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Ex-CJ exposes crooked way Mahapola Education Trust Fund was divested of SLIIT

Sep 13 (Island) Former Chief Justice and Head of the Mahapola Education Trust Fund (METF), Justice K. Sripavan told the PCoI that the METF board of trustees had not authorised the agreement between the Trust and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), in 2015, making the institute an independent body. Justice Sripavan told the PCoI that the two appointees to the board of trustees by Ministers Gamini Jayawickrama Perera and Sarath Amunugama had signed the agreement with SLIIT more..

Video: Must give international-level English education for students: Sajith

Sep 13 (AD) Minister Sajith Premadasa says the field of education must adapt to the modern development trends. He stated this addressing an event held at the Hindu National School in Rajawella, Kandy. The number of school children in Sri Lanka, the backbone of the country who will be taking over the country’s future, stands over 4.4 million, the minister said while emphasizing on giving them the best possible education. The minister also said modern trends of development of the world, more..

AG orders probe into slow progress of Keith Noyahr abduction case

Sep 13 (FT) Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera has ordered acting IGP C.D. Wickramaratne to investigate into the two-month delay by the CID into journalist Keith Noyahr’s abduction case. AG’s Coordinating Officer State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne stated the AG had brought to the attention of the acting IGP that the CID’s delay to report back to the AG’s Department was an unfortunate situation. AG had previously instructed the CID to update him on how an investigation could be conducted into more..

I have majority support: PM tells loyalists

Sep 13 (DM) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe told a group of loyalists on Wednesday that he commanded majority support of the party’s Working Committee. A team of UNP MPs, who are loyal to him met him and assessed his strength at the party’s Working Committee which has the authority to ratify the party’s nominee for the presidency. Ministers Lakshman Kiriella, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Sagala Ratnayake, Ravi Karunanayake, Daya Gamage, John Amaratunga and his son-in-law and more..

Asgiri Mahanayaka Thero writes to IGP to investigate

Sep 13 (DM) Asgiriya Chapter Mahanayake Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana in a letter sent to the Acting IGP had pointed out that the inhuman assault and the punishment on two novice monks in a temple in Horowpothana were tragic and it had set a bad example for other laymen. Most Venerable Thero further mentioned that it was the duty of the monks to edify the novice monks in accordance with correct religious Bramhachari lifestyle if they are engaged in any misbehaviour and more..

IT/BPM sector professionals to enjoy wide-ranging benefits

Sep 13 (Island) Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) is partnering with CH17, the specialists in corporate loyalty management services to introduce an exclusive Privilege Card for professionals engaged in the IT/BPM industry. SLASSCOM Member companies can enroll their staff for the program who will be entitled for multiple benefits and privileges from partner merchants and retailers of consumer products and services, who are registered with CH17. more..

Sir John Tarbat Senior Championship 2019: Rathnayaka CC, Peter's are champs

Sep 13 (CT) St Peter's College Colombo clinched the Boys' title for the second consecutive year while A. Rathnayaka CC Walala sealed the Girls' c'ship at the 21st edition of the Sir John Tarbat Senior Athletics C'ship 2019 concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. St Peter's collected 171 points, while former champions St Benedict's College Colombo became runner-up with 95 points. Walala collected a staggering 304 points, while Holy Cross College Gampaha emerged runner-up with 100 points. more..

U-19 Asia Cup: India and Bangladesh through to finals after rain washes out play

Sep 13 (DN) India Under 19 and Bangladesh Under 19 teams are through to the finals of the U19 Asia Cup after rain washed out both semi-finals in Colombo and Moratuwa respectively. Sri Lanka and India were drawn to play one semi-final at P. Sara Oval while Afghanistan and Bangladesh were scheduled to play the second semi at the De Soysa Stadium in Moratuwa. Play was not possible at both venues due to heavy downpour and the matches were called off at 2.15 pm local time. more..

Sri Lanka to play Ireland in first ever Test next year

Sep 13 (DN) Sri Lanka will play their first ever Test match against newcomers Ireland at home in February next year. However the one-off Test will not be part of the ongoing World Test Championship. Sri Lanka and Ireland have so far met in only in ODIs and T20Is and Sri Lanka have been victorious in both formats. The two countries have met in 4 ODIs between 2007 and 2016 and in one T20I in 2009. Ireland and Afghanistan were elevated to Test status in June 2017 and became the 11th and 12th full members of the ICC. more..

Moody’s warns SOE liabilities rising

Sep 13 (FT) Moody’s Investors Service yesterday warned liabilities of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in several countries including Sri Lanka have increased and could pose contingent risk to Govt balance sheets. The new report looked at challenges posed by SOEs in Asian economies and warned that as explicit or direct liabilities are primarily driven by Govt guarantees, govts that provide a larger quantity of such support also end up correspondingly more vulnerable. more..

UNP remains un-U; economy is in tatters; corruption uncovered everywhere

Sep 13 (Island) When I was young, only Japan was ahead of us in Asia. Now only Afghanistan is behind us so sayeth PM Ranil Wickremasinghe. The Island on 3 Sept followed this quote with a list of country negatives as identified by Pathfinder Foundation’s Milinda Moragoda - seven cold economic truths. We knew of these but reading them stated concisely, convinced us of the degree of govt mismanagement. The seven are (abbreviated): 1. Govt spends twice as much as it earns in revenue. Therefore the huge borrowings. more..

Editorial: An exercise in futility

Sep 13 (Island) The govt has suddenly remembered the late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, who was instrumental in making the 2015 regime change and the UNP’s return to power possible. One of the conditions he put forth for throwing his weight behind the yahapalana movement was that the executive presidency had to be done away with urgently after the change of govt. Yahapalana administration reneged on that promise, after being ensconced in power, and the Thera went all out to have that promise fulfilled, but in vain. more..

Aluth Parlimenthuwa

In the light of fire?

Sep 13 (CT) Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed when terrorists attacked the SL cricket team that was on its way to the stadium for the day's play way back in 2009. We note this, and especially not the injuries to Mahela Jayawardene, etc. to make this point: that at the end of the day, what mattered was that eight men, policemen and drivers plus an idle onlooker, died under the killers' bullets, unleashed by a series of shots from the most dangerous weapons carried by terrorists. more..

Japan has plans to remember JR

Sep 13 (DM) Japan making elaborate arrangements to mark the 113th birth anniversary of the late SL President JR Jayewardene on September 16 (Monday) makes Sri Lankans reminisce the good times the islanders enjoyed under his regime. Jayewardene was a shrewd politician and was even globally known as SL’s first Executive President. He travelled far and wide as a statesman. When compared with the relationships Sri Lanka had with other countries, Jayewardene had a special place for Japan. more..

'Everyone wants a new generation leader'

Sep 13 (CT) Minister Lakshman Kiriella says the candidature for the prez election will be given to the person deemed fit by the country. Q: You too expected to be chosen as the UNP candidate for the presidency. Various Buddhist monks mentioned your name. Where do you stand now? A: Buddhist monks named me because the Upcountry needs leadership. We need a leader who is capable of serving the people. UNF has always gained a majority of its votes from people living in the Upcountry. more..

Role of lawmakers in SL refugee crisis

Sep 13 (DM) The present elections hype created by the three main political parties brings with it many promises, but little has been spoken about the issues bothering minority Tamils. Tamils have become a forgotten lot after the civil war in the country concluded in 2009. And despite many Tamils fleeing or leaving the country on their own will during the past decade Tamil politicians have shown a lukewarm attitude in changing the negative environment in the areas in which this minority lives in, the north. more..

Bhikkhuni Sasana: The gravel road to purification

Sep 13 (DN) Bhikkhuni Sasana is the right kind of narrative that epitomises gender equality in the Buddha’s spiritual community. This equal ease of access regardless of gender was not achieved in a day. The proposal to establishing an order for the ladies was met with rejection from the Buddha at the outset. The Buddha’s initial move came to be scoffed at by certain quarters including the feminists. They lose no time to question if the woman cannot attain Nibbana, the ultimate goal in the Buddha’s teachings. more..

Drop in tourist arrivals affects turtle hatchery

Sep 13 (SO) Nuwan Kannangara has to pay for the maintenance of his family’s turtle hatchery in Kaikawala, Induruwa, out of his pocket with no local or foreign tourists visiting the hatchery on Tuesday and less than 15 by Wednesday evening. Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservation Kannangara’s family runs, sees up to 30 tourists daily during SL’s off season and up to 70 tourists per day during the season. However, following the Easter Sunday attacks that left 259 dead more..

Migration to Australia by boat: An unrealistic adventure

Sep 13 (CT) This topic received public attention recently due to the case of Tamil family that had come by boat and to be deported to Sri Lanka after they exhausted all legal avenues to remain in Australia and a visit by an Australian Major visiting SL advocated against any Sri Lankan attempting to come to Australia by boats. The liberal-national conservative govt in power has adopted a hardline approach to such arrivals compared to the previous Labour govt that allowed people who arrive by boat to come on shore. more..

Reforming the judicial & regulatory agencies

Sep 13 (CT) KK, I won’t tell you his real name, is good natured and a reliable friend (I have suffered him from schooldays) but he is also regarded as a pain in the butt because of the chaotic, topsy-turvy, upside-down emails of epic length he inflicts on his friends. If you learn Greek or Sanskrit or whatever, and if you have the everlasting patience to decipher, they do often address important issues. Two big issues that have been KK’s bee-in-the-bonnet for many years are telecom tariffs and systems, more..

'UNF to name Prez candidate next week'

Sep 12 (DM) The UNF will announce its presidential candidate next week, Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said today. He said PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP's Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa will soon meet leaders of the constituent partners of the proposed United National Front (UNF) led by the UNP to finalize the policy and work programme of the UNF. They are expected to meet the leaders of the TNA, SLMC, ACMC, TPA, more..

FMETU condemns placing SLRC under Prez

Sep 12 (Island) Federation of Media Employees’ Trade Union has condemned the placing of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation under the purview of the Ministry of Defence headed by Prez Sirisena. The FMETU in a statement signed by its General Secretary Dharmasiri Lankapeli and its President Karunaratne Gamage said that transferring to the SLRC from the Media Ministry to the Defence Ministry was a result of ongoing dispute between Prez Sirisena & govt headed by PM Ranil W. more..

Bakery owners reverse bread price hike

Sep 12 (AD) Increase in the price of a loaf of bread by Rs. 2 has not been implemented and the price will remain the same as earlier, the Bakery Owners’ Association said. President of the All Ceylon Bakery Owners’ Association, N.K. Jayawardena stated that the decision was taken following the reducing of wheat flour price. The association had announced the increase the price of a loaf of bread by Rs 2 on Friday following the price hike announced by the Prima Ceylon (Pvt) Limited for wheat flour. more..

Sharjah offers to host Pak-SL series

Sep 12 (TN) Sharjah cricket officials say they would be happy to host Pakistan’s series against SL if required, but have not been approached to do so. Pakistan are due to play a limited-overs series against the Sri Lankans on home soil, starting later this month. However, 10 senior SL players have already pulled out of the tour because of security concerns. The SL cricket board then announced they had been warned by more..

Sri Lanka, Pakistan face external risks amid US, China trade war: Moody’s

Sep 12 (EN) SL and Pakistan are among Asian countries that face the highest risks of rising debt costs and depreciation as global growth slows due to a trade war between the US and China, Moody’s, rating agency said. Emerging and frontier markets with ‘B’ ratings faced risks. “Weak debt affordability, high debt burdens, a reliance on FC borrowing, and thin reserves coverage of external debt payments make these sovereigns’ credit profiles exposed to a shift in financing conditions,” more..

Sri Lanka’s economy has shown resilience after the Easter Sunday bombings

Sep 12 (CNBC) Sri Lanka’s economy has shown a fair bit of resilience, with its key tourism sector bouncing back following the devastating Easter Sunday bombings, said a senior executive — despite predictions that growth would be hit this year. The South Asian country’s economy is in decent shape fundamentally, said Gihan Cooray, deputy chairman and group finance director at John Keells Group, Sri Lanka’s second largest listed company by market capitalization. more..

Family critical of SL holiday resort where diver drowned after being swept out to sea

Sep 12 (NWL) A shop manager was swept out to sea as he paddled with friends in Sri Lanka, an inquest was told. The family of Rhos-on-Sea man Andrew Critchett who drowned while on holiday criticised the resort for failing to warn guests about the serious dangers and the lack of safety measures. An inquest in Ruthin heard the married Llandudno Halfords boss was wading in the sea with two friends when they were swept off more..

Millennium Housing to build 400 houses in three locations in Sri Lanka

Sep 12 (EN) Millennium Housing Developers Plc said it was planning 400 houses in three locations as there was unfulfilled demand for housing in the greater Colombo area driven by migration. “Despite strong demand, residential construction remained weak, as the total number of housing approvals in Greater Colombo fell year on year,: Millennium Housing Chairman Harshith Dharmadasa said. “A severe shortage of low-end housing was evident caused by internal migration from rural to more..

SriLankan bans older 15-inch MacBook Pro on flight

Sep 12 (AD) SriLankan Airlines has says that older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units will not be allowed in as checked- in or carry-on luggage due to a safety risk announced by the Apple Inc. The company announced that in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. The affected units were sold primarily between Sept 2015 and Feb 2017. SriLankan Airlines, as a safety measure, has requested the passengers to more..

Avant Garde Case: CA directs Magistrate’s Court to release Gota, 7 others

Sep 12 (DM) Allowing the revision application filed against the orders made by the Magistrate's Court and the High Court over the maintainability of the Avant Garde floating armoury case, the Court of Appeal today set aside both the orders and directed the Magistrate's Court to discharge the eight accused including Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the corruption case filed by Bribery Commission (BC). more..

Kanjipani’s father, brother arrested

Sep 12 (DM) Six persons including the father and a brother of drug kingpin Mohamed Imran alias Kanjipani Imran, were arrested for attempting to give two mobile phones and two chargers to Kanjipani Imran who is at the Boossa Prison. Kanjipani Imran’s father, brother and four other relatives had visited him at the prison today and they had tried to secretly hand over the phones and charges concealed in two lunch boxes. The arrested suspects were handed over to Rathgama Police. more..

Not good news!

Sep 12 (FT) There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen; those who watch while things happen; and those who wonder what happened! The first of these are perhaps evenly split between the best and worst of them… while most of us fall squarely in the middle – and some lag in the latter class of unconscious citizens. The latter class – citizen unconscious of happenings as well as their import – are surprisingly large in number. Despite the rapid advent of the age of digitalisation more..

'CID knew about the Easter attacks'

Sep 12 (RN) Errant UNF MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe accused the CID today of possessing prior knowledge of the Easter Sunday bombings. Rajapakshe claimed he had given testimony on it. “From information obtained after the Buddha statue incident in Mawanella, the more powerful members of Zahran’s gang were arrested, but were later released. As they were about to arrest the rest, Western Province Governor Azath Salley and more..

PC electoral scheme: A damned shame

Sep 12 (CT) Tons have been written over what we will define as the inner rottenness in the spirit of governance, whether it emerges from the varied heads of govt or from among those elected to the House as well as from other persons involved in the spheres of law and order, etc. We're trying to get our ideas together here, on the reason why the Provincial Council elections have not been held for the whole of this year and the reason why the Supreme Court decided the elections more..

Japan grants Rs1.6bn to boost airport security

Sep 12 (EN) Japan has given a 1 billion yen grant (1.6 billion rupees) to buy equipment to boost airport security and police work in the wake of Easter Sunday attacks. “The public security in Sri Lanka was threatened by the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks with a huge negative economic impact on the fast growing tourism sector of the Country,” a finance ministry said. “As an immediate response to the incident,the Govt of Japan has agreed to provide Japanese Yen 01 billion, grant…” more..