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Majority MPs call for General Election first

May 10 (DM) In the wake of the Election Commission officially announcing that the Prez election will be held between Sept 17 and Oct 16, a faction of both govt and opposition MPs have expressed concerns as they prefer a parliamentary election first. This follows the remarks by the founder of SLPP Basil Rajapaksa who reiterated that his party maintains its stance that the general election should take place before the prez election. more..

Excise Dept issued 37 new liquor permits

May 10 (CT) State Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya disclosed that during the first four months of this year, Excise Dept issued a total of 37 new liquor permits (FL4). Out of these, 16 were allocated to supermarkets, he said. Liquor consumption in the country had decreased by 19% in 2023 compared to 2022. Minister revealed that in 2023, 214 liquor permits were issued, with 147 allocated to the tourism sector. On the population ratio, an additional 474 liquor permits could be issued. more..

Two Ambassadors, High Commissioner meet Anura Kumara

May 10 (DM) Japanese Ambassador to SL Mizukoshi Hideaki, Ambassador to Switzerland Siri Walt and South African High Commissioner to SL Sandile Schalk met NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake. The meeting took place at the JVP head office where the First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy Murata Shinichi, Second Secretary of the South African High Commission Zanethemba Tshangela and the First Secretary of the Switzerland Embassy Justine Boillat more..

Diana accuses Sajith of orchestrating grand conspiracy against her

May 10 (FT) Embattled former State Minister Diana Gamage yesterday expressed her refusal to accept the recent Supreme Court ruling that disqualified her from Parliament, due to the political conspiracy behind it. Addressing the media for the first time following the ruling, Gamage levelled accusations against SJB leader Sajith Premadasa, SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara, and several others, alleging they had more..

A move to preempt hush-hush project on snap general election before

May 10 (DM) Speculation is rife in political circles that the Election Commission announced the plan for the conduct of the presidential election interpreting the Constitution in a bid to suppress any internal political discourse for a possible snap general election, Daily Mirror learns. There are talks that Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe might consider a general election ahead of the prez election in case the govt fails to secure the next tranche of the IMF Extended Fund Facility. more..

Retired senior govt, judicial officials to get vehicle permit

May 10 (ST) Senior govt and judicial officials who have retired on completion of 60 years of age and those who were sent on compulsory retirement without extension are eligible to obtain a vehicle import permit under concessionary rates of duty. This was according to a circular issued by Public Admin, Home Affairs, PCs and LG Ministry. Officers who have retired on completion of 60 years of age during the period from extending the age of compulsory retirement to 65 years more..

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Two Italians arrested over attempt to smuggle endemic insects from Yala National Park

May 10 (AD) Two Italian nationals who had allegedly attempted to smuggle hundreds of endemic insects and plants collected from the Yala National Park to a foreign country, have been arrested in the Katagamuwa area. The officers of the Wildlife Conservation Office in Katagamuwa have apprehended the suspects on Wednesday. The wildlife officers stated that they seized a large number of jars in which the suspects had collected around 285 insects including butterflies more..

Marine heat waves: coral reefs in Sri Lankan waters risk die-offs

May 10 (DM) Coral reefs in the sea around Sri Lanka risk die-offs if the current marine heat level persists for another one month or so, a top scientist said yesterday. Indian media reported that an alarming situation of severe coral bleaching had been reported in the Lakshadweep Sea and the Gulf of Mannar. Asked for a comment in this regard, newly appointed Director General of NARA Dr. K.Arulananthan said heat level had increased to 31 degrees Celsius and remained for two weeks. more..

Lalkantha’s judicial remarks misinterpreted: JVP-NPP

May 10 (TM) JVP-led NPP of the Parliamentary Opposition claimed that the remarks made by its Executive Committee member, former MP K.D. Lalkantha, at the recent May Day rally, which led to controversy, have been misinterpreted by certain parties, including Opposition politicians. NPP Executive Committee member Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa claimed that the speech made by Lalkantha has been more..

SEC approves scholars to certify Islamic securities

May 10 (Island) Securities & Exchange Commission of SL (SEC) has approved a list of Accredited Shariah Scholars as Supplementary Service Providers. These scholars are authorized to certify the Shariah compliance of Islamic Capital Market Products intended for listing on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) in accordance with the Listing Rules. SEC considers this as an essential step in view of products that require Shariah compatibility and to satisfy the needs of Islamic investors. more..

SJB wants economic committee debate pre-Sajith-AKD

May 10 (TM) SJB stated that it is their position that the debate between the two economic committees of the SJB and JVP-led NPP also of the Parliamentary Opposition should be held before the debate between the two Party Leaders. NPP recently invited the SJB to suggest three or four dates leading up to 20 May for the debate between their Leader, Opposition MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, and SJB and Opposition Leader, Sajith Premadasa. Since the SJB is yet to suggest the days more..

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Telecom Regulatory Act amendment bill to Parliament today

May 10 (DN) The much awaited and long overdue bill to amend the Telecommunications Regulatory Act after 28 years will be presented to the Parliament State Minister Kanaka Herath said yesterday. Additionally, he highlighted plans for the drafting of the National Cyber Security Act in May. He also disclosed that In furtherance of boosting the tourism sector, Rs.750 million has been allocated for the development of the Pinnawala and Kithulgala tourism corridor. more..

No import of vehicles expected in near future - Vehicle Importers Association

May 10 (DM) While denouncing the false rumours regarding imminent vehicle importation, the Vehicle Importers Association of SL (VIASL) clarified that no vehicles, including lightweight vehicles, will be imported within the current year or before the election. VIASL President Prasad Priyanga said that this decision was taken following a discussion held with the Finance State Minister yesterday. "According to the discussion, vehicle importation will take at least another year. more..

Sri Lanka revs up to be global automobile manufacturing hub

May 10 (FT) SL's automobile assembly is experiencing significant growth and development with the involvement of world-renowned brands including Hyundai, Proton, BAIC, DFSK, Wuling, Mahindra, TATA, Bajaj, TVS, JMC and Lanka Ashok Leyland emphasizing the favourable environment for investment. The approval to assemble a wide range of vehicles including SUVs, Cars, Two-Wheelers, Double-cabs, Trucks more..

Sri Lanka to change telecom law to allow private party to build towers

May 10 (EN) SL govt will table amendments for Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Act for the first time in 28 years and the key changes will include third party being allowed to build towers, State Technology Minister Kanaka Herath said. Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of SL (TRCSL) was established in 1996 with an aim to promote sustained development in the telecommunication industry by shaping the regulatory process, protecting public interest more..

Uber hosts Springboard initiative for Lankan start-ups

May 10 (DM) Uber, the global ride hailing and food and grocery delivery platform, hosted Uber Springboard, an initiative to encourage SL start-ups to strengthen the country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. With support from the Technology Ministry, govt of SL, Uber has selected three start-ups from a tech start-up competition that are set to travel to Uber’s centre of excellence in India for a mentorship programme. As part of DIGIECON 2030, Uber’s tech leaders interacted with 26 more..

Netball shock to all and sundry

May 10 (TM) A prominent netball player in the country and a former skipper of the national team, has reportedly tested positive to a banned substance, for the first time ever in the sport’s history here, The Daily Morning Sports, reliably understands. The incident had occurred when a random test done of the urine sample of the player had returned positive, during the ongoing training programme of the national team, more..

Two school cricketers packed off to IPL?

May 10 (TM) An investigation by The Daily Morning, revealed that two promising school cricketers, had been sent to the ongoing lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), as net bowlers, without requisite approval from the schools concerned. The two upcoming star players from leading schools of the country have thus been packed off to the IPL – the world’s most popular domestic T-20 tournament. It is said that the individual, who has undertaken the contract, to send these 2 cricketers to IPL, more..

Young golfers Kaya and Jevahn for Scotland Tourney

May 10 (DN) Sri Lanka Golf (SLG) has nominated two junior golfers to participate in the R & A Junior Open golf tournament to be held in Scotland from July 13 to 19. The criteria for selection to represent Sri Lanka is that they must have won in two junior national tournament conducted by SLG in 2023 namely, SL Junior Open and SL Junior Match Play events. As such, SLG has selected one boy and one girl player in the under-16 years, who became eligible for the events, more..

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Customs aims highest revenue target amidst import rackets

May 10 (ST) Customs is striving to reach the highest revenue target in its 117 year history amidst inconsistent tax policy and under invoicing of unscrupulous importers and traders, the department’s official sources revealed. It is also noted that for the purpose of avoidance of under-invoicing and under-evaluation of importation of goods, a specific unit rate of duty (example: per kg amount) as well as mixed rates of duty have been applied within 3-band tariff system literally. more..

Sri Lanka exporters gear up for Hotel Asia Exhibition 2024 in Maldives

May 10 (FT) SL-Maldives Business Council (SLMLBC) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with SL Export Development Board (EDB) and the SL High Commission in the Maldives, is organising a business delegation to the renowned Hotel Asia Exhibition in the Maldives from 13-15 May. Hotel Asia Exhibition is renowned as the Maldives’ premier food and hospitality event, attracting stakeholders from resorts, hotels, guest houses, safari boat operators, restaurants, more..

Ranil, Sajith clash in Parliament over economic crisis

May 10 (FT) President Ranil Wickre-mesinghe and Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday clashed in Parliament after the former blamed the latter for the current crisis. Wickremesinghe accused Premadasa of being a responsible party to the crisis and suggested that the country’s outcome might have been different if Premadasa had agreed to assume the PM position in April 2022. more..

Prez & Dhammika to launch world’s first of its kind Global Gestures for Empowerment

May 10 (FT) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe will today ceremoniously launch the world’s first of its kind Global Gestures for Empowerment aimed at discouraging sexual harassment. The ground-breaking initiative is by DP Education of Dhammika and Priscilla Perera Foundation. The campaign includes three gestures created by Andy Jacobs, from US Hawaii who is a TV and Internet producer. The three gestures are to convey the following message You are harassing me and more..

Sri Lanka’s commitment to reform critical in elections

May 10 (CT) This week, SL saw major economic announcements aimed at stabilising its fragile economy, looming elections and spirited campaigning by various contenders. Central Bank and six leading export sector chambers urgently stressed the importance of maintaining policy consistency, regardless of which party comes to power after the upcoming elections. The essence of these discussions, particularly highlighted by CB Governor in his sustaining Stability more..

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Editorial: Unhinged

May 10 (Island) Derrick Borte’s edge-of-seat psychological thriller, Unhinged, has an appropriate tagline: He can happen to anyone! We were reminded of this suspense flick full of gratuitous violence, and its catchphrase while reading newspaper reports that former Minister Mervyn Silva had recently been granted bail in a case pertaining to an incident which took place at the state-owned Rupavahini Corporation headquarters 17 years ago. The police must be asked to explain why more..

Out of the woods, now?

May 10 (ST) In 2015, I gave an interview to the Sinhala newspaper Deshaya which was published in its Sept 6 issue. The literal meaning of the title of this article was [there will be] nobody to save us, when we fall. I was referring to the debt crisis of Greece and the fact that Sri Lanka which was also on the verge of collapse like Greece is unlikely to receive the support that Greece received. The international bailout programme of Greece designed for its recovery from the crisis more..

Regulating Cloud Kitchens need of the hour

May 10 (CT) Taking dining and catering one step further – especially in the city of Colombo and its suburbs, are the cloud kitchens which mushroomed during the pandemic in 2020, and have been known to produce many mouth-watering treats that may even outshine well-known confectioners and restaurants in town. The cupcakes, cakes, Chinese rolls and patties, chutneys, yellow rice, lamprais and more..

Mercenary issue; better late than never

May 10 (TM) The slow pace of Sri Lankan governance has finally gathered enough political will to publicly address the issue of Sri Lankans travelling overseas to fight in wars of other countries. Last week, following months of back door discussions, and investigations by the Govt, the SL foreign ministry and defence establishment finally made public appeal, asking veterans not to be duped into becoming cannon fodder between the Ukrainian forces, and the Russian forces. more..

May Day music miscellany: Contest between SJB & NPP & UNP-SLPP dilemma

May 10 (CT) The May Day rallies of 2024 in SL emerged as a pivotal moment in the nation’s political landscape, spotlighting the main contest between the SJB and NPP while underscoring the dilemmas faced by the UNP-SLPP alliance. Against a backdrop of shifting alliances and evolving ideologies, these rallies provided a glimpse into the complex dynamics shaping the country’s future. Rising prominently in the current political landscape is the SJB, highlighted by a significant rally in Colombo led by more..

'A safe and healthy Colombo CMC’s ultimate aim'

May 10 (CT) The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), that governs the people living on a stretch of 37.1 square kilometres, is making a great effort to transform the city of Colombo into a vibrant, progressive and economically important and ethnically cohesive city, in particular, in Asia, Colombo Municipal Commissioner Bhadranie Jayawardhana said in an interview. Q: Can you elaborate on measures taken by more..

How filmmakers and lawmakers view people’s trust

May 10 (DM) Sri Lankans may be wary of trusting their instincts given their bad experiences with politicians. This is a country where the majority of the citizenry hasn’t had the fortune of receiving a university education. Hence, for some of them, trust must be built on instinct. This instinct is the tool people relied on when electing Gotabaya Rajapaksa as president. He was the last Executive of this country who was elected through the vote of the people. more..

Collective bargaining, a viable alternative for industrial peace

May 10 (DM) The legal recognition of the fundamental rights of trade unions in this country has been derived from Article 14(1) b, c and d in chapter 3 of the Constitution of SL, the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 ratified by the Govt of SL, the Trade Union Ordinance and the Industrial Disputes Act of SL and subsequent amendments thereto emerged from time to time. The term Strike has been defined in the Trade Union Ordinance as “cessation of work by a body of persons more..

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