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Candidacy: Why a Karu-JHU-CBK-SF option is better than Ranil

Nov 17 (CT) The best, as they say, must not be the enemy of the good. I have long advocated that the best kind of candidacy for the Opposition would have been or would be a Karu-Sajith or Sajith-Karu ticket, i.e. a ticket that symbolized the UNP Reformist option of 2011-2013. That ticket no longer exists. That bitter fact is probably far more Karu’s fault than that of anyone else, but right now, all that must be regarded as water under the bridge. Given that reality, I think that a Sajith candidacy more..

The shameless Web Mafia

Nov 17 (CT) A capacity for shame keeps us from violating our dignity and exposing ourselves in such a way as to cause discomfort and offense to others. That also enables a person to live happily within the boundaries and limits set for us by our capabilities, uphold our relationships with others, and respect each other maintaining our own sense of dignity and self worth. Today, we have a web mafia in this country with some locals operating from overseas conducting themselves like the earth's more..

Report notes terror risk in Sri Lanka

Nov 17 (CG) A global survey on terrorism, conducted by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), has found that there is a risk of terrorism in Sri Lanka despite the end of the war over five years ago. The report, which has been endorsed by leading public figures including Nobel laureates, world leaders and others, notes that at least 13 countries, including Sri Lanka are facing a greater risk of substantial terrorist activity. more..

Sri Lanka holds rates at record lows as credit picks up, inflation benign

Nov 17 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's central bank kept key policy rates steady at record lows for a 10th straight month on Tuesday, and said stable inflation and steady credit expansion should help the economy grow by around 8% this year and next. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, the central bank governor, said private sector credit growth is recovering and on an upward trend after slumping to 4-1/2-year lows of 0.8% in July. more..

Video: Champika, Udaya resign from ministries

Nov 17 (DM) Minister and JHU General Secretary Champika Ranawaka today said he and WPC Minister Udaya Gammanpila would resign from their ministerial positions and remain as JHU representatives of the UPFA. They would continue to function under the UPFA but will take action based on the JHU principals and policies. Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thera said that the resignation of Cabinet minister & PC minister more..

Malaka and six others remanded until Nov 25

Nov 17 (AM) Malaka Silva and a six others who were under arrest for assaulting a foreign couple in a night club in Bambalapitya, had been further remanded until Nov 25. Two foreigners were not present at the identification parade this morning due to medical reason. Therefore the court decided to further remand the suspects until Nov 25th. Police yesterday arrested two Minister Security Division (MSD) officers who were said to be with more..

Minister faults absconding officials

Nov 17 (Island) Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva informed Parliament that the activities of the Special Select Committee appointed to discuss the heads of expenditure of 33 ministries had been hampered owing to lack of participation by top management officials of the relevant statutory boards. He said that the PSC had been appointed special select committee to discuss the heads of expenditure of 33 ministries as more..

'Got to flush this series out of our systems'

Nov 17 (WI) The Sri Lankan team had been yanked off a preparatory camp to take part in the series against India, and their lack of match-fitness showed. Once India had taken an early lead, they kept pummelling the visitors, and even with the series sealed, Rohit Sharma added walloping to misery, turning a dead rubber into the match that will be the most talked of in the series in the fourth One-Day International. more..

Making a chair fit for a Pope

Nov 17 (CT) The date was 21 January 1995. At 9.15 a.m. thousands of devout Roman Catholics, from all over Sri Lanka, had gathered at the Galle Face Green, others who could not make it were glued to radios or the TV, to listen and participate in the Holy Mass celebrated by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II. The Pope celebrated the Holy Mass at an altar set up on special platform at the Galle Face Green. more..

Advisory group reccommends measures to reduce failure rates in O/L maths

Nov 17 (ST) Restructuring the O/L Exam mathematics paper, emphasising the importance of learning traditional tables, increasing mathematics periods in schools and establishing a maths teacher training college, are among recommendations made by a group of experts in the field of education. Education Ministry appointed a 9-member advisory committee to look into the failure rate at O/L Math exam more..

Increasing fear Rajapaksa not playing a straight bat

Nov 17 (ET) Why are India-Sri Lanka relations in such trouble? The recent case of five Indian fishermen who were initially sentenced to death and then released (pending an appeal) for alleged smuggling of contraband is a case in point. The episode is scarcely the root of all problems but different perceptions of it point to a trust deficit. Similarly, the docking of Chinese nuclear-powered submarines and warships in Colombo, too, more..

Lives of 5 TN fishermen hang in the balance

Nov 17 (SL) The fate of the five Indian fishermen, who are on the death row at the Welikada prison for drug smuggling, is hanging in the balance. Convinced that the fishermen had done no wrong and that there had been a miscarriage of justice, the Indian govt is trying hard to get them released both through an appeal at the Court of Appeal, and through a Sri Lankan Presidential pardon. more..

Knowledge societies sans wisdom

Nov 17 (DM) There is an emerging consensus in many societies today on a perceived need to create a knowledge society that could pave the way for a knowledge economy. In a nutshell, this perspective assumes that modern technology could underpin all sorts of human activities such as production of goods and services, commercial transactions, both within and across countries, solving various problems that human societies face, etc. Diverse applications of modern technology are more..

A flame at one end, fools at the other

Nov 17 (DM) Daily Mirror guest columnist K.K.S. Perera whose articles have been widely acclaimed for exposing the powerful mafias behind the promotion of tobacco and big pharma, revealed last Tuesday that of the tobacco related deaths of 105 million in the 20th century, eighty percent were from the third world. The figures are increasing alarmingly at 5.5 million a year with Sri Lanka contributing 21000. A report by the WHO has warned that the number of people killed by tobacco abuse more..

Parliament: Arjuna, Sanath cross swords over Indian cricket debacle

Nov 18 (Island) One-time national cricket captain and the present Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya accepted responsibility for SL’s first ever 5-0 loss to India. Participating in the committee stage debate on budget 2015 under the expenditure heads of the Ministry of Sports, Deputy Postal Minister said that national players should be prepared to represent the country at any time of the year. more..

Harin offers to build houses for landslide victims

Nov 18 (Island) UNP Opposition Leader of the UVA PC Harin Fernando told the ruling UPFA administration last week that if the government failed to build 70 houses for the Koslanda landslide victims he would do so with his personal funds. He made this pledge during the council’s budget debate and JVP councillor Samantha Vidyaratne said the Chief Minister’s fuel bill exceeded the amount allocated to him by 60%. UNP members abstained when the Provincial Ministry vote was taken. more..

Ranil says will contest if asked by UNP

Nov 18 (CG) UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says some members of the UNP prefer a UNP candidate contesting the next Presidential election. Wickremesinghe, in an interview today (17), said that the UNP had decided to support talks with other opposition political parties and nominate a common opposition candidate at the elections. Asked if he was not confident of contesting the polls on behalf of the UNP, Wickremesinghe said if his party asks him to contest then he will consider it. more..

'Govt will turn Undergraduates into animals'

Nov 18 (CT) While govt has proposed to make Sri Lanka an education hub by 2020, the move will fall short, JVP told the House. Education sector had already collapsed, MP Sunil Handunnetti said. Falling short of being an advanced centre for education, Sri Lanka will be a place for educating animals, Handunnetti said. "Minister of Higher Education himself calls university students, animals. If he treats university students as animals, more..

JVP irked by President’s determination

Nov 18 (Island) Reacting to the President’s determination to seek a third term, JVP MP Vijitha Herath told a weekend TV programme that the people of the country could not be deceived again by President Rajapaksa, as he had failed to abolish executive presidency that he promised to do in his election manifesto for which the majority of people voted twice in 2005 and 2010. "Whether we support a common candidate or resort to some other action against the next presidential election more..

Another Museum break-in

Nov 18 (CT) Police believe that the Colombo National Museum had been broken into once again on 16 November, the Police Media Unit said. The Cinnamon Gardens Police has received a complaint that the back door of the gallery, that displayed antique textiles and clay items, had been forced open on 16 November night. Acting Director of the Museum, Thushari Kasturiarachchi, said that the incident has taken place between 6 p.m. on 16 November and 8 a.m. on 17 November. more..

JHU slams President's 'illegal polls campaign'

Nov 18 (CT) JHU totally disapproved the President's unofficial campaign, Leader of the JHU, Ven. Dr. c Thera said. The prelate referred to the ongoing felicitations of public servants from all sectors who gather at Temple Trees, apparently, to gain their support for the upcoming Presidential election. Minister Susil Premajayantha said that the SLFP had provided the JHU with a written reply signed by General Secretary of more..

Northern Province grows pineapples as pilot projects in all five districts

Nov 17 (Island) The Northern Province had tried out pilot projects to cultivate pineapple as an intercrop under coconut and mango cultivations in all of its five districts said NP Director Agriculture S. Sivakumar. He said that there were two varieties of pineapples cultivated commercially in the Gampaha district, one was the Mauritius and the other was the Keaau. The Mauritius variety was meant for table consumption and Keaau for canning purposes. Assistance were extended by Deputy Director more..

Angelo Mathews becomes No. 1 ranked ODI all-rounder

Nov 18 (ICC) Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, meanwhile, has surged to the top of the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders for the first time after accumulating 339 runs, including 139 not out and two half centuries (75 and 92 not out), to finish the series with an average of 113.00 with the bat. In doing so, he also moved up four places to a career high 10th place in the batting rankings. Colombo star also chipped in with four wickets, and now holds a 9-point advantage, more..

'Ranil ignored LTTE's ceasefire-time rearming'

Nov 18 (CT) Former Navy Commander and SL Ambassador to Japan, Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda launched his memoirs on the 4th Eelam War titled Adhishtanaya (Defeat of LTTE-role of the Navy) yesterday at Nelum Pokuna. Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga who spoke at the launch said the book was a frank narration of former Navy Commander's experiences under different political leaderships. more..

MBSL move to divest stock broking arm stake causes stir

Nov 18 (FT) A planned move by Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka (MBSL) to sell its associate stake in stock broking arm Lanka Securities Ltd. (LSL) has caused a stir in the financial services market, especially when the Colombo Bourse has been on the rebound on fundamentals. The proposal had been tabled and approved on Friday at the MBSL Board meeting under other matters, prompting sources to allege that MBSL Chairman M.R. Shah was trying to rush the sale. more..

Domestic ice cream industry destined of extinction in Jaffna

Nov 18 (CT) Over 2,500 persons have lost their employment consequent to the ban imposed on 59 ice cream and refrigerated food industries in the Jaffna district. This sudden ban imposed by the Public Health Inspectors (PHI) attached to the Health Ministry of the Northern Province has affected over 15, 000 traders. A leading industrialist who is a member of the Yalpanam Chamber of Commerce and Industries speaking to Ceylon FT said, this sudden ban was very suspicious. more..

‘Govt would ensure local industries’ survival’

Nov 18 (Island) The Board of Investment (BoI) will not allow any industry to collapse and the govt would assist industries to enable them to boom, said Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena. Addressing a gathering at the inauguration of S&D factory in Biyagama, he said that he was pleased to see the company bouncing back in a short period after an unfortunate incident that led almost to the closure of the company. more..

Dilan guns for NOC

Nov 18 (Island) Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera said in Parliament that the National Olympic Committee which engaged should be summoned before the parliamentary watchdog committee, COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises). Minister participating in the committee stage debate on Budget 2015 under the expenditure heads of the Ministry of Sports said that the National Olympic Committee (NOC) had ruined the image of the country by taking arbitrary decisions. more..

Quality of teachers do matter in Sri Lanka

Nov 18 (IPS) A critical determinant in students’ overall schooling experience in general, and improving students’ education outcomes in particular, is the quality of teachers in schools. The recent budget speech presented in Parliament proposed to “recruit 50,000 teacher assistants to rural schools next year in English, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Aesthetic Studies and Sports. Once they complete their specialized subject training and leadership training, more..

'CSE roadshows live up to their name'

Nov 18 (ST) Looks like past roadshows and investment promotion efforts by the Sri Lankan stock market authorities and the broking industry at large have paid off. Many bankers and foreign fund managers have met up with top corporates during the past 10 months in a bid to channel funds into many firms, according to those who met officials of these organisations. After the New York investment forum in September more..

Rains aggravate dengue threat

Nov 17 (CT) Four locales of the Colombo metropolitan area are at high risk of dengue due to the recent rainfall, which has resulted in 95 dengue cases being identified within the last week, Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Chief medical Officer, Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni said. He said that Mattakkuliya, Cinnamon Gardens and Dematagoda were some of the areas identified as the 'most at risk' areas of spreading dengue due to the prevalence of a large number of mosquito breeding sites. more..

Police search for woman harassing journalist

Nov 18 (DM) The Slave Island Police are on the lookout for a woman who is alleged to have harassed a journalist attached to a Tamil radio station in Colombo on Facebook and the mobile phone by repeatedly coercing him to love her. The complainant, a journalist at a private FM radio station in Colombo 2, complained to the police that a woman via facebook was repeatedly harassing him by giving him telephone calls and text messages pleading with him to love her. more..

Search Light Tattoo in Mullaitivu for first time

Nov 18 (MoD) For the first time in the history, Sri Lanka Army glamorously celebrated sharing a brand new experience unveiling an Army Tattoo event in the North in order to showcase military soft capabilities by performing a series of events such as Parachuting, Heli Rappelling, Drill, Band, PT Display, Dog Show, Motor Cycle Display, Cultural Events and etc to civilian populace. Especially outlook number of events in the occasion more..

HNB Group PAT records 7% growth

Nov 18 (Island) HNB Group Post-tax profits grew to Rs 6.23Bn while the Bank recorded a PAT of Rs 5.69 Bn during the 9 months ended September 2014. It is commendable that this performance was achieved despite declining margins and lower loan growth witnessed in the early part of the year.  Commenting on the performance over the period, Dr Ranee Jayamaha, Chairperson of HNB stated that "the industry witnessed the much anticipated acceleration in credit growth during 3rd more..

Funeral for plane crash victim held in Toronto

Nov 18 (LR) A well-attended funeral service was held yesterday in Toronto for 31 year–old Ravindran Arulandar who died last week in a plane crash. The pilot of the Cessna aircraft, 25 year-old Logesh Lakshmikanthan will have a funeral in India. Ontario Police confirmed the plane went down last Tuesday in Algonquian Provincial Park after running out of fuel. Arulanander received a diploma in airline ticketing from the International Airlines Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka in 2000, more..