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300 Mega Taxi Advertising Campaign in Germany receives high response

Aug 27 (GDI) Under the guidance of Ministry of Economic Development, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau launched a mega taxi advertising campaign in Germany early this year with the ceremonial launch of the campaign taking place on 07th March 2014 at Messe Berlin fairground during the ITB Travel and Trade Fair. Under this campaign 300 taxies were branded focusing on tourism attraction themes appealing to German more..

Middle East-based feeder line to begin Tuticorin-Colombo service

Aug 27 (Island) Middle East-based Simatech Shipping has announced the launch of a fortnightly feeder service linking Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal, a new private facility in India’s Port of Tuticorin (V.O. Chidambaranar), with Colombo, Sri Lanka, starting this month, a news story published by the, the web portal of the Journal of Commerce said. "Simatech will thus be able to connect Tuticorin exports/imports more..

Agriculture Minister talks of banning glyphosate completely

Aug 27 (Island) Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said the govt would be compelled to ban the use of glyphosate in all 24 districts since the ongoing investigations revealed that people were also beginning to be affected by the chronic kidney disease owing to the use of that chemical. he said that the sale of glyphosate in four districts had been banned already and the govt in consultation with more..

Economy suffers for want of mechanism to tackle corruption - Champika

Aug 27 (Island) JHU heavyweight and Minister, Champika Ranawaka, MP, on Monday night warned of dire consequences unless tangible action was taken to stop waste, corruption and irregularities in the public sector. Appearing on ‘360’, a live political show on Derana TV, Minister Ranawaka said that Sri Lanka could not ignore the urgent need to establish anti-corruption mechanisms similar to those in Singapore and Hong Kong. more..

Controversial ‘Wariyapola Girl’ arrested

Aug 27 (AM) Thilini Amalka, the girl from Wariyapola who slapped Chandra Kumara alias Selva at the Wariyapola bus stand has been arrested today by the Wariyapola Police. The police has arrested Thilini Amalka after she gave a statement over the incident. Chandra Kumara yesterday admitted himself to Wariyapola hospital complaining of hearing problems. Speaking to media Chandra Kumara said that a few days after more..

Who is Negombo’s Godfather?

Aug 27 (DM) Negombo, a city well-known as a traditional hot spot for tourists, has now become a battle ground for two area politicians of the ruling UPFA. Throwing allegations of heroin smuggling, extortion, prostitution and thuggery at each other, Deputy Fisheries Minister Sarath Gunaratne and Western Provincial Minister Nimal Lanza take turns highlighting the others faults and tell us why they are more popular among the voters. more..

The killer behind the internal threat

Aug 27 (SL) Some researchers have observed that the Northern Province shows a gradual increase in the number of suicides. Police Media Unit reported that during the first six months of the year 2014 there have been 138 suicides in the North – 94 males and 44 females. Last year there have been 296 suicides – 204 males and 92 females. 3456 suicide incidents were reported in Sri Lanka last year – 2703 male and 752 female. more..

Undeciphered order so vibrant in SL

Aug 27 (DM) Chaos, they say, is order undeciphered. Such undeciphered order is what is prevalent in Sri Lanka. All attempts by any quarter to decipher that disorderly ‘order’ is being met by extreme measures. And these measures could be discerned against the harsh realities of self-imposed censorship, intimidation of independent-minded journalists and free-expressing academics, stuffing any and all worthwhile jobs with blood relatives who have proved to be absolute nincompoops and more..

Where the treasure is, there the heart will be

Aug 27 (DM) With the campaign for the Uva Provincial Council elections getting more abusive verbally, legally and morally, the vital question that most independent analysts ask again is whether the elections will be free and fair or more like a greasy poll manipulated by a double-distilled dictatorial administration. The ruling UPFA Govt often boasts it has been staging more elections than any other administration. True and false. Instead of holding PC elections all at the same time, more..

JHU: Abolition of presidency can lead to separation if ...

Aug 27 (Island) The abolition of the executive presidency without required safeguards could plunge the country into unprecedented turmoil, Minister Champika Ranawaka warned. He said such hasty action would lead to a situation where the Colombo-based diplomatic missions could manipulate members of parliament. He stressed that the abolition of presidency wouldn’t be a remedy for all ills of the country. more..

Officials arrested for aiding drug dealer to flee

Aug 27 (NS) An immigration officer and a prison official were arrested today on charges of allegedly aiding notorious drug dealer Thusitha Chamara alias 'Nilan'. Nilan was arrested at the BIA yesterday as he was attempting to flee the country. He had earlier escaped from the custody of prison officials while he was being treated at Ragama Hospital. Two officials who were taken into police custody today were arrested on information revealed by the drug dealer, who is currently being interrogated. more..

Water-starved South Asia fills buckets with rice, not ice

Aug 27 (AFP) Water-starved South Asian nations have devised their own answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge taking the social media world by storm, instead filling buckets with rice and other supplies for the needy. Since June, thousands of people worldwide have doused themselves with a bucket of icy water, then posted a video recording of the stunt online and challenged others to do the same or pledge a donation. The "Ice Bucket Challenge" aims to raise awareness about ALS, more..

Karunanidhi's Teso lauds Modi for efforts to find Lanka solution

Aug 27 (TOI) TESO, headed by DMK chief M Karunanidhi, lauded the NDA govt's efforts to find a political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and asked the Centre to expedite steps in this regard. "It is a matter of solace that Narendra Modi -led govt has taken an interest in the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. We urge the Centre to find a political solution in accordance with the wishes of the Tamils in Sri Lanka," a resolution more..

Rights groups write to UN, Ravinatha

Aug 27 (CG) A group of six international rights organisations have, in a joint letter, called on the President and member states of the UNHRC, as well as the govt of Sri Lanka, to take action to ensure no-one faces reprisals for cooperating with the UN. In an open letter, the organisations cite a number of recent incidents, particularly around the ongoing investigation by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights into human rights violations in Sri Lanka. more..

UNHRC will get update on war probe

Aug 27 (CG) Despite what seemed to be a delayed start to the investigations on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), an oral update on the probe will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council at its September session as scheduled. The UNHRC has confirmed that the update on Sri Lanka will be presented and it has been included in the agenda for the 27th session of the Council which begins on September 8. more..

Kachatheevu Island cannot be retrieved from Sri Lanka: AG tells SC

Aug 27 (TOI) A week before hearing on petitions by Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and her arch rival M Karunanidhi seeking retrieval of Kachatheevu Island from Sri Lanka, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the task was impossible. "The island was given to Sri Lanka on the basis of a bilateral agreement in 1974. To retrieve it now, we have to go to war," Rohatgi said. more..

NDB opens first digitised branch at Kandy City Centre

Aug 27 (FT) NDB opened its first digitised branch at the Kandy City Centre (KCC) recently, marking the beginning of a new era of banking. The new branch is the 81st banking outlet to be added to NDBs island-wide branch network and is designed to offer the visitors with a novel banking experience, powered by the latest in information technology. NDBs digital branch at the KCC, ‘NDB Connect’ is equipped with modern digital touch screens and self-banking features that are designed to make more..

Vidura lashes out at monstrous Cabinet

Aug 27 (AM) UPFA Kalurata District MP Vidura Wickramanayaka criticized the ‘monstrous’ cabinet in Sri Lanka saying a Cabinet of thirty ministers is more than enough for the country. Speaking to a vernacular newspaper, he said that the inefficiencies within the country could be minimized with a more controlled number of Ministers. He added that the present govt has appointed multiple ministers for some sectors expanding the Cabinet ‘unnecessarily’. He said that there are 107 ministers already more..

TNA seeks India’s help in return of refugees

Aug 27 (Hindu) TNA has sought India’s help in the return of Sri Lankan refugees from India. “There are over one lakh refugees in Tamil Nadu living in 115 camps. We have requested the Indian government to pressure the Sri Lankan govt to release their [refugees’] land in the north which has been taken over by the Army,” said senior TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah, who was part of the TNA delegation that met PM Narendra Modi more..

Maid steals from future employer's house

Aug 27 (E24|7) A Sri Lankan maid claimed that she stole gold jewellery of her employer as the latter had failed to pay for her work, the Dubai Criminal Court heard. ZB, 28, Kazakhstani housewife, placed an ad with her mobile number on dubizzle for a housemaid. “Two days after placing the advertisement, I received a call from AJ who told me that she needed a month before joining work in my house. However, since she had come to see me, I asked her to do some work in the house so more..

PepsiCo launches Aquafina in Sri Lanka

Aug 27 (DN) PepsiCo and its franchise partner Varun Beverages Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. announced the launch of Aquafina in Sri Lanka. Aquafina is a renowned brand in the bottled drinking water arena and currently sold in more than 20 countries including the US. Launched nationally, Aquafina will be available in 20 litre bulk water jars and PET packs of 500ml, 1 litre and 1.5 litres. The launch is being supported by a robust Consumer and Trade marketing plan. more..

Norochcholai bedeviled by problems again on eve of commissioning of Phase III

Aug 27 (Island) Senior engineers of the CEB are struggling to put the second turbine of the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant in order besides their latest headache, a leak in the boiler of the third turbine while plans are underway to allocate a large sum of money for the commissioning of the third phase of the power station. It would take about one month to repair a damaged blade of the second turbine the leak in the boiler too would take more..

Ousted PS Head’s appeal to be supported in Supreme Court

Aug 27 (Island) An appeal filed by Chairman of the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha, Prabodha Peiris, will be supported in the Supreme Court next Monday. Pieris has challenged the Court of Appeal order dated July 25, 2014 whereby his appointment was suspended and consequently Indika Koralage was appointed as Chairman. Pieris was appointed the Chairman subsequent to the unseating of the original chairman consequent to the defeat of the budget for 2014. more..

Incompatible UNHRC and UNSG’s panel of experts guidelines

Aug 27 (Island) Paragraph 10 (b) of the UNHRC Resolution of March 2014 on Sri Lanka calls for the investigation of alleged HUMAN RIGHTS violations during the period Feb 2002 to May 2009. The UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts, on the other hand, states that alleged violations during the "final states of the armed conflict" should be investigated on the basis of provisions of HUMANITARIAN LAW. These incompatible guidelines would set in place different parameters as to how more..

More, new and modern housing units for estate workers

Aug 27 (CT) In an on-going endeavour to enhance the living standards and lifestyles of estate workers, the Planters' Association of Ceylon announced the latest housing scheme for estate workers across the seven regions of Hatton, Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle, Kandy and Badulla, being implemented by the Plantation Human Development Trust, a tripartite organization of Regional Plantation Companies, more..

Domestic tourism needs help!

Aug 27 (CT) Tourism industry experts say, the local travel agents have not provided enough support to the development of the domestic tourism market and to fortify the industry, despite its importance to the country. CEO and Managing Director Pradeepthi Hemachandra said there was great potential in the domestic tourism market, but only a very few companies had tapped into it, as everybody was keen on the foreign markets and dollars only. He pointed out that, domestic tourism more..

Over 20,000 jobs under seaweed project

Aug 27 (DN) The seaweed culture project which commenced in the Northern Province has created over 20,000 employment opportunities, Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry launched a number of fish breeding projects with the support of affiliated institutions, he added. “We have already exported the first seaweed container from the project in the Northern Province. Sea weed is a very popular food item in Japan. more..

Sri Lanka defend 310 to square series

Aug 27 (CI) The varying rhythms of the one-day game were on full display in the second ODI in Hambantota, where the spinners thrived and the quicks toiled in a high-scoring encounter. There were bursts of boundaries alternating with periods of lull, with Sri Lanka's run-rate sharply increasing and decreasing through their innings, till a final blast lifted them beyond 300. The hosts began in a hurry despite losing more..

Don't lap sweep when Sangakkara keeps

Aug 27 (CI) Dilshan had begun the innings in typically flamboyant fashion, hitting three early boundaries before there was a caught-behind appeal off Junaid Khan in the second over. The umpire turned it down, but the wicketkeeper Umar Akmal was absolutely certain, signalling for the referral at least a dozen times as he walked up to discuss with his team-mates. His confidence convinced Misbah to go for the appeal though neither Snicko nor Hot Spot is available more..

Challenges to a rising nation Part–I

Aug 27 (Island) We are not simply basking in the glory of a military victory, that is certainly not the attitude of Mr. Rajapaksa and of this country. On the contrary, we are reflecting deeply on the causes of the conflict, how it was that we were able to accomplish what is seen by the world as a miracle. Nobody believed that it would be possible for this country in the field of battle to vanquish the most relentless terrorist organization that flourished in the world. more..

Galle Fort ‘Dutch Hospital’ to be opened

Aug 27 (FT) Hot on the heels of the Floating Market opening, the landmark ‘Dutch Hospital’ building within the Galle Fort, refurbished by the Govt as an exclusive modern shopping complex while maintaining its old world charm, will be opened this week. UDA officials who undertook the demanding task of restoring and developing the Galle Dutch Hospital had completed the project, preserving its original architectural aspect more..

Editorial: The glyphosate ban

Aug 27 (Island) A presidential order banning the use of glyphosate (a potent weedkiller commonly known as ‘Round-Up’) has been implemented at long last, but only in the districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala, Moneragala and some parts of Badulla in view of the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). CKD described as multifactorial has already snuffed out thousands of lives and is spreading to non-endemic areas. Some scientists and doctors believe that glyphosate is more..

Mathews - 0 hundreds, 22 fifties

Aug 27 (CI) 0: Number of times that that a 300-plus total has been successfully chased down in an ODI in Sri Lanka. The highest total that has been chased down successfully in Sri Lanka is the 288 that Pakistan had set Sri Lanka at Dambulla in 2009. There have been two instances of teams, India and Sri Lanka, scoring 300-plus runs during an ODI chase in Sri Lanka, but both came in close losses. 6: Number of Pakistan wicketkeepers to have effected 50 ODI dismissals. more..

Ravi K’s clarion call for a common candidate

Aug 27 (FT) Asserting that appointing a common candidate is the path to victory, UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake said that as a UNPer, he would be delighted to see a UNP nominee accepted by all Opposition parties; however, if that is not acceptable, there must be a sharing of opinion on how to pick that common candidate. “Anybody who can’t share that common candidate together is only an agent of the govt,” he emphasised, in an interview more..

Ten things that need to change

Aug 27 (NS) Sri Lanka’s National Human Development Report for 2014 was launched by UNDP on Aug 12 which happened to be International Youth Day. The theme for this year’s report was ‘Youth and Development’. The NHDR provides some great analysis on Sri Lanka’s youth from a human development perspective. Here is a list of 10 things, inspired by the report, that I feel need to change in Sri Lanka’s system of education. 1) Even though govt spending on education more..

Sri Lanka Invites Japanese SMEs to set up businesses in Sri Lanka

Aug 27 (CG) “We wish to extend our invitation to Japan – Sri Lanka Business Co-operation Committee to consider inviting SME’s in Japan to set up their manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka and make use of the opportunity of entering Indian and Pakistan markets through the present Free Trade Agreements Sri Lanka is enjoying with these two countries. Indeed, many of Japan’s SMEs have come to rely more on international markets,” said Daya Weththasinghe, President of more..