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Establishing SLFP Govt President deceiving supporters: Eliya

Jan 31 (CT) Referring to the remark made by President Maithripala Sirisena that he is ready to establish a SLFP Govt if all UPFA MPs join him, the Eliya organization backed by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed that President Sirisena is doing nothing but deceiving the SLFP supporters, as according to the Constitution, Sirisena cannot presently form an SLFP Govt. Elaborating further, during a media briefing held yesterday, Eliya representative more..

Civic rights of MR-Rawana Balaya challenges Minister Samarasinghe

Jan 31 (DM) Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is day-dreaming of abolishing the civic rights of former President Rajapaksa, General Secretary of Ravana Balaya, Ven. Iththekande Saddatissa Thera said. Speaking to media he said if some one tried to interfere with the civic rights and political future of Mr. Rajapaksa, they would have to face the consequences. “Being the only person who saved the country from the 30-yr civil war, more..

CKDu in North Central Province: 12-14% of students at risk: Study

Jan 31 (CT) A research has revealed that 12-14 per cent of children, of the school going age, in the North Central Province, are at risk of being affected by Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology (CKDu). This research study was carried out by the Head of Dept of Pharmacology at the Rajarata Uni, Dr. Channa Jayasumana and his colleagues. "We have conducted this research using a few schools in the North Central Province and we detected tubular proteins in their early morning urine samples more..

Cabinet approves regulations restricting illegal propaganda

Jan 31 (NR) Cabinet has granted the approval for a proposal to restrict the use of state resources for election propaganda activities. The proposal, recommended by the Elections Commission was presented before the Cabinet, by President Maithripala Sirisena. Accordingly, the gazette notification containing new regulations to restrict the misuse of assets of state-owned institutions and corporations during the election period will be presented before parliament. more..

All organs of brain dead woman transplanted

Jan 31 (DM) Kidneys, Liver, Corneas of the eyes and Bones of the legs of a woman who was brain dead consequent to the injuries which affected her head in a critical motor accident were removed from her body during an operation lasting more than five hours performed at the Homagama base hospital on Monday night. With the completion of this operation, the removed Liver was transplanted to a patient warded at more..

Old vehicle documents to be destroyed

Jan 31 (DN) The Cabinet agreed to destroy documents of vehicles which have failed to obtain revenue license for the past five years, consistently, in order to vacate space for new documents. Accordingly, as Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva further suggested, vehicles who have failed to obtain revenue license for the past five years will be considered condemned. However, the Cabinet agreed to retain documents of vehicles which are subjected to legal proceedings. more..

Catalina villas to be trailblazer for retirement community industry

Jan 31 (EN) Catalina Koggala, an upmarket villa development targeting over-50s buyers is aiming to be a trail blazer in kindling a retirement community industry in Sri Lanka, which is expanding fast elsewhere due to ageing populations. Granite Capital (Pvt) Ltd, a company set up by Sri Lankan and foreign investors is building the 22 villa retirement community in Koggala, in the island's south. "Catalina fill the gap in Sri Lanka for purpose-built senior independent living facilities more..

2012 Welikada riot/massacre case: Court orders 161 guns be sent to GA

Jan 31 (CT) Colombo Additional Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake, ordered the CID to send 161 firearms related to Nov 2012 Welikada Prison riot/massacre, in which 27 inmates were killed, to be sent to the Govt Analyst and to submit a report to Court. The firearms had been taken into the custody of the Court following advice from the Attorney General. Colombo Additional Magistrate gave this order when the case more..

Be vary of friend requests: CERT

Jan 31 (DM) Principal Information Security Engineer of the Computer Emergency Readiness Team Co-ordination Centre (CERT|CC), Roshan Chandragupta said about 250 Facebook related complaints were received in January this year. He said Facebook users must take extra care to ensure their safety and security on cyberspace such as when publishing their photographs under the friends only category. “Users of FB should keep in mind to add only those personally known to them more..

Sri Lanka rue lacklustre bowling display

Jan 31 (CB) Sri Lanka will be happy if they can dismiss Bangladesh for under 500 runs, and in order to do so, the visitors will have to make early inroads on the second day of the first Test in Chittagong. Bangladesh are firmly placed at 374 for 4, at stumps on the opening day, but the last two wickets gave SL hope that if they can get a couple of early wickets on second morning, they'll be left with only the tail. "I think the last two wickets were big," said SL batting coach Thilan Samaraweeera. more..

Video: Demons in Paradise: Memories of Sri Lanka's civil war

Jan 31 (AJ) In 1983, Sri Lanka was torn apart by riots targeting the Tamil minority, sparking a war that lasted almost 30 years and left indelible scars on the country. Filmmaker Jude Ratnam was five years old when he fled the Sinhalese-dominated south to go to the Tamil strongholds in the north by train. But there was no sanctuary to be found as the Tamil rebellion descended into deadly in-fighting between more..

Police makes 1670 arrests following special island wide operation

Jan 31 (AD) SP Ruwan Gunasekara stated that the Police made 1670 arrests last night, following a special island wide operation. During the operation 3715 files were filed for traffic violations. 719 suspects were charged for drunk driving while a further 554 were charged for minor crimes. 5 individuals were apprehended for the illicit possession of firearms. During the operation the Police confiscated 11Kgs of cannabis, 13 grams of heroin and several other narcotic substances. more..

Spectra Logistics opens new container yard in Sri Lanka

Jan 31 (MP) GAC Logistics Sri Lanka and Hemas Transportation have opened a new 30,000m² container yard with a capacity of 6,000 TEUs at their joint integrated logistics facility in the Muthurajawela Industrial Zone, Wattala. It is the latest development in the partnership between the two companies, under the name Spectra Logistics, which was announced a year ago at the facility’s groundbreaking ceremony. Work has already begun on the next phase, more..

Sri Lankan govt urged to present simpler citizen’s budget

Jan 31 (EN) Sri Lanka has improved in a global ranking of budget openness, albeit still among the lowest ranked in South Asia, with the govt being advised to present a more understandable, non-technical budget document also known as a citizen’s budget. Govt should also provide budget related reports in a consistent format and publish adequate information, in line with int'l standards, Verité Research, think-tank, said. more..