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Canadian PM reiterates need for accountability in Sri Lanka

July 24 (Yahoo) Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the anniversary of Black July: "Between July 24 and 29, 1983, anti-Tamil pogroms were carried out in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka resulting in thousands of deaths and the displacement of countless victims. "Today, we join Canadians of Tamil descent and members of the Tamil community to commemorate more..

Court proceedings in the North come to a standstill

July 24 (NR) Court proceedings in the five districts of the Northern Province have come to a standstill this morning. Court proceedings did not get underway today in protest of the shooting adjacent to the Nallur Kovil in Jaffna on Saturday. The protest was organised by the Judges and Lawyers Association of the Northern Province. All Court hearings scheduled for today were postponed indefinitely. more..

Second mysterious resignation from BoC Board

July 24 (FT) A second member of the Bank of Ceylon (BOC) Board has resigned within a month of the first, raising questions over their reasons for doing so and confusing the financial services industry.  The bank, via a filing to the CSE on Friday, announced that Charitha Wijewardane, an Independent Non-Executive Director, has tendered his resignation from the board with effect from 21 July 2017. more..

Battle to save street dogs intensifies

July 24 (SL) A battle to save street dogs intensified last week after a video emerged showing street dogs at Moratuwa uni allegedly being administered lethal doses of sedatives. Animal rights activists lashed out at the govt saying the process was being carried out with the blessings of the govt, but the govt denied the claims. AWAC said Minister Musthapha had also given them an assurance that such killings would not happen. more..

Black July: Absence of the collective guilt

July 24 (DM) This year marks the 34th anniversary of the July riots of 1983 which reshaped the socio political history of our nation forever. Many still recall the grim images of gutted buildings, vehicles set on fire and bodies charred beyond recognition. The damage the Black July did cannot simply be evaluated in terms of physical casualties or monetary terms.  It split the body politic with an incisive divide in to North and South, an abyss un-bridged to date. more..

In unity the best values will manifest

July 24 (DM) hirty four years after Black July, Sri Lanka today has many good reasons to believe that what happened in 1983 will not happen again. Though extremists, critics and cynics emphasise the negatives and divisions in the national unity govt, the positive reality is that for the first time since independence, the two major parties are working together towards all inclusive eco-friendly sustainable development and national unity. Earlier this month, divisions erupted publicly when more..

Go for the masterminds behind Bond Scam: Commission serves summons on Ravi K.

July 24 (Island) Presidential Commission probing alleged Central Bank bond scams in Feb. 2015 and March 2016 has summoned former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, MP, to appear before it early this week. Summons have been served on Karunanayake over the weekend. The presidential commission comprises Supreme court judges, K.T. Chitrasiri and PS Jayawardena and retired deputy Auditor General K. Velupillai. more..

Spread of dengue: PM makes impassioned public appeal

July 24 (DN) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called for the stepping up of efforts to control the spread of dengue and made an impassioned public appeal for cooperation to destroy mosquito breeding grounds in their neighbourhoods. PM said the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump in April triggered problems relating to municipal solid waste management and increased the mosquitos breeding grounds. He recalled that the Supreme Court had issued an order temporarily banning more..

Video: Water used to disperse Satyagraha by Medical students at Town Hall

July 24 (AD) Thirteen students including a female undergraduate have been arrested a short while ago for participating a protest violating the Court order issued by the Fort Magistrate on Saturday, Police said. The students attached to the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee (MFSAC) launched a five day Nonidana Satana an anti SAITM protest at the Lipton Circus. It was reported that a group of people had pelted stones at the protesters on Saturday night. more..

Police directed to arrest those responsible for Jaffna incidents

July 24 (Island) State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene, said law enforcement authorities had been directed to arrest those responsible for recent incidents including the attack on Coast Guard personnel at Vallipuram, in Jaffna peninsula. CG personnel had been attached to Point Pedro navy base and were attacked around 5 pm on Friday after they had taken into custody a group of persons engaged in illegal sand mining. more..

Dengue cases keep climbing

July 24 (Island) Number of dengue deaths since January this year had increased to 292 and that of the patients had climbed to 103,114 as at yesterday. 30% of dengue patients were schoolchildren. The highest number of cases (22,186) was reported from the Colombo District while the second highest (17,228) from Gampaha District. Of the rest of the districts the number of dengue cases was as follows: Kalutara (5,616), Kandy (6,017), Batticlaoa (4,155), Trincomalee (4,428), Kurunegala (6,014), more..

Chandimal discharged from the hospital

July 24 (PO) New Test captain Dinesh Chandimal has been discharged from the Nawaloka Hospital, where he was admitted for the chest infection on Friday. The name of the Hospital was kept secret so as the fans don’t rush here to see the cricketer. “The discharge was given at around 1.00 PM after being given clearance by Prof. Arjuna De Silva, who came and checked him”, the source added. Prof. Arjuna De Silva is a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of the SLC board. more..

Navy rescues two more jumbos in the seas

July 24 (SLN) A group of naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command managed to rescue 2 elephants that were swept out to the sea, in between Round Island and Foul Point, Trincomalee this morning (23). The jumbos in troubled waters were first noticed by an Inshore Patrol Craft on routine sea patrol. Upon being alerted the Department of Wildlife in Trincomalee, a combined rescue mission was launched by more..

Laws to tackle on-the-way loot

July 24 (ST) SL is struggling with pieces of legislation on anti money laundering to bring rogues to justice. While there are at least 3 Acts that need re-hauling, Ministry of Justice will be hard at work to write laws dealing with confiscations of money laundering, officials say. One of the major new laws will be a Proceeds of Crime Act which provides for the confiscation or civil recovery of the profits from money laundering. “We don’t know how to manage forfeited funds from money laundering. more..

Parliamentary staff to be felicitated today

July 24 (GDI) Parliament has made necessary arrangements to organise a colorful felicitation ceremony on 24 July at the Grand Ballroom of Waters Edge, Battaramulla from 2.00 p.m. onwards to honour the members of the staff of the Secretary General of Parliament who have rendered commendable service to the parliament for more than two and a half decades. This function will be the third such event and has been organised under the guidance of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. more..

Video: GMOA threatens strike on Tuesday

July 24 (DM) GMOA warned that it would launch a major countrywide strike tomorrow if the Govt failed to take prompt action over the allege Police attempt to abduct Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee (MFSAC) convener Ryan Jayalath recently. However, GMOA assured that the trade union action would not be take place at the maternity hospitals, cancer hospitals, Children hospital and other emergency services. more..

President condemns attack on High Court Judge M. Illanchelian

July 24 (PSL) President Sirisena condemns the shooting attack aimed at the High Court Judge M. Illanchelian yesterday in Nallur. He expressed his condolence over the death of police Sergeant Sarath Premachandra during this shooting incident. President who paid his attention over the security of judges, directed the IGP to initiate a special program to strengthen the security of judges. He also directed the IGP and other security sections to carry out an investigation into this incident. more..

Dy Minister lobbying Health Ministry to pay one particular supplier

July 24 (Island) Secretary to Ministry of Health Janaka Sugathadasa has instructed Director of the Medical Supplies Division Lal Panapitiya not to give priority to any supplier when settling their dues amounting to millions of rupees but to adhere to the usual payment procedure. He said that he had issued the instruction as there had been several letters from a deputy minister to Director Medical Supplies Division to give priority to a certain private pharmaceutical company. more..

AG responds in SC to hostile contention over Inland Revenue Bill

July 24 (FT) The Attorney General, replying to the hostile contention of the petitioners of the proposed Inland Revenue Bill, on Friday contended that the Minister’s power was restricted and in fact the Minister could call for information from the Inland Revenue Department only in the course and for the purpose of carrying out supervision of the Inland Revenue Department in terms of Article 42 of the Constitution. more..

TNA condemns attack on Jaffna judge; urges IGP for prompt action

July 24 (DM) All the persons responsible for the attack on Jaffna High Court Judge Ilanchezhiyan should be immediately arrested, the Tamil National Alliance said yesterday. In a statement the TNA yesterday condemned the attack on Jaffna High Court Judge Ilanchezhiyan and urged IGP Pujith Jayasundara to investigate the incident promptly. “The general public to cooperate to bring an end to all violent actions,” TNA Spokesman MP M.A. Sumanthiran said in a media statement. more..

EU boost not enough to revive Sri Lanka garment industry

July 24 (Nikkei) Despite a recent move by the European Union to restore Sri Lanka to its highly favorable Generalized System of Preferences Plus program, the country will find it hard to catch up with Bangladesh, which has powered ahead in textile and apparel production in the last few years. Production and labor costs remain high compared to competitors, and analysts are skeptical that the government will be able to meet its goal of doubling exports by 2020. more..

Dialog Broadband takes SLT to court over alleged industrial espionage

July 24 (FT) The Commercial High Court has ordered Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) to disclose the source from which it had acquired the confidential information of Dialog Broadband Networks. Court last week also instructed SLT to appear and show cause as to why the interim injunction restraining SLT from using or disclosing the confidential information contained in the Request for Proposals pending the hearing and more..

Kris Canekeratne recognised with Lifetime Award at SLT Zero One Awards

July 24 (Island) Virtusa Corporation announced that the company’s CEO, Kris Canekeratne, has been recognized with a Lifetime Award at the inaugural SLT Zero One Awards held in Colombo recently. The event was organized by Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), with the objective of recognizing, honoring and encouraging excellence in digital initiatives in SL, with the Lifetime Awards being presented to professionals who have made significant contributions to the country’s digital industry. more..

Customs seize Rs.11.5m worth Gems with returning French national

July 24 (DM) A French national who tried to smuggle in several precious stones worth at Rs.11.5 million on his return trip to Sri Lanka from Dubai was apprehended by the Customs officials at the BIA this morning (23). The 65-year-old foreigner had been intercepted when he had attempted to pass the Customs checking through Green Channel and found 61 cartons of Dubai made Gold Leaf cigarettes and nine bottles of whiskey in his possession. more..

Dhananjaya, Pradeep return to Test squad

July 24 (CI) Batting allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva, uncapped left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, and seamer Nuwan Pradeep returned to Sri Lanka's squad for the first Test against India, in Galle. De Silva, who had been left out of the squad for the one-off Test against Zimbabwe, effectively takes Dinesh Chandimal's place in the 15-man squad, while Pushpakumara displaces left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan, and more..

SL keen to extend India's Ramayana circuit

July 24 (DH) Sri Lanka is preparing to be part of the ambitious Ramayana circuit India is planning for tourists. The Indian govt is identifying places connected with the Ramayana, while Sri Lanka has already identified 71 locations across the island nation for inclusion in the circuit. The Ramayana describes how Sita, Rama’s wife, is kidnapped by Ravana and taken away to Sri Lanka. Hanuman then launches a grand operation, building a stone bridge across the sea, to rescue her. more..

Ransika’s day of glory: Evening to remember

July 24 (ST) What an evening it was. Indeed the gala ceremony held at Nelum Pokuna, on Wednesday, crowning Nipun Ransika of P. de S. Kularatne Maha Vidyalaya, the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017, was an truly awesome. Ransika, a genuine right-arm fast bowler from the southern hamlet of Ambalangoda, walked off stage that day with truck load of memories that will live within him forever. Sri Lanka prospect was given that fitting tribute more..

World Cup was a learning curve for us

July 24 (DN) Sri Lanka may have won only one match out of seven at the ICC Women’s World Cup in England, but coach Hemantha Devapriya believes the experience of playing against the top seven countries in the world was certainly a learning curve for the future. SL defeated Pakistan in their final league match to return home with a win, but according to Devapriya they came quite close to winning against West Indies & India if not for more..

England beat India by nine runs to win Women's Cricket World Cup

July 24 (CI) A transformative World Cup for women's cricket ended with the final it deserved. A near full-house at Lord's, a tense finish, and every imaginable thrill and spill. In the end, of all the heroes of an overcast and occasionally drizzly day, it was Anya Shrubsole who stood tallest. With India needing 10 to win with their last pair at the crease, Shrubsole gestured to her team-mates to calm down when Jenny Gunn put down a sitter, off her bowling, at mid-off. more..

School cricket, Some of the best moments in my sports career

July 24 (SO) ICC Chief Match Referee, Ranjan Madugalle spoke and recalled his early days as a schoolboy cricketer as some the best moments in his cricketing life. First-ever winner of the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award in 1979, said that he had thoroughly enjoyed his school cricket career at Royal College, Colombo. Ex-SL captain the first Sri Lankan to be appointed as ICC’s Chief Match Referee said he had made some good and dear friends both on and off the field, more..

Is the Sinhala Language haunted?

July 24 (Roar) The Sinhala language should be a goldmine for anyone looking at unearthing the jewels of the past. It is embedded with strata or layers from different times, showing how much the language has been overlaid by the influence of different peoples over the ages. In unearthing these layers, linguists become archaeologists, scouring lexicons instead of digging the earth. But why not go a step further and become a ghost hunter? more..

Editorial: Trouble in Jaffna

July 24 (Island) Disturbing news comes from the North. On Friday, a group of youth set upon a navy patrol who had taken into custody some suspects and a lorry for transporting sand illegally. The attackers took away the suspects and the vehicle, leaving several naval personnel injured. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne rushed to the North to visit the victims. About a week back, police had opened fire on a truck, carrying sand when it ignored an order to stop. more..

What does UN Under-Secretary-General Feltman have to do with our constitution?

July 24 (Island) Jeffrey Feltman, the UN UnderSecretary-General for Political Affairs, heads the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations in New York. The main role of the department according to its website is to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. It is also tasked with detecting potential crises and deploying mediators to the frontlines of conflicts. It contributes to UN efforts to promote peace and prevent conflict by coordinating UN electoral assistance. more..

Adaraneeya Sri Lanka: Matale

Winners who, losers who?

July 24 (SL) Looks as if President Sirisena may have succeeded in purchasing time till end-December for the coalition Govt running in his name, with his SLFP’s traditional UNP rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as PM. Success of his enterprise will depend entirely depend on the willingness of various stake-holders in this Govt to address basic concerns of the people at large than stop promoting personal, political and party-wise self-interests at the cost of those of others in the coalition – and more..

Warped minds sway the country

July 24 (SL) The furious political debates now threatening to tear Sri Lanka apart fall into two categories: (a)Those that hold the Yahapalanaya govt responsible for all evil that has befallen Sri Lanka for the past two-and-a-half years and that for any good to happen the fallen Rajapaksa regime should be resurrected; and (b) All insurmountable problems faced by the Yahapalanaya govt are those leftover by the Rajapaksa regime that should never be permitted to return and more..

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