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CPC: Discarded hose better than new one

July 18 (Island) A discarded hose now being reused for crude oil unloading at the Colombo Port is of better quality than the hose that got damaged within few months of its installation. The old hose had literally become a workhorse manufactured by the Bridgestone Corporation, Japan and it had been purchased for five million rupees in 2000, a top Ceylon Petroleum Corporation official said. Fielding questions, CPC Operations Manager, Mechanical Engineer, Anuradha Ranasinghe said more..

Over 160 complaints against media

July 18 (CG) The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) received 163 complaints last year, the Chief Executive Officer of the PCCSL Sukumar Rockwood said in his annual report for 2013. Sukumar Rockwood further stated that the Sinhala press which comprises 39% of the country’s newspapers attracted the majority of the complaints in 2013. He said that the Commission received the fullest co-operation from editors to resolve these complaints amicably and swiftly. more..

'I don't regret Test retirement'

July 18 (ES) Tillakaratne Dilshan missed out on Sri Lanka’s historic victory over England but has still had a notable summer with Surrey giving him his first taste of county cricket. Q: You have joined Surrey as their overseas player until the middle of next month. How are you finding county cricket? A: When the opportunity to play here came up, I grabbed it with both hands. Every cricketer wants to experience different countries and more..

Work on first stage of University Hostel Project completed

July 18 (DN) Work on the first stage of the largest University Hostel Project in the country has been completed. Under the first stage, thirty hostels have been constructed in the Sabaragamuwa, Eastern, Southeast and Trincomalee Universities. The Ministry of Higher Education said that all arrangements have been finalized for its opening by the President. Under the second phase of the project, 60 hostels covering all Universities will be built. It is to be completed next year. more..

MH17 hull war losses unlikely to exceed 2001 Tamil Tigers attack

July 18 (PO) The costs of hull war risks emanating from yesterday’s downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are not expected to exceed the $380m (£222m) losses following the 2001 Tamil Tigers attack on Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike Airport, according to loss adjusting sources. Post understands the hull losses alone from the Malaysia Airlines aircraft - which is believed to have been shot down over Eastern Ukraine with a surface to air missile - will total approximately $101m. more..

Video: UNP MPs don’t need permission from SLFP trade unionists - Harsha

July 18 (AD) The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) is controlled by a group of drunken lowlifes of the SLFP-affiliated trade union, the UNP charged today. “We saw this in photos yesterday,” UNP MP Harsha de Silva told reporters in Colombo. He stated that certain trade union activists had taken off their shirts and were spouting filth while one of them almost fell from the balcony. A tense situation was reported near more..

Updated knowledge a must in the media field: Keheliya

July 18 (DN) Mass Media and Information Ministry always assists media personnel to upgrade their knowledge since updated knowledge is a must to attain perfection in the field, minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. He was addressing the ceremonial awarding of scholarships to journalists under the Media Scholarship program at the Mass Media and Information Ministry Auditorium yesterday. The minister said that the Asi Disi media scholarship program is carried out annually more..

Tanzanian Foreign Minister to arrive in SL

July 18 (GDI) Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of Tanzania Bernard K. Membe will be on a bilateral visit to Sri Lanka from 20 to 22 July 2014. A bilateral meeting between Minister G.L. Peiris and Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs will take place on 21st July at the External Affairs Ministry. Two agreements on the Establishment of a Joint Commission on Cooperation and on Bilateral Political Consultations will be signed by the two Ministers. more..

India and Lanka discuss defence ties

July 18 (CG) India’s Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, called on President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today and discussed ties between both countries. During the discussion, Air Chief Marshal Raha told President Rajapaksa that he had very fruitful meetings with defence officials in Sri Lanka. Talks with the President this evening focused on a number of matters pertaining to defence cooperation, more..

Steyn's Asia haul, and Mathews second to the Don

July 18 (CI) 5: Number of five-wicket hauls for Dale Steyn in Asia - he has two each in India and Sri Lanka, and one in Pakistan. His 5 for 50 is his best figures in Sri Lanka. 76: Number of wickets for Steyn in Asia, which is the second-highest for fast bowlers from outside the subcontinent. Only Courtney Walsh, with 77 wickets at 20.53, has more wickets. With a 25-wicket cut-off, Steyn's strike rate of 39.7 is the best among these bowlers. 79.61: Angelo Mathews' batting average in ten Tests more..

Distinguished BJP panel discussion at BMICH on ‘India under Modi’

July 18 (Island) Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) has invited five distinguished persons from the BJP, led by Dr. Subramanian Swamy to a panel discussion on "India under Modi: Relevance for the Region and the World" on Monday 21st July 2014 at Committee Room B of the BMICH from 05:00 p.m. - 07:30 p.m. This is in continuance of a high powered delegation that visited Sri Lanka in 2013 led by Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is now a Minister in Modi govt, more..

We do not debate with swine smeared in faeces – SSU

July 18 (LT) They have no argument with swine smeared with faeces but their struggle is against the Rajapaksa regime, a massive struggle has to be launched against Rajapaksa regime to win students’ rights says the National Organizer of Socialist Students Union Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa. he said, “According to clause 14 of the Constitution of our country ‘every citizen in the country is entitled to the freedom of speech and expression more..

Reconvicted drug smuggler made to pay with interest

July 18 (Island) Kalutara High Court Judge Padman Surasena recently fined a reconvicted drug smuggler Rs. 50,000 and sentenced him to two years rigorous imprisonment after he had pleaded guilty to having had eight kilos of ganja in his possession. The convict is Saman Kumara of Wellawaya. He was found guilty of transporting the consignment of ganja hidden in the undercarriage of a lorry close to its fuel tank on Feb 18, 2011. He had pleaded not guilty to the charge at the more..

JVP complains of delay in scholarship grants

July 18 (Island) The payment of Rs. 10,000 to the members of Education Employees Co-operative Thrift and Credit Society Limited (EDCS), under the university scholarship scheme, had been delayed for two years, Ceylon Teachers Service Union (CTSU) claimed. CTSU General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe said that all members of the EDCS were entitled to Rs. 10,000 each if their children entered a university. He said that present EDCS administration had failed to pay the payments for more..

Govt says BBS not protected

July 18 (CG) The Govt says the BBS is not being protected or given special treatment by PresidentRajapaksa or Govt authorities. Mohan Samaranayake, spokesman for President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was quoted by CNN as saying there was “no protection or special treatment” for the BBS from the government, including Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Anyone who broke the law would face the consequences, he said. more..

Call for extending Hajj quotas to non-Muslim travel agents

July 18 (Island) Islamic Religious Education Mission, in a letter sent to President Rajapaksa alleges that the allocation of Hajj quotas to the travel agents this year has been done in a fraudulent manner. It has suggested that the quotas should not be limited to Muslim travel agents and others must also be allowed to organise Hajj pilgrimages. The mission also alleges that Hajj committee has failed to be of any use to Hajj pilgrims; both Hajj Committee and the Department of Muslim Cultural Affairs more..

'No Lankan passport holders in the crashed Airliner'

July 18 (AM) Sri Lankan Ambassador in the Netherlands Buddhi Athauda says so far they have not found any Lankan passport holders in flight MH17 which crashed over Ukraine yesterday. However, at a news conference at Schiphol airport, Malaysia Airlines' European chief Huib Gorter said they were still trying to identify some of the passengers from flight MH17. Of the passengers that have been identified there were 154 Dutch nationals, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, more..

Steyn five-for gives SA control

July 18 (CI) Dale Steyn ripped through Sri Lanka with his 23rd five-wicket haul to give South Africa control of the Galle Test. Angelo Mathews fought with another rearguard effort after Headlingley last month, but Steyn had inflicted so much damage that South Africa still ended the day 172 runs in front. The Galle pitch was still largely quiet amid sporadic bouts of activity, but that did not deter Steyn, whose pace and venom more..

President participates at Iftar celebrations

July 18 (GDI) President Rajapaksa participated in an Iftar ceremony at Temple Trees on Thursday. Islam religious leaders as well as Muslim devotees who were present at Temple Trees, praised action taken by President Rajapaksa to strengthen national reconciliation. Prayers were also offered invoking blessings for national reconciliation in the country. PM D.M. Jayaratne, ministers, deputy ministers, ambassadors and high commissioners and large number of Islam devotees more..

Swords, scales and blindfolds: The law has let us down again

July 18 (CT) Justice stands boldly, armed with a sword and tempered with scales. Her blindfolds demonstrate her impartiality. She wields the Law and bends it to her will. Yet the Law is prone to misuse when stripped from its true mistress and usurped by tyrants. They use her sword to strike the innocent; manipulate her scales to subjugate citizens; and apply her blindfold to conceal atrocities. Law without Justice is perhaps worse than no law at all. Throughout history, unjust laws more..

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Sri Lanka stocks close flat

July 18 (LBO) Sri Lanka's stocks closed with a lackluster note on Friday amid low foreign participation. All Share Price Index closed 0.33 points higher at 6,722.20. The S&P SL20 closed 8.49 points lower at 3,738.98, down 0.23%. Turnover was 1.30 billion rupees, up from 926.45 million rupees a day earlier with 108 stocks closed positive against 81 negative. Lanka Ashok Leyland closed 2.90 rupees higher at 1,742.90 rupees with an off-market transaction of 403.47 million more..

Days of the noose may be numbered, but...

July 18 (CT) In the ultimate wisdom of liberal thought, the UNHRC last month adopted a strong resolution on the death penalty, deploring the rights violation such a punishment entails. This was a first for the UN mechanism and ensures the inclusion of the topic in future UNHRC agendas, with the ultimate goal being the outlawing of an inhuman form of punishment. The resolution comfortably segues into the Sri Lanka situation, where the death penalty has once again become a topic of more..

Video: Khuram murder trial: PS chairman convicted

July 18 (DM) Former Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath VidanaPathirana and three others found guilty of the murder of British tourist Khuram Sheik and of raping his Russian girlfriend Victoria Alexandrovna were sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment on each of the two counts a short while ago. The tragedy had occurred at the Tangalle Resort on December 24, 2012. more..

Activists burn Sri Lankan warning notice to NGOs

July 18 (UCAN) Civil society groups and activists on Thursday burned copies of a notice issued by the Sri Lankan govt that warned nongovernmental organizations from engaging in activities the government deemed outside the groups' mandate. Protesters carried banners and chanted slogans against the government during the rally, which took place in front of the Fort Railway Station in the capital city Colombo. more..

Sri Lanka consults Foster to save Sachithra

July 18 (DM) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) committee has decided to consult Australian Human movement specialist Daryl Foster, possibly the foremost authority in the world in analysing suspect bowling actions, to obtain his support in clearing beleaguered star spinner Sachithra Senanayake. SLC had already contacted Foster during a special meeting that had been convened on July 14 when SLC’s Head of more..

No pressure in Uva seat allocations –EC

July 18 (CT) The number of seats allocated to Moneragala and Badulla for the Uva Provincial Council (PC) were based on population numbers and the land extent, not due to any political pressure, said Elections Commissioner (EC), Mahinda Deshapriya told a news conference yesterday. The Elections Chief said that the Department was simply abiding by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, Act No 42 of more..

UK welcomes verdict on Khuram case

July 18 (DM) Britain today welcomed the verdicts and sentences handed down today to those responsible for the murder of British aid worker Khuram Shaikh. “We hope that this will bring some closure for his family and friends who have faced a long and difficult fight for justice,” British High Commission in Colombo said in a statement. “The officials of the Attorney General’s office have shown great professionalism and integrity and more..

Battle of the sting goes to Colombo 7

July 18 (ST) The campaign to eradicate dengue continued in the Western Province, with health officials backed by security personnel moving into Colombo 7 this week to check on mosquito breeding grounds. We accompanied one of the teams involved in the campaign and we observed that the officials were quick to identify possible breeding grounds. Pointing at a pond where a lone catfish lay, Dimutha Thushara a Warrant Officer of more..

Wildlife activists petition CA over two elephants

July 18 (Island) The International Animal Welfare Trust, Animal Rights activist Mrs. Irangani de Silva and two other petitioners have complained to the Court of Appeal that two elephants, a male named ‘Waasala’ and a calf still unnamed, have not been licensed after the year 2012 by the Wildlife Authorities and they have been discovered without a registered lawful owner at the estate of Kandalama Walauwe, Mirigama more..

Skype complaining system receives 224 complaints

July 18 (DN) The Skype complaining system and the hotline introduced by the Private Transport Services Ministry has so far received 224 complaints from passengers against private buses since its inception on January 1. Minister C. B. Ratnayake said out of the total number of complaints, 84 have been received against inter-provincial long distance private bus services and the other 139 complaints against provincial level private bus services. more..

Plight of HIV positive children

July 18 (SL) Nearly 75 children are afflicted with the HIV virus at the first quarter of 2014, mainly due to mother to child transmission, while there are many cases that are unreported according to the Aids Foundation of Lanka (AFL). Mallika, (the mother of an HIV infected girl of nine years), said she had left for Dubai in 1998, leaving her husband and two children (son and daughter), at the age of 23, to work as a housemaid as more..

Novel strategies to address fisheries issue

July 18 (DM) The arrest of Indian fishermen, found poaching in Sri Lankan waters, and their subsequent release while retaining their vessels to be confiscated has become a common practice despite bilateral initiatives at every level concerned to address the fisheries issue once and for all. Discussions have taken place at every level, and even a Joint Working Group (JWG) has been appointed to look into the fisheries issue. more..

When disability is an ability

July 18 (DM) Great maestros who marked a revolution in the thinking patterns of people were not only great but were extraordinary. Beethoven mesmerised massive audiences with his evergreen pieces of piano sonata such as Appassionata and Waldstein. Next, the Einstein’s Era diverted the people’s attention to physics and his Theory of Relativity. This was followed by the quadruple reign of Roosevelt and his mission in politics. However, in the 21st century, Tom Cruise and his MI more..

Inflaming the fuel crisis

July 18 (DM) Pandemic corruption, both financial and moral, caused or compounded by the breakdown of the rule of law and democracy, transparency and accountability, appears to be causing a cancer in most sectors of society including vital areas such as the purchase and supply of fuel. Adding fire to the fuel crisis, was yesterday’s incident where some UNP MPs on their fifth fact-finding mission were blocked by political goons while the police as usual just watched, according to more..

Govt gets going on domestic inquiry

July 18 (FT) Govt set the stage for a domestic inquiry into alleged civilian deaths and violations of humanitarian law during the final stages of the war, appointing three international war crimes prosecutors to advise the Presidential Commission tasked with the probe. Presidential directive launching the inquiry comes just weeks after a UN investigation into rights abuses during the SL war got off the ground in Geneva. more..