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49 Housemaids in Saudi WWC

Jan 19 (CT) Steps will be taken to investigate and provide solutions to the 49 Sri Lankan housemaids taking refuge at the Women’s Welfare Centre (WWC) in Saudi Arabia within the next week, said Monitoring MP of the Ministry of Foreign Employment, Hector Appuhamy yesterday (18). He told a Press conference at the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), which was organised in response to the video footage of more..

Ranil’s biography in Chinese…

Jan 19 (CT) The presentation of the biography of UNP Leader and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe in Chinese took place at Temple Trees yesterday (18). The event was attended by Dr. Chen Ying, Professor Tong Jiyamen, Prof. Gau Lee, Prof. Shuye Kejiyao, Prof. Liu Jiyang, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Union (SLBPU), Vijitha Yapa, Head of Sarasavi Publications H.D. Premasiri, Sampath Bandara, Manager of Sarasavi Publications Sripali Perera, more..

Harin complains to ICC anti-corruption unit

Jan 19 (DN) Sports Minister Harin Fernando yesterday stated that he was approached by certain individuals who offered bribes requesting him to include players into the Sri Lankan Cricket team. Minister Fernando said that he had already made a complaint about those attempts to International Cricket Council Anti-Corruption Unit Head Alex Marshal on Wednesday. Minister made these observations in a live interview broadcast over BBC News Sinhala on Thursday (17) evening. more..

UNHRC session to take it up in March

Jan 19 (CT) The Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners (CPRP) yesterday (18) said they would raise the case of the assault of detainees by Prison officers at the Angunakolapelessa Prison on 22 Nove 2018 at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva, Switzerland in March. The CPRP lodged a complaint in this regard at the Human Rights Commission of SL (HRCSL). The CPRP will also lodge complaints with the UN more..

Govt signs agreement with IRRI

Jan 19 (CT) The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Government yesterday (18), inked a comprehensive work plan to advance Sri Lanka’s rice self-sufficiency goals through joint research for development projects in the country in the next five years. The IRRI’s Deputy Director General for Research, Jacqueline Hughes and Additional Secretary for Bilateral Affairs of the Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sumith Nakandala were the signatories to the plan. more..

CB warns public of phishing attempt

Jan 19 (FT) It has been reported to the Central Bank that a phishing attempt has been initiated, targeting mainly the financial institutions of Sri Lanka, it said in a statement. Issuing a public notice the Central Bank said the phishing emails appear to be sent from the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) Department of CB with the subject Notice from Central Bank of Sri Lanka EPF. The content of the email was reported to be with links to malicious websites and downloadable malicious software. more..

Former Sports Minister offers advice to Harin

Jan 19 (CT) The Interim committees won’t do any betterment to Sri Lanka cricket, ICC does not accept interim committees, said former Minister for Sports, Dayasiri Jayasekara. He claims that Sri Lanka cricket (SLC) issues have been created due to problems in school cricket and cricket clubs and those should be corrected. He went on to state that when Faiszer Mustapha was Minister of Sports he allowed 59 cricket clubs to present their more..

SLC CA confident ICC will not suspend SL

Jan 19 (DN) The Competent Authority of Sri Lanka Cricket Chulananda Perera assured that the ICC will not suspend Sri Lanka although the scheduled date to hold elections has been postponed from February 7 to 21. “The Ministry had discussions with the ICC last week and it was confirmed that the ICC committee meeting is due to be held on 28 February and the SLC elections should be held before that date and the names of the elected officials be submitted as early as possible,” more..

Hold PC elections under old system - SLFP Gen. Sec.

Jan 19 (DN) SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera urged the govt to hold the Provincial Council election under the old system by bringing a motion to that effect in Parliament as per the Cabinet decision taken by the previous 52-day govt on November 13, last year. Considering the need of conducting Provincial Council Election immediately, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal On November last year to prepare bills to conduct provincial council election, more..

UK assures existing GSP+ tariffs will continue post-Brexit

Jan 19 (FT) British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris on Thursday assured local exporters the UK would extend the same preferential tariff rates to countries which were currently beneficiaries of the GSP of the European Union to ensure there would be minimal impact to their exports post-Brexit. Delivering the keynote address at the 24th Annual General Meeting of the National Chamber of Exporters, more..

Political opponents vandalise Sumanthiran’s photo

Jan 19 (CT) On Thursday (17), night some who oppose TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran’s political stance disfigured pictures of him with red paint, sparing the pictures of the President and the Prime Minister on two hoardings. Sumanthiran’s pictures and posters were covered in red paint protesting over his involvement with the Gamperaliya and Enterprise Sri Lanka Programmes that were introduced in the North. The incident took place on Wednesday (16). more..

Attack on prisoners: HRCSL recommendations soon

Jan 19 (Island) Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka yesterday said that it would issue recommendations in respect of the assault on prisoners at the ‘Angunakolapalessa Closed Prison.’ HRCSL Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama issued the following statement yesterday: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has noted media reports and the release of videos on the assault of prisoners at the Angunakolapalessa Closed Prison on 22 Nov 2018. more..

'Insufficient time to introduce new Constitution at this juncture'

Jan 19 (DN) TMahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter Most Ven Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddartha Sumangala Thera ysaid that the Constitutional making process has been continuing for the past three years and claims from some quarters that this process is being hurried, is unsubstantiated. However, Chief Prelate noted that it would be better to proceed on the new Constitution after the end of all pending elections, more..

Raghavan calls for proposal on channelling Iranamadu water to Jaffna

Jan 19 (AD) Northern Province Governor Suren Raghavan has undertaken an observation visit to the Iranamadu Tank today (18). The purpose of this observation visit was to look into the current condition of Iranamadu Tank and implementation of the decisions taken during a previous observation visit at the tank on January 10. The chief irrigation engineer and other officials who had joined the visit informed the governor that the repairs to the tank can be completed by the 31st of January. more..

Video: Opp. Leader’s office previously confined to one area: MR

Jan 19 (DM) The Opposition Leader’s office was previously used to represent a particular group of people and a region, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said today. He expressed these views after assuming duties as the Opposition Leader at the Opposition Leader’s office at No 30, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 07. “We were prevented from having the official opposition in parliament on numerous occasions. However, I am of the opinion that it was a great victory more..

UL struggles with unusable aircraft leased from Aercap

Jan 19 (FT) SriLankan Airlines said an Airbus A330-200 that was acquired in 2016 was grounded and its engine fixed to another aircraft after it was found that the aircraft did not fit the current business model of the National Carrier. The aircraft bears the serial number MSN-1008 and CAASL registration number 4R ALS and was leased by the airline in 2016 after the Govt cancelled the leases for 4 new Airbus A350-900 aircraft. more..

Airbus A330-200 aircraft 4R ALS–SriLankan clarifies

Jan 19 (Island) SriLankan Airlines wishes to clarify its position with regard to the utilization of one of its Airbus A330-200 aircraft bearing the serial number MSN-1008 and CAASL registration number 4R ALS. This aircraft was acquired in 2017 as part of the conditions agreed to between the previous management of the airline and aircraft lessor Aercap, as a settlement against the cancellation of the order of four new Airbus A350-900 aircraft. However, cabin configuration of this aircraft, more..

CBSL chief showed MR 3 key graphs on the economy

Jan 19 (Island) Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswami said on Thursday that he had shown Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had been the PM and Finance Minister in the recent short-lived administration, three key graphs on the state of the economy which depicted where the country stood in terms of govt revenue as a percentage to GDP, the depleted share of concessional loans against non-concessional loans of Sri Lanka, and its current urgency for financing external debt dynamics. more..

Appointment of 25 new President’s Counsel: Presidential warrant cites non-existent...

Jan 19 (Island) Many an eyebrow has been raised in legal circles over the presidential warrant appointing 25 President’s Counsel, who took oaths at a ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court, yesterday. A non-existent Article of the Constitution was cited therein, legal experts say. The warrant said that, in making those appointments, the President had acted under Article 33 (CC). This Article was repealed by 19th Amendment more..

Somewhat jubilant view of the passing political caravan

Jan 19 (Island) Looking for quotes on retribution I came across the above. You will soon know why I was having retribution in mind. But first of all the definition of retribution. "Punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for a wrong or criminal act." Synonyms: punishment, penalty, nemesis, doom, one’s just deserts, due/just reward, The quote came to mind when I read on Monday in The Island a red squared prominent news item: JVP ready to reveal to court assets of Weerawansa. more..

Engineer blames lack of maintenance staff for delay in returning aircraft to lessors

Jan 19 (Island) Lack of maintenance staff at SriLankan Airlines had caused serious difficulties in returning aircraft to the lessors in keeping with agreements, Amila Waidyaratna, Technical Services Engineer at SriLankan said. Due to the lack of staff they had found it difficult to complete refurbishing of aircraft within the allocated time. "We ground aircraft at times, hoping to effect refurbishment, but due to the lack of staff and coordination among various depts we fail to finish the work in time." more..

Philippines Parliament assures development cooperation with Sri Lanka

Jan 19 (PMD) The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines says that the Parliament of the Philippines will extend fulest support to implement the programmes for development cooperation with Sri Lanka proposed by the Philippines President, with the aim of assisting Sri Lanka. The Speaker and the former President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo made these remarks when more..

Edtorial: Parthian shot?

Jan 19 (Island) President Sirisena has appointed another presidential commission of inquiry, mandated to probe malpractices in state institutions, from Jan. 2015 to Dec. 31, 2018. It is required to submit its final report within six months. This probe will hurt the UNP more than any other party because it has been in power during the entire period, save about 50 days. What’s up the President’s sleeve? The general consensus is that bribery and corruption under the UNP-led yahapalana govt more..

Constitutional reform in Sri Lanka

Jan 19 (AT) The more than three-decade armed conflict between the Sinhala majority govt of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) came to an end with the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009. However, the international political struggle to establish an autonomous Tamil state in the Northern and Eastern Provinces continues unabated. Internationally backed efforts to change the foremost place that the Sri Lankan constitution gives to Buddhism, religion of the Sinhala majority, more..

Prez assures to increase welfare of Sri Lankans in Manila

Jan 19 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will take the necessary future steps to increase the welfare of Sri Lankans living in the Philippines while resolving their issues, with the assistance of further strengthened Sri Lanka- Philippines relations as a result of his state visit to the Philippines. The President, who is on a state visit to the Philippines at the invitation of the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, more..

‘Sil redi’ case: AG given time to file written submissions

Jan 19 (Island) The Court of Appeal yesterday gave the Attorney General time till Feb. 5 to file written submissions, pertaining to an appeal filed by Lalith Weeratunga, against the High Court judgment in the sil redi case. He was found guilty of the abuse of Rs. 600 million, belonging to the Sri Lanka Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission for the distribution of sil redi in the run-up to the presidential election of 08 January, 2015. Arguments were fixed for March 8. more..

Resign if you can't knock out 'Sena',Yapa to minister

Jan 19 (DM) Minister of Agriculture should resign as he and his govt had failed to control the ‘Sena’ caterpillar which has spread to all parts of the country, MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said. He told a media conference after Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed duties as the Opposition Leader that ‘Sena’ had already destroyed more than thousand acres of maize cultivation. “When it was first reported from the Ampara District, what should have been done was to prevent maize being more..


Is GDP the ideal metric of the future?

Jan 19 (FT) In an age of stark contradictions, we live in a world where the exclusive 1% enjoy access to an abundance of wealth and resources but also a world where a billion people scarcely have enough to eat and have limited access to health and education. While economic progress of the elitist countries is thus conventionally measured in numbers, its population slowly succumbs to obesity, smoking, stress and depression. Great sages and philosophers like Aristotle and Lord Buddha more..

Elimination of bribery and corruption

Jan 19 (FT) Bribery and corruption can be regarded as a malicious cancer that has penetrated into almost every strata of Sri Lankan state. It can be considered a major factor affecting SL’s poverty, backwardness and indebtedness. Abuse of power by those who rule the country to accumulate wealth illegally and dishonestly for their personal gains has become a permanent feature in the rule of SL from 1977 to the present. And for this reason alone, elimination of bribery more..

Solid outing for Labuschagne as Sri Lanka's batting stutters

Jan 19 (CI) On day two in the day-night tour match in Hobart, virtually everyone in contention to play the Test next week had a modest outing, with the exception of legspinning-allrounder Marnus Labuschagne. Most in the SL top order got starts, but could not quite get themselves to 50, while openers Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns - both in the Australia squad - were unable to impose themselves on the game either, falling for 10 and more..

ADB bonanza for Sri Lanka during President’s visit to Manila

Jan 19 (DN) In continuation of the policy of friendship with all, President Maithripala Sirisena currently on a State visit to the Philippines with the intention of strengthening cooperation with the South East Asian neighbour, who is an important member of the ASEAN. Marking the first visit to Manila by a SL Head of State, President Sirisena held highly successful bilateral talks with the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacañang Palace in Manila. more..

Comedy of Errors in Politics!

Jan 19 (DN) Although it is high time to put the recent unprecedented constitutional crisis behind us without brooding over it too much, yet it would be useful to probe into the lessons we can learn as a country from that sad episode. Was it a result of defective legal advice? Did it precipitate due to sheer force of circumstances beyond one’s control? Was it triggered by personal vested interest? Or, was it mere fancy and folly? A gloomy fifty-one day recent drama in our motherland witnessed more..

Nimble fingers net billions of dollars

Jan 19 (SO) Chithra Devi, 45, holds her cracked fingers over the oil lamp which is otherwise lit to pay homage to gods and goddesses. It is around 4.00 in the evening. Devi just returned from the shed near her line room where tea leaves are weighed before being transported to a factory. She spent over eight hours plucking tea leaves that day at a plantation in Siripagama- a village 24km from Ratnapura town. more..

Why Sri Lanka is a failed state

Jan 19 (CT) The rupee is crumbling and ordinary citizens are taxed to the hilt in consumer goods, fuel and services. At the same time, what is squeezed from the common man is supporting expenses for the kith and kin of powerful politicians for sojourns abroad. The presidential entourage to New York last year is a case in point where 63 people joined the bandwagon for merry making in New York. By contrast, the husband of the New Zealand PM personally paid for his air travel since more..

Is Navy lying? Is our press serving us well?

Jan 19 (CT) Newspapers of 16 Jan 2019 report Indian Poachers turning on our Navy. An earlier incident of 23 Dec. where poachers really used violence was hardly reported. All this mis- and non-reporting raise questions of the veracity of our Navy and the irresponsibility of our press to us reader. These newspapers have become willing propaganda tools of the Navy, spreading falsehoods that shield the Navy from any culpability. This article reports my best reconstruction of events. more..