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'Counter terrorism law: Confessions no longer admissible at trial'

Oct 13 (DM) Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan said confessions would no longer be admissible at the trial of a person charged with an offence under the new Counter Terrorism law and the same position should be applied to those already charged based on confessions. He said if the new counter terrorism Law accepts that position, then the Govt is obviously accepting the position that there can be no conviction, not even a charge more..

Many an eyebrow raised over victim having a disabled T-56 sans ammo

Oct 13 (Island) he military acknowledged that two soldiers arrested in connection with the killing of a soldier within the Sinha Regimental Headquarters, Ambepussa on Sept 21 had taken advantage of the practice of issuing assault rifles sans ammunition to men deployed for ceremonial guard duty, to steal the victim’s weapon. One of the CCTV cameras in the base has recorded a motorcycle speeding away. more..

Four Maldives' election officials flee to Sri Lanka, citing threats

Oct 13 (Reuters) Intimidation and threats drove four members of an election panel in the Maldives to flee the island nation, two officials said on Saturday, a day before its top court hears defeated president Abdulla Yameen’s challenge to his election loss last month. The tourist paradise has been in political upheaval since February, when a state of emergency was imposed by Yameen, who ran Indian Ocean islands with an iron hand, more..

Minister initiates search and preservation of Saradiel files

Oct 13 (ST) Speaking at the Kandy Courts Complex, Minister of Justice, Thalatha Athukorala, said immediate steps would be taken to order a search for documents pertaining to the famous Saradiel Trial and Judgements made by the District Judge and Civil Servant A.C. Lawrie. The minister took the decision in response to a statement made by the President of the Kandy Bar Association, Shantha Ratnayake who pointed more..

Move to declare open season on wild boar despite warnings

Oct 13 (ST) The Agriculture Ministry will seek Cabinet approval to lift the ban on the transport and sale of wild boar meat in the face of opposition from wildlife activists, citing the need to prevent the protected animal’s raids on cropland. Agriculture Ministry media director W.M.D. Wanninayake said wild animals caused about Rs. 18 billion damage of crops annually, with wild boar the major culprit as well as elephants, monkeys, porcupines and more..

Sri Lanka apparel exports up 7.8% in Aug despite Brexit hit

Oct 13 (EN) SL’s apparel exports grew 7.8% from a year earlier to US$ 444 million in August 2018, despite a fall in exports to the European Union amid Brexit troubles, data from the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), an industry body, showed. Exports to the EU fell 7.8% in August 2018. from a year earlier to 177 million dollars. "The Brexit problem is disturbing the market," JAAF Secretary General Tuli Cooray said. more..

Hakeem takes action to control Akurna floods

Oct 13 (Island) The govt has appointed a committee to inquire into flash floods in Akurana following a public protest. Residents alleged that the local authorities were responsible for the situation. Pointing out that illegal constructions caused flash floods, residents urged the govt to pull down those building. The City Planning and Water Supply Ministry issued the following statement: "A special Task Force has been formed to find more..

New-ball bowlers deliver England DLS win after Lasith Malinga five-for

Oct 13 (CI) Incisive bowling from Chris Woakes and a rapid spell from Olly Stone uprooted four SL wickets in the first nine overs - their collective new-ball effort outdoing Lasith Malinga's heroics at the death, and bringing about a 31-run for England win via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. Malinga had taken 4 for 19 in his final five overs, completing his first five-wicket haul in over four years, as England were restricted to 278 for 9 more..

Can Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa Re-unite Politically?

Oct 13 (DM) Former British Prime Minister and renowned statesman Sir Winston Churchill in a memorable radio speech over the BBC in 1939 referred to Russia in this way - “It (Russia) is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Keen observers of the current political scene in Sri Lanka may very well be excused if they veer around to the viewpoint that the island’s current Exec President too fits Churchill’s description more..

MS-MR meeting creates rumblings within UNP

Oct 13 (DM) All hell broke loose in the Govt after the news spread that President Maithripala Sirisena met with his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Colombo residence of MP S. B. Dissanayake ostensibly to discuss the formation of a new Govt. In this instance, it created rumblings within the UNP which is the main constituent of the national Unity Govt. The UNP MPs started harbouring fear whether their govt would more..

Notes for a Manifesto: Sports

Oct 13 (DM) Those who encourage children to take up a sport often speak about the virtues. Sports build character. Sports teach many things, we have all heard: courage, teamwork, determination and the ability to be gracious in defeat and humble in victory, fairness, integrity, responsibility and respect. Not all of these can be taught or learned in a classroom, obviously. Now almost all children engage in sports and games, either in a formal, structured setting (in a school or club) or informally more..

Let us invest in Daddy’s Little Girl

Oct 13 (DM) In 1950, the Mills Brothers and in 1967, the famous American singer Al Martino sang a beautiful and heart-warming song about Daddy’s Little Girl. It goes like this: “You’re the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold, You’re daddy’s little girl to have and hold, A precious gem is what you are, You’re mommy’s bright and shining star, You’re the spirit of Christmas, my star on the tree, You’re the Easter bunny to mommy and me, You’re sugar, you’re spice, you’re everything nice, more..

'Desist from spreading false news'

Oct 13 (CT) Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga, criticized the JVP over the spreading of false news on the joint venture project between SL and India, said to develop the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm. He thereafter requested the Party to refrain from doing so. Elsewhere Minister said in 2003, the UNP Govt had handed over a certain number of fuel tanks at the Farm on a 35-year lease to IOC. more..

Now a bus fare formula !

Oct 13 (CT) Hot on the heels of a fuel price formula, now there is going to be a price formula for buses. The Govt hopes to introduce a new price formula to revise bus fares before the end of this year, Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Asoka Abeysinghe said yesterday. Replying to an Oral Question raised by MP Dayasiri Jayasekara, the Deputy Minister further said Cabinet had appointed a committee to revise the current methodology of determining bus fares. more..

Video: Wild elephant dies after falling into canal

Oct 13 (AD) A wild elephant has died after it had fallen into a canal nearby a paddy field in Ruhunuketha, Welikanda. The elephant, aged nearly 30 years and around 8-and-a-half feet in height, had been wandering the Somawathiya National Park, according to Giritale veterinary surgeons’ office. The cause of death of the elephant is reportedly an intensified allergic reaction to a wound on one of its back legs. The elephant could not be saved despite giving him necessary medical treatment more..

Hirunika hails SC verdict despite mixed feelings

Oct 13 (FT) Commenting on the verdict delivered by the Supreme Court on former MP Duminda Silva’s death sentence, MP Hirunika Premachandra said she had mixed feelings about the ruling. The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the appeals filed by former MP Duminda Silva and two others against their death penalties over the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. “As a Buddhist I feel sad, more..

Dilan, Thenuka excel at Youth Olympics

Oct 13 (Island) Track and field athletes did well to secure top positions in their respective heats on day one of the athletics competition of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday. Sir John Kothalawala College, Kurunegala sprinter Dilan Bogoda and Royal College high jumper Thenuka Amarasinghe were ranked overall fifth and fourth in their respective events as they did well in their heats. Bogoda clocked his personal best (48.52 sec) to finish third in the fourth heat more..

Sri Lankan honorary consul in Kerala dead

Oct 13 (Hindu) Honorary consul of Sri Lanka in Kerala Joemon Joseph died at a private hospital in Kochi on Friday. He was 43. Mr. Joseph had been under treatment for high blood pressure and other related complications for the past few days and breathed his last at 5.45 p.m. Mr. Joseph had taken charge as the honorary consul in 2013. He had secured master’s from the UN on conflictology and published two books in English titled CSR Business Racism & Sri Lanka’s post-conflict woes, more..

Wijeyadasa stresses need for stronger laws to battle bribery and corruption

Oct 13 (Island) The amendment to the Commissions of Inquiry Act was intended to lower the duplicity of proceedings and expedite the judicial process, Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told parliament yesterday. With the amendment, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry Act and the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry Act would be brought to an equal level, he said. He made these observations, opening more..

Namal Kumara in fresh controversy: Prez Office seeks CID probe

Oct 13 (Island) Civil society activist Namal Kumara, who recently alleged a conspiracy against President Maithripala Sirisena and wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is now under investigation by CID following a complaint by the Presidential Secretariat. Dr. Samantha Kithalawaarachchi, Director, Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention yesterday said that a complaint had been lodged with the CID seeking an inquiry to ascertain whether Namal Kumara, a resident of more..

RDA, Coca-Cola and Eco-Spindles launch the Give Back Life PET recycling project

Oct 13 (DM) Demonstrating its commitment to Give Back Life to PET plastic bottles, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd. along with the Road Development Authority (RDA) and Eco-Spindles Pvt Ltd. ( part of BPPL Group) recently launched an initiative to place Collection Bins and Educational Signage at strategic exit points along the Colombo - Katunayake Expressway for the convenience of motorists to dispose PET plastic bottles for recycling, without littering public spaces. more..

Sil Redi distribution case: Lalith Weeratunga’s appeal re-fixed for Oct 19

Oct 13 (DN) Two Appeal petitions filed by former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge and former TRC Director General Anusha Palpita challenging the judgement of the Colombo High Court to convict them over the Sil Redi distribution case were yesterday fixed for Oct 19 by the Court of Appeal. When the matter came up before the Court of Appeal two-judge-Bench comprising Justice Deepali Wijesundara and more..

Industrial production up only 0.4% in August

Oct 13 (FT) Index of Industrial Production (IIP) has increased by 0.4% in August compared to a year earlier, Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) revealed yesterday. IIP reported for the month of August 2018 and 2017 were 109.4 and 109.0 respectively. The IIP for the month of August 2018 has been released by the Department of Census and Statistics. The IIP is an index which details out the growth of sub sectors of the industry sector in a given period of time. more..

Lion Brewery regrets leaving Indian market

Oct 13 (EN) Lion Brewery regrets leaving the Indian beer market to focus on its home market, a senior company official said, noting that many local firms are reluctant to risk venturing overseas and fear foreign competition. Suresh Shah, Executive Director of the Lion Brewery (Ceylon) Ltd., said they understood the risks and complexities of the Indian market when they entered, but withdrew to give priority to investments to grow the home market, recovering after the ethnic war. more..

Video: FCID returns Ford Mustang imported by Namal to owner

Oct 13 (DM) The controversial Ford Mustang which was reportedly imported by MP Namal Rajapaksa, was today returned to its current owner by the FCID. The vehicle was under FCID custody for more than two years after it was seized from Kaduwela in 2016. Counsel Premanath Dolawatta who appeared for the owner said the FCID had not arrested a single suspect in connection with the case. more..

Tourism infrastructure development drive in North

Oct 13 (DN) As part of its comprehensive plans to develop tourism in the Northern Province, SL Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) opened the newly constructed Comfort Centres at Talaimannar for the use of local and foreign tourists visiting the beach. Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga and Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran declared the Comfort Centres, which marked the first step of a larger infrastructure more..

Sri Lanka seeks to strengthen defence cooperation with Thailand

Oct 13 (FT) State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene has stressed on the importance of strengthening defence cooperation with Thailand during an official visit to the Asian country. State Minister, who commenced a four-day official visit to Thailand from Monday upon an invitation extended by the Thai Government, met with Thai Minister of Defence General Pravit Wongsuwan at the City Hall of Defence on Tuesday (9). During the discussion, Thai Minister of Defence expressed his more..

Sri Lanka-Kuwait talks stress bigger role for private sector

Oct 13 (FT) Department of Commerce yesterday announced that the second session of Kuwait-SL Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) held in Kuwait concluded on a successful note, while emphasising that private sector from both countries have a bigger role with a pioneering chamber to chamber MoU is now envisioned. “At the second session of the Kuwait-SL JMC on Trade and Technical Cooperation held in Kuwait from more..

Ceremonial farewell for Chief Justice Dep

Oct 13 (DN) Outgoing Chief Justice Priyasath Dep was accorded a ceremonial farewell by the Supreme Court. The judges of the Supreme Court and Appeal Court, AG Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala, Ministry officials, BASL President Silva and lawyers attended the farewell ceremony at the Supreme Court yesterday morning. Chief Justice Priyasath Dep retired from service yesterday upon reaching the retirement age. He functioned as 45th Chief Justice of SL. more..

Sri Lanka win 14 medals and finish 14th

Oct 13 (DN) Sri Lanka emerged with a silver in the last field event when Nuwan Indika Gamage delivered the fourteenth medal in the Men's Long Jump T44, T62/64 at the Asian Para Games continued at Jakarta in Indonesia. Nuwan’s best jump of 6.09m came in the sixth attempt, which was enough to fetch him the silver medal. Eddy Bernard from Malaysia established new game record and won the gold with a season's best jump of 6.30m, which he managed in his fifth attempt. more..

RIT Law put to test; civil activists demand to know MPs' assets and wealth

Oct 13 (Island) Rata Surakimu movement has requested the Elections Commission to furnish them with information on how many MPs have declared their assets while also requesting the Dept of Inland Revenue for information on how many MPs have declared their taxable incomes and keep tax records. They have have lodged these requests under the Law of Right-to-Information (RIT). "We have sought the same information more..

Joe Root keen for England to continue their spin revolution

Oct 13 (CI) Over the last 3 years, ODI side that has fared the best against spin is India. That is pretty much as expected. What may be a little more of a surprise - though perhaps not any more - is that England are the second-best on that list, and they are second only by a whisker. Where India average 58.27 against spin through this period, England are currently at 56.83. These 2 sides are miles ahead of the competition. Pakistan, 3rd-best, average 41.45 runs for every wicket they lose to a spinner. more..

Some 875 air freshener machines for Western Provincial Counciillors

Oct 13 (Island) Western Provincial council a heavenly abode comprised with all the luxuries, wealth and treasures we only have heard in fairy tales is again in the limelite of news, Having ordered ultra comfort chairs at a cost of more than Rs 844000 each in foreign exchange, at a time the PM and Finance Minister imposing severe restrictions on foreign exchange outflows, and having installed a gold decorated entrance to the new building depicting sculpture of the Kotte era, more..

National Sports Festival: Charith Kapukotuwa sets up a new meet record

Oct 13 (Island) The US based athlete Charith Kapukotuwa established a new meet record when he hurled the hammer to a distance of 50.86 metres in the men’s hammer throw event on day one of the National Sports Festival athletics championship at Polonnaruwa on Friday. Sisira Kumara and S.R. Kumarasiri were well behind with throws of 46.97 metres and 46.84 metres respectively. more..

SL ready to host Asian 7s Series final leg

Oct 13 (Island) Race Course International Rugby Stadium, Colombo will be the venue for the third and final leg of the Asian Sevens Series 2018 today and tomorrow. Eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams will compete for silverware throughout the weekend in what would be an exciting two days of scintillating sevens rugby action. Japan have won all Cups on offer, winning both the men’s and women’s competition in Hong Kong and Korea in the previous legs. Kazakhstan finished second in more..

Condemning NPC alone not warranted

Oct 13 (Island) Never before in its history of a century and a half has the Sri Lanka Police and the IGP come in for so much criticism and even downright condemnation The President says that Jayasundara is not fit to be the IGP. The Minister in charge of Law and Order and his Deputy do not think so. The nation is confused. The media is having a field day. A retired police driver who met me a few days back asked me, "Sir, why is the Prez gunning for IGP. Whom to believe Sir. more..