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Preaching Criminal Justice to the world while robbing the Central Bank at home

Aug 9 (DN) Setting out the govt’s plans dedicated to ensuring capacity building of the Police force, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe announced that a University for Policing and Criminal Justice will be established in SL. PM made the announcement while attending the inauguration ceremony of the Senior Officers Inter Regional Conference on Countering Terrorism and Transnational Crime organised by INTERPOL more..

Switzerland calls Sri Lanka to leverage Swiss GSP facility

Aug 9 (Island) As bilateral trade recorded a huge 65% surge, the non-EU but central European nation Switzerland has called Sri Lanka to get on board its historic GSP facility and boost Lankan exports to Swiss market further. Meanwhile, UNCTAD says that a vast array of products from SL including apparels, can enter the Swiss market at virtually zero tariff using the Swiss GSP stream. "Sri Lankan exporters should strive to exploit this facility" said Ambassador of Switzerland more..

Dengue epidemic under control: Tourist Board

Aug 9 (CT) Dengue epidemic that was a cause for concern in Sri Lanka in the past few months has been successfully brought under control with measures taken by government authorities and the collective effort of the public, a spokesman for Sri Lanka Tourism (SLT) confirmed. Reported cases have dropped by 35-40% since mid-July according to Health Ministry sources. Regular campaigns were implemented to educate, clean-up areas and other preventive measures have been taking place more..

Speaker to reveal fate of no-faith motion against Karunanayake tomorrow

Aug 9 (Island) Speaker Karu Jaysuriya told Parliament that the future course of action with regard to the no-faith motion submitted by the JO against Foreign Minister would be announced on Thursday. There were some legal issues pertaining to the motion and its content and the matter had been referred to the Attorney General, Speaker said in response to queries made by the Opposition. MP Wimal Weerawansa, raising a point of order more..

Pandemonium at NCPC

Aug 9 (Island) At the first meeting of the North Central Provincial Council following the appointment of D. M. Amaratunge as Chairman, a group of Joint Opposition MPs who attended the meeting wearing black bands burnt a copy of the agenda plunging the council into turmoil. The incident occurred when the meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. by the newly elected Chairman. Pandemonium reigned after Joint Opposition member K. H. Nandasena and former Chairman T. M. Siripala said more..

Jordan receives Sri Lankan Ambassador

Aug 9 (AB) While receiving the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Jordan, Abdul Lateef Lafeer, Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, TAG-Org Chairman, announced that his Organization (TAG-Org), is willing as well as ready to open a new office in Sri Lanka. The new office comes within the Organization’s strategy to expand its network of offices from 85, currently, to 100 offices around the world in 2018; a resolution that has been adopted during TAG-Org 2017 AGM that was held last month in Amman. more..

Regime capable of robbing even the Central Bank: In the name of God, go!

Aug 9 (FT) Yahapalanaya Govt, which was elected to power amidst high expectations, is fast proving itself to be one of, if not the most inept regime that has been chosen to govern this country.  Stumbling from crisis to crisis from the day it was elected, the makeshift alliance has managed to stay afloat only because of the fear of the unknown, or perhaps the past known. Though the apathy of masses & dismally-short memories more..

Final report on outstanding Rs. 35 b from former Govt’s projects submitted to Cabinet

Aug 9 (FT) Final report on the Rs. 35 billion carry forward contract liabilities for 500 public projects started by the previous regime covering 53 ministries was presented to the Cabinet of Ministers in June, a top official confirmed. Based on the 3-member committee report, projects worth around Rs. 8 billion have been recommended for completion according to the agency’s satisfaction. The committee’s final report dated 29 March 2017, which was submitted to Cabinet on 12 June 2017, more..

Sri Lanka’s Lakshman Athukorala appointed to UN Audit Committee

Aug 9 (LBO) Chartered Accountant Lakshman Athukorala was recently appointed to the Independent Audit Advisory Committee of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in Vienna, Austria as recommended at the 45th session of the Industrial Development Board. This is the first time a Sri Lankan has been appointed to the top UN audit committee. Mr. Athukorala is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of SA and, more..

Vehicle clearance to shift from Hambantota to Colombo

Aug 9 (DN) Vehicle clearance which is being done in Hambantota port is likely to be shifted to the Colombo port, said Ranjan Peiris, the newly appointed President of the Vehicle Importers’ Association of Sri Lanka (VIASL). Peiris said this was revealed on August 3 by Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe at a discussion which was the first meeting he had after taking over as the President of VIASL. more..

Russia sends flood relief to Sri Lanka

Aug 9 (SN) The Russian Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief has sent around 32 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka hit by powerful floods, the ministry's press service told Sputnik on Tuesday. Russia's Minister of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief Vladimir Puchkov sent a telegram to Sri Lankan Minister of Disaster Management, expressing his condolences and readiness to provide the country with the necessary assistance. more..

Test cricket: Four or five days?

Aug 9 (DN) The debate on whether Test cricket matches should be made four days will certainly raise its head again going by the current Test series taking place in England and in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka have lost the first two Tests of a three-match series to India inside four days and in Old Blighty barring the third Test between England and South Africa which went the full distance of five days the other three Tests in the four-match series all ended in four days. more..

Agri-companies battered by drought

Aug 9 (ST) Battered by drought and hammered by losses as diminishing purchasing power eats into agriculture-linked companies, Sri Lanka’s public and private sectors are feeling the twin effects of erratic weather and sinking cash flows following the worst drought in 40 years. While the govt has been forced to cough up Rs. 380 billion as humanitarian assistance, companies exposed to the farming economy are counting losses more..

Lanka Ceramic announces restructuring

Aug 9 (FT) Lanka Ceramic Plc has announced a restructuring of operating assets of the company to give maximum value to shareholders and allow for capital to be raised at a reasonable cost to finance existing as well as future operations and to reflect the real net worth of the company based on growth potential. The board is of the view that the number of shares of the company is not in line with the capital needed by a company of its size and operation hence has recommended that more..

Applications for the UK Chevening Scholarships open on Aug 7

Aug 9 (Island) British High Commission in Colombo announced that the Chevening Secretariat would begin accepting applications for UK Government scholarships to study in the UK in 2018/2019. "Applications for Chevening Scholarships are open between 7 Aug and 7 Nove, with applications to be submitted via "Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. more..

Match fixing investigations swept under carpet: Arjuna

Aug 9 (Island) Arjuna Ranatunga has alleged that Sri Lanka Cricket is sweeping the match fixing investigations in the controversial First Class game between Panadura SC and Kalutara Physical Culture Club under the carpet because several powerful members of the Executive Committees are involved in the incident. A lot of suspicious activities took place in the First Class game between Panadura SC & Kalutara PCC more..

Perkins and Sterling & Wilson Group strengthen partnership in Sri Lanka

Aug 9 (LBO) The industrial policies in Sri Lanka have always encouraged investment in industries, making the country an important market for Perkins, the company said. A global company with over 85 years of history and 100 + distributors, Perkins is present in 180 countries with OEMs in sectors such as Electric Power, Construction, and Agriculture etc. “In fact, there are over 18000 Perkins engines currently running in Sri Lanka and the company is working closely with various customers more..

Sri Lanka seeks to strengthen cultural ties with China

Aug 9 (Xinhua) Sri Lankan officials have said they hoped to further strengthen cultural ties with China at the opening of a new building of the China Cultural Center in Colombo. Speaking at the inauguration of the new premises Tuesday, Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs Palitha Thewarapperuma said Sri Lanka and China had shared a very strong cultural bond since ancient times and the opening of this new building was a historic moment for both countries. more..

Everything you need to know about the Hambantota port lease

Aug 9 (Roar) Controversy surrounding the Concession Agreement (CA) signed between SL and China, handing over a majority stake of the Hambantota Port to a Chinese state-owned company, is showing no signs of abating anytime soon. Questions abound on the long term benefits to SL, if any, of the USD 1.1 billion 99-year lease, with many parties raising concerns about the veracity of the claims made by govt. more..

Remembering Lt. General Denzil Kobbekaduwa and veterans

Aug 9 (SO) There is an old Norse legend that a rider named Valkyrie, mounted on a winged black horse used to swoop on battlefields at night and take home the brave soldiers in ancient times. Be that as it may, our nation has produced some of the finest military heroes over the past three decades. One of these men by his unblemished altruism is remembered today as a great officer and gentleman, and we all know him as General Denzil Kobbekaduwa. more..

Remove Ravi from office: An appeal to the President

Aug 9 (Island) The media frenzy, following the testimony by Minister for Foreign Affairs and National Lotteries on Wednesday, 02 August before the Commission of Inquiry appointed by you, and his claims I did not know and I cannot remember to the origins of his over a million rupees a month abode for half a year, has been unprecedented. 6.2 million voters took your word and elected you to the highest office in the land on January 08, 2015. more..

Vanished Trails: Lifestyle of Veddas

Bid to derail One Belt, One Road surmounted

Aug 9 (Island) Sri Lanka finalized an agreement with state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPH) to develop, manage and operate Hambantota port, which is on one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. The agreement was finalised on July 29, 2017, with the participation of senior members of the UNP-SLFP coalition. The signing of the agreement, between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and Hongkong headquartered CMPH, took place consequent to more..

Editorial: Hora polis

Aug 9 (Island) Most children stop playing hora polis or cops and robbers as they grow. But, those who take to dirty politics continue to play it until they fall dead. It may be recalled that some of them played cops before the 2015 regime change. What a song and dance they made about the collapse of the rule of law, the abuse of power and rampant corruption under Rajapaksa govt! We saw the yahapalana cops, with remarkable zeal and daring, chase down the UPFA robbers, vowing to catch them. more..

Colombo’s Changing Skyline

Aug 9 (SO) Once a low-slung South Asian port city, the skyline of Colombo is now sprouting new skyscrapers at an almost unbelievable pace. Around the central business district, the days are full of the sounds of heavy machinery, and the nights ablaze with floodlights and cranes. In this flurry of activity, several high-profile developments are now reaching their peaks. And, fuelled by foreign investment, more..

Changing the foundations of administration

Aug 9 (CT) In the last couple of weeks I looked at current problems with regard to MPs and put forward suggestions as to how things might be improved. The meeting for which I prepared the paper that was the basis of my last article was most interesting. There were clear areas of consensus, in particular that we needed a new electoral system. Indeed one very pleasant interlocutor asked why we were stressing this since it had been agreed that a change would be made. more..

Ravi under political spotlight

Aug 9 (DN) The biggest political development of the past week was the controversy surrounding Minister Ravi Karunanayake, relating to a Monarch Residencies penthouse transaction that had apparently taken place when he was holding the post of Finance Minister. Minister gave evidence before the Presidential Commission, where he essentially denied having any knowledge of the purported transaction. Political analysts were quick to point out that his appearance before more..

'JO depends too much on MR'

Aug 9 (CT) The JO is very much dependent on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and assumes that his presence will secure them a victory at the forthcoming elections, said UPFA MP affiliated with JO, Vidura Wickramanayaka. He added that while no one is of Rajapaksa's calibre, the JO MPs should develop themselves as people's representatives. Q: Have you consulted the Govt faction of the SLFP more..

Is SL descending towards Kakistocracy?

Aug 9 (CT) On the eve of Sri Lanka’s independence in 1948 and in the immediate aftermath of that landmark event the island was an envy of many of its Asian neighbours. Domestic harmony and economic prosperity with a democratic polity was a rare combination in the Asian region at that time. Sri Lanka inherited from the British a healthy economy with a strong foreign balance, a robust democratic constitution reflecting the country’s pluralism and an efficient civil service. more..

Do Tamils need an alternate leadership?

Aug 9 (CT) The matter very widely discussed today among the Tamil people and among the Tamils living in various countries, is that the Tamils in Sri Lanka need an alternate leadership. This gives me a great surprise. I can understand if those who do not know the history of the country speak like this. But those who know the history talking like this looks not only humorous but also gives a lot of pain. I wish to take you all to the nineteen seventies. The Parliament that met in 1970 more..

PM asks JO to abide by Speaker’s orders

Aug 8 (NR) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe called for the JO to abide by Speaker’s orders within Parliament, as democracy has been established in the country. He made this statement in Parliament whilst commenting on no-confidence motion against Minister Ravi Karunanayake. PM said JO has presented a proposal to the Speaker, adding parties can take necessary measures once the Speaker’s decision is announced. more..

Buck doesn’t stop with Ravi: GL

Aug 8 (DM) It said that there was no doubt that the minister should resign due to the nature of allegations levelled against him, but the responsibility for the scam should be taken by those who hold higher posts as well. “Minister Karunanayake was removed as finance minister and appointed as the foreign minister by the President. That is not all, they readily gave him control over National and Development Lotteries Boards as well. There is no rational basis for this allocation more..

Sri Lanka arrests 48 Indian fishermen sparking fresh tension

Aug 8 (Sputnik) India has alleged that SL Navy has apprehended 48 Indian fishermen and their boats after forcing them to surrender by firing in the air. The fishermen were allegedly rounded off from the Palk Strait area — the body of water running between India’s southeast coast and the northern tip of Sri Lanka. The fishermen, belonging to Pudukottai and Jagadapattinam districts of Tamil Nadu in southern India, were taken to Kangesanthurai by the navy personnel. more..

Rumesh Ratnayake appointed Lanka's head fast bowling coach

Aug 8 (CI) Sri Lanka Cricket has appointed former quick Rumesh Ratnayake to the top fast-bowling coaching job in the country. As SLC's head of fast bowling, Ratnayake will work closely with Sri Lanka's high-performance centre, and will oversee the work of the board's other fast-bowling coaches, including whoever is posted with the national team. He may not himself work and tour with Sri Lanka side, however. more..

No-confidence motion against Ravi to be delayed by 8 days

Aug 8 (AD) The hearing of the motion of no-confidence against Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake will be delayed by 08 days.  Parliament Secretary General of Staff Attorney Neil Iddawela has stated that any motion of this nature submitted against a member of parliament, must be analyzed by the speaker to determine its compliance and authenticity. He also stated that once completed the speaker of parliament must arrive at a decision on its legitimacy. more..

Inter-University Bikku Federation Convener released on bail

Aug 8 (DN) Inter-Univ Bhikku Federation (IUBF) Convenor Ven. Tampitiye Sugathananda Thera, arrested on charges of causing damage to public property by forcibly entering the premises of the Ministry of Health during an anti-SAITM protest was ordered to be released on bail by Colombo High Court, today. Judge Manilal Waidyatilleke made this order taking into consideration a revision application filed on behalf of suspect challenging Maligakanda MC decision not to granting of bail. more..