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Video: President orders election candidates not to use his photographs

Jul 2 (AD) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered not to use his photographs and portraits for the election campaign activities of candidates contesting the upcoming parliamentary polls. He has also advises that public servants employed in security services, public services, corporations and statutory bodies should refrain from engaging in political activities. The Secretary to the President, P.B. Jayasundara, has written more..

'IBD supplied Brass, Copper to suicide bomber’s company'

Jul 2 (DM) Industrial Development Board (IDB) supplied Brass and Copper to Colossus, a company owned by Easter Sunday suicide bomber Insaf Ahmad Ibrahim during the period between 2017 and 2019, although the company had failed to operate within the given criteria, Sarath Udayasiri, Marketing Director of IDB informed the PCoI. Testifying before the Commission, Udayasiri said that the IDB had supplied Brass and Copper to Colossus at concessionary rates. more..

German company sued in Sri Lanka for Rs. 33 m plus interest

Jul 2 (FT) A German company named Bomag (BOMAG Fayat Group) Fayat Bomag and GMBH & Company Germany has been sued in the Commercial High Court of Colombo in case No. CHC 182/2019/MR. The Plaintiff, a local company named K.D. Ebert & Sons Holdings Ltd. had filed an action in the Commercial High Court of Colombo, claiming that they purchased several Bomag Tamping Rammers from the said German company through its agent in SL Diesel & Motor Eng. more..

Ensure democratic space is open, core group tells Sri Lanka

Jul 2 (Hindu) Sri Lanka must ensure that the democratic space in the country remains open and accountable, the Core Group on Sri Lanka has said, observing that the extraordinary measures to tackle the pandemic should not be used to roll back human rights. Addressing the ongoing 44th session of the UNHRC on Tuesday, Rita French, the UK’s Int'l Ambassador for Human Rights voiced concern over the targeting & marginalisation more..

Cabraal’s special statement on MCC

Jul 2 (AD) Former CB Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, on Wednesday, issued a special statement on the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The full statement as follows: "I have seen some social media posts which attempt to insinuate that the Mahinda Rajapaksa Govt was ready to enter into a Compact with the MCC that was detrimental to Sri Lanka. While it is true that the US Govt had offered aid in the form of certain projects in SL through the MCC in 2004, the discussions in 2006 more..

EC attempting to reduce voter turnout: Wimal

Jul 2 (CT) Election Commission (EC) is attempting to reduce the voter turnout at the 5 August General Election as they have received a contract from diplomatic missions of European countries to do so, Minister Wimal Weerawansa alleged. These embassies can then show that the new Parliament does not have the full mandate of the public but only part of it, he further alleged. “We request the public to act intelligently at General Election by showing that they can support Prez Rajapaksa more..

Three teams of 25 investigators probe rogue PNB officers

Jul 2 (FT) The Police said three special teams comprising of 25 investigators have been tasked with probing the alleged links between four Police Narcotic Bureau officers and drug traffickers. According to DIG Ajith Rohana, two civilians have also been taken into custody by the CID in the ongoing investigations. Both persons are being held on detention orders, DIG Rohana said. The four PNB officers, including more..

Health authorities and EC looking at increasing participants at meetings to 500

Jul 2 (TM) Discussions are being held between the Ministry of Health and the Election Commission (EC) to see the possibilities of increasing the number of participants at election rallies from 100 to 500 as per the requests made by party secretaries, The Morning learnt. As told by Ministry of Health Spokesman Viraj Abeysinghe, a final decision has not yet been taken in this regard. In the election-related Covid-19 health guideline issued by the health authorities, it has been mentioned that more..

CNCI requests Rs 350-400 bn stimulus disbursement from Govt

Jul 2 (DN) Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI), premier industrial Chamber, has requested the govt to support the industries with a minimum of 2% of the GDP, or Rs. 350–400 billion to be immediately disbursed within the next two months to keep the businesses moving by overcoming the immediate constraints for the next 6 months of the year. Moreover, the Chamber requests another 3%, which is approximately Rs. 500 billion in the next year as long term support to venture into more..

Dealing with Covid-19: Lessons from the experience of Sri Lanka

Jul 2 (IE) On Sunday (June 28), Sri Lanka emerged from its nationwide lockdown, which had earlier been relaxed and re-imposed selectively. The success in controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus has prompted the govt to consider reopening airports for tourists from August 1. It has also led to the country’s Election Commission to fix Aug 5 as the date for the parliamentary election that was put off in April due to global pandemic. more..

My Cola becomes SLC’s official Carbonated Beverages Partner

Jul 2 (DN) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) tied up with My Cola Beverages (Pvt) Limited as their official Carbonated Beverages Partner when they signed an agreement at a press briefing held yesterday. The contract will be in tandem for three years effective. The partnership was formed at a crucial juncture when the National Cricketing body is gearing up for bigger challenges in the future. My Cola Beverages with almost over 16 years of existence in the beverage industry in the country, more..

SL’s first Professional Football League to begin in November

Jul 2 (DN) SL Football’s most awaited extravaganza and the long standing dream the Super League Soccer Tournament conducted by the Football Federation of SL (FFSL) is set to kick off in November this year, subject to health authorities’ clearances in Colombo. Super League, which is a key tournament all around the football playing nations accredited to FIFA, in their annual calendars, has never been played in SL or never had a professional outfit competition for last 75 yrs. more..

Pensioners take their grouse to Court of Appeal

Jul 2 (Island) 95 pensioners have complained to the Court of Appeal that they have not received a favourable response in respect of their demands to withdraw the suspension of the revision of their pensions, with effect from Jan 1, 2020. A reply due to them has been unreasonably suspended by the Public Administration Circular dated Jan 20, 2020, their complaint says. The petitioners have requested the Court to call more..

The Plasticcycle Network expands presence on The Southern Expressway

Jul 2 (AD) Plasticcycle added 18 collection bins on the Southern Expressway on 30th June 2020 adding to the existing network of bins. These bins were sponsored by Cinnamon Wild Yala (Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts), in partnership with the RDA and Eco Spindles, allowing commuters to drop off plastic waste/PET for responsible recycling. These new bins are located towards the Southern end of the expressway at the Mattala, Hambantota and Sooriyawewa exits leading to MRIA more..

Cricket Corruption started from 2008: Arjuna

Jul 2 (CT) World Cup winning skipper and former parliamentarian Arjuna Ranathunga stated that corruption at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) started from 2008, and it could even filter down to the schools in the future. He further explained that during his tenure as President of SLC he was against players seeking permission to play franchise based cricket instead of playing Test cricket in England, but the Sports Minister (Gamini Lokuge) overruled him and gave permission. more..

Mervyn wanted Gotabaya and MR implicated

Jul 2 (CT) Former Commissioner of Rehabilitation at Prisons Department, Emil Ranjan Lamahewa said he was forced by former Minister Mervyn Silva to make a confession that incumbent Prez Rajapaksa and PM Rajapaksa were involved in the killing of 27 Welikada Prison inmates in Nov 2012. Testifying before the PCoI probing Political Victimisation of public servants during the tenure of the former Govt, Lamahewa said that more..

Summons for Sanga

Jul 2 (Island) Pressure is mounting on the government after several former cricket captains had been hauled up by the Police to investigate claims by former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage that the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed. While Aravinda de Silva gave his statements to the Police on Tuesday, another former skipper Upul Tharanga was called up yesterday. Today it will be the turn of Kumar Sangakkara to appear before Police. more..

IFC exits investment in Cargills Food

Jul 2 (Island) International Finance Corporation (IFC) has informed the CSE of its intention to exit its investment in Cargills Food Company (Pvt) Ltd. by enforcing the put option. Under this option, outlined in a prior agreement, an entity can resell its stake holding in a company at a future date. Cargills Ceylon PLC states in a disclosure to CSE that, "Pursuant to the agreement entered between Int'l Finance Corporation (IFC), Cargills (Ceylon) PLC and Cargills Food Company (Pvt) Ltd, more..

Shocking case of undeclared narcotics in police custody

Jul 2 (Island) The Office of Attorney General Dappula de Livera PC, yesterday (1), confirmed an unprecedented meeting between the AG and Acting IGP C. D. Wickremaratne at the former’s Office following a revelation that some Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers were dealing in heroin. State Counsel and Coordinating Officer to the AG Nishara Jayaratne said that that having inquired into the issue at hand, more..

Sri Lanka starts new payments services as online banking soars in Covid-19 lockdowns

Jul 2 (EN) SL’s interbank clearing house, Lanka Clear, is starting an easy-to-use mobile cash transfer and an automatic bill payment facility as internet banking use in the country soared during a Coronavirus crisis, when curfews confined people to their homes, an official said. Sri Lanka had seen a 600 percent growth in internet banking and a 200 percent growth in payments, during Covid-19 curfews, Channa de Silva, CEO of LankaClear (Pvt) Ltd, SL’s interbank clearing house said. more..

Sri Lanka Insurance posts record pre-tax profit of Rs. 8.2 b for 2019

Jul 2 (FT) Sri Lanka Insurance, at the recently held Annual General Meeting declared that the company has closed year 2019 in a positive note, recording phenomenal growth with exceptional service innovations. Sri Lanka Insurance, the premier insurer to the nation, recorded stellar performance in 2019 recording 15% growth in profit before taxation, reaching a profit before taxation of Rs. 8.2 billion for the year – a marked improvement on the Rs. 7.1 billion in the year 2019. more..

President Gotabaya distancing himself from his party candidates at the Parliamentary poll

Jul 2 (EN) Prez Rajapaksa does not want candidates of the SL Nidahas Podujana Peramuna (SLNPP) for the Aug 5 Parliamentary Poll to use his photograph in their campaigns. The SLNPP alliance that brings together the President’s party SLPP, SLFP, CWC and other allies backed his candidacy for Prez in last year’s resounding win. It is not clear whether the Prez will join the campaign. Up to now PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, the best-known more..

Talk about Unity in Sports unfolds in Olympian scale!

Jul 2 (ST) National Olympic Committee (NOC) President Suresh Subramaniam said a mouthful when he exclaimed that to dwell in the past was not the way to produce Olympic champions. What of course spoiled the appetite of the Olympic boss was the SAG tamasha that is now being taken to the cleaners who are scrutinising how each morsel was consumed on the way to the salubrious climes of Kathmandu and back by an oversize contingent that did not fully justify what hamstrung treasury more..

The MCC Compact: US Embassy should stop being cagey

Jul 2 (DM) The committee appointed to review the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact has raised serious concerns about the draft agreement. Noting that the document as it stands is detrimental to the national interest and essentially subverts sovereignty while surrendering judicial oversight, the committee clearly recommends that the Govt should not sign the document unless such sections are amended. The US Govt has not indicated any willingness to alter anything. more..

AASL pondering conducting selection trials in Oct and National C'ship in Dec

Jul 2 (Island) Athletics Association of SL is planning to conduct selection trials in October to pick pools for a number of international competitions taking place in 2021. While delaying the flagship event, the National Championship till December for top athletes striving for Olympic qualifications to gain ranking points, the AASL will conduct a selection trial in October to pick pools for several other international events, Palitha Fernando the president of the AASL said. more..

Wartime, post-conflict foreign funding of local groups, political parties, etc.

Jul 2 (Island) Over a decade after the conclusion of the war some civil society groups/NGOs have taken up new challenges. In the wake of the unprecedented crisis caused by coronavirus, the National Peace Council (NPC) had an opportunity to provide relief to the needy courtesy foreign donors. The writer sought an explanation from the NPC’s Executive Director, Dr. Jehan Perera, soon after the Canadian High Commission in Colombo announced a substantial grant for the organisation for more..

The Seetha Arambepola syndrome: A Sinhala-Buddhist-Feminist rebuke

Jul 2 (CT) Taking part in a television show, Dr Seetha Kumari Arambepola (Dr SKA), an ENT surgeon, Executive Committee member of the lobbying group Viyathmaga, former governor of the Western Province, high-profile confidante of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime, and SLPP National List nominee at the 2020 general election, made a number of remarks that can only be described as a celebration of an extremely violent and patriarchal set of societal norms, attitudes, and more..

Prasanna Ranathunga

Editorial: Rogue cops and other criminals

Jul 2 (Island) Defence Secretary Major General (retd) Kamal Gunaratne has got tough with the police. He went ballistic at a recent meeting with the police top brass, tearing into them as he did, for their failure to fight crime effectively. He, however, praised the efficient police officers while accusing others of being a disgrace to their profession. His consternation is understandable. The underworld has emerged stronger than ever. The police reportedly netted about 46,600 suspects more..

Oh! What games some politicians play

Jul 2 (DM) The controversy surrounding the public boast by V Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman alias Colonel Karuna, at a political rally held in Ampara, of having killed up to 3,000 soldiers in a single night at Elephant Pass and several more at Kilinochchi, seems to have cast a shadow over the ruling SLPP. It was during its previous incarnation as the UPFA led by Mahinda Rajapaksa that Karuna Amman entered Parliament through its National List and sworn in as Minister of National Integration. more..

'People in the North will vote for SLFP'

Jul 2 (SO) The Jaffna district SLFP team leader Angajan Ramanathan, in an interview said, “Due to the intense political struggle in the Northern Province, our community not only lost valuable lives and property, but have gradually lost out in competency levels. The Northern people have sadly given up on education. People’s Representatives so far have not done anything to ensure the people’s existence in the region, and have only more..

Rights lawyers under fire in Sri Lanka

Jul 2 (GV) Last month (May) a Magistrate in Jaffna had withdrawn quarantine orders against the organizers of end of war commemorations, based on appeals by lawyers. At least three lawyers have faced reprisals in the days afterwards. Attorney-at-Law Mr. Roy Dilaksan’s house was reported to have been attacked by unknown persons. Another lawyer who had appeared for the same case, saw a suspicious person hovering around his law office. Yet another lawyer who had appeared for more..

Finance depositors held to ransom

>Jul 2 (CT) It’s a daily experience in our lives to see people either changing their ways of thinking or deliberately continuing old ways of thinking as well as of their actions by recycling their experiences. The latter can be either needed in a morally deficient state of society while the former will be perhaps more defined in a state of political objectivity when society demands immediacy in compensatory action instead of a long harangued lecture on morals. Some call this being politically correct. more..

'SLPP Kegalle election campaign peaceful'

Jul 2 (SO) Former State Minister speaks about how the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is running their campaign in the Kegalle district, promoting a peaceful election environment. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, Tharaka Balasuriya, the son of former Minister Jagath Balasuriya, expressed his preference for establishing independent institutions instead of independent commissions in the long run. more..

Freedom to demand unfreedom

Jul 2 (CT) History may or may not repeat. But there is no doubt that history can instruct. Over the millennia people have welcomed tyrannical, authoritarian leaders. They have willingly and enthusiastically participated in their own oppression by willingly electing authoritarian leaders. Why do people idolize, venerate and elect authoritarian leaders? How do we explain the mob psychology of shameless anti-reason that is immune to counter argument? more..

MCC: Matter for new parliament to decide

Jul 2 (DM) US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo (Mike Pompeo) contacted Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardane over the phone, the two highest diplomats discussed a broad range of matters covering bilateral relations. The call came in the wake of the new political debate on the proposed compact agreement with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). MCC agreement, as it is called, has been a controversial topic since before the Nov 16 Presidential Elections. more..