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Dengue Battle: WHO/Thai experts in the fray

July 25 (SO) Overwhelmed by the worst dengue outbreak in history, with a record number of people contracting the deadly disease so far, the Govt has teamed up with the World Health Organization and Thai dengue experts to come up with a strategy to control the situation. A four member WHO team from Thailand, a country having one of the best anti dengue campaigns, arrived in Colombo to join in the Govt’s war against the deadly disease. more..

Reconciliation process is taken up by national champions 

July 25 (CT) By signing into law the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) and by placing it with the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation of which he is also minister, President Sirisena has sent a strong message that he is committed to the national reconciliation process. UN Secretary-General commended the govt for establishing the OMP as a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for the truth about their missing loved ones adding that more..

An open letter to the most Venerable Mahanayake Theras

July 25 (CT) A few days ago, the President signed into effect the Office of Missing Persons Act and hailed it as a major step taken towards reconciliation. In August last year, the OMP Bill was bulldozed through Parliament by UNP, SLFP govt group, JVP and the TNA despite the objections raised by the Joint Opposition. Less than 40 minutes was allowed to debate this new law. I wish to draw the attention of the venerable members of the Maha Sangha to the following provisions more..

Video: Arjun Aloysius ordered to handover phone, laptops

July 24 (AD) Arjun Aloysius has handed over the requested electronic devices to the bond commission for investigation. Commission has instructed Arjun Aloysius to hand over his mobile phones, laptops and other communication devices used since 2015. CID has requested Aloysius to hand over the devices today, to carry out investigations regarding the controversial issue of inconsistencies in treasury bonds more..

Anunayake Thera urges probe into Araly Point blast

July 24 (Island) Most Venerable Anunayake Thera of Malwate Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri said the killing of the war heroes including General Denzil Kobbekaduwa in an explosion at Araly Point should be reinvestigated and the findings revealed to the public. Thera made that request at a meeting to mark the 25th death anniversary and the 75th birth anniversary of Lt. General Denzil Kobbekaduwa in Kandy. Floral tributes were paid to the statue of late General Kobbekaduwa in Kandy. more..

Hashan Tillakaratne appointed Sri Lanka's temporary batting coach

July 24 (CI) Hashan Tillakaratne has joined SL team as temporary batting coach, and will be with the side until at least the end of the Test series against India. Sri Lanka have been without a permanent batting coach since Marvan Atapattu was raised to the position of head coach in 2014. "Hashan has been with us since the recent Test match against Zimbabwe, actually," Sri Lanka Cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said. "At this stage, for all the Tests he will be batting coach. more..

Feeling the heat of the Bond Scam?: Is it okay to regulate social media: PM

July 24 (DM) Time had come for the legal sector and the Govt to think whether it was possible to regulate social media such as Facebook, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Saturday. PM came up with this statement at the 28th Law Asia Conference in Colombo over the weekend. “Modern technology society has changed the issues which the legal sector in particular is facing. For example consider the internet, Facebook. more..

Minister Samarasinghe visits Oluvil

July 24 (CT) Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe was in Oluvil Harbour in the Ampara District on Saturday to observe the prevailing situation and to solve the problems faced by the fishing community of the area. The fishing community in the area has faced many problems including the loss of lands that were acquired for the expansion of the Port and this led to public protests. Earlier many Ministers visited the area but nothing was done to provide relief for the affected people of the area, more..

SL gets biggest warship to date from India

July 24 (SN) To compete and counter China’s maritime influence in its backyard, India’s Goa Shipyard has delivered an advanced offshore patrol vessel (AOPV) to Sri Lanka, which is considered to be the biggest warship of the small island nation, a critical partner of India in the Indian Ocean. Designed in-house and built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), the ship is to be commissioned into the Sri Lanka Navy as SLNS Sayurala on August 2 in Colombo. more..

CPC trade unions plan massive showdown

July 24 (CT) All trade unions of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation have decided to launch a massive continuous strike this week to protest the handing over of the petroleum tank complex at the Hambantota Port to China Merchant Company. "This is our last battle to the end. CPC workers cannot strike every day. Either we or the govt will have to go home. This is not a personal demand. These are assets belonging to the nation. more..

JVP insists on referendum

July 24 (CT) The JVP and several civil society organizations are mounting pressure on the President and PM to make it compulsory that the new Constitution obtains a proper public mandate through a referendum. JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the new Constitution has to use the current Constitution as the base, even though it was forced on the people by then President J.R. Jayewardene in 1978 with his 5/6 majority in Parliament. more..

Divine intervention sought to close SAITM

July 24 (Island) Parents and medical students of the Gampaha District, on Saturday, dashed coconuts at the Seenigama Devalaya near Hikkaduwa to invoke divine intervention as part of their campaign to pressure the govt to close down the SAITM. Following the ritual the parents and students staged a demonstration opposite the devale on the Galle Road displaying anti-SAITM banners for half an hour. Addressing the gathering at the end of the demonstration, Secretary of Gamapaha more..

Lanka Tamils demand action from govt on missing relatives

July 24 (PTI) TNA has demanded concrete action from President Maithripala Sirisena on disclosing the whereabouts of their relatives who are still missing eight years after the end of the country's nearly three-decade-long civil war. In a letter to Sirisena, leader of TNA R Sampanthan demanded govt disclose names of all the detainees and the places where they were being held besides allowing their relatives to visit them. more..

Police admit white van belongs to them

July 24 (Island) SP Ruwan Gunasekera said that there had been no attempt to abduct student leader Rayan Jayalath and police had tried to take him into custody as he had violated the law. White van they had used belonged to Colombo Crime Division (CCD), he said, claiming that it had been driven by a uniformed policeman. There had been other police officers in uniform, he added. Asked whether police could deploy their personnel in civvies to make arrests, SP answered in the affirmative. more..

2017 POLA conference opens in Sri Lanka

July 24 (PSL) Inauguration ceremony of the 28th POLA Summit (Presidents of Law Associations in Asia) was held yesterday (22) under the patronage of President Sirisena. This summit which is organized by SL Bar Association is held for three days in Colombo. During the summit attention will be paid on the problems faced by the lawyers in Asian Region. They will discuss about the solutions for them. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksha and more..

Hospitals overwhelmed as Sri Lanka dengue toll nears 300

July 24 (AFP) Sri Lanka announced Monday it was intensifying its war on dengue fever, with schools to shut across the island to help curb the unprecedented outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus that has claimed nearly 300 lives. Red Cross also announced it was scaling up its emergency response to the country's worst-ever outbreak of the disease as the number of dengue cases topped 100,000. That figure is nearly double the more..

Japan- Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation donates ambulances

July 24 (PSL) The Japan- Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation has donated two ambulances worth Rs. 150 million to Sri Lanka at the President’s official residence, today. The donation was made according to a request made by Matara district Member of Parliament Buddhika Pathirana. Representing the Japan-Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation, its Chairman Dr. Lal Thilakarathne handed over the ambulances symbolically to  President Maithripala Sirisena and subsequently more..

Sri Lanka tea production up in June

July 24 (EN) Sri Lanka’s tea production in June rose 5.8% or by 1.5 million kilos from a year ago, with the gains coming from the low grown elevation most of which is grown by small farmers. Forbes & Walker tea Brokers said SL’s tea production for June 2017 totalled 27.1 million kilos compared with 25.6 million kilos in June 2016. “Low Growns have shown a gain year-on-year whilst High Growns have remained static. Mediums however show a marginal decline vis-à-vis June 2016,” the brokers said. more..

World Capital Centre controversy, explained

July 24 (Roar) Earlier this month, an official announcement was made that Asia’s tallest building, to be titled World Capital Centre (WCC), will be constructed in Colombo. It was to be completed in 2023. According to Al Aman World Capital Centre—the company behind the project—the 117-storey twin-tower structure will be a 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) to the tune of USD 2.4 billion, the likes of which has never more..

Assaulted for repeatedly tooting horn

July 24 (DM) A driver of a motor car who took offence at a driver of a SLTB bus plying on the Galle - Matara road for tooting the horn repeatedly in order to obtain space to overtake had assaulted the driver and the conductor of the bus when the bus had stopped at a bus stand. The driver of the motor car who was so annoyed by the bus driver's tooting of the horn had boarded the bus when it had stopped at Mihiripenna to pick up passengers and assaulted both the driver and the conductor more..

Join us, we will soon topple the govt: Basil

July 24 (AD) Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa stated that the Sri Lanka People’s Front, which was considered to be the newest party, would be establishing its own Govt before long. He expressed these sentiments upon attending a public gathering at the Agalawatte Prathiraja Pirivena yesterday. He said that measures preparations had been made to recruit 200,000 new members to the Front at once. He also said that the country’s economy had declined drastically and more..

Conditions unmet: GMOA threaten strike tomorrow

July 24 (DN) The GMOA will embark on trade union action from 8 a.m. tomorrow if the Govt fails to meet eight demands today, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said. He said that the first of the demands was that all details pertaining to white van number NP – 0410 – used in the abduction attempt on Ryan Jayalath - is disclosed to the public. He also demanded that the identity of those who arrived in the van to abduct more..

Tamil widow blames RUC for training team she says killed her family

July 24 (IT) A Tamil widow who says 10 of her relatives were massacred by Sri Lanka’s police in 1986 has lodged a complaint with Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman after RUC links to the country’s security forces emerged. Senior Sri Lankan police officers visited Belfast in 1983 to “see at first hand the roles of the police and army in counter-terrorist operations”, according to secret British govt files. The visit happened months after the Special Support Unit, an elite RUC police commando team, more..

Rape case down under moved to Sri Lanka

July 24 (DM) A 24-year-old man who had been produced before Galle Addl. Magistrate Asanga Hettiwatte and was released on a cash bail of Rs. 15,000 and personnel bail of Rs.1 million with sureties each. The man was taken into custody by the National Child Protection Authority for allegedly raping of a 15-year-old Sri Lankan origin Australian in Australia, where she first lodged a complaint. The suspect’s passport was impounded pending further investigations. more..

SAITM parents demand Govt intervention

July 24 (CT) SAITM Medical Faculty Parents' Forum claimed that they are disappointed with the lethargic approach of the Govt in resolving issues related to SAITM and asked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to intervene in providing an equitable solution. Convener of the Parents' Forum Gemunu Wijerathne said that the matter was taken up by the Forum with PM and they now await a quick resolution, Wijerathne said more..

Sri Lankan murdered in Cyprus

July 24 (CM) Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 49-year-old SL man in connection with the murder of a 45-year-old compatriot in a Limassol apartment in the early hours of Monday. Suspect is illegally in Cyprus and had been deported in 2011, but he came back on another passport which was found in the apartment, located in a block of flats opposite the murder scene. His wife, who was with him, had also left the apartment when police went to search & police are looking for both of them. more..

10 Finance Companies ratings affirmed: Fitch

July 24 (LBO) Fitch Ratings, a credit ratings agency, has affirmed the long-term issuer default ratings (IDRs) of ten local finance companies, a statement said. “Fitch expects capitalisation in the sector to come under pressure as a result of asset quality pressures stemming from a challenging operating environment and unfavourable weather conditions and declining profitability due to higher funding and credit costs,” the agency said. Fitch sees that the shift in the business mix of the entities more..

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Rescuing tea industry: Time to act global after thinking global too!

July 24 (FT) An important message was delivered to SL’s policymakers and bastions in the tea industry by five experts who participated in a live TV discussion on the subject recently. The message was that the industry was going through a crisis, it needed a long-term vision and it was time for everyone to give up their pet ideology based on thinking local and acting global. What was observed was that everyone was savouring small gains in the form of temporary increases more..

Assassin in the Shadow of Nallur Temple

July 24 (CT) Police Sergeant Sarath Premachandra paid the supreme sacrifice in his valiant attempt to save the life of Jaffna High Court Judge Manickavasagar Ilancheliyan on Saturday. 51-year-old Police Sergeant Sarath Premachandra of Chilaw, has been serving High Court Judge M. Ilancheliyan for several years. Last Saturday Police Sergeant Premachandra succumbed to serious gunshot injuries in his abdomen at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. more..

Re-pace reforms: IMF

July 24 (FT) Sri Lanka may need to underscore its fiscal consolidation by re-pacing structural reforms, including implementing transparent energy pricing and tightening policy rates, Head of IMF staff team Jaewoo Lee said, assuring macro prudential measures would not slow growth for this year.  He said the Govt has over performed on fiscal consolidation targets and addressed reserve challenges from about March 2017, more..

Sri Lanka moves to generate electricity from garbage

July 24 (DN) The govt is set to initiate three projects in the Western Province next month to generate electricity using municipal solid waste. The initiative forms the basis of measures to find a permanent solution to the festering garbage crisis in urban areas. President and PM spearheaded the move to find permanent solutions to the existing issue surrounding garbage. As a result, President Sirisena appointed more..

More politicians to rob money: Number of LG members will double: Minister

July 24 (DM) Number of members elected to 336 Local Govt bodies under the new electoral system will be doubled while the number of Local Govt bodies will be increased by one Pradeshiya Sabha, Minister Faiszer Musthapha said. Number of members to be elected to Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas is to be increased to 8,825 from the current 4,486, and the new number of Local Govt bodies will be 336. more..

Godfather of corruption explains: Who’s today’s Cocaine Kumaraya asks MR

July 24 (CT) There is a Cocaine Prince on the loose and he must be identified, said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa commenting on the massive cocaine haul in Ratmalana last week. He said that "Sathosa doesn't have sugar. It doesn't have dryfish (Karawala). In the past they made an accusation of a karawala kumaraya, but now there isn't a Karawala Kumaraya. There is only a Cocaine Kumaraya. more..

PM Ranil Wickremesinghe: 40 years of uninterrupted political journey

July 24 (DN) PM Wickremesinghe marks his 40 years of uninterrupted political life this year having entered the parliament in 1977. The Premier hosted a celebratory meeting at Temple Trees on Saturday (22) for all members of the Biyagama UNP Bala Mandalaya in appreciation of their support rendered to him for entering parliament and paid his gratitude to all who supported him in his 40 years of uninterrupted political journey. more..

Dengue and garbage: Public Security Act to be enforced

July 24 (ST) As a measure to prevent improper waste disposal and to combat the deadly dengue epidemic in Colombo and suburbs, the Cabinet has approved a proposal to invoke Public Security Act provisions to check unattended houses and properties and take legal action against owners. The measure was among a series of other proposals approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday and will be put into action shortly. more..