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SL police in the dark: Legal action against Madush in Dubai

Feb 16 (Island) Police have not sent a single representative to Dubai to monitor legal action against notorious underworld criminal Makandure Madush. However, several lawyers have gone to Dubai to represent the suspects and are feeding the media with wrong information, a senior police officer said, adding that the police should have immediately sent a representative to monitor the investigations in that country. more..

Madush arrest: Prez orders STF Chief not to give into pressure

Feb 16 (CT) Prez Sirisena has ordered STF Commandant, Senior DIG M.R. Latheef not to give into any political pressure in connection with the arrest of noted underworld criminal Makandure Madush. Prez instructed Latheef to swiftly bring it to his attention if there is any political pressure or influence exerted on him regarding the arrest of Madush. Prez also informed Latheef that the law should be instituted against all underworld criminals, irrespective of their nexus with politicians or more..

'More Consular offices at regional level'

Feb 16 (DN) Foreign Minister Thilak Marapana yesterday said that his ministry will open more Consular Offices at regional level in future particularly in the areas where a substantial number of families of migrant workers reside. He added that this measure will enable them to obtain consular services in their own districts, without having to travel to Colombo. Marapana also appreciated the contribution made by his predecessor Minister Mangala Samaraweera towards taking more..

Amal and 15 others likely to be deported

Feb 16 (DN) Singers Amal and his son Nadeemal Perera who were arrested at Makandure Madush’s son’s birthday party in Dubai are likely to be released on conditional bail. This is upon a settlement of a fine along with 15 others who would be deported to Sri Lanka once the case is taken up on Feb 27, lawyers said. “We spoke at length with Bur Dubai Police and the Public Prosecutor. more..

'Many lawyers falling over themselves to save Madush, Poor Rizana had none'

Feb 16 (Island) Many lawyers were trying to secure the release of Makandure Madush and his associates arrested in the UAE, but not a single SL lawyer attempted to help Rizana Nafeek when she was sentenced to death by Saudi Arabia, State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, said. "Rizana was executed in 2013 although she was convicted contrary to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. When she was convicted there were no lawyers to help her; she even didn’t have more..

Madush’s arrest: Police team to leave for Dubai

Feb 16 (DM) A six-member police team was appointed by Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to leave for Dubai to assist the Dubai Police in the investigations into the recent arrest of 31 Sri Lankans including drug kingpin Makandure Madush and singers Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal. Police sources said the team included officials of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), Unsolved Crimes Investigation Unit, CID and STF. They said the police team would leave soon after more..

Finance Company PLC in troubled waters

Feb 16 (Island) The Central Bank (CB) has banned The Finance Company (TFC) from accepting new deposits, imposed restrictions on withdrawal of deposits and restricted disbursement of loans and advances to facilitate the process of restructuring TFC. These actions come into effect from yesterday. CB added that TFC had been severely impacted by the failure of a number of financial institutions within the group in 2008. more..

Keep calm and crab on

Feb 16 (Hindu) It’s a ministry where your requests will get heard, served and where you will want to spend hours. This is the Ministry of Crab (MoC), Colombo’s celebrated restaurant known as much for its crustacean preparations as its celebrity cricket owners. Mahela and Sangakkara together with Chef Dharshan Munidasa opened MoC in the Dutch Hospital Complex in Colombo. Their crab preparations became an instant hit, attracting celebrities and awards in equal measure. more..

Poverty cut-off figure rises to Rs 4,584

Feb 16 (CT) The country’s island-wide poverty cut-off point jumped sharply by Rs 52 to Rs 4,584 last month; complementing the increase in inflation, which saw last month’s Colombo inflation accelerate by 0.9% points to 3.7% over its December figure. That means people have to earn more to keep their noses above the water, without being swamped by the waters of poverty, to be downgraded by being classified as being poor. SL’s last poverty headcount was in 2016, which saw 4.1% or 843,914 more..

Prez goes sour on milk powder companies

Feb 16 (FT) Prez Sirisena yesterday criticised multinational milk powder companies for importing substandard products to SL and called for the local dairy industry to be developed to meet consumer needs. Speaking in Polonnaruwa, Prez referred to the recent statements in Parliament by Deputy Minister Buddhika Pathirana, who accused imported milk powder of being contaminated with pork fat and palm oil. more..

MR wants improved security for migrant workers

Feb 16 (FT) Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa requested that the safety of female housemaids be improved when he met with the Kuwait parliamentary friendship group at the Opposition Leader’s Office. 3-member Kuwait parliamentary friendship group was led by Prof. Adel Al-Damkhi while MP Nayaf Alajmy and MP Abdullah Alenezi were also part of the delegation. During the meeting, Prof. Al-Damkhi congratulated Mahinda Rajapaksa for been appointed as Opp Leader. more..

More power useless if what's devolved is unused: PM

Feb 16 (DM) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said there was no point in asking for more powers if the local bodies don't use what is already devolved to the Provincial Councils. He said this at the development review meeting held at the Kilinochchi DS. PM referred to power devolution when TNA MP S. Sridharan complained that the pradeshiya sabhas have not received funds for housing from the central govt and the provincial council. “It is the PCs which should allocate funds to the PSs. more..

Aruwakkalu Landfill to accept garbage from Puttalam district

Feb 16 (DN) The Aruwakkalu Sanitary Landfill site will accept garbage collected from all local authorities in the Puttalam district from March 15, Megapolis and Western Development Ministry Secretary Nihal Rupasinghe said. In the wake of growing hartal and other protest campaigns by the area residents with only a month remaining to the commissioning of the landfill, the Ministry Secretary took pains to dispel more..

ETI Finance issues statement to clarify misinformation

Feb 16 (FT) The ETI Board of Directors, in a statement, said it is deeply concerned regarding the recent baseless allegations made in certain newspapers and electronic media regarding the sale of Swarnamahal Jewellers Ltd., EAP Films and Theatres Ltd., and EAP Broadcasting Company Ltd. to Ben Holdings Ltd. and Blue Summit Capital Management Ltd. Following is the statement. The said companies and corresponding assets are private interests. more..

SL youth reluctant to take hard-working jobs

Feb 16 (ST) Youth reluctant to take hard-working jobs and dependency on their parents, among other issues came to the fore during a discussion on Crisis in Employment organised by the Sunday Times Business Club (STBC) last week. The panel comprised Fayaz Saleem, Principal Consultant/MD of Executive Search; Rozaine Cooray, Business Psychologist and founder of Forté Consultancy and Isuru Tillakawardana, Deputy General Manager – HRM, Commercial Bank, last week and more..

CB sets record straight on ETI Finance

Feb 16 (FT) The Central Bank (CB) yesterday issued a clarification seeking to correct any misleading statements on the sale of subsidiaries and investment properties under ETI Finance, which was released earlier this week. The CB noted that there was much incorrect and misleading information in the contents of the article and wished to state the CB’s observations. The approval granted by CB was to transfer more..

Hartal in Puttalam against garbage recycling plant

Feb 16 (DM) Puttalam tuned into a ghost town yesterday when all business establishments and private sector institutions put up shutters and staged a hartal against the Aruwakkalu Gabage Recycling plant which is being built. More than 2,000 business establishments and private sector institutions including supermarkets, pharmacies, catering services, hotels and suppliers of essential commodities participated in the hartal. Residents said the protest which was launched on more..

Incidents in Parliament: CID records statement from MP Punchinilame

Feb 16 (DM) UPFA MP Susantha Punchinilame said the CID recorded a statement from him over the chaotic incidents that took place in parliament in November last year. He told the media after making the statement that the CID had summoned him in connection with a complaint he had lodged with the CID requesting it to conduct an investigation over the incident. The MP said he had lodged the complaint requesting for an investigation over the speaker’s conduct on the day when more..

Legendary golfer Nandasena Perera passes away

Feb 16 (DN) Legendary SL golfer Nandasena Perera passed away at the age of 64 yesterday at Western Hospital, Cotta Road after suffering from a kidney ailment. He was cremated within 24 hours after his death as per his last wishes at the General Cemetary, Kanatte yesterday at 5 pm. Nandasena born in August 1954, re-shaped the game of golf in Sri Lanka, establishing the RCGC Course Record of 63 in 1983 more..

State banks to bring in experienced professionals as banking heads

Feb 16 (ST) The Finance Ministry is now clearing high level procedures in appointing heads to state banks almost two months after the reinstatement of the UNF govt with the aim of invigorating the state banking sector with experienced professionals. Most of the state banks are currently embroiled with dysfunction in policy and decision-making in managing and administering its key financial and legal matters as the boards of directors of these banks are still to be reconstituted. more..

Sampath Bank profits down amid loan losses

Feb 16 (EN) Sampath Bank said its net profits for the Dec 2018 quarter fell 31.8% to 2.7 billion rupees from a year earlier amid a steep write-down of bad loans. The firm's earnings per share for the quarter were 9.88 rupees. Net profits for the 2018 year fell 0.6% to 12.6 billion rupees with earnings per share of 46.85 rupees. Sampath Bank's share was trading at 238 rupees, Friday. Interest income for the Dec 2018 quarter grew 20.7% to 28 billion rupees from 2017, while interest expenses grew 11.9% more..

Lasith Embuldeniya fills empty apartment

Feb 16 (CI) There's an opening spot up for grabs, the No. 3 position doesn't have a permanent occupant, No. 5 is dodgy, as is No. 7, but the longest ongoing search by far, for SL, has been for a successor to Rangana Herath as the go-to spinner, home and away. First, if there are that many vacancies in your XI, it is clear there are serious problems. If you were out to rent an apartment and found out half the units in the building more..

SL to host regional summit on sanitation

Feb 16 (DN) The South Asian Conference on Sustainable Solution for Sanitation (SACOSAN – 3S) will be held from February 21 to 23 at Berjaya Hotel Colombo under the patronage of Minister Rauff Hakeem and State Minister Lucky Jayewardene. 3-day conference will provide a platform to learn about scalable sanitation solutions and best practices from South Asian national govts as well as water and sanitation experts and practitioners from the region. more..

Lankan pro golfers tee off into new season

Feb 16 (ST) The top four SL Professional Golfers R A Anura Rohana, Mithun Perera, N. Thangaraja and K. Prabagaran, ventured into the new season of PGTI (Professionals Golf Tour of India) 2019, as they participate in the curtain raiser in Hyderabad, at the Golconda Masters 2019, played at the Hyderabad Golf Club, from Feb 6th – 9th. After 3 Rounds M. Dharma led the field at 16 under par, from youngster Karandeep Kochhar, Multiple Winners Rashid Khan, S. Chikkarangappa more..

Moving to the Sri Lankan Rope Trick

Feb 16 (Island) The debate about the Indian rope trick described as the world’s greatest illusion continues. But we have now moved to our own Rope Trick age. Prez Sirisena is showing signs of possibly beating all those Indian magicians by making a big performance of his own Rope Trick. He cannot trust a SL rope for his trick, with a possible May Day performance. It has to be imported – guess from where – India or China. more..

Prez Sirisena: Performance versus Promises

Feb 16 (Island) The writer was among those who, from 2004 onwards, had opposed in the Courts and the Press, certain unconstitutional acts of Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR). It was in this context, and in view of Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhita Thero’s backing of the little-known Maithripala Sirisena (MS), that the writer voted for MS in Jan 2015. The celebratory speech made by MS on 9 Jan 2015 was so refreshing and sincere-sounding that the writer, like hundreds of thousands of others more..

Jaffna University: Students act contrary to strictures set

Feb 16 (CT) During the Eelam war and when universities were closed for about two years during the late 1980s uprising of the JVP with their policy of crippling the govt, the Jaffna University admirably continued lectures and exams. Later, when universities in other parts of the country had to be closed, sporadically, due to protest marches et al, mostly against SAITM, in Jaffna the doctors continued to pass out and degrees were conferred. So, its worrying to know that a situation has more..

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Have SOEs already become irreformable?

Feb 16 (DN) There is no business for the govt to be in business, is a formula advocated by many western economic experts. In a way, it makes sense because, Govt bureaucracy is not equipped to run state owned enterprises (SOEs) with profit-driven management style. This is known as principal-agent argument. According to it, since a SOE is by definition run by a group of people who do not own it, they would have no incentive to run it profitable and efficiently. more..

Edtorial: Trump hits the wall?

Feb 16 (Island) US President Donald Trump is in an unenviable position; he is struggling to raise funds for the American version of the Great Wall to be built along the US-Mexico border. Worse, he has had to bow to the inevitable and soften his stand. He was expected to sign a compromise border security measure, on Friday, and it was not known, at the time of writing, whether he had done so. It is not possible for him to back out because there will be a political backlash in case attempts being more..

Remembering Anura Bandaranaike

Feb 16 (FT) The Man Who Would Be King is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Huston in 1975. The objective of this article however is not to write about the story or film but to focus on a man who always wanted to be king but was unable to mount more..

Cloud technology for J’pura boys

Feb 16 (SO) Grade Eight students of Sri J'pura Boys School were introduced to Cloud-Based Smart Classrooms last Thursday. They were seen with only a tab in their hands, ready for the day’s lesson. Class teacher, Indrani Dhammika took them through the introductory video explaining the lesson with the students following her through their tabs. A smart classroom is one of the radical changes in the SL education system. Replacing text books with digital technology is a significant achievement. more..

Jeremy Bolling: A legend bids adieu

Feb 16 (SO) What would you do if it was your very last day on earth, and tomorrow you had to die? Jeremy Bolling would have sailed the seas, and as he once said in a newspaper interview conquered his dreams, because that was what life was to him: dreaming big and then going on to achieve those dreams. The rest of his time on earth, he would have spent with his family. Jeremy John Bolling was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year and a half ago. Last Thursday he passed away more..

6 Things Sri Lankans never buy

Feb 16 (Roar) Sri Lankans are well-versed in the business of recycling things but not always in ways you’d expect. And this holds true even in the face of growing concern about the pollution that is prevalent across the country. Happily, there are plenty of green initiatives coming up to make waste materials reusable and to rid the land of pollution. However, that is not the kind of recycling that Sri Lanka is notorious for. more..

The laws delays: Possible remedies

Feb 16 (CT) Lakshman Kadirgamar was assassinated 13 years ago – and a suspect was arrested in Germany, just the other day. Here, by all accounts was a high Profile case. If it took so long to even apprehend a possible suspect, what can an ordinary citizen expect? A partial answer comes from another report that a man is just been sentenced for a murder committed at the end of the last century (1998?). Will the murders of Lasantha Wickrematunge and of Wasim Thajudeen more..

Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Feb 16 (CT) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (WR) has joined Prez Sirisena’s reckless verbal onslaught on the Constitutional Council (CC) that was set up by the 19th Amendment. I use, verbal onslaught, intentionally since, as in the case of the previous criticism, WR’s own two -cents -worth solo chorus is devoid of any justification in terms of evidence; it is just a lash. One can understand President Sirisena’s frustration since what squashed the latter’s quixotic, mad, manoeuvre to violate our constitution more..

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