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Embattled SL hope for World Cup miracle

May 23 (AFP) SL go into the World Cup with low expectations after losing eight of their last nine one-day matches and led by a captain who has not played 50-over cricket for more than four years. While the 1996 champions have enjoyed some success in the Test arena, they have lost more than three-quarters of the ODI matches they have played since the beginning of 2017. During that period, SL have been led by 6 different captains, more..

67-year-old doctor found dead in house

May 23 (AD) The body of a man who has died under suspicious circumstances has been uncovered at a house on Bloemendhal lane in Kotahena. The body has been discovered by Kotahena police this morning based on a tip-off received by them. The deceased has been identified as a retired 67-year-old Tamil doctor. He had been residing in the house by himself. According to the police, the limbs of the body had been tied up when they discovered the body. more..

Govt prepared to face any NCM: PM

May 23 (DN) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that the govt did not refuse to take up the No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen for debate in Parliament. The PM further said that the govt “will not run away from anything” and is prepared to face the JVP’s NCM against the govt as well. “If we allowed the Opposition to bring in a NCM against me, why should we worry about this NCM against Minister Bathiudeen?” PM Wickremesinghe said. more..

Alleged money launderer Lokuwithana back

May 23 (CT) A controversy is brewing around a proposed steel manufacturing and export plant in Trincomalee which will have a major detrimental impact on the environmentally-sensitive Eastern town of Sri Lanka, Colombo Telegraph learns. The govt has already announced its plans to proceed with the construction of the controversial billion-dollar steel plant in the Trincomalee area. The Cabinet paper in this regard will be presented more..

Geopolitics in FDIs?

May 23 (CT) To the extent that it does not end up like the Hambantota and Mattala versions of the ill-famed Trojan horse, news of talks between Sri Lanka, India and Japan weighing options for development of a container terminal at the Colombo Port, at face value, sounds like a promising and financially very lucrative joint venture for the three countries concerned, unlike the Chinese-funded white elephant projects down south which were the proverbial Trojan horses. more..

Dhammika Perera an anti-establishment candidate

May 23 (FT) During the holy Vesak weekend the phones were buzzing all over Sri Lanka over a story that appeared on a web page. The story said that PM Ranil Wickremesinghe had met with business tycoon Dhammika Perera whose business empire contributes around 6% of the tax revenues to the Govt at the latter’s home. He had reportedly visited Dhammika Perera without his personal security personnel and official driver. The PM, after discussing the status quo, had suggested more..

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Pak U19 cricket team off to Lanka for ICC World Cup 2020 preparations

May 23 (APP) Pakistan U19 team captained by Rohail Nazir, left for Sri Lanka, Thursday morning for a series of five 50-over matches to be played from May 26 to June 5 in Hambantota. The series was part of the side preparation for next year’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020, which would be staged in South Africa from Jan 17 to Feb 9, 2020. The 15-player side includes a number of exciting players who made a big impression in the Inter-Region U19 One-day tournament held in August 2018, more..

Navy renders assistance to nab 2 suspects with 142.812 kg of Kerala cannabis

May 23 (SLN) Based on information provided by the Navy, the Army and Police apprehended 02 suspects with 142.812kg of Kerala cannabis at the checkpoint of Medawachchiya today (22). On receipt of a tip-off provided by the Navy, the Army combined with Police searched a vehicle at the checkpoint of Medawachchiya and apprehended these 02 suspects with the stock of Kerala cannabis which was packed into 66 parcels. The apprehended persons are residents of A'pura, aged 50. more..

Video: Party leaders fail to agree on a date for Rishad’s NCM

May 23 (AD) The party leaders’ meeting held today ended without any final decision being reached on a date for the motion of no confidence against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had called a meeting of the party leaders at the Parliament Complex in order to decide on a date for the debate on the no-confidence motion (NMC) against the minister brought by the Joint Opposition. more..

Threat subsides, Sri Lanka Easter bombers home-grown: investigators

May 23 (EN) Sri Lanka’s Easter bombers were from a home grown outfit, but with foreign expertise in the manufacture of Mother of Satan bombs, the trade mark of the Islamic State. Both police and military investigators believe they have accounted for almost all the followers of radicalised Islamic cleric Zahran Hashim’s who led the April 21 attack. “The top level of Zahran’s out-fit is no more,” a senior investigator said. more..

Sri Lankan leaders congratulate Modi on victory

May 23 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena extended his warm congratulation to the Indian PM Narendra Modi on his victory in the recently concluded Indian General Elections. Issuing a congratulatory message, President Sirisena stated that: “The decision of the people of India to entrust your Party and its alliance partners the responsibility of guiding India’s destiny for a further term with this renewed mandate more..

Galle District Muslim leaders urge Speaker to ban Wahhabism

May 23 (Island) Terrorism which destroyed more than 250 lives and left more than 500 others injured on Easter Sunday couldn’t be eradicated unless Wahhabism was eliminated, Galle District Muslim Mosques Trustees & Committee Members informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. "Wahhabism is an extreme ideology that has caused many problems across the world. Wahhabism arrived in SL in mid-20th century more..

Video: Eight members appointed to Special Select Committee probing Easter attacks

May 23 (AD) Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya has announced the members of the Special Select Committee appointed to probe the coordinated terrorist attacks that took place on April 21st. Speaker made the announcement when the Parliament convened at 10.30 a.m. this morning (23). The Special Select Committee, which comprises of seven members, will be chaired by Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasinghe. more..

Dhammika Perera non-committal on common candidate speculation

May 23 (DM) Business magnate Dhammika Perera was non-committal and did not reject speculation that he would come forward as a common candidate at the next Presidential election. When questioned after an event in Colombo about speculation in social media, Perera said: “We have to develop the country. For the question you asked let’s see what happens in the future." When asked whether these stories were wrong, more..

Reforms making Sri Lanka’s SEC enforcement more effective: IMF

May 23 (EN) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken measures to improve investigation & enforcement capabilities with new skilled staff and processes, the IMF said. The reforms include creating a new Litigation Division able to focus on litigation management functions, the IMF said in a new report after an assessment of SEC functions by an IMF Monetary and Capital Markets mission which visited Colombo. more..

Pakistan HC in Sri Lanka refutes news report on halting Pakistan- SL trade

May 23 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan said the news item titled Pakistan’s trade with Sri Lanka Comes to a halt which appeared in The Express Tribune of Pakistan on 20 May 2019 is fake news. Releasing a statement, High Commission said this fake news item has been published without proper verification of the facts contained therein. The High Commission emphatically states that no person by more..

Hotel disputes tourist’s tale of events leading to wife’s death

May 23 (ST) A Govt Analyst report to determine why a British woman died during her honeymoon in Sri Lanka will take three more weeks to complete, with mystery continuing to shroud the incident. An open verdict was given into the death of Usheila Patel, 31, by JMO J.S.D. Peiris. The case was taken up before Acting Magistrate Somasiri Uduwella. Orders have been issued to send parts of the deceased’s organs to the Govt Analyst’s more..

'We regret the blunder on the part of the govt and accept responsibility'

May 23 (DM) Daily Mirror sat with the General Secretary of UNP and Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to discuss the current political and security situation and Education in the country. Q: People blame the govt for its failure to prevent the Easter Sunday carnage despite repeated warnings on this act of terrorism since as far back as 2016. What do you have to say? A: I must point out that as you claimed, Muslim fundamentalism more..

And here comes the Equivalency Circus

May 23 (DM) Fouzul Ameen should have been alive today. The furniture shop owner from Kottaramulla, Nattandiya was killed by a mob on May 13, 2019. Many shops owned by Muslims should still be standing. They are not. No one should have or should show any apprehension of any Muslim, regardless of attire or appearance. Non-Muslims are wary and Muslims are apprehensive of one another. Should not be that way, but that’s what things have come to. After Fouzul Ameen was killed, more..

We can’t afford to let history repeat itself

May 23 (DM) The catastrophe and the devastation, which were unleashed by rampaging mobs of Sinhala extremists nearly two weeks ago in several parts of the North-Western Province -- Negombo, Chilaw, Kurunegala, Kuliyapitiya, Hettipola, Dummalasuriya, Rasnayakapura, Kobeigane, Bingiriya and Minuwangoda -- where Muslims were attacked, their homes pelted with stones, their shops and factories burned down and several Mosques damaged & vandalised were stark reminders more..

President pardons Gnanasara Thero

May 23 (FT) BBS Secretary General Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero has been granted a presidential pardon, highly placed sources confirmed. The hardline Buddhist group has called on its supporters to gather near Welikada Prison, where Gnanasara Thero was serving his jail term, at 3 p.m. today to welcome the monk, expected to be released today. BBS CEO Dilantha Withanage claimed that he has received more..

'SL has capacity to recover from terror faster'

May 23 (FT) Compared to other countries that have faced terror attacks, the Govt was optimistic Sri Lanka can recover faster from the economic fallout of the Easter Sunday attacks, State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne said yesterday. Wickramaratne, speaking to CNBC on the side-lines of an investor forum in Singapore organised by the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), said that the Govt had moved fast to restore security and formulate policies that would assist industries hit by more..

Signboards only in national languages: PM

May 23 (DM) In the wake of reports about Arabic signboards in some areas of the eastern province, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed that they should be written only in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages. According to sources close to the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister instructed Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardane to initiate action to make sure that signboards and name boards are written in three officially recognized languages in Sri Lanka. more..

Perliament heats up over Bathiudeen NCM

May 23 (FT) Lawmakers engaged in heated arguments yesterday in Parliament, unable to reach a decision on the date to take up the No-Confidence Motion against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to look into allegations against him. Having listened to lawmakers of both sides for two hours, Speaker adjourned Parliament till 10.30 am today, unable to continue further with more..

Some school administrators cashing in on security fears

May 23 (Island) Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU), yesterday, demanded the govt to regulate the collection of money from parents by certain school administrators on the pretext of purchasing equipment to enhance school security. CTU General Secretary, Joseph Stalin said: "It was only on Tuesday that students started coming to schools and we have heard that a number of school administrators have imposed security measures. While school security is paramount, more..

Wildlife trade summit may move to Geneva amid Colombo security concerns

May 23 (MB) A month after a series of Easter Sunday bombings rocked SL and claimed 258 lives, including those of 46 foreign nationals, a top U.N. conservation summit scheduled to take place in Colombo is now likely to be moved to Geneva. The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) was to hold its 18th Conference of Parties (CoP18) meeting in Colombo, from May 23 through June 3. But organizers announced April 26 that the event more..

Terror victims receive special blessing by Pope’s delegate

May 23 (FT) Victims of the Easter Sunday attacks were blessed by the representative of the Pope, Fernando Cardinal Filoni, yesterday at St. Anthony‘s Church, Kochchikade. Family members of victims and faithful were allowed into a section of the church for the blessing before a statue of Saint Anthony. Cardinal Filoni blessed all the victims for a speedy recovery, and Sri Lanka to recover from the attack. Prior to the blessing, more..

Conserving biodiversity Initiative to raise Rs 31 Billion: UNDP

May 23 (CT) Sri Lanka’s total public-sector biodiversity related expenditure as of 2015 was Rs. 7.13 billion, however, an additional Rs 30.71 billion is required to achieve the country’s biodiversity conservation targets in the period of 2018-2024, UN Development Programme (UNDP) said. To bridge the resource gap, the Central Bank of SL (CBSL) together with the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), the UNDP, the European Union (EU) and the Govts of Germany, more..

Nanda Ekanayake takes helm of INSEE Cement Sri Lanka

May 23 (DM) SL’s foremost producer of cement, Siam City Cement (Lanka) Limited (SCCCL), known as INSEE Cement, announced changes to the composition of the company’s board of directors on May 15. Nandana Ekanayake was appointed as the new Chairman of the board of directors. He will also continue in his position as the CEO of the company. Furthermore, Anuttara Panpothong and Mark Schmidt have been appointed as new directors. Aidan Lynam & Rizmy Richard will continue more..

Public school system sans religion or language: PM

May 23 (CT) The Govt will set up a new public school system that is not based on language or religion within the next two years, claimed PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. He said this while addressing a function held at Temple Trees. “The Education Ministry has a huge task ahead to ensure that public schools are not segregated by language or religion. This transformation should happen within the next one to two years. more..

Another NTJ mole in parliament to be arrested soon

May 23 (Island) Police have received information about another National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) member who works in the Parliament Complex. He would be arrested shortly, sources said. Information about the suspect has been revealed by Mohamed Naushad Jalaldeen, a senior NTJ member, who was arrested recently. Jalaldeen was working as a senior indexing officer at Parliament. Police are questioning Jalaldeen on a 90-day detention order. more..

Sri Lanka at the largest exhibition in Brazil - APAS Show 2019

May 23 (GDI) The Coconut Development Authority of SL in collaboration with the Department of Commerce and the SL Embassy in Brazil participated at the APAS Show - 2019 which is considered as the largest supermarket exhibition held in Latin America. The APAS Show 2019 was held from 6th to 9th May 2019 at the Expo-Centre, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The SL delegation was headed by Vadivel Suresh, State Minister of Plantation Industries & 4 SL leading coconut exporting more..

Govt to revise 2019 Budget

May 23 (FT) Govt is to revise the 2019 Budget, given the Easter Sunday setback and other external and internal challenges. State Finance Minister Eran Wickramaratne said yesterday the review will be completed by June, and the revised Budget will be presented to the Parliament within the first half of the year. “From the Budget we presented in November, what is obviously going to happen is that those revenues will reduce, more..

Sri Lanka sells US$165mn in dollar bonds

May 23 (EN) Sri Lanka has sold US$ 165 million of bonds aimed at the domestic market after offering US$ 200 million at an auction, the state debt office said. The debt office sold US$ 17.76 million of 1 year 8 month bonds at a weighted average yield of 5.93%, after getting subscriptions of US$ 30.3 million. Another US$ 12 million of bonds of the same maturity were sold at 353 basis points over the 6-month London Interbank Offered Rate, after getting subscriptions of US$ 13.5 million. more..

Video: Constable killed in shootout during illicit liquor raid

May 23 (AD) A 30-year old Police Constable has been killed in a shootout during a raid carried out to seized an illicit liquor racket this evening (22), the Police Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said. The incident has reportedly taken place at around 5.00 p.m. at Urumuththa area in Akuressa. A group of police officers have reportedly set off on a raid to seize an illicit liquor racket in the area, however, the suspects have started gunfire at the officers on duty. The officer who was killed more..

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