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Sri Lanka eyes artificial intelligence for bank regulation: CB Governor

Jan 16 (EN) Sri Lanka is looking at artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve off-site supervision of banks as part of an overall drive to boost its techno-regulation framework and supervision, CB Governor W D Lakshman said. “In this regard, Central Bank will explore the possibilities of implementation of Supervisory Technology (SupTech) and Regulatory Technology (RegTech) solutions to streamline the data-intensive more..

Navy rescues a dinghy stranded at sea

Jan 16 (SLN) SL Navy, with the mediation of its Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC Colombo), sprang into action to rescue a dinghy with 02 fishermen swept away to the Indian waters, on 15th January 2021. The dinghy that departed Silawathura for fishing practices had faced this distress due to a failure in its outboard motor (OBM). In response to a request for assistance by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, SL Navy was pressed into action to locate this more..

President invites Maithri to declare open school building

Jan 16 (TM) Prez Rajapaksa invited former President Maithripala Sirisena to declare open a building at the Dahamwewa Primary School in Medirigiriya today. The former president was accompanying President Rajapaksa during the sixth installment of Gama Samaga Pilisandarak programme which was held in Medirigiriya, Polonnaruwa. Prez who arrived at the school to open the building turned towards his predecessor and said, “The one who made way for more..

PCR testing capacity at BIA drops drastically

Jan 16 (EN) The capacity of the laboratory to test arriving passengers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for Covid 19 has dropped drastically from 3,000 per day to 600. This has been caused by a lack of automated extraction reagent kits senior officials have said according to documents made available to EN. The BIA remains the main port of entry in Sri Lanka and the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory established at more..

Tonnes of garbage removed from Mahaweli River

Jan 16 (Island) Garbage, weighing several tonnes, was collected from the Mahaweli River on Thursday in a joint operation conducted by the SL Mahaweli Authority and the Army, from Katugastota to the Victoria reservoir. The operation was led by the engineer in charge of the Victoria dam, Wasantha Ehelapitiya. A significant amount of garbage collected in the Pingaoya, Akurana and Ambatenna areas is dumped into the river at Katugastota. Ehelapitiya said a lot of the garbage more..

Applications called to recruit Ex-servicemen

Jan 16 (CT) Prisons Dept has called for applications to recruit 200 male Prison Guards from those who have retired from the defence services after completing a minimum of 12 years of service. Applications close on 5 Feb. They will be attached to the Intelligence and Security Division of the Dept, Prisons Commissioner General H.M.T.N. Upuldeniya, in a posting on the Prisons website on Friday said. As at end 2019 the Prisons Dept had 3,739 Prisons Guards, down 35 (0.93%) more..

LTTE continues to be banned organisation in US

Jan 16 (DM) US State Department has amended its Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTO) list and the LTTE remains to be a banned organisation in it, State Dept said. Under the Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations list, the LTTE can be seen listed as an organisation designated since 10/8/1997. In a release issued by the State Dept said it has amended the terrorist designations of Lashkar i Jhangvi (LJ) and more..

Over 12,000 inmates released to reduce overcrowding at prisons

Jan 16 (DM) A total number of 12,339 prison inmates have been released from prisons across the country since Dec 1, 2020 upto today, in order to reduce congestion privailing in prisons. Prison spokesman said accordingly, 1,100 remanded male prisoners and 26 female inmates were among the released. Moreover, 10,832 male suspects and 371 female suspects have also been released from prisons. Prior to being released, the inmates were tested for Covid infections through PCR tests. more..

Bus driver held with 18 kilos of ice

Jan 16 (Island) Acting on a tip-off, the Colombo Crime Detection Bureau (CCD) yesterday morning arrested a person driving a bus carrying 18 kilos of ‘ice’ at Hegalla in Kosgoda. The bus was heading to Colombo from Galle. DIG Ajith Rohana said that the detection had been made at 5.20 am. At the time, the police intercepted the bus there hadn’t been any passengers, the police officer said. The suspect is a 27-year-old man who had been dropping off parcels of drugs to dealers in various towns. more..

RPCs lay out final proposal to remunerate workers Rs.1105 per day

Jan 16 (AD) In a meeting today (15) between the Minster Nimal Siripala de Silva and the Chairmen of all SL Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs), a final proposal has been submitted towards ensuring a sustainable earnings model for the sector. This proposal takes into consideration the sustainability of both the industry and livelihoods of plantation workers. “After a very productive meeting with the Minister, RPCs have arrived at more..

S’gamuwa governor removes two UC chairmen

Jan 16 (AD) The Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa has removed the Chairmen of the Embilipitiya and Balangoda Urban Councils, pending investigations into allegations against them by a Commission of Inquiry. Accordingly, the Chairman of the Embilipitiya Urban Council Lalith Dharmakeerthi and Chairman of the Balangoda urban Council Chamika Wimalasena have been removed from their positions. The Deputy Chairmen of both Urban Councils, more..

New invasive plant fast smothering native cultivations in Puttalam District

Jan 16 (Island) A new invasive weed species called Mimosa Diplotricha also known as the giant sensitive plant, had been detected at several areas of Puttalam District, additional director of agriculture, Sanath M. Bandara said. Bandara said that the weed scrambled vigorously over other plants, forming dense tangled thickets up to two metres in height. In many countries the plant had smothered and killed indigenous flora. “We have identified this invasive species after Tharangika Shyamali more..

Joe Root posts majestic 228 but Thirimanne stands firm to give SL hope of saving Test

Jan 16 (CI) SL's batsmen have earned themselves a chance of saving the first Test after a much improved performance on the third day in Galle. Having endured a miserable first two days, SL started their second innings with a deficit of 286. But after a first-innings display their batting coach, Grant Flower, rated as "the worst" he had seen, they demonstrated far greater resolve and application the second time around. Going into the 4th day, more..

CCTV footage of armed robbery at Miriswatta

Jan 16 (AD) Video footage of the armed robbery which had occurred at a private financial institution at Miriswatta, Gampaha last evening have been released to the media today. The footage, caught on CCTV cameras outside and inside the premises, show two unidentified men arriving on a motorcycle and proceeding to rob the institution after brandishing weapons. According to the police, the robbers had made off with gold jewellery and cash to the tune of Rs 40 million. more..

SL explores possibility of charter flights to Myanmar

Jan 16 (FT) SL may be able to commence charter flights to Myanmar from mid-2021, in the post COVID-19 phase to encourage tourism and trade links between the two countries, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said yesterday. SriLankan Airlines Regional Manager (Southeast Asia) Mohan Meegolla had expressed this view at a meeting organised by the Foreign Ministry, the statement added. The meeting was chaired by the Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, more..

Indo-Lanka agreement on ECT: Govt sticking to yahapalana commitment says SJB MP

Jan 16 (Island) SJB lawmaker Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the SLPP govt had adopted the previous administration’s strategy in respect of the East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Colombo Port having repeatedly decried what it earlier called the sale of the facility to India. MP de Silva, who also played a big role in the previous administration said that the SLPP earlier strongly opposed the involvement of India and Japan more..

Govt to explore novel strategies to contain pandemic: DDGHS

Jan 16 (DM) Following the discovery of Covid-19 patients from a large geographical area of the country, the authorities concerned are looking at fresh strategies to contain the pandemic, an official said. Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath told Daily Mirror though there were not large COVID19 clusters like the ones that originated from the Minuwangoda apparel factory and the Peliyagoda fish market, daily identified cases were from a wider geographical area. more..

EP Governor appoints expert committee to study injustices

Jan 16 (Island) Governor of the Eastern Province Anuradha Yahampath has appointed an expert committee to study social injustices with the aim of promoting coexistence among the people of the Province. The expert committee is tasked to study in depth complaints, requests or appeals from the public regarding the development of coexistence among communities, review information and make appropriate recommendations. Those who are seeking relief for the prejudices they have more..

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What do the virus and an unguarded digital economy have in common?

Jan 16 (FT) The Govt, before Christmas, gave a powerful signal as to the direction it would be taking regarding foreign digital platforms operating in SL. There is a plan to register foreign digital operators as these “digital multinational conglomerates are overwhelming and alienating our local businesses by data colonisation,” it said in a statement on 21 Dec. Media Minister in a subsequent interview noted that the monopoly enjoyed by these multinational giants hurts Sri Lankan businesses, more..

Unions bellow, Adani guffaws

Jan 16 (Island) The govt has chosen to grasp the nettle after weeks of dilly-dallying and prevarication; it has admitted that there will be a joint venture between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and India’s Adani Group to run the East Container Terminal (ECT). According to the MoC (Memorandum of Corporation) SL signed with India and Japan, in May 2019, on the ECT, the SLPA was to retain the ownership of the terminal and own 51% of the operating company with India and more..

Video: Park & Ride: Bus service to ease traffic congestion launched

Jan 16 (AD) The first phase of the Park & Ride bus service was inaugurated at the Makumbura Multimodal Transport Center, Kottawa today (15) in the presence of Prez Rajapaksa, as a solution to the heavy traffic congestion surrounding Colombo city limits. The Park & Ride aims to minimize the number of automobiles travelling to and from Colombo and suburbs by providing a comfortable, more..

New upgrade to hospitals increase Covid-ready beds

Jan 16 (EN) Sri Lanka has increased the number of hospital beds available for Covid 19 patients to 12,500 with the opening of a new unit with 286 beds in Ampara today, officials said. Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr Sunil de Alwis said that the newly upgraded hospital has 3 ICU and 5 High Dependency Units (HDUs) for critically ill patients. Both sets of units have the same equipment but HDUs usually have one nurse for two patients while ICUs have one on one nursing care. more..

Sri Lankan coach in bizarre blow-up over obscure rule

Jan 16 (FOX) Micky Arthur thought his SL team copped a DRS shocker on Day 2 against England when Joe Root survived an on-field decision, and the subsequent review. After reaching his century, the England star was caught after bottom-edging the ball into the ground, before it jumped up onto his glove and a diving Sri Lanka fielder took a one-handed catch. Sri Lankans appealed to no avail, before reviewing the decision. The third umpire watched on as the ball hit the ground, more..

Health authorities appeal for public to not fear testing

Jan 16 (FT) Four patients succumbed to COVID-19 yesterday as health authorities urged the public not to fear the PCR and antigen testing processes to detect infected persons and renewed denials of community spread. Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera told reporters that medical authorities have noted some members of the public are fearful of being subjected to the COVID-19 testing process. more..

MoU to take EPVs to international markets

Jan 16 (FT) Cabinet this week gave approval for two State Ministries to ink a MoU to take forward a Govt project to link selected Export Production Villages (EPVs) with international markets. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal tabled by Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to enter into a MoU between the State Ministry of Samurdhi, Home Economy, Micro Finance, Self-Employment and Business Development and the State Ministry of Regional Cooperation. more..

Remittances rise 18.7% in November

Jan 16 (FT) Workers’ remittances recorded a notable increase in November 2020, rising 18.7% to $ 612 million and increasing the total for the first 11 months to $ 6.2 billion. Central Bank said workers’ remittances grew by 18.7% in Nov 2020 year-on-year to $ 612 million. This increase led cumulative workers’ remittances to record a growth of 3.9%, year-on-year, increasing to $ 6,291 million during the period from Jan to Nov 2020, in comparison to the corresponding period of 2019. more..

England unconcerned by hotel staff's positive Covid tests

Jan 16 (CI) England's management have insisted they are not concerned despite two members of staff at their hotel in Galle testing positive for Covid-19. England camp were notified on Friday morning that two staff members, both of whom work in the kitchen of the hotel, had tested positive for the virus in tests conducted on Thursday. Neither is understood to have been in direct contact with the players and, in the latest round of tests more..

SLT-MOBITEL celebrates Thai Pongal in Talawakelle

Jan 16 (DN) SLT-MOBITEL, the national ICT solutions provider, celebrated the Thai Pongal festival on Jan 13 at the Talawakelle Great Western Sri Muthu Mari Amman Temple, with a special donation of dry rations to 200 families in Talawakelle. Initiative, a part of the company CSR programme, ensured the distribution of essential items to families in the area facing economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SLT-MOBITEL works closely with the communities it operates in, more..

I see only Ashwin getting to 800 wickets: Murali

Jan 16 (CT) Former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan believes Ravichandran Ashwin can take 800 wickets in the longer format of the game, and Nathan Lyon is not good enough to achieve the feat. Currently, Lyon has 396 wickets in Test cricket while Ashwin has 377. Ashwin has taken his wickets at an average of 25.33 while Lyon does so at an average of 31.98. “Ashwin has a chance because he is a great bowler. Other than that, I don’t think any younger bowler coming in will go to 800. more..

Seeduwa hotel rebuts claim it started second wave

Jan 16 (ST) The CID resumed their investigations to ascertain whether the hotel where the Ukrainian airline crew were staying was responsible for originating the second wave of the pandemic. The probe was reactivated a day after COVID-19 Control State Minister Sudharshani Fenandopulle’s statement in Parliament. Ramada Hotel, Seeduwa, General Manager Asoka Jayamanne said State Minister’s statement more..

Rear Admiral Sumith Weerasinghe appointed as Chief of Staff of the Navy

Jan 16 (SLN) Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed Rear Admiral Sumith Weerasinghe as the Chief of Staff of the SL Navy. Accordingly, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, officially handed over the letter of appointment to Rear Admiral Weerasinghe today (15) and expressed his best wishes to carry out entrusted duties in the new appointment. Rear Admiral Sumith Weerasinghe who is a distinguished old boy of Badulla Central College joined the SL Navy in 1985 more..

Malaysian with Sri Lankan roots re-elected to ICC Board

Jan 16 (ST) Mahinda Vallipuram, a Malaysian entrepreneur with SL roots, has been re-elected as an Associate Member Director of the International Cricket Council (ICC), along with Imran Khwaja and Neil Speight. Vallipuram also holds the top position of the Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) and is also a vice president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia. He was born in Malaysia but his parents were born and bred in Kokuvil, Jaffna before moving to S'pore in 1934, then to Malaysia in 1945. more..

We will create an education system that protects dignity of labour: Prez

Jan 16 (PMD) Prez Rajapaksa says a new education system that will protect the dignity of labour and aimed at creating a skilled society will be introduced in the new normal environment. A National Education Policy has already been formulated to achieve rapid development as well as to meet expected economic goals in a short period of time, Prez further said. Prez made these remarks participating at the official inauguration more..

SLCSMI welcomes new Deregulation Commission

Jan 16 (FT) SL Chamber of Small and Medium Industries (SLCSMI) in a statement said it welcomed the initiative of Prez Rajapaksa in appointing an 18-member Deregulation Commission for the simplification of the existing laws and regulations in the interest of the people. The members of the commission are eminent professionals such as lawyers, chartered accountants, engineers and renowned businessmen in various fields. SLCSMI President Prof Rohan De Silva said that more..

Economic sentiment continues to wane

Jan 16 (FT) Economic sentiment continues to shrink with 44% (versus 29% in the previous month) of respondents to the latest LMD-Nielsen Business Confidence Index (BCI) survey saying conditions will remain the same in the next 12 months. In the December survey, a mere 19% said the economy will improve (down from 23% in November) while 37% of those consulted by the pollsters expect conditions to deteriorate during this period. As for business prospects, the outlook for both more..