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Mangala pledges to resolve salary anomalies within 3 months

Aug 9 (DM) Minister Mangala Samaraweera today requested railway employees to stop the strike and come for discussions and ensured to resolve their salary anomalies within 3 months. He told parliament that as a policy, he would not be ready to hold discussions with any trade union unless they stop the strike before discussions and added that he had not done so in his 30-year political career. He said he objected to the cabinet paper more..

Sri Lanka and Japan in bid to boost employee health and well-being

Aug 9 (EN) Japan and Sri Lanka is collaborating on launch award scheme to boost employee well-being and health practices that organizers say will bring multiple returns to companies ranging from drawing more talent to higher productivity. SL's Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) and the Japan External Trade Organization is launching the SL Corporate Health & Productivity Awards in 2019, to recognize business practices that promote employee physical and mental well-being. more..

Farmers irate over Yala harvest purchase price

Aug 9 (CT) Farmers’ organizations in many parts of the country are angered and disappointed over the failure to set up an adequate mechanism to purchase their paddy in this Yala season and alleged that while the Govt was only buying 5-10% of the paddy cultivation for Rs 38-41 a kilo, the private sector was grabbing the remaining 90% of the harvest for Rs 32 per kilo when farmers have to bear a production cost of around Rs 30. Representatives of farmers organizations more..

Video: Resolve issues in a humane manner: Prez urges TUs

Aug 9 (DM) President Sirisena today requested the trade unions including the railways to resolve their issues in an intelligent and humane manner without causing inconvenience to the innocent people. Addressing an event held at the Viharamahadevi Park, Prez expressed his regrets over the disruptions faced by students, who were attending the GCE A/L Exam due to the strike action being carried out by railway trade unions. more..

Aloysius and Palisena further remanded

Aug 9 (NR) Owner of Perpetual Treasuries Limited Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena who were arrested over the controversial bond transactions have been further remanded until the 23rd of Aug. The order was issued by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne this afternoon. Magistrate also instructed 13 state and private banks to provide the bank reports to the Perpetual Treasuries Limited and four other affiliated companies to the Central Bank before the 24th of Aug. more..

An evening of music with Dr. Manella Joseph

Aug 9 (Island) Alliance Francaise DE CEYLAN, popularly known as Alliance Francaise DE COLOMBO, the Leading French Language and Cultural Center, will present an Evening of Music with Dr Manella JOSEPH on Saturday, 11 August, at 6.30 pm. Entrance is Free by Invitation, and you need to pick up your Invitations at Alliance Francaise, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7 (near Colombo Town Hall –Eye Hospital Junction). Tel 2694162 / 2693467. more..

Rs. 650,000 each for a councillor’s chair at WPC

Aug 9 (DM) Some 104 chairs, each costing Rs 650,000, had been reportedly ordered from abroad for the chamber of the new Western Provincial Council building, JVP Western Provincial Councillor Lakshman Nipuna Arachchi said. In a letter to the Western Province Governor, councillor said even though taking measure to bring all institutes of the provincial council under one roof was a good move, it is absurd that chairs more..

Eight trains to leave Fort Railway Station

Aug 9 (AD) Eight train including seven office trains are scheduled to leave from Colombo Fort Railway Station this evening. Train services had come to a standstill owing to the strike action launched by several railway trade union including engine drivers and guards yesterday based on demands over wage disparity. Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) stated that additional buses have been deployed considering the inconveniences experienced by commuters. more..

Sri Lanka stock market depository offers digital share accounts, IPOs

Aug 9 (EN) SL’s stock market depository and settlement service provider said it would offer digital account opening options, removing paperwork for investors, along with electronic share issues and voting for shareholders. Central Depository Systems (Pvt) Ltd (CDS), a fully owned subsidiary of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), said it was announcing a number of new offerings to make stock market investments easier and faster. CDS has established a new unit to handle more..

ශ්රී ලංකාවේ අවංක රාජ්ය සේවකයින් සිටීද?

Yes sir, no sir, three bags full of **it

Aug 9 (FT) I heard that a politico wants the people who call on him to address him as sir. He had put up a notice to that effect outside his office. It made me mad. It made me sad. It made me bad to know. There is only so much that we law-abiding citizens will put up with. Thus this rant! A chance to plant an idea in other worshipful worthies’ heads. To begin in a small way to try and genuinely change our political culture. A small step towards cleaning out the mouldy Petri dish full of the old, more..

Ganja

Aug 9 (CT) Entrepreneur and Primary Industries Minister Daya Gamage at a meeting with agro based entrepreneurs in Colombo, yesterday said that while ganja (cannabis) is despised here because of its intoxicating properties, resulting in hundreds of acres in areas such as Moneragala where it’s grown prolifically being destroyed, on the other hand he knows of an agro entrepreneur in the UK who grows ganja legally for its medicinal value. Gamage said that whereas ganja, a tropical plant, more..

Hambantota port control to revert to Sri Lanka after 80-years for one dollar

Aug 9 (EN) Sri Lanka can will regain a majority stake in the terminal company at Hambantota port from China after 80-years for one dollar and the port will pay standard royalties on containers and bulk cargo after 25-years, details tabled in parliament showed. There is also an option to buy the entire port back after the 70-years, the shipping minister said, filing answers to a parliamentary question. more..

Mannar mass grave excavation: Media and NGOs banned

Aug 9 (CT) Police have obtained a written Order from the Mannar Magistrate not to permit the Media and NGOs, that are working closely on the missing and enforced disappearances issue, to visit the Mannar mass grave site to collect information or report on it. Police have claimed that several Media outlets have misinterpreted the information given to them by the officials at the burial site. more..

Vidya’s murder: appeals by convicts to be taken up in December

Aug 9 (AD) The appeals filed by the seven suspects, sentenced to death over the gang rape and murder of the schoolgirl Sivaloganathan Vidya, were ordered to be taken up for consideration on Dec 13 by the Supreme Court. The applications, demanding the exemption from the punishment of the defendants, were taken up today (09) before the three-judge bench comprising the Supreme Court Justices Eva Wanasundara, more..

Special Army bus service by to assist railway commuters

Aug 9 (AD) The govt has permitted the railways commuters to travel on Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) buses using railway season tickets until the railway trade union strike concludes. Reportedly, a special bus service by Army has been deployed today (9) to transport the students sitting for the G.C.E. A/L exam. Several railway trade unions including drivers and guards had launched a sudden strike at 3 pm yesterday (8) protesting the more..

Sangakkara, SLC laud Pallekele spectators' clean-up act post match

Aug 9 (CI) Groups of spectators have helped collect rubbish discarded in the stadium following both SL-South Africa ODIs at Pallekele - the same venue where play had to be stopped last year when spectators threw empty bottles onto the ground as India closed in on victory. A group of students from the island's South Eastern University is believed to have begun the cleaning initiative after the third ODI on Sunday. more..

Reports regarding textile imports from North Korea to Sri Lanka erroneous

Aug 9 (MFA) The attention of this Ministry has been drawn to news reports regarding textile imports from North Korea to several countries including Sri Lanka during the period Oct 2017 and March 2018. The Ministry wishes to clarify that the information contained in the news reports in relation to Sri Lanka are erroneous. In keeping with Sri Lanka’s international obligations as a member of the UN, Govt of SL abides by the provisions more..

Sittings limited to two hours and five minutes

Aug 9 (Island) Parliament sittings were limited to two hours and five minutes yesterday as MPs listed to speak for the debate on Apartment Ownership (Special Provisions) Bill and regulations imposed under the Construction Industry Development Act No I were either absent or refused to speak. Sittings that commenced at 1 pm were adjourned at 3.05 pm as some of the MPs listed to speak were not present in the chamber and more..

Japan diplomats, defence officials, visit Sri Lanka's Hambantota port

Aug 9 (EN) A delegation of senior Japanese diplomats and military officials had visited Sri Lanka's Hambantota port, which is now operated by joint venture company with China. The delegation had met key officials of Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) the operating joint venture, including Chief Operating Officer Tissa Wickramasinghe and Chief Security Officer Admiral Jayantha De Silva. more..

Garbage projects coming on stream to help ease disposal issues

Aug 9 (ST) Amid piles of garbage on the streets with no proper disposal sites, a few solid waste management projects are expected to start operations by the end of next year. The most talked about solid waste management project, the sanitary landfill in Arawakkalu, Puttalam, will commence construction this month and the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry anticipates that operations will begin by November next year. more..

We will never condone any political deal with UNP in future: S.B.

Aug 9 (DM) Q: How is your group’s preparation for the forthcoming Provincial Council polls? A: Both, the SLFP and the UPFA contested the local govt polls and were beaten badly. A large number of SLFP and UPFA members have joined the JO since then except for a few like Duminda Dissanayaka and Mahinda Amaraweera and few others. Our target is to achieve a landslide victory against UNP and form a SLFP govt more..

Briefing note to presidential hopefuls

Aug 9 (DM) Three adults were discussing politics in a quaint holiday house in Kabalana, Koggala named Octopus Reef a few days ago. The son of one of these adults tapped his father’s knee. The father handed over a mobile phone to his son saying this is what you wanted, right? The son responded thus: Yes. You were talking about ideology, whatever that means. The boy is just 11 years old. He didn’t know this, but the truth is that very few talk ideology and fewer still know whatever it means. more..

Citizens arise, apocalyptic dangers facing us

Aug 9 (DM) Expert scientists are warning that the global warming catastrophe may be reaching a point of no-return with some western countries going through their hottest summers in history and some of them getting as hot as 46 degrees Celsius while California and Greece face their worst ever wildfires. Meanwhile the world this week marks the anniversary of another apocalyptic danger -- nuclear weapons. According to a Washington Post report, Hiroshima marked the anniversary of 1945 more..

Duties on small cars to be revised soon: PM

Aug 9 (DM) Govt intended to revise the import duties imposed on small cars and hybrid vehicles in the near future, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe informed Parliament. PM said the minimum duty rate of Rs 1.5 million for small cars with the engine capacity less than 1,000cc and the minimum duty rate of Rs 1.25 million for hybrid vehicles would be imposed as the increase of vehicle import expenditure had pushed balance of payments more..

Liquor price increases

Aug 9 (DM) The prices of fast-moving locally manufactured liquor products of Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka (DCSL) have been reportedly increased between Rs. 30 to 40 from midnight yesterday. The company had revised the prices following the amendment to the NBT on alcohol products, in addition to existing taxes. The NBT exemption applicable on sale of liquor by the importer himself, was removed and made liable with effect from April 01, 2018. more..

Contempt of Court charges: Ranjan pleads not guilty

Aug 9 (CT) Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday, pleaded not guilty to Contempt of Court charges at the Supreme Court. The Court fixed 5 September for the next hearing of the case. The charge sheet drawn up by Deputy Solicitor General (DSG), Priyantha Nawana, on behalf of the Attorney General, was taken up before a 3-Judge Bench comprising CJ Priyasath Dep and Justices Nalin Perera & Prasanna Jayawardena. Ramanayake informed Court, through his lawyers, more..

Reviewing of Medical Ordinance: SLMA backs move to change composition of SLMC

Aug 9 (Island) Association of Medical Specialists (AMS) has turned down a request from the GMOA to explore ways and means of thwarting the imminent dissolution of the SL Medical Council (SLMC). Instead, Dr. S.R. Wijayasinghe, President, AMS, has requested the SL Medical Association (SLMA) to convene a meeting to discuss the entire gamut of issues. Dr. Wijayasinghe has declined to participate at a meeting convened by GMOA more..

Mangala expresses regrets to train commuters

Aug 9 (DN) Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera in a special statement extended his regrets to the railway commuters, on behalf of the Govt, who were highly inconvenienced due to the strike launched by railway workers without any prior notice. Minister said during the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on August 7, a decision was taken to appoint a Special Commission to carry out salary revisions of all govt sector employees, including railway workers. more..

Rs 205 million allocated for compensation of Kandy riots victims

Aug 9 (FT) PM informed Parliament that Rs. 205 million has been allocated as compensation for victims of the communal violence that occurred in the Kandy area earlier this year, but that awarding of compensation has been delayed as the valuation process was still ongoing. Responding to a query by Minister Rauff Hakeem, PM said that thus far, Rs. 18 million in compensation had been awarded, but the remaining monies would be given only once the Dept of Valuation completed its task. more..

Karunanidhi death: SL tamil leaders mourn

Aug 9 (Hindu) DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s passing has evoked powerful messages of grief and solidarity from several senior Sri Lankan leaders, representing Tamils of the island’s north and east, and the Malayaha Tamils living in the central and southern parts of the country. Observing that the DMK leader was highly respected as an influential politician in the sub-continent, veteran Sri Lankan Tamil politician and more..

Govt looking to establish airport in Kandy

Aug 9 (CT) In line with the Govt’s ambition to develop several domestic airports to ease travel times, Cabinet on Tuesday agreed to carry out a feasibility study on building a domestic airport in the Kandy District to connect the Central Province with other regions for economic development. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva submitted a proposal to carry out a feasibility to develop a domestic airport, which could facilitate medium-sized aircraft at Dingana, connecting the Central Province with more..

Agri Ministry overstaffed: Gamage Has 36,000 employees

Aug 9 (CT) Minister Daya Gamage, claimed that whereas his Ministry has a cadre strength of 57 with room to go up to 82, on the other hand the Ministry of Agriculture has a cadre strength of 36,000. Speaking in Colombo, where he introduced a WB funded US$ 104 million matching grants programme to entrepreneurs, one entrepreneur said he was finding it difficult to breed Tilapia fish in paddy lands due to opposition by Ministry of Agriculture. Sri Lanka has an export market for Tilapia. more..

Swiss Justice Minister reaffirms commitment in Sri Lanka

Aug 9 (SWI) Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga concluded her four-day visit to Sri Lanka by saying that Switzerland will do its utmost to ensure that the nation’s newly formed Office of Missing Persons, as well as the Human Rights Commission, can do their work. During her visit, Sommaruga met President Maithripala Sirisena, as well as govt ministers, representatives of the national human rights commission, and more..

EFL granted Special Leave to Appeal to challenge unlawful electric fence

Aug 9 (FT) EFL was granted Special Leave to Appeal by the Supreme Court on 1 August, relating to an illegal forest clearing and the subsequent erection of an electric fence within the immediate vicinity of the Nakolagane Purana Raja Maha Viharaja in Ehetuwewa, in the Kurunegala District. Over the years, EFL has been ardently involved in combating the clearing of forest land in SL while ensuring complaints of such regard are brought to the notice of relevant Govt officials. more..

Fluctuating fuel price formula will not be scrapped: Rajitha

Aug 9 (Island) Cabinet decision to implement a fuel price formula based on world market prices would not be scrapped, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. Asked at yesterday’s Cabinet News Conference, about some Ministers publicly disagreeing with the govt’s policy on fuel prices, Senaratne said that such persons should express their views at the Cabinet meeting first. Govt announced last month that fuel prices would be reviewed on the 10th of every month and an increase or decrease effected more..

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