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Uva CM’s behaviour puts administrative service in jeopardy: Handunnetti

Apr 6 (CT) JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti yesterday, criticised Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake saying that the latter’s arbitrary behaviour has put the entire administrative service in the Province into disrepute. Handunnetti participating in the Committee Stage Debate of the Appropriation Day 2019 on the Expenditure Heads of the Ministry of Finance said Dassanayake’s unruly behaviour as Provincial CM was notorious. more..

Third meeting of AEPF, ICAPP to be held in Colombo from April 5-7

Apr 6 (MFA) Sri Lanka will be hosting the Third meeting of the Asia-Europe Political Forum (AEPF) and the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Colombo from 5 to 7 April 2019. Approximately 90 participants representing political parties in Asia and Europe are expected to be in attendance at this International Conference. Launched in Manila, Philippines in September 2000, ICAPP is a forum of political parties of Asia-Oceania countries. more..

Hot weather to prevail till 15 April

Apr 6 (CT) Revealing the latest details regarding the prevailing drought and hot weather, Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara stated that 12 Districts have been affected by the dry weather and that temperature in these areas has increased by four degrees Celsius. “Over 75,412 families have been affected due to the absence of rainfall,” he said. He added that in Districts such as Trinco, temperature has increased by four degrees Celsius, while in Districts such as Nuwara Eliya too, it has increased by 2C. more..

Ranjan and Lanza engage in verbal battle

Apr 6 (CT) Heated arguments were the order of the day during the second half of the final day of Budget 2019 debate yesterday, when State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake and UPFA MP Nimal Lanza locked horns over Ramanayake’s allegations that Lanza was involved in distributing narcotics. Ramanayake on 4 April blamed Lanza in Parliament saying that it was Opposition Leader and then Prez Rajapaksa who rescued Lanza from being more..

Business confidence fell before Budget

Apr 6 (FT) Following two months of healthy gains, the LMD-Nielsen Business Confidence Index (BCI) fell by a massive 25 basis points to register 90 in March, according to the latest edition of LMD, which notes that the survey was conducted before Budget 2019 was presented in Parliament. The leading business magazine also points out that this marks the steepest decline since December 2016, leaving it below its 12 month average of 98 and 27 notches short of where it stood a year ago. more..

Sampanthan replaces Chamal in CC

Apr 6 (AD) MP R. Sampanthan was nominated to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of MP Chamal Rajapaksa from the membership of the Constitutional Council (CC), at the Council meeting today (5). The CC met this evening in the Parliament chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. The Chairman of the Council Speaker Jayasuriya informed the Council on the discussion he held with the National Police Commission (NPC) at the parliament. He stated that the NPC, along with more..

SC declares police violated fundamental rights of FTZ workers by assaulting them

Apr 6 (Island) Supreme Court has declared that the police violated the fundamental rights of workers by assaulting them on May 30, 2011 at Katunayale Free Trade Zone and ordered the police to pay compensation to the victims. Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union, yesterday welcomed the Supreme Court decision. On behalf of 13 victims, it had filed 13 FR cases before the SC. more..

Pak HC appreciates Sri Lanka’s role in UN peace keeping missions

Apr 6 (PHC) Govt of Pakistan through its High Commission has presented 15 computers and printers to newly established Peace Keeping Training Centre of SL Army. High Commissioner of Pakistan, Maj. Gen. (R) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat handed over the computers and printers to the Sri Lankan Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake at a ceremony held at Army Headquarters on April 5. On the occasion, High Commissioner of Pakistan appreciated more..

SL become the bunnies of Asian Football

Apr 6 (ST) Despite Sri Lanka’s disastrous outing at the recently concluded AFC Under (U)-23 Qualification Round Football Tournament held in Bahrain, the coaching staff is still echoing the usual mantra of, “We gained a lot of experience”, rather than fact-finding or exploring a constructive remedy. The SL U-23 side, slotted in Group ‘B’, alongside Palestine, hosts Bahrain and Bangladesh, conceded 20 goals, while failing to score even 1 goal, in the 3 matches they played. more..

AIIB approves loans for first 2 projects in SL

Apr 6 (Xinhua) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved its first two projects in Sri Lanka with a loan of US$ 280 million to improve living conditions for those most in need in the country. A US$ 200 million loan will improve housing conditions for low-income communities in Colombo by constructing affordable housing and redeveloping land, while another loan of US$ 80 million will be used to reduce more..

Dambulla top order face red-hot Malinga

Apr 6 (CT) Dambulla’s top order, including batsmen contending for places in the World Cup squad who crumbled in their opening match against Colombo in the face of fiery spells from Suranga Lakmal and Asitha Fernando, now face the challenge of in-form Galle captain Lasith Malinga in their second game of the Super Provincial Limited Overs tournament at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium today. Dambulla’s opening batsmen Danushka Gunathilake and Niroshan Dickwella were dismissed for 3 & 6 more..

Softlogic supermarkets in hospitals chain

Apr 6 (EN) Softlogic Holdings said it is opening mini format Glomark supermarkets in its hospitals chain to make best use of links between group units and larger format outlets in densely populated suburbs. Two Glomark Essentials outlets have been opened at Asiri Central Hospitals in Colombo and Asiri Hospital in Kandy in the central hills. The strategy to have the big format Softlogic Glomark along with the new mini format Glomark Essentials is part of Softlogic’s plans for more..

NEC informs Speaker of legal action over PC polls

Apr 6 (Island) National Election Commission (NEC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in writing that the Commission would be compelled to take legal action if the necessary amendments to the election laws were not presented to Parliament urgently. UPFA MP Dullas Alahapperuma told the House that Speaker presented NEC Chairman’s letter at the last Party Leaders’ Meeting more..

NVQ certificates will be awarded after 13 years of schooling: Akila

Apr 6 (AD) Students who complete 13 years of education with vocational training will be offered the internationally recognized NVQ certificate in addition to the GCE A/L Certificate, stated Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. He pointed out that this would ensure a child entering the workforce after the school education will not be lacking when searching for employment. By next year, every child in the country will have the opportunity to sit for the GCE A/L exam irrespective of their result at the O/L exam, more..

Fitness fanatic Nishantha Perera brings glory to Sri Lanka

Apr 6 (DN) It is a fact that professional athletes of all kinds use weight training (bodybuilding) to improve their strength and performance at their sport. Not all bodybuilders are good athletes, but most good athletes are bodybuilders to a greater or lesser degree. Bodybuilding is more than just a sport or hobby for a veteran athlete who is finally reaping the rewards for pursuing a lifetime passion. A fitness fanatic, Nishantha Perera was an all-round sportsman as a student at Royal College more..

Himasha, Nadeesha dazzle ahead of Asian Championship

Apr 6 (CT) Sprinter Himasha Eashan and quarter miler Nadeesha Ramanayaka caught the eye with their dazzling performances as Eashan returned to an easy-looking 10.37 seconds while Nadeesha clocked 53.33 seconds during the Army Volunteer Forces Inter-Regiment Championship concluded at Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. Competing in their last domestic competition prior to the Asian Championship 2019 which will begin in more..

Un-parliamentary language

Apr 6 (CT) You have read editorials like this before, on how Parliament is the foremost institution of our country’s democracy and legislature and how representatives should behave appropriately, engaging in civilised debate so that it benefits the people. But things get heated in the Chamber. Fiery MPs often make passionate statements on behalf of the downtrodden (Who does the treading?), which can come off somewhat un-elegant. Oh how these MPs are forced to fling the basest vulgarities more..

Britain’s Concern Continues!

Apr 6 (CT) Britain’s high profile MPs have expressed their concerns over Sri Lanka expediting the process to implement the UNHRC resolution despite Westminster presently entangled in a tussle over the Brexit issue which has thrown a challenge to PM Theresa May over Britain leaving the European Union (EU). Following the withdrawal of the US from the UNHRC, UK’s Mission to the UN in Geneva led a core group aligned with the countries Canada, Germany, Macedonia and Montenegro to more..

Time for the Hangman’s Degree

Apr 6 (Island) UPFA MP and former Minister Dallas Alahapperuma has expressed his concern about a graduate seeking a job as an executioner, in the current search for one to resume the death penalty. Come on Mr. Dullas, why are you worried about this? Have you not sworn or affirmed the Bakmaha Divuruma – that major push by President Sirisena to eradicate the drug menace from the country? more..

The church where allied soldiers prayed

Apr 6 (SO) One of the oldest Anglican churches in Colombo is Christ Church, Galle Face, built in 1853. She has been part of the city’s history as she attracted all sorts of parishioners from Governors to British administrators. Today, her majestic structure is mildly subdued by five star hotels and high-rise apartments that seem to tower above her. The church nestles on a lush green lawn. As you enter from the side door the first view that overpowers your senses is the massive stained glass more..

UNHRC chief contradicts Northern Province Governor

Apr 6 (SO) In the backdrop of a statement supposed to have been made by the Northern Province (NP) governor last week, the UNHRC office lost no time in emphasizing that the High Commissioner did not have any misgivings on her March 2019 report, as erroneously reported in SL media. The response by the High Commissioner’s office explained that news reports quoting a senior SL govt official seriously misrepresented her comments made at a meeting to discuss her report with a Govt delegation more..


SLNS Mihikatha: Guardian of the deep sea

Apr 6 (SO) Cruising at a speed of 22 knots patrol vessel SLNS Mihikatha (P-350) is a formidable force to be reckoned with. As she thrusts her way through the ocean the water foams and sprays on either side. Her gunners stand ready at her twin 12.7 mm main guns. Inside the wheel house the captain is busy giving orders to the navigation officer. The chief of the watch continues to instruct the sailors. This is another day of patrolling for this Bay Class vessel gifted to us by Australia. more..

Edtorial: A welcome gavel blow

Apr 6 (Island) Even the ranks of Tuscany could scarce forbear to cheer, on Thursday, when the Supreme Court (SC) delivered its judgment in a fundamental rights case against a power plant accused of polluting groundwater in Chunnakam. Northern Power Company (Pvt.) Ltd was ordered to pay Rs. 20 million as compensation to the petitioners; it was allowed to continue its operations in view of the prevailing situation in the country, but on the strict condition that it would adopt more..

RTI reveals annual trade union membership fees collected from plantation workers

Apr 6 (GV) On Oct 12th 2018, Maatram filed a Right to Information request with the Labour Department for information on subscription fees for six trade unions that represent plantation workers, requesting the following: According to the last documents received from the unions by the Labour Dept; Number of members in each union, and a breakdown by gender; Membership fee levied from one worker; more..

Presidential Candidate should be a parent to be eligible – A response

Apr 6 (CT) MP, Ananda Aluthgamage (AA) has proposed an Amendment to the Presidential Election Law, in Parliament, as reported in the Daily Mirror of 28th March. I wish to respond as follows: Ananda Aluthgamage states that “We all believe that only a Buddhist (that is Sinhala) could become the Head of State, but it is more important to include a clause in the Presidential Election Law, saying one has to become a parent to be eligible to contest the Presidency”. more..

Knowledge & technology transfer to benefit Indian Ocean communities – II

Apr 6 (CT) Ceylon/Sri Lanka’s geostrategic location was the reason that the island was colonized by competing European (Portuguese, Dutch and British) maritime empires seeking to control the Sea Silk Route and trade in the Indian Ocean for 450 years; from 1505 CE until independence in 1948. Today Sri Lanka is a chock point in international security discourse for energy, trade and data transmission for the global internet’s Undersea Data Cable Routes (UDC). more..

Baby Farms and one woman's desire to connect mothers with their lost children

Apr 6 (Roar) It all began with an email, written in Nov 2010. Dear General Hospital Ratnapura, I have a question about my adoption. I decided I would like to search for my mother. Your hospital is listed as the birthplace on my adoption papers. Is it possible to look for more information about my adoption? I can send my adoption papers if needed. Kind regards, Sanne van Rossen. “I wasn’t really expecting an answer” more..

The Dissanayake dialectic

Apr 6 (DN) The recent death of Srima Dissanayake made many reflect the era where Gamini Dissanayake played a radical liberal role; though he was not made to do so. It is absurd that Gemini’s cruel death came at a time when he, more than any other liberal Lankan leader, had been responsible for the restoration of Tamil as an Official Language on par with the Sinhala Language. Then we were jointly working for the implementation of the 13th Amendment. He became friendly with me more..

Undue delays, denial of justice

Apr 6 (DN) There were shocking revelations about the inadequacy of legal provisions to release prisoners who are unable to pay small fines or remand prisoners who are unable to deposit money or sureties to fulfill bail conditions. According to some lawmakers, more than 50% of the prisoners and remanded suspects languishing behind bars in abject surroundings due to above two reasons. According to statistics, the cost of providing meals to a prisoner cost the govt Rs 671 per day. more..

General amnesty declared for army absentees

Apr 5 (AD) Sri Lanka Army (SLA) today announced a General Amnesty period from 22 April to 10 May 2019 to all Army absentees, enabling them to receive discharge from service under four categories. A statement said that the amnesty has been offered by the President, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence, on the recommendations of the Ministry of Defence and the Commander of the Army. more..

Impossible to hold PC polls in Aug: EC tells Speaker

Apr 5 (DM) Election Commissioner has informed Speaker that it will not be possible to hold the provincial council elections this year as the changes to the Provincial Council Elections Amendment Act has not been made on time, UPFA MP Dallas Alahaperuma told Parliament today. He said the letter sent by the Commissioner states that the PC polls could have been held in August this year only if the amendments were carried out by April 5. MP said the presidential elections will have to be declared by more..

Sri Lanka casino tax only for locals, cricket betting to stop

Apr 5 (EN) A US$ 50 per person casino entrance tax will only be charged from locals and not foreigners, Minister Mangala Samaraweera said and cricket betting will be banned. "The objective is to discourage local persons gambling," Samaraweera told parliament. He said a gaming regulation process will also be set up. Gaming regulation was required under requirement of money laundering laws, he said. He said cricket betting will also be stopped, following a request made by Minister Arjuna Ranatunga. more..

Budget 2019 passed in Parliament

Apr 5 (AD) The third reading of the Budget 2019 was passed in parliament with amendments a short while ago. The Budget proposal was passed with a majority of 45 votes as 119 MPs voted in favor and 74 voted against the Budget. The UNF and TNA voted in favor of the Budget. JVP and the Joint Opposition voted against the budget. However, the UPFA MPs abstained from voting. The Budget 2019 was presented to the Parliament on the 5th of March more..

No power cuts from April 10: Ravi

Apr 5 (AD) Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that there will be no power cuts from the 10th of April. He mentioned this following a visit to the Kelanitissa Power Station, earlier today. He says that the CEB, the Ministry and himself deeply regret the inconvenience caused to the public over the power cuts. While there won’t be any power cuts after April 10, everyone should use electricity sparingly for the coming 3-4 months until a long-term solution is provided for the issue, the Minister said. more..

SL facing a poor performance record: PFC

Apr 5 (DM) SL is facing a poor performance record when it comes to implementing the budget proposals and maintaining transparency in 2019, Public Finance Committee (PFC) Chairman M. A Sumanthiran said. He said on the one hand sufficient funds were not allocated to cover govt policy while on the other hand the allocated funds have not been fully used up. He said transparency is another issue as the Finance Ministry had refused to divulge some of the information the public finance committee had asked for. more..