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Brexit to hit Sri Lanka hard

June 25 (NS) The country’s economists and exporters predicted that in the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU), Sri Lanka would face negative consequences across the board in many areas. On June 24, the British public in an epoch-making referendum voted in favour of moving out of the EU, prompting speculation fuelled by incumbent Conservative PM, David Cameron himself that he would step down, more..

CB needs new Governor without delay

June 25 (EN) Sri Lanka's central bank needs a new Governor to be in office by preferably by end-of-day June 30, so that officers will have the authority to legally carry out their functions and ensure the markets operate smoothly, analysts say. The term of office of Sri Lanka's controversial central bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran who is under a parliamentary probe for alleged irregularities on bond auctions, end on June 30. more..

Rajitha denies reports that expired stocks of drugs sold to private sector

June 25 (DN) Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne in Parliament denied reports that expired stocks of drugs stored at the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation’s warehouse were passed to the private sector. He made this observation in reply to COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti over his statement following an inspection tour of a SPC warehouse on Thursday. “This particular SPC warehouse has been used to store expired drugs more..

Kiriella, Anura Kumara clash over COPE probe

June 25 (DN) Minister Lakshman Kiriella and JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake locked horns in Parliament over the COPE investigations on Central Bank Treasury Bonds controversy. A heated argument occurred between them when MP Dissanayake wrapped up his speech during the debate on Right to Information Bill. Kiriella, making a clarification on Dissanayake’s revelation on COPE findings on more..

BBS back to old habits, Muslim Council writes to IGP

June 25 (CG) The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has been accused of going back to its old habits of making hate speeches against the Muslim community. Muslim Council of SL has written to IGP Pujith Jayasundara saying BBS General Secretary the Venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero had threatened a repeat of the Aluthgama violence against the Muslim community, during a speech he made in Mahiyangana on 23 June. more..

Lawyer files FR challenging grant of vehicle tax benefits to MPs

June 25 (DN) A lawyer yesterday filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking an Interim Order directing President Sirisena to stay the operations of the tax exemption granted to MPs to import vehicles up to the value of $62,500. The petition had been filed by attorney-at-law Nagananda Kodituwakku seeking an order to stay the operation of tax exemption granted to MPs to import vehicles, gazetted (No 1965/2) under more..

Treat demining recoveries as evidence

June 25 (NS) Amidst allegations of the use of cluster munitions by the military during the final stages of the war, the main Tamil political opposition party suggested that recoveries made in war-torn areas during demining process be treated as evidence with forensic value for possible use in a probe into war crimes allegations. General Secretary of TNA, MP Mavai Senathirajah said that it was responsibility of the Govt to preserve more..

After the embers, embitterment sets in

June 25 (ST) In the early days after the devastating fire at the Salawa ammunition dump, Ananda Nimal was an angry man. When soldiers berated a photojournalist for shooting pictures of the ravaged camp through a shattered wall in his brother’s house, he launched into a tirade. “Who do they think they are!” he burst out, defiantly. “We have nothing left to lose. You take your pictures. We will take care of the rest.” He even smiled and more..

'Regional integration, inter-dependence undermined'

June 25 (Island) Former Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama asserted that UK’s exit from the EU would certainly hurt SL. He said the Brexit couldn’t have happened at a worse time for SL, particularly against the backdrop of the ongoing negotiations to regain GSP plus trade concessions. Bogollagama said that British exit would cause chaos in both UK as well as EU territory, thereby affecting large markets and more..

Corruption equals poverty… no denial is necessary

June 25 (DM) Many of our rural folks have been conditioned and brainwashed with a notion that poverty is caused mainly by exploitation of one class by the other. The influx of Socialist Marxist thinking, in addition to the sheer arrogance and insensitivity of the ruling class which was dominated and spearheaded by educated, English-speaking elites, who were clustered around big cities in the country, more..

STF Chief invokes the past of breaking limbs of journalists

June 25 (DM) It sucks being ignored when you badly need attention! DIG Ranjith Perera, commandant of STF could not have agreed more. Last week he unleashed a tirade against the media for allegedly ignoring the role of the STF in the recent multi-billion-rupee cocaine bust. STF chief’s outburst, which has now landed him in hot water -- the IGP has ordered a disciplinary inquiry against the former- was more a lament than a threat. And he smacks a bit of Mervyn Silva, more..

Lessons from Britain’s political earthquake

June 25 (DM) One of Shakespeare’s most quoted sayings is “O! Judgement Thou art fled to brutish beasts and men have lost their reason.” When this line was quoted in a newspaper, some typographical devilry led to brutish beasts being printed as British beasts. We were reminded of this yesterday when a sort of a British beast – meaning the hard-lined right wing if not white supremacists’ vice – emerged at the referendum with a 52%-48% majority vote for Britain to leave the European Union (EU). more..

Mahendran to await COPE verdict

June 25 (Island) Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera on Thursday declared that President would not extend CB Governor Arjuna Mahendran's term under any circumstances. Minister Jayasekera emphasized that a decision had been made in respect of Mahendran. The announcement was made amidst a widening rift in the govt over a second term for Governor Mahendran, accused of manipulating the issue of Central Bank bonds more..

Salawa destruction cost CEB Rs 44 M

June 25 (CT) Media spokesman of Ministry of Power & Renewable Energy Sulakshana Jayawardene says that CEB has sustained a loss of Rs. 44 million in the explosion of the army ammunition dump at Salawa, Kosgama earlier this month. "All the 33 KW electrical lines in the Salawa, Kosgama area had been completely destroyed in the explosion while al lines near the High Level Road and the primary grid station which stretch up to Padukka have also been rendered non-usable. more..

Norwegian PM welcomes progress in Sri Lanka in reconciliation

June 25 (FT) Norwegian PM Erna Solberg welcomed the progress in Sri Lanka in reconciliation, strengthening democracy, good governance and economic development policy. Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who was on an official visit to Norway from 21-23 June, called on PM Erna Solberg on 21st June. PM Solberg expressing her views during the meeting with Minister Samaraweera acknowledged the valuable contribution to Norway by the Sri Lankan community in the country and more..

SC dismisses FR filed challenging Cabinet decision awarding coal tender

June 25 (DN) The Supreme Court dismissed a Fundamental Rights petition filed by a Singaporean company over alleged irregularities said to have taken place when supplying coal to the Lanka Coal Company Ltd in 2015. Three-judge-Bench upheld the preliminary objections raised by Additional Solicitor General S. Rajaratnam on the ground that the petitioner does not have locus standi to invoke the jurisdiction of the court under more..

Sri Lanka tea exports in May 2016 down 23%

June 25 (EN) Sri Lanka’s tea export volumes in May 2016 fell by almost a quarter from a year ago with the unit value of exports in the first five months of the year slumping to the lowest in six years. Customs data analyzed by Asia Siyaka Commodities shows exports in May 2016 fell 23% to 21.2 million kilos from the year before, the lowest since 2004. Shipments for the five months ending May have declined 5% to 117.8 million kilos from the same period in 2015, they said in a report. more..

Spicing up development assistance to SL

June 25 (Island) Delivering the keynote address at a Briefing Session organized by the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF) Division of WTO held on 21st June to share SL’s experience on the Cinnamon Development Project Assistance, R.D.S. Kumararatne, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the World Trade Organization highlighted how technical and funding assistance from international agencies such as WTO, UNIDO, ITC and WIPO are important more..

COPE Chairman says it has no political agenda

June 25 (Island) The COPE had no political agenda and it had never attempted to whitewash CB Governor Arjuna Mahendran, COPE Chairman and JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti told Parliament. He made the observation in reply to an allegation made by MP Wimal Weerawansa that the COPE was deliberately acting to take Mahendran off the hook. Handunnetti, rejecting the allegation by his erstwhile comrade, said MP Weerawansa more..

Jayalalithaa trying to divert attention on Katchatheevu, says Karunanidhi

June 25 (Hindu) DMK leader M. Karunanidhi on Friday alleged that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was harping on the Katchatheevu issue only to divert the people’s attention from the regular problems faced by the Tamil fishermen. “Whenever she raised this issue, I have given a proper explanation on behalf of the DMK. She is harping on the issue only with ulterior motives,” Mr. Karunanidhi said. The DMK leader said the AIADMK govt in 2012 had informed the Madras High Court that more..

Govt’s vehicle tax policy drives Micro cars towards a slow lane

June 25 (ST) Forced into the slow lane by the govt’s sudden tax hike, high interest rates and lowering the car leasing facility to 70% from 100%, Sri Lanka’s only maker of assembled cars, Micro Cars Ltd has cut down production almost by half this year compared to the production last year. Founder of Micro Cars Ltd and Chairman Micro Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, veteran automobile engineer Dr. Lawrence Perera who is also, the franchisee for Renault Trucks of France, more..

Medical undergrads mount fresh protest against SAITM

June 25 (Island) Medical undergraduates yesterday held a demonstration opposite SL Medical Council, demanding that it withhold recognition to SAITM. Convener of Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee, said that SAITM had so far not been recognised by SLMC. It was preventing the passing out of its first batch, he said, adding that govt however was in a move to force SLMC to grant approval for SAITM students. more..

HMAS Perth makes goodwill visit to Colombo

June 25 (FT) Royal Australian Navy Anzac class frigate, HMAS Perth, arrived in Colombo on Sunday 19 June for a five-day goodwill visit. Whilst in Sri Lanka, sailors from Perth will practice boarding and anti-narcotic operations with the Sri Lanka Navy and undertake several professional, sporting, social and charity activities to build on the friendship and engagement between the Australian and Sri Lanka navies. HMAS Perth left from her home port in Western Australia on 7 June more..

Serious and entertaining politicos

June 25 (CT) President Maithripala Sirisena (thankfully he wanted all appellations such as His Honour and His Excellency deleted so that we can write easily) went to Japan on invitation to sit with the heads of the richest and most powerful seven countries of the world and met and chatted with all of them. He did not quite go, see and conquer, but he definitely cemented cordial relations forged earlier on and the country will benefit. We have already got concessions for the garment industry more..

Tough rules for raising tamed jumbos

June 25 (FT) In an attempt to prevent stealing of wild elephants for domestication, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife is to lay down stringent measures for raising wild elephants. Illegal capture of wild elephants for domesticating for the use of religious ceremonies has stirred controversy in recent years. Some baby elephants captured from wild have been reported dead due to poor management of animals. more..

Govt hiding behind technicalities: PUCL

June 25 (Hindu) Asked about the State’s stand on the issue, People’s Union for Civil Liberties general secretary V. Suresh said the position of Govt in urging the Madras High Court to reject the petition of Nalini amounted to hiding behind technicalities. “It is important to recognise that commutation and parole are two separate and distinct powers. Consultation with the Central Government is necessary only for commuting the sentence but not required for grant of parole. more..

Umpire's bizarre way of protecting himself

June 25 (NZH) Australian umpire Bruce Oxenford has caused a stir in England's second ODI against Sri Lanka in Birmingham. He took charge of the match at Edgbaston wearing a self-designed transparent forearm shield, which many viewers had never seen before. The keenest of cricket-watchers will know, however, that it's not the first time Oxenford has worn the custom-built apparatus. Oxenford for a T20 warm-up match between Australia and the West Indies in March. more..

Toxic crude palm oil flows into Sri Lanka

June 25 (NS) Medical academia charged that since 2012, over 900 containers of crude palm oil containing toxic material had been imported from Malaysia by several leading private companies. Dr. Channa Jayasumana also added that said palm oil had been discarded in Malaysia following purification as it was deemed unfit for human consumption, and had subsequently been labelled by their Customs as crude palm oil. more..

TVS Lanka records over Rs. 12 b in revenue

June 25 (Island) TVS Lanka recorded an impressive financial performance for the year ended 31st March 2016 by posting Rs.5.67 billion in revenues which reflects 79% growth over the previous year. Profit before tax grew by 91% over the corresponding year, reflecting a major turnaround for the company. TVS Lanka specializes in the Motor cycles, scooters, three-wheelers, spare parts and the lubricant business. Commenting on the company’s outstanding financial performance, more..

Bangladesh’s tour of SL likely in Feb 2017

June 25 (BDC) On June 19 in the directors’ committee meeting, Bangladesh’s international and domestic calendar for the forthcoming 2016/17 season was approved. And as per the calendar, Bangladesh are likely to travel Sri Lanka for a full bilateral series in February next year. According to the calendar, Bangladesh are supposed to tour India and play a one-off Test in the first week of February. Then from February 8 to March 7, Bangladesh may have a tour of Sri Lanka. more..

CB Governor says not seeking reappointment

June 25 (FT) Under fire Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran said he would not seek reappointment when his term ends next Thursday, after the Govt came under intense pressure to replace the controversial official. Governor Mahendran informed the Monetary Board, which is the legal authority that governs the Central Bank, that he would not be seeking reappointment until COPE reports on its findings related to more..

Record win for England and their highest partnership

June 25 (CI) 236: The previous highest successful run chase without losing any wicket in ODIs, by NZ against Zimbabwe in Harare last year. The previous highest successful chase for England without losing any wicket was 191 against Bangladesh at The Oval in 2005. In their last ODI at Edgbaston, against New Zealand in 2015, they scored their first total of 400-plus and won by 210 runs which is their largest win in terms of runs. 0: Number of higher partnerships for England for any wicket in ODIs, more..

Mahendran issue: Challenge to show integrity

June 25 (NS) Cricket matches sometimes end in thrilling finishes. At other times, they end in a tie, such as last Tuesday’s one day international with England, leaving both sides with some degree of satisfaction but deprived of victory. The recent controversy over CB Governor Arjuna Mahendran is somewhat similar. Mahendran completes his current tenure on June 30, as he was appointed only for the remainder of the period of office of former Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal. more..

Hales and Roy power England to record-breaking ten-wicket victory

June 25 (CI) A record opening stand has powered England to an overwhelming victory in the second ODI against England at Edgbaston. Alex Hales and Jason Roy both thrashed centuries as England completed a ten-wicket win with 95 balls remaining. It is just the sixth such victory England have achieved in their ODI history and the highest score against which any side has achieved it. It is the fifth time SL have been defeated by more..

Sri Lanka hamstrung by Roy's roving run-out

June 25 (CI) Plenty of eyes were fixed on Angelo Mathews before the game, as he completed a series of sprints, shuttle runs and stretches to test his stiff hamstring. While he didn't appear to be running at full speed, Mathews was declared fit to play but not to bowl. A subsequent quick team shuffle saw off-spinner Suraj Randiv come into the side in place of Dasun Shanaka and although Mathews' contribution with the bat - he made 44 runs from 54 deliveries - was welcome, more..

Ceiling on election expenditure, a must

June 25 (NS) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed in parliament to include in the constitution, a clause which will empower the legislature to control campaign expenditure of candidates and political parties in future elections. He has suggested that the parliament should have the power to curtail media advertising by individual candidates contesting elections or to impose a ceiling on such expenditure incurred by political parties. The matter has become relevant in the recent past more..

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