Rathana Thera takes up battle against new constitution

The reports of the committees tasked with formulating a new constitution have proposed annulling the country’s unitary status, alleges MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera.

Speaking to the media at Sri Lanka Foundation in Colombo today (16), he said he was now an independent member of parliament and would work to take the government on the correct path.

He said he would bring together everyone who loved the country.

CPS loses Rs. 400 million due to fraud in tar sales

The top management of the CPC is reportedly involved in a massive financial fraud by granting special concessions to two companies that buy tar from the corporation.

CPC sources say the scam is going on by using two letters obtained from the buyers, Bitumen Lanka and Oru Mix.

In its letter, Bitumen mentions it will buy 40,000 barrels of tar, and from 02 September, 2015, it has been issued with tar at Rs. 46.20 per kilo.

Oru Mix promises in writing to buy 20,000 barrels, and the CPC issues same at Rs. 48.50 per kilo.

Indian grant to construct 3000 rain water harvesting systems

India and Sri Lanka today (13) signed an MoU to construct 3000 rain water harvesting systems at a cost of SLR 300 million in Jaffna District.

The MoU was signed by Arindam Bagchi, Acting High Commissioner of India and V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation in the presence of A. H. M. Fowzie, State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation.

The project envisages construction of 3000 rainwater harvesting systems for 3000 households in selected divisions of Jaffna District.

European Commission proposes GSP+ to SL

The European Commission today proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country's commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. Removal of customs duties would be accompanied by rigorous monitoring and conditional on continued commitment to sustainable development, human rights and good governance, European Commission said in a statement.

These one-way trade preferences would consist of the full removal of duties on 66% of tariff lines, covering a wide array of products including textiles and fisheries.

Maithri not named as presidential candidate - Chandrika

The SLFP has taken no decision to name incumbent Maithripala Sirisena as the party’s presidential candidate in 2020, says ex-president Chandrika Kumaratunga.
At a media briefing in Colombo today (10), she answered a question raised and said that only ministers of the party had expressed their ideas about the next presidential polls.

Kumaratunga said as a senior leader of the party that president Sirisena has promised to abolish executive presidency after his term ended.