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'Will join anti-SAITM forces if solution not found'

Oct 19 (DM) MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said that he would join hands with students of medical faculties and their parents in their struggle against the SAITM if the govt did not act in a flexible manner to resolve the issue within the next two weeks. Thera warned instead of going for more discussions with the govt on the issue he would join anti-SAITM forces in their fight to abolish the campus if the govt keeps delaying more..

Cost of living: Yapa critical about govt mechanism

Oct 19 (DM) Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa was critical of the govt’s current mechanisms established to contain the rising cost of living, at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting. Cabinet met with Prez in the chair. Asked about what happened, Mr. Yapa said that he said the mechanism had not yielded, and therefore new measures had to be worked out. He said SATHOSA, the state-owned retail chain, could not make an impact in bringing down the prices of essential items. more..

Kusal Perera ruled out from Pakistan T20Is

Oct 19 (CT) Dashing left hander Kusal Perera failed to prove his match fitness when he failed a fitness test on Tuesday, subsequently ruling him out from a comeback for the forthcoming three match T20I series against Pakistan. He hasn't played for SL since his match winning knock in the Champions Trophy where he ended up with a hamstring injury. He had been considered to lead the SL team to Pakistan after several high profile players withdrew from the T20I to be played at Lahore. more..

Mixed performance in external sector in Aug.

Oct 19 (FT) Sri Lanka’s external sector showed a mixed performance in August 2017, Central Bank disclosed. It said although export earnings increased in August 2017, higher growth in import expenditure resulted in an expansion of the trade deficit. Despite the increase in tourist earnings in August 2017, the decline in workers’ remittances, together with the expanded trade deficit, dampened the performance more..

90 more solar projects in the offing by CEB

Oct 19 (FT) The Power and Renewable Energy Ministry is now in the process of floating tenders for 90 projects of 1 MW solar power plants under the second phase of the Suryabala Sangramaya Program.  Approval was granted by the Govt this week to go ahead with the program, where the ministry will call for tenders to purchase power from solar power generators to be connected to 17 grid substations identified by the Ceylon Electricity Board. more..

Sisira Kumara to meet Dhruv Sheoran in final

Oct 19 (Island) Dhruv Sheoran salvaged some pride for India defeating Chalitha Pushpika 3 and 1 in the first semi-final, to set-up an intriguing India – Sri Lanka, 36 hole final to be played at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club today. Chalitha made one too many mistakes, hitting out of bounds on the fourth and eighth, in addition to several missed putts. Despite all these errors, Chalitha was just one down playing the 15th and a missed putt cost him the hole to be dormie 2 down. more..

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US investor community hears strong case for Sri Lanka in New York

Oct 19 (FT) Invest Sri Lanka Investor Forum organised by Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC), in association with CSE member firms and listed companies, and supported by Asia Securities (Event Sponsor) and the Oxford Business Group (Exclusive Publication Partner), drew strong interest among the investor community in New York. A Sri Lankan delegation which included senior representatives of CSE, SEC, stockbroker more..

Katina at Sambodhi Temple in Berlin

Oct 19 (IL) The Katina ceremony of the Sambodhi Temple in Berlin was held in the presence of a large gathering at the SOS Kinderdorf hall in Berlin on the 14th of October, under the guidance of the Venerable Rambukwelle Devanada Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Sambodhi Temple in Berlin, who is concurrently the Chief Incumbent at Doranegoda Sumanthindarama Rajamaha Temple in Gampaha. The meritorious task of preparation and presentation of the Katina robe and organising more..

NO means NO

Oct 19 (DN) The fight to end gender based violence received overwhelming support from SL cricketing legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara this week as they chose to tackle the subject with the most susceptible of minds - school boys and girls. The cricketers speaking to an awe struck audience explained that the best way to end violence against women and girls was to prevent it from more..

Rice Revolution: Simply a Catalyst or more?

Oct 19 (CT) "Time has come up for us to defeat our main enemy, the combination of over-confidence, irrationality, and the absence of sensibility and selfishness caused by dishonesty topped by complacence. Although, all those are directly linked to the political leaders, it becomes applicable to the whole nation as it is their incapacity to understand this simple truth that has not only dragged our nation into this bottomless pit. Unless we become smart now and shed our differences which more..

In Pictures: University Of Peradeniya

Oct 19 (Roar) While the University of Ceylon was SL’s first independent degree awarding institution, the concept of higher education in the island wasn’t entirely alien. The university’s antecedent of 20 years was the Ceylon University College, a degree awarding body affiliated with the University of London. This connection was terminated when the University College merged with the Ceylon Medical College and became an independent University in its own right: the University of Ceylon. more..

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win ODI series

Oct 19 (CI) Albert Einstein believed doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results was the definition of insanity. As such, it seems to be insane to have organised five ODIs between Pakistan and SL. They've done this three thrice so far, and a different result is nowhere in sight. This match was the most decisive of the lot, an all-round masterclass from Pakistan helped them ease to a series win more..

UN Special Rapporteur and the govt’s duty

Oct 19 (Island) UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff, currently on a two week visit to SL, announced before his visit that he intends to "review the progress made thus far, to identify obstacles and bottlenecks in the implementation of the transitional justice and reform process". Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry for its part issued a media release insisting that "Govts are not bound by the advice or recommendations of Special Rapporteurs" and that it was up to the Govt of SL to decide whether more..

CERT issues DoubleLocker ransomware warning

Oct 19 (DM) Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT|CC) warned Android mobile users to be cautious of infecting DoubleLocker ransomware when viewing suspicious websites. CERT|CC Information Security Engineer Roshan Chandragupta said the DoubleLocker ransomware could be affected by installing fake Adobe Flash Player applications. Ransomware requests the mobile user to grant access which it uses to activate the device administrator rights and more..

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Editorial:  Summon AG as well

Oct 19 (Island) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has expressed his willingness to give evidence before the presidential commission of inquiry probing bond scams. Having sent him some questions, the commissioners say they will consider summoning him as a witness, if necessary. This is a step in the right direction albeit belated. It is incumbent upon all politicians and officials to give evidence and help the fact-finding commission get at the truth anent the biggest ever financial fraud in the country. more..

Shortage of Science Graduates

Oct 19 (CT) Ministry of Science, Technology & Research together with several other institutions recently organised a panel discussion to strategize policy actions regarding governance when it comes to science, technology, and innovation. The movement comes after a series of state-wise lobbying and was rather successful in bringing both the governing authorities and the academics to a singular platform to discuss the issues in the field. While not a fan of scientists-turned-politicos more..

'Even PM should be in Prison for the frauds'

Oct 19 (CT) Kandy District UPFA MP Dilum Amunugama said the Local Govt Election should have been held a year earlier, and went on to say "We have been prepared since then. We will contest through a separate Alliance. It is this Govt that keeps postponing elections and is playing with the sovereignty of the people". Q: Minister Lakshman Kiriella says that the Colombo-Kandy Expressway is being built? more..

Reconciliation delayed, harmony denied

Oct 19 (DN) The resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by Sri Lanka in October 2015 prescribes some essential steps that the Sri Lankan govt should take for bringing about reconciliation between the two communities, the Sinhalese and the Tamil communities, and durable peace that will ensure the non – recurrence of a state of civil war. I have mentioned below some significant measures the Sri Lankan govt has already taken in the process of implementing the Resolution 30/1. more..

The purge has begun!

Oct 19 (DN) Finally, the whip has been cracked and the purge is on. After just over two years of prevaricating, negotiating and observing with watchful expectation, President Maithripala Sirisena dispensed of three key electoral organisers of the SLFP last week, signalling a sea change in his policy of accommodating and appeasing the Joint Opposition (JO) faction of the party led by his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Dismissed from their posts as electoral organisers were more..

Tracking your right to info:

Oct 19 (Roar) Getting the Right to Information (RTI) has been a long-awaited process for democracies, especially in a country like ours where corruption and misuse of public funds is rampant. Parliament passed the RTI Act in June 2016 as part of the govt’s 100-day work pledge, and it came into force this February. Despite the Act being passed over a year ago, many govt offices were unaware of their obligation to provide information upon more..

Polythene & Plastic: Use it wisely

Oct 19 (CT) Polythene is being dumped hazardously in socially and environmentally sensitive places like road sides, marshy lands, low lying areas, public places, forest and wild life areas, causing numerous negative environmental impacts such as ground and surface water pollution, air pollution and even deaths (recent Meethotamulla disaster). Waste collection and disposal play an extremely important role in a country’s cleanliness and sustainability drive, with people’s health and the conservation of more..

The Sinhala alt-right & Tamil question 

Oct 19 (CT) Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara asks Simply show us how the Tamils are being discriminated against and where. Answer: 1958 (read Tarzie Vittachi’s book Emergency 58) and Black July’83. The experience does not leave the collective memory of a community, easily. First massacres of Sinhala civilians at Naiaru and Kokilai, Dollar and Kent farms, and A'pura, came later, in late ’83, 1984 & 1985. Sarath Weerasekara declares the Tamil question a problem non-existent. more..

'Delay in doctors passing out: who takes responsibility?'

Oct 18 (Island) JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake demanded to know who would take the ultimate responsibility for the delay in the passing out of doctors from the state medical faculties owing to the ongoing protest campaign by medical undergraduates against the SAITM. He said nine months had elapsed since the lecture boycott was launched by medical undergraduates numbering around 8,000 in all universities. more..

JO surprised by CBSL receiving international award

Oct 18 (Island) The Joint Opposition (JO) pointed out that Central Bank Governor Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy had been named South Asia’s best Governor of the Year at Global Capital Market Awards Ceremony in Washington DC on Oct 14, at a time the country was struggling to come to terms with massive bond scams perpetrated by Perpetual Treasuries Limited with the help of some CB officials. more..

Missing girls from Kolonnawa: 19-year-old and another arrested

Oct 18 (AD) The 19-year-old female from Kolonnawa, who was reported missing with two other girls and later surrendered to police, has been arrested by police along with another suspect, police spokesman said. Meanwhile the other two girls, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, have been sent for medical examinations, he said. Police commenced investigations into the disappearance of a young mother and two more..

AAG De Livera has some other questions to ask the PM

Oct 18 (DM) Acting Attorney General Dappula De Livera at the conclusion of PCoI proceedings said yesterday he would also have some other questions to ask from the PM apart from the questions put forward by the Commission. Responding to the statement made by the PCoI, AAG Dappula De Livera also expressed his observations. AAG De Livera was of the view that his team of Counsel of the AG’s Department assisted more..

AG promises transparent inquiry into massacre of 27 inmates at Welikada Prison

Oct 18 (FT) Attorney General assured that the investigation into the alleged killing of 27 inmates of the Welikada Prison in Dec 2012 would be conducted in a transparent manner, following which a progress report will be submitted. Senior State Counsel Madhava Tennekoon, appearing for the Attorney General, informed Court that there were inquiries conducted by teams from the STF, Army and prison officers. more..

'Those with knowledge, skill & integrity should do politics to prevent fraudsters..'

Oct 18 (LT) “We, of the JVP, have taken a decision to give to those who have a good understanding of our society, who could contribute to create a new political culture, who are not concerned excessively with oneself but cherish collectiveness, oppose frauds, corruption & waste and have the knowledge and will to change this society to a righteous one an opportunity to contest the forthcoming elections in addition to candidates of JVP. more..

Sri Lanka’s bottom trawling ban: Implemented or not?

Oct 18 (Roar) Taking progressive steps to conserve seabeds and aquatic lives, bottom trawling was banned in Sri Lanka as of 06 July 2017. The practice is an industrial mode of fishing which uses weighed-down nets to sweep across the seabed and catch everything in their way, thereby causing irreparable damage to coral and plant life. According to the amendment made to the SL Aquatic Resources Act this year, more..

Veggie traders and middlemen sucking consumers dry

Oct 18 (ST) Nadu is selling for a little less now, but a palm-sized coconut still costs Rs 85, up by Rs 10, in the Pettah and Ratmalana markets. While the state struggles to rein in runway prices of staple food items, traders and middlemen are profiting at will. Farmers and consumers are being ripped off. Consumers are urging the Govt to rein in middlemen and the traders. In Aug, inflation jumped to 7.9% y-o-y from 4.5% last Aug, more..

'Galle Dialogue Colombo potential hub for trading and fighting crimes'

Oct 18 (DM) A top British official, who was in Sri Lanka in view of Galle Dialogue at the invitation of Sri Lanka Navy, speaks, about the global importance of Sri Lanka’s strategic positioning and the expansion of China’s trading activities. Judge Advocate General – UK Jeff Blackett said China’s expansion from a trade perspective should be welcomed. The First Galle Dialogue was held in 2010 under the leadership of then Navy Commander more..

'Govt will increase per capita income to US $ 5000 within next three years'

Oct 18 (DM) Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the Govt is well positioned to implement its economic delivery plan. He added that the UNP is ready to contest any election at any given time. Q: You have launched the policy framework Vision 2025. It is a policy document that envisages to be executed well beyond the term of the present Govt. How confident are you that the Govt will take a mandate at the next election? more..

The Myth of Lazy Jaffna Youth

Oct 18 (DM) Not long ago, soon after the war, a common refrain about the Jaffna society was how hard working, thrifty and prudent its people were. But today, one often hears people decrying Jaffna society as having become lazy and spendthrift, landing itself in debt. It is true that Jaffna society is greatly mired in debt, but what are the causes of such indebtedness? How did the narrative around Jaffna youth change so much in the last few years? Both local and international pundits more..

Politics of Padmavati, the Sinhala princess who broke records in India

Oct 18 (DM) The movie Padmavati, based on a semi-mythical Sinhala princess, who married an Indian king, has already done what once appeared to be impossible.   It got India’s most popular classical movie director, the much respected, Sanjay Leela Bhansali of Devdas fame beaten up by hooligans. It also drove movie goers to claim their favourite heroine, Deepika Padukone, not beautiful enough. As the Sinhala princess was often touted India’s most beautiful role was reportedly more..