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Voting in the elections 2020: For Public or Rulers’ welfare?

Jul 31 (CT) On Aug 5th 2020, we as citizens will choose the people who may join the President in governing this country for the next five years, if a Parliamentary system of governance under the present 1978 Constitution continues. Parliament has not functioned for 4 months- well beyond the limit set by the Constitution- so we do not know what will happen after the elections, and how or when Parliament will meet. more..

Covid-19 escapee not infectious after all

Jul 31 (DM) This year`s election originally to have been held on April 25 but postponed to June 20 would be finally held on Aug 5 under unusual circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic breathing down our necks on the one side and having to strictly adhere to the prescribed health guidelines on the other. Amid the confusion and uncertainty overshadowing the voting process, comes the assurance by Election Commission Chief Mahinda Deshapriya that votes need not more..

Mahinda must update himself!

Jul 31 (DM) We like Mahinda Rajapaksa for many reasons. The veteran politician can turn the tide when the ships are down. He can make fools dance to his tune and educated men listen to him. This upcoming election is vital for him because this is the second time he is contesting a poll after losing power at the Prez Elections in 2015. He could be one politician who has the knack to keep voters with him even after losing an election. He proved this on Feb 18, 2015 by drawing a massive gathering more..

General Election 2020: silent period from Aug 2 midnight

Jul 30 (AD) Election Commission has decided the Silent Period for the General Election 2020 will come into effect from Aug 2 midnight, despite the decision taken to allow candidates to carry out election propaganda on Aug 3. It was previously agreed at the Party Secretaries’ meeting held on July 26 to grant approval for visiting residences to canvass and distribute handbills on Aug 3. However, the Election Commission has elections laws more..

India-Sri Lanka cooperation in the areas of indigenous medicine

Jul 30 (Island) India and Sri Lanka recently discussed what the Indian HC called institutional collaboration for online training for health professionals, health care delivery and research and development of Homeopathic medicines. The following is the text of a statement issued by the Indian HC: "Dr. Sushi Kumar, First Secretary (Technical Cooperation) of the Indian High Commission met Mrs. H.W.M. Pushpalatha Manike, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health on more..

Top SJB members to be expelled in second round: UNP

Jul 30 (DM) UNP will expel top members of the SJB including its leader Sajith Premadasa in the second round, and it will be announced in a few days time, party General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said. He said that Mr. Premadasa could be among those who will be expelled in the second round. “I cannot exactly say whether Mr. Premadasa will be included in the next expulsion list but it is likely that he will be included. The expulsion process will be carried out on a phase by phase basis,” more..

New laws on alcohol, tobacco: More than 117 polls candidates in favour: ADIC

Jul 30 (CT) More than 117 candidates of 17 political parties contesting in the upcoming General Election have expressed their support to recommendations aimed at amending/ introducing laws and regulations pertaining to tobacco and alcohol, Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) said. Among these recommendations are, banning the sale of cigarettes as single sticks, increasing tobacco taxes to limit profits for more..

Wiggy’s expresses fears over safety of ballot boxes

Jul 30 (Island) Some Jaffna dailies have given prominence to a report about a meeting between former Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran and Swiss embassy officials in Jaffna on Monday (27). The former CM has voiced concern about the safety of ballot boxes as vote counting would start only on 6 August. He told the Swiss Ambassador that there could be anti-democratic activities if the military was called into provide security. On A9 road, there were 20 military more..

Employee of Lankapura Divisional Secretariat tests COVID-19 positive

Jul 30 (AD) An office assistant of the Lankapura Divisional Secretariat in Polonnaruwa has tested positive for COVID-19, confirmed the Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. The case has been detected when the entire staff of the Divisional Secretariat had been subjected to a random PCR test session. The infected patient, a resident of Lankapura, has been identified to be a close associate of a coronavirus-positive patient from the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center. more..

Bathiudeen on the warpath: Letters of demand sent to Police Spokesman, a website

Jul 30 (CT) Former MP Rishad Bathiudeen yesterday, said Letters of Demand have been sent to Police Spokesman, SSP Jaliya Senaratne and to a news website for publishing a news item which claimed that he had aided and abetted the mastermind of the Easter Sunday terror attack in 2019, Zaharan Hashim. Bathiudeen claimed, the website in question had published a false news item claiming that SSP Senaratne more..

Classes over 40 students: If teacher assistants present: AG

Jul 30 (CT) Attorney General Dappula De Livera has instructed the Ministry of Education that schools could have about 40 students only if there is a teacher assistant in the classroom. Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said initially they urged the Cabinet to limit the number of students per class to 40, a proposal approved by Cabinet and had subsequently directed a request to the AG to impose a regulation that there could be an increase of students from 35 to 40 in one class, more..

Electricity tariff relief not an election promise: CEB

Jul 30 (NR) Chairman of CEB Vijitha Herath says the decision to grant the public concessions on electricity tariffs for the months of lockdown was not focused on the election. He said the move was a policy decision by the govt. He said the concession has been granted to all Sri Lankans, adding that it is a rather sizeable concession. Herath said the CEB is providing the concession due to savings made through the forward-thinking policies of the govt. CEB is not making losses in providing more..

Random Coronavirus tests nation-wide as new Covid-9 cluster reigned in

Jul 30 (EN) Sri Lanka is planning random Coronavirus tests island-wide a top official said as health authorities are tracing and quarantining a cluster linked to drug a rehabilitation camp. “From the next month the number of random PCR tests will be increased,” Chief Epidemiologist Sudath Samaraweera said. “Accordingly every month we will do PCR tests covering all the Divisional Health Offices in the country.” more..

Education Ministry introduces SIN: Dullas

Jul 30 (CT) Education Ministry will introduce a Student Identification Number (SIN) in the near future to identify students and this SIN will be used as the Grade 5, GCE O/L and A/L Exams index number. It was also noted that certifications and exams with regard to extracurricular activities will be recorded in the SIN, the database of which will be in the Education Ministry. He said that no education authority has specific information pertaining to students and that by providing more..

List of expelled UNP members

Jul 30 (TM) A list of the 54 UNP members whose memberships were cancelled have been given below; In addition, the Party had further expelled a group of UNP Local Government members for supposedly not supporting the party during the ongoing election campaign. UNP members 1. Leonard Karunaratne 2. Ajantha Niroshan Padukka 3. M. Jayantha de Silva 4. Hasitha Wijesinghe 5. U. George Perera 6. U.G. Chandrasoma Saranalal 7. Rose Fernando 8. Ranjan Ramanayake more..

Police gets tough on reckless bus drivers

Jul 30 (CT) Acting IGP Chandana D. Wickramaratne gave special instructions to all Police Stations to cancel route permits of buses whose drivers have caused accidents resulting in death and injury due to reckless driving, Police Media Spokesperson, SSP Jaliya Senaratne said. He said the decision was made based on the number of traffic accidents caused by reckless bus drivers over the past five years and added that 10% of more..

Sri Lanka fails to sell all offered bonds at auction under yield ceilings

Jul 30 (EN) Sri Lanka has sold 103.2 billion rupees of bonds out of 110 billion rupees of securities offered at an auction on July 30, under pre-set yield ceilings, data from the state debt office showed. The debt office offered 45 billion rupees of 2-year, 3-month bonds maturing on 15.11.2022 at a yield ceiling of 5.75% and sold only 38.2 billion rupees of securities at an average yield of 5.73%. A close maturity of 15.12.2022 was trading around 5.70/75 percent before the auction. more..

Amaraweera promises to develop public transport, stop giving vehicles to politicians

Jul 30 (Island) Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that the transport sector will be developed in such a way that the govt will be able to scrap the duty-free vehicle scheme for MPs. Addressing a public rally, in Hambantota, on Tuesday, Minister said public funds to the tune of billions of rupees, were spent on purchasing vehicles for politicians. "It is the taxpayers who foot the bill. Not only MPs, but also provincial council members are given duty free vehicle permits," he said. more..

Creating world history, twin Majors General sign to enter Guinness Book

Jul 30 (SLA) An attempt to insert the names of Sri Lanka Army-produced two identical twins, Major General Pooraka Seneviratne and Major General Jayantha Seneviratne in the Guinness Book of World Records took place this morning (30) during a formal ceremony at the Army Headquarters. Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lt Gen Shavendra Silva as the Chief Guest, together with SL’s authorized representative for more..

CID grills siblings of Negombo Prison SP evading arrest

Jul 30 (AD) CID has recorded statements from two siblings of interdicted Superintendent (SP) of the Negombo Prison, Anuruddha Sampayo, who is still evading arrest. CID had recorded statements from the brother and sister of the SP for around 02 hours, an official said. The questioning was carried out after summoning them to the CID head office earlier today, he said. On July 22, Negombo Magistrate issued arrest warrants on Anuruddha Sampayo and 3 other officials of the Negombo Prison. more..

Overseas returnees required to bring passport along with NIC to vote

Jul 30 (FT) The Election Commission has requested Sri Lankans who have returned from abroad and wish to vote, to bring their passports in addition to their National Identity Card (NIC) when they come to the polling booth on Election Day. The decision to ask such voters to bring their passports in addition to the NIC was made following complaints received by the EC, over attempts being made to rig the election by making fake ID cards of registered voters residing abroad. more..

Ceylon Motor Traders Association calls for constructive dialogue with Govt

Jul 30 (TM) Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) has called for a constructive dialogue with relevant Govt authorities to try to work out a mutually viable way forward. CMTA has requests the Govt to provide a firm timeline on when it plans to recommence imports and if the expected date is several months into the future, requests the Govt to provide support to the industry so that it can sustain its employees and overheads as importers more..

Hawk-eagle used by Angoda Lokka for drug trafficking seized

Jul 30 (AD) Police have seized a Hawk-eagle suspected to have been used by underworld criminal gang leader Angoda Lokka for drug trafficking. Two suspects have also been arrested with an air rifle and bullets, police said. The bird was discovered by officer of Athurugiriya Police while it was found inside a cage at a residence located on Kanatta Road in Nawalamulla, Meegoda. The discovery was made based on information received by Western Province intelligence officers. more..

Sajith misused Rs 11B CCF funds: Yapa

Jul 30 (CT) Former MP Sajith Premadasa is responsible for the misappropriation of Rs 11 billion from the Central Cultural Fund (CCF), claimed former MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena yesterday (29). He was speaking at a Sri Lanka Freedom People’s Alliance Media briefing. “We appointed a committee to investigate this and we have received the report. According to the report, we have lost Rs 2,608 million in interest alone because of Premadasa’s misuse of these funds. more..

Shani Abeysekara withdraws FR petition

Jul 30 (AD) Former Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) SSP Shani Abeysekara has withdrawn his Fundamental Rights (FR) petition challenging the decision taken by the National Police Commission (NPC) to suspend and transfer him following the Presidential Election 2019. The petition, filed with the Supreme Court, was taken up before a three-judge bench consisting of Justice Sisira de Abrew, L.T.B. Dehideniya more..

Video: Police say drivers involved in fatal accidents to be charged with murder

Jul 30 (DM) Cases would be filed against the drivers who cause fatal accidents due to negligence and reckless driving under murder charges in future. Director Police Legal Division SSP Ruwan Gunasekara said they would file murder charges after consulting the Attorney General. He said section 294 fourth limb of the Penal Code has clear provision to file murder charges against such individuals. SSP Gunasekara made these remarks after appearing in the Nugegoda MC more..

BOI signs deal for $ 8.1 m Vallibel Properties landmark building

Jul 30 (FT) The Board of Investment signed an agreement with Vallibel Properties Ltd. for the construction of its state-of-the-art 16-storey office complex. This project with a total value of $ 8.1 million will be set up at Colombo-3 and will provide direct employment for 200 employees. The agreement was signed on behalf of BOI Chairman Susantha Ratnayake and Vallibel Finance Managing Director S.B. Rangamuwa. S.B. Rangamuwa stated: “It’s our shared responsibility to rebuild SL more..

Leasing white elephant Hambantota Port helped ease debt burden: Ranil

Jul 30 (EN) By leasing the white elephant Hambantota Port to China, Yahapalana Govt was able to free the people of SL from the burden of debt owed to China, a burden too heavy for them to bear, Former PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said. “Ships didn’t call at the Hambantota port. Investments for factories that were anticipated to flow into Hambantota did not arrive. We did not have an income from the port to pay installments more..

Ex-spy chief says SIS noticed something unusual about Law College admissions

Jul 30 (Island) State Intelligence Service (SIS) in 2015 had reported that there was an unnatural increase in the number of Muslim students admitted to the Law College in 2012, former SIS Director and SDIG of Eastern Province, Nilantha Jayawardena yesterday informed the PCoI investigating the Easter Sunday attacks. The witness said he had, in a report on 20 July 2015, said that in 2003, there had been only five Muslim students in the Law College in a batch of 203. more..

Time is what you do with it

Jul 30 (FT) During conversations with senior managers, helping them reach their full potential, one of the recurrent topics that comes up is the issue of managing time. I have heard this from senior medical consultants to senior corporate heads. I met a very senior finance professional who is being groomed to take over a senior position in the large conglomerate she is attached to. I asked her to describe a typical day for her. In the morning she plays the role of the typical SL mother; more..

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Time to repair a broken system: Why not to waste this opportunity

Jul 30 (FT) There’s an old saying, As your knowledge increases, your ignorance unravels. In the last three months the challenges posed by COVID has really shone a spotlight on that ignorance. Our education systems have equipped us well – to navigate the streets of commercial tinsel town and to profit from it and gain fame power and wealth. To be a successful individual who knows how the system works. To manipulate or work it to your advantage so you are able to take care more..

Voters at quarantine centres may lose chance for voting

Jul 30 (DM) Voters who are at the quarantine centres are likely to lose the opportunity to cast their ballots at the general election on August 5 due to the absence of legal provisions to arrange advance voting for them. Election Commission has already revoked its previous decision to conduct polling for them on July 31 since the law does not provide for it. Asked about the latest situation, its chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said polling would not be taken at the quarantine centres most probably. more..

Number of active COVID-19 cases drops to 482 with no new cases

Jul 30 (FT) The number of active COVID-19 cases dropped to 482 with the recovery of 21 persons and zero new patients identified yesterday. 11 of the new recoveries were from the Welikanda Base Hospital, 3 from IDH, 2 from Kattankudy Base Hospital, 2 from Panagoda Army Hospital, 2 from Kamburugamuwa District General Hospital, and 1 from Iranawila Hospital. This brings the total COVID-19 recoveries to 2,317 more..

Repatriation of Sri Lankans to resume from Friday

Jul 30 (AD) The repatriation of Sri Lankans stranded abroad due to COVID-19 pandemic will resume from the 31st of July, according to Admiral Jayanath Colombage, Additional Secretary to the President for Foreign Relations. With the identification of COVID-19 patients from the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center, steps were taken to restrict the repatriation of Sri Lankans abroad from the June 15 due to the increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infections in the country. more..

16 Ex-TNA Members pledge support to SLPP

Jul 30 (CT) The office of the Governor of the Eastern Province, issuing a Media release, stated that a former TNA Local Govt representative and 15 people’s representatives, have decided to back the SLPP, ahead of the General Election. These former TNA members revealed this decision during a Media briefing held in Trincomalee on 28 July. These ex-TNA members stated that the people of the Eastern Province had suffered terribly during the 30-year conflict and charged that the TNA had always more..

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