Interpol says no red notice against former Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Lalit Modi

NewsInterpol has granted a major reprieve to former Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Lalit Modi denying a Red Notice against him, Indian media reported. He also posted Interpol documents, which were not for public dissemination, on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. The Interpol document dated March 24 said: "Lalit Kumar Modi... is not subject to an Interpol Red Notice or diffusion and not known in the Interpol's database." Lalit Modi fled India in 2010, after facing charges of financial irregularity in IPL. CBI spokesperson R.K. Gaur told IANS: "The agency is authenticating the Interpol documents."

March 28, 2017 09:00 UTC

200-year-old Mara tree inside Galle Fort cut down

NewsA 200-year-old 'Mara' tree inside the historic Dutch Fort in Galle has been cut down by authorities as it posed a risk to people's lives. The tree, dating back to the Dutch colonial period, was situated next to the Galle Court Complext inside the Fort. Workers from the State Timber Corporation cut it down on a request made by Galle Four Grevates Divisional Secretary. A Spokesman for the Galle Heritage Foundation stated that new Mara saplings will be planted at the spot where the tree was cut down, as well as several other identified locations within the Fort. He assured that measures are being taken to ensure that the historic nature of the Fort is protected.

March 28, 2017 09:00 UTC

15-hour water cut in Colombo

(REUTERS) War crime investigations backed by some Western countries and the United Nations will exacerbate the differences between Sri Lanka's ... Features & AnalysisFormer Second Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Hawaii receives Public Service awardFormer Second Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Hawaii, USA, Kusuma Cooray, recently received a Distinguished Pu...K. B. Herath’s plays remembered this weekAn evening of theatre appreciation will be held onTuesday, March 28, at 4. 30 p.m at the Namel Malini Punchi Theatre ...'Palette of Colours' of colours on this weekend"Palette of Colours" a joint exhibition of paintings by renowned artist and art instructor R. K...Malaysia 'to show uncut version' of Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast will be released in Malaysia without any cuts, Disney says, days after it rejected censors' ...

March 28, 2017 08:40 UTC

2016 GCE O/L results released: Visakha Vidyalaya tops rankings

Accordingly, Anuki Chamathka of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo has achieved the best overall results in the island at the exam. Sugath Ravindu of Ananda College, Colombo, and Dimuth Oshadhi Mirissage of Rahula College, Matara have been placed joint third in the rankings. H.B.Pabasara Malithi Kumari Herath of Rathnavali Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha has come fourth in the island. Ranumi Dhisarani Nanayakkara of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo and A. Damsara Medhavi of Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya of Galle and A. Abhinandan of Hindu College, Jaffna are joint fifth in all-island rankings. Yasara Umashi of Sujatha Balika Vidyalaya, Matara have been ranked sixth.

March 28, 2017 05:02 UTC

Day 2 HSBC Colombo Fashion Week

The 4 am SriLankan Airlines flight from Singapore to Colombo on Monday was cancelled after the windscreen was cracked by a bird stri... Features & AnalysisFormer Second Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Hawaii receives Public Service awardFormer Second Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Hawaii, USA, Kusuma Cooray, recently received a Distinguished Pu...K. B. Herath’s plays remembered this weekAn evening of theatre appreciation will be held onTuesday, March 28, at 4. 30 p.m at the Namel Malini Punchi Theatre ...'Palette of Colours' of colours on this weekend"Palette of Colours" a joint exhibition of paintings by renowned artist and art instructor R. K...Malaysia 'to show uncut version' of Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast will be released in Malaysia without any cuts, Disney says, days after it rejected censors' ...

March 28, 2017 02:26 UTC



War crime probes will hinder Sri Lanka's reconciliation

News(REUTERS) War crime investigations backed by some Western countries and the United Nations will exacerbate the differences between Sri Lanka's two main ethnic groups instead of uniting them, former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Monday. Gotabaya made his comments four days after the U.N. Human Rights Council said Sri Lanka must make more progress towards meeting commitments to establishing a credible investigation into alleged war crimes during the country's civil war. The United Nations originally asked Sri Lanka to have foreign judges run the war crime probe focussing particularly on the last few days of the conflict. he told a Foreign Correspondents Association of Sri Lanka late on Monday. The government has already launched some related investigations into alleged war crimes, but ethnic-minority Tamils have complained about the sluggish pace of probes.

March 27, 2017 22:52 UTC

Trump's son-in-law to oversee government revamp

World(REUTERS) U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, already a White House senior adviser, will take on the additional task of overseeing an effort to overhaul the federal government, the White House said on Monday. Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, will lead a White House Office of American Innovation to leverage business ideas and potentially privatize some government functions as the White House pushes to shrink government, cut federal employees and eliminate regulations. He will continue to serve in the other roles even as he takes up the new duties, the White House said. Last week, Ivanka Trump received her own office in the White House along with access to classified information and a government-issued phone. Aides had said earlier she would not take on a role in her father's White House.

March 27, 2017 22:18 UTC

SriLankan flight rescheduled owing to bird strike

NewsThe 4 am SriLankan Airlines flight from Singapore to Colombo on Monday was rescheduled after the windscreen was cracked by a bird strike which occurred mid-flight on its way to Singapore, passengers said. On board was former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran who checked into a hotel on his own and returned to be seated in Business Class. Passengers said they were booked into a hotel and returned to Colombo on the 3.20 pm flight from Singapore. “Despite the pressure mounting on the bond scam with daily revelations at the Commission of Inquiry, he doesn’t seem to be a man who is concerned,” the passenger said. Mr. Mahendran, who is a Singaporean citizen, is known to regularly travel to Singapore where his family lives.

March 27, 2017 18:46 UTC

LOLC exits from troubled Aggalawatte Plantations

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March 27, 2017 14:25 UTC

Export earnings down in 2016, imports up amidst rupee losing value-Central Bank

On the positive side, earnings from tourism rose to $3.6 billion in 2016 from $3 billion the previous year while workers’ rose to $7.2 billion against $7 billion during 2015. The increase in expenditure on fuel imports by 51.8 per cent largely contributed to the growth in imports. This included a 113.8 per cent growth in refined petroleum imports and a 10.4 per cent growth in coal imports due to higher thermal and coal power generation as a result of the prevailing drought conditions in the country. Expenditure on personal vehicles, fuel and fertiliser imports declined in 2016 from the level observed in 2015. China, India, the UAE, Singapore and Japan were the main import origins in 2016, accounting for about 57 per cent of total imports.

March 27, 2017 12:32 UTC

Navy earns Rs 3 billion from Galle OBST Operations

NewsThe Sri Lanka Navy, having taken over the duty of facilitating On-board Security Teams (OBST) sixteen months ago, earned Rs 3 billion from the Galle operations centre to the government to-date, a statement said,The duty undertaken was an extension of maritime security operations in which the Navy got actively involved in keeping our waters safe and secure for maritime commons and freedom of navigation. At the existing currency exchange rate, the earnings amount to a whopping Rs 3 billion, accumulated through Galle OBST operations from mid November 2015. The earnings had come across from over 8,181 ship movements only through Galle operations centre. Sri Lanka Navy is responsible of receiving, storing and issuing of weapons, ammunition and equipment registered with foreign and local On-board Security Teams (OBST) who operate for merchant shipping companies. 3,111,250,178.60, billion to the Government coffers by 8,797ship movements, through all the operations centres, since the day they undertook the duty of facilitating On-board Security Teams (OBST).

March 27, 2017 09:00 UTC

Documents missing from Balapitiya courts

NewsSeveral key documents belong to archive unit of Balapitiya High Court were stolen following a break in incident by a group last night through a window, police said. According to Ambalangoda police, documents which were stolen were over some pending cases in the courts. Police said further investigations are underway to arrest the culprits and determine the reason for theft incident.

March 27, 2017 08:48 UTC

Former Second Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Hawaii receives Public Service award

FeaturesIn today's News Bird strike delays SriLankan flightFormer Second Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Hawaii, USA, Kusuma Cooray, recently received a Distinguished Public Service Award from Gen. Harris, Commander of the US Pacific Command. The citation presented to her states that Ms. Cooray was recognized for her support of the US Pacific Commander's mission of enhancing the US-Sri Lanka Partnership. Pictures show Mrs. Cooray at the presentation ceremony in Honolulu. Captions : From left - former Sri Lanka Honorary Consul in Hawaii Mrs. Kusuma Cooray and Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the US Pacific Command ( US PACOM).

March 27, 2017 08:26 UTC

16 kg gold smuggled to TN via sea from Sri Lanka

NewsThe Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) of Tamil Nadu has seized 16.32 kg of gold in Ramanathapuram on late Sunday night, The Hindu reported. The DRI teams from Thoothukudi and Coimbatore have intercepted a courier van at the coastal Devipattinam, near Ramnad on Sunday night, and seized smuggled gold bars. They have detained the van driver and taken him to Madurai after overnight stay at the customs office in Ramnathapuram. The gold bars were believed to have been smuggled from Sri Lanka via sea and landed in Thondi coast on Sunday. Further details are awaited.

March 27, 2017 08:15 UTC

Indian hydro-graphic survey ship INS ‘Darshak’ in Colombo port

NewsIn today's News Bird strike delays SriLankan flightThe hydrographic- survey ship, INS ‘Darshak’ of the Indian Navy arrived at the Port of Colombo today on a training visit. The ship was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with naval traditions on her arrival, Navy said. The Commanding Officer of ‘Darshak’ Captain Peush Pawsey paid a courtesy call on the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle at the Western Naval Command Headquarters and they held cordial discussions. During her stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is scheduled to take part in a number of programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy. On completion of its stay in the country, INS ‘Darshak’ will depart from the Colombo harbour on 30th of this month.

March 27, 2017 08:15 UTC




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