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NCRS approves quadricycle

Apr 18 (Island) National Council for Road Safety (NCRS) said the newly introduced vehicle category, quadricycle would be a solution for the problem of traffic congestion. NCRS Chairman Dr. Sisira Kodagoda said that most of road accidents were due to indiscipline, ignorance of the rules and neglect and disobedience and therefore new vehicle category quadricycle would be an innovative method in the country's road traffic management that more..

CEB engineers delay industrial action till May 8

Apr 18 (EN) Engineers at the CEB said they were delaying industrial action till May 08, until a Buddhist holiday period was over. CEBEU had earlier given notice to the management of the CEB and the power ministry that they would work-to-rule from April 20. "We had a number of requests not to work-to-rule from April 20, because Vesak week starts on April 30," CEBEU President Saumya Kumarawadu said. "If we start work-to-rule power outages cannot be prevented. more..

SL’s excellence in preserving mangroves to be felicitated at CHOGM

Apr 18 (DM) Sri Lanka would be felicitated at the ongoing CHOGM 2018 in London for excelling in preserving mangrove forests, Sri Lanka’s Acting High Commissioner in UK, Sugeeshwara Gunaratna said. He said the CHOGM was a good platform to highlight and let the world know the measures taken by Sri Lanka to achieve sustainability. “The summit will provide us investing opportunities as well as recognition of our efforts to achieve sustainability,” he said. more..

Buddha Rashmi Vesak Zone from April 29 to May 2

Apr 18 (DN) Buddha Rashmi Vesak Zone 2018 and the exposition of the Sacred Relics and the display of Buddhist creations organised by the Gangaramaya Temple together with the PM’s office will be held for the 12th consecutive year from April 29 to May 2 at the Gangarama Temple, Temple Trees, Beira Lake roundabout and surrounding areas. Addressing the media at the Seemamalakaya of Gangarama Temple, Ven Dr Kirinde Assaji more..

Another gazette has to be issued to convene Parliament

Apr 18 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena will have to issue another gazette notification specifying the time as to when the new Parliament sessions would commence if the House is to convene on May 8, 2018, Parliament sources said yesterday. Deputy Secretary-General of Parliament Neil Inddawela who confirmed this situation told Daily Mirror that President will have to issue another gazette notification specifying the time which the House would convene. more..

PHIs in festive season raids Prosecute 1,523 persons

Apr 18 (CT) Approximately 1,523 Court cases have been filed against persons selling food unfit for consumption during the festive season and around Rs 2.5 million has been obtained by way of fines. National Public Health Inspectors Union said that around 1,523 cases were filed against shop owners and vendors who sold food unsuitable for human consumption in the first two weeks of April, during which 523 raids were conducted. It was also revealed that 25 shops were permanently more..

Colombo Zonal Education office withdraws order to invite MPs

Apr 18 (DM) Colombo Zonal Education office has withdrawn an order it issued in February to Principals in Colombo schools demanding they pay due respect to MPs and PC members who attend special school functions. In a letter dated Feb 20 sent to all schools in the Colombo Zonal Division, Zonal Education Director P.N. Silva ordered that MPs and PC members, public representatives, be invited to special school functions. more..

Met Dept. warns of severe thunderstorm, heavy showers for next 12 hours

Apr 18 (DM) Thunderstorms accompanied by severe lightning and thunder can be experienced in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Uva & North-western provinces during next twelve hours, Met Dept warned. Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre said that heavy rain falls of about 100 mm was also expected in some areas until 01.30 am tomorrow. “There is a possibility of experiencing temporary strong gusty winds of up to 70 to 80 kmph during thundershowers,” more..

GMOA protest against heart surgeon sans licence to practise

Apr 18 (Island) Galle branch of the GMOA alleged that though the Health Ministry had been warned of a doctor who performed heart surgeries without a license to practice, no action had been taken against him. Dr. Mangala Gunatiilake alleged that the particular individual had practised as a cardiac surgeon in the UK, but he had not been issued with a licence to practise after 2015 and he was a retired doctor. "The number of patients operated on by this person increased and more..

Lord Buddha’s relics from India won’t go to Sri Lanka

Apr 18 (TOI) The relics of Lord Buddha will not be transported to Sri Lanka. National Museum, part of the Ministry of Culture of Govt of India, had last month approached M S University, seeking the relics as a temporary loan from the university. The museum had in turn received a request from the Govt of SL which had sought the relics that were to be kept in display for people to pay veneration on the occasion of Buddha Purnima on April 30 more..

Sri Lankan apparel stands to gain from US-China trade spat

Apr 18 (DM) The apparel industry, which is SL’s leading export revenue earner, is set to gain fresh impetus from the U.S. market in the coming months, as American garment importers look for producers outside China due to the increasing threat of a trade war between the two economic giants. “Because of the U.S.-China trade war, some of the U.S. apparel importers who were sourcing their products from China are coming to SL,” SL Apparel Exporters Association President Felix Fernando said. more..

'If Constitution process stalled, Sampanthan’s Opp. leadership meaningless'

Apr 18 (DM) If new Constitution process was stalled permanently, TNA MP R. Sampanthan’s holding of Opposition leader’s post would be meaningless, Minister Mano Ganesan said today. He said in a tweet that the issue between the UNP and SLFP had put the Constitutional process to back seat. “Not the issue of the UNP and the SLFP but the new constitution as solution to national issue topped Sampanthan’s priority list. If new Constitution process is stalled permanently, more..

A no-confidence motion, or what it means to have no faith

Apr 18 (Roar) Hot on the heels of the no-confidence, or no-faith motion against PM last month, the Joint Opposition (JO), the largest opposition group in Parliament, is in talks to bring a no-confidence motion against Opposition leader and TNA chief Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, on charges he sided with the govt during the no-confidence motion brought against the PM. JO is of the opinion that as the leader of the Opposition in the govt, more..

Heroic act of SLNG Lance Corporal saves four lives

Apr 18 (DN) The timely heroic act of a brave soldier of the 3 Sri Lanka National Guard (SLNG) of the Kawantissapura camp at Kataragama who fought at the risk of his own life miraculously saved the lives of four three-wheeler passengers, trapped in a raging inferno after the three-wheeler had a head-on-collision with a bus near the Aluth Para junction on Colombo - Kataragama main road, close to Ambalantota on Monday. Four members of one family, including one toddler and a child more..

Video: Gunman robs private bank in Seeduwa

Apr 18 (DM) Police have launched an investigation into a robbery at a private bank in Seeduwa. Police said the suspect had stolen the money and fled the scene. Police said the suspect arrived at the bank around 9 o' clock this morning carrying a firearm and wearing a helmet. The amount of money stolen from the bank is yet to be estimated. The Seeduwa Police has launched further investigations to identify the suspect. more..

World's largest cargo aircraft at MRIA

Apr 18 (DM) The world's largest cargo aircraft, Antonov An-225 Mriya landed at the Mattala Rajapaksa Int'l Airport (MRIA) this morning, Airport Manager Upali Kalansuriya said. He said the cargo aircraft was being refuelled and that its crew was resting. “It is iconic to have the world’s largest aircraft at MRIA and it is the first time that this type of aircraft arrived in the country. The aircraft arrived from Kuala Lumpur and has scheduled to departure for more..

NCRS yet to receive details

Apr 18 (CT) National Council for Road Safety (NCRS) said that it was yet to receive details regarding the inclusion of a clause on the driver’s licence to give prior approval for the donation of organs for transplant purposes in case of a fatal accident. Chairman of the NCRS, Dr. Sisira Kodagoda said that the matter was yet to be submitted for the perusal of the Ministry of Transport. It has to be channelled to the relevant Ministries upon receiving Cabinet Approval more..

Cabinet reshuffle cannot be finalised until status of National Govt is cleared

Apr 18 (CT) The much-awaited cabinet reshuffle has run into several snags including the resignation of several ministers, the indecision of the UNP‘s main partner in the Unity Govt (SLFP) and the limiting clause regarding cabinet size enshrined in the 19th Amendment. 19th Amendment allows cabinet to exceed 30 members only in the event there is a national govt. Although the amendment does not define what a national govt is, it has been assumed that such a govt would include more..

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Reforms needed and populist actions

Apr 18 (FT) Ranil Wickremesinghe was criticised heavily directly and indirectly of his actions in the political and economic fronts by the supporters of the No-Confidence Motion as well as by those who opposed the same. Wickremesinghe is having his own weaknesses as a politician of the way he operates and the way he deals with the people. His policies may be modified in the coming 18 months with the view of securing victory at the next election. In this light we should examine the policies more..

Stomachs Dictate Politics

Apr 18 (CT) SL holds dubious under-nutrition milestones despite being classified as a middle income country by the IMF. Therefore, unsurprisingly, food has played key roles in breaking and making Govts since 1970. At the May 1970 Parliamentary Poll, Sirimavo Bandaranaike led her United Front coalition to a landslide win because of her promise of providing two measures of rice per person, per week, free. However, after Bandaranaike was elected to power, more..

Video: Certain media suppressing truth to gain narrow political advantage: President

Apr 18 (AD) President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the Sri Lankan community living in London said that the attempts made by some to hide the truth and promote falsehood are a hindrance to the forward march of the country. Therefore, the President invited the Sri Lankan community living in London to assist the journey of building the country with a proper understanding of the real situation of the Motherland. more..

Govt committed to tackling financial crime, Mangala tells Commonwealth forum

Apr 18 (FT) Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said Sri Lanka had long identified the risk of financial crime as a priority area given the country’s history of battling a sophisticated terrorist organisation and the Govt was currently working on bringing necessary amendments to existing regulation combatting financial crime. Samaraweera made these remarks at a roundtable discussion titled more..

'Will announce future steps when President returns'

Apr 18 (NR) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says the govts future steps will be announced once President Sirisena returns to the country from the UK. PM said the Mahanayaka Thera were informed of the future plans today. He stated during the last year the govt faced several crises, including natural disasters. PM expressed his views after calling on the Chief Prelates and paying homage at the Temple of the Tooth Relic this morning. more..

'Politicians are destroying cricket in Sri Lanka'

Apr 18 (ET) Muttiah Muralitharan is a soft-spoken man, not one to get agitated easily. It was a rare sight to see him lose his cool when asked about Sri Lankan cricket’s downfall. In a conversation with ET, the Sri Lankan legend talks about what is wrong with Sri Lankan cricket, why wrist spinners offer better dividends in good batting conditions (referring to Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal) and more. more..

U.S. places conditions on aid to Sri Lanka

Apr 18 (DN) United States govt’s bilateral economic assistance to Sri Lanka is conditional on certain transitional justice mechanisms being established, according to the U.S. spending bill passed last month. In an explanatory statement attached to the spending bill, Congress said that the USD 35 million would be allocated to Sri Lanka “provided, that such funds shall be made available for programmes to assist in the identification more..

A family doctor for all soon: Minister

Apr 18 (ST) Sri Lanka was the cynosure of all eyes as Global World Health Day 2018 was celebrated last Saturday at Nelum Pokuna in Colombo, with the participation of high-level leaders not only of the country but also the World Health Organisation (WHO). The commitment of Sri Lanka to health was seen when President Sirisena, PM Wickremesinghe and Minister Rajitha Senaratne along with WHO Director-General more..

Break from bowling only temporary: Mathews

Apr 18 (Island) Sri Lanka’s white ball captain Angelo Mathews will return to cricket over the weekend when he leads Kandy against Galle in the Inter-Provincial First Class competition at Suriyawewa. Mathews has played just one game this year as a series of hamstring and calf injuries has kept him out from both international and domestic cricket. Mathews will play the four day game as a specialist batsman only as he has been more..

China’s $1 Billion White Elephant

Apr 18 (BN) Each year roughly 60,000 ships vital to the global economy sail through the Indian Ocean past a Chinese-operated port on the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Almost none of them stop to unload cargo. The eight-year-old Hambantota port -- with almost no container traffic and trampled fences that elephants traverse with ease -- has become a prime example of what can go wrong for countries involved in President Xi more..

'Maithri and Mahinda will get together'

Apr 18 (CT) Former Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera says if the Govt continues to work like this it will not be able to stop Mahinda Rajapaksa from coming to power again. Q: It is said that the defeat of the no-confidence motion brought against the PM ruined the Joint Opposition as well as the SLFP faction? A: Being defeated at the no-confidence motion and the allegations against PM should be considered separately. more..

Clowns at politics cause Hiccups

Apr 18 (DM) Disgruntled in the UNP – their vocal majority – largest number of votes UNP obtained were from Sinhala Buddhist homes. It is not true, not their signature party in the lifetime of Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW). Worked relentlessly with the SLFP to eliminate terrorism; as persons of good faith did not fall into the traps weaved by purportedly UNP friendly NGOs - gained respect for their objectivity; toiled hard with like minded forces to effect more..

Ranil’s woes are not over, they’re just beginning…

Apr 18 (DM) The no-confidence motion is now a thing in the past. Everyone, especially Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Leader of the UNP, would like to think so. However, in the wake of its defeat on April 4, a very significant development took place in the UNP. Election of a so-called Politburo cannot be regarded as an inconsequential development. Politburo is a term usually associated with Communist Parties. Yet after the collapse of Red Power in the Soviet Union & Eastern Europe, more..

Gap between rich and poor reaching its peak

Apr 18 (DM) In this era when we appear to be on the verge of a cyber war if not a direct battle with Russia on one side, the US and its Western allies on the other and with hundreds of diplomats being expelled from each other’s countries, most analysts believe poverty alleviation or the gap between the rich and the poor is one of the root causes of this possible catastrophe. Reports on Monday said Russia had launched a full-scale and malicious cyber war against Western targets including nuclear more..

Govt guarantees safety of tourists with new measures

Apr 18 (FT) The Govt yesterday promised to ensure the safety of tourists, with new measures put in place after the recent assault on a group of foreign visitors to Weligama. “We are very sorry that this has happened. We apologise to those tourists for the harassment that they had to face and we assure all tourists who come to Sri Lanka in the future that we will guarantee their absolute safety with the support of the Police,” more..

Bill Gates hails Sri Lanka's high quality primary healthcare

Apr 18 (DN) The country’s primary healthcare system was held up as an example of what consistent dedication can achieve at this year’s CHOGM. Microsoft Corporation Founder Bill Gates asked the Commonwealth to look to SL to know what high quality primary healthcare meant. Bangladesh and SL have developed very high quality primary healthcare systems staffed primarily by women healthcare workers, which model other countries are following, he said, more..

ICTA gets new Board with Prof. Samarajiva as Chairman

Apr 18 (FT) Board of Directors of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), the apex ICT organisation under the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, has been reconstituted. It is now headed by Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, former Director General of the TRC who contributed to the design of the e-Sri Lanka initiative that the ICTA implemented from 2003. He served on the ICTA Board during the organisation’s formative period. more..