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Video: Cabinet decides to withdraw Gazettes on liquor

Jan 16 (AD) The Cabinet of Ministers have decided to withdraw the recent Gazette notifications issued on extending business hours of liquor shops and allowing females to buy or sell liquor. Minister Mahinda Samarasingha sated that the unanimous decision was reached during the Cabinet meeting held today (16). The president had ordered the reinstatement of ban on women buying alcohol and being employed in places where more..

Minister promises new fishing harbour for VVT

Jan 16 (CT) Minister of Fisheries Mahinda Amaraweera, who was impressed with the Kite Festival in Velvettiturai (VVT) – which took place on Thai Pongal Day – has pledged to build a new fishing harbour for VVT. He has also promised to extend the beachfront of VVT for residents in the area to engage in beach sports. The Kite Festival was organized by the Vigneswara Community Centre for the eighth year. Secretary of the Community Centre, A. Vaseekaran said that more..

First purpose-built Tier 3 Data Centre opens

Jan 16 (GDI) Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) will launch its newly built, state-of-the-art, Tier 3 (Tier III) Data Centre at Pitipana, Homagama today with the visiting Indian Minister, Ravi Shanker Prasad as the Chief Guest. This is Sri Lanka’s first Purpose Built, Tier 3 Data Centre recognized as the National Data Centre in operation and will enhance the provision of a secure and reliable data hosting facility and Cloud computing services in SL. Ministry and SLT aims to equip local businesses with a full range of more..

President walks out of the Cabinet meeting

Jan 16 (DM) A deeply dejected and disappointed President Maithripala Sirisena stormed out of the Cabinet meeting this morning after making an emotional speech over the personal attacks levelled at him by the certain members of the UNP, a senior Cabinet Minister said. “He spoke for about half an hour to the members of the Cabinet and even mentioned the names of UNP members, who have severely criticized him on a personal level” more..

Mohammad Shiyam murder case appeal: Vass denies threatening CID Director

Jan 16 (CT) Former Senior DIG Vass Gunawardena on 12 Jan told the Colombo High Court (CHC) that during his entire service tenure in the Department of Police under no circumstance he had berated any fellow officer. Even if he notices any wrongdoing he was used to summon that particular person to his office before advising the person concerned, he added. He had made this comment to the Court while giving evidence in the case filed against him by the Attorney General for berating and more..

BC to appoint legal experts to study PCoI report

Jan 16 (DM) Bribery Commission (BC) is to appoint legal experts to study the PCoI report on the CB bond sales to determine action over the findings of the report pertaining to the Bribery Act, a commission official said. On a directive of President Sirisena, CIABOC received a copy of the PCoI Report for further legal action. A senior BC official confirmed the receipt of the copy of the report and said it had to be subjected to a in depth study before resorting to any legal action. more..

Pakistan Army Chief arrives

Jan 16 (PT) Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are probably the only two countries that understand what they take to defeat the menace of terrorism. He remarked during meetings with the top military leadership of Sri Lanka after landing there on a two-day official visit on invitation from his counterpart, said a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations. more..

Zim look to revive happy times against SL

Jan 16 (CI) It has been six months since Zimbabwe came back from being 2-1 down to win 3-2 in an ODI series in SL, before pushing the hosts all the way in the solitary Test. All the main performers from that ODI series will be available for both sides as they face off in the tri-series in what will be the 100th ODI to be played in Mirpur. Zimbabwe have already lost one game, trounced by the hosts Bangladesh by 8 wickets, on Monday. Their batsmen didn't turn up as they got bowled out for 170. more..

NFF wary of changes to change Bond report

Jan 16 (NR) The NFF says certain individuals are attempting to change the contents of the report issued by the PCOI to Investigate and Inquire into the Issuance of Treasury Bonds. Deputy Leader of the Front MP Jayantha Samaraweera said the NFF will take legal action against such an initiative. MP Samaraweera stated according to the information the front received an attempt to change the contents of the report produced by the Bond Commission was made. more..

Unemployment at 4.2% in 3Q 2017

Jan 16 (EN) Sri Lanka's unemployment fell to 4.2% in the third quarter of 2017 from 4.5% a year earlier, with a shift from low productivity agriculture to industry and services, official data showed. A survey by Sri Lanka's statistics office showed that in absolute numbers unemployed persons were estimated at 358,350, in the third quarter down from 389,594 in the third quarter of 2016. more..

Sri Lanka arrests 16 Indian fishermen for illegal poaching

Jan 16 (Xinhua) The Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday arrested 16 Indian fishermen for poaching illegally in the island's northern seas, Sri Lankan navy media unit said in a statement. Four fishing trawlers belonging to the Indian fishermen were also taken into custody. The fishermen were apprehended in the seas northwest of Delft Island and northeast of the Kachchativu Island, in Sri Lanka's north, by Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command of Sri Lanka. more..

Four acres of ganja found in Lunugamvehera National Park

Jan 16 (AD) Officers attached to the police dangerous drugs raiding unit in Tangalle have raided cultivation of cannabis plants spread across nearly four acres of land within the Lunugamvehera National Park and arrested one suspect along with a locally-manufactured firearm. The police carried out the raids on Sunday and Monday and managed to destroy a large number of cannabis plants – some close to 7 feet tall – cultivated across around 4 acres of land while the estimated value of more..

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Impaired driver fined Rs. 8,000 for driving school bus

Jan 16 (DN) An individual with physical impairments was arrested for driving a school bus transporting school children and was fined Rs. 8000 by the court on Monday. Alleged man had never possessed a driving license, but had been driving a school bus. Children were not in the vehicle at the time of the arrest. Suspect was produced before the Horana Magistrate after he was arrested on Monday and on the same day, was produced to courts. He was later released upon having paid fine of Rs 8,000. more..

Indian minister Ravi Prasad calls on Prez

Jan 16 (PSL) The Indian Union Minister for Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (15). A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad is a lawyer representing the state of Bihar as a Member of Parliament and the pioneer of Project Development Fund, which provides electronic services and financial assistance to Indian citizens. more..

Coexisting with spotted cats in the jungle

Jan 16 (DM) With a tawny or rusty yellow coat, dark spots and close-set rosettes, Panthera pardus kotiya or the SL leopard in other words continues to dominate the food chain in different habitats of the island. Although there’s a recorded number of over 700 leopards currently living in SL, the animal is usually a seldom seen species on nature trails, unless you are lucky to spot those spots! Recent footage of a leopard pouncing more..

Video: If men can do it, so can women: SF

Jan 16 (AD) Minister Sarath Fonseka says that despite the endless criticism of certain policy decision of the govt, he does not see anything wrong with them. Speaking to reporters, he alleged that during the Rajapaksa regime some 2,000 temples were closed down and 2,000 liquor shops instead. However, the former Army Chief said that although allowing women to be employed at liquor shops has become an issue today, in most countries of the world women even fly fighter planes. more..

Two partners in govt sorely mismatched

Jan 16 (CT) Just a few decades ago it would have been unthinkable for this country to have a Govt that brought perennial rivals the SLFP and the UNP together. In 2002 when the UNP won the Parliamentary majority and Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga was President there was a short while when there was cohabitation between the two and there was hope it would last for some time. After all Kumaratunga and then PM Ranil Wickremesinghe had been childhood playmates and so-on. more..

Zero-tolerance over violence against children: Sri Lanka

Jan 16 (DM) Sri Lanka maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding cases of violence against children and is committed to bring perpetrators to justice as expeditiously as possible, the government said yesterday. In Sri Lanka’s opening statement at the 77th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) held at the Palais Wilson in Geneva, Women and Child Affairs Secretary Chandrani Senaratne said more..

Two stolen vehicles recovered, gang member arrested

Jan 16 (Island) Tihagoda police arrested a member of an organised gang responsible for stealing two vehicles from a well known businessman in the area recently. Suspect is a former employee of the victim and the two luxury vehicles had been stolen while they were parked in the hotel, where the suspect had worked. The police said the suspect had been arrested within 48 hours of the incident and at the time of his arrest he was planning to sell the vehicles to a businessman in Colombo. more..

Central Bank says cannot make comment on bond, EPF, irregularities until audit

Jan 16 (EN) Central bank said it cannot make comments on alleged frauds at the Employees Provident Fund and bond sales before 2015 until a forensic audit is completed by a third party. It said in a statement that there has been a call for an immediate statement from the CB on whether there have been any irregularities in the issuing of govt securities during the period 2008-2014. It referred to the statement issued by Monetary Board of the CB on 11th Jan 2018 where a forensic audit more..

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Five Ps: President, Parliament, Politics, Performance and People

Jan 16 (FT) As we all know, President Maithripala Sirisena has sought the opinion of the Supreme Court that whether, he, as the person elected on 9 Jan 2015, has any impediment to continue in the office of President for a period of six years. In terms of the Article 30(2) of the 19th Amendment, President shall hold office for a term of five years. It is important to analyse the socio-political considerations apart from the legal and constitutional validity of granting a 6-yr term more..

It was Faizer that led President up garden path regarding term issue

Jan 16 (CT) It was Minister Faizer Mustapha who had convinced President Maithripala Sirisena that he is entitled to serve until January 2021 and that he should seek a Supreme Court ruling on the matter, sources close to Mustapha told CT. Supreme Court ruled that Sirisena’s term ends on January 8, 2020 effectively quashing a plea submitted by Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya to the effect that the term-reducing measures in the 19th Amendment did not apply to Sirisena. more..

‘We don’t want to fool the Sinhalese and get our dues’

Jan 16 (CT) Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran refuted the claim that he was standing in the way of a practical and pragmatic solution to the Tamil problem as projected by some political figures to the media. When questioned Chief Minister why he had opposed the interim proposal while the TNA leadership has welcomed it, the outspoken CM pointed out that the ethnic problem or the Tamil problem or more..

Now Ravi plays the roll of Saviour: Vows to to protect President from advisers

Jan 16 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena was surrounded by advisers who would lead him to his own destruction but the UNP would never let those sinister forces to achieve their goal, UNP Assistant Leader MP Ravi Karunanayake said. Former minister said that it was sad to observe that the President was being manipulated by some forces. "We will not leave the President at this hour of need. We will protect him. more..

'President’s confidants named in PRECIFAC report'

Jan 16 (CT) The JVP alleged that once the content of the report compiled by the PRECIFAC established to probe 34 such acts that took place during the previous regime would be revealed, even the names of those close to President Maithripala Sirisena would come to light. General Secretary of JVP, Tilvin Silva, meanwhile, urged all forces and groups which acted to defeat the corrupt family rule of former President more..

'Govt saved Rs. 22,000 mn after debt servicing last year'

Jan 16 (DN) The present govt had saved Rs.22,000 million after servicing all its debts last year through proper financial management, Minister Champika Ranawaka said. He said the country’s economy was burdened by the loans taken by the previous Rajapaksa regime and the govt through proper financial management was taking the country out of this debt trap. He said that following the defeat of Rajapaksa regime, more..

Not the first to form Govt with UNP: MS

Jan 16 (DM) The very first attempt at forming a govt with the help of the UNP was by former president Rajapaksa in 2007 and giving leadership to the yahapalana govt was nothing unusual, President Sirisena said. He said he and Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa were asked to return during an official visit to Beijing by the former president in Jan 2007 to sign the two-party agreement to form a coalition govt. more..

CEB-PUCSL dispute overshadows potential power crisis

Jan 16 (ST) The Power and Renewable Energy Ministry has brushed aside warnings of countrywide power-cuts in March and April due to trade union (TU) action by the CEB Engineers’ Union (CEBEU). Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said, he did not believe the CEBEU would resort to a measure as extreme as one that would lead to a countrywide power crisis. He was speaking in the wake of warnings by the Engineers more..

'I don't want to go back ever to Sri Lanka'

Jan 16 (Rediff) A two-member central team visited the refugee camp in Mandapam, Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu, to find out if the Sri Lankan Tamils want to go back to their country nine years after the civil war that devastated the island-nation ended. The Mandapam camp, which houses 850 refugees, is the receiving camp for those coming from Sri Lanka before being sent to other camps in Tamil Nadu. more..

Mihin Air story: Assassination of a rising star

Jan 16 (FT) An analysis of the historical performance of Mihin Air shows a very healthy growing young company with impressive growth trajectories. Passengers Carried was growing at a CAGR of 14% from inception in 2007. CAGR or Compounded Annual Growth Rate shows the average annual growth rate over a defined period. The passenger numbers grew from around 200,000 in 2008 to around 600,000 in 2016, more..

‘President isn’t cooperating with the JO’

Jan 16 (DM) SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris, spoke about the controversial bond transaction, its implications and the Supreme Court’s opinion on the President’s term. Q: What is your position on the Supreme Court’s opinion that President Maithripala Sirisena’s term is five years? A: This is typical of the quality of advice the President acts upon. The law is crystal clear. The President simply invited a stinging rebuke more..

'Women’s movements have to be stronger'

Jan 16 (DM) The upcoming LG Election has been a much anticipated event in the local political calendar. In the run up for positions, both known and unknown faces have begun their campaigns abiding to stricter laws than what was seen during the previous regime. With a new electoral system, both citizens and those contesting are expecting further change. Among those contesting from the Green Party, Rosy Senanayake, more..

Battle against climate change: Lanka needs a statesman

Jan 16 (DM) Though the political focus now is on the February 10 elections to local councils the national unity or consensus government needs to concentrate on vital issues such as global warming with latest reports indicating that solar energy could provide the world’s entire fuel requirements for one year instead of depending on the polluting fossil or coal fuels. CNN in its Jan 16 programme titled eco-solutions, quoted scientists as saying the pure and renewable solar energy, more..

Political hypocrisy and cheap political gimmicks

Jan 16 (DM) The failure on our part of the world in adopting commonsensical social reforms has much to do with the political hypocrisy. Competitive politics, of course, mandate that the politicians grasp the public mood, but in our societies, when politicians do that, they often tend to relate to the fringe; the homophobes, puritans, ethnic and religious bigots and when there is none of them, the bottom of the social gutter. (See the types of people who are generally mobilized for more..