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Sri Lanka may consider other options for SriLankan Airlines: Finance Minister

Jan 13 (EN) SL may consider other transparent options to find a partner for state-run SriLankan Airlines if the govt decides that proposals made so far can be bettered, Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. "We are currently in talks. I think we may have to look at this more broadly," "We are looking at the proposals made by several companies," he said. " If we think we can get proposals that are not good enough and better options are possible, we may broaden the process. more..

Questioning traditional approaches to growth

Jan 13 (CT) On Friday Jan 13th it has been reported that Chinese Prime Minister had made the observation that, We must question traditional approaches to growth, At last, someone has recognized the dangers of unquestioned growth. Our path to growth must be questioned even at this late stage. It was not that the current direction of growth went unquestioned. The observations made below were written in 1977, our politicians where were deaf to our pleas and blind to the consequences. more..

Tri-forces to support drought victims

Jan 13 (NR) President Maithripala Sirisena says he will seek the assistance of the tri-forces in assisting those affected by the drought in the island. Accordingly apart from state officials members of the tri-forces will also be deployed to lend a hand in relief efforts. Speaking at a function organized by the SL Air Force the Head of State said he has immense faith in the tri-forces. Head of State said as Minister of Defence, more..

Sri Lanka's small parties unhappy with local govt election reform

Jan 13 (ENS) Small political parties and parties of small minorities have got a raw deal in the local govt reform process and may be reluctant to support any legislation in the regard, says Mano Ganeshan, leader of TPA and a cabinet minister. He said that as per the present proposal, 79% of seats in local govt councils will be filled through First Past the Post System (FPPS) & 21% Proportional Representation System (PRS). more..

Questionable coal deal pushed cost of electricity up: LCC Head

Jan 13 (Island) Chairman of Lanka Coal Company (LCC) Maithri Gunaratne has alleged that the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry preempted a possible chance to cancel a multi billion-rupee questionable coal tender awarded to Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises Pvt Limited, which is said to have caused a loss of over four billion rupees on an earlier occasion. more..

40 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from TN return

Jan 13 (Hindu) About 40 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from various camps located across Tamil Nadu will be leaving for the island nation on Friday under the voluntary repatriation programme of the UNHCR. The individuals from 14 families have been living in camps located in Coimbatore, Dindigul, Erode, Karur, Namakkal, Pudukkottai, Salem, Sivaganga and Tiruchi districts. They will leave for Colombo from Tiruchi int'l airport. more..

Central Bank Governor is a good soul: Ravi

Jan 13 (EN) Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy is a good soul Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said, in the wake of rising concerns that the independence of the monetary authority was being undermined. "There are two people in the central bank - not the Governor, he is a good soul - but he is being led by two cronies who are basically running the wrong way," Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. more..

Rajitha, doctors lock horns over delay in transfers

Jan 13 (Island) Minister Rajitha Senaratne blamed the GMOA for having caused a delay in implementing doctors’ transfers. He accused the doctors’ union of unduly interfering in transfers. There was no point in blaming the Health Ministry for the delay, he said. He said the GMOA had overstepped its limits. Minister has alleged that due GMOA’s interference some hospitals have got more doctors than required. more..

Few mighty millers accused of rigging rice market

Jan 13 (ST) Farmer groups and small-scale paddy millers are accusing heavyweights of manipulating the rice market. They say large-scale millers are gaining control by buying up stocks released by the Govt. Brokers are buying paddy from Govt stores on behalf of large-scale operators, while some are using fraudulent documents to claim they are small-scale millers. All-Island Farmers Federation, more..

'Party supporters wanted me to quit the govt'

Jan 13 (DM) Amidst a volatile political atmosphere, UPFA MP, former State Minister Priyankara Jayarathna recently tendered his resignation from his ministerial portfolio. Minister responded to questions about the cause of his resignation. Q: Why did you accept the state minister portfolio?  A: As you know, I represent Anamaduwa, a seat where voters are known for their leftist political ideologies. more..

Northern Politicos Not Happy

Jan 13 (SL) The Tamils in the North played a pivotal role in the change of regime and they expected their burning issues, mainly the resettlement, releasing of political prisoners and reduction of the military presence in the North to be fulfilled. Some election promises have been partially activated but according to the Northern people the majority of their expectations have not been fulfilled. Tamils in North are also rather disgruntled more..

'Sri Lanka welcomes investment'

Jan 13 (DM) Sri Lanka's envoy in Beijing said his govt is extremely positive toward Chinese investment and will not stop the development of an industrial zone in the southern coastal city of Hambantota because of protesters. The zone, a key development project in Hambantota, is set to take up 50 square kilometers and is expected to develop businesses including logistics, marine services and marine product processing. more..

Winning the West

Jan 13 (CT) European Commission (EC) has proposed the restitution of the lost GSP+ facility to Sri Lanka. After going through the formal process of keeping this restitution open allegedly for four months for any objections, it's therefore more than likely that GSP + will be restituted either in April or March. Nonetheless, German Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission Dr. Michael Dohmen speaking at the Sri Lanka-Germany Business Council AGM which was held on 9 Nov said, more..

Let us join hands on this noble mission

Jan 13 (DM) “While respecting the richness of our diversity of different ethnicities, religions, regions and languages, with the firm objective of making National Integration a reality in SL,  We all solemnly pledge in this manner: We are members of one and the same human race.  We will strive resolutely with determination to foster peace among all citizens and communities in Sri Lanka with understanding, mutual trust, and a boundless sense of unity and compassion among all of us. more..

Ravi woos foreign investors

Jan 13 (FT) Minister Ravi Karunanayake tipped his hat to foreigners assuring that Govt would provide a range of incentives including a 5-year resident visa for a minimum investment of $ 300,000 and rights to lease land for those investing over $ 1.5 million. These monies could be brought into the country through licensed commercial banks and could be invested in the capital market, banking industry more..

Wimal observes Sil

Jan 13 (DN) MP Wimal Weerawansa arrested and remanded over the alleged misuse of public property observed Sil in prison yesterday, Prisons officials said. A religious programme is held at the Prisons premises every Full Moon Day. A paper requesting prisoners willing to participate in this programme to place their signatures was circulated among the prisoners on Wednesday night. Weerawansa had requested a prison official to include his name in the list as he is interested in observing Sil. more..

Woman dies after drinking concoction made by exorcist

Jan 13 (DM) A woman, who had consumed a concoction prepared for her by an exorcist at a devalaya, died on Wednesday night after going into a trance-like state, the Dummalasuriya Police said. The victim had been identified as Ishara Umayangani Fernando (38) a mother of two from Bangadeniya, Chilaw. She had separated from her husband. She had gone to the devalaya located close to Paliyagara Tank in Welipangahamulla with a cousin, seeking some relief for the spell more..

NFF dares govt to probe Ashu and Alagiyawanne

Jan 13 (Island) NFF has challenged the govt to inquire into the involvement of UNP MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe and UPFA Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanne, too, in the alleged misuse of vehicles during NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa’s tenure as a minister. UPFA MP Weerawansa and former General Manager of the State Engineering Corporation (SEC) Samantha Lokuhennadi arrested by FCID on Tuesday more..

'No statements were recorded from me'

Jan 13 (DM) Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna who was the Deputy Minister of Construction and Engineering Services in the previous govt when Wimal Weerawansa was the subject minister, said that no one had recorded a statement from him over the alleged misuse of govt vehicles. FCID arrested MP Wimal Weerawansa over a charge of misusing 40 state vehicles belonging to State Engineering Corporation and causing a loss of Rs. 90 million to the state. more..

Cabinet greenlights PPP division

Jan 13 (FT) Cabinet this week gave approval for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) division to be set up under the Treasury with specially recruited personnel to evaluate investment proposals for key public assets. The Cabinet paper, which was jointly presented by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and International Trade Minister Mallik Samarawickrama, sought Cabinet approval to allocate Rs. 75 million from the financial resources already earmarked for the Finance Ministry. more..

Chamari Liyanage, who killed her abusive husband, allowed to stay in Australia

Jan 13 (ABC) A woman who killed her abusive husband will be allowed to stay in Australia after the Department of Immigration reinstated her visa. SL-born doctor Chamari Liyanage is serving a four-year prison term after being convicted of the manslaughter of fellow doctor Dinendra Athukorala at their home in the West Australian town of Geraldton in June 2014. She was acquitted of the more serious charge of murder and has been more..

Man who provided refuge to Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins in Bengaluru dead

Jan 13 (Hindu) J. Ranganath, who provided refuge to Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins Sivarasan, Subha and five others in a house at Konanakunte here, died on Thursday. The nearly 60-year-old resident of Nagasandra in Bengaluru was suffering from kidney problems for a long time. Ranganath was accused number 26 in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. He was arrested in 1991 and was among the 19 of the 26 accused who were released in 1999. According to K. Ragothaman, ex-CBI officer more..

Draft proposals in 2000: No clause for two-year extension of tenure: CBK

Jan 13 (DM) Former president Chandrika Kumaranatunga responded to Minister Rajitha Senaratne saying she made no attempt to extend her term of office by two more years through the constitutional proposals presented to Parliament in 2000. The following is her statement issued: "I am surprised to see a statement made by Minister Rajitha Senaratne about the 2000 draft Constitution formulated by my Govt, where he states the UNP opposed it and did not give 7 votes required more..

Consultation Task Force report must lead to justice

Jan 13 (AI) As long as the SL govt ignores the findings of a taskforce, which examines crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses during the country’s decades-long internal conflict, justice, truth and reparation for thousands of families who have suffered deaths and disappearances will remain elusive, Amnesty International said. The organization is dismayed by the SL govt’s casual disregard for the findings more..

Sampanthan participates in National Integration and Reconciliation Week

Jan 13 (FT) President Sirisena as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation declared National Integration and Reconciliation Week from 8 to 14 Jan every year from 2017, with the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers. All schools were requested to give importance to the unity, harmony, national integration and reconciliation by commitment to the declaration on national integration and reconciliation issued by Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.  more..

US$ 30 mn Jie Jie Beach hotel Panadura opens on Monday

Jan 13 (DN) SL’s first purpose built Chinese five star hotel, Jie Jie Beach will open on Monday in Panadura. This is also SL’s first solar powered hotel and also constructed by Chinese engineers. A joint venture between China’s J.J. Construction and White Heaven Hotels, Panadura the project is a US$ 30 million investment. J.J. Construction in China is an international construction companybuilding many skyscrapers and they were also involved in the building of the Beijing Olympic Stadium. more..

Sri Lankan Muslim body takes up Muslim issues with US envoy

Jan 13 (ENS) Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) met US Ambassador Atul Keshap on Wednesday and apprised him of the issues facing the Muslim community in the light of a recent resurgence of Sinhala-Buddhist extremism with the tacit support of a section of the govt. MCSL member and media personality Hilmy Ahamed said that the Ambassador was concerned about the fate of the post-war ethnic reconciliation process and more..

Sri Lanka to build tourist zone at ex-VOA relay station site: PM

Jan 13 (EN) Sri Lanka will set up a tourist complex in a 400 acre land bordering the North Western coast where a former Voice of America shortwave transmitting station was located, PM Ranil Wickraamasinghe said. The shortwave transmitting station operated until mid-2016 from Iranawila, in Chilaw, Sri Lanka. "When the VOA relay station land is returned to the government we will build a tourism complex there," PM Wickremesinghe said at a ceremony in Gampaha Wednesday. more..

‘Hambantota mega economic zone to have 2,500 new industries’

Jan 13 (Island) The proposed mega economic zone in Hambantota will have 2,500 new industries. This will be in tune with Sri Lanka's initiative to be a notable industrialized country, Minister for Special Assignments Dr. Sarath Amunugama said. Referring to a visit he had made to China recently with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, Amunugama said that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, whom they had met, had been of the view that Sri Lanka should be an industrial country. more..

Sri Lanka pledges cooperation in implementing Saudi Vision 2030

Jan 13 (AN) Sri Lanka pledged its cooperation for the successful implementation of Saudi Vision 2030 during a meeting between Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishal bin Majid and island’s Consul General in Jeddah Faizer Mackeen. Commending on the progressive measures spelled out in Vision 2030 during his meeting with the prince, diplomat said that SL would lend full cooperation to Saudi Arabia, which hosts millions of expatriates. more..

Kamindu steers SL U-19 to win with century

Jan 13 (DN) SL Under-19 team was off to a good start in their first warm-up match beating Boland Academy by five wickets at Stellenbosch. Sri Lanka chased down the home team’s total of 284-9 by replying with 288 for the loss of five wickets in 49.3 overs. Kamindu Mendis led the Lankan run chase with a sparkling century – 109 off 118 balls with 15 fours and a one six. The Sri Lankan lads won the toss and elected to bat first. Thisaru Rashmika was included after both coaches decided more..

Sangakkara to play in Hong Kong T20 blitz

Jan 13 (CC) Galaxy Gladiators Lantau have landed a major signing coup with Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara to play with the franchise in the 2017 Hong Kong T20 Blitz. Sangakkara represented Sri Lanka 594 times across all three formats of the game and is widely regarded as one of the best batsmen in the modern era. The 39-year-old is the first of five overseas players to join the Galaxy Gladiators and will provide a wealth of experience to the young squad. more..

Bullying prompts Lankan boy’s suicide in Netherlands?

Jan 13 (NLT) The Heerlen police arranged extra protection for the Grotius College and its school grounds. The College's director, teachers and students received threats in response to the suicide of 15-year-old student Tharukshan Selvam on Sunday, AD reports. Tharukshan died during the early hours of Sunday morning. His family published his suicide note, in which he described how he was being bullied at school. more..

Nestlé Lanka makes its single largest investment in dairy and coconut

Jan 13 (Island) Nestle Lanka signified another milestone as the Company laid the foundation stone for a new manufacturing facility worth Rs 5 billion at its factory in Pannala, Kurunegala yesterday, as a commitment to strengthen the local dairy and coconut industries. This adds to the continuous investments Nestle has made in Sri Lanka over the years. This investment will enhance the Company’s manufacturing capacity in dairy and coconut. President participated as chief guest. more..

Food festival celebrates Pakistani cuisine

Jan 13 (Geo) Pakistan Food Festival was formally inaugurated by the Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara and the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain by cutting the ribbon in a simple yet traditional ceremony. The opening ceremony was attended by people from different walks of life including diplomats, Sri Lankan Parliamentarians, govt functionaries, members of Pakistani community in Sri Lanka and prominent personalities. more..