The labour intensive footwear and leather industry is working towards an ambitious target of meeting 80 percent of local needs in the next two years. “We have the ability and capacity to cater to local demand as our skilled labour is competent to meet the evolving trends in the industry. Nimalasiri told the 12th edition of the Footwear and Leather Fair 2020 at the BMICH Colombo last week. While assuring support to develop the SME sector and footwear and leather industry in particular, the Director General, Export Development Board, Jeevani Siriwardena said, “Support will be provided to the industrialists to develop products to meet export market requirements. The industry value of the footwear and leather sector exceeds Rs.
February 08, 2020 19:52 UTC
PARIS AFP: A tearful Naomi Osaka followed up her Australian Open disappointment with another surprise defeat on Friday when she was beaten 6-0, 6-3 by world number 78 Sara Sorribes Tormo in the Fed Cup. Spain took an unexpected lead over Japan in the tie in Cartagena after Sorribes Tormo capitalised on a careless performance from Osaka, who made an astonishing 50 unforced errors in the 15 games. Sorribes Tormo enjoyed the backing of a sizeable home crowd at La Manga Club and her consistency proved too much for Osaka, who has never played her best on clay. But after Osaka led 2-0, Sorribes Tormo came back and a break midway through proved decisive, with a clearly disappointed Osaka struggling to contain her emotions at the finish. Osaka will now have to beat Suarez Navarro in the reverse singles on Saturday to prevent Spain booking their place in the finals in Budapest.
February 08, 2020 12:00 UTC
AUCKLAND AFP: New Zealand wrapped up the one-day series against India with veteran Ross Taylor and debutant Kyle Jamieson combining to set up a 22-run win in game two in Auckland on Saturday. Jamieson went to the middle with New Zealand 197 for eight and almost nine overs remaining following a spectacular collapse in which they lost seven wickets for 55 runs. India were dismissed for 251 with nine balls remaining in their innings, but captain Virat Kohli was not too despondent having already beaten New Zealand 5-0 n the Twenty20 series. New Zealand made a strong start in Auckland with Martin Guptill (69) and Henry Nicholls (41) putting on 93 for the first wicket. Following Nicholl’s dismissal, Tom Blundell joined Guptill to get the total to 142 before the seven-wicket collapse.
February 08, 2020 11:37 UTC
MP Lasantha Alagiyawanna was unanimously re-appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) today at parliament. His name was proposed by MP Udaya Prabhath Gammanpila and was seconded by MP Chandima Weerakkody. He was the COPA chairman prior to the prorogation of Parliament on the 02nd of December 2019. Ministers Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi, Duminda Dissanayake and MPs Chandima Weerakkody, Udaya Prabhath Gammanpila, Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana, Dr. Nalinda Jayathissaand Wijepala Hettiarachchi were present at the committee meeting held today at parliament.
February 07, 2020 09:56 UTC
The Chairmen for the Committee on Public Enterprises (CoPE) and the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) are due to be appointed today. Accordingly the members of COPE will meet at 2.00 pm while the COPA members are set to meet at 2.30 pm to appoint two chairmen for the committees. The Parliament announced the new members of the two committees on Wednesday. Sixteen were appointed to each of the two committees.
February 07, 2020 08:03 UTC
A baby in Wuhan, who was born on Saturday, tested positive for the virus 36 hours after he was delivered, the Associated Press reported. Authorities said he was the youngest person known to be infected with the new coronavirus, according to the report. “The baby was immediately separated from the mother after the birth and has been under artificial feeding. There was no close contact with the parents, yet it was diagnosed with the disease,” Zeng Lingkong, director of neonatal diseases at Wuhan Children’s Hospital, told Chinese TV. It was not clear how the child got infected, AP said.
February 07, 2020 08:03 UTC
MP Ranjan Ramanayake, who is in remand custody, appeared before the Government Analyst for a voice test this morning. The voice test was pertaining to the on-going investigations by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) on the controversial audio recordings of telephone calls by MP Ramanayake. Ramanayake, who was arrested by the CCD and remanded by court till 12 February, was brought to the Government Analyst’s Department in Pelawatte, Battaramulla for the voice test on a court order. Previously, the CCD sent the telephone recordings of MP Ramanayake to the Government Analyst for further investigations. The Government Analyst has been tasked to provide a report after analyzing the audiotapes.
February 07, 2020 07:52 UTC
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a police sergeant in Batticaloa. A 50-year-old Police sergeant T.Sivaraja of Putur, Batticaloa attached to the Valaichchenai Police was brutally assaulted and killed at Mullamunai along the Aethiyamalai main road in the Vavunativu Police area yesterday morning. Police investigations revealed that the police sergeant was killed after a heated argument between him and the two suspects. The Vavunathivu police are conducting further investigations.
February 07, 2020 07:07 UTC
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly called on his government to take “all necessary steps” in order to limit the economic impact of the virus outbreak. “There’s a risk the coronavirus outbreak could hurt consumption, so we need to watch developments carefully,” Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura was quoted as saying on Friday, reported Reuters citing Jiji Press. Additionally, 41 people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which arrived at the Japanese port of Yokohama earlier this week, have tested positive. This brings the total number of confirmed cases from the cruise ship to 61, said Japan’s health ministry. About 3,700 passengers and crew were placed under mandatory quarantine for two weeks after 10 people aboard the cruise liner tested positive.
February 07, 2020 03:00 UTC
A Wuhan doctor who attempted to warn authorities about a potential new coronavirus outbreak died on Friday from the infection, as the number of virus-related deaths continued to rise taking the total in China to over 600. As of Friday morning, number of confirmed cases globally stood at 31,420, with more than 31,000 of those in mainland China. The number of cases in China grew by 3,143, or around 11%, on the previous day. In total there have been 638 deaths, all but two of which were in mainland China, with one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong. At the time he was warning about a SARS-like virus spreading in the city, officials were still downplaying the outbreak and its danger.
February 07, 2020 02:26 UTC
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa departs to New Delhi today on a state visit to India on the invitation of his Indian Premier Narendra Modi from February 7 to 11. This is the first foreign visit by Rajapaksa after assuming duties as the Prime Minister in November last year. During the visit, the Prime Minister will engage in high-level bilateral meetings with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and other senior government officials, according to government sources. Prime Minister Rajapaksa also expects to finalize the discussions on the USD 450 million fresh line of credit, that the government of India announced for Sri Lanka during the state visit of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in November last year. Following the talks, Prime Minister Rajapaksa is scheduled to visit historic religious sites in Varanasi, Sarnath, Bodhgaya and Tirupati.
February 06, 2020 19:41 UTC
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel urged the expansion of friendship and cooperation relations with Sri Lanka, highlighted today the Caribbean country's foreign ministry site. In a message to his counterpart Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on the 72nd anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence, Diaz-Canel congratulated him for the event, according to the letter posted on the Foreign Ministry's website. Sri Lanka was the first country in Asia to recognize the Cuban Revolution. Both established links in July 1959. A statement from the president's office said that both countries have maintained ties in the sectors of education, health, culture and sports.
February 06, 2020 09:41 UTC
A passenger plane landing at an airport in Istanbul has skidded off the runway and broken into three parts, killing three people and injuring more than 170, officials say.The Pegasus Airlines jet was carrying 171 passengers and six crew members from Izmir province in the west when it crashed at Sabiha Gokcen airport.The Boeing 737 was trying to land in heavy tailwinds and rain.The airport was closed and flights diverted after the accident.The majority of people on board were Turkish, but local media quoted the airline's records as saying there were 22 foreign passengers from 12 other countries. A small number of children are believed to have been on board.Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said: "Unfortunately, the Pegasus Airlines plane couldn't hold on the runway due to poor weather conditions and skidded for around 50-60m [164-196ft]. "He said the plane then fell between 30 and 40 metres off the end of the runway.The airport has since reopened, while prosecutors have opened an investigation into the crash.Video footage showed passengers climbing through one of the large cracks to escape via one of the wings, and dozens of rescuers working around the jet.Other footage on social media showed a blaze inside the aircraft, which was later put out by firefighters.Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan said authorities had not yet been able to speak to the pilots, a Turkish national and a South Korean, who were believed to have been injured in the accident. (Source: BBC News)
February 06, 2020 09:22 UTC
President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for the White House. A majority of senators expressed unease with Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment. But the final tallies — 52-48 favoring acquittal of abuse of power, 53-47 of obstruction of Congress’ investigation — fell far short. Two-thirds “guilty” votes would have been needed to reach the Constitution’s bar of high crimes and misdemeanors to convict and remove Trump from office. The outcome Wednesday followed months of remarkable impeachment proceedings, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House to Mitch McConnell’s Senate, reflecting the nation’s unrelenting partisan divide three years into the Trump presidency.
February 06, 2020 08:37 UTC
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya met with the Ambassador of China to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan at the Speakers Official residence yesterday. The Ambassador briefed the Speaker on the prevailing situation regarding the corona virus epidemic in China and the steps taken by the Chinese Government and authorities to curb spread of the virus. The Speaker assured the ambassador that the Parliament will stand firmly with China at this hour to overcome the challenge they are faced with.
February 06, 2020 06:33 UTC