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Uni non-academic strike continues

Mar 13 (CT) State University students and academics are distressed over the continued protests carried out by university non-academic staff for the13th day in a row. Activities and day-to-day functions of universities have since been halted. University Trade Union Joint Committee Chairman Edward Malwattage said that the Committee intends to continue their protests until a fair solution is given by the authorities. He explained that the indefinite strike was launched to demand more..

RPC’s rosy plans insufficient to assure true sustainability

Mar 13 (DN) Regional Plantation companies (RPCs) at every forum, make vain attempts to give a very rosy generalized picture of their plans, investments and performance but these are barely sufficient to assure true sustainability, said Minister Navin Dissanayake. There is a serious crisis blooming in the plantation sector and those troubled RPCs cannot take an ostrich approach and heap self-praise on themselves. He was addressing the first seminar on Sustainability of Plantation more..

Bar Association goes to SC against establishment of Anti-Corruption High Court

Mar 13 (FT) Bar Association filed a Fundamental Rights case against the proposed amendments to the Judicature Act to establish a Permanent High Court at Bar, opposing the proposed move to remove the decision-making process of instituting criminal proceedings from the Supreme Court. The proposed amendment transfers this power to the Attorney General and the Director General for the CIABOC. more..

Lankan maid shot dead in Saudi Arabia

Mar 13 (SG) A SL woman was killed by gunfire in Buraidah Saturday morning. A Saudi man who was accused of opening fire on the woman later committed suicide by shooting himself. The dead woman was identified as Priyanka Jayashanker, 42, who worked as a housemaid. Her body was kept in hospital morgue in Al-Ras for further legal procedures. Police received information about the incident Saturday morning. Saudi man killed the SL maid inside his house with a hunting rifle. more..

Key witness claims he was threatened

Mar 13 (DN) Businessman Gehard Mendis, 74, a key witness in the alleged extortion case filed against three accused including MP Prasanna Ranatunga and his wife yesterday informed Colombo High Court that Prasanna Ranatunga while he was serving as the Western Province Chief Minister in 2015 had threatened him over the phone demanding the rest of the money involved in a land deal. Attorney General (AG) had filed indictments against former Western Province CM more..

JO demands PSC for impartial investigation of communal unrest

Mar 13 (FT) Party Leaders will today decide on the appointment of a Parliamentary Select Committee to probe the incidents of communal unrest in various parts of the country in recent weeks. The JO in Parliament last week called the House to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to investigate the riots that occurred in Ampara and Kandy districts. “A Parliamentary Select Committee will be practical and more..

Beware of offers of trips to Oz, Sri Lankan refugees warned

Mar 13 (TOI) The Tiruvallur district administration has put up a notice at the Sri Lankan refugee camp in Gummidipoondi urging the inmates to be cautious about agents promising to take them to Australia by sea as most of them abandon the refugees off Christmas Island in Pacific Ocean. The notice includes a letter from the Australian govt, written by the air-vice marshal, detailing several restrictions on taking in refugees and later granting them citizenship. more..

Kandy’s Battle of Blues and Battle of Babes on March 16-17

Mar 13 (DN) Postponed 101st Battle of the Blues between Trinity & St. Anthony’s will take place on March 16-17 at Asgiriya Stadium. For these two schools there are no games bigger than this clash. St. Anthony’s and Trinity are the two of the oldest colleges and this encounter is also the sixth oldest Big Match in SL. This season both schools are evenly balanced with good records going into this match. Trinity have been in good form, without losing a game, they have won six. more..

Mahanayake proposes inter-community committees to tackle ethnic disputes

Mar 13 (Island) Most Venerable Mahanayake of Malwatte Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera, during a discussion with a group of MPs on Saturday, proposed that inter-community committees be established at Buddhist temples to tackle the problem of communal violence. The all-party parliamentary group led by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya called on the prelate to seek his advice more..

Dinuk H. appointed new Chairman of COYLE

Mar 13 (FT) Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) announced the appointment of Dinuk Hettiarachchi as its new Chairman, following its 19th anniversary celebrations held on Saturday at the Ballroom of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. Hettiarachchi is the Managing Partner of Nihal Hettiarachchi & Co., a leading auditing and accounting firm in Sri Lanka. He is also the Chairman of 3DH International Group of Companies with a diversified portfolio comprising of more..

Chandi Malli & wife remanded in assault case

Mar 13 (Island) Kaduwela Acting Magistrate on Saturday remanded till March 13 Southern Provnicial Councillor H.K.Kasun alias Chandi Malli and his wife charged with assulting and injuring a 177 route bus driver at the Talangama -Koswatte junction. Driver Milinda Sugathapala was released on Rs. 200,000 surety bail. The prosecution had complained against the victim. Police told court that the victim had parked his bus opposite the bus terminal obstructing the road. more..

SL slammed over response to riots

Lankan women in IT commit to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Mar 13 (Island) In a bid to bring gender diversity to the forefront, a group of high-profile professionals from some of SL's leading technology-driven companies has committed time, effort, and energy towards a series of programmes under Driving Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace. The working group, Diversity Collective, is committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and promoting the future of young and aspiring female IT students. more..

Minister approves rugby coaches for NZ training

Mar 13 (CT) Having raised many questions, Sports Ministry has finally given the green light for ten local rugby coaches to go ahead for the World Rugby Level 2 training programme which will be held in Wellington Hurricanes Base from 16-20 April. Last year Sports Ministry had agreed to pump money to support SL Rugby to develop the standard of the local rugby coaches by sending a few of them for overseas training. Then SL Rugby recommended eight coaches to the ministry to follow more..

New Port City’s hidden truth spells danger for future generations

Mar 13 (ST) Marine biologist Carmel Corea begins her argument against the Port City by quoting Arahat Mahinda who is believed to have told King Devanampiyatissa “the birds and beasts have an equal right to move about in any part of the island as thou and that the island belongs to the people and that thou are only a guardian”. Hands up, I admit that I didn’t delve into the Mahavamsa to confirm the words passed between more..

SL into Asian games beating Taipei 4/1

Mar 13 (DN) Sri Lanka men’s national hockey team beat Chinese Taipei 4/1 in the semi finals of the Asian Games qualifiers at the Quaaboos Artificial Hockey Turf in Muscat, Oman yesterday. Lankan stickers led 2/1 at half time. After a tough score-less first quarter Lankans took the lead scoring two goals while restricting opponents to one in the following quarter. The other two Lankan goals came in third and fourth quarters respectively. Anuradha Suresh hit the board twice while more..

Editorial: Anamaduwa people show the way

Mar 13 (Island) News is extremely depressing these days. As if the unfortunate incidents of barbaric communal violence unleashed by extremists in Kandy were not enough, the country has had to brace for the wrath of weather gods. Amidst gloom and doom, there has appeared a ray of hope. An ennobling story has been reported from Anamaduwa, where some rabid extremists strove to ignite flames of ethnic violence, thankfully, without success, on Sunday. more..

Thakur, Pandey fashion India's emphatic win

Mar 13 (CI) Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik calmly negotiated a tricky middle period to get India their second win in a truncated 19-overs a side Nidahas Trophy fixture. They beat Sri Lanka by six wickets, with 10 balls to spare, and go atop of the points table with one game to play. The win was earlier fashioned by Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, who bowled tight spells on the face of a proper Sri Lanka counter-attack more..

Who is trying to destroy our unity and why?

Mar 13 (Island) The mob violence that erupted at Ampara town on Monday February 26, a day after PM Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the stop-gap Minister of Law and Order and followed by violence in Digana, Teldeniya and several other parts of Kandy, independently of the Ampara events, will soon be forgotten, notwithstanding evidence that the extremist attacks in both places appear to be well organised following prior concert. Most Sri Lankans here and those elsewhere across more..

Setting up Kangaroo courts to try political opponents

Mar 13 (Island) The govt has presented a Bill in Parliament to amend the Judicature Act No. 2 of 1978 so as to make provision for the setting up of a permanent High Court at Bar to hear cases in relation to a wide range of financial and property related offences. The offences which come under this proposed permanent High Court at Bar are specified in the Schedule of the Bill and include virtually all offences in relation to financial and property matters in the existing law. more..

Face the Nation

Energy future; Sun, the Saviour

Mar 13 (CT) Sri Lanka quickly grabbed the opportunity to be a founder member of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), which held its first summit yesterday (March 11) in New Delhi, with the participation of the summit initiators, Indian Premier Narendra Modi, French President Emanuel Macron, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and heads of governments of several countries including Bangladesh, Seychelles, Ghana, Australia, Venezuela, Fiji and Mauritius. more..

The election of 2001

Mar 13 (CT) In going back to Ranil's antics with regard to English medium, I should perhaps also sketch in more about the background to understand what had happened. And, first and foremost I should note, since it is claimed that I am unreasonably prejudiced against Ranil, the fact is I voted for his party in the election of Dec 2001. Though President Kumaratunga had fully supported Tara in reintroducing English medium education in the latter part of 2001, by then the writing was more..

'We have no deals with Ranil'

Mar 13 (CT) JO MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage says that if Ranil Wickremesinghe loses the premiership tomorrow, Mahendran, Aloysius, and Ravi and everyone else will reveal everything regarding the Bond fraud. Q: You contested the election to make Mahinda Rajapaksa the PM. Many weeks have passed by but aren't you still in the same position? A: This govt worked against the people's mandate for 3 years. more..

It is nothing but the tooth

Mar 13 (ST) Would you believe this! That loquacious Cabinet spokesman seems to have gone into hibernation or some kind of sleep mode in the last three year or so. Replying to a media query at a recent cabinet briefing Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, known to some if not many as Dath dosthara made the astonishing claim that Sri Lanka was not a co-sponsor of UNHRC Resolution 30/1 of 1st October 2015 and in fact did not join some other member states in sponsoring it. more..

Thrice blessed Lanka thrice blasted

Mar 13 (ST) Whilst the nation is dogged by political instability and totters perilous on the abyss of economic impunity, this week saw communalism’s fiery flames ignite on the hilly streets of the land, in the Buddhist capital of Kandy where the sacred Sri Dalada resides, to make this thrice blessed Lanka thrice blasted; with emergency law laying new siege on the country’s door step and trespassing on its freedoms. As Sinhala mobs from surrounding areas descended on Digana town more..

Digana mayhem: law enforcement failures

Mar 13 (SO) As tensions spiralled into violence on the streets in the Kandy district, the Police came in for major flak for failing to stop the mobs and prevent loss of life and property in the affected areas, as Ministers and Opposition politicos charged that law enforcement had failed the people during the unrest. “Every time this happens, the local level police are failing and it allowed the mob to go berserk,” said Minister Rauff Hakeem, more..

Anti-Muslim riots: Unstoppable?

Mar 13 (CT) Sri Lankans know when there is a riot because the country has witnessed a series of ethnic riots against the Tamils, before the hostilities turned into an organized armed conflict. Sri Lankans also understand pretty well the destructive consequences of such anti-minority violence. Yet, the violence continues. The recent trend of anti-Muslim riots began to unfold ever since the war between the armed forces and the LTTE ended in a stunning military victory for the SL state. more..

Why do they hate none-Sinhalese?

Mar 13 (CT) When July 1983 ethnic program occurred, I was a junior high school student from Colombo. I didn’t have any meaningful understanding of what had happened in the third week of July. But witnessed the looting of properties belong to Tamils in Colombo and burned down bodies by Sinhala-Buddhist extremists (with the help from local cops). That one week horrific violence against the Tamils, negatively affected my own life though I am ethically Moor (Muslims). more..

Sri Lanka hope new software can power cricket recovery

Mar 12 (AFP) Sri Lanka is adopting an advanced software used by football club Barcelona to manage its injury-prone cricketers as the national team trains for the World Cup next year. The island's cricket board hopes the state-of-the-art player management system will restore Sri Lanka's prestige on the world stage after their worst year in international cricket. The board spent $75,000 on the software, adapting it to suit its cricketers. more..

Current issues because govt. following NGO’s advice: Gota

Mar 12 (DM) Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the main reason for most of the issues in the country was the result of following the advice of NGOs rather than seeking advice of the Maha Sanga. The govt was acting on the instructions of the NGOs instead of seeking the advice of the Maha Sanga, Mr. Rajapaksa said at an event in Kandy. “The govt has forgotten religious values, our culture and sovereignty and this has resulted in various issues within different more..

NICs for O/L candidates in April

Mar 12 (NR) Department of Registration of Persons says the issuance of National Identity Cards for students sitting the 2018 Ordinary Level examination will commence from April. Accordingly the Department has requested all candidates to submit relevant application forms before the 31st of March. Department stressed a circular containing guidelines in this regard has been issued to all Principals. The NICs will be issued to all candidates who have turned 15 years of age. more..

Some Sri Lanka banks up fixed deposit rates

Mar 12 (EN) Some SL banks have raised rates for 12 -month term deposits, which could be an early sign that credit demand may be recovering, and the economy has made a so-called soft landing, analysts say, though there has also been a spike in Treasuries yields. In mid-March publicly traded Sampath Bank raised its 12-month fixed term deposit rate advertised online to 11.5% from 10.5%. DFCC Bank later followed suit, more..

Persons responsible for Kandy incident will be punished:Thalatha

Mar 12 (AD) Minister of Justice Thalatha Atukorale said that a comprehensive investigation into the Kandy incident will be carried out and those found responsible for these attacks will be severely penalized. The Minister made this sentiment while participating at a ceremony to distribute sport equipment in Balangoda. “This Facebook gang which started from Kandy has been spread throughout the country to fulfill the selfish needs and for the existence of a few,” she said. more..

Aircraft spares found in retired airman’s house

Mar 12 (DM) Police recovered several parts of an aircraft from a house of a retired officer of Sri Lanka Air force in Alubomulla, Panadura today, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said. He said the suspect who had 12 year of service in the SL Air force as an aeronautical engineer is now being employed by a private aviation company after retirement. The 42- year-old suspect had claimed the recovered parts were discarded aircraft parts which were purchased from private company. more..

‘Govt purposely restricting the use of Facebook’

Mar 12 (NR) UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila says the govt is attempting to gain political mileage through the restriction of the use of Facebook over the recent unrest in the Kandy District. PHU MP Gammanpila said there is no requirement to continue the restriction of social media as a peaceful environment prevails within the country. He stressed the unrest reported in Kandy has been brought under control, more..