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Video: Bribery Commission receives complaint against Sajith

Oct 24 (DM) The Socialist Youth Union affiliated to the JVP today filed a complaint against Minister Sajith Premadasa with the Bribery Commission against a recently leaked video clip which purportedly showing him recommending jobs to a group of youth. National Organiser of the SYU Comrade Eranga Gunasekera said they hoped the CIABOC would soon start investigations into the complaint. more..

Cops have no authority to shoot at a vehicle for disobeying orders: PC

Oct 24 (AD) Cops have no authority to shoot at a vehicle for disobeying orders to stop at the request of the police, the Police Commission asserted. Secretary of the Commission, Ariyadasa Cooray, said “What they should do is, either inform the next check point or chase the vehicle,”. He pointed out it is an offense for the cops to shoot at a vehicle according to the terms of the Penal Code as well. However, it is the responsibility of the motorists to cooperate and comply with the police,” more..

Woman stabs two children, self in Madolsima

Oct 24 (DN) A 30-year-old mother, a resident of Uvakelle Estate Madolsima had stabbed her three-month-old daughter and two-and-a-half-year-old son and stabbed herself in her stomach. Neighbours who found three of them lying inside the house with stab injuries had alerted the Police who arrived at the scene and rushed them to the Badulla Hospital. All three are out of danger. The mother would be referred to the hospital’s mental health unit for a check up to see if she had a mental disorder. more..

CM Wigneswaran refuses to hoist LTTE flag

Oct 24 (ENS) CM C.V. Wigneswaran, refused to hoist the LTTE’s flag at a function organized by the pro-LTTE organization Tamil Coordination Committee (TCC) at Harrow in London on Sunday. When the CM came to know that in the meetings of the TCC, the Tiger flag is invariably hoisted and homage (Veera Vanakkam) is paid to the dead LTTE cadres (Maaveerars), he said he would not be able to speak at such a function as that would more..

Puttalam woman given 100 lashes under Sharia law

Oct 24 (DN) Four men from Nallandaluwa, Puttalam were arrested for beating a woman 100 times with a coconut frond. 25-year-old woman said she had been asked to come to the mosque in Nallandaluwa and beaten by the men, who said she was being punished under Sharia law for infidelity. The men had accused her of having an affair with man. Puttalam Police arrested the four men and produced them before court. Puttalam District Judge remanded them today, until November 2. more..

Trelleborg Wheel Systems wins Sri Lankan export accolade

Oct 24 (TP) The Trelleborg Wheel Systems manufacturing facility in Sri Lanka was recognised for its export achievements when it was honoured with a Presidential Export Award in a ceremony presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo. In the 25th edition of the annual Presidential Export Awards, designed to recognize companies who have helped the country’s economy through significant contributions to its exports, Trelleborg’s award for the more..

UN adapting and refocusing its work in SL

Oct 24 (Xinhua) The UN on Monday said it is adapting and refocusing its work in Sri Lanka with evolving global and national development priorities. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Una McCauley said that this year the UN has scaled up its interventions to support the SL govt's peacebuilding, reconciliation and governance agendas, to tackle the impacts of climate change, promote universal norms more..

SL, India, Maldives to begin sea exercise

Oct 24 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka, India and Maldives will begin a four-day coastguard exercise in the Maldives on Tuesday with the aim of strengthening corporation and enhancing the interoperability of forces. SL Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Sagara' left for Maldives on Monday from the Port of Colombo in order to take part in the tri-lateral coastguard exercise dubbed DOSTI - XIII. The 13th edition of the tri-lateral coastguard exercise this year will focus on Maritime Search and Rescue, more..

New criteria for Samurdhi allowance proposed

Oct 24 (NR) Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala says the selection of Samurdhi beneficiaries are carried out in a fair and proper manner. Speaking at a function held in Balangoda today, Minister Athukorala said Samurdhi benefits were only provided based on political affiliations during the previous tenure of the UPFA led govt. Minister Athukorala stressed on the need for a new selection criteria to determine the Samurdhi beneficiaries. more..

'Allocations for Provincial Councils to be spent based on a circular on priority areas'

Oct 24 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena says he would issue a circular which indicates that the allocations for Provincial Councils should be spent, based on a document which recognized the priorities of development. “Many injustices have been occurred in many provinces due to spending of money over the personnel opinions of individuals, without recognizing the priorities of development”, he added. more..

Sanga, Mahela join EU to raise awareness on violence against women

Oct 24 (DM) European Union (EU) delegation to Sri Lanka will partner with cricketing legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara to raise awareness on Violence Against Women (VAW), the Union said today. Mahela and Kumar have joined the EU Delegation to help put an end to VAW in Sri Lanka through Let's Hit Violence Against Women for a Six campaign which will be launched on Nov 25 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. more..

N&E housing project: Professionals want re-tendering to be unbiased & transparent

Oct 24 (CT) A multi-disciplinary group of professionals from across the country has urged the Govt to expedite the process of retendering the project to build 65,000 houses in the North and East, while underscoring the need for the re-tendering to be carried out in an unbiased and transparent manner. Statement signed by Ahilan Kadirgamar, Piyal Ganepola, Chandra Jayaratne, Prof. Priyan Dias, S.C.C. Elankovan, Ramona Miranda, Iromi Perera, Sumangala Jayatillaka, more..

Sri Lanka says world is facing considerable challenges

Oct 24 (CG) Sri Lanka says the world is facing considerable challenges today yet these challenges can be overcome. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, speaking at the UN Day event held in Colombo today, said that the UN system has been in the forefront in drawing attention to the greatest problems faced by mankind, and helped lift large populations across the world out of poverty, promote democracy, more..

Eknaligoda disappearance: two more suspects get bail

Oct 24 (AD) Avissawella High Court has granted bail to two army intelligence officers who were remanded over the disappearance case of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. The suspects were granted bail following a bail application filed at Avissawella HC. They were enlarged on a cash bail of Rs.1.5 million and three personal bails of Rs.3 million rupees.  CID had earlier arrested an Army Corporal, a Sergeant, and two Lieutenants, in connection with the mysterious disappearance of the journalist.  more..

National polythene, plastic and electronic waste prevention week

Oct 24 (PMD) National polythene, plastic and electronic waste prevention week will commence from today across the country, by the Central Environmental Authority under the guidance of President Sirisena. During this Week which concludes on Oct 30, the public can hand over disposing polythene, plastic and electrical and electronic waste to the main collection centers established at the district levels. When plastic and polythene mixed with the soil it lasts for more..

In landmark decision, Fort Magistrate determines FCID to be legal

Oct 24 (AM) In a landmark decision, Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne rejected the arguments presented by lawyers of UPFA MP Jayantha Samaraweera and Sarath Weerawansa, and determined the FCID to be a legal institution. This judgement was given during the Magisterial Inquiries regarding the alleged misuse of state vehicles by the two suspects. Their lawyers had argued that the FCID is illegal and therefore the arrest of their more..

Nishantha Ranatunga released on bail

Oct 24 (NR) Former Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket Nishantha Ranatunga has been released on bail. The Former Secretary was released on a surety bail of 100,000 rupees following an order issued by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya. Charges were levelled against Nishantha Ranatunga for threatening the Secretary of the Colombo Cricket Association during the previous cricket elections. Details were produced in Court by the Cinnamon Gardens police over the incident. more..

Suspects in Mattakkuliya shooting identified

Oct 24 (DM) Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) has identified the suspects involved in the Mattakkuliya shooting which killed four and critically injured three yesterday. Police said seven individuals were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital and four were declared dead upon admission. Investigations revealed the shooting was a result of a personal dispute between two groups involved in heroin smuggling and underworld activities. Rivalry between the groups had led to the murder more..

Prez, PM urged to consult each other regarding contentious issues, avoid disputes

Oct 24 (Island) National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) has said that President and PM should take decisions in consultation with each other to avoid unnecessary conflict. NMSJ leader Sarath Wijesooriya emphasized that ruling coalition couldn’t pursue different foreign, media and administrative policies. He acknowledged that disputes between those who had been longstanding opponents wasn’t surprising, more..

Jayantha granted bail, Sarath re-remanded

Oct 24 (DM) NFF MP Jayantha Samaraweera, who was in remand custody on charges of misusing a vehicle belonging to Presidential Secretariat causing a loss of Rs. 5 million to the State, was released on bail by Colombo Fort Magistrate today. He was released on a cash bail of Rs. 25,000 with two sureties of Rs.1 million each. Meanwhile, MP Wimal Weerawansa's brother Sarath, who was remanded in connection with misusing a govt vehicle causing a loss of Rs.10.5 million, was remanded till more..

Sri Lankan shares hit 12-wk low as investors eye budget, 5-yr plan

Oct 24 (Reuters) Shares closed Monday at their lowest in 12 weeks in lean trade as investors awaited cues from the central govt budget and the five-year plan ahead of corporate results. Sri Lanka's quarterly earnings season started two weeks back, but the bulk of locally listed firms will not report until late October or early November. National budget is scheduled to be presented on Nov 10. Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.45% or 29.19 points lower at 6,418.34, its lowest close since Aug 1. more..

COPE says Mahendran is guilty in bond scam: Is PM & UNP involved in the scam?

Oct 24 (CT) Ex-Governor of the Central Bank, Arjuna Mahendran has been found guilty by the COPE in the Treasury Bond Scam. Colombo Telegraph has managed to get a copy of the draft report by the Committee Chairman Sunil Handunneththi, which has been endorsed by majority of the members, except for the UNP members in the committee. The report will be presented in Parliament this week. more..

Pearl of Norway arrives in Sri Lanka

Oct 24 (DM) Sørlandet, the oldest of the three Norwegian Tall Ships and the oldest full rigged ship in the world still in operation has arrived in Colombo yesterday. The ship, nicknamed The pearl of Norway was on a two year circumnavigation of the world with seventy high school students from A+ Academy, a boarding school at sea with an exotic itinerary and Advanced Placement curriculum. During the stay in Colombo the students would greet Sri Lankan maritime students, more..

FIU, Inland Revenue to fight tax evasion

Oct 24 (EN) Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Sri Lanka has entered into a MoU with the Department of Inland Revenue to co-operate in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, including tax evasion. The agreement is to exchange information in order to facilitate investigations and prosecutions on money laundering and terrorist financing, the central bank said in a statement. “Money laundering and terrorist financing are internationally and domestically connected more..

මහ බැංකු බැඳුම්කර මගඩියෙන් ජනතාව කැළඹිලා

On the killing of Jaffna University students: In search of the right path

Oct 24 (CT) The incident of two Jaffna university students being killed due to gunshots by the police has set off countless arguments and debates. A majority of these arguments come from one single perspective. They highlight this incident as a racist attempt or as ethnically motivated. But, there exists a necessity to list out the issues surrounding this incident. That will be the healthiest way to deal with it. Firstly, the fact that the students have been subject to shooting amounts more..

Jaffna incident

Oct 24 (CT) The untimely deaths of two Jaffna University students have sent shock waves throughout Jaffna and the IUSF has also expressed its dismay over the incident. Preliminary investigations have revealed that Nadarasa Gajan and Pavunaraj Sulakshan were killed when they were speeding on a motorbike. However, the autopsy report of the Jaffna Judicial Medical Officer Dr. U. Mayurathan has confirmed that the rider of the motorbike was hit by a bullet on right side more..

New constitution needed: PM

Oct 24 (DN) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said since the war has now ended, the country needs a new constitution. “We should all join hands and think of taking the country forward. We should all make a joint effort to develop the country by shedding the dark shadows of a 30 year war from our minds,” he said. PM was addressing a Daham Hamuwa at the Sri Vivekaramaya, Pengiriwatta, Gangodawila to mark the opening of a new more..

Video: Former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne arrested, remanded

Oct 24 (AD) Former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne has been remanded until 1 Nov. He was remanded after being produced before Negombo Additional Magistrate today. He was arrested as he surrendered to police through a Counsel this morning. A fresh investigation into the accident was initiated after a person was killed and another was injured following a crash involving Gunaratne’s vehicle in 2002. more..

Jaffna university students stage protest and submit petition

Oct 24 (CG) Jaffna university students staged a protest march today and later submitted a petition to the Govt over the death of two Jaffna university students last week. The protest march resulted in traffic along the A9 highway being disrupted as the students protested in the Jaffna town. Students later gathered opposite Jaffna Govt Agent’s office and handed over a petition to be handed over to President and PM. more..

Labour Dept strike resumes over govt’s reneging on promises

Oct 24 (DN) Labour officers are poised to relaunch a countrywide strike coupled with an indefinite satyagraha campaign from Wednesday against the govt reneging on its promises to redress their grievances. Protesting labour officers had suspended their trade union action following an assurance from Minister WDJ Seneviratne that they problems would be resolved, said President of Public Service Labour Officer’s Union. more..

Ex-Mayor, eight others arrested for running a brothel in Batticaloa

Oct 24 (CT) Former Mayor of Batticaloa Sivageetha Prabakaran and eight others, including her husband were arrested, by a special Police team yesterday, for running a brothel in Batticaloa. The Police raided the house of Sivageetha and arrested her along with her husband Prabakaran, two women and five men. All nine are expected to be produced before Batticaloa Magistrate M. Ganesharaja today, sources said. more..

Did farmers’ fires send the country into darkness?

Oct 24 (ST) Authorities are investigating whether fires lit for cultivation purposes caused the tripping of the Anuradhapura-Kotmale transmission line last Saturday. The incident led to the complete shutdown of the 900 megawatt (MW) Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai, leading to island-wide power cuts over two days. CEB engineers had observed fires on cultivation land at various locations from more..

Tamil businessman gave the Tories more than £1m in donations

Oct 24 (MO) Foreign aid to Sri Lanka was significantly increased after a businessman from the country oversaw donations of more than £1 million to the Conservative Party, the Daily Mail reveals today. David Cameron announced last November that £6.6 million was being set aside for Sri Lanka over three years, including help for Tamils forced from their homes during the civil war. In the year before the announcement, more..

No more minimum room rates on city hotels

Oct 24 (DN) Minister John Amaratunga has decided to do away with minimum rates on rooms at city hotels in Sri Lanka with effect from March 31, 2017. Decision was made based on a recommendation by Tourism Advisory Council, comprising key players in the hotel and travel trade, chaired by business tycoon Harry Jayawardena. Council arrived at a unanimous decision to recommend the Minister abolish more..

More Army promotions to murder suspects

Oct 24 (SL) Despite of serious allegations levelled against the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), last week they have once again granted a promotion to a suspect involved with the murder of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. Highly reliable sources of SLA, told this newspaper how the Commander of the SLA had granted a promotion to Brigadier Anura Wanniarachchi to the rank of Major General on Thursday (20), without considering that more..