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Nalinda Jayatissa

Inspired success: Learning from the world’s best

Jul 3 (FT) This is a series of articles outlining the teachings of some of the world’s most seminal thought leaders. We have selected those I have personally interacted with, in many cases worked with, and delivered with. We will present a one-day session in August synthesising these learnings in a highly interactive format. And this will hopefully give you a flavour of the insights in advance. Leo Buscaglia, whose name flamboyantly intoned, sounds almost like an operatic aria, more..

Recreation of the State

Jul 3 (FT) The problem of building the modern nation and that of the modern nation state can be considered as two major issues that should necessarily be addressed and resolved in a program launched for recreating the socio-political system of SL. The failure to resolve these two issues which can be considered the two sides of the same coin can be described as the main issue that had caused the country to become a tangled mess. The ethnicity and religion are two strong elements more..

NPP calls for Colombo Port ECT to be developed domestically

Jul 3 (FT) Talks between the Govt and trade unions yesterday regarding the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port led to the unions temporarily removing a roadblock installed in the premises, following the Ports Minister arranging a meeting between the TUs and PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, to be held today. “The discussion with Ports Minister Johnston Fernando got us a meeting with the PM on Friday. more..

Colombo Port workers allege Indian pressure, to go on indefinite strike

Jul 3 (ET) Workers at the strategic Colombo Port on Thursday threatened to go on an indefinite strike to protest against the Indian pressure to prevent Sri Lanka from developing a deep-sea container terminal of the country's largest and busiest port. The announcement of the strike comes a day after PM Mahinda Rajapaksa told reporters that no final decision had been made yet to hand over the development of the Eastern Container Terminal (ECT) to India. more..

Fertiliser to be sold at Rs.1000 per 50 kg pack

Jul 3 (FT) Cabinet yesterday gave approval for the Agrarian Development Centres to purchase remaining stocks of fertiliser imported under the Govt subsidy and make them available for sale to farmers at Rs. 1,000 per 50 kg pack. Cabinet approved the proposal presented by Minister Chamal Rajapaksa for Agrarian Development Centres to purchase already-imported fertiliser from Govt fertiliser companies. “There have been repeated complaints about non-availability more..

Domestic it is, Sri Lanka reiterates to UNHRC

Jul 3 (FT) Sri Lanka yesterday reiterated it remained committed to achieve reconciliation, accountability and human rights within the framework of the SL Constitution, through a domestically-designed and executed process in line with the Govt’s policy framework even as it withdraws from co-sponsorship of Resolution 30/1. “We urge all parties once again to recognise the realities on the ground, and appreciate more..

A Sri Lanka T20 tie played near Mohali, cops probe wrong ’un

Jul 3 (IE) “News from the centre here is Monaragala Hornets have won the toss and decided to bat first. Live action is coming up all the way from Badulla Cricket Ground…” The commentary on YouTube on June 29 morning was purportedly of a cricket match of the Uva T20 league being played in Badulla in SL. Only, it wasn’t. The game was played at a ground in Sawara village, 16 km from Chandigarh off Punjab State Highway 12A. No Sri Lankans were playing, only unknown cricketers from Punjab, more..

Rajapakshe says Rajitha accepted Rs. 20 mn from Avant Garde chief

Jul 3 (DN) Former Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe accused former Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne of accepting a bribe of Rs. 20 million from Avant Garde Company. Rajapakshe said he had evidence to prove that Dr. Senaratne had accepted a bribe of Rs. 20 million from Avant Garde. He showed three invoices of Rs.5 m each, where Senaratne had obtained Rs.5 m each on three occasions, amounting to Rs.15 m in cheques and balance of Rs.5 m accepted in cash at another occasion. more..

Two wealthy Sri Lankan brothers became suicide bombers. But why?

Jul 3 (NYT) There’s a video of the exact moment Inshaf Ibrahim decided to abandon his life as a rich young man and turn into a mass murderer. In one sense, he had made up his mind weeks earlier, which was why he was loitering in the Cinnamon Grand hotel’s breakfast buffet on Easter Sunday last year in Colombo, strapped into a knapsack of explosives. Once he arrived, though, he appeared to dither. more..

Returnee confirmed with Coronavirus in Colombo home quarantine

Jul 3 (EN) A SL sea guard, who was in home quarantine after completing a 14-days a quarantine centre upon returning to the country had been diagnosed with Coronavirus on July 2. The sea guard had returned from India. “After the arrival, he was subjected to a 14-day compulsory quarantine period and the PCR test held at the completion of the quarantine has confirmed that he was not infected with Coronavirus,” the state information office said quoting the head of health service more..

An SJB govt will grant relief to public: Kiriella

Jul 3 (Island) Leader of the Kandy district SJB and former MP Lakshman Kiriella says his party will form the next govt and bring down the cost of living immediately. Kiriella, addressing the media at his Dangolla residence, said that SJB would ensure that the SLPP would not be able to obtain 113 seats in the next Parliament. Former minister Kiriella said the CEB was burdening the people with high electricity bills, which were erroneous. "Consumers get a shock when they receive bills." more..

President tells bankers to go grassroots

Jul 3 (PMD) In order to develop villages the banking service in the country should understand the rural economy and the needs of the people, Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized. It is a timely necessity to develop export agricultural businesses instead of waiting for foreign countries to come into fray. Mere establishment of industries alone cannot be defined as development pointed out the Prez adding that rural entrepreneurship more..

More evidence on how IDB favoured bomber’s enterprise

Jul 3 (Island) Industrial Development Board (IDB) issued scrap metal to Colossus, a company owned by Easter Sunday bomber Inshaf Ibrahim, as part of an IDB initiative to provide scrap metal to micro, small and medium enterprises between 2017 and 2019, violating criteria set by the Cabinet of Ministers, IDB Assistant Director (Sales) Palitha Dikwella admitted at the PCoI. He admitted that Colossus had been registered as a medium scale enterprise in 2017 although the company more..

Dasun Shanaka shines in Sri Lanka Intra-squad T20 game

Jul 3 (Island) After a high scoring 50 over Intra-squad match on Tuesday (30), the focus shifted to T20s on Wednesday as Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva led two teams in an Intra-squad match which was a part of Sri Lanka cricket team’s residential camp which began a couple of weeks back. Mendis’ XI batted first after their captain won the toss as they posted a competitive 189/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera who hit centuries on more..

Wildlife Resources Minister requested to propose plan

Jul 3 (DM) Discussions are underway to remove 05/2001 circular issued by the Environment Ministry which gave provisions for the Forest Department to develop and protect state forest patches. “This circular was issued back in 2001 at a time when state lands inclusive of forest patches were also under the purview of Divisional Secretaries and govt agents,” said Rainforest Protectors Convener Jayantha Wijesingha. more..

Cargills cashes in on low interest rate regime to set off IFC facility

Jul 3 (FT) Diversified blue chip Cargills (Ceylon) Plc has decided to make use of the current low interest rate regime to set-off the relatively expensive Group facility worth Rs. 2.5 billion obtained in 2014/15 FY from the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The then Rs. 2 billion IFC facility for Cargills Foods Company (CFC) was fetched at 9% interest with a put option exercisable by February 2021. IFC had expressed interest to renegotiate and renew but Cargills (Ceylon) Plc management more..

BOI targets USD 2 b under revised plan

Jul 3 (SO) The Board of Investment (BOI), the apex body driving investments, has revised its target to achieve Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) in the range of US$ 1.5-2.0 billion due to the global pandemic, Secretary to the Ministry of Industrial Export and Investment Promotion, M.P.D.U. Mapa Pathirana said on Friday. “The BOI has launched measures to get the projects in the pipeline and those under construction, off the ground at the earliest,” he said, adding more..

SLC optimistic over LPL launch in August

Jul 3 (CI) SLC is hopeful the Lanka Premier League will go ahead as scheduled in August, despite the Sri Lankan govt pushing back the Aug 1 reopening of the country's main airport in Katunayake. SL's sports ministry last week gave a go-ahead for the tournament, which has been scheduled from Aug 8 to 22. The date had been scheduled taking into account that SL would be opening borders for foreign arrivals on Aug1. more..

Top-ranking national badminton players return for training

Jul 3 (DN) Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB) has called the country’s top-ranked Senior Badminton Pool Players for training at their headquarters, a spokesman for the National Pool said. The decision was taken after SLB got the green light from the Sports Ministry and other concerned authorities. They are to begin with a light warmup workout routine over the next week as they have remained home during the recent lockdowns. Nevertheless, the players have stayed in touch with the National Coaches and more..

Fencing twin sisters eye Olympics after achieving summit in Nepal

Jul 3 (ST) Fencing may be a relatively new sport in Sri Lanka but teenage twin sisters Chathuni and Chamodi Karunaratne have set their sights on creating history at the Olympics. It is no idle dream for these two Princess of Wales College, Moratuwa students who proved they are capable of climbing the summit by achieving excellent results at the GCE (O/L) exam while representing SL at the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) in Nepal in December. Both of them clinched bronze medals more..

2020 Olympic qualification: Nilani within striking distance

Jul 3 (CT) The newly introduced World Ranking system for athletics has created confusion among the athletics fraternity in SL, with some Media even reporting that double South Asian Games Gold medal winner Nilani Rathnayake had qualified for 2020 Olympic Games, which will now be held in 2021. Ceylon Today can confirm that though Nilani is within the world top 45 eligible to compete at the Olympics as of now, those rankings more..

Dananjaya to face clearance test in India as ban ends in August

Jul 3 (SO) Spin bowler Akila Dananjaya who was slapped with a one year ban is ready to clear his bowling action after facing a test by the ICC in India. The ban ends on August 29 and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is making arrangements to send him for another test in India to ensure he will be able to return to international cricket. The 26-year-old bowler who mesmerized batsmen with his unorthodox spin bowling, was suspended twice by the ICC that stopped him from int'l cricket. more..

Cricket lovers appeal: Rename Pallekele as Muralitharan Stadium

Jul 3 (DN) Cricket lovers in Sri Lanka are appealing to the authorities to rename the Kandy Pallekele cricket stadium in honour of cricket legend, Muttiah Muralitharan. Every Sri Lankan should be proud of their former Test Cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan who was the World’s highest Test-wicket taker who has been named as the most valuable Test player of the 21st Century by the Wisden Cricket Monthly. This makes it more appropriate for our Country to honour Muttiah Muralitharan by naming more..

Veteran cricket coach Mendis laments junior standards deteriorating

Jul 3 (ST) Nelson Mendis, a veteran cricket coach with well over six decades of experience, producing a number of national players, was highly critical about the standard of school cricket in SL, which according to him is deteriorating day by day. A popular figure among aspiring cricketers and a respected coach among many national cricketers, for his uninterrupted service as a coach, Mendis said the standard of school cricket has dropped more..

Bhanuka Rajapakse: Model of Perseverance

Jul 3 (SO) The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest has always been the most prestigious and looked forward to event in Sri Lanka’s school cricket calendar and winning that main title has been the dream of every schoolboy cricketer since its inception. Most importantly, the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year began at a time when even the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association did not have a tournament for First X1 school cricket. more..

Harassment of cricketers condemned

Jul 3 (Island) The opposition is busy fighting themselves and the upcoming General Elections should be a walk in the park for the govt and they may even go onto to get two third’s majority. However, individuals within the govt seem to be doing their best to bring down the popularity of the govt and former Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage is at the forefront. His sensational claims that the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed has more..

Tribute to Father Ernest Poruthota

Jul 3 (Roar) In 1971, the Catholic Church in SL officially inaugurated the national office of the International Catholic Organisation for Cinema and Audio-visual (OCIC), under the guidance of the then Archbishop of Colombo, Dr Thomas Benjamin Cooray. The decision was based on reforms within the church aimed at increasing the role of the media, particularly after the Second Vatican Council of 1965, at which a papal decree, more..

Editorial: Complacency can kill

Jul 3 (Island) A few weeks before the general election, the pace of campaigning is hotting up. Candidates are running around like headless chickens; they and their backers, engaged in frenetic vote-catching activities, have thrown caution to the wind. There are political meetings and other such events where health guidelines are blatantly flouted. Most people do not seem concerned about the possibility of a second wave of Covid-19 infections. Buses are getting overcrowded again and more..

Faces of resistance: The omnipresent force of Bob Marley in Sri Lanka

Jul 3 (GV) In Sri Lanka, the face of Bob Marley is a recurring visual motif- from tuk tuks, to street art, to reggae bars on the beach, and adorning various paraphernalia. But how did he come to occupy this visual space as a cultural icon? His face did not simply appear; it tells an integral story of resistance in SL. In popular representation, SL and Jamaica are both subjected to a single story; desired tropical paradises, privy to the constant gaze of exoticism, offering tranquility as Garden of Eden of sorts. more..

Aluth Parlimenthuwa: ඇය වෙනුවෙන් අසුනක්

Beyond NAM to Globalism

Jul 3 (CT) When Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena had a long discussion with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo by telephone on 30 June, it was revealed that the talks dealt with matters which were perhaps entirely out of the scope of matters relating to the MCC agreement. Not that the discussions had to necessarily be stuck on the pending MCC agreement. The MCC agreement, when we analyse the discussions between SL’s top man in foreign relations more..

New Year's day ordeal

Jul 3 (Island) It happened very many years ago, but it still lingers in my memory. Every Sinhala New Year's day our family had a busy schedule visiting friends and relatives and it was well nigh midnight when we reached home that day. After dropping the family at our front compound, I opened the garage which was at the rear. I was about to take the car in when I heard an agonizing shriek of a woman at the foot of the abutting hill. Looking over the boundary wall, I found that a woman had given birth more..

I’m contesting as a Sri Lankan: M.S.H. Mohamed

Jul 3 (DM) M.S.H. Mohamed, who initiated the Fight Cancer Team, will be contesting under the UNP ticket from Colombo District at the upcoming Parliamentary Elections. The Team raised funds to donate a PET/CT scanner to the Maharagama Apeksha Cancer Hospital. However Mohamed and the Team faced several allegations regarding the transparency of donations received while raising funds for the cause. more..

Elucidation wanted: On Tamil Issues & Solutions: Part I

Jul 3 (CT) Mr. C.V. Wigneswaran is no ordinary person: He is a retired Justice, fluent in all the three languages, Sinhalese, Tamil & English that are spoken in Sri Lanka, is patently religious and brought into politics from his retired life. Very soon after, and never of such privileged position accorded to anyone before, considered as new light, a new breeze and new hope by a majority of Tamil voters in the North of Sri Lanka, he was directly elevated to the exalted political office more..

More representative decision making bodies required

Jul 3 (CT) There has been a trend of Prez Rajapaksa making senior appointments in which those who are outside the established administrative systems are being brought in to provide leadership and ensure effective and non-corrupt practices. As a large number of these appointments have been from the security forces this has given rise to a perception that the country is heading towards eventual military rule. There is a concern that the forthcoming general elections will be followed by more..

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