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Video: Dr. Shafi produced before court

Jul 11 (AD) CID has produced Dr. Mohamed Shafi before the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court a short while ago. The case against Dr. Shafi, who is accused of allegedly amassing assets through suspicious means, performing illegal sterilization surgeries and having links to terrorist activities, is to be taken up for hearing at 1 p.m. Dr. Shafi was arrested and remanded for allegedly amassing assets via suspicious means. more..

SL's key monsoon suppressed so far in 2019

Jul 11 (EN) Sri Lanka's South West monsoon has been suppressed so far in 2019 amid a mild El Niño effect related to sea temperature in the Pacific, despite a warmer Western Indian Ocean which usually brings more rainfall, an official said. The South West monsoon usually gets established by the third week of May with rain falling on the Western slopes of the hill country. In early May Sri Lanka has received pre-monsoonal rain. more..

Stringent border control to ward off terrorism: US experts

Jul 11 (DM) A team of US counter-terrorism experts is reported to have stressed at a meeting with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe the need for stricter border control and coast guard to ward off terrorism. The team led by US Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz called on the Prime Minister on Tuesday evening and briefed him about measures that to be taken by them to counter terrorism after the 9/11 attack. more..

Video: Protest against Dr. Shafi staged near Kurunegala court premises

Jul 11 (AD) Over 500 mothers, who were allegedly aggrieved by Dr. Mohamed Shafi, had gathered to the Ethkanda Raja Maha Viharaya in Kurunegala today. They were planning to march towards the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court premises where the case against Dr. Shafi is being heard. Meanwhile, it is reported that a protest against Dr. Mohamed Shafi was staged near the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court premises today. more..

Sri Lanka backlash over misogyny of Gota’s key backers

Jul 11 (EN) Professionals affiliated to former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa were described as misogynists after they denied the existence of sexually harassment of women in public transport and on the streets. An organisation called the Viyathmaga which promotes Rajapaksa as a presidential candidate rejected remarks of senior editor of the Daily FT, Marianne David, who focused on sexual harassment more..

Senanayaka Samudra water level drops 3%: Ampara Paddy cultivation will suffer

Jul 11 (CT) The Irrigation Department said the water levels in the Senanayaka Samudra in Ampara which impacts paddy cultivation had decreased to three per cent due to the ongoing dry weather conditions here. Out of the country’s annual paddy production, 20% is delivered by the Ampara District while out of that 20%, majority paddy cultivation is done through water released from the Senanayaka Samudra. more..

JVP NCM against Govt: Govt has no right to continue: AKD

Jul 11 (CT) While claiming that the current Government has no right to stay in power after failing to avoid the Easter Sunday massacre, despite prior intelligence warnings, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake insisted, in Parliament yesterday, that people should be given the chance to elect a new Govt by dissolving Parliament. Dissanayake said so, opening the debate on the No- Confidence Motion (NCM) more..

Schools not teaching children actual history: Minister

Jul 11 (EN) SL's schools are not teaching correct history, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said giving credence a growing awareness that kids are being brainwashed with cherry picked historical accounts aimed at triggering nationalist hate through a centralized syllabus. Sri Lanka's kings were not nationalist, Minister said Tamils and Muslims were relatives (nedayo) of the Sinhalese, despite false portrayal by some elements. more..

Bill to kill death penalty; petitions galore amid mounting calls to shut the gallows

Jul 11 (ST) UNP Galle district MP Bandula Lal Bandarigoda has submitted a Private Member’s Bill seeking to abolish the death penalty. The Bill, if approved by Parliament, will abolish the death penalty and replace the death sentence an offence carries under any Act with a maximum of life imprisonment. Bill will cover not just sentences imposed after its passage but will also apply to prisoners who have already been more..

'Opportunity cost of bond scam is as high as Rs.2,000 billion'

Jul 11 (DM) Bandula Gunawardane, MP of the UPFA discusses the current status of the economy. Mr. Gunawardane who briefs the media about economic affairs on behalf of the party, said debt servicing would be a challenge for any future govt. Q: As the main opposition, how do you view the current status of economy in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attack? A: Long before the attack, in my budgetary speech, I mentioned clearly more..

Empowering citizens to fight corruption

Jul 11 (DM) Jan 8, 2015 marked a turning point in the course of the Sri Lanka’s political history. A powerful President who was held in high regard for defeating the LTTE was rejected by the public at large. They instead placed their faith in the hands of the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena. The catchy slogan Good Governance which he put forward came into public acceptance. The people trusted that a “change” will happen for a corrupt-free country. more..

Every life is sacred

Jul 11 (DM) At the outset we need to make it clear that we hold no brief for drug barons, convicts on death row or the death penalty but for the dignity of human life as best said by Pope Francis, “…since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope more..

Shangri-La bomber Zahran was wanted for various crimes: Senior DIG

Jul 11 (DN) Shangri-La bomber and National Thawheed Jamath Leader Zahran Hashim was only another suspect with a warrant like many other suspects wanted for various crimes until the Easter Sunday carnage took place, Eastern Province Senior DIG Kapila Jayasekera told the Parliament Select Committee (PSC). PSC members Rauff Hakeem and Ravi Karunanayake, MPs Sarath Fonseka, Ashu Marasinghe, Dr. Jayampathy more..

Taj Samudra Hotel requested to provide guest list

Jul 11 (DM) Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) looking into the April 21 attacks is to get a list of guests that were staying at the Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo on the day of the Easter Sunday terror attacks as well a list of those who ate breakfast there on that fateful day. This was announced by Chairman Ananda Kumarasiri during the proceedings of the PSC last evening. He said obtaining this list could help shed some light on why Hotel Taj Samudra was spared by more..

Mahinda admits he paid heavy price for ignoring DEW’s advice

Jul 11 (Island) Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he had paid a heavy price for not heeding then Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera’s advice not to call for early presidential election in Jan 2015. He recalled how Gunasekera had made an abortive bid to save his presidency. Rajapaksa said so addressing an event held at the BMICH to felicitate General Secretary of the Communist Party Dew Gunasekera. The event titled Salutation on completion of 60 years of more..

PM tells Parliament no SOFA, but discussions ongoing

Jul 11 (FT) Seeking to set the record straight, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday confirmed to Parliament that the Govt has not signed a new Status of Forces Agreement (SoFA), but that negotiations with the US were ongoing, assuring no deal impacting the sovereignty of Sri Lanka will be signed. Wickremesinghe, in response to a question raised by JVP lawmaker Anura Dissanayake, held the SoFA agreement was signed in 1995 by more..

LIOC fuel price also reduced

Jul 11 (DM) Taking the cue from Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) announced that it too was reducing petrol and diesel prices with effect from midnight yesterday (10). LIOC Senior Vice President Pramod Jain said according to the revision the price of Lanka Petrol (Octane 92) was reduced by Rs.3 per litre and will now be sold at Rs.144, XtraPremium 95 (Euro 4) Petrol was reduced by Rs. 5 per litre and will now be sold at Rs.162 more..

CPC Chairman claims its fuel up to standard

Jul 11 (Island) Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) provided quality fuel and there was no truth in the allegation that low quality fuel was being distributed, a top CPC official said yesterday. CPC Chairman G.S. Withanage said that his institution conducted checks on fuel standards and they had not found anything wrong. However, the National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection (NMCRP) insisted that the fuel stations across the country were selling substandard 92 octane petrol. more..

Islamic school textbooks recommend killing those offending Islam: Top officials

Jul 11 (Island) Top Education Ministry officials confirmed before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday carnage that there were Islamic school textbooks which recommended killing those who turned against Islam. Secretary to the Ministry of Education and Commissioner General of Educational Publications admitted before the committee that those Islamic text books in Tamil & Sinhala more..

Ahead of Prez Poll SLMC considering alternatives: Hakeem

Jul 11 (CT) Leader of the SLMC and MP Rauf Hakeem said, his Party would make a startling political decision before the next Presidential Poll. He said that unlike at any other Election, there were many alternatives to be considered by political parties ahead of the Presidential Poll, and that his Party was currently discussing with the relevant factions. Hakeem added that a group of Ministers had resigned a month ago not just in isolation and that the reasons behind the resignations more..

Sri Lanka emerges as world's largest cinnamon exporter: survey

Jul 11 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka has emerged as the largest exporter of cinnamon in the world, according to an international market survey. According to the survey titled Cinnamon Market Growth, Trends and Forecast 2019-2024 compiled by, the demand for SL cinnamon has increased in countries such as Mexico, US, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Guatemala. Major countries that import cinnamon from SL are Mexico, US, Peru, Colombia & Ecuador. more..

SLPP sets Aug 10 deadline to finalise presidential poll strategy

Jul 11 (Island) The JO yesterday said that the ongoing talks between the SLPP and the SLFP in respect of a common polls strategy would be concluded by Aug 10 to enable the former to announce the 2019 presidential candidate at its annual convention at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium the following day. Top JO spokesman Dullas Alahapperuma MP, and SLFP Treasurer, S.B. Dissanayake MP said that a decision more..

TVS Sport motorcycle launched in Sri Lanka

Jul 11 (TOI) TVS Motor Company has launched 100cc economy motorcycle TVS Sport in Sri Lanka. The mileage-efficient motorcycle boasts of new graphics and style. R Dilip, senior VP, int'l business, TVS Motor Company, said, “We are delighted to bring our popular motorcycle TVS Sport to SL. TVS Sport caters to a robust customer base of close to 2.5 million customers globally. In SL, where two-wheeler mobility is on a rise, TVS Sport is the ideal motorcycle to traverse long distance more..

Govt woos UAE investors

Jul 11 (CT) The Govt of Sri Lanka is attempting to woo investors from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by highlighting that the country offers a number of opportunities that promise steady returns. Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara told UAE investors that there were many opportunities for the UAE to invest in Sri Lanka. According to him, UAE is one of Sri Lanka’s top ten foreign direct investors and is a country with which Sri Lanka maintains excellent bilateral trade relations. more..

DMT-police launch programme to identify unroadworthy vehicles

Jul 11 (DM) Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) and the police jointly launched a special awareness programme to identify unroadworthy vehicles in the Western Province and to issue prohibition or repair orders, DMT Commissioner-General Jagath Chandrasiri said. Inaugural session commenced at 6 p.m yesterday at Mahawatta junction in Narahenpita, covering the police divisions in Panadura, Kalutara, Gampaha & Kelaniya. more..

Malik meets JETRO Chief to boost SL-Japan business ties

Jul 11 (DN) Minister Malik Samarawickrama met with the President of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Yasushi Akahoshi last week, and discussed cooperation activities to boost trade and investment between the two countries. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions. The Minister discussed holding an investor forum in Tokyo in partnership with JETRO, as a follow-up to the highly successful event more..

Sil redi case appeal fixed for argument on Oct. 11

Jul 11 (FT) Court of Appeal yesterday deferred for 11 October the petitions filed by former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former TRC Director General Anusha Palpita contesting the judgment of the Colombo High Court. The two petitions yesterday came up before the Bench comprising Justices Deepali Wijesundera and Achala Wengappuli. Faisz Musthapha PC with Kanchana Ratwatte appeared for the petitioners. Deputy Solicitor General Thisith Mudalige more..

'Political solution will help Sri Lanka draw investments'

Jul 11 (EN) A political solution to the ethnic problem, which had led to a 30-year war, will help Sri Lanka attract investments needed for people to enjoy a better quality of life, TNA leader R. Sampathan said. Tamil Tiger separatists resorted to armed struggle as peaceful protests were put down with violence and Tamils were not given legal protection, he said in a speech in southern Matara. more..

Sri Lanka honoured to be among London Declaration founding members: Speaker

Jul 11 (FT) Annual General Meeting of the Royal Commonwealth Society Sri Lanka ’19/’20, held last Friday under the auspices of Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, and well-attended by its members, office bearers, and guests, marked a couple of milestones. Speaker of Parliament delivered the keynote address, and highlighted upon a poignant event that coincides with Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth this year, and stressed also on the importance of addressing multiculturalism. more..

SL firm selected as supplier for the world’s largest high-tech greenhouse in Japan

Jul 11 (ST) Japan has become the first country in the world to build the most high-tech greenhouse with the installation of the SARA greenhouse in Kasaoka city. It is the largest single site advance glass greenhouse project with the latest technology available in the world to grow tomatoes, bell peppers and butterhead lettuce. SARA Inc decided to work exclusively with SL firm RIOCOCO’s brand coir growing medium. This project involves operations of advanced greenhouse horticulture and more..

Sports Minister likely to announce about drastic changes?

Jul 11 (CT) Sports Minister Harin Fernando is, in due course, likely to announce that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is deciding to make some drastic changes to their National team coaching staff and the National Selectors with immediate effect. After the team’s dismal performance recently following the World Cup, the hierarchy of the Cricket Board in alliance with the Sports Minister opted for some major changes to important aspects of more..

Govt pays 85% claims to construction companies

Jul 11 (DN) Almost 85% of claims for payment for projects undertaken by private construction companies have been settled, according to Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI). Govt owes around Rs. 97 billion for private construction companies for building of roads, bridges, buildings and several infrastructure projects. This amount has been accumulated for the past several years and the 15% of these claims have now been honored by the govt. “15% of claims that have not been paid more..

Lawyer caught in Shangri-La bomb demands Rs. 500 m in damages from Govt

Jul 11 (FT) A lawyer who sustained severe burn injuries from the Easter Sunday suicide attack at the Shangri-La Hotel has filed a Fundamental Rights petition before the Supreme Court, seeking Rs. 500 million compensation from the Got. The lawyer, identified as Moditha Ekanayake, in his Petition states that the Govt had prior knowledge of the attacks but failed to act, and as such breached his and the public’s Fundamental Rights. Forty-four officials, including more..

Presidents instructs to initiate rehabilitation programmes for young drug addicts

Jul 11 (PMD) Prez Sirisena has given instructions to the National Rehabilitation Authority for Drug addicts to implement a special programme at the provincial level to rehabilitate the drug addicts in the country, as around 150,000 children under the age of 18 years are reported to be the victims of this menace. The report of the survey jointly conducted by the Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention, more..

Richard Branson, Chamath Palihapitiya partner to take space tourism co. public

Jul 11 (Forture) Wow, OK, let’s start the day off with a bang. Two years ago, I wrote about Social Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya’s lofty goal of helping billion-dollar startups get liquid sooner. At the time, he had raised $ 600 million in an IPO for his blank check company, Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings. Idea was that Social Capital Hedosophia would acquire a big tech company and help it circumvent the initial public offering process. Process for a tech company valued at more..

Sri Lanka's overnight target rate down 84-bp since floor rate cut

Jul 11 (EN) Central bank is propping up overnight rates about 20 basis points above its floor policy rate which was lowered 50 basis points on May 31, allowing a de facto target rate to fall 84 basis points since the last policy meeting, official data show. The central bank cut the floor rate of its policy corridor through which excess liquidity is withdrawn from 8% to 7.5% on at the last monetary policy meeting amid weak private credit. The policy announcement is scheduled for July 11. more..