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High flying treasurer

Sept 9 (DM) Most of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) exco members were clueless in the past few days as to how the SLC Treasurer Nuski Mohamed represented SLC at the Development Committee meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Saturday. The exco which met last week gave approval for SLC President Jayantha Dharmadasa who is also the president of the ACC to represent them at this meeting and even on Monday were under the impression that more..

Secret trial at Supreme Court

Sept 10 (SM) A petition seeking an interpretation regarding the 18th amendment to the constitution has been reportedly taken up today (9) in chambers of the chief justice. The case was heard secretly without the participation of any outsiders, reports say. It was revealed that the panel of judges has been comprised of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice Eva Wanasundera and petition was filed under the case number CHA/REG/MIS:01 . more..

Election postponement unlikely: PaFFREL

Sept 10 (DM) Despite speculation that the elections to the Uva PC will be postponed if election violence continued, PaFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi said it was unlikely after a meeting with the Elections Commissioner. “There aren’t that many serious incidents as in past elections. Though not a healthy situation, there is nothing serious to warrant a delay. We met the Elections Commissioner, the senior DIG of more..

ITAK demands greater devolution of power in north

Sept 9 (PTI) The TNA will start a non-violent struggle from January to seek full implementation of the 1987 Indo-Sri Lanka Accord to achieve maximum devolution of power in northern areas. The parent party of the TNA, ITAK, passed a resolution to this effect during its national convention held over the weekend in the northern town of Vavuniya. Among the 15 resolutions passed, was an action plan to commence a non-violent struggle from January next year to press for the demand of more..

Troops educated on dangers of drug addiction

Sept 10 (SLA) Security Force Headquarters - Wanni (SFHQ-W) with the intention of enlightening the troops on dangers of the use of narcotics, organized a counselling programme on Friday at the SFHQ-W auditorium. Messrs Chamara Karunaratne, Drug Information and Educational Assistance Agency, together with several other officials, at the request of the SFHQ-W conducted those lectures during the day. Those informative lectures focused on Prevention of use of drugs, more..

Lankan hospital rates to be reduced for Maldivians

Sept 10 (Haveeru) Discussions were held between Maldivian and Sri Lankan govt to reduce the rates for health services provided to Maldivians in Sri Lankan hospitals. Fisheries Minister Dr Mohamed Shiny, a participant on the Maldives-Sri Lanka Joint Committee meeting held this Wednesday said that Maldivian govt officials had noted the high price rates of services available in Sri Lankan hospitals for Maldivians, and more..

ITAK urges Tamils to give evidence before war crimes inquiry panel without hesitation

Sept 10 (AM) The ITAK has urged the people in the North before to give evidence before any international inquiry panel into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, without any hesitation. ITAK is one of the main constituent parties of the TNA. The Tamil party today made public the resolutions that were passed at its convention which took place in Vavuniya last week. "We condemn this agenda of the govt which obliterates the ethnic, cultural and religious identities of the Tamil areas and abuses state power to more..

GL emphasized passage for SL fishermen through Maldivian waters

Sept 10 (MEA) The right of passage for Sri Lankan fishermen through Maldivian waters as a means of access to the high seas was among the matters taken up by Minister G.L. Peiris, at the Joint Commission with the Maldives at the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday. Practical strategies by the two countries to derive the maximum benefit for their people from the evolving concept of the blue ocean, with proper management of the exploitation of marine resources, more..

Maldives to deny Sri Lanka’s request to use Maldivian territorial waters

Sept 10 (Haveeru) Maldivian Fisheries Ministry said that govt would not grant Sri Lankan vessels permission to cross Maldivian territorial waters without any prior request to do so. Fisheries Ministry released a press statement to refute the rumors going on that the govt would grant Sri Lankan govt’s request at the Maldives-Sri Lanka Joint Committee meeting to be held later on Wednesday. The ministry said that SL govt had always more..

Mangala slams at media tycoons who disrupt the unity of UNP

Sept 10 (AM) UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera, who addressed a press conference in Colombo shortly after his return to Colombo from a visit to England, lashed out at certain media tycoons who, according to him, are trying to create disharmony in his party. He also added that certain media institutions, owned by such ‘tycoons’, were trying to create issues in the party ahead of every crucial election in the recent past. “What is happening today is a mere continuation of the same process,” more..

SLFP conventions at electoral level in full swing

Sept 10 (Island) SLFP intends to have party conventions at electoral level in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in early October in accordance with an overall political strategy meant to revamp the party. Minister Dallas Alahapperuma said that the party would hold its annual convention in early November after completing electoral conventions at all 168 electorates. He said that conventions had been held in 136 out of 168 electorates and the rest would be completed within the first two more..

Norochchoali still limping

Sept 10 (Island) First coal-fired power plant in Norochcholai would not be in a position to supply 900MW to the national grid immediately and it would take more than a month for that amount of electricity to be produced, a CEB official said. CEB would not be in a position to go for a price revision in the immediate future. He, however, said that plans were underway to withdraw Fuel Adjustments Charges from the monthly bill by Jan 2016. more..

Video: Al-Qaeda not a threat: Army

Sept 10 (DM) While claiming Al-Qaeda had not made a threat aiming Sri Lanka, Military Spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya said today the Defence Ministry had made it clear that Sri Lanka have a strong military system to counter any terrorist threat be it external or internal. “Al-Qaeda is making people frightened and that is how it acts. It had mentioned several countries in South Asia although it had not made a threat to Sri Lanka. However, the Defence Ministry had made it clear that more..

CaFFE asks whether Uva DIG is visually impaired

Sept 10 (AM) CaFFE has condemned the statement made by Uva Province DIG Roshan Fernando on ‘Unmarked vehicles’ that are appearing in the province from time to time. Commenting on a complaint made by the CaFFE, Roshan Fernando has said that unmarked vehicles are not being deployed for electioneering in Uva. Releasing a statement to media CaFFE said that they are deeply insulted by the Uva DIG’s statement and that they have never failed to report any election law more..

'Police Chief incompetent and biased'

Sept 10 (AM) JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake challenged the IGP to disclose any illegal party office of the JVP in Uva province. Dissanayake has made this remark in response to the IGP’s claim that illegal party offices are the main reason behind escalation of election violence in Uva Province. He added that the JVP was at the receiving end of the violence unleashed by goons who operate with the blessings of the govt. more..

EC weighing Moneragala situ

Sept 10 (DM) Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said today the situation in the Moneragala District was not normal and as such he could not risk holding elections in the district. He told a media briefing that the situation in Moneragala not peaceful like in Galle or Hambantota and said he could not deny that there were several incidents of violence such as the attacks on political party offices. Mr. Deshapriya said the PC election should be as clean as ‘distilled water’ more..

One more minor held by Sri Lanka navy

Sept 10 (TOI) Six fishermen from Rameswaram, including a minor, have been apprehended by the SL navy. Around 500 boats left Rameswaram on Monday morning, but one boat belonging to Raju did not return until Tuesday morning. It was later revealed that the boat's crew members were apprehended by Sri Lankan navy near Talaimannar. B Jesuraja, district secretary of the TN Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association, said the boat had developed a snag after its propeller more..

Colombo Stock Exchange’s market cap crosses Rs 3 Trillion

Sept 10 (LBO) Market Capitalisation of the Colombo Stock Exchange or CSE crossed three trillion rupees for the first time in the history of the Exchange, the CSE said in a statement. Market capitalization stood at 3, 006, 7 billion rupees at the close of the trading today. Market Capitalisation measures the market determined value of all listed voting shares. “Foreign Investor Forums conducted by CSE and SEC in the past year more..

Uva polls: HRC proposals for level playing field discussed

Sept 10 (Island) SL Human Rights Commission’s recommendations and guidelines for conducting a clean UVA PC election taken up for discussion at a meeting convened at the Moneragala District Secretariat yesterday, its Commissioner Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said. Discussion lasted for about three hours. Local poll monitoring groups were represented by Executive Director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi and Executive Director of CAFFE Keerthi Tennakoon more..

Cops stop LTTE remembrance event

Sept 10 (CG) Police stopped an event in Batticaloa which was about to commemorate the LTTE, SSP Ajith Rohana said. The event was to be held in Sathurukondan but the police obtained a court order preventing the event from taking place. In previous years the event was held to commemorate civilian deaths during the war but yesterday an attempt was made to commemorate the LTTE. As the LTTE was responsible for brutal terror in Sri Lanka no one has a right to commemorate such an outfit. more..

Mangala says nothing against Sajith

Sept 10 (CG) UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera says he has nothing personal against MP Sajith Premadasa and questions people on policy and not on personal grounds. He said that when UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is making attempts to unite the party the public must be cautious about those who look at disrupting that attempt. There had been reports that Samaraweera was not happy with moves to appoint more..

42 new liquor licences issued last year

Sept 10 (Island) The govt had earned Rs. 46, 075. 2 millions by issuing liquor licences during the first nine months of last year, Parliament was told yesterday. A document tabled by Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. Sarath Amunugama in response to a question raised by UNP MP Eran Wickramaratne said that the govt had raked in Rs 253,960 millions as excise duty from the companies to which the liquor licences have been issued from January 2008 to September 2013. more..

Sri Lanka stocks close up 0.56%

Sept 10 (LBO) Sri Lanka's stocks close higher with the price gains in index heavy John Keells and Commercial Bank amid strong foreign buying. All Share Price Index closed 39.81 points higher at 7,163.25, up 0.56%. The S&P SL20 closed 19.10 points higher at 3,988.59, up 0.48%. Turnover was 2.06 billion rupees, up from 1.92 billion rupees a day earlier with 116 stocks closed positive against 69 negative. Union Bank of Colombo closed 1 rupee higher at 21.50 rupees with more..

Full text of the ITAK 15 resolutions

Sept 10 (CT) Resolutions passed at the 15th National Convention of the ITAK held at Vavuniya on 5,6,7 September 2014. Resolution 1: The 15th National Convention of the ITAK which met in Vauniya on 5,6,7 Sept 2014 resolves to thank most sincerely all those who laboured for the Party for over 60 years and our people who accepted our basic policy and consistently voted for that political position and proclaimed to the world in a more..

What SL ambassador has failed to defend

Sept 10 (CT) Diplomats invariably have to lie through their teeth to protect the stance taken by their respective govts. In instances where govts are renowned for human rights abuses or crimes against humanity, foreign diplomats often find themselves forced to respond to severe global criticism. A recent opinion piece in a US newspaper was critical of Sri Lanka’s suspected human rights abuses, including possible war crimes, committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war. more..

Take a pause for life

Sept 10 (CT) Today, 10 Sept, is World Suicide Prevention Day. And as the world takes a poignant pause to remember the loved ones lost, encourage the survivors to take a chance at life and renew efforts to obliterate suicide as an option, it is time Sri Lanka too took a pause and looked seriously at the culture of death that permeates society. And the picture is not likely to have any happy pinks or rosy hues, if the findings in a WHO report on suicide are anything to go by. more..

Gota, NGOs meet and discuss issues

Sept 10 (CG) Representatives from eleven NGOs who were engaged with the CHOGM 2013 and the associated Commonwealth People’s Forum met with Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and other officials from the NGO Secretariat and Ministry of Defence. This meeting was facilitated by Dr Lalith Chandradasa from the Presidential Secretariat. The National Peace Council said that the meeting revealed a opening for more..

Samples of impounded, endangered Rosewood in US lab for indentification

Sept 10 (ST) Samples from 28 containers of smuggled Rosewood impounded by Sri Lanka Customs in April, are being tested in a special laboratory in the US to determine their species and origin, officials said. “A total of 84 small blocks- three per container, are now with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory,” said Chris Corkey, Economic and Commercial Officer at the US Embassy in Colombo. more..

Beijing ties apart, Sri Lanka backs Japan on East China Sea row

Sept 10 (ENS) Despite its ever increasing ties with China, Sri Lanka has extended its support to Japan on the issue of China’s aerial and maritime restrictions on other nations in East China Sea. The joint communiqué issued by Lanka and Japan at the end of talks between President Rajapaksa and the visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on Sunday, said: “The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of the freedom of navigation more..

US, ministry of water supply & drainage show support for water conservation

Sept 10 (USE) Lanka Rainwater Harvesting Forum held its 11th annual symposium last Friday. The symposium brought together experts in the field of water conservation and provided a platform to present research findings and discuss best practices and key challenges related to rainwater harvesting in Sri Lanka and other countries. U.S. Ambassador Michele J. Sison and Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, attended and more..

Defamation case: TN court issues summons to Subramanian Swamy

Sept 10 (ZN) A Tamil Nadu court on Wednesday issued summons to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy asking him to appear before it in connection with a defamation case filed by state's CM J Jayalalithaa against him. The court has directed Swamy to depose before it on October 10 in the defamation case filed by Jayalalithaa over his comment on fishermen issue. Tamil Nadu CM had on Monday filed a defamation case against more..

Harsha praises Japanese backed projects launched by MR

Sept 10 (AM) UNP MP Harsha De Silva has expressed positive sentiments on certain development projects launched by President Rajapaksa in collaboration with the Japanese govt. He has said that he appreciates the President’s decision to collaborate with the Japanese govt to develop the infrastructure of the country. De Silva also pointed out that Japan would be a good investment destination for Sri Lanka and that more..

'UPFA planning to hold Uva PC polls on two days'

Sept 10 (Island) UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the govt was secretly planning to hold election to the Uva PC on two days, citing the high incidence of election violence as the reason. "We have received information that the govt is planning to capitalise on election law violations and hold elections in the Uva province over two days. This should not happen. We all should strive to hold election on a single day," more..

MP Pathirana takes up Amu Miris Challenge

Sept 10 (Island) UNP MP Buddika Pathirana has undertaken to eat green chillies tomorrow to raise funds for the people affected by Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Accepting the challenge of the campaign launched locally called SL Amu Miris Challenge or Green Chillies Challenge to collect funds for kidney patients as against the infamous ‘Ice Bucket Challenge,’ he will eat three green chillies within two minutes. more..

Whither education in Sri Lanka?

Sept 10 (SL) Despite claims made by many education unions to the contrary, the Minister of Education, Bandula Gunawardena, said the Ministry of Education has taken the necessary measures to reform the education system in Sri Lanka, thereby taking steps against the saboteurs who are directing education in Sri Lankan towards a tuition-based, private education system. Many education unions including more..

When life matters most, why suicide

Sept 10 (DM) Birth is highly valued since the evolution of Man. It is often thought that to see light in this world one has to carry many merits from the previous birth. When birth is accepted as the luckiest phenomenon on Earth, many do not understand the value of it. Life is a journey accompanied with many challenges. Yet, many individuals are not courageous enough to face them. They choose the ‘easy way out’, but this more..