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M.P.H. Manatunga has been appointed as the Chairman of the Police Commission by President Maithripala Sirisena today, Presidential Media Division said.
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Sri Lanka is slated to play a significant role in integrating trade in the Asian region through a number of trade ties which are to be signed, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.
He made this remark at a media briefing held in line with the World Economic Forum in Davos last evening.
“Sri Lanka will tie up with nations such as India, Bangladesh and Vietnam, and thereby bring the Indian Ocean states together and then go in for trade ties with Japan and whole of ASEAN and thus play a role in integrating trade in Asia,” he said.
Mr. Wickremesinghe elaborating on the trade agreements which are being lined up said Sri Lanka will go in for separate trade arrangements with five Southern states in India, including Tamil Nadu. “Sri Lanka will also go in for a trade pact with Bangaladesh, Vietnam and other Indian Ocean states,” he said, In addition he said Sri Lanka would be looking at going in for a trade agreement with ASEAN rather than separate trade pacts with its member states. “We will also have trade ties with Japan,” he said.
He said the government would come up with a tax incentive plan in March this year.
We hope to complete the negotiations with India, China and Singapore by June this year,” said Minister of Development Policies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama at the briefing.
“We expect the existing investors to expand their investments and expect new investors as well,” he added. He said the government also expected the Sri Lankan Diaspora to invest.
Mr. Samarawickrama describing the progress made in infrastructure facilities development, said The Southern Highway extension up to Hambantota and the Central Expressway would be commissioned within the next two and a half years.
Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said Sri Lanka cannot depend on a 23 million population but should venture into the foreign markets. “The perilous economy which we inherited from the previous regime has been brought somewhat under control,” he said.
Minister of Digital Infrastructure Development Harin Fernando said the government would be stepping into an endeavour to introduce an overall digital payment platform this year, while focusing on digital technology education and developing other digital infrastructural facilities. (Yohan Perera)
The Cabinet is reported to have rejected surreptitious attempts buy some to decriminalize homosexuality.
A new provision has been included, under women’s rights, in the draft on the Human Rights Action Plan seeking not to discriminate anyone on sexual orientation. Some ministers are reported to have protested at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting saying it was yet another surreptitious attempt to recognize homosexuality.
The HR Action Plan was developed through an inter-ministerial process, with the leading role played by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
It contains proposals to address Sri Lanka’s human rights responsibilities under international human rights instruments, on a voluntary basis. The process adopted to evolve the draft ensures that it represents expectations of all segments of Sri Lankan society, in keeping with the mandate received by the National Unity Government to promote good governance, rule of law, democracy, human rights, and reconciliation, and achieve durable peace. (Kelum Bandara)
Monetary rewards and politics had resulted in the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) earning an illegal profit more than Rs.1.2 billion, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)said today.
JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said this after last morning’s meeting with the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) officials including its President Prof. Carlo Fonseka.
When asked by a journalist about the SLMC’s response responded to the request made by the JVP for the SLMC to refrain from recognising those who pass out as doctors from SAITM, the JVP leader said money and politics had made the SLMC and the government to stand firm on this matter.
He said SLMC should follow the recommendations made by the 10-member committee it had appointed.
“The ten member committee comprising Prof. Rezvi Sheriff, Dr. L.B.L. de Alwis, Prof. Nilanthi de Silva, Prof. Ranil Fernando, Prof. Ranjani Gamage, Prof. Wasantha Gunathunga, Dr. B.J.C. Perera, Dr. Hemantha Perera, Prof. K. Sivapalan and Dr. H.M.S.S.D. Herath had recommended that SAITM graduates were not suitable to practice the medical profession given the number of shortcomings in that institution,” the JVP leader said. (Yohan Perera)
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A SLAF Flight Lieutenant was today arrested by Customs officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), when attempting to smuggle eight bottles of foreign liquor into the country, Airport Customs Deputy Director Parakrama Basnayake said.
He said the arrest was made at the airport tarmac when the Flt. Lieut. was on the verge of removing the bottles bypassing the Customs.
Mr. Basnayake alleged that the Flt Lieut. had smuggled 40 bottles of foreign liquor on five earlier occasions. Investigations had revealed that these bottles had been given to him by Indian passengers to be taken out of the airport. The suspect was handed over to the Air Force Police for further investigations.
Meanwhile, Air Force Spokesman Gihan Seneviratne said the Air Force was unable to make any comments on the incident on the basis that investigations were continuing. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
The Board of directors of the Lanka Coal Company including its Chairman Maithri Gunaratna was removed by Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyabalapitiya with immediate effect.
Additional Secretary (Technical) to the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry, Meril Gunathilaka has been appointed to continue its operations until a new board of directors was appointed.