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SriLankan Airlines partners with Virgin Australia

Sep 28 (DM) SriLankan Airlines has entered into a first-ever interline partnership with Virgin Australia that will strengthen the airline’s network in Australia and offer customers extensive connections across the land down under and beyond. The new partnership reaffirms SriLankan’s commitment to Australia and will present customers the convenience of adding select Virgin Australia domestic or international connections to their SriLankan Airlines booking and more..

Prez calls for report on Budgetary salary hike for public service

Sep 28 (TM) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the Secretary to the Treasury and Finance Ministry to look into the possibilities of giving a salary increment to the public servants from the next Budget, said the Advisor to the Prez (Trade Union Affairs) Saman Rathnapriya. Rathnapriya said that the President has paid his personal attention to the matter and that he (President) also informed it to the professionals’ trade unions when he met them recently. more..

SLC considering lifting temporary ban on Danushka Gunathilaka

Sep 28 (AD) SLC is considering lifting the temporary cricket ban imposed on cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka, who was acquitted by an Australian court over sexual assault charges today. Danushka was found not guilty of sexual intercourse without consent following an accusation of stealthing involving a Tinder date in Sydney. 32-year-old was arrested in November while in Australia for the T-20 World Cup, more..

SL’s inflation eases to 1.3% in September

Sep 28 (EN) SL’s consumer price inflation in the capital Colombo rose only 1.3% in the 12 months to Sept 2023, down from 4% in August, data from the state statistics office showed. The Colombo Consumer Price index rose 0.9% in September, bringing most of the 12-month inflation. SL’s inflation fell amid a credit contraction and an appreciation of the exchange rate from 360 to 324 allowed by the central bank after a currency crisis was ended with market-based interest rates. more..

President's Milad-un- Nabi Message

Sep 28 (PMD) My greetings to the Muslim community in Sri Lanka and around the world, observing Milad Un Nabi, being the auspicious occasion commemorating the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam. He is celebrated as the final messenger of Allah, known for profound teachings of love and peace that encompass humanity. His journey to spread the message of Islam in the challenging societal context of that time, was marked by significant trials. more..

Sri Lanka to pass bill to extend bar opening hours; considers levy after 1 AM

Sep 28 (EN) SL is planning to pass laws to open liquor bars in hotels and restaurants until 1 am in the night and impose a levy for those who want to open them after 1 am, State Tourism Minister Diana Gamage said. Most bars are closed around 10 pm in the nights and some hotels have license to extend the bar operation until 12 mid nights as per a 2018 gazette notification issued by the Finance Ministry. more..

Vacancies at LKI filled, expanded Board of Management meets

Sep 28 (Island) The expanded Board of Management of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI) met recently, presided over by Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, in his capacity as the ex officio chairman of LKI. The meeting took place in the wake of Foreign Minister naming four new members to the LKI Board of Management to fill the vacancies. They were Attorney-at-Law Ruwantha Cooray, banker and Attorney-at-Law Mrs. Kimarli Fernando, more..

Six elephants killed in two separate train collisions

Sep 28 (AD) Six wild elephants were killed after colliding with trains in two separate incidents along the Batticaloa line at around midnight yesterday. Police stated that four elephants had died after colliding with the night mail train plying from Colombo to Kankasanthurai near Galgamuwa at around 12.00 midnight yesterday. Meanwhile, a female tusker and an elephant calf have collided with the Meenagaya train en route from Batticaloa to Colombo in Palugaswewa area of Habarana more..

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Politics of Easter investigation in a wriggling economy

Sep 28 (FT) Damning revelations relayed through the British TV Channel 4 by TMVP’s former ally Asad Moulana referring to hidden hands masterminding the macabre killing spree on the day of Easter 2019, carried out by a Muslim fanatical outfit, the National Tawheed Jamaat (NTJ), and accusations and counter accusations levelled against the veracity of those revelations by local political leaders and international groups, has prompted Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) to take some action. more..

Political trajectories and futures after the Easter massacre debate

Sep 28 (FT) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe misused his speech at the UN General Assembly to attack the Aragalaya that liberated SL from a racist autocrat and opened the path for him to become Prez. He falsified contemporary history: “…Even our Democratic traditions were threatened by attempts to occupy our Parliament and bring it to a halt. Nevertheless, we succeeded in bringing about a democratic political transition, due to our deeply entrenched & resilient democratic traditions.” more..

IMF gives mixed scorecard for Sri Lanka

Sep 28 (FT) IMF said SL is showing tentative signs of stabilisation but insisted concerted efforts are still required to steer the country towards a complete economic recovery. This observation follows the conclusion of a visit by an IMF staff mission team led by Peter Breuer and Katsiaryna Svirydzenka to Colombo from 14 to 27 Sept to discuss economic and financial policies to support the approval of the first review of the program more..

4 Lankan universities in int’l rankings

Sep 28 (TM) The Universities of Peradeniya, Colombo, Kelaniya, and Sri J'pura have been included in the 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The rankings are an annual publication by the Times Higher Education magazine. Less than 2,000 of the world’s 30,000 universities are included in what is widely accepted as the most prestigious and influential global university rankings. The rankings cover the three main areas of university activity more..

Death sentence on five fishermen for trafficking 150 kilos of heroin

Sep 28 (DM) Five fishermen who trafficked 151.341 kilos of heroin on 2nd November 2019 were sentenced to death on three charges by the Colombo High Court. Suspects were sentenced to death after a long trial by Colombo HC Judge Namal Ballale, observing that the prosecution case against the five accused were proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The five convicts Chaminda Fernando, Anton Fernando, Ravindra Perera, Liyanadurage Surange and Tharindu Fernando more..

Danushka Gunathilaka found not guilty of sexual assault

Sep 28 (SMH) SL cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka has been found not guilty of sexual assault by a Sydney judge who said the evidence established there was no opportunity for him to have removed a condom during sex, and that he was truthful in his police interview. The 32-year-old batsman was accused of stealthing during sex with a 29-year-old woman without her knowledge in her eastern suburbs home on Nov 2, 2022. more..

Parliament to debate on brain drain next week

Sep 28 (DM) Parliament is to debate on the brain drain which is said to be taking place in SL with the migration of professionals. Decision to have a debate on the topic was made during the party leader’s meeting which was held with Speaker Mahindananda Aluthgmage at the chair. The debate on brain drain is to take place on Friday, Oct 6, 2023. Civil Procedure Code (Amd) Bill (Second Reading), Elections (Special Provisions) Bill, Regulations under Mediation Act, more..

Ministry finalizing proposals to standardise pre-school education

Sep 28 (Island) Minister of Education, Susil Premajayantha said yesterday that a plan was underway to to standardise pre-school education in the country. He said: “There is a lot to change in the system. There are a lot of gaps in our early childhood development education compared to international standards. We don’t really have many meaningful regulations.” The Minister said that they are also paying a lot of attention to primary education. more..

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Sri Lanka and Australia mark 10 years of Operation Sovereign Borders

Sep 28 (FT) SL and Australia recently marked a decade of Operation Sovereign borders. Australian Govt in Sept 2013 established Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB), a military-led operation to address the scourge of criminal people smuggling activities organising dangerous maritime ventures targeting Australia. Commander Joint Agency Task Force Operation Sovereign Borders, Rear Admiral Justin Jones, CSC, RAN remarked that before the establishment of OSB, Australia saw more..

National Security Oversight Comm. Chief denied US visa

Sep 28 (Island) Chairman of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on National Security, Rear Admiral (retd) Sarath Weerasekera has told Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena that the US should not deny a visa to an MP nominated by the SL Parliament to join an official delegation unless he/she posed a threat to US interests. In a letter dated 25 Sept 2023, former Public Security Minister has informed Speaker Abeywardena the issuance of visas was the prerogative of US mission, more..

Warning issued over possible bid to postpone presidential election

Sep 28 (Island) Civil society activist Sirithunga Jayasuriya said that those genuinely concerned about political strategies of the Wickremesinghe-Rajapaksa govt should be wary of possible moves to put off the presidential election scheduled for next year. Pointing out that both PCs and LG polls hadn’t been held in violation of the supreme law of the land, Jayasuriya asserted that the possibility of the govt resorting to delaying more..

Health Ministry holds excess staff in the ministry

Sep 28 (DM) Remote hospitals, particularly those in peripheral areas, are grappling with a lack of medical doctors while the Health Ministry has an excess staff of 52 doctors, thus making many question the allocation of resources. This was revealed in the recently held COPA meeting. COPA convened the meeting to address various issues in the healthcare sector, including the shortage of medicines, migration of medical professionals and financial irregularities. more..

MoD announces updates to licensing conditions for private security agencies

Sep 28 (DM) In compliance with the provisions of the Private Security Agencies Regularization Act No. 45 of 1998, Ministry of Defence has initiated a comprehensive review and revision of the licensing conditions governing private security agencies currently registered under its purview. Under these new regulations, all private security agencies that are presently registered with Ministry of Defence are required to submit applications for license extensions covering the next 02 years. more..

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Asian Games: Records rain from Nepal Cricket team

Sep 28 (DN) The Sri Lanka women’s cricket team, led by Chamari Athapaththu, who won the silver medal in the women’s cricket event at the 19th Asian Games, is scheduled to return to Sri Lanka tonight (28). Notably, Sri Lanka won an Asian Games medal after 9 years, and this is the third medal won in the cricket event at this Games. Earlier in 2014, the Sri Lanka men’s cricket team had won the gold medal and the women’s team had won the bronze medal. Meanwhile, the Nepalese team more..

Proposal to allocate three acres outside Kurundi archaeological site for...

Sep 28 (DM) A proposal has been made by Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry to allocate three acres outside the Kurundi archaeological site for the purpose of building a Buddhist temple, a Hindu Kovil and for public use. The proposal was made by the Secretary to Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs during Sectoral Oversight Committee on Religious Affairs and Co-Existence which was held under the Chairmanship of Upul Rajapaksha recently. more..

Election Commission declares LG polls nominations valid

Sep 28 (TM) Election Commission (EC) stated that the nominations called for LG elections, 2023, are still valid, and that they could be cancelled only through an Act in the Parliament. On 20 Sept, Ministerial Consultative Committee on Public Adm, Home Affairs, PC, and LG had unanimously consented to cancel the nominations called for the LG elections. EC Chairman, R.M.A.L. Rathnayake said that more..

Video: 'SL anticipating substantial influx of tourists during final months of year:'

Sep 28 (AD) Minister of State for Tourism Diana Gamage announced plans to launch promotional campaigns aimed at attracting 1.5 million foreign tourists to Sri Lanka by the year’s end. She emphasized the govt’s commitment to ensuring the safety of tourists and mentioned initiatives such as establishing taxi associations to enhance the visitor experience. Minister also highlighted the transformation of high-tourist-traffic cities into vibrant, non-stop destinations, the PMD said. more..

Diana writes to Speaker against SJB Secy.’s inappropriate term

Sep 28 (TM) State Minister Diana Gamage has sent a letter to the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, seeking appropriate action against SJB General Secretary Ranjith Maddumabandara for his alleged use of an inappropriate term targeting her during a recent Parliamentary session. During the Parliamentary debate on the Easter Sunday terror attacks of 21 April 2019 and related investigations last week, Gamage was making remarks on certain matters pertaining to the period during which more..

ICTA set to unveil eRL 2.0 system for motorists from next week

Sep 28 (FT) Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) is poised to introduce the Electronic Revenue License System (eRL 2.0) on 3 Oct. This innovative system, developed in collaboration with the Provincial Dept of Motor Traffic, is set to modernise the process of issuing vehicle revenue licenses, boosting the efficiency of officials while providing motorist with an enhanced service experience. more..

Israel-Asia Chamber of Commerce explores trade expansion with SL

Sep 28 (FT) Israel-Asia Chamber of Commerce President cum Israel-SL Chamber of Commerce Chairperson Anat Bernstein-Reich met EDB Chairman Dr. Kingsley Bernard on 28 August. This official meeting was initiated by the Ambassador of SL in Israel Nimal Bandara. The SL delegation was represented by Foreign Ministry of SL Additional Secretary Shanika Dissanayake, senior EDB officials, as well as representatives of private sector companies from SL’s export community. more..

Colombo Port City Commission releases promising progress report for first 8 months

Sep 28 (FT) The Colombo Port City Economic Commission has unveiled its Comprehensive Progress Report covering the period from January to August 2023, showcasing significant strides in the development of the Colombo Port City and the finalisation of legal frameworks for the Colombo Port City Special Economic Zone (SEZ). These advancements underscore the project’s standing as a premier investment destination and a burgeoning Gateway to South Asia. more..

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Soorya ignites New Generation Awards 2023

Sep 28 (FT) Sun Match Company’s flagship, Soorya, is proud to announce sponsorship of 4th New Generation Awards 2023, an initiative dedicated to celebrating the exceptional achievements of young individuals, while recognising their innovation, excellence and inspiring talent in various fields. Soorya has been igniting and sponsoring the awards since its inception in 2020, as a commitment to the new generation of SL. This year Soorya has come forward as platinum sponsor & key partner. more..

Editorial: Stats, confusion and contradictions

Sep 28 (Island) Minister Kanchana Wijesekera is reported to have said at a conference, that there are more than 4,000 vacancies in the CEB and CPC. The vacancies at CEB and CPC number 1,192 and 3,000, respectively. He is said to have added, in the same breath, that both institutions can manage with the current workforce; his statement must have struck a responsive chord with the public, who must not be made to pay through the nose to maintain overstaffed, inefficient SOEs. more..