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AG to chanllenge Johnston's acquittal

Oct 19 (DN) Attorney General will file a revision application in the Court of Appeal challenging the Kurunegala High Court’s judgement to acquit and release MP Johnston Fernando and three others. This is in connection with the alleged misappropriation of Rs. 5.2 million in public funds case. AG’s Dept sources said that the Attorney General is to file a revision application challenging Kurunegala HC’s judgement dated Oct 17 more..

North, island’s highest job creator: WB

Oct 19 (CT) The Northern Province added around 78,000 jobs between 2011 and 2015, a 22% increase in the labour force in the Province, which is also the largest percentage increase in the country, the World Bank (WB) said. However, the jobs added to the labour force were predominantly concentrated in the Jaffna and Vavuniya Districts, two districts with relatively low poverty rates, it said. In the Eastern Province (EP), job growth was predominantly in the industry sector more..

China says its loans only 10% of SL’s foreign debts

Oct 19 (DM) While reiterating that China was not dragging SL into a debt trap, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said Chinese loans only accounted for around 10% of SL's foreign debts by 2017. When asked about the allegations levelled by the US that China is using debt diplomacy to expand its influence worldwide, he said SL has been a case repeatedly played up by some foreign media recently. “But by 2017, Chinese loans accounted for around 10% of SL's foreign debts; more..

Some elements trying to belittle probe: Presidential Advisors

Oct 19 (DM) Two Presidential advisors charged that there was an attempt by certain politicians and officials to belittle the investigations into the alleged attempt to assassinate President Sirisena and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and thereby thwart the successful conclusion of the probe. Presidential Advisor Shiral Laktilaka said though there was steady progress in the investigations, there were also attempts more..

THASL calls on Govt to offer tourism export status

Oct 19 (FT) Putting forward key priority requests for tourism, the Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) this week called on the Government to recognise the sector as an export industry, provide tax relief, improve competitiveness and increase connectivity. Speaking at its 53rd Annual General Meeting (AGM), THASL President Sanath Ukwatte outlined four key requests to PM Ranil Wickremesinghe for future development of the industry. THASL’s four key requests include more..

Dialog first to launch Voice over WiFi calling in Sri Lanka

Oct 19 (Island) Dialog Axiata launched Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi or WiFi Calling) service, that will enable users to make calls using a Wi-Fi network. The first to launch the technology in SL, Dialog, will enable subscribers with VoWiFi supported handsets to connect to a Wi-Fi network, and make or receive calls from mobile numbers and landlines at standard local call rates. The VoWiFi service does not require any third-party app to be installed and the recipient of the call will receive it more..

Important Lankan art to star in Sotheby’s Auction

Oct 19 (FT) Sotheby’s London Sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art next week will be distinguished by three important works by George Keyt (1901-1993), one of the founding fathers of SL Modernism. Head of Sotheby’s London Sale of South Asian Art, Ishrat Kanga, said: “The influence of the western avant-garde spread all across the world in the mid-20th century, to trailblazing artists who wanted to more..

Sri Lanka green energy project gets 30 million euros French loan

Oct 19 (EN) Sri Lanka will get 30 million euros from France for a project to cut transmission losses at state utility CEB, and lower the island's dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation, Ministry of Finance said. This is part of a US$ 260 million project - Green Power Development and Energy Efficiency Improvement Investment Programme - to improve energy savings by upgrading the island's transmission infrastructure with a smart electricity grid and smart metering. more..

SLEA’s 33rd annual sessions to determine impact of globalization on SL's economy

Oct 19 (Island) Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA) will hold its 33rd annual session on Nov 16 and 17. The theme, Impact of globalization on SL Economy, Challenges and opportunities will be discussed in depth during these two days, said president, SLEA, Dr. Upananda Vidanapathirana said last week. Sessions will commence 16:00, hours on the 16th. These sessions will be convened at the auditorium, Center for Banking Studies, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Rajagiriya. more..

‘It’s still a mystery to me why I was not selected for Colombo Asian 7s’

Oct 19 (DN) Sudarshana Muthuthanthri, is a huge influence on the rugby field as national captain to transform the short format of the game in which Sri Lanka has always had the talent but presently lacked even an acceptable structure and professionalism to compete successfully in the world sevens arena. An old boy of S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, Muthuthanthri had remarkable success as the only Sri Lankan player to more..

Sri Lanka rejects request for LPG price hike

Oct 19 (EN) Commerce Ministry said it has rejected a request by Litro Gas Lanka (LGL), the biggest importer and supplier of liquid petroleum gas, to raise prices because of rising crude oil prices. “Sri Lanka will not allow any sudden hike in domestic LPG gas prices right away, even if the global crude rates continue to gallop,” a statement said. “Our priority is to safeguard the consumers,” it quoted Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen as saying at a meeting more..

Dinusha century anchors Sri Lanka Under-19

Oct 19 (Island) Mahanama College, Colombo batsman Sonal Dinusha helped Sri Lanka Under-19s post 288 runs in reply to Bangladesh Under-19s 309 runs as he anchored the batting line up with a 201-ball century on the penultimate day of the first Youth Test at NCC ground on Thursday. Commencing the day on 61 for five wickets, the hosts lost two wickets for the addition of just 17 runs. Tawhid Hdridoy who also accounted for Kamil Mishara on day one had Navod Paranavithana bowled for 40 runs. more..

Three meet records set on day two

Oct 19 (Island) Ave Maria Convent, Negambo thrower Sewmini Nathali, Good Shepherd Convent, Panadura jumper Sandamini Silva and St. Aloysius’, Ratnapura hurdler T.O.V. Ariyawansa set new meet records while one of the oldest records was equaled by Dahamsa Kahangama of Sumana Balika, Ratnapura on day two of the Sir John Tarbet Junior Athletics Championship at A'pura on Thursday. Sandamini proved beyond doubt that more..

Edtorial: List of Shame

Oct 19 (Island) Higher Education Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has resorted to naming and shaming in a bid to recover nearly one billion rupees some university dons who are currently resident overseas owe the country. There are 485 defaulting dons, according to a list published by the Ministry of Higher Education in the newspapers. This is a welcome move and why his predecessors failed to do so is the question. Many SL professionals, including doctors and uni teachers, more..

Postponed Provincial Council Elections: The importance of Oct 28th, 2018

Oct 19 (Island) The Sabaragamuwa, North Central, Eastern, North Western and Central Provincial Councils have now ceased to exist and the Northern PC will stand dissolved next week, bringing the number of provinces without functioning PCs to six. Under normal circumstances, we would already have had elections to the Sabaragamuwa, North Central & Eastern Provinces and been preparing for the second leg with regard to the North Western, Central & Northern PCs. more..

Aluth Parlimenthuwa

Spare the rod!

Oct 19 (DN) New age lifestyle comes with its load of tensions and anxieties. Children are at the receiving end of modern living as many parents vent their frustrations by shouting at or punishing their children for even trivial matters. Frustrations caused by pressures at work, broken home conditions, financial and domestic worries, marital discord and alcoholic problems are some of the reasons for parents to lose their temper on children. According to UNICEF Sri Lanka around 73.4% of children more..

Presidential stakes of 2005

Oct 19 (DN) PM Mahinda Rajapaksa was the candidate of the governing party that ruled the country for 11 years with a short break from 2001 to 2004 when the UNP won the Parliamentary election in 2001 and Ranil Wickremesinghe became the PM, albeit under the executive presidency held by People’s Alliance (PA). Prez Chandrika Kumaratunga’s authoritarian premature dissolution of Parliament, disallowed any breathing space for the new UNP govt to work their programme more..

Remembering Dr. Cyril Ponnamperuma, One of Sri Lanka's most noteworthy scientists

Oct 19 (Roar) Three-and-a-half billion years ago, our planet was in the midst of a decisive transformation. Until then, meteorites had rained down onto a molten landscape and boiled the oceans, making the six-hour days blisteringly hot. Smokey by-products of the volcanic landscape choked the air, making it heavy, acrid, and unbreathable. The sun was dimmer but the world was warmer; all this extra heat came from below, more..

TNA must strengthen govt to serve the interests of Tamil people

Oct 19 (SO) President Sirisena’s absolute commitment to solve the major problems faced by the people in the North and the East and bring the hitherto undeveloped districts in the country to be on par with the developed districts is evident from the various steps taken by the govt during the last three and a half years. Addressing the UNGA, he made a firm commitment that the govt would continue to implement the UNHRC proposals that could be done within the constitutional framework. more..

Rupee’s slide Watch or act

Oct 19 (CT) Many people are complaining about the devaluation of the Rupee in relation to the dollar. While everyone knows that our currency has been losing its value since 1977, in no other time has dramatic fluctuations like what we are experiencing has happened, consistently. Many people wonder what is going on, given that we have many economic masterminds in the country. This is not to imply that this is a phenomenon restricted to Sri Lanka. The US dollar is very strong more..

'President cannot be trusted'

Oct 19 (CT) UPFA MP JO’s Sisira Jayakody says the JVP submitted 20th Amendment to fulfil the need of the UNP and that the JO has the ability to defeat the 20th Amendment. Q: Your Party Chairman Prof. G. L. Peiris says that he will hand over the chairmanship of the Party to Mahinda Rajapaksa at the second conference of the Party. Can he take it over? He contested from the UPFA and he is still a member of the SLFP? more..

Grade 5 scholarship exam & popular schools

Oct 19 (CT) On release of fifth grade scholarship examination scores, our society trembles. It is an escalating annually periodic disruption of a buildup social pressure. Parents of kids who have earned marks above the cut-off point, celebrate and publicize the achievement. Yet the worries continue until the child is admitted to a best school of their choice. Teachers and tutors claim that their effort, paved way for students to succeed. The larger percentage of fifth graders unsuccessful in more..

Don’s Diary III: Kilinochchi

Oct 19 (CT) Last week, I travelled to Sri Lanka on a very short trip. My task was to conduct a review of a degree programme in the recently established Faculty of Engineering at the University of Jaffna, as part of an accreditation exercise. It was a poorly planned trip on my part, too short to visit friends and family. Before travelling, I had to set aside my prejudices relating to quality assurance processes in higher education. These, pioneered in the UK and adopted elsewhere, more..

Empowering Jaffna women: Thesawalami law lacks teeth: WB

Oct 18 (CT) The Jaffna Peninsula’s Thesawalami law, which governs the inheritance of property along matrilineal lines, and grants women the right to own property; nonetheless has certain contradictions which prevents women from optimizing the exercise of such rights, a recent World Bank (WB) report said. Elaborating on the contradictory features of the Thesawalami, it said that the control of property however more..

GMOA President Padeniya’s case fixed for hearing

Oct 18 (AD) The Court of Appeal has fixed for hearing the case filed against the GMOA President Dr Anuruddha Padeniya over contempt of court, on March 02. The case, filed by two civil society activists Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya and Gamini Viyangoda, was taken up before a two-member judge bench consisting Court of Appeal President Justice Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice Arjuna Obeysekara today. The plaintiffs allege that Dr Padeniya has made a controversial more..

NLDB Chairman further remanded till Oct 23

Oct 18 (AD) The Chairman of the National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) and one other person arrested over allegedly accepting a bribe to expedite the process of renting out a restaurant at a farm in Melsiripura have been further remanded until 23rd Oct as per the order of Colombo Magistrate’s Court. When the case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake, today (18), officials of the Bribery Commission requested the court to further remand more..

'Govt must investigate Cabinet leakers'

Oct 18 (AD) Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says that the media reports, which had alleged that the President pointed the finger at India over an alleged assassination plot targeting him, was the result of an organised and deliberately attempts to create a conflict between the two countries. Quoting several unnamed sources, who were reportedly present during the Cabinet meeting, The Hindu had reported that more..

Former DIG Nalaka de Silva grilled for 9 hours at CID

Oct 18 (AD) Former DIG Nalaka de Silva left the CID premises, a short while ago, after being questioned for nearly 9 hours. The officers of the CID had recorded a statement from the former DIG of the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) in connection with the alleged assassination plot against the President and former Defence Secretary. Nalaka de Silva was also ordered to appear before the CID once again tomorrow. He had arrived at the CID at around 10.00 a.m. this morning more..

Biggest food wastage is at Parliament

Oct 18 (CT) The Parliament reportedly wastes the most amount of food in the country, President Maithripala Sirisena said while speaking at a ceremony organized to mark the World Food Day. “We all know that the most amount of food wasted daily in the country is at the Parliament Canteen. A majority of the Parliamentarians do not attend the Sessions at Parliament. Even if they are present, they never have their meal there. Therefore, most of the food prepared daily, is wasted. more..

Annual War Heroes’ Commemoration Held at Battaramulla Monument

Oct 18 (GDI) One of the prominent features of the series of 69th Army Anniversary ceremonies, commemoration of War Heroes at Battaramulla monument got underway last afternoon (17th), graced by Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army as the Chief Guest. The memorial reverence at Battaramulla recalled unmatched valour and unparalleled gallantry of thousands of War Heroes who more..

Video: Johnston claims they were targeted, stripped naked inside prison

Oct 18 (AD) MP Johnston Fernando alleges that the two officials who were remanded along with him were stripped naked in front of all inmates in the prison. Stating that he had to suffer through various difficulties during his time in prison, MP Fernando accuses that they were all under the orders of the govt. Fernando stated that this was carried out by a group from Colombo sent by the Minister of Justice Thalatha Athukorale. He says that the former Sathosa Chairman and more..

SLFP Gen. Secy takes on Rajitha

Oct 18 (DM) The cabinet spokesman saying will be hanged, should be hanged, everyone will be put in jail at a press conference will give rise to serious questions in the minds of the people about the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary in a country like ours that is still evolving a mature political culture, SLFP General Secretary Professor Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa said. He was referring to Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Seneratne who said will be hanged, more..

BOI comprised of highly respected professionals: Malik

Oct 18 (DM) Minister Malik Samarawickrama today said the Board of Directors of BOI comprised of highly respected professionals, who functioned with utmost responsibility and Integrity. Issuing a statement, he said the news reports which cast aspersions on the conduct of the BOI Board of Directors are irresponsible and factually Incorrect. “I categorically reject these baseless allegations made in those news items. more..

Video: Doubtful whether a govt or country exists today: Mahinda

Oct 18 (AD) The general public has to pay for the consequences of the power struggle within the govt, says the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He stated this joining an event held in Colombo last evening. A meeting of professionals, organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Engineers’ Front, was held yesterday under the patronage of the former President. “It is doubtful whether a got or a country really exists today,” Mahinda Rajapaksa has said addressing the meeting. more..

Transferring location of business: PTL seeks Court permission

Oct 18 (CT) Attorney-at-Law Rajitha Amarasuriya, appearing for the Beneficiary Owner of the primary dealer, Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) Arjun Joseph Aloysius, yesterday requested the Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate, Lanka Jayaratne, for permission to locate the PTL Private Limited, currently found at Park Road in Colombo, at a different venue. He submitted the request to Magistrate Jayaratne through a motion. Making further submissions in Court, he said that more..