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Video: SC resumes hearing petitions challenging dissolution of Parliament

Dec 7 (AD) The 7-judge bench of the Supreme Court has commenced hearing of the petitions challenging the dissolution of Parliament for the fourth consecutive day. Supreme Court yesterday extended the interim order issued suspending the Gazette Notification issued by the President on the dissolution of Parliament, until tomorrow. Presenting submissions before the Supreme Court on the 5th of Dec, AG had stated that in accordance with more..

Motion to be tabled calling for RW’s appointment as PM

Dec 7 (NR) UNP MP Ajith P Perera says a motion will be tabled in Parliament next Wednesday calling for the appointment of party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to be appointed PM. He said the motion will be present by Deputy Leader of UNP MP Sajith Premadasa and 7 other MPs. He said the group will table a motion in Parliament on the 12th of Dec calling for Ranil Wickremesinghe to be appointed PM, more..

Hold General, presidential polls on same day

Dec 7 (DM) The only solution to the ongoing constitutional and political crisis was to conduct a Presidential and General election simultaneously on a single day as early as possible, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said. CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakone told the media that President Sirisena was constitutionally empowered to declare a Presidential poll after the completion of 4 yrs in office on Jan 8, 2019. more..

Not yet decided on contesting: Dilshan

Dec 7 (DM) Former SL Cricket Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said he has not yet made a decision to contest any election though he obtained the membership of the SLPP. Speaking at a news conference under the banner Voice for Justice, the former skipper explained that the programme was a social welfare programme which helps thousands of poor and homeless people and that was what he was happy to be doing at the moment. more..

Female teacher arrested for texting O/L exam answers

Dec 7 (AD) A female teacher has been arrested for allegedly texting answers for the English question paper of the GCE O/L Exam to a candidate at Balangoda. Police have also arrested the examinee in question, a private candidate from Kotuwalpola who was sitting for the O/Ls at a school in Balangoda. They were both arrested yesterday and have been produced before the Balangoda Magistrate’s Court today. more..

Sri Lanka mulls water rationing, savings as shortages loom

Dec 7 (EN) Sri Lanka may have to use financial instruments to encourage water saving and even resort to rationing as climate change-induced disruption of rainfall patterns lead to water scarcity in future, an expert warned. Water shortages are promoting migration to urban areas from rural areas the world over, said Herath Manthrithilake, senior researcher and head of the International Water Management Institute’s more..

Sri Lanka passport ranked 84th in the world

Dec 7 (FT) Recognition of the Sri Lankan passport has increased by nine notches to 84th in the latest world rankings released this week. Sri Lanka has visa-free access to 16 countries and visa on arrival to 29 countries, while 153 countries still requires visa. Sri Lanka shares the 84th position with Lebanon and Libya. The UAE has overtaken Singapore and Germany as the country with the world’s most powerful passport. more..

Where are the PEOPLE ?

Dec 7 (DM) Sri Lanka now lives with two temporary Stay Orders from the Judiciary; the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court. Sri Lanka now lives with a Parliament that is dysfunctional and in chaos every time it meets. It is now without a proper elected Govt with a cabinet of Ministers. This would drag on for a few more days at least, with speculations as to what the outcome of the presently deliberated FR petitions more..

Laparoscopic repair brings relief for humiliating ailment

Dec 7 (ST) It had been a living hell for them – unable to do their daily chores or their jobs and even unable to go out of their homes, terrified that others would get an inkling of what was ailing them. Suffering in silence and shame, these women, along with their families, had hit rock-bottom physically, mentally and emotionally. They had also scraped bare the precious family budget not only going from this hospital to that hoping more..

The Rajapaksas, the SLPP and the unfolding Indo-Pacific Great Game

Dec 7 (DM) The current political impasse in SL marks an important opportunity for Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksa to think about the consequences of their current actions for future support from the US and others for a govt a Rajapaksa could be elected to lead next year. Despite two no-confidence motions against PM Rajapaksa’s Govt and two motions to halt funding for govt ministries, Mr. Rajapaksa has refused to step down. more..

TNA could be the saviour

Dec 7 (DM) The essence of the special statement made on Sunday by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was prevented from acting as PM by the Appeal Court on Monday, was nothing new. While attempting to find parallels between the dissolution of Parliament by Prez Sirisena on Nov 9 and dissolution of Parliaments of several other countries under various circumstances, he stressed the need to go for a General Election in order to bring in a stable Govt through a fresh composition of Parliament. more..

TELO’s demands and the national question

Dec 7 (DM) he support of Tamil minority parties to elect a govt has never received such importance as of now. UNP is hellbent on obtaining the support of the TNA in its bid to form a Govt which will have a nominee from the Green Party for the prime ministerial post. But one party of the alliance, TELO maintains quite staunchly that its support would only be offered if several demands are met. Some of these demands are rather sensitive, but TELO finds itself in a position to make a key player more..

Finance Ministry & Deputy Leader post to Ravi K

Dec 7 (CT) Leader of UNP and former PM, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has in writing informed UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake that he will be appointed as the Deputy Leader of the Party and the Minister of Finance in a future Govt. Earlier too, Ravi Karunanayake served as a Deputy Leader of UNP and the Minister of Finance as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He resigned from his Cabinet Minister portfolio and was away from active more..

I was not invited to SLFP special convention: Chandrika

Dec 7 (DM) Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has claimed that she had not been invited for the special convention of the SLFP, which was held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium last Tuesday (4). In a letter to SLFP General Secretary Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa, the former President had said that the Gampaha District Secretaries were informed and posters had been distributed among them. “All SLFP members have been invited except me and SLFP Kelaniya more..

UNP to decide on next move after SC verdict

Dec 7 (DM) The UNP will decide on its next course of action including the likelihood of a secret ballot to select a candidate for the premiership after the Supreme Court delivers its Judgment today, with regard to the petition filed against the dissolution of Parliament, Party Spokesman Harin Fernando said yesterday. Mr. Fernando was responding to reports that the UNF was preparing to have a secret ballot to decide on a suitable person to take over the Premiership. more..

Sri Lanka’s 2nd biggest heroin bust

Dec 7 (CT) SL’s second largest heroin haul and the two suspects, who attempted to smuggle the heroin into SL via boat, were apprehended by the Police Narcotic Bureau at the Beruwala-Balapitiya coastline. The 231.54 kg of Heroin worth more than Rs 2,778 million was seized and taken into custody with the boat. The two suspects will be produced in High Court and they will seek detention orders for further investigations. more..

President Sirisena conspicuous absentee at tourism awards

Dec 7 (FT) President Maithripala Sirisena last night was a conspicuous absentee from the crucial Sri Lanka Tourism Awards held after a six-year break. Sirisena was declared the Chief Guest in the invitation and his absence comes amidst rumours that tourism industry leaders were contemplating a boycott given his pre-announced presence at a time when the country is in the grip of an unprecedented political crisis. Though reason for President’s absence wasn’t revealed his Chief of Staff more..

South Asia Human Rights Festival in Colombo

Dec 7 (AI) Amnesty International is proud to announce that the Art for Rights: South Asia Human Rights Festival will take place at the National Film Corporation in Colombo, from 5 to 9 Dec. Featuring films, dancers, music performances, art installations, talks, graffiti, photography exhibitions and many other events. Art for Rights celebrates the work of South Asian artists and human rights defenders as the world marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. more..

Import of Russian cancer drugs: Govt incurred RS.3.8 billion loss

Dec 7 (DN) Govt has incurred a loss of Rs.3.8 billion in the past two and half years in purchasing two clinically untested cancer drugs from Russia. They are of low quality in comparison to other less costly brands, Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs Association president Sanjaya Perera said. He said that the loss is in addition to Rs.8.1 billion losses incurred through the imports of other drugs by Health Ministry & SPC in the past. more..

Sirpada road being widened before season begins

Dec 7 (Island) The RDA is currently widening the Hatton Road to Sirpada before the pilgrimage season commences this month. Thus the stretch from Mohini Ella to Nallatanniya is being widened. "Earlier the width of the road was around eight feet so only one vehicle could travel on it. Now the road will be widened to have two lanes," RDA - Norwood Branch’s KDBR Devapriya said. This decision was taken after frequent complaints that pilgrims face great difficulties when travelling between more..

Hayleys crowned winner at Annual Report Awards

Dec 7 (DN) Leading conglomerate, Hayleys triumphed at the 54th Annual Report Awards winning the coveted Cyril Gardiner Memorial Trophy Gold Award for Overall Excellence in Annual Financial Reporting. John Keells Holdings won the silver award, while Commercial Bank of Ceylon came in third with the bronze award under the same category. Under the Management Commentary Award Hayleys PLC won gold, while Diesel & Motor Engineering came in 2nd to win silver award more..

'Despite 19A Prez can dissolve parliament'

Dec 7 (Island) The President could dissolve Parliament under Article 62/2 despite the 19th Amendment, said Sanjeewa Jayawardena P.C., in the Supreme Court, when he supported an intervenient petition in support of the dissolution of Parliament by the President. President’s Counsel Jayawardena said that Article 62/2 referred to dissolution of Parliament by President before the prescribed period. Despite the 19th Amendment to more..

Candidates can now take their IELTS on computer with The British Council

Dec 7 (DM) The British Council in Sri Lanka has announced that IELTS candidatesin the country, registered through the British Council, can take the globally recognised English proficiency test on a computer. At an event held at the British Council Colombo on Wednesday (5), guests and members of the press were introduced to the operations and benefits of this novel test-taking experience, one that is certain to bring greater ease and flexibility to test-takers in the country. more..

Brexit issues could have unsettling impact on Sri Lanka: NEC chief

Dec 7 (Island) Brexit issues may have significant impact on emerging and frontier financial markets like Sri Lanka, National Economic Council (NEC) Secretary General and Chief Economist Prof Lalith Samarakoon said. "The Bank of England had recently warned that a disorderly Brexit will have a significant down-turn in the British economy. Therefore, the sterling pound could also be expected to depreciate. To combat the situation Bank of England will increase its interest rates more..

Political deadlock worries foreign companies in Sri Lanka

Dec 7 (FT) European Chamber of Commerce of SL (ECCSL), American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), and Delegation of German Industry & Commerce in SL (AHK SL), said they were gravely concerned about the present political uncertainty and upheaval in the country. “We are of the view that the current situation will result in many adverse economic and social consequences to the country if it remains more..

Dr. Asha de Vos wins LMD’s Sri Lankan Of The Year award

Dec 7 (FT) Pioneering business magazine LMD has announced that its Sri Lankan Of The Year for 2018 is marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research in the northern Indian Ocean Dr. Asha de Vos, whom it says Dr. Asha de Vos “has gained traction for championing the cause of one of the most overlooked members of the natural environment – our ocean giants”. LMD points out that de Vos remains committed to giving back to her native land, having established more..

Sri Lanka Women to play 3-match T20I, ODI series in South Africa

Dec 7 (S24) Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed the dates for the Proteas women’s inbound tour against Sri Lanka in Feb, 2019. The tour – which will be played across four venues – will begin with a three-match T20 International series, followed by a three-match ICC Women’s Championship ODI series. Following the team’s disappointing results at the recently concluded ICC Women’s World T20 where they were knocked out in the group stages, CSA is committed to more..

Tourist arrivals up 16.8% in Nov with Barmy Army, Indians

Dec 7 (EN) Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in November 2018 grew 16.8% from a year earlier to 195,582 despite an ongoing political crisis, with strong growth from India and the UK. Arrivals from the UK grew 61.1% to 21,971 tourists, overtaking the Chinese market, which fell 1.8% to 18,888 tourists, data from the SL tourism promotion office said. Sri Lanka had a cricket series with England, with the so-called Barmy Army more..

Emerging Teams Asia Cup tournament starts today

Dec 7 (CT) Sri Lanka will take on Oman, while India will confront Afghanistan in the curtain-raiser cricket fixtures of the “Emerging Teams Asia Cup” group tier ‘A’ matches in Colombo today. The co-hosts Sri Lanka, led by Charith Asalanka, possess a well-balanced side and will take on the Oman team, which too has relatively experienced players and is coached by former Sri Lanka captain Dulip Mendis. As per their captain Zeeshan Maqsood they possess a well -balanced team. more..

How Sri Lankans are resisting Rajapaksa's soft coup attempt

Dec 7 (TD) During former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 10-year rule in Sri Lanka, democracy was cosmetic, a veneer intended to make authoritarianism more palatable. Rajapaksa dismantled constitutional provisions that were meant to check his power. He allowed the military to commit rampant human rights violations with impunity. Freedom of speech was virtually nonexistent. Those trends reversed in Jan 2015 when current President Sirisena pulled of more..

President delivers financial blow to hotels

Dec 7 (EN) President Maithripala Sirisena has decreed that private hotels should not be used for state functions amid speculation that tourist industry officials were planning to boycott and event he was to attend Friday. President Sirisena was expected to be chief guest at Sri Lanka Tourism Awards ceremony at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo organized by the SL tourism development agency which was being held after a break of 6 yrs. more..

SLC to announce new fielding coach today

Dec 7 (Island) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is expected to announce a new fielding coach today having successfully negotiated with a reputed individual. SLC officials remained tight lipped yesterday about their pick and are expected to make an announcement once the coach signs his papers. The new fielding coach - believed to be an Australian - is said to have had several stints with int'l cricket teams over the years. SL’s fielding has been a massive concern for sometime now more..

ComBank provides Mastercard online payment gateway to Daraz

Dec 7 (EN) Commercial Bank said it has been appointed the Internet Payment Gateway (IPG) service provider to South Asian online shopping platform Daraz. The online payment processing of Daraz will be facilitated by Commercial Bank through Mastercard Payment Gateway Services (MPGS). Daraz was acquired by the Alibaba Group in May 2018. It will provide the portal the convenience of a secure, cost-effective way to perform card on file transactions through more..

Railway Associations voice support to shift museum to Maradana

Dec 7 (FT) Several railway trade unions on Wednesday expressed support to the decision to permanently house the Railway Museum in Colombo, shifting the locomotive museum in Kadugannawa to Maradana. Railway Operations Supervising Officers Union Convener Lal Ariyarathne said Colombo is the ideal location for a museum to showcase the department’s rich 154-year-old history, as the city serves as a hub more..

26 member SL U-19 Rugby squad announced

Dec 7 (Island) Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) have finalized a strong 26-member team to participate in the upcoming Asia Rugby Under 19 Championship, which kicks off in Chinese Taipei next week. Asia Rugby U-19 Championship is Asia’s premier 15’s competition played to find the best in Asia. This year’s tournament will also be a qualifier for next year’s World Rugby U-20 Championship that will be held in Argentina. The junior Tuskers will be led by St. Joseph’s College and CR & FC center more..

NOCSL calls for IOC women & sports awards

Dec 7 (ST) National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) Women’s Committee has called for nominations from Sri Lankans for the IOC Women and Sports Awards 2019 which is awarded to promote the advancement of gender equality in sport. The world has recognised the importance of bridging the gender gap by encouraging and strengthening the participation of women at all levels in sports. In keeping with this encouraging trend SL too has chosen for the very first time to more..

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