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'If we play like we did in Dharamsala, we'll win series'

Dec 13 (PTI) Sri Lanka produced a near flawless performance in Dharamsala and captain Thisara Perera is expecting an encore from his team in the second ODI to win a maiden series in India. "It is a good opportunity to win the series. Not many teams have won series in India. We want to do something special, like we did in Dharamsala," Perera said on the eve of the second match of the 3-ODI series. more..

Lifetime awards for dedicated Athletic officials

Dec 13 (DN) Athletic officials who dedicated themselves for the development of Sri Lankan athletics received life time awards recently. Accordingly six athletic technical officials who committed to develop athletics in the country for over 50 years were felicitated during an award ceremony under the patronage of former President of Sri Lanka Athletic Association and former Army Commander Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake at the National Sports Academy recently. more..

India's batting under pressure as Sri Lanka eye series win

Dec 13 (CI) Atmospheric conditions in north India have haunted Sri Lanka right through their tour of India. If it was the smog in Delhi, it was rain in Dharamsala. On Monday, they spent four hours at the airport with their chartered flight unable to take off. They returned to their hotels and only flew to Mohali on Tuesday, the eve of the third ODI. North India, however, has been kind to Sri Lanka from a cricketing standpoint; they left Delhi with a heartening draw in the third Test, more..

Weerakumara Dissanayake

The limits of Rajapaksa magic

Dec 13 (DN) National Unity Govt passed its third budget and the first by Minister Mangala Samaraweera with a two third majority in Parliament in all its three readings. With the end of the budget debate, the entire political focus now shifts to the impending local govt elections due to be held in mid-February next year. Nominations are due to close by mid-December. The political activity of the past several weeks has been attempts by various members of the SLFP to seek to unite more..

Sirimavo's enforced exile

Dec 13 (DN) The darkest day of democracy Oct 16, 1980, she faced with bravery and equanimity. On unjust, unfair, and revengeful act by her opponent, Sirimavo made a short farewell speech and left her seat amidst cat-calls and indecent remarks from some govt members; the expelled world’s first woman Head of State was leaving the chamber un-accompanied as the other six SLFP MPs boycotted the sittings; S. Sivasithamparam and A. Amirthalingam, the two gentlemen MPs rose more..

'We want a change in Muslim representation'

Dec 13 (CT) Leader of the newly formed coalition United People's Alliance (UPA) and former General Secretary of SLMC M.T. Hasen Ali said that the new party has been formed to solve burning issues of the Muslim Community that have not been addressed. "We want a change to take place in Muslim representation. System should be reformed. It will not suddenly happen but will take a period of time. We have the responsibility to initiate it. more..

The Crackdown on Corruption

Dec 13 (GV) On Nov 8 President Sirisena called the irregularities around the Central Bank bond issue a maha vinashaya (a huge destruction) and said that those behind it must accept responsibility. He was speaking at a commemoration event for Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, widely acknowledged as a driving force behind the citizen’s movement which brought Sirisena into power in 2015. A key promise made during election campaigns was to tackle ongoing and entrenched corruption. more..

In their absence: Families of the disappeared share treasured keepsakes

Dec 13 (GV) The following is the translation of a story by Selvaraja Rajasegar, editor of Maatram. As of today, the families of the disappeared have been protesting, across the North and East. In some areas, it has been over 290 days. Their pleas, to provide details about what happened to their families, have yet to be answered. Five of the protesters have died since the protests began. In light of Human Rights Day, which falls on Dec 10, Groundviews translated this series, more..

Carbon Tax: a mechanism to control carbon dioxide emissions

Dec 13 (SO) Carbon tax is an indirect tax, aimed at controlling carbon dioxide emissions, which in turn would reduce harmful emissions contributing to air pollution and subsequently, to global warming. Exhaust fumes from vehicles, power plants and factories all contain varying levels of carbon dioxide. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the late eighteenth century, the burning of fossil fuels, coal, oil & natural gas more..

Lord Naseby & The President’s Letter

Dec 13 (CT) The Island has to be congratulated on its scoop of a statement by Lord Naseby in response to the summary dismissal by the British High Commission in Colombo of his views on the infamous UNHRC Resolution 30/1 of 2015 and the increasingly untenable figure of 40,000 civilian casualties. According to the statement “Lord Naseby makes it quite clear that he shall pursue every organisation and the persons involved to ensure that Darusman Report figure on civilian casualties more..

Choice for the Tamils

Dec 13 (CT) Article 1 of UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 recognises and grants the right of self-determination to peoples all over the world. The Section says: “All peoples have the right of self-determination by virtue of that right; they freely determine their political status and thereby pursue their economic, social and cultural development”. This fundamental human right of peoples is rooted on the preservation of their equality of rights, opportunities and treatment. more..

Sri Lanka eliminated malaria: Rajitha

Dec 12 (DN) In 2008, the last case of indigenous malaria-related death was reported in Sri Lanka. National Strategic Plan was developed with the aim of achieving malaria elimination within a time-bound framework to reach zero local transmission by 2014. Since SL was declared malaria-free on Sept 5, country has now emerged as an example of what is needed to eliminate malaria and what are the opportunities & challenges of malaria-free more..

President requests railway employees to return to work

Dec 12 (PMD) President Sirisena requested all striking railway trade unions to return to work considering the inconvenience caused to O/L students who are sitting for the exam today. Many concerned parties voiced their distress over the ongoing railway strike as children who rely on the railway service to get to their exam centers will be left desolate. President made a request from the railway trade unions to call off the strike as many children will be affected by the strike action. more..

President's letter to Naseby: PHU says govt. kept it a secret

Dec 12 (DM) The PHU said a letter of thank sent by President MSirisena to Lord Naseby had been kept concealed by the govt due to the pressure of Tamil separatists. MP Udaya Gammanpila said Lord Naseby of the British House of Lords made a statement in UK Parliament in October saying no war crime was committed in Sri Lanka. “President has sent a letter on behalf of Sri Lanka thanking Lord Naseby. This should be commended but neither SL nor UK knows about this letter,” more..

Make digital world safer for children: UNICEF

Dec 12 (Island) Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, UNICEF said in its annual flagship report. The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world presents UNICEF’s first comprehensive look at the different ways digital technology is affecting children’s more..

Study finds poor knowledge of autism among doctors in Sri Lanka

Dec 12 (INASP) Autism is a neurological and developmental diagnosis seen from early childhood marked by difficulty in communicating, forming relationships and using languages. In Sri Lanka, one in 93 children have been found to have autism. Studies have shown that the condition of an autistic child can improve with early diagnosis. Early diagnosis and provision of further information to caregivers is largely linked to the level of physicians’ knowledge of autism. more..

Alleged attack on NUW supporter: Court orders arrest of Thondaman’s son

Dec 12 (DM) Hatton Magistrate T. Saravanaraja yesterday ordered the Maskeliya Police to arrest Jeevan Thondaman, the son of CWC General Secretary and Parliamentarian Arumugam Thondaman and produce him in courts regarding an alleged attack on a National Union of Workers’ (NUW) supporter who had participated in a funeral in Maskeliya. Police earlier arrested four CWC suspects who had surrendered to the Police over this incident and produced them in courts. more..

Household electric appliances that contain HCFC to be banned

Dec 12 (DM) Environment Ministry will ban importing of household electric appliances that contain Hydrochloro-flurocarbon (HCFC) effective from Jan 1st, 2018 as the use of HCFC is extremely harmful to the environment and to the ozone layer. The electric equipments thus banned from next year are: Freezer or Refrigerated trucks or Refrigerated containers, Refrigerators, Freezers, Water coolers, Ice machines, Air conditioning more..

Indian Air Chief Calls on Army Commander

Dec 12 (SLA) Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, presently in Sri Lanka on a five-day long goodwill visit, called on the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake at the Army Headquarters Monday. Major General Shavendra Silva, Adjutant General at the Army Headquarters received the visiting Indian Air Force Chief. A Guard Turnout plus a Guard of Honour presented by SL Sinha Regiment troops more..

Not much headway made in Rajiv murder conspiracy probe: SC

Dec 12 (PTI) Supreme Court today said the CBI-led investigation in the larger conspiracy behind the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi does not appear to have achieved much headway. The apex court referred to the reports filed before it by the CBI and observed that the investigation by the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) could be endless. The MDMA is headed by a CBI official and comprises officers from IB, RAW and Revenue Intelligence and other agencies. more..

5-member committee to discuss railway strike

Dec 12 (NR) The Cabinet has approved the appointment of a 5-member Ministerial committee to hold discussions with railway employees engaged in the strike. When inquired, it was revealed that the appointment was made during a Cabinet meeting held this morning. The railway strike launched by 12 trade unions of the Department of Railways continues for the 6th day with little to no progress more..

Palitha Range Bandara acquitted

Dec 12 (NR) State Minister Palitha Range Bandara has been acquitted on the charge of authorising to fraudulently issue documents for a luxury vehicle which was illegally assembled. The order was issued by Colombo High Court Judge AAR Heiyanthuduwa. The case was filed by the Attorney General. During today’s hearing, Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake said the plaintiff has presented an affidavit to the defendant to arrive at an agreement over the case. more..

Hand symbol for SLFP; betel leaf for UPFA

Dec 12 (DM) The hand symbol of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will appear on the ballot paper for the first time since 1991 at the upcoming local govt elections, party officials said yesterday. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the SLFP would field candidates under the hand symbol in some areas and the betel leaf symbol of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in other areas. He said the last time the the SLFP contested on its own was in 1991. more..

Talking Resilient Infrastructure: sharing and learning best practices from the region

Dec 12 (AD) Two delegations representing Sri Lanka from the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment took part in a conference on resilient infrastructure, to share experiences from Sri Lanka and draw lessons from the region for implementation in the country. The conference titled Holistic Vision for Resilient Infrastructure was held on the 11-12th of Dec 2017 in Cambodia more..

Case against former SEC Chairman fixed for further trial

Dec 12 (DN) The case filed against former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Nalaka Godahewa and two others, in connection with their alleged involvement in conspiring to misappropriate Rs. 5 million of funds belonging to the SEC was yesterday fixed for further trial by the Colombo High Court. Judge R. Gurusinghe fixed the case for further trial on Feb 14. Defence Counsel who appeared on behalf of the accused sought a further date for the trial. more..

27 TN fishermen arrested by SL Navy

Dec 12 (PTI) 27 Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the SL Navy for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters early today, an official said. The fishermen from Jegadapattinam and Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested off Neduntheevu by SL Navy and taken to Kangesanthurai port there along with five boats. In another incident, nearly 3,000 fishermen who had ventured into the sea last evening in 500 boats from here were chased away by SL Naval personnel more..

විනාඩි 2න් අවසන් වූ පැය හතේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු විවාදය

A media conspiracy and the real McCoy

Dec 12 (FT) I won’t beat about the bush today. I don’t want to talk about stuff and nonsense when there are better things to discuss such as enterprising budgets and how this Govt’s growth and development initiatives are made of star stuff. I can’t however ignore the idiosyncratic and arguably irresponsible statements made by senior so-called statesmen about the alleged collusion of my colleagues with the legions of the demonstrably corrupt he so evidently despises but more..

Solve CoL now

Dec 12 (CT) A cross section of essential food items, numbering 19 out of a total of 21, in the last four years have seen their prices increase by a minimum of 14% to a maximum of 167%, despite the imposition of price controls on some of them. Four years ago in Dec, 2013 President Rajapaksa was at the height of his power. It's taken as the benchmark year for this comparison. Dec 2014 may be discounted because Rajapaksa provided steep discounted prices then in a vain bid to win more..

US & Sri Lanka launch USD2mn HIV/AIDS technical assistance partnership

Dec 12 (LBO) Govts of Sri Lanka and the US has launched a two-year HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership to fast track govt efforts to end AIDS by 2025. USAID, through the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief will help to transfer promising solutions, new technical skills and innovations to contribute towards ending AIDS in Sri Lanka. “USAID Sri Lanka has been working closely with the Govt of SL on more..

Heart surgeries would be carried out in private hospitals at govt expense

Dec 12 (ST) With Wednesday’s announcement by the Cabinet that emergency heart surgeries would be carried out in private hospitals due to some issues that have arisen at the National Hospital of SL, there were many sighs of relief among heart patients and their relatives. Under a joint proposal, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister Rajitha Senaratne have stated that these emergency heart operations would be more..

New technology to nab election law violators

Dec 12 (DN) While promising strict legal action against those who violate election laws at the upcoming Local Govt polls, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said cases filed in court will be backed by modern technology such as video footage. Speaking to the media in Colombo, Gunasekera said Police will file cases immediately against such violations in order to punish perpetrators at the earliest. more..

Govt should be open to the people: Mangala

Dec 12 (DN) Right to Information (RTI) Act is important in establishing a strong social contract between the govt and people, said Minister Mangala Samaraweera, as he appealed to Information Officers to open the govt to the people. Addressing 2100 Information Officers from the Western Province, Minister asked that the Officers be sensitive to the demands of the public and to do their utmost in their new responsibilities to more..

Banks’ bad loans up 18.8%

Dec 12 (CT) Banking sector bad loans increased by a thumping 18.8% (Rs 26.8 billion) to Rs 169 billion in the first eight months of the year, led by the tourism and agriculture sectors, latest data showed. Dengue and rabies have hit tourism, SL's third largest foreign exchange earner, while climate change has taken its toll on the agriculture sector. Numbers from the island's major tourism markets, in terms of value, namely more..

Sri Lanka’s Journey to fulfill IMF’s conditions

Dec 12 (CT) The IMF conveyed three vocal messages to the Govt when they released the fourth tranche of US$ 251.4 million on Thursday, taking total disbursements to $ 759.9 million, of their $ 1.5 billion loan to the Central Bank of SL. All those messages were ruthless as far as the plight of the common man was concerned, at least, superficially. Those were continuous fiscal consolidation, building up foreign reserves more..