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Yahapalana Corruption: He is no pushover!

Mar 15 (DM) There is a powerful purohita who is widely believed to be the most likely one to lose his portfolio at the reshuffle said to be round the corner. This purohita has, as a token of his goodwill, distributed five super vehicles taken on rent by Ministry to some Diyawanna members loyal to him. Rental for these vehicles alone costs Ministry over Rs. 1 million a month. White collar high-up responsible for authorizing the monthly rental more..

JO objects to alienation of business institutions

Mar 15 (DM) Joint Opposition (JO), accused the govt of endorsing the alienation of 18 state business institutions to obtain US$ 5.8 billion. It said Waters Edge, Grand Oriental Hotel, Litro Gas, Lanka Hospitals, Hyatt Regency Complex, Hilton Hotel, Hambantota Airport and the Port were among the 18 institutions identified by the Pathfinder Foundation as potential candidates to lure Foreign Direct Investments. “Alienation is not a practice of the SLFP or the UPFA. more..

Bond Scam II?: Sri Lanka expects a billion dollars from asset sales: Fin Min

Mar 15 (EN) SL expects to raise around US$ 1 billion from sales of non-strategic assets, this year, Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. The non-strategic firms will be sold through the stock exchange he said. Among the firms mentioned earlier as being slated for sale are Hyatt Hotel, a unit of state-run Litro Gas; Hotel Developers, which owns the Colombo Hilton buidlong, Grand Orient Hotel, a unit of Bank of Ceylon and Waters Edge, which comes under the UDA and Lanka Hospitals. more..

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Viyath Maga: Who are intellectuals & Where are they?

Feb 15 (CT) The term intellectual is often used in the Sri Lankan media particularly in the context of political reporting.  For example, Shyaman Jayasinghe questions the use of this word in a recent meeting organised by Viyath Maga this month in Boralasgamuwa, Sri Lanka. At other times, especially before Presidential or Parliamentary elections, some university academics affiliated with major political parties appear on stage or in press conferences as intellectualsmore..

When the velvet glove's a failure

Feb 15 (CT) The filthy voice of aberrant politics which we highlighted in last Sunday's editorial continues to harangue the government and the public and now seems intent on triggering a government as well as a public backlash as tolerance levels spill over into impatience at this vulgar demonstration of suspended violence by Opposition political forces intent on egging on the riff-raff in our schools and universities to do their bidding. more..

Super Prison opening postponed indefinitely

Mar 15 (DM) The opening of the new prison (in Angunukolapelessa, Hambantota) known as the Super Prison, which was to take place March 16, has been postponed indefinitely, Ministry of Prison Reforms said. Prison facility which was built at an estimated cost of Rupees five billion on a land more than 40 hectares in extent was to be opened with the participation of President Sirisena, who later declined the invitation. more..

UGC asks medical undergrads to end lecture boyott

Mar 15 (Island) UGC has requested students of all medical faculties in state universities currently engaged in a continuous lecture boycott demanding that the govt take over SAITM, to commence their academic activities without further delay. Chairman of UGC Prof. Mohan de Silva has said that the UGC is increasingly concerned about the situation that has developed in state medical faculties due to continuing boycott of more..

Somali pirates demand ransom after commandeering oil tanker

Mar 15 (DW) Armed men seized an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia's northern coast, the EU's anti-piracy mission NAVFOR said. "Upon receipt of the mayday alert, an EU Naval Force maritime patrol aircraft was launched from its base in Djibouti to overfly the tanker and make radio contact with the ship's master," NAVFOR said. "Despite hailing the ship several times, no contact was made and the situation on board more..

7-storied building at Myanmar temple opens

Mar 15 (PSL) A religious ceremony to open the newly built seven-storey building comprising Sangawasaya, Dana Shalawa and Seemamalakaya, at the Makutaramaya Myanmar Temple in Dematogoda, was held with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena, yesterday (14). The religious ceremony was held under the patronage of Supreme Mahanayake Thera of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Sangha Sabha, more..

Musician finds solace in late marriage

Mar 15 (DM) Included in the repertoire of Victor Rathnayake’s cherished songs is Daivayogayakin Novedo Hamuwune Api Hamuwune, Daivaye saradam labannata Kima Mese Apa Hamuwune, a song which narrates one’s own fate. Victor Rathnayake sang this accompanied by several acoustic guitars at almost all of his SA concerts. With such a soul-stirring melody the song became an overnight success, hummed by more..

Sri Lankan consumer rights to enter digital era today

Mar 15 (GDI) Along with Sri Lanka’s 34th World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) celebrations, the country is also launching its first consumer oriented digital platform service today. President Maithripala Sirisena and Minister Rishad Bathiudeen are scheduled to unveil the first consumer oriented national social media platform by the country’s apex safeguard agency, Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) this afternoon at Nelum Pokuna more..

CMC insists on Meethotamulla dumping, but lawmaker told of alternative

Mar 15 (ST) While a lawmaker who represents people of Meethotamulla says he has been told that Colombo’s municipal officials will look for an alternative site to dump garbage from Saturday, the head of the CMC insists that waste will continue to be hauled to the foul mountain regardless of resident’s warnings to stop the dumping. The garbage mountain at Meethotamulla has swelled to 180 feet with more..

'Govt unable to benefit from fundamental changes in the U.S.'

Mar 15 (DM) Talking about the UNHRC process and its implications on Sri Lanka, former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris in an interview said the govt had committed to implement the provisions of the resolution, and that it had placed the country in a serious situation. How do you compare and contrast the processes undertaken at the UNHRC during your time and the current rule? A: There is a huge disparity between more..

Malik explores prospects of boosting bilateral business with the EU

Mar 15 (Island) Minister Malik Samarawickrama has discussed prospects of increasing bilateral trade and investment from the European Union during discussions with European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström on Monday (13) in Brussels, especially in light of Commission recommendation to restore the GSP+ facility to Sri Lanka. Minister Malik Samarawickrama accompanied by Ambassador Rodney Perera more..

'Govt has over 300 mega projects'

Mar 15 (DM) Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardane, says that the Govt has undertaken over 300 major development projects. He says democracy flourishes today in the country. Q: National Unity Govt will complete its second anniversary this year. How do you look at its performance? A: Most of the people are not used to this novel experience in politics. With the past experiences, they believe in reverting to the old system. more..

Alleged shooting of Indian fishermen: Minor irritants with geopolitical consequences

Mar 15 (DM) Many of our recent problems stemmed from our inability to accept our geographic reality- that is our immutable placement a few dozen miles from India. That presence has not always been a blessing. But, if we appreciated out existential reality, and also the capabilities and sensitivities of our northern neighbour that harm could have been lessened and even some benefits might have been accrued. Obviously, had it not been for the Indian involvement, we would not have a terrorist more..

Don’t treat consumers as commodities

Mar 15 (DM) Today is world Consumer Rights Day and the Consumers International Movement says the theme for this year will be consumer rights in the digital age, considering its contemporary significance for developing and developed countries. The CI says that more than 3 billion people or some 40% of the world’s population is online now, compared with only 1% in 1995, with projections indicating the number will continue to rise. Although this still leaves many consumers more..

Perpetual Treasuries had no qualifications

Mar 15 (CT) Commission investigating the issue and sale of bonds, which examined the relevant file, pointed out, to CB Micro Finance Director Dhammika Nanayakkara, that when appointing the primary dealer, eligibility requirements had not been taken into consideration. Based on files and records, the Director of that Company was Shiromi Wickremesinghe, sister of former CB Governor, Nivard Cabraal. more..

eNIC tender runs into a storm

Mar 15 (ST) The tender for the supply of Electronic National Identity Cards, has run into a storm, after the lowest bidder was allegedly left out. Of the 12 bidders, the lowest bidder, an Indian company bidding with a local company, had offered to supply an eNIC at Rs 48, but the company selected had quoted Rs 70 per eNIC. The Technical Evaluation and Procurement Committee claimed that the lowest bidder had not provided the Business Registration Certificate of the company, but more..

Maritime terrorism an emerging threat in Indian Ocean: PM

Mar 15 (PTI) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe today pitched for closer cooperation among countries of the region to combat threat of terrorism, warning that maritime infrastructure in the Indian Ocean region could be a potential target of terror groups. He said non-state actors operating in the region were powerful and there was a need to work unitedly to shield the Indian Ocean Region from maritime terrorism, observing that it has the potential to disrupt economic growth. more..

President urged to examine Geneva process afresh to avert catastrophe

Mar 15 (Island) Federation of National Organizations (FNO) wants the govt to commission an official assessment on OISL (OHCHR Investigation on SL) in the wake of both President and PM ruling out foreign judges in the proposed judicial mechanism in line with Geneva Resolution 30/1. FNO has produced a comprehensive report titled A factual appraisal of OISL report: A rebuttal to the allegations against the armed forces more..

Saudi Arabia pledges technical support to Lanka in desalination projects

Mar 15 (AN) Saudi Arabia has pledged to support Sri Lanka by offering its expertise in the desalination sector, Minister Rauf Hakeem, said. Hakeem met with his counterpart, Abdul Rahman Al-Fadhli, minister of water, environment and agriculture, in Riyadh on Tuesday. “It was a useful and cordial dialogue with the Saudi minister where Saudi Arabia would offer technical support and advice on desalination projects that would be undertaken by the Sri Lankan govt,” Hakeem said. more..

DMK dares Subramanian Swamy to prove charges on Katchatheevu

Mar 15 (DC) DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangoan on Tuesday challenged BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to prove his allegation that DMK president M. Karunanidhi received money from former PM Indira Gandhi to agree for the granting of Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka. Citing Karunanidhi's statement on 18 April last year, he said the DMK had never agreed to part with Katchatheevu and the party had opposed it very strongly. DMK had convened an all party meeting against more..

Geetha cannot be an MP: AG

Mar 15 (DM) The Attorney General today informed the Court of Appeal that MP Geetha Kumarasinghe was still a citizen of Switzerland and according to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, a person who has dual citizenship cannot be an MP. Deputy Solicitor General Janak De Silva informed Court that, according to clause 91(1) of the Constitution, she was not entitled to Parliamentary privileges and could not be a MP. more..

Kottu Symphony Interrupted

Mar 15 (CT) Forged metal road direction indicator boards in the Hambantota District have been stolen and are being used in eateries to make kottu roti, Regional Engineer of Hambantota RDA, D.C. Lionel informed the Ambalantota Divisional Coordinating Committee last Monday. A significant number of restaurants in the Hambantota District have been seen using these heavy metal slabs to slice and dice kottu roti, a habit that brings on the evening Kottu Symphony to draw customers. more..

Sri Lanka sells US$973mn in dollar denominated bonds

Mar 15 (EN) Sri Lanka has sold US$ 973.25 million of bonds in 1, 2, 3 and 5-year tenors with the bulk of it coming in floating rates after calling bids for US$ 830 million of securities. Debt office said it sold US$ 177 million of 1-year SL Development Bonds paying 254.97 basis points above the 6-month London Interbank offered rate. It sold US$ 341 million of 2-year bonds priced 319.15 basis points above 6-month Libor, US$ 74.27 million of 3-year bonds priced 373 basis points above Libor more..

Govt to ink corporate intent agreements with five SOEs today

Mar 15 (FT) With the aim of addressing concerns raised by the IMF on enhancing oversight and financial discipline of State Owned Business Enterprises (SOBE), Govt is scheduled to sign the first Statement of Corporate Intent (SCI) with five Govt entities today. Aimed at improving efficiency, five SOBEs - CEB, CPC, Water Board, Airport & Aviation Services and SLPA - will sign SCIs in the first round. more..

Shaddick accused of forging wife’s signature

Mar 15 (CT) Retired Australian businessman Brian John Shaddick, giving evidence before Colombo High Court Judge R. Gunasinghe, said that he never gave Power of Attorney to Udaya Gammanpila to sell his shares in the Pan Asia Bank. MP Udaya Gammanpila has been indicted in the Colombo High Court with fraudulently selling 100,000 Australian dollars worth of Pan Asia Bank shares belonging to Brian John Shaddick. Examined by Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayaka, more..

BASL elects new President today

Mar 15 (Island) The Bar Association of Sri Lanka will hold Elections for the Post of President for the year 2017/18, today from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. at 77 polling stations including Colombo. Solicitor General Suhada Gamalath, PC has been appointed as the Returning Officer, and he will be conducting the Elections in Colombo. The District Judges, Additional District Judges and Magistrates will be the Presiding Officers at the Outstation Bar Polling Centres. more..

First-ever Sri Lanka Investment Summit in Hong Kong kicks off tomorrow

Mar 15 (FT) Nearly 200 foreign delegates are scheduled to attend the first-ever Finance Asia-organised and multi-stakeholder-supported Sri Lanka Investor Summit in Hong Kong tomorrow at iconic Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Organisers said as of Tuesday around 190 foreign companies/representatives had registered for the full-day Summit. Number is likely to be higher as SL makes a serious pitch to woo investor interest more..

Health Minister urged to address situation in Kinniya

Mar 15 (CG) Minister Rajitha Senaratne has been urged to address a medical emergency situation in Kinniya. President of Muslim Council of SL M.N. Ameen, has written a letter to the Health Minister saying there is a major outbreak of dengue in the Kinniya area resulting in 13 deaths. “As you are aware, there has been a major outbreak of Dengue in the Kinniya area of the Trincomalee district. 13 deaths have been reported during the past few days with today’s death toll being two. more..

Public outcry over drinking water in Kalutara

Mar 15 (Island) Representatives of several social organisations, led by Kalutara District MP Jayantha Samaraweera, requested authorities to quickly find solutions to the problem of drinking water in the areas of Panadura, Wadduwa, Beruwala and Kalutara. Due to excessive mix of sea water to the tap water in the area, its users are faced with a serious risk of being infected with kidney disease and high blood-pressure. "The water distributed in the area by the water board contains salt more..

SL’s manufacturers make steady progress

Mar 15 (OBG) The latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released by SL’s central bank showed continued expansion in manufacturing, which stood at 56.2 points in January; any PMI reading above 50 indicates growth. Since the central bank began producing monthly PMI data in May 2015, manufacturing index has been largely positive, dipping into negative territory only in April & May of last year, partly a result of adverse weather more..

Historic moment for Bangladesh cricket

Mar 15 (Island) When then ICC Chairman Jagmohan Dalmiya admitted Bangladesh as a full member of the ICC in 2000, there were many who frowned at the decision. But 17 years on, Bangladesh are no more pushovers. Dalmiya hailed from Calcutta and his mother tongue was Bengali, so he had a soft corner for Bangladesh some may say, but it’s not hard to understand a visionary of his stature realizing the potential Bangladesh had. It’s a crying shame that Dalmiya passed away more..

Eshan off to a great start!

Mar 15 (CT) The 2017 karting season got off to a great start for young Eshan Pieris with second place in Round 1 of the 2017 Rotax Max Asia Championships held in Sepang Malaysia. Under very warm conditions, Eshan finished the Time Trials in 4th, just mere tenths behind Indonesia's Senna Noor and Prassetyo Hardja, who took the lead. In both the semi-finals and finals, Eshan came in second behind Prassetyo Hardja and ahead of Senna Noor who has been more..