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Police Dept. increases cash rewards for police officers, informants

Sep 12 (DM) Police Department had decided to increase the cash rewards given to police officers who successfully carry out operations and to informants who provide information about illegal firearms, Acting IGP C. D. Wickramaratne said. He revealed that police had conducted special operations to arrest suspects with illegal firearms and with hand grenades. But in the recent past, the circulation of illegal firearms & hand grenades more..

SC re-fixes FR petitions challenging cremation of their Covid-19 victims

Sep 12 (Island) Supreme Court on Aug 9 re-fixed for support on Nov 26, the fundamental rights violation petitions filed by Muslims and Christians protesting against the order of the Health Ministry to cremate all victims of Covid-19 regardless of their religious faiths. Notice had to be re-issued on the newly appointed Director General Health Services and the Secretary to the Ministry of Health. Muslims and Christians have said that it is a violation of their religious freedom to be cremated. more..

Sri Lanka’s BoP to reach a deficit of US$ 1.8B

Sep 12 (CT) SL’s next year (2021) debt repayment is estimated to surge past Rs 3.0 trillion as debt to GDP is expected to exceed 100%, the Colombo based equity and economic research arm, First Capital said. This year’s (2020) SL’s Debt to GDP is expected to reach 96% amidst a larger budget deficit. “Overall trade contraction and extended import restrictions will improve current account to a marginal surplus but deficit may expand closer to US$ 1 bil in 2021, once restrictions are lifted” more..

Industrial production index rises 2.4% in July

Sep 12 (FT) Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for July increased by 2.4% compared to the same month in 2019, Census & Statistics Dept said, indicating that the economy was gradually recovering from the COVID-19 impact. IIP reported for the month of July 2020 and 2019 were 111.1 and 108.6 respectively. IIP is an index which details out the growth of sub sectors of the industry sector in a given period of time. more..

SL, UK duo looks to commercialize honey coated banana-fibre mask concept

Sep 12 (EN) Two Bahrain resident expatriates from SL and Britain say they have conceived and are developing a honey coated, banana fibre face mask which would have anti-microbe properties suitable to protect against Coronavirus, but is rapidly biodegradable. They are now looking to further refine the mask with additional research and development, get certification and commercialize it. The Mel-Cotta (honey coated) branded mask uses banana stalk fibres, honey and propolis – more..

Sports revenue to reach US$ 1 bn within five years: Namal

Sep 12 (DN) Sports will be made a US$ 1 billion revenue-generating subject within the next five years, said Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa. He was speaking at the launch of the Lanka Sportreizen organised Open/National Surfing Championships which will be held on September 26 and 27, at Arugam Bay. Minister said that his plan to convert SL Sports to a US$ 1 billion includes the local manufacture and export of sports equipment, sports apparels, and services to the world. more..

Man who framed Lankan student says jealousy led him to it

Sep 12 (ABC) The man who caused a UNSW colleague to spend a month in jail by framing him with a fake terror plot has tearfully admitted in court he was "a coward". Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was jealous of Mohamed Nizamdeen's friendship with a woman when he scrawled terror blueprints in a stolen notebook in Aug 2018. Khawaja, the 40-year-old brother of cricketer Usman Khawaja, sobbed as he told Downing Centre District Court more..

DPL empowers 3000 small holder rubber farmers in Moneragala

Sep 12 (Island) Dipped Products Ltd (DPL) through its Firstlight Initiative, over a period of some 12 years, empowered around 3000 rubber farmers in Moneragala to expand their rubber growing initiative to ensure their rubber production is absorbed by the company. It is also significant that the company continues to assist these farmers and their families. At Moneragala we spoke to these farmers who were enthusiastic about their supplier relationship with the company and continuous good standing more..

Govt prepares to implement Rubber Master Plan

Sep 12 (ST) The govt has commenced work on the implementation of the Rubber Master Plan crucial for the development of the sector aimed at increasing yields while taking a pragmatic decision not to interfere in pricing. With the rubber industry facing a number of issues the govt has appointed a committee to look into the implementation of the Rubber Master Plan in a bid to initiate its proposals, SL Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of Rubber Products Director General Rohan more..

Cabraal announces measures to tweak economy

Sep 12 (FT) Govt will offer swap arrangements to investment that could come into the country through Treasury bills and bonds, State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal told Parliament, outlining plans to boost growth through attracting investment. “Through that swap arrangement we are hoping to attract more and more investors to come in which will ensure that SL will have a stable rupee and a strong reserves & allow us to confront more..

HNB partners Unimo

Sep 12 (Island) SL’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC in partnership with Unimo Enterprises Limited, a fully-owned subsidiary of United Motors Lanka PLC, offering customers vehicles with a down payment of 30 percent of the value of the vehicle. The partnership will provide customers with convenient leasing solutions for a limited stock of DFSK 7seater SUVs, Glory 330 MPVs and Z100 compact cars during the promotional period. HNB Dy General Manager- Retail/SME Banking, more..

Teas in good demand with increased offers

Sep 12 (CT) A total of 6.3 MKgs were on offer this week, recording an increase over the previous week’s 5.9 MKgs. There was good demand. Ex-Estate offerings comprised 0.8 M/Kgs. Quality of offerings from the Western and Nuwara Eliya planting districts showed some improvement, whilst the Uva/Uda Pussellawas showed no change. Improved demand, particularly following quality – an encouraging trend. Best Western BOP’s gained Rs. 30-50 per kg and substantially more for more..

SLR to kick off with 7s tournament

Sep 12 (CT) Despite not playing rugby for nearly sixth months, Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) is planning to kick off the sport with two inter club Sevens rugby tournaments end of October. Under the theme Get back to rugby, SLR is planning to have a workshop on 17 September with all stakeholders to discuss the process and how safe it is to return to play in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. more..

Dian elected to World Boxing Body

Sep 12 (CT) Dian Gomes has been appointed as an Executive Committee Member of the World Boxing Body of AIBA, the supreme and most prestigious global association dedicated to boxing. Dian needs no special introduction as his name is synonymous with the renaissance of sports in our island. A former Royal College fly weight boxing champion and a former President of CIMA Sri Lanka Division, Dian has been a leading corporate personality for the better part of three decades, more..

Pradeep Basnayake: The pride of Trinity and Sri Lankan Rugby

Sep 12 (ST) The name Pradeep Basnayake better known as Bassa is synonymous with SL rugby. In the Central Hills, where he is a legend, Basnayake is a home grown hero who never crossed over to any club but served Kandy Sports Club with utmost dedication and loyalty during his entire playing career. For Trinity College, he remains an icon who won the Bradby as a player, won the coveted Rugby Lion, captained Sri Lanka in Rugby and coached the 1st XV Trinity outfit to a Bradby victory. more..

Fire on oil tanker: Bravery of sailors, coastguards pay dividends

Sep 12 (SO) The nearly 3-day battle to douse the fire on a crude oil tanker in SL’s Eastern seas has been brought under control following a strenuous fire-fighting effort by SL sailors and the Indian coast guards. The crude oil tanker MT New Diamond chartered by the Indian Oil Company (IOC) had been sailing from the port of Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait to the Indian port of Paradip when disaster struck at around 8 am on Sept 3. more..

Editorial: How to torpedo MCC compact

Sep 12 (Island) Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, addressing Parliament, made no bones about his opposition to the MCC compact, which, he said, he had opposed as a minister of the yahapalana Cabinet. He said there had been no change in his stance thereon; he considers the compact detrimental to the interests of SL. He may not have been able to express his views freely as a member of the UNP-led regime, which was an American puppet, but he is free to do so now. more..

Onus on Govt to protect environment

Sep 12 (CT) Without any doubt 2020 will be one of the hottest years on record for the planet. And, it will most probably be the hottest ever, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Continued destruction caused to the environment is one of the reasons for the extreme weather felt across the globe and this is the case in Sri Lanka too: dry seasons have become hotter and monsoon rains continue far longer than they used to be. more..

Indo-Lanka ties on beef imports

Sep 12 (Island) There is a clear duality in the PM’s decision on a ban on cattle slaughter. The cattle are slaughtered for the purpose of beef consumption. But the new slaughter ban will support beefeaters with imports of beef from abroad. This duality may be part of the Lotus Bud or Podujana Peramuna political thinking, such as its desire for dual citizens to be able to contest parliamentary elections. We are now told that more..

Dual Citizens in parliament!

Sep 12 (Island) The proposed new amendment to the constitution is going to allow Dual Citizens to contest for political office. What a terrible thing, the hard core frog in the well Lankan says. The carefully preserved, inbred lifestyle of our island will be decimated. When your wealth is measured by the number of bangles on your wife’s hand, when you pawn your jewellery on a regular basis to be able to give New Year presents to your relatives, thereby creating an image that you are prospering. more..

20 A; manifestation of a crisis in political culture

Sep 12 (DM) The proposed 20th Amendment which the SLPP govt is going to pass in Parliament next month is nothing but another round of manifestation of uncultured politics in Sri Lanka. It is going to be a further step of incivility of politics not only because of the contents of this piece of legislation, but mainly because it manifests the rashness and slavish mindset of many politicians, even in respect of the basic law of the country which would govern the lives of their own future generations. more..


Officers not following the due legal process

Sep 12 (DM) Ignorance of the law is no excuse. It must be stated at the outset of this article, that the knowledge of the law in relation to subjects coming under the purview of various officials, be they be attached to the Govt, Provincial Administration or even the Local Govt administration is much to be desired. If the position of the officials is such then one can imagine as to what would be the position in relation to elected representatives. The other aspect is the shortcomings that more..

The hydra against the behemoth

Sep 12 (DM) Sajith Premadasa’s decision to deliver his speech at the commencement of the ninth parliament in English gleaned mixed reactions from various crowds. Some argue that he was channelling the spectre of Ranil Wickremesinghe by trying to be like Ranil in a place that’s missing Ranil. Others argue, like I do, that there’s nothing wrong with it. It is significant to note that no one criticising the way the speech was delivered has paid any attention to what the speech was all about. more..

Increase in HIV prevalance and preventive measures: Rapid testing assists detection

Sep 12 (TM) Earlier last week, we reported that there was an increase in HIV-positive cases recorded by the National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP), noting that youths from 19-25 years of age showed high prevalence of contracting the virus. The sentinel data collection across the island indicates that there are 3,600 people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are over the age of 15 and reflects an HIV prevalence of less that 0.1%. more..

Resisting 20A & The New Constitution: The right way & The wrong way

Sep 12 (CT) There is a right way and a wrong way to fight any battle. The right way is the way to win or at least accumulate as many gains as possible, and to do so in a manner that is universally recognizable as ethical, so that even if you lose the battle you would have won the moral high ground, giving you a good chance to win the war. The 20th Amendment battle is far too important not to fought in the best and smartest way possible. While the broadest coalition of the most diverse forces is more..

Charity will bring about a just and fair society built on rock

Sep 12 (DM) If we speak in every language but do not have love or charity, we are like resounding gongs or clanging cymbals. If we have various talents and imaginative skills or fathom mysteries and all knowledge or even if we can move mountains, but do not have love or charity, we are nothing. If we give all we possess to the poor and give over our bodies to hardship that we may boast, but do not have love or charity, we gain nothing. Love or charity is patient and kind. more..

Anawilundawa Sanctuary clearance: Probe on for real motive

Sep 12 (TM) Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation instructed the Chilaw Magistrate to take strict action against the perpetrators who are remanded over the clearance of the Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary that took place on 25 Aug. The clearance of this Ramsar Convention-protected wetland came to light when area residents informed Dept of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) officials about the destruction. more..

The need for robust marine insurance

Sep 12 (CT) The possibility of a huge disaster if the burning oil tanker leaks its cargo, demonstrates our vulnerability if we attract ships into our territorial waters without proper insurance. The article below was published in 2012. It still holds true today, perhaps the oil spill that has just begun, might open the eyes of someone with a sense of responsibility by this nation. In that hope here goes…. “Sri Lanka is exposed as the worst polluter of the Indian Ocean. The new maps on human impact on more..

Undoing the wrongs of 19th Amendment

Sep 12 (CT) At the end of the day, the new 20th Amendment Bill to the Constitution seeks to undo the wrongs of the earlier 19th Amendment, which was among the key promises of the ruling Rajapaksas, before both the Presidential Elections in November last and Parliamentary Polls last month. The fast-tracking of 20A shows that much thinking had gone into the final draft over the past nine months, and the goal has been kept simple and straight – pending a new Constitution. more..

CNI Chief not received report sent to his office

Sep 11 (DM) Although an intelligence report with regard to the use of mobile SIM cards bearing foreign numbers by the suicide bombers to exchange messages had been received to the office of Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) before Easter Sunday terror attacks, the particular report had not been handed over to former CNI Director Sisira Mendis, PCoI was informed yesterday. Responding to a question posed by a Commissioner, more..

Hakeem calls for inclusion of women judges in Quasi courts

Sep 11 (Island) Laws should be changed as soon as possible to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 and allow female judges in Quasi courts, SSLMC leader Rauff Hakeem told the PCoI. A Commissioner then asked the witness why he had not taken steps to introduce relevant amendments during his tenure as the Minister of Justice. Hakeem said that it was impossible to do so at that time. “When I was the Minister of Justice, a committee was appointed to study Muslim Marriages & Divorces Act. more..

World Bank supports Sri Lanka with $56 Million to mitigate COVID-19 impacts

Sep 11 (WB) The World Bank has reallocated $56 million from ongoing projects in SL to protect the most vulnerable in the agriculture sector, improve COVID-19 protection measures on public transport, facilitate tele-education for school children, and provide digital solutions to improve delivery of public services. This new financing complements the $128.6 million SL COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Project, which was approved on Apr 2. more..

DM report on KDU incinerator yields positive results

Sep 11 (DM) Following continuous reporting by the Daily Mirror over health risks faced by a group of residents behind the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Hospital (KDUH) in Boralesgamuwa due to the smoke emanating from the hospital incinerator, the hospital management has finally decided to bring about changes to the incinerator and the clinical waste burning space of the hospital. more..

20A should be enforced cautiously: PAFFREL

Sep 11 (NR) Election monitoring body the PAFFREL says enforcing the 20 Amendment to the Constitution should be the implemented cautiously according to the expectations of the public. Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi said the govt will not be able to avoid public displeasure if it fails to understand the mandate that was granted by the country’s citizens. Hettiarachchi noted that the proposed 20 Amendment challenges certain basic fundamentals of democracy. more..

Harini delivers maiden parliament speech

Sep 11 (CT) Making her maiden speech in Parliament, Jathika Jana Balawegaya (NPP) National List MP Dr. Harini Amarasuriya yesterday said that the economic principles of Sri Lanka have never given a value to the work such as the household chores done by women without getting paid. She said: “Every woman plays a significant role in her home - preparing food, caring for children, and caring for the elderly, the sick, people with special needs, and so on. more..