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Sri Lanka migrant workers in Korea trained on entrepreneurship

Sep 12 (EN) Sri Lanka's embassy in Seoul, and Colombo-based Hatton National Bank had trained migrant workers in several cities in South Korea on entrepreneurship and financial management. The programs will "enhance knowledge of financial management and entrepreneurship among returning Sri Lankan employees in order to facilitate their smooth re-integration into the productive labour force of home country," embassy said. Wayamba University Senior Lecturer Aminda Perera more..

Youth athletes Thenuka, Wasanthi picked in Super Pool

Sep 12 (Island) Royal College high jumper Tenuka Amarasinghe and Kuliyapitiya Central long distance runner Parami Wasanthi have been included in the Supper Pool, the top athletics pool as the Athletics Association of SL looks to form a formidable team for up and coming events following the debacle at the Asian Games. Athletics Association of SL has formed three pools namely, Super Pool, Elite Pool and National Pool to nurture track and field athletes for future events including more..

Record and send audio or video clips to stop bribery and corruption: Ajith Rohana

Sep 12 (DM) Traffic Police DIG Ajith Rohana requested the public not to hesitate to record and send audio or video clips taken from mobile phones on incidents involving activities of traffic police officers who seek bribe or other favours. He said several complaints had been received by the Police Dept regarding bribe and corruption charges involving traffic police officers. It is true that a few police officers are engaged more..

LankaeNews Editor yet to receive summons

Sep 12 (DN) Supreme Court was informed yesterday, that summons had not been served on LankaeNews Editor Sandaruwan Senadheera, in connection with several contempt of court cases filed against him. SC was informed that measures had been taken to serve summons on Senadheera through the Foreign Ministry. 14 contempt of court applications for allegedly publishing defamatory articles on Apex Court as well as Magistrate’s Court judges, were fixed for Feb 28, 2019. more..

Havelock City Phase 3 - structure completed

Sep 12 (SO) Havelock City, a residential development project concluded the Topping up ceremony of Phase three which marked the completion of the structure up to the roof slab. Phase 3 of Havelock City comprises of two luxury apartment towers, Stratford and Melford, hosting 304 apartment units across 28 floors. These elegantly designed, spacious residencies with garden and sea views are a combination of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom units and a select number of more..

UNP calls on Namal to take ownership of failures, not pin blame on UNP

Sep 12 (FT) Bringing out all the theatrics in response to last week’s Janabalaya rally by the JO, UNP spokesperson Harin Fernando claimed the MPs are now pointing fingers at the Govt to hide their shortcomings. He accused the organisers of Janabalaya Kolambata rally were trying to pin blame of food poisoning on UNP Dy Ministers Nalin Bandara and Mujibur Rahuman, in an attempt to deflect public attention from the failures more..

Batticaloa Int'l Trade Exhibition from Oct 5

Sep 12 (DN) The 4th Edition of Batticaloa Int'l Trade Exhibition 2018 (BITE 2018) is scheduled for Oct 5 to 7 at the Shivananda Vidyalaya Grounds in Batticaloa. BITE 2018 is organized by Lanka Exhibition & Conference Services (LECS) in association with the Batticaloa District Farmers Association and Batticaloa District Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This is the only event organized by a professional company such as LECS to take place in the East. more..

Ceylon Tea global promotional campaign to kick-start in 4 key markets

Sep 12 (DM) Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) is to launch the global promotional campaign initially in four markets: Russia, Ukraine, China and Saudi Arabia, on social media and digital print media, with possible delays. A top SLTB official told Mirror Business that the promotional campaign would be carried out in two rounds; it would kick off in Russia, Ukraine, China and Saudi Arabia first. He said that the marketing committee members have decided to hold off the promotional campaign more..

Island Escapes launched to entice tourists during lean months

Sep 12 (FT) Sri Lanka Tourism, in collaboration with industry stakeholders, yesterday launched Island Escapes, a new travel campaign to promote the country as a year-round destination to boost arrivals during lean months. This is the first time that a planned and comprehensive country promotion is being launched in the country with an investment of Rs. 65 million and with the active participation of 33 more..

Asia rugby Sevens Series: SL in tough group

Sep 12 (CT) The new look SL sevens outfit under new skipper Srinath Sooriyabandara is in a tough group, as they will play alongside Japan, China and Chinese Taipei in the opening leg of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series, which gets underway at the Hong Kong Football Club on 14 Sept. SL will play against China in the opening game and later will take on Asian Games Silver medalists Japan. They will face Chinese Taipei on the second day (15). The top two finishers from each group will make it to more..

Mandhana, bowlers lead India's rout of SL

Sep 12 (CI) India's bowlers shot out Sri Lanka for only 98 in 35.1 overs at the Galle Int'l Stadium before Smriti Mandhana stroked an unbeaten 73 off 76 balls to bring up victory in 19.5 overs. Opting to bat, SL were in trouble early, with Mansi Joshi having Prasadani Weerakkody caught behind in the sixth over with the score on just 8. SL had started slow, and were consistently hindrered by the new-ball tandem of Jhulan Goswami and Joshi, who returned to int'l cricket after 14 months, more..

Let him be

Sep 12 (ST) The eyes said it all – yes, they were very sad, but this is absolutely not the time to move Bandula from his home of long years to a strange abode. Sri Lanka needs to do what is best for Bandula, the zoo elephant. This is the heartfelt plea of top-notch international expert on elephants, Vasantha Nugegoda based in Australia. When he was in Sri Lanka last year (August to be exact) and heard that Bandula had fallen, more..

Fonseka’s shocking disclosure

Sep 12 (Island) Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s recent admission that the cabinet had never discussed SL’s response to alleged war crimes allegations highlighted the culpability on the part of National Unity Govt for depriving the country of a proper defence. Cabinet regularly meets on Tuesday morning with the participation of Prez and PM. Sinha Regiment veteran & war-winning Army Chief said so at a media briefing at his ministry at Rajagiriya in response to a query posed by the writer. more..

Edtorial: Oil Yaka and nuts

Sep 12 (Island) People lived in mortal fear of Grease Yaka during the Rajapaksa govt. Covered in grease and armed with a sharp weapon, it would move about in the buff, scaring women. That much-dreaded creature has not been sighted or heard of since the 2015 regime change. But, the people are now troubled by another Yaka, under the yahapalana dispensation. Covered in a mixture of petrol, diesel and kerosene, it attacks people at midnight. Yahapalana Oil Yaka, operates more..

Udaya Gammanpila

Majority not always right

Sep 12 (DN) A Supreme Court constitution bench last Thursday pronounced a unanimous verdict – in four concurring judgments – scrapping the provisions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalise unnatural sex between consenting adults, and was effectively used to criminalise homosexual relations in India for more than a century. The judgment decriminalises sexual acts between consensual adults and brings the curtains down on a decade-long legal struggle more..

JO Operation, A flop

Sep 12 (DN) The much bragged about Janabala Meheyuma or Operation People’s Power (OPP) is over. Was it a success of failure? Naturally opinions differ according to which side of the political divide you are. Its organizers have claimed success. Biggest ever, say some of them. It is the First Salvo in the fight for the overthrow of the Government that would certainly occur in the immediate future, much before the next Presidential or General elections, they declare. more..

'People are sick of present politics'

Sep 12 (CT) Minister Arjuna Ranatunga says although we tried to establish a govt and go on a good journey, it has collapsed at certain points, Especially when you consider sports today, it is totally destroyed. There are allegations that this govt, which came to set up a Govt of Good Governance and do something good, has today destroyed the country. Are you also, who is in Good Governance, disappointed with the actions of more..

The collapse of vocational training standards

Sep 12 (CT) One of my greatest achievements as Chairman of the Technical and Vocational Education Commission was to ensure recognition for govt employment of National Vocational Qualifications. I was fortunate in that the Minister at the time, Mahinda Samarasinghe, was intelligent, and understood immediately the importance of ensuring such recognition if we were to raise the profile of vocational training. The idea, and the justification, came when I studied SL Qualifications more..

Offences against public property: Mother of all sins

Sep 12 (CT) Presently, the topic of offences against public property is a widely discussed, with many stories being heard in connection. It is not only a matter that relates to politicians but also to every individual of a State irrespective of being employed in the State-sector or acting in a private capacity. In a very recent statement, President of SL emphasized the importance of imposing the death penalty for those who misuse and get involved in acts of mischief with public property. more..

Sathosa fraud trial begings: Daily hearings for Johnston

Sep 12 (SO) Former Minister and MP, Johnston Fernando and three others who were indicted on charges of misappropriation of state funds will be produced before the High Court of Kurunegala on Tuesday for the continuation of the trial which will be taken up daily. Fernando and two others were remanded by Kurunegala HC Judge Menaka Wijesundara last Monday when the case in connection with more..

2020 & beyond; politics of pie in the sky

Sep 12 (CT) On the day of independence in 1948, Hon DS Senanayake, the father of our nation said “No longer can we lay the blame for defects and errors in our administration on others. It is, therefore, the duty of every citizen of Lanka to grasp this opportunity and to strive and toil willingly for advancing the happiness and prosperity of the country.” What do we have after seventy years? Isn’t it prosperity for a chosen few and misery for the majority? more..

The real re-election deal for Yahapâlanaya

Sep 12 (CT) When the govt launched its Vision 2025 plan last year, some saw opportunity in it, while others saw disaster. The optimists thought having a mid-term plan of some sort would ensure policy stability and consistency, which was already in short supply. Further strengthening their hopes, the govt was able to tie up its budget proposals with the Vision 2025 plan. It also sent the message that the govt – whose popularity seemed to be on a sharp decline – had what seemed a genuine desire more..

Human rights to dismantle debt trap, says UN expert

Sep 11 (OHCHR) Human rights must be at the centre of measures by Sri Lanka to promote economic growth that would include everyone, says a UN expert. “The SL Govt should undertake an assessment of the human rights impact of both its economic reform policies and infrastructure projects,” said Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt on human rights, presenting a statement more..

PM says that Hambantota lease can be terminated if need arises

Sep 11 (AD) In an interview conducted by Nitin A. Gokhale, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe addresses the security aspects of the lease of Hambantota Port, SL debt and his relationship with President Sirisena. PM reaffirmed the security of the region following the lease of Hambantota Port to China and stated that Sri Lankan territory will not be used for anything harmful to Indian security. more..

Cabinet bans ritualistic animal sacrifices

Sep 11 (AD) The govt has decided to ban ritualistic sacrifices of animals and birds committed within the premises of Hindu Kovils or its borders, says the State Minister Niroshan Perera. Minister said that the decision was taken in accordance with a proposal submitted by the Minister D.M. Swaminathan, to implement legal procedures to ban ritualistic animal sacrifices within the Hindu Kovil premises. more..

Central bank rejects currency crisis report

Sep 11 (EN) Central bank Monday rejected a report that the island was at risk of a currency crisis, saying it had asked Nomura Holdings Inc., which made the analysis, to change its opinion. The analysis by Nomura, which was published by international media, said seven emerging economies are at risk of an exchange rate crisis. It described SL as having the worst outlook due to still-weak fiscal finances and a very fragile external position. more..

Severe drought hits Ampara

Sep 11 (CT) More than 39,000 villagers of Pathiyathalawa, Alayadivembu, Mahaoya, Thirukovil, Thambiluvil, Central Camp, Navithanveli, Damana, Lahugala and certain areas of Pottuvil in the Ampara District are very badly affected by the severe drought. District Secretary D.M.L. Bandaranayke said that in order to solve the drinking water problem of 64 Grama Niladharis Divisions, supposed to be worst affected more..

CID wants to question Gota & Fonseka again

Sep 11 (CT) The CID yesterday, informed Additional Magistrate Mount Lavinia, Lochana Abeywickrema that they will need to once again record statements from former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and former Army Commander and Minister Sarath Fonseka in connection with the journalist Keith Noyahr, abduction and assault case. The CID informed the Court that they will need to record more..

JVP to meet other Parties to garner consensus

Sep 11 (CT) The JVP which recently submitted the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, said that the ball was presently in the Speaker’s court and he would have to appoint a committee to study it and submit a report to the legislature within six months. The said Amendment was brought in the form of a private member Draft Bill. Subsequent to the appointment of the committee by the Speaker, which could be more..

Billions in unpaid bills: Cash crunch hits health sector

Sep 11 (CT) The country’s State Health Sector is facing a severe cash crunch that has its employees, suppliers and contractors deeply concerned as many have not received payments due to them this entire year. Health Ministry said it would find it difficult to settle its bills even by next year as a result of the Treasury’s delay in releasing adequate funds. Health Secretary, B.G.S. Gunathilake said that monetary allocations more..

'Trying to get 20A enacted as new Constitution is unlikely now'

Sep 11 (DM) JVP MP Vijitha Herath who presented the 20th Amendment speaks about it and his party’s future political agenda. Q: You have presented the 20th Amendment. The govt’s support is crucial to ensure its passage through Parliament. How certain are you of getting it? A:We have received positive responses from individual MPs of different parties. There is no official confirmation of support by their respective parties. more..

Elections watchdog prepares to hear voter list gripes

Sep 11 (ST) Elections Commission has begun inquiries into objections and appeals to the voter registration list and the final draft of the 2018 voter register will be ready by Oct 15, a senior official said. Deputy Elections Commissioner, M.M. Mohamed said, the inquiry process would continue till the end of this month and those who appealed and raised objections would be informed by registered mail that they be should be more..

Prevent third oil spill!

Sep 11 (CT) Sri Lanka has witnessed its own share of natural disasters and disasters caused by human activities over the years. While the major disasters such as the 2004 tsunami and the annual floods and landslips that result in a wide range of human casualties are always fresh in the public mind, it is but rarely we speak and discuss environmental disasters that have the tendencies of having prolonged repercussions. Take the recent oil spill that was caused by a burst offshore oil line more..

Building national harmony: A cardinal duty of the Govt

Sep 11 (DM) A Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Building National Harmony has been appointed on Friday following a motion to that effect which was passed in Parliament last Wednesday. Despite national harmony in the country or reconciliation -- as it is called -- in the recent times being a long sought situation the news about this Parliamentary Select Committee did not seem to have created any enthusiasm among the people in general & minority communities in particular more..

Fuel prices increased from last night

Sep 11 (DM) Retail Prices of Fuel have been revised with effect from midnight today based on the Fuel pricing formula. Petrol (Octane 92) per litre will be increased by Rs.4 and the revised price is Rs. 149, Petrol (Octane 95) will be sold at Rs.161 an increase of Rs. 4 per litre. One litre of Auto Diesel was increased by Rs.5 and the revised price is Rs. 123 and One litre of Super Diesel will be increased by Rs.3 & revised price is Rs.133, more..