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Kathikawath must be formulated by monks

Sept 20 (DM) The govt stated that the Bill was brought forth in order to address several issues observed within the Sangha community and following persistent requests of chief prelates of the Theravadi Bhikku Chapters in the island. Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Kelaniya University and the Anunayake Thera of the Kotte Chapter Ven. Kotapitiye Rahula Thera said that the Bill was more..

Elephants take top berths as status symbols

Sept 20 (DM) Social status is also coupled with status symbols which can vary from one society to another. It reflects status and a perceived indicator of wealth. Many luxury goods are considered as status symbols; clothing and possessions are among them. People aspiring to high status pursue symbols whose values vary. For example before books were printed using machines, collections of hand-copied and hand-bound books were status symbols. But later when books were more more..

Hypocrisy at its best

Sept 20 (DM) The just-concluded 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Margarita Island in Venezuela, has placed a great emphasis on the prevention and eradication of terrorism world over. Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, the final declaration of the two-day NAM Summit had strongly pitched for decisive and coordinated action to prevent and combat the financing and illicit transfer of weapons. The NAM countries also had reaffirmed that more..

Petroleum minister battles Sri Lanka's secretly hatched prerogative tax

Sept 20 (EN) Petroleum minister said talks have begun with the finance ministry in a bid to reduce a prerogative tax imposed without consulting his ministry, pushing a state run distributor into the red. Finance ministry raised a tax on diesel to 13 rupees a litre by midnight gazette, but did not allow a retail price increase for distributors. "After I protested finance minister convened a meeting, and now we are more..

Man convicted of child abuse found hanging in his cell

Sept 20 (CT) An inmate of the Matara Prison had hung himself early yesterday (19) morning, the Police Media Unit said. The 51-year-old prisoner was serving a 10-year sentence on charges of child abuse. Meanwhile, the Officer-in-Charge of the Pussellawa Police Station has been transferred to the Gampola Police Station. This was in addition to the suspension of two Police officers attached to the Pussellawa Police following the death of a suspect inside a cell. more..

President, a special invitee at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting

Sept 20 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena participated as a special invitee in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting – 2016, held today (19) at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York. This year’s theme of the CGI was Beyond Equality: Harnessing the Power of Girls & Women for Sustainable Development. Heads of 12 states participated in this meeting. The inaugural address of the meeting was made by Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation. more..

VAT (Amendment) Bill: Strategic Development Projects receive relief

Sept 20 (Island) Socialist Alliance (SA) yesterday alleged that the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill was meant to enhance state revenue at the expense of the vast majority of those struggling to make ends meet. General Secretary of SA Raja Collure, UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara and LSSP leader Prof. Tissa Vitharana alleged that the govt was going ahead with the VAT (Amendment) Bill at the behest of the IMF. more..

Reservoirs’ water levels drop

Sept 20 (DN) The water level of hydrel reservoirs have dropped sharply due to the current dry weather posing a possible danger to generation of hydro electricity. The water level of Randenigala reservoir has dropped to nearly 42% of its total capacity while Victoria has dropped to 62% and Kotmale to 59%. Meanwhile, the Rantambe water level had dropped sharply while Bowatenna is 11% of its capacity. Meanwhile, Samanalawewa had dropped to 23% of its full capacity and Uda Walawa to 10%. more..

Imthiaz chairman of NMC

Sept 20 (CT) Former Media Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar was appointed as Chairman of National Media Centre (NMC) and assumed duties. This appointment was in line with a Cabinet decision last month to form a centralized system where information can be disseminated through accurate and reliable channels. In a bid to provide complete, reliable and accurate official information to the public, through a centralized system, PM table this proposal which was endorsed by Cabinet. more..

Indictment against Tissa; HC calls for original case record

Sept 20 (DN) Colombo High Court ordered the registrar of the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court that the original case recording pertaining to the indictment filed against former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake be handed over to the Colombo High Court. Judge made this order consequent to an indictment filed against Attanayake by the AG for displaying a fraudulent document to the media during more..

Six Sri Lankans to attend Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity

Sept 20 (DN) Six professionals from Sri Lanka’s advertising industry and an undergraduate have been selected to represent the country at the annual Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity, held in Singapore from Sept 21 to 23. These three teams were selected to represent Sri Lanka following the recent Young Spikes Competition which was conducted in Colombo facilitated by Metal Factor in partnership with the industry bodies. These six young professionals will have the opportunity to more..

FCID grills Chandrasena

Sept 20 (CT) Former Minister and Joint Opposition's SLFP Anuradhapura District MP S.M. Chandrasena was grilled yesterday, by the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID), over the misappropriation of funds, to the tune of Rs 20 million, in the distribution of wheat seed, during the previous regime. FCID sources said the JO MP had arrived at the FCID at around 9 a.m. and had been grilled for close on five hours. The FCID is conducting further inquiries. more..

No drinking water for dry zone residents

Sept 20 (CT) People living in a number of districts of the dry zone are undergoing severe hardships due to the prevailing drought. The people in the dry zone are finding it difficult to find drinking water, due to the severe drought being experienced since August. Steps would be taken to distribute drinking water, to the people of the drought stricken areas, by way of bowser, with the assistance of the district secretaries. more..

Money printing up Rs 15.2B to Rs 214.84B

Sept 20 (CT) The exchange rate (ER) continued to weaken for the third consecutive market day, yesterday, due to continuous import demand and the govt having to settle an oil bill. As a result, the ER fell sharply by 15 cents to Rs 145/85/146 in two way quotes to the US dollar in interbank spot trading, over the previous day's (15) close. In the three market days to yesterday, the ER has had fallen by between 55 cents to 60 cents, having had closed last Tuesday (13) at Rs 145/30/40 to more..

Committee to look into environmental impact

Sept 20 (CT) The newly appointed special seven-member environmental committee will launch an inquiry into the environmental impact of the Lakvijaya Power Station (Norochcholai Power Station), which is the largest power station in Sri Lanka, PUCSL Director General Damitha Kumarasinghe said. Residents living in the vicinity of the Norochcholai Power Station recently complained that the power plant was causing serious environment and health problems. more..

Nuwan Kulasekara released on bail

Sept 20 (DN) A source close to Nuwan Kulasekara, involved in an accident this afternoon that rendered a 28 year old motorist dead, said the former world No. 1 ranked Bowler was visibly shaken by the incident. In his statement to Police, Kulasekara had said the motorist had been thrown onto his path as he was returning to Colombo from Gampaha via the Kandy – Colombo route. The accident occurred close to the AG’s office, more..

NZ to assist dairy sector development

Sept 20 (DN) One of the leading world milk industrialists New Zealand said that it will extend its full assistance to develop the milk production sector in Sri Lanka. New Zealand High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Grahame Morton said his country expects to provide Sri Lanka new technology, industry expertise and grants to enable the island to improve its milk production. New Zealand HC Grahame Morton gave this assurance when he met Minister Ravi Karunanayake at the Finance Ministry. more..

Minister Rajapakshe gets cracking; orders immediate repair to temple library

Sept 20 (Island) Minister of Justice and Buddhasasana Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday directed his ministry Secretary and Commissioner of Buddhist Affairs to take necessary action immediately to renovate the library of late Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maithriya Thera. The library situated at Ven. Maithriya Thera’s temple, Sri Nandaramaya in Balangoda has historic and valuable books and other buddhist documents, but it is in a dilapidated state now. more..

Lifebuoy, a village favourite, top of the pops in SL and abroad

Sept 20 (ST) Lifebuoy soap is not only a brand popular in Sri Lanka but across the world, a new study has shown. In a ranking of the top 10 FMCB brands in Sri Lanka, Lifebuoy was placed fourth while the product came third in the global rankings. The latest Brand Footprint study conducted by Kantar Worldpanel had ranked the top 10 FMCG Brands in SL on the basis of 12 months findings from LMRB Household Panel, more..

WB: Building on 6 decades of partnership

Sept 20 (DN) Sri Lanka amazes me in many ways, with its smiling faces among a rich tapestry of cultures, diversity, and natural wonders. On this fourth visit and first time in the Northern Province, I once again found a resilient and industrious people eager to build their lives and advance the country together. As SL recovers from an almost three-decade long conflict, much progress has been made. I am proud that the World Bank Group has been a close and trusted partner with more..

Bangladesh have more belief: Samaraweera

Sept 20 (CI) Thilan Samaraweera reunited with an old friend on his first day as Bangladesh's batting consultant. "I divide my career into two," he said. "First it is from 2001 to 2006 when I was dropped. I became a totally different player when I met Chandika [Hathurusingha]." Samaraweera began with a century on Test debut in 2001 but suffered a drastic dip in form five years later. When he returned to the Sri Lankan side, he averaged over 72 in 2007 and 2008 and peaked with 114.25 more..

Steve Smith on leaving the SL tour early

Sept 20 (Fox) He says it’s too early to know for sure, but that the rest has probably done him a world of good ahead of a packed seven months of cricket. What he does know is the whole thing could have been handled better. Smith and Cricket Australia were hammered from critics left, right and centre when the decision for the skipper to go home early was revealed midway through the one-day series in Sri Lanka, more..

50% of electricity comes from Norochcholai

Sept 20 (Island) Nobody wanted the power plant in Norochcholai except the power system planners who were determined to ensure the country got its electricity at the lowest possible cost. With their knowledge of what exactly was happening with power generation in other countries, they knew the only way to rescue the power sector from the financial mess and recurring power cuts, was to build strong, large capacity, cheaper power plants. Norochcholai was the first such power plant. more..

A toy story which has put SL on world map

Sept 20 (ST) And here I was make-believing that God threw away the mould after he made me. This is something we all like to indulge in, feeding our ego like an obese child merrily stuffing his or her face with candy. But one look at the factory floor at DSL Lanka (Douglas and Sons) and my self-esteem was punctured rapidly for there were ranks and ranks of Alvins – a plush toy which is the brainchild of Mano Sheriff. She laughs when I tell her my bubble has been burst. more..

CIMA & CA Sri Lanka in landmark agreement

Sept 20 (FT) A landmark agreement was signed between two of the country’s leading accounting professional bodies, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Chartered Accountants of SL, to promote the CIMA qualification amongst Chartered Accountants and students. In addition this agreement will endorse and promote Global Management Accounting Principles, with more..

Veteran trade unionist urges PM to resolve outstanding labour issues

Sept 20 (ST) Ceylon Federation of Labour (CFL) has urged PM not to implement a set of planned labour sector reforms until some outstanding labour issues are resolved. T.M.R. Rasseedin, CFL Deputy General Secretary and a veteran trade unionist himself, said in a letter that while they respect the govt’s prerogative to adopt laws dealing with employment generation “we urge you not to proceed with any planned labour law reform process until the following issues are remedied”. more..

Axiata remains committed to long-term investment in Sri Lanka

Sept 20 (FT) Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata or the Group) notes that an article published on Bloomberg newswires captioned Axiata Said to Seek Buyers for $700 Million of Overseas Holdings, dated 13 Sept, may have led to some speculation and/or confusion with respect to the Group’s commitment going forward towards Sri Lanka’s telecom sector and its 83%-owned subsidiary Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog). In a statement issued on the same day, Axiata had clarified that while there were no specific more..

LOLC in massive Maldives push

Sept 20 (FT) LOLC Group marked its first overseas leisure venture in the Maldives and also broke new ground in SL-China relations last week, announcing its North Malé Resort Development project in partnership with State-owned China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC). Presenting three brand new islands to CMEC last Thursday, LOLC announced the massive and innovative 50:50 JV project valued at more..

Editorial: Blast in Gotham

Sept 20 (Island) The US has been doing its damnedest to protect itself against terrorism. All its institutions have been geared to meet that threat. The judiciary has refused to be moved against the state agencies responsible for abductions and torture on the grounds that legal action against the perpetrators will jeopardise national security. The victims of such acts of cruelty are without anyone to turn to while the US politicians and diplomats are pontificating to the rest of the world more..

Trick or treat? Transitional justice for postwar Sri Lanka

Sept 20 (Island) It must surely be thought odd that I am even undertaking an effort to intervene here on a subject that requires comment by lawyers or political scientists. But as a concerned citizen-observer, I have some worries and since I have not seen any debate whatsoever in the media, I want to raise some questions and hopefully contribute to an informed public discussion. When and who decided that what Sri Lanka needed in the post-war period was Transitional Justice? more..

Aluth Parlimenthuwa

Enforce death penalty

Sept 20 (DM) On Sept 10 the Daily Mirror reported that between January and August this year a total of 334 murders had taken place in our country. In 2013 there had been 402 killings in the first eight months alone and during the same period and 391 killings during the same period in 2014.There had also been 267 incidents of attempted murder this year and what is most horrifying is that we claim to be a Buddhist country! Let us recall the rape and murder of that five-year-old Seya, more..

Malaysia’s nonchalance raises wider concern

Sept 20 (ST) Following the unprovoked assault on SL’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Ansar at the KLIA that country’s Deputy Home Minister rather cursorily dismissed the incident and therefore Malaysia’s own responsibility as the host country to protect the person and dignity of an accredited diplomat. Deputy Minister Datuk Nur Mohamed called it an isolated incident triggered by political conflicts and said it had nothing to do with terrorism. What is worse is his prognosis that more..

The Prawn War

Sept 20 (Slate) Victos Fernando had been missing for four days when his body washed up, bruised and salt-soaked, off Sri Lanka’s northern coast. He’d disembarked with three other fishermen on April 2, 2011, from the crowded harbor of Rameswaram, a small island off India’s southeastern coast, to sail for the fertile breeding shoals on the SL side of the Palk Strait, the narrow body of water that separates the two nations. more..

3 Buddhisms & Isolation of the philosopher

Sept 20 (CT) There are three Buddhisms operating in the world today. I am not referring to Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. The latter are basically perceived as unopposed to each other and their followers are observed to worship together in many an instance. The reference here is to three different kinds of Buddhism often running in contradiction to each other and extending their coverage across the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana streams themselves. more..

India and Sri Lanka in Antiquity

Sept 20 (TD) Sri Lanka has always been an indisputable part of South Asia, geographically and culturally. Yet, it is also a place apart in many ways. Unlike other modern countries in South Asia, like India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, which have experienced political unity under many empires, Sri Lanka has always been a distinct region unto itself within South Asia. The great empires of the subcontinent, with one notable exception, made little effort to control SL, and even the British ruled more..