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සිද්ධිකා නොකී විස ආහාර ලැයිස්තුව මෙන්න

BASL raises concerns over the limited time to study Port City Economic Commission Bill

Apr 16 (DM) The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) raised its concerns over the limited time given for scrutiny and discussion of the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill by the Govt. Issuing a press release, the Executive Committee which was appointed by the BASL to study the provisions of the Bill to make recommendations have been extremely concerned about the timing of placing the Bill on the Order Paper of Parliament, which was after the suspension of sittings more..

Health Ministry instructed to conduct comprehensive probe into harmful...

Apr 16 (DM) The COPA has informed the officials of the Ministry of Health to conduct an immediate and comprehensive inspection regarding the harmful substances in food including imported food items such as coconut oil given that such authority is vested with the Ministry of Health. Chairman of the COPA Prof. Tissa Vitharana informed the officials that laboratory facilities for food testing should be improved and the laws pertaining to food security should be amended expeditiously. more..

Video: National program to be launched to distribute 1 million Moringa plants

Apr 16 (AD) The national program titled Jeeva Thuru Udanaya, organized by the State Ministry of Agriculture to make the general public aware of the nutritional and economic value of the Moringa (drumstick) tree, is expected to kick off tomorrow. Manusath Derana, the CSR initiative of TV Derana, will join hands with this program to distribute a total of 1 million Moringa plants. The initiative will be implemented at more..

We will not allow Port City to be a Chinese colony: JVP

Apr 16 (TM) Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake stated that no one has given the Prez the authority to allow Port City to become a Chinese colony. “The people never gave a mandate to Prez Rajapaksa or his govt to build a Chinese territory that will have long-term negative impacts on the country,” he said. He alleged that the Colombo Port City Economic Commission is to be established due to the need of the China Harbour Engineering Company to fall in line with the Chinese more..

Video: Thirty deaths from road accidents within 48 hours

Apr 16 (AD) Thirty persons have died in road accidents which took place within the past 48 hours, says DIG Ajith Rohana. Eight of these fatalities were caused by vehicle collisions that happened yesterday (15). Meanwhile, 14 persons died in road accidents reported on the day of Sinhala and Tamil New Year. 12 of the deceased have been identified as motorcyclists. Police spokesperson noted that Sri Lanka records the highest number of motor accidents on April 14 and 15. more..

Farmers move to occupy a critical elephant corridor in Sri Lanka

Apr 16 (MB) Earlier this month, more than 300 people gathered near the borders of the Dahaiyagala Wildlife Sanctuary in Uva province armed with axes, long knives, ropes and handheld hoes called mamoties. Their apparent intention: Take control of sanctuary lands and expand their farms. Triggered by a rumor that the protected status of Dahaiyagala would soon be stripped as part of a countrywide drive to more..

Video: Two arrested with 13kg of Kerala Ganja & 45 grams of Ice in Kottawa

Apr 16 (DM) Police have arrested two persons with 13kg of Kerala Ganja and 45 grams of Ice last night in Kottawa following a tip-off received by them. Accordingly, a stock of Kerala Ganja weighing over 13 kgs was taken into custody from a residence in Liyanagoda along with a person while 45 grams of Ice and cash worth Rs. 41,800 were taken into custody from Katukurunda along with another person. The suspects are 22 and 26 years of age. The police are of the opinion that the duo more..

Misleading news report claims UNESCO dismissed allegations of SL deforestation

Apr 16 (FC) A media organisation in SL has shared a claim that UNESCO denied any damage to the country's Sinharaja forest, following reports of deforestation. But the claim is misleading. The statement was made by the National Commission for UNESCO in Sri Lanka, which is separate from and does not speak for the global organisation. UNESCO is in fact looking into deforestation concerns in SL, a spokeswoman said. The claim was shared on Facebook by SL TV channel more..

Analyst dragging feet over reports on oil safety: PHIs

Apr 16 (ST) Public Health Inspectors (PHI) Union has expressed concerns over the Govt Analyst’s delay in issuing reports on potentially carcinogenic coconut oil samples. Union Secretary Mahendra Balasooriya, said the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA)’s PHIs have given 150 samples to the Govt Analyst’s dept to date, with more being collected from markets and small coconut oil storage facilities. He pointed out that PHIs can only more..

Video: Three farmers die of lightning bolt at Mullaithivu

Apr 16 (DM) Three farmers in Thannimurippu in Mullaithivu had died when they were struck by lightning on Thursday evening (15). The three men were taking shelter under a hut in a paddy field during heavy rain when the disaster struck. The victims P. Suwarnan (34), a resident of Kumulamunai and Kanapathipillai Mahurin (35) from Wattrappalai in Mullaithivu. Mullaithivu police referred the bodies to the DMO of the General Hospital for postmortem examination. more..

Cinnamon Life completes residential tower, 30-floor office block

Apr 16 (EN) Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Life had completed construction of one residential tower with 196 apartments and an 30-floor office tower, John Keells Holdings said. Planned as a city within a city, Cinnamon Life will also have an 800-roomed luxury Cinnamon hotel, along with offices and residences, the property will also have premium retail and entertainment malls. The project is built by HKN Construction, a consortium made up of Hyundai, Keangnam and Nawaloka. more..

'Sri Lanka needs Port City but bill raises Constitutional and regulatory concerns'

Apr 16 (EN) SL’s China-backed Colombo Port City will be a driver of growth and knowledge transfer but the draft bill for a Commission directly under the Prez raises questions over the constitutionality and regulatory integrity, SJB MP Harsha de Silva said. He said the Port City Commission envisaged during the last administration would have had members appointed by a Constitutional Council and more..

Programme of providing Rs. 5,000 allowance underway

Apr 16 (TM) The govt took steps to provide Rs. 5,000 allowance for Samurdhi recipients as well as low income earners for the New Year. The govt emphasizes that this program is still active. Presidential Task Force on Economic Rehabilitation and Poverty Alleviation and the Department of Samurdhi Development are implementing the program of providing an allowance of Rs. 5000. The allowance will be given to Samurdhi recipients, low income earners, the elderly, the disabled and more..

Dr. Palitha Kohona presents Credentials to the Chinese President

Apr 16 (MFA) Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona presented Letters of Credence to Prez of China Xi Jinping on 14 April at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He also formally handed over the letter of recall of the former Ambassador. By the presentation of the credentials, Dr. Kohona has been formally recognised as the Ambassador of SL to China by the Chinese Head of State. Credentials ceremony was conducted according to a new format complying with health guidelines, although China has more..

Video: Wijeyadasa claims he received threatening phone call from Prez

Apr 16 (EN) SLPP MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe claimed that he received a threatening phone call from Prez Rajapaksa this morning. The MP said that an irate president had hurled abuse at him in language that was not befitting a head of state. Rajapakshe claimed he was forced to respond in kind. According to Rajapakshe, the president had been angered by his remarks yesterday about the China-backed Port City project. more..

LPG product to meet expanding consumer needs

Apr 16 (Island) All over the world, an ever expanding need for energy is creating new and innovative opportunities for products that meet customer expectations while delivering sustainable energy solutions. As the national LPG provider with a legacy of 150 years, Litro Gas Lanka has always sought to keep in step with expanding consumer needs by providing innovative LPG solutions, says Anil Koswatte chairman & CEO of Litro Gas Lanka. Introducing a unique LPG solution to meet more..

B2B meeting to boost Sri Lankan exports of fruits and vegetables to Oman

Apr 16 (AD) Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman jointly with the SL Export Development Board, organised a virtual B2B meeting between Carrefour Oman and eight prominent SL fruits and vegetables exporter companies, to boost SL exports of varieties of fruits and vegetables to Carrefour Oman hypermarket chain which has more than 12 outlets in the Sultanate of Oman. Opening the virtual B2B meeting SL’s Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman Ameer Ajwad highlighted that SL fruits & vegetables more..

‘UNHRC missive exposes UK duplicity in grave accountability matters’

Apr 16 (Island) Wartime Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama says that the leader of SL Core Group at the Geneva–based UNHRC the UK’s policy of double standards has been challenged by no less a person than UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. Bogollagama said that the Bachelet warning couldn’t have been issued at a better time as the UK stepped up pressure on SL over accountability issues. more..

Video: STF opens fire at Cab defying orders at checkpoint in Point Pedro

Apr 16 (AD) Two persons have sustained injuries after the STF officers opened fire at a Cab that defied the orders to stop at a checkpoint in Point Pedro in Jaffna. The incident took place at around 7.30 am today. The relevant checkpoint had been set up by the STF officers to protect a natural sand deposit from illegal sand miners in the area. This morning, the STF officers at the checkpoint had signaled a Cab speeding towards them to stop, however, driver had failed to obey the orders, more..

'Ranil to enter Parliament on National List'

Apr 16 (CT) UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will enter Parliament on the Party’s sole National List slot, within one month, UNP Chairman Vajira Abeywardena told a meeting on 14 April. Even representatives of other parties are of the opinion that Wickremesinghe should occupy the only parliamentary seat won by UNP at the last General Election, he mentioned. When inquired, UNP Vice President Akila Viraj Kariyawasam confirmed that the Party has unanimously decided more..

Manufacturing PMI hits 9-mo high in March

Apr 16 (FT) Indicating a strong revival in manufacturing activities in the country, the manufacturing PMI reached a 9-month high of 67 in March, Central Bank said in its latest report. This was largely attributable to the increases observed in Production, New Orders, and Stock of Purchases sub-indices. The significant increases in New Orders and Production sub-indices, particularly in the manufacture of food and beverages, more..

Video: NBRO issues landslide warning for three districts

Apr 16 (AD) National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued landslide warnings for three districts – Kegalle, Matale and Kandy. Kandy District – Udunuwara, Delthota, Gangawata Korale, Yatinuwara, Thumpane, Ududumbara, Doluwa, Medadumbara and Pathadumbara Divisional Secretariat Divisions and surrounding areas; Kegalle District – Mawanella and Aranayaka Divisional Secretariat Divisions and surrounding areas; Matale District – Ambanganga Korale more..

SLAF Palk Strait swimmer promoted

Apr 16 (CT) Sri Lanka Air Force swimming champion Roshan Abeysundara has been promoted to the rank of Corporal from yesterday. SL Air Force Headquarters announced that Abeysundara was promoted by Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana at the Air Force Headquarters in recognition of his achievement. The SLAF swimmer and Aircraftman set a new Asian and Sri Lankan record by swimming 59.3km across the Palk Strait in 28h19m43s. more..

Beware of two-timing advisers: Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera

Apr 16 (CT) Colombo Port City will not be a part of SL once the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill comes into effect and this will immensely affect the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka, SLPP MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe alleged. He insisted that 1,100 acres allocated for the Colombo Port City is not a part of the Colombo District and is not under the control of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC). more..

Over 1,600 Jaffna youth joined Army last three months: Commander

Apr 16 (DN) More than 1,600 Jaffna youth joined the SL Army during the ongoing recruitment drive in the past three months, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said. He was addressing a large gathering of Tri Service troops serving the peninsula on Monday. Silva said “this re-assures the faith and high regard those young ones have towards our organisation and symbolises their sincere need for true co-existence and reconciliation, despite obstacles and threats, placed before them by more..

Bodies of father, son drowned in Welioya river found: Police

Apr 16 (DM) Police said they had recovered the bodies of a 17 year old boy and his 52 year old father, who were swept away in the Welioya river in Kalupahana, Haldumulla while they were bathing in the river yesterday evening. A search operation to look for the father-son duo had been launched soon after with the support of the Army rescue team from Diyatalawa and area residents. The two bodies were found wedged among the rocks some 600 meters away from the spot where they went missing. more..

හිට්ලර් කෙනෙක් වෙන්න කියපු එකේ උද්දාමයෙන්ද...

Easter bombings: Who is guilty?

Apr 16 (FT) Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith’s discontent is obvious; his every statement underlines his dissatisfaction. In the Easter Sunday outrage of 2019, in addition to plush Colombo hotels, several churches were targeted, hundreds of innocent worshippers fell victim to the coordinated attack of the suicide bombers on that day. Not only were the attacks indescribably inhuman, they were senseless; men, women, children, harmlessly going about their prayers perished in one blinding more..

Real scepticism

Apr 16 (FT) Today’s COVID orthodox are philosophically, medically, socially, culturally, legally heterodox from any historical perspective. They are the actual contrarians! And yet, with dazzling sleight of hand, they have put those taking a zealously rational position in the dock, in their stead! There was a dropdown diatribe from an anti-sceptic, and it was itemised in terms of positions claimed to be debatable. If only, assertion made for compelling argument. Let’s take a look. more..

Govt MP Wijeyadasa strikes discordant note on Port City Bill

Apr 16 (Island) SLPP MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe alleged that the proposed Bill, titled Colombo Port City Economic Commission, would transform the reclaimed land, adjacent to the Galle Face Green into a Chinese territory. Addressing the media, under the auspices of Ven Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera, Rajapakshe, warned of dire consequences if the govt went ahead with what he termed the despicable project. more..

Accident-linked incidents during New Year; 39% higher than 2020

Apr 16 (DM) A total number of 309 cases have been reported to the Colombo National Hospital (CNH) within the last two days (April 13-14) had seen a 39% rise compared to last year. A total of 188 patients were received last year but it was not highlighted due to the COVID pandemic. According to the Deputy Director of Accident Ward, 73 persons have been admitted for having fallen on the roads and other places and another 77 persons have met with road accidents during the New Year. more..

Harin to make a political decision soon

Apr 16 (DM) SJB National list MP Harin Fernando yesterday said he will inform the nation about a major political decision he is to make in Parliament soon. “I will not reveal what I am going to do now but will make a special statement in Parliament soon and will implement my decision on behalf of former MP Ranjan Ramanayake,” he said. Speculation is rife that he will resign from his seat as a national list MP and allow Mr. Ramanayake to come in to fill the vacancy. more..

Petitions pile up against Port City Bill

Apr 16 (FT) A 5-judge bench was appointed by the Supreme Court yesterday following more than half a dozen petitions being filed against the Port City Commission Bill on grounds that the proposed legislation is in contravention of the Constitution with different petitions appealing for it to be passed with a two-thirds majority, a referendum and approved by provincial councils. Petitions were filed by multiple politicians and organisers, more..

Sri Lanka concerned over world hike of Covid situation: Army Chief

Apr 16 (DM) While claiming that SL is concerned about the increase of COVID-19 cases in the world as well as the neighbouring countries, Army Commander Shavendra Silva said that it is the main reason that SL is adopting a strict quarantine process in place and will continue with it despite some opposition to it. “We are very much concerned about the increase of COVID-19 cases in the world especially neighbouring countries and that is why we are always maintaining a strict quarantine more..

Sri Lanka India Travel Bubble: First flight by end of this month

Apr 16 (TM) The first flight under a travel bubble agreement between Sri Lanka and India is expected to take off by the end of this month, according to the Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranathunga. Minister of Tourism revealed that the first flight to take off from Sri Lanka to India under the concept is scheduled to land at the Kushinagar International Airport. “The first flight will take off at the end of the month where it will land at Kushinagar Airport,” Ranathunga stated. more..

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