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Rupiyale Balaya: The rupee scores big today

Sep 22 (Island) Shouldn’t we stop this talk about Sri Lanka losing? Why, didn’t we lose against Bangladesh and Afghanistan, and get thrown out of the Asia Cup? Come on, that is in cricket, and not even Test Cricket… It is time to think of bigger matters. What bigger matters are you thinking of? Just look at the Rupee –Dollar Match – we are rising every day. Just now we have gone past 170 to One Dollar. Did we ever have such a good score? more..

The forthcoming UNGA sessions

Sep 22 (Island) According to media reports President Sirisena is planning to attend the forthcoming 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, where he hopes to use the opportunity presented to amend the UNHRC Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the govt. General Assembly sessions are normally occasions for broad policy statements. However, in the case of SL presenting its case before the General Assembly is in order to bring to the attention of a world body such as the UN more..

Pursuing Peace Development without the human factor

Sep 22 (CT) The seven weeks between my returning from Geneva in June 2009, and the closure of the Secretariat at the end of July, were intensely busy. Though I no longer had to get up well before dawn to finish my paperwork at the Secretariat – once leading our Director Administration to reprimand my driver for putting a false time of arrival, when we started work around 4 a.m. – I did get up before that on occasion to head off to the Refugee Camp at Vavuniya. more..


Janabala Colombata in retrospect

Sep 22 (DN) Looking back after the dust had settled on the Janabala Colombata attempted mass protest earlier this month, in the overall context of the SLPP/Joint Opposition politics, several factors become clear. Firstly, with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa throwing his hat into the ring as it were to be the political heir apparent of term limit barred Mahinda Rajapaksa, this was the reminder by the eldest offspring, that there is age limit barred sons also waiting in the wings. more..

Presidential race gives bedlam to politics

Sep 22 (DN) The current political and media hype over an alleged assassination attempt on President Maithripala Sirisena and a possible presidential candidate, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, has pushed back the growing interest in the candidates in the coming presidential poll. Allegations made against Deputy Inspector General of the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Police, Nalaka de Silva, requires the most speedy and serious probe into the matter. It is proper that DIG de Silva has more..

'Military and police are split in the Maldives'

Sep 22 (CT) Former President of Maldives and Leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Mohamed Nasheed, meeting local and foreign journalists yesterday in Colombo, gave a brief summary on the upcoming Presidential Election scheduled for Sept 23, 2018. He accused incumbent President Abdulla Yameen of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPP) of flouting election laws. more..

Lonely sentinel of a vanished wilderness

Sep 22 (Island) Many, many months ago I wrote a piece about the last surviving bak mee tree in Colombo. It yet stands, in lonely splendor, giving character to our building cluttered neighbourhood. I have lived in, and around, this area for over 70 years and remember this tree standing proud amidst the marshy grassland that then surrounded it. We will never know how, and when, this native of the Vanni jungles rooted itself in a Colombo that had not yet become the asphalt jungle of today. more..

Menstrual hygiene, A necessity not a luxury

Sep 22 (CT) Of 4.2 million menstruating women in SL, only 30% use disposable sanitary napkins. Given the stigma surrounding menstruation, many Sri Lankans – including policy makers – are unaware of the impacts of poor menstrual hygiene management (MHM).This is worrying because poor MHM poses significant health risks including urogenital infections and cervical cancer. Additionally, poor MHM may adversely impact female educational performance and female more..

'Janabalaya aim was never to change govt'

Sep 22 (SO) In a wide ranging interview shortly after his arrival from New Delhi where he joined former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s widely reported visit, SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L.Peiris explained the purpose of their trip and the future of the SLPP while shooting down speculation on the notable absence of Basil Rajapaksa from Janabalaya sit-in protest. Q: What was the purpose of recent visit by former Prez Rajapaksa to more..

Rajani’s questions the Tamil elite have refused to answer

Sep 22 (CT) Rains and early gloom harbinger the dying year. Fields are ploughed and sown in readiness for the earth’s renewal and the yield of her bounty. It was at such a time that Rajani Thiranagama was killed by the LTTE 29 years ago. Her questions and aphorisms often challenged our assumptions at their core. The following Appeal authored by her in October 1988 appeared in Laying Aside Illusions signed by 50 academics in the common room of the University of Jaffna: more..

People have voted time and again to abolish executive presidency: Sumanthiran

Sep 22 (SO) The people of SL have proved time and again that they favour the abolition of the executive presidency, since they have supported every presidential candidate who has promised to scrap the office since 1994, said Counsel for petitioners intervening in support of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution in the Supreme Court on Friday (14). President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran, who serves as Counsel for the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, more..

Eight members of 16 group removed from SLFP organiser posts

Sep 21 (DM) The Central Committee of the SLFP has decided to remove electoral organiser posts of eight out of the 16 SLFPers who defected to the Joint Opposition. The decision was taken at the SLFP CC meeting which was held at President Sirisena’s residence last evening. MPs Susil Premejayantha, W.D.J. Seneviratne, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane, Chandima Weerakkody are more..

New villages development authority for plantation region bill presented

Sep 21 (FT) The Govt presented the New Villages Development Authority for Plantation Region Bill in Parliament on Wednesday. Presenting the Bill, Minister Palany Thigambaram said that plantation sector communities have not been provided with even the most basic of facilities, and that it was high time the State took measures to rectify the situation. “Successive Governments have failed to resolve the hardships faced by the upcountry plantation sector community. more..

First Int'l Buddhist Tourism Summit on Oct 2

Sep 21 (DN) The Alumni Association of Tourism Economics and Hospitality Management (AATEHM) and the students of Tourism Study Programme, Department of Economics, University of Colombo will hold the First International Buddhist Tourism Conference on Oct 2, under the theme 'A Simple Life and Middle Path for Responsible Religious Tourism Development' at Ridee Viharaya in Kurunegala. According to Dr. Saranga Silva, Coordinator of the Tourism Economics and more..

Plan to legalize sale of wild boar meat

Sep 21 (CT) Ministry of Agriculture intends to submit a Cabinet Paper within the coming week to legalize the sale of wild boar meat, Ministry officials said. 30% of the country’s annual agricultural harvest is lost due to wild animals and wild boar have become a menace causing crop destruction followed by monkeys, toque monkeys, wild elephants and peacocks. Officials also added that while methods have been stepped up to more..

Lt. Col. Erantha Peiris remanded

Sep 21 (AD) Army Intelligence Officer Lieutenant Colonel Erantha Peiris, who was arrested over the disappearance of Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, has been remanded until Sept 28. He was arrested by the CID yesterday and produced before the Homagama Magistrate today. The army intelligence officer was summoned to appear at the CID yesterday to record a statement while he was taken into custody after giving his statement. The CID has arrested several army intelligence members more..

Delimitation report delayed by 2 months

Sep 21 (NR) Delimitation Review Committee has informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that another two months is required to compile the report on the delimitation of Provincial Councils. Speaker was informed of the requirement during a special party leaders meeting that convened under the patronage of the Speaker. Accordingly the Committee said there is a need to conduct an in depth study into delimitation and reach agree a common stance prior to the compilation of the report. more..

Probe launched over teenage girl sent to Middle East as domestic worker

Sep 21 (AD) The CID has launched investigations into an incident of a Sri Lankan teenage girl being sent as a domestic work to the Middle East. Owing the issues that had arisen while she had been employed as a house maid in the Middle East, the girl in question was sheltered at the Detention Center of the SL Embassy in Oman, and later sent back to Sri Lanka. Although the girl claims to have been born in 2000, more..

Video: Calls to abolish PTA at protest in Jaffna

Sep 21 (AD) A protest urging the abolition of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was held this morning in Jaffna. The protest had been organized by a group including the NPC member M.K. Sivajilingam of the TNA. National unity and permanent peace cannot be established in the country, Sivajilingam said, speaking to reporters during the protest. He added that they urge the President and the Prime Minister to revoke the PTA and to release political prisoners arrested more..

The govt. we formed treated me like a terrorist: Ravi

Sep 21 (DM) UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake sai false allegations had been levelled against him by the same govt which they formed. "Is this the Good Governance? The same govt, which we formed, treated me like a terrorist," he said. He told parliament that the same economic stalwarts who steered the country towards a negative economy in 2000 during the Chandrika Kumaratunge’s govt are running the country today and added that they have been allowed to easily ruin the economy more..

Today the number of kidney patients are decreasing at a significant rate: Prez

Sep 21 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out that the number of chronic kidney disease patients are decreasing at a significant rate annually as a result of the comprehensive programmes implemented by the govt to prevent kidney disease spreading in the country. Prez Sirisena further said that the innocent people in the country subjected to this disease and the govt executed extensive programmes during more..

Govt declares Sept. 21-28 as Information Week

Sep 21 (DN) Govt has declared Sept 21 to 28 as the Information Week to make the public aware about their right to information and motivating them to use it for their benefit. Addressing a media briefing in this regard Additional Secretary (Development and Planning) of Finance and Mass Media Ministry Thilaka Jayasundara said that the govt has declared the Information Week coinciding with the International Day of Right to Information (RTI) which falls on Sept 28 every year. more..

Couple surviving on Murunga leaves: President deploys officer to probe

Sep 21 (DM) President Sirisena said he immediately deployed an officer to look into the incident where a starving couple from Kahatagasdigiliya had been feeding on Murunga leaves for days due to the lack of water and food. Addressing an event in A'pura, he said all state officers and the ministers in the region should be held responsible for the situation. “It is the responsibility of all ministers and state officials to visit the affected people and provide relief," he said. Daily Mirror and our sister paper more..

Supreme Court upholds SAITM ruling

Sep 21 (AD) The Supreme Court today upheld the Appeals Court decision calling upon the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to register SAITM medical graduates. SAITM is legally eligible to issue medical degrees to its students, Court of Appeal had ruled on Jan 31, 2017. Appellate Court had also directed SLMC to give provisional registration to medical students passing out from the private medical college in Malabe. more..

Court stays CID probe into Ravi K

Sep 21 (DM) The Colombo Chief Magistrate today issued a stay order on the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) investigation of MP Ravi Karunanayake over allegedly providing false evidence to the Bond Commission. Counsel appearing for MP Karunanayake said the Bond Commission had no legal authority to direct the CID to launch investigations. Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake said an order would be given in this regard on September 26. more..

Preaching distorted Dhamma: Four monks warned and pardoned

Sep 21 (Island) Most Venerable Mahanayake of Malwatte Chapter Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera warned four young monks that they would be expelled from Siyam Nikaya Malwatte Chapter if they continued to engage in the propagation of distorted version of the Buddha Dhamma. The four young monks were summoned by the Malwatte Maha Vihare following complaints against them. The four monks having admitted that they were engaged in the act of propagating more..

Govt assures swift solution to worker shortages

Sep 21 (EN) The SL govt will take up concerns over worker shortages at the highest levels and will adopt a pragmatic approach to the problem, a senior minister said. Shortages of workers in industry, agriculture and services has led to calls to liberalise entry procedures to allow foreign labour, especially those in sectors facing skills scarcities although vested interests oppose the move. The govt will do everything possible more..

More FDI exits than entries

Sep 21 (CT) A recent study by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) revealed that, although foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Sri Lanka recovered last year, hitting the US$ one billion mark, the underlying bottlenecks of poor ease of doing business, attracting the wrong types of investments and policy uncertainty have prevented Sri Lanka from ushering in optimal FDI gains throughout the post-war period. IPS, on a recent posting on its website further said that an entry/exit analysis found that, more..

Yahapalana bonanza for Sumal Perera

Sep 21 (AM) Access CEO Sumal Perera, who recently demonstrated his eagerness for a despotic ruler in SL, received a Yahapalana bonanza this week when the Cabinet approved to give him 114.5 perches at Union Place, Colombo 02, on a 99-year lease. Perera, moderating a recent panel discussion in Colombo, slammed the government for lack of policy stability and firm decision-making in the country. When Softlogic CEO Ashok Pathirage, speaking at the same discussion, more..

Russian warship deal resurfaces due to Sirisena’s intervention to protect Ravi W.

Sep 21 (CT) Although four days have elapsed after the Mexican National Day, Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, who left the shores to attend the event on behalf of President Maithripala Sirisena, has still not returned to the country. Wijegunaratne left the country last week, under Sirisena’s blessings, despite a high-profile investigation against him for allowing Chandana Hettiarachchi more..

Writ against bribery case on ex-CJ and Judge: SC reserves order for 1 Oct ...

Sep 21 (FT) The Supreme Court yesterday reserved for 1 October its order on granting of leave with the Writ petitions challenging the decision of the Bribery Commission to institute proceedings against former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris and incumbent Superior Court Judge A.H.M.D. Nawaz in the Magistrate’s Court. Bench comprised Chief Justice Priyasath Dep and Justices Vijith K. Malalgoda and Lalith Dehideniya. The Petitions were filed by Justice Nawaz, Bar Association of Sri Lanka and more..

High possibility for afternoon thundershowers from Sunday

Sep 21 (AD) Dept of Meteorology said that the possibility for afternoon thundershowers over the Island, particularly in the Northern, Eastern, North-central and Uva provinces from 23rd Sept is high. Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and Western provinces while several spells of showers will also occur in North-western province. Showers or thundershowers are expected to occur at several places in Eastern and Uva provinces after more..

Chandima Weerakkody

The bald truth about fake news, etc.

Sep 21 (FT) In its most innocent forms, we may all enjoy a bit of fake news and go to bed with a lighter heart and clean conscience. A meme on Facebook urging social media consumers to caution – You can’t believe everything you read on the internet – Abraham Lincoln – is both funny and ironic. Or virtually any short piece by those pastmasters of parody, NewsCurry, would suffice to make the point to say nothing of alleviating mood. Note… it’s not quite satire, but who cares when it’s so more..

Cricket: Change the Top

Sep 21 (CT) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), in the past quarter century, reached its high watermark in 1996 when it won the 50-over World Cup (WC) in 1996 in Pakistan. SLC was then managed by Ana Punchihewa, Managing Director Pure Beverages, a now defunct soft drinks company, who was President, SLC and Dave Whatmore, an Australian, its National Coach. But no sooner after this global victory, for inexplicable reasons Punchihewa lost his re-election bid to Upali Dharmadasa, more..