Jayasuriya charged under ICC Anti-Corruption code

Sanath Jayasuriya, charged with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, has been given 14 days from 15 October 2018 to respond.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Sanath Jayasuriya with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Mr Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, has been charged with the following offences under the Code:

Fuel prices to go up monthly for next 4 months

The government is insinuating that the fuel prices could go up every month continually for the next four months, according to ‘Ravaya.’

Such a possibility was suggested by finance minister Mangala Samaraweera when he said at a media briefing on October 09 and again on the following day in parliament that world crude prices would not be reduced until February next year.

#MeToo: Arjuna and Malinga accused of sexual harassment

The MeToo movement has taken the social media platforms by storm, with women coming out and disclosing the incidents of sexual harassment they have faced.

Now a woman alleges that a Sri Lankan cricketer once harassed her during one of the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournaments. Singer Chinmayi Sripaada uploaded an image of a note written by the woman, which described her ordeal during the incident. Chinmayi further updated that the “said girl will speak on anonymity to a journalist”.

Warning of looming massive power crisis

The country will face a massive power crisis and the Ceylon Electricity Board will be in a similar situation financially, within the next five to six years as a result of the absence of an electricity generation plan since 2014, warns CEB engineers’ union president Saumya Kumarawadu.

The engineers have already cautioned about possible power-cuts that would last for several hours.

Sri Lanka forex reserves down US$1.4bn to US$7.18bn in Sept

Sri Lanka's forex reserves have fallen by 1.4 billion US dollars to 7,180 million dollars by end September 2018, from 8,584.54 billion rupees in August, amid maturing hedging deals and debt repayments and interventions, official data show.

Sri Lanka's central bank had made interventions of 731 million dollars in 2018 Deputy Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe said on October 02 and purchases of 551 million dollars, which seems to indicate net interventions of at least 644 million dollars in September.

Restrictions on motor vehicle imports come into question

Motor cars sufficient for another year had already been imported when the Finance Ministry imposed restrictions on their imports, economists say quoting Central Bank statistics.

The monthly external sector performance reports issued by the CB establishes this as a fact.

Those notices say vehicles worth 146.8 million US dollars had been imported in June 2018, compared to 54 m USD worth of vehicle imports during the corresponding period last year.

French migration racket revealed

The multi-day trawler owners are facing a huge dilemma, due to a racket where some fishermen are migrating to a French island with political assistance.

These fishermen who leave prepared with food and water enough for several days of fishing and mid way they sink their boats and are taken to Preunion island by another boat. This racket takes place with political protection, said the President of the Multi-day Trawler Owners’ Association Sujith Samantha.

More SLC money goes to outside account

EXCLUSIVE – Sri Lanka Cricket is yet to receive a final 15 per cent payment installment from Sony Pictures Networks India Ltd. in lieu of the broadcasting rights for the recent South Africa series, say SLC sources.

The broadcaster has paid the money, but the money has gone to an account that does not belong to the SLC.

Two youngsters identified from ‘semi-naked’ photos at Pidurangala

Two of the youths who had taken ‘semi-naked’ photographs on top of the Pidurangala Rock have been identified, stated Sigiriya Police.

Investigations conducted by police have revealed that the youths who published ‘semi-naked’ photos at Pidurangla are from Galewela and Kurunegala areas.

A higher official at the Sigiriya Police said that a special police team has been sent to arrest the two youths from Galewela.

Limits imposed on bank foreign exchange

The Sri Lanka Central Bank has imposed limits on the daily foreign exchange allowed to be held by commercial banks.

According to bank sources, commercial banks would not be allowed to hold American Dollars and other foreign currency over the Central Bank stipulated quota and this limit would change from bank to bank.

Dollar sets new record at 170

The American dollar has set a new all time high in the history of the country by reaching Rs. 170 today (21).

The buying price of a dollar was recorded as Rs. 166.77 and the selling rate is Rs. 170.65.

New order to limit vehicle imports

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has imposed a 100% margin deposit requirement against Letters of Credit (LCs) opened with the commercial banks for the import of motor vehicles, generally used for non-commercial purposes, with immediate effect.

This decision has been taken to curb non-essential imports of motor vehicles, and ease undue pressure on the current account of the balance of payments (BOP) and the exchange rate in a situation when the dollar is rising rapidly and the rupee is declining at an alarming rate.

There is no language called Sinhala - Wigneswaran

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had made a comment to a newspaper in Jaffna on September 14 that there was no language known as Sinhala and it was coined together using the Tamil language and several other languages.

He had further stated to this newspaper that the leader of the Tamil National People’s Front Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is not a politician but a terrorist.

3 state institutions punish errant Kuwaiti couple

A Kuwaiti couple has been punished by three state institutions over their involvement in an altercation with customs officials at the Katunayake airport with regard to the quarantining of their pet dog.

The Negombo magistrate, Customs and the Animal Productions Department have carried out the hearings.

This is the third time that the couple had been involved in such an incident.

Rajapaksa meets Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi

Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa met with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and party leader Anand Sharma in Delhi today (13).

Sri Lanka’s former foreign minister Professor G.L. Peiris and MP Namal Rajapaksa were also present on the occasion.

Rajapaksa is in India at the invitation of BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy to deliver a talk in Delhi and is also participating in various events in India.

SLC blames ‘hacker’ for attempted financial fraud at SLC

Heads of Sri Lanka Cricket are trying to insinuate that it was a hacker who had tried to transfer to a personal account a sum of 5.5 million US dollars due to the institution, reports say.

The money in question was due from a foreign television channel for the broadcasting rights of the series with England.

The SLC is yet to take disciplinary action against the main culprit, who is its head of finance.

Fuel pricing formula, a scapegoat

The National Movement for the Protection of Consumer Rights accuses the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation of raising fuel prices overnight by citing, as the scapegoat, a pricing formula that has not been seen by the consumers.

The Movement blames the massive fraud and corruption taking place in the CPC for the price increases.

Largest haul of KG floats on Northern seas

The Navy had recovered the largest haul of Kerala Ganja weighing 284.05 kg from the Northern seas on September 07.

Naval personnel on board 3 Inshore Patrol Craft (IPCs) attached to the North Central Naval Command, during routine patrol, found 284.5kg of Kerala Cannabis floating in the sea area southeast of Iranativu island.

Central Bank will intervene if rupee moves on speculation - official

Sri Lanka’s central bank will intervene in the foreign exchange markets if its rupee currency moves for any reasons other than global trends, Nandalal Weerasinghe, the bank’s senior deputy governor, told Reuters on Friday.

Currency dealers have said the central bank had not intervened much to defend the currency, which has dropped 5.6 percent this year, even after it hit record lows for 13 straight sessions through Thursday.

Rosie’s toilet maintenance tender raises eyebrows!

Colombo mayor Rosie Senanayake has not followed tender procedures when she awarded a tender to a private institution to maintain seven public toilets.

These toilets have been built by the Colombo municipal council with World Bank assistance.

S.S. Enterprises is to be paid nearly Rs. 300,000 a month for maintaining those public toilets, whose electricity and water bill will be borne by the CMC.

Sri Lankan rupee hits record low

The Sri Lankan rupee fell to an all-time low on Wednesday with the selling price of the US Dollar reaching 163.3676 for the first time in the country’s history.

The buying price has been recorded as 160.1636 according to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL).

Another 150,000 new votes for PC elections !

For the Provincial Council elections, another 150,000 new voters have been registered in 2018, according to an Elections Commission Spokesman.

Accordingly, the total number of registered voters would amount to almost sixteen million 16,000,000, he said.

The temporary voter list has already been released to the internet and to the Grama Seva officers and time has been allocated until the 6th of September to examine the lists and file for any appeal.

SriLankan Airlines increases capacity between Colombo and Singapore

SriLankan Airlines is significantly expanding its capacity on the Colombo-Singapore-Colombo route with the introduction of wide bodied Airbus A330 aircraft that are equipped with the latest inflight entertainment systems, luxurious seating and on-board cuisine that is among the finest in the sky, to provide the highest levels of customer satisfaction.

Sirisena and Modi hold bilateral talks in Nepal

President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are currently participating in a bilateral discussion on the sidelines of the the BIMSTEC Summit in Nepal.

The Indian PM is also scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina later today.

Both leaders will also attend a banquet and cultural programme hosted by the Prime Minister of Nepal K.P.Sharma Oli in the honour of BIMSTEC leaders.

Family background report to be scrapped

Deputy minister Manusha Nanayakkara says a proposal will be submitted to the cabinet to scrap the requirement for female workers to submit a family background report before leaving for employment overseas.

He made the announcement during a health camp and mobile service by the Bureau of Foreign Employment in Galle.

Gotabhaya issued notice

The Special High Court has issued notices on seven persons including the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to appear before court on September 10.

The seven defendants including the former Defense Secretary are charged over the misuse of state funds amounting to Rs 49 million which had been used for constructing the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial.

Railway trade unions to strike next week

Railway Trade Unions today decided to commence a continuous strike from midnight on August 29 (Wednesday).

The decision was reached during their executive committee meeting held today (24), Ada Derana reporter said.

The strike is being launched due to the lack of a proper response from authorities with regard to rectifying their salary anomalies.

Cabinet approves areca nut and pepper re-exportation

The cabinet has approved a resumption of areca nut and pepper re-exportation.

Finance minister Mangala Samaraweera submitted the related paper at the request of primary industries minister Daya Gamage.

A ban was imposed after imported areca nut and pepper were sent to India under the FTA describing them as Sri Lankan products.

President rejects age restriction for three-wheeler drivers

President Maithripala Sirisena rejected a proposal submitted to the cabinet at its meeting yesterday (21) by transport minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to ban below-35-year-olds from driving three-wheelers.

Noting the proposal will affect fundamental rights, the president said the country will be in chaos if it was implemented.

He advised the ministers to consider from the side of the people when submitting proposals in the future.

US Pentagon’s report mentions China’s motive behind Hambantota

The Pentagon has released its annual report on China’s military capabilities, and it noted several developments that could be of concern for U.S. military planners. Notably, China’s bomber force has been much more active in “overwater” training flights in “critical maritime regions,” and the Pentagon assesses that these likely include trainings for attacks on U.S. targets or U.S. allies. In addition, the report notes, China is becoming a true “nuclear triad” nation, with nuclear weapons platforms on land, under the sea and in the air.

Dual citizens disallowed from being PC councilors

The provincial councils act has provisions to disallow dual citizens from holding membership in the PCs, the legal division of the election commission says.

The relevant act, in its Sinhala version refers to it as ‘being loyal to another country’, whereas the English one says ‘being loyal to a country outside the Commonwealth.’

Sri Lanka to get another female CJ?

Legal circles are talking about as to who will succeed chief justice Priyasad Dep, who is due to retire in October this year.

Every time he was abroad, Eva Wanasinghe acted in his capacity, since she is the senior most judge in the Supreme Court after Dep.

The seniors after her are Buwaneka Aluvihare, Priyantha Jayawardena and Sisira de Abrew.

Iran agrees to accept Sri Lankan rupees

Iran has agreed to accept Sri Lankan rupees when trading in view of the US sanctions, minister Sarath Amunugama told the cabinet at its meeting yesterday (14).

Sri Lanka mainly buys its petroleum products from Iran, while exporting tea to that country.

Plot to kill Dilantha Malagamuwa!

Several special police teams have commenced investigations regarding allegations of a plot to kill renowned motor racing champion Dilantha Malagamuwa.

These investigations have commenced subsequent to a complaint made to police by Dilantha regarding the threat to his life.

According to police sources, the threat to Dilantha’s life is over a land dispute of a tea estate in Mathale, where a former Kelaniya provincial politician had given a contract to kill Dilantha to an underworld member currently in prison. This was revealed during the questioning of an arrested underworld gang member.

Fuel prices revised from midnight today

Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera said that the fuel prices have been revised with effect from midnight today (10), based on the fuel pricing formula.

The price of 95 Octane Petrol has been increased by Rs 2 per litre while the price of Super Diesel has been increased by Rs 1 per litre.

Accordingly the new price of 95 Octane Petrol is Rs157 per litre while the new price of Super Diesel is Rs 130.

Gnanasara Thera in hospital as his case verdict due today

The court of appeal will this morning (08) deliver the verdict in the case pertaining to the contempt of court charge against Bodu Bala Sena general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera.

The attorney general filed the case on a complaint in early 2016 by the Homagama magistrate.

3 private mobile service providers in serious setback

The private mobile service providers Etisalat, Airtel and Hutch are all in a serious setback, reports say.

Of them, Etisalat has been the worst affected, being even unable to guarantee the job security of its employees.

Economists cite the state’s decision-making powers, together with its ownership of Sri Lanka Telecom and Mobitel, as the main reason for the present plight of the private service providers.

Police entrusted with polythene raids

Although the use of polythene has been banned, there are reports of polythene still being used. Hence, the Central Environmental Authority has decided to hand over the polythene raids to the police.

According to the Central Environmental Authority, their organisation and the Consumer Affairs Authority had been conducting these raids so far and now they intend to obtain the assistance of the Environmental Police as well.

Ranjan refuses ministerial salary increment

He would refuse the proposed 215% pay hike for ministers and he has notified his stance on the matter to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in writing, said Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.

He also challenged the Joint Opposition and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to refrain from obtaining this salary increment of possible.

Vehicle prices further increased

The Finance Ministry has taken a decision to increase the import duty on vehicles which are less than 1000cc. The Finance Ministry noted that this decision has been taken to curb the increase in vehicle imports to the country during the recent past.

Accordingly the import duty on normal vehicles less than 1000cc has been increased from Rs. 1.4 million up to Rs 1.5 million while the duty on Hybrid vehicles less than 1000cc has been increased from Rs. 8.5 lakhs up to Rs 1.25 million.

Danushka Gunathilaka banned for 6 international games

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to suspend Danushka Gunathilaka from six international cricket matches for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation’ today (27).

Out of the total six matches, three matches have been handed over for the latest violation of the ‘Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation’ he has entered to with the SLC.

SLC gives cricket coverage to parliamentary correspondents!

Certain officials of Sri Lanka Cricket are accused of misusing the complimentary tickets given to sports journalists, sports editors, sports directors and to the SLC staff, according to reports.

The person in charge of distributing the tickets to the media is media manager (logistics) Dinesh Ratnasingham.

Together with a female employee known as Nilushi Shiranthika  he is giving the complementary tickets to parliamentary correspondents.

Norwegian girl was at hotel room with cricketer with her consent

A Norwegian girl says it is with her consent that she had been in a room of Hotel Mövenpick with cricketer Dhanushka Gunatilake.

That came to light when Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday (23) took up a case against a friend of Gunatilake, who is accused of raping another Norwegian girl.

The magistrate ordered that the suspect, Sandeep Jude Selliah, a British passport holder, be remanded until July 26.

EU awaits govt. response over death penalty decision

An imposition of death penalty for drug trafficking will definitely come in the way of Sri Lanka getting the GSP plus export concession, head of the political, commerce and communication division of the European Commission Paul Godfrey has told ‘Ravaya’.

He said the EU expected a response from the president and other relevant authorities to a statement it has issued with regard to the matter.

France secures historic world cup victory

France won the Fifa World Cup for the second time by overcoming Croatia's bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Didier Deschamps' side repeated the success on home soil at France '98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe with the favourites for an hour.

France's victory meant Deschamps, who captained them 20 years ago, became just the third man to win the competition as a player and coach.

Arjuna fights for fuel price revision !

Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunge has presented a Cabinet proposal requesting that the petroleum price control be handed over to him.

From June 26, the fuel revision rights was handed over to a committee and subsequent to this committee deciding on the fuel pricing and notifying the Finance Minister, he would revise the fuel prices.

Mangala opposes reintroducing death penalty

Mangala Samaraweerea has objected to a cabinet proposal by president Maithripala Sirisena that death penalty should be reintroduced in order to curb the narcotic drugs menace.

When the president presented the proposal yesterday (10), most ministers received it with applause, but Samaraweera remained indifferent.

When inquired, Samaraweera said that as a policy, he opposed the death penalty, adding that drug smugglers should be given a life imprisonment.

Chaminda Vass to enter politics on UNP ticket?

Renowned fast bowler and former Sri Lankan cricket star Chaminda Vass is preparing to enter politics through the UNP, Sri Lanka Mirror learns.

His political entrance is set to take place through a movie which is said to be directed by famous South Indian film star and Director Prabhu Deva.

He had met with several prominent Indian astrologers recently, it is also reported.

President’s Secretary to resign?

President’s Secretary - Austin Fernando is to resign from his post, reports from the Presidential secretariat say.

Austin Fernando a highly experienced and versatile state administrative officer as served previously in the capacity of Defence Secretary, and is considered a close and trusted advisor to President Sirisena.

Part of commission bond report now available

The national archives has publicized the C 350 part of the presidential commission report into the Central Bank bond sales, says the Centre for Human Rights.

This follows a request by CHR from the secretary to the president seven months ago.

C 350 contains the COPE report and the telephone details of the former finance minister.