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Plan to displace cricket files revealed

Jan 17 (LT) It has been revealed that a plan is being hatched to displace files regarding misappropriation of assets of Sri Lanka Cricket and other frauds says JVP MP Sunil Handunneththi. He says a discussion had also taken place at the meeting of the COPE and a tendency exists in the country to apprehend those who have involved in frauds and corruption. According to a reliable source a plan has been hatched to displace files more..

Vegetable shortage to last till January end, traders warn

Jan 17 (ST) The shortage of vegetables that has led to high prices even of the most common varieties, is expected to last till the end of the month, traders’ associations warned. They said the recent heavy rains in the vegetable growing areas had destroyed crops in the Central and North-Central Provinces and other neighbouring areas leading to a short supply of vegetables entering the wholesale market in Dambulla. Bad weather during the tail end of last year that triggered off land slides and more..

Security forces remain same in numbers for development

Jan 17 (GDI) Army Spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said that no decision has been taken to reduce the strength of the armed forces. Since the end of the terrorist conflict security forces were greatly involved in many development projects in various parts of the country. In order to assist these projects Army recruited over 20000 skilled personnel into the system, he further said. Meanwhile, elaborating on the progress of the reconstruction work of houses and shops more..

Match abandoned after 28.5 overs

Jan 17 (CI) Martin Guptill's 66 not out off 78 and Angelo Mathews' 3 for 21 were the highlights of a disjointed 28.5 overs of play at Eden Park. Rain interrupted twice, carving large chunks of time from the game, before returning in force just before 6pm to wash out the match completely. New Zealand had eased to 145 for 3 before the final interruption. Brendon McCullum set off on his customary charge in the second over when more..

'New govt treats ties with India on priority'

Jan 17 (AD) On the eve of its Foreign Minister’s visit to India, Sri Lanka today said good relations with India were a priority and it hopes to take bilateral ties forward. “We treat good relations with India a priority. We hope to build on our personal friendships with India,” Ajith P. Perera, Deputy Foreign Minister, said in the backdrop of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s maiden visit to New Delhi starting tomorrow. It will be the first high-level visit between India and Sri Lanka after more..

Clean Bribery Commission's Augean stables

Jan 17 (CT) With President Maithripala Sirisena's polls win last week, a number of complaints of allegations of bribery and corruption have been lodged against VVIPs of the previous regime. These complaints have been made in the backdrop of similar complaints filed against lesser minions previously. Nevertheless, the Bribery Commission has become a burden on the public and taxpayers' money. It has not taken action against any of these complaints made against high profile persons more..

Tissa Attanayake leaves for Singapore

Jan 17 (AM) UNP Former General Secretary Tissa Attanayake has left for Singapore early this morning. Attanayake had been accompanied by his two children. Attanayake, apparently, was not under investigation by Bribery Commission and that was why he was allowed fly out of the country freely, airport authorities said. However, UNP alleged that there was a ‘financial transaction’ behind more..

A ministry for food security: Hope for millions of Sri Lankans

Jan 17 (CT) The cabinet of Ministers was being revealed on the 12th of January 2015. This was just 4 days after the election and just a day after this particular promised milestone, as per 100 days. There are many criticisms on the segregation and naming of portfolios, as well as the naming of Ministers. Some Ministers are really square pegs in round holes and defy explanation as to why they were appointed even to a 100 days cabinet. This aside, as a professional working for more..

The Guardian view on the end of the Rajapaksa era in Sri Lanka

Jan 17 (Guardian) The long reign of the Rajapaksa family, which had seemed until very recently to stretch dismally into the far future, is over in Sri Lanka. The country’s democratic system, though damaged and eroded by the increasingly authoritarian, unconstitutional and coercive practices of the Rajapaksa clan, was still capable of a mighty heave which has brought decisive change. Former president Rajapaksa, his brothers and the younger family members who may have more..

Video: Minor tremor in Tissamaharama

Jan 17 (AD) Minor tremor measuring about 2 Richter scale was reported near Kirinda area in Tissamaharama this morning, the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau said. It was detected by the Seismograph Vibration Meter located in the Regional Office in Pallekele and Hakmana. A spokesman for the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau said the exact location was not identified yet and a study was underway to locate more..

Beyond 50:50

Jan 17 (CT) The jury is in on the Presidential election. Here’s how it went down, according to an interesting source which can hardly be described as anti-Tamil, or Sinhala racist. Listen to Mr. Erik Solheim: “…The election victory was possible due to massive support from all Sri Lankan minorities. Mr. Rajapaksa won 90 out of 160 electoral districts and came out on top in nearly all Sinhala-dominated provinces. Mr. Rajapaksa roughly won the Sinhalese vote by 55%. more..

Fonseka to contest Parliament elections

Jan 17 (CT) Seniors of the Democratic Party are in discussions regarding the procedure required to be followed in order to get Party Leader Sarath Fonseka to come to Parliament as a national list MP. Although previously opportunities to restore Fonseka's political rights had failed, general secretary of the Democratic Party, Ananda Manawadu said that Fonseka would definitely be contesting at the upcoming General election. more..

Gnanasara: God sent saviour of Sri Lanka

Jan 17 (CT) The title is a comment from one of my close friends who said, “Ganasara is the god sent saviour of Sri Lanka”. This was a spontaneous statement as soon as Maithripala Sirisena was declared the winner at the presidential elections. I will not give such an honourable credit to someone who profuse so much hate and propagates violence against fellow human beings. I didn’t need to ask her any further. more..

Call to refrain from publishing President's pictures, stories

Jan 17 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena has requested Editors of newspapers to refrain from publishing his pictures or articles focusing on him needlessly. Meanwhile, cut-outs and banners with the photograph of President Sirisena set up throughout the country were also ordered removed, by the Presidential Secretariat. The Secretariat in a release stated that the cut-outs and banners with the photograph of the President should not be carried in the future. more..

Sri Lanka’s chance to move past postcolonial politics

Jan 17 (G&M) The word “serendipity” comes from Serendip, the name Persians gave a large and beautiful island off the southern tip of India, long before it was colonized by the Portuguese, who renamed it Ceilăo, and then by the Dutch, and then by the English, who changed it to Ceylon. After it finally won independence from colonialism in 1948, it became Sri Lanka. As if returning to its origins, Sri Lanka began this year with a serendipitous occurrence: After a national election, more..

PM to introduce code of conduct for MPs

Jan 17 (Island) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he would introduce a Code of Conduct for MPs. He made the announcement at his first official meeting with the UNP MPs who are Cabinet, State and Deputy Ministers at Temple Trees. "The people voted for change based on our pledge to establish a new political culture, introduce good governance and implement the rule of law; we cannot and should not let them down. more..

Namal says family helped end war

Jan 17 (CG) Namal Rajapaksa, the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in an interview to NDTV, has said that the close knit ties between his father and his uncle, former Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was responsible for Sri Lanka’s military victory over the LTTE. “The war was ended because of this bond within the family,” Namal said at the office of his law firm in the heart of Colombo. more..

Rakna Lanka armoury sealed

Jan 17 (DM) The armoury of the Rakna Lanka Security Service affiliated to the Defence Ministry has been sealed following complaints to the police that the weapons belonging to the Security Service had been used illegally during the just concluded Presidential election. A senior police officer said the armoury situated within the BMICH premises would be checked on Monday after a court order is secured. more..

BASL demands CJ’s resignation

Jan 17 (CG) The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has once again demanded the resignation of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris over his alleged involvement in a coup attempt after the Presidential election. BASL said that from or about 10th January 2015 onwards, there have been reports in the media that, Chief Justice Mohan Pieris was present at Temple Trees from prior to dawn on 9th Jan 2015 along with some others and more..

Jaffna Tamils keep fingers crossed over civilian governor

Jan 17 (ENS) People in the Tamil-majority Northern Province are keeping their fingers crossed about the changes that may follow the removal of military man Maj.Gen (Retd).G.A. Chandrasiri from the post of Governor, and his replacement by a civilian, H.M.G.S. Palihakkara. “On the one hand we are happy that one of our key demands, that Governor should be a civilian and not one with military background, has been met. more..

Dayasiri predicts stronger SLFP under Maithripala’s leadership

Jan 17 (Island) Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dayasiri Jayasekera said that the very survival of the SLFP would largely depend on a total overhaul of the party ahead of the next parliamentary election. The next general election is widely expected to be called soon after the completion of President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100-day project meant to provide relief to the electorate. The transformation of the largest single party more..

2014: 1,496 fishermen and 220 boats freed by India, Sri Lanka

Jan 17 (Island) Sri Lanka today released the last 15 Indian fishermen from its custody. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin tweeted today: "All free. With the release of 15 Indian fishermen today, no more Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody. Arrangements being made for repatriation." Six Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested and their boat seized in Pondicherry on January 13. more..

China donates 3 mln USD to Sri Lanka's flood affected

Jan 17 (Xinhua) Chinese govt has donated US$ 3 million to the flood relief efforts in Sri Lanka. "China and Sri Lanka are good friends and neighbors. The Chinese govt is committed to supporting the Sri Lankan people and govt," said Deputy Head of Mission at the Chinese Embassy Ren Faqiang. Torrential rains triggered floods in late December that swept over many parts of the island nation, killing over 30. more..

Sri Lanka to reassess Chinese-backed port project

Jan 17 (WSJ) A week after national elections, Sri Lanka’s new govt has started to reassess some flagship projects initiated by former president Rajapaksa involving the construction of a Chinese-backed port close to Colombo. Kabir Hashim, Sri Lanka’s investment-promotion minister, expressed security concerns over the $1.5 billion project, which would allow China Communication Construction Co., a govt-owned infrastructure more..

What Sri Lanka’s presidential election means for foreign policy

Jan 17 (CD) The presidential election in SL has delivered its verdict, bringing the curtain down on the rule of strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa and opening a new era in Sri Lanka’s domestic and foreign policies. Although optimism over the new administration must be tempered for the time being, the election of Maithripala Sirisena provides an opportunity for Sri Lanka—especially to deal with its two pressing internal issues: more..

53rd Anniversary of the Abortive Military/Police Coup d’etat

Jan 17 (DM) It was 53 years ago when a disgruntled section of military and police high-ups planned a Coup d’etat on the night of Jan 27, 1962 against inexperienced Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s newly formed govt. The conspirators believed the politicians were dragging the country to disaster through maladministration, rapid Sinhalisation and poor economic planning. Coup named Mission Operation Holdfast was expected to be accomplished within a few hours around on more..

Don’t let them crossover

Jan 17 (DM) Rampant corruption, bribery, the plunder of public wealth and criminal frauds amounting to billions of rupees were among the main issues at the Presidential Election with many analysts saying it was one of the main causes for the total downfall of the all-powerful Rajapaksa regime. The new administration of President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe began the new era of good governance and democracy or maithri palanaya on Jan 9. more..

SL new govt lifts travel ban on foreigners

Jan 17 (AFP) Sri Lanka's new govt Friday announced lifting a ban on foreign nationals visiting to the island's former war zones and scrapped an economic embargo on minority Tamil regions. President Sirisena, just a week after taking office, removed the travel ban introduced by his predecessor three months ago, the defence ministry said. "Since there is no war situation in the country and the life of the community is normal, more..

'Don't have dealings with ex-President or DM'

Jan 17 (CT) Forty seven civil society organizations, which had supported Maithripala Sirisena's election campaign, have strongly urged the new President not to come to any arrangement or agreement with the former President or former Prime Minister, who were clearly rejected by the people. A group of representatives of the 47 organizations also met Public Administration and Buddhist Affairs Minister Karu Jayasooriya to make this request. A spokesman for the civil society organizations more..

Sobhitha Thera besieged by high post seekers

Jan 17 (CT) Following Maithripala Sirisena's swearing-in as President, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera has been having a tough time and he is being besieged by an army of high post seekers. Sobhitha Thero says many people have been coming to his temple these to seek his assistance to obtain high posts, such as governors, ministers and chairmen in the new govt. "Yesterday even the sweeper of the temple precincts was asking me to obtain a governor's post for him. more..

Sri Lanka readies to adopt Commonwealth Latimar House Principles

Jan 17 (Island) With Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma declaring his readiness to work closely with newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena as the Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, the new govt is expected to bring in far reaching constitutional amendments in accordance with Commonwealth Latimar House Principles. Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, said adoption of Latimar House Principles more..

Wanted suspect killed in shootout with police

Jan 17 (Island) A 34-year-old suspect wanted for various offences committed in Wellawaya and Thanamalwila areas was killed in a shootout with the police in the early hours of yesterday at Kuda Oya. The suspect had started firing at the police officers attached to Wellawaya police station when they had tried to apprehend him. The suspect had been hiding in a small house on the Balaharuwa Road, Kuda Oya. Police identified the dead suspect as Tharanga Keerthi Dias, more..

Sino-Lanka trade at $3 Bn

Jan 17 (GDI) As bilateral trade topped $ 3Bn, Sri Lanka’s exports sector is readying one of the strongest ever delegations to this year’s Kunming international expo while Lanka’s second largest global supplier voiced that it is increasingly upbeat on the prospective FTA between both countries-and the $ 190 Bn Yunnan province is keen for a Corporate Agreement with Lanka’s apex export entity, a first, as revealed on 13 January. “The pending SL-China FTA will be very big news more..

JVP accuses Sajin of corruption

Jan 17 (CT) JVP yesterday handed over a petition, to the Bribery Commission, against former Monitoring MP, Sajin Vaas Gunawardane, alleging that he had purchased five aircraft, to the value of Rs 160 million, for his company Cosmos Aviation Services (Pvt) Ltd. Apart from that, Vaas Gunawardane is said to have defrauded students, who enrolled in his company, by charging Rs 1.325 million from each. more..

Robbers shoot and injure SI

Jan 17 (Island) A sub inspector attached to the Padukka Police Station was shot and injured by two armed men, when a police team went to apprehend a group of robbers who hijacked a van in the early hours of yesterday at Mawaragama. The van had been robbed by the suspects who hired it on the pretext of going to Athurugiriya. Its driver was forced to disable the GPS system before he was pushed out of it so that it could not be traced. But, the driver had the presence of mind to remove more..

All-round Mir demolishes Sri Lanka

Jan 17 (CI) Pakistan captain Sana Mir's 48 runs and four wickets, including a hat-trick, helped her side level the T20 series against Sri Lanka 1-1 with a game left. Three of the top four batsmen fell for single-digit scores after Pakistan chose to bat but opener Javeria Khan (25) provided the initial push after which Mir guided the side to 124 for 6. Mir stayed unbeaten on 48 off 37 with four fours while Maduri Samuddika took 3 for 25 for Sri Lanka. Mir struck in her second over to send back more..