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Restaurateur arrested for letting students smoke shisha

Sep 11 (DM) An owner of a restaurant at a luxury shopping mall in Colombo was arrested by the Police yesterday afternoon for letting a group of 10 teenage schoolboys of a leading Colombo school to smoke Shisha at the premises. The police commenced probe after finding a social media video uploaded by these students enjoying Shisha at the restaurant, whilst having beer on an earlier occasion. more..

Two arrested with Rs.1mn worth heroin in Wellampitiya

Sep 11 (DM) A 27-year-old youth and a 45-year-old woman were arrested with heroin worth Rs.1 million during a raid at the Wellampitiya Police area last night by the Organised Crime Preventive Division of Colombo. Suspects were arrested in their house at Ransura Mawatha in Wennawatta, Wellampitiya yesterday following information received to the Crime Preventive Division. “During the raid, 100 grammes and 983 milligrams of heroin were found. Following questioning of 27-yr-old suspect, more..

Moulavi who recorded PCoI proceedings resigns from ACJU

Sep 11 (AD) Acting Secretary of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), who was caught while recording the proceedings of the PCoI probing the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks, has stepped down from his post. The ACJU stated that the Moulavi’s resignation letter has been accepted. Police Unit of the PCoI on Easter Sunday terror attacks had caught an individual recording the proceedings of the Commission. The incident had occurred when Ven. Gnanasara Thero more..

Foreign Ministry revamp in progress with six new envoys proposed by the President

Sep 11 (EN) SL’s Foreign Service is getting an overhaul with the planned termination of the postings of heads of missions who have reached 60-years of age and the proposed appointment of a number of non-career envoys. Traditionally envoys in overseas postings are allowed to continue until the end of their appointed term even though they reach retirement age. According to this decision senior career diplomats Kshenuka more..

Highways Minister wants those who dig up roads to meet cost of repairs

Sep 11 (Island) Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said that he would introduce new laws to compel the Water Board, CEB and private telecom companies to bear the cost of repairing the roads that were damaged by them. Minister said that he had received a large number of complaints from the general public that the CEB, the Water Board and telecom companies damaged roads for their service needs and not even the newly carpeted roads had been spared. more..

Video: Mangala willing to take on UNP leadership

Sep 11 (AD) Former Member of Parliament Mangala Samaraweera says he will consider taking on the leadership of the UNP if he is requested to accept the position. Samaraweera further noted that he never withdrew the UNP membership. He made these remarks speaking to the media after recording a statement with the PCoI probing the alleged incidents of political victimization on Thursday (10). The former Minister also pointed out that a fitting leader can rebuild the UNP soon. more..

Plans afoot to produce 50% of country’s pharmaceuticals requirement locally

Sep 11 (PMD) Govt plans to produce 50% of the country’s requirement of pharmaceuticals locally within the next three years. The objective is to provide high-quality medicine to the public and the foreign market as well, at affordable prices. All products are made in accordance with the recommendations and standards of WHO. 85% of the country’s drug requirement is met through imports at an annual cost of Rs.130 billion. more..

Thalatha hits back at allegations she had hand in framing convicted SLPP MP

Sep 11 (FT) Ratnapura District SJB Thalatha Atukorale yesterday hit back at claims made by SLPP MP Premalal Jayasekara that she had played a hand in framing him for murder. Raising a privilege matter in Parliament, Atukorale referred to the speech made by Jayasekera on Tuesday after his controversial swearing-in, where he hinted that his political opponents in the District had been behind a conspiracy to frame him for a crime he did not commit, and refuted the allegations. more..

Lack of transparency in governance brought by 20A will deter investment: Harsha

Sep 11 (EN) Opposition is charging that provisions in the proposed 20th Amendment will affect development negatively because it will reduce the transparency of govt accounts. SJB MP Dr Harsha de Silva said that the govt is trying to develop an opinion in the country that provisions in the 19A directly affects development. He said that abolishing the National Procurement Commission and the Audit Service Commission, granting the Prez immunity and preventing AG’s dept from auditing more..

Number of national schools to be increased to 1,000

Sep 11 (AD) Several decisions pertaining to the welfare of the public and the progress of the society have been taken during the meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and all State Ministers held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (10). Increasing the number of national schools to 1,000 in the country is one such decision. Adequate facilities are not available at some of the existing national schools. more..

Strong gusty winds expected across the island

Sep 11 (AD) Showers will occur at times in Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces, says the Meteorology Department. Several spells of showers will occur in Western and North-western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. Fairly heavy falls about 50 mm are likely at some places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Nuwara-Eliya district. Strong gusty winds about 50 kmph at times can be expected across the island, particularly in the Northern, North-central and North-western more..

Assistant Principal arrested for molesting minor

Sep 11 (CT) Panadura South Police arrested an assistant principal of a leading Colombo boys’ school, on 9 Sept for sexually molesting a 15-year-old. The incident had come to light following a complaint lodged with the NCPA, which was directed to the Panadura South Police for detailed investigations. The victim, who was a student at a school in Panadura, was living close to the suspect’s residence in Panadura. Police said as the victim was faring poorly in the Sinhala language more..

Russia Embassy concerned over SLMC’s decision on three Russian universities

Sep 11 (AD) The Russian Embassy in Colombo has expressed concern over the decision of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to remove three prominent Russian State Universities from the SLMC Approved List without prior information. On Wednesday, it was reported that that three Russian medical colleges which have been offering free full scholarships to SL students since 1960 have been removed from the approved list by of SLMC more..

No negotiation with criminals on hunger strike at Boossa: Prisons Dept.

Sep 11 (DM) While stating that the hunger strike which was launched by several high profile criminals at the Boosa Prison is continuing, the Prisons Dept officials said they were not whatsoever ready to have any negotiation with those involved in the hunger strike. Prisons Commissioner Chandana Ekanayake said 10 out of 40 inmates who launched the hunger strike Thursday morning had abandoned it today. However, high profile criminals like Kanjipani Imran, Wele Suda, more..

New members for COPE and COPA nominated

Sep 11 (AD) Members of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) and the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) have been nominated. The Committee of Selection, on the meeting held in the 27th of Aug 2020, nominated 16 members to the COPA in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order 119 (1) of the Parliament. Nominations for the COPA are as follows: Udaya Gammanpila, Duminda Dissanayake, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Sudarshani Fernandopulle, more..

Video: Halal certificate not required, SLS is sufficient: Gnanasara Thero

Sep 11 (AD) The majority of the executive council members of All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) are Tablighi ideologists, says Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera. He made this remark making his testimony at the PCoI probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks on Wednesday. Presidential Commission had summoned Gnanasara Thera for a cross examination of his previous testimony and more..

Journalist Zacky Jabbar passes away

Sep 11 (Island) Today we with much regret bring to our readers the sad news of the demise of our long time colleague Zacky Jabbar (60). He died at home at Kumaragewatte, Pelawatte, where he had lived alone since the death of his mother. All that we have pieced together is that he last checked the Whats-app on the night of Aug 19, but since he lived a bohemian life like so many journalists, his body was discovered by his elder brother Zalman only on Wednesday. It had not been unusual for more..

Former cricketer Tony Opatha passes away

Sep 11 (DM) A former Sri Lankan ODI cricketer Antony Ralph Marinon Opatha passed away today, family sources said. He was born in August 5, 1947, in Colombo. The right-arm medium pace bowler played five One Day Internationals at the 1975 and 1979 Cricket World Cups. He was educated at St. Peter's College, Colombo and later joined the Royal Ceylon Volunteer Air Force in 1968. He had played for his college cricket team and went on to play for the air force cricket team till 1977. more..

Video: Court orders to obtain crude oil samples & record statements from...

Sep 11 (AD) Colombo Magistrate’s Court has directed authorities to obtain samples from crude oil stored inside the oil tanker “MT New Diamond” and copies of the vessel data records. Court also instructed the CID to record statements from the Captain and crew members of the distressed crude oil tanker. The court granted permission for the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) to obtain samples from more..

People living in state lands directed to obtain clear titles

Sep 11 (DM) Land Commissioner General’s Dept, in an Extraordinary Gazette notification, requested the people to make application in order to consider giving away clear titles for their lands. The directive was given to people using state lands to construct permanent houses, and for agriculture or any development purposes. The Gazette notification was issued under the signature of Land Commissioner General R.M.C.M. Herath. The Gazette said the programme was initiated by the Govt more..

Ebert Silva Holidays commences Colombo City Tour Open Deck rides

Sep 11 (Island) Ebert Silva Holidays commenced the exciting Colombo City Tour Open Deck double decker city tours last weekend amid much enthusiasm and interest from Sri Lankans young and old. Colombo City Tour showcases Sri Lanka’s premier city to both Sri Lankans as well as foreign nationals and is a venture by Sri Lanka Tourism and Ebert Silva Holidays with unmatched panoramic views of the city in its big red open deck double decker coaches. more..

Dr. Palitha Kohona

A murder of crows & Parliament of fowls

Sep 11 (FT) Imagine that you lived in a country where there was One Law. Not that this would be anything like that other salutary nation-state where there is – or is to be – One Country, One Law. But rather, it would be an overarching law that transcended and superseded all other laws. And it would be written not in that country’s supreme writ… rather: in air, water, fantasy, and other rock solid creative imaginative averments. This country would, of course, have a plethora of lower laws. more..

Loveable 19th and fearsome 20th

Sep 11 (FT) Governance-wise, the 20th Amendment can be described as a regressive step. In my opinion, with the enactment of the 20th Amendment, one era of SL will come to an end. The era that ends with the introduction of the 20th Amendment cannot be considered as an era of democracy. Similarly, the new era that begins with the 20th Amendment too, cannot expect to be an era in which the system of democracy will thrive in its true spirit except that it would herald a period in which more..

Accountability compromised in 20A: TISL

Sep 11 (FT) Transparency International SL (TISL) highlighted accountability lapses in the proposed 20th Amendment, focusing on key areas like public finance, free and fair elections, investigation of corruption, and Right to Information. TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said there were four key areas TISL had identified as those they wanted to flag, explaining, “We are all conscious of the fact that there are more..

Govt ready for 20A draft amendments

Sep 11 (DN) Govt yesterday said that it will accommodate further amendments to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution at the Committee Stage in Parliament if required. Co-Cabinet Spokesman Udaya Gammanpila said the Justice Minister will table the Bill to provide for the 20th Amendment in Parliament for the first reading after the completion of two weeks from publishing it in the Gazette. “Then there is a week to constitutionally challenge it before the Supreme Court. more..

COVID-19 cases tally climbs to 3,155

Sep 11 (AD) The total number of positive cases confirmed in the country reached 3,155 as three new COVID-19 patients were detected today (10). The latest cases include 05 arrivals from the UAE, Kuwait and Singapore. Earlier this evening, 05 arrivals from the Maldives were also found positive for the novel coronavirus. In the meantime, the number of recoveries from the disease moved up to 2,955 as 09 more persons infected with the virus were discharged from hospitals earlier today. more..

Banning Cattle Slaughter Postponed

Sep 11 (CT) The final decision to ban cattle slaughter has been postponed by a month. Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella noted that the decision taken by PM is being reviewed, while obtaining public opinion in this regard. He said, the idea to ban cattle slaughter was the Premier’s idea and was being discussed. On 8 Sept, PM told the SLPP Parliamentary Group the Govt would legislate against cattle slaughter soon, more..

First-ever Maritime Museum to be opened in Kalpitiya

Sep 11 (DM) SL's first-ever Maritime Museum to be opened in Kalpitiya by mid next year after the completion of skeleton structures of various marine animals, Senior Official of the Wildlife Conservation Marine Dept said. Maritime Museum to be set up at Kudawa in Kalpitya would be in a large block of land belonging to the Wildlife Department. This museum was established following a large sperm whale washed ashore at the Kudawa beach. "Carcass of the sperm whale measured 43 feet in length more..

Renovation of Gaffoor Building into a luxury hotel

Sep 11 (TM) The Urban Development Authority (UDA) is to reconstruct and renovate the Gaffoor Building, a prominent four-storey, wedge-shaped building located in Colombo Fort, to transform it into a luxury hotel, State Minister for Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal, and Public Sanitation Dr. Nalaka Godahewa said. He said that renovation work of the project had already been commenced and the project would be completed in another one-and-a-half years. more..

CDs thrown away, MPs ask for laptops

Sep 11 (CT) Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said, he would look into the possibility of providing laptop computers to each MP. Speaker made this remark when the MPs said they could not take away the laptops that have already been given to them as they were fixed to their desks. Raising a Point of Order during yesterday’s Parliamentary Sittings, SJB MP Buddhika Pathirana said, providing MPs documents including annual reports and more..

No talks yet to amend MCC: Cabraal

Sep 11 (FT) The Govt has not held discussions with Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) yet to amend the agreement in a manner so as to remove its clauses that have been deemed detrimental to the country, State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal told Parliament. Responding to a question raised by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa on the proposed agreement with the MCC, Minister Cabraal said the Govt had been able to identify the adverse clauses of the agreement through more..

Anuradhapura District MP brings sensible solution to parliament

Sep 11 (Island) Anuradhapura District SLPP MP Uddhika Premaratne, on Tuesday, told Parliament that he had brought 10 kilos of maize to be handed over to the Parliament kitchen to be used for the MPs’ meal as a substitute for imported lentils. Participating in the debate on the CB report at the time of the adjournment of the House, the MP said that his intention was to promote farmers’ produce and its members should consume maize produced locally instead of imported lentils. more..

Video: President responds to claims on 20A and Premalal Jayasekara

Sep 11 (AD) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa responded to comments by the Opposition and its allies on the 20th Amendment and the court ruling on SLPP Ratnapura District MP Premalal Gunasekara. Referring to the allegations by the Opposition during today’s meeting with State Ministers held at the Presidential Secretariat Prez Rajapaksa said the objective of the 20th Amendment is to remove the obstacles imposed by the 19th Amendment and move forward. more..

Sri Lanka yet to forward serious biz proposal to China: Dr Kohona

Sep 11 (DN) Sri Lanka is yet to put across a serious business proposal to reap economic benefits from China, said new Sri Lankan Ambassador to China, Dr. Palitha Kohona in a special interview with the Daily News. “My priority would be to change this lethargic and unprofessional attitude and have a structured approach that will allow not only Sri Lankan business to flourish in China but a wider spectrum of Sri Lankan products to move to the shelves of Chinese super markets. more..

SLT, first utility service provider to enable dynamic QR bill payments

Sep 11 (Island) Constantly innovating and pioneering digitalization in telecommunication in SL, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) takes bill payments to the next level with a cash-less bill payment facility through the addition of QR codes on all SLT bills. Ensuring a safe and hassle-free process from start to end in the experience with SLT, has been an objective of the country’s national telecom service provider throughout. The dynamic QR code system now makes even the final transaction more..