WorldYANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters reporters appeared in a Myanmar court for the 11th time on Wednesday, which marked 100 days since they were arrested in December and accused of possessing secret government papers. A Yangon court is holding preliminary hearings to decide whether reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, will face charges under the colonial-era Officials Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. “They have been detained in Myanmar since December 12 simply for doing their jobs as journalists,” Reuters President and Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler said in a statement. “Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are exemplary individuals and outstanding reporters who are dedicated to their families and their craft. We call on the authorities in Myanmar to release them as soon as possible and allow them to return to their families and their jobs.”Government spokespeople have declined to comment on the case, citing the ongoing court proceedings.
March 21, 2018 05:15 UTC
NewsPolice have launched investigations to arrest a knife-wielding robber who escaped with nearly Rs.1 million in cash from a private bank branch in Kiribathgoda last afternoon (20). The robber had allegedly entered the bank in the guise of a customer, but had then pulled out a knife and threatened staff, forcing staff to hand over cash to him. The robber had gotten away with nearly Rs.950, 000 in cash. Kiribathgoda police are investigating.
March 21, 2018 05:03 UTC
Proposals submitted by the Agricultural Ministry and the Plantations Industries Ministry for the re-introduction of glyphosate on the plantations w... Features & AnalysisBritish School in Colombo presents 'Anything Goes'This March, the British School in Colombo hopes to take audiences back in time to style of theatre and music that wil...Bangladeshi Film Festival this monthThe Bangladeshi community in Sri Lanka has organized Bangladesh Film Festival in Sri Lanka from March 23-25, a releas...Grassrooted presents V Day 2018 : PatriANarchyThis April 1, Grassrooted will take a look at how patriarchal values continue to inflict violence in...“Around the Pearl” annual cycling challenge is back“Around the Pearl” is an annual cycling challenge happening over 10 days covering 1400km around the ...
March 21, 2018 04:41 UTC
NewsA police constable attached to the Tangalle Police station has been shot and injured in Kataragama this morning (21). The injured officer is being treated at the Hambantota Hospital. The latest incident is the third such shooting in less than 48 hours. Two men were killed and a woman injured in two separate shooting incidents at Armour Street and Athurugiriya on Monday (19).
March 21, 2018 04:41 UTC
Proposals submitted by the Agricultural Ministry and the Plantations Industries Ministry for the re-introduction of glyphosate on the plantations w... Features & AnalysisBangladeshi Film Festival this monthThe Bangladeshi community in Sri Lanka has organized Bangladesh Film Festival in Sri Lanka from March 23-25, a releas...Grassrooted presents V Day 2018 : PatriANarchyThis April 1, Grassrooted will take a look at how patriarchal values continue to inflict violence in...“Around the Pearl” annual cycling challenge is back“Around the Pearl” is an annual cycling challenge happening over 10 days covering 1400km around the ...HSBC Colombo Fashion Week, building the next generation of Sri Lankan designersHSBC Colombo Fashion Week has witnessed an increasing number of designers who approach it annually with the intent of...
March 21, 2018 03:22 UTC
BusinessPrices of cigarettes in Sri Lanka are the highest in the Asia Pacific region and the second highest in the world with the island rapidly turning into a cigarette smugglers ‘paradise’. RIU has prepared the report in collaboration with the Big Issue Magazine. He said the policy on tobacco should focus on achieving two important objectives – reduce the negative health impact of tobacco consumption while securing government taxation revenue with the tobacco industry being one of the largest contributors. According to the report, other ancillary issues that are interwoven to this critical industry also impacted it such as the beedi manufacturing and tobacco growing. This affects cigarette sales and due to this fact they are unable to sell their tobacco cultivation to the company.
March 21, 2018 03:11 UTC
The two-day symposium is a platform for enhancing the use of data towards evidence-based policy making and coordination of monitoring the progress on the SDGs in Sri Lanka. The Sustainable Development Goals are far reaching, global goals aimed at transforming our world; a global movement to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Sri Lanka, along with 192 countries committed to this ambitious agenda by agreeing to achieve the 17 global goals. The sessions will discuss three main points: 1) Impact and Importance of Data; 2) Context and Challenges of SDG data in Sri Lanka, and 3) Strategy and Way Forward in using data for the SDGs. The discussions will focus on the need for mapping baseline data in Sri Lanka, against the 244 SDG indicators, to understand where Sri Lanka currently stands in the journey towards achieving the SDGs by 2030.
March 20, 2018 09:11 UTC
NewsThe Local Government institutions which enjoys simple majority of any single political parties or coaliations will be established from today and accordingly, local government bodies could be established within a month from today, the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Governments said. Political parties and independent groups that won the local government polls on February 10 are able to establish local government bodies. According to the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Governments, term of the 8356 elected members of 340 local government bodies will commence from today. A Ministry official said. The ministry's official said that for such councils, Local Government Commissioners will decide the date of the first meeting of the councils.
March 20, 2018 08:26 UTC
He further said that the people should recognize these people who only consider their political power without giving priority for the country. He made these remarks participating in the opening ceremony of the new technical building at the St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna as well as presenting appointment letters to Graduate Teachers, yesterday. President also requested all the political leaders to love the motherland to overcome the future challenges while solving issues of the country. The students of the St. Patrick’s College warmly welcomed the President when he arrived there. Later, President Sirisena symbolically handed over appointment letters for ten Graduate Teachers marking the presentation of appointment letters for 197 Graduate Teachers in the Northern Province.
March 20, 2018 07:52 UTC
NewsThe Sri Lankan government should announce a time-bound plan to carry out its pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council since October 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Thus far only the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) has been set up – just ahead of the current session in Geneva. The high commissioner for human rights, in a report to the Council, expressed similar concerns. “The Human Rights Council needs to make it clear to the Sri Lankan government that it expects it to stop playing games and start delivering on its commitments,” said John Fisher, Geneva director. The government should publicly set out when this mechanism will be set up instead of hiding behind various politically expedient excuses, Human Rights Watch said.
March 20, 2018 07:41 UTC
With the 60 per cent that SEC is willing to part with, the balance 40 per cent will be channeled to the capital market development fund. Attempts at contacting SEC officials failed. Brokers argue that they deserve more as they started the CSE more than three decades ago without any assistance. With the 60 per cent, each broker will get a maximum of 5 per cent. Demutualisation has been discussed for more nearly a decade, with officials noting that it’s about time something actually happened.
March 20, 2018 06:56 UTC
#SDGDataLK, Sri Lanka’s First National Symposium on Data for the SDGs, was inaugurated today morning with the presence of the Speaker of Parl... Features & AnalysisBangladeshi Film Festival this monthThe Bangladeshi community in Sri Lanka has organized Bangladesh Film Festival in Sri Lanka from March 23-25, a releas...Grassrooted presents V Day 2018 : PatriANarchyThis April 1, Grassrooted will take a look at how patriarchal values continue to inflict violence in...“Around the Pearl” annual cycling challenge is back“Around the Pearl” is an annual cycling challenge happening over 10 days covering 1400km around the ...HSBC Colombo Fashion Week, building the next generation of Sri Lankan designersHSBC Colombo Fashion Week has witnessed an increasing number of designers who approach it annually with the intent of...
March 20, 2018 06:45 UTC
NewsIn a meeting with the head of Cambridge Analytica — the political data firm used by the Trump campaign in 2016 — reporters from NBC News’ U.K. partner ITN Channel 4 News posed as potential clients interested in changing the outcome of the Sri Lankan elections. According to reports by NBC Chicago, the reporters, who were trying to find out how the company operated, quickly learned about the novel and deceptive methods employed by the company, including bribes, blackmail, and misinformation campaigns. The findings were broadcast by the network on Monday. On hidden camera, the reporters recorded Alexander Nix, chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, discussing the idea of hypothetically entrapping an opposition leader. He described how the company could record a person accepting a bribe, "an offer he can't refuse," or "send some girls around to the candidate’s house."
March 20, 2018 06:33 UTC
According to the report after taking the counter-affidavit on file, the judges granted a week’s time to the petitioner’s counsel L.P. Maurya for filing a rejoinder. The counter filed by Binoy George, Deputy Secretary (Sri Lanka), Ministry of External Affairs, also stated that there was no scope for a reference, as sought for by the PIL petitioner, even under the Statute of the ICJ. “Neither the 1974 and 1976 bilateral agreements nor the Geneva Convention 1958, referred to in the writ petition, contain such a clause. Therefore, the ICJ’s jurisdiction cannot be invoked under these instruments,” Mr. George said. He added that the third and last option could also not be exercised since Sri Lanka had not accepted the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ.
March 20, 2018 06:22 UTC
NewsThe suspected owner of a BMW car that plunged into the Diyawanna Oya in Thalawathugoda on Saturday morning was remanded until March 27 after being produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate Court. The vehicle's owner is alleged to have been driving the vehicle at the time of the incident. The BMW crashed into two other cars before plunging into the Diyawanna Oya near Parliament in the early hours of Saturday. After the car went into the Diyawanna Oya, those inside had got out and fled the scene, allegedly in a three-wheeler. The car's suspected owner was arrested yesterday after surrendering to police.
March 20, 2018 05:48 UTC