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'India must step up socio-economic collaboration with Lanka'

Sep 17 (DC) Minister Mano Ganesan on Monday expressed the hope that India would step up its socia-economic collaboration with Sri Lanka considering that the Island nation is critical for India’s security being its closest southern neighbour besides the Tamils of both the countries share umbilical cord relationship. The Minister who was on a personal visit to Chennai felt that India, given its credentials, should involve more. more..

Govt moves closer to having former CB Governor extradited

Sep 17 (FT) Govt moved one step closer to having CB former Governor Arjuna Mahendran extradited to SL with the extradition request reaching the Singaporean authorities yesterday. The extradition request was forwarded to the Govt of Singapore for necessary action by the SL High Commission in Singapore, an official of AG's Dept said. The 21,000 pages dossier pertaining to the extradition request was sent from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo to SL High Commission in S'pore more..

Lotus Tower to be opened to public in a week

Sep 17 (NR) Prez Sirisena has issued directives to open the Colombo Lotus Tower to the public in a week. The directive was announced by the President last evening after declaring open the Colombo Lotus Tower. The 356m tall Lotus tower constructed at a cost of $104.3 million with funding from the govt of China is considered to be the tallest tower in South Asia. Prez said Rs.2 billion granted to a Chinese company at the commencement of the work of the tower, is unaccounted for. more..

Daily Kerosene usage increased to 700MT

Sep 17 (DM) Ananda Palitha, secretary of CPC chapter of the JSS alleged that the daily usage of kerosene which was at 300 metric tons had been increased to 700 metric tons per day due to widespread practice of buses and other commercial vehicles using kerosene mixed with diesel. He said the Prez should be held responsible as the Minister of Environment as he is unable to control the usage of kerosene by more..

Navy seizes 4 suspicious fishing vessels

Sep 17 (SLN) SL Navy ships patrolling in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) had spotted 4 SL multiday fishing vessels named Danuji, Suba Pathum 4, Lakpriya Dehi and Nalin 10 engaging in fishing activities in waters belonging to the Maldives. Accordingly, Navy held those fishing vessels along with 27 persons onboard and escorted them to the harbours of Colombo and Galle for further investigation today (16). During further search, Navy managed to find a small quantity of drugs more..

Three new MPs to be sworn in today

Sep 17 (FT) Three new MPs will take oaths before Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in Parliament today. The group includes Manoj Prasanga Hewagampalage, who will fill the seat left vacant after the death of Matara District MP Chandrasiri Gajadeera while H.M.D.B. Herath will be appointed to fill the vacancy in the Kurunegala District created through the demise of Salida Dissanayake. Meanwhile, Shantha Bandara will be sworn in as a National List MP from the UPFA for the second time. more..

Railway stations to be equipped with solar panels to generate revenue

Sep 17 (Island) Solar panels would be installed on the roofs of railway stations and the power generated sold, to obtain more revenue, says Minister Arjuna Ranatunga. The private sector will be invited to supply and fix the solar panels on a profit sharing basis, the minister said recently." This will also contribute to national power generation". He revealed that several programmes were in the pipeline to maximise Transport Ministry more..

Eluha Thamil full of sound and fury signifying nothing

Sep 17 (FT) Eluha Thamil demonstrations were called by the Tamil People’s Council of which former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is the Co-Chairman and essential catalyst. The parades and demonstrations were held over several issues: Sinhalese colonisation of Tamil homelands, the prosecution of war criminals, the release of Tamil political prisoners, an international inquiry into the disappeared, the militarisation of Tamil areas and the resettlement of those displaced during war. more..

AMC sounds alarm on Malaria outbreak

Sep 17 (DM) Anti-Malaria Campaign (AMC) sounded alarm on the possibility of Malaria rearing its ugly head following the detection of five protozoan parasite Plasmodium-infected patients who returned from pilgrimage to India. In a communiqué, AMC Media Director Dr. Nihal Kiriellage said though Sri Lanka had been declared a Malaria-free country by World Health Organisation (WHO) as not a single Malaria patient had been detected since 2012, patients infected with the virus while abroad more..

SL’s Leading Economic Summit opens today

Sep 17 (TM) The country’s foremost economic event, Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) 2019, kicks off at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo today. The two-day event is themed around Re-calibrating SL’s Economic Trajectory Towards 2025, to guide SL’s journey towards development and prosperity. Today’s event brings together over 450 local and int'l participants consisting of prominent business leaders, more..

Sri Lanka rough rice forecast for Yala 2019 bumped up to 4.6mn tones

Sep 17 (EN) SL has raised a paddy (rough rice) output from both cultivation seasons in 2019 to 4.613 million metric tonnes up 5.5% from an earlier estimate, and up 17% from last year. In the ongoing Yala season, 1,540 paddy is forecast to be produced after crop damage, up from a earlier forecast of 1.47 million metric tonnes. This years Yala forecast is around the same as 1.53 m metric tonnes produced in 2018. After wastage and seed paddy needs, 1.38m tonnes of paddy will be available more..

Sankalpa, Shashikala add Road Race triumphs to John Tarbat wins

Sep 17 (Island) Makadura Central, Matara athletes Sasindu Sankalpa and Shashikala Dilshani followed up their impressive track performances at the Sir John Tarbat Senior Championship with the All Island Schools Road Race victories at Giriulla on Saturday to cap a remarkabale week of triumphs. Sankalpa was the winner of both the Under-20 1500 metres (4: 14.05 secs) and 5,000 metres (16:27.2 secs) at Sir John Tarbat Senior C'ships which concluded at Sugathadasa Stadium on Thursday. more..

BIA new terminal by 2022

Sep 17 (TM) Plans for the construction of a second terminal at BIA have been renewed in hopes of completing construction by 2022. The terminal, which was delayed by years due to cost concerns, will now be fast-tracked with a committee appointed to resolve said concerns, according to a senior Airport and Aviation Services (SL) Ltd. (AASL) official. The renewed focus on the second terminal comes as the plan of more..

U-19 Asia Cup: India beat Bangladesh

Sep 17 (ST) The left-arm spin and pace combination of Atharva Ankolekar and Akash Singh guided defending champions India U19 to a thrilling five run win over Bangladesh U19 in a low scoring final of the Under 19 Asia Cup played at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday. The pair shared eight wickets between them with Ankolekar ending with impressive match figures of 5 for 28 while Singh bagged three for 12 to help the side defend a low score of 106 runs. more..

Sri Lanka Rugby hits new low

Sep 17 (CT) The Sri Lanka Rugby team produced arguably their worst performance in 7s Rugby on the second day of the second leg of the Asia Rugby 'Sevens' Series which concluded on Sunday in Huizhou, China. Sri Lanka players committed a number of schoolboy errors from the start as they were thumped by Japan and Hong Kong on a day best forgotten for the Tuskers. Sri Lanka was hammered by 37 points to 0 in the last match by Japan to finish second in their Group. more..

Politics not a deterrent to investment: Malik

Sep 17 (FT) Minister Malik Samarawickrama called for investors to not be deterred by Sri Lanka’s political situation and continue to consider it as an attractive investment destination. Speaking at the Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2019 organised by the CCC Minister Samarawickrama while acknowledging that Sri Lanka has a vibrant political landscape with politics being knocked into a new gear with more..

Global water pump giant Grundfos keen to become market leader in Sri Lanka

Sep 17 (FT) Global giant in pump and water technologies, Grundfos is keen to enhance its engagement with Sri Lanka and become the market leader, a top executive of the Danish-based multinational revealed recently. Founded in 1945, Grundfos is the world’s biggest manufacturer of water pumps supplying over 17 million units annually. In 2018, its net turnover was 26.7 billion Danish Kroner ($ 4 billion or Rs. 714 billion). It has nearly 20,000 employees in 56 countries. more..

North Governor directs sudden PHI raid in Chavakachcheri

Sep 17 (AD) Chavakachcheri Public Health Inspectors made a sudden inspection visit to 14 restaurants of the Thenmaradchi Divisional Secretariat today (16). The raid was carried out on the instructions of the Governor of the Northern Province, Dr. Suren Raghavan. Inspection was carried out at restaurants located in Chavakachcheri, Kodikamam and Mirusuvil areas of the Thenmarachchi DS to check if the restaurants are in good condition & are operated legally. more..

Mathews bares his soul

Sep 17 (ST) Angelo Mathews--the 32-year-old former captain, a player of indisputable quality speaks to the Sunday Times of his rollercoaster journey since breaking into the national side in 2008. Q: When you look back on your decade of int'l cricket, are you satisfied with your achievements? A: To be honest, I’m not. I have under-achieved. I had a great run from 2013 to 2016. I played the most number of matches more..

Presidential race: The AKD factor

Sep 17 (Island) With the JVP fielding its own candidate, the yahapalana vote bank breaks up in a very significant way. At the presidential elections held in 2010 and 2015, the JVP vote was a part of the anti-Rajapaksa common candidate’s vote bank. This time however, it will not be possible for the JVP to avoid fielding a candidate of its own if the UNP fields a party member as a candidate. Some think that Karu Jayasuriya may be able to get the JVP to stand down and obtain their vote. more..

Declining agricultural exports since 2018 serious economic concern

Sep 17 (ST) The recent decline in agricultural exports is a serious economic concern as it has an adverse impact on the country’s export earnings, trade balance, balance of payments and on economic growth. The decrease in agricultural exports has dragged down last year’s and this year’s noteworthy export growth. Expanding agricultural exports is crucial to improve the trade balance and balance of payments. Total exports increased by 10.2% in 2017, by a further 4.7% in 2018 and more..

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Editorial: Crippled kingmakers and reality

Sep 17 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena declared, in Ratnapura, over the weekend, that none of the parties will be able to win the next prez election, without the backing of the SLFP, which he has made out to be a kingmaker. He said that according to some opinion surveys, commissioned by political parties and foreign missions in Colombo, none of the candidates would be able to poll more than 40% of the votes, and, therefore, they would be dependent on SLFP to clear the 50% mark. more..

Sowing confusion and reaping chaos

Sep 17 (ST) It was sheer drama. And political drama at that! For a country replete with dramatists from Shakespeare to Osborne, it seemed easy enough to produce such modern-day fourth wall drama-not on stage but on television. For some Sri Lankans holidaying here it seemed sheer ecstasy watching the drama unfold from front row seats, as it were, in the comfort of their snug sitting rooms. As minutes dragged into hours and the Mother of all parliaments turned into bedlam, the SL visitors appeared more..

'SL politics is a means of private gain'

Sep 17 (TM) Former professor of the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at the Uni of Colombo Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda asserted that religious figures should not be involved in politics and that religion should only provide a normative framework for politicians. Q: Should an elected head of state be a career politician? A: That is the usual practice. In Sri Lanka, it is very difficult for a non-political or more..

Making of a kingmaker

Sep 17 (TM) The intra-party clamour for nomination has reached fever pitch, at least within the UNP. As a result of the cut-throat attempts to secure nomination for the coveted presidential race, the unity within the party seems to be in shambles notwithstanding the public posture that all is well within. Only time will tell how united the UNP will be. As things stand, the division of loyalties will be hugely detrimental to the electoral fortunes of the grand old party and ultimate beneficiary more..

UNP struggle nears end; SLPP-SLFP mull reunion

Sep 17 (TM) The best defence is a good offence is an adage that has been applied to many fields of endeavour, including games, military combat, and even politics. As the saying goes, parties and groups along with the presidential hopefuls of their choice are already seen engaging in vicious disinformation and misinformation campaigns against each other in order to gain mileage, with the polls regulator expected to announce the 2019 presidential election any day now. more..

Rathupaswela: Back at Ground Zero six years later

Sep 17 (SO) He pointed at the tiled floor by the entrance of the St. Anthony’s Church. “That is where it happened. They kicked him and beat him with wooden poles.” How many? “About seven of them. They were all in army uniform. Some wore helmets.” What was the man doing? “He was trying to get up. He lifted his hands to protect himself. I think he also tried to scream, but instead blood spurted out of his mouth. more..

Abolishing executive Presidency is not a viable electoral strategy

Sep 17 (CT) For the past month the issue of who will be the presidential candidate of the ruling UNP has been dividing the party and diverting attention away from its needs to develop an election manifesto that is owned by the party as a whole, and not by a faction. There are two main factions, one backing the PM and party leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the other backing its deputy leader and Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa. They have different strengths and support bases. more..

Muslims are deeply disturbed at religious scholar Hajjul Akbar’s detention

Sep 17 (CT) Demonised, battered and ostracised Muslim community of Sri Lanka is deeply disturbed at the detention of respected Islamic scholar Usthaz Rasheed Hajjul Akbar by the CCD since 25 August. Known for his simple life religious scholar Usthaz Hajjul Akbar has been the president of intellectually oriented SL Jama’athe Islami with around 85 branches all over the country for 24 years-from 1994 to 2018, His record of service to community and the country has been so impeccable that more..

Plan didn’t yield expected results: PM tells PCoI

Sep 16 (DM) The plan devised by the govt to relocate the Agriculture Ministry at DPJ tower and to house its Parliamentary Oversight Committees at Govijana Mandiraya did not yield expected results, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe admitted today at the PCoI. Testifying before the commission, he said the govt incurred losses by renting the DPJ building to house the Agriculture Ministry. more..

Sri Lanka issues landslide warnings amidst heavy rains

Sep 16 (Xinhua) Disaster Management Center (DMC) on Monday issued landslide warnings for several districts of the island country after the Meteorology Department warned of further rains in the coming days. The DMC said since rains had exceeded 150 mm within the past 24 hours in several areas, people living closer to landslide prone areas would be evacuated to avoid the risk of slope failures, rock falls, cutting failures and ground subsidence. more..

No grave to bury Zion Church bomber's remains

Sep 16 (CT) The remains of the Jihadi suicide bomber, who targeted the Zion Church on Easter Sunday, continues to be confined to the Batticaloa Hospital morgue after local officials failed to persuade religious and community leaders to provide a spot at a local cemetery. Earlier, the local Magistrate had directed the Batticaloa District Secretary D.S. Udaya Kumar to find a grave for the remains of the suicide bomber. However, religious and community leaders in the region had more..

Unproved allegations will not stop Gota from running: G. L.

Sep 16 (RN) Insisting that there are no legal barriers to SLPP prez candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s nomination, party chairman Prof. G. L. Pieris said that no pending cases, local or international, could stop him from running for president. He said baseless allegations are being hurled against Rajapaksa by those unable to confront him politically, adding that Rajapaksa has the highest chance of winning the election. more..

Nominations and Polls date out in 10 days

Sep 16 (CT) Election Commission Chairman, Mahinda Deshapriya told Ceylon Today that the date of the Presidential Election and the date for the calling of nominations will be published through a Gazette Notification within the next ten days. The date of the Prez Election and the date for the calling of nominations should be published through the same Gazette. The nominations should be accepted within 16 to 21 days after the Election Commission publishes the Gazette. more..

70% of Palali airport construction complete

Sep 16 (DN) 70% of the construction work by the Road Development Authority (RDA) in the first phase of the development of Palaly Airport, has been completed, according to Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. Around 55% of the construction work carried out by the Airport and Aviation Services (SL) Ltd is also completed. Following an observation tour of the Palaly Airport, Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, said that the construction of all the basic structures of the first phase have been completed. more..