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Audio: Private bus operators want transport minister removed

Dec 1 (DM) A countrywide private bus strike will be launch form Dec 14 midnight over several demands including that of the removal of Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, All Ceylon Private Bus Association (ACPBA) Secretary Anjana Priyanjith said today. He said the private bus operators would give a seven-day grace period for the minister to discuss this matter with the ACPBA and to provide a favorable reply. more..

Dewasiri mum on 6 %

Dec 1 (CT) Certain members of the university community, such as Prof. Nirmal Dewasiri, who were a catalyst for the govt change earlier this year, have not yet spoken of the 6 per cent of GDP which is not yet allocated for education, said MP Udaya Gammanpila. He said, "However these individuals got other appointments as vice chairman and heads of certain bodies. They didn't get the 6% for education. The smallest budgetary allocation for education was for 2016. more..

Kotadeniyawa OIC, 4 others guilty of illegal detention

Dec 1 (DM) A special team comprising high ranking police officers has found that five police officers including the Kotadeniyawa OIC and the Crimes OIC were responsible for the alleged illegal detention of a teenage student and a father of one over the killing of five-year old Seya sadevmi. The special police investigating team which included Gampaha SSP Padmasiri Munasinghe and ASP K.A.J. Kodituwakku under the instructions of Western Province Senior DIG Pujith Jayasundara and more..

Sri Lanka plans to shift key govt offices

Dec 1 (EN) Sri Lanka plans to shift key govt offices including that of the president and prime minister from Colombo to the administrative capital of Sri J'pura, Minister Champika Ranawaka said. “We will take out of Colombo city all govt institutions,” he told a public forum on the govt’s Western Region Megapolis Planning Project which intends to make the western province, generating almost half the island’s economic output, more liveable. more..

Stay Order against full-face helmet ban extended

Dec 1 (AD) The Court of Appeal today extended the stay order issued against the police circular imposing a ban on full-face helmets in the country. The stay order was extended till February 11, 2016 by the court when two cases filed against the decision was taken up for hearing this morning. The state counsel informed the court that the government is currently in the process of introducing a high quality motorcycle helmet and therefore requested for sufficient time. more..

Vasu slammed for un-parliamentary language

Dec 1 (CG) UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakara was today accused of using un-parliamentary language. Nanayakara had used un-parliamentary language on some ruling party Parliamentarians today when they interrupted a privilege issue he raised with the Speaker. During Parliament sittings today, he said that a weekend newspaper had indicated that he was among the former Govt members who had not returned his official residence. Nanayakara rejected the allegations and demanded that the matter be taken up more..

PM awaits proposals from Central Bank and EPF on EPF, ETF merger

Dec 1 (LBO) PM Ranil Wickramasinghe told Parliament that they have decided to obtain proposals from Central Bank governor and superintendent of EPF with regard to the management of EPF. “During the discussions, unions said it is appropriate to maintain these two funds separately. They also said the EPF should be further managed under the Central Bank,” he said. “We only decided to obtain proposals from CB Governor and head of EPF after discussing this matter. more..

Indian MP seeks release of Tamil fishermen detained by Sri Lanka

Dec 1 (PTI) Members in Lok Sabha today expressed concern over Sri Lanka detaining fishermen from TN and China building dams on the Brahmaputra river on their side which could hamper water availability in the North East. AIADMK member V Elumalai demanded immediate release of fishermen from TN who have been detained by SL authorities as well as steps to take back Katchatheevu island. Katchatheevu is an islet in the Palk Strait and its control was given to SL by India through an agreement in 1974. more..

Korean rice transplanting machines to save labour in Sri Lanka

Dec 1 (EN) Korean agriculture experts have trained Sri Lankan farmers in using rice transplanting machines which are expected to help save on use of labour in the island’s agriculture sector. Trials of Korean rice transplanting machines were done at the rice model farm village in Rajanganaya, Anuradhapura, in north-central Sri Lanka under the direction of Byoung Choon Jang, Director of the Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA). more..

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The tragic death of Chenthuran is a warning for all of us

Dec 1 (CT) Tragic news of an A/L student of Kokuvil Hindu College named Rajeswaran Chenthuran committing suicide by jumping in front of an express train from Colombo, came as a rude shock to Tamils all over the world. Everyone in Jaffna and many others around the country shared the grief with the bereaved family. On the 27th, the day of cremation all schools in the peninsula remained closed as a mark of respect and to enable thousands of students from many other schools to participate in the funeral. more..

Is there a need for crossovers?

Dec 1 (CT) Parliamentary democracy and political party unity was destroyed by regular crossovers in Parliament over the past quarter century plunging the country into turmoil. People began to hate politics as the representatives they elected crossed over for political gains under the guise of serving the people by getting ministerial portfolios. Crossovers was another reason for jumbo sized Cabinets as all former Presidents in a bid to stabilize their authority offered more..

Developed countries need very deep cuts in global emissions: President

Dec 1 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the need to have deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions by the developed countries considering the historical responsibility. He said that we need to embrace the principle of common but different responsibilities and respective capabilities in order to keep the temperature increase below two degrees Celsius in this century. Addressing UN Conference on more..

SriLankan Airlines mulls joint venture with foreign airline

Dec 1 (EN) SriLankan Airlines aims to enter into a joint venture with a foreign airline, possibly Middle Eastern, on a revenue sharing basis in order to survive in the highly competitive market, its chief executive said. The three top Middle Eastern airlines – Emirates, Qatar and Etihad, had expanded fast and aggressively and were offering SriLankan Airlines stiff competition, said Suren Ratwatte, CEO of SriLankan & Mihin Lanka. more..

Dambulla match fixing; mystery deepens

Dec 1 (DM) Daily Mirror has obtained an exclusive copy of a letter which was written by Sri Lanka Cricket’s then security consultant Major General Lawrence Fernando to the manager of the visiting Indian cricket team in 2010 which claims that not only had one player entertained a female guest for an entire night in his room, but another player had also entertained a male guest in his room for a night while staying at a hotel more..

CID to check tax reports of Udayanthi

Dec 1 (DM) Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya permitted the CID to examine income tax reports of 20 persons including tele drama actress Udayanthi Kulatunga, who had been allegedly paid by drug kingpin Samantha Kumara alias Wele Suda. The case had been filed by the CID in the Colombo Magistrate’s Court under the Money Laundering Act, on the instructions of the IGP. more..

GMOA gives ultimatum to govt

Dec 1 (DN) The GMOA will launch a countrywide strike at a time of its choosing along with 16 other trade unions representing various professions if there is no response from the govt on a range of demands. Govt still has time to halt the strike, GMOA Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath said. He said letters have already been sent to the Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister, Finance Minister and the President in connection with more..

Justice Abrew files FR

Dec 1 (DN) Supreme Court Judge Sarath de Abrew has filed a Fundamental Rights case against seven police officers and the Attorney General. Justice Abrew in his petition is complaining that indicting him in the High Courts is a violation of his fundamental rights. The petition will be supported in Supreme Court today. Attorney General earlier filed an indictment in Colombo High Court against Abrew for allegedly committing more..

Special Excise Unit robs Rs.2.5mn from suspect?

Dec 1 (DM) Controversy surrounds a shocking incident relating to the Colombo Excise Department where members of its special branch had allegedly assaulted and threatened a businessman in Mannar at gunpoint and robbed his cash amounting to Rs.2.5 million. Six members attached to the special unit, which is known as the Special Branch or the Intelligence Unit that directly operates under the purview of Department’s Deputy more..

LG elections: When and on what basis will it happen?

Dec 1 (DM) Provincial Councils and Local Govt Minister Faizer Mustapha PC, had a chat with Daily Mirror. Q: On 31 Oct, 2015 all local govt bodies numbering 335 that included municipal councils, urban councils and pradeshiya sabhas fell vacant after their term of office expired. How do you see this situation? A: President Sirisena has taken a policy decision to postpone local govt elections until the govt sorts out issues pertaining to more..

Budget 2016: Heading in the right direction

Dec 1 (SL) The first reading of the Budget 2016 came to a conclusion with the new govt announcing a further reduction in prices of food items, amidst much debate and speculation. Many parties, both from the govt and the opposition commended the new govt’s maiden Budget, while other parties, mainly from the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp, raised several issues concerning the Budget 2016. On the other hand, many parties from more..

Emmission tests under a cloud of smoke

Dec 1 (ST) The efficacy of emission tests on vehicles is in doubt with revelations that some results are faked and many state-run vehicles exempted from the test. At least 11 emission test centres have been suspended over allegations of handing out falsified test certificates and running defective computerised testing systems. CEA said it receives many complaints from the public that the private emission-testing companies are more..

What makes students take to revolt?

Dec 1 (DM) Student unrest has been a significant feature of the socio-political landscape of Sri Lanka for several decades. Heightened unrest among university students at times resulted in tragic outcomes like the assassination of Vice Chancellors and the death or disappearance of many students. There are several reports of past commissions that explain the causes of such unrest, the most prominent among them being the report of the Presidential Commission on youth of 1991. more..

Death of a student: A distant siren

Dec 1 (DM) The alleged suicide by a 17-year-old student of Kokkuvil Hindu College in Jaffna must be a wakeup call for the govt, the Tamil leaders and society at large. He was said to have committed suicide by jumping in front of a Colombo bound express train and his school bag had contained a note demanding the release of political prisoners, a hot topic in the Tamil media these days. There can be no doubt that this incident was a direct upshot of emotional Tamil media hype over prisoners’ more..

SL to auction seized Indian fishing trawlers

Dec 1 (FT) Indian trawlers seized while poaching Sri Lankan territorial waters and damaging the country’s marine flora and fauna are to be auctioned soon, according to Dept of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Director General Lal Fernando. Fernando said that a total of 61 Indian trawlers, some of which were sized as far back as May 2014, are held in the Department’s custody, and will not be released but auctioned instead. more..

Dead bodies continue to float

Dec 1 (CT) Two male corpse were discovered in two separate places in Colombo, yesterday, the Police Media Unit said. Police also added that the first victim was discovered in the Beira Lake, behind Roy Inn, in the Slave Island Police Division. The deceased, identified as Geegana Gamaarachchige Chandrasena aged 54 was resident from Athgala, Gampola and an electrician who used to work in Colombo. The magisterial examination took place yesterday. Post-mortem is yet to take place. more..

'China envies Sri Lanka’s strategic location'

Dec 1 (FT) Sri Lanka should harness its full potential of being strategically located on the Silk Route, which connects ideally to both East and West markets, People’s Govt of Yunnan Province Foreign Affairs Office Chief Counsel Jin Cheng said. Silk Route would not have been successful without Sri Lanka. “We envy Sri Lanka its location. We do not have the sea and that strategic location. Thus, Sri Lanka must explore its full potential of its strategic geographical advantage,” Cheng told more..

Bar surprised over HC Judge’s charge

Dec 1 (DM) Bar Association of SL, the pioneering body comprising all lawyers in the country expressed its surprise over the incident where the Galle High Court Judge had filed a case against former Solicitor General and President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsecularatne after his phone started ringing inside the court house. Bar head, Geoffrey Alegaratnam PC said, that it was unusual and surprising the way how senior criminal lawyer more..

Maldives man can't recollect attack in Lanka

Dec 1 (Haveeru) The Maldivian man severely injured in an attack in neighbouring Sri Lanka earlier this month has no recollection of the incident, his family said Monday. Usman Nooraddeen, 45 of Thaa Atoll Vilufushi island was found with severe head trauma in what was believed to be a mugging. But new information that came to light during the investigation suggests that he was attacked before he was robbed by the three wheel driver who had taken him to the hospital. more..

Oman Air seeks partnership with Srilankan

Dec 1 (EN) Oman Air is keen on a partnership with SriLankan Airlines with which it now has a code share arrangement, Chief Officer Sales of Oman Air Mahfood Al Harthy said. Oman Air was today working with Srilankan Airlines, with the two carriers complementing each other and offering customers a wider choice, he said. The two carriers were having talks on a partnership, he said without giving details. “Oman Air’s growth depends on building partnerships with airlines,” Al Harthy said. more..

New scheme for car permits

Dec 1 (DN) An alternative system will be introduced for public servants, including doctors to obtain vehicle permits within next few days. A senior minister said that govt will soon evolve a mechanism through which public servants would receive around Rs. 1 million in place of a vehicle permit. Most of public servants who are entitled to vehicle permits are in the habit of selling them & can earn a profit of only Rs. 1 mil. more..

O/L tuition, seminars banned from Dec 2

Dec 1 (AD) The conducting of tuition classes, seminars, workshops and printing model papers targeting students sitting for the 2015 GCE O/L exam has been prohibited with effect from midnight Dec 2 until the exams end. Department of Examinations said that organising or conducting tuition classes, special lectures, seminars, workshops as well as printing model question papers, distributing them and promoting them through any form of media are prohibited more..

World AIDS Day today

Dec 1 (CT) National STD (sexually transmitted diseases) /AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) Control Programme confirmed that there were four new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections per week. World AIDS Day falls today. Director of National STD/AIDS Control Programme Dr. Sisira Liyanage said that even though the confirmed number of those living with HIV was 1,880; our estimation is double, we estimate there are 3,300 cases of persons living with HIV. more..

Say No to arms for Sri Lanka, urges PMK

Dec 1 (PTI) A day after Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag left for Sri Lanka to review bilateral defence ties, PMK chief Ramadoss today said the visit was a matter of concern and wanted the Centre to declare a policy that it would never provide arms and military aid to the island nation. Yesterday, the Army Chief embarked on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka during which he would review the bilateral defence ties and discuss more..

Visiting Indian Army Chief meets PM

Dec 1 (SLA) General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army currently in Sri Lanka called on MP Ranil Wickramasinghe, together with Mr. Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka Monday evening at the Parliament Complex. Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development and Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army were associated with the meeting with the Prime Minister. more..

Workers called upon to meet challenges

Dec 1 (Island) Ceylon Federation of Labour (CFL) has called upon the trade union movement to brace themesleves for meeting formidable challenges to the hard-won rights of workers in view of some controversial proposals in the Budget 2016. CFL has, in a statement signed by its Deputy General Secretary T.M.R. Rasseedin, says the maiden Budget of the govt marks the high point in the functioning of open economy ushered in 1977 and followed since by all successive govts in SL. more..

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