Navy wants action be taken against EP CM Nazeer
The navy today handed a report to the Defence Ministry requesting action be taken against Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed for allegedly rebuking a naval officer at an event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya on Friday.
A video of the CM rebuking a naval officer, who was the compere at an event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya, went viral recently. Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando and US Ambassador Atul Keshap also attended the event as Chief Guests. (Daily Mirror)
Protect media freedom to safeguard democracy - Mahinda
In a bid to safeguard the democracy, all should learn to respect media freedom, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
The observation was made while speaking at an event held in Beliatta. (Ada Derana)
Office of Missing Persons seeks 'disappeared'
Sri Lanka is to set up an office to locate thousands of people still missing seven years after the defeat of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, the foreign ministry has announced.
The office will have powers to investigate the disappearance of more than 20,000 people in decades of fighting that ended in 2009. (BBC)
Sri Lanka's reconciliation task force extends deadline
A task force appointed by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on reconciliation mechanisms with the Tamil minority community on Wednesday said it has extended the deadline for public submissions until June 24.
Wickremesinghe appointed the Consultations Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms in January to consult members of the public on the processes and mechanisms for reconciliation to seek truth and justice, ensure accountability for human rights violations and provide measures for red. (dna)
See elephants — at elaborate festival and in the wild — on this Sri Lanka tour
Dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, acrobats and more than 100 costumed elephants set the scene for the Kandy Esala Perahera, one of the largest Buddhist festivals held annually in southeast Asia.
The spectacle, with nightly torch-lit parades of elephants, is on the itinerary of an 11-night Ceylon Express International tour of Sri Lanka. (LA Times)
Sri Lanka rain death toll hits 101 as waters recede
Floods subsided across Sri Lanka Tuesday revealing the full extent of damage from last week's deluge that also triggered landslides, officials said, as the death toll crossed 100.
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said 101 people were known to have died last week while another 100 people were still listed as missing in the worst hit central district of Kegalle.(Daily Mail)
Foreign national killed due to elephant attack
A foreign national was killed due to a wild elephant attack on Habarana Sigiriya road, the police said. The incident occurred this afternoon, according to police.(Ada Derana)
Can Government keep the momentum?
After 16 months of holding the post of Prime Minister, is UNP on a navigated route or on a collision course with the people?
Undoing is self-inflicted: mainly caused by the leader’s cloistered advisers living far away from the people. Good governance kids of this regime are deserting in its early days: the last regime lost the youth in their last days.(Daily Mirror)
Anura Senanayake arrested for withholding evidences in Thajudeen case
In what appears to be a major twist in the murder case of national Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested former Senior DIG Anura Senanayake on the charge of allegedly withholding evidences.
The former Senior DIG was summoned to the CID to record a statement regarding the murder case this morning (23). (Ada Derana)
Pakistan hands over relief items to flood hit Sri Lanka
For the victims of the recent devastating floods, landslides and torrential rains in Sri Lanka, the first cargo flight of relief goods from Pakistan arrived in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on Monday.
The Pakistani cargo plane brought full load of C-130 aircraft carrying priority relief items indicated by the Sri Lankan authorities, at the Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake. (Daily Times)
Death toll from weeklong storms in Sri Lanka rises to 92
The death toll from landslides and floods in Sri Lanka as a result of weeklong heavy storms has risen to 92, officials said Sunday.
Soldiers searching for victims of landslides that buried three villages in the central hills pulled out eight bodies from the rubble, the Disaster Management Center said, adding that 109 people were still missing in the landslides. (Seattle Times)
Use of Obscene Language: Harin apologises
After Telecommunications and Digital Technology Minister Harin Fernando abused Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage in obscene language, the parliamentary authorities have begun to consider amending the Standing Orders to ensure the dignity and decorum of the House.
The Joint Opposition’s parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardena had raised the issue at the Business Committee meeting and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had agreed to look into it. (Daily Mirror)
Red Cross Society of China donates 50,000 USD to Sri Lanka
The Red Cross Society of China donated 50,000 U.S. dollars to Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to support Sri Lanka's relief and rebuilding efforts in the ongoing disaster of flooding and landslides,a statement released by Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said on Saturday
Pang Chunxue, political counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, on behalf of the Red Cross Society of China, handed over the donation to S.B.Madugalle, deputy director general of SLRCS. (CRI)
71 killed, 127 missing, foreign aid reaches flood-hit Sri Lanka
At least 71 people were killed and 127 others remained missing in floods and landslides triggered by the heaviest rains in Sri Lanka in over a quarter century, as offers of assistance for thousands of people including from India poured in.
Indian relief vessel INS Sunayna arrived at Colombo port today with goods from Kochi, the Lankan foreign ministry said. (economic tIMES)
Speaker informs parliament of special inquiry over use of obscene language by Minister Fernando
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday informed Parliament that he had ordered a special inquiry into the use of obscene language by Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando in Parliament last Wednesday.
MP Gunawardena drawing the attention of the House towards the matter said the conduct of Minister Fernando was a clear violation of the Standing Orders. "Minister Fernando used lewd words to insult MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage. This is a very mean behaviour. The Minister used un-parliamentary language. (The Island)
Sri Lanka’s plea to friendly nations: provide whatever possible assistance
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said friendly nations have been appealed to provide whatever possible assistance for the supply of relief materials and construction of houses.
Terming the flood situation in the country “disastrous,” the President pointed out that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday briefed diplomats of the present status. He also thanked those countries which had come forward to donate the materials and support Sri Lanka. (The Hindu)
Sri Lanka to get over $3.5 billion from Japan for development
Karunanayake told parliament the cost of borrowing would be between 3.5 and 4 percent once the cost of swapping yen to dollars was taken into account.
"We are getting more than $3,500 million from Japan for our development activities," he said, adding that $1.2 billion would be used to buy government bonds and $2.5 billion used for lending to development projects.(Fiscal Times)
Sri Lanka holds rates a third month after IMF loan agreement
Sri Lanka left its benchmark rates unchanged for a third straight month after it agreed a $1.5 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to help improve public finances.
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka kept the standing lending facility rate at 8 percent and the standing deposit facility rate at 6.5 percent, it said in a statement on Friday. The move was predicted by eight of nine economists in a Bloomberg survey while one saw a 50 basis point increase.(Fiscal Times)
India rushes two naval ships and C-17 aircraft to cyclone-hit Sri Lanka
India was on Friday sending two naval ships and a C-17 aircraft with relief material like medicines and tents along with teams of rescue experts to Sri Lanka which has been severely battered by tropical cyclone Roanu.
A high-level meeting was held at the Home Ministry which assessed the requirement of relief material and airlifting them to the island nation, as India promised to extend all necessary help to the neighbour. (Indian Express)
Search resumes in rain for missing in Sri Lankan landslide
Hundreds of soldiers resumed the slow and difficult search Friday for hundreds of people missing after landslides swallowed three hillside villages in central Sri Lanka, a dangerous effort as continuing rain kept the ground unstable and the risk of more mudslides a constant threat.
By Friday morning, rescuers had recovered 30 bodies, out of hundreds believed buried on Tuesday when torrents of thick, red mud buried the villages of Siripura, Pallebage and Elangapitya. The Sri Lankan Red Cross has said at least 220 families were unaccounted for. (Bloomberg)
Pakistan hands over most Sacred Buddhist Relics to Sri Lanka for Exposition
The Government of Pakistan has handed over the most sacred relics of Lord Buddha to the Government of Sri Lanka today in a special ceremony arranged at the historic Taxila Museum today, says a press release received here today from Sri Lanka.
The relics were handed over on behalf of the government of Pakistan, by the Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage, Mr. Irfan Siddiqui to the Sri Lankan Minister for Sustainable Development and Wildlife, Mr. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera and his delegation. (Int. News)
No election, but govt putting in place regulations to control media during polls - JO
Instead of holding local government elections, the government had introduced new gazette notifications to control the media during an election, the Joint Opposition charged yesterday.
Leader of the JO, Colombo District MP Dinesh Gunawardena said the government is planning to pass the gazette notification in Parliament today (20) without giving enough time to MPs to study and analyse it. (The Island)
144 missing in Aranayake landslide; flooding death toll climbs to 58
The death toll in torrential rains in Sri Lanka rose to 58 on Thursday as search and rescue operations for survivors continued, especially in the central region that was hit by landslides leaving more than hundred missing.
The Disaster Management Center (DMC) said that 420,097 people have been affected due to floods and landslides out of which 299,806 persons are displaced. (Ada Derana)
MR: It was a privilege to defeat LTTE
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a hard hitting statement yesterday blasted the authorities for releasing hardcore LTTEers numbering a few hundred, while armed forces personnel were being arrested and held continuously without bail.
"My government did not try to exact revenge from LTTE cadres captured at the end of the war. We rehabilitated and released more than 11,000 LTTE combatants. It was only around 200 to 300 of the most dangerous terrorist operatives who were kept in detention with a view to taking legal action against them for various crimes," he explained (The Island)
Hundreds Of families missing as landslides crush 3 villages In Sri Lanka
More than 200 families in central Sri Lanka were missing Wednesday after massive landslides triggered by torrential rains crushed three villages the night before, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society said.
The slides hit the villages of Siripura, Pallebage and Elagipitya in the Aranayake area of Kegalle District. (npr)
Let us honour and safeguard the hard-won peace - Gotabaya
Let us not forget that we owe an eternal debt of gratitude to every single member of the armed forces who lay down their lives, to those who lie disabled and helpless for the rest of their lives, said former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
In a Facebook status update, in view of the War Hero Commemoration Day, Rajapaksa said “as we mark the 7th anniversary of victory over terrorism, I remember with deep appreciation, the immense sacrifices of the armed forces, in freeing our motherland from terror. (Ada Derana)
Govt. will remove Cabinet moles: Rajitha
Reshuffle or not, the Government would remove a few Ministers from the Cabinet for sabotaging the anti-corruption drive of the Government, inefficiency and treachery before long, a senior Cabinet Minister said today.
Joint Cabinet Spokesman Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told the weekly Cabinet news briefing that not only the members of the Joint Opposition, the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp and public sector officials and senior Police officers, who benefitted from the Rajapaksa Government, certain Ministers also would do everything to scuttle the ongoing investigations against corruption, money laundering, frauds, and embezzlement that allegedly took place under the Rajapaksa regime. (Daily Mirror)
Release those wrongfully arrested and detained - Mahinda
I call upon the government to stop persecuting our armed forces personnel and to release those who have been wrongfully arrested and detained, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said
The observation was made while releasing a statement in view of the 7th anniversary of the war victory. (Ada Derana)
DEW urges President not to extend term of CB Governor without probing bond scams
Communist Party (CP) leader D.E.W. Gunasekera on Monday urged President Maithripala Sirisena not to extend the term of the Central Bank (CB) Governor Arjuna Mahendran, which is scheduled to end in June, without a thorough investigation into alleged bond scams during his tenure.
Former Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Gunasekera told a media briefing at Dr. N.M Perera Centre in Borella that the appointment of the CBSL Governor was the President’s prerogative. (The island)
Over 200,000 people affected by flash floods in Sri Lanka; Colombo worst hit
Over 200,000 people have been affected by torrential rains and flash floods that have wreaked havoc in Sri Lanka, killing eight people with nine others still missing, officials said on Tuesday.
"19 of the 25 administrative districts in the island were affected by heavy rains, floods and earth slips. 47,922 families or 207,556 people have been affected," Disaster management spokesman Pradeep Kodippily said. (First Post)
Bandula wants Select Committee of Parliament to probe bond issue
The Government has lost over Rs. 145 billion due to the controversial bond issue, MP Bandula Gunawardena pointed out.
The observation was made while speaking at a press conference held in Colombo this afternoon (17). (Ada Derana)
Sirisena Vetoes Rajitha’s Cabinet Paper On Corruption Probes
A joint Cabinet paper submitted by Rajitha Senaratne, Champika Ranwaka, Arjuna Ranatunge and Sarath Fonseka, seeking the progress over corruption investigations was vetoed this morning by President Maithripala Sirisena, who informed minsters that the Cabinet meeting was ‘not the place’ to discuss such iss
Senaratne’s cabinet paper comes amidst increasing exasperation by both the public and civil organisations, who have alleged that the government is soft peddling corruption investigations. (Colombo Telegraph)
At least three missing in flash floods; alert issued
Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least eight people, including a 10-month-old baby, and forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes, officials said today.
“Three people are reported missing in Dehiowita area,” Disaster Management Centre spokesman Pradeep Kodippily has told PTI. (Ada Derana)
Govt. to strip Gota of army security
Army security provided to former Defence Secretary Lt. Col. (Retd.) Gotabhaya Rajapaksa too would be removed in stages according to the government’s policy decision to hand over the VIP security to the police commandos, the Defence Ministry said yesterday.
Addressing the media at the Government Information Department, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said the Police Special Task Force would ensure and take responsibility for the former Defence Secretary’s security without any lapse. (The Island)
Rosy's FR petition dismissed
The Supreme Court today refused to grant leave to proceed with the rights petition filed Rosy Senanayake seeking a recount of preference votes polled in the Colombo District at last year's general election.
The petitioner sought recounting of preference votes particularly secured by her, Hirunika Premachandra and Mano Ganeshan. (Daily Mirror)
Two Days of LTTE Terror at Sri Lanka Festival in Toronto
I hear from my friends connected to the government in Ottawa that Gary (name taken) Anandasangaree , Member of Parliament in Canada, has prevented a motion in parliament to declare January as Tamil Heritage month and next Monday (today) there will be a roundtable in the Canadian parliament to discuss what is described as Tamil genocide.
I have no issues with naming a heritage month for any community, Tamil, Sinhala, Muslim or Egyptian. However, there is a problem when pro-LTTE parliamentarians try to create problems in other countries. (The Island)
'Tamil issue pushed to margins as India, Lanka rework ties'
In the new equations in the aftermath of regime changes in New Delhi and Colombo post 2014, the ownership of Sri Lankan-Tamil question that India had assumed all through the ethnic conflict is no more at the centre of the table, says a new book.
The two countries are now engaged in reworking their relations in terms of regional or maritime security and economic development, says the book "After the Fall: Sri Lanka in Victory and War" by author-journalist Mohan K Tikku. (The Statesman)
Sri Lankan Airlines, to sour or to soar?
During the 2005 -2015 period Sri Lanka’s privatisation programme came to a halt, and there was a wave of expansion in state businesses. State owned enterprises grew from 107 SOEs in 2009 to 245 SOEs in 2014. At the same time the number employed grew from 140,500 to 261,683. Of these 245 SOEs, by admission of the Department of Public Enterprises, only 55 are considered strategically important and fall under their purview.
As stated by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanyake last year, the government planned to restructure these 55 strategically important SOE’s but did not discuss the balance 190 SOE’s that are seemingly unimportant but still exist (Lanka Business Online)
Cultural show, not a military parade to mark the end of war in Sri Lanka this year
This year the Sri Lankan government giving priority to reconciliation efforts will mark the end of the Tami Tiger terrorist war with a cultural show instead of a military parade.
State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene announcing the program to mark the war victory at a media briefing Thursday said the National War Heroes Commemoration Ceremony 2016 will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the War Memorial in Battaramulla on 18th May. (Colombo Page)
Sri Lanka denies building naval facility on islet
The Sri Lanka Navy on Sunday dismissed reports that it planned to build a naval facility on the Katchatheevu islet, which was ceded by India to Sri Lanka during the June 1974 bilateral agreement
Talking to The Hindu , Sri Lankan Navy Commander Vice-Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne termed as “baseless” the reports that the Navy had planned to install a detachment on the islet. (The Hindu)
Harin vs Anura
Minister Harin Fernando has torn into JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake for a snide remark on the government. Addressing the media at Sirikotha on Wednesday Harin let out a stream of invective, recalling as he did some ugly incidents in the late 1980s, which the JVP wishes it could live down. On listening to him one may have wondered whether the JVP-UNP honeymoon was over.
Harin and Anura were instrumental in installing the present dispensation in power. The role Harin played in helping dislodge the mighty Rajapaksa government has not been duly recognised. (The Island/Editorial)
Russians, Sri Lankan deported over terror links
Two Russians and a Sri Lankan were deported to their countries after being detained in Selangor between March 28 and Apr 22, for their alleged links to terror group Islamic State (IS).
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the trio were nabbed during special operations in Selangor, conducted by the Special Branch's Counter-Terrorism Division (New Straits Times)
US says it is working with Sri Lanka to implement UNHRC resolution
The United States is working with Sri Lanka to implement the steps agreed to in the resolution the two countries jointly sponsored at the UN Human Rights Council last year, a top US diplomat said..
“Our diplomatic relations are at an all-time high, and we are now working with Sri Lanka to implement the steps agreed to in the resolution we jointly sponsored at the UN Human Rights Council last year,” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told lawmakers, according to the Press Trust of India. (Colombo Gazette)
Sri Lankan navy builds church on tiny, barren island
The Sri Lankan navy has begun building a second Catholic church on a tiny island on the maritime boundary with India where worshipers from both countries meet every year to pray to a saint they consider the guardian angel of fisherfolk.
Catholic priests and navy officials laid the foundation stone May 9 for the future St. Anthony's Church on Kachchatheevu island with the navy pledging 10 million rupees to cover the cost. (uca news)
JO calls for interim budget from Govt.
The joint opposition yesterday urged the government to present an interim budget in the Parliament as the original budget proposals approved by the House earlier have been now negated after the tax revision.
Addressing a media briefing, joint opposition leader MP Dinesh Gunewardena said they had sent a written request to the President and the Prime Minister by including particulars on the 2016 budget and the recent Value Added Tax (VAT) increment due to the conditions implemented by the International Monetary Fund (Daily Mirror)
We will devolve power to the people as a whole - President
“We will devolve power to the people as a whole,” President Maithripala Sirisena has said in an interview last week with the New York Times. “Nobody is trying to take something away from the Sinhalese to give it to the Tamils. What we are trying to do is to give something more to everyone.” he said.
Leaders of Sri Lanka, an island nation at the foot of India, have repeatedly promised a political solution to the ethnic strife that has caused heartache and bloodshed for much of its nearly 70-year history since independence. (Ada Derana)
EU denies hand in National Security Act replacing PTA
The European Union (EU) yesterday claimed that the idea of replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) had come not from the EU but from the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) as part of its commitment to the joint Human Rights Council Resolution in Geneva resolution.
Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the EU to Sri Lanka and the Maldives David Daly told the media at the introduction of EU’s human rights initiatives for this year at the Taj Samudra, Colombo, that the issue was not the abolishing the PTA but, replacing it with a modern security legislation conforming to international standards. (The Island)
Sri Lanka police arrest former leader's brother over land deal
A brother of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was arrested on Thursday by the police Financial Crimes Investigation Division over a land deal allegedly involving money laundering, his lawyer and police said.
Weerasinghe later said his client had been produced in a court, freed on bail and told to appear in court again on July 20. (Daily Mail)
Five member committee appointed to probe Sobhitha Thera's death
The Deputy Director General of the Colombo National Hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe had written to the Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya informing that a five member committee had been appointed to investigate into the reasons for not conducting a post mortem on the body of the late Kotte Sri Nagaviharadhipathi Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera.
Dr. Jasinghe had further stated that in accordance to the order made by the Colombo Chief magistrate, on the Deputy Director General of the Colombo National Hospital, requiring the appointment of a committee of Medical professionals to inquire into why a post mortem was not held on the body of the late Thera, and a regular report on the findings submitted to courts, this committee had been appointe (Daily Mirror)
Indictment filed against Uduwe Dhammaloka thero
The Attorney General has filed indictment against Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka thero for the possession of an elephant calf without a permit, the Ada Derana reporter confirmed.
Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero, who was arrested and subsequently remanded for the alleged illegal possession of the elephant calf, was granted bail by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court earlier.(Ada Derana)
MPs’ Vehicle Bonanza: MR loyalist first to benefit from mega tax waiver
A UPFA Parliamentarian has taken delivery of his tax free vehicle, a brand new Range Rover Sport Diesel S/Wagon released by paying Customs only Rs. 1,750 as Customs Declaration fee. He had paid about Rs. 8.9 mn as Cost Insurance and freight (CIF) for the vehicle a member of the Sri Lanka Customs Unions told The Island last night.
The UPFA MP in the Joint Opposition was among 225 parliamentarians entitled to import luxury vehicles after paying a pittance by way of taxes or charges while the public continued to be burdened with increased new taxes such as VAT and NBT, the unionist said.(The Island)
Sri Lanka's debt-laden airline to sell four new Airbus planes
Sri Lanka's debt-ridden national airline will sell four new Airbus A350s, a government minister said on Monday, two weeks after cancelling an order for four of the aircraft.
The state-owned carrier had already sold one of the four planes for a "reasonably good price" to a leasing company and is in talks with airlines over the other three, Deputy State Enterprise Minister Eran Wickramaratne said.(REUTERS)
Sri Lanka man caught in bid to travel to Canada with fake IDs
A Sri Lanka national has been caught attempting to travel to Canada via Taiwan using fake Canadian identification cards, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Tuesday.
The 24-year-old man was discovered by immigrant agents at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport late Monday to be holding a fake Canadian permanent resident card when he was waiting for a transit flight to Toronto, the agency said.(Focus Taiwan)
Sri Lanka Appeal Court to take up petition against former LTTE leader on 30th May
The Court of Appeal in Sri Lanka will take up a Writ Application filed by the Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) seeking an order to arrest and prosecute former LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP on 30 May
Appellate Court judge, Justice P. Padman Surasena Monday decided the next hearing date when the writ petition filed by JVP parliamentarian Vijitha Herath was taken for hearing.(Colombo Page)
BBS challenges Wimal, other MPs to debate
Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera today challenged MP Wimal Weerawansa over the statements he made to the media condemning the organisation.
“I will challenge not only MP Wimal Weerawansa but also Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Manusha Nanayakkara, Dilan Perera, Rajitha Senarathne, Mangala Samaraweera and political analysts Gevindu Kumarathunga and Dayan Jayathileke for an open debate to discuss the statements made by them against the BBS,” the Thera said. (Daily Mirror)
Experts debate on the issue of legalizing abortion in Sri LankaTue, May 10,
Social and medical experts in Sri Lanka held a conference Monday to debate the issue of legalizing abortion in the country as over 650 illegal abortions are taking place daily according to available statistics.
Prof. K.K. Karunathilake of the Social Science Unit of the Kelaniya University has said that about 658 illegal abortions are taking place in the country daily since the country's law bars abortions(Colombo Page)
Parliament approval is a must before a VAT increase - GL
Having a Parliament approval is a must before the increase of Value Added Tax (VAT), former Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris says.
The observation was made at a press conference held in Colombo this afternoon (10). (Ada Derana)
Panama Papers: Senadhipathi denies allegations
Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi today denied holding funds in Panama as published and presented in the media and social media websites, his counsel Nishan Premathiratne said.
Mr. Premathiratne said his client's earnings from Avant-garde Maritime Services Pvt. Ltd were in foreign currency. (Daily Mirror)