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Moratuwa Uni. denies hand in killing of dogs: Blames Private Contractor

July 18 (DN) Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa Prof. A.K.W. Jayewardene has denied a role in the inhumane killing of dogs and cats at the premises, and instead, blamed a private contractor. “We hired a private contractor to chase away stray dogs and cats but we never asked them to drug and kill the animals,” he said. “It was their decision to sedate, remove and dump the stray dogs and cats,” Vice Chancellor said. more..

Sri Lankan navy arrests 4 Indian fishermen

July 18 (TOI) SL navy apprehended four Indian country boat fishermen and seized their craft on Sunday night on charges of poaching in the territorial waters of the island nation. The boat owner, T Nagur and crew members Chetti, Parthi and Sathi sailed on a country boat from Nambuthazhai in Ramanathapuram district on Sunday morning. A fast attack craft attached to northern naval command arrested the four Indian fishermen while they were engaged in illegal more..

Paddy Withana appointed Tourism Advisor

July 18 (FT) Industry veteran Paddy Withana has been appointed as a Tourism Advisor to PM Ranil Wickramasinghe. Previously he was the Chairman of the SL Tourism Development Authority, a position he held since February 2015.  Withana has over 40 years of experience in the leisure and tourism sector specializing in hotel property development, management, and financial controls.  Having graduated from the Ceylon Hotel School in 1970, Withana commenced his career at more..

Mexican restaurant chain Taco Bell opens first outlet in Sri Lanka

July 18 (DM) Taco Bell, the world’s largest Mexican inspired quick service restaurant chain opened its first restaurant in Horton Place, Colombo 7 yesterday. It is brought to Sri Lanka by Gamma Pizzakraft Lanka, who is also the franchise owners of Pizza Hut and Delifrance in Sri Lanka. With this they expect to fill the void for quality Mexican inspired food in the country as Sri Lanka is looking at expanding its cuisine availability more..

Is this the Best done by a woman in SL: Thalatha Athukorale, Woman of the Year

July 18 (DN) Minister Thalatha Athukorale won the Woman of the Year award at the Top 50 Professional and Career Women Awards Sri Lanka 2017 at a ceremony held at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo on July 14. International Finance Cooperating Institute presented this award to Athukorale in recognition of the services rendered by her towards the welfare and progress of expatriate workers abroad and the achievements made and services rendered by her. more..

Ports face structurally slower growth; protectionism a downside risk

July 18 (Island) Traffic growth in the ports sector is likely to remain well below historical levels for the foreseeable future, due to fundamental structural changes in the industry and global trade. A move towards protectionism would represent a significant additional risk, with the potential to reverse sector growth. Global port traffic growth has slowed in recent years due to a mix of factors. The majority are structural in nature, including the growth of China’s internal market more..

JO under pressure to quit constitution making process

July 18 (Island) Global Sri Lankan Forum (GSLF) has requested the Joint Opposition (JO) to quit the UNP-led constitutional making process. A senior spokesperson for the group said that the JO couldn’t further delay a decision on NFF leader and MP Wimal Weerasansa’s request to discontinue their participation in the parliamentary process. The GSLF in a letter dated July 11 addressed to Dinesh Gunawardena and Udaya Gammanpila, more..

SL prepared to chase any target: Coach

July 18 (DN) “There’s 12 more overs with the old ball, and then we get a new ball again. We’ll have to have a chat tonight and see what kind of plan we come up with for tomorrow morning,” said Pothas at the end of the third day. “I’m always a firm believer that what we see on TV is not reality. Unless I get to speak to the boys that are physically out there, we’ll get a better picture. One step at a time, we need to take four wickets, and once we do that, whatever’s set we need to go out and chase. more..

Davis Cup Group III tie: SL down Jordan 2-1

July 18 (CT) Sri Lanka secured a 2-1 victory over Jordan on the first day of the Group III tie of the Asia Oceania Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, played at SLTA courts. In the first single of the Pool 'A' tie, Harshana Godamanna defeated Seif Adas 6-3, 6-2, while Sharmal Dissanayake defeated Mousa Alkotop in the second singles 6-2, 6-4. SL's duo Sharmal and Harshana were defeated by Jordan's duo Hamzeh Al Alaswad and Mousa Alkotop in the doubles tie with scores of 6-4 and 6-5 (retired). more..

Money Laundering Laws: APG to review Sri Lanka’s implementation

July 18 (CT) The Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) will carry out a review on Sri Lanka's implementation of money laundering laws, an official of the Paris based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said yesterday. FATF Executive Secretary David Lewis however, didn't say when this review will take place. I will tell you later, he said, in reply to a query. Nevertheless, he said that this review will be done by Sydney based APG. more..

New revenue Bill should be implemented from April 2018: Ceylon Chamber

July 18 (LBO) Ceylon Chamber of Commerce says it is their view that the new Inland Revenue Bill, once enacted, should ideally be implemented from 1st April 2018. The chamber says it will give a longer transitional period for both the tax payer and the Department of Inland Revenue to become fully conversant with the provisions of the law. The new Inland Revenue Bill, which was gazetted on 16th June 2017, was tabled in Parliament on 05th July 2017. more..

'Recommendations belie yahapalana assurances to Mahanayakes'

July 18 (Island) In spite of President Maithripala Sirisena, Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, repeatedly denying that a new Constitution or constitutional amendments wouldn’t be brought in at the expense of Sri Lanka’s unitary status or Buddhism, all available documents pertaining to the ongoing constitutional making process had quite clearly proved otherwise, civil society organization yuthukama said. more..

Top global fund manager upbeat on Sri Lanka’s future prospects

July 18 (FT) T. Rowe Price, a global investment management organisation with $861.6 b in assets under management, is upbeat on Sri Lanka’s future prospects and it is walking the talk by doubling exposure in listed equities with appetite for more. Investments in Sri Lanka are via its T. Rowe Price Frontier Markets Fund and Asian Equity Fund, and its Vice President Oliver Bell who was in Colombo last week said the Fund’s optimism more..

Can Mathews do a Botham?

July 18 (Island) The 1981 Ashes series is of fairytale stuff. England lost the first Test at Nottingham and in the second Test at Lord’s captain Ian Botham collected a pair. He stepped down from captaincy handing the reigns to the brilliant Mike Brearley. What happened from thereon as they say is history as Botham bludgeoned the Aussies to help England regain the Ashes. 1981 Ashes is known as Botham’s Ashes. Angelo Mathews is in a similar predicament having stepped down from captaincy more..

Raza credits Klusener for batting revival

July 18 (CI) On a track that has now begun to produce unplayable balls, Zimbabwe's key to victory on day five will be discipline. So says Sikandar Raza, whose maiden Test century played a pivotal role in transforming the match situation. Zimbabwe are seven wickets away from history, and have 218 runs to defend. Though the overnight pair - Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews - have each produced great rearguard innings before, there isn't much experience to follow. more..

Karunaratne urges positivity over survival

July 18 (CI) Seeing out Graeme Cremer and staying positive will reverse a little pressure and bring a mammoth 388 target within reach, according to Dimuth Karunaratne. Opener made 49 to help set the tone for the innings. Zimbabwe claimed his wicket and two others with balls that took substantial turn. The delivery that dismissed Karunaratne spun more than any other in the match, hitting the fast bowlers' footmarks and more..

Constitution making and options

July 18 (Island) The ongoing constitutional making process in Sri Lanka has encountered three interest groups representing three broad options in regard to its scope and content. Group 1 wishes the existing 1978 Constitution to be repealed and replaced with a new Constitution that would be so broad in scope and content that a referendum would be inevitable. The second group wishes to limit amendments to the current Constitution to a degree that would avoid a referendum. more..

396 affected women call to criminalise enforced disappearances

July 18 (NS) A group of 396 women whose family members have disappeared have requested the govt to criminalise enforced disappearances. In a letter on Friday, the women said that they had searched for their loved ones and had gone before numerous state initiatives including several commissions of inquiry appointed by successive govts with no answers given or effective steps taken to prevent future disappearances. “After many years of empty promises, we were heartened by more..

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Editorial: Arrests and politics

July 18 (Island) Police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera did not sound convincing when he claimed, at a media briefing, that the findings of an investigation into some alleged abductions had led to former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake’s arrest. He only repeated what some govt politicians have been saying in a bid to have the public believe that the arrest at issue was not politically motivated or timed for UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson’s visit here. more..

Pants for pay: Running Cricket SL style

July 18 (ST) Hardly a day passes without more proof being added to that much touted advertising blurb which has misled thousands of tourists over the years. True, Sri Lanka is the Wonder of Asia but not for the reasons that brought them rushing to our shores. Time, they thought, was running out to savour them, most of which exist only in the world of make-believe conjured up by tourism promoters and others after foreign moola. The real wonders are often hidden from foreign eyes, more..

'Sri Lanka should look at nuke option More dangers in coal power'

July 18 (CT) Sri Lanka should not rule out the possibility of using nuclear power in its energy mix, considering the recent advances made in nuclear technology, says Dr. Lakshman Guruswamy, Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the Law School of University of Colorado in Boulder. Guruswamy was recently in Sri Lanka to attend a forum organized by Kadirgamar Institute. more..

De-Politicization: An alternative to privatization

July 18 (NS) Along with constitutional and social reforms promised by the national unity govt are all important economic reforms. They are necessary for the country to face the future successfully in the context of current global and regional developments. One important aspect of economic reforms is the need for converting the loss-making state-owned enterprises (SOEs) into either profitable or some sort of manageable institutions reducing the colossal burden on the state coffers. more..

Export growth must escalate for higher economic growth in 2017

July 18 (ST) There is widespread disappointment with the country’s economic performance. Economic growth declined since 2015 and grew by only 3.8% in the first quarter of this year. The economy is expected to perform better in the second half of the year, if export growth gains momentum to stimulate the economy. In contrast to growth of 5.3% in the first quarter of 2016, the economy grew by only 3.8% in the first quarter of this year. While Industry grew by 6.3% and services grew by 3.5%, more..

Research team makes breakthrough in fighting DHF

July 18 (SO) A team of researchers from the Centre has successfully tested a drug that can be used on dengue patients. If the rest of the clinical trials prove to be as promising as the first clinical trial conducted recently at Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Angoda, team says, the drug can be effectively used before long to control the spread of this deadly vector borne disease. SL has recorded 90,865 dengue patients so far more..

Make a start with reparations to deal with the past

July 18 (CT) The visit of UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Ben Emmerson to Sri Lanka and his public comments indicate a visible toughening of the stance of the international community with regard to delivering on its promises on the reconciliation process to the UNHRC. He said Sri Lanka could face a range of measures, including a referral to the UN Security Council, if it fails to meet commitments it made under the UNHRC resolution of 2015. more..

Sinhala only Police summons: An open appeal to the Governor, Northern Province

July 18 (CT) Although belatedly, let me extend my sincere appreciation of your appointment as the Governor of the Northern Province, as I have known you for a long period, since your undergraduate days. It is also because of my confidence in you, that I make this appeal for your intervention on this matter. As the Colombo Telegraph has revealed yesterday (16), police summons has been issued to a Tamil Journalist based in Jaffna in Sinhala on the 12th July by the Achchuveli police. more..

Govt committed to pure & transparent financial management: President

July 17 (PSL) President Sirisena says the Govt is committed to strengthen the national economy by ensuring purity and transparency of financial management. President made these remarks addressing the inauguration ceremony of the 20th Annual Meeting of the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering, commenced in Colombo, today. 2017 APG annual meeting and technical assistance and training forum more..

Constitutional Reform Committee: JO members draw NUTA flak

July 17 (CT) A group of intellectuals affiliated to the Joint Opposition (JO) has issued an ultimatum demanding that participants in the Constitutional Reform Committees immediately leave their positions. But if the JO still wants to remain in the Constitutional Reform Council, there is no difference between them and the Govt; National University Teachers' Association (NUTA) General Secretary Dr. Channa Jayasumana lashed out. Jayasumana stressed the JO, in being a part of more..

Speaker: Children reluctant to say their parents are MPs

July 17 (Island) Some MPs have stooped so low that people detest them as a bunch of crooks living off the public without rendering any service, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says. "We know there are some MPs’ children who hesitate to mention in public that their parents are MPs," Speaker said, addressing the opening ceremony of a capacity development programme for journalists covering parliament. He said some MPs’ failure to maintain decorum had tarnished the image of all lawmakers. more..

Video: Stop trying to solve Neville Fernando’s personal problems: Gammanpila

July 17 (AD) Leader of the PHU, MP Udaya Gammanpila says that in the face of the country’s prevalent issues, the Govt’s priority must not be to solve Neville Fernando’s personal problems. He then proceeded to urge the govt to abandon their mission to solve random people’s personal problems, and instead focus their attention on prevailing issues such as dengue, waste management, cost of living, and tax burdens, more..

It would take 16 years to move the waste at Meethotamulla: Ranwela

July 17 (AD) Environmentalist Nayanaka Ranwela stated that if the waste generated by the people was left to be managed by the people as well, then a govt is not required. He further added that the govt does not fully understand the extent of the problem. He went onto say that the government is having trouble separating and disposing the waste, while the environmentally friendly waste containment plan proposed by Champika Ranawaka in fact is not environmentally friendly. more..

Controversial Uma Oya Project: 21 Buddhist temples damaged

July 17 (CT) At least 21 temples, some with great historic value, in Bandarawela, Ella and Welimada have been damaged owing to the construction of the controversial Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon, Executive Director of CaFFE said. "However, neither the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Department of Buddhist Affairs, nor the Department of Archeology has paid any attention to protect them," he said. Tennakoon added that among the temples more..

'Jobs at Neville Fernando Hospital safe'

July 17 (NR) The govt says the jobs of employees of the Neville Fernando Hospital will not be jeopardized by the govt taking over the hospital. Addressing the takeover event Minister Rajitha Senarathne said private medical universities are vital in the quest to provide the public an efficient healthcare service. Minister said the country needs more private medical universities in this country if it is are to provide an efficient more..

SAITM parents meet MFPU

July 17 (CT) In an interesting turn of events, a group of parents, of students studying at the SAITM, met the Medical Faculty Parents' Union (MFPU) yesterday and discussed issues concerning the medical facility. Ceylon Today learns that the meeting was fruitful and the discussions focused on the future of medical students as well as those who study at SAITM. "The discussions went well. We are hoping to meet again in another week," a parent who participated at the meeting said. more..

Sri Lanka fixing gaps in money laundering framework: Fin Min

July 17 (EN) Sri Lanka is fully committed to eradicating financial crimes, and is in the process of fixing gaps identified in its anti-money laundering and terrorist financing framework, Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. Cabinet had approved a national policy overseen by the cabinet and from President Sirisena downward to dedicated bureaucrats there was strong commitment to eradicate financial crimes, he told a meeting of Asia Pacific Group on money laundering in Colombo on Monday. more..