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Anti-riot squad deployed as tense situation emerges in front of NHSL

Feb 16 (AD) A tense situation arose in front of the National Hospital of SL (NHSL) in Colombo this evening, as the minor staff of the hospital commenced a demonstration against the Deputy Director of the hospital Dr. Rukshan Bellana. Thus, police anti-riot squad had also been deployed to beef up the security of the hospital premises, Ada Derana reporter said. Earlier today, it was reported that Dr. Bellana was forcibly held inside his office by the minor staff of the hospital. more..

Rubber workers get certified, coconut pluckers and toddy tappers to follow

Feb 16 (EN) SL’s National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority is working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Plantation Industry to upskill informal sector workers in the country. 169 rubber workers, or those who harvest the sap, were awarded NVQ-3 certificates by NAITA in a first for the country, on Thursday (15) at the Agalawatta Rubber Research Institute. “Today these rubber harvesters were given nationally and internationally recognised competency certificates. more..

Video: NHSL deputy director forcibly held inside office by hospital’s minor staff

Feb 16 (AD) The Deputy Director of the Colombo National Hospital, Dr. Rukshan Bellana is currently being held hostage in his office by the minor staff of the hospital. A collective of 72 health sector trade unions recently carried out an island-wide strike action over disparities in allowances, a move heavily criticized by Dr. Bellana. However on Wednesday (14), the health trade unions decided to call off their strike after Health Minister more..

Duo of Iranian Naval Ships arrive in Colombo

Feb 16 (SLN) The Iranian Naval Ship (IRINS) Bushehr and Tonb arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit this morning. The visiting ships were welcomed by the SL Navy in compliance with naval traditions. IRINS Bushehr is a 107 meter long ship manned by 270 crew members and she is commanded by Commander MAHDI BALVARDI. IRINS Tonb is a 94.94 meter long platform with a crew of 250. It is commanded by Commander MOHAMMAD HAJI ZADEH. more..

Parliament to meet three days next week

Feb 16 (AD) Committee on Parliamentary Business which met on Thursday (15) under the chairmanship of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana has decided to convene the parliamentary sittings on three days next week – 20, 21 and 22 February. However, the Parliament will not meet on Friday (23), as it is Poya Day. Accordingly, on Tuesday, Parliament will meet at 9.30 a.m. and the Second Reading of the Secured Transactions, Trust Receipts (Amendment), Mortgage (Amendment), more..

Lanka Premier League 2024 set for July

Feb 16 (DM) The fifth edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2024 will be held from July 1 to 21, SLC announced today. The five-team competition will feature a total of 24 games, with the first round comprising 20 matches and the final round consisting of four matches, including Qualifier-1 and 2 and the Eliminator. Each team will be comprised of a minimum of 20 players and a maximum of 24 players, more..

Reckless Russian fined Rs 1.8M

Feb 16 (CT) Galle Additional Magistrate Lakmini Vidanagamage yesterday (15) fined a Russian national Rs 1.8 million on his pleading guilty, through his lawyer, of causing significant revenue loss to the Department of Railways, when driving his car recklessly through a rail gate, resulting in it being struck by a train. The suspect Russian tourist was identified as Loskutov Alexander. He had arrived here as a tourist 10 years ago, and had resided at a house in Ahangama. more..

Detention orders issued against Piyuma under PTA

Feb 16 (AD) The CID has secured detentions orders against criminal gang member Piyum Hasthika alias Piyuma, who was repatriated to Sri Lanka from Dubai, UAE last morning. Thus, the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court has issued a 72-hour detention order under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to interrogate the suspect, after the CID reported facts to the courts regarding the repatriation of Piyuma. However, the Colombo Fort Magistrate has also ordered that the 72 hours be counted more..

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AKD’s diplomatic odyssey: NPP’s foray into India and the road ahead

Feb 16 (FT) The recent 5-day sojourn of Anura Kumara Dissanayake, leader of the NPP, and his delegation to India has become a focal point in SL’s political discourse. In an unprecedented move, the Indian Govt extended an official invitation to NPP leaders, signalling a departure from conventional diplomatic interactions. As the visit unfolded, it not only deepened bilateral ties but also shed light on the evolving political dynamics within SL, presenting both challenges & opportunities for NPP. more..

$100m FDI BOI project to establish industrial site in Puttalam sabotaged

Feb 16 (FT) I make the following clarifications in relation to the article SJB’s reply to President’s policy statement in the Daily Financial Times of 9 Feb 2024. Particularly, with reference to Sri Lanka Cement Corporation (not SL Insurance Corporation) and providing clarity on Puttalam Ilmenite Ltd. The SL Cement Corporation (SLCC) entered into a 30-year agreement with Asha Minerals Ltd. on 10 April 2023 without due process and in violation of a multitude of protocols. more..

Speaker defends retirees in independent commissions

Feb 16 (TM) In the wake of allegations that independent commissions have become ineffective due to retirees being appointed as their members, Chairman of the Constitutional Council (CC), Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana said that it is mostly retirees who are applying for such posts. CC is responsible for the appointment of commission members. Abeywardana said: “It is retired persons who are applying for these positions.” more..

Better to abolish executive presidency; I have already enjoyed it: Mahinda

Feb 16 (DM) Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed the opinion that it will be preferable to abolish the Executive Presidency and said that he had enjoyed having held the position. Answering a question raised by a journalist about the political situation in the country, he said the country's political situation is good and that it is better to abolish the Executive Presidency. "It should be abolished because the whole country is requesting to abolish it. more..

Gnanasara Thera apologies to Muslim community

Feb 16 (CT) BBS General Secretary, Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, yesterday tendered an apology to the Muslim community in the country if he had caused distress over controversial remarks he made, linked to the Kuragala Temple, during a media briefing held, 8 years ago. Thera informed Colombo High Court Judge Adithya Patabendige, from the dock, that he was seeking public forgiveness from Muslim community in SL for the controversial remarks made by him more..

Sri Lanka recovering amid global risks, IMF deal key to confidence: central bank

Feb 16 (EN) SL is recovering from an economic crisis amid risks to exports from global slowdown and any derailment of an IMF program could create high economic risks, the central bank said. “A major factor that influences the economic outlook is the continuation of the IMF – EFF arrangement and the progression of the envisaged structural reforms,” central banks Monetary Policy Report issued in February said. more..

Sri Lankan exporters optimistic over 2024 prospects: CCC

Feb 16 (DM) After three years of uncertainty, SL exporters sounded upbeat on the prospects for 2024 despite a challenging global outlook. The fifth Export Barometer Survey carried out by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) revealed that exporters are optimistic and are confident in their growth. Amidst economic dynamics, the export sector exhibited robust growth in 2023. According to the survey findings, exporters stressed that increasing utility prices and cost of transport more..

Keheliya, ex-Health Secretary and 5 others further remanded

Feb 16 (AD) Former Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella, former Health Secretary Janaka Chandragupta and five others have been ordered to be further remanded until Feb 29, over the import of substandard human Immunoglobulin vials. This order was issued when the case was taken up before the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court today (15). However, the former Health Minister did not appear before the court today owing to medical reasons, and Prison Spokesperson more..

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Video: Three arrested over poisoning of two suspects in police custody

Feb 16 (AD) Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) has arrested three suspects for allegedly aiding and abetting the incident of a visitor poisoning two suspects who were detained in a cell at the Aduruppuveediya police station recently. The apprehensions have been carried out in the Kotahena and Orugodawatta areas this afternoon (15). Police said that the arrested individuals were identified to be aged 22, 24 and 26 and are the residents of Kotahena, Orugodawatta and more..

Public toilet facility charges increased to Rs. 50 per person

Feb 16 (DM) The fees for utilizing the public restroom facilities at Bastian Mawatha Bus Stand have been raised to Rs. 50 per person. Previously, the lavatory usage fee was Rs. 20 per person, according to its maintenance personnel. Subsequent to an agreement with the National Transport Commission office, the charges for toilet facilities at Bastian Mawatha have been increased. With the increase in the water tariff, the monthly water bill has increased to Rs. 175,000, and therefore, more..

Sajith accepts far-reaching legal reforms, vows to thwart Ranil’s strategy

Feb 16 (Island) SJB and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, MP, has accepted a set of far reaching and comprehensive legal reforms proposed by SJB Lawyers’ Association. Speaking at a well-attended event in Colombo this week, Premadasa, having received the proposals, vowed that Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe’s efforts to keep the Constitutional Council under his thumb would be thwarted. more..

US conveys concerns on Online Safety Act to Wickremesinghe

Feb 16 (FT) US this week personally conveyed concerns on the controversial Online Safety Act to Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe. The US sentiment was expressed by USAID Administrator Samantha Power over a telephone conversation. “Administrator Power highlighted strong US support for freedom of expression and association and encouraged Prez Wickremesinghe to address concerns about the potential impact of the Online Safety Act on freedom of expression, as well as investment in SL’s more..

Sampath Bank achieves stable results amidst economic headwinds

Feb 16 (FT) Backed by its strong capital base, Sampath Bank said yesterday it continues to navigate adeptly through challenging times. The Bank has demonstrated resilience and a commitment to prioritising stakeholder interests in the face of challenging economic headwinds, thanks to its well-executed business strategies, increased vigilance, and proactive risk management measures. Regardless of continuing uncertainties and challenging economic conditions throughout more..

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New laws to impose severe punishment against corrupt practitioners

Feb 16 (ST) SL’s anticorruption framework is in the process of undergoing major changes with a systematic and formal set of rules to impose severe punishments for offenders to combat this menace. Govt will be introducing a strong legal system and a scientific approach, executed by trained officers, not only bringing corrupt individuals to justice but also to prevent corrupt practices. Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe made this disclosure delivering the govt’s policy statement in Parliament on Wed. more..

Five-way tie for 1st place in Transparency in Corporate Reporting Assessment by TISL

Feb 16 (FT) Transparency International SL (TISL) announced findings of the assessment of transparency in corporate reporting. It said John Keells Holdings and Teejay Lanka who ranked first in previous Transparency in Corporate Reporting Assessments (TRAC) were joined this year by Ceylon Tobacco Company, Dialog Axiata, and Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company. TISL said all have achieved the full score for transparency in corporate reporting, while 27 companies are considered more..

Schism within SLPP over fielding Prez candidate

Feb 16 (TM) The ruling SLPP is divided regarding the fielding of a candidate for the upcoming Prez Election. SLPP MP and Chief Govt Whip, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga had allegedly told the media that no candidate from the SLPP would likely contest for the Prez Election. However, differing from his statement, SLPP General Secretary and Govt MP, Sagara Kariyawasam, when contacted, said that SLPP is of the view that more..

Teamwork key to our success, says Kusal

Feb 16 (DN) “We played as a team and played good cricket and dominated all three departments to make a clean sweep of the series,” said SL’s jubilant skipper Kusal Mendis after the Afghan ODI series win at Pallekele. “I’m really happy we won this series in great style. we did it without our key spinners Maheesh Theekshana and Wanindu Hasaranga and that was great. The off spinner Akila Dananjaya and young leg spinner Dunith Wellalage were excellent and both of them gave me confidence,” more..

Former Prez meets US State Dept official

Feb 16 (DN) A meeting between the former President Maithripala Sirisena and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs at the US State Department Afreen Akhtar took place last Wednesday (14) at the US State Department. The discussions were centered around the current political state of Sri Lanka and the alliance that will be created based on the SLFP has also taken place. Further steps of this discussion will be brought into work in the next few months. more..

Opposition to consider action on Keheliya’s MP status

Feb 16 (TM) Although they are of the view that there is no longer much of a need to bring a no confidence motion (NCM) against former Health Minister and incumbent MP Keheliya Rambukwella as he has already stepped down as a minister, the Parliamentary Opposition stated that they would however discuss the steps that could be taken regarding him continuing to function as a MP. The Opposition including the SJB recently stated more..

Commonwealth Enterprise chief in Colombo next week

Feb 16 (DM) Sri Lanka’s private sector and government are to get fresh insights from a chief of a Commonwealth trade and investment organisation next week besides opportunities to expand businesses across the 56 Member States of the Commonwealth. Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) Chairman Lord Marland will meet Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe during his visit to SL from Feb 19 to 21, 2024, as part of his larger trip to South and South East Asia. more..

St. Anthony’s feast at Kachchativu Islet

Feb 16 (SO) At least 7,000 Catholic pilgrims both from Sri Lanka and neighbouring India are set to arrive on the Kachchativu Island to participate in the annual church feast that starts on Feb 23 and ends the following day. As it has been the case in the past the Sri Lanka Navy is busy preparing the shrine and the surrounding areas for the feast and towards this end they are constructing sanitation and drinking water facilities, temporary shelters, roads, jetties, and ensuring electricity supply, more..

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Greenpeace marks launch of South Asia office in Colombo with Rainbow Warrior...

Feb 16 (FT) Greenpeace has launched its South Asia regional office in Colombo with the arrival of the iconic ship Rainbow Warrior, marking the beginning of the highly anticipated People For Climate – Greenpeace Indian Ocean Ship Tour 2024. The opening ceremony, which was held onboard the Rainbow Warrior, set the stage for an inspiring journey focused on collective action demanding accountability and resilience in the South Asian region. more..

PickMe rides to stellar 9 month’s performance

Feb 16 (FT) PickMe said the company has shown exponential growth in the 9 months of Financial Year 2023/24. It said the momentum which started at the beginning of the 3Q of FY23 continued at pace with the 3Q of FY24 beating all records and reaching an all-time high. PickMe which can be categorised as Sri Lanka’s truly digital company, that uplifted the socioeconomic status of many Sri Lankans via its mobility solution, has surpassed all expectations thanks to strong demand for ride hailing. more..