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Doc held for sterilising women in Sri Lanka was framed: probe

Jul 6 (AFP) A month after hundreds of people were killed in Easter Sunday bomb attacks in SL, a major local newspaper published a report claiming that a Muslim surgeon was a member of a terrorist group linked to the attacks and had secretly sterilised 4,000 Sinhala Buddhist women. The story was picked up by local television channels and widely shared on social media. But the claim is false; a major investigation by SL’s CID more..

FR on Emer. Regulation: State undertakes to rescind certain impugned clauses

Jul 6 (FT) The Supreme Court yesterday deferred the Fundamental Rights Petitions contesting certain impugned clauses namely 58(1) and 58(2) in the Emergency Regulations. The Bench comprising Justices Priyantha Jayawardena, Lalith Dehideniya and S. Thurairaja re-fixed the matter to 8 October for granting of Leave to Proceed. The impugned clauses make it possible for the DIG or any other authorised officer or person to take possession and bury any dead body decided at his discretion more..

UNP MP presents private member bill against death penalty

Jul 6 (FT) UNP lawmaker Bandula Lal Bandarigoda challenging President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to resume the death penalty has handed over a private member bill to the Secretary-General of Parliament aimed at converting capital punishment into life imprisonment. The bill, which was handed over on Tuesday, titled the Abolition of Death Penalty Act, proposes any reference in any law to the imposition of the death penalty or punishment by death, from and after the coming of the Act more..

Govt to modernise education in keeping with 21st century needs

Jul 6 (Island) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing a ceremony at Peradeniya Teacher Training College, said that the govt had initiated a programme to modernise the country’s education in keeping with the needs of the 21st Century. That task could not be accomplished without new buildings, classrooms, educationalist equipment and qualified teachers, the PM said. The govt had already taken steps to provide more..

New Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Kumudu Perera takes office

Jul 6 (FT) Major General Kumudu Perera of the Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR), the newly-appointed Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS), assumed duties this week at his office at Army Headquarters during a simple ceremony. After making an offering to the Buddha statue at the office, he signified the acceptance of his new office by placing his signature in an official document amidst greetings. He served as the Commander, Security Forces – Wanni before he was appointed to the office of the DCOS. more..

SLASSCOM elects new Chairman, Board of Directors and General Council for 2019/2020

Jul 6 (AD) Ranil Rajapakse, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at IFS R&D International was elected as the Chairman of the SL Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) on 28thJune at the Annual General Meeting held at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. Addressing the gathering, Ranil stated that having a strong country brand and a creative and innovative talent pool with the right mindset are key success factors for the industry and country going forward. more..

Gruesome killing of five Tamil students in Trinco 13 years ago

Jul 6 (DM) Five Tamil students were killed near the beach in the Trincomalee town 13 years ago on Jan 2, 2006. Two other students suffered injuries but survived. The names and dates of birth of the five victims were: Manoharan Rajiharan – 22.09.1985; Yogarajah Hemachandra – 04.03.1985; Logitharajah Rohan – 07.04.1985; Thangathurai Sivanantha – 06.04.1985 and Shanmugarajah Gajendran – 16.09.1985. more..

Sri Lanka stationery maker Atlas in South East Asia push

Jul 6 (EN) Atlas Axilia, a top stationery manufacturer in SL, is planning to grow exports to South East Asia, where it may also open a new plant. "We are currently exporting to Philippines, Bangladesh & Maldives," Managing Director Asitha Samaraweera said. "Currently, exports do not make up a large portion of our sales," he said. "However, plans are underway to grow our export earnings four to five times." "There is a big push to build up a substantial export business in South East Asia." more..

Netball: Singapore disrupts Sri Lanka’s winning streak

Jul 6 (CT) The strong Singaporean Youth Team defeated the unbeaten Sri Lankan lasses 58-66 after a thrilling contest at the 11th Asian Youth Netball Championships 2019 at the Kashima Sports Centre, Japan on Thursday (4). Both teams went into the match with three massive wins against South Korea, Nepal and Thailand. The girls from Singapore, who came into the tournament as favorites, took off scoring back to back points and putting constant pressure on the Sri Lankans. more..

Video: Avishka Fernando will be one of the future stars: Dimuth

Jul 6 (CI) Going into their final round-robin match, Sri Lanka may be out of semi-final contention, and yet, there is a strong argument they have surpassed expectations at this World Cup. Ranked ninth in ODIs ahead of the tournament, they have won half the matches they've played so far, beating England, West Indies and Aghanistan, while losing to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa (their games against Bangladesh and more..

Keeping has helped batting says KJP

Jul 6 (Island) SL’s wicketkeeper batsman Kusal Janith Perera claims that the decision to make him the wicketkeeper of the side has helped him in many ways. The top order batsman had kept wickets at school and domestic cricket and had donned the gloves in internationals as well. But in recent years, the presence of other specialist wicketkeepers forced the selectors to play KJP as a specialist batsman. However, the current selection panel brought him again as wicketkeeper for more..

WC 2019: Pakistan beat Bangladesh

Jul 6 (CI) The ridiculous fantasies of engineering a win cricket simply isn't created to throw up aside, this was an excellent Pakistan performance, subduing a side that three weeks ago, most would have fancied to turn them over. It means they become the first team to bow out at a World Cup with four consecutive wins, also ending a streak of four successive Bangladesh victories over them. Pakistan needed to win by a record margin, of the kind Uganda women handed out to Mali more..

The hangman’s delight

Jul 6 (Island) There is a political dancer of much experience giving a display of performing skills. Ellungas Sira who has little if any of maithriya associated with his performances today, sees the gallows and scaffold as his theatre of deadly political delight. It was not a very difficult move from being the Common Candidate in support of Democracy and Human Rights, to that of the Hangman of Democracy and all the humane values more..

The happier side of life in Sri Lanka

Jul 6 (Island) My friend Tarun, one of Colombo’s best read women, said in one of her frequent chats with me: "Living in Sri Lanka DOES have many happy moments in our daily programmes – doesn’t it?" She had just returned from a tour of Iran and the sheer strictness of Sharia Law quite appalled her. She is a person who is used to our own freedoms in Sri Lanka and perhaps we take them for granted. So for a change, let’s talk of the happier side of life in Sri Lanka. more..

Editorial: Why bash Prez?

Jul 6 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent statement that the LTTE was engaged in the drug trade to raise funds for the procurement of arms has stirred up a real hornet’s nest in the North. Some TNA politicians have torn into the President for saying so. They insist that drug abuse was non-existent in the areas under the LTTE control. True, the LTTE prevented drug abuse in the areas it held while the scourge was spreading in other parts of the country. more..


Boost for tourism in East

Jul 6 (DN) Tourism is the most income-generating sector in Sri Lanka. Every Sri Lankan must consider it is his or her duty to make SL attractive to tourists. After the recent Easter Sunday bomb blasts, tourist arrivals dwindled. Foreign countries gave negative signals to those who wanted to travel to SL. Now, those countries have relaxed their advisories and tourist arrival has gradually gone up by the strategies adopted by the SL Tourism Bureau and SL Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). more..

Is Sri Lanka the next Panama and Vietnam?

Jul 6 (CT) In 1903, at the request of US President Roosevelt to the Colombian Charge Dr. Herrana Pact was signed to permit the building of a Canal for trade for US$ 10 million annual lease. Although the agreement was signed between the USA and the Colombian Charge, it was opposed by the Colombian Senate. The USA changed tactics and decided to support the Panamanian rebels who were aiming to separate from Colombia. In order to block military action by legitimate Colombian Govt more..

Import of fags for whose benefit?

Jul 6 (CT) Sri Lanka annually, directly and indirectly, faces a loss of around Rs 200 billion due to over 20,000 persons dying due to smoking cigarettes. Meanwhile, Ministry of Finance is trying to import Chinese cigarettes and this will worsen the issue, said Dr. Sajeewa Ranaweera of Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA). He said, the Ministry of Finance’s move is suspicious as the question arises whether it really wants to more..

Déjà vu…Tediously Sickening

Jul 6 (CT) Mohomed Ansar Rinaz, the wanted Islamist terror suicide bomber, closely linked to the local ISIS fanatic suicide bomb squad leader Mohamed Zahran, was nabbed by sleuths of the Police TID at the BIA yesterday, minutes before his planned escape flight from the BIA to Japan. The TID has been on the prowl at the BIA patiently awaiting the suspect ever since the 21 April Easter Sunday carnage at catholic and evangelical churches and high-end tourist hotels more..

Silence is suicidal: When hate gets mainstreamed in post-Easter Sri Lanka!

Jul 6 (CT) In 2004, then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in the backdrop of America’s Post- 09/11, soberly explained that “the weight of history and the fallout of recent developments have left many Muslims around the world feeling aggravated and misunderstood, concerned about the erosion of their rights and even fearing for their physical safety.” His remarks, astonishingly, suggested that Muslims were the real victims of 9/11. Post 21/04 Sri Lanka too shows remarkable semblance to more..

Hermes, vampire, and the grave at the bottom of the sea

Jul 6 (Roar) Felician Fernando (60), is an accomplished diver. Even though he is now retired, he dives regularly as an instructor and as a self-proclaimed adventurer. While Fernando spends most of his time diving off the beaches of Negombo, once a year, he—together with the family—visits a grave lying at the bottom of the sea. It all began when Fernando was contacted by a woman named Lesley Harker in 2012. more..

Our Amma the star

Jul 6 (ST) A star has passed on. The prima donna of ballet in Sri Lanka, Oosha Saravanamuttu, is no more. The child prodigy who wowed audiences at the tender age of seven – with even hardcore journalists going into such raptures as to call her the ‘Shirley Temple of Ceylon’ – and danced and choreographed her way into the hearts of thousands while also moulding many a young one through her teaching and wisdom, is no more. She was just short of her 88th birthday which is in October. more..

On the Millennium City safe house affair

Jul 6 (CT) It appears the majority is unaware of the real facts, pertaining to this safe house and those with vested interest are trying to paint a different picture politically, to mislead all. In 2006 or 2007, I had the requirement to buy a barrel of Colas to get my front compound carpeted. Since it was not available in the Kandy town, I was directed to a dealer at Udathalawinna in Wattegama. When I went there, I met the person concerned and fetched the barrel of Colas. more..

Karunaratne blames domestic structure for Sri Lanka woes

Jul 5 (Reuters) SL captain Dimuth Karunaratne blamed poor domestic structure for the team's decline and said the players should be allowed to play in leagues abroad to gain valuable experience. The 1996 world champions, who reached the final in 2007 and 2011, remain in a seemingly endless transition period since stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara quit int'l cricket in 2015. Karunaratne's men are out of the semi-finals race after managing only 3 wins more..

‘Govt spent Rs.157 mn in first four months out of Rs 360 mn allocated to NFTH for 2019’

Jul 5 (Island) The govt had spent around Rs. 157 million out of Rs. 360 million allocated for Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) within the first four months of 2019 and it would have to go to Parliament for additional allocations if the ceiling was exceeded, Hemantha Swarnathilake, Director General Finance and Accounting of the Ministry of Health yesterday told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating corruption of the current administration. more..

Central Bank extends suspension on Perpetual Treasuries

Jul 5 (EN) The suspension of business of controversial primary dealer Perpetual Treasuries Limited has been extended another six months, the Central Bank said on Friday. The central bank said that it extended the suspension starting from July 05 under the Registered Stock and Securities Ordinance and the Local Treasury Bills Ordinance, in order to continue investigations into the country's largest ever securities scam. Perpetual Treasuries Limited is connected to Arjun Aloysius, more..

Video: SOFA allows US forces entry to Sri Lanka at anytime: Kalinga Indatissa

Jul 5 (AD) Signing the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) allows the forces of the US to enter into Sri Lanka at anytime, says the President of Bar Association of SL and President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa. BASL president stated this during a discussion held with the Leader of the Opposition with regard to the SOFA, Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and Millennium Challenge Corporation agreement that more..

What India need to do against Sri Lanka's key players

Jul 5 (CI) Avishka Fernando: The brightest star in the Sri Lanka batting line-up didn't play the first few games, and once he did, the question everyone asked was: why didn't he play from the beginning? Fernando is fairly organised at the crease and is equally good at front- and back-foot play. Since he stands tall and is perfectly balanced, he hits a lot of balls on the up off the front foot. That can either be a deterrent to the bowler to pitch it further up or an encouragement. more..

SLPP denies any agreement with SLFP on possible alliance

Jul 5 (AD) The SLPP denied that the party has reached an agreement with the SLFP on the name of the new alliance if both parties decide to contest an upcoming election together. UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera announced that the possible new alliance between the two parties would be named the SL Nidahas Podujana Peramuna and that they would contest under this name if the two parties contest together. However, SLPP MP Shehan Semasinghe says that no such more..

Vaiko sentenced to one-year jail for pro-LTTE speech

Jul 5 (PTI) MDMK chief Vaiko, who is set to file his nomination for contesting the Rajya Sabha polls, was Friday convicted by a court here in a 2009 sedition case and sentenced to undergo simple imprisonment for a year. Special Court for trial of MPs and MLAs Judge J Shanthi held Vaiko guilty of sedition as his speech came under the scope of creating disaffection against the govt, which is covered in Section 124 A more..

No decision yet on UNP’s presidential candidate: Kabir Hashim

Jul 5 (DM) The UNP has still not decided on its candidate for the presidency, Party Chairman Kabir Hashim said. He said this in a post on his Facebook account in a response to a statement by his Cabinet colleague Mangala Samaraweera that the party would field Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa as the party's presidential candidate. “Mr. Samaraweera was voicing his personal opinion when he spoke about fielding Mr. Premadasa as the candidate. However the party will have discussions soon more..

Ex-PS chairman Atha Kota sentenced to 24 years RI

Jul 5 (AD) Former Chairman of the Deraniyagala PS, Anil Wijesinghe alias Atha Kota, was sentenced to 24 years rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo High Court after being found guilty on bribery charges. In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Gihan Kulatunga also ordered the defendant to pay a fine of Rs 20,000 and a penalty amount of Rs 400,000. He was also ordered to pay Rs 250,000 as compensation to the plaintiff while failing to do so would result in him serving another 2 yrs in prison. more..

Malinga’s Sri Lanka seeks to ruin India’s bid for top spot

Jul 5 (AP) Lasith Malinga and Sri Lanka can make one last indelible mark on the Cricket World Cup. India has booked an appointment in the semifinals, and Sri Lanka can ruin India’s bid to top the standings in their group match finale on Saturday at Headingley. On the same ground two weeks ago, SL upended the tournament by shocking title favorite England. England’s semifinal bid was put in jeopardy, and SL, Bangladesh, and more..

New Zealand to kick off their Test Championship in Sri Lanka

Jul 5 (CI) SLC have announced a series of two Tests and three T20Is against New Zealand in Aug-Sept, with the visitors set to arrive in Colombo on August 3 and stay in the country till Sept 7. The Test matches will count towards the newly launched ICC Test Championship. The two teams are currently in England for the World Cup, where Sri Lanka's campaign has hit a dead-end; they are out of the running for a place in the knockouts, having collected just eight points from eight games. more..

Vydexa (Lanka) Power Corp sets up 10 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in Vavuniya

Jul 5 (DN) A BOI company, Vydexa (Lanka) Power Corporation, has set up a 10 MW Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant in Kaththansinnakulam in Vavuniya. The facility consists of 35,721 numbers of 350 Wp solar photovoltaic (PV) modules established on a land of 54 acres. The PV modules are fixed on a single axis tracking system, which is capable of tracking the path of the sun throughout the day. This is the first project of this nature established in SL & it is using 100% labour from local villages. more..