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Video: Ask me before giving out information to Army: Vigneswaran

Jul 13 (AD) North Province Chief Minister C. V. Vigneswaran requests the officials in North to notify him before providing information to Army officials. He requests to notify him if the Army asks for information from hospitals or officials in the North. Do not intervene; and if they do ask for information, tell them that the Chief Minister asked not to give out any information without his knowledge, stated the CM. more..

SLN Hydrographic Service generates income to the country

Jul 13 (Island) Chief Hydrographer of the Navy Rear Admiral Sisira Jayakody handed over a cheque worth of Rs. 1.69 million to the Commander of the SL Navy Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe at the Naval Headquarters yesterday. SL Navy Hydrographic Service (SLNHS) has generated this income through its commercial ventures by providing professional consultancy services and bathymetric surveys for private sector institutes. SL Navy having re-established its Hydrographic Wing in 2012 more..

Court allows police to obtain translations of Vijayakala's speech

Jul 13 (DM) Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake today directed the Commissioner of the Department of Official Languages to provide verbatim reports of the Sinhala and Tamil video recordings relating to the speech of former state minister Vijayakala Maheswaren to the Organised Crime Prevention Division (OCPD). The two video recordings were provided by two media institutions to the OCPD consequent to the Chief Magistrate’s directives to all media organisations. more..

'Thousands of state institutions are without land deeds'

Jul 13 (AD) Nearly 12,000 govt institutes, including schools, have submitted applications requesting for land deeds confirming ownership of the lands where they are situated at, says the Minister Gayantha Karunathilake. These institutions do not possess land deeds for the lands in which they are located, he said. He stated this at an awareness programme held in Gankanda Central College in Pelmadulla, regarding the grant of more..

Sri Lanka Police in the process of recruiting Tamil-speaking youth: IGP

Jul 13 (AD) The police department is currently in the process of recruiting Tamil-speaking youngsters as Police Constables (PCs), Women Constables (WPCs) and Sub-Inspectors (SIs) to serve in the 53 police stations in the country’s Northern Province, Police Chief said. IGP Pujith Jayasundara made these comments while speaking to reporters after a meeting with the Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Vigneswaran. He had accompanied Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara. more..

India offers Ayush Scholarships to Sri Lankan students

Jul 13 (HCI) High Commission of India Colombo announces scholarships to SL nationals under the Ayush Scholarship Scheme for UG/PG/PhD courses in Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy for the academic year 2018-19. The govt of India selects meritorious SL nationals for award of these scholarships in consultation with the Ministry of Higher Education, Govt of SL. These scholarships cover full tuition fees and a monthly sustenance allowance for entire duration of the course. more..

SL far ahead after spinners hurt South Africa

Jul 13 (CI) Sri Lanka took control of the first Test on a 13-wicket day in Galle, where spinners dominated. After South Africa were shot out for 126 - their lowest total in SL - with seven wickets falling to the spin trio of Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan, Sri Lanka lost their first three wickets to Keshav Maharaj, but remain in a position to push for victory over the next 3 days, after taking a first innings lead of 161 runs. more..

President's former Chief of Staff re-remanded

Jul 13 (NR) The former Chief of Staff of the Prez IK Mahanama and the former Chairman of the State Timber Corporation Piyasena Dissanayake, arrested and remanded on charges of soliciting a 20 million rupee bribe, have been further remanded until the 24th of July. The order was issued by Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake. The duo was arrested on the 3rd of May while attempting to obtain 20 million rupees from an Indian investor. The suspects had solicited a bribe of 560 million more..

Sri Lankan glass manufacturer looks overseas as local sales fall

Jul 13 (EN) SL glass bottle manufacturer, Piramal Glass Ceylon Plc, is turning to overseas markets as local sales fall due to increased taxes on alcohol. “The management has tried its best to channel the extra capacity towards the export market to bridge the gap due to the loss of domestic volumes,” Piramal Glass Ceylon (PGC) Chairman Vijay Shah said. While local sales of glass bottles fell, export revenue of PGC has increased 77% to 2.1 billion rupees in 2017/18, Shah said. more..

දිවියන් හා මිනිසුන් එකට ජීවත් විය යුත්තේ කෙසේද?

Should death be implemented?

Jul 13 (CT) There is a saying that if punishments are severe, the wrongdoers will think twice before committing an offence, which will in turn result in creating a better society. Several countries that have adopted this approach have been successful in maintaining law and order to high level. The topic of death penalty has created somewhat of a debate in Sri Lanka after the Govt announced that it was mulling implementing the punishment for drug related crimes. more..

SL’s development agenda now focusing on achieving SDGs: Karu

Jul 13 (FT) Following is the speech delivered by Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya at the South Asian Speakers Summit held in Colombo on 11 and 12 July. At the first South Asian Speakers’ Summit in Dhaka, we pledged to come together as a region to tap into our potential and face the challenges collectively in the journey towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. At the second Summit in Indore last year, we decided to focus on four priority areas as a region: more..

Video: SL-Thailand sign MoU on Strategic Economic Partnership

Jul 13 (DM) Several agreements were signed between SL and Thailand yesterday including a MoU on Strategic Economic Partnership which was signed by Minister Malik Samarawickrama and Thailand’s Deputy Minister of Trade. Treaty on the Transfer of Offenders and on Co-operation in Enforcement of Penal Sentences was signed by Minister of Justice, Thalatha Athukorala and Thailand’s Foreign Minister. more..

Philippines welcomes Sri Lanka’s recognition of war on drugs

Jul 13 (PTV) Malacañang on Thursday lauded the govt of Sri Lanka for its plan to replicate the “success” of the Philippines’ war on drugs. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this reaction after SL President Maithripala Sirisena has recognized Philippines’ successful approach against illegal drugs. “Of course, we are happy that other countries have taken note of our war on drugs, and that they look upon us more..

Sri Lanka, El Salvador to collaborate on prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease

Jul 13 (MFA) State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake paid an official visit to El Salvador from 6 -9 July 2018 to represent Sri Lanka in the first session of bilateral political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and El Salvador. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and Economic Promotion Carlos Castaneda led the El Salvador side during bilateral political consultations. more..

Life imprisonment for reckless driving: Minister

Jul 13 (DM) Civil Aviation and Transport Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva opined that the life imprisonment sentence should be brought in to punish reckless drivers in the same way that President Maithripala Sirisena had proposed the re-introduction of capital punishment for drug traffickers. He made this observation when he declared open a new computer-based driving license examination centre at Werahera. more..

Treasure handling fuel prices illegal: Officials

Jul 13 (CT) Officials attached to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development, claimed that it was completely illegal for the Treasury and the Ministry of Finance to handle fuel pricing, when the mandate for revisions was with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development. They said that the Treasury had no mandate to engage in the price revision of petroleum products as it was in violation of Section 66 of more..

'Fine MPs and tax delayed payment of fines'

Jul 13 (CT) Trade Unionists, submitted a proposal to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya calling for Parliamentarians to be fined. In a letter signed by Chairpersons of the National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection (NMCRP), Ranjith Withanage, Ceylon Entrepreneurs and Three Wheel Drivers Collective (CETDC), Sunil Jayawardhane, Ceylon Motorcyclists Association (CMA), Chirantha Amarasinghe & Eatery Owners Association more..

Minister vows to stand firm over political promotions

Jul 13 (ST) Controversy simmers over 1,018 teachers, principals and education administrators being promoted to higher grades on grounds of political victimisation. Trade unions say there is nothing wrong with providing compensation for the victims but they are against promoting the victims to high posts without assessment. The govt refutes the unions’ claims saying that they are only providing a (symbolic) grade elevation and more..

Refusal to sign Rs 860M emergency power purchase: CEB DGM interdicted

Jul 13 (CT) Deputy General Manager (DGM) (Power Purchase) of the CEB, Engineer Sujeewa Abeywickrema claims that he has been interdicted due to his failure to sign a cheque for Rs 860 million, which has to be paid for the purchase of emergency power for the next three years from the Ace Power Embilipitiya 100 Megawatt Diesel Plant owned by a private conglomerate. DGM had refused to sign the cheque due to approval not more..

Duminda Silva murder conviction appeal

Jul 13 (Island) Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige told the Supreme Court that the third accused Dematagoda Chaminda had made a false statement from the dock that he had been abducted on his return from India. DSG Mudalige said that the CID had arrested the third accused, when he arrived at the airport, after being deported from India. He had fled to India after the killing of Bharatha Lakshman more..

New traffic offences are debatable

Jul 13 (DM) Laws need to be reasonable, or people will come to despise them and those who carry them out. The idea is to respect the law, not to fear or despise. According to a news item, 10 new traffic offences have been added to the current list, making a total of 33 offences which can be fined. One new offence is carrying goods other than personal luggage in motor cars or private coaches, followed by more..

Defusing pro-LTTE mindset: Take a cue from Rathnapriya Bandu

Jul 13 (DM) The visit by Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara, his Deputy, Nalin Bandara Jayamaha and Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundare to the North to defuse the Pro-LTTE mindset in the region, as reported on Wednesday is an admission of a resurgence of such a mindset there by the Govet. In fact, there seems to be within the Tamil community a surge in incidents favourable to the LTTE, the outfit that ruled the roost in the region a decade ago. more..

In the name of capital punishment

Jul 13 (DM) SL seems to be a very unsafe country at present given that killings are taking place rampantly. Just a few days ago Independent Group CMC member Krishnapillai Thirubanandan was shot by unidentified gunmen in Pettah. He became the fifth victim to be killed in a shooting incident in the recent past. Later it was revealed that Thirubanandan had a history associated with drug dealings. A good number of these shooting incidents are related to the drug trade. more..

PTL funding for Law Asia 2016: BASL realises need to set guidelines

Jul 13 (Island) President of Bar Association of SL (BASL) U.R. de Silva, PC, acknowledged that guidelines were needed to regulate sponsorships. De Silva admitted that there was a need for the BASL to set guidelines when The Island sought an explanation as to why the BASL had obtained Rs. 2.5 mn from tainted primary dealer, Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL), over a year after the exposure of its direct involvement more..

List of drug traffickers on death row forwarded to President

Jul 13 (DN) The list of names of prisoners sentenced to death for drug trafficking were to be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, Justice Ministry sources said. “The list was compiled following a directive issued by the President”, Ministry sources said. President Maithripala Sirisena said on July 11 that he had decided to sign the death warrant on prisoners sentenced to death on drug offences continuing the drug trafficking racket from their prison cells. more..

Businessman pleads guilty to smuggling ganja by post

Jul 13 (Island) Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne deferred a case filed against a leading businessman charged with smuggling 60 grammes of Kerala ganja into the country by post. The suspect is Suganeshan Mylan of W.A. de Silva Mawatha, Colombo-06. He was charged by the Police Narcotic Bureau. The suspect pleaded guilty to the charge. His lawyers Susil Premajayantha (MP) and Gamini Dissanayake (retired Senior DIG) told court that their client wanted the case concluded in more..

JO & JVP dismiss death penalty statement, question motive

Jul 13 (FT) Both the JO and the JVP dismissed President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to implement the death penalty as mere political rhetoric made without any foresight. JO Parliamentary group leader MP Dinesh Gunawardana said that it was another ad hoc statement made by the Govt. “This claim that the death penalty will be brought in as a measure to curb the rising drug menace is nothing but more..

Heart surgeries to be stopped due to lack of air-conditioning

Jul 13 (Island) Cardiothorasic surgeon Dr. Namal Gamage has decided to stop performing surgeries from nest Monday as the air-conditioner at the Karapituya Teaching Hospital is not funtioning. There were around 3,000 heart patients waiting to undergo heart surgery at the hospital. Heart patients are admitted to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of the hospital for post-operative care hospital sources said adding that as the central air-conditioning system of the hospital was not functioning, more..

Tea Board to test all teas at tea auction for sugar

Jul 13 (DM) The country’s tea industry regulator, the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB), has decided to conduct tests on all teas coming into the Colombo Tea Auction, to ensure the quality of Ceylon Tea and most of all, to certify that sugar is not used during the manufacturing process, a senior SLTB official said. The Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka (TRISL) recently has come out with baseline sugar contents for individual tea types, following almost one year of studies and research. more..

Contempt of Court action filed against Minister Bathiudeen

Jul 13 (DN) A Contempt of Court action was yesterday filed in the Court of Appeal against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen for allegedly providing false information through an affidavit regarding a writ petition filed for allegedly installing human settlement in the Villattikulam Forest Reserve in the Mannar district. The petition was filed by a public interest litigation activist Attorney-at-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku. more..

BASL condemns proposed resumption of judicial executions

Jul 13 (Island) The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday strongly criticized the government decision to resume judicial executions. BASL President U.R. de Silva, PC, said that the govt could never successfully eradicate narcotics trade by executing those running it. U.R. de Silva was responding to President Maithripala Sirisena’s declaration and the cabinet decision to hang those found guilty of running drug operations from prisons. The President’s Counsel emphasized that more..

We're in favor of capital punishment: Cardinal

Jul 13 (DM) While welcoming President Maithripala Sirisena to execute drug traffickers who have been sentenced to death, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said today there is more to be done to stop the criminals organizing crimes while being in the prison in addition to subjecting them to capital punishment. “We will support Prez Sirisena’s decision to subject those who organize crime while being in the prison to death sentence but we also feel that there is more to be done,” Cardinal Ranjith said. more..

Prisons Dept. to enlist 2 new hangmen

Jul 13 (DM) The Prisons Department will call for applications to recruit two hangmen next week to carry out death sentences, Prisons Spokesman said. The department with the Justice and Prisons Reforms Ministry is to finalize the list of the inmates who received death sentences over drug trafficking and will handover it for the consent of Prez within the week. There have been no executions in SL since June 23, 1976, more..

Sports Minister introduces new concept

Jul 13 (CT) Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha has introduced a new concept of granting free entry to school children in the Southern Province to watch the ongoing Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa being played at the Galle Stadium. 21 schools - including difficult areas like Angunukolapalassa - have been given the opportunity to send their cricket crazy children to the Stadium by providing free transport, food and tickets. more..

'DWC not using GPS elephant collars'

Jul 13 (CT) Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) is not using the Global Positioning System (GPS) belts successfully in connection with elephant conservation, Surakimu Sri Lanka, an environmental organization alleged. While addressing a media briefing, Secretary of the organization, Nayanaka Ranwella said that despite DWC already having 42 GPS collars, they were not being used to track the pathways used by elephants. “They are not using them, but are keeping them in storage. more..