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The Chamber: A forum for decorum

Mar 18 (NS) Parliamentary Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, in similarity to his recent predecessors, is having a heck of time controlling the increasingly crude, juvenile, disrespectful and overly combative behaviour of a clique of legislators. Chaos reigned in the Assembly last week and the sittings were suspended twice when the Speaker ordered the removal of a senior lawmaker for unruly behaviour in the House. Speaker Jayasuriya had ordered JO MP Dinesh Gunawardena to leave more..

Make way to change

Mar 18 (NS) Changes are inevitable. But, many fear change. They mainly fear change because they fear how change will affect them personally. Whether the change is good or bad, or whether it benefits many, does not enter into the initial equation.  We treat change with skepticism at first, and then begin to accept it gradually. As time goes by, we eventually become used to them. But, then new changes come in and the cycle continues. Change, when it is forced, is an unwelcome guest. more..

Foreign judges not an obsession for International Community: Paikiasothy

Mar 18 (NS) Q: What are your views on the sessions in Geneva? A: The latest Resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka is not a new one. Govt has already announced that it will get the extra two years it requested for the implementation of the Resolution which is UNHRC Resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka co-sponsored by Sri Lanka in 2015 Oct at the 30th session in Geneva. more..

Trinity-Antonian centenary match spoiled by rain

Mar 18 (NS) Rain spoils the centenary cricket contest between Trinity College and St. Anthony’s College; only 106 overs were bowled over two days at the Pallekele International Stadium last week end.  Sad to say it rained on both days, wiping out most of the play. At the end,   it was the Trinitians who were most pleased.  There was not enough time for them to force a result but they had the Antonian’s on the ropes.  So, the  100th  Battle of the Blues ended  in a draw. more..

Izsak-Ndiaye’s concerns & Mangala’s views

Mar 18 (CT) UN Special Rapporteur on Minority issues Ms Rita Izsak Ndiaye in her address at the ongoing UNHRC session in Geneva on Wednesday has emphasized the need of SL safeguarding the minorities and on fulfilling its commitments in implementing the UNHRC resolution. Rita Izsak Ndiaye, recalling her visit to SL in October last year, mentioned on the necessity of healing the scars of war in the Island. UN Special Rapporteur while emphasizing that Sri Lanka should grab more..

Combating global warming: A citizens’ guide

Mar 18 (Roar) Anthropogenic global warming is an unfortunate reality. We have scientific facts, up-to-date trends of increasing temperatures, and even the most skeptical can feel a noticeable change in the climate. What we don’t often hear about is the specific impact that this phenomenon will have on Sri Lanka, and what we, as its people, can do to lessen it. Being an island, Sri Lanka will be severely affected by rising sea-levels. more..

Reading the real problem of SAITM

Mar 18 (CT) A variety of topics and headlines surface on the economic and social set up of SL from time to time. Learned people and others from different walks of life express their views based on the way such topics are highlighted in the Media. Whatever its final analysis may be, it is an essential feature of democracy. But it is necessary to re-analyse and revisit the particular issue, subject to such discussion in the country, to ascertain whether it is the Real problem, more..

My SAITM Story

Mar 18 (CT) I am a proud product of Gateway College, Colombo. We were abroad as my father was working in the SL Embassy, Riyadh, KSA. Therefore, I had already started my education at the SL International School, Riyadh, in the Edexcel syllabus and therefore had to follow it when we returned to Mother SL. One ought to bear in mind, that getting entry into international schools are not as easy as they perceive. There are waiting lists almost similar to getting into state schools more..

'International pressure made Somali pirates release ship, crew'

Mar 17 (ENS) International military cum diplomatic pressure forced Somali pirates to release the oil tanker Aris 13 and its eight-man Sri Lankan crew without ransom and without injuring them in any way, Deputy Minister, Dr. Harsha de Silva, told the media here on Friday. He thanked the US Ambassador in SL, Atul Keshap, Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, UAE, US-led Combined Maritime Force based in the UAE more..

Ravi demands Rs. 2 billion compensation from Bandula

Mar 17 (DN) Minister Ravi Karunanayake has sent a letter of demand to MP Bandula Gunawardana seeking Rs.2 billion as compensation. The letter of demand was sent yesterday through his attorneys in response to a similar letter of demand sent to Minister Karunanayake by MP Bandula Gunawardana seeking compensation. Earlier, MP Gunawardana sent a letter of demand to Minister Karunanayake citing that he has been defamed by a statement made by Minister Karunanayake more..

USPG supports education programme in SL

Mar 17 (AN)  USPG is a church based charity working in direct partnership with Anglican churches around the world. Its Programmes Co-ordinator, Anne Bonger, has  visited an education programme run by the Church of Ceylon: I was recently in Sri Lanka to see a USPG-supported education programme run by the Church of Ceylon for the children of the country’s tea estate communities. The programme – called the Estate Community Development Mission (ECDM) – more..

Shakib's 116 gives Bangladesh control

Mar 17 (CI) Bangladesh made a memorable comeback in their 100th Test as their last five wickets nearly batted through the entire day. Shakib Al Hasan was at the centre of it all, making his fifth century in the format and ensuring his team took the first-innings lead for only the second time while batting second away from home. When they were bowled out for 467, Bangladesh had pulled ahead by 129 runs and had just enough time more..

Ravi dismisses irregularities in bond sales

Mar 17 (NR) Minister Ravi Karunanayake dismissed allegations of possible irregularities in govt bond sales that are now under investigation. He told CNBC, that he guarantees 100% there won’ be any area of dispute claiming it is only anarchists who try to fish in troubled waters. Minister said the issue was an inherited problem and that the govt will rectify any possible issues. He said there is no area of contention. President appointed a commission to investigate the sale. more..

Korean grant to develop aquaculture sector

Mar 17 (GDI) Korea will grant Rs 375 million for the development of the aquaculture sector in the country as a result of the discussions held by State Minister Dilip Vedarachchi with the Korean Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries. The minister said that the money to be granted will be given to the National Aquaculture Development Authority to develop the sector. Korean National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives has agreed to donate two fisheries technical colleges and more..

Sri Lanka's war survivors hope new law will unlock state land holdings

Mar 17 (TRF) For almost two decades, Sivaraja Sivakumar has lived on a plot of land in the north of Sri Lanka - but he has no idea who owns it. The 43-year-old father of two from Sri Lanka's Tamil minority says he prays every day that he is the rightful owner, but cannot be sure. "I have no deed that says I am the owner, I have never had such a deed," he said. In 1998, young Sivakumar fled the northern town of Kilinochchi, more..

2OR Buddhist Organization to assist Polonnaruwa Museum & Int'l Buddhist Uni

Mar 17 (PSL) A delegation of 2OR Buddhist Charity Organization called on President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss about its future philanthropic activities in Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat today. The leader of the delegation Master Jun Hong Lu, President of Australia Oriental Radio and Television said that his charity organization is linked to more than 50 Buddhist charity institutions all over the world and would like to contribute to promote Buddhism and carry forward more..

Designated areas for protests identified: PM's office

Mar 17 (DM) The Ministry of Law and Order had now completed the exercise of identifying locations that can be permanently allocated for protests, sources from the PM’s office said. Sources said they had been instructed to do so by PM. “The locations chosen would be ones that do not inconvenience the public and are easily accessible by the those who want to carry out protests,” the sources added. However, the sources did not divulge the locations that had been selected. more..

Boru Show?: National Honours – 2017 to be held under President’s patronage

Mar 17 (PSL) Investiture Ceremony of conferring National Honours on distinguished personalities, who rendered a noble service to the country and its advancement, will be held on the 20th of March, at the Nelum Pokuna Theater, under the patronage of President Sirisena. These awards are bestowed on the most distinguished persons who have made outstanding contributions to the country and its advancement. more..

RADA case to be heard without second witness

Mar 17 (NR) Colombo High Court today ordered the case pertaining to the Reconstruction and Development Agency to be heard without the second witness. Court was informed by investigative bodies that the second witness in the case Former Financial Chief of the LTTE of the North and East Emil Kanthan was overseas. The case is being heard over the misuse of 20 million rupees of the Treasury that was set aside for the construction of houses destroyed during conflict with LTTE. more..

Sri Lanka to sign tourism cooperation agreement with Russia

Mar 17 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka will sign a tourism promotion agreement with Russia during the visit of its President Maithripala Sirisena to that country later this month. Minister John Amaratunga said that there was a great potential to attract tourists from Russia to Sri Lanka. He said he would be a member of the presidential entourage to that country. Tourism is one of the key growth areas in Sri Lanka. He said China and India account for the most number of tourist arrivals to the country. more..

How SL commissions away the disappeared

Mar 17 (Roar) Parliament last year approved the establishment of a Permanent Office for Missing Persons (OMP), in an attempt to address the country’s ugly legacy of enforced disappearances that dates back to the ’70s, with the repression of the first JVP uprising. But for women like 55-year old Yogarasa Kanaharanjini, who is currently leading a 200-strong protest by relatives of disappeared in the war-scarred town of more..

Swaraj to meet aggrieved fishermen from TN

Mar 17 (PTI) Concerned over the reported killing of an Indian fisherman and arrest of many by SL Navy, Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet the aggrieved fishermen from TN, Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman has said. "Fishermen's representatives wanted to meet officials of the external affairs ministry. But the govt has made arrangements for them to meet external affairs minister herself. She (Swaraj) has come back to Parliament after recovering and is ready to meet them," more..

Lamentations of Thushara Indunil

Mar 17 (DM) Kurunegala District UNP MP Thushara Indunil lamented that the confrontational politics within the coalition govt was causing him frustration. He made these observations at a Kurunegala District convention of the March 12th Movement. He said that there were doubts being created among the people about the activities of the govt and that people were asking whether the govt was nabbing the rogues or whether the rogues were nabbing the govt. more..

Herath completes 1000 first-class wickets

Mar 17 (CI) Rangana Herath became the second player from Sri Lanka to take 1000 first-class wickets when he dismissed Mustafizur Rahman in Bangladesh's first innings in the Colombo Test. Muttiah Muralitharan, with 1374 wickets from 232 Tests, is the only other bowler from Sri Lanka with 1000 first-class wickets. Herath is the 12th bowler from the subcontinent to take 1000 first-class wickets and the first to the milestone more..

Moragahakanda to add 25 MW to national grid by June

Mar 17 (Island) Construction work on the Moragahakanda Hydroelectric Power Station would be completed by June and 25 megawatts would be added to the national grid, Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said. During an inspection tour of the power station recently, Minister noted that the construction work of the Moragahakanda Reservoir had been expedited. The country’s worst drought during the last three decades had come to an end and if the reservoir gets filled 25 megawatt more..

Ukranian Captain's FR petition: SC grants leave to proceed

Mar 17 (DM) Supreme Court Bench comprising Justices Eva Wanasundera and Nalin Perera today granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights petition filed by MV Avant Garde's Ukrainian Captain challenging his arrest and detention. Court fixed April 4 to consider interim relief and fix the date of the hearing. Petitioner 49-year-old Gennadiy Gavrylov said he was arrested in October 2015 outside SL territorial waters and was being detained at the Galle remand prison. more..

Sri Lanka: Three scenarios for the future

Mar 17 (FT) Last December I gave a lecture for Advocata Institute in Colombo on three scenarios for Sri Lanka’s future. Here are the three scenarios. Scenario One I call Drift, Scenario Two Take-Off, and Scenario Three Relapse. Scenario One: Drift: This is my assessment of Sri Lanka two years after the end of Rajapaksa rule, extrapolated to the future. How is Sri Lanka now? Better than it was under the Rajapaksas, but not by much. more..

Govt to reduce budget to 3.5% by 2019

Mar 17 (NR) Minister Ravi Karunanayake says SL govt has pledged its commitment to strong fiscal discipline in line with conditions stipulated for a bailout by the IMF. Speaking at the Finance Asia SL Summit, he said there should be a national vision to address burning issues in the economy, including fiscal-sector operations. Minister added the best way for Sri Lanka to move forward is through fiscal consolidation supported by reforms in tax policy and administration. more..

A rare first-innings lead away from home for Bangladesh

Mar 17 (CI) 109: The previous highest first-innings lead for Bangladesh in away Tests, which they took against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2013. This is only the third occasion when Bangladesh have taken a lead of 100 or more runs in away Test. The first such instance came against Pakistan in Multan in 2003 when they took a lead of 106 runs. 6: Number of times before this Bangladesh had taken a first-innings lead in an away Test. The previous instance had come recently in Wellington, more..

අසරණ මව්පියන්ට නීතයෙන් සරණක් තිබේ ද?

Kalutara shooting: suspects still at large, two nabbed for aiding criminals

Mar 17 (AD) Police are yet to locate the persons who had directly involved in the Kalutara shooting on 27 Feb, however as of today the investigating teams have apprehended two including a woman on the allegation of aiding the crime. CID has apprehended a woman in Walahanduwa, Galle last night (16) for allegedly providing a hideout for a suspect. Apart from that, another individual was also apprehended after the police found his involvement in giving a tip-off to the gang members, more..

Sri Lanka wants boost daily flights by 60%, reduce costs

Mar 17 (EN) SL leisure sector wants to boost daily flights to the country to 130 a day from the current 80 and cut costs, the tourism ministry said following a strategy meeting with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. Following a meeting with 38 tourism sector firms and key govt officials, an open skies policy more direct flights to key market and competitive landing and parking fees to incentivise low-cost airlines, was advocated. There was an intention to boost daily flights to 130 a day from the current 80, more..

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Waiting for the govt to collapse; A pipe dream of political scavengers

Mar 17 (CT) The official website of the President of Sri Lanka, reporting on a statement recently made by Maithripala Sirisena says thus: even though some sections of the society entertain the thought that the present govt would collapse today or tomorrow, he would not allow any room for it and he further stated that the Govt will fulfill its duties and responsibilities within the appropriate time frame in accordance with the mandate of the people. For a fantasy promoted by the defeated set more..

EU & Great October Resolution

Mar 17 (CT) The other day President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe participated in a ceremony at the BMICH to commemorate the Great October Revolution which saw the overthrow of Tsar Nicholas II that ended the 1,800-year monarchy of imperial Russia and the institution of Communism under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Marxism in Russia however, had a short history of only 72 years and died a natural death after the collapse of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. more..