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Country will have to face repercussions of 20A before long: JVP

Sep 18 (DM) The JVP yesterday urged the govt and opposition MPs to come forward to defeat the 20th Amendment to the Constitution claiming that the country would have to face repercussions of the 20A before long. JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said that Ministers have been helpless in the Cabinet before the President where they have been forced to approve the 20A without any time to study it. more..

World Tourism Day 2020: Ceylon Tea to take centre stage in Kandy

Sep 18 (CT) A culinary competition, with live cooking and a culinary exhibition will take place at the Kandy City Centre from 25 Sept, celebrating World Tourism Day which falls on 27 Sept 2020. The event will be conducted under the theme, Explore the land of diversity with tea heritage and Sri Lanka spice. The culinary competition is organised by the Central Provincial Council Sri Lanka under the supervision of the Uni of Colombo with honoured partnership of the panel of Judges namely, more..

Video: 33,000 kg of turmeric illegally removed from customs seized; 10 suspects arrested

Sep 18 (AD) Bloemendhal Police has seized 33,000 kg of Turmeric and 3,000 kg of Oried illegally imported into the country and smuggled out of Customs. The stocks were found inside three container trucks parked near a storage complex, based on information received by Bloemendhal Police. Police said that 10 suspects have been arrested while the 3 container trucks and 07 lorries have also been taken into custody. It has been reported that the Turmeric and other items more..

Budget 2021 to provide immediate benefits to public

Sep 18 (FT) The Appropriation Bill for the year 2021 is scheduled to be tabled in Parliament during the second week of October, Cabinet was informed this week. PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also the Minister of Finance, presented the policy framework to be followed in preparation of the Budget for the year 2021, prioritising several key areas for which resources will be allocated in keeping with the Govt’s policy declaration, more..

Department of Sports Development conducts workshop for netball coaches

Sep 18 (Island) Dept of Sports Development commenced a workshop to upgrade the knowledge of netball coaches at the Torrington Sports facility on Wednesday. Second in a series of such workshops the three-day programme attracted some 40 coaches from various parts of the country. The coaches attached to Dept of Sports Development, Provincial Councils and the Netball Federation of SL were participating in the workshop which was inclusive of both theory & practical sessions. more..

Five arrested for forgery of the deed of a property owned by Easter bomber

Sep 18 (DM) Five individuals including a lawyer who were arrested for allegedly obtaining suicide bomber Mohammad Ibrahim Insaf Ahmed's Flower Road residence by using a forged deed, were ordered to be remanded till Sept 28 by Colombo Chief Magistrate Court. When the case was taken up before Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage, CID informed the Magistrate that five individuals had been arrested with regard to the matter and that they were detained more..

Sri Lanka not in a position to fully accept UNHRC remarks: Keheliya

Sep 18 (EN) The govt is not in a position to fully accept the remarks made about SL at the 45th sessions of the UNHRC this week, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. Since the end of civil war in 2009 the UNHRC has been making false allegations about war crimes, he said, trying to paint Sri Lanka as a barbaric state. Referring to a comment made by UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet about more..

People requested to be cautious from rabies-infected foxen: Wildlife Dept

Sep 18 (DM) Wildlife Dept requested people in Millaniya in Kalutara to be cautious of rabies-infected foxen attacks, Dept of Wildlife Conservation Director (Health) Dr Tharaka Prasad said. He requested the people not to walk alone roads, not to send children to schools alone and not to walk at night for at least two weeks to prevent rabies-infected fox attacks. “Foxes are active till 10 a.m from the night before. People are strictly instructed not to chase foxes,” he said. more..

Showery and windy condition to enhance over next few days

Sep 18 (AD) Windy condition over the island and the showery condition over the south-western parts are expected to enhance temporary to some extent from today to 21 Sept, says the Dept of Meterology. Showers will occur at times in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Western and North-western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. Heavy rainfall above 100 mm is likely at some places. Several spells of showers will occur in the North-central province. more..

CID Officer had 6-minute talk with Harin’s father

Sep 18 (CT) A six-minute-long telephone conversation had taken place between an officer attached to the CID and SJB National List MP Harin Fernando's father, Nihal Fernando on 20 April 2019, the day before Easter Sunday attacks last year, through which Nihal Fernando is believed to have been informed of the possibility of a terror attack. The said officer was engaged in several investigations carried out by the CID into more..

Sri Lanka to balance regulation with development: SEC Chairman

Sep 18 (EN) Securities and Exchange Commission will create play a developmental role and balance regulation to create confidence among investors, Chairman Viraj Dayaratne has said as the market moved to eliminate paperwork. The SEC will have “a robust regulatory regime that can create confidence in the stock market and safeguard the interests of the investors.” “At the same time, we are aware, that it is our duty to ensure that we facilitate the development of the market and more..

Sri Lanka to set up new industrial zone for Gampaha-Kegalle

Sep 18 (EN) Sri Lanka will set up a new industrial zone in an area spanning the Gampaha and Kegalle districts with dozens of industrialists asking for land. About 150 investors interested in starting businesses in the Western province have applied for land, but there was no space in 8 existing industrial zones. The new industrial zone will cover both the Gampaha and Kegalle districts. It will be sited on Pethiyakanda Watta, a 194 acres of land with the state Land Reform Commission. more..

Arrests of narcotics police highlight Sri Lanka's drug menace

Sep 18 (AJ) For years, authorities in Sri Lanka have tried to rid the Indian Ocean island nation of illegal drugs, even attempting to lift a decades-old moratorium on the death penalty to be able to execute drug offenders. But a drug ring allegedly including more than a dozen officers from a key national narcotics unit has exposed how much of a challenge that goal brings. It has also cast further doubt on police forces that have struggled to more..

Adverse publicity overseas, yet we’ve seen better earlier

Sep 18 (Island) A news item on Sri Lanka was splashed across a page of the New York Times on Sept 8. However, hang your heads, Countrymen and Co-women, the news item called for blushing over, cringing and wishing the cause of the adverse publicity had never occurred. Cass means to say that pre-Covid-19 our country and us, have been paid lavish praise: we were named the best tourist destination in the entire world, and not by one voting body but three, Lonely Planet included. more..

Ruwan Wijewardena: UNP leader-in-waiting

Sep 18 (Island) Former MP and State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena, was recently elected UNP Deputy Leader and consequently the leader-in-waiting, by that besieged party’s working committee. For a party, which has only a single National List seat in parliament, on which it cannot agree who should be nominated and which received less than half the votes, the fourth placed JVP did, the rather long drawn out process of finally replacing its leader, has begun. more..

Cabraal’s clarion call to capital market

Sep 18 (FT) State Minister Nivard Cabraal issued a clarion call to the capital market to boost listings and value, thereby unleashing new investment and income opportunities in tandem with the new Govt’s progressive measures. Noting that the Colombo stock market hadn’t really progressed in the past five years, he said market capitalisation had halved to $ 12.5 billion in 2019 from $ 25 billion in end 2014. more..

Turmeric self-sufficiency by 2022

Sep 18 (TM) The prevailing ban on turmeric imports, while creating a shortage of the popular spice in the medium term, is expected to enable SL to become self-sufficient in turmeric by early 2022, according to the Dept of Export Agriculture (DEA). DEA Director General Dr. A.P. Heenkenda said that measures are underway to cultivate turmeric in Sri Lanka to meet 50% of the local demand of turmeric next year and 100% of it by 2022. As an initial measure, turmeric has been cultivated in more..

Why nations fail

Sep 18 (ST) After reading one of my previous write-ups on Prosperity through democracy and elections in this column a few weeks ago, Alabi Moshood – a Uni lecturer from Africa, studying for a Doctorate degree in Economics, sent me a text message: “A very brilliant piece sir; well said. Policy formulation has never been our problem, rather it is about having the right leaders with the political will to deliver the desired outcome.” His comment inspired me to revisit the issue that more..

'Those who commemorate terrorists should be given maximum punishment'

Sep 18 (NA) Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, an international expert on terrorism who is now Honorary Professor at Sir John Kotelawala Defense Uni, has called for the arrest and trial of pro-LTTE Tamil leader and former MP, M.K. Shivajilingam and others who glorify terrorists. “They should be given the maximum punishment to deter others from following their destructive path,” he said. Dr. Gunaratna was commenting on Shivajilingam’s arrest more..

Regional Development Bank transforms to specialised micro finance bank

Sep 18 (ST) Regional Development Bank (RDB), a state-owned licensed specialised bank, is now being transformed into a fully-fledged micro financial institution to assist the rural poor and alleviate poverty, Chairman of the Bank Mahinda Saliya said. RDB will be mainly concentrating on micro finance with the aim of rescuing the rural poor being caught up in debt trap and poverty, he said. RDB’s mandate is to improve rural living standards by providing accessible and affordable financial services. more..

Two reasons why murder convict Premalal Jayasekara was allowed to take oaths

Sep 18 (DE) There has been great political furore and media anger against allowing a ruling SLPP member, Premalal Jayasekara, convicted for murder and sentenced to death, to take his oaths as a Member of Parliament. But there were two reasons why Jayasekara was allowed to do so. One was political and the other was legal. From the political point of view, the SLPP needs to have every single one of its 149 MPs to be present and voting when the controversial 20th Amendment comes up more..


Editorial: Terrorists and babies

Sep 18 (Island) What is unfolding before the PCoI probing the Easter Sunday carnage reminds us of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Erik Solheim once called the Tiger chief a nonpareil strategist. In fact, during the Vanni war, he sought to discourage the then Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa from going all out to eliminate the LTTE’s military muscle; he told the latter, at a meeting, that Prabhakaran was blessed with superb strategic thinking & capable of springing huge battlefield surprises for the army. more..

20A continues to dominate political arena

Sep 18 (TM) The draft 20th Amendment has stolen the spotlight from all other political discussions these days. Clauses of the proposed piece of legislation are being dissected. One of the key topics has been the return of the all-powerful executive presidency created by the late J.R. Jayewardene in 1978. However, Prez Rajapaksa last week addressed the issue of the 20th Amendment by making a statement on the matter. The Prez addressed the concerns raised by the Opposition during a meeting more..

Who is going to decide the contents of the new Constitution?

Sep 18 (DM) Leaders of the Opposition parties, especially those of the SJB and the UNP are making an unnecessary big fuss over the architect of the draft 20th Amendment that has already been gazetted. On the other hand the leaders of the ruling SLPP and its allies also seem to believe that they should not reveal the person or persons who drafted that amendment, for some unknown reasons. more..

Banning cattle slaughter, Premadasa, Rajapaksa & The Reality: Open letter to MR

Sep 18 (CT) As patriotic citizens of our mother land, we are very much happy to thank and wish you for your great service that has been rendered to this country to bring the peace and peaceful life for the people as a patriot of this country. First of all, our whole hearted thanks go to your highness for the successful decision taken to stop slaughtering cattle for food in the meeting of ruling govt party on the 07th Sept 2020 and the portfolios meeting on the 9th Sept 2020 unanimously. more..

Keep to your lane and eye the police!

Sep 18 (DM) Sri Lanka needs stricter road laws and tough law enforcement officials to implement them. When ever an authority says this it underscores one major issue; a good number of Sri Lankan motorists, three wheel drivers and motorbike riders need to be disciplined. But the problem with implementing these laws is that such efforts often attract protests. The bottom line is that Sri Lankans oppose laws whenever efforts are taken to discipline them. Just a few days ago more..

Did we need a pandemic to curb pollution?

Sep 18 (CT) The world is set up in a truly wonderful way, such that, everything that happens in it brings about both positive and negative consequences. An example of this is how, over the past few months, the outbreak of COVID-19 tragically has so far claimed more than 28,330,000 human lives, and yet brought about a benefit to the planet itself, as many of the human activities that have been destroying the environment for more..

SL’s stroll on the corridors of world power

Sep 18 (DM) As kids we knew of China as a country producing inferior or cheap goods. There was even a joke shared among schoolchildren when one kid had penned in her notebook that the opposite of original is Chinese. That’s the old China we knew of. Fast forward from the past to 2020 and China is contesting against America to establish itself as a global economic power. And the scary part is that China is slowly getting rid of obstacles in its way in pursuing this endeavour. more..

Constitutional changes create dynastic rule

Sep 18 (CT) With all the debates, controversies and rigmarole surrounding the issue of abolishing 19th Amendment with 20th Amendment, and the demand from certain quarters for a new constitution, there is perhaps one historic outcome from the whole episode, and that is, the virtual establishment of hereditary rule by the Rajapaksa dynasty, at least in the short and medium terms. This feat is about to be accomplished quite unobtrusively through the democratic process but with the help of more..

Captain of MT New Diamond noticed to appear in court

Sep 17 (AD) Colombo Magistrate’s Court today issued notice on the Captain of the MT New Diamond oil tanker to appear before the court on September 28. Notice was issued by Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage after considering a request made by Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris, appearing on behalf of the CID which is conducting investigations. When the case was taken up today through a motion, more..

GMOA urges Pavithra to ensure independence of SLMC

Sep 17 (CT) The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), yesterday urged Health Minister, Pavithra Wanniarachchi to take immediate action to ensure the independence of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC). In a letter to Wanniarachchi, GMOA Secretary, Dr. Senal Fernando, alleged the Acting Assistant Registrar (AAR) of the SLMC had met an outside party with confidential documents related to the Foreign University Evaluation Committee of the SLMC. more..

Sri Lanka to call international bids for 300MW LNG IPP

Sep 17 (EN) CEB will call int'l tenders for a 300 MegaWatt liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant to be operated as an independent power producer (IPP), state information office said. The cabinet of ministers had approved the proposal for the plant to be run on a build own operate transfer (BOOT) arrangement. 300MW plant should be set up in Kerawalapitiya, north of Colombo. Cabinet had approved the proposal by the Minister of Power to call int'l competitive bids to select the investor. more..

Angoda Lokka died of heart attack: CB-CID

Sep 17 (Hindu) SL fugitive gangster Lasantha Chandana Perera alias Angoda Lokka had died of heart attack in Coimbatore and no foul play was involved in his death, a senior officer of the CB-CID said based on the findings of the post-mortem, chemical exam and histopathology reports. K. Shankar, IGP, CB-CID, told The Hindu the three reports did not have any finding related to unnatural death. “There was no finding of poisoning or other suspected aspects in the reports,” he said. more..

Govt going back on promises: TNA

Sep 17 (CT) TNA Ampara District MP Thavarasa Kalaiyarasan said owing to ethnic and racial marginalisation, the Tamil community is gradually losing its identity. He expressed regret that the Govt was deliberately deceiving the Tamils, noting that during the concluded Prez Election, they had promised that the Kalmunai North DS would be upgraded but that this has so far not taken place. Kalaiyarasan said after the end of the separatist war in 2009, the former govt had promised that more..

Zero access to drugs claims another life of prisoner

Sep 17 (DM) Another inmate at the Kalutara Prison has committed suicide for not being able to consume drugs bringing the total number of suicides to six within the last weeks. Prison sources said the prisoner who had been in remand custody over a heroin case, had committed suicide inside the toilet of the second ward last night. The prisoner was admitted to the Nagoda Hospital after he was noticed by other inmates. However, he succumbed to his injuries on admission. more..