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Phone recording system does not record time and incoming numbers: PTL CEO

Aug 17 (DM) Perpetual Treasuries CEO Kasun Palisena said the phone recording system placed in the company dealers' room did not record the time or incoming call numbers and as such he was unable to provide the required PTL dealers’ phone conversations regarding specific bond transactions. PCoI also asked him why he did not submit answers in an affidavit as required by the it earlier. However, in the absence of his legal more..

SAITM controversy: Lalkantha wants PCoI to probe Rajitha

Aug 17 (DM) Provincial councillor K.D. Lalkantha urged govt to appoint a commission similar to that of PCoI on the CB bond issue to investigate Minister Rajitha Senaratne in connection with the SAITM controversy. He said that he had valid suspicions that several politicians had been paid by SAITM owner. “It is necessary to set up such a commission to probe these matters. Instead of establishing a special court to probe corruption, a special court should be set up against these ministers,” more..

CID asks Yoshitha: Why was the Defender’s colour changed?

Aug 17 (DN) The CID yesterday interrogated former President Rajapaksa’s second son Yoshitha Rajapaksa on the reason to change the colour of the defender jeep of the Siriliya Saviya Foundation. Information had been received that Yoshitha Rajapaksa had taken the vehicle for his use. The CID investigations into the alleged murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen revealed that the colour of the jeep had been changed after the Red Cross donated it to the Siriliya Saviya Foundation. more..

Boru shows to fool people: More courts to expedite mega corruption cases

Aug 17 (DN) Govt seeks the establishment of more High Courts to clear the unacceptably long delays in bringing to justice those responsible for huge corruption, Minister Rajitha Senaratne announced. He said the Cabinet discussed the inordinate delays in prosecuting members of the former regime for plundering national wealth and decided there should more high courts as well as trials-at-bar. Minister said there was no bar more..

Shangri-La Colombo to open doors in Nov

Aug 17 (DM) Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced that Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is set to open on 16 Nov 2017. The hotel will begin taking bookings from 1 Sept 2017 for stays from 1 Dec 2017. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will be the second property in Sri Lanka for the luxury Asian hospitality group – joining Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa, which opened in June 2016 – and is anticipated to be one of the most prominent hotel launches in Sri Lanka in nearly 30 years.  more..

SC dismisses FR petition against 2 ministers

Aug 17 (FT) Supreme Court dismissed a Fundamental Rights petition filed against ministers Rishad Bathiudeen and Gamini Jayawickrama Perera under Articles 17 and 126 of the Constitution for infringing on the fundamental rights of the petitioners by resettling civilians in the Wilpattu Forest Reserve. The three-bench panel dismissed the petition of Rukshan Jayawardena of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society and Shehara De Silva of Environmental Foundation Ltd. more..

Bond scam probe: Perpetual CEO ordered to reveal what happened to dividends

Aug 17 (Island) Presidential commission ordered CEO of Perpetual Treasuries Kasun Palisena to declare to the Commission what had become of more than Rs. 712 million paid as dividends by it to its owning company over a period of two years. Commission member SC Justice Prasanna Jayawardena told Palisena that as the latter was also a director of Perpetual Asset Management owning company of Perpetual more..

Dayasiri says No to  Arjuna’s call for sacking Cricket Chief Thilanga

Aug 17 (Island) Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera responding to calls by Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga to sack Cricket Board Chief Thilanga Sumathipala, said that changes could take place only at the board’s next election. Addressing the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing, Dayasiri pointed out that the Cricket Board had been run by an interim administration for eight years. Polls had been held only after the current govt had come to power. more..

Atapattu to mentor Panthers

Aug 17 (TOI) The sixth season of the Karnataka Premier League will not only see Belagavi Panthers with new owners, it will also see the team make a fresh start with former SL skipper Marvan Atapattu roped in as the team mentor. The team will also head to Dubai for a weeklong training stint under the supervision of former New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram. The Panthers squad will be based out of Dubai from Aug 20-26 and train at the ICC Academy. Atapattu will join the squad on more..

Talks with India for Mattala JV to take off

Aug 17 (FT) Negotiations on an Indian proposal for a Joint Venture to turn around the Mattala Airport will take off tomorrow with plans by Transport Ministry to renegotiate the terms offered in the initial proposal. Ministry will commence negotiations on a ratio for the sharing of equity, starting at 49:51, for India and SL respectively to counter Indian proposal of 70:30. Ministry will also request a more detailed proposal for JV. more..

WPC to become landlord

Aug 17 (Island) Western Provincial Council (WPC) would shift into investments by acquiring expensive lands in Colombo and constructing mega scale apartments for low and middle income families as well as for the rich, Western Provincial Chief Minister Isura Devapriya has said yesterday. Addressing the media, CM Devapriya said the Council would also acquire luxury hotels in Colombo or in any part of the country and it would actively participate in tourism in the future. more..

Manufacturing activities expand in July

Aug 17 (DN) Manufacturing Sector PMI recorded 54.3 in July which is a decrease of 1.8 points compared to June 2017. This indicates that manufacturing activities expanded, albeit at a slower rate in July 2017, mainly driven by the decrease in the stock of purchases sub-index resulting from the usage of excess stock that was built up in the previous month and decrease in the Employment sub-index due to the difficulties in replacing unskilled employees to account for high labour more..

Emirates says wouldn’t turn down a partnership proposal from SriLankan Airlines

Aug 17 (Island) If a positive proposal is put to us to partner with SriLankan Airlines we will never turn it down,  Ahmed Khoori, senior vice president- West Asia and Indian Ocean Commercial Operations of the Emirates Group said. Asked whether the government of Sri Lanka has approached the Emirates Airline with a proposal for partnership with SriLankan Airlines, Ahmed said, "I don't know whether my bosses at higher level more..

Production of mobile phones, computers necessary for conducting investigations

Aug 17 (Island) These statutory provisions reflect the desirability of permitting a person against whom digital data or digital evidence or electronic evidence obtained from a device is to be used, to examine the process of obtaining that digital data or digital evidence or electronic evidence. Those provisions also show the desirability of ensuring the confidentiality of the information contained in the devices and to ensure that the process of obtaining that digital data or digital evidence or more..

Colombo Investor Forum draws strong interest by local investors

Aug 17 (Island) Following a successful Investor Forum in Negombo, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) conducted the second Investor Forum in Colombo. This forum, held on August 15, 2017 at Hilton Colombo Residences drew the participation of over 250 existing and potential investors. The Chairman of the CSE, Ray Abeywardena, made the opening remarks, followed by a presentation on the Macro- Economic more..

Video: IGP contemplates legal action against website

Aug 17 (DM) Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said Police Chief Pujith Jayasundare was mulling legal action against a website that published defamatory remarks about him and a video clip depicting him threatening a minor employee of the Police department. The video clip that went viral on social media websites took centre stage at the weekly Cabinet news briefing. Police spokesman tried his best to defend more..

Ten UNDP talents join 1000 global talents in Denmark to solve global challenges

Aug 17 (AT) UNDP staff members from across the globe have joined 1,000 bright global talents at the UNLEASH 2017 Innovation Lab event that is held from the 13th to 21st of Aug in Denmark. Select UNDP talents from country offices, regional offices and headquarters, together with other talents will be competing in seven themes: Water, Food, Energy, Sustainable production &consumption, Education & ICT, Urban Sustainability and Health. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 more..

'I was on standby all the time, and not on holiday'

Aug 17 (ST) In the said article, there is a reference to me stating, “Even prior to this, SLC has replaced employees while their full contracts were on. For instance, former Manager Charith Senanayake was replaced by Ranjith Fernando after SL’s tour of Zimbabwe, and Senanayake earned a holiday with full pay till his contract was over.” Since the contents do not describe the actual position with regard to myself, I would be grateful if you can kindly rectify it accordingly. more..

Sanath sees the folly in injuries

Aug 17 (ST) Brushing aside allegations that they changed players to the whims and fancies, Chairman of cricket selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya said a higher rate of injuries to the players during the last 14 months was a major stumbling block to stick to a plan. Following last Sunday’s 2nd Test defeat, batting maestro Aravinda de Silva joined scores of others in calling for a consistent selection policy. Sangakkara & Sidath Wettimuny, more..

Angelo expects to bowl in ODIs

Aug 17 (CT) Former SL skipper Angelo Mathews, who did not bowl due to injury, will bowl during the upcoming ODI series, believes skipper Upul Tharanga, who will lead the SL team for the first time after SLC appointed him skipper after several temporary appointments. Mathews, who suffered from an injury in England, did not bowl even though he was part of the team after that. Tharanga also said he is confident the team will forget about the Test results and will focus on winning ODIs. more..

Over 10,000 expected for Colombo Marathon

Aug 17 (DN) Lanka Sportreizen, Sri Lanka's best known tour operator and organizer of Colombo Marathon expects over 10,000 runners from various countries for the 17th LSR Colombo Marathon which will be worked off on October 8. This event is included in the Sports Ministry's calendar and also supported by Tourism Ministry, Law & Order and Southern Development Ministry, Education Ministry, Western Provincial Council, SriLankan Airlines, Athletic Association of SL, relevant PSs, more..

Thilanga promises Provincial Tournament

Aug 17 (Island) Under fire SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala has promised to implement the Inter-Provincial Tournament, however, he was firm on being not ready to do anything that will harm the interest of the member clubs. Before Sumathipala’s election, SL’s top domestic cricket tournament comprised two tiers, but only the 14 teams in Tier ‘A’ had First Class status. However, since Sumathipala came into power, he granted First Class more..

SLT operating profits up 2% to Rs.37.4b

Aug 17 (CT) During the six months ending 30 June 2017, Sri Lanka Telecom reported Rs 37.4 billion in revenue with a 2% year on year growth, while maintaining a nominal growth of 1% in operating costs. Group EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization) was reported at Rs 11 billion with a 4% increase compared to the same period last year. EBITDA margin remained at 29%. As a result of the continuous expansions, the group depreciation and amortization more..

Editorial: Dramas and Boru Shows

Aug 17 (Island) Ordinary people may be without wherewithal to dull the pangs of hunger, but they have enough and more free entertainment––circus without paan or bread. Unfolding dramatic events on the political front have created a theatre festival atmosphere of sorts in the country. The main political drama which ended in Jan. 2015 had the trappings of a Shakespearean play. Replete with palace intrigue, conspiracies and betrayal, it was like Julius Caesar albeit with a different ending. more..

Time to rise against corrupt politicians: It's all about THEM and not about the PEOPLE

Aug 17 (Island) The President and the Prime Minister must also hold to account the minister who justified violence against striking unions, thus undermining govt obligations to ensure law and order, and to protect citizens against violence by private actors. It is ironic that politicians undermine the administration of justice, while stating publicly that they will continue to hold office until they are convicted by a court of law. more..

Has our cricket hit rock bottom or was India too strong?

Aug 17 (DN) The recently concluded three-Test series between India and Sri Lanka left two things in mind – was India too strong for Sri Lanka or has Sri Lanka’s cricket at international hit rock bottom? India no doubt came to Sri Lanka as the number one ranked Test side and at the end of the three matches proved what a worthy crown they wore by making a clean sweep of the series 3-0. Last year Australia also came to SL ranked as the number one Test team but ended up losing the series 0-3. more..

The road to school: Access to education in the plantation sector

Aug 17 (GV) For children living in Spring Valley estate, close to Badulla, the day begins at 5:30 am, when they begin to get ready for the bus to school. The bus leaves at 6:20 am and travels for 3 kilometres. From there, it’s another 2 km walk to the Spring Valley Tamil Maha Vidyalaya. The Vice Principal says a few of the children walk the entire way – a journey of around one and a half hours. This is still better than plight of schoolchildren attending Old Peacock Tamil Vidyalayam, Gampola, more..

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30% of Dengue patients are children

Aug 17 (SL) Approximately 30% of dengue patients are children between the years of 5 -19 years, according to National Dengue Control Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH). Sri Lanka is reporting an increased number of dengue cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. From 1 Jan to 28 July 2017, Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine reported 110, 372 cases of dengue. 301 deaths from dengue have been reported for the year 2017. more..

Drought fury hits Puttalam

Aug 17 (CT) The prevailing drought in many parts of the country has forced a large number of people to live under depressive conditions and the situation in Puttalam is no better from the rest of the affected areas. Drought has hit the Puttalam District with a devastating force with residents hard pressed on several fronts as the water resources have slowly dried up destroying farms, chena cultivations and even inland fishing. Some 95% of the water resources in the Puttalam District more..

'Zero support for Justice Minister within UNP'

Aug 17 (CT) Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera, said UNP will come to a decision about Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe over his reluctance to establish a corruption court. Perera, a senior UNPer, had been sparring with fellow UNPer Rajapakshe on establishing a corruption court, when the matter reached fever pitch last week leading to UNP backbenchers pushing for a no-confidence motion against Rajapakshe. more..

Anura Tennekoon’s impeccable technique

Aug 17 (DN) ANURA TENNEKOON was in a class of his own: stylish, elegant and graceful. He stood tall and scored a lot of runs during the Pre-Test cricket era and did his school, S.Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, his club Sinhalese Sports Club and then his Country Sri Lanka proud. A right handed batsman, he wielded the straightest of bats when at the wicket and safeguarded his wicket as though his life depended on it. He jealously guarded his wicket, made bowlers work hard for his prized scalp more..

Three Hearty Cheers to Hangover!

Aug 17 (Island) I stayed an eventful three months at Hangover Hostels at Kinross Avenue. Made some friends for life and we continue to stay in touch. There was Ally Simpson from Canada a bit of a Charlize Theron to me. A wonderful girl/woman who loves tattoos. She even got a tattoo in Sinhala before she left and it read Ei Neththe (Why Not). People at Hangover will not forget Ally because of Ally’s Wall at Hangover . She painted the long wall and added colour to it. more..

SL’s first heart transplant for a new life

Aug 17 (SO) It’s been four weeks since a team of senior doctors from Sri Lanka made medical history, by performing the first ever heart transplant in the country, 50 years after the world’s first cardiac transplant in 1967. However, if not for the painstaking dedication of one person, this historical event would not have been possible this soon. Dr. Anil Abeywickrama who gave leadership to the entire mission, since the setting up of more..

Ravi K’s case must not be taken in isolation

Aug 17 (CT) When wheels of change begin to turn, it does not care who stands in between. The brashness and bluster, which is usually associated with change, alone could consume into oblivion those who dare challenge change. Or for that matter, a mere whisper of change could send intense ripples on a placid pool of civil service and those who pretend to be servants, but who in fact are masters of evil. Only those who have a discriminating mind could withstand the fury more..

The politics of persuasion: An evaluation

Aug 17 (CT) Although, it is just over eight years since the armed conflict between the Sri Lankan state and the LTTE was brought to an end, the root cause that gave rise to the brutal war remains unresolved. Nor has been there any progress in addressing the consequences of the armed conflict. Significant parts of the Tamil homeland are under army occupation; an investigation to identify the perpetrators of war crimes is yet to commence and Tamil political prisoners more..