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Maga Neguma welfare society funded Rs.20 mn for Hirunika’s political activities: FCID

Oct 13 (DM) It was reported before the Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake, that a sum amounting to Rs. 20 million had been spent through an account belonging to the Welfare Society of the Maga Neguma Construction Equipment company to fund the political activities of Hirunika Premachandra who is currently a MP. The OIC of the FCID unit 07 Chief Police Inspector Anura Premarathne submitted to courts the above more..

Cases against 3 from MR’s family heard yesterday

Oct 13 (CT) 3 members of former President Rajapaksa’s family were involved in three separate cases that were heard at the Colombo High Court Complex yesterday. They were namely, former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and MP Namal Rajapaksa. A case was called at the Court Hall Number One, pertaining to the alleged misappropriation of Divi Neguma funds, amounting to Rs 36 million, towards the purchase of GI pipes during more..

Navy assists providing relief measures for people affected by extreme weather

Oct 13 (SLN) Under the directives of the Office of CDS and on information released by the DMC, SL Navy’s relief teams are in action to provide assistance to the distressed people following the inclement weather in Southern and Western provinces in the island. Accordingly, 10 Naval relief teams with 07 dinghies and 02 Emergency Rescue Boats have deployed in affected areas. Naval personnel attached to the Marine Battalion and Rapid Response Rescue & Release more..

'Govt's repeated mantra on corruption and debt mountain scared away investors'

Oct 13 (Island) The current govt's needlessly self-destructive overemphasis of corruption and the oft-repeated debt mountain scared away foreign investors who lost faith in the country's administrative and financial system, Dr Nalaka Godahewa, former chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) told the media at a press briefing. "One of the main complaints the then Opposition had about more..

Playing pandu with Kusal Mendis’ career

Oct 13 (DN) Kusal Mendis is by far the next Aravinda de Silva or Mahela Jayawardene if his rare talent needs any comparison. But the manner in which this gem of a cricketer has been treated so far by the national cricket selectors defies logic. With the 2019 Cricket World Cup barely seven months away we find this outstandingly talented player left out of the 15-member squad Sri Lanka has named for the five-match ODI series against England starting at Dambulla today. more..

Hayleys retains top spot in LMD 100 rankings

Oct 13 (FT) In an exclusive pre-publication release, the publisher of leading business magazine LMD, announced its top 20 line-up in the forthcoming LMD 100 special edition. Hayleys retains the No. 1 slot in the 25th edition of SL’s pioneering listed company rankings for financial year 2017/18. With its consolidated revenue exceeding Rs. 163 billion, the conglomerate secured top spot for the second consecutive year on the back of a 47% hike compared to 2016/17. more..

'Past cricketers must unite to clear up the cricketing stables'

Oct 13 (ST) Pramodya Wickremasinghe an integral part of SL’s ICC cricket World Cup winning ensemble says it is high time that SL Players Association shelve all their differences and come out in one voice to save the day for cricket in SL. He said “We have spoken to the President of the country, the prime minister and the sports minister asking them to clean up the stables of Sri Lanka Cricket, because it is the only game that we have remained more..

Nestlé wins big for coconut kernel products at Presidential Export Awards

Oct 13 (ST) Nestlé continued its winning streak at the recently held Presidential Export Awards, bagging the Highest Foreign Exchange Earner award in the coconut kernel product category. This marks the seventh Presidential Export Award for the company in recognition of its strong contribution to national exports, and efforts to create sustainable livelihoods for local coconut growers and farm workers. Nestlé Lanka is one of the world’s largest exporters of coconut milk powder. more..

TFB Rugby Academy for girls and boys

Oct 13 (DN) A team of qualified and talented past national rugby players headed by Duminda Silva have started a rugby academy called the TFB Rugby Academy. Past players who will be handling the coaching part are Nalin Dissanayake level 1 coach, Ravindra Wekadapola level 1 coach, Nalaka Weerakody level 2 coach, Amjad Buksh level 2 coach, Chamara Withanage level 1 coach, Malkanthi Ratnayake level 2 women’s coach, Thanuja Kulatunge level 1 coach & a qualified first aid more..

Sri Lanka promise to address fielding woes

Oct 13 (Island) For the umpteenth time, the Sri Lanka cricket team has given an assurance to give the prominence that fielding richly deserves. SL’s fielding woes have cost them dearly over the last two years and despite the team being called the worst fielding unit in the world, the team management, coaching staff and senior players have done precious little to improve this vital discipline. more..

Second Gold medal for Amila

Oct 13 (CT) Amila Prashan, who won the 200m Gold, made it a double delight by winning the 100M (T42/63) event at the Asian Para Games in Indonesia yesterday. Prashan, who trains under Sumith Janaka, also led the Sri Lanka sprinters to a second clean sweep, as the second and third podium places went to Indika Chuladasa and Suranga Bandara. This was also Chuladasa’s second medal, as he won Silver in the 200m as well. Sri Lanka now has two Golds, four Silvers more..

Controlling the destiny of smaller nations

Oct 13 (Island) This is a response to an article titled Why Does Reconciliation in Sri Lanka Matter TO THE UK? by Mark Field, Minister of State for Asia Pacific. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The UK, published in the Daily Mirror. He states: "I must be candid with you, the pace of progress on a number of key issues remains much slower than we had hoped for. I know, not least from the UK experience in Northern Ireland that it is not easy dealing with the legacy of conflict between communities. more..

Cashew Corporation in N&E land rights battle

Oct 10 (SO) The continued military occupation of civilian land in both the North and East has been a bone of contention since the end of SL’s long-drawn out conflict. 9 years on, while the govt says almost 89% of land occupied by the military has been released back to their rightful owners, state agencies like SL Cashew Corporation have been struggling to recover extensive plantations in the region still under military control. more..

Edtorial: Of monkeys

Oct 13 (Island) A bus driver in Karnataka, India, has got into hot water by allowing a monkey to steer his vehicle packed with passengers. He has been interdicted for monkeying about and an investigation is underway. What one gathers from the viral video of the incident is that the Indian monkey drives better than most SL drivers produced by wayside driving schools. A wag says even a monkey can get a driving licence here if the Motor Traffic Department panjandrums’ palms are sufficiently greased. more..

How govt, international community deliberately undermined reconciliation

Oct 13 (Island) Two photographs - one taken on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon on the morning of May 19, 2009 and the other captured in Vishvamadu on June 10, 2018 - can be used to depict the gradual transformation of the northern community, since the demise of the conventional military capability of the LTTE nearly a decade ago. Although, both pictures accessible on line and published and telecast by private television channels, they had never been used more..


Oversupply in the vegetable market

Oct 10 (DN) Vegetables and fruits were reported to be in oversupply at the Dambulla Market. Farmers who brought their produce from long distances failed to find buyers. It was said that 50 tonnes of the produce were thrown to elephants and other animals for their consumption (A modest compensation for encroaching upon their habitat!). This is not the first time it happened. Some time ago there was an excessive supply of pumpkins. An irregularly recurring incidence has been more..

Tackling mental health issues

Oct 10 (DN) World Mental Health Day 2018 falls on October 10 with the theme Young people and mental health in a changing world. Global medical statistics reveal that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14. There is also growing evidence that the transmission of these disorders can be reversed through early recognition and intervention. And yet shockingly, though 38% of Sri Lanka’s population consist of the young people, the majority of those who are having more..

'Colombo Declaration a remarkable achievement'

Oct 10 (CT) At the closing event of the Conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom and Social Responsibility, held from 27 to 30 Sept Toby Mendel, Director, Centre for Law and Democracy, Canada, one of the nine international speakers at the 3 1/2-day celebratory event, made the following observations in the closing speech: I’d like to begin my closing comments by starting where more..

The lines of fire within Mark Field’s paternalist message

Oct 10 (CT) Mark Field’s visit to Sri Lanka is very, very significant. His pronouncements are threaded by the paternalistic air of an Etonian schoolmaster pontificating to students. That should not be allowed to mask the Sword of Damocles that is above the SL body via the UNHCR as the instrument of the Western int'l community. Field’s title as Minister for Asia and the Pacific gives the game away. In the Pacific Ocean USA’s Pacific Asia Command (PAC) holds the commanding military heights. more..

A truly representative Constitutional Council

Oct 10 (CT) The recent delay in appointing a constitutional council, and representations of civil society to the Speaker about its membership, highlight the absurdity of not just the current constitutional provisions, but also the absurd manner in which a vital principle of govt has been perverted. That principle, which was first pointed out by the Council for Liberal Democracy in the eighties, was that powers of appointment to vital positions should not be in the hands of a single person. more..

'Implement the Elephant Conservation Policy'

Oct 13 (CT) Tharindu Muthukumarana is the youngest researcher on elephants in SL. His book on elephants The Life of Last Proboscideans: Elephants won the State Literacy Award 2018 for the best publication in category: Varied subjects -Social Sciences (English) and was the youngest recipient of an award this year. State Literary Awards was initiated in the year 1956, and today it's the oldest literary award ceremony in SL. more..

India’s renewed interest in Mahinda

Oct 10 (CT) The timing of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent visit to India on an invitation by ruling BJP politician and Modi confidante Dr Subramanium Swamy would have taken many interested parties both here and overseas by surprise. Mr Rajapaksa had never been depicted a darling of South Asia’s emerging super power. At least since the year 2009, Indians had always painted him with a Chinese Dragon in the background. India’s perception of Rajapaksa as one of China’s allies, more..

There is more of China in Lanka!

Oct 10 (CT) This Govt does not need foes when friends are doing the job for them. Months after the controversy attending on the Hambantota Port equity-swap deal had died down, comes veteran Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe’s admission that Sri Lanka had sought the facility from China, and not the other way round, as his colleagues would have wanted the nation to believe. Maybe, Minister Samarasinghe was seeking to direct public discomfort and political criticism on more..

Ex-minister Basil gets bro’s nod for presidential nomination

Oct 9 (EN) Former secretary to the defence ministry, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Tuesday suggested his former Economic Development minister Basil as the presidential candidate at next year’s elections. Emerging from the new Permanent High Court at Bar in Colombo where his trail was put off for Dec 4, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa accused the govt of trying to create a rift among his politically ambitious siblings. more..

Aussie rehabilitation centre in Colombo shut down as patient found dead

Oct 9 (SMH) In August last year, one of Australia’s biggest private drug rehabilitation operators, the Seasons Hader Group, launched its newest overseas resort-style clinic in Colombo. It was big news in Sri Lanka’s major newspapers and was supported by Australia’s high commission and local dignitaries. But less than five months later, the Seasons Sri Lanka clinic was no more. Its abrupt closure came suddenly, just days after a patient discharged in controversial circumstances on more..

Banking system will collapse: Bandula

Oct 9 (CT) The Govt has proposed to charge 7% value added tax (VAT) from banks and finance companies, in changes proposed to the Finance Act as Debt Recovery Levy, MP Bandula Gunawardane alleged. This proposed tax with the addition of the existing VAT would amount to 50% of tax payable by the banks, said Gunawardane during a Joint Opposition (JO) Press conference held today. With this pressure, the banking system will collapse during the next year, he added. more..

CID on Security risk to NY bound President

Oct 9 (CT) The CID today reported details to Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake in connection with an incident which had posed a security risk to President Maithripala Sirisena when he was about to board a plane to head to New York recently, as well as that of an incident which had put national security at risk. CID told the Court that an inquiry had been initiated in this connection, following a complaint lodged at more..

Age no barrier to carry out mandate: NPC

Oct 9 (DM) The National Police Commission (NPC) said today the age factor of its members had no bearing whatsoever on fulfilling its mandate. It said this in response to the recent remarks made by Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe who described the NPC as a home for the aged and that it served no purpose. The NPC, issuing a statement pointed out that it was detrimental to express an opinion about the performance of the Independent Commission without an objective, more..

Sri Lanka to lose oil taxes as rupee falls

Oct 9 (EN) The govt may bear the burden of rising oil prices, Minister Mangala Samaraweera said indicating that the govt may lose tax revenues as the rupees soft-peg with the US dollar was battered amid contradictory policy. "We are a govt that is sensitive (to the people)," he told parliament. "We may take part of the burden. These days oil prices are going up steadily even as I speak. "If the prices are going up too fast, we will take a part of it, formula or no formula. Do not be scared." more..

Sri Lanka & Seychelles agreed to strengthen trade and tourism relations

Oct 9 (GDI) The leaders of the both countries agreed to take forward the strong relations between the Sri Lanka and Seychelles in the fields of trade and tourism. This was discussed in detail when President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a two-day official visit on the invitation of Seychelles President Danny Faure, met him, yesterday. President Sirisena was warmly received by the Seychelles President Danni Faure when more..

Two suspects arrested over soldier murder at Ambepussa camp

Oct 9 (CT) Two suspects have been arrested with regard to the incident which took place on 21 September where a soldier in the Ambepussa Army Camp was stabbed to death. According to the Police, the two suspects were arrested on 25 September, and both of them were revealed to be soldiers who were on duty at the Ambepussa Army Camp. The stolen Type 56 rifle of the deceased soldier and the knife used for the killing were recovered by the Police as well. more..

‘Cabinet proposal for more irrigation wells’

Oct 9 (DN) Development was not limited to education and the supply of water, electricity and transportation, but to improving disaster management measures as well, Minister Duminda Dissanayake said. He was addressing a gathering while inspecting the renovations being done on an anicut at Elayapaththuwa in Mahamankadawala, Weliamuna. He said, “The Good Governance Govt has been doing its best to assist people in distress. I was a minister during the previous regime, more..

Largest university auditorium opened

Oct 9 (HCI) In a special ceremony held today, the Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium built with Indian grant assistance of SLR 300 million at the University of Ruhuna, Matara in the Southern Province, was dedicated to the people of Sri Lanka jointly by High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ruhuna Senior Professor Gamini Senanayake. more..

Boralesgamuwa accident: Doctor re-remanded

Oct 9 (DM) The doctor, who was involved in the Boralesgamuwa accident in which a Police Inspector was killed, was re-remanded till October 16 by the Gangodawila Magistrate today. The Inspector attached to the Police Field Force Headquarters was killed while his wife and two children were injured in a head-on collision between their vehicle and the Jeep driven by the doctor on Sept 30. Traffic DIG Ajith Rohana said the police had asked for the doctor to be re-remanded because more..

Report on recordings of DIG Nalaka & Namal Kumara in Court

Oct 9 (NR) The report compiled by the Govt Analyst pertaining to investigations into the voice recording samples provided by the Former Director of the Terrorist Investigation Division Deputy Inspector General of Police Nalaka de Silva and the Operations Director of the Anti-Corruption Force Namal Kumara has been submitted to Court. The report was submitted to the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court by the Criminal Investigations Department this afternoon. more..