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Strange police internal justice!

July 25 (Island) Following a private television channel reporting two police constables performing labourer’s work at the Borella police station, one of the police constable has been interdicted forthwith. Police have questioned the concerned police constable whether he had contacted the media organisation. SSP Ajith Rohana, asked why one of the police constables, had been interdicted when there were two constables telecast sweeping the garden of the said police station whilst on duty, more..

Sri Lanka shares close higher

July 25 (LBO) Shares closed 0.03% higher Friday amid net foreign buying, brokers said. All Share Price Index closed 2.24 points higher at 6,783.64, up 0.03%. The S&P SL20 closed 2.30 points lower at 3,764.90, down 0.06%. Turnover was 1.23 billion rupees, up from 950.21 million rupees a day earlier with 92 stocks closed positive against 89 negative. Chevron Lubricants Lanka closed 70 cents higher at 310.00 rupees with two off-market transactions of 93.00 million rupees more..

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Our sadistic police

July 25 (CT) Dharmadeepa has plunged into infamy. If the accusation that an officer of the law had urinated into the mouth of a suspect in police custody, as a method of interrogation, is true, then there is no gainsaying that Sri Lanka's cultural and social degeneration has reached a level beyond resuscitation. Torture in whatever form, whether inflicting physical pain or unmitigated humiliation, as part of routine grilling or as a means to obtain guilty confessions, is illegal under more..

An open letter to Sri Lanka’s IGP

July 25 (CT) We wish to bring a notorious torturer to your attention. And, we wish to do so by highlighting two cases, which have incidentally received some public attention, via the media and other sources. The two cases involve acts of torture committed on Mr. Sanjeewa Edirisinghe, resident of No. 164, Heen Agara, Panirendawa, Chilaw, Puttalam District and Mr. Wathuthantreelage Presly Fernando, who is also from Chilaw. Torture committed on Mr. Sanjeewa Edirisinghe by more..

Australia to ship Tamil asylum seekers to its mainland

July 25 (Reuters) Australia will transfer 157 Tamil asylum seekers it has been holding at sea for nearly a month to a mainland detention center, the immigration minister said on Friday, in an apparent setback for the government's policies. Australia has provided little information about the asylum seekers, detained by customs after setting sail from India. Their case was due to be heard by the High Court next month. more..

Army suspects sinister campaign to prevent it from buying lands it requires in North

July 25 (Island) Owners of the land where the Achchuveli Army Camp was situated showed their interest to hand over it to the govt after accepting compensation, but now they were refusing to do so due to a politically motivated campaign, Brig. Ruwan Wanigasuriya said. Nine persons owned the blocks of land where part of the army camp was located, he said, noting that they were not living in welfare camps contrary to claims more..

DCD in ice cream: Minister stands by ITI findings

July 25 (Island) Nobody could challenge the country’s state owned premier scientific research institution, the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) on its methodology in detecting Dicyandiamide (DCD) in ice cream distributed at dansalas on Poson Day, Minister Champika Ranawaka said. The powerful multinationals might be able to buy people at any level but on issues like this it was the responsibility of everyone to more..

Govt. enhances minimum wage of SL workers overseas from September

July 25 (Island) The govt will enhance foreign remittances by raising the minimum monthly wage of Sri Lankan migrant workers from September 1 this year. Minister Dilan Perera said that the minimum monthly wage for Sri Lankan foreign workers would be increased to USD 350 from the current USD 300. There was no change in minimum monthly salary of migrant Lankan workers till 2010. In 2010 it was around Rs. 20,000. more..

Muthurajawela oil storage depleted due to explosion of buoy

July 25 (AM) A senior official of the Muthurajawela oil storage facility told that the oil storage has completely depleted and that the petrol and diesel outputs have been halted. The reason for the depletion was an explosion of a buoy that was carrying oil inland from the host tanker. Trade unions claim that CPC is paying millions as demurrages daily due to oil tankers which are anchored near the main port. more..

‘21 million people owning 22 million mobile phones’

July 25 (Island) ‘Sri Lanka’s population of 21 million owns 22 million mobile phones, 4.7 million motorcycles and 1 million scooters, which indicate there is something noteworthy happening in the country, Senior Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said. Amunugama said so speaking as chief guest at the first International Digital Marketing Conference held at Kingsbury Hotel, conducted by Synergy School of Marketing, more..

Couple arrested for fraud on UK visa

July 25 (CG) A married Sri Lankan couple who applied together for UK visas were arrested for using deception in their applications and unofficially tampering with their passports. The applicants were referred by the UK Visas and Immigration to Fraud Investigations Bureau police in Colombo, the British High Commission in Colombo said. The visa applicants had attempted to conceal previous UK refusal stamps in their passports more..

Sri Lanka migrants' voyage of desperation

July 25 (AJ) Seated in a tea shop on a beach in Sri Lanka's western coastal town of Negombo, Viganamoothy looks around nervously before checking his phone. He has made several calls in a space of fifteen minutes. He finally looks up and apologises: "I am sorry but my job is no more than a telephone operator." Viganamoothy, a former middleman who was arrested for people smuggling in 2011, was given two options, more..

Accidents, derailments don’t deter travellers

July 25 (ST) Around 6 p.m. on a working day evening, a tsunami of commuters overwhelmed the Colmbo Fort Railway Station. The women run towards the platform where the Colombo Fort-Polgahawela train was waiting; their hairdos askew, holding up their saris, pushing agaist each other trying to get on board. The men sprint towards the train, their leather brief cases flying besides them. Some manage to get on board; more..

‘Hands of Poverty’ ripping off millions

July 25 (SL) While many NGOs operating in Sri Lanka are engaged in helping those affected by the war to recommence their lives, even their efforts are tarnished due to the actions of a handful of unscrupulous elements who are trying to take advantage of the vulnerabilities of these people and also the generosity of donors. In one such case investigated by The Sunday Leader, this NGO registered under the Divisional Secretariat by more..

Will Harin be the pointer in the barometer?

July 25 (DM) In the last two weeks, UNP MP Harin Fernando has constantly been in the news. It is very likely that he will continue to do so, as he takes on a formidable challenge, running for Chief Minister in the Uva Province. The task facing Fernando is a gigantic one. Not only is he running for office with a handicap because he will be contesting from the UNP which has lost all major national, provincial and local elections over the past ten years, he will also be running against former Chief Minister more..

Get ready to sue tobacco companies

July 25 (DM) If there has ever been a good fight it is the struggle of the anti-tobacco lobby against tobacco companies. They were fighting against heavy odds. This is true in other countries too. The profit-making ethic by definition rebels against even the slightest loss. When the long-term advantage is considered it makes perfect economic sense to employ massive resources to counter any moves that cut in on the profit-making action. This is why, for example, Washington is infested with more..

Boycott won’t deprive GoSL of chance to counter charges

July 25 (Island) The OHCHR Spokesperson Rupert Colville said that the Sri Lankan govt could provide comments on both the oral statement and comprehensive report in Sept and March 2015, respectively, though it wasn’t cooperating with the investigation. Colville was responding to a query as regards a July 5, 2014 dated letter sent by Human Rights chief Navanethem Pillay to Minister G.L. Peiris more..

Customs dragging feet over recent drug bust?

July 25 (Island) Customs had so far handed over only two suspects to the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) in connection with the consignment of heroin in three plastic moulding machines on Monday night, Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said last night. The Customs took into custody four suspects. SSP Rohana said that he did not know whether the owner of the company, Glamour Fashion, under whose name the moulding machines were imported from Pakistan had been arrested. more..

Swamy slammed over Sri Lanka visit

July 25 (CG) India’s Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi president T Velmurugan has questioned the locus standi of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramaniam Swamy visiting Sri Lanka and having discussion with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on strategic issues. In a statement released in India, he said that Dr. Swamy had led a five-member delegation (BJP Committee for Strategic Action) and probably discussed the feasibility of Sri Lanka establishing marine research centres in India. more..

Coalition for change of Constitution!

July 25 (FT) The civil society movement leading the charge on axing the presidency yesterday unveiled a six month post-electoral roadmap for constitutional change by a common candidate, creating momentum for broad opposition consensus on the issue. Marking a major milestone in the movement to field a single-issue, common opposition candidate at presidential polls likely early next year, the Movement for Social Justice more..

Landmark climate change project launch

July 25 (DN) The Economic Development Ministry and UNDP Sri Lanka yesterday marked the official launch of the project under the Environmental Sustainability and Disaster Resilience Program, Strengthening the Resilience of Post Conflict Recovery and Development to Climate Change Risks in Sri Lanka. The occasion was graced by Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Resident Representative, UNDP Sri Lanka Razina Bilgrami, Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka, more..

Income increased by only 0.5% – Harsha

July 25 (CT) Ever since Mahinda Rajapaksa took over the govt in 2006, the real income of a household has only increased by 0.5%, said UNP MP Dr. Harsha de Silva, in Parliament. He made this observation when Deputy Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama revealed the average income of households since 2006. Deputy minister said, the mean nominal income of a household (of four people) in 2006/07 was Rs 26,286, in 2009/10 it was Rs 36,451 and in 2012/13 it was Rs 45,878. more..

SC refuses to grant leave to proceed in fundamental rights violation case

July 25 (Island) The Supreme Court yesterday refused leave to proceed with the fundamental rights violation application filed by UNP MP for Badulla District, Harin Fernando and UNP PC member Mihilal Munasinghe. They had complained that the Elections Commissioner violated people’s right to franchise by arbitrary shifting three Provincial Council seats from the Badulla District to the Moneragala District. more..

Professions Supplementary to Medicine to strike from Aug. 08

July 25 (Island) The Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) said the Health Ministry would be given time till August 8 to solve their grievances including Class One and Special Grade promotions and if the authorities failed to meet that deadline there would be a strike. General Secretary of the Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM), however, that they would first consider the pledge given in writing by the Health Secretary during the previous strike on July 17. more..

Tenaga Car Parks launches solar powered CALE parking metres

July 25 (Island) ‘Tenaga Car Parks, the pioneer in parking, traffic management and consultancy services in Sri Lanka, introduced Solar Powered Parking Metres by the name of CWT Compact to the parking industry of Sri Lanka. The machines were launched and implemented at Baron Jayathilaka Mawatha Colombo as part of a pilot project amidst a distinguished gathering on July 24. A press release says: ‘The introduction of the parking metre to Sri Lanka is a result of the exclusive partnership more..

Jayalalithaa asks Modi to ensure visas for UN probe team to Lanka

July 25 (TOI) TN chief minister J Jayalalithaa expressed surprise over media reports that suggested that India denied visas to the UN Investigation Committee looking into human rights violations in Sri Lanka and requested PM Narendra Modi to intervene. UNHRC met in Geneva in March and mandated an international investigation into the human rights violations in the island nation during the final stages of civil war. more..

CRI scientists to assist coconut development in Tanzania

July 25 (Island) A memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist Tanzania in coconut development was signed between the government of Sri Lanka and the United Republic of Tanzania at the Ministry of External Affairs, Colombo on July 21. Jagath Pushpakumara, Minister of Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development signed the MOU on behalf of the government of Sri Lanka and Bernard K. Membe, Foreign Minister of Tanzania signed on behalf of Tanzania. more..

JVP asks why damages were not being claimed from supplier

July 25 (Island) The hose of the buoy that burst while unloading oil at the Colombo Harbour on May 23 had been purchased from an Italian company six months back and the question was why the govt hadn’t asked that company to pay demurrage charges for delays caused to oil tankers by the burst, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake asked in Parliament. The hose that had been purchased from the Italian company had a three-year warranty and demanded to know from more..

'Children's health vital for nation's progress'

July 25 (DN) While noting that children's health is vital for the nation's progress, President Rajapaksa stressed that he strongly believes that proper nutrition helps give every child the best start in life. He asserted the above at the launching of "Nutrition for a Healthy Life," the national nutrition promotion program for school children at Mahanama Maha Vidyalaya, Thirappane in Anuradhapura district. more..

For West, Rajapaksa is Sri Lanka’s Modi

July 25 (AA) It is a measure of Sri Lanka’s return to “normal” democratic politics that conspiracy theories are once again resonating in Colombo. Compared to the situation just three years ago when “politics” continued to centre on the 30-year-long bloody civil war that mercifully came to an end in May 2009, the sub-text of political discussions today is the presidential election, due some time in early-2015. It is not that the unending tensions between the Central govt in Colombo and more..

'Recruit youth to combat dengue, relieve tri-forces of burden'

July 25 (Island) The Deputy Commissioner Colombo MC (Health), Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam yesterday proposed that the Health Ministry recruit youth who had completed their GCE A/L examination to be trained in mosquito control work. Dr. Kariyawasam said that the shortage of required human resources in local governments institutions such as the Colombo Municipal Council was one of the main impediments to house-to-house inspections and dengue control. more..

Sri Lanka debt, interest costs, among highest in the world: Moody's

July 25 (LBO) Sri Lanka has a strong record in debt repayment, but interest costs and debt levels are high compared to revenues and private external commercial borrowings are adding to state borrowings, a report by Moody's a rating agency said. "The Sri Lankan govt has maintained a default-free debt repayment record on both official and private creditor debt, even throughout the long civil war," Moody's said in a report more..

Different means to same inadequate end for Tahir and Philander

July 25 (CI) It had reached the time of day when even AB de Villiers was getting tired. An hour before the scheduled close, he had to chase a ball from slip to fine leg. De Villiers darted after it, collected and hurled it in but then could exert himself no more. He flopped onto his back, lay spread-eagled on the turf and even shut his eyes briefly before labouring back to his position. In that small moment in which de Villiers showed that he too is human, he summed up how two of his team-mates may have been more..

Sri Lanka will 'set the pace' for India in milk yield and quality

July 25 (DR) Sri Lanka will soon 'set the pace' for neighboring India in terms of milk quality and yield, Australia's largest livestock exporter, Wellard Rural Exports, has claimed. The National Livestock Development Board (NLDB), a Sri Lankan Ministry of Livestock and Rural Community Development agency, drafted in Wellard Rural Exports to help increase the country’s milk supply and reduce its reliance on imported milk powder. At the time, Sri Lanka was around 15% self-sufficient, more..

Rs 2.2 M on food and tea in three days

July 25 (CT) The National Gem and Jewellery Authority has spent Rs 2.2 million on food and tea during the three days in which a land auction was held in Thammannawa, Kataragama, JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, alleged in Parliament. This was revealed when the MP raised questions on the auction of the gem land at Thammannawa in Kataragama. Minister Susil Premajayantha, in his is reply said the amount was spent over a year. more..

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