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President Sirisena's gender bias, cabinest's sexism defended on health grounds

Jan 17 (EN) A move by President Maithripala Sirisena and a male dominant cabinet of ministers to reverse a decision by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to give equal status to SL's women by lifting sexist regulations was defended on health grounds by a male minister. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, a minister who usually fearlessly defends equal treatment for men of all faiths & races, said he was opposed more..

A train to be run on a track yet to be constructed

Jan 17 (DM) It is not unusual for any govt in power in our country to perform magical wonders on the eve of any poll local or national. Govt politicos go through a hectic time participating in events such as the laying of foundation stones for numerous development projects, commissioning of new projects and unveiling of Buddha statues and shrine rooms which are galore in the run up to an election. By the way. a Blue party senior who chose Uva to launch his political career was heard giving more..

Cabinet approves signing FTA with S'pore

Jan 17 (LBO) SL’s Cabinet has approved a proposal to sign the proposed Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore. The proposed Free Trade Agreement consists of provisions regarding trade in goods and services, service liberalization, investments and public procurement. Following the proposal put forward by International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama, Cabinet has granted approval to sign this agreement subject to the clearance of the Attorney General. more..

Zim overcome Thisara blitz in thrilling win

Jan 17 (CI) The trio of Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakadza and Tendai Chatara brought Zimbabwe a 12-run win over Sri Lanka, their first victory against a Full Member at a neutral venue in 15 years. Raza made an unbeaten 81 and took the key wicket of Kusal Perera, who made 80. He also took two catches, off Angelo Mathews and former SL captain Thisara Perera. It was the Thisara catch that finally swung the game Zimbabwe's way. more..

First Sri Lankan restaurant opens in Toronto’s financial district

Jan 17 (LR) The first Sri Lankan restaurant in the heart of Toronto’s financial district opened with great fanfare this week. Hundreds of free Kothu Roti lunches were given out to celebrate. Rusi, located in the coveted core of the city inside the financial district, is near the southwest corner of King and Yonge Streets. To celebrate the opening of the restaurant, the first 250 customers received a free kothu roti lunch. The restaurant offers a range of Sri Lankan food, including appetizers, more..

Mahela backs newly-led Sri Lanka cricket team to bounce back from poor 2017

Jan 17 (TN) Mahela Jayawardene has said Sri Lanka's worst days on the cricket pitch could be behind them now that they have sorted out their leadership and management positions for the national team. In an exclusive interview with The National on Wednesday, the former Sri Lanka captain Jayawardene said he was pleased with the recent appointment of Chandika Hathurusinghe as coach, as well as the reinstatement of Angelo Mathews as the limited-overs captain. more..

Russian ROSATOM delegation met with Prez

Jan 17 (PMD) The delegates of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Official Residence of the President, today. Five member delegation including its Deputy CEO of ROSATOM for International Relations Nikolay Spasskiy, participated in this meeting. The delegation arrived in the country with the aim of granting scholarships to uplift science, more..

'Action against treasury bond accused'

Jan 17 (NR) Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara says measures have been taken to file cases against those accused in the report issued by the PCoI. Speaking at the Cabinet media briefing he said the complete report of the Bond Commission will be used in Court when filing cases. Minister mentioned a brief note of the Bond Commission report was handed over to the President to be read as a summary however he stated it is not what will be used in court and that court will use content more..

Rajitha blasts President’s confidante Shiral Lakthilaka at Cabinet press

Jan 17 (CT) Cabinet Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne fired broadsides at President Maithripala Sirisena’s Coordinating Secretary Shiral Lakthilaka during the media conference on cabinet decisions today. A journalist had sought the minister’s response to a statement that Lakthilaka had made to the effect that an interim govt would be formed immediately after the forthcoming LG elections, to which Senaratne had fired back, who is Shiral? When he was informed that Lakthilaka was more..

President says he launched operation two on bond scam

Jan 17 (AD) President Maithripala Sirisena says that he has instructed the Attorney General, the Director General of the Bribery Commission and other relevant officials to proceed with legal action based on the final report of the Bond Commission. He made this announcement during a public meeting of the UPFA for the upcoming LG election 2018 held in Elpitiya today. The President said that operation one on the bond scam more..

Victor’s wife re-remanded

Jan 17 (DM) Hashini Amendra, the wife of veteran singer Victor Ratnayake, was re-remanded till January 26 by Tangalle Magistrate Mahee Wijeweera today. She was arrested for the allegedly misappropriating Rs. 1.28 million worth of jewellery belonging to a state bank. Police said the manager of the bank had lodged a complaint against the suspect for the crime she allegedly committed during her time as an employee of the pawning section of the bank during 2012- 2016. more..

Angry CEB employees surround head office

Jan 17 (DM) A tense situation reported at the CEB head office after several high ranking CEB officials, including its Chairman, were being detained by trade union members. CEB Employees' Union Convener Ranjan Jayalal said the Chairman had neglected to pay the salary increment to employees despite it being a directive of Minister Ranjith Siyabalapitiya. Mr. Jayalal said the increment was held back by Ministry Secretary Dr. Suren Batagoda following a request made by the CEB Engineers unions, more..

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President went out of Cabinet meeting for nature's call: Rajitha

Jan 17 (AM) Giving a funny twist to the dramatic Cabinet meeting yesterday, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said Prez Maithripala Sirisena walked out of the Cabinet meeting for a nature's call. He vehemently denied the fact that President stormed out of the Cabinet meeting, after making an emotional speech. His version of what took place at the Cabinet meeting last week sent ripples of laughter across auditorium of the Govt Information Dept where the Cabinet briefing was held. more..

IMF says ready to help Sri Lanka with capping Central Bank deficit financing

Jan 17 (EN) IMF is ready to help cap central bank credit to govt (deficit financing with printed money) as the monetary authority plans to keep price increases low with inflation targeting, an official said. An IMF staff report said changes to SL's monetary law, in the run up to inflation targeting, will address issues identified in a safeguards assessment including the presence of a Treasury representative in the monetary board, and inadequate limits of credit to govt. more..

PM tells UNPers not to drag President into problems

Jan 17 (DM) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe had instructed UNP Ministers and MPs not to make controversial statements dragging President Maithripala Sirisena anymore. PM had given the instruction at the UNP Working Committee meeting at the party headquarters Sirikotha this morning. Party sources said the PM had also informed the UNP MPs and Ministers to take on the SLFP Ministers directly and settle whatever more..

Unity Govt to forge ahead

Jan 17 (DN) The two main parties of the Unity Govt yesterday agreed to forge ahead as a strong force brushing aside differences if there were any. President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the Cabinet of Ministers yesterday emphasized the need to work together after he had a lengthy discussion with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. President referring to the Bond Commission report said that it was not released aiming any individual or a group. He further said that he was not an ungrateful man and more..

U-19 WC: Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka

Jan 17 (CI) Reigning Under-19 Asia Cup champions Afghanistan reprised their regional success on a global stage at the World Cup in New Zealand, defeating SL by 32 runs on DLS Method in Whangerei. Having already beaten Pakistan in Group D, Afghanistan clinched a place in the quarter-finals for the second time in their history, having done it in 2014 in the UAE before losing to eventual champions South Africa. The success for Afghanistan is also a 180-degree turn from more..

Govt says committed to reform Muslim marriage law

Jan 17 (AD) Govt of SL says that it remains committed to reform the minimum age of marriage for girls under the Muslim law, with the active participation of the concerned community. “A committee had been set up under the aegis of the Ministry of Justice to carry out the necessary legal reform,” SL delegation told the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva on Tuesday. Govt was following a 2-pronged approach to the issue, more..

Parliament receives Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports

Jan 17 (AD) Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya says that the decisions on further action on the recommendations of the Bond Commission report and the debate on the report will be taken during the party leaders’ meeting on Jan 22. Reports of the Bond Commission and PRECIFAC have been handed over to the Speaker’s Office, a short while ago. Speaker’s Office said that 26 copies (English) of the Bond Commission report and a summarized report and 34 copies (Sinhala) of PRECIFAC more..

UNP Working Committee to hold discussion today

Jan 17 (NR) A discussion will be held today between the Working Committee of the UNP. The discussion will be held at the Sirikotha under the leadership of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said the discussion will focus on campaigning for the upcoming LG Election. He said the UNP members will provide solutions for the problems arising in the political sphere. He noted the Working Committee is planning to have a discussion about claiming victory in upcoming election more..

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The art of sanctimonious humbugging

Jan 17 (FT) Politicians of all hues have mastered the art of humbugging and the people of this country are certainly not short of such personalities among the highest in the land right down to Pradeshiya Sabha members. Omissions or commissions are not their fault and always it is the previous regime or the political opponents who should be held answerable. It has trickled down to the public service too and you will scarcely find a public officer responsible for any failure or dereliction of duty owed to more..

Law Reigns Supreme

Jan 17 (CT) The Supreme Court (SC) since the advent of the Yahapalana Govt three years ago on 8 January 2015, coinciding with the election of Maithripala Sirisena to the high office of Executive President on that day, has delivered three judgments against the Govt thus far. Two of those judgments were delivered two years ago in 2016 and the last, as early as two days ago on Monday (16). The two judgments of 2016 revolved round mainly on the then new VAT rates. more..

JO criticizes giving Ravi a bond report copy but not Parliament

Jan 17 (DM) The JO yesterday said the move to give former minister Ravi Karunanayake, an accused of the bond fiasco, a copy of the bond report but not Parliament was absurd. SLPP Chairman G.L. Peiris said giving a copy to MP Karunanayake would give him enough time to prepare for upcoming legal proceedings. “This has enabled him to prepare for what’s coming in the future. What is the objective of giving more..

Gang rapists of Thissamaharama girl were Sajith’s henchmen

Jan 17 (LT) It is reported that the three suspects who were arrested for an incident of gang-raping at Konewalana Grama Seva Division in Thissamaharama had been directly involved in election campaigning on UNP candidates contesting for the Thissamaharama Pradeshiya Sabha. The 14-year girl who was gang-raped by the suspects attempted to commit suicide by hanging but was rescued and was hospitalized. more..

Brian Shaddick tells High Court: Gammanpila faked power of attorney

Jan 17 (DN) Australian businessman Brian Shaddick, 74, a key witness in the alleged financial fraud case filed against PHU leader MP Udaya Gammanpila yesterday informed Colombo High Court that he or his company had never given a power of attorney to Gammanpila to carry out a share transaction. Shaddick was yesterday present before Colombo High Judge A.A.R. Heiyanthuduwa in connection with an indictment filed against more..

'People, through experience, know how Thissa was governed by us'

Jan 17 (LT) “We showed how Tissamaharama Council would be administered. All we want is to make the people kings of their council,” said the Leader of the JVP Anura Dissanayake speaking at a meeting held at Tissamarama on the 10th. Hamabnthota District JVP MP Nihal Galappaththi, Councilor of the SPC Sisira Wahalathanthri, former Chairman of Thissamaharama PS H.L. Jayasiri more..

Sri Lanka expects US$4.7bn from apparel exports in 2017

Jan 17 (EN) Sri Lanka’s total apparel exports for 2017 are expected to be around US$4.7 billion with earnings to November having exceeded that of 2016, Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said. “The latest apparel export total from Jan to Nov last year is now reported by SL Apparel Exporters Association at a strong $4.366 billion,” he said. “Our apparel revenues from Jan to Nov last year exceeded Sri Lanka’s entire apparel exports more..

SAITM issue: Harsha explains three-party MOU to be made public next week

Jan 17 (ST) The three-party MOU to bury forever the saga that has been the SAITM is with the Attorney-General (AG) and will be released to the public next week. The MOU signed on Dec 30 by the govt, the SLIIT and SAITM has been sent to the AG to look at the legal aspects and will be made public next week, said Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, when asked by the Sunday Times why the MOU was being kept a secret. more..

Patients asking for good drugs after Sri Lanka price controls: minister

Jan 17 (EN) Patients are asking doctor to prescribe good drugs after Sri Lanka slapped price controls, slashing the prices of many branded drugs, pushing up pharmacy revenues by 30%, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. He said doctors have related how patients pensioners, are asking for branded drugs, whereas earlier they were uneasy when original drugs, which are more expensive, were prescribed. more..

Dedduwa Project: Reimagining Mexico’s Mayakoba in Sri Lanka

Jan 17 (Roar) The idyllic beauty of Dedduwa is no secret. Located to the east of Bentota, it comprises water bodies, marshy lands and paddy fields. Weaving through the wetlands is the Dedduwa Lake, rich in biodiversity. It was alongside the Dedduwa Lake that Sri Lanka’s legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa built his iconic country home, the Lunuganga Estate. Administered by a trust after his death in 2003, more..

GL questions AG’s conduct

Jan 17 (Island) Top JO spokesman Prof. G.L. Peiris welcomed the unanimous Supreme Court decision that President Sirisena’s term of office was five years. He said so when asked him whether it accepted that in spite of accusations AG Jayantha Jayasuriya had made representations before the SC on behalf of President Sirisena in accordance with an understanding between UNP & SLFP, apex court had done its duty. more..

'CB bond scam was a shock to us all'

Jan 17 (DM) In an interview with Daily Mirror,Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne expressed his views on the bond scam, the President’s term and the way forward for the govt. Q: President Maithripala Sirisena sought to stay in power for six years. What is the way forward for the govt in the wake of the Supreme Court’s opinion that the President can serve only up to five years? A: Some lawyers told the President that more..

Is Bond-scam unbonding Maithri/Ranil bond?

Jan 17 (DM) Potent arguments are being exchanged between friends regarding the Bond-scam that has taken the Colombo social circuit by storm; lethal points for both sides are being hurled at each other; yet the evidence shows that the bond between the two protagonists, President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremasinghe, of the current coalition government is ostensibly intact. How tight and taut this bond could be is another matter altogether. In politics the line that divides more..

President, the sands of time are running out

Jan 17 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena by seeking a Supreme Court determination has confused the country as to what really his motive was. Firstly, he had made this request to the Supreme Court in the run-up to an election and therefore some leaders of the joint opposition on the premise that he had expected the Court to rule that his term of office would be six years had interpreted it as an attempt to demoralize the opposition voters at the forthcoming local govt elections. more..