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2021 World Body Building Championship: SL risk losing hosting rights

Sep 9 (CT) Sri Lanka is at risk of losing the hosting rights of the 2021 World Body Building Championship due to SL Body Building and Fitness Federation (SLBBFF) failing to conduct elections to appoint new office bearers for 2020. World Championship is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka on 21 Nov next year, but due to lack of legally appointed office bearers for the International Body Building and Fitness Federation to work with, more..

Ballroom Dancers Federation registration cancelled

Sep 9 (DN) Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa has issued an extraordinary gazette notification cancelling the registration of the Ballroom Dancers Federation of Sri Lanka, which is the National Federation for the sport of Ballroom Dancing with immediate effect. Actually this decision was made by former Sports Minister Dullas Alahapperuma during his period. However such decisions are gazetted after a period of time, it is the present Minister of Sports whose name appears in the Gazette more..

20th amendment rekindles need to share power

Sep 9 (CT) The draft 20th Amendment is a tribute to the faith placed in Prez Rajapaksa by the members of the govt and the general population. This proposed change in the supreme law of the country will provide him with virtually unfettered powers and dominance over parliament and all other institutions of state. Transfer of power away from parliament and to the prez is reflective of the trust and confidence placed in the Prez Rajapaksa by the framers of the proposed law and more..

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Editorial: Machiavellianism

Sep 9 (Island) Govt is all out to steamroller its 20th Amendment (20A) through. JVP has fired a shot across the SLPP’s bow. It has told the media that it will go flat out to foil the govt’s move to secure the passage of the proposed amendment. SJB has threatened to move the Supreme Court against 20A. Among the SLPP leaders defending 20A, which seeks a reversion to status quo ante, are some grandees who claimed, during the J.R. Jayewardene and R. Premadasa govts that more..

World Suicide Prevention Day

Sep 9 (DM) The 10th of September is set apart by the United Nations as World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), in recognition of the increasing numbers of our brethren who take their lives in desperation – they see no way to overcome problems they face. Suicide is a global phenomenon, and studies in 2016 revealed, 79% of suicides occurred in low and middle-income countries. Suicides also account for 1.4 per cent of all deaths worldwide, making it the 18th leading cause of death in 2016. more..

Quarter bottles, sachets worse culprits: Environment facing insurmountable odds

Sep 9 (CT) Environment is facing the deluge of waste being discarded into the environment with no concern for the environment. Worse still were small sachets just used once and the quarter bottle used for liquor, which are disposed into the environment with callous disregard for the environment! This indiscriminate use has led to environmental degradation and will finally lead to destruction of environment in the yrs to come. more..

20A erodes people’s sovereignty: Requires approval at a referendum

Sep 9 (CT) 20th Amendment (20A) is in the public domain. If I were to describe it in one sentence – 20A seeks to take the country backwards to the 2010-2015 period. The only features introduced by 19th Amendment that would survive if 20A is passed in its present form would be the five-year term of the Prez and Parliament, the Presidential term-limit and the fundamental right to information (RTI). Several summaries of 20A have been published and I do not intend providing another. more..

An engineer’s view... Solar energy: Best source of domestic energy

Sep 9 (DM) Engineer G.G.N. Gunawardhana speaks about the economic viability of using solar energy in a country like SL where sunlight is abundant. He says it is a viable option for domestic energy requirements. Q: How do you describe the suitability of solar energy for a tropical country like SL? A: Solar Panels should be the main source of energy in countries like SL as we have abundant sunlight throughout the year. We have sunlight for more than 12 hours a day; 365 days a year. more..

Pledge to end child marriages sheds positive light

Sep 9 (CT) With the passage of each day is the shattered dream of yet another child, who is, in most situations, forced to enter into a marriage that it is not prepared to lead. This has resulted in a global concern. The pledge by the Minister of Justice Ali Sabry to bring child marriages to an end has however, shed a positive light on the age old concerns of child marriages in Sri Lanka. Although the minimum age of marriage under more..

Sri Lanka’s lungs in peril

Sep 9 (CT) Trees have been chopped down on a massive scale with over 100 acres of land belonging to the Forest Conservation Dept in the Mangalapura Grama Niladhari Division in Eluwankulama, Wanathawilluwa being cleared recently adding to the growing list of environmental degradations in the country. Land in question was leased to the Ceylon Cement Corporation by the Forest Conservation Dept and then sub-leased to pte company. Reports say that more than a thousand large trees more..

Fishing in troubled waters

Sep 9 (ST) This is by no means a fishy tale but built around a conversation between Kussi Amma Sera, Mabel Rasthiyadu and Serapina on Wednesday morning. At the gate when Karthelis, the fish vendor, came on his motor-bike, the trio pounced on him, saying that the fish prices were too high. “Aney, aei ape ratata athewenna maalu neththe, ratawateta muhuda thiyena kota (Why, aney, don’t we have adequate fish stocks for the country, when we are surrounded by the sea),” asked Serapina. more..

CEB to purchase power early 2021

Sep 8 (CT) CEB Chairman Vijitha Herath noted that they will purchase power during the beginning of 2021 while denying reports that the CEB was attempting to purchase power at an exorbitant price of Rs 21 bn. He also said they will sign a power purchase at the beginning of next year but only if there is a Cabinet directive to that effect. Herath stated there were plans to purchase power at the beginning of this month but did not more..

3 test positive, COVID-19 cases up to 3,126

Sep 8 (NR) Three persons have tested positive for the coronavirus raising infections to 3,126. The Ministry of Health said, 179 COVID-19 patients, including 12 foreign nationals, are receiving medical treatment at present. Nine persons recovered from COVID-19 and were discharged increasing recoveries to 2,935. Eight persons were discharged from the Welikanda Base Hospital while one person was released from the Colombo East Base hospital during the past 24 hours. more..

Proposal to appoint new UNP leader next yr

Sep 8 (EN) The UNP may not appoint a successor to Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe this year, but put it off for next year, party officials say. The Party’s Legal Secretary Nissanka Nanayakkara is proposing that the party first fill the vacant Deputy Leader position and have that person step into the Leader’s position on Jan 1, 2021. Nanayakkara was quoted in Media as saying that the party will likely take a decision about the Deputy on Monday at a Working Committee meeting. more..

Drug shortage at National Hospital

Sep 8 (CT) Patients suffering from heart disease and admitted to the National Hospital of SL (NHSL) had been compelled to purchase vital drugs from outside for months due to a severe shortage of drugs and equipment at the country’s apex hospital, informed sources said. Meanwhile, many patients have been forced to bide their time on the waiting list to carry out heart surgeries and the situation has become further complicated for more..

Anura Kumara wants Central Bank actions between 2008 and 2015 probed

Sep 8 (EN) Leader of the NPP Anura Kumara Dissanayake is asking the govt to provide a separate report about the losses suffered by the EPF for the period 2008-2015. Speaking in Parliament during the debate on the Central Bank Report for 2019, he said that the Forensic Audit Report issued for the period 2008-2012 about the activities of the CBSL shows how the EPF was misused during that period. He said that the CBSL reports do not include the damage that more..

Leading Indian IT company HCL sets up 1st development centre in Sri Lanka

Sep 8 (PTI) India’s IT major HCL Technologies has set up its first development centre in Sri Lanka with PM Mahinda Rajapaksa terming the company’s presence in the island nation as an asset to generate significant employment opportunities for the youths. Rajapaksa, who attended the inauguration ceremony, spoke about SL’s efforts to accord priority to the IT sector and develop the country as a global technology hub. He observed that the presence of HCL, a global IT leader, more..

Video: Premalal Jayasekara sworn in as MP amidst protests

Sep 8 (AD) Premalal Jayasekara, who was sentenced to death and is imprisoned, has taken oaths as a MP this afternoon amidst strong objection from the Opposition. Parliament chaired by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena convened at 1.00pm today. Jayasekara, escorted by prison officials, arrived at the Parliament complex at around 11.30am to attend today’s parliamentary sitting. On July 31, Premalal Jayasekara alias more..

Court calls for progress report on CID probes into Swiss Embassy staffer case

Sep 8 (AD) Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today (08) ordered the CID to submit a report on the progress of the probes into the alleged abduction of Swiss Embassy staffer named Garnia Bannister Francis. The relevant report is to be handed over to the Chief Magistrate on the 5th of November. When the case was taken up this morning, the main suspect Garnia Bannister, who was released on bail several months ago, presented herself before courts. more..

Speaker appoints 18 MPs to Committee on High Posts

Sep 8 (DM) Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene named 18 members for the Committee on High Posts in Parliament today. They included: Chamal Rajapaksa, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Dinesh Gunawardena, Johnston Fernando, Douglas Devananda, Bandula Gunawardene, Keheliya Rambukwella, Udaya Gammanpila, Ramesh Pathirana, Sudhashni Fernandopulle, Vidura Wickramanayake, John Seneviratne, Anura Priyadharashna Yapa, Vijitha Herath, more..

Bakery Owners’ Association wants egg imports despite...

Sep 8 (FT) Dissatisfied by the recent reduction of Rs. 2 in egg prices, All Ceylon Bakery Owners’ Association (ACBOA) requested approval to import eggs as a temporary solution. ACBOA Chairman N.K. Jayawardena said they were not satisfied with the price reduction announced on Sunday, given that current wholesale prices are Rs. 22 when they used to be as low as Rs. 10. “The wholesale price of eggs has increased to more..

Video: Welipe Suraj and 21-year-old Army deserter arrested

Sep 8 (AD) STF has arrested that underworld crime gang member Welipe Suraj at Minuwangoda area, last night. Welipe Suraj is considered to be a main accomplice of another underworld figure Ganemulla Sanjeewa, who is currently in prison. Police said that 4 grams of heroin, 03 swords, and an air rifle were recovered from the possession of the suspect. The vehicle used by the arrestee has also been seized by the Police. In addition, a 21-year-old Army deserter who was also in the vehicle more..

Lanka Ashok Leyland says has adequate vehicle stocks to plough ahead despite...

Sep 8 (DM) Lanka Ashok Leyland PLC said it has adequate vehicle stocks to continue to serve the market and also to meet any sudden uptick in demand in the near term, as the govt keeps a lid on vehicle imports to preserve foreign exchange and also to buy space to develop a robust public transport system in the country. The assembler and importer of Ashok Leyland buses, trucks, truck chassis, spare parts, power generators and accessories, had an inventory worth more..

TNA leader alleges Presidential Task Force for EP Archaeology member threatened...

Sep 8 (FT) TNA leader R. Sampanthan has written to Prez Rajapaksa alleging that a Buddhist monk, who is a member of the Presidential Task Force for Archaeological Heritage Management in the Eastern Province, had threatened a group of farmers in the Thiriyai area in the Kuchchaveli DS in the Trincomalee District. Sampanthan said that the reverend monk, residing in the Arisimalai Buddhist temple, more..

Opposition protests in Parliament as murder convict Jayasekara is sworn in as MP

Sep 8 (EN) Parliament descended into a raucous shouting pit this afternoon after the Opposition wore House Black shawls and challenged the Speaker’s swearing-in of a convicted murderer as a MP. Premalal Jayasekara, who is under a death sentence for a murder committed in 2015 of a UNP supporter, was sworn in as an MP in the Ninth Parliament after he won an interim order from the Court of Appeal to enter the House. This is the first time in SL’s Parliamentary history that more..

Five arrested with Ice, cannabis and cash

Sep 8 (AD) Five individuals have been arrested at a restaurant in the Waskaduwa area over the possession of narcotic drugs. The arrest has been made based on a tip-off received by Kalutara South Police. Police have recovered 14 g 200 mg of Ice (Methamphetamine), 22 g of Kerala Cannabis, and 2 devices used to consume drugs on the suspects. In addition, a three-wheeler and cash worth Rs 64,000 have also been seized during the arrest. The arrested suspects have been identified to more..

Govt to ban cattle slaughter

Sep 8 (DM) PM Rajapaksa told the ruling party’s parliamentary group the govt would legislate against cattle slaughter soon. He said it was a proposal mooted a long time ago, but could not be made into law. Minister Bandula Gunawardane said PM made this proposal which was not objected to by any of those present. However, he said there would be no ban on beef imports as a redress to meat-eaters. “This is a proposal that exists since more..

My imprisonment was an act political revenge: Premalal

Sep 8 (DM) Ratnapura District MP Premalal Jayasekara said he was convicted on false charges levelled against him by the yahapalaana govt to take political revenge from him. In his maiden speech in Parliament he said he was sent to jail for a crime he did not commit. “My conscience knows that I am innocent. I have been engaged in clean politics. I have not been engaged in any fraud or corruption during my political career,” he said. The MP said it was the yahapalana govt and more..

Strategic investments needed in anti-money laundering compliance programs for...

Sep 8 (FT) Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP (DTTILLP) has released its South Asia Anti Money Laundering Preparedness Survey report 2020. The survey conducted with leading banks and financial institutions in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh earlier this year, highlights siloed risk management approaches across banking operations, customer due diligence, sanctions screening, and trade-based transactions as the root cause for systemic inefficiencies leading to fraud. more..

'1.2mn youths & adults in Sri Lanka illiterate'

Sep 8 (DM) At least 1.2 million youths and adults from the country’s population is still illiterate, Education Minister Prof. G.L. Pieris said. He said the projects that were implemented to increase the literacy should be expanded. “School-level access committees to provide sustainable solutions through the national education system should also be increased to achieve the 100% literacy,” Minister said. He said the countries like more..

NGO gang berates Mawbima journalists

Sep 8 (CT) A group attempted to attack journalists Nuwan Hettiarachchi and Ruwantha Nithulgaspitiya from our sister paper Mawbima, who attended a Media briefing in Colombo yesterday. It was organised by the National Campaign for Consumer Rights Protection. One of them had lost a mobile phone in the melee. Two journalists lodged a complaint with the Borella Police regarding the incident. Media briefing had been organised to reveal details on the preparation to permit more..

Uni medical faculty admissions increased by 350: Minister

Sep 8 (DM) The admission to university medical faculties has been increased by 350, Education Minister G.L. Pieris said at a discussion held at the ministry. He said the decision was taken according to President's National Policy Framework, Vision for Prosperity. At the meeting the minister had directed the UGC to take necessary steps to increase the number of students being enrolled in universities. The ministry said the decision was taken after several rounds of talks with the UGC, more..

20 crew members of MT New Diamond brought H’tota Port

Sep 8 (AD) SL Navy has brought 20 crew members of the crude oil tanker MT New Diamond to the Hambantota Port. SL Navy, SL Air Force, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and other stakeholders engaged in disaster management operation have managed to control the fire raging in the crude oil tanker MT New Diamond again, which was caused by the effects of the adverse weather. A research team from the NARA, MEPA and more..

Sub-Inspector arrested for soliciting sexual bribe further remanded

Sep 8 (AD) A Sub-Inspector attached to the Horana Police arrested for soliciting a sexual bribe from a female has been further remanded, as per the Colombo Chief Magistrate. Accused Sub-Inspector Sunil Perera, arrested by the CIABOC, was produced before the court today. The Bribery Commission stated that further investigations are being carried out with regard to the suspect. Accordingly, Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the suspect to be more..

Don’t auction sniffer dogs: Defence Sec. tells Police

Sep 8 (DM) Defence Secretary Major General (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne yesterday directed the Police Chief not to auction police sniffer dogs which had served the department before they retired, the military spokesman said. “The Defence Secretary had informed the acting IGP not to auction retired sniffer dogs, but to keep them and treat them under the care of the Police Department until their death” Military Spokesman Brigadier Chandana Wickremesinghe told the Daily Mirror. more..