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No Glyphosate containers released as claimed: Ravi

May 29 (DM) Glyphosate controversy has taken another twist with Finance Minister contradicting the statement made by acting Customs Director General R. Semasingha that 15 containers of Glyphosate had been released legally. Minister said none of the containers had been released nor had it been banned in Sri Lanka but that 40 containers detained by Customs would be destroyed on a presidential decree. more..

5 Sri Lankan fishermen detained near Nagapattinam Coast

May 29 (ENS) The Indian Coast Guard personnel on Thursday night detained as many as five Sri Lankan fishermen and have confiscated their fishing boat charged with the offence of poaching in Indian waters at about 36 nautical miles off Nagapattinam coast. The five Sri Lankan fishermen were subsequently handed over to the Tamil Nadu Coastal Security Group Personnel (CSG) and Marine police personnel at the Karaikal port on Thursday night. more..

Special facilities for the disabled for voting

May 29 (GDI) The Govt has taken steps to conduct a National program to provide more facilities to the disabled persons for voting, the Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said. He pointed out that it has been brought to his attention that the disabled people face many difficulties when visiting polling centers for voting as many of the polling centers in Sri Lanka are at public places like schools, temples and community centers where there are no access for the disabled. more..

Ex-CJ's son slams Namal

May 29 (DM) Shaveen Bandaranayake, son of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake questioned MP Namal Rajapaksa’s moral stand, asking Rajapaksa if he understood how he (Shaveen) 'felt when my family was condemn(ed), vilified and harassed during the past two and a half years'. He said this in response to a message posted by Namal Rajapaksa on his official Facebook page, in which he pleads for his more..

UK envoy notes optimism in the North

May 29 (CG) British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris made his first official visit to the Northern Province last week. During his visit, he called on the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V Wigneswaran, the Security Forces Commander in Jaffna, Major General Nandana Udawatta, the Acting Security Forces Commander in Mullaitivu, Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, TNA MPs Suresh Premachandra and Siddharthan as well as Gajen Ponnambalam, more..

Slain Roshane's family seeks justice

May 29 (CT) The govt has not yet done justice to the killers of Free trade Zone employee Roshane Chanaka who was shot dead four years ago whilst protesting against a pension scheme which the previous government introduced, said the Chairman of the Inter Company Employees Union and Western Province councillor of JVP Vasantha Samarasinghe. Roshane Chanaka was one of the casualties of the protest that turned violent when the police opened fire at them. more..

EPDP calls for setting up special courts for political prisoners

May 29 (Island) Welcoming President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to set up a special court to hear the gruesome rape and murder of Pungudutivu schoolgirl, EPDP, General Secretary Douglas Devananda urged the govt to set up special courts in respect of the missing people and political prisoners as well. "There are more than 300 political prisoners though numbers vary according to various reports," he told a press briefing. more..

Sri Lanka slaps penal interest rates to force exporters to convert dollars

May 29 (EN) Sri Lanka is slapping penalty interest rates on exports from June 01, 2015 to force exporters to covert dollars reviving measures usually imposed by the Central Bank during a balance of payments crisis. Under a circular issued to banks, exporters with packing credit facilities who do not use export proceeds to settle the accommodations after 90 days will be charged a 5% penal interest and then 2% for every month for every month they delay. more..

Truth behind Rugby player’s death expected soon

May 29 (AD) Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara says that the truth regarding the death of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen will be uncovered very soon. Responding to a question from media at a press briefing today, he said that certain information regarding the incident has surfaced and therefore they expect to uncover the truth in the near future. Sri Lankan ruggerite and former Havelock SC captain Wasim Thajudeen was found dead inside his car in Kirullapone on 17 May, 2012. more..

Dissolve Parliament immediately: UNP to Maithri

May 29 (DM) UNP strongly urged President Sirisena to dissolve Parliament immediately and go for a general election. UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said that holding a general election is a must in line with the mandate given by the people at the Jan 8 presidential election. “We cannot hold office any longer as our time is up,” he said recalling that a mandate was given by the people to the present regime only to rule the more..

Anura slams Ranil, says he is not the PM

May 29 (CG) Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake slammed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe saying he has no right to be Prime Minister anymore. Dissanayake said that since the Government was given only 100 days to be in power Wickremesinghe is no more the Prime Minister. He also noted that with a dispute over the opposition leader post there is instability in the country and so Parliament must be dissolved soon and Parliament elections held. more..

BBS seeks for 'Sinhalese' votes

May 29 (CT) Confirming that laymen would be contesting at the general election from the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and that monks would play a role as empowered advisers, the organization called on all Sinhalese families to give one vote each to them. General Secretary of the BBS Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera added that the BBS political front wished to be a force to be reckoned within the legislature and would not be forming alliances with main political parties. more..

Lankan refugee found guilty of stabbing

May 29 (ABC) A man who fatally stabbed a fellow Sri Lankan refugee has been found guilty of murder by an Adelaide jury, which earlier heard the crime was committed after the victim called his killer a lady boy. Ketheshwaran Sivaperuman, 35, bled to death at his Elizabeth South home in January last year. Supreme Court previously heard he was stabbed with a large kitchen knife with such force the blade damaged his spine and more..

Highway projects under Probe

May 29 (CT) A special unit to probe corruption in projects undertaken by the Ministry of Highways and Investment Promotion is to be established shortly. Minister Kabir Hashim has received Cabinet approval to establish the unit. This unit will probe highways constructed from 1 Jan 2011 to 8 Jan 2015 to determine whether there were any "defects in administration, technical, financial and other procedures that would have caused any major losses to the govt". more..

Health Minister introduces ten Ayurveda products to market today

May 29 (Island) Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne will introduce ten Ayurveda products manufactured by Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Corporation to both local and international markets through Cargills today. Minister said he wanted to popularise health tourism in Sri Lanka as many foreigners from western countries were genuinely interested in seeking Ayurvedic treatment for various ailments. At present Sri Lanka was exporting Ayurvedic products to Australia, the Maldives and Germany, more..

Sri Lanka raises $1 bn abroad after parliament snub

May 29 (AFP) Sri Lanka's new govt raised nearly a billion dollars through its first overseas bond issue after parliament shot down plans to increase local borrowings, the country's central bank said Friday. The Central Bank said $650 million was raised Thursday through a 10-year bond at an annual interest rate of 6.125 percent while the rest was through shorter tenure. "A total of $988 million was raised via international sovereign bonds more..

Alles being targeted because of he is a friend of former President: Counsel

May 29 (Island) The Police on Wednesday gave an undertaking to the Supreme Court that they would maintain the status quo by not arresting Tiran Alles till June 11, 2015, the next date of Support of the Fundamental rights violation petition, filed by him. This petition is still being supported to obtain leave to proceed. The Additional Solicitor General, Yasantha Kodagoda PC appeared for the IGP. Counsel Romesh de Silva, PC, who appeared for Alles, said that more..

'Opposition employing Goebbelsian tactics against Mahendran'

May 29 (Island) A section of the Opposition having failed to legally convict Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran of any wrongdoing in the recent Rs.10 Billion Treasury Bond issue, had resorted to the Goebbelsian tactics to find him guilty, the govt said. Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the Supreme Court had refused to accept three fundamental rights applications filed against Mahendran because the petitioners had failed to prove any illegality or irregularity in violation more..

Rudra’s TGTE wants Fonseka investigated

May 29 (CG) The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by V Rudrakumaran says it is pleased to hear of former Army Commander, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka’s interview to The Guardian newspaper that he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence for the mass alleged killing of Tamils and rape of Tamil women by the SL Security Forces. “There were no rapes, no torture during more..

'Harin’s circular violates ethical guidelines'

May 29 (DM) NFF MP Weerakumara Dissanayake charged that Uva Chief Minister Harin Fernando has issued a circular violating all administrative regulations, ethical guidelines and norms of good governance to enable his political supporters to engage in sand mining in the Mahiyangana constituency. A circular issued by him on Feb 26, under the seal of the Uva PC instructs various state institutions’ officials to make arrangements to issue permits for sand mining, more..

Stocks down 0.5%; JKH hits 52 week low

May 29 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s stocks closed down 0.49% with John Keells Holdings closing at a 52 week low price and investors continuing to take profits, brokers said. The Colombo benchmark All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed 35.42 points lower at 7,220.29 down 0.49%. The S&P SL20 closed 34.38 points lower at 4,000.01 down 0.85%. Turnover was 1.26 billion rupees down from 1.38 billion rupees on Thursday, with 88 stocks closing positive against 87 negative. more..

Video: 'No-faith motion a ruse to block 20A'

May 29 (DM) JHU said that the main purpose of attempting to force the dissolution of parliament through a no-confidence motion against PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, was to disrupt the enactment of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. JHU National Organiser Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said the no-confidence motion must be brought against those who were attempting to block the 20A. more..

Use or lose round-the-clock Customs service, Sri Lanka trade warned

May 29 (EN) Sri Lanka’s import trade has been warned they could lose a new online round-the-clock Customs clearance service if they don’t make enough use of it. "Either we use it or we lose it,” said Dinesh De Silva, chairman, Import Section of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. “If the available facility is not used, by July – August it will die a natural death” he said. The service was introduced from 1 March, 2015 with the aim of making cargo clearance easier and faster as more..

'Sri Lanka needs lot of analysis on future of higher education'

May 29 (FT) Sri Lanka needs a lot of analysis regarding the future of higher education. It is essential to have a useful, proper and relevant data system for the university system to have an international level in higher education, administration and planning, Minister Dr. Amunugama said at the Workshop on International Higher Education statistics at the Auditorium, UGC on 25 May. He further stated, “As the Ministry of Higher Education and the UGC, we must have strong links more..

SL's flip-flop leadership may boost Ranil

May 29 (EN) President Maithripala Sirisena going back on his own promise to dissolve parliament in April is widely seen as a blow to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, but the delay may actually help his cause. Frustrated by opposition attempts to scuttle the minority govt's legislative program, the ruling UNP has now openly declared that it wants a snap election which President Sirisena appears reluctant to grant. more..

Do women have a place in Sri Lanka?

May 29 (CT) “A girl is first under the protection of her father, then under the protection of her husband, then under the protection of her son and then she dies.” At first sight, this seems like a very innocent concept. It encourages familial love, protection of women and is overall the right sentiment to propagate. However, notice that the woman is never given her own agency- instead she is always discussed in a position of relational identity to a male. more..

Police pay out Rs. 1,520 mn in rewards

May 29 (Island) The police had granted Rs. 1,520 million as rewards to civilians and officers for the last three years, IGP N.K. Illangakoon said. He was addressing a ceremony where 461 police officers and 16 civilians received awards and appreciation at the Criminal Record Division in Colombo. Illangakoon said that the police had granted Rs. 573 million in 2012, Rs. 411 million in 2013 and Rs. 536 million in 2014 as rewards to police officers who had arrested suspects in more..

Five SLFP ministers appointed

May 29 (AM) SLFP MPs Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Chandrasiri Sooriyaarachchi, Hemal Gunasekara and Pandu Bandaranayake were appointed as ministers by president Maithripala Sirisena a short while ago. Abeywardena has been appointed as a Cabinet Minister while Siyambalapitiya, Gunasekara and Bandaranayake have been named as State Ministers. Chandrasiri Sooriyaarachchi more..

Glyphosate lying at Port to be destroyed

May 29 (DN) The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to destroy all container loads of Glyphosate pesticide imported to the country now lying at the port, Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne said. President recently decided to totally ban the import and usage of Glyphosate pesticide which was approved by the Cabinet. He said Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake inquired from the Cabinet as to what measures should more..

TULF hails move by President to visit Jaffna

May 29 (CG) TULF said that the country as a whole applauds the good gesture of President Maithiripala Srisena for ignoring the protocol and travelling without any Minister to Jaffna to express his sympathies to the family of the girl who was raped and killed recently. TULF Secretary General V. Anandasangaree said that the incident helped the people to identify President as the much trustworthy person in whom SL can have faith more..

MSD protection for LG politicians

May 29 (DM) Several provincial politicians who pledged their support to the candidacy of President Maithripala Sirisena have been provided with security from Ministerial Security Division (MSD). Accordingly, Hirunika Premachandra, Asath Sally, Mano Ganesan, S. M. Marikkar and Prasanna Solangaarachchi received MSD security. The MSD have been designed to provide security to Ministers of both cabinet more..

TPCL claims to have answered critics

May 29 (Island) Trincomalee Power Company Limited (TPCL), a joint venture between CEB and NTPC of India that handles the much discussed Sampur Power Plant stressed they had submitted answers to some 300 odd complaints lodged against the proposed coal power plant. TPCL MD Sanjeev Kishore said that most of the complaints were baseless and majority of them were repetitions from members of the same family. more..

Uma Oya project cancellation: Worst affected yet to receive compensation

May 29 (ST) Officers involved in paying compensation to families and individuals adversely affected by the Uma Oya project are blaming each other for the discrepancies that arose in beneficiary lists. Last Monday a heated situation arose at the ceremony organised to pay compensation to the first batch of recipients as residents of the area who were present at the function claimed that the list did not include the worst affected. more..

GK Depositors Association Chief challenges Finance Minister

May 29 (FT) Golden Key Depositors Association President Dushanthi Hapugoda challenged Minister Ravi Karunanayake to prove allegations of her misusing the assets of Golden Key and trying to sabotage the resettlement plan. “Minister has alleged that I am sabotaging and misusing the assets of the company. I would like to humbly inform the Minister that I have no objection in bringing this issue to a settlement, which more..

CKD poses serious threat

May 29 (SL) Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) continues to be a major health problem in rural Sri Lanka especially in the North Central and Uva provinces. Experts in the field have observed that since the first reported case of CKD detected in 1992 in Siripura village in Padaviya, the prevalence of Chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) has doubled every 8 years and is estimated to affect nearly 40% of population more..

'Maithri won because people did not want Mahinda'

May 29 (DM) Minister Arjuna Ranatunge, spoke about the division in the SLFP and the state of the National Unity Govt among other political issues facing the country at present. Q: Four SLFP ministers in National Unity govt resigned to re-join the Opposition. A: The terms of local govt bodies lapsed warranting the need to place them under the control of special commissioners until elections to these bodies are held. more..