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Govt like a bull & buffalo-drawn plough: MR

Jun 16 (DM) Former president Rajapaksa compared the govt to a plough being drawn by a bull and a buffalo. He said this after paying homage at the Dalada Maligawa and underlined the fact that this govt would be defeated because it had not solved any of the issues faced by the people and had no proper plan of development. ďThis govt is similar to a plough being drawn by a bull and a buffalo. They pull in different directions. more..

Former Japanese PM meets the President

Jun 16 (PSL) The former Japanese Prime Minister Yukiyo Hatoyama, who came to the Island, met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidentís office yesterday. The former PM who engaged in a friendly conversation with the President brought back to memory the historical friendship the two countries shared with each other. President Sirisena who expressed appreciation over the SL visit of the former PM of Japan, more..

Gam Peraliya to revolutionize villages: President

Jun 16 (PSL) The Gam Peraliya programme initiated to make a huge revolution in the development of the village will commence in the future, says President Maithripala Sirisena. This programme is conducted spending huge amount of money covering all the Grama Niladhari Divisions and its prime motive is to bring the sunrise of development to the sufferings of the rural people, says the President. more..

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's US Citizenship and Presidential Ambition

Jun 16 (DM) The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap will conclude his three-year term in Colombo this August. He will be succeeded by Alaina B. Teplitz, current US Ambassador to Nepal. Both Keshap and Teplitz were appointed envoys to SL and Nepal respectively by former US President Barack Obama in March 2015. Both, however, are US Foreign Service career Officials and not political appointees of Prez Obama. more..

Existence or Extinction: Choice canít be clearer

Jun 16 (DM) When one looks back on the pros and cons of the decision taken by the people in the 2015 Presidential Election and the mandate it carried, after two-and-half-years in power, the current administration does not have anything to brag about except one outstanding accomplishment of theirs. With all the alleged corruption and ineffective management of the countryís ailing economy, the very introduction of transparency aspect of governance where the govt partyís own more..

Honour your mother and father

Jun 16 (DM) Sri Lankaís Islamic community celebrates Ramadan today, after almost one month of sacrificial and selfless fasting and prayer, in addition to sharing with the poverty-stricken or marginalised people. While wishing them showers of blessings on this day, we hope and pray that our country also will be blessed to bring about inter-religious and inter-racial unity in diversity. We hope this blessing will change the attitude and approach especially of our leaders, more..

Investigations into CB Bonds scam: Interested parties interfering with probe: Prez

Jun 16 (CT) Prez Sirisena has alleged that certain interested parties were interfering in the investigations into the CB Treasury Bonds scam, by exerting undue influence on law enforcement authorities. He made these revelations in response to a question as to whether the involvement of high level political interference could be inferred from a statement he made recently, where he had said that he was being stifled and not being allowed to more..

Kataragama monks demands govt action to restore peace

Jun 16 (Island) Kataragama Sasanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya, condemned the recent attempt on the life of Chief Incumbent of Kirivehera Raja Maha Viharaya and Chairman of Balamandalaya Ven. Kobawaka Dhamminda Thera. Urging the govt to restore the rule of law in the country, the organisation said immediate steps had to be taken to curb drug trafficking and neutralise the underworld. Maha Sangha said shooting of the Thera was a severe blow to the Sasana and more..

Former Japanese PM calls on President, promises more assistance

Jun 16 (DN) Former Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka called on Prez Maithripala Sirisena at his official residence on Thursday. Former PM of Japan in talks with the President recalled the age-old friendship between the two countries. President appreciated the former PMís visit to SL and invited him to visit the country again. The former PM arrived in SrL to participate at the foundation laying ceremony of the Sadaham Sewa (Dhamma Service) building of more..

Gnanasara Theraís incarceration: Will not seek presidential pardon: BBS CEO

Jun 16 (CT) Although special protection has been sought by the Sihala Ravaya for Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, who is serving a prison term, a presidential pardon would not be sought. General Secretary of Sihala Ravaya, Magalkande Sudaththa Thera said they requested special protection for the General Secretary of BBS, who is serving a prison term, due to a risk to his life. Meanwhile, CEO of the BBS, Dr. Dilanthe more..

Presidentís Ramadan message

Jun 16 (CT) President Maithripala Sirisena, in his Ramadan message, stated that the most important thing in life should be the purification of the mind for the betterment as well as the protection of human beings. He added that the salvation of human beings could only be attained in an environment of good thoughts where moral values are strengthened. ďIt is the noble message of giving priority to peace with honour that is conveyed to humanity by the Islamic devotees when they celebrate Eid-ul-fitr, more..

PM's Ramadan message

Jun 16 (Island) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe in his message to mark Ramadan Festival said " the festival of Eid al-Fitr, falls on the first day of the month after the holy month of Ramadan, and marks the sighting of the new moon at the end of the month of fasting. This is an important religious festival celebrated by Muslims across the globe to mark equality, purity and devotion. "Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam - along with faith, prayer, charity and pilgrimage. more..

Delaying trial for 12 years: SC orders CTC to pay widow Rs. 400,000 as costs

Jun 16 (DM) Supreme Court in a landmark judgment, on Thursday, ordered the Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) to pay Rs.400,000 as costs to a smoker's widow after the company was found to have prolonged the trial for more than 12 years by filing petitions in the Appeal Court and the SC. Chief Justice Priyasath Dep concurring with Justices Sisira J. De Abrew and Prasanna Jayawardena held that District Court should more..

Beira Lake intervention area development plan gets underway

Jun 16 (ST) The Govt is implementing a new Beira Lake intervention area development plan aimed at restoring the lake and turning it into a scenic asset in Colombo, setting aside the former regimeís project spearheaded by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a senior official of the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development told the Business Times. The banks of Beria Lake will be developed initially before executing the development activities on the land adjoining more..

Customs seize Couriered Geckoes, Chameleons

Jun 16 (DN) Customs officials seized 32 Geckoes and Chameleons illegally shipped to the country. These species are considered to be dangerous as they are said to be carnivorous and could pose a threat to local species of insects etc, Customís Spokesman Sunil Jayarathne said. These dangerous species were concealed in a shipment declared as CPU (Concealed inside the CPU in four bags) and was detected by Customs staff attached to the DHL Courier Services in Katunayake. more..

Leading buddhist forum against abolition of Executive Presidency

Jun 16 (DN) The Buddhasasana Karya Sadhaka Balakaya in a statement said that the Executive Presidency should not be abolished without repealing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The organisation in a statement signed by Ven. Diviyagaha Yasassi Thera, Ven. Thrikunamale Ananda Thera and Ven. Agalakada Sirisumana Thera states that the abolition of the Exeucitve Presidency would be dangerous more..

2 students reported missing in Kochchikade

Jun 16 (NR) Two school children have been reported missing while bathing in the sea off Eththukala, Kochchikade. Police said two friends of those reported missing, who engaged in rescue efforts, have been admitted to the Negombo General Hospital after being found unconscious. The missing is aged 16 years and are residents of Kochchikade. It was reported that the two children may have drowned while bathing with a group of friends in rough seas. more..

Celebrating Eid Sri Lanka style

Jun 16 (GT) Eid is a time for celebration with family but how do most expatriate families in Abu Dhabi celebrate far away from their loved ones? ďThis is my second Eid celebrations in UAE and itís a time for many firsts for me,Ē said SL housewife Zaroofa Hisham, in the Capital. ďIn order not to miss my family around and yet keep the SL atmosphere, my festival breakfast includes string hoppers, mutton curry complete with the dessert Watalappam as the 3 main items for our simple morning meal. more..

NFF requests President: Permit Gnanasara Thera to don robe in prison

Jun 16 (CT) The NFF led by MP Wimal Weerawansa, sought the intervention of President Sirisena to ensure that General Secretary of BBS, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera serve his prison term in robes. Thera was sentenced to six months imprisonment on 14 June, after being convicted on charges of criminal harassment and criminal intimidation. NFF MP Jayantha Samaraweera in a letter to Prez had stated that stripping more..

High quality coal, other measures promised to control Nícholai pollution

Jun 16 (Island) Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, assured immediate action to control environmental pollution caused by the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant. He claimed that mitigation efforts were being carried out with the help of the CEA. Minister said that the Norochcholai Power Plant was one of the most important electricity producers in the country and, therefore, it was important to mitigate the environmental pollution and to continue the power plant. more..

Sri Lanka lacks environmental lawyers

Jun 16 (CT) The two biggest negative features in environment protection is the lack of environmental lawyers in the country and the ignorance of environmental laws by the law enforcement authorities, UNDP sources, who wished to remain anonymous, said yesterday (14). There is a particular kind of a river fish called Bandula Barb which is not only endemic to Sri Lanka, but is found only in a small stream, just 1.5 kilometres in length at Kegalle, they said. more..

Wele Sudaís heroin haul seized in Piliyandala

Jun 16 (Island) Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) sleuths seized a stock of heroin with a street value of more than Rs 250 million from a house at Piliyandala on Thursday night. The stock of heroin belonged to drug kingpin Wele Suda, who is in the Welikada Prison for heroin offences, police said. It was the second largest heroin stock seized so far this year, police said, adding that they had also taken into custody an associate of Wele Suda more..

CEB engineers refuse to cooperate with PUCSL

Jun 16 (Island) CEB Engineersí Union (CEBEU) had called off its work-to-rule campaign but it would not cooperate with the Public Utilities Commission of SL (PUCSL), CEBEU President Saumya Kumarawadu said. The CEBEU Executive Committee that met this week decided to call off the work-to-rule campaign after the PUCSL had approved the CEBís base case plan subject to the accommodation of already Cabinet approved 'govt to govt power plants' and the latest govt Ďpolicyí. more..

Sri Lanka to heavily tax both ends of consumer digestive tract

Jun 16 (EN) President Maithripala Sirisena had called for higher taxes on imported fruits to make it difficult for less affluent people to eat them, soon after businessmen lobbied to raise taxes on toilets, hitting consumers at both ends of the digestive tract. President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing a crowd at Thalawila, an agricultural area, had promised to raise taxes on imported to fruits in the near future to protect the local farmers to give bigger profits to farmers. more..

Members want NOC audit reports re-examined

Jun 16 (ST) Over a one-third of the membership of the National Olympic Committee of SL have collectively made a request through a letter to the Auditor General (AG), urging a more detailed inspection on audits of accounts for seven years, since 2010. The four-page letter goes on to say that accounts for seven years of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 have not been submitted for audit in due time by more..

5 fishers stranded in northern seas rescued by Navy

Jun 16 (SLN) Sri Lanka Navy Ship Sayurala, while patrolling in the northern seas, yesterday (14) rescued 05 fishermen stranded at sea off Point Pedro due to an engine failure of their fishing vessel. The fishing vessel named ĎTharanga 1í which had left the Cod Bay fisheries harbour in Trincomalee on 13 June, faced this unfortunate incident while at sea after the unexpected engine trouble. Immediately upon receipt of information in this regard, the Naval Headquarters directed more..

Constituent changes to the S&P SL 20 Index

Jun 16 (Island) Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announced the following changes in S&P Sri Lanka 20 index constituents made by S&P Dow Jones Indices at the 2018 midĀ]year index rebalance. A revision of the S&P SL 20 methodology in March 2017 established the practice of a semiannual rebalance of the index (previously conducted annually). The rebalance of the index now takes place during the months of June and December each year. more..

Smith and Kumara shine on rain-hit day

Jun 16 (CI) Lahiru Kumara delivered 13.3 hostile overs, and Kasun Rajitha was probing on Test debut, but a half-century from Devon Smith drove West Indies foreward on a rain-hit second day. They stand only 135 runs behind SL, with eight wickets still in hand. Only 42.3 overs were delivered in the day, the rain arriving during lunch to wash out much of the afternoon and evening sessions, before stumps were eventually drawn more..

NOC-SLO feud hots up over Olympian Run

Jun 16 (ST) A major battle is brewing between the National Olympic Committee and SLís ex-Olympians over rival events they have organised to mark the Olympic Day Run. Sri Lanka Olympians (SLO), an organisation that bring together SL athletes who have taken part in Olymic games, has scheduled its run for June 22 in Kandy ó an event which the National Olympic Committee sees as an event that rivals its Olympic Day Run on June 25. On the face of it, the Kandy run appears to be a gigantic more..

Muraliís doosra to the cricket Board

Jun 16 (CT) Sri Lanka has a memorable record of the game of cricket. Prior to 1972, cricket was restricted to matches played by combined Ceylon teams, in overseas countries. Game was structured to enable inter-club first-class tournaments in 1937, known as the Daily News Trophy. Seemingly, over the years, when Sri Lankan cricketers began to demonstrate their skills with willow on leather, SL Board of Cricket was established on 30 June 1975, as a national sports body. more..

Keshap vs. Gotabhaya in US family politics

Jun 16 (Island) Just as President Donald Trump appears to have got over his fire and fury fighting with North Koreaís Rocket Man Kim Jong Un, the US Ambassador Atul Keshap appears to have started a presidential battle issue in SL or the Gotabhaya Game Dispute or Gota Keliya Aragalaya. Many have seen the reported Keshap comments to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, about his brother Gotabhayaís plans or more..

Ramazan and its Significance

Jun 16 (Island) The holy month Ramazan is sacred as mentioned in details in the Quran and Hadith. This is the third pillar of the five basic principles of Islam and is better known for its fasting during the entire month every year, and it is also the month in which the holy Quran was revealed. The Quran: sura Al Baqarah verse 2:183. O you who believe ! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious . Now Fasting is obligatory upon every Muslim, more..

Aluthgama pogrom in June 2014 and Ifthar diplomacy in June 2018

Jun 16 (CT) Manís pain arises from his relations with man. The greatest of the pains for man is the one caused through injustice and oppression. This is a universal truth. Advancement in science and technology or economic progress alone cannot benefit man. Every man is endowed with the natural characteristic of spirituality in him. It is, therefore, important that whatever advancement or progress man has made is matched with the development of the basic human values. more..

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Editorial: For the love of MR?

Jun 16 (Island) JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has apparently missed his vocationóhe should have been a salesman. Had he done so, he would have been able to build his business empire by now like a la some ex-sales reps who have become tycoons. A glib talker, he can even sell hot water showers to drought-hit people. All former revolutionaries possess this attribute. They stretch the truth as if to the manner born. Dissanayake has gone into a long spiel about more..

SL's ineffective war crimes defence strategy

Jun 16 (CT) Although it is an open secret that the service personnel in powerful countries in the world such as the US and the UK have committed many war crimes, most of which have gone unpunished, these countries with the assistance of the UN at the behest of the Tamil Diaspora aggravated by the demise of the LTTE in Sri Lanka have consistently accused the heroic Sri Lankan armed forces to have allegedly committed grave war crimes including genocide. more..

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