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Kusal ton sets up consolation SL victory

July 27 (CI) Kusal Perera sent Pakistan on the run with his most substantial innings to date, then Sri Lanka's middle order ran the opposition down and mauled them in a frenzied finish, to found a 165-run victory in the final ODI. Sri Lanka plundered 368 for 4, but even on a placid Hambantota deck, the chase was too steep for Pakistan's in-form top order. They slipped to 140 for 5 before the halfway stage of the innings, and more..

Ian Gould auditions for FC Barcelona

July 27 (CI) Umpire Ian Gould has worn his share of balls this tour, but he has rarely done so with as much skill as he managed in the 14th over of Sri Lanka's innings. Kusal Perera's cut off Imad Wasim was headed for the space between Gould's legs, but instead of being nutmegged, Gould moved his right leg and stopped the ball in its tracks, just like a Barcelona Football Club forward would control a fast pass from the midfield. Unlike a footballer, though, Gould resisted more..

Dilshan joins the 10,000 club

July 27 (CI) 4: Sri Lankan batsmen have scored 10,000-plus runs in ODI cricket - Kumar Sangakkara (14234), Sanath Jayasuriya (13430), Mahela Jayawardene (12650) and now Tillakaratne Dilshan (10007). Sri Lanka are the only country to have four batsmen scoring 10,000-plus runs. India has three, while Australia, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan have one each. 7: five-match bilateral ODI series have been played between SL and Pakistan. Pakistan have now won five of these series, more..

'We must promote peace'

July 27 (SL) The ACMC led by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, which is now a part of the UNP led alliance, has decided to contest six districts under the UNP’s elephant symbol and one district separately under their own party symbol. He said that his party joined the UNP led good governance front to carry forward the mandate given by the people at presidential election and that he is confident of securing 10 seats in parliament. more..

Infighting at High Commission

July 27 (Island) This week too we continue with the long email sent by Asoka Weerasinghe and his battles not only with the LTTE in Canada but some of his fellow Sri Lankans. It is historical and that is why we want it read by one and all. However, before we get to Asoka, I would like to reproduce an email sent by veteran SL supporter Daya Hettiarachchi is response to Assignment Toronto It was heartening to hear from Daya after a long time. "I am 87 now and tend to be careless and tired. more..

Editorial: CID’s Nelsonian eye

July 27 (Island) There has been a propaganda war of sorts over the recent arrest of three soldiers in a white van with a false number plate. The govt has, true to form, sought to pooh-pooh the incident and the SLFP has expressed grave concern about the safety of former President Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. What is of interest to us, however, is not the ongoing debate over the incident but a very serious allegation former Minister Wimal Weerawansa has made. more..

Colombo Fashion Forecast

The lumpen campaign of the clean

July 27 (NS) The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Out in the remote and inaccessible corners of this country, people know this verity almost by instinct. It is in the suburbs that folk seem to be bedazzled and lost, all at the same time. In the semi-rural, and the hinterland, the people seem to have a nose for these things. They have often favored performance over loose talk, and found it hard to support under-achievers. But, what’s happening in this country today beggars the imagination, and more..

Peace & Reconciliation: A way forward

July 27 (GV) I have enjoyed and appreciated the documents you have sent me and am happy to speak to you on Peace and Reconciliation – Way Forward. Up till the time of Independence in February 1984 our country was widely regarded, with much justification, as a model colony, eminently equipped to be a peaceful, democratic, stable, socially cohesive and economically upward mobile nation-state. There was much promise of our land and our people living up to the legend of the more..

'A continuation of presidential polls'

July 27 (SL) The SLMC is among the minority political parties that joined forces with the UNP led alliance to contest the upcoming general election. SLMC General Secretary Hasan Ali said that they are ready to accept a govt that is willing to give an alternative solution to address the concerns of the Muslims in the Ampara district. Q: On what grounds did the SLMC join the UNP led alliance? A: We have decided to join the more..

Destruction brewed by historic bond scam

July 27 (CT) Accepting bids at a yield of 12.5% for 30 year govt bonds while the market rate was nearly 300 basis points below the accepted yield caused a far greater destabilizing impact on the economy as a whole which went firmly under the radar of both economic commentators and politicians who raised the issue at public forums. It is common knowledge that the artificially higher yield offered to Perpetual Capital (pvt) ltd by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka effectively reduced the market value of more..

Measuring the maturity of the SL electorate

July 27 (ST) If Sri Lanka’s political and legal history since independence demonstrates one fact, it is the fundamental dishonesty of those whom we elect to serve us. Even the rare exceptions to this rule have failed to emulate an Ambedkar, a Gandhi or a Nehru whose visions and dreams lifted Indian society from its depths and fashioned an inimitable national spirit which carried that country through decades of communal turmoil. This has been our singular loss. Insisting on a rights discourse when drafting more..

TULF is not selfish: V. Anandasangaree

July 27 (SL) Leader of the TULF V Anandasangaree, who has been critical of the conduct of the TNA, said he has been fighting to get ex-LTTE carders into mainstream politics from earlier days. He said that his party, the TULF, is now comprised of young, energetic, moderate and progressive candidates belonging to three different communities. Q: What is the emphasis of your election campaign this time? more..

Drummers line up for Rajapaksakariya at UPFA’s Election Perehera in August

July 27 (ST) The tried and tested bevy of drummers lined up to do their Rajakariya, or feudal duties, this year at the Rajapaksa perehera have already started beating their drums vigorously, thumping out their signature drone Make Mahinda PM to raise the pressure on President to do a double somersault on his avowed stance and relent, even as he was pushed into a corner and forced to flip flop on his election pledge to the nation to bring tainted members of Rajapaksa regime to justice. more..

National education policy: Professionals should design it & take its ownership

July 27 (CT) In a recent TV talk show on what should be the country’s national education policy, a selected group of politicians from main political parties had been seated on the stage. Presumably, it would have been thought that it was necessary to seat them on the stage to pick their brains on how the national education policy should be framed. In the opposite, some invitee-experts on education were confined to the front raw of the audience so that they could listen attentively to more..

Mahinda says no to a National Govt

July 26 (CT) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that the UPFA will not agree to form a National Govt after the August 17 Parliamentary election. Speaking at an election rally in Matale today, Rajapaksa said that the UNP has been speaking of forming a National Govt after the election. However he said the UPFA is confident of securing majority seats in Parliament and will not form a National Govt. more..

'Polls chief's guidelines being followed'

July 26 (SO) Over 5,000 election monitors have been deployed by the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence to monitor election related incidents countrywide in the pre and post election period till the end of August, National Coordinator of the CMEV, Manjula Gajanayake said. The CMEV has already set up nine provincial desks in their head office in Colombo and hopes to send mobile teams to selected areas based on the ground reports they receive from election monitors, he added. more..

Tea, temples and tragic history in Sri Lanka

July 26 (ST) The man in the khaki vest slurped noisily from his cup, descended briefly into scowling meditation, spat the contents into a sink and then unleashed a torrent of approving descriptors, lavishly rolling his r’s along the way: “No foreign taste, very refreshing, robust, strong tannins, a tingly sensation at the end of the tongue — good show!” I sipped as well and nodded gravely, thinking: right, but it’s still tea. Granted, it was excellent tea, cultivated just outside more..

'TNA's manifesto a threat to SL sovereignty'

July 26 (DM) United Citizens' Front (UCF) Leader Tissa Attanayake said today the Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) manifesto is a threat to the country's sovereignty because it calls for the pardoning of the LTTE. He said the TNA’s manifesto released on Saturday is a challenge to the war victory because it wants a re-merger of the North and East under federal structure and right to self determination for Sri Lankan Tamils. more..

Yasmin Sooka releases torture, sexual violence, abduction report

July 26 (CT) International Truth and Justice Project Sri Lanka (ITJP) organization functioning under global human rights expert Yasmin Sooka from South Africa, will this week release the report of its study titled An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka. Also defined as A Still Unfinished War: Sri Lanka's Survivors of Torture and Sexual Violence, 2009-2015 the study will focus on ongoing international violations, white van abductions in 2015 and reprisals. more..

Upper Kotmale project: JICA’s value addition benefits infrastructure at Talawakelle

July 26 (Island) The Kotmale project, funded by the Japanese government and implemented by The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), transformed the Talawakelle area into a modern township. The total commitment from the Japanese govt was approximately US$ 441 million. Kiyoshi Amada, Chief Representative on JICA’s operations in Sri Lanka, said every aspect for development of the Kotmale Hydro project was examined, and implemented. more..

MR sends Letters of Demand

July 26 (DM) Under instructions of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a collective of lawyers had sent Letters of Demand to five persons including Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayaka and JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka for allegedly making defamatory comments about Mr. Rajapaksa. The lawyers said Singer Sunil Perera and former UNP MP Nalin Bandara had also been sent more..

Police very co-operative: CaFFE

July 26 (SO) Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) has been observing and monitoring all elections in SL since April 2008 and has deployed its monitors at the grassroots level to monitor next month's Parliamentary elections from the date of nomination. According to Executive Director, CaFFE, Rajith Tennekoon they have deployed more than 150 election observers throughout the country and hope to deploy more than 10,000 observers covering all the electoral districts. more..

Japan grants 226 million Yen for HR Development Scholarships

July 26 (Island) The Japanese govt has selected the second batch of 15 prospective scholars from Sri Lanka under its Second Phase of Japanese Grant Aid worth 226 million Japanese Yen for Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS) Program – 2015 which commenced in September 2014. The Exchange of Notes took place at the Ministry of Finance, between Japanese Ambassador Kenichi Suganuma and Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga. more..

Video: Police to probe Watareka Thera’s statement if complaint received

July 26 (DM) Police said today that it would launch a probe if a complaint is received regarding a statement allegedly made by NSSP Colombo district candidate Watareka Vijitha Thera that he would to tear the National Flag and trample it. A video footage of the statement made by the Thera at the launching of the NSSP election manifesto has gone viral in social media websites. He had also threatened to burn National Flag more..

'I left Temple Trees before final results'

July 25 (CT) I have to say that I appreciate with gratitude the courageous dedication of all of you who did not put aside the national agenda I stand up for as well as stood up for me amidst various threats and intimidations during the period after the recent Presidential Election. Similarly, I accept with love all of you who visited me at my home in the village, at this moment. Today is Esala Poya Day when you arrived in my village in search of me. Today is the day that Lord Buddha went more..

Probe on Lasantha murder not halted

July 26 (SL) The police insisted that investigations into the murder of The Sunday Leader founding Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge have not been suspended. ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said the investigation into the assassination on January 8, 2009 is being carried out based on the preliminary investigative reports. Former minister Mervyn Silva had also handed over documents related to the murder to the CID, but the CID says that they have not looked at those documents yet. more..

BBS: Death threats from ISIS

July 25 (DM) The BBS said today that they would lodge a complaint with the IGP over threats allegedly received from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera. BBS CEO Dr. Dilantha Withanage said they were threatened with death over the phone several times and some of them were from Afghanistan. “We came to know that the slain Sri Lankan ISIS militant had been more..

Daya Rajapakse no more

July 25 (DM) Veteran cartoonist and comic strip writer Daya Rajapakse died at the National Hospital in Colombo today at the age of 78. He was introduced to the cinema with his comic strip story Hulawali drawn for Sarasaviya newspaper in the 1970s. About 15 of Daya's comic strip stories were made into films and among them are Sakwithi Suwaya, Suboda, Raktha , Niwan Dakna Jathi Dakwa, Niliyakata Pem Kalemi, Ahimi Dadamang and Malani Fonseka's 'Sasara Chethana' more..

Hema Premadasa will campaingn for Champika

July 26 (DM) Former first lady Hema Premadasa today extended support to Minister Champika Ranawaka for his Colombo District campaign for the Aug 17 general election. President Premadasa's widow joined Minister Ranawaka at the Ape Gama complex in Battaramulla where minister explained his policies while launching his propaganda campaign. The late president Premadasa's son Sajith is contesting from Hambantota under the UNP and is the district group leader. more..

Haul of Rs 4.2Bn African jumbo tusks to be destroyed after the election

July 25 (CT) The large consignment of illegally appropriated African elephant tusks confiscated by the Sri Lanka Customs (SLC) on 22 May 2012 will be destroyed after the August general election. Numerous political constraints stood in the way of the SLC taking decisive action about the 359 elephant tusks valued at Rs 4.2 billion. The decision to destroy the tusks has now been taken barring a date to implement that decision. more..

CA Sri Lanka guide for Integrated corporate reporting

July 26 (EN) Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) has launched a guide for Integrated Corporate Reporting to help more companies adopt the practice and ensure consistency. The Preparer’s Guide to Integrated Corporate Reporting is an illustrative implementation guide to facilitate corporates in the country to produce a more comprehensive integrated report. President of CA Sri Lanka Arjuna Herath said that the institute has always been mindful of more..

Duleep Mendis-coached Oman secure world T20 Spot

July 25 (SL) Oman qualified for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in India with a five-wicket victory over Namibia in Ireland. It will be the first time the Gulf country, coached by former Sri Lanka captain Duleep Mendis, have reached a major international tournament. Afghanistan beat Papua New Guinea by six wickets to claim the other qualifying place and book a spot in the tournament for the fourth time in a row. Scotland, Ireland, Hong Kong and the Netherlands will also join more..

Chinese beggars on Colombo streets

July 25 (CT) Foreign beggars are now invading Colombo streets. As we know begging is a violation of the law and legal action can be taken against anyone engaged in it. It is easy to find out how many beggars are there in SL, especially on the Colombo streets. There some beggars with pestering wounds. Others have physical deformities. Then there are others who adopt various tricks of the trade to make a fast buck. more..

Cabraal used official Credit Card

July 25 (SL) Former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal had used his official credit card to pay for his accommodation at the Marriott in London and for a dinner he had hosted for the Commonwealth Games Federation during the attempt to secure the bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Hambantota. It has been revealed that a sum of Rs. 674,842.69 had been spent by Cabraal using the official credit card. Cabraal, who was the co-chair of the more..

Enjoining order against Gymkhana Club AGM

July 25 (SL) An enjoining order has been obtained to prevent the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Gymkhana Club of Colombo from taking place. Gymkhana Club Secretary, Prashantha Wimalasena, when contacted, said that he had to get an injunction order to prevent the AGM from being held on Wednesday, till a full audit is conducted on the membership. “Since of late we have noticed how new memberships have been given without following enrolment procedure more..