lanka news
| NewsRoom| SL Explorer | Classifieds | Miyuru Gee | E-Cards | Chat Room | Forums | Malini's Kitchen | Lankans Web | jokes |
 SL Time:
News Room
News Papers

 Bottom Line
 Daily Mirror
 Daily News
 Financial Times
 Lakbima (English)
 Lakbima (Sinhala)
 Lanka Irida
 Sunday Leader
 Sunday Observer
 Sunday Times
 Tamil Mirror
News Sites

 Ada Derana
 Asian Mirror
 Asian Tribune
BBC Sinhala
 BBC Tamil
 Lanka Academic
 Lanka Business
 Lanka Independent
 Lanka News Web
 Lanka Papers
 Lanka Truth
 Lanka Web
 Ministry of Defence
 Muslim Guardian
 News First
 News Now
 News 360
 SL Army
 Srilanka Guardian
 Srilanka Mirror
 Srilanka Watch
 Sudar Oli
 World News
Radio (Live)

 Derana FM
Max Radio
Neth FM
Rhythm FM
 Shakthi FM
 Sirasa FM
Siyatha FM
 S L B C
 TNL Radio
 Yes FM

 J9 Radio
 L.A. Baila
 Lanka Broadcast
 Nilwala Radio
Rangiri FM

 I T N
Max TV
 Siyasa TV
V i d e o

 Lanka Channel
Sri Lankan Tube

'In my job as a referee, I watch the match as a player'

Nov 9 (CI) Ranjan Madugalle looks back on his playing days in SL, and his years as an ICC official. Your early days were spent in Kandy? A: I was born in Kandy. My father was a career public servant. Most of them end up in Colombo when they move on in their job. So did he. I moved to Colombo when I was about 12. I had my formative education at Trinity College, Kandy, and completed my education in Colombo at Royal College. more..

England favourites in opening match at SSC today: SL women target improvement

Nov 9 (CT) Sri Lanka women's cricket team that was completely outclassed by Australia women's outfit in the recent past will look for an immediate improvement when they take on England in the first of the four-match ODI series which gets underway at the SSC today. The hosts will be led by newly appointed captain Inoka Ranaweera after the National Selectors had lost patience with former skipper Chamari Atapattu who had a disappointing few months as a leader and a player. more..

'Remove bodybuilding from NSF'

Nov 9 (CT) Professor Arjuna de Silva believes that Ministry of Sports must remove bodybuilding from National Sports Festival (NSF) as it is not considered as an Olympic Sport. "Bodybuilding is not an Olympic Sport, but as we all know it does feature in the NSF. In my opinion bodybuilding should not be a part of the National Sports Festival anymore," de Silva told journalists during a press conference held after the 2-day Board Meeting of South Asian Regional Anti-Doping Org more..

Herath five-for gives SL first-innings cushion

Nov 9 (CI) In isolation, the final session on day three was among Zimbabwe's best in the series. They attacked, and bowled with purpose and intensity to take four Sri Lankan wickets. But having conceded a 232-run first-innings lead due to a series of injudicious shots against spin, they were left to play catch-up yet again. Sri Lanka, who went into stumps on 102 for 4, had opened up a 334-run lead with two days remaining. more..

Banks oppose Finance Minister’s new motor leasing proposal

Nov 9 (FT) The banking community yesterday pledged that it would do whatever it took to stop the Finance Minister’s forthcoming budget proposal on raising the threshold on the leasing of motor vehicles, terming it an idiotic proposal. Daily FT learns that Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake at a meeting yesterday informed all bank CEOs that he was going to raise the leasing threshold for the banks to Rs. 15 million, insisting that they avoid obstructing the proposal. more..

Hayleys IH profits dip owing to tea, rubber plantation losses

Nov 9 (DN) Hayleys recorded a sharp increase of 18% Year-on-Year (YOY) increase in revenue, with growth in Construction, Agriculture, and Hand Protection sectors supporting the Group to post revenue in excess of Rs. 52 billion by the end of the first half of 2016 (1H16). Hayleys Chairman, Mohan Pandithage said it has been a challenging but rewarding first half for Hayleys. “While the systemic issues in the Sri Lankan Plantation sector did have a negative effect on the bottom line, more..

Sri Lanka duty bound to amend Muslim Personal Law as per international covenants

Nov 9 (ENS) Muslim Personal Law Reforms Action Group (MPLRAG) has said that Sri Lanka is duty bound to carry out reforms in the archaic Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) 1951 in accord with the international human rights covenants it has signed. In 2010 the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee reminded Sri Lanka that its statutory and personal laws discriminate more..

National Shoora Council alarmed at govt’s plan to change Muslim personal law

Nov 9 (NS) National Shoora Council views with alarm news reports that the Govt is planning to amend the Muslim Personal Law in Sri Lanka in order to qualify for GSP Plus status. The GSP+ status for Sri Lanka was withdrawn by the European Union during the tenure of the previous Govt on account of the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka. This related mainly to the violation of civil and political rights in the country. The present Govt since it assumed office, more..

Claridge Stockbrokers’ licence extended pending inquiry

Nov 9 (ST) Sri Lanka’s stock market regulator which is probing Claridge Stockbrokers, part of Mackwoods Group, over non-compliance issues has decided to further extend the renewal date of Claridge’s licence. Claridge transferred sales funds to Browns Group (Browns) despite the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issuing a directive suspending the sale of a 60.8 per cent stake in Agalawatte Plantations Plc owned by Mackwoods Plantations Pvt Ltd to Browns. more..

Agriculture production slides as crops affected by pesticides and weedicides ban

Nov 9 (ST) SL agriculture production of certain crops has dropped sharply this year owing to the ban on pesticides and weedicides with experts warning of a situation where the country’s food security is at stake. Top level agricultural research scientist professionals say banning chemical fertiliser and widespread campaigns carried out against the use of these material has reduced agriculture production in Sri Lanka. more..

AFD to fund Euro 90 mn for Anuradhapura

Nov 9 (DN) The French Agency for Development (AFD) will provide 90 million Euros for a township development in Anuradhapura bringing the total funding by the French agency to 340 million Euros by the end of 2017. AFD Sri Lanka Country Director Martin Parent said they are over 57 years old and the organisation first entered Sri Lanka in 2005. This was on a request of the French Govt, for post-tsunami projects for 89 million Euros. “Since then Sri Lanka has borrowed around more..

'EC under pressure by JO to hold LG polls'

Nov 9 (DM) Members of the joint opposition are pressuring and threatening Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to hold local govt elections, JHU National Organizer Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said. He said such pressure on the EC could lead to an election without implementing the proposed electoral reforms but instead under the much criticized previous preferential voting system. Mr. Warnasinghe said the LG polls were going to be held under the preferential voting system more..

Centre-Periphery relations report casting dark clouds, warns opposition

Nov 9 (Island) The proposed new Constitution would lead to the division of the country according to the report of the Sub Committee on Centre-Periphery Relations, MP Wimal Weerawansa said. He said JO had predicted that new constitution project would endanger the territorial integrity of the country. "According to the report, it is being proposed to relieve the centre of the power of policy making and vest it in provincial councils" more..

Budget will rectify all anomalies, beneficial to all: Minister

Nov 9 (DN) Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that 2017 Budget will be a pro-growth budget which will focus on the deficiencies for the last several years. The budget would have proposals to rectify all the anomalies that are there to deal with export sector to create jobs, he said in a statement. Minister will present the third budget of the National Unity Govt of President Maithripala Sirisena and the PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday at 2 pm in Parliament. more..

Rs 20 M heroin stock seized: Five suspects arrested

Nov 9 (CT) The Mannar Police arrested five suspects at dawn yesterday (8) with a stock of heroin worth Rs 20.2 million, which was being transported to Vankaalai in Mannar through the sea route from India. Police investigations have revealed that, drugs which are taken from Mannar to the middle of seas by drug racketeers, under the GPRS exchange of messages, and drug smugglers from India to Mannar exchange the drugs at sea with the racketeers in this country. more..

UK calls for accountability on sexual violence in Sri Lanka

Nov 9 (CG) British Govt noted the need for Sri Lanka to ensure accountability for allegations of sexual violence. British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Baroness Joyce Anelay, speaking at an event at British HC in Colombo at the conclusion of a visit to Sri Lanka, said that there is much more to do in Sri Lanka, both to end sexual violence and to secure long term peace and stability. more..

SL navy snaps fishing nets of TN fishermen

Nov 9 (PTI) A group of Tamil Nadu fishermen were forced to return without any catch after SL naval personnel allegedly snapped their fishing nets while they were fishing off Katchatheevu. Over 3,000 fishermen from this coastal town had put out to sea in 641 mechanised boats last evening, and were fishing near Katchatheevu when the naval men rounded up nearly 30 boats and cut off the fishing nets before asking them to return, TN Fishermen Association General Secretary NJ Bose said. more..

Three member committee appointed

Nov 9 (DN) Minister Sagala Ratnayaka yesterday directed his Ministry Secretary Jagath Wijeweera to conduct a full scale investigation into an incident where a group of persons who forcibly attempted to enter the Presidential Secretariat on Monday was dispersed by police using tear gas. The Ministry Secretary has been ordered to be submit the relevant report on or before November 10, a release issued by the Law and Order and Southern Development Ministry said. more..

JO seeks Singapore intervention to probe Mahendran

Nov 9 (Island) Alleging that those who had committed mega bond scams in Feb. 2015 and March 2016 had gone scot free, Joint Opposition revealed its intention to seek immediate intervention by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Former Minister G.L. Peiris said that having examined the situation, JO felt the urgent need to bring alleged scams on the watch of Singaporean national Arjuna Mahendran as the Governor of the CB. more..

Health Inspectors, Lab Technicians and Entomology officers on strike

Nov 9 (DN) Public Health Inspectors (PHIs), Public Health Laboratory Technicians (PHLTs), and Health Entomology Officers (HEOs) will launch a token strike tomorrow. Token strike would take place from 8 am tomorrow to 8 am on Thursday, countrywide. Over 3,500 personnel belong to above categories are expected to participate in the token strike. PHIs, PHLT and HEO want certain parts of their training removed – they said some parts of the training given to them is akin to giving the same education more..

Sri Lanka records strong growth in tourist arrivals from China, India

Nov 9 (Xinhua) Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka rose by 13.7% in October year-on-year with Indian and Chinese markets recording a commendable growth. More than 20,000 Chinese tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last month, up 19.8% from the same period last year. Indian tourist arrivals were 36,471 in October, a 19.3% increase year-on-year. Overall, Sri Lanka received 150,419 visitors last month and tourist arrivals in the first 10 months of this year have risen 14.6% to over 1.65 million. more..

At Ven. Sobitha Thera’s death anniversary Govt, Civil Society reach out for unity

Nov 9 (CT) PM said that first death anniversary of Ven. Sobhitha Thera was not the usual sort of commemoration of a worthy person but was also an  indictment of the govt and especially of its leaders by social conscious civil society activist groups who put in great effort to bring this govt into power. "What is happening at this commemoration is that we are being accused of unfulfilled pledges while we are in their very presence. more..

Peace scribes wish for lasting peace

Nov 9 (DM) newly-formed journalists’ movement has welcomed the National Govt’s draft policy for reconciliation and lasting peace, while stressing it is vital for this document to be taken beyond words or paper and implemented sincerely in consensus with all those committed to the principles of inter-religious unity and unity in diversity. In a media statement after a meeting on Monday, the Journalists’ Movement for Media Ethics and Social Justice (JMMESJ) has described more..

Sri Lanka barking up wrong tree?

Nov 9 (DM) Perhaps the Foreign Ministry is barking up the wrong tree. This time, it is China. All that began with certain remarks made by the Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang at a press conference last week. The Chinese envoy, responding to a question contradicted Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake over the latter’s claim that the Chinese loans were expensive.  “I talked with Ravi (Karunanayake) Minister of Finance. Ravi criticised this many times publicly. more..

'A development-oriented budget tomorrow'

Nov 9 (DM) Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, on behalf of the govt, will present the 2017 budget to Parliament tomorrow. This is his third budget. He says the govt has formulated this budget with the target of stimulating economic growth that would result in job creation and income generation. According to the Appropriation Bill presented ahead of the budget, the govt has planned to reduce the budget deficit this time. more..

Absence of National Audit Act hinders CB bond scam probe: AG Department

Nov 9 (Island) Many an eyebrow was raised when the Joint Opposition claimed that the National Audit Bill couldn’t be approved during the SLFP-led UPFA administration due to the war against the LTTE. Top JO spokesman Bandula Gunawardena, MP, insisted that the then govt had been so busy fighting terrorists as the country was only interested in bringing the war against LTTE to a successful end, therefore National Audit Bill more..

Keep it simple, expert urges as garbage sorting begins

Nov 9 (ST) A top environmental expert has urged the authorities to keep the new countrywide segregated waste plan simple to give it a chance to work. All 23 municipal councils will only collect segregated waste from now on, the Minister Faiszer Musthapha, said. People who do not dispose of garbage in the prescribed manner from Nov 1 will face stern legal action and even army help is being sought to enforce the rules. more..

‘Indian govt will act as guarantor for fishermen’

Nov 9 (Hindu) The Central govt is willing to act as a guarantor to help resolve the problems of fishermen, says Pon. Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Shipping. Asked why the Union govt should not give an assurance to fishermen of the Northern Province that it would ensure that Indian fishermen honour any agreement on the time frame for withdrawal of bottom trawling, Radhakrishnan, who participated in the talks more..

Australian couple summoned to testify in Gammanpila’s case

Nov 9 (DN) Colombo HC Judge has ordered that notice be given to Australian businessman Brian Shaddick and his wife to appear before the Court on March 9. They are to testify in connection to an indictment filed against MP Udaya Gammanpila and one another, for allegedly misappropriating Rs. 21 million in a fraudulent share transaction in 2000. Two accused Udaya Gammanpila and Sydney Jayasinghe are more..

Gota called for Lasantha’s phone details claiming National Security

Nov 9 (SL) Sequence of events that took place last week is to be in favour of the Founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge and Senior Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda murder and abduction investigations respectively. The removal of the Director, Military Intelligence Unit, Suresh Sallay, who was accused of concealing evidence into Wickrematunge murder suspects and Eknaligoda abduction suspects was more..

Selling Sri Lanka: Cabinet nod for H'tota Port debt to equity swap

Nov 9 (DM) The Govt is all set to sign an agreement with the China Merchants Port Holding Company Limited on Jan 8 next year to transfer the Hambantota Port on a debt to equity swap. The date has been selected to coincide with the second anniversary of President Maithripala Sirisena assuming office. Cabinet discussed the matter at length yesterday. The debt to equity swap will be carried out as part of - more..

Some cope members attempted to rope me in

Nov 9 (DM) In accordance with the basic laws of the land, the management of state finances or public finances, come directly under the authority of the Parliament and its coordinator the Auditor General. However it appears to be doubtful whether this close alliance was guaranteed in the recent Central Bank Bond Issue. When queried, the Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe opined as follows.   Q:  As envisaged in the 100 day more..

Video: Malinga refuses SLC Contract

Nov 9 (DM) Injured pacer Lasith Malinga had refused the Annual Cricket Contract offered to him by his employer - Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for the 2016/2017 period. Malinga, the world’s most feared limited over player with a sling arm action is recovering from a stress reaction in the knee. Malinga suffered the injury during SL's home series against the West Indies last November and has played only one competitive game since, more..

Video: Donald Trump, President of the US

Nov 9 (IL) Donald Trump, the newly elected President of the United States, in his victory speech assured that the US would get along with all other nations which are willing to get along with the US. “We will have great relationships. We expect to have great, great relationships. No dream is too big, no challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach,” he told supporters at Trump Hq in New York. more..

The politics of subversion

Nov 9 (CT) Unprincipled politics once again reared its ugly head in a shameless spectacle of disabled former soldiers and policemen being dispersed with water cannon and tear gas when they took the most ill-advised move of trying to break into the Presidential Secretariat premises. The nation remembers with some perplexity that the issue of these men being given their just demands such as pension rights, especially justified we might say because they have been deprived of their more..

International schools: Issues, problems, myths, & drivel

Nov 9 (CT) Champika Ranawaka, at a convention held last week, spoke on private education and the Kannangara reforms. He spoke on international schools and argued that they should either be closed down or be integrated with the country. That is pertinent but certainly does raise some hairs. He then went on to imply that while we shouldn’t go on a rampage and shut down such schools in a hurry, nevertheless their proliferation must not be at the cost of (culturally and socially) more..

ආචාර්ය නිර්මාල් රංජිත්දේවසිරි

PM’s vision to build 500,000 middle income houses enters third phase

Nov 9 (Island) Third housing scheme of the Sheltering All by 2025, the concept of middle income housing project to build 500,000 houses as envisioned by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe will commence today with Minister Sajith Premadasa laying the foundation stone for Lavanya Heights scheme at Dambuatta in Ragama at 10 am. The scheme is a joint venture of National Housing Development Authority and Walkers, Chairman of NHDA Lakvijaya Sagara Palansuriya said. more..

Four expressway contracts draw only single bids

Nov 9 (EN) Only one consortia of bidders submitted proposals for each of four civil work contract packages to build part of Sri Lanka’s Central Expressway, according to the ministry of highways. Contracts for the construction of a 39.29 kilometre section 2 of the Central Expressway project, from Meerigama to Kurunegala, were approved by the Cabinet this week. The ministry had invited proposals from pre-qualified consortia of bidders for all four contract packages in the project. more..

Supreme Court Judge Eva Wanasundera reported for judicial corruption

Nov 9 (CT) SC judge Eva Wanasundera has been reported to the CIABOC for judicial corruption. The complaint has been lodged by the Public Interest Rights Activist and a Lawyer Nagananda Kodituwakku yesterday. In the complaint lodged to the CIABOC, Kodituwakku said that he conducted an in-depth independent investigation into the National List provision in the Constitution, which permits, rejected candidates to enter more..