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LPBOA Taking Cabinet to Court

May 18 (CT) Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) will take legal action against the Cabinet of Ministers for approving a Cabinet Proposal that violates National Transport Commission (NTC) Act. LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne said that a Cabinet Paper was submitted by Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva proposing to introduce several new bus routes in order to provide new route permits. more..

Over 50 foreign firms to attend Sri Lanka Investment Conclave

May 18 (DN) Senior Executives and owners of over 50 foreign companies from more than 15 countries have already registered to take part in the upcoming Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2017 showing interest in exploring opportunities in diverse economic sectors of the country. Large to medium scale firms from Japan, Spain, Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand, Mongolia, Germany, China, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia along with firms from several other more..

Dengue outbreak: Transfer of medical specialists not justifiable: Vitharana

May 18 (DM) The transfer of medical specialists including the Epidemiology Unit Chief under the five-year transfer scheme was unjustifiable in the wake of the dengue outbreak, former MP Tissa Vitharana said. He said that Health Ministry’s Dengue Eradication Unit’s Coordinator Dr. Hasitha Tissera and Epidemiology Unit’s Director Dr. Paba Palihawadana have been transferred to administrative units of other hospitals. “Both of them have performed creditably in the eradication more..

Hoax says Ravi asked Mahendran Rs 75 B?

May 18 (CT) The letter purportedly sent to the former Governor of CB Arjun Mahendran, by the Finance Minister, being presented to the Presidential Commission investigating the Treasury Bonds scandal, instead of it being submitted to COPE, has created grave suspicions , Keerthi Tennekoon, advisor to the Anti- Corruption Front stated. Tennekoon's observation came when asked for comments about this matter more..

Sri Lanka settle for 33-17 victory over UAE

May 18 (Island) The winners collected their points through four tries, two conversions and three penalties while UAE managed only two tries two conversions and a penalty. SL were given a fine start by Fazil Marija who broke the deadlock just two minutes after the kick off as he went on to score near the corner flag, but full-back Thilina Wijesinghe could not make the conversion, so the scores 5-0. UAE struck back with a three-pointer when fly half Andrew Stevenson put over penalty more..

We won't allow Cabinet reshuffle to derail govt: UNP

May 18 (DM) Several UNP MPs threatened to take stern action if the anticipated cabinet reshuffle puts the govt off the track. UNP MP Asoka Priyantha said that the cabinet reshuffle should not be aimed at fulfilling ulterior motives of few who had joined this govt by accepting positions even after they were defeated at the last general election. “We will not leave the govt but will see to it that our voices are heard in Parliament if the cabinet reshuffle is done to fulfill aspirations of few defeated politicians” more..

A platform for local tech startups to connect with the big league

May 18 (Island) ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), nation's apex ICT Institution under Ministry of Telecom and Digital Infrastructure, has announced the launch of Disrupt Asia 2017, which will be held at Hilton Colombo on July 12. Disrupt Asia is Sri Lanka's premier startup conference and exhibition where SL tech startup entrepreneurs will have direct access to interact with established companies in their industry which could more..

GSP-Plus: An elixir or just palliation for Sri Lanka’s export woes?

May 18 (IPS) Sri Lankan exports, which have been flagging in recent times, gained some much needed relief with the European Union’s (EU) Foreign Affairs Council deciding to grant additional trade preferences to SL under its GSP-Plus initiative. By granting this concession, SL will now benefit from the full removal of tariffs on SL imports into the EU on 66% of tariff lines (approx 1200 SL products), covering a wide array of products including textiles, small machinery, and fisheries. more..

China beats India as Sri Lanka’s biggest trading partner

May 18 (FT) Amidst open and at times covert battles to dislodge each other’s influence, China has emerged as Sri Lanka’s biggest trading partner, relegating the longstanding dominant India to second place. China had eclipsed India last year by a slim yet decisive $ 57 million difference between the two in terms of total trade with SL. Combined import and export trade between China and SL last year amounted to $ 4.426 billion, as opposed to the Indo-Lanka figure of $ 4.369 billion. more..

Ford hopes for flat batting tracks in England

May 18 (CI) Sri Lanka may have often hankered for spin on foreign pitches, and the island may still the home of low-scoring one dayers, but this time around, they would love some nice, flat batting tracks at Champions Trophy, if English groundstaff don't mind. That, at least, is the view of coach Graham Ford, who, in sizing up SL's attributes, has settled on batting as team's foremost strength. SL have lost 6 of their last 7 ODIs more..

Sri Lanka leave for Champions Trophy today

May 18 (Island) The national cricket team will leave for England this morning to prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy. Sri Lanka will be one of the first teams to arrive in England. They will conduct an eight day training camp in Kent before playing two warm-up games against Scotland. They also have two more warm-up games arranged by the ICC against Australia and New Zealand. Sri Lanka’s campaign in Champions Trophy gets underway on 3rd June against South Africa at The Oval. more..

A youthful fun turned into a lifelong deal

May 18 (DM) A mother who came in search of the whereabouts of a youth who had given his address to her young daughter, left her to be cared by the youth and returned home. It was reported from a village in the Western Province. It was revealed that a group from a nearby town had set off on a pilgrimage and after travelling several hundred of miles from Colombo had stopped their vehicle at a wayside boutique for some quick purchases. A youth among the crowd had caught the attention more..

New Inland Revenue Act on the cards

May 18 (Roar) Sri Lanka is getting a brand new Inland Revenue Act. Though yet to be gazetted, the draft Act has already been approved by the Cabinet, subject to amendment once tabled in Parliament. The bill was presented by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake early this month, and as confirmed by the Govt Information Department, was approved by Cabinet and is expected to be taken up for vote in Parliament, sooner rather than later. more..

Current foreign policy dilemmas of small states: The case of Sri Lanka

May 18 (Island) Sri Lanka would do well to bear these well known lessons of history in mind. If the countries concerned keep their channels of communication open with each other and work in a spirit of good will to ensure the collective well being of South Asia, as well as their legitimate individual interests, Indo-Sri Lanka ties are unlikely to run aground. The region’s number one power, India, and its smaller neighbours need to always bear their respective sensitivities in mind as more..

Saving Jaffna’s Whistleblower and Setting an Example for the NPC

May 18 (Island) NallaiAdheenam Chief Priest wants University of Jaffna Transformed into a Hindu University while the Chief Minister calls Jesus Christ a Criminal Condemned to Death. The editor of a Tamil newspaper demands that all Christians revert to Hinduism. Whistleblowing comes from a game referee blowing the whistle to call attention to a foul. In administration, it refers to an employee calling the attention of those outside to internal wrongdoings. I am an electrical engineer. more..

The final hours of war

May 18 (FT) Eight years have passed since the end of the war against terrorism in SL, which took thousands of valuable lives, be it innocent civilians shot or blown to bits by a bomb, soldiers who fought to restore peace or suicide cadres who were brainwashed to blow themselves up to achieve someone else’s dream – all died in that dirty war. As a journalist who covered the last days of the war I decided I should pen down more..

Editorial: Antho jata bahi jata

May 18 (Island) It looks as if the UNP thought the SLFP had overstayed its welcome in the yahapalana govt though the originally agreed two-year cohabitation period is not yet over. The SLFP has had to endure contempt, humiliation and obloquy at the hands of the UNP and its backers. A collective of pro-UNP NGOs has recently reproached the SLFP members of the Cabinet for the govt’s failure to make good on its pre-election pledges. It has also held them responsible for the inordinate delay more..

Sorting bad apples: Is lustration the answer to SL’s military impunity?

May 18 (GV) Suspects with military links feature in a number of ongoing investigations into crimes and human rights violations committed in SL’s post-war period. CID’s report in Lasantha Wickramatunga’s murder investigation detailing military-run death squads, and the alleged involvement of military intelligence in the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda are examples of this tendency. Meanwhile, recent allegations that 134 SL peacekeepers sexually abused children more..


Fair courage

May 18 (DN) Traditions can be classified as a belief, principle or a way of acting that have evolved and derived from various social, ethical, and philosophical and mainly of religious and theological background. Being a multicultural and a multi-lingual nation, Sri Lanka owns a rich culture along with a deep heritage and history. Even though slightly modified over the generations, people still follow the age old customs and traditions reverently. Many a tradition of the country is attributed to more..

Investments and our Public Service

May 18 (FT) Our governments preach untiringly the importance of foreign businesses and investments for Sri Lanka. For a capital deficient and technology poor country it is essential to attract both money and knowhow. Whether it is direct investments in projects, foreign businesses setting up office here or investments in real estate or the stock market, we want them. But try as hard as we may – promotions, road shows, various concessions to investors, constant visits to foreign countries by more..

'If 20th Amendment is passed Mobs will storm Temple Trees, President’s House'

May 18 (CT) MP Wimal Weerawansa remarked that he should be grateful to the govt for imprisoning him since he could write two books while he was in the prison. The launch of one the books titled Ratata Uvamana Vama was held recently. When asked if the hunger strike that he observed in the prison was merely an attention grabbing fake show, he said those who say that it was a fake show are not able to skip even one meal. more..

Purchase money paid to shadowy offshore company

May 18 (Island) The other key question in relation to the purchase and overhaul of MiG aircraft in 2006 was that the payment had not been made to the supplier - Ukrainian state owned company UKRINMASH, but to a front company by the name of Bellimisa Holdings Ltd. In 2000 when the Chandrika Kumaratunga govt bought six MiG-27s and one MiG-23UB trainer, the supplier was DS Alliance of Singapore. However DS Alliance was a middleman and all the MiG aircraft purchased more..

Human Rights still an issue

May 18 (SL) The country is once again preparing to celebrate the liberation of the country by defeating the LTTE terrorists after a war that devastated the country for nearly 30 years. However, it is still questionable as to how much freedom we still enjoy despite the war  coming to an end. This is a topic that has been focussed on by many human rights activists. Are the people’s human rights assured? This is a question that has received mixed responses from various groups. more..

Indian teachers for upcountry

May 18 (CT) People's Teachers Union (PTU) General Secretary Nelson Mohanraj said, instead of recruiting Indian teachers for the plantation sector it is more favourable to appoint B.Sc graduates from the North and East to teach Maths and Science in Tamil medium schools. "Definitely the ministry can recruit these graduates who have been carrying out their struggle demanding for jobs. more..

Modi’s visit to central hills brings welcome attention to a marginalised community

May 18 (GV) Last Friday (12) Sri Lankans living in the central hills lined its narrow streets to catch a glimpse of that Indian tea-seller who rose to become the PM of India. The crowd, comprising of Tamils of recent Indian origin, were visibly jubilant. They turned up, in the thousands to hear Narendra Modi speak at Norwood Grounds after the opening of a new hospital complex in Dickoya, built with Indian funds. The euphoria and indeed affection was clearly palpable. more..

CB Annual Report: Bold in critical analysis & Proactive in policy recommendations

May 18 (CT) The Monetary Board released its Annual Report on the state of the economy in 2016, commonly known as the Central Bank Annual Report, two weeks ago. The Governor and the senior officers of the bank had in person handed the copies of the report to the three key persons in the administration – the President, PM and Minister of Finance at three separate meetings. Meeting them personally to hand in the report would have served two purposes. more..

'No TNA members hold dual citizenship'

May 17 (AM) TNA MP M. A. Sumanthrian refuted rumours the TNA fielded MP with dual citizenship at the last election, saying no TNA MP holds dual citizenship. The MP, responding to a question directed at the TNA on Twitter alleging there were TNA members that held dual citizenship, tweeted: Not true. No TNA MP holds dual citizenship – at least, to the knowledge of the party. Members of the SL parliament have come under scrutiny more..

Ganesan wants concrete proposals

May 17 (CT) Minister Mano Ganesan said that TNA should come with a proper set of proposals instead of speaking at different places about what they want included in the proposed new Constitution. He made this observation when asked about the meeting between US Ambassador Atul Keshap and CM of NP C.V. Wigneswaran. Wigneswaran recently said that solutions to the basic problems which the Tamil community in Northern Province face can be found within a federal political framework. more..

Perpetual Treasuries amassing wealth: ACF

May 17 (CT) Anti-Corruption Front (ACF) charged that Perpetual Treasuries has proceeded to invest and reinvest, in a number of noted firms in the country, the massive amounts of money allegedly earned illegally through investments in CB Bonds. ACF Adviser Keerthi Tennakoon said that unbelievable details have emerged concerning two CB bond scams which had taken place. He said among those details had been the manner in which the said scam had taken place, those that more..

'SL received assurance from UK over GSP+'

May 17 (AD) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says that Sri Lanka has received an assurance from the United Kingdom that despite it leaving the EU, the trade preferences already enjoyed by other countries would be maintained.  “The day after we will get the tariff concessions to enter the EU market, which is the GSP+.”  “We have also been assured by the UK that while they will leave the union, trade preferences already enjoyed more..

BBS ridicule chief prelates during meeting with Mano

May 17 (CG) The BBS today ridiculed the chief prelates during a meeting with Minister of National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan. BBS General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero said that there is no point in having talks with the chief prelates and obtaining their opinion on national issues. Gnanasara Thero said the chief prelates are there just to appear before the media, look good, meet Ministers and make statements. more..

Special Committee to look into issues of IDPs and resettled in Mannar district

May 17 (PSL) A special discussion was held under the patronage of Secretary to the President Mr. P.B. Abeykoon to look into the issues of the  IDPs and the resettle displaced persons in the Mannar district, today (16). A group of Muslim representatives and the officials of the Department of Forest Conservation including Secretary to the Ministry of Environment participated in this meeting.  It was discussed in detail regarding the issues faced by the people in the area, more..

Sri Lanka's men face rape in custody decade after civil war: study

May 17 (AFP) Men in Sri Lanka are being raped in custody nearly a decade after the civil war, when sexual assault was routinely used to torture detained Tamils, a report said Wednesday. The rape of men and boys remains widespread but unreported, with victims unwilling to come forward due to social stigma and laws criminalising same-sex relations, All Survivors Project said in its report. more..

Petition to abolish Fonseka’s MP post: SC postpones hearing

May 17 (AD) Supreme Court has postponed the hearing of the petition seeking a court order to dismiss Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka from his MP post. The petition was submitted by a former MP of the Southern Province, Ajith Prasanna. When the petition hearing was called in today, the Supreme Court said to issue notices to the respondents. The petition hearing was accordingly postponed till the 12 of July. The petitioner pointed out that it was against the law to appoint more..

'Modi's Sri Lanka visit was a grand success'

May 17 (PTI) PM Narendra Modi's recent visit to Sri Lanka was a grand success and enabled both countries to finalise a number of projects, including the Trinco port project, a minister here said. Minister Sarath Amanugama, who was part of the official delegation headed by SL PM Ranil Wickremeshinghe that took part in the One Belt One Road initiative here, said talks were underway with India for its participation in free trade zones in Trinco, Hambantota more..