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Scarred women seek recognised surgeons after botched-up operations by quacks

Dec 21 (ST) Several women who suffered severe injury and have been scarred and marred after ‘treatment’ from a so-called ‘Age Reversing Clinic’ in Malabe have now sought help from qualified plastic surgeons. While plastic surgeons lashed out at these 'unsafe and unsterile' clinics where cosmetic surgery is being doled out in tiny rooms in private homes, health sources also sought measures to establish a Specialist Register. more..

UN-monitored referendum on Tamil Eelam

Dec 21 (SL) The Penang International Tamil Conference held at George Town in Malaysia’s Penang state from Nov 7 to 9 has demanded a UN-monitored referendum on the formation of an independent Tamil Eelam. The Penang Declaration adopted at the end of the conference said that the participants in the referendum should be SL Tamils living in Sri Lanka as well those living abroad as expatriates, more..

'Back MR, preserve political stability'

Dec 21 (Island) Deputy Minister Faiszer Mustapha said political assassinations by the LTTE had left the UNP rudderless. LTTE had thus destroyed that party’s future, he added. Some foreign elements wanted to overthrow the people-friendly govt of President Rajapaksa and establish a puppet to achieve their sinister ends at the expense of the national interest. Plots were being hatched in some quarters to bring down the govt more..

'Almost all the officials in the system are partners of this ongoing corruption'

Nov 21 (DM) The once JVP presidential candidate and later strong ally of UPFA, Nandana Gunathillake, in an interview with the dailymirror said he left the Govt as the President failed to keep his promises and alleged that after 2010 the President became dictatorial. Q: You supported President Rajapaksha from 2005 and played a major role in his victorious campaign. Why did you decide to leave UPFA at such a crucial moment? more..

Stage set for battle for Jerusalem

Nov 21 (DM) The Palestinian-Israeli crisis is taking a dangerous turn towards a religious war with the holy city of Jerusalem being in the centre of the dispute. In recent weeks, several attacks and counter attacks by both the Palestinians and Israelis have increased tension as Palestinians fear that Israel is trying to destroy or divide the al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest place of worship. A week after a Palestinian protester was hanged inside a bus, two armed Palestinians on Tuesday raided a synagogue more..

Fresh water: What a damn shame

Nov 21 (DM) Fuel prices, supplies and pipelines have been a key factor in the economics of world politics or the politics of world economics since the 1970s. The United States and its western allies have fought two major wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, with the main agenda being to grab control of the remaining oil and natural gas resources in the region. World economic analysts believe that in the coming decades there will be subtle operations if not all-out wars to gain control of more..

Presidential poll announced: Both sides predict crossovers

Nov 20 (Island) Yesterday’s proclamation announcing a presidential election saw both the Joint Opposition Front (JOF) and govt stating that they had engineered crossovers which would take effect in the coming days. Even as President Rajapaksa signed the proclamation at Temple Trees at 1.30 p.m, the SLFP’s Chief Organiser for Mirigama Wasantha Senanayake defected to UNP, while JOF sources said more..

Ratana Thera stands his ground, refuses to hand over ashram

Nov 20 (Island) The UPFA dissident, the JHU said that it wouldn't hand over Sadaham Sevana at Rajagiriya to the state. JHU leader Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera said as Ven. Atureliye Rathana Thera, MP, had received the land on behalf of the Sangha and the government couldn't demand it back because the JHU had given up ministerial portfolios over some differences with the UPFA. Ven. Rathana dismissed claims that he had handed over the Sadaham Sevana. more..

SB believes Ranil's the best

Nov 20 (CT) Common Opposition has to field Ranil Wickremesinghe as the presidential candidate, as the UNP machinery will only respond properly to him, Minister S.B. Dissanayake said. He said that the UNP, which will decide on the common candidate, will eventually propose the name of Ranil Wickremesinghe. "Party must decide who the candidate will be, not outsiders. Though many outsiders have been suggesting the name of Karu Jayasuriya, party cannot base its decision on more..

'Attack on temple only a rumour'

Nov 20 (CT) JHU MP, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera, said there were no attacks on his temple although he is expecting trouble after the JHU's decision to resign from positions in the govt. Rathana Thera said, there were rumours that the temple would be attacked. "I expected trouble. However, to this date, no one has attempted anything. I am saying this otherwise the govt might say that I am complaining without reason. more..

Minister promises CEB manpower workers to be made permanent

Nov 21 (CT) Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, assured that nearly 5,000 manpower contract employees working in the CEB will be absorbed into the permanent cadre with effect from 1 Dec. However, at a press briefing shortly before Minister assured contract employees would be made permanent, Secretary, CEB Workers' Union, Ranjan Jayalal, charged minister had already started recruiting workers from the Ratnapura District into the permanent cadre in the CEB, without more..

SriLankan Airlines starts operations to Kunming

Nov 20 (Island) SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, in a move to meet the increasing demands for air services between China and Sri Lanka will be initiating operations to Kunming on December 1, 2014. The national carrier currently operates a total of 15 weekly flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Canton and Hong Kong and with this initiative, will be marking its presence in the South-western China as well. Known as the City of Eternal Spring, more..

'It is the SC Opinion as told by Nimal Siripala'

Nov 20 (CT) Despite repeated calls for the Supreme Court Opinion pertaining to the Constitutional legality of a third term for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to be presented in Parliament, the Leader of the House has not complied, the JVP charged. JVP Leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, said what the country knew was the Supreme Court Opinion as told by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. Despite repeated calls for the SC opinion more..

Museum break-in may be a setup

Nov 20 (CT) Police are pondering the possibility that the alleged break-in at the Colombo National Museum is the result of a cold war between the workers and officials of the institution. There were reports of a break-in at the gallery displaying antique clothes and clay artifacts earlier this week and Police think that this might be an attempt to implicate an official. Police have decided to check whether the fingerprints found at the site match those of any worker in the Museum. more..

'City beautification was a by-product'

Nov 20 (DN) Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that his ministry succeeded in identifying and solving a number of issues that plagued the city. “Colombo is becoming a cleaner and beautiful city after these issues were effectively resolved by my ministry,” he said at the launch of the official newsletter of the Defence Ministry A Beautiful Country-Bright Future issued with the Daily News, Dinamina and Thinakaran newspapers in Sinhala, Tamil and English more..

'If Karu is nominated, I will support him'

Nov 20 (CT) Minister Navin Dissanayake has stated that if UNP Leadershi Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya was to be nominated as the common Opposition Presidential Candidate, he would have no choice but to support him. Dissanayake, who made this statement at a meeting held on 19 Nov at the Nuwara Eliya Town Hall, added that his supporters would not view this decision of his in a favourable manner. more..

England on defensive over Hales

Nov 20 (CI) England have been forced on to the defensive after just a few days in Sri Lanka, with Alastair Cook and Peter Moores having to explain the decision to leave Alex Hales out of Friday's opening warm-up match. Ahead of seven ODIs against Sri Lanka, England appear to have taken the cautious approach once again by promoting Moeen Ali to open alongside Cook. Moeen, like Hales, is still finding his way in ODI cricket but offers a spin-bowling option that has edged him ahead. more..

UNP should pick common candidate – UTUA

Nov 20 (CT) The UNP should have the majority say in picking the common candidate since that party is the major political force in the Opposition, the United Trade Union Alliance (UTUA) said. Chief Convener of the UTUA, J.S. Kuruppu, said militarization will be the endgame of the Presidential Election. Kuruppu added, even though the National Movement for Social Justice had spearheaded the discourse concerning the need for the abolishing the Executive Presidency, a fact which the joint Opposition more..

Govt brands Solheim a liar

Nov 21 (DM) Govt branded the Development Assistance Committee (OECD) Chairman and former Norwegian Sri Lanka peace negotiator Eric Solheim ‘a liar and a supporter of terrorists’ who was in cahoots with the LTTE. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said Eric Solheim who had a soft spot for separatist terrorists always acted against the Sri Lankan govt and armed forces. “It was he who arranged to transport more..

Editorial: Diplomacy wins the day

Nov 21 (Hindu) The unconditional release by Sri Lanka of five fishermen sentenced to death by a court in that country on charges of drug smuggling is a welcome development. Sri Lanka must be commended for taking this large-hearted step. It is not often that nations set aside their own laws and procedures, as well as domestic political considerations, to make exceptions for nationals of another country; three Sri Lankans convicted in the same case remain on death row. more..

Professorial unit of Anuradhapura hospital destroyed by fire

Nov 21 (Island) A fire that destroyed the Professorial Unit of the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital yesterday morning had been caused by an electrical short circuit, Anuradhapura SSP Mahesh Senaratne said. Preliminary investigations had indicated that it was an accident, he added. The official said that investigations were continuing. Having alerted the police and Anuradhapura air base, hospital authorities moved those receiving treatment in Wards 60, 61, 62, 63, 64 and 65 to safety. more..

Wanted: Sri Lanka leader to unite Capitalists, Kim Jong-Il fans

Nov 21 (BN) To oust President Rajapaksa, opposition parties are working to pick a candidate who can please free-market capitalists, Tamil separatists and admirers of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. Rajapaksa’s opponents may agree on a common challenger as soon as today, according to Arjuna Ranatunga, a lawmaker with the DNA, one of three major opposition groups. Rajapaksa, in power since 2005, more..

University schols from China for Central Province students

Nov 21 (ST) A delegation visiting Sri Lanka from Chengdu municipal government in China has come to an agreement with the locally-based Sri Lanka- China Trade and Investment Promotion Chamber to grant scholarships to selected schools in the Central Province, to attend 19 universities in China, according to a chamber statement. The statement also noted that this granting of scholarships was part of a series of events held in Kandy to commemorate the 65th National Day of China, more..

A host of archaeological sites discovered in North

Nov 21 (Island) Archeology Department has so far discovered 341 ancient sites neglected due to the war in the Northern Province. Director General of the Department Dr. Senarath Dissanayake said that of them 125 sites had been found in the Mullaitivu District, 68 in the Vavuniya District, 66 in the Mannar District, 15 in the Kilinochchi District and 67 in the Jaffna District. Action had been taken to explore the Sapumalgaskada and Ruwanmaduwa areas in the Vavuniya District, Dr. Dissanayake said, more..

Sri Lanka hosts World Packaging confab for the third time

Nov 21 (FT) Bringing global packaging honour to Sri Lanka, the World Packaging Confab kicked off in Colombo for the second time yesterday, in the backdrop of a rise in packaging-related exports and FMCG packaging sales. “The upward trend in per capita consumption and the average packaging cost of FMCGs reporting 10-15% sales growth shows the strength of packaging development in Sri Lanka. more..

Sri Lanka Embassy donates books on Buddhism to University of Warsaw

Nov 20 (DN) Officials of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Warsaw on the request of graduate and undergraduate students following Anthropology, Sociology and Philosophy courses at the University of Warsaw, donated books on Buddhist philosophy and Buddhism to the main library of the University of Warsaw. The event was organised under the patronage of the Post-graduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies. International Buddhist Foundation, Geneva, President Ven. Halyale more..

Woman goes missing; suspect arrested

Nov 21 (Island) Wakare police recently arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a missing 22-year-old woman from Puliyankandaladi. The victim’s mother has complained that the missing woman had left home saying she wanted to go the bank. She has told police that following the disappearance of her daughter she had received six calls on her mobile phone from strangers. Meanwhile, an aunt of the missing person received a call from an unknown person, asking her to come to a hotel in more..

The ghosts of the colonial past

Nov 21 (Hindu) At the end of a back-breaking day, only one question awaits tea plucker Velu Parameswari: 'How many kgs?' That is all dorai (supervisor) asks every day, said the 47-year-old, who began plucking tea as a 16-year-old. Despite working 22 days in October, all she made for the month was LKR 800, most of which was deducted to repay her outstanding loan. “My husband is also a plucker,” she said, more..

Plight of Sri Lankan women

Nov 21 (Island) During the second reading of the budget debate the horrible plight of Sri Lankan women in the Middle East came into focus. It was even alleged by a MP that fathers were trading their daughters and husbands their wives for money; and that most of these hapless women end up in slavery in the Arab World. It also transpired during the same debate that they receive paltry salaries ; and the numbers seeking Middle East employment are also dwindling. more..

Land grabbing and pricing

Nov 21 (CT) Who decides pricing in agriculture and how? This precipitates a situation where the vegetable and paddy farmer has to get into debt during the period (in paddy, the Yala and Maha seasons) of production. They either have to obtain loans through banks or privately, failing which they resort to pawning jewellery and possessions. As a result of incurring debts, post-production, the farmer has to dispense or dispose of the produce to the market place at whatever price more..

Cook seeks revenge in return series

Nov 21 (Island) Early this year, during the English summer, Sri Lanka and England were involved in a highly competitive series. Sri Lanka emerged winners in the ODI series 3-2 and went onto win the Test series 1-0, their first ever series win on English soil. The teams will renew that rivalry in a seven match series that gets underway next week in Colombo. England captain Alastair Cook addressing a media briefing yesterday more..

BOI approves Renuka's Rs 2B project

Nov 21 (CT) As experts predict a major demand for modern commercial space in the heart of Colombo, Renuka Hotels and Cargo Boat Development Company yesterday signed an agreement with the country's investment promotion agency to construct a Rs 2 billion office complex in Colombo 2. Renuka Lands, a joint venture between Renuka Hotels and Cargo Boat Development Company, in a statement said that it would construct a modern rentable office building in Colombo. more..

EU sanctions on SL fisheries sector - Part 2

Nov 21 (Island) In part one of this two part article based on an interview The Island staffer C.A. Chandraprema had with minister Rajitha Senaratne, we dealt with the eight conditions that the EU had imposed on this country if the proposed sanctions on the fisheries sector were not to be activated. In this part, a closer look is taken at the ‘huge vessels’ that Sri Lanka had authorised to fish in the Indian ocean which the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries more..

Arjuna bats for common candidate

Nov 21 (FT) Sportsman turned politician Arjuna Ranatunga, who is currently in the political spotlight following his name being proposed for the highly-discussed common candidate, affirms he can pose a challenge to President Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential election. An Opposition MP, the former Cricket Captain says: “When you look at some of the leaders who have run the country, I am not second to them. more..

Editorial: Of that elephantine dilemma

Nov 21 (Island) Everybody knew there would be a snap presidential election early next year and now President Rajapaksa has announced it officially. SLFP has unanimously decided that he will be the presidential candidate. Who will be fielded by either the UNP or the Opposition to face President Rajapaksa? The UNP’s kept on saying it would reveal the name of its candidate immediately after a presidential election was declared. Speculation is rife that UNP is likely to announce more..

Truth or falsity, or is it the communal divide?

Nov 21 (FT) Any intelligent person will agree that communal politics have been the bane of this country. Instead of looking at issues from a national point of view, the communal perspective encourages a narrower approach, each group claiming as large a piece of the pie as an entitlement, indifferent to the consequences to the whole. It reduces men to the lowest definition; their particularities are emphasised while ignoring commonalities with the rest. The idea of a nation ought to bind people together more..

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