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'Fuel price revision after consulting Prez, PM'

Apr 20 (DM) A price revision on fuel will only be carried only after consulting Prez and PM, Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said. He said the govt had to decide whether the CEYPETCO needed to be operated as a public service utility because it had incurred heavy losses over the years. The minister told CEYPETCO and CPSTL employees when he met them on the first day after the New Year, that the losses incurred by more..

National youth summit in Colombo on peace and sustainable development

Apr 20 (AN) The National Youth Summit 2018 will open today at the BMICH in Colombo.Under the auspices of the Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF), the event will bring together young people from around the country and from every social and ethnic background to talk about peace and sustainable development."More than 250 young people are expected from all over Sri Lanka, including members of marginalised groups,” said SDJF Project officer Dhaneshi Yatawara. more..

Sri Lanka to push ahead with reforms, sees revenue on target

Apr 20 (BN) Sri Lanka will continue to press ahead with reforms and revenue for the start of the year is on target, junior finance minister Eran Wickramaratne said in an interview. We are more or less on track with the reform program, said Wickramaratne, who represents the UNP in the coalition govt. A fuel price formula will be implemented as planned and sales of state-owned hotels will proceed, he said in Washington, where finance chiefs and central bank bosses more..

SLFP rebels rush to London to meet Prez

Apr 20 (CT) SLFP's Group of 16, who resigned from their respective portfolios in the Govt after voting in favour of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against PM, is to rejuvenate its campaign demanding that the Party quit the Govt from 23 April. Meanwhile, sources revealed that MPs Dilan Perera and Chandima Weerakkody have flown to London, in a bid to meet Prez Sirisena to discuss some salient points, ahead of SLFP CC meeting. more..

Thisara to play for ICC World XI

Apr 20 (Island) ICC World T20 winners, Thisara Perera, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik were the first set of players to confirm their participation for the ICC World XI in a T20I against the Windies to be played at Lord’s on 31 May. The match is being organised to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean that were badly damaged following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year. Afridi and Malik were part of the Pakistan squad that won the ICC World T20 2009 at Lord’s, while Perera was a member of more..

15% import duty on Gold creates more room for smuggling: Bandula

Apr 20 (DM) The govt’s decision to increase the import tax on Gold by 15% would only create more room for illicit ways to smuggle gold to Sri Lanka, JO Member MP Bandula Gunawardana accused. Addressing the media, he stressed that increasing the amount of tax rates on goods like Gold would be of no use because when tax is imposed on such goods, the smugglers tend to import them illegally so that the govt would not be able to accumulate its tax revenue as expected. more..

Sri Lanka’s ICT/BPM brand Island of Ingenuity debuts in London

Apr 20 (FT) The national brand for the Sri Lanka ICT/BPM sector was launched in London yesterday. Launch was held in the presence of Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Rishad Bathiudeen, Dept of Commerce Director General Sonali Wijeratne, Deputy Director of Commerce Alexi Gunasekera, Export Development Board Chairperson Indira Malwatte, SL Association for Software and Services Companies more..

Air trip baggage delay: Court orders Kuwait Airways to pay Rs. 2 m damage

Apr 20 (FT) Commercial High Court issued an order to Kuwait Airways to pay Rs. 2,000,000 as compensation for a baggage delay. Colombo Commercial HC Judge Mahinda Samayawardana issued this order granting compensation to two lawyers, Mahinda Jayawardana and his spouse, for the immense hardships they suffered during a trip to Egypt in 2010 due to the alleged negligence on the part of the Defendant, Kuwait Airways, attributed to baggage delay. more..

High-rise construction in Colombo reaching dizzying heights as property values spiral

Apr 20 (Island) Some 25 property developers have continued to hold sway in the high-rise market; and that too while property values are spiraling with the upper level ceiling nowhere in sight, said CEO Paramount Reality, Dr. Nirmal de Silva at a press meet held to clarify the Asia Property Awards scheme and its criteria of excellence. Property Guru, Asia Property Awards, Sri Lanka, is part of the Regional Asia Property Awards Programme established in 2005. more..

Video: Pro-LTTE group protest against President in London

Apr 20 (AD) A group of LTTE supporters are reportedly protesting in front of the venue of the CHOGM in London, against the visit of President Maithripala Sirisena. Protest, organized by the Tamil Coordination Committee in Britain, is being held in front of the Marlborough House in Pall Mall, London. Prez is in London with Heads of Govt of the 53-member Commonwealth at the CHOGM being held from 16-20 April. more..

Video: Police exhume remains of suicide victim as mother suspects foul play

Apr 20 (AD) Anuradhapura Police, acting on a court order, exhumed the remains of an individual who committed suicide 7 months ago. The body which was buried at Anuradhapura Public Cemetery allegedly without a proper post mortem, was exhumed yesterday (18) after the mother of the deceased claimed she suspected foul play. The deceased who had committed suicide was a 46-year-old father of four living in Anuradhapura Old Town. Although his wife and children more..

Cargills Bank to be listed by 2020

Apr 20 (DN) Cargills Bank in its third year of operations posted a Profit Before Tax of Rs. 621 million which included a substantial one-off gain of Rs. 410 million. Cargills Bank has also got regulatory approval to operate banking counters at all its Food City supermarkets island wide, helping it keep costs low. The bank is also looking to be listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange by 2020. Bank’s Net Interest Income increased 55% to reach Rs. 1.48 billion, whilst more..

Taxi meters compulsory from today

Apr 20 (DM) Meters with the capability of issuing a printed bill will be compulsory from today, the National Council for Road Safety (NCRF) said. NCRF Chairman Dr Sisira Kodagoda said that all three-wheeler taxis should have meters by today. He said they should issue printed bills to passengers indicating the distance, fare and taxi details. A six-month grace period had been given for the three-wheeler owners to install meters. more..

Advance Baggage Service launches counter at BIA to make travelling easier

Apr 20 (Island) Since April 5th, all passengers travelling abroad via Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) have been offered another service to ease their journey. UK based company, Advance Baggage Service has introduced a new excess baggage service counter which was launched at the airport premises for the convenience of travelers. Advance Baggage UK are the pioneers who successfully introduced and managed the excess baggage operation at BIA from 2001 - 2012. more..

BoC records Rs.54 billion, the highest ever figure in ATM/CDM transactions

Apr 20 (CT) Bank of Ceylon set a record during the Avurudu Season with over Rs 54 billion worth transactions taking place in BOC’s CDM and ATM terminals. This is testimony to customer faith on the Bank’s ATM/CDM network, to provide them the best in class 24-hour operative convenient banking services. Having a fully operational ATM/CDM network with over 930 machines covering the entire country, BOC has provided customers utmost convenience and easy access to cash for more..

C'wealth Games medal winners felicitated

Apr 20 (DN) Sports could be a diplomatic bridge to build peace, unity and brotherhood among our communities in SL acting Minister of Sports Faizer Mustapha said at a felicitation ceremony held at Duncan White Auditorium yesterday for the SL athletes who excelled at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games. Whilst pointing out that his appointment as acting Sports Minister was not permanent Mustapha said more..

Royal in better place for 74th Bradby

Apr 20 (Island) Cricket has its glorious uncertainties. In local schools’ rugby, there is that indefinable something referred to as the Spirit of the Bradby. It is this fact that makes nonsense of predictions and, occasionally, leads to the felling of Goliath by David. For Saturday’s first leg of the Bradby at the Royal Complex, Trinity will be called upon to raise their game considerably in order to stay with Royal all the way. Lacking many a player from last season, they have struggled a bit to put on show more..

Assault on Dutch tourist, Mirissa

Apr 20 (DN) The recent report in the British newspaper The Daily Mirror, Dutch tourist assaulted in Sri Lanka, brings home to me the reality of living in Sri Lanka. I have lived in Unawatuna for six years, managing a successful beach resort and on a daily basis I am personally subject to harassment, bullying, intimidation, constant leering and sheer rudeness. This treatment comes from my neighbours but also from govt institutions and officers of the law. more..

Young girls battle to grab National colours

Apr 20 (CT) With three junior int'l championships on the card, SL junior athletic season will begin on 23 April with the 4-day Junior National Championships that will see the cream of junior athletes on the newly laid Sugathadasa Stadium contesting to gain national selection. South Asian Junior Athletic Championship (SAJAC) (5-6 May), Asian Junior Athletic Championship (June) and IAAF World Junior Championship (July) more..

Sachin, Buwaneka finish fourth in Gold Coast

Apr 20 (Island) Sachin Dias, and his partner Buwaneka Gunathileka secured a creditable fourth place, the highest a Sri Lankan pair has reached, to create history in badminton at the just concluded 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. After many intense and strenuous matches against the best competitors from the Commonwealth countries, they were ranked fourth after losing to the Malaysian duo of Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan 21/8 and 21/13 in the bronze medal match. more..

Cabinet Size and a seblance of rationality

Apr 20 (Island) What a refreshing change to observe that at long last there is a debate on portfolio distribution of the Ministries. There seems to be a consensus that it be based on at least a few scientific principles to achieve a modicum of efficiency and parsimony. Dr Lloyd Fernando's article (Island 18/4) just shows what can be saved in terms of human and financial resources if only the politicians have the nerve to implement changes in the name of rationality and common sense. more..

The story behind your Cup of Tea

Apr 20 (Roar) It doesn’t matter if you love it, hate it, or just drink it on autopilot mode each morning like you have been doing for the past twenty years; we are Sri Lankans, and the culture of tea- drinking is in our blood. Fathers demand cups of tea to help them unwind after a long day at work, old aunties force it on you every time you visit, mothers give you a nice steaming cup of it when you are down in the dumps, and pot-bellied uncles sit more..

Mirage: The great Tamil novel of our time

Apr 20 (CT) In his preface to the Tamil classic Mirage, the author, K Daniel wrote a revealing note in the opening line. He said: On the day which I finished writing this novel was the 9th May, 1983. Mark you, within two months the whole of SL was to explode with the worst communal riots between the Jaffna Tamils and the Sinhala-Buddhists – a momentous event which the Tamil political class had never ceased to exploit to their advantage as an indicator of Sinhala-Buddhist oppression and more..

Resus Energy gears to feed more power to national grid

Apr 20 (Island) Hydro electricity is the oldest and the principal source of electricity generation in Sri Lanka. Its unique geography renders the country perfectly suited for hydropower generation through large scale and mini hydropower plants. Joining the latest technologies with an environmentally responsible business proposition to generate renewable and sustainable energy, Resus Energy PLC operates several such mini hydropower plants in Sri Lanka. more..

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Editorial: JVP’s googly

Apr 20 (Island) Crafty handlers of mendicants, involved in begging rackets, exploit the disabled unconscionably. One of the methods, employed by them, is to pair blind men with sighted cripples so that the former can move about, guided by the latter, on their backs. The architects of the yahapalana govt adopted the same method; they coupled the UNP and the SLFP. Two parties have to stick together, if they are to survive. But, today, they find themselves in a situation where their more..

Post-confidence priorities

Apr 20 (DN) Political analysts have given many reasons for the very poor results obtained at the LG elections held on Feb 10, 2018, by the main coalition partners of the Unity Govt – the UNP and the SLFP. It is argued that the low percentage of votes is a warning to the incumbent govt that the average voter is not satisfied with the performance of the unity govt during the last three years. In this article, I attempt to discuss how rational the decision of the average voter is who constituted more..

New species of prawn import divides industry

Apr 20 (DN) Prawns became the centre of controversy recently as reports emerged that a certain species of prawns imported by a multinational company with the authorisation of National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) carried certain viruses in them. NAQDA and SL Aquatic Development Alliance exchanged allegations over the safety of the prawn species with each claiming that science was on their side. more..

Governance priorities: Who is there to mind the store?

Apr 20 (Island) The assessment of the Coalition Govt’s performance since its formation on 8 Jan 2015, falls into two groups, indicating that opinion is sharply divided. One group subscribes to the view that hardly anything of value has been accomplished, while the other avers that a great deal has been done, the only deficiency being that sufficient publicity has not been given to hundreds of programmes implemented. Each is entitled to belong to one or the other. more..

Yet another promising New Year!

Apr 20 (CT) Another New-year has dawned upon us, as usual with so many promises. As the cries of the Avurudu Koha is being missed this season, to replace that we’ve had a whole band of musicians from the banks of the Diyawanna. Coming up with a non-stop session of golden oldies (same ole story), to keep the general public entertained. What a New Year indeed, with the so-called cabinet in disarray! As the citizens of this country we have toiled and slaved for the hierarchy to flourish. more..

Saving Sri Lankan Puppetry

Apr 20 (DN) Supun Tharanga (26), a Peradeniya University Graduate with a degree in Computation and Management is an unlikely candidate to save the art of puppetry from oblivion and yet, he has stepped up to ensure that the traditions of his ancestors continue well into the 21st Century and beyond. Ambalangoda was once the heart of puppetry in the South but over the years, as puppeteers left for more lucrative work and more..

Multi-religious society: No more conflicts

Apr 20 (CT) As we all know that world order has changed dramatically. Many countries particularly western countries experience different challenges due to its new phenomena resulted by this new world order. For instance, migration to west as refugees is significant consequences of modern days. The war in some part of Middle East countries compelled their respective citizens to migrate to another country hoping to lead a peaceful life. Besides, they are given opportunities to more..

Has the Colonial Diarchy come to SL again?

Apr 20 (CT) For the last three four months, Sri Lanka has not been moving forward as it should have been. The most affected are the economy and the people’s living conditions. Only consolation is that there is no overt political repression by the government despite strong opposition and free criticism. Yet, some of the arrests and detention of the past politicians and officials, because of the selected nature, are popularly perceived as political repression. more..

Work of British doctor at Karapitiya Hospital suspended

Apr 19 (DM) British doctor who was performing heart surgeries at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital was suspended from work , pending the determination of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) on his practicing licence, Hospital Director Dr. Jayampathy Senanayake said. He said that the issue had been taken up after several doctors attached to the GMOA had stressed on the fact that this British doctor did not have the practicing more..

Video: Parliament prorogued in keeping with tradition: Kiriella

Apr 19 (DM) Parliament was prorogued according to tradition with the proper procedures being followed, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said. He was addressing journalists in Kandy. “Prorogation is a common procedure which is followed to allow MPs and Parliamentary staff to have a break,” he explained. Referring to reports that a majority of SLFPers attached to the unity govt were going to cross over to the opposition when the House convenes on May 8, he said these were only speculations. more..

SL gold, jewellery price up after tax hike

Apr 19 (EN) Sri Lanka's 24-carat gold price had risen to 62,000 rupees for an 8.00 gram sovereign after a 15% tax hike by the govt, jewellers in Colombo said. Before the New Year, gold was trading around 53,000 to 54,000 rupees for 8.00 grams. Jewellery grade 22 carat gold was quoted around 59,000 - 60,000 rupees a sovereign, up from around 50,000-51.000 rupees before the tax hike. The tax on gold is expected to increase smuggling into the country, while legal imports fall. more..