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Sri Lanka talks engaging diaspora with Commonwealth Sec-Gen

Sep 26 (EN) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe and the secretary general of the Commonwealth Baroness Patricia Scotland discussed initiatives to engage the diaspora, in New York recently. “This dialogue seeks to foster connections and collaborations with SL’s global diaspora for mutual benefit,” a statement published by PMD said. Discussions between Prez Wickremesinghe and Secretary General Scotland revolved around further strengthening ties and cooperation between SL & Commonwealth. more..

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka plans to trade off debt with climate vulnerabilities at AP meeting

Sep 26 (EN) Sri Lanka, which is struggling to get rid of an unprecedented economic crisis is trying to initiate a Climate Justice Forum at an upcoming Asia Pacific regional forum to bargain with developed nations to cut off some debts due to climate vulnerabilities, a cabinet minister said. Leaders from poor countries at the last Climate Change Conference or COP27 held in Egypt in Nov 2022 criticized wealthy nations and oil companies for driving global warming and more..

In landmark judgment, SC imposes Rs. 3mn fine on false complainant; fines on CID...

Sep 26 (ST) In a landmark judgment, Supreme Court has imposed a fine of Rs. 3 million on a private citizen who lodged a false complaint with the CID against another private citizen, resulting in him being remanded. “Police officers cannot mechanically make an arrest upon a mere complaint received without forming the opinion that the allegation is credible,” Justice B.P. Aluwihare said in his judgement. more..

MIA firm on not increasing milk powder price

Sep 26 (DN) Milk Powder Importers Association (MIA) assured that the current price of imported milk powder will not be increased under any circumstances although the port and air freight taxes have been increased by 10%. According to the new tax policy the port and air freight taxes were increased by 10% from Saturday. MIA member Lakshman Weerasuriya said that MIA will not take any undue advantage to increase the price of imported milk powder at this crucial juncture more..

Viren only SL shuttler at Asian Games

Sep 26 (DN) Viren Nettasinghe, SL’s promising shuttler gets a chance to play badminton at the 19th Asian Games, will embark on his quest for continental honours in Hangzhou, China from Oct 2. Nettasinghe the 20 year old shuttler from St Peters College Bambalapitiya is the only local shuttler to take part at this Asian Games which brings the world’s top stars together at the Binjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, will run until Oct 7. Nettasinghe, currently ranked 83rd in the global badminton more..

Govt Audit report reveals SLC ticket blunder at T20 World Cup

Sep 26 (ST) Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) entourage at last year’s T20 World Cup in Australia had enjoyed free entrance tickets to matches that were allocated to its national players, a Special Audit regarding the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 reveals. The final report which was handed over to the Speaker this week by the National Audit Office exposed glaring financial and procedural irregularities as SLC took a busload of its more..

Sizable Chinese investments to Sri Lanka will continue: Dr. Kohona

Sep 26 (DN) Despite globe economic issues, Chinese investments to Sri Lanka will continue and sizable investments running to over USD one billion are on the cards for the next six months, says former Ambassador to China Dr Palitha Kohona. Former Foreign Secretary and Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Kohona said that unlike the pre COVID era today our investment climate is not the same. “The financial crisis, the social unrest of last year, the perceived instability, more..

Visakha, St. Peter’s National School Games Swimming Champs

Sep 26 (DN) St. Peter’s College and Visakha Vidyalaya emerged victorious at the AllIsland National School Games Swimming Championships, conluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium Swimming Pool yesterday. St Peter’s College secured the title for the third consecutive year, displaying remarkable resilience under the leadership of Chris Pavithra. Despite facing uncertainty after finishing as second runners-up at the Western Province meet, Peterites clinched the c'ship with 84 points, more..

Maithreepala Sirisena

Sri Lanka Print 2023 and National Print Awards 2023 on 27 Oct

Sep 26 (FT) Amidst an aura of anticipation and palpable excitement, the illustrious Sri Lanka Print 2023 and the eagerly awaited National Print Awards 2023 organised by the SL Association of Printers were launched with resplendent grandeur at Water’s Edge Hotel, Battaramulla, marking an auspicious juncture in the annals of SL’s esteemed printing industry. The National Print Awards will be held on 27 Oct 2023 from 7 p.m. onwards in the ballroom of the Marino Beach Hotel, Colombo 03. more..

Flora Tissues celebrates 40 years of excellence in 2023

Sep 26 (FT) Pee Bee Management Services, the undisputed market leader in soft disposable tissue paper products made in Sri Lanka and marketed under the popular household brand Flora Tissues, held an event recently to celebrate the 40th anniversary. It also unveiled ambitious plans to launch new products, with the support of its renewed commitment by employees and distributors, amidst the rapidly evolving landscape and challenges in market conditions. more..

Cabraal corrects and criticises Harsha

Sep 26 (FT) Central Bank former Governor Nivard Cabraal yesterday in a statement corrected and criticised SJB MP Harsha de Silva over the latter’s remarks on the testimony he made on causes for SL declaring bankruptcy before the Parliamentary Select Committee last week. Following is the full statement by Cabraal regarding allegations that certain persons are facing threats due to his evidence before the PSC. more..

Full implementation of 13A: Final solution to national problem or end of unitary state?

Sep 26 (Island) It appears that Prez Ranil Wickremasinghe, all along his political career, has acted in the belief that he can bring about national unity, true national reconciliation among different communities and find a lasting solution to the ethnic problem only by granting more and more concessions to the racist political parties with separatist agendas in the North and the East and complying with their demands. In 2002, as the PM, Wickremesinghe signed, without the approval more..

The Online Safety Act: A Trojan Horse for Authoritarianism

Sep 26 (GV) The draft of SL’s Online Safety Act, published last week, is draconian, dangerous, and it should come as no surprise, also dumb. I’ve not studied any vocal support of the draft, but this could also be because I don’t follow Sinhala language media to the degree I used when in the country. The draft’s provisions are overbroad by design, and in some parts, indecipherable, which is even more dangerous than sections which are draconian by design. What makes no sense in the draft, more..

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Editorial: Foretaste of lawlessness?

Sep 26 (Island) It was reported yesterday that gun violence had snuffed out about 50 lives in SL so far this year. A cold shiver runs down one’s spine when one reads local crime stories or watches television news bulletins that dish out graphic details about violent crimes. One fears whether at this rate Colombo and some other urban centres will soon be bracketed with Tijuana (in Mexico), which has come to be dubbed the ‘murder capital’ of the world, the main cause of death there being more..

Lack of faith gives rise to vigilantism

Sep 26 (TM) The recent brutal assault of a woman, suspected to have been shoplifting at a well-known supermarket in Borella has pushed the spotlight back on the lawlessness and lack of faith in law enforcement by many in SL. It has also laid bare the economic realities facing many, especially vulnerable communities, such as those who encounter drug abuse problems. Assault of persons who are suspected of crime is a common phenomenon in SL & at large in South Asia. more..

Is the mass exodus of medical doctors ethical?

Sep 26 (CT) SL Govt spends nearly Rs 6 million to produce an MBBS-qualified medical doctor and close to Rs 20 million to turn out a medical specialist. All funds are courtesy of the taxpayers of this country – which of course includes the doctors themselves. Therefore, one may query as to whether it is ethical or not for medical practitioners – especially specialists who seem to have been crossing borders in noticeable more..

As the President speaks overseas, Sri Lanka is hit by a tsunami of bad bills

Sep 26 (ST) It takes a Govt wholly insensible to public opinion to be audacious enough to gazette two Bills grievously impacting on constitutional liberties of citizens literally within a few days apace. Or maybe this was precisely the intent, deadly and clear in its mes-sage. First, the so-called Anti-Terrorism Bill is presented purportedly in revised form but with unacceptably overbroad and vague definitions of what constitutes an act of terrorism left undisturbed. more..

Is there any point in having authorities?

Sep 26 (CT) Within the last few years, a huge spotlight has been cast on SL’s depleting forest reserves and our lackadaisical efforts in preserving the little that is left of our precious resources. Certain local authorities have been questioned time and again over neglecting cries for help by environmentalists, who have essentially spoon-fed them with vital information, put forward suggestions for conservation and explicitly stated the negative impacts to our biodiversity more..

The grim story behind Pines

Sep 26 (CT) For those who travel through mountainous areas, well-grown pine trees are not an uncommon sight. The beauty attached to this particular plant has captured the attention of visitors both local and foreign. Though one may feel that these pine trees are a thing of beauty, the story behind them is not so beautiful and in fact, it is unpleasant. The pine tree was first introduced to the country in 1870 and more..

Plantation women: Marginalized within a marginalized people

Sep 26 (DM) Tamil women in Sri Lanka’s plantations are a marginalized lot within the marginalized plantation Tamils, who prefer to be called Hill Country or Malaiyaha Tamils. Women do the most critical job in the plantations, plucking tea leaves exactly the way it should be, from the crack of dawn to late in the afternoon in the biting cold of the hills. Women tea pluckers are also the visible symbols of the iconic Ceylon Tea in advertisements across the globe. more..

Expand higher education and tackle toxic political culture

Sep 26 (DM) SL has long been celebrated for its commitment to free education, a legacy that has empowered generations to pursue their dreams, regardless of their socio-economic background. However, as we find ourselves at the crossroads of a rapidly evolving global landscape, it becomes necessary to reevaluate our approach to higher education. The time has come to explore the idea of opening up the higher education sector to private universities, particularly in fields like more..

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ETCA talks set to resume towards end of October

Sep 25 (DM) Sri Lanka and India plan to resume negotiations on the stalled Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) towards the end of October, a top official said. The Chief FTA Negotiators of Sri Lanka and India held a virtual meeting on the19th of this month to discuss the resumption of ETCA negotiations. “The dates are yet to be finalised. We hope to resume the negotiations towards end of next month, most probably after 20th of next month,” more..

Sri Lanka rubber output to drop 15% in 2023 in deepening crisis

Sep 25 (EN) Sri Lanka’s natural rubber output may drop to 60 million kilograms in 2023, hit by a leaf disease, an industry body has warned, calling for urgent measures help the sector. “The ongoing Circular Spot Leaf Disease outbreak has taken a toll on rubber production, causing reductions of up to 30% in affected areas,” Senaka Alawattegama, Chairman of SL’s Planters’ Association representing managers of commercial plantations said at the group’s annual meeting. more..

Ransomware attack on email system: Confusion over probe into attack

Sep 25 (TM) The vulnerability of the SL State’s critical digital infrastructure, which was laid bare following the recent events where the domain (State email domain) was subjected to a ransomware incident, continues to worsen, with two key State institutions, SLCERT and ICTA, saying that the ongoing investigation into the serious breach is being handled by the other. When contacted about the investigation into the massive ransomware attack, more..

Suspected involvement of Kosgoda Sujee’s gang in attack

Sep 25 (DM) Initial investigations into the killing of Lalith Mendis, a 61-year-old entrepreneur and the father-in-law of State Minister D.V. Chanaka, who owned a textile business in Galle, suspected that a dispute between two underworld gangs may have been the motive behind the fatal shooting. Mendis was killed by unidentified gunmen while travelling in a car along Dickson Road in Galle on Saturday. It is suspected that the notorious underworld criminal Kosgoda Sujee's gang more..

Distribution of textbooks for the 2024 school year begins

Sep 25 (CT) Minister Susil Premajayantha, said arrangements have been made to ensure that school textbooks for next year will be distributed among the students, before the commencement of the 2024 school year. He said this while observing the distribution of textbooks, from the main warehouse of the Educational Publications Dept in Pitipana, Homagama to the regional centres islandwide. Minister also rejected baseless speculations and false propaganda spread by various interested parties who claim more..

How Sri Lanka can uncover its mysterious legal adversary

Sep 25 (FT) There have been a lot of intriguing developments in the Hamilton Reserve Bank vs Sri Lanka litigation lately, not least mounting questions around who is really behind the lawsuit, as Alphaville explored earlier this month. This movie has run before. Dig into the archives on the evolution of modern holdout creditor litigation and one will find reference to Water Street Bank and Trust. In the early 1990s, Water Street brought cases against Ecuador, more..

Ex-SDIG Lalith Jayasinghe sentenced to 5 years in prison

Sep 25 (AD) Ratnapura High Court has sentenced former SDIG of the Sabaragamuwa Province, Lalith Jayasinghe to 05 years imprisonment. The relevant sentence was delivered today in case filed against the former Senior DIG for influencing the Kahawatte Police OIC to refrain from arresting MP Premalal Jayasekera in connection with a shooting incident targeting a group of people who were assembling a platform for a political event in Ratnapura, in the lead-up to the 2015 Prez Election. more..

Sri Lanka Port Authority has to consider strategic role: Chairman

Sep 25 (EN) Sri Lanka Ports Authority has, which both owns and operates ports, to consider its long term position, given it current multiple roles, Chairman Keith Bernard has said. “At present, SLPA serves as the regulator, operator, and landlord of our ports,” Bernard was quoted as saying at its Annual Performance Review Meeting. “In our capacity as the landlord, we possess assets throughout the country, and all commercial ports fall under the purview of SLPA. more..

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Tamil refugees on Diego Garcia win fight against forcible return to Sri Lanka

Sep 23 (TG) A group of Tamil asylum seekers stranded on a tiny British territory in the Indian Ocean have won their fight against being forcibly returned to SL after a govt climbdown. The group are on Diego Garcia, part of the Chagos Islands, which the UK calls the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and over which it continues to claim sovereignty a UN court ruling that they are part of Mauritius. The asylum seekers have been there since 3 Oct 2021 after fleeing persecution in SL more..

Vigilante shop staff: Seven suspects to face identification line up

Sep 23 (TM) Seven staff members of a leading supermarket in Borella, were remanded in connection with the incident of brutally assaulting a female customer are to be produced for an identification parade today. Following the circulation of CCTV video footage of a woman being brutally attacked at a leading supermarket on social media platforms, the Police had arrested seven suspects including three men and four women. The suspects had been produced before the Colombo Magistrate's Court, more..