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Video: I did something, I shouldn’t have done: Prasanna Ranaweera

May 17 (DM) State Minister Prasanna Ranaweera, who was summoned to the airport police over the assault on a porter, said he had done something that he should not have done as a MP. He told this to the media after giving a statement to the police. Responding to a question that the porter who was assualted had not reported for duty after the incident and that his whereabouts were not known, Minister said, "Why, he should come to work. more..

Two schoolgirls, youth marooned in floods, rescued

May 17 (DM) A youth and two schoolgirls who were marooned due to floods during their visit to Bomburu Ella falls in Uva Paranagama on Thursday (16) were rescued by the Ambagasdowa police with the help of the residents of the area. The youth is 18 years old and the two school girls are 15 years old. Police said heavy rain is experienced in Welimada at present and the water level in the waterfall has increased creating a flood threat in its surroundings. The youth and the two girls had been stranded more..

Match-fixing case: Sachithra Senanayake’s voice test report delayed

May 17 (AD) Sports Ministry’s Anti-Corruption Unit today informed the Colombo Magistrate’s Court that they are yet to receive the voice test report related to the investigation being carried on former SL cricketer Sachithra Senanayake, over allegations of match-fixing. This was informed to the court when the relevant case was taken up before the Colombo Chief Magistrate Thilina Gamage on Friday. The officials of the Sports Ministry’s Anti-Corruption Unit stated that even though more..

UN report urges accountability and public apology for SL’s enforced disappearances

May 17 (OHCHR) SL’s Govt must take meaningful action to determine and disclose the fates and whereabouts of tens of thousands of people who have been subjected to enforced disappearance over the decades and hold those responsible to account, a UN Human Rights Office report released today says. It calls on the Govt to acknowledge the involvement of State security forces and affiliated paramilitary groups, more..

Economic Transformation Bill and Public Financial Mgmt. Bill to be tabled in p'ment

May 17 (AD) The Economic Transformation Bill and the Public Financial Management Bill will be presented to the Parliament on Wednesday (22), according to the Secretary General of Parliament Kushani Rohanadeera. Issuing a statement, she said that the Parliament is scheduled to convene on Wednesday (22). This has been decided by the Committee on Parliamentary Business chaired by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, during its meeting held on May 14. more..

Fresh water fishermen protest floating solar plant in Chandrika tank

May 17 (EN) SL farmers and fresh water fishermen had complained to the island’s human rights commission against a plant to set up a floating solar plant in Chadrika Wewa (reservoir) and Kiriibbanara Lake at Embilipitiya. Floating solar plants, depending on how much of the area it covers, can reduce sunlight and plant growth in waterbodies, reducing food for fish and other organisms. “We urge the authorities to consider these risks and explore alternative locations or methods for the solar more..

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Restructure SriLankan Airlines – but no mandate for sale

May 17 (FT) Former Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa’s official statement on the issue of the restructuring of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) has driven the usual suspects into a fit of rage. Instead of addressing the content of the statement through facts and rational argument, one Ranga Jayasuriya has gone on a hate-spewing tirade on Daily Mirror. Let us keep aside all the ad hominem fallacies in his article, including childish name-calling, fear-mongering and false accusations. more..

Is Sri Lanka’s population truly declining amid economic crisis and COVID-19?

May 17 (FT) Despite concerns about declining population in SL due to factors like reduced fertility, increased emigration, and rising mortality rates, short-term fluctuations do not necessarily signify long-term decline. Population dynamics are intricate, influenced by various factors. Even during slower growth periods, populations tend to increase due to past trends in fertility and mortality, known as population growth momentum. This article aims to provide a scientific understanding of more..

One-year ban on foreign research vessels directed at China: Udaya

May 17 (Island) PHU leader Udaya Gammanpila said that nominee to be the next US Ambassador to Colombo Elizabeth K. Horst had revealed that the Wickremesinghe-Rajapaksa govt announced a ban on foreign research vessels’ entry into SL waters on January 1 this year at the behest of the US. MP pointed out that the disclosure had been made when Horst appeared before the US Senate Foreign Relations more..

RTI Commission orders Thondaman’s Ministry to disclose NAAM-200 expenses

May 17 (FT) The Right to Information (RTI) Commission has ordered the Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry to disclose all details, including expenses, related to the NAAM-200 event organised by Minister Jeevan Thondaman and presided over by President Ranil Wickremesinghe in November 2023. The event, marking the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Malaiyaha Tamils in Sri Lanka, was also attended by Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. more..

RW declines, Sajith yet to respond, AKD says yes

May 17 (DM) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe informed the Daily Mirror that he is not in a position to participate in the live political debate organized by Daily Mirror and Lankadeepa between the political party leaders when an invitation was extended to him today. “I am engaged in debates in Parliament. If anyone wants to have debates with me they can join me in Parliament,” the Prez said. The Daily Mirror extended invitations to main presidential candidates Ranil Wickremesinghe, more..

Over 28 million red notices, 1,062,790 discontinuations during May 22 - Jan 24

May 17 (Island) Termination of electricity supply to consumers in the wake of 2022 political upheaval caused by an unprecedented economic crisis revealed a pathetic situation, MP Gevindu Cumaratunga said. Escalation of power discontinuations against the backdrop of unwarranted tariff increases at a time hydropower generation had been at its peak during the last six months of 2023 was nothing but a crime, more..

Executive public servants to work to rule

May 17 (TM) To express opposition to the delay in providing solutions to public sector executive officers’ issues, including addressing salary anomalies, as part of their ongoing trade union action, the Joint Committee of Govt Executive Officers has made a decision to commence a work to rule trade union action. According to the Joint Committee, this trade union action receives the support of more than 18,000 executive officers representing 18 sectors pertaining to more..

Complaint to CIABOC against Sirisena

May 17 (TM) A former Executive Committee member of the SLFP, Montague Sarathchandra has filed a complaint with the CIABOC against former President and incumbent Opposition MP and former SLFP Chairperson Maithripala Sirisena. In a letter to the Chairperson of the CIABOC, Sarathchandra claims that Party supporters are speculating that Sirisena has paid compensation to the victims of the Easter Sunday terror attacks, with an advance obtained from selling the SLFP. more..

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Court orders release of a flock of animals back to animal lover

May 17 (DM) The Court of Appeal has issued an interim order to release a flock of animals back to an animal lover, following their seizure by Wildlife Department officials for an alleged violation of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. The Court of Appeal Justice Mohammed Laffar further issued an interim order staying the proceeding in the Welisara Magistrate Court Case against the petitioner Shafeek Shuail until the conclusion of this writ application. more..

Ashraff family disassociates from President’s Rs. 25 m memorial museum project

May 17 (FT) The family of the late Minister M.H.M. Ashraff has disassociated itself from President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s proposal to construct a memorial museum in the late politician’s honour in Kalmunai, at an estimated cost of Rs. 25 million. Taking to X son of the late Minister, Aman Ashraff said neither he nor his mother former Minister Ferial Ashraff are associated with the project. Commenting on the Government’s proposal, Aman expressed that if his father were alive, more..

Mano criticises International Community’s failure to support SL’s Tamils

May 17 (FT) DPF MP Mano Ganesan yesterday condemned both the international community and Sri Lankan authorities following the recent arrest of Tamil women in Sampur, SL. Taking to X Ganesan criticised the international community, alleging its failure to support the Tamil community throughout Sri Lanka’s turbulent history. “The international community has completely failed the Tamil people of SL,” remarked MP more..

SJB complains to EC over RW’s strategies

May 17 (Island) Dissident SLPP MP Prof. G.L. Peiris and General Secretary of SJB Ranjith Madduma Bandara yesterday briefed the Election Commission Chairman R.M.A.L. Rathnayake regarding their growing concerns about the devious actions of the govt. Following the briefing Prof Peiris told the media that they had brought Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent declaration that he wouldn’t comment on the prez poll until the completion of action in respect of the ongoing IMF-led programme. more..

SL U-19 team to tour England in June

May 17 (DN) SL Under-19 team is set to tour England on June 19 for three unofficial ODIs and two four-day games, with preparations already underway, according to a senior official from SLC. This tour is part of the team’s build-up for the next ICC Under-19 World Cup, scheduled to be held in 2026 in Namibia and Zimbabwe. Vinodan John, Chairman of the National Junior Selection Committee, along with members Shane Fernando, Duminda Wickramasinghe, more..

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SLT-Mobitel reports marginal growth in 1Q amidst cost optimisation efforts

May 17 (FT) SLT-Mobitel has reported a flat growth in Q1 2024 ending 31 March, amidst a challenging business environment. However, company’s proactive cost management initiatives have resulted in significant operational cost savings, enabling it to maintain profitability, SLT said in a statement. For the quarter, SLT Group has recorded consolidated revenue of Rs. 26.93 billion, reflecting a marginal 1.4% year-on-year increase. However, compared to the fourth quarter of more..

Upgrading air freight booking: SriLankan Cargo partners with CargoAi

May 17 (TM) SriLankan Cargo, the cargo arm of SriLankan Airlines, has partnered with CargoAi, a leader in digital freight solutions, to simplify and enhance its airfreight booking and payment processes to bring more transparency and velocity for users than ever. SriLankan Airlines Head of Cargo Chaminda Perera commenting on the joint venture said:“Our partnership with CargoAi marks another significant stride in our digitalisation journey, aimed at expanding our horizons. more..

Over 200 city trees still pose risk to public lives

May 17 (DM) Amidst the prevailing inclement weather worsened by gusty winds, the CMC has identified about 200 old and huge trees in the city to be removed as soon as possible owing to the grave risk they pose to the public. Following the incident where a large tree fell on a bus on Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha near the Kollupitiya Junction in October last year that claimed five lives and many casualties, CMC has identified more..

SL planning patient bill of rights: Minister

May 17 (EN) A patient rights charter will be introduced to ensure the safety of patients admitted to hospitals, amid complaints that patients are not heard, Health and Industry Minister Dr Ramesh Pathirana has said. “The fact that the medical and health staff sometimes do not listen to the patient is an opinion shared by patients all over the world, and in this regard, the Ministry of Health received nearly 700 complaints last year,” Pathirana was quoted in a statement. more..

Is India going to steal land, water and air?

May 17 (Island) The question cited above was the title of an article published in Ceylon Today by Sathya Moorthy (SM), who identifies himself as a Chennai based Policy Analyst/Political Commentator (Friday 10).The answer to his question is – NOT YET. For the present, stealing is limited to marine assets and the destruction of its habitat in the process by Indian fishermen. These practices have been going on for decades. By resorting to bottom trawling not only is the habitat destroyed more..

Murtaza questions Govt’s renewable energy deal with Adani

May 17 (FT) Advocata Institute Chairman Murtaza Jafferjee last week raised concerns regarding the Govt’s procurement of renewable energy from Adani Group without a tender process, especially when the going rate for such projects is significantly lower. He highlighted the Cabinet decision on 29 April 2024 to allocate 484 MW of wind power to Adani Group in Mannar at a rate of $ 0.0826 per unit. more..

No fears over New York T20 World Cup pitches

May 17 (BBC) ICC officials have no fears over the pitches being used at a temporary stadium in New York for the men's T20 World Cup. The finishing touches are being applied to the 34,000-seat stadium in Eisenhower Park in Nassau County, east of Manhattan, with the tournament just over a fortnight away. Four drop-in pitches are now in place at the venue which is set to host eight World Cup matches, including a highly-anticipated meeting between India and Pakistan. more..

Leadership does not put pressure on me, says Pasindu

May 17 (DN) Leadership does not put pressure on me and I always play my normal game said Pasindu Sooriyabandara who led the Sri Lanka ‘A‘ side to an innings win over Afghanistan ‘A’ in their four day game at P.Sara Oval Stadium. The 23 year old 2018 Royal skipper Sooriyabandara in an exclusive interview with Daily News said I am very pleased to get leadership and lucky to win first Sri Lanka ’A‘ match under my leadership and it is a very happy and memorable moment. more..

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Forts around the island to be developed for tourism

May 17 (ST) Further galvanising the tourism boom, the govt is aiming to develop more than 15 Forts around the country, top officials said. Amongst these Galle Fort, Jaffna Fort, Trincomalee Fort/ Fort Fredrick, Batticaloa Fort, Mannar Fort, Matara Star Fort, Kalpitiya Dutch Fort, Ratnapura Malwala Palace Fort will be initially looked at, they added. “Blessed with Forts and fortresses this is a glorious past and an amazing history that will fascinate the tourists. more..

Privatisation debate: Reform or Political maneuver?

May 17 (CT) The current heated arguments about the privatisation process of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) demonstrate that the ongoing economic reform processes should continue and not be side-tracked by conflicting political interests and agendas. Former Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa, this week, officially demanded the Govt to suspend all activities related to the privatisation programme until the upcoming Prez Election. This demand can be seen as an effort by his party to depart from more..

Downturn for manufacturing in April, service sector posts marginal expansion

May 17 (FT) SL’s manufacturing sector in April failed to sustain the strong upturn recorded in the first quarter of 2024, whilst the services sector showed a sluggish expansion, as per the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI). Following the seasonal pattern, the Manufacturing PMI recorded an index value of 42.0 in April 2024, indicating a contraction in manufacturing activities. In the first three months the Manufacturing PMI turned more..

Trillium Group breaks ground for $ 15 m Trillium Duplex – Colombo 5

May 17 (FT) Trillium Group, a leading real estate developer in SL, yesterday began the construction for its highly anticipated project, Trillium Duplex – Colombo 5 located in the residential side of Colombo 5 on a private road called Lionel Edirisinghe Mawatha. This marks the third real estate development Trillium has engaged in, in the Colombo 5 locality, with the other two being the Trillium Tower Colombo 5, and Trillium Havelock Residencies. With total project value of $15m more..

MR doubles down on anti-privatisation even as party members defend reforms

May 17 (EN) Former President and leader of the ruling SLPP Mahinda Rajapaksa has seemingly upped the ante on his anti-privatisation rhetoric, claiming that a majority of his party are opposed to the “sale of national assets”, even as ministers representing the party continue to defend ongoing reforms. Rajapaksa told reporters on Thursday (16) that 99% of the party share his views on the matter. “It’s not just me, the majority of our party, 99%, are of this view,” he said more..