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Bond issue: JVP wants President to appoint new committee

Apr 24 (DM) JVP led Voice Against Corruption had written to President Sirisena requesting him to appoint a new committee to look into the controversial bond issue. Convener of Voice against Corruption Wasantha Samarasinghe said that they had requested the President to appoint a committee of experts who knew the subject. He said the report of the earlier committee which investigated into the bond issue could not be more..

Ranjan Ramanayake files complaint against MR at Bribery Commission

Apr 24 (AM) Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake filed a complaint at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption against former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Ramanayake told media that he filed the complaint against siphoning of funds received for Tsunami relief. He added that since Rajapaksa was the PM at the time of the incident, he does not enjoy the immunity accorded to the executive president. UNP MP Kabir Hashim had seeked judicial remedy in 2005. more..

Pakistan announces​ prestigious​ Jinnah Scholarships 2015

Apr 24 (PHC) High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka invites applications for award of Jinnah Scholarship from deserving Sri Lankan students pursuing their studies at O/L and A/Ls. Govt of Pakistan is awarding Jinnah Scholarships for Sri Lankan students for past 10 years through its High Commission in Sri Lanka. The scholarships are named after the great statesman and leader of the Sub Continent, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who is the founder of Pakistan. more..

Did Wigneswaran break protocol writing to Modi to free convicts?

Apr 24 (ENS) Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran may have broken protocol when he officially wrote to Indian PM Narendra Modi requesting him to consider releasing four Sri Lankan Tamils sentenced to life imprisonment in the 1994 Premananda rape and murder case, Lankan officials said. A Foreign Ministry official said that as per protocol, the Chief Minister should send his letter to the Foreign Ministry first. more..

'NPC must be considerate of their people'

Apr 24 (CT) Former Chief Minister of the merged North-Eastern Province Varatharaja Perumal has requested the Northern Provincial Councillors to be considerate about the people who had elected them and not to focus towards fulfilling their own needs. Varatharahja Perumal, who is currently in the island, addressed a gathering in Jaffna under the theme, 'My experience as Chief Minister' last Sunday. A large gathering of people listened to the talk delivered by him. more..

Govt purchase 150,000 MT of paddy

Apr 24 (GDI) The govt has purchased 150,000 MT of paddy from farmers island-wide at a cost of Rs. 7.2 billion during the Maha season 2014/2015, Secretary to the President P.B Abeykoon told a media briefing. He said that the the country was receiving massive paddy harvests and the government had allocated Rs. 10 billion to purchase paddy during the Maha season. Accordingly, funds would be provided to farmer associations through District Secretariats. more..

Rajapaksa fears prosecution of entire family by new Sri Lanka govt

Apr 24 (PTI) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today expressed fears that the new govt led by his successor Maithripala Sirisena might end up prosecuting his entire family, a day after his two younger brothers faced questioning by anti-graft investigators. "Next, it will be Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa and Yoshitha Rajapaksa", the former President said. more..

Govt goes for 3rd phase of Outer Circular Highway

Apr 24 (AD) The govt is preparing to begin the construction work on the Kerawalapitiya to Kadawatha 9.32 kilometre stretch which is the third phase of the Outer Circular Highway connecting the Southern Expressway at Makumbura in Kottawa. The approved civil construction contract for this phase is Rs. 66.6 billion and 95% of this cost would be through a loan from the EXIM Bank of China, said the govt. While the land acquisition for this project is nearing completion now, more..

Injectable polio vaccine being introduced from July

Apr 24 (Island) Epidemiology Unit announced the introduction of the latest injectable Polio vaccine into the National Immunisation Programme from July this year as yet another step to eradicate poliomyelitis (polio) from the country. Addressing the media at a briefing held to announce the World Immunisation Week from Friday (24) to Thursday (30), Chief of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr Paba Palihawadana said the Injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) was a part of the global effort to eradicate polio. more..

Video: Dullas apologises for using wrong flag

Apr 24 (DM) UPFA MP Dullas Alahapperuma today apologised for using a lion’s flag without the two coloured strips -- reprsenting the minorities -- at the protest held outside the Bribery Commission yesterday. Several organisations and political parties including the PHU participated at yesterday’s protest outside the commission over the Commission summoning former defence secretary more..

President, SLFP panel bury hatchet

Apr 24 (ENS) President Maithripala Sirisena and the Central Committee of the SLFP torn by serious differences thus far, closed ranks on Thursday to face the emerging challenge from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In a surprise move, the SLFP’s Central Committee unanimously agreed to support the 19th Amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution, a project close to Sirisena’s heart. Previously, the Central Committee had insisted that the 19th Amendment (which reduces the powers of more..

PM refuses to combine 19A, 20A

Apr 24 (CG) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and the 20th Amendment cannot be combined and submitted to Parliament at the same time. PM made the comment on a live television interview this evening. During the interview, the PM also said that he was happy with the achievements of the Govt since it came to power. He also noted that while there is a push to arrest those accused of corruption, the law will be allowed to deal with such people. more..

'Takes time to fill up void created by Mahela, Sanga'

Apr 24 (PTI) With the yoeman service Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have given to Sri Lankan cricket for over a decade and a half, it would be difficult to find their replacements overnight, feels Angelo Mathews. "The retirement of Mahela Jayawardene and impending one of Kumar Sangakkara will certainly create a vacuum. It take a bit of time for sure to fill up the void created by them," more..

Bangladesh PM to open entirely Lankan built power plant in Dhaka

Apr 24 (Island) Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina will soon inaugurate the Sri Lankan engineers built USD 50 million Power plant of Raj Lanka Power Company, in Dhaka. The complete Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) solution was done solely by Sri Lankan Engineers and it is a trademark of Sri Lankan expertise being established overseas. Raj Lanka Power Company Ltd (RLPCL) (a subsidiary of LTL Holdings Group (LTL) or Lanka Transformers) incorporated in Bangladesh more..

NEC discusses President’s, Ven Rathana Thera’s electoral reform proposals

Apr 24 (Island) National Executive Committee which met yesterday in Colombo had discussed proposals on electoral reforms submitted by both President Maithripala Sirisena and Pivithuru Hetak Convenor Rathana Thera. Minister Rajitha Senaratne addressing a news conference said that in terms of the Presidents proposal the number of seats in the national legislature would increase from the current 225 to 255. Jaffna and Kandy Districts comprised 11 and 13 electorates, but were represented by more..

UPFA politicians summoned on contempt charges

Apr 24 (AD) The Colombo Magistrate’s Court today issued notice on 27 persons including 10 UPFA MPs to appear before the court on May 8 on contempt of court charges, after they violated a court order and staged a protest opposite the bribery commission. Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilipitiya issued notice on the individuals after considering a report presented to the court by the Cinnamon Gardens Police. more..

Transparency International salutes Bribery Commission

Apr 24 (CT) Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), the local chapter of the global movement against corruption, salutes the proactive nature in which the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) is currently operating, after years of suppression and political interference. Based on an increasing number of complaints, the CIABOC has initiated several investigations and probes against allegations of large scale corruption running into billions of more..

73 cell phones, other contraband detected in prisons since January 08

Apr 24 (Island) Prison Department announced that they had taken into custody 73 mobile phones, 54 SIM cards, seven sachets of heroin, and one gramme of ganja from convicted prisoners serving jail terms for different crimes they had committed. Those had been detected by the officers during surprise raids they had been conducting since January 08 to date in the main prisons around the country. The raids had been conducted on the directive of Justice Minister Wijedasa more..

Video: 'Hold general election after 19A'

Apr 24 (DM) NMSJ Leader Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera said today parliament should be dissolved and the general election held after enacting the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. He said what they wanted was not to bring any political party to power but to abolish the executive presidency through the required amendments to the Constitution. “We are not interested in which party comes to power more..

Biggest ever funding for health Service

Apr 24 (GDI) President Maithripala Sirisena has allocated Rs. 285 billion for the free health service in 2015 and this is the biggest ever allocation made for the free health service in Sri Lanka which is 3% of the National income, Director General, Health Services, Dr. Palitha Mahipala said. In previous years only 1.2 or 1.5% of the national income was allocated for the free health service. Now there are adequate funds available locally in order to strengthen the free health service more..

SL sets up international arbitration centre

Apr 24 (EN) Sri Lanka has set up an international arbitration centre with the aim of making use of professional skills available in the island to promote legal services, a govt spokesman said. The activities of the centre are expected to start from May, Minister Rajitha Senaratne told a news conference. Cabinet of Ministers Wednesday approved a proposal made by Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksha to start a govt company to carry out the activities of the centre. more..

SL reiterates warning on Indian fishermen

Apr 24 (Xinhua) The Sri Lankan govt on Friday reiterated its warning that Indian fishermen who violate Sri Lanka's maritime border and illegally fish within its waters will be arrested. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mahinda Amaraweera told journalists that the Sri Lankan Navy had been ordered to arrest the Indian fishermen and have their boats confiscated if they stray into local waters. more..

Gota’s journey had its humour

Apr 24 (CT) Oh! What an era we live in! Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, most powerful sibling of the most powerful President Sri Lanka ever had, on a journey to the Bribery Commissioner’s Office! On the first of January this year did you, reader, ever imagine this journey? Even on the 8th of January Maitripala Sirisena had no clue that Gota will have to make his way to the Bribery Commissioner’s Office under his watch as President. Maitri was hiding that fateful day in a secret place fearing that more..

Shares rise to over 6-week high on banks

Apr 24 (Reuters) Shares rose to over six-week high on Friday, despite foreign outflow from risky assets, as investors picked up shares of finance companies on expectations of better earnings, with positive sentiment continuing due to lower interest rates. The main stock index ended 0.22% or 15.39 points firmer at 7,129.78, its highest close since March 10. It has, gained 3.31% since the central bank cut key rates on April 15, while yields on t-bills have fallen 26-36 basis points since then. more..

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Applications to sit Korean language exam issued from April 27

Apr 24 (Island) Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) announced yesterday that the applications for the 14th Korean Language Proficiency Exam (KLPE) would be issued from April 27 to 30. The examination was scheduled to be held on June 13 and 14 in Colombo and the Korean job seekers could receive their exam application at 16 countrywide SLBFE district offices. It is envisaged to provide about 5000 Korean jobs for Sri Lankans in their manufacturing sector and more..

Robbing State assets

Apr 24 (CT) Yesterday this newspaper reported that the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) of the police has begun probing into the activities of Lanka Sathosa, a govt owned company retailing fast moving consumer goods in the country. FCID was set-up by the new regime to investigate into cases of misuse and abuse of State property, with such investigations taking a pecuniary flavour in particular. This probe was as per an order given by Colombo Chief Magistrate, Gihan Pilapitiya. more..

Video: MR visits Basil at CNH

Apr 24 (DM) Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa today visited his brother Basil who was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital (CNH). The former economic development minister, the ministry’s former secretary Nihal Jayatilake and former Divineguma Department Director General R.R.K. Ranawaka were on Wednesday ordered by the Kaduwela Magistrate to be remanded till May 5. Except for the former minister who was more..

SL up 5 notches in World Happiness Report

Apr 24 (LBO) Sri Lanka's happiness has climbed five places to rank at 132 position bagging 4.271 points in the latest World Happiness Report published on Thursday. The country was ranked 137th in the second edition of the report published in 2013. Switzerland topped the ranking while Iceland bagged the second place in the 2015 report. The World Happiness Report reviews the state of happiness in the world today and more..

BBS a Western conspiracy: MR

Apr 24 (EN) Sinhala nationalist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) was a Western-backed conspiracy to alienate minority Muslims and defeat his govt, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has said. He said that neither he nor his defence secretary brother had anything to do with the BBS despite popular belief that the Rajapaksas were behind the group. "Look at where the BBS travelled (Norway and the US)," Rajapaksa said. more..

Hambantota port loan capital repayments to China begin

Apr 24 (EN) Capital repayments of Chinese loans taken to build Hambantota port in southern Sri Lanka start this month, greatly increasing the financial burden on the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, an official said. SLPA Chairman Lakdas Panagoda said the authority was taking a fresh look at the building of a container terminal in the second phase of the port construction, given its lack of business and huge debt burden. more..

New govt’s policies have created positive environment: Ban Ki-moon

Apr 24 (AD) Welcoming the new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated that a positive environment has been created by the policies of the new govt in Sri Lanka for a greater collaboration with the UN and the international community. The new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York, Dr. Rohan Perera presented his credentials to the Ban Ki-moon, more..

Wigneswaran seeks release of 3 Indians in Premananda case

Apr 24 (TOI) Chief minister of Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority Northern Province C V Wigneswaran has requested PM Narendra Modi to release three life convicts in the sensational Swamy Premananda case. The three -Kamalananda, Balan alias Balendiran and Sathis alias Sathishkumar - were convicted and sentenced along with Premananda for raping 13 girls, including minors, and conspiring to murder an inmate more..

'Our foreign policy is based on practical realities, not on ideological fantasies'

Apr 24 (DM) Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, in an interview, said the new govt managed to reset the country’s foreign policy to the centre while having excellent relations with the major power centres of the world including the US, China and India. He said the govt would be ready with the domestic investigative mechanism by late July to look into allegations of human rights violations and accountability issues. more..

Govt hedges on its incomplete 100-day programme as deadline looms

Apr 24 (ST) Any unfulfilled promises in the govt’s 100-Day programme will be delivered following Parliamentary elections expected in June, Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva said. The comments came as Govt’s ambitious 100-Day programme reaches its deadline. Even though Govt has failed to fulfill some of its pledges completely, due to lack of time, it has taken sufficient measures to address important issues immediately. more..

Nearly 1700 people sign up for free Wi-Fi within first five days

Apr 24 (Island) Only 1693 people had been registered in the first five days to receive free Wi-Fi facility launched by the govt. At the end of March the govt launched the first phase of the free Wi-Fi facility at 26 locations covering eight districts. Kandy, Colombo Fort, Polonnaruwa, Matara, Jaffna, Galle, Peradeniya, Katunayake, Ratnapura and Dehiwala, were among the first areas to get the free service which was an election pledge of President more..

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