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SL and Vietnam for agro-techno cooperation

May 26 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena and Vietnamese PM Ngyuyn Xuan Phuc agreed to establish close cooperation in agriculture, technology related to rice and other common crops.Ā This was decided during the bilateral discussions between the two countries held at the Nagoya Tokyu Hotel today (26). President Sirisena invited Vietnamese entrepreneurs to invest in Sri Lanka and Vietnamese PM said that more..

Bangladesh to send aid for flood victims

May 26 (BDN) Bangladesh will send emergency relief aid to Sri Lanka in the wake of floods and landslides in the country as a follow-up to PM Sheikh Hasinaís directive. A minister, who saw the PM off at the airport as she left for Japan on Thursday, said she had issued the instruction before leaving for Tokyo. ďA special Bangladesh air force aircraft will carry the materials tomorrow. We are sending materials worth over Tk 100 million in line with the needs of Sri Lanka,Ē more..

Govt to address four issues to develop higher education: Grero

May 26 (DN) The Higher Education sector needs to be developed with proper planning and prudent decisions. The govt aims to develop the sector by addressing four major issues, Minister Mohan Lal Grero said. He was speaking at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the proposed eight storeyed academic building for the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine at Rajagiriya recently. The identified areas are studentsí intake and admission, quality assurance and accreditation, more..

Video: Sampur incident: Protestors demand Chief Minister to make an apology

May 26 (AD) It is the duty of the Govt to formally investigate the conduct of the Eastern Province Chief Minister of a video clip he verbally abusing a naval officer and to take steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur anywhere in the country in future, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. He said they suspect that this latest incident is a part of the project that began in January last year to demoralise war heroes. more..

Insurance claims may reach Rs5 bn: FM

May 26 (EN) Insurance claims from the household and small businesses may reach 5 billion rupees with two largest insurers already receiving claims for 2.9 billion rupees, Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. State-run Sri Lanka Insurance had already received claims of 1.6 billion rupees and private listed Ceylinco Insurance had got claims of 1.2 billion rupees, he said. Claims in the household and small claims may reach 4 to 5 billion rupees, he told SL's Foreign Correspondents' Association. more..

Community mediated justice in post-war SL

May 26 (AF) Seven years after a bloody, 26-year civil war ended, the Northern Province of Sri Lanka is still limping back to peaceful living. Issues related to security, housing, and livelihoods are rife, and negotiations over transitional justice mechanisms cloud the peace-longing landscape of the region. Yet, amid these more publicized issues, the people of the Northern Province are getting back to some degree of normalcy Ė plowing fields, educating their children, and socializing. more..

JVP Leader appeals for conserving environment

May 26 (Island) JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Parliament that a conservation plan for the central hills was an urgent need. Participating in the debate on a motion moved at the time of the adjournment of the House by the Govt on the relief measures and damages caused by the floods and landslides, he said the destruction of forest cover in the central hills had resulted in water levels rising in rivers and mountainous areas more..

HC sets aside Magistrateís order to release 15 elephants

May 26 (DM) The Colombo High Court today set aside an order given by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya to entrust the custody of 15 elephants that were kept in Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to their owners on a Rs. 30 million bond each. High Court Judge Manilal Waidyathilaka made this order resultant to a submission by Senior State Counsel Dileepa Pieris and perusing the documents filed in court on behalf of the Attorney General. more..

Horowpathana OIC's wife, daughter stabbed

May 26 (DM) The 46-year-old wife and the 20-year-old daughter of Horowpathana Police OIC had been stabbed by his son-in-law last night at their residence in Galenbindunuwewa, Anuradhapura, Police said. They said the two victims who were in critical condition were admitted to the Anuradhapura Hospital and the daughter succumbed to injuries at the hospital. According to the police dispute having escalated had resulted in the murder. Investigations into the situation is underway. more..

Mathews hopes Sri Lanka warm to their task

May 26 (CI) Two days out from the Test, with thick grey clouds overhead and the wind whistling in from the north east, Sri Lanka trained in the coldest temperatures many of the team had experienced. Gloves stayed on during fielding drills. Some bowlers wore two woollen jumpers. Batsmen only removed their hoodies to put helmets on. And after training ended, players all but sprinted back into the dressing room. more..

Northern challenge set to give SL the shivers

May 26 (CI) It's grim up north. Especially if you are more used to hanging out in the tropics. Aside from some early success with the new ball at Headingley, Sri Lanka's two-and-a-half days in Yorkshire were miserable in the extreme - they were bundled out for 91 and 119 in the space of 433 deliveries all told, the second shortest batting effort in their Test history. But sometimes you just have to doff your cap at the skills on display in such debacles, and with match figures of 10 for 45, more..

President meets Indonesian President

May 26 (PSL) President Maithripala Sirisena met the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo, at Hotel Hilton Nagoya today. The discussion was focused on the developing of Indonesian investments in Sri Lanka. ďThe current stable conditions in Sri Lanka gives an opportunity for investors for local productions as well as the productions made from imported raw materials, which can be sent for international marketĒ, said President Sirisena. more..

Video: Ex-Senior DIG, Ex-Crimes OIC re-remanded till June 09

May 26 (DM) Former Western Province Senior DIG Anura Senanayake and Former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Perera were ordered to be further remanded till June 09 over the Magisterial Inquiry relating to the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen by the Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris today. Acceding the request of the prosecution that Mobitel Company was not supporting sufficiently more..

Nintavur Hospital gets Rs 80 M worth equipment

May 26 (CT) A ceremony to hand over a transformer valued Rs 4.9 million and operation theatre equipment valued Rs 60 million to the Nintavur Base Hospital was held on Monday with Deputy Minister for Health, Faizal Cassim, as the chief guest. The ceremony was presided over by Medical Superintendent Dr. Shaheela Issadeen. Provincial Minister of Health A.L.M. Nazeer, Provincial Director of Health Services Dr. K. Murugandam, Regional Director of Health Services more..

National Cancer Institute PET scanner fund gets Rs 35 million donation

May 26 (AD) The initiative launched by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Maharagama to seek public assistance for the purchase of a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, which is receiving the support of Manusath Derana, has received a donation of Rs 35 million from a Good Samaritan. The generous donor, who wishes to remain unanimous, has deposited the sum to NCIís bank account several days ago bringing the total of the collection so far to just over Rs 110 million. more..

Sri Lanka will enact a new, nationwide building code

May 26 (IRIN) Minister Ravi Karunanayake blamed the worst of the flooding in the capital on illegal landfills and construction, which filled in marshlands and other drainage areas. Without those areas, the city was unable to absorb the heaviest rains in a quarter of a century, which struck last week and caused about $2 billion worth of damage. In addition to protecting drainage areas, govt will ban new construction in areas more..

Chinese President offers condolences over Sri Lanka floods, landslides

May 26 (Xinhua) Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday sent a message of condolences to his SL counterpart Maithripala Sirisena over the devastating floods and landslides that hit the country last week. In the message, Xi mourned the dead and extended condolences to those affected. Xi said that the Chinese govt fully supports Sri Lanka's disaster relief efforts, pledging assistance and support within China's capacity to help with the relief and post-disaster recovery of Sri Lanka more..

Special program to issue ID cards for flood, landslide affected

May 26 (AD) A special program is underway to issue national identity cards and birth certificates free of charge to displaced people who lost them in floods and landslides, Minister Vajira Abeywardena says. The Minister also added necessary funds to this program will be obtained through the Ministry. Meanwhile, the DMC announced, with the prevailing weather condition is expected to continue, some 3000 persons have been evacuated from landslide prone areas across the island. more..

Time to seize the moment in Sri Lanka

May 26 (ICG) The bloody end of Sri Lankaís long civil war with the LTTE has been marked across the country this month in very different ways, highlighting both the tentative progress made over the past year and the profound divisions still be overcome seven years into peacetime. Across the north and east, Tamils held public events to remember the victims killed during the final weeks of the govt offensive in May 2009. more..

No drugs in govt hospitals

May 26 (Island) The Joint Opposition questioned the purpose of the National Drug policy and Act as the prices of pharmaceuticals had not come down and the VAT increase had in fact raised them. UPFA MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, said that the VAT increase had resulted in pharmaceutical prices sky rocketing. "Due to the VAT increase medicine for patients with diabetes costs Rs. 4,700 more now and kidney patients now have to pay Rs. 35,000 for their medications each month." more..

Blue Diamonds Jewellery audit reveals fraud

May 26 (EN) SEC said an audit ordered of the books of Blue Diamonds Jewellery Worldwide, has found possible misappropriation of public funds and capital market offences and offences under the penal code. SEC will conduct further investigations into the company and was taking all steps necessary to protect the interests of investors. The audit by Ernst and Young, an accounting firm, was ordered by the SEC over allegations of accounting fraud and mis-use of funds in a rights issue. more..

Sri Lanka looks to deepen ties with the US

May 26 (CG) Govt says it is looking to deepen ties with the United States and appointed a new official for this purpose. SL Embassy in Washington said Sri Lankaís deepening political and economic partnership with the US, and it increasing people to people contacts require further expansion of Sri Lankan representation throughout the United States. Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam handed over more..

Shares hit 4-wk low; rising rates weigh

May 26 (Reuters) Shares closed at a four-week low in thin trade on Thursday, led by blue chips amid foreign investor outflow as investor sentiment took a hit on rising interest rates despite the central bank keeping key policy rates steady last week. Yields on treasury bills edged up by between 5 and 27 basis points to near three-year highs at a weekly auction on Wednesday. The central bank left key policy rates steady for a third straight month. The stock index fell 0.22%, or 14.73 points, to 6,568.76, more..

The ruffian Chief Minister

May 26 (CT) It was reported yesterday about an incident of Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed scolding a naval officer over a protocol issue, in the presence of Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando who was the Chief Guest and US Ambassador Atul Keshap. The video had gone viral and it certainly raises a lot of concerns due to multiple reasons. The event, in which this incident occurred, took place at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya, on Friday. more..

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Looting Tsunami aid & last weekís disaster; Will foreign aid reach victims?

May 26 (CT) Will the foreign aid flowing into the country following torrential rains, widespread floods, landslides and gale force winds since 14 May 2016 reach their victims? This is the question raised by many circles in view of the heartless looting of billions of dollars of tsunami aid allegedly by politicians, bureaucracy and others involved. Almost 12 years after tsunami today there are Muslim victims in the east living in make shift camps ignored by govt, authorities & their own politicians. more..

AG given time for his observations on Gunaratnamís citizenship application

May 26 (Island) The Court of Appeal gave the Attorney General time till June 6 to submit his observations in respect of the application for Sri Lankan Citizenship made by Kumar Gunaratnam alias Noel Mudalige of the FSP. Gunaratnam in his writ application to the Court of Appeal has said that he was born in Sri Lanka and he has the right to apply for Sri Lankan citizenship. Commissioner General of Immigration and Emigration has so far not granted him citizenship on the basis that more..

UK to take up diaspora groupsí concerns with UNHRC before June sessions

May 26 (Island) The UK will make representations to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raíad Al Hussein on behalf of the Tamil Diaspora regarding what UK based sources called extremely slow progress in the implementation of the Geneva Resolution adopted on Oct 1, 2015. State Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire has assured All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils more..

Sri Lanka Army begin post-recovery work with other agencies

May 26 (SLA) Sri Lanka Army troops, including 1 Field Engineer Regiment this morning (25) hand in hand with the Ministry of Land Reclamation, began to clear the Attanagalu Oya outfall at Ja-Ela which remained disrupted due to heaps of garbage washed away in recent floods. Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army, responding positively to a request of respective state agencies, more..

Damage to antique Buddha statue: JO calls for inquiry

May 26 (Island) NFF Leader MP Wimal Weerawansa called upon the govt to take action against those responsible for damaging an ancient Buddha statue belonging to the Anuradhapura Period at Temple Trees. He said: "Now there is a golden opportunity for the govt to show that they respect accountability. It should punish those responsible for the great loss. There are media reports of a seated bronze Buddha statue more..

President arrives in Nagoya to attend G 7

May 26 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena arrived this morning in Nagoya in Southern Japan to participate in the G-7 Outreach Summit in Ise-Shima, an island south of Nagoya. President was received at the airport by Yoji Muto, Japanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hideaki Oomura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Hideaki Oomura, Ambassador Dhammika Dissanayake, other officials and diplomats. more..

Unity vital in serving victims: MR

May 26 (DM) Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said in Parliament that all persons should act in unison rather than hurling allegations against each other to serve the victims of natural catastrophes. While participating in the debate on natural disaster in the House, he said the country witnessed serious calamities such as floods in 1958, the cyclone in 1978 and the tsunami in 2004. more..

Eastern Province Chief Minister banned from entering military camps

May 26 (CG) Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed has been banned from entering military camps and the security forces will also not attend any functions attended by him. The move follows an altercation the Chief Minister had with a Navy officer in Sampur last week. The Ministry of Defence had earlier briefed President Maithripala Sirisena on the incident involving Ahamed. more..

Sampanthanís forcible entry; Where it becomes forceful?

May 26 (SL) The recent event of forcible entry of opposition leader Sampanthan to a military camp in Paravipachchan with a group of nearly 50, including MP Sumanthiran, and MP Sridharanon on April 16th aroused a great deal of public interest. Some of govt ministers disapproved the act saying that peopleís representatives can only enter a military camp with proper permission from necessary authorities. more..

PRCCR report ready

May 26 (CT) The final report of the Public Representation Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PRCCR) is due to be handed over to PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday, Chairman of the Commission, Lal Wijenaike said. He said, the final report has been prepared in English and consists of 300 pages and it has already been translated to Sinhala as well. He said the Tamil translation will be completed in 2-3 days time. more..

EU gives Rs. 32.8mn for flood victims in SL

May 26 (LBO) The European Commission is providing 200,000 Euro (Rs. 32.8 million) in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations from floods and landslides in Sri Lanka. This aid will directly benefit 20,000 individuals who have been heavily impacted in five of the worst-hit districts in the countryís West, namely Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam, Kegalle and Kurunegala, Commission said in a statement. more..