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Enterprise Sri Lanka for new growth era

June 23 (FT) President Maithripala Sirisena called on State banks to focus on providing affordable financing to entrepreneurs, pointing out that generating colossal profits alone was insufficient to promote the welfare of the country. Prez addressing the Enterprise Sri Lanka program launch at the BMICH on Friday acknowledged that Small and Medium Enterprises were the backbone of the economy and critical for job creation more..

DCA refuses to obey Ombudsman: Speaker

June 23 (CT) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday, informed the Parliament that the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has refused to implement the recommendations given by the Ombudsman and that the Party Leaders, at their next meeting, will therefore have to discuss and take a decision regarding this issue. Speaker, at the beginning of yesterday’s Parliamentary sitting, announced that the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman) had reported to him that more..

Kilinochchi Magistrate’s Court orders arrest of leopard-killers

June 23 (FT) The Kilinochchi Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered to arrest the individuals involved in the slaughtering of a leopard which attacked villagers. “Kilinochchi Police had filed a report on the issue to the Magistrate’s Court. Magistrate’s Court then ordered a complete probe into the killing of the leopard in Kilinochchi and to arrest those responsible,” Police Spokesperson said. The issue was brought to notice when a celebratory video of the killers parading the dead animal more..

Chandimal to miss Barbados Test as Judicial Commissioner rejects appeal

Jun 23 (CB) Dinesh Chandimal will remain suspended for SL's Day-Night Test against Windies at Barbados after the ICC appointed Judicial Commissioner, Michael Beloff, rejected the SL captain's appeal against the ball tampering sanction. Chandimal was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball on Day 2 of the St. Lucia Test in a direct breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC's Standard Test Match Playing Conditions. more..

Speaker names Constitutional Committee members

June 23 (DM) MPs Chamal Rajapaksa, Rauff Hakeem and Vijitha Herath had been named to the newly-appointed committee to be in charge of Constitutional Affairs, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced. As per the announcement, the Speaker himself, the Leader of the House, and three other members are appointed to this Committee. These three members are nominated by the Speaker, PM and Leader of the Opposition. This committee will be given the responsibility to look into proposals more..

SLPP claims attempt to close H’tota Wind Power Farm

June 23 (CT) SLPP Youth Front Member and UPFA MP D.V. Chanaka alleged that since the Hambantota Port has been given on lease, employees of the Hambantota Wind Power Farm (WPF) were asked to leave their jobs. Chanaka claimed that since the WPF is within the harbour territory, the workers in the Hambantota WPF had been informed to leave their jobs and evacuate the premises, while in the meantime the employees are being continuously forced to quit their jobs more..

JO asks Sirisena why he is still in yahapalana govt

June 23 (Island) JO MP Shehan Semasinghe said that President Sirisena owed an explanation as to why he continued the partnership with the UNP after having accused that party of destroying the national economy. He pointed out that Prez had gone to the extent of claiming that only his intervention saved the state banking sector from being destroyed by UNP. MP said so when inquired about ongoing efforts more..

Inquiry against doctor who claimed influenza spreading

June 23 (Island) An inquiry would be held against a female doctor attached to the Epidemiology Unit for telling the media that the incidence of influenza was increasing, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. He said that influenza had been brought down by 95 percent and it was a viral disease for which there was no cure. "It can only be controlled with proper medication. These days if a person falls ill and seeks treatment from a hospital, tests done would be done to rule out influenza. more..

Army denies canard on alleged withdrawals

June 23 (DN) SL Army denied reports that it was withdrawing several formations from the North and the East. Army said this is a canard reportedly made by disgruntled political elements desperately attempting to mislead the public. “SL Army categorically denies having taken any such decision, nor has it contemplated implementing a move of that nature at all as alleged by those elements who try to showcase that they are more patriotic than members of the armed forces in the country,” more..

We are still under MR, say 16 SLFP rebels

June 23 (DM) Member of SLFP of 16 rebels, former Minister W.D.J Seneviratne, while dismissing alleged remarks made against the group by certain members of the JO said they would remain in politics under the leadership of former Prez Rajapaksa and contest the forthcoming PC, Presidential and Parliamentary polls under his leadership. He added that the 16 SLFP rebels would sit in Parliament with JO more..

PNB thwarts cocaine smuggling bid at BIA

June 23 (DM) A 34-year-old Bolivian national who allegedly smuggled in cocaine weighing 11 kilogrammes using a novel method was taken into custody by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) at the BIA, a PNB official said. The official said that under the instructions of Police Narcotics Range DIG Sajeewa Medawatte, PNB officials found the cocaine stuffed in several towels and some wearings using a special chemical. PNB had found cocaine weighing 11 kilogrammes and 300 grammes more..

160 SL personnel, kin to visit Bodh Gaya

June 23 (AA) In a sudden and heartwarming gesture that may have significant impact in fostering better relationship between India and Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, about 160 SL military personnel and their families from the Army, Air Force and the Navy will fly down in an Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 transport aircraft on Sunday to visit the Buddhist pilgrimage centre at Bodh Gaya in Bihar. On Monday, the Lankan team will visit the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) at Gaya followed by more..

Corrupt probing Corrupt?: Petroleum Ministry denies deliberately delaying inquiry

June 23 (Island) Petroleum Resources Development Ministry was still inquiring into a loss of nearly Rs. 10 mn due to some officials releasing, after the announcement of latest fuel price hike on May 10, large stocks of petrol, diesel and kerosene at old prices. Sources said that disciplinary action hadn’t been taken so far against those involved in the racket. Asked whether ministry had deliberately delayed a proper inquiry, more..

Over 25000 flats for Colombo’s shanty dwellers by 2020

June 23 (DN) The people are not evacuated from their homes by force under this govt to construct buildings in the Western Province, Minister Mano Ganesan said. He the Megalopolis and Western Development Ministry has initiated projects to construct flats in Colombo with 25,000 housing units by 2020. He added that during the previous regime the people in the shanties were forcefully relocated from their dwellings to construct the flats. “But this govt is not doing so,” he said. more..

Sri Lankan handicrafts, spices and tea featured at the UN International Bazaar

June 23 (FT) Permanent Mission of SL to the United Nations in New York actively participated in the annual UN International Bazaar held on 18 June at the UN Headquarters. UN premises was a hive of activity as the New York community gathered to experience the cuisine and craft products of different cultures. Mission hosted two popular stalls at the event, one offering traditional handicrafts, spices, tea, rice, jams, chutney and other merchandise, and the other offering traditional SL short eats more..

Culprits visited Kilinochchi and left with money: MR

June 23 (CT) Commenting on the Govt issuing an extraordinary Gazette Notification, placing 14 individuals, suspected of links with the LTTE, and now living abroad, on a list of designated persons, banned from entry to Sri Lanka, MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the move comes in the wake of the 14 arriving in the island, travelling to Kilinochchi, getting what they wanted done and leaving with monies. more..

Combank promotes biodiversity with project to search for more types of blind snake

June 23 (Island) Eight of the known types of fossorial blind snakes of the Typhlopidae family are endemic to SL, and the Commercial Bank of Ceylon is funding a new scientific project to identify and classify more types in this species to add to the country’s biodiversity pool and promote conservation. Bank has committed financing support to the Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka (HFS) to conduct a research study relating to the taxonomy (or the classification study) and more..

MTD Walkers PLC on investors' radar with several large projects in pipeline

June 23 (Island) The management of MTD Walkers PLC is gearing up its operations to deliver on a strong order book of large scale, long-term infrastructure projects in several sectors. Analysts say this will keep the Group on Investors' radar as what it has in the pipeline are significantly large projects. MTD Walkers PLC, recognised for its strength in engineering and infrastructure development, has commenced work on the Central Expressway - one of the country’s largest more..

Govt elevated SL to investment hub: PM

June 23 (DM) The Yahapalana Govt has been able to transform Sri Lanka from a debt-ridden, backward pariah state in the third world in 2015 to a respected, investment hub in South Asia by 2018 with a fast growing economy, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. He added that no one had any hope for Sri Lanka which was in a huge debt trap and no funds in the Treasury even for day to day expenses. more..

SL extends financial access to villagers

June 23 (ST) Sri Lanka has made a commitment to expand financial access to the poorest of the poor people living in remote rural areas through a financial inclusion scheme, official sources divulged. Sri Lanka is a land of 14,000 villages and a majority of the country’s population, nearly 80 per cent, lives in villages. Financial needs of these villages are being served by an estimated 14,000 financial institutions in the country, which directly or indirectly provide micro credit facilities. more..

No alcohol at Sugathadasa Sports Hotel

June 23 (DN) Minister of Provincial Councils, Local Govt and Sports, Faiszer Musthapa has banned alcohol selling at the newly renovated Sugathadasa Sports Hotel that will be opened shortly. In a statement the Minister said: “I took a decision to stop the sale of alcohol at the Sugathadasa Sports Hotel, simply because so many of our young ‘uns patronise this stadium. I believe that it does not relate well with our nation’s culture and values and clearly is not aligned with my personal belief. more..

Sri Lanka stare at series loss after 15 years

Jun 23 (Island) West Indies and Sri Lanka – both sides, once cricket-crazy islanders now in for some downward trend, meet each other in the third and final Test, a day-night match, today, for the Sobers – Tissera Trophy at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. Two young sides, sans any big names in their ranks, are on a transition, analysts say. Yet the hosts are having a chance of creating history, in two ways; one by playing more..

The story of Lankan-born Mars 2020 engineer

Jun 23 (SO) SL born aerospace engineer working at NASA’s prestigious Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Melony Mahaarachchi is part of the design team working on the Mars 2020 Rover which will attempt to find signs of past life on the Red Planet when it ventures into space. This is the story of how she got there despite a late start to her career When Melony Mahaarachchi interviewed at SpaceX in 2010, she was asked a question that would make most candidates go into panic mode: more..

Yahapalanaya: Comedy continues!

Jun 23 (Island) When I wrote Raigamaya and Gampolaya just before the last local govt elections, I thought it was impossible for the state of affairs to get much worse. I am proved wrong; well, things have got worse and the comedy continues. Sorry, I should call it a tragi-comedy, with apologies to the populace that has to tighten belts, regularly, with no hope in sight, witnessing helplessly ramping corruption destroying the country, while politicians get enriched. more..

Pettah Multimodal Transport Hub launched

June 23 (DN) The Pettah Multimodal Transport Hub project, a keystone of the various public transport systems servicing the city’s central business districts, was launched yesterday. Minister Champika Ranawaka, hosted the inaugural meeting for this with the private sector, the directors of all main development banks, and the French Ambassador in Colombo. The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development has more..

Balm for body and mind

Jun 23 (ST) Two months after the unexpected demise of her beloved brother, Sharadha Manickawasagar decided to enrol in a yoga class. It was a trying time for her family and her. She was feeling depressed and couldn’t focus on anything. But once she started attending her yoga class regularly, things began to change for the better and she was able to refocus on her life. That was eight years ago and since then Sharadha has been a regular at Anand Yoga Centre in Colombo more..

Why vote at the next Presidential & Parliamentary elections?

Jun 23 (CT) If voters vote at the next election, they could be electing a President who cannot lead, and could be electing one political combine or the other and the country will have the same set of politicians and the same system that elects them. Voters therefore will have to decide whether they wish to continue with this charade, and if they do decide to vote, then, they too will be part of this charade. The known Devil is better than the unknown idiots seems to be the prevailing view more..


Editorial: Driver’s responsibility

Jun 23 (Island) It never rains, but it pours. Misfortunes come like football fans who turn up in hordes and run riot. Argentina was reeling from a humiliating draw in its opener with Iceland in the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament when it suffered a body blow at the hands of Croatia, which beat it three zip, in Russia’s beautiful Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, on Thursday. La Albiceleste went down like the Titanic. It is said to be their worst defeat in a World Cup match since 1958. more..

When Trump gets hurrah on Human Rights

Jun 23 (Island) This looks like a week of cesspool delight. Donald Trump is the hero of those wallowing in the cesspool of anti-minority delights here, with the decision of the United States to withdraw from the UNHRC, very much a bad word in our political debates. Trump’s echo ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the UNHCR is a cesspool of political bias, referring to its poor support for human rights, just as the Trump cheer leaders here are calling us to follow Trump and withdraw from more..

This digital library is preserving Sri Lanka's Tamil literary heritage

Jun 23 (Roar) Over the course of history, the world has seen countless pieces of its heritage vanish forever with no chance for recovery. Vast contingents of knowledge are continuously being lost- to the passage of time, to natural causes like disasters, insects and mould, and to acts of war and unrest. Every time a palm-leaf manuscript crumbles with age or a mob-driven fire consumes a center of learning, the world loses an irreplaceable part more..

Election contributions revelations: Scandal or crime?

Jun 23 (SO) Shock waves hit the Sri Lankan political scene in the past few weeks, with different MPs admitting to having accepted what was described as campaign donations from Perpetual Treasuries Limited, a company implicated in what is arguably the most sensational financial debacle of recent times – the case of the Central Bank treasury bonds. As the news broke, many who had claimed positions of integrity fell from grace, and had to take defensive positions. more..

National Unity Govt needs to govern with more consensus

Jun 23 (CT) In the past two weeks there have been indications that the govt parties are trying to sort out their differences. SLFP National Organiser, Minister Duminda Dissanayake has said that contrary to views expressed by some SLFP members, there were no discussions during the recent SLFP Central Committee meeting about the party trying to quit the National Unity Govt. At the same time the JO appears to have ruled out the possibility of reunification of SLFP under Prez Sirisena. more..

Crucial repairs to petroleum pipelines in limbo

Jun 23 (SO) Despite a strong direction by a three-member Cabinet Sub-Committee in November 2017 to reconstruct and make operational SL´s main pipelines which carry refined petroleum products from the Colombo Port to the Kollonnawa storage tanks, within three months of the order from the Cabinet, Ceylon Petroleum Storage and Terminals Ltd, (CPSTL) has been unable to carry out the necessary repairs. more..

Why support Trump’s cesspool on Human and Children’s’ Rights?

Jun 23 (DN) Reconciliation and Religion, Human Rights and the Robe of the Sangha, have pushed the political divisions within the Govt and the Opposition somewhat to the rear this week, with the politico-tactical and media reverberations on the US withdrawal from the UNHRC and the refusal by Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera to wear the prison uniform for convicts, known as the jumper. There are strong demands emerging that Sri Lanka should now consider removing its more..

Bureaucratic excellence through commitment

Jun 23 (CT) Every year 23rd of June is remembered and commemorated as the birth anniversary of that great visionary leader of our time, Ranasinghe Premadasa, who kindled the hopes and aspirations of the people of this country, especially of the poor and the disadvantaged. But to us, veterans in the Housing Ministry, it was more than his birthday. It was the opening day of the annual Gam Udawa exhibition. Gam Udawa exhibition, which commenced in Ampara on a modest scale, more..

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