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Corrupt probing Corrupt: SL's special high court to open on July 4

Jun 13 (EN) Sri Lanka's first special high court to try multi-billion dollar graft cases under former president Mahinda Rajapaksa will open on July 4, Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said. He said the first court will open in Colombo and two more will be added before the end of September to clear the backlog of high profile cases involving members of the former regime. Last month, parliament approved the setting up of special high courts with more..

MS requested to cancel Colonel Bandu's transfer

Jun 13 (NR) MP Wimal Weerawansa has made a written request to President Maithripala Sirisena to cancel the transfer issued to Colonel Rathnapriya Bandu. The request was made through a letter addressed to the President. MP Wimal Weerawansa noted an Officer such as Colonel Rathnapriya providing services in such an area will have a positive impact for national reconciliation. Colonel Rathnapriya Bandu was transferred from Vishwa Madu to Army Camp in Ambepussa recently. more..

Three accomplices of Makandure Madush arrested in Kadugannawa

Jun 13 (AD) Three suspects who are believed to be close associates of notorious underworld figure Makandure Madush have been arrested by Kandy Police. The suspects were arrested while in hiding at a hotel in Kadugannawa, following an operation carried out by a team of officers attached to the Kandy Police. They are suspected of being key figures in Madush’s drugs and extortion rackets. Over Rs 100,000 in cash found in the possession of the suspects was also taken into custody. more..

Millennium Challenge Corporation official visits Sri Lanka

Jun 13 (USE) The U.S. Govt’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Managing Director for Europe, Asia, Pacific, and Latin America Caroline Nguyen visited Sri Lanka from June 11 to 13 to advance the development of the proposed MCC compact – a large-scale five-year grant program. The U.S. govt is developing this compact in partnership with the Govt of Sri Lanka for the specific purpose of reducing poverty and more..

No such name list: Rajitha

Jun 13 (DM) The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the Central Bank bond scam had not mentioned anywhere in its report names of politicians, journalists, officials or any other person, who had allegedly received financial gratuities from Arjuna Mahendran, Cabinet Spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne said today. He said that the figures 118 and 169 quoted by the media and politicians as the number of financial beneficiaries from the Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL). more..

Govt will continue till 2020: Thalatha

Jun 13 (Island) Minister Talatha Atukorale says the present govt has achieved in three years what the previous administrations failed to do in two decades. Atukorale said so at a public meeting at Nivitigala on Sunday. She said some people were not aware of the govt’s achievements and others had conveniently forgotten them. Atukorale said that the govt never took revenge from political opponents. Referring to overwhelming victory achieved by the SLPP at the Feb. 10 LG polls, more..

Sri Lanka- Finland sign 5 MoUs

Jun 13 (FT) Five MoUs on education, digitisation, health and energy were signed yesterday between SL Govt and its Finnish counterpart as well as the private sectors of the two countries. Economic Affairs and Development Finnish Deputy Minister Petri Peltonen is in SL this week with a Finnish business delegation made up of 17 prominent companies seeking collaboration and investment opportunities in Sri Lanka. more..

Crimes against journalists: CID questions Ex - intelligence chief

Jun 13 (Island) CID yesterday questioned National Intelligence Chief retired DIG Sisira Mendis in connection with the assassination of the Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga in January 2009 and the abduction and assault on the Associate Editor of The Nation Keith Noyahr in May 2008. A senior police officer said that the police had recorded his statement for about six hours. At the time of Wickrematunga’s assassination, Mendis was the senior officer in charge of the CID. more..

China, Sri Lanka construction chambers partner to compete for state projects

Jun 13 (EN) The Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka said it is teaming up with a counterpart organization of private builder in China to win business in areas which have so far been dominated by govt-to-govt deals. The Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with China International Construction Association on the sidelines of the Int'l Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum held in Macau in June. more..

මොකක්ද මේ දැඩි සත්කාර ඒකක?

Gendering surveillance: A cautionary tale

Jun 13 (FT) Govt had planned, that effective from Jan 2018, all SL citizens be required to carry a smart e-NIC with biometric details (frontal facial photograph, fingerprints, iris scan), details of profession, address, phone numbers, date of birth, email and civil status. This e-NIC would also embed family tree data including full names of parents and siblings, their dates of birth and NIC numbers. According to the Govt the data is to gather information towards efficient service delivery. more..

To ExamINE or Not to Examine

Jun 13 (CT) No one likes exams; every 8-year-old forced to start tuition classes and every employee who has to undergo a written examination before being promoted, would attest to that. But unfortunately, humankind has no other option to analyze and test ones knowledge, skill and proficiency in a particular subject but formalized and generally standardized exams. Hence, the existence of the General Standardized Exams of various levels for students and various others for adults. more..

SL state enterprises lose Rs 87 bn in 2017

Jun 13 (EN) Sri Lanka's 55 largest state-owned enterprises have lost 87 billion rupees in 2017, with energy enterprises again making big losses without a price formula, while big state banks whose governance was strengthened in the late 1990s were making profits. The losses came from 16 SOEs, the finance ministry said. There were 400 agencies classified as SOEs, of which 264 were monitored by the DPE, more..

Kiriwehera Chief Prelate airlifted to Colombo

Jun 13 (AD) The chief incumbent of the Kataragama Kiriwehera Rajamaha Viharaya Ven. Kobawaka Damminda Thera, who was injured in a shooting last night, has been admitted to a private hospital in Colombo, a short while ago. He was airlifted from the Hambantota Base Hospital to Colombo, Ada Derana reporter said. Ven. Kobawaka Damminda Thera who was shot by unidentified gunmen last night, will be transferred by air more..

I funded my own election campaign: Ajith Perera

Jun 13 (DM) State Minister Ajith P Perera said he had used his own funds and funds borrowed from his family members for the election campaign and had not accepted any funds from Perpetual Treasuries Chief Arjun Aloysius or from anyone else. “Politicians carry out their campaigns using funds they get from various sources. However one cannot justify some of the methods used to generate funds. more..

CMA to complain against Director Traffic police to NPC

Jun 13 (Island) Ceylon Motorcyclists Association (CMA) would lodge a complaint with the National Police Commission (NPC) against SP Indika Hapugoda, Director Traffic Police alleging that the latter had implemented a deliberate campaign to harass motorcyclists, CMA President, Chirantha Amerasinghe said. Amerasinghe was of the opinion that Hapugoda considered motorcyclists as trouble makers. more..

2012 Khuram Shaikh murder: Hearing of appeals filed by AG and convicts in Oct

Jun 13 (CT) Court of Appeal yesterday put off hearing two appeal petitions, connected to 2012 Tangalle murder and rape High Court verdict and sentencing, to 15 Oct 2018. Former Tangalle PS Chairman Sampath Widanapathirana and three others, who were found guilty of murdering British National Khuram Shaikh and raping his girlfriend on 24 Dec 2012, were sentenced to 20 yrs rigorous imprisonment more..

ACMC slams Wijeyadasa’s outburst against MP Ismail

Jun 13 (AD) The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) today expressed its dismay and astonishment with regard to the malicious comments made by Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe against the party’s newly appointed National List MP Dr. Ismail. M.S.M. Ismail was appointed last Thursday (7) as a UNP National List MP for the seat allocated to the ACMC, filling the vacancy of M.H.M. Navavi who had recently stepped down. more..

Strike after strike cripples public utility services

Jun 13 (ST) A string of strikes and trade union actions have disrupted public utility services in the past few weeks with more unions threatening to resort to further strikes and protests. CEB is one such body that has been affected by a key union’s work-to-rule campaign launched in protest against what it claims is the Govt’s failure to adopt the union’s future power generation plan which gives more emphasis to coal-power generation. more..

'Anger within JO against 16-member SLFP group is natural'

Jun 13 (DM) Chairman of SLPP Prof. G.L. Peiris speaks about the current political situation and what his party plans for the future. Q: There are reports about a split in the camp of the Joint Opposition. In certain instances, there are some sort of open confrontations. Why is it? A: There are no splits in the Joint Opposition (JO). That is a complete misunderstanding. The JO consists of several parties. more..

'We’re ready to face 2020 elections'

Jun 13 (DM) At the recently held UNP Working Committee meeting it had been agreed upon that the future of the grand old party should look to the future with the recommendation proposed by the Ruwan Wijewardene Committee. Headed by Gamapaha District MP and State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene the committee has come up with certain novel, innovative and a progressive set of proposals. more..

Sovereignty: Sold Out !

Jun 13 (DM) If anybody still needed proof that the representatives who claimed to be holding the legislative, executive and judicial powers of the people have turned their backs on them and have pursued a path of individual well-being, the developments during the past two weeks would have furnished enough evidence. All three wings of governance are packed with people who are corrupt, incapable and self-centred. more..

Existence or extinction: Choice can’t be clearer

Jun 13 (DM) When one looks back on the pros and cons of the decision taken by the people in the 2015 Presidential Election and the mandate it carried, after two-and-half-years in power, the current administration does not have anything to brag about except one outstanding accomplishment of theirs. With all the alleged corruption and ineffective management of the country’s ailing economy, the very introduction of transparency aspect of governance where govt party’s own members more..

Recover monies plundered through rackets!

Jun 13 (DM) When the officials of the Attorney General’s Department first revealed that a member of Parliament had received one million rupees from a subsidiary company of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. (PTL) headed by Arjun Aloysius- who has been remanded after being implicated in the CB bond scandal- they also revealed that a VIP had also received the same amount of money from the same source. According to the B- Report submitted to Courts the MP who obtained money more..

Gotabhaya very unpopular, outgoing US Amb tells MR

Jun 13 (Island) Outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap has told former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that his brother, Gotabhaya was very unpopular. Indian American Keshap has based his assessment on information received by him, a spokesperson for the former President’s Office said. Career diplomat Keshap succeeded Michele J. Sison in March 2015. He took over the mission in late August 2015. more..

I will leave the country, If Gota becomes Prez: Mervyn

Jun 13 (DM) Former Minister Mervyn Silva said he would leave the country if former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa becomes the President in 2020. He said that it was Mr. Rajapaksa, who introduced white van culture during the Rajapaksa regime. He said Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and former minister Basil Rajapaksa ruled the country during the Rajapaksa regime. “Gotabhaya was the founder of the . People were abducted and killed during that time. more..

I didn't refuse to give statement to CID: Dayasiri

Jun 13 (DM) UPFA MP Dayasiri Jayasekara rejected allegations that he failed to report to the CID when first asked to do so. CID on Monday recorded a statement from the MP with regard to the allegation that he accepted money from a subsidiary of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owned by Arjun Aloysius. CID also questioned him about his statement on the list of 118 members whom he alleged had received money from PTL. “CID Director Shani Abeysekara requested me more..

Rajagiriya flyover declared safe by expert panel

Jun 13 (CT) RDA, revealed that they currently lack skilled employees who possessed the knowledge to maintain the metal flyovers, which have been built in the country. This was revealed by Director General (DG) of RDA, Rohitha Swarna. “In concrete bridges, the maintenance is a lot less. But metal bridges are not like that. They start to rust. They get dirty. And there are also issues where water is retained. more..

Kiriwehera Chief Incumbent shot last night

Jun 13 (DM) Kiriwehera Temple Chief Incumbent Venerable Kobawaka Damminda Thera and another monk were injured when they were shot by unidentified gunmen this evening, police said. They said the shooting incident occurred at 11 p.m at the temple. The monks were admitted to the Kataragama District Hospital but were later transferred to the Hambantota Base Hospital, police said. The motive behind the shooting was unknown. The police are conducting investigations. more..

Mathews returns home

Jun 13 (CT) Angelo Mathews is scheduled to return to Sri Lanka due to an unexpected family requirement and will not be available to take any further part in the tour of the West Indies. His absence will make him a non-starter in the 2nd Test starting 14 June. Mathews, who has already given his reasons and withdrawn from the Test squad, will be travelling back today or tomorrow. Mathews’ place is expected to be taken by Dasun Chanaka, who is likely to fly to the Caribbean. more..

Lasantha Wickramatunge killing: Fmr IGP Wickramaratne to be arrested

Jun 13 (CT) Former IGP Jayantha Wickramaratne will be arrested over the alleged involvement in the murder of senior journalist Lasantha Wickramatunge, if sufficient evidence is collected, Senior State Counsel (SSC) Janaka Bandara revealed to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate yesterday. Bandara made this statement in response to the appeal submission made by suspect DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara, more..

Sri Lanka’s worker remittances pick up steam as April figure up 11%

Jun 13 (DM) Worker remittances to Sri Lanka appear to have stabilized lately as the income from the SL migrant worker community grew for the second month in a row in April. SL has received US $ 541 million from the Sri Lankans working abroad, mainly in the Gulf region as domestic aides and semi-skilled workers, an increase of 11% from the same month a year ago, taking the first four months’ remittance income to US $ 2.5 billion, up 5% over the same period in 2017. more..

Cambridge Schools Conference in Sri Lanka in November

Jun 13 (Island) Cambridge International announced that it will be holding a Cambridge Schools Conference in Sri Lanka this year on 27-28 Nov 2018. The event will attract educators from across South Asia with the objective of sharing knowledge and fostering professional development among education professionals. The Cambridge Schools Conference serves as a great opportunity for Cambridge schools to share best practices in terms of leadership, classroom practice and tools to more..

Auditor General says SL Debt to GDP Ratio for 2017 is 81.0% and not 77.6%

Jun 13 (Island) The Debt to GDP ratio is one of the most important macro-economic indicators in assessing a country’s economy. While it sets out the level of indebtedness of a country in proportion to its Gross Domestic Product, it also provides a measure of its re-payment capacity. Further, a Time-series of Debt to GDP ratios indicates the trend as to whether indebtedness is rising or falling. more..

Minister Sajith Premadasa meets COYLE Business Leaders

Jun 13 (DN) Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa, together with State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva met several of the country’s key business leaders of the Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE), at the Hilton Colombo recently. Both parties discussed major orientations to enhance political trust and implement practical measures to boost cooperation in investment, trade and ease of doing business. more..

Sri Lankan community in Bahrain unveils pinnacle of the first ever stupa/pagoda

Jun 13 (Island) The first ever Buddhist temple in the Kingdom of Bahrain was established in 2008 in the city of Riffa by the Sri Lankan Community under the stewardship and leadership of Sumith Gunasekara. This humble Buddhist temple was probably one of the first ever temples to be established in the region of Middle East & North Africa (MENA). With the unstinting assistance, cooperation and patronage of the Sri Lankan expatriate community, primarily Buddhists as well as all other faiths and more..