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Security personnel will not be used as domestic servants : Sajith

Nov 4 (DM) NDF Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa said yesterday that he will not allow security personnel to be used by members of royal families as their domestic servants when he assumes office as president. Instead, he said that he would assign the security forces to arrest those involved in drug-related offences, sexual abuse, child abuse and damage to the environment and bring them to book. more..

JVP warns against signing of agreement with MCC on eve of election

Nov 4 (Island) Given previous US attempts to subvert Sri Lankan sovereignty, an agreement with far reaching consequences like Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) should not be signed just before a prez election, JVP general secretary, Tilvin Silva said yesterday. He said US attempts at subverting the country’s sovereignty had taken many forms. "This agreement must be presented and debated in Parliament. more..

Freedom, development and justice? Or oppression: PM asks

Nov 4 (GDI) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed that the right decision taken by the people of Sri Lanka in Jan 2015 led to spread freedom, justice and development throughout the country and greatly benefited the oppressed North and East. Addressing a cluster meeting held in Kilinochchi, PM pointed out that a number of special projects have been implemented to provide relief to the war-affected north and east. more..

Video: Wrong to point fingers at just IGP and fmr Defense Sec. for attacks: Mahesh

Nov 4 (AD) Prez Candidate General Mahesh Senanayake says that it is wrong to directly point fingers at the IGP and former Defense Secretary over the Easter attacks. He says that when he was the Army Commander, he submitted reports on extremist groups to the responsible authorities, all to no avail. The Easter Sunday terror attacks are a result of this, he added. The former Army Commander turned prez hopeful more..

Video: Anura vows to cut down President’s Expenditure Head by 90%

Nov 4 (AD) NPP Prez Candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake says that he will cut down the Expenditure Head of the President by 90%. He points out that the President has many official residences in many areas. “There are castles around the country. I once checked into the castle in Chandrika Wewa. President hasn’t stayed there at least one night in the past year. However, there are 200 police officers stationed for security. more..

Forensic report on bond scam: Central Bank seeks AG’s advice amid controversy

Nov 4 (ST) Central Bank has sought an opinion from the Attorney General’s Department on whether it should release a forensic audit report on the issue of bonds during the previous and current govts, as it could influence the upcoming presidential election. The report in five sections has been made available to the Central Bank by int'l auditors. The report was compiled on a request from CB after the Commission appointed by more..

Sri Lanka to institutionalize flexible exchange rate in new monetary law

Nov 4 (EN) Sri Lanka is set to institutionalize a flexible exchange rate regime instead of a floating exchange rate through a draft law through which the central bank is seeking operate a discretionary flexible inflation targeting regime. Countries with successful inflation targeting frameworks, such as NZ, Australia or the UK, have a floating exchange rate, where base money is not altered through pegging in either direction, more..

Two children killed in accident: Mother and son remanded

Nov 4 (CT) A female teaching instructor and her 24-year-old son were among five persons arrested in connection with a hit-and run accident that killed two children and critically wounded their mother at a location in Weeraketiya on Saturday, Police said yesterday. The other three persons arrested were described as 15-year-old Grade 10 students of a leading school in the vicinity and friends of the teacher's son, Police said. more..

Commonwealth Secretary-General arrives

Nov 4 (AD) The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland has arrived in the country, last evening. Scotland and her delegation were warmly welcomed at the BIA by the Attorney General Dappula de Livera, Additional Secretary to Ministry of Justice & Prison Reforms Piyumanthi Peiris and other officials of the Ministry. Secretary-General arrived in the country to attend Commonwealth Law Ministers‘ Meeting more..

Southern Province: Battle on home soil

Nov 4 (TM) The two main prez candidates – SLPP's Gotabaya Rajapaksa and NDF's Sajith Premadasa – will be seeking a morale-boosting victory in the Southern Province at the 16 Nov prez election. Both Rajapaksa and Premadasa are from the South and a win for either candidate in the South will give them the confidence that they have a strong foothold in their hometown. Southern Province consists of 3 electoral more..

Tabs, Pads and so on… : Promises – if Kept, a Paradise!

Nov 4 (DM) New Zealand, the welfare state three or four decades ago, with all best intentions set out to create a more egalitarian society. Everyone, regardless of wealth began dipping into the govt goodies. Healthcare was free. Unemployment benefits were paid without time limits. Businessmen and farmers got large subsidies. People on welfare received as much money as workers earned with full-time jobs. With free and subsidies they experienced a devastating economy and more..

Impeachment: Democracy through numbers game

Nov 4 (DM) Impeachment proceedings against US Prez Donald Trump have commenced in the US House of Representatives - the Lower House of the US Congress, with the Senate being the Upper House - which together form the national legislature. Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a govt official. Impeachment does not, in itself, remove the official from office; it is the equivalent to an indictment in criminal law, and thus is only the statement more..

Video: TNA main party ITAK to support Sajith

Nov 4 (AD) ITAK has decided to support NDF Prez Candidate Sajith Premadasa at the Prez Election. The main party of the TNA, the ITAK had will support Sajith Premadasa at the Prez Election, stated ITAK MP M.A. Sumanthiran. Reportedly, the decision has been arrived at through the central committee meeting of the party. Sumanthiran stated that TNA Leader R. Sampanthan has been requested to inform more..

Outrage over racist Sri Lanka stamps

Nov 4 (TG) Outrage has erupted over social media after images of recently issued stamps in SL with a racist depiction of Tamils surfaced. The recently issued stamps were designed under the theme of Daha Ata Sanniya, which roughly translates to the dance of demons or diseases. 18 stamps showcase a variety of different diseases which are represented through demons wearing masks. Listed alongside demons causing various ailments, including the demon of madness and demon of vomiting, more..

Photographing ballot papers: Two teachers among three arrested

Nov 4 (CT) Three persons, including two school teachers, were arrested after they are alleged to have photographed their individual ballot paper during postal voting on Friday,. The third person who was arrested for the same offence was described as a watchman attached to an education office in Gampola. He was picked up at a location in the Kurunduwatte area in Gampola. The postal voting for Prez Election which commenced on Thursday was held at over 1,700 polling stations more..

Election Commission chief backs down on ITN ban

Nov 4 (EN) Election Commission chief Mahinda Deshapriya withdrew the censorship he slapped on state-owned ITN after protests that his action was supporting Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the main opposition candidate at Nov 16 prez polls. Deshapriya shocked his own fellow commissioners by firing a letter to ITN saying that they are prohibited from broadcasting any politically-oriented programs or interviews from Monday till more..

Heavy rains affect over 20,000; One death reported

Nov 4 (CT) The inclement weather experienced around the country, over the past few days, resulted in one death and has affected over 20,000 families, according to the DMC. The DMC, yesterday, noted that 20,364 individuals of 5,269 families have been affected due to the heavy rains, floods, high winds, lightning and earthslips. The affected areas were Kandy, Moneragala, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Hambantota, Badulla, Jaffna, Puttalam, Matara, Mannar, Vavuniya, more..

Video: We have no deals with anyone in North: PM

Nov 4 (AD) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says that UNP led alliance or Prez Candidate Sajith Premadasa have nor entered into an agreement with any political party or organization in the south, either secret or publicly. He mentioned this attending several UNP public rallies held in Jaffna. Pointing out that Prez Candidate Premadasa has published his manifesto, PM said that he invites all North and Eastern political parties to join them in the exercise of building a modern and developed SL by more..

Sivajilingam resigns from TELO

Nov 4 (Island) Former Chairman of TELO M.K. Sivajilingam informed Secretary of TELO that he would resign from the party over the party’s objections to his presidential candidacy. Sivajilingam said that TELO had commenced a disciplinary inquiry against him for contesting the presidential election. "They have taken action against me for acting against the party. There is no need for me to tolerate this. I am resigning," he told media. more..

SL upgrades Colombo FIR control centre

Nov 4 (EN) Sri Lanka has upgraded air navigation infrastructure in Colombo Flight Information region which controls air traffic over most of the central Indian Ocean area. The Colombo FIR (VCC FIR) stretches 600,000 square nautical miles with 14 routes. Colombo FIR runs till Chennai FIR on the North, Male in the West, Melbourne in the South and Jakarta FIR in the East. Minister Arjuna Ranatunga inspected the newly upgraded centre operated by state-run Airport and Aviation Services Ltd. more..

Cabinet approval unlikely for appointment of PR agencies for Sri Lanka Tourism

Nov 4 (FT) With the last Cabinet meeting of the current Govt scheduled for tomorrow, sources close to Sri Lanka Tourism said that it is highly unlikely that the proposal to allocate Rs. 550 million to appoint public relations (PR) agencies would receive approval. SL Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) was to appoint PR agencies for 13 key tourism source markets for the next two years, namely, the UK, Germany, France, China, India, Japan, Russia, Australia, Benelux, Poland, Ukraine, and more..

Video: I will complete goals in manifesto within my tenure: Gotabaya

Nov 4 (AD) Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prez Candidate of SLPP, stated that he will complete everything that is said in his manifesto during his tenure as President. He says that his manifesto contains practical goals that can be achieved rather than promises. Rajapaksa stated this speaking at a public rally held in Dematagoda. This rally was attended by the grandson of the late President J.R. Jayawardena, Pradeep Jayawardena. more..

Sri Lanka to conduct adult tobacco survey

Nov 4 (EN) SL will conduct an adult tobacco survey, as part of a global research spearheaded by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US. Cabinet had given approval to a proposal for Dept of Census and Statistics to conduct the survey. CDC will give a grant of US$ 217,000 to support the 2019/2020 global survey. SL has seen a long term decline in tobacco use and legal cigarette use. But due to high taxes there has been a shift at some income levels to alternatives more..

Govt holds forum with development partners

Nov 4 (FT) Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs recently held a forum with development partners. At the meeting the progress and achievement of the Ministry on Resettlement and Rehabilitation and reconciliation initiatives were discussed. The discussion was centred on land release, mine action (mine clearance, mine risk education and victim assistance), resettlement, more..

Lord Naseby seeks full disclosure of Sri Lanka war dispatches

Nov 4 (Island) Lord Naseby believes that the British Govt is continuing to deliberately withhold information about the conduct of Sri Lanka’s armed forces during the final phase of the offensive to defeat the LTTE in 2009. On Wednesday (30), the distinguished Conservative peer tabled a question to UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the House of Lords seeking full disclosure of British diplomatic dispatches from Colombo more..

Why are presidential contenders silent on long postponed PC polls?

Nov 4 (Island) All Prez candidates must declare their stance on holding provincial council elections, CaFFE said. CaFFE acting executive director, Manas Makeen said that the tenure of all provincial councils was over. "The tenure of some provincial councils ended years ago. The provincial Council elections were to be held before the prez election. Now there are rumours that the next general election will be held next. That means provincial Council elections might be further delayed." more..

Sri Lanka inks agreement with Russia on sidelines of INTERPOLITEX-2019, Moscow

Nov 4 (FT) A Sri Lankan delegation headed by Ministry of Defence of SL Additional Secretary (Law and Order) Thusitha Wanigasingha participated at the INTERPOLITEX-2019 exhibition, which commenced on 23 October at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre in Moscow. INTERPOLITEX is the largest exhibition in Russia and one of the largest in Europe, dedicated to the means of protecting state and public security. The event was officially opened by Russian Federation Dy PM Yuri Borisov. more..

CB Chief lists focus areas for incoming president

Nov 4 (FT) CB Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy last week said macroeconomic fundamentals were more consistent and predictable going forward and listed out some of the key economic challenges for the incoming president and govt. Pointing out that the Central Bank had put in place a new framework to maintain sound macroeconomic fundamentals, he said it was the new leadership that had to drive growth more..

Swimming National C'ships: Killer Whales, Visahka clinch Senior titles

Nov 4 (CT) The curtain fell on the third and final day of the National and Junior Swimming Championship 2019 at Sugathdasa Swimming complex yesterday, with Killer Whales Aquatics and Visakha Vidyalaya winning the senior Boys' and Girls' overall titles, while Lyceum International School Wattala and Nugegoda dominated to win the Junior Boys' and Girls' titles. Killer Whales scored 356 points while Army Aquatic Sports Committee was far behind with 136 points in second place. more..

Young Wenurika makes Thanamalvila’s presence felt

Nov 4 (Island) Young sprinter Ravidi Wenurika of Wijayapura K.V., Thanamalwila made her schools presence felt throughout the five-day All Island Schools Athletics Championships as she established two new meet records on her way to winning three individual golds at the Sugathadasa Stadium. Wenurika coached by her schools’ Physical Training Instructor W.G.J. Udayanga won the Under-12 girls’ 100 metres, 60 metres and the long jump. She clocked 13.59 seconds to clinch the gold more..

All-Island School Games 2019: Ratnayake Central, Petes retain titles

Nov 4 (Island) As it has been the case during the last few years, the school goers kept athletics fraternity’s hopes alive for better days ahead as they showcased promise and lowered many meet records at the All Island Schools Games Athletics Championship, which concluded with Ratnayake Central and St. Peter’s defending the titles at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Sunday. The organisers, Sports Dept of the Ministry of Education more..

Fonterra prepares food industry for new 2020 regulations

Nov 4 (TM) SL’s health authorities have taken steps to help improve dining experiences by introducing the new Premises Registration Regulation under the Food Act, with the purpose of standardising safety and quality processes across the food service industry. This new regulation, which will be implemented from 1 Jan 2020, requires all establishments involved in the manufacturing and processing of food or beverages to meet the new standards in order to register their more..

SL plays Ireland in opening match of qualifier

Nov 4 (DN) The fixture and match-ups for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia have been finalised, following the completion of the Qualifier event in the UAE. Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea and Scotland have secured their places at The Big Dance, to be held in seven host cities across the country from 18 Oct – 15 Nov 2020. Papua New Guinea, Ireland and Oman will join SL in Group A of the 1st round, with 4 teams competing in Geelong from Oct 18-22. more..

SL kicks off key tourism push at WTM today

Nov 4 (FT) Sri Lanka will kick off its biggest on-site tourism promotion post Easter Sunday tragedy at the three-day World Travel Market (WTM) beginning today in London. The fresh push for destination marketing has got a big boost as SL is the Premier Partner at the WTM, the leading global event for the travel industry, attended by over 50,000 int'l travel trade professionals. Premier Partnership deal with WTM London will mean more..

AASL names 55 athletes for SAG

Nov 4 (CT) Athletics Association of SL (AASL) named a team of 55 athletes to compete at the forthcoming South Asian Games 2019 in Nepal from 1 to 10 Dec. AASL wanted to name two athletes per event, and they indicated that the event organisers agreed to allow two athletes per event for visiting countries; but the Sports Ministry had informed them to reduce the team, hence they have been forced to cut down on the squad by naming just one athlete for certain events, especially for some more..

An election roaring with promises

Nov 4 (Island) Staggering balance of payments deficit; widening trade deficit; unimaginable investment-savings deficit; uncontrollable Fiscal deficit; Indebted to the public; indebted to banks; indebted to the corporate sector; indebted to international organizations; Treasury bonds; CB Bonds; Samurai bonds; Int'l bonds; One would think that I am insane. But these are some terms one would not miss when reading daily newspapers. They are not alien to Sri Lankans any more. more..