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PC polls: What the President wished, the Premier delivered

Sep 24 (ST) Hopes of elections this year to three Provincial Councils – North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern – were buoyed by last Tuesday’s announcement of the Supreme Court determination, but evaporated just hours later. Ruling coalition leaders, not in favour of PC polls, adopted other counter measures that will now cause an indefinite delay. It came during a tense, behind-the-scenes political drama. more..

SF personnel in alleged crimes None above the law: Waidyaratne

Sep 24 (CT) Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne says that Security Forces personnel accused of crimes will have to face the law. He said that whoever was responsible for crimes such as the murder of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga and the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda will be brought to book. Responding to a question about President Sirisena's statement that Armed Forces personnel would be protected from persecution, the Defence Secretary said that more..

Nanu Oya hotel murder: Suspects nabbed after one year

Sep 24 (ST) A prime suspect in a murder case and his accomplice were arrested after a manhunt of more than one year, Police said. They said the suspects were wanted in connection with the murder of a Nanu Oya hotel cashier identified as Sunjaya Herath. The victim was gunned down allegedly by the suspect on August 26 last year. The preliminary investigations were conducted by the Peradeniya Police. Later the investigations were taken over by a team under the direction of more..

Pitch tampering allegations: ICC launches probe Pramodya calls for PCoI

Sep 24 (CT) ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit has begun a probe into pitch tampering allegations revealed by Lasith Malinga. ICC investigator was at the Khettarama Stadium yesterday and was seen talking to some of the National players. Malinga had charged that pitches were not prepared the way the team required during the last series. Malinga said, the curators had cut the grass of pitches even when players requested to keep more grass more..

Water for Jaffna: simple, brilliant plan from expat Lankan engineer

Sep 24 (Island) A new project for water supply to Jaffna utilizing rainfall into the Vadmarachchi Lagoon with a surface area of 78 sq. km. was announced on Friday by PM ’s Policy Development Office. "The Project envisages making use of 20% of the annual rainfall in to the Vadamarachchi Lagoon with a surface area of 78 sq km. This project approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and the Chief Minister of Northern Province, is implemented under guidance of A.D.S Gunewardana, more..

Rupatadine to treat Dengue : Clinical trials begin tomorrow

Sep 24 (SO) The second phase of clinical trials on Rupatadine as a treatment for Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) will commence at the National Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Angoda tomorrow, according to Immunologist and Director of the Jayawardanapura Medical Faculty’s Centre for Dengue Research, Prof. Neelika Malavige. She said that they had brought down the stocks of medication and will commence registrations for clinical trials at the hospital OPD. more..

Korea grants $ 2.5 m to develop Ocean Uni

Sep 24 (SO) The Ocean University of Sri Lanka, the first ever state university for maritime and ocean sciences is going to be upgraded under the financial and technical assistance by the Republic of Korea. A grant of USD 2.5 million is provided by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to formulate the master plan for the upgrading of the Ocean University and build the capacities of the academics of the university. more..

New Enforcement and Resolution unit at CB

Sep 24 (CT) Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is to set up a separate entity named Enforcement and Resolution Department to take tougher action on financial institutes that violate CBSL regulations, including Basel III requirements that are currently being imposed on banks. CBSL officials revealed that the Enforcement and Resolution Department would be set up early next year, following amendments to the Finance Business Act No. 42 of 2011 and Banking Act No. 30 of 1988. more..

SriLankan partners with Booking.com

Sep 24 (SO) SriLankan Airlines has entered into a partnership with Booking.com, the world’s largest accommodation website, providing airline passengers the convenience of booking accommodation online along with their flight tickets on the SriLankan Airlines website from 18th Sept. As an introductory offer, members of SriLankan Airlines’ Frequent Flyer Program, FlySmiLes, who book their accommodation on Booking.com will be awarded double miles for a two-month period. more..

ICC launches corruption probe in Sri Lanka

Sep 24 (CI) ICC has confirmed its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has opened an investigation in Sri Lanka, less than 48 hours after 40 top cricketers petitioned Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to launch an inquiry into corruption allegations. On Friday, SLC confirmed it had received a letter signed by national players, including captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga, urging the board to probe the baseless allegations the players claim were more..

President visits Niagara Falls

Sep 24 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena, who is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly, toured Niagara Falls on Friday, Niagara Gazette reported. “Before returning home, he made a stop in Niagara Falls to take in the natural wonder, according to Destination Niagara USA,” it said. The DoubleTree by Hilton downtown hosted President Sirisena’s stay and he was also given a VIP tour of the Niagara Falls State Park including a ride on the Maid of the Mist, news agency added. more..

Dhammika to take personal stake in Singer

Sep 24 (Island) Dhammika Perera, owning slightly over 50% of Hayleys conglomerate, will be taking up a personal stake in Singer SL of which Hayleys took control earlier this month by acquiring approx. 61.73% from its Dutch holding company. In a mandatory offer document published last week and due to reach Singer shareholders later this week, Hayleys together with its subsidiaries, Volanka and Carbotels, offered the same Rs. 47 per share price to all other shareholders looking to sell. more..

Five top SOEs targeted for major reforms

Sep 24 (ST) Sri Lanka’s five largest State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) – Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Water Board, Airport and Aviation Services Ltd and the SL Ports Authority are to undergo management restructuring soon, official sources disclosed. Comprehensive strategy for SOE reforms and a more rules-based approach to financial management is now being developed more..

PM opens Amari Hotel Galle

Sep 24 (ITN) PM Ranil Wickremasinghe opened the Five Star Hotel, Amari in Galle. Amari Hotel is managed by Onyx Hospitality Group based in Thailand. They have branches in Bangkok, Pattaya, China, Doha, Maldives and Dhaka. The hotel has 172 rooms with modern facilities. It will provide many direct and indirect employment opportunities to the youth. Chairman of Onyx Hospitality Group Douglas Martell said that they would implement such projects in the future as well for the development of more..

Small Sri Lankan bank may seek partners

Sep 24 (ST) All SL banks bar one are capital resilient, according to Central Bank (CB) officials. Unnamed bank with assets less than Rs. 200 billion has some tedious tasks ahead in meeting the Basel III minimum capital requirements by 1 Jan 2019, they say, declining to divulge the name of the entity. This bank has less than 1% of market share and the CB is expecting a final report on its financials by October to gauge the position in terms of capital in relation to its risk-weighted assets. more..

Enter Arjuna Mahendran!

Sep 24 (CT) After Arjun Aloysius's daring escape last week, it was the former CB Governor Arjuna Mahendran's turn to take the witness box to give evidence before the PCoI into the issuance of Treasury Bonds. And that's exactly what happened this week which saw several previously surfaced matters arising once again, following the conclusion of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd CEO Kasun Palisena's evidence. more..

Sanga delivers rousing speech at Surrey

Sep 24 (SO) Having been presented with his honorary life membership of Surrey CCC, Kumar Sangakkara took to the stage to deliver a rousing speech that will live long in the memory of all present on the evening. Here it is in full: First of all, with the honorary life membership; I think someone has read my mind. About three days ago I thinking about whether I should ask for the chance to be a fee paying member at Surrey. When I received honorary life membership at the MCC more..

SLFP MPs to meet MS individually and split

Sep 24 (SL) A group of SLFP MPs are to meet President Sirisena individually over the next few days and sit as independent MPs. Deputy Minister and SLFP member Duleep Wijesekera said that he and a few other SLFP members are to meet the President individually as opposed to one group. Earlier, at least 20 SLFP members of the govt were to split but now it is understood that only a few will cross. Among the SLFP MPs set to meet the Prez over the next few days are Nimal Lanza more..

Arjuna Vs Sidath: Battle of wits by Cricket legends

Sep 24 (SO) Capitalising on the recent poor performances of the national cricket team in the recent cricket series against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and India, it is noted with regret that several parties are cashing in on the opportunity to seek entry into the administration of SLC by going on air and in the print media venturing and proposing numerous ideologies, in slandering the present administration of Thilanga more..

Janaka produces stunning leap in Long Jump

Sep 24 (CT) Long jumper Janaka Prasad Wimalasiri produced a stunning leap of 7.83m under difficult conditions to beat National Champion Dhanuka Liyanapathirana in a thrilling competition at the 43rd National Sports Festival continued at Matara. Wimalasiri who came under the wing of Cuban Coach Luis Mirando, produced his personal best leap in his last attempt to seal the Gold medal, while Dhanuka (7.49m) finished second. Dhanuskha Sandaruwan finished third with 7.37m, more..

Asia Rugby Seven in Korea: Sri Lanka edge out Chinese Taipei 26-24

Sep 24 (Island) Sri Lanka defeated Chinese Taipei 26-24 in their third and final group stage match of the second-leg of Asia Rugby Seven Series which kicked off in the Namdong Asiad Stadium in Korea yesterday. SL started off with a try from their dynamic centre Danushka Ranjan who scored near the corner flag and place kicker Tharinda Ratwatte could not make the conversion. Jason Dissanayake was the other scorer for Sri Lanka in the first half as he scored a fine individual try more..

Lankans move to UAE still looking for answers

Sep 24 (ST) After an exhausting several months of cricket at home, SL will leave for UAE today in a state of flux and disarray. Team has little idea of what its best side is or even how to combat the opposition, Pakistan, which is now a formidable team in their adopted home, even without the retired Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. Following a particularly poor season across all formats, SL team is searching for answers more..

Better times are ahead

Sep 24 (Island) Last week, the All Blacks gave the Springboks a real hiding, thrashing them 52-0. It’s not as if the All Blacks were ranked number-one in the world and the Springboks are much lower in the ladder. South Africans are the world’s third-ranked team and the result Eden Park in Auckland showed you that there is a vast gap between world’s number-one ranked team and the third. SL’s cricket coach Nic Pothas the other day had compared the Indian cricket team to the All Blacks. more..

Herath expects competitive series

Sep 24 (Island) Veteran spinner Rangana Herath expects a competitive series when Sri Lanka meet Pakistan, which will be between two evenly balanced sides. The Sri Lankan team flies to UAE today on a 40-day tour in which they will play two Tests, five ODIs and three T-20 Internationals. The first Test gets underway on Thursday in Abu Dhabi. "Obviously in rankings, they are sixth and we are seventh. The Indian series was very hurting and the confidence levels were down. more..

Maithri’s Political lesson to Zeid

Sep 24 (CT) The success of the UN depends upon the independent strength of its members. To overcome the perils of the present, and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past. Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty, to promote security, prosperity and peace, for themselves and for the world. more..

Piecemeal shut down of representative govt

Sep 24 (Island) The scenes in Parliament on Wednesday last week made Parliamentary history. Never before have we seen anything like the horse trading that went on at the last moment to get the amendments to the PC Elections Bill passed. When the SLMC and the ACMC wanted the proportion of provincial councilors elected on the proportional representation system increased to 50% from the 40% that had been decided on earlier, govt agreed in order to get 2/3 majority needed to pass more..

UNGA: President’s cooperation with neighbouring countries hailed

Sep 24 (SO) General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the UN, the only one in which all Member States have equal representation: one nation, one vote. All 193 Member States of the UN are represented in this unique forum to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the UN Charter, such as development, peace and security, international law, etc. In September, all the Members meet in the General Assembly Hall in New York for the UNGA. more..

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Of cabbages and kings

Sep 24 (ST) My dear Chathurika, I thought of writing to you when I heard that you had written a book about your father. I am told it is called Janaadhipathi thaaththa or Father who is President. Well, congratulations, but all these years we didn’t know that we had a budding Dickens or Martin Wickramasinghe in our midst! Already, some people doubt whether you really wrote that book because you were not known for your literary talents until now. more..

Sri Lanka’s nuclear policy unclear

Sep 24 (ST) President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the UN General Assembly (UNGA), spoke of Sri Lanka being a good UN member-state abiding by its treaties and obligations. And yet, while in the city all week, neither he nor his Govt signed the Nuclear Treaty that the country voted for. The signature book was open all week at the UN headquarters in New York, but Sri Lanka’s apparent volte-face (being one of the 122 countries that voted for it) remains unexplained up to date. more..

'No cause to panic that LTTE will raise head again'

Sep 24 (CT) The position of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has always been a coveted one in independent Sri Lanka. It was once held by eminent members of the now defunct Ceylon Civil Service (CCS) when the Ministry was known as Defence and External Affairs (DEA) until 1977. The first Secretary of the DEA in independent Sri Lanka, was Sir Kanthiah Vaithianathan KBE CCS, a member of the Senate and more..

Patriots and political opportunists in constitutional making

Sep 24 (SL) Proposals for constitutional changes in SL arose around 8 years after Independence with the strident cry for Sinhala-Only gaining momentum. Soulbury Constitution – the first constitution – held the SL people together but was not good enough for racial extremists. This was the commencement of Going down the Pallang or the Gadarene Slope, as Western Classicists would have it. All that led to a 30-year civil war, the consequences of which are too well known and need no repetition. more..

The Middle Path

Sep 24 (Island) Thought provoking article written by a retired senior public servant with int'l experience, Mr. Elmo de Silva, exhorting the country not to forget the hardship the people experienced during the period of rigid import and exchange controls during the United Front Govt of PM Sirima Bandaranaike between 1970 and 1977 had prompted an equally thoughtful response from Dr. Janaka Ratnasiri, a frequent correspondent to the newspapers, published in Friday’s issue of The Island. more..

e-NIC meets challenges of digital age

Sep 24 (SO) SL’s 45-year-old National Identity Card (NIC) is on its way to extinction. The new biometric supported e-NIC which is mooted as a means for credible, hassle free proof of the citizen’s identity is currently on a steady path to becoming a reality, Director e-NIC Project Janaka Amarasinghe said. “Dept of Registrar of Persons has plans to introduce the e-NIC for a total of 16 million citizens who are 15 yrs & above, more..

LG: Nursery to breed future national leaders

Sep 24 (CT) Local govt in the South Asian region has a long history. In Sri Lanka the ancient kings used the Gamsabha or Village Councils as the basic unit of administration to provide for the comfort, convenience and well-being of the community. In India the Panchayat system is similar and has now been formalized and included in the governance system through a constitutional amendment. Essentially the village elders looked after the dwellers, settled minor disputes more..

Building blocks of nationhood

Sep 24 (SO) How a nation is built and thrives depends on the will of its people and the degree of social unity and co-operation desired by them and exercised by them. It is the strength of this social unity that defines the contours of the political structure and system of governance. There is no room for mere wishful thinking by anyone in this process, no room for fantasies of greatness or exclusivity. A country’s political structure must reflect the demographic realities of our society more..

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