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Minister Rajitha refuses to accept COPE findings on CFC

Aug 23 (Island) Declining to accept the Ceylon Fisheries Corporation’s (CFC) loses mentioned in the fourth Interim Report released by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), Fisheries Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the CFC was gradually reducing its loses during the last four years without a single rupee from the govt. According to the COPE report the CFC had suffered loses up to Rs. 75 million during 2013. more..

Pathfinder Blueprint for accelerating economic growth and enhancing prosperity

Aug 23 (FT) The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) has embarked upon a process to develop a ‘Blueprint’ for accelerating economic growth and development through a coherent strategy and reform program. The primary rationale is to bring to the attention of politicians the need for introducing a reform agenda in their forthcoming presidential and parliamentary election manifestos. In this connection, the PF is planning to hand over the final Blueprint to the leadership of all the political parties more..

Borella residents oppose UDA move

Aug 23 (CG) A group of petitioners from “34 Watta”, Wanathamulla, Borella have filed a writ application in the Court of Appeal against the UDA and other actors challenging a directive issued by the UDA ordering them to move from their homes to an alternative location provided by the UDA or accept the compensation proposed by the UDA, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) said. The petitioners who have title deeds to the lands dating back to 1979 assert that the UDA is acting outside more..

Floating Market inauguration postponed

Aug 23 (SM) The ceremonial opening of the 'Floating Market' in Pettah which was to inaugurated this evening (22) has been postponed due to adverse weather, the UDA says. The market was to be ceremoniously inaugurated by Minister Maithripala Sirisena as the Chief Guest at 6pm today. The once polluted canal, part of the Beira Lake running along Bastian Mawatha is now a clean and odour free place giving a pleasing more..

A carpenter in crime

Aug 23 (Island) The Unsolved Crimes Unit of the Negombo Police recently took into custody a carpenter who had burgled two houses and stolen gold jewellery and electronic equipment. Investigations have revealed that the suspect, a married man with children had a paramour and in order to maintain both families he had started burgling houses. The value of stolen articles was around Rs 500,000, the police said. The police said that the suspect was living in a rented house more..

Sri Lanka hosts international water seminar

Aug 23 (OW) The 3rd International Conference on “Community and Water Services” was inaugurated at Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy in Pallekele on Friday. Conference organized by the Water Supply and Drainage Ministry under the theme of “Water - Community Development and Prosperity” will continue till August 24. This 3 day conference is aiming to provide a platform for sharing knowledge, strategies and best practices and to promote dialogue, mutual more..

Land suitability evaluation for rubber in North and East

Aug 23 (DM) As the Ministry of Plantation Industries is promoting extension of rubber growing in the dry zone, particularly in the North and East of the country, it is important to discuss the subject of land evaluation and selection for rubber. Mere selection of few trees for experiments and say that the entire North and East are suitable for rubber is not acceptable. People in those regions cannot afford to waste their more..

Governance role of bank remuneration committees

Aug 23 (FT) After the recent crises surrounding the global financial sector, there has been a big push to expand the scope of board remuneration committees. The intention is to strengthen corporate governance in all financial institutions, especially preventing exorbitant packages being given to top management at its own instigation. After 2008, new Regulations have been introduced; particularly, ever since the controversial case at Walt Disney and the bonus scandals surrounding many more..

Enough of the diagnoses, bring on the cure!

Aug 23 (CT) For a long time now, writers focusing on Sri Lankan ethics or morality of some description have described, often at great length, what ails the body politic in this country. I cannot, in all conscience, exclude myself from this lot. However, now that we’ve seemingly plumbed the depths of the ocean of corruption and violence that is Sri Lanka today, isn’t it time that we sought solutions, no matter how minor or temporary, to our homeland’s predicament? more..

'Sri Lanka must ensure justice for Tamils'

Aug 23 (IANS) PM Narendra Modi today urged Sri Lanka to ensure "equality, dignity, justice and self-respect" for its Tamil minority. Mr Modi made the appeal when a six-member delegation of the TNA, Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, called on him. "The prime minister stressed the need for a political solution that addresses the aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, dignity, justice and self respect within more..

Dananjaya makes history at world championship of public speaking

Aug 23 (AM) Dananjaya J Hettiarachchi won the World Championship of Public Speaking at Toastmasters International Convention. This is the first time a Sri Lankan has been able to win this award. Each year, the Toastmasters International Convention culminates in the International Speech Contest, the final speech contest which crowns the World Champion of Public Speaking. A panel of experienced Toastmasters judges evaluate more..

Domestic war crimes probe: Int’l panel receives briefing from military

Aug 23 (Island) Chairman of the International Advisory Panel (IAP) appointed to advise a presidential commission inquiring into alleged atrocities committed during the conflict, Sir Desmond de Silva has been briefed by top security forces commanders as regards the operations conducted during eelam war IV, with the focus on the last phase. The period from January to May, 2009, is considered the last phase. more..

Rudra’s TGTE to protest outside UN

Aug 23 (CG) A Tamil diaspora group based in the US says it will stage a protest during the scheduled visit to New York by President Rajapaksa next month to address the UN General Assembly. Transnational Govt of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by V. Rudrakumaran has written to UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon urging him to publicly censure Sri Lankan govt for denying direct access for the victims of international crimes in Sri Lanka to UN more..

SF has no faith in short-term projects

Aug 23 (Island) DP Leader and former Army Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka insists that he has no faith in coalitions meant to achieve short term projects such as consensus on a common presidential candidate to face incumbent President Rajapaksa at the next presidential election. Asked to comment on a recent statement attributed to Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera of NMSJ regarding the organisation decision to field a common more..

Strong winds and heavy rains: Met Dept.

Aug 23 (Island) Heavy rains were experienced in most parts of the country from early hours to well past late evening yesterday. Office workers in main cities were stranded in the morning and evening while vehicular traffic came to a standstill due to a number of roads leading to the Colombo city being flooded. Meteorological Dept and Disaster Management Centre issued severe weather warnings of strong winds. more..

'TNA deliberately misleading Tamil people'

Aug 23 (ST) V Anandasangaree is not someone who is afraid to speak his mind. At 81 and semi-retired from politics, the onetime MP and General Secretary of the TULF has made some new public disclosures, questioning the legitimacy of the TNA and the ITAK, better known as the Federal Party (FP). Raising such questions will no doubt ruffle quite a few feathers, particularly among Tamil politicians of today, but that has not deterred more..

Govt called on to promote organic food locally

Aug 23 (FT) Sri Lanka needs a systematic process to relay chemical-free food material for the local market to provide for local consumers, an industry expert said yesterday at the opening of the Pro Food Pro Pack & Agbiz 2014 exhibition yesterday. Sri Lanka Food Processors Association President Sunanda Weerasinghe during her address at the opening ceremony emphasised the need to upgrade standards of more..

Aranyani declines funds from Malsha’s Ice bucket challenge

Aug 23 (DM) Aranyani, a local animal welfare trust, to which the funds raised by UPFA western provincial councillor Malsha Kumaratunga’s Ice Bucket challenge were to be donated, has declined the donation. In a statement on their decision to refrain from accepting the donation, the Aranyani Executive Committee has said the funds were declined on ethical grounds. The organisation pointed out that more..

Justice for all disrupted

Aug 23 (SL) The Dead and Missing Person’s Parents Front (DMPPF) advisor Ven. Angulugalle Siri Jinananda Thera accused the police of being indifferent to DMPPF during the incident that occurred on the 4th of this month when they allegedly disrupted the meeting held at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) at Deans Road, Maradana. The Thera stated that they had only gone to the venue at which the meeting was being more..

Global challenges of post-war Sri Lanka

Aug 23 (DM) As I chair this session devoted to the global challenges to Sri Lanka as a rising nation, the central thought that strikes me is that, besides all that has been said over the past two days on the clear relief within Sri Lanka and the region since May 2009, that the entire world is a safer place today because of the defeat of the LTTE. This is a truism of which the significance is not fully appreciated by some countries. This is no exaggeration, for not too long ago more..

Devastation by the dons and drugs

Aug 23 (DM) With the detection of many container-loads of heroin being highlighted in recent months, a top Navy officer addressing this week’s International Defence Seminar in Colombo has revealed the full extent of this horrifying crisis. Rear Admiral Dimuthu Gunawardena, the Navy’s North Central Area Commander spoke on the theme of the security challenges faced by an island nation in pursuit of a maritime hub. He said that due to huge profits, drug trafficking had become one of the most more..

'India to press for political solution to Lankan Tamils issue'

Aug 23 (DH) After striking positive notes with President Rajapaksa’s administration, PM Narendra Modi’s govt reassured the Tamils of Sri Lanka that New Delhi would continue to prod Colombo for a political solution that would ensure equality and justice to them. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told a delegation of the Tamil members of the Sri Lanka's Parliament that India would continue to seek a political solution, more..

UNP appoints S.M. Marikkar as the electorate organizer for Kolonnawa

Aug 23 (AM) WPC member of the UNP, S.M. Marikkar is to be appointed as the Electorate Organizer for Kolonnawa by the UNP. Marikkar, who was formerly the Channel Head of Sirasa FM, contested the WPC election under the UNP ticket for Colombo District. His election campaign, which was carried under the theme “apey kenek”, became immensely popular among the youth during the election period. Marikkar would accept his letter of appointment from Opposition Leader more..

National Policy on housing to be finalized soon

Aug 23 (DN) A National Policy on housing and a Bill on Construction and Industrial Development will be presented in Parliament soon, said Minister Wimal Weerawansa. He said the preparation of the draft of the National Housing Policy was made in consultation with professionals and intellectuals in the field after apprising the Parliament Advisory Committee on the subject through which proposals and views of various political parties were gathered. The minister was addressing officials of more..

Ranil asks whether EPF has no money to grant its members 30% of their savings

Aug 23 (Island) UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe demanded to know from the govt in Parliament why it delayed the proposed plan to enable the members of the EPF to receive 30% of their savings. He said that a problem had arisen today affecting some 1.5 million members of the EPF. Amendments to the EPF Act No. 2 of 2012 certified on Feb 9 2012, had been passed unanimously to enable the members to get some relief at more..

TNA leaders meet Manmohan Singh

Aug 23 (ANI) TNA is a Sri Lankan Tamil political alliance in Sri Lanka and rules the country's Jaffna province. It was formed as an amalgamation of moderate Tamil parties as well as number of former rebel groups. Earlier today, the TNA delegation had also met External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj. During the meeting they had urged New Delhi to ensure devolution of power to provinces in their country. TNA leaders would push their case for full implementation of the 13th amendment more..

Editorial: Sri Lanka’s Intransigence

Aug 23 (NYT) Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, said that his govt would not cooperate with the UN investigation begun last month into suspected human rights abuses, including possible war crimes, committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war. Mr. Rajapaksa’s intransigence puts Sri Lanka in the company of North Korea and Syria, two countries that also barred access to UNHRC investigators. Mr. Rajapaksa claims Sri Lanka can handle the inquiry on its own. This is doubtful. more..

Dead doctor’s husband says prompt action could have saved wife

Aug 23 (DM) At the inquiry by Colombo Additional Magistrate Augusta Atappatu into the death of Dr. P.A Priyanganie while undergoing beautification surgery, her husband said his wife could have been saved if she was promptly treated and the clinic properly equipped with proper equipment and skilled staff. The husband’s evidence was led by Bambalapitiya Police Inspector Vajira Dhanapala. more..

PM refutes allegations that govt not protecting Buddhism

Aug 23 (LP) PM D.M. Jayaratne said some groups are trying to create a wrong picture among the public, alleging that the Govt is not taking action to protect Buddhism. He said several groups that are trying to create a conflict between the public and the Govt has used Buddhism as an instrument for the purpose. Prime Minister, addressing the opening ceremony of Sadaham Medura constructed at a cost of Rs.11 million at Shri Bodhirukkharama Viharaya, Ipalogama, Mahawa, said, more..

Two patients contract dengue at Kandy General Hospital

Aug 23 (Island) Two female patients receiving treatment at the Kandy General Hospital for some other ailments have contracted dengue. The two patients have now been transferred to a ward where dengue patients are treated. Chief Public Health Officer of the Kandy Municipal Council Dr. Asoka Senarat, contacted for comment, said on Wednesday that the medical officer in charge of the hospital wards was responsible for the situation. There are mosquito breeding places. more..

Four West African countries lose on arrival visa facility at BIA over Ebola fear

Aug 23 (Island) The govt yesterday suspended the on-arrival visa facility for visitors from four African countries, following a request made by the Health Ministry to help prevent carriers of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from entering the country. Those countries are Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Meanwhile, the Health Secretary, Sudharma Karunarathna stressed the need for a screening unit at the BIA. more..

Food from the isle of serenity

Aug 23 (Hindu) For every gastronome who loves spices, Sri Lankan cuisine is a must-have. Dishes from the island-country are known for their intricacy and are quite similar to South Indian food. Sri Lankan food has also drawn inspiration from several international cuisines. Foodies in the capital city can taste this cuisine at a Sri Lankan Food Festival at The Hilton Garden Inn. “We have brought together an array of the best dishes from Sri Lanka for the food fete,” says Karuppan Selliah, guest chef more..

India wants aspirations of Tamils met

Aug 23 (CG) The Indian Govt has said it wants a political solution for Tamils which addresses substantially the aspirations of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. Indian external Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said the Tamils in Sri Lanka need a solution which gives them equality, dignity, justice and self respect within a framework of a united Sri Lanka. Akbaruddin said the meeting held today between the TNA and the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was part of more..

Anandasangaree's son to contest Canada's general election

Aug 23 (LR) Liberals welcomed Gary Anandasangaree to their team as a candidate for the 2015 federal election in Scarborough Rouge Park, following a record-breaking turnout for the nomination meeting on Wednesday. Nearly 2,000 people turned out to vote at the Liberal nomination meeting for the newly formed federal riding of Scarborough Rouge Park at Scarborough Convention Centre. more..

TISL requests MPs to form Alliance against Corruption

Aug 23 (FT) Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has requested MPs to form a Coalition against Corruption to tackle emerging threats. The request was made when TISL, along with Coalition against Corruption (CAC), met with Opposition MPs last Tuesday. MPs led by UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya were present. Coalition against Corruption handed over details of cases of incidents of corruption in Govt departments, corporations and other State institutions. more..

Sri Lanka’s poultry industry survives amidst a dip in demand

Aug 23 (ST) Sri Lankan demand for chicken has fallen down during the second quarter of this year unexpectedly with the prices of both broiler and day-old- chicks (DOC) declining to a considerable level while the cost of production is rising rapidly, poultry producers complained. Poultry Producers Forum’s joint co-coordinator Yakooth Naleem, who is also the Bairaha Group Managing Director said that there was a lull in the market due to a dip in demand by low and middle income consumers more..