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Suspect charged in mass killing of Sri Lankan family in Ottawa not seeking bail, lawyer says

Apr 19 (CP) The 19-year-old Sri Lankan national charged in the mass killing of a newcomer family in Ottawa has no plan to seek bail, his lawyer says. Febrio De-Zoysa was arrested and charged in early March with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, after police found the family dead in a townhouse in the suburb of Barrhaven. more..

Election body says it cannot intervene to resolve SLFP’s infighting

Apr 19 (AD) The Election Commission says it has no legal authorization to intervene to resolve the internal rifts of the SLFP. Members of the election body convened a meeting on Thursday to study the documents submitted by the factions within the SLFP with regard to the recent changes made to the party positions. When the SLFP’s politburo met on 08 April under the patronage of former Prez Chandrika Kumaratunga, the party’s incumbent Vice Chairman MP Nimal Siripala de Silva was appointed more..

Canadian support for women entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka’s north

Apr 19 (EN) Inclusive growth cannot be achieved without the full participation of women, Linda Ehrichs, Charge’ d’ Affaires of the High Commission of Canada has said. “Inclusive growth and lasting change cannot be achieved without the full and equal participation of women as economic actors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Ehrichs said at the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) GRIT event. The GRIT (Growth, Resilience, Investment and Training) program aims to nurture a gender more..

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A polite challenge to Harsha de Silva

Apr 19 (FT) Harsha de Silva, MP and Chair of the COPF, addressed the media in Sinhala, on 17 April 2024, shedding light on the recent breakdown of debt restructuring talks between the SL Govt and the international bondholders’ steering committee. These confidential negotiations, conducted behind closed doors, aimed to restructure over $ 12 billion of debt. However, they faltered due to discrepancies between the bondholders’ proposed baseline assessments more..

S.J.V. Chelvanayakam and the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi

Apr 19 (FT) The Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) known in English as the Federal Party will celebrate its 75th birthday in December this year. The premier political party of the SL Tamil people known as Ilankai Thamizhar in their mother tongue was born on 18 December 1949. On that day, a group of 60 Tamils including two parliamentarians and two senators convened at the Govt Clerical Service Union (GCSU) hall in Colombo. That historic conclave resulted in the launching more..

No presidential candidate has secured on a 50% vote base as of date

Apr 19 (DM) With the Presidential Election scheduled to be held in the first week of October, political parties have begun vigorous campaigns in electorates as well as closed door discussions with MPs in a bid to secure a basic 50% vote base which will win them the presidency. As reported earlier, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will present himself as a national candidate who will contest from a brand new symbol and more..

New visa system to boost tourism: Controller General

Apr 19 (FT) Immigration and Emigration Dept Controller General Harsha Ilukpitiya said the introduction of new visa procedures and the rollout of an online visa issuance system are set to attract a broader range of visitors, strengthening the country’s standing as a premier tourist destination in the region. “One of the key objectives behind the implementation of the new visa system is to attract new visitors to Sri Lanka, whilst also ensuring a seamless experience for repeat visitors,” more..

France explores trade opportunities at Hambantota Port

Apr 19 (CT) Ambassador of France to SL, Jean-Francois Pactet, embarked on a significant visit to the Hambantota International Port (HIP) with a keen eye on fostering trade prospects between France and SL. During his recent tour of the port, Envoy Pactet engaged in discussions with key stakeholders to gauge the potential for collaboration and investment by French companies. Pactet met Tissa Wickremasinghe, the Chief Operating Officer of HIPG (Hambantota International Port Group). more..

SRU says divestiture of select SOEs by August amidst concerns over delays

Apr 19 (FT) Govt issued an update on the progress of the divestiture of the initial set of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) saying all transactions other than SriLankan Airlines will be concluded by Aug 2024. Timeline for SriLankan Airlines is likely to extend to end Sep 2024, said a statement from the SOE Restructuring Unit (SRU). The update comes amidst concerns from prospective investors and their advisors over the inordinate delay in more..

Govt gazettes revised SL Electricity Bill

Apr 19 (FT) Govt has published the proposed electricity sector reforms in the gazette on Wednesday, now named the SL Electricity Bill. The crucial legislation is now set to be presented to Parliament during the next sitting week. Minister Kanchana Wijesekera noted that amendments proposed by stakeholders in January have been incorporated into the revised Bill. He also stated that the Bill allows the public a two-week window from the date of its presentation in Parliament more..

Objections raised against first OSA case

Apr 19 (FT) The counsels appearing for the former personal assistant to former chairman of the Public Utilities Commission Janaka Ratnayake, Gayathri Bimba and others yesterday objected to the conditional injunction issued by the Colombo Magistrates court under the Online Safety Act (OSA) to prevent the publication of Ratnayake's personal information on social media platforms. Ratnayake, who is also a Presidential hopeful through his counsels had filed the case under latest OSA more..

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ICC Cricket rights in Sri Lanka secured by MTV Channel until end of 2025

Apr 19 (FT) The ICC announced that ICC cricket rights in Sri Lanka up until the end of 2025 have been awarded to MTV Channel Ltd. MTV will exploit the broadcast rights via their free to air channels, TV1, Shakthi TV and Sirasa TV. The digital rights will be exploited via and by enabling more fans to watch ICC world events over the next two years. MTV network covers a large proportion of the SL population with channels covering the main three languages more..

India heads to the polls in world’s biggest election

Apr 19 (CNN) Polls opened Friday for the first and largest phase of India’s marathon general election, kicking off a vote in which PM Narendra Modi is seeking to win a rare third consecutive term. About 969 million people are eligible to vote in the biggest election in human history, with polling taking place in seven phases over the next six weeks in the world’s most populous country. The nationwide vote is considered among the most consequential in decades as Modi’s powerful right-wing BJP more..

Retired Major General arrested over Russian Army job scam

Apr 19 (CT) A retired SL Army Major General and another individual were arrested yesterday for allegedly scamming people promising job opportunities in the Russian Military. Aged between 61 and 63 years, the two individuals were apprehended by the CID in Rajawella and Wariyapola. The arrests had been made following complaints lodged by victims of the duo. While an official confirmation surrounding more..

Convict in 1989 CEB engineer’s murder arrested after 34 years

Apr 19 (DN) The man who was sentenced to death for brutally killing Dr. Wadu Arachchige Amarasiri, a CEB engineer due to an affair, he had with his wife and had been in hiding for 34 years was arrested by the CID from Pugoda yesterday. He was arrested on a tip off received to a CID Police Sergeant. The convict, Colambage Sarathchandra Sumanasekera alias Nandana Sumanasekera had been working as a security officer of a leading company. This convict with the support of his wife had dismembered more..

Lankans rescued from Myawaddy return home

Apr 19 (FT) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) – the UN Migration entity, on 18 April, facilitated the voluntary return of eight SL migrants who were trafficked for forced criminal activities in the cyber scamming compounds in Myanmar. SL migrants have been forced into various cyber scamming activities in Myawaddy area of Myanmar, under the pretext of legitimate job offers in the IT and other customer service job fields. more..

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SJB suggests alternative plan for public debate with NPP

Apr 19 (FT) SJB MP S. M. Marikkar proposed yet another alternative plan for a public debate between the SJB and the NPP party yesterday by suggesting the parties hold a debate between the economic councils of both parties, led by their respective party leaders Sajith Premadasa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake. Politicians from the SJB and NPP have continued to exchange rhetorical challenges regarding a public debate with no concrete plan to hold one being announced. more..

BOC records over Rs. 503 b transactions via service touch points during Avurudu

Apr 19 (FT) Bank of Ceylon said it yet again set a record during Avurudu Season with over Rs. 503 billion worth transactions carried out by customers via its service points. Bank said Rs. 185 billion worth transactions took place in BOC’s very own CRM and ATM terminals. Transactions made on the ATM and CRM network were recorded from 1 to 15 April was over 9.7 million transactions worth Rs. 185.9 billion. BOC from its countrywide branch network recorded 0.82 million transactions more..

New Electricity Bill: Experts query consumer benefits, unaddressed issues

Apr 19 (TM) In the wake of the proposed Electricity Sector Reforms Bill being published in the Govt gazette on Wednesday as the SL Electricity Bill, energy expert Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya claimed that the electricity consumers will not have the expected benefits from this particular Bill since certain long-term issues in the sector have not been addressed by the Bill. Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said that more..

Public urged to provide water access to animals

Apr 19 (DM) As scorching temperatures continue to sweep across Sri Lanka, the Vets in SL have issued a stark call to action, urging public to provide water access to animals especially birds. SL Veterinary Association Secretary Dr. Desika Jayasinghe said animals, much like humans are susceptible to a range of heat-related ailments including heatstroke, rashes, sunburns, diseases and parasite attacks. "Dehydration is the main challenge that both wild animals and pets face this season," more..

NatCon 2024: Shaping tomorrow’s leaders conference gears up to inspire SL youth

Apr 19 (FT) NatCon 2024, the most awaited youth leadership conference will take place from 19 to 21 April 2024, at the Hotel Sudu Araliya Polonnaruwa. This isn’t just any conference; it’s the cornerstone event for AIESEC in Sri Lanka, charting the course for leadership and growth in the year ahead. With a special emphasis on diversity, leadership, and skill-building, NatCon 2024 will bring together over 400 students from over 20 universities across SL. And the event is open to all AIESECers, more..

Opposition leader criticises visa fee hike, warns of tourism industry setback

Apr 19 (FT) Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa voiced concerns on the Govt’s decision to increase visa fees through its new online system, warning of potential setbacks for the thriving tourism industry. Premadasa highlighted the recent recovery of the tourism sector from various challenges and expressed concern over the Govt’s decision to raise visa fees while abolishing the previous Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) system. more..

It’s nesting time for sea turtles, wildlife officials ensure safe haven

Apr 19 (ST) Once again, sea turtles have started to surface on the northwestern shores of Sri Lanka for nesting. As large numbers come ashore at night, the officials of the Dept of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) and security forces personnel are doing their best to ensure a safe environment for these nesting turtles. Sea turtles, which have been inhabiting the oceans for millions of years, are now a critically endangered species. Out of the seven species of sea turtles found worldwide, more..

Port City officials frustrated over delay in duty free mall opening

Apr 19 (DM) Port City Colombo officials expressed frustration over delays in opening the downtown duty-free mall in Colombo. Originally scheduled to commence operations in April, the facility now faces an uncertain timeline for opening to the public, primarily due to unexpected legislative hurdles. While concerns have been raised regarding the potential impact of the duty-free mall on local businesses and SL’s taxation framework, CHEC Port City Colombo Deputy Managing Director more..

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People’s Bank sponsors Empowering Tomorrow’s Innovators program to...

Apr 19 (FT) People’s Bank has announced the successful selection of 100 students to take part in its Empowering Tomorrow’s Innovators Youth Tech Skill Development program. This initiative, in partnership with Sarvodaya Fusion—the IT education arm of the Sarvodaya movement, aims to equip the nation’s youth with essential technological skills for future careers. The initiative reflects People’s Bank’s commitment to its corporate social responsibility by promoting social progress more..

Eastern Province youth entrepreneurs empowered through Revamp SL Youth

Apr 19 (FT) The Revamp SL Youth Start-Up Challenge 1.0, an initiative spearheaded by the Lanka Impact Investing Network (LIIN) in collaboration with the International College of Business and Technology (ICBT Campus), was held successfully on 4 April at the ICBT Campus in Batticaloa. The event showcased the entrepreneurial prowess of young minds in the Eastern Province, providing them with a platform to nurture and develop their innovative start-up ideas more..

Viren Nettasinghe books ticket to Olympics

Apr 19 (Island) Badminton player Viren Nettasinghe has secured his spot in the men’s singles badminton event at the upcoming Paris Olympics, SL Badminton Association announced yesterday citing Badminton World Federation information. Currently ranked 72nd internationally, Nettasinghe earned an impressive 24,030 ranking points throughout the season, placing himself in the 32nd spot among the qualified players for more..

Kevum, Krida & Kade : Avurudu in Colombo

Apr 19 (Island) No Avurudu would be complete without an Avurudu Ulela. It has become part of our national social calendar, an event that must be organised, a tradition that must be kept. Practically every institution, from nurseries to universities to companies to Rotaract Societies, has a shot at holding one. The result is that somehow or the other, an Avurudu Ulela unfolds somewhere every other day until the end of April. In Colombo, and most major cities, Avurudu Ulela, more..

Tribute of love to Sumithrayo founder Joan De Mel on her 103rd b’day

Apr 19 (TM) Twenty-first April of this year (2024) marks the 103rd birth anniversary of Joan De Mel who founded Sumithrayo. She was a mentor and her selfless passion towards social change has inspired and touched all. Though her soul is free in the blissful realms beyond this world since 27 December 2008, the love and care that she showered on the SL community linger on still through the emotional support provided to the needy. She will always resonate through her beautiful example. more..

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Editorial: Vroom mania of tub-thumpers

Apr 19 (Island) One wonders whether the Parliament of Sri Lanka, which is full of self-righteous members who moralise to the point of queasiness, has taken upon itself the task of serving as a moral compass of sorts for the nation. Its sessions are characterised by endless tub-thumping. During the past several weeks, Parliament has torn some public officials to shreds over matters related to their salaries and perks, which have since been put on hold pending downward revisions on the grounds that more..

Friends and International Relations

Apr 19 (TM) The planned visit by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Colombo has stirred up a flurry of diplomatic protests, mostly through unofficial channels, with govt sources stating that the United States and others are unhappy about the official visit. According to reports the two day visit, which has been planned for 24 April, is yet to be confirmed. Last year, Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe invited Iran's President to visit Colombo, which the Iranian President had accepted. more..

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