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Video: Tri-forces to crackdown on drugs

Jul 11 (AD) Cabinet has approved the proposal of the special provisions bill on seeking active support of the SL Armed Forces for drug control in the country. Accordingly, certain relevant powers, recommended by the Attorney General, will be transferred to the Tri-Forces, for a fixed amount of time. This was a joint proposal by Prez Maithripala Sirisena as Defense Minister and Minister of Law & Order Ranjith Madduma Bandara. more..

Govt to monitor prisoners

Jul 11 (CT) Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara said that the Govt will launch a programme to monitor the behaviour of prison inmates, as they were coordinating crimes on the outside, from their prison cells. He added that the Govt will also take necessary action to stop inmates from using mobile phones. “Crimes and murders are happening due to clashes among underworld gangs and sometimes due to personal issues of people, more..

Video: Strong winds damage over 150 houses in Colombo District

Jul 11 (AD) At least 153 houses were damaged within in the Colombo District due to strong winds this morning. DMC Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippili damages to houses by strong gust of winds have been reported from 8 major cities in the Colombo District. He stated that 15 houses in Dehiwala, 75 houses in Homagama, 15 houses in Maharagama, 5 homes in Piliyandala, 15 in Kesbewa, 20 houses in Ratmalana, more..

PIU summons Hajj Committee officials over corruption allegations

Jul 11 (FT) The Presidential Investigation Unit has informed top Hajj Committee officials to appear before it tomorrow to probe alleged money laundering through Hajj pilgrims and vends quota, sources told the Daily FT. Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry Secretary R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla and Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Department Director M.R.M. Malik have been summoned by more..

Hemantha Warnakulasuriya PC passes away

Jul 11 (DM) Presidents Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya passed away this morning at the age of 74 while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo, Deputy Minister Buddhika Pathirana said. Mr Warnakulasuriya's final rights would be held at the Borella cemetery on Saturday. Mr Warnakulasuriya also served as a Director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) from August 1, 2016. more..

Nutritional gardens in schools

Jul 11 (CT) A series of training programmes to develop nutritional gardens at school level was launched recently. They are an integral part of the Assisting Communities in Creating Environmental and Nutritional Development (ACCEND) project, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by both the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Oxfam. ADRA Programmes Director, more..

Prevailing political uncertainty to affect investor confidence: First Capital Research

Jul 11 (LBO) Prevailing policy uncertainty created through the political uncertainty is a major deterrent which may slow down the gradual improvement of the economy and business confidence, a recent research showed. First Capital Research in its mid-year economic outlook said a major factor that is creating uncertainty in the upcoming Prez Election in late 2019. “None of the 3 major political parties have announced more..

Mixed response to ADB proposals for EPF investments in stock market

Jul 11 (ST) Asian Development Bank’s proposals for the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to resume investments in Colombo’s once-tainted stock market have met with a mixed response. At a recent Labour Ministry meeting between three ADB consultants and National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) members, a white paper on a legal and operational framework for the EPF was presented by the ADB. more..

Ball-tamperers' mega reunion in Colombo

Jul 11 (CI) It happened and we all missed it. They were together, but what were we doing? Too busy with our own vapid lives to notice. It was only for a few days, but through the back end of last week: Dinesh Chandimal, Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, and Dasun Shanaka were all within 10 kilometres of each other. Meaning, of course, that little old Colombo, with its tree-lined lanes, and bougainvilleas tumbling over garden walls, more..

Country's deterioration!!

Jul 11 (DM) It seems that no matter, who writes or how often we talk about the various happenings and shortcomings and abuses in this country of ours, there is never an end to what goes on!!! Murder, rape, money laundering, travesties of justice, dictators openly challenging, and worst of all, Minister Samaraweera saying There must be a Rule of Law even for criminals!!! What does he mean by Even for criminals?! more..

Sri Lankans beware: Do you want yesteryear’s rejects?

Jul 11 (DM) Mahinda Rajapaksa has shown, if the reports are correct, that he has not changed at all; no repentance, no apologies and definitively not divorced from untruths. Following is a report as it appeared in the local news media: “Colombo: The New York Times on Tuesday said that two of its correspondents in SL have been threatened by the loyalists of the former President Rajapaksa after it published an investigative report last week on China allegedly funding his 2015 election campaign. more..

The Debt Trap

Jul 11 (DM) Leaders of the so-called Yahapalana Govt painted a rosy picture through providing concessions to the people for a few months soon after assuming office. They also had a mini-budget the same month they came to power. However, they have since been lamenting about a huge debt burden they had inherited from the former regime led by former Prez Rajapaksa and attributing their failure in keeping their election promises to the same debts, especially the ones drawn from more..

Rs. 13.5 bn to bail out SriLankan Airlines

Jul 11 (DM) Two state banks - the Bank of Ceylon and the People’s Bank – will extend financial assistance of Rs.13.5 billion to bail out the cash-strapped SriLankan Airlines, it is learnt. Minister Lakshman Kiriella submitted the Cabinet memorandum in this regard. Earlier, the bank interests, accrued over a period of time, accounts for a bulk of the total losses of the national career. It is learnt that the two state banks will issue more..

Sri Lankan trio await ICC verdict

Jul 11 (Island) The verdict on the national cricket team’s top management and captain Dinesh Chandimal for bringing the game into disrepute is expected to be delivered tonight ahead of the first Test match against South Africa in Galle on Thursday. Along with Chandimal, Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha and Manager Asanka Gurusinha face suspension from two Test matches after being charged with conduct that is contrary to the Spirit of the Game. more..

Russia and Sri Lanka working on defence agreement in India’s Backyard

Jul 11 (ET) After China, now Russia plans on a defence agreement with Sri Lanka. Russia intends to sign an inter-governmental agreement on defence cooperation with Sri Lanka. According to Govt of Russian Federation, Ministry of Defense is instructed to hold negotiations with Sri Lanka and sign an agreement on defence cooperation. Russian draft document states that military cooperation between Russia and Sri Lanka will contribute to strengthening peace & international security. more..

Blood bank crisis: AHPs enters fray opposing GMOA

Jul 11 (CT) The Academy of Health Professionals (AHPs) warned the Ministry of Health against giving into the demand of the Govt Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), to remove the Acting Deputy Director of the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) without a proper probe into the allegations against him. AHPs President, Ravi Kumudesh warned the Ministry that his Union and several other health service unions, more..

Body found inside three-wheeler: victim’s wife, paramour arrested

Jul 11 (AD) The victim’s wife and her alleged paramour have been arrested by police in connection with the murder of a three-wheeler driver at Nahena, Kiribathgoda. Body of a man stabbed to death with a sharp object was found inside a three-wheeler in Nahena, Kiribathgoda yesterday (9). The murder had occurred at around 3.30 am while the deceased was identified as a 40 year old three-wheeler driver named Danushka Tharanga Gunaratne, living in Matthew Houses, more..

Kalkudah Police officer arrested for accepting bribe of Rs 300,000

Jul 11 (AD) Officer in Charge of the Kalkudah Police Administrative Unit has been arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs 300,000, stated the Bribery Commission. The arrest has been made this morning (10)at the Koralai Pattu Provincial Council in Valaichchenai when the said OIC was receiving the bribe. The bribe had been asked to produce a police report needed to obtain a valuation report from the Central Environmental Authority to build a brick factory in Kalkudah. more..

Prez election 2015: USD 585 mn for SL parties from US: JO demands probe

Jul 11 (Island) UPFA MP Shehan Semasinghe says a comprehensive inquiry is needed to ascertain US funding made available to some party/parties in the run-up to Jan 2015 prez election. He said so in response to UNP backbenchers’ call for presidential probe on recent New York Times report that alleged China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) funded Rajapaksa’s 2015 re-election bid to the tune of USD 7.6 mn. more..

Sri Lanka shipping sector still corrupt, Shippers’ Council chief says

Jul 11 (EN) Corrupt practices are is still prevalent in the shipping sector which, along with govt policies favouring influential corporate and voter bases discourage foreign investors, SL Shippers’ Council chairman Chrisso de Mel said. “We may have the best ideas and strategies to grow exports and be successful in int'l trade but unless we have discipline, trust and respect for human life and nature we will not have a future,” he said. “It is time we learnt from the past & make necessary more..

Speaker says collective discipline is a distant memory in his life

Jul 11 (Island) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said on Monday that his shift from the corporate world to politics was a shift from collective discipline and responsibility to one of fragmentation and cross currents. The Speaker said so while speaking as chief guest at a corporate event where Uswatte Confectionery Works forayed into the biscuits market with the launch of Uswatte Golden Biscuits. "I was pleased to see the teamwork and enthusiasm among Uswatte Confectionery's staff more..

Only 35% of public sector workers have high-school education

Jul 11 (EN) Less than 7% of 1.1 million public sector workforce have university degrees in commerce, management or science related areas, while 35% passed their A/Ls. Dept of Census & Statics released final report on the Public and Semi-Govt Sector Employment Census conducted in 2016. "One in four of public sector employees hold degrees. Of the roughly 290,000 degree holders, more than half have arts degrees, more..

Swarnamahal depositors get 10% repayment

Jul 11 (FT) Central Bank said that it has instructed Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC (SFSP) to immediately begin repayment of 10% of deposit liabilities. Monetary Board of the Central Bank, having considered the requests of the depositors, instructed SFSP to pay urgently 10% of deposit liabilities of SFSP commencing from Tuesday, the monetary authority said in a statement. “The details of the payment plan will be informed to depositors by SFSP shortly. more..

Biz confidence stays subdued

Jul 11 (FT) According to the latest edition of business magazine LMD, the LMD-Nielsen Business Confidence Index (BCI) declined by four basis points to 102 in June, yet again falling short of its 12-month average of 115. As for the reasons behind the recent drop, in the July issue of LMD, Nielsen’s Managing Director Sharang Pant states that “while inflation has been steadily coming down, there is a fear of it moving up again on account of an increase in fuel prices”. more..

CIFC laws before Cabinet in two months: PM

Jul 11 (FT) Colombo Int'l Financial City (CIFC) project is expected to take a step forward in the next two months when laws drafted to govern and lay the groundwork for the venture are presented to Cabinet, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe told a business forum in Singapore. PM outlined the investment expected from CIFC, more commonly known as Port City project, at a business forum organised for potential investors in S'pore. more..

British High Commissioner visits LSEG SL

Jul 11 (Island) A delegation led by British High Commissioner to SL, James Dauris visited London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) SL at the Group’s facility in Trace Expert City, Colombo 10. High Commissioner was welcomed by Dee Liyanwela, Head of LSEG Sri Lanka along with members of the leadership team. This was the High Commissioner’s first visit to the UK-based Group’s facility in Colombo, where he was briefed on LSEG’s SL business & contribution to the economy. more..

Chinese tout menace goes rampant in several areas

Jul 11 (DM) Authorised tour guides in Sigiriya expressed concern about constant clashes between them and the Chinese touts, and they requested the govt to save the SL tour guides from touts. They pointed out that they obtained the tour guide licence from the Minister of Tourism after a formal training under the ministry and the Central Provincial Council. They said a member of the Sigiriya Tour Guide Association Hashan Dilruk (28) was injured in a clash between the SL Tour Guides more..

Lazard Asia, MTI Consulting to advise on Hilton, Hyatt sales

Jul 11 (FT) The National Policies and Economic Affairs Ministry has announced that the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee has recommended Lazard Asia Ltd., Singapore in association with MTI Consulting to be awarded the contract to act as an international transaction advisor for the sale of State-owned Hilton and Grand Hyatt Hotels. Public Enterprise Development Ministry called for Request for more..

Remittances fall for the 2nd month this year

Jul 11 (CT) Worker remittances declined for the second month this year in May to US$ 580.4 million, according to the Central Bank, which highlighted that the foreign exchange earnings from the sector during the first five months had slowed down to 3.3%. Worker remittances declined in February for the first time this year, as migrant workers only sent US$ 571.5 million to Sri Lanka, down 4.45% compared to US$ 598.1 million sent home during the same month last year. more..

All eyes on Aruna

Jul 11 (CT) Steeple Chase runner Parami Wasanthi Marisstella impressed by setting a new personal best and a National junior record when she finished fifth in 10 minutes 20.12 seconds in the 3000m Steeple Chase heat at the IAAF World Junior Championship which started at Tampere, Finland yesterday. Parami the 17–year-old Asian Junior and Youth Champion competed with the Under 20 athletes in an int'l field as it would give her good exposure ahead of Youth Olympic Games. more..

'Home or away, Proteas are hard to beat'

Jul 11 (Island) SL’s white ball skipper Angelo Mathews is expecting a stiff challenge from the South Africans with the bilateral series between the two teams getting underway tomorrow. Galle Int'l Stadium will host the first of the two Tests and the Proteas have an impressive record against SL. They won the last Test match in Galle by 153 runs in 2014. This year marks the 25th anniversary of bilateral cricket between the two nations. more..

Undergrads exchange fisticuffs over SMS

Jul 11 (DM) A clash that broke out between two groups of second year students of the Engineering Faculty of the Polgolla Open University over a SMS was broken up by the Katugastota Police. The contents of a message sent by a second year student of the faculty to a fellow student had been interpreted as a threat and and argument that had ensued had escalated into a brawl, police sources said. The security unit situated at the university had been unable to intervene in the brawl. more..

Wasanthi creates new Junior Record

Jul 11 (Island) Kuliyapitiya Central athlete Parami Wasanthi continued her impressive run as she established a new Sri Lanka Junior record in the heats of the 3,000 metres steeplechase on day one of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tempere, Finland on Tuesday. Wasanthi, who clocked a world leading time in the Youth category in winning the Under-18 2,000 metres steeplechase at the Asian Qualifying meet for the Youth Olympics last week, returned a time of 10m20.12s more..

Malinga eyes retirement after Canadian T20

Jul 11 (CT) SL’s leading pace spearhead Lasith Malinga is mulling retirement from the international scene following the ongoing Global T20 Canada series. 34-year old Malinga is leading the Montreal Tigers in the ongoing Canadian T20 series and is currently leading the wicket tally with 12 wickets in five matches at an average of 11 and economy rate of 6.60. Malinga believes he will be selected to represent SL during the home more..

Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s Burning Birds: A cinematic thunderbolt

Jul 11 (Island) In 1989, the year in which the events portrayed in this film took place in Sri Lanka, the country became literally the bloodiest place on earth. Its estimated murder rate was over 100 per 100,000 of its population. The rage for murder was generated and fueled by several interrelated conflicts. There were conflicts between ethnic groups; between haves and have-nots and between political rival groups. Involvement of paramilitary groups contributed to the mayhem. more..

US—TNA consensus: A new Constitution proposed to attract foreign investment

Jul 11 (Island) Have you ever heard of a country changing its Constitution to attract foreign investment? We were recently told how a new Constitution could bring in fresh investment and receive more economic benefits if it adopted a new Constitution. Thanks to a statement issued by the four-party TNA soon after the outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap met TNA leader and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan last Thursday, the diplomat’s advice is in the public domain. more..