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Video: Police on lookout for persons crossing Western Province boundaries

Oct 29 (AD) There are reports that some who had organized excursions and pilgrimages were planning to leave the Western Province before the curfew is imposed tonight (29), stated DIG Ajith Rohana. He said that only a limited number of individuals will be allowed to enter or exit the boundaries of the Western Province. “No persons who are not involved in essential services will have the opportunity to cross these boundaries. more..

AG instructs to transfer Brandix probe from CCD to another team

Oct 29 (AD) Attorney General Dappula de Livera has given instructions to transfer the probes into the Brandix apparel factory from the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) and to a special investigating team from other units. Acting IGP C.D. Wickramaratne was directed to take the relevant measures in this regard. The coordinating officer of the AG, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said the directives came after it was revealed that certain CCD officers were tested positive for Covid-19. more..

Registration number must be displayed inside buses

Oct 29 (Island) SDIG Ajith Rohana said the registration number of all buses had to be displayed inside them so that commuters could take them down. “If we find a COVID-19 positive case and he or she had traveled in a bus we could announce the number of the bus and the passengers who travelled in that bus can undergo self-quarantine. He also urged the people to abide by the health guidelines. “Please wear masks when you leave home, practice physical distancing & wash your hands more..

Pompeo Visit: Gotabaya refused to toe US line on China but sought US investments

Oct 29 (NIA) US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, aggressively pushed the Trump Administration’s anti-China agenda in his talks with SL Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena here on Wednesday. But the SL leaders refused to fall in line and instead pressed for US investments and economic cooperation. Prez told Pompeo that he is not ready to compromise the independence, sovereignty and territorial more..

US-China and the mutable matrix of authoritarianism and tyranny

Oct 29 (FT) I watched the second and final Trump-Biden debate on CNN after I had spent the two previous days watching the 20th Amendment debate on the SL Parliament channel. The rules of the US Presidential debate were drawn up by the independent Debate Commission and included a mute button in case either or both candidates kept interrupting. If it were SL today (after 20A), the Debate Commission would be picked by Prez Rajapaksa, or to put it differently & implausibly, more..

New SEC Bill gets Cabinet approval

Oct 29 (FT) Cabinet this week gave their consent to introduce a new Securities and Exchange Commission Act, which seeks to update existing regulations and modernise functions of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE). Cabinet approved a proposal submitted by PM in his capacity as the Finance Minister to direct the Legal Draftsman for the preparation of a draft bill for the introduction of a new Act, replacing the existing Securities and Exchange Commission Act No. 36 of 1987. more..

Video: Speaker signs 20th Amendment to the Constitution

Oct 29 (AD) Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has assented the draft bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution today. Speaker has put his signature validating the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which was passed in Parliament with 2/3 majority on Oct 22nd, Parliament’s Dept of Communication said. The Speaker signed the blueprint of the constitutional amendment at around 11.30 am this morning, more..

Call to ensure credible implementation of budget-2021 proposals

Oct 29 (Island) In the lead up to the highly anticipated 2021 budget, Verité Research recently announced the latest results and recommendations of their annual budget monitoring study, which tracks the government’s performance and openness on key promises made in its recent annual budgets. According to Verité Research, in the 2018 budget speech, the Minister of Finance announced that an implementation unit would be set up under the ministry to monitor execution of proposals. more..

Ban on trucks dumping materials into Muthurajawela Sanctuary

Oct 29 (DN) It has been proved that illegal landfills in the Muthurajawela wetland are being carried out by (Tipper) dump trucks used for dumping concrete blocks, old tires and demolition materials. During a recent visit to Muthurajawela, the Minister inspected a number of dump trucks that had been used to dispose such materials at the wetland. The Minister whp spoke to the drivers. They said that they had been dumping such waste into Muthurajawela from the several years. more..

US wants to get it technically, factually and legally right

Oct 29 (Island) US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo yesterday side-stepped a query whether the govt of SL had requested him to reconsider the travel ban imposed on Army Chief Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva on the basis of unsubstantiated and unverified war crimes allegations. The US in February this year slapped a travel ban on wartime GoC of the celebrated 58 Division and his family on the basis of more..

Sri Lanka Insurance, People’s Bank open service counters

Oct 29 (DN) Strengthening the relationship between two state giants, Sri Lanka Insurance in collaboration with People’s Bank unveiled SLIC Service Counter at the People’s Bank premises to enhance the accessibility of their services and to deliver customer convenience to the public. With the opening of the SLIC Service Counter, People’s Bank customers and staff members have the opportunity to experience an array of insurance solutions provided by Sri Lanka Insurance. more..

Mayor to hold CMC meeting against expert advice

Oct 29 (Island) The monthly meeting of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) would be held today despite any objections raised, Colombo Mayor, Rosy Senanayake said. This monthly meeting must take place to pass important bills and to provide relief to people in the city limits, she said. Senanayake said that over 1,200 COVID-19 positive persons had been found in the Colombo City within the last 10 days. After the Peliyagoda fish market cluster was detected over 5,000 tests had been more..

Prof. Asoka Bandarage

China and the Quad both need Sri Lanka: An opportune moment to realise potential

Oct 29 (FT) Renewed international interest in Sri Lanka in recent months has coincided with the consolidation of the Quad, which brings together Australia, India, Japan and the United States of America; and with the resumption of China’s rise after the impediment the country faced with the outbreak of the pandemic. The remaining months of 2020 and the next couple of years remain crucial from both vantage points, but it is of importance for SL at this stage to strategize foreign policy, more..

SLID moves to Cinnamon Grand

Oct 29 (FT) In keeping with its rapid expansion plans, Sri Lanka Institute of Directors moved into a prestigious and convenient location at Cinnamon Grand Hotel very recently. Cinnamon Hotels are now one of the partners of SLID and offer special rates to members of SLID at all Cinnamon Hotels. Plans are afoot to tie up with a Credit Card company as well as to issue membership cards. The popular Board Leadership Training (BLT) is being revamped and modernised by Aruni Rajakarier, more..

Plaudits and pre-warning from Pompeo

Oct 29 (FT) Visiting US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo sought to draw a contrast between what China seeks in SL as opposed to the manner in which the US operates and controversially labelled the Chinese Communist Party a predator. At a joint press event Pompeo addressed with Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the end of his brief visit to the country, the senior US official also said more..

'Quarantine curfew will be strictly enforced'

Oct 29 (DN) DIG Ajith Rohana said that when the quarantine curfew comes into effect in the Western Province from midnight today, no one will be allowed to commute in or out of these districts, expect for certain groups. “This week is a decisive factor in ensuring that this COVID-19 pandemic is contained. We humbly request everyone to stay indoors as much as possible. For those who need to collect essentials and medications, they have been given an opportunity until 10 pm. more..

SJB urges Govt to reveal reasons behind Pompeo’s visit, MCC agreement

Oct 29 (DM) SJB while stating it is against the proposed MCC agreement, asked the govt whether it had discussed it with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who happened to be the Chairman of MCC, had come here to take a decision on it. SJB MP Hesha Withanage said that Mr. Pompeo is also the head of MCC other than being the US Secretary of State. “It would be obvious that MCC agreement would have been a topic of discussion with the visiting US Secretary of State during his visit. more..

COVID-19 outbreak from community supply chain: GMOA

Oct 29 (CT) This time the country’s COVID-19 outbreak is from amongst those within the community supply chain, the GMOA, said. GMOA Secretary, Dr. Senal Fernando said the fear that health authorities and the Union had entertained was that the disease would re-spread amongst the public through either the health workers working with the COVID-19 patients being identified from amongst the foreign repatriates, military more..

Sri Lanka's bonds hammered as U.S. dubs China predator

Oct 29 (Reuters) Govt bonds fell heavily on Wednesday as the US ratcheted up pressure on the country’s govt over its ties with China. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was visiting SL as part of a four-nation Asian tour, said the Chinese Communist Party was operating as a predator in the country and had brought bad deals and lawlessness. Worries that the COVID-19 crisis will make it hard for SL to pay its debts have already seen its bonds lose over 40% of their more..

A/L exam in WP to be held without interruption: Pujitha

Oct 29 (CT) Despite the quarantine curfew being in effect, there is no impediment for students sitting for the GCE A/L exam in the Western Province, said Commissioner of Examinations, Sanath Pujitha. He said with the cooperation of the health and security sectors the necessary facilities have been provided to conduct the examination by ensuring the health of the students. He added that the SL Transport Board and the Railway Dept had agreed to provide transport without any hindrance. more..

CCTV footage of suicide bombers played before PCoI

Oct 29 (Island) Mohammed Azam Mubarak and Mohammed Hastun, who blew themselves up inside the Kingsbury Hotel and at the Katuwapitiya Church respectively. On April 11 2019, they purchased nine backpacks and eight shawls that NTJ members wore in the video pledging allegiance to ISIS, the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks was informed, on Tuesday. Testifying before the PCoI, an officer attached to CID played more..

Chinese FTA to be pursued aggressively: SL Ambassador to China

Oct 29 (DN) Sri Lanka will aggressively pursue the signing of the much talked about and long overdue Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China soon, SL Ambassador designate to China. Dr. Palitha Kohona said. He was addressing a seminar on Opportunities in China for SL organized by Director, Federation of Chamber of Commerce, (FCCISL), Ruwan De Silva and Senior Vice President FCCISL, Keerthi Gunawardane in Colombo on Tuesday. “Unlike the previously inked SL, FTA’s, we will negotiate more..

20 MW to be added to Mannar wind power project

Oct 29 (FT) Cabinet this week granted approval to add six additional wind turbines to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded Mannar Island Wind Power project aimed at generating an additional 20 MW of energy. According to the Cabinet press briefing held on Tuesday, construction work of the 100 MW wind power plant is being carried out in Mannar Island under $ 200 million investment by the ADB, and is currently at 73% completion. Govt plans to use $ 47 million more..

Essential services must be provided as before: Basil

Oct 29 (CT) Chairman of Prez Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Alleviation, Basil Rajapaksa said, at this time, when the spread of COVID-19 had re-emerged, essential services must be maintained as efficiently, systematically and continuously as the last time. He also instructed the officials of the institutions to formulate a proper system to continue to provide essential services to the people including electricity, water, fuel, more..

Vehicle imports down 57% in Sept

Oct 29 (CT) Vehicle imports sharply fell by 56.6% (16,316 numbers) year-on-year (YoY) to 12,513 numbers last month, its lowest import figure for a month recorded so far for the year, hit by a Govt import ban to conserve foreign exchange, CB data showed. Vehicle imports in September 2019 showed a higher figure of 28,829 numbers. This decline, that is, Sept over August 2020 was by 5,425 numbers (32.24%) to 12,513 numbers, with the August import figure being 17,938 numbers. more..

Export industries to continue through curfew

Oct 29 (TM) SL Export Development Board (EDB) announced yesterday that it is currently working towards ensuring that the operations of export industries remain uninterrupted during the curfew period in the country. “To manage the Covid-19 situation, the export industries operating within the country have been advised to follow all the safety measures recommended by the health authorities during the curfew period and as per the Guidelines on Covid-19, Preparedness for Workplaces, more..

CID Officer tells Easter Attacks PCoI: NTJ maintained eight safe houses in East

Oct 29 (CT) National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) had maintained eight safe houses in the Eastern Province, in which a large quantity of explosives was stored, to carry out a second wave of attacks in Aug 2019. This was revealed on 27 Oct when an Officer attached to the CID testified before the PCoI into the bombings on Easter Sunday. According to him, Mohamed Azam Mubarak and Atchchi Muhammadu Hastun, more..

Ideal Group takes over e-commerce site

Oct 29 (DM) Online shopping platform has been taken over by Ideal Group, a diversified business headed by business leader Nalin Welgama. In a communiqué to the client base of, Chief Executive Officer Lahiru Pathmalal announced the ownership transfer. “ is now under the IDEAL family. The Chairman of the group Nalin Welgama saw value in what sought to create in Sri Lanka as a home-grown e-commerce solution catering to the SL consumer,” more..

Raja Edirisuriya appointed new Executive Project Management Director for Port City

Oct 29 (FT) Raja Edirisuriya has assumed duties as the Executive Project Management Director for Colombo Port City Development Project. This appointment was made as per a cabinet decision on a paper submitted by PM Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Minister of Urban Development & Housing. Prior to this appointment, Edirisuriya was serving as the Chairman of Urban Settlement Development Authority (USDA). A celebrated civil engineer by profession, Edirisuriya obtained his more..

Asymptomatic Covid-19 patients: Intermediary institutions to provide treatment

Oct 29 (CT) Arrangements are being made to admit asymptomatic COVID-19 patients to intermediary institutions which would treat them, Dy Dir General of Health Services, Dr. Hemantha Herath said. He stated that at present, Health Ministry had lined up 5,209 beds to treat COVID-19 patients. Of them, 4,729 were occupied, while 368 remained unoccupied. He noted intermediary institutions, which were not hospitals, more..

DFCC Bank wins big at 2020 Awards

Oct 29 (CT) DFCC Bank bagged four awards at the recently concluded 2020 Awards, organized by the LK Domain Registry. With a corporate strategy focused on becoming the best customer centric and digitally enabled bank, the host of newfeatures on the DFCC website enabled the Bank to be aptly recognised and rewarded in the following award categories; Most Popular Website – Winner, Best Tamil Website – Bronze Winner, Best Sinhalese Website – Merit Winner, and more..

Plight of school coaches Some working as pump attendants

Oct 29 (Island) His love for the game of cricket forced Aman Uditha to take up one of the toughest coaching assignments at Vijayaba National School, Hungama (Hambantota District), a place that does not have a strong cricket culture to attract highly qualified coaches. The school which has produced a pace bowler in the Sri Lanka Under-19 team in recent times is one of the many lower division schools struggling to pay their coaches after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. more..

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

HR guru Prof Dave Ulrich to address ICCSL-Daily FT webinar

Oct 29 (FT) HR guru Prof. Dave Ulrich, a key influencer in HR and credited for shaping the HR profession, will deliver the keynote at the ICCSL webinar on Saturday. The webinar will address how HR can help achieve growth in new markets, new working arrangements, how to optimise HR investments to deliver results and how to navigate cultural, business challenges, language and customs nuances to become an employer of choice. Int'l Chamber of Commerce of SL (ICCSL), more..

Editorial: Reaping whirlwind

Oct 29 (Island) AG Dappula de Livera, PC, deserves public plaudits for having directed the police to find out how an explosive transmission of COVID-19 came about, in Minuwangoda, and whose lapses led to the second wave of infections. This country needs more such intrepid public officials. One can only hope that there will be no political interference with investigations to be conducted. The police already have a lead; some garment factory workers brought here from India are believed to have triggered more..