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Complaints against war crimes probe: Civil society seeks explanation from UN Colombo

Jun 15 (Island) A delegation led by retired Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera yesterday sought an explanation from the UN mission in Colombo as to the status of a petition filed by three organizations on behalf of Sri Lanka in March this year as well as rebuttal handed over in the run-up to March 2017 Geneva sessions. Having had handed over copies of those reports to Colombo based Juan Fernandez, more..

Epic deploys Sri Lanka’s only fully- fledged E-Card Management System

Jun 15 (ST) The Epic Technology group, synonymous for innovative FinTech Solutions in SL, will be implementing a new strategy towards diversification in digital innovations for the benefit of the public and private sectors in the country, two top officials who led the company towards reaching new heights, said. The company’s latest achievement was the deployment of Sri Lanka’s only fully-fledged Card Management System including comprehensive issuing, acquiring, more..

View from the top: Election stunts in fertiliser, digital transformation of health

Jun 15 (ST) In a cursory glance of the numerous 2017/18 financial year annual reports of listed companies being released to shareholders this week, the Business Times (BT) takes a look at companies which are involved in plantations, hotels, hospitals, finance and fertilisers. These companies were selected at random based on reports released this week and the BT highlights, briefly, the key challenges in those sectors: Nawaloka Hospitals: Revenue: Rs. 8 billion (2018/17) vs more..

National Civilian Bravery Awards 2018 honours 16 for bravery

Jun 15 (FT) The country’s youth made a special mark at yesterday’s National Civilian Bravery Awards 2018, with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya commending them for giving Sri Lanka hope for a brighter future. Addressing the event held at the BMICH, Speaker Jayasuriya said that those who had won awards had shown what it meant to be human and symbolic of the innate kindness Sri Lankans have towards others. more..

Trinco port, a regional hub for bunkering operations: LIOC

Jun 15 (DN) Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC), a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation will intensify their bunkering operations in Sri Lanka focusing on the Trincomalee Port. Senior Vice President, (Finance) LIOC, Anuj Jain said the company plans to make Trincomalee a hub for bunkering operations for the entire the region. Trinco port which is known as the world’s 5th best natural harbour provides an excellent opportunity to provide bunkering facilities for the vessels operating on more..

Lankan held trying to traffic three Bhutan women to Iraq

Jun 15 (TOI) A SL travel agent was arrested for allegedly trying to fly to SL with three Bhutanese women. The women told cops that the accused had promised them high paying jobs in a men’s spa in Iraq. Cops suspect he may have intended to force the women into the sex trade. Sahar police caught Mohiuddin Fayaz (41) from the international airport after immigration officials got suspicious and checked his papers to find that he was trafficking the women using fake Indian passports. more..

President tells NEC to protect local biz

Jun 15 (FT) Responding to concerns from local companies President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the National Economic Council (NEC) to protect local industrialists when making Govt policy decisions including tax changes, access to credit facilities and transport. President Maithripala Sirisena made these remarks presiding over the 12th meeting of the NEC at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday, according to PMD. more..

Mega Chinese Cultural Exhibition enters SL

Jun 15 (Xinhua) A mega Chinese cultural exhibition titled Silk Road Memory - NICE Choice Exhibition of Chinese Creative Cultural Products kicked off in Colombo on Tuesday, displaying China's popular culture such as Kung Fu. The exhibition was jointly organized by China Cultural Center in SL and the Network of International Culturalink Entities of China. China's Ambassador to SL, Cheng Xueyuan, said at the launch of the event that such exhibitions would provide an opportunity for more..

Fairfield Holdings acquires controlling interest of Alethea Group

Jun 15 (Island) One of the country’s oldest private educational institutions, Alethea Group divested controlling interest of its equity to Fairfield Holdings at end May 2018. The transaction was arranged and supervised by M Power Capital which was responsible for the overall transaction as well as sell-side advisory for Alethea, while PWC was the Adviser on the buy-side for Fairfield Holdings. The acquisition, the first investment for Fairfield Holdings in Sri Lanka, was conceptualised and more..

Chandimal 119* saves Sri Lanka opening-day blushes

Jun 15 (CI) Shannon Gabriel delivered a brutal spell with the new ball, then later came back to blast out the middle order to take 5 for 59. Dinesh Chandimal hit a terrific 119 not out off 185 balls, but had little support from the rest of the batting order. The result: another day dominated by West Indies, who shot the opposition out for 253, before their openers survived the two overs before stumps unscathed. more..

NCPA urges standards for Reality Shows

Jun 15 (CT) The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) is preparing to introduce a set of standards to be applied when conducting Reality Shows involving children. Chairman of the NCPA, H.M. Abayarathna told Ceylon Today, they were expecting to prepare a new set of standards for children’s Reality Shows. He added, the NCPA believed that the conducting of certain Reality Shows which used children as actors or participants caused psychological harm to the children. more..

SLR disturbed by Schools’ status quo

Jun 15 (ST) Handling of the Singer Schools’ Rugby league is under scrutiny. The issue had been cooking on low flame for some time, but with the recent eruption of crowd violence and a series of other controversies that preceded it, it is out there now and is up for serious debate. The Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) hasn’t had the best of relationships with the sport’s governing body, Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR). This split is of concern because, more..

EID UL FITR an occasion of caring, sharing, joy and thanks giving

Jun 15 (Island) On Friday 15th of this month Muslims all over the world will be celebrating the culmination of one month of fasting from dawn to dusk during the lunar month of Ramadhan. Eid means a celebration and event of festivity and Eid al Fitr is the celebration of breaking the fast at the end of the month of Ramadhan. Ibn Hajar writes in Fath Al-Bari, "It is related that the Prophet said that day: ‘Let the People of other religions know that our more..

Cassandra Cry: A Woman’s Jaundiced View of the Past Week

Jun 15 (Island) Well! Well! Well! Page one of the Sunday Island of June 10 gave this jaundice-eyed dame plenty informational cud to chew and regurgitate in this column covering the week’s news from last Saturday to Thursday 14 June. "President crosses redline, escalates tensions within coalition" blared forth the headline in the Sunday Island of June 10. It referred to our own Prez not the one in the White House of the US of America who is known for his presidential tantrums. more..

On the perpetrators and their intent | Kandy: The damage and the distrust

Jun 15 (GV) ‘I used to give this space for people to hold dansals at on Vesak and Poson poya days’ says Jazeel, indicating the parking area of his showroom. Jazeel’s shop was centrally located at the 8th Mile Post, and he is certain that the perpetrators were Sinhalese, and from the village bordering theirs. He says that the mob did not enter from the main Kandy-Matale road, but from the byroads that led out from the Sinhalese villages. Then, half of the assembled mob jumped into more..

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Future prosperity through peace

Jun 15 (DN) Conflict Prevention and Peace Building are key to a future without armed conflicts. Therefore, it is a field of study that is of the utmost importance since only a proper understanding of Conflict Prevention and Peace Building can bring about sustainable peace. Daily News met up with Exec Director of GPPAC (Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict) Darynell Torres and discussed the goals of GPPAC and the future that we all can create together. more..

Editorial: Formula One trials

Jun 15 (Island) The country’s first ever permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar proceedings are scheduled to commence from the beginning of next month, we are told. The tardiness of the judicial process has been an intractable problem all these years. Some cases drag on for decades. Land cases are the worst. This situation, which has benefited only lawyers, has to be rectified, but there should be no room left for political agendas to be advanced. Justice, as we have been arguing in this more..

CPC Chairman Dhammika R. speaks out

Jun 15 (FT) Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga speaks about the performance of the State enterprise, recent decisions made, its challenges and the future. He also responds to allegations against the debt-ridden CPC while highlighting the importance of getting the right energy mix for Sri Lanka to avoid any crisis. Q: There has been much discussion on expanding the Sapugaskanda refinery. more..

Healthy oceans and sustainable fishing

Jun 15 (CT) Oceans cover two thirds of world’s surface, and over 7.6 billion people directly or indirectly benefit from oceans around the world. Global fishery production is ever expanding, and according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), fisheries and aquaculture assure the livelihoods of 10-12% of the world’s population. Ocean resources can boost the growth of a country’s economy, but human activity also takes a toll on ocean health. more..

Shifting the focus: Putting on a show

Jun 15 (CT) Former UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim is on record that he had no need to accept money from Perpetual Treasuries. He claimed that he has enough personal wealth that he could even lend money to Perpetual Treasuries. He is clearly trying to disassociate himself from the 118 MPs to have allegedly accepted money from Arjun Aloysius. In the meantime, Maithripala Sirisena is on the war path with the UNP. He is clearly trying to pin the blame of country’s present economic woes more..

The Digana riots: 3 months later

Jun 15 (Roar) Last March, Sri Lanka was in a state of emergency. Racial tensions which had long been brewing online lead to rioting mobs, who subsequently damaged nearly 500 buildings: including homes, mosques, and businesses. Businesses across Akurana, Digana, and Katugastota were irreparably damaged, leaving behind buildings which were later condemned. The petrol bombs hurled into these structures more..

Official Languages Policy: Review of Implementation

Jun 15 (CT) The results of a survey on the implementation of official languages policy at the ministerial level were unveiled at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies at a special ceremony on 28th of May. The survey is a joint project of the Ministry of National Co-Existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, the Official Languages Commission and the Centre for Policy Alternatives. The primary objective of the survey was to assess more..

Mr. President, What happened to the LTTE cadres who surrendered on May 18, 2009?

Jun 15 (CT) Your Excellency, The UNHRC had adopted Resolution No.30/1 of Oct 1, 2015 and co-sponsored by SL that called for an international investigation into war crimes with foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators. Clause 6 of Resolution 30/1, inter-alia, states as follows: ‘Welcomes the recognition by the Govt of SL that accountability is essential to uphold the rule of law and to build confidence in the people of all communities of SL in the justice system, more..

No jail for Swiss Tamil Tiger financiers

Jun 14 (SI) Swiss Federal Criminal Court has given no prison terms to alleged financiers of Tamil separatist group LTTE. The 13 accused were either given suspended custodial sentences or acquitted. The court said accusations of participation in and support of a criminal organisation did not stand and released all of the accused. It noted that the hierarchical link between LTTE and WTCC was not sufficiently established. more..

UAE firm gets $ 3.67 b Lankan ilmenite deal

Jun 14 (FT) The Govt has decided to award ilmenite tender to Rescom Mineral Trading FZE, based in the United Arab Emirates. Earlier, State-owned Lanka Mineral Sands Ltd. called tenders to sell 25,000 metric tons of ilmenite, where the technical committee evaluated the rate offered by Rescom Mineral Trading FZE at $ 145.25 a ton to be the best price. Accordingly, the proposal made by Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, more..

Ravi again blames all woes on Central Bank

Jun 14 (Island) UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake once again faulted Central Bank officials for the economic crisis in the country. "Economy is in shambles thanks to some officials in the Central Bank. 95% of officials there are those who supported the previous govt. Now, they deliberately place the country’s economy in harm’s way. I call upon the President to go for a complete restructuring of the Central Bank if he wants to steer the nation out of the current crisis situation. more..

Devapriya resigns as SL women's coach

Jun 14 (CB) The coach of Sri Lanka's women's cricket team, Hemantha Devapriya says defeat to Thailand in the recent Asia Cup tournament in Malaysia prompted him to quit the post with before his contract expired. Sri Lanka suffered a shock four-wicket defeat to Thailand in what turned out to be a low-scoring last-ball thriller. They finished fourth in the competition with two wins and three defeats. "Thailand aren't a strong side and more..

Azzam Ameen’s interview with State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe lights up social media

Jun 14 (LBO) On June 12, 2018, 7:39pm Azzam Ameen went live on BBC Sinhala’s Facebook site with his interview of State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe. The State Minister has been caught up in the controversial bond issue which continues to dominate the headlines in Sri Lanka. The interview showed the power of BBC Sinhala’s social media audience. With almost 1 million likes, many Facebook users received a notification that the Facebook interview had gone live. more..

Sri Lanka developing seafront infrastructure, rules for boat building, nautical tourism

Jun 14 (EN) Sri Lanka is developing seafront infrastructure and regulations to promote boat building and nautical tourism, Minister Malik Samarawickrama said. “The boat building industry is a billion-dollar industry and Sri Lanka should take full advantage of this emerging trend,” he told a news conference to announce the launch of the island’s annual boat show. Boat Show Sri Lanka 2018, which this year will also include a boating festival, will be held during 26-28 Oct, 2018 more..

SL selectors lobby govt to sign Sangakkara, Jaywardene as consultants

Jun 14 (CI) While Sri Lanka Cricket is in govt-imposed limbo, national selection committee under has lobbied govt to appoint Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Aravinda de Silva and Roshan Mahanama as cricket consultants for SLC. Generally, Sangakkara and Jayawardene are kept at arm's length by the board - the pair constantly critical of the self-interest they believe is rampant in SL's cricket administration. more..

FR petition filed by former CJ against PC Elections Act rejected

Jun 14 (SL) A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva against the Provincial Councils (PC) Elections (Amendment) Act was rejected by the Supreme Court today. The petition was rejected by a majority in the three-member bench. Sarath N Silva filed the petition at the Supreme Court against the Provincial Council Elections Amendment Act in September last year. The Provincial Council Elections Amendment Act was passed by Parliament last year. more..

Minister Wijayamuni Soysa's son removed from Fisheries Corporation Chairman post

Jun 14 (AM) Fisheries Minister Wijith Wijayamuni Soysa's son Udara Wijayamuni Soysa has been removed from his position as the Chairman of Fisheries Corporation. Udara Wijayamuni Soysa, a lawyer and a Provincial Councilor, was appointed to the position by his father, the subject minister. Asian Mirror learns that the Chairman has been removed following a directive of Prez Maithripala Sirisena. Dr. Sajith Manjula has been appointed the new Chairman of the Fisheries Corporation. more..

Euro 4 fuel will not replace 92 Octane, Auto Diesel: CPC

Jun 14 (DM) After introducing the new Euro 4 emissions standard fuel from July, Petrol 92 Octane or Lanka Auto Diesel would not be removed from the market, Petroleum Ministry Secretary Upali Marasinghe said. He said the Euro 4 emissions standard Diesel and Petrol would be introduced to the market before the end of July and the first shipment of Euro 4 standard diesel and petrol stock would arrive in the country within next 2 or 3 weeks. more..

Time for an efficient and transparent public sector: Karu

Jun 14 (FT) Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, while addressing a seminar on New Ways of Working in the Public Sector, held on 12 June at the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA), directed attention towards the lack of efficiency and transparency of the public sector. “We have to accept the fact that in a modern world, the public sector is also subjected to rapid changes and reforms. So we have to move with the times. SL, at the moment, is a developing country. more..

Sri Lanka sanitaryware makers lobby president for Trump-style toilet tax

Jun 14 (EN) President Donald Trump is also raising taxes to favour some domestic businessmen such as steelmakers harming not only ordinary Americans but exporters who use steel for value added products. Current administration had lowered some of the excessive taxes on sanitary ware. "Domestic manufactures of sanitary ware is in danger from imported competition and there were discussions on the possibility of raising cess taxes to previous levels," a statement from Prez's office said more..