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Beyond CSR: Looking inward for social impact

Jun 14 (FT) For years now, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been a buzzword among both development and private sectors. It is easily one of the most misinterpreted concepts – its essence diluted when communicated and implemented within the corporate world. Businesses often misunderstand and misapply the concept of CSR: rather than integrating CSR into core business practices, the trend is a stronger focus on charitable initiatives. more..

Deshamanya Dr. Nissanka Wijeyeratne: A rare personality above normal human frailty

Jun 14 (FT) I have not met Deshamanya Dr. Nissanka Wijeyeratne, known to everyone as Nissanka, in person. I have watched him performing as a civil servant and minister, listened to his speeches, and spoken to his friends to know enough about him to pen this appreciation on his 100th birth anniversary falling on 14 June. I will focus on two matters. One is his success as the lay custodian of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha known as Diyawadana Nilame in Sinhala more..

Easter Sunday carnage: ‘Another probe nothing but an exercise in futility’

Jun 14 (Island) Catholic Church reiterated its longstanding demand that the recommendations made by the PCoI into 2019 Easter Sunday attacks be implemented. Rev. Father Cyril Gamini Fernando said so when The Island sought the Catholic Church’s reaction to the appointment by Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe a new committee of inquiry to investigate the actions and responses of the country’s intelligence & security more..

Shooting incident involving Uddika Premaratne self-orchestrated: Police

Jun 14 (DM) The incident involving the shooting of actor-turned-politician Uddika Premaratne's vehicle near his residence in Anuradhapura was allegedly orchestrated by the actor himself and an Assistant Superintendent of Police, DIG Nihal Talduwa revealed today. According to the initial investigation the said the actor had planned this incident together with the ASP, spokesman said. The shooting attack on MP Uddika Premaratne's vehicle took place on Sept 17, 2023. more..

NPP urges public vigilance against misleading statements on election...

Jun 14 (FT) National People’s Power (NPP) party Executive Council member Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa yesterday cautioned the public to remain vigilant against the election-related uncertainties being propagated by both Government and Opposition members, advising them not to fall prey to such tactics. Addressing a public event, Jayatissa asserted that statements suggesting the possible postponement of elections are intentionally made to mislead the public and are untrue. more..

Sri Lanka’s path to debt sustainability remains knife-edged: IMF

Jun 14 (FT) IMF on Wednesday said Sri Lanka’s economy is still vulnerable and the path to debt sustainability remains knife-edged hence the country need to sustain the reform momentum. It made this observation following the successful conclusion of the second review under the $ 3 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF) program with SL. This saw the release of SDR 254 million or $ 336 million to support SL’s economic policies and reforms. more..

Tharindu files FR petition against his arrest

Jun 14 (Island) Journalist Tharindu Uduvaragedara has filed a fundamental rights petition against the police against forcibly arresting, assaulting and detaining him in a police cell. Uduvaragedara alleged that he was arrested as he was returning home after covering a protest. Uduvaragedara, who is currently working as the National Organiser of Federation of Media Workers’ Unions as well as the editor of the Whatnews website, filed the fundamental rights petition on June 12th. more..

SL receives military equipment from US

Jun 14 (Island) SL yesterday received military equipment worth USD 3 mn from the US. The announcement of the transfer was made at the Katunayake airbase. A statement issued by SLAF quoted Defence Attaché at the US Embassy in SL, Lt Colonel Anthony Nelson as having said: “Today’s USD 3 million equipment transfer marks another important milestone in our long-standing partnership with SL. Enhancing SL’s security contributes to regional stability/peace, benefiting everyone. more..

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IMF says suspension of Sri Lanka parate execution should be ended ASAP

Jun 14 (EN) The IMF has said a suspension on parate execution, or halting foreclosure decisions taken by banks in SL on bad loans, should be ended as soon as possible. SL bank non-performing loans went up as much as 13 percent, with a combined hit from a currency crisis which came on top of the Coronavirus pandemic triggering a slew of auctions of collateral of distressed businesses. “The suspension of banks’ repossession of collateral (Parate executions) 22 will hinder more..

British Council rallies youth to protect world’s oceans

Jun 14 (Island) To mark World Oceans Day, British Council (BC) demonstrated its commitment to empower and support the country’s youth to address climate change and to share their experience of action taken to protect the oceans. In the first Interactive session at the BC, youth were given the opportunity to explore, engage and be empowered to protect the ocean for climate resilience through a knowledge- sharing and networking session with representatives from two national agencies, more..

Progress unknown of Budget proposals accounting for 89% of funds: Verité Research

Jun 14 (FT) Verité Research revealed that Budget 2023 proposals to the value of Rs. 43.8 billion or 89% of the funds allocated, the Govt was not able to provide information on progress. As per the annual evaluation done by Verité Research, 25 highest-value expenditure proposals in the Budget speech for 2023 had a total allocation of Rs. 49.3 billion. It recalled that in 2022, progress was not known on proposals that had 93% of allocated funds. more..

Against harassment: Malaiyaga LGBTIQ persons lack support mechanisms

Jun 14 (TM) Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer and questioning (LGBTIQ) persons in the hill country-based Malaiyaga community of Tamils of Indian origin do not have adequate access to support mechanisms in cases of harassment based on their gender identity and expression and also sexual orientation. Stressing that this is a pressing concern that needs to be addressed, activists in the area claimed that in addition, these persons face various other more..

Dialog launches cutting-edge 4G vehicle tracking solution

Jun 14 (Island) Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s #1 connectivity provider, announced the launch of the Smart Vehicle Tracker, an innovative, cost-effective smart vehicle tracking solution that utilises 4G LTE technology for worry-free vehicle and fleet monitoring across Sri Lanka. The device utilises the TeDi fleet management app, powered by Dialog, launched in collaboration with The Connection Workshop Pvt Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of South Asian Technologies. more..

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Chamari named ICC Women’s Player of the Month for May

Jun 14 (DM) SL skipper Chamari Athapaththu has been named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for May 2024, narrowly beating strong contenders, Scotland’s skipper Kathryn Bryce and ICC’s top-ranked white-ball bowler Sophie Ecclestone. Athapaththu’s stellar performance in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier earned her this prestigious award. Athapaththu, who previously won the accolade in September, secured it again after leading her team to victory in more..

Ratnapura Int’l Gem and Jewellery Exhibition from June 29 to July 1

Jun 14 (DN) The first ever Ratnapura Int'l Gem and Jewellery Exhibition 2024organised and presented by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA), will be held from June 29 to July 1, at the Grand Silver Ray Hotel in Pelmadulla. This year’s exhibition is set to play a crucial role in achieving SL’s target of US$2 billion in gem and jewellery exports by 2025, cementing Ratnapura’s status as a premier sourcing city for high-quality gems, said CEO of NGJA Viraj De Silva. more..

Pharma drugs: No proactive monitoring of questionable manufacturers

Jun 14 (TM) Even though one key aspect of the proper management of the provision of medicines in SL is monitoring and imposing appropriate restrictions on medicines manufacturers that have a questionable track record, SL is yet to proactively pay attention to the matter. Noting this, Deputy Director of National Hospital of SL (NHSL) in Colombo, Dr. Rukshan Bellana emphasised that without addressing that concern, more..

When 35,000 Asians stormed Long Island

Jun 14 (Island) SL’s chances to qualify for the second round of the T-20 World Cup faded away when they suffered a second loss in the Group D fixture against Bangladesh in Dallas. They flew into Miami for their next encounter. Between those games is the epic India – Pakistan clash in New York that one wouldn’t want to miss out. Everything in US is money. You can buy an air ticket, but that doesn’t include your checked-in luggage. For that you have to pay separately at the check-in counters. more..

Tea crop up in May but YTD figure lags

Jun 14 (FT) Tea production in May saw an uptick, but the first five months’ crop sustained an overall decline, highlighting ongoing challenges within the industry, including weather variability and other factors on cultivation. Tea production in May increased to 24.54 million kilos, up 14% compared to April 2024. However, despite this monthly rise, the overall production for May 2024 declined by 8.5% compared to the same period last year, indicating a broader trend of reduced tea yields. more..

Semasinghe accuses SJB’s Harsha and Veritè Research for economic terrorism

Jun 14 (FT) State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe tantamount SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva and independent think tank Veritè Research to what he termed as an act of economic terrorism. He alleged that both parties were sharing sensitive information and criticising market-sensitive topics currently under discussion with external stakeholders. “It seems like they want to talk about matters which are market sensitive to break more..

Lankan UN Peacekeeper honoured with Dag Hammarskjöld medal

Jun 14 (ST) A Sri Lankan UN Peacekeeper was among 61 peacekeepers posthumously honoured with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal at a recent event held at the UN Headquarters in New York. Lance Corporal M G L Deshapriya, 42, of the SL Army Service Corps who passed away in February 2023 following a sudden cardiac arrest while serving in Mali on a peacekeeping mission was among 61 peacekeepers from 33 countries honoured. UN recently observed the International Day of more..

Kosala and Devindya claim Sri Lanka National Premier Division Chess titles

Jun 14 (ST) The stage was set for a display of chess brilliance at the Sri Lanka Open and Women’s National Premier Division Chess Championships 2024, held at the Sanhinda Leisure Centre in Nugegoda. Organised by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka, this prestigious event boasted a generous cash prize, along with certificates, medals, and trophies awaiting the deserving victors. Serving as the final selection event before SL Nationals, both championships unfolded over 11 rounds, more..

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Lanka Women confident against West Indies

Jun 14 (DN) SL women’s cricket team is ready to take up the challenge against West Indies in their three match ODI series which will commence tomorrow) at Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota commencing at 10 a.m. SL Cricket women’s Selection Committee headed by Hemantha Devapriya selected the 16-member SL squad to play the ODI series against the West Indies. The second and third ODIs between the two teams will be held on June 18 and 21 at the same venue. more..

Editorial: Hunter’s gun

Jun 14 (Island) US presidential race has taken another dramatic turn with a federal jury finding Prez Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, guilty of having illegally purchased and possessed a gun while being addicted to crack cocaine. A sentencing date has not yet been set. The offence carries a prison term. Hunter is reportedly considering an appeal. A life of debauchery is dogging him. No sooner had Hunter’s guilty verdict been announced than President Biden declared that he accepted the outcome of more..

Nuclear power in Sri Lanka: No favourations to any country: SLAEB

Jun 14 (TM) While Sri Lanka is actively seeking international assistance to develop its nuclear power sector by opening investment opportunities to interested countries, the SL Atomic Energy Board (SLAEB) stated that it would not favour any country in the process of establishing nuclear power plants. SL's interest in nuclear energy development is driven by the need to diversify its energy sources & enhance energy security. more..

Govt to set up 25 District Industry Promotion Councils

Jun 14 (FT) Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday approved establishing 25 ‘District Industry Promotion Councils’ across the country, to address the challenges faced by locally established micro, small & medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs). “A steering committee, comprising representatives from the public sector, private sector and other relevant institutions, will be appointed to determine the structure, role and responsibilities of these councils and to oversee the entire process,” more..

First national dialogue on fair taxation and stronger social contract for SDGs

Jun 14 (FT) UNDP in SL, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, Inland Revenue Dept, Uni of Moratuwa, and National Innovation Agency of SL yesterday co-convened the first-ever National Tax Dialogue to address contemporary issues surrounding taxation and fiscal policies. In light of the ongoing economic reforms and the need to bring in citizens’ perspectives, National Dialogue drew attention to tax morale, social/fiscal contract, fairness in taxation, transparency and more..

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Special & Uniquely Fraternal… Dear Friend!

Jun 14 (CT) In a significant development, which otherwise does not find any detailed mention in the newspapers and TV media in both nations, Sri Lankan leaders have congratulated Indian PM Narendra Modi on his BJP-led NDA combine winning elections to the all-important Lower House of the nation’s bicameral Parliament. The fact that SL leaders seemingly wanted to jump the gun on the matter and Modi too took time away from his busy day to respond to them in kind on more..

Sri Lankan pollsters: Don’t be like India’s

Jun 14 (DM) Observers and Opposition party activists in India heaved a sigh of relief that the election had finally saved democracy and pluralism in the world’s largest democracy. The biggest casualties, though, other than PM Modi’s hubris, are India’s pollsters whose predictions of a gargantuan Modi sweep fell way short of actual results; this wiped out US$ 400 billion in the stock market when the reality hit. Indomitable Narendra Modi won and was sworn in last week for 3rd consecutive more..

Wheelers begin from Western Province

Jun 14 (CT) Three-wheelers made its debut in SL in 1978. Historical records indicate that it swiftly gained popularity, supplanting the Morris Minor taxis, which were prevalent in the country but were hindered by their high prices and inability to meet the growing demand. These three-wheeled vehicles emerged as the primary mode of transportation, particularly following the restructuring of rural towns after the revolution of 1956 more..

Fixing issues of justice

Jun 14 (TM) SL governance has struggled with identifying national priorities. One sector which had been long neglected is the Judiciary and law enforcement of the island nation. This, despite high levels of corruption, bribery and record-low public trust in the state and justice. SL Judiciary has over the years been poorly allocated with funds. However, this is not an isolated trend, crucial sectors such as foreign policy/diplomacy, health, education and research remain low-funded sectors. more..

Evolution of a movement: From JVP To NPP:

Jun 14 (CT) 'Even if we are killed, the cry we raised will never die!’ (Apa maraa damuwath, apa negu handa sadaa nomiyenu etha). That is a slogan/quote from an April-’71 Insurrectionist, a JVP fighter, during the failed insurrection in April 1971. He was tortured by the police at the time. Sirimavo Bandaranaike govt with aid from neighboring India and other so-called non-aligned countries crushed the revolution. Hundreds of youth who took part in the uprising and tens of thousands more..

‘Innovation is central to sustainability efforts’

Jun 14 (TM) In an era where the drive for sustainability often grapples with the demands of profitability, few companies manage to seamlessly integrate eco-conscious initiatives into their business ethos. Barista, a leading name in the café industry, stands as a beacon of sustainable innovation and community engagement. In a recent conversation with Barista SL CEO Dilupa Pathirana, Daily Morning delved into the motivations, more..