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Boru Show: Bribery commission files one case of corruption of over Rs10mn in decade

Mar 17 (EN) Sri Lanka's anti-bribery commission had only filed one case for corruption involving a sum of over 10 million rupees, and no convictions since over the last 10 years, a governance activist had pointed out. Chandra Jayaratne an activist called for a review to find out why the bribery office had failed to meet public expectations. "I believe it is my duty as citizen activist committed to and championing more..

President visits World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi

Mar 17 (GDI) President Maithripala Sirisena, who is in Nairobi, Kenya to attend the UN Environment Assembly, yesterday visited the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) headquarters in Nairobi at the invitation of Director General of the center, Dr. Tony Simons.The Center carries out globally significant agroforestry research and provides specialized expertise for sustainable management, protection and regulation of natural forests and forest reserves. Knowledge produced by ICRAF enables more..

Moratuwa battle ends in a tame draw

Mar 17 (ST) The 69th Battle of the Gold big match between traditional rivals St. Sebastian’s and Prince of Wales played at the De Zoysa Stadium in Moratuwa ended in another stalemate. The outcome of the encounter was visible when play ended on day one with the Cambrians taking first lease of the wicket making 194 runs and Sebs ending the day on 43 for 1. The second day’s play saw St Sebastian’s skipper Nuwanidu Fernando hitting a swashbuckling 102 to lift them to 220 for 8 declared. more..

Stock market still in the doldrums

Mar 17 (ST) The Colombo share market is (stuck at) exactly where it should be, a top capital market and investment professional opined. Reasoning out this take on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), National Agency for Public Private Partnership Chairman Thilan Wijesinghe, Chief Guest for the 7th Capital Markets Conference mid this week noted in his keynote address that there are serious shortcomings by all stakeholders more..

Hathurusinha’s blind side moves leave Sri Lanka in tatters

Mar 17 (SO) Chandika Hathurusinha was a man who could have demanded anything he wanted and it was given to him on a platter by a desperate Sri Lanka for whom he once batted and bowled for a monthly wage that can be only be considered a pittance in present day earnings of sportsmen. As a coach he saw the most fertile ground right before his eyes to cash in and Sri Lanka in turn saw him as the only hope and promise of a future and possibly a second World Cup that has eluded a nation more..

Richmond win after Mahinda’s sporty declaration

Mar 17 (SO) Skipper Thavisha Abhishek made a fighting knock of an unbeaten 99 in 92 balls to guide Richmond College to victory over their arch rivals Mahinda College by six wickets in their 114th Lovers Quarrel big match cricket encounter at the Galle int'l cricket stadium yesterday. The Mahindians made a sporty declaration on the second day yesterday to leave Richmond with a 215 runs target in 45 overs which made the result possible. Abhishek then hit six fours and two sixes more..

Asian Youth Athletics C'ship: Dashing Navishka wins 400m Silver

Mar 17 (CT) Quarter miler Navishka Sandeesh dazzled the arena with a personal best, winning a Silver medal in the 3rd Asian Youth Athletics Championship in Hong Kong yesterday. Competing in the Boys’ 400m finals from lane five, Navishka brought out his customary fast finish when he ran neck and neck in the last few metres with Gold medalist Abdul Razak of India, almost but not quite passing him to reach the tape first. more..

The red-letter day of Sri Lankan cricket and Dalmiya’s hand

Mar 17 (Island) It was on a day like this (17th Mar), 23 years ago, Sri Lanka were crowned World Champions in Lahore beating Australia by seven wickets in the 1996 final. The architects of that stunning win and how an unfancied team went onto beat India twice in India before overcoming tournament favourites Australia will be spoken for a long time to come. Clint Eastwood’s movie Invictus on how South Africa went onto become World Champions in rugby beating All Blacks more..

England Women record massive win

Mar 17 (CI) England's women launched the Sri Lanka leg of their Asian campaign with a comprehensive 154-run victory in the first ODI at Hambantota, thanks to a powerful batting performance with runs all down the order, backed up by incisive seam bowling with Katherine Brunt once again to the fore. After winning the toss and choosing to field first, Sri Lanka's hopes of restricting England to a manageable total were dented from the outset, thanks to a 114-run opening stand more..

SA complete 5-0 sweep after DLS win

Mar 17 (CI) It was perhaps a merciful ending, though an utterly frustrating one for spectators at Newlands. South Africa were on course for another big victory, with 91 runs to get - eight wickets and 132 balls remaining - when the floodlights failed. The teams went off the ground and the crowd hoped that the electricians and engineers could rectify the problems, but 90 minutes after play stopped, the umpires had had enough. more..

Bonding with Bonds

Mar 17 (ST) It was all about bonds — rhetoric or bonding–with-bonds talk in Parliament this week, with speakers from both the Govt and the opposition lambasting the Central Bank for selling international bonds at high interest rates. Much of the criticism came from a school teacher-turned-economist (Bandula Gunawardene), accountant-turned-politician (Ravi Karunanayake, whose pet hate – judging from the number of times he has pummelled this institution – is the Central Bank) and more..

Royal snatch dramatic one wicket victory

Mar 17 (ST) Royal regained the Mustangs Trophy after a lapse of five years with a thrilling one wicket win over traditional rivals S. Thomas’ in the 44th Mustangs Trophy encounter played at the SSC grounds yesterday. The architects of the Royal win were Kamil Mishara, Ahan Sanchitha and skipper Kavindu Madarasinghe in the early part of their run chase and then Lahiru Madusanka who with his calypso style batting shocked the Thomian supporters. Lahiru single-handedly took more..

Rajapaksas finalise Presidential candidate

Mar 17 (CT) MP Dilan Perera said as discussed earlier they will vote against the budget, however, he was interrupted by SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara and UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera who insisted that they should abstain from voting. When Dilan Perera was adamant on voting against MP Jayasekara sternly reminded him of the need to stick together as a group. As a result, Second Reading of the Appropriation Bill more..

Justice, between the Powerful and Powerless

Mar 17 (SO) The controversy over whether the former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda would be arrested captured public attention last week. The saga has left the citizen concerned about the independence of the judiciary, and its responsibility to protect powerless and helpless citizens when their rights are repeatedly violated. It also highlighted the need to emphasize the court’s obligation to safeguard the principle of equality before the law. more..

A debate that left JO members and UNP backbenchers red-faced

Mar 17 (ST) The actions of Prez Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe left sections of their own Parliamentary Groups humiliated during this week’s Budget debate. On Tuesday (12), Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and other leaders of the JO in the UPFA were left red-faced after a group of SLFP MPs failed to show up during the vote on the Budget’s second reading. The decision by SLFP to abstain came during a Parliamentary Group meeting held with Prez Sirisena earlier in the day. more..

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Abject capitulation in Geneva

Mar 17 (Island) The latest resolution in the UNHRC that is to be co-sponsored by SL has the following 31 countries as its sponsors: Britain, Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, NZ, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, SL, Sweden. This list tells a story that no person interested in SL more..

Picking fights, crying foul

Mar 17 (ST) Aiyo Sirisena, I thought I must write to you when I heard that you want to run for the top job again and that you are still hopeful that the pohottuwa chaps will support your campaign just like the Greens did four years ago. Honestly, I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry, but there are a few issues I wanted to clarify. I am aware that neither the Blues, the Greens or the pohottuwa chaps have formally declared their candidates for the big race yet but whenever more..

Antibiotic abuse on the Rise

Mar 17 (CT) Patients are expected to pay close attention and follow instructions when doctors prescribe antibiotics. Deputy Director General and the Focal Point for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance in SL, Dr. Hemantha Benaragama said recently that patients should follow the directions given by the doctor even if the illness for which it was prescribed subsides. Therefore, the entire course of the antibiotic should be taken. more..

Principals and Principles

Mar 17 (Island) On Feb 14, 17 representatives of various past students’ associations of leading schools wrote to the Secretary, Ministry of Education, intimating serious concerns regarding criteria adopted in the matter of selecting principals to such schools. A new marking scheme had been adopted which they argued could have dire consequences not just for the particular schools but education in general because it set a bad precedent. Of particular concern was more..

Mega show but CIABOC just an ornamental body

Mar 17 (ST) The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) has planned an elaborate show with the grandiose title Warrant of Integrity tomorrow with the President as chief guest. Vvips are to take a pledge to eradicate all forms of bribery and corruption to ensure a better tomorrow for our future generations but the mega event comes in the backdrop of allegations that the Commission is both ineffective and plagued with political meddling. more..

Implementation of UNHRC Resolution 30/1: Progress report by Verite Research

Mar 17 (SO) Since the country’s pledge to certain commitments in the UNHCR resolution 30/1, adopted four years ago, only six out of 36 commitments on reconciliation, human rights and accountability have been fulfilled while most commitments contained in Resolution 30/1 saw no change in implementation status over the past years, a study by Colombo-based think-tank Verite Research, showed. more..

Presidential Polls, Post Geneva

Mar 17 (CT) The international community (IC) has given the Ranil Wickremesinghe Govt another two years to get its act together vis-à-vis the implementation of the Geneva Resolution of 1 Oct 2015, which includes the commitment by Colombo to include foreign jurists to investigate alleged war crimes in relation to the island’s 26-year separatist war that concluded in May 2009. This is the second, two-year extension given to SL by the IC led by the UK and EU, its important markets. more..

Christchurch & our own national experience

Mar 17 (SO) Blood is being spilt with the claim of protecting one’s own flesh and blood. It happened last Friday in Christchurch, in usually quiet NZ; it has happened in this country in sustained internal conflict over decades; and, it has happened all over the world throughout human history. The gloom instilled by this litany is, however, dispelled by the bright success of societies in overcoming violence between communities, in managing conflict and, channelling social energies toward more..

Video: Milk powder prices increased under new formula

Mar 16 (AD) The prices of powdered milk have been increased according to the new milk food price formula, Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said. Accordingly the price of a 1kg packet of milk powder has been increased by Rs 60 while the price of a 400g packet has been increased by Rs 25. The new price of a 1kg imported milk powder packet is Rs 920 and 400g packet is now Rs 370. The CAA has reportedly granted approval to companies for more..

Backlash over Sri Lanka TV anchor justifying New Zealand massacre

Mar 16 (EN) An anchor for a television station in Sri Lanka has attempted to justify the massacre of 49 people in New Zealand by saying that it was retribution for exporting poison tainted milk powder to Sri Lanka. The social media posts of, Derana TV anchor Chapa Chapabandara on Facebook and Twitter has provoked angry reactions, including calls on the owners of his network to take him off the air for his offensive remarks. more..

Open prisons to rehabilitate drug abusers

Mar 16 (CT) In a bid to stem drug abusers from turning into criminals, Prisons Reforms Minister Thalatha Atukorale said they would be rehabilitated in Open Prisons rather than in closed Prisons. She claimed that offenders who were imprisoned for less than two years for petty crimes were corrupted inside prisons and subsequently look at society with hatred and frustration. more..

Treasury guarantees top Rs 1 trillion

Mar 16 (CT) The Treasury guarantees for the first time topped the Rs one trillion (T) mark, latest official documents showed. Treasury guarantees in the first 11 months of last year notched Rs 1.08 trillion, data found in the Govt’s Fiscal Management Report 2019 showed. These guarantees to banks, given on behalf of State-owned Enterprises (SOEs), help such SOEs to borrow from banks to meet their monetary needs. more..

Norway fund drops oil and gas production investments, holds onto Lanka assets

Mar 16 (ST) Investments in oil and gas exploration and production companies will be sold off over time by Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, which ensures the well-being of Norwegians for generations to come. The fund has earned the world’s trust for its prudence and transparency and has a significant role in economic policy-making. Norway Finance Minister, Siv Jensen, announced the decision to divest oil and gas exploration more..

Biodegradable polythene manufacturers say attempts to curb polythene use failing

Mar 16 (ST) Polythene manufacturers, complained that the govt’s drive to control the availability of banned lunch sheets and polythene bags has been a failure. Manufacturers and Recyclers Association claimed that, despite its members abiding by the govt rule and transitioning into the manufacturing of biodegradable lunch sheets, availability of the banned lunch sheets are dampening their sales. more..

'Teaching students from Grades 1-5 in English should stop'

Mar 16 (DM) National List MP Venerable Athuraliye Ratana Thera urged the govt to stop teaching school children from Grades one to five in the English medium. Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget in Parliament, Thera said Sri Lanka is currently following a concept which is not followed in any other country of providing primary education in another language other than the child’s mother tongue. more..

Acting appointment to CA: Lawyers for Democracy go to SC

Mar 16 (DM) Lawyers for Democracy filed a rights petition in the Supreme Court challenging the acting appointment made to the post of Court of Appeal President. Petitioners Lal Wijenayake, Sunil Jayaratne, Luxman Jothikumar and Namal Rajapakse allege that the 12th respondent Justice Deepali Wijesundera has been repeatedly and successively appointed as the Acting President of Court of Appeal from Jan 9, 2019 up to date. more..

Eran reveals situation to be ashamed of

Mar 16 (Island) Youth came to meet politicians seeking jobs. It was a situation to be ashamed of. They were sometimes more qualified than the politicians. It was pathetic. "Hence, we need to develop the quality of education and children must be taught how to think and not what to think," State Minister Eran Wickramaratne told Parliament. He said, "We need to develop a curriculum that would develop a child’s head, heart and hands. more..

Girl in the garage

Mar 16 (ST) Standing at just 4’11, Thilini Gunasekera is used to being dismissed. It happened when she wanted to join the Air Force and study aeronautical engineering – she didn’t meet the height requirement. It happened again when she stepped into a classroom full of men to study how to become an automobile mechanic – except this time, Thilini wasn’t going anywhere. A tyre technician at DIMO, Thilini is one of only 4 women working more..

Tuition: A bane or a spur?

Mar 16 (DM) Can good teaching in schools outwit the tutor’s hold on students of today? Ravi Nagahawatte’s thoughtful article motivated me to make these observations on WHY tuition is so popular and why so many students (even very bright ones) seem to need this special help. There are many reasons why children seek tuition and it is not always because there is a poor teacher in school. I can speak with a certain authority on behalf of private and international schools because more..

New Zealand, terrorism & obstinate memory

Mar 16 (DM) There’s been an incident. That’s the polite way of putting it. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern described it as a terrorist attack while Australian PM Scott Morrison said one of the suspected attackers, who was born in Australia was an extremist right-wing violent terrorist. The incident we are talking about saw over 40 people killed and more than 24 seriously wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. First and foremost, we are as horror-stricken as Ms. Ardern. more..

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