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The Newspaper: Breathing new life into Lankan cinema

Jul 8 (TM) The Newspaper, co-directed by Sarath Kothalawala and Kumara Thirimadura who are also featured in the main cast, was screened at a special screening at PVR Cinemas last week at the theatre in One Galle Face and was attended by Prez Rajapaksa and PM Rajapaksa. The film tells the story of an unwavering friendship between two individuals on a journey to right a wrong; it is the story of two men from rural more..

Why such a long lockdown at the airport?

Jul 8 (CT) In all countries that have got past the worst of the coronavirus crisis and most others airports are open for both arriving and departing passengers. Even India which is still in the grip of the disease airports started opening for internal flights though the country is closed to international travel. To the best of my knowledge airports in the UK, USA, most European countries, Hong Kong, Singapore and most in China did shut down completely though inbound travel from more..

Mental health intervention in the new normal

Jul 8 (TM) Mental health intervention, put quite simply, comprises the variety of techniques used by psychologists to treat individuals with issues pertaining to mental health and wellbeing. A common misconception is that mental health intervention is simply counselling, but this is not so. There are diverse techniques with various levels of physical and emotional interaction. These techniques include counselling, psychotherapy, vocational therapy, and even medication. more..

'If Prez Rajapaksa signs the MCC agreement he will commit political suicide'

Jul 8 (EN) A Nationalist organisation is saying that if President Gotabaya Rajapaksa signs the controversial Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) he will be committing political suicide. Addressing a press conference, General Secretary of the Patriotic National Movement Dr Wasantha Bandara said it is clear the Prez will not enter into this agreement. The press conference held in Colombo was organized by more..

Scholarship launch contravenes Election law: PAFFREL

Jul 8 (CT) PAFFREL stated that they had received a complaint regarding the launch of a scholarship programme for students by SLPP Anuradhapura District Candidate S.M. Chandrasena ahead of the 5 August Parliamentary Poll. PAFFREL has charged that Chandrasena had allegedly used letterheads of his Ministry of Environment, Wildlife, Lands and Land Development to seek publicity for the scholarship programme which is a violation of Election laws and regulations. more..

Video: 210 at Welikada Prison tested negative for Covid-19: Army Chief

Jul 8 (AD) A total of 310 individuals – including inmates and prison officers – at the Welikada Prison have been directed to PCR testing on Tuesday (7), says the Commander of SL Army, Lt Gen Shavendra Silva . The test results of 210 of this group were received this morning and all of them have tested negative for the virus, he said further. Under the instructions of the Prez, 186 inmates at the prison were moved to a separate quarantine centre in Punanai supervised by the Army, last night. more..

Sri Lanka resume domestic cricket minus spectators next week

Jul 8 (Reuters) Domestic cricket in SL will resume on Tuesday without spectators, the country’s cricket board said on Wednesday. Lockdown and curfews have ceased in Sri Lanka, where the total number of infections was reported to be 2,084 on Wednesday. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) organised two residential training camps for the national team squad last month and action would resume next week with an inter-Club more..

Govt contradicting its own claims: Sajith

Jul 8 (NR) Leader of the SJB Sajith Premadasa says various factions of the govt are making contradictory statements over important economic matters in the country. Addressing a rally Premadasa said the govt lacks a clear economic plan. He said the present govt is inefficient, adding that the govt is even incapable of controlling the price of salmon and dhal, and cannot provide relief to the people either. Premadasa added the latest drama includes Minister Bandula Gunawardana more..

Former CNI chief testifies at PCol

Jul 8 (DM) The govt's measures to analyse the impacts of foreign agreements such as the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) on national security, commenced soon after the ending the country's civil war, former Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) Kapila Hendawitharana informed the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks today. Highlighting the importance of reviewing important matters pertaining to the national security constantly, Mr. Hendavitharana said that even after more..

JVP outbids Sajith with offer of salary increment to match cost of living

Jul 8 (Island) None of the main parties that had governed the country for the past 70 years had given a salary increment to public sector workers to match the cost of living, JVP trade union wing said. JVP trade union wing leader K.D. Lalkantha said that the public workers should use their vote at the Aug 5 election as an instrument to effect a radical change. "We call on the state workers to think carefully of their present plight and more..

Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards continues for 17th consecutive year

Jul 8 (FT) The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will be conducting the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards 2020 (BCCS Awards), with a revised application format and also a revised evaluation process in order to appraise the sustainability of the corporates and the projects during the current pandemic. The new focused areas of evaluations will be on emergency preparedness, resilience and stakeholder management during the pandemic and also contingency plans of the corporates. more..

UNP lodges complaint against SJB over election campaign color

Jul 8 (AD) UNP has lodged a complaint at the Elections Commission with regard to SJB using green color for their election campaign. Submitting a letter to Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya, UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam requests the Commission to take steps to prevent SJB from using green color, which is official party color of UNP as per the party constitution. He further points out that as per the SJB party constitution, the official party color more..

Extracting sand from Mahaweli River: Environmental activists slam GSMB

Jul 8 (CT) Environmental activists criticised the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau’s (GSMB) attempt to extract sand from the Mahaweli River to finance a project to build groynes for one of the river’s dams. Groynes are rigid hydraulic structures built perpendicular to ocean shores or river banks to interrupt the flow of water and limit the movement of sediment. Convener of Rainforest Protectors Org, said that the project was being done under more..

Kelaniya University to reopen for 4th-year students next Monday

Jul 8 (AD) University of Kelaniya has decided to recommence academic activities for the 4th-year students on the 13th of July. Accordingly, the Faculty of Management, the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Computing and Technology will be reopened next Monday. The 4th-year students of these faculties will be allowed to return to hostels on Sunday (12) between 9 am and 5 pm. However, the management of the university noted that returning to hostels is not compulsory while more..

Sports Ministry sends match-fixing probe report to AG’s Dept.

Jul 8 (DM) The Sports Ministry has referred the probe report of its Special Investigations Unit that investigated allegations of match-fixing made by Mahindananda Aluthgamage, to the Attorney General’s Department. Ministry said in a media statement, that Secretary K.D.S. Ruwanchandra has referred the report to the AG’s Department seeking its advise in order to take future action. Ministry Secretary Ruwanchandra earlier made a complaint to the Police Special Investigation Unit more..

President’s military-led mechanisms necessary and legal: SLPP Chairman

Jul 8 (Island) SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said that a future govt under Prez Rajapaksa would continue to depend on military led mechanisms available within the law to face extraordinary challenges. Former External Affairs Minister Prof. Peiris was commenting on the appointment of high powered Presidential Task Force (PTF) headed by Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (retd) Kamal Gunaratne. more..

If 13A is fully implemented: Sri Lanka will split into 10: Gammanpila

Jul 8 (CT) Sri Lanka will split into 10 parts if the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is fully implemented as promised to Jaffna residents by Samagi Jana Balawegaya Leader, Sajith Premadasa, to garner their votes, claimed PHU Leader, Udaya Gammanpila. Gammanpila stated that Premadasa promised to dedicate himself to defending the 13th Amendment, which is a mockery. “According to the 13th Amendment, the President can set up a single Provincial Council (PC) at any time by more..

Certain PNB officers tipped-off Wele Suda on upcoming raids: DIG Nalaka de Silva

Jul 8 (AD) Interdicted DIG and former Director of Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) Nalaka de Silva disclosed to the court of a case of PNB officials divulging information on PNB raids to notorious drug trafficker Wele Suda. The case on the Welikada Prison murders was taken up before the Colombo HC judge panel, Gihan Kulatunga, Pradeep Hettiarachchi, and Manjula Tilakaratne, today. During cross-examination of the defense, witness de Silva stated that, when he acted as more..

Video: 12 PNB officers arrested over links with drug dealers remanded

Jul 8 (AD) Twelve police officers attached to the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), who were arrested over drug dealing charges, have been remanded until the 21st of July. The order was delivered by the Colombo Chief Magistrate when the suspects were produced before courts today. A total of 18 PNB officers are currently under arrest for allegedly passing drugs in the custody of the organization to drug dealers. more..

SL university ranking: Lessons to be learned

Jul 8 (FT) Only two SL universities can be seen in the list of world university rankings in the year 2020. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 includes almost 1,400 universities across 92 countries. Interestingly the University of Peradeniya has been included for the first time with a ranking from 401-500. And University of Colombo at 1,001, which was last year in the 801-1000 category. It is important to understand what this ranking method/s is and why SL universities more..

Attempted suicide foiled by lifeguards

Jul 8 (Island) The police lifeguards on duty at the Panadura beach last Sunday saved the life of a young man who tried to take his life by jumping into the sea after querelling with his wife. The police said, the wife of the person had left him and come to her parents house after the woman found that her husband was having an illicit affair with a woman whom he befriended on Facebook. Later a friend of the woman had volunteered to reunite them and requested the man to meet her and his wife more..

Govt. to bear part of burden caused by high electricity bills?

Jul 8 (AD) The govt has decided to bear a part of the burden caused on the public by the hike in the electricity bill, said Minister of Power and Energy Mahinda Amaraweera. The report of the five-member committee appointed last week on the electricity bill has been submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers, today. Minister Amaraweera said that the govt has decided to provide the public with the maximum possible relief by going beyond more..

HIP ship repair team embarkations under strict govt regulations

Jul 8 (Island) Hambantota International Port (HIP) follows all guidelines laid down by the government with regard to service engineer embarkations that occur at the port, and the process is carried out under the supervision of the SL Navy. The most recent overseas repair team to arrive at the Mattala Rajapaksa Int'l Airport, were three service engineers from Denmark who were flown in on a specially chartered Gulfstream G200 and transferred to the vessel SCF Sayan which was berthed at HIP. more..

Japan gives Sri Lanka Rs1.3bn of advanced medical equipment for Coronavirus battle

Jul 8 (EN) Japan is giving a grant of 800 million yen (1,360 million rupees) of high tech medical equipment to SL’s health system as the country successfully battles the Coronavirus pandemic. At the request of SL, Japan is giving a grant aid such as MRI and CT scanners, Bed Side X-Ray Systems, Central Monitors, Bedside Monitors, and Defibrillators to strengthen the COVID -19 prevention activities in Sri Lanka. ‘Though the country has achieved significant progress more..

Civil war didn’t hurt this Sri Lankan mangrove forest, but shrimp farming might

Jul 8 (MB) The Vidattaltivu coastal belt in SL’s north was once home to the marine unit of the Tamil Tiger guerrilla group, known as the Sea Tigers. From here, the group launched explosive-laden suicide boats in attacks against the much more powerful fighter vessels of the country’s naval forces. The area’s lush mangroves proved an effective hiding place for storing explosives. More than a decade after the end of the civil war, more..

Sri Lanka eliminates measles and rubella

Jul 8 (NR) Maldives and Sri Lanka were today verified for having eliminated rubella, making them the first two countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve measles and rubella elimination ahead of the 2023 target. “Protecting all children against these killer and debilitating diseases is an important step in our endeavor to achieve healthier population and health for all,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, congratulating more..

I changed my mind: Thewarapperuma

Jul 8 (DM) Kalutara District UNP candidate Palitha Thewarapperuma, who threatened to withdraw his candidature, said today he would resume his election campaign as the Election Commission Chairman informed him that he could not legally do so. He told the media outside the Election Commission that the EC Chairman had refused to accept his letter of resignation which was submitted to him, saying candidates could not withdraw after handing over nominations. more..

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Yellow colour to be mandated for vehicles transporting school children

Jul 8 (TM) The government will only permit the importation of yellow coloured buses for school transport going forward, Transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said today. Amaraweera made these comments during a press conference in Colombo today. He said for the buses that are already in operation within the country, the govt will setup a programme to paint the buses in yellow. He said the decision was taken as a measure to standardize and prioritize school transport. more..

The role of communication through technology in customer service

Jul 8 (FT) During the COVID-19 pandemic, technology started playing a significant role in keeping our society functional particularly in a time of lockdowns and quarantines. Two crucial factors were observed in this process. Firstly, there was a dire need to increase internet use drastically. Secondly the usage of internet became more purposeful and professional. The usage of these technologies to provide an effective customer service creates a long-lasting impact more..

Electricity Tariff: Relief measures proposed for affected consumers

Jul 8 (DM) A five-member committee appointed to look into public complaints regarding the unreasonable increase in electricity tariffs during the curfew period, has reportedly proposed that relief measures be granted to electricity consumers, an official said. He said the report will be taken up for discussion during the Cabinet meeting today. The Committee chairman, Power & Energy Ministry Additional Secretary more..

Work on 10 Colombo Port City bridges expedited

Jul 8 (DN) As per PM Mahinda Rajapaksa’s instructions the Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities Ministry has expedited the construction of 10 bridges within the Colombo Port City and expects to complete the projects by the end of next year. As the construction of the Colombo Port City was disrupted for the last few years PM Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities to expedite construction work last December. more..

40,000 migrant workers who lost their jobs to be repatriated

Jul 8 (CT) Sri Lanka is in the process of expediting the return of nearly 40,000 migrant workers who have lost their jobs. Acting Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva, Dayani Mendis noted on 6 July in the statement made by Sri Lanka at the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. As of 6 July, 14,006 Sri Lankans have been repatriated over two months, out of which 5,125 (36.6%) were migrant workers. more..

Zaharan treated as one of the common criminals: Former Kattankudy OIC

Jul 8 (CT) Although a warrant had been issued by January 2019 for the arrest of National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) Leader Zaharan Hashim on charges of spreading extremism, it was treated as a warrant for the arrest of a common criminal, said the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Crimes Division of the Kattankudy Police at the time, Mohamed Jesuli. He made this statement when he appeared before the PCoI probing the Easter Sunday bombings. more..

White clothes women wear to temples found in jihadist safe house

Jul 8 (Island) Three Muslim women purchased white clothes similar to those worn by women attending temples, on April 19, 2019, and these were discovered in the jihadist safe house at Sainthamaruthu, PCoI was informed. Testifying before the PCoI, Nuwan Bandara Nawaratne, head of the ladies wear section of Jayasundara Textiles, Giriulla, told PCoI that those women arrived at the store with a man on April 19, 2019. They selected 21 items of white clothes and three toys, he said. more..

Video: First records of Baby Elephant Twins reported from Minneriya National Park

Jul 8 (NW) The wildlife enthusiasts in Sri Lanka have been thrilled ever since they have received the news that an elephant who frequents in the Minneriya National Park has given birth to baby elephant twins. It is understood that this is a rare and special occasion, as this is the first time in the recorded history of Sri Lanka that twin baby elephants has been observed, as per the Director General of Department of Wildlife Conservation Dr. Tharaka Prasad. This observation was made by one of more..

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