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President shows no mercy to striking doctors: minister

June 28 (EN) Striking govt doctors called off their trade union action despite failing to extract any concessions from President Maithripala Sirisena, but may have feared mounting public anger, the health minister said Wednesday. The cabinet of ministers discussed the GMOA trade union action last week and the President noted that he had made no concessions whatsoever to the strikers, minister Rajitha Senaratne told reporters. more..

Video: Removal of illegal buildings: Patali vows no political interference

June 28 (AD) There will be no political interference in the effort to demolish illegally built buildings in Colombo, a top govt minister vowed. Minister Champika Ranawaka said illegally built houses and offices have been demolished despite the fact to whom it belonged to and the process will continue. Minister also told reporters in Colombo that the recognized illegal construction sites which hinder drainage of rain water in Peliyagoda, Kelaniya and Kolonnawa would be removed. more..

GMOA to take final decision tomorrow

June 28 (DM) GMOA said they will take a decisive decision tomorrow during its Central Committee meeting if the govt would not address their demands with regard to SAITM. GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen De Soyza said that the coming couple of hours would be crucial and added that their final decision may be a token strike or a certain step beyond it. “Earlier, we called off the strike believing President’s words. We respected his word and had hoped he would mete out justice. more..

Sri Lanka players told to get fit - or get out!

June 28 (AFP) Govt warned the national cricket team to get fit in three months or get booted out. Ultimatum came after the squad was found to be unfit for the series against Zimbabwe which starts on Friday. "No one has a satisfactory level of fitness, but I have made an exception this time," minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said. Players are selected by an independent panel for the national team, but sports minister more..

BBS condemns questioning of journalists

June 28 (DM) Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Organisation strongly condemned questioning of journalists who covered the press briefings by the Organised Crimes Prevention Division (OCPD), BBS CEO Dilantha Withanage said. He said questioning of journalists did not take place during other Police investigations and it was clear that Police were purposely targeting the BBS. Meanwhile, he said as an organisation BBS would fight for the rights of journalists if they had to face any issue. more..

SL eyes first choice for foreign companies

June 28 (Xinhua) Govt said that it will look to promote the country as the first choice for international companies. Minister Ravi Karunanayake told a seminar that SL must pursue a "hub diplomacy," which relentlessly promotes Sri Lanka as the first-choice location for the regional headquarters of international companies, from established multinationals to expanding start-ups. "Just as Singapore established itself as a successful hub between India & China, so too can SL, more..

'Crucial decision on constitution next week'

June 28 (DM) Constitution Assembly Steering Committee will meet next week to decide on the procedure to be adopted when enacting the new constitution, PM Ranil Wickremeisnghe said today. He said this when addressing a conference on the new constitution, pointed out that the Steering Committee at its meeting next week would decide whether to include all provisions of the constitution in the interim report or to include only more..

4 new envoys present credentials to Prez

June 28 (PSL) Three Ambassadors and a  High Commissioner  presented credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House. President, referring to close bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and the countries represented by the new envoys expressed confidence that they would strive to further strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation in many areas including trade, investment and tourism. While the HC of Seychelles will be based in Colombo, more..

South Korea to consider increase of job quota to Sri Lanka

June 28 (PSL) President of South Korean Human Resources Development Service of Korea, Prof. Park Young-bum said his country would consider increasing the employment quota for SL workers. He said this when President Sirisena asked about the possibility of increasing the employment quota for SL agricultural workers, when Prof Park called on him at Presidential Secretariat. President thanked Govt of South Korea for providing employment to workers in fisheries & agriculture sectors. more..

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President will intervene in Uma Oya project

June 28 (DN) President Sirisena will meet the protestors of the Uma Oya Multipurpose Project on Friday, Minister Harin Fernando said. He said President has decided to intervene to resolve the problems faced by the people affected by the above project. He said ten persons representing the protesting mass have been invited by the President for a discussion tomorrow. A Norwegian company has been requested to look into the shortfalls of the Uma Oya project and propose solutions. more..

Jewel of Indian Ocean: How to invest in SL

June 28 (FN) This sun kissed island just below India is a minnow compared to its giant northern neighbours, but its emergence from civil war and political crisis has put it on the map for brave investors. While the SL economy has seen decent GDP growth in the last few years, currently it stands at 4.1% growth y-o-y, not impressive, but things could be much worse. The govt debt to GDP ratio has risen to 76%, which is uncomfortably high for a small frontier market. more..

First phase of Lakhiru Sevana Housing Complex vested with the public

June 28 (PSL) President Maithripala Sirisena vested the first phase of the Lakhiru Sevana Housing Complex in Maligawatta, with the public, today. Govt launched this project with the aim of relocating of households presently located in undeserved settlements in the city of Colombo. This housing scheme was constructed under the Urban Regeneration Programme by Urban Development Authority with the guidance of more..

Tamils displaced by Sampur Vidura Navy Camp meet HRCSL

June 28 (TG) Displaced people of Sampur told SL Human Rights Commission that SL Navy’s Vidura camp should be removed so that they can be resettled in their own lands. A team from the commission led by Ambika Satkunananthan visited Trinco on 15-16 June, holding discussions with civil society and political representatives and visiting the occupied lands in Sampur. According to villagers, having displaced the people of Neenakeni in 2006, Navy built camp on 176 acres of civilian land. more..

President visits Negombo Hospital

June 28 (PSL) President Maithripala Sirisena made an urgent observation tour to Negombo District Hospital today. He inspected the activities of the hospital and held a special discussion with the specialist doctor who is in charge of the special dengue treatment unit. President, who witnessed the congestion in the dengue ward complex, directed the officials to take quick actions to expand required facilities. He also inspected the other development activities in the hospital more..

SL banks lead in March quarter profits

June 28 (EN) Sri Lanka’s banking sector remained the largest contributor to earnings of firms listed on the Colombo stock exchange in the March 2017 quarter, helped by interest rates spreads. Earnings were up by 7.1% in the quarter to Rs 65.5 billion from a year ago and 0.2% from the previous quarter, for 278 companies analysed by the brokerage, excluding a large one-off gain made by the LOLC group. more..

'Do not play games with youth of the nation'

June 28 (AD) MP C.B. Ratnayake states that the Government must search for solutions to the SAITM issue without delay, and that discussions must be held for this purpose at state level. C. B. Ratnayake said that no one has the right to fracture skulls of the future generation and that no one must attempt to exterminate them either. He added that university students maintained relationships with certain political parties that followed socialist courses of action. more..

Shortage of doctors in the future: Sagala

June 28 (AD) Minister Sagala Ratnayaka stated certain individuals who are not able to act in a democratic manner have caused tension to arise within the youth of the country, jeopardizing their education,  while promoting violence.  Protests that were carried out in front of the Health Ministry, which further lead to the destruction of property, did not require student participation, and that certain politicians had been behind the supposed attacks- fuelling a burning fire.  more..

Hartal demanding authorities to fix Uma Oya leak

June 28 (DM) Bandarawela town came to standstill this morning due to a hartal campaign launched to push authorities to repair a leak in a tunnel of Uma Oya Project. US$ 529 million project which was constructed in 2009 carries water to Handapanagala and Lunugamwehera Reservoirs which in turn are redistributed for drinking, irrigation and industrial purposes.  A crowd of more than 30,000 individuals led by religious leaders more..

Dumith Fernando on Sri Lanka stock exchange Board

June 28 (EN) Investment banker and head of Asia Securities Dumith Fernando has been elected as a director of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) board at its Annual General Meeting on 26th May 2017. Fernando, an experienced international investment banker with over two decades in the industry in the US & Asia, replaces Vajira Kulatilaka who stepped down from CSE Board. Fernando led the acquisition of Asia Securities in 2015 and is its chairman & controlling shareholder. more..

JVP says allocation of protesting spaces a FR violation

June 28 (NR) Ministry of LG & PCs says steps are underway to identify three places in Colombo in order to hold protests. JVP says the conduct of protests is on the rise due to govt’s inability to provide solutions to the grievances of the public. JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake said protests along main roads are not only conducted in SL but in European countries as well. MP said in the past organisations held large protests in US, in town halls, parks, along roads, buildings and banks. more..

Namal and two others granted bail over money laundering case

June 28 (DN) MP Namal Rajapaksa and two others were granted bail today by the Colombo High Court for their alleged involvement in laundering money amounting to Rs.30 million through Gowers Corporate Services between 2013 and 2014. The three accused, Namal Rajapaksa, Nithya Samaranayake and Sujani Bogollagama who functioned as the directors of Gowers Corporation were ordered to be released on a surety bail more..

Is the govt becalmed?

June 28 (FT) Almost two years into its term, it is difficult to explain away the current Govt’s lack of achievements on the economic front. I count the term of the Govt from August 2015, rather than January 2015, because the focus in the extended first 100 days of the presidential term was on constitutional reform. The Foreign Ministry was responsible for the principal economic achievement, the restoration of duty-free access to the European Union under GSP Plus. more..

The custodian of the law has failed

June 28 (CT) On more than a few occasions we have drawn attention to the fact that the Opposition's Raison d'Etre is, as Donald Trump says of the Democrats, to resist: It is obstruction. We have also said throughout the past two years that trade unions, peasants, renegade clerics and university students form the nucleus of their weaponry to destabilize the govt outside Parliament while incessant heckling, stand-ins and adjournment questions ad nauseam are the wherewithal with more..

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Video: Govt is ignoring issues of university students: Namal

June 28 (AD) MP Namal Rajapaksa states that certain isolated mistakes were made during Rajapaksa regime and that they were now paying for said mistakes. He stated this in response to a question raised by the media, after being released from remand custody on bail. Charges were previously filed against Namal Rajapaksa and two others for alleged money laundering practices. He stated that mistakes were the result of arbitrary actions of few govt servants & Police officers. more..

US$ 515mn development bond oversubscribed

June 28 (LBO) Issue of SL development bonds amounting to US$ 515 million has been oversubscribed with close to US$ 1 billion of bids received from investors. CB has received US$ 452.55 million of bids for the one year seven months bond and the bank has accepted 73.93 million at a floating rate of six month LIBOR plus 274.93 basis points. CB has also received US$ 181.29 million of bids for the three year bond and the bank has accepted 107.65 million at a floating rate of more..

Human Trafficking: US says Sri Lanka yet to meet minimum standards

June 28 (DM) Sri Lanka was upgraded to Tier 2, the annual Trafficking in Persons Report (2017) released by the US State Secretary Rex Tillerson said. The report stated that SL govt demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period and therefore, SL was upgraded to Tier 2. However it said, Sri Lanka did not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking, however, more..

Hemantha’s proposal to bring Indian doctors irks GMOA

June 28 (Island) The GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya warned attempts to protect the SAITM would cause further turmoil. GMOA wouldn’t give up its efforts to abolish the SAITM project under any circumstances, Dr Padeniya said, urging the public to be wary of false propaganda. Dr Padeniya was responding to attorney-at-law Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, PC, who lambasted the GMOA. more..

Schools Athletics Association to stick to tested formula

June 28 (Island) SL Schools Athletics Association is determined to carry on with the tested distances of 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres for the Under-14 age category despite the Ministry of Education dropping such disciplines for the said age category at athletics championships conducted by them this year. "We are continuing with these disciplines as they are the events that build strength, speed and endurance. more..

SL exports to rise after regaining GSP+

June 28 (OBG) The recent decision by the EU to reinstate Sri Lanka to its tariff exemption scheme, designed to assist developing countries in achieving upper-middle-income status, should serve to boost exports and generate renewed private sector investment. On May 19 the EU formally restored Sri Lanka to the ranks of countries that benefit from the GSP+, which provides additional tariff preferences. more..

Vidya Murder: Trial-at- bar begins today

June 28 (DN) Murder trial of schoolgirl Sivaloganathan Vidya will begin before a 3-member bench at Jaffna High Court today. The 3-member bench will be headed by High Court Judge Balendran Sashi Mahendran and comprises Judges Annalingam Premashankar and Manickavasagar Chelian. Chief Justice Priyasath Dep appointed a 3-member bench to hear the schoolgirl Vidya murder case on May 22. more..

The battle to keep Sinhala alive in Cornell University, USA

June 28 (ST) Scholars at the Cornell University, USA, are fighting to keep alive a decades-old Sinhala language programme that is facing closure owing to funding cuts. Cornell, a renowned private Ivy League institution, is the only university outside Sri Lanka to offer a full curriculum of study in Sinhala. About half of the funding for the course is external, primarily from US Govt’s Department of Education. The rest is from the university. more..

Parliament Mafia robbing People's hard earned money through various scams

June 28 (DM) At a time when the country is facing a debt burden, Ministers should play a key role in securing the people’s money. But they seem to care less. While they get to enjoy most perks and benefits, many of them seem to be surviving the tax game as well. Daily Mirror learns that the statutory allowance for any individual, whether a resident or not is Rs. 500,000. This is a tax-free allowance given to all citizens of SL. more..

Black Hartal in Bandarawela today!

June 28 (CT) Protests against the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project have been continuing for years due to the adverse effects which are seen in the area around Bandarawela in the Central Highlands. The ADB once rejected funding the project due to several factors including technical faults. Iranian Govt came forward to provide funds as a loan in 2008. People of the area have been complaining of drying up of water more..

I am on unequal ground: Lakshan Dias

June 28 (DM) Following a statement made during a TV talk show highlighting attacks on a religious minority group, human rights lawyer Lakshan Dias faced allegations raised by Justice Minister on the grounds of creating religious disharmony. Commenting on the situation Dias said that his opinion was based on the facts of a recently published report as well as facts derived from similar court cases that he was appearing for. more..

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