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Maithripala seeks six more years to pay compensation to Easter Sunday victims

Jul 15 (DM) Former Prez Maithripala Sirisena today sought a six-year time period to pay the total compensation amount for the victims of the Easter Sunday bomb attacks. President's Counsel Faizer Mustapha, appearing for Maithripala Sirisena, informed the Supreme Court that his client has already paid Rs. 58 million in compensation to the victims and further stated that the remaining Rs. 42 million will be paid within next 6 years. more..

UAE assists Sri Lanka in nabbing two underworld criminals in Dubai

Jul 15 (FT) With the assistance of the authorities in the UAE, two SL underworld criminals were successfully apprehended in Dubai and escorted back to SL on 12 July. The arrested criminals are 26-year-old Dimuthu Chathuranga and 48-year-old Dinesh Sharman, wanted in connection with several murders committed in SL. Chathuranga was listed by the Colombo Crimes Division for committing two murders in 2022 and 2016, while Sharman was charged with aiding and abetting a shooting more..

Won’t allow Anura Dissanayake to become Prez as long as I remain in politics: Lohan

Jul 15 (DM) Minister Lohan Ratwatte said he will not allow NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake to become the Prez of this country as long as he remains in politics. "Has Anura Dissanayake constructed even a small culvert for the people? We won't allow him to become President of this country as long as I am around in politics," he said during a rally in Kandy. "It is not worth speaking of Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa who looked at a man's hight & said he is good only for a security job" more..

Richard Pieris Group Chairman Sena Yaddehige to be arrested upon arrival

Jul 15 (DM) Chairman of Richard Pieris Group, Sena Yaddehige, will be arrested upon his return to the country in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of a female business analyst from the company. Kollupitiya Police had earlier obtained a travel ban against Yaddehige from the Fort Magistrate over the allegation. An official said that there has been no update regarding the Chairman's whereabouts, and he will be more..

Sri Lanka to create villages, provide land for 176,000 families living in plantations

Jul 15 (EN) SL’s cabinet has approved the drafting of a law to create village communities in areas where people mainly descendants of former workers are resident in plantations. “..[I]’t is expected to introduce a new law amalgamating estate houses and line rooms available in estate areas and creating villages for them,” according a proposal by Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe. Minister Jeevan Thondaman said that about 176,000 families are expected to get 10 perch blocks of land under the plan. more..

Sri Lanka to host ICC’s annual general meeting this week

Jul 15 (SLC) Sri Lanka Cricket will host the Annual Conference of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Sri Lanka from July 19th to 22nd, 2024. The mega cricket conference will bring together over 220 delegates from 108 ICC member countries from across the world, covering regions such as Africa, Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe. The pinnacle gathering of cricket administrators and stakeholders from around the globe, ICC Annual Conference provides platform for discussions more..

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Land rights granted under Urumaya program, aligned with Land Development Ordinance

Jul 15 (PMD) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe highlighted the history of the Urumaya program, which was initiated in 2002 and 2003 but was subsequently halted due to a court decision. He emphasized that if the program had been implemented 20 years ago, the people of this country could have been granted free land rights earlier. Prez further stated that judicial power remains within Parliament and reiterated his longstanding view that the judiciary more..

Over 10,000 Sri Lankans return from Kuwait during general amnesty

Jul 15 (AD) The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Kuwait said that a total of 10,615 Sri Lankan nationals, who were illegally staying in Kuwait and overstayed their visas, have left the country during the general amnesty period declared by the Kuwait government for 2024. This general amnesty period was declared from March 17 to June 30, 2024 as a result of the discussions held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Kuwait. more..

Lawyer’s petition against Presidential election dismissed with Rs. 500,000 cost

Jul 15 (DM) Fundamental Rights petition filed by a lawyer seeking a declaration that the Presidential election should not be held without a referendum on the 19th amendment to the Constitution, was dismissed by the Supreme Court with a Rs. 500,000 cost a short while ago. Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Arjuna Obeysekera and Justice Priyantha Fernando decided to more..

Many crocs found dead along Kalmunai-Ampara main road

Jul 15 (CT) Many crocodiles have been found mysteriously dead, floating near the Mavadippalli Bridge on the Kalmunai-Ampara Main Road in the Ampara District. The area is now filled with a foul stench, causing immense difficulty for people travelling through the region due to the stench from the decomposing crocodile bodies. The crocodile population in the area has become endangered. Previously, there were more than 30 crocodiles but now only 10 to 15 remain. more..

Complications due to drug: Children’s condition not critical

Jul 15 (DM) The eleven children who were admitted to the Anuradhapura Hospital following complications from a medicinal tablet have been reported to be in stable condition, with some already discharged, Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena said. Though initial reports suggest that complications were caused due to a vaccine, health authorities confirmed that the minor complications were caused after administering two drugs. The health officials suspect that more..

Sri Lanka cuts electricity prices 22.5%

Jul 15 (AD) Public Utilities Commission of SL (PUCSL) has approved a reduction of electricity tariffs by 22.5% overall, PUCSL chairman Prof. Manjula Fernando said. According to this tariff revision which will be effective from midnight today, tariffs have been reduced by 25% for consumers who consume less than 30 units of electricity in the domestic sector. Unit price they pay has been reduced from Rs 8 to Rs 6. more..

Prez election: WR’s final decision pending

Jul 15 (Island) Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that a final decision hadn’t been taken regarding his candidature at the forthcoming presidential election. Minister Rajapakshe said that he was engaged in talks with the relevant parties at the moment in this regard. The Justice Minister said so when The Island asked him when would he resign from Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Cabinet to contest the prez election on the ticket of a political party backed by former Prez Maithripala Sirisena. more..

Deloitte leader Nishan Mendis appointed chairman of SLASSCOM

Jul 15 (EN) Nishan Mendis, Head of Deloitte SL and Maldives said he plans to make Sri Lanka a global hub for technological innovation, after being appointed Chairman of SL Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM). “My vision is to position Sri Lanka as a global hub for technological innovation and excellence,” he was quoted as saying in a statement. “By harnessing our heritage of collaboration, resilience, and innovation, I am confident that we can achieve this vision. more..

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Key trendsetters and sustainability of public health expenditure in SL

Jul 15 (FT) Universal free healthcare has been the hallmark of the Sri Lankan public healthcare system. This has been part of the broader agenda of the Sri Lankan welfare state that acclaimed a name for the country in the 1960s and 1970s for being a good outlier among the low-income countries. The SL welfare state was, however, not built on sustainability principles. Persistent budget deficits since 1956 financed through borrowings led to a huge buildup of public debt. more..

Child’s guide to debt and debt restructuring – Part II

Jul 15 (FT) Aseni, the whiz kid in economics, and her grandfather, Sarath Mahaththaya, a former official of the Ministry of Finance, have been in very intense interactive discussion of the debt and debt restructuring problem of Sri Lanka. In the previous episode, they discussed why only bilateral and commercial borrowings of Sri Lanka have been earmarked for restructuring when the country’s total foreign debt had been a massive amount. The multilateral debt from IMF, WB & ADB, etc. more..

India and Sri Lanka work out massive Govt-to-Govt LNG supply contract

Jul 15 (ST) An Indian govt proposal, which SL has accepted, will see the New Delhi-headquartered Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL) supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the rate of 40 containers a day to thermal plants in Kerawalapitiya. These will be shipped from the port of Kochi and taken by road to the power plants run by SL’s LTL Holdings Ltd. in Kerawalapitiya. There is potential under India-initiated proposal to expand the shipments to 60–70 containers a day. more..

Club Wasantha murder: Top cops warned over grilling suspect in front of media

Jul 15 (AD) Minister Tiran Alles has issued a stern warning to high-ranking police officers regarding the recent questioning of the tattoo studio owner arrested in connection with the murder of popular businessman Surendra Wasantha Perera alias Club Wasantha in front of the media. Accordingly, Public Security Minister has warned the high-ranking officers including the DIG in charge of the Western Province (South) Gayantha Marapana, who were involved in the said questioning more..

IMF still assessing bondholder deal

Jul 15 (TM) The IMF is still assessing whether the agreed terms of the debt restructuring with the bondholders are consistent with the programme parameters, an official said. At the press briefing held last Friday, IMF Director of the Communications Julie Kozack said that the IMF is in the process of assessing whether the agreed terms of the debt restructuring are consistent with the programme parameters. “Once that assessment is complete, we'll be able to communicate our views more..

Approval of the Govt triples to 24% in July

Jul 15 (FT) Over three times as many people approve of the Govt and feel better about the economy and the country’s economic trajectory compared to four months ago, according to the latest round of the Gallup-style Mood of the Nation poll by Verité Research. The survey revealed that the approval rating of the Govt more than tripled to 24% in July, up from 7% in Feb 2024. Current economic conditions were rated as either good or more..

Muslim principals file HRCSL complaint on cancellation of exam results over...

Jul 15 (FT) 13 female Muslim principals have filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of SL (HRCSL) regarding the cancellation of their Efficiency Bar Examination Grade II results by the Dept of Examinations due to their head coverings worn during the examination. According to examination candidate M.Z.H. Fawzana, the group sat for the exam in Aug 2023, seeking promotion from Grade II to Grade I in the Principal service. The exam was held at Kotahena Maha Vidyalaya more..

116,000 Scholarships under the Presidential Scholarship Program – 2024

Jul 15 (PMD) 116,000 scholarships are to be awarded for the year 2024 under the Presidential Scholarship Program, which is implemented according to the concept of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, for the upliftment of the education of the children of the underprivileged. Accordingly, Rs. 824 million have been allocated for the scholarship program, which will provide Rs. 6000 per month for 24 months to 6000 students studying for their GCE (A/L)s. more..

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Thailand allows visa-free entry for Sri Lankans from tomorrow

Jul 15 (DM) Thailand will allow visa-free entry for travellers from 93 countries and territories, including SL from tomorrow (15). This marks the first time Sri Lankans can travel to Thailand without obtaining a paper visa. Thai citizens can already visit Sri Lanka visa-free, subject to a USD 10 processing fee. The new policy, announced by Thailand's Ministry of Interior, extends the visa-free stay from 30 to 60 days. Visitors must have proof of funds, accommodation, and return or onward tickets. more..

Jaffna Kings qualifies for play-offs despite loss in final game

Jul 15 (FT) 3-time winner Jaffna Kings completed their matches of the LPL with a massive nine-wicket loss to Colombo Strikers with 61 balls to spare, a result that has hit their net run rate badly, pushing it into the minus category. The second double header of the day played at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday saw Colombo come up with a dominant performance restricting Jaffna to a sub-par total of 109-9 and then knocking those runs off in 9.5 overs to keep their hopes of finishing more..

Organised crime: Prisons Dept to improve security for officers

Jul 15 (TM) Following complaints to the Police by staff about receiving threats and intimidation from organised crime elements, the Prisons Department has taken steps to ensure the safety of its officers, it is learnt. Last week, an Assistant Prison Superintendent at the Boossa High Security Prison filed a complaint with the Police regarding threats received from infamous organised crime figure Supun Dayaratne more..

Two MPs in road accidents on Saturday

Jul 15 (DN) Two accidents involving the vehicles in which MPs Rishad Bathiudeen and Dilan Perera occurred on Saturday in Karuwalagaswewa and on the Southern Expressway. The SUV that MP Bathiudeen was in faced an accident in the Karuwalagaswewa area when his driver lost control of the vehicle due to a cyclist having abruptly entered the road. The second incident took place at the Southern Expressway Galanigama Interchange, when the vehicle MP Dilan Perera was in, more..

Galle defeats Dambulla in Super Over thriller

Jul 15 (DN) Galle Marvels won an exciting super over match against Dambulla Sixes in their LPL game at R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday. This was the first game of the tournament to be decided by a super over, coinciding with Pink Day for breast cancer awareness. Galle Marvels scored 148 for 9 wickets after being invited to bat first. Dambulla Sixes matched this with 148 for 7 wickets, leading to a super over. In the super over, Dambulla Sixes managed only six runs, more..

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China grants Rs. 1.5bn worth humanitarian assistance to fisherfolk in north and east

Jul 15 (ST) China has granted Rs 1.5 billion worth of humanitarian assistance, which includes a prefabricated housing scheme, fishing equipment, and packets of rice for fisherfolk communities in the Northern and Eastern provinces. The three assistance packages, amounting to Rs 500 million each, would be the largest offered by China in the two provinces, where India has also invested heavily in development, livelihood and investment projects. Minister Douglas Devananda said more..

Fitness and discipline vital to be a successful cricketer, says Mahanama

Jul 15 (DN) Former Sri Lanka cricket team skipper and match referee Roshan Mahanama is part of the ongoing Lanka Premier League (LPL) as a mentor of the Dambulla Sixes franchise team owned by former first class cricketer Priyanga de Silva. Mahansma the truly gentleman of the Sri Lanka Cricket said discipline and fitness are the two important facts to be a good cricketer. Especially on and off the field players have to build up these two important areas to be a good cricketer. more..

More athletes reach entry standards for world junior championship

Jul 15 (Island) Lyceum high jumper Tharusha Mendis and hurdler Sandun Kosala, De Mazenod sprinter Koushan Thamel and Vimansa Rajakaruna from Kurunegala bettered entry standards for the World Junior Championships as they excelled during the first two days of the Junior National Athletics Championship at Diyagama. Mendis erased more than two decades old Under 18 meet record of Manjula Kumara when more..

Road, flyover construction picks up pace

Jul 15 (ST) Ahead of the prez elections the Govt has earmarked for the completion and opening of roads, bridges and highway construction projects while expediting key infrastructure development work suspended due to the economic downturn in 2020-2021. Transport & Highways Ministry Secretary Ranjith Rubasinghe said that despite the economic crisis the country has faced, the govt has allocated Rs.90 billion over the past two years solely for road development projects initiated before 2022. more..

Politicians nurture, protect underworld: AKD

Jul 15 (DM) Claiming that the underworld was nurtured, protected and supplied with arms by the politicians over the years, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today that if SL is to be free of crimes and drugs, this situation must be changed and assured that a NPP government will create an environment for everyone to live peacefully without any fear. Speaking at the NPP's Gampaha District youth convention, he said the underworld and licenced rowdies were reigning in the country more..