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Constitutional Council approved President’s nomination for CJ

Oct 12 (AD) The Constitutional Council has approved President Sirisena’s nomination for the position of Chief Justice. Constitutional Council chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya convened at the Parliamentary Complex at 12 noon today. The vacant position of Chief Justice was discussed during the meeting while the council approved the President’s nomination to the position, the Speaker’s Office said. more..

Central Bank says Cabraal’s comments on rupee depreciation misleading

Oct 12 (LBO) Central Bank says the allegations made by former Governor Nivard Cabraal in a recent newspaper article that the Central Bank has neglected its statutory duty and the recent depreciation of the rupee could have been better managed are misleading. “Exchange rate pressure that is currently observed is not limited to SL, and any attempt to reverse such developments by supplying large amounts of foreign exchange more..

Rajarata Medical Faculty imbroglio raised in parliament

Oct 12 (Island) Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told parliament that his ministry was holding discussions with the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media to solve Rajarata University’s medical faculty crisis caused by the en masse resignation of its teaching staff in protest over withholding of their monthly retention allowance. Responding to a question by JVP Leader Anura Kumar Dissanayake, Minister said that neither Higher Education more..

300M loan and interest for Mihin Lanka offset by Treasury: Witness

Oct 12 (CT) The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) failed to provide any recorded evidence of prior approval sought from the Treasury with regard to the decision taken to waiver the interest component of a Rs 300 million loan taken on behalf of Mihin Lanka (Private) Limited from the Shipping Development Fund. This was disclosed by the Director of the DPE attached to the General Treasury, M.C.N. Balasuriya more..

Backroom moves over Chief Justice pick

Oct 12 (EN) The political manoeuvring involving President Maithripala Sirisena and the Joint Opposition centred on the top Supreme Court post which is to be filled Friday with the appointment of low-profile career judge Nalin Perera. Official sources close to Sirisena said he nominated Perera, 64, to be the next Chief Justice overlooking the senior most SC judge Eva Wanasundara who has a chequered record. more..

Contempt of Court action filed against SLMC

Oct 12 (DN) The members of Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) were yesterday noticed to appear in the Court of Appeal on November 16 to show cause as to why they should not be punished for contempt of Court for their failure to register a student of SAITM in Malabe in terms of the Court of Appeal judgement. Filing a contempt of court action against the SLMC, petitioner Dhilmi Kasunda Suriyarachchi, a MBBS graduate of SAITM more..

Unfair touse mysterious formula to jack up fuel prices: JVP

Oct 12 (Island) People of this country were compelled to shell out their money whenever the govt jacks up fuel prices according to a pricing formula, which was not known to those consumers, JVP said. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that it was unfair to make the public bear the increases fuel prices determined by a secret formula. "We have asked several times in this House to table that mysterious formula. more..

Salaries Commission Chief points to haphazard payment of CoL allowance

Oct 12 (Island) Presidential Salaries Commission Chief S.R. Ranugge said that a substantial section of the state sector employees had been unjustly deprived of the cost of living allowance. The senior retired public servant said that the payment of the cost of living allowance only to a section of the public sector couldn’t be justified under any circumstances. Ranugge said so in response to the query whether he would take into more..

Doctors focus on unsafe abortions

Oct 12 (ST) The touchy topic of abortion was discussed at the inauguration of Family Planning Day last week where medical experts tried to dispel myths about the use of contraceptives and means of reducing unwanted pregnancies, thus reducing the number of unsafe abortions in the country. Health Promotion Bureau Director Dr Paba Palihawadana said that unsafe abortions could be reduced through family planning. more..

Caretaker govt: Who is fooling whom?

Oct 12 (DM) Political parties in the country are obsessed these days with speculation about a caretaker Govt that is to be jointly formed by the joint opposition headed by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and the SLFP headed by President Maithripala Sirisena. The speculation got wings after some news items over the matter published in last Sunday’s newspapers saying that a discussion had been held between the former more..

Coming out of this Fools Paradise

Oct 12 (DM) The dwindling Rupee has jerked the Yahapalana (Good Governance) govt wide awake to face the reality they preferred to ignore. Since assuming office in Jan 2015 and promising a better managed economy and jobs, comfortable living and social stability, the yahapalana rulers are now told by a depreciating Rupee that they have completely failed. On a heavily depreciated Rupee, President Sirisena is now speculating whether to give into Rajapaksa’s demand to rule the roost. more..

Will the road end for Sirisena ?

Oct 12 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena who was loved, voted for and ushered in with much hope for the country’s future now sees the road ahead of him in politics strewn with obstacles. Some opine that the president is in dire straits given the unstable economy and the ever widening gulf between him and the Premier. There are also reports that the president has said that Wickremesinghe is stifling the efforts he is taking to carry out his work. Amidst all these issues and uncertainties associated more..

Cool Planet turns hot

Oct 12 (CT) A fire erupted at the four storey retail chain store Cool Planet in Pelawatte, Battaramulla yesterday, completely destroying the building and causing damage to several adjacent structures. Fire started around 11 a.m. Cause of the blaze is yet to be determined. Thalangama Police claimed that an investigation will be conducted to ascertain the cause of the fire. The damages caused by the fire are yet to be estimated. more..

Adverse weather: Death toll rises to 12

Oct 12 (CT) Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources and Disaster Management yesterday said that 12 deaths in five districts were reported and 18 were injured due to the adverse weather conditions that are prevailing in the country. 75,241 individuals (18,736 families) have been affected. Out of the 12 deaths, eight were caused by electricity mishaps in Kalutara and Galle, two by drowning in Ratnapura and Colombo while another two by falling trees in the Ratnapura and Kegalle areas. more..

Justice Nalin Perera likely to be CJ

Oct 12 (DN) Supreme Court Judge Justice Nalin Perera has been nominated by President Maithripala Sirisena to be appointed as the next Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. He will be the 46th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka once the Constitutional Council affirms his appointment today. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament yesterday that the newly appointed Constitutional Council will go through the new nominations today to the country’s top most position in the judiciary. more..

Court refuses to release PTL's Rs.1bn funds

Oct 12 (DM) Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne refused to release Rs.1 billion belonging to Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL), that had been maintained in the Central Bank's RTGS account prior to the controversial bond scam. The defence earlier demanded that the sum be released for the expenses of the company as it belonged to PTL and existed in CBSL's system prior to the bond auction on Feb 27, 2015. more..

Video: Coalition govt: MR says only a proposal on the table

Oct 12 (DM) Former President Rajapaksa said at present there was only a proposal on the table to form a coalition govt and re-iterated that there had been no discussions in this regard as yet. Responding to a question raised by a journalist at the Abhayaramaya, Mr. Rajapaksa said there was only a proposal on the table at the moment. “We want to intervene to prevent a crisis in the country in order to help the people. However, there is no talk of a coalition govt. more..

Ten sentenced to death for murdering mother and five children

Oct 12 (Island) Ten persons convicted of murdering six members of the same family inside their house at Anugunakolapelessa in 1998 were yesterday sentenced to death by the Provincial High Court Judge R.S.S. Sapuvida. Among the convicts are four members of the same family. The family members among the convicts are Liyanapathiranage Ariyadasa, Liyanapathiranage Rupasena, Liyanapathiranage Dayananda and Liyanapathiranage Nandasena. more..

New CC meets today to select new CJ: Karu

Oct 12 (Island) New constitutional council would meet today to decide on a new Chief justice, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament. He said so when he submitted the names of ten members of the new council for the approval of Parliament. House gave its approval for the names proposed for the council. Party leaders, who met on Wednesday, had given their approval for the names of civil society members, more..

'Rs 17.6 mil in EPF money misappropriated'

Oct 12 (CT) A Rs 17.6 million misappropriation in South Asia’s largest private sector workers’ pension fund, the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) of Sri Lanka, was pointed out by the Auditor General, which, though informed, had not been rectified. In his review on the much-delayed EPF Annual Report of 2016, he said that Rs 17,571,467 was yet to be recovered from Central Bank officials attached to the EPF, to rectify a payment made by the fund on their behalf. more..

JO welcomes SC ruling on 20th Amendment

Oct 12 (FT) The JO yesterday welcomed the Supreme Court ruling on several proposed articles of the 20th Amendment presented in Parliament by the JVP. Supreme Court determined that the proposed articles required a special majority in Parliament followed by a referendum on par with the provisions of Article 84 (2) of the Constitution in order to be approved. The 20th Amendment was presented in Parliament on 5 Sept by JVP MP Vijitha Herath as a private member’s bill to amend more..

AG decides not to appear for Uva CM

Oct 12 (DN) Supreme Court was yesterday informed that the Attorney General has taken a decision not to appear on behalf of Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dasanayake and other respondents regarding a Fundamental Rights petition filed against them by the Principal of Badulla Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya. Accordingly, the Fundamental Rights petition filed by the Principal of Badulla Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya who more..

Foreign Affairs State Minister Vasantha Senanayake visits Portugal

Oct 12 (FT) State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake paid an official visit to Portugal from 18-20 September, during which he met with Portugal State Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Teresa Ribeiro. During the discussions, the State Minister highlighted the longstanding historical ties between Sri Lanka and Portugal, with special focus on the centuries-old shared history and heritage, exchange of knowledge, visitors and trading companies. more..

Sri Lanka seeks seismic data from Soviet-era petroleum study

Oct 12 (EN) Sri Lanka is seeking off-shore seismic data from a Soviet-era study conducted over four decades ago, the island's mission in the Russian Federation said. Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat Director General Vajira Dassanayake, during a visit to Moscow to attend the Russian Energy Week International Forum, had called on SL's Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka to get diplomatic support to obtain the data. "The ambassador assured the mission's fullest more..

Mangala as G-24 Chief calls for greater global trade to counter economic risks

Oct 12 (FT) G-24 Chairman Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera this week called on developed countries to reinforce global trade and action to contain global economic risks. Chairing the biannual ministerial meeting of the Group of 24 developing countries in Bali, Indonesia, Samaraweera said: “Global growth continues broadly but risks are rising for developing economies with higher oil prices, rising interest rates, more..

Fuel prices rise causing further burden to the public

Oct 12 (CT) Ceylon FT reported the impending fuel price hike. As reported, the hike came into effect yesterday (11). According to a statement from the Finance Ministry, Fuel Pricing Formula Committee, which met on 10 Oct, decided to increase Octane-92 to Rs 155 from Rs 149, Octane-95 to Rs 169 from Rs 161, and Super Diesel from Rs 133 to Rs 141. However, the price of Auto diesel, they said, remained unchanged at Rs 123, even though it was scheduled to be increased by Rs 11. more..

FDI up 139% in 1H 2018

Oct 12 (CT) Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to Sri Lanka during the first six months of this year increased 139 per cent to US$ 1.35 billion from US$ 567 million a year ago, according to Central Bank data. The Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade hopes to attract more than US$ 2.5 billion worth of FDI during this year, after it managed to get nearly US$ 1.9 billion last year with the support of the Hambanthota Port lease. China Merchant Port Holdings Limited made more..

Longer wait for digital ID

Oct 12 (FT) The lacunae in laws governing digital verticals and databases in SL will result in a further delay in issuing of digital identity cards. Minister Harin Fernando said that issuance of digital identity cards to replace the conventional National Identity Cards was a key point mentioned in Budget 2016. Issuing of digital identity cards to replace conventional national identity cards was a key point mentioned in Budget 2016. more..

SL continues not to learn from past mistakes

Oct 12 (DN) It is clear as day for everyone who follows cricket that Sri Lanka’s weakness in ODI cricket lies with their batting and fielding. The batting since the retirements of Mahela, Sangakkara and Dilshan has not touched the heights of that bygone era and SL’s performances over the last one year or so has resulted in more defeats than wins largely due to the batsmen being unable to put up decent totals for their bowlers to defend and the drastic drop in fielding standards. more..

Sri Lanka tightens loophole in trade controls

Oct 12 (EN) Central bank has tightened a loophole in newly slapped import restrictions to stop items like baby cologne, deodorants, footwear, rubber tires and air conditioners being imported without letters of credit on which restrictions were originally placed. The trade controls were slapped after the rupee came under pressure from operating a so-called flexible exchange rate. The flexible exchange rate has turned out to be an unusually unstable soft-peg where the anchor swings suddenly more..

Asian Para Games 2018: Dinesh Priyantha creates record in Javelin Throw

Oct 12 (DN) Paralympic bronze and World Para Championship silver medalist Dinesh Herath created a new Games Record of 61.84 meters in the F46 Javelin Throw event as the Asian Para Games continued in Jakarta Indonesia yesterday. In a remarkable competition, Dinesh Herath defeated World Record holder D. Devendra who could only reached 59.17 meters placing fourth. India's Gurjar Singh (61.33m) and S. Rinku (60.92m) more..

Jetwing chief calls for consensus among city hoteliers to raise room rates

Oct 12 (DM) Jetwing Group Chairman Hiran Cooray recently urged the Colombo city hoteliers to be united to increase the minimum hotel room rates in Colombo, as the room rates were getting depressed. Cooray admitted that he was not in much favour of the govt regulations. “We don’t need the govt to come and set the prices. It’s needed because the Colombo hoteliers are not united. We, hoteliers, must have the confidence to say that this hotel worth this much and please pay this price. more..

Kandy vs Colombo lock down to decide Youth Rugby supremacy

Oct 12 (Island) The combined schools of Colombo will take on the combined schools of Kandy in their annual rugby encounter today at Nittawela Grounds, Kandy. This match will also act as a selection trial for the Asia U19 Rugby Championship which will be held in December 2018. Gamunu Chethiya of St. Joseph’s College will lead the Colombo ‘Blues’ with the likes of Janidu Dilshan of Royal College, Jason Karunarathne of St. Peter’s College accompanying him. more..

SL’s premier Athletics C’ship gets underway on grass track once again

Oct 12 (CT) National Sports Festival, which is considered as Sri Lanka’s little Olympics, is once again conducted on a grass track in Polonnaruwa, with the Island’s only living Olympian, Susanthika Jayasinghe, participating as the Chief Guest. The world has moved on from grass tracks to synthetic tracks several years ago. None of the top countries conduct their National level competitions on grass tracks anymore, and certainly not countries more..

Raising the curtain on The Greatest Shows

Oct 12 (ST) Aiming to dazzle the audience with some ultimate showstoppers, Colombo’s beloved amateur theatre group the Workshop Players will showcase a wide variety of Broadway hits when they present The Greatest Shows – a musical revue from Sept 11 – 14 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre. With 13 musicals each day within a two-day programme, the task of picking which programme to attend is a daunting task…but fear not! This is where we step in. Included below is your guide to more..

Akalanka sets new national record

Oct 12 (CT) Swimmer Akalanka Peiris failed to get into the finals of either the 50m or 100m backstroke, but his time of 26.33 seconds in the 50m backstroke is a new National record. His time also secured him 10th place in the event, while he finished 16th in the 100m event. Earlier, to enable Akalanka to compete in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay at the Asian Games, the Education Ministry made an exception and conducted the GCE (A/L) exam in Jakarta exclusively on his behalf. more..