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The Dosthara Hondahitha of Rupavahini: Titus Thotawatte

May 26 (Roar) If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, one thing you could never forget in the bleak wasteland that was television, was the series of cartoons dubbed in Sinhala. You would sooner forget to eat than to forget when Dosthara Honda Hitha came on the telly. Or Pissu Poosa, Haa Haa Hari Haawa, or Gulliverge Suwisariya. Not to mention the wonderful dubbings of Robin of Sherwood, Kung Fu, and the classics like more..

Sacrifice the nation to coal or move towards sustainability?

May 26 (Island) CEB has created a plan to build 2700MW worth of coal power stations during the period 2018-2037 and submitted it to the Public Utilities Commission of SL (PUCSL) for approval. This strategy goes against the very foundation of the govt’s development strategy for the country. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were introduced by the leaders of the world, back in 2015. Its 7th goal in clean energy for all and the need for this is because of the impact that dirty energy more..

Federalism is good for the North, but better for the South!

May 26 (CT) On April 26, Minister Rajitha Senaratne, delivered the keynote address at the SJV Chelvanayakam’s 40th death anniversary commemoration held at Kathiresan Hall, Bambalapitiya. The function was organized by the ITAK the party founded by Chelvanayagam on December 18, 1949 after he broke off from the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC). TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran presided. R. Sampanthan, TNA leader also addressed the meeting. more..

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Red alert on Dengue

May 26 (SO) The dengue epidemic has now reached full blown status. Over 44,000 confirmed cases of dengue during the first four and a half months of this year is evidence of this fact. As health officials battle to save lives amid the heavy odds such as, shortage of hospital staff, lack of beds with 2-3 patients sharing a single bed, new issues and problems they are forced to face along with the dengue epidemic, has simply added to their woes. With a red alert on dengue countrywide, more..

Editorial: Yahapalanaya in overdrive - II

May 26 (Island) Yahapalana regime apparently has no sense of shame. No sooner had Public Finance Committee (PFC) suspended a govt move to spend Rs. 329 million on super luxury vehicles for ministers another supplementary estimate was presented to Parliament seeking funds to buy vehicles for some more politicians. This time around the beneficiaries are the members of Constituent Assembly steering committee. (Are they going to steer new vehicles instead of constitution making process?) more..

Trials of memorialisation continue in N&E

May 26 (Roar) The harassment of a Jesuit priest, organising a memorial service to mark the brutal end of the Civil War—where at least 40,000 civilians are estimated to have been killed—has raised concerns over the continuing surveillance of memorialisation efforts in the war-scarred North-East and its effect on reconciliation. Father Elil Rajendram had been organising an annual inter-faith prayer service at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, more..

Construction of operating theatre suspended

May 26 (SL) Astonishing revelations have now come to light how the final stage of civil constructions of the proposed operating theater complex at the Homagama Base Hospital had come to a complete standstill for the past several months due to the Health Ministry’s failure to waive off the govt levies for the costly equipments imported by a donor foundation. Although Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne in April 2016 had instructed his officials to facilitate the donor foundation- more..

Terrorism of GMOA and its hypocrisy

May 26 (SL) GMOA in recent times has been dictating to the democratically elected govt to nationalize the SAITM on the premise that those graduating from it on completion of a 5-year Medical Degree course lack clinical and forensic experience. They also alleged that their final examination was below the standard of those passing out from the State Medical colleges. Govt agreed with this point of view and arranged with SAITM authorities to attach finalists to Avisawella Base Hospital more..

'Forefathers of this country were Tamils'

May 26 (CT) Former MP and Leader of TULF, Veerasingham Anandasangaree, said the TNA is not the sole representative of the Tamil community and that it acts according to the whims and fancies of the govt, in an interview with Ceylon Today. He also questioned the wisdom of commemorating those who were killed in the final days of the battle, under a contentious title such as Mass Assassination Day, an event which was more..

'Create an investment destination'

May 26 (SO) Tax concessions and relief proposed by the govt to woo foreign direct investments which the country desperately needs to accelerate infrastructure development, create jobs and stimulate the economy is welcomed by the business community. However, tax experts and economists noted that tax concessions and relief alone would not suffice to entice investors. Rather Sri Lanka should be seen as an investment destination with right macroeconomic fundamentals, more..

Return of Rajapaksa era racist politics

May 26 (CT) Disgusted with Rajapaksa regime’s senseless persecution, the island’s Muslims as a whole voted for Maithri-Ranil team in the hope they meant their election promises to end racist attacks and usher in an era of peace. People trusted and expected the two to fulfil their pledges and deal with BBS Ven. Galagoda atte Gnanasara Thero for his crimes against Muslims. However Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakhse said that Ven Gnanasara Thero will not be taken to custody. more..

Film breaks silence on madness of Sri Lanka civil war

May 25 (AFP) Jude Ratnam is worried how his film might go down with his fellow SL Tamils. And he has a point. Demons in Paradise, which is premiering at the Cannes film festival, tells of the bloodbath that drove some Tamils to take up arms in the three decade-long insurgency that tore the island apart. But the documentary also shatters a taboo by insisting that some of most horrific violence the minority endured was at more..

So eager to serve the People: Gayantha requests for three more institutions

May 25 (DM) Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka has requested President Sirisena to assign three institutions, that earlier came under his purview as the Mass Media Minister, to the Land and Parliamentary Reforms Ministry. The three institutions the minister had asked for are the Govt Printing Department, State Printing Corporation and the National Film Corporation. However, President has told the minister to submit his request to PM and seek a solution from him. more..

Muslims will be compelled to seek int'l community support: EPC Opposition Leader

May 25 (DM) If the incumbent government continued to overlook the racist acts perpetrated on the Muslim community, it would lead to a situation to lodge the complaint with the international community, EPC Leader of the Opposition M.S Uthumalebbe said. Hence, the govt and the defence sector should take action to contain the racist acts inflicted upon the Muslim community, he said. EPC Leader of the Opposition made the above comments after presenting an emergency Bill on Tuesday more..

February trade gap widens, lower exports, higher rice, fuel imports

May 25 (Forbes) Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened to US$743 million in Feb 2017 from a year ago with a decline in exports amid increased imports mainly of fuel and rice. Exports fell 2.7% in Feb to $867.8 million while imports rose 11.9% to $1.61 billion. Jan-Feb 2017 trade deficit widened to $1.68 billion from $1.24 billion the year before. Earnings from industrial exports, which represent about 76% of total exports, declined by 6.5%, more..

Torrential rains lash most parts of SL

May 25 (DM) Ratnapura District was the most affected by the torrential rains accompanied by strong winds, which lashed several parts of the country. Met Department said heavy rains were reported from Galle District, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces. Residents of Kalutara, Agalawatta, Kelaniya, Galle, Matale, Bibila, Mawanella and Vavuniya were also affected by heavy rains and winds during the past 24 hours. At least 316 people from 84 families in R'pura more..

India rightly recalibrates Sri Lanka policy

May 25 (GN) The recent back-to-back visit of SL PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to New Delhi and Indian PM Narendra Modi to Colombo reinforces the two neighbouring countries’ commitment to strengthen a long-standing partnership that seeks to enhance all-round prosperity and development. By embarking on his second visit to the island nation since assuming office in 2014, Modi seems to have given a clear message that New Delhi is determined to reverse prolonged neglect of a special relationship, more..

Rathupaswala shooting: Army Brigadier remanded

May 25 (DM) CID today arrested Brigadier Anura Gunawardena who was alleged to have led an army contingent to Rathupaswala to quell a protest by residents pleading for safe drinking. Three people were shot dead and 33 protesters injured on August 1, 2013. Police said a 14-year-old student was among those killed in the shooting. Earlier, CID had arrested three army personnel, a staff sergeant and two corporals more..

India should either come up with a better plan for Sri Lanka

May 25 (Forbes) When it comes to Sri Lanka, China has an ambitious agenda. It wants to turn the island nation into a trading and military outpost in the Indian Ocean.  And it has a good plan in advancing that agenda, including the shoring up of Sri Lanka’s major ports. That’s something Sri Lanka and other Indian Ocean countries desperately need, as trade flowing throughout the region has multiplied in recent years. And it is also a development closely followed by international investors, more..

'Pace of reforms have slowed considerably'

May 25 (DM) European Union (EU) noted that the pace of reforms in Sri Lanka had slowed significantly with straightforward deliverables such as the operationalisation of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) yet to materialise. Ambassador of the EU to Sri Lanka, Tung-Laï Margue said that more needed to be done quickly to hasten reconciliation efforts. He expressed these views when he met National Integration and Reconciliation State Minister A.H.M. Fowzie at his ministry last week. more..

Shashi’s passport and NIC missing

May 25 (DN) Attorney General informed Court that the general passport and the National Identity Card (NIC) belonging to Shashi Weerawansa, the wife of NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa has gone missing while being kept under court custody as production items in the case. The CID filed two separate cases against Shashi Weerawansa over an incident where she fraudulently obtained two passports more..

'Supremacy of law needed for development'

May 25 (NR) UPFA MP Chandrasiri Gajadeera says threats faced by institutions enacting the law cannot be prevented in a country where the Executive Presidency is in force. The statement was made by the MP in Parliament yesterday. Responding Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne joining the debate said the supremacy of the law is a must when engaged in development initiatives. Joining the debate the Deputy Minister said unity is also of paramount importance. more..

Aluthgamage released on bail

May 25 (DM) Former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage was released on bail by the Colombo High Court today in connection with the case filed against him on charges of failing to declare his assets utilized to purchase a house in Kynsey Road, Borella. The former minister had allegedly purchased the house for Rs.27 million during his tenure under the former government. Indictments were also submitted at the Colombo High Court today when the case was taken up. more..

Sri Lanka hunts Buddhist monk over anti-Muslim hate crimes

May 25 (AFP) Sri Lanka's police launched a major manhunt Thursday for a controversial Buddhist monk wanted in connection with a spate of attacks against mosques and Muslim-owned business. Police said they were working to track down and arrest Galagodaatte Gnanasara, head of BBS, after he went into hiding. His party is accused of instigating a recent wave of hate attacks against Muslim minority. more..

UPFA Gen Secy promises stern action against those fanning racial flames

May 25 (Island) Stern legal action would be taken against the propagators of racism in the country, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera warned. He said there was an alarming increase in forming of organisations based on religion and race and the racist comments were made by different people in public. The issue of racism had been discussed by the Cabinet and it had decided to instruct Police to take strict action against the propagators of racism according to the law, he said. more..

PC accidentally shot in Kegalle

May 25 (DM) A Police Constable was injured when the weapon of a Sub-Inspector misfired during an altercation with a suspect last evening. Police said the SI together with the Constable was in the process of arresting two suspects wanted for murder when the incident occurred. The SI’s weapon had accidently fired when he was engaged in a scuffle with one suspect. The constable was admitted to Hospital for treatment.  One suspect had fled the scene while the other was arrested. more..

'Don’t delay new Constitution'

May 25 (CT) Civil organizations which ensured that this Govt came to power, are warning the Govt against continuously postponing the preparation of a new Constitution, which was the main slogan used when the Govt of Good Governance when it came to power. They said that it has been said that the SLFP was unwilling to totally abolish the executive presidency but while remaining in ministerial posts in the govt, more..

Muralitharan to mentor TNPL team

May 25 (PTI) Muttiah Muralitharan has been named the mentor of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) franchise VB Thiruvallur Veerans for the second edition of the event, to be held in July. "Muralitharan will be the mentor for Thiruvallur Veerans. It is something we never dreamt of, nor was it planned," Veerans' owner V B Chandrasekhar said. "Team required someone experienced to guide the boys and we felt Murali, with his vast knowledge of the game, could fill that role," more..

Novel way of highlighting an injustice

May 25 (Island) When someone is faced with an injustice it is towards the aid of the law that one firstly turns to seek justice. If justice is delayed or completely absent the victim inevitably keeps his faith and belief in gods and carry out various religious practices. But if none of those forces listen to him and no justice is received, the man becomes hopeless and at a loss. A man from Ingiriya who had not received the ear of either of these powers has recently done a novel act in this manner. more..

Having only PM's crony friends as UNP Ministers: Reshuffle should have brought Harsha & Eran in

May 25 (FT) Sirisena-Wickremesinghe-CBK Govt has, from the time the Govt was formed in August 2016, been struggling to take proper collective decisions. This is understandable given that 50% of those running the Govt supported the Rajapaksa campaign and the other half supported Sirisena. President however since of late in order to take control of the SLFP and to keep Rajapaksa at bay has begun to follow more..

Sri Lanka goes from drought to flood, landslide warnings

May 25 (EN) Heavy monsoon rains have begun to drench SL, ending a near year-long drought which deprived over a million people of drinking water, sparking warnings from authorities of floods and landslides. People living near major rivers and on the slopes of hills hit by monsoon rains should be alert to the possibility of earth-slips and rising flood waters. It disseminated warnings from NBRO asking residents to evacuate if they detect signs of earth-slips like toppling trees or cracks in ground. more..

How to deal with sexual harassment, glass ceiling & bullying at workplace?

May 25 (CT) Most women become silent victims of harassment in workplace. Particularly, the women who may not have the backing of a family, any male or other political backing are seen, easy targets. In Sri Lanka, the importance given to diversity and law is very less compared to that of a developed nation. The purpose of my article is to help vulnerable females in identifying characteristics of glass ceiling and to guide them on how to handle it. Most women become silent victims of men who more..

සුනිල් ශාන්ත සිය පුතුන්ට සංගීතය තහනම් කළේ ඇයි?

Tea shipments down in April, earnings up

May 25 (EN) Sri Lankan’s tea exports fell 9% to 20.1 million kilos in April 2017 from a year ago but earnings grew as prices were higher, Forbes & Walker Tea Brokers said. “All main categories, tea bags, packeted and bulk teas have shown a decrease compared to the corresponding month of 2016,” they said. But total tea export revenue grew 23% or Rs.3.1 billion to Rs. 16.5 billion in April 2017 compared with the same month last year and average tea export prices were up 36%. more..

Speeches without action

May 25 (CT) In light of the surge of religious disputes in recent times, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed that racism and religious disputes will not be allowed to raise their ugly heads again and the Police who have been tasked with this responsibility will take necessary action against such issues. Addressing participants at an event involving the National Youth Services Council that was held at Temple Trees on 23 May the Premier noted, certain groups are attempting to more..