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'Malinga acted against medical advice'

Apr 27 (DM) Injured pacer Lasith Malinga is believed to have acted against the medical advice given by another Sri Lankan doctor (now based in Australia) Siri Kannangara. He said, “I had examined Malinga in January during my two trips in Sri Lanka and had advised him to take minimum six-months rest. This six-month period can still exceed. The period is still not over now and I wonder why he chose to play in Asia Cup”. more..

Amnesty period to surrender illegal weapons receives good results

Apr 27 (MoD) Amnesty period for handing over illegal weapons which came into effect on Monday has received good results. Amnesty period will end on 6 May, and during this period persons holding illegal weapons can surrender them to nearest Divisional Secretariat, District Secretary offices or police stations. During the amnesty period, persons returning the weapon will not be subjected to any fines for holding such a weapon. more..

Fake stones threaten to undermine Sri Lanka's gem trade

Apr 27 (AFP) From the Queen of Sheba to Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, Sri Lanka's sapphires have adorned royalty through the ages, but a flood of cheap imitations is threatening the island's reputation for the precious stones. Ceylon sapphires, known after the island's colonial-era name, enjoyed a huge boost 5 years ago when it was revealed that one formed the centrepiece of the engagement ring Prince more..

Sri Lankans named in Panama Papers expected in May

Apr 27 (LBO) The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists said they will release on May 9th a searchable database with information on more than 200,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers investigation. The data comes from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the top players in the offshore world, and includes information about companies, trusts, foundations and funds more..

TNA denies forcible entry, demands troops vacate public property

Apr 27 (Island) Strongly denying accusations regarding TNA leader R. Sampanthan, MP and a group, forcibly entering an army camp at Kilinochchi on April 16, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran called for an urgent review of public property still occupied by the military. He insisted that Sampanthan had gone there to inspect a cluster of houses occupied by the military for over six years after the conclusion of the conflict. more..

School Cricketers left in quandary

Apr 27 (CI) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) were at loggerheads due to a clash in the scheduling of the Inter-Schools three-day semi-final matches conducted by the SLSCA and the Inter-Provincial Under-19 Cricket Tournament conducted by SLC. Some of the cricketers were left in a quandary as their school cricket fixtures were clashing with ongoing Super-19 Inter- more..

Tug-of-war for power purchasing

Apr 27 (SL) Sri Lanka’s utility and power Sector regulator – Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) – has opposed a move by CEB to proceed with emergency purchasing of electricity from independent power producers (IPP), pointing out that catchments receive ample rain and three plants of the first coal-fired plant in Norochcholai is working in full capacity contributing 900MW. Last week, PUCSL has come hard more..

World Bank gives US$45mn to protect Sri Lanka’s natural habitats

Apr 27 (EN) The World Bank has approved a 45 million US dollar loan to help protect Sri Lanka’s natural habitats and resources from degradation and exploitation. The money will also help improve the lives and livelihoods of neighboring communities, who suffer the most from natural resource loss and degradation, a statement said. “Natural ecosystems in Sri Lanka provide clean water, food, medicine, carbon storage, more..

Activists take bull by the horns to stop cruel hackery races

Apr 27 (ST) Animal Rights Activists last week said their campaign against hackery races with bulls during this April festival season was successful and they would continue to push for legislation banning the race. Sathva Mithra Group (SMG), a movement against cruelty to animals, said that following protests against the races many organisations have struck off the event from their itinerary of avurudu sports. more..

'Sweden in favour of GSP plus for Sri Lanka'

Apr 27 (DM) Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, in a short interview during her visit to the country, said her country was in favour of giving the GSP plus facility for Sri Lanka to gain better access to markets in the European Union. Expressing that Sweden is eager to strengthen relations with Sri Lanka, she said she was happy to see SL engaged with the international community on human rights issues. more..

Northern PC goes rogue while SLFP fissures

Apr 27 (DM) Anyone has a right to call for federalism but not in every which way and anywhere they like. If the members of the Northern Provincial Council gathered as a collection of citizens and not as the official NPC, and held a seminar at the Veerasingham Hall endorsing federalism, then it would have been debatable as an idea, but legally and constitutionally unobjectionable. Resolution of the Northern Provincial Council calling for federalism is way outside the constitutional framework more..

Health is a vocation, the patient is sacred

Apr 27 (DM) Agents and vested interests sponsored by trans-national pharmaceutical corporations appear to be trying to undermine the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) after they tried for about 10 years to delay, derail or dilute the Bill to implement Prof. Senaka Bibile’s essential medicines concept. Last week media groups working openly against the national or consensus govt gave doctored, twisted or baseless reports about what was happening or not happening more..

CB Annual Report 2015 presents overview of Sri Lankan economy

Apr 27 (FT) A slowdown in the growth of demand in SL’s traditional export markets impacted the growth of the export sector while a strengthening US economy prompted short term capital outflows. The impact of these developments was offset to some extent by lower international commodity prices. Nevertheless, domestic consumption rebounded as incomes grew, particularly among public sector workers. more..

Swedish Foreign Minister, companies meet Sri Lankan businesses

Apr 27 (LBO) Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström met Sri Lankan govt and business representatives together with representatives of several top Swedish companies at a discussion on cooperation for sustainable urban development on Monday. Swedish companies such as ABB, Axis Communications, Ericsson, Icomera, Saab, Scania and Volvo were represented, while officials of several Sri Lankan companies and trade chambers were present. more..

Court severely warns Duminda

Apr 27 (DN) The Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar hearing the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder case yesterday severely warned former MP Duminda Silva, the 11th accused in the case, for leaving the Court room without prior permission of the Court while the case was in progress. When the trial into the murder of Premachandra was taken up before the Special Trial-at-Bar, the third accused Chaminda Ravi Jayanath alias Dematagoda Chaminda began to give evidence. more..

SriLankan debt landmine defused: PM

Apr 27 (FT) Transplanting war terminology to economic challenges, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said the govt would defuse the landmine of $3.2 billion debt accumulated by SriLankan Airlines by taking an international partner on board and strengthening the balance sheet of the National Carrier. Govt will also cancel four of the eight Airbus A350s ordered under a $2.3 billion deal. PM, delivering what he promised was the first of more..

SLC to introduce 3-year contracts for players

Apr 27 (ST) SL Cricketers whose yearly contracts ended in February this year will travel to England with a provisional one tour contracts. Explaining the current situation about their yearly contracts, SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva said, “The provisional contracts were put in to practice because there were several senior important players who are on the injured list and we do not want to hinder the process. However, at the end of the England series we want to change the process of the contracts. more..

High ranking US Navy official concludes visit

Apr 27 (USE) Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Pacific (SOCPAC) Rear Admiral Colin J. Kilrain concluded his four-day visit to both the Maldives and SL, from April 20-23. During his visit, RADM Kilrain discussed the future role both the Maldives and Sri Lankan security forces could play in humanitarian assistance, responding to natural disasters, and increased security cooperation operations. “The US remains committed to strengthening maritime security more..

Same circus; different clowns: Thalatha justifies Rs 21mn for Duminda’s ministry rent

Apr 27 (Island) Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala justified paying Rs. 21 mn monthly as rental for Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake, but said she had halved the monthly rental for her Ministry. She said her Ministry had paid Rs. 2.2 million for its office situated earlier at the Central Bank building but had got it reduced to Rs. 1.1 million by shifting to new office at Asset Arcade building at York Street. more..

High profile belle of yesteryear is now in flesh trade!

Apr 27 (DM) A story doing rounds in political circles says that yet another belle of theatre and cinema of yesteryear is making a mint by operating a sex racket catering to a select clientele of some lascivious senior purohitas and business tycoons. The sex workers employed by this onetime belle are mostly young actresses. Lady-pimp, said to be a confidante of a number of Diyawanna seniors is obtaining a variety of favours from the purohitas in addition to money for catering to their needs. more..

Chava explosive cache: Ex-LTTE intelligence head in East arrested

Apr 27 (Island) The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) yesterday took into custody former LTTE Trincomalee District intelligence head, Thalaiarisan, to question in connection with the explosives found in a house in Chavakachcheri last month. Prior to his arrest another Tiger leader, known as ‘Ram’ was taken into custody. TID sources said, Thaialiarisan and Ram, close associates, had been engaged in a number of attacks the LTTE launched against the security forces and the police. more..

Sajin, suspected rapist on SLFP May Day committee: Wimal

Apr 27 (Island) NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa, MP said a former local politician who was a suspect in a rape case and former UPFA MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena the UNP flayed for controversial deals were on the SLFP’s May Day organising committee. The Joint Opposition accused the govt of moving to sabotage their May Day rally scheduled to be held at Kirulapone. more..

Another ex LTTE leader arrested

Apr 27 (DM) Following the arrest of former Batticaloa LTTE leader Ram on Sunday, the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) yesterday arrested another ex -LTTE leader at Koppai in Jaffna. Details of the man had been revealed to the TID during the interrogation of Ram. Sources said that the suspect arrested had been identified as Sivamoorthi Kanapathipillai alias Nagulan who had been a commander of the Charles Anthony Brigade, an elite brigade of LTTE during its heyday. more..

Campus hostel crisis over by 2018: Kirielle

Apr 27 (CT) All problems regarding student hostels will be solved by 2018, said Minister Lakshman Kirielle. He assured the gathering at the opening ceremony of two hostels at the University of Visual and Performing Arts and the Institute of Indigenous Medicine under the Accredited Project to Construct 60 University Hostels. "The govt has spent a huge amount not only for higher education sector but in the whole education sector, and wants to create a generation of youth who would more..

Two school girls run over by train

Apr 27 (DN) Two female students died after being run over by a train in Dehiwela, Police Media Unit said. The two students aged 19 from a leading girl’s school in Bambalapitiya, were on their way to a party on Monday night when the incident took place. They had got off their vehicle and attempted to cross the railway crossing when they were run over by the train. Victims were identified as Sheron Sweleen and Imeshi Yasara. more..

UNP MP assaults mechanic?

Apr 27 (CT) A motor mechanic in Kekirawa has been admitted to hospital after being allegedly assaulted with an iron rod by UNP Anuradhapura District MP Chandima Gamage. The incident is said to have occurred on 25 April at a garage at Yakalla Road, Kekirawa, owned by the victim. The victim had lodged a complaint with Kekirawa Police claiming he had been assaulted by the MP at his garage last Monday. The man had partially repaired a motor vehicle belonging to the MP at more..

Sri Lanka expects to reach IMF staff level agreement for loan soon

Apr 27 (Reuters) Sri Lanka is expected to reach a staff level agreement with the IMF for a loan as early as this week, the central bank deputy governor said on Tuesday. "On the technical level we have come to an agreement on the fiscal and monetary reforms. Hopefully we should be able to finalise it within if not a couple of days, probably within this week," Nandalal Weerasinghe told reporters. "I can’t say exactly the date. But we are very close to reaching an agreement." more..

Video: Move to implement increased VAT, illegal: Dinesh

Apr 27 (DM) MP Dinesh Gunawardena said, the move to implement the increased VAT from May 2 was illegal since Parliament was yet to ratify the increment. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament in March said the govt would increase the VAT to 15%. The govt first announced the increment would be imposed from April 1 but postponed it to May 2. “Budget for this year was amended frequently and then PM presented more..

Seylan Bank posts Rs. 720 mn net profit

Apr 27 (DN) Seylan Bank, recorded a strong quarterly performance with Profits after Income Tax reaching Rs. 720 million, for the three months ended March 31,2016, a 4% increase over the Rs. 691 mn reported in the corresponding period of 2015. Net Interest income increased from Rs 2,805 million to Rs 2,939 million, a 4.8% increase for the three months ended March 31,2016. Net fee and Commission income increased 23.6% from Rs 562 Million to Rs 695 Million during Q-1 2016, more..

The best places to eat and drink in Sri Lanka

Apr 27 (OM) Discover our pick of the seven best places to eat and drink in Sri Lanka, from afternoon tea on a tea plantation, to spice shopping in Galle and beach shacks in Tangalle. Often we foodie travellers miss the neighbourhood bars, curry houses and fish shacks that locals love as we whizz past on our way to the starrier restaurants of the region. In this series of dispatches from around the globe we’ll be putting that right, celebrating culinary heroes worth making a detour to. more..

Two UN Special Rapporteurs to visit SL

Apr 27 (UN) UN human rights experts Mónica Pinto and Juan E. Méndez will carry out a visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May, to assess recent developments and identify challenges related to the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to the independence of the justice system. “We are encouraged by the recent steps taken by the Govt to advance respect for human rights, including their support to more..

7 Indian workers from rescued from SL

Apr 27 (PTI) Seven Indians, allegedly working in hostile conditions in a Sri Lanka factory, were rescued and reached home today at Sujru village here, police said. According to SSP KB Singh, a complaint was lodged by Tohid Ahmed, a family member of one of the bonded labourers, against Asif and Mehbood, the two contractors accused of cheating the workers by sending them to Sri Lanka with fake promises of better pay, accommodation and food. A case was registered at kotwali more..

MR meets Udayanga Weeratunga in Thailand

Apr 27 (DN) Former President Rajapaksa’s sole intention at the moment is to get his party membership suspended. It goes without saying that the preferred outcome of the UPFA’s May Day rally in Kirulapona is suspension of Rajapaksa’s party membership. If the party decides to suspend the membership of other Rajapaksa supporters as well, rebel group will consider it a bonus. Suspension of party membership will allow Rajapaksa to justify his move to form a new political party. more..

'School cricket needs complete overhaul'

Apr 27 (DN) Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya said that the country’s school cricket structure, once considered to be the best in the world, needs a complete overhaul to meet today’s challenges. The winner of the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (Outstation) award in 1988, Jayasuriya who will be re-appointed as the Chairman of the National Cricket Selection Committee from May 1, said more..

Brandix produces 19 female mechanics, further advancing gender equality

Apr 27 (Island) Brandix has taken another significant step in its on-going efforts to promote gender equality across the Group by graduating 19 female mechanics who completed an in-house training course on sewing machine maintenance and repair. Penetrating what was once a male bastion, the 19 female associates from four business clusters of the Brandix Group completed the intensive four-month training programme that covered 10 types of sewing machines and encompassed more..

Shocking police nexus in Jeyaraj's assassination

Apr 27 (Island) The assassination of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, at Shanthi grounds, Weliweriya on the morning of April 6, 2008 had also been masterminded by Colombo-based LTTE operative Morris, two years after his failed bid to eliminate Army Chief, the then Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka. Minister Fernandopulle was 55 years at the time of his killing. The influential Catholic Minister held the post of the SLFP Treasurer and was one of the staunchest defenders of the ruling coalition more..