The contempt of court action filed against Convener of National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Prof.Sarath Wijesuriya was today fixed for April 28 by Court of Appeal. The Court was informed that the respondent, Prof. Wijesuriya is yet to file objections against the contempt of proceedings. Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justice Kumuduni Wickremasinghe and Justice Priyantha Fernando fixed the contempt of court application to be taken up before a separate bench on April 28.
February 17, 2020 08:48 UTC
As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to batter China, the country's central bank has implemented a new strategy to contain the virus deep cleaning and destroying potentially infected cash. Cash that comes from high-risk infection areas, like hospitals and wet markets, will be "specially treated" and sent back to the central bank instead of being recirculated. Other measures includes suspending physical cash transfers between hard-hit provinces, to limit the possibility of virus transmission during the cash's transit. It's unclear how "infected" cash in China may actually be the virus likely dies after a few hours on surfaces, especially if it's been killed with disinfectant. And most people in urban centers don't use cash anyway mobile payment apps are near-ubiquitous.
February 17, 2020 08:26 UTC
Across the United Kingdom, people are experiencing another weekend of strong winds, heavy rain and potential flooding as Storm Dennis hits the region. The U.K. national meteorological service, known as the Met Office, issued several heavy rain warnings for areas of England and Wales. The Met Office also said that bus and train services are likely to be delayed or canceled. Storm Dennis is now one of the five strongest nontropical cyclones on record in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, according to The Washington Post. The storm intensified rapidly over the ocean after combining with another bomb cyclone that had hit Iceland.
February 17, 2020 08:03 UTC
Several rockets landed near the embassy of the United States in Iraq's capital early on Sunday, US and Iraqi military officials said, in the latest of a series of attacks against US assets in the country. The rockets struck an Iraqi base hosting US troops and other coalition forces in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, an area that is home to foreign embassies and government offices. According to Colonel Myles B Caggins III, a spokesman for the US military operation in Iraq, the attack - which took place just before 3:30am (00:30 GMT) - caused no casualties and only minor damage. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Iraq's military said three Katyusha rockets landed inside the Green Zone, while a fourth hit a different neighbourhood, striking a logistics base operated by the Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation Forces, a military network officially incorporated into the Iraqi state.
February 17, 2020 07:18 UTC
The new figures bring the COVID-19 global death toll to 1,770, with the number of deaths in Hubei province at 1,696. The Hubei health commission said the total number of cases in the province had reached 58,182 by the end of Sunday. The number of new cases rose nearly 5 per cent from the previous day, but the number of deaths fell from 139 on Saturday. Nearly 90 per cent of the new cases were in the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated. Wuhan has accounted for 71 per cent of the province's total cases and 77 per cent of deaths.
February 17, 2020 06:56 UTC
A 36-year-old man who was injured in a shooting incident was taken to Balapitiya Hospital this morning, Police said. The injured man, identified as Sunil Kumara (36) is employed as a driver in Qatar and had only returned to Sri Lanka on January 18, according to his relatives. According to the Police, The incident had taken place at around 7am today. Two unidentified gunmen, who came to the house has shot the person and had fled the scene. Investigations are currently underway to arrest the suspect.
February 17, 2020 06:49 UTC
Lycuem International School of Wattala continued their dominance on the second day of the International Schools athletic championship as they topped the medals tally at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. The school from Wattala won 27 golds, 18 silver and 20 bronze medals while Gateway College secured second place with 17 gold, 17 silver and 16 bronze. Lyceum Nugegoda was placed third with six gold, ten silver and 9 bronze medals. Meanwhile, Pasindu Gunawardena and Binitha Chandrasena of Gateway College, Colombo, established new meet records in the U-18 200M (21.80Sec) and U-20 High Jump (2.01m) respectively. Sandun Kumara of Lyceum International School, Wattala, also established a New Meet Record (15.44m) in the boys U-20 Triple Jump.
February 15, 2020 20:03 UTC
The short term plans proposed by the four-member Tourism Development Task Force appointed by Minister of Industrial Exports, Investment Promotion Tourism and Aviation, Prasanna Ranatunga, recently, will be included in the 2020 Budget, official sources told Sunday Observer Business on Friday. The Task Force will submit its Interim Report to the Government at the end of February, they said. The four-member Task Force comprises: Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Secretary Marina Mohamed (Head of the Task Force) and Secretary to the Ministry of Industrial Exports and Investment Promotion M.P. Mapa Pathirana, Chairperson of the four tourism agencies, viz the Tourism Development Authority, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau and the Sri Lanka Institute of Hotel Management Kimarli Fernando, SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chairman of Airport and Aviation (Sri Lanka) Ltd. (Retired) General G.A. This follows President Gotabaya Rajapaksa directing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga to appoint a task force to formulate a Tourism Development Plan on January 13 for reaching a target of seven million tourist arrivals and a revenue of US $ 10 million per annum by 2025.
Emirates is offering two nights of free hotel stay in Dubai, with no strings attached, for those travelling via the airline’s home base en route to Europe, the Americas and Africa. The offer is valid on all new bookings made before February 24 on Economy, Business or First Class, for travel with Emirates beyond Dubai between February 20 and March 31. Emirates said that bookings made during this period would also be eligible for a complimentary 96-hour visa, subject to UAE Immigration approval. For Economy passengers, the offer includes two complimentary nights’ stay at a Rove hotel or equivalent on room-only basis, subject to availability. First and Business Class passengers would also be able to avail of Emirates’ chauffeur drive facility for airport transfers for a seamless travel experience in Dubai.
SriLankan Airlines is evaluating the situation with regard to the coronavirus outbreak in China and the load factor in deciding the number of frequencies to the top travel destination, SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage told Sunday Observer Business on Friday. Airlines slashed the number of frequencies to China and the region due to the drop in passenger demand following travel restrictions imposed by China on its citizens. Four Chinese airlines operate flights between Colombo and several Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Canton. Sri Lanka Tourism anticipates a major drop in the number of arrivals from China in the first half of this year. Around 150 million Chinese nationals had travelled overseas and around 330,000 to Sri Lanka in 2018 according to data.
The Bank of Ceylon (BOC) teamed up with Mobitel, to deliver convenience to Mobitel customers in making digital payments through the QR (quick response) code based payment solution, SmartPay. The BOC SmartPay app can be downloaded free for android and IOS mobile users. Customer can self-register (Self on boarding) and activate SmartPay App by adding their own current or savings accounts as this payment app follows a simplified and secured registration process. SmartPay app uses national QR code, ‘Lanka QR’ which is interoperable with other Bank’s mobile payment apps as long as they are Lanka QR certified. The Smartpay app is embedded with high level security features.
Prashanth Fertility Research Centre (PFRC) opened its doors in 2001. Since its inception, PFRC has become a leader in Reproductive Medicine and Assisted Reproductive Technologies in India, a spokesman for the Centre said. Patients come from all over the world - especially from Sri Lanka - to PFRC and undergo IVF treatment under the guidance of Dr. Geetha Haripriya. She is Chairperson, Prashanth Multispeciality Hospital, and Medical Director, Prashanth Fertility Research Centre. She has vast experience as an Infertility Specialist and has delivered more than 40,000 babies from assisted reproductive techniques.
February 15, 2020 19:52 UTC
Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) represented by the Planters’ Association of Ceylon have turned down the request of workers through plantation trade unions to increase the daily wage to Rs. Plantation companies have been reiterating the need to shift away from the age-old attendance based wage model to a productivity based, self-managed wage model which will enable workers to earn more and plantation companies sustain operations in a competitive market. RPCs had proposed the ‘Revenue Sharing Wage Model’ several years ago to replace the old wage based model which is not sustainable for the industry which is facing stiff competition in the global market. Therefore, the RPCs have proposed an interim model of productivity based, self-managed, wage model for the RPC plantation sector. To this end, having an enabling environment for plantation companies and workers is of paramount importance.
February 15, 2020 19:52 UTC
WhatsApp has amassed two billion users, up from 1.5 billion by the end of 2017, the company announced on Wednesday. The deal was valued at $19 billion, the largest acquisition by the social media giant to date. Despite its size, WhatsApp's growth remains robust: It has gained 500 million new customers over the past two years. WhatsApp touts its end-to-end encryption technology, which ensures that all contents in chats are secured by default. Not even WhatsApp can read messages or listen to calls that take place among the participants of conversations, according to WhatsApp's blog posts.
February 14, 2020 07:07 UTC
The 33 students who returned from Wuhan city who were quarantined at the Diyatalawa Army Base, have departed to meet Commander of Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva at the Army Headquarters in Akuregoda. And they are scheduled to return to their homes this evening, said the Sri Lanka Army.
February 14, 2020 06:33 UTC