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Strict disciplinary actions against Thewarapperuma and Ranaweera

May 4 (AM) The committee report compiled on the clash that was broke out in Parliament yesterday recommends the highest possible disciplinary action against MPs Palitha Thewarapperuma and Prasanna Ranaweera. The clash was broke out when certain opposition MPs raised objections clashed with govt MPs while Minister Sarath Fonseka was delivering a statement regarding the decision to replace former more..

Court sets deadline to conclude CID probe on Embilipitiya clash

May 4 (AD) Embilipitiya Magistrate’s Court directed the CID to conclude investigations in connection with the death of Sumith Jayawardena during a clash with police in Embilipitiya before May 18. The instructions were issued when the case was taken up for hearing before Additional Magistrate Prasanna Fernando today. Meanwhile, former ASP of Embilipitiya Police Station, Chamil Dharmaratne, who was arrested and remanded in connection with the incident, has been further remanded more..

SriLankan CEO Capt. Ratwatte ditches cadet pilots’ dreams

May 4 (CT) Six Mihin Lanka Cadet Pilots whose flight training was abruptly terminated by the newly appointed CEO Capt. Suren Ratwatte of SriLankan Airlines, have officially written to PM seeking his intervention to restart their programme. CEO Capt. Ratwatte who secured his job through the means of a nepotistic appointment found fault with the recruitment and assessment criteria used by Mihin Lanka that selected the students of this First Officer programme. more..

Kusal Perera hires UK-based law firm to defend doping charges

May 4 (PO) Kusal Janith Perera, who has been suspended for the alleged doping offence has hired a team of UK lawyers, it is learnt here. According to the sources in England, the 26-year-old left-handed batsman and wicket-keeper has sought the services of a law firm called Morgan Sports Law. Perera’s urine sample, which was collected in an out of completion test on Oct 12, 2015, was found to be having a Prohibited Substance more..

Cocaine worth over Rs 25 million seized

May 4 (AD) A large quantity of cocaine estimated to be worth over Rs 25 million has been seized by police in the Ragama area. Around 2 kilograms and 200 grams of cocaine were found in polythene bags during an operation carried out based on information received by Mount Lavinia Police. The Police Narcotics Bureau had arrested 8 Nigerian nationals and 2 locals for the possession of cocaine during separate raids carried out in Ragama, Mount Lavinia and Battaramulla on May 01. more..

Minister proposes more Safari Parks

May 4 (CT) Minister of Wildlife Conservation Gamini Jayawikrama Perera said that the govt has decided to implement laws and to appoint a committee in order to preserve the lives of wild animals in menageries, at a media briefing Monday. The minister said that the Act's implementation is to ensure cross benefit to both people and animals. Moreover he said that Cruelty to animals is defined by Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance No. 13 of 1907 as amended by more..

New Tamil party alliance in the offing in SL

May 4 (PTI) A new Tamil political alliance, being seen as an alternative to the main Tamil party TNA, will be formed with the participation of 10 parties representing the community. A preliminary discussion about what would be called the Tamil National Front was held here today. The leader of the oldest Tamil party, TULF, V Anandasangaree has taken the initiative and consists of politicians from the minority who had opposed LTTE's more..

‘SL Tamils issue not at all a poll issue’

May 4 (Hindu) The Sri Lankan Tamils issue is not at all a poll issue in the Assembly elections, said Congress leader K. V. Thangkabalu. This was not a poll issue even way back in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, when the problem was at its peak in the island nation. The Sri Lankan Tamils issue had taken a back seat then. The DMK-Congress alliance under the UPA registered comfortable win in a majority of Lok Sabha constituencies in the State in that election, he said. more..

JO writes to MS, PM

May 4 (DM) The joint opposition today said it had written to President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe requesting that specially trained military personnel be provided for former president Rajapaksa’s security. The letters were signed by a group of joint opposition members including MP Dinesh Gunawardana, MP Wimal Weerawansa and MP Bandula Gunawardena, Tissa Vitharana and Raja Kollure. The letters state that it is unacceptable and improper to withdraw more..

Packer on a secret mission in SL: JO

May 4 (DM) The Govt should reveal the purpose of Australian billionaire James Packer’s visit to Sri Lanka, even after he had been told by the current govt that he was not welcome in Sri Lanka, the joint opposition claimed today. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe is reported to have said last year that Mr. Packer was not welcome here after he abandoned plans for a luxury resort in the wake of a ban on new casinos. more..

Motor traffic DIG questioned by CID on Thajudeen murder

May 4 (CG) The police DIG in charge of motor traffic Amarasiri Senaratne was today questioned by the CID over the murder of Wasim Thajudeen. Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car which had crashed into a wall. The Colombo Additional Magistrate in February ordered the CID to arrest the suspects linked to Thajudeen’s murder. According to police reports in 2012, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control more..

Commercial Bank inks deal with Bank Muscut Oman for money transfers

May 4 (MD) Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the sultanate, and Commercial Bank of Ceylon (CBC) have joined hands to launch mobile banking remittance service to Sri Lanka. Abdullah Tamman al Mashani, deputy general manager – institutional sales & products development, signed the agreement on behalf of Bank Muscat and Palitha Perera, assistant general manager – operations, signed on behalf of CBC, in the presence of J H Liyanage from more..

Distressed Rajapaksa turns to UN Chief for security protection

May 4 (CT) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who once snubbed the international community has turned to UN Security General Ban Ki-moon, seeking his intervention to restore the Army protection provided to him. In a petition addressed to the UN Chief and Human Rights Commissioner, Rajapaksa’s media division who initiated the campaign on has claimed that following the govt’s decision to more..

President decides not to remove Media Secretary Bopage

May 4 (AM) President Maithripala Sirisena has decided not to remove Secretary to the Parliamentary Reforms an Mass Media Nimal Bopage from his post. Several Ministers had urged the President to take this step following the controversial directive Bopage sent to the media on the use of the term Joint Opposition. Bopage has assured that he will seek the Minister's approval in future when releasing any politically related statement when PM had met him on Monday. more..

We’ll march forward until people win all their rights: Anura Kumara

May 4 (LT) “The choice before us is whether to succumb to the oppression or struggle against it. We invite all people who are unwilling to be oppressed. This unjust and unfair state should not be left to another generation. We pledge that we would complete this struggle during our generation. This May Day stage that builds people’s power for a new economy and a new society is the first step towards it,” the leader of the JVP Anura Dissanayaka addressing the JVP Red May Day rally more..

Ford quietly confident about SL's seam attack

May 4 (CI) Though sometimes billed as a team in transition, 11 of the 17 Sri Lanka players on the flight to England featured in the 2014 tour there. The first-choice opening combination from that tour is expected to take guard again, even if there has been upheaval in the interim. Angelo Mathews is still captain and a linchpin in the top order. Rangana Herath remains the top spinner. Strangely, however, it is the pace battery more..

SL to build $75 million reservoir in the East

May 4 (EN) Sri Lanka has decided to build a reservoir in Heda Oya in the Eastern district of Ampara, which will cost Rs11 billion ($75 million), a minister said. Information Minsiter Gayantha Karunathilaka said the reservoir would prevent flooding during the main Maha cultivation season and provide water during the leaner Yala season. The reservoir would provide water to the existing 6,500 acres of cultivated land and irrigate 5,300 hectares of additional land. more..

Attempt to kill Gota: Trial fixed for June 27

May 4 (Island) Special High Court Commissioner Irangani Perera yesterday fixed for trial on June 27, 2016, the indictment filed in respect of the LTTE attempt on the life of the former Secretary Defence, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Five persons have been indicted. Only four have been arrested so far. The LTTE suicide bomber attacked the motorcade in which Rajapaksa travelled on Dec, 2006 at Piththala Junction, Colombo 3. Counsel for Rajapaksa told the court that Rajapaksa was in America and more..

Amarapura prelates requests MS to maintain MR’s military security

May 4 (DM) Amarapura Chapter Mahanayake the Most Ven. Dawuldena Gnanissara Thera has written to President Maitripala Sirisena requesting him to continue with the military security provided to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa considering the fact that he gave leadership to the erradication of terrorism from the country. The English translation of the full letter sent by the Chief Prelate follows: more..

Calamander Group's Roman Scott says Sri Lanka can be top tourist spot

May 4 (CNBC) Sri Lanka would have been the world's top tourist destination, if not for the decades lost to the country's civil war. That's the firm conviction of Roman Scott, founder and chairman of the Calamander Group, which is why he decided to put his money into the country's hospitality sector right after Sri Lanka's internal strife ended. "I was one of the first people on the plane, there was a picture of me arriving in May 2009 before the dust was settled, because more..

Our struggle is to build a modern Socialist society: Tilvin

May 4 (LT) “Ranil, Maithri and Mahinda deceived the working masses, students, youths, women, farmers, fishermen and all communities. The JVP can rally those forces to develop the country. We have a struggle to develop this country as a model state for the whole world. We hold this Red May Rally with the intention of building people’s power to create a new economy and a new society. The people should be rallied for a production economy instead of burdening them with taxes and fines,” more..

As the climate shifts, tradition threatens Sri Lanka's rice harvest

May 4 (Reuters) In mid-April, at the same time of year as their families have done for generations, SL's paddy farmers started cultivating their rice fields. But this year, that may be too late. President Sirisena has warned SL farmers that they may run out of water before their crops are ready to harvest. Devotion to tradition – in particular, planting spring crops after a traditional New Year's holiday in mid-April – could now prove devastating, more..

Cecille Kotelawala out on Bail

May 4 (CT) Fort Magistrate yesterday released former Ceylinco Chairman Lalith Kotelawala's wife Cecille on cash bail of Rs 150,000 and three personal bonds of Rs 1.5 million each. Mrs. Kotelawala has been in remand custody in connection with a case related to misappropriation of funds of Golden Key Credit Card depositors. However, the Magistrate banned Cecille Kotelawala from going overseas. She also ordered Kotelawala to appear before the CID on last Sunday of more..

Strangling a Democracy – Collectively

May 4 (CT) All states have nations. However, all nations may not have a state. A bitter political reality the Tamil separatists should get into their political psyche and come to live with. This is not to deny the Rowlinian justice to a minority nation that has lived and struggled for their political freedom with huge historical human and cultural cost: but to negotiate with the global, regional and contemporary national strategic/security realities within the Lankan context. In the same breath one must more..

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Shares snap 5-day winning streak on tax woes

May 4 (Reuters) Shares ended weaker on Wednesday, snapping five straight sessions of gains, as worries about tax hikes dented sentiment. Brokers said investors were worried over a tax hike, which takes effect from Monday, as it could hit the bottomlines of companies. However, a loan deal with the IMF last week limited the fall. The benchmark stock index fell 0.22% to 6,568.85, slipping from its highest close since Jan. 11 hit on Tuesday. "We saw some selling pressure come in more..

Balancing National Security & Media Rights

May 4 (CT) Since he joined the Sri Lanka Police, way back in 1981 as a Trainee ASP, consistent dedication to what he has always considered the Police Force should be has apparently marked Pujith Jayasundara's approach to the tasks of maintaining law and order, to the extents which they now and again fell within his scope of compliance or command. His track record through the JVP uprising 1983 and the reign of LTTE terror, or against drug trafficking, there's been no blemish against more..

Quick solutions to Police promotions: IGP

May 4 (CT) IGP Pujith Jayasundara says issues surrounding Police promotions will be solved promptly and President and PM have issued necessary directives in this regard. The IGP made these comments to the Media after calling on the Chief Prelates in Kandy. He said there have been issues with the promotion of Police Officers for a long time and in order to solve this issue by confirming these delayed promotions, more..

MR’s security issue plunges House into chaos

May 4 (Island) A row broke out in Parliament yesterday leading to the suspension of sittings and sending several MPs to parliament medical room after the govt had turned down a Joint Opposition request to reverse its decision to reduce the security provided to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Several MPs including UNP Kegalle District MP Sandith Samarasinghe were injured. He was rushed to the Hospital subsequently. more..

Differences arise in Parliament over PM question time

May 4 (CG) Differences arose in Parliament today over the Prime Minister’s question time with some members objecting to the procedure. The opposition said that questions submitted by them to the Prime Minister was not being entertained. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe however said that some questions reach him late and so he is unable to respond to some of them. He said that officials of the respective Ministries more..

Army security for Basil’s US home: PRECIFAC summons Gota for statement

May 5 (CT) Member of Parliament for the Hambantota District Namal Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been summoned to the PRECIFAC to answer allegations relating to the misuse of aircraft belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Force. PRECIFAC is also expected to question Gotabaya Rajapaksa about why two soldiers had been deployed to protect the house of former Minister Basil Rajapaksa in America. more..

Bopage faults media for brouhaha over his request

May 5 (Island) Secretary to the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Nimal Bopage alleged that the reportage of recent controversy over issuance of a missive by him requesting the media not to use the term Joint Opposition to denote the dissident group was offensive and disparaging. He claimed that he had been unfairly attacked by a section of the media. Bopage was addressing a seminar organised by SL Press Council more..

Fierce dragon wheeler-dealers pounding Sri Lanka Air Force

May 5 (SL) A former Air Force Chief and an infamous big business wheeler-dealer are attempting to influence the SL Air Force to acquire multi-role JF-17 Fierce Dragon fighter aircraft jointly developed by China and Pakistan, at a higher rate, an Air Force inside source said. A JF-17 will cost the SLAF a staggering US $ 29 million while the same aircraft from a reputed manufacturer in Russia would cost between US $ 20-25 million. more..

Disciplinary inquiry against former police media spokesperson

May 4 (DM) The Minister Sagala Rathnayake had informed the IGP yesterday to conduct a disciplinary inquiry at Department level against the former police spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekera relating to his conduct. The report of the disciplinary inquiry is to be forwarded to the Minister Rathnayake within three days. Ministry had further instructed that until the instructions of the Minister is received basing on the findings more..

CPC losses rise despite falling oil prices

May 4 (LBO) State-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) made a substantial loss of 18.4 billion rupee in 2015 compared with a marginal profit of 1.5 billion rupees in 2014, despite international oil prices falling sharply, according to provisional data. A significant reduction of domestic petroleum prices at the beginning of 2015 without a commensurate duty reduction contributed to the loss, the Central Bank said. more..

'I act like a Supreme Court Judge'

May 5 (DM) The Dailymirror spoke to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya over a number of current issues ranging from the Joint Opposition to new Standing Orders to be introduced, Commonwealth and the IPU. Q: You have a huge national responsibility on your shoulders presiding over sessions of an exceptional Parliament and the Constitutional Assembly tasked to introduce a new Constitution. Are you ready for the challenge more..