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Lakmal 6-6-0-3 tortures India in tough conditions

Nov 16 (CI) Only 11.5 overs of cricket were possible in the first two sessions of the Kolkata Test, but they were 11.5 difficult overs for India, asked to bat on a damp green pitch under overcast skies. Suranga Lakmal made good use of the conditions to send back the openers and Virat Kohli without conceding a run in his six overs. If the impression that India had been thinking of SA even before finishing this series is correct, more..

FCID seeks AG’s advice on case against Namal and four others

Nov 16 (DN) FCID sought Attorney General’s (AG) advice on future legal action to be taken against five suspects including MP Namal Rajapaksa for their involvement in money laundering amounting to Rs.15 million. When the case filed under money laundering charges came up before Colombo Additional Magistrate Chandana Kalansuriya, the FCID said that the preliminary investigations regarding the incident have been concluded and sought AG’s advice in this regard. more..

Water research centre construction begins

Nov 16 (Island) The construction of a modern Water Technology Research Centre, a gift from China, under the China-SL Cooperation Research Project begins on Friday with the laying of the foundation stone at Peradeniya. The site is a block land close to the Engineering Faculty of the University of Peradeniya. Chinese Ambassador to SL and Minister Rauf Hakeem will lay the foundation stone at 9 a.m. on Friday. Research centre will cost the Chinese govt about Rs. 3,600 million. more..

2nd reading of the 2018 Budget passed

Nov 16 (NR) Second reading of the 2018 Budget proposal was passed in Parliament a short while ago with a majority of 93 votes. 58 votes were cast against the 2018 Budget while 151 votes were cast in favour. 15 MPs were absent during the vote on the second reading. Vote on the second reading of the 2018 Budget proposal got underway at 5.30 this evening. Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake called for a division and more..

‘Premachandran’s withdrawal will not affect TNA’

Nov 16 (NR) Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan says Former TNA MP Suresh Premachandran’s resignation is not a grave concern for the party. He referred to the former MP as simply another individual. Opposition leader said he believed that the youth and other parliamentarians within the party will not be influenced by Premachandran’s resignation. R Samapanthan further said the true result will be made clear through the results of the upcoming LG election. more..

‘Taxes on liquor will be beneficial to society’

Nov 16 (NR) Minister Wajira Abeywardena says the decision reached by the govt to impose taxes on liquor according to international standards will be beneficial to society. Speaking at an event in Hiniduma the Minister said accusations directed by some factions due to misunderstandings was disappointing. He said if the population of Sri Lanka in 2016 was 22.5 million, according to excise tax reports the legal consumption of liquor in the country was 129 million litres. more..

No proposals to overcome country's economic crisis: MR

Nov 16 (DM) While claiming that fraud and corruption of the govt had put the country into an economic crisis, former President Rajapaksa said no plan had been proposed in the budget or future development programmes by President and PM to come out of it. Speaking during the budget debate, he said the debt obtained by the govt during last 3 years had increased by Rs. 2,773 billion from Rs. 7,391 in 2014 to Rs. 10,164 billion. more..

'Govt welcomes investment in the private education sector'

Nov 16 (CT) Govt always welcomes investors who are interested in investing in the private education sector, if they agree to operate within a certain framework of standards and regulations implemented by the Govt, Minister Eran Wickramaratne said. He noted that if the citizenry wants to get education by spending their own money, a Govt cannot stop them. "Everyone has a right to get an education according to their will. A Govt should not deny, but must ensure that more..

An analysis of the Budget from an automotive perspective

Nov 16 (FT) Historically, Customs duty on motor vehicle imports has been calculated on the CIF value of the vehicle. In Customs terminology, the value for Customs duty is assessed on the price “paid or payable” by the importer. The assessment of value for duty computation has a significant impact on the selling price of a vehicle, because duty in Sri Lanka is so high. Duty for a 2,000 CC1 petrol vehicle used to be an effective rate of 184% of the price paid or payable. more..

Legal aspect of Budget 2017

Rising incomes help improve SL tax revenue

Nov 16 (EN) SL govt revenue generated from Pay-As-You- Earn (PAYE) tax increased by 18.6% to Rs. 22.4 billion in the eight months to August 2017 from a year ago. This was because employee incomes rose and tax administration became more efficient, according to the finance ministry’s Fiscal Management Report – 2018. PAYE revenue increased “due to improved tax administration and enhanced high wage employment in high earning categories such as professional services,” more..

Overstaffing

Nov 16 (CT) National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) Mannar District Engineer G. Nimalan told the media in a recent Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized tour to the arid Northern Zone, that NWSDB's Mannar operation was profitable because it has kept its employment numbers (31) constant over the years. He accounted this profitability to not by selling water at a higher rate, in any case that cannot be done because as per Govt/NWSDB policy water rates more..

Bankrupting SL: Sri Lanka likely to overshoot budget deficit continuously till 2020

Nov 16 (DM) Sri Lanka’s economy is heading towards a tumultuous ride in the next 3 years as widespread policy uncertainty & macroeconomic imbalances will slowdown the economy, push up prices and scare away the investors.    According to an independent analysis by senior economist Prof. S.S. Colombage, Sri Lanka will overshoot the budget deficit consecutively during the 3 years to 2020, as fiscal slippage is inevitable, more..

Hathurusingha not expecting a big salary at Sri Lanka

Nov 16 (DS) Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara suggests that Chandika Hathurusingha is not expecting a big salary when he takes up the Sri Lanka job. The sports minister openly admitted that he would like to see Hathurusingha become head coach and said: "I (would) certainly welcome Hathurusingha to prepare our team for the next World Cup." Chandika Hathurusingha will visit Bangladesh within a short time and more..

Sea combat training for Malaysian security personnel in Sri Lanka

Nov 16 (NST) Malaysian security and enforcement personnel will undergo sea combat training in Sri Lanka to strengthen and upgrade their skills in maritime security control. Training would be conducted next year with SL’s security forces. Dubbed Sea Combat Course, the training is aimed at equipping the Esscom team with added skills. “The expertise of Sri Lankans in safeguarding their waters are recognised worldwide” more..

GMOA says funds allocated to set up three medical faculties inadequate

Nov 16 (Island) The GMOA said that the budgetary allocations to set up medical faculties affiliated to the Sabaragamuwa, Wayamba and Moratuwa Universities was inadequate. GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge in a letter addressed to Finance Minister, Mangala Samaraweera said the Rs. 1250 million allocation could hardly be stretched to establish Medical faculties for three major universities in the country. more..

Temperance Association strongly objects to beer price reduction

Nov 16 (Island) The Temperance Association has strongly objected to the Finance Minister’s decision to reduce the price of beer, through the new budget. Deputy President of the TA, Dr. Anula Wijesundere, in a statement, says; This decision, if implemented will most certainly increase the beer consumption especially among the youth of our nation. This decision of Minister of Finance expressed in the budget speech, more..

Cabinet spokesman provoked by query on govt response to Naseby move

Nov 16 (Island) Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said that a statement made by Lord Naseby in House of Lords would be used by the govt appropriately at the right time, though the cabinet was yet to discuss it. Jayasekera said that they wouldn’t take up issues pursued by The Island the way the newspaper wanted. It had not been taken up by the Cabinet on the basis it wasn’t considered so grave a matter, minister said. more..

GSP+ boosts SL apparel exports to EU by $1.67 bn

Nov 16 (DN) GSP Plus has delivered its most prominent success for Sri Lankan exports to-date since its announcement, said Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen addressing the launch event of the third edition of Intex South Asia 2017 in Colombo yesterday. “As a result of regaining GSP Plus, our apparel exports from January to September this year has increased by 11.3% to US $ 1.67 billion,” more..

Fuel crisis: report places blame on CPC officials

Nov 16 (FT) Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) officials of the were at fault for the recent fuel crisis faced by the country, the report of the Cabinet Subcommittee appointed by the President to investigate the issue, has found.  The subcommittee inquiry had identified that the officials of the CPC had known of the imminent crisis but had failed to take the necessary actions or alert the relevant authorities.  more..

New conditions and extended deadline for 50,000 brick- and -mortar houses in N&E

Nov 16 (ST) The Govt has extended the deadline to submit proposals for the construction of 50,000 brick-and-mortar houses for conflict-affected families in the North and East, and changed some of the specifications to make the units cheaper and easier to build. The new conditions go some distance in quelling concerns that the estimated price of a brick-and-mortar house would be so high as to validate efforts in other quarters to more..

'UNP has a healthy working relationship with President'

Nov 16 (DM) Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake, spoke about the progress of the investigation into various cases and the plans for reforming the police and current politics. Minister Ratnayake, who is also the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister, said that the Govt would serve till 2020 without an iota of doubt. Q: How do you view the performances of this Govt in terms of the implementation of the law and order? more..

Wijeweera and the nation’s lost Brigade: An Ode in November

Nov 16 (DM) The month of November is a gloomy and sombre one in the calendar. It is the start of winter in certain parts of the world with bleak sceneries, dreary days and cold nights. It starts with Halloween, where all the ghastly and macabre images surface giving the heart a tremulous premonition of what awaits the after life. Christians all over the world remember their dead during this month in a sombre mood with black, white and grey dominating their rituals. more..

Despite divisions, the two main parties can work together

Nov 16 (DM) Despite regular disputes on policy issues and personal agendas, National Unity Govt’s coalition partners -- UNP and SLFP -- have little or no option but to stay together. This is not only for their personal survival but more so for the common good of all people of Sri Lanka, specially the future generation.   According to our sister paper The Sunday Times, the UNP’s main concern is over some developments in the Presidential Commission probing the Central Bank bond issue.  more..

Resettlement funds Allocation to Bathiudeen comes under fire

Nov 16 (CT) Govt's decision to allocate funds for resettlement to Ministry of Industry & Commerce under the Budget 2018 came under severe criticism, by the Opposition. This was when JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa queried as to why the Ministry of Industry & Commerce should implement resettlement, while there is a separate Ministry for the purpose. Govt proposes to allocate Rs 2,500 mil to resettle internally displaced Muslims more..

Sri Lanka removes Tamil leader's name from govt institutions, India to take matter up

Nov 16 (PTI) India will take up with Sri Lanka the issue of reported removal of the name of a revered leader of Indian Tamils in the island country from govt institutions, Minister Sushma Swaraj assured DMK working president MK Stalin today. The assurance came after the DMK leader flagged the issue with Swaraj. "Requested the MEA @SushmaSwaraj to raise Indias concerns over the removal of Thiru. Savumiamoorthy Thondamans name from SL govt institutions with their govt. more..

Partners in Crime: WP CM claims bond scams took place under previous regime, too

Nov 16 (Island) Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya alleged that bond scams happened even during the previous govt at former President Rajapaksa. Claiming that the present govt was not the sole culprits of bond scams, Devapriya said, "Bond scams happened under the previous government as well." CM Devapriya stressed that it was President Maithripala Sirisena who had exposed the bond scam and appointed a commission to probe the alleged scams. more..

Corrupt probing the Corrupt: Sri Lanka will always govern by corrupt politicians

Nov 16 (CT) A comprehensive report submitted to the Working Committee of the UNP, on the progress made by law enforcement authorities in handling fraud and corruption cases, has concluded that shortcomings on the part of the AG's Department have resulted in creating a public outcry against the Govt's inaction in fighting corruption. The report submitted by Minister Sagala Ratnayaka has pointed out that even though 370 cases more..

India vs Sri Lanka: Organisers struggling to sell tickets for 1st Test

Nov 16 (IANS) There has been a slow demand for tickets ahead of India's first Test against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens starting here Thursday. The threat of rain for the first two days coupled with Sri Lanka being a relatively weaker opposition whom India recently blanked 9-0 across all formats in their own den meant spectators did not show much interest in the five-day affair. Despite the presence of star captain Virat Kohli and the fact that India are playing a Test after a gap of three months, more..

Upsurge in sword attacks: Jaffna Police looks for links

Nov 16 (DN) Four individuals were hospitalised in Jaffna following a resurgence in two separate sword attack incidents which Police say were motivated on personal grounds. DIG K.P. Fernando of the Jaffna Range said that while most of the attackers used swords as their choice of weapon, the Police were still investigating any probable links. “So far, we’ve found that the motive in most of the cases were personal issues among the assailants and the victims,” he said. more..

Promoting HR cannot be done overnight: SL

Nov 16 (DM) Promoting and protecting human rights is a work in progress and it is not something that can be done overnight despite the most sincere of commitments, Sri Lanka told the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session of the country in Geneva yesterday. In the opening statement, Head of SL delegation, Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said the UPR, to us, is a process that recognizes this fact. more..

Withdraw new tax policy on alcohol: GMOA

Nov 16 (DM) The GMOA urged the govt to withdraw the 2018 budget proposal on new tax policy and issue of licence on alcohol with immediate effect. Addressing a press conference, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said that the procedure to introduce a new tax system and issue of licence on alcohol would create more tendencies among liquor users to consume more alcohol; consequently it would increase the liquor consumption which is now 20% of the total population. more..

SC to consider fuller bench for petitions against PC Elections’ postponement

Nov 16 (FT) Supreme Court ruled that it would consider fixing a fuller bench in respect of the five petitions complaining of the purported postponement of the Provincial Council elections on 27 Nov. The bench comprised Justices B.P.Aluvihara, Priyantha Jayawardane and Anil Gooneratne. Five petitioners including Prof. G. L.Peiris and MP Dulles Alahapperuma, who challenged the postponement of PC elections, have urged the SC to hear their petitions before a fuller bench. more..

Corruption always win in Sri Lanka: MS wants to patch up with JO: Isura

Nov 16 (DM) President Sirisena wants to go forward as a party with the joint opposition (JO), Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya said. CM said former President Rajapaksa and senior members of the JO still wanted to be a part of the SLFP although several new party members were opposed to it. “Several senior members of the JO including Mahinda Rajapaksa do not want to split the party. more..

Sri Lanka seeks Saudi partners for its food and beverage produce

Nov 16 (SG) Department of Commerce of SL and the SL Tea Board, with the Embassy of SL in Riyadh, joined hands with the private sector companies in Sri Lanka to promote the country’s food and beverage products at the Foodex Saudi 2017 that kicked off on Nov. 12. The event will wind up today (15). Six Sri Lankan companies in the food and beverage sector are participating in the exhibition. SL’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mr. Thassim and Consul General in Jeddah more..

Rs 50M allocation for street festivals, exhibitions

Nov 16 (CT) With the tourist arrivals target for the next three years moving gradually beyond reach, Govt plans to invest nearly Rs 50 million to carry out three international street festivals and exhibitions, along with the much-anticipated US$ 21 million tourism promotional campaign scheduled to start early next year. Minister of Mangala Samaraweera said the Govt would hold street festivals and exhibitions in Los Angeles, London and Mumbai during the coming year to coincide with more..

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