of a Central Counter Party and guarantee settlement (CCP) of cash and delivery of securities for all secondary market transactions on the CSE. CSE Chairman Vajira Kulatilleke said that this CPP would be managed as a separate institution but would be a 100% owned company of the CSE. He said that already first two initiatives on this more..

Tuskers threaten to pull out of Asian U20 Championship

Nov 27 (CT) As blunders continued, a disappointed Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA), threatened to pull out from the upcoming Under 20 Youth Asian Championship, if they did not receive the support of the parent body Rugby Football Union (SLRFU). Clubs affiliated to the Rugby Union taking a blind side move had forced youth players to avoid training with the Youth U-20 team that is preparing for the championship, which is scheduled to be held from Dec 13 to 20 in Singapore. more..

Finance industry hugely welcomes removal of share transaction levy

Nov 27 (Island) Budget 2016 presented in parliament by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake will give a big boost to the capital market, finance industry analysts said. This budget, for the first time, introduces a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), as an alternative investment option for the real estate sector, which would enable smaller investors to benefit from returns generated by investing small amounts of money in the real estate sector, they said. more..

We pull no punches: Samantha Power

Nov 27 (FT) US Ambassador to the UN tells that while Washington may have softened its tone on Sri Lanka and believes steps taken by new Govt in Colombo warrants the shift, US remains concerned and alert about the human rights climate in Sri Lanka. Q: During your visit to the north, which key issues were flagged as being still unaddressed by SL Govt? A: Issue of demilitarisation. Recognition that the size of the military presence more..

BoC 9-month profit up 11% to Rs. 16.6 b

Nov 27 (CT) Stepping forward with the energetic performance recorded during last year, being the pioneer by recording the highest ever profit in the history, Bank of Ceylon (BoC) reported Rs 16.6 billion Profit Before Tax (PBT) for the nine months ended 30 September 2015. On year on year (YoY) basis, PBT showed 11% growth. Profit After Tax (PAT) stood at Rs 12.3 billion with a 10% growth. The BoC Group which includes 10 subsidiaries and five associate companies has reported more..

Why the new Drugs Regulatory Act places ordinary folk in danger

Nov 27 (DM) The writer is the appointed Attorney-at-law representing the Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry’s Secretariat. This article is by way of Right of Reply, to the many articles that have appeared in the Dailymirror that the above organization contends, has misrepresented the interests of patients, and other health sector stakeholders. Patients do not know just how much they have been short-changed due to short-sighted policy of a drug regulatory mechanism more..

Video: Govt shouldn’t ban Prabhakaran commemoration: Vickramabahu

Nov 27 (DM) NLF leader Vickramabahu Karunaratne said that if Rohana Wijeweera could be commemorated, the same privilege should be given to commemorate slain LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. He said the law should be applied equally to all communities without discrimination. “If the Sinhalese can commemorate their slain people, why cannot the Tamils do it? Just because you commemorate someone, more..

Pakistan HC hosts Women’s Cricketers

Nov 27 (Island) High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain hosted a brunch in Colombo to welcome the visiting Pakistan’s Women ‘A’ cricket team in Sri Lanka. Pakistan Women’s ‘A’ cricket team is currently in Sri Lanka to play a One-day and three Twenty20 matches against the Sri Lanka Women’s ‘A’ cricket team. While welcoming the women cricketers in Sri Lanka, High Commissioner said Pakistan is a well-known cricketing nation more..

Cry for help from Oluvil

Nov 27 (Island) A letter Engineering Students Union, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oluvil had sent to Minister Lakshman Kiriella and State Minister Mohanlal Grero Ministry of Higher Education. We are three batches of engineering students from South Eastern University Sri Lanka (SEUSL). We write to you urgently because we feel sacrificed as a result of posturing by MPs, the Public, and Govt Officials at our expense, while they themselves make no sacrifice. more..

Why delay action against the corrupt?

Nov 27 (CT) Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said he was disappointed with the current state of investigations into allegations of corruption committed by the previous regime. "I am waiting and watching what would happen next," he said. Q: Before the elections you were considered as an aggressive character as you had challenged many corrupt actions. But why are you silent these days? A: I was just watching what is more..

Editorial: Toe-curling diplomacy

Nov 27 (Island) We witness a cringe-making performance on the part of our politicians whenever an envoy or a politician from a powerful country lands here. Without caring two hoots about protocol, like a bunch of overgrown schoolchildren, they try to ingratiate themselves with the visiting dignitary. They do so in respect of some Colombo-based foreign diplomats as well. The shameful practice of SL leaders tugging their forelock to self-important foreign diplomats is not of recent origin. more..

Power Play in Sri Lanka

Nov 27 (Island) Govt has been singing hosannas for America’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Samantha Power, who was here on a brief visit. Is Samantha Power genuine genuinely interested in Sri Lanka or govt politicians are gullible? Is Sri Lanka bending over backwards to please the US? Power, who had a strained relationship with former President Rajapaksa, is a much welcome guest in Sri Lanka these days though she did not receive the same welcome in India. more..

Magnificence of Sri Munneswaram

Nov 27 (CT) Among the Shiva temples in SL, Sri Munneswaram is preeminent and is one of the five pancheswarams, the five most hallowed Shiva shrines, believed to have existed from prehistoric times, showering blessings on all devotees, low and high alike. The Temple is located just two miles off Chilaw on the Chilaw-Kurunegala road and is popularly known as the Munneswaram Maha Devale among local devotees. more..

The black Abaya & Majjhima-patipada

Nov 27 (CT) The article Cultural harmony and the middle path (CT, 21.11.2015) referring to mine titled Cultural invasion – in the wake of the Abaya (CT, 19.11.2015), does not reflect a correct understanding of the views, I had expressed. Moreover, the Professor has traversed into certain areas which I had not even addressed in my article. So by way of explanation and clarification, I thought of writing this piece hoping it would be of benefit. In this, there is no one-upmanship but more..

27th Nov: A date to remember for thousands

Nov 27 (CT) Is it wise on the part of the Govt to prevent the people from holding small religious events to commemorate the Great Heros’ day also known as Maaveerar Naal in Tamil which was held first on the 27th of Nov 1989, a quarter century back. Since then where ever the Tamils lived all over the world the Great Heros’ day had been commemorated in a big or small way, depending on the size of the Tamil population. Mr. Prabhakaran’s birthday falls on the 26th of Nov. more..

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