Aloysius’s prison cell phone conversations exposed!

The owner of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena and other prisoners in the “H” ward Colombo Magazine Prison are said to be enjoying privileged facilities including access to mobile phones, according to prison sources.

In a recent raid of the ‘E’ and ‘H’ wards the authorities had found three mobile phones that were hidden.

Aloysius and Palisena had been remanded in the ‘E’ ward previously and had been shifted to the ‘H’ ward recently.

Legal redress against MPs who took money from Aloysius

Attorney-At-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku says he will seek legal redress against politicians who had obtained money from Arjun Aloysius for elections, based on section 70 of the Bribery Act.

Section 70 of the Bribery Act states :

Any public servant who, with intent to cause wrongful or unlawful loss to the Government, or to confer a wrongful or unlawful benefit, favour or advantage on himself or any person, or with knowledge, that any wrongful or unlawful loss will be caused to any person or to the Government, or that any wrongful or unlawful benefit, favour or advantage will be conferred on any person”.

Kim talks, honest, direct & productive - Trump

US President Donald Trump says his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended in a joint agreement were "honest, direct and productive".

Mr Trump said he would halt "war games" while Mr Kim had promised to destroy a missile testing site.

Their agreement also included a commitment from Mr Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

Suren Ratwatte retires from SriLankan

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SriLankan Airlines, Captain Suren Ratwatte, has decided to take an early retirement.

Ratwatte has submitted a letter announcing early retirement, the national carrier said yesterday (07).

The announcement comes just a few days after Presidential Commission on SriLankan and Mihin commenced witness hearings.

CID to record statement from MR over Keith’s abduction

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), probing the abduction and assault on Keith Noyahr, the Associate Editor, The Nation in May 2008 is expected to record a statement from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa soon.

A senior police officer told The island that investigators had decided to clarify some issues with the former President following a statement recorded from Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Southern Expressway bus fare reduction from July 01

The bus fares charged for busses plying the Southern Expressway will be reduced from July 01 and accordingly, the bus fare of Rs. 600 charged from Matara to Colombo would be reduced to Rs. 460, said the Chairman of the Passenger Transport Company Aruna Halpe.

He said this addressing the media at the Matara Thanayama. He noted that by having two separate standards and laws for the Southern Expressway and the Colombo Katunayake Expressway the people are being treated unfairly.

Commission on SriLankan, Mihin and SriLankan Catering commences recording evidence

The Presidential Commission appointed to investigate financial irregularities which are said to have taken place at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering (Pvt.) Limited and Mihin Lanka Airlines, commenced recording of evidence today (04).

The company Registrar and an official were summoned before the commission to record statements this morning, Commission’s Secretary, Ariyadasa Coorey said.

SLC bribes journalists covering West Indies tour

Sri Lanka Cricket has given Rs. 500,000 each to four newspaper journalists who are covering the national’s team’s tour of West Indies.

The tour begins today (30) with a three-day practice match in Trinidad.

The journalists in question are from three Sinhala language newspaper and one English language newspaper.

What Thilanga has to say about allegations

Sri Lanka Cricket has on occasions said that it would fully support any investigation into match fixing allegations.

Galle international stadium is featured in a latest Al Jazeera television programme into alleged match-fixing.

The Australian cricket board has said that it has the fullest confidence in its players, while Pakistan’s cricket authorities say they are looking into the allegations contained in the TV programme.

Indian HC invites applications

the High Commission of India invites applications from eligible Sri Lankan students (excluding PIO, OCI Card holders & NRIs) seeking admission to Undergraduate Courses in MBBS, BDS, BE, B.Tech, B.Pharm & B.Arch under the Self Financing Scheme for the academic year 2018-19.

The candidates who wish to apply for MBBS/BDS courses should have obtained minimum of Marks at 50th percentile in NEET exams conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi in May 2018.  B.Arch aspirants are required to pass the aptitude test as prescribed by the Council of Architecture, New Delhi.

B’desh businessmen worried by Sri Lankan workers’ presence

Bangladesh’s annual loss due to the presence of mainly Sri Lankan and Indian workers in the country amounts to thousands of millions of dollars, say businessmen of that country.

Of that amount, nearly 5,000 million dollars are sent to India, mostly through executive level workers, they say.

Former president of the employers’ federation of Bangladesh Fazlul Haque was quoted by BBC Sinhala Service as saying that most of the foreigners were doing jobs in multinational and pharmaceutical companies and in the garment sector.

Despite dismal performance, SLC ups cricketers’ salaries!

Sri Lanka Cricket had taken a decision to increase the wages of cricketers by 34% for the financial year 2018-2019.

SLC had taken this decision based on the strong results achieved during the concluded financial year.

However, according to critics, cricket administrators’ salaries are increased only when their players display improvement.

Reduce state taxes to bring down fuel prices!

Claiming it as a measure to minimize losses, the CPC has raised fuel prices, but it continues to incur losses than before, reports say.

For instance, the CPC increased the price of a litre of 92 Octane petrol to Rs. 137, but it has to spend Rs. 150 for its production and distribution.

That means a loss of Rs. 13 per litre.

China asks for another island – Major issue!

The Chinese Company that took over the Hambantota Port has notified the Sri Lankan government that if Sri Lanka fails to hand over the special island located near the Hambantota Port to them, they would not pay the next instalment in the agreement, it is reported.

Accordingly, they have suspended payment of $500 million, until the island is given to them.

A shortage of school textbooks alleged

The Ceylon Teachers Union alleges a prevailing severe shortage of school textbooks.

According to its secretary Joseph Stalin, only 28,210,600 of the required 41,189,027 textbooks have been printed this year so far.

This has adversely affected both students and teachers.

Japan assists to enhance SL's counterterrorism capabilities & public security

The government of Japan provided equipment worth of Japanese Yen 102 million (approximately 149 million Sri Lankan Rupees) under the non-project grant aid for Economic and Social Development Programme to enhance the capacity of the Government of Sri Lanka in the area of counterterrorism and public security of the Airport.

The handing-over ceremony was held on 14th May 2018 at the Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayaka in the presence of Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lank - Mr. Kenichi Suganuma and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation - Nimal Siripala De Silva.

Rupee weakens against the dollar

During the recent past until May 11 the Sri Lankan rupee had depreciated by 3.2% against the American Dollar, according to the statement published by the Central Bank Economic Research Department.

This report indicates that in relation to the rupee depreciating against the dollar, the rupee has also depreciated against other foreign currencies. It indicated that with the rupee weakening the American dollar had further strengthened.

China approves USD 1 billion loan for Central Expressway

The Chinese government has approved a loan of USD one billion to Sri Lanka for the construction of the first phase of the Central Expressway.

“Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan met Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe today to break the good news of Chinese Government approving USD 1 billion for the phase I of the Central Expressway construction.”