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'Immigration key catalyst for development'

May 17 (FT) Reforming immigration law to allow free movement of people through progressive laws could tackle SL’s chronic economic challenges of narrow exports, low Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and limited innovation, a top expert said, outlining many examples of countries that have experienced growth spurts by opening up their labour markets. Prof. Ricardo Hausmann is Director of Harvard’s Center for Int'l Development more..

Prez orders workshop for Ministers, MPs and officials on economic development plan

May 17 (PSL) President Maithripala Sirisena advised the National Economic Council (NEC) to hold a special one-day workshop on the govt’s comprehensive economic development plan for Ministers, Members of Parliament representing the govt, Ministry secretaries and Central Bank and Treasury officials. He said such a workshop will be helpful to make them aware of the plans and also to obtain their views and suggestions. The President suggested this at the NEC meeting, more..

Gated communities in despair without proper laws

May 17 (ST) Gated communities are popping up all over Sri Lanka and while they certainly can boost security, a few issues have been cropping up. Unlike apartment owners, those in gated communities which are a rapidly growing phenomenon in Sri Lanka, don’t have laws or any authority that govern them. A gated community (or walled community) is a form of residential community or housing estate containing strictly controlled entrances for pedestrians, bicycles, and automobiles, and more..

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Collective effort needed to develop school cricket: SLSCA Secretary

May 17 (DN) Ministry of Education, under the direction of Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, has come forward to boost school cricket in a big way with the support of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA). SLSCA Secretary Dilshan de Silva said the massive two-year development plan should help school cricket to regain its lost prestige. He stressed the need to make a collective effort to develop school cricket and produce quality players to feed the national team in future. more..

Sports Minister entertains match fixers

May 17 (Island) Newly appointed Sports Minister Faizer Musthapha yesterday met members of the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket. SLC in a media release said that the Ex-Co members handed the audited financial report of the board. Among the members, present during the meeting were some of the main culprits named in a report that looked into match-fixing in domestic cricket. Musthapha’s predecessor Dayasiri Jayasekara appointed eminent lawyer Kalinga Indatissa to look into more..

Eight-member team selected

May 17 (CT) Athletics Association (AASL) has finalized an 8 member team for the Asian qualification trials for the Youth Olympic Games to be held on 3 and 4 July in Bangkok, Thailand. Team includes four boys and four girls whose performance levels are equal to medal winning range of the last Asian Youth Athletics Championship. Sprinter Santhush Weerasinghe who was a semi-finalist at last year’s IAAF World Youth Championship, more..

SLT Group 1Q 2018 EBITDA up by 8.5%

May 17 (DN) Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) Group has reported a EBITDA or operating profit before depreciation and amortization of Rs. 6.1 bn during the 1st quarter 2018, with a year on year increase of 8.5%. The EBITDA margin of the Group increased from 30.1% last year to 30.8%. Controlling of cost escalations while sustaining revenue growth have resulted in better EBITDA levels. The group revenue for the quarter under review was reported at Rs. 19.8 billion with Year on Year growth of 5.9%, more..

New CEO at SLIC

May 17 (FT) Chandana Aluthgama has been appointed as CEO of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC). Aluthgama is a renowned professional in the corporate world with over 25 years of experience across diverse facets in the insurance business. During his illustrious career, he has held many senior roles in organisations such as Eagle insurance, HNB Assurance, etc. Further, he has held many leadership positions outside his insurance career in local/int'l associations. more..

Of Tea estates, Leopards and the prestigious green oscars

May 17 (Roar) Trudging up the rugged terrain of Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands to track pugmarks and affix cameras to trees may sound a rather strange way to spend the day to you and me, but to Anjali Watson it is all part of her job description. An ecologist and conservation champion, Watson’s life has always revolved around wildlife and the great outdoors. Along with her husband and fellow conservationist, more..

Unpacking South Asian regional security in the 21st Century: A view from Sri Lanka

May 17 (Island) South Asia, home to a fifth of humanity, is one of the least integrated regions in the world. The intra-regional trade in South Asia accounts for only 5% of its total trade, manifesting a low degree of economic bonding in the region. Two main states in South Asia were born into an environment marred by mutual antagonism and it continued to remain so as they got locked into a multiple-levels conflict as to the dispute over territory, balance of power, more..

Should the ban on Glyphosate continue unhindered?

May 17 (DN) As the former head of the Rubber Research Institute (RRI), having seen the production figures of both Tea, Rubber and Coconut in the Central Bank report, I was shocked to notice that the Rubber production in the country has dropped down to 69,000 Mt during 2016, compared to over 130,000 Mt produced before 2015, pushing Sri Lanka down to the 12th position among NR producing countries. Situation with regard to other plantation crops including paddy is also the same. more..

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Editorial: When yahapalana bonds weaken

May 17 (Island) Former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman Anuruddha Polgampola finds himself on the same gum tree as his immediate predecessor P. Dissanayake, albeit for a different reason. He was arrested by the CID, on Tuesday night, for his failure to be present in a court hearing a case against him in connection with an alleged financial fraud. It was only the other day that President Maithripala Sirsena’s Chief of Staff T.H.K. Mahanama as well as more..

Did the Govt win the war or the Tigers lose?

May 17 (SO) It is a truth universally acknowledged that in May 2009 the Govt of SL won the war. This extraordinary turn of events, we are told, resulted from the political carte blanche granted to the Gotabaya, Fonseka and Karanagoda troika. Licence from on high, the story goes, unshackled their hitherto caged military nous and single-minded, perhaps even bloody-minded, focus on military victory. Occasionally, Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe govts’ victories survive more..

Glyphosate was banned without providing an alternative

May 17 (CT) Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said what is being spoken of, about Glyphosate, has no scientific basis: If the WHO tells the SL Govt that use of Glyphosate is dangerous, then tomorrow I will stop the use of this weed killer. Q: You are now the National Organizer of the UNP. What are the responsibilities and powers of this position? A: There are no officially written down powers like that. more..

Unfortunately, learned Academics like Dayan are pushing the country down ...

May 17 (CT) Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ) suffers from chronic anti-Tamil and federal phobia for no valid reasons. As the flag bearer of Sinhala-Buddhist racism and majoritarian, there is no surprise he is opposed to any form of power sharing. The allegation that the LTTE killed the greatest number of educated Tamil political personalities is old stuff. He is parroting such allegations for decades. He is simply shedding crocodile tears for the dead and not the living. more..

Investing in the future

May 17 (CT) Education is a major factor in the development of children. In addition, it has a massive influence on a country’s economy and the overall wellbeing of all its dwellers. Education goes a long way, and investing in education is one of the most significant ways in which we can improve our country. The first three to five years are very significant in a child’s life as they begin to absorb the world around them and develop. A child’s early experiences in their lives affect their more..

Finally, a home for Paynter’s paintings

May 17 (ST) Nineteen paintings of one of Sri Lanka’s most distinguished artists David Shillingford Paynter have finally found a fitting home in a permanent gallery at the J.D.A. Perera Gallery at the Faculty of Visual Arts of the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo. The journey of the paintings from the home of the late artist in Nuwara Eliya to the permanent gallery in Horton Place, Colombo, more..

The selfless leader & The people’s lawyer

May 17 (CT) Appathuray Vinayagamoorthy, a distinguished Tamil political leader, former MP for Jaffna District, Leader of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress and well-known Human Rights Lawyer bade adieu to the world on 28 May 2017. In his long arduous political journey, spanning nearly six decades, he made a niche for himself in the Tamil political arena not by seeking to achieve fame but by serving the downtrodden. He was honest, straightforward and unswerving in his more..

The old Puttalam-Mannar Road

May 17 (DN) I read in the papers with sadness that the old Puttalam-Mannar Road, today a magnificent highway, has been closed due to floods in Eluwankulama, after the opening of the spill gates of the Angmuwa reservoir. It is a matter for puzzlement as to why the precious overflow is not collected using a system of canals similar to the aqueducts the Romans used to bring water to Rome, into minor reservoirs, without allowing it to empty into the sea and used during the seasons of drought. more..

No more hike possible: Minister Rajitha

May 16 (DM) National Transport Commission (NTC) had granted the maximum possible bus fare increase to private bus operators on an accepted Government policy and therefore, the NTC was not in a position to give further increase to private bus operators, Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said today. He said that the Transport Ministry would strengthen the SLTB bus fleet by additional 1,500 buses with effect from tomorrow morning more..

War vets request full salary, pension after 55

May 16 (CT) The war veterans’ organization, Mawbima Wenuwen Ranawiruvo, has urged President Maithripala Sirisena to approve the payment of full salary and pension to war veterans who died or were permanently injured during the war, to their family members, on Remembrance Day on 18 May. Convener of the Organization, retired Major Ajith Prasanna said that it was the responsibility of the Govt to look into the welfare of the injured soldiers and officers, and more..

Sri Lanka Cricket makes Rs2.1bn profit in 2017, pays down debt

May 16 (EN) Sri Lanka Cricket, said it had made a 2.12 billion rupee surplus in 2017, up from a 64 million rupees last year, with revenues doubling to 6.19 billion rupees, after turning around from financial crisis in 2015. SLC said it had paid down its debt, brining it down from 4.0 billion rupees from the end of 2015 to 1.3 billion at the end of 2016. "This was achieved owing to SLC’s present administration’s prudent financial management," cricket organization said in a statement. more..

Keith Noyahr abduction: CID probing whether SF involved: AG

May 16 (DM) State Counsel Udara Karunatilake appearing on behalf of the Attorney General (AG) today informed Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court that the CID had started an investigation on whether, Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka was involved in the abduction and assault of Journalist Keith Noyahr in 2008. He informed Court that earlier the CID had recorded a statement from Minister Fonseka regarding the matter. more..

Controlling climate with Chinese Technology

May 16 (DM) Sri Lanka is looking for the possibility of controlling droughts and floods through controlling clouds using Chinese Technology, it was revealed yesterday. This was revealed at the signing of agreement for projects under the World Bank aided Agriculture Sector Modernization programme in Colombo last evening. The report on a study carried out by the experts attached to Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences was handed over to PM Ranil Wickremesinghe by more..

300 houses to be built around Madhu Church

May 16 (GDI) Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunge, has proposed to build 300 houses around Madhu Church in Mannar for the use of devotees and tourists. The Govt of India has agreed to provide Rs. 300 million in financial assistance to implement this project. Accordingly, the proposal submitted by the Minister for a MoU between the Govt of Sri Lanka and the Govt of India was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. more..

Cleopatra under spotlight after rugby players’ sudden deaths

May 16 (DN) Investigations have focused on the Cleopatra Night Club following the second death of a visiting British rugby player after a night out at the seedy venue, officials said. Tom Baty (26) became the second victim when he died despite intensive care at a private hospital in Colombo yesterday, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. He said Thomas Howard (25), was the first to die on Sunday, shortly after more..

Wind power plant to be constructed in Mannar

May 16 (DM) The Cabinet has approved the implementation of the construction of the Wind Power Plant in Mannar. The proposal was presented by Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya. Accordingly, the Cabinet approved the proposal to implement the project with all other infrastructure facilities. Mannar Island Wind Farm is a proposed 100-megawatt wind farm to be built on the southern coast of the Mannar Island. The project would cost approximately 17 billion rupees, funded by the ADB. more..

Agreements between the Govt of SL and selected Agri-businesses

May 16 (WB) Hon. PM Ranil Wickremasinghe, Hon. Minister Daya Gamage, Distinguished Guests, Officials and Colleagues. It is my pleasure to have this opportunity to address you today on a subject that is close to my heart and close to the hearts of many Sri Lankans - Agriculture. Whether as a producer, a consumer or a business, we are all impacted by the sector through the food that we grow and eat, the jobs created, and the exports that support the economy. more..

Mahinda responds to accusations fuel costs were higher during his govt

May 16 (AD) Former Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa says that despite the “highest global crude oil prices in history” during his reign, they not only won the war against terrorism, but also successfully concluded the biggest infrastructure building programme ever seen in this country. “We were able to do all that while maintaining the fertilizer subsidy so as to shield farmers from the increasing prices of fertilizer,” he said, more..

Death of two-year-old child: Parents arrested

May 16 (DM) The parents of a two-year-old child, who was found dead in a housing complex at Maligawatte, were arrested last night. Maligawatte police launched a probe after they were informed that the boy had died under suspicious circumstances and that his parents had arranged his funeral for Monday without having a postmortem examination. Police personnel who were sent to the scene on receipt of the information had been told by the child's parents that he had died after more..

NARA teams up with Norway for research

May 16 (CT) National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) is going to launch a research with a team of Norwegian experts on the marine resources of Sri Lankan`s sea area. Head of the Marine Biological Science Division of NARA, Dr. H.S.S.K. Haputhanthri said that the full research covering Sri Lanka`s sea area would be launched from 24 June to 16 July. “Norwegians will also provide technical support as well as a modern sea exploration ship for the purpose,“ he added. more..

Sri Lanka among 23 countries vulnerable to Chinese debt distress: Study

May 16 (LBO) Sri Lanka has been classified as a highly vulnerable country to debt distress of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in a recent study published by the Center for Global Development. The policy paper has identified 68 countries that fall under the scope of BRI based on reports from Chinese quasi-official organizations and BRI’s geographical representation. The paper said the annual economic output of these 68 countries more..

Four banks to run foreign exchange counters at Sri Lanka airport

May 16 (EN) Commercial Bank, Sampath Bank state-run Bank of Ceylon, People's Bank, Thomas Cook Lanka Pvt Ltd have been licensed to run foreign exchange counters at the arrivals terminal of Colombo airport. The cabinet of ministers had also approved Thomas Cook Lanka Pvt Ltd, has also been approved to run a counter, in a proposal submitted by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. The counters will be run beyond the customs areas in the arrivals lounge at Katunayake Int'l Airport. more..

Video: Hold elections to 3 PCs: Rohitha challenges govt

May 16 (DM) Former minister and MP Rohitha Abeygunawardena yesterday challenged the Govt to hold elections to three Provincial Councils, Sabaragamuwa, North-Central and Eastern in the same month. He said although the govt had promised on numerous occasions that it would hold the elections to the three PCs, it had been unable to do so due to the instability of the govt. “If the UNP and SLFP intend to contest the PC polls together they are welcome to do so. more..

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