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500th in the series: A peep into the past 10 years

Sep 8 (FT) This is the 500th article in this series. Started in January 2011, it appeared on every Monday without failure over the last 10 years. Many have been puzzled by its tagline, Economics Matters. What it means is that everything under the Sun, or for that matter even that is above the Sun, could be explained in terms of economics. It does not matter whether it is economics proper, politics, history, religion or art. more..

Water crisis In Kalutara district and Its vicinity areas

Sep 8 (CT) It is generally observed that most of the people living in Kalutara District happen to face severe water crisis causing endless sufferings and hardship in the drought season particularly during the period of March and May. Based on the climate patterns in our country, we may consider those periods as summer due to high humidity or dry weather. Salinity of water is one of prime feature that people in Kalutara District experience during these periods. more..

Arrest Sri Lanka’s Defence Attaché to UK: Tamil Diaspora tells UK govt

Sep 8 (CT) A number of active SL Tamil diaspora organisations around the world have urged the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to declare Brigadier Sawrna Bothota a ‘persona non grata’ and curtail his diplomatic visa in order to allow the Met Police to arrest him and investigate him for war crimes. “The first was Major General Prasanna Silva, named in three UN reports as a war criminal. Silva was asked to leave because of the threat of a judicial review. more..

Fresh fire hits stricken oil supertanker off SL

Sep 7 (EN) Fresh flames have risen in the funnel section of the MT New Diamond Supertanker and firefighters are battling the fire using foam to contain the blaze. Navy Spokesman Captain Indika de Silva said that all day tugs had been spraying water on the ship to keep the metal cool, but high winds had ignited the flames once again. “It looks like an oil fire but is coming from the funnel area and behind the funnel,” he said. more..

Video: Landslide early warning for 5 districts

Sep 7 (AD) National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) has issued a Level 2 (Amber) landslide early warning for parts of Colombo, Galle, Kalutara, Kegalle, and Ratnapura districts. The warning states that since the rainfall within the past 24 hours has exceeded 100 mm, if the rains continue, people living in following areas are be alert on the possibility of landslides, slope failures, rock falls, cut failures and ground subsidence, being ready to evacuate to a safe location if the need arises. more..

Video: Wanted CCD officer arrested in India remanded

Sep 7 (AD) The wanted Constable attached to the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) who was arrested in India has been remanded. The suspect was taken into custody by the Tamil Nadu police officers, on Saturday (5), when he attempted to enter India via sea routes. The arrested Constable, Pradeep Kumar Bandaranayake, is a suspect wanted over the 23kg of heroin seized in Sapugaskanda. The Indian police officers had launched a search operation acting on information received by Coast Guard officers more..

Environmentalists see dire picture evolving from road development work near Sinharaja

Sep 7 (Island) Only 3% of the total land area of SL is covered with rainforests, out of which only 65% have been declared protected areas, environmentalist Sajeewa Chamikara said. The remaining 35% are under the control of Land Reform Commission (LRC). Due to the rapidly shrinking forest cover, even the SL’s wet zone had been affected by changes in annual rainfall patterns and water shortages, Chamikara said more..

More tremors likely in Mahaweli Reservoir region: Prof.Dissanayake

Sep 7 (DM) There is more likelihood of minor earth tremors taking place in the buffer zones of the Mahaweli Reservoir in the near future, Professor C. B. Dissanayake of the Geological Faculty of the Peradeniya University said. He stressed that such earth tremors were significant with the pressure in the reservoirs or the impact caused by the blasting of limestone in the vicinities of the reservoirs and when the water levels increased or decreased in the reservoirs. more..

PAL on certain imported machinery parts halved

Sep 7 (CT) Govt, by gazette notification published on their website on Friday (4) has halved the ports and airports levy (PAL) from 5% to 2.5% applicable to certain imported machinery and parts with retrospective effect from Thursday (3). They include industrial machinery, plant or equipment for the treatment of materials by process involving changes to temperature not elsewhere specified or included by Customs under their Harmonised System (HS) Code. more..

Video: What’s the point of commissions?: Ali Sabry

Sep 7 (AD) Minister of Justice Ali Sabry says that Independent Commissions have created a confusing situation within the country in the past few years. Speaking at an event held in the Wettamakada area in Kalutara yesterday, he said that they have come to serve and not make amendments and write books. He says that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is removed to create an environment where the President can work better. more..

Govt to impose 1 USD per kilo of imported cloth

Sep 7 (CT) Sate Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said that a tax of one US Dollar should be imposed per kilogramme of imported cloth. The proposed tax will be applicable to all types of cloth imported into the country except for cloth imported through the BOI. A Cabinet paper has already been drafted in this regard, the Minister stated, adding that cloth used to sew bed sheets and curtains used at tourist guest houses and five star hotels should be locally-manufactured handloom material. more..

Opposition SJB to launch anti-20th Amendment movement tomorrow

Sep 7 (EN) The main Opposition SJB will launch a protest movement against the proposed 20th Amendment tomorrow at the statue of the late Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero. A statement from the party issued last night said the launch will take place at 4 pm at the Japan Friendship Road near the Parliament. SJB has called for a broad coalition to be formed against the govt’s proposal which they say will create an all-powerful presidency and take power away from Parliament. more..

Sri Lanka still in Forbes’s ranking of top 100 safest countries during Covid

Sep 7 (EN) Sri Lanka has slipped down seven places in Forbes’s ranking of the safest countries on earth during the Covid pandemic, but still makes the top hundred, the updated survey said last week. In June Sri Lanka ranked 85 out of a hundred but last week slipped to 92 in the ranking that is based on a complex series of assessments based on multiple medical, economic and political factors which increase or decrease the ranking. more..

Over 1,200 arrested in WP; 637 with narcotics, liquor

Sep 7 (DM) Police have arrested a total of 1,280 suspects over various offences including possession of narcotics and liquor during special police operations carried out in the Western Province within the last 24 hours. A total of 637 suspects including three close associates of gangster Badowita Asanka were arrested in possession of narcotics during the raids carried out from 6 a.m yesterday to 5 a.m today under the directions of Senior DIG Deshabandu Thennakoon. more..

2 books written by Defence Secretary launched with President’s patronage

Sep 7 (PMD) The copies of the novel Pathalayo and the English version of GOTABAYA written by the Secretary of Defense, retired Major General Kamal Gunaratane were presented to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (6). Pathalayo is based on real life events. The Sinhala version(original) of the Gotabaya was published last year and the English version was launched today (6). Both these books were launched at the Kularathna Hall, Ananda College, Colombo 10. more..

Mixed response to Safe and Secure COVID-19 certification from tourism industry

Sep 7 (FT) SL Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) confirmed that it had received over 160 requests from hotels for Safe and Secure COVID-19 standard compliance, with 14 registered accommodation providers certified so far. “Of the requests received so far, which is around 160, about 10 to 15 hotels have pulled out to convert their hotels as quarantine centres. Priority has been given to certification of accommodation, more..

Dubai returnee dies while in quarantine due to infected wound: Officials

Sep 7 (EN) A returnee from Dubai has died while undergoing quarantine in Nuwara Eliya but not from Covid related symptoms. 56-year old man had tested negative for Covid, but was undergoing mandatory quarantine at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya, Colonel Vijitha Hettiarachchi who speaks for the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of Covid 19 said. He had been admitted to hospital to be treated for an infection on his leg which had been wounded while he was still in Dubai. more..

UNP’s 74th anniversary celebrations last just 20 minutes!

Sep 7 (CT) 74th anniversary of the UNP was celebrated yesterday at 10:30 a.m. at the Sirikotha, with the participation of Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and 24 other members. The anniversary celebrations were limited to about 20 minutes and neither the leader of the party nor anyone else made any comments. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Navin Dissanayake, Vajira Abeywardena, Daya Gamage, Ashu Marasinghe, John Amaratunga, more..

Prez removes tax imposed on gem and jewelry industry

Sep 7 (PMD) Prez Rajapaksa decides to remove the 14% income tax imposed on the profit earned by the gem and jewelry manufacturers and the 15% tax on gold imports. Income tax concession given to the gem and jewelry industry since 1971 was done away with under the income tax policy introduced in 2017. This created a situation where actual income earned from export of gem & jewelry could not be disclosed. more..

‘Crucial state entities will be puppets after 20A’

Sep 7 (NR) The NPP led by the JVP charges that the 20 Amendment has opposed state financial policies. Former MP Bimal Ratnayake said the 20 Amendment cites that the National Audit Commission should be abolished. He charged that the expenditure of the Prez, PM and their respective offices cannot be tracked thereafter. Ratnayake claimed that when a Budget proposal is defeated in Parliament, or when there is political turmoil in the country provisions that were in place to more..

Over 6,000 persons occupy quarantine centers: NOCPCO

Sep 7 (AD) Over 6,000 persons are currently occupying the tri-service-managed quarantine centers, the NOCPCO said. Accordingly, 6,610 individuals are undergoing the mandatory quarantine process at 63 quarantine centers (QC). As of this morning (07), 38,359 individuals in total have been sent back home after the quarantine process. A total of 32 quarantined individuals have left for their homes today following subject to PCR tests. Among them, 4 persons are from Nipuna Bossa QC, more..

Proposed new 20th amendment will take Sri Lanka back to the Stone Age: NPP

Sep 7 (EN) Opposition activist, Attorney at Law Harshana Nanayakkara is saying that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution if enacted, will take Sri Lanka back to the Stone Age. Nanayakkara, who represents the Lawyers of the opposition NPP alliance, told reporters that the 20A has given the power to the President to kick away the mandate given by the people to the elected parliament. more..

Large-scale felling of trees in Wanathawilluwa

Sep 7 (CT) Large-scale felling of trees in over 100 acres of land belonging to the Forest Dept in the Eluwankulama Mangalapura Grama Niladhari Division in the Wanathawilluwa DS Division has been reported. A few years ago, this land was leased to the Ceylon Cement Corporation by the Forest Department and leased to another private company. More than a thousand large trees were cut down and the trees were set on fire. Among the felled trees are a number of valuable trees, more..

Salvage experts reach burning supertanker MT New Diamond: Navy

Sep 7 (EN) A team of six experts is now at the location of the burning Supertanker MT New Diamond and are expected to conduct an assessment of the current situation. Captain Indika de Silva said that eleven members of the team of experts rare still ashore in Sri Lanka and will be taken to the location of the stricken vessel later. Several tugboats surrounding the Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) are keeping it approximately 30 Nautical Miles which is around 58 km east more..

20A not centred around individuals, but will reverse 19A that targeted individuals: GL

Sep 7 (EN) The 20th amendment was not drafted to serve the interests of any individual but will, in fact, be a reversal of problematic provisions in the 19th amendment that had specifically targeted a single family, Minister Prof G L Peiris said. He said the 19th amendment introduced by the previous govt had singled out the family of former Prez and incumbent PM Mahinda Rajapaksa by including provisions against virtually every Rajapaksa. more..

Dr. Palitha Kohona to be appointed Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to China

Sep 7 (AD) Former SL Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha T. B. Kohona is to be appointed as the new SL Ambassador to China, the Foreign Ministry said. Dr. Kohona, the former Permanent Representative of SL to the UN in New York, was formally nominated to the post by Prez Rajapaksa. The Foreign Ministry has referred the nomination to the High Posts Committee of parliament for its clearance. Dr. Kohona has a distinguished record in academics, international law and practical diplomacy. more..

A 543 returns to sea with Jaffna school students

Sep 7 (SLN) Another 169 A/L students in Jaffna Peninsula were felicitous to get aboard a Navy ship for a cruise in northern waters on 06th Sept. The whale watching passenger craft (A 543) welcomed the cheerful bunch of students aboard for this voyage which had been specially arranged for them by the Navy. The cruise was also joined by a group of teachers and parents of the students. The students who joined this excursion were acquainted with the marine ecosystem and were also more..

Video: Premalal Jayasekera allowed to attend Parliamentary sittings

Sep 7 (AD) Department of Prisons has been informed to allow Premalal Jayasekera to attend Parliamentary sittings. The Court of Appeal has issued an interim order on the Commissioner General of Prisons with this regard. The writ application had been filed before the Court of Appeal requesting to grant Premalal Jayasekera, who was sentenced to death in July, permission to attend parliamentary sessions. more..

Temporary respite from heavy rains today; landslide warnings issued

Sep 7 (EN) Though prevailing showery and windy conditions in SL are expected to temporarily reduce in intensity today, showers and thundershowers can still be expected in several parts of the island, the Dept of Meteorology said. Met Department said the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Northwest provinces can expect showers or thundershowers during the day. Wind speeds can increase up to 50 kmph across the island in the Northern, North Central and Northwestern provinces more..

Colombo HC issues summons on Rajitha and two others

Sep 7 (AD) The Colombo High Court today issued summons on former minister Rajitha Senaratne and two others to appear before the court on Oct 29, over the case filed regarding the leasing of the Modara fisheries harbor. The other two defendants in the case, former Chairman of the Ceylon Fisheries Harbour Corporation (CFHC) Upali Liyanage and its former Managing Director Neil Ravindra Munasinghe, have also been issued summons. more..

Dr. G. Weerasinghe, Gen. Secretary, Communist Party

Return of the Rural

Sep 7 (DM) Economies around the world are in free fall with a great economic depression triggered by the COVID-19 disaster and prolonged capitalist crisis. Our economic, social and political world as we have known it is going to drastically change. Amidst such a depression, what is in store for the rural world long neglected by the urban centred visions of development? As economic growth data for the quarter year from April to June 2020 are released, severity of the economic crisis is sinking in. more..

Burning ship & Reality of marine disasters

Sep 7 (DM) On Thursday, the massive super oil tanker MT New Diamond, carrying 270,000 tons of crude oil and 1,700 MT of diesel issued a distress call of a fire on board its engine room. The ship was drifting close toward our eastern coast - 37 nautical miles off Sangamankadai Point in the East coast. Efforts to put out the fire had failed and the fire was spreading rapidly. Local navy personnel who were the first to reach the scene, were helpless as they lacked fire fighting equipment to put out more..

Video: Fire on oil tanker completely doused

Sep 7 (AD) The fire onboard the crude oil tanker MT New Diamond has been completely doused, the Commander of SL Navy confirmed. However, there still remains a risk of the ship catching on fire again due to the temperature of its current location, the Commander told media following a meeting held with Attorney General today (6). Tanker MT New Diamond had been sailing 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point more..

Video: Egg prices drop by Rs 2

Sep 7 (AD) All Ceylon Egg Producers Association has agreed to reduce the price of an egg by Rs 2 from tomorrow (7). This decision has been taken following a discussion held between representatives of the Association and PM Mahinda Rajapaksa. Issues of egg producers had been discussed at the aforementioned meeting which took place at the PM’s Carlton House in Tangalle, yesterday (5). Accordingly, the retail price of an egg could be between Rs 21 and 22, said R.M. Sarath, more..

Video: More contraband recovered from Welikada Prison

Sep 7 (AD) Contraband including mobile phones have been recovered in a special raid carried out at the women’s section of Welikada Prison. Commissioner of Prisons Chandana Ekanayake stated that raid was carried out by the prison intelligence unit. Accordingly, 13 mobile phones, 7 SIM cards, 150 batteries, and 2 hands-free devices have been found in the raid. An internal investigation has been launched into the inmates of the prison cells where relevant contraband were found. more..