NewsNorthern Governor Suren Raghavan called on the Head of the South Asia Department at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Fergus Auld OBE, in London yesterday (Oct 30). Raghavan, had brief the South Asia Department Head on the development activities in the North. He had also sought the cooperation of the UK government tod evelop the Northern province, the governor's office said in a statement. In response, Fergus was quoted as saying that he had welcomed the developments in the Northern region, and had pointed out that such efforts would strengthen confidence in Sri Lanka's democracy. Further, the South Asia Chief had stated that the UK is always ready to assist Sri Lanka in establishing democracy, the statement noted.
October 31, 2019 05:48 UTC
NewsPresidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today (Oct 31) called on all parties forming the Sri Lanka People’s Freedom Alliance (SLPFA), to support him in implementing his manifesto, under his rule. Seventeen political parties including the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party inked an agreement to form the alliance, at the Foundation Institute in Colombo. In his address, the SLPP candidate observed that all parties in the alliance have different ideologies. Rajapaksa, called on all the parties to support him in his efforts to uplift the youth and address the issues of the people by implementing what he said were “practical solutions” in his manifesto. Related story17 parties ink agreement to form SLPFA
October 31, 2019 05:37 UTC
NewsThe President's Office has issued a gazette notification outling guidelines to appoint President's Counsels in keeping with a Supreme Court order issued to that effect. A key regulation listed out in the gazette was that a President's Counsel should be a lawyer "actively engaged in the legal profession" for atleast 20 years and has not obtained "citizenship of another country". However, a lawyer who meets all other requirements after having 15 years of active practice can apply to be appointed as a President's Counsel, the gazette noted. It stated that a President's Counsel should have "demonstrated high standard of professional integrity and independence" and not have been subjected to a disciplinary inquiry by the Supreme Court or the Bar Association of Sri Lanka. Lawyers who are found liable "for professional misconduct" too would be disqualified from applying for the said post.
October 31, 2019 04:52 UTC
NewsSeventeen political parties inked an agreement to establish the Sri Lanka People’s Freedom Alliance (SLPFA) today (Oct 31). The event was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo. Among the parties which signed the agreement were the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. The alliance would be represented under the symbol of a Chair at all upcoming elections following the presidential election on November 16.
October 31, 2019 04:52 UTC
WorldA powerful earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Thursday, crushing a man under falling debris and sparking searches of seriously damaged buildings that had already been rattled by two previous deadly tremors. USGS initially said the quake had a magnitude of 6.8, and added there was no threat of a tsunami. Residents fled homes across the Mindanao region and a mall caught fire in the city of General Santos shortly after the quake struck on October 16. Hundreds of people were still displaced two weeks after that quake when the new one struck earlier this week, forcing hundreds more from their homes. High-rise structures in the capital swayed after the April quake, leaving some with large cracks in their walls.
October 31, 2019 04:30 UTC
NewsThe Election Commission has issued a gazette listing out the names of those elected to the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha, following its election on October 11. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) won the election securing 17 seats, while the United National Party secured seven seats, the United People’s Freedom Alliance - three seats, and the Janatha Vimkuthi Peramuna - two seats. The members are as follows :Janaka PriyanthaNimal GunawardhanaSundari WeerakoonHansani Prabhashwari SandakumariNalin Chaminda PriyadarshanaWijesekara Subasinghe SamindaRanjith JayasingheKariywasam Hewamanage SarathPonnamperuma KarunasenaKarasinghe Don SumithWithanage JayasenaWidisingha GarudasaDon Sarath Kumara AlwisKamal Sarath KumaraGodage Sagara ThilakaGamage AriyapalaGamage Pubudu NuwanLal LekamwasamDon PushpakumaraPadmabhathiya LiyanaarachchiNandana SampathDamayanthi KariyawasamKanaththakankanamge AmarahemakanthiRasika SuranganiDon Udaya PriyanthaNishantha PereraSee list of Pradeshiya Sabha members
October 31, 2019 04:30 UTC
NewsElection monitor Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) says it has received around 79 complaints on election law violations and violence, in the run-up to the upcoming presidential election. Among them, 59 had been verified, TISL said, outlining that the highest number of complaints were on the usage of state buildings for election campaigning purposes. TISL said that, among some key complaints were the issuance of, back-dated appointments given to trainees at People's Bank - Nattandiya Branch on October 7. Another incident was the issuance of loans worth Rs 1 million each to a group of Samurdhi officers at the Social Empowerment Ministry. TISL said that complaints could be filed on 076 322 344 2 / 076 322 366 2 or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 31, 2019 03:00 UTC
NewsA special security plan will be in place for the postal voting of the presidential election will get underway today (Oct 31), police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said. Issuing a statement, the police spokesman stated that the police headquarters has issued instructions to carry out mobile patrols during the voting period. The spokesman emphasised that engaging in election-related activities within a 500-metre radius of a voting centre would be considered as an offence. Among these activities are promoting presidential candidates by distributing leaflets, posters, or erecting cut-outs, and banners, he said. However, Gunasekara noted that election offices which have been legally set-up within this distance will be allowed to carry out its activities.
October 31, 2019 03:00 UTC
NewsPresidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake today (Oct 30) pledged to empower the Police to create a crime-free country under his rule. “If we create a proper environment for the police to enforce the law, this country can become rid from crimes and ensure fair implementation of the law,” Dissanayake told a rally in Ampara. The National People’s Power (NPP) candidate pledged to create a government that would eradicate poverty in the country. Dissanayake, pointed out that equally implementing the law, creating a rule free of corruption, and ensuring national security and unity, are vital factors to build a country. Dissanayake, said that seeds of a high quality will be sold to farmers at reasonable rates under his rule, to ensure nourishment in the country.
October 30, 2019 16:29 UTC
NewsState minister Wasantha Senanayake today (Oct 30) refused to be sacked from the party, and removed from his position as state minister of foreign affairs. UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, yesterday said that Senanayake would be removed from his position as state minister of foreign affairs in due course. “It is only the President who can remove me from that position since it is he who appointed me,” the state foreign minister pointed out. He also produced his resignation letter, which he said was expected to be handed over to the President, announcing his resignation as a state minister. Related storyUNP cancels membership of Wasantha Senanayake
October 30, 2019 14:37 UTC
NewsStudents from all communities took part in a special event held to mark the Deepawali festival at the Vivekananda College in Batticaloa this week. The event was organised by the Batticaloa (West) Zonal Education office with the assistance of the National Integration & Reconciliation Ministry, under a programme to celebrate all cultures. Students of the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic faiths attended the event and also took part in a drama on the Deepawali festival, while engaging in other activities. Dr S. Mahendranathan, a senior lecturer at the South Eastern university graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. (Reporting and pics by Deva Athiran)
October 30, 2019 12:56 UTC
NewsThe Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today (Oct 30), turned down the invitation by rival presidential candidate, Sajith Premadasa, for a debate with candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. “We should see to it that the people of the same calibre only engage in the debate,” Rajapaksa’s spokesman, Keheliya Rambuwella told a news conference in Colombo. He observed that certain individuals in the rival New Democratic Front (NDF) camp have been slinging mud at their candidate, while not even releasing Premadasa’s manifesto to the public. “The public servants are going to cast their (postal) vote tomorrow without knowing the manifesto of Sajith Premadasa,” SLPP member Susil Premajayantha told reporters. Related storySajith reiterates call to Gota for a debate
October 30, 2019 12:00 UTC
NewsThe accused in the misappropriation case involving Ceylinco PLC's Golden Key Credit Card Company have requested the Attorney General (AG) to end the case on a consensus. Ceylinco Chairman Lalith Kotelawala and eight directors have been accused of misappropriating Rs 72 million worth funds of depositors in 2009. During today's Colombo High Court hearing, lawyers appearing for the accused, informed court that they could return these funds to the depositors by setting up a special Fund for this purpose. They pointed out that a huge share of the funds could be returned through personal assets. Accordingly, High Court judge Aditya Patabendige ordered that the case be taken up for further hearing on February 19, 2020.
October 30, 2019 10:41 UTC
NewsThe Supreme Court today (Oct 30) ordered that the ruling on the petition challenging the President's decision to take over the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) through a gazette, will be announced on November 4. Dambara Amila Thero and Professor Chandragupta Thenuwara petitioned court against the President's gazette to take over the SLRC, citing it as an illegal move. They have sought an interim order to suspend the President's decision. Court today declared that it would issue a ruling on whether an interim order would be imposed on the gazette, and also whether it would proceed with the case, during the next hearing. The petition is being heard before Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Murdu Fernando, and S. Thurairajah.
October 30, 2019 08:37 UTC
NewsA new lottery ticket under the name of 'Enterprise Sri Lanka Dhana Nidhanaya' was launched today (Oct 30) to support the government's Enterprise Sri Lanka concessionary loan project. The Finance Ministry, in a statement, said that winners would be drawn on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays every week, and that the winner will receive a cash prize of Rs 80 million. All proceeds obtained through selling these tickets would be used in the implementation of the Enterprise Sri Lanka project. An event was held at the Finance Ministry today, to mark the launch of this lottery ticket. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and National Lotteries Board General Manager Dharshana Wijesiriwardena were among the key officials present.
October 30, 2019 08:26 UTC