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65 members of bankrupt CPC to take wing for Russia

Sept 26 (DN) While the Central Provincial Council is engulfed in a grave financial crisis, a group of council members from the governing UPFA and the opposition and several officials are billed to take wing on a sojourn in Russia in two separate batches on the pretext of a study tour. First batch among them including 28 council members including the council secretary are due to leave for Russia tomorrow. A letter requesting the release of more..

Former Defence Secy. says won't contest presidential election

Sept 26 (DN) Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that he would not contest any forthcoming Presidential election. He said that he faced many problems because of the rumours that he was planning to contest the next Presidential election. He was speaking to the media after meeting the Mahanayake Theros of Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters in Kandy yesterday. Rajapaksa said that he rendered a great service to the country as a Military Office for twenty years and more..

Damage control bid leads to another round of adverse publicity

Sept 26 (DM) There seem to be many who appear to believe that politics would be quite dry and drab sans the element of love and romance to enliven it. Perhaps a believer in this concept created a sensation in political circles and the public domain recently when he planted on the Facebook several compromising pictures showing a young couple - a handsome politico from Uva and a comely star from the silver screen in intimate postures. Of course, the young politico had to face the wrath of more..

'Sri Lanka constitutional death trap must be opposed'

Sept 26 (PTI) Describing Sri Lanka's current constitutional reform move as a death trap, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today appealed to the public to oppose the ongoing process that could reinstate a federal Tamil state. "People must be aware of this move. There are federal plans in this to divide the country. The place of Buddhism also is to be diluted," Rajapaksa told reporters in the central district town of Pilimatalawa. more..

PRECIFAC to grill Aluthgamage

Sept 26 (FT) The anti-corruption commission will grill former Sports Minister and MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage on Thursday over the alleged misuse of State funds and abuse of power pertaining to the procurement of lands in Nawalapitiya belonging to the Sri Lanka Railways Department (SLRD). A loss of Rs. 33.3 million has been incurred by the Govt due to the establishment of the Mahindananada Aluthgamage Foundation on a 79.5-perch land belonging to the SLRD. more..

Video: No new party on Oct 8: MR

Sept 26 (DM) While ruling out plans of the Joint Opposition to form a new political party, former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that it is the people who should decide on the establishment of a new party. He said this as a response to the media after attending a religious event held in Urapola Temple in Pilimathalawa. “The rally of the Joint Opposition which will be held on October 8 is not about the formation of a new party,” he said. more..

Video: 'Real SLFPers will form a govt under Maithri's leadership'

Sept 26 (DM) Despite obstacles, the real SLFP members would go ahead with the plans to form a govt under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirsena, UPFA Secretary and Minister of Fisheries Mahinda Amaraweera said today. He said him and President Sirisena, who is also the Chairman of the SLFP, are still making their utmost effort to unite all the parties in the future plans to form a SLFP govt. more..

Legal battle fought by a private company to save our forests

Sept 26 (FT) One of Sri Lanka’s most important natural environmental assets is our forests. Responsibility of sustaining this wonderful natural heritage for the benefit of the present and future generations does not lie with the govt only but with every right thinking person in this country. Impact of diminishing forest cover is already being felt in our country. We have experienced in the recent past frequent prolonged droughts and high intensity rainfalls resulting in flooding & landslides. more..

Top panel to speak on corruption and malpractices tomorrow

Sept 26 (FT) A top panel comprising politicians, professionals and activists will tackle the status of corruption and malpractice in the country and how they can be reduced, at a forum tomorrow. Titled The Law, Ethics and Compliance: The solution to corruption and malpractice, the forum will be held at Hotel Galadari from 5.30 p.m.  The expert panel will comprise Bribery Commission Director General Dilrukshi Wickremasinghe, Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, more..

Sri Lanka seeks investors for Paranthan Chemicals, Kahatagaha Mines

Sept 26 (ST) Sri Lanka is seeking investors for Paranthan Chemical Company and Kahatagaha Graphite Mines under Public Private Partnership (PPP) and has called for Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to resurrect these units, a senior Industry and Commerce Ministry official confirmed.  Northern-based Paranthan Chemical Company (previously Paranthan Chemical Corporation) is to be revitalised with the construction of more..

Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations  

Sept 26 (DT) Pakistan and Sri Lanka are two important countries of the region and quite appreciably enjoy very cordial and friendly relations, and extending cooperation to each other in different sectors. Both the countries are keen to further strengthen existing relations through frequent exchange of delegations at varying levels. Existing friendly relations and cooperation in different sectors were discussed at some length when Sri Lankan High Commissioner Major General more..

Heart surgeries put off

Sept 26 (DN) All heart surgeries will have to be postponed from tomorrow due to a continuous strike by pulmonary therapists, Pulmonary Therapists’ Association President Mangala Jayasinghe said. He said the strike would be launched focusing on four demands including issues over payment of overtime allowances and special duty allowances. Jayasinghe said the government should take the responsibility of having to postpone heart surgeries. Over 10,000 heart patients are already on the waiting list more..

Much awaited Rs.800mn tourism promotional campaign further delayed

Sept 26 (DM) Despite currently having the best environment to promote tourists into Sri Lanka, the launch of the Rs. 800 million tourism promotions campaign has been postponed again at least till next January, in view of administrative delays experienced in the tender process. “It may be next January. There is lot of paperwork, and a big process,” Tourism Development Ministry Secretary Janaka Sugathadasa said recently. more..

Pathfinder meets representatives of Communist Party of China

Sept 26 (FT) A visiting delegation representing the Communist Party of China (CPC) met with officials of the Pathfinder Foundation with a view to discussing current issues of mutual interest to both institutions. Dr. Chai Shangjin, Counsellor Senior Researcher of the International Department of the CPC, led the Chinese delegation. He was accompanied by Dr. Wang Liyong, Director Strategy Research Division, Yu Kaixi, and Fu Chun, Assistant Secretaries of the International Department of more..

Body of sailor who shot himself handed over to wife

Sept 26 (DN) The body of a sailor who shot himself inside the Trincomalee Navy Camp on Friday was released to his wife on Saturday by police, as directed by Trincomalee Additional Magistrate M. Fernando. The incident occurred on Friday around 10 a.m. when Anura Nishantha Kumara Debehepuwa, a sailor attached to Trincomalee Camp shot himself with his official weapon. The body was sent to the Trincomalee Hospital morgue after the magisterial inquiry. more..

FR against vandalising Buddha statues fixed for support

Sept 26 (DN) The Fundamental Rights petition filed seeking an Interim Order directing the Law and Order Minister to take immediate action to investigate incidents of vandalising Buddha statues in the Northern Province, is to be taken up for support on Sept 30 in the Supreme Court. The petition was filed by Dharshana Weraduwage. The petitioner also sought an order directing Buddha Sasana Minister to take immediate action by more..

Arjuna Herath on top IFAC committee

Sept 26 (ST) Following a rigorous nominations process, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) this week announced the appointments of three outstanding members of the global accountancy profession to lead important committees supporting the profession across the world: Monica Foerster as Chair of the Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee; Arjuna Herath as Chair of Professional Accountancy Organisation (PAO) Development Committee; more..

Ajith C. Perera adjudged The Unsung Hero

Sept 26 (DN) The Sri Lankan of the Year awards held on Friday were designed as an exhaustive, rigorous and credible platform to recognise and honour individuals and groups whose dedication, commitment, efforts and achievements in their chosen fields have far reaching influence on the country, positively impacting the local community and helping to profile Sri Lanka among the international community. Winners were nominated across multiple categories such as more..

The govt wants to regulate E-Commerce

Sept 26 (RE) Recently, it was announced that the Sri Lankan govt wants to introduce regulations for the local E-Commerce industry. Now Sri Lanka is a country that relies on exporting various goods and services to generate income. Among this income is what we as a country has managed to propagate through the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. In fact, we had a look at the annual report more..

Hong Kong proves Lanka’s nemesis again

Sept 26 (DN) Sri Lanka led by Danushka Ranjan lost again for the second consecutive time to Asian number two ranked Hong Kong by 36 points (6 tries, 3 conversions) to nil in the Cup Championship final of the Asian Rugby Sevens Series 2nd Leg played at the Namdong Asia rugby stadium in South Korea yesterday. The Sri Lankan tuskers did not have any answers to the Hong Kong onslaught going down without a fight. Hong Kong also won the 1st leg Cup championship as well. more..

Boteju begins campaign on winning note

Sept 26 (ST) Defending national snooker champion Susantha Boteju of Sea Endless began his campaign of the 64th National Snooker Championship which got underway at the Billiards and Snooker Association headquarters billiards at Sugathadasa Hotel in Colombo on a winning note. Boteju who formerly represented the YMCA underwent some anxious moments before pulling off a 4-2 win over M. Akeel of AAC in the seven frame first round encounter. more..

Govt wallowing in someone else’s mud

Sept 26 (CT) Convener of NMSJ Prof. Sarath Wijesooriya said, "Though we did not disclose the developments to the media, we maintained a constant dialogue with the relevant decision makers on the govt reforms". Q: NMSJ broke its silence last week during the meeting you had with President Sirisena along with other 45 civil movements that spearheaded the change of govt in 2015. What forced you to make this move? more..

Fraud at Sevanagala Divi Neguma Bank

Sept 26 (DN) An alleged fraud involving nearly Rs. 3 million committed by certain officers attached to the Sevanagala Divi Neguma Bank has been uncovered, Sevanagala Divisional Secretary Chandana Lokuhewage said. He said he uncovered this alleged fraud following investigations carried out by visiting the homes several Divi Neguma beneficiary families on confidential information provided by them. Officers attached to Sevanagala Divi Neguma Bank did not extend more..

Benchmarks for Budget 2017

Sept 26 (FT) Great expectations await Budget 2017 with IMF recommending a stronger shift to direct taxes as well as greater transparency of revenue collection and expenditure to create the core of the Govt’s main policy document to be tabled in Parliament on 10 November. Head of the IMF staff team Jaewoo Lee told reporters, that the Budget should reduce the current emphasis on indirect taxes that makes up about 84% of the total tax levied in Sri Lanka. more..

'Govt trembling at mention of new party'

Sept 26 (DN) The govt gets cold feet and starts trembling whenever the Joint Opposition (JO) speaks about forming a new political force, MP Prasanna Ranatunga said. “The new political force will be definitely formed to send this govt home notwithstanding the oppressive tactics  adopted by the govt,” he said. Ranatunga was addressing a press conference to explain his position on investigations made against him more..

Legacy larger than life

Sept 26 (DN) Bandaranaike Samadhi Foundation has planned to organise the annual commemoration of Prime Ministers, SWRD Bandaranauike, Sirimavo Bandaranaike and the Speaker Anura Bandaranaike. The ceremony has been designed to be held on September 26, at the Bandaranaike Samadhi, in Nittambuwa, at 8.30 a.m. The present writer intends to devote current text in tribute of a family, the majority members of which won the hearts of the people of Sri Lanka, more..

Taxation, private consumption and social inequality

Sept 26 (DN) Taxation is a key public policy instrument that modern democratic states use to reduce social inequality and ensure equality of opportunity in diverse spheres such as food consumption, education, health and social protection. Though conventional Marxist analysis expected a steady increase in economic and social inequality under capitalism, social and political reforms in many capitalist societies in Europe and elsewhere under social democratic regimes more..

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Countering sexual harassment in the work place: Interview with Mihiri de Silva

Sept 26 (GV) A version of this article first appeared on the blog Cloud9onearth. We are publishing an edited version which preserves the victim’s own testimony, as sexual harassment in the workplace is an important issue which is often underreported. A 2014 report by the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs noted “sexual harassment in the workplace is… insidious and brings into play unequal patriarchal power relations that are not dealt with in any seriousness either in the public sector more..

The Road to Nandikadal and the struggle for the military history of the Ealam war

Sept 26 (GV) Sri Lanka’s separatist war was one of the longest insurgencies of modern times. It was also one of the most destructive insurgencies in the region, causing the deaths of tens of thousands of combatants and countless civilians and destroying property worth billions of rupees. A war of such duration and impact should have been a goldmine to military historians and researchers, yielding countless papers, scholarly articles and monographs. more..

Healing the festering Cricket wound

Sept 26 (ST) Where are we headed? How are we going to bridge the gap between the International call and the prevailing domestic structure? These are some of the perennial topics besetting local cricket for the past decade or more, and no one seems to be bothered. Once, at a cricket presentation, it was revealed that, in general, in the local domestic season, a fast bowler is under-bowled. more..

Patients losing their patience- and people too

Sept 26 (ST) So much is being said in Sri Lanka these days about our medicine men, of their practice and practices, their haps and mishaps that the news has been carried by wind and wave, not to mention technology, to this part of the world too. It does remind one of a recent report in the local media of Asian hornets that are said to have invaded this pulsating heart of the old empire and are decimating the local bees that even Brexit might have to take a back seat until Scotland Yard more..

Ezhuka Thamil: A skewed vision of self-determination

Sept 26 (CT) When I was doing field research recently in Musali South, a Muslim majority DS division in Mannar district in the Northern Province, an elderly Muslim man posed to me a couple of questions that indicated to me why one should be wary of Tamil nationalist politics even if it represents the aspirations of an oppressed community: “The govt of Sri Lanka has banned us from using the forest resources in our village from which we have been benefitted over a long period of time. more..

Imminent energy shortage: PUCSL challenges CEB for solution

Sept 26 (SO) Energy supply sector regulator, the Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL), revealed that a deepening power crisis in the country was being exacerbated by sluggish reforms and a lethargic CEB. Damitha Kumarasinghe Director General at PUCSL is warning that even with the many planned power production plant additions, SL would yet have energy and capacity shortages in the years 2018, 2019 and beyond. more..

This is not a performance!

Sept 26 (CT) Pala Pothupitiye is known for experiments with materials and ideas in his artworks. Over a decade, he has created a range of works in sculptors, paintings, handicrafts, costumes, and performances winning critical acclaims almost in every part of the world. His works have featured in reputed exhibitions in Sri Lanka, Japan, India, Hong Cong, Sweden, Austria, and London. His map-series was a source for inspiration to reimagine South Asia for scholars at South Asian University, more..

Amendment that defeats its entire purpose

Sept 26 (ST) It is unfortunate that a Bill purporting to amend Sri Lanka’s Code of Criminal Procedure Act made public this week takes away existing rights to suspects detained by the police through constitutional precedents. This is in relation to a suspect’s right to consult a lawyer of his or her choice at the earliest point after arrest. The amendment purports to give that right only after a suspect has been interrogated by the police and statements recorded. more..

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