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Ravi K’s clarion call for a common candidate

Aug 27 (FT) Asserting that appointing a common candidate is the path to victory, UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake said that as a UNPer, he would be delighted to see a UNP nominee accepted by all Opposition parties; however, if that is not acceptable, there must be a sharing of opinion on how to pick that common candidate. “Anybody who can’t share that common candidate together is only an agent of the govt,” he emphasised, in an interview more..

Ten things that need to change

Aug 27 (NS) Sri Lanka’s National Human Development Report for 2014 was launched by UNDP on Aug 12 which happened to be International Youth Day. The theme for this year’s report was ‘Youth and Development’. The NHDR provides some great analysis on Sri Lanka’s youth from a human development perspective. Here is a list of 10 things, inspired by the report, that I feel need to change in Sri Lanka’s system of education. 1) Even though govt spending on education more..

Sri Lanka Invites Japanese SMEs to set up businesses in Sri Lanka

Aug 27 (CG) “We wish to extend our invitation to Japan – Sri Lanka Business Co-operation Committee to consider inviting SME’s in Japan to set up their manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka and make use of the opportunity of entering Indian and Pakistan markets through the present Free Trade Agreements Sri Lanka is enjoying with these two countries. Indeed, many of Japan’s SMEs have come to rely more on international markets,” said Daya Weththasinghe, President of more..

'Failure to abolish Executive Presidency: UNP dissidents responsible'

Aug 27 (CT) LSSP leader and Senior Minister Tissa Vitarana, said President Rajapaksa, prior to the crossing over of a band of UNP dissidents to the UPFA Govt in 2007, had been having discussions with them to replace the Executive Presidency with an executive style of Prime Ministerial System in the country. "But talks failed after the crossing over of those UNP dissidents led by Karu Jayasuriya then, which effectively meant that UPFA govt more..

So-called NGOs are not innocent

Aug 27 (Island) There are attempts by some people who are mainly interested in maintaining the western Christian hegemony to paint a rosy picture of the Western Governmental Organizations in the country as innocent outfits. These organizations are referred to as NGOs the name given by the westerners themselves, and our so called intellectuals who can imitate but not create any knowledge, continue to use the tag the NGOs. The moment one identifies the WGOs as NGOs their structures more..

We are the freedom-loving people of SL

Aug 27 (NS) Quietly reflecting on the current predicament of our own country on the diplomatic front where neo-colonialists have, by passing the recent Geneva resolution against her, with barefaced aggression and having effectively put a noose round her neck, through the manipulation of the venal functionaries of certain ‘international’ bodies, in order to tighten it in the future for their own ends while caring nothing for the mental relief and physical security of her long suffering more..

Dudley Sirisena denies minister brother helped him

Aug 27 (CT) Q: You are a brother of a Minister who faces lot of allegations. What do you think about that? A: I can swear upon name of my son is a trainee pilot, that I have no connection to them. Q: OK. Let us start from there. Are you a businessman? A: Yes. Now I am a businessman. Q: How did you start? A: I began with an investment of Rs. 75,000, which was borrowed from two of my friends. Q: After that? A: I met Minister more..

All night Pirith Chanting at Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN

Aug 27 (DN) An all night Pirith Chanting ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Sri Lanka Mission to the United Nations on Friday, July 18 under the patronage of Major General Shavendra Silva, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, in the presence of a gathering of Sri Lankans from New York, New Jersey and other surrounding states. Monks from the Sri Lankan temples of New York City, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Staten Island and more..

SLT and MoE strengthen Children-Parent communication through Sisu-Connect

Aug 27 (Island) Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the National ICT Solutions Provider together with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Telecommunications & Information Technology launched "Sisu-Connect", an especially architected virtual telephone platform to bridge the much-needed "Children-Parent" communication gap that occurs when children are away from their parents. The Sisu-Connect communication service was launched under the patronage of more..

Was it sibling rivalry or loss of a mother's love?

Aug 27 (SO) It was hard to say if she held back tears or if she had none in her little eyes. It was also hard to say if she had any recollection of her actions of the day before. There was not a trace of trepidation despite being surrounded by strangers. All she had was a blank expression on that small round face. In fact the 13- year-old who was arrested by the Badalkumbura police last Thursday showed no emotion at all. more..

13th amendment inhibitions

Aug 27 (CT) I had a bizarre experience recently when I had to attend what is termed Standing Committee B of Parliament, which deals with legislation. This was in connection with the Vasantha Senanayake Foundation (Incorporation) Bill which I had sponsored. The experience was rendered worse by the Minutes which I received subsequently, which bore no relation to what had actually taken place. I presume that there is some formula for reporting the meetings of these Standing Committees, more..

NM, A citizen’s appreciation

Aug 27 (CT) A bit belatedly for the 25th death anniversary of Dr N.M.Perera that fell on August 14th, I came across a moving tribute by an ordinary citizen. The writer is Mr Sarath Hewagama of Colombo 5, Acting Manager of the People’s Bank where, true to his socialist beliefs, NM apparently did his banking. Mr Hewagama’s letter was published as a Letter to the Editor in the Ceylon Daily News of August 23, 2004. I thought the readers of the Colombo Telegraph will appreciate it, more..

NO to special envoy: India

Aug 26 (DM) India has turned down a TNA request for the appointment of a special envoy to resolve the national question in Sri Lanka. TNA leader R. Sampanthan is said to have made this request when he met Indian PM Narendra Modi, but sources close to the TNA said the Indian leader had not responded positively to this request. The TNA had reportedly said that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was insufficient as a power more..

‘Resolve TN fishermen issue politically’

Aug 26 (Hindu) The issue relating to frequent arrests of TN fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy should be resolved politically and diplomatically, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday. A three-judge Bench of CJ R.M. Lodha and Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman made this observation while disposing of writ petitions filed by former DMK MP A.K.S. Vijayan and Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai seeking the court’s intervention to resolve the issue. more..

Video: International experts’ advice for local panel, a foolish decision - Champika

Aug 26 (AD) The govt’s resolution to appoint foreign experts to advice the committee probing into complaints regarding missing persons is a foolish decision, Minister Champika Ranawaka said. Minister Ranawaka made the observation at last night’s 360 Ada Derana TV program. He pointed out that if the Sri Lankan army forces to be blamed over this matter, sooner or later, the full responsibility would have to be taken by those who decided to do so. Minister went on saying that more..

Video: Colonial passport sold at Rs. 30mn

Aug 26 (DM) Seven people, who are alleged to have stolen a colonial era passport issued to a Sub Inspector attached to the then Ceylon Police Force, were arrested by the Kollupitiya police while they were attempting to sell it for Rs.30 million. Policemen pretending to be prospective buyers had arrested the suspects near a private bank in Colombo 7. Seven suspects were produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate more..

Govt. deploys thugs to create panic in Monaragala – JVP

Aug 26 (LT) The govt, unable to bear a certain defeat at the Uva PC election, is deploying thugs to create panic in Monaragala District. As it has no certainty regarding winning Badulla District it is attempting to plunder votes in Monaragala to gain seats to form the PC states the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva adding that Mr. Shasheendra Rajapaksa is at the forefront of the campaign to violate election laws. “The govt, from the beginning of the election campaign is carrying out more..

Liquor, cigarettes worth Rs 100 million recovered

Aug 26 (AD) Police today arrested eight suspects along with a haul of illegally imported foreign liqour and cigarettes worth around Rs 100 million at a residence in Borella. The suspects were arrested in a raid carried out by officers of the Police organized crime and anti vice squad, acting on information received by the IGP. They were involved in a racket of illegally importing cigarettes and alcohol into the country, SSP Ajith Rohana said. Suspects had rented out a residence on Sheffield Road, more..

Cabinet ‘false Claim’ may be Challenged

Aug 26 (DM) Central Environment Authority (CEA) said it has not completed the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Puttalam garbage dump project despite a published, approved cabinet paper stating the EIA was completed and that the project could be implemented. At the Cabinet meeting held on August 14, approval was given for the transfer and disposal of solid waste from Colombo area more..

Mangala dashes ‘ice bucket’ craze

Aug 26 (DM) The Ice Bucket challenge started by an American to raise funds for his friend suffering from a deadly Motor Neurone Disease has been converted into a publicity stunt by some local politicians who blindly follow whatever that comes from the West, UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera said today. He said these politicians who had come into politics using the names of their fathers have begun to waste water when taking part in this so-called challenge when people in several parts more..

Kenny G to perform in Sri Lanka in November

Aug 26 (CG) Grammy award winning saxophonist Kenny G is scheduled to perform in SL in November this year. His official website has listed him to perform on Nov 15 at the Royal College Sports Complex. Kenny G is the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era and one of the best-selling artists of all time, with global sales totaling more than 75 million records. Kenny G won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for Forever in Love. more..

PAF chief arrives in Sri Lanka for 3-day visit

Aug 26 (DT) Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on a three-day visit on Wednesday on the invitation of Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal KA Gunatilleke. During his stay, the air chief will call on President Rajapaksa and meet top military leadership including Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the services chiefs, according to a message received more..

All systems go for protest by trade union alliance

Aug 26 (Island) Public, semi-govt and Private Sector Trade Union Alliance will stage a protest opposite the Fort Railway Station tomorrow over several demands including a salary increment of Rs. 10,000. Convener of the Alliance Saman Rathnapriya said that they had decided to stage a protest as the National Salaries and Cadre Commission did not respond to their letter requesting a discussion on Aug 13. He said that according to the Cost of Living index of the govt, all employees needed more..

Gnanasara Thera raises questions over the roles of Vasu and his ministry

Aug 26 (AM) BBS General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera today questioned the role of Ministry of Social Integration and that of Minister Vasudewa Nanayakkara saying the ministry and the minister have done nothing to strengthen social integration in Sri Lanka. Gnanasara Thera said Minister Nanayakkara had done nothing to fulfill his responsibilities, apart from “flying kites” at Galle Face to develop national harmony in the country. The kite festival was organized by more..

Sri Lanka's surging cash reliance on China

Aug 26 (AJ) Since ending its civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka has become increasingly financially dependent on China, receiving an estimated $4bn worth of loans, grants and aid. While govt officials maintain the loans have brought to fruition much-needed infrastructure projects, opposition politicians warn the country is being led down a path of financial reliance on China. Nearly 70 percent of Sri Lanka's infrastructure projects, including more..

Rupee edges down on importer demand

Aug 26 (Reuters) Sri Lankan rupee traded weaker on Tuesday as importer dollar demand outpaced inward remittances and exporter dollar sales, dealers said. The dealers said they expect the local currency to remain steady for the rest of the year after positive comments by the central bank chief last week. Central bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said last week the banking regulator would intervene in the thinly-traded market whenever required to keep the rupee stable. more..

Video: Wariyapola boy hospitalised

Aug 26 (DM) Chandra Kumara alias Selva who was slapped by a girl at the Wariyapola bus stand was admitted to the Wariyapola hospital yesterday after complaining of a hearing problem in one of his ears, hospital sources said. According to hospital sources, steps have been taken to transfer him to the Kurunegala hospital for further examination. Over the past few days, the video depicting a girl slapping a youth at the Wariyapola bus stand went viral on social media. more..

Erroneous 2014 GCE A/L Economics Paper

Aug 26 (CT) Education – a glorious enterprise in this enlightened century increasingly purveys and panders to the economically viable forms of knowledge' and skills, meant to take the world from metaphorical darkness to literal light or vice versa. In Sri Lanka, the land where education is free, the eternally grovelling critics sprouting the snivelling grievances of the common man, represented by the Ceylon Teachers' Union more..

Minister Basil opens Hikkaduwa Avenra Beach Hotel

Aug 26 (GDI) Minister Basil Rajapaksa declared open recently, the newly refurbished Avenra Beach Hotel – Hikkaduwa with the participation of Chairman of the Avenra group Dhanesh De Silva. Hikkaduwa Avenra Beach Hotel is a beautiful hotel that is located on a strip of land between the sea and taking maximum advantage of the beach front. Avenra Hotel consists of 60 rooms, swimming pool, conference and banqueting hall which can seat 450, restaurant and many more facilities more..

Annual Governor’s meeting before Presidential polls

Aug 26 (Island) Governor of the Uva province Nanda Mathew said that the Governors would have to fix a date between Sept 20 and the next Presidential elections to hold the 17th annual meeting of the Governors’ Association in the province. Governor Mathew said that all matters such as the agenda for the next Governors’ meeting would be taken by incumbent President of the Governors’ Association, Governor of the Sabragamuwa Province W.J.M. Lokubandara in consultation with more..

Video: BBS ties up with Hindu Federation for reconciliation

Aug 26 (DM) The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today charged that the Govt and the National Languages and Social Integration Ministry had failed in the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka and as such would work with the All Ceylon Hindu Federation (ACHF) to complete this task. Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera expressed these views at a joint news conference with the All Ceylon Hindu Federation (ACHF) in Colombo. more..

DEW re-elected Communist Party General Secretary Unanimously

Aug 26 (Island) Communist Party (CP) has reelected DEW Gunasekera its General Secretary according to party Chairman Raja Collure. Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera was elected Deputy Chairman. The election of office bearers followed the 20th National Congress of the CP held in Ratnapura from July 25 to 27. S. Sudasinghe was elected the Deputy General Secretary while Aga Jayasena was elected the Organizing Secretary and S. Nagendran the Treasurer. more..

Spectre of evictions & land grabs in Colombo

Aug 26 (GV) There is a new energy to the beautification and development of urban areas in Colombo with a surge in construction, reconstruction and opening up of new spaces. The other side to this is the demolition of private properties and the eviction of thousands of people. In August 2014 media showed the demolition of shops in Pettah area at the behest of the powerful UDA. This incident, like many others, was reported in the media and raised by opposition politicians more..

Sri Lanka launches Rs 150mn floating market

Aug 26 (LBO) Shopkeepers in a newly built 150 million rupee floating market are hoping for better times after leaving behind wayside boutiques in a section of Colombo which is being modernized. Ajantha Dhaundarasekara, 55, was among scores of small businessmen who ran one of about 100 shops in Bastian Road in Colombo's Pettah area,which were demolished as part of a city beautifying exercise. more..

SL youth on Taiwanese vessel goes missing

Aug 26 (DM) Parents of a Sri Lankan youth, who had gone missing while working aboard a Taiwanese ship, have sought the assistance of the CID, the Foreign Employment Bureau and the Ministry of External Affairs, to locate their son. Harshaka Srimal, a CINEC Maritime Campus graduate, went missing on August 14 while working on the Taiwanese fishing vessel ‘Sinaw 8’ as a welder and fitter. He and his friends Asanka Indunil, Lakmal Madusanka and Pradeep Indika more..

Sri Lanka stocks close up 0.4%

Aug 26 (LBO) Sri Lanka's stocks continued to rise above the 7,000 mark with price gains witnessed in Richard Pieris and telco stocks amid strong foreign buying. All Share Price Index closed 29.29 points higher at 7,013.32, up 0.42%. The S&P SL20 closed 3.42 points lower at 3,851.85, down 0.09%. Turnover was 1.73 billion rupees, up from 1.22 billion rupees a day earlier with 124 stocks closed positive against 79 negative. John Keells Holdings closed 1 rupee lower at 242.00 rupees with more..