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Court prevents Joint Opposition from entering Shalika grounds

Apr 29 (AD) An interim order has been issued by Court preventing members of the Joint Opposition and SLTB trae unions from entering Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita for 14 days from today, ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. The May Day rally of the self-styled Joint Opposition was scheduled to commence from Shalika Grounds and at Kirulopane Grounds on Sunday. However, the reservations made by the leaders of more..

French Naval ship Aconit arrives at the Port of Colombo

Apr 29 (SLN) French Naval Ship Aconit arrived at the Port of Colombo on 29th April on a goodwill visit. The ship was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on her arrival. Commanding Officer of the Ship, Captain Laurent Machard De Gramont paid a courtesy call on the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Jayantha De Silva in Colombo. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementos to mark the occasion. more..

Police officers interdicted for threatening man with gun

Apr 29 (DM) Four police officers including a Sub-Inspector (SI), two Sergeants and a Police Constable of the Dambulla Police Station have been interdicted in connection with a tense situation which occurred at a restaurant in Dambulla. ASP Ruwan Gunsekara said the four police officers, who were in civilian clothing, had entered the restaurant last night and requested the staff exchange a bottle of alcohol. When the restaurant staff refused to exchange the bottle, one of the police officers had more..

Udayanga meets Mahinda, insists he will not return to Sri Lanka

Apr 29 (CG) SL’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, who is wanted in Sri Lanka over allegations he sold arms to rebels in Ukraine, has met former President Rajapaksa in Thailand. Weeratunga said in a statement today that he met Rajapaksa when the former President visited Thailand this week. The former Ambassador said that he has no intention of returning to SL since baseless allegation more..

1,200 Lankan fishermen held in five years

Apr 29 (Hindu) About 1,000 Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested by the Coast Guard in the last five years on charges of illegally entering and fishing in Indian waters, a senior official said here on Thursday. A total of 1,205 Sri Lankan fishermen and 241 fishing boats were arrested in the last five years, IGP Satya Prakash Sharma said. Listing the actions of the Coast Guard under his command, the officer,said 2,391 Indians and 1,048 Sri Lankans were repatriated in the last five years. more..

Inflation in Sri Lanka's capital 3.1% in April

Apr 29 (EN) Consumer prices in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo rose 3.1% in April 2016 from a year ago, after having risen 2% in March. The Colombo Consumer Price Index rose 1.3% to 184.1 points in April from 181.7 points in March. Inflation in April was driven by increases in food prices, the statistics office said. The Food Group of the index increasing from 1.4% in March 2016 to 4.9% in April 2016 while Non-food Group slowed from 2.5% to 1.7% during this period. more..

Govt tells ex LTTE cadres, time to move forward

Apr 29 (CG) Govt today told a group of former LTTE cadres that the time has come to move forward following the end of the war. A group of rehabilitated former LTTE members visited Colombo today concluding their annual educational tour. The tour was organised by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs. An event was held at the Ape Gama premises in Battaramulla more..

‘Converting SL into PPP: Profits to go to health, education sectors too’

Apr 29 (DM) A portion of the profits earned by our national carrier SriLankan Airlines will be allocated for the development of the health and education sectors once it is converted into a Public-Private Partnership (PP), PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said. PM had said this while addressing the management of the national carrier when he met them yesterday. He emphasised that a portion of whatever profits earned by SriLankan Airlines would be allocated for the benefit of the general public more..

Video: I will quit as Minister if Mahinda comes to Galle: Dayasiri

Apr 29 (AD) Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara today accused former Minister Basil Rajapaksa of fulfilling a contract for the UNP with the assistance of a neighboring country. He claimed that Rajapaksa’s intention is to create a division within the SLFP and that he is receiving the money necessary for this from a neighboring state. Jayasekara said he has no issue with relinquishing posts and that he would resign from his ministerial portfolio if former President Rajapaksa attends more..

Video: Bopage looking into words with AG, IGP

Apr 29 (DM) Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Ministry secretary Nimal Bopage, who is in the centre of controversy over his statement to the media, said today he, in consultation with the AG and IGP, would discuss the possibility of introducing a legal framework to deal with the use of words with no legal validity in the media. He said it was his initiative to issue a statement to the media asking them to more..

Malaysian trade delegation to visit Sri Lanka

Apr 29 (Bernama) Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed will lead a trade and investment mission to India and Sri Lanka from May 1-6 in a continuous effort to promote Malaysia as a profit and regional centre for businesses and investments. Together with top officials of the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (Mida), including its Deputy CEO II, Datuk Narayanasamy, investment seminars will be held in New Delhi and Colombo. more..

Japan to finance Sampur phase II

Apr 29 (CT) Japanese Govt has decided to provide complete financial assistance for the construction of the second phase of the Sampur Coal Power Plant which is due to add 500 MW, that is 250MW x 2 to the national power grid. Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said, Japanese Ambassador to SL Kenichi Suganuma had mentioned this during a discussion held yesterday at the Ministry. Minister further said "The significance of this is that Japan is providing assistance to construct more..

Sri Lankan protest demands new probe of journalist's killing

Apr 29 (AP) Hundreds of journalists and media rights activists protested on Friday to demand SL's new govt start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11 years ago, during the country's civil war. Those demonstrating in front of Colombo's main railroad station said Dharmeratnam Sivaram was targeted because of uncompromising coverage of political & military matters. more..

Sri Lanka shares hit over 15-week closing high on IMF loan

Apr 29 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares closed more than 1 percent up on Friday, trading in high volumes after the IMF said it had reached a staff-level agreement with the island nation for a $1.5 billion three-year loan. Investors were also buoyed by positive sentiment after the central bank left rates steady earlier this week. The benchmark stock index ended up 1.14%, or 73.73 points, higher at 6,516.26, its highest close since Jan. 13. "It's purely on the IMF deal. The buying came in and more..

Sicille gets bail for F&G; still in remand over GK

Apr 29 (DM) Colombo Chief Magistrate today released on bail former F&G Property Developers Director Sicille Kotelawala on Rs. 100,000 cash, with four sureties of Rs. 10 million each. Mrs. Kotalawala, who was taken into custody by the CID on her return to the country, was remanded till yesterday on charges of misappropriating the deposits of the F& G. However, she had to be in remand custody over the Golden Key Company charges. When the case was called before the Court, more..

Video: I will continue my political career with Joint Opp: Geetha

Apr 29 (DM) Former Benthara – Elpitiya SLFP Organiser Geetha Kumarasinghe said she would continue her political career with the Joint Opposition and would take part in the May Day rally of the Joint Opposition at Kirulapone. Mrs. Kumarasinghe said she had decided to attend the rally, where the people of Benthara-Elpitiya Electorate would prefer to participate. “I was the only woman, who represented Parliament from more..

Rathupaswela pollution case withdrawn

Apr 29 (Island) The pensioner, the Siyane Korale Jala Surakeeme Sangamaya, withdrew the petition, they had filed in the Court of Appeal earlier, complaining of pollution of the water in Rathupaswela, due to untreated chemical emission to the soil. The petitioner told the court that the suspect chemical factory had removed from the area and there was no need to proceed with the case. Hence, the proceedings were terminated. A BOI company had allegedly discharged untreated more..

6,600 cops deployed on May Day

Apr 29 (CT) Nearly 6,600 Policemen will be deployed islandwide to maintain the peace on May Day, with a large concentration in and around May Day rallies in Colombo and Galle. It is likely that some roads will be closed to traffic with the objective of ensuring that rally crowds are not impeded by too many vehicles. 4,100 personnel will directly take charge of security concerns at May Day rallies, while 2,500 officers will deployed to maintain traffic control especially in Colombo and Galle. more..

'Megapolis already an accelerated project'

Apr 29 (DM) In response to the concerns expressed by various quarters on the proposed Western Region Megapolis Project moving ahead in a snail paced, Minister Champika Ranawaka assured the venture is in the midst of being executed in an accelerated manner. Calling it a series of processes, the minister asserted relevant stakeholders, such as investors and the construction community, need not worry as the project is more..

Asking for more market access from US

Apr 29 (CT) The US is Sri Lanka’s largest export market. Let me know say that like Oliver Twist, the main theme of my remarks today is going to be about asking for more market access. It is a great pleasure to be here with you at the 12th Joint Council Meeting under the US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. Let me also express my sincere gratitude to Ambassador Michael Froman and Ambassador Samantha Power for their participation in these sessions. more..

IMF deal will ease Sri Lanka’s financing pressure: Moody’s

Apr 29 (EN) Sri Lanka’s deal with the International Monetary Fund to get a loan of US$ 1.5 billion will ease immediate financing pressure and has the potential to improve the island’s credit profile, Moody’s Investors Service said. The rating agency said the agreement under IMF’s Extended Fund Facility comes as Sri Lanka’s sovereign credit profile is increasingly under pressure from its large fiscal deficits, high debt levels and poor debt affordability. “If the program supports SL authorities' more..

Five undergrads and cop injured as police halt undergrads’ march

Apr 29 (Island) A crackdown on a protest by a group of medical students yesterday in Fort left two undergrads and a policeman hospitalised. Protest march organised by the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee (MFSAC) which commenced from the Colombo Medical Faculty was scheduled to end at the Presidential Secretariat after handing over a petition against the Malabe Private Medical College more..

Statistics office upgrades data collection process with Korean support

Apr 29 (DM) Sri Lanka benchmarked its regional peers in the area of data collection for analysis with the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) opting for the Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing System (CAPI) to prepare official statistics. Although a decade late to employ the technology that allows timely and accurate results, the DCS with technical and funding assistance from the National Statistical Office of Republic of Korea (KOSTAT), kicked off the new system more..

SLFP CC to decide on action against those who boycott Galle rally

Apr 29 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena says a decision on those who attend the Kirulapone May Day rally at the expense of the SLFP Galle May Day meeting will be taken by the decision making Central Committee. The SLFP leader promised that a unilateral decision wouldn’t be taken under any circumstances though he had the power. The President was responding to a query at a media briefing at the President’s House on Wednesday. Referring to a recent statement attributed to more..

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Sri Lankans asked to prepare for higher tax, price pain

Apr 29 (EN) Sri Lankans should be prepared for some pain as the government raises taxes and administered prices in a bid to improve state finances by increasing revenue, which has been falling in recent years, a central bank official said. “There will be renewed focus on the tax structure, base and compliance,” said K.M.M. Siriwardena, Director of Economic Research of the Central Bank. “The increase in value added tax to 15% from 11% is one area only. more..

Drastic drop in FDIs in 2015

Apr 29 (CT) Recently released Central Bank Annual Report 2015 reveals the temporary suspension of the Colombo Port City Project, due to the govt's decision to review the project, had adversely affected Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows during 2015. According to Central Bank Annual Report 2015, net FDI inflows had decreased approximately by 24% during the year. "Total FDI inflows, which include foreign borrowings of BOI companies reduced significantly in 2015. more..

Will have Sri Lanka’s back, assures US

Apr 29 (CG) US Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Samantha Power says US President Barack Obama places importance on the relationship the US has with Sri Lanka. Speaking at a US-SL Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council Meeting, Power said that the US is committed to SL’s continued progress and is determined to support President Sirisena in his efforts to ensure that this progress more..

MR don't mislead the public: Harsha

Apr 29 (DN) Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva, contradicting the statement issued by former President Rajapaksa requested him not to mislead the public as there was no VAT on any education service. “MR please dont mislead the people. There is NO new VAT on any education service. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has once again issued a statement today containing a number of untruths. more..

'Transition? That’s just an excuse for failure'

Apr 29 (GN) Mahela Jayawardene feels that saying Sri Lankan Cricket is going through a transition period is not an excuse for the poor performance of the team recently. Jayawardene, said: “We had players coming out of the team on a progression, not just me and Kumar Sangakkara but many others too. It is an easy thing to say that the Sri Lankan team is going through a transition but I think if you are an international team more..

Target dengue zero deaths: Test at first sign of fever

Apr 29 (ST) Have a fever – think dengue. As men, women and children being hit by dengue add up, with a death toll of 14 in 3½ months this year, Consultant Paediatrician Dr. LakKumar Fernando who has pulled back many from death’s door has a simple answer in striving for zero-deaths. “If you have a fever, get yourself tested on Day 1 for dengue,” he says, stressing that early diagnosis will prevent dengue-deaths, for clinical more..

Sri Lanka, Cuba and El Salvador for trilateral cooperation to curb CKDu

Apr 29 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena discussed with medical experts from Cuba and El Salvador regarding launching of a trilateral cooperation for eradication of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu). This discussion was held at the President’s official residence today (29). President Sirisena said the excessive use of chemical fertilizer was the cause for prevalent of CKDu in Sri Lanka. more..

Govt asks pvt. sector to pay salary increase or face consequences

Apr 29 (Island) The Labour Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne urged the private sector to comply with the law and to increase the salaries of their employees by Rs. 2,500 and warned that legal action would be taken against the companies which did not fall in line. All private sector employers had already been informed of the Budgetary Relief Allowance of workers Act, No 4 of 2016 and it had clearly mentioned every employer more..

Sri Lanka president’s visit: India-Sri Lanka relations need a new push

Apr 29 (TOI) The newly elected president of SL Maithripala Sirisena will be visiting India on Feb 16. This visit is significant for both the countries. Sirisena has indicated on the day of ascension to office that his maiden foreign visit would be to India. Days after winning the historic Presidential elections, he dispatched his new foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera to New Delhi with a clear message that the new SL dispensation more..

Huge demand for ArcelorMittal Project

Apr 29 (CT) Up to 92,000 applications have now been received by prospective tenant/owners of the 65,000 houses to be constructed by French construction giant ArcelorMittal. 32,000 applications had been received from Jaffna, 5,500 from Kilinochchi, 7,420 from Mullaitivu, 15,000 from Mannar, 13,066 from Vavuniya, 9,000 from Trinco, 2,486 from Ampara and 7,563 from Batticaloa. more..

Trade Union action adding to CEB woes

Apr 29 (SL) The CEB has faced a number of issues in the recent past, and has been regarded as a struggling institution going from bad to worse. The Board had problems with the first coal-fired power plant in Norochcholai with two major blackouts and other technical issues. Next, there were environmental and civilian concerns over the India-backed second coal power complex in Trincomalee followed by manpower workers more..

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