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Ranil not a game man like Mahinda: AKD

Jul 11 (DM) Claiming that Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe is not a game man or crafty man like former Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said all games hatched by Ranil Wickremesinghe so far had been failures and that all his plans to prevent the Prez election too will be a failure. Moving the adjournment debate on holding the Prez election duly in the specified time period, he told Parliament more..

JICA to resume funding for BIA terminal 2

Jul 11 (TM) Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to resume funding for the second terminal of the BIA extension project, facilitated under a concessionary loan scheme, says Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. The construction of the second terminal at the BIA began in 2020 with JICA funding, but has been stalled since 2022 as a result of SL’s default due to the economic crisis. Funded by the JICA, the project was suspended in 2022 until SL’s debt restructuring was finalised. more..

SL inks deal with China for smart classroom solutions, digital transformation in education

Jul 11 (EN) SL has signed a letter of exchange with the the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) on a Digital Transformation of General Education project under the China-Aid programme. Treasury Secretary Mahinda Siriwardana tweeted that he signed the agreement on behalf of the govt CIDCA Vice President Yang Weiqun in Beijing, China. Proposed grant is a visionary initiative designed to catalyse the digital transformation of education sector, more..

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Adani controversy: Why the cheerleaders are wrong

Jul 11 (FT) The past week has seen a flurry of media activity from apologists for, and supporters of, the proposed Adani wind power project in Mannar. An article by Engineer Gerald L. Samaranayake in the Daily FT of 8 July, for instance, observed: “Environmentalists rallying against a renewable energy project is odd. As they should be against fossil fuel-based projects and push for a quicker energy transition for Sri Lanka to achieve its goal to become carbon neutral by 2050.” more..

UK-France elections, Anura-Sajith balance and Sampanthan’s political tragedy

Jul 11 (FT) Britain’s centre-left Labour party swept the Parliamentary election while France’s unified Left, the New Popular Front, unexpectedly beat both the Far Right and Macron’s neoliberal centrists to win the National Assembly election, becoming the largest formation. Dr. Masoud Pezeshkian, the reformist candidate who criticized the morality police and promised a relaxation of headscarf rules won 53%, beating his religious conservative opponent to be elected Iran’s new President. more..

Police slammed over Club Wasantha murder suspect’s confession footage

Jul 11 (FT) The decision by the SL Police to disseminate footage showing Dulan Sanjula, one of the suspects arrested in connection to the murder of Sunhill Group of Companies Chairperson Surendra Perera, better known as Club Wasantha being interrogated has come under severe criticism from various quarters. Human rights activists also pointed out that the video was recorded and shared in violation of more..

Govt to assess estate companies’ ability to pay new wages

Jul 11 (DM) The plantation companies that have been avoiding the recently approved Rs.1,700 daily wage for the workers will soon have to justify their stance. Highlighting the financial struggles, several plantation companies have decided not to pay the higher wage. In response, govt has decided to assess each regional estate company’s capability to meet the new wage requirements. Cabinet of Ministers approved the appointment of a committee to carry out this evaluation. more..

New visa fee does not discourage int’l visitors: VFS Global

Jul 11 (DM) SL’s tourism industry has expressed serious concerns over the govt’s decision to outsource visa issuance, making entry slightly more expensive. However, VFS Global, now managing the visa services, insists that the higher cost won’t discourage the international visitors. The entity said that based on its experience in handling visa documentation in other markets, the visa fee is seldom the deciding factor. A visiting senior official of VFS Global, who was recently in Colombo, more..

New laws to mitigate impact of strikes on essential services to be introduced

Jul 11 (FT) Govt announced that new legislation will be introduced to limit the impact of strikes on the public, particularly in essential services such as education, health and transport. Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that the laws are being explored to mitigate the disruption caused by trade union actions in these critical sectors. “The proposed laws aim to ensure the continuous operation of essential services, safeguarding public interests more..

Refrain from using Angoda as derogatory term

Jul 11 (CT) Using the names of mental healthcare facilities such as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Angoda as an insult is highly unethical and can have serious social implications, said Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at NIMH, Dr. Kapila Ranasinghe. Using the names of such institutions or mental health in general as insults is not acceptable, regardless of one’s office, and cannot be endorsed by medical professionals, Dr. Ranasinghe, who is also the former President more..

Rs. 300 mn circulated among MPs when issuing permits for wine stores: Dayasiri

Jul 11 (DM) Opposition MP Dayasiri Jayasekara revealed today that more than Rs.300 million had been circulated among some MPs in the process of issuing licenses for 1,028 wine stores throughout the country. He told parliament that some 1,028 new permits for wine stores have been issued by May 10, 2024 adding that a MP has obtained Rs. 30 million for trading the permit. The MP said Rs. 10 million has been obtained before the permit was issued and another Rs. 20 m after the permit was issued. more..

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President advocates boosting cultivation of high-quality cinnamon varieties

Jul 11 (FT) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe asserted the importance of boosting the cultivation of high-quality cinnamon varieties, noting Sri Lanka’s legacy as a leading cinnamon producer and exporter. He made these remarks at the inauguration of the main office of the newly established Dept of Cinnamon Development and launched its official website yesterday in Karandeniya in Galle. The initiative originates from a proposal in the 2023 Budget, aimed to revitalise Ceylon cinnamon industry. more..

No pvt. job offers for few female prisoners

Jul 11 (TM) Clarifying the notion that private firms are not willing to offer employment opportunities to female inmates (both suspects and convicts) – in particular to those who are in rehabilitation, the Prisons Department explained that the situation stems from the low female inmates’ population, which makes it difficult for firms to devise programmes targeting them. Prisons Commissioner (Operations, Intelligence and Security) and the Prisons Dept’s Media Spokesperson more..

More than 60% of MPs are my friends: Club Wasantha

Jul 11 (DM) Suresh Wasantha Perera, alias Club Wasantha, who was shot dead this week had revealed in an interview with Danu Innasithamby on the Lankadeepa YouTube channel on November 18, 2022 that more than 60 percent of those in Parliament are his friends. Here are some of the photos of Club Wasantha with politicians, being shared on social media. more..

Rukshika wins Colombo Tennis C'ship

Jul 11 (DN) Making a triumphant return after a year-long pause, Rukshika Wijesooriya defeated defending champion Saajida Razick 2-1 in the Women’s Singles Open Final of the ongoing 109th Colombo Tennis Championship. The final played on the hard court at Queen’s Club in Colombo yesterday. Wijesooriya faced an early setback, losing the first set 4-6 to Razick. Undeterred, she mounted a remarkable comeback, winning the next two sets convincingly with scores of 6-0 and 6-2. more..

Dambulla Sixes go Pink on July 14

Jul 11 (DN) The fifth edition of the Lanka Premier League Cricket (LPL) is currently in progress and after Pallekele and Dambulla legs LPL will move to R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium from July 13. Dambulla Sixes is owned by former SL first class cricketer and Maliyadeva Kurunegala cricketer Priyanga de Silva wanted to add specialty at this LPL. They want to give good message through cricket and already they have started their job to make a difference in the tournament. more..

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13 new strategic businesses at Colombo Port City get Cabinet nod

Jul 11 (FT) The Cabinet on Tuesday approved designating 13 businesses as strategically important under the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Act No. 11 of 2021. This designation grants these businesses proposed exemptions and incentives as specified under Schedule II of the Act. The businesses granted this strategic status include; Horizon Group USA Global, Satguru Travel and Tourism, Pagero Lanka Software Engineering, KPMG Professional Services, more..

Sri Lanka Athletics look to field relay teams for World Junior Championships

Jul 11 (Island) Sri Lanka Athletics will look for possible candidates to form men’s 4×100 m and 4x400m relay teams for the World Junior Championships when it conducts the Junior National Athletics Championship at Diyagama from Saturday. With more than one athlete reaching entry standards for both the men’s 100 metres and 400 metres, athletics authorities are eager to form relay teams for the upcoming World Junior Athletics Championship which will be held in Lima, Peru. more..

Medal winning athletes / finalists yet to receive prize money

Jul 11 (CT) SL’s medal-winning athletes at the Asian Games 2023 are yet to receive their prize money from the Sports Ministry, even though a year has passed since their remarkable triumph. Dr. Shemal Fernando, Director General at the Dept of Sports Development, who was appointed to his position just a year ago, stated that necessary steps have been taken to settle amounts due. “We faced a problem regarding the payment since there was no more..

Heshara & Rushalee excel at Aquatic C’ship

Jul 11 (DN) Rushalee Dissanayake of Musaeus College shone brightly at the 49th MILO All Island Schools Aquatic Championship, setting a new meet record in the Under-14 Girls 100m Freestyle on the second day of the competition at the Sugathadasa Stadium Swimming Pool Complex yesterday. Dissanayake clocked an impressive 1:05.11, breaking the previous record of 1:05.14 set by Hiruki de Silva of Gateway College Colombo in 2018. This is Rushalee’s second record at the meet. more..

Jaffna Kings rule over Colombo Strikers

Jul 11 (DN) Rilee Rossouw recorded the fastest century in LPL history off 44 balls, leading the Jaffna Kings to a seven-wicket win over the Colombo Strikers with nine balls to spare in their match at Dambulla International Cricket Stadium yesterday. It was a solid all-round performance by Jaffna Kings. Chasing a target of 189, Jaffna Kings reached their mark with seven wickets in hand. South African left-hander Rossouw led the charge with an unbeaten 108 off 50 balls. more..

Athurugiriya suspect: Prisoners rights group slams Police trial by media

Jul 11 (TM) Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners (CPRP) condemned the trial by media of the Police questioning a murder suspect inside a Police station in the presence of the electronic media. Police, on Tuesday arrested seven suspects including the owner of the tattoo and piercing studio in Athurugiriya (Dulan Sanjula) where the shooting incident took place on Monday, resulting in the deaths of Surendra Perera more..

Seylan Bank’s Rs. 10 b debenture issue oversubscribed on opening day

Jul 11 (FT) Seylan Bank’s listed debenture issue worth Rs. 10 billion was oversubscribed on its official opening day which was yesterday. The initial issue was 50 million Basel III compliant tier 2, listed, rated unsecured subordinated redeemable five and seven year debentures with a non-viability conversion at Rs. 100 each with an option to issue 30 million said debentures in the event of oversubscription and a further option to issue another 20 million debentures of the same on oversubscription. more..

Labour eases to power painlessly as UK votes for change

Jul 11 (ST) The British wanted change—as did SL’s Aragalaya protest movement two years ago—and they got change. When the public went to vote last Thursday, the intent was quite clear. Get rid of the rascals who had held power for 14 years. It was not so much that the British public saw Labour as its saviour. It was more that they wanted the Conservative Party out, the party that is a member of the Int'l Democracy Union, a gathering of the rightist parties of which our own UNP is a member. more..

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New law coming for re-registration of companies

Jul 11 (FT) Cabinet on Tuesday approved introducing a new law that will facilitate the re-registration of companies incorporated or registered under the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007. Cabinet has approved instructing the Legal Draftsman to prepare a Bill based on a concept paper developed for this purpose. This new law will ensure that the re-registration process is streamlined and that the data on active companies is up-to-date, aiding in more accurate policy-making & economic planning. more..

US confirms support for SL’s efforts to boost exports & improve efficiency for govt...

Jul 11 (USE) The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting the Sri Lankan Ministry of Finance to modernize the country’s trade facilitation infrastructure through the implementation of SL’s Trade National Single Window System (TNSWS). The TNSWS, when operational, will streamline the collection of information required for trade, leading to increased transparency and efficiency, reduced costs, and more potential revenue. more..

Govt gets tougher against non-compliant RPCs over wage issue

Jul 11 (FT) Govt has taken a decisive move to expedite the imposition of necessary laws to cancel land lease agreements with Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) that have failed to pay the stipulated wages to estate workers despite having the capacity to do so. The decision follows the recommendations of an appointed committee tasked with confirming each company’s financial capability to meet the wage requirements. more..

Govt gets tougher against non-compliant RPCs over wage issue

Jul 11 (FT) Govt has taken a decisive move to expedite the imposition of necessary laws to cancel land lease agreements with Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) that have failed to pay the stipulated wages to estate workers despite having the capacity to do so. The decision follows the recommendations of an appointed committee tasked wTogo, putting Star on the global map as more..

Uber Green arrives in Colombo driving towards zero emission goals

Jul 11 (DN) Uber announced the launch of its global flagship sustainability product, Uber Green, in Colombo. With an aim to accelerate its transition to zero emission mobility by 2040 in Sri Lanka, Uber plans to expand on-demand electric vehicle (EV) rides with Uber Green in the island nation. The option of choosing Uber Green will be available to riders who can now request a green ride across the city, including rides to and from the Bandaranaike International Airport. more..

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Editorial: Grusha and Ayesha

Jul 11 (Island) SLPP-UNP govt has become an epitome of absurdity. Its leaders made frantic efforts recently to grant Attorney General (AG) Sanjay Rajaratnam a service extension amidst protests. They even strove to manipulate the Constitutional Council to compass their end. Thankfully, their plan went awry. Rajaratnam, however, should consider himself lucky; if they had succeeded in extending his term, he would have ended up having to pull a lot of political chestnuts out of the fire for them. more..

A bitter pill that needs taking

Jul 11 (TM) Over the last few weeks, SL’s slow and cumbersome state sector has staged their annual roaring. Hibernation has ended, with the arrival of the election season, and it is timely for the taxpayer-funded giant to take to the streets. Yes, the last few years have been hard on us all, and all except a few of the elite have not gone unscathed. We have all made sacrifices and many have been pushed below the poverty line. It must be acknowledged that some in the public sector are poorly paid. more..