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Bathiudeen condemns forcible entry

Apr 24 (FT) The Govt together with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce strongly condemned the wrongful entry and search of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce premises yesterday by a group of Buddhist monks and individuals who alleged to be a part of Bodu Bala Sena organisation. Around 11:30 a.m. last morning, five Buddhist monks accompanied by some individuals made a forced and unlawful entry and trespass of the premises of more..

Shiranthi calls on Malaysian PM’s wife

Apr 24 (FT) The Malaysian PM’s wife, Datin Mansor yesterday received courtesy calls from the first ladies of Sri Lanka and the Kyrgyz Republic and daughter of Bangladesh’s PM at the Seri Perdana Complex in Putrajaya. In the first meeting, Rosmah met the wife of Sri Lanka President, Shiranthi Rajapaksa for 45 minutes. Later she received the Kyrgyz Republic President’s wife, Dr. Raisa Atambaeva followed by a meeting with the daughter of Bangladesh PM, Saima Wazed Hossain. more..

Investors want international warrant on Maloneys

Apr 24 (ST) Investors are to appeal to Sri Lankan authorities to issue an international arrest warrant on Touchwood’s former owners Roscoe and Swarna Maloney. They are preparing to file a complaint on these lines with the CID by the end of the month, co-ordinator of the Touchwood Stakeholders Association and lawyer Lakshan Dias told the Business Times. Depositors were also hoping to appeal to the Govt, Central Bank and the SEC to intervene to safeguard billions of rupees they have invested in Touchwood. more..

Casino Bill is against Constitution: Ven Sobitha

Apr 24 (DM) People's Movement for Social Justice Chairman Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera said S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s Government in1956 closed the racecourse by banning horse racing in Colombo and replaced it with a university but this Govt was going to start casinos which are much worse. Ven. Sobitha Thera said it was against the Constitution to approve a Casino Bill in Parliament because the Govt was constitutionally bound to protect Buddhism. more..

Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute hosts study tour of the delegates from the National Defence University Pakistan

Apr 24 (Island) The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute hosted delegates from the National Defence University of Pakistan on Tuesday the 22nd of April 2014. The twenty one member delegation was led by Maj. Gen. Israel Khokhar and deputy group leader Brig. Inam Haider Malik. Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa Dean, Faculty of Law, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and Nihal Rodrigo Former Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary SG/SAARC, Ambassador to China resource persons of the Institute along more..

Ireland-Sri Lanka ODIs to be streamed online

Apr 24 (CI) Ireland's two ODIs against Sri Lanka will be streamed live via YouTube after an agreement was struck with Irish online TV provider Aertv. The broadcast, which will be supported by the ICC's Development Programme, will make use of four high-definition cameras as well as replays and commentary. The deal is similar to last year's arrangement with Quipu TV for the visit of Pakistan, which was viewed by almost 300,000 people. Sri Lanka will prepare for their tour of England more..

SL in 'difficult place' after Farbrace exit

Apr 24 (CI) Sri Lanka have been rendered "helpless" by Paul Farbrace's sudden exit, weeks from their biggest overseas tour of the year, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has said. Sri Lanka depart for assignments in Ireland and England in two weeks, and Jayasuriya suggested Marvan Atapattu would be interim head coach for those series, with SLC left with too little time to name a permanent replacement. Jayasuriya played a key role in more..

SriLankan Airlines to add OnAir GSM and WiFi to inflight experience

Apr 24 (FT) SriLankan Airlines has signed up for OnAir’s inflight mobile phone and Wi-Fi services. By autumn, people flying from Colombo to destinations all over the world will be able to email, tweet, send text messages, make calls, and surf the internet during the flight. SriLankan due to join the oneworld alliance on 1 May, is renewing its long-haul fleet. Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir will be installed as linefit on the airline’s six new A330-200 aircraft which are part of the renewal process. more..

Sri Lanka IT/BPM achievements shortlisted for European Outsourcing Award

Apr 24 (FT) Hot on the heels of its recent outstanding achievement of having been selected as the Offshoring Destination of the Year 2013 by the National Association for Outsourcing (NOA) in UK, Sri Lanka’s outsourcing industry has achieved another significant achievement by getting shortlisted for the Offshoring Destination of the Year Award by the European Outsourcing Association. The EOA Awards (EOAAs) now in its fifth year recognises and celebrates the efforts of companies and individuals more..

'Economic freedom jackbooted'

Apr 24 (FT) Undeterred by the recent incident in Hambantota, the Opposition will today stage a protest outside the proposed building site of gaming mogul James Packer’s $ 350 million casino, UNP MP Dr. Harsha de Silva said, as Parliament prepares to push through legislation delayed since last year. The three projects are a $ 350 million casino project by Australian casino mogul James Packer, a $ 300 million gaming facility by local tycoon more..

HR guru Prof. Dave Ulrich in Colombo on 30 April

Apr 24 (FT) Professor Dave Ulrich, the foremost HR thought leader, will briefly visit Sri Lanka on 30 April en route to Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. He has been the pioneer in revolutionising the HR profession globally and has helped many leaders and HR professionals build their leadership brand and also transformed organisations to align their culture with customer and investor expectations. He has helped generate award winning data bases that more..

Are we on the correct path ?

Apr 24 (Island) Five years have passed since the end of the disastrous and the most ruthless war between the LTTE and the governments of Sri Lanka which continued for nearly three decades. Have we really recovered the lost opportunities of economic development suffered during the war ? Some quarters of the general public and politicians claim that the country has achieved a remarkable development during the past five years. The development they talk about is more..

Remembering fallen comrades

Apr 24 (CT) On 5 April 2014, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held their annual April Heroes’ Day in Badulla to commemorate the fallen comrades of the 1971 revolt. While many JVP and breakaway Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) members held several public events, the ‘true’ participants of the 1971 rebellion gathered at the Kurunegala Town Hall, under the ’71 Solidarity Forum to remember their comrades, who lost their lives during the rebellion. more..

Essen Fair: Vital event for Sri Lanka

Apr 24 (Island) The Essen Travel Fair held in early part of the year is a annual event in the calendar of Nordheinwestfallen covering Dortmund,Cologne and Dusseldorf and it is one of the most important travel and tourism events in Germany. "The Traveller" interviewed one of the leading travel agents and tour operators based in Cologne, Kumara Rajapakshe whose company Kumara Reisen celebrated its participation at the Essen Fair for the 10th successive year. more..

Editorial: Palaly teachers’ college

Apr 24 (Island) It is heartening that the UPFA and TNA politicians have recently sunk their differences to take up the cudgels for the people of the North struggling to rebuild their lives after three decades of war. They have, at a Jaffna District Coordinating Committee (DCC) meeting, where they discussed ways and means of raising the educational standards in the North, unanimously resolved to ask the government to hand over the Palaly Teachers’ Training College currently more..

Mob rule and the ‘Hambantota Doctrine’

Apr 24 (FT) Hambantota is Rajapaksa country. The rest of Sri Lanka may be in the vice grip of a raging personality cult, but the southern district is a ruling family fiefdom. Hambantota District is home to Medamulana in the Beliatta Polling Division, President Rajapaksa’s ancestral village and the seat of his power. Since the President assumed office, mega development projects have been channelled into the dry and sparsely populated more..

The case for an international inquiry

Apr 24 (NS) Article 6 of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Crime of Genocide defines genocide as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Undermentioned acts are; killing; causing bodily or mental harm; deliberately inflicting conditions calculated to bring about its physical destruction; preventing births within the group; forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. more..

Elizabeth (queen) writes to Stephen Harper

Apr 24 (NS) Dear Stephen, It is not often that I write to my subjects, especially those who live a considerable distance from our fair shores. I make this exception today because I wish to express my undying gratitude to you. As you would probably surmise, this is about your decision to suspend Canada’s funding to the Commonwealth. I applaud your self-righteousness in this matter. It is good that Canada has placed this much importance on human rights issues. more..

Hope flows forth from Marawila’s Kurusa Palliya

Apr 24 (ST) Silent but intent are the men, women and children who raise their eyes in prayer and pleading, to the life-size statue of Jesus Christ hanging on the Cross, looking down on them benevolently. While some sit cross-legged or kneel with arms outstretched on the sandy-floor in this simple and spartan shrine, others drag themselves on bended knee along the narrow concrete pathway leading to it. They murmur their prayers, make a vow or light a few candles more..

Yet another fleeting opportunity

Apr 24 (GV) Anxiety dominates the post-Geneva political climate in Sri Lanka, the result of a heady mixture of different reasons, which sees the ruling regime pursuing short-sighted solutions in order to neutralise. March turned out to be an eventful month for Sri Lanka domestically and internationally, with the passage of the UNHRC resolution, the arrest and detention of several key human rights defenders and elections in two Provincial Councils, all set against a backdrop of more..

Did Canada give a rap on the knuckle to both Mahinda and Sharma?

Apr 24 (CT) International political commentators have come up with a highly probable reason for Canada's withdrawal of Commonwealth funds rather abruptly. They contend that it was a palpable snub to both Mahinda Rajapaksa and Kamalesh Sharma who are current Chairperson and Secretary General respectively of the Commonwealth Heads of States Association. Rather more precisely, Canada has shown quite openly its displeasure with Sharma where his obvious favourable treatment of Sri Lanka and more..

Over 30% increase in tourist arrivals

Apr 24 (SO) The tourist industry is gaining momentum rapidly with 421,501 arrivals in the first quarter of this year indicative of a positive forecast of the Govt's targeted 2.5 Mn arrivals by 2016 generating a foreign exchange revenue of US $ 2.75 billion. The total number of international inbound tourists reached 146,000 tourists in January 2014 as against 110,543 in the corresponding month last year which is a 32.6% increase, 141,878 in February 2014 more..

From Gota’s war to Gota’s crimes

Apr 24 (CT) As Gotabaya Rajapaksa lectures on “counter-terrorism,” to the people listening, the truth behind this man won’t hurt them. But to numerous others ‘hurting’ by this man, his speech at the Defence Services Asia Conference in Malaysia this last week would be most revolting. Talk about illegal evictions, to ‘White Van’ abductions, to disappearances, to Matale ‘mass graves’, to Budu Bala Sena terrorism, to torture and sexual violence by the armed forces, to unwarranted militarisation, more..

People have lost faith in the judiciary sans its credibility

Apr 24 (CT) Ministers G L Peiris and Mahinda Samarasinghe state that the govt of Sri Lanka has no faith in the inquiry into human rights abuses undertaken by the UNHRC. They claim that Sri Lanka has an independent, robust justice system to inquire into any such allegations and any international inquiry into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka lacks credibility. Given the total control of the Judiciary under the grip of the Executive President, it is quite natural that the same question arises more..

10 international universities to establish operations in Sri Lanka

Apr 23 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka's govt is opening up its public university system attracting significant investment with plans to allow 10 private universities to operate locally by 2020. Higher Education Ministry Dr. Sunil Navaratne outlined ambitious plans to reporters that aim to attract 50,000 foreign students to study at these private universities in addition to local youth. "Plan is to allow these universities to establish themselves in more..

UK amends travel advisory to include ‘tattoos’

Apr 23 (DN) UK amended its travel advisory today to include a clause in the Local Laws and Customs section inferring specifically on tourists who have tattoos of the Buddha. The updated version of the section reads “The mistreatment of Buddhist images and artefacts is a serious offence and tourists have been convicted for this. British nationals have been refused entry to Sri Lanka or faced deportation for having visible tattoos of Buddha. Don’t pose for photographs by standing in front of a more..

Former SL spinner Neil Chanmugam dies

Apr 23 (NS) One of Sri Lanka’s foremost off-spinners of the pre-Test era Neil Chanmugam passed away on Tuesday at the age of 73 having lost his battle with cancer which affected him for the past four years. Chanmugam formed an integral part of the Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was known then) cricket team that created history by beating Pakistan and India for first time in unofficial tests in the sixties. Two years after breaking into the limelight as an off-spinner when he scalped 5 Englishmen for 43 more..

SL players, board break contracts impasse

Apr 23 (CI) Sri Lanka's cricketers have agreed to sign the board's annual contracts after SLC decided to award the players a 10% cut of the ICC and ACC-events participation fee for the next five years, bringing the s7-week dispute to a close. Players have not yet put pen to paper, but Test and ODI captain Angelo Mathews had struck a deal with the three-member SLC committee appointed to review the issue, after a meeting more..

SL gets natural disaster credit from WB

Apr 23 (LBO) Sri Lanka has been given a 102 million US dollar credit line that can be drawn immediately after a natural disaster, as well as another 110 million dollars for measures to cut disaster risk, the World Bank said. The lender said Sri Lanka is the first county in South Asia to gain access to its new Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option, which can be drawn down fully or partially as soon as a state of emergency is declared after a natural disaster. "Poor people are usually the first to more..

Parents testify on Jaffna girl’s death

Apr 23 (CG) The parents of a girl found dead in a well in Jaffna testified in court today and raised suspicion over two Catholic priests alleging they were the cause of her death. The mother of Jeron Consoleeta, in her testimony before the court in Jaffna, claimed she had heard her daughter speak to the priests on one occasion and claimed that both priests had said they were in love with her. Consoleeta’s mother had said that when she questioned her daughter about more..

Chandimal relieved of T20I captaincy

Apr 23 (CI) Sri Lanka's selectors have relieved Dinesh Chandimal of all his leadership positions, appointing Lasith Malinga as the T20I captain and Lahiru Thirimanne as vice-captain across all formats untill March 2015. Chandimal had had a poor run in limited-overs cricket, particularly in Asian conditions, but had maintained a good record in Tests, averaging 63.75 in 10 innings, since being named vice-captain in February last year. more..

Gifted Australian ship due here tomorrow

Apr 23 (DM) An Australian Bay Class patrol boat that was gifted by the Australian govt to the Sri Lankan government is scheduled to arrive at the Colombo Port tomorrow morning, the navy said. The Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) took delivery of the Bay-class patrol boat, donated by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), at a flag-transfer ceremony in Cairns, Australia on 30 March. Australian media reports said that, the vessel, rechristened ‘SLNS Oshadi’ more..

City school canteens being checked from today

Apr 23 (Island) Colombo Municipal Council Public Health Department (CMC PHD) announced that it would inspect school canteens within city limits from today to ensure that food served there was safe and nutritious. Acting Food Inspector, Lala Kumara said the inspections being conducted under the guidance of CMC Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam, aimed at ensuring the children were given nutritious food such as food prepared with lentils, gram and cowpea. more..

Video: UNP protest tomorrow over casino legislation

Apr 23 (DM) UNP MPs will hold a protest rally at the proposed site of the Crown Multi-Purpose Development Project at D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha to show their opposition to the legislation, under which tax concessions are being granted to three major development projects. The proposed legislation is to be taken up in Parliament tomorrow and the day after. UNP MP Harsha De Silva said that MPs will gather more..

Indian HC rejects Lankan refugee's plea

Apr 23 (PTI) Madurai Bench of Madras High Court today rejected the plea of a Sri Lankan refugee, who claimed himself to be an Indian citizen, to quash the detention of his son under Foreigners Act 1946 and set him free. A bench comprising justice A.Sevlam and Justice V.S.Ravi held that the family card of the petitioner showed that they were Sri Lankan refugees. "The court cannot come to the conclusion that Provisions of foreigners Act 1946 are not applicable," they said and more..

BBS challenges govt.

Apr 23 (Island) General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) challenged the govt to take legal action against Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph forthwith who, he alleged, had helped the LTTE. "If the govt had the backbone and if its conscience was clear it should without hesitation arrest the Mannar Bishop for atrocities committed by the now defunct terrorist outfit," he said. Claiming that the BBS was not scared of either the govt or any other political party, Ven. Gnanasara added that more..

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