PM Mahinda Rajapaksa visits Hambantota International Port   – The Island

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was on a multi-faceted inspection tour of the Hambantota International Port (HIP) to appraise the ongoing development projects at the port. Johnson Liu, CEO of Hambantota International Port Group, giving a grand welcome to the Prime Minister and his delegation said “it is my sincere pleasure to have Honorable Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at this special event. Today, we witness the progress and success of the port, which was developed under your guidance and visionary leadership, and this port now serves as a beacon light for…

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Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris hosts Year-end Christmas reception 2021

Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris hosted a Christmas reception on 12 December 2021 at the Hilton Colombo, attended by Heads of Missions of the Diplomatic Corps based in Colombo,  Cabinet Ministers, MPs, senior government officials and representatives of the business sector.  Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa graced the occasion as Chief Guests. Minister Peris in his welcome address stated that Christmas was a time to celebrate our relationships, friendships and our accomplishments. Therefore this was as good a time as any to…

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New head at BoI following controversy – The Island

SJB says move indicates further deterioration of SLPP By Shamindra Ferdinando Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has denied accusations that the sudden prorogation of Parliament was meant to terminate investigations undertaken by parliamentary watchdog committees, the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) and the Committee on Public Finance (COPF). The media raised the issue at the regular weekly cabinet briefing at the SLPP office at Battaramulla. The media asked whether President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to prorogue Parliament had been influenced by high profile inquiries conducted…

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Few retired army officers holding govt posts not a sign of militarisation – Defence Secretary

Secretary of Defence, General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, says that Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces have played a vital role in ensuring national security as well as nation building process over the past two years. The Defence Secretary expressed these views while speaking at a media briefing organised by the Presidential Media Centre this morning (15) on the activities of the three armed forces during the past two years.  Defence Secretary Gunaratne said the country’s national security has been ensured and there is no room for separatism, and also added that no…

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Poet Ahanaf Jasim granted bail after 19 months, but not allowed to return home

The Puttalam High Court today (15) ordered the release on bail of Ahanaf Jasim, a young poet who had been detained and remanded for 19 months on the allegation of spreading extremism through a poem book. Accordingly, Jasim was released on three sureties of Rs. 300,000 each and ordered to appear before the Puttalam Office of the Terrorism Investigation Division on the first and last Sunday of every month, adhered to the bail conditions. A foreign travel ban was also imposed against the young poet.…

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Seekku rekindles memories of Sharjah and Killer Miller – The Island

The memories David Miller (aka Killer Miller) smashing two successive sixes off Lahiru Kumara in Sharjah to derail Sri Lanka’s T-20 World Cup campaign are still fresh in memories of Sri Lankan cricket fans. There was indication yesterday that Kumara has learned little from the ordeal as he was entrusted by Kandy Warriors skipper Angelo Perera to bowl the last over of the Colombo Stars innings with 16 needed in the final over. A single off the first ball brought Sekkuge Prasanna to the strike with five balls remaining and…

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Special gazette issued on regulations for Sri Pada pilgrimage season

A Gazette Extraordinary has been published, specifying the regulations coming into effect during the Sri Pada pilgrimage season which commences on December 18, 2021, and ends on May 16, 2022. The communiqué, dated December 13, was issued by Ratnapura District Secretary, Malani Lokupothagama. As per the regulations, the devotees are required to keep their Covid-19 vaccination card or a copy of the same with them during the pilgrimage. Further, they are advised to wear face masks, maintain distance and to follow proper health guidelines. The gazette notification noted that pilgrims…

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Leasing companies not audited, Leasing and Debt Instalment Payers blame Finance Minister (VIDEO)

Leasing companies are pressuring those who are struggling to pay leasing and debt instalments as a result of being fallen due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Finance Ministry has not acted in providing them relief through the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), complained the Leasing and Debt Instalment Payers Joint Association, speaking to a briefing held today (15). In the event that these debtors are of no capacity to settle the instalments due to the current situation of the country, relief should be…

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NMSJ Proposals for a New Constitution – Part III – The Island

Constitutional Miscellany By Dr. Jayampathy WickramaratnePresident’ Counsel (Continued from Monday (13) The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) has proposed that Sri Lanka reverts to a parliamentary form of government. The NMSJ’s founder, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, who was a strong opponent of the Executive Presidency, frequently referred to the warnings of Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Dr N. M. Perera and Dr Colvin R. De Silva against adopting a Presidential form of government. Madam Bandaranaike said, in 1978: “The effect of this amendment is to place the President above the National…

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‘Podi Lassie’ remanded

Notorious underworld figure Janith Madushanka, who operates under the alias ‘Podi Lassie’, has been remanded until December 21. The case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court earlier today. ‘Podi Lassie’ was held by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) under detention orders. Thank you

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GMOF writes to Health Minister accusing ‘Naveen De Soysa’ of soliciting sexual bribes over appointments of new lady doctors

The Government Medical Officers’ Forum (GMOF) writing to Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella urged immediate legal and disciplinary actions against a person who goes by the name Naveen De Soysa for allegedly soliciting sexual bribes over the appointments of new lady doctors at the office premises of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA). The GMOF claimed that the aggrieved lady doctors have provided information on the incident and that it is preparing evidence pertaining to the matter. Accordingly, the GMOF urged the Minister to ensure these…

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Democracy and ‘Hellfire’ – The Island

Wednesday 15th December, 2021 A few days after the conclusion of US President Joe Biden’s virtual ‘Summit for Democracy’, where many leaders waxed eloquent on the need to preserve global democracy, some disturbing news has come from Washington. None of the US military personnel involved in a botched drone attack that killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, in Kabul, on 29 August, will be punished, the Pentagon has decided, according to media reports. In fact, nobody expected the US to take any action against those responsible for the tragedy.…

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Tipper truck collides with train moving on Main Line

A tipper truck has collided against a train en route to Colombo Fort from Rambukkana today (December 15). The accident took place on the level crossing between Mirigama and Willawatta railway stations. According to reports, the driver of the tipper truck moving on the Mirigama-Divulapitiya main road had carelessly attempted to pass through the level crossing. The tipper truck driver has been hospitalized and is currently receiving medical care. It was reported that the collision had interrupted the train services on the Main Line this morning. Thank you

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GMOA warns that the Health Minister should not hold official discussions with Dr. Bellana

The Government Medical Officers ‘Association (GMOA) has stated that Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella should not hold official discussions with the Government Medical Officers’ Forum (GMOF), a medical trade union headed by Dr. Rukshan Bellana. GMOA has warned the Minister of Health that they will not hesitate to take stern action at any time that affects the union’s rights on transfer boards and that the Minister should take responsibility for the breakdown of the health service. Following is the statement issued by the association. …

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Govt. denies prorogation of Parliament aimed at dissolving watchdog committees – The Island

SJB says move indicates further deterioration of SLPP By Shamindra Ferdinando Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has denied accusations that the sudden prorogation of Parliament was meant to terminate investigations undertaken by parliamentary watchdog committees, the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) and the Committee on Public Finance (COPF). The media raised the issue at the regular weekly cabinet briefing at the SLPP office at Battaramulla. The media asked whether President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to prorogue Parliament had been influenced by high profile inquiries conducted…

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762 cases in total reported today

The daily count of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 762 today (December 14) as 180 more people were tested positive for the virus, the Epidemiology Unit said. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 576,194. As many as 545,768 recoveries and 14,661 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 15,700 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures showed. Thank you

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“Ceylon Cinnamon” with “Born in Sri Lanka” Tag Promoted in Melbourne

“Born in Sri Lanka – Ceylon Cinnamon” was the title of a virtual event conducted last week in Melbourne, with the participation of a panel of experts and businessmen in the field, for the promotion of Ceylon Cinnamon in the Australian states of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. The purpose of the event was to reinvigorate market enthusiasm for Ceylon Cinnamon in Australia by bringing forth new information on various export products of Ceylon Cinnamon manufactured in Sri Lanka, and the process of their export…

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