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DMT to launch E-motoring system from July

Jan 10 (DM) The e-motoring system for the registration of vehicles through an online system would be implemented by the end of July, the Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) said. The e-motoring system would connect all stakeholders in the field including importers, sales centres and insurances around the country. “The new system will ease consumers to record all details in an electronic system relating to vehicles such as more..

Fuel price down by Rs.2 from tonight

Jan 10 (DM) The retail prices of fuel have been revised with effect from midnight today based on the fuel pricing formula, the Finance Ministry said. Accordingly, the prices of fuel were decreased as follows: Petrol (Octane 92) per litre will be decreased by Rs.2 and the revised price is Rs.123, Petrol (Octane 95) will be sold at Rs.147, decreased by Rs.2 per litre. and One litre of Super Diesel will be lowered by Rs.3 and the new price will be Rs.188. more..

SLFP common candidate is President Sirisena: Nimal Siripala

Jan 10 (AD) Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says that they will name President Maithripala Sirisena as their candidate for the upcoming Presidential election. MP Nimal Siripala de Silva stated this attending an SLFP press conference, held today. He says that this year is a year of elections and the party’s nomination for the common candidate at the presidential vote is President Sirisena. This will only be decided on the night before the nominations are handed over, he added. more..

Final chance for Malinga's SL to break New-Zealand tour rut

Jan 10 (CI) Five matches, four losses, one draw thus far, and so we come to the final game of Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand. Can they finally get a win? Not on their side, as usual, is form. Sri Lanka have lost four of their last five T20s - the most recent one quite badly, going down by 30 runs to England at home. What may give hope to the visitors though, is the fact that the opposition's recent record is even worse. more..

PM educates Wimal on currency swaps

Jan 10 (EN) SL did not mortgage ports and airports to India to get a 400 million dollar currency swap from the Reserve Bank of India, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe told an ally of opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. Wimal Weerawansa, a Rajapaksa ally questioned whether the China Bay in Trinco, Kankasanthurai Port in Jaffna, Mattala Airport and the East Terminal in Colombo Port has been mortgaged to India to for central bank to get a 400 million dollar currency swap from India. more..

Raviraj murder case: order to call the petition

Jan 10 (DN) The petition filed by the Colombo High Court that the decision of the Colombo HC to acquit the defendants of the TNA MP Nadaraja Raviraj from the murder of the defendants of the Tamil Tiger rebels has been called up on the 30th. That is the order of the Court of Appeal. The petition filed by the MP's wife, Shashikala Raviraj, was heard before Appeal Court Judge, Achala Vangapulli. Lawyer appearing on behalf of the petitioner has informed the court that Prasad Hettiarachchi, more..

Discussion on drug control and minimization

Jan 10 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the relevant authorities to deploy a systematic program to eliminate various drug smuggling activities targeting school children. The President ordered the officials to take necessary steps to amend the laws to make them more effective. The President gave these instructions at a discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat today (10th) regarding drug control and prevention. more..

India offers scholarships to SL students

Jan 10 (HCI) The High Commission of India, Colombo announces the offer for the following ICCR scholarships for 2019-2020 academic sessions: Nehru Memorial Scholarship Scheme: under this scheme covers all Undergraduate courses (except Medical/Paramedical& Fashion Design course) including Engineering, Science, Business, Economics, Commerce, Humanities and Arts. Maulana Azad Scholarship Scheme: Masters Degrees courses (except Medical/ more..

Hambantota port business diversifying, ship calls up

Jan 10 (EN) Hambantota port has seen a sharp increase in vessel calls in 2018 with its business also diversifying away from handling vehicles and cruise ships. Traffic to the Hambantota International Port increased significantly during the last year, with 300 vessels calling with different service requirements, up 30% from 2017. Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) said in a statement it expects to see a “manifold increase in vessel traffic in the new year, more..

Budget to focus on the youth, women and development: Eran

Jan 10 (AD) State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne today revealed that SL’s youth, women and development will be very much in focus in the upcoming budget proposal of the govt. “In the budget, while we are going on the road of Responsible Financial Management we are also basically continuing to invest on our development programmes,” he said. He stated that the focuses for the development programme will be more..

Organ donor agreements signed between Health Ministry and SLAF

Jan 10 (PSL) The MoU was signed for the project of transplanting the organs and kidneys of patients who are brain dead to patients who nedd new organs at the President’s office under the patronage of the Prez today (9). MoU was signed between the Ministry of health, nutrition and indigenous medicine and Sri Lankan Airlines while the secretary of Ministry of Defense, Hemasiri Fernando and secretary of Ministry of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Wasantha Perera more..

Mahanama’s and Dissanayaka’s passports impounded

Jan 10 (CT) Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratna ordered the passports of President’s former Chief of Staff H.I.K. Mahanama and former Chairman of the State Timber Corporation P. Dissanayaka to be impounded. The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption told Court that they have reason to believe the two suspects who are currently out on bail are planning to leave the country and hence they requested Court to impound their passports. more..

SriLankan struggles to get refund of USD 1.1 million from Lufthansa

Jan 10 (Island) SriLankan Airlines has paid USD 1.1 million to Lufthansa Technik AG, which takes care of all aspects relating to daily component supply for UL, for 15 invoices despite the fact that Engineering Division of SriLankan had rejected those documents. Upekha Abeysekera, Senior Manager, Revenue Accounting at SriLankan said that the SriLankan had entered into a component support contract with Lufthansa in 2012. more..

A Trypanosoma species detected in a dog; a first in SL

Jan 10 (DM) A dog in Balangoda was found to have been infected by a parasitic disease known as Trypanosoma. It was the first time that such a disease was detected in SL, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Studies, Prof Ashoka Dangolla said. Some of the symptoms of this disease are fever, severe headaches, irritability, extreme fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, aching muscles and joints and feeling sleepy and lethargic. The dog was found to be suffering from this disease last month more..

Wimal against convening of Constitutional Assembly at short notice

Jan 10 (DM) JO MP Wimal Weerawansa said today it was a violation of Standing Orders and the agreement reached by the House to convene the Constitutional Assembly tomorrow with just one day's prior notice. He told Parliament that it was decided by the House previously that three-day prior notice should be given before convening the Constitutional Assembly. MP Dinesh Gunawardane, who validated Mr. Weerawansa's argument, said the Constitutional Assembly should be convened more..

'We should never have dropped so quickly in T20s'

Jan 10 (CI) Once the No. 1 T20 side in the world, Sri Lanka should never have let things get so bad that they are now forced to play in a qualifying tournament in order to gain entry to the T20 World Cup proper. So went the lament of Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka's World T20-winning captain, and a great of the format. With Sri Lanka having slipped to ninth on the T20 rankings after losing 12 of their 16 most-recent matches, ICC announced more..

Chennai: 16 fishers return after 5 months of imprisonment

Jan 10 (DC) Sixteen Tamil fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Coast Guard last year were released and returned to Tamil Nadu on Wednesday morning. Charles Antony Raj, 34, Wilbert, 55, Isaikimuthu, 28, Shanthakumar, 18 and 12 others were released on December 24 but since they did not have any passport to return, had to wait for an emergency certificate from the Indian High Commission in SL. The incident occurred when eight men had gone fishing from Pamban near Ramanathapuram. more..

One of my quotients is falling: A society in decline!?

Jan 10 (FT) Today four technology revolutions are on the cards and of the lot the most recent is neurotechnology. Neurotechnology is adding to biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology. This technology really addresses the core essence of humanity – human brain and combines with advances taking place in information technology is opening up new vistas. As a result perhaps in not-too-distant future we may witness cognitive computing. It has to be stated that more..

Sirisena’s self-sabotaging appointments

Jan 10 (CT) Prez Sirisena has sabotaged his own recruitment process for the high-profile state assignments when he appointed former provincial governors Reginald Cooray and Niluka Ekanayake as heads of state institutions. Cooray has been appointed the Chairman of the National Gem and Jewelry Corporation while Ekanayake has been appointed the Chairperson of the State Timber Corporation. more..

6 arrested with illegal stock of cosmetics

Jan 10 (AD) Six Sri Lankan passengers, who are members of the same family, have been detained by customs officers at the BIA in Katunayake for attempting to bring a stock of items into the country illegally. The passengers include a man, his wife, their son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren while they were detained upon arriving in the country from Chennai at 6 p.m. last evening. SL Customs media spokesman said that a stock of perfumes and cosmetic products worth around Rs 1 million, more..

Name boards in North should be in both languages: Suren Ragawan

Jan 10 (AD) Newly appointed Governor for the Northern Province Suren Ragawan says that where there is no law, there is no democracy. Sinhalese and Tamils, everyone should work together, he said. Name boards of all govt institutions in the Northern Province should be printed in both Sinhala and Tamil languages, stated the Governor. He says that this is important as it is of convenience to both Sinhalese people who arrive from the South and the Tamil people who live in the North. more..

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Student killed by falling concrete post

Jan 10 (DM) A 16-year-old student of Budugehinna Central College in Galkiriyagama, was killed when a concrete post at the school grounds fell on him last evening. Investigations revealed that the student was injured when a concrete post at the school’s sports pavilion that was under construction, fell on the student while he was engaged in sports activities. Police said the Grade-11 student, Sashidu Krishan Karunathilake, a resident of Watagala, died after admission to the Galewela Hospital. more..

SLSFTA is to no avail for Sri Lanka

Jan 10 (CT) A free trade agreement (FTA) is a treaty signed between two countries to enable bilateral trade and to eliminate tariffs and trade barriers, completely. The objective of FTAs is to create an open competitive international marketplace. The expected objectives and the benefits of the FTA can be derived if a country is competitive and productive to sustain in the international market. Under-developed countries or developing countries with debilitated economic conditions cannot derive more..

Sri Lanka lost a million USD in foreign reserves: PM

Jan 10 (NR) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says the govt has several challenges ahead in 2019. He said during the 51 day coup Sri Lanka lost US$ 1,000 million in foreign reserves. PM said when the UNP led govt took over in Jan 2015; the country was in a dangerous debt trap, adding the govt took steps to systematically escape this debt burden. PM said the govt was able to save the port and airport from being taken over by more..

Low forex reserves, high debt threaten Sri Lanka’s loan repayments: Moody’s

Jan 10 (EN) Sri Lanka is one of four Asian countries particularly vulnerable to shifts in global borrowing conditions, with low foreign exchange reserves and large debt requirements threatening its ability to refinance loans, Moody’s Investors Service said. “For Sri Lanka, further political tension could also spark capital outflows and raise the country's risk premia, exacerbating tight financing conditions,” the rating agency said. more..

13% hike in Lankans going overseas as housemaids

Jan 10 (CT) The SLBFE issuing a press release stated that in comparison to 2017, the number of Sri Lankans emplaning for overseas employment had shown a marked decline during last year. The SLBFE stated that the number of those leaving for foreign employment in 2018 had declined by 0.24 per cent compared to those from 2017. The Bureau stated that in 2017, a total of 211,502 Sri Lankans had taken wing for overseas jobs, more..

No evidence of use of cluster bombs or chemical weapons by security forces: Ruwan

Jan 10 (Island) There was no evidence to prove that the Sri Lankan security forces used cluster bombs or chemical weapons during the war, said State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardena in response to claims made by TNA MPs during the debate on amendments to the chemical weapons convention in parliament. "SL forces did not use chemical weapons during the war and although there are allegations that more..

Colombo District hotbed for STIs: Study

Jan 10 (CT) A district-wise preliminary assessment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) revealed that the Colombo District was at high risk for all tested STIs. The STIs tested in the study included HIV and AIDS, genital herpes, non-gonococcal infections, genital warts, early and late syphilis (early being if a patient has been infected for a year or less during the primary or secondary stages), gonorrhoea, and trichomoniasis. more..

Video: Akila responds to Bandula’s challenge

Jan 10 (AD) Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has responded to the challenge issued by UPFA MP Bandula Gunawadena for the latter to take part in a debate with him. Gunawadena, a former education minister, had challenged Kariyawasam to a televised debate after the minister criticized his comments regarding a student of an international school obtaining the best results in Arts at 2018 Advanced Level examination. more..

Disappearance of 11 youths: Suspect identified by witnesses

Jan 10 (CT) Two female witnesses yesterday, identified the main suspect who had masqueraded under the nickname Annachchi, involved in the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009 from Colombo. When the case was called up before Colombo Fort Acting Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage, the main suspect was identified by the two witnesses Thayagaraja Parameswari and Thyagaraja Jaya. more..

In Charlie’s name: Activists demand urgent vote on animal bill

Jan 10 (ST) A coconut plucker suspected of setting fire to a pet dog and killing it was set to face a magistrate yesterday over the horrific act amid renewed calls for the Animal Welfare Bill to be passed. Police said they had in the past received a complaint about the dog’s constant barking. The arrested man, a resident of Koppara Handiya in Negombo where the dog’s owners lived, was arrested after neighbours told police more..

Indian Summer restaurant on Horton Place raided

Jan 10 (DM) The Operations Manager of a popular Indian restaurant-Indian Summer- along Horton Place, Colombo 7 was arrested yesterday for maintaining the restaurant in a deplorable manner, violating food and safety regulations, the Colombo Municipality’s Health Dept said. Cinnamon Gardens and Borella area Medical Officer of Health Dr. Subash Mendis said expired, spoilt and rotten vegetables, fruits & meat more..

'Gender equality suits every country in the world'

Jan 10 (DM) The 30-year ethnic conflict that ripped the island nation apart, prompted many families to flee and find base elsewhere. Many Tamil families found safe ground in Norway, Canada and other countries and amid challenges, they started their lives from scratch. Born in Jaffna and having left for Norway at the age of three, the young Khamshajiny Gunaratnam, best-known by her nickname Kamzy looked at these events from more..

Kolombians and Kolombian-Wannabes

Jan 10 (DM) Recently, Subo De Zoysa made an interesting comment on my commentating predilections pertaining to Kolombians and others. He said, when you write in English, you speak AT the Kolombians. When you write in Sinhala, you speak TO the people. My response was, I write TO and AT all kinds of people, Kolombians included (even though they are not named in the TO-pieces, I admit). I should have added In Sinhala and in English. In any event, Subo got me thinking more..

Education, best investment for a just society

Jan 10 (DM) One of the United States’ founding fathers, statesmen and civic activists Benjamin Franklin has said an investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Albert Einstein a genius in modern science has pointed out that education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. The radical philosopher Malcolm X also agrees that education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today while US publisher Malcolm more..