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Avishka Fernando: Living his father’s dream

Jul 13 (ST) When his wife was pregnant with their first child, Colin Fernando prayed hard for a boy. Because he had only one dream: and that was to see his son play cricket. Colin’s wish was fulfilled with the birth of who is now the new boy wonder of Sri Lankan cricket: Avishka Fernando. The sporting world is peppered with tales of pushy parents. Colin isn’t shy to admit he is one of them. As a youngster, he had wanted to play cricket at professional more..

Netball World Cup: Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka

Jul 13 (DN) Zimbabwe defeated Sri Lanka 79-49 in the opening game of the Vitality Netball World Cup at M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. The initial minutes were tentative as each team tried to find their feet, with both connecting well with their shooters. Zimbabwe got balls to goal utilising their speed and agility, whilst Sri Lanka delivered the ball to their towering goal shooter Tharjini Sivalingam, who, standing at 6’ 9, is the tournament’s tallest player. Any turnover in this quarter was to be found more..

Surya Bala Sangramaya must not be a victim of petty political interests

Jul 13 (FT) A few weeks back, a solar power system of 50 kW went operational at Ananda College Colombo. This is to supply electric power to its legendary Kularatne Hall. Lakdhanavi, a subsidiary of LTL Holdings (formally known as Lanka Transformers Ltd.) supplied and installed the equipment as a CSR initiative, one in a series of such similar projects it carries out islandwide. Manohara Thilakawardene, then on LTL Holdings Board, U.D. Jayawardana, LTL CEO, more..

Aluth Parlimenthuwa

Edtorial: JVP’s three birds

Jul 13 (Island) The defeat of the no-faith motion against UNF govt in Parliament, on Thursday, may have looked a setback for the JVP, which drafted and moved it. But, in fact, it was a win for the JVP, which has, in our book, killed three birds with one stone, so to speak. Its leader must be laughing up his sleeve. Had there been the slightest chance of its no-confidence motion succeeding, JVP would never have moved it, for Parliament would have been plunged into chaos in such an more..

Spinning around with initials ACSA & SOFA

Jul 13 (Island) Pronounced as acronyms those two sets of initials sound to stupid Cassandra as Axe Ah! and of course the term for a long lovely chair which you lie on and relax in, pronounced sopaawa in the native tongue. Cass watches TV sprawled inelegantly on an old kavichchiya, one on which a grandma perched herself like a little bird and dispensed love, advice and often gifts. Axes too are topics of conversation now – axing trees and axing drug dealers on the gallows and more..

Can Clean Politics beat Crooked Pereheras?

Jul 13 (Island) Prez Sirisena must be enjoying his stay in Britain, watching the campaign for the election of the next Conservative Party leader and PM, there. Will he be getting new ideas for an anti-democratic leadership campaign for the SLFP, even the SLPP, and to again be the common candidate at the coming presidential poll? His thinking on resuming the Death Penalty with four executions has been given a good push back more..

Proposed US deals with Sri Lanka

Jul 13 (DM) We hear these days much about the competition for military dominance in the Indian Ocean region, where Sri Lanka has emerged strategically the most important location -- with military analysts describing it as a potential permanent aircraft carrier. Against the backdrop of big power manoeuvres in the Indian Ocean region, a controversy is raging in Sri Lanka over military tie-ups with the US, the world’s number one power, which is seen to be increasingly insecure more..

Foreign policy and the doctrine of conceding walkovers

Jul 13 (DM) SL has a severe human resources problem. That’s stating the obvious. Forget bad planning, the absence of an occupational classification, assessment of needs and charting of future requirements in terms of a reasonable view of how things economic and social would unfold; we lost several hundred thousand people over the past 30 years and even if just 1% of the number warranted the tag talented it is a massive loss. Had they been around, in a country of 22 million, more..

Speaking up: The village school that communicates in perfect english

Jul 13 (Roar) Just past the small town of Kosgolla in the Kurunegala district of the Central province is a small village school nestled in the valley that runs alongside the Belgoda Mountain range. Reaching the school is not easy: you have to take the southern road from Kurunegala towards Ambepussa, turn left at Dambokka and drive until you reach Kosgolla, where you take a left past a temple, and follow a road flanked by more..

Attempts at re-colonisation

Jul 13 (CT) Let me begin with two concrete events. Marx once informed us that “[t]he concrete is concrete because it is the concentration of many determinations.” The Island reported on 13 June 2019 quoting Colombo-based senior U.S. official that the U.S. wants future SL Govts to be abided by the international obligations taken on by the current UNP-led Govt. Ceylon Today on the same day reported in the frontpage headline that a high-level U.S. delegation would arrive in SL to discuss more..

Dutiful citizen and citizenship failure in SL

Jul 13 (CT) In an era in which the country is grappling with political problems to address the economic crisis specially the foreign debt servicing crisis which is an inherent internal situation created by money greedy power hungry politicians from the time of Independence of from the British Imperialism, the cardinal issue before our ruling elite is to ensure the country is marshalled on the right pathway towards progress. The internal power struggle between Opposition & ruling Party, more..

Video: I will appear before PSC probing Easter attacks: PM

Jul 12 (AD) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that he will testify before the special Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to inquire into the Easter Sunday bombings. PM says that he too is called before the Committee and that he will reveal everything he knows at the Committee. Despite many criticisms against the Select Committee, the judiciary has acknowledged the legality of the committee; more..

Abolition of Death Penalty: House approves Bill for gazetting

Jul 12 (DM) Parliament today approved a motion calling for the gazetting of the Abolition of the Death Penalty Bill deviating from the procedure to refer it to the Attorney General. The bill was handed over to the parliamentary authorities earlier by UNP MP Bandula Lal Bandarigoda as a private member's bill. According to the procedure, such a bill should be referred to the Attorney General for approval in keeping with Standing Orders. However, House Leader Lakshman Kiriella said more..

CPC didn’t import low grade 92 octane petrol: Anoma Gamage

Jul 12 (DM) Referring to the complaint lodged by the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has imported low grade 92 octane petrol, Deputy Minister Anoma Gamage said the particular sample had been taken for testing from a Lanka IOC fuel filling station. “On the day we were informed of this matter, I instructed that samples be taken from the all the storage tanks at Kolonnawa, Sapugaskanda & Muthurajawela but no low grade fuel was found,” more..

India keeps eye on protests in Sri Lanka against US base plan

Jul 12 (ET) India is keeping a close watch as protests grow in Sri Lanka over a proposed pact with the US, which could enable the setting up of an American military base in New Delhi's southern neighbourhood. The Indian establishment is of the view that as a close neighbour, it would respect Colombo's decision, as the Sri Lankan PM on Wednesday announced that his country would not sign any pact that violated sovereignty. more..

FR challenging decision to pardon Ven. Gnanasara Thera fixed for support

Jul 12 (DN) Fundamental Rights petition filed by the Centre for Policy Alternative (CPA) challenging President’s decision to grant pardon Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera was yesterday fixed for support by the Supreme Court. Supreme Court 3-judge-bench comprising Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya fixed the petition for support on Sept 10, to be taken up along with another petition filed by Sandya Ekneligoda. more..

Video: Distributing tabs to students could expedite country’s destruction: Sobitha T.

Jul 12 (AD) Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thero says that if students are to be given Tablet computers then education officials should also take steps to prevent any harm befalling the younger generation of the country as a result of that. Speaking during an event in Kegalle, he said that the development of good values is essential along with education for the school children. He warned that distributing Tabs without blocking pornographic websites, which are destroying the younger generation, more..

Sri Lanka industrial activity recovers in May

Jul 12 (EN) SL’s industrial activity recovered in May after slumping to a three-year low in April 2019, when traditional holidays were followed by the Easter Sunday bombings, which disrupted economic activity. Index of Industrial Production, compiled by Dept of Census and Statistics, rose to 106.1 index points in May, from 96.9 points in April 2019. April index was the lowest in a 3-year period since the beginning of its compilation in 2016. more..

Hunt for buried Tiger gold stash at Sivanagar

Jul 12 (Island) The security forces have started excavating a location at Sivanagar in Puthukuduirrippu because they have received that the LTTE buried a large haul of gold there during the war. The security forces have obtained a court order and are carrying out excavations under the supervision of Mullaitivu court officials. Three weeks ago the security forces arrested 14 persons including women who had travelled to the former LTTE stronghold from the south and more..

Video: Rishad will be taking up Ministry again: Faizal Cassim

Jul 12 (AD) Muslim ministers who resigned from their ministerial portfolios will be taking up their ministries again, says former State Minister of Health Faizal Cassim. He said that they resigned from their posts in order to ensure the security of the public and not to create any racial issues. Cassim says that the party of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen been informed them that he, too, will be taking up his ministerial post again as his name is mostly cleared. more..

Police, intelligence top brass summoned before PSC

Jul 12 (Island) Top police and intelligence service officers had been asked to appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attacks, Committee Chairman Ananda Kumarasiri said. He said they would appear before the PSC on July 24. They had originally been informed to appear before the PSC On July 12 but the session had been postponed as some officials were abroad and more..

Parliament adjourned due to lack of quorum

Jul 12 (AD) Parliament was adjourned until July 23 due to due to lack of quorum in the House today. Today’s parliamentary session was expected to continue until 6.30 p.m. today, however it was adjourned by the Speaker due to lack of quorum. Meanwhile a Private Members’ Motion on abolishing the death penalty was tabled at the Parliament earlier today. The motion was moved by UNP MP Bandulal Bandarigoda. A Party Leaders’ meeting was also called at 11.30 am chaired by more..

'Cannot trust the present Govt'

Jul 12 (DM) TNA MP E. Saravanapavan said his party cannot trust the present govt, but at the same time cannot allow the forming of another Rajapaksa govt. Mr. Saravanapavan said this during the debate on the no-confidence motion brought against the govt in parliament last afternoon. “This govt has deceived the people in the North. They promised a political solution to the national issue through a new constitution. However, nothing had come through, though discussions were held 70 times. more..

Parliament debates qualifications of Ambassadors

Jul 12 (NR) Several MPs today expressed their views on the appointment of Ambassadors despite a lack of educational qualifications. During today’s Parliament debate Minister Gayantha Karunatileka responded to an inquiry by JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa, who charged that Ambassadors are being appointed with only an A/L qualification. The MP stressed the US, UK, Australia, Japan, France, China, India more..

Resignation of govt no solution to terrorist problem: Ranawaka

Jul 12 (Island) Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told Parliament yesterday that the country needed a proper counter terrorism mechanism and the intelligence units should be restructured to be better equipped to face modern terror threats. Participating in the debate in parliament on the no-confidence motion against the govt moved by the JVP, he said that whenever there was such a terror attack in the country, the blame was pinned on some others. more..

Sri Lanka, Nepal PMs discuss improving bilateral relations

Jul 12 (LP) Former PM of Nepal Madhav Kumar Nepal and Sri Lanka’s PM Ranil Wickremesinghe met today at the PM’s Office at the Parliamentary Complex. The bilateral discussion between the two premiers focused on how to move forward in overcoming social and economic challenges faced by both countries. Former PM of Nepal expressed his regret over the people who were killed and affected by the Easter Sunday attacks and praised the arrest of suspects in a short time. more..

Sri Lanka's car-free day sparks debate over women's safety

Jul 12 (Reuters) When Colombo’s mayor announced Sri Lanka’s congested capital would go car-free this Sunday to promote a healthier lifestyle, she might have expected a few grumbles from petrolheads. But no one appears to have anticipated the furious backlash from women in the city, who say cars offer them much-needed protection from sexual harassment on the streets and on public transport. more..

Blue Mountain property group probed: police

Jul 12 (EN) Blue Mountain, a real estate and property group in Sri Lanka is under investigation after customers made complaints alleging fraud, police said. Borella Crimes Division is probing 24 complaints and Mount Lavinia is investigating another 9 cases. Customers have complained saying they have paid deposits for properties but have not received deeds. The cases related to amounts ranging around 2.5 million rupees, according to police. more..

SL denies de facto target rate was pushed up

Jul 12 (EN) Central bank denied that a de facto target rate controlled through overnight repo auction was pushed up in the run up to a monetary policy meeting that left the floor of a policy corridor unchanged at 7.5%. Sri Lanka's floor rate is now active with weak bank credit reducing economic activity and imports generating a balance of payments surplus and putting upward pressure on a soft-peg with the US dollar. When the central bank buys dollars, stopping the peg from more..

Video: We are vigilant about IS fundamentalists: Ruwan

Jul 12 (DM) State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene warned that there could still be individuals who have a leaning towards Islamic State (IS) ideology who could launch more attacks but assured that law enforcement authorities are vigilant of such a scenario. Responding to a question by a journalist, the State Minister said IS fundamentalists had carried out attacks not only in Sri Lanka but also in more..

Rs. 9 bn Dutch loan to strengthen Health Delivery Services in Northern Province

Jul 12 (DN) A loan agreement was signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and ING Bank NV of the Netherlands of EUR 45 million (around Rs. 9 billion) to strengthen Health Delivery Services in the Northern Province, on Wednesday July 10 at the Hague, the Netherlands. With the conclusion of the conflict in the Northern Province, the Govt of Sri Lanka took up the challenge of rehabilitating and reconstructing services and infrastructure facilities in the Northern Province. more..

Navy apprehends Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters

Jul 12 (SLN) Sri Lanka navy apprehended a group of Indian fishermen who engaged in fishing illegally in Sri Lankan territorial waters with their fishing craft (Dhow) on 11th July 2019. A Fast Gun Boat attached to the Northern Naval Command, on routine patrol, apprehended these Indian fishermen who had trespassed about 3 nautical miles into the Sri Lankan territorial waters for poaching. The apprehended fishermen were brought to the naval base SLNS Elara. more..

Douglas Devananda

Honesty and sincerity

Jul 12 (FT) Sri Lanka can be considered one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Yet, the society and political ambience of this beautiful country are in a deplorable level, which is extremely ugly and comical. While there are many reasons which have led to this situation, I intend to talk about one important factor which has not been sufficiently discussed. The destruction of honesty and sincerity, which can be considered the most important elements that should form the essence of more..

MCC a Trojan Horse?

Jul 12 (CT) The UNP-led Government on Tuesday finally broke through years of vacillating on the politically explosive and highly controversial Land Bill gazetting it to the annoyance of President Sirisena, the SLFP and all other parties in the Opposition, drawing immediate censure from SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera who was quick to lash out at the fact that the UNP had not included any of the amendments suggested to the Bill by the President. more..