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No note from Sri Lanka on match-fixing claims: Indian Cricket Board

Jul 1 (OI) The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not received any correspondence from Sri Lanka regarding the 2011 World Cup match-fixing claims. ANI reported, quoting sources within the BCCI's ACU, that the body would be able to talk about the claims once it receives any sort of correspondence. "We haven't received any correspondence from SL related to the 2011 World Cup match-fixing issue, once we receive it then only can talk about it," more..

Netball practises to resume early July

Jul 1 (CT) Netball Federation of Sri Lanka (NFSL) expects to resume practises after the appointment of the new Head Coach on 6 July and will strictly adhere to health regulations imposed by the Govt in view of the Covid–19 pandemic. Commenting on the resumption of practises NFSL President Victoria Lakshmi said: “Under the guidance of the Sports Ministry, we expect to resume practises under strict social distancing guidelines after the appointment of the new head coach on 6 July. more..

Sri Lanka inflation in June 2020 at to 3.9%

Jul 1 (EN) SL’s consumer price inflation in the 12-months to June 2020 eased to 3.9% from 4% in May, though food prices picked up sharply. Colombo Consumer Price Index gained 0.8% in June to 135.3 points, slower than the 1.4% in 2019, helping moderate the 12-mont rise. May and June typically shows the steepest rise in the index, during the year after a spike in reserve money in April. The food index rose by 2.6% more..

The other side of the Govt’s relief measures

Jul 1 (TM) This has not been an easy time. We are moving through the third week of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka following the identification of the first local patient. Medical experts have advised us to continue social distancing in the critical weeks to come. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported so far and a few patients have successfully recovered as of 27 March 2020. That’s a big relief. I am sure no Sri Lankan ever thought that one virus could have caused such damage, but it has. more..

COVID 19 and Sri Lanka

Jul 1 (GV) When globalisation was the dominant concept for looking at the world, pandemics were discussed as a global security issue. The objective was to see how pandemics have an impact on global security, and how to prepare for them. Now that one is happening, it is interesting to look at the response. It is clear that the nature of states, their characteristics and what they should do, has come to the forefront of the discussion. This development is so pronounced that Daron Acemoglu, more..

ComBank goes for $ 50 m private placement with IFC

Jul 1 (FT) The largest private sector bank, Commercial Bank is going for a $ 50 million (over Rs. 9 b) private placement with the World Bank’s IFC to boost capital in support of business expansion. This development bodes well for both Commercial Bank and Sri Lanka since owing to the COVID-19 pandemic overall global investor sentiments have been uncertain and markets volatile. Board of Directors of Commercial Bank on Tuesday evening resolved to more..

University education reforms in Australia: Should Sri Lanka follow suit?

Jul 1 (Island) A preamble is necessary. Covid-19 pandemic, like the Great Depression, calls for the countries with generous state provision in education, health and welfare achieving desirable social objectives, to reassess welfare expenditures because they are bound to exceed their capacities to deliver without crippling economic fallouts. Laudable social goals based on noble social values are becoming less feasible in the post COVID- world, given trajectory of global economics more..

Editorial: Deceit and prevarication

Jul 1 (Island) Trade unions have asked the Sri Lanka Ports Authority to set up gantry cranes at the East Terminal of the Colombo Port or face a strike. They insist that the delay is due to foreign pressure. A strike or a ca’canny, in the Colombo Port, will send the economy into a tailspin and make the post-Covid recovery even more difficult. Trade unions also complain of a move to hand over the terminal to foreigners. Will the govt explain why the installation of cranes has been delayed? more..

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Aug 5 elections unlikely to herald in qualitatively different new parliament

Jul 1 (ST) When one reflects on the political future of this country, if one goes by current trends there is little cause for optimism. The prospects of a qualitative change in the composition of parliament following the parliamentary elections scheduled for Aug 5 look rather bleak. One of the main arguments put forward against the recall of the earlier parliament during the debate on the advisability of holding early elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, was that previous parliament more..

General Elections and the social media landscape

Jul 1 (DM) The ad library had been available for SL since the November Prez Election. The ads for which details would be available are those deemed political in content by Facebook. The issue with SL is the thousands of gossip pages that have millions of followers. One very popular page has over two million followers. These pages can post ads veiled as posts. They circumvent any oversight and rely not on Facebook’s ad placement but on their gigantic user base. There will be no details available. more..

'FSP willing to work with JVP as a mass movement'

Jul 1 (SO) Education Secretary of Frontline Socialist Party (FSP), Pubudu Jagoda, said that they are willing to work with JVP as a mass movement but will not merge with it as a political front. He also called for a structural change in the election process as the existing system makes even a good man a dishonest person. Q: There are rumours that the FSP is working with JVP in this elections. Is this true? more..

Israel, the annexation of the West Bank and apartheid

Jul 1 (DM) In May this year, Israel PM Netanyahu announced that on -July 01- it would, in line with US Prez Trump’s one-sided Middle East peace plan annex parts of the Palestinian West Bank. That the so-called peace plan was drawn up by the US Prez’s son-in-law (himself Jewish by religion) without consultation with the Palestinians, tells its own story Annexation is just one part of Trump’s plan, which also calls for the creation of a demilitarised Palestinian state, largely encircled by Israel, more..

Political Nuances in the MCC

Jul 1 (CT) To even begin understanding anything about the nuances in bilateral and multilateral impacts of the proposed MCC compact deal between the US and SL, one certainly needs some knowledge about domestic and foreign policy in the thrust of US political thinking that seeks to subtly enforce, maintain or influence the advancement of US interests in national integrity and military power worldwide. To even assume that matters such as the MCC are generated by US anxieties to help more..

'SJB confident of winning General Election'

Jul 1 (SO) SJB General Secretary and former MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara said that when the UNP is going to lose the upcoming General Election, they attempt to make various false allegations against the SJB. He said that the people are well aware that the SJB was formed with the approval of the UNP Working Committee. He said the group in the UNP is fully responsible for creating a rift in the party. more..

Yatārthaya of a virtuous society

Jul 1 (CT) The Executive President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has set a new precedence by inviting public officials to his office and publicly reprimanding them under wide media scrutiny highlighting to the nation that aggression and oppression are the key features to implement the Presidential Task Force to build a Secure Country, Disciplined, Virtuous and Lawful Society in accordance with the powers vested in him by Article 33 of the Constitution – hallelujah! more..

TNA blissfully going for a ride again

Jul 1 (CT) Tamil opinion is divided on the TNA’s expression of, let’s call a spade a spade, Possible support for the govt. The Pro-Group says projecting a broad-minded approach and showing sincerity creates an environment which will enable progress on the problems of the Tamils. Anti-Group calls the Pro-Group a bunch of ever-willing-to-be-hoodwinked suckers. Since the time of the B-C Pact successive govts have not only shown no interest in addressing Tamil concerns, but have knowingly cheated. more..

Sri Lanka remittances down 23% in May but up from April

Jun 30 (EN) SL’s foreign remittances fell 23.3% from a year earlier to US$ 431.8 million in May 2020 but has picked up from a low of US$ 375 million in April amid a Coronavirus pandemic. SL was under strict lockdowns in April with banks only operating a few hours and postal services also not operating. Expatriate family members in the Middle East and elsewhere send money either through bank drafts more..

Welikada Prison riot case: Court reprimands suspects, next hearing tomorrow

Jun 30 (CT) The Colombo Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar on 26 June issued strict warnings to Inspector of Police Neomal Rangajeewa and former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa, that their bail order would be cancelled and they would be remanded unless they stopped making statements to the Media, which could pose a negative impact on the Welikada Prison riot case and the Judiciary. Rangajeewa and Lamahewa are the first and second suspects in Welikada more..

Release of Tamil prisoners detained under PTA: This will happen assures Karuna

Jun 30 (CT) Tamil United Freedom Party (TUFP) Leader and former LTTE militant V. Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman told a leading Tamil radio that he is firm on working towards the release of Tamils detained under the Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) Act. He told the interviewer that he will talk to the Govt over their release. “After the war, some have been arrested for minor issues and detained for many years and they also should return to normal life since the war has now ended,” he added. more..

ASP claims impending Easter attack not conveyed to Sirisena’s security

Jun 30 (Island) Officers attached to former Prez Maithripala Sirisena’s security had not been aware of intelligence reports on a possible terrorist attack on Easter Sunday, ASP S.G Satharasinghe, who served in the Presidential Security Division (PSD), told the PCoI. The witness said that the PSD usually prepared an evaluation report after its monthly meetings with DIGs and a member from State Intelligence Service. more..

Aravinda de Silva arrives at Ministry to record statement

Jun 30 (AD) Former cricket captain Aravinda de Silva has arrived at the Ministry of Sports earlier this afternoon (30). This was to record a statement regarding the match-fixing allegations made by former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage on the 2011 World Cup finals between Sri Lanka and India. Aluthgamage claimed that the playing squad for the finals match changed at the minute. Aravinda de Silva played the role of the head of the cricket selection committee at the time. more..

'SLPP deceiving the public to consolidate power'

Jun 30 (NR) The JVP has accused the SLPP-administration of deceiving the public in a bid to consolidate governing power. Former MP Sunil Handunnetti said those who are part of the govt have been making contradictory statements pertaining to the proposed MCC agreement. He said at the General Election, the govt is appealing for votes claiming that the President alone cannot function. He added during the last Prez Election, the govt claimed that only Gotabaya Rajapaksa more..

GMOA warns of risk of Covid-19 second wave

Jun 30 (DM) The GMOA today warned of a risk of a Covid-19 second wave in the country if the situation was not kept under control. The GMOA said that the Ministry of Health has confirmed that the spread of the coronavirus had been completely contained within the country. However, the GMOA urged the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health to conduct at least 8,000 PCR tests per month to make sure that the virus has been completely more..

Legislation to regulate campaign finances vital

Jun 30 (CT) Comprehensive legislation to regulate campaign finances which should be enacted by Parliament must cover all necessary aspects including candidate declarations of assets and liabilities, donation limits to parties and candidates, restrictions on advertising, and party and candidate expenditure disclosures. In connection with the Parliament approving the Amendments to the Registration of Electors Act, No. 44 of 1980, submitted by the Election Commission, more..

Murder of man found burnt with tires in Dambulla revealed

Jun 30 (AD) Three persons have been arrested by the Matale Crimes Division for allegedly murdering a person and burning the body with tires in Dambulla. The suspects have been arrested last night and handed over to the Dambulla Police Station. On June 16, police found an unidentified body burnt with tires in the Gonawewa area in Ihala Arawwala, Dambulla. Upon interrogation of the suspects, the deceased has been identified as a resident of Kahawatta who drove sand Tipper trucks more..

Avant-Garde case: Special HC dismisses preliminary objections by defence

Jun 30 (AD) The Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar has dismissed the preliminary objections filed by the defence in the Avant-Garde floating armoury case, which claimed that certain charges laid against eight defendants including Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi are unlawful. The dismissal order was delivered by a two-judge bench of the Special HC, consisting of Judges Dhammika Ganepola and Aditya Patabendige today. more..

Six month imprisonment for Englishman

Jun 30 (DM) A British tourist who assaulted an Italian who fell in love with the former’s SL fiancée and took her to a hotel in Unawatuna area was fined Rs.20,000 and sentenced to a six month light imprisonment suspended for five years, by Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekulawala yesterday. He was sentenced for a further one month light imprisonment in default of the fine. Police told court that the suspect Danniel George Lomas had been in love with a SL young woman from more..

Coconut auction prices take a breather

Jun 30 (EN) Sri Lanka’s average coconut prices eased 0.54 percent to 55,017 rupees for a 1000 nuts at an auction on June 25, after rising three weeks in a row, while the top price edged up to 60,100 rupees, official data showed. The highest price was 60,100 rupees for 1,000 nuts, and the lowest, 48,000 rupees at the auction conducted by Sri Lanka’s Coconut Development Authority on June 25. Buyers offered 1,018,510 nuts at the auction and sold 773,548 nuts. more..

Sri Lanka day-care centres to run full capacity with Covid-19 contained

Jun 30 (EN) Health authorities have given the go ahead to for day care centres to run at full capacity from July 06, under guidelines already issued, with officials saying the domestic spread of Coronavirus has been controlled. “Daycare Centers will be permitted to open and operate at full capacity (for the total numbers of children the Daycare Centers are caring for) with effect from July 6, 2020,” head of health service Anil Jasinghe said. more..

Video: Special date for MOHs, PHIs & family health workers to cast postal votes

Jun 30 (AD) A special date has been declared for all Medical Officers of Health (MOHs), Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) and family health workers to cast their postal votes for the upcoming General Election, Chairman of the EC, Mahinda Deshapriya said. Accordingly, the MOHs, PHIs and family health workers will cast their postal ballots on the 13th of July. Employees of divisional secretariats and security personnel including police officers have been assigned July 16 and 17 to cast their more..

State and private sector office hours revised?

Jun 30 (AD) It has been decided by the govt to revise the existing working hours of the private and sector offices. Accordingly, it has been recommended to set state sector office hours from 9.00 am until 4.45 pm and the private sector from 9.45 am until 6.45 pm. The office hours have been revised with the objective of maintaining social distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, avoiding traffic congestion and improving the efficiency of public and private services. more..

Live bullet takes the life of another elephant in Maha Divul Wewa

Jun 30 (DM) Another elephant was found lying dead near the Inginimitiya reservoir in Maha Divul Wewa. The post-mortem report confirmed that the bullet has pierced through the elephant’s skull and has reached the brain. According to DWC veterinary surgeon Dr. Isuru Hewakottage the elephant would have been shot four to five days ago. “It was seen near the Inginimitiya reservoir on June 27 more..

FR petition filed seeking investigation on Aranathalawa Massacre

Jun 30 (AD) A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking immediate investigations against terrorists responsible for the 1987 Aranathalawa Massacre. The petition has been filed by Ven. Andaulpatha Buddhasara Thero, who survived the attack. The Attorney General, Acting IGP, and Director of State Intelligence Service (SIS) Suresh Sallay have been named respondents of the petition. The petitioner points out that, 31 Buddhist monks and more..

Sri Lanka debt relief, US$400 swap line from India still under discussion

Jun 30 (EN) Discussions still ongoing with Sri Lanka over a request 400 million US dollar swap line for the central bank and debt relief, India’s High Commission (embassy) in Colombo said. “The matter had been taken up at the leadership level and has been followed up by senior functionaries bilaterally,” the spokesmperson for the High Commission said. “Most recently, the High Commissioner of India to SL held discussions at senior levels in Colombo yesterday & today, more..

Chinese policy towards Sri Lanka tells a cautionary tale

Jun 30 (WION) China was quick to aid coronavirus-stricken Sri Lanka. Chinese magnanimity and speed in responding to the Indian Ocean island’s request contrasted starkly with Beijing’s more measured response to Africa’s needs, widely expected to be the pandemic’s next hotspot. Geography was, but, one reason why China favoured the strategic island that straddles one of the Indian Ocean’s busiest shipping routes. more..