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New tech to help Police nab intoxicated drivers

Aug 1 (CT) Police will adopt new technology to help apprehend those driving under the influence of illegal drugs. The new technology would help identify 12 types of illegal drugs. Motor Traffic Dept is already equipped with two methods of apprehending intoxicated motorists. One method is to make drivers undergo a medical test to ascertain whether they had been under the influence of alcohol, while the other method is the more..

Nallur festival to limit devotees this year

Aug 1 (CT) Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe has issued a directive to the Northern Provincial Health Directorate to reduce the number of devotees at the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple during this year’s festivities owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Northern Province health sources said on 31 July that although the flag hoisting ceremony was held on 25 July, instructions in regard to health guidelines were only issued at the end of the week. more..

Aug 5 polls the most expensive in SL history

Aug 1 (DM) The upcoming Aug 5 General Elections will be the most expensive poll held in SL history as the Elections Commission struggles to keep the cost at Rs.10 billion. Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya said the Commission was trying its best to keep the cost at Rs.10 billion and the staff were trying their best to ensure expenses do not surpass this mark due to several health measures which have to be adopted due to COVID19 pandemic and the deployment of additional staff as a result. more..

Polls won’t impede Indo-Lanka talks on financial measures to save SL economy

Aug 1 (Island) The upcoming general election will not impede ongoing talks between India and SL on re-scheduling of bilateral debt repayment, according to authoritative sources. Asked whether a consensus could be reached before the general election, sources answered in the negative. They, however, explained that relevant officials were continuing deliberations in that regard. Indian & SL officials held a video conference more..

Angoda Lokka’s drug carrier hawk-eagle to be sent to Dehiwala Zoo

Aug 1 (AD) The hawk-eagle suspected to have been used by underworld criminal gang leader Angoda Lokka for drug trafficking is to be handed over to the Zoological Garden in Dehiwala. This order was delivered by the Homagama Magistrate on Friday when the officers of Athurugiriya Police produced the said hawk-eagle before court. The bird was discovered on Thursday by Athurugiriya Police personnel while it was caged at a residence located on Kanatta Road in Nawalamulla, Meegoda. more..

BoI companies see boost in export revenue

Aug 1 (CT) The export revenue of BoI enterprises during the month of July 2020 had increased by USD 36.14 million a 7% increase than that of July 2019. Based on BoI data, total revenue earned for the period from 1 to 26 July last year had been USD 547.81 million. However, that figure had spiked this year up to USD 583.95 million. Out of all BOI registered export firms, in comparison to July of 2019, most profits had been accrued through the export of printed material this year. more..

'Graphite will be SL’s ticket to success'

Aug 1 (EN) Sri Lanka’s ticket to success lies in the graphite layer under the island’s surface, Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) Colombo district candidate Dr Harsha De Silva said. “I personally believe that in a few years, everything will be battery-driven: batteries made of graphene sourced from graphite. The world’s purest graphite comes from Sri Lanka. Something I will do, if I’m elected, is to bring in a bill to protect supply of critical material” more..

SLPP victory a foregone conclusion: PM

Aug 1 (DN) The people are daily rallying round the SLPP in large numbers while UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and SJB leader Sajith Premadasa are struggling to capture power at Sirikotha. It seems like neither Ranil nor Sajith is interested in securing power in Parliament, said PM and SLPP Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said that UNP and SJB party activists are worried about the tug of war between their two leaders. This is why scores of UNP and SJB supporters are joining us more..

COVID-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka reach 2,439

Aug 1 (AD) Forty-eight more patients who were under medical care for COVID-19 have been discharged from hospitals upon returning to health, Ministry of Health said. Thereby, the total number of recoveries reported in Sri Lanka has increased to 2,439. 9 patients at IDH, 04 at Welikanda Base Hospital, 10 at Kattankudy Base Hospital, 23 at Kandakadu Treatment Centre, and one each from Minuwangoda Base Hospital and Army Hospital in Panagoda had recovered from the disease. more..

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No housing for 36,000 landless people in North: Senthivel

Aug 1 (DM) S.K. Senthivel is a left-wing political activist and independent candidate for the Jaffna District at the upcoming polls. He is the General Secretary of the New Democratic Marxist-Leninist Party and is representing the United Front for People’s Progress (UFPP) this time round. With over 50 years experience in politics, Senthivel spoke to Daily Mirror on national unity, people-centred democracy, social problems and other issues. Q: How is the UFPP different from mainstream more..

Alleged harassment case : Narahenpita Police launches investigation

Aug 1 (DM) An investigation has been launched by the Narahenpita Police after a woman carrying an infant posing as a beggar had allegedly tried to harass another female who who identified herself as Tara Wikramanayake. According to a message circulating on social media the incident had happened at the Kirulapone traffic lights and the accused party had kept following Ms. Wikramanayake who was on her way to collect her children. more..

Will not allow destruction of country’s historical heritage: President

Aug 1 (AD) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reiterated that no room will be left for anyone to destroy the historical heritage of the country or to cause damage to places of worship. A comprehensive programme will be designed in order to preserve the heritage of Wellassa whilst protecting places of worship of all faiths, Prez Rajapaksa said addressing a public gathering organized by candidate Wimaladasa more..

158 contacts of Lankapura COVID-19 case negative to virus

Aug 1 (AD) A group of persons who closely associated with the COVID-19 case from Lankapura have tested negative for the virus. The PCR test results of 158 contacts of the said coronavirus patient were received last night (31), confirming that they are virus-free, Anuradhapura District’s Epidemiologist, Dr. P. Sanjaya said. They were directed to PCR tests on Thursday (30) after an employee of the Lankapura Divisional Secretariat tested positive for COVID-19. more..

Ravi threatens to file defamation case against Madduma Bandara

Aug 1 (DM) UNP Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake said he would file legal action against SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara for making false allegation against him. Mr. Bandara had earlier alleged that Mr. Karunanayake complained against the misuse of the Central Cultural Fund (CCF) by SJB leader Sajith Premadasa who was the then subject minister. PM Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a committee which held Mr. Premadasa responsible for more..

Sri Lanka to give tax free salaries to top executives of billion dollar China project

Aug 1 (EN) SL will give tax free salaries to 30 executives of billion dollar property project from China which will be a landmark in the reclamation that is expanding the island’s capital into the Indian Ocean. “During the project implementation period, up to a maximum number of 30 expatriates staff at any given time shall be exempted from the payment of Pay As You Earn Tax (PAYE) / Personal Income Tax Applicable,” a gazette notice under more..

Sri Lanka-China bonds enhanced by military university alumni association

Aug 1 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka-China mutual cooperation was emphasized at the inauguration of the country's first-ever association for Sri Lankan alumni of the People's Liberation Army National Defence University (PLA NDU) in Colombo on Thursday. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Chinese National Defence University Alumni Association of SL, retired Major Gen. Vijitha Ravipriya said the organization would serve as a bridge to connect PLA NDU alumni in SL more..

Citra Lab facilitates design thinking approaches for PTF

Aug 1 (DM) Citra Lab has facilitated design thinking approaches for the Presidential Task Force (PTF) for economic revival and poverty alleviation, to introduce practical tools and approaches to tackle larger development issues which are to be taken on by the Presidential Task Force. Citra, Sri Lanka’s first social innovation lab, is supporting the execution of the PTF’s key tasks by lending its expertise on social innovation, foresighting and human-centered design to the process. more..

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Mosque and the market in Muslim politics

Aug 1 (FT) The mosque and the market in Sri Lanka represent two principal agents of change influencing Muslim political thought and action. By saying this, what is meant is not that these two institutions act as platforms for any particular brand of political ideology or campaign, but that the type of religious indoctrination relayed through the pulpit and the rationale underpinning economic behaviour and attitude of Muslim traders and businessmen, a representative profession in Islam, more..

Anatomy of a tribal democracy

Aug 1 (FT) The pen was once mightier than the sword. In the age of the smartphone the tongue has taken over. The point of departure of this essay is digital electioneering amidst social distancing. Thanks to the smartphone, behaviour tends to leave behind digital footprints. COVID-19 has substantially altered the cacophony of the electoral process. The main contenders have made a definite, meaning full switchover to digital campaigning, micro-targeting and online mobilisation. more..

General election: GTF discourages voters from backing major parties

Aug 1 (Island) The UK headquartered Global Tamil Forum (GTF), which has been working closely with Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has urged the Tamils to vote for those only contesting the northern and eastern regions. In addition to the TNA, the Thamizhi Makkal Tesiya Kootani or the Tamil People’s National Alliance led by former Northern Province CM C.V. Wigneswaran are in the fray in the former war zones. more..

Despite summons: Bathiudeen a no show at CID

Aug 1 (CT) Leader of ACMC and ex-Minister Rishad Bathiudeen failed to turn up at the CID on 31 July to record a statement in connection with the ongoing probe into Easter Sunday bombings, despite being summoned. CID sources said they have already made submissions to Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate’s Court regarding Bathiudeen’s failure to report to the CID when summoned. Bathiudeen had also failed to provide a statement to the CID after being summoned twice, prior to 27 July. more..

Akila rejects allegations on CCF fund misappropriation

Aug 1 (FT) UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam rejected allegations regarding misappropriation of funds at the Central Cultural Fund (CCF), arguing that there was no plan between the UNP and the Government to discredit SJB leader Sajith Premadasa ahead of next week’s General Election. Speaking at a press conference, Kariyawasam also stated that he was not aware of any misuse of funds at the CCF while he was a member off the CCF Administrative Council. more..

152 reports of abuse of public resources reported during campaign: TISL

Aug 1 (FT) Complaints on the misuse of State-sponsored development projects, State-owned vehicles and misconduct of public officials make up the majority of complaints received during the Parliamentary Election campaign period, watchdog Transparency International SL (TISL) said. TISL’s Program for the Protection of Public Resources (PPPR) had filed a total of 152 incident reports at the Elections Commission as more..

Govt ready to sell Colombo East Terminal to India: JVP

Aug 1 (Island) All arrangements have been made to sell the East Container Terminal of the Colombo South Harbour to India, the JVP alleges. JVP-led NPP Kalutara District candidate Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa said: “The Colombo harbour has been ranked 27th in the world in terms of efficiency. As per the statistics of the SL Ports Authority Colombo port could generate a revenue of Rs. 500,000 million a year. If the ECT of Colombo harbour is handed over to India we will be left with nothing. more..

Nearly 10,000 SL migrant workers lost their jobs due to COVID-19

Aug 1 (AD) Nearly 10,000 SL migrant workers have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SL Bureau of Foreign employment Deputy General Manager Mangala Randeniya stated. SLBFE is ready to provide all necessary facilities to repatriate migrant workers who wish to return to SL. “By now up to 8000- 9000 have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 situation. The most important fact of this situation is that the SLBFE staff and embassy are making efforts to re-employ them in different places. more..

'Following clash between NTJ and another group: SIS recommended impartial probe'

Aug 1 (CT) Following a clash between the National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) led by Zaharan Hashim and another organisation called the Sunnatul Wal Jama'at in 2017, the State Intelligence Service (SIS) recommended to the Kattankudy Police that an impartial investigation be conducted in that regard, said former SIS Director, Senior SDIG, Nilantha Jayawardena. He was testifying before the PCoI probing more..

Malpractices committed during previous regime when providing housing loans

Aug 1 (DN) Various malpractices have been committed when providing housing loans and constructing houses under the Ministry of Housing and Construction during the former govt’s time and monies spent for propaganda activities exceed a staggering Rs.570 million, authorities said. Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama expressed shock over details found following internal investigations over the way monies had been more..

SL envoy praises QC re-employment platform

Aug 1 (TP) Kohularangan Ratnasingam, Charge d’Affairs at the Embassy of SL to Qatar has praised the Qatar Chamber’s recently launched initiative called Labour Re-employment Platform in the Private Sector. He has emphasized that there are many Sri Lankans laid-off labour due to COVID-19 and would benefit from this platform and get new contracts. This came during a meeting hosted by the Chamber in the presence of the Commercial Attaché at SL embassy in Doha. more..

Masks mandatory for new MPs

Aug 1 (FT) MPs in the new Parliament are required to wear masks when inside the Chamber, including while participating in debates, in keeping with the Operational Guidelines on Preparedness and Response for COVID-19 Outbreak for Parliament which was announced. MPs should not remove or lower the mask when addressing in Parliament and as long as they remain in the Chamber, the Guidelines stipulate. more..

Sri Lanka’s inflation in July 2020 at 4.8%

Aug 1 (EN) SL’s inflation picked up slightly to 4.8% in the 12-months to July 2020 from 4.7% a in June. Colombo Consumer Price Index grew 0.1% in the month of July to 135.4 points from 135.3 points after growing 0.8% in June. The food index grew 0.1 points to 148 in July after growing 2.6% in June and 1.3% in May. The food index had grown 10.9% in the past 12-months. Non-foods also grew 0.1%. SL’s rupee fell close to 200 to the US dollar from 182 as March credit spiked amid money printing, more..

‘Many allegations but very few complaints’

Aug 1 (Island) Asoka Obeysekera, Executive Director of Transparency International in Sri Lanka said that as aggrieved parties did not come forward, many allegations of bribery were made but very few complaints were lodged. The aggrieved parties could inform the CIABOC or Transparency Int'l of their grievances pertaining to bribery who would make further investigations and inform CIABOC. A leading businessman recently alleged that both local as well as foreign investments in the country more..

Prez-PM battle no excuse for intelligence failure: GL

Aug 1 (Island) Former State Intelligence Service (SIS) Chief Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena’s testimony before the PCoI probing the Easter Sunday carnage had shown why Prez and PM should not be elected from two different parties, SLPP Chairman, Prof. G.L. Peiris, said. Prof. Peiris, who heads the SLPP National List said that former spy chief Jayawardena hadn’t shied away from pointing out how a dispute between Prez Sirisena more..

SMEs and entities serving domestic and foreign markets worst hit in COVID-19 crisis

Aug 1 (Island) SMEs and businesses serving domestic and foreign markets were the worst-hit sectors at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey titled An Initial Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Employers, carried out by The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) reveals. ‘While the hospitality and food service sector recorded the highest economic losses in terms of revenue, foreign exchange earnings and investment, exporters employing more than 250 more..

TTASL to appoint panel of national coaches

Aug 1 (DN) Table Tennis Association of SL (TTASL) has decided to appoint two new national coaches and four assistant coaches in their continuous search for medals at future international competitions. “We have decided to appoint a national coach for the Men’s and the Women’s Team and four additional coaches who would be assisting in their training,” a reliable source from the TTASL said. “The criteria for the appointment of national coaches and their assistants have already more..