The stage is set to establish data science as the third pillar within Sri Lanka’s ICT exports with the launch of the Training Program in Fundamentals of Data Science offered by the Center for Data Science, Department of Statistics, University of Colombo.
The first case to be taken up by the three-judge bench of the Special Trial at Bar decided today, to hear the case filed by the FCID against Gamini Senarath, who was former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's chief of staff and Piyadasa Kudabalage, the former chairman and managing director of the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC), decides to hear the case daily, beginning from the 29th of October. They are charged with misappropriating SLIC funds by investing millions of rupees in various ventures including the Grand Hyatt Hotel project using the investments of Grand Hyatt, Colombo.
Several senior state counsel from the Attorney General’s Department will appear for the prosecution while the respondents have retained a team of President's Counsel and senior lawyers.The Trail at Bar comprises senior High Court judges Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne.
The court will sit in the morning and in the afternoon to expedite the hearing. Two more similar High Courts are also in the pipeline to hear other major frauds and crimes which are alleged to have taken place during the past 10 years.
Commenting on the reason that led to the government setting up the special High Court at Bar, Justice Minister Talatha Athukorale told the Cabinet that though a circular had been issued to judges by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) directing that trials of more than five years old to be held daily, it was observed more in the breach.
At the end of 2015, there were some 16,960, cases pending in the High Courts countrywide while the number of pending cases pending at the end of 2016 was 16,463, the number of pending cases as at September 2017 was 17,565.
The minister said laws delays have to be remedied resulting in an amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure Act to make it mandatory to hold trials in the High courts, except in exceptional circumstances and for good reasons which have to be recorded.Accordingly, the section 263 of the Criminal Procedure Code was amended to make daily mandatory.
The German business community in Sri Lanka is upbeat on Sri Lankan economy and more investments are being made by them, Chief Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka, Andreas Hergenroether said.Speaking during the re launch of the 5th edition of the “Top German Brands in Sri Lanka” he said that as the logistic hub in South Asia and future trade hub, Sri Lanka will offer in the near future more business opportunities than ever.
The Mahanayakes of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters yesterday called for the government’s intervention to defeat nefarious forces trying to destabilise the country by creating disputes among the Buddhist community.
Stressing the importance of properly fulfilling duties and responsibilities, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday gave a clarification on his decision to summon the staff of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Austria, back to the country last week.President Sirisena observed that the Ambassador and the staff will return to Sri Lanka within the next few days.
President Maithripala Sirisena says a great patriot like Anagarika Dharmapala will be the people’s aspiration for today as well as for tomorrow like it was in the past.The President further said that they have experienced how some people fulfill their responsibilities when they are given the obligation, and the true voices raised by great characters like Anagarika Dharmapala in the past for the patriotism are eternal in the hearts of the people for today as well as tomorrow.
President Maithripala Sirisena says all must unite to fulfill the national responsibility on the National Tree Planting Week by planting at least a one tree in every house.The President pointed out that the main factor which determine the survival of our future is the forest cover of our country and all the citizens, including the politicians, public servants and the school children should join hands with the National Tree Planting programme to preserve a secure environment for our future generation.
He made these remarks participating in the progress review meeting of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment held at the Ministry auditorium, on Monday (17th).The Ministry of Environment will take steps under the guidance of the President to implement a broad programme to plant 3 million plants across the country and during this meeting it was discussed in detail.
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) notes the improved version of the Counter Terrorism Bill to repeal and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) which has reportedly obtained Cabinet approval last week.
The Enterprise Sri Lanka projects which was launched by the Ministry of Finance and Mass media to inspire, assist and create a minimum of 100,000 new entrepreneurs has received Rs 8 billion ( USD 50 Million) from the Asian Development Bank for the rooftop solar power generation project
The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mr. Mangala Samaraweera considering the requests made by the stakeholders in the fabric industry has reduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) on imported fabric to 5 percent. Minister Mangala Samaraweera signed the gazette notification in this regard today.