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Bishop of Mannar, environmentalists file FR against Adani wind power project

Jun 12 (FT) In a significant move, Bishop of the Diocese of Mannar Rev. Emmanuel Fernando and three prominent environmentalists filed a fundamental rights petition in Supreme Court yesterday against the proposed 250 MW Mannar Wind Power Project by Adani Green Energy. The petition, lodged by environmentalists Rohan Pethiyagoda, Prof. Nimal Gunatilleke, Prof. Sarath Kotagama, and Bishop Rev. Fr. Fernando, more..

Over 20,000 Athletes for Sir John Tarbet Meet

Jun 12 (DN) Over 20, 000 athletes from nearly 1000 schools are expected to take part in Sir John Tarbet Athletic Championship while first stage of the event will be from June 13-14 at Duraiyappa Stadium, Jaffna for Northern Province and Anuradhapura District school athletes. CBL Foods International came forward to sponsor this event for the 12th consecutive year while their aim is to develop school athletes to the National level through the Sir John Tarbet Athletic Championship said more..

Four Lankan Javelin throwers to South Korea

Jun 12 (Island) Country’s top javelin throwers including national record holders Sumeda Ranasinghe and Dilhani Lekamge were scheduled to leave for South Korea yesterday to compete in the Asian Throwing Championships which will be held on June 14 and 15 in Mokpo. Championship will be crucial for Lekamge who is the leading contender in the women’s category to earn an Olympic berth. Currently she is ranked 30th in the Road to Paris 2024 rankings. more..

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Process SL refugee’s plea for Indian citizenship, Madras HC directs India’s...

Jun 12 (Hindu) Madras High Court has directed the Indian Home Ministry to process an application filed by a SL refugee, who has been reportedly residing in India since 1990, for Indian citizenship and pass a speaking order, either accepting or rejecting his plea. Justice Anita Sumanth made it clear that a reasoned order must be passed on the citizenship application filed by Gajendiran, within 12 weeks, after seeking all necessary clarifications from the applicant and by following the applicable rules & regulations. more..

Bus drivers need rest/sanitation facilities

Jun 12 (TM) Various health issues such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and high blood sugar levels are common among bus drivers, and therefore, the services available to address such issues need to be expanded and should look into the multifaceted nature of the causes of these health-related concerns. Noting this, private bus owners explained that that is a necessity that calls for immediate attention as operating buses involves the lives of passengers. more..

SLC officials’ term not extended, says Harin

Jun 12 (DN) The Minister of Sport cannot and had not extended term of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as erroneously stated in the media said Sports Minister Harin Fernando. Any Federation must have an election in terms of the provisions of its constitution in electing office bearers. Minister further said there is a cabinet appointed committee to draft a new constitution for SLC headed by K.T Chitrasiri retired judge of the Supreme Court. more..

Tactical errors cost Sri Lanka dearly

Jun 12 (Island) This year, Sri Lanka recorded series wins over both Bangladesh and Afghanistan in T-20 cricket. Yet, it is those two teams that are sitting pretty in the World Cup here in US. While Afghanistan stunned New Zealand, Bangladesh overcame Sri Lanka and nearly pulled off an upset win over formidable South Africa. Such is the brutality of the T-20 format. A few errors could cost you dearly and suddenly you are under the pump facing elimination from the competition. more..

Sri Lanka take on Nepal in must win game

Jun 12 (DN) After two back to back defeats by South Africa and Bangladesh, SL team is ready to come up with a winning mentality at the T-20 World Cup when they will meet inexperienced Nepal today at Lauderhill Florida commencing at 5am SL time. This is SL’s must win game to have some hope for the Super eight round. SL have to win both Nepal and Netherlands matches to keep alive the super eight chance. In addition SL will need at least one (ideally both) of those sides to beat Bangladesh. more..

Complaint to CIABOC soon on BMW duty fraud probe

Jun 12 (TM) A civil society organisation (CSO) is planning to lodge a complaint with the CIABOC in connection with the alleged duty fraud involving 1,728 BMW vehicles, and is seeking the higher authorities’ intervention, including those of the Prez’s and the PM’s, against the SL Customs administration for its lethargy in investigating the matter. The complaint to the CIABOC will specifically seek legal action to obtain a Court order more..

BoardPAC elevates board governance standards through collaboration with JSE

Jun 12 (FT) BoardPAC, the leading provider of board governance solutions, is excited to rekindle discussions with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), marking a significant stride toward enhancing board governance standards in South Africa. This renewed engagement echoes its commitment to forging strategic alliances, building upon its previous collaboration efforts, and advancing governance practices. In a recent meeting between Team BoardPAC & key stakeholders from JSE, more..

Sri Lankan Sheraj Obeyesekere appointed as CEO of South Pacific Stock Exchange in Fiji

Jun 12 (FT) Board of Directors at the South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPX), the licensed operator of the stock market in Fiji has announced the appointment of Sri Lankan Sheraj Obeyesekere as its Chief Executive Officer with effect from June. The appointment places the new CEO of SPX (34) among the youngest Chief Executives in the Stock Exchange industry. Sheraj holds 12 years of experience in the corporate sector, having worked across multiple industries including roles more..

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Editorial: Playing ball, the govt’s way

Jun 12 (Island) Sri Lanka’s bankruptcy is not solely economic or financial; it is multisectoral as evident from the steep decline in standards, inefficiency, corruption and even dysfunctionality affecting other spheres. It has not even spared men’s cricket, which is fast losing its status as the de facto national sport owing to the players’ consistently poor performance and public resentment towards the cricket administration, which has become a metaphor for corruption. more..

Sri Lanka studies Bangladesh e-procurement

Jun 12 (ST) SL’s public procurement framework based on guidelines issued in 2006/7 is undergoing a major transformation with further upgrading of e-procurement system currently in operation since 2019. Although the e- govt procurement system is being operated, it has not yet fully digitised the current process and vulnerable to malpractices because it is very difficult to monitor transactions, an official of the Finance Ministry said. A 7-member official team visited Bangladesh this week more..

State evades higher wage to plantation workers as private sector forced to comply

Jun 12 (FT) Despite the Govt’s threats to take over estates managed by Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) that do not comply with the mandated wage increase to Rs. 1,700, it has been revealed that State-owned Janatha Estate Development Board (JEDB) and SL State Plantation Corporation (SLSPC) have not adhered to this directive. Sources within the JEDB and SLSPC, confirmed that they have not paid their more..

Debt restructuring: Talks delayed to avoid Zambia style repetition

Jun 12 (TM) Govt of SL took time to complete its external debt restructuring as it tried to avoid any complications such as which Zambia went through, State Minister Shehan Semasinghe said. He said that Zambia debt restructuring saw complications even after the creditors agreed on signing MOUs, which delayed SL’s debt talks since advisors and authorities wanted to avoid such complications. “In our discussions, we constantly ensured that what happened in Zambia won’t happen to SL,” more..

Instability that will most hurt economic recovery is electoral uncertainty

Jun 12 (Island) The petrol and gas queues are gone, but economic statistics paint a grim picture. SL’s int'l debt continues to mount inexorably as it did before the economic crash. Two years ago when the economic crisis hit, it was in the region of USD 80 billion. According to news reports, SL’s debt has now increased to over USD 100 billion amid marginal improvement in some macroeconomic measures (such as inflation), while unpaid principal and interest on selected debt exceed US$ 6.4 b. more..

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Janitorial staff: Low salary, several familial dependents

Jun 12 (TM) The majority of janitorial staff have several dependents in their families and draw a low salary. These findings were made in an updated review article on ‘An assessment of the job satisfaction of janitorial staff in two tertiary care hospitals in the Kandy District’ which was authored by R.P. Weliwita and S.S. Dolamulla (both attached to the Health Ministry) and published in the Sri Lankan Journal of Medical Administration's 24th Volume's Second Issue, last month. more..

Child labour: It’s time to CLEAR supply chains

Jun 12 (DM) When 16-year-old Jude Kumar Ishalini from Dayagama succumbed to severe burn injuries while being employed at a former Minister’s residence, it exposed the harrowing consequences of child labour. Subsequent arrests and two postmortems revealed that Ishalini was subjected to long-term sexual abuse, sparking islandwide protests by estate workers and human rights activists, demanding justice for the deceased. In the wake of this incident, SL govt made more..

Referendum conundrum

Jun 12 (TM) Following UNP General Secretary Palitha Range bandara’s suggestion to extend the Prez’s term for two years without elections, constitutional and legal experts have voiced strident criticism, pointing out the undemocratic aspects of such a measure. Range bandara recently presented a proposal, which came under fire from all quarters, to postpone both the Prez and General Elections by a span of two years, emphasising that more..

Enforcing laws on economic targets

Jun 12 (ST) Can economic targets be mandated by law? While there may be provision to do this, it is morally and ethically wrong to do so since voters change govts entrusting new regimes with a fresh start and a re-look at the economy. This was also the dilemma facing my friend Pedris Appo – short for Appuhamy – a retired agriculture expert who does farming, when we chatted during a Thursday morning call. “How can they bring laws to enforce economic targets? That is so unfair when more..

A voter’s alternative to Preference Voting and Mixed Member Voting system

Jun 12 (DM) The historic amalgam of People’s uprising through the Peaceful new generation Aragalaya-2022 and the Country’s declared Bankruptcy has provided overwhelming and glaring evidence that cannot be matched by any measure of research, regarding the weaknesses in our Electoral system which has over the last several decades allowed power-hungry, mediocre and nepotic politicians to rule the roost in our Parliament. Thus, the following urgent System changes more..

Denary Odyssey, ten diverse artistic expressions

Jun 12 (SO) Denary Odyssey, an evocative visual art exhibition that brings together the distinct and powerful voices of ten contemporary artists will be held at the Harold Peiries Gallery and Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo 7 from June 28 to 30. The opening ceremony will be held on June 28 at 6 pm. Denary Odyssey encapsulates the fusion of ten diverse artistic expressions showcasing a collective endeavor of ten contemporary more..

Fly Highdream Big

Jun 12 (CT) SL walking the earth with eyes focused skywards! We are living in an era under a High Level focus by UN authorities on the creation of a global level road map, with an open data platform, to commit all nations towards a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). This concept emerged with the Heads of State and High Representatives of Govts meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York from 25-27 Sept 2015 to celebrate its 17th anniversary, deciding on a new action more..

On impunity and influence

Jun 12 (TM) As Sri Lanka moves towards a recovery path, it cannot afford to sustain past practices of poor-governance and impunity which acted as enablers to push the island nation towards the slippery slope of economic doom. Despite much chest-pumping by lawmakers on both sides of the political divide, many seem hell-bent on sustaining the old practices which have proven to weaken Sri Lanka’s democracy and governance. 2024, is not the time to repeat such errors. more..

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Foreign Minister Sabry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Jun 11 (MFA) Foreign Minister Ali Sabry who is currently in Russia to participate in the BRICS 2024 Foreign Ministerial Session with developing countries had a bilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday. During the meeting, the two Foreign Ministers agreed to further enhance bilateral ties, including in the spheres of tourism, higher education and economic cooperation. Minister Sabry, during the meeting, brought to the attention of more..

Controversy over move to extend AG’s term: JJB, SLPP rebels oppose extension

Jun 11 (Island) JVP-led NPP lawyers’ group said Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam’s term shouldn’t be extended under any circumstances. Upul Kumarapperuma, PC, on behalf of the JJB lawyers’ group, said that they were totally against Prez Wickremesinghe’s move to grant Rajaratnam an extension in service. Kumarapperuma warned that in case an extension was granted with the intention of elevating the incumbent AG to the post of Chief Justice in Dec this year it would more..

Sports Ministry’s hasty clean-up: A master class in constitutional ignorance?

Jun 11 (FT) Sports Minister Harin Fernando is in a mighty rush to clean up or rather fix issues in several sports associations across SL. His zealous efforts, fuelled by advice that could easily be nicknamed after a beast with hooves, are starting to make him look like a bull in a china shop. Currently, Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR), Netball Federation, Cycling Federation, and SL Automobile Sports are suspended & have been brought more..

Prez forms expert committee to address public service salary disparities

Jun 11 (PMD) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a specialist committee to address salary anomalies in the govt service. This committee, chaired by a former presidential secretary Mr. Udaya Seneviratne, comprises various distinguished members including Director General of the National Budget Department S.D.J. Nilukshan, Director General of the Management Services Department Hiransa Kaluthantri, Director General of Combined Services S. Aloka Bandara, more..

Wounded Sri Lanka take on confident Nepal to stay alive

Jun 11 (CI) So, you're saying there's a chance? That will be the essence of Sri Lanka's thinking from here on as they seek to keep alive their dwindling hopes of Super Eight qualification in the T20 World Cup 2024. After two defeats in two - to South Africa and Bangladesh - the former world champions are now firmly in must-win territory. As things stand, nothing but outright victories against Nepal and Netherlands will suffice, and even then, SL will need at least one (ideally both) of those sides more..

CoPF directs to take immediate measures to regulate Online Casinos

Jun 11 (AD) During the meeting of the CoPF, it was disclosed that even though it is clearly stated by law that online casino operations cannot be carried out in the country, online casinos operate in the open depriving the state of the revenue due without any implications. Chair of the committee Dr. Harsha de Silva directed that a letter be sent to the Minister of Finance requesting for his immediate attention regarding the matter. more..

Teachers to launch islandwide strike tomorrow

Jun 11 (DM) An islandwide trade union action is scheduled to be launched after school, targeting all Zonal Education Centres over several demands, including the provision of the promised remaining salary, the CTU General Secretary Joseph Stalin said. He said that all paper marking at all marking centres will stop at 1 p.m. tomorrow, as they join the trade union action demanding the provision of the remaining two-thirds of the salary increment promised to school principals and teachers. more..

MAS Holdings signs agreement to buy Ambercycle material

Jun 11 (EN) Sri Lanka-based apparel manufacturer MAS Holdings has signed a three-year agreement with Los Angeles-based materials company Ambercycle to buy its recycled material. Ambercycle’s polyester material, cycora®, is made from post-consumer and post-industrial textile waste. Made through molecular regeneration technology, cycora yields the same quality as virgin-grade materials, but with lesser greenhouse gas emissions, companies said in a statement. more..