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Video: State Minister Prasanna Ranaweera assaults Porter at BIA

May 16 (AD) State Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Prasanna Ranaweera has reportedly assaulted a Porter at the BIA in Katunayake. Meanwhile, the State Minister has also threatened several security officers at the airport. Ranaweera had visited the airport with his wife accompanied by his ministerial security personnel in the early hours of Tuesday (May 14) as his spouse was to travel overseas. more..

Charitha highlights importance of timely Prez poll

May 16 (FT) FPC member MP Prof. Charitha Herath emphasised the importance of prioritising the Prez Election over Parliamentary Polls, urging the Election Commission to focus on this goal. Herath highlighted the constitutional mandate to hold the Prez Election in a timely manner. He noted that while dissolving parliament and conducting a general election are separate processes, there have been instances of delays in convening parliament after dissolution, leading to delayed gen. elections. more..

Missing girls found in Kaduwela searching for jobs

May 16 (DM) The two girls who went missing from Nawalapitiya on Tuesday (14), as soon as they had completed their GCE (O/L) exam have been found at one of their relatives' home in Kaduwela, police said. According to the police, the girls have gone to Colombo in the hope of finding jobs. The two students had stayed in the relative's house in Kaduwela on the night of 15. A complaint was lodged by the guardians of the two girls, who had come to the examination centre at Ambagamuwa more..

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SJB’s CPC unions oppose jet fuel divestiture

May 16 (TM) SJB unions attached to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation’s (CPC), denounced the Govt's decision to divest the jet fuel supply in light of national security concerns and its impact on the country’s foreign reserves. Recently, several MPs alleged that the CPC has granted permits to two Companies – Cannel Private Limited and Fits Aviation Pvt. Ltd. – to supply jet fuel for aircraft, which will have a negative impact on the CPC’s monopoly on the same and the country’s more..

Fonterra to exit or sell down Sri Lanka unit

May 16 (EN) NZ’s Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd said it was planning to fully or partially sell down its SL assets as part of a strategy to exit its retail businesses worldwide. “We have conducted a strategic review which has reinforced the role of our core business,” Chairman Peter McBride said. “This is working alongside farmers to collect a sustainable supply of milk and efficiently manufacture products valued by customers, to deliver strong returns to farmer shareholders and unit holders.” more..

Lankan mercenaries in Russo-Ukraine war: Udayanga to assist repatriation if GoSL...

May 16 (TM) Former SL Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, stated that he is ready to repatriate the retired SL armed forces personnel sent to Russia and Ukraine as mercenaries if the Govt of SL (GoSL) invites him to get involved in the matter. He noted that the GoSL can repatriate those soldiers after having diplomatic discussions with the Russian Govt, even though certain individuals in the Govt claim that it has no way to intervene more..

President to attend 10th World Water Forum in Indonesia

May 16 (PMD) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe, has confirmed his participation in the 10th World Water Forum High-Level Meeting, to be held from May 18th to 20th, in Bali, Indonesia. This significant gathering, themed Water for Shared Prosperity, will convene global leaders to address pressing issues related to water management and sustainability. Prez Wickremesinghe will leave for Indonesia on the 18th, following an invitation from Indonesian Prez Joko Widodo, underscoring more..

Alleged drug lord’s illegal seaside hotel in Dehiwala allegedly built on Govt land

May 16 (DM) The hotel Soul Beach, which was located in Dehiwala and later demolished, is suspected to have belonged to Shiran Basik, an alleged major drug smuggler currently operating from abroad, was alleged to have been built on government land, it was revealed. The hotel’s structures were removed in January this year by the Coast Guard and Police after it was found to be an illegal construction. However, a group of individuals who were carrying out construction work more..

Agency owner, manager arrested for illegally recruiting Sri Lankans for Russian army

May 16 (AD) Owner and the manager of a licensed foreign employment agency have been arrested for allegedly sending Sri Lankans for employment in the Russian army. SLBFE stated that the two suspects were arrested yesterday by officials of the bureau’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). It said that the agency had obtained a sum of Rs. 1.5 million from each individual after promising that they would be sent to Russia on tourist visas more..

Prez orders establishment of Ashraf Memorial Museum in Kalmunai

May 16 (FT) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed the prompt commencement of construction of the Ashraf Memorial Museum in Kalmunai, honoring the late M.H.M. Ashraf, founder of the SLMC and former Minister. A distinguished politician known for his dedicated service to the Muslim community, the late M.H.M. Ashraf is to be memorialized through this museum. In recognition of his contributions, Prez has directed the establishment of an Ashraf Memorial more..

HRCSL calls for criminal investigation into 2024 alleged enforced disappearance

May 16 (FT) Human Rights Commission of SL (HRCSL) in a letter to the Attorney General this week has stressed that it is imperative that an independent and impartial criminal investigation be launched into the alleged enforced disappearance of Kapila Kumara De Silva, a resident of Horowpathana, Anuradhapura in March 2024. The HRCSL urged the Attorney General to review the evidence and allegations and decide whether a separate criminal inquiry should be initiated more..

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Schoolgirl injured in Fox Hill tragedy succumbs to injuries

May 16 (AD) The schoolgirl, who was critically injured in the tragic accident during the recent Fox Hill Super Cross 2024 motorsport racing championship at Diyatalawa, has succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment in hospital last night, increasing the death toll from the fatal crash to 8. She had been receiving treatment in the ICU of Badulla General Hospital. The body of the 16-year-old girl, Sathdarani Kavishka, who was a resident of Galedanda area in Diyatalawa police area, more..

Court refuses injunction against Wijeyadasa

May 16 (AD) The Colombo District Court today rejected the petition filed by Duminda Dissanayake seeking an interim injunction preventing Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe from functioning as the Chairman and Keerthi Udawatta as Acting General Secretary of the SLFP. Accordingly, the Colombo District Court refused to issue an injunction restraining the party, its organizations and officials from acting on the decision taken to appoint Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe as the Chairman and more..

‘Tell Prez & PM about the right to remember’

May 16 (TM) SL Young Journalists' Association (SLYJA) urged the Human Rights Commission of SL (HRCSL) to initiate an urgent investigation into the actions of the Police and its officers for disrupting and arresting a group of people who allegedly distributed kanji (porridge) in memory of their deceased relatives in Sampur. Writing a letter to the HRCSL Chairperson L.T.B. Dehideniya, the SLYJA President Tharindu Jayawardhana more..

SL’s first-ever Sports Ombudsman appointed

May 16 (AD) Retired Special Grade officer of the SL Administrative Service (SLAS), Chulananda Perera has been appointed as the first-ever Sports Ombudsman of SL by the Minister of Sports Harin Fernando. In his new role, Mr. Perera is tasked with conducting independent and impartial inquiries into complaints from individuals aggrieved by any decision or action of any registered national sports association or federation. Issuing a statement, Sports Ministry stated that aggrieved parties more..

Asian Netball Tourney put off by a few weeks

May 16 (DM) 13th Asian Senior Netball Championship 2024 has been postponed by a few weeks, Netball Asia (NA) President, Lakshmi Victoria said today. The 16-nation tournament, conducted by NA and the Saudi Arabian Netball Association (SANA) was set to be held in Saudi Arabia from Sept 28 to Oct 6. Victoria further said that the tournament will be put off by at least three weeks following a request by the SANA. She said that they cannot put off the event for more than three weeks more..

Sri Lanka to shrink Army over 50% by 2030, to strengthen Navy

May 16 (EN) SL will see more than 50% reduction in army cadres by 2030 and will strengthen the navy to safeguard the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Indian Ocean, State Defence Minister Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon said. SL is in the process of reducing a bloated state sector which is estimated at around 1.5 million in a country with 22 million population. Tri forces and police account for nearly 30% of the total more..

Sri Lanka Women to host West Indies for three ODIs and three T20Is in June

May 16 (CI) Fresh off qualification for the Women's T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka will host West Indies for three ODIs and three T20Is from June 15-28. For SL, the tour will primarily serve as preparation for the T20 Asia Cup, also to be hosted in SL, starting July 20. It will be their second bilateral T20I series this year, following their successful tour of South Africa across March and April. They are also set to tour Ireland in August. As for West Indies, they just concluded a month-long tour of Pakistan more..

Sajith bars Daily Mirror over liquor controversy

May 16 (DM) SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa has announced a ban on the Daily Mirror from covering any press briefings held by the SJB. The decision comes in the wake of accusations made by Premadasa, who criticized the publication for what he deemed as a mockery of journalism. Accusing the Daily Mirror of deliberately misquoting a statement made by him on banning liqour licenses in the country, Premadasa expressed his frustration at the handling of his statements. more..

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Telecom Act amendments don’t address the future: Are they at least fixing flaws...

May 16 (FT) The country is changing. Apartments and condominiums are popping up everywhere. Technology and markets are changing. Navigating the streets without Google maps seems unthinkable. Data consumed in a month 25 years ago is now consumed in a few hours. The world is changing. Stories about vehicles that are communicating our braking patterns back to the manufacturer and insurance companies do not seem like science fiction, though we know our cars more..

Change, not continuity is imperative for consensus, stability and recovery

May 16 (FT) Basil Rajapaksa’s idea of a snap Parliamentary election proceeds from the ruling party’s viewpoint that it has a better chance of survival while its partner Ranil holds office and controls the administration. There is no guarantee though, that if and when that Parliamentary election is held, Ranil won’t tell the country “Ok, now you’ve had your election for this year”, and press pause on the scheduled Prez election. That is almost exactly what happened in 1982. more..

MPs seek their Rs. 1 mil insurance coverage to extended to include family...

May 16 (DM) Following the approval of concessionary vehicle permits, the MPs across the political divide have asked for the extension of their one -million rupee insurance coverage to include their family members, a top source said yesterday. At the House Committee meeting held last Friday, MPs have asked for this benefit while insisting for concessionary vehicle permits for the second time. Currently, premium for MPs’ insurance more..

Top US diplomat urges functional truth-reconciliation programme

May 16 (TM) US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Donald Lu said that it is important that Sri Lanka must have a functional truth and reconciliation programme in place. He also mentioned that it is expected from the leaders emerging from the upcoming Elections to make it a reality. He said that the US is ready to be a developing partner. Furthermore, Lu stated that the US encourages Sri Lanka to continue in the strengthening of bilateral relationships. more..

Two additional marks will be given for O/L Science MCQ paper: Exams Chief

May 16 (DM) Examinations Commissioner General Amith Jayasundara said that it has been decided to award one mark each for questions No. 9 and 39 of the GCE O/L Exam 2023 (2024), Science Paper 1 following complaints received. He was addressing the media at the Examinations Dept yesterday. The analysing panel has decided to offer two marks for two questions of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper of Science Paper 1 of the G.C.E O/L Exam, which concluded yesterday. more..

Drafting new NGO law: NGOs Secretariat denies US involvement, only feedback

May 16 (TM) In response to claims that the United States’ (US) State Department is seeking to get involved in the process of the drafting of the new law concerning NGO, the National Secretariat for NGOs stressed that there is no such involvement, and that the US has merely provided its feedback regarding the law. Secretariat’s Director General (DG), Sanjeewa Wimalagunarathna, explained: more..

'Sri Lanka plans small arms ammo factory'

May 16 (DM) State Minister Premitha Bandara Tennakoon announced that SL is in the process of establishing a small arms ammunition manufacturing unit within the country. He said, “We are in discussion with India to set up a small arms manufacturing unit.” “What you have to understand is the Indian defence manufacturing arm has boomed during the last two decades. It is a model that we have to look into. We can take a lot from Indian model and nothing wrong in learning more..

SL scripts Volleyball history with Iran upset

May 16 (DN) The Sri Lanka men’s volleyball team made history by sweeping past Iran in a decisive 3-0 victory at the on-going CAVA Nations League Volleyball Tournament in Islamabad, Pakistan yesterday. This landmark win marks the first time Sri Lanka has ever defeated Iran in international competition. Iran, a powerhouse in the volleyball world with a world ranking of 15, is known for its formidable presence on the court and regular appearances in the World Cup. more..

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Lankan writer’s novel wins 2024 Carol Shields Prize for Fiction

May 16 (Island) Lankan writer VV Sugi Ganeshananthan’s novel Brotherless Night has won the 2024 Carol Shields Prize for Fiction. She was awarded a cash prize of $150,000. All the shortlisted authors were also awarded an additional $12,500. This is the richest English-language literary prize in the world for women and non-binary authors. The other four shortlisted authors were: Eleanor Catton for Birnam Wood, Claudia Dey for Daughter, Kim Coleman Foote for Coleman Hill and more..

Rupee expected to dip to Rs.310-320 range later this year: FCR

May 16 (DM) Sri Lankan rupee is likely to depreciate in the range of Rs.310-320 against the US dollar in the latter part of the year, First Capital Research (FCR) said. This will be driven by the heightened demand for imports and restart of foreign loan repayments upon completion of the External Debt Restructuring (EDR). The rupee is expected to appreciate up to Rs.295 in the first half of the year, as the higher taxes eat into the rising consumer demand in the short term, more..

Visa meeting absences: COPF Chair to take up privilege issue with Speaker

May 16 (TM) The Chairperson of the COPF Dr. Harsha de Silva is to take up the non-appearance of officials summoned from the Public Security Ministry and the Immigration and Emigration Department before the COPF on Tuesday, with the Speaker of the House as a privileges related issue. “I am taking this issue up with the Speaker as a privilege matter on 22 May when we meet. I have already lodged a complaint,” Dr. de Silva said. more..

Tharushi pulls out from Asian Relays

May 16 (Island) Asian Games gold medallist Tharushi Karunaratne has pulled out from the Asian Relays which is set to take place in Bangkok next week. She has cited medical reasons for her decision according to sources. Tharushi has informed Sri Lanka Athletics of her unavailability hot on the heels of her pulling out from the 800 metres at the Kinami Michitaka Memorial Athletics Meet, a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze event in Osaka, Japan last Sunday. more..

TT ace Bimandee fails in Olympic bid

May 16 (DN) National Table Tennis champion Bimandee Bandara missed her final chance to qualify for the Paris Olympics after losing to Maldives opponent Fathimath Ali at the South Asian Olympic qualification event in Kathmandu. The champions of the men’s and women’s singles at this event would qualify for the Olympics. SL’s Bimandee Bandara, a 19-year-old paddler from Hillwood College, reached the final but lost in a hard-fought 5-set match to Maldivian paddler Fathimath Ali, more..