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M'mulla displaced to receive Rs. 50,000

Apr 21 (NR) Govt has decided to grant 50,000 rupees to families displaced as a result of the collapse of garbage dump in Meethotamulla for a period of 3 months. The 50,000 rupees will be granted to around 300 families. An assessment will be made to determine if houses or compensation will be awarded to those affected. The funds are being provided for the displaced to rent out houses until estimations are completed. more..

SLC uncovers major racket

Apr 21 (DM) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has uncovered a major racket whereby one of its foreign coaches is alleged to have set up a lucrative side business bringing in foreign teams for matches to Sri Lanka without SLC’s knowledge. SLC will investigate further to ascertain whether the British Coach, who heads a department and is paid US $12,000 (Rs. 1.8 million), accrued sizable financial gain from the practice. more..

SLFP split to become irredeemable on May Day?

Apr 21 (Island) UPFA General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday warned a potential irredeemable split of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) if its members participate in the May Day rally organised by the Prof. G.L Peiris-headed Sri Lanka People’s Front (SLPF). Minister Amaraweera urged the SLFP members to participate in its May Day rally scheduled to be held at Getambe in Kandy. more..

Discussion held on generating renewable energy by small hydro power plants

Apr 21 (PSL) A discussion on generating renewable energy using small hydro power plants, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday. During the meeting attention was drawn regarding issues like  identifying the possibility of increasing the 340 megawatt currently added to the national electricity grid by small hydro power plants to 550 megawatt, recognizing the challenges more..

Sri Lanka gems at Jakarta International Jewellery Fair 2017

Apr 21 (GDI) Sri Lanka will for the first time participate at the Jakarta International Jewellery Fair from 20th to 23th April 2017 at the Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC).  National Gem and Jewellery Association (NGJA) will lead a delegation of 15 representatives from prominent Gem companies. The Jakarta International Jewellery Fair (JIJF) is the most glamorous and comprehensive jewellery trade fair that provides more..

I am ready to abolish, prune down Executive Presidency: President

Apr 21 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said he was either ready to abolish or prune down the powers of the Executive Presidency. “I am ready for either. That was my commitment,” the President said. “We have now completed two and a half years in government- criticism, allegations and insults are in plenty. They are very common features of a vibrant democracy,” President Sirisena said. more..

Meethotamulla calamity: JVP to sue Govt for manslaughter

Apr 21 (CT) The JVP is planning to take legal action against those responsible for the Meethotamulla garbage mountain collapse, alleging it to be tantamount to manslaughter. Sunil Watagala, JVP WPC member said, legal action will be taken by the party against all those behind this tragedy, as per Municipal Council Act, and the Penal Code, especially since there had been prior warning that such a calamity could take place. more..

Illegal Sri Lankan toxic waste load returned, HK importers convicted

Apr 21 (ST) Two Hong Kong importers who illegally brought in a load of waste printed circuit boards from Sri Lanka as well as Bangladesh were convicted this week and fined HK$15,000 (Rs 295,000) by a magistrate on Tuesday. The seized toxic electronic waste, classified as hazardous electronic waste in Hong Kong, has been returned to Colombo, authorities announced. more..

Ten Veddha delicacies hard to come by today

Apr 21 (Roar) When we think of the Veddas, we often think of them as hunters, chasing after anything they can make a meal of. However, little do we realise that they had, and still have, something of a culinary tradition of their own, including some unique meaty delicacies only a forest dweller could come up with. This was especially so in the olden days, when they could freely hunt game, which is now no longer possible with our strict more..

India awaits to invest in Trinco Oil Tank farm

Apr 21 (DM) Before contrasting and competing views within the govt on the Hambantota Port deal are reconciled, the stage is being set for yet another debate. This is involving the move to develop the Trinco Oil Tank Farm with an Indian company under a joint venture. Hambantota Port, to be developed in partnership with a Chinese company, entails a great deal of engagement in Sino-Lanka relations. more..

Blame the urban educated

Apr 21 (DM) Abolishing of the Executive Presidency, thus becomes irrelevant in a society that does not demand accountability in governance. Some promoters in the Wickremesinghe camp, think they caused Turkey’s recently held Referendum to frighten off Sri Lankans from continuing with the presently reshaped Executive Presidency. Turkey’s President Erdogan is being painted as a new JR for adopting Constitutional Reforms with sweeping powers to the Presidency more..

Garbage: Don’t play dirty games

Apr 21 (DM) It is one week after the Meethotamulla garbage dump catastrophe which left 32 dead, scores injured, at least eight missing, hundreds of houses destroyed or damaged and more than thousand people displaced in despair and destitution. Various postmortem examinations are being held at different levels to identify who or which institution was responsible or accountable and what needs to be done now, not only to prevent a similar calamity but to turn it into a blessing. more..

Agreements with India, China et al: Prez won’t accept anything inimical to Sri Lanka

Apr 21 (Island) Acknowledging that various agreements under discussion with China and India had attracted severe criticism, President Sirisena asserted that final decisions were yet to be made and they were still in the process of working them out. President Sirisena, who is also Commander-in-Chief of armed forces emphasized that he wouldn’t under any circumstances enter into agreements inimical to Sri Lanka. more..

SC convenes special court hearing on Foreign Exchange Bill

Apr 21 (DN) Supreme Court convened a special court hearing during vacation to support three Special Determination petitions filed challenging the bill titled Foreign Exchange, 2017, today. These petitions are to be taken up for support on April 24 before a three-judge-bench comprising Justice Eva Wanasundara, Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare and Justice Anil Goonaratne. These petitions were filed by MP Bandula Gunawardena, Dharshana Weraduwage and Nagananda Kodituwakku more..

Devapriya slams wife’s critics

Apr 21 (CT) Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya rubbished social media reports to the effect that his wife is not the kind of person who enters into shady deals with prospective investors.]Devapriya rubbished social media allegations that his wife had demanded a sum of Rs 10 million from a Korean firm ahead of getting a license to begin a garbage recycling programme in the country, suggesting that bogus stories were being created to exploit the tragedy at Meethotamulla. more..

PM to discuss key issues during India visit

Apr 21 (Hindu) PM Ranil Wickremsinghe will visit India next week to set the agenda for PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Colombo in May. “The visit of PM of SL to India from April 25 is part of our continuing engagement with Govt of SL at the highest level,” an MEA spokesperson said. Officials said an MoU to develop Trinco port’s prospects through operating a major oil-storage facility, LNG plant and piped-gas projects more..

Dambulla win in last ball thriller

Apr 21 (DN) Colombo captain Dinesh Chandimal hits to leg during his knock of 76 against Kandy in the Super Provincial limited-over match played at the NCC grounds yesterday. In the other match played at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium, Dambulla squeezed out a last ball one-wicket win over Galle in a thrilling encounter. Galle seemed to have the game in their control when they picked up the first six Dambulla wickets for 174 runs by the 37th over. But a 53-run stand off 64 balls between more..

SL to host PATA Conference in Negombo

Apr 21 (DN) The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Annual Summit 2017 will be held in Sri Lanka from May 18 to 21, 2017. The event is to be hosted by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in collaboration with Jetwing Blue Negombo. Representatives from 34 countries will be participating in this annual summit hosted by Sri Lanka. Minister John Amaratunge said the objective of having this summit is to promote Sri Lanka as a popular destination. more..

Govt directs SAITM to broad-base ownership via CSE listing

Apr 21 (Island) Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration claimed that steps were being taken to list SAITM in the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) in response to ongoing wave of protests spearheaded by the GMOA. The govt also said that SAITM proprietor Dr Neville Fernando had been told to place the administration under a board of directors. President Sirisena, Ministers Lakshman Kiriella and Rajitha Senaratne more..

Capital Developers deploy five piling machines for twin tower project

Apr 21 (LBO) Property developer Capitol Developers has deployed five piling machines to accelerate construction of Capitol Twin Peaks, the 470-apartment twin tower project on Staple Street. After breaking ground in November, the company aims to utilize new trends to complete construction by 2020. “One of these pilling machines, Bauer BG 30, is the largest piling machine of its kind in Sri Lanka. Deploying this piling machine and four others at one project site is a rare occurrence, more..

Specialist Medical Officer laments non-realisation of Cabinet decision

Apr 21 (FT) Court of Appeal last issued notices on the Health Ministry Secretary and the Director General of Health Services and others returnable for 9 May in respect of a Writ application filed by a Consultant Cardiologist of the Specialist Medical Officer category lamenting of the failure to implement the decision of the Cabinet. Aggrieved petitioner Specialist Medical Officer Dr. Jayantha Jayawardena bemoans the Respondents’ delay and/or failure to give effect to more..

President promises again to present National Audit Bill

Apr 21 (Island) President Sirisena assured that the long delayed National Audit Bill would be presented to parliament as soon as possible. Assurance was given at a meeting with proprietors, editors and journalists representing public and private print and electronic media. Acknowledging that there had been a delay on the part of the govt in respect of the much touted piece of legislation, President said that he would direct relevant more..

Minister Amaratunga accuses Rajapaksa regime of jeopardising tourism industry

Apr 21 (Island) Tourism Minister John Amaratunga accused the Rajapaksa regime of not having paid money owed to leading international television channels Al Jazeera, Sky and Bloomberg among others to the tune of USD500 million for adverts carried by them to promote Sri Lanka as a tourist destination, thus leaving the future campaigns and the country’s credibility as a tourism destination in South Asia in jeopardy. Amaratunga addressing journalists at a news conference to announce more..

SL maid steals from Emirati sponsor, arrested 7 years later

Apr 21 (TN) A maid stole items worth Dh200,000 from her sponsor but was arrested only upon her return to the country seven years later, prosecutors told Dubai Criminal Court. The woman is accused of stealing three diamond rings, 10 gold rings, six gold earrings, seven expensive watches, women’s and children’s clothes, bags, shoes, two phones, make-up, food and Dh14,000 in cash in 2010. The Emirati sponsor said that in June that year she had been abroad with her mother more..

Video: GMOA threatens major TU action on SAITM

Apr 21 (DM) GMOA threatened to launch a major trade union action within the next fortnight over the SAITM issue. GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said that they were forced to resort to such a step with the govt’s continuous inability to provide a justifiable solution to the SAITM issue. “The govt is always providing us with false solutions regarding this matter. Several trade unions including the Ports Authority, more..

TULF Leader reiterates demand for return of civilian lands

Apr 21 (Island) TULF Leader V. Anandasangaree has asked President Maithripala Sirisena to return private lands occupied by the security forces to their owners in the North and East In a letter to President Sirisena, the Tamil United Liberation Front General Secretary says: The TULF, reiterates its demand for the release of lands belonging to various individuals, at different places in the Districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Killinochchi, Vanni, and at various places in the Eastern Province as well. more..

SDB bank partners with National Enterprise Development Authority

Apr 21 (Island) SDB bank (SANASA Development Bank), pioneering financial institution founded on supporting the grassroots levels of SL, recently signed a MoU with National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA) to further extend its support to the micro, small and medium entrepreneurs in SL. MoU primarily aims to encourage and guide prospective entrepreneurs in the rural communities while further uplifting existing business players in the micro, small and medium enterprises. more..

Video: Consider garbage issue as essential service: Champika

Apr 21 (DM) The issue of garbage management should be considered as an essential service immediately and a separate authority should be set up to streamline garbage management, Minister Champika Ranawaka said. He said local govt (LG) bodies alone can’t solve the garbage issue and therefore, it was vital to have a Central Garbage Management Authority to find solution to the issue. He said people asked what role UDA played more..

Lankan among four killed in Visakhapatnam

Apr 21 (CT) Four persons were killed on the spot, including a Sri Lankan and three others injured when a lorry rammed into roadside dhaba (restaurant) at RV Nagar in GK Veedhi of Visakhapatnam Agency on Wednesday evening. The deceased were identified as Krishna Kumari (50), headmistress of RV Nagar tribal welfare school, Karri Raju (30), G. Palasundari (40) and Subrahmanyam Ganesh (26), a migrant from Sri Lanka. The injured were P. Palav (65), Easwar Rao (35) and Mohan Rao (34). more..

Tickets made him ticking

Apr 21 (ST) A drama, not a mega serial, was premiered at the much talked about citadel and this, interestingly, is a single-episode series. The man in charge of tickets, after knowing that the pressmen has taken him to task for hiding underhand deals, has pretended that he is experiencing a cardio arrest while on duty at office. While holding his chest with the reports of the newspapers on his table, the official had claimed ‘I’m innocent, I don’t know anything of such happenings, more..

Meethotamulla tragedy: Govt accused of soft–pedalling disaster

Apr 21 (CT) Nearly six days have elapsed since the tragedy in Meethotamulla. The death toll keeps rising. The people of Kolonnawa are in mourning, as they bury their loved ones and pray for the missing. Despite all the efforts from the govt to contain the situation, criticism for its inability to react immediately for a disaster situation has now come to the centre stage. The failure of the Yahapalanaya Govt is pending according to more..

Rogues of the last govt are with the Chinese companies now: Arjuna

Apr 21 (FT) A sourly disappointed Minister Arjuna Ranatunga levelled scathing criticism against ministers of the current Govt, alleging that they were working with individuals who were engaged in business with the Rajapaksa regime. In a bitter tone, Minister went on to say that those who stole from the Ports Authority while in the previous Government had now joined Chinese companies lobbying with the current Govt. “I am greatly disillusioned,” the Minister said. more..

OBG launches new academic programme

Apr 21 (ST) Students at University of Colombo were recently provided with access to the extensive library of economic reports on emerging markets produced by the global research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG). Under the agreement, which forms part of OBG’s worldwide Academic Programme, students based at Faculty of Graduate Studies, presided over by Dean Nayani Melegoda, and Faculty of Management and Finance, run by Dean R. Senathiraja, were given read-only more..

Sky is the limit for Sri Lankan drones

Apr 21 (ST) In movies of recent times, we’ve seen drones of all shapes and sizes over our skies. Be it dishing out medicines for contestants in Hunger Games or tracking children’s trail in Logan, drones are now real, not only in reel life. Unmanned aerial vehicles have dominated both the imagination and nightmares of people around the world in recent years. Also Sri Lanka is no stranger to building them either; just ask more..

Editorial: JO and May Day

Apr 21 (Island) Political parties are making grand preparations to hijack the International Workers’ Day again. JO says it will hold the biggest May Day rally. (Other parties are equally confident.) All signs are that workers’ interests will be subjugated to those of politicians this year, too. What the working class desperately needs is certainly not political muscle flexing in their name but having emerging challenges and threats to their interests addressed on the day dedicated to their cause. more..

SL: National interests in a globalised world

Apr 21 (IPCS) The first 100 days of US President Donald Trump's administration revealed the complexity of a head of state’s task. One of his predecessors, John F Kennedy during his first 100 days had learned a costly lesson with the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion. His reaction to the event was to splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the wind. Most presidents realise the gravity of decision-making during the initial 100 days; and this applies to SL as well.   more..