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Ceylon Chamber signs MoU with Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Jun 20 (FT) Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently signed a MoU with the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), paving the way for enhanced cooperation and growth between SL and the dynamic business community of South Gujarat, India. Established in 1940, SGCCI’s influence extends through its direct engagement with over 12,000 members and indirect ties to more than 2,00,000 members via 150 associations, and it is a leading force in promoting trade, commerce, more..

Women’s Empowerment Bill passed with amendments

Jun 20 (AD) Women’s Empowerment Bill was passed in Parliament with amendments, a short while ago, following its third reading. This was announced to the House by the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Ajith Rajapakshe. The third reading of the bill was passed without a vote. Women’s Empowerment Act proposes essential provisions to legally empower women, including the establishment of a dedicated commission for their implementation. Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe had previously more..

India, Sri Lanka launch Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, deepen ties

Jun 20 (HT) India and Sri Lanka on Thursday launched a Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), reflecting the deepening maritime security cooperation between the two sides, as external affairs minister S Jaishankar met the top leadership in Colombo to bolster ties in a range of areas. Jaishankar was on his first foreign visit after beginning his second term as the foreign minister, with the choice of Sri Lanka as more..

Muralitharan to boost Karnataka economy with ₹1,400 Crore business model

Jun 20 (CO) Legendary off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is set to invest Rs 1,400 crore to establish a beverage and confectionery unit in Badanaguppe, Chamarajanagara district. Muralitharan, who runs a successful soft drinks business in SL, is planning to expand his business to India as well. Karnataka Minister for Large & Medium Industries, M.B. Patil, announced this development following a meeting with the iconic Sri Lankan spinner. more..

Prison officers warned against engaging in trade union action

Jun 20 (AD) The Prisons Department has warned that strict disciplinary measures will be taken against officers who engage in trade union actions. Prisons Commissioner Gamini Dissanayake emphasized that prison officers have no legal right to participate in any trade union actions. Dissanayake also warned that legal action would be pursued against any officers who engage in such activities. Regarding the recent trade union action by certain prison officers, Dissanayake noted, more..

Legislature heading for a battle with SC?

Jun 20 (DM) SL legislature seemed to be heading for a battle with the Supreme Court with both ruling party and opposition members alleging that the said court had prevented Parliament and the Executive from acting in line with the constitution while the party leaders slated to take action against the move. MPs said the SC had actually prevented the constitutional council and the Executive from exercising its powers to appoint judges to more..

Video: Fonseka slams Sajith in Parliament

Jun 20 (DM) Coming up with allegations against higher-ups of his own party, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka today said he was questioned by a SJB higher-up whether he will support Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa if he wants time to speak in Parliament. “I asked the Chief Opposition Whip to allocate some time for me to speak in the House. He then questioned me whether I will support Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa at future elections if I want time to speak in the House. more..

SL resumes eye cornea donation to Pakistan

Jun 20 (DM) Sri Lanka resumed donation of eye corneas to Pakistan. It was stopped following the Covid-19 pandemic. The latest donation of five corneas were dispatched on a SriLankan Airlines flight to Lahore yesterday night and were received by a team of Pakistani army medical personnel for surgeries to be performed at the army hospital in Rawalpindi, according to SL High Commissioner Admiral (Retired) Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne. He is also expected to witness the surgeries. more..

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Cabinet greenlights procurement of pre-printed Polycarbonate cards for NIC printing

Jun 20 (AD) Cabinet has granted approval for the procurement of 2.3 million pre-printed Polycarbonate cards for printing National Identity Cards (NICs). Earlier on 5 May 2024, Cabinet decided to cancel the procurement considering recommendations of the procurement committee implemented for purchase of 5 million pre - printed Polycarbonate cards required for printing identity cards for Dept of Registration of Persons and the recommendations of procurement appeal boards in the regards. more..

World Bank announces new Country Director for Sri Lanka

Jun 20 (FT) The World Bank has announced the appointment of David Sislen as the new Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and SL. His appointment is effective from 1 July 2024. Sislen succeeds Faris Hadad-Zervos, who will be taking on a new World Bank assignment. “I am looking forward to my new role and meeting with all our stakeholders and partners soon. My key priority will be to lead the strategic dialogue to shape and implement operational engagements in line with more..

Panel allows Central Bank staff to get high salaries

Jun 20 (EN) Central Bank staff could continue to get high salaries for up to 5 years, and not three years as set out in a collective agreement, a committee that went into the matter after a public outcry has recommended, a legislator said. A panel that went into the salary hike that the central bank staff had paid themselves had criticized the salary hike and a defined benefit pension plan, but said changing it would lead to legal problems, more..

CFA Society Sri Lanka celebrates capital market excellence

Jun 20 (FT) In the Best Stockbroking Research Team category,. was awarded Silver, while CT CLSA Securities Ltd. received the Bronze award. In the Best Equity Research Report category, In the Investor Relations category, Silver was won by John Keells Holdings, with Hatton National Bank PLC being awarded Bronze. First Capital Money Market Fund won the Silver award in the Best Unit Trust Fund category, while the Bronze was awarded to CT CLSA Equity Fund. more..

Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia to cooperate in promoting direct investment

Jun 20 (EN) SL and Saudi Arabia will sign a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in promoting direct investment, minister Bandula Gunawardena said. “Both sides reached an agreement,” during the special meeting of the WEF held in Riyadh. Agreement “aims to attract direct investment to the country and improve the investment environment of both countries through policy and legal reforms, provision of advanced and integrated infrastructure, process redesign, more..

'IMF has now become part of SL’s problem than solution'

Jun 20 (FT) Verité Research Executive Director Dr. Nishan de Mel opined that the IMF has become a part of a problem rather than a solution in Sri Lanka. He made this observation in a post on ‘X’ concerning the proposed Imputed Rental Income Tax which he claimed has serious problems. “It has no known analytical basis for its design as an efficient and effective tax measure for Sri Lanka,” Dr. de Mel said. more..

Circular on admission of children to Grade 01 to be amended

Jun 20 (AD) The Cabinet of Ministers has approved proposal to amend the current circular related to the admission of children to the Grade 01 classes of govt schools. Cabinet Spokesman, Minister Bandula Gunawardena stated that the admission of children to the first grade of schools is done transparently and in a manner that minimizes irregularities, in order to ensure equal access to education consistent with the circular issued by the Ministry of Education. Accordingly, Cabinet of Ministers granted more..

With eye on Tamil votes UK Conservatives repeat accountability issue ahead of election

Jun 20 (Island) The ruling British Conservative party has appealed for the support of the British voters of SL origin. On behalf of Rishi Sunak’s govt, its Foreign Secretary David Cameron said, in a special video message reiterating his party’s commitment to British Tamils while pledging to support truth, justice and accountability for all. Sunak recently announced a general election on July 4. The following is the full text of the video message released this week. “You make an invaluable contribution to more..

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Suspect remanded for defrauding millions of rupees using others’ mobile SIMs

Jun 20 (DM) A suspect who had allegedly defrauded over millions of rupees by using other people’s mobile SIMs was remanded till July 4 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate. The suspect, Mohan Dayalan of Hatton was remanded by Colombo Chief Magistrate Thilina Gamage after he was produced before court by the Cyber Crime Monitoring Unit of the CID. The detectives told court that the suspect had illegally logged into the bank accounts of various SIM card holders using the victim’s mobile more..

Special opportunity to visit prison inmates on Poson Poya day

Jun 20 (DM) The Prisons Department has decided to provide a special opportunity for relatives of inmates to visit the prison for two days on the occasion of Poson Poya day, tomorrow, Prisons Commissioner and spokesman Gamini Dissanayaka said. He said the relatives of prisoners will be allowed to bring a parcel of food and sweets for the inmates. Visitors must arrive according to proper health and safety procedures in accordance with prison rules and regulations, the commissioner said. more..

Who alerted ASP Mahanama of his impending arrest over A’pura shooting incident?

Jun 20 (Island) Ongoing investigation into firing a couple of gun shots at Anuradhapura District actor turned SLPP MP Uddika Premaratne’s vehicle last September has revealed that ASP Anuradhapura Sanjiva Mahanama fired at the car after the lawmaker got out of the vehicle and entered his house at Lahiru grounds, A'pura. The officer had used the personal weapon issued to him by the police dept and subsequently handed it more..

Water Board responds to pictures of water pipeline filled with gunk

Jun 20 (DM) Responding to images circulated on social media depicting a water pipeline filled with gunk, claimed to be in Sri Lanka, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) denied the existence of such pipelines in SL. In a statement, the NWSDB clarified that the pipelines depicted in the pictures are from Thailand, not SL. The images are being falsely linked to the incident of the bursting of a transmission pipeline from the Kalatuwawa treatment plant on June 17, it said. more..

Neighbours like Sri Lanka are extremely important to India, Jaishankar tells PM

Jun 20 (AD) Indian Minister of External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar called on PM Dinesh Gunawardena at Temple Trees in Colombo today. PM congratulated Dr. Jaishankar on the election victory of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and reassured SL’s commitment to work together to further strengthen close bilateral relations. He thanked India for the assistance given at recent difficult times after Covid-19 pandemic and the economic crisis, the PM’s Media Division said. more..

Govt to import spices for reprocessing

Jun 20 (TM) Despite protests from local spice growers, the country plans to import spices to address the current shortage and support the production of value-added products. EDB Policy and Strategic Planning Director Kumudinie Mudalige stated: “It is a good decision that the Government is permitting importing specific spices for reprocessing and re-export which is done under the Import and Export Act of 1969.” more..

New Chief of Staff of SL Army appointed

Jun 20 (SLA) Major General S.R.B Aluvihare was appointed as the new Chief of Staff of the Army on Thursday (20) and received his letter of appointment as the 64th Chief of Staff of the Army from Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, the Commander of the Army, at the Commander’s office. Major General S.R.B Aluvihare served as the Commander, Security Forces - Central prior to this appointment and is also the Colonel of the Regiment of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment. more..

Sri Lanka reports over 5,000 Leptospirosis cases so far in 2024

Jun 20 (AD) Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says that 5,000 Leptospirosis cases have been reported within the first six months of the year. Health officials advise the public to promptly seek medical advice if they experience a fever or exhibit symptoms related to rat fever. The bacteria responsible for this disease is mainly found in rat urine and it has also been detected in the feces and urine of cattle, dogs and pigs. Commenting on this regard, Consultant Epidemiologist more..

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Taxation should be an investment people are making for current and future wellbeing

Jun 20 (FT) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in SL, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, Inland Revenue Department, University of Moratuwa, and the National Innovation Agency of SL co-convened the first-ever National Tax Dialogue to address contemporary issues surrounding taxation and fiscal policies in the island. According to the above news report, after 76 years of independence, SL has for the first time had a national dialogue on taxation to address more..

Indo-Lanka unification, 13A, term-extension, and a pioneering intellectual of nonalignment

Jun 20 (FT) On 17 June 2024 the evening’s TV newscasts showed President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing a conference (in Sinhala) and announcing the progress of the plan to unify Sri Lanka with India (Lankaava saha Indiyaava ekathu karana). He was referring primarily to the planned bridge but also to his multi-pronged grand plan of multi-dimensional integration with India, which he also laid out. His conference was in the aftermath of his meeting with the Bishop of Mannar. more..

Indian FM Jaishankar in Sri Lanka to discuss partnerships amid project delays

Jun 20 (EN) India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will pay a one-day official visit to Colombo today and meet SL leaders to discuss wide-ranging issues of the partnership, India said, amid delays of some key Indian projects ahead of a presidential poll in SL. Though SL govt has claimed that Jaishankar’s visit was a precursor to Indian PM Narendra Modi who formed the new govt last week, External Affairs Ministry of India did not more..

CIABOC begins probe on Rambukwella’s alleged misuse of vehicles

Jun 20 (CT) The CIABOC has initiated an investigation into a complaint alleging the misuse of official vehicles by former Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella. In a statement, CIABOC said the probe was launched based on a complaint filed by a civilian. According to the commission, in May 2023, Rambukwella was provided with official vehicles during his tenure as Health Minister which he retained following his appointment as Environment Minister in October 2023. more..

Seethawaka officially declared a tourism zone tomorrow

Jun 20 (DN) The Seethaka area in Avissawella is rapidly becoming a popular booming tourist destination among local and foreign tourists. As a step forward, the development of this tourism zone as an international standard sustainable tourism zone has started. The official announcement ceremony is scheduled to be held at Seethawaka Wetland Park tomorrow by PM Dinesh Gunawardena. Nearly a hundred environmentalists representing many countries including more..

Crucial data from X-Press Pearl intentionally deleted

Jun 20 (CT) Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Madhava Tennakoon informed Colombo Additional Magistrate Keminda Perera that experts have confirmed crucial data and numerous email messages from the ill-fated vessel, MV X-Press Pearl were intentionally deleted after it caught fire. The blaze, which occurred off the coast of Sri Lanka on 19 May 2021, resulted in one of the worst marine pollution incidents in South Asia and globally. more..

Gender shift in rat fever cases raises concern

Jun 20 (DM) Health officials in Sri Lanka have identified a growing tendency of women being infected with leptospirosis, commonly referred to as rat fever, with a notable increase. Dr. Thushani Dabarera, Consultant Epidemiologist at the Epidemiology Unit said "This observation challenges previous perceptions of the disease as predominantly affecting males engaged in high-risk occupations such as paddy cultivation, cattle farming, and gem mining," more..

Islandwide liquor ban on Poson Poya Day

Jun 20 (CT) On the instructions of the Commissioner General of Excise, the Excise Department announced that every licensed liquor outlet and stall in the country will remain closed for Poson Full Moon Poya Day, which falls on 21 June. Commissioner General of Excise M.J. Gunasiri made this announcement to all licensed liquor outlets, shops and official liquor dealers, cautioning them that strict legal action will be taken against those who violate the Department’s orders. more..

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