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Are we bowling without umpires again?

Sep 19 (FT) I plagiarised this title from myself, bear with me for the repetition. It fits so well that I did not bother to create a new heading to tell a repetitive story. I wrote the original after the elections in 2010 when UPFA had an astounding victory. That was when I published the original Bowling without umpires. The gist of the story was that the ordinary Sri Lankans were getting hammered left right and centre by politicians in power who wrote the rules at their own whims and fancies. more..

12.11.10 Welikada

Sep 19 (CT) Last week saw the launch of 12.11.10 Welikada, an investigative work compiled by journalist Kasun Pussella on the alleged Welikada prison massacre of 2012. And it seems that the case itself might be making a comeback in the legal and political arena, after several years of neglect. The case of the Welikada Prison massacre, even after the lapse of five years, is still shrouded in mystery. Two govts have established inquisitorial committees into the incident more..

Data missing from Arjuna Mahendran’s mobile phones

Sep 19 (AD) A considerable amount of data has been missing from the two mobile phones handed over by former CB Governor Arjuna Mahendran to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry. This was revealed by the CID during the proceedings today as Mahendran appeared before the commission to submit evidence for the ongoing inquiry, as per the summons issued to him. It was revealed that 11 months of data was missing more..

No contradicts in report, GMOA can disscuss with me anytime: Harsha

Sep 19 (DM) While rejecting the GMOA claims, Deputy Minister Harsha De Silva who was also the Chairman of Prez committee on SAITM said there were no contradicts in the report recommendations and the GMOA can discuss the matter with the minister at any time. He said that the GMOA claimed the committee has no intension of repeating the decision to stop student enrollment as it already there was not mentioned more..

20A unconstitutional: Supreme Court

Sep 19 (NR) Speaker of House Karu Jayasuriya today announced the much-anticipated Supreme Court determination on the proposed 20th Amendment. Speaker informed the House that the SC has determined that several clauses of the proposed 20th Constitutional Amendment are inconsistent with the Constitution. SC has informed Parliament that Amendment can only be passed through a 2/3 majority in parliament and more..

President to address UN today

Sep 19 (PMD) The world’s political leaders come together today to discuss and debate what matters to their countries. President Maithripala Sirisena will attend the UN General Assembly in a few hours today in New York. While this year’s attention was on UNGA’s new faces including President Trump of the Unites States and newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, SL President’s speech is expected to engage more..

Keeping silent boomerangs on Silva and Co.

Sep 19 (CT) Two days after issuing the verdict against Kalutara PCC and Panadura CC players for not playing according to the spirit of the game, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) revealed that none of the accused parties presented themselves at the hearing held at Royal College Auditorium and had not even made a written submission. Strangely the Inquiry Committee Head Asoka Rekawa explained the inquiry had not revealed any involvement more..

CEB meter readers show how to use unionized power

Sep 19 (EN) Meter readers at CEB, have provided an object lesson on how to cut down work using union power to earn more overtime while working half a day, after getting permanent employment, inside sources at the power utility say. Current administration had absorbed over 3,000 outsourced workers who came from manpower agencies to the CEB sharply raising their salaries. Most of the new workers have joined a strike more..

Controversy overloads bid opening as Samsung plans short-circuit

Sep 19 (ST) The controversial tender for the 300 MegaWatt (MW) Combined Cycle Power Plant at Kerawalapitiya, is set to take another turn tomorrow (18), when the financial Bids submitted by five previously unsuccessful Bidders will be opened. Eight Bids had earlier been submitted for the Plant. Consequent to the technical evaluation process, six had been recommended by the CEB Technical Evaluation Committee more..

Backtracking on accountability measures will harm all Sri Lankans: Tamil leader

Sep 19 (DM) Media reports state that, at the suggestion of President Maithripala Sirisena, the parliamentary debate on the Bill to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (CPAPED) will not held as scheduled on Sept 21.   The media also quoted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe as saying that the Disappearances Bill pertains only to future cases and not those of the past more..

Ministry reimburses fuel bill to NLDB

Sep 19 (SL) Following our expose on how the Chairman and Board of Directors of National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) unlawfully settled Rural Economic Development Minister P. Harrison’s fuel bill to the tune of Rs. 1.059 million, it had now come to the fore how the latter’s office had paid back Rs.1.342 million to the former few days after the fraud was highlighted in the newspaper. It is astonishing how Minister Harrison who more..

'Our people haven’t been taught to'

Sep 19 (DM) Sri Lanka has produced many intellectuals who have conquered the world in various fields. Hence we are equipped with enough resources and in turn can move forward with novel innovations. This is what Professor Rangika Halwatura believes in. Employed as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering, Uni of Moratuwa, Prof. Halwatura was recently recognised as the Best Scientist in the Developing World more..

What can Suu Kyi learn from SL’s mistakes

Sep 19 (DM) Narratives of horror in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State and the squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh where nearly 400,000 Rohingya refugees live in subhuman condition after being chased out by the Burmese Army’s scorched earth campaign are distressing. Ethnic violence in Rakhine first erupted soon after Myanmar’s military junta relaxed its grip on political power in 2012. A social media post by rubble-rousing monk Ashin Wirathu about an alleged rape of a Buddhist more..

An overlooked blooper

Sep 19 (DM) A few days ago the eastern Indian media took PM Narendra Modi to task for claiming that Sri Lanka’s national anthem was composed by Bengali Poet Rabindranath Tagore.   “On my international visits, I feel proud to say that Tagore composed national anthems of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India,” PM Modi was quoted as saying in a speech made in Delhi.   His speech was delivered at a ceremony to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s more..

CEB strike continues as talks fail

Sep 19 (DM) CEB Workers’ Union said they would continue with their strike action as the latest discussions with the authorities ended unsuccessfully. Workers’ Union said the first discussion was held at 2.30 p.m to 4 p.m today (18) with Ministers W.D.J. Seneviratna, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and the CEB administration. “After we outlined our demands, minister told us to be at the Labour Ministry at 6 p.m to discuss more..

No US visa for me, says SF

Sep 19 (DM) Minister Field Marshal Saratha Fonseka said that despite his name was included in the delegation travelling to United States with President Maithripala Sirisena to participate at the UN Sessions in New York, he was not granted visa for the tour. Speaking to the media, Fonseka said he requested to protect the good name of the Army by punishing the wrongdoers and he was also a victim of  war allegations as some have engaged in misdeeds under the guise of war. more..

Prez to meet Zeid on Fri: Talks crucial for SL

Sep 19 (CT) The coming Friday will be extremely crucial for Sri Lanka with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein expected to have a one-on-one meeting with President Sirisena here in New York. The meeting is going to be a closed door affair between the President and the HC. Diplomats are of the view that the outcome of this meeting is going to be crucial for Sri Lanka with HC Hussein recently expressing his frustration at the delayed reconciliation process in Sri Lanka. more..

Transactions not fictitious: PTL CEO

Sep 19 (FT) After weeks of cross-examination, Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. (PTL) CEO Kasun Palisena was re-examined by PTL’s counsel yesterday at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.  The legal team, headed by President’s Counsel Nihal Fernando, questioned their client on, among other things, an allegation levelled by the Attorney General’s Department earlier that certain transactions by PTL had been fictitious. more..

Kandy prisoners’ hunger strike continues

Sep 19 (Island) About 60 inmates, either sentenced to death or serving life imprisonment at the Bogambara-Dumbara prison had been continuing their hunger strike launched last Thursday. The hunger strike had been launched by the prisoners, demanding that their sentences be reduced. Another group of 150 inmates serving similar sentences at the Welikada prison had also launched a hunger strike on Saturday but given it up by Sunday after realising the futility of their action. more..

Open warrant issued on Prasanna

Sep 19 (DN) Pugoda Magistrate Courts issued an open warrant against MP Prasanna Ranatunge, former Dompe PS Chairman Milan Jayatilake and four others for their failure to appear in Courts over their alleged involvement in damaging and obstructing vehicles transporting garbage from Colombo to the recycling plant in Dompe, Kirindiwela. The courts also issued notice to the sureties of the accused to appear in courts. Ranatunge and others have been charged more..

Debate on Enforced Disappearances put on hold: Gayantha

Sep 19 (DM) The govt has decided not to take up the debate on the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances on Sept 21, Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said. He also said this decision was taken during the UNP Parliamentary group meeting which met Monday evening with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe in the chair. It has also been decided not to take up the debate on more..

Dilan vents his spleen on CaFFE head, polls chief

Sep 19 (Island) Minister Dilan Perera has flayed CaFFE executive Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon over the latter’s criticism of govt moves to amend the Provincial Council Elections Act. Addressing a public gathering, National List MP Perera lashed out at Tennakoon and at the Chairman of the National Election Commission (NEC) Mahinda Deshapriya. SLFPer alleged that both Tennakoon and Deshapriya were opposed to abolition of current preferential vote system. more..

PM misquoted on OMP: Tittawella

Sep 19 (CT) The Office of the Missing Persons Act (OMP) will be retrospective, said Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (SCRM) Mano Tittawella, contrary to media reports which indicated otherwise. He reiterated that the media reports pertaining to PM had been misquoted to indicate that the OMP will not be retrospective and that it will only come into effect after it is signed. PM was referring to the International Convention for the Protection of more..

Kids’ nutritional status worsening: CSD

Sep 19 (CT) The nutritional status among children under five years of age has worsened over a 10-year horizon period ending last year, latest Census and Statistics Department (CSD) data showed. 17% per cent of children under the age of five are stunted (short for their age); 15% are wasted (thin for their height) and 21% are underweight (thin for their age), latest Demographics and Health Survey said. more..

Video: The Cinnamon Story

Sep 19 (GF) Ceylon Cinnamon and SL's affinity is so strong that the very botanical name of the spice - Cinnamomum Zeylanicum is derived from the island's former name, Ceylon. We ship worldwide. Ceylon Cinnamon groves in SL lie exclusively in its western and southwestern regions, north and south of the country's commercial capital, Colombo. The tropical sunshine and abundant rain in these areas provide an ideal habitat, but even here the quality of the spice varies with soil conditions. more..

Reforms SL needs to boost its economy

Sep 19 (WB) Many Sri Lankans understand the potential benefits of lowering trade costs and making their country more competitive in the global economy. The majority, however, fear increased competition, the unfair advantage of the private sector from abroad and limited skills and innovation to compete. While changes in trade policies and regulations will undeniably improve the lives of most citizens, I’m mindful that some are likely to lose. However, many potential gainers of reforms more..

Backlash from moves to purchase private power plants

Sep 19 (ST) Moves are underway to purchase three private-owned power plants without following proper tender procedure under the cover of a possible power shortage caused by the recent drought, CEB trade unions alleged. The cost to the CEB of generating power through its own plants and private plants rose to Rs. 25 billion last year. CEB has been directed to purchase the 100 Megawatt Ace thermal power in Embilipitiya, more..

Match Fixing verdict: Players to retaliate over controversial decision

Sep 19 (CT) Sri Lankan Cricketers were shocked over the verdict on the match fixing inquiry in the game between Kalutara PCC and Panadura CC, where players got one year bans with the two skippers Chamara Silva and Manoj Deshapriya getting 2 year bans. Silva who made 46 for MAS Unichela on Saturday in a Mercantile game, was set to represent MAS Unichela against Dimo Lanka yesterday, but was not allowed to play by the Match Referee due to the SLC verdict. more..

Full Text: Report of the presidential committee to resolve issues related to SAITM

Sep 19 (CT) Report of the Presidential Committee to Resolve Issues Related to SAITM. This confidential Report proposes a solution that has broad acceptance among most stakeholders; in particular, with representatives of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) with whom the Committee met. “The GMOA was offered and subsequently confirmed two appointments to meet the Committee; on 08 September and on 09 September, but they were unable to attend,” the report said. more..

SLC unable to find conclusive evidence in first-class match probe

Sep 19 (CI) Despite a seven-month inquiry having run its course over the suspicious Tier B first-class match between Panadura Sports Club and Kalutara Physical Culture Club, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the independent committee it appointed have not been able to determine who made the decision to manipulate the result of that match. The board has since punished the players of both the clubs - more..

Northern youth to revive our cricketing glory

Sep 19 (Island) Cricket has always been one of the magical Golden Threads, created in positivity and passion that binds our country together. We have all witnessed time and time again how cricket tore barriers down to bring almost every man, woman and child on to the streets, cheering, dancing and pulsating to a uniquely Sri Lankan rhythm that unites them behind one flag, one team. We are at a moment in time where the entire nation eagerly looks forward to bask in that glory yet again. more..

SLC needs culture change not bully tactics

Sep 19 (CT) Being lonely at the top is a situation created by those who ambitiously climb up and think they have achieved it all. Sumathipala, without trying out ambitious plans to be the top at ICC, should have done more for cricket here. Top man at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) acted in a manner to paint himself into a corner, thereby doing exactly as explained above. Suddenly realizing he needs friends now, he is bent on calling back all Ex-SL players ignored by him to help out cricket. more..

රනිල්ගේ පත්කිරීම් වලින් Sri Lankan තවත් පහතට!!

Consultative meeting on National Export Strategy today

Sep 19 (FT) Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade will conduct a consultative meeting with its line ministries today at Temple Trees to finalise the National Export Strategy (NES) to chart the next export growth cycle of the country. “We have now come to the final stages of implementing the NES. At the meeting today we will focus on the proposals of our line ministries, which will be added to the upcoming 2018 Budget proposal,” Minister Sujeewa said. more..

Advantis projects leverages expertise to improve SL’s transport infrastructure

Sep 19 (LBO) Transportation has always played an important role in the prosperity of a nation. As SL takes its first steps onto the world stage with a focus on ambitious economic goals, a solid transportation infrastructure will continue to be key. An improved transportation infrastructure allows for the easy movement of goods, provides people with greater access to essential facilities and employment, and opens up previously inaccessible areas of the country for tourism. more..

No Arsenic in home food samples of Anuradhapura kidney patients

Sep 19 (DN) Laboratory tests conducted on food samples obtained from the homes of kidney patients in the Anuradhapura district has revealed that there is no Arsenic in them but contain dangerously high level of Lead, Pediatric Nutrition, Environmental Technologist and WTO, SPS Trace Expert, Dr. T.B. Ananda Jayalal said. Addressing a press conference, he said the study found Lead in 60% of blood samples tested for heavy metal. more..