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St Peter’s, Walala A. Rathnayake Central overall champs

Sep 22 (CT) High jumper Seniru Amarasinghe and distance runner Parami Wasanthi Maris Stella were adjudged best male and female athletes for their record-breaking performances at the 88th Sir John Tarbet Athletics Championship 2018 concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium, yesterday. St. Peter’s College once again sealed the all the major titles over all schools when winning the boys Championship with 206 points, more..

Pyxle delivering digital technology solutions across four continents

Sep 22 (Island) After consistent expansion from a fledgling organization of just two persons, Pyxle, the brainchild of founder Prasantha Jayamaha celebrates 15 years of continuous progress in enterprise technology solutions. Although the quantum of moneys earned was not disclosed, Jayamaha addressing the press recently said his company could be considered a pace setter, delivering digital transformation and technology solutions across four continents. more..

No sale of land in Hambantota Port to Chinese company

Sep 22 (FT) Govt reconfirmed in Parliament that it had not divested land in the Hambantota Port to a Chinese company but had incorporated two companies – Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and Hambantota International Port Services (HIPS), which are Public-Private Partnerships to carry forward development plans. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe responding to a question for oral answer said: “As per the development agreement signed between Govt of SL & Govt of China more..

Minister Fonseka unveils plans to save both elephants and humans

Sep 22 (Island) Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, yesterday, disclosed to Parliament plans to cultivate 15,000 acres of grass land for elephants. Minister Fonseka said funds for the purpose would be granted by the US, The land would be able to provide fodder for 1,500 elephants in that area, he added. The Minister observed that one of the main reasons why the elephants were invading the villages was the shortage of food & water. more..

Danushka Gunathilaka in trouble again

Sep 22 (Island) Opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has come under the spotlight again after he returned home early from the Asia Cup in UAE with a suspicious back injury. Gunathilaka was ruled out of the six-nation competition after he complained about back pain after the national cricket team’s first training session in Dubai. Now it has emerged that the left-handed top-order batsman was carrying a niggle but didn’t inform the team management prior departure from Colombo. more..

Coconut prices steady, export ban lifted

Sep 22 (EN) Sri Lanka coconut prices fell 5.4% at Thursday's auction in Colombo, to 36,346 rupees for 1,000 nuts, after rising 3.7% to 38,428 a week earlier. At this week's auction in Colombo, 689,948 nuts were offered and 358,440 were sold. Prices fell as slow as 30,723 on Aug 16. Sri Lanka has also lifted a ban on the export of fresh coconuts from this month. Sri Lanka banned the export of fresh nuts after a drought hit global production driving coconut prices to record levels. more..

It’s Time!

Sep 22 (Island) Think Tanks within SriLanka cricket are similar to ostriches. They hide their heads in the sand hoping their problems would go away. There is no clinical assessment or logical thinking applied to their future planning. And they pay the price time after time, with unerring regularity. Disastrous overseas performances are glossed over or forgotten in the wake of flattering performances at home, on wickets doctored for more..

2nd T20I washed out after India's early blows

Sep 22 (CI) India made vital blows with the ball in the second T20I, in Colombo, before the rains that had delayed the start of play by half an hour returned to force the teams off the field, and eventually wash out the match. In the 7.5 overs possible, India had Sri Lanka at 49 for 3, with the home team's captain and star batsman Chamari Atapattu back in the pavilion. Atapattu had looked good for a big innings, having hit two fours and a six over long-on against offspin of Anuja Patil, more..

Litro Gas and Laugfs get lands in Hambantota Port

Sep 22 (FT) A pair of key plots of land within the Hambantota Port premises has been assigned to two local-based Liquid Petroleum Gas providing companies, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told Parliament. Accordingly, Litro Gas and Laugfs Gas are the two companies that have received these lands, Minister revealed to the House. Minister went on to say the two plots of land in concern were valued at $ 5000 per a hectare in 2010 and 2012, & were revalued at $ 5600 per hectare in 2016. more..

Central Bank intervention pulls rupee back from record low

Sep 22 (Reuters) The SL rupee hit a record low for an eighth straight session on Friday, but closed the session firmer following intervention by the central bank, market sources said. The central bank will intervene aggressively to curb excess volatility in the exchange rate, Senior Deputy Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe told Reuters. “We will not tolerate excess volatility that we have seen in the market during the last couple of days. more..

Lionel Mendis: My uncle and coach

Sep 22 (ST) Rajapaksha Manikkunambi Saddasena Lionel Mendis was a well known cricket coach and a teacher. To me, he was an uncle, my fathers’ elder brother. His 83rd birth anniversary falls on Sept 15, 2018. Loku thaththa was very fond of me as a kid and I, very much attached to him. At every visit we made to loku nanda’s at Quarry Road, Dehiwala, he would come out of his room to welcome me. Then, I would sit on his lap in the living room, in the company of amma and thaththa, more..

Edtorial: Politics vitiating Foreign Service

Sep 22 (Island) All it takes to destroy a country is the cancerous growth of partisan politics, as has been our experience. We have seen dirty politics eat into the vitals of the state, enervating them irreparably and create conditions for politicians to emerge as a privileged class. Everything King Midas touched turned into gold, instantly. Our politicians are also known for their magic touch, which transforms everything into an unholy mess. With them at the levers of power and more..

Rupiyale Balaya: The rupee scores big today

Sep 22 (Island) Shouldn’t we stop this talk about Sri Lanka losing? Why, didn’t we lose against Bangladesh and Afghanistan, and get thrown out of the Asia Cup? Come on, that is in cricket, and not even Test Cricket… It is time to think of bigger matters. What bigger matters are you thinking of? Just look at the Rupee –Dollar Match – we are rising every day. Just now we have gone past 170 to One Dollar. Did we ever have such a good score? more..

The forthcoming UNGA sessions

Sep 22 (Island) According to media reports President Sirisena is planning to attend the forthcoming 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, where he hopes to use the opportunity presented to amend the UNHRC Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the govt. General Assembly sessions are normally occasions for broad policy statements. However, in the case of SL presenting its case before the General Assembly is in order to bring to the attention of a world body such as the UN more..

Pursuing Peace Development without the human factor

Sep 22 (CT) The seven weeks between my returning from Geneva in June 2009, and the closure of the Secretariat at the end of July, were intensely busy. Though I no longer had to get up well before dawn to finish my paperwork at the Secretariat – once leading our Director Administration to reprimand my driver for putting a false time of arrival, when we started work around 4 a.m. – I did get up before that on occasion to head off to the Refugee Camp at Vavuniya. more..


Janabala Colombata in retrospect

Sep 22 (DN) Looking back after the dust had settled on the Janabala Colombata attempted mass protest earlier this month, in the overall context of the SLPP/Joint Opposition politics, several factors become clear. Firstly, with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa throwing his hat into the ring as it were to be the political heir apparent of term limit barred Mahinda Rajapaksa, this was the reminder by the eldest offspring, that there is age limit barred sons also waiting in the wings. more..

Presidential race gives bedlam to politics

Sep 22 (DN) The current political and media hype over an alleged assassination attempt on President Maithripala Sirisena and a possible presidential candidate, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, has pushed back the growing interest in the candidates in the coming presidential poll. Allegations made against Deputy Inspector General of the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Police, Nalaka de Silva, requires the most speedy and serious probe into the matter. It is proper that DIG de Silva has more..

'Military and police are split in the Maldives'

Sep 22 (CT) Former President of Maldives and Leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Mohamed Nasheed, meeting local and foreign journalists yesterday in Colombo, gave a brief summary on the upcoming Presidential Election scheduled for Sept 23, 2018. He accused incumbent President Abdulla Yameen of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPP) of flouting election laws. more..

Lonely sentinel of a vanished wilderness

Sep 22 (Island) Many, many months ago I wrote a piece about the last surviving bak mee tree in Colombo. It yet stands, in lonely splendor, giving character to our building cluttered neighbourhood. I have lived in, and around, this area for over 70 years and remember this tree standing proud amidst the marshy grassland that then surrounded it. We will never know how, and when, this native of the Vanni jungles rooted itself in a Colombo that had not yet become the asphalt jungle of today. more..

Menstrual hygiene, A necessity not a luxury

Sep 22 (CT) Of 4.2 million menstruating women in SL, only 30% use disposable sanitary napkins. Given the stigma surrounding menstruation, many Sri Lankans – including policy makers – are unaware of the impacts of poor menstrual hygiene management (MHM).This is worrying because poor MHM poses significant health risks including urogenital infections and cervical cancer. Additionally, poor MHM may adversely impact female educational performance and female more..

'Janabalaya aim was never to change govt'

Sep 22 (SO) In a wide ranging interview shortly after his arrival from New Delhi where he joined former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s widely reported visit, SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L.Peiris explained the purpose of their trip and the future of the SLPP while shooting down speculation on the notable absence of Basil Rajapaksa from Janabalaya sit-in protest. Q: What was the purpose of recent visit by former Prez Rajapaksa to more..

Rajani’s questions the Tamil elite have refused to answer

Sep 22 (CT) Rains and early gloom harbinger the dying year. Fields are ploughed and sown in readiness for the earth’s renewal and the yield of her bounty. It was at such a time that Rajani Thiranagama was killed by the LTTE 29 years ago. Her questions and aphorisms often challenged our assumptions at their core. The following Appeal authored by her in October 1988 appeared in Laying Aside Illusions signed by 50 academics in the common room of the University of Jaffna: more..

People have voted time and again to abolish executive presidency: Sumanthiran

Sep 22 (SO) The people of SL have proved time and again that they favour the abolition of the executive presidency, since they have supported every presidential candidate who has promised to scrap the office since 1994, said Counsel for petitioners intervening in support of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution in the Supreme Court on Friday (14). President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran, who serves as Counsel for the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, more..

Eight members of 16 group removed from SLFP organiser posts

Sep 21 (DM) The Central Committee of the SLFP has decided to remove electoral organiser posts of eight out of the 16 SLFPers who defected to the Joint Opposition. The decision was taken at the SLFP CC meeting which was held at President Sirisena’s residence last evening. MPs Susil Premejayantha, W.D.J. Seneviratne, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane, Chandima Weerakkody are more..

New villages development authority for plantation region bill presented

Sep 21 (FT) The Govt presented the New Villages Development Authority for Plantation Region Bill in Parliament on Wednesday. Presenting the Bill, Minister Palany Thigambaram said that plantation sector communities have not been provided with even the most basic of facilities, and that it was high time the State took measures to rectify the situation. “Successive Governments have failed to resolve the hardships faced by the upcountry plantation sector community. more..

First Int'l Buddhist Tourism Summit on Oct 2

Sep 21 (DN) The Alumni Association of Tourism Economics and Hospitality Management (AATEHM) and the students of Tourism Study Programme, Department of Economics, University of Colombo will hold the First International Buddhist Tourism Conference on Oct 2, under the theme 'A Simple Life and Middle Path for Responsible Religious Tourism Development' at Ridee Viharaya in Kurunegala. According to Dr. Saranga Silva, Coordinator of the Tourism Economics and more..

Plan to legalize sale of wild boar meat

Sep 21 (CT) Ministry of Agriculture intends to submit a Cabinet Paper within the coming week to legalize the sale of wild boar meat, Ministry officials said. 30% of the country’s annual agricultural harvest is lost due to wild animals and wild boar have become a menace causing crop destruction followed by monkeys, toque monkeys, wild elephants and peacocks. Officials also added that while methods have been stepped up to more..

Lt. Col. Erantha Peiris remanded

Sep 21 (AD) Army Intelligence Officer Lieutenant Colonel Erantha Peiris, who was arrested over the disappearance of Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, has been remanded until Sept 28. He was arrested by the CID yesterday and produced before the Homagama Magistrate today. The army intelligence officer was summoned to appear at the CID yesterday to record a statement while he was taken into custody after giving his statement. The CID has arrested several army intelligence members more..

Delimitation report delayed by 2 months

Sep 21 (NR) Delimitation Review Committee has informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that another two months is required to compile the report on the delimitation of Provincial Councils. Speaker was informed of the requirement during a special party leaders meeting that convened under the patronage of the Speaker. Accordingly the Committee said there is a need to conduct an in depth study into delimitation and reach agree a common stance prior to the compilation of the report. more..

Probe launched over teenage girl sent to Middle East as domestic worker

Sep 21 (AD) The CID has launched investigations into an incident of a Sri Lankan teenage girl being sent as a domestic work to the Middle East. Owing the issues that had arisen while she had been employed as a house maid in the Middle East, the girl in question was sheltered at the Detention Center of the SL Embassy in Oman, and later sent back to Sri Lanka. Although the girl claims to have been born in 2000, more..

Video: Calls to abolish PTA at protest in Jaffna

Sep 21 (AD) A protest urging the abolition of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was held this morning in Jaffna. The protest had been organized by a group including the NPC member M.K. Sivajilingam of the TNA. National unity and permanent peace cannot be established in the country, Sivajilingam said, speaking to reporters during the protest. He added that they urge the President and the Prime Minister to revoke the PTA and to release political prisoners arrested more..

The govt. we formed treated me like a terrorist: Ravi

Sep 21 (DM) UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake sai false allegations had been levelled against him by the same govt which they formed. "Is this the Good Governance? The same govt, which we formed, treated me like a terrorist," he said. He told parliament that the same economic stalwarts who steered the country towards a negative economy in 2000 during the Chandrika Kumaratunge’s govt are running the country today and added that they have been allowed to easily ruin the economy more..

Today the number of kidney patients are decreasing at a significant rate: Prez

Sep 21 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out that the number of chronic kidney disease patients are decreasing at a significant rate annually as a result of the comprehensive programmes implemented by the govt to prevent kidney disease spreading in the country. Prez Sirisena further said that the innocent people in the country subjected to this disease and the govt executed extensive programmes during more..

Govt declares Sept. 21-28 as Information Week

Sep 21 (DN) Govt has declared Sept 21 to 28 as the Information Week to make the public aware about their right to information and motivating them to use it for their benefit. Addressing a media briefing in this regard Additional Secretary (Development and Planning) of Finance and Mass Media Ministry Thilaka Jayasundara said that the govt has declared the Information Week coinciding with the International Day of Right to Information (RTI) which falls on Sept 28 every year. more..

Couple surviving on Murunga leaves: President deploys officer to probe

Sep 21 (DM) President Sirisena said he immediately deployed an officer to look into the incident where a starving couple from Kahatagasdigiliya had been feeding on Murunga leaves for days due to the lack of water and food. Addressing an event in A'pura, he said all state officers and the ministers in the region should be held responsible for the situation. “It is the responsibility of all ministers and state officials to visit the affected people and provide relief," he said. Daily Mirror and our sister paper more..