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Anti-Muslim assaults in Gintota

Nov 18 (CT) Gintota is currently facing a heavily tense situation with impending riots, by Sinhalese mobs against Muslims. Reports said that there is a riot building up currently after a Sinhalese group of youth had assaulted a bunch of Muslims who were playing. A skirmish between two groups over a bike accident has escalated to violence. According to reports, a Muslim child had been knocked down by a Sinhalese youth. more..

Politico’s son-in-law in school frock drama

Nov 18 (CT) The son-in-law of a SLFP politician in the Puttalam District is under investigation after he is alleged to have threatened a school teacher who had reprimanded his daughter over the student's dress code. According to Police the alleged incident took place at a Maha Vidyalaya in Madurankuliya at the start of this week. According to the complaint made by the Teacher, the suspect is alleged to have stormed the school premises during the assembly and abused her in obscene language more..

Tender for tabs further delayed

Nov 18 (Island) Due to issues involved with the awarding of a tender to import 200,000 tabs to be distributed among GCE A/L students, the distribution of tabs would be further delayed, Education Ministry sources said. As six companies had protested against the decision taken by the UCG to award the tender to a particular company, UGC held discussions with them on Thursday, in a bid to resolve the issue. UGC’s decision will be announced next week, the sources said. more..

'Fantastic if I can take five-for against India'

Nov 18 (Island) Seamer Suranga Lakmal, who bowled an unplayable spell on the opening day of the first Test against India here in Calcutta, said that he had been doing a lot of research and planning ahead of the three-match Test series against world’s number-one ranked team. Lamkal’s burst helped SL to reduce India to 17 for three and the hosts moved to 74 for five on a rain-curtailed day two with Dasun Shanaka accounting for more..

Sevens players given SLR contracts

Nov 18 (CT) Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) has finally decided to take the first step toward professionalizing the sport when they introduced a contract system for Sri Lanka Sevens men's and women's teams. They have picked 20 men and 16 female players who will be given a one year contract till the next Asian Games in Indonesia. Contracts will be effective from this month. The contract has been prepared and approved by the SLR, Sports Ministry and the Clubs. more..

Private sector is performing well: Survey

Nov 18 (FT) The latest monthly poll conducted by research firm Kantar TNS, for business magazine LMD, reveals that a notable majority (78%) of the people believe Sri Lanka’s private sector is performing well. Respondents say that this is a reflection of the business community working efficiently in accordance with standards. However, only three in 10 of those surveyed feel that our corporates are world-class, citing the famous businesses that are well known. more..

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Airtel partners with Google for online purchasing for 1st time in Sri Lanka

Nov 18 (LBO) For the first time in Sri Lanka customers will be able to purchase apps and other digital content through their Airtel recharges or reloads launching with Google Play. This Direct Carrier Billing service named AirPay will permit prepaid customers to have their purchases deducted from their remaining balances, while postpaid customers will have their purchases incurred to their monthly phone bill. Given that the circulation of credit cards is still considerably low, more..

Sri Lankan students take part in summit on world Tsunami awareness day

Nov 18 (FT) The Govt of Japan hosted the High School Students Islands Summit to commemorate the World Tsunami Awareness Day that falls on 5 November as declared upon by the resolution adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The Summit was held on 7 and 8 November at Okinawa, Japan with the participation of 150 students around the world. Six students from Galle District had the opportunity to participate in this Summit, representing Sri Lanka.  more..

'Finance Minister fooled into giving tax relief to beer industry'

Nov 18 (DM) The Amarapura Vidwat Sangha Sabha said that Minister Mangala Samaraweera had been fooled into giving tax concessions to the beer industry because of a study that was based on fabricated data to please the tourism industry. Its Chief Registrar, Venerable Mawarale Bhaddhiya Thera, said that although the finance minister had reduced the tax on beer stating that it was a measure that was required to attract tourists, more..

Curious case of Winter Sports Association

Nov 18 (CT) Sri Lanka does not neither have a winter season with snow fall nor any winter sports clubs, but surprisingly we have a Sri Lanka Winter Sports Association (SLWSA), a loggerhead regarding its status and receiving millions of funds for the sport. In fact, at present, Sri Lanka has an athlete (Lukas Hettiarachchi) who receives US$ 1,500 per month for winter sports until the Winter Olympics in 2018, while SLWSA has received International Funding of US$ 34,000 more..

On view: Wendt’s artistic world

Nov 18 (ST) Theatre-goers and art lovers in SL are familiar with the Lionel Wendt Art Centre, but few of the younger generation would have an inkling of the artistic genius it was named after. A versatile personality- Lionel Wendt was a photographer, musician and art collector who made a great contribution to the arts in SL. This week, a curated selection of his photographs is on exhibition at the Harold Peiris Gallery of the Lionel Wendt offering the public a glimpse of his phenomenal talent. more..

Parliament Mafia: Saints in front of the People, Thieves behind closed doors

Nov 18 (Island) Hello…Are you coping well…this is Arjun...C’mon…is it the Governor or the Perpetual? What difference does it make…both of us want to know about COPE…can we have a good deal with COPE? I don’t know about any deal…I’m trying to get one footnote…not only me…my other green players, too…it’s not so easy…looks like we will leave our footprints all over and have no footnotes… That could be the type of talk that more..

Beer vs. Kasippu–Learning from US moonshine menance

Nov 18 (Island) The Budget-2018 has proposed the revision of liquor tax based on alcohol content and thus beer and wine prices come down significantly against the hard liquor. Two schools of thoughts have arisen in this phenomenon. First one is that the well-known Sri Lankan illegal brew Kasippu consumers would shift to beer which is good for the health. The other is that the youngsters would become alcoholic due to cheap liquor like beer and wine. As each theory has its own merit and more..

Creating digital tools to prevent the spread of dengue

Nov 18 (SO) The first-ever EpiHack Sri Lanka was conducted at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel recently. The goal of EpiHack 2017 is to create digital solutions to health communication and surveillance of dengue fever with the hope of reducing the epidemic. The digital solutions created during Epihack will be open-source and accessible to all for non-commercial use. This empowers everyone to join the fight against infectious diseases around the world. more..

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The BRI and the Buddhist Kingdom of SL

Nov 18 (SO) The driving force behind the acclaimed New Era of President Xi Jinping is his Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It was recently enshrined into the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the 19th National Congress. This is one of Xi’s signature acts that signaled the importance of BRI as part of the evolving Chinese foreign and economic policy to create a new Pacific world order - with far-reaching implications for Sri Lanka in the next 99 years. more..

Editorial: Let genie be kept in bottle

Nov 18 (Island) Police have reportedly been ordered to take legal action against anyone who will commemorate the dead Tigers including LTTE Leader V Prabhakaran on Nov. 27. Curiously, if it is against the law to commemorate the slain Tigers how come the same law does not apply to the commemoration of the dead JVP leaders and cadres responsible for the reign of terror which plagued the country from 1987 to 1989? True, the JVP did not ask for a separate state, but more..

To rag or not to rag ?

Nov 18 (Roar) With the final notes of Rag – The Musical still ringing in the alcoves of Colombo’s Wendt Theatre, the emotive subject of ragging has been bought once more into the public conscience. Deaths, suicides and serious abuse make up a long list of major incidents in this enduring black mark on university life in SL. This year, there have been arrests at Peradeniya Uni and an unpleasant account reported at the Uni of Trincomalee. more..

Bottom line of the petroleum issue

Nov 18 (NS) Cabinet sub-committee appointed to look into the recent petrol crisis, has found that the failure to maintain buffer stocks and the absence of a mechanism to carry out emergency supplies were the reasons for the shortage. The committee also raised doubts as to how the delay in the arrival of the two shipments – one ordered by the CPC and the other by the LIOC – and the breakdown of the refinery, all happened around the same time. Based on the committee report, more..

Beer with us, the price we pay…

Nov 18 (NS) There were two things that saw the limelight last week, the beer prices, and criminal groups in the North. Slash in beer prices received mixed responses from the public. Many were not happy about it, but some welcomed the move. Maybe the price slash would help the country would help the country in bringing in money from foreign tourists. But whether it was a smart move or not is something that we have to wait and see. Lankans do love their alcohol, some a bit too much. more..

'There is no journey with the UNP'

Nov 18 (CT) UPFA MP Kanchana Wijesekera said his leader is Mahinda Rajapaksa, and went on to say, "We engage in politics with policies. We are with the individual who represents the Party policies. Maithripala Sirisena became Party Chairman through various methods." Q: If we say that you came into politics because of your father, is that correct? A: Actually I did not plan and come into politics; however, it was more..

Blinking judges & The constitutional hoax

Nov 18 (CT) The 19 Amendment gave us hope. Even those people who lived in remote villages and did not have a proper roof over their heads believed that the continuous legacy of contriving to win elections had ended. Other than the many other political reforms that the 19 Amendment brought forward, it was the formation of a Constitutional Council, an Independent Council; specially engaged in the appointments to high offices, including the appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court more..

The President Is Right

Nov 18 (CT) A strong wind is blowing across. While there are destructive tendencies experienced, several positive indications too are in the offing. With the LG elections threateningly surfacing and plunging off and on, manifestly manoeuvred, country is forced to bear with the deprivation of an opportunity to react. While the election carrot is dangling a constitutional phantom is emerging with a blow hot and cold trend. The Unholy political marriage, forced due to circumstances, more..

Buddha tattoo woman Naomi Coleman abused on Facebook

Nov 17 (BBC) A woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm says she had to leave Facebook after being abused by extremists. Naomi Coleman, 41, from Coventry, won compensation on Wednesday after being detained in the country for four days, in April 2014. Following her deportation, she says she received online messages telling her she should die and burn in hell. more..

Court summons Army chief over disappearance of 24 Tamils

Nov 17 (PTI) Jaffna High Court has summoned the commander of the country’s Army tomorrow over the disappearance of 24 Tamils since their arrest in 1996 by security forces during the internal conflict with the LTTE. Court has asked Army chief Mahesh Senanayake along with two other state officials to appear in court on Saturday. Judge Ilancheliyan ordered them to appear in court when a case filed by parents and relatives of the 24 missing persons was taken up on Nov 15. more..

Australia and Sri Lanka discuss reconciliation and human rights

Nov 17 (SL) The Second Round of Senior Officials’ Talks between the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade concluded in Canberra. The Senior Officials’ Talks is a structured platform to review the bilateral relations between the two countries and to discuss regional and international issues of common interest and concern. Given the number of high level visits that took place between the two countries in 2017, which also marks the 70th anniversary since more..

India wobble against seam before rain washes out second day

Nov 17 (CI) Persistent rain dominated another day in Kolkata, allowing just 21 overs on the second morning. In all, just 32.5 overs have been bowled over two days. Sri Lanka's seamers had earlier capitalised on a dry, bowling-friendly morning at Eden Gardens, as Dasun Shanaka picked up two wickets with his gentle medium pace under gloomy skies offering sufficient lateral movement. more..

'Corruption in mega development projects: Revelations soon'

Nov 17 (CT) Revelations pertaining to acts of corruption at various levels including by politicians, professionals and technocrats in publicly funded mega infrastructure development projects such as those pertaining to the Uma Oya, Central Expressway and Colombo Harbour are to be made soon. Speaking about his book titled Construction Corruption; a Threshold of Human Misery which is to be launched as an electronic book on 21 Nov at the Janakala Conference Hall more..

Three PTA detainees:Solution can be expected on 29 Nov: TELO

Nov 17 (CT) Propaganda Secretary of TELO Ganesh Velayutham recently said that a favourable solution can be expected on 29 November, with regard to the issue of three PTA detainees, Darshan, Sulakshan, and Thiruvarul, who have been on a hunger strike, at the Anuradhapura Prison, for the past 40 days. Velayutham stated that the PTA detainees had submitted a writ application to the Court of Appeal urging it to intervene and not allow the cases to be heard at the A'pura Court. more..

Customs seize 656 Kg of Glyphosate

Nov 17 (DM) A stock of the banned chemical Glyphosate worth Rs.3.3 million, was seized at the Rank Container Terminal (RCT) in Orugodawatta today, Customs Superintendent Ranjith Kumarasinghe said. The investigations, Customs officers found 656 kilograms of Glyphosate powder packed in 14 boxes. “Each box contained 20 packets of Glyphosate weighing 100 grams each and 10 packets of one kilogram each more..

Corruption case against Gota fixed for trial

Nov 17 (DN) A corruption case filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others for allegedly causing a Rs.11.4 billion unlawful loss to the govt by giving permission to Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd to operate a floating armoury was fixed for trial by the Colombo Chief Magistrate's court, today. Chief Magistrate Lal Bandara fixed the case for trial on Feb 26 and March 26.  Meanwhile, the Chief Magistrate decided to refuse preliminary objections more..

Human Rights case against ASP Daluwatte to be heard at Supreme Court

Nov 17 (AD) It was announced that the Supreme Court will hear the Human Rights violation case filed against Tangalle ASP Thushara Daluwatte by Susantha Karunaratne who was assaulted during the Hambantota protests. The Supreme Court stated that the petition filed by Susantha Karunaratne will be debated on after careful consideration. Accordingly the SC has issued notice to ASP Thushara Daluwatte, IGP Pujith Jayasundara six other officials to submit more..

Video: Bribery complaints against ministers, MPs spoke to Aloysius

Nov 17 (DM) The joint opposition (JO) today lodged complaints against the five Ministers and MPs, who were found contacting Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius during the COPE hearings. Speaking to journalists outside the Bribery Commission (BC) office, JO MP Shehan Semasinghe said the complaints were lodged against Ministers Dayasiri Jayasekara, Ajith P. Perera, Sujeewa Senasinghe and MPs more..

New SLFP Organizers appointed

Nov 17 (PMD) Three new SLFP organizers received their appointment letters from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (16). Accordingly, Mr. M.H. Manzil was appointed as SLFP Chief Organizer for Colombo East electoral district while the former Chairman of the Kolonnawa Urban Council,Mr. Ravindra Udaya Shantha has been appointed as a SLFP organizer for the Colombo electoral district. The former Deputy Mayor of the Moratuwa Municipal Council, more..

SLFP is attempting to delay Polls: JVP

Nov 17 (NR) Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake today accused the SLFP of attempting to delay the impending LG election. He said the JVP will rally several political factions to stop the blatant abuse of power. The MP said President Maithripala Sirisena should take necessary steps to bring to an end, this violation of the People’s mandate, disregard to their sovereignty and the right to vote. He said the President should be aware of the power behind the franchise that voted him to office more..

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