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SL calls on Global South to collectively address climate change, debt burden...

Jun 12 (AD) Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry, delivering his statement at the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ meeting, stated that Global South should collectively address global challenges of climate change, debt burden and food security, SL Embassy in Moscow said in a statement. He further stressed that the architecture of global governance, established in the aftermath of World War II has achieved significant milestones. “However, that it was increasingly evident that more..

NMSJ urges immediate Parliamentary action on national unity and justice

Jun 12 (FT) The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) led by former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has issued a call to action, urging both the ruling party and the Opposition to urgently address critical national issues to foster unity and justice. Emphasising the need to cultivate mutual trust between the north and south of Sri Lanka, the NMSJ in a statement yesterday asserted that issues rooted in race and religion must never resurface. The organisation highlighted more..

Future NPP Govt to enlist Ravi and Shani to probe financial frauds

Jun 12 (FT) NPP Executive Council member Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa announced that the party plans to enlist the support of former top Police officers, Senior DIG Ravi Seneviratne and SSP Shani Abeysekara, to investigate financial frauds under an NPP-led Govt. Seneviratne and Abeysekara recently extended their support to the NPP with Seneviratne taking over as the head of NPP’s Retired Police Collective. more..

Sri Lanka hopeful IMF will approve third tranche today

Jun 12 (AD) Central Bank of SL (CBSL) has expressed confidence that the IMF will approve the release of the third tranche under the EFF programme today. Commenting regarding the matter, Assistant Governor of the CBSL Dr. Chandranath Amarasekara said: ““we hope IMF will announce releasing of the 3rd tranche to Sri Lanka under the EFF programme this evening”. Dr. Amarasekara made this remark while speaking during an event held to brief heads of media more..

Educational non-academic employees to report sick on 24, 25 June

Jun 12 (CT) Members of the Educational Non-Academic Employees’ Union will report sick on 24 and 25 June, citing several demands, including the preparation of the national education non-academic employee policy pledged by Education Minister Susil Premajayantha in 2023. General Secretary of the Union, Ajith Thilakarathna, said this decision was made due to delays in addressing the issues faced by non-academic staff in schools, the failure to implement the national education and more..

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Video: Postal services to launch 24-hour strike tonight

Jun 12 (DM) United Postal Trade Unions Front (UPTUF) is set to launch a 24-hour trade union action from tonight due to the failure to fill more than 6,000 existing vacancies in the postal service. UPTUF convener Chinthaka Bandara informed that no recruitments have been made to any grades in the postal sector since 2018. "At least 500 people are working as acting service officers across the country, including in sub post offices, and nearly 1,200 are serving as acting duty officers. more..

Sri Lanka to amend criminal code to strengthen laws against sexual assault

Jun 12 (EN) Sri Lanka will revise its Penal Code to criminalize sexual harassment, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said. “The cabinet has given approval to criminalize sexual harassment including harassment in public places,” Gunawardena told reporters on Wednesday. “The clearance of the Attorney General has been received for the draft Bill prepared by the Legal Draftsman.” The draft Bill will be published in the Govt Gazette and submitted to Parliament for approval. more..

Harin lashes out at social media

Jun 12 (TM) Minister of Sports Harin Fernando yesterday lit the touch paper and – in a very outspoken manner – insisted that self-styled experts and keyboard warriors on various social media platforms have become the bane of cricket in this country. He said, following a few defeats here and there suffered by the national team, the social media pundits have emerged as the new analysts of cricket in Sri Lanka. more..

Sivajilingam to go solo

Jun 12 (CT) In the backdrop of Tamil politicians still deciding whom to field as a Tamil Presidential Candidate without a consensus, former Northern Provincial Council member M.K. Sivajilingam, who also contested the Prez Election in 2019, said if there is a problem in fielding a common Tamil Prez Candidate, he will contest independently. This is the first time Tamil politicians have decided to have a common candidate representing the North and East as a presidential candidate. more..

Harrison predicts significant SJB defection to President’s camp post poll announcement

Jun 12 (FT) At a recent UNP gathering in Anuradhapura, former Minister P. Harrison made significant claims regarding the upcoming Prez election, suggesting a major political shift towards President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s leadership. Harrison asserted that numerous parties from both the Govt and the opposition have pledged their allegiance to Wickremesinghe’s alliance. “Members from the SLPP are expressing their readiness to support President Wickremesinghe. more..

Marikkar alleges JVP-ITN-President’s Office conspiracy behind one-sided debate

Jun 12 (FT) SJB MP S.M. Marikkar yesterday claimed the recent televised debate planned between SJB leader Sajith Premadasa and NPP party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake with only the latter attending was a conspiracy hatched by the NPP, ITN and the Prez’s Office. Marikkar displayed a photograph to support his allegation. The image depicted NPP’s K.D. Lalkantha and Upul Kumarapperuma in conversation with more..

LRC to grant land ownership to 4,151 estate workers living in line rooms

Jun 12 (FT) Land Reform Commission (LRC) will grant 3,192 transfer deeds to worker families in the plantation sector simultaneously to the Urumaya national program, which grants unconditional freehold ownership of lands to people. LRC Chairman Panduka Keerthinanda said that 1,059 deeds have already been transferred to estate worker families in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Matale and Kegalle districts. He said the following recommendations of the New Village more..

Three dead, several injured in bus-van collision at Wagama

Jun 12 (AD) Three persons have reportedly been killed and several others have been injured after a van and a private passenger transport bus collided head-on at the Wagama area along the Bibila - Mahiyanganaya road today. Three deceased are members of the same family. Meanwhile, the Police Spokesman’s Office said that a private bus travelling from Bibila towards Kotagama had stopped in front of a garage in the Wagama area this evening for repairs when a van arriving from more..

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Easter attacks: Inquiry committee appointed to probe actions taken on prior intelligence

Jun 12 (PMD) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a Committee of Inquiry to investigate the actions taken by State Intelligence Service (SIS), Chief of National Intelligence (CNI), and other relevant authorities concerning prior intelligence received about the bomb attacks on April 21, 2019. This decision follows the findings of the Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry, dated Jan 31, 2021, which highlighted that Indian Intelligence agencies and other sources had provided more..

SJB will support amended IMF program: Harsha

Jun 12 (FT) SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva said that they will support an amended IMF program for SL. Dr. de Silva made this announcement following a constructive discussion with notable economists and policymakers, including Jayati Ghosh, Martin Guzman and Charles Abugre, alongside fellow SJB member Kabir Hashim. “Good conversation with @Jayati1609 @Martin_M_Guzman @CharlesAbugre w @KabirHashim4 on purported alternative to @IMFNews. more..

Video: Presidential Election crucial for country’s future, says Prez

Jun 12 (DM) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that the upcoming presidential election will be pivotal for the country's future, focusing on national success rather than individual triumphs or losses. Speaking at a policy reform discussion held at the Water's Edge Hotel in Battaramulla, Prez addressed youth representatives from the Economic Reforms Sectoral Monitoring Committee. more..

NWSDB denies reports on contaminated water

Jun 12 (DM) National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) denied the reports circulating in social media that people are suffering from diarrhea and vomiting after drinking the pipe borne water distributed by the NWSDB around Colombo. NWSDB Deputy Manager Susantha Mallikarachchi said that the rumor has been spread in a move to sell bottled water. He said that drinking water is provided to the consumers after completing a proper purification process. more..

Singapore-based Aditya Birla awarded CPC’s 1.5 mln barrel 92 Unl petrol supply

Jun 12 (EN) Cabinet has approved to award a long-term contract to Aditya Birla Global Trading (Singapore) Pte supply five stocks of shipment of 92 Unl petrol to the state-owned CPC with a volume of 1.5 million barrel. The decision was made based on the bids received from the registered suppliers of CPC for a period of six months from July 15, 2024. “Based on the recommendation of the Standing Technical Evaluation Committee, the Standing Procurement Committee appointed more..

The many faces of impunity

Jun 12 (FT) Ten years: that was how long three State institutions didn’t pay EPF and ETF monies to their retired and deceased employees. Most victims of this act of criminal injustice suffered and died in silence. A few (about 2,000) filed court cases. Larger society, including the media, political parties and the labour movement, didn’t know, didn’t care. This injustice happened in the only place it could have been perpetrated with legal, more..

On system change

Jun 12 (FT) It was only after the 2022 Aragalaya that the need for system change was felt among different quarters of SL’s intelligentsia and opinion makers. In his Independence Day address to the nation even President RW casually referred to system change without any elaboration. One or two outspoken members from the opposition parties also, without much details, described the shortcomings of current administration as systemic. But it was NPP that adopted system change as its central pillar more..

Sri Lanka to amend criminal code to strengthen laws against sexual assault

Jun 12 (EN) Sri Lanka will revise its Penal Code to criminalize sexual harassment, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said. “The cabinet has given approval to criminalize sexual harassment including harassment in public places,” Gunawardena told reporters. “The clearance of the Attorney General has been received for the draft Bill prepared by the Legal Draftsman.” The draft Bill will be published in the Govt Gazette and submitted to Parliament for approval. more..

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20 New officers recruited to the Sri Lanka Foreign Service

Jun 12 (MFA) 20 newly recruited officers to the Sri Lanka Foreign Service (SLFS) were welcomed to the Ministry by Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardane today (11/6). The Foreign Secretary highlighted the important role of the SLFS and the special responsibilities of all officers as public servants. She referred to the skills required in the modern world of diplomacy including the priority given to economic diplomacy. 20 New Officers have been recruited to SLFS through an open competitive exam more..

Navigating troubled waters: Indo-SL fishing dispute and quest for sustainable solution

Jun 12 (FT) The maritime dispute between India and Sri Lanka over illegal fishing by Tamil Nadu fishermen in SL waters in the Palk Bay, the Gulf of Mannar, and the Palk Strait has reached a critical juncture. Recent incidents of Sri Lankan authorities detaining Indian fishermen for allegedly crossing the IMBL have reignited longstanding tensions. This article will attempt to delve into the heart of the conflict simmering for many decades, explore the environmental and socio-economic impacts, more..

Russia promises end to recruitment of SL military personnel

Jun 12 (Island) SL Embassy in Moscow said that Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, who is currently in Russia to participate in the BRICS 2024 Foreign Ministerial Session, had a bilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday (10). Minister Sabry, during the meeting, brought to the attention of his Russian counterpart the issue of SL citizens who have joined the Russian Armed Forces and sought his assistance more..

Florida washout puts Sri Lanka on brink of elimination

Jun 12 (CI) Sri Lanka and Nepal came to Lauderhill searching for their first wins, hoping to put their T20 World Cup 2024 on track. However incessant rain, heavy enough to trigger flash-flood alerts for local residents, left both teams splitting one point apiece. That means Sri Lanka are almost certainly out of Super Eight contention while Nepal's chances of qualification also took a hit. South Africa, currently Group D toppers, were confirmed a place in the Super Eights. more..

Estate workers threaten RPCs with countrywide protest over unpaid wage hike

Jun 12 (FT) Low country estate workers issued a warning of a countrywide strike if the Govt-mandated Rs. 1,700 wage hike is not implemented within this week. Some workers already protested in Elpitiya town on Monday, expressing frustration and disappointment over the delay. The workers lamented that they hope this wage increase will not become another unfulfilled political promise. They cautioned that if Regional Plantation Companies fail to honour Govt-gazetted wage hike, more..

AKD on Sri Lanka’s ethnic issue: NPP concerned with future, not past

Jun 12 (EN) The NPP is concerned not with the past but the future, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said following a discussion with representatives of the ITAK in Jaffna. Dissanayake told reporters that the NPP in their manifesto for the 2019 prez election had recognised the need for Sri Lanka’s provincial council system to continue. “We must also have a dialogue on moving forward. There is a need for constitutional changes. more..

Video: Probe into video of youth touching sleeping wild elephant

Jun 12 (DM) An investigation has been launched by A'pura Wildlife Assistant Director regarding a video circulating on social media showing a youth touching a wild elephant while it was asleep. This video was recorded in the Ranajayapura forest area of A'pura. The video clearly shows one of the three youths carefully approaching the sleeping elephant, touching it and then gradually retreating. They recorded the video as an adventure activity, claiming they did not zoom in to make it appear fake. more..

CEB settles all long-standing payments to solar operators

Jun 12 (DN) There is a renewed enthusiasm in the renewable energy industry in SL and companies are satisfied as the CEB has paid back their long-standing dues amounting to around Rs 40 billion. In addition to clearing their long standing debt, Solar power generating companies are also paid monthly charges on time which makes it a pleasant environment to work. This was opined by Founder CEO Vidullanka, Riyaz Sangani at the ceremony where they received ISO 9001:2015 more..

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Sri Lanka’s atmosphere for NGOs improve

Jun 12 (DM) The atmosphere for the operation of the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) has improved in SL in 2024 compared to the previous years, a report says. According to the Doing Good Index used for the assessment of the social services delivery sector, SL has been categorized as Doing Okay and its promotion reflects a gradually improving economic situation and the clarification of the regulations by the govt. 2022 Index placed Sri Lanka in the Not Doing Enough category. more..

Anura Kumara meets TNA representatives in Jaffna

Jun 12 (DM) NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake met people's representatives of the North including TNA MP M.A Sumanthiran and Mavai Senadirajah at the ITAK office in Jaffna. He also met former TNA MP Dharmalingam Siddarthan during his visit to Jaffna. They discussed at length the current political atmosphere in the country, issues faced by the people and the need to create national harmony. NPP National Executive Committee member Bimal Rathnayake more..

Bishop of Mannar, environmentalists file FR against Adani wind power project

Jun 12 (FT) In a significant move, Bishop of the Diocese of Mannar Rev. Emmanuel Fernando and three prominent environmentalists filed a fundamental rights petition in Supreme Court yesterday against the proposed 250 MW Mannar Wind Power Project by Adani Green Energy. The petition, lodged by environmentalists Rohan Pethiyagoda, Prof. Nimal Gunatilleke, Prof. Sarath Kotagama, and Bishop Rev. Fr. Fernando, more..