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Assault on bus driver; Media presented only one-sided story: Kasun

Mar 21 (DM) Southern Provincial Councillor M.K. Kasun, who is under remand custody over the alleged assault on a bus driver, making a special speech at the Southern Council meeting on Tuesday said that the media had presented only one side of the story that had misleadingly portrayed him as an underworld figure. After arriving at Tuesday’s council meeting with Prison security officers, he said more..

First National Symposium on Data for SDGs inaugurated

Mar 21 (GDI) #SDGDataLK, Sri Lanka’s First National Symposium on Data for the SDGs, was inaugurated yesterday morning with the presence of the Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Parliament Select Committee for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Thilanga Sumpathipala, and the UN Resident Coordinator a.i., Ms. Simrin Singh, UN in Colomo said. The two-day symposium is a platform for enhancing more..

Island-wide raids to arrest those producing polythene illegally

Mar 21 (AD) Island-wide operations will be carried out to arrest individuals and institutions which produce polythene illegally, Central Environmental Authority (CEA) announced. Law will be strictly enforced against such individuals and institutions, CEA Investigation Director N.S. Gamage said. However a majority in the industry are manufacturing polythene in an eco-friendly manner, he added. “It is a qualitative development to see a large number of manufacturers opting for more..

No-confidence motion against PM handed over to Speaker

Mar 21 (AD) he motion of no-confidence against PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has been handed over to the Speaker by MPs representing the Joint Opposition. JO leader Dinesh Gunawardena handed over the motion to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya at 2.30pm today. Motion has reportedly been signed by a total of 55 MPs including 51 from the Joint Opposition and 4 MPs from the SLFP. SLFP members who have signed include more..

BBS General Secretary arrest warrant withdrawn

Mar 21 (NR) Colombo Chief Magistrate has ordered to withdraw the arrest warrant against General Secretary of BBS Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera. The order to withdraw the arrest warrant was issued as Gnanasara thera surrendered to court through an Attorney today. Court ordered to release Gnanasara thera on an additional bail of 2,500 rupees. The warrant was issued for the thera’s arrest was over his failure to be present in Court over a case pertaining to charges of disrespecting Quran. more..

Govt to borrow up to USD300mn from banks in 1Q 2018

Mar 21 (LBO) Cabinet approval has been granted to obtain up to a maximum of US$ 300 million from banks. Accordingly, Govt will borrow up to US$ 300 million from Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank and other registered foreign banks in SL. Govt has estimated that US$ 732 million will be needed for the foreign debt repayments in the first quarter of this year. Govt’s maximum borrowing limit for this year is 1,895 billion rupees. From this 1,313 billion rupees will be obtained from local sources more..

Rathana Thera ready to join JO to fight against it

Mar 21 (DM) While claiming that the decision to topple the Govt was taken by the people, not by the parties in the Opposition, MP Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today he was ready to join, even with the JO to fight against any moves to remove the ban of Glyphosate. Thera told parliament that decisions on the Glyphosate should not be taken on the need of the American Company. "Minister Navin Dissanayake submitted more..

Thewarapperuma tenders resignation as organiser

Mar 21 (DM) Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma today tendered his resignation as Bulathsinhala Organiser of the UNP, to PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. In his resignation letter, he stated the failure to obtain the votes in Bulathsinhala PS at the recent LG Elections and the failure to get a good Police OIC to Bulathsinhala Police Station were among the main reasons behind his resignation. Speaking to the Daily Mirror the Deputy Minister explained that though he fulfilled the duties more..

Tri-Forces and Police get boats

Mar 21 (CT) Boats were distributed among the tri-forces and the Police, for use in flood relief when necessary, at a function organized by the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), at Dept of Meteorology premises, yesterday. Forty eight boats were given to the Army, while nine, five and 65 boats were given to the Navy, the Air Force and the Police respectively. Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, speaking as the chief guest, said that due to the inefficiency of divisional secretariat offices, more..

Soil covers 42% of Mahaweli Reservoirs

Mar 21 (CT) Subject experts at the University of Peradeniya emphasized that due to the soil erosion that is taking place in the central hills, 42 per cent of the Mahaweli reservoirs, that had been built to save water for electricity generation, had been covered in soil. They are of the view that the main reason for the soil erosion is the haphazard development that is taking place in the central highlands along with haphazard more..

No statements impacting independent judiciary: MR

Mar 21 (NR) Former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa says statements made in Parliament that make an impact on the independent judiciary should be prevented. Former President Rajapaksa made this statement in Parliament this afternoon. Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said it is allowed for you to express your views in Parliament and recalled how a statement made by Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle led to a fine of around 50,000 rupees despite his correction. more..

Building an inclusive culture at LSEG Sri Lanka unit

Mar 21 (EN) Sri Lanka unit of the London Stock Exchange Group has launched a diversity and inclusion programme aimed at building an inclusive culture in the company. "We believe our focus on diversity will enable LSEG Sri Lanka to build a culture where all our employees are inspired to share their talents and ideas,” Bani Chandrasena, Head of Human Resuorces, LSEG SL said. “At LSEG, we are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion, and this programme is a reiteration more..

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IFC helps Sri Lanka reach under-banked, under-insured

Mar 21 (EN) International Finance Corporation (IFC) is providing financial and technical assistance to Sri Lanka's Central Bank to develop a national strategy to help under-banked and under-insured people and small businesses get the financial services they need. "As Sri Lanka looks to grow, a strong, inclusive financial sector is crucial, simply because, financial inclusion is pretty much the need of the hour for sustainable, continued economic development," IFC Country Manager more..

Non-academic staff grievances to be solved before April

Mar 21 (DN) State Minster Mohan Lal Grero said today that the govt is putting its best effort to resolve the grievances of university non-academic staff before April. Grero further said that the issue was discussed again today at a meeting held with the General Treasury in order to bring about a swift solution. Pointing out that the non-academic staff has not received their salaries for this month and they will also not receive their bonus payments for the New Year eve, more..

Social media blackout: Reasons, causes and effect

Mar 21 (Roar) In an attempt to curtail the Kandy riots which flared up on 04 March, the govt issued directions via the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) to restrict internet access. The order was sent directly to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and was implemented with immediate effect in the early hours of 07 March. Despite govt officials initially stating that the restrictions were only on for 72 hours, it lasted for over a week. more..

Captain of Govt. responsible: Dayasiri

Mar 21 (DM) Captain of the Govt should take the responsibility when it was defeated in an election, just like the way a captain of the SL cricket team was responsible for its defeats, Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said. He said this in response to an oral question raised by MP Rohini Wijeratne in Parliament last afternoon. Ms Wijeratne questioned as to who should be blamed for the defeat of SL Cricket Team in recent matches. “Is it you or SLC Chief or is it the team, who is responsible?” more..

MR's Sister in law passes away in Texas

Mar 21 (AM) Dr. Yatendra Rajapaksa, sister in law of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, passed away in the US. She is the wife of Dudley Rajapaksa, a younger brother of former President Rajapaksa. Born in 1957, Yatendra Rajapaksa was an engineer by training. She obtained her Bachelor of Science, in Civil Engineering from the University Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 1980. Then she received her Master of Science in Civil Engineering from University Oklahoma, 1985. more..

Port city stands tall despite civil society protests

Mar 21 (DM) The People’s Movement against the Port City (PMAPC) has since 2011 been protesting against the construction of the Port City and continue to thoroughly denounce the Govt’s decisions and actions in relation to the same. A press conference and seminar were held at the Methodist Hall by the Creation Care Desk of the Methodist Church on Feb 28 in collaboration with the People’s Movement to oppose Port City. more..

Dialog and Ideamart host Sri Lanka’s first ever NB-IoT Hackathon

Mar 21 (LBO) Dialog Axiata, in collaboration with Ideamart, hosted Sri Lanka’s first NB-IoT Hackathon (NB-IoT: Narrowband Internet of Things). The first to launch the technology in South Asia in October 2017, NB-IoT is a narrowband radio technology specially designed to enable seamless connectivity amongst devices using Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology. Held on the 17th of March, the hackathon consisted of 9 teams tasked with creating NB-IoT solutions using Dialog’s IoT platform more..

President to embark on 3-day state visit to Pakistan

Mar 21 (NR) President Maithripala Sirisena is due to travel to Pakistan on a three day official visit starting tomorrow to attend the National Day of Pakistan. Head of State engages in the official visit at the invitation of Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain. President Sirisena will hold discussions with his Pakistani counterpart President Hussain and PM Shahid Abbasi. Following talks the President will oversee the signing of four MoU on Youth Development between SL and Pakistan, more..

අපේ දේශපාලනඥයින්ගේ මෝඩ උද්ධච්ඡකම

World moves forward; We move backwards

Mar 21 (FT) Communal riots emerged once again. It will emerge over and over again since we, those who govern and those who are governed, over and over again prove that we do not learn from the past mistakes. My first experience of communal riots was black July 1983. In the first day of the violence I was walking from the office I then worked at Fort Colombo to the Colombo Fort Railway Station. I will continue to have the memory of a man, half-naked, wounded, fallen by the side of the road, more..

Politics vs Economics

Mar 21 (CT) CB Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy recently said that good economics make good politics. He underscored this view not in so many words, but by saying at a seminar yesterday that the recently won economic gains should not be sacrificed to politics. Among those gains that he elaborated on were the country’s foreign reserves increasing from US$ 6 bil last year to US$ 8 bil this year led by quality uplift, underscored by CBSL’s short term swaps more..

NPC Secy retired for asking IGP to submit report?

Mar 21 (Island) The National Police Commission (NPC) has removed its Secretary, Ariyadasa Cooray abruptly following a closed door meeting yesterday. Cooray was employed under public administration circular 9/2007 which allowed him to work until the age of 67 but a new circular (Circular No 03/2018) introduced last month states that a retired Public Official over 60 should not be employed in the Public Service, more..

Video: Nalaka Godahewa confronts Global Tamil Forum in Geneva

Mar 21 (AD) Tensions flared during an event organized by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) on the sidelined of the 37th session of the UNHRC as members of the Patriotic Professionals Forum including Dr Nalaka Godahewa raised objections to the views being expressed on Sri Lanka. GTF members were speaking regarding Attack on Tamil-speaking Muslims in Sri Lanka, when Dr Godahewa interrupted and reminded of the time when more..

Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena file revision applications

Mar 21 (AD) The attorneys representing owner of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena filed revision applications today seeking for bail before Appeal Court. The OIC of CID’s financial crimes division, director of the CID and Attorney General have been named as respondents in the petition. The petitioners point out that their bail application was rejected by Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court, more..

SLFP ministers to tell Prez they'll support no-faith motion

Mar 21 (DM) SLFP ministers are reportedly hoping to inform President Maithripala Sirisena in writing that they would support the no-confidence motion against PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said that a few SLFP ministers would sign the no confidence motion but the rest would act during the voting. “We are signing a separate letter to be handed over to the Prez. We will inform him that we will support the motion more..

Defence Ministry cuts JEDB lifeline

Mar 21 (FT) A move to award the supply tender for tea for this year to a private company is threatening the profitability of the Janatha Estate Development Board despite a Cabinet decision to procure supplies from the state-owned entity, highly-placed sources claim. The Defence Ministry is currently finishing up the procurement process to select a private supplier to procure 35,000 kg of tea needed for the Sri Lanka Army every month, more..

SLIEOA Intensifies Trade Union Action

Mar 21 (DM) The Sri Lankan Immigration and Emigration Officers’ Association (SLIEOA) yesterday launched a trade union action in response to the failure of the govt to provide a resolution to their demands. President of the SLIEOA, Aruna Kanugala said the association made its grievances known six months earlier at a press conference. He stated the problems officers face have not been addressed for almost two decades. more..

The silent, suffering masses

Mar 21 (DM) The burning question today seems to be transport!!! The trains and buses in our country are indeed a sorry sight. Today’s ADA newspaper says the Govt is thinking of raising the fare of train tickets. They want to increase the train fare for the poor people, who are forced to travel on the footboards risking their lives every day. The Ceylon Daily News of March 13 carried banner headlines Age limit raised from 8 to 12. more..

Future dark if coal plant splutters

Mar 21 (ST) While authorities insist that the public need not worry about any potential power cuts during the Avurudu season and beyond, the country will have to rely heavily on the smooth functioning of the breakdown-prone Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai to ensure uninterrupted power. The 900-megawatt (MW) Lakvijaya plant has been working at full capacity since early February as water levels in many hydropower reservoirs more..

FLSP vows to launch fresh struggle against proposed MBBS-KDU (SAITM) degree

Mar 21 (Island) Front Line Socialist Party yesterday said it would stage public protests against what it calls govt efforts to jeopardise the future of the students of state medical faculties. Propaganda Secretary of the party, Pubudu Jagoda accused the govt of having messed up the SAITM issue. "The govt is planning to admit SAITM students to the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) and award MBBS degrees to them. more..

Wonky attitudes and weird approaches in political class

Mar 21 (DM) Ranil Wickremasinghe (RW) corresponds closely in style to his Right-Royal classmate with a keener sense of impish humour – amiable late Anura B (AB). Two buddies were’ loyal to Royal, more than to their voters? Hallowed hollow traditions of overgrown masonic schoolboy networks are still alive. RW wedged on the edge of a precipice from where none refuse to shove him down a bottomless pit. more..

Something radically wrong

Mar 21 (DM) It is not limited to the systematic racism and sexism that we unwittingly engage in on a daily basis. It is not even limited to the lack of substantive education, the reasoning expected of people beyond the achievement of literacy. The wrongs of our country were instead brazenly laid bare in our collective reactions to the ban on social media, in the wake of the events in Digana and Teldeniya. I need to dispel any misrepresentations of my opinion, at this juncture. more..

Numbers, proportions and extraordinary conclusions

Mar 21 (DM) It’s more than a month since the LG elections were held. The elections themselves were held a long time after the local govt bodies were dissolved. The vast majority of the elected are yet to be sworn in to office. The electors are in the dark about who got elected. They don’t know the full details of the result, for example the breakdown of postal voting. Then there’s the issue of female representation and quotas. That’s yet to be resolved. The Elections Commissioner more..