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Sri Lanka: The death penalty is a cruel and irreversible punishment

Jul 11 (AI) Sri Lanka must pull back from any plans to implement the death penalty and preserve its longstanding positive record on shunning this cruel and irreversible punishment, Amnesty International said today. SL President Maithripala Srisena, is reportedly pressing ahead with plans to execute 19 death row prisoners convicted of drug-related offences. “By resuming executions after more than 40 years, more..

Treasury bond issuances: Forensic audits to cover Cabraal era

Jul 11 (CT) Central Bank of SL has called for applications for forensic auditors and investigators to investigate Treasury (T) Bond issuances and subsequent transactions in the secondary market. These investigations cover T Bond issuances and subsequent secondary market transactions made even prior to the controversial 27 Feb, 2015, T Bond issuance that took place during the tenure of Former CBSL Governor Arjuna Mahendran, reliable sources who wished to remain anonymous said. more..

Monk kills Police Sergeant: Has 2 outstanding warrants against him

Jul 11 (CT) The Chief Incumbent of the Sri Sudharmaramaya Temple in Galenda, Ratnapura had allegedly strangled and killed a Police Sergeant of the Ratnapura Police yesterday (10). The Police said that the Sergeant was sent to gather information as to the whereabouts of a suspect, who happens to be the Chief Incumbent of the Temple, owing to two warrants being issued against him by the Ratnapura Magistrate’s Court, for not being present in Court. more..

Govt will never find any wrong doing of former President: Cabraal

Jul 11 (DM) While claiming that the Govt was attempting to find fault with former President Rajapaksa, former CB Governor said they would never find any wrong doing of the former President. He expressed these views at a news briefing held at the Western Province Aesthetic Resort where they launched a new organization called Voice for Justice with the membership of former secretary to PM Sirisena Amarasekara, more..

House probe misconduct of Wimal, Prasanna

Jul 11 (DN) Parliament Privileges and Ethics Committee has commenced an inquiry into the alleged misconduct of JO MPs Wimal Weerawansa and Prasanna Ranaweera in Parliament on July 3. A formal complaint into the incident was made in the House by Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera on July 4 and it was referred to the Parliament Privileges and Ethics Committee the next day. Deputy Minister Perera brought to the attention of the House that the two JO MPs with their foul language and more..

'I am against the death penalty as a principle'

Jul 11 (AD) Minister Rajitha Senaratne says as a principle he opposes the unanimous Cabinet decision to implement the death penalty on drug traffickers. Although, the proposal by Prez Sirisena was unanimously approved by the Cabinet, a result cannot be achieved through the implementation of such decisions, says the Minister. As the President had stated 19 individuals have been identified as of now, who were found guilty of and already imprisoned over drug rackets and more..

Flirting with contempt of court: Tragic jokers of Sri J'pura general hospital

Jul 11 (CT) Dr. Susitha Senaratne, quasi Director of Sri J'epura General Hospital (SJGH) and Dr. Athula Kahandaliyanage, Chairman SJGH have been consistently scheming and manipulating the process of implementing the Court verdict CA WRIT 184/2018 in an underhanded and illegal fashion with the blessings of Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns. more..

Divorce law in Sri Lanka: Fostering animosity, not relationships

Jul 11 (FT) The agony and anxiousness that a divorce proceeding in SL inflicts on spouses is widely known and there are many who can speak to it. It is a proceeding usually faced in silence. Once it is done with, we want to forget it, we don’t want to relive it, and we want to get on with the next stage of building our lives after a divorce. As a result, these stories and experiences remain untold. While this piece was penned, Supreme Court added its voice to the state of divorce law in SL. more..

At least 45 school buildings in Kandy prone to landslides

Jul 11 (Island) At least 45 school buildings in the Kandy District are prone to landslides, according to the Disaster Management Centre. Assistant Director, Kandy District Disaster Management Centre Indika Ranaweera told a seminar for the media on Monday that the education authorities had been informed of the risk faced by the schools. The school buildings under threat of landslide were mainly in the Nawalapitiya, Kandy Ganagawata Korale and Udadumbara, Ranaweera said. more..

Promises made by the govt: Malinda & Faraz

Political Continuity

Jul 11 (CT) Public private partnerships (PPPs) are required for two reasons, when the Treasury is broke and/or due to the inefficiency of the State to engage in infrastructure development due to politicization and corruption. Sri Lanka fits the bill as far as both of those indicators are concerned. Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking in Singapore on the eve of national elections here and as reported on these papers yesterday, said, More PPPs the Order of the Day. more..

Prez extends Army Commander’s tenure

Jul 11 (AD) Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has been given a one year service extension by the President Maithripala Sirisena, stated the Army Spokesman. Lieutenant General N U M M W Senanayake was appointed as the 22nd Commander of the SL Army, effective from 27 June 2017 by the President as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces after he was elevated to the rank of Lieutenant General with effect from the same date. more..

Video: Tri-forces to crackdown on drugs

Jul 11 (AD) Cabinet has approved the proposal of the special provisions bill on seeking active support of the SL Armed Forces for drug control in the country. Accordingly, certain relevant powers, recommended by the Attorney General, will be transferred to the Tri-Forces, for a fixed amount of time. This was a joint proposal by Prez Maithripala Sirisena as Defense Minister and Minister of Law & Order Ranjith Madduma Bandara. more..

Govt to monitor prisoners

Jul 11 (CT) Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara said that the Govt will launch a programme to monitor the behaviour of prison inmates, as they were coordinating crimes on the outside, from their prison cells. He added that the Govt will also take necessary action to stop inmates from using mobile phones. “Crimes and murders are happening due to clashes among underworld gangs and sometimes due to personal issues of people, more..

Video: Strong winds damage over 150 houses in Colombo District

Jul 11 (AD) At least 153 houses were damaged within in the Colombo District due to strong winds this morning. DMC Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippili damages to houses by strong gust of winds have been reported from 8 major cities in the Colombo District. He stated that 15 houses in Dehiwala, 75 houses in Homagama, 15 houses in Maharagama, 5 homes in Piliyandala, 15 in Kesbewa, 20 houses in Ratmalana, more..

PIU summons Hajj Committee officials over corruption allegations

Jul 11 (FT) The Presidential Investigation Unit has informed top Hajj Committee officials to appear before it tomorrow to probe alleged money laundering through Hajj pilgrims and vends quota, sources told the Daily FT. Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry Secretary R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla and Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Department Director M.R.M. Malik have been summoned by more..

Hemantha Warnakulasuriya PC passes away

Jul 11 (DM) Presidents Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya passed away this morning at the age of 74 while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo, Deputy Minister Buddhika Pathirana said. Mr Warnakulasuriya's final rights would be held at the Borella cemetery on Saturday. Mr Warnakulasuriya also served as a Director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) from August 1, 2016. more..

Nutritional gardens in schools

Jul 11 (CT) A series of training programmes to develop nutritional gardens at school level was launched recently. They are an integral part of the Assisting Communities in Creating Environmental and Nutritional Development (ACCEND) project, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by both the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Oxfam. ADRA Programmes Director, more..

Prevailing political uncertainty to affect investor confidence: First Capital Research

Jul 11 (LBO) Prevailing policy uncertainty created through the political uncertainty is a major deterrent which may slow down the gradual improvement of the economy and business confidence, a recent research showed. First Capital Research in its mid-year economic outlook said a major factor that is creating uncertainty in the upcoming Prez Election in late 2019. “None of the 3 major political parties have announced more..

Mixed response to ADB proposals for EPF investments in stock market

Jul 11 (ST) Asian Development Bank’s proposals for the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to resume investments in Colombo’s once-tainted stock market have met with a mixed response. At a recent Labour Ministry meeting between three ADB consultants and National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) members, a white paper on a legal and operational framework for the EPF was presented by the ADB. more..

Ball-tamperers' mega reunion in Colombo

Jul 11 (CI) It happened and we all missed it. They were together, but what were we doing? Too busy with our own vapid lives to notice. It was only for a few days, but through the back end of last week: Dinesh Chandimal, Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, and Dasun Shanaka were all within 10 kilometres of each other. Meaning, of course, that little old Colombo, with its tree-lined lanes, and bougainvilleas tumbling over garden walls, more..

Country's deterioration!!

Jul 11 (DM) It seems that no matter, who writes or how often we talk about the various happenings and shortcomings and abuses in this country of ours, there is never an end to what goes on!!! Murder, rape, money laundering, travesties of justice, dictators openly challenging, and worst of all, Minister Samaraweera saying There must be a Rule of Law even for criminals!!! What does he mean by Even for criminals?! more..

Sri Lankans beware: Do you want yesteryear’s rejects?

Jul 11 (DM) Mahinda Rajapaksa has shown, if the reports are correct, that he has not changed at all; no repentance, no apologies and definitively not divorced from untruths. Following is a report as it appeared in the local news media: “Colombo: The New York Times on Tuesday said that two of its correspondents in SL have been threatened by the loyalists of the former President Rajapaksa after it published an investigative report last week on China allegedly funding his 2015 election campaign. more..

The Debt Trap

Jul 11 (DM) Leaders of the so-called Yahapalana Govt painted a rosy picture through providing concessions to the people for a few months soon after assuming office. They also had a mini-budget the same month they came to power. However, they have since been lamenting about a huge debt burden they had inherited from the former regime led by former Prez Rajapaksa and attributing their failure in keeping their election promises to the same debts, especially the ones drawn from more..

Rs. 13.5 bn to bail out SriLankan Airlines

Jul 11 (DM) Two state banks - the Bank of Ceylon and the People’s Bank – will extend financial assistance of Rs.13.5 billion to bail out the cash-strapped SriLankan Airlines, it is learnt. Minister Lakshman Kiriella submitted the Cabinet memorandum in this regard. Earlier, the bank interests, accrued over a period of time, accounts for a bulk of the total losses of the national career. It is learnt that the two state banks will issue more..

Sri Lankan trio await ICC verdict

Jul 11 (Island) The verdict on the national cricket team’s top management and captain Dinesh Chandimal for bringing the game into disrepute is expected to be delivered tonight ahead of the first Test match against South Africa in Galle on Thursday. Along with Chandimal, Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha and Manager Asanka Gurusinha face suspension from two Test matches after being charged with conduct that is contrary to the Spirit of the Game. more..

Russia and Sri Lanka working on defence agreement in India’s Backyard

Jul 11 (ET) After China, now Russia plans on a defence agreement with Sri Lanka. Russia intends to sign an inter-governmental agreement on defence cooperation with Sri Lanka. According to Govt of Russian Federation, Ministry of Defense is instructed to hold negotiations with Sri Lanka and sign an agreement on defence cooperation. Russian draft document states that military cooperation between Russia and Sri Lanka will contribute to strengthening peace & international security. more..

Blood bank crisis: AHPs enters fray opposing GMOA

Jul 11 (CT) The Academy of Health Professionals (AHPs) warned the Ministry of Health against giving into the demand of the Govt Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), to remove the Acting Deputy Director of the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) without a proper probe into the allegations against him. AHPs President, Ravi Kumudesh warned the Ministry that his Union and several other health service unions, more..

Body found inside three-wheeler: victim’s wife, paramour arrested

Jul 11 (AD) The victim’s wife and her alleged paramour have been arrested by police in connection with the murder of a three-wheeler driver at Nahena, Kiribathgoda. Body of a man stabbed to death with a sharp object was found inside a three-wheeler in Nahena, Kiribathgoda yesterday (9). The murder had occurred at around 3.30 am while the deceased was identified as a 40 year old three-wheeler driver named Danushka Tharanga Gunaratne, living in Matthew Houses, more..

Kalkudah Police officer arrested for accepting bribe of Rs 300,000

Jul 11 (AD) Officer in Charge of the Kalkudah Police Administrative Unit has been arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs 300,000, stated the Bribery Commission. The arrest has been made this morning (10)at the Koralai Pattu Provincial Council in Valaichchenai when the said OIC was receiving the bribe. The bribe had been asked to produce a police report needed to obtain a valuation report from the Central Environmental Authority to build a brick factory in Kalkudah. more..

Prez election 2015: USD 585 mn for SL parties from US: JO demands probe

Jul 11 (Island) UPFA MP Shehan Semasinghe says a comprehensive inquiry is needed to ascertain US funding made available to some party/parties in the run-up to Jan 2015 prez election. He said so in response to UNP backbenchers’ call for presidential probe on recent New York Times report that alleged China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) funded Rajapaksa’s 2015 re-election bid to the tune of USD 7.6 mn. more..

Sri Lanka shipping sector still corrupt, Shippers’ Council chief says

Jul 11 (EN) Corrupt practices are is still prevalent in the shipping sector which, along with govt policies favouring influential corporate and voter bases discourage foreign investors, SL Shippers’ Council chairman Chrisso de Mel said. “We may have the best ideas and strategies to grow exports and be successful in int'l trade but unless we have discipline, trust and respect for human life and nature we will not have a future,” he said. “It is time we learnt from the past & make necessary more..

Speaker says collective discipline is a distant memory in his life

Jul 11 (Island) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said on Monday that his shift from the corporate world to politics was a shift from collective discipline and responsibility to one of fragmentation and cross currents. The Speaker said so while speaking as chief guest at a corporate event where Uswatte Confectionery Works forayed into the biscuits market with the launch of Uswatte Golden Biscuits. "I was pleased to see the teamwork and enthusiasm among Uswatte Confectionery's staff more..

Only 35% of public sector workers have high-school education

Jul 11 (EN) Less than 7% of 1.1 million public sector workforce have university degrees in commerce, management or science related areas, while 35% passed their A/Ls. Dept of Census & Statics released final report on the Public and Semi-Govt Sector Employment Census conducted in 2016. "One in four of public sector employees hold degrees. Of the roughly 290,000 degree holders, more than half have arts degrees, more..

Swarnamahal depositors get 10% repayment

Jul 11 (FT) Central Bank said that it has instructed Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC (SFSP) to immediately begin repayment of 10% of deposit liabilities. Monetary Board of the Central Bank, having considered the requests of the depositors, instructed SFSP to pay urgently 10% of deposit liabilities of SFSP commencing from Tuesday, the monetary authority said in a statement. “The details of the payment plan will be informed to depositors by SFSP shortly. more..

Biz confidence stays subdued

Jul 11 (FT) According to the latest edition of business magazine LMD, the LMD-Nielsen Business Confidence Index (BCI) declined by four basis points to 102 in June, yet again falling short of its 12-month average of 115. As for the reasons behind the recent drop, in the July issue of LMD, Nielsen’s Managing Director Sharang Pant states that “while inflation has been steadily coming down, there is a fear of it moving up again on account of an increase in fuel prices”. more..