Tue, 16 Apr 2024 Today's Paper

Marc Ruskin
Dailymirror Online

Effectiveness of Sri Lanka’s legal system is questioned over alleged corruption: Marie Antonia

5 hours ago - 13     - 882

The effectiveness of the legal system in handling investment-related matters in Sri Lanka is often questioned due to perceived corruption and inefficiency, an official said.

Group of Sri Lankans enroute to Israel stranded in Dubai due to tension in region

14 Apr 2024 - 4     - 2348

A group of Sri Lankans enroute to Tel Aviv in Israel on board Fly Dubai flight FZ 1625 have been stranded in Dubai because air travel is disrupted due to tensions in the region between Iran and Israel.

Tension between Israel and Iran

Sri Lankans in Israel asked to exercise caution

13 Apr 2024 - 2     - 1307

Following the latest development of tension between Israel and Iran, Sri Lankans living in Israel have been asked to exercise caution in anticipation of any emergency.

Confusion remains if April 15 is a bank holiday

12 Apr 2024 - 15     - 13586

People remain confused since the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Provincial has not defined the additional holiday declared on April 15 as a banking and mercantile holiday.

SLPP to take disciplinary action against GL, others

12 Apr 2024 - 22     - 2957

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is to take disciplinary action against MP Prof. G.L. Peiris and others who have signed an agreement with the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB).

SLPP MPs barred from going public on their support for presidential candidates

11 Apr 2024 - 26     - 2152

In the wake of SLPP (Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna) MPS airing contrasting views over the upcoming elections, the party hierarchy has barred all MPS from making comments on their support to any presidential candidate until a formal decision is taken, a party official said yesterday.


Xi calls for fair, transparent environment for investment in Sri Lanka

11 Apr 2024 - 27     - 2618

Chinese President Xi Jinping , in his recent meeting with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, has reportedly stressed the need for ‘fair and transparent’ environment for Chinese companies to invest in Sri Lanka.

President restricts foreign travel for Govt. members as party gears up for presidential polls

10 Apr 2024 - 23     - 2131

Ahead of the presidential election, President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the government members to restrict foreign travel as much as possible because their presence is required to undertake political work, an informed source said.

Sri Lanka hard-pressed against time to conclude agreements for debt restructuring

09 Apr 2024 - 3     - 2793

Sri Lanka is hard-pressed against time to reach agreements with creditors including bondholders before June, when the third tranche of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) extended fund facility is expected, Daily Mirror learns.

Uncertainty looms over 48 Sri Lankans trapped in Myanmar cyber crime saga

08 Apr 2024 - 0     - 1056

The military government in Myanmar has reportedly cited that the rescue of 48 Sri Lankans held captive by cyber crime operators in the Myawaddy area has proven to be challenging since that is controlled by ethnic armed groups, an informed source said.

Maithri under fire, Parliament to demand full disclosure on Easter Sunday attacks

06 Apr 2024 - 30     - 4423

Former President Maithripala Sirisena who is at the centre of controversy over his latest remarks that he is aware of the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday carnage will be forced to place all his cards on the table when Parliament takes up a fresh debate on the matter during the next sitting week.

Attempt to dissolve Parliament for snap General Election fails

04 Apr 2024 - 37     - 7149

The attempt by some MPs to dissolve Parliament by passing a resolution has proven to be a futile exercise as the required number of 113 MPs cannot be mustered, a parliamentarian who wished to remain anonymous said.

Abolition of Special Commodity Levy can trigger corruption: Importers

03 Apr 2024 - 7     - 1079

In the absence of a mechanism to curb corruption at Sri Lanka Customs, the abolition of the Special Commodity Levy on imported goods can result in price hikes, according to the Essential Commodities Importers’ and Traders’ Association.

Sri Lanka unaware of ship carrying toxic wastes from the US

02 Apr 2024 - 28     - 3515

Sri Lanka is not yet aware of the nature of hazardous materials in the Singapore cargo ship Dali chartered by Maersk, which crashed into the Baltimore, US bridge on March 26, carrying 764 tons of hazardous materials as reported by the US media, an official said.

Katchatheevu Island a done deal, India has no intention to reverse agreement

02 Apr 2024 - 6     - 2647

India has no intention to reverse the agreement that ceded the Katchatheevu Island to Sri Lanka despite the political debate in India that is primarily meant for domestic consumption in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Daily Mirror learns.

SL braces for AI powered election malpractices in future

01 Apr 2024 - 7     - 602

In the wake of AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered election malpractices mushrooming globally, Sri Lanka’s Election Commission is bracing for such possibilities in the future elections here, an official said yesterday.

Amaraweera, Lasantha, Duminda removed from SLFP positions

30 Mar 2024 - 25     - 3534

Ministers Mahinda Amaraweera, Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Duminda Dissanayake were stripped of their positions in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today.

Innocent Passage to enter Arabian Sea: India remains unresponsive to Sri Lanka’s request

30 Mar 2024 - 2     - 1439

India remains unresponsive to the request by Sri Lanka to allow an innocent passage through the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for its fishermen to enter the Arabian Sea, a top source said.

SLPP heading for split

29 Mar 2024 - 41     - 6308

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is heading for a split with one section insisting on fielding its candidate at the presidential election and the other advocating support for the candidacy of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Daily Mirror learns.

Govt. to enact law to safeguard IMF programme amid political uncertainty

25 Mar 2024 - 37     - 3465

Amid fears that the current programme with the International Monetary Fund ( IMF) will be derailed in case of a regime change, the government is planning to enact an economic transformation law to ensure sustainability of the project despite political changes, a minister said yesterday.

Sri Lanka vigilant on Canada’s genocide allegation while having double-standard on Gaza

23 Mar 2024 - 9     - 2218

Sri Lanka remains alert whether the Canadian government leaders will repeat what it calls ‘unsubstantiated genocide allegations’ against Sri Lanka this year too while taking an ambivalent position on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, a top source said.

Basil says talks with Ranil positive,will General Election come first ?

22 Mar 2024 - 27     - 3232

In the wake of calls for a snap general election , Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) stalwart Basil Rajapaksa who held a one on one meeting with President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said talks ended on a positive note and they decided to consult their respective parties before reaching any finality .

Ban on chemical farming

Leader should take responsibility- Basil

21 Mar 2024 - 21     - 2465

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) stalwart Basil Rajapaksa, in response to a query about the former President’s decision to ban chemical farming, said a leader should take final responsibility for any decision taken by him.

No research activities, only replenishment for German research vessel in Sri Lanka

21 Mar 2024 - 2     - 816

Sri Lanka has barred research activities for German vessel ‘Sonne’ in keeping with the one-year moratorium on such activities involving foreign ships in its Exclusive Economic Zone, but it will be allowed for replenishment in the Colombo port, Daily Mirror learns.

Cabinet nod to introduce hybrid parliamentary electoral system

20 Mar 2024 - 8     - 1203

The Cabinet endorsed a proposal to draft constitutional amendments for the introduction of a new parliamentary electoral system that will enable the election of 160 MPs under the previous First-Past-the –Post System and the remainder under proportional representation, Daily Mirror learns.

Opposition exodus holds no bar on COPE

20 Mar 2024 - 6     - 927

The exodus of opposition MPs from the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), a watchdog committee, will have no bearing on the conduct of deliberations since the government’s representation is sufficient enough to maintain the quorum number, a top source said.

Cash-strapped Govt. to cough up additional Rs.11Bn if general election declared

19 Mar 2024 - 10     - 782

The cash-strapped government will have to cough up another Rs.11 billion in case a snap parliamentary election is declared ahead of the Presidential Election which is anyway due in terms of the Constitution during the last quarter of this year, Daily Mirror learns.

Basil’s call for early parliamentary election triggers rebuttal from UNP

18 Mar 2024 - 18     - 2355

Despite Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) insisting on an early parliamentary election , the United National Party (UNP) asserted yesterday that the presidential election should be conducted first in accordance with the Constitution.

Industrialized nations should acknowledge contributions to climate change

14 Mar 2024 - 0     - 300

United Republican Front (URF) leader Patali Champika Ranawaka, addressing an international summit in India, said it is imperative for industrialized nations to acknowledge their historical contributions to climate change and take responsibility for mitigating its effects, including compensating affected countries for their losses.

Tragic murder of Sri Lankan family

Canada to strengthen mental health safeguards

14 Mar 2024 - 8     - 1559

In the wake of a Sri Lankan family killed in Canada and a 19-year-old Sri Lankan national being charged for it, the Canadian authorities will put more attention to safeguards already in place on the mental health of students, according to a diplomatic source.

Government’s push for electoral change raises eyebrows

12 Mar 2024 - 32     - 4209

Ahead of the pending national elections, the government has made fresh attempts to bring about changes to the parliamentary election system by seeking to amend the Parliamentary Elections Act, a Minister said.

SLPP expresses concerns over President’s direct dealing with individual MPs

11 Mar 2024 - 40     - 5413

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is reported to have reiterated its concerns with President Ranil Wickremesinghe over his direct dealings with individuals of the party bypassing its hierarchy.

Prime Minister to head off to China later this month

11 Mar 2024 - 8     - 679

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena will undertake an official tour of China later this month and hold talks with his counterpart Li Qiang, Daily Mirror learns.

President, MR, Basil to discuss possible alliance for polls

07 Mar 2024 - 48     - 4337

Basil Rajapaksa who spearheads the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), along with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will meet President Ranil Wickremesinghe this evening to discuss the future political arrangements between the two sides ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections.

UK calls for all political parties in SL to honour IMF programme

06 Mar 2024 - 14     - 934

British High Commissioner Andrew Patrick emphasized the need for the main three parties, if not all the major parties, to recognize the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Will not deviate from IMF programme, but will renegotiate terms and conditions: NPP

06 Mar 2024 - 38     - 2860

The National People’s Power (NPP) said it would not derail the IMF programme if it won the presidency but would renegotiate its terms and conditions on implementations since the current austerity measures had burdened people and the attempts of the government to sell off public assets would bring severe economic consequences to the country.

Import permit frauds threaten essential food supply chain

05 Mar 2024 - 4     - 671

The members of the Essential Food Commodities and Traders Association yesterday raised concerns with Trade Minister Nalin Fernando about alleged frauds in getting approval by the Agriculture Ministry authorities to import items such as green gram, black gram, Kurakkan, maize and cowpea, Daily Mirror learns.

Parliament, Central Bank set to discuss salary hike

02 Mar 2024 - 8     - 2090

Parliament is in a dilemma whether it can undo the salary hike implemented by the Central Bank for its employees in large proportions amidst fiscal austerity, Daily Mirror learns.

SLPP MPs push for early General Election ahead of Presidential race

01 Mar 2024 - 1     - 3093

In the midst of ongoing discussions surrounding potential electoral alliances among political parties, a notable contingent of MPs from both the government and opposition camps have reportedly expressed a strong inclination towards advocating for a General Election to precede the scheduled presidential ballot, Daily Mirror learns.

China expresses strong dissatisfaction to SL over bar on research vessels

29 Feb 2024 - 10     - 5370

China is reported to have expressed its dissatisfaction to Sri Lanka over the decision to bar Chinese research vessels from carrying out any study in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for one year starting from January 3, 2024.

Circular on Long Staying Tourists

Russian Embassy awaits findings by Presidential Probe

27 Feb 2024 - 9     - 1461

In the wake of reports that President Ranil Wickremesinghe ordering an immediate investigation into the circular asking overstaying Russian and Ukrainian tourists to leave within 14 days, the Russian Embassy in Colombo said it awaits the results of the probe directed by the President.

Speaker uses his decisive vote ending stalemate in appointing IGP

27 Feb 2024 - 18     - 2459

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena is reported to have used his decisive vote as the chairman of the Constitutional Council (CC) to affirm the appointment of Mr. Deshabandu Tennakoon as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) permanently.

Senior U.S Diplomat Elizabeth Horst tipped to be new Ambassador to SL

26 Feb 2024 - 7     - 2411

Senior U. S. diplomat Elizabeth Kathryn Horst is designated to be appointed new American ambassador to Sri Lanka succeeding Ms. Julie Chung whose stint will end soon , Daily Mirror learns.

US ready for further financial cooperation with Sri Lanka

24 Feb 2024 - 17     - 1903

The United States (US) which invested half a billion dollars in the development of the West Container Terminal of the Colombo Port has expressed interest in similar financial cooperation with Sri Lanka, Daily Mirror learns.

Sri Lankan workers in Israel face dilemma, seek job shifts

23 Feb 2024 - 23     - 2730

A contingent of Sri Lankan workers dispatched to Israel to work in the agriculture sector has encountered challenges, with some seeking alternative employment due to reported difficulties on the job, Daily Mirror learns.

CC’s rejection of Appeal Court President’s appointment to Supreme Court

Sajith Premadasa seeks to retain private lawyer instead of Attorney General

23 Feb 2024 - 14     - 1472

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, as a member of the Constitutional Council (CC), has sought to retain a private lawyer instead of the Attorney General in the case in which the CC’s rejection of the nomination of Appeal Court President Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne as a judge of the Supreme Court has been challenged.

SL,Iran explores oil trade expansions bypassing US sanctions

22 Feb 2024 - 5     - 1235

Sri Lanka and Iran are exploring the possibility of expanding trade in oil bypassing the U.S. sanctions, an informed source said.

CEB to reduce electricity tariff rates by 18 percent?

21 Feb 2024 - 12     - 1826

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is planning to reduce electricity tariff rates by 18 percent soon, Daily Mirror learns.

Champika Ranawaka bemoans sexual harassment of Russian tourist on beach

19 Feb 2024 - 17     - 3914

United Republican Front (URF) leader Patali Champika Ranawaka said the recent incident involving the alleged harassment of Russian tourists at a beach hotel in Sri Lanka is deeply regrettable and unacceptable.

Sri Lanka, India set to conclude ETCA in April

19 Feb 2024 - 18     - 2355

Hot on the heels of signing the Free Trade Agreement ( FTA) with Thailand , Sri Lanka is now planning to conclude talks on the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India within the next couple of months while resuming talks on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China in April, an informed source said.

CBK stirs the pot for executive presidency abolition, faces uphill task

17 Feb 2024 - 25     - 1666

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is reportedly behind the latest move to initiate action for the abolition of the executive presidency ahead of the Presidential Election, but it is unlikely to succeed given the inability to secure a two-thirds majority from the current Parliament for such an exercise, Daily Mirror learns.

President, parliament clash heightens with judiciary coming into play

16 Feb 2024 - 12     - 2056

The crisis involving the Executive and the Legislature has heightened to a new level with the judiciary also coming into play over the Constitutional Council’s (CC) rejection of appointment of Court of Appeal President Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne as a Supreme Court judge and Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena informing President Ranil Wickremesinghe that the lack of majority support resulted in the stalemate.

Sarath Fonseka to be axed from SJB chairmanship

16 Feb 2024 - 42     - 4592

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) is to expel its MP Sarath Fonseka from the post of party chairman shortly over his latest remarks affecting the party politically, a source said.

Sri Lanka’s attempt to secure big onions from India fails

15 Feb 2024 - 26     - 2638

Sri Lanka’s attempt to secure an exemption from India on its ban on big onion exports has not materialized resulting in importers looking to other markets for purchases at higher costs, Daily Mirror learns.

5G Technology remains uncertain in Sri Lanka

14 Feb 2024 - 7     - 1670

The timelines for the commercial launch of 5G technology remains uncertain over the high cost involved in infrastructure building and securing devices, a source from the Technology Ministry said.

Exclusion from Parliamentary Committee; Champika drops bombshell

12 Feb 2024 - 8     - 1903

MP Patali Champika Ranawaka alleges that his exclusion from the parliamentary Committee on Ways and Means was influenced by individuals connected to the sugar scam and liquor deals.

Online Safety Act: Amendments to be cleared by Cabinet today

12 Feb 2024 - 5     - 1039

The new amendments to the recently introduced Online Safety Act will be presented to the Cabinet for approval today, an official said.

NGOs spend billions unchecked, new law soon to monitor them

10 Feb 2024 - 23     - 3276

In the wake of reports that as much as over half of funds received by various NGOs are spent without any monitoring, the government is in the final stage of evolving a new law that provides for compulsory registration of all such organizations with the National NGO Secretariat, an official said.

Sri Lanka’s efforts to nab overseas criminals hit a snag

09 Feb 2024 - 24     - 3807

Sri Lanka’s efforts to arrest organized criminals operating from overseas has hit a snag following the Court of Appeal in France ruling against the extradition of criminal called ‘Kudu Anju’, Daily Mirror learns.

SJB vies for Indian favor ahead of Presidential Elections following NPP move

08 Feb 2024 - 55     - 5000

Hot on the heels of the National People’s Power (NPP) undertaking a familiarization tour of India with interactions with the top Indian officials, the main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has sought a similar opportunity from India, Daily Mirror learns.