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Police hunt for fraudster who defrauded Rs. 17.5 million in job scam

Jun 10 (DM) Police are seeking public assistance in apprehending a suspect wanted for defrauding individuals of Rs. 17.5 million with promises of employment abroad, particularly in countries like England and Poland. Police said the fraud was operated under the guise of IMH Logistics (Pvt) Ltd, based in Janajaya City Hall, Sri J'pura, Kotte. Mirihana Special Criminal Investigation Division has launched an inquiry into the fraud and has already arrested a female suspect, more..

Presidential poll: EPDP’s support for Ranil to be announced at convention

Jun 10 (Island) Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has announced that the national convention of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) will be held in Jaffna. Minister Devananda said that district level meetings would held ahead of the national convention. Party sources said that they have already decided to back Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe’s candidature at the forthcoming presidential poll. Their decision would be officially announced at the national convention, more..

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Pas Podda’s suspected killer arrested at BIA after 2 years

Jun 10 (AD) An individual suspected of shooting and killing the underworld figure Saman Rohitha Perera alias Pas Podda, who was allegedly involved in several organized crimes in Gampaha, has been apprehended this morning at the BIA in Katunayake. The immigration officials, who apprehended the suspect, have handed him over to the Airport Police in Katunayaka. The arrested individual has been identified as a resident of the Kimbulapitiya area in Negambo. more..

Starlink not yet established in SL: TRC

Jun 10 (CT) Director General of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), Madhushanka Dissanayake said Starlink is not yet established as a telephone network company in SL. He said, however, that the TRC has approved it under Sections 17 and 22 of the Telecommunications Regulatory Act, granting it a Frequency Licence. TRC Director General said the Telecommunications Regulatory Act will be amended in the future to issue a Telecom Service Provider licence. more..

Is it time to back Wanindu Hasaranga?

Jun 10 (DM) Having lost their first two games of the ongoing T20 World Cup in US & WI, Sri Lanka are on the brink of another humiliating exit from the most high-profile event of the year. Following a dreadful batting display against South Africa on the opening game, SL looked to be in control against Bangladesh batting first when opener Pathum Nissanka was smashing the bowlers all over the park, but unfortunately after his dismissal SL more..

CJ-led bench to hear petition against Pastor Jerome Fernando

Jun 10 (AD) Supreme Court has ordered for a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed against Pastor Jerome Fernando to be taken up for consideration before a judge bench chaired by the Chief Justice. This order was issued when the relevant petition was taken up before a 3-member SC judge bench consisting of Justices Murdhu Fernando, Kumudini Wickremasinghe and Janak De Silva today. Several religious leaders had filed this petition seeking an order to prosecute more..

Half of Sajith’s people will join RW after poll date announcement: UNP spox

Jun 10 (EN) Half of those now supporting opposition leader Sajith Premadasa will become part of a future alliance to be led by President Ranil Wickremesinghe no sooner the presidential election is announced, a UNP senior said. Former minister P Harrison claimed that several parties in both the government and the opposition have pledged their support for Wickremesinghe. “A group from the SLPP are saying they’re ready to support Prez Wickremesinghe. more..

Railway strike called off

Jun 10 (AD) Sri Lanka Railway Locomotive Operating Engineers’ Union has decided to call off their strike action. Trade union has reached this decision after a successful discussion with Minister Bandula Gunawardena. Locomotive Operating Engineers’ Union of SL Railways launched a strike from midnight on Thursday, over delays in second-class promotions of locomotive drivers and several other issues. more..

Sri Lanka to send 6,000 workers to Japan

Jun 10 (EN) Sri Lanka will send around 6,000 workers to Japan over the course of the year, a Ministry of Labor official has said. “We are sending caregivers, construction workers, and workers in the agriculture sector to Japan,” Minister Manusha Nanayakkara’s spokesman, Sanjaya Nallaperuma said. “So far we have sent 3,223 workers to Japan, in 2023 we sent 5,647 workers, and in 2022 we sent 4,518 workers,” Nallaperuma said. “We will send around 6,000 workers this year.” more..

Railways Department yet to calculate losses from strike

Jun 10 (DM) The Railways Department has said that the losses incurred as a result of the non-operation of trains during the trade union strike initiated by the Sri Lanka Railways Locomotive Operating Engineers’ Union have not yet been calculated. Sri Lanka Railways General Manager N.J. Indipolage said that the losses would be assessed by the end of this month. He suggested that approximately five per cent of the revenue might have been lost due to the disruption in railway services. more..

රජයේ විශ්වවිද්‍යාල අයදුම් කිරීම ජූනි 14

Letters from now: Election musings

Jun 10 (FT) My dear Sinna, I must apologise for the lengthy delay. After eight and a half years of five days a week of mainly live TV programs I simply had to take a break and here I am writing to you – powers that be, may give me a slot on TV again but that’s an entirely different trajectory. For now, dear Sinna, let me share with you what I heard from my rather dear friend Raj Uncle who never left the North when Prabha started to be a pain in the side of JR and PrayMay and Chandrika Missy more..

Modi 3.0 in India: What next for Sri Lanka?

Jun 10 (FT) Lok Sabha elections in India were just concluded with disappointment to both leading contenders, twice PM Narendra Modi and Nehru family’s heir to power Rahul Gandhi. Incumbent PM Narendra Modi canvassed for a grand victory with over 400 seats out of a total of 543, clearly a two third majority in Parliament. His position was that he needed this superior power to drive India towards prosperity which has been time-lined to 2047 when India would celebrate the centenary of more..

IMF Programme: SL coming short on governance reforms: Verité Research

Jun 10 (TM) This week (12 June), IMF board will sign off on SL’s third disbursement under the current programme. But Sri Lanka is still failing on the governance improvements that are foundational for its economic recovery. According to the latest update of the IMF Tracker by Verité Research, Sri Lanka verifiably failed to meet 25% of the commitments due by the end of May 2024 under the programme renewed in Dec 2023. more..

Legislation to block bondholder lawsuits stalled

Jun 10 (TM) Legislation seeking to block holdout bond investors from using New York courts to sue defaulted countries such as Sri Lanka (which was sued for the Hamilton case), was stalled by the state assembly. About half of all hard-currency debt from developing nations — around $ 800 billion outstanding — is governed by New York law, making the state the most important jurisdiction for those bond issuers. New York lawmakers ended the legislative session early Saturday more..

Archaic Customs laws to be replaced soon

Jun 10 (DN) The colloquial Customs laws will soon be removed and new amendments that match to the demands of today would be introduced within this year said Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva at the AGM of SL Association of NVOCC Agents SL Logistics and Freight Forwarders Association. Minister said that during a visit to the Customs he found some items that were not cleared for 20 years and the reason given was that it was pending legal action that was initiated by Customs. more..

Two former top cops attend NPP conference

Jun 10 (TM) Several retired Police officers including CID former SDIG Ravi Seneviratne and former CID Director, SSP Shani Abeysekera participated in a conference organised by the Retired Police Officers' Collective affiliated to the NPP, held at the National Youth Services Council Auditorium in Maharagama yesterday. Conference was attended by a large crowd including NPP MPs and Executive Committee Members, retired Police and more..

SLPP dissidents, SLFP form alliance to back Ranil W

Jun 10 (Island) The New Alliance, a newly-formed political outfit, consisting of a group of dissident SLPP MPs, over the weekend, reached an understanding with the SLFP to pursue a common agenda, widely believed to be beneficial to Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe. The formation of the New Alliance-SLFP was announced at their inaugural public meeting held at Ambalantota on Saturday, just two days after members of both groups – all elected from the SLPP at the last General Election more..

Ranil in India for Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

Jun 10 (DM) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe reached India today to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Indian PM Narendra Modi who will begin his third term later this evening. Prez Wickremesinghe was welcomed by Indian Foreign Ministry Secretary P. Kumaran, Indian Ocean Affairs Secretary Punin Agrawal, Indian High Commissioner in Colombo Santhosh Jha and Sri Lankan High Commissioner in India Kshenuka Seneviratne at the Indira Ghandi Int'l Airport in New Delhi. more..

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Bus topples into canal in Warakapola; 13 including students injured

Jun 10 (AD) At least thirteen persons including school children were injured and hospitalised after a bus transporting a group of students and parents toppled into a canal in the Warakapola town this morning (9). The incident had occurred at around 4.30 a.m. today while the bus was transporting a group of students from Sri Rahula Balika Maha Vidyalaya in Malabe and their parents. Around 26 girl guides from the school and 07 parents were en route to a girl guides camp in Rantambe. more..

Govt to present Vote on Account for 2025 instead of Budget: Siyambalapitiya

Jun 10 (FT) State Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya announced that a Vote on Account will be presented for the fiscal year 2025, rather than a full Budget. “A new Budget will likely not be presented for the fiscal year 2025; instead, a Vote on Account will be submitted to cover expenses for the first few months of next year,” Siyambalapitiya explained. He said the decision aligns with the Govt’s intention to implement the new leader’s manifesto following the Prez election scheduled to more..

Controversy over move to extend AG’s term: JJB, SLPP rebels oppose extension

Jun 10 (Island) JVP-led NPP lawyers’ group said Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam’s term shouldn’t be extended under any circumstances. Upul Kariyawasam, PC, on behalf of the JJB lawyers’ group, said that they were totally against Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe’s move to grant Rajaratnam an extension in service. Kariyawasam warned that in case an extension was granted with the intention of elevating the incumbent AG more..

Sri Lanka’s gross forex reserves marginally down in May

Jun 10 (EN) SL’s gross forex reserves fell marginally to US$ 5,421 million in May 2024, from US$ 5,471 million, though the central bank was a net buyer of foreign exchange in the market in the month. Central bank bought US$ 224.5 million and sold 32 million through an ad hoc pegging mechanism (it is not possible to build reserves in a floating exchange rate regime) from commercial banks in the month. SL’s gross official reserves are made up of the central bank’s monetary reserves more..

Harsha tells CID there are no threats to his life

Jun 10 (AD) CID has informed the Speaker of Parliament that SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva has said there is no threats to his life and hence an investigation in that aspect is not necessary. Public Security Minister Tiran Alles on Friday instructed IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon to direct the CID to investigate into the alleged threats the opposition MP has received. This was after the Chair of the COPF, speaking in parliament on the same day, had claimed that he is faced with threats over more..

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Lawyers’ Collective opposes President’s proposal to extend AG’s term

Jun 10 (FT) Lawyers’ Collective, a civil society group comprising legal professionals, has voiced its opposition to the recent recommendation by President Ranil Wickremesinghe to extend the term of Attorney General Sanjaya Rajaratnam beyond the mandatory retirement age of 60. In a letter addressed to the members of the Constitutional Council, the Prime Minister, and other key figures, the letter outlined several serious concerns regarding the proposal. more..

Sajith promises better times for Indian investments in SL under his Presidency

Jun 10 (FT) SJB leader Sajith Premadasa on Thursday urged top Indian companies to invest in SL, promising stability and growth if he wins the upcoming Prez election. Premadasa’s pitch assured potential investors that his administration would create a favourable business environment. “Although it may seem like there is a lot of darkness, we aim to create a silver lining in a few more months,” Premadasa stated. Premadasa highlighted his plans to actively engage with the top 500,000 more..

VFS Visa saga: Intimidation impacts legislative independence: SJB

Jun 10 (TM) While an investigation launched following reported threats levelled against Chairperson of COPF, SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva, ended abruptly yesterday, SJB National Organiser Tissa Attanayake, stressed that there are broader implications from the intimidation faced by SJB MP. Attanayake called for the safety of Dr. de Silva, urging Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to take decisive action regarding the matter. more..

Dumb Cricket

Jun 10 (Island) There have been many surprises this World Cup. SL are facing elimination without progressing to the second round, but far worse is the situation of some of the pre-tournament favourites such as Pakistan, who lost to USA and NZ, who were embarrassed by Afghanistan. SL fans on Friday were stunned to silence as the batters committed hara-kiri. From 100 for three with six overs remaining, even if they had scored run a ball, they would have got to the 140 mark more..

SL campaign that could have been an email

Jun 10 (CI) To the people in charge of SL cricket, We hope this email finds you in a well. We are writing this after observing another embarrassing start to a World Cup campaign. We regret to take this tone, but honestly, this has gone on long enough, and something needs to be said. Over the past week, we have stayed up late into the night, and woken up early in the morning, to watch the men's team play in the ongoing T20 World Cup. While we were excited about the state of the bowling resources more..

Jude Jayamaha case: Wheels of justice begin to turn with AG’s Dept. studying SC ruling

Jun 10 (ST) Attorney General’s Dept has commenced studying the Supreme Court ruling quashing the presidential pardon granted to Jude Shramantha Jayamaha in order to advise the police on how to go about enforcing the punishment imposed on the accused. AG Sanjay Rajaratnam, PC has tasked a team led by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Nerin Pulle, PC with studying the SC’s 306-page ruling and compiling a report. more..

I wanted to give my best for the team: Nuwan Thushara

Jun 10 (DN) I always played for the team and wanted to win the game more than my personal achievements said Sri Lanka’s most successful paceman so far in this T-20 World Cup Nuwan Thushara. I got more lessons from IPL tournament before this T-20 World Cup while the wickets here in T-20 World Cup and IPL are different said Sri Lankan paceman Nuwan Thushara who took 4 for 18 in his four spell against Bangladesh at Dallas. How to bowl under pressure and how to cope with pitches more..

Anura Tennekoon notches another half century partnership

Jun 10 (ST) Former SL cricket captain Anura Tennakoon and wife, Nelun celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Thursday (6) with a quiet religious service attended by family members depicting the classy batsman’s dignified demeanor on and off the field. Tennakoon, the former Thomian captain who went on to lead the national team in the immediate pre-Test era, led Sri Lanka at the World Cups in 1975 as well as in 1979. A stylish right hand batsman of the textbook cricketer mould, more..

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