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Release those detained under PTA: TNA

Oct 17 (DM) The TNA will move an adjournment motion seeking the immediate release of those held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). TNA Leader R. Sampanthan, who is expected to move the motion, said Sri Lanka had accepted both domestically and internationally that the Prevention of Terrorism Law is draconian, obnoxious and should therefore be regarded as obsolete. more..

Relative of Shalila Moonesinghe detained

Oct 17 (AD) The CID arrested a relative of former Chairman of Litro gas Shalila Moonesinghe at Kalubowila over the transfer of funds from a bank in Taiwan. CID arrested Litro Gas chairman N.M.S. Moonesinghe in connection with the transfer of 1.1 million USD from the far Eastern Bank of Taiwan to a Sri Lankan bank account earlier this month. Ministry of Public Enterprise Development directed the Chairman of SL Insurance Corporation to remove Mr Shalila Moonesinghe more..

Sri Lanka bring in Sadeera Samarawickrama for Pakistan ODIs

Oct 17 (CB) Sri Lanka have drafted in top-order batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama into their ODI squad after conceding a 0-2 lead to Pakistan in the ongoing five-match series, in UAE. The hosts won the first ODI in Dubai by 83 runs and the second game in Abu Dhabi by 32 runs, making the third game on Wednesday (18) a must-win affair for the Sri Lankans. Samarawickrama, who made his Test debut in Abu Dhabi, was supposed to fly to the Caribbean to represent Sri Lanka A, more..

Sri Lanka eases ban on Gunathilaka before Pakistan tour

Oct 17 (AFP) Sri Lanka's cricket board Tuesday halved a six-match ban imposed on all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka for misconduct, amid speculation several players may drop out of an upcoming Twenty20 series final in Pakistan. The board's decision clears Gunathilaka to play in the three-match series starting Oct 26 in the UAE, though the final squad of 15 will not be announced until Friday. more..

Former Chief Minister seeks to hold North Central Provincial Council elections

Oct 17 (DN) Former North Central Provincial Council Chief Minister S.M. Ranjith today filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking an Order directing the Election Commission to forthwith take steps to conduct elections for the North Central Provincial Council which stood dissolved on Oct 1, 2017 by operation of Article 154 E of the Constitution. In his petition, the former Chief Minister had cited Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya, more..

Court calls for progress report on killing of 27 inmates at Welikada Prison

Oct 17 (DN) Court of Appeal today directed the Attorney General to file a report in Court regarding the progress of the CID investigation into the Welikada prison riot in 2012. A writ petition which sought an order directing the IGP and Director of the CID to commence an investigation into the Welikada prison riot in 2012 resulting in the death of 27 prisoners was today re-fixed for support on Dec 6. When the petition came up before Court of Appeal (President) Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya and more..

Video: No point in blasting public servants: JO to PM

Oct 17 (DM) The JO said today there was no point in PM Ranil Wickremesinghe blasting public servants for failing to deliver relief to flood victims when no funds had been released by the Treasury to carry out such work. JO MP Bandula Gunawardena said the economy was in a state of stagnation because of the short-sighted fiscal policies of the govt. “Former minister Ravi Karunanayake should be held responsible for more..

TID reissue summons to Mannar civil society leader

Oct 17 (TG) Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) has reissued a summons to a Mannar civil society leader. V.S. Sivakaran, who heads the Federation of Community Organisations in Mannar was served a summons at the end of last month to appear for questioning in Colombo in relation to a letter he had sent to the president criticising the president’s plans to attend the opening of an illegally constructed vihara in the environs of Thiruketheeswaram Kovil. more..

Implementation of Research Programme SL and India sign 2nd PoC

Oct 17 (CT) India and Sri Lanka signed the second Programme of Cooperation (PoC) to implement a research programme in the fields of Science and Technology. The agreement was signed between Sri Lanka's Ministry of Science, Technology and Research and India's Department of Science and Technology last Friday. The initial PoC to implement the agreement was signed between the two institutions on 4 August 2016 in India. According to this PoC, a joint call was announced to more..

President urged Pakistan to invest in sugar and cement industries

Oct 17 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the need for further expanding economic relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He made this statement when Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina Janjua called on him at the Presidential Secretariat today. He said Pakistan could invest in sugar and cement industries as there is a huge requirement of sugar and cement in Sri Lanka. more..

Gazette on Rs.25,000 fine before the end of October

Oct 17 (NR) National Council for Road Safety says it will issue the gazette for increasing fines on traffic offences to 25,000 rupees before the end of October. Chairman of the council Dr. Sisira Kodagoda said the 25,000 rupee fine will be imposed on five traffic violations. Kodagoda said the penalties include exceeding the speed limit, overtaking from the wrong side, drunk driving, and driving uninsured vehicles, and driving without a valid driving licence and underage driving. more..

Repayment bunching raises Sri Lanka’s debt rollover risks: Moody’s

Oct 17 (EN) Despite a recent increase in foreign exchange reserves, Sri Lanka’s reserve coverage of external debt obligations remains low, with a bunching up of repayments due from 2019 exposing it to external financing risk, Moody's rating agency said. Moody’s Investors Service said Sri Lanka, which is rated B1 negative, has several large external debt repayments due between 2019 and 2022. “The bunching of these future external liabilities, which will average $3.6 b per year, more..

Qualifications irrelevant to be Director General Health Services'

Oct 17 (CT) The post of director Sri J'pura General Hospital (SJGH) is held by an unqualified person, Colombo Telegraph learns. Thus, a mere medical officer without the required qualifications is enjoying a monthly income of Rs 600 000 of public money. SJGH, a tertiary care hospital and a post graduate training institute is governed under the Act of Parliament of 54/1983. In March 2015, when Dr. Athula Kahandaliyanage assumed more..

Must-win for sinking Sri Lanka against soaring Pakistan

Oct 17 (CI) It didn't seem so long ago that Pakistan were considered a modest ODI outfit playing an outdated form of the game. Their batting was too slow, their bowlers not penetrative enough, and their fielding conformed to stereotype. Now, suddenly, having beaten the world, they have begun to play like world-beaters. It is the newer players that have injected this fresh energy: the likes of Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Fakhar Zaman who have shaken things up. more..

Bus drivers ignoring time schedules to face penalties: RPTA

Oct 17 (DM) Stern action would be taken against bus drivers who fail to reach their destination by the scheduled time, Western Province Road Passenger Transport Authority (RPTA) General Manager Jagath Perera said today. He said that several complaints had been received by the RPTA relating to delays.“We receive many complaints about bus drivers stopping and waiting for long periods in order to fill their buses with commuters,” he said. “Every route has a starting and ending time and more..

SAITM to be turned into non-profit institution: Grero

Oct 17 (DM) Govt will convert SAITM into a non-profit institution under multiple ownership, State Minister of higher education Mohanlal Grero told Parliament today. He said this in response to a question asked by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanyake. The state minister said a special council would be set up to monitor private universities and ensure the quality of their study courses. more..

Bond Commission’s ongoing proceedings come to an end

Oct 17 (DM) The ongoing proceedings of Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Bond Issuance came to an end today. However, the AG reserved the right to summon witness after notifying the Commission of the evidence they require in the future. Accordingly, the day to day sittings of the Commission have come to an end. Commission informed the AG’s team that in the event new evidence surfaces they would commence proceedings with a one-day notice. more..

Alleged plot to kill Maldives President: Police to record statement from Sri Lankan suspect

Oct 17 (DN) Ministry of Justice through police has sought Colombo Chief Magistrate Court’s permission to record a statement from a Sri Lankan in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate the incumbent Maldives President Abdulla Yameen in 2015. The Ministry of Justice had made a request from Colombo Chief Magistrate that the Colombo Crimes Division be permitted to record a statement from Yassari Danushka Perera regarding the incident. Ministry of Justice in SL had decided more..

Sri Lanka police chief in hotter water

Oct 17 (EN) Controversial police chief Pujith Jayasundara, who is in trouble mandatory meditation for men and women in the service, is in deeper water this time after taking on a senior minister of the govt. Jayasundara addressed staff of the CID and accused them of leaking a video of him roughing up staff who had failed to comply with his order to meditate. The leaked video showed Jayasundara flying into a rage and lifting more..

New entry period for US Diversity Visa

Oct 17 (DM) The registration period for the US diversity visa (DV-2019) has been revised due to technical issues, the US Embassy said today. In a statement, it said the new entry period would be open for electronic entries on Oct 18 from 11 am to Nov 22 until 11 am. Due to the new entry period, all entries made prior to Oct 18, 2017 should be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered, it said. The technical issue was the failure to properly account for country of eligibility more..

India bans registration of bottom trawlers to stop poaching in Sri Lanka

Oct 17 (EN) India has banned fresh registration of bottom trawlers in the Palk Bay area as part of measures to prevent its fishermen poaching in SL waters. The decision was conveyed to Sri Lanka during talks between officials of both countries in New Delhi over the weekend. “In addition, alternative livelihood opportunities for the fishing communities in Palk Bay area are being offered through open sea cage farming, seaweed farming and other allied coastal fisheries activities,” more..

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Constitutional Conversation

Oct 17 (DM) I am not an expert like Dr. Dayan Jayatillaka (DJ) with Doctorates in International Politics. I am an old salt, who was in active service from the beginning to the end of the war. While reading DJ’s article which appeared in the  issue of October 11 and listening to his speeches on above, I thought of responding as a service officer who has committed his whole life (4 decades) to protect the territorial integrity of the motherland. For, I sincerely believe, that the proposed more..

What is more important: Fixing the Constitution or fixing the economy?

Oct 17 (FT) Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly has produced an Interim Report on six key issues after 73 sessions between April 2016 and Sept 2017, without basic consensus among the key partners of political party representatives in the Committee. There were six sub-committee reports submitted before, in November and Dec 2016, and some of them were more controversial than the present report.  Report perhaps has tried its best to incorporate alternative views more..

Anika Wijesuriya has fled country due to threats by Ravi’s relative: AG’s Dept

Oct 17 (AD) Anika Wijesuriya, a key witness who had testified before the PCoI, has fled the country due to receiving threats to her life.  This was revealed to the commission today by ASG Yasantha Kodagoda, during the hearing held today. Wijesuriya, a director of East-West Properties, had given evidence to PCoI that the lease of the penthouse apartment used by former Minister Ravi Karunanayake more..

PTL’s inter-group transactions concealed ultimate destination of funds

Oct 17 (DM) Testifying before the PCoI, current Monetary Board member and senior banker Nihal Fonseka said the routine adopted by Perpetual Treasuries Ltd to transfer funds through its related group companies was to conceal the ultimate destination of the payments. At the onset of yesterday’s proceedings, Mr. Fonseka testified before the PCoI. DSG Milinda Gunatilleke led the evidence producing several bank statements more..

Police investigate disappearance of three girls from Kolonnawa

Oct 17 (AD) The Police have commenced investigations into the disappearance of a young mother and two female children who are residents of Kolonnawa. The three missing persons have been identified as 19-year old Malithi Wathsala who is the mother of an infant, 15-year old Yasanthi Madushani the sister in law of Malithi and a 14-year old from the neighborhood named Charithri Chandrasekaram more..

Vidya rape and murder convicts split and sent to separate prisons

Oct 17 (Island) Prison authorities transferred four of the 7 convicts sentenced to death for raping and murdering Jaffna schoolgirl Vidya Sivaloganthan from the Pallete Bogambara prison due to security concerns. Two of the convicts had been transferred to the Welikada prison and the other two to the Mahara Prison. The other three convicts would be further held at the Pallekele prison. more..

Put off polls till new Pradeshiya Sabhas are set up: TPA

Oct 17 (DM) The TPA Leader and Minister, Mano Ganesan said the local govt election would have to be postponed by a few days to grant his party’s demand to increase the number of Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Nuwara Eliya District. He said the local govt election would be definitely held in January next year. “The elections will have to be postponed only by few days not weeks or months because of our demand could be held before more..

Transparency, accountability guidelines in govt procurements to be gazetted this year

Oct 17 (ST) The procurement guidelines compiled by the National Procurement Commission (NPC) to ensure transparency and accountability in the procurement process of Govt institutions, will be gazetted before year end, said NPC Chairman Nihal Wickramasuriya. “The final version of the guidelines were prepared following consultations with all stakeholders and includes input from them as well,” he said. more..

Teacher transfers plunge Ananda into chaos

Oct 17 (Island) Police rushed to Ananda College, Col 10, yesterday to prevent any untoward incidents as students of senior classes staged a protest within the school premises, lighting as they did firecrackers against Education Ministry’s move to transfer 40 teachers. Police stood outside the school premises to face any emergency as students demonstrated, demanding the immediate cancellation of the transfers. more..

Will strengthen all environment laws: Prez

Oct 17 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena said the govt intends to strengthen all environmental protection laws and if needed more laws would be formulated in future. President made the observation yesterday at the inauguration ceremony of Sri Lanka NEXT - A Blue Green Era, conference and exhibition at the BMICH, organized by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment. more..

Threefold increase in dengue incidence

Oct 17 (Island) National Dengue Control Unit (NDCU) said there had been over 158,000 suspected dengue cases reported from the beginning of the year till end of last week and the figure represents a threefold increase in the incidence of the disease. Number of dengue deaths recorded during the same period was 390. However, last year a total of 55,150 dengue cases were reported with approx. 100 deaths from the disease. more..

'Economy heading for major crisis'

Oct 17 (DM) Joint Opposition’s Parliamentary Group Leader Dinesh Gunawardane, in an interview with, spoke about the current status related to the constitution making process and how his side braces for the LG Elections, expected to be declared soon. Q: When you called on the Chief prelate of the Malwatte Chapter Most Ven. Thibbatuwave Siddartha Sri Sumangala Thera to brief him on constitution making process, more..

Bravo Mr. PM: Ball is now in court of PCoI

Oct 17 (DM) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe must be applauded for volunteering to appear before the PCoI into the alleged CB Bond scam to clarify any matters with regard to the references made to him at the sittings.   Whatever the reasons the PCoI had for not summoning him in the first place, it now has a golden opportunity to seek clarification from the PM if indeed he appears before the PCoI.  It must be said that the references made to him at the sittings were relatively marginal. more..

Kicking footwear makers in the teeth

Oct 17 (Island) The news of an Indian leather product manufacturing giant entering the local market as a BOI venture has caused the local footwear manufactures to shake in their shoes, as we reported yesterday. It is feared that, with a capacity to churn out as many as 200,000 pairs of shoes etc a day in India, the company will gobble up the entire Sri Lankan footwear market in next to no time. There are more than 350,000 families dependent on footwear industry in Sri Lanka more..