A hike in fuel prices as well as water bills is likely soon, Parliament was told today. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament... Features & AnalysisNew recruits: Mongooses being trained to sniff out explosivesMongooses are now being trained to detect explosives. The Sri Lanka Army engineers are seen with trainee mongooses at... Applications for the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarships openApplications for Chevening Scholarships and Fellowship to study in the UK during the 2019/2020 academic year have ope...
August 07, 2018 08:49 UTC
NewsThe United States (US) and Sri Lanka will conduct humanitarian assistance engagements with multinational partners in and around Anuradhapura from August 6 to 20 as part of Pacific Angel 2018 (PACANGEL), US embassy in Colombo said. PACANGEL is an annual joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief engagement that includes general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, and engineering programs, as well as various subject-matter expert exchanges. Approximately 65 U.S. military members will train with Sri Lankan non-governmental organizations and military forces and will jointly provide medical and engineering assistance in Colombo, Anuradhapura, and Vavuniya. U.S. and SLAF service members will share best medical practices and provide a variety of medical services to local residents. “With each opportunity to collaborate, the partnership between our militaries grows and local communities benefit,” said Chargé d’Affaires Robert Hilton.
August 07, 2018 08:48 UTC
NewsThe University Grants Commission (UGC) has introduced a dedicated hot-line to complain about ragging incidents at universities and other higher educational institutions. The hot line is - 011-2123700, which would be open 24 hours a day, for students to make complaints. The university students are also urged to lodge complaints with respective police stations about ragging incidents in the mean time. However, a Online Complaints Mechanism, was set up as a means for any member of the university community to lodge a complaint regarding incidents of ragging, harassment, intimidation and bullying earlier. All complaints that are lodged will be investigated and victims of such incidents will be offered support and redress, according to UGC officials.
August 07, 2018 08:37 UTC
NewsAn alleged underworld criminal, Sisira Kumara alias 'Podi Wije' has been arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) during a raid conducted in Wellampitiya, Kolonnawa yesterday. Police said the suspect was arrested along with a sword which was in his possession. He is accused of drug trafficking, extortion and assault.
August 07, 2018 08:26 UTC
NewsThe Colombo magistrate courts today remanded 21 Srilankan nationals who were arrested by Navy for attempting to illegally migrate overseas on a trawler. Naval personnel attached to the Fast Attack Craft belonging to the Western Naval Command, during their patrol to curb transnational crime in the territorial waters of the island, apprehended 21 suspects onboard suspicious trawler plying in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Sri Lanka yesterday. Having spotted a suspicious trawler in the sea about 117 nautical miles off Chilaw, the Navy hurried two Fast Attack Craft to the location. Accordingly, the naval personnel were able to hold 21 illegal immigrants aboard. Subsequently, the suspects were brought to the Colombo harbour and handed over to the Harbour Police for further legal action.
August 07, 2018 07:18 UTC
NewsSri Lanka Railways has appointed a four member committee to inquire into yesterday's train collision at Panaliya which left at least 32 passengers injured. Additional General Manager of Railways, Vijaya Samarasinghe, also said the department had suspended the driver, driver's assistant, head guard and assistant guard of the No.164 Colombo to Rambukkana train involved in yesterday's crash pending the conclusion of the committee's investigation. The four member committee appointed to probe the crash comprises of the Railway Department's Deputy Operating Superintendent, Deputy Chief Engineer (Way & Works), Deputy Chief Engineer (Motive Power) and Deputy Chief Engineer (Signal & Communication). The incident occurred last evening when the Colombo-Rambukkana train collided with another train bound for Kandy from Colombo. At the time, the Kandy bound train had been stopped on the tracks.
August 07, 2018 06:52 UTC
NewsThe newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar E.M.M. Nandimithra Ekanayake assumed duties at the Mission on July 20, Foreign Affairs Ministry said. Buddhist monks invoked blessings on the new Ambassador-designate and an almsgiving was held at the official residence of the Ambassador to mark the occasion. Addressing the staff of the Embassy upon assumption of duties, Ambassador Ekanayake spoke on the centuries - old ties between Sri Lanka and Myanmar and stated that the relationship should be further enhanced in the future. Previously, Ambassador Ekanayake had held several high level positions in the Government.
August 07, 2018 06:45 UTC
NewsNavy apprehended twelve persons who were engaging in illegal fishing at different locations in the island last week alona, Navy said. Accordingly, a troop of Naval personnel attached to the North Western Naval Command on foot patrol apprehended four persons (04) who engaged in illegal fishing activities in Thirikkapallama area on last 31st July. Meanwhile, Naval personnel attached to Eastern Naval Command apprehended eight (08) persons who engaged in illegal fishing activities in the Eastern seas, on 2nd August. of Non electrical detonators and 3 meters of Safety fuse hidden under a bush in Chiruttoppu area were recovered by sailors attached to North Central Naval Command, on 3rd August. The recovered explosive items were handed over to Pesalai Police for further investigation.
August 07, 2018 06:45 UTC
SportSri Lanka has failed to send any of its athletes for the upcoming World Junior Rowing Championship 2018 to be held in Racice, Czech Republic from August 8 to 15. According to information the Amateur Rowing Association of Sri Lanka, the governing body of the sport in the country, has failed to submit the local entries to the world body, the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron (FISA) or the International Rowing Federation. Over 750 athletes representing nearly 40 countries will take part in the eight-day competition in Racice.
August 07, 2018 06:22 UTC
SportSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has appointed Sajith Fernando as the Tournament Director for the upcoming SLC Twenty20 League. Fernando, who captained Sri Lanka ‘A’ team, is currently working as the Manager of the Sri Lanka Emerging team against South Africa Emerging. He has also functioned as a National Cricket Selector. The four-team SLC T20 League, will run from August 21 to September 2 at three different venues.
August 07, 2018 05:15 UTC
Now the government has thought it fit to ban tobacco cultivation. And done on the grounds to protect the nation’s health. Why this government fails to understand, at the cost of its own popularity amongst the masses, that the economic consequences of banning should also be taken into account without rushing to ban, ban ban everything in its sight? The Catechism of the Church, which sums up the teachings, had previously stated that the death penalty could be used in some cases. The Church will now work with determination for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, a statement from the Holy See said.
Wigneswaran seeks police powers to fight sword gangs in North View(s):As the Police struggle to maintain law and order in the North amidst increasing incidents of sword gangs terrorising the region, Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran has proposed that if the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is given police powers, he can bring the situation under control within two months. However, the NPC’s Opposition Leader S. Thavarasa criticised the Chief Minister’s call for police powers to be vested in the Provincial Council. Having also indicated that he intends to contest the next SLC election, Mr Sumathipala is the living embodiment of politics connected to cricket. Journalists would also have wanted to question Mr Sumathipala after he again publicly brought up match-fixing allegations dating back to the 1990s. Though journalists pointed out that the topic was now finished and asked they be allowed to pose some questions to Mr Sumathipala on sports, the request was denied.
Confusion continues over the implementation of WHT View(s):Commercial banks are deducting the 5 per cent With Holding Tax (WHT) from the interest paid to any person on any rupee or foreign currency deposit including the Non-Resident Foreign Currency accounts in accordance with the Inland Revenue Act (IRA), Finance Ministry sources confirmed. Under the new Foreign Exchange Act No 12 of 2017, all existing Non-Resident Foreign Currency Accounts (NRFC), Resident Foreign Currency Accounts (RFC), Resident Non-National Foreign Currency Accounts, Non-Resident Non-National Foreign Currency accounts have been re-designated as Personal Foreign Currency Accounts. Existing Foreign Exchange Earner Accounts (FEEA), Inward Remittance Distribution Accounts (IRDA) and Foreign Currency Accounts for Agents of Foreign Shipping Line or Airlines (FCAAF SAs) will be considered as Business Foreign Currency Accounts (BFCAs). Resident Guest Foreign Currency Accounts and Senior Foreign Nationals Special Accounts will remain as it is under the previous law, he revealed. Personal Foreign Currency Accounts (PFCAs) and Business Foreign Currency Accounts (BFCAs) could be opened and maintained as Current (but without cheque drawing facility), Savings or Term Deposit accounts in any designated foreign currency.
NDB making strides in Bangladesh By Jayampathy Jayasinghe View(s): View(s):National Development Bank (NDB) is the only foreign investment bank that operates in Bangladesh in a growing economy. Referring to digital banking, he said the bank launched a new digital financial solution unit which had recorded growth and is progressing rapidly. “In the capital market cluster we are in a unique situation with subsidiaries of the NDB Investment Banking, NDB Work Management, stock-broking and with NDB Capital Bangladesh operation. The bank recorded an operating profit before tax on financial services of Rs. 2.42 billion, a 63 per cent growth over the comparative period.
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Matthew said Sri Lanka needs to change its way of thinking to keep Sri Lanka a better prepared unit for the World Cup, starting 10 months from here, in England. Sri Lanka is currently 2-0 behind in the five match ODI series but the skipper stands firm on his feet saying “We will move forward regardless of the outcomes”. Sri Lanka team management had an in-depth analysis considering the last 36 ODI’s played and realised that they had won only nine of them. Sri Lanka has played 66 ODI’s since the World Cup and won only 21 of them in patches. Sri Lanka’s last ODI series win at home was beating below ranked West Indies in 2015.