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Edtorial: Slain cops take centre stage

Jul 6 (Island) Political issues are like mushrooms in this land like no other. They appear in troops and die out fast. The last few weeks have seen quite a few issues, the main being some MPs receiving money from the Perpetual Treasuries’ slush fund and a New York Times report that China funded Mahinda Rajapaksa’s third presidential election campaign. UNP was flogging the issue of Chinese funds very hard to gain maximum possible political mileage when State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran more..

Understanding a city for what it is

Jul 6 (CT) What makes a city? Is it fast emerging high rises and skyscrapers? Is it traffic congested streets of commerce? Or is it the sheer number of people residing within, trying to make it in the city? A city is an entity composed of multiple actors, all operating along their own different interests and towards their own visions. Three main actors that make up a city are its People, Market and State. Their activities as they move forward to realize their visions constantly change the city. more..

'Full PCoI report must be presented in Parliament'

Jul 6 (CT) Minister Lakshman Kiriella says that, the mechanism required to take Arjuna Mahendran into custody is underway with assistance from Interpol, and said “As at present, two other suspects have been remanded now for so many days.” Q: It is being said that, there are 118 MPs who have accepted money, from Arjun Aloysius who is now in remand accused of transactions in connection with Treasury Bonds of the CB. more..

Section C350: CoI report into Central Bank bond issue

Jul 6 (GV) On July 5, section C-350 of the Central Bank Commission of Inquiry into the Issuance and Disposal of Treasury Bonds was made publicly available at the National Archives, upon the request of the Presidential Secretariat. This section of the report contains call data records belonging to several persons of interest in the investigation, including former Governor of the Central Bank, Arjuna Mahendran and Perpetual Treasuries Limited director Arjun Aloysius. more..

The missing catch

Jul 6 (DN) During the war period in the country, the Northern fishermen lost their livelihood and the fishing activities had come to a complete standstill. However, with the end of the war in 2009, although the Northern fishermen were eager to get back to their fishing activities and rebuild their families, nine years down the line, some of them are still trying to get back on their feet. These fishermen are facing numerous difficulties ranging from the encroaching of the Indian fishermen into more..

Custodial deaths: A tale as old as time

Jul 6 (SO) The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has commenced investigations into the death of the suspect involved in an armed robbery, who was shot and killed while in police custody, last week. “A team of investigators has already been sent to Matara. Action will be taken to hold a fair and independent investigation on this incident,” HRCSL Chairperson, Dr Deepika Udugama, said. more..

Contextualising Minister’s Tiger bomb

Jul 6 (CT) State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran’s emotional outburst in welcoming the return of LTTE has obviously and legitimately provoked condemnation both inside and outside the parliament. This writer is equally disturbed by her thoughtless reference to a group of megalomaniacs who knew how to take up the gun but did not know when to put it down. Yet, Vijayakala’s verbal bomb blast must be contextualised. Nation is nearing a decade since LTTE was defeated and more..

Listen to Vijayakala before shooting her

Jul 6 (CT) Our politicians have, essentially, been exploiters; trying at every turn to fish in troubled waters. The sole objective is to find some electoral dynamic to push themselves to power or to maintain themselves in power. This is why they have failed to navigate our nation toward progressive goals of economic advancement, fiscal managment, social healing and reconciliation of the broken arms of the diverse civilian population. The latest is the Vijayakala episode. more..

China pledges more selfless loans to SL

Jul 5 (AFP) China vowed Thursday to keep providing financial help, including loans, to SL under its massive Belt and Road infrastructure plan despite warnings about the island nation's debt mountain. Dismissing Western media claims of a debt trap, China's embassy in Colombo also rejected a recent New York Times report about alleged corruption in Chinese projects on the island. SL last year granted Beijing a 99-year lease more..

Parliament passes National Audit Bill

Jul 5 (AD) National Audit Bill was passed in Parliament with amendments today. It was presented to Parliament on the 03rd of April 2018 by the Chief Govt Whip on behalf of the PM and Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs. This Bill provides for the powers, duties and functions of the Audit Service Commission and the establishment of the office of the National Audit Office and the SL State Audit Service. It also specifies the role of the Auditor General over more..

Video: CCTV footage of Kiriwehera Temple shooting released

Jul 5 (AD) Chief incumbent of the Kataragama Kiriwehera Rajamaha Viharaya Ven. Kobawaka Damminda Thero and another monk were injured and hospitalized after being shot at. The CCTV footage of the said shooting has been released to Ada Derana today. The shooting had reportedly occurred at around 10.50 pm 12th June, within the temple premises. It was carried out by three individuals who had arrived in an SUV, which was later found by police. more..

Company owned by Ravi got Rs 5 million from W.M Mendis

Jul 5 (SL) A company owned by former Minister Ravi Karunanayake received a cheque for Rs 5 million from W.M Mendis, a company owned by Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius in 2017. AG’s Department said that W.M. Mendis had delivered the cheque through a courier service to Chief Financial Officer of Global Transportation and Logistic Private Limited which is owned by Karunanayake’s family. more..

NTC to launch new Google Maps facility

Jul 5 (DM) National Transport Commission (NTC) would launch a Google Map facility to facilitate day-to-day public transportation by the year end, NTC Chairman M.A.P. Hemachandra said. Speaking to the media at an awareness programme of entering transport data to the Google Maps App, he said the facility would be available on Google Maps and would be an additional facility to assist the general public during transportation. He pointed out that while the Google navigation app is already more..

Thai PM to visit Sri Lanka next week

Jul 5 (GDI) Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha will arrive at Sri Lanka on July 12th for a 2-day official visit, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.On his visit, the Thai Prime Minister is scheduled to call on President Maithripala Sirisena, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and high-ranking officials. The reason for this visit is an official invitation from the Sri Lankan govt for strengthening bilateral relation of the two countries, stated Foreign Affairs Ministry. more..

President Sirisena finally accepts Austin Fernando’s resignation letter

Jul 5 (CT) President Maithripala Sirisena has yesterday accepted his Secretary Austin Fernando‘s letter of resignation. Colombo Telegraph reported about a month ago (June 12th) that Fernando’s short stint as the Secretary to President Sirisena was set to end soon and that the latter’s aides were looking for a replacement. Sirisena appointed Fernando as a presidential adviser on 15 Jan of 2015. more..

Sri Lanka regulator extends Perpetual Treasuries suspension again

Jul 5 (EN) Central bank said it ws extending the suspension of Perpetual Treasuries, involved in the island's biggest securities scam, for another six months from July 05. It said in a statement the extension of the suspension was required to continue the investigations being conducted by the central bank. The regulator had in January 2018 extended the suspension of Perpetual Treasuries, connected to Arjun Aloysius, son-in-law of ex-CB Governor Arjuna Mahendran, for 6 months. more..

Mihin served food, gave generous baggage allowance

Jul 5 (Island) Although Mihin Lanka was supposed to be a budget airline, it served food and gave a generous baggage allowance to its passengers and for a while competed with SriLankan, Ingrid Guruge, former Head of inflight /Ground operations at Mihin Lanka told the PCoI yesterday. "In a budget airline the passengers usually have to pay for their food and for baggage. But there are budget airlines that do offer food and give a generous baggage allowance to its passengers. more..

Adopt new Constitution for more economic benefits: Keshap

Jul 5 (DM) Outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap at a meeting with TNA leader R. Sampanthan today highlighted that SL will be able to attract more investors and will have more economic benefits if it adopts a new Constitution, TNA said in a media release. “Mr Sampanthan appreciated the role played by the Ambassador and his team and the US state department in the past with regard to SL and appealed that the same level of more..

Pay hike seen hitting SLPA profit

Jul 5 (EN) A pay hike demanded by stevedores unions at Colombo port after the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) reported a big profit could erode future earnings, the Finance Ministry has said. The SLPA reported a profit of Rs13.3 billion in 2017, its highest ever net profit. The main contributor to the profit has been the exchange gain from the removal of loans obtained by SLPA to build the southern Hambantota port, the finance ministry said in a report. more..

Suspects in leopard killing released on bail

Jul 5 (NR) Ten suspects arrested for their involvement in the brutal killing of a leopard in Ambalakulam, Kilinochchi, have been released on bail. The Kilinochchi Magistrate's Court released the 10 suspects on a 5,000 rupee surety and cash bail each. Meanwhile the suspects were also requested to be present before the Kilinochchi Police every Sunday. Seven of the three suspects were arrested by Police while the other 3 appeared before Court through attorneys during the last hearing. more..

'Making public awareness is not intimidation'

Jul 5 (DM) While referring to the New York Times allegation regarding threats to journalists, former Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa’s media unit today said informing the public about the contribution of govt owned Sunday Observer Chief Editor to the said report, was not a case of intimidating anybody but a mere revelation of materials facts. The media unit in a statement said following Mr. Rajapaksa’s response more..

Yashodha Range Bandara’s case postponed

Jul 5 (AD) The case against Yashodha Range Bandara, who was arrested over drunk driving and misuse of public property, will be taken up on July 24th as ordered by Chilaw District Judge and Magistrate Manjula Thilakaratne today. The cab, allegedly driven by Yashodha Range Bandara, has crashed into a house near Kottapitiya junction on Chilaw-Puttalam road, on June 6. Following the accident, State Minister Palitha Range Bandara’s son was initially admitted to Chilaw Hospital more..

CPC condemns State Minister’s statement

Jul 5 (Island) Central Provincial Council on Tuesday (03) condemned the statement by State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran calling for the revival of the LTTE to curb violence in the north. At the provincial council meeting chaired by Chairman L.D. Nimalsiri, SLPP member Gunatilake Rajapakse said the statement by Vijayakala Maheswaran as a state minister of the govt should be vehemently condemned. State Minister Maheswaran had violated the Constitution itself, more..

3 phones, 5 SIMs in Aloysius’ cell

Jul 5 (AD) Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena, who were arrested over the Cnetral Bank treasury bond scam, have been further remanded until July 19 by the Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne. When the case was taken up today, the Attorney General’s Department today informed the court that 5 SIM cards and 3 mobile phones have been found in prison ward holding Aloysius & Palisena. more..

Twelve Tamil Nadu fishermen apprehended by SL Navy

Jul 5 (DN) Twelve Tamil Nadu fishermen along with their two mechanized boats were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters, earlier this morning. Assitant Director of Fisheries department, Manikandan said nearly 3,000 fishermen from Ramanathapuram had ventured into the sea last night and were fishing near Karainagar in the Sri Lankan waters early this morning, at the time of the arrest. more..

Bilateral relations between US and Sri Lanka nourished: President

Jul 5 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena said the bilateral relations between the US and Sri Lanka are nourished by our shared commitment to democratic values and fundamental freedoms. President stated this in his message of congratulations to President Donald Trump on the Us Independence Day on July 4. Prez Sirisena stated that the bilateral ties have been nurtured by the people of the two countries who have been at the forefront of strengthening bonds between US and SL even prior to more..

Accuses police of giving protection to goons who attacked protesters

Jul 5 (Island) There are serious concerns about the independence of the commissions created by the 19th amendment to the constitution, Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU), General Secretary Joseph Stalin said, pointing out that the Public Services Commission (PSC) had approved the promotion of over 4,000 persons, who claimed to have been politically victimised. "We are against promoting these people. more..

Amendments to Customs Ordinance to ensure fair reward system

Jul 5 (FT) Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament that amendments would be introduced to change the current method of awarding financial rewards to Customs officials, to ensure such rewards are equally distributed within the Customs Department. He made these remarks while moving a number of resolutions under the Customs Ordinance for the Second Reading Debate. The Minister noted that the existing system of granting financial rewards was unfair & benefited only a few individuals. more..

Stocks weakened by rising interest rates, political uncertainty

Jul 5 (EN) Expectations of higher interest rates and uncertainty in the run-up to crucial polls have brought down Sri Lanka’s stock market in recent weeks to an almost 15-month low, despite improved earnings and macro-economic stability, brokers and analysts said. Foreign funds have been selling stocks with a heavy weighting on the benchmark index with higher interest rates expected in the United States after a rate hike by the Federal Reserve, as well as locally. more..

Sarath Jayamanne

A real Swiss lesson – Merci!

Jul 5 (FT) This is all about an experience but more so placing on record an experiential learning. Those who read this may take their own interpretations or reflect with more questions. I am giving a perception I do value. Landing in Switzerland coming from SL for a change I felt like a big brother. Usually this is not an experience Sri Lankans can have unless you are a frequent flyer to Maldives! My country is bigger than yours and there was no feeling of a citizen from a small country which meant that more..

Vijayakala should resign

Jul 5 (CT) A month after the July 1983 riots which put back Sri Lanka’s economic progress by decades, Govt of SL under the aegis of President J.R. Jayewardene, passed the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution in August 1983, proscribing separatism. The relevant piece of legislation reads, ‘…(1) No person shall, directly or indirectly, in or outside SL, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment of a separate State within the territory of SL. more..

Video: Vijayakala decides to resign from post

Jul 5 (AD) Vijayakala Maheswaran says that she has decided to resign from her post as the State Minster of Child Affairs, in the wake of her recent controversial statement regarding the LTTE. Speaking during a state event held in Jaffna on June 2, she had said that the LTTE should be resurrected for the freedom of the Tamil people. If Tamil people want to live freely, LTTE should raise their hand again, she had reportedly said. more..

Vijayakala overshadows NY Times revelation

Jul 5 (DM) No sooner had the political debate generated by the New York Times article regarding campaign financing of former Prez Rajapaksa died down than State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran threw a bombshell in Jaffna on Monday, that took the South by storm. At a function to mark Janadipathi Nila Mehewara on Monday, State Minister Maheswaran, widow of former MP Maheswaran who was gunned down more..

CHEC responds to allegations of funding Rajapaksa’s elections campaign

Jul 5 (AD) China Harbour Engineering Company says that the speculation by an int'l media organization that CHEC funded former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2015 Prez Election campaign is completely inconsistent with the facts. “The construction of the Hambantota Port by CHEC was an important national task based on mutual agreement between SL & China Govts, and was implemented under a transparent model” more..