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Govt urged to safeguard judicial independence and transparency of legal...

Jun 21 (Island) The Core Group on SL at the UNHRC has urged Sri Lanka to ensure that transitional justice mechanisms are independent, inclusive, impartial, transparent, and that they meet the expectations of affected communities. SL Core Group statement at the UNHRC in Geneva was delivered by UKís Human Rights Ambassador, Rita French on behalf of Canada, Malawi, Montenegro, North Macedonia, UK & US. more..

2014-2024 CPC fraud: Rs. 3,400 million losses revealed

Jun 21 (TM) Due to the prevailing dishonesty within the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and the deliberate delay of eight years and eight months in issuing the relevant circular to the filling station owners by the CPCís Marketing Department, the CPC has incurred a loss of Rs. 3,416 million during 2014-2022, the COPE revealed. In such a context, the COPE was of the view that the said Department should assume responsibility for committing a large-scale fraud to the CPC. more..

SC Gender Equality determination: BASL opposes PSC on same as dangerous

Jun 21 (TM) Bar Association of SL (BASL), while addressing recent remarks made by Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe in the Parliament regarding the Supreme Courtís (SC) ruling on the Gender Equality Bill, emphasised that the SC has executed its constitutional duty by evaluating the Billís alignment with supreme law of the land Ė the Constitution, and that while individuals have the right to agree or disagree, neither the Legislature nor the Executive should criticise the Court for more..

Sri Lanka loses 10% of its doctors amid exodus after economic crisis

Jun 21 (AJ) The bullying from a senior health official was bad enough. A sense of betrayal by govt authorities during COVID-19 made it worse. But the economic crisis that pummelled SL in the wake of the pandemic was the breaking point for Lahiru Gamage. The 35-year-old SL doctor left Sri Lanka in Jan 2023 to take up a job in the UK, after working in a govt hospital in the remote town of Hatton, for six years. more..

Harsha raises concerns over imputed rent tax

Jun 21 (FT) SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday expressed significant concerns regarding the proposed imputed rent tax under Sri Lankaís agreement with the IMF. He emphasised that the imputed rent tax, categorised as an income tax rather than a property tax, could disproportionately impact a wide range of income earners. In a detailed analysis, Dr. de Silva pointed out that an individual with a monthly salary of Rs. 150,000 currently pays Rs. 3,500 in taxes. more..

Anuradhapura, Mihintale ready for Poson

Jun 21 (DN) Minister Bandula Gunawardhana said that a special train service has been deployed from today (21) to 23 for pilgrims to travel free from Anuradhapura to Mihintale. He said that he hopes to provide the same service if the sponsors come forward on the other days as well. In addition, the minister said that a special bus service has been deployed from Anuradhapura to Sri Maha Bodhi and more than 400 buses have been deployed to travel to Anuradhapura and Mihintale. more..

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Maithripala accuses Cardinal Ranjith over funds received to support Easter attack...

Jun 21 (AD) Former Prez Maithripala Sirisena alleges that the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has not distributed any of the funds or financial aid received to assist the victims of the Easter Sunday terror attacks. Former Prez claimed that most of the court cases against him were filed under the influence of Cardinal Ranjith. ďI have set a Guinness World Record with over four hundred court cases against me. These cases were filed as instructed by the CardinalÖone case for more..

Fonseka urges welfare for judicial administrative staff

Jun 21 (TM) SJB MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka urged the Govt to provide adequate welfare facilities to the administrative-level officials working in the courts. Speaking in the Parliament yesterday, he said that court officers serve in various capacities, including managing archives, handling case items, working as shroffs, and preparing related documents to implement court decisions. Despite fulfilling their duties and responsibilities, he said that such officers are facing numerous challenges more..

Car permit tax losses Rs14bn in two years of partial disclosure

Jun 21 (EN) SL has lost 14.3 billion rupees in taxes from car permits given to public servants, including doctors, military officers, central bankers, finance ministry and tax officials, in 2019 and 2020. Inclusive of some 2021 tax losses when imports were banned for the rest of the year, 14.4 billion rupees of foregone revenue from a waived luxury tax is shown. The list only shows waivers of a so-called luxury tax imposed on more..

Rs. 6 b pledge loan scheme for small and medium paddy mill owners for Yala season

Jun 21 (FT) The Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday approved a Rs. 6 billion pledge loan scheme to support small and medium-scale paddy mill owners during the Yala season 2024. The move which is aimed at boosting the agricultural sector, will be implemented through participatory banking institutions at a concessionary loan rate. The decision follows the Cabinetís previous approval on 8 January, to launch a similar loan scheme for the Maha season 2023/24 & Yala season 2024. more..

GABF seeks to combat human trafficking and modern slavery

Jun 21 (ST) The first SL Summit of the Bali Process Govt and Business Forum (GABF) to combat human trafficking and modern slavery took place on June 13 at the Stein Studios in Ratmalana. The summit was organised by the Capital Maharaja Group (CMG) and the SL Business Lead of the Bali Process in partnership with Walk Free Foundation, in Australia. Addressing the summit were Chairman/MD of CMG Sashi Rajamahendran; Ambassador to counter modern slavery, people smuggling and more..

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Construction of Sampur solar power plant to begin mid-July

Jun 21 (EN) Joint energy projects between India and Sri Lanka, including the Sampur solar power plant due to begin next month, took centre stage during bilateral discussions between president Ranil Wickremesinghe and visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday. Wickremesinghe and Jaishankar discussed initiatives aimed at enhancing energy connectivity and developing the renewable energy sector, a statement by his media division said. more..

Dansala for stray animals in Mannar

Jun 21 (DM) The Association of Veterinarians for Humane Management of Animal Population will launch a dansala for stray dogs, donkeys and monkeys living on Mannar Island today, in observance of Poson Poya. They noted that many dogs, donkeys and monkeys have been abandoned on Mannar Island without food. The event will also involve the participation of Vets for Future, One Meal, Million Lives, Bridging Lanka and Hendro Animal Rescue organizations. more..

PUCSL assures best possible tariff revision

Jun 21 (TM) Public Utilities Commission of SL (PUCSL) stated that the expiry of its tenure on 14 July does not prevent it from studying the relevant data and approving the best possible electricity tariff revision. With the tenure of the current PUCSL ending on 14 July, Electricity Consumers' Association (ECA) alleged that the PUCSL might approve CEB's tariff revision proposal without thoroughly studying relevant data. more..

Sports Ministry grants Rs.100 million for St. Joseph Vaz Indoor Stadium

Jun 21 (DN) Sports Ministry and Sports Development Dept came forward to give financial support to build a new Indoor Stadium and Auditorium for St. Joseph Vaz College Wennappuwa. The construction work of the indoor stadium and auditorium worth Rs 100 million in Wennappuwa St. Joseph Vas College started last Wednesday under the leadership of the Minister Harin Fernando. On this occasion Minister Harin Fernando said that the work here will be more..

Final qualifying opportunities for SL athletes as deadline nears for Olympic qualification

Jun 21 (Island) 102nd National Athletics Championship starting on June 25 and the National Stage II competition on June 30 will provide final qualifying opportunities for the top-notch athletes vying to book Paris Olympic berths. With no SL athlete achieving direct qualifying standards, the top two local competitions will provide the top athletes a stage to improve their positions in the Road to Paris 24 rankings. The 800 metres specialist Tharushi Karunaratne (47) and more..

Will SLC deviate from hiring foreigners?

Jun 21 (TM) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is expected to finalise the appointment of a stop-gap coach for the menís national team shortly, in the aftermath of the non-renewal of the extended two-year contract of Englishman Chris Silverwood. The Ex-English pacerís original two-year contract was due to expire in April this year but, the sportís local governing body opted to extend it till the conclusion of the ICC Menís T20 World Cup in US & WI. more..

Scouts contingents visiting Malaysia, B'desh

Jun 21 (Island) A Bon Voyage Ceremony was held recently at the National Scout Headquarters to officially handover the National flag to the two contingents visiting Malaysia and Bangladesh. Contingent to Malaysia is led by Chief Commissioner of SL Scout Association Janaprith Fernando along with District and Headquarters Commissioners totaling 54. District Commissionersí Conference will be held from 19th to 24June with several workshops that have been planned with more..

Colombo International Film Festival to boost Sri Lankaís cinema and tourism industries

Jun 21 (FT) In a bid to rejuvenate the SL film industry whilst positioning the country as a major tourist hub in South Asia, the Government has decided to host the Colombo International Film Festival. Organised under the sponsorship of the National Film Corporation (NFC) and the SL Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), the film festival is set to take place from 8-14 July in Colombo. The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the joint proposal by Minister Bandula Gunawardena more..

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NPP: Reformed & mature political movement

Jun 21 (CT) The political landscape of SL has been rapidly changing, given this yearís Elections. National Peopleís Power (NPP) is gaining popularity. UNP, SLFP, SJB, and SLPP treat the JVP/NPP as the common enemy. Among many, the killings/violence in 1971 and 1988/1989 have been used as the primary weapon to attack JVP/NPP, which is sold dearly or very cheaply. However, the killings/violence of JVP in the past is not a concern at all for the majority of people because more..

Stocks regains after 5-day losing streak

Jun 21 (FT) Colombo stock market gained ending five consecutive days of losses as investor sentiment appeared to have recovered. ASPI gained by over 23.1 points or 0.2% while the active S&P SL20 was up by over 5 points or 0.1%. For the week ASPI and the S&P SL20 lost 0.5% and 1% respectively. Turnover on Friday was Rs. 2 billion involving 46 mil shares. Market concluded the week on a positive note as the indices closed in green after 5 sessions of downward momentum. more..

Unions seeking solutions to salary, recruitment gripes turn on heat

Jun 21 (ST) Trade unions have stepped up protests and strikes, impacting several sectors including the postal services, education, and railways. More trade union action is expected in the weeks ahead. The ongoing strike by non-academic staff at universities is on its 45 th day and union president Dhammika Priyantha says they will continue their action until the govt responds. ďWe are disappointed as the government has not yet more..

Election gimmicks; after India now itís Sri Lankaís turn

Jun 21 (DM) India finished with its parliamentary elections a few days ago and the Wickremesinghe regime can only be happy with the result. PM Narendra Modiís BJP Party couldnít win its outright majority, but held on to administrative power in Parliament with the support of a few regional parties. This support for Modi and the status co regarding who rules India remaining unchanged means Sri Lanka doesnít have to start bilateral ties with its immediate neighbour all over again. more..

Sri Lanka falls short in its responsibilities towards refugees and asylum seekers

Jun 21 (GV) In 2023, the number of refugees and asylum seekers (those with pending refugee applications) in the world increased about 8.75% from 45.9 million to 50.3 million, according to statistics of the UNHCR. But SLís contribution to address this increasing global crisis has dramatically declined in the last 15 months. According to UNHCR, SL was hosting about 845 refugees and asylum seekers as of Feb 28, 2023 and only around 459 as of May 31, 2024, a decrease of 45%. more..

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Editorial: From fake drugs to unpaid rent

Jun 21 (Island) Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, currently being held on remand over a scam where the Health Ministry procured a large stock of fake immunoglobulin on his watch as the Minister of Health, has been in arrears with house rent for four months, according to media reports. He has reportedly been occupying the official residence of the Central Province (CP) Chief Minister in Kandy since the arson attack on his private house in 2022. It has been reported that the rent for more..

Enduring relevance of Poson Poya

Jun 21 (CT) Poson Poya Day, observed each year on the full moon day in June, is a day of profound importance for Sri Lankans, particularly within the Buddhist community. This sacred day commemorates the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, introduced by Mahinda Thera, the son of the Indian Emperor Ashoka, in 236 BCE. The historical and religious significance of this day is immense, marking a foundational moment in Sri Lankaís cultural and spiritual history. more..

Fashioning a just fashion industry

Jun 21 (TM) The fashion industry is in flux. As it grapples with supply chain disruption, climate breakdown, geopolitical trade shifts, and the aftermath of the Covid pandemic, it must also prepare to comply with rapidly changing landscapes of human rights and environmental regulation and incentives in its major markets. This ranges from human rights and environmental due diligence related legislation to new import bans on more..

Why fear equality?

Jun 21 (CT) Gender equality has always been a contentious issue in SL, with numerous controversies and challenges arising from efforts to address it. Despite genuine attempts to bridge the gap between non-heterosexual male gender identities and equality, significant disparities remain. A promising step was the drafting of the Gender Equality Bill, which offered a glimmer of hope. This Act aims to promote and facilitate gender equality and improve the status of men, women more..

The rot of SOEs and monopolies

Jun 21 (TM) COPE yesterday charged that due to a deliberate delay spanning eight years, to issue a regulatory circular to petrol filling station owners, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has incurred losses to the State exceeding Rs. 3.4 billion during the 2014-2022 period. Parliamentary watchdog is planning to complain to the CID regarding those who are involved in the mammoth financial fraud. The losses were revealed at a meeting of COPE in the Parliament last afternoon. more..

Today is Poson Full Moon Poya day

Jun 21 (DN) When Indiaís External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar called on PM Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday at the Temple Trees in Colombo, the latter referred to the auspicious timing of the visit as it fell on the season of Poson Poya, the anniversary that marked the arrival of Arahant Mahinda to introduce the teachings of The Buddha to people of Sri Lanka over 25 centuries ago. more..

Flowers from China

Jun 21 (ST) In my neighbourhood in Colombo, there was an artificial floral shop. It specialised in selling artificial flowers, plants, foliage, greeneries, trees and similar decorative items made of plastic or polyester materials. Amazingly, they all looked so real to anyone that it was hard to distinguish them from their natural equals. Itís not a surprise that everything there was imported from China. There are hundreds of artificial floral factories in China, located mostly in Pearl River Delta area more..

Consumerism from Buddhist perspective

Jun 21 (Island) Consumerism has grown exponentially over the last few decades, becoming an ingrained part of our culture. It is a culture of its own that rests on the belief that the happiness and prosperity of mankind hinge on the abundance and acquisition of more and more material goods and services. In a consumerist culture, the spiritual dimension of life is forgotten. Our modern life is so overwhelmed by a culture of consumerism that it has become a religion centered on quick & easy more..

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