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SLC busted Rs 2.7 million for CT joyride

July 23 (ST) Sri Lanka Cricket is notorious for spending lavishly for matters not directly connected to the development or promotion of the sport. Last month, they doled out Rs. 2.7 million to send nine Executive Committee members on a joyride to watch the Champions Trophy in the cool climes of England. CT tournament was held from June 1-18 in the UK and these nine had their tickets & visa fees reimbursed by generous SLC despite an earlier decision more..

English Nursing Care Services launched

July 23 (ST) English Nursing Care Services, aiming to set the benchmark for home nursing care in Sri Lanka, celebrated its launch in Colombo on Wednesday. Situated in Colombo, English Nursing Care Services is a Registered Nurse supervised home nursing service, allowing for quality care in your own home. Richard Gould, Managing Director, said: “English Nursing Care Services will set a new standard in high-quality, compassionate nursing care in Sri Lanka. more..

Police begin probe on Moratuwa Uni’s animal killing

July 23 (ST) Police have launched an investigation following a charge by animal rights activists that stray dogs and cats had been eliminated at the Moratuwa University last Friday. Vice Chancellor Ananda Jayawardene said police recorded his statement and statements from security personal of the University. “The university did not encourage the killing of dogs but only wanted the dogs removed from the lecture halls, canteens and laboratories as they were a nuisance,” he said. more..

How Sri Lankan cricket is becoming a laughing stock

July 23 (Island) Not too long ago, Sri Lankan cricket was feared and revered all over the world.  Bold, innovative and novel, many were the times the national cricket team caught the oppositions off guard. The rapid progress the sport made in the 1990s was totally owing to ground-breaking new moves. Sri Lanka was one of the first country’s to use a foreign coach and a qualified trainer and others followed suit. more..

Declining spectator curiosity in Tests

July 23 (SO) In the forthcoming Test series between Sri Lanka and India what is pragmatic about the Dwindling spectator curiosity apparent in the Test venues in the previous home series’ against Australia, West Indies, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe. It was a gigantic compassion to glimpse only miniature spectator surveillance at these closely contested International matches. Spectator interest should have been at the forefront of the minds of authorities of Sri Lanka Cricket. more..

The saga of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution

July 23 (Hindu) Speaking at a book launch last week, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said the draft of SL’s new Constitution would be ready by January 2018, yet again shifting the deadline for the challenging task his govt took up after coming to power in 2015. As per earlier assurances, the govt should have already debated the draft Constitution in Parliament by now, and prepared for a referendum after a likely two-thirds majority. But even as govt tried fast-tracking the process, more..

Will the new Constitution become a mere dream?

July 23 (CT) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has pledged that LG Elections will be held in Jan 2018 when civil society activists led by Puravesi Balaya met him at Temple Trees, Friday evening. When they protested against govt delaying elections, PM has made it clear that the elections will be held in January. While the SLFP is currently facing an internal crisis of securing unity within party and aiming to form a single-party govt in 2020 more..

Path to sustained peace hailed, while JO faces quagmire

July 23 (SO) Constitutional Council (CC) members led by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya are expected to discuss appointing officials to handle matters pertaining to missing persons in the wake of President Maithripala Sirisena signing the gazette notice on the Office of Missing Persons Act. The Office will consist of seven members who will be recommended by the CC for endorsement by the President. President Maithiripala Sirisena last week signed the Office of the Missing Persons Act. more..

President Sirisena’s political fate sealed by NCP imbroglio?

July 23 (Island) The brawl that everyone saw taking place within the North Central Provincial Council on TV news bulletins last week was the outward signs of a new political development with far reaching political implications. The mace that was broken in the melee just about symbolised the impact this event would have on the political fortunes of the incumbent powers in the NCP and their political masters at the centre.  Even though there has been considerable turbulence more..


40 years a politician

July 23 (ST) My dear Green Man, I thought I must write to you to congratulate you on completing forty years of uninterrupted service as a MP – a distinction that, if memory serves me right, no one else in the present Parliament can claim, not even Mahinda maama, even though he entered Parliament before you. There are only two others in the present Parliament who were elected in JR’s 1977 landslide: Sampanthan seeya and Gamini Jayawickrama. more..

Torture: Truth, twists and turns

July 23 (ST) UN Special Rapporteurs are taking turns visiting Sri Lanka; last week the envoy on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights came and made waves with his critical report on existing torture practices. The report would have come as a rude shock to many, almost to the point of disbelief. The fallout in officialdom seems to be to ask why he was permitted to see ex-LTTE combatants in custody and how coloured their complaints of torture would have been. more..

'All issues are being resolved'

July 23 (SL) Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said all complications that the country was facing are gradually being resolved by the govt like untangling a ball of knotted thread. He said the govt is steady despite attempts to destabilise it and assured that the Unity Govt will carry on unhindered until 2020. Karunatillake explained about the govt’s future plans and also elaborated on what the govt has done during the past two years. more..

Lanka at the mercy of UNHCRA!

July 23 (CT) The best-selling book by Stanford University Professor Paul Ehrlich: The Population Bomb released in 1968 made a negative impact in several quarters with its warning of mass starvation of humans in the 1970s and 1980s due to overpopulation in the world, especially in what was then referred to as the third world, not sparing some of us journalists in SL too at the time. Ehrlich hysterically predicted dire doom including several other major social upheavals, more..

The polythene ban

July 23 (Island) Some supermarkets are asking their customers to bring their own shopping bags as the ubiquitous siri siri bags (high density polythene bags) will not be issued from Aug. 1 to take their purchases away. Nobody will dispute that some rigorous control of non-degradable plastics in this country is long overdue. About ten years ago, some supermarkets attempted to persuade people to bring their own bags to take their shopping home by charging fairly nominal rates for supplying more..

Diary entry, et al lead to Commodore’s arrest

July 23 (SO) Recent arrest of former Navy Spokesman Commodore, D.K.P Dassanayake for allegedly aiding and abetting the enforced disappearances of 11 youth between 2008-2009 has drawn mixed reactions from various individuals. While some political figures have continuously attempted to portray it as an attempt to, as they call it, Hunt Down War Heroes, to the determined mother, Sarojini Naganathan, it is yet another more..

Yahapalanaya should commence punching

July 23 (SL) There are myriad problems confronting the Govt for Good Governance and the most urgent requirement appears to be the requirement to enforce that the writ of govt runs in the country. Good Governance does not mean being good to the opposition but being good to the people as well as itself by ensuring the implementation of govt policy. This so called Yahapalanaya govt has no declared enemy -local or foreign. It is trying to be friendly and democratic in its attitude towards all. more..

OMP : Enabling human recovery

July 23 (SO) When the author of the Mahavamsa commits each of his chapters to “…the serene joy of the pious…”, the venerable thera’s blessings for the life of our island society reaches down across the millennia to our times. Those who are pious will appreciate the narrative and message of each chapter with resultant joy. And it is by remaining true to our Dhamma that our island society has survived kingly warfare, feudal iniquity, and colonial plunder, and, today, faces up to political repression, more..

If Glyphosate is imported: Farmers warn of fast-unto-death

July 22 (NS) Farmers island-wide have threatened to embark on a fast-unto-death campaign if the Govt decides to lift the existing ban on the agrochemical, Glyphosate, linked to the spread of the chronic kidney disease, following a proposal by Minister Navin Dissanayake for the said weedicide to be imported solely for use in the tea estates and plantations. Progressive Peasants Federation, with affiliations in 16 Districts, and North Central Province Farmers Collective more..

Campaign finance bill sent to MPs

July 22 (NS) Elections monitoring body, PAFFREL and the March 12th Movement, the latter advocating for clean politics, have submitted copies of the draft of a bill for election related campaign finance reforms to the MPs. Polls monitor, PAFFREL has also requested a date from President Sirisena, PM Wickremesinghe and Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Govt President’s Counsel (PC) Faiszer Musthapha to officially handover and present copies of the said draft. more..

Artificial Toddy manufacturing scourge

July 22 (NS) Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention pointed out that the mass scale artificial toddy production in Kalutara for supply to upcountry, hill country estates and plantations, the manufacturing which was currently taking place with political patronage, was a major problem in the area. According to the Task Force, destination of the said toddy was Nuwara Eliya. A Cabinet paper that had been submitted to ban the said synthetic manufacturing was being delayed by the Minister of Finance. more..

Wells run dry in Gampaha owing to haphazard industrial use

July 22 (ST) The Gampaha district is gripped with a serious crisis where almost all the wells are getting dried up owing to the digging of a large number of deep-wells by industrialists. It has caused serious environmental pollution and other disasters and inconveniencing residents. To plan out a strategy to protest and demand the govt for solutions, a meeting was convened recently at the Janaawabodha Kendraya, Negombo. more..

Press Complaints Commission received 133 complaints in 2016

July 22 (ST) Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) received 133 complaints last year and national newspapers published 317 Right of Readers complaints direct from readers to editors under the media’s self-regulatory mechanism, the annual report of the Commission for 2016 states. CEO Sukumar Rockwood presenting the report at PCCSL’s Annual General Meeting at the Sri Lanka Press Institute auditorium said that the Sinhala press which comprises 37.2% of more..

'Residents around Norocholai will soon have solutions'

July 22 (NR) Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says concerns of those living adjacent to the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant will be solved promptly. Minister speaking at a function in Thalawila said the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant is significant due to the ability to generate power at low costs through the use of coal. Norocholai has now become a crucial factor in power generation. It generates 900 megawatts a day. He said coal is a much cheaper fuel compares with diesel. more..

Sri Lanka need favourable pitches to trouble India, says Gambhir

July 22 (PTI) Sri Lanka can trouble India in the upcoming Test series only if they prepare favourable pitches for their bowlers, reckons veteran opener Gautam Gambhir. Sri Lanka are facing a crisis of confidence after an embarrassing 2-3 series defeat against lower-ranked Zimbabwe in the ODIs. They managed to pull off a face-saving win in the one-off Test against the African nation ahead of India tour. more..

India batsmen tune up for Galle with runs

July 22 (CI) India's batsmen enjoyed a smooth tune-up on the second day of the practice game against the Sri Lanka Board President's XI, hitting 177 for the loss of only two further wickets. Virat Kohli was the only batsman to register a half-century, but Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha all made it past thirty, a short time after which they were all retired out. Kohli's overnight partner Ajinkya Rahane, too, made 40 before he and Kohli were retired out simultaneously. more..

JO accuses govt of planning to delay provincial polls

July 22 (NR) JO has accused the govt of planning to postpone Provincial Council elections after the terms of those councils come to an end. Former MP Basil Rajapaksa made this statement during a rally. He said, “the postponement of local govt elections is an act against the public. We must fight for it”. He added, “they want to control provincial councils through the governor like they do with local councils. These plans are not yet revealed because even members of the govt will oppose it”. more..

Corbyn deeply concerned over ongoing torture In Sri Lanka

July 22 (CT) Leader of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn Friday expressed deep concern over the reports of ongoing torture of Tamils by the Sri Lanka security forces, and stressed that the UK’s foreign policy on Sri Lanka should be focused on accountability, not just promoting trade and investment. Referring to the recent report by the Johannesburg-based International Truth & Justice Project (ITJP) more..

UNP gets tough on insider critics

July 22 (CT) Ex-Co of the UNP has decided to take disciplinary action against any MP, PC member or Party organizer who publicly criticizes the Party in violation of its Constitution. UNP Ex-Co, which recently convened under leader, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, had decided that if any of the aforementioned persons have any criticisms against the conduct of the party then it should only be brought up at the right forums & hence public airing of such views will henceforth not be tolerated. more..

Eran in effort to reassure CSE investors

July 22 (Island) Once the new Inland Revenue Bill is passed it would create a stable environment for any investor to invest in the Colombo Stock Exchange without fear or doubt, State Minister for Finance Eran Wickramaratne said. "We are discussing with all stake holders to iron out differences and to take their views into consideration in shaping the Bill, Wickrmaratne said. At present local investors are being sidelined in the CSE because of the clarity issue in the new Bill. more..

New Chief of Staff Appointed

July 22 (SLA) Major General Amal Karunasekara has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff of the Army. He is currently serving as the Commandant at Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda. He is the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda and the 15th Colonel of the Regiment in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment. more..

Water brought from Pattipola for victims of Uma Oya project: CM

July 22 (Island) Uva Provincial Council has decided to bring 200,000 litres of water per day by train from Pattipola and distribute it among the people in Bandarawela facing a severe drinking water scarcity due to the Uma Oya project. Action has also been taken to bring 10 bowsers of water a day from Mahiyangana to Bandarawela. Uva Chief Minister Chamara Dassanayake disclosed this at a discussion at the Uva Chief Minister’s office on the Uma Oya Project. more..

World Bank project to preserve Kandy Post Office building

July 22 (ST) Kandy’s colonial era Post Office building is to be conserved under a World Bank project, according to the Kandy City Heritage Committee. A report containing the World Bank’s proposal for the conservation was tabled by Kandy’s Municipal Commissioner at a recent heritage committee meeting. World Bank has noted that the building needed conservation as it was a point of attraction for those who visit Kandy. The building has been in existence since 1867 and more..

Buddha images draw attention to Sri Lanka’s inept police

July 22 (EN) Sri Lanka arrested an Indian tourist for wearing a T-shirt with a Buddha image, an act police spokesman  Ruwan Gunasekera said was an offence under the penal code. Indian woman was arrested by 3 policemen on Monday and marched off to Kollupititya police station where she was asked to sign a statement and apologise to the authorities. Police had told her that they could have deported her, but since she was leaving more..

Private lab delays prompt Health Minister to request patients go to govt hospitals

July 22 (Island) Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that dengue patients who were unable to get their full blood count (FBC) tests from private sector labs and hospitals within two hours could get the tests done at govt hospitals free of charge. The decision had been made following several complaints received from doctors, who said that certain private sector labs and hospitals took over two hours to issue FBC test results and, therefore, treatment could not be commenced early. more..

Fight to stop takeover of Kotmale Mahaweli Maha Seya by private company far from over

July 22 (Island) Central Provincial Council Member Asoka Herath urged the Chairman of the Provincial Council L. D. Nimalasiri to urge President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to refrain from vesting the Kotmale Mahaweli Maha Seya (Dagoba) with an organisation headed by State Minister Navin Dissanayake. Herath made the request at a recent meeting of the Central Provincial Council at its Pallekele headquarters with Chairman L. D. Nimalasiri presiding.   more..