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Horana tyre factory: Tycoon agrees to pay more

Mar 26 (ST) Controversial businessman Nandana Lokuwithana has agreed to pay a higher lease premium for the Horana land earmarked for his tyre factory, export more of his output and develop site infrastructure at his cost. Mr. Lokuwithana consented to the new terms in negotiations with the BOI. He will now deposit Rs 210 million upfront as lease premium as opposed to the Rs 170 million earlier pledged. more..

India navy ship to survey Sri Lanka's southern seas

Mar 26 (EN) An Indian navy oceanographic vessel will survey seas off Sri Lanka's southern coast in a joint exercise with the island's navy and generate data to update navigational charts. "The survey will be useful in enhancing the level of navigational safety of all ships visiting Sri Lanka," India's High Commission in Colombo said. The survey is to update all the navigational charts covering the southern Sri Lankan waters more..

Airbus contracts end up in London court

Mar 26 (ST) An international company through which SriLankan Airlines extended leases on three A330-200 aircraft has filed action in London after the national carrier attempted to overturn the contracts saying they were not legally binding. This transpires against the backdrop of a major clash within SriLankan’s board of directors, with a faction saying CEO Suren Ratwatte signed the contracts without approval–a charge that more..

Batti airport to open next month

Mar 26 (SO) The Batticaloa airport will be opened as a civil airport by the end of next month, Civil Aviation Authority, Director General of Civil Aviation and CEO H.M.C. Nimalsiri said. He said the airport has been vested with the CAA and steps are being taken to segregate civil and military operations so that the airport could be operated as a fully civil airport. It will be opened by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. more..

Indian marketing agency claims Rs. 2.5 b : Salu Sala refuses to pay debtor

Mar 26 (SO) A decision by Lanka Salu Sala not to meet its obligation of paying a bill of nearly Rs. 2.5 billion, owed to an Indian marketing agency, has entangled the Ministry of Industries and Commerce, in a tar ball that has now gone to higher echelons of the Govt to be unravelled. Indian Marketing Agency claimed to have supplied textiles worth Rs. 2.5 billion to meet work orders issued by Salu Sala since 2015. more..

Court blocks Cabinet decision on Malwana’s mystery mansion

Mar 26 (ST) Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, who successfully moved the Cabinet of Ministers to acquire a 17-acre Malwana property that was to go under an auctioneer’s hammer was in for a rude shock this week. Himself a lawyer, Rajapakshe had wanted the state to take over the land and a partly built house allegedly belonging to former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. more..

Lasantha was stabbed thrice using a sharp instrument

Mar 26 (SL) It has now been revealed that the Founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Manilal Wickrematunge had been killed not by a bullet but by a sharp instrument. The latest JMO report has exposed that Wickrematunge had been stabbed thrice on the right side of his head with a sharp instrument before and after he fell on to the front passenger seat in his vehicle. CID meanwhile informed Mt. Lavinia Magistrate more..

Navy earns Rs 3 billion from Galle OBST Operations

Mar 26 (SLN) The Sri Lanka Navy, having taken over the duty of facilitating On-board Security Teams (OBST) 16 months ago, earned Rs 3 billion, only from the Galle operations centre, for the Sri Lankan Govt to-date. The duty undertaken was an extension of maritime security operations in which the Navy got actively involved in keeping our waters safe and secure for maritime commons and freedom of navigation. more..

New laws soon to replace old ones, says PM

Mar 26 (ST) The Govt will introduce a host of laws from this year to modernise the country’s legal system, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. Speaking at the 43rd Annual Convocation of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) and the induction of the BASL’s new President last evening, PM who was the Chief Guest said while Sri Lanka could be proud of having the oldest legal tradition in Asia, more..

Duminda’s father discusses his plight

Mar 26 (Island) Duminda Silva, the former MP sentenced to death over the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder, remains in the prison hospital with on-and-off repercussions of the serious injuries he suffered in the Kolonnawa shootout which cost two lives and injured several more. Here his father, Lal Silva, discusses his son’s plight. Q: What is Duminda’s present condition? There are stories that his health is a matter of great concern. more..

Dignity and digital identities

Mar 26 (Island) My national identity card was issued in 1996, over 20 years ago. It’s the first and only one I’ve ever had. Photo is already of a person largely unrecognisable even to me. The information written on the card has faded. The lamination, unsurprisingly, is coming undone at the edges. And yet, this ageing slice of plastic remains a vital piece of documentation I have to carry around at all times. I also have a passport, more recently issued and the fifth I’ve had since 1997. more..

Foreign judges have not come, but gone!

Mar 26 (Island) It is not only the ides of March that is new in Sri Lanka. Remember the old example of syllogistic fallacy: "It is either raining or not raining now. But it is not raining now. Therefore, it is raining now"! We can now make a fallacy example out of the govt’s current predicament: "Either the govt agreed to foreign judges in 2015, or it did not agree. Now it is saying it did not agree. Therefore, the govt must indeed have agreed to foreign judges in 2015"! In any event, foreign judges more..

President, PM reach agreement on Cabinet reshuffle

Mar 26 (ST) One of the main tasks for President Sirisena, who returned yesterday from an official visit to the Russian Federation, will be to re-shuffle the Cabinet of Ministers. Ahead of his departure to Moscow, Sirisena had discussed the issue at length with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on more than one occasion. The focus at these discussions has been on the portfolios allotted to ministers representing the UNP. more..

Parties barring BJP welcome Rajinikanth’s cancellation of Sri Lanka tour

Mar 26 (DC) Parties barring the BJP welcomed the cancellation of super star Rajinikanth’s Sri Lankan trip to participate in a function to inaugurate 150 houses constructed by a private firm Lyca for island Tamils. Three leaders mentioned in the statement of Rajinikanth-MDMK general secretary Vaiko, VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan and TVK leader T. Velmurugan- welcomed the cancellation, while state BJP state president Tamilisai Soundarrajan said actor should not have cancelled more..

Agreements with Asian giants to precede FTA with Bangladesh

Mar 26 (Island) Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are scheduled to commence talks on a free trade pact, no sooner on going negotiations  for comprehensive economic partnerships with India, China and Singapore are concluded. Agreement in this regard, was reached during a meeting between PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and Bangladesh High Commissioner to SL, Riaz Hamidullah in Colombo recently. Bangladeshi Counsellor Maleka Parveen said that HC Hamidullah had requested more..

Lankan Test player interviewed by ICC anti-corruption unit

Mar 26 (ST) At least one Sri Lanka national cricketer was interviewed by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption officials in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s defeat to Bangladesh in the second Test at the Sara Oval last Sunday. It all began with an overseas telephone call that the player in question received. However. it has been still termed as a fan-call from someone living in the US. When inquired from Lakshman de Silva who is ICC official handling anti-corruption matters more..

6 SL migrant workers gone missing in Saudi

Mar 26 (SL) Some six Sri Lankan migrant workers have gone missing in Saudi Arabia, according to complaints made by their relatives to the SL Bureau of Foreign Employment. An investigation had been launched to locate the missing persons. Among those gone missing are M.H. Rifnaz of Akkaraipattu, A.S.M. Sujahan of Ratnapura, P.G. Kamani of Giriulla, K.P.K. Chandrawathi of Athimale, N.F. Rita of Kalladi and Mohamed Riyaz of Galenbindunuwewa and more..

Wiggie wants role in reconciliation process

Mar 26 (SL) Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday called for his inclusion or that of a member of the Northern Provincial Council in the reconciliation process. Speaking at an event in Tellipalai, Wigneswaran said that the Tamils in the North have been agitating for their participation in the processes adopted for reconciliation. “Reconciliation demands the participation of those affected freely and dignifiedly. Our participation does not mean our officials. more..

Hambantota deal: Major changes in final draft

Mar 26 (ST) China Merchant Port Holdings Company Ltd (CMPort) which has clinched majority shares of the Hambantota Port joint venture company will sell a quarter of them within the first ten years to a SL party at a fair value determined by an independent valuer, final draft of the concession agreement between the company and SL Ports Authority states. At the start, CMPort will hold 80% of shares while SLPA will have 20%. more..

BIA runway overlay completed

Mar 26 (ST) Overlay work on the runway at the BIA was completed ahead of schedule last week but re-opening for all flights would take place as planned on April 6. The airport has been closed during the day (8.30 am to 4.30 pm) since January 6, and opens only at night. When the BIA resumes full operations on April 6, the runway will be able to accommodate A380s since the width of the runway has also been increased to 75 metres from an earlier 60 metres. more..

Govt to spend Rs 4.4 b on Divi Udana

Mar 26 (SO) The Treasury has allocated Rs. 4.4 billion to implement a major loan scheme called Divi Udana aimed at developing eight different economic sectors. Some of the key segments under Divi Udana include large and small scale agriculture industries, SMEs, poultry trade, solar power, low-income housing, school transport services and media sector, Director General of the Finance Department of the Finance Ministry Priyanka Atapattu told the Business Observer. more..

Offshore websites in Sri Lanka visa scam

Mar 26 (CT) Thousands of foreign visitors arriving in the country are being ripped-off by several off-shore based websites who are handling Lankan landing visas in exchange for staggering fees, while the authorities in Colombo remain helpless, it was revealed. An unknown number of websites or even more are currently in operation and are known to be handling thousands of Sri Lankan visit visas to unsuspecting foreign clients, more..

Sports Ministry plans to dissolve SLBA elections?

Mar 26 (ST) The Sports Ministry aims to dissolve the Annual General Meeting and elections of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) most probably during the coming week. The reason for this is that the AGM is not in keeping with the Sports Law. According to the Sports Law, the annual audit report should have the approval of the Auditor General. This approval has not been obtained as yet. The Sunday Times inquired from a top level senior Sports Ministry official who said more..

Noose tightens around ex-JMO in Lasantha murder probe

Mar 26 (SL) Investigations being conducted by the CID into the murder of Lasantha Wickremetunge has led to more evidence being gathered which could lead to the arrest of the former Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) of the Colombo South Teaching Hospital Dr. Sunil Kumara. The latest autopsy report on Wickrematunge’s assassination had revealed that he died as a result of injuries sustained from a sharp object to the right side of the head and not gun-shot wounds. more..

Chinese elbow out other contractors in Central expressway deals

Mar 26 (ST) While Japanese funding has been offered for part three of Central Expressway and with that Govt is obliged to hire Japanese contractors, there are allegations that a powerful Chinese firm is behind the soon-to-be awarded Japanese bidder. Taisei Corporation, with which the govt is having negotiations, is backed by China Harbour and Engineering Company (CHEC). CHEC is also handling Colombo Port City more..

One lakh turns into one million for DLB lottery winners

Mar 26 (ST) For decades the Development Lotteries Board (DLB) has been dedicated to uplifting lives in Sri Lanka and has contributed to development in the country through its marketing and corporate social responsibility endeavours. Recently it made a record breaking change and relaunched the popular product Lakshapathi by rebranding it as Dasalakshapathi. The objective of revitalising the brand is to offer loyal consumers greater opportunities to win a bigger prize, more..

German Travel Association mulls holding next AGM in Sri Lanka

Mar 26 (DM) Deutscher Reise Verband (DRV), also known as German Travel Association, may hold its annual general meeting (AGM) in Sri Lanka with the participation of over 800 of its members. Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga was quoted as saying in the statement that Sri Lanka Tourism with the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) and Sri Lanka Convention Bureau would provide all required facilities to make the event successful. more..

Hedging Deal: MR withdrew Rs. 400 million from Central Bank

Mar 26 (SL) Former President Rajapaksa withdrew over Rs. 400 million from the Central Bank for the controversial hedging deal, Auditor General’s Department has found. A new report by the AG’s Department found that the Rajapaksa led administration withdrew money for the hedging deal without Monetary Board approval. Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), which imported some 26 million barrels of oil at a cost of $2 billion in 2007, more..

Naming and shaming

Mar 26 (ST) It was chance encounter with a sociology professor during a walk at the Weli Park at Nugegoda that triggered the thoughts behind today’s column. Prof: Hi Feizal, How are things? Me (FS): Well, while there is freedom of expression which is a huge plus, there are still issues in governance. Prof: Absolutely. Things are moving too slow and corruption still persists apart from what happened in the past. Maybe the corrupt should be named and shamed. Me: But will it work? more..

Money printing spree ahead of Avurudu

Mar 26 (ST) Sri Lanka has printed currency worth Rs.217 billion to service cash-strapped public finances during the period of January 1 to February 17, official data showed. The Treasury has found it difficult to maintain the cash flow for the payment of public sector salaries and other state expenditure as government revenue is far below present expenditure, official sources said adding that interest rates in Treasury bill sales have also been increased. more..

Bangladesh beat SL by 90 runs in first ODI 

Mar 26 (CI) Bangladesh carried forward the momentum from their historic win in their 100th Test by making a rousing start to the three-match ODI series in Dambulla. Tamim Iqbal, with his eighth hundred, and Shakib Al Hasan fashioned their formidable score of 324 for 5 before a combined effort from the bowlers and fielders shut Sri Lanka out for 234 in 45.1 overs. This was the first time Bangladesh had posted a 300-plus total more..

Only SLC opposes Manohar at ICC

Mar 26 (CT) ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar submitted his resignation, but just 10 days later he had agreed to withdraw it and continue in his post, supposedly persuaded by a vast majority of the ICC Board of Directors to remain. The push to bring him back began immediately after the announcement of his resignation on the morning of 15 March, as a host of ICC Directors along with ICC Management - led by CEO Dave Richardson - got into a huddle. Majority quickly agreed that they could not more..

That painful defeat to Bangladesh

Mar 26 (Island) Sri Lanka’s humiliating defeat to Bangladesh last week in the second Test at P. Sara Oval has brought intense criticism. It must be reminded that when the Sri Lankan side was going through a tough time in South Africa, the criticism wasn’t that extreme. A team in transition playing world’s number one ranked team in tough conditions was bound to go through hard times. But the defeat to Bangladesh, the youngest Test playing nation was hard to accept. more..

'Transition period no longer an excuse'

Mar 26 (CI) SL can't continue to use being a team in transition as an excuse for poor performances said wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal following his team's 90-run defeat to Bangladesh. Having conceded 324 for 5, including 109 runs in the last 10 overs, Sri Lanka never had the measure of the chase. Only Chandimal made a half-century and only one partnership reached 50. This was also their sixth consecutive ODI loss after having more..

Shakib's calm, Tharanga's surrender

Mar 26 (CI) A collision that could've hurt real bad: Sri Lanka had a number of boundary line errors. Not running hard enough, diving over the ball and letting it go through the legs figured prominently among those. It started with a collision that could have turned dangerous. In the fourth over, Lakshan Sandakan and Sachith Pathirana pursued a Tamim Iqbal clip through square leg. While they couldn't stop the boundary, they clattered into each other. Somehow, they managed to more..

Tamim's highs, and a first for Bangladesh

Mar 26 (CI) 5: Wins for Bangladesh in 39 ODIs against SL - they have lost 33 while one was washed out. However, this is their first win when batting first; their previous four victories had all come in chases. This is also their second win against SL in Sri Lanka, after the three-wicket triumph in Pallekele in 2013. 324/5: Bangladesh's total, their third-highest in ODIs, and their best away from home. Their two higher totals - 329 and 326 - have both come against Pakistan in Mirpur. more..