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Tamil party threatens agitation

Sept 11 (Hindu) The ITAK, the main constituent of the TNA, has said it would commence a non-violent struggle in January next year if the Sri Lankan govt “does not change its course before the end of this year.” The announcement was made at the party’s recent 15th national convention held in Vavuniya, where senior MP Mavai Senathirajah was named its new leader, succeeding veteran Tamil politician R. Sampanthan who more..

Customs Export Facilitation Centre: A giant step in trade facilitation

Sept 11 (FT) “Steady increases in trade volumes and complexity in recent years have significantly changed the operating environment for the international trading community. They have also highlighted the negative impact of inefficient border procedures on govts, businesses and ultimately on the customer and the economy as a whole. Govts may face smuggling, fraud and national security problems, which drain the public coffers, while businesses pay the price of slow and more..

Sri Lankan-born Rajan Anandan is India’s top MNC CEO

Sept 11 (FT) Sri Lankan-born Rajan Anandan, the Head of Google India, has been ranked as India’s Top Multi National Corporation (MNC) CEO. Rajan is the son of endurance swimmer and multi-Guinness record holder, the late Kumar Anandan, and Manel Anandan (nee Samaraweera). He is an MIT and Stanford alumni, and previously worked for McKinsey, Microsoft & Dell, and is a Founding Partner of Blue Ocean Ventures. Rajan has beaten some of the top and senior names in India more..

SWIFT promotion of robust financial integration

Sept 11 (Island) ‘Continuous improvement of existing payment and settlement platforms or effective financial integration is vital for a robust, stable and credible financial sector to support real economic progress, Eddie Haddad, Managing Director SWIFT Asia Pacific said in Colombo, Tuesday. Haddad said so at the Hilton as SWIFT celebrated 20 years of collaboration with the local financial industry. more..

How the Planters’ Association has braved the ‘winds of change’

Sept 11 (Island) Recognising the enormous contribution made by the Planters’ Association, the then Governor General of Ceylon Lord Soulbury said, "Apart from its contribution to the development of agriculture of Ceylon the (Planters’) Association has played a major role in the sphere of internal communications, particularly roads and railways so vital to economic progress; and has wielded considerable influence in the political advancement of the country." more..

Editorial: ‘Just donate'

Sept 11 (Island) We are being treated to various challenges, ranging from serious to ridiculous these days. The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the world by storm. Some people are blindly taking it up while others have been inspired to invent different versions thereof. In India, someone has introduced Rice Bucket Challenge. A group of Sri Lankans has launched a Green Chilli or Amu Miris Challenge. Those who live in regions which frequently experience swathes of freezing weather or more..

Battling the ghosts of Aluthgama

Sept 11 (FT) In the lead-up to crucial UNHRC Sessions in March next year, the Govt is in overdrive to win over the new top Envoy on Human Rights Prince Zeid, and retain the support of the Islamic bloc in Geneva, despite the long shadows cast by the Aluthgama riots. When the SL govt pins its hopes too dearly on a particular thing, it is almost a certainty that disappointment, disillusionment and bitter resentment are soon to follow. more..

Mudslinging; An ancient political art

Sept 11 (SL) Mudslinging is as old as politics which is said to be as old as the oldest profession. Yet politicians have occasionally stood up against it as President Rajapaksa did when renowned professional of the art the inimitable Mervyn Silva was in full flight on the platform as the president. Silva’s flow of rhetoric against the JVP leader, Anura Dissanayake was brought up to an abrupt halt by his boss, it was reported. Some would contend that there could be no democratic politics in more..

The anti-China 'Indo-US' game in Sri Lanka

Sept 11 (CT) Indian PM, Narendra Modi visited Japan much before the Japanese Premier, Shinzo Abe came to Sri Lanka. Modi and Abe centred their discussions on the Chinese expansion in Asia. Had Sri Lankan affairs surfaced during those talks, it would certainly have been India's fear on the pattern China was flexing its muscles on the Sri Lankan soil. India is aware of the soured relationship Colombo has with the West but knows the relations with Japan are mutual and strong. more..

'China cannot clash with Japanese interests in Asia'

Sept 11 (CT) Japanese PM Shinzo Abe who was on a brief official visit to SL is the first PM from Japan to visit Sri Lanka after 1990. Deputy Cabinet Secretary, Kenko Sone responded in the following manner to several questions raised by Ceylon Today at the press briefing. Q: Is Japan intending to launch a vehicle assembly unit in Sri Lanka? A: I cannot comment on that. However, I hope Japan can increase its investments in this country. more..

Third Narrative puts war crimes lobby in the dock

Sept 11 (ST) With the 27th session of the UNHRC scheduled to start tomorrow, a team of representatives from two heavyweights in Sri Lanka’s NGO sector is in Geneva to present an alternative account of what happened in the last stages of the war. Their programme includes presentations at side events of the HRC and media interviews that will highlight the need for a more just and impartial evaluation of the events that led to allegations of war crimes, than that more..

Sri Lanka’s discourse on the rule of law !

Sept 11 (CT) A few days ago the OPA held a seminar on the Rule of Law. Eminent lawyers Upul Jayasuriya and J.C Weliamuna and Human Rights Commissioner Dr Prathiba Mahanamahewa spoke on the current state of the Rule of Law. The concept of the Rule of Law arose during ancient times. It was there even in the Code of Hammurabi. Aristotle said more than two thousand years ago, “The rule of law is better than that of any individual.” The ancient Romans raised the question more..

BIA expands gateway to Sri Lanka

Sept 11 (SO) Envisioning Sri Lanka as an aviation hub marked a turning point in the approach to the development of the national aviation industry. Mahinda Chinthana envisions a development plan well integrated with other economic activities. It also aims at decentralising the development activities across the island so that their benefits will flow down to all citizens. This includes the development of existing airports, more..

The story of green shoots of hope behind barbed-wire fence

Sept 11 (GV) A few weeks ago, in the town of Kilinochchi, I visited a large factory. An exciting visit to Kilinochchi, because just six years ago, the likes of you and I would have felt that this town was on a different planet. It was not accessible to us, being under control of a determined rebel, who, generously endowed with brutality and stupidity in equal measures, put tens of thousands of innocent people to be massacred on the firing line between him and his equally callous foe. more..

Shotaro Noda’s visit to Colombo from Japan in 1890

Sept 11 (CT) Japan undoubtedly is a country that Sri Lanka could always learn from; learn critically and constructively. Japan has a special favour for Sri Lanka for several reasons and it is not clear whether Sri Lanka has always reciprocated this goodwill in equal measure in its diplomatic and international relations. A particular reason for this goodwill in political sphere is JR Jayewardene’s speech at the San Francisco Conference (1945) where he strongly urged that Japan should more..

SLC verge of total collapse

Sept 9 (DM) Even the day to day administration of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is on the verge of total breakdown as internal issues reached the boiling point yesterday when SLC Chief Executive Ashley de Silva made his first attempt to crack the whip with what he claimed to be the powers given to him by the SLC exco, but SLC Assistant Secretary immediately wrote back, urging the CEO to hold back any drastic action. more..

High flying treasurer

Sept 9 (DM) Most of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) exco members were clueless in the past few days as to how the SLC Treasurer Nuski Mohamed represented SLC at the Development Committee meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Saturday. The exco which met last week gave approval for SLC President Jayantha Dharmadasa who is also the president of the ACC to represent them at this meeting and even on Monday were under the impression that more..

Secret trial at Supreme Court

Sept 10 (SM) A petition seeking an interpretation regarding the 18th amendment to the constitution has been reportedly taken up today (9) in chambers of the chief justice. The case was heard secretly without the participation of any outsiders, reports say. It was revealed that the panel of judges has been comprised of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice Eva Wanasundera and petition was filed under the case number CHA/REG/MIS:01 . more..

Election postponement unlikely: PaFFREL

Sept 10 (DM) Despite speculation that the elections to the Uva PC will be postponed if election violence continued, PaFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi said it was unlikely after a meeting with the Elections Commissioner. “There aren’t that many serious incidents as in past elections. Though not a healthy situation, there is nothing serious to warrant a delay. We met the Elections Commissioner, the senior DIG of more..

ITAK demands greater devolution of power in north

Sept 9 (PTI) The TNA will start a non-violent struggle from January to seek full implementation of the 1987 Indo-Sri Lanka Accord to achieve maximum devolution of power in northern areas. The parent party of the TNA, ITAK, passed a resolution to this effect during its national convention held over the weekend in the northern town of Vavuniya. Among the 15 resolutions passed, was an action plan to commence a non-violent struggle from January next year to press for the demand of more..

Troops educated on dangers of drug addiction

Sept 10 (SLA) Security Force Headquarters - Wanni (SFHQ-W) with the intention of enlightening the troops on dangers of the use of narcotics, organized a counselling programme on Friday at the SFHQ-W auditorium. Messrs Chamara Karunaratne, Drug Information and Educational Assistance Agency, together with several other officials, at the request of the SFHQ-W conducted those lectures during the day. Those informative lectures focused on Prevention of use of drugs, more..

Lankan hospital rates to be reduced for Maldivians

Sept 10 (Haveeru) Discussions were held between Maldivian and Sri Lankan govt to reduce the rates for health services provided to Maldivians in Sri Lankan hospitals. Fisheries Minister Dr Mohamed Shiny, a participant on the Maldives-Sri Lanka Joint Committee meeting held this Wednesday said that Maldivian govt officials had noted the high price rates of services available in Sri Lankan hospitals for Maldivians, and more..

ITAK urges Tamils to give evidence before war crimes inquiry panel without hesitation

Sept 10 (AM) The ITAK has urged the people in the North before to give evidence before any international inquiry panel into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, without any hesitation. ITAK is one of the main constituent parties of the TNA. The Tamil party today made public the resolutions that were passed at its convention which took place in Vavuniya last week. "We condemn this agenda of the govt which obliterates the ethnic, cultural and religious identities of the Tamil areas and abuses state power to more..

GL emphasized passage for SL fishermen through Maldivian waters

Sept 10 (MEA) The right of passage for Sri Lankan fishermen through Maldivian waters as a means of access to the high seas was among the matters taken up by Minister G.L. Peiris, at the Joint Commission with the Maldives at the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday. Practical strategies by the two countries to derive the maximum benefit for their people from the evolving concept of the blue ocean, with proper management of the exploitation of marine resources, more..

Maldives to deny Sri Lanka’s request to use Maldivian territorial waters

Sept 10 (Haveeru) Maldivian Fisheries Ministry said that govt would not grant Sri Lankan vessels permission to cross Maldivian territorial waters without any prior request to do so. Fisheries Ministry released a press statement to refute the rumors going on that the govt would grant Sri Lankan govt’s request at the Maldives-Sri Lanka Joint Committee meeting to be held later on Wednesday. The ministry said that SL govt had always more..

Mangala slams at media tycoons who disrupt the unity of UNP

Sept 10 (AM) UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera, who addressed a press conference in Colombo shortly after his return to Colombo from a visit to England, lashed out at certain media tycoons who, according to him, are trying to create disharmony in his party. He also added that certain media institutions, owned by such ‘tycoons’, were trying to create issues in the party ahead of every crucial election in the recent past. “What is happening today is a mere continuation of the same process,” more..

SLFP conventions at electoral level in full swing

Sept 10 (Island) SLFP intends to have party conventions at electoral level in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in early October in accordance with an overall political strategy meant to revamp the party. Minister Dallas Alahapperuma said that the party would hold its annual convention in early November after completing electoral conventions at all 168 electorates. He said that conventions had been held in 136 out of 168 electorates and the rest would be completed within the first two more..

Norochchoali still limping

Sept 10 (Island) First coal-fired power plant in Norochcholai would not be in a position to supply 900MW to the national grid immediately and it would take more than a month for that amount of electricity to be produced, a CEB official said. CEB would not be in a position to go for a price revision in the immediate future. He, however, said that plans were underway to withdraw Fuel Adjustments Charges from the monthly bill by Jan 2016. more..

Video: Al-Qaeda not a threat: Army

Sept 10 (DM) While claiming Al-Qaeda had not made a threat aiming Sri Lanka, Military Spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya said today the Defence Ministry had made it clear that Sri Lanka have a strong military system to counter any terrorist threat be it external or internal. “Al-Qaeda is making people frightened and that is how it acts. It had mentioned several countries in South Asia although it had not made a threat to Sri Lanka. However, the Defence Ministry had made it clear that more..

CaFFE asks whether Uva DIG is visually impaired

Sept 10 (AM) CaFFE has condemned the statement made by Uva Province DIG Roshan Fernando on ‘Unmarked vehicles’ that are appearing in the province from time to time. Commenting on a complaint made by the CaFFE, Roshan Fernando has said that unmarked vehicles are not being deployed for electioneering in Uva. Releasing a statement to media CaFFE said that they are deeply insulted by the Uva DIG’s statement and that they have never failed to report any election law more..

'Police Chief incompetent and biased'

Sept 10 (AM) JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake challenged the IGP to disclose any illegal party office of the JVP in Uva province. Dissanayake has made this remark in response to the IGP’s claim that illegal party offices are the main reason behind escalation of election violence in Uva Province. He added that the JVP was at the receiving end of the violence unleashed by goons who operate with the blessings of the govt. more..

EC weighing Moneragala situ

Sept 10 (DM) Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said today the situation in the Moneragala District was not normal and as such he could not risk holding elections in the district. He told a media briefing that the situation in Moneragala not peaceful like in Galle or Hambantota and said he could not deny that there were several incidents of violence such as the attacks on political party offices. Mr. Deshapriya said the PC election should be as clean as ‘distilled water’ more..

One more minor held by Sri Lanka navy

Sept 10 (TOI) Six fishermen from Rameswaram, including a minor, have been apprehended by the SL navy. Around 500 boats left Rameswaram on Monday morning, but one boat belonging to Raju did not return until Tuesday morning. It was later revealed that the boat's crew members were apprehended by Sri Lankan navy near Talaimannar. B Jesuraja, district secretary of the TN Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association, said the boat had developed a snag after its propeller more..

Colombo Stock Exchange’s market cap crosses Rs 3 Trillion

Sept 10 (LBO) Market Capitalisation of the Colombo Stock Exchange or CSE crossed three trillion rupees for the first time in the history of the Exchange, the CSE said in a statement. Market capitalization stood at 3, 006, 7 billion rupees at the close of the trading today. Market Capitalisation measures the market determined value of all listed voting shares. “Foreign Investor Forums conducted by CSE and SEC in the past year more..

Uva polls: HRC proposals for level playing field discussed

Sept 10 (Island) SL Human Rights Commission’s recommendations and guidelines for conducting a clean UVA PC election taken up for discussion at a meeting convened at the Moneragala District Secretariat yesterday, its Commissioner Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said. Discussion lasted for about three hours. Local poll monitoring groups were represented by Executive Director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi and Executive Director of CAFFE Keerthi Tennakoon more..

Cops stop LTTE remembrance event

Sept 10 (CG) Police stopped an event in Batticaloa which was about to commemorate the LTTE, SSP Ajith Rohana said. The event was to be held in Sathurukondan but the police obtained a court order preventing the event from taking place. In previous years the event was held to commemorate civilian deaths during the war but yesterday an attempt was made to commemorate the LTTE. As the LTTE was responsible for brutal terror in Sri Lanka no one has a right to commemorate such an outfit. more..