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Interim order against Dr. Chris Nonis

May 24 (DM) Commercial High Court of Colombo has recently issued an interim order against Dr. Chris Nonis et al, in a case filed by majority shareholders of Mackwoods Securities for alleged oppression, mismanagement and misappropriation of assets belonging to Mackwoods Group of Companies. Dr.Nonis was a former High Commissioner to the UK during Rajapaksa govt. In a case recently filed at Commercial High Court more..

SLCOG pushes for relaxation of abortion laws

May 24 (NS) The medical community informed that it was Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne’s responsibility to take up the issue of relaxing laws on abortion to allow for abortions in cases of incest, rape and lethal congenital abnormalities, to and with the law and policy makers. SL College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists observed that when dealing with a lot of patients that come in facing such situations, there was no help that doctors could offer owing to the laws in place. more..

Imposition of VAT, NBT to telecom services; FR petition re-fixed

May 24 (FT) Supreme Court has re-fixed for support on 12 July the rights petition against the imposition of VAT and NBT on telecommunication services. The Bench comprised Justices Eva Wanasundera, Priyantha Jayawardane and Upaly Abeyrathne. A telephone user decries that the Finance Minister has no legal authority, power and/or mandate to impose multi-stage tax called VAT and NBT on the telecom services which are, he claims, already subject to the Telecommunication Levy. more..

Sri Lanka parliament to embark on a digitisation initiative

May 24 (Island) Minister Harin Fernando recently indicated that parliament may embark on a digitisation initiative of its records; bills, reports, minutes, committee proceedings, appropriations and so on, which would offer the potential for financial savings and more productivity of parliamentary sessions. He referred to the UK parliament which has migrated to Microsoft Office 365 making it the default option for email, more..

CCI urges conditional import of foreign labour

May 24 (Island) Due to the prevailing acute labour shortage, building contractors dig into labour pools of other contractors by offering more pay to workers, luring them to switch construction sites. If permission could be granted to allow employment of foreign workers on conditions, this practice could be avoided, Dr Surath Wickramasinghe, president, Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI) said at the Build Sri Lanka 2016 inauguration held at the BMICH recently. more..

Two pools in preparation for Asian Junior Volleyball Championships

May 24 (ST) The Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation has taken a decision and has picked two pools in preparation for the Asian Junior Volleyball Championships. Already 19 boys and 19 girls have been picked for the event and they are currently under training at Torrington Square and Heyantuduwa. The boys are training for the 18th Asian Men’s Under 20 Volleyball Championships to be held in Chinese Taipei from July 9 to 17. The girls are training for the 18th Asian Women’s more..

Poor man’s asset needs protection from snatchers

May 24 (NS) When all other banks were not willing to touch pawning service, even by a barge pole People’s Bank, a state-sponsored bank pioneered this service right from its inception in 1961. It was mooted more as an antidote to the usurious interest, foreclosing, confiscation after one year and other malpractices found in abundance in the practices of the pawnbrokers. Licensed pawnbrokers were few and far between but more..

‘Banking sector needs urgent reforms to support govt. development goals’

May 24 (Island) Banks accept deposits and make loans and derive a profit from the difference in the interest rates paid and charged to depositors and borrowers respectively. The process performed by banks of taking in funds from a depositor and then lending them out to a borrower is known as financial intermediation. Through the process of financial intermediation, certain assets are transformed into different assets or liabilities. As such, financial intermediaries channel funds more..

Civil society urges for special court on fraud and corruption

May 24 (NS) The civil society called on the Govt to establish a special court to hear cases ,involving massive fraud and corruption and conclude them prior to the end of the year. National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) and the Purawesi Balaya informed that they would consider taking action to apply pressure on the Govt if the Government failed to address this issue. Member of the General Committee of the NMSJ and Co-Convener of the Purawesi Balaya, Saman Ratnapriya said more..

Mystery deepens

May 24 (CT) Mayomi Sanjeewani was a vibrant 24-year-old teacher trainee on the brink of completing her education at the Nilwala Teacher Training College in Akuressa in 2013. She was just like any other girl, had friends and a boyfriend, and was about to venture into the real world. That is, until she mysteriously disappeared on 20 Sept 2013. Since then, her mother, father, four brothers and her sister have been waiting for her to come home. more..

Hockey in the lurch: Who is responsible

May 24 (ST) Hockey, a sport that was thriving to earn limelight in the international arena, is gradually spreading out among schools. After much struggle finally Sri Lanka managed to taste a little bit of success at the first round of recently held World League Qualifiers, booking a berth for the second round. But there are administrative issues, which has been haunting the progress of the sport for some time. With such surroundings, is hockey on the right mat, is a question that more..

Latest population projection of 25 million poses serious challenges

May 24 (ST) The most recent population projections expect the Island’s population to reach 25 million by 2042 and 25.8 million by 2062. It is expected to stabilise around the mid 2060s at 25-26 million. This is a significant departure from earlier projections that expected population stability much earlier at around 23-24 million in the 2030s and to decline thereafter. This higher population growth that is mainly due to the recent increase in fertility from below replacement level to above replacement more..

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Exciting range, vision and ambition at this year’s Gratiaen: Judges

May 24 (ST) Over the past two decades, the Gratiaen Prize has evolved to become a firm fixture in the SL literary calendar, ensuring the continuation of SL writing in English. This year, Thiyagaraja Arasanayagam won the 2015 Gratiaen Prize for White Lanterns: Wesak 2011, a manuscript of unpublished poetry. Based in Kandy, Arasanayagam is a teacher of English literature and a past winner of the State Literary Award for the best original play script in English for his play The Intruder. more..

Sri Lanka holds sole living link to Buddha’s enlightenment

May 24 (ST) Thousands braved the monsoonal torrents this week to converge on the ancient capital of Anuradhapura and celebrate the thrice blessed day of Vesak by paying reverence to the living symbol of Buddha’s enlightenment that no country but Lanka is honoured and proud to possess. For neither in the far off plains of Nepal’s Lumbini where the Buddha was born nor in Uruwela now known as Buddha Gaya where he attained enlightenment by the banks of the Neranjana nor in Kushinagar more..

'Govt institutions are overstaffed with incompetent management'

May 24 (SL) UNP MP Harshana Rajakaruna says that privatisation of loss making govt institutions is not a bad thing but there are certain institutions that simply cannot be privatised. He said that being overstaffed and having incompetent management was one of the key factors for these state institutions to fail, adding that during the past regime family members and friends without any experience were appointed to key positions, more..

Who gave official status to Mahinda’s Ugandan jaunt?

May 24 (ST) Politicians will be politicians: Either in office or out. Once the notion has set in and taken hold that public wealth is theirs to be enjoyed, public money theirs to be used, public coffers theirs to be squandered on paying for their every whim and vanity, it becomes almost impossible to dethrone the belief in their minds that the people owe them an affluent living. And people-deposed former president Rajapaksa demonstrated last week he was no less different from any two bit politico to whom more..

Editorial: Astrology vs reality

May 24 (Island) Old habits die hard. Astrologer turned Central Province Governor Niluka Ekanayake has made a prediction. She has said that it will be smooth sailing for the govt until 2021. One is reminded of the Rajapaksas’ palace seer who also went places by making such predictions. Interestingly, Minister Lakshman Kiriella has said at the same press briefing that there is no SLFP at the grassroots level at present; he has called upon the Joint Opposition to join forces with the govt. more..

Wellampitiya invaded by Kelani waters

May 24 (SO) Living in floods for five days for a section of people who experienced such a situation after 28 years is not that easy. But it seems they have adjusted themselves to the situation and are clinging to their multi- storied houses, dipping and swimming in the floods despite the fact there is no sign of the floods receding in Wellampitiya for a few more days at least. Although there were signs of the water level receding more..

Govt reform initiatives pick up speed

May 24 (CT) In October 2015 the government surprised virtually everyone regardless of political spectrum, and friend and foe, when it co-sponsored the resolution on Sri Lanka by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. From the time that the war ended in 2009 onwards Sri Lanka came under pressure by this international body to investigate charges that massive violations of human rights had taken place in the closing stages of the war, which included war crimes. more..

Rekava: One Film, 60 Years

May 24 (CT) Films are made. They age. They are as subject to decay as other art-forms. Explains why, at the end of the day, very few are remembered. Those few, I’m willing to bet, would have been cast aside, marginalised, looked over, and in other ways rubbished, because they were unconventional for their time. Makes sense. People thought Picasso was mad. His paintings don’t fetch for anything less than 100,000 dollars today. Madness and unconventionality, we can conclude then, more..

Anura Senanayake taken into custody in connection to Thajudeen murder

May 23 (CG) Former senior DIG Anura Senanayake was taken into custody by the CID today in connection to the murder of former Sri Lanka national rugger player Wasim Thajudeen. Senanayake was arrested after being questioned earlier in the day and was accused of concealing evidence when he was involved in the investigations. He was questioned previously as well in connection to the controversial case. more..

China-funded Port City donates relief supplies to thousands affected by floods

May 23 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka's China funded Port City project distributed relief items to thousands of people affected by flash floods in the island country through a flood relief program. The Port City Sahana began in Sedawatta, along the banks of the Kelani River, in the capital where thousands have been evacuated last week due to water levels rising in the river. Port City officials distributed items such as dry rations, especially to those marooned. They worked closely with the Sri Lanka Navy more..

A month after death in Sri Lanka, Odisha engineer's body reaches home

May 23 (ENS) Tension prevailed in Sahupada village under Bari police limits in the district as villagers staged a road blockade on Kusakhia- Kalamatia road protesting absence of required papers with the body of an engineer, who died in Sri Lanka. Police said Vikash Mohanty (28) of the village had joined a private company in Sri Lanka as an engineer on March 27. Nearly a month later, a relative, who also works in SL, sent a message stating that Vikash died in SL on April 24. more..

Pakistan hands over First Consignment of Relief Items for Sri Lankan Flood Victims

May 23 (PHC) First Cargo flight of relief goods from Pakistan, for the victims of the recent devastating floods, landslides and torrential rains in Sri Lanka, arrived today at BIA. The Pakistani Cargo Plane brought full load of C-130 aircraft carrying priority relief items indicated by the Sri Lankan authorities. The relief items containing generators, shelters, tents, medicines, etc. were handed over by the High Commissioner more..

Floods expected to cost at least $1.5 billion

May 23 (Reuters) The cost of Sri Lanka's landslides and floods will be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion at the minimum, the government said on Monday, as the Indian Ocean island struggles to recover from its worst natural disaster since the 2004 Asia tsunami. The official death toll has risen to 92 but 109 people are feared to have been buried in landslides. Days of torrential rain forced more than 350,000 people from their homes, though many were returning on Monday. more..

Sri Lanka inflation accelerates 4.3% in April

May 23 (EN) Consumer prices nation-wide rose 4.3% in April 2016 from a year ago, accelerating from 2.2% in March, its third straight monthly rise. On a month-on-month basis, the new National Consumer Price Index (NCPI), compiled using prices collected from all nine provinces with a base year of 2013, in April rose 1.5% after having fallen 0.7% in March. Consumer prices in Colombo, measured by the Colombo Consumer Price Index, had risen 2% in March 2016 from a year ago. more..

A special Environmental Relief Task Force to manage the damage to the environment

May 23 (PSL) President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the officials to establish a special Environmental Relief Task Force to restore suitable living ​conditions for the ​affected ​people while managing the damage to the environment caused by the recent ​natural disaster outbreaks. President gave these instructions presid​ing a meeting today to inquire into the initiatives taken by the CEA to manage the damage ​to the environment​. more..

AG’s department soft peddling bribery and corruption cases

May 23 (CT) In over a year, out of some 38 bribery and corruption related cases, the AG’s Department has only given rulings to a mere four cases. Even though the FCID has completed the investigations and sought the advice of the AG’s Department to proceed with 38 cases, the AG’s Department has delayed the process by not giving clear instructions to the FCID on how to proceed with the cases, which also include several high profile corruption cases, involving millions former VVIPs of more..

Turkey delivers aid to mudslide-stricken SL

May 23 (AA) The Turkish Red Crescent has delivered emergency supplies to Sri Lanka, which has been hit by floods and landslides caused by heavy rain since last week. Turkey’s largest humanitarian organization said that tents, blankets and solar kits were delivered Sunday to Sri Lankan officials. Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa thanked Turkey for its meaningful help, which he said was sent a time when the latter was already hosting over 3 million refugees. more..

High performance manager for SL Cricket

May 23 (PTI) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has appointed a high performance manager, its chief Thilanga Sumathipala said today. Simon Willis, a 43-year-old Englishman is set to join SLC with a two-year contract. Sumathipala said the Sri Lanka A team, the development squad, under 23 and under 19 squads will be working under him. All SLC contracted coaches except the national coach would be reporting to him. more..

Man who threatened President, PM on FB pleads guilty

May 23 (DM) A man, who was remanded on charges of threatening President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe via social media, today pleaded guilty at the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court. Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya discharged the suspect, Sumal Lakmana, a resident of Yakkala after stern warning. Lakmana was remanded for 25 days after he was arrested by the CID at the BIA for allegedly making death threats to the President and the PM. more..

High Court sets September 14 to hear Abrew’s case

May 23 (AD) High Court fixed date for the case where former Justice Sarath de Abrew is accused over an alleged assault on a domestic worker. The case was postponed to Sept 14 when it was taken into consideration this morning. The police investigation, in this regard, was launched after the domestic worker lodged a complaint and accused Justice Abrew of assaulting her at his residence in Attidiya, Mt Lavinia. Based on the complaint, a team of police officers had visited more..

Three women arrested with gold valued at Rs. 60 mn

May 23 (DM) Three Sri Lankan women had been arrested with gold slabs and jewellery worth more than Rs.60 million at the BIA this morning, Customs Spokesman said. The women were arrested by the by the Customs Narcotics Control officers at the Customs Green Channel, while they were trying to smuggle the gold into the country. “Two women came in wheel chairs to pretend that they were disabled, while more..

Commander of the Navy visits the two Indian Naval Ships

May 23 (SLN) Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne today visited onboard the two Indian Naval Ships INS Sutlej and INS Sunayna which arrived in Sri Lanka on 21st of this month. Two Commanding Offers of the ships Commander Muralidhar Dongri and Commander Asad Farhat received the SL Commander of the Navy very warmly upon his arrival. Indian Naval Ships arrived in Sri Lanka with a stock of relief materials for the people who were affected by more..

Sri Lanka appeals to expatriates in the UAE

May 23 (KT) Sri Lanka's Consulate-General in Dubai has released an urgent appeal to expatriates and other UAE residents to donate to help with relief efforts following the devastating floods that have so far left at least 68 people dead and left 425,601 people from 103,776 families badly affected. The Govt of Sri Lanka is encouraging monetary assistance - rather than collected material - for the victims, especially from overseas Sri Lankans, to enable faster relief assistance, more..