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Environmentalists up in arms against Whit Legged Shrimp farming

Apr 12 (Island) The govt has given the go-ahead for Pacific White Legged Shrimp (Litopenaeus Vannamei) farming in Mannar, but environmentalists warn of the potential negative impacts of the new project and demand to know what methods will be used to ensure that the new activity is bio-secure. Environmentalist Jagath Gunawardana said that risks had to be taken into consideration as the potential environmental more..

CPC losse Rs9.8bn on fuel sales in two months

Apr 12 (EN) State-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has lost 9,886 million rupees in the first two months of 2018, selling petrol, diesel and kerosene, as crude prices spiked, minister Rajitha Senaratne said. "We are watching international prices," he said. "We want to see whether the prices come down." Sri Lanka was expected to implement a price formula by March 2018 prevent state finances from being de-stabilized. The CPC has lost 2,968 million rupees on 92-Octane petrol, more..

Army established new Directorate for Overseas Operations

Apr 12 (MoD) 'The Army has proved its self and it need not carry any 'labels' and nothing is a daunting task as it has done a greater service to the motherland and also to the entire world'. 'The Army has the guts, knowledge and the credibility and as policy makers, we will provide all the support', said the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC attending the inauguration of the Directorate of Overseas Operations (DOO) of the SL Army in Colombo, today. more..

Customs seize 10, 800 kg of Glyphosate

Apr 12 (DM) A stock of the banned chemical Glyphosate worth Rs.20 million, was seized at the Rank Container Terminal (RCT) in Orugodawatta today, Customs Media Spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said. During the investigations, Customs officers found 10,800 kilograms of Glyphosate powder. “The 40-foot container had arrived at the Colombo Port from India on Apr 7 with 28,000kg Dolomite & illegal Glyphosate. more..

Schedule of special train service for New Year

Apr 12 (AD) SL Railways has commenced special train service during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festival season. This service will commence from Apr. 09 with three special trains. In addition a special train started from Colombo Fort at 1.05 p.m. to Mahawa Junction and it will start at 5.10 p.m. from Mahawa Junction to Colombo Fort. Meanwhile the SL Transport Board (SLTB) said that measures have been taken to allocate 2, 000 additional busses for passengers traveling to their hometowns more..

SLSMLS to support Pathologists

Apr 12 (CT) SL Society for Medical Laboratory Science (SLSMLS), said it would collaborate with the College of Pathologists (CoP) to set up less invasive and less painful early cancer screening method. President of SLSMLS, Ravi Kumudesh said, they would collaborate with the CoP to initiate Immunohistochemistry (IHC) as a primary testing method in 12 Govt hospital laboratory facilities. He said that this was comparatively a less invasive test which merely required a sample of blood, more..

Prez to leave for UK to attend CHOGM

Apr 12 (NR) President Maithripala Sirisena is due to leave for the United Kingdom next week to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting (CHOGM) 2018 to be held in London. President is due to leave the island next week in order to attend the CHOGM session. CHOGM will be held from 16 to 20 April in London and the week-long summit is expected to attract around 5,000 participants from more..

Aloysius and Palisena further remanded

Apr 12 (NR) The owner of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena arrested over the controversial Treasury bond transaction have been fuirther remanded. The order was issued by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne. The duo was accordingly remanded till the 26th of April. Arjuna Aloysius and Kasun Palisena were arrested on the 4th of February. The CID named former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, Owner of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius and more..

Former Lanka Sathosa Chairman granted bail

Apr 12 (NR) Former Chairman of Lanka Sathosa Nalin Fernando has been released on bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court. Ruwanjeewa Fernando was arrested and remanded till today when the case was taken up for hearing on the 9th of April. Fernando was released on a 25,000 rupee cash bail and two surety bails of 300,000 rupees each by Colombo Fort Magistrate. Former Chairman was arrested by the FCID for misappropriating a sum of 39 million rupees in public funds. more..

7 new Governors take oath before President

Apr 12 (NR) Seven new Governors have taken oath before Prez Sirisena this morning. Accordingly Hemakumara Nanayakkara who was previously the Governor of the Southern Province was sworn in as the Governor of the Western Province. Niluka Ekanayake who was the former Governor of the Central Province was sworn in as the Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province while KC Logeswaran who was the former Governor more..

Sri Lanka and Vietnam to advance bilateral political cooperation

Apr 12 (SL) Sri Lanka and Vietnam on Wednesday reaffirmed the commitment to further consolidate and advance bilateral political and economic cooperation. Third Meeting of the Sri Lanka-Vietnam Political Consultations was held on Wednesday in Colombo at senior official level. SL delegation was led by Sumith Nakandala, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vietnam delegation was headed by Đặng Đình Quý, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam. more..

Salary arrears and bonuses paid for employees of Fisheries Corporation

Apr 12 (GDI) The Ceylon Fisheries Corporation has taken measures to provide workers' salaries and bonuses for the first time during the Sinhala Avurudu season. The Ceylon Fisheries Corporation (CFC) a government-owned institution, which was scheduled to be closed down due to unfettered mismanagement during the last government, is currently earning profits under a new management. Accordingly, the Ceylon Fisheries Corporation was able to obtain a profit of Rs. 36 million for more..

University non-academic staff calls off strike

Apr 12 (NR) University non-academic staff have decided to call of their ongoing strike which was launched based upon several demands. Joint Committee of the University Trade Union said the decision was reached in consideration of the measures taken by the govt, to intervene and resolve relevant concerns. Accordingly the Committee said non-academic staff are prepared to report to work from Apr 17. more..

Now special salary scale for nursing graduates

Apr 12 (Island) Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has proposed a special salary scale for nursing graduates. A health ministry official quoted Dr. Senaratne as having told a group of nursing graduates attending a function at the ministry that a Cabinet paper had been submitted to that effect. Dr. Senaratne said nursing degrees had been introduced in 2002 during the UNP-led UNF administration. In spite of opposition from some health sector unions, more..

Severe thunderstorm warnings issued

Apr 12 (NR) Dept of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning in several provinces including the Western Province during the next 6 hours. Accordingly the Met Dept stated thunderstorms accompanied by severe lightning and thunder are likely in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Uva and North-western provinces. The Met Dept advises the public to take the necessary precautions in this regard. Temporarily strong gusty winds up to 70-80 more..

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Getting closer to the masses

Apr 12 (FT) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe after defeating the No-Confidence Motion against him by the JO first paid homage to the Triple Gem at Gangaramaya Temple and later addressed the media. He said that the foremost thing now for the Govt was to get closer to the people. In the past two-and-a-half years there were initiatives like giving free laptop computers and tabs and creating more infrastructure support for IT with WIFI connectivity, which has not gone well for Govt given more..

Loosies for Losers

Apr 12 (CT) Govt’s crusade against the expanding market of narcotics both illegal and legal is being waged, albeit at a lesser pace and efficiency anyone of us would like it to be. While the international debate on how to fight the drug menace is still going on – whether we advocate Rodrigo Duterte’s drive to kill any peddlar, seller, supplier or junkie out on the street or we legalize a selected handful of narcotics — Sri Lanka’s take on drugs is rather conventional and traditional, more..

Ravi seeking portfolio in new Cabinet?

Apr 12 (AD) SL’s new Cabinet of Ministers is likely to be sown in within today and tomorrow while sources say that the relevant preparations and formulating of ministers and portfolios is already under way. It has been reported that the ministerial portfolios are currently being named with the involvement of Secretary to the President Austin Fernando and Secretary to the PM Saman Ekanayake. more..

CBK, Ranil meet at Temple Tree

Apr 12 (DM) A meeting took place between former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees yesterday. Journalists who had arrived to cover the UNP Politburo meeting last evening were able to witness Ms. Kumaratunga entering Temple Trees just as the meeting was about to end. The meeting between the two came in the backdrop of certain statements critical of Ms. Kumaratunga more..

Sri Lanka economy to rebound to 4.2% growth in 2018: ADB

Apr 12 (CT) Asian Development Bank (ADB) forecast SL’s economic growth will rebound to 4.2% this year from a 16-year low of 3.1% recorded last year - still below the South Asian average growth rate of 7%, however - while economic growth is forecast to reach 4.8% in 2019. However, ADB noted that growth over the next two years will depend on agriculture and the political climate as elections approach. more..

Northern Governor calls for early general election to settle political crisis

Apr 12 (Island) Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray warned that the current political crisis, triggered by the Feb. 10 LG polls, could be only addressed by an early parliamentary election. Cooray warned of dire consequences unless the UNP and the SLFP took tangible measures to restore normalcy. Northern Governor said so in response to a media query after swearing in Kandiah Sarveswaran as the Acting CM more..

Scout official ensnared in procedural tangle shrugs off stink

Apr 12 (ST) The executive committee members of the Sri Lanka Scout Association this week charged that the appointment of the chief commissioner by the President’s Office violates the Act and rules of the association. SLSA president Srinath Gooneratne said that Merrile Goonetillake, the incumbent head, has been named in contravention of No 13 of the 1957 Act and rules of the association. Mr Goonetillake denies charges. more..

Four companies shortlisted as TA in Hilton and Hyatt divestment

Apr 12 (CT) Having recently completed the technical evaluation phase in selecting a Transaction Advisor for divestment of the Hilton and Hyatt Colombo Hotels, Sri Lanka has selected four local and foreign companies to undergo the next phase, the financial proposal process through which the TA’s service fees will be decided, said an official from the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development (MPED). The four companies were more..

90% coastal pollution from inland sources

Apr 12 (CT) The Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA) revealed that 90% of the coastal pollution in Sri Lanka comes from inland municipalities and the public. Commenting on SL’s coastal pollution, General Manager, MEPA, Dr. Terney Pradeep Kumara added that only 10% of the garbage in beaches and the sea around the island can be attributed to coastal communities, coastal municipalities, more..

SOEs hampered by incompetent Directors

Apr 12 (CT) The appointment of incompetent Boards of Directors has been the major cause for the failure of many State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) in SL, a key Govt official pointed out. Speaking at the launch of the handbook for good governance for chairmen and boards of directors of public enterprises on Tuesday, Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe said the basic and most vital requirement for good governance in SOEs more..

SLFP headed for a split?

Apr 12 (DM) A section of the SLFP backed the move to bring the no confidence motion in the hope of unseating PM. The PM survived the motion with the support of his party men and the main opposition TNA. Be that as it may, the SLFP is now in disarray due to consequences of the motion. President Sirisena spelled out that a team of SLFPers, adamant on leaving the unity govt, worked hand in hand more..

Good Governance, Democracy and the Opposition Leader

Apr 12 (DM) What is the worst thing this Govt has done? Well, one could make a long list and shake it up many times. One could do a compare-and-contrast exercise with the first three years of previous regimes going back to Independence and play that familiar game of suppressing the bad, inflating the good and so on. It would be hard to deny however, that however long the list is and whatever it may contain, among the worst more..

An incomparable leader who never pleaded for leadership

Apr 12 (DM) Daily Mirror on March 23, 1968, exactly fifty years ago reported, ‘The jungles of Binntenna turned festive with green flags, lion flags, Buddhist flags and coconut leaves to greet Dudley Senanayake, the PM. Despite the burning noon day sun, men women and school children in their thousands, stood on both sides of the road with betel leaves to receive him…’ Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony for a new hospital in Mahiyangana, the PM said, more..

May the New Year herald peace and harmony

Apr 12 (DM) National New Year is being observed this week-end in the aftermath of the biggest political crisis since the historic presidential election of Jan 8, 2015. The no-confidence motion against PM Ranil Wickremesinghe -- submitted by the JO and supported by 16 SLFP members including ministers, deputy and state ministers -- brought the shaky national unity govt to breaking point. Fortunately the turn of events last Wednesday restored trust and stability to a large extent with more..

16 SLFP ministers voted in favor of no-confidence motion quit unity govt

Apr 12 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena, yesterday, accepted the resignation letters tendered by 15 SLFP ministers, including six Cabinet members, and the Deputy Speaker, who voted for the no-confidence motion against PM last week. Their resignations would take effect from midnight yesterday, former State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said. The UNP called for the resignation of the SLFP ministers who had more..

Six SLFP Ministers will be axed before Avurudu: Rajitha

Apr 12 (Island) A new Cabinet of Ministers would be appointed before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. He said the six SLFP ministers who had voted for the no-confidence motion against PM in Parliament last week, would not be included in the new Cabinet. Emphasising that there would be no reshuffle of ministries, Senaratne said President Sirisena would swear in a new Cabinet, which would include replacements for the six SLFP Ministers more..

Indian Police seize 136-kg ganja smuggled to Sri Lanka via sea

Apr 12 (Hindu) Mandapam police have seized 136 kg of ganja, being smuggled to Sri Lanka via sea after arresting four people, including the kingpin of the smuggling gang and seizing their three cars at Vedhalai near Mandapam on Tuesday night. Acting on specific intelligence inputs received by a security agency, a special police team intercepted the smugglers at Vedhalai seashore around 9 p.m. and seized the contraband brought to the shore to be smuggled to SL, using a fishing boat. more..

‘Platform of transparency must to review financial performance of public enterprises’

Apr 12 (DN) Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe underscored the need to establish a holding company to address complex administrative governance issues of public enterprises in SL. He was speaking at the launch of handbook on Governance for Chairmen and Directors of Public Enterprises. The event was held at the Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. “The introduction of good governance practices and more..

JVP wants Parliament dissolved

Apr 12 (CT) The JVP yesterday demands that the Parliament be dissolved, at the earliest, claiming that it was the best solution for the current political crisis. Central Committee, Politburo Member and Administrative Secretary of the JVP, K.D. Lal Kantha, demanded that the Parliament be dissolved in order to end the political crisis in the country. “Now, the situation in the country is chaotic. Before 10 February, it was unstable. Now it has become an anarchy. more..

No holiday on May 1; May 7 declared holiday

Apr 12 (DN) The Government has cancelled the Public and Bank Holiday falling on May 1, 2018. This has been done due to the Vesak Week being held from April 26 to May 2. The relevant Gazzette notification has been issued by Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena by virtue of the power vested in him under the Holidays Act, No. 29 of 1971. The government has declared Monday, May 7 as a Public and Bank Holiday to celebrate International Labour Day. more..