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Cabinet approval to amend Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act

Aug 21 (AD) The Cabinet has approved the proposal to amend the Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act. The proposal was tabled by Minister of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Abdul Haleem and Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale. On the 15th of July, SL’s Muslim MPs handed over a proposal to Minister Thalatha Atukorale regarding the amendments required to be made to the Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act. more..

Duminda says building rented out with AG’s approval

Aug 21 (DM) Former minister Duminda Dissanayanke denied the statement made earlier at the PCoI that the lease agreement was signed with D.P.A. Jayasinghe & Company without the Attorney General’s approval said he had signed the lease agreement in 2016 with the AG’s approval. PCoI Chairman Upali Abeyratne directed the former minister to submit those documents to prove that the AG’s approval was obtained more..

Gota assures Devananda: Will resolve Northerners' burning issues

Aug 21 (CT) SLPP Prez Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has given an assurance to EPDP Leader, MP Douglas Devananda, that under a future regime headed by him, all burning issues of the people of the North will be looked into and resolved. Rajapaksa and Devananda were discussing issues faced by the people of the Northern Province, due to the alleged failure of the current regime to carry out any development more..

Sri Lanka paying the price for co-sponsoring Geneva Resolution: Wimal

Aug 21 (Island) NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa, MP, said that an unprecedented US statement critical of the appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva as the Commander of the Army should be examined against the backdrop of the US backing war winning Army Chief retired Gen. Sarath Fonseka’s candidature at 2010 prez election. US threw its full weight behind Gen. Fonseka, in spite of him being called a war criminal more..

Labour issues to be solved under one roof

Aug 21 (DN) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said attention has been drawn on creating an export based economy. PM made these remarks while participating in a ceremony for the opening of a new office building complex Mehewara Piyasa of the Labour Department in Narahenpita yesterday. PM said the social welfare mechanism will be streamlined for the well-being of retired persons so as to make a comfortable life for more..

Solution to electoral corruption

Aug 21 (TM) Election Commission (EC) is taking new steps to implement a expenditure ceiling on polls campaign financing in efforts to conduct a free and fair presidential election. The framework handed over to the Attorney General’s (AG) Department for legal drafting in June 2019 is still pending before the Department. The EC is hopeful of implementing the new reform in the wake of the 2019 presidential elections, more..

Central Bank injects cash overnight, term, and outright

Aug 21 (EN) Central Bank has injected 2.76 billion rupees in permanent money and is lending new money to the banking system near its policy deposit rate, following a drop in liquidity and its treasury bill stock. On August 20, the central bank bought 500 million rupees of bills maturing on May 22, 2020 at 7.86%, 1.25 billion rupees of May 2020 bills at 7.86% and 1.0 billion rupees of June 05, 2020 bills at 7.86% more..

COPE summons 8 state institutions for review in next 3 weeks

Aug 21 (NR) A number of senior officers of Lanka Sathosa have been summoned to appear before the PCOPE today. The COPE Committee had also issued summons to several other state institution heads pertaining its on-going investigation. Accordingly, officials of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board are scheduled to appear before the committee tomorrow while CEB officials will testify on Friday. more..

Merged Chapters call for sangha court

Aug 21 (ST) A historic agreement merging the Amarapura and Ramanna Chapters was signed on Friday. Two chapters will hereafter be known as a single entity: Sri Lanka Amarapura Ramanna Saamagri Maha Sangha Sabha. The agreement was signed by the Amarapura Chapter Mahanayake, the Ven. Kotugoda Dhammavasa Thera, and the Ramanna Chapter Mahanayaka, Ven. Napana Pemasiri Thera. more..

Facing real issues

Aug 21 (DM) Is bond scam the only one of its kind our country encounters today? Let’s take a pre-election walk; do you hear the promises made, the ones they never intend to keep? Oh yes, they even condescend to shake your hand, but that’s not all, they also come to your homes no matter how poor you are, because you’ve got what they want – that all-important vote! Once that is obtained and election is won, YOU WON’T BE ALLOWED TO PUT more..

Run-up to Presidential polls: Demise of parties and policies

Aug 21 (DM) With Gotabhaya Rajapaksa being declared the SLPP candidate for the Presidential Election and Anura Kumara Dissanayake, from an alliance led by the JVP also nominated, the Presidential race has started to warm up. With the tug of war taking place within the UNP-led configuration to decide whether it is Ranil, Karu or Sajith who would be their candidate, the suspense that is related to the Presidential Election has reached fever pitch. more..

Don’t deprive the eligible of exercising their franchise

Aug 21 (DM) Every person who had attained the age of 18 is qualified to be an elector (voter) if he/she is a citizen of SL. The exceptions are the situations where a citizen is under any law in force in SL found or declared to be of unsound mind or is serving or has during the period of seven years immediately preceding completed serving of a sentence of imprisonment for a term not less than six months imposed … for a term not less than two years, according to the Constitution. more..

Video: There was 16 hours to prevent Easter attacks, Prez Committee on attacks tell PSC

Aug 21 (AD) The members of the tri-member Committee appointed by the Prez to probe the Easter attacks revealed that the explosives used for the Easter attacks had been made using Urea Nitrate, the same substance used in the explosives for the 9/11 attacks in the US. The members revealed this testifying before the special Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to inquire into the Easter Sunday terror attacks, more..

MCC agreement: Prez seeks time till Jan. ’20 to approve

Aug 21 (DM) At yesterday's Cabinet meeting, President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have sought time till January next year to approve the agreement with the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) but PM Ranil Wickremesinghe had insisted it should be signed as soon as possible. Meanwhile, US Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz told journalists that it was a development assistance grant and that her country was hoping for the final approval to go ahead & sign this agreement. more..

EU joins in voicing concern over new Army Chief

Aug 21 (AD) European Union (EU), too, has raised its concerns over the promotion of Lt-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the SL Army, stating that it sends a worrying message to victims and survivors of the war. A joint statement on the appointment had been issued in agreement with the Embassies of Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK High Commission, Embassies of Norway and Switzerland. It states that they share the same concerns as the UN High Commissioner for more..

U.S. warns Sri Lanka on investment, military ties after army chief promotion

Aug 21 (Reuters) A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Tuesday that Sri Lanka’s appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army could affect U.S. military cooperation and investment in the island nation. On Monday, Sri Lanka named Shavendra Silva, 55, as the country’s new army chief despite United Nations accusations that he was involved in human rights abuses more..

Two more NTJ trainees arrested

Aug 21 (DN) The Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) yesterday arrested two Muslim priests who allegedly had terrorist training with Easter bomber leader Mohamed Zahran Hashim at Hashim’s Nuwara Eliya training camp. The arrested Muslim priests or maulavis; Mohamed Hanifa Mohamed Rizmi, aged 28, and Mohamed Nazaar Nimzad, aged 28; had been Islamic priests of the Hettipola Jumma Mosque and the Nikaweratiya Jumma Mosque, police said. more..

PS member Dulakshi Fernando arrested

Aug 21 (AD) A Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha member has been arrested over a case of obstructing police officers. UNP PS Member Dulakshi Fernando has been arrested in this manner. The arrest has been made on an arrest warrant issued by the Marawila Magistrate’s Court. Two policemen who had been on duty had stopped a motorbike near the Seenor Junction in Wennappuwa at around 5.15 pm last evening (19). However, the female biker had not had her more..

Kiriella recruited consultants and public liaison officers without interviews

Aug 21 (Island) Former Minister of Highways Lakshman Kiriella recruited a large number of UNP members as public liaison officers and consultants without holding interviews, checking their qualifications and without assigning any duties, PCoI was informed. Ranjith Edirisinghe, former deputy director of administration at the RDA, who handled the recruitment, told the PCoI that appointing a large number of such persons more..

Coast Guards of India and Sri Lanka agree to address maritime issues

Aug 21 0 (UNI) Coast Guards of India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday agreed to strengthen the cooperation in addressing a spectrum of maritime issues concerning safety and security. "The apprehension of two fishing boats by Sri Lanka involved in drug trafficking based on the information exchange undertaken by Indian Coast Guard invoking the MoU was recognised as an important enabler for pursuing further collaborative response to emerging situations at sea," defence ministry said in a statement. more..

What right has US to criticize new Army Chief: Wimal

Aug 21 (DM) The US has no right to criticize the appointment of Lt General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander based on the OISL report at the UNHRC, from which it withdrew describing it as a cesspit, MP Wimal Weerawansa said. US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley had described UNHRC as a Cesspool of Political Bias during the time when the US decided to withdraw from the UNHRC. Referring to the press release issued by the US Embassy, criticising more..

Sri Lanka legislators block freehold rights to 2.5mn citizens on nationalism

Aug 21 (EN) Govt withdrew a proposal to give freehold to 2.5 million citizens who were given restricted land grants from the state after a section of the elected ruling class went to court to block the move. "We are withdrawing State Lands Special Provisions bill," leader of the house Lakshman Kiriella told parliament. "Our intention was to give freehold deeds to 2.5 million persons. But the opposition went to court & blocked it. more..

'Appointing Shantha Bandara as MP illegal'

Aug 21 (DM) SLPP raised a legal point on the move to appoint Shantha Bandara as an MP to fill the vacancy that had arisen in the UPFA Kurunegala district list with the death of MP Salinda Dissanayake. Party Chairman G.L. Peiris said Mr. Bandara was serving as an MP nominated on the national list at the time Mr. Dissanayake passed away on Aug 6. He had been nominated to Parliament earlier in place of M.L.A.M. Hisbullah who resigned from his seat to take up more..

Dilruwan called back into Test squad

Aug 21 (CT) Off Spinner Dilruwan Perera is back in the squad for the second Test against NZ, to be played at the P. Sara Oval from tomorrow to the 26th. Perera was recovering from an injury and the SL team management left him out of the 15-man squad, for the first Test, due to advice of the physiotherapist. Dilruwan, who last played during the SL tour of Australia, was dropped from the tour of South Africa. But, on home conditions he has been in the forefront of many SL home wins in more..

First major international convention to be held in SL after Easter Sunday attacks

Aug 21 (FT) Sri Lanka expects a major tourism boost from the first-ever carbon-neutral Ashara Mubaraka, a 10-day spiritual convention drawing 21,000 religious visitors from 40 countries from next week, with an expected revenue of $ 31 million. This is the first major international convention the island nation is hosting after the 21 April Easter Sunday attacks, and was initiated by the Tourism Development Ministry as well as more..

EU repeats opposition to Sri Lanka resuming executions

Aug 21 (EN) European Union has said it is opposed to Sri Lanka reviving executions of convicts and called on the govt to maintain its moratorium on implementing the death penalty. The EU’s position was conveyed during a meeting with a group of MPs of the UNP, the major partner in the coalition govt. “During the meeting, the Heads of Missions restated the strong and unequivocal opposition of the EU and its Member States to capital punishment in all circumstances & in all cases,” statement said. more..

SLC removes spin bowling coach, offie faces lengthy suspension

Aug 21 (Island) Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya faces a lengthy suspension from international cricket after his bowling action was reported as suspect for a second time following the opening Test match against New Zealand at the Galle Int'l Stadium on Sunday. The Sri Lankan team management was provided with footage of about six deliveries which caused suspicion and one delivery in particular is sure to get him into trouble, a source privy to the exchanges between the ICC and SLC said. more..

Govt faults predecessor for investors losing confidence in CSE

Aug 21 (FT) State Minister Eran Wickramaratne charged the previous Govt for allowing investors to lose confidence and exit the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), pulling out their investments, but the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has worked to restore investor confidence. Responding to a question in Parliament, Minister held the report of a much-awaited forensic audit, which will be moved soon, more..

AG to file indictments against Noyahr’s abductors in HC Trial-at Bar

Aug 21 (DN) Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama appearing on behalf of the CID informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court that the Attorney General has already taken a decision to file indictments before the High Court Trial-at-bar against the suspects involved in the abduction of former Nation Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr. Magistrate C.H.G. Liyanage decided not to hold the identification parade in respect of former Army Intelligence Unit Corporal Lalith Rajapaksa. more..

Bill to prevent tuition classes on Poya, Sunday rejected by SC

Aug 21 (FT) The Holidays (Amendment) Bill, the Private Member Bill moved in order to amend the Holidays Act No.29 of 1971, is not consistent with the Constitution, Supreme Court informed Parliament in its determination. Citing the two Petitions filed in par with the provisions of Article 121 (1) of the Constitution, the SC has recommended changes to bring in more clarity to the amendments, Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees Ananda Kumarasiri informed Parliament. more..

Sports Ministry questions NOC over lack of transparency and accountability

Aug 21 (ST) Ministry of Sports has launched a scathing attack on the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) over lack of transparency and accountability in dealing with Govt funds allocated to them. This comes in the wake of an NOCSL attempt to avoid Govt audits by saying the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) mandates complete independence and autonomy in sports administration. more..

Central Bank directed to reveal monies in PTL’s blocked RTGS account

Aug 21 (DN) Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne yesterday issued an order directing the Central Bank to submit all written documents pertaining to the money belonging to Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) that had been maintained in the Central Bank’s RTGS account, which have been currently blocked by the Central bank before Oct 28. The Magistrate made this order when the magisterial inquiry into the CB bond issue was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court. more..

Mobitel & Uni of Sri J'pura tie-up for research

Aug 21 (Island) Mobitel recently signed a landmark MoU with University of Sri J'pura, to co-create and co-innovate in the area of telecommunication, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and more - with both parties sharing their respective areas of expertise and knowledge towards the common goal for collaborative research and development. Mobitel will be jointly working with the Faculty of Engineering (Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) more..

SL are winning, but it's in spite of the system

Aug 21 (CI) Sri Lanka have won another Test, their third in a row chasing a tough score. Their captain dug in for a tenacious fourth-innings hundred. The victory has yielded 60 Test Championship points - an excellent start to their campaign in that competition. Away from Tests, they have comfortably won their most-recent ODI series, against Bangladesh, and performed better than expected at the World Cup, finishing sixth. more..

Our country would have been like S’pore if UNP had stayed united: Navin

Aug 21 (RN) “If Gamini, Lalith and Premadasa had worked together our party would have never faced defeat at that time and our country would have been a Singapore by now,” says Navin Dissanayake. At an event in Temple trees yesterday (19) the minister said that looking at the history, the UNP fell apart in many instances because there were conflicts within the party. He also added “if we go forward while protecting the unity of the party then there would be a clear victory.” more..

Ceylinco General Insurance’s new cover for serious illnesses

Aug 21 (ST) Ceylinco General Insurance, announcing yet another unique benefit for all Sri Lankans, is offering a cover of up to Rs. 500,000 per annum that will reimburse medical costs incurred in the treatment of diagnosed serious illnesses. These include heart disease, cancer, kidney failure, stroke and several others, providing a cover for heart attack and open heart surgery, major organ transplants, chronic lung and liver diseases, deafness, blindness, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, etc. more..