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Phone in Aloysius' cell used to call criminals

Jul 19 (DM) One of the SIM cards recovered from the remand prison cell of Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena had been used by an underworld figure, who was allegedly involved with a recent killing in the South, Senior Deputy Solicitor General Haripriya Jayasundera said during the magisterial inquiry over the Bond Scam today. While informing the court about the probability of further legal action being taken into the incident more..

Perera ton helps Sri Lanka A level series

Jul 19 (CI) Thisara Perera's maiden List A century helped Sri Lanka A to a 67-run win over Bangladesh A in Sylhet, levelling the three-match one-day series 1-1. Perera struck nine fours and five sixes in his 88-ball 111 which rescued his side from a difficult position. Batting first, Sri Lanka posted 275 in 49.4 overs after slipping to 129 for 7 in the 29th over. Thisara added 77 runs for the eighth wicket with Malinda Pushpakumara, with the latter contributing just eight runs. more..

PM’s office condemns threats against HRC Chairperson

Jul 19 (DM) PM’s Office today strongly condemned the malicious statements made against Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission's Chairperson Dr Deepika Udagama and said it had instructed the Police Chief to launch an investigation in this regard. Issuing a statement, the office said the Human Rights Commission (HRC), which was appointed in line with the Constitution of SL, was an entity which functioned independently. "It is a serious issue to publicly threaten the HRC's Chairperson more..

Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal to be unveiled tomorrow

Jul 19 (LBO) Sri Lanka will unveil one of the biggest initiatives in its international trade history when the Department of Commerce launches the World Bank supported Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal (SLTIP) on Friday in Colombo. World Bank supported Trade Information Portals (TIP) across the world provide information that traders need to import and export goods, including information on permits, laws, and taxes. more..

Protection of Galle Stadium is on Sports Minister and Cricket Board: Arjuna

Jul 19 (AD) Accountability of the protecting the Galle Int'l Stadium falls on Minister of Sports and Cricket board, former Test Cricket Captain Arjuna Ranataunga stated, issuing a media release. He stated that the crisis of the Galle Cricket Stadium has arisen due to the weaknesses of the Cricket Management Board and the previous regime and because of having an illegal construction and using former Prez Rajapaksa’s name on it. “Everyone knows that Galle is a world heritage site. more..

Due compensation, pension: Disabled Soldiers’ Association seeks SC intervention

Jul 19 (Island) The Sri Lanka Disabled Soldiers’ Association has complained to the Supreme Court that when its members had gathered peacefully to protest against the non-payment of their pensions and the other due compensation the police arrested the petitioners. The petitioners have said they served in the North, during the country’s war against terrorism and suffered disabilities. They served in the army for over ten years and were eligible for pension. more..

Sri Lanka asks AAI to submit business plan on Mattala airport operation

Jul 19 (PTI) Sri Lanka has asked the Airport Authority of India to submit its business plan for operating the country's loss-making Mattala Rajapaksa Int'l Airport in southern Hambantota, Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told parliament today. His remarks came in response to the Opposition's question asking the govt to disclose the details of the deal. USD 210 million facility, is dubbed the world's emptiest airport. more..

Ukrainian border guards detain illegal migrants from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh

Jul 19 (UF) Border guards of the Lviv and Lutsk detachments and the operative and search unit of the Eastern Regional Directorate have detained 13 illegal migrants - from SL, India & Bangladesh, Ukrainian State Border Guard Service has reported. "Border guards spotted six foreigners who did not have any documents with them and watched two people cross the Western Bug River along the border line. Border guards immediately informed their Polish counterparts. more..

Sri Lanka shipwrecked fishermen rescued by China dredger

Jul 19 (EN) A Chinese sea sand dredger working on a sea reclamation project near Sri Lanka's Colombo port had rescued two shipwrecked fishermen who were adrift clinging on to a piece of flotsam. The captain of Xin Hai Feng, a vessel working for Shanghai Dredging Company at Colombo Port City project, had spotted the two drifting fishermen who were clinging on to a empty fuel diesel drum. The Colombo Port City is reclaimed by China Harbhour Engineering Company. more..

GMOA threaten countrywide work stoppage next week

Jul 19 (DM) The GMOA today said they would launch a countrywide work stoppage next week, if the authorities concerned do not provide them with reasonable solutions to issues faced by them, during coming days. GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said that their central committee, that met today, had vested its executive committee with the powers to decide on a date to launch the work stoppage after considering the response of Prez and more..

India assists SL in sanitation sector project

Jul 19 (IHC) India and Sri Lanka signed a MoU today on a sanitation sector project under which 3400 toilets would be constructed in Batticaloa District. The MoU was signed by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India and Mrs. Renuka Ekanayake, Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy, with the participation of M.S.S. Ameer Ali, Deputy Minister of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy and more..

Bail plea of Rangajeewa & Emil rejected

Jul 19 (AD) An application seeking bail submitted by IP Neomal Rangajeewa and the former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa has been rejected by Colombo High Court. The HC Judge Champa Janaki Rajaratna rejected the bail application stating that granting bail to the suspects, while a lot of information is being revealed about the crime, might hinder the investigations. Representing the defendant, President’s Counsel Shavindra Fernando stated that there is no evidence more..

Video: Two elephants of Sinharaja to be kept in separate area: SF

Jul 19 (DM) The two last remaining elephants of the Sinharaja Forest reserve would be kept in a separate region under supervision, Minister of Wildlife Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said. “Area is about 80 acres within the forest reserve. We hope this would mitigate issues with regard to human-elephant conflict,” he said. He said these two elephants had killed at least 15 people and 200 cattle and destroyed 300 coconut trees. more..

Suwa Sariya 2nd phase to be launched in Jaffna

Jul 19 (NR) The second phase of the Suwa Sariya Ambulance service is scheduled to be launched in Jaffna on Saturday. The second phase will be launched under the patronage of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe in Jaffna. Indian PM Narendra Modi is also expected to address the inauguration ceremony via video conference that will take place at the Jaffna Municipal Council grounds. Indian govt has reportedly granted $15.02 million towards the second phase of Suwa Sariya Ambulance more..

Three police transfers with immediate effect

Jul 19 (DM) Three police officers including one Chief Inspector and two police Inspectors were transferred with immediate effect due to requirement of the service the police media division said today. They said the transfers were made following permission of the police commission and the order of the IGP. Chief inspector R.W.W.M.R.T.P. Hanalgoda from OIC Sri Dalada Maligawa to Polpithigama and Inspector H.M.I.W. Bandara from OIC Pulathisipura to Sri Dalada Maligawa while more..

Another trial by spin awaits South Africa

Jul 19 (CI) Soon, Sri Lankans might be making jokes about how the captain, the coach and the manager should be banned more often. Dinesh Chandimal, Chandika Hathurusingha and Asanka Gurusinha will miss four of the five ODIs against South Africa, after the ICC meted out its most severe punishment earlier this week since the demerit points system was introduced, but that is not a concern for the next 5 days. more..

Sri Lanka's loss-making Lanka Sathosa to sell high margin goods to get into black

Jul 19 (EN) Sri Lanka's loss-making state-run retail store chain Lanka Sathosa, which has made billions of rupees of losses amid allegations of chronic mismanagement and corruption is hoping to get into profits this year by moving to higher margin products, an official said. "We have to sell essential goods below cost because as a state enterprise we are required to do so," current Lanka Sathosa Chief Executive S. H. M. Faraaz told journalists on Wednesday. more..

Development of national housing and Employees’ Provident Fund

Jul 19 (FT) Singapore has become a buzzword in the media circles today. Media speak is centred round many issues. Extradition of the fugitive CB Governor appointed to the post on a recommendation by our PM, now missing and reportedly taken refuge in Singapore, is the main topic. A recent trade agreement alleged to be highly disadvantageous to Sri Lanka and entered into unilaterally with Singapore, is the other current issue. Politicians in the meantime are more..

Facebook to remove misinformation that leads to violence

Jul 19 (NYT) Facebook, facing growing criticism for posts that have incited violence in some countries, said that it would begin removing misinformation that could lead to people being physically harmed. The policy expands Facebook’s rules about what type of false information it will remove, and is largely a response to episodes in SL, Myanmar and India in which rumors that spread on Facebook led to real-world attacks on more..

International Mental Health Nursing Conference begins

Jul 19 (GDI) The first ever International Mental Health Nursing Conference in Sri Lanka will be held at the National Institute of Mental Health in Angoda from 19th – 21st July. A special lecture on Researches of Mental Health Nursing Service will be delivered by Prof. Athula Sumathipala from Uni of Keele, UK at this conference. The opening ceremony of this conference organized by the World Health Organization, Ministry of Health and National Institute of Mental Health more..

Dwindling Sri Lanka rubber output seen deterring investors

Jul 19 (EN) Falling natural rubber production in SL might deter new investments in the rubber products manufacturing industry and even prompt existing investors to go where raw material is available, a senior official said. The govt must urgently take measures to increase natural rubber production and improve productivity of existing plantations, said Sunil Poholiyadde, outgoing chairman of the Colombo Rubber Traders’ Association. The master plan for rubber has many proposals to more..

හන්තාන, පේරාදෙණිය සහ ආදරය: I කොටස

Water cut in Colombo 13,14 & 15 tomorrow

Jul 19 (NR) The National Water Supply and Drainage Board says the water supply to several areas in Colombo 09, 11, 13, 14 and 15 will be restricted for 9-hours from 9pm tomorrow. The water board attributed the nine hour water cut to essential maintenance work. Accordingly, the water supply will be restricted until 6am on Saturday to residences and other commercial establishments along the Baseline road from Dematagoda junction to Kelaniya Bridge and all by lanes. more..

Kleptocracy of Sri Lanka

Jul 19 (CT) The recent news of a Govt member directly engaged in interactions with underworld figures who have been recruited as the said Minister’s security detail has become the latest report to trend. Yet, it does not come as a surprise to many. By now, our society has become riddled with corrupt politicians, politician puppets strung up by malicious figures, criminals turned politicians and vice versa, political leaders who cover up and defend high profile criminals and such. more..

PM to launch 5-year National Export Strategy today

Jul 19 (FT) The much-awaited five-year National Export Strategy (NES) that lays emphasis on diversification of exports through strengthening of emerging sectors to chart the next export growth cycle of Sri Lanka will be unveiled under the patronage of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe today at a ceremony at the Temple Trees. The development of this strategy was a central component of the EU-SL Trade-Related Assistance: Increasing SMEs more..

Two leaders pay attention on strengthening the Sri Lanka –Georgia ties

Jul 19 (PMD) The leaders of Georgia and Sri Lanka pay attention on strengthening bilateral ties. President Maithripala Sirisena who is on a three day visit to Georgia to the participate in the Open Govt Partnership Global Summit in Georgia and President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili met in Tbillisi to discuss bilateral relations today (18). Prez Sirisena, paying attention on ways to strengthen the economic ties, said more..

New Constitution: TNA seeks int’l backing for its cause

Jul 19 (Island) The TNA yesterday reiterated its call for the enactment of a new Constitution before the end of this year. TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan told the visiting Belgium-SL Parliamentary Friendship Group it was important to enact the new Constitution this year. Briefing the delegation Mr Sampanthan highlighted that the present Sri Lankan Constitution is not enacted based on consensus. more..

Witness complains that former SriLankan CEO ignored procurement guidelines

Jul 19 (Island) Kapila Chandrasena, former CEO of SriLankan Airlines, had insisted on ignoring the procurement guidelines of SriLankan Airlines, set by Emirates, in a bid to award hoarding contracts to Kuma Stickers, Priyadharshani Epitawala, Manager Network Planning and Research told the PCoI on irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka yesterday. more..

MR to miss Parliament debate on New York Times allegations today

Jul 19 (AD) Parliament is scheduled to debate the allegations made in a New York Times investigation detailing how China seized ownership of the Hambantota Port and accusing the former govt led by Mahinda Rajapaksa of corruption. The UNP is expected to table the relevant Adjournment Motion for the debate. Parliament debate will commence at 10.30am today and continue throughout the day. more..

China’s economic contribution has benefited whole world – Amb. Cheng Xueyuan

Jul 19 (Island) China said yesterday that since 2002 its contribution to global economic growth was on an average of 30%. China’s Ambassador in Colombo, Cheng Xueyuan said that his country’s development had benefited the whole world, including SL. "Since 2002,China’s input to global economic growth has averaged around 30%", he noted adding that it had become a major engine for global economic recovery & growth, more..

China unresponsive over FTA talks with SL

Jul 19 (Nikkei) The SL govt is exasperated by China's slowness to conclude a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) after Colombo sent Beijing a formal request to resume talks over three months ago. Some observers believe Beijing has turned a cold shoulder after the present coalition govt balked at incurring any further debt. The previous govt of President Rajapaksa formed close ties with China through major infrastructure projects more..

The unsavoury battle for the nut pie

Jul 19 (ST) The decades-old desiccated coconut industry is grappling with a shortage of nuts. Making it worse, producers allege, are unregistered backyard processors who buy up vast quantities of nuts from growers and, via suppliers, sell kernels or milk extracted under unhygienic conditions to manufacturers of coconut milk powder. Desiccated Coconut Manufacturers’ Association (DCMA) has also appealed to more..

JVP seeks increased pay scale for Police low-rankers

Jul 19 (CT) The JVP requested the Minister of Law and Order to revise the salaries of the low-rank Police officers according to the current cost of living. The JVP, presenting an Adjournment Motion at yesterday’s Parliament sitting, said that these Police officers in the lower ranks are receiving a salary below Rs 20,000. JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa presented the motion. MP Nihal Galappatti seconded it. more..

'Names from outside Rajapaksa family considered for Presidential Candidate'

Jul 19 (DM) Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, speaks about the presidential election, the status of the economy and the govt’s tax policy. Q: There are a lot of talks about the Presidential Election. There are differences of opinion on the candidate to be selected from your side. Who is the candidate in your mind? A: I do not think a seasoned politician like former President Rajapaksa will take a hasty decision. more..

Mandela and Obama

Jul 19 (DM) What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead– Nelson Mandela The above quote was on the invitation that the South African mission here sent to media requesting them to join the centenary birth celebration of Nelson Mandela that was held yesterday at the Independence Square. It was quite coincidental that the centenary observations in Sri Lanka more..

Damsel in distress…Lanka in agony

Jul 19 (DM) Her clothes were ripped off; body battered; mind confused and heart burnt; she was raped and dishonoured and violated beyond recognition. All the traditions and values that were associated with a young woman in a rural hamlet were stolen from her, so to speak. For one offender to another successive criminal, her body and soul became a playground; she was defamed, defaced and debased. Yet, while all these undignified and unscrupulous deeds were committed by more..