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Video: FR petition filed against signing of MCC agreement

Nov 1 (AD) A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking an interim injunction against the signing of certain agreement with the U.S. including the MCC, ACSA and SOFA by the govt of SL. FR petition has been filed by Attorney-at-Law Darshana Weraduwage while the Attorney General, President Maithripala Sirisena, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana and more..

‘Cabinet nod for separate service of In-Service Advisors’

Nov 1 (DN) Kurunegala District UNP MP and Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told the Daily News yesterday that he received the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday (30) to establish a separate service of In-Service Advisors (Teacher Instructors’ Service). Accordingly, the qualified and experienced teacher instructors would be recruited in a formal manner for this new service shortly under the Education Ministry considering it as a national service. more..

One dead in flooding, 23 missing

Nov 1 (RN) DMC reported today that 1 person residing in Matara District died and 4 people are injured due to heavy rain. A total number of 23 people are missing and 20,336 people belonging to 5,262 families were affected due to heavy showers in Kandy, Moneragala, Kegalle, Rathnapura, Badulla, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Hambantota, Jaffna, Ampara, Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa, Gampaha and Matara districts. 639 houses have been partially damaged while 23 houses have been more..

Denuwara Menike marks first journey

Nov 1 (DM) The imported new luxury S14 Chinese Power set named Denuwara Menike made its first journey to Badulla this morning, the Railways Department said. They said the express train would be operating between Badulla and Colombo Fort from today. The launching ceremony of the train service was held at the Fort Railway station and the train left for Badulla at 6.45 a.m this morning. more..

Moody’s affirms 3 Sri Lankan banks’ ratings

Nov 1 (LBO) Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed the long-term/short-term local currency deposit ratings of Bank of Ceylon (BOC), Hatton National Bank (HNB) and Sampath Bank at B2/NP. At the same time, Moody’s has affirmed the long-term foreign currency issuer ratings and long-term/short-term foreign currency deposit ratings of these three banks at B2 and B3/NP respectively. Moody’s has also affirmed Baseline Credit Assessments (BCAs) and adjusted BCAs of the three banks at b2. more..

Kanjipani Imran re-remanded till Nov 15th

Nov 1 (NR) Underworld kingpin Mohamed Najim Mohamed Imran alias Kanjipani Imran has been further remanded till the 15th of Nov over a case filed on charges of intimidating a police officer. The order was issued by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne. The case was filed against Kanjipani Imran following an investigation carried-out by CCD over the alleged threats made against a police officer. Police Officers attached to the Keselwatte Police had carried out a drug raid more..

Elephant dies carrying tourists on safari

Nov 1 (LB) Devastating footage has been released shows an elephant which had died after reportedly being forced to carry tourists on safari in Sri Lanka. Shocking images of the deceased animal have been shared in the hope it will see action taken to protect wildlife in Asia. Animal rights activists say the photographs show the kinds of abuse innocent animals are forced to endure as part of the tourist trade. In the heartbreaking video, more..

‘CBK-UNF MoU has no political basis’

Nov 1 (NR) SLFP says the MoU signed between Former Prez Chandrika Kumaratunga and the UNF this morning has no political basis. SLFP MP Weerakumara Dissanayake said all those who disagree with the decision of the SLFP to join forces with the SLPP will rally together with the party once again. MP said they don’t believe by signing an agreement with Sajith Premadasa, former Prez can achieve her desired results adding that the move does not have a political basis. more..

John Keells Holdings Sept net down on Easter Sunday hit, taxes

Nov 1 (EN) John Keells Holdings (JKH), SL’s largest listed conglomerate, said its net profits for the September quarter fell 55% from a year earlier to 2.3 billion rupees amid weaker tourism and a tax charge. Earnings per share for the quarter were 1.74 rupees. For the first six months of the 2020 financial year, JKH posted 2.49 rupees in earnings per share. The JKH share closed flat at 157 rupees on Friday. Revenue for the September quarter grew 3% from a year earlier to 33.7 billion rupees, more..

Govt warned of debt crisis tipping point, austerity need

Nov 1 (EN) Sri Lanka is at a potential tipping point of a debt crisis with annual debt repayment estimated at US$ 5 billion, requiring bi-partisan support for reforms and austerity measures, govt has been warned. Foreign debt repayments over 2018-22 amount to a massive US$ 14.9 billion, said a new report on SL’s debt crisis by a group of independent economists and analysts, who noted an IMF loan to the island was only US$ 1.5 billion. more..

AG reminded to brief court on legal action against Vijayakala’s statement

Nov 1 (AD) The Colombo Magistrate’s Court today (01) reminded the Attorney General to brief the bench on legal action that would be taken against State Minister of Education Vijayakala Maheswaran over her statement concerning the now-defunct LTTE. When the case was taken up before the Colombo Magistrate this morning, the officers of the CID told the court that the investigations on the case have concluded and all of the relevant reports have already been directed to Attorney General. more..

Premadasa presents Environmental Charter endorsed by renowned conservationist

Nov 1 (Island) SL’s commitment to wildlife is inspiring, says world renowned conservationist Valmik Thapar, who has spent 44 years working with wildlife. He said that even in India at a given time it was difficult to get 300 people on a platform, praising Sri Lankans who give jobs to focus in the field of nature and wildlife. He said that his visit as nothing to do with any politics here nor was he here to instruct on his forte of cat species as he did not know much about the situation here. more..

AG orders police to immediately record statements from Sri Ranga and ex-DIG

Nov 1 (AD) Noting the inaction of the police with regard to investigations into the fatal accident involving a vehicle of J. Sri Ranga, the Attorney General has instructed the Acting IGP to record statements from the former MP and former DIG Amarasiri Senaratne with immediate effect. In a letter to the Acting IGP C.D. Wickramaratne, Attorney General Dappula de Livera has also instructed to submit the complete IB extracts more..

Crown Royal Holdings begins shipping, resort operations and courier services

Nov 1 (FT) Crown Royal Shipping Services, which functions under Crown Royal Holdings Ltd. (CRHPL), recently commenced shipping operations, with Maldivian company Equatorial Lines Ltd. to provide cargo transportation between Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Opening up international cargo transportation between a global network and Sri Lanka, CRHPL’s Crown Royal Security Services, which is a licensed shipping agent as well as a freight forwarder and NVOCC Operator, more..

'Sajith’s manifesto is a dream shop'

Nov 1 (AD) UPFA MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says that the election manifesto unveiled by Sajith Premadasa is a dream shop while also comparing it to a small novel. He alleged that they had somewhat delayed the released on their manifesto as it would be emulated by Sajith Premadasa. He said that as they had predicted even in the last minute it had been clear that certain parts of SLPP prez candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s manifesto had been included into Sajith Premadasa’s manifesto. more..

Warner steers Australia to series sweep of SL

Nov 1 (CI) Sri Lanka were better, the crowd was bigger, but the result was the same. Australia's experienced campaigners led by David Warner, Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins, were once again clinical in their home comforts to whitewash SL 3-0. They held SL to a sub-par total of 6 for 142 before mowing it down with seven wickets and 14 balls to spare. The difference was Australia's power-hitting, placement and brilliant running more..

US says MCC grant needs SL public support

Nov 1 (EN) Sri Lanka’s parliament must approve a proposed grant of 480 million dollars by the United States govt’s Millennium Challenge Corporation to ensure it has public support, the U.S. embassy said. “Parliamentary review and approval are required by MCC to ensure the grant assistance agreement has the support of the govt and the people,” a statement said. SL’s Cabinet of ministers has just approved the MCC grant aimed at improving transport and land administration. more..

Explosives-detecting robots in action at BIA

Nov 1 (AD) Two explosives-detecting robots, a donation from the Chinese govt to SL Police, were into action at the BIA starting from today. Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) unit attached to the BIA were introduced to the two new robots by Chinese officials. Named Robot Inspection Dog, these robots will be deployed at the arrival and departure terminals of the airport. The Chinese govt has donated three such robots to Sri Lanka, each worth over Rs. 80 million. more..

Sajith will implement his promises: Malwatte Mahanayaka

Nov 1 (DN) Although promises made by most politicians and political parties are normally forgotten when they came into power one can confidently expect Sajith Premadasa to implement his pledges to the letter going by the experience of his past performance as a MP and a Minister, Most Ven. Tibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayaka Thera of the Malwatte Chapter observed yesterday. more..

Candidates unconcerned about safety of Media

Nov 1 (RN) Free Media Movement is deeply concerned that none of the major Prez Candidates has drawn attention to the safety of journalists in this country. Issuing a statement to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which falls on Nov 2, it pointed out that the campaign has not drawn attention to this vital issue. The statement also “expressed its deep displeasure that the present govt which came into power with the promise to bring justice for more..

14 Lankans nabbed with gold jewellery worth more than Rs.30mn

Nov 1 (DM) Fourteen Sri Lankan passengers were arrested with gold Jewellery worth more than Rs.30million at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning while attempting to smuggle them into the country, Customs media spokesman Sunil Jayarathne said. He said the male passengers aged between 30 and 50 were residents of Colombo and the suburbs. They were arrested by the customs officials attached to the airport arrival lounge, he said. more..

Manifesto launch of Sajith Premadasa

Prime Minister

Nov 1 (CT) UNP/UNFGG Leader and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing the press at Temple Trees on Wednesday said that he would continue as PM even after the Prez Election due in another 15 days' time on 16 November. This is on the presumption that the UNP MP and Minister Sajith Premadasa contesting under the NDF ticket would win this Poll. Meanwhile, as per the Parliamentary seating as at June of last year, as found on the Parliament website, UNP/UNFGG together more..

2019 Prez Election and the aftermath

Nov 1 (FT) Following the announcement of the results of the Prez Election on 17 Nov, and the new president swearing in, the ugly political system that has prevailed so far will end up giving way to an equally repulsive political system. It is the old prez system introduced by J.R. Jayewardene with all the powers concentrated in the presidency which could do anything other than making a woman a man that will cease to operate. Thereafter, the 19th Amendment will come to effect in full swing. more..

Video: UNP-led political parties ready to ink accord to form new coalition

Nov 1 (AD) The political parties led by the UNP are ready to ink the agreement to unify under the new coalition named Democratic National Front today. The accord will be signed ceremoniously at Colombo. Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has also attended the event. According to reports, the former President-led group will join this new alliance as an alternative party of the SLFP. more..

Disenfranchised; voters complain they are off the list

Nov 1 (RN) Dozens of people in the Colombo District have been taking to Social Media to complain that although they sent their forms in at the right time, they do not appear on the electoral list and have not received their polling cards. These complaints are not unusual at any election period, but some of these complainants say they did submit their names and still have not been registered. One complainant alleges that the names of some more..

Southern H’way link to BIA expressway opens on Nov 5

Nov 1 (ST) Outer Circular Highway (OCH) between Kerawalapitiya and Kadwatha will be declared open for the public on November 5. The opening of the section will enable those using the Southern Highway to travel to the Katunayake International Airport, making use of the expressway. The OCH connects with the Katunayake expressway via Kerawalapitiya. The construction has been completed at a cost of Rs 66.9 billion. more..

Malaysian High Court to decide on bail for LTTE-linked suspects

Nov 1 (NST) The bail for 12 people, including two assemblymen, who were charged with supporting and possessing items related to the LTTE will be decided at the High Court. This is after Sessions Court judges Rozina Ayob, Azman Ahmad, and Azura Alwi allowed an application by lawyer Ramkarpal Singh, for the matter to be referred to the High Court. The judges said there was a merit to refer the case which falls under Section more..

No investigations and no accountability in attacks on refugees & asylum-seekers

Nov 1 (AI) Six months after they were violently forced out of their homes, there has been no police investigations into and no accountability for the threats and violence faced by refugees and asylum-seekers in Sri Lanka, Amnesty Int'l and Minority Rights Group Int'l said in a new report published today. In the days after the Easter Sunday massacre, where an armed group killed more than 250 people in 3 churches and 3 hotels more..

Sri Lanka Tourism plans Rs. 30 m outdoor campaign in Belgium

Nov 1 (FT) Sri Lanka Tourism yesterday announced plans to launch a Rs. 30 million outdoor advertising campaign in tram stations in Brussels, in a bid to lure more high-end Belgian tourists to the country next year. “For 2020, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) is planning to launch an outdoor advertising campaign in tram stations in Belgium,” Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga told journalists, more..

Disabled voters hampered by lack of facilities, say activists

Nov 1 (ST) Disability rights organisations say that more should be done for disabled voters to exercise their franchise at the upcoming prez election. According to the National Census it is estimated that 1,617,924 persons live with some form of disability, a sizable amount which can have a direct impact on the results of the election they point out. Where ever possible, polling stations must be situated in buildings that are easily accessible more..

Good Shepherd sisters skip 150th jubilee to aid Sri Lanka blast victims

Nov 1 (GSR) The Good Shepherd sisters in Sri Lanka have been taking care of widows and orphans from the island nation's civil war for 26 years. For their 150 years in SL after coming from Ireland, their charism has always been to tend to women and children. So, it came naturally for them to find a way to rush to the aid of the children left bereft after the Easter bombings in SL in April. They decided to take the money set aside for their 150th jubilee more..

Inflation picks up to 5.4% in October

Nov 1 (EN) Sri Lanka’s inflation in the capital Colombo in the 12-month to October 2019 rose to 5.4% in Sept 2019, from 5% in September, data from the state statistics office said. The Colombo Consumer Price Index grew 0.2% in the 30 days of October to 131.3 points, from 131.1 points a month earlier. Food inflation accelerated 6.8% in the 12-months to October from 3% in September. Food prices in Oct was 1.6% higher than Sept. more..

Voters’ rights and responsibilities

Nov 1 (DM) Exercising one’s right to vote is the fundamental right of any citizen. With SL’s eighth Prez Elections just weeks away on 16 Nov, there is an urgent and important need for citizens to educate themselves on how to exercise their voting rights, right. In this light, Daily Mirror spoke to Election Commission member Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole, TISL head Asoka Obeyesekere, PAFFREL head Rohana Hettiarachchi more..

Dirty tricks and cheap gimmicks on campaign trail

Nov 1 (DM) “There is a large number of war heroes in prison on utterly false charges. I like to tell at this moment, on 17th morning, I will acquit and release them all from prison. Will acquit and release them,” SLPP presz candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa promised at his maiden election rally held on Oct 9 in Anuradhapura. “I have appointed Sarath Fonseka to ensure that these incidents (Easter Sunday type attacks) will not repeat. I will destroy all terrorists before something like this takes place. more..

Integrating smart tech to education

Nov 1 (DM) Presidential candidates are harping much about how they’ll raise the standard of education in the country. There are proposals in manifestos to raise the education through projects which would introduce a student-centred education system, the integration of smart technology into state universities, increase the intake into state universities and provide e-library with internet to every town. List goes on and we have jotted down the ones which would make us say wow. more..