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Sangakkara alleges cricket official harassing him

July 30 (Island) Star batsman Kumar Sangakkara has opened out saying that a ‘powerful’ cricket official has been victimising him. The former captain had several run ins with this ‘powerful’ official during his tenure as national captain and after that, and yesterday alleged that the individual had a personal agenda against him. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) issuing a media release yesterday said that the Board had freed Lasith Malinga more..

17 year old boy siphons off millions from Sampath Bank

July 30 (AM) A 17 year old boy from Pollonnaruwa who siphoned off millions of rupees from Sampath Bank in a fraudulent manner was released on bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrate. He was produced before court after Smapath Bank lodged a complaint that the boy had taken mney from ATM machine in a wrongful manner. He had opened an account with Sampath Bank in January 2014 and had deposited more..

US envoy to Lanka keen on UN role

July 30 (CG) The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and nominee for Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, and Deputy Representative of the United States in the Security Council of the UN Michele J. Sison, says if confirmed to her new post she will look at advancing America’s interests at the UN. Making a statement before the US Senate Foreign Relations more..

Ravana Balaya fears US conspiracy

July 30 (CG) The Ravana Balaya today met the Secretary of the Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Ministry M.K.B. Dissanayaka and handed over a petition alleging a US conspiracy in Sri Lanka. Monks attached to the Ravana Balaya said that the US Embassy is involved in promoting extremist groups in Sri Lanka. The monks, who had on an earlier occasion opposed the new religious police unit setup at the Ministry, said that more..

Tamil film portraying Prabha’s son as a hero creates controversy

July 30 (AM) A Tamil film Pulipaarvai, believed to portray slain LTTE leader V Prabhakaran’s son Balachandran as a hero handling weapons with ease has met with stiff resistance from supporters of the Tigers. The film’s trailer shows Balachandran in LTTE uniform with a pistol in hand, receiving combat training. Pro-Tamil outfits say it could be an attempt to depict the child as a heroic fighter, amidst the heat of war and more..

Red alert as corruption, addiction feed tidal wave of heroin

July 30 (ST) Heroin smuggling into Sri Lanka is reaching unprecedented proportions as agencies tasked to combat the menace are struggling to combat it, an investigation by ST has revealed. It was only this week that 93.76kg of heroin with a market value of more than Rs. 700 million was seized in an Orugodawatta container yard. Drugs were hidden inside three plastic moulding machines that had come in from Karachi. more..

Police obtain CCTV footage of persons following BASL Chief

July 30 (Island) The police have obtained the CCTV footage of two unknown persons wearing full-face helmets on a motorcycle following President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Upul Jayasuriya’s car recently. The BASL chief alleged that he had been followed while he was returning from Hulfstdorp. Police said that investigators had been able to secure CCTV footage from cameras installed by the police more..

Polonnaruwa farmers accuse irrigation officials

July 30 (SL) Farmers in the Polonnaruwa district accuse the Irrigation Department for releasing enough water for cultivation only to the areas in the district that represents Govt Ministers. Farmer Organisations in Maduru Oya, Elahera, Kawudulla, Minneriya and Girithale said how unfair it is for the Irrigation Department to release water to areas that has govt representation but paying no attention to the other areas. more..

HRC might intervene on behalf of interdicted cop

July 30 (Island) Sri Lanka Human Rights Commissioner Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said that they would screen the fundamental rights violation case filed by Constable Sumith Kumarawansa on Monday against his sudden interdiction and take action to grant him justice considering it an urgent matter. Sumith had filed the Fundamental Rights Violation case against ASP, Rohan Dias and OIC of Borella, more..

When people lose sight of the law

July 30 (DM) It has been reported that a politician of the ruling party recently assaulted a Grama Niladhari in the Rideegama area in Kurunegala. Our sister paper, Sunday Lankadeepa had a discussion with the Kurunegala District MP Nimal Wijesinghe (alias Nilvala Wijesinghe) who is accused of assaulting the Grama Niladhari. Q: What is this incident about? A: high tension transmission line of 33,000 volts of electricity more..

Through the eyes of the damned...

July 30 (DM) The culvert has gone into neglect for a long time. The govt civil engineer had promised the villagers that repairs would be effected soon but that ‘soon’ does not seem to have any definite timeframe. The dilapidated condition has rendered the culvert worthless; its primary function of circumventing the gushing of water from the tertiary canal and inundating the gravel path that leads up to the homesteads of the settlement seems to have been abandoned. more..

Questions over security for BASL Chief

July 30 (DM) The question involving the security of Sri Lanka Bar Association President Upul Jayasuriya continues with the authorities dragging their feet in providing him with security while travelling. In a latest development the IGP has informed Mr. Jayasuriya that the latter’s request for such a security detail had been forwarded to the Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order. The authorities must be commended for not denying the threat to Mr. Jayasuriya’s life and for not saying that more..

Sri Lanka cautioned on foreign borrowings by IMF, inflation watch urged

July 30 (LBO) IMF has cautioned Sri Lanka on foreign borrowings by the state and banks and urged authorities to watch inflation closely and be prepared to raise rates. "Recent improvements in trade and current account balances notwithstanding, SL remains vulnerable to external shocks," IMF's executive board said following report by a mission which engaged in annual Article IV consultations with the country. more..

New legislation to prevent LG bodies milking tourist industry dry

July 30 (Island) Local Government and Provincial Councils Ministry will introduce new legislation to restrict the percentage of licence duty that could be charged by local authorities from hotels, restaurants and lodging houses registered under Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority (SLTDA). The cabinet approval has been granted to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft amending legislation for the relevant provisions of the Municipal Councils Ordinance, Urban Councils Ordinance more..

SL leases 1200 acres in Trinco to China

July 30 (AM) ‘Green Left Weekly’ reported that SL govt has signed an agreement to give China 1200 acres of land in the Trincomalee area on a long term lease for “defence-related development”. Land which has been allegedly given to the Chinese Republic is an area populated with over 450 families and with places of religious observances. All these will lose their lands and places of worship. Most of the residents in the designated area said to be Tamil speaking Muslims. more..

Norway not so keen on Sri Lanka: TNA

July 30 (DM) Norway, which facilitated the peace process between the then Govt and the LTTE is now giving less emphasis to the peace building process in Sri Lanka, a TNA politician said. During his European visit, TNA Northern Provincial Councillor Dharmalingam Sitharthan is reported to have met Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry Officials in Oslo and Swiss Govt officials. Mr. Sitharathan said he had talks with more..

Four year old boy kidnapped

July 30 (DM) Police are investigating the kidnapping of a four year old boy named Damindu Yasen Ekanayake and an attack on his parents in Katugampalagama village in the Meegalewa Division. The Meegalewa Police said that four persons wearing masks had forcibly entered the victims’ house on Mondy. Four persons had come on two motor cycles. They had caused knife injuries to the neck of the chief occupant Mahinda Kumara, a rice miller, and cut the leg of his wife more..

Bogus police spokesman

July 30 (Island) The Mirihana police recently took into custody a suspect who had given them a call pretending to be Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana, ordering them to release a motorcycle taken into custody in the early hours of Monday. The rider of that motorcycle and another on the pillion had obeyed a police order to stop but run away, abandoning their vehicle. Later the police had received two calls from a person claiming to be Police spokesman Ajith Rohana. more..

MoD responds to US embassy allegations pertaining to accountability issues

July 30 (Island) The Ministry of Defence alleges that perceptions of the Colombo based US Embassy officials about reconciliation in Sri Lanka seem to be fashioned primarily on the interests of pro-LTTE diaspora and likeminded elements within the country. The US mission, it says, largely ignors ground realities as well as the tremendous progress in Sri Lanka since the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009. more..

Sri Lanka’s external vulnerability still high, but improving: Moody’s

July 30 (DM) Sri Lanka’s short-term debt obligations against its official reserves - a measure of the country’s external sector vulnerability - still remains elevated but the United States-based rating agency said it was on a declining trend. Accordingly, Sri Lanka’s debt maturing within 12 months is over and above the country’s official reserves, at 118.6% in 2014, Moody’s External Vulnerability Indicator (EVI) showed. The EVI measures the adequacy of a country’s official reserves to cover its more..

Chicken kotthu warning after lorry seizure

July 30 (ST) Kotthu roti fans beware: Health inspectors who stopped a lorry with 100kg of chicken unfit for human consumption this week were told the consignment, cleared out of supermarket fridges, had been destined for fast food outlets. A Public Health Inspector (PHI) said bad chicken was mostly used in chicken bites and kotthu because consumers were unable to detect whether the food had gone bad. The driver of the stopped lorry admitted that the chicken he was more..

Disable-friendly buses in Colombo soon

July 30 (DM) A fleet of luxury and semi luxury buses from Colombo to the suburbs with facilities for differently-abled people to embark and disembark without a hassle will be operated by the SLTB and a purchase order has been placed with an Indian company, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said. Its objective was to contribute to the Govt’s Colombo City modernisation programme. The luxury buses will reach Colombo from more..

The plight of a group of Sri Lankan refugees

July 30 (Independent) For nearly a month, they were held at sea – now 157 asylum-seekers intercepted on their way to Australia are locked up in an Outback detention centre, their future uncertain as lawyers wrangle about this latest challenge to the country’s hardline asylum policies. The group, believed to be mostly ethnic Tamils from Sri Lanka, set off from India last month, but were picked up by an Australian customs vessel. Human rights lawyers in Australia launched a High Court case more..

Indian company to buy Asia Asset Finance

July 30 (CT) An Indian financed company is planning to buy a Sri Lankan finance company for Rs 1 billion sources said. One of India's largest finance companies, Muthott Finance, which has over 1,000 braches scattered over the subcontinent was tipped to buy Asia Asset Finance Co, a subsidiary of the Asia Capital Group for over Rs 1 billion at Rs 2 per share, sources said. They have also a stated capital of 945.1 million shares, which comprise 559.4 million voting shares. more..

Singapore, Lankan Foreign Ministers consolidate strong bilateral ties

July 30 (DN) Expansion of economic relations in an atmosphere of peace and stability prevailing in the country was the central focus of the bilateral discussions which took place in Singapore yesterday between External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law of Singapore K. Shanmugam. The Ministers took advantage of the opportunity to reflect on current developments in Sri Lanka and the region. more..

Cheating gem merchant: One arrested, three on the run

July 30 (Island) The main suspect wanted for cheating a gem merchant of one million rupees in Digana was arrested by the Special Crime Investigation Bureau (SCIB) of the Kandy police headquarters while he was in hiding at Mawathagama. Police are in search of three more suspects including a government servant. All measures were being taken to apprehend them soon, police said. Investigations are being conducted by a team led by more..

Rotary to help build brand Sri Lanka globally

July 30 (FT) The first woman Governor of the Rotary in Sri Lanka and Maldives Gowri Rajan who was conferred the ‘Inspiring Leadership’ award at the Professional Women in Management Awards – 2014 acknowledged that the appointment of K.R. Ravindran as the International President of Rotary International would add value to building brand Sri Lanka and help build the country image globally. Governor Gowri Rajan went on to mention that given that the International President more..

Lankan firms line up for Big Apple!

July 30 (FT) Political ties with the US may be strained but the Sri Lanka Capital Markets Investor Forum in New York on 4 September will see the biggest ever contingent of listed firms. There will be 15 listed Sri Lankan companies at the forum which will be held at the JW Marriott Essex House Hotel in New York whose nickname is Big Apple. The US event has attracted the highest number whereas past investor fora held in more..

Rare Sri Lankan leopards born in French zoo

July 30 (AFP) Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species that numbers only about 700 in the wild, the head of the facility said Tuesday. "There are only a few of them in captivity with about 60 spread across some 20 European zoos," said Jimmy Ebel, of Maubeuge Zoo. "These leopards are under great threat due to deforestation and poaching." The cubs were born on July 1 at the zoo, close to the Belgian border, which houses more..

Sri Lanka's top batsman returns to form

July 30 (WSJ) Sri Lanka came crashing back to earth after its triumphant 1-0 Test series win in England with a 1-0 home defeat to South Africa, failing to force a win in the second Test. The visitors pulled off a feat of epic blocking to finish with 159-8 in 111 overs at Colombo's SSC, on a track that provided some turn but very little pace. But the game did at least provide some solace for the island's cricket fans, in the return to form of one of its greatest cricketers, Mahela Jayawardene. more..

Wither Rs 4.2 B Tea Fund? Funds up to now spent only on National Cricket team!

July 30 (CT) Tea exporters are up in arms at the manner in which the govt was using the proceeds of the Tea Fund which amounted to a whopping Rs 4.2 billion or more, instead of using same for the global promotion of tea, thanks to bureaucratic bungling! "This is a ludicrous situation where the govt has collected over Rs 4.2 billion, but is vacillating on the promotional aspects globally, the only expenditure hitherto incurred being the more..

Japan positive on FTA, wants economic regime strengthened

July 30 (Island) As Sri Lanka-Japan bilateral trade jumped $890 Mn and edged to $ 900 Mn mark, a keen Japan signalled towards a Lanka-Japan FTA for the first time-albeit with a qualifier. "In terms of country risk and future potential, I believe Sri Lanka is quite promising. We consider that FTA and EPAs as very useful means to promote trade. Mere conclusion of FTAs alone is not sufficient for better trade however. What is important is to develop a very robust foundation here" more..

A preliminary comment on NMSJ's road map

July 30 (GV) There was a remarkable image in the news recently. It was from the meeting of the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera’s National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) at which a ‘road map’ for the abolition of the executive presidency was launched on 24th July 2014. Seated on the front row were Ranil Wickramasinghe, Chandrika Kumaratunga, R Sampanthan, Sarath Fonseka, Shirani Bandaranayake and Sunil Handunetti. To the extent these individuals represent the more..

The nightmare that ‘Black July’ conjures up

July 30 (Hindu) The date was 25 July, 1983. Antony* reached Luckyland biscuit factory, at Kundasale, a suburb in Kandy, his place of work for 10 years, in the morning as usual. On that fateful day, his manager warned him. “They can come to get you any moment. You must leave now.” Only two days earlier, an ambush by the LTTE claimed the lives of 13 Sri Lankan soldiers in Jaffna. The incident sparked riots across Sri Lanka, more..

Brandix factories bag 'Plan A' 'Eco Factory Attribute' by M&S

July 30 (CT) Two manufacturing facilities of Brandix Apparel Solutions - Lingerie Cluster in Nittambuwa have been awarded Eco Factory Attributes by the global retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) in recognition of achievements in reducing their environmental footprint. The two factories have reduced energy and water consumption by 30% and 15% respectively and are recycling or reusing 100% of their solid waste, enabling them to score 91 points out of 100 at the M&S Eco Factory Audit. more..

Sri Lanka Telecom introduces a cordless phone that is value for money

July 30 (Island) Sri Lanka Telecom constantly launches competitive telecommunication services to address today's busy life styles. Now SLT provides a valuable opportunity to obtain a cordless phone at an affordable price to make everyday life much more convenient. With the dramatic increase of the complexity of life today, better time management and information sharing are key requirements of customers. SLT's newly introduced cordless phone not only addresses such needs, but more..

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