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Principals’ appointments, transfers: NWP principals’ complain to HRCSL over political interference

Sep 20 (TM) The Ceylon Principals' Union (CPU) has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of SL (HRCSL) regarding the alleged appointment and transfer of principals in the North Western Province (NWP) based on the wishes of various politicians, without following the procedure adopted by the North Western Provincial Council (PC) in 2010. CPU General Secretary Piyasiri Fernando claimed that more than 1,200 schools in the North Western Province more..

Nearly 40% of deaths at Badulla Hospital due to heart failures: GMOA

Sep 20 (AD) The Govt Medical Officers” Association (GMOA) has raised concerns over the recent number of deaths that have taken place at the General Hospital in Badulla, noting that out of the 1,883 postmortems conducted over the last year, 770 persons were found to have died of heart attacks. Speaking on the matter, GMOA Deputy Secretary Dr. Palitha Rajapaksha attributed the high number of deaths caused by heart attacks to the absence of an angiogram machine. more..

Arachchige to lead second-string Sri Lanka side at the Asian games

Sep 20 (CI) SL have announced a young squad for the 2023 Asian Games - essentially a SL A side - with Sahan Arachchige set to lead the 15-member squad. Among those with international caps, Ashen Bandara tops the list with 11 white-ball games under his belt. Nuwanidu Fernando and Nuwan Thushara have played four games each, while Arachchige has played two ODIs. A majority of the team have however appeared in the LPL, so fans may not be completely unfamiliar with some of these names, more..

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Present cricket team more talented than ’96 squad, says Arjuna

Sep 20 (DM) SL's present cricket team is more talented than the 1996 World Cup winning squad, former cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga said. "With the exception of Aravinda de Silva, the cricket team we have today is more talented than the 1996 squad," he said, adding that the present administration of the sport has misled young and talented cricketers. "I had several questions with the Asia Cup," Ranatunga said raising concerns as to why the Asian Cricket Council awarded USD 50,000 more..

Restraining order on commemorating LTTE cadre Thileepan rejected

Sep 20 (DM) The request by police for a restraining order preventing the commemoration of LTTE cadre 'Thileepan' was rejected by the Vavuniya magistrate’s court. He was to be commemorated today (20) for the 36th year. Vaviniya police moved that the commemoration of 'Thileepan' which included a demonstration along with a motorcade to Vavuniya town today was liable to result in a breach of peace. The court rejected the request of the police and held that anyone more..

Video: President at SDG Summit calls for sufficient allocations to achieve goals

Sep 20 (AD) Extremely limited resources have been allocated to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change albeit the adoption in 2015, Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe told SDG Summit 2023 in New York. The two-day high-level political forum on sustainable development came to an end on Tuesday. The world leaders adopted a Political Declaration which left them with a ‘to-do list’ to turn words into action more..

Iranian leader to visit Sri Lanka after Prez Wickremesinghe’s invitation

Sep 20 (EN) Iranian leader Dr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi has accepted an invitation by his SL counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe to visit the South Asian island nation in the near future, President’s media unit said. Wickremesinghe met Raisi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. “The two leaders engaged in cordial discussions and Dr. Raisi accepted Prez Wickremesinghe’s invitation to visit Sri Lanka in the near future,” more..

Stocks close up on a three-day high, amidst Softlogic acquisition

Sep 20 (EN) Shares closed up, with interest in an acquisition from Softlogic. ASPI was up 0.23% or 25.83 points to 11,274.33, while the S&P SL20 was up 0.16% or 5.16 points to 3,172.81. “Though volumes were thin, the market did bounce back to a high of three days. There still is some uncertainty among investors waiting on clarity from the govt on IMF review and the upcoming budget,” an analyst said. Gainers were Commercial Bank, Ceylon Beverage Holdings and Sampath Bank. more..

Sri Lanka grapples with crime wave and IGP turmoil

Sep 20 (DM) In the recent past, SL has witnessed a worrying increase in various forms of criminal activities such as shootings, killings in broad daylight and theft, robbery, and drug-related offenses, raising concerns among citizens and authorities alike. The recent tragic killing of a six-year-old girl in Colombo has sent shockwaves through the community and ignited a strong public outcry. The girl was killed and her father was injured more..

Dasun to remain Captain for 2023 World Cup

Sep 20 (AD) Dasun Shanaka will remain as the Captain of the SL ODI squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, sources confirmed to Ada Derana. Accordingly, it has been confirmed that despite recent claims made on social media platforms, no changes will be made to the captaincy before the tournament. There had been widespread speculation, especially on social media, about the skipper stepping down from the captaincy in the aftermath of SL’s humiliating 10-wicket defeat more..

Malinga backs Shanaka to continue as captain for Cricket World Cup

Sep 20 (DM) Lasith Malinga has backed Dasun Shanaka to continue as ODI skipper even as deliberations are ongoing if the all-rounder should retain the captaincy for the Cricket World Cup. "Dasun Shanaka took on the responsibility of captaining the SL cricket team during a difficult period for the players and fans, managing to bring stability and respectability to the national side with his calm and collected approach," Malinga shared through his social media channels. more..

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Supply chain disruptions and resilience of Sri Lankan exports

Sep 20 (FT) Despite sitting on the periphery of the global supply chain nexus, Sri Lanka was not spared by the disruptions caused by COVID-19 restrictions and the Russian war in Ukraine. Ongoing rivalry between the US and China are going to change the phase of globalisation with the formation of new alignments. Despite being an advocate of fair practices in production and trading, industrial policies of the US are changing in favour of domestic producers and domestic production. more..

Private sector still believes in Sri Lanka

Sep 20 (FT) Last week data was released that the Sri Lankan economy has contracted by -3.1% in Quarter 2-2023, stacking up to the -11.5% decline in Quarter 1,2023 which means chances are that we will be at a -4.3% contraction as per that latest update of the World Bank. There have been reported job losses touching over half a million, and increasing poverty levels to an all-time high of 7 million people as per the study done by LirneAsia. Another study by Nielsen IQ revealed that more..

Sri Lanka and World Bank discuss economic reforms, collaborations

Sep 20 (FT) SL delegation led by Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe in New York on Monday engaged in high-level discussions with World Bank President Ajay Banga and officials. The discussion, on the sidelines of the Prez’s attendance at the UNGA, centred on a range of critical topics, including economic reforms, agriculture, tourism, and digitisation. Prez expressed gratitude for the vital financial support provided by WB more..

Uddika blames existing political system for attempt on life

Sep 20 (FT) SLPP MP Uddika Premarathna speaking in Parliament for the first time after an attempt was made on his life by a shooter on Sunday, blamed the incident on the current political system in SL. “Instead of speculating about the potential culprits, my opinion is that I was targeted by the prevailing political system in the country,” he said. An unidentified gunman had opened fire on Premarathna’s vehicle at around 10.30 p.m. on Sunday opposite his residence more..

Crucial for Sri Lanka to restructure foreign debt by Sept. 27: Patali

Sep 20 (Island) If SL cannot arrive at an agreement with the foreign bond holders to restructure the foreign currency debt owed to them by Sep 27, even World Bank aid given to SL to import fertilizer and medicine will cease, MP Champika Ranawaka said. “This month is crucial. We have to come to an agreement with our foreign creditors. If we can’t come to an agreement, we won’t receive the approval from the IMF to have access to funds from its Extended Fund Facility Programme. more..

Cricketing overhaul: Dasun's captaincy to be over today?

Sep 20 (TM) Reliable sources state that it has been decided to remove Dasun Shanaka from the leadership of the SL cricket team. It is reported that the relevant cricket authorities have discussed this in depth yesterday, and it is said that the decision will be communicated to Dasun today. Accordingly, it is also reported that the new leadership of the team will be assigned to Kusal Mendis. With the massive defeat of SL more..

Emirates and SriLankan establish reciprocal interline partnership

Sep 20 (FT) Emirates and SriLankan Airlines yesterday announced they have signed a reciprocal interline agreement to boost connectivity for passengers of both airlines. The partnership will enable access to new points on each other’s networks via Colombo and Dubai, utilising a single ticket and enjoying the convenience of baggage transfers. Tickets are now on sale for travel effective immediately as the interline partnership unlocks 15 regional destinations operated by more..

SJB to go to court against new Anti-Terrorism Bill

Sep 20 (AD) SJB has vowed to go to court over the new Anti-Terrorism Bill. SJB member Ashok Abeysinghe stressed that no matter how the relevant Bill is amended, the main opposition would still oppose it. He further added that although a gazette notification has been issued pertaining to the Bill, it is yet to be presented before the parliament following its most recent amendments. “Once it is presented before parliament, there is a period of 14 days for us to go before the SC more..

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Hotels Association Chief hails MRR; assures no drop in biz, tourists

Sep 20 (FT) Hotels Association of SL (THASL) President M. Shanthikumar hailed the finality of the Minimum Room Rate (MRR) from 1 Oct and assured there will be no drop in business as claimed by some parties with vested interests. “We thank Prez Wickremesinghe, Minister Harin Fernando and the Govt for introducing the minimum rates effective 1 Oct 2023 for hotels in the City of Colombo. There will be no drop in business as claimed by some parties with vested interests, more..

Customs thwarts attempt to smuggle Rs.4.5Mn worth illicit fags at BIA

Sep 20 (DM) An attempt to smuggle in a stock of foreign cigarettes worth over Rs.4.5 million by a couple returning from Dubai was thwarted by SL Customs officials at the BIA yesterday. Customs officials on suspicion checked the baggage of a middle-aged couple to find illegal cigarettes in them. The suspects had arrived in the country on Gulf Airline flight GF 144 from Dubai. The male suspect was reportedly a resident of Kalmunai, whilst the female was from Ganemulla. more..

Proposed electricity tariff hike: PUCSL asks CEB to resubmit request in proper format

Sep 20 (TM) Public Utilities Commission of SL (PUCSL) will not consider the recent request made by the CEB to approve an increase in electricity tariffs until a request prepared in the accepted format is received. In a letter dated 4 Sept 2023, the CEB had informed the PUCSL of financial difficulties that it had to face due to the electricity tariff reduction in July 2023, and requested that appropriate action, impliedly a tariff hike, more..

'Exams Chief will decide on A/L dates'

Sep 20 (DN) Minister Susil Premajayantha told Parliament that Examinations Commissioner General has been authorised to take a decision on whether to hold the A/L Exam to be held on Nov 27 on the same day or to postpone it. Minister said this while replying to the proposal presented by SJB MP Rohini Wijeratne. Claiming to update the examination schedule, it is unfair to take away the rights of children and that some schools in the remote provinces including the N&E more..

Vol. 2 of Easter CoI report sought by SJB

Sep 20 (TM) SJB demanded the disclosure of the facts included in the second volume of the report prepared by the Prez Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Easter Sunday attacks. Speaking in Parliament yesterday – on the eve of an adjournment debate on the Channel 4 documentary revelations related to the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, scheduled for tomorrow (21) and 22 Sept – SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa said that his Parliamentary privileges had been violated more..

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Activists slam proposed online safety law

Sep 20 (FT) Activists and politicians expressed strong criticism of the Online Safety Bill published through a Gazette announcement yesterday. According to the Gazette, Bill aims to establish an Online Safety Commission and includes provisions to prohibit the online communication of certain statements of fact in SL. Former President of the Bar Association Saliya Peiris PC said that the contents of the Gazetted Bill do not primarily address internet or online safety but rather more..

SLC presents Rs. 5M to Percy towards his health and wellbeing

Sep 20 (CT) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) presented Rs. 5 million to Percy Abeysekera, SL’s legendary cheerleader on the cricket field. This donation was made to Abeysekera to support his wellbeing and maintenance of good health. The decision was taken by the Executive Committee of SLC headed by its President Shammi Silva. “Percy’s contribution to the game of cricket in SL as a cheerleader is immeasurable, and he has been a tower of strength for the players and to the game as a whole, more..

Sydney woman grilled over rape claim against Danushka

Sep 20 (AAP) A Sydney woman has been asked how Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka could have stealthed her by removing his condom without her knowing during a sexual encounter. The alleged victim claims she was sexually abused on Nov 2, 2022 at her eastern suburbs home after matching with the international batter on Tinder and meeting him at the Opera Bar for a date. more..

Swimmer Ramudi awarded historic FINA scholarship

Sep 20 (DN) Swimmer Ramudi Samarakoon has made history by becoming the first SL swimmer to receive a FINA scholarship, announced the SL Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU). At the age of 21, Samarakoon has been recognized with the scholarship for her exceptional performance, earning the highest FINA points. The scholarship will enable her to train in Budapest, Hungary, and pursue a 3-year education program at Corvinus Uni of Budapest, all while focusing on her more..

Sri Lanka Retail Forum 2023 announces impressive speaker line up

Sep 20 (FT) The Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association (SLRA) is set to host the retail industry’s premier knowledge event, the SL Retail Forum 2023, commencing at 9 a.m. on 19 October, at the Shangri-La Hotel Colombo. Conducted this year under the theme Sparking success: Reigniting the flame of retail growth, the forum will explore emerging trends in retail both locally and globally, and explore innovative strategies to enhance retail operations and consumer reach. more..

Cabinet approves Rs 566mn tyre tender despite concerns by engineers

Sep 20 (ST) The Cabinet has approved a Rs. 566 million tender to supply tyres to the SLTB despite a technical evaluation committee (TEC) finding that the product sold by the winning bidder had deviated from a multitude of fixed, predetermined specifications. The order, equivalent to the SLTB’s four-month requirement for tyres, has been granted to M/s Ferentino Tyre Corporation (Pvt) Ltd, according to official documents more..

Softlogic buys top global footwear brand Bata in Sri Lanka for Rs. 293 m

Sep 20 (FT) Softlogic Holdings said its subsidiary, Softlogic Retail Holdings Ltd has been granted the manufacturing license and distribution rights and the exclusive retail franchise rights for Bata and Bata products in SL. Softlogic Retail Holdings has also acquired a 100% stake in Footwear Retailer Ltd, formerly known as Bata Shoe Company of Ceylon Ltd., for Rs. 293 million. Bata is a well-established international brand for high quality, scientifically and uniquely designed more..

John Keells Properties launches latest residential development Viman

Sep 20 (FT) Having revolutionised the real estate industry in SL, John Keells Properties, has unveiled its latest residential project, Viman, set to transform contemporary living in the heart of Ja-Ela. John Keells Properties, the property arm of the renowned John Keells Holdings, has earned a prestigious reputation in the real estate market for making a significant impact with innovative approaches to creating dream living spaces and exceptional experiences. more..