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'Enterprise SL to challenge entitlement culture'

Sep 19 (DN) State Minister Eran Wickramaratne said Sri Lanka has a deeply entrenched entitlement culture which works against the entrepreneurial culture. He said rationale for introducing Rs 60 billion Enterprise Sri Lanka program was to challenge that entitlement culture in Sri Lanka. He was speaking at a pre-budget seminar organised by Business Economics Faculty of University of J'pura under the theme, more..

MAS recognised as Exporting Conglomerate of the Year at Presidential Export Awards

Sep 19 (FT) MAS Holdings made history by being recognised as the Exporting Conglomerate of the Year, as the overall award was introduced for the first time to appreciate and celebrate export excellence by a Sri Lankan corporate at the Presidential Export Awards 2018. At the same event, MAS Intimates was honoured with the coveted Exporter of the Year Awardas well as also receiving the Overall Awards for Net Foreign Exchange Earner and Contributor from more..

Malik sends strong signal to jarring parties of SLSFTA

Sep 19 (Island) Minister Malik Samarawickrama told the media in Colombo on Monday that the SL-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) needs to be probed into, in a genuine marketplace of ideas before any of its clauses can be changed. "We are willing to listen to what others might have to say. We can expand our perspectives and change our minds and arrive at a more sound and fair agreement but any objections need to be grounded solely in the interests of broader economy of the country. more..

CoA to hear Wiggy’s contempt of courts on 16 Oct

Sep 19 (DN) A request made by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to defer contempt of court proceedings filed against him was yesterday rejected by the Court of Appeal. Wigneswaran through his lawyer K. Kanagiswaran PC made an application to defer contempt of court proceedings until the Supreme Court makes an order regarding a leave to appeal petition filed by his client. more..

Lankan duo impress at Dakshin Dare Cross-country Rally

Sep 19 (ST) SL Rally driver Shafraz Junaid and co-driver Akhry Ameer fought stiff competition from superior factory teams of Suzuki and Mahindra, in their own Rally cab competition, being placed 2nd Runners-Up in the T2-2WD above 1851cc category, at the Maruti-Suzuki Dakshin Dare Cross-country Motor Rally concluded in Goa. The duo also progressed from an initial ranking of 14th place at the 1st stage, with technical issues, to 9th overall upon conclusion of the grueling 5-day event. more..

‘German businessmen keen on investing more in Sri Lanka’

Sep 19 (DN) 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. more..

Economy recovers to 3.7% growth

Sep 19 (FT) The country’s economy has recovered in the second quarter to manage a 3.7% growth, higher in comparison to 3% a year earlier but marginally above 3.5% gain in the first quarter. Dept of Census and Statistics (DCS) in releasing National Accounts estimates for the second quarter of 2018 yesterday said that economic growth rate of the country is estimated as 3.7% for the second quarter of 2018. more..

Sri Lanka Army official visits SDD

Sep 19 (Hindu) A Simple Driving Simulator (SDS) developed by Simulator Development Division (SDD), Secunderabad, was presented to Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. Gen. NUMMW Senanayake by Commandant, Brigadier R.S. Yadav, on behalf of the Indian Army, when he visited the facility on Tuesday. SDS is a simple-yet-powerful basic driving training solution based on a light vehicle interface having custom-made exercises with varying levels of difficulties and environment effects. more..

Go for niche products, Sri Lanka’s Spa Ceylon tells small businesses

Sep 19 (EN) Sri Lankan small businesses venturing overseas should look at gaps in the market, identify unfulfilled consumer needs in niche areas and use branding to differentiate themselves from competition, Shalin Balasuriya, director and co-founder of Spa Ceylon, said. “You have to have that unique identify – that’s the need for creating good brands, which means you are more resilient and can ask for premiums,” Balasuriya told an economic forum in Colombo organized by the CCC. more..

Sports Minister to call for report on Asia Cup debacle

Sep 19 (DN) Minister of Sports Faiszer Mustapha yesterday said he will call for a report from team officials on SL’s defeats at the hands of Bangladesh and Afghanistan at the ongoing Asia Cup cricket tournament being played in the UAE. He made these remarks at the felicitation ceremony held for the Sri Lanka netball team who were crowned Asian champions at the recent tournament held in Singapore. more..

SL hosts first global evaluation conference

Sep 19 (AN) It is called EvalColombo 2018 and is hosted by Sri Lanka: it is the first global conference on evaluation. The event started yesterday and will last until tomorrow. After 17 years of preparation, the National Evaluation Policy was launched yesterday by PM Ranil Wickremasinghe. The three-day conference is underway at the Colombo Hilton hotel at the SL Parliament. The event is attended by 150 MPs from around the world, as well as experts on evaluation policies, interest groups, more..

I’m designated as a war criminal: Chagie

Sep 19 (Island) "Gajaba was engraved in golden letters of the annals of the history of the Sri Lanka Army, if not in the history of Sri Lanka … and I’m certain it will never to be reversed by any. "So, I’m happy to be retired being a tiny particle of that proud chapter of the history, though designated as a War Criminal." In a few lines, Major General Chagie Gallage (retired) delivered a devastating attack on all those who had shirked their responsibility for countering lies propagated by more..

Contaminated milk packets: Fact or fiction?

Sep 19 (SO) Soon after a mega Rally organised by an Opposition against a govt the aftermath is more likely to be talk about the success of the rally and then introducing the next plan for gaining power. However, unlike in history, soon after the Rally headed by Namal Rajapaksa, JO members, started to talk about a milk packet. And, it was not about just a milk packet but a contaminated milk packet. more..

Edtorial: Cantankerous crabs

Sep 19 (Island) It is popularly said that politicians have brains when they have no power and vice versa—mole thiyanakota bale ne, bale thiyanakota mole ne. But, going by the conduct of some Opposition politicians, one may say they are without brains even when they are out of power. They give free rein to their restless tongues, revealing that there is no grain in the silo. The Joint Opposition (JO) has taken the IGP to the task for not treating the Maha Sangha with due respect. more..

Sri Lankan Politics: Scramble for power and bane of people

Sep 19 (Island) The great bane of many third-world countries looms in the craftily orchestrated dramas of greed and struggle for power in the political arena. Formerly Ceylon, beginning from 1956 and now Sri Lanka, in the course of the last four decades or so, has provided an ideal oasis for power-hungry politicians to play their astute games and political trickery at the expense of often misinterpreting people’s choices and oppressing them with their high-flown imaginary visions. more..

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War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander?

Sep 19 (GV) Whether or not the actions of the govt and the guardians of the nation during the last stage of the civil war (2006-2009) were a stain on the country’s national fabric is what this paper will discuss. This debate has been in progress since Lanka was granted independence by the British in 1948. It involves the disfranchisement of plantation Tamils in 1948, the passing of the Official Language Bill (better known as the Sinhala Only Bill) in 1956, the 1958 riots against the Tamil community more..

Memorandum of misunderstanding

Sep 19 (ST) Universities in SL have the practice of entering into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with foreign universities to carry out various collaborative educational and research programmes for both students and staff members. A few weeks ago, I came to know that they are no longer able to sign such MOUs with foreign universities without the approval of the govt; here the govt means, as I learnt, Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Ministry of Higher Education and UGC. more..

What SL needs to do to save Ozone layer

Sep 19 (Roar) As we all know, the ozone layer is an integral part of what sustains life on our planet. But we have, for several years, lived in ignorance and disregard of its value. If the ozone layer were to fail one day, we would all meet an unpleasant end from prolonged exposure to intense ultraviolet radiation from the sun. It was not until 1974 that scientists began to truly understand and publish findings of suspected damage caused to more..

All guns aimed at a single target

Sep 19 (DN) The JO and its ideological siblings in the yahapalana Govt have turned all their guns on a single target – the 20th Amendment to the Constitution (20A). Judging by the expressions of views by opponents of 20A, many seem to oppose its author more than the content. They allege that the JVP in league with the UNP was part of an international conspiracy to topple the previous regime. Hence, they reject 20A as not even worth considering. more..

Economist signals another defeat for MR

Sep 19 (DN) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s breakaway faction of the SLFP is set for another humiliating defeat at next year’s presidential elections, according to the track record of the London-based Economist Group. The subscription-based Economic Intelligence Unit, an arm of the Economist Group, in its latest report on Sri Lanka has predicted that Rajapaksa’s SLPP, a breakaway faction of the SLFP, will win both the next prez & parliamentary elections. more..

'We brought city of Colombo to a standstill'

Sep 19 (CT) Leader of the PHU, Udaya Gammanpila says that the Janabalaya protest brought the entire city of Colombo to a standstill, and that the “The govt should bow to the people’s opinion and go home, now.” Q: The govt alleges, the JO which brought Janabalaya to Colombo on 5 Sept saying they were going to capture govt on the 6th, didn’t capture any govt? A: There is an ancient Sinhala saying that being shameless is far more..

Astrology, Astronomy & Reason

Sep 19 (CT) If not for its huge impact on our people, Astrology could be dismissed as a harmless indulgence. It is popularly understood as being based on the precise Science of Astronomy. The main manifestation that impacts on us is the Horoscope on which many things depend. Three key factors are considered in their casting and use. These are (i) Time of birth (ii) Positions of the planets at that moment and (iii) The interpretation of the resulting Chart. more..

Civil Society to Yahapâlanaya’s rescue ?

Sep 19 (CT) A prominent Cabinet Minister, in a recent interview with a state TV station, made the statement that civil society organizations would play a vital role in the govt’s national election campaigns in 2020. This prescient prediction came, ironically, just a few days before the Economist Intelligence Unit, in its latest country report, forecast that the party backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would win the next Presidential and Parliamentary elections. more..

Sri Lanka to boost lesser known tourist attractions in off-season

Sep 18 (EN) Sri Lanka is using off-season promotional packages from Sept to Nov 2018, when arrivals from traditional markets fall, to boost awareness of lesser known tourist attractions, an official said. "We are working with bloggers, writers and influencers to promote lesser known attractions," Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Managing Director Sutheash Balasubramaniam said. more..

Govt says fuel prices will decrease in near future

Sep 18 (NR) The much discussed newly implemented fuel pricing formula was taken up for debate in Parliament today. Deputy Minister Anoma Gamage said when considering the price of the crude oil in the international market, fuel prices are revised towards the latter part of the year. She noted the govt will be able to reduce fuel prices by February or March next year. She stressed the concern at present is that the price of good that are increased following a fuel price hike do not more..

US$50mn from ADB for rooftop solar loans through Sri Lankan banks

Sep 18 (EN) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has given Sri Lanka US$ 50 million (eight billion rupees) for lending through banks and financial institutions for customers to buy rooftop solar power panels at 8% annual interest. Households and entrepreneurs will be provided maximum credit facilities up to 7. 5 million rupees under the Enterprise Sri Lanka project, the Ministry of Finance said. The Department of Development Finance of the Ministry of Finance, more..

Depreciation of rupee has increased debt amount by Rs.1,000 bn: JO

Sep 18 (DM) The drastic depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee against the US Dollar has increased the country’s national debt amount by Rs.1,000 billion since 2015, Joint Opposition (JO) said today. MP Bandula Gunawardane said PM Ranil Wickremesinghe continues to mislead the people by saying that the former government was responsible for current colossal amount of debts. “I challenge the PM to prove his claim. more..

Govt fears Nalaka de Silva while JVP fears a referendum: Gammanpila

Sep 18 (AD) Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Leader MP Udaya Gammanpila says that the govt is afraid to arrest DIG Nalaka de Silva. Plotting to assassinate the head of the govt is not a mere murder but is an anti-govt conspiracy, stated the MP. However, Nalaka de Silva hasn’t been arrested and ideally he should be remanded by now, says Gammanpila. He points out that DIG de Silva is able to influence the officials conducting the investigation as he holds a high ranking post. more..

Sanga gives key advice to Pakistan players ahead of India clash

Sep 18 (DM) Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara has given some key advice to Pakistan’s rising stars Babar Azam and Usman Khan Shinwari as Men in Green prepare for the highly anticipated clash against India, the Pakistan media reported. Pakistan and India will lock horns on September 19 at Dubai Cricket Stadium for the first time after ICC Champions Trophy final last year. This is also the first meeting of the two sides on the UAE soil since 2006. more..

IT industry, universities in tie-up to train data scientists

Sep 18 (EN) Sri Lanka’s information technology industry is working with universities produce graduates in previously unavailable subjects like data science required in its quest to ramp up annual exports to five billion dollars, an official said. Jeevan Gnanam, chairman of SLASSCOM, said the country need to re-assess its education system as data science skills, required by the rapidly evolving IT industry, had not been taught in universities. more..

President Jayewardene, an example to present day politicians: Akila

Sep 18 (DN) Late President J. R. Jayewardene was a pragmatic and farsighted leader who enabled the country to keep pace with modern international trends. Present day politicians have much to learn from his biography. The manner in which he steered the country overcoming problems and obstacles with patience and finesse was a fine example to present day politicians, Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said. He was addressing the gathering at the 112th birth anniversary commemoration of more..

Coalition requests fair trial for Kamer

Sep 18 (FT) A coalition of civil society and rights groups have issued a public statement calling on the Australian Govt to ensure fair treatment of Kamer Nizamdeen and to expedite investigations into his arrest. Highlighting the fact that Nizamdeen, who was arrested 30 August, had not been given legal representation neither at the time of his arrest or when he was produced before judicial authorities, the statement called upon the Australian Govt to “ensure that Kamer is provided with more..

Video: Bribery Commission summons GMOA

Sep 18 (DM) GMOA Treasurer Dr Nath Wijesuriya has been summoned to the Bribery Commission this morning to record a statement over an investigation launched into an alleged foreign funds received by the GMOA. GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge and several top officials who met the Bribery Commission officials today handed over a letter stating that the complaint filed against them was false. more..

Video: Three jumbos killed by train collision

Sep 18 (DM) Three elephants were killed after a herd was hit by the Batticaloa bound train early this morning while the elephants were walking across the tracks, Wildlife Conservation Dept said. The officials said the elephants were knocked down by the train with oil tank wagons at about 4.30 a.m at the 127-milepost between the Habarana and Palugaswewa Railway Stations. One she-elephants was pregnant at the time of the accident and the fetus had come out following the impact. more..

Video: Minor earth tremors reported at Hali-Ela

Sep 18 (AD) Residents in the area reported that they had felt a minor earth tremor in several areas of Hali-Ela in Badulla. Shop owners disclosed to Ada Derana that the said tremor occurred in several shops in the town at around 12.30 pm today (18). However, when queried from the Research Unit of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB), they stated that there was no such incident. more..