Underworld gang member and prison official killed in attack at Kalutara

NewsSix persons including a leading underworld gang member and prison official was killed when their vehicles came under attack today morning in Kalutara as the prisoners were being transported to attend court proceedings, officials said. An unidentified gang crossed the path of the bus by blocking its ways at Ethanamadala and fired at the vehicle. The underworld gang member identified as Aruna Udayashantha alias ‘Samayan’ who was injured in the attack succumbed to his injuries. The gang also fired at the van carrying prison officials which was following the bus while on its way to the Kaduwela courts from the Kalutara prisons. A couple of prison officials also have been injured in the attack.

February 27, 2017 05:48 UTC

U-19 Cricket: Pathum Nissanka bounces back into the lead batting ranks

Two weeks ago Dhananjaya was leading the batting list while Ameen Miflal of St. Peter's College in the lead in bowling. This week Dhananjaya steps down to second place in batting as Nissanka moves to the top after a lapse of a few weeks. Dhananjaya takes his run tally to 848 in 12 matches and 21 innings and his average hits a low 44.63. Ameen Miflal, the St. Peter's College left-arm spinner, who led the bowler's list for two consecutive counts, pushes down to the third position. Thurstan College left-arm spinner Naveen Gunawardene was sixth last week but this count he moves down to eighth with 46 wickets in eight matches.

February 27, 2017 03:45 UTC

Gazaś first English library to open window to the world

"Send us books in English, new or used," says the 24-year-old reading enthusiast on his Facebook page. Abu Toha, like so many Gazans effectively trapped in the Palestinian enclave by Israeli and Egyptian restrictions, dreams of travelling. "I have read dozens of books in English, and with them I can travel to every country in the world and through all periods. "The electricity cuts all the time," said Shadi Salem, who is helping Abu Toha set up the project. Among the sites hit was the Islamic University, with its English bookshop badly damaged.

February 26, 2017 08:29 UTC

Lankan student in Wales, refused asylum to be deported

NewsA Sri Lankan student studying at Bangor University in Wales is reported to be deported to Sri Lanka just three months before completing her Electrical Engineering degree, Wales Online reported. Shiromini Satgunaraja, who is predicted to graduate with a First Class Honours, has been refused asylum. NUS Wales explained that Shiromini first arrived in the United Kingdom in 2011. She and her mother were granted Discretionary Leave to Remain while she completed her GCSEs after her father passed away. Further Leave to Remain was then granted on appeal which enabled Shiromini to complete her A Levels and start a university course.

February 26, 2017 06:22 UTC

Rugby: Kandy and Havelocks in Clifford Cup final showdown

SportThe road to the Clifford Cup final was short, but hard –especially for one of the finalists. Kandy by dint of their standing in local rugby deserves to be talked about first. But, in truth, it was only Kandy who played with purpose, power and punch throughout the eighty minutes. However, it is the back division that has, by large, made the Kandy team the awesome force it is. In the last couple of games, centre Gayan Weeraratne has stolen the spotlight away from the celebrated duo of Dharmapala and Ranjan.

February 26, 2017 00:59 UTC

General: SJV 'Back to School Ground 2017' on Sunday

SportIn celebration of the 195th anniversary of Sri Jayewardenepura Vidyalaya (Boys Christian College Kotte), the Old Boys' Association of the school is proud to announce the upcoming event- 'Back to School Ground'. This sports Festival will be held on Sunday (26) from 9.00am to 5.00pm. It is the first time in the history of our Sri Jayewardenepura Vidyalaya an event of this magnitude is being held. A six-a-side cricket match, relay events and tug of war a few highlights of the agenda of many exciting, entertaining and exhilarating events scheduled for the day. This is an ideal opportunity for the old boys of all generations to get together, travel back in time, relive the sportsmanship of the years and feel what it is to be young at heart again.

February 26, 2017 00:56 UTC

Illegal fishing: The Sunday Times invokes RTI law to get to the bottom

The former government had repeatedly declined to disclose details of licences issued to foreign vessels for fishing. Imposing the ban on Sri Lanka in 2015, the EU said it was urging Sri Lanka to implement measures to dissuade illegal fishing by Sri Lankan vessels or by foreign vessels using Sri Lankan ports. The highest number of licences amounting to 257 were issued to foreign fishing vessels in 2012 followed by 256 in 2013. Though the foreign fishing vessels were allowed to carry out fishing only in the EEZ, local fishermen regularly complained that they also engaged in fishing in Sri Lankan waters disrupting their fishing activities. Local fishermen accused the then Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne of involvement in issuing licences to foreign vessels.

February 25, 2017 20:20 UTC

Cabinet shocked over cockpit deals by bankrupt SriLankan

That too, in the virtually bankrupt SriLankan Airlines and has come as a shock for most Cabinet ministers of the Yahapalana (or good governance) government. SriLankan’s new management cancelled the aircraft lease in respect of four Airbus A 350-900 on the grounds that it would be uneconomical to operate. The airline’s request has been made through the Finance Ministry, the majority owner of SriLankan shares. The Public Enterprise Development Ministry Secretary had on October 20, 2016 inquired from SriLankan whether the execution of the Early Termination Lease had Cabinet approval. SriLankan would lease another aircraft and would also extend the lease of another aircraft currently under use by it.

February 25, 2017 20:20 UTC

Singapore says personal security not needed for Rajapaksa

Singapore says personal security not needed for Rajapaksa View(s):The telephone calls from Singapore appeared urgent. Rajapaksa asked whether Foreign Minister Samaraweera could contact the Singapore government and arrange for personal protection for him. There was no threat to Mr. Rajapaksa and hence personal security was not required, he said. Singapore’s professionalism in matters of security is quite different from Sri Lanka where personal security continues to be assigned on political assessments rather than on the basis of security concerns. The practice was in force in large measure during the previous administration under President Rajapaksa and continues.

February 25, 2017 20:20 UTC

Dayalan rides Alcazaba to victory and begins 2017 season

Dayalan rides Alcazaba to victory and begins 2017 season RTC Independence Race Day View(s): View(s):L. Dayalan rode Deepthika Jayakody’s most elite thoroughbred Alcazaba, to victory in the Independence Race Day Cup when Royal Turf Club (RTC) inaugurated its 2017 calendar at the Nuwara Eliya Racecourse yesterday. Trained by S.P.A. Raju, Alcazaba claimed the win and took home a cash reward of Rs. 125,000 while Silver Streak completed at third to win a cash reward of Rs. Ridden by jockey K. Sanjeewan and trained by Raju, Captain Haddock won the trophy and a cash award of Rs. Prior to the main race of the day the Ranaviru Challenge Cup was in contention as Celestial Fire gave Delgoda’s second win of the day.

February 25, 2017 20:20 UTC

Victims’ families hit out as boat tragedy sinks in

Sindrathi is a festival conducted by fisherfolk to obtain blessings for their fishing boats during the annual feast at St Lazarus church in Kalutara. As before, this year too around 20 fishing boats left the shores of Bandarawatte carrying people towards the church in Kalutara. Anton Suresh Perera (34), Randhi’s brother claims that the tragedy had occurred due to the negligence of the boat operator. He had failed to fill the lower deck of the boat with ice, fuel and water as is the practice. He said that he was in an adjacent boat when the tragedy happened.

February 25, 2017 20:20 UTC

Alston to rock Oscars ‘After Party’

Alston to rock Oscars ‘After Party’ View(s):Sri Lankan born Aussie based legendary performer Alston Koch has been commissioned to perform at the ‘After Party’ session of the 89th Academy Awards on the 26th February at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Sri Lankan born Aussie based legendary performer Alston Koch has been commissioned to perform at the ‘After Party’ session of the 89th Academy Awards on the 26th February at the Beverly Hills Hilton. The Oscars After Party will be held at the Beverly Hills Hilton immediately after the Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre. The 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS),will honour the best films of 2016 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 26. During the ceremony, AMPAS will present Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories.

February 25, 2017 20:20 UTC

Perpetual increases NDB stake during 4Q2016

Perpetual increases NDB stake during 4Q2016 View(s):Primary dealer Perpetual Treasuries has increased its stake in NDB during 4Q 2016 to 7,352,180 shares and now has 4.45 per cent of bank – from 6,153,686 shares as at 30 September 2016, analysts said. The company is owned by the family of Arjun Aloysius, son-in-law of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. According to published data, the other key shareholders at NDB include BoC, EPF, SLIC, Rusi Captain and related parties, Softlogic Holdings related parties, Dr Sena Yaddehige, etc. Perpetual, allegedly involved in two Treasury bond deals currently being probed by a Presidential Commission, began buying into NDB last August. It has been listed as the 7th largest shareholder at NDB in the bank’s latest accounts.

February 25, 2017 20:20 UTC

Lawyers as presiding officers at BASL polls

Lawyers as presiding officers at BASL polls BASL constitution unanimously amended to overcome JSA refusal to perform role View(s): View(s):The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday amended its constitution to allow lawyers to act as Presiding Officers (PO), consequent to the Judicial Services Association’s (JSA) refusal to perform the role this week at scheduled elections, in protest against the recent appointment of an Attorney from the Private Bar as High Court Judge (HCJ), Batticaloa. Yesterday, the BASL constitution was changed to allow Lawyers to step in as POs, if a judge, for some reason, refuses to take part. Sources were cited as saying the JSA would not cooperate with the BASL, until President Maithripala Sirisena and the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) acted. This was taken up several times at regular Bench and Bar meetings between BASL representatives, the Chief Justice (CJ) and JSC members. “Consequently, there was never any appeal or, the need for an appeal by the undersigned or, a delegation of the BASL, on Mr Kannan’s application.”

February 25, 2017 20:20 UTC

Top CB official, Govt. Printer to testify; vital details emerge

Printer to testify; vital details emerge View(s):Commission of Inquiry into the issuance of Treasury BondsGovernment Printer (GP) Gangani Kalpana Liyanage and Central Bank (CB) Statistics Dept’s Additional Director Dr M.Z.M. Its first two witnesses were CB Governor Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy and Finance Ministry Secretary Dr R.H.S. The Governor gave evidence before the CoI on Tuesday and Wednesday, while Dr Samaratunga appeared before the CoI on Thursday. If the Bill is passed, the decision is conveyed to the CB Governor. Dr Samaratunga giving evidence, explained the procedure of repaying debts and the policies which govern the decisions.

February 25, 2017 20:20 UTC

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