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Traffic SI remanded for stealing barricades

June 30 (DM) A sub inspector attached to the Colombo City Traffic Police Division was today ordered to be remanded till July 14 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate for allegedly stealing and selling iron barricades worth Rs.97,440 to a scrap iron dealer. The Slave Island police who conducted investigations said the SI had sold the iron barricades belonging to the Police Department to a scrap iron dealer in Colombo 2. However, three others including the scrap iron dealer who more..

Adams open for Sri Lanka job

June 30 (DM) Chris Adams who worked in an advisory capacity during Sri Lanka’s triumphant series in England says he is ready for a long-term stint with the Lankans. Complimenting the team as the ‘nicest bunch of players he had ever worked with’ Adams says he would ‘welcome an opportunity to continue with the team.’ “Of course, I had a fabulous time and would welcome an opportunity to continue with the team,” more..

Greater demand for Fresh Water Fish

June 30 (GDI) At a meeting held at the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to discuss the progress of the fresh fish industry in Sri Lanka, Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna said that there is a greater demand for fresh water fish as sea fishing gets more and more expensive due to fuel and the maintenance cost of fishing vessels. The Minister further said that the best example for aquaculture and fresh water fishing industry was the Ampara district. more..

Jayantha Dharmadasa replaces N Srinivasan as ACC President

June 30 (TC) Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC) President Jayantha Dharmadasa has taken charge as the President of Asian Cricket Council (ACC), replacing India's N Srinivasan.According to SLC, Dharmadasa has been appointed President of ACC for the second time. Earlier, he had served in that position from 2006 to 2007. "SLC is pleased to announce that President of SLC Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa has been appointed as the President of Asian Cricket Council with immediate effect. more..

Johny’s crony pleads guilty for damaging Sathosa

June 30 (AM) The Colombo Fort Magistrate today ordered Don Peter Nanayakkara, a Coordinating Secretary to Minister Johnston Fernando, to pay compensation of Rs.11250 to the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) after the latter pleaded guilty for causing damages to the glass door of the Finance and Accounting Office of the Sathosa building on Oct 26, 2012. The case was settled before more..

Cargills is now a bank

June 30 (AM) Cargills Bank entered Sri Lanka’s Banking and Finance Industry as the 23rd licensed commercial bank in Sri Lanka with the ceremonial launch of its Head Office at No 696, Galle Road, Colombo 3, today. The launch was presided over by the chief guest, Governor of the Central Bank, Ajith Nivard Cabraal and the Guest of Honour, Secretary of Defence, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Cargills Bank Limited is a venture promoted by Cargills (Ceylon) PLC and CT Holdings PLC, more..

Fallen war heroes remembered in Jaffna

June 30 (GDI) Commander and all ranks of Security Force – Jaffna, after an whole night pirith chanting and alms giving to bhikkus, transferred merits to armed force members who laid their lives for the sake of the country and invoked blessing to Commander of the Army, soldiers and members of civilian staff serving in the Army Friday morning. The Pinkama was organized with auspices of Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera as the final leg of more..

Modi to meet TNA

June 30 (DM) TNA would hold talks with newly elected Indian PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi next month, party officials said. The Indian govt has agreed to afford an opportunity for the TNA to meet with the PM and the other leaders by the middle of July. However, the exact dates have not yet been confirmed. Shortly after Mr. Modi and his Cabinet of Ministers were sworn in, TNA leader R. Sampanthan sought a meeting with the more..

Sri Lanka inflation at 2.8% in June

June 30 (LBO) Sri Lanka consumer prices rose 2.8% in the 12-months to June 2014 from a year earlier, slowing from 3.2% in May. Prices during the month rose sharply by 1.1%, the highest monthly gain in the Colombo Consumer Price Index seen since June 2013 when the index gained 1.5%. The index had gained 2.7% in the past six months, just under 12-month figure. Food and non-alcoholic beverage sub-index rose 3.1% in the 12-months to June and the non-food index was up 2.5%. more..

Australia fund community-based projects

June 30 (CG) The Australian High Commission has granted Rs 27 million to support 13 community-based projects across Sri Lanka, implemented by 12 organisations. Acting Australian High Commissioner, Sonya Koppe, today handed over cheques to community based organisations implementing these small scale development projects around Sri Lanka. The grants were provided as part of the Australian govt’s annual small grant funding program, the Direct Aid Program. more..

'Sri Lanka wants war victory recognition'

June 30 (CG) The defeat of terrorism and the advent of peace and stability have brought about significant benefits not only for the people of Sri Lanka but for the whole South Asian region, and it is only right and proper that the magnitude of these benefits should receive recognition, Minister G.L. Peiris, said in Colombo today. He was delivering the keynote address at a symposium on establishing a Centre of Excellence on Ocean Sciences more..