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SL's high commissioner woos industry

Apr 20 (BS) High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Sudharshan Seneviratne invited industry from Chandigarh and Punjab to tap the opportunities in the island nation. "There is an immense untapped potential for stronger trade cooperation, collaboration and business ties between industry from north India, especially Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana region, and Sri Lanka in the sectors of pharmaceuticals, tourism, livestock management, light engineering and healthcare." more..

Video: ASP’s mansion proposal postponed

Apr 20 (DM) SL Labour Party Leader and businessman A.S.P. Liyanage said that he had decided to postpone the offer to hand over his ‘Peacock Mansion’ at Nawala to former President Rajapaksa due to certain circumstances, which had arisen recently. Mr. Liyanage earlier offered his residence to Mr. Rajapaksa and his family to occupy for the convenience of Mr. Rajapaksa’s possible comeback to active politics. more..

Minorities helped the president: ACMC

Apr 20 (CT) The proposal by the SLFP to have 165 Members on first-past-the-post, 60 on district proportional representation and 25 national seats will remove the minorities from the political landscape of the country, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) warned. General Secretary of the ACMC, Y.L.S. Hameed said the minorities constitute almost 30% which means that out of the 250 MPs as being contemplated by the main parties, the minorities' share would be nearly 75 seats. more..

I acted within my powers: Rajapaksa

Apr 20 (AM) President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that he acted within his powers in giving a Cabinet Minister post to Tissa Attanayake. He said that as per the constitution the president can appoint Cabinet Ministers. Considering it as a bribe is nothing but a joke, Rajapaksa insisted. Rajapaksa added that the summons to the bribery commission was the New Year gift given him by the govt. He also said that the govt has started taking revenge from opponents. more..

JVP sees threat by SLFP to 19A

Apr 20 (CG) The JVP says the SLFP has posed a threat to the 19th Amendment to the constitution by saying this afternoon that it cannot agree on the bill. JVP MP Vijitha Herath said that SLFP Parliamentarian and opposition leader Nimal Siripala de Silva had made a sudden u-turn by saying the SLFP will oppose the 19th Amendment. He said that President Maithripala Sirisena had assured that he will ensure both the 19th more..

Wiggy reluctant to talks with medics

Apr 20 (CT) Jaffna Medical Association President Dr. Murali Vallipuranathan has accused that Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran was reluctant to talk to them over the contaminated well water in the Valikamam area in recent months. The Jaffna Medical Association released a documentary in DVD on the contaminated well water in Jaffna at the Kathiramalai Sivan Temple in Chunnakam on Friday. Dr. Vallipuranathan speaking at the event said that the contaminated water more..

Helicopter Bills: 'Passengers should pay'

Apr 20 (CT) The former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his family members and his henchmen who misused the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) aircrafts during the Presidential election campaigning period will have to pay their bills. SLAF helicopters and fixed-wing aircrafts have been exploited at the whims and fancies of the Rajapaksas and some of the Ministers of the former regime, which has resulted in a loss of millions of rupees. “We will call upon the passengers more..

Rajitha regrets not learning Tamil

Apr 20 (CT) Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne regretted for not studying Tamil during his school days and emphasized on changing the present educational system in order to allow the present day students to learn Tamil and Sinhala at schools. The Health Minister also enjoyed listening to National Anthem rendered in Tamil at the opening ceremony of the Emergency Unit and a new OPD at Kalmunai Base Hospital, on Thursday (16). more..

Severe weather warning issued

Apr 20 (CG) The early warning centre of the Department of Meteorology has issued a severe weather alert for tonight. The weather alert said that under the influence of an atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, thundershowers can be expected tonight. It said that showers or thundershowers will also develop over the most parts of the island during afternoon and night tomorrow. Very heavy rain falls (more than 150mm) can be expected over hilly areas. more..

Sri Lanka price controls most intrusive and bizarre: economist

Apr 20 (EN) Sri Lanka's latest price controls are the most "intrusive and bizarre" and will lead to lower quality, products going of shelves, and worsening hygiene standards, an economist has said, if the controls are forcefully implemented. Sri Lanka's hapless tea and hopper sellers now face the prospect of being dragged to court after the Consumer Affairs Authority slapped a 10 rupee price control on hoppers a popular food made out of rice flour and 25 rupees for tea with milk more..

'There is a move to damage my reputation and goodwill'

Apr 20 (AD) Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday said some elements of the new govt struggle to destroy his reputation and goodwill that he had built for years by being instrumental in the country’s struggle to defeat the Tamil rubles. Rajapaksa went on to say that the move to summon him and his brother to the Bribery Commission is also a part of this conspiracy. He added that some powerful persons of more..

Mobitel mulls acquisitions

Apr 20 (EN) Mobitel, a fully-owned unit of Sri Lanka Telecom, is still on the lookout for acquisitions in the local mobile phone sector where intense competition has prompted calls for consolidation. "In addition to investing in organic growth, the company will take advantage of opportunities presented in the form of acquisitions," the parent firm, SLT has told shareholders in its annual report. Both Mobitel, which accounted for 47% of SLT group revenue in 2014, and Dialog Axiata, had been in talks to more..

Mahinda had 8 Yogas while Maithri had 12

Apr 20 (CT) "Sinhala Tamil New Year in 2014, dawned at the auspicious time devoted to God Katharagama. It was at the height of this auspicious moment that I decided the revealing of the statue of God Katharagama should be done. My father came to me in my dreams and informed me that by the time the day comes close, something extraordinary would happen. By that day, the Kirivehera of Katharagama started to emit of drops of milk. The closer we got to the auspicious time of more..

Basil Rajapaksa to attend parliamentary session tuesday

Apr 20 (AM) Minister Basil Rajapaksa stated that he will return to Sri Lanka on Tuesday and is planning to attend the parliament session on the same day. Rajapaksa said that he took political decisions and did not engage in financial fraud. Therefore, he insisted that he does not have any problem in returning to the island. Basil Rajapaksa left Sri Lanka soon after the defeat of his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa at presidential more..

Bribery Commission chairman reach agreement with speaker on summons to MR

Apr 20 (AM) Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Chairman Jagath Balapatabendi called on Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa this evening and held a discussion on the controversy regarding the summoning of former president Rajapaksa to the commission. Chairman and the Speaker agreed that the Bribery Commission officials should visit former president Rajapaksa and record a statement, rather than summoning him to premises of commission. more..

260 MPs ? Reform process should be democratic first

Apr 20 (CT) There are close door deliberations among leading politicians of many hues (hardly any shades of political differences in them now), none of whom can be taken as serious and honest wo/men to decide how our Constitutional and Electoral reforms should take shape. The very arguments/reasons attached to their decisions to either postpone or fast forward the process prove how selfish they are in sticking to power. These wo/men have proposed to increase more..

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The comedy of current politics

Apr 20 (CT) Political parties representing the majority community uses the political platform all the time to talk about the rights of the majority and to safeguard this land, which they claim belongs to the majority community. Such political slogans are open to debate. Be that as it may, these community proud political entities are not united to uphold and protect the rights of the majority community they claim to represent. The recent cracks in the SLFP and the JVP almost on the eve of more..

Sri Lankan stocks end weaker

Apr 20 (LBO) Sri Lanka's stocks closed down, 0.09% mainly due to the prevailing political uncertainty in the Island driving investors away, brokers said. Colombo benchmark All Share Price Index closed 06.03 points lower at 7,080.38 down 0.09%. The S&P SL20 closed 08.04 points higher at 4,020.60 up 0.20%. “The unsettling activities in parliament and the current insecure political situation in the country is having an impact on the market and today’s trading activities,” more..

Update: MPs want written assurance

Apr 20 (DM) UPFA MP T.B. Ekanayake who is one of the MPs carrying out the protest said it would not be called off until President Maithripala Sirisena assured them in writing of former president Rajapaksa’s safety and security. Protesting MPs handed over a petition signed by them to Minister John Amaratunga urging a written assurance from the President. “We are awaiting the minister’s response,” Mr. Ekanayake said. more..

MR unlikely to report to the BC

Apr 20 (DM) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is unlikely to report to the Bribery Commission (BC) though it had summoned him to do so on April 24, his spokesman Rohan Weliwita said today. However, he said Mr. Rajapaksa was awaiting a proper response from the Bribery Commission because he is unaware as to why he had been summoned and the name or names of those who filed the complaint against him. more..

Court order to check Senarath’s accounts

Apr 20 (DM) Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today obtained a court order to examine the accounts of former presidential chief-of-staff Gamini Sedara Senarath, his close relatives and their business establishments in more than 80 banks and financial institutions. Nishantha Warnasinghe of the Anti-Corruption Movement in his police complaint said Mr. Senarath had used institutions such as more..

BC DG summoned to House

Apr 20 (DM) The Director General (DG) of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Ms. Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe has been asked to be present at the Parliament by the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa a short while ago. The DG was summoned in the wake of protests displayed by about 60 members of the opposition in Parliament today. Opposition members protested over more..

UPFA MPs concerned over probe

Apr 20 (CG) Opposition UPFA MPs today raised concerns over attempts to investigate them and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well as former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on corruption charges. NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa said that Rajapaksa, who defeated the LTTE, is now being targeted over false allegations. “He is being hunted. This is not implementing the law,” the former Minister said. more..

CPM urges Sri Lanka to hold credible enquiry

Apr 20 (ENS) The 21st Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Sunday noted that six years after the end of the civil war, the problems of SL Tamils have not been resolved in any meaningful manner and called for the withdrawal of wartime deployment armed forces from Tamil provinces. “SL govt should conduct a credible enquiry into the human rights violations in the final stages of the armed conflict in May 2009. more..

Sri Lanka will not be a transshipment location for transnational drug trafficking

Apr 20 (GDI) Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, Minister of Justice representing Sri Lanka attended the High Level Event on Countering Narcotics Trafficking on the High Seas in the Indian Ocean under the Global Maritime Crime Programme Event and delivered a key note address while Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes chaired the conference. Rajapakshe addressed on the subject of more..

CAA tips the scales in consumers’ favour from May 1

Apr 20 (ST) The public will be able to weigh bread or other goods prior to purchasing them at supermarkets, bakeries and grocery stores and, if items are underweight, they can return or exchange, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) said. CAA has issued a gazette directing all traders to install a weighing scale verified for its accuracy by Department of Measurement Units Standards & Services, with effect from May 1, more..

'Mathews can overtake Tendulkar'

Apr 20 (CC) Sri Lanka cricket teams outgoing manager has made the bold statement that the current captain of the national team — Angelo Mathews — can surpass Sachin Tendulkar in number of Test centuries in his career, going by the fine form Mathews has struck over the recent couple of years. “From the time he (Angelo Mathews) captained in the Bangladesh series through to the end of the 2015 World Cup, it was marvellous more..

Koslanda still weeps

Apr 20 (SL) Six months since the Meeryabedde Koslanda disaster where a monstrous landslide claimed the lives of over one hundred people when they were buried alive and thousands of estate workers were left homeless, some of them are still living in temporary shelters. For many of them who lost everything they ever possessed and were left only with the clothes they were wearing, the dilemma still continues with no hope in sight. more..

Jaathika Anduwa: Some reflective thoughts

Apr 20 (DM) One of the most interesting themes to have emerged in the present political debate in Sri Lanka is the idea of Jaathika Anduwa, or National Govt. The concept of National Govt is not a new one. The credit for its retrieval in the current political context of Sri Lanka goes to PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. However, the way the National Govt is being conceptualised and explained raises some fundamental questions about its possible political consequences for democratic more..

Lead the way for 19A

Apr 20 (DM) This week, significantly placed between the National New Year and the thrice-blessed day of Vesak, may turn out to be a vital week in Sri Lanka’s history. We join the people of Sri Lanka in hoping for and urging political leaders and lawmakers to rise to the occasion, to rise beyond desires for personal gain or party interest and raise the hands or vote for the common good of all the people of our country. Coming up for debate and probably a vote in Parliament this week will be the crucial more..

19 A: Debate deferred

Apr 20 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition political parties led by the SLFP yesterday agreed to defer the debate on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution by a day to enable them to reach an agreement on both constitutional and electoral reforms, political sources told The Island. The decision was taken at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat in the morning. more..

TNA denies links with LTTE

Apr 20 (IANS) SL's main Tamil majority political party on Sunday dismissed allegations that it had worked with the Tamil Tiger rebels. TNA had been accused of spreading the ideology of the LTTE, who fought a 30-year civil war in the country before their defeat in May 2009. "We do not have any allegiance to the LTTE nor are we committed to their ideology. We stand up for the rights of the Tamil people but we are not in favour of terrorism nor do we encourage it and everyone knows this," more..

President issues directive reinstating RDA, BOI workers

Apr 20 (DN) Employees who lost their jobs at the Road Development Authority (RDA) and Board of Investment (BoI) will be reinstated from today on a directive by President Maithripala Sirisena. The workers who had lost their employment met the President on April 17 and having listened to their pleas, the President issued a directive to the authorities to reinstate them. The President while issuing the directive to the authorities requested all workers to report for work today. more..

Mahinda and Gota summoned by Bribery Commission

Apr 20 (DM) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been asked to report to the Bribery Commission (BC) this week to record statements over various allegations against them, sources said. They said Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was asked to report to the BC on April 22 and 23 while the former President was asked to report to BC on Friday, April 24. more..

Inquiry on Rupavahini

Apr 20 (CT) An investigation will be conducted on why ceremonial hisa thel gema (anointing oil) event the President took part was not properly telecast on Sri Lanka Rupavahini, Secretary to the Information and Media Ministry said. Only a half of the event of President's hisa thel gaema was telecasted. The auspicious time was 9.06 and an advertisement telecast just before the auspicious time hence nearly 23 seconds of the auspicious time was elapsed when advertisement ended. more..