NewsSpeaker Karu Jayasuriya today signed three Ordinance bills of Municipal Council (Amendment) Bill, Urban Council (Amendment) Bill and Pradeshiya Sabha (Amendment) Bill after passed in Parliament this week. Earlier Minister of Local government and Provincial Councils Faizer Musthapha said those amendments will be published in the government gazette after signed by the Speaker.
October 12, 2017 06:33 UTC
NewsNavy personnel attached to Northern Command recovered 153 kg of Kerala Cannabis wrapped in three Polysak bags consisting of 44 parcels (each approx weight 2.3Kg to 4.5 Kg) floating near Kangesthanthurai (KKS) yesterday, Navy said. Earlier Navy suspected that a consignment of contraband due to be smuggled to Velvatithurai area and accordingly deployed naval crafts to cover general sea area. Navy said that smugglers have overthrown the consignment of contrabands last night due inability to bring same to shore as naval patrol units had sealed up their approaches/ landing point. The Northern Naval Command is vigilant on arresting of contraband smuggled to area and up to date the Command has apprehended a total weight of 1639.93Kgs of Kerala Cannabis smuggled to the area since January 2015. North has become hub for smuggling Kerala Cannabis with assistance of para-military forces ;153 Kg recovered in KKS;1639 Kg of Kerala Cannabis seized by Navy since 2015.
October 12, 2017 06:00 UTC
NewsA teenager was among two persons killed during a shooting incident inside the Thabbowa Forest Reserve in Puttalam early this morning (12). Police said a group of four persons who were illegally felling trees inside the forest reserve had come under fire near the Siyambalewewa Bund inside the reserve. Two of the group sustained gunshot wounds and were admitted to the Puttalam Hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries. Police said a 12-bore shotgun had been used in the shooting and it is suspected that the group of illegal loggers had encountered a group of poachers inside the reserve. Police further said there have been an increase in incidents of illegal logging and poaching inside the Thabbowa Forest Reserve.
October 12, 2017 04:41 UTC
In this context, the operationalization of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) would simplify international import and export procedures for the SMEs. This was stated by Libuse Soukupova, First Secretary, Head of Cooperation, EU Office in Colombo on Wednesday while addressing the opening ceremony of the two day workshop on Trade Facilitation Implementation Plan: Prioritization and Way Forward held in Colombo. A Rs 1.4 billion project to support Sri Lankan government in implementing its commitments made under the Trade Facilitation Agreement, is to boost Sri Lankan trade. The National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Bank convened this 2-day workshop. He asserted that FTA would increase possibilities for SMEs to participate in global value chains and optimize the country’s chances of increasing the export revenue, rapidly, through international trade.
October 12, 2017 03:00 UTC
FeaturesThe much awaited Fairway Galle Literary Festival returns for the ninth time at its home, the UNESCO World heritage site of Galle Fort, Sri Lanka. In partnership with Fairway Holdings for the third year, The Fairway Galle Literary Festival will take place from January 24 - 28, 2018. The Fairway Galle Literary Festival is Sri Lanka’s only dedicated literary festival and will feature renowned and accomplished authors, filmmakers, radio broadcasters, newspaper editors and academics from countries around the world including England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Guyana, Pakistan, India and Tasmania. Yet other authors include Bruce Wannell who is a scholar, linguist and travel writer; his works include ‘Sufism: Mystical Writings of Islam’ (2007) and books on Iran and Ancient Persia. Sri Lankan authors will include Nayomi Munaweera whose book ‘What Lies Between Us’ won the Best English Novel at the State Literary Awards 2017, Ashok Ferrey, Channa Daswatte, Vivimarie VanderPoorten and Charulatha Abeysekara among others.
October 11, 2017 11:48 UTC
NewsVavuniya Police arrested two suspects as they busted a racket involving the destruction of Kumbuk trees. A large stock of kumbuk timber from trees which were cut down illegally were also seized, along with a hand tractor and tools used by the suspects. Police had conducted the raid based on a tip-off that Kumbuk trees were being cut down illegally in Ichchankulam. They said the racket had been carried out over a long period of time. The suspects are due to be produced before the Vavuniya Magistrate's Court.
October 11, 2017 10:41 UTC
During the visit, the Special Rapporteur is scheduled to meet with Ministers and Members of Parliament, Government officials at central and provincial levels, civil society, religious leaders, academics and representatives of the international community in Sri Lanka. As required of Special Rapporteurs, he will present a Report on his visit to the Human Rights Council, in September 2018. Special Rapporteurs are mandated to report and advise Governments on human rights from a thematic or country-specific approach. His mandate allows him to make recommendations and advise countries concerning, inter alia, judicial and non-judicial measures when designing and implementing strategies, policies and measures for addressing violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law. In his work, the Special Rapporteur follows a victim-centred approach and integrates a gender perspective.
October 11, 2017 09:56 UTC
NewsThe Navy took into custody 16 persons who had been involved in illegal activities at several locations in the island. Accordingly, 13 persons engaged in illegal fishing, 2 suspects for keeping Kerala Cannabis and tablets of Tramadol in their possession, a suspect with Madana Modaka (aphrodisiacs) and an abandoned consignment of Kerala Cannabis were apprehended by the Navy. Naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command arrested 13 persons for engaging in illegal fishing practices using unauthorized fishing nets in the seas off Pigeon Island on 04 October. During a search carried out in Kamburugamuwa region the suspect was arrested along with 100 madana modaka pills. Meanwhile, naval personnel attached to the Northwestern Naval Command managed to recover 82 kg of Kerala Cannabis, based on intelligence information received to the Navy on 06 October in Uchchamunai area.
October 11, 2017 09:45 UTC
SportSri Lanka Rugby has named the final squad for the upcoming Third Leg of the Asian Sevens Series to be played during the coming weekend (14 and 15) in Colombo with four changes. The final squad includes the names of Kavindu Perera, Rehan Silva, Richard Dharmapala and Reeza Raffaideen, who will replace Hirantha Perera, Kevin Dixon, Naveen Henakankanamge and Chanaka Chandimal. Sudarshana Muthuthanthri will continue to lead Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has been drawn in Pool 'A' with South Korea, China and Chinese Taipei while the Pool 'B' will consist of Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Philippines. Sri Lanka Sevens Squad: Sudarshana Muthuthanthri (Captain), Jason Dissanayake, Kavindu Perera, Rehan Silva, Richard Dharmapala, Tarinda Ratwatte, Srinath Sooriyabandara, Danushka Ranjan, Omalka Gunaratne, Danush Dayan, Reeza Raffaideen.
October 11, 2017 09:22 UTC
WorldMANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to halt activities in his deadly war on drugs and leave all operations to the drug enforcement agency, amid unprecedented scrutiny of police conduct. The order could blunt the intensity of the crackdown, since the drug enforcement agency has only a fraction of the manpower of the 190,000-strong police. But it was not the first time the mercurial leader has decreed that the agency lead the drugs war. Its aim was “to bring order to the operation or campaign against illegal drugs, thus pinpointing precise accountability”, the document said. Police and drug enforcement agency spokesman said the two agencies would follow the president’s decision, but did not elaborate.
October 11, 2017 09:11 UTC
WorldBEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran will react sharply to any U.S. move against the nuclear deal with global powers, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Iranian parliament Wednesday, according to a parliamentarian who attended the session quoted by state media. Another lawmaker, Behrouz Nemati, said the foreign minister discussed specific steps Trump and the U.S. Congress might take, and Iran’s plans for reciprocal action to each anticipated U.S. move. Trump is also expected to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist organization. Iranian newspapers ran photos on Tuesday of Zarif, the urbane, U.S.-educated foreign minister, laughing and hugging the head of the Guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari. Zarif also noted during the session that European countries will continue backing the nuclear deal regardless of what actions the U.S may take, Hassanpour told IRNA.
October 11, 2017 09:00 UTC
NewsThe Colombo Fort Magistrate today further remanded the Chairman of Litro Gas Lanka Limited, Shalila Moonesinghe, till October 25 in connection with a financial fraud involving a Taiwanese bank. Moonesinghe had earlier been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in connection with the transfer of USD 1.1 million from the Far Eastern Bank of Taiwan to a personal bank account in Sri Lanka. The destinations included Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the United States. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development has directed the Chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited to remove Shalila Moonesinghe from his post as Chairman of Litro Gas Lanka Limited. Litro Gas Lanka Limited is a fully-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC) which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development.
October 11, 2017 08:48 UTC
China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in shipborne trade passes each year, are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. The United States has said it would like to see more international participation in freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea. NORTH KOREA ISSUETrump’s trip to Asia will likely be dominated by the North Korean nuclear threat. He will also visit South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Trump’s visit to China will reciprocate a trip to the United States made in April by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
October 11, 2017 08:03 UTC
NewsThe World Bank yesterday released a statement expressing concern over erroneous reports regarding the debarment of SMEC International Pty. The World Bank said in the statement the allegations reported in Sri Lankan media are not based on any statements from the World Bank and falsely use the World Bank's name as a source for these allegations. These allegations are not based on any statements from the World Bank and falsely use the World Bank’s name as a source for these allegations. Under the World Bank policy governing the disclosure of investigations, we cannot share additional details relating to evidence or process. The outcome of investigations of such allegations are publicly announced on the World Bank Group's Integrity webpage: www.worldbank.org/integrity or www.worldbank.org/debar
October 11, 2017 07:52 UTC
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October 11, 2017 07:52 UTC