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NPC Secy retired for asking IGP to submit report?

Mar 21 (Island) The National Police Commission (NPC) has removed its Secretary, Ariyadasa Cooray abruptly following a closed door meeting yesterday. Cooray was employed under public administration circular 9/2007 which allowed him to work until the age of 67 but a new circular (Circular No 03/2018) introduced last month states that a retired Public Official over 60 should not be employed in the Public Service, more..

Video: Nalaka Godahewa confronts Global Tamil Forum in Geneva

Mar 21 (AD) Tensions flared during an event organized by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) on the sidelined of the 37th session of the UNHRC as members of the Patriotic Professionals Forum including Dr Nalaka Godahewa raised objections to the views being expressed on Sri Lanka. GTF members were speaking regarding Attack on Tamil-speaking Muslims in Sri Lanka, when Dr Godahewa interrupted and reminded of the time when more..

Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena file revision applications

Mar 21 (AD) The attorneys representing owner of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena filed revision applications today seeking for bail before Appeal Court. The OIC of CID’s financial crimes division, director of the CID and Attorney General have been named as respondents in the petition. The petitioners point out that their bail application was rejected by Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court, more..

SLFP ministers to tell Prez they'll support no-faith motion

Mar 21 (DM) SLFP ministers are reportedly hoping to inform President Maithripala Sirisena in writing that they would support the no-confidence motion against PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said that a few SLFP ministers would sign the no confidence motion but the rest would act during the voting. “We are signing a separate letter to be handed over to the Prez. We will inform him that we will support the motion more..

Defence Ministry cuts JEDB lifeline

Mar 21 (FT) A move to award the supply tender for tea for this year to a private company is threatening the profitability of the Janatha Estate Development Board despite a Cabinet decision to procure supplies from the state-owned entity, highly-placed sources claim. The Defence Ministry is currently finishing up the procurement process to select a private supplier to procure 35,000 kg of tea needed for the Sri Lanka Army every month, more..

SLIEOA Intensifies Trade Union Action

Mar 21 (DM) The Sri Lankan Immigration and Emigration Officers’ Association (SLIEOA) yesterday launched a trade union action in response to the failure of the govt to provide a resolution to their demands. President of the SLIEOA, Aruna Kanugala said the association made its grievances known six months earlier at a press conference. He stated the problems officers face have not been addressed for almost two decades. more..

The silent, suffering masses

Mar 21 (DM) The burning question today seems to be transport!!! The trains and buses in our country are indeed a sorry sight. Today’s ADA newspaper says the Govt is thinking of raising the fare of train tickets. They want to increase the train fare for the poor people, who are forced to travel on the footboards risking their lives every day. The Ceylon Daily News of March 13 carried banner headlines Age limit raised from 8 to 12. more..

Future dark if coal plant splutters

Mar 21 (ST) While authorities insist that the public need not worry about any potential power cuts during the Avurudu season and beyond, the country will have to rely heavily on the smooth functioning of the breakdown-prone Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai to ensure uninterrupted power. The 900-megawatt (MW) Lakvijaya plant has been working at full capacity since early February as water levels in many hydropower reservoirs more..

FLSP vows to launch fresh struggle against proposed MBBS-KDU (SAITM) degree

Mar 21 (Island) Front Line Socialist Party yesterday said it would stage public protests against what it calls govt efforts to jeopardise the future of the students of state medical faculties. Propaganda Secretary of the party, Pubudu Jagoda accused the govt of having messed up the SAITM issue. "The govt is planning to admit SAITM students to the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) and award MBBS degrees to them. more..

Wonky attitudes and weird approaches in political class

Mar 21 (DM) Ranil Wickremasinghe (RW) corresponds closely in style to his Right-Royal classmate with a keener sense of impish humour – amiable late Anura B (AB). Two buddies were’ loyal to Royal, more than to their voters? Hallowed hollow traditions of overgrown masonic schoolboy networks are still alive. RW wedged on the edge of a precipice from where none refuse to shove him down a bottomless pit. more..

Something radically wrong

Mar 21 (DM) It is not limited to the systematic racism and sexism that we unwittingly engage in on a daily basis. It is not even limited to the lack of substantive education, the reasoning expected of people beyond the achievement of literacy. The wrongs of our country were instead brazenly laid bare in our collective reactions to the ban on social media, in the wake of the events in Digana and Teldeniya. I need to dispel any misrepresentations of my opinion, at this juncture. more..

Numbers, proportions and extraordinary conclusions

Mar 21 (DM) It’s more than a month since the LG elections were held. The elections themselves were held a long time after the local govt bodies were dissolved. The vast majority of the elected are yet to be sworn in to office. The electors are in the dark about who got elected. They don’t know the full details of the result, for example the breakdown of postal voting. Then there’s the issue of female representation and quotas. That’s yet to be resolved. The Elections Commissioner more..

2017 sinks to slowest economic growth in 16 years

Mar 21 (FT) The country’s economy in 2017 had grown by only 3.1%, the slowest rate in 16 years and lower than the 4.4% achieved in 2016, as per data released yesterday. GDP for 2017 (Jan to Dec) at constant (2010) price has reached Rs. 9,315,488 million while GDP value reported for 2016 was Rs. 9,034,290 million. The four major components of the economy - agriculture, industry, services and taxes – more..

Policy blunder causes govt Rs 3 billion tobacco revenue

Mar 21 (DN) Tax revenue from Tobacco to the govt coffers have dropped by Rs 3 billion and this is expect to continue, said Founder Research Intelligence Unit (RIU) Roshan Madawela. Speaking at a Research Forum he said that the govt targeted Rs 105 billion of tax revenue from Tobacco. Madawela said that today tax on Tobacco and other overheads has resulted in the increase of a cigarette price by 257%. “With SL currently having the highest cigarette prices in Asia Pacific region (PPP) more..

Video: Sri Lanka's Office of Missing Persons seeks disappeared

Mar 21 (AJ) The office has been set up to locate thousands of people still missing seven years after the defeat of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. An Office of Missing Persons has finally opened in Sri Lanka, nine years after the end of its civil war. The office will have powers to investigate the unexplained disappearances of thousands of people in decades of fighting that ended in 2009, but it will not have the power to prosecute anyone suspected of committing crimes. more..

Counsel supporting Judicature Act Amendment Bill speak of its merits

Mar 21 (Island) The present Judicature Act was about forty years old, situations had changed for the worse and remedies had to be found. Dr. Jayampathy Wickramarathne PC, told the Supreme Court yesterday, when he supported an intervenient petition in favour of the proposed amendment to the Judicature Act. Dr. Wickramarathne, President’s Counsel said that by the proposed amendment to judicature act. more..

No-confidence vote: JO divided

Mar 21 (Island) Joint Opposition (JO) parliamentary group members are divided on the no-faith motion against PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. There were heated arguments at JO’s parliamentary group meeting yesterday. Parliament sources said dissenting views had been expressed by the JO members over submitting the NCM. JO MP Ramesh Pathirana, Nimal Lansa, Prasanna Ranatunga and Kumara Welgama severely criticized the decision to move the no confidence motion against PM. more..

TNA leaders urged to quit

Mar 21 (CT) Relatives of Missing Persons staged a protest in front of the ITAK Party Office, situated at Stanley Road in the Jaffna Town, urging that Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan and the rest of the TNA to resign from their positions. The protestors blocked the entrance of the ITAK office claiming the leaders of the Pwarty have failed to fulfil the promises. The protest was staged on Monday in front of ITAK Office when they were not allowed to meet Prez Sirisena during his Jaffna visit. more..

Non-declaration of assets: Fine to be increased to Rs 100,000

Mar 21 (DN) A minimum of Rs 100,000 fine has been proposed to the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Act for non declaration of assets and liabilities. The current penalty for such offence is Rs 1,000. CIABOC Director General Sarath Jayamanne said far reaching amendments have been proposed to the current law of assets declaration which was last revised in 1988. Providing false information in the declaration more..

Yala Toilet Frog named after departing Tea Board chairman

Mar 21 (FT) A team of Indian and SL scientists led by Dr Sonali Garg of the University of Delhi has discovered that a frog commonly found in Sri Lanka’s dry zone in fact represents a new, previously-unrecognised species, which they have named Uperodon rohani. The scientists explain that This species is named after Rohan Pethiyagoda, in recognition of his contribution to biodiversity studies in India and Sri Lanka, especially on frogs and fishes. more..

Junior National’s postponed due to Sugathadasa track relaying

Mar 21 (CT) Junior National Athletics Championship which was to be held from 27th to 29th March has been postponed to 2nd April due to delays in the re-laying of the new Synthetic Track at the Sugathadasa Stadium Colombo. The new dates for the Championship will be from 2nd to 4th April. Junior National Championship which will be staged in four age categories (U-16, 18, 20 and 23) will be worked off as a selection trial for Under 20 athletes to be included to the Sri Lanka team more..

SC determines Active Liability Management Bill consistent with Constitution

Mar 21 (FT) Supreme Court has determined the Active Liability Management Bill is not inconsistent with the Constitution, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament, paving the way for crucial legislation for better debt management. Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs moved the Active Liability Management Bill on 19 Feb in Parliament with the aim of authorising the raising of loans within the country or offshore more..

Kasun says wife acted in defence

Mar 21 (DN) Southern Provincial Council Member K.K. Kasun who is in remand over an alleged assault case attended a meeting of the Southern Provincial Council yesterday escorted by prison guards. Council Chairman Somawansa Kodagoda presided. Kasun describing the assault incident said a group of 20 people including the bus driver began assaulting him and his wife only tried to come to his rescue. He said his wife had to get remanded due to her affection towards him. more..

One remanded for spreading hate online

Mar 21 (CT) Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Bandara yesterday remanded, till 3 April, a suspect charged with spreading comments, social media sites, aimed at inciting hatred and disharmony among different communities. Suspect was identified as A.K.S. Perera, a resident of Gampaha. He was arrested by the CID following a complaint lodged by the State Intelligence Service on 12 March. S.K. Senaratne, appearing for the CID, told the Court that at the time of the arrest, suspect had informed the Police more..

Senior Cabinet Ministers urge President, PM to work together

Mar 21 (DN) Several high ranking Cabinet Ministers urged the President and PM to work together and iron out their differences if any for the betterment of the country. As a No-Confidence Motion looms over the PM in Parliament, Minister Champika Ranawaka had submitted a Cabinet Paper highlighting the way forward for the govt. The last Cabinet Paper, the 59th paper was a political one, said Minister Mano Ganesan said. more..

‘Overwhelming response by local investors for Batticaloa Investor Forum’

Mar 21 (Island) SEC and CSE conducted the 8th domestic investor forum in the series of island wide forums titled Kotas Welanda Pola; Nagarayen Nagarayata. The forum was the second Tamil language based programme in the series and was held on March 17 at the East Lagoon Hotel in Batticaloa. The programme was concluded on a successful note with the attendance of over 200 participants. Audience included businessmen, lawyers, engineers, doctors and various other more..

Relocation of FlySmiLes Service Centre to Colombo 3

Mar 21 (Island) FlySmiLes, frequent flyer programme of SriLankan Airlines, has relocated its Service Centre, in order to provide an enhanced service to its members in SL and around the world. New FlySmiLes Service Centre is located at Iceland Business Centre No.30, Sri Uththarananda Mawatha, Col 3. It is open for business Mon-Fri from 0830-1700 hours, including Public and Mercantile holidays. FlySmiLes Call Centre can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0197 333333. more..

The One begins voyage in Colombo with US$ 500 mn investment

Mar 21 (FT) Ultra luxury, state-of-the-art hospitality, breathtaking surroundings, signature amenities, world-class dining experiences, three towers comprising two luxury hotels (a total of 473 keys), a luxury retail mall, a commercial office complex which will be the last word in corporate ambience and style, as well as 638 beautifully-crafted apartments, located on 4.3 acres of prime real estate, will undoubtedly position more..

SLR yet to obtain Rs 9.78 M from Pvt Co

Mar 21 (CT) Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) is yet to obtain a sum of Rs 9.78 million from a private firm, on a contract granted to them to renovate railway carriages and attach them to trains, to offer a luxury service to tourists, Deputy Minister Ashoka Abeysinghe said in Parliament. He made this revelation, responding to an oral question raised by UNP MP Lucky Jayawardana. MP queried as to whether all the payments due from the private institution, to which those carriages were more..

Shaheed beats defending champion Cooray

Mar 21 (CT) Shaheed Hilmy beat defending and national champion Chamil Cooray of Seylan Bank (2-1, 25/14, 05/25, 25/10) to clinch the GRAND SLAM Championship -2018 held at the Carrom Federation, Kohuwela from 17-19 March . Shaheed is old boy of Royal College, Colombo and this is his first victory at National Level Yashika Rahubaddha of SL Air Force clinched the women’s title beating national champion Joseph Roshita of SL Navy (2-0, 25/14, 25/16). more..

Mahela emphasises the need to embrace significant changes

Mar 21 (ST) As Sri Lanka’s woes continue to grow in international cricket, former SL cricket skipper Mahela Jayawardene urged local cricket authorities to embrace the significant changes taking place in world cricket to be a competitive force in international cricket. SLC has been under fire from most quarters with many past and present cricketers uniting in their call for a radical change to existing first class structure more..

Muturajawela and housing scheme: Historical perspective

Mar 21 (DM) A news item in the Daily Mirror of Mar 15, titled Private Co. grabs Muturajawela land for housing scheme, has caused alarm to environmentalists who feel that the rich biodiversity of this wetland would result in irreparable and extensive damage to the fauna and flora especially the migrant bird life. Muturajawela area is identified to contain peat, which is a low form of coal that could be used to generate electricity. I shall in this short report try to trace more..

‘Inadequate funds for R&D preventing SL from turning out new export products’

Mar 21 (Island) "Although Sri Lanka has enough scientific research personnel with lots of skills and knowledge, the inadequate allocation of funds for Research and Development (R&D), to mainly SL universities, is the main factor preventing SL from coming out with new products for the export market, a local specialist in the manufacture of herbal medicine said. "Sri Lanka is a country with rich bio-diversity but the sad part is that the relevant authorities are paying less attention to R&D. more..

Rumeshika improves on her personal best in 100 metres

Mar 21 (Island) Former St. Joseph’s Balika, Kegalle sprinter Rumeshika Rathnayake beat her personal best in the 100m sprint at the Sydney Grand Prix as she clocked 11.51 seconds to improve on the previous mark of 11.60 seconds. She also came close to beating her personal best in 200m with a time of 23.62 seconds. It was a great achievement for Rumsehika who has surmounted many obstacles in her career. more..

The Shakib episode and its consequences

Mar 21 (DN) The smooth functioning of the Hero Nidahas tri-nation T20 series was sullied by an incident involving Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan which to say the least was outrageous and left a black mark on Bangladesh’s cricket internationally. A captain or a coach getting upset at an umpiring decision is not new in cricket or sports in general but one cannot recall an instance of a captain calling his players off because of his disagreement with the umpire’s decision. more..

Editorial: Putin, Jinping and Lankan kingpins

Mar 21 (Island) The outcome of Russia’s presidential election came as no surprise. President Vladimir Putin has secured a landslide victory and a fourth term. There has been a muted response from the western bloc to his spectacular win and that is understandable. But Russians have obviously done what they think is good for them and their country. Russia, or any nation for that matter, needs a strong leader capable of defending its interests with might and main. Putin fitted the bill and became more..