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Massive drive to increase local fresh milk production

May 23 (SO) Ministry of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economic Affairs has, together with Milco (Pvt) Limited, National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) and Dept of Animal Production and Health, intensified a drive to raise local milk productivity. The aim is to gradually reduce the staggering amount of Rs.4 billion drained out of the country every year on the import of powdered milk. more..

Ra Ra Ra Bombiye: Cultural adaptation and indigenous resistance

May 23 (Island) During the Sinhala-Tamil New Year celebrations in Adelaide (Australia) this year, there was a dance performance based on Sunil Edirisinghe’s Ra Ra Ra Bombiye. Similar performances have been held elsewhere this year and before where Sri Lankans live, and some are in the YouTube. This reminded me of what I knew about a song as a child in the early 1950s, probably popular since early 20th century. It had a strong regular rhythm like the present. more..

Editorial: The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing ...

May 23 (Island) Adolf Hitler may not have expected to be remembered for so long, albeit for the wrong reason. He was a puzzle while he was alive, and he continues to puzzle the world posthumously. It has been officially confirmed that he committed suicide to avoid humiliation and judicial execution in captivity. But, conspiracy theories abound anent the fate that befell him, the main being that he made good his escape while the Russians were closing in on Berlin. more..

Dayasiri Jayasekera

Wanted pro-poor policies

May 23 (DN) Last week the private passenger service omnibus owners had a windfall. They received more than they wished for. One owner Union asked only a 10% increase in fares. Another asked for 20%. Ultimately they received 12%. Now it is customary for unions to demand a higher percentage than they require under the circumstances for they are leaving some room for hard bargaining. It is a case of aiming at the moon to hit the church spire. more..

Child abuse and neglect, preventable

May 23 (DN) The recent reports of National Child Protection Authority indicate that it has received 3,785 complaints for the past year and the majority of them had been violence inflicted upon children. Considering the stigma and attitudes of SL public, most cases of child abuse goes unreported. Hence, the statistical overview presented above could be just the tip of the iceberg. Int'l experience suggests that reported cases are likely to represent only 10% of total cases perpetrated. more..

'I have done no wrong'

May 23 (CT) UPFA, Kandy District MP, Dilum Amunugama says when conflict was raging, in Teldeniya, he was from the very beginning trying to bring some calm to resolve the issue, when the Sinhala youth were assaulted. Q: You have been called by the Police, investigating unit, as a suspect in the Kandy riots. What do you have to say? A: All those who have been called up to now were taken into custody. I went to Teldeniya more..

A retrograde University Grants Commission

May 23 (CT) Having been away for over three weeks, it was sad if not entirely surprising to find that nothing had changed. The much touted Cabinet reshuffle was not scientific and gives little hope of progress. Prez’s policy statement turned out to be the usual wish list, with no trace of a plan to ensure he can achieve even a modicum of the national reforms to which he is pledged. UNP continues to hold out hopes of internal reforms with no trace that its leadership is either capable of or more..

That cannot be cricket!

May 23 (CT) Whether or not veteran cricketer Kumar Sangakkara ends up becoming the UNP’s presidential candidate in the 2020 election, current media reports in this regard have the potential to take away the seriousness of the party’s campaign for the nation’s highest elected constitutional authority. If he is actually offered the post and he accepts the same, electoral rivals could well shout, That’s not cricket, from every rooftop. Otherwise, they would say either the party or more..

Rekindling the Govt Film Unit

May 23 (DN) Beginning on June 3, Sri Lankan state television, along with the Govt Film Unit (GFU), will launch a series of documentaries on issues of human rights and democracy in Sri Lanka. The 30-minute episodes will feature stories about topics like the Right to Information and enforced disappearances. Director General of Govt Information Sudarshana Gunawardhana sat down last week to discuss the upcoming series. more..

This is not a third force initiative

May 23 (CT) The recent attention paid to an event designed to promote the Presidential candidacy of the man constantly accused of orchestrating the violence of Rajapaksa Regime is fascinating, to say the least. An extensive description of the event titled The Shindig at the Shangri-La by the much-respected journalist Sarath de Alwis has appeared both in the print and electronic media to wide acclamation and hardly needs embellishment here, being an excellent piece of commentary. more..

What are we borrowing for?

May 23 (CT) In the current tussle for political credibility, borrowing money for development is equated with success. All politicians laud development without any idea of what it means. The question what is development was asked as early as Feb 1978, but our leaders, from that time onwards never had a answer and are still stuck in the same old rut of blind consumerism, enriching themselves and their cronies while getting the population deeper and deeper into debt. more..

Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day: NUTA unhappy about Jaffna u'grads involvement

May 22 (DM) National University Teachers' Association (NUTA) registered their protest with the Jaffna university authorities over the involvement of undergraduates in the so-called Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day observances. NUTA Secretary Prof. Channa Jayasumana asked Jaffna University VC Ratnam Vigneswaran not to allow racist politicians to exploit the university students for their ends. “While the general population of more..

Mayor of Colombo meets ex-Maldivian President

May 22 (Raajje) Maldivian Opposition leader, former President Mohamed Nasheed met with Rosy Senanayake- the mayor of neighboring Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo- on Tuesday. The former president tweeted a photo with the first female mayor of Colombo on Tuesday afternoon, revealing that a meeting had taken place. “Discussed long standing historical, commercial and cultural ties between the Maldives and Sri Lanka and the merits of a low carbon development strategy,” more..

Water plants shut down; power cuts in flood-hit areas

May 22 (GDI) Several water purification plants have been shut down due to the adverse weather, said Rauf Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply. He also points out that the power supply too has been suspended at certain purification plants.However, they will do their best to provide the public with clean water, said the minister. Meanwhile, the CEB has decided to cut off power in certain areas in Ratnapura district due to the current flood situation. more..

Tea Board steps up protection for Pure Ceylon Tea quality

May 22 (FT) Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) confirmed that it will introduce a new foolproof method to ensure the quality of Ceylon Tea for the world market which includes a baseline and a validation of the test to detect sugar adulteration in made tea from next month. “Tea industry will get a transparent and a scientifically accepted method to detect sugar adulteration in made tea, particularly in black tea from mid-June, which will enable more..

Public asked to disregard Influenza rumours

May 22 (NR) Ministry of Health has requested the public to refrain from being misled by rumours on social media over the spread of influenza in the Southern Province. Doctors have stressed that the relevant causative agent is being diagnosed and treated accordingly. A special media briefing was also held at the Govt Information Department pertaining to the influenza virus. Dr. Samitha Ginige said all units of the health sector are taking all possible measures to control the disease. more..

Mangala challenges MR to a public debate

May 22 (NR) Minister Mangala Samaraweera has challenged Former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa to a public debate on national debt stock and debt servicing as the former Finance Minister. Speaking at a media briefing today, Minister Samaraweera assured Former President Rajapaksa that he will not bring up any other issues during the debate. The Finance Minister said a public debate should be held without reading statement written by various individuals. more..

CICT adjudged Best Container Terminal in Asia for second successive year

May 22 (FT) The CMPort managed Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) was adjudged the Best Container Terminal in Asia in the Under 4 million TEUs category at the respected Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards, bringing pride to SL’s Ports sector. This is the second consecutive year that CICT has won this coveted award from Asia Cargo News, a leading industry publication in the region. more..

Finance Ministry Ad on Crude Oil: JO to refer matter to COPA

May 22 (DM) The JO said today it was hoping to request the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) to summon the Finance Ministry Secretary in connection with the recent newspaper advertisement comparing crude oil prices during the previous govt and today. JO MP and COPA member Bandula Gunawardena said the contents of the advertisement published by the Finance Ministry using public funds was false. “During the previous govt, the price of a barrel of crude oil more..

Gota's economic policy same as ours: Malik

May 22 (DM) Minister Malik Samarawickrama congratulated former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the comments he made on SL’s economic policy. “Mr. Rajapaksa in his recent statement said India and China are emerging as global economic giants and SL also should take this into consideration and work on its economic policy. Mr. Rajapaksa also said SL should be made a hub in Asia. Our govt also has such an economic policy. Therefore I congratulate him for accepting more..

Sri Lankan players to receive pay hike

May 22 (CI) Having cut salaries last year, a now-financially stable SLC will return player payments to just above their previous levels. Some national players had had their earnings trimmed by as much as 30%, when SLC moved to a performance-based model of remuneration in 2017. But the board has now announced a raise of 34%, after posting profits of about USD 13.5 million last year. Match fees would also be increased for more..

Politicians earn through SDPs: JVP

May 22 (NR) JVP MP Sunil Handunneththi says politicians in the country earned the highest amount of commissions from strategic development projects. Speaking in Parliament today, MP Handunneththi said those in the previous tenure of the UPFA and members of the present govt have earned significant amounts through commissions from strategic development projects. Joining the debate, State Minister Niroshan Perera said the objective of signing Free Trade Agreement with S'pore more..

'SL approves US$ 1.348bn FDI up to April'

May 22 (EN) SL has approved US$ 1,348 million of foreign investment projects up to April 2018, Minister Malik Samarawickreme told parliament. By June about US$ 2.75 billion of projects including two LNG plants will be approved, he said. Approved investments usually come into the country over several years as the projects are constructed. He said SL was planning to get US$ 2.5 billion of investments in 2018, up from US$ 1.9 b last year, which was the highest in the country's history. more..

Oman willing to supply gas at competitive prices

May 22 (Island) Oman was willing to supply gas at competitive prices to Sri Lanka, its Ambassador in Colombo, Jummah Hamdan Hassan Al- Shehhi said. He said that bilateral economic ties could be strengthened by creating more channels of communication between Sri Lankan and Omani businessmen, through seminars and conferences, to explore investment opportunities and exhibitions, aimed at identifying goods more..

IP Neomal Rangajeewa and Prisons Commissioner further remanded

May 22 (AD) Inspector of Police (IP) Neomal Rangajeewa and Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa, who were arrested over the Welikada Prison clashes in 2012, has been further remanded until June 05. The case was taken up for hearing today, before the Colombo Additional Magistrate Chamari Weerasuriya. The CID informed the court that further investigations are being carried out regarding the incident. Attorneys appearing on behalf of the aggrieved party pointed out that, more..

Navy assists to apprehend 41 persons for engaging in illegal activities

May 22 (SLN) Sri Lanka Navy assisted to apprehend 41 persons engaged in illegal acts at various locations in the island during the past few days. These suspects were held for engaging in illegal fishing. Accordingly, the crew of an Inshore Patrol Craft attached to the Eastern Naval Command with the assistance of Sri Lanka Coast Guard personnel apprehended 15 persons who engaged in illegal fishing around the sea area of Round Island, on 15th May. Two dinghies, 2 banned nets and more..

Undergrads did it their way: Unique joint New Year celebrations in Jaffna

May 22 (FT) After doing hard work for nearly three months, 70 Rotaractors from the Faculty of Science of the University of Colombo gathered at the Colombo Fort Railway Station on 7 April at 5 a.m. to take the early morning intercity express train to Jaffna. Apart from their personal belongings, the students were carrying several Goodwill Trees, especially made traditional Sinhala Avurudu refreshments as well as more..

Mankulam filling station robbed at knifepoint

May 22 (Island) Two unidentified persons robbed a fuel filling station at Maankulam yesterday early morning and made off with Rs. 186,000. The two persons came in a van around 3.30 am and held an employee of the fuel station at knifepoint, demanding the money. The robbers had not yet been identified, police said adding that they were scrutinising the video footage obtained from the CCTV cameras at the filling station to ascertain the details of the vehicle and the suspects. more..

Chinese Weddings Fiasco

May 22 (CT) In response to two articles published by Colombo Telegraph on alleged acts of corruption involving Felix Rodrigo, a Senior Advisor to Minister John Amaratunga, Green Leaves Leisure – the company at the centre of the Chinese weddings fiasco – has sent the following statement. “Green Leaves Leisure is a legally established, registered travel & tourism company that has independently developed the concept of The Royal Wedding in Sri Lanka for 100 Chinese couples. more..

සිංගප්පූරු වෙළෙඳ ගිවිසුමෙන් ලංකාවට අවාසි

Jim Bagnola shares mantra for transformative leadership

May 22 (FT) Sri Lanka’s first integrated entrepreneurship platform, Venture Frontier Lanka, in association with the Daily FT and Ovibees Ventures, recently held a CEO’s Breakfast Forum on Transforming Sri Lanka with private sector leadership and entrepreneurship. The event, held at Jetwing Seven and powered by Cargills Ceylon Plc, brought together leaders of the top companies in the country for thought-provoking session. Leadership Group International President Jim Bagnola, more..

Proper policies needed to accelerate future journey

May 22 (DM) Should we continue to tolerate empty speeches by political leaders who are incapable of delivering and have led this country and the society into chaos and deterioration? In this backdrop The need for an actionable vision for Sri Lanka has been re-emphasized with a new vision for an intellectually inspired Sri Lanka placed before the people. Viyath Maga gathered an impressive number of Professionals to the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo to figure out the importance, more..

Johann Peries second Sri Lankan to summit Mt. Everest

May 22 (SL) Sri Lanka’s Johann Peries successfully summited Mount Everest at 5.55 am Nepal time today Tue 22 May 2018. This was his second attempt. Peries now becomes the second Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest Everest after Jayanthi Kuru Utumpala in 2016. Peries’ earlier attempt in 2016 was unsuccessful when his oxygen tank failed 400 metres before the summit. Peries has now begun his descent which more..

Tri forces relief teams reach out to assist flood victims

May 22 (MoD) More than 500 Army and Navy personnel have been deployed for rescue and relief operation in the wake of the wide spread flooding that has affected many parts of the country. As of today more than 360 Army personnel have been deployed for flood relief operations in Colombo, Matara, Galle, Kalutara, Ratnapura and Kegalle areas while more than 150 Navy personnel are deployed in more..

12.5% bus fare hike from midnight

May 22 (DM) The Cabinet has approved a 12.5% bus fare hike with the fare Rs.12 for the first segment of the journey with effect from midnight, Deputy Minister of Transport Ashoka Abeysinghe said. He said that the approval was granted on the condition that there would be no bus fare increases for the next two years. Inter-Provincial Private Bus Association (IPPBA) President Sarath Vijitha Kumara said approved fare increment more..