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Kalam's Links with Sri Lanka recalled

July 30 (ENS) As former Indian President Abdul Kalam was laid to rest at Rameswaram across the Palk Strait on Thursday, Sri Lankans mourned his death and recalled his association with the island nation which was longer than people imagine. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said in his message that Kalam had told him that many of his relations were living in Anuradhapura, Mannar and Puttalam. Former Lankan MP, A.H.M. Azwer, said that a close relation by marriage more..

Thomas Cook acquires travel firm in Sri Lanka

July 30 (BS) Tour operator Thomas Cook has acquired Luxe Asia, a destination management company in Sri Lanka, to grow its overseas business. Company did not disclose the deal size, which was carried out through its Sri Lankan subsidiary. Currently Thomas Cook only operates foreign exchange stores in SL. A destination management company arranges ground service at a destination including hotel accommodation, transport, meet and greet services and helps plan itineraries more..

'Bribery Commission did not probe any serious allegations'

July 30 (AD) New commissioners will be appointed to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption after Aug 18, says Cabinet Spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne. Minister charged that so far the bribery commission has not conducted a proper investigation into any serious allegations. He stated that bribery allegations had even been leveled against the former chairman of the bribery commission and that he was cleared from the charges following more..

JVP Puttalam team leader arrested for illegally distributing leaflets

July 30 (AM) JVP Puttalam team leader Samantha Koralearachchi was arrested for illegally entering Chilaw Hospital and distributing leaflets earlier today. Another individual, B.M. Ranmanika, was also arrested along with Koralearachchi, Police Media Unit told Asian Mirror. They were to be produced before the Magistrate's Court. Koralearachchi, the Convener of Puttalame Janatha Handa (Puttalam People's Voice) organization, is a gradualte of the Moratuwa University. more..

Police look for UPFA candidate over abduction and assault

July 30 (Island) Matale police are looking for Matale District UPFA candidate and former Deputy Minister Lakshman Wasantha Perera and a group of his supporters for allegedly abducting a man and assaulting him for launching a campaign against the proliferation of ethanol and printing a set of posters to be pasted in public in that regard. The police said the victim had been assaulted allegedly at the UPFA candidate’s house. It is alleged that the supporters of the politician had more..

Sri Lankan exporters to help draw govt policy

July 30 (EN) Sri Lankan govt accepts a call by exporters to be involved in shaping the country’s export policy, Deputy Minister Harsha De Silva said. The new govt will focus more strongly on exports, he told the annual general meeting of the Exporters Association of Sri Lanka. Exporters Association of Sri Lanka is to be included in designing and developing export policy, he said. “I invite you to be a part of that and that is the way we are going to be moving forward, more..

Sri Lanka July consumer prices fall for first time

July 30 (EN) Sri Lanka's 12-month inflation turned a negative 0.2% in July 2015, though prices rose four the fourth straight month, amid a consumer boom fired by state spending and credit. Colombo Consumer Price Index also rose 0.2% in April, 0.7% in May and 1% in June, following sharp 2.3% fall in February after the state cut prices of fuel and some imported foods. Current low inflation also comes on the back of falling commodity prices amid a strengthening US dollar, more..

UPFA explains how they will implement their promises

July 30 (Island) UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajanatha said that his party would form the next govt and create 1.5 million online job opportunities and generate USD 5 billion. Addressing a press briefing in Colombo yesterday at the SLFP headquarters at Darley Road, he said that plans were afoot to provide broadband (online) facilities especially targeting youth in the country. He said that 5.7 million households were linked to the national grid and more..

Shares end at more-than-5-month high

July 30 (Reuters) Shares ended at their highest in more than five months on Thursday, as investors picked up risky assets on expectations of strong corporate earnings and political stability after the Aug. 17 parliamentary polls. The main stock index ended up 0.25% at 7,332.05, its highest since Feb 13. Turnover was at 1.78 billion rupees, more than this year's daily average of 1.09 billion rupees. "The market ended the holiday-shortened week on a positive note with more..

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Creating equality in the electoral process

July 30 (CT) The Department of Elections declare their vision to be the protection of democracy of the country through conducting free and fair elections and referenda. A free and fair election is primarily one that provides opportunities for every eligible citizen to exercise his or her vote on an equal basis with others. Every single voter has the right to exercise the vote that is his or her democratic entitlement. Persons with Disabilities are often deprived of this right, more..

Fulfilling the unfulfilled

July 30 (CT) UNP and UNFGG leader PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and National Movement for a Just Society (NMJS) Chairman Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera signed a MoU on Tuesday to further strengthen the hand of good governance in the country. Signing of this MoU took place on the eve of the general election to be held on 17 Aug. It's said that between 106-110 civil society organizations, NGOs and political parties were signatories to this MoU. MoU comprised a 14 point programme. more..

Sri Lanka will not agree to international probe on MR

July 30 (CG) The Govt said that it will not agree to an international war crimes investigation on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said that the position of the Govt is that a domestic mechanism will be setup to investigate allegations over the war on the LTTE. Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is scheduled to release a report in September at the UNHRC on the war. more..

Video: Shantha Bandara resign from his ministerial portfolio

July 30 (DM) Kurunegala District UPFA candidate Shantha Bandara has decided to resign as Deputy Minister of Mass Media. Bandara, the Chairman of the SLFP youth wing, is among several SLFP members who were considering to resign from their posts after the special statement by President Maithripala Sirisena on July 14. Shantha Bandara took oath as a Deputy Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena on 22 March. more..

CB bond scam issue reverberates in the run-up to general election

July 30 (Island) Deputy Minister and Kalutara District UNP leader Ajith P. Perera said that the alleged beneficiary in controversial Treasury bond issue involving Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran had been accused of insider trading and favouritism during the previous administration. Perera named primary dealer Perpetual Treasuries as the enterprise under a cloud. He was on a live political programme. more..

Govt frames rules on use of radioactive material

July 30 (ST) Govt has promulgated regulations to streamline the use of radioactive material in industry, medicine and teaching. Two rules and one order, together comprising around 90 pages, have been sent to Govt Printer for publishing. They introduce a method of licensing based on the scientific levels of radioactive material that are permitted for use in specified sectors, said Anil Ranjith, director at Atomic Energy Council. more..

PSM strike likely to spread

July 30 (Island) Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) warned they would extend their strike to all hospitals in Colombo today as the Health Ministry officials had failed to meet their just demands. General Secretary of the PSM, Saman Jayasekara, said that representatives of PSM and paramedical unions had held discussions with Health Minister, Rajith Senaratne in March and minister had agreed to more..

SC rejects Samurdhi FR case

July 30 (CT) The Supreme Court yesterday considered a Fundamental Rights application and refused to grant leave to proceed with its respondents, Samurdhi Minister Sajith Premadasa, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and the members of the Cabinet. Court decided to grant leave to proceed in the FR case with only two respondents former Director General of Samurdhi M. Sumanapala and present Director General R.A.K. Ranawaka more..

'Ours is a country battered by imperialism'

July 30 (DM) JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva, in an interview with the Dailymirror, said his party opts for socialism with modern characteristics rather than deviating from the party’s original principles, policies and objectives. Q: The JVP, played a role in the 100-day govt by participating in the deliberations of the National Executive Council (NEC). What would be the JVP role after the General Election? more..

Three committees to probe MR ads on ITN

July 30 (SL) An investigation launched by Ministry of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs has revealed that State owned ITN had violated regulations in place when accepting advertisements for the last Presidential election under Rajapaksa regime. ITN Chairman, Prof. Ganganath Dissanayake said that three separate committees had been appointed to investigate the allegations against former management of ITN. more..

Woman ASP wins prestigious international award

July 30 (Island) Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Deemathi Periyapperuma became the first Sri Lankan Police woman to receive a prestigious award, International Recognition and Scholarship Award 2015 offered by the Intonational Association of Women Police (IAWP) recently. Co-Chairs Linda Mayberry & Cindy Shain and members of IAWP International Scholarship Committee announced dual recipients of IAWP more..

SLMC renews call for equal opportunities legislation

July 30 (DM) SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem, in an interview with Dailymirror stressed the need to strengthen democracy in the country, and to bring about post war reconciliation. SLMC is contesting the General Election in alliance with the UNP. Mr. Hakeem, a candidate from the Kandy district, is also the Urban Development and Water Supply Minister. It has its vote base mainly in the Eastern Province. more..

Sri Lanka’s ISIS militant: Why we should be (very) worried

July 30 (DM) After a nearly three-decade-long war waged by radicalized Tamils, the last thing Sri Lanka needs is its Muslims to be radicalized. But something seems to have gone wrong with the revelation that a SL Muslim was killed fighting for the ISIS in Syria and his brother-in-law also reportedly serving the terror group. Mohamed Sharhaz Nilam (37) (known in the ISIS as Abu Shuraih Sailania), a karate instructor and a teacher in an international school at Galewela, was reportedly killed more..

Election campaign emerging as A model for Sri Lanka

July 30 (DM) The most important and inspiring feature of the ongoing campaign for the general elections on Aug 17 is that, to a large extent the rule of law is reigning while the incidents of election violence and violations of election laws have been reduced significantly. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya is acting with independence and fearlessly implementing election laws. Two weeks ago he even told the State television channels to stop the repeated telecast of more..

MR likely to be questioned over RADA allegations!

July 30 (DN) Former President and UPFA Kurunegala District candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to be questioned in connection with alleged financial misappropriations involving RADA, highly placed police sources said. Agency, headed by former MP Tiran Alles, came under the purview of former President Rajapaksa. It was mainly set up to grant relief to Tsunami victims who lost houses and properties more..

China to give kidney hospital, US$ 250mn in grants to Sri Lanka

July 30 (EN) China will build a 100 million dollar specialized hospital to treat a mysterious kidney disease that is striking mainly rice farmers in Sri Lanka and also give another 250 million dollars in grant aid, Ambassador Yi Xianliang said. "China will contribute assistance to Sri Lanka to construct a special hospital," Ambassador Yi told members of the Sri Lanka China Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. China will donate 600 million Yuan or about US$ 100 million to more..

Avant Garde case Sujeewa wages war on AG

July 30 (CT) Deputy Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said that he would take legal action against the decision made by Attorney General (AG) regarding the Avant Garde case. Although the Deputy Solicitor General had recommended that the suspects in the Avant Garde case be taken into custody, the AG is of the opinion that there is no wrong committed over the incident and that he could therefore standby his decision. Deputy Minister questioned as to how the AG could arrive at such a decision. more..

Bribery Commissioners to be probed

July 30 (CT) The Cabinet decided yesterday to conduct a complete investigation into the manner in which Commissioners of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption have acted during the past four years. A total of 1,900 complaints had been received by the Bribery Commission during this period against politicians including parliamentarians and ministers as well as certain govt officials. more..

9 August is Bond Scam Day: UPFA

July 30 (CT) The UPFA will be holding a series of public meetings on 9 August, to inform the public about the scale of the alleged Treasury Bonds scam and have unilaterally declared the day, 9 August, as the Bond Scam Day. The date marks six months since the alleged Treasury Bonds fraud featuring Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran came into public focus. UPFA National List nominee G.L. Peiris said public would also be kept updated on sustained efforts at a very high level to cover up more..

'MR insults intellect of voters'

July 30 (DN) Kurunegala district UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is insulting the intellect of the voters by giving very silly promises to voters including youth to deceive them and capture power by hook or crook. People have not forgotten the manner he suppressed student rights without any shame showing his 10 year oppressive rule, State Minister of Defence and Gampaha district UNP candidate Ruwan Wijewardena said in a statement issued yesterday. more..

India to build Sri Lanka’s tallest highrise

July 30 (CT) One of India's biggest Real Estate Development Groups, Shreepathi Edifice, yesterday signed an agreement with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka to invest US$ 330 Million to construct Sri Lanka's tallest ever high rise, comprising 96 storeys at Buthgamuwa Road Rajagiriya, billed to be completed in four years. The project, which was the brainchild of 1996 World Cup winning SL cricket team turned Minister Arjuna more..

Asset declaration postponed

July 30 (FT) All candidates representing political parties contesting the forthcoming general election must submit statements of assets and liabilities on or before 5 August, EC Mahinda Deshapriya said. The deadline given earlier for the submission of assets and liabilities has been extended in order to avoid difficulties that will be encountered by candidates who send in their applications through post due to the Poya holiday falling on 31 July and 1 and 2 August being a weekend. more..

Improving financial reporting for clean growth in Sri Lanka

July 30 (WB) Any small business needs to access financial resources or attract investors to expand and grow. Banks require credible financial statements to process a loan. Likewise, investors request reliable and comprehensive financial records to assess a prospective company’s reliability prior to making an investment decision. A country is similar to a small business and needs to adopt internationally accepted financial reporting standards to attract investors and spur its growth. more..

Ranawaka calls on Tamils to integrate with Sinhalese

July 30 (Hindu) JHU leader Champika Ranawaka called upon Sri Lankan Tamils to integrate themselves with the majority Sinhalese community. He said the 30-year-old Ealam War has deteriorated the socio-economic development of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. Contrasting the case of the Tamils with those of plantation workers of Indian origin and Muslims, Mr. Ranawaka, who is the Minister for Energy and Power, said more..

President finds solutions to problems in Welioya

July 30 (ITN) President Maithripala Sirisena has found solutions to the issues of the farmer fraternity within the Welioya colony. President Sirisena undertook an observations visit to the Welioya colony with the intention of looking into the problems confronted of the farmers. They told the President that the main problem they are confronting a serious drinking water issue. The President informed that a permanent programme will be launched to sort out this issue. more..

Indian Navy, CG heighten security in Palk Bay, Gulf of Mannar

July 30 (Hindu) A high alert has been sounded along the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast in view of the visit of PM Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders to Rameswaram on Thursday to attend the funeral of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Units of Navy and Coast Guard situated along the east coast, from Chennai to Tuticorin, have been fully activated. “We have heightened the seaward security in both Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar. more..

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