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Video: Milk Packets supplied at JO rally not contaminated - Nalin Bandara

Oct 8 (DM) While denying allegations made by several JO members claiming their group of participants had been hospitalized due to food poisoning after consuming milk supplied in packets during the Jana Balaya Colombata rally, Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara Jayamaha today said nothing had been mixed with the milk. He said according to the reports received by the govt analysts, nothing had been mixed with more..

Former AG and Constitutional Council member Shibly Aziz no more

Oct 8 (LBO) President’s Counsel Shibly Aziz has passed away. Sections of his biography from Wikipedia reproduced below: Mohamed Shibly Aziz is a well-known and eminent President’s Counsel in Sri Lanka who has contributed extensively to the development of the legal system in the country from on or about 1968. He is the former Attorney General of Sri Lanka and has served on a number of national commissions and statutory bodies and represented Sri Lankan in several international fora. more..

State agencies settle cash for trash row

Oct 8 (EN) State-run Land Reclamation and Development Corporation had begun accepting trash deposits from a local body running the capital Colombo after part settlement of payment arrears. The corporation, which comes under the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry runs a garbage disposal site in Kerawalapitiya in Western province. The Colombo Municipal Council, which runs the city had not paid 207 million rupees due to the SLRDC, due from July 2018, more..

SL July exports up 5.7%, tea, garments down

Oct 8 (EN) Sri lanka’s earnings from merchandise exports surpassed a billion US dollars for the second consecutive month in July 2018, rising 5.7% to US$ 1,073 million from a year ago, the central bank said. Expenditure on merchandise imports increased by 10.3% to US$ 1,754 million in July 2018 over the same period. Trade gap in July 2018 rose to US$ 681 million from US$ 576 million the previous year owing to higher imports. more..

Timely warning !

Oct 8 (CT) In the backdrop of Palu city on the West coast of Indonesia having been terribly devastated due to a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami last week, Senior Engineering Manager, Research and Development of the Lanka Hydraulic Institute Ltd (LHI) Dr. Sanjeewa Wickramaratne has warned on the emerging tsunami threats in the region. As the country has already experienced the wrath of the Boxing Day tsunami of 26 Dec 2004, Dr. Wickramaratne has alerted the country by more..

JO to take important decision tomorrow

Oct 8 (DM) The joint opposition is due to hold a crucial meeting tomorrow at which they would decide on the formation of an alternative govt, it is learnt. The meeting is due to take place at the residence of the chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Prof. G.L. Peiris. The meeting takes place against the backdrop of unconfirmed reports that President Maithripala Sirisena met with former President Rajapaksa at the residence of former minister S.B. Dissanayake. more..

Naming Ravi as a suspect in CID investigation ruled unlawful

Oct 8 (AD) Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake today ruled that, at the moment it is illegal to name MP Ravi Karunanayake as a suspect in the investigation against MP Ravi Karunanayake for allegedly providing false information before the Bond Commission. Since a case hearing has not been initiated at the moment under the Penal Code of the country with regard to the incident, more..

Raththota PS member commences fast-unto-death

Oct 8 (AD) Raththota Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) Member of SLPP Tilak Kumarasiri has commenced a fast-unto-death, protesting the assault against him by another PS Member from the same party. Reportedly, he has been sitting in front of the Pradeshiya Sabha premises since yesterday. He alleges that a group of mobs including PS Member of SLPP Dinesh Karathnaya and his father, former PS Chairman Jayantha Pushpakumara had assaulted him on Oct 5, following PS session. more..

MR’s Law College friend Eva Wanasundara now front-runner in Chief Justice race

Oct 8 (CT) Supreme Court Justice Eva Wanasundara has surpassed Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya to become the front-runner for the position of Chief Justice. Wanasundara, with a legal carrier spanning nearly 39 years, is currently the most senior Supreme Court judge and she is likely to replace Priyasath Depp who is retiring from office this week. President Maithripala Sirisena’s first choice for the position was Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya who argued at one point more..

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Sri Lanka can still open the window of opportunity: Dr. Amarakoon Bandara

Oct 8 (CFT) My former colleague at the Central Bank and presently Senior Economic Advisor to UNDP, Dr. Amarakoon Bandara, delivering a public lecture at the Bank on Growth Dynamics, has opined that SL can still open its window of opportunities if proper policies are adopted, despite its dismal economic performance since independence. Growth dynamics refers to the area of economics that helps policy makers to understand how an economy has progressed over time – its achievements, more..

Bogus STF men relieve elderly patient of his wedding ring

Oct 8 (Island) A 63-year-old patient was relieved of his wedding ring by three young men who posed off as STF personnel near Aniyakanda Ayurveda Hospital, Kandana. The victim, Anton Fernando residing at Kanuwana, Ja-Ela, said that he had been to Aniyakanda Ayurveda hospital, Kandana around 10 a.m. on Saturday, to get treatment for a recurrent ailment that developed after a heart surgery. According to him, the incident occurred while he was returning to the bus stand near Aniyakanda more..

Video: Vijayakala arrested & released on bail

Oct 8 (AD) Former State Minister UNP MP Vijayakala Maheswaran arrested by the Police Organized Crimes Division (OCPD), has been granted bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate. Maheswaran was arrested this morning by the OCPD stated over a controversial statement made by her recently. She had stated that the LTTE should be resurrected for the freedom of the Tamil people. The arrest was made when she had arrived to record more..

Deluge causes havoc

Oct 8 (CT) Eight deaths were reported and over 18,000 individuals have been affected due to the persistent rainy weather conditions prevailing around the island, the DMC reported yesterday. DMC noted that 17,966 individuals of 4,802 families have been affected due to the heavy rains, flood, high winds, lightening and earthslips. The affected areas, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Batticaloa, Nuwara Eliya, Kothmale, Kandy, more..

'New Sri Lanka microfinance law getting final touches'

Oct 8 (EN) A law to regulate microfinance and protect borrowers from predatory lending, is nearly ready, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said after Sri Lanka wrote off more than 1.25 billion rupees in loans earlier this year with tax payer money. "We are at the moment putting the final touches to a new act which will cover the unregulated micro finance sector stipulating industry standards in protecting borrowers from more..

England vs Sri Lanka ODIs: Lankans in pursuit of that elusive dream

Oct 8 (DM) Their embarrassing exit from the Asia Cup may still haunt them but Sri Lanka, struggling for form and to find a settled line-up before the World Cup, will have a another opportunity to define positions and tactics when they take on England in a five-match ODI series starting Wednesday in Dambulla. This, however, will be no easy task for the home team. Their confidence levels have hit rock-bottom following more..

Resurgent Sri Lanka film biz repped in Busan by Director Jayasundara

Oct 8 (variety) After more than 30 years of civil war, Sri Lanka has slowly returned to normalcy. But the work of a generation of filmmakers has been informed by the war. One of them is Vimukthi Jayasundara, whose The Forbidden Land, with the war as a backdrop, won the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 2005. His subsequent films have played Venice, Rotterdam and Locarno. Jayasundara’s The Question of Innocence, more..

Surgeons remove seven stones from man’s Kidney

Oct 8 (CT) A group of doctors headed by Consultant Uro-genital Surgeon Dr. T. Aravindhan, had removed 7 stones, including 2 extra large ones, weighing about 2 kg, which have been formed abnormally in the kidney of a person who had been admitted to A'pura Teaching Hospital on 3 Sept. Group of doctors revealed that those were the largest chunks of stones that had been discovered in the kidney of a person in Sri Lanka, so far. more..

SL big brother to monitor exporter dollars

Oct 8 (EN) Sri Lanka will set up a monitoring mechanism to check if exporters are bringing earnings back to the country, the central bank governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said as the central bank suffered the second consecutive run in 2018 sending the rupee plunging. "What we can do is put in place a monitoring system which we are hoping to do with the help of the Customs to know whether the money is coming back into the country," more..

Caring and snaring in the name of fostering

Oct 8 (DM) Every child born to this world has a mother and a father. But not every mother and father will be ready to accept their child. Hence, the possibilities are such that a child could be abandoned for the rest of its life, sometimes at a tender age. This is why stories featuring two to three- week-old infants abandoned by the roadside are occasionally reported. While every child needs parental care and affection; more..

IFJ criticizes removing Demons in Paradise from Jaffna Film Fest

Oct 8 (Island) International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Free Media Movement - SL strongly criticized the decision to cancel the screening of Demons in Paradise at the Jaffna Film Festival and urged the film festival organizers to respect freedom of expression. Screening of internationally acclaimed film by director Jude Ratnam Demons in Paradise was canceled by organizers of Jaffna Int'l Film more..

Ministry enlightens agitating residents around garbage site

Oct 8 (ST) Following agitations launched by area residents, against shifting the sanitary landfill from Arawakkaru to Serakuliya, Puttalam, Megapolis Ministry intends to educate and create awareness among the residents. Ministry officials who met the protestors, will make the area residents inclusive and involve them in the project. With this in mind, representatives of the protestors, religious dignitaries, pradeshiya sabha members and more..

Archbishop, Mangala and HR in Buddhism

Oct 8 (DM) Every citizen has a role to play in supporting and promoting social justice. In Sigalowada Sutta the Buddha enlightens us very clearly on the roles as reciprocal obligations existing between Monarch [ruler] and Subjects, husband and wife; parents and children; teachers and pupils; employer and employee; friends, relatives and neighbours; clergy and laity, without leaving out anybody. The writer is no authority on Buddhism, but the greatness in these values here is, more..

Lies, laughter and threats at the UNGA

Oct 8 (DM) On September 26, 1960, Cuban leader Fidel Castro addressed the United Nations General Assembly and held the General Assembly’s attention for almost five hours. However, the most significant thing of Castro’s words before the UN was not the length of his speech, but his attack against the philosophy of war, his denunciation of US actions against the Cuban Revolution, and the use of force through the growing arms race. His speech provoked ovations and applause. more..

Land Reclamation quits receiving Colombo waste from tomorrow

Oct 8 (DM) SL Land Reclamation & Development Corporation (SLLRDC) temporary quits undertaking garbage collected in the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) area from tomorrow as the CMC failed to make an outstanding payment of Rs.207 million to them for garbage management process. Responding to a statement made by Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake that SLLRDC is taking extortion for garbage management, more..

Matara-Beliatta new railway line ready before year end

Oct 8 (Island) Minister of Transport Nimal Siripala de Silva says the Matara– Beliatta new railway track will be vested in the public before the end of this year. This railway line is 36 km long. It has been constructed under the first stage of the proposed railway line from Matara to Kataragama. Minister De Silva said so during an observation tour, on Saturday (6). The total estimated cost of the project is USD 278 million. The funds are provided by the China Exim Bank. more..

Video: Three more elephants killed in collision with train

Oct 8 (AD) Train services on the Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa railway line as a train had collided with three wild elephants on the track. The collision had occurred at around 9.35 pm last night (6) at Namalgama, between Welikanda and Punani. Three wild elephants had died of the collision with an express train en route from Battocaloa to Colombo. Three compartments of the train had derailed in the accident and the railway track had too suffered severe damages. more..

CID moves to prevent DIG Silva from leaving country

Oct 8 (Island) The CID is expected to obtain a court order today, preventing former head of the Terrorist Investigation Division DIG Nalaka de Silva and Director of Anti-Corruption National Movement Namal Kumara from leaving the country. Senior CID source said that both DIG De Silva and Kumara were under investigation over the alleged plot to assassinate President Sirisena & former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. more..

PM, Sampanthan to finalize CC appointments

Oct 8 (DM) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan will hold talks soon to finalize the appointment of members to the Constitutional Council (CC) which makes recommendations to make key appointments in the govt sector and the Independent Commissions, it is learnt. The term of the nominated members of the CC has already lapsed rendering it defunct at the moment. It is a ten member body. The Speaker, PM and Opposition Leader hold its membership more..

Top American diplomat to travel to Sri Lanka

Oct 8 (PTI) In a significant development, the United States State Department announced that it is sending one of its top diplomats to Maldives and Sri Lanka. During her three-day trip from Oct 9 to 11, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells, will reiterate the strong US commitment to its partnerships with Sri Lanka and Maldives and their shared interests in a prosperous and open Indo-Pacific region, an official statement said. more..

Video: Didn’t hold any meetings with President: Mahinda

Oct 8 (AD) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that he had not held any discussions with the incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena, on last Sunday (30 September). Former president made these remarks while answering questions made by journalists in front of the Kegalle remand prison today (07). Rajapaksa had visited former Minister Johnston Fernando, who was currently remanded, at the Kegalle remand prison today. more..

Troops prevent Parliament complex from flooding

Oct 8 (SLA) Troops of the 12 Gajaba Regiment and 4 Sri Lanka Light Infantry of the 14 Division under the Security Force Headquarters - West (SFHQ-West) during small hours on Sunday rushed to the Parliament complex area and took necessary steps to prevent the entrance areas from getting inundated with rainy water which has risen to flood levels. 14 Division troops to attend to the emergency situation developing around the Parliament complex due to prevailing torrential rains. more..

Unlocking Sri Lanka’s digital opportunity

Oct 8 (M) While Sri Lanka’s annual GDP growth has been surging by double digits, only 30% of the population is active on the Internet and social media. This represents a significant growth opportunity for both existing SL companies and digital start-ups. The stakes are particularly high for incumbents. From 1965 to 2015, the global topple rate at which incumbents lost their leadership positions increased by almost 25% as digital technology ramped up competition, disrupted industries, more..

Karannagoda denies allegations

Oct 8 (Island) Apropos the news item on the front page of The Sunday Island of Oct. 7, under the headline, Ex-navy Chief Karannagoda emerges as key suspect in killing of children, former Navy Commander Admiral (Rtd.) Wasantha Karannagoda has said it is extremely damaging to him as it is full of false information giving a totally distorted picture and suppressing the truth. Text of Karannagoda’s statement: more..

Kenyan runners dominate 18th LSR Colombo Marathon

Oct 8 (DN) Kenyan runners dominated the 18th LSR Colombo Marathon conducted by Lanka Sportsreizen from Colombo to Negombo yesterday by winning the first three places in the men’s race. The women’s marathon was also won by a Kenyan runner but Sri Lanka’s M.S.P.M. Perera managed to finish third. Kenyan James Tallam won the men’s race in a time of 2h.21m.52secs. Stephen Mugambi also from Kenya finished second in a time of 2h.21m.58secs. more..

SUBWAY Sri Lanka expands, offers franchise options

Oct 8 (ST) SUBWAY, which opened its restaurant in Sri Lanka – a few yers ago – and now has four outlets, has expansion plans with its fifth outlet to be opened later in 2018. The global restaurant chain has also signed a partnership with Varun Beverages Lanka (Pvt) Ltd as its new exclusive beverage partner in the country. With this, consumers at all SUBWAY restaurants in Sri Lanka can now enjoy a range of popular brands like PEPSI, 7up, Mirinda along with many other delicious flavours more..