15th May 2015

Three nabbed over kidnap, rape and murder of student in Pungudutivu

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Three nabbed over kidnap, rape and murder of student Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the kidnapping, rape and murder of an 18-year-old student, who was on her way to school Wednesday morning in Punkudithivu, Jaffna. The victim’s body, with her hands and feet tied with rope, had been found at an abandoned property located near her school while several cuts were also found in parts of her body. The discovery was made following investigations carried out based on a complaint filed by the girl’s parents with Kytes Police Station after their daughter had not returned home from school. Preliminary inquiries had revealed that the girl had been absent at school on that day and that she was abducted on the way to […]

NPC to help ex-ltte cadres

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By Mirudhula Thambiah The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has allocated Rs 40.3 million to enhance the livelihoods of former militant cadres and for the benefit of the families of political prisoners. NPC Minister B. Deniswaran said the move has been taken to support the families financially as the former cadres were struggling to initiate any income oriented ventures. “As the Tamil political prisoners are behind bars without any legal action their families are also struggling without breadwinners to support them. Therefore, taking into consideration the plight of the ex cadres and the families of the Tamil political prisoners, the NPC has taken the decision to allocate Rs 40.3 million to uplift their living conditions,” Minister Deniswaran said. “Former cadres have undergone rehabilitation during which they […]

Housing assistance for War Heroes

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A group of War Heroes received housing loans during a ceremony held at the Ministry today (14th Thursday, May 2015). The ceremony to hand over interest free housing loans to War Heroes was graced by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. BMUD Basnayake. Loans are provided to a maximum amount of Rs. 300,000.00 for deserving War Hero families to complete their partly built houses. During today’s ceremony loans were provided under the 21st phase of the housing assistance programme initiated by the Seva Vanitha Unit (SVU) of the Ministry. Speaking at the occasion, Chairperson of the SVU Mrs. S Basnayake said that a number of welfare programmes have been initiated to assist War Heroes and War Hero families to uplift their living standards […]

City of London leader in Sri Lanka to boost economic links with Colombo

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COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Alan Yarrow, will lead a business delegation to Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo in bid to boost financial and profession links between the two cities, the High Commission of UK said. “With Sri Lanka looking to adopt a more open approach to the West under President Sirisena, my visit will look to build economic ties with the government, central bank, regulators and the business community,” he said in a statement. “The end goal is that both our countries benefit financially from increased trade, business partnerships and investment opportunities in the coming years. “As the leading financial centre in the world, the City of London has a host of world-class  firms with the right expertise and […]

Israel to strengthen economic ties with Lanka – Ambassador

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Israel was looking at strengthening economic ties with Lanka, said Ambassador of Israel to Sri Lanka, Daniel Carmon. Speaking at the Israel’s 67th National Day Celebrations he said that he has no doubt they will witness the fruits of this partnership in the coming future for the benefit of both countries. “Together with Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorale we discussed the problems of thousands of Sri Lankan nationals already employed in Israel in agriculture and as caregivers. In my meeting with the Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Mangala Yapa, and other members of the business community here in Colombo, I was happy to hear about the expectations to further expand trade relations with Israel, especially in agriculture and water sectors. Ambassador […]

Basil to be indicted in two weeks

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Under offences against public property act Former Minister and UPFA Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa will be served indictment before the Colombo High Court by the end of this month, Attorney General’s Department sources said. They also added that Rajapaksa and other suspects of the case will be served indictment under offences against the public property Act. Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, former Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilaka, former Director General of the Divi neguma Department, R.R.K. Ranawaka and Divi Neguma Regional Director Bandula Thilakasiri are presently in remand in connection with alleged misappropriation of Divi Neguma funds. They will be produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate on May 20. Rajapaksa and his officials were arrested on April 22 by the Police after being questioned for over […]

I was offered bribe to cover up ‘Avant-Garde’ issue – Minister Rajitha

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I was offered bribe to cover up ‘Avant-Garde’ issue – Rajitha Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Rajitha Senaratne claims that he was offered a bribe of Rs 20 million per month in order to cover up the ‘Avant-Garde’ issue. Speaking at post Cabinet media briefing in Colombo today, the Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine stated that the individuals who attempted to bribe him earn a monthly income of around Rs 250 million. Refusing to divulge any names, Dr. Senaratne alleged that because the attempt to bribe him had failed they had spread a story accusing his son of detaining an underage girl. He further said that the bribe had been extended through one of his friends and that he did not disclose the incident because of […]

Dubai Marriot Hotel is not mine – Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today rejected allegations that he invested millions of dollars in the Steel Corporation the Marriot Hotel in Dubai by using businessman Nandana Lokuwithana as a front man. The Marriott Al Jaddaf Hotel in Dubai is the first ever five star hotel built and owned by a Sri Lankan living overseas. The owner of the property, Lokuwithana, had reportedly invested US$ 225 million (approximately Rs. 2.9 billion) for the project. Issuing a statement, Rajapaksa also charged that the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) has been set up with a view to “harassing political opponents” and that it functions as an “extension” of the UNP. The statement further reads: “The newly set up police unit, the FCID has filed a B report informing […]

Rs. 3.5 bn misappropriated at Public Trustee Dept

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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe claims: By Maheesha Mudugamuwa New Public Trustee Tharanagani Keenavinna Dissanayake, her sister Shantha Mayadunne, her husband Nalin Dissanayake and family. Pic by Nimal Dayaratne Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC yesterday alleged that Rs. 3,300 million had been misappropriated from the Department of the Public Trustee (DPT) during the previous regime. Speaking at the ceremony to welcome the newly appointed Sri Lanka’s first female Public Trustee Tharangani Keenawinna Dissanayake at the department, he said the recent audits had revealed thousands of rupees were improperly taken from DPT for development projects by the previous government. Newly appointed Public Trustee had a vital role to play as she had to investigate the wrongdoings and to expose the culprits, Rajapakshe said. “We have to right […]

Northern Governor steps in to ensure assistance for Sinhala returnees to Jaffna

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Northern Province Governor H.M.G.S. Palihakkara has told Jaffna Divisional Secretariat that required state assistance should be provided to all those who had returned to the Jaffna peninsula seeking resettlement regardless of their ethnicity. One-time foreign secretary, Palihakkara has emphasized that those wanting to re-build their lives shouldn’t be deprived of the support; they were entitled to it in accordance with instructions issued by the government. The Northern Governor has intervened subsequent to a group of Sinhala families living in state land situated close to Navatkuli railway station making representations recently. Chief incumbent of Sinhalarama Sammidhisumana Viharaya, Navatkuli, Ven. Hanwelle Ratnasiri yesterday told The Island that the previous government had failed to provide title deeds for land allocated to Sinhala war displaced in Jaffna. […]