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45 Sri Lankan organised criminals still at large overseas

Jul 13 (DM) As many as 45 SL criminals –red noticed by Interpol are stationed overseas - mostly in the UAE - and carry organised criminal activities in SL, a top police source said. The govt has initiated action to trap and bring them here for prosecution in terms of the Extradition Treaties signed with these countries. The source the UAE, as a country, is extending cooperation in tracking them. In recent investigations into the shooting more..

Rs 1.8 billion tax in arrears from liquor manufacturers, Champika lashes out

Jul 13 (DM) Excise Dept had failed to collect the total tax amount of Rs. 1.8 billion in arrears up to June 15, 2024, from last year from the relevant liquor manufacturers despite recommendations from the Committee on Ways and Means, Committee Chairman MP Champika Ranawaka said. Committee on Ways and Means has expressed its strong displeasure over the failure to act on the recommendations given by the committee. Excise Dept stated that Finance Ministry is yet more..

Rail services to return to normalcy today

Jul 13 (Island) Railway services will only return to normal today (13), although the strike by station masters and railway controllers ended on Thursday night, the Railway Department said on Friday. The strike ended after a discussion held between representatives of the unions and Minister Bandula Gunawardena at the residence of former speaker Karu Jayasuriya. However, 14 morning trains were not operational yesterday because some vital staffers had not turned up to work, more..

COPF crucifies visa outsourcing deal

Jul 13 (FT) The controversial non-transparent and non-competitive visa outsourcing deal has been literally crucified by the COPF which has called on Auditor General to launch an immediate probe, which could even mean abrogation of the agreement. In a statement, COPF, chaired by MP Harsha de Silva, said it has released a critical report revealing major discrepancies in the procurement process and agreement with more..

Aman Ashraff’s Oddamavadi reveals SL Muslims’ plight amid pandemic

Jul 13 (FT) Oddamavadi, directed by Aman Ashraff, had a grand premiere on Wednesday at PVR, attended by eminent invitees that included the First Lady, Prof. Maithree Wickremasinghe, State Representatives, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, corporate leaders, and other distinguished representatives of society. The documentary film takes the audience on a poignant journey through an untold story of the SL Muslim community’s struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic, more..

NPC orders probe into Club Wasantha murder suspect interrogation footage

Jul 13 (FT) The National Police Commission (NPC) has instructed IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon to initiate an inquiry into the dissemination of footage showing Dulan Sanjula, a suspect arrested in connection with the murder of Sunhill Group of Companies Chairperson Surendra Wasantha Perera also known as Club Wasantha, being interrogated by a group of police officers. In the video that went viral on social media and other platforms this week, a group of police officers, more..

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Sadaharitha signs largest agarwood tech-sharing deal with Malaysian firm

Jul 13 (FT) Sadaharitha Plantations Ltd, said it has successfully entered into an agreement with agarwood growers in Malaysia to share and sell its proprietary SP Tech for the inoculation of agarwood trees. This technology, developed through years of rigorous research and development, is designed to boost resin production in agarwood trees using natural ingredients. Initially, this agreement will witness the inoculation of one million agarwood trees annually, while three new agarwood more..

A decrepit, smelly zoo holds underfed animals in appalling conditions

Jul 13 (ST) Visitors to the Dehiwala zoo are far from happy by the management of the zoo and the treatment of its animals. They said that the zoo, which was celebrating its 88th anniversary, was not maintained properly, and visitor interest had declined. They feel the animals are neglected and have little freedom of movement. Visitors are unsatisfied as they feel the entry fee has not benefited the animals, as the animals appear malnourished & live in unhygienic conditions. more..

Dispute over cobalt-rich seabed: FSP alleges India exploiting hapless Lanka

Jul 13 (Island) Top spokesperson for Jana Aragala Sandhanaya, Pubudu Jagoda said that India was brazenly exploiting the continuing political and economic crisis here to secure rights to explore a cobalt-rich underwater mountain in the Indian Ocean, situated in an area staked by SL in terms of Article 76 of UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Jagoda said so when The Island sought further clarification more..

SL, Singapore discuss digital partnership

Jul 13 (FT) Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Singapore Senarath Dissanayake met Singapore Communications and Information Minister Josephine Teo on 1 July and exchanged views on shared common interests on the digital front, including AI. The High Commissioner briefed the Minister on the recent Fintech delegation visit to Sri Lanka to explore possible collaborative opportunities in digital public infrastructure and the proposed visit by the Press Club of Singapore. more..

PM goes to Jaffna; applauds farmers

Jul 13 (FT) PM Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday attended the Jaffna District Coordinating Committee meeting held at the Jaffna Divisional Secretariat Office. He also participated in the distribution of rice and egg incubators for the low income families. In his address, PM said farmers are not Govt workers, and their service and contribution are immeasurable. “Govt is dedicated to improving the living conditions of the Jaffna Peninsula. In order to increase the living conditions, more..

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Dismal week at CSE as investor sentiment remains lacklustre

Jul 13 (FT) Colombo stock market witnessed a dismal week despite indices gaining on Friday. During the week the benchmark ASPI declined by 0.9% and the active S&P SL20 by 1.5%. Average daily turnover was Rs. 627 million. Asia Securities said on Friday the indices closed the week in green with the ASPI gaining 42 points (+0.4%) and the S&P SL20 index increasing 19 points (+0.6%), supported by price increases in LOFC (+3.4%), DIPD (+2.5%), COMBN (+2.2%), more..

Road accidents claim 1,154 human lives during first six months of this year

Jul 13 (Island) There were 1,103 road accidents in SL during the first six months of 2024, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna said. There had been 1,154 fatalities. He said his Ministry has implemented various programmes to reduce the number of road accidents. National Council for Road Safety has allocated 50 million rupees to SL Police for the purchase of speed control equipment, he said, adding that the Ministry of Transport will also issue a gazette with new road speed limits within more..

AKD reveals the best political strategists in the country

Jul 13 (CT) Some 44 years ago on 11 July 1980, United Trade Union Working Committee met and demanded that a Rs 300 monthly wage increase be given immediately to public and private sector employees and they be also given an allowance of five rupees for every rising cost-of-living index and that the interdicted workers (12) be reinstated unconditionally. They also warned of launching a country-wide general strike if there was no more..

Sri Lanka to start flora spatial mapping, eyes carbon credit trading

Jul 13 (EN) Sri Lanka is in the process of starting spatial mapping on all tree species in the island nation before going for carbon credit trading in the global market, Senior Prez Advisor on Climate Change Ruwan Wijewardene said. SL has been in the process of carbon credit for more than a decade. Carbon credit is a way of compensating for emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. If SL reduces its Carbon Dioxide emissions through efforts like reforestation and more..

Dinali breaks Girls Under-20 800m Freestyle record

Jul 13 (DN) Dinali Karunadasa of Visakha Vidyalaya captured the spotlight on the fourth day of the 49th MILO-sponsored All Island Schools Aquatic Championship at the Sugathadasa Stadium Swimming Pool Complex yesterday, where seven new meet records were shattered. Karunadasa broke the Under-20 Girls 800m Freestyle meet record, clocking 10:15.93 and surpassing the previous record of 10:19.05 set by South Asian Games medalist Sandu Savindi more..

SL robbed of Rs 350 m worth of fisheries resources daily due to Indian bottom trawling

Jul 13 (ST) SL loses Rs 350 million worth of its rich fisheries resources on a daily basis in the northern territorial waters due to the entry of at least 500 illegal mechanised bottom trawlers operated by Indian fishermen, according to a Cabinet note prepared by Fisheries Ministry. Note pointed out that in recent years, the fisheries sector has faced a huge issue, especially in the northern waters, due to illegal entry by Indian trawlers. more..

Junior National Athletics Championship commences today

Jul 13 (Island) The spotlight will fall on the Under 20 age category when the Junior National Athletics C'ship commences at Diyagama today as the four-day championship will be the final opportunity to qualify for the World Junior Championships. Six athletes have already reached entry standards for the world event to be held in Lima, Peru in August. SL Athletics has spelt out the plan to form a team for the costly tour also leaving a space for those athletes who excel in U-18 age category. more..

Imported inputs eat up US$ 1bn of apparel trade export income of US$ 1.9bn

Jul 13 (ST) SL’s apparel trade has spent more than US$1 billion in foreign exchange to bring in intermediate goods up to May this year, compared with earnings of US$ 1.96 billion from exports. The net earnings from these exports amount to less than US$1 billion. Data from the Central Bank show that forex spending on imports of textiles and textile articles from January to May has increased by 9.4% from the year before to US$ 1.09 billion (US$ 999.9 million in Jan to May 2023). more..


Sri Lankan Roadshow 2024 in Oman

Jul 13 (FT) Embassy of SL in Muscat in collaboration with the SL Business Council Initiative (SLBCI) in the Sultanate of Oman successfully organised the SL Roadshow – 2024 for the first time on a magnificent scale, under the theme of Serendib the Golden Island, promoting SL culture, tourism and trade on 5 July 2024 at the Oasis Mall, Muscat. The event was arranged with the aim of showcasing SL as a premier travel destination to attract tourists during the summer vacation in Oman more..

Asalanka confident ahead of third LPL leg

Jul 13 (DN) After the first and second LPL legs at Pallekele and Dambulla, we are in a good position to lead the points table, said Jaffna Kings skipper Charith Asalanka. “My batsmen and bowlers have worked hard for our success and are eager to play the third leg today at R. Premadasa Int'l Cricket Stadium.” Jaffna Kings will meet Kandy Falcons , with the match scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Jaffna Kings skipper Charith Asalanka praised the emergence of young players more..

Drug war resumes with more vigour; STF and armed forces called in

Jul 13 (ST) The second phase of the govt’s anti-drug war, officially known as Yukthiya (Justice), got underway this week with new strategies being employed to combat narcotic-related crimes. The operation, jointly carried out by the Police, STF, and armed forces, primarily targets the Western and Southern Provinces, where the narcotic trade is more pronounced. However, the operation will also cover other regions, according to DIG more..

Price cuts, not pay hikes: Real answer to trade union demands

Jul 13 (CT) The question is on everyone’s lips: Will the Govt stick to Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe’s public declaration not to offer pay-hikes to govt employees, come what may? Rather, can the Govt afford the risk in an election year, that too if the incumbent finally decides to throw his hat into the ring? And can the ruling SLPP MPs not belonging to the President’s traditionally anti-labour UNP especially afford it all as they too will be facing re-election blues, whoever becomes President? more..

Editorial: Problem of being POTUS Biden

Jul 13 (Island) US Prez Joe Biden is in the news for all the wrong reasons, ranging from his backing for Israel, which is wreaking havoc on Gaza, and his unconditional support for Ukraine, which is ruining itself by fighting a proxy war against Russia at the behest of NATO. Pressure is now mounting on him to leave the presidential race owing to a string of gaffes and other signs of memory lapses, the latest being his slip-up during a presser, where he spoke to reporters about continued NATO support for more..

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Rajavarothiam Sampanthan’s legacy

Jul 13 (Island) Just a few weeks before the 2015 prez election, the late Rajavarothiam Sampanthan admitted that the annihilation of the LTTE freed his political party – the TNA – from the clutches of the ruthless Tigers. The lawyer-turned-politician wouldn’t have said so willingly under any circumstances. Never. Sampanthan, who led the alliance during a turbulent 23 years, had no option but to acknowledge the truth as the writer raised the issue at a special press conference called by TNA more..

Fishing in (troubled) Northern waters

Jul 13 (CT) Millions of stars are lightening up the skies; their solitary endeavor to brighten a moonless night is not often appreciated by many other than by those who indulge in uncommon love: exchanging whispering of infinite love, yet going thus far and no further; physical love-making is a no-no. They had been exercising enormous discipline and their murmuring of romantic dialogues were essentially within the parameters that were not usually observed by a man and his paramour. more..

Campaign financing: Testing ground for new law amid grey area

Jul 13 (TM) With the upcoming Prez Election likely to be the first test for the new campaign finance laws given that LG Elections have been postponed indefinitely, concerns abound regarding the implementation of the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act No.3 of 2023. The act intends to regulate expenditure incurred by recognised political parties, independent groups, and candidates at LG, PC, Parliamentary, & Prez Elections. more..

Impact of ageing population and falling birth rates

Jul 13 (GV) World Population Day is a day to raise awareness and focus on the urgency, importance and complexities of global population issues. The day was first commemorated on July 11, 1987 as the the day of five billion when the global population first crossed fivebillion people and it brought the focus of issues such as sustainable development, resource management and the dynamics of population expansion. In 1989, UNDP identified the necessity for a more focused approach to population more..

Economic stability promises smoother import processes

Jul 13 (CT) The import section of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) held its 89th AGM in Colombo on Wednesday, anticipating smoother import operations during the post-debt restructuring scenario, with improved external economic conditions. During the AGM, the chief guest, Deputy Finance Minister Shehan Semasinghe, addressed several critical issues facing SL’s economy. While his speech was full of optimistic projections and commendable efforts towards economic more..

'Kiwi insights on parliamentary democracy: Whole Parliament tends to take a NZ...'

Jul 13 (DM) Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives Gerry Brownlee who led a parliamentary delegation tHe has served as a Senior Cabinet Minister in both the John Key and Bill English-led Govts, most noticeably for his work as the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister soon after devastating earthquakes struck Christchurch. o SL shared his views on the way forward for cooperation between 2 countries. more..

Another pitfall on the road to Prez election

Jul 13 (DM) Supreme Court on July 8 dismissed a petition filed by a resident of Moratuwa, C.D. Lenawa on July 3 seeking a declaration that the president’s term of office is six years and an order to suspend the presidential election until the ruling on his petition is given. During the hearing of the petition which was very brief before it was dismissed Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya pointed out to the petitioner that the Article on the Prez’s term in the Constitution very clearly and more..

Black July, facing the moment of truth

Jul 13 (DM) July is here again. It is one of the 12 months, SL is notoriously famous for the wrong reasons. Reminiscence of the 1983 Black July or the anti-Tamil pogrom is one of the darkest black marks in the history of the entire country and for all Sri Lankans, especially the majority Sinhalese. The short-sighted, irresponsible, petty political decision-making especially by the head of the State, the Executive Prez J. R. Jayewardene and his govt resulted in creating one of the darkest more..

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