British woman arrested in case of human trafficking ; helped two Lankans fly to UK on fake passports

NewsA British woman, arrested with three other UK nationals in a case of alleged human trafficking, had helped two Sri Lankans fly to the UK with fake passports in January, the Times of India reported. Warner and three other Britishers were arrested at Sahar airport on March 15 for allegedly helping four Lankans migrate to the UK, using forged passports. Senior inspector of Sahar police station, BT Mukhedkar, said that the UK nationals were "not cooperating" in the probe. The police said that agents wanted in the case had demanded Rs17 lakh each from the Lankans to help them reach the UK with fake passports which identified them as the four arrested UK nationals. Public prosecutor Neeta Masarkar said that the fake Indian passports had fake immigration stamps.

March 20, 2017 04:41 UTC

Bail application for NFF leader rejected

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March 20, 2017 04:41 UTC

Volleyball: Two Sri Lanka Youth teams for World Beach Championships

SportFor the first time in the history of Beach Volleyball (BVB) in Sri Lanka (SL), 2 youth teams [Under (U)-21] have qualified for the World Youth Beach Volleyball Championships from July 11 to 16 in Nanjing, China. BVB was introduced to SL in 1992 at the first National BVB Championships held at Bentota Beach. The Men’s team was Mahesh Perera and Wasantha Ratnapala, and the Women’s team was Geethika Gunewardena and Thakshila Niranjali. In the Women’s tournament of 19 teams, SL came within the top 6 and also qualified for the World Youth BVB Championships. The Men’s team coach was former International BVB player Mahesh Perera, while the Women’s team coach was Sajith Nandasiri.

March 20, 2017 01:58 UTC

Football: FFSL in the red looks for relief from Sports Ministry

The FFSL has raised Rs. They raised Rs. 19 Million had been spent to develop the national football pool and other expenses. There is another nine months for the competition but to date the SAFF pool has not been established. On March 22, a decision will be taken over the National Pool after detailed discussions.

March 19, 2017 15:56 UTC

PMK Cadres stage protest over kiiling of Indian fisherman

NewsPMK cadres today staged a protest to condemn the killing of an Indian fisherman allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy, Indian media reported. After the protest, PMK leader and Lok Sabha member Anbumani Ramadoss told reporters that Centre should take steps to protect the fishermen. Later, the PMK leader visited the family of 22-year-old Bridgo and consoled them. Meanwhile, District Collector L Natarajan presented a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased fisherman. Earlier, Chief Minister E K Palaniswami had announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the victim's family.

March 19, 2017 06:11 UTC

Hockey: Schools' champions Royal College to tour Australia

SportIt's sure going to be momentous occasion when National Schools' Hockey Champions Royal College take wing Down Under from March 23 to April 1, on an invitation from the Australian Hockey ACT, via the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra. After going through many obstacles and having won and lost many a tournament, the golden era of Royal College Hockey commenced in 1991, when a group of loyal old boys of the school, formed the Royal College Hockey Club, to assist in developing Hockey at Royal. This new development changed the destiny of Royal College Hockey and paved the way for outstanding performances by its stickers. The Royal College Hockey Club which is celebrating its 26th year, has strove to maintain professional standards by organising events such as the 'Blue and Gold Hockey 7s', deemed a premier Hockey tournament in Sri Lanka. Royal College Hockey teams have undertaken many foreign tours in the recent past, with the sole intention of giving its players the much needed international exposure, which has paid rich dividends.

March 19, 2017 04:30 UTC

Foreign Ministry recognises ‘Puntland’

Foreign Ministry recognises ‘Puntland’ View(s):In the rescue operation of the Sri Lankan crew on board an oil tanker hijacked by Somali pirates this week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs now evidently recognises self-declared autonomous States. “This task,” the statement said, “would not have been made possible without their unstinted and active effort.” Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva also thanked “the President of Puntland” and his Chief of Staff. The problem is that Puntland is widely recognised as a self-declared autonomous State of 2.4 million people. Puntland declared itself autonomous in 1998, in the aftermath of the Somali civil war. It is known to have little international relations apart from development-based associations with countries such as Britain and Djibouti.

March 18, 2017 19:41 UTC

BIA on alert for H1N1 patients from Maldives

BIA on alert for H1N1 patients from Maldives View(s):The Bandaranaike International Airport’s quarantine division has stepped up surveillance for passengers with H1N1 influenza amid reports of a major increase in the number of people affected by the disease in the Maldives. Quarantine Director Dr. Palitha Karunapema said that during the week, upto 300 incoming passengers were referred to the health desk, and about 105 showed symptoms of H1N1 influenza. Another way was ailing passengers’ general declaration in which details of their health status were filled and submitted, he said. The Health Ministry’s Consultant Epidemiologist Dr. Samitha Ginige told Sunday Times that the H1N1 influenza had been tested as the prevalent influenza in the South East Asian region. H1N1 symptoms start three to five days after a person has been exposed to the virus and last about eight days.

March 18, 2017 19:41 UTC

SriLankan delays zero commission plan on travel agents

SriLankan delays zero commission plan on travel agents By Sunimalee Dias View(s): View(s):National carrier SriLankan Airlines has postponed earlier plans to enforce on April 1, zero commissions on ticket sales by travel agents. The carrier made this announcement following a meeting with the Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka (TAASL) and the International Air Transport Association-Sri Lanka (IATA-SL) on Monday at the SriLankan Airlines office. SriLankan Airlines said it has witnessed a “considerable growth” in online bookings one of the key reasons for this change. Other carriers offer a seven per cent commission to agents per ticket as against SriLankan’s five per cent. But airlines like Qatar Airways, Etihad and Thai Airways have already adopted the zero commission framework.

March 18, 2017 19:41 UTC

Biggest garbage generator tries to put house in order

Biggest garbage generator tries to put house in order By Akash Widanapathirana View(s): View(s):In the Western Province, where more than 60 per cent of Sri Lanka’s waste is generated, police and military will be keeping an eye on the streets for reckless garbage disposal. Karadiyana has an expected capacity of 1,000 MT per day and in Muthurajawela it will be 630 MT per day. The Bloemendhal waste site will be transformed into a mix of commercial areas, an urban forest patch, and a recreational park. He said about 10 MT of garbage are collected every day in the Dompe area and 3 MT were used for compost production. If garbage is separated, the amount of waste collected could be reduced by 100 MT per day, she claimed.

March 18, 2017 19:41 UTC

Aloysius may get big tax concession for Kalkudah distillery

Aloysius may get big tax concession for Kalkudah distillery View(s):Under a budget proposal effective this year, Arjun Aloysius’ liquor manufacturing firm W M Mendis and Co. is likely to receive a 100 percent capital allowance for locating its proposed four billion-rupee alcohol distillery at Kalkudah in the Batticaloa district. Approval to set up a grain-based extra neutral alcohol (ENA) distillery was granted to W M Mendis well before the 2017 budget proposals were announced. The Fiscal Policy Department wrote to the Excise Department on May 13, 2015, saying the ENA distillery was approved as a pilot. But W M Mendis started implementing the project only in 2016. Despite earlier plans, W M Mendis is yet to be listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange.

March 18, 2017 19:41 UTC

SriLankan A330 aircraft deal boomeranged on PIA CEO

SriLankan A330 aircraft deal boomeranged on PIA CEO By Bandula Sirimanna View(s): View(s):The A330 aircraft deal, between Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and SriLankan Airlines hailed by the CEO of the national carrier as very successful, has boomeranged against his PIA counterpart now faced with allegations of corruption relating to the deal. The Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan (FIA) is probing PIA’s leasing of an A-330 aircraft at an exorbitant rate from SriLankan Airlines. The lease of the A-330 aircraft from SriLankan Airline has caused huge losses to the PIA. But SriLankan Airlines CEO Capt. Meanwhile the PIA board of Directors has decided to abrogate the latest Turkish Airline A-330 aircraft deal pending the FIA investigations.

March 18, 2017 19:41 UTC

90 eminent persons to receive national honours tomorrow

90 eminent persons to receive national honours tomorrow View(s):President Maithirpala Sirisena will tomorrow confer national honours on 88 distinguished Sri Lankans and two non-nationals who have excelled in various fields. Late music maestro W.D. Amaradeva is to be posthumously conferred with the highest civilian honour “SriLankabhimanaya.”The President will personally confer the honours on the recipients at an investiture ceremony to be held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, the President’s Office said. The national honours ceremony is being held after 12 years. Among the recipients of the national honours are artistes, doctors, singers, actors, journalists, businessmen and sports persons.

March 18, 2017 19:41 UTC

CEA to ban PET bottles under one litre

CEA to ban PET bottles under one litre By Chrishanthi Christopher View(s): View(s):The Central Environment Authority (CEA) is to ban the sale of carbonated drinks and fruit juices in PET (PolyEthylene Tetraphthalate ) bottles below 1 litre, to control the plastic menace in the country. However, the industry could use PET bottles of 1 litre or more, for their beverages. The CEA, at the end of the 2016 Siripada season, collected 5.5 tons of PET bottles and 830 kg of plastic waste. He opined that, banning PET bottles below 1 litre capacity, will be disastrous for the Beverage market. He said PET bottles are very handy with soft drinks and yoghurt packaged in economic PET bottles.

March 18, 2017 19:41 UTC

100 MW Korean solar power project hangs in balance

100 MW Korean solar power project hangs in balance By Bandula Sirimanna View(s): View(s):Emphasising the need of adopting proper tender procedure,Sri Lanka’s Power and Energy Ministry appears to be delaying or dropping a Korean Company’s offer to set up a 100 MW Solar Power Plant, to be done on a Turnkey Basis and handed over to the government which comes with project funding, Korean investors of the project claimed. When contacted, Secretary to the Ministry Dr. B.M.S Batagoda said the the government has taken a policy decision to call tenders for all solar power projects and no unsolicited bids will be entertained. The funding for the project had been lined up by the Korean Company after their initial visits about 6 months ago. If Sri Lanka fails to commence negotiations towards finalisation of project promptly, MOA Technologies will have to rearrange project funding. With no assurances if rearranging of funds will be a possibility, the Solar Power project hangs in balance, he claimed.

March 18, 2017 19:41 UTC

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