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Public Enterprise Development Ministry still on lookout for PPP for SriLankan

Mar 19 (FT) Public Enterprise Development Ministry is on the lookout for an investment partner to manage SriLankan Airlines as its restructuring consultant is set to present a crucial report on 21 March. Denying reports that the Govt had abandoned plans for a public-private partnership (PPP), Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the search for an investor was still on. Govt has been trying unsuccessfully to offload debt-ridden more..

No-Faith in PM motion against Ranil to Speaker this week: MR

Mar 19 (CT) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the Joint Opposition will hand over a Motion of No -Confidence against PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya this week. Rajapaksa said last evening that there was much enthusiasm among MPs to sign the Motion. He said efforts to have more MPs sign the document are underway since the collection of signatures began last Friday. Although the JO is leading the efforts to bring the Motion of No-Confidence, more..

Champika promises results of massive development drive within 10 months

Mar 19 (Island) Minister Champika Ranwaka, said that no room should be left for communal violence and even force had to be used, if the need arose, to remove the scourge. He met the press after calling on the Most Venerable Mahanayake of Mawlatte Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera. Communal violence was curse which had caused loss of life and property and also tarnished the image of the country internationally, Minister Ranawake said. more..

BMW which crashed into canal driven by relative of Minister Kabir Hashim

Mar 19 (FT) Minister Kabir Hashim said the BMW car, which ended up in a canal at Thalawathugoda early Saturday morning after crashing into two other cars, was driven by one of his relatives. Minister said he noted the media reports on the crash published on some websites and one of the vehicles which was involved in the crash was driven by his relative. However, Minister stressed that his relative was not a member of his staff nor more..

War and peace in Sri Lanka, through the eyes of veterans

Mar 19 (Hindu) Thirty years ago, as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), they found themselves in the thick of action over the conflict between SL govt and LTTE. In February, a team of nine retired officers from the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, some with their wives, returned to the island nation. The officers, all from 37th course of the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla, had been posted in SL over 1987-89, when IPKF was tasked with maintaining peace there. more..

Rahul Gandhi raises concerns over China’s presence in Sri Lanka

Mar 19 (Hindu) The Congress accused PM Narendra Modi of exercising a personalised foreign policy which eroded India’s int'l credibility. Party president Rahul Gandhi, in his speech at the Congress plenary session, underlined the growing Chinese presence in India’s neighbourhood and made a specific mention of the Doklam plateau near Bhutan where China has built military infrastructure. “China is present everywhere. China is in Doklam, in Nepal, SL, Maldives and Myanmar,” more..

CMC to get tough with garbage dumpers

Mar 19 (DN) Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has sought assistance from the Police and the Military to nab those who dump garbage haphazardly at public places. “Legal action will be taken against those who engage in illegal garbage dumping while violating waste management regulations imposed by the CMC, Colombo Municipal Council Acting Municipal Commissioner Lalith Wickremeratne said. more..

SLT Chairman reacts to President’s directive

Mar 19 (ST) Heeding to the directive issued last week by President Maithripala Sirisena, his Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) Chairman-brother P.G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena has assured the employees that he will take necessary action against officials involved in corrupt practices. He has informed that this action against corrupt officials will be taken after receiving the report of the special three member committee headed by retired Appeal Court Judge, N. Sunil Rajapaksha. more..

‘Govt has failed to address burning issues of industries’

Mar 19 (DN) SL industrial sector’s burning issues are not being addressed by the government and this has resulted in several industries shutting down and the owners taking to trading said, Chairman Achieve Awards, Steering Committee, Kevin Edwards. Speaking at the launch of the 17th CNCI achiever awards, he said high taxes, escalating labour costs and other issues are pushing the production costs of businesses. “In addition several Indian companies are exploiting a lapse in the clause 16 more..

Consensus among political parties to revert to PR system for PC polls

Mar 19 (DM) The political parties have, by and large, agreed to revert to the old Proportional Representation system for conducting the elections to the provincial councils, Minister Rauff Hakeem said. The govt has already enacted legislation to conduct the elections to the provincial councils under a mix of the First Past the Post and Proportional Representation systems. Minister said that the complications arose from the same more..

Youth must step up contribution to business: Survey

Mar 19 (FT) The latest nationwide poll conducted by research firm Kantar TNS for business magazine LMD reveals that a majority of respondents (52%) feel the generation gap does not impact business – they believe that anyone can do business. However, slightly over a third of those consulted hold an opposing view, citing reasons such as success can be achieved as individuals gain experience over the years and not everyone of different ages can do business. more..

Modern techniques, emerging technology showcased in Sri Lanka Print 2018

Mar 19 (DN) The Sri Lanka Print 2018, a biennial event held over a period of three days organized by the SL Association of Printers concluded at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC) Colombo last week. The event saw important suppliers, buyers and enthusiastic of the printing industry meeting to explore new frontiers of the profession. The event also brought local printing fraternity to common platform to showcase themselves to their clientele and the world. more..

JVP won’t help oust RW

Mar 19 (Island) The JVP would not to sign the no-confidence motion to be moved by the Joint Opposition (JO) against PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, JVP sources said yesterday. JVP sources, however, said they would support the motion if it cited as one of the reasons for trying to oust the PM the delay on his part to take action against those behind large scale irregularities during the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration. more..

SL govt advised to improve project funding

Mar 19 (EN) Asian Development Bank (ADB) has advised the SL govt to improve the way it allocates and disburses funds for projects supported by the lender. The govt’s increased reliance on external borrowing could lead to insufficiency of budget allocations for project expenditure, affecting the disbursement ratio and delaying project implementation, the ADB said. It suggested the project teams discuss with govt a more efficient way of allocating and disbursing funds. more..

Climate smart agriculture: Key to ensuring food security and rural livelihood in SL

Mar 19 (Island) Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s report on Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability says; "Climate change without adaptation could potentially affect the farm livelihood and all aspects of food security including food access, utilization, and price stability." This is arguably the best way to summarize the impacts of recent climatic situation in Sri Lanka. Climate change threatens agricultural production, makes those who are dependent more..

Glyphosate ban on tea, agriculture to be lifted on Tuesday

Mar 19 (CT) The Cabinet Paper to lift the Glyphosate ban on tea and the entire agricultural industry will be submitted by Tuesday this week, according to Minister Navin Dissanayake. National Economic Council, chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena has removed the Glyphosate ban on tea. It is also understood that Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, will submit a Cabinet Paper to lift the ban in its entirety. more..

'School cricket heading in right direction'

Mar 19 (SO) President of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA), Oshara Panditharathna, who is also the Principal of Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Pannipitiya, said the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest has rendered a yeoman service from the days when there had not been an official inter-school Under-19 cricket tournament. “We have commenced our own tournaments subsequently and an awards ceremony sponsored by Singer. more..

Nalanda retains title

Mar 19 (DN) Nalanda College, Colombo won the 44th annual ‘Battle of Maroons’ lmited overs cricket encounter beting their arch rivals Ananda College, Colombo for the second consecutive year by five wickets at the SSC grounds yesterday. Nalanda won the toss and decided to field and restricted their opponents to 244 runs in 49.1 overs. Skipper Asel Sigera scored 87 runs and deputy skipper Lahiru Hiranya scored 38. Dushan Hettige and Kavindu Gimhana scored 33 & 31 respectively. more..

Govt living off house maids’ remittances without doing anything in return: FLSP

Mar 19 (Island) Front Line Socialist Party’s women’s wing Free Women found fault with the govt for not taking care of the welfare and security of Sri Lankan migrant female workers toiling in West Asian countries. National Organiser of the Free Women Hemamali Abeyratne said: "Our women go to West Asian countries because they cannot find employment here. They send home their hard-earned money. more..

Rumeshika clocks PB 11.51 sec in Sydney: Silver and bronze at Grand Prix

Mar 19 (CT) Sprinter Rumeshika Rathnayake dazzled the track clocking her personal best in the 100m and seasonal best in the 200m as she finished with two podium places at the Sydney Grand Prix yesterday. Rumeshika who trains in Sydney ahead of the Commonwealth Games clocked 11.51 seconds finishing third behind British Olympic bronze and World Championship silver medallist Dina Asher-Smith (11.24 seconds) and Australian teen sprinting sensation Riley Day (11.50 s). more..

Junior Fed Cup: Sri Lanka regional leaders at final qualifying round

Mar 19 (DN) Sri Lanka reigned supreme to entered final qualifying round as regional leaders when they beat Singapore 2-0 in the ITF Junior Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Pre-qualifying final tie concluded at the Sri Lnaka Tennis Association courts on Saturday. Lankan Junior Fed Cup team maintained an immaculate record in the tournament and won all their Pre-qualifiying ties. The final qualifying round will be worked off in Thailand. Anjalika Kurera won the first singles rubber beating her more..

Video: Life threats to Principal of Tamil Girls’ MV, Badulla

Mar 19 (AD) Principal of Tamil girls’ school who was allegedly made to kneel down by Former Uva Province Chief Minister said that she has received death threats. Uva Province CM Chamara Sampath Dassanayake was accused of making the female Principal kneel before him over the non-admission of a student recommended by him. In response several trade unions and educators came forward to state that all principals more..

Colombo port targets 7mn boxes in 2017 with joint marketing: Minister

Mar 19 (EN) Colombo Port expect to handle 7.0 million containers in 2018, up 12.9% from the 6.2 million twenty foot equivalent units handled in 2017 with joint marketing by three terminals, ports minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has said. Jaya Container Terminal of the state-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), South Asia Gateway Terminal of the publicly traded John Keells Holdings and Colombo Int'l Container Terminal of China's CM Port group has inked a deal to jointly promote the port. more..

Sri Lanka’s critical care speciality evolution is stuck in an outdated mode

Mar 19 (Island) Medical specialties evolve for the benefit of patients. It resolves the demand and enhances clinical effectiveness. We are duty bound to support this evolutionand create specialist services to serve the need. Quality healthcare is based on this concept and it is patient-centred, not provider centric. Accordingly, doctor training pathways need modification with relevant competencies to produce specialists with matching new skills. Such doctors are traditionally more..

India clinch title with Karthik's stunning last-ball six

Mar 19 (CI) When Dinesh Karthik came to the crease, India required 34 off 12 balls. Mustafizur Rahman had just delivered perhaps the over of the tournament. A profoundly deflated Vijay Shankar was batting at the other end. What unravelled was a scarcely believable finish that saw Bangladesh fritter away their chance at the title, and Karthik - phenomenally cool at the crease - seized ruthlessly on their string of mistakes. more..

No confidence

Mar 19 (Island) The PM is facing two motions of no-confidence, not just the one. One is formal the other informal but no less real. Each one deals with one of the two aspects that go to constitute the PM’s public life. The two motions of no-confidence, the first de jure and the second de facto, are the motion that will manifest itself in Parliament, and the other, the mounting and increasingly public dissent within the UNP, which is rising up from below. The no-confidence motion pertains to Mr. Wickremesinghe’s conduct in Govt. more..

Hi, long time no see on Facebook and why no hear on WhatsApp?

Mar 19 (ST) During the second term of the Rajapaksa Presidency when the nation witnessed racial violence erupt on the streets and the call arose from many quarters demanding the then govt to ban Facebook forthwith, President Mahinda Rajapaksa nonchalantly shrugged it off and bluntly refused to do so. He had a good reason. In a move that won him applause and covered him with a thousand lotus petals from thankful Facebook fans who had dreaded the prospect of their daily more..

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations: SL

Editorial: Lions, Tigers and asses

Mar 19 (Island) Friday was a sad day for cricket. Some visiting Bangladeshi players, ably assisted by their hosts, brought the gentleman’s game into disrepute in Colombo; together, they made a public display of their infantilism. Needless to say they failed to conduct themselves like grown-ups. They almost came to blows and their despicable misconduct was unbecoming of sportsmen. Men are supposed to evince some maturity and behave themselves in public unlike harum-scarum more..

Oh, our race!

Mar 19 (SO) Siripala slipped into his mood of thoughtfulness. Anyone who knew Siripala would tell you that this mood is one of a kind. With furrowed eyebrows, he sipped the cup o’ tea his Haminey gave him. “I say Haminey, do you know our race is going to be extinguished by these thambi fellows ?” he suddenly leaped up from that armchair and asked. “So I’ve heard, that’s the talk around town no Siri,” Haminey shouted back from the kitchen. “How do you think these people are going to get more..

Online businesses hit below the belt: By govt’s sweeping social media blackout

Mar 19 (CT) One of the complaints regarding social media restrictions following the Kandy unrest came from the business fraternity, particularly those who indulged in solely online business. In today’s commercial environment, Information Technology (IT) has a key role to play thanks to the evolution and eventual dominance of social media platforms. These platforms are somewhat of a boon to small time more..

A fragile democratic balance and emergency over-reach

Mar 19 (ST) The abnormal has become normal once again as Sri Lanka quietly and almost gently slipped back into a nation-wide State of Emergency, imposed by the Govt as a reaction to recent attacks by Sinhalese mobs on Muslim shops and residences in Kandy. The fragile nature of the democratic balance in this troubled country is best illustrated by how Sri Lankans naturally accepted the return of the emergency without demur. In a country where emergency law had virtually replaced more..

A rumour or two away from being engulfed in flames

Mar 19 (SO) The ban on social media platforms in the wake of the communal violence that erupted in the Central Province and Ampara has had the critics of the government up in arms. How dare a government that promised unbridled media freedom do this, they ask? On the face of it, it seems to be a valid question. However, it must be viewed in the context of the circumstances. And, we must ask ourselves the question, have we learnt anything at all from the dark events of July 1983? more..

Families of the missing Protests continue as OMP starts work

Mar 19 (SO) Inside the makeshift tent by a dusty roadside in Kilinochchi, an elderly woman, Kulasinhan Sagunthalai, says, seeing her daughter again is her only remaining desire. She is my only child. Sagunthalai was separated from her daughter in 2009, during the final stages of war, at Mullivaikkal. ”Security forces separated the parents and children of displaced families & we were taken to different camps” more..

Psychology Yes; But does Avant-Garde physics have a bearing?

Mar 19 (CT) This is the second of a two-part essay on Marxism and science. In Part 1 last week, I focussed on Darwin’s and Marx’s common methodology and concluded that the latter was as much science as natural selection. Darwin too left many questions unanswered, most important, the mechanism of inheritance. The gap was closed when genetics arrived. Furthermore, statistical mathematics made quantitative reasoning possible. Natural selection plus genetics now goes by more..

An acquiescent Buddhist clergy, An inept govt

Mar 19 (CT) Much has been said and written of the recent tragic and unrelated events which took place in Ampara and Kandy. Mobs of Sinhala Buddhists attacked Muslim citizens, their homes, businesses, and mosques. A few retaliatory attacks by Muslim mobs too have been reported. The trigger mechanism for the outburst in Ampara was supposedly wanda pethi, sterilization pills mixed with food and served in a Muslim owned restaurant to reduce Sinhalese community in numbers. more..