Google agrees 5-year deal to pay AFP for online content: executives  – The Island

Google and Agence France-Presse on Wednesday said they had signed a “pioneering” five-year deal under which the world’s biggest internet search company will pay an undisclosed sum for content in Europe. The agreement, following 18 months of negotiations, is the first by a news agency under the 2019 European directive on so-called neighbouring rights, at the heart of multiple disputes between web giants and the media over payment for use of online news and other content. “This is an agreement that covers the whole of the EU, in all of AFP’s…

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Fr. Cyril Gamini summoned to appear before CID again

Rev. Father Cyril Gamini Fernando has been informed to appear before the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) tomorrow morning, the Police Spokesman said. SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that Father Cyril Gamini has been notified to appear at the CID at 9.30 a.m. tomorrow (22). He had previously appeared before the CID on two occasions to record a statement in connection with a complaint filed by the country’s intelligence chief.  Father Cyril Gamini was questioned by the CID for around 8 hours on November 15 and 16.   On October 25, the…

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Tissakuttiarachchi should apologise for insulting women: Hirunika

Ruling Party MP Tissakuttiarachchi should be publicly apologising for insulting and harrassing women in Parliament, emphasised former MP Hirunika Premachandra, speaking to a briefing held by Samagi Kantha Balawegaya today (21). The former MP pointed out that Tissakuttiarachchi’s actions can never be taken lightly, adding that his comment reflects the way in which the entire pool of men from top to bottom in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) sees and thinks of women. Reminding that there were incidents in which public representatives of the…

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NFE deal at risk over privilege matter raised by Ranil – The Island

by Saman Indrajith A privilege matter raised by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament last week relating to the government’s agreement with US-based New Fortress Energy (NFE) places the entire deal at risk, parliamentary sources said. Raising a privilege issue, Wickremesinghe claimed that the framework agreement between the Government and New Fortress Energy Sri Lanka Power Holdings LCC had been entered into in violation of the powers, privileges and immunity of Parliament. He called on the Government to make a full disclosure to the House. The UNP leader identified clauses…

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Teen Lankan musician releases solo music video in UK – The Island

by Saman Indrajith A privilege matter raised by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament last week relating to the government’s agreement with US-based New Fortress Energy (NFE) places the entire deal at risk, parliamentary sources said. Raising a privilege issue, Wickremesinghe claimed that the framework agreement between the Government and New Fortress Energy Sri Lanka Power Holdings LCC had been entered into in violation of the powers, privileges and immunity of Parliament. He called on the Government to make a full disclosure to the House. The UNP leader identified clauses…

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One More Batch of Best-Trained World-Class SF Soldiers, Ready to Take on Modern-day Threats Passed out

The Sri Lanka Army’s Special Forces (SF), arguably the best-trained top Special Operations Force and the most formidable unit a country can boast, being well-geared to perform unconventional or unorthodox covert missions concerning national security interests on Sunday (21) inducted one more elite batch of 7 highly-trained Officers and 235 Other Ranks upon completion of their intensive nine-month long Training Course No-51 during a thrilling ceremony at the Special Forces Training School (SFTS) at Maduruoya. The eventful formal passing out parade (POP) of the best…

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SL pavilion big draw at WTM – The Island

by Saman Indrajith A privilege matter raised by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament last week relating to the government’s agreement with US-based New Fortress Energy (NFE) places the entire deal at risk, parliamentary sources said. Raising a privilege issue, Wickremesinghe claimed that the framework agreement between the Government and New Fortress Energy Sri Lanka Power Holdings LCC had been entered into in violation of the powers, privileges and immunity of Parliament. He called on the Government to make a full disclosure to the House. The UNP leader identified clauses…

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Shortage of LP Gas may exist for a long time: Wegapitiya

The shortage of LP Gas in the country is likely to exist for a long time, said W.K.H. Wegapitiya, Chairman of LAUGFS. The government does not provide any relief to LAUGFS for importing gas, he said. Pointing out that the worst crisis is the non-issuance of the required amount of dollars for import activities, Wegapitiya grieved that the government is not providing any relief in this regard. In the backdrop, gas imports at LAUGFS cannot continue, the Company Chief went on, adding that the gas…

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Gen. Mahesh Senanayake inducted into Intl Hall of Fame at Fort Leavenworth – The Island

by Saman Indrajith A privilege matter raised by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament last week relating to the government’s agreement with US-based New Fortress Energy (NFE) places the entire deal at risk, parliamentary sources said. Raising a privilege issue, Wickremesinghe claimed that the framework agreement between the Government and New Fortress Energy Sri Lanka Power Holdings LCC had been entered into in violation of the powers, privileges and immunity of Parliament. He called on the Government to make a full disclosure to the House. The UNP leader identified clauses…

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Government decides to pay $ 6.7 million without accepting the Chinese fertilizer shipment

The government has decided to pay US $ 6.7 million for organic fertilizer imported from China. The Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage has stated to a newspaper that he has decided to solve this problem by paying 75% of the value of the relevant fertilizer. However, it has not been decided yet to accept this stock of fertilizer. The ship is currently anchored off the coast of Sri Lanka. Sample testing confirmed that these organic fertilizers contain harmful bacteria in the soil and therefore the…

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