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Dengue peak season around the corner; take care

May 16 (Island) The annual dengue peak occurs during June and July and medical experts have warned the public to be cautious due to the prevailing rainy weather. Some 1,108 persons already infected with dengue have been detected during the first quarter of this month. The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry said countrywide 15 people had died and more than 16,000 had been infected. Patients are advised to avoid medications such as more..

Mangala’s recent statements: Opposition MPs complain to IGP

May 16 (CT) A group of Opposition MPs, lodged a complaint with the IGP, requesting him to probe the recent sentiments expressed by Minister Mangala Samaraweera, as it could lead to riots in the country among different local communities. Complaint was handed over to the IGP’s office by a group of MPs led by UPFA MP Shehan Semasingha. Semasingha in his complaint has claimed that the recent comment made by Minister Samaraweera that SL was no longer a Sinhala Buddhist country, more..

Governor Salley surveys mob violence damage

May 16 (Island) During his visit to the riot torn Minuwangoda area on Wednesday, Western Province Governor, Azath Salley instructed the trustees of the vandalized town mosque to repair it immediately to continue the performance of prayers. The Governor toured the mosque and saw for himself the damage caused by the thugs who came in organized groups to attack Muslims, their properties and places of worship. He was told that the groups came from outside areas. more..

Violence is not the way to address communal concerns: Bakeer Markar

May 16 (AD) Former Minister and Attorney-at-Law Imthiaz Bakeer Markar says violence and bombings are not means to address the country’s communal concerns. He said that it is our behavior that decides the future of the country and Sri Lanka had been facing unfortunate events every 7 to 8 years. Minister of Kabir Hashim, former Minister Ferial Ashraff and Prez’s Counsel Ali Sabry also joined the event to speak on behalf of more..

762 inmates to be released on Prez Pardon

May 16 (NR) The Ministry of Justice and Prisons Reforms says 762 prison inmates will receive Presidential Pardon in lieu of Vesak Poya. 736 male and 26 female prison inmates will accordingly be released on Presidential Pardon. Ministry said the release of 762 prisoners under Presidential Pardon on one given day is the highest number in Sri Lanka’s history. Ministry noted those imprisoned for rape, child abuse, murders and possession and use of drugs will not be subject to Prez Pardon. more..

'Violence aimed at destabilising govt'

May 16 (CT) The violence that took place on 13 May, in certain areas of the country, was an attempt to destabilise the Govt, Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara claimed. He was speaking at a Media conference held at the Temple Trees. State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene also attended the conference. “Whilst the attacks on Easter Sunday were linked with int'l terrorism, it’s clear that the violence on 13 May was done by those who wanted to take advantage of this situation and more..

SL steadily shuts down Islamist terror net while Sinhalese nationalists unleash violence

May 16 (EN) Sri Lanka is making steady progress shutting down an Islamist terror network, police said as organized Sinhalese nationalists unleashed violence on unarmed Muslims which critics warned will pave the way for extremist organizations to attract more members. Police had now found seven training centres and camps used by terror network, whose members are believed to belong to at least 3 splintered organizations more..

SLITHM to identify alternative institutions for professional training

May 16 (DN) SL Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM), the national premier institute for human resource development of tourism and hospitality industry in Sri Lanka is in the process of identifying alternative institutions to provide professional training to its current students after a series of bomb attacks that hit luxury hotels in Colombo last month. SLITHM which provides the manpower for the various sectors in the hospitality trade is currently facing a huge challenge more..

Suranjith Swaris elected SLIM President for 2019/2020

May 16 (FT) Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) elected Suranjith Swaris as its 41st President for the year 2019/20, along with a new Council of Management and Executive Committee at its 49th Annual General Meeting, held on 29 March at the Galle Face Hotel. The new Council of Management and the Executive Committee, spearheaded by President Suranjith Swaris, Business & Marketing Consultant and Director of CareBelle International, took over the responsibility from more..

UNP UC Chairman calls for Ranil to step down

May 16 (FT) Weligama Urban Council Chairman Rehan Wijeratne has pledged his support to UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, demanding that the Hambantota District MP be allowed to take over as party leader and become the UNP’s candidate at the 2020 election. Wijeratne is the first head of a UNP Council to openly challenge the UNP leadership and pledge support to Premadasa, even as the UNP grapples with more..

Sri Lanka stocks rebound, ends two week fall

May 16 (EN) Sri Lanka's stocks rebounded 1% Thursday, reversing a two week fall on the back of buying interest on Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) and John Keells Holdings (JKH). The benchmark All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed 51.81 points higher at 5,251.79, making steady gains throughout the day to an intra-day high of 5,259.13 prior to easing minutes before trading close. The more liquid stocks on the S&P SL20 Index closed 0.55 percent or 13.33 points higher at 2,454.73. more..

Don’t let fear get in the way of Vesak: Ruwan

May 16 (DM) Acting Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene advised devotees to engage in religious observances this Vesak season without any fear as necessary security arrangements have been made. He gave this assurance at a media conference held during his recent tour to Minuwangoda to look into the victims whose shops and houses were attacked. He also visited the mosques that were damaged during the attack and lent a patient hearing to those aggrieved. more..

Alarm over Sri Lanka reinstating major accused of journalist murder

May 16 (AFP) An international rights group Thursday expressed alarm over the SL army's decision to reinstate an intelligence officer accused of high-profile attacks against journalists, including the assassination of a senior editor. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said reinstating major Prabath Bulathwatte created new threats for the media in Sri Lanka, which is currently under a state of emergency more..

Judges must strive for respect and integrity: Chief Justice

May 16 (DN) New Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya PC said public confidence and respect for the judiciary are essential for an effective judicial system and ultimately for democracy, founded on the rule of law. Jayasuriya speaking at the ceremonial sitting held at the Supreme Court to welcome him as the 47th Chief Justice said a factor capable of undermining public respect and confidence is, any conduct of judges, in and out of court, demonstrating a lack of integrity. more..

Sri Lankan strife: Emerald isle is in civil discord and India has to help

May 16 (DNA) Sri Lanka, the sunny emerald isle to India’s south, is in the throes of serious civil strife. A peace loving country, which had slowly started to come out of a debilitating two-and-a-half decade conflict with Tamil extremists that claimed thousands of lives, is now up against yet another discord foisted upon it in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings. On Tuesday, the government imposed a nationwide curfew for a second straight night and arrested several people after more..

යුද්ධ හමුදාවේ සුනඛයින්ගෙන් වන සේවය

Lethal politics – Mother Lanka wails

May 16 (FT) Democide is a term proposed by R.J. Rummel, in 1944, who defined it as the intentional killing of an unarmed or disarmed person by govt agents acting in their authoritative capacity and pursuant to govt policy or high command. What we are witnessing now is a bloody spike in politically-motivated violence due to lethal partisanship by the Prez of this country. It is reported that more than 200 cyclists with destructive weapons in their hands like machetes, swords and sledgehammers more..

The dormant racists rise again

May 16 (CT) The organised modus of the 13 May outbreak of violence in which mobs attacked several mosques and torched Muslim homes and shops in Chilaw and in the Kurunegala District was ample proof that it was no localised, impromptu knee-jerk response to some catalyst of the moment, but had method and planning back of it. We have had assurances from the Army Commander, Acting IGP and sundry ministers that the post-Easter Sunday carnage scenario was well under control. more..

Video: No-Confidence motion against Rishad presented to Speaker

May 16 (AD) The No-Confidence motion against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen has been handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya a short while ago, stated MP Udaya Gammanpila. The PHU Leader stated that the motion has been signed by nearly 66 MPs including the MPs of the Opposition. MP Shehan Semasinghe stated that they will request the Speaker to immediately fix a date for the debate of the relevant motion. more..

EU concerned over Sri Lanka anti-Muslim attacks

May 16 (EN) The European Union has expressed concern over anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka following Easter Sunday bombings and called for rule of law to be followed. "We are concerned about the recent incidents of communal violence that have occurred following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks," The Delegation of the European Union said in a statement. "We welcome the arrests made in connection with the violence, more..

Probe underway on Rs.4mn remitted by three ISIS members

May 16 (DM) The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) informed Colombo Additional Magistrate Thanuja Jayatunga that investigations were ongoing into the Rs.4 million remitted to Sri Lanka by three Sri Lankans allegedly involved in training with ISIS terrorists in Syria. Investigations revealed that the money had been sent by Mohamed Aruz Zuhair and the two brothers Mohamed Izak Ahamed and Zurfas Nilam more..

Release of Copper Factory workers: BASL to act on OIC’s complaint

May 16 (CT) The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) said, they would take necessary action in connection with the complaint filed with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), by the OIC of the Wellampitiya Police Station, over the granting of bail to nine workers attached to the Wellampitiya Copper Factory, by Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage, despite the objections raised by the Police. more..

Anti-Muslim attacks question security coordination

May 16 (DM) Tears in the eyes of the families mourning the loss of Easter Sunday terror victims had not dried up when Sri Lankans heard that another group of citizens- Muslims- had come under attack by angry mobs on Monday (13). The mob attacks were reported mainly in Kuliyapitya and Minuwangoda areas. In a brutal retaliation over the involvement of the ISIS terrorists and a group of local extremist Muslims in the Easter attacks, more..

Easter Sunday bombers used high-tech communication: Army Chief

May 16 (ST) The terrorists who carried out the Easter Sunday bombings used a Swiss developed, highly encrypted mobile communication App named Threema, Army Chief Lt.Gen. Mahesh Senanayake said. The mobile phone App boasts best in the class end-to-end encryption and allows a user to generate a random Threema ID, thereby giving anonymity to the user, the product website claimed. more..

Public urged not to lose sight of govt. corruption, while being preoccupied ...

May 16 (Island) The govt and civil society had to assist the security forces to ensure national security, but the public should also keep an eye on the progress made in corruption investigations, CAFFE Executive Director; Manas Ahmed said. The organisation will start a five-month anti-corruption awareness programme later this month and yesterday’s event was a planning session with stakeholders. more..

Outside hand suspected in Kuliyapitiya violence

May 16 (DM) Daylight in Wayamba gives its residents the opportunity to assess the situation of their neighbourhood, following a grim and fearful start to the holy Vesak week. The Police curfew enforced early Monday (13) evening in the North Western Province however, prevents them from setting about their daily work. Mob violence broke out in several parts of the country on Monday resulting in an islandwide curfew which was more..

An urban butterfly experience in Sri Lanka

May 16 (MB) Take a lifelong love for conservation, pair it with the right support group, and what do you get? An urban butterfly garden. A naturalist and author of several books on wildlife, Rajika Gamage’s biggest passion is to contribute to species conservation, both fauna and flora. But butterflies always have set his heart aflutter. A decade ago, he attempted to set up an urban butterfly garden with the support of a global more..

'No need for Sharia University in Sri Lanka'

May 16 (DM) As these terrorists happened to be Muslim terrorists suspicion is on against Muslims. I would like to appeal to all Sri Lankans for the atrocities committed by a few individuals, who are only namesake Muslims. With regard to the Muslim political leadership of this country, the fact remains that they should have been more aware than the rest and should have looked at the impending threat in the perspective of more..

The prerogatives of humanity and citizenship

May 16 (DM) This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the historic defeat of the LTTE. It coincides with Vesak. It comes just four weeks after a deadly attack by the National Thawheed Jama’ath (NTJ), an attack for which the ISIS has also claimed responsibility. There are many things to talk about at this moment. We can talk about the utter incompetence of the Govt in terms of the subversion of national security. We can talk of the govt’s complicity, first on account of criminal more..

Terror strikes create new security dynamics in China, Sri Lanka relations

May 16 (DM) Many an eyebrow has been raised as to why Prez Sirisena undertook an overseas visit at a time when the country is gripped by violence warranting his presence, both as the Head of State and the Defence Minister. Things have looked volatile in the country after the serial bombings on Apr 21, 2019. It looks that violence can be sparked off at the slightest instigation. President is not oblivious to volatility. Nevertheless, he left for China on the morning of May 13, on an official visit. more..

PM directs police to use ICCPR against troublemakers

May 16 (Island) In the absence of President Maithripala Sirisena, who holds the law and order portfolio, in addition to defence, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the police to move court against those suspected of being involved in the recent violence in terms of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Emergency Regulations. President Sirisena left for Beijing on Monday (13) for a meeting more..

Tough new regulations under PTA to deal with extremist groups

May 16 (FT) Along with the proscription of 3 organisations linked to the Easter Sunday bomb attacks, President Maithripala Sirisena has promulgated tough new regulations under the Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) Act to deal with those having links to these groups, including those funding them and espousing their cause. The Regulations, cited as the Prevention of Terrorism (Proscription of Extremist Organisations) Regulations No 1 of 2019, were made by President, along with more..

Undergrad remanded for posting false rumour on FB

May 16 (DM) A university student remanded till May 23 by Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court for publishing a false post on Facebook stating that the flight en route to China with President Maithripala Sirisena on board had crashed. When the case was taken up before Colombo Additional Magistrate Lochani Weerasinghe, the Police informed Court that the suspect is a resident of Piliyandala and an undergraduate at Sri J'pura University. Police requested Magistrate to remand the suspect. more..

Video: 78 remanded for inciting violence in NWP

May 16 (AD) Police Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara says that 78 suspects in the North Western Province were arrested and remanded for inciting violence in the area. The suspects were arrested from several police divisions in the province including Kurunegala, Kuliyapitiya, Nikaweratiya and Chilaw, he added. Investigations are being carried out further to apprehend more suspects in connection with the recent unrest more..

TID brought under CID, three SPs transferred

May 16 (CT) The Ministry of Law and Order has transferred the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) under the command of the Head of the CID, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Ravi Seneviratna with immediate effect. The Secretary of the National Police Commission (NPC) Saman Dissanayaka told Ceylon Today, that they have approved the recommendation submitted to them by the Ministry of Law and Order to transfer the TID under the purview of the CID. more..

Dan Priyasad out on bail

May 16 (CT) The Convener of the Nawa Sinhale National Movement, Dan Priyasad, who was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) on charges of verbally abusing and a threatening an individual, was granted bail by Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage yesterday. The suspect was released on two sureties in Rs 500,000 each. The Additional Magistrate told Court that the suspect had not been produced in Court based on provisions in the emergency regulations. more..