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'Muslims should be heard'

May 20 (NS) Chairman of the SLMC Abdul Majeed speaks to The Nation on how the current political situation is perceived by the SLMC and the Muslim people. He stated that while the SLMC and the TNA shared similar sentiments on various issues pertaining to the problems faced by the minorities, there were still aspects that needed to be openly discussed. He stated that the TNA needed to consider the aspirations of Eastern Muslims more..

The town mouse & The country mouse

May 20 (CT) The polity of this country, before and after 1948, was governed by two broad movements. The first comprised of the moderates, i.e. those who believed in the status quo as a means of uplifting the nation. The second comprised of extremists or rather individuals termed as extremists, i.e. those who believed in attaining independence through self-sufficiency. Much of our post-independence, post-colonial history can be summed up in terms of the clash between these two. more..

Mullivaikkal: A call for reason

May 20 (CT) It has been eight years since Sri Lanka underwent one of the most decisive turns, if not the most decisive and epoch-changing turn, in her post-1948 history. The conclusion of the final military offensive against the LTTE, Colombo’s resounding victory, and the LTTE’s defeat, resulted in a substantive transformation of the national and regional security configurations. This was an outcome previously deemed impossible in practitioner and academic circles. more..

Video: No ministers to even offer almsgiving for war heroes: Dullas

May 19 (AD) UPFA MP Dullas Alahapperuma today charged that thousands of disabled war heroes are suffering in the country and that none of the current Cabinet Ministers remembered to even offer an almsgiving on their behalf.  However, they very eagerly gave the opportunity for the people in the North to remember their dead relatives, he said. He also condemned the alleged suppression of university students. more..

Video: Shocking CCTV footage of Wellawatte building collapse

May 19 (DN) The final moments of when the building in Wellawatte collapsed yesterday has been recorded on CCTV camera.  The footage was recovered from the debris of the site. The footage shows ceilings caving in and doors being thrown out as people scramble to escape as the building collapsed. A seven-storey building on Charlemont Road in Wellawatte yesterday collapsed killing one and injuring 23. Rescue operations are still underway.  more..

Stop pageants; find real solutions for dengue: Women for Rights

May 19 (LT) Women for Rights emphasized that the government should implement a long term practical programme in which all masses could participate instead of holding pageants on the pretext of eliminating dengue. This was stated at a press conference held by Women for Rights today (17th) morning. The Asst. Secretary of Women for Rights Attorney at Law Shanika Silva, Treasurer Kanthi Hettigoda, Executive Member Prabhashini were present. more..

Building collapse in Wellawatte: What you need to know

May 19 (Roar) At little past eleven a.m. yesterday (18), disaster struck Wellawatta, shattering the peace of an otherwise uneventful morning. The Excellency, a popular banquet hall on the bank of the old Dutch canal on Charlemont Road, came crashing down without warning, leaving only the façade intact. The top three floors of the partially complete seven-storeyed building were still under construction at the time of the collapse. more..

Video: Road cave-in near Kohilawatte junction: Police

May 19 (DM) Vehicular travel had been limited and police advised motorists to use alternative routes to avoid traffic congestion due to a road cave-in near Kohilawatte junction on the at Ambathale-Thotalanga road, police said. They said a side of the road near Kelani River and close to Kohilawatte cemetery had cave-in at Ambathale old junction on Avissawella road. Police informed the motorists to use the road leading to Colombo via Kotikawatta - Wellampitiya to avoid traffic. more..

Twenty more minutes and we would have gone through: Muralitharan

May 19 (CI) The city where they were crowned IPL champions last year was the same city which wrecked their hopes this year. Sunrisers Hyderabad arrived in Bangalore late last month and saw a potential win against a struggling host slip away because of rain. Now, in the Eliminator, they were 20 minutes away from having a shot at Qualifier 2 and perhaps even defending their crown as it rained for a better part of three hours immediately after they posted 128, numbers-wise a sub-par score more..

President holds discussion with artistes

May 19 (PSL) President Sirisena pointed out the need of a continuous procedure to implement intellectual proposals on the future developments in the arts, culture and cinema fields. President instructed to implement that procedure through a Committee which comprised of representatives from the Ministries of Media, Culture and Education. He gave these instructions during a meeting with prominent artistes, held today. more..

Two die in Sinharaja jumbo fury

May 19 (CT) Two persons including a woman were killed in a wild elephant attack at a location in Sinharajah on Tuesday bringing the number of persons killed to 13 in recent months, officials said. Tuesday's victims were identified as 40-year-old Sandhya Lakmali a mother of five and. S.K. Ananda. The attack took place in the Rajawatte Cyprus Section of the Dolekanda Division in Kalawana, according to the officials. Sandhya Lakmali was trampled to death while more..

President chairs progress review meeting of independent commotion

May 19 (PSL) President Sirisena chaired a progress review meeting of independent commissions which were established under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution today (17). Chairpersons, secretaries and members of Public Service Commission, Elections Commission, National Police Commission, Audit Commission, SL Human Rights Commission, Finance Commission, Delimitation Commission and National Procurement Commotions participated in this discussion. more..

Muslim Ministers and MPs to stand independently in Parliament

May 19 (DN) Muslim Ministers and MPs who met this morning to discuss a common strategy to approach the President and PM on the recent attacks faced by the Muslim community, warn that they choose to sit independently in Parliament if the Leaders do not take action to rein in extremist groups in the country.  According to a post on Minister Abdul Haleem's Facebook profile, Muslim legislators met at his ministry. more..

Yoshitha seeks permission from HC to go overseas

May 19 (AD) Colombo High Court will be considering Yoshitha Rajapaksa’s request to go overseas on the 23 of May. When former President Rajapaksa’s son Yoshitha Rajapaksa was released on bail after being arrested on charges of money laundering, the High Court of Colombo suspended his overseas travels. However, Yoshitha made a request from the Court through his attorneys today to lift his overseas travel ban to go to Australia for two months seeking medical treatment. more..

Thajudeen murder: CID permitted to interrogate Anura Senanayake

May 19 (DN) Colombo Additional Magistrate J. Trotsky permitted the CID to record a statement from former Senior DIG Anura Senanayake for a period of four days in connection with the murder of former rugby player Wasim Thajudeen. Additional Magistrate made this order consequent to a request by the CID that they are expecting to record further statements from former DIG Anura Senanayake who is in remand custody over an investigation pertaining to the murder of Wasim Thajudeen. more..

'BBS, hate groups manipulated by govt'

May 19 (CT) Militant monk movements such as the BBS were created by the opposition during the tenure of President Rajapaksa's Presidency and is now being fuelled by the same elements of the former opposition who are now in the govt, said UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa. He added that it was a premeditated move meant for political agendas. Rajapaksa added that these monks who were active during Mahinda Rajapaksa's more..

11-year-old girl injured in shootout dies

May 19 (DM) The 11-year-old girl who was severely injured during the shootout between Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers and drug traffickers in Piliyandala on May 9 died at the Colombo National Hospital this morning, Hospital sources said. They said the girl was transferred to the Colombo National Hospital on Wednesday (17) from the Kalubowila hospital. The victim was admitted to the Kalubowila hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with severe injuries to her head. more..

Warrants issued on IUSF convener, 5 others

May 19 (NR) Court today issued arrest warrants against the convener of the IUSF Lahiru Weerasekara and 5 others. The warrants were issued by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara. The suspects who were charged with disturbing law and order and holding protests that caused hindrances to the public, were present in court when the case was taken up for hearing today. However the suspects did not take to the stand when their names were read out. more..

Time to retire: John Amaratunga

May 19 (NR) Minister of Tourism Development John Amaratunga says he believes it is time for him to retire from active politics. Addressing media following an event, Minister said the present govt will continue to be strong for the next several years. Minister said the govt is changing the constitution adding the seat method will be re-initiated. He noted there will be another MP for the Nattandiya seat. more..

CCS to invest Rs6.3bn in new ice cream factory, bottling facility

May 19 (LBO) Ceylon Cold Stores said it is enhancing capacity with investments of 3.8 billion rupees in a new ice cream factory and 2.5 billion rupees in a new bottling facility for beverages. Chairman of CCS, Susantha Ratnayake said the company will continue to pro-actively cater to changing consumer needs and lifestyles, creating value for customers. Ratnayake said their fully owned subsidiary Jaykay Marketing Services Limited will also continue to rapidly expand its more..

'Private medical institutes should not be a concern'

May 19 (NR) Minister Wijith Wijayamuni Soysa says private medical institutes should not be a concern, if foreign students can train in local hospitals. The Minister said double standards cannot be maintained. The Minister noted his son is studying at SAITM, adding so is Rohitha Abeygunawardene’s two daughters. He said SAITM should be made a state entity and the matter must be brought to an end. The Minister said these children were admitted by the UGC. more..

Video: Branches to decide time duration of token strike: GMOA

May 19 (DM) GMOA said it had allowed its district level branches to decide whether they need to extend Monday's token strike originally planed for 4 hours to 24 hours. GMOA Additional Secretary Haritha Aluthge said that several district level branches were keen to extend the token strike to 24 hours. “Our district level branches have requested us to extend this scheduled trade union action for 24 hours considering the prevailing situation. more..

8 students arrested during protest released on bail

May 19 (NR) The 8 students including a Buddhist Monk of the Inter University Students Federation, arrested and remanded on charges of behaving in an unruly manner and violating a court order, have been released on bail. The order was issued by the Colombo Chief Magistrates Court when the suspects were produced before court today. Students were arrested on Wednesday during a protest carried out against the conduct of SAITM. 8 students were subsequently remanded until today. more..

Govt urged to lift restrictions on electronic bidding

May 19 (EN) Govt has been urged to lift restrictions on electronic bidding, accept e-signatures and mandate online publication of procurement plans in an effort to introduce electronic procurement. Electronic govt procurement could improve efficiency, cut costs and reduce corruption in SL govt procurement, according to Verité Research, a think-tank. “E-procurement offers the govt major cost savings, higher value for money and better fiscal management,” it said in a new report. more..

ශ්රී ලංකාවේ අපි එතරම් ධාර්මික ද??

The fate of another muslim child marriage

May 19 (CT) In one of the worst cases of domestic violence in recent times, F.S a young 18 year old Muslim girl is currently battling life threatening injuries after being tied to a chair, poured oil and set on fire by her abusive husband last Friday. She was four months pregnant and lost her baby. She is also the young mother of a 7-month old baby. F.S is also a victim of forced child marriage, which is legal for SL Muslims. She was 16 years old when was taken to Nallanthaluwa Kodi Palli Mosque more..

Remembrance Day

May 19 (CT) Today marks the eighth anniversary of SL's victory over LTTE terrorism, now known as Remembrance Day. Post 19 May 2009, much has been done towards eliminating racial discrimination, the chief cause for LTTE terrorism, and in the wider context Tamil terrorism. The effects of the cause had its origins on the first day of independence itself, when on 4 Feb, 1948 black flags were hoisted in Jaffna, indicating that independence to SL meant death to the Tamils. more..

Australia exploring options to rehabilitate Lankan Tamils

May 19 (Hindu) Australia is exploring options with the TN govt and Sri Lanka to rehabilitate some Sri Lankan refugees in the State that will in turn reduce the number of refugees trying to enter Australia through illegal means, a top Australian Border Force official said. Roman Quaedvlieg APM, Commissioner of Australian Border Force, met TN Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan and discussed options including Australian assistance more..

Ex- DG Treasury Operations Dept. unaware of FM’s letter to CB Governor

May 19 (Island) Former Director General of the Treasury Operations Department of the Finance Ministry M.S.D. Ranasiri, said that he was not aware that Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had sent a letter to the CB Governor in 2015 Feb or there after requesting Rs. 75 billion. He said that he could not recall an occasion where a Finance Minister had requested money directly from the Central Bank while he was in service. more..

Gunman fires at Police in Kilinochchi

May 19 (PTI) An unidentified gunman opened fire on Friday on police in Sri Lanka’s former LTTE stronghold of Kilinochchi, a day after Tamils observed the eighth anniversary of the end of the three-decade long civil war. Several police officers of the Kilinochchi police station in the war-ravaged northern province escaped unhurt in the incident that took place in the early hours. The army and police officers have launched a search operation more..

Gnanasara Thera storms Ganesan’s office

May 19 (CT) Minister Mano Ganesan stated that he was ashamed that this govt tolerated the likes of BBS, following an attack by the latter on his ministry. On Wednesday evening the chief monk of BBS Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera had barged into the Ministry for National Co-Existence Dialogue and Official Languages and demanded to speak to the Minister. According to a video clip of the incident which went viral more..

Radhakrishnan insists on filling teacher vacancies in estate schools with Indians

May 19 (Island) The govt would not change its decision to bring in Indian teachers to be appointed to Tamil schools in the estate sector, Education State Minister V Radhakrishnan vowed. State Ministry of Education has, quoted Minister Radhakrishnan as saying that the govt has decided to bring in 100 teachers from India to overcome the prevailing shortage of science and maths teachers in estate schools. more..

Sangakkara and Mahela’s portraits to be unveiled at Lord’s

May 19 (cau) Few players get the chance to walk past their own portrait on their way out to bat, and even less have the honour of doing so at Lord's. But that's exactly what SL legend Kumar Sangakkara will do after the MCC announced they'll unveil recently-commissioned portraits of him and fellow Test star Mahela Jayawardena on Friday. The two paintings will go on display in the Lord's Pavilion on the opening day of Middlesex's more..

Govt to rid Metropolis of stray cattle, dogs and of beggars

May 19 (ST) Govt intends to rid the Metropolis of roaming cattle, stray dogs and beggars. Megapolis Ministry, starting mid-June, will launch a massive programme to round up all the cattle, dogs and beggars on the roads and transport them to shelters in distant areas. This step is taken in view of several road accidents caused by an increasing number of cattle roaming the roads of cities and towns. In addition, beggars more..

How to revive the Grand Old Party: What the next generation of leaders say

May 19 (DM) The United National Party (UNP), the grand old party was formed 6.5 decades ago with the leadership of the late PM D. S. Senanayake. His son late Dudley Senanayake took over as the party leader after his death. This is despite the expectations of people such as J. R. Jayewardene and Sir John Kothalawala who had prime ministerial ambitions and the striving to hold prominent positions in the party. more..

Death overs will hold the key: Donald

May 19 (DM) Consultant Bowling Coach Allan Donald believes SL Team had a good preparation for the Champions Trophy but said one of the key factors for team’s success could be the bowling at the death overs. The 50-year-old joined as consultant fast bowling coach for two months in the run-up to the tournament starting on June 1. “No question about it,” said Donald when asked how crucial the death bowling is going to be more..