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Bigger lenders also behaving like loan sharks in Sri Lanka: Finance Minister

Feb 15 (EN) Sri Lanka is bringing laws to regulate micro-finance which are behaving like loan sharks giving loans to people who cannot afford them, but some regulated lenders are also engaging in such practices, the finance minister said. The govt is providing 1.4 billion rupees to write of the capital and interest of 45,000 women borrowers, up to 100,000 rupees especially in the former war zones of the north. more..

Govt jobs for A/L qualifiers: Prez objects to cabinet proposal

Feb 15 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have objected to a cabinet proposal to grant employment to 7,500 GCE A/L qualifiers in the state sector. The govt has submitted this proposal to the regular cabinet meeting conducted on Tuesday. The govt has decided to select these youths for jobs through the National Youth Services Council. However, the President said that it would not be appropriate when there were so many unemployed graduates in the country. more..

Madush, Amal and Nadeemal remanded till Feb. 24: Lawyer

Feb 15 (DM) 31 suspects including drug kingpin Makandure Madush, singer Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal, who were arrested in Dubai, were remanded till Feb 24 after being produced in a Dubai Court, Counsel Shabdika Wellappili said. He told the Daily Mirror that he met singer Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal, who were in police custody today. Counsel Wellappili said Dubai authorities had informed him that bail applications could be filed to get Amal and Nadeemal released. more..

Sports Minister planning revolutionary changes to cricket

Feb 15 (DN) Sports Minister Harin Fernando said that he is looking forward to do some revolutionary changes in Sri Lanka Cricket together with the new board members who will be elected in the forthcoming election. Minister also said that he does not want to interfere with SLC’s responsibilities and assured that he neither has personal or political agendas when dealing with issues related to SLC. more..

Sand mining permits in Trinco suspended

Feb 15 (DM) Sand mining permits in the Trincomalee district would be suspended from tomorrow for two weeks, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau Chairman W.M.A.S. Iddawela said. He said the decision was taken after considering the malpractices and irregularities involving sand mining in the district. “The issues related to the matter were raised by several public representatives at the Consultative Committee of the Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry more..

Niroshan rejects allegations

Feb 15 (DM) UPFA MP Niroshan Premaratne rejected allegations levelled against him relating to his links with Makandure Madush and reports of financial assistance from him. “Several MPs are making false allegations that I have obtained a loan worth Rs. 80 million and further question, how could I manage to obtain such a loan?,” the MP said. “In the first place, I would like to say that I have not obtained a loan worth Rs. 80 million, but did obtain a loan worth Rs. 30 million,” the MP added. more..

Video: Law must be enforced properly irrespective of status & positions: President

Feb 15 (AD) Prea Sirisena emphasized that the law must be properly enforced against the persons who are engaged in drug smuggling and environmental damage irrespective of their status and positions in the society. Prez made these remarks addressing the Anuradhapura District Environmental Conference held at the Salgadu Grounds in Anuradhapura, today (14). He expressing his views further said that more..

Police find Rs 70M worth Kerala Ganja in crashed SUV

Feb 15 (CT) 70 kilos of Kerala Ganja (KG) was seized by the Maradana Police in the early hours of yesterday. At around 3.30 a.m., a SUV crashed into the middle isle of the pedestrian bridge near Maradana Railway Station causing severe damages to the SUV jeep-tearing of its right front wheel. Several persons in the SUV had fled when Police reached the crash site. Around 70 kg of KG-packed in 17 parcels, worth Rs 70 million was found inside the SUV. more..

Video: Kanaka Herath on why UNP wants a presidential election

Feb 15 (AD) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe wants to put forward a candidate who is unable to win the Presidential Election and thereby safeguard his position as Leader of the UNP, claims UPFA MP Kanaka Herath. Speaking at a press conference, he said that although the UNP wants a presidential election next, what the country needs right now is a Provincial Council election. Herath charged that the UNP is asking for a presidential poll in order to resolve the internal crisis of the party. more..

KKS commercial operations to begin with Indian assistance

Feb 15 (FT) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said steps would be taken to develop a vibrant economic hub around the Kankesanthurai Harbour that would be transformed into a commercial port with Indian assistance. He visited the KKS area yesterday to discuss the implementation of $ 45.27 million development project for KKS Harbour. PM instructed officials to work expeditiously to finalise land acquisition more..

Hutch, BOI in supplementary agreement

Feb 15 (DN) Board of Investment signed a Supplementary Agreement with Hutchison Telecom Lanka (Pvt) Ltd on Feb 11, 2019. Thirukumar Nadarasa, CEO, Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Hemasiri Fernando, Chairman, BOI signed the Agreement. Champika Malalgoda, Director General was present at the signing ceremony at BOI Head Office, Colombo. Hutchison Telecom Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., has been operating in Sri Lanka for over two decades and more..

Policeman injured in shooting at Kadawatha

Feb 15 (AD) A policeman was reportedly injured and hospitalised following a shooting incident at Kadawatha today (14), during the arrest of a suspected drug dealer. The Kadawatha Police Station had received information that a person inside a three-wheeler near the Bo Tree in the Kadawatha Town was in possession of heroin. Based on this information, a raid was carried out at around 5.10 p.m. today resulting in the arrest of the suspect along with the three-wheeler. more..

CIABOC questions Ravi K: Karunanayake calls it routine inquiry

Feb 15 (Island) CIABOC, yesterday, recorded a statement from Minister Ravi Karunanayake regarding CB bond scams involving the Perpetual Treasuries (PTL). CIABOC questioned Minister close on the heels of investigators recording a statement from Arjun Aloysius, the owner of the PTL. However, Minister told The Island that though various matters were taken up, PTL issue wasn’t. He indicated that it was routine inquiry. more..

Sri Lanka has to reform soft-peg to avoid monetary instability, default: Bellwether

Feb 15 (EN) In 2018 instability generated by an inconsistent monetary policy framework not only killed a nascent economic recovery that began in the first quarter, but also brought the country into the brink of sovereign default. The liquidity shocks generated in the attempt to peruse independent monetary policy while operating a soft-pegged exchange rate with multiple convertibility undertakings has led to a collapse of the exchange rate, undermining free trade strategy of govt more..

Bell Geospace wins Sri Lanka offshore oil airborne gravity survey deal

Feb 15 (EN) Govt has awarded U.S. firm Bell Geospace Ltd. a contract to explore for offshore oil and gas deposits using gravity and magnetic techniques that enable faster detection of deposits and give more precise locations for drilling. The Cabinet this week approved the contract on a proposal presented by Minister Kabeer Hashim. The contract for gravity, gravity sequential and magnetic surveys will cover Mannar Basin off west coast and Cauvery Basin off northern peninsula. more..

Interim committee if stay order is given for SLC elections: Sports Minister

Feb 15 (DN) Sports Minister Harin Fernando stated that they would have no alternative but to appoint an interim committee if a stay order is given preventing the Sri Lanka Cricket elections from being held. The elections are scheduled for Feb 21. Two candidates contesting the forthcoming SLC elections Mohan de Silva and Ravin Wickremaratne had their nominations rejected by the Election Appeals Committee and more..

Tender for bags boomerangs: Lanka Phosphate incurs Rs. 20 mn loss

Feb 15 (DN) The Lanka Phosphate Limited in Eppawala has incurred a Rs. 20 million loss by purchasing high price bags to pack fertiliser. The Chief Internal Audit Unit of the ministry has revealed that the loss incurred in the tender process where low price bids were neglected to buy 120,000 bags for 2019. The bags were bought at Rs 47.74 each. However, tenders had been presented for low rates as much as Rs 39.30 by a company of the six companies that submitted bids. more..

Four more banks obtain enjoining orders against MTD Walkers

Feb 15 (FT) Four leading Banks in SL, namely Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank, Sampath Bank, and Nations Trust Bank, this week sought for Enjoining Orders against MTD Walkers, a listed company engaging in infrastructure-related businesses including civil engineering, heavy engineering, electrical engineering, pile construction, power generation, real estate development, marine engineering and trading of heavy equipment and in multidisciplinary engineering activities in SL more..

Speaker calls for polls on schedule

Feb 15 (Island) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya stressed the responsibility on the part of the govt to hold elections as scheduled. He said that elections should not only be held in a free and fair environment but on time. Speaker said so in his brief comments at an event organised by the PAFFREL at the BMICH to celebrate its 30th anniversary. He twice emphasised the need for scheduled elections to take place. more..

Proteas Women seal Sri Lanka whitewash

Feb 15 (CI) South Africa sealed their series against Sri Lanka with a 30-run win in the second game in Potchefstroom. Captain Chamari Atapattu powered Sri Lanka's chase with a boundary-laden 94, but no other Sri Lanka batsman reached fifty and the visitors were bowled out for 231 in pursuit of a revised target of 262 in 47 overs. The visitors lost eight wickets for 63 runs, after a 110-run second-wicket stand. The hosts were without their captain, Dane van Niekerk, who was ruled out for more..

Video: MR could even nominate Shiranthi as presidential candidate

Feb 15 (DM) Minister Navin Dissanayaka said yesterday that opposition and SLPP de-facto leader Mahinda Rajapaksa could even nominate his wife Shiranthi as the presidential candidate of the joint opposition because he is the sole decision maker on this subject on behalf of the JO and the SLPP. He said that the UNF would take a collective decision on the UNF candidate after consulting all constituent parties of the UNF, minority parties, Pradeshi Sabha and Provincial Council members & UNF MPs. more..

Steyn's for-four helps South Africa extend advantage

Feb 15 (CI) South Africa extended their lead to 170 by stumps on the second day of a fast-moving Test at Kingsmead, but lost four wickets in the process. This kept Sri Lanka just about in the game, their persistence with the ball making up a little for their brittleness with the bat as their top order offered flair, but little substance. Kusal Perera's 51 was the top score in their 191. Dale Steyn collected 4 for 48, moving ahead of more..

Independence: Its meaning and a direction for the future

Feb 15 (Island) The seventy first anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence was celebrated on the fourth of February. Independence should mean that the Sri Lankan nation is free to self-determine who and what they want to be as a nation and charter their destiny. The question is whether Sri Lanka is free enough to make such a determination. Thus independence day becomes a day of retrospect for us to look back to consider whether we have used our independence wisely or not, more..

Keshav Maharaj's progress stalls as South Africa settle for pace prowess

Feb 15 (CI) South Africa are ranked No. 2 in Tests, have the most fearsome phalanx of quicks on the planet, a serviceable top order, and are, in general, an outstanding fielding side. Despite a regular loss of wickets late on day two at Kingsmead, they have imposed themselves on Sri Lanka, and have achieved a strong position in the match. This is roughly how this Test was supposed to go, so no real surprises, right? Except maybe a minor one. South Africa's dominance has been achieved more..

What ails the BIA?

Feb 15 (SO) Often in our houses, the entrance and the living room are the cleanest and most visually pleasing areas in the entire house, simply because we believe beauty and cleanliness in the front says it all. The prime gateway to the country, the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is the entrance to not just another country but to the world’s best travel destination for 2019, as hailed by world famous travel magazine Lonely Planet. more..

Edtorial: The law is an ass

Feb 15 (Island) Sri Lankans, desirous of having the rule of law restored, must have said, the other day, a la Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist, The law is an ass. We argued, in this space, recently, that though the govt claimed that everyone was equal before the law, the ruling pigs, like the swine in Orwell’s Animal Farm, were more equal than others. Present-day leaders came to power, making a solemn pledge to create a utopia, but we are still living in the same old dystopia, where politicians in power are more..

How the Constitutional Council vets judges, IGPs, AGs and others

Feb 15 (SO) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, who also serves as Chairman of the Constitutional Council, on Friday tabled in Parliament a report of the Council setting out its duties, activities and the criteria by which the Council recommends and approves appointments to key positions under the terms of the Constitution. The Constitutional Council was set up in July 2015 through the 19th Amendment of the Constitution, which introduced Chapter VII A to the Constitution. Prior to the 19th Amendment, more..

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Rather satisfied view of less chaotic SL

Feb 15 (Island) Cassandra endured shivers going down her spine and then bouts of relief when she watched Hard Talk on BBC, Saturday 9 February. She greatly admires Stephen Sakur, who interviews on most of this programme. In this particular interview he was conversing with an Ex-Supreme Court Judge of Venezuela who is in exile in Miami. Sakur pointedly asked him how he was to be believed when only a couple of months ago he was much with Nicolas Maduro & within his govt. more..

The Political Economy of Drugs

Feb 15 (CT) Almost all the newspapers carried banner headlines about the arrest of Makandure Madush by Dubai Police at a party held in a six-star hotel in Dubai. It was said that Makandure Madush has been the key figure behind many a crime executed in Sri Lanka in the last decade or so. As usual, all the politicians are trying hard to get the credit of the arrest of Madush. At the same time the politicians are trying to prove appearing on media that they have no links whatsoever with him. more..

'Ranil is a twisted democrat'

Feb 15 (CT) JVP Leader and MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, says a candidate will be put forward for the Presidential Election, through a broad alliance that will be set up, with the intervention of the JVP. Q: For a considerable time, JVP has been preparing policy plans with a National Intellectual Council. This time too, it is being prepared with a difference. You are not successful because you do not have power, isn’t that so? more..

Smartness without smartphones

Feb 15 (DN) Would our children be smart enough to survive without the internet or smartphone in near future? The word smart we use to describe Smartphone, is not a mere word but an acronym. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. According to the survey done by Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), the primary motivation of SL youth for using social media is maintaining relationships or, in other words, keeping in touch with friends and families. more..

Gota says two behind Lasantha murder: Who was the other?

Feb 15 (CT) The Daily Mirror newspaper of 12th February carried an interview with Gotabaya Rajapaksa nestled in the front section. The interview would have been better placed in the TV section. The infantile explanation was straight out of Aesop’s Fables. Gotabaya says that Lasantha murder, Keith torture and assault and the Prageeth Ekneligoda disappearance were done by two people. Who? He does not say. Is this the humbug that we want as a President of this country? more..

Demonism and Witchcraft in Sri Lanka as seen In 1865

Feb 15 (Roar) Despite the advances that Sri Lankans make in this modern age, the beliefs that Sri Lankans have in the supernatural runs deep and unshakeable. This was demonstrated publicly in October 2017 when the Captain of the national cricket team, Dinesh Chandimal stated that he received blessings from a sorcerer ahead of a two-match series against Pakistan and that was what led to the team’s victory. more..

Constitutional commitment

Feb 15 (DN) Whatever the policy differences they have, the two high ups in the ruling hierarchy, President and PM were unanimous in their public pronouncements that there is no possibility to submit a draft constitution to the current Parliament of which the term will expire in August 2020. Prez Sirisena, allaying the fears that the unitary status and the place given to Buddhism in the constitution were in danger, clarified that no proposal has been submitted so far to the Cabinet or the P'ment more..

MMDA, ACJU, Politicians & Women

Feb 15 (CT) It is ten years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becoming Law No. 45 in 1975. Neither in drafting the original Act nor in its subsequent amendments Muslim women were ever consulted. It was all a male affair. The need for further reforms to the Act in order to reflect more..