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Dilshan opens up on lack of support during captaincy tenure

Aug 29 (CI) Tillakaratne Dilshan cast aspersions on the conduct of former and present team-mates -particularly Angelo Mathews - soon after his final ODI, against Australia on Sunday. Prompted to speak on the challenges faced in his 10-month stint as SL captain between April 2011 and Jan 2012, Dilshan suggested he did not have the support of some team-mates. He also said he had been hurt by his sudden removal as captain, following the year-end tour of South Africa, more..

Tea industry opposes govt seizing cess fund

Aug 29 (EN) Tea industry has opposed a reported govt attempt to take over a cess fund charged from exports in order to promote Ceylon tea globally and demanded that if not the cess be suspended. “All stakeholders of the tea industry express their unmitigated and resolute opposition to the intention, as reported in the media, of Ministry of Finance to appropriate the funds accumulated by the Sri Lanka Tea Board, which had been collected from the Industry, for Global Tea Promotion,” more..

Committee should probe bribery charges against MS: PHU

Aug 29 (DM) A commission comprising former Attorney Generals and Auditor Generals should be appointed to probe the bribery charges against the President as reported in the Australian media, PHU General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila said. He said this was vital to protect the country's image from being tarnished. Australian media reported that Australian Police are investigating allegations that the overseas staff of Snowy Mountains Engineering Company (SMEC) had bribed more..

Sri Lanka to fix import prices to enforce retail drug price controls

Aug 29 (EN) Sri Lanka's drug price control regime has taken a new twist with the state planning to fix import prices of medicines in a bid counter pharmaceutical firms padding up retail pricing formula as predicted by analysts last year. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said pharmaceutical firms were padding up a retail pricing formula by inflating import prices. "We will issue fixed CIF (cost-insurance-freight) prices to stop them," he told reporters. more..

Sri Lankan firms advised to get sourcing strategy right

Aug 29 (EN) An int'l expert has advised SL firms to have a sound sourcing strategy in order to help improve the overall business performance by sourcing the rights products at the right price and at the right time. Tom Albrigston, a director at the Norway based Fair Deal AS, said it is important for firms to have an effective sourcing strategy. ‘Many firms ignore this point, even though they have strategies in place for marketing, finance, product development and sales,” more..

Security joke at Dambulla

Aug 29 (CT) Spectators who had purchased tickets had to undergo a horrendous experience as security and crowd control by the law enforcement officers ended up in disaster as a large number of groups without valid tickets stormed into every section of the ground before the start of the third ODI between SL and Australia at Dambulla yesterday. Police seemed to be helpless and some officers were deliberately looking the other way while the crowd stormed past the barriers more..

Sri Lanka arrests 17-year-old youth for hacking president's website

Aug 29 (Xinhua) Sri Lankan investigators on Monday arrested a 17-year-old youth for allegedly hacking into the President's official website last week. Police have also launched a manhunt for a Bangladeshi national who is also believed to be involved in the incident. Initial investigations revealed that the 17-year-old school boy was from the Central Hills of Kandy. "Police are not sure what their actual motive is but more..

Hooted at Minister John: Three arrested

Aug 29 (DM) Two women and a man had been arrested by the Police last night over allegedly hooting at Minister John Amaratunga at a function in Wattala. Police had to escort Minister Amarathunga, when a group of people hooted at him after he arrived to lay the foundation stone for a Tamil school at Olyyamulla in Wattala. People expressed their objection of the plan to put up a building for a Tamil school on a block of land that had earlier been reserved for a sports ground. more..

Honey trap racket targeting randy, elderly, rich men busted

Aug 29 (Island) Police yesterday busted a racket where several women posing off as teledrama actresses relieved elderly businessmen of their valuables. Police deployed several decoys on information obtained following a complaint lodged by a 64-year-old businessman who had been duped by two women on July 29. The women lured businessmen into taking them to lodges, where they got the victims to take one too many. Later the racketeers relieved them of their valuables more..

CERT ensuring President’s website invulnerable

Aug 29 (CT) Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) has taken various steps to ensure that President Sirisena's official website will in future not be vulnerable to hackers, following last week's cyber attack that threatened a cyber war in the near future. Information Security Engineer of CERT Roshan Chandragupta said that they were working together with the IT Department of the President's office, to take precautionary more..

Only in SL: 46 officials accompanied a 9-member olympics team

Aug 29 (DN) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed Sports officials to probe how 46 officials accompanied a 9-member sports team that represented Sri Lanka at the recently concluded Rio Olympics. The PM has also ordered officials to submit a full report on the activities of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka for the past five years. The PM has specially directed them to include information on those who attended the Rio Olympics from Sri Lanka. more..

Sri Lankan stocks end lower on profit-taking

Aug 29 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell for a second straight session on Monday in moderate volume as investors booked profits. The increase in excise duty on diesel which dragged on Lanka OIC also pulled down the index, brokers said. Sri Lanka's finance ministry on Friday said it had increased the excise duty on diesel by 10 rupees with effect from Aug 20, but there will not be any price increase in diesel at pumps. Shares in Lanka IOC ended down 2.12% on Monday. more..

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Govt fast tracks the superstructure reform process

Aug 29 (CT) The constitutional reform process moving forward rapidly, though without a high level of publicity, indicates that the govt leadership has a businesslike approach to political reform. It is reported that four of the six subcommittees who were given different areas of constitutional reform to deal with have handed in their reports to the steering committee on constitutional reform headed by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, which is responsible for producing the draft constitution. more..

India, not Ban, the adjudicator

Aug 29 (CT) As reported on these pages yesterday, UN Secretary General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon is expected to visit the island on Wednesday. During his visit, he's supposed to meet President Maithripala Sirisena. Ban Ki-moon is also expected to visit Jaffna and meet with Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray. The UNSG is also billed to speak on the UN's global development goals in Colombo. UNSG's visit to Colombo on Wednesday will be his second to the island. more..

No VAT (Amendment) Bill before Budget

Aug 29 (DM) The govt is unlikely to present VAT (Amendment) Bill before the budget to be presented to Parliament on Nov 10, it is learnt. The previous attempt to present was nullified by Supreme Court on the basis that the due procedure outlined both in the Constitution and the parliamentary Standing Orders has not been followed in presenting it. Subsequently, govt initiated fresh action to redraft the Bill and present it more..

Video: SLFP was snatched from me: MR

Aug 29 (DM) Former President Rajapaksa said SLFP which was headed by him until 2015 when he lost Presidential Election, was forcibly snatched by his successor President Sirisena. Former president said he did not offer the leadership of the party at any occasion. He said President Sirisena called a separate convention for SLFP members where new Central Committee was formed under his own consent in an attempt more..

New model to administer loss making plantation companies

Aug 29 (DM) The govt will introduce a new model to run the plantation companies soon, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. Speaking at the UNP membership drive in Hatton, PM said all plantation companies which are undergoing losses would be brought under this new model of administration. “Some plantation companies are not run effectively and incur losses while others are running at a profit. more..

Lankan embassy in Doha warns against recruiting maids online

Aug 29 (TP) SL Embassy in Doha has advised employers to be cautious about online advertisements for recruitment of maids and urged them to verify details with the mission. Many advertisements for maids posted on social media and other online platforms lack credibility and some mislead employers, Counsellor at the embassy said. “There are people who advertise about maids on social media, but they are not reliable. more..

FCID: Now, a dead duck!

Aug 29 (CT) One of the principal planks of the govt in Opposition was to root out unprecedented corruption during the last regime. The dictatorial actions of former President Rajapaksa, also, fanned the flames of corruption in the decade of office of the previous regime. It was with such noble ideals that the FCID was established with the advent of the present regime hoping to not only to bring to book offenders of previous regime in this regard more..

John faces stiff resistance at Oliyamulla

Aug 29 (DN) Minister John Amarathunga managed to lay the foundation stone for a proposed new Tamil medium school yesterday at Oliyamulla, Wattala amidst a protest launched by residents of the area. When the minister reached the Nawaloka Uddiyanapuraarea at Oliyamulla to lay the foundation stone for the proposed Tamil medium school yesterday some residents protested. They alleged that the land on which the proposed more..

TNA MPs meet PM; discuss N-E issues

Aug 29 (DN) A team of TNA MPs led by Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan met PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday to discuss matters pertaining to the people in the North and East. During the meeting Sampanthan had drawn the attention of the PM towards unauthorised constructions and resettlement taking place in N&E. “TNA delegation also raised concerns over temples and statues being erected in the area. more..

Treasury Secretary, officials pow-wow today

Aug 29 (SL) Treasury Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga will hold a special discussion today with Treasury officials who have decided not to sit at the Director Board and Tender Board meetings until their grievances are addressed. The govt is to take a final decision on those officials following this meeting. SLASA President Ranjith Ariyaratne said that they had also written to the PM again clarifying their position that they have no intention to more..

Political hand unearthed in sand-mining racket

Aug 29 (SL) The sand mining industry has become as lucrative as gold mining. Sand is dug out in the same manner gold is mined. The industry is operating however with very little supervision. Allegations have now been raised over a massive racket involving the sand mining industry. Sri Lanka’s largest natural sand deposit situated in Gal Oya has currently become a hot spot for sand racketeers. more..

Army willing to adjust camp boundaries to expedite closure of IDP camps

Aug 29 (ST) Govt is expediting a programme to close down all camps for IDP in the north, by offering constructed houses, land to build own houses and providing financial assistance to build houses. The moves come as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon visits Sri Lanka next week. Resettlement and Rehabilitation Ministry Secretary, V. Sivagnanasothy said to facilitate the closure of the camps, the military is building houses or, more..

Do we have the political will for zero tolerance for corruption?

Aug 29 (DM) While addressing an event held to mark the National Youth Day in May last year; organised by the National Youth Services Council (NYSC), just prior to the Parliamentary elections, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe called on the youth to elect peoples’ representatives who are capable of solving their problems. We have regrettably not had a consistent policy to look in to the grievances of the citizens, including the youth since 1970s. We have failed to harmonize these problems and more..

International Day against nuclear tests

Aug 29 (DM) The International Day against Nuclear Tests observed on August 29, was established at the 64th Session of UN General Assembly by resolution 64/35, on Dec 2, 2009 and was adopted unanimously. Each year, since then, the day has been observed by co-ordinating various activities throughout the world, such as symposiums, conferences, exhibitions, competitions, publications, media broadcasts etc. The int'l instrument to put an end to all forms of nuclear testing more..

Continuing with corrupt practices of previous regime: US lobby firm hired by Malik

Aug 29 (ST) We thank Minister Malik Samarawickrama for confirming our story. He should have announced it long before the Sunday Times broke the story. We stand-by every word in our story. While we are happy that the Minister has been forced to come out publicly about his ministry hiring a US firm to lobby, an issue that is the subject of a Presidential Commission of Inquiry for the same exercise during the previous govt, we say more..

Partners in Crime?: Ranil in a do or die struggle to save Mahendran

Aug 29 (LT) It is reported that two COPE reports would be presented regarding Central Bank bond transaction. The two reports are from a section of COPE members who state the bond issue was done correctly and another report from the group that states the bond issue was not done correctly. However, the Chairman of COPE states, “There hadn’t been any such discussion so far. According to what I see it is a planted news item. From the time COPE investigations commenced on more..

Solar power war will begin in Sept 6

Aug 29 (ITN) The solar power war will begin on the 06th of next month. Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said that this would be a significant progressive turning point in the local power sector. He mentioned that the solar power war which is scheduled to commence on the 6th of September will be a remarkable turning point in the generation of solar power in the country. He said that this solar power war will get underway based on three strategies for the first time in the world. more..

Kalubowila Hospital doc on the mat

Aug 29 (DN) Minister Rajitha Senaratne ordered a special investigation into the alleged abuse of a female patient at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital. As of the minister’s direction, Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Maheepala had instructed Colombo South Teaching Hospital Director Dr. Asela Gunawardena to hold a proper inquiry into the incident. A 21-year-old woman who was directed to more..

No separate SLFP convention

Aug 29 (CT) SLFP members of the JO said that they will not hold a separate SLFP Convention. They thus contradicted reports which indicated otherwise. SLFP member of the JO, MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said the JO would reveal its stand following a meeting that was scheduled to be held late yesterday. Fellow SLFP member of the JO, Vidura Wickremenayake added, "We are not having a separate convention. Depending on the decisions taken, the Bala mandalayas of respective more..

SL's July remittances down, 7-months up

Aug 29 (EN) Sri Lanka's worker remittances fell 4.4% from a year earlier to US$ 572.8 million in July 2016, though inflows up to July were up 3.8% to US$ 4,185.9 million. In 2016 Sri Lanka's remittances slowed to US$ 6,980 million from 7,018 million dollars according to central bank data. Middle Eastern economies slowed in 2015 amid falling oil prices, slowing construction and other activity. Sri Lanka's unemployment has also fallen over the last few years. more..

Estranged wife of Colonel shot and injured

Aug 29 (Island) Police have commenced an investigation into a shooting incident, where an unidentified person attempted to kill the estranged wife of an army Colonel at Malabe on Saturday. Police said the assailant had arrived and waited outside a house in Malabe and shot the 43-year-old mother of three when she was in her bedroom. The shots had been fired through the window. The injured woman had returned home after having dinner with more..

SL convicted of adultery in Saudi deported

Aug 29 (DN) A Sri Lankan woman convicted of adultery in Saudi Arabia was deported home on completion of her jail term in a prison in Dawadmi, some 400kms from the capital of Riyadh. Confirming the release and the subsequent deportation, The maid was originally sentenced to death for adultery and it was later to reduced to three years jail by a Court of Appeal in Al-Dawadmi. The married woman in her 40s, working as a maid in a Saudi household in the Kingdom, was sentenced to death more..

Two Lankan students participate in CERN Summer Student Programme

Aug 29 (Island) For the first time, two SL undergraduate students participated in the 2016 Summer Student Programme at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, the most prominent particle physics research institute in the world. Gamage Gihan Lakmal, a graduate from the Faculty of Science of the Ruhuna University and Malinda de Silva, a final year undergraduate from the Faculty of Science of the Colombo University, completed their more..

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