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Black Tiger Day celebrations in Jaffna, Kilinochchi

Jul 6 (DM) The Black Tiger Day had been reportedly celebrated in several areas in Jaffna and Kilinochchi Districts today by displaying the logo of the LTTE. According to the security officials in Akkarayankulam, the LTTE logo has been painted at the Skandapuram bus terminal and near a temple to mark the Black Tiger Day which falls on July 5. Paintings of the LTTE logo and Eelam map had also been found on several more..

National Audit Bill useless: JVP

Jul 6 (Island) The JVP called on people not to have high hopes about the National Audit Bill helping end corruption as it had been watered down and was without provisions to prevent waste and corruption. JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti told Parliament that when the National Audit Bill was first drafted it had contained several provisions to prevent corruption. "There was an undue delay in presenting it to Parliament and it was stripped of certain more..

Anti-corruption HC begins sittings next week

Jul 6 (Island) Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale told Parliament that the hearings of the country’s first anti-corruption High Court will commence at court room one of the Colombo High Court next week. She made the announcement responding to a question raised by JVP MP Nalinda Jayatissa, who demanded to know the progress with regard to cases concluded by the FCID and yet to be filed before courts by AG’s Department. more..

SriLankan-Mihin commission summons BoI DG over agreement violations

Jul 6 (Island) The PCoI probing irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka decided to summon the Director General of the Board of Investment (BoI) to find out why BoI hadn’t monitored continuous violations of BoI agreement by Mihin Lanka. Last month Gamini Jayathilake, Director, Investments at BoI, told the PCoI that Mihin Lanka continued to enjoy tax concessions, due to its agreement with BoI, more..

No sites, no drivers, no will to reform: The garbage problem mounts

Jul 6 (ST) Piles of garbage left uncollected for days on the roadside, smoky fumes from burning rubbish, vehicles being forced to drive over the roadside dumps – these are common sights in Colombo and its outskirts. Waste disposal has been plagued by a string of problems including collection, eventual disposal, lack of equipment, shortage of staff and difficulties with garbage trucks. Wattala, Kolonnawa, Maharagama, Mt Lavinia and more..

What you need to know before investing in Cryptocurrencies in Sri Lanka

Jul 6 (Roar) Cryptocurrencies are all the rage these days. Even if you aren’t tech savvy, you probably would have heard some keywords like Bitcoin and blockchain floating around the zeitgeist. If you’ve been meditating at a cave retreat or something all this time and you’ve missed all the action, here’s a short and mostly adequate explanation. Cryptocurrencies, for example Bitcoin, are digital currencies. more..

JO MP Tharaka Balasuriya blows hot and cold on the National Audit Bill

Jul 6 (LBO) In a recent speech in Parliament the JO’s leading economic voice, Tharaka Balasuriya MP, offered significant constructive criticism on the National Audit Bill. The bill puts forward an independent audit commission that will have significant authority much like other independent commissions in Sri Lanka such as police, judicial etc. Balasuriya is happy about the legislation, but unhappy about important more..

Bring back LTTE! -Want a Hitler ? But, don’t shoot the messenger

Jul 6 (DM) In the South they want a Hitler and Notherners want LTTE back! If this goes like this both will surely get leaders they deserve. The truth is that a large majority does not want Hitlers or Prabhakarans back. Both Ven. Upali Thero and Minister Wijeyakala have conveyed a message; an invaluable one homogenious with people’s notification to yahapalanaya made on Feb 10. It is a figure of speech, a metaphor, that openly refers to one thing by revealing another for rhetorical more..

Vijeyakala lacked political maturity

Jul 6 (DM) State Minister of Child Affairs Vijeyakala Maheswaran, who stirred controversy by making a statement about the need for an organisation like the LTTE, has not denied the fact that the Tamil people were free when the terrorist outfit operated in the north. Her statement made in Jaffna recently affirms that a rebel group like the LTTE is needed if children in the north are to attend school and later return home safely. She has not denied this part of her statement. more..

‘None recorded PTL, Mendis transactions may be linked to given cheques’

Jul 6 (DM) According to an interim report of the CBSL it was revealed that there were unusual secondary market transactions between Perpetual Treasuries Ltd (PTL) and WM Mendis & Company which were not recorded in the CBSL system. ASG Yasantha Kodagoda said those suspicious transactions may be linked with cash cheques dispersed to various outside parties by PTL as PTL’s transfer of money to WM Mendis more..

Mangala should be anxious over extremists' statements: Namal

Jul 6 (DM) While stating that Minister Mangala Samaraweera should not be panicked over the law suits which would be filed against the media which are misinterpreting the facts, the JO said instead Minister Samaraweera should be anxious over the statements made by the govt ministers calling for the resurgence of the LTTE. While referring to the controversial NY Times report, which alleged that a Chinese company had funded the campaign of former President Rajapaksa in Jan 2015, more..

Travel ban imposed on eight PTL directors

Jul 6 (DM) Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today restricted eight directors of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd from travelling abroad without the permission of the Court. Geoffrey Aloysius, Arjun Aloysius, Geoffrey Anton, Chitra Hulugalle, Pushya Gunawardena, Muthuraja Surendran, Ajan Punchihewa and Sanjeewa Fernando who were directors of PTL have been restricted by the Court over traveling abroad. Allowing the prosecution's request to partially ban the travel abroad, Magistrate observed more..

PM denies some of NYT allegations

Jul 6 (Island) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, in Parliament repudiated the recent claims made by New York Times that incumbent govt had been forced by China to hand over the Hambantota Port to them when the govt was struggling hard to settle the loans borrowed by the former govt from that country. PM said: "I state with responsibility that our govt was never pressurised by Chinese govt to hand over the port to them. more..

Commercial High Court issues interim order against Damro

Jul 6 (FT) Commercial High Court of Colombo on 4 July issued an Interim Order against the Defendant Damro. High Court Judge Rathnapriya Gurusinghe issued this interim order pursuant to civil action initiated by the petitioners Agalawatte Plantation and others. The judge, having considered the petition, affidavit, documents and submission made by the counsel for the petitioners and the indemnity letter filed in the petition, issued this order restraining Damro from taking up any matters more..

SME Board important complement to Enterprise Sri Lanka

Jul 6 (DN) The Small and Medium Enterprise Board (SME Board) will be an important complement to the Enterprise Sri Lanka initiative that was launched recently with the aim of developing entrepreneurs and the SME sector of the country, said Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera, at the launching of Empower the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Board at the BMICH yesterday. “For too long Sri Lanka has relied on a State led model of economic growth. more..

Fuel prices increased from midnight Thurs

Jul 6 (DM) The prices of fuel would be increased with effect from midnight, the Finance Ministry Sources said. Accordingly, the prices of fuel per litre will be increased as follows: Petrol (Octane 92) will be increased by Rs.8 to Rs.145, Petrol (Octane 95) will be increased by Rs.7 to Rs.155, One litre of Auto Diesel increased by Rs.9 to Rs.118 and One litre of Super Diesel will be increased by Rs.10 to Rs.129, however, more..

Land acquired for new court complex

Jul 6 (FT) A six-acre land has been acquired by the Ministry of Justice to establish a new court complex with 40 court rooms to ease the congestion at Hulftsdorp and to take action against the controversial 122 cases that took place during the last regime. According to Justice and Prison Reforms Minister Thalatha Athukorala, lack of officers at the Attorney General’s Department, as well as a suitable court house, are additional reasons to go for hearings. more..

MoU between Hettigoda Industries and J’Pura University on plant research

Jul 6 (Island) Hettigoda Industries Pvt. Ltd. signed an MoU with Plant Materials and Herbal Products Research Center of the Uni of Sri J'pura recently. The MoU is to facilitate the collaboration on fundamental academic research related to Plant Materials, Ayurvedic and Herbal formula which are within the areas of mutual interest. The collaboration includes developing scientific activities by conducting joint research, creating and cooperating in the facilitations of publication of research. more..

No need to follow what Kumar or Mahela says: Sumathipala

Jul 6 (CT) Former Dy Speaker, MP Thilanga Sumathipala, said that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) does not need to follow what Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardane says, because it’s the SLC which made them internationally recognized players. “Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardane proposed to have 24 cricket teams from certain areas when the SLC actually has 12 and SLC rejected it” more..

Freight forwarding sector: Proposed ownership restriction removal praised

Jul 6 (DN) Maersk Line Managing Director- South Asia Steve M. Felder urged to fully liberalize the ownership on the shipping and freight forwarding agencies in Sri Lanka to bring in additional investments and benefits to the country and to achieve its strategic locational advantage. Expressing satisfaction over SL govt’s budget proposal for the removal of ban on foreign ownership of shipping and freight forwarding firms, Felder emphasised the importance of more..

Ambassador meets Bahrain minister to discuss more employment opportunities

Jul 6 (Island) The ambassador of Sri Lanka, Dr A Saj U. Mendis, met with Minister of Works, Municipalities, Urban Planning, Agriculture and Marine Resources, Eng. Essam Bin Abdulla Khalaf, in order to broach and discuss significant and decisive developments in the sphere of his vast portfolio in order to secure more skilled employment opportunities to Sri Lankan nationals. Abdulla Khalaf is one of the more senior Cabinet ministers of the govt of Bahrain and the ministry is, probably, more..

SOE heads told to shape up

Jul 6 (FT) State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) must mend their loss-making ways by improving governance to meet the growth demands of the SL economy, Treasury Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga said, pointing out that the return on assets of key 55 enterprises that had capital of Rs. 1.1 trillion at end 2017 was a mere 0.64%. He stressed the need to make a sea of changes in the operations of public business more..

Markram: SA’s next brightest prospect

Jul 6 (Island) There’s little doubt that Aiden Markram, the 23-year-old opening bat, is the next big thing in South African cricket. Markram captained South Africa to the ICC Under-19 World Cup win in 2014 and after just two ODIs under his belt early this year, was named as captain of the South African senior side for the ODI series against India. Markram during the Indian Test series became the fastest South African to score 1,000 Test runs having achieved the milestone in more..

Chairman of National Selection Committee appointed

Jul 6 (CT) Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapha has appointed Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake as the Chairman, of the National Selection Committee. He made this appointment at the Duncan White Auditorium of the Ministry in the presence of Heads of all Sports Associations and Members of Selection Committees. “I’m hopeful that Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake will bring much needed discipline in sports for our country,” he said. more..

Chandimal named captain pending ICC hearing

Jul 6 (DN) SL named Dinesh Chandimal as captain for the upcoming two-Test series against South Africa despite the fact that he has a charge sheet hovering above his head for refusing to take the field on the third day of the second Test against West Indies at St Lucia after the umpires had informed the team that he had been charged with ball tampering. The hearing to determine Chandimal’s punishment for more..

Four SL athletes qualify for Youth Olympics

Jul 6 (DN) Four SL athletes qualified for the Youth Olympic after producing their best performance at the Asian Youth Olympic Qualification trials concluded at Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. Asian Junior Gold medalist steeple chase runner Wasanthi Maristella clocked a sizzling 6 minutes 35.20 seconds in the Girls 2000m Steeplechase to finish first in the Youth Olympic Asian trials and seal a place in the Youth Olympic games and get number one ranking in the world event. more..

Sri Lanka sweat over Herath, Perera fitness

Jul 6 (CB) SL are hopeful that veteran Rangana Herath and top-order batsman Kusal Janith Perera will recover in time for the opening Test against South Africa that gets underway next week in Galle. Both players were named in a 16-member squad, but their availability is subject to fitness. Herath split the webbing between his ring and small finger on his right hand ahead of the third and final Test against WI in Barbados. The injury required five stitches and thus, ruled him out of the game. more..

Sri Lanka capital allowances too uncertain for investors: Dhammika Perera

Jul 6 (EN) Sri Lanka's new practice of giving capital allowance in place of tax holidays is good, with regional incentives, but there is too much unertainty for investors to make use of, a top businessman has said. "The package is good. There is no problem with the package but what happens to the investor if it is taken off in the next budget?," Dhammika Perera, Chairman and founder of Vallibel group said, more..

Sri Lanka’s top archer cold shouldered by association

Jul 6 (DN) Thisaru Disnaka who reached the qualification standard for the forthcoming 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina has been reportedly neglected by the Sri Lanka Archery Association who want the athlete to participate in the trials. Only two athletes, Thisaru Disnaka and Kavisha Dalpathado participated in the world archery championships in Argentina last year and Thisaru was selected among the best sixteen archers after his performance. more..

SLC messes Board XI selection

Jul 6 (CT) SLC has made a mess when selecting the SLC Board XI to play South Africa in a warm-up two-day game on 7 and 8 at P. Sara Oval, by naming paceman Nisala Tharaka, who is currently in Bangladesh with the SL ‘A’ team. It appears that the Selection Committee was clueless about the availability of players when selecting the team, but when notified about Tharaka, they sent an amended list of players. The second correction which was sent as the final team had several changes. more..

China can be a big bully, says top bureaucrat

Jul 6 (ST) A top bureaucrat insisted that the stalling of talks between SL and China authorities was inevitable since giving in would hurt Colombo in the long run and cited Beijing as a big bully in this respect. Export Development Board Chairperson Indira Malwatte said that They (China) will try to be a big bully as much as possible in trying to get the deal on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two nations more favourable to them. more..

The irrational urge for one folk, one fuhrer, one fatherland

Jul 6 (Island) In the context of an anemic economy and the failure of a democratic coalition to resolve the economic uncertainty and fear people felt, a proud and ancient people, turned to a former Army corporal and in a narrow win, elected the fascists to power. No, not in SL, this was Germany in the early nineteen thirties where the failures of the Weimer Republic and its weak coalition govts created an attraction for the strongman politics and ideology, loosely defined as Fascism, to become more..

Enraged Deputy Minister; Tilting at Windmills; Delayed Petition of a Widow

Jul 6 (Island) Cassandra despairs each time she sees SL’s legislator’s at their favourite time wasting, physical mockery in the august House by the Diyawanna. There they are shouting profanities and ever ready to tear down to the centre aisle to descend to fisticuffs. Just the sight of many of them makes this delicate dame turn aside in disgust, her eyes and sensibilities assailed. There most of them are: in pristine white cloths and shervani style shirts, with beards trimmed in different styles, more..

Five annoying things Sri Lankans do when they go abroad

Jul 6 (Roar) We Sri Lankans are very much people of the land. We are islanders through and through. You can take us out of Sri Lanka, but you can’t take Sri Lanka out of us, and this is quite obvious when we travel abroad. And there are quite a few of us who live abroad. Wikipedia says that SL diaspora number around 3 million. If you are not willing to accept Wikipedia as absolute fact (you monster!) UNESCAP has a 2010 estimate of more..

Impact of US withdrawal from UNHRC on Sri Lanka

Jul 6 (Island) There is considerable speculation within Sri Lanka as regards the impact of US withdrawal from the UNHRC. While some hope for a certain degree of letting up as a consequence of the US action, others are of the view that the US would continue to maintain its pressure regardless of whether it is in or out of the UNHRC. One compelling reason for maintaining the pressure is that a weak and defensive SL would be more pliable and accommodating when it comes to more..

You won’t know whether to laugh or not to laugh

Jul 6 (ST) Martin McDonagh’s Tony and Olivier award-winning play The Pillowman will bring a dose of dark comedy to Colombo audiences. Also known for his films – In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and most recently the Academy award-winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, McDonagh has an eerie quality in his sardonic narratives that can thrill in the most sinfully pleasurable way. To be staged on July 7 and 8 at the Namel-Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella, The Pillowman is presented more..