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Verité Research’s Governance and Anti-Corruption research unit newly set-up

May 25 (ST) SL’s leading think tank Verité Research has established a governance and anti-corruption research division under the leadership of Sankhitha Gunaratne, an attorney-at-law who has championed transparent, accountable, and participatory governance for over a decade. Verité Research has made this strategic move against the backdrop of widespread, systemic corruption in SL and the reform and accountability needs of the moment. Governance & Anti-Corruption (GAC) division more..

SLC denies corruption allegations involving its officials in LPL

May 25 (DM) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has strongly denied the allegations by Member of Parliament Hesha Withanage during a media briefing today, accusing the SLC President, the Tournament Director of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) and other SLC officials of involvement in match-fixing and corrupt conduct related to the LPL. As the governing body for cricket in Sri Lanka and the organizing authority for the LPL since its inception in 2020, SLC emphasized its commitment more..

Lanka Premier League (LPL) to proceed amid match-fixing controversy

May 25 (TM) Innovative Production Group FZE (IPG) the Event Rights Partner of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) yesterday (23) clarified that notwithstanding the recent events surrounding the arrest of a co-owner of the Dambulla franchise, the League’s fifth edition will go ahead as scheduled. The press release comes in the wake of the owner of the LPL franchise Dambulla Thunders, Tamim Rahman being detained at BIA more..

3 new Board members appointed to NMRA

May 25 (DM) Minister Ramesh Pathirana has appointed 3 new professionals to National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) Board. This decision aligns with the NMRA Act of 2015, which empowers the Minister to nominate and appoint professionals of eminence from the fields of law, accountancy, management, and health. The new appointees include Chartered Accountant Sujeewa Mudalige, Prez's Counsel Palitha Kumarasinghe % senior Grade 1 officer in SLAS Susantha Kahawatta. more..

Lekamge to fight for Olympic berth in China

May 25 (Island) Asian Games medallist Dilhani Lekamge is set to compete at the 2nd Belt and Road Athletics Invitation meeting, a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze Label event to be held in Chogqing, China from May 27-29.It will be her first international competition since taking part in the World Athletics Championships in Budapest last year. The javelin thrower trained by Pradeep Nishantha was set leave the island on Friday (24) with sprinter Aruna Dharshana for more..

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Health officials raise alarm over hygiene standards at Dansals

May 25 (DN) As relentless rainfall continues, health authorities are sounding the alarm on hygiene standards at dansals during the Vesak festival. A senior official from the Health Ministry disclosed to the Daily Mirror that they have instructed local Medical Officers of Health and Public Health Inspectors to intensify monitoring of hygiene practices at dansals. Furthermore, health authorities have issued a public notice urging immediate reporting to nearest Medical Officer of Health more..

Sri Lanka’s Tennis teams excel in South Asia Competition

May 25 (DN) SL’s girls’ team earned a spot in the Final Qualifying Round after finishing second to India, while the boys’ team secured third place by defeating Bangladesh in the ATF 12 and Under Team Competition – Regional Qualifying Event of South Asia, which wrapped up in Kathmandu, Nepal, yesterday. SL girls had an impressive run, winning three matches in a row against Maldives, Nepal, and Bangladesh. However, they faced defeat against India in the final with a score of 2-0, more..

State interference in plantation wages escalates into land grab threat

May 25 (EN) SL’s state interference in privatized plantations wages has escalated into a threat to grab the leased land if the companies fail to pay the govt ordered salaries due to mismanagement. SL is 2011 expropriated several private companies including two privatized sugar plantations, and a publicly listed hotel, claiming their assets were underutilized. SL has been unable to attract foreign investment in the scale of more..

Aruna, Dilhani aim for glory in China

May 25 (DN) SL middle-distance athlete Aruna Darshana and javelin thrower Dilhani Lekamge left yesterday for the international athletics competition, The 2nd Belt and Road Athletics Invitation meeting – World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze Label, which is scheduled to be held in Chongqing, China from May 27-29. Aruna Darshana, part of the champion men’s 400 relay team, will participate in the 200m and 400m, while Dilhani Lekamge will compete in the women’s javelin throw event. more..

Post-war deceptions

May 25 (Island) MP Akilan Manoharan Ganesan found fault with the US-led Western powers, successive post-war govts and one-time LTTE mouthpiece, TNA for what he terms the continuing predicament of the Tamil community. In a statement tweeted on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the conclusion of the war, the former Yahapalana Minister alleged (1) the international community gave SL the go ahead for all-out war against the LTTE (2) SL ordered the closure of Vanni more..

300 out of 1,200 central bank staff works on EPF: CB Governor

May 25 (EN) About 300 central bank staff out of 1,200 are employed in the Employees Provident Fund and related work, Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe said, with the function due to be transferred to a separate agency after a revamp of its governing law. “When it comes to the EPF there is an obvious conflict of interest. We are very happy to take that function out,” Governor Weerasinghe told a forum more..

World Para Athletic Championship: Dinesh Priyantha’s Silver medal in doubt

May 25 (DN) SL Paralympic gold medalist Dinesh Priyantha Herath showcased his talent once again, securing second place in the Javelin Throw F-46 category at the World Para Athletic Championship held in Kobe, Japan. However, his achievement was met with a protest from one country, prompting a medical classification review for Dinesh Priyantha. The organisers will determine whether he is eligible for the silver medal or will be disqualified from the event after this medical review. more..

Central Bank digital currencies to decide future of money

May 25 (ST) The Central Bank (CB) will roll out a national digital currency by the end of the year with the aim of modernising the country’s financial transactions and regulatory framework, a senior official disclosed to a parliamentary committee recently. The initiative to introduce both Lanka Pay and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) is already in progress, a high official of the CB informed the committee. In the process of introducing CBDC, more..

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Editorial: Trees falling, CMC slumbering

May 25 (Island) Torrential rains and gale-force winds have caused a large number of treefalls in different parts of the country. Falling trees have already snuffed out five lives and caused extensive damage to properties, especially vehicles and houses, during the past few days. The situation is expected to take a turn for the worse with rains intensifying. Perhaps, the city of Colombo is more prone to treefalls than any other urban centre in the country; the green giants adorning its streets and more..

A classic tale of survival amid LTTE brutality

May 25 (SO) I would like to share an interesting story of a remarkable patient whom I have operated on visiting me after 15 years. During the last phase of the separatist war in 2009, SL Army launched a humanitarian mission to rescue the Tamil civilians who got trapped in the no fire zone in Mulivaikkal, Mullaitivu district. LTTE with their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran kept them as hostages and shot at any one trying to escape through the Nanthikadal lagoon to the Army controlled area. more..

Wildlife Dept. creaming off millions, while illegal Mirissa activity deters blue whales

May 25 (ST) The famous Mirissa beach may get its proposed Blue Flag status soon, but, in the soon-to-be marine sanctuary, the blue whale may not find a safe refuge. Whale-watching tour operators are raising the alarm over fewer blue whale sightings in Mirissa in the season that ended in April. This has been disastrous, they claimed. Tourists were fewer than half the number compared with the year before. more..

Kandy station floods: Governor gives reasons, railway officials want solution

May 25 (ST) The flooding of the Kandy railway station on Wednesday was caused by a combination of reasons, including issues related to a major waste water project in the city, Governor Central Province Lalith Gamage said. Elaborating, he said the wastewater project funded by JICA was implemented around 20 years ago at a cost of Rs 22 billion. However, Mr. Gamage said that the project was unsuccessful, as only 3000 of the intended 9000 houses have been connected. more..

Will parliamentary elections take precedence?

May 25 (CT) Until the Election Commission announced that General Elections may precede the mandated Prez poll this year, no one from the majority SLPP in Parliament denied news reports that the Party wanted the former ahead of the latter. Now when that report appears, you have SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam telling the world that they never ever pressured Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe to hold Parliamentary polls first. Either the two stakeholders have arrived at more..

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SL politics: 15 years since the end of the war

May 25 (TM) 15 years have passed since the end of SL’s brutal civil war, which lasted for about 30 years. None of the main political problems have been resolved. Country is not progressing economically either. Instead, we saw that all the problems worsened and the country reached a state of chaos and bankruptcy. A large part of the southern Sinhalese polity does not seem to think that there is a pressing need to find a negotiated political solution to the national ethnic problem that has torn more..

Election funds: Need for transparency

May 25 (Island) The transparency of election funds collected by political parties is a critical aspect of democratic governance, ensuring that electoral processes are fair, free from corruption, and reflect the true will of the people. Today I am trying to explore the significance of transparency in political financing, examining examples from around the world to highlight diverse approaches and their impacts on democracy. Regarding the situation in SL, Transparency International reported more..

Fuel market liberalisation: A hit on CPC’s bottom line

May 25 (TM) The deviation from the initial conditions set forth by the Govt when deciding to further liberalise the petroleum sector two years ago has caused the State-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) to incur losses. Three new petroleum sector players – Sinopec, RM Parks, and United Petroleum – were initially supposed to pay the Govt of Sri Lanka a total of 1% of their total monthly income as a royalty payment. more..

Commemoration of war victims-celebrations and harassment

May 25 (DM) Each year in April, the JVP marks its first armed insurrection against the govt in 1971, as April Heroes Commemoration Day. Second JVP insurrection is memorialised by way of the November Heroes commemoration marking the death of JVP founder and leader Rohana Wijeweera in 1989. Wijeweera led two rebellions, one in 1971 and a second in 1989. Thousands of young Sinhalese men and women died in the two insurgencies led by the then-JVP leader. more..

Economic stability with SOE reforms need system change

May 25 (CT) The Head of Emerging Market Economies Johanna Chua, when commenting recently on SL’s emerging economic stability under IMF direction made a crucial point that people should feel the stability after paying a heavy price for it. But she failed to identify those people she was referring to. IMF being an institution created by and for the affluent never cared for the poor and downtrodden. It is a class biased institution predominantly interested in maintaining more..

Proposed Cyber Security Bill: Concerns over defence cyber security

May 25 (TM) The forthcoming Cyber Security Bill has stirred concerns among local IT experts due to the frequent reference to the Defence Cyber Command Act of 2023 throughout the document, the details of which remain undisclosed to the public. Section 2(e) of the draft bill, which has yet to be officially gazetted, outlines one of the objectives as ensuring effective coordination and collaboration with Defence Cyber Command more..

Embracing the Spirit of Vesak

May 25 (CT) In the heart of SL, the vibrant festival of Vesak resonates with a unique blend of devotion and celebration. As Sri Lankans come together to commemorate the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of the Great Teacher, the Buddha, the essence of Vesak transcends mere rituals; it embodies the spirit of compassion, generosity and unity. Traditionally, the observance of Vesak in SL holds profound spiritual significance. It is a time when devotees reflect on the life & teachings more..

Sajith-Anura Debate, that never happened

May 25 (DM) A single pivotal moment or a well-made point can indeed have a significant impact on the outcome of a presidential campaign during a debate. Such moments can either propel a candidate forward or derail their entire campaign. A well-articulated argument or a memorable retort can sway undecided voters, garner media attention, and shape public perception. Conversely, a slip-up, blunder, or an off-color remark can damage a candidate’s credibility, erode public trust, more..

Proposed NY legislation to delay restructuring

May 24 (TM) IMF warns that proposed New York (NY) legislation on adding legality to debt restructuring would risk complicating and prolonging debt restructurings in countries such as SL. Accordingly, the bill which the lawmakers in New York are pushing to change the way sovereign debt overhauls are carried out after a country defaults, would introduce significant uncertainty into the existing debt restructuring architecture, more..

Leading foreign- funded NGOs spending unchecked

May 24 (DM) A number of leading NGOs funded by various foreign sources for projects such as gender rights, human rights and democratic governance have been registered only as guaranteed companies under the registrar of Companies leaving the National NGO Secretariat in the lurch in having a check on their expenses and activities, a top source said. NGOs registered with the Secretariat received as much as Rs.33 billion in funding last year. Even a bigger amount should have been spent by more..

Inclement weather causes power interruptions to over 300,000 consumers

May 24 (DN) Due to inclement weather, CEB has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers throughout the country in the last three days. Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said that additional service staff, apart from the general staff, have been assigned to attend to the breakdowns. CEB management and service staff are working 24 hours to restore power supply promptly to the affected consumers owing to the inclement weather. more..

Three contenders shortlisted for acquisition of ailing SriLankan Airlines

May 24 (Island) The Cabinet has announced a significant advancement in the privatisation process of Sri Lankan Airlines, a press release issued by Kanchana Kodituwakku, Director-Group Communications at Supreme Global Holdings indicates. The press release indicates that the Cabinet has narrowed down the field of potential acquirers to three contenders from the initial six bidders. They are namely; more..

Adverse weather impacts 67,865 persons

May 24 (CT) Adverse weather has impacted 67,865 persons from 17,325 families spread across thirteen districts. Tragically, two deaths have been recorded. The affected districts include Ratnapura, Colombo, Kegalle, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Galle, Jaffna, Kalutara, Matara, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Hambantota and Gampaha. Moreover, 410 houses have suffered partial damage due to these weather conditions. In light of the prevailing adverse weather conditions, Dept of Meteorology has issued more..

Govt refutes plans to dissolve parliament

May 24 (DM) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe has no plans to amend the Constitution to extend his term of office or hold a snap general election as reported, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said. He said that there has been turbulence in the share market due to statements made by various factions last week that a snap general election would be held before the presidential election. He said the Prez clearly stated that the prez election would be held this year as per the Constitution and more..